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The first part of the tribulation occurs in the 21st century. The second part of the tribulation, including the Antichrist’s reign, occurs in the 25th century. But certain events that occur from the first part of the tribulation to the second are necessary to set the stage for the Antichrist’s rise to power.
The first part of the tribulation begins with World War 3. The Arab Muslim nations of the Middle East and northern Africa conquer a vast territory. In World War 4, the great Catholic monarch frees the occupied lands and conquers the extremists in their own nations. He then takes control of that vast territory (after the Three Days of Darkness).
The kingdom of the great Catholic monarch is the first of the four beasts of Daniel chapter 7. The wings of the kingdom represents the United States, which will not be part of that kingdom, hence, the wings are plucked off.
When it is time for the monarch to resign, the people fear the power that would be wielded by a single ruler or a single government over such large area, so they divide the kingdom of the great Catholic monarch into four parts (“his kingdom will be shattered and will be divided towards the four winds of the heaven” Dan 11:4). One part is the North, based in Europe. Another part is the South, based in northern Africa, the Middle East, and the Holy Land (the southernmost part of the monarch’s kingdom). The other two parts do not become important in future events.
In the 22nd century, Russia rises to power and dominates the other nations of the world (by means of agriculture and economics). This is the second of the four beasts of Daniel 7.
In the 23rd century, an alliance of four regions dominates the world: India, Africa (except the northern part), China, and one other region. Russia falls from power. The alliance of four dominates by means of air power and economics. This is the third beast.
In the 24th century, the world becomes divided into ten regions, so that every nation is part of one of the ten kingdoms. Each kingdom is led by a single ruler, the ten kings. This is the fourth beast (all 10 kingdoms). The only kingdom which tolerates Christianity will be the kingdom of the South, which includes the Holy Land. (Many holy persons will have moved there during the reign of the great Catholic monarch.)
The Antichrist is at first a “little horn” (Dan 7.8) in the kingdom of the North (Europe). He then rises to power to become one of the ten kings.
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