A Future European Dictator

Steven LeBlanc

It is important for us to understand that in the years ahead of us a dictator from Europe will astound the world. We have a model of sorts to look at in the person of Adolf Hitler.

During the early years of the Great Depression Hitler promised jobs, protection from the Communist threat, and a restoration of German pride.

The German people, economically depressed and desperate for security, grabbed hold of his promises and elected him to national prominence. His twelve-year rule permanently scarred Germany, Europe and the world. He is a prototype of the end time dictator who is called “the beast,” the term denoting either a vicious political empire or its leader. This tyrant who will soon appear on the world stage, clothes himself in the mantle of greatness. His vanity will swell to delusional proportions; he demands absolute obedience of his subjects.

Take note that Revelation transitions from speaking of the revived Roman Empire as a “beast” to speaking of the political and military dictator of that empire as being the “beast” (read Revelation 17:12-13; Revelation 19:19-20). Revelation 19:19 says that the Beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies, gather together to fight against the returning Jesus Christ. The Beast described here clearly identifies an individual who will lead the kings of the earth and their armies to literally fight Jesus Christ when He returns. Christ deals with his (the Beast’s) rebellion and arrogance by casting him (a person) into the “lake of fire burning with brimstone.” (Revelation 19:20)

The Bible describes the nature of this final European Beast dictator in Daniel 11:36-38.
Daniel 11:36 says, “Then the king (the coming “Hitler”/dictator) shall do according to his own will; he shall exalt and magnify himself above every god, shall speak blasphemies against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the wrath has been accomplished; for what has been determined shall be done.” This man is also known as the King of the North depicted in Daniel 11:40.

His megalomania is Hitler-like; he desires the obedience and worship of the people. In verse 37 of Daniel 11, we are told, “He shall regard neither the God of his fathers nor the desire of women, nor regard any god; for he shall exalt himself above them all.” This dictator will not be interested in religion personally, but other prophecies inform us that he will accept the backing of the great false church (Catholic Church) in order to advance his agenda.

“But in their place,” this tyrant will “honor a god of fortresses (having military might and power), and a god which his fathers did not know he shall honor with gold and silver, with precious stones and pleasant things” (Daniel 11:38). This passage describes a European leader who channels his energy and resources to create the greatest military machine ever; one that will astound the world! Those who support him will be rewarded with positions of power and wealth. This is the same dictator who will use his power to persecute and kill many of God’s saints, “It was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue and nation.” (Revelation 13:7)

This great military-political leader (called “the Beast” in Revelation 13:7; Revelation 17:12-13; Revelation 19:19-20) will seek to dominate and control all nations. He will bear responsibility for warfare on a scale unseen in human history. His aggression will culminate in the armies of the world gathering at Armageddon (Revelation 16:14-16). From Armageddon millions of soldiers will then march 55 miles south to Jerusalem to fight against Jesus Christ himself.

The war or battle against Christ is called “the battle of the great day of God Almighty.” Revelation 16:14. But where will the battle take place? The prophet Joel tells us that this cataclysmic battle will take place near Jerusalem. “For behold, in those days and at that time… I will also gather all nations, and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; and I will enter into judgment with them there” (Joel 3:1–2).

The valley of Jehoshaphat, also called the Kidron Valley, is located between Jerusalem and the Mount of Olives, and extends to the south of the city. The world’s armies will move southward from Megiddo (Armageddon) to fight Jesus Christ at Jerusalem.

Millions of soldiers will die at the hands of Jesus Christ. Take note of the results of that battle: “For I will gather all the nations to battle against Jerusalem… Then the LORD will go forth and fight against those nations, as He fights in the day of battle. And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives” (Zechariah 14:2–4). Notice the hellish vengeance poured out on those rebellious armies of the world. “And this shall be the plague with which the LORD will strike all the people who fought against Jerusalem: Their flesh shall dissolve while they stand on their feet, their eyes shall dissolve in their sockets, and their tongues shall dissolve in their mouths” (v. 12).

This charismatic, brutal European “Hitler-like” dictator will finally be destroyed by Jesus Christ.
John writes: “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. 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 19:20–21).

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