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The End of Ages VIII: The Great World Empires

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1. The dream of Nebuchadnezzar

Dan.2:24-30: the context of the revelation

Daniel is introduced to the King’s presence to reveal the awesome dream that he had which was prophetic, and brought tribulation to his heart to the point that he wanted to kill all wise men in his Kingdom. Daniel let the King know that the revelation comes from God.

Summary of historical moment of Israel: Israel, a nation created by God to be a kingdom of priests and a holy nation (Exo 19:5-6). The disobedience of the people of Israel brought division of the nation in two kingdoms: kingdom of North (10 tribes with Samaria as Capital) which was taken into captivity to Assyria and never came back; kingdom of South (2 tribes, Judah and Benjamin with Jerusalem as Capital), equally disobedient, was taken to Babylonian Empire into captivity for 70 years by Nebuchadnezzar (Jer 29:10). In Luke 21:24 Jesus speaks about the Time of the Gentiles during which Jerusalem would be trampled by Gentiles.

Among the captives, we see Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, young Jews with the fear of the Lord in their hearts, thirsty to serve and please God with their lives.

end-of-ages-08-image01The book of Daniel has impressive and important revelations about ages to come and the end of the ages, and the dream about the statue is one the great revelations:

Dan 2:31-45:
The dream and its interpretation
Dan 2:31-35:
The statue and the dream: history of four great empires
Dan 2:37-38:
Golden head: Babylonian Empire
Dan 2:39:
Chest and arms of silver: Medo-Persian Empire
Belly and thighs of bronze: Greek Empire
Dan 2:40:
Legs of iron: Roman Empire 1st phase
Dan 2:41-43:
Feet partially iron and partially clay: Roman Empire 2nd phase

The Roman Empire has the iron as its symbol for the strength and military capacity. Roman had dominium during Jesus first coming, crucifixion and resurrection, and then was divided in two branches, the Western Roman Empire, capital Rome, terminated in 476 AD; the Eastern Roman Empire, capital Constantinople, terminated in 1453 AD. According to this prophecy, it will be manifested in the end of times as a coalition of ten kingdoms, with the same essence of iron, but connected with fragile clay.

This is probably the manifestation of world union of nations in the appearance of Roman Empire which gives the foundation to establish the anti-Christ dominium on earth.

Dan 2:34-35; 44-45: The world system of domination established by the gentiles is destroyed by one single abrupt strike, not a process gradual of conversion and assimilation. The stone is Christ Jesus that crushed the statue in the feet of iron and clay, and then became a great mountain and filled all the earth and will never be defeated. That shall be the Kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ on earth.

2. The vision of four great beasts

Dan. 7:1-14: The dream and visions of Daniel

  • V.2: sea can be understood as figure for people or nations (see Mat 13:47 , Isa 60:5, and Rev 17:15)
  • V.4: Lion with eagle’s wings: Babylon Empire and also the conversion of Nebuchadnezzar (Dan 4:23-26;31-37)
  • V.5: Bear: Medo-Persian Empire
  • V.6: Leopard with four wings and four heads: Greek Empire, first commanded by Alexander, the Great, then with his death, divided in four commanders: Cassandro, Lisimaco, Seleuco and Ptolomeu.
  • V.7-8: After this I saw in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, exceedingly strong. It had huge iron teeth; it was devouring, breaking in pieces, and trampling the residue with its feet. It was different from all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns. 8“I was considering the horns, and there was another horn, a little one, coming up among them, before whom three of the first horns were plucked out by the roots. And there, in this horn, were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking pompous words

Dan 7:15-27: The interpretation of the dream and the visions
The Roman Empire will have ten horns meaning ten Kingdoms corresponding to the feet of the statue. The other little horn is the anti-Christ whom will destroy three Kingdoms to be established as King.end-of-ages-08-image02

Rev 13:1-8: The beast rising up out of the sea (from the nations) having seven heads and ten horns is the anti-Christ. Satan, the dragon, gave him his power, his throne, and great authority.

  • A mouth speaking great things and blasphemies
  • He was given authority for 42 months = 3-1/2 years
  • It was granted to him to make war against the saints and to overcome them

Rev 17:9-15: The seven heads are seven mountains and seven kings; five have fallen (talking about world kingdoms: Assyrian, Egyptian, Babylonian, Greek, Roman), one is (Roman Empire during the writings of Revelation), and the other has not yet come (Roman 2nd phase). The beast is himself the eighth and is of the seven.

Pastor Claudio Santilli

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