The Army Of The Antichrist

Growing up, no one ever told me that the Antichrist would have an army that invades Israel multiple times – that he would even need an army. I don’t think that anyone ever really thought about it. Those who believed in a Pretribulation Rapture didn’t worry about it. The post-millennialists believed that it had already happened. And, the Amillennialists thought that it was all symbolic, anyway. So, everyone ignored what the Bible said about the army created and led by the Antichrist.

I find that position to be very disturbing, since Jesus specifically commanded us to watch for the events that we are examining in this chapter. Jesus told us to ‘stay alert’ or ‘be watching’ for the time of the Antichrist. This was not a suggestion, yet pretrib, postmill and amill teachers have convinced their followers to disobey the command of Our Lord.

How you can do that and call yourself faithful?

How can you claim to follow Christ, and ignore what He said?

But, let’s get back to our point. There are five main invasions of Israel that are led by the Antichrist:

Two invasions before he proclaims himself to be god

A third invasion where where he takes over Jerusalem and proclaims himself to be god

A fourth invasion, when the King of the Negev (King of the South) attacks him

A fifth invasion, where he places his tents in the valley of Jezreel. (Although, it might not be an i-n-v-a-s-i-o-n.)

Then, Armageddon – which includes the Kings of the East

The description of these invasions are in both the Old and New Testaments, and their identity should be clear. We know the key players. We know the circumstances surrounding these events. We know where they fit within the order of events of the Last Days.

The Coming Of Gog And Magog

However, the Old Testament also describes a different invasion of the Land of Israel that appears to be unlike the invasions of the Antichrist. We see it in Ezekiel 38 and 39, and we call it The Coming of Gog and Magog – or, just Gog and Magog. That’s a really, really important battle, one that very few seem willing to talk about.

Why?

Because that invasion of Israel by Gog is hard to place in any eschatological time line. And, the reason why it’s hard to place in a time line of the Last Days, is precisely due to our failure to understand the Last Days – which is why most theologians ignore Gog and Magog. That’s a really big mistake.

Worse, almost every theologian assumes that Gog is the Antichrist. They might not tell you that this is their assumption. They might not even have thought it through enough to realize that this is what they are saying.

So, let me say this as simply as possible:

Gog is NOT the Antichrist.

But, maybe you aren’t as convinced as I am. So, here’s your chance to compare Gog and Magog with the invasions of Israel by the Antichrist. And, the two key questions are these:

Does the coming of Gog and Magog belong in one of those five or six invasions?

Or, does Gog and Magog come before them?

(And no, he can’t come after)

So we need to look at each of the battles that are led by the Antichrist, and then – in later chapters – compare them with what we know about the Return of Jacob and the coming of Gog and Magog. If the description of Gog and Magog does not fit with any of the battles led by the Antichrist, then the Return of Jacob must happen before the Antichrist arrives. There is no third alternative – assuming that we wish to submit ourselves to what the Bible actually says. And, you cannot be a Christian, if you refuse to submit to the words of God.

So, let’s look at what God has told us about these two battles, and we start with a look at the first invasions by the Antichrist, when he stands up and proclaims himself to be god.

The Army Of The Antichrist In The New Testament

It’s natural to think of the Man of Lawlessness as springing out of the ground with sufficient magical power to make everyone follow him. And, it’s true that he – or, at least his ‘prophet’ – does have the ability to do ‘signs and wonders’ and persuade most of the world, but the fact that the Antichrist has an army, tells us that not everyone is completely impressed.

You don’t create an army, if you already have everyone under your control. So, this is a sign that the Antichrist has opposition, and that’s something important to consider as we move further into the dark days ahead. But, let’s examine this army.

Our first hint about the first invasion of the Antichrist – for most of us – would have come from the words of Jesus:

15 “So when you see the abomination of desolation—spoken about by Daniel the prophet—standing in the holy place” (let the reader understand), 16 “then those in Judea must flee to the mountains. 17 The one on the roof must not come down to take anything out of his house, 18 and the one in the field must not turn back to get his cloak.

Matthew 24:15-18 (NET)

NOTE: Most ‘scholars’ will tell you that the abomination of desolation is talking about Daniel 9:27. This is emphatically not true, if you look at the original Hebrew. Daniel 9, is about the coming of Messiah. Not the Antichrist. Daniel 8:13 and Daniel 11:31 are a more accurate connection to Matthew 24:15. It’s time for all of us to stop repeating what false teachers have taught us. For more detail, go to the Appendix and read: Daniel’s 70th Week

I’ve spent many years contemplating Matthew 24:15-18, and the verses like it. There’s an intensity about what Jesus says that should make all of us pay close attention. Jesus is telling us that even a few minutes of hesitation will cause us to be captured by the forces – the army – of the Antichrist. And, the Book of Revelation gives us another snapshot of this invasion of Israel:

13 And when the dragon saw that he was cast down to the earth, he persecuted the woman that brought forth the man child. 14 And there were given to the woman the two wings of the great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness unto her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.

Revelation 12:13-14 (ASV)

The woman who flees is Israel. Actually, I believe that she is more than just Israel, but that is a discussion for another time. The point is that there is a massive and speedy migration of God’s people from the area around Jerusalem and from Judea.

Why is there such an urgency for people to flee so quickly?

‘cuz it’s an invasion.

Actually, it’s both an invasion and a coup. We’ll see more about what this means later. But, the bottom line is that a large military force is involved.

Why The AC Needs An Army

Throughout history, revolutions have almost never been successful unless the military and/or the police switch sides – or at least, stand down. The rare exceptions occur when there are foreign mercenaries among the rebels, and if there is a large foreign sponsor that is paying for the revolution. For instance, the American Revolution could not have succeeded without the financial help of the French.

The point is, that as long as the police and the military are willing to beat up and shoot the rebels, a revolution cannot succeed. This is often why governments bring in foreigners to shoot their own citizens, when there are uprisings.

If you are American, do you remember how the British tried to suppress the American Revolution?

They brought in Germans to shoot the colonists. One of my relatives was shot and killed by a German mercenary from Hesse, on January 2nd, 1777. His name was also John Little, which makes this topic kind of personal.

Other countries have done the same thing. Iran brought in Hezbollah fighters from Lebanon to shoot Iranian protesters in Tehran. The Iranian revolution itself was a battle between modernist city-dwellers and the fundamentalist countryside – with the fundamentalists winning. China uses Han soldiers and Han officials to suppress the Uyghurs in Xinjiang. Cubans have been used to shoot Africans in Africa, and so on and so forth.

So, at least part of the army that takes over Jerusalem will be foreign to that area. They’ll be the ones rounding up people and even killing them. But, Daniel adds an extra point:

For the ships of Chittim shall come against him: therefore he shall be grieved, and return, and have indignation against the holy covenant: so shall he do; he shall even return, and have intelligence with them that forsake the holy covenant.

 – Daniel 11:30 (KJV)

The words ‘have intelligence with’ is more accurately ‘have understanding with’ or even in this intance ‘conspire with’. The Hebrew words are יבן על (yah-ven ahl).

So, this will actually be an internal coup supported by the Antichrist.

We see the support for this coup, in the next verse:

Forces from him will arise, desecrate the sanctuary fortress, and do away with the regular sacrifice. And they will set up the abomination of desolation.

 – Daniel 11:31 (NASB)

So, foreign units from the Antichrist will infiltrate Jerusalem to support this faction of apostate Christians who will conspire with the Antichrist to betray their fellow Christians. Then, as the coup develops, the Antichrist will send in a larger force that will have been positioned close by, to strengthen the apostates and overthrow Jerusalem.

It will be a surprise attack. And, from the words of Jesus, the setting up of the Abomination of Desolation will be the signal for assault to begin.

But wait…

…where is the Israeli army? The IDF?

The army that the Antichrist sends would need to be large enough to surround Jerusalem and capture those Christians fleeing the Antichrist.

How is it possible for the Antichrist to be able to do this?

I don’t know. There is certainly no way that the Antichrist could accomplish the capture of a large population in the Jerusalem area, as long as the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) continues to guard Israel. Something really catastrophic would need to have happened to leave Israel so defenseless. Even if the Antichrist had taken over the Israeli government and its intelligence services, it is difficult to understand how Israel could be this helpless.

The IDF is a citizen military, and would rebel against the government and defend Jerusalem, anyway. Israelis have a history of ‘creative rebellion’ when it comes to orders that they don’t like.

Even if the Antichrist could secretly infiltrate soldiers into the countryside around Jerusalem, it’s hard to believe that such a force could succeed in overcoming those who defend Jerusalem, unless something very, very serious had happened to the Israeli military.

Something very, very serious would need to happen, to make Jerusalem so defenseless. And, we will be getting into what that will be a little later. But, one thing should be absolutely certain:

There is absolutely no way that the Antichrist could take over Jerusalem today.

The IDF would never allow such a thing to happen. But, we will see later and in other chapters, that the IDF today, will not be the IDF when the Antichrist comes. And, it is vital that you understand how radically changed the Middle East will be, when the Man of Fierce Countenance rises.

Now, let’s get back to what the New Testament says about the invasion of Jerusalem by the Antichrist. In this case, we want to look at the limitations of this invasion force:

And the serpent cast out of his mouth after the woman water as a river, that he might cause her to be carried away by the stream. And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth and swallowed up the river which the dragon cast out of his mouth. And the dragon waxed wroth with the woman, and went away to make war with the rest of her seed, that keep the commandments of God, and hold the testimony of Jesus:

Revelation 12:15-17 (ASV)

Because his soldiers could not catch those fleeing the Antichrist, he had to release a flood of water that is stopped by the earth cracking open and swallowing it. We could speculate on how that happens, but it’s clear that the Antichrist is unable to catch those who are running away – even though he really, really wants to seize and kill them.

By the way, that flood is probably from a dam – either from one that exists now, or from one that will be built. That dam might be blown up, or have big enough sluice gates that opening them would create a wave of water that would block the escape of ‘the woman’.

The most likely areas that the Antichrist would want to block would be the Allenby Bridge crossing, on the Jordan River, just north of the Dead Sea, and the Wadi Mujib, east of the Dead Sea. However, this assumes that the hydrology of the Jordan River basin will remain the same. The massive earthquake described in Ezekiel 38 and Isaiah 30 will change many rivers in the Middle East, so what seems likely now, might not be in the future.

Another important point to gather from Revelation 12 is that the escape of ‘the woman’ shows the limitations of the Antichrist that we are not used to thinking about. And, for some reason, the man of lawlessness is unable to get to the place in the wilderness where the woman is nourished for three and a half years.

Why doesn’t the Antichrist bomb that place flat?

Where is the air force of the Antichrist?

Why can’t he send a detachment of soldiers to attack them?

In fact, now that I think of it, there doesn’t seem to be any indication of an air force anywhere in the Bible, when referring to events of the Last Days. A ‘lack of evidence’ is not ‘evidence of lack’, but it is interesting that the Antichrist doesn’t seem to have airplanes that can attack the fleeing Christians.

But, for whatever reason, this army is not large enough to capture Jerusalem with enough speed to grab all the Christians in Judea – if they run away fast enough. And, I find it interesting that one reason why this army must stop chasing the fleeing Christians is due to another group of people that is resisting the Antichrist.

But news from the east and the north shall trouble him; therefore he shall go out with great fury to destroy and annihilate many.

 – Daniel 11:44 (NKJV)

How fascinating to think that there would be an organized and threatening resistance to what the Antichrist is trying to do. We could speculate on who that is, but it’s a big enough threat that he can’t capture or kill the Christians fleeing Jerusalem.

So, is this invasion of Jerusalem, the coming of Gog and Magog?

Sorry, no. This is NOT and CANNOT be the coming of Gog and Magog. We’ll get into the details of the alliance formed by Gog, and what it will look like, later. But, for now, the answer is an emphatic no. Not Gog and Magog. But, let’s not stop there.

Why is this not Gog and Magog?

Because the Antichrist successfully captures Jerusalem.

Gog does not.

To put this another way:

Israelis won’t need to run away from Gog, but they will need to run away from the Antichrist.

But, we aren’t done, so let’s continue with our discussion about the army of the Antichrist in the New Testament.

Armageddon And The Kings of the East

The New Testament identifies a different invasion by the Antichrist in a couple of ways:

Armageddon

The Kings of the East

We know what Armageddon is. We just aren’t sure who these Kings of the East are. And, Revelation speaks of both:

12 Then the sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up, so that the way of the kings from the east might be prepared. 13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs coming out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. 14 For they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.

15 “Behold, I am coming as a thief. Blessed is he who watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked and they see his shame.”

16 And they gathered them together to the place called in Hebrew, Armageddon.

Revelation 16:12-16 (NKJV)

There’s no ‘h’ in Greek, so Har Megiddo comes out as ‘Ar’, and ‘Mageddon’ – all fused together. And, Mount Megiddo is the main exit out of the Jezreel valley, into the coastal plain of Israel. And, for some reason, God allows the Kings of the East and the rest of the world’s armies to assemble in the Jezreel valley.

Why did God choose Jezreel?

Why not the coastal plains?

Why not further north, in Syria or Lebanon?

Why would this army of the Antichrist assemble in Jezreel, anyway?

We’ll find out later, that the Antichrist rules the world – at least, in terms of his military – from the Jezreel valley. He doesn’t command his army from Jerusalem, Rome, New York or Damascus. And, choosing not to set up in Damascus is pretty important, all by itself.

For thousands of years, the capital of the Levant – the area encompassing Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Jordan and the Sinai – has been Damascus. It is the perfect place to rule the Middle East from. Except, there’s a problem that keeps the Antichrist from doing that.

You’ll find that problem explained here:

Isaiah 17 and 19
https://whenjacobreturns.com/supporting-passages/isaiah-17-and-19/

Damascus will have been knocked flat by the biggest earthquake in five thousand years, and all the water sources that fed Damascus with water, will have been diverted by that earthquake. That’s part of the explanation for why the Antichrist sets up in the Jezreel Valley. There’s water there, but not in Damascus.

The other reason is that it’s the traditional – and most logical – starting point for an invasion of Jerusalem.

In theory, it is possible to invade Jerusalem by going down through the Jordan Valley, but you would only do that if you were insane. The way is narrow and would cause any large army to be strung out in a rather long, thin line – making it extremely vulnerable to counterattack. And, when you reached the point where you need to turn up towards Jerusalem, you’d find yourself fighting the worst uphill battle ever. Invading from the west is so much easier.

Conversely, once you get past Megiddo and through the valley into Wadi Ara, you now have access to assembly points in the Coastal Plain that would allow you to regroup and prepare for the final assault on Jerusalem. From that point, you can attack Jerusalem from more than one direction. You can enter from the west, following the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv highway. Or, you could loop around the Jerusalem hills and attack from the south – if you go down to Hebron and then up through Bethlehem.

The point is that the ‘Battle of Armageddon’ happens at Megiddo because the target is Jerusalem. The forces that assemble to fight God aren’t really interested in Yafo, Tel Aviv or Netanya. They have less interest in Haifa, Kfar Saba or even Tiberias. They want Jerusalem. But, they can’t get to Jerusalem without assembling in Jezreel and fighting past Megiddo.

In fact, you might say that the Battle of Armageddon actually STARTS at Jerusalem, in Zechariah 14:4. Jesus puts His feet upon the mount of Olives, and it splits right across the middle. This retaking of Jerusalem by Jesus causes the army of the Antichrist to gather in Jezreel – along with reinforcements from the rest of the world – to counterattack against… (I’m having trouble even saying it) …God.

And, why would ANYONE think that they could fight against God?

(We humans are a special kind of stupid.)

The other place in Revelation that talks about Armageddon is chapter 19:

19 And I saw the beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army. 20 Then the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image. These two were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone. 21 And the rest were killed with the sword which proceeded from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse. And all the birds were filled with their flesh.

Revelation 19:19-21 (NKJV)

Again, Armageddon is all about Satan’s desire to recapture Jerusalem. Satan might also want the rest of the Land of Israel, but that’s not the primary focus.

I know that we haven’t gotten to our discussion of Gog and Magog, in Ezekiel 38 and Ezekiel 39, but I feel the need to make this comparison:

The Antichrist will not be buried, and will be thrown alive into Hell.

Gog will be buried and will have a grave in a special place called Hamon Gog.

Notice another difference:

Gog assembles a specific set of nations to invade Israel.

The Antichrist has ALL OF THEM.

Then, there is a third difference:

There are merely hours or maybe days between the destruction of the Antichrist and the Millennium

After Gog is destroyed, there are at least seven years.

Those are big differences, but there’s more to talk about. However, we’ve run out of evidence in the New Testament. If we want more detail, we need to turn to the Old Testament.

The Army Of The Antichrist In The Old Testament

We can be reasonably confident that these are the main passages in the Old Testament that talk about the invasions of Israel by the Antichrist, and of the final, premillennial battle that we call Armageddon:

Zechariah 14

Daniel 8

Daniel 11 and 12

There might be other chapters and verses that speak of Armageddon, but we cannot be as sure about those. In fact, a previous version of this chapter listed more passages than above. But, when I looked at them again… I realized that the evidence was not quite as clear. And, we need to start with what we can be completely certain. And, we can be the most certain about Zechariah 14.

Zechariah 14

Zechariah 14 has always been deeply troubling because it talks of the conquest of Jerusalem and great suffering, and the thought of that happening to a city that I care so much about is hard. Of course, the end of that chapter speaks of the return of Jesus and His thousand year reign. That’s a great victory, but the price will be terrible. The mere thought of it is difficult to contemplate. But, we must not shrink from looking at this chapter and embracing what we see.

So, let’s start with the first two verses of chapter 14, which seems to include the first invasion of Jerusalem:

1 Behold, a day is coming for the Lord, when the spoil taken from you will be divided in your midst. 2 For I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem to battle, and the city shall be taken and the houses plundered and the women raped. Half of the city shall go out into exile, but the rest of the people shall not be cut off from the city.

 – Zechariah 14:1-2 (ESV)

The plunder and rape of Jerusalem is NOT something that I want to see. But, since this is a part of God’s plan to defeat Satan, it must be necessary. This is especially apparent, since God says that He will bring everyone against Jerusalem. God causes this to happen. And, that’s a second thing that is hard to contemplate.

God uses Jerusalem as a lure, to draw the Antichrist and his army to Jerusalem. And, once this great army is sucked in, it gets hammered. It’s a necessary strategy, but the wear and tear on Jerusalem is going to be hard. But, the second verse tells us something interesting, something that you will not see if you read the King James Version of that verse.

A KJV Translation Error

…Half of the city shall go out into exile…

The KJV says ‘captivity’, instead of ‘exile’. And, that’s wrong. Yes, there have been times when ‘exile’ might have included captivity. But, the Hebrew word for captivity is entirely different than the word for exile. And, there’s a reason for why the distinction is important.

Here is a snapshot of one part of the same event, from the Book of Revelation:

13 And when the dragon saw that he had been thrown down to the earth, he pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child. 14 But the woman was given the two wings of the great eagle so that she might fly from the serpent into the wilderness, to the place where she is to be nourished for a time, and times, and half a time.

 – Revelation 12:13-14 (ESV)

So, the ‘half of Jerusalem’ that goes into exile, looks like it is actually the great escape from the dragon, which seems to make the first two verses of Zecharia 14 about the THIRD invasion of Israel.

Again, the words of Jesus confirm the suddenness of this invasion:

15 “So when you see the abomination of desolation spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), 16 then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17 Let the one who is on the housetop not go down to take what is in his house, 18 and let the one who is in the field not turn back to take his cloak.

 – Matthew 24:15-18 (ESV)

So Zechariah gives us an important fact. Half of Jerusalem heeds the words of Jesus and escapes, the other half does not (or can’t) and gets caught.

This error in the King James Version of the Bible had corrupted my understanding of Zechariah 14, for decades. If I had known that the word was EXILE, instead of CAPTIVITY, I would not have been as puzzled by that chapter. This is yet another reason why the KJV cannot be trusted completely. You need to double-check what it says.

Unfortunately, you also need to double-check all the other translations, too. I am truly amazed at how awful the English translations of the Bible are. The publishing houses that commissioned these translations should be ashamed of themselves.

Then, in the next verse, all English translations of the Bible – at least, the ones that I’ve seen – all of them get the first part of Zechariah 14:3 wrong:

Then shall the Lord go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.

 – Zechariah 14:3 (KJV)

That word ‘Then’ is deeply incorrect. The original Hebrew says ‘And’ and NOT ‘Then’. The word ‘then’ indicates a moment that is immediately after the events of verse two. But, since the word is ‘and’, the gap between verse two and three could be much, much longer than ‘immediately after’. And yes, for years I was caught by the false usage of ‘then’ in that verse.

The first three verses of Zechariah 14 are three and a half years long.

Even though I knew that the KJV was imperfect, I still made the mistake of not double-checking the translation by looking at the original Hebrew. That’s why I – and so many others – have assumed that the events of verse three MUST come immediately after the events of verse two.

So anyway, verse three begins the liberation of Jerusalem from the Antichrist, and is the prelude to the judgment upon the nations at Har Megiddo (aka, Armageddon). Verse four describes how Jesus begins His war upon the Antichrist and the nations:

On that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which is in front of Jerusalem on the east; and the Mount of Olives will be split in its middle from east to west forming a very large valley. Half of the mountain will move toward the north, and the other half toward the south.

 – Zechariah 14:4 (NASB)

Jesus will descend upon the Mount of Olives, and they will split in two. This is the Second Coming, as promised in the first chapter of Acts:

11 who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.”

Acts 1:11 (NKJV)

Jesus will return in the same way that He left, with one difference:

The Mount of Olives will split in two.

Oh, and this indicates a very, very important point:

Yehovah is Jesus

If you are surprised by that, you might need to spend more time reading the Old Testament – not just the new. If you aren’t reading both, you are doomed to a stunted spiritual growth. Oh, and there are a lot more proofs that Yehovah is Yeshua (Jesus).

Zechariah 14 goes on to talk about the escape of those who are left in Jerusalem, followed by the plagues that God inflicts upon those nations that fight against Him. This description of Armageddon is followed by a discussion of what the Millennium will be like.

Oh, and we know that God rescues Jerusalem BEFORE the Battle of Armageddon, because of this verse in Joel 3

16 The Lord also will roar from Zion,
And utter His voice from Jerusalem;
The heavens and earth will shake;
But the Lord will be a shelter for His people,
And the strength of the children of Israel.

Joel 3:16 (NKJV)

Jerusalem will be rescued first, THEN the Battle of Armageddon starts. Furthermore, the people of God who live during this time will be sheltered by God, from the wrath that He will pour out upon the nations.

Now, this gives us an opportunity to connect a passage from the Old Testament, with one from the New Testament. Since we know that Jesus splits the Mount of Olives in two, we have a clearer view of these two verses in Revelation 16:

18 And there were noises and thunderings and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such a mighty and great earthquake as had not occurred since men were on the earth.

19 And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.

Revelation 16:18-19 (KJV)

This will be an even BIGGER earthquake than the one during the Great Flood, and bigger than the one in Isaiah 30:25.

We will be talking more about the earthquake at the time of Israel’s salvation, but it is understandable if you think that there’s just one earthquake. But, as we go through the other evidence about Gog and Magog it will be clear that there are two really big earthquakes.

Now, I believe that ‘the great city’ refers to Jerusalem. If you believe that it is some other city, that’s okay. But, we have some evidence in the form of Zechariah 14:4, when Jesus returns to the Mount of Olives and splits it in half.

Imagine what would happen to the rest of Jerusalem, when that occurs. I mean, where the Mount of Olives once stood, Zechariah describes the newly created valley as ‘גדול מאד’ (very big). And, I know from personal experience that the Mount of Olives is right up against the Old CIty of Jerusalem. The fulfillment of Zechariah 14:4 by creating a very big valley at the Mount of Olives, would DEFINITELY split Jerusalem into three parts. And NOTHING in Jerusalem would be left standing.

Since the rest of Zechariah 14 speaks about events that follow Armageddon, and then the Millennium, I will leave that for you to look at. But, before moving on, let’s ask ourselves if what we saw here is like the coming of Gog and Magog.

Zechariah 14 is definitely not about Gog and Magog. Here’s why:

The context of spiritual salvation is absent.

With Gog and Magog, the children of Jacob see Jesus as their savior for the first time.

In Zechariah 14 ALL NATIONS are gathered

With Gog and Magog, a limited number of nations are gathered

Daniel 8 to 12 (But NOT 9)

Now, let’s turn to those parts of the Book of Daniel that refers to what the Antichrist does. There has been a lot of controversy over the chapters of Daniel 8-12. Some of that controversy is utterly incomprehensible and even less than sane, and I address some of that controversy here:

Daniel’s 70th Week

Where The Antichrist Comes From

I’m not completely sure where all the insanity comes from, and I’m not sure that I want to. But, it needs to stop. Daniel 9 is NOT about the Antichrist or the Last Days, at all. Period. End of Statement. It’s not in there, and no one can prove that it is.

Yet, Daniel 8, 10, 11 and 12 are all about the Antichrist and The Last Days. And, I am perplexed by those who insist otherwise. It’s really a surprise that most ‘explanations’ for those chapters are so bizarre. But, let’s talk about those chapters.

Daniel 8

The vision in Daniel 8 begins with verse three. And, from that verse until verse nine, it’s all ancient history.

Daniel 8:3-4 – The kings of Persia and the Medes

Daniel 8:5-8 – Alexander the Great

Daniel 8:8 – Alexander’s Generals

Then, we skip more than 2000 years to the Antichrist. And no, Antiochus Epiphanes is not ‘the little horn’, and I give five reasons why a little later on. But, let’s talk about that ‘horn’ in verse nine:

9 And out of one of them came a little horn which grew exceedingly great toward the south, toward the east, and toward the Glorious Land.

Daniel 8:9 (KJV)

Wait. The word, ‘little’.

Is that correct?

No, it actually means young (מצעירה, pronounced: meh-tsa-eer-ah). Of course, a ‘young horn’ will also be a small one, so maybe error doesn’t matter. Or, maybe it does… since it grows. And, since the horns are also kingdoms or empires…

…is this ‘young horn’ a young empire?

Don’t know.

So, the Antichrist grows toward the south, east and into Israel – The Glorious Land. (Although, the Hebrew doesn’t actually say ‘Glorious Land’)

So, the Antichrist goes South, East and into Israel… from where?

From one of the nations, in an area that Alexander the Great used to control.

For a more in-depth discussion of WHERE the Antichrist comes from, go here:

Where the Antichrist Comes From
https://whenjacobreturns.com/appendix/where-the-antichrist-comes-from/

(Seriously, the President of the United States cannot be the Antichrist!)

Now, let’s deal with this question:

Is the Young Horn, Antiochus Epiphanes?

mmm…. NO.

There are four reasons. The first reason is that Antiochus Epiphanes did not grow up to the host of heaven and did not cast down any of the stars of heaven (Daniel 8:10). Sorry, it just didn’t happen.

Second, the persecution of the Jews by Antiochus IV, only lasted from 168 BC, until 164 BC. Less than four years. Daniel 8:14 says that the situation will last for 6.3 years. And, while it’s true that the Ptolemaic kingdom declared war on Antiochus IV in 170 BC, that still doesn’t give us 6.3 years.

Third, Daniel 8:19 says that this period is for the time of the very end – למועד קץ (pronounced: leh-mo-ed ketz). The word קץ (pronounced: ketz) doesn’t just mean end. It means the edge, the very end. Also, verse 26 speaks of this prophecy occurring many days in the future – not just 270 years after Daniel.

Fourth, Jesus refers to Daniel 8:13 (and Daniel 11:31), when He mentions the Abomination of Desolation. Therefore, Jesus cannot be referring to something that has already happened (i.e., Antiochus Epiphanes). Jesus MUST be referring to an event in the future.

Fifth, the vision is sealed. If this prophecy was going to be fulfilled within 270 years, it would NOT have been sealed. Otherwise, there would be no point to this prophecy.

Yes, Antiochus IV does sound a bit like the ‘young horn’ in Daniel 8. But, you can only say that if you don’t look carefully at what history says about this guy, and compare it to what Daniel 8 says.

Now, think about the army that Daniel 8 refers to. It’s here:

And an host was given him against the daily sacrifice by reason of transgression, and it cast down the truth to the ground; and it practised, and prospered.

 – Daniel 8:12 (KJV)

Unfortunately, that’s not quite what it says. The Hebrew says:

An army was given to the daily (sacrifices?) in transgression, and he cast truth (to the) ground. And, he acted and prospered.

[John Little Version]

An army is given to the Antichrist. And, I find that to be interesting. Someone GIVES him an army. And, the purpose of that army will be to stop ‘The daily’ (in Hebrew, The Continual or The Always). The word ‘sacrifice’ does not appear here. It doesn’t mean that there aren’t sacrifices. It’s just that the word isn’t used.

In verses thirteen and fourteen, one holy one speaks to another holy one, asking about how long this will go on.

13 Then I heard a holy one speaking, and another holy one said to the one who spoke, “For how long is the vision concerning the regular burnt offering, the transgression that makes desolate, and the giving over of the sanctuary and host to be trampled underfoot?” 14 And he said to me, “For 2,300 evenings and mornings. Then the sanctuary shall be restored to its rightful state.”

 – Daniel 8:13-14 (ESV)

The answer is two thousand three hundred days. And, the Hebrew is very specific that these days are not symbolic. They are ‘evening-morning’ (ערב בוקר), and singular. And no, you can’t divide that number in half without violating the Hebrew syntax. This really is 2300 days.

Unfortunately, Daniel doesn’t understand anything that he sees in this vision. And, as he tries to figure it out, a ‘man’ appears and commands the angel Gabriel to give comprehension to Daniel. So, Gabriel comes over to do just that, causing Daniel to faint.

15 When I, Daniel, had seen the vision, I sought to understand it. And behold, there stood before me one having the appearance of a man. 16 And I heard a man’s voice between the banks of the Ulai, and it called, “Gabriel, make this man understand the vision.” 17 So he came near where I stood. And when he came, I was frightened and fell on my face. But he said to me, “Understand, O son of man, that the vision is for the time of the end.”

18 And when he had spoken to me, I fell into a deep sleep with my face to the ground. But he touched me and made me stand up.

 – Daniel 8:15-18 (ESV)

Please note that Daniel was a really tough guy. With all that he’d already been through, I doubt that there’s very much that would scare him. But, the appearance of Gabriel knocked him flat. If a really strong guy like Daniel faints when an angel appears, you would definitely do the same. You’d probably faint AND have to change your pants afterwards.

So, Gabriel revives Daniel and proceeds to explain what he just saw. He goes through the whole vision again and adds detail.

19 And he said, “Look, I am making known to you what shall happen in the latter time of the indignation; for at the appointed time the end shall be. 20 The ram which you saw, having the two horns—they are the kings of Media and Persia. 21 And the male goat is the kingdom of Greece. The large horn that is between its eyes is the first king. 22 As for the broken horn and the four that stood up in its place, four kingdoms shall arise out of that nation, but not with its power.

23 “And in the latter time of their kingdom, When the transgressors have reached their fullness, A king shall arise, Having fierce features, Who understands sinister schemes.

24 His power shall be mighty, but not by his own power; He shall destroy fearfully, And shall prosper and thrive; He shall destroy the mighty, and also the holy people.

25 “Through his cunning He shall cause deceit to prosper under his rule; And he shall exalt himself in his heart.
He shall destroy many in their prosperity. He shall even rise against the Prince of princes; But he shall be broken without human means.

26 “And the vision of the evenings and mornings Which was told is true; Therefore seal up the vision, For it refers to many days in the future.”

 – Daniel 8:19-26 (NKJV)

Gabriel says that a king with a fierce face (or, a face like a goat – עז פנים) will stand up and have power. But, it won’t be his own power. And the Hebrew word is כח (ko-ach, ‘ch’ as in Bach), or strength. Someone gives him strength. And, this king has truly amazing strength, and he crushes the holy people (or, עם קדשים). He’s clever and deceitful and grows and destroys many through peace. He even goes after the Prince of Princes.

Then, Gabriel tells Daniel to seal (literally: plug up) the vision, since it’s a really long time in the future. And then… poor Daniel passes out again. And, Daniel just doesn’t understand the vision.

27 And I, Daniel, fainted and was sick for days; afterward I arose and went about the king’s business. I was astonished by the vision, but no one understood it.

 – Daniel 8:27 (NKJV)

So, you might even say – although I wouldn’t say it very loudly – that Gabriel was less than successful in giving Daniel the understanding that he was looking for.

Furthermore, keep this last verse of Daniel 8 in mind as we briefly turn to the next chapter. Daniel does not understand the vision of chapter 8, but he understands the one in chapter 9.

Daniel 9

When the vision of Daniel 9 occurs, it’s a completely different moment in time. A completely different setting. This time, Daniel is pouring out his heart towards God, admitting the sins of his people and begging God for forgiveness. And, Gabriel arrives yet again to give Daniel a glimpse of the future – but not the same future of Daniel 8.

In fact, I will direct you to the Appendix, where I have a more detailed explanation of Daniel 9, and the big error that most Christians make:

Daniel’s 70th Week

The center of that error is a misunderstanding of Daniel 9:27, and the claim that it’s about the Antichrist. It’s not. Not even close.

Nowhere in Daniel 9:27 is there ANY discussion of the Antichrist.

Here’s my translation of Daniel 9:27:

And, a covenant shall be confirmed to many, for one week. And, [at] half of the week, there is a ceasing of sacrifice and offering. And, on a wing of abominations, devastation – until completeness and destruction is poured on [the] devastated.

 – Daniel 9:27 (JLV – John Little Version)

You will not find that translation anywhere, because they all get it wrong. Every. Single. One. Which is why I had to do it myself.

Again, where is the Antichrist in that verse?

It’s not there, but that hasn’t stopped teachers and translators from inserting that idea into Daniel 9:27. And, this demonstration of an appalling lack of ability makes me hopping mad. There’s no excuse for translators to have such a poor understanding of Hebrew.

Furthermore, unlike chapters 8, 10, 11 and 12, Daniel seems to understand what he’s hearing in chapter 9. There is every indication that Gabriel was successful in helping Daniel understand. And, history tells us that Jesus actually came, preached and died – exactly as described in Daniel 9.

Again for more insight into the false teaching surrounding this chapter, go here:

Daniel’s 70th Week

Since there’s absolutely no reference to the Antichrist in Daniel 9, we’ve probably spent to much time talking about it. So, let’s move on to the rest of what we are here for, the army of the Antichrist.

Daniel 10-12

Daniel’s final prophecy takes up the last three chapters of the book. And, the core of that vision is in chapter eleven. Chapter ten is the introduction, and chapter twelve is the conclusion.

Unfortunately, the first verse of chapter ten gives us our first translation error. The King James Version says this:

In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a thing was revealed unto Daniel, whose name was called Belteshazzar; and the thing was true, but the time appointed was long: and he understood the thing, and had understanding of the vision.

 – Daniel 10:1 (KJV)

Here’s my translation:

In the third year of Cyrus, King of Persia, a word was revealed to Daniel – who was called [by] his name Belteshazzar – the word was true and a large army. And he understood the word and had understanding of the vision.

 – Daniel 10:1 (John Little Version)

In Hebrew, ‘word’ and ‘thing’ are spelled exactly the same. So, the KJV gets a pass for saying ‘thing’ instead of ‘word’. But, there is no excuse for saying ‘the time appointed was long’. That is NOT in the original Hebrew.

The Hebrew words in question are:

וצבא גדול (veh’Tsava Gadol)

ו (veh) = and

צבא (Tsava) = army

גדול (Gadol) = large

Tsava has NEVER meant ‘appointed time’. Not ever, and I am disgusted yet again with the Anglican/Catholic translators of the KJV. Smooth move, guys.

Now, most other translations say that ‘Tsava’ means ‘conflict’ or ‘war’. That’s pretty weak, but there is some Hebrew usage that might allow them to get away with that. And, the last three chapters of Daniel do actually speak of a large conflict/war.

Oh, and your Interlinear Bible probably also gets it wrong. And, I’m amazed that a translation that is supposed to be literal can be so incorrect. It is a shameful thing for translators to make such gigantic mistakes. But, let’s move on to the next verse.

Verse two describes Daniel as mourning for ‘three weeks of days’.

Was he mourning over what he saw in Daniel 9?

No. There was nothing to mourn over. He understood the vision of Daniel 9. But, remember his response in chapter 8 – at the very end of the chapter. That’s right, he was shocked/appalled/astonished at the vision of chapter 8. He didn’t understand it. No one did.

Furthermore, we see the reason why Daniel was mourning for 21 days, when the angel appears to him. The angel says that he was sent from the moment that Daniel began his period of mourning, and the angel explains the message that he is bringing:

and came to make you understand what is to happen to your people in the latter days. For the vision is for days yet to come.”

 – Daniel 10:14 (ESV)

(Unfortunately, the KJV inserts the word ‘many’ in that second reference to ‘days’. Another KJV error.)

So, this angel is talking about the same period of time that was spoken of in Daniel 8. If chapter ten was about the coming of Messiah, the angel would have said that. He didn’t, and we need to remember that.

The Seven Seals Of Revelation?

There’s not much else that we need to say about Daniel 10, other than a curious reference to a book or ‘writing’ that is not referred to anywhere else except maybe Revelation:

בכתב אמת

bee-chtav emet (ch as in Bach)

‘in a book of truth’ or ‘in a writing of truth’

It sounds like there is a book or scroll in heaven, where the future has been written down. And, this might be the scroll that we see in the Book of Revelation that has been sealed with seven seals. And, when the seals are broken in Revelation, the book seems to open, allowing future events to unfold. But, this is speculation on my part.

(Go here for more on the Seven Seals.)

Let’s move on to the core chapter of this last vision of Daniel.

Daniel 11

Daniel 11 is the core of the prophecy that this angel has brought to Daniel, and this message covers all the ground that Daniel 8 describes – but with a lot more detail.

Hardcore Proof That Some Of This Is In The Future

Our first challenge with Daniel 11 is to divide the chapter between what is in the future versus what is in our past. The first few verses are definitely historical, and the last few verses of this vision – which are in chapter twelve – are definitely in our future. In fact, let me point out the verse that makes it absolutely clear that this is a Last Days prophecy:

And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.

 – Daniel 12:2 (ESV)

Since this is the first resurrection, we know that at least some of Daniel 11 is in the future. This is clear, incontrovertible proof.

SIDE NOTE: Not everyone awakens. Only ‘many’ – i.e. all who were in covenant relationship with God. Unfortunately, some of those in covenant with God will suffer ‘everlasting contempt’. That might not be as bad as the Lake of Fire in Hell where those who do not awaken go, but it’s still pretty bad. Eternally bad.

Oh, and remember what Jesus said about the First Resurrection – the sheep and the goats?

The passage is here:

Matthew 25:31-46

That’s what Daniel 12:2 is talking about.

But, if this clear, in-your-face proof from verse two isn’t enough, we also have confirmation that part of Daniel 11 is describing the Last Days, because of this verse:

He said, “Go your way, Daniel, for the words are shut up and sealed until the time of the end.

 – Daniel 12:9 (ESV)

And, that word ‘end’ is the same one that appeared in Daniel 8:

קץ (ketz)

And, as I’ve said before, the word ‘ketz’ isn’t just the end. It’s the VERY end. The edge. Take one more teeny tiny step, and you will fall off. So, the ‘time of the end’ referred to in verse 9, really is the Last Days.

Which Part Is The Future

So, we know that at least part of Daniel 11 is in the future, and part is in the past. So…

…which part is the future?

Well, we could draw that line in a couple of places, but we’re really only concerned, right now, about the Antichrist. And, that must be the last king described in chapter eleven. And, the verse where the Antichrist begins to be described is here:

In his place shall arise a contemptible person to whom royal majesty has not been given. He shall come in without warning and obtain the kingdom by flatteries.

 – Daniel 11:21 (ESV)

Say what you want about the verses that come before verse 21, but from this verse onward, we are referring to the time of the last king – the Antichrist. And, after this king falls (11:45), the resurrection happens (12:2). There literally cannot be any other explanation.

Now, where are the invasions of Israel in this passage?

Not verse 24. The ESV gets it wrong. The KJV comes close, and I’m not completely sure that I’ll translate it right. But, I’ll try anyway:

In peace and in fatness, a country he shall enter. And, he will not do that which his fathers and forefathers – distributing plunder, loot and wealth, and to strongholds, he will think thoughts and to a time.

 – Daniel 11:24 (JLV, John Little Version)

That’s not exactly invasion. That’s the Antichrist coming in peace and handing out lots of goodies. Where he gets those goodies is hard to say. It sounds like he will have been conquering other areas in the world, but whatever the reason, he has plunder, loot and wealth to give. And, he’s a sneaky sneak, making sneaky plans.

He then tries to dominate the ‘King of the South’, and the King of the South responds with a huge army that gets completely defeated – destroyed from within. As a result, the Antichrist engages in dishonest peace talks and returns to the north. He only starts thinking about the ‘Holy Covenant’ in verse 28.

By the way, is verse 28 the moment he actually BECOMES the Antichrist?

As in the first time that he is actively ANTI Christ, against Christ?

The Ships Of Chittim

In verse 30, the Antichrist tries to return and fight again, against the King of the South, but a fleet of ships stops him.

For the ships of Chittim shall come against him: therefore he shall be grieved, and return, and have indignation against the holy covenant: so shall he do; he shall even return, and have intelligence with them that forsake the holy covenant.

 – Daniel 11:30 (KJV)

The word for Chittim (כתים) doesn’t correspond with any group of people that we know of, except one. That reference is of Chittim, the son of Javan. And, Javan (actually Yavan) is the word that we use for Greece. So, this fleet would seem to be Greek in one form or another.

Now, why would ships be able to oppose an army marching on land?

Very simple: Logistics

If you spend enough time reading about war, you’ll hear a phrase that has been in common use for thousands of years, in many different languages:

An army marches on its stomach.

Without a steady and dependable supply of food, an army quickly falls apart. And, the most normal way to supply a big army is by water – ships. But, if those supply ships are stopped and/or sunk by the ‘ships of Chittim’, you have to abandon your invasion plans.

So, to be extra clear, the ships of Chittim aren’t stopping the army of the Antichrist directly. These ships are just stopping the ability of the Antichrist to supply his army with food.

By the way, this also indicates a radically changed world. Today, our advanced technology allows large military forces to be supplied over land. But, when the Antichrist rises, it looks like something has reduced our access to the kinds of rapid transport that we have today.

The King Of The Negev And A Badly Damaged Israel

Notice also who the Antichrist is fighting against:

The King of the South

Yes, he eventually turns against the ‘Holy Covenant’, but that’s only AFTER he started his war against the King of the South.

Where is Israel’s military in all of this?

Seemingly nowhere.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) does not appear to be anywhere in this story. The IDF – if it still exists – seems unable to oppose the Antichrist as he moves up and down the eastern shoreline of the Mediterranean Sea. And, it should be absolutely clear that his army is also marching back and forth through the choke point at Har Megiddo – where the Battle of Armageddon will be.

Unless you can find some way to prove that the King of the South is Israel, the Land of Israel that we know today, will not be the Land of Israel that we will know when the Antichrist rises. This doesn’t mean that Israel has ceased to exist, but it does mean that she is not strong enough to stop the Antichrist from moving through the Galil (aka, Galilee) and the coastal plain where Tel Aviv, Herzliya, Netanya and Caesarea are located.

This is pretty strong proof that something bad happens to Israel BEFORE the Antichrist arrives. And, we see an indication of terrible tragedy, before the Antichrist, here:

And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith Jehovah, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein.

 – Zechariah 13:8 (ASV)

That would certainly make Israel unable to stop the Antichrist from attacking the King of the South. We’ll get into more detail about this when we talk about Zechariah 12 and 13, but the fact that northern Israel cannot oppose the Antichrist is strong evidence that Gog and Magog has happened BEFORE the rise of the Antichrist.

Oh, and who is the King of the South?

I once thought that this was Egypt, but I don’t think that this is the case. Later in Daniel 11, Egypt is referred to in a way that seems to make it separate from this ‘King of the South’. In Hebrew, it actually says:

מלך הנגב

Melech haNegev (ch as in Bach)

King of the Negev

The word for ‘south’ in Hebrew is normally דרום (pronounced: dah-rome). Negev is also used in the Bible to mean ‘south’, but it literally means ‘dry’. Nagav is the root, and it means ‘to dry’. And, the driest part of Israel, is the wilderness area of southern Israel that everyone calls The Negev.

Is it possible that the political center of Israel shifts southwards?

When Gog and Magog comes, there will be a massive earthquake that knocks everything down. The cities along the Mediterranean Sea will be destroyed. Every building of any size in Jerusalem will be knocked down. We will discuss that earthquake described in Isaiah 30:25, when we get to the chapter on Isaiah 30.

Whether it is due to an earthquake, or something equally serious, the Israel that we see today, will not be the Israel the the Antichrist will invade multiple times. Something drastic will change the political face of Israel, and even the geography.

Also, it seems that there will be a change in climate for Israel – that it will get more rain and have more available water. So, in addition to the destroyed infrastructure in the north, there might be an increase in agriculture in the Negev due to extra water.

Could it be that the political capital of Israel shifts to Be’er Sheva?

Remember that Isaiah also talks about an extreme political event that happens in chapter 19. Egypt will be in a confederation with Israel and a new entity called Assyria. And, the political center of the confederation might be in The Negev. You can read more about that, here:

Isaiah 17 And 19
https://whenjacobreturns.com/supporting-passages/isaiah-17-and-19/

My hope is that you will begin to realize that the world at the time of the rise of the Antichrist, will look a lot different than the world that we see today. And, that is a key point of this book. You don’t just need to be ready for the time when the Antichrist comes, you also need to be ready for the massive devastation that will happen BEFORE the Antichrist comes. I call that massive devastation, Ezekiel’s Fire. And, you really, Really, REALLY need to be ready for that. But, let’s get back to Daniel 11.

PROOF: This massive change to Israel, points directly to Gog and Magog happening BEFORE the Antichrist rises.

Gog CANNOT Be The Antichrist

So again, in verse 30, the Antichrist makes a second attempt to invade the King of the Negev, and the Chittim navy stops him. As a result, the Antichrist gets mad at the Holy Covenant. And this is when he makes a serious investment in conspiring with those who leave the Holy Covenant.

Here’s verse 30 again:

For the ships of Chittim shall come against him: therefore he shall be grieved, and return, and have indignation against the holy covenant: so shall he do; he shall even return, and have intelligence with them that forsake the holy covenant.

 – Daniel 11:30 (KJV)

The KJV uses the word ‘indignation’, but the Hebrew word is much stronger than that. It’s זעם (za-am), and it means ‘wrath’ or ‘rage’. Also, the word ‘intelligence’ is also a little bit incorrect. The word is יבן (yah-ven), and it’s a part of the same root as the Hebrew word for ‘understanding’ – מבין (mah-veen).

So, when the ships of Chittim block his invasion, he flies into a rage and starts conspiring with those who are apostates. And, these apostates have forsaken…

Wait…

…The Holy Covenant.

There’s a Holy Covenant BEFORE the Antichrist?

BEFORE the Antichrist rises, there will be a Holy Covenant. That means followers of God, who are obedient in every way.

Again, this is BEFORE the Antichrist.

And no, this will NOT be Judaism. Judaism is a synthetic religion formulated after the fall of the second temple as a way to get around the inability to properly sacrifice, AND to keep Jewish men and women from becoming Christian.

The Rabbinic Judaism that sprang up in the first and second century AD, is not anything close to a ‘holy covenant’. But, it’s bigger than that.

Is it possible to have a holy covenant that is different than the one paid for by Jesus on the cross, and sanctified by His Blood?

Let me make this point as clearly as possible:

JESUS IS THE ONLY COVENANT!!!

If you think that there is any other way to salvation, except through faith and obedience in Jesus Christ, you are not a Christian. There is only one eternal sacrifice that paid for all the sins of the world. That covenant was made in His blood and sacrifice.

Therefore, the Holy Covenant in Daniel 11:30 is faith in Christ.

That’s right, Christians. These are followers of Christ, like you and me. Israeli Christians that are faithfully worshiping God in the area of the Middle East where the Antichrist is directly operating. These Israeli Christians do not begin their Life in Christ after the Antichrist. It is BEFORE the Antichrist. And, I can’t help but point out here that Ezekiel 38 and 39 show that Israel doesn’t join the Holy Covenant until AFTER Gog and Magog has been destroyed. Not before.

Gog and Magog is destroyed.

After that, Israel accepts Christ as their Lord and Savior.

It’s that simple, and it absolute and undeniable proof that:

Gog is NOT the Antichrist.

Gog just cannot be the Antichrist – especially, since Gog DIES during the Battle of Gog and Magog and is buried. The Antichrist is NOT buried, but is cast alive into the Lake of Fire. Nor have we seen any battles that look like the coming of Gog and Magog in Daniel 11. So, let’s keep going.

PROOF: Gog cannot be the Antichrist, because Israel accepts Christ BEFORE the Antichrist rises, while Ezekiel and Zechariah describe the salvation of Israel AFTER Gog is destroyed.

Some BAD Arm Seeds

Here is what appears to be the best translation for the next verse:

Forces from him will arise, desecrate the sanctuary fortress, and do away with the regular sacrifice. And they will set up the abomination of desolation.

 – Daniel 11:31 (NASB)

However, the phrase ‘forces from him’ is actually interesting:

וזרעים ממנו (oo-zro-eem mee-meh-no)

When I first saw that phrase, I thought “SEEDS!” And yes, זרע (zeh-ra) means seed. But… not in this case. I was looking at the wrong Hebrew root for this word. Here’s the correct root:

זרוע

(zro-ah)

It means arm, and everyone has two of them – unless there was an accident. It also means tentacle, so any octopus that is reading this will have a lot more than that. (Just sayin’)

So, these arms will come from the Antichrist, defile the building of the holy place, stop whatever ceremonies are happening there and then set up the Abomination of Desolation. And, this isn’t the Antichrist doing it directly. It is these ‘arms’, plural that are doing it.

Hebrew is specific when it comes to word agreement. Plural nouns have plural verbs. Singular nouns have singular verbs. So, this isn’t the Antichrist (singular) doing this. It’s these arms (plural) that are setting up the Abomination of Desolation.

The Abomination Of Desolation

Now, notice that phrase, Abomination of Desolation. The Hebrew is this:

השקוץ משומם (ha-shee-koots meh-sho-mem)

Where did we hear of this before?

Right here:

15 “So when you see the abomination of desolation spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), 16 then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17 Let the one who is on the housetop not go down to take what is in his house, 18 and let the one who is in the field not turn back to take his cloak.

 – Matthew 24:15-18 (ESV)

And, right here:

Then I heard a holy one speaking, and another holy one said to the one who spoke, “For how long is the vision concerning the regular burnt offering, the transgression that makes desolate, and the giving over of the sanctuary and host to be trampled underfoot?”

 – Daniel 8:13 (ESV)

Here’s Daniel 11:31 again:

Forces from him will arise, desecrate the sanctuary fortress, and do away with the regular sacrifice. And they will set up the abomination of desolation.

 – Daniel 11:31 (NASB)

It’s clear that Daniel 11 and Matthew 24 are talking about the same moment in time. And, Daniel 8 is so close that you need to assume that it is also the same moment in time. The only difference for Daniel 8:13 is that Gabriel says ‘transgression’ instead of ‘abomination’. But, abomination is always transgression, and transgression is always an abomination.

So, I think that we must conclude that…

Jesus was talking about BOTH Daniel 8:13 and Daniel 11:31!

SIDE NOTE:

WHAT is this Abomination of Desolation?

We are used to assuming that this is the Antichrist himself, but now that I’ve looked at Daniel 11 more closely, I’m not so certain. Remember that the Book of Revelation talks about an ‘image’ that people are required to worship. The setting up of a statue or image seems to fit better than just having the Antichrist stand there. Ultimately, we’ll see it, when it happens.

Whatever this Abomination of Desolation is, it means that verse 31 is the beginning of the persecution phase of the Great Tribulation, and verses 32 to 39 confirm that with a description of persecution – as well as a discussion of what the Antichrist does. And, it all conforms to the description of Revelation.

The Great Tribulation

Daniel 11:32-39 is a terrible account of betrayal, persecution and great suffering. Apostate Christians will betray those who follow Christ. Christian men and women will be imprisoned and killed. The Antichrist will blaspheme God and place himself above Yehovah and all other gods. He even places another god, a god of fortresses, above other gods. And, he will use this god against the strongest fortresses.

The Antichrist will use this new ‘god of fortresses’ as a tool to defeat those who continue to stand against him?

I could give you theory after theory about what all that could be, but that would be meaningless. I would undoubtedly get all of those theories wrong, and divert your attention from the main point.

Oh, and one more thing. It’s important. This passage in Daniel about the Great Tribulation describes an important outcome for all Christians who go through this time and stay faithful:

Purification

Given enough time and enough prosperity, Christians become corrupted. The history of Christianity is full of churches that started out well, and ended up falling from grace. And, right now, Christians in the English speaking world are a horrifying mess. We have corrupted ourselves so badly, that I wonder how many of us are still in Christ.

We need to be purified. And, if we don’t choose purity now, God will impose it upon us. I believe that Gog and Magog will be a time of purification. The coming of the Antichrist will be the last one.

But, let’s get back to looking at the Army of the Antichrist.

The Place Of Escape

Then, in verse 40, the King of the Negev attacks again and loses badly.

40 “At the time of the end the king of the South shall attack him; and the king of the North shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter the countries, overwhelm them, and pass through. 41 He shall also enter the Glorious Land, and many countries shall be overthrown; but these shall escape from his hand: Edom, Moab, and the prominent people of Ammon.

 – Daniel 11:40-41 (NKJV)

In response to the attack by the King of the South, the Antichrist hits back, invading Israel in verse 41 and taking over Egypt and lots of Africa in verses 42 and 43.

But, who escapes from being conquered by the Antichrist?

Most of what we call the Kingdom of Jordan

After rushing about and capturing so much territory, the one place that he cannot get, is the mountainous area to the east of the Jordan River. And, one reason why he can’t, is that he runs out of time, in verse 44:

But news from the east and the north shall alarm him, and he shall go out with great fury to destroy and devote many to destruction.

 – Daniel 11:44 (ESV)

All of the above adds detail to what we see in Revelation 12:

14 And there were given to the woman the two wings of the great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness unto her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent. 15 And the serpent cast out of his mouth after the woman water as a river, that he might cause her to be carried away by the stream. 16 And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth and swallowed up the river which the dragon cast out of his mouth. 17 And the dragon waxed wroth with the woman, and went away to make war with the rest of her seed, that keep the commandments of God, and hold the testimony of Jesus:

 – Revelation 12:14-17 (ASV)

So, the news that the Antichrist hears, would seem to be about Christians that are defying him. And, this news happens just at the right time, before he can attack the Christians in the Jerusalem and Judean area. They get away, and the Antichrist can’t do much about them.

Now, claiming that these are Christians defying him, is speculation on my part. There could be any number of reasons for why ‘news from the east and the north would alarm him’. It could be a disgruntled political faction. It could even be a group that’s upset over their favorite god being disrespected. But, the Man of Fierce Countenance is all hot and bothered by those who follow Christ. So, I feel like the best explanation would be one that points to Christians defying the Antichrist. But, as always… we’ll see when it happens.

Then, in Daniel 11:45, the last verse of the chapter, the Antichrist is destroyed.

And he shall plant the tents of his palace between the seas and the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and no one will help him.

 – Daniel 11:45 (NKJV)

In the original Hebrew, ‘plant’ is literally a verb that you would use when describing how you would insert seeds into the ground for the purposes of growing a plant. So, the Antichrist PLANTS his tent between two seas and TO the glorious holy mountain.

Not ‘in’.

‘To’.

The Antichrist firmly places his tents – yes, tents – BETWEEN two seas and TOWARDS the ‘glorious holy mountain’. Most translations garble this verse badly. They say that the Antichrist puts his tents in/on/at Jerusalem, but that’s not what it says.

A careful look at the original Hebrew  – along with a little triangulation – makes it pretty clear that the tents of the Antichrist are in the Jezreel Valley, which is where the Battle of Armageddon will be fought in Revelation 16. It’s almost as if the ‘Kings of the East’ are rushing to Armageddon in an attempt to rescue the Antichrist.

Summarizing What We’ve Seen So Far

Up to this point, we’ve done our very best to look at the invasion(s) of Israel by the Antichrist. And, we’ve had a chance to look at identifiers that are unique to the Antichrist, that Gog would not have.

There are Five invasions of Israel by the Antichrist
(Gog is described as invading once)

The Israel at the time of the Antichrist will not look like the Israel of today

The Antichrist has opposition – lots of it

The Antichrist captures Jerusalem.
(Gog does NOT capture Jerusalem.)

Israelis need to run away from the Antichrist
(Israelis do not need to run away for Gog)

The Antichrist will not be buried, but he and his false prophet will be thrown alive into Hell.
(Gog will be buried and will have a grave in a special place called Hamon Gog.)

The Antichrist assembles ALL NATIONS – even though God is the one really doing it.
(Gog assembles a specific set of nations to invade Israel.)

There are merely hours or maybe days between the destruction of the Antichrist and the Millennium
(After Gog is destroyed, there are at least seven years.)

The context of spiritual salvation is absent, when the Antichrist invades Israel.
(With Gog and Magog, the children of Jacob accept Jesus as their savior.)

Daniel 8 is NOT about Antiochus Epiphanes

Daniel 9 is about Jesus and NOT the Antichrist

Daniel 11 is about the Antichrist – NOT Antiochus Epiphanes

The King of the South is actually the King of the Negev

The massive change to Israel, points directly to Gog and Magog happening BEFORE the Antichrist rises.

Gog cannot be the Antichrist, because Israel accepts Christ BEFORE the Antichrist rises, while Ezekiel and Zechariah describe the salvation of Israel AFTER Gog is destroyed.

Those are a lot of points, and some of those require evidence from other books in the Bible, and we will get to those. And, we will go to Ezekiel, Zechariah and Isaiah to pull out the details the describe Gog and Magog directly and then compare them to what we know about the Antichrist.

By the time that we are done, we should have a clearer understanding of the wars of the Last Days. Most important of all, we will be able to accurately place the Return of Jacob on this timeline of events.

Having said all that, there’s a vital element that you should not miss. If Gog and Magog and the Return of Jacob happen BEFORE the coming of the Antichrist, you need to be ready for Ezekiel’s Fire.

So, let’s turn our attention to Gog and Magog.

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