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Jerusalem Syndrome

Every year, many people travel to Israel as tourists. Most have no problems - they stay for a little while, see the historical sights, and go home after a safe and enjoyable holiday. For a very small number of them however, their actual presence in the Holy Land is a traumatic experience. Suddenly, they fully realize that all of the places that they've read about for so long in The Bible are real, and they are quite overwhelmed by it. Ironically, the reality causes them to lose touch with reality.

The Temple Mental health officials in Israel, who have named the condition Jerusalem Syndrome, estimate that it affects about 1% of visitors to some degree. The condition is usually temporary and mild, and passes without notice, but a few actually begin to claim that they are one of the well-known people from Bible History - Moses, Elijah, John The Baptist, Mary, one of The Twelve Apostles, or even Jesus Christ Himself. On top of all of their genuine security concerns, Israeli police and military forces occasionally find themselves having to deal with disturbances caused by these unfortunate individuals.

Bible Prophecy speaks of a not-too-distant future visitor to Jerusalem who is also going to lose touch with reality. He isn't going to be suffering from Jerusalem Syndrome however, as much as he is going to be directly possessed by Satan. This individual isn't going to just think that he's some human from the Bible, he's going to claim to be God. Because of the great military and political power that he will possess beforehand, and his ability to perform actual "miracles" (as made possible by Satan) through his "Great False Prophet," hundreds of millions of people around the world will believe what he blasphemously claims. Here is just a little of what your Bible says about him:

  • "He opposes and exalts himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, and even sets himself up in God's Temple, proclaiming himself to be God." (2 Thessalonians 2:4) (see The Place To Watch)

  • "The coming of The Lawless One will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders." (2 Thessalonians 2:9)

  • "His armed forces will rise up to desecrate the Temple and will abolish the daily sacrifice. Then they will set up the abomination that causes desolation. With flattery he will corrupt those who have violated the covenant, but the people who know their God will firmly resist him." (Daniel 11:31-32) See The Antichrist

  • "So when you see standing in the Holy Place "the abomination that causes desolation," spoken of through the prophet Daniel, let the reader understand - then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains." (Matthew 24:15-16) See The Return Of Jesus Christ and When Could It Happen?

Fact Finder: What will be the fate of the "beast" and his "great false prophet"?
Revelation 19:20

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