Jeremiah 8:7-20 "Yes, the stork in the heaven knows her appointed times; and the turtle and the crane and the swallow observe the time of their coming; but my people know not the judgment of the LORD. . . .For they have healed the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace. Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? no, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore shall they fall among them that fall: in the time of their visitation they shall be cast down, said the LORD. I will surely consume them, said the LORD: there shall be no grapes on the vine, nor figs on the fig tree, and the leaf shall fade; and the things that I have given them shall pass away from them. . . . We looked for peace, but no good came; and for a time of health, and behold trouble! The snorting of his horses was heard from Dan: the whole land trembled at the sound of the neighing of his strong ones; for they are come, and have devoured the land, and all that is in it; the city, and those that dwell therein. For, behold, I will send serpents, cockatrices, among you, which will not be charmed, and they shall bite you, said the LORD. When I would comfort myself against sorrow, my heart is faint in me. Behold the voice of the cry of the daughter of my people because of them that dwell in a far country: Is not the LORD in Zion? is not her king in her? Why have they provoked me to anger with their graven images, and with strange vanities? The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved."
This prophecy was fulfilled when the Babylonian cavalry came through the land of Dan to conquer Judah. Early church fathers like Irenaeus (180 AD) also attributed this passage to a future Antichrist, stating that he would arise from the tribe of Dan which is missing from the twelve tribes sealed in Revelation. Cockatrices referred to enemies whose destructive power could not be counteracted by persuasion or other method.
Sayyid Muqtada al-Sadr is a possible candidate for the Antichrist. Sayyid is a title used among the Shia to denote direct descendants from Mohammad. Al-Sadr is a Shia cleric currently studying to be an ayatollah in Iran, but he was born in Baghdad, Iraq in 1973 of Lebanese (Dan's territory) ancestry. In Iraq he established the 60,000 man Mahdi Army whose uniform and flags are black. There is also a Black Banner Sunni army in Iraq. If he is able to combine and attack Jerusalem, it would fulfill several Muslim prophecies regarding their Mahdi (end-time savior). Though Sadr stood down his army in August 2008, in April 2009 he was holding talks with officials in Turkey who then changed the make-up of their cabinet to be pro-Islam.
Barack Hussein Obama, Jr. has genealogical roots to the tribe of Dan on his mother's side, and has possible roots to the tribe of Judah on his father's side. [See http://www.prophecyinthenews.com/articledetail.asp?Article_ID=238] He has consistently voted for late term abortions, partial birth abortions, and infanticide. If he nationalizes health care, as he is already nationalizing banks and auto makers, we will likely see more state sponsored/assisted euthanasia. By "peace" he is setting up America and Israel for more deadly attacks by Muslims. He attended a Muslim school for two years as a child, and during an interview made a verbal slip and referred to "my Muslim faith".
Genesis 49:16-18 "Dan shall judge his people as one of the tribes of Israel. Dan shall be a serpent by the way, an adder in the path, that bites the horse heels, so that his rider shall fall backward. I have waited for your salvation, O LORD."
The first sentence could be translated, "Dan shall rule and overshadow his people, united tribes; he will rule as God." 'Serpent' is nachash, a hissing snake, from the verb meaning hiss, or whisper a (magic) spell generally used of enchanters. 'Bites' is nashak, meaning "to strike with a sting (as a serpent); figuratively, to oppress with interest on a loan: - bite, lend upon usury." The word 'adder' is shephiphon, which is nowhere else in the Bible. It was translated in the Vulgate as 'cerastes'. According to Clarke's Bible Commentary, the "cerastes has its name from two little horns upon its head, and is remarkable for the property here ascribed to the shephiphon." The root of the last word is shuph which means to bruise, and the word 'heels', are also used in Gen. 3:15 referring to satan, the serpent. 'Backward' can also mean behind or the West. The last sentence has three Hebrew words: qavah yeshua yehovah, which can be translated binding or twisting Jesus, God.
This prophecy indicates we may be looking for two leaders to arise from the tribe of Dan which are deceptive talkers who seek to destroy the West. Interestingly, the "son of perdition (apoleia)" means the waste or destruction of vessels or money, according to Thayer. President Obama has certainly been wasting billions of dollars in his first hundred days in office, as well as destroying the value of the dollar. Many people already call Obama a messiah (which he has never denied), and the world seems to adore him. 'Little horn' is the name Daniel used for a future Antichrist.
Daniel 8:23-25 "And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up. And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practice, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people. And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand." America's Road Map and two-state "peace" plan for Israel have already caused the death and destruction of many Jews in Israel. We have forced them to give land to their enemies who then launch rockets at their civilians.
Deuteronomy 28:49-51a "The LORD shall bring a nation against you from far, from the end of the earth, as swift as the eagle flies; a nation whose tongue you shall not understand; A nation of fierce countenance, which shall not regard the person of the old, nor show favor to the young: And he shall eat the fruit of your cattle, and the fruit of your land, until you be destroyed:" Though this was true of the Roman legions who had eagles on their standards as they attacked Israel and destroyed Jerusalem, it is also true of America which has legalized euthanasia in several states, and has legalized abortion nationally, and is again promoting it internationally as well.
Who will declare himself to be god on the Temple Mount (2 Thess. 2:1-12)? Jesus commanded His disciples to pray that the "abomination of desolation" (Matthew 24:15-22) wouldn't take place on the sabbath or during winter. That means the date of declaration of deity is not set. Personally, I think it will occur next year after the withdrawal of troops from Iraq in August, 2010.