DANIEL 7 

 
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. 2 Daniel spoke, saying, "I saw in my vision by night, and behold, the four winds of heaven were stirring up the Great Sea. 3 And four great beasts came up from the sea, each different from the other. 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. 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!' 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. 7 After this I saw in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, exceedingly strong. It had huge iron teeth; it was devouring, breaking in pieces, and trampling the residue with its feet. It was different from all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns. 8 I was considering the horns, and there was another horn, a little one, coming up among them, before whom three of the first horns were plucked out by the roots. And there, in this horn, were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking pompous words. 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. 11 I watched then because of the sound of the pompous words which the horn was speaking; I watched till the beast was slain, and its body destroyed and

 

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given to the burning flame. 12 As for the rest of the beasts, they had their dominion taken away, yet their lives were prolonged for a season and a time. 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. 14 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. 15 I Daniel, was grieved in my spirit within my body, and the visions of my head troubled me. 16 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: 17 'Those great beasts, which are four kings (our kingdoms) which arise out of the earth. 18 But the saints of the Most High shall receive the kingdom, and possess the kingdom forever, even forever and ever.' 19 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; 20 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. 21 I was watching; and the same horn was making war against the saints, and prevailing against them, 22 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. 23 Thus he said: 'The fourth beast shall be a fourth kingdom on earth, which shall be different from all other kingdoms, and

 

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shall devour the whole earth, 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. 25 He shall speak pompous words against the Most High, shall persecute the saints of the Most High, and shall intend to change times and law. Then the saints shall be given into his hand for a time and times and half a time. 26 But the court shall be seated, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and destroy it forever. 27 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.'

 

Here in Daniel 7 we have an explicit and clear prophecy. Like the angels overall interpretation of the vision

Those great beasts, which are four, are four kings (or kingdoms) 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. v 17-18

The vision is simple. There will be beastly kingdoms of man ruling earth until a verdict is made in heaven, by the Ancient of Days (a title for God the Father) which will then give rulership over to the saints.

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. v22

We have in chapter 7 in addition, a few details of the little horn who rises up just prior to the verdict being handed out—but this is in essence Daniel 7.

Notwithstanding, a few peculiar interpretations to Daniels vision have developed. There is no controversy over the first three beasts, or kingdoms that are to rise up out of the earth. Starting with the

 

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kingdom of Babylon, the lion with eagles wings. Its wings being plucked off and being made to stand on its feet like a man, and a man's heart being given to it concerns the conversion of king Nebuchadnezzar. (read Daniel 4) The next kingdom to arise was the Medo-Persan Empire, with Persia being the stronger of the two (thus the bear was raised up on one side). The three ribs in its teeth could stand for the remnants of the three past empires—Egypt, Assyria, and Babylon. The third beast was a leopard, representing Greece and Alexander the Great, who like a leopard swiftly conquered the known world in his day. After Alexander the Greats sudden death the kingdom was quartered up by his generals, thus the four wings and four heads. It's the fourth beast, which was obviously the Roman Empire, and its details and extent—the 10 horns, and the other little horn which comes up later, and then the giving of the kingdom to the Saints and the Son which causes such a conflict of interpretation. The early church fathers had the right meaning, who by and large, felt the 4th beast was the Roman Empire; which would then give way to another kingdom of ten kings; and out of that kingdom would rise up an antichrist. And then the return of the true Christ, and the setting up of the Kingdom of God.

The Protestants in the Middle Ages, under great duress and persecution from the Roman Catholic Church, would apply the little horn of Daniel 7 to the pope. The leaders of the Reformation hurled verbal stones at the authority of papal power.

All his decrees shouts impudently that all the churches and thrones will be judged by him, but he cannot be judged by anyone. Luther

The triple-crowned monster, and great antichrist, which took upon him authority, not only over the clergy, but also climbed above kings and emperors, deposing them at his pleasure, and settled himself in the temple of God… extolling himself above

 

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God, dispensing with good laws, and giving men leave to break them and to regard more his decrees than the everlasting commandments of God. Thomas Cranmer (1489-1556 burned at the stake)

They still saw the ten horns as nations that arose after the decline of Rome—but from Luther to Calvin, from Wycliffe to Knox—the little horn of Daniel 7, the beast of Revelation 13, the antichrist was the papacy.

But if the pope was the antichrist, or the little horn of Daniel 7, what do you do with the 3 years, and the setting up of the kingdom of the saints afterwards? In Daniel 7 it says of the little horn that he will persecute the saints and prevail over them, and the saints shall be given into his hand for a time (one year) and times (two years) and half a time (half a year). After which, the judgment is made in heaven that the beast should be slain, and his body destroyed and be given to the burning flame; and that the kingdom under the whole heaven should then be given unto the saints and one like the Son of Man. Think about it! Papal authority was not for 3 years, nor the persecution of true believers by the same.

What the Reformers did was take the 3 years and converted it into days (1260 days) then took the days and converted them into years, equaling—1260 years. Using the year-for-a-day principle. Taking passages like—Numbers 14:34 and Ezekiel 4:6—to defend this method.

But then if the saints are given to be persecuted for 1260 years the question must be asked," When was the beginning? And when was its conclusion (when the decision is handed down not only to stop the persecution; but to destroy the persecutor, and take away his dominion. And to then give the kingdom to the Saints and the Son)?" There actually was no consensus as to its beginning, nor its end.

Really what such interpreting does is only add more confusion to the prophecy rather then clarity. Look at the angels interpretation of

 

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the vision in Daniel 7…and how so clear, and precise, and so believable it is!

In 1540 the Society of Jesus—the Jesuits—were established to defend and propagate papal authority and teaching, and to counter the bad publicity rising out of the Reformation. The Jesuits were commissioned to come up with an alternative, more Catholic friendly version of Bible prophecy. Spanish Jesuit, Luis de Alcazar maintained in his work Investigation of the Hidden Sense of the Apocalypse, that the prophecies in Daniel and the book of Revelation had been fulfilled. They did not apply to the Middle Ages or the papacy. And the Roman Catholic Church rather then being the villain was the victor—New Jerusalem, converting pagan Rome and saving it from idolatry. To Alcazar the giving of the kingdom to the saints symbolized the triumphant and glorious Roman Catholic Church. Others insist it has a spiritual meaning, signifying Christianity becoming a world religion and power.

But should not the literal take precedence over the figurative, and hold the primary interpretation? In the end the Kingdom of God will literally be set up on earth! When a decision will literally be made in the courts of heaven: not only to give the kingdom and dominion and greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven to the saints of the Most High, but to consume and destroy and take away all opposing dominions! (vers.26-27). Yes…this is what transpires at the expiration of the last 3 years, at its conclusion, at Christ's soon second coming! And God is revealing it to use in Daniel 7!

In this chapter we see ten horns on the 4th beast just as we saw ten horns on the beast of Revelation 13. The parallels and similarities between the little horn and the beast of Revelation are unmistakable. Besides the 10 horns/kings, the little horn has the same pompous mouth as the beast of Revelation 13. Both make war against the saints. Both have the same 3 years of time

 

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allotted to them. And if we read on in the book of Revelation we discover that in chapter 19 the beast of chapter 13 comes to the same end as does the little horn of Daniel 7. Is there any doubt that the beast of Revelation 13 and the little horn of Daniel 7 are one and the same? And that these passages are focusing on the same time period and its surrounding events?

In Daniel 7 we see that the 10 horns/kings are already established when the little horn comes up among them-uprooting, or subduing three of them. Until, as it says in Revelation 17, they become of one mind and have one purpose: to give their power and authority to the beast.

But the little horn who rises up out of them will stand out in the crowd of ordinary leaders. He will be different, greater in appearance then the other ten kings. In Daniel 8 it says a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up. It goes on to say

And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power; and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practice, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people. And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand (other translations say: deceit or trickery).

And he will magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many. (Daniel 8:23-25-King James).

Again the similarities of the beast of Revelation 13 and the little horn of Daniel 7 are repeated in this leader here in Daniel 8…he has great power that is not his own (dragon empowered)…he destroys the mighty and the holy people…is full of deceit and deception…he magnifies and exalts himself, etc. I believe the prophecies in Daniel 2, 7, 8, 9, 10-12 all have end-time implications; because God wants his children to be informed about these times, and not to be lead astray with the rest of the world; and to be prepared for its catastrophic events.

 

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Daniel 7 goes on to give more details of the little horn: he shall intend to change times and law. Since he will be all wrapped up in himself, and have full dictatorial powers, accountable to no one (except perhaps the dragon) therefore, whatever legislation his dark, crafty heart conjures up will be law. He is the law is what the Nazis said of Hitler. As Goring put it, "The law and the will of the Fuhrer are one".

A dark order will take shape in the last 3 years. Driven by hate, and a deep loathing towards God, the unholy trinity: the dragon, the beast, and the false prophet will unleash upon the world and its people a dictatorial government unprecedented. A campaign to erase all existing religions will be championed. Even the present dating system based on the day of our Lord—Anno Domini: the day of Christ's birth—will be done away with. In its place one form of worship will be law—the mandated worship of the beast and his image. The new order, the mark of the beast system: an ingenious, diabolical scheme. It's not only economic, but also religious, and political, and more. Many assume it is a microchip since it has to do with buying and selling. The cashless society. No need for useless paper money. Transactions will then be made with a simple scan of the forehead or right hand; as embedded in your flesh will be your very own personal bar code. But Revelation 13 says it's a mark. A mark of identification! Easily visible or identifiable by sight, or touch, or by the use of a simple scanning device, or computer! Letting all know who you are; whether for the beast or against him. Under Hitler's Germany it was the Jews who were forced to wear the star of David; under the AC system it will be the willing, and the yielding who will be branded and identified; well those without the mark will stand out, and be conspicuous in its absence.

 

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The old order of the nations—their governments, economics, religions will give way to the new order of darkness. They will take the young and the students and enlist them, and indoctrinate them, and cause them to bow down; along with all others—both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave—all who receive the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name which is 666.

I watched then because of the sound of the pompous words which the horn was speaking; I watched till the beast was slain, and its body destroyed and given to the burning flame. v11

Its like, the little horn will be out doing his daily routine: making war, destroying, babbling off his big blasphemous, antichrist mouth while unbeknownst to him the court will be in session. And the judgment will be handed down in heaven that there should be no more delay. Here we see the end of the matter for the beast, the little horn, the AC after the 3 years. He is destroyed and given to the burning flame. Then we see one like the Son of Man coming to the Ancient of Days and to him is given dominion and glory and a kingdom; that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him. And his dominion is everlasting, and one which shall never pass away. (vers. 13-14) Or in simple terms this is the return of Jesus Christ, his second coming.

In the book of Revelation this coincides with the blowing of the seventh and last trumpet. As it says in Revelation 11:15

The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said:

"The kingdom of the world has become

the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ,

and he will reign for ever and ever."

But this is a period of great transition, and we see a number of things transpiring. Upon hearing the sounding of the last trumpet the twenty-four elders who are before the throne fall on their faces and

 

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worship God. They also capsulate what will ensue.

We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty,

the One who is and who was,

because you have taken your great power

and have begun to reign.

The nations were angry;

and your wrath has come.

The time has come for judging the dead,

and for rewarding your servants the prophets

and your saints and those who reverence your name

both small and great—

and for destroying those who destroy the earth.

Rev. 11:15-18

Jesus Christ was scourged and nailed to the cross. Great signs attended his death. In midday darkness covered the land. The veil of the temple was torn from top to bottom. The earth quaked and the rocks were split and the graves were opened. (Matt. 27:45-53) When Jesus returns to earth all eyes shall see him. Great signs will again accompany his reappearing.

Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.

Then the sign of the Son of man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. Matt. 24: 29-31

The heavens will be shaken, and the skies will part, and the Son of man will appear. This is from the famous and fantastic Olivet Discourse, which Jesus gave to his disciples when they asked him

 

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what would be the sign of his coming and of the end of the age.

We see all the tribes of the earth mourning in this passage when Jesus appears, but we don’t see him coming to rule…his desire is to gather unto himself the elect from the four winds (everyone who is found written in the book-Daniel 12:1-3). Here is the end of the matter for the saints. They were not forsaken nor forgotten; and their faith could not be shaken. They clung to the blessed hope, and now their faith is being realized.

The beast could not kill them. The Scriptures tell us that the great resurrection of the righteous takes place at Christ's second coming—and not just for those who survived the beasts war and wrath, and the tribulation of those days—but of all ages, both living and dead. (1 Thess. 4:16-18, 1 Cor. 15:51-53, 1 Jn. 3:2, Phil. 3:20-21)

The time has come for judging the dead (that is, all those transformed, all the elect, all those written in the book who were raised up and gathered unto Christ at his return; each must now, individually stand before his judgment seat and give an accounting—2 Corinthians 5:10. See the parables of the talents, and the ten minas-Matt. 25:14-30, Luke 19:11-27—and for rewards…it's time for rewarding your servants the prophets, and the saints, and those who reverence your name both small and great.

But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.

Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left. (Olivet Discourse-Matt. 24:37-41) Jesus will take out the elect back to heaven for final judgment and

 

 

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rewards; but those left behind on earth will face the wrath of God.

The nations were angry;

and your wrath has come.

And the time…for destroying those who destroy the earth.

We are all under His wrath. We are all by nature children of wrath. This is why God in his mercy provided an Ark.

The ancient world knew God's wrath. The ark was a sign of the times, a witness to the people that the end was near. Yet they continued to eat, drank, and be merry, and would not turn from their ungodliness.

The ark was the way of salvation. God in his love provides an Ark. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16). The Father sent the Son to bring back fallen man unto himself. Come …the door is open.

When the 3 years comes to a close the Ark is shut. No more can enter in, and those in will be taken out, and those left behind will have to face the indignation of God.

And the nations were angry. In the end the nations will be consigned to worshipping the beast. The gospel will have been rejected, God's messengers mocked, and the saints martyred. There will be no interest in this…King of kings, this…Lord of lords.

Why do the nations rage, and the people plot a vain thing?

The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take council together, against the Lord and against his Anointed saying, "let us break their bonds in pieces and cast away their cords from us." Psalm 2:1-3

After the 3 years the earth will lie in ruins…polluted by innocent blood, devastated by nuclear war! If the end were not cut short, Jesus foretold in the Olivet Discourse, no flesh would be saved.

 

 

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(no one would survive-NIV. the entire humane race would be destroyed-NLT. Matt. 24:22). Revelation tells us that the sixth trumpet will bring the death of 1/3rd of mankind. The first four trumpets, if they symbolize anything it is nuclear war—where one-third of the earth is burned up; and a third of the sea turns to blood, causing a third of the creatures in the sea to die; where a third of the rivers and springs of water become bitter; and a third part of the sun and moon is darkened. (Rev. 8:6-13)

In 1945 the first ever atom bomb was successfully detonated in the desert of New Mexico. On that fateful day, as the ground trembled and the mushroom cloud ascended into the heavens, Robert Oppenheimer said a verse from the Bhagavad-Gita, the Hindu Scriptures came to his mind. Vishnu in an effort to impress the prince to do his bidding takes on his multi-armed form and says, 'Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds'. The Antichrist will rule the world and control all that is in it. The nuclear weapons we feared would get into the hands of a madman will indeed come into the possession of the worst of all crazed animals; the demon possessed, war insane leader of the last days: who well be unhesitant to put to death, by any means, all and any unwilling to bow down and worship him alone! The whole world will groan under the weight and decay and destruction and death of the unholy trinity.

But at long last, after the rewards have been distributed in heaven, and the marriage feast of the lamb is concluded: now the time actually comes for the Son and the Saints to return and take dominion and subdue the earth.

And the dragon will be bound, and the beast and the false prophet cast into the burning flame; and all opposition and all man's pride and his arrogance and rebellion will be brought down.

 

 

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Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all those who put their trust in him. Psalm 2:12

And the transition period will be closed out, and the time of wrath, and a new dispensation of the kingdom of God on earth will be ushered in. (For more details of the transition of the rule of the beast to the Son read Rev. 16:12-16, 17:14, 19:11-21, 20:1-3, Matt. 13:38-43)

And the King will come to Zion (Jerusalem); and in righteousness his throne will be established. And all the people's of the nations who are left will serve him. And they will say, "come let us go up unto the Mountain of the Lord's house, and let us learn his ways. And he will teach us his paths." And they will beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not lift up sword against nation, for they will know the way of war no more.

And the curse will be lifted; and there will be showers of blessings. The lion will lie down with the lamb; and a little child will lead them.

The utopia man was incapable of bringing about in his corruption will finally take shape in a simple life of God, love, others, community, earth and heaven. And the Son and the Saints will lead the way, and teach the nations how it's done. And the mystery of God will be finished as he has declared unto his prophets. Isaiah 2:2-4, 11:1-9, Rev. 10:7

And so we come back to Daniel 7

I watched and behold, one like the Son of Man…he came to the Ancient of Days…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. 7:13-14

Thus, the kingdom of the Most High commences on earth, of which there is no end.

 

 

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Again, Daniel 7 does not have to be difficult. There will be beastly gentile kingdoms of man ruling the earth, the last most monstrous of all, until the Kingdom of the Most High is set up.

But there are some who insist, since the 4th beast represents the Kingdom of Roman…what does that have to do with end-times, since Rome fell some 1500 years ago? Ok but, the collapse of the Roman Empire has no resemblance to Daniel's vision.

The 'official date' for the fall of the Roman Empire is 467. Of course by this time the kingdom was already divided into east and west. The military strength of the west was greatly diminished. Much of the army consisted of non-Roman mercenaries. So when they revolted they were able to take the royal city and depose the Emperor.

No one believes that Romulus Augustus was the little horn of Daniel 7. He was only a child! On the throne for less then a year. He made no campaign against the saints.

Some say then, that the little horn was Nero or Domitrian. So then, who are the 10 horns/kings? At the end of Domitrian's reign in 92 AD the Roman Empire was still on the rise—not declining. It hadn't even reached its zenith of territorial dominion yet. It was still devouring, breaking in pieces, and trampling the earth. And the Christians would continue to be persecuted well after his death.

Lets review the summary at the end of chapter 7 one more time:

A little horn rises up in the midst of ten horns/kings subduing three of them. vers. 24

Two main characteristics of this little horn is that he will speak pompous words against the Most High, and persecute the saints for 3 years. vers.25

But the court shall be seated (the decision will be made in heaven) that they (the saints) shall take away his dominion (the

 

 

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little horn/4th beast) to consume and destroy it forever. vers. 26

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…And all dominions shall serve and obey Him. vers. 27

When Rome fell where was the rule and dominion and the greatness under the whole heaven of the saints? Where were all the dominions that were now serving and obeying the Most High? It's not there!

When the warlord Odoacer sat on the throne and was proclaimed the new King of Italy nothing changed! Gentile rule, and the sway of the dragon still prevailed over the peoples, tribes, and nations. And the saints…the saints, what number there was, were not called to rule but to serve. Just as their master before them; who came not to be ministered unto but to minister, and to give his life as a ransom for many. The greatest among you, Jesus said, would be servant of all. (Matt. 20:26-28)

When St. Augustine pondered the crumbling of the great Roman Empire he was inspired. His magnum opus, The City of God was written. Two cities coexisting on earth. One eternal, heavenly; and the other, powerful in this world, seemingly invincible, yet ultimately perishing in the end of its own corruption. There will be beast-like Gentile rule and dominion over the inhabitants of the earth, but in the end it will all parish, and its dominion taken away and destroyed…but the City of God has no end!

The times of the Gentiles did not cease with the collapse of Rome. And the Empire's collapse was unique from all others before it; in that, all previous Empires had always been conquered and replaced by another world dominating power. From Egypt who was succeeded by the conquering Assyrian Empire, to Rome itself, who finally overpowered the Grecian Empire to dominate the world

 

 

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scene. But at Rome's decline no single nation had the military might to rise up and dominate the now ever expanding world and its peoples. Thus separate nations evolved and developed. Possessing their own sovereign governments and rule. Yes, that which was once Rome crumbled, but not the nations it once ruled.

And how could God illustrate the continuation of Gentile rule over the nations after Rome? How about 10 horns on the 4th beast who shall arise from this kingdom (ver. 24). It was good enough for the Protestant Movement. Even though its leaders, under the pressure of their times would apply the 10 horns to the immediate Roman-Gothic kingdoms. And the little horn to the papacy. But why can't all sovereign rule of the nations, then and now, be symbolized by the 10 horns? Until the eventual end-time antichrist, little horn rising up from them?

Now the book of Revelation, you may recall, does predict another One World Government rising up after Rome. Remember both the dragon and the beast have seven heads. Illustrating that there rule and dominion over the earth will be seven World Dominating Empires long. In Johns day five had already fallen, one was (the 6th—the Roman Empire) and the other has not yet come. And when he comes (the 7th head) he must continue a short time. (Rev. 17:10) In Daniel 7 it just says the 10 horns shall arise from the 4th beast, and that from among them rises up the little horn. In Revelation 17 it says the 10 horns are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast. Questions of the antichrist's rise to power are not entirely clear. Does he simply make his move at the end amongst the nations and eventually get full dictatorial powers? Or more likely, will there be an Arab Jewish conflict…bringing about WWIII? And from its aftermath is a One World Government loosely formed? And from its midst will the AC rise up to rule the world?

 

 

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If the 3 years pertain to the last days, then there will be a last day's antichrist figure. In 2 Thessalonians chapter two Paul states clearly that the day of Christ cannot come—let no man deceive you by any means—until the lawless one, the man of sin is first revealed. Whom the Lord will consume with the breath of his mouth and destroy with the brightness of his coming. Who will possess satanic powers; performing signs and wonders; who will exalt himself and sit in the temple proclaiming to be god. (vers. 1-10)

Jesus, in the Olivet Discourse told his disciples to watch…and when you see all the signs now that it is near, even at the door! (Matt. 24:4,33,42-44) For those who know the signs and are watching; when the end-time leader makes his assent, to them it will become shockingly clear.

Let's try to put more pieces of the puzzle together in our next passage in Revelation chapter 11.

 

 

 

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