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American Standard Version Now as for these four youths, God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom: and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams. Brenton Septuagint Translation And as for these four children, God gave them understanding and prudence in all learning and wisdom: and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.

Douay-Rheims Bible And to these children God gave knowledge, and understanding in every book, and wisdom: but to Daniel the understanding also of all visions and dreams. Darby Bible Translation As for these four youths, God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom; and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams. English Revised Version Now as for these four youths, God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom: and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.

Webster's Bible Translation As for these four children, God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom: and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams. World English Bible Now as for these four youths, God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom: and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.

Young's Literal Translation As to these four lads, God hath given to them knowledge and understanding in every kind of literature, and wisdom; and Daniel hath given instruction about every kind of vision and dreams. Acts So Moses was educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptians and was powerful in speech and action.

I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be. Job But there is a spirit in a man, the breath of the Almighty, that gives him understanding. Daniel young men without blemish, handsome, gifted in all wisdom, knowledgeable, quick to understand, and qualified to serve in the king's palace--and to teach them the language and literature of the Chaldeans.

Daniel Now at the end of the time specified by the king, the chief official presented them to Nebuchadnezzar. Daniel In every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king consulted them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters in his entire kingdom. Daniel During the night, the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a vision, and he blessed the God of heaven Daniel He changes the times and seasons; He removes kings and establishes them.

He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning. And now You have made known to me what we have requested, for You have made known to us the dream of the king. Daniel And to me this mystery has been revealed, not because I have more wisdom than any man alive, but in order that the interpretation might be made known to the king, and that you may understand the thoughts of your mind.

Daniel In the first year of the reign of Belshazzar over Babylon, Daniel had a dream, and visions passed through his mind as he lay on his bed.

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He wrote down the dream, and this is the summary of his account. The treaty signed with Israel by antichrist "for one week in the middle of the week" is the last legal "enabling act", so to speak, that formalizes antichrist's world rule, followed soon thereafter by his session in the temple, the erection of the "abomination that causes desolation", and the commencement of the Great Persecution all discussed at the link in CT 3B. As to the future of Islam, in my reading of these matters, Muslims, like adherents of all other religions, will be forced to convert to antichrist's religion at this point taking the mark of the beast.

As I have opined before, that will be less of an issue for most people than it will be for Christians since the beast and his false prophet will construct an elaborate system of syncretic religion whereby antichrist, now at the peak of power beyond any other human being and having demonstrated "his divinity" in many ways, not the least of which will be a pseudo-resurrection following an assassination attempt, will be seen as the "fulfillment figure" for all the world's religions.

For the most part, only believers in Jesus Christ will resist the potent combination of persuasive deeds and events on the one hand and unprecedented coercion on the other. As I say, most of this is covered in CT 3B , but here some links that deal with other aspects of the issues above:. Characteristics of antichrist's false religion, CT 4. False piety of antichrist's false religion, CT 4.

The False prophet's administration of antichrist's false religion, CT 4. The tribulational false religion of antichrist I, CT 3A. The tribulational false religion of antichrist II, CT 4. Yours in our dear Lord Jesus, Marana, Tha! Thank you for your reply. I was under the impression that since so many of the political leaders around the world are pushing for the new world order and the one world monetary system that the formation of a one world religion would also be formed.

Some universal form of religion that would be acceptable to many and would make everyone happy and make nice with each other. So what scripture is saying is that not until the beginning of the tribulation does this one world church system and the anti-Christ set up his worship of himself? As gentiles are we not grafted into Israel? Since Easter is a pagan celebration and should not be observed by Christians should we not, like the apostles, keep those observances honoring our Lord and the symbols they now represent?

If not, how do we remember this sacrifice? One other question. Jesus said "If you love me you will keep my commandments". This has puzzled me. I realize Jesus is the Lord of the Sabbath but how does that translate to the Lord of everyday and not specifically keeping the 4th commandment? Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy; sanctified, set apart.

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Scripture says many false Christs and false prophets will come but none of those will be the true Messiah, correct? It will not be the true Messiah until we see Him coming in the clouds as the lighting comes from the east to the west, at the last trumpet and not until then will our Lord return, right? So anything short of that day, do not believe it! I guess that is enough trivia to ask you. Thanks as always for taking the time to answer. Blessings and peace,. I think you have a point that what has been happening will be an important preface to what happens once the Tribulation begins.

Scripture is concerned with the Tribulation and with antichrist in particular when it comes to this issue of the tribulational false religion and all the studies linked in the prior email approach the issue from that biblical point of view. As I often have occasion to point out, there are no prophecies about the course of events during the Church Age apart from the trends in the Church itself, covered in Revelation chapters 2 and 3 ; see the link. Beyond any question, the beast will find all of these incipient forms of false religion and internationalism useful fodder for furthering his designs.

We gentiles are indeed grafted into Israel, true Israel, that is. Of course no one is supposed to be observing the festivals now, Jewish Christians included. The fall cycle of festivals has not been fulfilled in its eschatological aspects see the link: The Jewish Ceremonial Calendar , but all these festivals involve sacrifice as well, and that part is most definitely a shadow of the cross. The Law is precise.

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It cannot be partially carried out Jas. Trying to re-institute the festivals in a less than acceptable way is to be doubly worthy of censure. Please see the link: "Should Christians celebrate Jewish festivals? Communion is the only legitimate Christian ritual of remembrance of Him. The festivals and sacrifices say, in effect, He hasn't yet died for us and you can't have any of the festivals without the sacrifices.

This is "crucifying the Son of God afresh" Heb. On the Sabbath, here is what I say in my brief explanation of the ten commandments in SR Keep the Sabbath: guarding the sanctity of the day of rest; trusting God, not ourselves, for provision in this life cf. As the book of Hebrews emphatically assures us, specific day observance has been replaced with the reality of continual rest in and reliance on God in the same way that animal sacrifice has been replaced by the reality of Christ's sacrifice: Heb.

Since the cross, we are to rest in God at all times, not just on one particular day. I have written quite a bit about this see the links below. This is a commonly misunderstood issue. The question is not "Saturday or Sunday"; we are now to sanctify Jesus in our hearts everyday rather than only once a week. The Sabbath was a special time set aside to "put God first"; since the cross, the resurrection and the gift of the Spirit, we are to put Jesus first at all times.

The Church Age is not a diminution of the Sabbath -- it is a dramatic expansion of it into every aspect of our lives. Reducing the mandate to walk with Jesus at all times to a one day affair is a critical mistake. Here are the links wherein the details of the above may be found:. The Dangers of Messianic Legalism I.

Sabbath Questions. Sabbath Observance. Should Christians honor Sunday as the new Sabbath? Remember the Sabbath to keep it holy. True Orthodoxy and False Creeds. Finally, you are absolutely correct about the ultimate litmus test for the true Messiah. If we "hear about Him", it's not Him. If we are still here when He returns, we will be "caught up in clouds to meet the Lord in the air" as we experience the living resurrection at Jesus' return 1Thes.

So our mind-set has to be "whoever this may be, it is not the Lord", because we will not ever have to worry about even weighing the issue: when He really does come, we will be resurrected without any thinking about it at all. In anticipation of that glorious day of Christ! I pray before you respond to my Subject line that all of your schooling did not hide that subject Bible fact. And it is hoped likewise regarding the fact that the antichrist is the Roman Catholic system, not a person.

Keep your eyes on Yeshua, who never changed the day of worship, nor the many Bible markers He left for the identity of the antichrist. Constantine's edict of AD was the first to change the day of worship, then the Council of Trent a few years later. But I DO appreciate some of your Bible-consistent positions on the Meshiach, which is a search from where I found your website. We love you. Since you are not asking a question, in keeping with my policy to avoid unnecessary argumentation I will limit my response to what you probably already know.

First, it is my position that scripture is extremely clear on the point of the beast being an actual human being as discussed at some length in the email posting to which you seem to refer: Antichrist: Alive and Well and Living on Planet Earth? Second, I am pleased to have my brothers and sisters in Christ worship Jesus every day, not just on Sunday, or Saturday, or Friday. I most certainly agree that nothing human beings have done or do in the energy of their own flesh has any meaningful affect whatsoever on God's opinion of these things. It matters little to me what Constantine or the Council of Trent or any other emperor or pope or ecclesiastical authority or group or church may choose to do.

What matters is the Word of God, and all my positions are based upon what I honestly believe it says and means. I am always happen to defend these positions when asked to do so, for it ought to be the first duty of every Christian to get to the bottom of the entire truth of the scriptures as quickly and as accurately as possible, and we all need to have the flexibility to admit that if we cannot defend what we believe from the scripture to the satisfaction of our consciences informed by the Spirit, then we had better "re-think".

I am certainly happy to revisit and discuss either of these teachings if you wish or anything else related to the Bible. For now, I will leave you with a heart-felt thank you for your personal search for the truth and also for your kind and encouraging words about this ministry.

In our dear Lord Jesus Christ who is the very truth itself,. How can the sons of God Gen have sexual relations and be fallen angels Luke ? Scripture records many things which, because of their supernatural nature, often seem "impossible" to the world. Sometimes these are good, divine actions such as Jesus or the apostles raising the dead or restoring sight to the blind, the animals coming to Noah, the fish swallowing Jonah; sometimes these are bad, satanic actions such as demon possession or the empowerment of false miracles.

In all such cases, we may not understand the "how" of it, but, if the Bible says it, then we have to accept the fact of it that is, if we are truly Bible-believing Christians. So while it would be wrong for me to speculate unduly about the mechanics how this could possibly happen, I know that demons the "sons of God" referred to in Genesis chapter six can do and have done things which we might otherwise not believe possible without the testimony of scripture.

For example, they made fire fall out of heaven so as to destroy Job's flocks of sheep and shepherds Job Were it not for the fact that this is in the Bible, we might not think that fallen angels would have the power to do this, or at least that they might not ever be allowed to use their power in this way. But there it is. In truth, there is much we do not know about the true nature of angels, or their history, or their powers fallen or elect. We only know the relatively small amount of information scripture gives us and most of what I have been able to glean about these matters may be found at the following link: BB 2A: Angelology.

The real question is, what happened in Genesis six according to scripture? First, it is very clear from biblical usage that "the sons of God" are angels Job ; ; ; Ps. Secondly, any intellectually honest assessment of the context of Genesis six shows clearly that there is cohabitation involved here which produces offspring which are both of a highly unusual origin and capabilities, and are also completely abominable to God and only the offspring of demons fit this unique combination of circumstances :.

Thirdly, we have three passages in the New Testament which explain what happens in Genesis six as the work of fallen angels:. It was also by means of the Spirit that [Christ] visited the [angelic] spirits in prison i. For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but plunged them into Tartarus with its gloomy pits i. Although you know all these things, I want to remind you that though the Lord saved [all] His people from the land of Egypt at the first, in the end He destroyed those who proved unfaithful, and the angels who did not keep to their own realm but deserted their proper habitation He has imprisoned with everlasting chains in the gloom below i.

Jude To the world, all this may seem "illogical", but we are not of the world. It is never a legitimate argument to apply the logic of the world to "prove" that what scripture says clearly is not what it clearly means. At many times, we may have questions about what a particular passage may mean precisely, and it may take study and help and a long time and much effort to get to the truth, but the truth will only be found by resorting to what the scriptures actually do say and really do mean.

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The Nephilim in SR 5. The Nature of Angels. Doubts about the Nephilim. Giants and Nephilim. Dinosaurs, the Nephilim and Noah. Antichrist and the Nephilim. Incidentally, this last point, the fact that scripture teaches that antichrist's father is Satan Gen. Please feel free to write me back about any of this. In our dear Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,. Thank you for answering me. I was not speaking of my logic or even the world's logic. I am speaking of the words in the Bible. When you say down in this e mail "truth will only be found by resorting to what scriptures actually say and really mean" I heartily agree.

The scripture in Luke states that those of us who go to be with the Lord when we die Why would He add " be sons of God" if angels are sons of God I don't know what or who they are, but they were able to interact with humans even marry them To actually marry someone the entity would have to live with them on the earth Thank you for taking time with this. You are most welcome. I certainly did not mean to give offense. In all such matters, I know that when Christians have questions that are "gnawing at them", sometimes one passage or issue tends to get more attention than it should.

The first thing I would wish to do is redirect you to the three New Testament passages which are very clear in their interpretation of these events. Indeed, it seems to me impossible to read them in any other way than in the way I have interpreted them for you. When Peter says "God did not spare angels when they sinned" 2Pet. Note too, that they these individuals who do the sinning are called "angels", for that is what they are, fallen angels, to be precise.

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And just as the Bible in this passage can call fallen angels "angels" even though they are not "good angels and we might have otherwise assumed that only "good angels" could be called "angels" , so in Genesis six it calls fallen angels "the sons of God" even though we might have otherwise assumed that only "good angels" could be called "the sons of God".

I have heard some try to argue that "the sons of God" in Job are not angels, but that is clearly untenable to maintain against the context fairly read, even in an English translation. If all we had was 2nd Peter, we could rest on the matter even so. But, as mentioned, both Jude "the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains"; Jude KJV and 1st Peter "the spirits in prison.

So while we can have questions about specifics, the underlying truth that this incident was brought on by fallen angels having illicit relations with human women seems to me to be beyond debate, at least if we go by scripture. Luke is often brought up as an objection along with the companion passages in Matthew and Mark , and this point too, as with "the sons of God", is discussed in the links provided previously. The main thing to note is that Jesus' point of comparison is marriage. In the resurrection, there will be no marriage. And there was no divinely approved or recognized marriage in Genesis chapter six verse two either, obviously, because this action on the part of these fallen angels is described as "keeping not their first estate" or "did not keep to their own realm".

Furthermore, while the English translations of that verse, "took wives" makes it sound like marriage , the Hebrew actually says "took for themselves women". And while it is true that this phraseology is commonly used for marriage in Biblical Hebrew, it does not necessitate marriage , merely cohabitation. In any case, since it was not and could not be sanctioned by God, our resurrection status of "no marriage" is not applicable in any way to what transpired in the actions of certain fallen angels violating God's natural order in Genesis chapter six. I agree with most of what you say in your last paragraph, and it seems to me that we are probably close on these matters.

I do understand that this is a difficult issue to interpret, to grasp, and, for many, to accept. I commend you for your desire to "get to the truth", and I stand ready to answer whatever other questions you may have about this. This day was called the Day of Atonement. Jews today call it Yom Kippur, which means Day of Judgment. The cleansing of the earthly temple was necessary because it was defiled by sinners bringing sin offerings to the temple. The sinner, standing at the Altar of Burnt Offering, confessed his sins over the head of his sacrifice.

Then, he cut the jugular vein of the sacrificial animal with his own hands. This procedure shadows a divine truth. This earthly process was a shadow or pantomime of a reality that was coming. When the blood was applied to the horns of the altar, the altar became defiled because the guilt of the sinner had been transferred to it. Because the altars of the temple were depositories of guilt, the earthly temple was defiled until the Day for Cleansing the Day of Atonement arrived.

For a single day, the earthly temple was restored to an undefiled state. Leviticus 16 Then, on the following day, sacrifices resumed and the temple was defiled because the annual cycle started over. Hebrews This cleansing began in , which is 2, years after the decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem given by Artaxerxes in B. The Day of Atonement service in the earthly temple was a shadow of the plan of salvation. Notice what the shadow reveals:.

Two animals, a bull and a goat, were sacrificed in this service. Leviticus 16 The service began right after day break with the slaying of a bull that belonged to the high priest. This bull a very expensive sacrifice represents the sacrifice which the Father made in order to redeem mankind.

The high priest had to be found worthy to cleanse the temple before he could conduct the service. The slaying of the bull and the worthiness of the high priest shadows the sacrifice which the Father made and the qualifying process which Jesus our High Priest underwent before He could conclude the sin problem. See Revelation 4 and 5. The next event on the Day of Atonement was the casting of lots to determine which goat should die. A goat was used for this sacrifice because a goat has a free spirit.

Jesus freely gave up His life for sinners. Then, the high priest went behind the veil a second time to begin the cleansing of the temple. The first item to be cleansed was the Ark of the Covenant. The second item was the Altar of Incense and the last item to be cleansed was the Altar of Burnt Offering. These items were cleansed in this order and they became free of sin cleansed, reconsecrated, restored when the mixed blood of the bull and goat was sprinkled on them.

The last event in this service was the laying of hands on the head of the scapegoat. The scapegoat represents Lucifer, the author of sin, who freely exercised his power of choice to commit sin. After the temple furniture had been made holy with the sprinkling of blood, the high priest placed his hands on the head of the scapegoat.

Then, the scapegoat was led out into the wilderness to slowly starve to death. The beauty of salvation is that sinners can escape the penalty of sin through faith. Romans At the end of the 1, years, God will execute justice on the scapegoat and the wicked and they will suffer in proportion to their guilt until they are annihilated. This is the meaning of divine justice. The cleansing of the earthly temple shadows a process that began in Heaven in It is interesting to notice that is exactly forty-six years after When Jesus began His ministry on Earth, His first action after returning from fasting in the desert was the cleansing of a temple that took forty-six years to restore!

John The parallel is that Jesus began cleansing the heavenly temple forty-six years after the twenty-five thrones had been arranged and the convocation in Heaven began! Daniel 7 and Revelation 4 and 5 describe the same scene from slightly different angles. Since the Spring of , Jesus has been going through the books of record — one sinner at a time.

Standing before the hosts of Heaven, Jesus has been deciding who will be a part of His eternal kingdom and who will not. The point is that the temple in Heaven is cleansed as the guilt of sin is removed and placed on the appropriate party. Leviticus 20; Ezekiel ; ; When the time comes for the destruction of sinners at the end of the 1, years, every wicked person will suffer the appropriate penalty for his sins. Jesus will complete the task of judging mankind during the Great Tribulation. People living during the Great Tribulation will not be judged in the same way as those who have died.

The faith of people living at that time will be tested with persecution. In this way, they will choose and determine their eternal destiny. Revelation The book of Revelation reveals much more about this process, but this synopsis is intended to give you a general overview of the judgment process. Consider these comments by Bible writers:. For God will bring every deed into judgment , including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent him.

He has given proof of this to all men by raising him from the dead. You may leave. When I find it convenient, I will send for you. My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done. Remember that the 2, days in Daniel have been a great mystery for most Bible students. The reason for the mystery is quite simple.

The event to which this prophecy points is not on Earth, but in Heaven. God uses the Heaven-Earth-Linkage-Law again to inform us of the timing of something we cannot see. God put the kingdoms of Medo-Persia and Grecia in Daniel 8 because the 2, days began during the time of Medo-Persia. Review Chart 4. A starting date for the 2, years is not mentioned in Daniel 8 because the starting date is given in Daniel 9. To make matters more mysterious, the cleansing of the temple is in Heaven and not on Earth! No wonder this time-period has been a great mystery for nearly twenty-six centuries!

Fortunately, God has revealed the architecture of Daniel and we can determine when the 2, evenings and mornings began. We will find in our study on Daniel 9 that the seventy weeks and 2, days start together and we will find that Daniel 7, Daniel 8, Daniel 9 and Revelation 4 and 5 perfectly align.

I hope you will be patient enough to allow the prophetic matrix to build. My frustration, as the author of this book, is in trying to explain why each piece of prophecy belongs in a certain place according to the rules before all the pieces that belong to the story have been identified! Therefore, all I can ask at the present is that you allow the matrix to place each new piece in its place. The Reformation Christians believed the horn power of Daniel 8 represented the papacy and some Christians today believe the same thing. Let us briefly examine this view. Gabriel told Daniel, ".

I am going to tell you what will happen later in the time of wrath, because the vision concerns the appointed time of the end. In other words, the horn power described in Daniel 8 does not appear prior to This simple fact eliminates the Roman Catholic Church as a possible candidate for the horn power of Daniel 8 because the Roman Catholic Church achieved absolute power in A. The little horn of Daniel 7 and the horn power of Daniel 8 cannot be the same entity for the following reasons:. You may wonder why the actual question in verse 13 is worded in such a complex way.

God is both deliberate and purposeful in everything He does. With one question and one answer God informs us that the appointed time of the end involves four great issues:. We have examined Daniel within the context of Antiochus IV. Let us examine it again, this time within the context of the Antichrist and the appointed time of the end. This approach will yield a much better fulfillment of Scripture.

Every day, evening and morning, a lamb was slain on the Altar of Burnt Offering and its blood was sprinkled on the Altar of Incense. Every day, sinners presented their sacrifices at the Altar of Burnt Offering. These rituals, and many other services became known as the "daily" or the "continual. The immediate intercession of Jesus spared Adam and Eve from sudden death the day they sinned.

Notice how two ways concern the individual and two ways concern corporate bodies of people:. You may wonder how the Antichrist can take away the daily intercession from Jesus during the appointed time of the end. The corporate altar is called the Altar of Incense and its services will be concluded first. Daniel ; Revelation The individual altar is called the Altar of Burnt Offering and its services will be terminated at the seventh trumpet. Daniel ; Revelation The corporate daily ends when the majority of the world stands in rebellion against the authority of God.

We know His patience can come to an end with a city of people e.

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When this happens, He sends a series of judgments to destroy those who have exhausted His grace. Why should He? See Daniel 5. We see a parallel on the individual level as well. During the Great Tribulation, God will empower His servants, the ,, to proclaim the terms and conditions of salvation to every nation, kindred, tongue and people. The Antichrist will lead the wicked of Earth into committing the unpardonable sin.

He will lead them to rebel against the authority of God and despise the generous offer of salvation from Jesus. There will be no middle ground. The devil will require worship obedience and all who refuse to submit to his assumed authority are to be killed. Revelation The "salvation" which the Antichrist offers will be the temporal privilege of obtaining the necessities of life during the final days of the Great Tribulation.

In other words, if a person chooses to join forces with the devil and receive the mark of the beast, that person will be able to buy and sell so that he can survive. If a person refuses the mark of the beast, that person will be shut off from all earthly means of survival to starve or be killed. When every decision for or against salvation has been made, the daily intercession of Jesus ends. Gabriel also said, ". During the Great Tribulation, a majority of people will be convinced the devil is God!

However, the heavenly temple will be physically displayed to everyone living on Earth after the daily has ended. Consider this next verse: "Because of rebellion, the host of the saints and the daily sacrifice were given over to it [the Antichrist]. It prospered in everything it did, and truth was thrown to the ground.

The following is a short scenario of this verse:. When the Great Tribulation begins, the Holy Spirit will be poured out on all nations and people. Jesus will send the Holy Spirit for one purpose, to save as many people as possible. Sadly, billions of people will refuse to submit to the demands of the Holy Spirit, and they will choose rebellion lawlessness against God. When the advance of the gospel stalls, God allows "the stern-face king," the destroyer, to physically appear.

The mission of the Antichrist is to deceive and destroy. One camp will be the "religious wicked" and the other camp will consist of wicked people who want nothing to do with the devil. They just want him to go away and leave them alone. These people would rather believe that Lucifer is God than to submit to the authority of Jesus Christ.

These people appear to be religious, but they do not love truth. They do not even love God. These are people who chase miraculous signs instead of searching for truth. They will not accept the authority and dominion of the Antichrist. The "non-religious wicked" are represented in Daniel as the kingdom of the South. In other words, the kingdom of the South is poles apart from the kingdom of the North. The Antichrist will use their rebellion against his authority to justify their destruction. Of course, the devil will destroy many saints for the same reason.

Revelation Revelation says the devil and his angels will kill one-third of mankind the non-religious wicked. When he has gained control of Earth, the devil will divide up the spoils of Earth and he will appoint ten kings to rule over ten sectors. His puppet kings will control Earth.

The surviving saints will run for their lives and hide in the desolate places of Earth. God will feed and sustain them just as He did Elijah. It [the Antichrist] prospered in everything it did, and truth was thrown to the ground [because truth was despised]. When they [his followers] feel secure [in his lies] , he will destroy many [the non-religious-wicked] and take his stand against the Prince of princes [Jesus]. Yet he will be destroyed [by the sword that comes out of the mouth of Jesus] , but not by human power. He will be successful until the time of wrath is completed, for what has been [pre-] determined must take place.

He [the Antichrist] will pitch his royal tents between the seas at the beautiful holy mountain. Yet he will come to his end, and no one will help him. Daniel indicates the devil will establish a throne in Jerusalem. What better way to stop the controversies between Christians, Arabs and Jews? It is well known that Jews, Muslims and Christians have roots in this ancient city. Perhaps the best reason for interpreting this specification just as it reads is that at the end, two kings will take their stand against each other. The stern-faced king of Daniel 8 establishes his kingdom and rules from ancient Jerusalem.

The King of kings, however, will rule from His city, New Jerusalem. This is good news! The stern-faced king will come to his end and no one among the wicked will be left to help him! It is interesting that Gabriel gave this vision a title. While the prophetic sequence concerns a ram, a goat, the appointed time of the end and a stern-faced king, Gabriel called it "The vision of the [2,] evenings and mornings. Even the words, 2, evenings and mornings reflects the time of day when daily temple services were conducted.

Revelation 15 and Daniel was deeply distressed and very disturbed after seeing this vision. He did not understand what he had seen, but he did recognize enough to know the world would continue to spiral downward until Lucifer himself would be released upon humanity. The thought of this must have made him sick. Daniel writes, " I, Daniel, was exhausted and lay ill for several days. I was appalled by the vision; it was beyond understanding. This chapter has been lengthy because Daniel 8 contains several critical building blocks in the matrix that is unfolding. If you still have questions, please review this chapter to make sure you understand how the apocalyptic rules work and the results they produce.

If the apocalyptic foundations in Daniel 2, Daniel 7 and Daniel 8 are not laid properly, the remaining prophecies in Daniel and Revelation cannot yield their intended meaning. If the foundation of a skyscraper is not solid, no amount of paint or ornamentation will compensate for it. We have seen all four rules at work in this chapter.

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The four rules have produced these conclusions for us:. Rule One. Daniel 8 is a prophecy that has a beginning point in time B. The events in this prophecy occur in the order they were given: Ram — Goat — Horn Power. Rule Two. The appearing of the Antichrist during the appointed time of the end is the only interpretation that meets all of the specifications given in this prophecy. Rule Three. The Bible uses various types of language in this prophecy.

For example, by reviewing seven Bible texts we found the direction of "north" to be very significant for the origin of the horn power. We also found "the starry hosts" to be used in five texts as a broad definition for false religions. Rule Four. God measures the 2, days as years because God measures time according to the presence or absence of the Jubilee Calendar. This point will be amplified in our study of Daniel 9. If history teaches anything, it is this: Religious institutions place loyalty and allegiance above the importance of truth.

The reason behind this is simple. During the 1, years of papal dominion, "the protesters" as they were first called, suffered imprisonment or death for challenging the authority of the church. Protesters claimed the Bible was the final authority in matters of faith. Church leaders were convinced that ecclesiastical authority and traditions were higher authority. This simple difference became the all important distinction between Protestants and Catholics. As Protestants began to see that the church was unwilling to change, a number of "protester" preachers began to conclude that the church was anti-Christ.

The Protestant position was bolstered by the prophetic fact that the little horn of Daniel 7 is the papacy. Protesters traced the history and power of the church the little horn back to its Roman origin. Because there is some similarity between the little horn of Daniel 7 and the horn power of Daniel 8, Protestants assumed that Daniel 8 was a repetition and enlargement of Daniel 7. About the turn of the seventeenth century, two Jesuit scholars from Spain, Francisco Ribera and Luis de Alcasar, introduced counter-reformation theories to refute the claims of Protestants.

Their objective was to use the Bible to defeat Protestants by openly refuting their prophetic interpretations with Scripture! As a result of their endeavors, two conflicting prophetic schemes emerged within the Catholic Church. By showing the Antichrist to be a single individual, Ribera thought he could defeat a principal argument of the Protestants. Most sixteenth century Protestants believed the popes occupied the seat of the Antichrist. In other words, Protestants did not believe the Antichrist was a single individual the little horn of Daniel 7 is not a single individual.

Ribera claimed that the Antichrist would bitterly persecute the saints during the last days of Earth, and he would abolish the Christian religion and rebuild the temple in Jerusalem. Ribera also claimed that the Jews would receive the Antichrist as Messiah because of his miracles and then he would conquer the world in three and one half years.

Alcasar concluded that Revelation described the victory of early Christians over the Jewish nation and the overthrow of pagan Rome in A. He concluded that Nero was the Antichrist of Revelation. When these opposing views were presented to the Protestants, they were not moved or impressed. For about two hundred years, Protestants stood firm and united on their prophetic position that the Roman Catholic Church was the Babylon of Revelation and the Antichrist was a succession of popes.

In the early part of the nineteenth century, Protestantism began to change its mind because it became apparent to some Protestants that the Roman Catholic Church could not meet all of the specifications about the Antichrist in Daniel and Revelation. A survey of prophetic literature written by Protestants since shows how Protestant expositors began to drift away from their long standing claim that the Roman Catholic Church was the Antichrist. Today, most Protestant expositors do not believe the Roman Catholic Church is Babylon and they do not believe the succession of popes is the Antichrist.

It is ironic that three hundred years after Ribera published his works, the Protestant, C. Read the Next Chapter. You must be logged in to post a comment. Menu Home Who is Jesus Christ? Daniel 8 — The Antichrist. Before we examine Daniel 8, there are four points from the previous chapter that need to be restated: History confirms the identity of the fourth beast in Daniel 7 to be the empire of Rome. History confirms the identity of the little horn that uprooted three of the ten horns to be the Roman Catholic Church. The timing of the convocation in Heaven Daniel is linked to the wounding of the little horn power on Earth.

Daniel ,22 The time, times and half a time the 1, years of persecution mentioned in Daniel came to an end in February , when French soldiers captured the pope and put him in exile. The downfall of the papacy occurred because the allotted time of 1, years ended, and the Ancient of Days pronounced a restraining order in favor of the saints. The linkage between the wounding of the papacy in on Earth and the issuance of the restraining order in Heaven is a key point. Because the event on Earth is linked to an event in Heaven, we can determine when the convocation in Heaven began.

Daniel and Revelation indicates the Roman Catholic Church will return to a position of world preeminence after Daniel heard boastful words from the little horn after he observed the courtroom scene in Heaven. Compare Daniel with Revelation Now that these four points have been reviewed, consider the following points that will rise from this study on Daniel 8: Babylon will fall and the Medo-Persian empire will rise to power.

The Medo-Persian empire will fall and the Grecian empire will rise to power. He will gain control over Earth for a short period of time and kill a large number of people. Prophetic Matrix Including Daniel 2, 7, 8, and 11 Chart 4. Carefully study the apocalyptic sequence: "In the third year of the reign of king Belshazzar a vision appeared unto me, even unto me Daniel, after that which appeared unto me at the first. Beasts Are Kingdoms — Horns Are Kings In Daniel 8, the two beasts represent empires, but the horns of the ram and of the goat represent kings.

Revelation Because God is the Creator of apocalyptic prophecy, we know Daniel 8 will harmonize with the matrix established in Daniel 2 and Daniel 7. The Time of Wrath Gabriel said the appointed time of the end will be a time of wrath. Daniel's End Time Connection After hearing that the horn power is the only part of this vision that applies to the time of the end, one of the first questions people ask is this: "Why did God put two ancient kingdoms in this vision if they have nothing to do with the end-time?

The Bible says the ram and the goat represent the kingdoms of the Medes and Persians and the Grecians, respectively. Furthermore, the identity of these three kingdoms leaves no question about the identity of the fourth beast in Daniel 7 Rome nor the identity of the little horn power in Daniel 7 that rose out of Rome the Roman Catholic Church. The second reason God put two ancient kingdoms in this end-time vision is linkage. The ram is connected by the 2, days to an event that occurs in Heaven.

Because we cannot see into Heaven with the naked eye, God has linked events in Heaven with well known events on Earth. The result is simple. Students of apocalyptic prophecy can determine the timing of several heavenly events which no one can see. Last, God put two ancient kingdoms in this end-time vision because God wants everyone to know the horn power in Daniel 8 does not rise out of an ancient empire like the little horn of Daniel 7.

The horn power in Daniel 8 is not an extension of the Roman empire nor any world empire. The point here is separation. The horn power in Daniel 8 is separate and isolated from earthly kingdoms. This was not the case in Daniel 7. We know the little horn in Daniel 7 rose out of the fourth beast and it derived its name from its powerful host.

For seventeen centuries, the little horn of Daniel 7 has been called the Roman Catholic Church. To keep us from misidentifying the horn power of Daniel 8, God inserted more than 2, years between the ancient kingdoms and the appearing of the horn power. God wants the world to understand that the horn power in Daniel 8 does not have an earthly origin.

Instead, he will have a supernatural one. Revelation 9 indicates that Lucifer will come down out of the sky attended by millions of angels. The following comments are a brief synthesis of what these books say about the Antichrist: The coming Antichrist will not be a mere mortal. The Horn Power Comes out of the North "And out of one of them [the four winds] came forth a little horn, which waxed exceeding great, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the [west] pleasant land.