I know topics such as these can cause people to be fearful. No one wants to be here during a worldwide rule of pure evil. Christians should not be afraid though because we have won the fight. Our souls are sealed through Jesus Christ. Can I get an Amen! Most likely, we will not be here: I will be discussing this at a later time. I have been leaning towards a pre-tribulation rapture in my opinion. I’m going to let this article I found do the educating. No need for my added analysis because the author does such a fantastic job. Enjoy!
Although much debate surrounds his national identity, the book of Daniel clearly states that the Antichrist will come from among the people whose armies destroy the Temple.
“A ruler will arise whose armies will destroy the city and the Temple” (Daniel 9:26, NLT).
The city and the Temple referenced in this passage were destroyed in ad 70 by Titus and the Roman legions, but Titus was not the ruler referenced in this verse. Daniel 9:27 describes the ruler as one who will make a seven-year treaty with Israel, put an end to the sacrifices and offerings, and set up a sacrilegious object that causes desecration. These are events that will be fulfilled in the life of the Antichrist. According to Daniel, the Antichrist will come from among the people who destroyed the Temple. Therefore, we can be certain that the Antichrist will come from among the Roman people.
However, coming from among the Roman people does not automatically mean that the Antichrist will be of Italian heritage or Roman ethnicity. It simply means he must come from among the people who were part of the Roman Empire at that time. From an ethnic standpoint, this leaves the door open to countless possibilities. The Roman Empire covered most of the known world in its day, and Roman citizenship was extended to many non-Italian peoples. So, how do we interpret this passage?
Most likely, Daniel 9:26 refers to the power base from which the Antichrist will operate. The book of Daniel clearly states that the final world empire before the establishment of Christ’s millennial kingdom will be a resurrected form of the Roman Empire. In all likelihood, the Antichrist will be the ruler of this revived Roman Empire, which will “devour the whole earth,” and in this way, Christians will be able to identify him as the Antichrist.
Is the Antichrist Syrian?
Daniel chapter 8 provides us with further clues in regard to the life and times of the Antichrist. In it, the angel Gabriel explains Daniel’s vision of a ram and a goat as events relating to the Greek empire of Alexander the Great. In a claim verified by history, Gabriel states that following the death of Alexander, the empire will be divided into four parts. From one of those four parts, the Antichrist will arise:
“The shaggy male goat represents the king of the Greek Empire. The four prominent horns that replaced the one large horn show that the Greek Empire will break into four sections with four kings, none of them as great as the first. At the end of their rule, when their sin is at its height, a fierce king, a master of intrigue, will rise to power. He will become very strong, but not by his own power. He will cause a shocking amount of destruction and succeed in everything he does. He will destroy powerful leaders and devastate the holy people” (Daniel 8:21-24, NLT).
Daniel 11 provides an in-depth examination of the history of the breakup Alexander’s empire, describing historical events relating to the king of the North and the king of the South. The latter part of the chapter describes the Antichrist, identifying him with other historical figures who have held the title “king of the North.” This, along with the passage cited above, clearly links the Antichrist to the northern kingdom of the divided Greek Empire. This kingdom was ruled by one of Alexander’s generals, Seleucus, who ruled the areas of Syria, Mesopotamia, and Persia. Therefore, it is reasonable to assume that the Antichrist will in some way be linked to this geographic area of the Middle East.
Isaiah Chapter 10
In addition to Daniel 8, the prophet Isaiah also offers some interesting insight concerning a “king of Assyria”:
“After the Lord has used the king of Assyria to accomplish his purposes in Jerusalem, he will turn against the king of Assyria and punish him – for he is proud and arrogant. He boasts, â€˜By my own power and wisdom I have won these wars. By my own strength I have captured many lands, destroyed their kings, and carried off their treasures. By my greatness I have robbed their nests of riches and gathered up kingdoms as a farmer gathers eggs. No one can even flap a wing against me or utter a peep of protest” (Isaiah 10:12-14, NLT).
Although not directly identified by Isaiah, this king of Assyria bears a striking resemblance to the Antichrist. Both the books of Daniel and Revelation describe the Antichrist as proud and arrogant, boasting arrogantly and blaspheming God Himself. His boast that “no one can even flap a wing against me or utter a peep of protest” also fits the description of the Antichrist as given in Revelation:
“They worshiped the dragon for giving the beast such power, and they worshiped the beast. â€˜Is there anyone as great as the beast?’ they exclaimed. â€˜Who is able to fight against him?'” (Revelation 13:4, NLT).
Isaiah 10, coupled with Daniel 8, lends support to the idea that the Antichrist will somehow be connected to political power in this region of the world.