By pastor Mike Taylor
Daniel 11:36 "And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvelous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done.
11:37 Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all.
11:38 But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces: and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things.
11:39 Thus shall he do in the most strong holds with a strange god, whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory: and he shall cause them to rule over many, and shall divide the land for gain."
In this passage, the prophet Daniel was given information about a coming king who will exalt himself above the God of heaven in his abominations and blasphemy. Of course, this passage is about the coming Anti-Christ. And like other authors, I believe we should be looking for the return of the King of kings, our Lord, Jesus Christ and not looking for the Anti-Christ, BUT in the same breath, realize that as the time grows short for our Lord's return, that there will be signs and symptoms present when the coming of the lawless one is close. So if the lawless one be close, the coming of the King of kings, is even closer.
II Thessalonians :
2:3 "Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
2:5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
2:6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.
2:7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
2:8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
2:9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
2:10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved."
In this passage, Paul explains to the people who thought that they had missed the coming of the Lord, and all were scared to death that the Tribulation was upon them, even back in Paul's day. But Paul admonished them, and encouraged them that that day would not come, until certain things must happen. A falling away would happen, or apostasy within even the church. The Holy Spirit would be withdrawn "He who let will let, till HE be taken out of the way." I believe a clear passage that God will remove His protective hand, and the Holy Spirit's protection from the earth back to pre-Pentecostal times, and let Satan have full sway over the inhabitants of this earth, to deceive, to destroy, and to obtain worship for himself through one possessed individual, the Anti-Christ. Now saying that, let us turn to a recent event that will give any Bible believing person pause and turn their attention to a man who has risen to power, from out of no-where, in a country that is part of the revised Roman Empire.
Rise of the Little Horn?
Daniel 7:7 "After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns.
7:8 I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things."
I have been watching and being amazed at the sudden rise of one man to power from out of "no-where" that has taken over the country of Greece. His name is Alexis Tsipras. From a Christian Blog:
"One interesting candidate that is clearly different from most of the others is Greek politician Alexis Tsipras. He is the nominee for the Party of the European left; he also is the youngest of all the candidates at 39 years of age. He is a total Marxist/atheist whose political roots are in socialism and communism. He remains un-married, but has cohabitated with his high school girlfriend for twenty years and they have one child."
Since then, this mystery candidate has taken the country of Greece by storm and has risen as a rock star in politics with a charismatic personality that has adoring subjects looking upon him with tears in their eyes, in near worship of a man they call, "their savior". So who is this man Alexis Tsipras and what does he stand for? What he is, is a man of charm and a orator of seductive words. He was described by Geri Ungerean on "Now The End Begins" thusly:
"His name is Alexis Tsipras, and it seems that he meets much of the criteria of the prophesied Antichrist. He was just elected as the Prime Minister of Greece. He is an atheist and a far left winger. His party in Greece is called SYRIZA. He has appeared out of nowhere in the last couple of years, almost magically. He has landed himself in a most precarious situation. Greece is broken. Is he the one to fix it, and also the EU which is struggling and groping at almost anything to revive Europe? All eyes are on this man.
On Sept 17, 2014 Mr. Tsipras met with Pope Francis at the Vatican. He was the first leader of a left-wing party that met the head of the Roman-Catholic church-ever! This is not surprising with this Pope, because he is rabidly ecumenical, and very "Green", and always talking about global warming and people harming the earth. It has been said that Tsipras and the Pope get along famously, and are in one accord. No problem that one claims to be the head of the "faithful" on this earth, and the other, a staunch atheist. Could it be that there are unseen circumstances, not being divulged to the public? I would say, assuredly so."
All of Europe, especially Germany, along with some in Greece itself, are afraid of what the new Prime Minister might do with the national debt and austerity measures that have crippled many into abject poverty. He has vowed to battle the "troika" or the IMF, the EC, and the ECB. (International Monetary Fund, European Commission, and the European Central Bank).
The discontented have flocked to SYRIZA, partially encouraged by Tsipras' repeated promises to repeal the memoranda and abandon all deals with the troika if and when he is elected Prime Minister. This kind of talk is partially what many have been afraid of, both within Greece and abroad.
And the most disturbing to any prophecy student is that the new PM is a Pro-Palestinian supporter and an enemy of Israel:
"During last summer's Gaza war, Alexis Tsipras, the new prime minister of Greece, said Israel's "brutality cannot be tolerated." Senior members of his party - which in this week's elections nearly got an absolute majority - participated in the 2010 flotilla, which sought to break Israel's naval blockade of Gaza and resulted in a deadly clash between Turkish activists and Israeli troops. One of the party's delegates to the European Parliament is said to be openly sympathetic to Hamas." Israel is said to be concerned and nervous over this development in Greek politics.
I was reading a post by Prophecy teacher, Terry James on Rapture Ready and his comments were very strong to keep a close watch on this man. Here are two excerpts from that article:
Antichrist Archetype Emerges
"...There has surfaced, in my view at least, an archetype of the leader to come who will be the first beast of Revelation 13. This generation is not yet in the Tribulation, but is experiencing precursors to that last seven years that makes us know that a time of unprecedented troubles is just ahead. Likewise, a leader has arisen from the area of the reviving Roman Empire, one whose emergence makes the observant Bible prophecy student suspect ever more assuredly that Antichrist is waiting in the shadows of the immediate future.
Any such leader rising suddenly and dramatically out of the very nucleus of what was ancient Rome justifiably raises the eyebrows of Bible prophecy students. The visible, physical reactions of those who have put him on his pedestal are quite interesting...glassy eyes filled with tears of joy, as they looked worshipfully at the man on whom they are hanging their hopes. As a matter of fact, the slogan for his campaign was "Hope is coming!" - Terry James, RaptureReady.com.
I would remind the reader, that besides this man we are discussing today, another politician who has some of the same credentials as Tsipras, and that is found in the current "usurper in Chief" that resides in the office of the POTUS. He also promised "hope and change", but there is little hope, and only change in our pockets. Mr. Obama and Mr. Tsipras are mirror images to some degree on either side of the "big pond". Who will lead the "One World Government". I remember reading that Henry Kissinger expressed hope that it would be Obama. Now, maybe he will change his mind? But back to Tsipras, the new PM of Greece.
GREECE ELECTS THEIR OWN VERSION OF OBAMA
We know very little about this man. He has a quality of being believed without a long established history of significant accomplishments or well accepted political plans or skills. Which reminds me of another politician that rose from obscurity as junior senator from Illinois and promised hope and change and is now the president of the most powerful nation on earth. So do they each sound familiar? I've long thought that Obama had the qualities of the Anti-Christ, but only as a pre-cursor to the actual man who would be the lawless one. Oh, Obama is lawless enough because of the way he conducts himself above the clear constraints of the U.S. Constitution or the rule of law, but he just doesn't quite fit the mold of a man that the world would flock to as their god in the Tribulation.
But concerning this rising star in the EU, Mr. Tsipras has been forging an alliance with a sworn enemy of the aforementioned EU and of NATO and that would be Russia, and Vladmir Putin, its president. Earlier this week, Greece's defense minister and outspoken "Eurosceptic" Panos Kammenos announced that he was invited to Moscow to meet his Russian counterpart, Sergei Shoygu, in the near future.
Greece is one of the 28 members of NATO, while Russia perceives NATO as its biggest threat. So if Russia and Greece do form a military alliance, then Russia will have found an ally within its biggest perceived enemy. So Greece is warming up to Russia, who is also in league with Middle Eastern enemies of Israel. That's only one part of this political intrigue that is being played out right in front of us.
Another is the cozy relationship between a proclaimed atheist and the leader of the Roman Catholic Church, the pope. In a press release it was reported:
"In our meeting with Pope Francis today, we had the opportunity to discuss the economic crisis, as well as the crisis in human values...we asked [Pope Francis] to take an international initiative for the termination of conflicts in the Middle East...we agreed that the dialogue between the Left and the Christian Church must go on. We may have different ideological starting points; however, we converge on common values, like solidarity, love for the fellow Human being, social justice, and our concern regarding world peace."
Interesting, to say the least. Here is a proclaimed Atheist (who along with his significant other who he met while being a member of the "Students for Communism") who is meeting with the supposed leader of the "Christian" world and is asking for his intervention in the problems between the Palestinians and the nation of Israel. Now some would wonder, is this meeting with the coming believed, false prophet with a man who is unmarried and a communist /Marxist be any cause for concern?
THE ANTI-CHRIST WILL BE HOMOSEXUAL?
There is a common belief that I've heard that the Anti-Christ will be a homosexual, as I believe his precursor to this role is also, Mr. Barak Hussein Obama, being a homosexual. Many use this scripture to promote this belief.
Daniel 11:37 "Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all."
Daniel says that this man will not regard the God of his fathers, (Tsipras is an atheist and a communist)...so he doesn't adhere to any god, or the God of the universe. The scripture saying that the man will not regard, "the desire of women" doesn't necessarily mean he is a homosexual. In the times of Israel when the prophesied Messiah was believed ready to be born as prophesied, women of the nation, each "desired to be the mother" of the coming Messiah. This passage could mean that the Anti-Christ will not believe in the true Messiah of the nation of Israel and of the world, Jesus Christ. But something that made me take pause of this man that I read concerning his family history. The man, Alexia Tsiparis is of Jewish ancestry. You heard me correctly. The man is an unbelieving Jew, an atheist who has no regard for the God of his fathers of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and who denies the Lordship of Jesus Christ, as the majority of Jewish people do. From a excerpt I read on this man's family history:
""The father of Alexis Cipra, Pavlos Cipra, died in 2012. He was a billionaire with a direct link with the Mossad, (Jewish Intelligence like our CIA) he was the father of a slave BHL entrepreneur in Africa where he was trafficking in Africans. He sent dozens of Africans in Greece in order to exploit them, giving them just enough to survive in its construction companies and public travux.
The family business "SKAPANEA" was responsible for all major public works in Greece since the junta until today, construction / restoration of Orthodox churches through broadcasting. Like the Italian Mafia, the other companies have to pay a percentage to the "family" if they want to survive. "
Yes, you read that correctly. I have been finding people in Greece saying that Tsipras is actually "Cipra" and is of Jewish blood.
"Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers (Yahweh) , nor the desire of women (Jesus Christ), nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all." Many End Times scholars have concluded that this passage of Scripture from Daniel 11:37 shows the Antichrist to be atheist, since he no longer regards the God of his fathers, but not necessarily homosexual. Just a denier of the Son of God."
TSIPRAS TIES WITH GEORGE SOROS
Anytime I hear the name of George Soros, the hair on the back of my neck stands up. This is the same man that financed and brought Barak Obama to the forefront of American politics to the shame of the American voter. It seems this alleged "Illumanati" individual uses his multiple-billions to engineer the political scene of any country to further his concept of a One World Government and of course, make him money is again involved in political intrigue and mystery behind the scenes. Hey, but it's all in a day's work for this evil man.
Soros is the same man, while as a teenager worked to turn in his own countrymen, the Jewish people, into the Nazis to be loaded on trains to the death camps. Yes, Soros is Jewish. Why is it, that when an unbelieving Jewish person who rejects God of his fathers, becomes a reprobate? Ever look at the Hollywood community populated by unbelieving Jews in the movie/entertainment industry? The community is rampant with homosexuality, sexual deviancy, and anything that titillates the primeval, sinful nature of mortal men. It reminds me of when Israel went into idolatry and went so far from God, that God brought swift judgment on the nation. It almost seems in direct conflict with the plan of God to bring Israel and the Jewish (Hebrew) nation into direct worship of the God of the Universe again in the future. But God is in control and men like Soros will be judged along with other evil men that are either Jew or Gentile. But the point aside from this fact is, when George Soros is involved in anything politically, then no good can come from it, and the Christian student of biblical prophecy must take notice.
IS TSIPRAS THE ANTI-CHRIST?
It's too early to tell, and from my Christian point of view and what I have supported in my years of ministry, is that the "true Christian", the believer in Jesus Christ and Him crucified, will not know for sure. We may have a suspicion and a good idea of who the man MIGHT be. But until the Church is removed according to II Thessalonians 2:7-8, and the Holy Spirit being removed prior to the AC being revealed, we will only have questions and suspicions. This revealing of the AC will be accomplished when the "son of perdition" signs a 7 year peace treaty with Israel, which is a pact with the devil. So if the Holy Spirit is removed, so shall the Church be removed, or Jesus would have been lying, when He said:
Matthew 28:20 "Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world."
John 14:18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
14:19 Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.
14:20 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.
Since we know that our Lord does not lie, Paul told us through Holy Spirit revelation, the church will be leaving sometime prior to the revealing of the Anti-Christ.
Now I am not definitively saying that this new Greek Prime Minister, Tsipras is the prophesied Anti-Christ, but let us summarize what we have learned or has been reported concerning this man:
1. Tsipras came to the political scene from out of no-where. He was a brought to the scene of Greek politics by intrigue and money.
2. The man is a Marxist/Communist, an Atheist, and belongs to a hard left political party called Syriza. (will he be called a "Syrian"?)
3. The man is Jewish by ancestry. An unbelieving Jew of Grecian birth.
4. He has made alliances with both ends of the spectrum. Vladimir Putin and Pope Francis, the possible Gog of the Gog-Magog alliance, and the possible False Prophet, in that order. Pretty cozy, I'd say.
5. He comes out of the least of the NATO alliance countries, and smack dab in the middle of the revised Roman Empire.
6. He has rock star qualities and speaks with a charismatic speaking style that is not unlike Barak Obama, and the people are in near worship of him...again, like many do Obama here in the USA.
7. He is backed by a shadowy Illumanati type individual, George Soros.
8. He is a rabid supporter of the Palestinian cause and supports a Two State solution to dividing Israel. Even being a Jew himself, he is against the nation of Israel.
Much can be speculated about both this man, the new PM of Greece, and for that matter, our own POTUS. Both have Anti-Christ credentials and personality traits that would give any biblical student reason to keep an eye on either man and to see what develops. What it does tell me, is the hour is very late, and the AC is just out of sight, waiting to be revealed. Both these men are on the world stage with a mask over their true intentions. The time of the Church's departure grows ever closer and the date approaches of which no one knows for sure, except the signs which we have discussed in numerous messages found on my website and re-printed by Christian partners in prophecy forums. The picture become more and more clear, much as a slow forming film strip developing in a photographer's dark room. So we have another person and event to keep a watch on. What will develop? Only God and time will tell. Don't be misled by anyone who promises you the moon, especially in politics and religion. Keep your eye on Jesus Christ which is found in God's Word. He will never let you down, unlike men of this world.
"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosever believeth in Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16
This is Pastor Mike Taylor, praying God's blessing into your life. If you have any need for prayer, counseling from God's Word, or just a caring, listening ear, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit me online at www.churchofgod-usa.org, for more truths from God's Word. God bless you all, till we meet at Jesus feet.