Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Prophetic Times To The End - Daniel - Part 12

End Times Daniel 10 pt. 3

Conflict: holy and unholy angels

Dan. 10:16 Daniel is astonished, he says one with a likeness of sons of man touched his lips; then Daniel opened his mouth and spoke, and said to the angel who was standing before him, Daniel said “O my lord, (like we would address someone today as sir) Daniel as a result of the vision given says my pains have come upon me, (Daniel was experiencing anguish) Daniel stress level is consuming his strength. This is due to understanding of the sufferings his people will have to undergo until the time of retribution is over according to the vision given.

Dan. 10:17 Daniel asks a question of his visitor out of respect to him, Daniel wants to know how he should be able to speak with a servant of God with such high esteem that Daniel sees in him. Daniel says for himself there remains yet no strength in him nor any breath been left in him at present. Daniel was left totally debilitated and gasping for breath out of the understanding of the vision from God about the coming sufferings of his people.

Dan. 10:18 Daniel tells us that the one with likeness of sons of man in appearance touched him again and strengthened him. To meet Daniels need the angel quieted the alarm in Daniels heart, and strengthened him physically and emotionally allowing Daniel to be ready to receive the message yet to come.

Dan. 10:19 the angel said to Daniel, “O man of desirability in the presence of God the Father, Daniel do not be afraid. Peace be with you Daniel; take courage and be courageous!” Daniel said, as soon as the angel spoke to him, he received strength and said, “May my lord speak, for you have strengthened me.”

Dan. 10:20 The angel said to Daniel, “Do you Daniel understand why I (angel) came to you? Gabriel the angel says he has to return and contend with his satanic counterpart the prince of Persia and he must be ready for the prince of Greece another of Satan’s demons. What Gabriel will have to contend with is about to come on the scene as in the Plan of God the kingdom of Medo-Persia is about to expire and the kingdom of Greece to have dominion. The angel Gabriel told Daniel God’s plan for Israel under Persia and Greece and for on later in the Tribulation and the Millennium. For Daniel was living under the exile in Babylon at present and only need to have the times yet explained.

Dan. 10:21 Gabriel said, “However, I have revealed what is inscribed in the writing of truth to you Daniel. Gabriel tells Daniel that the prince of Daniels people, Michael firmly stands with him against Israel’s enemies until the end of the “times of the gentiles.” Michael, as being your prince Daniel, in this verse tells us that he has a special relationship with the Nation Israel under God’s divine Plan.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Prophetic Times To The End - Daniel - Part 11

End Times Daniel 10 pt. 2

Conflict: holy and unholy angels

Dan. 10:11 Daniels visitor said to him, “O Daniel , man of preciousness, Daniel is to understand the words that the angel is about to tell him, and upon your standing, the angel is saying because of your preciousness with God, I (the angel) have been sent to you.” Daniel says now when the angel spoke these words to him, he (Daniel) finished standing up still trembling. [ref. Job. 4:14,15]

Dan. 10:12 The angel then said to Daniel, “Do not be afraid Daniel for from the first day of your prayer and supplications and your setting your heart (mind) on understanding, you humbled yourself before God the Father. Daniel your words were heard, and I (angel) have come in response to your prayer to God the Father.

Dan. 10:13 The angel tells Daniel that the prince of the kingdom of Persia was standing opposite of him, contending against him for twenty-one days. The prince of the kingdom of Persia would be Satan or one of his chief demons. The angel said to Daniel that Michael one of the chief princes, came to help him, for he (the angel) had been left there with the Kings of Persia. We can see from this that even though Satan is the ruler of the age “the times of the Gentiles” God the Father has his influence upon the rulers of the land appointed for their time of rule.

Dan. 10:14 The angel says, “now I have come to give you Daniel, an understanding of what will happen to your people in the latter days, for the vision pertains to the days yet.”( Time of the end) So we see here that the angel is telling Daniel that he has come to give Daniel his hearts desire. Daniel in his prayers wants to know for his people’s sake and for the Lords glory what was needed before God, for Daniel’s people to receive God’s grace and mercy.

Dan. 10:15 Daniel says that when the angel had spoken to him of these words, he set his face toward the ground and became speechless. Daniel had been weakened at the appearance of the angelic visitor, now Daniel was also overwhelmed at learning of the angelic…demon conflict that delayed the answer of his prayers. [ref.Eph.6:12]

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

End Times Revealed - Part One


Rumblings being heard in the Middle East that could have the most dramatic of repercussions, and for none more than for the church today. In studying Isaiah and other of the prophets, not only do we find the alliances that the Bible speaks of in reference to the time of tribulation, but we find that the attitudes of those nations that are named are in accord with what the prophets said they would be; written a millennia ago.

The Arab nations seem to be coming together in a determined spirit, knowing that now is the time that somehow, peace must be made between Israel and the Palestinians. A recent conference in Annapolis, attended by representatives of forty-four nations, began when a meeting was called for between Arab heads of state. From this evolved another Annapolis meeting. Saudi Arabia did offer a particular plan, but was rejected because it did not issue a right of the Palestinian refugees to return to land lost when Israel became a state (1948). Israel has made her final offer, She has stated that she would withdraw to her pre-1967 borders, excepting for East Jerusalem. She has nothing more to offer. With what we are seeing happen at this time in our lives, our minds must look to the prophetic calendar.

The rapture of the true church is the next scheduled event that will take place for Christians during this time period we live in today, called the “Church Age“. Nothing will precede it for the church. When this age ends at the rapture, God will again be dealing with Israel nationally and this will usher in what is known as the tribulation period. The seventieth week of Daniel’s “seventy weeks” will begin, the things that tell as the times and the seasons are upon us, these are the circumstances on the ground in the Middle East presently. We need to look at the book of Daniel for the prophetic outline of the World from that time to the time of Christ and the cross, and some to the time of the anti-chirst, who will come upon the scene during the tribulation period, make a covenant with Israel and then will break that covenant after 3.5 years of the 7 years that this end times ruler will have dominion of the world. After the first 3.5 years of relative peace for Israel has come to an end the world will enter into what is known as The Great Tribulation period comprised of the last 3.5 years of the 7 years. At the end of the great tribulation period Christ Jesus the King of Kings will return to earth at what is known as the second advent and rescue Israel and the rest of the world from the anti-christ, which will end the “times of the Gentiles” domination of the world and Christ will take Israel the nation of priests into what is known as the Millennial Kingdom as their King and reign for 1,000 years. The church was not known to the Old Testament prophets. Read Daniel as you follow this outline to come to the understanding of these scriptures. I have also set up a Bible study platform on my web site that is going through Daniel chapter 7 through chapter 12. Please join me and others in this Bible study we have set the study up in a format that people can ask questions and get answers to their questions at any time during the study process, so please join us in learning the Word of God and understanding what God has for us to learn in these “end times”

CHAPTER 1: a Introductory; b. - The moral condition suited to enlightenment in the way’s and counsels of God. C. - Separation maintained “The undefiled in the way”

CHAPTER 2: a Babylon vs. 38; b - Medo-Persia vs. 39 first half; c - Greece vs. 39 last half; - d Rome vs. 40.

Times of the Gentiles, Israel under God’s judgment and protection until the promised land be cleansed.

CHAPTER 3: a - enforced worship of the Image; b - a preserved remnant; c - Typical of the abomination of desolation; d- and the faithful remnant

CHAPTER 4: Nebuchadnezzar humbled. Typical of the subjugation of all Gentile power.

CHAPTER 5: a - mene mene tekel upharsin - Babylon destroyed; b. Medo Persia succeeds to World empire; c - Typical of the impiety and doom of gentile power.

CHAPTER 6: a - Daniel is preserved in the lions den- Typical of the Lord’s care of the Israelite remnant; b - A typical of how the remnant of Judah will find themselves in the day’s of the Antichrist.

CHAPTER 7: Basically covers the same ground as chapter 2. In chapter 2 we see as the King saw a stately statue of a man representing kingdoms. In chapter 7 we see as Daniel saw in God’s light the same empires, he sees them as four ravenous wild beasts, so brutal and so monstrous, that no actual creatures known to man could actually set them forth.

CHAPTER 8: a - The Grecian little horn--We have outlined for our learning the rise, progress, decline and fall, emphasizing the truth that “righteousness exalted a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people”

CHAPTER 9: a - The prophecy of the seventy weeks; b - 483 years to Christ coming and rejection

CHAPTER 10, 11, 13: Prophetic history in detail
10 - Angelic ministry and “World-Rulers of this Darkness” (Eph 6:12)
11 - world Empire passes to Greece. Wars of the Ptolemies (Egypt) and Seleucida (Syria).

After going through Daniel and his prophecy to the time of Christ Work on the cross, we enter what has been foretold by Christ and his Disciples and Apostles in scripture to the Church our present Age from Cross to rapture of the Church. (Eph. 3:3-11). When Christ went upon the cross the lamb slain for all people the last of any prophecy was fulfilled until the church rapture has occurred as Paul explains in 1 Cor. 15:51-53; Phil. 3:20, 21; 1 Thes. 4:13-18.

As to the rapture of the church we have no time line. There is no scripture specific, there are some hints as to the times and the seasons as we saw in the Book of Daniel. As the angel told to Daniel or as Daniel was to overhear of the angelic conversation a sign to the time of the end could be ease of travel around the world, (as we can see is ever so upon us as people can have breakfast in L.A. and Dinner in Tokyo after an evening meeting and be back in L.A for breakfast the next morning). Expansion of knowledge will be extreme. As we also have upon us the internet is so expansive and full of knowledge of anything you would want to know that the time is such that the church could experience rapture at any moment, could also be 100 yrs, 1000 yrs, we just don’t know. But we do know that this must happen before the beast or the anti-christ can be made known to the world.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Prophetic Times To The End - Part Ten

The Vision of the Glory of God

Dan. 10:1 Again Daniel was telling us what year he wrote this prophecy. This was written in the Third year of reign of Cyrus king of Persia 536 B.C. Daniel says that a message was revealed to him and that the Persians called him by the name Belteshazzar; Daniel tells us that he knows that the message is true (factual, truth, word revealed by God) and revealed at a time of great conflict, (of warfare), Daniel understood the words God spoke and had an understanding of the vision.

Dan. 10:2 Daniel says, that, in those days because of the understanding of God’s word and going through the vision he had been mourning for his people and himself for three entire weeks.

Dan. 10:3 Daniel relates to us that he fasted during this entire three weeks, he says, I did not eat any tasty food, nor meat or wine entered his mouth. He did not use the ointment of custom at all, this was done out of respect for God the Father in praise and adoration.

Dan. 10:4 Daniel here is giving us a reference to the Jewish calendar. Daniel says on the 24th day of the first month, (Israel’s religious calendar began in Nisan, which was spring. The first three feasts took place in the first month of Nison. These were Passover, Unleavened Bread, and First Fruits. Nisan or Abib refers to March-April). Daniel explains that he was by the banks of the great river, the Tigris.

Dan. 10:5 Daniel lifted his eyes and looked, he saw that a certain man dressed in fine linen, (what Daniel saw was Jesus Christ before him, this is called a Theophanies, [ref. Gen. 12:7] these are pre-incarnate appearances of God the Son, either in angelic or human form, by manifested glory [ref. Ezk. 1], or in a manner as not described [ref. Gen. 17:1]). Daniel goes on to say, Jesus was girded at the waist by a belt of pure gold of Uphaz. This is His priestly attire. [ref. Rev. 1:13]

Dan. 10:6 Daniel explains further, that, his visitor’s body was like beryl. His face shown like lightening, His eyes were like flames of torches, His arms and feet gleamed like burnished bronze, and the sound of His words like the sound of a roaring. [ref. Rev. 1:15]
Daniel saw something of the glory of the heavens reflected in the one who visited him, angels, who dwell in the presence of God who is light, are themselves clothed with light. [ref. Rev. 1:14-16; 19:12] Beryl is a yellow serpentine color which surrounded the body of Daniels visitor.

Dan. 10:7 Daniel says, he alone saw the vision, while there were others with him at the time. Daniel says a great dread fell on them, when they saw the tremendous bright light coming upon them, they ran away with fear to hide themselves.

Dan. 10:8 Daniel tells us he was left alone and saw the great vision of God; Daniel tells us that great stress was left upon him from what was taking place. It drained all of his strength. Daniels natural olive complexion, he says, turned to a deadly pallor (very pale). He could not regain his strength even in his trying to do so.

Dan. 10:9 Daniel says he heard the sound of his visitor’s words; and immediately after hearing the words, Daniel fell in a deep sleep on his face, with his face to the ground he lay.

Dan. 10:10 Daniel is astonished, he says, a hand touched me, and he became trembling, trying to get to his hands and knees.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Prophetic Times To The End - Part Nine

Dan. 9:19 Daniel’s prayer continues, he says, hear and forgive, listen and take action, Lord God for your sake, Heavenly Father, do not delay, because your city and your people are called by your name have compassion on us.

Dan. 9:20 Daniel tells us while he was speaking and praying, confessing his sins and the sins of the people of Israel, Daniel was presenting prayer and supplications before the Lord God on behalf of God’s Holy temple, Gods dwelling place among His people.

Dan. 9:21 Daniel tells us that while he was speaking in prayer, (this verse confirms the fact that the angel Gabriel provided the explanations of the dreams in Chapter 7 of the book of Daniel), that Gabriel came to him in his weariness of the extensive prayer and supplication Daniel was petitioning before God the Father. Daniel goes on to say it was about the time for the evening offering, when,

Dan. 9:22 Daniel says, that Gabriel gave him instructions, and had conversation with him. Gabriel said, “O Daniel”, I have come to tell you to give you insight and understanding.

Dan. 9:23 Daniel says, that Gabriel explained that God the Fathers command was issued at the beginning of Daniels supplications. Gabriel tells Daniel that he “Daniel” is highly esteemed, for Daniel should give heed to this message and gain understanding of the vision given to Daniel by God the Father.

Dan. 9:24 Gabriel tells Daniel that seventy weeks have been decreed for your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to make an end of sin (Ref. Ex.29:33) (That which makes atonement for sin), to make for everlasting righteousness, (when the time of transgression is finished) to seal up vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most holy places. (All of which Daniels prayers and petitions to God the Father have been).

Dan. 9:25 Gabriel says to Daniel, that, Daniel is to know and discern that from the issuing of a decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem (Ref. Neh.2) (Is the only mention or decree in scripture authorizing the rebuilding of the city, this decree was issued in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes in 445 B.C.), until Messiah the Prince there will be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; (from the date 445 B.C. as a beginning, the first sixty-nine weeks reach to “Messiah the Prince”). (Reference to Jesus Christ first advent) The city will be built again, with plaza and moat, even in “times of distress”. (Refers to the tribulation period)

Dan. 9:26 Gabriel tells Daniel, that, then after sixty-two weeks of time the Messiah will be cut off and have nothing, (Christ’s first advent will be “cut off” and will not obtain any of His regal glory ( Refers to the fact that Christ the Messiah of Israel will be rejected by the people and His kingdom will be established during the Millennial period ), at this time secondly the rebuilt city and sanctuary will again be destroyed “by the people” of the “prince who is to come” will accomplish this destruction in 70 A.D. The “prince who is to come” is the little horn who will arise out of the ten nations of the revived Roman Empire at a future time even from this writing. Gabriel tells Daniel that the end will come with completeness but that until the end comes there will be wars, and desolations determined through this period of time down through to the end of the ages of what is called the end of the “times of the Gentiles.”

Dan. 9:27 Gabriel tells Daniel, that, the beast will make a firm and absolute covenant with the nation Israel for one week, (this one week is the seventieth week, the last week of Daniels prophecy and the end of the reign of the Gentiles), but in the middle of the week the beast will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering; (remember our time, times, and a half time from vs. 25 of the seventh chapter of Daniel which=three and one half years. Daniel is being told that in the middle of this time period of the seventieth week the beast will break his covenant with Israel, and forcible interruptions of the Jewish ritual of worship by the roman prince, the anti-christ. He will introduce “abominations” that render God’s sanctuary desolate. Gabriel goes on to say after the beast makes all things completely desolate, even until a complete destruction, (this refers to the entire levitiacal system, which tells us that Israel will have restored that system in the first half of the seventieth week, which also should tell us that the “Church” must have been “caught up” at the time of the “End of the Gentiles”). [Ref. 1Thess. 4:17; 1Cor. 15:51-53]. For the beast is now “passing off” as the world’s rightful king, god, and Israel’s prince of peace, who will then turn against Israel and become her destroyer and defiler. This also tells us that the seventieth week of Daniel’s prophecy, yet unfulfilled, must likewise be fulfilled literally. Gabriel says, “The one that is decreed, is poured out on the one who makes desolate.” (Jesus Christ the rightful king will bring down the anti-christ forever).
The beasts end will come, as God has decreed the beasts end will come, “poured out on him, along with the false prophet he will be cast into the lake of fire, (reserved for them and Satan), when Christ returns to the earth wages war with the anti-christ defeats him and then Christ sets up the Millennial kingdom on earth. [Ref. Rev.19:20; Dan. 7:11,26].

Friday, November 28, 2008

Prophetic Times To The End - Part Eight

Dan. 9:11 Daniel again confesses that all Israel is guilty of turning away from the Law set down by God through Moses the servant of God the Father, so the curse of disobedience has been poured out upon Israel to last for the “seventy years” as Daniel has said previously.

Dan. 9:12 Daniel say’s thus, God has confirmed His words He spoke through Moses the servant of God. For disobedience of the word of God by the rulers and those who ruled Israel has brought the judgment upon them. Daniel says that under the whole heaven there has not been done such judgment as was done to Jerusalem at this time.

Dan. 9:13 Daniel confesses to God the Father that the calamity upon them is because they did not seek the favor of the Lord God by turning from their iniquity and being in God’s Word to grow to maturity.

Dan. 9:14 Daniel says the Lords compassion was great as He kept the calamity in store and brought it on us because of His righteousness, His deeds which God the Father has done for the people of Israel was forgotten and set aside as Israel did not obey God’s voice.

Dan. 9:15 Daniel say’s, and now, referring to God’s deeds for Israel, God brought His people out of the bondage of Egypt, He used a mighty hand and made a name for Himself of His people. Daniel says, as it was then, as it is now this day, His people have sinned, and have been wicked.

Dan. 9:16 Daniel prays, O Lord, knowing your righteousness, knowing your previous deeds for your people (God brought His people out of the bondage of Egypt), let now your anger and your wrath turn away from your people. Establish your Holy Temple in your Holy city; for the whole region sees the reproach of the people of Israel.

Dan. 9:17 Daniel in his prayer, asked God to listen to him his servant, to his supplications, and asked that God would be glorified, and let God’s face shine on his desolate sanctuary. That His presence among His people would be seen by all people, instead of being seen as a reproach to the regions around them as now, for God is absent from them.

Dan. 9:18 Daniels prayer continues, He says hear me my God, turn your eyes upon us and see the desolations on the city called by your name; (Daniel tells us that there are more than just himself praying for he says), we are not presenting the supplications before God on their merits or worthiness, but that they are requesting actions of God on the known works of God in years past i.e. deliverance out of Egypt, for God has had great compassion, used a mighty hand for them.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Prophetic Times To The End - Part Seven

Daniel’s Prayer, and the prophecy of the seventy weeks:

Dan. 9:1 Daniel is telling us what year he is writing this prophecy. This was written when Darius the Mede was made king over the kingdom of the Chaldeans, and during his first year of reign, 539 B.C.

Dan. 9:2 Daniel goes on to tell us that during that first year he was reviewing a number of books, and what they would tell him of the number of years there would be to the completion of the desolation (or judgments) of Jerusalem according to the word of God. These books were the prophecy of the Prophet Jeremiah (ref. Jer. 25:11; 29:10). According to Daniel here in vs. 9:2 and in the reference verses we see that a week in scripture equals one year. Daniels vision was of seventy weeks, and scripture goes on to tell us that Jerusalem’s time of trouble would encompass a total of seventy years. A little background is needed here, God the Father had instituted what was known as a “Sabbatical Year”, Israel had failed to observe this sabbatical year out of greed ( ref. Lev. 25: 1-22; 26: 33-35; 2Chr. 36: 19-21). In violation of the command to make every seventh year for the land to rest for a complete year, He God brought the judgment of the Babylonian captivity upon Israel and determined the length of time for the this judgment “ seventy years”.

Dan. 9:3 Daniel say’s, so I gave my attention to the Lord God. Daniel understood that he must give himself over to the Lord so that through him the Lord could reveal to the world and Israel Daniels people what will take place down through the ages to come. Daniel then seeks God with prayer and supplications, with fasting and other customs of their teaching.

Dan. 9:4 Daniel says he sought the Lord in prayer, and he confessed his and his peoples sins to God to be in fellowship with God. Daniel said, “alas, O Lord, the Great and Awesome God, (Daniel is praising in worship and giving God the glory deserving of the most righteous One) who keeps His covenant and loving kindness for those who love Him and keep His commandments.

Dan. 9:5 Daniel tells us that he knows that his people are in exile and under bondage of another nation because they (Israel) have abandoned God and His commandments and ordinances.

Dan. 9:6 Daniel tells us he confessed to God that his people (Israel) have failed to listen to God’s servants the prophets who God used to keep the people striving to reach maturity in the Lord.

Dan. 9:7 Daniel stresses again that the righteousness belongs only to God the Father and those whom believe in the Lord. He knows that open-shame is upon all the men of Judah, the people of Jerusalem, and all Israel, as well as all the peoples that have been scattered through out the world, Daniel says of Israel’s unfaithful deeds committed against God the Father is why a lot of Daniels people have been scattered around the world.

Dan. 9:8 Daniel confesses again for himself and his people of their open shame for being in rejection of God’s commandments and ordinances.

Dan. 9:9 Daniel praises God again for God’s faithfulness, even in rebellion God the Father has compassion and forgiveness for those who repent and dwell in God’s Word for maturity.

Dan. 10:10 Daniel confesses again for himself and his people for disobeying the teachings of the Father, disobeying to walk in His presence by obeying His servants the prophets.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Prophetic Times To The End - Part Six

Prophet Times To The End - PART SIX

The interpretation of the vision, cont'd.:

Dan. 8:18 Daniel tells us he fell into a deep sleep with his face to the ground; Daniel says when Gabriel touched him it caused him to rise and stand upright. Daniel was at such a state of concern for what was happening that he passed out at the presence of the being even though Daniel initiated the request for information on his visions he had been seeing.

Dan. 8:19 Gabriel said to Daniel, “I am going to let you know what will occur at the final period of this indignation, for it pertains to the appointed time of the end of “this kingdom”.

Dan.8:20 Gabriel says the ram you saw with the two horns represents the kings of Media and Persia. The higher horn of the ram which came up last was Persia. The other horn was Media, which was only dominant at first in the appointed reign of these two regions that make up this empire.

Dan. 8:21 Gabriel tells Daniel that, the male goat represents the kingdom of Greece, and the large horn that is between his eyes is the first king (Alexander the Great).

Dan. 8:22 Gabriel shows Daniel that the broken horn is when Alexander dies, then the four horns arise to comprise the four kingdoms of Macedonia, Syria, Egypt, and Asia Minor. They arose from Alexander’s Empire, although not with his power to rule.

Dan. 8:23 Gabriel tells Daniel that in the latter period of these four kingdoms rule over the world for their appointed time, when these transgressors have finished ruling for their appointed time, a king will arise insolent and skilled in intrigue.

Dan. 8:24 Gabriel goes on to say that this kings power will be mighty, but not by his own power, but by the power of the prince of the power of the air, (Ref. Eph. 2:2) this king will corrupt to an extra ordinary degree, and will prosper and perform; This king will corrupt God’s people and other mighty men of the world at this time. (Ref. back to Dan. 8:10).

Dan. 8:25 Gabriel tells Daniel that, through this kings shrewdness he will cause deceit to succeed by his influence; in his heart he will magnify himself and destroy many while at ease. He will even oppose the Prince of Princes, (Christ Jesus), but he will be broken without human hands. (Antiochaus Epiphanes ("little horn")dies in Persia in 163 B.C. completely insane). ( God’s plan fulfilled completely bringing to close this kingdom).

Dan. 8:26 Gabriel tells Daniel that, the vision of the evenings and mornings which was told to him is true; (ref. Dan. 10:1) Gabriel tells Daniel that God the Father says keep the vision secret,for it pertains to many day’s,(ref. Ezek. 12:27)until the "time of the end".

Dan. 8:27 Daniel tells us that, he was exhausted and sick for days. Daniel got up and carried on with his present day king’s business; Daniel expresses to us that he was astounded with the vision, and that there was none to make him understand for Gabriel left to continue on with God the Fathers business.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Prophetic Times To The End - Part Five

Prophetic Times To The End – Part Five

The vision of the Ram and He-Goat:

Dan.8:11 Daniel tells us that Satan tries to magnify himself to be equal with the Prince of the host; Daniel says Satan removed the ability of Daniels people to have the regular sacrifice, and the place of God’s sanctuary was thrown down.

Dan. 8:12 Daniel tells us that because of Israel’s transgression that all of these actions will be turned over to this horn’s kingdom for the period of time granted, and his kingdom subjugate God’s holy ones until the time of retribution is completed.

Dan. 8:13 In Daniels vision he hears a holy one (an angelic watcher) speaking, and another holy one said to that particular one who is speaking, “How long will the vision to the regular sacrifice apply, while this transgression that horrifies, so as to allow both the holy place and the host to be trampled.” We see here that the two angels speaking to each other as Daniel is looking into his vision. The angels are conversing as to how long this process of desolation under this kingdom will last, and that Israel and the people of God will be ruled over by this kingdom.

Dan.8:14 Daniel heard the holy one say, “for 2,300 evenings and mornings; Then the Holy place will be properly restored.” This reference of 2,300 is a representation of each sacrifice morning and evening each day which would count at 1,150 days or three years plus 70 days. This follows the time from Antiochus desecration of the temple (Dec. 16, 167 B.C.) to the refurbishing and restoring of the temple by Judas Maccabeus in late 164 B.C. and on into 163 B.C. which fulfilled this prophecy for this appointed time.

Dan 8:15 Daniel relates that as the vision he was in was coming to a close, that he sought an understanding of what had been revealed to him. Daniel goes on to say that standing before him was one with the appearance of a man.

Dan. 8:16 Daniel hears a voice of a man by the bank of the Ulia river, and this man called out and said, “Gabriel, give this man an understanding of the vision.”

Dan. 8:17 When Gabriel came near to where Daniel was standing, Daniel says he fell on his face frightened; Gabriel then said to Daniel, “son of man, understand that the vision pertains to the end of this period of time.” This tells us that Daniel is to receive an understanding for a period of time that includes this 2300 evening and mornings under this kingdoms appointed period of time, but not of the “time of the end” which is yet to come.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Prophetic Times To The End - Part Four

Prophetic Times To The End

Daniel Chapter 8

The vision of the Ram and He-Goat:

Dan. 8:1 Daniel received a vision in the third year of the reign of Belshazzer the king, (551 B.C). This vision appeared to Daniel after his initial vision. We see that this vision was received at the end of the Babylonian reign the first world empire, as Belshazzar was the last ruler of that monarchy in the city of Babylon. (Ref. Dan. 5:29-31).

Dan. 8:2 Daniel viewed his vision and it came about that while he was watching, he found that he was at the citadel of Susa the capital city of the provience of Elam; Daniel kept watching in the vision, he found himself beside the Ulai Canal or river through the city.

Dan. 8:3 Daniel lifted up his head and while looking a ram that had two horns was standing in front of the river. Daniel says both the horns were long but one was longer than the other, with the longer horn coming up last. We know from Dan. 7 horns represent – strength, arrogant pride, and political and military powers.

Dan. 8:4 Daniel saw the ram butting westward, northward, and southward, and no other beasts could stand before him, (we see from this vision of Daniel that this individual is executing his strength, arrogant pride and political and military might toward all these regions). Daniel tells us there wasn’t anyone in these regions that could be rescued from his hand of power; Daniel says that this king did as he pleased and magnified himself and his kingdom above all. (Ref. This is the kingdom of Medo-Persia. We saw earlier as the Second world Empire in Dan. 7:5)

Dan. 8:5 Daniel kept observing in the vision before him, and he sees a male goat was coming from the west over the surface of the whole earth without touching the ground; (We can see the relevant swiftness of a leopard with four wings of birds on its back revealed to us here, even though Daniel’s vision represents at this time a male goat of great swiftness). Daniel says that the goat had a conspicuous horn between his eyes.

Dan. 8:6 Daniel sees the male goat come up to the ram that had the two horns which Daniel saw by the river. The male goat rushed at the ram in a mighty wrath. We see here two kingdoms one in place and another who is willing to take the first ones place in dominance of the Mediterranean World.

Dan. 8:7 Daniel sees the male goat come beside the ram, again he tells us the male goat was enraged at the ram; Then Daniel sees the male goat strike the ram and shatters his two horns relieving the ram of his power. The ram was hurled to the ground and trampled and Daniel says there was no one to rescue the ram from the male goat’s power and now the kingdom of Greece has been given dominion over the entire Mediterranean world. (Ref. Dan. 7:6).

Dan 8:8 Then the male goat became very strong, with an arrogant pride, and subjugated all the populace with political and military power. Daniel says that shortly after he was mighty, the large horn was broken (Alexander the Great died at the age of 32); and in “its” place (male goat) there came up four conspicuous horns toward the four winds of heaven. These kingdoms would be spread toward the four corners of the known world of the day for their appointed time to rule over their individual kingdoms.

Dan. 8:9 Daniel sees in his vision yet, and out of one of the kingdoms comes forth an individual to consume the others, (this is the little horn I related to in Dan.7) this small horn grows exceedingly great toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the Holy Land Palestine. (This prophecy was fulfilled 171-164 BC by Antiochus Epiphanies reign, who came out of Syria).

Dan. 8:10 Daniel in this segment of his vision sees a glimpse of the one who controls and influences the world leaders. Satan himself (Ref. Isa. 14:13-17) Daniel tells us that Satan caused some of the stars to fall to the earth with him at his fall from grace with God the Father. (Ref. Rev.12:4) and he trampled them down says Daniel. This refers to the nation Israel the people of God. Antiochus Epiphanies set himself up as the ruler of God’s people and made them worship him. At every step in their lives he forbade them to follow their religious practices (removing the daily sacrifice). He desecrated the temple of god, He so despised the truth contained in God’s word that the truth was said to be thrown to the ground. For he demanded for himself the authority and worship that belongs to God. We can see that from Isa. 14:13-17 that Satan is still attempting to accomplish through rulers and principalities, trying to lift himself up above God the Father.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Prophetic Times to the End - Part Three

Daniels vision is interpreted:

Dan 7:19 Daniel says he would like to know the exact meaning of the fourth beast.

Dan 7:20 Daniel continues, and of the ten horns on the beasts head, and the other horn which came up, before which three fell, namely that horn which had eyes and a mouth uttering great things, which was larger in appearance than the others. Daniel has concern over the person and work of the individual represented by this little horn.

Dan. 7:21 Daniel is looking and keeps seeing that the horn, (represents one of the political and military powers) is waging war with the holy ones of the highest one (Jesus Christ) and overpowering them. The holy ones refer to the nation Israel. This king’s persecution of Israel will take place during the tribulation, this king will overcome (he was defeating the holy ones, as Daniel tells us) the nation Israel and will bring the nation of Israel under his authority (ref. Rev.12:13-17; 17:7).

Dan. 7:22 the third explanation Daniel says, was until the ancient of days came and convened court and pronounced judgment on the beast (Ref. Rev.19:19-20). Then Israel, God’s holy ones no longer under the rule of the little horn (a one of political and military power supernaturally controlled by Satan) will enter into her covenanted blessings in the kingdom (ref. Dan. 7:18). The church saints, i.e. believers of the church age, will also share in this kingdom, as having part in the first resurrection, will “reign with Jesus Christ for a thousand years” (Ref. Rev. 20:6).

Dan 7:23 the fourth explanation to Daniel was, that, “the fourth beast will be a fourth kingdom on earth, different from the other kingdoms, this one will devour the whole earth and tread it down and crush it. Refers to any who oppose this rule and thus anticipates a coming, one-world government under a world wide dictator.

Dan. 7:24 The angels explanation goes on to say, that, out of this kingdom ten kings will arise; and another at some period of time unknown (or at least not revealed at this time to Daniel by the angel) will arise and he will be different from the others and will root out three kings in his rise to power. We know from history that in the fifth century the hordes from the north came down and conquered the Roman Empire. At that time no world empire was set up, and this left the old empire broke up into ten nations of Europe.

Dan 7:25 the explanation goes on to say, that, the beast (or king, or ruler, or dictator the anti-christ) will speak out against the most high (God the Father). Refers: to the fact that the anti-christ will oppose God’s authority to control him. He will oppress the holy ones; i.e. Israel, and will introduce a whole new era in which he will abandon all previous laws and institute his own system upon the world. Then we are told that Israel will be given into his hands for a time, times, and half time, the second 3 ½ years, also known as the “Great Tribulation”. (Time=1 year, Times=+1yr, and half a time=6months, this formula then adds up to three and one half years of time). (Ref. Rev.12:14; Dan. 12:7) Israel rejected Jesus Christ as the messiah at his first earthly advent, and at the time of the anti-christ, is still looking or awaiting the messiah that will set up the kingdom they are awaiting for. Thus, thru the manipulation of the false prophet Israel will believe that this beast (king, ruler, or dictator) is the awaited Messiah and fall prey to his smooth talking, the anti-christ will then make a covenant with Israel for protection from the outside world. This friendly protection will last a time, times, and half a time, the first 3 ½ years, also known as the tribulation period (Ref. Dan. 9:27; Mt. 24:21). The seven year period of this verse begins after the Rapture of the church, (which will consummate God’s program in this present Age) and the seven years will continue till the return of Jesus Christ to the earth at His second advent.

Dan. 7:26 The fifth explanation to Daniel is, that, God the Fathers court will convene for divine judgment, and that the beasts dominion over the whole world will be taken away, annihilated and destroyed forever. Refers to the fourth kingdom all encompassing even the regions of the broken up Roman Empire which the little horn will emerge. All of the world the Gentile domination is smitten by the stone, “cut out of the mountains without hands,” i.e. Christ (Ref Dan. 2:44-45; 7:9) God the Fathers righteous judgment of the house of Israel for their unbelief and rejection of the Messiah is complete and the Sovereign use of the gentiles is over at the second advent of Jesus Christ. Then the second resurrection, which is of the Old Testament holy ones and the martyred saints of the tribulation will be taken into the Millennial kingdom.

Dan. 7:27 The explanation goes on to say, that, then the sovereignty, the dominion, and the greatness of all the kingdoms under the whole heaven will be given to the people the holy ones of the highest one; Christ Jesus kingdom an everlasting kingdom, and all of Christ’s holy ones and all the nations of the world will serve and obey Him. Gods covenant with Abraham will be fulfilled (Ref. Gen. 12:1-6; 13:14-17; 15:18-21) The millennium reign will last for one thousand years under the ruler ship of Jesus Christ, and will also fulfill Daniels “Seventy weeks” prophecy for the end times.

Dan. 7:28 Daniel tells us that the explanation to what he has seen in the visions has ended. Daniel goes on to say, that his thoughts were greatly alarming. He was distressing over what he knew. He goes on to say that his face grew pale, but for now he keeps these matters in his heart.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Prophetic Times To The End ~ Part Two

Daniels vision is interpreted to him:

Dan. 7:10 Daniel describes a scene where thousands upon thousands of Holy ones attending to God the Father and myriads upon myriads of Holy ones standing before God the Father as God the Father prepares the court room to pronounce judgment upon the world. Daniel sees the books before God and sees as God opens the books for the proceeding of court. (Ref. Rev 20:11-15).

Dan. 7:11 Daniel says he kept watching for he could hear the sound of the boastful words of the “little horn or anti-christ” in the background; ( this is the second little horn that is yet to come, even yet today ) as Daniel kept watching he sees the beast being slain, God pronounced judgment upon the world. As God, who assigns power to kingdoms, God will also judge those kingdoms. The beast was consigned to blazing fire. ( this takes place at the end of the tribulation period the seventieth week of Daniel; the Church will be “caught up “before the tribulation period starts, this little horn also known as the anti-Christ will come on the scene in the first half of the tribulation period ) This event will terminate “the times of the Gentiles.” (Ref. Lk. 21:24, 27).

Dan. 7:12 Daniel explains that as far as the three preceding beasts their dominion had already been stripped away by the fourth beast by military conquest, Daniel also tells us each of the three, however, had been granted to live for a short time longer as their inhabitants remained under the ruler ship of the fourth beast. Scripture at this point allows the reader to conclude which of the fates of those kingdoms is most traumatic. The first three taken out by military might, or the fourth kingdom being relieved of its power by divine judgment (no extension of time for this beast as there was for the three before him, he is sent to the lake of fire right along with the false prophet and Satan eventually as Satan is locked away in the pit until the end of the millennial reign of Jesus Christ).

Dan 7:13 Daniel tells us as he watched in the night visions yet, he sees up in the clouds of heaven One like the son of man coming. Referring to Jesus Christ’s Second Advent (Ref. Mt. 24: 30). Daniel tells us Jesus Christ came up to the Ancient of Days referring to God the Father. Daniel goes on to let us know that Jesus Christ was presented before the Father at this time. Eternal dominion will be presented to Christ, and the Church (at this point called His Bride) will descend from heaven with Jesus Christ to wage war with and overcome the beast then the millennial reign will begin).

Dan. 7:14 Daniel describes the event of Jesus Christ being given dominion, glory and the kingdom by God the Father, (as all of the other kingdoms had been given over by God the Father during the “Times of the Gentiles”). That all the peoples, nations, and men of every language might serve Him. Daniel tells us that Jesus Christ will set up His dominion as an everlasting dominion, His dominion will never be conquered by another, nor will it ever pass away; Jesus Christ dominion will be on earth, (Ref. Rev. 20:1-6) also called the Millennial reign and at the end of its one thousand years on earth, Jesus Christ will surrender the kingdom over to God the Father, and after which Christ will be appointed as ruler over God’s eternal kingdom forever (Ref. 1Cor. 15:24-28).

Dan. 7:15 Daniel says, his spirit was distressed within him and these visions in my mind keep me alarmed. We must remember that we have history to relate to in understanding these words of Daniel today. Daniel was just seeing them with no reference no history to understand from, he was trying to focus on the visions in the night as to know what the Spirit of God was informing him of, to be able to inform his people of God’s plans for the nation of Israel Daniel’s primary concern during this time in Daniels life.

Dan. 7:16 In Daniels vision there were at least two beings that appeared on the scene, as Daniel says, I approached one of those who were standing by. Daniel wants to ask for an exact meaning of all he saw. Daniel says, the one told me and made known to Daniel the interpretation of the things Daniel saw: ( The angel Gabriel will now interpret these night visions to Daniel the “esteemed one” as we will see ( Ref. Dan. 8:16; 9:21 ).

Dan 7:17 The first explanation is that these great beasts, which are four in number, are four kings who will be given dominion to rule over the known world, also known as “The times of the Gentiles “.

Dan 7:18 The second explanation is that after the “divine judgment” of the fourth kingdom at the second advent of Jesus Christ, the saints or holy ones of the Highest One will receive the kingdom and that the possession of the kingdom will be for all ages to come. This reference is to the millennial reign, or the one thousand year reign of our Lord, and Savior Jesus Christ.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Prophetic Times To The End ~ Part One

DANIEL 7:1-9

Daniels vision of the Four Beasts:

Dan. 7:1 Daniel sees in a dream, visions in his mind as he lay in bed; his summary is as follows:

Dan. 7:2 Daniel in his night vision sees God’s providential actions in the affairs of men through angels. “Winds” biblically referring to angels and “sea” biblically referring to multitudes of populace, or men of the nations, and the prince of earth also known as “Satan” influences them in rule of the peoples of the nations. Scripture also tells us that when we see a reference to the "four winds of heaven", we see that God the Father is providentially setting up and removing kingdoms and or kings on the earth to propel his divine plan for man on earth.
(Ref: Jer. 23:19; 49:36; 51:1; Zech. 6:1-6; 7:14; Rev 7:1-3)

Dan. 7:3 In Daniels vision he sees four great beasts emerging from the agitated “sea“. “The Mediterranean world of that day“. Each were four kingdoms or dominions different from each other, that will rule over the nations in their appointed time.

Dan. 7:4 Daniel sees the first world empire, “Babylon“. This empire lasts for 87 years (BC 626-539). Daniel sees the image of a lion that had wings of an eagle; which represents power and strength with great swiftness. Daniel sees the wings plucked and lifted up from the ground and the beast stood on two feet like a man and was given a human mind, which suggests that the animal lost its beastly nature. He shows compassion for the rest of mankind. (Ref. Dan. 2:37-38) Nebuchadnezzer’s rule was viewed as a world empire, in which he ruled over all mankind as well as over all beasts an birds of the air. At the time of creation the right to rule over the earth was given man who was to have dominion over it, and all the creatures in it. (Ref. Gen. 1:26) Here Nebachadnezzar by “divine appointment” was helping fulfill what God had planned for man, even though man had no idea that God was manipulating the circumstances around him.

Dan. 7:5 Daniel sees the second world empire rise out of the “sea” of the populace of the Mediterranean world, Medo-Persia. This empire lasts over 200 years (BC 539-330). Daniel sees the image of like a bear and it raises up on one side suggesting that Persia dominates in the empire, and three ribs in its mouth between its teeth; Three kingdoms of which will be consumed by Medo-Persia. Daniel say’s, they said, to it, “arise“, devour much meat! The bear, an animal of formidable strength. (Ref. 1 Sam. 17:34; Amos 5:19; Hosea 13:8). This empire operates by “divine appointment” as Daniel points out when stating “They said to it;” (a reference to the Trinity) this was a “divine appointment “and the appointment was to “arise” the objective was to devour other kingdoms, extending its territory into a vast empire, the bear was fulfilling God’s purpose for the nations. These nations conquered by the Medes and Persians were Babylon, Lydia, and Egypt at the appointed times.

Dan. 7:6 Daniel sees the third world empire rise out of the “sea” of the populace of the Mediterranean world. “Greece“. This empire lasts approximately 267 years (BC 330-63).( Not all of this ruler ship was under Alexander the Great). Daniel sees the image of like a leopard with four wings of a bird on its back; the beasts also had four heads, and dominion ( “divine appointment“) was given to it. The leopard, an animal noted for its swiftness, (Ref. Hab. 1:8), cunning, and agility (Ref. Jer. 5:6;Hosea 13:7) Alexander conquered the entire Medo-Persia empire with great speed between 334-330 BC; Daniel shows us this with the image of the leopard with wings for swiftness with extra natural capacity to conquer swiftly ( remember he had “divine appointment“). Daniels beast with four heads shows us that Alexander’s empire shortly after his death at age 32 is divided up by four of his leading generals and they rule their appointed time. ( we will see a little later that a “little horn” will arise out of this empire ). ( “Hint” Ref. Dan. 8:9 )

Dan. 7:7 Daniel sees the fourth world empire arise, “Rome“. This empire formally runs 539 years. From BC 63 - AD 476 ( we should note that during this time our Lord and savior was born of a Virgin, A.D. 3 ). Daniels vision of the fourth beast, he says dreadful and terrifying and extremely strong; it has large Iron teeth. Daniel says it devoured and crushed and trampled down the remainder with its feet; ( by “divine appointment” as well ) Daniel describes the Roman empire destroying the established dominion in place at that time( this would be the “little horn” I eluted to above ). Then the Roman empire trampled underfoot whatever was left. Rome in its cruel conquest swallowed up the lands and peoples that had been parts of the three previous empires ( Babylon, Medo-Persia, and Greece ) and assimilated those lands and peoples into itself. ( This is the mixture of Iron and Clay and ten toes, the “clay” tells us that a weakness comes into the empire, all of these different peoples could not be completely united the empire remained un-united always rebellious against Rome). Daniel goes on to say that this beast ( influenced by Satan )was different from those that were before it, and that it had ten horns.

Dan. 7:8 Daniel sees the final form of the fourth world empire; the ten kings and the little horn ( a second little horn not the same one mentioned above ). Daniel says while he was studying the horns yet another horn, a little one, came up among them, and three of the first horns were pulled out by the roots before it; Daniel goes on to say that this horn or Beast possessed eyes like eyes of a man, and a mouth uttering great things(anti-christ). The Roman Empire was characterized by division (because of the mixture of clay a division in time of 10 kingdoms will result ), which meant deterioration. It was partly strong and partly brittle. Daniel continues with, that out of the 10 horns came a little one and in its growth it was able to uproot three of the existing horns. We need to understand that in the 5th century AD the hordes from the north conquered the Roman empire of that day, they did not unite to form an empire. Some of those nations (10) and others stemming from them have continued till the present day. Therefore the present age is the 10-horned era of the fourth beast. Sometime after the rise of the 10 horns; (no clue was given to Daniel as to how much later in time the little horn will appear vs. 8) Daniel says another king (the little horn) will arise. When this king arises to power he will bring 3 of the 10 nations under his authority and power ( has not happened yet, as the Church age is still running its course under the direction of Jesus Christ with the comforter the Holy Spirit ). Daniel let us know the little horn is noted for his intelligence (it has eyes of a man) and it blasphemous claims (it has a mouth that spoke great things against God the Father).

Dan. 7:9 Daniels vision leads him to seeing thrones being set up, and Daniel sees God the Father take His seat on the Throne. Daniel also lets us know that this is the Sovereign God who exercises control over men and nations. God’s white clothing and hair speak of His Holiness. Daniel describes the throne chariot of God borne by cherubim. (Ref. Ezk. 1: 4-28). Daniel describes as did Ezekiel that God looked like glowing metal and fire. They could only see His form as God’s glory is so bright. Both Daniel and Ezekiel describe in the terms of “appearance” and “Likeness“, that neither had seen God directly. That would have caused immediate death. (Ref Ex. 33: 18-23; John 1:1).

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The Study of Daniel - Outline

Prophetic Times of the End - Part 1-16
Daniels Seventieth Week and the Tribulation

Tuesday, October 21, 2008


The Book of Revelation, also called Revelation to John, Apocalypse of John (pronounced [əˈpɒkəlɨps], from the Greek: Ἀποκάλυψις Ἰωάννου, Apokálypsis Iōánnou), and Revelation of Jesus Christ is the last canonical book of the New Testament in the Christian Bible. It is the only biblical book that is wholly composed of apocalyptic literature. Other apocalypses popular in the early Christian era did not achieve canonical status, except for 2 Esdras (Apocalypse of Ezra), which is canonical in the Ethiopian Orthodox Churches.