Internet Articles (2015)
Has Antichrist quietly arrived in the Mideast, and is he posing as a friend of the Christian believers?
According to Scripture, Antichrist will appear on the world scene as a man of peace. He will arrange a peace accord between the Arabs and the nation of Israel. He will be recognized as the man who brought peace to the world, and the Jews, at the urging of their own religious clerics, will view him as their savior.
Will he be the new king of Jordan, the new president of Syria, or the son of Saddam Hussein who is waiting in the wings for his father, who has cancer, to die? Meet the most likely candidate for Antichrist...
Jon Christian Ryter
A stunned American people watched a real life tragedy unfold before their eyes on Tuesday, September 11, 2001 when Islamic terrorists directly linked to Saudi terrorist Osama bin Laden hijacked four 767 jet airliners. Two of those 757s were crashed into the twin towers of the World Trade Center as the third, a few minutes later, was crashed into the Pentagon. Passengers in the fourth plane learned by cell phone conversations with loved ones who had watched the second plane hit the World Trade Center that airliners were being hijacked in order to use them as weapons of mass destruction to kill thousands of Americans. Knowing they were doomed to die, a handful of the 39 passengers on that flight decided to wrest control of the doomed plane from the hijackers even if it meant crashing the plane in the mountainous, unpopulated terrain in western Maryland. Unknown to the passengers of that doomed flight, as they planned their assault on the cockpit of the 757, the Department of Defense had already ordered USAF jet fighters to shoot the plane from the sky. It is unclear today if that plane went down in rural Maryland because the passengers brought it down or the USAF jet fighters assigned the task of shooting it down reached their target and completed their mission. Four 757s went down ton September 11 creating the worst terrorist act experienced anywhere in the world. One hundred eighty-nine people lost their lives in the Pentagon crash and somewhere between 3,400 and 6,500 people lost their lives in the Twin Towers crashes. (As I suggested in an earlier article, the death toll at the World Trade Center would be reduced until, I predicted, the numbers would fall to the 3,000 level. News reports now suggest that the final death toll in the Twin Towers might end up to be less than 3,400 due to initial double counts.)
The Twin Towers and Pentagon tragedies led to George W. Bushs declared War on Terrorism that brought the United States and England to Afghanistan in an joint effort to rid the world of the terrorists. Even as F-14s, F-111s, B-1 and B-52 bombers dropped thousands of pounds of explosives on Taliban and al Qaeda strongholds in Afghanistan, everyone knew that the War on Terrorism would start, but not end, in Afghanistan. When the Taliban is crushed and bin Laden is killed or captured, the Allied forces that destroy the al Qaeda network will not go homethey will move on to the next terrorist stronghold, most likely in Yemen or Iraq. This has to bring a great deal of consternation to the Arab world since the Muslim nations that protect those who perpetuate terrorism either on a regional or global basis include most of the Islamic countries in the Mideastincluding Americas closest allies in the Arab world, Saudi Arabia and Egypt (who have, themselves, been waging a terrorist war on Israel since 1948. Muslim extremistsboth at home and abroadwho view America as the reason Israel has not been destroyed, began to focus their attention on the United States in the mid-1970s and continue to do so today.
This, of course, put the United States in something of a quandary when President George W. Bush initiated his War on Terrorism. We needed the political support of the same Muslim nations who secretly financed most of the terrorism spawned against Israel and, for that matter, against the United States for the past 30 years. Added to that, the Bush Administration sought support from the Muslim controlled United Nations which is dragging its heels to keep from participating in the establishment of a multi-ethnicentric, multicultural government in Afghanistan that could include non-Muslims. For Bush to succeed in his mission to actually win in Afghanistan, he needed to do what his father did during the Gulf War in 1991he needed to actively involve the Arab States in the ground war against a Muslim enemy with whom they were theologically and politically aligned. Since the Koran (Quran) forbids Muslims from joining forces with infidels to fight other Muslims, the military task and political reality before President Bush (both father and son) was virtually impossible from a theological perspective. Yet, both accomplished their objective. George H.W. Bush, the 41st President, received military support of the Saudi royal family. Sheik Hamaud bin Oqla al-Shuaibi, a leading Muslim clerics in Saudi Arabia issued a fatwa on King Fahd and other members of the royal family in 1991. To avoid execution of the fatwa, King Fahd pressured the first Bush Administration to end its Iraqi excursion before the coalition captured Saddam Hussein, prematurely ending the Gulf War (and using as an excuse that America was afraid that if they destroyed the Iraqi military too completely they would upset the balance of power in the Mideast and Iran would arise as a threat to the whole region.) With a new fatwa issued by Sheik Oqla against the Sauds this year, King Fahd and Crown Prince Al-Walid bin Talal bin Abdul Aziz were unable to give George W. Bush, the 43rd President, the military support America needed. In fact, as the Sauds provided America with not much more than lip service support in the English-speaking media, they were condemning America in the Arabic newspapers and blaming the Twin Towers and Pentagon attacks on Israel.
a surprising quarter
Because the Sauds would not lend support to the Bush Administration by allowing U.S. war planes to fly missions from Saudi bases, or by supplying Saudi troops or jet fighter-bombers to the war effort, or even in lending diplomatic efforts to help Bush recruit other Muslim nations to join the war against terrorism, George W. turned to what might appear to Americans in the United States as the most unlikely source for help: King Abdullah II of Jordan, the Hashemite monarch. Jordan is generally viewed by most Americans as militarily the weakest Arab nation in the Gulf. Jordan, a nation about the size of Austria or Portugal, is sandwiched between the most dangerous terrorist nations in the world: Iraq, Iran and Syria. While Jordan has a modern American-equipped army and air force, Jordans defense system is a dwarf compared to any of its neighbors. If attacked by Syria or Iraq, it is an almost dead certainty that Jordan would be completely overrun by its neighbor before the United States could launch an adequate military response. Yet, King Abdullah II, responding to George W. quietly loaning what most Americans would construe as Abdullahs featherweight clout to the tough task of aligning military support in the Arab world. Yet, to those within the world of Islam, King Abdullah II was probably the mightiest Muslim advocate President George W. Bush could have enlisted. Even though Hashemite diplomats were unable to enlist military support from any of the Gulf States, the diminutive western educated King Abdullah proved to be a giant by aligning military support from Islamic Turkey, the seat of the old Ottoman Empire. In addition, the king has proved to be immune from retribution from the Muslim clerics that issued the fatwa on the Saudi royal family. The question is, why would the Muslim nations throughout the world listen so intently to the monarch of one of the weakest member states of the Arab League?
King Abdullah II be the Antichrist?
Clearly, at this moment, only God knows the identity of Antichrist. Suffice to say, not even the Muslim leader who will assume the trappings of Antichrist knows he has been selected for this ungodly role. In other words, there is not a man in the Mideast who has pledged his allegiance to Satan in exchange for power. Antichrist will be a devout Muslim; the False Prophet will be a devout Jew. Since Scripture describes Antichrist as a man of peace it is clear that none of the old generation of Muslim leaders fits the bill since all of them ascended to power through bloodshed. There are three new generation leadersall economistswho fit the bill. First is King Abdullah II, the Hashemite king of Jordan; Bashar Assad, the newly anointed president of Syria; and the son of Saddam Hussein who is standing off in the wings waiting for the imminent death of his father from cancer. Scripture describes Antichrist as a small, meek-looking man. The prophet Isaiah wondered how such a diminutive, wimpish-looking man could have frightened the whole world. Of the three most likely candidates, only King Abdullah II has the politically-correct, certifiable credentials. He is likewise the only Muslim leader who possesses the right bonafides to avoid having an angry Muslim cleric issue a fatwa on him for his pro-Israeli views.
Unlike Saddam Hussein, who claims (but cannot prove) to be a direct ancestor of Saladin (and through Saladin to Nebuchadnezzar) simply because he was born in the same village where the Muslim conqueror of Europe was born, the Hashemite king has the most direct link to Mohammad the Prophet of Islameven though the Saudi royal family also claims that distinction through one of Mohammads other wives. While Antichrist must have first born direct linkage to Mohammad (in order for the Muslims to accept his peace initiatives towards Israel), Antichrist must have one other thing. He must have direct ancestral linkage to Abraham through Esau and Ishmael. It is that tie that links Antichrist to Goda necessary ingredient for him to be linked to the creation of mankind and therefore tied to Satans efforts to thwart Gods plan from the beginning.
For that reason, the recording and certification of ancestral genealogies is as important to the Muslims as it is the Jews. In the Holy Bible, the Book of Numbers is the recording of the genealogy of the Jews by a census that was taken every seven years. In fact, Numbers begins with such a census. Number the whole Israelite community... In the text, the Hebrew word separ is used. Separ means census. In the King James Version of the Bible, the term ...number of their names... is used in verses 1:2, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30, 32, 34, 36, 38, 40 and 42. Verse 45 records taking the census by number. The Jews, like their Muslim counterparts, placed much store on ancestral lineage because to them, a man was judged not by who he was or who he was able to become through his own sweat equity, but rather, who his father wasand more importantwho his fathers father was. While Saddam claims direct ancestral linkage to Saladin, it is a lineage that he knowsand most Muslim clerics knowwould not withstand the scrutiny of an ancestral census. Antichrist will be Scripturally confirmed as the Beast when his ancestral tree is run after he assumes global power. That census is noted in Revelation 13:14. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast; for it is the number of a man; and that number is six hundred three score and six. In the Greek text, we see the word number is arithmos, which means a specific number. The number of the beast, 666, is not a general term. It is the specific census number of a specific person. Just as your social security number, or your new personal identifier that will appear on your personal National ID Card will specifically identify only you, 666used as a census numberwill specifically identify only Antichrist. That census must necessarily go through a handful of historic people who are symbolically used in prophecy to identify Antichrist, and that genealogy must end up establishing his direct lineage to Abraham. If Antichrist is not directly related to Abraham through Ishmael and Esau, the Arabian peninsula, which is the land given to Israel by God, can be claimed only by someone else. Prophetically, when Antichrist is established as the savior of the modern world, he will become so popular that artifax honoring him will be sold around the world. As his genealogy is run, the world will learn that among his ancestors was Antiochus IV Epiphanes, the Seleucid ruler who ascended to the Seleucid throne in 175 B.C. and conquered Egypt in 171 BCAntiochus IV, who is described by Daniel in Dan. 8:23-25, is the subject of 1 Macabees (which appears only in the Catholic version of the Holy Writ). In addition, the history of Antiochus IV Epiphanes, through whom Antichrist is viewed by the prophet Daniel, is adequately recorded in the Antiquities of the Jews. It would not surprise me too much to discover that this lineage included Sargon and Sennacherib the Assyrian King. The 666th direct, first-born descendant of Antichrist will prove either to be Abraham, the patriarch of both the Muslims and the Jews or Ishmael, his first born son.
of King Abdullah II, the Hashemite King
Muhammadwho preached one god to a polytheistic culturepromoted himself as Gods only prophet (or Apostlea word Muhammad used often to describe himself). Muhammads monotheistic views were antithetical to the pagan society in which he lived. As long as the local ruler, Abu Talib was living, Muhammad was protected. When Abu Talib died, Muhammad and a handful of his followers were driven from Mecca. Muhammad migrated from Mecca to Medina. Medina had an extensive Jewish community. Muhammads early converts were largely Jews or Palestinians whose ancestors were Jews left behind in Palestine during the Assyrian and Babylonian captivities. It would not be until Muhammad returned to Mecca with an army of Islamic converts and subdued the city that Arabs became converts to Islam. It is important for Christians throughout the world who believe that the Jews will not follow an Arab, believing him to be their Messiah, that around 630 AD Jews and Gentiles by the thousands did just that.
American Peace Process
It is pretty much the same in Afghanistan. The leaders of the Northern Alliance, whom the United States chose to support because they were Muslims, are as bad as the Taliban. It was atrocities committed against the Pashtuns by the Northern Alliance that spawned the Taliban. Both the Taliban and the Northern Alliance are dangerousand both of them hate the United States and despise the theological diversity this nation sanctions. We are, in the eyes of all Muslims (in the United States as well as abroad), the Great Satan.
The Northern Alliance is using the United States at this moment to win back their country. Once they have become sufficiently entrenched and have established themselves as the government, (the multicultural government rhetoric notwithstanding) they will resist efforts on the part of the United States and Pakistan to force them into a power-sharing arrangement with the Pashtuns and quite possibly the Taliban, creating a new diplomatic crisis that the Bush Administration will not be able to deal with and continue its War on Terrorism. Thats why the Bush people are offering the Northern Alliance a $10 billion foreign aid package to create a loya jirga (a grand tribal council) and share power with the southern tribes like the Pashtun, the Tajik, and even the Taliban. The former king of Afghanistan, Mohammed Zahir Shah, was from the Tajik tribe. He was deposed by the Northern Alliance which installed Burhanuddin Rabbani as the Afghan president. Rabbini was deposed when the Taliban overran Afghanistan. Neither side wants Afghanistan to become a democratic nation. Each side wants a theocracy that is ruled by them. The Muslim nations watching what is happening in Afghanistan are less concerned about the Taliban being overthrown than they are about seeing infidels on the ground in a Muslim nation. It is for that reason that King Abdullah II acted as George W. Bushs secret emissary to the Islamic Turkish government that led to the decision of Turkey to place Muslim ground troops in the regionand it is the reason that Jordan itself has offered to send troops to Afghanistan as well. The Northern Alliance has already discouraged England from sending 6,000 British commandos and regular army troops into the region and has told the United States it does not want American marines on the ground, either. The Northern Alliance has tolerated American special ops on the ground only because they needed American bombs and guided missiles to soften up a well-entrenched, superior enemy. As the Northern Alliance become more entrenched in Kabul and around Afghanistan they will become more reactionary Muslim and will demand that the United States withdraw all ground troops from Afghan territory. If the new Afghanistan government is not a coalition government that Pakistan feels comfortable with, Pakistan will go on heightened military alert. Pakistan, you will recall, funded the creation of the Taliban to rid Afghanistan of the Northern Alliance several years ago. Pakistan is a nuclear power that will not hesitate to use its nuclear muscle against Afghanistan if it feels threatened. It is likely that whatever legitimate government is established in Afghanistan will seek out regional allies such as Turkey and Pakistans archenemy, India, to keep Pakistan in check since India is also a nuclear power. Instead of cooling off a regional terrorist hot spot, the United States has abetted in the creation of a new nuclear hot spot since both India and Pakistan has already indicated a willingness to use nuclear weapons against each other.
timing is right now for peace in the Mideast
As Palestinians and Israelis continue to kill each other in record numbers along the West Bank of the Jordan River as the Palestinian Liberation Front and Hamas seeks a Palestinian homeland within the State of Israel, the United States and the Muslim nations in the Mideast and around the world are facing a new quandary created by the World Trade Center tragedy. George W. Bush has made it clear not only to the G-20 industrial leaders of the world but to the Islamic nations in the Mideast, Africa, and the Asian subcontinent that the United States will wage its War on Terrorism until the last terrorist is deadwherever that terrorist is found. And, if the nations in which those terrorists are found will not surrender the terrorist, those nations will feel the full wrath of the military might of the United States of America. Clearly the Saddam Husseins of the world are not happy that the sleeping giant was awakened on September 11 since each of them had enjoyed eight years of kicking the United States and triumphantly thumping their chests to show their neighbors they were not afraid of America when Bill Clinton was at the helm of the ship of state of America.
As much as the Muslim nations in the Mideast hate both the Jews and the infidels who support them, they are now faced with the question of whether or not they are going to escape the wrath of the angry giant who has pledged to destroy every terrorist cell in the world since every Muslim nation in the world has financially, if not morally, supported both the global and regional terrorist organizations who are dedicated to the destruction not only of Israel but the democracies of the West whom they believe have controlled the destinies of all of the nations of the world throughout the 20th century. Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and most of all, Kuwait have opened their wallets to the Hezbollah, Hamas, the al Qaeda and other Islamic terrorist organizations around the world who have directed terrorist attacks against the United States and against American people around the world. None of the Muslim nations in the Mideast who profit by selling their oil (which is actually owned by American and British oil companies that are, themselves, owned by either Rothschild or Rockefeller interests) to America know at what point evidence will suddenly be uncovered by the American military, the NSA or the CIA which will conclusively prove that nations complicity with Osama bin Laden or some other terrorist in their aiding and/or abetting bin Laden in the planning or execution of the September 11 Tragedy that will bring them into the crosshairs of the American military. The Bush Administration has already tracked bin Laden funding through several Saudi charities. The Bush Administration knows that the Red Crescent (the Islamic version of the Red Cross) has dispersed more money to terrorist organizations like Hamas and al Qaeda than they have to health-related issues or disaster relief in Muslim nations. The unanswered question in the minds of many Mideast leaders is: does what they have done rise to the level requiring American retaliation? Are they on Americas hit list?
Iraq knows it is. Yemen knows it is. Iran knows it is. Somolia knows it is. The Sudan knows it is. Libya knows it is. However, since every Muslim nation in the world has financially supported the terrorists who killed Americans in Somolia, in Lebanon, in Israel, in Saudi Arabia, in Libya, in Egypt, in the Sudan and in western European nations where they were the unintended victims of terrorism, none of themSaudi Arabia, Qatar and Egypt includedcan be absolutely positive that they are immune from Americas wrath...if not militarily then economically.
Each of those nations now has an incentive to listen to the peace-building campaign of King Abdullah II. Abdullah has received assurances from George W. Bush that the United States will back his move, adding the military clout of America to put some bite behind Abdullahs bark. The Abdullah Initiative will offer Israel, for the first time, collective guarantees from 22 Islamic nations stretching from the Mideast to Africa. In his declaration, Abdullah called for his fellow Arab leaders to ...recognize the worlds new realities after September 11... and acknowledge that what has happened in America has made the Arab-Israeli conflict secondary to battling terrorism worldwide. The pan-Arab declaration would provide the underpinning for the ...integration and security of Israel into the [Mideast] region.
The idea of integrating Israel into the Mideast economy as an equal trading partner has always been an anathema to most of the Arab States. Even Egypt, which was pressured by the United States to sign a peace accord with Israel in 1979an act that caused the assassination of Anwar Sadat in 1981has refused to promote trade or cultural exchanges between the two nations. The Israelis refer to the Camp David Accord as the cold peace (as opposed to the cold war). Every peace initiative that has been offered to Israel has been a proposal in which the Jews were promised peace in exchange for the land taken by Israel during the Six Day War in June, 1967 when Israel defeated Egypt, Syria and Jordan in six days. During that brief war, Israel took all of the West Bankincluding Jerusalemand a large portion of the Sinai Desert from Egypt as well as a large section of land from Syria. When the war concluded, Israel refused to give back any of the land it had taken from its Arab neighbors. Neither the United States nor the UN, which has been trying to force Israel to surrender land for peace, realizes that the land God gave to Israel was an inheritance [Numbers 34; Joshua 1:2; Ezekiel 47:13-23] given in perpetuity. The Jews have no authority on their own to surrender their land to anyone else. In fact, Scripture necessitates that if a Jew sells his land, he must sell it to another Jewand, during the Year of Jubilee (every 50 years)the land reverts back to the original family, thus maintaining the integrity of the tribal identity of those land owners.
It was because former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu refused to engage in a land swap for peace with the Palestinians that the Clinton Administration decided to interfere with Israeli politics. At the urging of Bill Clinton, Ehud Barak retained the services of Clinton spinmeister James Carville to slander Netanyahu with Clintonesque spin, bringing about the downfall of the Lukid Partys candidate in the general election. Barak, who had pledged to do the land swap for peace for Clinton, found himself at odds with the Jewish people who knew you cant bargain with terrorists. Barak quickly lost favor, and his government collapsed.
Since Israel would much rather go to war with the Arabs than cede more land for empty promises of peace and security, the peace talks remain at an impasse. King Abdullah II seems to be the only one who is currently aware that all of the issues surrounding the security of Israel must be resolved before the issue of a Palestinian state can even be addressed. In a discussion with King Abdullah over the prospects of a Palestinian state on the West Bank, with East Jerusalem serving as a Palestinian capitol, British Prime Minister Tony Blair told Abdullah that Israel will never disappear and, in his opinion, it remained to be seen if a Palestinian state would ever appear. Talking on British radio, Abdullah admitted that ...as an Arab, I dont know whether or not therell be a Palestinian state.
While it appears that King Abdullah II has taken on an impossible task, there are only two Muslim nations standing in the way of his accomplishing his objective: Iraq and Syria. Moammar Gadhafi, the king of terrorism in the 1980s, announced at a recent Arab Summit in Cairo that he joined King Abdullah in favoring a pan-Arab declaration such as the one promoted by Abdullahproviding any treaty with Israel contained a condition that would grant the Palestinians a capitol in East Jerusalem. Since both Iraq and Syria are high up on Americas list of nations who sponsor terrorism, both might well be on George W. Bushs list of targets that will be struck before Americas War on Terrorism is over. If Saddam Hussein and Bashar Assad are eliminated from the power equationand Sunni moderates take control of the Persian theocracy in Iranit is likely that King Abdullahs plan to create a lasting peace in the Mideast will easily be accomplished. Already many of the Muslim heads of state have seen the handwriting on the wall and have publicly, in the international arena, moderated their stance out of fear of American retaliation. Privately, out of fear of their own clerics who control the fatwa, they are not quite so open in their support of the United States. In fact within their borders, America remains the Great Satan and the Jews remain a people that must be eradicated.
President George W. Bush is reluctant to publicly back King Abdullahs grand play too loudly or too openly until he is assured the Hashemite king cannot fail. You cant play that card, Bush told Abdullah, if theres a chance for failure. What happens if it fails? You are going to have to wait for years...It must be 99% clear... His Christian upbringing notwithstanding, Bush does not seem to realize that God has already decreed that it would work. It is, after all, part of Gods master plan in the end times. The plan will succeed. It appears, at least today, that the emissary who will guarantee the peace and security of Israeland fulfill Daniels prophecywill be King Abdullah II of Jordan. But, we must wait and see if some other Mideast ruler rises to the occasion and assumes the lead role. However, none of the other leaders of the Mideast have Abdullahs pedigree...and, in the Mideast, everything has to do with who your fathers father was.