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All of the major religions of the world are anticipating the
arrival of their "Messiah," or whatever their term for savior is.
But there can only be one TRUE Messiah. The rest are antichrists.
The Bible speaks of Antichrist. Who will he be?
Will the real Antichrist please stand up?
By Ken Raggio
The New World Order crowd plainly intends to answer
all the world's messianic expectations with one man.
Who will he be? Christians call him the Antichrist.
They will expect him to save the world, but he will fail miserably.
All the major religions are presently looking for their "savior." In each case, these religions anticipate a divine incarnation--a physical manifestation of eternal wisdom of their perceived god.
And who knows what so many other religions are expecting?
Even while each religion looks for its long-awaited one, there is a NEW anticipation emerging from within the world's ECUMENICAL societies that ONE SINGLE MAN might actually fulfill the expectations of ALL RELIGIONS at once!
That is the alarming rising sentiment of many people at the United Nations, within the United Religions Organization, and in the INTERFAITH movement.
Both entities reflect an increasingly universal spiritual belief that we will soon have a one-size-fits-all messiah. At the highest levels, the world's religions are increasingly embracing the idea that ONE PERSON will bring peace to the earth by bringing all the world's religions together.
Can ONE "Messiah" fit all the world's expectations?
This subject can be complicated, because within each major religion are people who hold many various beliefs. Therefore, I will focus only on the most prominent beliefs.
Christianity is loosely comprised of 2.1 billion people - 1/3 of the world's population - if you consider the BROADEST definition of Christianity. Not all these anticipate the arrival of Jesus Christ as Messiah. Take for example the Catechism of the Roman Catholic Church. The RCC (as well as other Orthodox groups) does not emphasize the physical Second Return of Jesus Christ, especially the so-called "Rapture," but practically ignores or refutes it.
In all, probably less than 350 million Christians actually expect Jesus Christ to physically return to earth. In reality, the Catholic Church already views the Pope as the Vicar of Christ (vicar meaning substitute for Christ). Therefore, there is no need for Messiah to return. The POPE can handle the job. They believe that the Catholic Church should rule the earth for 1000 years. They do, however, anticipate an "evil pope" will follow this present Pope, Benedict XVI. To be honest, Catholics demonstrate far more interest in appearances of Mary than in an appearance of Jesus Christ.
Islam is a religion of about 1.5 billion people. What do Muslims say about their "Mahdi"?
There are many Imams, but only twelve great Imams through history. According to Shia Islam, the Twelfth Mahdi, who is of their tribal lineage, was born in 868 AD and disappeared in 941. They say he was hidden by Allah in what is called "the occultation," and that he will some day appear again as the great Islamic savior of the world.
Sunni Muslims do not agree with the Shiites on his identity. Sunnis expect a new Imam to appear in Medina, Saudi Arabia at an appointed time. Sunnis believe that mosques built to the last Imam are an idolatrous abomination. In 2006, they bombed and destroyed the highly revered Askariya Mosque in Iraq where the Twelfth Imam disappeared in the tenth century, fomenting a civil war.
Iranian President Mahmoud al-Ahmadinejad, a Shia, is almost certainly supporting those who are waging war to avenge this act. According to Muslim beliefs, this prophesied redeemer of Islam will change a world of chaos into a perfect world before the day of resurrection.
A hadith, or traditional saying of Mohammed, says that one of his descendants will "fill the Earth with peace and justice as it will have been filled with injustice and tyranny before then." This will be accomplished, they believe, by spreading Islam throughout the world.
Shia Muslims believe that the thing which will precipitate the appearance of the Twelfth Mahdi is a world descended into chaos.
They believe that the Twelfth Mahdi will be preceded by a "deputy" who will prepare the way for the Mahdi. This deputy follows in the tradition of many historical deputies who served the great Imams in their time.
There are evidences that the current President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has aspirations to be the next deputy of the Twelfth Imam. One of his first official acts in office was to require his ministers and deputies to sign an agreement with the Twelfth Imam, which was then dropped down the Jamarakan Well, which is the likely setting for their "Long Awaited One."
UN Photo/ Paulo Filgueira
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
speaking at the UN, September, 2005.
(Here is a video in which the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez declared that he agreed with Ahmadinejad that Jesus and the Twelth Mahdi would return together and bring peace to the world. This is the highest deception. Maximize your viewer so you can easily read the translation in the captions.)
Regularly, in many speeches and actions, President Ahmadinejad threatens to develop nuclear weapons of mass destruction and "wipe Israel off the face of the map" - both acts which he clearly considers to be divinely inspired.
Most of the international community view his threats as entirely unacceptable, but many Moslems hold the view that world chaos precipitated by Islamic war is an inevitable prelude to the return of the Twelfth Imam. Non-Muslims should take these threats seriously because they are not likely to diminish, but rather escalate into a longed-for world war.
There is abundant evidence that some Muslim powers truly want international chaos to escalate so their Imam will appear.
In September of 2005, President Ahmadinejad delivered an inflammatory speech before the United Nations General Assembly. I attended that World Summit in New York as a journalist and sat beside an Al Jazeera TV crew and other news media as Ahmadinejad delivered his speech live. I sensed the tension among world leaders as he delivered his provocative speech.
In the end, I expect that the greatest war of all time, the "Sixth Trumpet War" of Revelation 9 will be fought between Shia Muslims (backed by Russia, China and the S.C.O.) and Sunni Muslims (backed by Western powers and NATO). This will be a prelude to the great and final Battle of Armageddon, when Jesus Christ returns to save Israel from utter extinction.
A reporter for Radio Free Europe wrote on November 29, 2005 that Ahmadinejad believes that his speech at the United Nations was supernaturally empowered.
Ahmadinejad said that someone present at the UN told him that a light surrounded him while he was delivering his speech to the General Assembly.
The exact length of his speech was seven minutes and fifty-seven seconds (it is in the U.N. archives), not twenty-seven or twenty-eight minutes as he claimed. Nor was his audience as captivated as he claimed. There were actually people walking around as he spoke. And for what it's worth, I did not see an aura around him, AND my eyes blinked.
Nevertheless, that event demonstrated the context of a radical Muslim who feels divinely commissioned to create chaos at a global level, perhaps as Allah's deputy, to prepare the way for the Twelfth Imam, or Mahdi. Ahmadinejad closed his UN speech with this statement:
The "last repository" he referred to was the Twelfth Imam, or Mahdi. Most of Ahmadinejad's speeches contain references to the Twelfth Imam. He has, on several occasions, indicated that he is in frequent verbal communication with the Twelfth Mahdi - implying that he knows where the Twelfth Mahdi actually is - and is speaking to him personally.
In vernacular that Christians can identify with, Ahmadinejad perceives himself to be a "John the Baptist" for the Mahdi. His antics have probably done more to arouse global Islamic expectations of Mahdi than any other single factor in modern times.
In Iran, a group called the HOJJATIEH believes that humans can stir up chaos to encourage the Twelfth Mahdi to return. According to a Reuters report, Ahmadinejad has clearly articulated his immense respect for Iran's leading Hojjatieh-leaning cleric, and several members of Ahmadinejad's cabinet are said to have Hojjatieh backgrounds.
Proponents of this group teach that those who insult their religion be immediately executed, that killing "intellectuals" is sanctioned by Allah himself, and that cultural "pluralism" is satanic trickery.
Ahmadinejad's politics are clearly driven by his desire to use his presidency to usher in Islam's messiah by causing international chaos. An arsenal of nuclear weapons in his hands will be the ultimate religious experience. Nothing is likely to deter his ambitions for war. Let the world beware.
Hinduism is a vast, complex religion that did not evolve from a single person, a single book, or a single point in time. Its written history contains many epic tales that are based on oral traditions, and contain many conflicting concepts. Its teachings are countless and quite diverse, ranging from polytheistic, monotheistic, agnostic, to atheistic. About 900 million people are Hindu.
What do Hindus say about their Tenth Avatar - "Kalki?"
Most believe Vishnu exists as the Creator, but he also dwells within each person's soul. He also incarnates himself in the form of an Avatar whenever his presence is needed.
Most teach that there have been nine Avatars in over one million years of history, and the Tenth Avatar will be the last and will reign for over 400,000 years (they say).
All Avatars are supposed to be exactly equal in status, but Krishna seems to be most often discussed. In the 1960s, the Hare Krishna movement introduced these ancient tales into the English language, and with the help of the rock-stars, the Beatles, it became a major movement in America, Europe, Russia, Africa and South America.
Lord Krishna (circa 3102 BC, the "dark one" or the "black one") was supposed to be the Eighth Avatar. He allegedly said, "Whenever there is a decline of religion, and a rise of irreligion, I incarnate myself."
Speaking as god, he came to represent Absolute Truth. Nevertheless, Hinduism now claims to be in the era of the Ninth Avatar, Balarama. Many consider Buddha to be the Ninth Avatar.
The next, the Tenth Avatar is yet to appear. His name, Kalki, varies in meanings: "Eternity," "Time," "Destroyer of Foulness, Confusion and Darkness," "Annihilator of Ignorance."
He is popularly expected to come on a white horse (see photo above), brandishing a flaming sword, to eradicate evil and death and establish dharma (virtue) and righteousness. Kalki's divine mission is to close the current age of darkness and ignorance and usher in a new era of peace, prosperity and harmony. He is to liberate the world from suffering, and enlighten all mankind.
There are approximately 375 million Buddhists in the world. What do Buddhists say about their expected Maitreya?
Buddha (623-543 BC) taught that Buddhism would almost perish from the earth because the world would abandon moral conduct and become amoral, but then a new Buddha, a Bodhisattva, or Maitreya would appear. He will achieve complete enlightenment, and teach the pure dharma - "the way of the higher truths."
The XIV Dalai' Lama of Tibet states, "This is the time of the fourth Buddha, Buddha Shakyamuni, whose teaching is still existing, and the fifth Buddha will be Maitreya Buddha."
Lord Maitreya Bodhisattva will be the successor of the first and ancient Shakyamuni (Guatama) Buddha. He is predicted to be a "world-ruler," uniting those who he rules over. The prophecy of the arrival of Maitreya is accepted by nearly all Buddhist traditions.
Since 1975, Benjamin Crème (photo right) of Share International in London has declared that he has found the Maitreya, and claims that he is presently alive.
Pictures (left) of this Maitreya were circulated in 1988. As a result, Crème captured international attention for several years. However, the Maitreya was never forthcoming, and Crème's credibility plummeted.
Much of Crème's teachings sprang from the 19th century occultist Helen Blavatsky and her 'Theosophical Society,' created to distill the teachings of Buddhism, Hinduism and Zoroastrianism. Crème also drew heavily from Alice Bailey, a well-known occultist whose material she claimed was received telepathically from an "ascended master" by the name of Djhwal Khul.
Crème's teachings are a hodge-podge of esoteric theosophies - a belief that there is a body of 'divine' wisdom common to all religions. Although he continues to attract a limited amount of media attention around the world, Crème has been heavily discredited on the subject of Maitreya.
More importantly, according to Buddhism, Gautama Buddha anticipated Maitreya and said the following about him:
Compared to the sizes of the major world religions, Judaism is minuscule, with roughly 14 million Jews world-wide. Still, Judaism wields enormous religious influence on the world stage. What do Jews say about their Meshiack?
Jews long for Messiah. Many can be found daily praying at the Western Wall (also known as the "Wailing Wall") of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, where they beseech God to send "Meshiack," the Anointed King. He must come from the lineage of King David.
Obviously, Orthodox Jews do not accept Jesus Christ as their Messiah.
One of Israel's most quoted sages, Maimonides, wrote the thirteen "Articles of Faith" for Jews. Article Twelve articulated the doctrine of the coming of Messiah.
According to Maimonides, Messiah will:
Luciferianism in the New World Order
The United Nations has from its conception claimed to be the "world's last hope for peace."
Across the street from the UN headquarters in New York is a small park with this inscription stolen from Isaiah 2:4,
(click to enlarge photo)
But there is a BIG CATCH!
The inscription DOES NOT INCLUDE the FIRST WORDS of that verse which say,
This verse is CLEARLY and EXCLUSIVELY a MESSIANIC PROPHECY! It does NOT pertain to the United Nations world government in ANY way!!
The New World Order has hijacked the holy scripture, kidnapped the prophet Isaiah, plagiarized the prophecy, and uses it in the MOST DECEPTIVE WAY! They would have you believe that under their diabolical Socialistic control, peace will come to this earth. BUT IT WILL NOT!
Don't think this is a simple mistake! This is the work of a rabid anti-Christ force.
The picture at right is the statue at the UN depicting a sword being beaten into a plowshare. (Click to enlarge)
Only Jesus Christ can bring that kind of peace, and it is diabolical for the UN to presume that Isaiah's prophecies have ANYTHING to do with the United Nations.
Only when Jesus Christ returns will men beat their swords into plowshares. Certainly not under the watch of the United Nations!
From the United Nations to the United Religions Organization, the World Council of Churches, the UN Interfaithism movement and so many other new age, ecumenical groups, there is a rising expectation of a universal messiah.
From its founding, the UN has been heavily influenced by the Lucis Trust (once called the Lucifer Foundation, but renamed for obvious reasons). The Lucis Trust sprang from the same roots as so many of the Cabbalistic, esoteric, occult secret societies, such as Freemasonry, Wicca, Order of the Golden Dawn, etc.
The Lucifer (Lucis) Trust furnished the Meditation Room at the United Nations which includes an occultic altar. (photo at right) This room is adjacent to the lobby of the General Assembly auditorium in the United Nations building. Can anybody tell me why there should be a Luciferic altar in the United Nations?
The thinking of historic occult figures like Adam Weishaupt, Aleister Crowley, Madame Helen Blavatsky, Alice Bailey (photo at left), and others still lives and flourishes here.
Robert Muller, also known as the prophet of the United Nations, and Maurice Strong, one of Kofi Annan's closest confidantes are both adept new age advocates who tirelessly promote the welding together of all religious faiths.
On the international level, enormous efforts are being made to homogenize all the world religious ideologies into one.
In September, 2005, I sat in the United Nations Economic and Social Counsel chambers in New York and watched Heads of States and high-level diplomats from around the world as they attempted to hammer out new global INTERFAITH guidelines, desperately trying to forge a world religion of religions. They reported on projects already accomplished, where representatives of various religions were brought together under government sponsorship to press them to find common denominators and eliminate their differences. Their proposals for future efforts of that kind were grandiose. They ignorantly believe they will eventually create a religious model that will enable all the world religions to work in harmony, under government oversight.
Blavatsky once said,
He has collected into one bundle all the separate fractions of Truth widely scattered over the nations, and holds in his hand the One Truth, a torch of light which no adverse wind can bend, blow out or even cause to waver."
Take note that NO CHRISTIAN is included in this list of religious icons!
The New World Order crowd plainly intends to answer all the world's messianic expectations with one man, and that man will definitely NOT be Jesus Christ. ANYBODY BUT CHRIST! Who will he be?
Who Will REALLY Be The Antichrist?
The stark Biblical reality is that there WILL BE a man who will rise to world prominence and attain to a stature never seen in the world before.
In the Middle East today exists the most troublesome international conflict - the Middle East crisis. Despite the infinite array of political twists that are applied to the situation, the BOTTOM LINE is that the Middle East conflict is a final showdown of ISLAM and CATHOLICISM against JUDAISM.
Naturally, the nation of Israel is being framed as the antagonist of most of the world's troubles. The 57-member Islamic "Organization of Islamic Cooperation" - the OIC - is flexing its muscle at the United Nations (and around the world) toward the establishment of a "Palestinian" state that will strip the State of Israel of about HALF of its present territories.
The Bible prophesies that an "Assyrian" will eventually stand in Jerusalem and launch an unprecedented holocaust against Israel and the Jews. In Daniel 11, he is called the "King of the North."
The rise of this Assyrian is called "the purpose that is purposed upon the whole earth!"
"The LORD of hosts hath sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand:
That I WILL BREAK THE ASSYRIAN IN MY LAND, and upon my mountains tread him under foot: then shall his yoke depart from off them, and his burden depart from off their shoulders.
This is the purpose that is purposed upon the whole earth," Isaiah 14:24-26.
God has been planning for thousands of years to bring the Assyrian to the mountains of Israel.
The Man of Sin will move to Jerusalem.
Daniel spoke of this "King of the North" establishing his palace in Israel in the last days.
"He shall enter also into the glorious land, ...And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain," Daniel 11:41,45.
His great crime will be committing "The Abomination of Desolation" in the Third Temple in Jerusalem.
He will desecrate the Jewish temple (by standing inside it, claiming to be God).
Paul called this Assyrian the "Man of Sin" in 2 Thessalonians 2. He will cause the newly-built Third Temple in Jerusalem to be abandoned by the Jews in what Daniel and Jesus called the "Abomination of Desolation."
"Let no man deceive you by any means: for THAT DAY [our gathering together unto Him/Jesus] SHALL NOT COME, except there come a falling away first, and that MAN OF SIN BE REVEALED, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God," 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4.
The Assyrian Man of Sin, Son of Perdition, will fulfill LUCIFER'S DREAM of sitting on God's Holy Mountain.
Here is one of the most provocative things of all that can be said about the Man of Sin.
Lucifer will finally realize one of his most-longed-for dreams. From ancient times, Lucifer had said, (in Isaiah 14:13), "I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north." Lucifer always wanted to sit where God sits.
In Genesis 22:2, God called Abraham to Mount Moriah. Genesis 22:2 - "And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah."
God chose MORIAH as His holy mountain in the days of Abraham. Since that day, Lucifer has wanted that mountain.
Abraham called MORIAH, "the mount of the LORD."
"Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen," Genesis 22:14.
The LORD appeared to David on MORIAH.
"Solomon began to build the house of the LORD at Jerusalem in mount Moriah, where the LORD appeared unto David," 2 Chronicles 3:1.
Lucifer WILL FINALLY SIT ON THAT MOUNTAIN. God will permit it. But it will be his LAST STAND! "I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north," Isaiah 14:13. Lucifer has always wanted to sit where God sits.
But God answered him back, in Ezekiel 28:16. "I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub." Jesus will destroy him in Jerusalem.
The Man of Sin in Jerusalem will provoke the FINAL SHOWDOWN between God and the devil.
Daniel 11:45 - "And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the GLORIOUS HOLY MOUNTAIN; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him."
God said to Lucifer/Man of Sin: "I WILL CAST YOU AS PROFANE OUT OF THE MOUNTAIN! I WILL DESTROY YOU!"
"I Will Break The Assyrian In My Land"
God says, "This is the purpose that is purposed upon the whole earth." We should pay attention to this divinely-identified purpose. "The LORD of hosts hath sworn, saying, ...I will break the Assyrian in my land, and upon my mountains tread him under foot: then shall his yoke depart from off them, and his burden depart from off their shoulders." This is an Armageddon prophecy. The Man of Sin will come from the region of Assyria, and Jesus will destroy him in the mountains of Jerusalem.
Isaiah 14:27 - "For the LORD of hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul it?"
The rise of the ASSYRIAN ANTICHRIST will launch a period of unprecedented horrors upon the Jews. In Daniel 12 that period is called "Jacob's Trouble."
In Matthew 24, Jesus called it the time of "Great Tribulation" such as has never been nor will ever be again.
Jesus said, "When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)
Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:
...For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be," Matthew 24:15-16,21.
The Abomination of Desolation will launch a forty-two month period called by Jesus, "Great Tribulation."
It will occur in the last forty-two months immediately before the Second Coming of Jesus Christ to the great and final Battle of Armageddon.
The "Man of Sin," the "Son of Perdition," the "Antichrist," and the "Assyrian," are all the same person.
This "Assyrian" will be, in my approximation, someone of great political stature on the world stage. He will be a man who can evoke the world's accolades as someone who can bring about peace in the Middle East. I suspect that this man will come from the area of Turkey, Syria, Armenia, Iran or possibly Iraq. That is the modern territory of the ancient Assyrian Empire.
Importantly, he will be a man who can work harmoniously with BOTH ISLAM and ROMAN CATHOLICISM. According to Daniel 9:27, the Prince of Rome will be responsible for the Abomination of Desolation, although Isaiah depicts him as an Assyrian. I believe that the Man of Sin will be a Roman Catholic-endorsed Muslim from the region of ancient Assyria.
It may be a man of the stature of Prime Minister Erdogan of Turkey, or he may be a powerful Islamic figure like Ekmelidden Ihsanoglu of the OIC. (He is a very powerful and effective apologist for Islamism in the West.) Or it could be someone not yet highly visible on the world stage. At any rate, I expect him to be given carte blanche by the United Nations, and especially the European powers at the urging of the Roman Catholic Church.
For forty-two months, this Man of Sin will set about to rule the world as the most evil king in all of human history.
After this Antichrist has almost annihilated Israel, presiding over the Great Tribulation, Jesus will come and save the day.
"This man [Christ] shall be the peace, when the Assyrian shall come into our land: and when he shall tread in our palaces ...thus shall he [Christ] deliver us from the Assyrian, when he cometh into our land," Micah 5:5.
"Yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him," Daniel 11:45.
For more details of this matter, please see my article: The Iron and Clay Feet and the Four-Headed Leopard of Daniel's Prophecies.
Christians call him the Antichrist.
According to the prophecies of the Bible (primarily in Revelation 13), the leader of EUROPE and the POPE of the ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH will play the leading roles in creating this end-time scenario. According to Daniel 9:26-27, the "prince that shall come" (the Prince of ROME) will establish a Seven-Year Treaty with Israel with a document called "The Confirmation of the Covenant."
In other words, the Roman Catholic Church - an enormous land-holder in Jerusalem - will arrange to have an Assyrian politician to assume the leadership of the new Palestinian government. The POPE will push for the installation of a figurehead - I believe he will be "the Assyrian" - as the governor of Jerusalem. In that way, two separate prophetic scenarios will be fulfilled in one. 1. The Prince of Rome will once again rise up against Jerusalem and Israel, and 2. The Assyrian will be in Jerusalem when Jesus comes to destroy him, as prophesied in Isaiah.
He will come, and he will wreak havoc upon the whole earth. Then the real Christ will come, terminating the reign of the Antichrist. Jesus will establish His kingdom on earth--a kingdom that will never pass away and never be destroyed.
The BEAST (head of the European powers) and the FALSE PROPHET (the Pope) of Revelation 13, and the Assyrian MAN OF SIN will be destroyed when Jesus meets them all at Armageddon.
During Jesus' 1,000-year reign, there will not be one war. The prophecies tell us that men will learn war no more. The promise given at the birth of Jesus will finally be realized: "Peace on earth, goodwill toward men."
See also: Lessons about the coming Man of Sin from Daniel Chapter 11
NOTE: This article was originally written in 2005. I updated it in December, 2011.
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