(Compiled by S.N.Strutt 25/07/17) For an abbreviated copy: http://endtimeinfo.com/2011/02/daniel-two/
Recounts a prophetic dream and its interpretation, and in so doing gives a concise overview of the history and future of the world, from the reign of Nebuchadnezzar to the Second Coming of Jesus and beyond.
"DANIEL II" The Dream
1. NEBUCHADNEZZAR, KING OF BABYLON, WAS GIVEN A DREAM BUT HAD FORGOTTEN IT. He was troubled by it and said that he was going to kill all his wise men if they couldn't tell him not only the dream's interpretation, but also the dream itself so he would know they weren't deceiving him.
2. GOD'S PROPHET DANIEL WAS A SLAVE IN BABYLON AT THE TIME (about 600 B.C.) and was serving with some fellow Jews as one of the King's wise men. So, of course, they started praying about the matter and GOD REVEALED THE WHOLE THING TO DANIEL, BOTH DREAM AND INTERPRETATION.
3. THE RESULT WAS THE PROPHECY OF DANIEL CHAPTER TWO, WHICH IS PROBABLY THE BRIEFEST AND MOST CONCISE OVERALL PICTURE OF THE HISTORY AND FUTURE OF THE WORLD IN THE ENTIRE BIBLE. This prophetic dream describes five of the great empires of man from ancient Babylon to the final world empire of the Antichrist, which is destroyed by the Kingdom of God.
4. THE DREAM DOES NOT INCLUDE THE FIRST TWO WORLD GOVERNMENTS OF EGYPT AND ASSYRIA because they had already passed on at the time of this dream. However, later in God's Word He makes it very clear that there is a total of seven great world empires. These are depicted as the seven-headed beast of Revelations 13 and 17 .
5. THE DREAM WAS BOTH GIVEN TO NEBUCHADNEZZAR AND INTERPRETED FOR HIM BY DANIEL DURING HIS REIGN; therefore the prophecy starts with the King of Babylon and with the great world government of Babylon itself.
6. THE ACTUAL DREAM AS DANIEL TOLD IT TO NEBUCHADNEZZAR is covered in verses 31-35, and the interpretation in verses 37-44.
7. THE DREAM'S INTERPRETATION IS RIGHT IN THE SAME CHAPTER, and to make it as clear as possible, each time a section of the dream is described it will be immediately followed with its interpretation.
8. DREAM: "Thou, O King, sawest, and behold a great image...whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible. This image's head was of fine gold..." ( Dan.2:31,32a )
9. INTERPRETATION: "Thou, O king (Nebuchadnezzar)...the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom...Thou art this head of gold." ( Dan.2:37,38 ) So according to God's Word, the great kingdom of Babylon, the "golden city" of ancient times ( Is.14:4 ), with its great King Nebuchadnezzar, was undeniably the head of gold, or the beginning of this great image.
10. DREAM: "His breast and his arms of silver." ( Dan.2:32b )
11. INTERPRETATION: "After thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee..." ( Dan.2:39a ) SINCE THE HEAD IS DEFINITELY PINPOINTED AS BABYLON, ALL WE HAVE TO DO IN ORDER TO FIND OUT WHAT THIS NEXT KINGDOM WAS IS TO LOOK AT HISTORY for the kingdom that arose after Babylon.
12. ACCORDING TO WORLD HISTORY, THE DUAL KINGDOM OF MEDO-PERSIA FOLLOWED BABYLON; therefore we know what the kingdom of silver was without its even being named in the interpretation here.
13. IT IS NAMED, HOWEVER, IN A LATER CHAPTER, THE "MENE MENE" HANDWRITING ON THE WALL VISION OF DANIEL 5:18-31 , as being the kingdom that did conquer Babylon.
14. NOTICE ALSO THE REMARKABLE SYMBOLISM IN THE IMAGE. The dual kingdom of Medo-Persia is depicted here by two arms. Persia was the stronger of the two, just as in the body one arm is stronger than the other!
15. DREAM: "His belly and thighs of brass." ( Dan.2:32b )
16. INTERPRETATION: "Another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth." ( Dan. 2:39b ) We know from history that this third kingdom, the one to follow Persia, was the Grecian Empire. In a later chapter Daniel specifically prophesies that Greece will be the conqueror of Medo-Persia. ( Dan.8:21,22 ) This was fulfilled over three hundred years after the prophecy was given!
17. THE EMPIRE OF ALEXANDER THE GREAT WAS NOT NECESSARILY THE MOST POWERFUL, BUT IT WAS THE MOST EXTENSIVE. It extended almost to Italy, all the way to India, and all the way from southern Russia down into Africa, bearing rule over or dominating the world of his day.
18. THE ULTIMATE FULFILLMENT OF BEARING RULE OVER ALL THE EARTH WILL BE IN THE ANTICHRIST, who will arise from a certain section (Egypt) of Alexander's Empire "in the latter days" ( Dan.8:8,9,21-25 ) and will rule the entire earth! ( Rev.13:7,8 )
19. HOW DOES THE SYMBOLISM BEAR OUT HERE? Well, the Greeks, besides being extremely interested in SEX, if you remember, were also interested in PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION OR SPIRITUAL THINGS. And it is held by the Greeks and by almost all religions that the seat of the spirit is in the BELLY. As Jesus said, "Out of his BELLY shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake He of the Spirit.)" ( Jn.7:38,39 )
20. DREAM: "His legs of iron..."
21. INTERPRETATION: "The fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: for as-much as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things...shall it break in pieces and bruise." ( Dan.2:40 )
22. SINCE WE ALREADY HAVE THE FULFILMENT OF ACTUAL HISTORY, WE KNOW THAT THIS FOURTH KINGDOM WAS ROME. Rome, the tough, iron-fisted kingdom which clamped down with IRON MILITARY RULE over the entire known world in the days before Christ, was one of the longest-reigning empires the world has ever known. It so "subdued all things" that for nearly one hundred years there were no major wars, no one even being able to muster a force against the Roman rule.
23. Here again, it is very interesting to note how similar this particular part of the image is to the actual fulfilment of the Roman Empire. Two legs of iron: Was Rome ever divided into two parts? Yes! In its decline it was divided into an Eastern and Western Empire. The Western Empire was ruled by Rome, and the Eastern Empire, ruled by Constantinople, was called the Byzantine Empire. So EVEN THE PARTS OF THE IMAGE ITSELF SYMBOLISE THE KINGDOMS OF MAN, AND THIS BECOMES EXTREMELY SIGNIFICANT AS WE GO ON TO THE FEET.
24. DREAM: "His FEET part of iron and part of clay." ( Dan.2:33 ) This last part of the image is interpreted in three entire verses, showing that the vision is mainly for the kingdoms of the "latter days", as Daniel told Nebuchadnezzar in verse 2:28!
25. INTERPRETATION: (Part I) "Whereas thou sawest the FEET and toes, part of potters CLAY, and part of IRON, the KINGDOM SHALL BE DIVIDED; but there shall be in it of the STRENGTH OF THE IRON, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron MIXED with miry clay."
26. The IRON and CLAY of the feet represent the TWO TYPES OF GOVERNMENTS the world has known since the fall of Rome: DEMOCRACIES AND DICTATORSHIPS.
27. How are these governments like iron and clay? Well, CLAY in God's Word ALWAYS SYMBOLISED THE PEOPLE, OR DEMOCRACY, IS CLAY GOVERNMENT. It is also a WEAKER FORM of government and does not have the "STRENGTH OF THE IRON", which represents the STRONG-man totalitarian military DICTATORSHIPS and their IRON RULE.
28. It says "the kingdom shall be divided". SINCE THE FALL OF ROME this is the way it's been: a division of the kingdom of men with NO ONE POWER COMPLETELY DOMINANT. Equally great empires have existed simultaneously, such as the British, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Moorish, U.S.A., Russia, etc., so you might say nobody had a majority, no one power was dominant as Rome and the other powers in the image had been. So again, the various parts of the image symbolise exactly the course of history.
29. Also, there is an extraordinary interrelationship between the course of world governments and God's people. Each of these six empires, from Egypt to Rome, RULED OVER GOD'S PEOPLE, who were then the Jews, and each of them completely dominated and ruled the world of their day.
30. However, SINCE ROME'S RULE NO ONE POWER HAS DOMINATED GOD'S PEOPLE because they are scattered in every nation on earth, (both His former people, the Jews, and His spiritual children of today, the true Christians), and neither has any one power dominated the earth. However, that is soon to change with the coming government of the Antichrist which will rule over (at least physically) all God's children, because it will rule the entire world. This is the last and final government of the toes!
31. INTERPRETATION: (Part II) "The TOES of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, and so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken." ( Dan.2:42 )
32. Now, as you know, everybody has ten toes. The TOES HERE SYMBOLISE THE SAME THING THAT THE TEN HORNS SYMBOLISE in both Daniel 7 and Revelation 17 . "The ten horns...are ten kings (or kingdoms) that shall arise." ( Dan.7:24 )
33. What we have here in the toes, the last part of the image, is a symbolic picture showing the great governments of man ENDING WITH A COMBINED GOVERNMENT, a kind of "United Nations" government, a combination of various governments, kingdoms or kings REPRESENTED BY THESE TEN TOES.
34. You can take it literally as ten, or you can say it's a general number of nations ruling the world in a forum like the United Nations, I don't know. As you know, the Security Council of the U.N. has ten members: five permanent and five rotating. Then there's also the Common Market of nine nations, which Russia could soon join. We shall see, but however it will be, THE SYMBOLISM WILL BE BORNE OUT HERE also, as in the other parts of the image.
35. I BELIEVE THAT TODAY WE ARE LIVING NEAR THE DIVISION BETWEEN THE FEET AND TOES, but not yet in the toes because the Antichrist kingdom has not yet actually risen. As John said, the ten kings receive their "power as kings one hour (a short time) with the beast (Antichrist). These have one mind (united), and shall give their power and strength unto the beast." ( Rev.17:12,13 )
36. INTERPRETATION: (Part III) "Whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay." ( Dan. 2:43 )
37. This is still talking about the ten toes, or ten last kingdoms, that give their Antichrist for "one hour", or a very brief time, according to Revelation 17. We know from other scriptures that the Antichrist government will rule the world for only three-and-a-half years. "And power was given unto him to continue forty and two months (three-and-a-half years)...and power was given him over all kindreds (races), and tongues (languages), and nations. And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him..."--except God's children. ( Rev.13:5,7,8 ) But we must honour him! ( Rom.13:7 )
38. From the symbolism of the feet we know that THIS FINAL ANTICHRIST EMPIRE WILL BE A VERY STRANGE TYPE OF GOVERNMENT. It will be a MIXTURE OF ALL THESE IRON AND CLAY NATIONS, these dictatorships and so-called democracies, ruling the world in some kind of UNITED NATIONS.
39. It also says they "shall not cleave one to another." Perhaps this is seen in the EAST-WEST DIVISION OF THE WORLD TODAY. As you remember, one foot comes out of the Western Roman Empire and one foot out of the Eastern. This is almost exactly how the world is divided today, the East being mainly communist (iron) and the West capitalistic democracies (clay).
40. DREAM: "Thou sawest till that a STONE was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces." ( Dan. 2:34 ) "Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth." ( Dan.2:35 )
41. INTERPRETATION: "And in the days of these kings (the days of this final ten-toed kingdom of this earth) shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever." ( Dan.2:44 )
42. "Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces (the image); the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure." ( Dan.2:45 )
43. WE KNOW EXACTLY WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN! We may not like it and it may look pretty bad, but praise God, we know the happy ending, and all is well that ends well.
44. THIS IMAGE REPRESENTS ALL THE GOVERNMENTS OF MAN. THE STONE WAS CUT OUT OF ANOTHER MOUNTAIN completely separated from the image. It has nothing to do with the image except to crush and destroy it completely! This STONE IS, OF COURSE, JESUS, "the corner-stone" ( Mt.21:42-44 ; 1Pt.2:6 ), and His Second Coming to rescue His own Children from the Antichrist's cruel clutches, by the supernatural miracle of the Rapture and Resurrection! Notice, His return was not in the legs (Rome), but on the feet, and particularly the toes, "the days of these kings" at the very end of man's governments.
45. IT DOESN'T SAY HE MELTS THEM IN LOVE, BUT HE BREAKS AND DESTROYS THEM! This world is not going to voluntarily give itself up to the Prince of Peace. It has to be done with force!
46. JESUS IS THEN GOING TO SET UP HIS OWN KINGDOM ON THE EARTH AND WILL REIGN WITH HIS RESURRECTED SAINTS, His true followers, over the wicked who remain, creating a world of peace and plenty for all. There will be NO MORE KINGDOMS RISING AND FAILING; no longer shall one nation inherit the remains of another, but His Kingdom "shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall STAND FOREVER."
47. ARE YOU READY FOR IT? Are you a member of Christ's kingdom that shall never pass away? Are you one of God's Children through Jesus His Son, the Great Revolutionary that shall overthrow all these earthly powers and set up our Kingdom over all on earth to establish a reign of righteousness that will bring lasting world peace and plenty to all?
48. If not, to get the real thing, ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS RECEIVE JESUS, God's Son, as your Saviour by asking Him into your heart! You can do it right now by simply asking Him to come in and to forgive you.
(Written by D.B.Berg- copyright: 1976)
For an abbreviated copy see: http://endtimeinfo.com/2011/01/a-bible-study-of-daniel-7/
1. IN DANIEL CHAPTER 2, GOD GAVE THE VISION OF MAN'S WORLD GOVERNMENTS TO NEBUCHADNEZZAR, the great King of one of those governments (Babylon), as a beautiful image of gold and silver. Though the image was deteriorating from gold to clay, it still looked pretty good.
2. HOWEVER WHEN HE GAVE A VISION OF MAN'S GOVERNMENTS TO HIS OWN PROPHET DANIEL, who could be trusted with the way God looks at the governments of Man, He pictured them as cruel, ravenous, and horrible beasts!
3. This very interesting beast vision of Daniel chapter 7 explains what we've already covered in Daniel 2 , but with more detail. THE VISION DEALS WITH 4 GREAT BEASTS WHICH RISE UP OUT OF THE SEA, the fourth beast having 10 horns. These 4 great beasts, plus the 10 horns, are identically parallel to the 5 great empires envisioned in the image of Daniel chapter 2.
4. THE MAIN EMPHASIS OF THE VISION IS ON ADDITIONAL REVELATIONS CONCERNING THE LAST WORLD EMPIRE, and gives us a brand new piece of the puzzle of the Endtime by introducing the madman dictator of this last regime of man. As we did in Daniel 2, we will first give the vision and follow it with its interpretation and explanation. (The vision is covered in verses 1-14, and interpretation in verses 15-28.)
5. VISION: "I (Daniel) saw... four winds of the heaven (which) strove upon the great sea." ( Dan.7:2 ) "And four beasts came up from the sea diverse one from another." ( Dan.7:3 ) "The first was like a lion, and had eagles wings... the wings were plucked... and a man's heart was given to it." ( Dan.7:4 )
6. INTERPRETATION: "These great beasts, which are four, are four kings, which shall arise out of the earth," ( Dan.7:17 ) In verse 23 it says, "The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom". These verses show that a beast here is symbolic of a king and/or kingdom.
7. THE SEA IS REPRESENTATIVE OF THE MASSES OR THE PEOPLE OF THE WORLD. "The waters which thou sawest... are peoples, and multitudes, and nations and tongues." ( Rev.17:15 ).
8. THE 4 WINDS "ARE THE FOUR SPIRITS OF THE HEAVENS," ( Zec. 6:5 ) Spiritual forces that God uses to manipulate the physical world to do His will. "For the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever He will." ( Dan.4:25 )
9. This first beast or kingdom to arise in Daniel's vision is a lion. THIS IS THE SAME AS THE HEAD OF GOLD IN THE IMAGE AND IT REPRESENTS BABYLON. Its wings being plucked represent Nebuchadnezzar's abasement as a beast for 7 years ( Dan.4:29-33 ), and "a man's heart...given to it" his subsequent salvation. ( Dan.4:34-37 , Ezk.36:26 )
10. VISION: "And behold another beast, a second, like to a bear and it raised up itself on one side, and it had three ribs in the mouth of it..."
11. INTERPRETATION: In this vision, as much as in Daniel 2, the vision finds its fulfillment on world history, which is really all we need for the first 4 beasts. Since we know from history that the kingdom following Babylon was Medo-Persia, we know that the bear represents Medo-Persia. Simple!
12. NOTICE THAT THE BEAR IS A LITTLE HIGHER ON ONE SIDE THAN THE OTHER because the Persians were a little more powerful than the Medes. The Medes conquered Babylon, but it was Cyrus, the Persian king, who actually ruled. This symbolism is also borne out in the vision of Daniel 8 which pictures "a ram which had two horns... but one was higher than the other." ( Dan.8:3 ) It then says, "The ram... having two horns are the kings of Media and Persia." ( Dan.8:20 )
13. THE 3 RIBS THE BEAR DEVOURED WERE THE 3 NATIONS WHICH WERE CONQUERED BY THE MEDO-PERSIANS. The primary nations were, of course, Egypt, Assyria, and Babylon.
14. VISION: "After this I beheld... another, like a leopard, which had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl; the beast had also four heads..." ( Dan.7.6 )
15. INTERPRETATION: The leopard (world's fastest animal) with 4 wings represents the kingdom that followed Medo-Persia, Alexander the Great and the Grecian Empire, which swiftly conquered the civilized world in only 10 years. This beast had 4 heads because after Alexander's death his kingdom was divided into 4 parts amongst his 4 generals. These 4 kingdoms were basically Egypt, Assyria, Macedonia (Greece), and Parthia (Turkey). ( Dan.8:21,22 ) This division is very important to the understanding of the near future, as you will see later in our study of Daniel chapter 8.
FOURTH BEAST & TEN HORNS
16. VISION: "I saw... a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly: and it had great IRON teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, (the whole earth v. 23) and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns." ( Dan.7:7 )
17. INTERPRETATION: This beast with the "great IRON teeth" corresponds to the legs of IRON in the Daniel 2 image and is, of course, Rome. This great and terrible beast of force and power "devoured and brake in pieces" all the known, civilised world of its day. And yet so magnificent was the Roman concept of law, so noble their ideas and ideals, so learned their language and literature, that they were to influence all cultures and civilizations to come. This truly diverse beast literally "stamped the residue" of civilizations with the imprint of its culture!
18. THE 10 HORNS ARE THE FINAL 10 KINGDOMS which evolve out of, or from the breakup of the Roman Empire, and are just the same as the 10 toes of the image.
19. VISION: "I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom 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." ( Dan.7:8 ) Daniel now begins to question the angelic messenger who brought him this revelation.
20. DANIEL QUESTIONS: "I (Daniel) would know the truth of the fourth beast... and of the ten horns that were in his head, and of the other which came up, and before whom three fell; even of that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spake very great things." ( Dan.7:19,20 )
21. ANGEL REPLIES: "The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth... and the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise... and another shall rise after them... and he shall subdue three kings. And he shall speak great words against the most High." ( Dan.7:23-25a )
22. We've already showed you that the fourth beast was Rome. THESE 10 HORNS THAT COME "OUT OF" THAT BEAST ARE A LITERAL REVIVAL OR CONTINUATION OF THE OLD ROMAN EMPIRE after the passage of some time. They give a little more detail about the final 10 united nations of the Antichrist than was given in the 10 toes of the Daniel 2 image.
23. We are told here that ANOTHER, AN ELEVENTH HORN, RISES UP AMONGST THE 10 AND OVERTHROWS 3 OF THEM, thereby evidently gaining power over all of them.
24. OVERTHROWING 3 COUNTRIES IS JUST ABOUT ALL IT WOULD TAKE FOR A CERTAIN WORLD POWER TODAY TO TAKE DOMINION. These 3 are the U.S., Great Britain, and West Germany. They are really the only strongholds of anti-communist resistance left. In actual fact, Germany is already overthrown, Great Britain has become socialistic, and the U.S. is about the only one left; so it's evident that we haven't much time to go before the Antichrist appears on the scene.
25. AN ELEVENTH HORN RISING AFTER THE 10 REPRESENTS A YOUNG WORLD POWER, obviously the communist empire of today which came to power in 1917 in Russia, and is now in control of most of the world!
26. The "eyes like a man" and "a mouth speaking great things" show that THE ULTIMATE FULFILMENT OF THIS LITTLE HORN WILL BE PERSONIFIED IN AN INDIVIDUAL--THE ANTICHRIST or beast as he is called in Revelation 13:3-7 . "All the world wondered after the beast... And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies." ( Rev.13:3,5 )
27. COMMUNISM IS AN OFFICIALLY ATHEISTIC WORLD POWER that does not believe in anything spiritual and that believes, according to its own doctrine, in the wiping out of all "superstitious" ideology which is contrary to "scientific" Marxist doctrine--in other words, "speaking great words against in most High."
28. DANIEL: "I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them; until the Ancient of days came... and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom." ( Dan.7:21,22 )
29. ANGEL REPLIES: The little horn "shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of times." ( Dan.7.25 ) "But judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end." ( Dan.7.26 )
30. Here we see that THE ANTICHRIST WILL MAKE WAR AND OVERCOME OR "PREVAIL AGAINST" THE SAINTS--UNTIL THE ANCIENT OF DAYS COMES. This shows us that the Coming of Christ is after the Antichrist reign.
31. "THE COMING OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST... SHALL NOT COME EXCEPT THERE COME A GREAT FALLING AWAY FIRST (from Christianity), and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition ("perdition" here in the Greek means "devil"--the son of the Devil--the Antichrist)... Whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of His mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of His Coming." ( 2Thess.2:1-8 )
32. AND WHEN HE COMES "EVERY EYE SHALL SEE HIM" ( Rev.1:7 ), and "all the tribes of the earth... shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory." ( Mat.24:30 ) WHEN? "Immediately after the tribulation of those days" ( Mat.24:30 )--those days of anti-Christ GREAT TRIBULATION. ( Mat.24:21 )
33. THIS "LITTLE HORN" WILL TRY TO CHANGE EVERYTHING AND MAKE IT ROUGH ON GOD'S TRUE CHURCH for how long? For "a time, times and dividing of time. We know that this is 3 1/2 years, from the frequent references in the Bible where it is given as months: "42 months" ( Rev.11:2 ; 13:5 ); days: "1260 days" ( Rev.11:3 ; 12:6 ); and "time, times, and half a time" ( Rev.12:14 , also Dan.12:7 ).
34. I BELIEVE THE REASON FOR THE LENGTH OF TIME FOR THE ANTICHRIST REIGN OF TERROR BEING MADE SO EXACTLY CLEAR IS FOR THE ENCOURAGEMENT OF GOD'S CHILDREN who will be there. We will know that it's got a very definite, set, limited time, which will be quite a help, because his reign is going to be a time of great persecution, of "great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be." ( Mt.24:21 )
35. IT'S ONLY GOING TO LAST SO LONG AND THEN IT WILL BE OVER and we won't have anything to worry about after that. Praise God! You have something wonderful to look forward to, even if you have to die as martyrs, when you think about what's to follow. For after this little horn and the united nations of this little horn, we have the throne scene and the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, covered in verses 9-14,21,22,26,27.
SECOND COMING OF CHRIST
36. VISION: "I beheld till the thrones were cast down and the Ancient of Days did sit... thousand thousands ministered unto Him... the judgment was set and the books were opened." ( Dan.7:9,10 ) "I beheld even till the beast was slain and his body destroyed, and given to the burning flame." ( Dan.7:11 )
37. INTERPRETATION: Here we have all the thrones (kingdoms) of man cast down and God sitting in judgment until the beast which bears the little horn is destroyed and given to the burning flame. (See also 2Thess.2:8 .)
38. For "the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven... in flaming fire taking vengeance upon them that know not God." "For by fire and by His sword will the Lord plead with all flesh: and the slain of the Lord shall be many." ( 2Thess.1:7,8 ; Isa.66:16 )
39. VISION: "Concerning the rest of the beasts, they had their dominion taken away: yet their lives were prolonged for a season and a time." ( Dan.7:12 )
40. INTERPRETATION: These men's powers were taken away, but their lives prolonged in order for us to have someone to rule over when we rule with Christ for a thousand years on earth ( Rev.5:10 and 20:4 ). Their lives prolonged for a "season and a time" may be the "time at the end of the thousand years when Satan, who has been bound for this period, will be loosed for a "little season" to again deceive the same ungodly people, who will then be destroyed by God. (See Rev.20:7-15 .)
41. VISION: "I saw... one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought Him near before Him." ( Dan.7:13 )
42. INTERPRETATION: This is an interesting point for the Jews. Two distinct individual personalities: the Son of man, who could only be Jesus Christ and the Ancient of Days, God the Father.
43. VISION: "And there was given Him (the Son of man, Jesus) a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages should serve Him: and His kingdom... shall not be destroyed." ( Dan.7:14 )
44. INTERPRETATION: The Antichrist is going to persecute God's children and prevail against them until it looks like he's won, but "the judgment shall sit and they (God's children) shall take away his dominion, to consume and destroy it unto the end. And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him." ( Dan.7:26, 27 )
45. THE PEOPLE OF THE SAINTS OF THE MOST HIGH ARE A SPECIAL, ELITE CLASS OF OVERCOMERS, the total conquerors. Not all the saints are going to get credit for it, because they failed to do the job. The vast majority of the church have never entered in--have never possessed the Kingdom, but have run away in cowardice, have sat down in slothfulness, and have died in the dry and desolate spiritual wilderness!
46. "But we, God's children, shall rule and reign with Him, with a rod of iron! ( Rev.2:26,27 ) On such the second death (spiritual death) hath no power! But we shall be as priests of God and of Christ ( Rev.5:10 ) and shall reign with Him a thousand years!" ( Rev.20:4 ) ("New Nation Prophecy" 64:13,14 )
47. ARE YOU READY FOR THESE GREAT DAYS AHEAD? Are you one of God's Children who will be helped to be His true witness during these times of great trouble? Will you be among those saved by the Lord out of Great Tribulation?
48. WILL YOU BE ONE OF US WHO SHALL RULE THE EARTH WITH JESUS IN HIS KINGDOM? Will you too have a new heavenly body that can fly like the angels and have supernatural powers and never die? If you're not sure, write us today!
( Written by D.B.Berg- copyright: 1976)
(Compiled by S.N.Strutt 26/07/17) See the following
site for the abbreviated form: http://endtimeinfo.com/2011/01/daniel-chapter-8/
1. BEFORE EITHER THE MEDO-PERSIAN OR GRECIAN EMPIRES EVER RULED, THE PROPHET DANIEL, IN THE YEAR 539 B.C. PREDICTED THAT WAR WOULD BE FOUGHT BETWEEN THESE TWO WORLD EMPIRES, and prophesied its outcome. It was precisely fulfilled just as he predicted over 200 years later, in 333 B.C.!
2. THIS REMARKABLE VISION OF DANIEL CHAPTER 8 BEGINS WITH THIS PROPHECY regarding the conflict between Medo-Persia and Alexander the Great. Then the prophet, using this vision as a springboard, thrusts far off into the future and the events of THE ENDTIME--the time in which we are now living! (The vision is covered in verses 1-14, and interpretation in verses 15-27.)
3. VISION: "In the third year of the reign of Belshazzar (539 B.C.) a vision appeared unto me, even unto me Daniel... And I saw in a vision... before the river a ram which had two horns... one was higher than the other, and the higher came up last. I saw the ram pushing westward, and northward, and southward." ( Dan.8:1-4 )
4. INTERPRETATION: "And it came to pass, when I... had seen the vision, and sought for the meaning... I heard a man's voice... which called, and said, Gabriel, make this man to understand the vision... And he said... The ram which thou sawest having two horns are the kings of Media and Persia." ( Dan.8:15,16,19,20 )
5. THE MEDO-PERSIAN EMPIRE WAS A DUAL POWER, "TWO HORNS" BUT THE PERSIANS WERE THE STRONGER OF THE TWO: "one was higher than the other". Though Darius the Mede was a great conqueror and conquered the so-called impregnable city of Babylon, it was Cyrus the Persian and his Persian Empire that eventually reigned supreme: "the higher came up last".
6. VISION: "And as I was considering, behold, an he goat came from the West on the face of the whole earth, and touched not the ground: and the goat had a notable horn between his eyes.
7. "And I saw him come close unto the ram, and he was moved with choler against him, and he smote the ram, and brake his two horns: and there was no power in the ram to stand before him, but he cast him down to the ground and stamped upon him: and there was none that could deliver the ram out of his hand... Therefore the he goat waxed very great." ( Dan.8:5,7,8a )
8. INTERPRETATION: "The rough goat is the king of Grecia: and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first king." ( Dan.8:21 )
9. HERE WE HAVE THE HE GOAT OF GREECE WITH ITS "GREAT HORN", ALEXANDER THE GREAT, furiously bounding from the West (Greece) to destroy the ram of Persia. During this war the Persian Kings put nearly 5 million men into battle, one of the largest war machines ever assembled in all history. Yet Alexander, with a force of only 500,000, outnumbered 10 to 1, totally routed this superior force and did it with very few casualties.
10. GOD WAS BEHIND THE GREEKS IN THESE BATTLES IN ORDER TO PREPARE THE WORLD FOR THE COMING OF CHRIST by giving the world a common language, Greek, and awakening a great interest in philosophy and religion through the Hellenistic culture.
11. IN FACT, IT WAS THIS VERY PROPHECY WHICH SAVED ISRAEL when Alexander came to Jerusalem during the course of his conquests. The Jews took him and showed him the scroll of this prophecy that named his empire, and it so pleased Alexander that he left Israel alone and didn't ravage it as he had all the other nations that he conquered.
12. VISION: "Therefore the he goat waxed very great: and when he was strong the great horn was broken." ( Dan.8:8a )
13. INTERPRETATION: At 20 years of age Alexander began his military campaign, conquering all the civilised world from Greece to India, and from southern Russia to northern Africa in only 10 years. No doubt this swift conquest is why the Lord pictured his kingdom as a winged leopard in the vision of Daniel 7, and here as a he goat that didn't touch the ground!
14. BUT JUST AS HE WAS AT THE HEIGHT OF HIS POWER, "when he was strong", at the young age of only 33 years, Alexander died.
15. VISION: "And for it (the great horn) came up four notable ones toward the four winds of heaven." ( Dan.8:8b )
16. INTERPRETATION: "Now that being broken, whereas four stood up for it, four kingdoms shall stand up out of the nation, but not in his power." ( Dan.8:22 )
17. THE MEDO-PERSIAN EMPIRE FELL TO ALEXANDER, and when he fell his four generals divided his empire up into four major divisions toward the four winds--East, West, North, and South. These four kingdoms were depicted as a four-headed leopard in Daniel 7.
18. GOING CLOCKWISE FROM WEST TO SOUTH, the names of these four kingdoms are: West--Greece: This is about the same area as modern Greece, but included a lot more territory back then; North--Assyria or modern Turkey: This included what is today even part of Russia; East--Syria: This was the old Syrian Empire, which today includes not only modern Syria, but also Iraq, Iran and parts of Pakistan and India! South--Egypt: Also Libya, Ethiopia and all the area of northeast Africa were ruled by Egypt in those days.
19. It is from this verse that the PROPHET NOW SUDDENLY JUMPS INTO THE FAR FUTURE and Endtime events.
20. VISION: "And out of one of them (these 4 land divisions) came forth a little horn, which waxed exceeding great, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the pleasant land." ( Dan.8:9 )
21. INTERPRETATION: "And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up." ( Dan.8:23 )
22. Here we have not only the GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION FROM WHICH THE ANTICHRIST (this little horn) WILL COME, BUT ALSO THE TIME OF HIS COMING! "Out of one" of the four divisions of Alexander's kingdom in the "latter time" a "little horn", or a "king of fierce countenance", shall "come forth".
23. In 1965, my Mother received the now-famous "Warning Prophecy" concerning the coming "GREAT CONFUSION", which predicted that IT WOULD ORIGINATE "OUT OF MEMPHIS", EGYPT. Nearly a year later this was confirmed by Jeanne Dixon's book, "A Gift of Prophecy", in which she related a vision which showed a young man coming out of Egypt who was to rule the world! In her later book, "My Life and Prophecies", a revision of the older edition, she interprets this young man as being the coming world dictator known as the Antichrist in the Bible! 
24. NOW IF EGYPT COULD BE THAT KINGDOM FROM WHICH THE LITTLE HORN IS TO SPRING, let's see if the description of the three directions of its expansion or "waxing" fits.
25. EGYPT HAS LOTS OF ROOM FOR EXPANSION "toward the south"--the whole continent of Africa; "toward the east"--lots of room for growth toward Asia; and "toward the pleasant land", which is Israel ( Ps.106:24 and Jer.3:19 )
26. If he is going to expand toward the 1) south, 2) east, and 3) the pleasant land, he MUST BE LOCATED SOUTH OF THE PLEASANT LAND, because if he were north of it, the pleasant land would be south and the prophecy would have given only two directions, south and east; but instead it gives three separate directions here.
27. For these reasons we are pretty well convinced that the ANTICHRIST WILL COME OUT OF THE SOUTHERN SECTION OF EGYPT, which, remember, includes not only Egypt, but also Libya and all of northern Africa.
28. IT SAYS THAT HE WILL "UNDERSTAND DARK SENTENCES". In Ezekiel chapter 28 the Antichrist is allegorically pictured as the "prince of Tyrus", of whom it says, "thou art wiser than Daniel: there is no secret that they can hide from thee." ( Ezk.28:3 ) In Revelation it says of the beast, or Antichrist, that "the dragon (or devil) gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority." ( Rev.13:2 ) He's going to be in direct communication with the devil himself.
29. In Daniel 7 we saw that this little horn rising after the other 10 kingdoms represented a young world power, Communism, with the eyes and mouth showing that the little horn is ultimately fulfilled in an individual. But here it says that this individual, THIS LITTLE HORN OR FIERCE KING, ISN'T COMING FROM THE RED SUPER POWERS, RUSSIA OR CHINA, BUT FROM THE SMALL THIRD WORLD KINGDOM OF EGYPT.
30. So apparently it just may be, with God's permission and the Devil's help, that THE ANTICHRIST, OR SUPERMAN, WILL FIRST SOLICIT THE AID OF THE COMMUNISTS TO GET INTO POWER, BUT THE PICTURE HERE IS THAT HE WILL THEN TAKE THEM OVER! They think they're going to take him over, but he winds up taking them over by Satan's supernatural powers!
31. GOD HIMSELF IS GOING TO PERMIT AND ALLOW THE ANTICHRIST TO RISE TO POWER, "For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God", ( Rom.13:1 ) and the Antichrist will do the world good at first. He will be just like Satan, who started out as a servant of God but then became exalted in self-worship and lost God's blessing. As long as he's doing the will of God, why couldn't we work with him? This is the way many prophets operated, from Joseph with Egypt's Pharaoh to Daniel with Babylon's Nebuchadnezzar, plus many others.
32. NOW SOME HAVE SAID THAT THIS LITTLE HORN WAS FULFILLED IN ANTIOCHUS EPIPHANES, a Grecian ruler of Syria who wrought great persecution against the Jews during the years 168-165 B.C. and no doubt he was an intermediate fulfillment of the final little horn, as others also have been.
33. However, the angelic messenger who gives Daniel the vision makes it perfectly clear when THIS LITTLE HORN IS TO ARISE when he stated four times, "AT THE TIME OF THE END shall be the vision" (verse 17); "I will make thee to know what shall be in the last end of the indignation: for at the time appointed the end shall be" (verse 19); "In the latter time of their kingdom." (verse 23)
34. VISION: "And it (little horn) waxed great, even to the host of heaven; and it cast down some of the host of the stars to the ground, and stamped upon them." ( Dan.8:10 )
35. INTERPRETATION: "His power shall be mighty, but not by his own power (but "the dragon" or devil "gave him his power"-- Rev.13:2 ): and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people." ( Dan.8:24 )
36. SOME PEOPLE SAY, "WELL, THAT `HOST OF HEAVEN' MUST BE SOME OF THE DEVIL'S ANGELS." Do you think the Antichrist, or really the devil (as the Antichrist will be the devil in the flesh) do you think the devil would be stamping on some of his own angels? No, it's the Church! THE HOST OF HEAVEN REPRESENTS GOD'S CHILDREN! Certainly the A.C. couldn't stamp on God's angels, that's for sure, so it has to be the Church.
37. The "host of heaven" in verse 10 is the same as the "holy people" of verse 24. "Holy" means "set apart", or "separate"--God's children who drop out of the unclean System to serve God ( II Cor. 6:14-18 ) and dwell by faith, right now, as Paul said, "In heavenly places in Christ Jesus". ( Ep. 2:6 , also Col. 3:1-3 ) So, contrary to the opinion of some of the Church, GOD'S PEOPLE WILL STILL BE HERE DURING THE ANTICHRIST REIGN, UNDERGOING A TIME OF GREAT TRIBULATION AND PERSECUTION, as we saw in Daniel 7:21 .
38. VISION: "Yea, he magnified himself even to the prince of the host, and by him the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of his sanctuary was cast down. And an host was given him against the daily sacrifice by reason of transgression, and it cast down the truth to the ground; and it practised, and it prospered." ( Dan.8:11, 12 )
39. INTERPRETATION: "Through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand, and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes: but he shall be broken without hand." ( Dan.8:25 )
40. THE DAILY SACRIFICE IS THE RELIGIOUS WORSHIP OF ALL FAITHS, which he will replace with an abomination, or "transgression of desolation" of his own image (verse 13). Verses 12 and 13 of this chapter (which will be explained in our class on Daniel 9) and other references predict that the ANTICHRIST WILL MAKE A COVENANT TO PERMIT A DAILY SACRIFICE OF RELIGIOUS WORSHIP, which shows that he GETS INTO POWER WITH THE CO-OPERATION OF THE RELIGIOUS WORLD. But when he finally does come to power the thing goes to his head, and he becomes completely possessed of the devil and wants all religions wiped out and only complete worship of himself!
41. MANY PROPHETIC PASSAGES ABOUT THE ENDTIME REFER TO WHAT SEEMS TO BE A LITERAL SANCTUARY OR TEMPLE WHICH IS TO BE DESECRATED BY THE ANTICHRIST. "The son of perdition (the Antichrist)... he as God sitteth in the temple of God..." ( 2Thes.2:3,4 --see also Mt.24:15 and Dan.11:31 ) so it seems that the ancient Jewish temple that used to stand on Mt. Moriah where the Mosque of Omar now stands will be rebuilt.
42. HOWEVER, THE SANCTUARY THAT HE CASTS DOWN IS NOT ONLY THE TEMPLE AT JERUSALEM, BUT ALSO THE TRUE TEMPLE OF GOD, the one and only temple of God, the Spiritual temple of God--you and me! ( 1Pt.2:5 ) "Know ye not that ye are the temple of God?" ( 1Cor.3:16 )
43. IT SAYS HERE THAT THIS FIERCE KIND WILL CAUSE "CRAFT" (WITCH CRAFT, OR SPIRITUALISM) TO PROSPER IN HIS HAND. But today the whole world has been so de-spiritualised and de-religionised that they will no longer accept anything "spiritual" or "religious" as being "scientific" or true. However, the devil, in THE ANTICHRIST, IS GOING TO DEMONSTRATE HIS SUPERNATURAL POWER BY EXPLAINING THAT THE POWER IS PURELY "SCIENTIFIC", and that he's only using "scientific" power!
44. THIS IS ALREADY HAPPENING IN RUSSIA, where they have in their studies of ESP discovered that the spiritual world exists and that it is peopled by spirits, phantoms, ghosts, hallucinations, apparitions, or whatever they are. (This was parabolically presented in the movie "Solaris".) However, they are not willing to accept the explanation God has already given in the Bible for these spiritual realities, but are trying to find some other explanations! They will find an answer eventually, and it's going to be satanic! But they're going to have very scientific reasons for it all!
45. "BY PEACE HE SHALL DESTROY MANY." How can he destroy many by peace? THE COMMUNISTS CAPTURE THE PEOPLE'S MINDS WITH THEIR PEACEFUL PROPAGANDA: "Come and die for the truth and you'll live forever in the people you have liberated!" But it's a lie! So instead they die for a lie and die forever! By peace they destroy many!
46. "THE PRINCE OF THE HOST" OR "PRINCE OF PRINCES" IS, OF COURSE, JESUS CHRIST. ( Rev.19:16 ) By fighting against the Church he will be fighting Christ. As Jesus said to Saul, who was persecutor of the Early Church before being converted and becoming the great Apostle Paul, "Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou Me?" ( Ac.9:4,5 )
47. GOD GETS THE VICTORY IN THE END, THOUGH, AND THE LITTLE HORN "SHALL BE BROKEN WITHOUT HAND", "by the sword of Him (Jesus) which sword proceedeth out of His mouth." ( Rev.19:21 ) As Martin Luther said, "The prince of darkness grim, we tremble not for him; his rage we can endure, for lo, his doom is sure; one little word shall fell him." And that Word is "the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God"--Jesus Christ! ( Ep.6:17 ; Jn.1:1 )
48. In spite of all the wrath of bestial, atrocious man against the Children of God during the coming worldwide devilish dictatorship of the Antichrist regime, which will war on God's saints throughout three-and-a-half years of a reign of terror, called in the Bible the Great Tribulation, THE FORCES OF EVIL WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO COMPLETELY DESTROY GOD'S TRUE CHILDREN, and multitudes of them will still be here to joyously welcome Christ's triumphal re-entry into the earth's atmosphere to destroy God's enemies in great vengeance with a great and terrible slaughter!
49. "THE VISION", DANIEL SAID "IS TRUE", AND IT IS GOING TO COME TO PASS ( Dan.8:26 )! Our only hope of survival, therefore, is to be prepared spiritually and even practically, with both the personal experience of Salvation--a change of heart by God's love in Jesus--and by a working knowledge of His Word and what it advises us to do under such conditions of the difficult days that are coming.
( Written by D.B.Berg- copyright: 1976)
(Compiled by S.N.Strutt 26/07/17) For a shorter version see:- http://endtimeinfo.com/2011/01/the-70-weeks-of-daniel/
1. THE NINTH CHAPTER OF DANIEL IS ONE OF THE MOST ASTOUNDINGLY DEFINITE, LITERAL TIME PROPHECIES GIVEN IN THE ENTIRE BIBLE, giving the exact times for both the first and second comings of Jesus Christ!
2. THE CHAPTER OPENS WITH DANIEL DESPERATELY CALLING OUT TO GOD on the behalf of his people Israel, who at this time were captive slaves of the Persian Empire (about 538 B.C.--see verses 1-19).
3. "And whiles I was speaking, and praying, THE MAN GABRIEL being caused to fly swiftly, TOUCHED ME about the time of the evening oblation (worship). And he informed me and said, O Daniel, I AM NOW COME FORTH TO GIVE THEE SKILL AND UNDERSTANDING." ( Dan.9:20-22 )
4. Daniel had been praying for God to save His city (Jerusalem) and His people (verse 19). THE ANGEL NOW APPEARS TO TELL DANIEL WHEN AND HOW GOD IS GOING TO SAVE THEM. "Therefore" he says, "understand the matter, and consider the vision." (verse 23)
5. THE ACTUAL PREDICTION BEGINS IN THE 24TH VERSE AND CONTINUES TO THE END OF THE CHAPTER, VERSE 27. As in the other Daniel prophecies, we will first give the prediction and follow it with the interpretation.
6. VISION: "SEVENTY WEEKS are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy." ( Dan.9:24 )
7. INTERPRETATION: THIS WORD THAT'S TRANSLATED "WEEKS" here in the King James Bible IS THE HEBREW WORD "SHABUA", which literally means "SEVEN". Therefore, a little better translation of this would be "seventy seven's", instead of "seventy weeks".
8. As we proceed to read and understand the prophecy and its fulfillment, it becomes evident that THESE SEVENTY SEVENS ARE SEVENTY SEVENS OF YEARS, with each "week" representing a period of seven years, for a total of 490 years.
9. "Thy people", Daniel's people, were God's people. So he says that AS FAR AS THE HISTORY OF GOD'S PEOPLE IS CONCERNED, THEY'VE GOT SEVENTY SEVENS YET TO GO to finish the transgression, make an end of sins, etc. As we proceed we will find exactly how this was to be fulfilled in seventy sevens.
10. VISION: "Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks and threescore and two weeks (or 69 sevens): the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for Himself." ( Dan.9:25, 26a )
11. INTERPRETATION: IN 453 B.C., ARTAXERXES LONGIMANUS, KING OF THE MEDES AND PERSIANS, GAVE NEHEMIAH THE COMMANDMENT TO GO FORTH AND REBUILD JERUSALEM ( Neh. 2:5 ). There were several other proclamations made by Persian kings to release the Jews from captivity and let them return to Israel to rebuild the temple, but the principle proclamation to rebuild the city of Jerusalem itself was made in 453 B.C.
12. The prophecy predicted that FROM THE TIME OF THAT PROCLAMATION UNTO MESSIAH THE PRINCE SHALL BE--HOW LONG? 69 SEVENS OF YEARS, or 69 times seven years, which is exactly 483 years. From 453 B.C., this would bring us to exactly 30 A.D., the very year of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ!
13. Though Jesus was 33 years old when He was "cut off", MODERN HISTORIANS DATE THE BIRTH OF JESUS AT 4 "B.C.", AND HIS CRUCIFIXION IN 30 "A.D.". This is because of a miscalculation on the part of the Catholic monk, Dionysius, who in the 6th century devised our present calendar system.
14. Therefore, Jesus actually began His ministry at 30 years of age ( LK. 3:23 ), in the year 27 A.D., and was crucified, as we said before, in 30 A.D. So here we have the 69 sevens of years, or the 483 years, giving us the EXACT TIME OF THE MESSIAH'S CRUCIFIXION.
15. Now you notice that THE PROPHECY DIVIDES THE 69 WEEKS INTO TWO GROUPS, one of seven weeks, and then 62 weeks. This was because the wall and city were built in the first seven weeks or 49 years. Then, after that, there were still 62 weeks, or 62 sevens of years, before the crucifixion of Christ.
16. IT SAYS, "MESSIAH SHALL BE CUT OFF, BUT NOT FOR HIMSELF". Isaiah, in another prophecy, tells why the Messiah was to be "cut off". "For He was CUT OFF out of the land of the living: FOR THE TRANSGRESSION OF MY PEOPLE WAS HE STRICKEN... when thou shalt make His soul an offering for sin my righteous servant shall justify many; for He shall bear their iniquities." ( Isa 53:8,10,11 --750 B.C.) HE DIED FOR US--NOT FOR HIMSELF, but for the transgression of the whole world--for our sins.
17. WHEN JESUS DIED ON THE CROSS IN 30 A.D. HE ACCOMPLISHED IN HIMSELF THE PROMISES OF THAT 24th VERSE: He finished the transgression, made an end of sins, and made reconciliation for iniquity, etc. As the Apostle Paul said, "We were reconciled to God by the death of His Son", (Rm. 5:10) And "He appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself." ( Heb 9:26 ) He brought in "everlasting righteousness" through salvation. (Rm. 10:4)
18. THOUGH JESUS ACCOMPLISHED ALL THESE PROMISES IN HIMSELF, WE AS BELIEVERS IN HIM DO NOT FULLY POSSESS THEM YET: We only have them now by faith, in the realm of the Spirit, and we will not possess them literally until Jesus returns.
19. For instance, it says that AFTER "SEVENTY WEEKS" the "vision and PROPHECY" will be "SEALED UP", or completed. Paul said that now "we PROPHESY IN PART. But when that which is PERFECT IS COME (JESUS), then that which is in PART SHALL BE DONE AWAY." ( I Cor. 13:9, 10 )
20. THEREFORE, WE KNOW THAT THIS SEVENTIETH WEEK HAS NOT HAPPENED YET, BECAUSE WHEN IT ENDS IT WILL USHER IN PERFECTION UPON GOD'S PEOPLE, which can happen only with the return of Christ! So this seventieth week is still in the future!
21. VISION: "Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined." ( Dan.9:26b )
22. INTERPRETATION: After Jesus was crucified, do you know what happened to Jerusalem ("The city") and the Temple ("the sanctuary")? In 70 A.D. the Roman Legions came and burned Jerusalem to the ground, took the Temple down, and destroyed it. Over one million Jews were slain and 95,000 were taken as slaves!
23. Whether or not you agree with our interpretation of times and weeks, etc., you cannot argue with the FACTS OF FULFILLED PROPHECY THAT SHOW THAT THE MESSIAH WOULD COME BEFORE THE DESTRUCTION OF THE TEMPLE AND THE CITY in 70 A.D.--40 years after Jesus' death! This is only one of over 300 prophecies fulfilled in Jesus of Nazareth, all written 4 to 15 centuries before His birth!
24. Micah 5:2 , Isaiah 7:14 and 9:6 (750 B.C.) foretold that the Messiah was to be born in Bethlehem of a virgin, and was to be called "the Prince of Peace" Who had been in existence "from everlasting". His betrayal by Judas is seen in Zechariah 11:12, 13 (500 B.C.) for "thirty pieces of silver"; His crucifixion in Psalm 22:16, 18 (1000 B.C.)--"pierced my hands and my feet"; and resurrection in Psalm 16:10 --"will not leave my soul in hell."
25. WE HOPE THAT YOU HAVE ACCEPTED JESUS AS THE MESSIAH because we still have that seventieth week yet to go, which, as we said, will end with the second coming of Jesus Christ--this time not as a sacrificial lamb, but as a roaring lion to take over the world and rule it with a rod of iron. You'd better be ready!
26. VISION: He shall CONFIRM the COVENANT with many for ONE WEEK (7 years): and in the MIDST of the week he shall cause the SACRIFICE and OBLATION to CEASE, and for the overspreading of ABOMINATIONS he shall make it desolate, even UNTIL the CONSUMMATION, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate." ( Dan.9:27 )
27. INTERPRETATION: Now we have that week that was left over, that seventieth week--which will be the last seven years of history!
28. THIS "HE" THAT CONFIRMS THE COVENANT IS THE "PRINCE THAT SHALL COME", of verse 26. His PEOPLE, the Romans, destroyed Jerusalem. They were "the people of the prince that SHALL come", who is the Antichrist, whose empire, according to other prophecies in Daniel 2 and 7 , will be a revival of and continuation of the old Roman Empire--in spirit and so forth!
29. THIS COVENANT HAS TO DO WITH THE CITY OF JERUSALEM, THE REBUILDING OF THE ANCIENT JEWISH TEMPLE that used to stand on Mt. Moriah where the Dome of the Rock now stands, and restoration of the Temple worship of blood sacrifice.
30. I ALSO BELIEVE THAT THIS COVENANT HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH THE CHILDREN OF GOD AND OUR FINAL MINISTRY. In "Dreams of Jeremiah 40" ( Letter No.163 ) we were being treated as royal guests of the next world government, and they were going to come to an agreement, compromise, or covenant with us.
31. PAUL TALKED IN GALATIANS OF TWO CONVENANTS THAT GOD MAKES WITH PEOPLE: The COVENANT OF PROMISE was made to Abraham and his seed. Paul said this seed was Christ, and "if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the Promise" of blessing from God! ( Gal. 3:16, 29 )
32. THE OTHER COVENANT IS THE LAW, which came by Moses and contains the curse on all those who don't obey "all things which are written in the book of the law to do them." ( Deut. 27:26 ) Of course, no one can, and that is why God sent Jesus to die for us. Anyhow, Paul compared this covenant to "Jerusalem which now is", or the flesh and blood children of Abraham: the so-called Jews.
33. THE ANTICHRIST WILL "CONFIRM THE COVENANT WITH MANY". This "MANY" may mean to both these, the natural stock of Israel as well as the spiritual descendants, the true Israel.
34. THE ONLY WAY THIS COULD EVER HAPPEN, OF COURSE, IS BY AN ARMED INVASION OF ISRAEL, leading possibly to even full-scale atomic war, which will put a stop to the Arab-American-Israeli war, restore the Arab lands to their rightful owners, and make Jerusalem an international religious capitol of the world by a specific pact enforced on the participants by this invasion force, its coming world dictator, and his powerful one-world government which arises from the ashes of this war! 
35. "IN THE MIDST OF THE WEEK (AT THE END OF 3 1/2 YEARS, LEAVING 3 1/2 MORE) HE SHALL CAUSE THE SACRIFICE AND OBLATION TO CEASE (in other words, stop religious worship), and for the overspreading of ABOMINATIONS he shall make it desolate."
36. THIS CEASING OF THE "DAILY SACRIFICE" BY THE A.C. IS ALSO PREDICTED IN DANIEL CHAPTERS 8 AND 11. In Daniel 8 it says, "by him (the little horn) the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of his sanctuary was cast down... (by) the transgression of desolation." ( Dan.8:11-14 ) (See Time Line Charts for further explanation of these verses.) Daniel 11:31 says, "Arms shall stand on his part, and they... shall take away the daily sacrifice, and... place the abomination that maketh desolate."
37. THIS "ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION" IS GOING TO BE THE "IMAGE OF THE BEAST" OR A DEMON-POSSESSED IDOL OF THE ANTICHRIST. IT HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH MONEY. The monetary system itself is an idol; it's the money god of Mammon, an abomination of desolation which the world worships! Money, in a way, is the "image of the beast" of this world, the reflection of his power--the entangling idol of governments today! "Shew me a PENNY. Whose IMAGE hath it? They answered... Caesar's." ( Lk.20:24 )
38. According to Revelation 13, THE PRESENT MONEY MEDIUM WILL SOON BE REPLACED BY A NEW "MONEY" MEDIUM, A VERY REMARKABLE CREDIT SYSTEM in which every person in the world who belongs to the system will have a credit number, without which he cannot buy or sell. ( Rev.13:7 )
39. THIS NUMBER WILL BE BRANDED ON EACH PERSON: "a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads...that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast (the world leader and his government), or the number of his name...for it is the number of a man; and his number is six hundred three score and six (666)." ( Rev.13:16,17 )
40. Soon man will no longer fear the power of paper currency and their owners, but THEY WILL HAVE A NEW GOD, A NEW MONETARY MEDIUM, and be branded by the beast like cattle for the slaughter, and will be forced to worship the beast and this image, or be killed! 
41. THE CONTROL CENTER FOR THIS CREDIT SYSTEM WILL BE THE MAGICAL SPEAKING IMAGE OF THE BEAST (probably the long-foretold super computer) which will be set up in the glorious holy mountain (Mt. Moriah, Jerusalem) where the Temple stood and the Mosque of Omar now stands. (See Dan.11:45 )
42. Just look at how the world is being prepared for a mechanical god, an electronic brain, a computer deity, which they will then be willing to worship because it is their own creation, the work of their own hands.  "THEY WORSHIP THE WORKS OF THEIR OWN HANDS, that which their own fingers have made." ( Isa.2:8 )
43. THIS IDOL OF THE ANTICHRIST, THIS ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION, WILL BE PUT RIGHT IN THE TEMPLE AT JERUSALEM TO MAKE THE JEWS WORSHIP IT. They will also endeavour to do so in the very hearts of the people, the true temple of God, the spiritual temple of God.
44. THEY WILL SUCCEED IN THOSE WHO KNEW HIM NOT and were not truly His temple, but IN HIS TRUE TEMPLE, THOSE TRUE REMAINING BELIEVERS, THEY WILL NOT set up the abomination, that worship of the Antichrist.  As Jesus said, "The true worshippers shall worship the Father in Spirit and in truth"--the temple of His Spirit, not the temple "at Jerusalem". "And they (the true worshippers) shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of My hand." ( Jn.4:21-23 ; 10:29 )
45. VISION: Even unto the CONSUMMATION, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate." ( Dan.9:27 )
46. INTERPRETATION: THE ABOMINATION WILL BE PLACED IN THE TEMPLE IN THE MIDST OF THE WEEK and will make desolate UNTIL THE "CONSUMMATION", which in the Hebrew literally means "COMPLETION", or the COMPLETION OF THE WEEK.
47. THEN, AT THE SECOND COMING OF JESUS CHRIST, THE WRATH OF GOD WILL BE POURED UPON THE DESOLATE--those who have accepted the Antichrist as God and worshipped his image, which will bring desolation and abomination to all who believe in it. 
48. JESUS SAID, "WHEN YE SHALL SEE THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION spoken of by DANIEL the Prophet standing in the holy place where it ought not...THEN SHALL BE GREAT TRIBULATION, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be!" ( Mt. 4:15,21 and Mk.13:14 )
49. THE FIRST THREE AND A HALF YEARS OF THIS DICTATOR'S SEEMINGLY BENIGN RULE WILL BE FOLLOWED BY THREE AND A HALF YEARS OF A REIGN OF TERROR called the Great Tribulation, under this demon dictator's image and its false prophet, and an unparalleled worldwide persecution of both Jews and Christians!
50. According to the book of Revelation, it is during this time that the Gentiles will tread the Holy City under foot for "forty and two months"--"one thousand two hundred and threescore days"--while God's witnesses (the Children of God) shall prophesy in (red) sackcloth with great power and wonders until they have finished their testimony. THEN THE BEAST SHALL MAKE WAR AGAINST THEM AND KILL THEM because their message has tormented those who dwell on the earth. ( Rev.11:2-10 )
51. THE GREAT RED BEAST ( Rev.12:3 ) SHALL HAVE POWER OVER ALL THE EARTH FOR THREE AND A HALF YEARS, speaking great blasphemies and doing great wonders and miracles, so that all the world shall wonder after him and worship him, saying, "Who is like unto him, and who is able to make war with him?" ( Rev.13:4-8 and II Th. 2:3-12 )
52. THE ANTICHRIST AND HIS FORCES WILL BE ALL-POWERFUL, so all-powerful they're even going to think they can make war on God and His people--and that's where they're going to lose! God is going to protect us and keep us, at least a lot of us if not most of us, supernaturally, miraculously, powerfully in many ways, and the message will get out all the more, in spite of everything they do! Then when it looks like we're going to be really wiped out, Jesus comes and saves us--a happy ending to the story!
53. FOR THEN, JESUS SAID "IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE TRIBULATION OF THOSE DAYS" (at the consummation or completion of Daniel's seventieth week), "THEN shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven...and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He shall send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet and they shall gather together His elect from the four winds...from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven." ( Mt.24:29-31 ; Mk.13:27 )
54. HERE AT THE END OF THIS SEVENTIETH WEEK WE HAVE THE GLORIOUS SECOND COMING OF JESUS CHRIST TO "GATHER TOGETHER" HIS CHURCH--the true believers. This gathering together involves first the resurrection of those saints who have died, and then the transformation of those believers still alive at His coming, both of whom, at that time, will receive immortal bodies!
55. "FOR THE LORD HIMSELF SHALL DESCEND FROM HEAVEN WITH A SHOUT, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God... (and) them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him" when He comes.
56. "THE DEAD IN CHRIST SHALL RISE FIRST: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so shall we ever be with the Lord." ( 1Th.4:14-17 )
57. ARE YOU PREPARED FOR THESE COMING EVENTS? If not you'd better get ready, as things are really moving! Take Jesus now!
( Written by D.B.Berg- copyright: 1976)
DANIEL 10,11 & 12
(Compiled by S.N.Strutt 26/07/17)
1. THE FIRST SOCIALISTIC GOVERNMENT IN WORLD HISTORY WAS ESTABLISHED IN RUSSIA IN ONLY 1917, yet a description of this government's workings and other related subjects is contained in the Book of Daniel, chapters 10-12 , in a prophecy written over 2,500 years ago!
2. THE PROPHECY WAS GIVEN IN THE "THIRD YEAR OF CYRUS," king of Persia (about 538 B.C.). Daniel had been fasting for "three full weeks" when an angelic messenger appeared to him. ( Dan.10:1-6 )
3. VISION: "And he said unto me, O Daniel ... understand the words that I speak unto thee ... for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand ... thy words were heard ... But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days; but lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me." ( Dan.10:11-13 )
4. INTERPRETATION: Here in Daniel 10 we have a glimpse into that spirit world of the fifth dimension and the tremendous battle of 21 days that took place between the demon prince of Persia and God's archangel, who eventually broke through to Daniel with this heavy message.
5. From this and other Scriptures it is evident that THE WORLD IS SATAN'S KINGDOM AND IS ORGANISED LIKE AN ARMY with Satan as its head general ( 2Cor.4:4 ), commanding demon "princes" who have control of whole nations like "Persia" and "Grecia" ( Dan.10:13,20 ). "All the kingdoms of the world," Satan said, are "delivered unto me." ( Lk.4:5,6 )
6. However, SATAN, UNLIKE GOD, IS NOT ALL-PRESENT; he's limited, being only a creation of God. But through this "army" and the possessing of certain key humans, Satan MANAGES TO CONTROL QUITE A BIT OF THE WORLD, OR SYSTEM, education, finances, politics, churches, etc.
7. THIS FIFTH DIMENSION IS WHERE THE REAL WORLD IS AND WHERE THE REAL BATTLES ARE BEING FOUGHT. The Apostle said our battle is "not against flesh and blood, but against ... the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." ( Eph.6:12 ) 
8. VISION: "Now I am come (the angelic messenger is speaking) to make thee (Daniel) understand WHAT SHALL BEFALL THY PEOPLE IN THE LATTER DAYS: for yet the vision is for many days." ( Dan.10:14 )
9. INTERPRETATION: Here we have God sending His angel to give Daniel a vision that, for the most part, wasn't going to happen for centuries, until the latter days. Now why do you think He would do something like that?
10. He did it precisely because PROPHECY IS GOD'S HALLMARK OF AUTHENTICITY TO A REBELLIOUS WORLD THAT HIS WORD IS THE TRUTH. So that "When this cometh to pass, lo, it will come, then shall they know that a prophet hath been among them." "Now I tell you before it come, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe. ..." ( Ezk.33:33 ; Jn.13:19 )
11. VISION: "There shall stand up yet three kings in Persia; and the fourth shall be far richer than they all: and... he shall stir up all against the realm of Grecia." ( Dan.11:2 )
12. INTERPRETATION: "Three kings," Cyrus, Cambyses, and Darius Hystaspes, immediately followed this prophecy before the "fourth," Xerxes, the richest and most powerful of Persian kings, invaded Greece, but was defeated at Salamis (in 480 B.C.).
13. There were other Persian kings after Xerxes, but GOD MUST HAVE CONSIDERED THIS DEFEAT THE BEGINNING OF THE END FOR PERSIA, and the beginning of the rise of Greece.
14. Of course, IT STILL PROBABLY LOOKED LIKE PERSIA WAS REALLY SOMETHING PHYSICALLY, and she was, BUT AS FAR AS GOD WAS CONCERNED, SHE HAD BEGUN TO DIE. Just like today, in the eyes of the world, America looks big and huge and powerful, but in God's eyes it's dying and will soon be buried by the rising communist East.
15. VISION: "And a mighty king shall stand up, that shall rule with great dominion, and... his kingdom shall be broken, and shall be divided toward the four winds of heaven; and not to his posterity (children), nor according to his dominion." ( Dan.11:3,4 )
16. INTERPRETATION: This "mighty king" was also described in a previous vision of Daniel as the "great horn" of "Grecia" ( Dan.8:21 ), who, of course, was Alexander the Great, whose great kingdom was divided into four parts: Greece, Assyria, Turkey and Egypt--divided among his generals and not his children.
17. It is at this verse, having given these tremendous prophecies of the immediate future of Persia and Greece, that the prophet, as in Daniel 8, SUDDENLY LEAPS FAR INTO THE FUTURE AND THE EVENTS OF THE "END OF YEARS" ( Dan.11:6 ).
18. A SHROUD OF MYSTERY STILL SURROUNDS SOME OF THIS PROPHECY, particularly verses 5-20, which deal with events leading up to the appearance of the great leader who heads up the final government of world communism. The parts of the prophecy which are open to us start in chapter 11, verse 21, and continue through the end of chapter 12. They center around this great leader, or Antichrist as he is commonly called, and describe his politics, economics, religion (or lack of it), even giving the geographical location from which he comes.
19. VISION: "He shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries. ... He shall enter peaceably even upon the fattest places." ( Dan.11:21b,24a )
20. INTERPRETATION: How does communism usually take over countries? By invading them with a big army and air force and conquering them by force of arms? No, they do it by propaganda! THEY FIRST CAPTURE THE MINDS OF THE PEOPLE WITH THEIR DOCTRINE and then let the people themselves turn to communism and take over their own government by force of arms.
21. VISION: "He shall come up, and shall become strong with a small people." ( Dan.11:23 )
22. INTERPRETATION: For the past 50 years or so, the COMMUNISTS HAVE BEEN RISING UP AND BECOMING STRONG WITH A "SMALL" OR LITERALLY "LITTLE PEOPLE."
23. These "little people" of the oppressed classes and races, when they begin to starve and die under the cruel heel of a dictatorially oppressive and terroristic government, they at last become WILLING TO FIGHT AND DIE TO OVERTHROW IT. The communists then step in to supply them with the arms, leadership, inspiration, and ability to do it.
24. VISION: "He shall do that which his fathers have not done, nor his fathers' fathers; he shall scatter among them (the small people) the prey and spoil, and riches ... and shall divide the land for gain." ( Dan.11:24b,39b )
25. INTERPRETATION: Today in nearly every noncommunist country, a very very small minority of the people owns a very very large majority of everything, and a very very large majority of the people have little or nothing.
26. This is one of the first things that a communist victory corrects: THEY TAKE THE SPOIL OF VICTORY (THE LANDS AND RICHES) AWAY FROM THE RICH AND DIVIDE IT UP TO THE POOR! This is very unusual for conquerors to do, except of course, among their own armies; therefore, by this the communist conquerors do something their "fathers have not done."
27. For instance, when Castro took over Cuba, the poor peasants, or farm labourers, were practically starving to death: nothing to eat, no houses, just shanties and huts, no schools no hospitals--nothing! So CASTRO TOOK THE LAND AWAY FROM THE RICH AND DIVIDED IT UP, giving each of these peasants a little plot of land--3 to 5 acres, or something like that, to feed himself and his family and to produce enough to sell and help the government.
28. THIS IS VERY APPEALING TO THE AVERAGE POOR PERSON WHO HAS NOTHING, and so it really helps to gain their support! It really helped to solidify Castro in power. So by this and measures like it, the communists really "divide the land for gain."
29. VISION: "He shall exalt himself and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvelous things against the God of gods. ... Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all." ( Dan.11:36,37 )
30. INTERPRETATION: THE COMMUNIST DICTATORS HAVE COME THE CLOSEST TO FULFILLING THIS COMPLETE OVERTHROW OF ALL RELIGION that the world has ever known. All other past kings, dictators, and world rulers have always had some religion or semblance of religion, pretending to worship the gods of their fathers; even the Roman Caesars did this.
31. Why? Because GOVERNMENTS CAN ONLY RULE OVER THE BODIES OF PEOPLE, BUT IT TAKES SOMETHING ELSE TO INFLUENCE THEIR SPIRITS, to make them willing slaves, and really obedient from the heart. So the organised, recognised false religious system co-operates with the government to keep the people willing.
32. Why, then, for the first time in history does the communist government decide it can get along without religion? Because COMMUNISM IS NOT JUST A GOVERNMENT; IT IS ALSO A RELIGION, a worship of the material and of man and of the government. Communism is a very puritanical, extremely self-righteous and narrow-minded doctrine. It's a religion of self-righteousness. The cardinal principle of communism is that man is his own God--SELF-WORSHIP.
33. Their idea is: "We are going to have as much brotherly love, as much self-sacrificial spirit, as much sharing as you could possibly have--but without God." In other words, "We are going to be God." THIS IS THE ULTIMATE IN BLASPHEMY, OR SPEAKING AGAINST GOD! This is the very same thing Satan said to himself: "I will be like the most High." ( Is.14:14 )
34. HE WON'T "REGARD THE DESIRE OF WOMEN"... that's interesting! It means he's either a homosexual or is so sold out to his cause that he doesn't need women--married to his work, as they say. Or he doesn't regard the desire of women according to Gen.3:16 , "Unto the woman He (God) said... thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee."
35. THIS LATTER DISREGARD WOULD RESULT IN THE SO-CALLED EQUALITY OF THE SEXES, something that has never happened in all world history until this generation. Though the idea of equality for the sexes is not solely confined to communist ideology it is certainly propounded by it. In fact, this whole idea is nothing new and was stolen right out of the Bible, God's plan of true communism, where in Christ Jesus "there is neither male nor female." ( Gal.3:28 )
36. VISION: "He (the king of the North, the AC) shall stir up his power and courage against the king of the South with a great army; and the king of the South shall be stirred up to battle with a very great and mighty army; but he shall not stand: for they shall FORECAST DEVICES AGAINST HIM. Yea, THEY THAT FEED OF THE PORTION OF HIS MEAT SHALL DESTROY HIM." ( Dan.11:25,26 ) "He shall forecast his devices against the strongholds, even for a time." ( Dan.11:24b )
37. INTERPRETATION: Here we have the KING OR GOVERNMENT OF THE SOUTH FALLING TO THE KING OF THE NORTH--not through battle, but THROUGH AN INTERNAL COUP. Now internal coups have happened all down through history, but this one is a little different. This king falls to the king of the North because he "forecast his devices against him ... even for a time"--in other words, for a set time such as a definite year.
38. Besides their well-known "five year plans" formulating and forecasting the internal development in their own country, the SOVIETS HAVE LONG HAD "PLANS" OR "DEVICES" FOR CONDUCTING THEIR FOREIGN POLICY. These "plans" chiefly consisting of the conquest of other countries, are devised with such thought and precision that DATES, OR "TIMES", FOR THEIR FALL ARE EVEN INCLUDED IN THEIR PLANNING.
39. VISION: "Both these kings' hearts shall be to do mischief, and they SHALL SPEAK LIES AT ONE TABLE; but it shall not prosper: for yet the end shall be at the time appointed." ( Dan.11.27 )
40. INTERPRETATION: Now this verse may be a bit off the main track in our description of the Antichrist's government, but it does describe a situation almost unique to our generation: This century has seen the birth of the League of Nations and the United Nations and multitudes of other "peace conferences" where DIPLOMATS FROM EVERY NATION COME TOGETHER TO LIE TO EACH OTHER AROUND "ONE TABLE"--all in the name of peace--to work out their differences across a NEGOTIATING TABLE RATHER THAN A BATTLEFIELD.
41. "BUT IT SHALL NOT PROSPER", even as the Apostle predicted: "When they shall say, Peace and safety, then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape." (I Thes. 5:3) All this talking of peace is the immediate prelude to the most horrible war and destruction that the world will ever know.
42. In this chapter the AC is CALLED THE "KING OF THE NORTH" ( Dan.11:40 ), and generally this man is spoken of throughout Bible prophecy as being from the North. In Ezekiel he is spoken of and called Gog, the chief prince of Magog (Russia), Mesheck (Moscow) and Tubal (Tobolsk). It says "in the latter years" he shall gather a great army and shall "come from thy place out of the north parts," "against the mountains of Israel." ( Ezk.38:2,8,15 )
43. From our study of Daniel chapter 8 and from what we have personally heard from the Lord, apparently THE A.C. FIRST GAINS POWER DOWN SOUTH IN EGYPT, BUT ASCENDS TO TOTAL POWER WITHIN THE COMMUNIST WORLD SYSTEM, eventually possibly taking over even Russia itself.
44. In the Book of Revelation we find that "A GREAT RED DRAGON ... the old serpent, called the Devil" ( Rev.12:3,9 ) is what colour? Red! And we find out in the 17th chapter that the beast (the Antichrist and his kingdom) is what colour? "A SCARLET COLOURED BEAST"--Red! ( Rev.17:3 )
45. The dragon is red, the beast is red, and what great anti-Christ, anti-God government now sweeping the world is also RED? Sounds like all the same to me. Surely the devil is in communism, surely it is anti-Christ, and surely it is called red. SO IF COMMUNISM IS NOT THIS GOVERNMENT THAT IS DESCRIBED IN THESE ANCIENT PROPHECIES, I DON'T KNOW WHAT IS. It is certainly at least the preparation for it--that's for sure!
46. And believe it or not, WORLD COMMUNISM FOR A WHILE WILL BE MUCH BETTER: a world of peace, a world of controlled economy--peacetime economy, not war economy--a world of distribution, sharing the wealth take-from-the-rich-to-feed-the-poor, with man's ideal leader: the Antichrist. For a while it will seem to be just absolutely heaven on Earth--the FALSE MILLENNIUM.
47. But the PRICE TO PAY will, of course, finally be not only compliance with the world government and the total loss of freedom and personal religion and so on, but THE DEVIL HIMSELF, WHO CONTROLS IT, WILL BE: "FALL DOWN AND WORSHIP ME or you cannot enjoy this great, beautiful heaven on earth that I have created." That's where we're going to be in trouble. 
48. So far we have gone through this vision picking out the parts of the prophecy that describe the characteristics of the Antichrist government. We know from other Scriptures that the ANTICHRIST WILL REIGN AS AN ABSOLUTE DICTATOR FOR AT LEAST 3 1/2 YEARS. "Power was given unto him to continue forty and two months... and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues and nations." ( Rev.13:5,7 )
49. He will probably come to some type of world leadership long before this final 3 1/2 years because he will have to CONSOLIDATE HIS POWER TILL HE GETS TO THE POINT WHERE HE'S ABLE TO DECLARE HIMSELF GOD.
50. We're not certain about the exact time of the Antichrist's appearance, but we do know this much about it: HE CONFIRMS A COVENANT OR PEACE PACT TO ALLOW RELIGIOUS WORSHIP FOR SEVEN YEARS, and when he does, that will begin the last seven years of history. We know this from Daniel 9:27 .
51. Of course, this may not be broadcast as a "seven year covenant"; the pact may even be in existence before the Antichrist appears. But we know that WHEN HE CONFIRMS IT, THERE ARE ONLY SEVEN YEARS LEFT! There are quite a few passages in this prophecy that talk of this covenant.
52. VISION: "With the arms of a flood shall they be overflown from before him (the AC), and shall be broken; yea, also the prince of the covenant." ( Dan.11:22 )
53. INTERPRETATION: Because this COVENANT is called "holy" (verse 28), it is evident that it HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH WORSHIPPING AND SERVING GOD. The Bible says that if we'll listen to and obey God He'll make a covenant, or peace pact with us. "Incline your ear and come unto me: hear and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you even the sure mercies of David." ( Is.55:3 )
54. God wants to make a covenant or peace, with man, but in order TO GET MAN TO START LISTENING TO HIM AND OBEYING HIM, HE HAS ALWAYS HAD TO USE SOME MAN. These Prophets and Apostles stir the people up make them repent and get them to make peace or a covenant with God. This PRINCE OF THE COVENANT who gets broken by the Antichrist MAY BE SUCH A PROPHET.
55. VISION: "After the league made with him (the AC) shall he work deceitfully." ( Dan.11:23 )
56. INTERPRETATION: This word "league" is the same as "covenant". HE IS ONLY GOING TO CONFIRM THE COVENANT TO PUT PEOPLE OFF GUARD so that he can plan his attack under the guise of a friend--much like the average "peace talks" carried on today by rival nations. Other verses such as Daniel 11:28 also bear this out: "His heart shall be against the holy covenant."
57. Then after a disgrace on the battlefield it says he shall "HAVE INDIGNATION AGAINST THE HOLY COVENANT ... he shall even return, and have intelligence with them that forsake the holy covenant." ( Dan.11:30 ) He finds some Judases, traitors who are willing to lie about their former beliefs or give him information that somehow helps him to break the covenant.
58. VISION: "And arms shall stand on his part ... and they shall take away the daily sacrifice (of religious worship) and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate." ( Dan.11:31 )
59. INTERPRETATION: In Daniel 9:27 it says, "he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week (or 7 years) and in the midst of the week (halfway through the 7 years) he shall cause the sacrifice to cease."
60. Together, these two verses show us that when the sacrifice is ceased "IN THE MIDST OF THE WEEK" then the ABOMINATION IS PLACED.
61. VISION: "In his estate shall he (the Antichrist) honour the God of forces: and a god whom his fathers knew not ... a strange god, whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory: and he shall cause them to rule over many." ( Dan.11:38,39 )
62. INTERPRETATION: The abomination of desolation, or idol, that he substitutes for the daily sacrifice may have something to do with these strange new gods.
63. It says he "causes them (plural) to rule over many." In Revelation 13 the False Prophet causes the people to make an image or idol to the Antichrist and forces everybody to worship it! This image or ABOMINATION MAY HAVE SOMETHING TO DO WITH ATOMIC POWER, the basic, "FORCE" of the universe, or it could be a MECHANICAL DEITY SUCH AS A SUPER COMPUTER, both of which are "strange" gods whom "his fathers knew not"!
64. VISION: "And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong and do exploits. And they that understand among the people shall instruct many: yet they shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, many days ... when they shall fall, they shall be holpen with a little help: but many shall cleave to them with flatteries. And some of them of understanding shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and to make them white, even to the time of the end." ( Dan.11:32-35 )
65. INTERPRETATION: MANY SO-CALLED CHRISTIANS TODAY ARE ALREADY DOING WICKEDLY AGAINST THE TRUE COVENANT OF GOD, which is obedience and faith, and they have already been corrupted by the flatteries or lying promises of the devil. When the devil in the flesh takes over, these will be nothing but mere puppets and stooges for the Antichrist government.
66. But we who know God at that time will be stronger than ever before, doing exploits, great and mighty works such as we never dreamed of. WE WILL HAVE TO THEN INSTRUCT MANY without buildings, organisations and leaders we once had, even without our Bibles. So now while you still have time, prepare yourself by studying and memorising His Word until it is deep in your heart that you'll never forget it!
67. SOME OF US SHALL FALL DURING THIS GREAT PERSECUTION AND DIE AS MARTYRS, but God will help us and be with us. Many shall have miraculous manifestations at the time of their martyrdom to show the evil forces that God is with them even though they died. But many will cleave to some of our groups with flatteries, pretending to be one of us in order to spy on us that they might seek us out and destroy us.
68. WE ARE GOING TO GO THROUGH THIS GREAT TRIBULATION AND COME FORTH AS GOLD tried in the furnace of affliction and persecution. That's why God is going to let it happen to us: "to try us and purge us and make us white." Until when? "The time of the end!" "For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on Him, but also to suffer for His sake." ( Phil.1:29 )
69. VISION: THE KING OF THE NORTH "SHALL ENTER ALSO INTO THE GLORIOUS LAND (or Israel). ... And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas (the Mediterranean and Dead Seas) in the glorious holy mountain (Mt. Moriah, Jerusalem)."
70. "AND AT THAT TIME SHALL MICHAEL STAND UP, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time." ( Dan.11:40,41,45 ; 12:1 )
71. INTERPRETATION: There was only one "glorious land" to Bible writers and that was Israel. Both here and in Ezekiel the BIBLE PREDICTS THE INVASION OF ISRAEL BY THE "KING OF THE NORTH" OR RUSSIA ( Ezk.38:2,15,16 ).
72. In fact, here in Daniel 11, THERE SEEM TO BE AT LEAST TWO INVASIONS--one just prior to the 7 year covenant (verse 16), and this one when he breaks the covenant sets up his own palace on the Holy Mountain and places the abomination in the midst of the week.
73. At that time MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL STANDS UP IN THE SPIRIT WORLD TO FIGHT SATAN, who is then "cast out into the Earth ... having great wrath ... and he persecuted the woman (the Church)... for a time and times and half a time"--or 3 1/2 years, the time of the Great Tribulation ( Rev.12:7-14 ). This may be when the Antichrist becomes totally possessed by Satan, literally becoming the Devil in the flesh.
74. VISION: "But these shall escape out his hand even Edom, and Moab and the chief of the children of Ammon." But "the land of Egypt shall not escape ... and the Libyans and Ethiopians shall be at his steps." ( Dan.11:41-43 )
75. INTERPRETATION: Edom, Moab and Ammon are ancient names of places that today comprise the country of Jordan.Why do they escape? We don't know. Maybe they make a deal with the Antichrist or maybe God miraculously spares them for hiding and helping His people. We shall see.
76. In Ezekiel 38, LIBYA AND ETHIOPIA ARE NAMED AS PART OF THE INVASION FORCE WHO RIDE WITH RUSSIA TO CONQUER ISRAEL, As for why the land of Egypt shall not escape, we're not sure.
77. VISION: "But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt." ( Dan.11:43 )
78. INTERPRETATION: This shows ECONOMIC CONTROL. In Revelation it says, "No man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or name of the beast, or the number of his name ... in their right hand, or in their foreheads." ( Rev.13:16,17 ) The precious things of Egypt: ancient wisdom, the Suez Canal, something not apparent yet? We shall soon see.
79. VISION: "And one (angel) said to the man clothed in linen (Jesus?) ... How long shall it be to the end of these wonders? And I heard the man clothed in linen ... sware by Him that liveth forever that it shall be for a time, times, and an half (3 1/2 years); and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people all these things shall be finished." ( Dan.12:6,7 )
80. INTERPRETATION: THE LORD IS GOING TO ALLOW THE ANTICHRIST TO OVERCOME THE CHURCH, not spiritually, but in its temporal power. As far as its material power, its organisational power, its building power, its monetary power, its prestige with the government and all of this, the church is going to be a dead duck.
81. But when he has accomplished to do this, when it looks like we've lost and he's won--at the end of 3 1/2 times--then GOD STEPS IN TO GIVE US THE GREATEST VICTORY THE WORLD HAS EVER SEEN.
82. VISION: "And at that time (at the end of those last 3 1/2 years) thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever." ( Dan.12:1b-3 )
83. INTERPRETATION: Here we have the true hope of all true Christians--the second Coming of Jesus Christ and the resurrection and rapture of the saints of all ages to be with the Lord!
84. Notice it doesn't say that all are resurrected, but "many." The Bible says THERE ARE TWO RESURRECTIONS, ONE OF THE RIGHTEOUS AND ONE OF THE WICKED. ( Rev.20:4-6 ; Jn.5:28,29 ) If it said "all" here it would mean both of these, but "many" implies only one. And it is evident that the one spoken of here is the resurrection of the righteous, those who have accepted Jesus.
85. But it says some are going to be ashamed. This couldn't mean Christians, could it? Well, it's obvious from this and many other Scriptures that THERE IS A BIG DIFFERENCE IN SOCIAL STATUS IN GOD'S KINGDOM, believe it or not.
86. SOME CHRISTIANS AR GOING TO BE ASHAMED FOR THE REST OF ETERNITY because they didn't do anything for the Lord. But others will shine like the stars. "Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words ... of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed. ..." "If we suffer, we shall also reign with Him." ( Mk.8:38 ; 2Tim.2:12 )
87. Now if the righteous are taken away at the end of this last 3 1/2 years of Great Tribulation what's going to happen to all those left behind? THE WRATH OF GOD, that's what!
88. Daniel 9:27 says that at the "consummation" or completion of the seven-year covenant "THAT WHICH IS DETERMINED SHALL BE POURED OUT UPON THE WICKED." Revelation chapter 16 likens God's wrath unto seven vials which will be "poured out" upon the wicked. This is when God turns all their seas, rivers and waters into the blood of a dead man, causes the sun's heat to scorch men with fire, and smites them with noisome sores.
89. This period of GOD'S WRATH BEGINS AT THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST to take away His saints at the resurrection and rapture, and culminates with the return of Jesus and the saints, who have been in heaven during this time, to finally take the world in a monstrous battle called Armageddon. Read all about it in the 16th and 19th chapters of Revelation.
90. VISION: "And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days. Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days." ( Dan 12:11,12 )
91. INTERPRETATION: The Antichrist reign and his persecution of God's Children begins with the placing of the abomination of desolation and continues for exactly 1,260 days, 42 months, 3-1/2 times (years), or 1/2 week ( Rev.12:6 ; 13:5 ; Dan.7:25 ; 9:27 )
92. However these verses above add on a total of 75 days to that period. Since we know the saints are taken away at the end of 1,260 days and that the Wrath of God begins at that time, these 75 DAYS MAY BE THE LENGTH OF TIME FOR THE WRATH OF GOD.
93. THE BLESSING MAY BE TO THOSE WICKED WHO MAKE IT THROUGH THIS WRATH PERIOD and are allowed to live during the "thousand year reign of Christ and His saints on earth." In Daniel 7, at the Coming of the Lord, it says "the beast (AC) was slain ..." but "the rest of the beasts (wicked) ... their lives were prolonged"
( Dan.7:11,12 ).
94. VISION: "But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased ... for THE WORDS ARE CLOSED UP AND SEALED TILL THE TIME OF THE END." ( Dan.12:4,9 )
95. INTERPRETATION: In other words, the book of Daniel was not to be completely understood until the time of the end. However, TODAY WE ARE DEFINITELY HAVING THE "SEAL" LIFTED as we see the rise of the AC government and the fulfilment of other events described here in Daniel's vision, and WE ARE DEFINITELY IN THE TIME OF THE END.
96. WHAT IS THE TIME OF THE END GOING TO BE LIKE? "Many shall run to and fro": Did you know that there was no fundamental change at all in the world's mode of travel for nearly 6,000 years, until the invention of the railroad a little over 100 years ago? People didn't start running around like this until just the past 100 years. "Knowledge shall be increased": 90% of all scientists that have ever lived are alive today--and there has been more invented within the past 100 years than in all the previous 6,000 years of world history combined. 
97. CONCLUSION: These events described in Daniel's visions have happened and are happening just as predicted. So what does that mean to you? It means that IF THIS IS TRUE, SO ALSO IS THE REST OF GOD'S WORD, which tells us, "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." ( John 3:16 )
98. It means that YOU ARE NOW FACED WITH A DECISION TO EITHER SERVE THE DEVIL AND HIS SYSTEM OR TO DROP OUT AND SERVE GOD AND HIS KINGDOM. As Jesus said, "No man can serve two masters," and he "that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be My disciple." ( Lk.16:13 ; 14:33 ) Which will you do? The choice is yours!
99. TAKE JESUS NOW, BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE!
( Written by D.B.Berg- copyright: 1976)
EASTER, THE RESURRECTION & CHRISTS DESCENT INTO HELL TO RESCUE SOULS
by S N Strutt (Thursday 24/03/16)
Beauty for Ashes
We used to sing a little song about the Lord:
He gives me joy in place of sorrow,
He gives me love that casts out fear,
He gives me sunshine for my shadow,
And beauty for ashes dear.
INTRODUCTION: I personally know what it is like to see some of your love ones suffer in pain, and being bed-ridden for months on end, which happened to one of our daughters, who had breast cancer last year, and to my wife 4 and half month ago, after a serious near-fatal fall.
I am sure that most people have suffered these sort of sorrows and pains and great difficulties, at some time in their lives.
Thank the Lord that my wife and I both believe the old adage of Romans 8.28 that
“All things work together for good, to those that love God.”
Currently my wife cannot see properly, so I have to read to her. She has problems with her head and neck also as well as walking (The concussion has lasted over 4 months so far.)
Both My wife and I believe in Miracles and have asked many people to pray for my wife to be made completely well again by this EASTER Sunday.
Everyone’s prayers are very much appreciated. A big Thank You in advance.
CHRISTS CRUCIFICATION, DESCENT INTO HELL & RESURRECTION (by S N Strutt (Thursday 24/03/16)
I have wanted to write something special for Easter, this year, but it has been difficult, as I am de-facto my wife’s full-time carer at present.
Today, however, something special happened to me, when I was cycling, and I stopped to climb a steep hill. As I climbed up the hill, I suddenly thought of the bible verse about Jesus, who died at the 9th hour of the day which is 6 pm by our time in the UK.
It also states in the bible, ( Matthew 27), that at the sixth hour “there was darkness over all the land until the 9th hour”, when Jesus finally gave up the ghost”
Well, that was around the exact time that I happened to be climbing the hill.
I thought well, that is an interesting thought, but didn’t Jesus actually die on GOOD FRIDAY, ie tomorrow.
I then remembered the scriptures, which stated that Jesus actually spent 3 days and 3 nights in the heart of the earth visiting both Hell and Paradise, in order to witness salvation to all of the souls in Hell, and to take the patriarchs from Adam to Christ up to Heaven.
dawned on me, that in order for there to have been 3 days and 3 nights, in the heart of the earth, for Jesus to have been RESSURECTED on the Sunday, then he would have had to have
died on the Thursday, and not on the next day known as Good Friday. This was also confirmed by reading an article by D.D.Berg, written over 30 years ago, about those 3 days matching
Easter Thursday as the date of the crucification and not the normally accepted Easter Friday
On another important point, I have always been taken aback by the incredible verse of John 3.16 "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
It occurred to me today, how wonderful both God and Jesus are!
Jesus not only suffered absolute agony of body ,flesh and mind and soul in his cruel crucifixion.
But after enduring all that, at the same time as feeling that His father had temporarily forsaken Him , so that he could really die the death of a sinner, i.e without God.
Imagine for a minute that He first endured all of that, and yet He still had the Love and Grace, to then descent into Hell and Paradise in order to both witness to those in Hell, and to take home the saints and patriaches of all the time from Adam until Jesus himself.
SUCH GREAT LOVE for us all!
MAT.27:45 Now from the sixth hour until the ninth hour there was darkness over all the land.
MAT.27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, "Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?" that is, "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?"
MAT.27:50 And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit.
MAT.27:51 Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split,
MAT.27:52 and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised;
MAT.27:53 and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many.
1PE.3:18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit,
1PE.3:19 by whom also He went and preached to the spirits in prison,
1PE.3:20 who formerly were disobedient, when once the Divine longsuffering waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water.
1CO.15:20 But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
1CO.15:21 For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead.
1CO.15:22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.
1CO.15:23 But each one in his own order: Christ the first fruits, afterward those who are Christ's at His coming.
1CO.15:51 Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed--
1CO.15:52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
1CO.15:53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
1CO.15:54 So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: "Death is swallowed up in victory."
1CO.15:55 "O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?"
1CO.15:56 The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law.
1CO.15:57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
I won’t go into it now, but there are some beautiful stories written in the APOCRYPHA books, about Christ’s Triumphant march into hell, where He bound Satan and took the Keys of Death and Hell, and arose Triumphant with perhaps millions of souls into Heaven. The bible also mentioned in MAT.27:52 “and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised”;
MAT.27:53 “and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many.”
This was some amazing supernatural RESURRECTION which happened right after Jesus himself was resurrected & which has been seriously down-played and minimized by both Satan and his forces on earth in modern times.
The Resurrection of Christ needs a lot more investigation as it is truly mind-boggling to behold
HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE
PROOF THAT JESUS IS THE MESSIAH!
1. Hundreds and even thousands of years BEFORE Jesus was born in Bethlehem, the Old Testament Prophets predicted His coming. Their predictions were not just general ones that "a Messiah, a Saviour, will come" etc., but SPECIFIC prophecies about places, times and events that have been fulfilled in only ONE person who has ever lived--JESUS of Nazareth! In this brief lesson we have chronologically arranged several of the most outstanding Old Testament Messianic prophecies in the actual verbatim text of the Scriptures and followed them with their New Testament fulfilments.
2. PROPHECY: Nearly 750 years before Christ's birth, the Old Testament Prophet Isaiah prophesied: "The Lord Himself
3. shall give you a sign; Behold, a VIRGIN shall CONCEIVE, and bear a SON, and shall call His name Immanuel."--Isaiah 7:14.
4. FULFILMENT: In exact fulfilment of this prophecy, Mary was a young VIRGIN engaged to be married to Joseph, a carpenter of Nazareth, when the Angel Gabriel appeared to her saying that she would bear a child. "Then Mary said to the Angel, `How shall this be, seeing I have not laid with a man?' And the Angel answered, `The HOLY GHOST shall come upon you, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow you! Therefore that holy One which shall be born of you shall be called the SON of GOD."--Luke 1:26-35. (Immanuel means "God with us", and for those of us who have received Jesus into our hearts, that's Who He IS: God is WITH us!)
5. PROPHECY: "For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given: And the government shall be upon His shoulder: And His NAME shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the MIGHTY GOD, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace!"--Isaiah 9:6. (Prophecy given 740 B.C.)
6. FULFILMENT: This shows that the ancient Jews, unlike most modern ones, believed that God had a SON--Who was to be born in the flesh and Whom the prophecy said was to be called "The Mighty GOD".
7. PROPHECY: Micah, prophesying in the eighth century B.C., predicted the exact village where the Messiah would be born: "You, BETHLEHEM, though you are small among the clans of Judah, yet out of you shall He come forth unto Me that is to be RULER over ISRAEL; Whose existence has been of old, from EVERLASTING."--Micah 5:2. (Prophecy given 710 B.C.)
8. FULFILMENT: The Gospel says "Jesus was born in BETHLEHEM of JUDEA."--Matthew 2:1. Although the Jews knew that their Messiah was to be born there (Matthew 2:4-6), they didn't, as a nation, accept Jesus as their ruler. Nonetheless, the prophecy says that He "IS to BE ruler". This takes place spiritually now for those who voluntarily accept His Messiahship, and will SOON take place LITERALLY by FORCE at His Second Coming!
9. Jesus' existence, as the prophecy says, "has been of OLD, from EVERLASTING". Jesus said, "Before Abraham was (around 2,000 B.C.), I AM."--John 8:58. He was here referring to Himself as the eternal God Who revealed Himself to Moses in the burning bush as: "I AM THAT I AM"(Exodus 3:14), the eternal Son of God! (See also John 1:13,14.)
TRIUMPHAL ENTRY INTO JERUSALEM
10. PROPHECY: The Prophet Zechariah commanded the people by the Spirit of the Lord to: "REJOICE GREATLY, O daughter of Zion! SHOUT, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your KING comes unto you: RIGHTEOUS, and having SALVATION; meek, and riding upon a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey."--Zechariah 9:9. (Prophecy given 487 B.C.)
11. FULFILMENT: Five days before His crucifixion, as Jesus neared Jerusalem, He told His disciples, "Go into the village ahead of you, and at once you shall find a donkey tied there, and her colt with her: Untie them, and bring them to Me. And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them, and brought the donkey and the colt...and Jesus sat on them...and the multitudes that went ahead, and those that followed, SHOUTED, saying, `Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He that comes in the name of the Lord!'"--Matthew 21:2-10.
12. Imagine!--The King of kings, God in the flesh, came riding into Jerusalem, meekly sitting on the lowly colt of a donkey, just as God's Prophet, Zechariah, had predicted over 500 years earlier!--And not only did JESUS fulfil this part of the prophecy, but the MULTITUDES of Jerusalem who "REJOICED GREATLY" and "SHOUTED" praises to Him as He entered the city were further proof that indeed, Jesus of Nazareth was "the KING" of whom Zechariah had prophesied!
13. PROPHECY: Again Zechariah predicts: "And I said unto them, If you think good, give me my PRICE; and if not, keep it. So they paid me THIRTY PIECES OF SILVER."--Zechariah 11:12. (Prophecy given 487 B.C.)
14. FULFILMENT: "Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests, and said to them, 'What will you give me, if I deliver Him to you?' And they counted out for him THIRTY pieces of SILVER."--Matthew 26:14, 15.
15. PROPHECY: "And the Lord said unto me, `Cast it unto the POTTER!--The handsome price at which they priced Me!' And I took the thirty pieces of silver, and CAST them to the POTTER in the HOUSE of the LORD."--Zechariah 11:13. (Prophecy given 487 B.C.)
16. FULFILMENT: "Then Judas, which had betrayed Him (Jesus), when he saw that He was condemned, repented, and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders...And he CAST DOWN the pieces of silver in the TEMPLE, and went away and hanged himself. And the chief priests picked up the silver pieces, and said, It is against the law to put this into the treasury, because it is the price paid for blood. So they decided to use the money to buy the POTTER'S Field, to bury foreigners in."--Matthew 27:3-6. The thirty pieces of silver WERE literally "CAST to the POTTER...IN the house of the Lord"!
17. PROPHECY: "By arrest and judgement He was taken away: And who shall speak of His descendants? For He was cut off from the land of the living: For the transgression of my people was He stricken."--Isaiah 53:8. (Prophecy given 712 B.C.)
18. FULFILMENT: Jesus was ARRESTED by the soldiers of the High Priest.--Matthew 26:57. After judging Him in their religious court and condemning Him to death, they bound Him and handed Him over to Pilate, the Roman Governor.--Matthew 27:1-2. "While Pilate was sitting in judgement...the chief priests and elders persuaded the crowd...to have Jesus executed."--Matthew 27:19-20. "Finally Pilate handed Him over to them to be crucified."--John 19:16.
19. Pilate himself knew that Jesus was INNOCENT and had done nothing worthy of death, and that the Jewish religious leaders only wanted Jesus executed because of their religious jealousy, yet the religious leaders used their political leverage to force Pilate to have Him crucified anyway.--John 18:28-40;19:1-16; Luke 23:13-25; Matthew 27:18.
20. PROPHECY: Around 1,000 B.C., King David prophesied: "Dogs have surrounded Me: A band of wicked men have encircled Me: They PIERCED My HANDS and My FEET. I can count all My bones. People stare and gloat over Me. They DIVIDE MY GARMENTS among them, and CAST LOTS upon My CLOTHING."--Psalm 22:16-18. (Prophecy given around 1,000 B.C.) (See also Zechariah 12:10;13:6.)
21. FULFILMENT: That was written by King David, who died a natural death (recorded in 1Kings Chapter 1), so he wasn't talking about himself. But being a Prophet, he predicted the type of death that CHRIST would die! As it says in the New Testament, "then the soldiers, when they had CRUCIFIED Jesus (pierced hands AND feet), took His GARMENTS, and divided them into four parts, a part to every soldier; His undergarment remained. Now this garment was without seam, woven in one piece from top to bottom. They said therefore to one another, Let us not tear it, but let us cast LOTS for it, to see whose it shall be."--John 19:23,24.
22. Crucifixion, incidentally, was not practiced by the Jews of David's time. (They killed criminals by STONING!)--But David PREDICTED this type of death for the MESSIAH--a method of execution that was to become one of the principal means of execution by the Roman Empire ten centuries later!
23. PROPHECY: Here is another prophecy by David regarding "The Righteous", or the Messiah: "Many are the afflictions of The Righteous, but...He (God) keeps ALL His BONES: Not one of them is broken."--Psalm 34:19-20. (Prophecy given about 1,000 B.C.)
24. FULFILMENT: MANY of God's righteous servants have had their bones broken, especially in their martyrdom--But Jesus was "THE righteous", "My righteous Servant", as God called Him, Who through His death would "justify many" or make them righteous.--Isaiah 53:11-12. And to PROVE that He was "THE Righteous" Who would "justify many", God didn't let ANY of His bones be broken!
25. Jesus was crucified on the eve of the feastday of the Passover. To ensure that the bodies of the two thieves and Jesus wouldn't be hanging there on the cross during the Jews' holy day (death by crucifixion sometimes took days), they BROKE the LEGS of the thieves, causing their bodies to sag, cutting off their respiration and bringing a quick death. "But when they came to Jesus, and saw that He was dead already, they did NOT break His legs."--John 19:31-33.
26. Jesus was "the Lamb of God which takes away the sin of the World" (John 1:29), and was crucified at the time of the Jewish Passover, a religious festival when all the Jewish households killed a lamb as a sacrificial sin offering. Right at that SAME time, Jesus, "THE Lamb of God", died for the sins of Mankind. The Lord had commanded that NONE of the Passover lamb's BONES were to be BROKEN (Exodus 12:46), and Jesus' death fulfilled this specific point also!
27. PROPHECY: "And He was given a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in His death."--Isaiah 53:9.
28. FULFILMENT: In the eyes of His bitter religious enemies, Jesus was a criminal, a WICKED man, and as He died, there were "two ROBBERS crucified WITH Him".--Matthew 27:38. After His death, "a RICH man...named Joseph...went to Pilate and pleaded for the body of Jesus. And when Joseph had taken the body, he...laid it in his own new tomb"--A GRAVE with the RICH!!!--Matthew 27:57-60.
29. PROPHECY: "For You will not leave My soul in hell (the grave, death); neither will You allow Your Holy One to see CORRUPTION (decay)."--Psalm 16:10. (Prophecy given around 1,000 B.C.)
30. FULFILMENT: King David, who gave the prophecy, died and was buried in a grave and his flesh saw corruption and decay. But Jesus was RAISED from the grave and hell THREE days AFTER His death, and "His soul was not LEFT in hell (or in the grave), neither (did) His flesh see corruption (decay)."--Acts 2:27-31. As the Angel said to the mourners who came to Jesus' tomb, "He is not here, but is RISEN! Why do you seek the LIVING among the DEAD?"--Luke 24:6,5.
31. Jesus is ALIVE! The Scriptures show that He walked the Earth for 40 days after His Resurrection and was seen by HUNDREDS of followers!--Acts 1:3; 1Corinthians 15:4-6. He then ascended up to Heaven where He sits at the right hand of the throne of God.-Mark 16:19.
EXACT YEAR OF HIS CRUCIFIXION
32. PROPHECY: "Know and understand this: From the issuing of the decree to restore and to build Jerusalem until the Messiah the Prince shall be seven sevens, and 62 sevens (or a TOTAL of 69): The street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublesome times. And after 62 sevens shall the MESSIAH be CUT OFF, but not for Himself."-Daniel 9:25,26. (Prophecy given 538 B.C.)
33. The city of Jerusalem was completely destroyed by the armies of Babylon when the Jews went into captivity and exile in 586 B.C. But 133 years later, in 453 B.C., Artaxerxes Longimanus, King of the Persian Empire, gave the Jews the commandment to go forth (from captivity into the land of Israel), "to restore and to build Jerusalem".
34. We know his decree was issued in 453 B.C., and that Jesus was "cut off" in 30 A.D. Therefore, if we add the 453 years B.C. to the 30 years A.D., it equals 483 YEARS. Let's see now if Daniel's specific time prophecy coincides with this:
35. The prophecy predicted that from the time of this decree until the death of the Messiah the Prince would be--HOW long?--"7 sevens plus 62 sevens"--or 69 SEVENS. 69 sevens would be 69 x 7, which equals 483. So Daniel predicted that 69 sevens of YEARS, or 483 YEARS, would pass between the issuing of the decree to build Jerusalem and the "cutting off" of the Messiah.--And that's EXACTLY how many years DID pass between 453 B.C. and Jesus' death in 30 A.D.!--What an amazing EXACT FULFILMENT of prophecy! And this astonishing prophecy was given in the year 538 B.C.--almost 600 years BEFORE Jesus the Messiah was crucified! It's also interesting to note that this 483-year period was divided into two periods: First a period of 7 sevens (49 years), then a period of 62 sevens (434 years). History reveals that it did take the Jews 49 YEARS from the time the decree was issued to "rebuild the walls and streets of Jerusalem". Once Jerusalem was rebuilt, it was exactly 434 years (62 sevens) later that Jesus the Messiah was crucified!
36. Daniel's prophecy continues with undeniable PROOF that this MESSIAH had to be JESUS:
DESTRUCTION OF JERUSALEM AFTER HIS COMING
37. PROPHECY: "At the end of 62 sevens shall the Messiah be cut off, but not for Himself: AND the people of the RULER that SHALL COME shall DESTROY the CITY (of Jerusalem) and the SANCTUARY (the Jewish Temple)."--Daniel 9:26. In other words, ac cording to this prophecy, AFTER the Messiah's death, the city of Jerusalem AND the Jews' Temple would be DESTROYED! Was it? YES! Only 40 years later!
38. FULFILMENT: After Jesus was cut off (or crucified in 30 A.D.), "not for Himself", but for the sins of the WORLD, do you know what happened to Jerusalem and to the Jews' Temple? In 70 A.D., the Roman legions of the Emperor Vespasian ("the people of the ruler"), under his son, General Titus, marched in and burnt Jerusalem to the ground and so utterly destroyed their Sanctuary that not one stone was left upon another!
39. Jesus Himself, in a set of amazingly detailed prophecies given 40 years before these catastrophic events, predicted EXACTLY what would happen! (See Matthew 24:1-2; Luke 19:42-44;21:20-24.)
SHUTTING OF EAST GATE AFTER HIS COMING
40. PROPHECY: "Then he brought me back to the outer GATE of the SANCTUARY, the one facing toward the EAST; and it was SHUT. Then the Lord said unto me; This gate shall be shut, it shall not be opened, and NO MAN shall enter in by it; because THE LORD, THE GOD OF ISRAEL, HAS ENTERED IN BY IT, therefore it shall be SHUT."--Ezekiel 44:1,2. (Prophecy given 572 B.C.)
41. FULFILMENT: When Jesus ("the Lord, the God of Israel") made His TRIUMPHAL ENTRY into Jerusalem on the back of the colt of an ass, He came from the Mt. of Olives and entered into Jerusalem's EAST Gate (Matthew 21:9-12), the gate which led into the TEMPLE COURTS, as it says here, "the OUTER gate of the SANCTUARY which faces toward the EAST."
42. In 70 A.D., the city of Jerusalem was utterly destroyed and it remained in ruins for centuries after. But in 542, the Moslem Sultan Sulieman rebuilt the walls of the city. Because the Jews who had rejected Jesus believed their Messiah was STILL to come and was YET to make His triumphal entry into Jerusalem, Sulieman (who wanted to avoid the Jews rallying around a "Messiah" and rebelling) WALLED the "East Gate" completely SHUT, and thus unwittingly fulfilled the ancient prophecy of Ezekiel, "It shall be shut...because the Lord (Jesus), the God of Israel, HAS ENTERED in by it." And the East Gate REMAINS sealed shut until this very day!
43. Most Jews believe that the Messiah has not yet come, but according to these two FULFILLED HISTORICAL FACTS: 1) The destruction of Jerusalem, and 2) The walling up of the East Gate, the Messiah has ALREADY come!--And if it wasn't JESUS of NAZARETH, who WAS it?
44. WHO ELSE was born of a virgin in Bethlehem, was called God, rode triumphantly into Jerusalem on an ass, was betrayed for thirty pieces of silver, was proclaimed innocent yet condemned unjustly to be crucified while soldiers parted His garments, was associated with the wicked in his death, was buried in a rich man's tomb and rose from the dead--all in FULFILMENT of Messianic PROPHECY! The answer, of course, is NO one else but JESUS CHRIST!--And the prophecies that we have quoted here are only a FEW out of nearly 300 specific Old Testament proph ecies which Jesus fulfilled!
WHY (did Jesus die on the cross)?
45. WHY did Jesus die on that cross?--Because He LOVED you! He loved you enough to take your punishment, to die and be separated from His Father for a while so that He could bring YOU the LOVE of God and ETERNAL LIFE! As another prophecy says, "All we like sheep have gone astray; each of us have turned to his own way, and the Lord has laid on HIM the iniquity of us all. There was no deceit in His mouth, yet it was the Lord's will to crush Him and cause Him to suffer. HIS soul (Jesus') shall be made an offering for SIN, and by His knowledge shall My righteous Servant JUSTIFY (make righteous) many; and HE shall bear THEIR INIQUITIES!"--Isaiah 53:6,9-11. (Prophecy given 750 B.C.)
46. Jesus died for YOU!--And God gave all these prophecies and had them written down and preserved down through the centuries and millenniums so that your faith might be strengthened by them enough to BELIEVE that "God so LOVED the World, that He gave His only begotten SON, that whosoever believeth in HIM should not perish, but have everlasting life."--John 3:16. Do YOU?
47. God LOVES you and Jesus is just WAITING at your heart's door for you to open to Him. He says, "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: If ANY man hear My voice, and OPEN the door, I WILL come in to him and WILL sup with him, and he with Me."--Revelation 3:20. Would YOU like to receive Jesus into your heart? If you would, sincerely pray from your heart this simple prayer: Dear Jesus, I know that I've done wrong things and I'm sorry. I believe that You died for my sins and I ask You to please come into my heart and forgive me.-And please help me to live for You and others by reading Your Word and telling others about Your Love!--In Jesus' name, amen.
(Proof That Jesus Is the Messiah! Edited by S N Strutt 21/03/16 from THE TREASURES.)