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According to Scripture, an aggressive and authoritarian ruler identified as “Gog” will arise from Russia (known in Biblical times as “Magog”) to lead a coalition of nations against Israel, in what is known as the Ezekiel 38-39 war, in the last days.

Since this ruler is likely that of either a current or future leader of Russia, and the stage appears to be set for the Ezekiel 38-39 war, there may well be a credible candidate for Gog, and there is: Vladimir Putin. Little is known about this man, who was catapulted from obscurity into the seat of Russian power. What is known, however, is that Putin very closely fits the description of Gog...

Russian President Vladimir Putin

1. Gog is a dictator with such powerful reputation to where countries of the world hesitate to confront him directly (Ezekiel 38:13). Putin is an undisputed dictator, and him and his Russia are already becoming so powerful that no one in the world can stop them. Forbes has named Vladimir Putin the world’s most powerful person four years in a row. Garry Kasparov in his book, "Winter Is Coming" says, “Putin’s Russia is clearly the biggest and most dangerous threat facing the world today.” Time magazine (2014) makes the case that Vladimir Putin does not see himself as Russia’s president or prime minister but rather as her modern Czar (Gog is a title like “Czar”). Putin is certainly living up to his name - Vladimir - which means: Universal ruler

2. Gog invades the tiny nation of Israel (Ezekiel 38). Putin and his Russia have a history of moving in and conquering weak nations. Putin's invaded the country of Georgia (occupies 20 percent of the country), southern Ukraine's Crimea peninsula (annexed it, made it part of Russia), eastern Ukraine (controls it today), and has taken over the Syrian government. According to Joel C. Rosenberg:
"He is invading one country after another, and you know the saying, 'If you give a mouse a cookie, he'll want a glass of milk. Putin has eaten a whole bag of Oreos, and now he just grabbed the dairy farm and no one is stopping him."

3. The manner in which Gog invades Israel is fast and overpowering (Ezekiel 38:9; Daniel 11:44). Putin has a record of calculated and overpowering violence. Masha Gressen in her book, "The man without a face" says, "...Putin painted himself as consistently rash, physically violent man with a barely containable temper." For instance, Putin's childhood friend recalls that:
“If anyone ever insulted him in any way, Vladmir would immediately jump on the guy, scratch him, bite him, rip his hair out by the clump – do anything to humiliate him in any way… he would flare up and start expressing his outrage. He did this several times over”
Putin's overpowering violence and impulsive temper which manifested through the tentacles of the KGB/FSB (Russian intelligence agencies, the organizations Putin was a part of before becoming president), resurrected vertical power enabling him to effectively head a security state much like Hitler's Nazi SS. Is this the same barely containable temper that will “go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many”? (Dan. 11:44)

4. Gog’s motive for invading is to steal Israel's resources (Ezekiel 38:12). Putin is also infamous for taking what doesn't belong to him, including personal items and corporate assets that belong to other individuals and companies. One notable example is when Putin shutdown Russia’s largest privately owned oil & gas firm, Yukos, and salvaged its assets.

Here are just two other examples, taken from Gressen’s book, showing Putin’s reoccurring urge to steal:

  • In 2005, while hosting a group of American businessmen, Putin pocketed a 124-diamond Super Bowl ring of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft. 
  • In the same year, while hosted as a special guest in New York, Putin nodded to one of his bodyguards, who took a glass replica of a Kalashnikov automatic weapon filled with vodka and carried it out of the room, leaving the hosts speechless. 

5. Gog will likely steal Israel's massive quantities of natural gas and oil resources (see here; Ezekiel 38:12). Putin has actually completed his PhD on the subject of exploitation of natural resources! His PhD was entitled: ‘Natural resources and the development strategy for the Russian Economy’. So the idea of resource exploitation is well and truly entrenched in Putin's mind, AND he seems to have a strong urge to steal what doesn't belong to him. Not a good mix. 

Interestingly, right after Israel's major oil find in the Golan Heights, Putin called the Israeli PM and offered to guard Israel’s oil and gas assets. Then, Putin ordered troops into Syria, beginning the Russian military intervention in Syria - it's possible that Putin’s interest in assisting Syria is connected to this recent oil discovery! It would appear that Putin has his eye on the spoil (Ezek. 38:12).

6. Gog will provide air cover (planes and helicopters) for the multitude of troops he has moving up the mountains on Syria's side of the border (Ezekiel 38:4-6). In the fall and winter of 2015, Putin sent hundreds of troops, many planes, helicopters, drones and other weapons to a military base in Syria. With each passing day, Vladimir Putin is getting more deeply involved in the Middle East: He's sending in more troops; better planes, helicopters and drones; and more powerful and advanced weapons. On top of that, Putin has a second base under construction; a radar and missile defense system under construction; helicopter pads, air traffic control towers, storage buildings and mobile housing units under construction, and more. Gog prepares for himself and all his allies (Ezek. 38:7).

Russian military forces arrive in Syria

7. Gog is masterful in secret planning and forms an evil plan (Ezekiel 38:10). Putin is, without doubt, masterful in secret planning and a man with a plan. Putin's master plan is to destroy the West by breaking up the European Union, dividing NATO, frustrating and unnerving the United States, and expanding Russia’s global influence (in an attempt to recapture the power of the former Soviet Union). Is it too difficult to imagine a time when Putin devises an evil plan against Israel?

Putin meeting with Iran leader
8. Gog will attract many allies to fight with him; and he will take command of their troops (Ezekiel 38:5-7). Putin's recently met with many leaders and announced plans for Russia, along with Iran, Sudan and Turkey (all Russian allies in the battle of Gog and Magog) to step up their military co-operation! These countries respect his leadership and seem to be getting along with him.

Interestingly, in the Ezekiel 38 alliance, "Put" is with them (Ezek. 38:4). Put refers to modern day Libya, but could it also be an abbreviation for Putin?

9. Gog will act as a guard to his allies and justify his aggression as self defence of them (Ezekiel 38:7). We can see Putin "being a guard", and justifying his aggression as self defence, in the recent invasions. For instance, Putin's justification for the actions in Crimea was one of help for Russian speaking peoples who feel oppressed and not represented by the political authorities who are over them.

Interestingly, there are reportedly over half a million Russian speakers living in Israel. Is it too difficult to imagine a time when the Russians, led by Putin, will storm into Tel Aviv and Jerusalem to 'protect' these Russian speakers from so called oppression? Could this be a way that Gog justifies his invasion of Israel?

Putin says he reserves right to protect Russians in Ukraine - The Washington Post

10. Gog is an adversary of God (Ezekiel 38:3-4). Certainly this is true of Putin, since he is both a Communist and an atheist. For a long time, the leaders among those who sought to oppress and destroy human beings, and to wipe out Christianity, were Communist Russia and China.

Could Putin be Gog?The coming person of Gog will not be known until the events of Ezekiel 38-39 take place, so it’s too early to draw such a conclusion. That being said, all of Putin's actions indicate that he could—and I strongly believe he will—fulfill a Bible prophecy that was recorded millennia ago. If Putin is indeed Gog, it seems highly likely the invasion of Israel by the northern coalition will occur in the next 6 years, for three reasons:

  1. Russia’s constitution states that the president may serve no more than two consecutive terms, meaning Putin would be obligated to step down in 2024
  2. Putin is aged 66, and the average life expectancy for a male in Russia is 66. 
  3. The stage is set for the fulfillment of Ezekiel 38-39.

If Putin is not Gog, then he is certainly setting the scene for Gog to arise!

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    "When you see all these things, you will know that He is near, right at the door." (Matthew 24:33)

    Jesus was quite clear that no human knows the day or hour of His return for the Church (Mark 13:32). He did, however, say that when we see the signs of His soon coming we can be sure that “summer is near” (Mt. 24:32). It would appear that we are on the verge of summer. Here's a small timeline outlining some of the latest prophetic events, from 2001 to 2019, indicating that the rapture is right around the corner...

    1. APR 1, 2001 - Netherlands became the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage. Ever since, a domino effect across the world has led to dozens of countries legalizing gay marriage (currently 27, and the list is growing all the time), an official endorsement of sin not even seen in Sodom. The only other time in history when homosexual "marriage" was practiced was … during the days of Noah. And guess what? That was the final straw that led to the FloodRemember, Jesus said He would return at a time when society resembled “the days of Noah” (Matthew 24:37)!

    There are now 27 countries where gay marriage is legal.

    Jesus also said the time immediately before His coming would be as it was in the days of Lot (Luke 17:28). Though homosexual "marriage" was not practiced, homosexuality was also rampant in Sodom and Gomorrah. Likewise, the angels decided this sin was the last straw for Sodom and forcibly removed Lot and his family from the city before it was destroyed with fire!

    In only the last few years has homosexual sin, as well as transgenderism, reached its zenith. Homosexuality has become the 'norm', and by destroying the institution of marriage, the "gay rights" LBGQTI movement made possible the transgender revolution, which has been sweeping across the world since late 2013. Several new words have entered our English language: cisgender, gender-fluid, non-binary (gendered), pansexual, trans, and transgender. There are now 114 different gender options listed on Tumblr and dozens of proposed gender-neutral pronouns. Children are having sex change operations. Gender is being eliminated on birth certificates. The media is fixated with stories of men’s transformation into women and women who have operations to be like men. The “gender theory” is being infiltrated into educational materials for children...

    Did the pre-Flood world have even this level of sexual immorality before judgment? I seriously think not, which makes one wonder: if we've surpassed the level of homosexuality and sexual immorality that existed in Noah's day, and this particular sin was the final straw before judgment, how close are WE to judgment?

    RFID microchip implant in the hand
    2. MAY 11, 2002 - The Jacobs family volunteered to be the first consumers to receive an RFID microchip implant (the VeriChip) and underwent the chipping procedure which was broadcast live on American television (BBC 11 May 2002). According to VeriChip, about 2,000 persons had been implanted worldwide by the end of 2008. Today, there are a few unsolicited studies that forecast that VeriChip (now under the new corporate name Positive ID) will sell between 1 million and 1.4 million chips by 2020! Bible prophecy foretells about a coming mark, called the "mark of the beast", that is going to be put into everyone's right hand or forehead (Revelation 13:15-18). 

    Furthermore, GPS-enabled RFID chips can keep track of your every move so that no man can “buy or sell” without the approval of a central government (Revelation 13:17).

    3. JUN 29, 2007 - The first ever iPhone was released, causing smart phones to become mainstream for the first time. Smart phones, along with satellite televisions (est. 1962) and the Internet (est. 1974-1983), allow for the gospel to be preached to the WHOLE world (Malachi 1:11; Matthew 24:14), and the two dead witnesses to be seen by the ENTIRE world over the span of three and a half days (Revelation 11:9; 10).

    In addition, smart phones can track your location anywhere there are cell towers and your activity online is constantly being monitored by companies and governments. Mass surveillance would make it easier for a totalitarian government to control its citizens (Revelation 13:17). 

    The first iPhone was released in 2007 (Photo: Apple)

    4. JAN 3, 2009 - The Bitcoin network, which is the only international currency out of the almost 200 currencies of the world, came into existence. A cashless society (with electronic transactions that can be monitored) would make it easier for the Antichrist to control all buying and selling (Revelation 13:17). Could Bitcoin be the means for the Antichrist to control the financial system of this world and in turn, the people? Time will tell, for now we can just speculate.

    Nonetheless, the worldwide infrastructure for mark of the beast commerce is present and widespread social acceptance of such a system is perhaps only a year or two away. Digital payment methods, like Paypal, Google pay, NFC payments and Credit Cards, became well established in countries across the world by the 2010’s making this possible. There are now reports that cash usage will be surpassed by debit cards and contactless payments in a few years!

    5. JAN 17, 2009 - Fifteen miles off of the coast of Israel, the Tamar field, which is a natural gas field large enough to fill 40 percent of Israel’s energy needs, was discovered. This was the first of several such fields Israel would discover in 2012 and 2013. But wait—there’s more! In 2015, a massive oil reserve ten times larger than average oil fields in other parts of the world was discovered in the Golan Heights. If Israel is able get to it, the field could make the Jewish state self-sufficient in oil for years! Gog (Russia) will invade Israel with the prime motivation of seizing spoil and carrying off plunder (Ezekiel 38:12). Could it be oil and gas? 

    Interestingly, there are reports that oil production in the surrounding countries will peak in a few short years, which would affect Russia and perhaps drag her into the Gog-Magog War. Some believe Russia’s peak oil production could be just three years away! Could the Gog-Magog War also be just a few years away? If the war takes place in the first half of the tribulation period, how much closer is the rapture? 

    The Tamar gas rig, located 23 kilometers (14 miles) west of the city

    6. SEP 2, 2009 - The Earth is overdue, and more vulnerable than ever, for a devastating solar storm. Based on historical precedence, experts predict that a massive solar storm should hit our planet roughly once every 150 years. The last one, known as the Carrington Event, happened in 1859 — 156 years agoThere is strong indication that Earth will be adversely impacted by a major solar storm right before the Second Coming (Revelation 16:8-9; Revelation 16:10-11). 

    Interestingly, Earth’s sun goes through an 11-year cycle of increased and decreased activity, and the next peak activity (when the possibility of a solar storm hitting Earth is at its highest) is due around 2024–2025. If the time is ripe for a major solar storm on Earth, and this judgment is unleashed at the end of the tribulation period, how much closer is the rapture?

    Solar flare captured on August 31, 2012, taken from the Solar Dynamics Observatory.

    Earthquake in Tiberias
    7. OCT, 2013 - In a rare occurrence, a series of five minor earthquakes struck northern Israel during one week in late October 2013. Ever since, seismic activity has been increasing in Israel with experts fearing a "big one" may still yet be due. Just this year, a chain of dozens of tremors in July reignited experts' fears. Bible prophecy foretells that several catastrophic earthquakes will strike Israel in the tribulation period (Ezekiel 38:18-20; Revelation 11:13; 16:17-21). Based on historical precedence, experts predict that a major earthquake occurs in Israel every 80–100 years on average. The last major earthquake was on July 11, 1927 — 91 years ago!

    With the sudden increase in seismic activity, and the fact that Israel is overdue for a major earthquake, it's no wonder the experts' predictions of a major quake within a few months are not unfounded (see: Coming Soon: A Devastating Earthquake). If the time is ripe for a major earthquake in Israel, and the earthquake takes place in the tribulation period, how much closer is the rapture? 

    8. SEP 14, 2015 - Russia moved their military forces out of Russia and into Syria. Thus, the three most powerful nations involved in the invasion force that attacks Israel (Ezek. 38) - Russia, Iran, and Turkey - now reside in Syria, with their military forces camped on Israel's border. And not just any border - Israel's northern border. Remember, Ezekiel said the Gog of Magog invasion force will come from the north (Ezekiel 38:15; Ezekiel 39:2). Never before have the military forces of these three nations been on Israel's northern border at the same time. And never in the history of the world, have the three formed an alliance. At least that is, until now...

    Presidents Hassan Rouhani of Iran, Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey and Vladimir Putin of Russia

    Meanwhile, the other three nations involved in the invasion force - Libya, Algeria and Sudan - are already closely aligned with Russia and hostile to Israel. If the stage is set for the Gog-Magog War, and the war takes place in the first half of the tribulation period, how much closer is the rapture? 

    Sophia (robot)
    9. FEB 14, 2016 - Sophia, the first ever rationale robot with human traits, was activated. The robot is modeled after actress Audrey Hepburn. There is strong indication that the "living" image (statue) of the Antichrist, which is constructed in the tribulation period (Revelation 13:14-15), will be an Artificial Intelligence (AI) robot. Sophia's range of facial expressions and the quality of simulated human voice, which make Sophia look and sound less like a robot and more like a human, clearly demonstrates that the technology for making an "image of the beast" (and for it to speak) is present. See the recent video below, displaying just how far robotics has come!

    Interestingly, Forbes just reported that 2019 will witness the emergence of avatars or images of a person that will in essence be their AI counterpart...

    China's AI news anchor - YouTube

    10. 2017 - A record-breaking year for heat and extreme weather (natural disasters). Even secular news sources and mainstream media recognize the unprecedented number and severity of natural disasters the world experienced in 2017 (see: 2017 — a year of disaster). The US, for instance, was struck by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria combined with devastating Western wildfires and other natural catastrophes. Bible prophecy foretells that one of the signs of the last days, leading up to Jesus' return, is the appearance of earthquakes (Matthew 24:7). The Greek word for “earthquakes” is seismos, which can also refer to violent storms involving wind and water (see—Mark 4:37).

    The three biggest hurricanes of 2017 making landfall in the US. Courtesy of Chris Dolce

    Interestingly, according to the Advanced National Seismic System (ANSS) composite catalog, recent years have seen a marked increase in the number of earthquakes with a magnitude of 8.0 or greater:

    • 1900's - 3 earthquakes
    • 1910's - 0 earthquakes
    • 1920's - 1 earthquake
    • 1930's - 1 earthquake
    • 1940's - 1 earthquake
    • 1950's - 1 earthquake
    • 1960's - 3 earthquakes
    • 1970's - 2 earthquakes
    • 1980's - 3 earthquakes
    • 1990's - 7 earthquakes
    • 2000's - 13 earthquakes
    • 2010's - 10 earthquakes so far

    The 20th Century witnessed 22 earthquakes with a magnitude of 8.0 or greater, but already the 21st Century has seen 23 such earthquakes (within just 18 years!). If that pace continues, we'll see 128 earthquakes of 8.0 magnitude or greater by the end of this century! It certainly appears to be reaching a climax.

    Site of the new US embassy in Jerusalem
    11. DEC 6, 2017 - Donald Trump announced the US will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. In response, a total of 128 countries came together to back a UN resolution which called on the US to remove its recognition of Jerusalem (one tiny city on the entire planet!) as the capital of Israel on December 21, 2017. To make matters worse, Donald Trump decided to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem on May 14, 2018 (Israel's 70th Anniversary), dramatically energizing the controversy over Jerusalem. The Bible warned that the issue of Jerusalem would become the center of world attention, and all surrounding nations would be united against her, in the end times (Zechariah 12:1-3)! According to J.D. Farag: 
    "When you hear of Israel in the news it is God's prophetic minute hand, but when you hear of Jerusalem in the news it is God's prophetic second hand."
    If the world is already focused on Jerusalem, and it will be the focus of the tribulation period, how close is the rapture?

    12. DEC 7, 2017 - China set a world record in mobilizing the largest swarm of drones in history (over 1,000 miniature drones). There is strong indication that the plague of “demonic locusts” which attack and torture humanity in the first half of the tribulation (Revelation 9:1-11) will be a swarm of micro-dronesFlying 1,108 tiny dronebots in as a single unit (and currently 1,374 drones, as of 2018) clearly demonstrates that the technology for the locust swarm is present. 

    Hundreds of drones lit up the night sky above Guangzhou, China, breaking a world record for the most drones in a single display

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    According to Scripture, the greatest political leader in history - the man of lawlessness (a.k.a. the Antichrist) - will arise from Europe, to seek world domination and deceive countless people near the time of Christ's return.

    Somewhere at this very moment on Planet Earth, the Antichrist is almost certainly alive, and there is much speculation about the identity of this Antichrist. Among the speculation, some of the more popular Antichrist candidates include: Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Jared Kushner and Pope Francis.

    Yet, out of all the Antichrist candidates who have come and gone, Emmanuel Macron, who became President of France on the 14th of May, 2017, has generated more end-time buzz than any other world leader that I know! This is because Macron seems to fit the exact characteristics of the Antichrist in so many ways...

    French President-elect Emmanuel Macron (Photo: The Telegraph)

    1. The Antichrist will rise suddenly from obscurity (Daniel 7:8; 8:9). Many news reports speak of Macron's meteoric rise from obscurity, appearing out of nowhere! A year before the French election, Macron had no political party and no previous electoral experience. Two years before, he was a virtual nobody. See: Who’s behind the mysterious rise of Emmanuel Macron?

    Further still, France has been in chaos from all the terrorist attacks and the far-right Front National candidate, Marine Le Pen, seemed the only answer to the madness. And yet, Emmanuel Macron won a landslide victory over Marine Le Pen in the French election. At age 39, he is the youngest President France has ever had, and not since 1958 and Charles de Gaulle has a French President ever won such a powerful majority, taking 351 out of 577 seats! Macron’s rise has been nothing short of meteoric. It is in fact unprecedented. 

    2. The number 666 will be related to the Antichrist and is possible to be computed (Revelation 13:18). According to Dr. E.W. Bullinger, "when the name of the Antichrist is known its gematria will doubtless be found to be the number 666". There are 36 (6) total characters in Macron's name (32 letters, 1 dash, 3 spaces). If you give each character a value of it's position and calculate the sum, you get 666 (1+2+3+...+36 = 666).

    Furthermore, Macron won the French presidency by 66.06% of the vote and assumed office on May 14, 2017 (Israel’s 69th anniversary as a reborn nation, what a coincidence!).

    3. The Antichrist will claim to be God and is worshiped (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4). Macron has already claimed he will "Rule like the Roman god Jupiter," in homage to the highest pagan god in the Roman and Greek pantheons, the king of all the gods in ancient roman religions (see here). In open reference to this, Macron's own nickname in France now is “Jupiter”. Other names given to him include, "Jesus Macron", "Europe’s Savior" and “the new Louis XIV” (or the “Sun King” reborn).

    Macron seems to adore the attention, even (jestingly) allowing people to draw attention to the origin of his own name “Emmanuel,” which of course means in Hebrew “God is with us.” In fact, all parts of his name call him some sort of God or Jesus, except his last name meaning: “a written or printed mark…”!

    This is the meaning of his full name:
    Emmanuel Jean-Michel Frédéric Macron
    Emmanuel - God with us
    Jean - gift from God
    Michel - who is like God?
    Frédéric - peaceful ruler (Prince of Peace is the title for Jesus Christ)
    Macron - a written or printed mark (The Antichrist is known to require people to take his mark in order to be able to buy or sell in the bible, known as the mark of the best - Rev. 13:16-17)

    Coincidently, he was born on 21 December 1977, which is the Winter Solstice or the shortest day of the year. The reason December 24 and December 25 were picked for Jesus' birthday is because those were considered to be the Winter Solstice, or the shortest day of the year...

    Technically being born on Christmas, and with the name of "Emmanuel", Macron could falsely claim that he is the fulfillment of the prophecy given in Isaiah 7:14:
    "Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel."

    4. The Antichrist will be a prince (Daniel 7:8; 9:26). Unlike most European and western leaders, Macron is technically a prince, becoming co-prince of Andorra, a small principality located between France and Spain, at the same time he assumed office! The remaining royalty in western and northern Europe have little or no power and are essentially just figureheads, but this particular royal has rocketed to power since he also holds the highest executive office in the country. Because of his party's sweep of legislative elections, some articles are even calling him a monarch who can rule by decree.

    5. The Antichrist will be of Roman descent, rising out of the revived Roman Empire (the European Union) (Daniel 9:26). Macron is a citizen of Europe with Roman ancestry through both sides of his family, and his country, France, is part of the revived Roman Empire (EU). Macron is working on uniting Europe which would be a return of this power, and is currently leader of one of the two most powerful countries in the EU.

    6. The Antichrist will be a sexual pervert and show no regard “for the desire of women” (Daniel 11:37). Strangely, young Emmanuel Macron (at age 15) fell in love with Brigitte Trogneux, a married teacher at his school, who at the time was 39! Despite her initial rejection of him and the fact that she was already a married mother-of-three, Macron did as he pleased and began an affair with Trogneux as a teenage boy nevertheless.

    Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte Trogneux, who's 24 years older

    The desire of women is to have a family and children. Macron said he doesn't want kids of his own. There are also rumors he's homosexual and has had affairs with a few men.

    Macron appears topless on cover of gay magazine
    7. I expect the Antichrist to be an extremely charismatic leader, who is seemingly friendly and charming when he deceives people. Macron is young, good looking and charming, according to many articles. Haaretz News had this to say about Macron:
    "When he takes the stage at rallies, you can feel Emmanuel Macron’s messianic dimensions – the audience’s near-sexual ecstasy, his followers’ blind faith, his speech writers’ evangelical messages. People yearn to get a picture with him, speak with him, touch him." 
    Macron's friend describes how the president is a “grand séducteur,” a man who uses his prodigious gifts to get whatever he wants. Macron, he explains, is a polymath, a person who is able to acquire significant expertise in a variety of different subjects to quickly become an expert in them, and that he uses this ability to ingratiate himself with others.

    The Financial Times, quoting a source who has known Macron well for years, detailed how, “…he seduces everyone. And then he kills.” The FT source says Macron is always charming, especially with enemies and those hostile to him. During the election, for example, Macron took particular pleasure in always trying to meet his opponents, even the most hostile, face to face. He did this, so the source says, because he was and is so confident of his own charm, and in his ability to “win people over.”

    8. I expect the Antichrist to be a clever psychopath who is ruthless towards others behind the scenes (Daniel 8:23). Macron’s leadership style is beginning to emerge, and it IS ruthless. For instance, President Francois Hollande made Macron a government minister, until Macron abandoned Hollande and ultimately took his job. Another instance was when Macron purged three well-established and senior ministers in the first few days of his administration. Macron has wasted no time in also lecturing, and greatly offending eastern and central European leaders on what he perceives as their collective failure to accept adequate amounts of refugees from the Middle East into their nations.

    Macron has told French politicians, from both left and right, they’ll have to play by his rules if they want to be in his camp (See: Macron lays down law to big beasts of French politics). Back in June, the whole world witnessed France's president publicly humiliating a teenager for calling him 'Manu' (see here). French president Emmanuel Macron, contrary to his public image, Sophie Pedder, says, ".... can be very ruthless when he wants to be.” 

    Macron’s consistently scornful approach to the normal rules and boundaries of life has led leading European psychiatrist Adriano Sagatori, who has studied Macron extensively, to actually declare him as a potential psychopath (source).

    9. The Antichrist will be a globalist (Rev 13:7), beginning his rise to prominence as a person who addresses some of the world’s major problems through diplomacy. He will appear to be the savior of the world (Rev 13:4). Emmanuel Macron is the darling of globalism, he is its very embodiment. Macron is such a globalist that he has stated that "the French culture does not exist." One prime example of Macron addressing wold problems is his role of leadership in the “Climate Change” global  farce. Interestingly, Climate Change, formerly known as “Global Warming” has always been considered the vehicle by which the Globalists will dominate and control the world’s economies.

    Macron has already been successful in France, representing all that is wrong in Europe: Socialism, no borders, immigration madness, Islam exaltation, and Godlessness. In France, Macron is already being called "Jesus Macron", Europe’s Savior and “Sun King” reborn. Last year, the Rothschild magazine portrayed Macron in a Christ-like walking-on-water photo with the headline "Europe's Saviour?":

    10. The Antichrist will be the most arrogant person of all time (Daniel 11:36; 8:25) since he will have the audacity to claim that he is God and will demand the world to worship him (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4). Macron's claim that he will "Rule like the Roman god Jupiter," is in effect a statement that he wants to rule "above every god" (Dan 11:36).

    Macron has been criticized for taking an arrogant approach, such as when he didn't conduct the traditional French presidents’ Bastille Day TV interview because his thoughts are “too complex” for such a forum. Leading European psychiatrist Adriano Sagatori states, “Like all psychopaths, he believes in his higher purpose. Macron does not love France and will not fight for the French people.” Sagatori continued, “Macron loves only himselfThe paradox is that he appears normal, but we have a case of full-blown narcissism." (source)

    By the way, this impression of Macron is not an isolated one, it seems to be echoed by many other people, especially those close to him. Even Emmanuel Macron's wife 'thinks he is arrogant'!

    11. The ultimate source of the Antichrist's power is Satan (Revelation 13:2), and Satan has [some] supernatural abilities (John 12:31; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Ephesians 2:2). Thus, I expect the Antichrist to possess some unusual or unique traits. A reporter followed Macron for a week and noticed some unique traits he displayed, documenting them in this article. These include not breaking in sweltering heat, possessing relentless energy (which he is renowned for), being able to look at someone and convince them to trust him with his "penetrating blue eyes", being able to recite perfect Greek, and playing both sides in a bid for a newspaper.

    Macron's former classmates reckon “he was not like the others". As a teenager and young adult, Macron was always hanging around older people – having dinners with his teachers, avoiding the advances of girls his own age (no regard “for the desire of women” - Dan 11:37), according to his former classmates.

    12. The Antichrist will rule a ten-nation confederacy which will rise out of a revived Roman Empire (the European Union) (Daniel 2:31-35; 40-45; 7:7-8; 19-24; Revelation 13:1-2; 17:3; 7; 12-16). Interestingly, Macron’s been pushing to bring together a core 10-nation “Coalition of the Willing” EU Army to prepare European armed forces to take action together in emergencies, and to bind Britain into military cooperation as it leaves the EU. Just this week, a coalition of ten European militaries ready to defend the continent’s borders has been unveiled in Paris, just days after Emmanuel Macron called for a “real European army”. See: Macron unveils European defence coalition

    13. I expect the Antichrist to be fluent in at least a few widely-spoken languages, including the English language. Macron does indeed speak English fluently and has even given a number of interviews in English with the British media. It is often joked that Macron speaks better English than Americans, including their president, Donald Trump!

    I do find it interesting that Macron consistently speaks the most common language of the day. A vast number of Europeans speak (or at least understand) English as a second language. Thus, is it any surprise that Macron would abandon use of his native tongue in favor of a common language? Here's a video of Macron speaking fluent English in an interview:

    Robert Peston speaks to Emmanuel Macron - Newsnight - YouTube

    Macron also speaks German (and who knows what else).

    14. The Antichrist is going to make, and sign, a seven-year peace treaty with Israel (Daniel 9:27). Interestingly, even Emmanuel Macron has wanted to offer Israel “Safety and Security” as he attempts to do what no one to date has been able to do: To bring peace between Israel and the PA. Macron is interested in being a significant factor in the attempts to renew talks between Israel and the PA, and the French are already working on their own peace plan (see here)!

    Apparently, if US President Donald Trump does not present his Israeli-Palestinian peace plan next month, Macron will issue a proposal of his own! See: Macron to unveil peace plan soon if Trump doesn't

    Macron calls for renewed Israeli-Palestinian peace talks

    15. The Antichrist will be smart economically, controlling the world’s economy (Revelation 13:16-17). Also, some think the Antichrist will be a Rothschild or one of their puppets - a must for all Antichrists with their love of global financial domination. Macron is very smart economically having worked for the Rothschilds banking corporation! In 2008, Macron became an investment banker with Rothschild, and surprisingly, was promoted from an entry level position with the Rothschild banking system to a partner after just two years. In just one meeting, Macron convinced the Rothschild banker to make him a partner within 3 hours of talking to him, which the banker said was unprecedented. He made a 10 billion dollar deal there, earning his nickname, “the Mozart of Finance,” and has a net worth of already $32 million despite saying he's not a millionaire in his presidential run documentary.

    In 2012, Macron left Rothschild to become deputy secretary-general at the Elysée for two years, then was quickly promoted to Minister of Economy and Finance. Ex-minister and senior civil servant Jean-Pierre Jouyet, told Macron at the time he took the job as economy minister: "You're the boss now." Macron was indeed a financial genius.

    16. The Antichrist is also a politician (Revelation 17:11-12). Macron's now arguably the most important political leader in Europe today, aside from Angela Merkel. After creating his own party En Marche (named with his own initials), then winning 350 out of 577 seats in the French parliament, all within one year of its creation, and now exploring creating his own party for the European Union and even his own political school - Macron's considered a political genius!

    17. The Antichrist will change times and the law (Daniel 7:25). Ever since Macron took office, he's been completely changing many labor laws in France, which have caused multiple violent protests, and wants to change Sunday work times.

    18. The Antichrist eventually forms his one-world religion (Revelation 17; 18). There is a strong case for this one-world religion being the Roman Catholic Church (see here). If this is the case, I expect the Antichrist to have some sort of link with Catholicism. Interestingly, Emmanuel Macron was born to non-religious, liberal parents but decided he wanted to be baptized a Catholic, at the age of 12, despite his parents' misgivings. He then received a Jesuit education until his last year of high school.

    In June, the French president, Emmanuel Macron, visited the pope at the Vatican (headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church) and was granted an unusually long meeting behind closed doors with Pope Francis (his longest meeting with a head of state) in which they discussed..
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    "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth" (Genesis 1:1)

    You may notice that there are some numbers that show up again and again in the Bible. The number seven, for instance, is found throughout the Bible and is widely recognized... The Sabbath on the 7th day; the 7 years of plenty and the 7 years of famine in Egypt; the 7 priests and 7 trumpets marching around Jericho... etc. These numbers are not in the Bible haphazardly or by chance.

    Unlike English, or other modern languages, each letter in the Hebrew and Greek alphabets have a standard and fixed number or numeric value attached to it (e.g. The first 10 letters have the values 1-10. The next 9 letters are valued 20, 30, ... 100). Not only letters, but also words and complete sentences have numerical values when these numbers are added together. 

    It appears the numbers that show up again and again in the Bible are all intertwined with the numerical values themselves (see here). This is even more remarkable considering the Hebrews began using numerical values after the Old Testament was written! So when God inspired the writers of the Scriptures, He led them to include mathematical patterns but had other men discover them at a later time...

    Hebrew Alphabet Table with Numerics

    Curiously, the Hebrew word for a sign is אות (e.g. Gen 1:14), and the Hebrew word for a letter of the alphabet is אות – the same word as that for a sign! Is each letter of the Hebrew alphabet, in itself, a sign that points to Jesus? I believe so...
    "Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me." (John 5:39)

    Genesis 1:1
    Throughout the Bible, in both Old and New Testaments, the numbers 3, 7, 37 and 73 show up frequently in the underlying numeric values. Both seven and three are numbers of perfection, or completion, picturing God's divine perfection and perfect order (though the number three, to a lesser degree than seven).

    Many believe that 37 is God's number because, in theomatics, 37 appears to be the base number on which all references to Jesus (God-the-Son) are structured! For instance, the Greek numerical value of the name JESUS is 888 (37 x 8), CHRIST is 1480 (37 x 8 x 5), JESUS CHRIST is 2368 (37 x 8 x 8), LORD is 999 (37 x 3 x 3 x 3) and GOD is 555 (37 x 3 x 5)... see 185 more examples here.

    In the very first verse of the Bible (Genesis 1:1), God sets the tone for Bible codes (hidden underlying numeric values) that continue richly throughout both the Old and New Testaments...
    "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth" (Gen 1:1)
     In Hebrew:

    Note: Hebrew reads from right to left.

    A listing of the phenomenal features of sevens & threes found in Genesis 1:
    1. 7 words in this verse
    2. 9 (3 x 3) words when contractions in Hebrew are expanded (similar to the English isn't)
    3. 3 words either side of middle word 
    4. 28 (7 x 4) letters in this verse. This is also the 7th triangular number (aka perfect number).
    5. 7 letters in each of the last four words
    6. The first 3 words (containing the subject) have 14 (x 2) letters
    7. The odd numbers among the 14 sums to 42 (7 x 3 x 2) 
    8. Even numbers among the 14 sums to 98 (7 x 7 x 2)
    9. The last four words (containing the object) also have 14  (x 2) letters
    10. The nouns have 14 letters (7 × 2)
    11. The middle word and the one before it are made up of 7 letters 
    12. The middle word and the one after it are made up of 7 letters
    13. Words 2 and 6 are made up of 3 letters
    14. Value of first and last letters of all 7 words = 1393 (7 x 199)
    15. Value of first and last letters of first and last words = 497 (7 x 71)
    16. Value of first and last letters of first half of the verse = 42 (7 x 3 x 2)
    17. Value of first and last letters of second half = 91 (7 × 13)
    18. Value of shortest word and only verb ברא [created] = 203 (7 x 29)
    19. Value of last letters of first and last words = 490 (7 x 7 x 10)
    20. Value of first, middle and last letters in verb ברא [created] = 133 (7 x 19)
    21. Value of first and last letters of each of the words in between = 896 (x 128)
    22. The 3 leading nouns in the verse (God, Heaven, Earth) have a numeric value of 777 (7 x 3 x 37
    23. Numerical value of all words = 2701 (37 x 73) =  37th hexagonal number and 73rd triangular number (aka perfect number)
    24. Numerical value of all words when contractions in Hebrew are expanded = 2275 (7 × 325)  
    25. Numerical value of words 1 and 3 = 913 + 86 = 999 (37 x x 3 x 3)
    26. Numerical value of words 1, 3 and 6 = 913 + 86 + 407 = 1406 (37 x 38)
    27. Numerical value of words 1, 3, and 7 = 913 + 86 + 296 = 1295 (37 7 x 5)
    28. Numerical value of words 1, 3, 6 and 7 = 913 + 86 + 407 + 296 = 1702 (37 x 46)
    29. Numerical value of words 1, 2 and 4 = 913 + 203 + 401 = 1517 (37 x 41)
    30. Numerical value of words 1, 2, 4 and 6 = 913 + 203 + 401 + 407 = 1924 (37 x 52)
    31. Numerical value of words 1, 2, 4 and 7 = 913 + 203 + 401 + 296 = 1813 (37 x 7 x 7)
    32. Numerical value of words 1, 2, 4, 6 and 7 = 913 + 203 + 401 + 407 + 296 = 2220 (37 x 3 x 20)
    33. Numerical value of words 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6 = 913 + 203 + 86 + 401 + 395 + 407 = 2405 (37 x 65)
    34. Numerical value of words 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 = 913 + 203 + 86 + 401 + 395 = 1998 (37 3 x 2)
    35. Numerical value of words 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7 = 913 + 203 + 86 + 401 + 395 + 296 = 2294 (37 x 62)
    36. Numerical value of words 2, 4 and 5 = 203 + 401 + 395 = 999 (37 x x 3 x 3)
    37. Numerical value of words 2, 4, 5 and 7 = 203 + 401 + 395 + 296 = 1295 (37 x 7 x 5) 
    38. Numerical value of words 2, 4, 5, 6 and 7 =  203 + 401 + 395 + 407 + 296 = 1702 (37 x 46)
    39. Numerical value of words 3 and 5 = 86 + 395 = 481 (37 x 13)
    40. Numerical value of words 3, 5 and 6 = 86 + 395 + 407 = 888 (37 x 3 x 8)
    41. Numerical value of words 3, 5, 6 and 7 = 86 + 395 + 407 + 296 = 1184 (37 x 32)
    42. Numerical value of word 6 = 407 (37 x 11)
    43. Numerical value of word 7 = 296 (37 x 8)
    44. Numerical value of words 6 and 7 = 407 + 296 = 703 (37 x 19) = 37th triangular number (aka perfect number)
    45. Numerical value of all words (2701) added to its reversal, 1027 = 2701 + 1027 = 3773
    46. The creation account from Gen 1:1 to 2:3 has exactly 1813 letters = 37 x 7 x 7

    Believe it or not, this list is not exhaustive of all the features in Gen 1:1! In total, 31 features of the number 7 have been discovered in this first verse and 23 combinations of 37 in the words + the total. That is more than 50 features! The odds of just 31 features of 7, found in Genesis 1:1, is 7 multiplied by itself 30 times (730) or 1 in 22,5 Septillion! This analysis does not not even take into account the 23 combination's of number 37. These through-the-roof statistical probabilities of encoded number patterns could not possibly be there by random chance. 

    There are literally thousands of such mathematical patterns underlying all of the books of the Old and New Testament (see some more examples here). Dr. Ivan Panin, a former agnostic, spent almost fifty years identifying theses structures, and it was his first discovery of this phenomenon that led to his conversion. Panin was so well known as a firm agnostic that when he discarded his agnosticism and accepted the Christian faith, the newspapers carried headlines telling of his conversion!

    Since God has purposefully designed the number 37 into the names of His Son (“Jesus” and “Christ”), and into His spoken word (the Bible), it shouldn't be surprising to find similar patterns also in His created life (the genetic code). In a sense, God could have also been describing DNA in John 1:14 by proclaiming - "the Word becomes Flesh" (John 1:14). In 2003, members of the Human Genome Project completed the first reference sequence of the human genome confirming that a 4-letter alphabet organized into three-letter WORDs are responsible for the creation of all flesh...

    37 in the Genetic CodeOver the past few years, a number of world-class scientists (none of whom are Christians) have reported the discovery of numerical patterns (specifically the number 37) in the universal genetic code...

    The genetic code, found in all living organisms, is the set of rules which translate DNA into proteins (the building blocks of all living cells) and does not alter as it is passed down through generations. The building blocks of proteins are amino acids and thus, the amino acids represent the very foundational building blocks of life. There are 20 universal amino acids of life that directly code for genes.

    When we place the 20 amino acids that directly code for genes in a 4 x 5 table and arrange them according to their chemical properties, we get a table where...

    1. The sum of the molecular masses of the TOP two rows with EXACTLY half of the central row = 372 + 0.025
    2. The sum of the molecular masses of the BOTTOM two rows with EXACTLY half the central row = 372 - 0.025
    3. The sum of the two INNER columns is EXACTLY 666 x 2 + 0.37 (which can be rewritten as 703 x 2 - 37 x 2 + 0.37)
    4. The sum of the two OUTER columns is EXACTLY 703 x 2 - 0.37 (which can be rewritten as 666 x 2 + 37 x 2 - 0.37)
    5. The sum of the ODD columns (the 1st and 3rd column) is EXACTLY 703 x 2 - 73 x 2 - 0.73
    6. The sum of the EVEN columns (the 2nd and 4th column) is EXACTLY 666 x 2 + 73 x 2 + 0.73

    Notice how the molecular mass of the INNER columns and the OUTER columns are built around the number 37 and 0.37 while the molecular mass of the ODD columns and the EVEN columns are built around the number 73 and 0.73. See: Miloje M. Rakocevic's peer-reviewed paper entitled "A Harmonic Structure Of The Genetic Code", Journal of Theoretical Biology 229 (2004) 221-234

    In another paper entitled “The WOW! signal of the terrestrial genetic code”, Vladimir I. Shcherbak and Maxim A. Makukov demonstrate how the nucleons in the human genome are mathematically arranged according to each of the triple repdigits (111 through 999). This is incredible because each of the triple repdigits are intimately related to that flawless number 37…

    • 111 (1 + 1 + 1 = 3 and 337 = 111)
    • 222 (2 + 2 + 2 = 6 and 2 x 3 37 = 222)
    • 333 (3 + 3 + 3 = 9 and 3 x 337 = 333)
    • 444 (4 + 4 + 4 = 12 and 4 x 3 x 37 = 444)
    • 555 (5 + 5 + 5 = 15 and 5 x 3 x 37 = 555)
    • 666 (6 + 6 + 6 = 18 and 2 x 3 x 337 = 666)
    • 777 (7 + 7 + 7 = 21 and 3 x 737 = 777)
    • 888 (8 + 8 + 8 = 24 and 8 x 337 = 888)
    • 999 (9 + 9 + 9 = 27 and 3 x 3 x 337 = 999)

    Additionally, if we sum 111 through 999, we get 4995 (37 x 135). Coincidentally, this is also the total value of the 27 (3 x 3 x 3) Hebrew characters! They draw the conclusion:
    “Accurate and systematic, these underlying patterns appear as a product of precision logic and nontrivial computing rather than of stochastic processes (the null hypothesis that they are due to chance coupled with presumable evolutionary pathways is rejected with P-value < 10–13).”
    See here for a more in-depth discussion.

    Finally, in a research paper published in Icarus, scientists have noted that the number 37 crops up another several times...

    1. The total molecular mass of the 20 amino acids = 2738 (37 x 74 (37th even number))
    2. The total mass of the molecular core shared by all 20 amino acids is 74 (37 x 2)
    3. The sum of the atomic numbers of all the different atoms found in DNA = 37 
    4. Of the 20 amino acids, 19 have 73 nucleons (protons and neutrons)
    5. Proline is the only amino acid out of the 20 that has 74 (37 x 2) nucleons (also the 37th even number) 
    6. Mitochondrial DNA contains exactly 37 genes, all of which are essential for normal mitochondrial function
    7. There are a total of 28 (7 x 4) codons (3 structural units within DNA) which have a total atomic mass of 1665 (37 x 3 3 x 5) and a combined side chain atomic mass of 703 (37 x 19) = 37th triangular number

    The scientists have a total of nine examples in their research paper published in Icarus, where they state that the chances of the number 37 appearing this many times by random in the genetic code is a staggering one in 10 trillion. Hence, they attribute this phenomenon to aliens! See: https://www.express.co.uk/news/science/781150/Aliens-created-genetic-code-life-dna

    But this CLEARLY demonstrates that the author of Genesis 1:1 is the SAME author of the human genome - GOD! God has purposefully designed the number 37 into His spoken word (the Bible), into His created life (the genetic code) and into the names of His Son (“Jesus” and “Christ”). 

    Regardless of the significance of these numbers, there is clearly evidence of design in the genetic code, which could not be random chance!

    The Value of Pi and e 
    Another remarkable proof for God from the numerical values of Genesis 1:1, along with John 1:1, is the discovery of the values of key mathematical constants to a high degree of accuracy...

    Genesis 1:1If you examine the numerical values of each of the Hebrew letters, and the numerical value of the words, and apply them to this formula:

    You get 3.1416 x 1017. The value of π to four decimal places!

    (Note: This isn't the first time that π has been found hidden in the Hebrew text. In 1st Kings 7:23, when one corrects the letter values for a variation of the spelling, the 46-foot circumference of Solomon’s “molten sea” is specified to an accuracy of better than 15 thousandths of an inch! This accuracy would seem to vastly exceed the precision of their instrumentation! See here)

    John 1:1
    "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."
    This time if you take the numerical value of each of the Greek letters, and the numerical value of the words, and apply them to the same formula:

    You now get 2.7183 x 1040, the value of e to four decimal places!

    Through THE EXACT SAME mathematical formula and both accurate to 5 digits! The accuracy of π calculated from the book of Genesis remained unsurpassed for over 1,700 years from the giving of the Torah to Moses in 1313 BCE. Similarly, the accuracy of e from the book of John (written in 96 CE) wasn't improved for over 1,600 years.

    Are these just coincidences?There are 90,000 possible 5 digit numbers from 1.0000 to 9.9999 that could have occurred from the above equations. The chance that the digit sequence 3.1415 occurs by coincidence is therefore 1/90,000. The chance that Euler’s number (e) is calculated from the Gospel of John 1:1 by the same equation to 5 correct digits, is also 1/90,000. The probability that both occur by random chance in these textually related verses is thus 1/90,000 x 1/90,000 = 1/ 8,100,000,000!

    Skeptics may rightly claim that these mathematical coincidences should apply to any verse from the Bible and then the odds would be much higher. However, it has been known for a long time that Genesis 1:1 and John 1:1 are intimately related, both textually and numerically (thereby strengthening the overall case for a mathematical design behind Genesis 1:1/John 1:1)...

    1. Genesis 1:1 and John 1:1 are the only two verses in the Bible that begin with the phrase "In the beginning"
    2. Genesis 1:1 and John 1:1 are known as the two great "Creation Verses" of the Bible (the former being the first verse of the Bible and the latter being the first verse of the final Gospel
    3. John 1:1-18 is the prologue to the gospel story, and it introduces Jesus as God's incarnate Word
    4. Genesis 1:1-2:3 is the prologue to the whole Bible, and it introduces God as the Creator of the world
    5. Numerical value of all words in Genesis 1:1 = 2701 (37 x 73) 
    6. Numerical value of all words in John 1:1 = 3627 (39 93) (also x 3 x 13 x 31!)
    7. The Greek numerical value of the “WORD”, appearing 3 times in John 1:1, is 373

    The list goes on... see more here. With this complementary link between the two verses, it is difficult to believe that this ‘1 in 8 billion’ coincidence of events is fortuitous. 

    Final ProofOne last incredible proof for God, also hidden within the powerful statement in Genesis 1:1, can be found when Genesis 1:1 is read backward. Genesis 1:1 in reverse reads:

    "Behold My Double, Moses, My Double! 
    Shall I not multiply whom I did multiply?"

    There are 27 letters used here, that is, 3 x 3. Note the intricate word positioning: the word "my double" is doubled, and is in turn parallel to the doubling of the word "I multiply," with "Moses," and "whom" in the middle:

    This opening riddle alone is so complex that to suppose that random chance made it is absurd! Furthermore, Genesis 1:1 read backward ALSO forms a word-by-word acrostic that reads: "She harnessed the sun!" 
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    The Woman riding the beast (revived Roman Empire)
    The one-world religion, that will exist during the tribulation period, is symbolized in Chapters 17 and 18 of Revelation by a Woman who rides on a beast.

    The Woman represents the end-time nation God calls Babylon (Rev 17:5). “Babylon” refers to both a city (Rev 17:18; 18:10, 16, 18, 21) and a religious system, known as the Harlot (Rev 17:1). The system is centered in this city.

    The Beast that the woman rides appears to be the same one as in Revelation 13:1-10 and Daniel 7:19–24. This Beast is the revived Roman Empire, which could be today's European Union, see here.

    Thus, the woman riding upon the beast symbolizes the church (religious system) controlling the state (revived Roman Empire).

    What is the identity of this religious system?Many argue the identity of this religion is the Roman Catholic Church based largely upon a literal reading of Revelation 17 and 18. Interestingly, the characteristics of the one-world religion given in these chapters, and some other scriptures, fit the Roman Catholic Church perfectly...

    1. She is a City (17:18). The Scriptures clearly reveal that this woman is a symbol of a “great city”, and some believe this city is the Vatican City - the seat of the Roman Catholic Church - an epitome of Church and City combined (just like Babylon)!

    Seven hills of Rome
    2. The city sits on seven hills (v. 9) and there is a sea port in the distance (18:17-19). The Roman Catholic Church has its headquarters (the Vatican) situated on seven hills. In the Encyclopedia Britannica, Rome is identified as, “The city of the seven hills, of treasures and tourists…” (Vol. 26, p. 980). The Catholic Encyclopedia states, “It is within the city of Rome, called the city of seven hills, that the entire area of Vatican State proper is now confined”1. Rome is also located right by the Tiber River and is about 15 miles from the Tyrrhenian Sea (part of Mediterranean Sea).

    3. On her forehead is her name: Mystery, Babylon (v. 5). The Bible often addresses a person or city under another name (e.g. Jerusalem is called "Sodom and Egypt" (Rev 11:8)), and interestingly, Rome was also known as Babylon. In his book, Catholicism and Fundamentalism, Catholic apologist Karl Keating writes: "Babylon is a code word for Rome. It is used that way six times in the last book of the Bible"2, and in extrabiblical works such as Sibylling Oracles (5, 159Q, the Apocalypse of Baruch (ii, 1), and Esdras (3:1). John couldn't come out and say that Rome would be judged and destroyed, as that would have invited more persecution.

    4. She is “the great whore…with whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication…” (v. 2). This is spiritual fornication, and only Rome, the headquarters of Roman Catholicism, fits this characteristic. For instance, the ecumenical movement in 1986 saw Pope John II gather in Assisi, Italy, with leaders of the world's major religions to pray for peace: snake worshippers, fire worshippers, spiritists, animists, Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus, and North American Indian witch doctors. All to the “same God.”

    5. The city “rules over the kings of the earth” (v. 18). In John's day it was the Rome of the Caesars that ruled the world. After the Caesars lost their power, the popes, during certain periods of history, have exercised their authority over certain kings. One eighteenth-century historian counted 95 popes who claimed to have divine power to depose kings and emperors.

    6. The Beast she rides is the revived Roman Empire (13:1). No city ruled the Roman Empire but Rome. Therefore, it would make sense if the Roman Catholic Church has control over the revived Roman Empire. Interestingly, throughout most of continental Europe, there is a great push for full European unity, and one of the major players behind it is the pope himself. The Sunday Telegraph, in 1991, summed up the Pope's plans for the 'evangelisation' of Europe. It stated: 'He is calmly preparing to assume the mantle which he solemnly believes to be his Divine Right—that of new Holy Roman emperor, reigning from the Urals to the Atlantic.'

    7. The identifying name, “Mystery” (v. 5). Mystery is at the very heart of Roman Catholicism: the mystery of the Eucharist; etc. Custodian of mysteries which permit trading “in the souls of men” (Rev 18:3), such as mass cards and indulgences, et al. Every sacrament, from baptism to extreme unction, manifests the mysterious power which the faithful must believe the priests wield, but for which there is no visible evidence.

    8. She is clothed with “purple and scarlet” (v. 4). The priests of Rome wear shades of purple and scarlet. The Catholic Encyclopedia declares: Cassock (also called Soutane) - The close-fitting, ankle-length robe worn by the Catholic clergy as their official garb .... The color for bishops and other prelates is purple, for cardinals scarlet...3 

    Cardinals (in scarlet at the top) and bishops (in purple at the bottom) at the Vatican. 

    Papal tiara
    9. She is adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls (v. 4). The Popes wore a crown, called a papal crown/tiara, in the past, and, wear today, a pectoral cross. Both are decorated with gold and gemstones. The Catholic Encyclopedia declares: The pectoral cross should be made of gold and… decorated with gems…”, and “The papal crown, a costly covering for the head, ornamented with precious stones and pearls...4

    10. She is wealthy beyond calculation (v. 4). There is no church, no city which is a spiritual entity, no religious institution past or present which even comes close to possessing the incalculable wealth of the Roman Catholic Church.

    The wealth of the Vatican is nearly incalculable.

    11. She has a golden cup in her hand (v. 4). This is the holiest instrument in Roman Catholicism: the golden chalice of the Eucharist. The Catholic Encyclopedia calls the gold chalice "the most important of the sacred vessels...."5  The Roman Catholic Church possesses literally hundreds of thousands of solid gold chalices.

    Pope holding the golden chalice

    The Sacrifice of the Mass
    12. The golden chalice is filled with the “filthiness of her abominations” (v. 4). This could include the sacrifice of the Mass, the very heart of Roman Catholicism, and a denial of the completed work of the cross. Hundreds of thousands of Christians throughout history, for instance, were burned at the stake for refusing to participate in the Mass, which they earnestly believed was the “greatest abomination conceivable”.

    13. The Woman is the “Mother of Harlots” (v. 5) and calls herself queen” (v. 17; 18:7; Isaiah 47). As well as spiritual harlots, Roman Catholicism has created literal harlots (prostitutes) by the millions. For centuries it was a favorite joke that Rome had more prostitutes than any other city because she had the most celibates. Catholic historian and former Jesuit Peter de Rosa writes: "Popes had mistresses of fifteen years of age, were guilty of incest and sexual perversions of every sort, had innumerable children, were murdered in the very act of adultery [by jealous husbands who found them in bed with their wives]..."6 In addition, tens of millions follow the apparition of Mary, who is regarded as the Mother of the Church, the Lady of All Nations, the Co-Redemptrix, and the “Queen of Heaven”.

    14. The Woman is “drunk with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus” (v. 6). No institution on earth has more aggressively and consistently slaughtered those who adhered to the Gospel of Christ. For centuries, to disobey the popes was heresy punishable by death. J.H. Ignaz von Dollinger, a leading nineteenth century Catholic professor of Church History, confessed: "[S]ince 1183, the view of the Church had been ...[that] every departure from the teaching of the Church ...must be punished with death, and the most cruel of deaths, by fire."7

    Roman Catholics exalt Mary
    15. The figure is a Woman. The central figure of Roman Catholicism is a woman: a false sinless, perpetually virgin, all-powerful “Mary” whom Rome invented and worships. 

    16. The Woman would go out over the face of the whole earth, and her final destination would be Babylon in the land of Shinar (Zechariah 5). Interestingly, the apparition of Mary claims that she will soon travel through the entire world saving those who look to her.

    17. Rome has its spiritual foundations in Babylon from its occultic origins, the Tower of Babel, and the attempt to reach heaven by steps of its own making.

    18. The "little horn" of Daniel (a symbol of the false church and especially its spokesman, the false prophet) speaks "pompous words" against God and intends to change TIMES and LAW (Daniel 7:25). One Roman Catholic writer quotes: “. . . the pope can modify divine law, since his power is not of man, but of God, and he acts in the place of God upon earth, with the fullest power of binding and losing his sheep."8 The pope not only claims to be God, but can modify divine law! Just one example of this would be the Catholic Church CHANGING God's commanded seventh-day Sabbath (Exodus 20:8-11; Hebrews 4:9-11). They substituted the pagan "day of the sun" in place of God's Sabbath.

    Could it be the Roman Catholic Church?
    The evidence is strong for this religion having its origins, at least in part, within the present-day Catholic church. But it could turn out to be Islam, the New Age movement, or some form of religion not even invented yet, so I wouldn't be dogmatic about it being the Roman Catholic Church. Likewise, the city could still be a literal Babylon in Iraq (instead of Rome), and the arguments for it being this city are just as convincing. See: The Rebirth of Literal Babylon

    Regardless of the true identity of Babylon, what's remarkable is the growth in religious pluralism, interfaith dialogue that promotes the idea that all religions are equal, and the erroneous teachings that many ways lead to God or to heaven - which all exist today! There also has to be a common denominator between religions, and elements that are attractive to many, for a one-world religion to exist, which is what we see today...

    For instance, the frequently uttered phrase of Catholic apologists is “home to Rome” with one group actually named “the Coming Home network”. These organizations all talk about bringing people to Rome—but never to Christ. This is important as a Muslim would not willingly join an organization if the biblical Jesus were presented.
    Apparitions of Mary

    Within Catholicism are the many alleged apparitions of Mary, including those at “Fatima.” John Paul II attributed his survival from the May 13, 1981, assassination attempt to the intervention of the Virgin of Fatima. The favorite daughter of Muhammad was named Fatima! The Koran exalts Mary, not Jesus. The Roman Catholics also exalts Mary. This along with the numerous alleged apparitions of Mary witnessed by both Muslims and Catholics creates a link between the two religions. According to a British-Catholic magazine,
    “A Marian revival is spreading throughout Africa with alleged apparitions of Mary, finding a following among the Muslims.” 
    Although African Muslims are supposedly seeing apparitions of the Virgin Mary, they “are not required to become Christians to follow her.” The pope, being an enthusiastic promoter of Mary, has actually used this commonality to snare the interest of those within Islam, today, and there has been a response! In fact, ever since Pope Francis came in, he has been pushing for global unity in religious matters. But the pope is not alone. Today, as never before, we are witnessing religions joining hands in the name of peace and tolerance. Here's some news headlines from the past:

    In this generation, we have seen the foundation being laid for a one-world religion, and this was prophesied almost 2000 years ago!
    "For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths" (2 Timothy 4:3-4).
    Recommended Book: A Woman Rides the Beast by Dave Hunt

    1 The Catholic Encyclopedia (Thomas Nelson, 1976), s.v. "Rome."
    2 Karl Keating, Catholicism and Fundamentalism: The Attack on "Romanism" by "Bible Christians" (Ignatius Press, 1988), p. 200.
    3 Our Sunday Visitor's Catholic Encyclopedia (Our Sunday Visitor Publishing Division, 1991), pp. 175, 178.
    4 Robert Broderick, ed., The Catholic Encyclopedia (Thomas Nelson, Inc., 1976), pp. 466.
    5 Robert Broderick, ed., The Catholic Encyclopedia (Thomas Nelson, Inc., 1976), pp. 103-104.
    6 Peter de Rosa, Vicars of Christ: The Dark Side of the Papacy (Crown Publishers, 1988), pp. 396-97.
    7 J.H. Ignaz von Dollinger, The Pope and the Council, page 195.
    8 Lucius Ferraris, a Roman Catholic divine of the 18th century, “Papa II,” Prompta Bibliotheca, Vol. VI, pp. 25–29.
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      "The wall of the city was built on foundation stones inlaid with twelve precious stones the first was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald, the fifth onyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, the twelfth amethyst." (Revelation 21:19) 

      In the past century, it has been discovered that gems can be classified as either anisotropic or isotropic, and only recently have scientists discovered cross polarized light, which can be used to identify whether a gem is anisotropic or isotropic. When viewed in crossed-polarised light (similar to “pure” light), anisotropic stones produce a colorful array- reflecting all the colours of the rainbow, whereas isotropic stones lose all of their colour and appear black.

      It's interesting that, in Revelation chapter 21, there are 12 gems mentioned to be inlaid for decoration of the New Jerusalem, and ALL of these 12 gems are anisotropic gems, i.e., gems that can show colourful patterns under pure light...

      Interestingly, neither diamond, rubies or garnets are mentioned, despite the fact that these group of gems are very very common! For instance, the precious stones are generally considered to be diamond, ruby, sapphire and emerald, with all other gemstones being semi-precious. Turns out, it’s because they are isotropic, when pure light passes trough them, there is no beauty at all...

      What are the odds? Of the 28 stones that are normally regarded as gemstones, only 16 are anisotropic. Since anisotropic behaviour has only been discovered in the last century (and John wrote Revelation almost 2000 years ago), the odds of 12 stones picked randomly being in that one group, is about 1 in 1,000! In fact, this analysis assumes that all gems have the same probability of being included, but this is not the case (as some gems are considered more precious than others). Hence, the actual probability is much much lower than 1 in 1,000 for naming all the 12 gems, that are all anisotropic gems, in the book of Revelation! 

      Keep in mind that there are a few assumptions being made here, i.e. the stones are a literal description of heaven (which I believe are) and that the light in heaven will be like “pure” light, which emanates through the gems...

      Could it be possible that God, in choosing the stones for the foundation of the new temple, deliberately avoided stones that would lose their colour and instead chose stones that disperse light to produce brilliant rainbow effects? "...and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald." (Revelation 4:3) 
      "For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it." (Proverbs 8:11)
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      "It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter." (Proverbs 25:2)

      The Book of Esther is rather odd because it is the only book of the Bible in which the name of God appears to be missing (Martin Luther considered excluding it from the Bible for this reason1). Nonetheless, in this short book consisting of just 167 verses, the Median King is mentioned 192 times, his kingdom is referred to 26 times, and his name "Ahasuerus" is given 29 times. So why isn't God explicitly mentioned?

      Deuteronomy 31:17-18 gives us a clue:
      "Then My anger shall be aroused against them in that day, and I will forsake them, and I will hide My face from them, and they shall be devoured. And many evils and troubles shall befall them, so that they will say in that day, ‘Have not these evils come upon us because our God is not among us?’ And I will surely hide My face in that day because of all the evil which they have done, in that they have turned to other gods." (Deuteronomy 31:17-18)
      God declared that if His People forsook Him, He would hide His face from them. The Book of Esther is a clear example of God fulfilling His Word. God was hiding His face from His people on account of their sins; they had deliberately chosen to continue in the land of their captivity among the heathen, instead of availing themselves of the opportunity of returning to Jerusalem with Zerubbabel. But, though He was hidden from them, He was working for them. The name Esther gives us another clue: it means "Something Hidden"!

      Hidden AcrosticsAn "Acrostic" is when the initial letter of each line spells out a word, and it can be used as a mechanism for including a hidden message. The name of God is hidden several times in acrostics in the Book of Esther! Four times it appears as an acrostic, the famed Tetragammaton, "YHWH" or "Yahweh" or "YeHoVaH", and once as "EHYH" or "I AM". (Note: This phenomenon is only found within the original Hebrew Bible.)

       The First Acrostic 
      "And when the king’s decree which he shall make shall be published throughout all his empire, (for it is great,) all the wives shall give to their husbands honour, both to great and small." (Esther 1:20)

      The name YHWH reads backward with the initial letter (Note: Hebrew reads from right to left).

       The Second Acrostic 
      "And Esther answered, If it seem good unto the king, let the king and Haman come this day unto the banquet that I have prepared for him." (Esther 5:4)

      The name YHWH reads forward with the initial letter.

       The Third Acrostic 
       "Yet all this availeth me nothing, so long as I see Mordecai the Jew sitting at the king’s gate." (Esther 5:13)

      The name YHWH reads backward with the final letter.

       The Fourth Acrostic 
      "And the king arising from the banquet of wine in his wrath went into the palace garden: and Haman stood up to make request for his life to Esther the queen; for he saw that there was evil determined against him by the king." (Esther 7:7)

      The name YHWH reads forward with the final letter.

       The Fifth Acrostic 

      The above are four of them, and the final one validates the others. It is "I AM" or EHYH in Esther 7:5, meaning 'I shall prove to be'.

      The following phenomena are noticed in examining the four Acrostics which form the name "YHWH":

      1. All four acrostics appear in four consecutive words.
      2. (At least) three ancient manuscripts are known in which the Acrostic letters in all five cases are written Majuscular (or, larger than the others) so that they stand out boldly and prominently.
      3. Each of the acrostics are words spoken by a different voice:
      • Memucan (1:20)
      • Esther (5:4)
      • Haman (5:13)
      • The author (7:7)
      4. The first two Acrostics are a pair, having the name formed by the initial letters of the four words.
      5. The last two are a pair, having the name formed by the final letters of the four words.
      6. The first and third Acrostics are a pair, having the name spelt backward.
      7. The second and fourth are a pair, having the name spelt forward.
      They thus form an alternation:

      A  Backward
         B  Forward
      A  Backward
         B  Forward

      8. The first and third (in which the name is formed backward) are a pair, being spoken by Gentiles.
      9. The second and fourth (in which the name is spelt forward) are a pair, being spoken by Jews
      They thus form an alternation:

      C  Spoken by a Gentile (Memucan)
         D  Spoken by a Jew (Esther)
      C  Spoken by a Gentile (Haman)
        D  Spoken by a Jew (the inspired writer of Esther)

      10. The first and second form a pair, being connected with Queens and Banquets
      12. The third and fourth are a pair, being connected with Haman
      13. The first and fourth are a pair, being spoken concerning the Queen (Vashti) and Haman respectively.
      14. The second and third are a pair, being spoken by the Queen (Esther) and Haman respectively.
      They thus form an introversion:

      E  Words concerning a Queen
        F  Words spoken by a Queen
      E  Words spoken by Haman
        F  Words concerning Haman

      15. It is also remarkable that, in the two cases where the name is formed by the initial letters, the facts recorded are initial also, and are spoken of an event in which God’s overruling was initiated; while in the two cases where the name is formed by the final letters, the events are final also, and lead rapidly up to the end toward which God was working. Thus in the two cases where the name is spelt backward, God is seen overruling the counsels of Gentiles for the accomplishment of His own people; and where the name is spelt forward, God is ruling directly in the interest of His people Israel even though it is unknown to them at the time.

      In these five Acrostics we have something far beyond a mere coincidence; we have design!

      But that's not all...

      The names: Meshiach ("Messiah"), Yeshua ("Jesus"), and El Shaddai ("The Almighty"), also appear as equidistant letter sequences! (ELS are similar to acrostics, but instead of reading the initial letter, hidden words are looked for by reading the text every 2, or 3, or 4, (etc.), letters, skipping over the letters in between.)

      1. In Esther 1:3, counting in 8 letter increments, we find the letters spelling "Meshiach", the Hebrew name of the Messiah. The interval of eight is significant as the number of Jesus is 888 (in gematria).

      2. Again, in Esther 9:17, counting in 8 letter increments, we find the letters spelling "Yeshua", the Hebrew name of Jesus.

      3. Finally, in Esther 4:2, counting in 7 letter increments, we find the letters spelling "El Shaddai". El is the familiar name of God; Shaddai, from the root for "breast" or "provider"; the Almighty. And the use of seven shouldn't surprise us.

      The Book of Esther is designed to show God's providential care of His people. Even in the explicit absence of God’s name, the Book of Esther reminds us that He is always present and always in control. See related article: ELS in the Bible

      1 Colloquia Mensalia, or The Table Talk of Martin Luther , trans. by William Hazlitt, World Publishing Co., 1952. "I am so great an enemy to the second book of the Maccabees, and to Esther, that I wish they had not come to us at all, for they have too many heathen unnaturalities. The Jews much more esteemed the book of Esther than any of the prophets; though they were forbidden to read it before they had attained the age of thirty, by reason of the mystic matters it contains." (Ed. Note: He was in error; that was Song of Songs - CM.)
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