In Revelation, John refers to the spiritual system of the Antichrist as “the woman.” The same modern-day religion matching every other Biblical criteria for the Antichrist matches this one perfectly.
The following is an excerpt from an existing post of mine, In the Province of Asia. I thought it important enough to feature on its own here. I hope you are as awe-struck by the Bible’s prophetic accuracy as I was.
“This calls for a mind with wisdom. The seven heads are seven hills [mountains, the Biblical theme for nations or empires] on which the woman sits [This is the “woman’s” territory, that is, the territory of the spiritual system of this seventh empire. The seventh empire was the Ottoman Turkish Empire, and the spiritual system of this seventh empire was Islam. Now, it is crucial to note that John repeatedly refers to this system as a “woman.” We must ask ourselves, does this fit? Is there anything in Mecca to which millions of Muslims make a pilgrimage each year that indicates that John was dead-on accurate with his “woman” imagery? Judge for yourself. The holiest place in Islam is the Kaaba black stone in Mecca. We have all seen images in which Muslim pilgrims walk around the Kaaba.
So, if we look inside the cube around which these pilgrims walk, the cube that is the central focus of Islam, do we see anything indicating that this religious system can be accurately described as woman? Do we see, perhaps, that it resembles the very part of a woman’s anatomy that defines her as a woman?
When we look inside this cube, do we see the astounding accuracy of the Bible? Absolutely.
Islamic tradition holds that the black stone you see inside fell from heaven– that is, it is a meteorite. Does this sound familiar? A female deity associated with a stone that fell from heaven? This exact demonic theme was written in the Bible, 600 years before Islam even existed. “The city clerk quieted the crowd and said: “Men of Ephesus, doesn’t all the world know that the city of Ephesus is the guardian of the temple of the great Artemis [goddess] and of her image, which fell from heaven?” ~ Acts 19:35. What we see in the Kaaba in Mecca is an old demonic theme in a fairly new setting. In fact, the black stone in the Kaaba may indeed be the very same stone mentioned in Acts 19:35. This harkens back to the prophetic words of Ecclesiastes 1:9, “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” ~ Ecclesiastes 1:9.
One last point, notice that in Acts 19:35, the meteorite is referred to as “her image.” This is crucial because the Antichrist will behead people who refuse to worship his image. We often hear that this image will be a hologram of the Antichrist. In other words, the image will look like him. This is nonsense. Right here in Acts, we see the Bible giving us the meaning of “image.” It is an idol, an object of worship. It need not look like a person. For crying out loud, 1.2 billion people bow to the “image” in Mecca five times every day! What more proof do we need??? In addition, we have all seen videos of kidnapping victims in the Middle East, on their knees, with masked goons standing behind them. The kidnapping victim is then beheaded (just like the Bible says) for refusing to worship the black stone image (just like the Bible says). How much more obvious can God make it??? Now back to John’s words in Revelation.]
They are also seven kings [kings, political leadership, this is the Bible interpreting itself and further confirming to us that the “seven hills” are not just geological mounds of dirt but indeed nations or empires]. Five have fallen [The five previous empires whose kings have fallen: 1. Egypt, 2. Assyria, 3. Babylonia, 4. Media-Persia, 5. Greece], one is [6. Rome, the empire in which John lived when he wrote this], the other has not yet come [the Islamic Ottoman Turkish Empire indeed succeeded the Roman Empire, exactly as John points out in this prophecy, yet modern Bible study ignores this fact, and stops at the Roman Empire]; but when he does come, he must remain for a little while. The beast who once was, and now is not [the Ottoman Empire was snuffed out by Western armies in the early 20th century, the death blow being dealt by British General Edmond Allenby when he liberated Jerusalem from Ottoman rule in 1917], is an eighth king [this eighth king is the Antichrist]. He belongs to the seven and is going to his destruction. ~ Revelation 17:9-11.
I underlined “he” three times because this is a key to unlock 2 Thessalonians 2:7 in which Paul writes: “For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way.” Today’s church interprets this “he” as the Holy Spirit even though Paul does not call it the Holy Spirit. Paul has no problem using the term “Holy Spirit” in other places in his letters, but he does not use it here because he was not referring to the Holy Spirit. John uses “he” to mean a political king and a political empire. Paul does the same thing. Paul gives us a huge hint that he is about to give a message within a message. In other words, he is about to communicate something that he cannot put into writing in case the letter is intercepted by the Romans. In 2 Thessalonians 2:5-7, Paul writes:
“Don’t you remember that when I was with you I used to tell you these things? [wink, wink, hint, hint, Paul is figuratively kicking his readers under the table prompting them to remember what he told them in person because he can’t risk putting it in writing] And now you know [because I told you in person even though I can’t put it in writing] what is holding him [the Antichrist and his empire] back, so that he [the Antichrist and his empire] may be revealed at the proper time. For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he [Caesar and the Roman Empire] is taken out of the way.” ~ 2 Thessalonians 2:5-7
Paul knew that the Antichrist would not be produced by Rome, but by the empire that came after Rome– the Ottoman Empire based in Turkey. Paul cannot write that the Roman Empire will eventually be replaced by another empire because this kind of disrespect to the Roman Empire would mean doom to Paul and the burgeoning Christian movement if the letter was intercepted by a Roman official. Paul is communicating a message within a message, as he often had to do in his epistles. He is being as wise as a snake, and as innocent as a dove, just as Jesus instructed. Paul writes “he” with the same connotation that John writes “he,” a political entity– not the Holy Spirit!
The Bible is always proven true.