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.

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:

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

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