Templars and Dukes of Athens




In studying the origin of the Rosamond surname, Rougemont, I discovered Knights Templar of Rougemont owned the Shroud of Turin and are kin to Otto de la Roche who owned the Holy Shroud – and declared himself Duke of Athens. I believe Templars did take part in the sacking of Constantinople. Indeed, it may have been their idea. Did they believe the Byzantine Empire was not providing enough support for the Holy Crusade?

Below is a post made on November 11, 2018, where I accuse my evangelical neighbors of going insane over the notion I may be the Antichrist. I used a image of Hagia Sophia – that was prophetic! Is Erdogan the Beast? Evangelicals employ politics to fulfill their Doomsday scenarios.

The TRUTH is very near. Wake up! Repent of your sin of the Fourth Crusade.

John ‘The Nazarite’


“We can’t go back to the Middle Ages now,” Metropolitan Hilarion, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relations, said on state television on Saturday.

“We live in a multipolar world, we live in a multi-confessional world, and we need to respect the feelings of believers.”

He said the Russian Orthodox Church did not understand the motive for Hagia Sophia’s conversion and that it believed domestic politics was behind the move.”

“There are little definite historical records concerning the shroud prior to the 14th century. Although there are numerous reports of Jesus’ burial shroud, or an image of his head, of unknown origin, being venerated in various locations before the 14th century, there is little but reliable historical evidence that these refer to the shroud currently at Turin Cathedral.[5] A burial cloth, which some historians maintain was the Shroud, was owned by the Byzantine emperors but disappeared during the Sack of Constantinople in 1204.[6]

Barbara Frale has cited that the Order of Knights Templar were in the possession of a relic showing a red, monochromatic image of a bearded man on linen or cotton.[7] Historical records seem to indicate that a shroud bearing an image of a crucified man existed in the possession of Geoffroy de Charny in the small town of Lirey, France around the years 1353 to 1357.[1] However, the correspondence of this shroud with the shroud in Turin, and its very origin has been debated by scholars and lay authors, with claims of forgery attributed to artists born a century apart.


The first duke of Athens (as well as of Thebes, at first) was Otto de la Roche, a minor Burgundian knight of the Fourth Crusade. Although he was known as the “Duke of Athens” from the foundation of the duchy in 1205, the title did not become official until 1260. Instead, Otto proclaimed himself “Lord of Athens”


I Am ‘The Lord of Athens’

You send a bratty little boy to do God’s Work. What a stupid old man who knows no history. He is The Supreme Embarrassment. But, look at the piggish self-righteous morons who put him and his ilk in office. Some of my neighbors are highly entertained by the study of the Antichrist. This is why the Kimites gathered to reject my sister’s biography and vote me off Angel Island.

What are they going to do for an encore? They overlooked the truth they are not management, not the owners, not the police, or, the FBI. Sue Hafner had to have heard her daughter was forming a Lynch Mob, and conducting a Witch Hunt with disabled misshapen neighbors. It finally sank in – they targeted me! Now what? I’m still here! I’m not going anywhere. Their King, Donald Dumb, is not happy to be taught a lesson, that I, and other sane people, live in a Democracy. The Kimites must produce an Antichrist, or, be ruled cuckoo as all shit!

If you want to see your fake Jesus again, you evangelicals will do as I say. Time for me to play – my own cards! Read em and weep! My seat of power will be in Adrianople!

Jean de Rougemont

‘Lord of Athens’.

Rougemont Templars of Til-chatel

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Rougemont Family Templars Worshipped at Fontenotte and owned the Shroud of Turin.

The First Preceptor of La Fontenotte

My mother’s maiden name has been traced to Rougemont who appear to have ties to the Windsors, thus much of the royalty of Europe.  I am sharing this discovery with Robert Sinclair, and Ben Toney, who may be related to the Robert de Ros who lived in Belvoir castle that belonged to the House of Toney.

Because the world is going mad, and in order to strengthen Britain and recreated a European Union co-founded by Denis de Rougemont, I revive the order of Knight Templars, whom the Sinclairs are now tied via Anges de Toney.

Alexandre, and Francois de Rougemont are buried with Knight Templars as Til-Chatel. Gui 1er de Rougemont married Etinnette de Ruffey. Here are the Seigneur de Til-Chatel. Guy 2 de Rougemont Thibaut V de Rougemont 1306-1333 Guillaume de Rougemont Humbert de Rougemont married Alix Neufchatel Aymon 2 (Aimon) de Rougemont married Guillemette de Ray daughter of Othon de La Roche, owner of the Shroud of Turin. Thibaut V1 de Rougemont father of Catherine de Rougemont who married Jean de Neufchatel the son of Margarita de Castro e Souza from who the Windsors descend.

The fifth son of Guy II of Rougemont and Guillemette de Coublant,
Etienne de Rougemont was lord of Pichanges. In December 1265, having
recalled the donations made to the temple by Aimon IV and Guy II, he
gave to the Templars, with the agreement of his elder brother, Jean,
Lord of Rougemont, the right of pasturage on his lands of Pichanges
and Spoy. He died in 1271 and was buried before the altar in the
chapel of Fontenotte and conferring his Templar rank of Preceptor

After the death of Etienne, Jean de Til-Chatel had to confirm in 1274
the rights of the Templars over Fontenotte. In 1278 his younger
brother, Guy, who had been curate of Til-Chatel in 1242 then
archdeacon of Le Tonnerois in the church of Langres, succeeded him at
the head of the lordship of Pichanges.

In May, 1274, Jean de Rougemont, Marshal of Burgundy legally
recorded “for the repose of his soul and that of his elder brother,
Etienne de Rougemont, who lies in the cemetery of the said Temple,
and of the souls of his forebears”, granted to Henri de Dole,
Commander of the House of Fontenotte:”


I have found a Hughes/Hue de Rougemont who a “grand maître du
Temple”in two accounts, and the maître du Temple of Burgundy in
another.This Hugues appears to be related to Humbert de Villersexel
who wasthe Lord of Rougemont and Til-Chatel. Is this the Hughes that
preceeded Bernard de Tramelay/Dramelay? Did this Hugues come after
Bernard. In the Fromond/Dramelay genealogy we find a line of De La
Roches, and thus the Rougemonts are kin to another Templar Grand
Master, Amaury de La Roche.

Jon Presco

Copyright 2016


Today I found the Templar Chapel of Fontenotte where the Rougemont
family of Knights Templar worshipped.


This Templar Order came to own the Templar Seal of Etienne de Til-



In this genealogy we see the Lords of Rougemont are also the Lords of
Til-Chatel, and Trichatel which is the same place.


“Bernard de Tramelay (died August 16, 1153) was the fourth Grand

Master of the Knights Templar. He was born in the castle of Tramelay
near Saint-Claude in the Jura. According to Du Cange, he succeeded a
certain Hugues as Master of the Temple, although this Hugues is
otherwise unknown. He was elected Grand Master in June of 1151, after
the abdication of Everard des Barres, who had returned to France
following the Second Crusade.et”

“Hugues de Rougemont, grand maître du Temple””and Hugues de
Rougemont, large main of the Temple”

Humbert de Rougemont owned the Shroud of Turin. Humbert is a Hue name
and is kin to at least two Templar Grandmasters. Humbert was also the
Lord of Villersexel. He married the great granddaughter Geoffrey de
Charnay a Templar Grand Master. This is to say this Knights Templar
family, and thus the Knights Templars, owned and protected the Shroud
of Turin that they may have seized at Ascalon along with a great
treasure which would account for the large number of castle owned by
this very large Templar family. Never has such a constellation of
Knights Templars gathered in one place, under one roof as they did
come Sunday in Fontenotte.
Amaury and Othon de La Roche brought Jacque de Molay into the Templar
Order, the last Grand Master. Amaury disappears from history, it
alleged he was in keeping of the Templar Treasure. Did he go to
Holland where the Roesmont live, they members of the Swan Brethren
and Masters of Janskirk church?

“The legend says that it manages to escape and disparaitre
definitively at the same time as the Treasury and the secrecies of

My search for my ancestor, Sergeant Rougemont, has led me to a
Templar family that was invisible. Sergeant was a Templar rank, a
title for a mayor of the Sungau, and a Seneschal. I have no direct
evident Sergeant Rougemont was kin to these Lords of Rougemont – as

“I have three separate pages for Rosamond families we believe are
descended from a Sergeant Rosamond, a Huguenot who left France in
1685 at the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes, and fought in the
Battle of the Boyne in Ireland in 1689. We have not yet been able to
definitively tie these three families together, but each family was
independently aware of the story of Sergeant Rosamond and claimed him
as an ancestor. We are hoping that as research continues we will find
records showing us the relationship between our families.”


(Images: Montfort Castle home to Humbert and Margaret de

June 1418: The widowed Margaret de Charny marries Humbert of
Villersexel, Count de la Roche, Lord of St.Hippolyte sur
Doubs.”Humbert de Villersexel is Humbert de Rougemont.


“1208 – Pons de la Roche presents to Amadeus de Tramelay, Archbishop
of Besançon, the Shroud that his son Othon de la Roche, Latin Duke of
Athens, had sent him from Constantinople.”Aymon 2 de Rougemont was
the Seigneur of Villersexel. He married Guillemette de Ray, the
daughter of Othon 2 de la Roche.Othon 1 de la Roche (-before 1161)
had a son named Pons de la Roche the Seigneur de Ray. He first
married Marguerite Tilchatel who may be a Rougemont who came to own
Til-Chatel. Guillaume, Gui, Humbert4, Gui 2, and Thibaut 6 were
Seigneurs of Til-Chatel. Othon then married Pontia de Rougemont/de
Dramelay the daughter of Thiebaud 2 de Rougemont. They has three
children. Humbert, Thiebaud, and Sibylle de la Roche. This union
makes the Shroud the Rougemont family icon, or relic.Jon
PrescoCopyright 2006

Amaury de La Roche fut grand prieur puis maître de la Maison du
Temple de Paris jusqu’en 1264, puis élu Grand maître de l’ordre du
Temple de 1265 à 1271[1

Amaury of the Rock was large host prior then of the Temple of Paris
until 1264, then elected Grand Master of the order of the Temple of
1265 to 1271[1]


Edirne [eˈdiɾnɛ], historically known as Adrianople (Hadrianopolis in Latin or Adrianoupolis in Greek, founded by the Roman emperor Hadrian on the site of a previous Thracian settlement named Uskudama),[2] is a city in the northwestern Turkish province of Edirne in the region of East Thrace, close to Turkey’s borders with Greece and Bulgaria. Edirne served as the third capital city of the Ottoman Empire from 1363 to 1453,[3] before Constantinople (present-day Istanbulbecame the empire’s fourth and final capital. The city’s estimated population in 2014 was 165,979.

The chronicler Alberic of Trois-Fontaines writes that Othon was the son of “a certain noble Pons of La Roche in Burgundy”.[1] The identification of La Roche is uncertain, because Burgundy may refer either to the Free County or to the Duchy of Burgundy.[2] La Roche-sur-l’Ognon, a hamlet by Rigney in the Free County, is the most probable candidate, because of its proximity to FlageyVenise and other domains of Othon’s family.[3]

Othon confirmed his forefathers’ donations to the Charlieu Abbey in 1195.[4] He was with the Fourth Crusade on its arrival before the walls of Constantinople in 1203.[1] At that time, he was a member of the “sixth division” of the crusading army, which “was formed by the people of Burgundy”,[5] according to the chronicler Geoffrey of Villehardouin.[1] The crusaders captured Constantinople on 12 April 1204.[6] They started the conquest of the Byzantine Empire under the command of Baldwin IX of Flanders who was elected the first Latin Emperor of Constantinople on 9 May.[7]

The distribution of the conquered lands gave rise to conflicts among the commanders of the crusaders.[8] Boniface of Montferrat—one of the most influential leaders of the Crusade—even laid siege to Adrianople, a town recently captured by Emperor Baldwin.[8] In order to reach an agreement, the crusaders’ other commanders initiated negotiations with Boniface.[8] Villehardouin writes that Othon de la Roche was one of the four “chief counsellors”[9] of Boniface during the discussions.[8]

An agreement on the distribution of the Byzantine Empire was reached in October 1204.[10] Boniface of Montferrat’s claim to the western regions of the Byzantine Empire was tacitly acknowledged.[11][10] He went on to conquer ThessalyBoeotia and Attica in November, granting these regions to his commanders.[12][13] To Othon de la Roche, he gave Athens.[14] It is possible that Othon also received Thebes from Boniface,[15] although Jean Longnon has argued that Boniface granted Thebes to Albertino and Rolandino of Canossa after the conquest.[14][16]


The Duchy of Athens (Greek: Δουκᾶτον Ἀθηνῶν, Doukaton AthinonCatalanDucat d’Atenes) was one of the Crusader states set up in Greece after the conquest of the Byzantine Empire during the Fourth Crusade, encompassing the regions of Attica and Boeotia, and surviving until its conquest by the Ottoman Empire in the 15th century.



Establishment of the Duchy[edit]

The first duke of Athens (as well as of Thebes, at first) was Otto de la Roche, a minor Burgundian knight of the Fourth Crusade. Although he was known as the “Duke of Athens” from the foundation of the duchy in 1205, the title did not become official until 1260. Instead, Otto proclaimed himself “Lord of Athens” (in Latin Dominus Athenarum, in French Sire d’Athenes). The local Greeks called the dukes “Megas Kyris” (GreekΜέγας Κύρης, “Great Lord”), from which the shortened form “Megaskyr”, often used even by the Franks to refer to the Duke of Athens, is derived.


The Nationality of the Antichrist

The Nationality of the Antichrist
Daniel 9:26 refers to [the antichrist] as the ruler of the people that will come, meaning that he will be of the royal lineage of the race that destroyed Jerusalem. Historically this was the Roman Empire; therefore he will be predominantly Roman.”

(“Revelation Unveiled” – By Tim LaHaye)

Lahaye, and other Bible scholars are quick to suggest that the antichrist will come out of Rome based on this one passage in Daniel 9:26. However, further study suggests that the antichrist’s nationality is not Roman, but Middle Eastern, and we will look at the scriptures that support that notion.

King Nebuchadnezzar had a dream about a statue and Daniel revealed the meaning of his dream:

Daniel 2:31-35 – “You, O king, were watching; and behold, a great image! This great image, whose splendor was excellent, stood before you; and its form was awesome. This image’s head was of fine gold, its chest and arms of silver, its belly and thighs of bronze, its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of clay. You watched while a stone was cut out without hands, which struck the image on its feet of iron and clay, and broke them in pieces. Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver, and the gold were crushed together, and became like chaff from the summer threshing floors; the wind carried them away so that no trace of them was found. And the stone that struck the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth.”

Nebuchadnezzar's statue

Daniel 2:36-40 – “This is the dream. Now we will tell the interpretation of it before the king. You, O king, are a king of kings. For the God of heaven has given you a kingdom, power, strength, and glory; and wherever the children of men dwell, or the beasts of the field and the birds of the heaven, He has given them into your hand, and has made you ruler over them all – you are this head of gold. But after you shall arise another kingdom inferior to yours; then another, a third kingdom of bronze, which shall rule over all the earth. And the fourth kingdom shall be as strong as iron, inasmuch as iron breaks in pieces and shatters everything; and like iron that crushes, that kingdom will break in pieces and crush all the others.”

Historically, the head of gold represents the Babylonian Empire, the chest and arms of silver represent the Medo-Persian Empire, the belly and thighs of bronze represent the Greek Empire, and the legs of iron represent the Roman Empire, as shown to the right.

The historic Roman Empire became divided because it became too large to govern effectively. The western leg eventually fell, but the eastern leg continued as the Byzantine Empire for almost 1000 more years, with the kingdom centered in Turkey. The Ottomans conquered the Byzantine Empire near the turn of the 14th century, and ruled until the 1920’s. Therefore, the two legs of iron in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream represent the divided empire shown on the map below (Daniel 2:33):

Divided Roman Empire

Source: Wikipedia

Daniel explains that the two feet mixed with iron and clay are part of the fourth kingdom in the dream:

Daniel 2:41-44 – Whereas you saw the feet and toes, partly of potter’s clay and partly of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; yet the strength of the iron shall be in it, just as you saw the iron mixed with ceramic clay. And as the toes of the feet were partly of iron and partly of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly fragile. As you saw iron mixed with ceramic clay, they will mingle with the seed of men; but they will not adhere to one another, just as iron does not mix with clay. And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever.

We discover in the passage above that the Lord will destroy this fourth kingdom when He returns to set up His kingdom on Earth. The Roman Empire eventually collapsed, but was not conquered by another empire. Also, the Lord did not set up His kingdom after Rome collapsed. This shows that the Roman Empire and fourth kingdom will re-emerge in the end times leading up to the return of the Lord. The statue’s feet mixed with iron and clay in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream represent the revived Roman Empire. Based on the following passage mentioned at the beginning of this study, the antichrist will arise out of this revived Roman Empire:

Daniel 9:26 – “And after the sixty-two weeks Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself; and the people of the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end of it shall be with a flood, and till the end of the war desolations are determined.”

The Romans destroyed Jerusalem and the Jewish temple, so the prince, who is the antichrist, will be of the lineage of the people who destroyed the city and the sanctuary. So the question is – who were the Romans? History shows that Rome granted certain cities in the empire citizenship. The apostle Paul was a Roman citizen because he was born in one of the cities granted citizenship:

Acts 22:25-28 – And as they bound him with thongs, Paul said to the centurion who stood by, “Is it lawful for you to scourge a man who is a Roman, and uncondemned?” When the centurion heard that, he went and told the commander, saying, “Take care what you do, for this man is a Roman.” Then the commander came and said to him, “Tell me, are you a Roman?” He said, “Yes.” The commander answered, “With a large sum I obtained this citizenship.” And Paul said, “But I was born a citizen.”

Over time, Rome expanded citizenship to most of the empire. Here is why:

“In the Roman Empire, polis citizenship expanded from small scale communities to the entire empire. In the early years of the Roman Republic, citizenship was a prized relationship which was not widely extended. Romans realised that granting citizenship to people from all over the empire legitimized Roman rule over conquered areas. As the centuries went by, citizenship was no longer a status of political agency, but it had been reduced to a judicial safeguard and the expression of rule and law.”

Source: Wikipedia

So we see that Roman citizenship was not confined to Rome, but was granted to different people groups throughout the empire. That being the case, the people who destroyed the city and the sanctuary were Romans, but not necessarily from Rome. In fact, the Roman army typically did not consist of soldiers from Rome, but of people from the various regions, led by Roman Generals, called “legions,” and even included non-citizens who could be rewarded Roman citizenship upon completion of their military service (source). This was necessary, because with the massive size of the empire there were not enough soldiers from Rome to go around. In other words, the people who destroyed the temple were under the leadership of the Roman General Titus, but they were probably from the area near Israel. This shows that the antichrist could come from an area in the Middle East.

Daniel had a dream about the same four kingdoms as Nebuchadnezzar, but he saw them as four beasts instead of four parts of a statue. As discussed in Revelation 12:3, these four kingdoms are the four horns who exiled the Jewish people from the southern kingdom of Judah (Zechariah 1:18-21). History has shown that these four horns, or kingdoms, are: Babylon (lion), Medo-Persian (bear), Greece (leopard), and Rome (wild, terrible beast).

John describes the fourth beast in Daniel’s dream as having parts of the first three beasts:

Daniel 7:4-7 – The first was like a lion, and had eagle’s wings. I watched till its wings were plucked off; and it was lifted up from the earth and made to stand on two feet like a man, and a man’s heart was given to it. “And suddenly another beast, a second, like a bear. It was raised up on one side, and had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth. And they said thus to it: ‘Arise, devour much flesh!’ “After this I looked, and there was another, like a leopard, which had on its back four wings of a bird. The beast also had four heads, and dominion was given to it. “After this I saw in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, exceedingly strong. It had huge iron teeth; it was devouring, breaking in pieces, and trampling the residue with its feet. It was different from all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns.

Revelation 13:1-2 – Then I stood on the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name. Now the beast which I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority.

The beast in John’s vision represents both the revived Roman empire and fourth beast in Daniel’s dream, and it also represents the antichrist, as later passages describe this beast as a king who rules over the revived kingdom (Revelation 13:4-717:8-14). Since the beast incorporates aspects of the previous kingdoms, then perhaps the lineage of antichrist is somehow tied to all these kingdoms. We will touch more on this later.

The beast that represents the antichrist and the revived Roman Empire has seven heads that represent seven kingdoms, which are also found on the dragon who gives the beast his power (Revelation 13:2). As discussed in Revelation 12:3, these seven kingdoms oppressed the nation Israel and include the four kingdoms in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream and Daniel’s dream:

7 heads vs 4 KingdomsThe two kingdoms in power before Babylon were Egypt and Assyria. The Egyptian Empire extended south through Kush and north through Syria (source). The Assyrian Empire centered on Mesopotamia, or Babylonia around the Tigris and Euphrates rivers (source).

The Pharaoh who first oppressed Israel was an Assyrian:

Isaiah 52:2-4 – Shake yourself from the dust, arise; sit down, O Jerusalem! Loose yourself from the bonds of your neck, O captive daughter of Zion! For thus says the LORD: “You have sold yourselves for nothing, and you shall be redeemed without money.” For thus says the Lord GOD: “My people went down at first Into Egypt to dwell there; then the Assyrian oppressed them without cause.

Sennacherib the Assyrian was the second to oppress Israel:

2 Kings 18:11-13 – Then the king of Assyria carried Israel away captive to Assyria, and put them in Halah and by the Habor, the River of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes, because they did not obey the voice of the LORD their God, but transgressed His covenant and all that Moses the servant of the LORD had commanded; and they would neither hear nor do them. And in the fourteenth year of King Hezekiah, Sennacherib king of Assyria came up against all the fortified cities of Judah and took them.

Both of these men are foreshadows of the antichrist. Another foreshadow of the antichrist is Antiochus IV Epiphanes, who was king of Assyria from 175-164BC. Antiochus defiled the Jewish temple, called the “abomination of desolation.” The following passages show that the antichrist, “the prince who is to come,” will likewise defile the temple during the Tribulation:

Daniel 9:26-27 – “And after the sixty-two weeks Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself; and the people of the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end of it shall be with a flood, and till the end of the war desolations are determined. Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week; but in the middle of the week he shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate, even until the consummation, which is determined, is poured out on the desolate.”

Matthew 24:15-16 – “Therefore when you see the ‘ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him understand), “then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.”

Mark 13:14 – “So when you see the ‘ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not” (let the reader understand), “then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.

While there are other foreshadows of the antichrist in Scripture who were not Assyrian, Isaiah and Micah call the antichrist “the Assyrian”:

Isaiah 10:24-25 – Therefore thus says the Lord GOD of hosts: “O My people, who dwell in Zion, do not be afraid of the Assyrian. He shall strike you with a rod and lift up his staff against you, in the manner of Egypt. For yet a very little while and the indignation will cease, as will My anger in their destruction.”

Isaiah 14:25-26 – That I will break the Assyrian in My land, and on My mountains tread him underfoot. Then his yoke shall be removed from them, and his burden removed from their shoulders. This is the purpose that is purposed against the whole earth, and this is the hand that is stretched out over all the nations.

Micah 5:3-6 – Therefore He shall give them up, until the time that she who is in labor has given birth; then the remnant of His brethren shall return to the children of Israel. And He shall stand and feed His flock in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD His God; and they shall abide, for now He shall be great to the ends of the earth; and this One shall be peace. When the Assyrian comes into our land, and when he treads in our palaces, then we will raise against him seven shepherds and eight princely men. They shall waste with the sword the land of Assyria, and the land of Nimrod at its entrances; thus He shall deliver us from the Assyrian, when he comes into our land and when he treads within our borders.

It is also interesting to note that the Assyrian Empire included most of modern-day Iraq. The Bible also indicates that the antichrist will rule from Babylon (Isaiah 14), which will be the capital of the world during the Tribulation (Revelation 18). In addition, Daniel calls the antichrist “king of the north,” referring to the region north of Israel, which could be Assyria and/or Babylon (Daniel 11). The kingdom of the north could be one of the ten kingdoms of the revived Roman Empire, or it might be a smaller kingdom within one of the ten kingdoms. In other words, the ten kingdoms might be divided into smaller governing regions like states within a nation. The reason it is probably the latter is because Daniel calls the antichrist the “king of the north,” yet he is not one of the ten horns of the revived Roman Empire, but called a “little horn” that comes up among the ten horns, who later give the little horn their kingdoms:

Revelation 17:12-13 – “The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast. These are of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to the beast.”

Daniel 7:7-8 – “After this I saw in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, exceedingly strong. It had huge iron teeth; it was devouring, breaking in pieces, and trampling the residue with its feet. It was different from all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns. I was considering the horns, and there was another horn, a little one, coming up among them, before whom three of the first horns were plucked out by the roots. And there, in this horn, were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking pompous words.”

Daniel 7:24-26 – The ten horns are ten kings who shall arise from this kingdom. And another shall rise after them; he shall be different from the first ones, and shall subdue three kings. He shall speak pompous words against the Most High, shall persecute the saints of the Most High, and shall intend to change times and law. Then the saints shall be given into his hand for a time and times and half a time. ‘But the court shall be seated, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and destroy it forever.’

In any event, the antichrist will rule a region north of Israel in the first part of the Tribulation, as Daniel calls him the “king of the north” and Isaiah and Micah call him the “Assyrian.” Furthermore, the beast appears to have aspects of all the kingdoms who exiled the Jews from Israel, as mentioned earlier. Note the common regions of all four kingdoms below:

Empires in the Holy Lands

Maps by Wayne Blank @ “www.keyway.ca”

The modern-day nations conquered by all four kingdoms were Israel, parts of Turkey, Armenia, parts of Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, and Jordan. Therefore, the antichrist will come from the Middle East if it is a region common to all four kingdoms, since the beast has aspects of all four of these kingdoms who exiled the Jews from Israel (Revelation 13:1-2).

Incidentally, the lineage in much of the Middle East goes back to Ishmael, the son of Abraham. God did not bless Ishmael, but cursed him and said he would be a wild man with his hand against every man (Genesis 16:12). As we know today, most of Ishmael’s descendants in the Middle East are pitted against God’s chosen people and the rest of the world under the religion of Islam.

And then there was Esau, whose descendants are still prevalent in the Middle East today. Esau despised his birthright and God rejected him in favor of Jacob (Malachi 1:2-3). Then Esau married two Canaanite women and a daughter of Ishmael which upset his parents (Genesis 27-28). Interestingly, Noah cursed Canaan back in Genesis 9:25 for the sin of his father Ham. Ham, Canaan, Ishmael, and Esau are then all tied together in rebellion against God, and He has cursed them all. Satan continues to make their offspring a stumbling block against God’s chosen people, and enemies against Israel under the umbrella of Islam.

God will judge Islam in the “Great Middle East” and “Gog and Magog” wars. Islam, fundamentally speaking, will cease-to-exist after the first war, as God says he will “reduce to nothing all the gods of the earth” in judgment (Zephaniah 2:11). But someone will emerge to pick up the pieces. The antichrist will confirm a covenant with Israel (Daniel 9:27) and rule over what is today a Muslim region in the Middle East (Daniel 11). Also recall that the beast appears to arise from a region that was part of all the kingdoms who exiled Israel, which suggests He is from the Middle East and of Assyrian lineage. In closing, all the historical and scriptural evidence points to the antichrist coming from the eastern leg of the revived Roman Empire in the Middle East – not Rome.

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1 Response to Templars and Dukes of Athens

  1. Reblogged this on Rosamond Press and commented:

    I have come to repair the rent made by my ancestors when they toppled Constantinople in the Fourth Crusade.

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