Those of you familiar with this blog and our book know that we have emphasized that the beast empire of Revelation will be a geopolitical and military alliance between the modern nations that came out of the first three empires of Daniel 7, namely the Babylonian (lion) , Persian (bear) and Seleucid Grecian (leopard) empires. The image below illustrates what the coming empire of the beast will look like geographically.
We have also emphasized that the coming beast alliance appears to be primarily Shiite Muslim in nature as the nations that will form the final kingdom of the north in the end times are mostly ruled by Shiite militias and governments as seen on the image below.
Notice the geographical similarities between this map and the illustration of the beast map above. The nations in green are all coming under the influence of what is called the “Shiite Crescent” being led by Iran, the Persian bear of Daniel 7 whose “feet” belong to the composite beast in Revelation 13 and whose “feet” will cause most of the destruction in Daniel 7:7 as the fourth beast with 10 horns (the same composite beast with 10 horns in Revelation 13) “devours” and “tramples” everything in its path. This mean Iran as the “feet” of the Persian bear will be the major military power of the beast empire alliance.
Satan the Devil, The Dragon and Allah
In Revelation 13 we read that the dragon who is identified as Satan and the Devil in the previous chapter is the power behind this coming beast empire alliance. The second beast in Revelation 13 who resembles a lamb but who speaks as dragon also identified as the false prophet in Revelation 19:20 is responsible for causing the inhabitants of the earth to “worship” the first beast which is the coming imperial alliance between the leopard (Seleucid Syria/Lebanon/Iran/Iran), the bear (Persia/Iran) and the lion (Babylon/Iraq). This reveals that this empire is religious in nature and that the empire is worshipped by those under its influence. The dragon (the devil) is worshiped as the empire is worshiped.
“And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?” (Revelation 13:4)
As the inhabitants who dwell in the lands controlled by this beast empire worship the empire, they automatically worship the dragon himself who gives power to the beast.
Allah is in the details
Have you ever looked at the flags of Iran and Iraq, the two nations that will be the feet and the mouth of the beast as the beast has the feet of a bear (Persia/Iran) and the mouth of a look (Babylon/Iraq)?
The Emblem of Iran (Persian: نشان رسمی ایران, neshān-e rasmi-ye Irān) since the 1979 Iranian Revolution features the Arabic word Allah (“God”), rendered in stylized characters from the Persian alphabet. The logo consists of four crescents and a sword. The four crescents are meant to stand for the word Allah. The five parts of the emblem symbolize the Principles of the Religion. Above the sword is a shadda: in Arabic script, this is used to double a letter.
The flag of Iraq: A horizontal tricolour of red, white, and black, charged with the takbīr (Allahu akbar, “Allah is great”) in green Kufic script, centered on the white stripe.
The name of Allah in these flags reveal how these nations submit to the will of Allah and how they are religious in nature. They are also seeking to reveive a religious Islamic empire.
The Islamic revolution that began in Iran in 1979 has recently spread to Iraq where Shiite militias have gained power after the removal of Saddam Hussein, in Lebanon where the Shiite militia group Hezbollah has gained power with the help of Iran and to Syria which is considered the bridge between Iran and Lebanon. The beast empire which revives the territory of the Seleucid king of the north in Daniel 11:21-45 appears to be forming before our eyes and this beast will be allowed to “continue” for 42 months and during this short period it will seek the destruction of Israel and cause much destruction in the Middle East. Jesus Christ quotes from Daniel 11 & 12 in Matthew 24:15 when referring to the abomination of desolation and the geopolitical signs of his coming and the area of the Seleucid empire which covered the nations north and east of Israel is the geographical context of Daniel 11 & 12. The religious empire of Satan is slowly taking shape in the Middle East and Allah is Satan’s disguise to persecute the land and people of God. Pray for Muslims to open their eyes as God brings judgement to Satan and his religious empire of the last days.