WORLD POWERS OF DANIEL PART 3

THE EIGHT WORLD POWERS OF DANIEL, REVELATION AND HISTORY

…And Implications for our Future

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THE FINAL KINGDOM OF MAN AND THE ULTIMATE KINGDOM OF JESUS CHRIST:

Perceiving the accuracy so far of both Daniel and Revelation, the eyes of eschatologists are now fixed on the future and the looming one world government, spoken of a an absolute necessity by the world’s current movers and shakers, including a number of congressmen, White House staffers and some United States presidents.

Daniel chapters 7, 8 and 11 describe both the antichrist and a short-term precursor. The precursor’s name is the Seleucid Antiochus Epiphanes, who ruled over Israel and Jerusalem under Roman authority from 175 to 164 B.C. Antiochus as a Syrian (Seleucid) came out of Seleucus, one of the four horns (generals) under Alexander the Great, precisely as Daniel had foretold in Chapter 8. Under his harsh and blasphemous rule, he persecuted the Jews, polluted the sanctuary even to the extent of roasting a pig on the altar, and put a halt to the normal sacrifices. Although his acts certainly comprised abominations of desolation, Christians and Jews still await the antichrist’s yet-future abomination of desolation noted by Jesus Christ about two hundred years later and recorded in Matthew 24:15.

Also in Daniel Chapter 11, the future antichrist appears to be faced with strong opposition on several fronts, perhaps indicating that the world government of which he is head does not, in fact, control the entire world. Yet it also appears to be so dreadfully monolithic that its effective control may be nearly universal. Most eschatologists, referencing the text in Daniel 9:26 (paraphrased as “the people of the prince to come will destroy the city and the sanctuary”, the “prince to come” generally being interpreted as the antichrist), consider the antichrist to be a Roman, as the Roman 15th Legion under the Roman General Titus did destroy the city and the sanctuary in 70 A.D. But lately an interesting rebuttal to this view has been offered, noting that Titus himself didn’t really desire the destruction of the Temple, but rather his troops committed the deed. His troops weren’t all Romans; most of them were local conscripts, akin to the current Palestinian people. When they set the Temple ablaze, the fire melted the gold, which seeped into the rocks. The greed of the soldiers in extracting this gold precisely fulfilled Jesus’ prophecy in Matthew 24:2 that “There shall not be left here one stone upon another that shall not be thrown down.” The racial composition of Titus’ soldiers leaves Daniel’s prophecy with regard to the “prince to come” open to the interpretation that the antichrist may be Middle Eastern rather than Roman, or perhaps both Roman and Middle Eastern.

As to the makeup of the world government, virtually all modern eschatologists see the ten-horned, seven-headed beast of both Daniel and John as composed of ten concurrent governments subordinate to a supreme leader, the heads representing the characteristics of the seven world powers that held center-stage sequentially in time. It is noteworthy in that regard that, as Irvin Baxter has pointed out, Germany (represented by the leopard with four heads) is now beginning to enjoy world-power status for the fourth time. Most eschatologists are now looking closely at the core, controlling elements of the European Union and the United Nations as the source of a modern amalgam of ten nations.

Others, including eschatologist Daymond Duck, see the world government as a true universal government over ten subordinate regions, one such region being tentatively identified as North America, consisting of the three-nation union of the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Modern end-time scholars seem to overlook one specific and probably very important characteristic of Daniel’s vision of the final ten-toed empire, which is that the toes belong to two feet, which, in turn, belong to two separate legs. In confirmation of this attribute’s relevance to history, it has already been noted that the Roman Empire possessed western and eastern legs. It is probable then that the ten-nation world power of the future also will be composed of two distinct branches, or legs. One way in which this pattern may be fulfilled would be with five toes from core European nations or regions and five toes from core Muslim nations or regions. If the Muslim nations are decimated by the war of Ezekiel 38 however, an alternate arrangement may include five core Asian nations or regions. If the future world government does, in fact, consist of ten regions, this composition would go a long way toward explaining the very interesting and somewhat cryptic passage of Daniel 7:8, the implications of which are overlooked by most modern eschatologists:

“I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before which there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots; and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.”

In a scenario inspired by the above passage, a little horn would represent a nation, whereas a larger horn would represent a region. In the case of the proposed North American Region, the region would be the three-nation amalgamation of the United States, Canada and Mexico. In those terms, the “little horn” of Daniel 7:8 would be the leader of a nation, perhaps a current or past president of the United States, who would wrest control out of the hands of the national leaders to become the head of that region. This scenario would have the additional utility of helping to explain some of the recent policy decisions made by the current U.S. administration in the areas of homeland security, the treatment of illegal aliens, and the decimation of the American middle class.

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