If Bishop James Ussher’s calculations taken from dates given in Scripture are correct, man has been on earth for about six thousand years. The date he gave is 4004 B.C.
This is no less credible than someone who finds a tiny bone in the middle of Africa and gives a date of 60,000 B.C. because that is the supposed date of the strata of ground it is found in.
The point here is that time is running out, things are being seen in the heavens, there are wars, famines and pestilences everywhere, people are running to and fro, and knowledge is increasing at an exponential rate.
When I say time is running out I do not mean that the earth and its inhabitants will all die, I mean that prophetically we are moving closer to the 7 year tribulation period coming upon all who dwell upon the earth.
The earth will not die, God created it to live in until He is done with it.
“For thus says the Lord, who created the heavens, who is God, who formed the earth and made it, who has established it, who did not create it in vain, who formed it to be inhabited: ‘I am the Lord, and there is no other.’” Isaiah 45:18.
Nor will earth die from these pseudo-science hoaxes: 1960’s oil depleted in 10 years, 1970’s a new ice age, including a dire famine in 1975, 1980’s acid rain which would destroy our lakes and farmland, 1990’s ozone layer depletion, 2000’s global warming, which was predicted years prior to the year 2000 and included the dire warning that the polar ice caps would melt by 2014.
All of these are proven hoaxes because they did not happen.
Now we have climate change predicted by the same nattering pseudo-scientists with absolutely no proof of its existence, yet we will all die in nine years!
So, what makes the following prophecies right? The same thing that proves the pseudo-scientists wrong, many of the prophecies shown here have happened or are happening.
Numerous prophetic truths are given in the book of Daniel written about 537 B.C. during Israel’s exile in Babylon. Much of the book is prophetic, written more than one to five hundred years before the historical incidents happened.
This troubles the ungodly. So they say that the book of Daniel was written after the fact. Those of us who have followed the 2016 election race and all those since then have probably figured out by now that ungodly men and women lie.
So what is going to happen? Perhaps we can get a good idea from portions of the book of Daniel and other passages. This will not be an exhaustive study of the subject or the book.
“In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon [553 B.C.], Daniel had a dream and visions of his head while on his bed. Then he wrote down the dream, telling the main facts. Daniel spoke, saying, ‘I saw in my vision by night, and behold, the four winds of heaven were stirring up the Great Sea. And four great beasts came up from the sea, each different from the other.’” Daniel 7:1-3.
The Great Sea would be the Mediterranean Sea since the four world powers being considered here either border on it or it borders on the lands they conquer. In fact with the extent of the Roman conquests it was often called a Roman lake.
The four great beasts which will be considered here also correspond to the four powers that make up the great statue that Nebuchadnezzar saw in his dream, in Daniel chapter 2.
If you have not read that account, you must, it gives us a look at how intelligent King Nebuchadnezzar was, and will elaborate on the things seen here.
“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.” Daniel 7:4.
This first empire is the Babylonian Empire which was carved out and ruled by King Nebuchadnezzar, he is the head of gold on the statue in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream in Daniel 2:32.
The first beast which was like a lion represents the king. The wings are those of an eagle, undoubtedly the king of the birds.
The lion is powerful, voracious, cruel and greedy, and so were the Babylonian conquests. The eagle’s wings suggest power and speed of conquest.
The fact that the wings were plucked off indicates that Nebuchadnezzar’s conquests had come to an end. That he was raised up to stand as a man and a man’s heart was given to him tells us that something happened to change this man.
Daniel chapter four describes a period when the king went mad and ate grass like an ox for seven years. When he awoke from his madness he extolled the King of the heavens. I believe that Christians will meet this man in heaven one day and be able to talk to him about all of these things. This is why he was raised up to stand like a man, and a man’s heart was given to him.
“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!’” Daniel 7:5.
The Babylonian Empire did not endure very long after Nebuchadnezzar’s death; it lasted for a period of about 65 years all together. So the words, “And suddenly another beast…” likely means after such a short time another empire conquered them.
This beast would be the Medes and the Persians who invaded the city of Babylon in 540 B.C. and conquered them.
The bear is a good type for this army because the Medes and the Persians had a huge ponderous army so large that they even took their families along on their marches.
The bear was raised up on one side and had three ribs in its mouth. Being raised up on one side indicates that one side is more important than the other; in this case, the Medes were the greater of the two in this alliance. The Medes, by the way are the Kurds that we are hearing so much about in the news.
It was not long though before the Persians became the greater of the two and the empire that they created was known as the Persian Empire. Persia corresponds to what is known today as Iran.
The significance of the three ribs is considered to represent three major enemies conquered by the Medes and the Persians; they are Lydia, Egypt, and Babylonia.
However the territory that they conquered was huge reaching from Egypt and its environs, to as far as the Indus River which is very near the western border of India.
The end of verse 5 states, “And they said thus to it [the bear]: ‘Arise, devour much flesh!’” There is no indication as to who told them to devour much flesh, so it may have been angels from heaven, men, or demonic spirits that goad the Medes and the Persians on to war and the death of many innocent people.
“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.” Daniel 7:6.
While the Persian Empire lasted about 200 years until Alexander the Great overran them in 333 B.C. Dominion was given to the Greeks for about 270 years, over which time Greek culture, and language became universal, much like English is today.
As a result of this, our culture can be considered western culture, rather than eastern culture which it would have been had the Persians remained in control.
This leopard in verse six had four wings of a bird. The number four may refer to the four generals that the empire was divided up between after Alexander’s death.
Their names are Casander, Lysimachus, Seleucus, and Ptolemy. These men would certainly have helped in his conquest of the known world.
The four wings on the leopard suggest lightning warfare such as the German’s blitzkrieg engaged in during World War II. The leopard is indeed swift and typifies Alexander’s style.
Often his army would march overnight to surprise their enemy who would be sleepily arising on the next morning.
The four heads usually signify persons or governments in Scripture, so it follows that the four generals mentioned earlier and among whom Alexander’s empire was divided are in mind here.
“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.” Daniel 7:7.
This monster is like no other, devouring, breaking in pieces, and trampling, it represents the Roman Empire. Rome began to expand around 70 B.C. taking over territories like Egypt, Syria, and Jerusalem and moving on from there.
The Romans were fierce, decisive, and brutal. Unlike the other empires which ruled their conquests as a loose confederation, Rome held the nations as part of their empire, keeping them on a tight rein.
The last phrase in verse 7 is, “…and it had ten horns”, the meaning when we take other prophecies in Scripture into consideration indicates a period of time has elapsed before the horns appeared.
An angel gave this reply to a question put to him by Daniel.
“The fourth beast shall be a fourth kingdom on earth, which shall be different from all other kingdoms, and 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.” Daniel 7:23-24.
Rome is the fourth kingdom which lasted up until around 500 A.D. before it just fell apart. Since that time nations have tried to revive the Roman Empire, but they, along with men like Charlemagne and Napoleon have failed. The Common Market and the European Union are attempts at resurrection but without success so far.
One of the latest attempts is by what is called the Club of Rome, a group of globalist leaders who want to divide the whole earth into ten parts with ten leaders (kings?) to run them.
If they, or another group of schemers succeed, we can be sure that sinful man’s desire to live without God will descend into chaos, because there will always be a little horn coming to the front.
“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.” Daniel 7:8.
The fact that the little horn came up among the ten horns underscores the fact that all ten horns exist together, not over different periods of time.
The Roman government would go through seven different forms of government but it never had ten kings at once, so this is still a future event which would require the empire to be revived.
Three of the horns will be plucked out by the roots, indicating their complete loss of power, and perhaps the little horn will gain their three territories and become the eighth of the seven remaining kings.
It is seen in numerous prophecies that this little horn is the Antichrist and he will ascend over all of the kings to rule the entire world.
And this is why the little horn, the Antichrist is so clearly described in the last sentence of verse 8.
“And there, in this horn, were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking pompous words.” Daniel 7:8b.
The eyes of a man indicate great intelligence, and a devilish wisdom that will have men seeking him out.
The Antichrist will be a master politician, battle strategist, and have a demeanor which will gain the slavish adulation of the whole world.
Many today have speculated that one or another of the world’s leaders, including at least one in the United States, is the coming Antichrist.
But truthfully, just being evil does not qualify them as candidates and all of them are as dumb as a box of rocks, having no right to be in positions of leadership to begin with.
When one completely understands how brilliant and manipulative this man will be the foolishness of these speculations will become apparent.
But the Antichrist also has, “…a mouth speaking pompous words”, later it is said that, “He shall speak pompous words against the Most High…” Daniel 7:25a.
“Then the king [Antichrist] shall do according to his own will: he shall exalt and magnify himself above every god, shall speak blasphemies against the God of gods…” Daniel 11:36a.
“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 [Antichrist] is revealed, the son of perdition, 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.” 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4.
The Antichrist typified by this little horn which will grow in prominence over the other eight horns, will also grow in arrogance and pride. Like Satan, the one who energizes him, said in his rebellion:
“I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.” Isaiah 14:14.
So Satan’s son:
“…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.” 2 Thessalonians 2:4.
But there is an end to this man’s evil.
“And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He [Holy Spirit] who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one [Antichrist] will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming. The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved.” 2 Thessalonians 2:6-10.
We shall see how the doom of the Antichrist is decided by God, and its aftermath when we continue from Daniel 7:9.
Time is Running Out taken from godisrevealed.com posted on 4-6-16, updated on 7-11-21.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version, copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission, all rights reserved.