|Nicolae Jetty Carpathia|
Cluj County, Romania
Har Megiddo, Israel
Nicolae Jetty Carpathia is a fictional character and the primary antagonist in the Left Behind book series written by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins. Within the series, Carpathia is the Antichrist, and leader of the Global Community, a world government which he ultimately marshals against the followers of Jesus Christ.
Early Life and Rise to Power
According to the plot, born in Cluj County, Romania, Carpathia was the product of genetic engineering and artificial insemination. His mother, Marilena, was unwittingly convinced by a group of Luciferians whose group she joins, to become the mother of a child who, they assured her, would change the face of the world. Marilena stayed with her husband, Sorin, until the baby was born, insisting that her son keep the strong Carpathia name. (In the prequel novels, it is explained that the name "Nicolae", when translated, means "victory of the people", although this is far from Carpathia's actual goals.)
Through his parents, Carpathia possessed a unique bloodline, dating back to Ancient Rome, so he could actually claim to be a Roman descendant. This references both the early Christian belief that the Antichrist would come in the form of a Roman emperor, as well as the current Pre-Millennialist Christian view that the Antichrist will emerge from a "New Roman Empire".
As a young child, Carpathia showed remarkable intelligence and athletic ability, and also proved to be extraordinarily manipulative, able to bend others to his will with relative ease. His handlers arranged for his mother to be eliminated, and Nicolae himself eventually demanded the dispatch of his "father," a key to his rise to power. With his advisers and counselors, Carpathia formed a successful import-export business, which quickly made him a millionaire. However, he quickly grew bored with business and finance and, guided by the "kingmaker" Leon Fortunato, set his sights on politics.
At the age of 24, Carpathia stepped into the political scene as a member of the lower house of the Parliament of Romania. Falling victim to Fortunato's blackmail, the President of Romania resigned, allowing Carpathia to assume power, with the unanimous support of that country's parliament. This event of the book series would not follow the actual constitution of Romania; the Romanian President always directly elected, and when vacant, the presidency is assumed ad hoc by the President of the Senate until new elections are held.
Shortly thereafter, in the chaos following the Rapture, Carpathia was appointed United Nations Secretary-General. From this office, he converted the U.N. into the Global Community, appointing himself as that government's Supreme Potentate.
Death and resurrection
After three and a half years in power, Carpathia was assassinated by Chaim Rosenzweig, an Israeli botanist and statesman. He was killed by a lethal head wound from a blade which Rosenzweig had concealed. His demise was short-lived, however, as after three days of lying dead, Carpathia's body was indwelt by Satan himself, thus making Carpathia appear to rise from the dead and further cement his power. He had 4,000,000 people at his funeral.
Final 3½ years
To complete his quest for world domination, Carpathia created the One World Unity Army, composed of all G.C. military presence on the planet. Their mission was to destroy the remnant stronghold of Petra and take over the city of Jerusalem as the world's new capital, following the supernatural destruction of New Babylon. He also gathered the armies of the world at the valley of Armageddon for the battle with Jesus Christ and His army.
In accordance with the series' interpretation of biblical prophecy, Carpathia was overthrown with the return of Jesus, who cast him, along with his False Prophet Fortunato, into the Lake of Fire to suffer for all eternity. Before his eternal sentence is carried out, Satan was cast out of Carpathia, who then kneels before Christ and declares him as Lord. He also admits, at the feet of Jesus, that everything he ever did was for personal gain and that his entire life was a waste.
One thousand years later
One thousand years later, a brief glimpse of Carpathia and Leon Fortunato is seen as the Lake of Fire opens to swallow up Satan. Carpathia is still writhing in agony as he is tortured in fire and sulfur, repeating over and over that Jesus is Lord. The scene closes, and Carpathia's suffering—along with that of his master and his underling—is resumed for all eternity.
Carpathianism is a fictional religion established by the character Nicolae Carpathia. Carpathianism was established as the only legal religion on Earth. Failure to comply resulted in death. The religion lasted for three and a half years before meeting its downfall at the Second Coming of Christ.
Carpathianism draws heavily from the narratives and traditions of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. After his death and resurrection, Carpathia proclaimed himself God in the desecrated Temple of the Holy of Holies, an act that is blasphemous in both the Jewish and Christian religions. He ordered golden statues of himself to be placed prominently and worshiped three times a day. This touches on both the golden calf story found in both the Old Testament and the Quaran, as well as the tradition of multiple daily calls to prayer in Islam. In following with the Book of Revelation, Carpathia introduces the mandatory mark known as the biblical Mark of the Beast.
In other media
In the Left Behind movies, Carpathia is portrayed by Gordon Currie. In the Left Behind PC games, he is portrayed by Trevor Parsons.
- Left Behind series
- Tim LaHaye
- Jerry B. Jenkins
- Futurism (Christian eschatology)
- Summary of Christian eschatological differences
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