Micah 5 Calls the Antichrist “the Assyrian” and Reveals the Geographic Location of His Kingdom

Assyrian Empire

I’ve read a great deal about the two legs of King Nebuchadnezzar’s statue in Bible prophecy being the Eastern and Western Legs of the Roman Empire even from those whose eyes have been opened to an Islamic Antichrist. The idea of a revived Roman Empire has become so etched in our minds that we cannot fathom Daniel’s fourth beast as having nothing to do with Rome.

To be fair Daniel 12:9 says,

“Go your way, Daniel, for these words are concealed and sealed up until the end time. [NASB]

Since the Old Testament prophets prophesied about the same end-time events, it follows that this goes for the other books as well. Well, now is that time and many eyes are being opened so it is understandable that some are not, yet.

But consider this. I just read this recently in the discussion area of one very popular prophetic website that does not recognize an Islamic Antichrist and is still looking in Europe for a revived Roman Empire:

Everyone is welcome here, and our hope is that we will be a blessing to you, and you to us. However, we ask that if you do not yet believe as we do, and are not joining to gain understanding of our belief, that you please not try to correct our understanding of Scripture. We are firm in what we believe and do not desire, nor require, “conversion”.

There is a point at which people live in the dark willfully as a result of self-imposed ignorance and I think this is it. That’s sad to me.

Alas, I lament that so many lovers of prophecy are missing the very things they have been longing to see!

Watching people look for the rise of the Antichrist’s kingdom in Europe while it’s forming right now in the Middle East is the closest we will come to watching the Jews miss the First Advent of Christ while He was standing right before them. They, too, were looking in a different geographic area.

John 7:40-43 NASB Some of the people therefore, when they heard these words, were saying, “This certainly is the Prophet.” [41] Others were saying, “This is the Christ.” Still others were saying, “Surely the Christ is not going to come from Galilee, is He? [42] “Has not the Scripture said that the Christ comes from the descendants of David, and from Bethlehem, the village where David was?” [43] So a division occurred in the crowd because of Him.

The Old Testament, which they were all familiar with, does say the Christ would come from Bethlehem:

Micah 5:2-4 NASB “But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Too little to be among the clans of Judah, From you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel. His goings forth are from long ago, From the days of eternity.” [3] Therefore He will give them up until the time When she who is in labor has borne a child. Then the remainder of His brethren Will return to the sons of Israel. [4] And He will arise and shepherd His flock In the strength of the LORD, In the majesty of the name of the LORD His God. And they will remain, Because at that time He will be great To the ends of the earth.

They knew Jesus lived in Nazareth, but, apparently, they did not know Jesus was born in Bethlehem [Luke 2:4-7]. And, really, I don’t think it would have mattered if they had known.

Now, extend me some grace as I rephrase the above passage from John 7 to make a point:

Some of the people therefore, when they saw these things, were saying, “This certainly is the one of whom God spoke in former days through His servants the prophets, who prophesied in those days for many years that He would bring him against Israel.” Others were saying, “This is the antichrist.” Still others were saying, “Surely the antichrist is not going to come from the Middle East, is he? “Has not the Scripture said that the antichrist comes from Europe and from Rome, the hills where the Pope is?” So a division occurred in the Church because of this.

And so says the Church not knowing that “the people of the prince who is to come”, the people who actually destroyed the Temple in 70 AD, “came” from Rome but were born in the Middle East [Daniel 9:26]. While no serious prophecy teacher would ever say any of the literal references to the nations listed in Scripture that Christ defeats upon His return are located in Europe, it doesn’t seem to matter.

This brings us back to Micah 5 and something you’ve probably never noticed before. This passage ends with a startling revelation. The same passage that predicts Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem and His Millennial rule over all the earth also says this:

Micah 5:5-6 NASB  This One [Jesus] will be our peace. When the Assyrian invades our land, When he tramples on our citadels, Then we will raise against him Seven shepherds and eight leaders of men.  [6]  They will shepherd the land of Assyria with the sword, The land of Nimrod at its entrances; And He will deliver us from the Assyrian When he attacks our land And when he tramples our territory.

Jesus will come to Israel’s aid when the Assyrian invades. So, the question for you to consider is, has there ever been a time in history when Jesus has led an army against Assyria to save Israel from an invasion?

What is the implication, then? Since this has never happened in history, the implication is that when Jesus returns, He will defend Israel against the invading Assyrian, or the Antichrist. Why is he called the Assyrian? Well, logic suggests that in order to be called an Assyrian you must come from Assyria. So, where was Assyria and what are the modern-day countries that inhabit this geographic area? If we identify these things, we can know the geographic location of the Antichrist’s kingdom.

The Assyrian Empire, the second Biblical World Kingdom, encompassed Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, Jordan, Iran and Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

Assyrian Empire

17 responses to “Micah 5 Calls the Antichrist “the Assyrian” and Reveals the Geographic Location of His Kingdom”

  1. I often wonder about the COLORS of the four horses of the Apocalypse. I know they’ve been variously interpreted, including the scenario that white is Catholicism, Red is Communism, Black is capitalism, and Green is Islam. Under this view, these four entities constitute the primary ruling entities in today’s world.

    But, in concert with the idea that the antichrist will be an Islamic one, and that the geographical area will be the former Assyria’s borders, I searched out a few things in Wikipedia, about Islamic flags.

    Under “Pan-Arab colors” — “The Pan-Arab colors are black, white, green and red.””

    Each Pan-Arab color represents certain Arab dynasties, or eras:

    –BLACK — banner of Muhammed, Abbasid Caliphate

    –WHITE — Umayyad Caliphate

    –GREEN — Fatimid Caliphate

    –RED — Khawarij. The Hashemites, it is noted, had red flags.

    Under “Black Standard” in Wikipedia, there’s a reference to Westerners calling black banners the “black flag of jihad.”

    A search of “Islamic Flags” in Wikipedia reveals that the major flag of Muhammad was know as Al-Uqab; it was pure black, with no markings.

    Early Islamic flags were pure black, and pure white.

    The crescent moon and star did not appear on flags until the Ottoman Empire. Originally this empire began as “The Turkish Empire”. Its origins were as far back as 1299, but the Ottomans became an empire in the conquest of Christian Constantinople, by Mehmet II, in 1453.

    A short video, “Huge Khilafah Flag Raised in Syria” shows a white flag with black letters. The Khilafah, translated to English, is the Caliphate — intended to be not just a religious coalition, but a global militaristic government, intent on imposing Shariah Islamic law on the entire world.

    I don’t know how – or even if — these flag colors have anything to do with the four horses. But the exact colors of Pan-Arab flags to Revelation’s steeds make a striking coincidence, to say the least.

    But – to say the MOST: “Even so, come, LORD Jesus!”

    • this is very interesting, Judith. if this has something to do with the colors, the next thing would be to find out the order of the dynasties, if it was indeed white, red, black, green. actually, i guess it couldn’t be because Mohammed was the founder.

      i’ve also tried to reconcile these references to the colors and the horses to those references in Zechariah. it’s a bit difficult but i don’t doubt they speak of the same things.

      recently, i’ve been questioning why we interpret the rider of the white horse (the 1st seal) in Revelation as an actual man – the Antichrist – but not the other riders as actual men. if the first rider is an actual man, it would follow the others are as well, or maybe even the same man who rides all the horses. i’ve even wondered if the first seal, the rider of peace, is actually the religion of Islam which disguises itself as a peaceful religion. if that’s true, then the implication is that the first seal broke a long time ago with the advent of Islam by Mohammed.

      i see the pattern as Islam disguised as the religion of peace (white – hudna), but it brings war (red), obviously, then comes Sharia law after a people is conquered (black) then death (green) whether spiritual or physical. all the while martyring Christians and Jews – the 5th seal. this interpretation would mean, while the first 5 seals are ongoing right now, we are awaiting the 6th seal to be broken.

      of course, the more i study prophecy, the more i realize it could have multiple meanings at the same time. it’s so deep.

      very good thoughts, Judith!

      • Agree with your thought about personalizing the rider of the white horse but not the others. The 4 colors of the banners of Islam are no coincidence IMO. Follow my train of thought here: If you equate the 4 horsemen with the 4 beasts of Daniel 7 (as Mark Davidson does in “Daniel Revisited”), the white horse and rider corresponds to the land of ancient Babylon – not peaceful but “conquering and to conquer” – this fits ISIS to a tee. To buttress that, we are told the final kingdom is made up of Daniel’s Lion, Bear and Leopard – The Caliphate to come uniting all those lands – so to me it seems obvious that the Caliphate rises in 4 “stages”. We are in the first now with ISIS in the land of the Lion, the 2nd (beast, seal) begins when Persia/Iran invades the region = all out war. The 3rd is the Turkish led coalition defeating Iran and parcelling out 4 new (or newly defined) states. The 4th is the final formation with the 10 horns, and the confirming of the Covenant with Israel (covenant with Death and Sheol, Isa. 28). The 5th seal then would be the midpoint, breaking of the covenant (abomination of desolation) when Satan cast from heaven and unleashed on the Church – massive martyrdom follows. Jesus is very specific about the time left “a little while longer”, same as the “short time” of Rev. 12:12 – IE the final 3.5 year countdown, the Great Tribulation (Rev. 7:14).


        • i think you’re correct. i can tell you read Davidson’s book. i did too. i’m so grateful for all of these unsealings. You know what i find absolutely fascinating? God describes the last kingdom as a ten-heade dragon in Revelation. a dragon is what we call a dinosaur today. there’s no reason for God to describe it as a dinosaur unless people actually knew what He was talking about or else it would have no meaning to them. For God to compare the kingdom of Satan to a mythical creature that didn’t really exist wouldn’t, in any way, make sense.

  2. A P.S. about the green horse. Some readers may be like myself until a couple of years ago. I did not know that the “pale” horse in Revelation is actually GREEN. The word is ‘chloros’ – from which we get ‘chlorophyll’. Also, it is reported that green was Muhammed’s favorite color, and this is reflected frequently in Islamic architectural expression, as well as Koranic references.

    • the white horse false Christ’s and false prophets . the red horse is wars and rumors of ears. the black horse is economy and natural disasters. the green is disease and pestilence.

  3. VERY good observation, P2ALM — that consistency demands not just the white horse rider of the four horsemen be a definite individual, but the others also! This insight needs more contemplation and prayer.

    As to the order of the dynasties, perhaps the emphasis is more on the CURRENT Pan-Arab colors. Perhaps the dynasty history merely gives the reason these colors are the choice for contemporary flags. Then there’s the question: Do the four appear simultaneously, rather than serially/one after another.

    • i do think there’s some accuracy in saying the four appear simultaneously or, rather, will be operating simultaneously is probably a better way to put it. seems they always do. a totalitarian leader promising peace = war = new laws = death for people who disagree.

  4. Thank you so much for posting this. It is easy to tell who loves the truth and who does not. To state in black and white “it you don’t agree with us, go away” is pretty clear. It is sad and it is very annoying. In Hosea is it stated that “My people are destroyed for lack of KNOWLEDGE” and this is proving to be very true today. To ignore truth is dangerous, just in general. I am not one of those saying that if you view a biblical prophecy in error that you will wind up in Hell (though many do say that as well…as telltale sign that they are promoting their own views, not biblical ones based on scriptural and historic fact), It is just, in general, a bad idea to live in the dark, intentionally ignorant of what is happening.

  5. As shown in above comments affixed to this article about the antichrist, and Micah 5, you and I had discussions about the pan-Arabic colors. That was in 2013. Those colors are clearly identical to those of the four horsemen of the Apocalypse: white, black, red, green. We spoke of the initial days of Mohammed as using white and black flags. In these comments, mention is made of the “pale” horse of many translations, as actually green — i.e., Greek, chloros.

    In the Arabic video I’m posting with these comments (which is primarily extoling the glories of green), the Islamic speaker says, “Red is the color of sharia.” I wonder if this is a singular observation, or some consensus in Islam about red.

    More and more I am seeing the four horsemen as the spirits and fruit of a false totalitarian ideology, symbolic of Satan’s kingdom, that is sweeping the world. I see the import of your question some time back — why identify the white horse rider as someone specific (some have labeled him as Sadam Hussein, e.g.), without also identifying the other three riders by names of real persons?

    If the four horsemen in the Old Testament were spirits sent forth, is it not feasible that the four of Revelation also represent spirits of the ideology of the Satanic kingdom — the coveted rule that even now the Deceiver is seeking to establish globally? A coveted kingdom built on false claims of peace, chuck full of bloodshed, destruction, poverty, death and hell.

    So, what do you think of this idea that red is recognized as the color of Sharia by Islamists? BLOOD red! Are there other voices in the Islamic world saying such things?

    Here is the video:

  6. A correction regarding the number of horses in the Old Testament account: there are NOT JUST FOUR horses. Zechariah 6 writes, e.g., of the first chariot as having “red horses” — i.e., a plural number of that color. And so forth.

  7. On “The Prophet’s Color Green” video above, the analysis about red begins at c. 2:25. The EXACT quote is: “Now red is a earthy color, and it’s the color of sharia.”

  8. Look at the current leader of Turkey…Recip Ergodan- His calculated number is 666 from the calculator online. Now notice his name…If you unscramble his first and take the last letter of his last name you get “prince” the last name “Ergoda” means “of old” and the closest translation in all languages is god. His countries population has already declared that he is God. Immediately after making that declaration=85% of Turkey lost all power! He now claims that he is god and islam’s Mahdi. Listen to him speak and look at his picture-if he is indeed the antiChrist then a believers spirit should contend with his spirit. He has also stopped all elections in Turkey and has announced that he will usher in a global caliphate in which he will be the leader. If I am understanding correctly, then that would put us in the “midst” of the tribulation. There was a covenant signed by many on Dec. 17, 2010- it was the human rights covenant…which Ergodan is breaking-he quit doing business with Israel last month. This guys picture just popped up on our television on Friday. We don’t have cable. I hope I am wrong. I thought Obama was the antiChrist but I was wrong. If Ergodan is the antiChrist then it’s about to get really bad, really fast.

    • Veronica St Clair, this is complete nonsense trying to identify the actual name of the antichrist from the number “666”; especially when you go into unscrambling, scrambling, etc. If you scramble enough letters while upside down and multiplying by pi and taking the cube root, you can make just about any name fit. Nobody is going to know who he is until he is revealed at the start of the 7-year tribulation. Jesus warned that even the Elect would be deceived if it were possible. 666 is not intended to identify anyone by name. It is instead revealing a number identification system that will be employed by the antichrist in order to exercise complete control over everyone who accepts his mark. When taking into consideration the details given in Revelation 13, the mark obviously consists of 3 sets of 6-digit numbers, which will allow him to assign everyone their own unique 18-digit number. SIMPLE math, no scrambling or scrabble board required. Those who keep vainly pointing fingers and setting dates only end up with egg on their faces.
      No, we are not “in the midst of the tribulation”. The covenant that the antichrist makes with Israel and the rest of the nations is a 7-year PEACE covenant, not a human rights covenant(this is one of those COMMON SENSE things). It is presently 1-04-2016 as I write this response, and given the current situation in the world, while I definitely would say it is bad, doesn’t fit given that your date would place us 5 years into the tribulation. I completely understand that everyone is entitled to their own opinion and that not a single one of us is going to be right 100% of the time. However, there has to be a point somewhere that a line must be drawn and we have to say it is bad Theology. Setting dates, naming the antichrist, replacing Israel with the Church, etc., are all the result of bad Theology.

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