Stu: So who will carry out satan's plan for the end times then?
I have no idea, but I do know this: A) It's going to happen as God indicated it would; B) GOD has not yet given specifics to the degree that we can know either the exact timing or the specific players or groups involved; C) All of what He HAS revealed to us, SO FAR, has not included key specifics that would make any of the various scenarios speculated upon, anything but pure conjecture; D) That there have been, for a very long time, all manner of end-time scenarios asserted, using "the usual suspects." Would any of some things generally mentioned surprise me IF they turn out even somewhat accurate. No! We already well know that there is an evil, demonic, collaborative presence in the world, and that it constantly plots to influence those in power, down to the common man. But I can guarantee you that NO one yet has a handle on any specifics. THAT is why it is a complete waste of time reading specific speculations of a time we don't know of WHEN, nor as to specifically WHO or WHAT entities it will involve. Conspiracy endtimes theories are as old as Revelation's writing - the internet simply broadcasts them to far wider audience. Those who would assert God has shown them specifics, at this point, I can tell you they are simply pushing views rooted in false understandings and mysticism, and not things God has revealed.
And the most important point:
It will not be some superior, inside knowledge of the identities of the evil players and their tactics that will save God's people - as HE will! Staying close to the Lord, keeping our focus upon Him is the answer to both things we DO know, and for things we do not, and things we'll need to know. People, in their minds, often seem to suppose Satan and his minions to have a level of power that is nearly equal to the Lord's. They do NOT! All ability of the evil ones is under God's authority and limitations. As those days approach, there will be two kinds of men - those who reach to God for His love and protection, and those who would spiritually throw in with the enemy - whether they know they are doing so or not, it is clear that they will not want anything to do with Jesus. People endlessly speculate, because they think it will give them an advantage. Believe me, when things start to truly go down, those who follow Jesus will know.