This year there is an amazing alignment of Hebrew and Gregorian days with 33AD (the likely year of Christ's death and resurrection):
Passover 33AD: Nisan 14 / April 3rd / Friday
Passover 2015AD: Nisan 14 / April 3rd / Friday
First Fruits & EASTER 33AD: Nisan 16 / April 5th / Sunday
First Fruits & EASTER 2015AD: Nisan 16 / April 5th / Sunday
The quadruple alignment this year:
1. Passover dates in both calendars 2. First Fruits dates in both calendars 3. Easter & First Fruits dates (since Easter on our calendar doesn’t always align with First Fruits) 4. Blood moons (lunar eclipses) on Passover in 33AD and 2015AD (albeit the 2015 eclipse is one day later)
A real holocaust has begun in the Middle East... but this time it is against your own brothers and sisters in the faith: Christians in ISIS' territory that do no renounce their faith in Jesus Christ are being systematically beheaded, burned alive, shot, and tortured. Those that are allowed to live are forced to to pay dhimmitude (a Muslim tax on "infidels"). It is your God-commanded duty to support them however you can.
1. Pray diligently for their spiritual strength, safety, deliverance, and unwavering commitment to never renounce their faith in Jesus.
2. Speak out. When ISIS identifies a Christian family they paint the Arabic letter "nun" on the door of their house. This letter stands for "Nazarene", which is what they call Christians. Consider making this your profile picture on Facebook to show your support for the persecuted Church:
All the pieces have obviously not been revealed, but there is clearly some sort of evil plan afoot in regards to ISIS. I don't know who is for what, and how much is purposeful and how much is apathy, but how can you not see troubling signs here?
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Title & Position: Caliph Ibrahim; founder and leader of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS)
Age: 43 years old
Born: Samarra, Iraq, in the area of ancient Assyria
Matching Biblical descriptors of antichrist: "The Assyrian", Daniel 11:37 (rejects YHWH and has multiple wives), rabidly anti-semitic and anti-Christian, beheads enemies, controls ancient Assyria, rejects Christ
Notes: The Bible refers to "the Assyrian" who would go up against Israel. If "the Assyrian" is the latter days' antichrist, then al-Baghdadi's prospects go up substantially. ISIS has become the most successful terrorist organization in human history, taking control of large swaths of Iraq, Syria, Libya, and Sinai. More Islamic groups join his cause every day. His followers frequently kill enemies by beheading, much like the antichrist of Revelation.
Alexis Tsipras Title & Position: Prime Minister of Greece
Age: 40 years old
Born: Greece in the area of the ancient Greek, Roman, and Byzantine empires
Matching Biblical descriptors of antichrist: Very close match of Daniel 11:37, many anti-Israel statements and positions, born in the area of "the people of the prince who is to come", rejects Christ, the Greek Antiochus IV Epiphanes would be a fitting foreshadowing
Notes: A sudden appearance, only a year ago was considered a militant communist nobody, but is now the wildly popular Prime Minister of Greece. He is an atheist (no regard for any god - Daniel 11:37) and also living in a non-marital relationship with a woman ("or regard for the desire of women"). He has two children, one named after the god Apollo, and the other after the pagan prophet Orpheus. Young, attractive, and charismatic, he carries much of the same messiah-appeal in Greece as Obama did in the United States after his first election. Sworn in only weeks ago, for the first time in modern history he refused to follow the traditional Christian swearing-in ceremony. He was essentially elected with one purpose: to roll back austerity in Greece. If he succeeds, his popularity will skyrocket and he could be set for a grand entrance into a large leadership position in the EU.
Barack Obama Title & Position: President of the United States
Age: 53 years old
Born: Either Hawaii or Mombasa, Kenya, on the 9th of Av
Matching Biblical descriptors of antichrist: Many anti-Israel statements and positions, appears to reject John 14:6/Acts 4:12, Roman ancestry through his mother, came as the "peacemaker" ("by peace will destroy many")
Notes: Leader of the most-powerful military force on the planet, he has supported some of the most ungodly causes all around the planet including abortion, gay marriage, media hedonism, dictatorial executive privilege, Palestine, the Muslim Brotherhood, and on. There also exists an air of deception around him with numerous "my Muslim faith" gaffes, anti-Israel statements, and seeming underhanded support for Islamic militants in Libya, Egypt, Syria, and Iraq. At one time said that the Muslim call to prayer is "the most beautiful sound in the world" and wears a golden ring with the Shahada (Muslim declaration of faith). Obama has also publicly mocked the Bible, specifically Leviticus. However, he may be past his prime.
Javier Solana Title & Position: Former Secretary-General of the WEU, NATO, and the Council of the EU
Age: 72 years old
Born: Spain, the area of the old Roman empire
Matching Biblical descriptors of antichrist: Many anti-Israel statements and positions, direct Roman ancestry, atheist (Daniel 11:37), at one time leader of the WEU military alliance of 10 European nations (thought to be the 10 horns), rejects Christ
Notes: At one time all eyes were on him, and he was directly connected to the number "666" in a slue of ways. Though many pieces fit, it does appear he is way past his prime--his time may have come and gone.
Matching Biblical descriptors of antichrist: Many anti-Israel statements and positions, amazingly both Roman ancestry though his mother and Assyrian ancestry through his father, rejects Christ & YHWH (Daniel 11:37), was literally a prince, his country is physically sandwiched between the potential kings of the north and south of Bible prophecy
Notes: He is relatively young and charismatic. Interestingly, his command of the English world lingua franca is better than his Arabic. He is seen as peaceful and progressive and uniquely popular in both the West and the Muslim world. What makes him standout is that he is the direct descendant and the closest living relative to Muhammad himself. His probability went up considerably most recently with threats of invading Iraq to drive out ISIS. Iraq is the seat of ancient Babylon. He also happens to be the technical custodian of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, which would give him power and persuasive influence to suggest rebuilding the Jewish Temple.
Tayyip Erdogan Title & Position: President of Turkey
Age: 60 years old
Born: Istanbul, Turkey, in the area of the old Roman empire, a city known for its seven hills (like Rome and Jerusalem)
Matching Biblical descriptors of antichrist: Many anti-Israel and anti-semitic statements and positions, Roman ancestry, ancestry of the troops that sacked the Temple in 70ad, boasting many great things, no regard for YHWH (Daniel 11:37), rejects Christ
Notes: Turkey, once considered the most moderate Muslim country in the world elected its first Islamist since the fall of the Ottoman Empire. Having been in power for a number of years, Erdogan has effectively purged the pro-Western Kemalists from both the government and the military. He has made numerous threats on Israel and has made off-hand comments about the reestablishment of the Caliphate and Turkey's leadership role in a future alliance. Recently noteworthy was the opening of his personal presidential palace, "The White Palace", that is one of if not the biggest palace in human history. Perhaps most importantly is that he is from the area that likely produced many of the troops involved in the sack of the Temple in 70ad, many scholars regard the leader and description of Gog/Magog in Ezekiel 38 as referring not to Russia, but to Turkey (if Ezekiel 38-39 and Armageddon are not separate battles, but the same, this would likely make Gog antichrist, and Erdogan the likeliest candidate). He is currently trying to pass the "kingmaker" bill in the National Assembly, which would give him significant power to stifle all dissent.
Vladimir Putin Title & Position: President of the Russian Federation
Age: 62 years old
Born: Leningrad, Russia
Matching Biblical descriptors of antichrist: Supports dividing Israel, appears like the rider on the white horse who sets out to conquer
Notes: Putin is probably the least likely candidate on the list for two reasons. The first is that it is possible, but highly unlikely that he has Roman ancestry and completely unlikely that he has Assyrian ancestry. Secondly, at least outwardly he has positioned himself as the only person on the list who supports Christian values and the Church, though this support does appear to be inch deep. His likelihood goes up if Russia is indeed Gog/Magog (leader of the Ezekiel 38 coalition) and the battle is Armageddon rather than a separate earlier battle. Eyes have been on him lately because of the conquest of Crimea and parts of eastern Ukraine, in addition to support for Iran and Syria.