"...No one would have believed years ago that in Asia Minor today you have Recep Tayyip Erdogan who clearly accepts worship as God. So few who considered that Sufi Islam in Turkey has the goal where the Muslim becomes divine via Fana(eliminating the self to become God). What is even more amazing is that so few are paying close attention. Antiochus Epiphanes is important and is why so much space is given to describing the career of one evil man – because he prefigures the ultimate evil man. Antiochus Epiphanes is the “trailer” released well before the Antichrist, who is like the “feature.”
And while Antiochus Epiphanes demanded worship, he also put a statue of Zeus in the temple and not of himself. Likewise the Antichrist, who sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God (2 Thessalonians 2:4) will also put an abomination that resembles his god.
Even the very name of the god of the Antichrist is literally spelled out in Daniel 11: “But he shall worship the god Maozim [fortresses/forces] in his place: and a god whom his fathers knew not, he shall worship with gold, and silver, and precious stones, and things of great price” (Daniel 11:38, The Douay-Rheims Catholic Bible).
Maozim is not just a meaning, although the meaning is also amazingly prophetic, but it is a literal name and any doubting Thomas can plug in any search engine “Allah Al-Mu’izz” can examine, not just that this is one of the names of Allah, but is also the same meaning which exactly matches the hebrew Maozim. Indeed, he is Maozim (Al-Mu’izz), for the Antichrist “honors a God of fortresses,” who is a God of war and the sword while his name, literally in Hebrew, Moazim, a semitic name, is also in the Arabic Al-Mu’izz (Allah Al-Mu’izz الله المعز) is one of the ninety nine official names of Allah in Islam and Maozim also has the exact meaning in the Arabic: “to be mighty, potent, strong, powerful …”