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Antichrist's rise to power in Middle East
The Antichrist will spend many years working silently behind the scenes to consolodate his power, then make his appearance onto the international arena once the structure is in place. He will have planned carefully, and the countries he goes against will be unprepared for his golden-tongued treachery.
The Antichrist is the power behind the scenes, pulling the strings, and has not yet made his move to reveal himself. He is like a spider waiting for his time, taking advantage of the world situation to make his move.
When his time comes, he will take advantage of the political situation in a country to rise to power. It will not matter that he is not a native of the country. He will take advantage of loopholes and contrived positions. He aggressively and audaciously may seize a position in a military organization after his uncle dies, for example.
The Antichrist will foment rebellions within the countries he is aiming to take over. He will allow the various political splinter groups to believe he supports their cause, when he actually is playing them against each other. The countries will turn in on themselves, weakening them for his outside conquest.
The Antichrist will take over Iran by using a human decoy to trick the Ayatollah in power. This will involve the "yes men" and sycophants of the Ayatollah's court. The Antichrist first will drive away internal supporters of the Ayatollah by starting a civil war. Then he will put forth a man as a leader, a man for Iranians loyal to the Ayatollah to concentrate their hate on. The man will be assassinated while Iran is being taken over, and his opponents will think they have foiled the overthrow of power by assassinating him. But they will find out later that he was merely a decoy and that they have played into the plans of the Antichrist.
The Antichrist initially will obtain power in his own sphere, Asia, and the Middle East. As he grows out of this arena, i.e. into Europe, the next step will be into the Mediterranean, approaching from the south, his area of strength. Because of his Middle Eastern heritage, he already will have united North Africans, who are sympathetic to his cultural background, with his Asian and Middle Eastern conglomerate.
Antichrist's unified monetary system
The Antichrist will start uniting the monetary systems of his region to help merge them into a single political entity. His ambition to rule the world will be advanced by instituting a single currency, with others going defunct. There will be a resistance to this, particularly by a popular, charismatic leader from Egypt, demanding the edict and law be withdrawn that requires the Arab nations give up their currencies and be submissive to the unified political conglomerate.
Antichrist's seizure of Asia
The Antichrist will take over Asia by appointing subcommanders to rule vast tracts of land for him. But their ties to him will be masked, and the world will not realize they are merely puppets until a succession of them are installed in the place of predecessors. At first the U.S. will not interfere, because it will be thought the government had been chosen freely by the people. Only later will it be realized that the leaders were forced onto the populace as mouthpieces and tools for the Antichrist.
Russia will be his first major Asian conquest, and he will do it not through force but through guile and his compelling persuasiveness. He will trick the Russians to come under his power, and there will be nothing they can do about it. They will think they are acting in their own best interests. The Middle East will be mostly under his control before he turns to Russia. Then he will turn to China, and the rest of the Asian continent, to build a position to take over the entire world. He will not trick the Chinese but will take them over by some other method.
Antichrist's cultural eradication & European campaign
When the second Pope is assassinated, the Antichrist will begin his European campaign. The Prime Minister of Britain and the U.S. President will go into consultation over the matter. They will meet at sea like Churchill and Roosevelt did for better security and secrecy of the meetings.
During the use of his weapons and the ravages of war, one of the devastatingly effective plans of attack by the Antichrist will be to threaten the destruction of the victim's cultural centers, not so much physical destruction of the populace. Because the population attributes great value to places and artifacts with large historical and cultural significance, the terrorist-extortionist technique will be very powerful in striking fear into his foee and "bringing them to their knees."
To put Europe into an initial shock, he will begin to smash and destroy the city of Rome to rubble via aerial bombing raids. It will be destroyed to such an extent that the "seven hills of Rome" will be leveled. Rome will be so annihilated as to be threatened by an encroachment from the sea, destroying all that is left.
He also will threaten the cultural centers of Greece and the great Greek cultural centers of learning, including Athens. Most cultural treasures and major metropolitan centers of the entire peninsula will be destroyed. The world leaders will be shocked and paralyzed by his barbarity. In the presence of their indeciveness and absence of their action, he will make great strides in taking over territory and governments.
The Antichrist continually will use shocking and unprecedented moves like these to advance his domination throughout the entire World War III. The eradication of cultural treasures also fits in with the Antichrist's ulterior motive of wiping out the established culture to supplant it with his own, like the Moors attempted when they invaded Spain, except in his case on the level of an entire continent.
Drought and weather changes will take place during the time of troubles. The Antichrist will take over Italy and Greece by destroying the cultural centers to devastate the morale of the subjugated citizens.
Antichrist's ravage of the Catholic Church
In addition to the cultural destruction of European cultural centers, the Antichrist will ransack the Vatican library with the intent of ultimately destroying it. He will do this to undermine the authority of the Vatican and break up the power fragments that remain. One way he will do this is by revealing important, controversial material hidden in the Vatican library that the Catholic church will be seen to have suppressed because of the threat to its authority. This will cause major schisms in the church as priests and students turn against each other in their theories and interpretations of the new material. The confusion and chaos will remove the Catholic church as an obstacle to the Antichrist's plans. The ransacking of the Vatican library by the Antichrist will open to the world and bring to light information, facts, and knowledge that had been suppressed for several centuries.
The people involved with the Catholic church, particularly the priests, will cling to the old order even though it is not viable and is dead as far as working within the reality of the changed times. The Antichrist and the final Pope will be "robbing blind" the Church. The Antichrist will desecrate and raid the Vatican library and cart away the treasures of the church to help fund his armies. The Catholic Church will become totally superfluous, and contributing to its own demise.
Antichrist's invasion of Turkey
When the Catholic Church in Rome is finally destroyed in a devastating but mysterious "Act of Nature," people will be distracted from noticing the more important event of that time: the Antichrist invading Turkey.
After the destruction in Italy wrought by the Antichrist, he will go over the mountains through France, via airplane. He will attack Europe from the south, because he will have the solid backing of the Islamic world and already will have bloodily subjugated North Africa and the Middle East. He will set up regional headquarters in Turkey, and other outposts, to rule and advance further conquests.
Switzerland alarmed by Antichrist's Nazism in Germany
While the Antichrist is in the process of taking over Europe, he will back the Nazi party in Germany. The current popularity of Nazism among the youth of Germany will lay the groundwork for this. Eventually, Switzerland will become alarmed and break its centuries-old tradition of neutrality, taking the side against the Antichrist and actively fighting.
Infiltrators, spies, and traitors in Germany, France, Spain, and Italy will be secretly working for the Antichrist's cause of taking over Europe. The education establishment will be abandoned, because it is unsupportable during wartime.
International (non)reaction to the Antichrist
Diplomatic foul-ups in other countries will permit the Antichrist to attain greater power. In the beginning, when he does not yet have a broad base of power but is building on it, those in power elsewhere who can do something about it will hesitate until it is too late. Even though people realize he wields great power "from the dark side," his demonic hatred and magnetism will enhance the fatal attraction. He will advance his campaign by invading and conquering neighboring countries, particularly because of the political turmoil and instability of the realm. Eventually, he will subdue the entire Asian continent under his rule. The Antichrist will be in this period of increasing his power during the visit of a comet visible from the Northern Hemisphere.
The U.S. will vacillate in dissention during the conquests of the Antichrist. Its power, influence, and "can do" capabilities will have diminished in the international arena at the time. The populace will argue over involvement vs. noninvolvement. Shipping will be very dangerous because of submarine warfare practiced by the Antichrist. Enemy soldiers in foreign ports will foul up sea-based commerce. Many decisive battles in his wars will involve seaports. Many people will die far away from home in the war.
The various weaker countries threatened by the Antichrist's imperialism will call on stronger ones for help—like the U.S., which initially will be neutral and uncommitted. The Antichrist will be attempting to take over part of the world using aerial warfare. In one battle in the night, a squadron of unmarked planes, sent secretly by the U.S., will rebuff his advance.
Responsive, proactive countermeasures could have prevented the destruction caused by the Antichrist, but the political and diplomatic strife among the Western powers will have failed to have "nipped the situation in the bud." England and the U.S. will have enough military power to confront the Antichrist; but because of lack of consensus, neither will act quickly. A newly established alliance between the two will be only in its infancy at the time, and the powers will not have established the authority of overall decision-making in time. Also, a breakdown in communications and transportation will cause important political analysts to be cut off from advising the leaders. Meanwhile, the Antichrist will be making conquests in leaps and bounds.
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