Before the worldwide government of the Antichrist emerges, there will be a ten nation coalition of nations that rule the earth per Revelation 13:1-3 & 17:12-13. While the government of the Antichrist must happen during the Tribulation, the ten-nation coalition may or may not be formed prior to the Rapture of the church. So we should take notice when we see ten world powers forming alliances. And this has happened recently...
First we had the U.S. form a ten-nation coalition in September to combat the Sunni-backed ISIS. The other nine nations are Australia, Britain, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Poland and Turkey. And more recently we see another ten-nation coalition of Sunni nations formed to combat the Shia incursions of Iran into Yemen. These ten nations are Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Pakistan, Sudan, Jordan, Morocco, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Bahrain.
This is very interesting and prophetically significant to the spiritually discerning. Ten nations mostly of the Western leg of the Old Roman Empire are in battle (sort of) against Sunni Jihadists and Ten nations of the Eastern leg of the Old Roman Empire are in battle against Shia Jihadists. While these two ten-nation coalitions are not the ten nations of Revelation, they do foreshadow it. Something will have to happen to bring these two groups together to form the ten-nation coalition of Revelation.
There is nothing like a war against Israel to bring Shia and Sunni Muslims together. Since the U.S. is doing our best to bolster the nuclear ambitions of the Shia Muslims in Iran, Israel will have to deal with the threat to their existence alone. And they will deal with it which will likely ignite the Psalm 83 War that resolves the Palestinian problem forever and sets the stage for the Ezekiel 38 War.
What a great environment for the Islamic al-Mahdi a.k.a. the Antichrist of Revelation to emerge into. The world will be in turmoil and will embrace more centralized control that promises peace. But there will be no peace until Jesus destroys the government of the Antichrist.
Developments are happening at a rapid pace. Keep watching for the Lord's return and listening for the Trump of God... it will not be long before we'll see Him face to face.