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Before I begin, please remember that fulfilled prophecy cannot be stated as a fact until it has come to pass. I've studied a lot of theories on prophecy and what I've written here is what rings true in my mind after countless hours of study, but I will never say this is absolute fact until we see it happen. However, the symbols used in the Bible will be known at the time of the end (Dan 12:9) and when you finish this book I believe you will agree with me that there is little doubt that the time is now.
The United States, Britain, Russia and Germany are in the bible! Believe it?
God chose to use symbols to represent many things concerning prophecy in the bible. He did this to “seal up” the prophecy until the time that he wished us to know; the time of the end.
Dan 12:9 And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.
The symbols are easily understood now that we can recognize them for what they are.
Daniel 7 speaks of four beasts that rose up out of the sea.
Dan 7:1 In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon Daniel had a dream and visions of his head upon his bed: then he wrote the dream, and told the sum of the matters. 2 Daniel spake and said, I saw in my vision by night, and, behold, the four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea. 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 thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man's heart was given to it. 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 to 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.
The beasts symbolize kings, or nations along with the rulers of the nations as we know them today. When we see a beast in prophecy it is almost always referring to a nation and/or the ruler of that nation. Sometimes it will refer to the nation itself and sometimes it will be referring to the ruler. In order to understand this prophecy, we have to first understand that the beasts are referring to modern nations.
Dan 7:17 These great beasts, which are four, are four kings, which shall arise out of the earth.
We’re told when these nations will exist.
Dan 7:9 I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire.
The event in Daniel 7:9 is the return of Jesus Christ. He will return to put down all government and establish the kingdom of God. This means that these kings (nations) will exist at the time of Christ’s return.
A very popular theory for this passage is that it is a parallel prophecy of Daniel 2, where it lists the kingdoms that will exist from Babylon to the return of Christ. This cannot be true for a couple reasons. First, there are five sections to the statue in Daniel 2 (see chapter 7 of this book) and there are only four beasts here in Daniel 7. Second, if we continue to read Daniel 7: 11 I beheld then because of the voice of the great words which the horn spake: I beheld even till the beast was slain, and his body destroyed, and given to the burning flame. 12 As concerning the rest of the beasts, they had their dominion taken away: yet their lives were prolonged for a season and time. We see that the fourth beast, the little horn (the Antichrist and his one world government), is destroyed and the other three beasts (the lion, bear, and leopard) have their dominion taken away but they live on for a while. If this is a parallel prophecy with Daniel 2, then the empires (Babylon, Media/Persia, Greek, Roman) would all still have to be in existence when Christ returns, but they are not and can not. This is definitely a different prophecy with kingdoms differing from the kingdoms we see in Daniel 2. The common factor is that they end at the same place with the return of the Lord.
The first beast is a lion, and had eagles wings coming out of it. What nation today has the official symbol of the lion? Great Britain, or the United Kingdom as we know it today. (Webster’s Third International Dictionary, Indianapolis Star Jan 4, 1980, Encyclopedia online (Wikipedia) What current nation came out of the lion? The United States came out of Britain. The amazing thing about this prophecy is; God predicted the US declaration of independence 2400 years before it happened! “I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man's heart was given to it.” The Bald Eagle is the official symbol of the United States! But, the US also has another symbol. A man: Uncle Sam. God wanted us to know when the time was right, so He gave us so many clues that we could hardly miss! The wings were plucked from the lion and a man’s heart was given to it. Hello USA!
The second beast is a bear. Ever heard of the Russian bear? The bear is the official animal symbol of Russia. (Indianapolis Star Jan 4, 1980, Encyclopedia online (Wikipedia) And Russia has and is playing a very prominent role in world affairs.
The third beast is a leopard with four heads and four wings of a fowl. The leopard is the unofficial symbol of Germany and is a dearly loved “mystical” creature of Germany with symbols in abundance in that country much like the lion in Britain. “…and dominion was given to it.” Germany has been the dominant nation in Europe for the last 100 years and Germany was the prominent leader of the Holy Roman Empire (AKA the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation) for the last 1200 years. The multiple heads on this beast likely portray the number of times that nation will rise and fall. Germany’s Third Reich fell with the defeat of Hitler in World War 2, and they are now in the Fourth Reich. It’s interesting that the German Leopard Tank has become one of the world’s foremost tanks. The four wings of a fowl very likely refer to the Franco-German alliance. The official animal symbol of France is a rooster.
Another very interesting piece of information about this is that one of the heads was wounded unto death; and his deadly wound was healed. In Revelation we see the beasts again, but now they are all in one beast (the end time one world government).
Rev 13:1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise 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. 2 And the beast which I saw was 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 gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. 3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.
When Germany was defeated for the third time in less than 100 years (Franco-German War, WW1 and WW2), she was cut in half with the Berlin wall to ensure she would not ever again be strong enough to start another world war. It was declared at that time, “Germany is dead. She will never rise again.” This wound was healed on November 9, 1989 when the wall came down and Germany is once again dominating Europe. Germany and its 4th Reich was dead but now it is alive and thriving once again. The European Union is one of the world’s number one economic powers, and Germany is by far the strongest country among the nations of the European Union.
The fourth beast is different than the first three, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly. And it had ten horns. The ten horns are ten kings.
Dan 7:23 Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces. 24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.
These ten horns are the same as the ten toes from Daniel 2, and the ten kings from Revelation 17. Revelation 17 tells us that these ten kings will give their power to the Antichrist. We don’t know yet which union of nations or states and/or leaders this will represent. We do know that a world leader (the little horn from Daniel 7:8 above) will arise from this union and will take power by “plucking” or “subduing” three kings, and he will, “speak great things”, and he will “devour (conquer) the whole earth”. He will rule until Jesus Christ Himself, who is the Ancient of Days, comes back to the earth. This man will be what we call the Antichrist. He will be the leader of the one world government that controls the nations of the earth in the end time. He will be an evil man who deceives the world with promises of peace and security. There are a couple possibilities that I will mention here but I want you to know that I am not saying that this is for sure, only that it’s a possibility. The Western European Union, the military wing of the EU, is a group of ten nations that Javier Solana heads up. So far he does not meet all the requirements that would fulfill the prophecies concerning the Antichrist, but he could in the very near future. It is far more likely, however, that Islam is represented by this fourth beast, and that the Antichrist will be a Muslim as you will see in chapter 7.
So, what have we learned so far? The United States, Britain, Russia and Germany will be on the earth when it is, “the time of the end”. A ten “king” union will produce the world leader known as the Antichrist, and he will rule until Jesus returns. We also know how long this man will rule the world, shown in the following passages:
Rev 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.
Dan 7:25 And he shall speak great words against the most High, and 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 time.
In Old Testament verbiage, “a time and times and the dividing of time” means; a year and two years and half a year, or three and a half years. Forty two months also equals three and a half years. So we know that this period of time will be three and a half years. This period of time will be the second half of the final seven years as discussed further in other chapters of this book.