Hitler Will Rise Again!

By Mark W Swarbrick

The Mystery of the Antichrist & the Seventh Kingdom

Clues to the identity of the Antichrist are found in Revelation chapter 17. You might want to take out your Bible and read that chapter before proceeding. The key passage is this:

 “The beast that you saw was, and is not, and is about to come up out of the abyss and go to destruction. And those who dwell on the earth, whose name has not been written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, will wonder when they see the beast, that he was and is not and will come. Here is the mind which has wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits, 10 and they are seven kings; five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come; and when he comes, he must remain a little while. 11 The beast which was and is not, is himself also an eighth and is one of the seven, and he goes to destruction.” (Rev 17:8-11)

“The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits, 10 and they are seven kings…” Rev 17:9

The seven headed beast symbolizes seven “beast kingdoms.” A beast kingdom is a kingdom which Satan has used (or will use) to attempt to annihilate God’s people Israel. Each of these empires has had an unholy hatred of the Jew and has taken action to destroy the race. All of them have been intensely anti-Semitic, pagan and worshipped false gods.

Attributes of a Beast Kingdom

  1. Persecutes God’s People with a strange supernatural hatred
  2. Characterized by false religion, false gods
  3. A powerful militant cruel regime

The Identity of the 7 Beast Kingdoms

“…five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come; and when he comes, he must remain a little while. (Rev 17:10)

The Five Kingdoms…

“Five had fallen…”

The Five: Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Media-Persia, Greece

These kingdoms had fallen by John’s time. They all persecuted Israel.

The Sixth Kingdom…

“One is…”

Rome was the existing beast kingdom in John’s time. Rome ruled cruelly over Israel and in AD 70 destroyed Jerusalem. Rome worshipped idols and tortured and killed Christians. Roman soldiers crucified Christ on the cross.

The Seventh Kingdom…

“the other has not yet come…”

This is a prophecy of a mysterious coming beast kingdom that had not yet arisen in John’s time.

A Clue…

“…and when he comes, he must remain a little while.”

The “he” refers to the king of this coming beast kingdom. This is a clue as to the identity of the mysterious seventh kingdom. This tells us that the king of this kingdom won’t last hundreds or thousands of years. As kingdoms go, it will have a very short life. It will only be around “a little while.”

Since this is the seventh and last beast kingdom, when it arises earth will be very close to the end of the age

Has this last kingdom arisen yet? Here are the clues..

We are looking for a beast kingdom comes after John’s time. Remember the 6th kingdom was the one that “now is,” which was Rome. So this would be a kindome after that fall of Rome. It would be a kingdom that…

1. Persecutes God’s People with a strange supernatural hatred

2. Characterized by false religion, false gods

3. A powerful militant cruel regime

And….

  1. A kingdom that has arisen for only a short while and then was gone.

Having any kingdoms come between Rome and now that fit the criteria?

Nazi Germany fits to a T.

  • Hitler’s holocaust killed 6 million Jews.
  • Hitler accepted worship and killed Christians who would not call him Fuhrer. His regime’s fascination with the occult is well documented.
  • Hitler invented the blitzkrieg, or “lightning war,” overwhelming and occupying other nations at an alarming rate.  Hitler’s fascination with armament knew no bounds and he is infamous for his cruelty.
  • Hitler’s Nazi Germany was like nothing else. Its rapid rise to power, Hitler’s uncanny mesmerisation of the German people, and its fierce wickedness which took the combined power of the rest of the world to stop; these things are unprecedented in world history. It would be strange if such a king as Hitler was not mentioned in scripture.
  • Last but not least – Nazi Germany only lasted 12 years; from 1933 to 1945. “and when he comes, he must remain a little while.”  We are looking for a beast kingdom that only lasts a short while.

Conclusion – The seventh king was Hitler. His kingdom was Nazi Germany.

The Beast

Let’s read the passage again before we proceed:

 “The beast that you saw was, and is not, and is about to come up out of the abyss and go to destruction. And those who dwell on the earth, whose name has not been written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, will wonder when they see the beast, that he was and is not and will come. Here is the mind which has wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits, 10 and they are seven kings; five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come; and when he comes, he must remain a little while. 11 The beast which was and is not, is himself also an eighth and is one of the seven, and he goes to destruction. (Rev 17:8-11)

Look at this verse closely:

“The beast which was and is not, is himself also an eighth and is one of the seven, and he goes to destruction…The beast that you saw was, and is not, and is about to come up out of the abyss and go to destruction…”

We know from other scriptures that this beast is the antichrist. He goes to destruction at the end of the age when Christ returns.

A Question –

How can this beast (Antichrist) be one of the seven kings, yet also be an eighth king?

Answer –

There is only one way. One of the seven kings is going to reign a second time. But how is that possible? How can a kingdom reign twice? It says the 7th beast, which is the Antichrist, is going to also be an 8th beast or 8th kingdom. How can these things be?

A Clue –

“the beast…up out of the abyss.”

The Antichrist beast comes up out of the abyss. What does that mean? What is the abyss? We need more clues so let’s see what else the scripture says about the abyss:

And he said, “Legion”; for many demons had entered him. They were imploring Him not to command them to go away into the abyss. (Luke 8:31)

“’Who will descend into the abyss?’ (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead).” (Romans 10:7)

These two scriptures tell us that the abyss is a place where demons do not want to go. Demons want freedom to roam the earth, which they cannot do if they are in the abyss. We also see, from the second scripture, that the Jewish mindset was that the abyss could be a place for the dead, or at least some dead.

If the abyss can be thought of as a place for the dead, and if the beast comes up out of the abyss, this would seem to indicate that the beast will someone coming back from the dead. He will be resurrected.

An Objection –

Some believe that what comes out of the abyss is Satan himself that possesses the Antichrist, so it is Satan who comes out of the abyss. First of all, Satan is not now confined in the abyss. He is eventually thrown into the abyss, but that doesn’t happen until the end of the tribulation. Satan is the prince of the power of the air and he is free to roam at this time and will be more so during the tribulation. Also, the Scripture specifically says that it is the beast himself, the Antichrist, the man himself, which comes out of the abyss. Add to that, the fact that the Scripture says that the Antichrist is a man. Scripture calls him the “man of sin,” emphasis on “man.” If a man is in the abyss, how did he get there? Souls of men are not born in the abyss. They are created at conception and are in the body. So there is only one way for the beast, the man of sin, to get to the abyss. He has to be born on earth and then die and then his spirit can go to the abyss. Another point is that scripture makes a clear distinction between Satan and the Antichrist. For example:

“They worshiped the dragon because he gave his authority to the beast…” (Revelation 13:4)

For all of these reasons I think the beast coming up “out of the abyss” means that a man is being resurrected. God resurrects the body and the spirit of that man which is in the abyss is reunited with the resurrected body.

Question –

Which of the seven kings will be resurrected?

Clue –

And those who dwell on the earth, whose name has not been written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, will wonder when they see the beast, that he was and is not and will come.” (Rev 17:8)

The world will be astonished with wonder when they SEE the beast. Why do they wonder? Because they realize that he WAS, and then he WAS NOT and now HE IS!

Now all of the seven kings were. All of them are not. BUT…only one of these seven can come back and have everyone know that he is a former king. Only one of these kings existed during the time of photography and television. We know how this one looks and how he talks.

Adolf Hitler was the 7th beast and he is the only one of the seven that can come back from the dead and astound the world because everyone knows that he was and then he was not, and they will wonder when they see that he is again. He is the only one that can fulfill the prophecy such that, “those who dwell on the earth…will wonder when the see the beast, that he was and is not and will come.”

Adolf Hitler will rise from the dead, his soul shall come up out of the abyss and be reunited with his resurrected body. Hitler will be the coming Antichrist!

Although the idea of God resurrecting Hitler sounds so astounding as to be unbelievable, there is precedent. At the time of Christ’s resurrection God resurrected many people from the dead.

“And behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth shook and the rocks were split. The tombs were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; and coming out of the tombs after His resurrection they entered the holy city and appeared to many.”  (M’t 27:51-53)

Scripture tells us in 2 Thess 2:7-8, “he who now restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way. Then that lawless one will be revealed…” When the Rapture occurs and the Church is taken up to heaven. The presence of the Holy Spirit alive in all believers had been a restraining force, holding back evil. Once the Church is raptured, the restraining influence of the Holy Spirit upon evil is removed, and then the Antichrist can be revealed. God will then give the wicked world the man they want. God will resurrect Hitler and the world will be amazed when they see him and say, “Who is like the beast, and who is able to wage war with him?” (Revelation 13:4)

Summary 

Seven Beast kingdoms are mentioned in Scripture. A beast kingdom apposes God and His people. The kingdoms are:

  1. Egypt – Pharaoh (Thutmosis III) enslaved the Jews and he tried to destroy the race by ordering all the male children drowned. See Exodus 1
  2. Assyria – Exceedingly wicked kingdom, destruction of Israel was so severe, and we speak of the 10 lost tribes. In 722B.C. Tiglath-pileser (See 2 Kings 15:29) took the 10 northern tribes into captivity and they never came back to the land as 10 tribes (See 2 Kings 17:7-23).
  3. Babylon – Nebuchadnezzar marched on Israel on 3 occasions – 606, 589 and 586 B.C. He destroyed Solomon’s temple and took the two southern tribes into captivity, and put an end to the rule of King David’s royal reign. This empire was represented in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream as the “head of gold.” See Dan 2:31, 36-38.
  4. Medo-Persia – In 474 B.C. in the reign of Xerxes, the evil Haman of Persia plotted to kill all the Jews in 127 provinces in Persia. Esther interceded on behalf of her people – Esther 7:3-6. This empire was represented in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream as the “breasts and arms of silver.” See Dan 2:39, 8:20.
  5. Greece – After Alexander the Great died, his kingdom was divided among 4 generals. It was from one of these 4, Seleceus, who was given Syria to rule. Following him, a very wicked and prideful king, Antiochus Epiphanes ruled over Syria and he was a great persecutor of Israel. He was responsible for sacrificing a pig on the altar, desecrating the rebuilt temple and murdering a large numbers of Jews (Dan 11:31). This empire was represented in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream as the “belly and thighs of brass.” See Dan 2:39, 8:21-25.
  6. Rome – Several Roman rulers personified the evil persecution of the saints; Nero, Domitian…Titus was responsible for the utter destruction of Jerusalem and the temple in 70 AD. This empire was represented in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream as the “2 legs of Iron, representing West-Rome and East-Constantinople.” See Dan 2:40-43. Israel was dispersed and not to be restored again until 1948.
  7. A mysterious kingdom, likely Nazi/Germany – After the Roman empire, John reveals a mystery kingdom will arise before the final 10-nation revived Roman empire. See Rev 17:10,11. I believe John was prophesying of Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich, who had an unholy hatred of the Jew. The holocaust was a period of extreme anti-Semitism and of the most uncivilized acts in history toward the Jewish race. Hitler/Germany only ruled for a short span of time. This empire was NOT mentioned in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, because it was “hidden” and emerged during the Church age. (However, God used this persecution to re-establish the Jewish nation in 1948!) But the end is not yet. Seven beast empires have appeared in history, an 8th is yet to come – the most violent of them all. The 8th and final beast empire that will yet achieve worldwide control will be under the leadership of the Antichrist.

Hitler wanted to have a revived Roman empire when he reigned in Nazi Germany. He called it the Third Reich. When he returns during the Tribulation he will continue that dream and that will be the fulfillment of the revived Roman empire that was also prophesied to come. The 8th Beast Kingdom is coming. Hitler is coming. You don’t want to be on earth then. Know Jesus and you won’t be!

Also see the video: The Mystery of 7th Kingdom. Click HERE for link to video page.

34 Comments

  1. Very well done. Very convincing argument.

    Just one thing: The TRIGGER for the introduction of the best SPIRIT from the Abyss is the “death” and resuscitation of the AntiChrist who’s deadly head-wound is miraculously healed. This doesn’t not mean that the man history knew as Hitler is going to be resurrected.

    The “beast” that ascends out of the Abyss actually turns out to be a demon or unclean spirit:

    “And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.” (Revelation 16:13)

    Therefore, it would seem that it would be better to conclude that the same DEMON SPIRIT that inhabited Hitler of the 7th Kingdom (Nazi Germany) will simply reprise its role on earth as an anti-Semitic megalomaniac dictator.

    I don’t think anyone would argue that Hitler was a demoniac, that is, possessed by a demon spirit from the Abyss. Remember how there was a distinction made between the earthly ruler of Tyre (a mortal, historical king) and the supernatural, invisible King of Tyre (Satan) in the Book of Ezekiel?

    In like manner, Hitler was a mere puppet of the Third Reich, manipulated and controlled by the true rule of Nazi Germany, an invisible demon not unlike the “Prince of Persia” in the Book of Daniel. It’s this UNCLEAN SPIRIT that inhabited Hitler, not the human spirit of the man Hitler, that will ascend from the Abyss.

    And, yes, the Lord has indeed resurrected SAVED people before, but never has He revived a demoniac like Hitler who are condemned and serving out their eternal sentences. There are no second chances for the damned tormented in Hell to roam the earth again. They died in their sins, have been judged (John 3:18).

    Finally, there is one final reason why Hitler cannot live again in the body of the revived AntiChrist:

    “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:” (Hebrews 9:27)

    This passage plainly states that, after JUDGEMENT in Hell, you cannot be resurrected and die a SECOND time. There is no loophole to this stipulation.

    Aside from this, I generally agree with the theory you have proposed. Just know that, according to Revelation 16:11, the “beast” will be an UNCLEAN SPIRIT that ascends from the Abyss and not a HUMAN spirit.

    peace

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    1. Hi Curtis and thank you for your compliment and your comments. I appreciate your well-thought-out observations and your taking the time to share them. Let me begin by saying, I may be mistaken and my theory of Hitler’s return may be in error. Eschatology is a tricky subject and theologians have puzzled and debated over Revelation Chapter 17 for millennia so far be it from me to be dogmatic about it.

      I understand that you believe the reference to the Beast coming out of the Abyss is a reference to a demonic spirit from the Abyss possessing the Beast/Antichrist. You are not alone in this supposition, as a few commentaries suggest that possibility as well. I on the other hand am somewhat alone in my Hitler hypothesis, having not found it in any commentary. Strike one for my theory, yet some things are “concealed and sealed up until the end time.” (Daniel 12:9). I have carefully considered your points and would like to take the opportunity to explain why I feel my theory is still plausible.

      You quoted Rev 16:13 –

      “And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.”

      I do not find that verse conclusive that the Beast himself does not arise from the Abyss. Unclean spirits coming “out of the mouth” could also mean that the words of the Beast were calling forth an evil spirit; that the evil spirit was summoned forth, attracted, or drawn out by the evil intentions, actions and words of the Beast. If “coming out of the mouth” meant the subject was possessed, then this scripture would be forced to say that the dragon (Satan) was possessed (controlled and inhabited) by demons also, as unclean spirits are said to come out of his mouth as well.

      Scripture states twice that the Beast comes up “out of the abyss.” Since the Beast is a man (called “the man of sin” in Scripture), it seems to me definitive that it is as stated – the Beast is a man coming up out of the Abyss, not a demon that inhabits him, but the Beast himself.

      Your 5th paragraph seems to indicate you may agree with me that the 7th Kingdom was NAZI Germany, but to quote you, “it would seem that it would be better to conclude that the same DEMON SPIRIT that inhabited Hitler of the 7th Kingdom (Nazi Germany) will simply reprise its role on earth as an anti-Semitic megalomaniac dictator.” My answer would be that Scripture clearly says it is the Beast that arises out of the Abyss and since Revelation often delineates between demons and men it seems to me that Scripture would have simply stated it was a demon arising from the Abyss that possesses the Beast, if that were the case. The text seems clear:

      “The beast that comes up out of the abyss…” (Rev 11:7)

      “The beast that you saw was, and is not, and is about to come up out of the abyss.” (Rev 17:8)

      Since Scripture equated the Abyss with a place of the dead (Romans 10:7), I see this as going hand in hand with the “mortal wound” scriptures…

      “…had been slain, his fatal wound was healed. And the whole earth was amazed…” (Rev 13:3)

      “…worship the first beast, whose fatal wound was healed.” (Rev 13:12)

      “…had the wound of the sword and has come to life.” (Rev 13:4)

      I find it hard to apply “slain” and “come to life” to a demon spirit but easily applicable to someone who had died and then arisen. If Scripture was going to make a statement about an evil man coming back from the dead, I don’t know how it could be said any more clearly than this.

      Interesting to note is this: The word “slain” in Rev 13:3 above is the Greek word “esphagmenen” which means literally “slaughtered to death.” Hitler was shot in the head while ingesting cyanide poison and then his body soaked with gasoline or diesel fuel and burned, i.e. – “slaughtered to death.”

      Now add in this scripture:

      “The beast which was and is not, is himself also an eighth and is one of the seven…” (Rev 18:11)

      This seems to say the beast will reign once, then he “is not” (dead) and then reigns again (is alive again), making him an eighth yet also one of the seven.

      As an aside, I would add that whether or not Hitler was demonically possessed is speculation. No doubt he was most probably demonically influenced, but full possession? Perhaps at some point, but the classical symptoms of such have never been reported to my knowledge. But that is neither here nor there, I suppose.

      It is often also thought that the final Antichrist will be possessed by Satan. That too, I believe is supposition. It may be so at some point, but I don’t think that it can be authoritatively established from Scripture. I know of no specific scripture that states it. Scripture says Satan gives his power and authority to be used by the Antichrist, but never says he possesses him. Satan, having been at one time a beautiful powerful angelic being, I would surmise, finds his current state of being more pleasing than inside a frail human body. Even if it was so, that does not make the Antichrist and a demon the same being. On the contrary, the world at that future time seems to be capable of differentiating between the entity of Antichrist and Satan, to wit:

      “They worshiped the dragon (Satan) because he gave his authority to the beast…” (Rev 13:4 – Parenthesis mine)

      Now, on to what I think is the most conclusive point: The world is amazed that the Beast lives again. A demon inhabiting someone again is not going to amaze the world. The Scripture specifically says they are amazed that he has come again…

      “The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit… and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder… when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.” (Rev 17:8) KJV

      “The beast, which you saw, once was, now is not, and yet will come up out of the Abyss and go to its destruction. The inhabitants of the earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the creation of the world will be astonished when they see the beast, because it once was, now is not, and yet will come.” (Rev 17:8 NIV)

      It sounds to me like this could be talking about Hitler, or some evil well-known person like him, returning from the dead. That would certainly amaze the world as described.

      You are correct that the resurrection of an evil person would be unprecedented. But many unprecedented things happen during the Tribulation. Perhaps during the time of God’s wrath on an unrepentant earth the world is given the man they have deserved.

      Concerning your point on Hebrews 9:27 which says,

      “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:”

      I don’t believe this precludes a resurrection of Hitler (and subsequent second death) because…

      First of all, God will resurrect all evil men at some point. He just resurrects Hitler a bit early. Although it is appointed unto men once to die…nevertheless there is that “Second Death.” (Rev 2:11). Since God is sovereign I don’t see why He could not do this if He so chose.

      Scripture tells us that all wicked men will be resurrected…yet the Antichrist, the man of sin, will not be at the great white throne judgment because according to Rev 19:20 he has already been..

      “…thrown alive into the lake of fire…”

      Thus we see Antichrist going through the same process as all other wicked men, but only on a different time schedule. He still dies, is resurrected, and then thrown alive into the lake of fire. Perhaps the mention of him being thrown alive into the lake of fire, rather than killed and resurrected along with the rest of the wicked for judgment, is because Antichrist already died and was resurrected.

      Secondly, I believe Hebrews 9:27 is a general statement concerning man, for which there are exceptions. Enoch and Elijah never died, but were taken to heaven. All Christians alive at the time of the Rapture will never die. Lazarus and others raised by Jesus died twice. Those people in the New Testament that were resurrected by the apostles, eventually died again. These are all exceptions to that general rule in Hebrews 9:27 which says that men are appointed to die once. Hitler could be another exception. I see it as a possibility.

      In conclusion, I see four facts supporting the theory that the Antichrist is a resurrected man…

      1. The Bible’s several “slain, fatal wound” scriptures that are applied to the Antichrist. For example: “…had been slain, his fatal wound was healed. And the whole earth was amazed…” (Rev 13:3)

      2. The Bible’s several “was, is not and will come.” scriptures that are applied to the Antichrist. For example: “…the beast, because it once was, now is not, and yet will come.” (Rev 17:18) This certainly sounds like someone who died and came back to life.

      3. Twice in Revelation it is reiterated that the Beast / Antichrist comes up out of the Abyss. (Rev 11:7 & Rev 17:8). Romans 10:7 associates the Abyss with a place of the dead which seems to indicate the Antichrist comes up from the dead.

      4. The Beast reigns twice, being both an eighth king, yet also one of the seven. This seems to suggest he died and came back again. “The beast which was and is not, is himself also an eighth and is one of the seven…” (Rev 18:11)

      Again, thank you for your comments. I have enjoyed the discussion with you. If you have not seen it, I think you will find my video on this subject entertaining. You can find it on this page entitled, The Mystery of the 7th Kingdom. Scroll down till you see that title.


      http://www.christiananswerman.com/christian-answer-man-videos/

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      God bless you as you continue in His service.

      Sincerely,

      Pastor Mark

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      1. Hi Pastor Mark,
        I wrote you a long time ago and agreed with you that Hitler seems to be a prime candidate for the Antichrist. I got that idea from Scripture as well, through the teachings of Robert Van Campen, a fellow brother, Moody Bible graduate and superb Bible researcher known for his Pre-Wrath Rapture views. I do have one nagging question about Hitler, though. Perhaps you have already answered it for others, but could you give me your thoughts? The question is: “Given the fact that Hitler was such an evil, repulsive man, why would people love him, adore him, and want to follow him?” Wouldn’t they want someone who was seemingly good and kind? I can see how through sheer terror they would be amazed at seeing him alive again, but is he not going to be a deceiver? Van Campen’s thought on that makes sense to me, but that still doesn’t completely settle with me. He suggests that before and up to the mid-point of Daniel’s 70th week he will NOT appear as Hitler but will disguise himself so as to fool the world into liking him. But when he sets up his “abomination of desolation” in the Jewish temple he will then take off the mask (so to speak), and THEN all will see he is really Adolf Hitler come alive again. At that point they will have no choice but to worship and obey him, and will do so at the command of the False Prophet or die. What are your thoughts? God bless!

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        1. Hi Dan, nice to hear from you again. I also have postulated the idea that Hitler may be in disguise initially, and then, counterfeiting Christ’s transfiguration, his countenance will change revealing who he is. That is a partial explanation.

          To further understand how and why the world would follow Hitler we must realize the conditions at that time. According to 2Thessalonians 2:1-15 the Day of the Lord (the Tribulation) cannot come until “the man of lawlessness is revealed.” So shortly after the Antichrist appears, the world will enter the Tribulation. We know from many scriptures that the Rapture happens before the tribulation. Let us consider the conditions:

          1. All Christians and innocent children and babies have left the earth. All the guardian angels have left with them. The influence of the prayers of millions of Christians are no longer happening. The evil liberal politicians all over the world will have total control. This will result in a world that we cannot even imagine. Extreme wickedness will be the rule of the day. Those who walk in darkness do not know where they are going. Yes, today’s world would not follow Hitler, but the world that will exist at that time is a world of evil beyond our imagination. Strength, power and railing against God’s laws will be what is admired and Hitler will be the best at that.

          2. We live very close in time to WW II and the wickedness of Hitler is upper most in people’s minds. To compare someone to Hitler is a way of describing someone as totally depraved. However 25, 50 or 100 years from now that idea may have faded from people’s minds. Even today there are books and websites that say Hitler wasn’t as bad as people say. I’m not saying the Rapture is 100 years away, I’m only saying it could still be farther off than we think and attitudes towards Hitler may be different than what they are now.

          3. The Bible says God will send a strong delusion that people will believe a lie. That adds another element that will help Hitler to deceive the world.

          4. The Antichrist’s coming is “is in accord with the activity of Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders…” (2 Thess 2:9). No doubt his working of spectacular miracles will aid him in fooling the masses. Even when it is revealed who he is and some people are horrified, others will say, but, “Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war against him?” (Rev 13:4)

          5. The Bible says that during the Tribulation that the restrainer of lawlessness will be taken out of the way. (2 Thess 2:7). The effect of the Holy Spirit through the Church will be gone. Lawlessness (Violation of God’s laws) will be what people love and Hitler was and will be the king of lawlessness against God.

          When you add all these together: Hitler’s face initially disguised by the power of Satan, a world devoid of Christian influence, at a time in the future where attitudes have softened to Hitler, a time when God sends a strong delusion on the world, and Hitler comes with all the power of Satan, when the restrainer of Lawlessness is gone, then most anything is possible, even a world that accepts Hitler. Yes, the world of today is one in which we cannot image people following Hitler, but the world that that will exist during the Tribulation is one that is far different from today.

          Another possibility is that I am wrong about Hilter being the Antichrist. But at this time, I think not. Thanks for the question Dan. I hope these answers are helpful.

          …Pastor Mark

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    2. Curt / Pastor Mark,

      I just want to throw this out there in light of the discussion about the demon spirit vs. the man of sin’s spirit. Lately I’ve been studying Genesis 6, where it talks about the “Sons of God” (B’nai Elohim) who saw the women of men and took for themselves wives who bore for them “Ha Nephalim” (The Fallen Ones) from the Hebrew verb “Lenaphel – To Fall”. In my studies I’ve discovered that when God brought the Flood of Noah, one of His primary purposes was to cleanse the earth of these “Fallen Ones”, who had giant bodies ( in size and/or capabilities) and were wreaking havoc on the human population and making life especially difficult for mankind. It is the disembodied souls of these Nephalim that roam the earth to this day (as they are neither fully human nor fully Angel) and are, what we call – Demons. That is why the demons are always looking for a body to inhabit – they long for the feeling of inhabiting a physical body again as they once did. Human is ideal, but they’ll settle even for a herd of pigs! Anyhow, evidently demons are very different creatures than “Fallen Angels”. Fallen Angels are MUCH more powerful entities and they have no desire to inhabit a human being’s body, which by the way they consider disgusting and refer to as “pig flesh”. Examples of fallen angels are Azazel and Samyaza, two leaders of The Watchers from The Book of Enoch. The most evil example of the fallen angels is of course Lucifer himself.

      I’m not sure how this distinction of Demon Spirit affects the analysis of the entity which arises from the abyss (“abusso” in Hebrew), but I wanted to make the distinction, because I had always equated demons and fallen angels as the same but this appears not to be the case.

      So then, If demons roam the earth, not the Abusso (yet, anyway), and Fallen Angels don’t possess or inhabit human beings, it would seem to support Pastor Mark’s theory that the spirit that comes from the Abusso to be The Beast ( Antichrist) on Tribulation era Earth is in fact the spirit of a man.

      One could also make the case for distinction in that the kind of empowerment by an evil spirit exhibited by Adolf Hitler was materially different than the symptoms exhibited by the demonically possessed individuals described in the Bible and even throughout church history to the present day in movies like The Exorcist, etc. Hitler’s behavior and demeanor was a far cry from the foaming at the mouth, biting, scratching, animalistic nature of the typical demoniac, who is better described as a victim who may have “played with fire” via witchcraft or ouija board, etc. who was then victimized by an entity bent on inhabiting, dominating, and possessing their physical body. The possessed is essentially a prisoner, invaded by an entity after his or her body. That’s a demon’s goal.

      The goals and methods of the evil spirits behind Hitler are completely different than those of the demons in the ways an adult human’s goals and methods of achieving them are completely different to those of a young toddler’s. (Hmmm, maybe that analogy is more literal than I think?) Fallen Angels are not interested in embodiment of one human body. They roam the 10 dimensional spiritual universe in spiritual bodies many many times greater and more powerful than our weak ones. They’re not interested in torturing a single human by making him foam at the mouth and scratch himself full of lacerations. They’re busy corrupting whole empires, fomenting wars between continents or the whole world if they can, and they are especially busy working on exterminating the Jews and persecuting or diluting Christianity. In Hitlers case, what need was there to take possession? Satan had a willing and devoted human soul dedicated to Evil and sold out to him – right out of the box!

      For these reasons I tend to think Pastor Mark you may be on to something? Right or wrong Curt you made a great challenge and Pastor Mark you made a very intriguing rebuttal.

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  2. Mark,

    Thank you for writing this amazing article. Truly an original idea.

    First, let me say I am a Christian, asked Jesus into my heart as my personal Lord and Savior, and entrusted my Life to Him when I was a child. I’ve let Him down so many times since then, but He has never let me down even one single time. His gift of eternal life through His sacrifice of death on that cross is the Best Deal in the Universe and I am so grateful for this undeserved gift!

    I want to also tell you that I feel I was led to your article in an amazing perhaps supernatural way. Though I am a believer, I am also of Jewish descent (biologically) and throughout my life have always been fascinated by the events of and leading up to WWII and its place in biblical history, particularly as it applies to Adolf Hitler and where he fits in the pantheon of biblical and historical villains. I’ve long believed studying Hitler’s evil genius and the evil spirits which fueled it was key to understanding aspects of and recognizing the coming Antichrist. Perhaps recognizing the Antichrist won’t be nearly the challenge many scholars think it is!

    Anyway, to get to my point, tonight I was watching a documentary on the History channel about Hitler’s rise to power, a rerun of a program I must have seen at least twice in the past. But while watching the program this third time, I had a striking thought: What if Hitler IS the Antichrist? What if Hitler is somehow resurrected, mimicking the way Jesus rose from the grave? How truly and literally would this make whoever performs such a feat the “Anti”-Christ! And some people say you can’t take the Bible literally?!? Lol….

    Being raised studying the Bible, I recalled many of the same scriptures you referenced and started tossing and turning in my bed. Realizing I couldn’t sleep, I felt compelled to search the Internet for similar Ideas and that’s how I found your article! And I have to say it’s the only one I’ve found!

    Another aspect I would like to emphasize which you indirectly brushed on is the “great deception that if it were possible would deceive even the elect”. Some believers in UFO theory and Ancient Aliens “religion” (that’s really what it is) believe there would be a huge falling away of religion upon revelation of extraterrestrial life as religion would be “obsolete”. I think this idea is ridiculous. I personally know many fellow believers and members of other faiths who would be just kosher with alien life. Alien life is merely a pebble on the journey road of faith. But what does a believer in an all powerful supremely Good and Loving, Holy God do with the resurrection of possibly the most evil human being to ever breath air and not only that, but he’s made Supreme Dictator of the entire Earth, given authority to inflict his evil will with no one to stop or restrain him? That might make even all but the most committed Believer to have a crisis of heart and question whether Good is even the supreme force in the Universe? After all, Jesus went home 40 days after resurrecting, but THIS guy rose from the dead and he’s Here To Stay!! This would truly be a possible stumbling block to even truly born again believers.

    Excitement aside however, I’m also a logical thinker and one thing bothers me about the idea of a resurrected Hitler: I believe the prophecies mention that the Beast (Antichrist) makes a peace treaty with Israel, which last 3 1/2 years, but is broken midway, at which time the Antichrist exalts himself in the newly rebuilt temple at Jerusalem in place of God. But my question / challenge to the theory is – in what possible circumstance, resurrection or not, would the Jewish nation of Israel knowingly sign a treaty of *any* kind with Jewish Enemy Number One Adolf Hitler? It’s simply the most intriguing idea I’ve discovered in decades of studying the bible, reading prophecy books, and listening to sermons, but I can’t help this nagging feeling there I s some key element we’re still missing. Your thoughts?
    -Jeremiah

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    1. Hi Jeremiah – I very much appreciate your thoughtful and perceptive reply. I am honored to converse with a Jewish person who knows the Messiah – you are doubly blessed!

      How you came to find my article is interesting, for it is similar to how I came to my conclusion about Hitler being the coming Antichrist: For many nights I also tossed and turned in bed and the scriptures about the Antichrist kept coming to mind. I would find myself getting up at 3 AM to read the scriptures on this. Then I’d go back to bed and my mind wouldn’t leave it alone. As I would dream the scriptures would just keep going through my mind. I have no doubt the Holy Spirit was preparing my mind. I would ponder, “How could the eighth king be one of the seven kings?” And this passage kept going through my head – “…the beast, that he was and is not and will come.” (Rev 17:8) One night, while dreaming about all this, I woke up and it came to me in a flash: It’s Hitler! So I plugged in Hitler to the equation, reviewed the scriptures, and it seemed to match up with fulfillment of all the prophecies of the Antichrist. It is interesting that you too came to this conclusion. As it is written, “These words are concealed and sealed up until the end time…but those who have insight will understand.” I think God is now opening our minds to these facts. By the way, I also searched the Internet to see if any one else had come up with this and I found nothing.

      You raise a very good question about how the Jews would not make any agreement with Hitler. I have been pondering that and I have a number of ideas that may resolve that discrepancy in the theory.

      The prophecy in Daniel does not specifically say that the Antichrist makes a covenant with Israel. It says he makes a “covenant with many.” I have often heard it taught that it is Israel that this agreement is made with, but that has always bothered me a bit because it doesn’t actually say Israel. It could be Israel, but the text does not specify. It just says “many.” It could be an agreement with Muslim nations to allow the Jewish temple to be rebuilt, or any number of other possibilities. It does say in the middle of the week he puts a stop to sacrifice and offering, presumably in the temple, and at that time sits in the Jewish temple proclaiming himself to be God, which is the abomination of desolation. But the scripture does not specify that this act breaks the covenant, it merely says it happens half way through the seven years, so from that passage it cannot be absolutely affirmed that the covenant is made with the Jews. It might be with the Jews. Or it might not be. So that is one possibility, that the agreement isn’t with the Jewish nation.

      Another possibility is that the Antichrist, at the beginning of the “week” or seven years, is not recognized as being Hitler when he makes the covenant with “the many.” If “the many” is Israel, then they may make an agreement with the Antichrist not realizing he is Hitler. The scripture says that the Antichrist comes “in accord with the activity of Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders…” So it may be that his countenance is supernaturally altered or hidden, perhaps not looking like Hitler, until after the three and a half years when he sits in the temple proclaiming himself to be God. Thus the Antichrist would mimic not only Christ’s resurrection, but also Christ’s Transfiguration.

      So that’s my thoughts on it. I enjoyed reading your insightful comments on this. Have you seen my video on Hitler? I think you would find it most interesting. Its called The Seventh Kingdom and you can watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=UUaMk4tk2y9h3UIojJB0Xm3Q&feature=player_embedded&v=kUV4W22usTE

      …Pastor Mark

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      1. Thank you for pointing out the scripture in Daniel 9, Pastor Mark. I’ve heard so many “traditional” prophecy teachers repeat the “treaty with Israel” so many times I guess I just accepted it as fact instead of opinion. It does in fact say “many” not “Israel”. You make another great point about the transfiguration and recognition, and to add to that further, Jesus was not recognized at first on the Road to Emmaeus. I wonder if genetic engineering ( which Satan is *very* interested in) could be part of his evil plan?

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        1. I had a strange feeling that lead me here. I literally had these pertaining verses of Revelation pop into my head; with the question: “could the antichrist be hitter?!”

          I had to look around and see if anyone else out here has had this thought cross their mind! Wow, it seems you’ve thought the same thing, and you’ve started to affirm it for me! My only problem with the the theory is this: if Hitler is resurrected, I guess I just have a hard time imagining so many people following him; but I just have to remember; it is going to be during this time that people will be very lost, and many very evil. It’ll be as Jesus said, like the days of Noah. Also, my other thought is this, could the antichrist already be here? This is kind of a strange thing to say but Could it be possible that he is masquerading as someone else in power to gain position and get ready? Revelation says ‘Satan gives him power,’ what if he is appearing as someone else, until the day he reveals himself at the temple? Could this also be a possible element to the theory?

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          1. Hi Josh, Thanks for your comment. Yes, I agree with you. Antichrist could be here. Hitler may mimic the transfiguration of Jesus. At some point his true countenance will be revealed. That is a viable theory.

            …Pastor Mark

  3. Great article, and I think that your analysis and conclusion are right on target concerning a resurrected Hitler being the antichrist. You may be interested to know that the late Robert Van Kampen laid out the same explanation in his 1992 book, “The Sign”. While I do not agree with Van Kampen’s pre- wrath view of the rapture, it is an interesting book.

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  4. Pastor Mark,
    I just stumbled upon your article when I searched for “the beast who was, is not and will be again” + Hitler. If you go to the website “informedchristians.com” – Daniel Valles has an article there “The Anti-Christ Returns”. In this article he states that Hitler will be brought up out of the Abyss and willl be the man of sin in the 8th kingdom.
    Barb

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  5. “The beast that you saw was, and is not, and is about to come up out of the abyss and go to destruction.”
    Revelation 17:8a

    This is clear evidence that the final Antichrist (at the time Revelation was written) was dead. This rules out Hitler because he was not yet born when John wrote Revelation.

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    1. Hi Logan, I want to thank you for your very informative, interesting and challenging comment. My first thought was, “Wow, that is a puzzle. Perhaps I am mistaken.” The point you made seemed to really throw a wrench into the works of my neat little hypothesis! Thanks for making me think!

      First of all, let me say, perhaps I am mistaken about this. However, after giving this some reflection and study I have come to the conclusion that perhaps my theory may be correct after all. I will try to explain why.

      I would propose that when the angel spoke these words to John he was using present tense, as though they had been transported forward into time, and were looking at future events as though they were in the present. John says, “I saw a woman…” John is speaking of a future event but he saw it as though in the present. He was seeing the future, as though he were present in the future. The angel begins by saying, “The beast that you saw…” Again, not speaking of what will come, but of what he saw as if it had already happened.

      In the King James it is easily apparent, “They that dwell on the earth shall wonder…when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.” Some translations say, “will come” instead of “yet is.” However “yet is” is the more accurate. Young’s Literal Translation says, “beholding the beast that was, and is not, although it is.” So you see, the point of reference for this sentence is in the future. The phrase “although it is” makes this apparent. They are speaking of this event as though they were in the future and seeing it happen right then, in the present, even though the actual event is in our future. To quote Doc Brown from Back to the Future, “Marty! You’re not thinking 4th dimensionally!”

      Thus, since our point of reference is in the future, then the beast that “is not” is relative to the time of the final Antichrist, which would mean then that the prophecy could refer to Hitler, for at the time of the final Antichrist it will be true that Hitler “was, and is not.”

      Consider also that in verse 7 the angel says, “Here is the mind which has wisdom.” In other words, careful thinking and analysis is in order if one wishes to unravel the mysteries of this passage. It is a common practice for biblical prophets to speak of a future event as if they were seeing it in the present, and even to change their position from past tense to present tense to future tense within the same prophecy. This understanding of the nature of prophecy may be the very “wisdom” the angel says is necessary to understand the meaning.

      There is an article that explains this well. It is found here at this link:

      Link To Article

      Let me just give some excerpts from it. In a discussion of Young’s Literal Translation and its faithfulness to rendering tenses accurately the article states:

      “Robert Young is saying, in plainer words, that the inspired writers of the Old Testament wrote prophecy in either the present, or past tense. They wrote as if they were alive and present at the time future events, which they predicted, would take place. Young suggested the writers, such as Moses and the Prophets, were so certain of the predicted events becoming a reality that they wrote as if the events had already occurred (past tense) or they were so assured of the event becoming a fact that they wrote as if it were taking place during their lifetime (present tense)…The Hebrew writers…uniformly wrote as if they were alive at the time of the occurrence of the events mentioned, and as eye-witness of what they are narrating.”

      To summarize, I would propound that the phase, “seven kings, five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come..” is spoken with John’s time as the point of reference. However where the phrase appears which says that those who dwell on the earth shall wonder, “beholding the beast that was, and is not, although it is,” here I would proffer the point of reference is in the future at the time of the final Antichrist. Again, this changing of tense is common in bible prophecy.

      Another point that can be made is that it is emphasized that the people of earth will wonder when they see someone return from the dead. That would mean that the final Antichrist would have to have first lived during the time of photography or television so that the world is familiar with his countenance. If you do not interpret the phrase with a future reference point as I suggest, but interpret with a reference to John’s time, as you propose, then you are stuck with believing that the future Antichrist, the eighth king, is one of the first five kings, for if he “was, and is not” at John’s time, yet is one of the seven, then he must be one of the five. It gets even more difficult than that, for if the statement that the Antichrist “was, and is not, yet is,” is relative to John’s time, that would be saying the final Antichrist was alive during John’s time. Since that is impossible we must interpret that statement to be made from the standpoint of the time of the final Antichrist in the future. To interprest that statement from a reference point of John’s time turns it into a paradoxical conundrum.

      Furthermore, interpreting this statement with John’s time as the referrence point forces it to say that the Antichrist died long before John’s time and thus we have no record of what he looks like, so how then could people in the future be amazed at him coming back to life? Someone claiming to have lived thousands of years ago won’t impress anyone. He would need proof. You can find people today who claim to have come back from the past. They are in our insane asylums. No, you have to have some kind of proof and an image would certainly be convincing. If someone shows up walking and talking and looking like Hitler and works miracles and calls fire down from heaven, then people will certainly wonder.

      Well, that’s my take on it. When we see these events unfold on earth from our vantage point in heaven, having become part of that “great cloud of witnesses,” then we will know exactly how it will be. Thanks again for your insightful comment. I really appreciate your input. God Bless!

      …Pastor Mark

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      1. What a great explanation, Pastor Mark! You make a very convincing argument that Hitler could still be the final Antichrist.

        I still do believe it could be one of the six other kings, though; your argument for the need of picture documentation doesn’t quite convince me. I think that the resurrection of anyone, including someone previously photographed, would be quite wondrous to behold for the people of the earth.

        Best wishes,
        Logan

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        1. Hi Logan and thanks for the compliment. I am curious, tell me how it could be one of the previous five kings, since photography didn’t exist then? How would the whole world know they rose from the dead without photographic evidence?

          Pastor Mark

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  6. His ancient corpse could be found and come back to life. It would be all over the media most likely since the whole earth will wonder at him.

    I think you are assuming that the resurrection will happen in private and people will only know about it afterwards when they see Hitler walking around again. If the resurrection is in public, the person’s previous identity won’t really matter; the public resurrection of anyone would probably make the earth wonder.

    Logan

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    1. Hi Logan, thanks for the answer. Yes you are correct, I am assuming the resurrection won’t be visible, at least not to the whole world. Whether it be Hitler or someone else, I don’t imagine the actual resurrection will be seen by the populace at large. I think there is good reason to assume that an event such as a resurrection from a remote gravesite would not be caught on camera with sufficient witnesses to validate its credibility. The problem is compounded by the fact that no one knows where these kings are buried. The location of Alexander the Great’s body (ruler of Greece) is unknown, and the same is true for the earlier kingdoms. We do not have a burial sight for the kings of Persia, Babylon, Assyria, etc.Even if a particular burial sight were known, and there happened to be some people there to see it happen, it is not likely that the world at large would be convinced. At least thats how I see it in my mind. Whereas with Hitler, if he came back larger than life, looking, talking and acting just as before, I can see where that would get the world wondering in amazement, as the Bible describes.

      Pastor Mark

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    2. Hi Logan, This is interesting stuff. See my other answer – I think these burial sites are remote and we don’t know which is who and where they are, and a few people saying they saw a resurrection would not convince the world. It would take something more significant. That is my guestimation on it.

      Pastor Mark

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  7. I was thinking more like archaeologists find an incredibly old body, it gets featured on the news, it has a travelling exhibit, and then resurrects. (Or any number of other similar scenarios.) Hitler was also cremated and thrown into the wind, which would make a resurrection (in the normal sense of the word) pretty unlikely.

    Logan

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    1. Hi Logan, sounds like it would make a great movie! LOL. Yes, Hitler was “slaughtered to death” as Revelation says. Of course, God will resurrect all the dead someday, no matter the condition. And of course it would be God resurrecting Hitler, as only He has the power…So God can resurrect Hitler no matter his condition. And of course no one would see the resurrection of Hitler’s body, since the skull in in Moscow, and the body is disintegrated. So what I am saying is that Hitler’s resurrection would be a resurrection in the normal sense of the word. It just would not be visible to be seen, which I think is what you meant anyway.

      Pastor Mark

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  8. Hi Mark, I just read your article and all the back-and-forth exchanges up to this point. I am a former pastor, MK, PK, and a deep lover of the Lord Jesus Christ. I am also a lover of God’s Word and have been an enthusiastic student of it for over 40 years. I am very impressed with both your reverent and careful handling of the Scriptures and your gracious style of communicating it. You are professional as well as thorough. You are a man who listens well to criticism and responds humbly to it. For all those reasons alone I have to pay attention to your thoughts. I also have read Van Kampen’s book, “The Sign”, as well as the one written by his good friend, Marv Rosenthal (“The Pre-Wrath Rapture”). I would, by the way, strongly encourage you to read both – with a very open mind to their Rapture views. But in regard to Hitler being the Anti-Christ, Van Kampen makes an excellent case just as you do. That being said, I think it is more important that we think rightly about the timing of the Rapture in relation to the 70th week of Daniel than we do about who the Anti-Christ is or will be. For many years I used to be a dyed-in-the-wool Pre-Tribber, mainly because I was taught that strongly by my Dad, other preachers and teachers, and the Bible Schools I attended. But I always had nagging questions which nobody had any clear answers to. One day a friend gave me Rosenthal’s book and asked me to share my opinion after reading it. The long story short is that after many years of further prayer, Bible study, research by others, and personal heart-agonizing I came to the conviction we are indeed going to see the Anti-Christ and experience HIS wrath, but be spared the LORD’S wrath via the Rapture which will happen sometime after the middle of the 70th week. Actually, Revelation (which has always been confusing to me) now is far more understandable than it ever has been. Please read both books very carefully and see what you think. I would recommend Rosenthal’s first. It is a little easier reading and he shares a very intriguing personal testimony of how he came from being a Pre-Tribber to being a Pre-Wrath-er). That testimony alone deeply affected me, as he writes with great humility, intense love for his differing brothers, and yet quiet firmness for the truth. God bless you brother, Mark!

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    1. Hi Dan, Thanks for your kind and gracious comments! I get some pretty vicious hate mail from the Swaggarites, so its nice to hear your nice compliments. God bless you! I will get those books and read them that you mention. I have a question for you – How do you reconcile the Rapture happening at a time that is not expected, when we think not, when all is normal and people are saying peace and safety and marrying and giving in marriage, buying and selling, as in Noah’s time, unaware of what is coming, when, according to a post or a mid trib rapture scenario, wherein Jesus is coming after the Antichrist is on the scene and has made his covenant with many? All Christians will know at that point (when the Antichrist is revealed) that the end of the age is coming within a few very short years. I have never heard an answer to that which I found intellectually satisfying. So, I would be interested in your resolution of that conundrum.

      God Bless,
      …Pastor Mark

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  9. Pastor Mark,
    This article is so intriguing. I have a question: “How could the Jews, who have lost so many of their ancestors to Hitler, accept him as a man of peace and sign a treaty promising peace? If he will be so easily recognizable, how could he be believable with the holocaust having occurred relatively recently?” Thanks for your response.

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    1. Hi Bob, Great question. Here is another question, that I think will shed some light: How will anyone belief its really Hitler? Hitler is dead. No one has ever come back to life (Except Jesus and a few in the Bible). Many will say that he is not Hitler, that he can’t be Hitler because Hitler died long ago. They will insist that he just looks like him, etc. Or perhaps he won’t look exactly like him at all, but will later have a transfiguration (imitating Jesus) and later look like him. But at some point he will be recognized by many as Hitler, but probably not initially. What do you think? Does that help make it more plausible?

      Furthermore, the Bible doesn’t say the Jews make a treaty with him. I know that is what many teach, but its not what the Bible says. Maybe he will make a treaty with Israel, but the Bible isn’t clear on that point. It says Anticrhist makes a “covenant with many.” (Daniel 9:27) The covenant may not be with Israel.

      …Pastor Mark

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  10. Mark,
    This is definitely an interesting theory about who the Antichrist may turn out to be. Who do you think the false prophet would be with this scenario? Revelation 13 says that he causes everyone on the earth to worship the Antichrist when he sets up the mark of the beast system. I have a good candidate for that-a religious leader from Islam. Many don’t know that Hitler had direct communication with Muslim leaders during his time like the grand Mufti of Jerusalem in November of 1941 where they discussed their mutual hatred of Jews.
    I think Joel Richardson’s teaching that the nation of Turkey forming a Middle East Islamic caliphate and becoming the 8th empire that rises again from the Old Ottoman Empire is the best overall theory of where the Antichrist will arise from.

    I wanted to respond to your question of Dan’s statement about the timing of the pre-wrath rapture. I, like Dan, used to only believe in the pretrib rapture. After studying scripture more closely and listening to some sound teaching on the subject, today I lean more toward the pre-wrath position.
    First Jesus said that no man knows the exact day or the hour, however we should know the season of when the rapture is going to happen. Paul said that we are not in darkness concerning that time in 1 Thessalonians 5 “But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief.” So when discerning Christians see the Antichrist claim to be God and breaks the agreement with Israel then they will know that the rapture could happen anytime in the next 3.5 years according to the pre-wrath position. Paul also said in 2 Thess. 2 that the day of the Lord and our gathering together with him would not happen until the falling away and the man of sin is revealed. So it’s clear from that scripture that we are not raptured until there is a falling away from the faith, (which I believe has already started and will continue) and when the Antichrist reveals himself to the world. I know the counter argument from the pre-trib position to the pre wrath viewpoint is the identity of the restrainer in the following verses. I would suggest that regardless of who the restrainer is and what he does, this does not change what Paul said in the previous vs. about how “that day” would not happen until these two events take place first. Again that is the apostasy and the man of sin being revealed.

    Also when Jesus said that it would be like the days of Noah or the days of Lot the main point I think He was making was that normal everyday human activity would still be going on around the world. We know what else was happening during Noah and Lots day: Extreme violence and extreme sexual perversion, just like we have today. During the tribulation not every part of earth will be affected, at least not at the same time, and no doubt some parts of earth will be affected a lot worse than other parts. I think it is reasonable to assume that the Middle East will be the epicenter of where most of the persecution from the Antichrist, and subsequent trumpet and bowl judgments (the wrath of God) will be happening with the most intensity. For example when I read Revelation 9:20 “And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk” it makes me believe that people on earth will be seeing the awful things happening on the news but it doesn’t move them to repent of their sins. Isn’t that the way people are today, especially in America? We hear of terrorist attacks around the world and all kinds of catastrophes but as long as it doesn’t come our way life is still good and we still indulge in our sports and entertainment. When we read about the ongoing commerce of the Great Babylon in Revelation 18 it seems as though everyday human activity is going on just fine there until its utter destruction comes “in one hour.” This destruction of Great Babylon seems to occur near or at the very end of the latter 3.5 year period when the beast turns on the harlot controlling her (I have narrowed down the identity of Babylon the Great to either New York City or Mecca.)

    So yes I do believe that the discerning christian will know that the Lord’s coming will be in “a few short years” as you put it, just not the exact day or hour. Also these years may not seem too short while the Antichrist is hunting down Jews and Christians to put to death during this time! Both Daniel and John show us that this period would last 3.5 years and Daniel further breaks it down into periods of days in Daniel 12:11, 12 with 1,290 and 1,335 days respectively.

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    1. Hi Robert, Thanks for you input. I really wish I had time to go over all this with you point by point. It would be fun and good for both of us, however, I’m so busy trying to make a living and with other ministerial projects, I just don’t have time. Just a quick point – “That Day” refers to the The Day of the Lord, ie, the Tribulation. It does not refer to the Rapture.

      God Bless you my friend!

      …Pastor Mark

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  11. Greetings, brother. Love your content and thoughtfulness and insight.
    Question…and I know this a long-debated issue, but isn’t also possible that it is the kingdom that is resurrected, and not a physical leader? It could be BOTH, but what if the beast that is worshipped is the empire, such as a revived Rome?

    When I read the book of Daniel, it speaks of fallen angels who have been given authority over various world kingdoms, and perhaps one of these is the being who is in the abyss (a fallen angel from a previous kingdom) whom God allows to be released to revive a dead kingdom…like Rome, for instance?

    There could be a resurrected leader, but the context seems to indicate a revived world power that causes the world to be amazed. What do you think?

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    1. Hi Randy, Thanks for your comment. What is there in the context that you find that makes you believe the Antichrist is a revived world power rather than a man? Scripture specifically calls him “the man of sin.”

      …Pastor Mark

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      1. Thanks for your prompt reply…
        Revelation speaks of one of the heads as being wounded, and then the deadly would being healed. These heads, according to various biblical scholars represent either Babel (Nimrod) or Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, Rome. I can see the real possibility of the beast (Man of sin) being a Satanic imitation of Christ, including his death and resurrection. I am not questioning that as a possibility.

        That being said, it seems that the context in the Revelation refers to the head, or the kingdom, being healed of a deadly wound. Now, it could be that the kingdom and its king (Antichrist) could be inextricably linked, so that speaking of one is speaking of the other.

        Either a kingdom being “resurrected” or a leader would both cause the world to wonder and be amazed. It is interesting though, how the Spirit goes from speaking of the kingdom as the Beast, to the man, and by chapter 19, it is the Beast (a man) who is cast into the Lake of Fire.

        I have enjoyed this blog, and it has provided rich material for some deep and thoughtful discussions with believing co-workers and others. I look forward to further articles.

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  12. I’ve considered this before, but would the Jews ever make a covenant with Hitler…Remember the final seven years begins when the anti christ confirms a covenant with many. How would the Jews ever accept Hitler? Also when God speaks of anti christ, he says “Woe to the idle shepherd who leaves the flock”…I’d say that would fit Pope Francis more than Hitler…However history does sometimes repeat itself, and I agree for the world to wonder after the beast, they have to have seen and know him. Like if Caligula came out of the pit, nobody would even recognize him…

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    1. Hi Al, Thanks for your comment. How would the Jews accept Hitler? You raise a very good question about how the Jews would not make any agreement with Hitler. I have been pondering that and I have a number of ideas that may resolve that.

      The prophecy in Daniel does not specifically say that the Antichrist makes a covenant with Israel. It says he makes a “covenant with many.” I have often heard it taught that it is Israel that this agreement is made with, but that has always bothered me a bit because it doesn’t actually say Israel. It could be Israel, but the text does not specify. It just says “many.” It could be an agreement with Muslim nations to allow the Jewish temple to be rebuilt, or any number of other possibilities. It does say in the middle of the week he puts a stop to sacrifice and offering, presumably in the temple, and at that time sits in the Jewish temple proclaiming himself to be God, which is the abomination of desolation. But the scripture does not specify that this act breaks the covenant, it merely says it happens half way through the seven years, so from that passage it cannot be absolutely affirmed that the covenant is made with the Jews. It might be with the Jews. Or it might not be. So that is one possibility, that the agreement isn’t with the Jewish nation.

      Another possibility is that the Antichrist, at the beginning of the “week” or seven years, is not recognized as being Hitler when he makes the covenant with “the many.” If “the many” is Israel, then they may make an agreement with the Antichrist not realizing he is Hitler. The scripture says that the Antichrist comes “in accord with the activity of Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders…” So it may be that his countenance is supernaturally altered or hidden, perhaps not looking like Hitler, until after the three and a half years when he sits in the temple proclaiming himself to be God. Thus the Antichrist would mimic not only Christ’s resurrection, but also Christ’s Transfiguration.

      Remember also that people are revising history and falsifying it. Many today claim Hitler wasn’t a bad guy. We are only 73 years from the end of World War II. It may be quite some time yet before the end. As the decades go by, and the world turns more evil, there will be more revision of history. When the time comes, popular opinion may not be so anti-Hitler as now.

      So that’s my thoughts on it. I enjoyed reading your insightful comments on this. Have you seen my video on Hitler? I think you would find it most interesting. Its called The Seventh Kingdom and you can watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=UUaMk4tk2y9h3UIojJB0Xm3Q&feature=player_embedded&v=kUV4W22usTE

      …Pastor Mark

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