Revelation 11:15 Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!”
News every morning reminds us that this present world cannot continue under it’s current path for much longer. Global financial crisis, sin abounding, the hearts of many growing cold. Man is not getting better, more sophisticated and refined, he is increasingly becoming a debased creature with all restraint being cast off. As with many kingdoms before those presently on the earth, who by their inability to keep social morality controlled, gradually degraded themselves to the point where the were subdued. Not by any foreign enemy who crossed their borders with an invading army, but from within, by the collapse of social morals. If a proper examination is made of all great nations who enjoyed world-wide influence and power, it was by the acceptance of social sins such as homosexuality, abortion, and the normalcy of sexual perversion, that brought these nations to their knees.
Over the course of the past three thousand years, there have been several nations that have risen, only to fall into anarchy and collapsed altogether. The destruction of the Greek and Roman nations, the collapse of the kingdoms of Spain and France, and the decline of the British Empire, all caused by the abandonment of social restrain in moral conduct. When traditional moral codes erode, the nation begins to die. When people cast off their trust and faith in God, their nations fail and falter. No nation has ever been able to maintain a constant moral life within their society without a foundation in Biblical truth.
The United States began as a Christian nation, founded on Biblical principles, taught in public schools, with prayer as a part of every part of public society. Over the course of just 200 years that foundation has been eroded with God being stripped from all public view. Christian principles are no longer held in high regard by most people. God has been ignored, the Bible scoffed at, those who hold moral principles seen as ignorant and narrow minded.
The decline of ancient Greece began by the public loss of respect for age old traditions by young people. The first symptoms of this decline were in the areas of art and entertainment. Art became increasingly perverted, entertainment and pleasure elevated above social morality. The highly educated attacked and derided those who sought to keep social traditions and moral character as a mainstay of society.
Young men became increasingly wild and undisciplined in casting off all restrain in social behavior. Homosexuality, bestiality, perversion, and lust became socially acceptable in Greek society. Very slowly the once powerful Greeks became a weak and lawless nation. The Romans easily conquered Greece in 146 B. C. by placing all of Greek Society under military discipline and the rule of law. Romans understood that discipline and restraint was essential to the continuance and stability of any society.
Eventually even the great and powerful Roman empire itself collapsed. Not by any single enemy or cause, but through the lack of many social disciplines and the lack of moral restraint that was once the basis for their success. It was by the Roman preoccupation with self indulgence, luxury and greed, that led to greater immoral behavior. At the pinnacle of Roman society, young men indulged in affairs with young boys. At the height of Roman indulgence, a man would pay up to one talent, or about 1,000 dollars for sex with a young boy, and 300 Drachmas for a single container of Caviar.
The three signs that a society is in decline, for those societies who were destroyed from within in history are:
- A rise in social immorality.
- A decline in religious faith.
- The devaluing of human life.
In the final days of the Roman empire, human life was of no value, taxes on the people were extreme, children were viewed as a needless burden with abortion and infanticide common. In many cases, children were sold as slaves by the parents who saw them as an interruption to their own personal lives.
As American citizens, we are witnesses in our own nation, of the very same social ills that have brought down every great nation before us, yet our own decline largely goes unnoticed, ignored or blatantly denied.
As we approach the end of this present world, we are directed towards Revelation chapter 11 where all the present kingdoms of this world are transformed into a single kingdom under Jesus Christ. The world may be a mess. Sin may abound. At times it may appear hopeless, as far as the condition of man’s heart is concerned. There is however, a future kingdom on the horizon in which Jesus will rule the nations with a rod of iron, bringing complete and lasting peace and righteousness to the earth once and for all.
Daniel was privileged beyond anyone in the Old Testament, to be able to view things concerning the future of the world, that no other prophet has ever seen, either before him, or after. In his look ahead to the end of the age, Daniel saw Jesus seated on the throne of his glory in a description that is very similar to John’s description of Jesus in Revelation chapter 1.
Daniel 7:9 “I watched till thrones were put in place, And the Ancient of Days was seated; His garment was white as snow, And the hair of His head was like pure wool. His throne was a fiery flame, Its wheels a burning fire; A fiery stream issued And came forth from before Him. A thousand thousands ministered to Him; Ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him. The court was seated, And the books were opened.
Revelation 1:12-17 Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lamp stands, and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band. His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire; His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters; He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength. And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, “Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last.
Daniel’s vision of the last days, includes a detailed description of the major kingdom’s that will be present during the course of human history. His account of these kingdoms, leading up to the arrival of Jesus Christ on the earth at the end of the age, are a clear indicator that the world is headed for brighter days. Though the economies of many nations of the world falter and fail, and the sin of man might increase, there is one final kingdom that will soon arrive, in which the world will be ruled by a truly righteous, fair, and just King.
Daniel 7:13 “I was watching in the night visions, And behold, One like the Son of Man, Coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, And they brought Him near before Him. Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, That all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, Which shall not pass away, And His kingdom the one Which shall not be destroyed.
Chapters 2 and 7 of Daniel, work in Parallel with chapter 13 and 17 of the Book of Revelation.’ Both Daniel 2, 7, and Revelation 13, 17 detail the coming of the one called “The Beast”, the man of sin called in the Bible; the antichrist. He will be permitted to set up a kingdom on the earth during the final 7 years of the earth’s existence, just before the arrival of Jesus with His kingdom.
It is absolutely amazing when you consider that the Book of Daniel was written almost 700 years before Jesus birth in Bethlehem, and at least 2,700 years before the arrival of the antichrist. Yet, the book of Daniel is so detailed and specific to events of world history that have already occurred, reading the text of this prophetic view of history feels as if you are reading the morning headlines in a national newspaper, as you contemplate the accuracy in which Daniel writes so far in advance of the events actual occurrence. Daniel and John lived centuries apart, yet their accounts of the final kingdoms of this world are virtually identical. This is further proof that the author of Daniel and Revelation is the same, the Holy Spirit, who gave this advanced information to both writers.
From chapter 7 forward, the Book of Daniel is Strictly Prophetic.
As Nebuchadnezzar has died, Daniel chapter 7 reveals some of the most detailed prophecies in the entire old testament. As in chapter 2, chapter 7 details the gentile kingdoms of this world. It is written in Aramaic, the gentile language of that day. Chapter 7 is a collection of “visions” given by God to Daniel. Chapters 2 and 7 of Daniel are very similar to each other. In chapter 2, Daniel sees the kingdoms of the world as being a giant statue; A Head of Gold, Chest and Arms of Silver, Belly and Thighs of Bronze, Feet a mixture of Clay and Iron.
In Chapter 7, we see these same kingdoms of the world, but from the perspective of God in eternity, and how they are seen by Him as great ferocious wild beasts: A Lion, A Bear, A Leopard, A Dreadful and Terrible and Exceedingly strong Beast.
Daniel 7:1 In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon, Daniel had a dream and visions of his head while on his bed. Then he wrote down the dream, telling the main facts.
At this point, Daniel is about 67 years old. In Daniel Chapter 5, the story regarding the handwriting on the wall will occur about 14 years later in chapter 7. Daniel reveals that he is “Telling the main facts”, or the summary of the story, of which he will return to later, to fill in the specific details.
Daniel 7:2 Daniel spoke, saying, “I saw in my vision by night, and behold, the four winds of heaven were stirring up the Great Sea.
The Four Winds.
In the Bible, the four winds speak of Gods sovereignty, as well as forces that are hostile to God.
In Revelation chapter 7, we see that the four winds are being held back by God, significant of the fact that it is God who restrains evil on the earth and keeps it at a defined limit.
Revelation 7:1 After these things I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, on the sea, or on any tree.
In Mark chapter 4, Jesus calms the storms and rebukes the wind. Jesus was on his way to the Gadarenes, where he will cast out demons. The restraining of the wind, seems to be an indication of Jesus power over ‘the prince of the power of the air, satan. By simply speaking to the winds, Jesus is showing that all the unseen powers of the enemy are really under His authority. We should never think that there is a struggle between God and satan. God is the almighty Creator of all things, satan is simply one of those created beings who is under the power and dominion of God.
Mark 4:35-41 On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side.” Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?” And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!”
Mark 5:1 Then they came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gadarenes.
Mark 5:2-9 And when He had come out of the boat, immediately there met Him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no one could bind him, not even with chains, And he cried out with a loud voice and said, “What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I implore You by God that You do not torment me.” For He said to him, “Come out of the man, unclean spirit!” Then He asked him, “What is your name?” And he answered, saying, “My name is Legion; for we are many.”
There is a similarity between Jesus power over wind and his power over demons, as we observe the events of Daniel chapter 7.
Daniel 7:2 Daniel spoke, saying, “I saw in my vision by night, and behold, the four winds of heaven were stirring up the Great Sea.
The antichrist who is described by Daniel Chapters 2 and 7, is described as coming out of the “Great Sea”. The term “Great Sea”, has a few possible possibilities: The “Great Sea is an Old Testament phrase for the Mediterranean Sea. All of the kingdoms that Daniel sees, border on the Mediterranean sea. This term may also symbolize the “Gentile nations”, as seen in the book of Isaiah chapter 57:
Isaiah 57:20 But the wicked are like the troubled sea
In Revelation chapter 13, we see that the antichrist comes from “Out of the Mediterranean Sea”.
Revelation 13:1-5 1 Then I stood on the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name. 2 Now the beast which I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority. 3 And I saw one of his heads as if it had been mortally wounded, and his deadly wound was healed. And all the world marveled and followed the beast. 4 So they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?” 5 And he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given authority to continue for forty-two months.
Revelation 17, the Church that the antichrist begins, also comes from “Many Waters”.:
Revelation 17:1, 15 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and talked with me, saying to me, “Come, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters, 15 Then he said to me, “The waters which you saw, where the harlot sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues.
Daniel 7:3 And four great beasts came up from the sea, each different from the other.
What is truly amazing about Daniel’s prophecy here in chapters 2 and 7, is that he is accurately predicting the four major empires that will exist in human history, from this time here in Daniel, until Jesus comes and sets up his kingdom at the end of the age.
Daniel is most concerned with the fourth beast, which deeply troubles him.
This fourth Beast will turn out to be the antichrist himself. Here in Daniel chapter 7, Daniels vision Describes The First Beast, Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, the Lion. The Second Beast, Cyrus and the Medes and Persians, The Bear. The Third Beast, Alexander the Great, the Leopard.
If you examine history, you will find that there were four gentile kingdoms that have existed over the course of time, just exactly as Daniel predicted.
The first kingdom:
4 The first was like a lion, and had eagle’s wings. I watched till its wings were plucked off; and it was lifted up from the earth and made to stand on two feet like a man, and a man’s heart was given to it.
The Lion is the most kingly of all animals. The Eagle is the most kingly of all birds.
This Lion in Daniel’s prophecy represents the kingdom of Babylon, under king Nebuchadnezzar. Babylon was the most powerful of all kingdoms and Nebuchadnezzar the Greatest King the world had ever known. The British Museum, has a picture of the “Ishtar gate”, it has lions with wings at it’s entrance
Daniel 4, says: “And a Man’s heart was given to it”. Remember that Nebuchadnezzar describes how he was humbled, and his heart changed by God. I believe When we get to heaven, that we will see Nebuchadnezzar there. It appears that in chapter 4, he came to a saving faith and that God did save Nebuchadnezzar.
On one occasion when I made the statement that I believed that Nebuchadnezzar was in heaven, a man who was troubled by my statement asked me: “Well suppose when you get to heaven you don’t find Nebuchadnezzar there, what are you going to do then?’ I said: “Well, then you can talk to him…”
Daniel 7:5 “And suddenly another beast, a second, like a bear. It was raised up on one side, and had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth. And they said thus to it: ‘Arise, devour much flesh!’
The second kingdom:
The powerful Bear is “Cyrus” of the Medes and Persians. The term: “Raised up one side”, means that the Persian Empire will be stronger and overtake the Medes.
Daniel 7:3 Ribs in “its mouth”: There were 3 victories the Persians had in History. Babylon, Egypt, Lydia
Isaiah 13:1, 17: 1 The burden against Babylon which Isaiah the son of Amoz saw 17 “Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them,
The Third Kingdom:
Daniel 7:6 “After this I looked, and there was another, like a leopard, which had on its back four wings of a bird. The beast also had four heads, and dominion was given to it.
The Lion: Devours, and has a voracious appetite, The Bear: crushes, with great power, The Leopard. springs upon it’s prey, because it is the fastest animal on the planet, for a short distance.
In chapter 8, the Leopard is described in chapter 8 as; “A Male Goat from the West” is moving so fast, he doesn’t even touch the ground.
Daniel 8:5 And as I was considering, suddenly a male goat came from the west, across the surface of the whole earth, without touching the ground; and the goat had a notable horn between his eyes
From History we know that this was Alexander the Great who conquered the entire know world by the time he was 32, years old. When all that could be conquored, was conquored, Alexander sat down and cried because there were no other kingdoms for him to subdue.
At the age of 32, after a drunken party, Alexander walked back to his tent in the cold and the rain, and fell asleep soaking wet, he contracted Pneumonia and died.
Verse 5 refers to “Four Heads”. Alexander had Four Generals. As Alexander was dying, he was asked who he wanted his kingdom to be given to. He replied: “Give it to the Strong”. Alexander’s kingdom was divided among “The four heads” described here in chapter 7, verse 6, His 4 Generals.
- Cassander: received Greece & Macedonia
- Lysimachus: received Thrace & Bithynia (Asia Minor)
- Seleucus: received Syria, Babylonia (India)
- Ptolemy: received Egypt, Palestine, Arabia Petrea
When the Antichrist comes on the scene, he will have the major characteristics of each of these first three beasts described by Daniel: The Lion, the Bear, and The Leopard.
Hosea 13:5-8 5 I knew you in the wilderness, In the land of great drought. 6 When they had pasture, they were filled; They were filled and their heart was exalted; Therefore they forgot Me. 7 “So I will be to them like a lion; Like a leopard by the road I will lurk; 8 I will meet them like a bear deprived of her cubs; I will tear open their rib cage, And there I will devour them like a lion. The wild beast shall tear them.
Revelation 13:2 Now the beast which I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority.
Like Nebuchadnezzar The Lion, the antichrist will fiercely devour many kingdoms, taking authority over of the entire world in the last 7 years. Like Cyrus the Bear, He will have tremendous power that will not be able to be resisted by anyone in the world. Like Alexander the Leopard, The antichrist will move faster, is the shortest time, in conquering the entire world.
Revelation 13:1-2 1 Then I stood on the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads (Kings) and ten horns (Nations of Power), and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name. 2 Now the beast which I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority.
Then there will come a fourth ruler who will be known as “The Beast”. The Books of 1 Thessalonians, 1 John and others, describe what he will be like.
2 Thessalonians 2:1-11 1 Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, 2 not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come. 3 Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, 4 who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. 9 The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, 10 and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie…
1 John 2:22 Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son.
This fourth and final kingdom is already in the making amongst the nations of the world today. By the events occurring all over the world at this very moment, we know that the introduction of the beast and his rulership in they final Gentile kingdom, is not far away. When the Church has been removed from the earth at the Rapture, the beast will emerge on the world scene and take the reigns of power over the whole world.
The Final Kingdom
While the Fourth kingdom exists, that of the beast, a final kingdom will emerge in the last days that is ruled by Jesus Christ.
Daniel 7:13-14 “I was watching in the night visions, And behold, One like the Son of Man, Coming with the clouds of heaven He came to the Ancient of Days, And they brought Him near before Him. Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, That all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, Which shall not pass away, And His kingdom the one Which shall not be destroyed.
During the last days of the 7 year Tribulation period, Jesus will descend out of heaven with His Church, and return to the earth at the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. Jesus is returning to fulfill what verses 13 and 14 describe here in Daniel chapter 7-set up His kingdom that will be an “Everlasting Kingdom”. Before Jesus accomplish this, He must first fight the Beast that has gathered his armies from the nations of the world, together at the Valley of Megiddo, at the “Battle of Armageddon”.
Revelation 19:11-16 Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, (REV. 1:5) and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, (REV. 1:14) and on His head were many crowns. (OUR CROWNS?) He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, (ISAIAH 63:3) and His name is called The Word of God. (JOHN 1:1) And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen,(CHURCH) white and clean, followed Him on white horses. Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, (THE WORD HEBREWS 4:12) that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. (PSALM 2:9) He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. (ISAIAH 63:3) And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS. (1 TIMOTHY 6:15)
As Jesus returns to earth with His Bride, His Church, He will touch down on the mount of Olives. We know from the Book of Acts that this is where Jesus was predicted to return at His second coming
Acts 1:11-12 who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.” Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey.
Zechariah wrote some 2,700 years before this event was to happen, that when Jesus did return it would be at the Mount of Olives, just outside Jerusalem.
Zechariah 14:4 And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, Which faces Jerusalem on the east. And the Mount of Olives shall be split in two, From east to west, Making a very large valley; Half of the mountain shall move toward the north And half of it toward the south.
The prophets Joel and Zechariah describe Armageddon:
Joel 3:2 I will also gather all nations, and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; and I will enter into judgment with them there on account of My people, My heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations; they have also divided up My land.
Zechariah 14:2-3 For I will gather all the nations to battle against Jerusalem; the city shall be taken, the houses rifled, and the women ravished. Half of the city shall go into captivity, but the remnant of the people shall not be cut off from the city.Then the LORD will go forth and fight against those nations, as He fights in the day of battle.
Zechariah 14:12 12 And this shall be the plague with which the LORD will strike all the people who fought against Jerusalem: their flesh shall dissolve while they stand on their feet, their eyes shall dissolve in their sockets, and their tongues shall dissolve in their mouths.
The battle of Armageddon is a different event from the battle described in Ezekiel 38:
- In Ezekiel 38: Russia invades from the north.
- At Armageddon: the nations come from every direction.
- In Ezekiel 38: Russia invades to take Israel’s wealth.
- At Armageddon: the invasion is to destroy Jesus and his saints.
- In Ezekiel 38: “Gog” leads the Russian invasion.
- At Armageddon, the Antichrist leads the Battle
Jesus is returning to set up a kingdom that was promised in the Old Testament. A descendant of King David who would reign over a kingdom of righteousness that would never end.
This kingdom that Jesus is bringing, will have as co rulers, those who have given their lives to Jesus Christ, before the Tribulation begins. Daniel chapter 7 describes the “Saints of the Most High” receiving a kingdom:”
Daniel 7:15-18 “I, Daniel, was grieved in my spirit within my body, and the visions of my head troubled me. I came near to one of those who stood by, and asked him the truth of all this. So he told me and made known to me the interpretation of these things: “Those great beasts, which are four, are four kings which arise out of the earth. But the saints of the Most High shall receive the kingdom, and possess the kingdom forever, even forever and ever.’
These “saints” are those who have accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior, in their life, before He returns. The kingdom you will receive is the rulership given to you during the 1,000 year millennium
Luke 19:17 And he said to him, “Well done, good servant; because you were faithful in a very little, have authority over ten cities.
Revelation 5:10 And have made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth.”
Revelation 20:6 Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years
In Daniel chapter 7, Daniel was very troubled over this fourth beast. Daniel did not understand this ferocious beast, of the kingdom of the antichrist which will come into existence just after the church is Raptured from the earth.
Daniel 7:19-21 “Then I wished to know the truth about the fourth beast, which was different from all the others, exceedingly dreadful, with its teeth of iron and its nails of bronze, which devoured, broke in pieces, and trampled the residue with its feet; and the ten horns that were on its head, and the other horn which came up, before which three fell, namely, that horn which had eyes and a mouth which spoke pompous words, whose appearance was greater than his fellows. “I was watching; and the same horn was making war against the saints, and prevailing against them,
Out of a revived Roman empire, will come a rule described as the “Little Horn”, the antichrist, who will appear from within 10 of these nations.
He will remove three of these nations, leaving seven to rule the present world.
Verse 21 of Daniel chapter 7 above, says that this antichrist, the Beast, will “make war with the saints”. He will literally kill all believers during the Tribulation Period.
Revelation 13:1-8 Then I stood on the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name. Now the beast which I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority. And I saw one of his heads as if it had been mortally wounded, and his deadly wound was healed. And all the world marveled and followed the beast. So they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?” And he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given authority to continue for forty-two months. Then he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name, His tabernacle, and those who dwell in heaven. It was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation. All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
These Saints that are defeated and killed by the antichrist during the 7 year tribulation, are a different class of believers than those who were saved before the tribulation.
Jesus promised those who surrender their lives to Him before the seven year tribulation begins, that satan and his forces would not “prevail” against them. The pre-tribulation believers will be returning with Jesus at the end of the seven years of tribulation as “Overcomer’s”, to co-rule the earth with Jesus.
Revelation 5:10 And have made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth.”
Matthew 16:18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.
Revelation 2:7 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.”
Revelation 2:17 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat. And I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it.” ’
Revelation 2:26 And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations…
Jesus promised those who surrender their lives to Him before the seven year tribulation begins, that they shall not go through the time of great tribulation:
Revelation 3:10 Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.
Jesus promised those who receive Him as Lord and Savior before the seven year tribulation begins, that they will not experience His wrath being poured out on the world, during the Great Tribulation:
1 Thessalonians 5:9-10 For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him.
Notice the phrase: “Whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him...”
This is an indication that if we are alive when Jesus comes at the Rapture, we shall be removed out of the earth alive, without experiencing death. “Whether we sleep” is an indication that those who have already died, will be resurrected at the Rapture to meet Jesus in “the air”, as described by 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17.
1 Thessalonians 4:15-17 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.
In the Book of Revelation, after the Tribulation has began, after the antichrist has started his rule, we see Christians who have been killed by the Beast, waiting under the altar in heaven, asking the Lord when He will avenge them.
Revelation 6:9-11 When He opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held. And they cried with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” Then a white robe was given to each of them; and it was said to them that they should rest a little while longer, until both the number of their fellow servants and their brethren, who would be killed as they were, was completed.
Towards the end of the Great Tribulation, we see all these who had been beheaded by the Beast, because they would not deny Jesus and take the mark of the beast.
Revelation 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.
Revelation 7:13-17 Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, “Who are these arrayed in white robes, and where did they come from?” And I said to him, “Sir, you know.” So he said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple. And He who sits on the throne will dwell among them. They shall neither hunger anymore nor thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any heat; for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”
Those who are saved during the seven years of the Tribulation, are not in the same classification as the those who were saved before the Tribulation began.
Those who are saved before the tribulation begins “Reign with Christ”.
Revelation 20:6 Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years
Those who are saved during the tribulation, “Serve Christ”.
Revelation 7:15 Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple. And He who sits on the throne will dwell among them.
Daniel saw a vivid description of this final kingdom brought by the arrival of Jesus Christ at the end of the seven year Tribulation. He also saw the fourth kingdom that shall be ruled by the beast of the Book of Revelation who shall be given power over those who receive Jesus Christ during this seven year period. This beast shall subdue all the nations of the world and place them all under his single leadership. It will be as a result of the beasts declaration that he is “God” and his efforts to place himself as the visible god of this world, that the “Great Tribulation”, or the final three and one-half years, will bring the full force of God’s wrath on the earth.
Daniel 7:22-25 ...until the Ancient of Days came, and a judgment was made in favor of the saints of the Most High, and the time came for the saints to possess the kingdom. “Thus he said: ‘The fourth beast shall be A fourth kingdom on earth, Which shall be different from all other kingdoms, And shall devour the whole earth, (A world Government) Trample it and break it in pieces. The ten horns are ten kings Who shall arise from this kingdom. And another shall rise after them; He shall be different from the first ones And shall subdue three kings. He shall speak pompous words against the Most High, Shall persecute (Wear out) the saints of the Most High, And shall intend to change times and law. (Change Scientific Laws) Then the saints shall be given into his hand For a time and times and half a time.
This is one of those few places in the Bible where a definition is given for a time period, by the use of coded phrases.
- A time is a Year
- Times is 2 Years
- ½ Time is ½ year
We find the definition for “a time”, in Daniel chapter 4 and Daniel 12
Daniel 4:16 Let his heart be changed from that of a man, Let him be given the heart of a beast, And let seven times pass over him.
Daniel 12:7 Then I heard the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand to heaven, and swore by Him who lives forever, that it shall be for a time, times, and half a time; and when the power of the holy people has been completely shattered, all these things shall be finished.
These “times” or years, are defined for us in the old testament, so that when we arrive at the Book of Revelation we will understand what the period of “time” determined by the Lord for his final judgment of earth, is defined as being three and one-half years, called “The Great Tribulation”.
This same period of 3 ½ years is spoken of in Revelation 11 and 13. It is further defined as “forty-two months”, and “one thousand two hundred and sixty days”
Revelation 11:2 But leave out the court which is outside the temple, and do not measure it, for it has been given to the Gentiles. And they will tread the holy city underfoot for forty-two months.
Revelation 11:3 And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy one thousand two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth
Revelation 13:5 And he (the beast) was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given authority to continue for forty-two months.
The purpose of these various definitions for the same time period, is apparently for the same purpose as that of the Parables in which Jesus spoke in the new testament. For those who are seriously seeking wisdom from God and to know Him more intimately, the many definitions and parables cause the serious searcher to dig deeper and find the meaning. For the skeptic, scoffer, and hater of God, these parables and many terms, serve only to confirm the darkness of the heart and lack of desire of the lost. Those who read the parables and see the various defining terms for the final three and one-half years of the Great Tribulation, will scoff at them and ignore them. Those of us who Love Jesus and look for His appearing, will dig and study, learn and be encouraged at the many faceted ways God shows us His plan for the final days.
For the diligent and Lover of Jesus, He will place these in positions of leadership over the earth when He returns. The criteria for appointment to these positions of authority will be the faithfulness to which a life was lived purely for Jesus, while on the earth, before the Rapture takes place, and the seven year Tribulation begins.
Daniel 7:26-27 “But the court shall be seated, And they shall take away his (the beast) dominion, To consume and destroy it forever. Then the kingdom and dominion, And the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven, Shall be given to the people, the saints of the Most High. His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, And all dominions shall serve and obey Him.’ “This is the end of the account. As for me, Daniel, my thoughts greatly troubled me, and my countenance changed; but I kept the matter in my heart.”
As chapter 8 of the Book of Daniel begins, the writer changes from the Aramaic Language, to Hebrew. The defining parts of the prophecy for the forming of the beasts alliance with the nations of the world is given and the final outcome of this global rulership.
We should understand today that the primary purpose for forming the European Union in God’s prophetic plan, is to fulfill the old testament prophetic word for the antichrists scope of rulership when he arrives on the world scene. The basis for the world to accept the beast as it’s single ruler, will be due to a world-wide economic collapse of the economy. The beast will be raised to power through his economic prowess and leadership, which shall give rise to his assembly of the ten nations from which his military might will be raised.
The combined economic power of the European Union is greater than the economy and financial power of the United States. The News headlines have many times over the past decade, declared the “Euro’s” strength over the U.S. Dollar. The Euro has constantly maintained at least a 26 percent or more, advantage in financial buying power over the American dollar.
Currently the European Union consists of 25 nations: How does this fit Daniels View of the Beast coming out of 10 nations?
It is interesting that the European Union was born in the exact Year the Israel became a nation: 1948
The 1948 “Benelus Treaty” created the first “European Economic Community” since the Roman Empire, while the U.N.’s extension of recognition to Israel in 1948 created the first Jewish State since the Destruction of the Temple. (www.omegaletter.com/articles.asp?articleID=251)
The European Union was born out of five nations that became ten. Today that 10 Nation assembly is called “The Assembly of Western European Union”. All new members to the current EU are only offered associate membership, only the original 10 nations are considered full members of the Brussels Treaty of March 17, 1948!!!
The original 5 nations: March 17, 1949:
- Belgium *
- Luxembourg *
- Netherlands *
* “Benelux Region” of Europe: Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg
5 Nations were added shortly after original Treaty Signed:
April 4, 1949 the NATO treaty is signed in Washington DC.
May 14, 1955 Warsaw Pact is signed in Warsaw by the Soviet Union and it’s Satellites to counterbalance NATO.
It is possible that the 10 nation confederacy that Daniel spoke of could be these original 10 members of the European Union.
All future events in the fulfillment of Bible Prophecy, will have to do with the formation of this European confederacy of 10 nations, and the introduction of the antichrist to the world, during the seven year Tribulation Period.
End of the EU European Union. Some of the events for recent years, concerning the breakup of the European Union:
Headline News; December 16 2003 – 09:28 CET: Two speed Europe ‘Beginning of the end’ for a united Europe“
“Franz Fischler attacked Jacques Chirac’s idea of ‘pioneering groups” A two-speed Europe could spell the ‘beginning of the end’ for a united Europe. This is the warning from Austrian agriculture commissioner Franz Fischler, speaking yesterday in Vienna. After the collapse of talks over the European Constitution, French President Jacques Chirac proposed that “pioneering groups” could be established, which could then move ahead at a faster pace than the rest. But Mr. Fischler warned that such a system could break up into several smaller groups, all acting in their own national interest. ”This would be the beginning of the end for a united Europe”, he said, according to Austrian paper Der Standard.
“The idea of a united Europe could be sacrificed on the altar of national interests”, he added. Furthermore, he believes that talks on the Constitution will not be able to begin again until after the European elections in June – reflecting a growing opinion throughout the EU.
Press Articles Der Standard EUobserver, Written by Richard Carter
Christianity Debate Divides As Much As Ever
EUOBSERVER / NAPLES – The question about whether to include a reference to Europe’s Christian heritage in the Constitution has left member states as divided as ever.
EU foreign ministers were once again unable to agree following a debate on the issue on Friday afternoon (28 November) in Naples as part of a wider meeting to discuss the EU Constitution.
And the failure to agree was despite a general suggestion, but no specific text, by the Italian EU Presidency that both a reference to Christian heritage as well as reference to Europe’s secular institutions could be included in the Constitution.
What was the big problem that is causing the European Union to Fall apart? Surprisingly, an objection was made that in the new Constitution for the European Union, the topic of Christianity was left out of the constitution.
French President Jacques Chirac made a proposal where he suggested that those countries which were prepared to move forward with the constitution, should do so. This would allow the constitution to be ratified and keep the E.U. roadmap on schedule for the upcoming presidential election in mid 2004.
Many members of the European Community do not want the inclusion of Christianity and it’s history included in the new Constitution. The members that do not want Christianity included, will most likely dissolve themselves from the European Community.
Is it possible that only 10 nations will sign the final draft of the constitution.
The European Union was formally established by the Maastricht Treaty on November 1, 1993. In 1995 Finland,Austria, and Sweden joined the newly established EU. In 2002, the “Euro replaced the national currencies of twelve of the member states. The E.U. grew 17 countries.
In 2004, the European Union added the nations of Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Larvia, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.
On 1 January 2007, Romania and Bulgaria became the EU’s newest members. In the same year Slovenia adopted the euro, followed in 2008 by Cyprus and Malta, by Slovakia in 2009 and by Estonia in 2011. In June 2009, the 2009 Parliament elections were held leading to a renewal of Barroso’s Commission Presidency, and in July 2009 Iceland formally applied for EU membership.
One of the most stunning development occurred on 1 December 2009, when the “Lisbon Treaty” was signed and brought many changes to the EU. Of greatest interest was the way in which this new treaty changed the legal structure of the European Union by merging the E.U.’s “three pillars system” into a single legal entity, with legal authority. , The Lisbon Treaty created a permanent President of the European Council, the first of which is Herman Van Rompuy, and a strengthened High Representative,Catherine Ashton.
It is this Presidential office that the future beast will occupy as described by the books of Daniel and Revelation.
The Bible predicted that the coming New Roman Empire (kingdom of the antichrist) would comprise of ten nations (Daniel 7:24).
Three Nations will Appose Antichrist:
News Headline, November 29, 2003: “The EU’s ‘Big Three’ Agree On Defense”.
“Britain, France and Germany have struck a deal on a common European defense, including a guarantee of mutual assistance.”
These three powerful nations may be the nations that break from the antichrist during his power grab to gain control over the entire world is such a short period of time.
During the tribulation period, when the antichrist declares himself to be God, three nations will oppose him. Personally, I think the whole world will be caught off guard, but it may be that Britain, France and Germany will oppose the beast, fearing that he will become another Hitler, or worse.
When will this happen? Most Likely, it will occur at the middle of the tribulation period.
Israel in the Center of all Middle East Oil Reserves:
Israel is sitting in the middle of a “dip stick” oil field. This massive reserve of crude is said to be the “best quality oil in the world”. The oil that is deep beneath Israel is much like a great funnel that spreads at the top throughout the entire Middle East. Israel sits at the lowest point beneath Israel, in the entire middle east. The best and largest portion of this massive oil reserve is beneath Israel, located at the lowest point below sea level in the world. This means that the oil will run down towards this low point beneath Israel. When Israel begins to harvest the oil reserves it will literally be siphoning the oil right from under the Arab’s, and probably the Russian’s as well. In time, they will eventually run dry as Israel removes the oil away from the outer regions of the reserve and down toward Israel.
This could explain why in the last days, Russia will lead the Arab world in a sneak attack against Israel (Ezekiel 38, 39). It appears from Ezekiel’s Prophecy that the reason Russia and the Arab nations attack Israel, is to get her precious natural resources.
Ezekiel 38:13 Sheba, Dedan, the merchants of Tarshish, and all their young lions will say to you, “Have you come to take plunder? Have you gathered your army to take booty, to carry away silver and gold, to take away livestock and goods, to take great plunder?’ ” ’
Is this why Russia would take the chance of starting a world word, just to get the oil reserves beneath Israel?
There have also been rumors in the past, that the Dead Sea area contained a massive supply of valuable minerals and other deposits.
Events that must happen first:
The authors of the unofficial “Middle East Peace Plan”, will continue their efforts. Not only is the U.S. showing greater interest, but the E.U. has become more actively involved as well. It’s possible that Israel could be forced into accepting a suicidal peace agreement especially if the two greatest economic powers in the world continue to bring pressure to bear. The problem is that the U.S. is the last remaining friend Israel has. They’ve stood by Israel for years vetoing every ill-fated sanction against them since their rebirth (1948). This friendship may be about to change, as the U.S. seeks to force Israel to accept deep concessions so that the roadmap to a Palestinian state can stay on course.
It is possible that “Mystery Babylon” would turn out to be the United States
One, the United States has turned it’s back on God, playing the harlot with others nations. Not only in commerce, but also by accepting the gods of these other nations as our own. This will magnify one hundredfold during the tribulation period.
Two, the U.S. is in the beginning stages of turning our backs on Israel and forcing them to take a peace agreement that will leave them vulnerable to their enemies. For this and other reasons, God will destroy any nation who does these things.
There are a number of possibilities that could come to pass concerning the current political climate in the Middle-East:
Israel could refuse, even in the face of international pressure, to accept the current proposals. This could prove to be disastrous in terms of their relationship with the U.S. and E.U. Both are vital to Israel’s long-term survival.
Israel could bow to pressure and sign the peace agreement. This I believe will also serve to produce disastrous results, bringing the Arab world into Israel’s “back yard”. It’s all a part of the Islamic long-term plan to destroy Israel, once and for all. To their peril, the Bible is clear that when they (Russia and Arab world, Ezekiel 38 & 39) do attack, it will be their final war.
Either way, five things must happen in the near future:
First, the rapture of the church: (I Thessalonians 4:13-18) must take place. This event will happen when all who are” in Christ”, will rise to meet the Lord in the air. I believe the Bible is clear that this event will happen before the tribulation period begins.
Second, the attack on Israel by Russia and the Arab world: (Ezekiel 38 & 39). It is possible that this attach could occur before the beginning of the tribulation period. It’s also very possible that it could occur just after the Rapture happens when the world is in chaos over the disappearance of as many as a Billion human beings.
This would devastate both the Arab and Russian economies.
Russia is now the second leading producer of oil in the world. The reason for their attack will be to “take spoil”. (Daniel 38:11 & 12) At the time of this attack, Israel will be dwelling at rest, and in safety (Ezekiel 38:11). Israel could already be at peace with the Arabs, but not necessarily with the antichrist. That agreement could come later in the form of E.U. membership.
Third, the antichrist will “put down” or “subdue” three nations. (Daniel 7:22-24). Although a remote possibility, this could occur before the tribulation period during the antichrist’s rise to power.
There appears to be a brief space of time between the Rapture and the beginning of the Tribulation period. During this pause, satan will be free to work out his plan and build his kingdom (Holy Spirit will be removed-II Thessalonians 2:2-11). He may have to subdue a few nations to accomplish his will.
Fourth, Israel will sign a peace agreement with the antichrist (Daniel 9:24-27). This agreement will probably coincide with the Middle East peace agreement.
This plan might even be an incentive for Israel to make peace with the Arab world. I lean toward this theory. It will probably include Palestinian statehood, land concessions, the sharing of Jerusalem, rebuilding the Jerusalem temple, and E.U. membership.
Fifth, the third Jewish temple must be rebuilt: (Matthew 24:15, 2 Thessalonians 2:4, and Revelation 11:1). As previously stated, the rebuilding of the temple will most likely be a concession the Palestinians will have to agree to as part of the Middle East agreement.
The antichrist will be instrumental in the rebuilding of the temple. This is a likely truth, but not a necessity. If the Russian-Arab alliance is defeated prior to a Middle East agreement, Israel will immediately rebuild its temple.
Israel joining the European Union?
According to the E.U. constitution, unless Israel is at peace with all its neighbors they cannot be considered for membership. This is a first priority. When the issue of peace is resolved, I believe the issue of the temple will be solved as well.
As Israel nears the moment of a Peace plan for seven years, the European Union will install a new President who will be the beast described by the Book of Revelation. There is every indication that he is alive on the earth at this moment and in the process of positioning himself for his soon to be appointed office as the European President. This office will allow him to take the final office of President or Chairman of the entire world that will occur shortly after the Church is removed and the seven year Tribulation begins.
We live in the most exciting and Prophetically important days of all time. It is a great possibility that if you are reading this article today, you will be alive when Jesus removes His Church from the earth. You will be taken alive, transformed into an eternal being, meeting Jesus in the air, along with all the others who also wait and watch for His return.