Even if someone is a legitimate prophet, their words must be established by evidence.
OK this is an important topic, especially for the times in which we are now living. If one were to try to give an intelligent answer in a forum post or even a short series of posts the reply would be too long. A deep study requires background from the Scriptures. Since Revelation quotes from nearly every other book of the Bible, every book would need to be considered. Since Daniel is the main Old Testament counterpart to Revelation it would need special attention. History from ancient to modern times both biblical and extra-biblical of course would be another major component. Archaeology, etymology, hermeneutic principles, and some level of comparative theology would be needed because of the diversity of our forum members and you know we cannot all be right. Therefore one would need to convincingly present truth so clearly that the Apologetic message would be as winsome as it must be wise. It simply can't be done effectively in this medium. Yet the topic is too crucial to simply ignore it. So, what is the best compromise?
In my opinion the answer lies in some of the most historic thinkers of the Christian era from John through the Reformation and beyond to the three Great Awakening Evangelism Movements that followed and beyond those too. The one speaker I know who has not only compiled all of this information, but has done a pretty good job at boiling it down to the necessary essentials somewhere above the milk of the Word but not fully into the strongest meat, which would require more time and study beyond a seminary education, is Tim Roosenberg.
I have taken his seminars and discussed some of his positions. Most of what he presents is very solid stuff, and when he makes comparisons and draws conclusions he cannot yet back up, he freely admits they are only his best current theories. However, many of his once theories have already become reality in recent headline news. Most of what he covers is solid information and not just theories.
He runs his own organization called Islam and Christianity at a website by that name in all lower case letters with no spaces. It is a dot org. He looks at who the beast has been and will continue to be, who the kings of the North and of the South are and how they are at war currently with backing from the image of the beast. Yes, it is already happening! He covers the Anti-Christ and the mark of the beast and the forms it takes in ways that make biblical and historical sense in modern times. He has it all in a series of video presentations that focus on Daniel and Revelation in their proper biblical and historic contexts. There is a basic and an advanced series. The basics are free online now at his site. Check him out.
Warning, if you have bought into the Anti-Christ cover-up stories devised deliberately as very polar opposite ploys by two Jesuit priests Alcazar and Ribera commissioned to cook them up way back in the Counter-Reformation, these are lies that many Christians still cling to today as retold by Darby, Scofield, Lindsay, LaHaye and others, then be prepared to see a more consistent picture of God and His dealings with mankind throughout history than ever before. Be ready to discover the danger behind the second chance approach to the rapture and how the three and a half years you assume you may have left if you miss the first round are not future but were for the Jewish Nation not in the tribulation but back in the time of the early church and they ended at the official Sanhedrin decision to reject the Gospel and kill the messenger, Stephen.
What you will hear is how Islam, Europe, the Roman Catholic Church, the United States, and their leaders, politics, technologies, and more have been key players in the past, present, and near future as foretold in the Bible and confirmed in history. Go to the World Wide Web and check out isalmandchristianity the dot org place to learn the real scoop on the Mark of the Beast and all of its ramifications. It is free and so will you be.
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He believes the king of the north is the RC Church.
all that began long before people went to and forth and knowledge was increased in the jet and computer age.
I thought Iran and shiite was king of the north and Egypt and sunni king of the south in a divided Islam that were pitted against each other to death for the caliphate because of Mohammad's prophecy that only one sect would survive and take the caliphate and be the malady.
I believe the only reason Iran doesn't go after Israel now is it does not want to be weakened by a nuke to Iran and let sunnis and Egypt take over the race for the caliphate. As i see it Iran will wait till it has subdued most of the king of the south's power and then when it is puffed up make it's move on the holy land. At this point t Israel is an afterthought. Islam is divided.
shalom ajim , la (ot )The mark of the beast is Sunday, the Roman beast is pushing his Roman day, day of the sun, on this day is not bought or sold. lehitraot
ajim Shalom, la (OT) La marca de la bestia es el domingo, la bestia romana está empujando su época romana, día del sol, en el día de hoy no se compra ni se vende. lehitraot