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.