Mat 24:21 "For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be."
Knowing the Great Tribulation
Mat 24:15 "Therefore when you see the 'abomination of desolation,' spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (whoever reads, let him understand),"
We are told to read the book of Daniel and from there understand the end time prophecies esp. the 'abomination of desolation', otherwise we will be misled and in complete darkness concerning end time prophecies and events.
Identifying the king of the North
Dan 11:4 And when he has arisen, his kingdom shall be broken up and divided toward the four winds of heaven, but not among his posterity nor according to his dominion with which he ruled; for his kingdom shall be uprooted, even for others besides these.
After the death of Alexander the Great, the Grecian Empire broke up into 4 kingdoms (not one was his descendant). From history, the king of the North was the former Persian Empire comprising of Iran, Iraq, Syria and Lebonan. The king of South was Egypt and Israel.
King of the North is the Antichrist
Dan 11:36a "Then the king shall do according to his own will: he shall exalt and magnify himself above every god, shall speak blasphemies against the God of gods,"
The king of the North is the Antichrist, exalting himself above every god and blasphemes against the Almighty God.
2Thess 2:4 who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.
The Antichrist is a Muslim
Dan 11:37-38 He shall regard neither the God of his fathers nor the desire of women, nor regard any god; for he shall exalt himself above them all. But in their place he shall honor a god of fortresses; and a god which his fathers did not know *he shall honor with gold and silver*, with precious stones and pleasant things.
1. He shall regard neither the God of his fathers
The descendants of Abraham worship Yahweh, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob. The Ishmaelite's (Arabs) Allah is the God of Abraham only and not of Isaac nor Jacob for they refused to acknowledge Isaac as the first born of Abraham.
2. He has no regard of the desire of women
The desires of women are
a) their husbands to have one wife only (Islam allows 4 wives)
b) to be loved (they are treated as slaves)
c) to have a loving family (children are not under the control and authority of women)
d) freedom to dress decently (they must cover every part of their bodies except their eyes)
e) freedom to move around (they cannot go out of the house without escorts, they are not allowed to drive cars)
These are practised only in Saudi Arabia (the home of Islam)
3. he shall exalt himself above them all
He is the man of sin, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God (in 2Thess 2:3b-4a)
4. he shall honor a god of fortresses
At Mecca whenever they bow down to worship Allah, it appears as though they are worshipping the fortress (Kaaba), which is covered with black clothes beautifully and expensively decorated with gold, silver and precious stones.
Brethren, from Daniel, we come to the understanding that the Antichrist will be the king of the North from the former Persian Empire. He will likely come as a Persian (Iranian) and a Muslim (likely Shia).