It is interesting how sometimes the past, the present and the future conspire to show us a truth. And so it was when reviewing a series of maps recently the question struck me, “Are we looking at a rather limited stretch of land that could be the homeland of the man to be Antichrist?” I refer the reader to the map for the following discussion.
From the Past: Both my book Daniel Revisited (Chapter 2) and Joel’s book Mideast Beast (Chapter 7) give rationale as to why Daniel 9:26 is telling us the Antichrist will probably be Syrian. The text of the verse tells us that the Antichrist to come will be of the people who destroyed the Temple in A.D. 70. The people were of course Roman soldiers, of the main legion, Legio X, which was based in the Syrian province for 70 years prior to attacking Jerusalem. Its inductees were all Syrians. On the map, the Roman Province of Syria is shown in red – the homeland of the soldiers who destroyed Jerusalem.
From the Present: In green we see the territory of ISIS (or IS) at the present time. In this post I showed how ISIS is a sign of the things to come in the Signposts. One of these is the Caliphate. It is interesting that not only does ISIS portend butchery, boundary erasures and the Caliphate, but is roughly covering the area of the ancient Assyrian Empire. Isaiah 14:25 speaks of the Assyrian, the Antichrist. It is possible that the Antichrist to come would come from the territory held by ISIS.
From the Future: Dominating the map is the future nation of “New Turkey”, the name I gave one of the four new nations that are the pieces of the former Sunni confederacy. The great nation of the Sunni confederacy comes to power in the Third Signpost, and the four nations emerge in the Fourth Signpost. “New Turkey” is the northwestern nation of the four. Based on Scripture in Daniel 8 the man to be Antichrist can only emerge from the northwestern nation, “New Turkey.” He will take over leadership of that nation before his power grows to the south and to the east.
Putting the Pieces Together
So we have a future nation the Antichrist will likely come from, coupled with territory held by a radical organization that portends the possible conditions during his reign located in old Assyria, and we have the province from which the people came who destroyed the Temple. When all three stretches of territory are overlapped – “New Turkey”, ISIS-controlled territory, and the ancient Roman Province of Syria – we see a smaller, almost heart-shaped piece of land on the map marked in red and green stripes. Could this be the patch of land that the Antichrist will come from? It’s an intriguing thought. We will soon see.
Categories: Signpost #4: New Islamic Empire