RESEARCH: A FRESH LOOK AT THE ANTICHRIST/MAHDI
The Assyrian Lamassu Winged Lion
"O Assyrian, the rod of mine anger, and the staff in their hand is mine indignation. I will send him against an hypocritical nation, and
against the people of my wrath will I give him a charge, to take the spoil, and to take the prey, and to tread them down like the mire of the
streets." (Is 10:5-6)
The purpose of the tribulation period is to cause Israel to repent of denying their messiah Jesus Christ when he rode into Jerusalem on a donkey on
the exact day the prophet Daniel told them he would. It’s going to be a hard lesson. Zechariah gives us a numeric ratio of the Jewish people that
will be purged.
"And it will come about in all the land," Declares the Lord, "That two parts in it will be cut off and perish; But the third will be left in
it. And I will bring the third part through the fire, Refine them as silver is refined, And test them as gold is tested. They will call on My name,
And I will answer them; I will say, 'They are My people,' And they will say, 'The Lord is my God.'" (Zechariah 13:8-9)
Therefore, we learn that two-thirds of Israel will be purged through the fire of the tribulation, leaving the one-third elect who will be converted to
Jesus as their Messiah. This holocaust will be even more ghastly than the first! The Bible says Jesus will respond when the survivors earnestly seek
him. This was prophesied by Hosea,
"I [Jesus Christ] will return again to My place Till they acknowledge their offense. Then they will seek My face; In their affliction they will
earnestly seek Me.”" (Ho 5:15)
I believe this is reflective of Christ ascension at the conclusion of his first coming. After the horror of the tribulation, Israel acknowledges their
offense of not recognizing him the first time. Thus, "all Israel will be saved"; just as it is written,
'The Deliverer will come from Zion, He will remove ungodliness from Jacob. And this is My covenant with them, When I take away their sins'"
“You, O king, were watching; and behold, a great image! This great image, whose splendor was excellent, stood before you; and its form was
awesome. This image’s head was of fine gold, its chest and arms of silver, its belly and thighs of bronze, its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron
and partly of clay. (Da 2:31-33)
We normally tend to equate the Roman Empire with Western Europe, and there have been many "end times" theories involving Rome, the Vatican, and the
rise of the European Union. The traditional view of the statue is that the ten toes represent a ten nation confederacy of the revived Roman Empire.
When Greece joined as the tenth nation in the EU, all the prophecy scholars said,”We've got the tenth toe!” Then the 11th toe came, the
The traditional view has largely been frustrated as many additional nations have joined the EU. What has been overlooked until recently is the fact
that the Roman Empire had an eastern leg that, in fact, survived the western leg by a thousand years! In A.D. 284, Emperor Diocletian divided the
Empire into two legs exactly as Daniel had predicted nine centuries earlier. My research efforts strongly suggest that the coming world leader,
commonly called the Antichrist or Imam Mahdi, will emerge from the region of the eastern leg of the Roman Empire.
Byzantium, the eastern leg of the divided Roman empire
Now consider the remarkable overlap with the ancient land of Assyria.
The ancient nation of Assyria
Assyria occupied portions of modern day Iraq, Iran, Syria, and Turkey. A most fruitful region for the emergence of the Imam Mahdi or Antichrist,
depending on ones faith.
The Assyrian: part II
When Arabs and Islam swept through the Middle East in 630 A.D., they encountered 600 years of Assyrian Christian civilization, with a rich
heritage, a highly developed culture, and advanced learning institutions. It is this civilization which became the foundation of the Arab
Recalling my earlier post
referring to the Antichrist as "the
Assyrian". In Micah chapter 5 we identified the future ruler of Israel as Jesus Christ. We can positively identify this is speaking of Jesus because
of the amazing fact that Micah knew he would be born in Bethlehem Ephrathah some 700 years in advance!
“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Though you are little among the thousands of Judah, Yet out of you shall come forth to Me The One to be Ruler in
Israel, Whose goings forth are from of old, From everlasting.”" (Mic 5:2)
Our study of dispensations
tells us this refers to the 2nd coming, the
millennial reign - as Jesus first coming was as a servant - not a ruler. Knowing that and following Micah to verse five and six we saw that the Jesus
would “deliver us [Israel] from the Assyrian”(v6) who had “tread in our palaces”(v5). Because we know from the basic eschatological time line
that Jesus will overthrow the Antichrist immediately prior to his reign, it follows that the Assyrian spoken of is none other than the Antichrist.
In addition from verse six of Micah five we discovered that Assyria was the “land of Nimrod” the very first type of the Antichrist who originated
the beast system in Babel. Quite to my amazement in the process of this research I have discovered a nugget overlooked by the majority of
commentators, we have another name for Nimrod!
"And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar. Out of that land went forth Asshur, and
builded Nineveh, and the city Rehoboth, and Calah," (Ge 10:10-11)
From the context of this verse as the King James translates it appears that Asshur went forth from Shinar to build Nineveh. A translation that the
Ancient Hebrew translators of the Septuagint version agreed with
Out of that land came Assur, and built Ninevi, and the city Rhooboth, and Chalach, Gen 10:11 LXX
Asshur as a name means Assyrian. Implying that Moses actually referred to Nimrod as “the Assyrian”.
אַשּׁוּר [’Ashshuwr, ’Ashshur /ash•shoor/] n pr m loc. Apparently from 833 (in the sense of successful); TWOT 176; GK 855; 151
occurrences; AV translates as “Assyria” 118 times, “Assyrian” 19 times, “Asshur” eight times, “Assyrian + 1121” five times, and
“Assur” once. 1 the second son of Shem, eponymous ancestor of the Assyrians. 2 the people of Assyria. 3 the nation, Assyria. 4 the land, Assyria
I think this next reference is by far the most stunning. I would ask the reader to recall the book of Exodus, when the nation of Israel first moved to
Egypt due to a famine in the land. Jacob’s son Joseph had achieved the rank of prime minister, basically second in charge of the kingdom of Egypt,
due to his faithful stewardship. Many years later there rose a king that “knew not Joseph” who put the Israelites into slavery. Did you ever
wonder why the king didn’t know anything about Joseph? Now practicing some hermeneutics, we get an interesting clue from Stephen in Acts chapter
Then another king, who knew nothing about Joseph, became ruler of Egypt. He dealt treacherously with our people and oppressed our forefathers by
forcing them to throw out their newborn babies so that they would die. (Acts 7:18-19)
Fortunately, the precise Greek in the New Testament has 2 forms for the word “another” the form used in “another king” is the hetero form
implying that it was "another king" of a different
kind. In other words, he was not an Egyptian! Now the stunning insight I have been
alluding to is in Isaiah chapter 52:4
For thus saith the Lord GOD, My people went down aforetime into Egypt to sojourn there; and the Assyrian oppressed them without cause. (Is
Yes, the famous pharaoh that oppressed the ancient Hebrews is also called “the Assyrian”!
[edit on 1/12/2009 by Bigwhammy]