He will appear during a time of a great falling away fromtraditional Judaeo-Christian values and religion, a period ofrebellion from these beliefs: II Thessalonians 2:3 - "Don't letanyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come untilthe rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, theman doomed to destruction." A worldwide religious system, notbased on these Judaeo-Christian values, will permeate the entireworld during this time, and the Antichrist will initially takeadvantage of it. Revelation 17 describes this false religiousentity. The beginning of the seven year tribulation period spoken ofthroughout both the Hebrew writings and the New Testament ininitiated when the Antichrist makes a covenant or treaty with thenation of Israel: Daniel 9:27 - "He will confirm a covenant withmany for one 'seven.' In the middle of the 'seven' he will put anend to sacrifice and offering. And on a wing [of the temple] hewill set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the endthat is decreed is poured out on him." The Living Bible statesthis verse in this manner: "This king will make a seven-yeartreaty with the people, but after half that time, he will breakhis pledge and stop the Jews from all their sacrifices and theirofferings. Then, as a climax to all his terrible deeds, theEnemy shall utterly defile the sanctuary of God." At the midpoint of this time, the Antichrist will reveal histrue personality and plans. He will commit the "abomination ofdesolation" spoken of by Daniel and by Jesus as he sits himselfin the Temple in Jerusalem and demands worship as God: Daniel 9:27 He will confirm a covenant with many for one 'seven.' In the middle of the 'seven' he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on a wing [of the temple] he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him. Daniel 11:31 "His armed forces will rise up to desecrate the temple fortress and will abolish the daily sacrifice. Then they will set up the abomination that causes desolation. Daniel 12:11 "From the time that the daily sacrifice is abolished and the abomination that causes desolation is set up, there will be 1,290 days. Matthew 24:15 "So when you see standing in the holy place 'the abomination that causes desolation,' spoken of through the prophet Daniel--let the reader understand- Mark 13:14 "When you see 'the abomination that causes desolation' standing where it does not belong--let the reader understand--then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. At this juncture, the mid-point of the seven-yeartribulation, the true tribulation events begin. Until now, theprior three and a half years have been very calm. Now the finalhalf begins - what is known in the Bible as the "Wrath of God",or the "Day of the Lord". Our God is a merciful, kind God whogives every man every chance to repent and change his heart if itdoes not conform to the Word of God. However, the Word is fullof warnings regarding the consequences of not following God'scommandment to do so. God, although He is merciful, will notallow those with sinful hearts to enter into His Kingdom. As aresult, there will be a point in time when it will be too latefor them: II Thessalonians 2:10-12 - "And in every sort of evilthat deceives those who are perishing. They perish because theyrefused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason Godsends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie.And so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truthbut have delighted in wickedness."