The Devil’s Religious Empire: Allah is in the Details

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. 

In The Footsteps of Imam Al-Mahdi?

It may just be a coincidence but this makes one wonder if the Iraqi Shia cleric Muqtada al Sadr is trying to send a message to his followers and fellow clerics.

The 12th Imam of Shia Islam also called Imam al-Mahdi is always depicted wearing a green head covering accessory or headscarf. 

Al Sadr also appears wearing a green head covering when delivering speeches to his followers and this is not a common practice among Shia clerics.

 According to Shia end time beliefs, the Mahdi will appear in a time of complete chaos, will take over Iraq and make the city of Kufa the capital of his Shia caliphate. Wikishia states:

“According to a number of narrations, Kufa will be the capital of caliphate of Imam al-Mahdi (a) which will be the center of attention of the whole world. Imam al-Sadiq (a) was asked about the place that Imam al-Mahdi (a) will settle in and also the place that Muslims will gather around in the time of reappearance, he expressed: “Kufa will be the capital of his caliphate, the mosque of Kufa will be the place for judgment, the mosque of Sahla will be the treasury house while hills of Najaf will be the place for worshiping and praying.”

Al Monitor recently reported the relationship Muqtada Al Sadr has with the Sahla mosque in the Iraqi city of Kufa. The report says:

KUFA, Iraq — The Great Mosque of Kufa (aka al-Sahla)

“Following the fall of the Baath regime in 2003, the leader of the Sadrist movement and son of the assassinated cleric, Muqtada al-Sadr, chose the mosque to deliver his first speech following the US invasion. Since then, Shiite parties have been competing to stand on the mosque’s minbar (platform), but Sadr kept a firm grip on it, using it to escalate his attack on the US occupation.Ever since, the mosque has become a platform for rivalries between Shiites, but Sadr clung to it because the supporters of his father would attend the political and religious events in this mosque and meet him there. Besides, the mosque has religious and historic importance for Shiites.In 2004, US forces besieged Sadr, who retreated to the mosque, preventing a possible raid on it.”

 Entire report can be accessed in the link at the end of this article.
According to Shia end time beliefs, the Mahdi will also unite all Muslims in an attempt to resist the Zionist regime of Israel and conquer Jerusalem and Palestine for Islam. ABNA 24 recently reported the following:

AhlulBayt News Agency – Seyyed Muqtada al-Sadr, leader of Iraqi  Movements, has issued a statement on Saturday for upcoming international Quds (Jerusalem) Day announcing his readiness to confront Israel and stressed had Saudi Arabia focused the coalition of 40 Islamic and Arab countries on liberation of Palestine all Muslim nations would have benefited the move.
In the statement, read in Friday prayer sermons across Iraq, Palestine is dubbed as the wound of Arab and Islam.

 He stressed,”Saudi scholars would have been better to call for confrontation with Zionist regime of Israel rather than issuing orders for assassination of people from other Islamic denominations or intensification of clashes between different schools of thought.”

 Iraqi leader in his message has called all tribes and ethnicities in the Arab and Muslim world, Shia, Sunni, Kurd, Arab and non-Arab, to unite under the flag of Palestine.

 He stressed,” I am ready for confrontation with our Zionist enemy and as we have stood against American occupying forces, we are maintaining our resistance with the new cover of terrorism in our country.”

 Muqtada al Sadr slammed Iraq occupiers who have changed course to continue their occupation through traitors and their agents in Arab and Islamic countries, similar to the ongoing situation in Yemen, Syria and other war-torn Arab and Islamic countries.

 The cleric reiterated that Palestine should remain as number one issue for the world of Islam because it is the first Qibla (praying direction) of Islam and cradle of future reforms in the world of Islam.

 Iraqi religious leader stressed Arab and Islamic countries should resolve sectarian and ethnic disagreements and rise for their common objective, liberation of Palestine. (Link to this report is provided at the end of this article)
Muqtada Al-Sadr is also trying to overthrow the Iraqi government and is also asking all Muslims to unite in order to resist the Zionist regime of Israel and conquer Palestine for Islam.

The Iraqi city of Kufa which the Mahdi will make the capital of his caliphate government is located in the area of ancient Babylon. In our book we went through great pains to show how the Antichrist rises in the region of ancient Assyria and Babylon and makes Babylon the capital of his empire. Babylon is modern day Iraq. He also rises to persecute Israel and conquer Jerusalem according to biblical prophecy. Apparently the 12th Imam of Shia Islam comes to fulfill the same role of the biblical Antichrist. But again, all this may just be a coincidence but it is worth paying attention to.

LORD Jesus, come quickly!

Read our related article titled Meet the man preparing for the coming of the Mahdi here.

Click  the following links for further reading about the political ambition of Muqtada al Sadr and how his objectives may relate the the coming of the Mahdi.

Antichrist: First a Populist, Then a Willful Dictator

Those who study Bible prophecy correctly identify the Antichrist as the end time dictator who will rise to invade Jerusalem and seek the destruction of the Jewish state of Israel. What most have missed is that the Antichrist does not start his career as a dictator but as a populist, a man who seeks to represent the interest of ordinary people.

Daniel 11 describes how the antichrist will rise as the last in a succession of kings of the Seleucid division of the Grecian empire (king of the north) at the time of the end. For those who are not familiar with the geographical location of the Seleucid empire, below is a modern map showing the areas controlled by the four generals who divided the Grecian empire after the death of Alexander the Great.

Contrary to some recent popular theories, the Seleucid empire didn’t  rule from Asia Minor or modern day Turkey which was given to general Lysimachus. General Seleucus received Babylon and the eastern portion of Alexander’s empire upon Alexander’s death. Seleucus built the city of Seleucia in Babylon and made it the capital of his empire. 

Later Seleucus moved the capital of the Seleucid empire to Antioch in Syria and eventually ended up conquering Asia Minor to the north which was under the rule of Lysimachus. We know from other passages like Isaiah 10:5-25, Isaiah 14:1-25, Micah 5:5-6 and others that the antichrist is called the “Assyrian”, the “king of Babylon” and that he as the Assyrian he is associated with the “land of Nimrod.” Genesis 10:8-11 specifically defines the geographic area of the cities built by Nimrod and names the cities as Nineveh, Babel (Babylon) ERECH (which is the word for the name IRAQ), Calneh and Akkad in the land of Shinar which the Greeks referred to as Mesopotamia.

When we combine all these facts, we learn that the antichrist as the last ruler to rise from the Seleucid division of the Grecian empire will appear in the land that we know today as Iraq or ancient Assyria and Babylon and that is where Seleucus as the first king of the Seleucid empire ruled from. 

 The Antichrist will likely repeat the process of rising in Iraq and ruling over the neighboring nations to the east (Iran) , west (Syria, Lebanon) and north (Turkey) of Iraq as the 10 kings (horns) submit  to the 11th king (little horn) thus reviving the territory of the Seleucid empire with Babylon or Iraq as its capital.

The career of the Antichrist begins in Daniel 11:21 as the following verses do not mention a new king of the north all the way to verse 40 which mentions the “time of the end” when the antichrist as the last king of the north will be at war  with the king of the south which will be Egypt and allies in the south and who persecutes and destroys the power of the holy people (Jews in Israel) in Daniel 12 during the tribulation.

This will be a war between the modern equivalent of revived Babylon (Iraq) at war with modern day Egypt.

The Populist King of the North (Seleucid -Babylonian territory)

When the angel Gabriel mentions the  rise of the last king of the north or Seleucid Babylon, he says the following:
21 “In his place a despised person will arise; royal honors will not be given to him, but he will come during a time of peace (or peacefully) and seize the kingdom by intrigue.

22 A flood of forces will be swept away before him; they will be shattered, as well as the covenant prince.

23 After an alliance is made with him, he will act deceitfully. He will rise to power with  small nation.(people)

24 During a time of peace,[fn] he will come into the richest parts of the province and do what his fathers and predecessors never did. He will lavish plunder, loot, and wealth on his followers, and he will make plans against fortified cities, but only for a time.” (Daniel 11:21-24) HCSB

From this passage we learn that:

1 – he will be a despised leader by the political elite ruling his nation as they won’t give him any royal honor or the right to become the ruler of the nation.

2- he will seize the nation by intrigue and deception.

3- he will rise to power with a small nation or small people in other translations which also implies he is not very powerful during his ascension to power, hence the term “little horn” which simply means a small or weak (not powerful) military leader. He won’t rise as the president of a large and powerful nation. 

4-he will lavish plunder, loot and wealth on his followers once he enters the richest parts of the provinces of his country (perhaps Iraq’s oil fields??)

The angel is describing a leader who is despised by the political elite, who becomes powerful with a small following and who plays the populist leader who seeks to represent the interests of his followers by lavishing wealth and spoil on them. He is a man of the people in the beginning who uses intrigue and support for his followers as he rises to power. The people love him because he apparently cares about their needs. It is only later in his career after he has risen to power that he becomes the “wilfull king” who does according to his will according to Daniel 11:36. He will magnify himself in his heart and do as he pleases and will become a dictator who will not even respect the desire of women. In the following verses we learn that he will speak against the gods of other religions, against the God of gods (Yahweh of the Bible) and that he will promote a strange god, a god of forces or war. This implies he is not just the usual dictator who is a head of state and a military leader but also a fanatical religious leader, a cleric who heavily promotes his god and religion.

37 He will not show regard for the gods[fn] of his fathers, the god longed for by (or the love of) women, or for any other god, because he will magnify himself above all.

38 Instead, he will honor a god of fortresses — a god his fathers did not know — with gold, silver, precious stones, and riches.

39 He will deal with the strongest fortresses with the help of a foreign god. He will greatly honor those who acknowledge him,[fn] making them rulers over many and distributing land as a reward. (Daniel 11:37-39)

At this point he has become a dictator and a fanatical religious leader promoting his religion (Islam) through war and rewarding those who acknowledge his god (Allah).

As we approach the last days and the rise of the little horn who will seek to destroy the mighty and the holy people (Daniel 8:25, 12:7) or the Jews living in the land of Israel, we must pay attention to the details specifically given to us in Daniel 11:21-45. We must be on the alert and watch for the rise of a populist religious, political, and military leader who appears in Iraq, is despised by the political elite, who uses intrigue to rise to power and is a populist who seeks to represent the interests of his ordinary followers. These signs will usher us in the end times and this means the return of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ to destroy the little horn from Iraq and save his people from destruction is very close. Do you already know Jesus and his plan to redeem you from the curse of sin and eternal death? Know him before it is too late!


Just so all of you know , this is not a brand new idea or revelation on our part based on current news headlines. We had already written basically the same thing on page 267 of our book years ago but we mistakenly used the word “socialist” because the word “populist” didn’t come to mind when we wrote that chapter years ago. Here is a screenshot of that page.

Axis of Resistance and the Beast of Revelation

Back in 2008 we wrote an article titled The Middle East and the Beast of Revelation. In this article we explored the geography hidden behind the sybolism of the beast empire of Revelation 13 and concluded that the primary nations to form the Middle Eastern beast empire are Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Iran. We have posted on this blog several recent articles emphasizing this view. We hate to keep posting repeated articles but evidence keeps  pilling up and showing  that what we projected back in 2008 is becoming reality. You may have read our articles emphasizing that the Shiite crescent of Iran, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon appears to be reviving the ancient Seleucid empire (king of the north of Daniel 11) as the final empire that will seek to destroy Israel. This Shiite crescent is also called “Axis of Resistance.” Its goal is to counter western and Israeli influence in the Middle East and also to oppose regional Sunni states allied with Israel,  the United States and NATO.

The current Syrian civil war is the battleground between US allies and the Axis of Resistance. Below is an image illustrating the current war in Syria.


A declassified document from the US Department of Defense reveals that the Islamic State (ISIS) as a salafist principality was created by the US with the help of NATO, Turkey and Gulf States in order to distabilize the Syrian government which is the “depth of Shia expansion of Iraq and Iran” in the region.


It is no longer a secret that ISIS is funded and supported by the west, Israel, Turkey, and Sunni Gulf States in order to prevent Shia expansion and to protect US and Israeli interests in the Middle East. The mainstream western media just won’t talk about it.

Israel and the west know that a Shiite empire under the leadership of a militarily powerful Iran will threaten Israel’s existence and end western influence once and for all. Turkey and Sunni Gulf States like Saudi Arabia and Qatar are being used by the West and Israel to keep the Shiite expansion from reaching further into the region. I know some prophecy teachers say that Turkey is the Antichrist nation but most, if not all of them are not really paying attention to what is really going on. Turkey as a NATO member and a possible future member of the European Union is actually helping Israel and the west face the threat of a Shiite expansion in the Middle East. You can almost say Turkey is the shield of Israel and the west in the Middle East. Iranian media even accuses Turkish president Erdogan of being a Zionist puppet of Israel.


It is sad to say it but the hard to swallow truth is that Israel has sided with the lesser of two evils (Sunni Islam) in order to protect itself from the greater of two evils (a nuclea Shia Islam). By siding with Sunni terrorists to protect itself, Israel is supporting organizations that kill thousands of Christians in the Middle East. How happy do you think Jesus is about that? Are you beginning to see why God will allow such time of trouble and tribulation to befall upon Israel besides the fact that Israel still rejects her Messiah? By trying to protect itself from the Shia threat, Israel is supporting Sunni terror organizations also financed by the west, Turkey, Qatar and Saudi  Arabia. Talk about a covenant with death which will bring swift destruction upon them! (Isaiah 28:15-18)


I hope I’m not accused of hating Israel for exposing these facts. I love Israel because God loves Israel but I  cannot turn a blind eye to reality.

The “Shiite crescent” or “Axis of Resistance” is called by some the unofficial name of “Unites States of Resistance” and it has unofficial maps circulating on the Internet as we can see below.


You can see on this last map that the flags of the US, France, United Kingdom, NATO, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Al-Qaeda, ISIS, and Israel are all shown as part of the alliance opposing the Shia United States of Resistance comprised of all Shiites in the greater Middle East. This Shiite Axis of Resistance between Iran, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon is growing stronger by the day as it is being supported by Russia, China, North Korea and some socialist South American countries.

The goal of this Axis of Resistance is to end American and Zionist influence in the Middle East and bring “true Islam” under the 12th Imam who supposedly comes to bring “peace” to the world by destroying the enemies of true Shia Islam and those enemies are primarily Israel as the “little Satan”, America as the “great Satan” and lastly, Sunni Islam which has brought much suffering to Shiites for fourteen centuries. So in summary, Shia Islam will bring peace by destroying mighty America, Israel and Sunni terrorists. Sounds familiar? Daniel 8:23-25 says that by “peace,” the Antichrist from the Syrian Seleucid territory will destroy the mighty and the holy people. The Seleucid territory included what we know today as Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Iran, the very territory of the Shiite Crescent and Axis of Resistance as seen on the maps below.


This is the empire that will supposedly bring peacefull Shia Islam as opposed to evil Sunni Islam as Shiites suggest on the illustration below.


If you are someone who have given up the fairy tale idea of a European Antichrist, I know you have been watching Turkey as the beast and Antichrist nation but do yourself a favor — pay close attention to the empire that is rising in front of your eyes, which most prophecy buffs are oblivious to, because things may just not happen the way you have been expecting. 


and learn more about the Shiite empire that is rising to bring total destruction as it tries to end American and Zionist influence in the Middle East.

Listen to Isaiah and Jeremiah to Discover the Identity of Babylon the Great

Those of you who study prophecy have come across  many different wild interpretations concerning the identity of Mystery Babylon the Great. There is great confusion and disagreement among students of prophecy when the subject is the harlot woman of Revelation 17 & 18. The text itself says that the harlot represents a great city and there is no shortage of candidates to fulfill the role of the great harlot city. Traditional interpretation has for the most part pointed to the city of Rome as Babylon the Great. Others have insisted that Jerusalem is Babylon despite the fact that Babylon will be destroyed forever to never be inhabited again whereas Jerusalem is promised to be restored and inhabited from generation to generation (Zechariah 12:6, 14:11).  More recent wild interpretations have suggested that America and New York City are Babylon the Great. Some have suggested Istanbul in Turkey is Babylon. A growing number  of prophecy students are now convinced that Mecca in Saudi Arabia is Babylon the Great. All these opinions come from different prophecy writers and most of them are mere speculation not based on the rules of hermeneutics but on sensationalizing the text of Revelation. The only people you should listen to in order to discover the identity of Babylon the Great are the prophets Isaiah and Jeremiah, not prophecy writers (including myself) so instead of offering my personal view in this article about the location of Babylon, I will give you a little guideline if you are willing to use it which will allow you to discover for yourself the identity of the harlot woman. Many of the verses in Revelation 17 & 18 are direct quotations (in most cases verbatim) from Isaiah 13, 47, Jeremiah 50 and 51. These chapters are the main sources, among a few others, for the verses found in Revelation 17 & 18. Below is the list of Old Testament quotations found in Revelation 17 & 18.

As you compare these Old Testament quotations in Revelation 17 & 18, you should carefully pay attention to the geographical context of the chapter. You will always find upon reading the entire  chapter that in Isaiah 13 & 47 and Jeremiaj 50 & 51 (and in many other chapters), Babylon is always geographically associated with the land of the “Chaldeans”, “daughter of the Chaldeans” or the inhabitants of “Chaldea.” Below is a map illustrating where Chaldea is in purple color. You can always research  online to be sure.

If you are willing to take the time to study using these simple guidelines, you may be surprised to discover that your conclusion may be in disagreement with the most popular views held by most prophecy writers. Scripture should always be our final authority on any subject, not our favorite popular prophecy teacher, unless those teachers are Isaiah and Jeremiah when the subject is Babylon. Also consider the fact that to the Jewish writer of Revelation, Babylon always meant Babylon where the Jewish people were held in captivity for 70 years. 


Euphrates: The Center of Demonic Activity and War in The Last Days

In Revelation 9:14-21 we read that the Euphtrares River is the center of demonic activity in the end times. Revelation 16:12 also refers to the region of the Euphrates as the center of war in the end times. If you are familiar with geography, you know that the Euphrates River flows from eastern Turkey through Syria and Iraq. See image below.

It is neither a coincidence nor an accident of history that Syria and Iraq have become the center of war and world attention. Jeremiah 46:10 says that during the day of the Lord (a reference to the tribulation), God will have a sacrifice in the “north country by the River Euphrates” where God will take vengeance against his adversaries. Micah 5 tells us the Antichrist will be from the land of Assyria and the land of Nimrod whose borders are specifically defined in Genesis 10:8-11 as covering Nineveh in Assyria and Babel, Erech and Calneh in the land of Shinar. This is the territory of modern Iraq and eastern Syria where the Euphrates River is located. The horrible situation that we see in Syria and Iraq today is no accident. It is the precise fulfillment of prophecy. Daniel 8:25 points to that region (ancient Seleucid territory) where the Antichrist as a king of fierce countenance who destroys wonderfully through war in the name of “peace” will arise. Have you heard the mantra that Islam is a “religion of peace?”  Dare to disagree and Muslims will get you destroyed. The chaotic situation we are witnessing in the region of the Euphrates River shows that we are indeed living in the last days. Are you right with Jesus? Have you received him as your Lord and Savior? 

MidEast Redrawn and the Rebirth of Babylon 

Many online reports have mentioned that western powers plan to redraw the map of the Middle East. We will include links to those reports at the end of this article. 

The Middle East borders that we know today came to exist after the allied forces defeated the Ottoman Empire at the end of World War I. The Sykes-Picot Agreement between the French and the British created the modern Middle East map not based on social and sectarian divisions but on European interests. 


The map below show the current borders of the Middle East.


The plan of western powers is to redraw the Middle East according to sectarian and ethnic differences as the map below reveals.


Notice that on this new map Kurdistan becomes an independent state, Iraq is divided between Sunni Iraq and Shia Arab state and Saudi Arabia loses territory to Jordan, a new Islamic Sacred State, a Shia Arab State and Yemen. 

Although this has been proposed recently, it is not a new idea. Vanity Fair reported in 2007 that a recently uncovered 1918 map reveals T. E. Lawrence’s vision for a modern Middle East, which the British government ignored. This old map is almost identical to the map being proposed by  current western powers as seen below. 


As can be seen, as far back as 1918, T. E. Lawrence envisioned the same thing that is currently being proposed by western powers. Other online reports have shown a similar scatch of those maps. Notice on the map below how the proposed Arab Shia state or Arab Gulf Republic surrounds and controls the Persian Gulf.


I would like to draw your attention to the southern portion of Iraq which in the current proposal is called “Arab Shia State” referred to as “The Crescent” by T.E. Lawrence in 1918. In both maps, the New Arab Shia State of Iraq surrounds the sea of the Persian Gulf.


An Arab Shia state would control most of the oil reserves surrounding the Persian Gulf which currently belong to Iran in the east and Saudi Arabia in the west as seen on the images below.

As we can see, a new Arab Shia state would control the oil fields of the Persian Gulf as well as the Persian Gulf itself which is the point of departure for oil exporting vessels. 

Jeremiah 51:13 (NKJV) “O you (Babylon) who dwell by many waters (Persian Gulf?), Abundant in treasures (oil?), Your end has come, The measure of your covetousness.”

This new Arab Shia state would become  the major producer and exporter of oil in the region. Saudi Arabia would no longer be the major oil producer and exporter in the Middle East.

The Prophetic Relevance of this Change

Revelation 17 & 18 say that the city called Babylon the Great will be the commercial center of the end times and the capital city that will be in control of the final Islamic beast empire. Many today say that Saudi Arabia is the harlot of Revelation 17 but if you carefully compare Revelation 17 & 18 with Isaiah 13 & 47 and Jeremiah 50 & 51, you will notice that the expressions in Revelation are quoted almost verbatim from those Old Testament prophetic passages which refer to Babylon as geographically related to the land of the Chaldeans. See on the image below how the land of Chaldea is located just above of the Persian Gulf in the land of Babylon. This is the same area that would be under the control of a new Arab Shia state.


Notice on the map below how the old country of Babylonia covered this same exact region just above of the Persian Gulf.


It is my belief that the  prophecy of Revelation 17 & 18 concerning Babylon must be taken literally. This is what we thoroughly documented in our book — that literal Babylon must rise to become the political and commercial capital of the Middle East.

Those who insist Saudi Arabia is the harlot of Revelation 17 don’t take into consideration that the harlot only rides the beast during the time of the beast’s existence which is the last 42 months of the Tribulation, therefore the harlot still does not exist since the beast still does not exist in its revived form. According to Revelation 13, the beast is revived to rule for 42 months and in Revelation 17, Babylon as the harlot city will  ride the beast only after the beast rises to rule for 3.5 years, so the harlot still does not exist. The last verse of Revelation 17 tells us that the harlot of Babylon is that great city which “reigns” (present tense conversation between John and the angel) over the kings of the earth. Mecca in Saudi Arabia didn’t exist in John’s time and he knew from Isaiah 47 that Babylon in the land of the Chaldeans is the “Lady of Kingdoms” or capital of empires. In other words, literal Babylon is the city that ruled over the kings of the earth in the past and will again rule over the kings of the last empire in the future.

Whether or not this change of borders in the Middle East will really happen, only time will tell but something must happen in order to allow literal Babylon to become the major commercial center of the Middle East. Revelation 18 says that shipmasters will see Babylon’s destruction with fire as they watch from the sea. Those who ship Babylon’s oil via the Persian Gulf will cry when they see Babylon burning during her final destruction. Saudi Arabia as the harlot of Babylon might make sense to you now but things are destined to change and when they do, you will finally realize how literal the Babylon of Revelation is, after all, she is associated with the Euphrates River in Revelation 16 and Isaiah 21 is about the historical fall of Babylon centuries ago, not a future destruction of Saudi Arabia as some will have you believe.

We know that that when the Antichrist appears, he will conquer the region which will be divided and governed by ten rulers. As the antichrist revives the final empire under a Caliphate, he will erase those western imposed borders which are unacceptable to Islam.

Read related articles on the following links.

Lines in the Sand by Vanity Fair

The New Map of the Middle East by The Atlantic

New Middle Eastern Map by The Khilafa