Sunday, July 30, 2006

The Antichrist ; Satan and Nostradamus

Friends, today I am going to talk about the antichrist. For many people who have come to read by blog lately have expressed a desire to know exactly who or what is the antichrist. After all, the antichrist is so overwhelmingly mentioned in the predictions of Nostradamus for the near future; that it would be natural to ask. So here my friends, I am going to give you some clues, beliefs and ideas on who or what is the antichrist, before we continue with the predictions of Nostradamus.
One peice of advice before that...if you are new, please start reading this blog from my second post titled "The Predictions of Nostradamus", because all posts after that continue with those predictions, by Nostradamus...

In Christian eschatology and Islam, the Antichrist, Anti-christ or Dajjal (literally: anti, opposite; christ, Jesus) has come to mean a person, image of a person, or other entity that is the embodiment of evil and utterly opposed to truth, according to Christianity, while convincingly disguised as wholly good and a bringer of truth.

The words "Antichrist" and "Antichrists" appear only five times in the Bible - in two of the Apostle John's three letters in the New Testament, 1 John and 2 John:

Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, he who denies the Father and the Son.}} (1 John 2:22, ESV)

Children, it is the last hour, and as you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. Therefore we know that it is the last hour.}} (1 John 2:18, ESV)

And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.}} (1 John 4:3, ESV)

Many deceivers have gone out into the world; they do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the antichrist.}} (2 John 1:7, ESV.)

In these contexts, "Antichrist" seems to describe any false teacher, false prophet or corrupter of the Christian faith, but sometimes also seems to indicate a specific person or single spirit of deception that motivates false teaching and whose presence is a sign of the end times. However, in popular understanding, many Christians identify this particular Antichrist with the "man of sin" or "son of perdition" mentioned in 2 Thessalonians 2, and with several figures in the Book of Revelation including the Dragon, the Beast, the False Prophet, and the Whore of Babylon. The Antichrist is variously understood to be a group or organization, such as a consummately evil system of government or a false religion, or more commonly as an individual, such as an evil government leader, a religious leader who sets up false worship in place of the worship of Christ, the incarnation of Satan, a son of Satan, or a human being under the dominion of Satan.

The expected role of the Antichrist
Christian denominations disagree on what will happen in the end times, and the role that Satan and the Antichrist will play. Among those who believe that the Antichrists of whom John was writing are instead a single individual and expect this one to arise in the future, there is a general consensus that sometime prior to the expected return of Jesus, there will be a period of "trials and tribulations" during which the Antichrist, inspired by Satan, will attempt to win supporters with great works, and will silence anyone or make enemies of any country that refuses their allegiance (by refusing to "receive his mark" on their foreheads or right hands). This "mark" is expected to be required to legally partake in commerce, as noted in the book of Revelation. Some Christians believe that the Antichrist will be assassinated half way through the Tribulation, being revived and indwelt by Satan. The Antichrist will continue on for three and a half years following this.

In the next post we shall consider the characteristics and identity of the Antichrist; for now we continue with the predictions of Nostradamus:

Crazed leader launches atom bombs on
Mediterranean and Europe

(Centurie II, Quatrain 3)
During continuing unrest in the Middle East, one of the leaders
will be able to get a hold of an atom bomb. He will be crazy and
go to the greatest lengths over the smallest thing and will not
hesitate to use the weapon because his obsessions with deadly
warfare. The people he is warring against retaliate with a nuclear
weapon. The country has a coast on the Mediterranean.
One of the bombs will land in the Mediterranean instead of the
land, poisoning all the fish. The passages of trade in the region
will be disrupted so that the people on the other coast of the
Mediterranean will be desperate for food and will eat the fish
anyway. It will happen near the east coast of the Mediterranean
in a region of dark-colored cliffs.
(Centurie II, Quatrain 4)
The atomic weapon being dropped by one of the Middle Eastern
countries will spark off yet another war on top of that war.
European and Western nations will try to interfere to diminish
the threat to oil supplies. When the European countries try to
interfere, the crazed leader who earlier dropped the atomic bomb
will use the rest of his arsenal on Europe, most striking the closer
southern part.
The European Mediterranean coast, particularly that of Italy and
France, will be almost uninhabitable, and Italy will get the brunt.
This leader is not the Antichrist but helps to set the stage for the
Antichrist to rise to power with little or no opposition. The
Antichrist will wield great power and authority; no one can argue
with him.

Third world country leader creates strife
(Centurie III, Quatrain 60)
A "young dark man" will arise as a leader in a Third World
country; his main goal is to unite the other Third World countries
to do battle with the superpowers. The area of conflict will be in
Eastern Europe and the Middle East, particularly around the
Adriatic and the Caspian seas and the eastern Mediterranean. No
definite winner will emerge but the strife will help set the stage
for the Antichrist. Some prophecies in the Bible refer to events in
this region (Israel will be involved).

Antichrist profits from radar research in Europe

(Centurie I, Quatrain 6)
Research on a more sophisticated type of radar and sensing
devices will give greater information to the operator, i.e. an
airplane pilot. But the first experiments with the technology will
fail in a disastrous accident, when the "sympathetic vibrations"
emitted by the device cause the chassis of the plane to become
weakened and dangerous due to dissolved bonds of the
molecules in the metal. The scientists involved with the research
will have to temporarily abandon the research because of
diplomatic breakdowns, the threat of war, etc.
This will take place before the Antichrist comes to full power. It
will happen in Europe at the time the Antichrist is strengthening
his base of power in the Middle East. The devices are currently
under development but have not been tested yet. But this is
another historical event that will permit the Antichrist to take
over Europe.

War game simulation by Britain in Europe leads to

(Centurie II, Quatrain 2)
In a war-game maneuver involving Great Britain and European
troops a malfunctioning circuit in a computer will cause the
"real-world" situation to play out instead of the simulation. The
teams are labeled "white" and "blue". As a result of the error
actual defenses will be activated and real bombs will be dropped
on the areas of the game and cause a tragic international incident.

American Electoral College voting stalemate
(Centurie VII, Quatrain 41)
The presidents of the U.S., a supposedly free country, have been
abusing their power to an increasingly greater extent. During a
time of social unrest even more so than the period of Viet Nam
and Watergate, the Electoral College will be evenly split over the
election of the new president. The process will stalemate, with
many people clamoring for whichever candidate they voted for,
causing enormous tension in the country. Internationally it will
be a sensitive situation.
Because of the split, and the extremely volatile and explosive
social unrest, putting either candidate in office instead of the
other could start a civil war or a revolution. After a long time of
impassioned speeches invoking patriotism and the founding
fathers, a compromise solution of holding another election will
be taken, and a candidate will be installed without disaster.