The Antichrist & Oil During the End Times

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Many people believe that the Antichrist will have control over many Middle Eastern countries in the future. I do not believe the consequences of this potential future development are something that should be overlooked by people who hold this belief.

I believe it is important to recognize that the Antichrist would gain significant economic and political clout (or influence) if he gains control over many Middle Eastern countries since several of these countries are major producers of crude oil, the lifeblood of today’s global economy.

In this article, I want to show how much of the world’s oil comes from the Middle East to provide some sense of how much economic and political clout the Antichrist would likely gain if he manages to conquer the oil-producing countries of the Middle East.

I also want to show how much of the world’s oil currently comes from Europe and Russia to provide a sense of how more powerful the Antichrist could become if he also controlled these areas.

The BP Statistical Review of World Energy, is one of the energy industry’s most anticipated reports each year. The BP Statistical Review provides a lot of information about what types of energy sources each country in the world produces and consumes. The 2017 BP Statistical Review is the primary source of information that will be utilized in this article.

Most people believe that the Antichrist will control many countries in the Middle East in the future. For sake of the argument, let’s assume that the Antichrist conquers each notable oil-producing country in the region. How much oil of the world’s daily production would the Antichrist control if he manages to take over these countries?

The following table provides a breakdown of how much oil each notable Middle East oil-producing country produces per day on average and how much of the world’s daily production they account for:

Middle East Oil Producers

“BP Statistical Review of World Energy”. London: BP 2020. https://on.bp.com/332rrQv

CountryBarrels Per Day (Thousands)% of World Production
Iran3,5353.71%
Iraq4,7795.02%
Kuwait2,9963.15%
Oman9711.02%
Qatar1,8831.98%
Saudi Arabia11,83212.43%
Syria240.03%
United Arab Emirates3,9984.20%
Yemen980.10%
Other Middle East2140.22%
Total Middle East30,32931.86%

If the Antichrist managed to take control of every notable oil producer in the Middle East he would possess nearly 32% of the world’s daily production. Controlling nearly 32% of the world’s oil supply would give Antichrist tremendous economic and political clout. I will discuss the kind of power the Antichrist could possess later in this article.

Many people also believe that the Antichrist will gain control over Europe and perhaps even Russia in the future. For sake of the argument, let’s assume that the Antichrist also gains control of Europe and Russia in the future. The addition of these areas would provide Antichrist with control over an even greater share of global oil production.

The following table provides a breakdown of how much oil each notable European/Russian oil-producing country produces per day on average and how much of the world’s daily production they account for:

Europe & Russia Oil Producers

“BP Statistical Review of World Energy”. London: BP 2020. https://on.bp.com/332rrQv

CountryBarrels Per Day (in Thousands)% of World Production
Denmark1030.11%
Italy890.09%
Norway1,7311.82%
Romania750.08%
United Kingdom1,1181.17%
Other Europe2980.31%
Russia Federation11,54012.12%
Total Europe & Russia14,85115.60%

The control of Russia, Europe, and the Middle East’s oil would give Antichrist control of nearly 50% of the world’s daily production. To provide some perspective on how significant controlling nearly 50% of the world’s daily production is, OPEC’s 13 member countries produce approximately 37% of the world’s daily production.

The following table provides a breakdown of how much oil each member country of OPEC produces per day on average and how much of the world’s daily production they account for:

OPEC Oil Production

“BP Statistical Review of World Energy”. London: BP 2020. https://on.bp.com/332rrQv

CountryBarrels Per Day (in Thousands)% of World Production
Algeria1,4861.56%
Angola1,4171.49%
Congo3390.36%
Equatorial Guinea1800.19%
Gabon2180.23%
Iran3,5353.71%
Iraq4,7795.02%
Kuwait2,9963.15%
Libya1,2271.29%
Nigeria2,1092.22%
Saudi Arabia11,83212.43%
United Arab Emirates3,9984.20%
Venezuela9180.96%
Total35,03436.80%

The Antichrist could potentially have greater control of the global oil market than OPEC’s 13 members combined.

The Antichrist would have tremendous economic and political clout with control over a significant percentage of world’s oil (35% or more). The Antichrist would be able to exercise a lot of economic and political leverage over many countries on Earth, including the United States and China, two of the largest consumers of crude oil.

  • The United States and China would both be dependent on the Antichrist’s willingness to supply them with oil to keep their respective economies going and to keep life as normal as possible. Due to this dependence, I believe it is unlikely that these countries would challenge the Antichrist’s authority initially lest they get their oil imports cutoff and suffer the adverse consequences associated with an oil embargo/shock.
  • The Antichrist could use this same type of leverage/threat to keep other countries in the world obedient too initially.

Although this article focused on an important way Antichrist could obtain significant economic and political clout, it is important to also recognize that the Antichrist is going to also gain a lot of support with the help of lying signs and wonders. For instance, the False Prophet will perform great signs to convince people to worship the Antichrist:

“(12) And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. (13) And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, (14) And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.” (Revelation 13:12-14)

All of these tactics and more will enable the Antichrist to eventually have a kingdom that dominates the earth (Daniel 7:23). If you would like to learn more about how to identify the Antichrist, click this link for my article on the topic: Identifying the Antichrist: Some Characteristics to Look For

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