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Suggested scriptural characteristics of the great Usurper

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Sabbatai Sevi
A messianic politician who galvinises world Jewry,
after Israel's dramatic deliverance from her foes - the as yet unfulfilled prophecy of Gog and Magog. (Ezk.38-39; Jer.30.7-9)

A neo-imperial leader in Europe - the revivified Roman Empire, politically reunited under a single currency, founded in the Treaty of Rome.
Napoleon and the Grand Sanhedrin

Yet, rather than just be a Napoleon, Hitler or Pol Pot like figure, or an ambitious young shark like 'Il Rottamatore', he must also be Jewish -
Gentiles might well be seduced by a Jew, but would rabbinic Jews ever be persuaded to worship a Gentile?
Comes from a background in
a relatively small Gentile land (Dan.11.23).
A pretender to the line of David, perhaps from the tribe of Dan (Gen.49.17; Num 2.25,29; Judg.18.30-31; Rev.7.5-8).
A consummate flatterer and wily charmer (Dan. 11.21; 2 Sam.14.25, 15.2-6).
Makes peace, yet holds devastating power to destroy (Dan.11.21, 25, 40; Rev.13.4).
Exploits the timing of the rebuilding of the 4th temple, and is specifically linked with the cessation of offerings there (Dan.8.13-4*, 9.27 11.31*)

He comes to be primarily seated in what is now Istanbul - Constantine's 7-hilled, second Rome (Rev.13.1, 17.9). (John Gill recognised its significance)
Is this the healing of the wounded head - the restoration of the Capital to Rome - the reunification of Empire?

Hagia Sophia

An innovative and creative syncretist      (Deut 13.1-3; Dan.11.37*)
Uniter of East and West, Sun and Moon worship.
Usurper of the aspirations of every faith - Shi'ite muslims, rabbinic Jews, and both traditional and apostate Protestant Christians especially (Matt.24.24)

Yet a ruthless zealot who crushes all opposition - the removal of the Pontifex Maximus paves the constitutional path for his own 'deification' (Dan. 11.36; 2 Thss.2.4,6-7; Rev.17.16).

An opponent of the Holy Covenant - the Gospel and its
foundation in the land covenant with Abraham. (Dan.11.30,32*)
A virulent, gnostic opponent of the true Manhood of Yeshua the Messiah (1 Jn.4.3, 2.22; 2 Jn.1.7).

Perhaps originating from a near economic meltdown, appearing initially without a proper electoral mandate
'Then shall stand up in his estate a raiser of taxes in the glory of the kingdom: but within few days he shall be destroyed, neither in anger, nor in battle.
And in his estate shall stand up a vile person, to whom they shall not give the honour of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries.' (Dan.11.20-21)

A subverter of holiness and of Torah, in the name of Torah, like Sevi.
The man of lawlessness - perhaps a militant homosexual (2 Thess.2.7; Dan.11.37*)

Accompanied by an 'Elijah', as Sabbatai Sevi was, playing Nathan of Gaza's crucial role (Rev.13.11-13).

A worker, with his prophet, of persuasive sign miracles, by which many will be entranced (2 Thess.2.9; Matt.24.24; Rev.13.13,14; 19.20).
Perhaps along the spiritist-hypnotist line of Derren Brown.

The placer of the Abomination that renders barren (a seducing idol in the character of Nebuchadnezzar's image of gold, at Dura but far more persuasive)
ultimately in the inner temple itself, (Matt.24.15).

Hagia Dome
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* In these instances the prophecies are at best only partially completed by Antiochus Epiphanes.

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