Many people call him the future Antichrist. The Bible calls him the “Beast”—a megalomaniac dictator who will kill tens of millions. Prophecy reveals this end-time “Hitler” will control Europe, and dominate the world economy for a few short years. 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. But before continuing our discussion of this end-time leader, let’s take a quick look at what is happening in Europe….major political change is coming to the Continent.
The battle for political control of Europe continues to escalate. With the European Union economy stagnant and threatening to dip back into recession, cracks in the Union are becoming more visible. Never forget, when a nation’s economy sinks, political unrest always follows. Many in Europe are blaming their leaders for high rates of unemployment, and the unrelenting flow of refuges into their cities. Disagreements within Europe abound. Fear, anger and stress could pave the way for acceptance of a strong European leader who promises to “sort out the problems” of Europe. Such a leader would give millions a sense of financial stability—something most Europeans do not have at the moment. Remember, Europe is on the brink of spiraling into another recession, this could lead to elections that cast the current leadership in Europe from power, replacing them with anti-immigration politicians.
The promise of economic prosperity has been the glue holding the EU [European Union] together. With the European Union economy stagnant and threatening to dip back into recession, cracks in the Union are becoming more visible. The British want a European Union that is built around free trade and independent national sovereignty. Germany wants to preserve the EU currency as doing so favors German exports. As well, Germany is determined to exercise control over the weak profligate nations of southern Europe [nations such as Greece, Portugal and Italy]. Countries in Mediterranean Europe [Spain, Italy, Greece, and Croatia] support the process of European integration but only as long as it means subsidies, and financial assistance—but these nations do not want Germany telling them what to do. The conundrum is that so many European nations are heavily dependent upon German money to help them manage their enormous debt burdens, so they have to yield to German fiscal rules. As for France, Paris’ inability to take a leading role in the current battle for the future of the European Union speaks volumes; France is deeply fractured culturally and politically, the immigration issue and high unemployment is almost certain to lead to a new party taking the reigns of leadership when France holds elections in April of 2017.
As for the refugee crisis in Europe—it is far from reaching its peak. It is expected that over the next 18 months over 2 million Muslims will pour into European cities. The inflow of refugees is overwhelming many of the European Union nations and has woken up the typically politically passive European. Large segments of white Europeans are feeling angry and ignored by the mainstream political parties, and right-wing parties are emerging with a different language, a language that speaks to the people’s anger.
It is important to take notice that in last year’s elections to the European Parliament [the EU’s legislative body], far-right parties gained enough seats to command access to EU funding. These far right parties are rising in popularity—they are anti-immigrant. They include: France’s Marine Le Pen’s National Front party, then there is the Dutch Party of Freedom, Italy’s Lega Nord, and the Austrian Freedom Party. The neo-fascist Jobbik party, which advocates ethnic purity for Hungary, took 20 percent of the vote last year to become the third-biggest party in the Hungarian Parliament.
Germany’s anti-Islam party PEGIDA (“Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the Occident”) stepped up its attacks on Chancellor Angela Merkel labeling her as “the most dangerous woman in Europe” and demanding she resign. PEGIDA leader Tatjana Festerling told a rally of thousands of supporters in the eastern city of Dresden that Merkel’s policy of welcoming refugees had turned Germany into a “gigantic camp in the jungle”.
Just remember, a refugee crisis falling on the heels of an economic crisis has made large segments of the European population angry and desirous of change. When great political change comes to Europe we cannot predict, but it will come!
In the not too distant future, we will see a “strong man” come to power in Europe, and passive, 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 labor 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.
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).
These are just some examples of brutal dictatorships. And now notice some details the Bible reveals to us concerning this future despot based upon previous figures of history—he especially mirrors Antiochus Epiphanies of ancient Syria who persecuted the Jews. Antiochus is described in Daniel 11:21-32, and serves as a prototype of this final dictator. God often uses historical events and leaders of the past to give us an understanding of end-time events. Many prophecies in the Bible are dual. In certain cases a prophet speaks under inspiration of God and a first fulfillment of the prophecy comes to pass. Then, later, at the end of the age before the return of Christ, comes a final, ultimate fulfillment. This would apply to Antiochus Epiphanes foreshadowing the rise of the end-time European tyrant. Note these prophecies, some of which are dual:
• He will rise up unexpectedly (Daniel 8:23-24; 11:21-24).
• 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)—this is what Antiochus Epiphanes did.
• He will make changes, impacting God’s appointed days of worship (Daniel 7:25; 11:37-38).
• He will persecute God’s church (Daniel 7:25).
• 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; Daniel 11:41).
• He will be the leader of Europe, 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—at this time 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 on this subject in a future newsletter.