In the Book of Daniel, the Babylonian King, Nebuchadnezzar had a disturbing dream vision that jarred him to sleeplessness. The King was so troubled and intrigued by the dream that he summoned all the magicians, enchanters, sorcerers and astrologers of his kingdom and demanded that they both tell him what this dream was and what it meant.
All these magicians, enchanters, sorcerers and astrologers however were not able to give the Nebuchadnezzar the answer but he demanded that unless they tell him 'the dream and its interpretation', (failing which) they would all be executed.
We shall divert a little to discuss a misconception about Nebuchadnezzar's demand. Was Nebuchadnezzar irrational and unreasonable to require these magicians, enchanters, sorcerers and astrologers that they must tell him what his dream was? What do you think?
All these magicians, enchanters, sorcerers and astrologers seemed to think so. But not the king, he demanded that ‘they lived up to their billings’, and was so furious when they could not, that he decreed that all these and (very unreasonably) also all those others appointed to administer to the affairs of his kingdom, be arrested and executed.
Throughout the history of our “civilization” there have been fraudsters and charlatans. These are men (yes, includes women too) who claimed to have special paranormal powers. Some have ascribed these to some magical items they posses. Others claimed of special relationships with some gods or deities or some inherent or acquired spirituality or paranormal (i.e. supernatural) powers within themselves. For that in essence are also what priests lay claim to.
Nebuchadnezzar was not being unreasonable when he demanded that these magicians and astrologers who claimed special paranormal powers, tell him what his dream was. Anyone can give you a nice spin (i.e. some made up stories) if you tell them your dream (as is common in our age where all kinds of professed psychic made claims to mind reading and other paranormal abilities) and the only way to authenticate them is let them tell you what you had dreamt in the first place.
If someone came up to you and tell you they have magical or paranormal powers would it be unfair for you to demand they prove this claims on your terms not on theirs? That was exactly what Nebuchadnezzar demanded. These magicians, enchanters, sorcerers and astrologer made a livelihood off King Nebuchadnezzar.
Daniel Revealed The Dream And Its Meaning.
King Nebuchadnezzar was infuriated by their replies and commanded that they all be executed including all the other counselors and advisers in his regime.
When Daniel learned about the King’s command he went before the King to ask for some time. He then went before GOD seeking GOD’s mercy to reveal the secret that King Nebuchadnezzar demanded. The secret was then revealed to Daniel in a night vision.
Daniel was then able to tell the King both what his dream was and what it meant. The dream was a vision from GOD. Though given and directed to Nebuchadnezzar, it was not mainly for him, as he would soon pass from the scene. The dreams involved kings (i.e. political rulers of sovereign nations) and nations that would arise after him, leading from that time to the time when JESUS CHRIST will return to rule over the nations (Daniel 2:44). So the vision was more a message for us today on whom the End of the Age has come.
The vision was a summary of events that started from Nebuchadnezzar's time leading to the Time of the End when JESUS CHRIST will return to rule over the nations of the earth (Daniel 2:44). The perspective of the vision was of world ruler-ship, or of a king and nation that exercised political rule or authority over the world's people. The context of such a ruler-ship or dominion is that of, exercising of power or authority over, either physically or logically (virtually). This is not necessarily literally, meaning literally over every single nation on earth, though it can be.
In my earlier discussion on this ‘world ruling power’ I mentioned the context of ‘ruling over the people of the world plus over the people or nation of GOD by covenant’. So that is the scope of this ‘King of kings’ context (Daniel 2:37).
Much later, after explaining this vision to Nebuchadnezzar, Daniel was given additional visions of the series of events that would lead to the End of the Age. Included were the details concerning the coming of the MESSIAH, the MESSENGER/MEDIATOR of the Covenant (first advent) and a New Covenant the MESSIAH would institute which would bring to an end to the sacrifices and offering at the temple of Jerusalem (re-established after the temple was rebuilt by the Jews who returned from the Babylonian captivity during the years of the Mede Persia dominance).
That meant that the Covenant (Exodus 19:5 - 6; 20:1 - 17; Deuteronomy 5:2 - 5, 6 - 21, 22) made at Horeb with the ancient nation of Israel (included both nations of Judah and Israel) would come to an end. That happened when JESUS CHRIST the HUSBAND of the ‘Marriage’ Covenant (Jeremiah 3:14) died (Romans 7:3; 1 Corinthians 7:39). HE was the Passover LAMB who died for the sins of mankind. Just before HIS death, JESUS instituted the New Covenant in the Passover with bread and wine of the Passover meal to represent respectively HIS flesh and HIS blood shed in the making of the New Forever Covenant. JESUS CHRIST himself being the Passover sacrificial LAMB of GOD.
So here we have a track of GOD’s ‘plan’ for mankind revealed in these four world ruling kingdoms (i.e. nations or empires) that would according to the appointed time, have rule or authority over the nations of the world. These four kingdoms including all the ten resurrections of the fourth kingdom are the milestones events for this track.
First there was Babylon at the point when Nebuchadnezzar in the glory of his vast empire having power over the very nation of GOD - Judah. At that point the ancient Kingdom of Israel had ceased being a nation and people of GOD after GOD had them carried away by the Assyrian because of continued breaking of their Covenant with HIM, the Covenant made at Mount Sinai (Deuteronomy 5:3, 1 - 5; Exodus 19:5 - 6) mediated by Moses. GOD divorced them (Jeremiah 3:8; Isaiah 50:1) because of their Spiritual adultery - committing fornication with the nations of the world through worshiping their gods of wood and metal and stones plus also having alliances with these pagan nations for protection. The nation of Judah's captivity in Babylon was also because of this same unfaithfulness of Spiritual adulteries.
Followed on the empire of Babylon there was Mede Persia when Babylon fell (Daniel 5:30 - 31). The third kingdom of these four was Greco Macedonia. And lastly there was Rome (includes both pagan and papal) which was to have ten revivals (three under Roman Emperor gods religion and seven under Christmas religion).
It must also be noted that in the writings of the Scripture of Truth, the nation and its king or ruler are not reference as separate entities. The term king can refer to the nation and vice versa. This is because GOD looks at government from the perspective of the head or the one holding authority. That is why women were seldom addressed directly in the Scriptures but mostly man, because from GOD's perspective the man is the head of the family. This does not mean that women are lesser in the eyes of GOD. To fully appreciate this subject please read from the book Bible 101 by this author in the chapters ‘The Elect’ and ‘Sons of GOD, Daughters Of Men.’
Here then is the summary of this track of world ruling nations (Daniel 2:32 - 33) ending when JESUS returns to establish the Kingdom of GOD (Daniel 2:34 - 35) on the land area promised to Abraham and his descendants. This Kingdom will eventually grow to fill and rule over the whole world (Daniel 2:35 last statement) at the Last Great Day (Revelation 21:1 - 8).
1. First Beast or Kingdom was Babylon corresponding to the Head of the Stature.
2. Second Beast or Kingdom was Mede Persia.
3. Third Beast or Kingdom was Greco Macedonia.
4. Fourth and Last Beast or Kingdom was Rome. This last Beast was to have several revivals (Revelation 13:1; 17:3) or resurrections spaced out and distributed through the centuries starting with ancient Rome as overlord of Judea until the last revival at the End of Age. The last of these revivals will be a political and military union of ten nations.
The Focus Of The Bible.
Anyone who has thoroughly read the Christian Bible and understood it would have realized that many of the Holy Christian Scriptures' prophecies pointed to or were focused on the period known as the End of the Age which is specifically the period leading to and encompassing JESUS CHRIST second advent (the Day of The LORD) when HE will return as KING of Kings and LORD of Lords (Revelation 19:16) to rule over the nations (Revelation 12:5, 19:15) of this world.
The problem with men who study the Holy Christian Scriptures and who considered themselves devout or pious and being authoritative on these, have been that their perspective have invariably been limited to their lifetime. They viewed fulfillment of the prophecies as something that would happen in their short lifetime. In other words their focus and perspective have always been from the standpoint of the short duration of their lifespan.
They just were not able or not willing to diligently study and understand that GOD's context and time frame are from the seven thousand years perspective. So whenever they read the prophecies of the Bible they almost always fitted the fulfillment into the duration of their short lifetime. This includes both Saints and sinners.
Daniel to whom GOD revealed this message of Nebuchadnezzar vision and also many other revelations of events that would lead to the End of the Age asked:
Similarly, the Apostles asked JESUS just before HE ascended to Heaven after HIS resurrection:
To both these questions the answer was the same. It was not to be in their lifetime, not according to their time frame.
Though it is very natural for all those who study the Word of GOD to want to see the fulfillment of the Kingdom in their lifetime, a sincerely faithful disciple must follow the example and obey the commandments of the LORD and MASTER. This is to seek and do the will of the FATHER.
So like the Prophet Daniel and the Apostles of JESUS CHRIST, we may ask or seek to find out when all these things will be. Where all those self proclaimed prophets have gone wrong was: when without fervently seeking the answer from the LORD and MASTER, JESUS CHRIST, they tried to fit these fulfillments into their lifetime and tailored their interpretations of the Scriptures to that desire when they should have believed and obeyed the Scripture that testified:
That is because knowledge puffs up, meaning when we have a bit of knowledge or think we know a little something or when we feel we have achieve something great, we start to act like “rocket scientists,” behaving and speaking like we know everything and are somehow superior to the rest of mankind. Every created rational and intelligent personage is affected by this syndrome - what this author called the rocket scientist syndrome (or literally, ego supergorging).
The Book of Revelation.
In Revelation Chapter 17 verse 12, it was prophesied of a scarlet beast with seven heads and ten horns. Here were these ten horns on a beast with seven heads, but these ten horns are ten kings. These ten kings will receive authority as kings with the Beast. So there are actually eleven kings.
Here then is a crucial key to understanding the prophecies of the Bible, which are the testimonies of JESUS.
The Four Time Concepts In The Bible.
1. Figurative time as representative of a short span of time. The shortest unit of time measurement in the Scripture of Truth is an hour. So when an hour or the hour is mentioned it sometimes refers to this shortest time span measurement figuratively meaning in a very short time or short span of time.
2. Then there is our normal earth time or literal time as in a day of 24 hours (12 hours day and 12 hours night) but only in the Bible time starts at sunset (first hour of night time) and sunrise (first hour of day time). The modern 24-hour time divisions of day and night comes from the Christmas religion (which is the Gregorian calendar used globally today) starting each 24 hours day period at midnight instead of at sunset. In Biblical references a day of 24 hours starts at sunset. Evening being the transition time to a new 24-hour day. The day is then divided into a 12 hours night and a 12 hours day.
3. Prophetic Time which is a day for a year. In prophetic time when a day is mentioned it equates to a year of physical earth time but only the Bible year is 360 days. So the Day of the LORD is a one year long event of 360 days.
4. GOD's Time-frame For Man is set based on the seven-day week created at creation (Genesis chapters 1 and 2). A day is equivalent to a thousand years. So an hour is approximately forty years.
The Last Resurrection of the Fourth Beast.
If you are unfamiliar you can read about this in my book Bible 101, in the Chapter, ‘The Old Testament And The New Testament,’ under the topic ‘Keys To Understanding The Mystery.’ These seven revivals are ‘type’ of this fourth Beast, meaning they have some key characteristic of it. They are typed by the role they play. Another characteristic is their close relationship with the Anti-Christ’s church (Revelation 17:3) or religious system which the book of Revelation termed, ‘Mystery Babylon The Great, Mother of Harlots and Abomination of the Earth’.
Some may have observed some seemingly contradictions between the account in the Book of Daniel (Daniel 7:24) of this fourth Kingdom or Beast from that reveled to the Apostle John in the Book of Revelation (Revelation 17:10). Some claimed that the Daniel's account spoke of ten kings (or revivals of this kingdom) while that of the Book of Revelation spoke of seven. Even the account on the 'Little Horn' appeared to be different from the eighth Beast.
Here it is crucial that you understand the Biblical concept of Dualism and Types. I have only covered this fundamental concept to understand Biblical prophecies very briefly here. You can read more about this in my book 'Bible 101' or read my blogs of this book which consist of abridge version of the first two chapter of this book.
Here is the mind which has wisdom: The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits. There are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, and the other has not yet come. And when he comes, he must continue a short time. The beast that was, and is not, is himself also the eighth, and is of the seven, and is going to perdition.
Revelation 17:9 - 11
Here again the ‘type’ or ‘dualism’ key is crucial to identifying of this Son of Perdition of 2 Thessalonians 2. The role type for the Son of Perdition of 2 Thessalonians 2 is that of betrayal or that of a traitor. The term ‘Son of Perdition’ had only been used to refer to one other person in the New Testament records. And that was Judas Iscariot who betrayed JESUS CHRIST. Judas was among the first twelve called to be Apostles. Then the concept of the beast symbolism is that of a sovereign ruler of a nation or kingdom whereas the Son of Perdition context spoke of a person who will do away with the Royal Law and Holy Commandments of GOD. The context is of lawlessness (‘mystery of lawlessness’). And the only place in this whole great evil world where the Royal Law and Holy Commandments of GOD is still be kept and perform is in the Church of GOD (‘in the temple of God’) today.
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, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as (if he is) God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God (by over ruling and replacing everything that JESUS taught and commanded which the Church of GOD had always honor, kept and obeyed).
Thessalonians 2:3 - 4
So this Son of Perdition of 2 Thessalonians 2 would be a religious leader in the very Church of GOD who, acting deceitfully and by manipulating the doctrinally weak Messenger (or Angel), take over the leadership of the Church of GOD and turned that globe spanning congregation apostate. He would then command (opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God) the doing away (i.e. the breaking) of the Everlasting Covenant and the commandments of GOD replacing these with Easter, Christmas, Trinity and the other doctrines of the evil Christmas religion. This had already taken place as prophesied. Read about this fulfillment in the discussion, ‘The Church of GOD Today.’
Failing to wipe out the Church of GOD, these agents or messengers of Satan will then persecute to destroy all those who would obey GOD (Revelation 12:13). Those will include all those that GOD have plans for - namely the genealogical descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob whom GOD will bring into the covenant, the Everlasting Covenant, just prior to, during and after the Day of the LORD. Exactly as GOD freed the ancient Israelite from slavery in Egypt and brought them into the Old Covenant with HIM in Mount Sinai at Horeb, so also will GOD deliver the survivors of this end time captivity of the genealogical descendants of Israel (Jacob) form their captors and bring them into the New Everlasting Covenant which their forefathers rejected during the Apostolic days and consequently their nation was destroyed. To find out more about these two covenants please read Bible 101.
The ancient Egyptian slavery of the ancient Israelite is a ‘Type’ of this soon coming captivity of the modern day genealogical descendants of this same Israelite. The Typed role here is of captivity or slavery, of not having freedom to act according to one’s will - as the Americans will put it ‘of not having liberty.’
The Image of The Beast.
Mouth Full Of Blasphemies.
No One Will Know The Day And The Hour When JESUS CHRIST Will Be Returning.
JESUS during HIS three and half years ministry as a SON of man told HIS disciples:
But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.
Mark 13:32 (also Matthew 24:36)
Your Means To Escape The Coming Destruction.
A summary of events that will soon take place relating to this last revival of ancient Rome.
2 Samuel 12:9 - 12
Next........ THE FALSE PROPHET.
WHAT IS NEXT IN PROPHECY? 1 2 3 4i 4ii 5i 5ii 5iii
BACK TO THE END OF WORLD HOW IT IS GOING TO HAPPEN.
*1 Bible 101 is a book expounding the true message of the Bible by this author. Extract from this book are available for a period of time at http://.quah-bible101.blogspot.com/.
1. Words in italic referenced titles or proper names where this applies, otherwise these are personal notes to selected people who are familiar with them.
2. I have intentionally left out many scriptural references as anyone who wants to prove or disprove what is written here should read the Christian Bible thoroughly and extensively (from cover to cover at least three or more times).
3. The various chapters and articles discussed here are by no means exhaustive of the doctrines, prophesies, subjects and answers to questions on the Christian Holy Scriptures.
4. Scriptures quoted are from New King James Version unless otherwise indicated.
5. Please bear in mind that this stuff here is for foundation understanding and some 'deeper' verses and advanced doctrines are skipped.
6. The word or term 'man' is used throughout as a reference to man specifically as well as to all mankind (male and female) according to the context in the same way as the Bible used the term.
7. For the complete listing of titles and discussions of this author on the Christian faith (or religion) please refer to the Start or Home page of 'The Holy Bible Expounded'. Also listed in this post page are the latest published posts of all the Christian topic blogs of this author.
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Last Updated: 2014 02 18
First Posted: 2010 09 13