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I tried my best to keep this short, but it just wasn't possible. I've shortened it two times already; as for the rest, I just couldn't find a place to separate the information into two segments, so just spend a few minutes daily until you finish. Good news, I added a few pictures!
We've looked briefly at how Islam totally fits the Bible's definition of Antichrist, and they literally affirm their anti-Christ beliefs 5 times a day. They go so far as to write it all over the interior and exterior of their Mosque on Temple Mount. We've also looked at what Islam teaches about End Times and saw that is exactly fulfills the prophecies about Antichrist and the False Prophet in the Bible, right down to the 7 year treaty with Israel.
Sunday night, I either just happened to, or was led to watch "Jack Van Impe" a prophecy teacher for more years than I have been alive almost. He has the reputation of being the "walking Bible" due to his Scripture memorization. He has been watching for the EU to rise and spread a "one world" religion for all the years of his ministry. But Sunday night, he said "he was wrong, Islam and Sharia Law are rising into the one world religion that will be thrust on the people of the world." He is beginning to see the light, and seek out teachers to teach him. I was shocked, but excited.
Looks like you can teach an old dog new tricks if God is doing the teaching and the old dog is teachable!
Now, let's go back to the Bible sections that people use to teach that the Antichrist and his kingdom or empire will be European and see if that is what it says, or is there room for another interpretation.
Those who believe that the last day's empire will be Rome/ EU, do so using Daniel's visions and one other infamous verse:
Daniel 9:26 = and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. In other words: the Prince to come (antichrist) will be of the same people who destroyed Jerusalem and the Temple.
Since the destruction was carried out by a Roman legion, made up of Roman citizens, they say Antichrist will be Roman or European. There is much controversy about the ethnicity of the soldiers, pulled from Jerusalem's surrounding area used to attack the city and Temple, as well as which destruction of Jerusalem is actually intended in the prophecy of Daniel 9:26!! Both very good questions.
We will look at the visions first, and then we will look at Daniel 9:26. Then on to Revelations.
Do you remember this guy?
The Metal Statue (Dan 2:32)
Daniel said, Head was Babylon
Breast and arms of silver - Named only another kingdom
Belly and thighs of bass - Named only another third kingdom
Legs of iron- Named a fourth kingdom strong as iron
Feet of clay and iron -Not Named or called another kingdom! Just said clay and iron the kingdom shall be divided
The reason we are looking at this again is to see if the visions NAME the legs or feet and toes!!
So far, the answer is no!
Nothing after Babylon the head was actually named by Daniel or God. The kingdom's were numbered, 4 to be exact. The feet and toes received no number.
Dan 2:38-40: Thou (king of Babylon) art this head of gold. And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth. And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these (the gold, silver and brass, all 3 previous kingdoms), the feet and toes, part of potters' clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided;
Again: the feet and toes are not called another kingdom, it just says the kingdom will be divided; therefore, clay is added to the iron to show the divided kingdom, but it will be of iron, the same kingdom as the legs of iron.
We actually have only 4 kingdoms, the legs are the 4th, and they morph into the divided feet then into 10 toes. The ethnicity or nationality of the 4th kingdom will remain the same in the last days kingdom of the feet and 10 toes.
In order to name the other kingdoms, we must continue to look at Daniel's visions of animal beasts, of which he has two more.
In the first of the next two visions, Daniel saw four beasts, an angel explains the beasts to him.
Dan 7:3-8: (condensed) four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another. The first was like a lion.
a second, like to a bear.
and lo another, like a leopard, had four wings had also four heads; and dominion was given to it.
a fourth beast, diverse, terrible....
What did the angel say:
Dan 7:17-18: These great beasts, which are four, are four kings, which shall arise out of the earth.
Notice the angel does not name any beast. He says next to nothing about these kings. We do have a couple of little clues. The leopard with 4 heads could represent Greece, Alexander the Great and his 4 generals.
It looks like it is consistent with Metal Man which is 4 kingdoms and these beasts are 4 kings of kingdoms.
Daniel asked about the 4th beast, Daniel was terrified at what he saw,
Daniel's description of the 4th beast:
Dan 7:19-22: (condensed) the fourth beast, diverse from all the others, exceeding dreadful, whose teeth were of iron, his nails of brass; which devoured, brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with his feet;
the ten horns that were in his head, and the other horn which came up, before whom three fell;
This is the same description as the Revelation beast.
that other horn (the one that uprooted three) had eyes, a mouth that spake very great things, whose look was more stout than his fellows. The Antichrist leader is the other horn.
the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them; UNTIL the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom.
This gives us the very important time placement of this last king and empire. Jesus returns, Father and Son set up Jesus' 1000 year kingdom and the saints help rule. That puts this last part in our future.
What does the angel tell Daniel about this terrible 4th beast?
Dan 7:23-25: The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces. And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first (10 kings), and he shall subdue three kings. And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time (3 1/2 years).
Notice, this last days beast empire is still not named. It fits the description of Antichrist and his empire in Revelations. Notice that the angel says this is the 4th kingdom, yet in Revelations, this kingdom is the 7th kingdom which has morphed into the feet and toes and its king, the Antichrist is referred to as the 8th king.
We have 4 kingdoms with the statue even though we have 5 body parts, and 4 kingdoms with the animal beasts. In the book of Daniel, the 4th kingdom is the same as the last days kingdom in the book of Revelations.
OK, stay with me.
We have one more vision that Daniel sees, and they are named.
Dan 8:2-9: (condensed) I was by the river of Ulai (in Iran) a ram had two horns: the ram pushing westward, and northward, and southward; he did according to his will, and became great.
then an he goat came from the west and he had a notable horn. And he came to the ram and smote the ram, and brake his two horns: he cast him down to the ground, and stamped upon him:
(Take note of the language here, smote, break, cast down, and stamped upon him. The empire of this he goat so completely overtakes the empire of the ram that nothing of the ram's empire remains!)
then, the he goat when he was strong, the great horn was broken; and came up four horns in its place, they spread toward the four winds of heaven (NSEW).
And out of one of the four horns came a little horn, grew exceeding great, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the pleasant land (Israel).
What does the angel say about these two animals:
Dan 8:20-24: The ram (from Iran) having two horns are the kings of Media and Persia. the goat is the king of Grecia: and the great horn is the first king. (Alexander)
that horn being broken, four stood up for it, four kingdoms shall stand up out of the nation, (Alexander's four generals)
Ptolemy I Soter took possession of Egypt and declared himself Pharaoh. The Ptolemaic dynasty of rule lasted until 30 B.C.
Antipater assumed the government of Macedonia but died so after. His son Cassander eventually became king (305 B.C.).
Seleucus took over Babylon, Persia, Mesopotamia and adjacent areas. He was founder of the Seleucid Empire.
Antigonus declared himself king of Asia Minor in 306 B.C. and founded the Antigonid dynasty of rule. The dynasty lasted until 168 B.C.
And in the latter time of their kingdom (territory), a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up. (The little horn out of one of the 4 general's horns)
Antichrist will come out of one of the territories of these 4 generals. That leaves out Rome/ Europe.
We now know the name of the first three empires from Daniel's visions:
Babylon = Head/ Lion
Media and Persia = Chest/ Bear
Greece = Belly/ Leopard
Not Named = Legs, then morphs into Feet and 10 toes, divided kingdom/ Terrible Beast with 10 horns
This is what I see:
The legs part of the 4th kingdom is in Daniel's future, but it is in our past. The feet are in our present and 10 toes are in our future. The angel's answer to Daniel above, about the 4th terrible animal beast actually covers the legs of the statue right through the feet to the 10 toes. It is one kingdom but it rises twice, and the second time it is divided. The legs of iron have already come and we are watching the feet and waiting for the 10 toes.
A leader will rise and take out 3 horns or toes. The 10 toes of the metal man are the 10 horns of the animal beast.
Stay with me here: Major turn in teaching: Remember in Revelations, either a kingdom or a king comes back after a fatal head blow. The feet and 10 toes are what comes back from the fatal blow of the legs of iron when Britain defeated the Ottomans and the standing Caliph, hung up his turban for a more democratic and free society in Turkey.
Islam no longer had a global unifying leader with the authority of Muhammad. Like the Catholics having no Pope! A fatal blow!
If Rome was the legs of iron as is taught, that kingdom would already be in place governing the old territory of the first three kingdoms, and neither Rome nor the EU is in position. They have no intentions of taking over the entire Middle East. If anything, Europe is intent on helping the Palestinians gain territory in Israel and part if not all of Jerusalem as well!! Rome nor the EU is the 4th kingdom and is not going to rise into the feet and toes.
The kingdom of iron referred to was so successful in breaking in peaces and subduing the previous kingdoms, that they are no more, but the 4th kingdom, the legs, even though fallen from its glory still completely dominate the whole territory that was the first 3 kingdoms, Babylon, Meads/ Persia, and Greece.
The kingdom that rose, completely subdued all of the territory of the other kingdoms, and still dominates that entire area today is ISLAM. Started with Mohammed, followed by his successors the Caliphs, and then the Ottoman Empire, all Islamic.
As of today ISLAM THE IRON, still rules, dominates, subdues and tramples everything where those other kingdoms once stood. It is a divided kingdom, it has been ever since its first king, Muhammad, died.
It does not yet have 10 king leaders. The leader of the 10 has not yet risen either, but the feet marched out when they started bombing our military back in the 70's in the Middle East. They declared war with the U.S., all western values, culture, etc. on September 11. With the Arab Spring, they have began eliminating any leader who cooperates with America or the West. In those areas where they have replaced the leader, they are stamping the residue of every culture not their own, and all of this is in the territories of the first three kingdoms.
I am naming the Legs, feet and toes
Babylon = Head/ Lion
Media and Persia = Chest/ Bear
Greece = Belly/ Leopard
Islam = Legs, then morphs into Feet and 10 toes, divided kingdom/ Terrible Beast with 10 horns
The fact that the book of Daniel was sealed until the time of the end, in my opinion, is one of the strongest clues that points to Islam over Rome/ EU. Not until after the Ottoman's were defeated, and down through to today do you really see how Islam so completely subdued the entire territory of the previous kingdoms, that they are now the ruling culture in that whole part of the world!
We are currently trying to change that culture in their countries, we are not being successful. We can't even change their culture within our own country, they are causing us to be tolerant of them, allowing them to live their culture within our borders, even though much of their culture is against our laws.
Furthermore, not until today, beginning with the Iraq invasion and everything that has followed thus far do you see just how strong and unbeatable Islam is. Islam is completely subversive to any and every form of government as well as to every other religion but their own. You can not treat Islam with any tolerance what-so-ever! You give an inch, it will take a mile, literally! You will not to be able to live along side Islam and keep your own religion or culture anymore. I'm sorry but, we are at war.
Their mahdi will rise and he will be a force to recon with!!
There is much more to look at, until next week