Let’s continue on with Part 2 of “AWAKENING of THE BEAST“. In this Part 2 I hope to be able to connect events of these troubling times that we are living in, with Biblical prophecies.
We investigated the dream of an ancient Babylonian ruler, Nebuchadezzar, in Daniel 2, where Daniel gave the interpretation and importance of this dream. We also, briefly, began to look at some of the prophecies in the New Testament, mainly in Revelation chapters 13 and 17. And we saw that there were similarities and connections between the prophesied events of the Old Testament and of the New Testament. This may be one of the most difficult, yet important subjects I have written about lately!
As I stated in Part 1 of these prophesies, we believe they apply to our modern age that will ultimately end with the return of Christ to establish the Kingdom of God on this earth!
AWESOME AND TERRIBLE TIMES ARE AHEAD!
If you may recall, in the ending thoughts and Scriptures of Part 1 of this subject, I had ldquoed from Rev. 13:1 where it describes this ‘beast’ rising up out of the sea, having seven ‘heads’ and ten ‘horns’, and upon his horns ten ‘crowns’, and upon his heads the name of ‘blasphemy.’ Then, Ver. 2 describes various, descriptive characteristics of this beast as, “like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: And the dragon (Satan) gave him (the beast) his power, and his seat, and great authority.
We then turned back to Daniel 7:1, where Daniel had a dream, while he was a prisoner in Babylon. He continues in the narrative to Bellshazzar, the king of Babylon at that time, and explained to him what he saw: Ver. 3 “And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another. 4 The first was like a lion, and had eagle’s wings: I beheld till the wings were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, 5 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 between the teeth of it: and they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh. 6 After this I beheld, and lo another, like a leopard, which had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl; the beast had also four heads; and dominion was given unto it. 7 After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly, and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, 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. 8 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. (This “little horn” can be identified by connecting it with these four great beasts of Daniel 7:3 -7).
Notice the similarities with Revelation 13:5 “And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. 6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His Name, and His tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. 7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, tongues, and nations.”
So, from the type language used here, it become more apparent, this “little horn” is a “church” that influences these “beast” powers! If you check the “historical record”, you’ll find they match the dream of Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel 2, with its image of him being the “head of gold” (Ver. 38), succeeded by the “silver”(Chap. 2:32) and is the “bear” of Dan.7:5 (this would be the Medo/Persian Empire); next, the third kingdom would be the Greek/Macedonian Empire, led by Alexander the great (represented by the bronze). And this corresponds to the FOUR HEADED LEOPARDin Daniel 7:6. Now, why is that? Well, it’s because Alexander died in Babylon at the age of 33. In a few years, the empire was split among four of his generals: Seleu’cus, Pto’lemy, Cassan’der and Lysi’machus.
Frankly, all these statistics could lull us to sleep, but my main goal in mentioning these prophecies is to show you how our Great God in Heaven has the POWER to declare what we read early on in this series of messages: Isaiah 46:9 “Remember the former things of old: For I am God, and there is none like me, 10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying my counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure.”
What is the prophetic meaning of these strange symbols?
THESE FOUR BEASTS REPRESENT THE FOUR SUCESSIVE REIGNS of GENTILE RULING EMPIRES, (under Satan‘s sway,that God has allowed in His Plan), from NECUCHADNEZZAR’S BABYLONIAN EMPIRE to the FINAL and SEVENTH RESURRECTION of the ROMAN EMPIRE that is right now forming in EUROPE!
Its modern name is still called, in RELIGIOUS SYMBOLISM, BABYLON THE GREAT!
Rev. 17:5, “MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH”.
My friends, if you will open your minds and embrace the knowledge of what this represents it may be the most important information you’ll ever receive before the greatest time of trouble to ever engulf mankind will occur!
This “MOTHER” represents an evil religious system that tries to claim that they are the original true Church! O yes! There was a time in history when she lost some of her adherents (or “daughters”, to a Protestant Reformation), but I believe that you will soon see that some of those, who came out in protest, may be willing to return to “mother”! After all, many of the Protestants “daughters” still follow the doctrines of their “mother” i.e. Sunday worship: Nowhere in the Bible does it teach that the Holy Seventh Day Sabbath was ever changed to the first day of the week! This is a sermon, of and by itself, but I defy anyone to show me where God ever changed it! Also, we find them observing Pagan “holidays” such as Xmas (What has a fat, red clothed, bearded “Santa” have to do with the Sacred birth of Christ? Easter is merely the heathen name for “Ishtar”, the “goddess of spring”! How does God feel about these things? Jeremiah 10:2 “Learn Not The Way of the Heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven (Zodiac) --- 3 For the customs of the people are vain: For one cutteth a TREE out of the forest --, 4 They deck (decorate) it with silver and with gold (ornaments)-”
GUESS WHO DOES THIS TODAY?? How does our Great God feel about all this?
Amos 5:21 “I hate, I despise YOUR FEAST DAYS” (religious holidays).
BRIEFLY, on the Seventh Day Sabbath: Mk. 1:21; Luke 4:16 - Christ kept the seventh day Sabbath! Paul observed the Sabbath: Acts 13:14; The true seventh Day Sabbath is a perpetual SIGN between God and His true believers: Exodus 31:13 “Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily My Sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between Me and you THROUGHOUT YOUR GENERATIONS; that ye may know that I am the LORD that doth sanctify you.”
For what it’s worth, the Sabbath was changed to Sunday by a pagan Roman ruler named Constantine at a council in 321A.D. The council’s decision was, “On the venerable day of the sun, let the magistrates and the people residing in cities, rest, and let all workshops be closed.”
There is a rather lengthy prophecy in the Old Testament found in Isaiah 47. It ties in with Revelation 18:1. “And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power and the earth was lightened with his glory. 2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every unclean bird. 3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. 4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not her plagues. 5 For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities. 7 How much hath she glorified herself, and lied deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I am a queen, and am no widow. 8 Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.”
My friends, this is none else but the Roman Catholic Church and its leader, the Pope! This same religious leader will ally himself with a soon arising dictator. Scripture indicates it will be a German.
The two are identified as THE BEAST and THE FALSE PROPHET!
Soon to appear, a powerful dictator presiding over a group of nations (comprised of ten European nations (or ten groups of nations) with the common goal of controlling the wealth and merchandise of the global markets of the entire world. These will rise up, probably beginning with trade wars, but will escalate into World War III! This will be Germany’s 3rd attempt at conquering America, Britain, Canada, and other English speaking nations, PLUS OUR FRIEND, ALLY and BROTHER in the Middle East, ISRAEL! THIS TIME THEY WILL BE SUCCESSFUL!
Jeremiah 50:33 “Thus saith the LORD of hosts; the children of Israel and the children of Judah were oppressed TOGETHER: and all that took them captives held them fast; they refused to let them go.”
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It‘s time we identified who these nations are that are about to be destroyed and conquered: America and the British people are the modern descendants of the Sons of Joseph, Ephraim (British) and Manasseh (America), of whom were given the birthright promises, with all the BLESSINGS of WEALTH and POWER, that we have been given over the past few hundred years, BELIEVE IT OR NOT! Genesis 48:8“And Israel beheld Joseph’s sons, and said Who are these? 9 And Joseph said unto his father, they are my sons, whom God hath given me in this place. And he said, Bring them, I pray thee, unto me, and I will bless them. Now the eyes of Israel were dim for age, so that he could not see, And he brought them near unto him, and embraced them. 12 And Joseph brought them out from between his knees, and bowed himself with his face to the earth. 13 And Joseph took them both, Ephraim in his right hand toward Israel’s left hand, and Manasseh in his left hand toward Israel’s right hand, and brought them near unto him. 14 And Israel stretched out his right hand, and laid it upon Ephraim’s head, who was the younger, and his left hand upon Manasseh’s head, guiding his hands wittingly; for Manasseh was the firstborn. 15 And he blessed Joseph, and said, God, before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac did walk, the God which fed me all my life long unto this day, 16 The Angel which redeemed me from all evil, BLESS THE LADS; and LET MY NAME BE NAMED ON THEM, (Ephraim and Manasseh now possess the name of Israel whose name was changed from Jacob!)
They now have the legitimate claim to the BIRTHRIGHT BLESSINGS! I Chronicles 5:1“Now the sons of Reuben (modern day France) the firstborn of Israel, (for he was the firstborn; but, forasmuch as he defiled his father’s bed, his birthright was given unto the sons of Joseph the son of Israel: and the genealogy is not to be reckoned after the birthright. 2 For Judah prevailed above his brethren, and of him came the chief ruler (Davidic throne and the Messiah); but the birthright was Joseph’s.”
But because of our national sins, perversions (Homosexuality, same sex marriages) and out and out Pagan worship, which includes Sunday worship, Christmas, Easter, New Years, etc., God is going to remove these blessings) (Have you noticed how many plagues: floods, gigantic forest fires, earthquakes, hurricanes and all the other curses, and problems that we seem to be having, lately?)
From this time forward, it will help you to understand WHY these things are happening if you apply the correct name of ISRAEL/Jacob, rather than our “modern identification” of America and Britain, when you’re trying to understand PROPHECY. (If you read the “Cursings and Blessings” chapters of Leviticus 26 and Deuteronomy 28, and insert the modern identification of Israel, you may be able to see why certain things are happening to our nation. These are valuable keys to understanding WHY things are occurring. God will not and cannot go against His Word. Again, I strongly urge you to send for and study the FREE series: “THE BLESSINGS OF ABRAHAM“!
Matthew 24:21“For then shall be GREAT TRIBULATION (TRIAL), SUCH AS WAS NOT SINCE THE BEGINNNG OF THE WORLD TO THIS TIME, NO, NOR EVER SHALL BE. 22 AND EXCEPT THOSE DAYS SHOULD BE SHORTENED (by the Divine intervention of the return of Christ to this earth), THERE SHOULD NO FLESH BE SAVED (ALIVE): But for the ELECT’SAKE (Those whom God has CALLED INTO HIS ONE AND ONLY TRUE CHURCH) those days shall be shortened”. Notice who is mainlyinvolved in these prophesies: Jeremiah 30:7 “Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of JACOB’S TROUBLE.” This warning isn’t just for the Jews!
Remember what we read in Genesis 48:16: America and Britain now possess the name of JACOB! THIS IS WARNING US OF World War III (which will soon be launched by Germany and her European allies, against America and Britain!) It begins with trade/economic wars!
Be sure and watch for the third and final article in this series. The world is headed for cataclysmic events soon to take place. You need to be aware of what the prophecies of your Bible say! Your life may depend on it!