Democracy in Europe is a fragile thing. Eventually, in the not too distant future, we will see a tyrant come to power in Europe and democratic Europe will give way to a dictatorship. At first this man will appear reasonable and appealing, but soon after garnering support from other European leaders he will pursue an expansionist agenda. His dictatorship will encompass much of Europe; in a blitzkrieg like strike he will move troops into the Middle East fighting against and subduing a Middle East leader labeled as the King of the South (Daniel 11:40-43).
Satan uses tyrants, dictators, and evil men to massacre millions. Below is a brief list of tyrants who have killed massive numbers of men, women and children [taken from the Daily Mail website]. A future European dictator will be responsible for the deaths of multiple millions as well—but for now notice the death toll at the hands of history’s tyrants:
1 MAO ZEDONG
China (1949-76) Regime Communist Victims 60 million
China’s so-called ‘Great Helmsman’ was in fact the greatest mass murderer in history. Most of his victims were his fellow Chinese, murdered as ‘landlords’ after the communist takeover, starved in his misnamed ‘Great Leap Forward’ of 1958-61, or killed and tortured in labour camps in the Cultural Revolution of the Sixties. Mao’s rule, with its economic mismanagement and continual political upheavals, also spelled poverty for most of China’s untold millions. The country embraced capitalism long after his death.
2 JOSEPH STALIN
Soviet Union (1929-53) Regime Communist Victims 40 million
Lenin’s paranoid successor was the runner-up to Mao in the mass-murder stakes. Stalin imposed a deliberate famine on Ukraine, killed millions of the wealthier peasants – or ‘kulaks’ – as he forced them off their land, and purged his own party, shooting thousands and sending millions more to work as slaves and perish in the Gulag.
3 ADOLF HITLER
Germany (1933-45) Regime Nazi dictatorship Victims 30 million
The horror of Adolf Hitler’s dictatorship lies in the uniqueness of his most notorious crime, the Holocaust, which stands alone in the annals of inhuman cruelty. It was carried out under the cover of World War II, a conflict Hitler pursued with the goal of obtaining ‘Lebensraum’. The war ended up costing millions of lives, leaving Europe devastated and his Third Reich in ruins.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/moslive/article-2091670/Hitler-Stalin-The-murderous-regimes-world.html#ixzz3d0ePvTTw
Historian Michael Rank says Genghis Khan and his descendants triggered 40 million deaths during the period of the Mongol invasions which took place in the 13th century, making him one of the deadliest dictators in history. However, with only one-seventh of the world population in the 13th century as there is now, that figure would equal 350 million today, which is more than half the population of Europe. Furthermore, the Lushan Rebellion in eight-century China killed 36 million. This figure equals approximately over 500 million today. Rank, see History’s Worst Dictators: A Short Guide to the Most Brutal Rulers, From Emperor Nero to Ivan the Terrible (Kindle Locations 805-809).
The future reveals another “Hitler” type figure will dominate Europe. Notice in Revelation 13 the subject of the Beast transitions from speaking of the revived Roman Empire [European power] as a “beast” to speaking of the political and military dictator of that empire as being the “beast” (verses 4-8). This dictator is also referred to in Revelation 17:12-13. Many people call him the future Antichrist. The Bible calls him the “Beast”—dictator.
Here are some details the Bible tell us concerning this despot based upon previous figures of history—especially mirroring Antiochus Epiphanies of ancient Syria who persecuted the Jews.
He may come from a German speaking nation (Isaiah 10:5-11).
He will understand mysterious/sinister things (Daniel 8:23).
He will pull the world into world war (Daniel 8:24).
He will be deceitful and break a treaty (Daniel 11:23-24).
He will make changes, impacting God’s appointed days of worship (Daniel 7:25; 11:37-38).
He will rise up unexpectedly (Daniel 8:23-24; 11:21-24).
He will be considered to be a man bringing peace (Daniel 8:25; 11:21-24).
He will come to an agreement with the Catholic Church. (Revelation 13:3-4; 17:1-11).
He will establish himself in Jerusalem near the beginning of his reign (Daniel 11:31; Luke 21:24).
He will be the leader of the resurrected Holy Roman Empire (Revelation 13:3,12).
He will help spread a counterfeit Christianity around the world (Revelation 13:3-17).
He will attack the English peoples, including the USA (Daniel 11:39; Ezekiel 5:1-4).
He will be against to those that keep the Sabbath (Daniel 7:25; Revelation 12:17; Revelation 13:16-17).
The world will prosper under his system for a short time (Daniel 11:39; Revelation 18:9-19).
He will attack Muslims [King of the South], and move troops into Israel– (Daniel 11:40-43).
Christ will kill him near Jerusalem (Revelation 19:19-20).
Who is this European leader—we do not know, but we are watching European politics closely. We must not rush to a conclusion when watching Europe and its politicians…but neither should we be asleep to what is happening on the Continent. I continue to read the European papers and have recently returned from a European trip. More later, in a future Blog, pertaining to this end-time dictator.