Usually when I do my personal devotions I read through one book or another, usually alternating between the Old and New Testaments. Having recently finished going through several New Testament epistles I thought “Why not revisit some of the Old Testament prophecies I went through while writing The Spirit of Prophecy”.
Jimmy DeYoung, on Brannon Howse’s program had recently said something to the effect of “I am not aware of any war where the whole world is involved except the final battle at the end of the millennial reign of Christ”. This had been on my mind for some time, because I knew that Jeremiah 25 contains a list that starts with Jerusalem, in verse 18, and ends with “all the kingdoms of the world, which are upon the face of the earth” in verse 26.
This war can’t be the final war at the end of the millennial reign for it begins with God’s judgment against Israel, and Jerusalem. During the millennial reign 100% of Israel will be saved. The final battle will not be God against Israel and the world, but the world against God and Israel. Mr. DeYoung has failed to take Jeremiah 25 into account in his eschatology. (Eschatology: the study of end times prophecies)
As I read through the passage I also noticed a peculiar command, and its result;
27 Therefore thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Drink ye, and be drunken, and spue, and fall, and rise no more, because of the sword which I will send among you. 28 And it shall be, if they refuse to take the cup at thine hand to drink, then shalt thou say unto them, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Ye shall certainly drink. 29 For, lo, I begin to bring evil on the city which is called by my name, and should ye be utterly unpunished? Ye shall not be unpunished: for I will call for a sword upon all the inhabitants of the earth, saith the LORD of hosts.
Now, no one wants the Judgment of God against them, but I remembered, or was led to, Jeremiah 49 where a very similar mindset is spoken of. This time the people of Edom are singled out for judgment;
12 For thus saith the LORD; Behold, they whose judgment was not to drink of the cup have assuredly drunken; and art thou he that shall altogether go unpunished? thou shalt not go unpunished, but thou shalt surely drink of it. 13 For I have sworn by myself, saith the LORD, that Bozrah shall become a desolation, a reproach, a waste, and a curse; and all the cities thereof shall be perpetual wastes.
Now why would Edom think they should not suffer the wrath of God? Why would God single them out at this point, when He is angry with the whole world? Why would the land of Edom (southern Jordan) be singled out for a special curse? Why should their cities be perpetual wastes? Note also that Bozrah is another name for the land of Edom.
The best answer is that the Antichrist will come from Jordan, from the tribes descended from Esau, Jacob’s brother.
The reason they think they should not suffer God’s judgment is because they think that as descendants of the first son of Isaac, they should still have the birthright. Esau sold his birthright for a bowl of stew, and it seems ludicrous that such a major blessing, the position of a nation in Gods economy, could be sold for such a trivial price, but it was, and it was a legal agreement, which God still honors!
The people of Edom will be led by a man who they think is the Christ, but in reality is the Antichrist! He will look like a Christian, talk like a Christian, and act the way many Christians think a Christian should act. Jordan will be his first power base!
Further down in chapter 49 there is another statement made about the people of Edom that caught my eye.
16 Thy terribleness hath deceived thee, and the pride of thine heart, O thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, that holdest the height of the hill: though thou shouldest make thy nest as high as the eagle, I will bring thee down from thence, saith the LORD.
When I read the phrase about them making their nest as high as the eagle I was reminded of another passage concerning this same nation, which contains remarkably similar language;
Though thou exalt thyself as the eagle, and though thou set thy nest among the stars, thence will I bring thee down, saith the LORD. Obadiah 1:4
Again, as I read this statement I remembered another similar statement. Something about someone wanting to exalt their throne above the stars of God.
For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: Isaiah 14:13
The King James bible directs the above statement to “Lucifer”, while the NIV translates it as “morning star, son of the dawn!” Now, since Jesus is known as the Morning Star, does this mean that He will fall out of favour with God? No, the NIV translators made a mistake.
As you continue reading you are given more clues.
16 They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms;
It may seem like nit-picking, but this person is a man, not an angel. Lucifer is an angel.
But, lets keep going;
18 All the kings of the nations, even all of them, lie in glory, every one in his own house. 19 But thou art cast out of thy grave like an abominable branch, and as the raiment of those that are slain, thrust through with a sword, that go down to the stones of the pit; as a carcase trodden under feet.
If this person is “cast out of thy grave like an abominable branch”, then who is it? Who is the Branch? Of course the Branch is Jesus, so this “abominable branch” is a usurper, who is similar to Jesus, the Antichrist! So, what could this phrase mean, to be “cast out of his grave”? Here’s a clue;
And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. Revelation 13:3
There is some debate among bible scholars as to whether the Antichrist, the Beast, will be actually resurrected. I think his resurrection will be genuine. There is only one Savior, Jesus Christ, but God is quite willing to set a trap for those who have rejected the Salvation that God offers through Jesus. When this Edomite is raised from the dead, the whole world will follow him, and suffer the wrath of God for doing so.
Everything you need for salvation is there in the pages of the bible, but an evil generation wants a sign, so God will give them one! Can you think of a better sign that someone being raised from the dead? He will be raised from the dead, but his mouth will be speaking blasphemies. How many will catch on? I think there will be numbers who do, but many of them will die as martyrs.
Far better for you to be saved, and raptured, and in Heaven while all of this is going on.
Here’s another clue, in the next verse of Isaiah 14;
20 Thou shalt not be joined with them in burial, because thou hast destroyed thy land, and slain thy people: the seed of evildoers shall never be renowned.
This man will not be buried on the earth. Combine this statement with the previous, that he is cast out of his grave, and it appears to be in line with the statement in Revelation 19:20, where the Beast is cast alive into the lake of fire.
Verse 22 indicates the Lord’s displeasure with this man’s sons and nephews. Satan has no sons, nor nephews, again indicating that this is a man and not an angel. It also indicates that his family supports him in his endeavours. I would still hope that some from his family might get saved, perhaps a cousin, or even a sister.
The fact that he has sons would also indicate that he is not gay, contrary to many scholar’s opinion that the statement “he does not regard… the desire of women” in Daniel 11:37 indicates he is a homosexual. It has another meaning, which I have examined previously. Search this site for “polygamy”, if you want to examine this subject in greater depth.
The chapter begins, in verse 4, calling this man “the king of Babylon”, and in verse 25 he is called “the Assyrian”, but this does not mean that he is born in either Assyria, or Babylon. I live in Canada, and we have a Queen, but even though she has the title “the Queen of Canada” she was not born here, and neither does she live here.
It could very well be the same with the Antichrist. He does not have to be born in Babylon to be called the king of Babylon. This is likely a title that is conferred on him by the Harlot Church, after they have set up camp in this city.
The earlier verses we looked at, in Jeremiah 49, and Obadiah 1:4, line up perfectly with Isaiah 14, and are consistent with the idea that the Antichrist will come from Jordan, from Edom, the nation descended from Jacob’s brother Esau. This small study is but the tip of the iceberg. There is a wealth of evidence that the Beast will come from Jordan. For a more complete study I recommend that you obtain a copy of The Spirit of Prophecy. Dig deep, you’ll be surprised at what you find!