Now we've discussed the points listed in part 3, we will continue with Revelation 12:13-18 (please read in your own bible, or click on the button here -->).
”When the dragon saw that he had been hurled to the earth...”
There was war in heaven. The result of that war was that the dragon has been cast to the earth.
One of our Dutch translations puts it this way: “And when the dragon saw that he was crashed on the earth...”.
This indicates that he realizes, as he was still “dizzy” from the “slam down”, he is now on the earth.
This is something he apparently had never thought that would happen.
And then, as he realizes that, he just really got mad. That’s why we read in verse12: “woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short”.
In heaven he has nothing to seek anymore, his job as accuser ended.
This was indeed a diabolical work. First he brings man to sin and then he accuses those people in the heavenly court. On the basis of God’s commandments he seeks the death penalty. So has he achieved his goal: death of man, while God man had intended just for life. The vicious thing is that the devil, by lying, man seduced to commit sin, but for God’s court the devil is telling the truth.
His role as prosecutor, as he has been cast to the earth, is played out!
But his character remains. Everything where God has a purpose, he wants to destroy that.
And God still has a plan with Israel. Therefore, Satan pursued “the woman..., who gave birth to a son, a male child”.
What once was done by Pharaoh, who pursued the Israelites, will happen again soon when the devil pursues the woman (Israel), God will protect them, or as Exodus 14:8 says:
The Israelites “who were marching out boldly”. Or as it is in the KJV: “the children of Israel went out with an high hand”.
It is the hand of God, who will lead out the woman (Israel).
"The woman was given the two wings of a great eagle, so that she might fly to the place prepared for her in the desert, where she would be taken care of for a time, times and half a time, out of the serpent's reach."
What is meant here with the wings of a great eagle?
Again, we can see a parallel with the exodus from Egypt into the desert and the exodus from Judea to the wilderness.
Israel: "You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles' wings and brought you to myself."
Also at the end of times, God will carry His people on eagles' wings into the wilderness where He will take care of them, three and half years.
The serpent (devil) wants to prevent the escape of the woman (Israel) by drowning her in water, but the earth will help the woman.
This too is an image that is already in the Bible. The earth opens and swallows evil.
"11 "Who among the gods is like you, O LORD?
Who is like you-
majestic in holiness,
awesome in glory,
You stretched out your right hand".
Compare also the story of the rebellion of Korah, Dathan and Abiram who, because they conspired against the Lord, were swallowed by the earth (Numbers 16 :1-35).
When the dragon then sees that all his efforts to persecute the woman (Israel) fails, he becomes very angry. The devil knows that he has lost, and in his anger he wants as many people drawn into destruction, his anger will be focused on the people of Messiah.
"Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to make war against the rest of her offspring-those who obey God's commandments and hold to the testimony of Jesus".
This verse shows us that outside those who will be maintained in the wilderness by God, there are more people who are of the same offspring.
It’s not just the Jews he wants to persecute, but his anger is aimed at all who belong to the people of Israel. All twelve tribes will be under great tribulation.
From previous Bible studies, we know that there is a difference between the ten tribes kingdom “Israel” and the two tribes kingdom “Judah”.
The two tribes “Judah”, or the Jews, have now begun to inhabit the land of Israel. Jesus knew that this would happen again. He says is in Matthew 24 in his speech on the last things:
". . . then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17 Let no one on the roof of his house go down to take anything out of the house. 18 Let no one in the field go back to get his cloak. 19 How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! 20 Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath. 21 For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now-and never to be equaled again".
So Jews must live in Judea at that time.
This tribulation is the period of persecution Revelation 12 talks about.
Back to Revelation 12:17.
The dragon focuses his attack on the rest of her offspring, as already indicated that will be the remaining ten tribes and all Jews who could not flee.
But, you might say, it says the rest who obey the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus? Are they not Christians? Christians are also descendants Abraham, aren’t they? (Romans 4:13-17).
Indeed it can also point to Christians, we are indeed made one with the people of God.
We are grafted between the branches. But the prophecy as given here in Revelation 12 speaks of the woman and the rest of her offspring. It is quite clear the woman is in connection with bringing the Messiah into the world.
And this can not be said of Christians. We Christians are being added to that people, but that is a spiritual adding.
Of Israel it can be said, though occasionally, that they keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus (Messiah).
Do they have the testimony of Jesus?
Yes, because the Bible is the testimony of Jesus. (John 5:39)
All this does not mean that Christians who are living at that time will not be part of the tribulation, because anyone who will refuse to receive the sign on the hand or head will therefore be persecuted.
Now that we have studied chapter twelve, we start with chapter 13.
By going so extensive into chapter 12, chapter 13 will be easier to understand. Without this preliminary study chapter 13 is a very difficult chapter, and especially to set it in a certain time frame.
Chapter 13 talks about a beast with ten horns and seven heads. This metaphor, we also saw in Daniel. We will see that both books are talking about the same things.
After we extensively discussed Revelation 12, in which we saw that, Israel particularly, will have great difficulty enduring the last 3½ years. We have seen the role Satan plays. We will now proceed with Chapter 13. This Chapter has a large number of similarities with Daniel. And to better understand Chapter 13, we read and discussed Chapter 12 first.
Revelation 13:1-9 (please read in your own bible, or read it in a seperate window ->)
"And I saw a beast coming out of the sea. He had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on his horns, and on each head a blasphemous name."
This is the same kind of description we see in Revelation 12:3. There it is a great red dragon. This is the same dragon, of which verse 7 to 12 say, that he was thrown to the earth. Revelation 12 thus refers to the devil.
But in Revelation 13 we read in verse 2b:
“The dragon gave the beast (that’s the beast that rises from the sea and that looks very similar to the dragon itself) his power and his throne and great authority”.
It is obvious that the beast that rises from the sea, is not the same as the dragon (read: Satan), because the dragon gives the beast his power, throne and might.
What, or who, is that beast of verse 1?
Let us take text-sheet 2a again.
(The dream in the book of Daniel).
This fourth beast in Daniel, as we already saw is the fourth Empire that will revive in the end time.
In Sections D and E are the texts dealing with the fourth beast of Daniel 7.
Daniel 7:7, 23, 24 shows that this fourth beast will be the fourth kingdom on earth and that this will be a terrible and terrifying kingdom. It will consist of 10 kings, who, by a covenant (matrimonial) connect with each other (see Daniel 2:43).
But what about those seven heads in Revelation 13?
Daniel doesn’t talk about these seven heads.
Daniel speaks about the last beast as an animal with one head, but with 10 horns, which in turn represents kings.
Why is there this difference between Daniel and Revelation?
Daniel sees in this vision four animals.
- The first was like a lion. (The Chaldean or Babylonian Empire. One animal with one head)
- The second looked like a bear. (The Persian Empire. One animal with one head)
- The third looked like a panther and it had four heads. (The four parts of the Greek empire. One animal with four heads)
- The fourth, dreadful and terrible beast had ten horns. (One animal with one head. We don't know yet which Empire that will be, but we look into that shortly).
Four animals. But if we count the heads, we come to seven.
The fourth beast is the animal with the seventh head.
But Revelation 13:1 describes that (one) animal, or that kingdom, that has seven heads.
The description of the heads we can read in:
"The beast I saw resembled a leopard, but had feet like those of a bear and a mouth like that of a lion."
The beasts mentioned in this text are also mentioned in Daniel 7.
The remarkable thing is that the beast of Revelation 13:1, as a whole, resembles each beast from Daniel 7.
Actually it is not as strange as it first appears.
Daniel 2 makes it clear that the stone that crushed the image at the feet, crushed with that all previous empires.
"34While you were watching, a rock was cut out, but not by human hands. It struck the statue on its feet of iron and clay and smashed them. 35 Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver and the gold were broken to pieces at the same time and became like chaff on a threshing floor in the summer. The wind swept them away without leaving a trace. But the rock that struck the statue became a huge mountain and filled the whole earth."
44"In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever. 45This is the meaning of the vision of the rock cut out of a mountain, but not by human hands-a rock that broke the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver and the gold to pieces."
When the last empire, the revived fourth empire, which is the kingdom that is represented by the ten toes of the feet (in Daniel 2), is crushed, also will be crushed the legs of iron, the belly and thighs of brass, the chest and arms of silver and the golden head, all at the same time.
All empires of the statue in Daniel 2 are united in the last (fourth) empire. Together they form the beast of Revelation 13:1. They form the revived fourth empire (i.e. the feet with ten toes) of the statue in Daniel 2.
This empire had conquered all previous empires. It was bigger and stronger than all previous empires. All countries which are depicted by the panther (or leopard), and all the countries which are depicted by the bear and the lion were dominated by the fourth empire.
"One of the heads (namely the last one) of the beast seemed to have had a fatal wound, but the fatal wound had been healed."
The seventh head was the head which belonged to the fourth beast. This head resembled, together with the body of the beast, the fourth kingdom.
It’s mortally wounded head will recover. From the Greek the text would be better translated to: “And one of his heads was slaughtered...” In this way it is an imitation of the slaughtered Lamb “... and he healed by the touch of death”.
Here again the devil imitates God.
The things people say are also blasphemous imitations.Verse 4
The beast that rises from the sea, resembles the dragon. It is his kingdom.
And it appears that all the kingdoms, which are symbolized by the seven heads, have been his kingdoms. The whole character of the dragon (Satan) was reflected in these kingdoms.
Also here he is again the great ape of God. God puts his character in His Kingdom, namely the Kingdom of Heaven. This will be a Kingdom of peace.
And the kingdoms of the devil, are exactly the opposite of a kingdom of peace. These kingdoms were based solely on their armies.
As we will see Satan brings also a “son” in this world to assume kingship. The son of perdition is thus an imitation of the Son that God brought into the world to assume kingship.
The time that this latter empire of Satan on earth has the power, is the time following the hurling down of the devil on earth. And as we have seen, he has 3½ years. Verse 5 says this too “The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise his authority for forty-two months”.
This is the same period of 3½ years.
THE BEAST OUT OF THE EARTH
Revelation 13:11-18 (please read in your own bible, or in a separate window ->)
"Then I saw another beast, coming out of the earth. He had two horns like a lamb, but he spoke like a dragon."
". . . another beast. . . "
A few verses earlier we read about a beast that had seven heads and ten horns. We’ve seen that here is meant the resurrected fourth Empire. This is a creation of the devil. It just likes in everything at him.
But now we read in verse 11 that John saw another beast.
As we can read in Genesis, men was made in God’s image and likeness.
Nothing is said of the animals, with which I don’t want to say that the animals are made in the likeness of the devil, but from the story of the serpent in paradise, we know that the devil can manifest himself as a beast.
So John sees another beast coming up. This time it’s not that this beast comes out of the sea, as in 13:1 (which is meant by people sea, or nations), but it says here (13:11) that this beast rises from the earth.
It could be shown that this “beast” is made of dust, such as men are made of dust. Therefore it could be that John wants to indicate that this “beast” is a human being.
Let's go on to Revelation 13:11.
"...He (the beast) had two horns like a lamb, but he spoke like a dragon..."
In his appearance the beast will resemble the Lamb.
People who have no knowledge of the Bible, will be deceived and think he is the Messiah, because he, the counterpart of the Messiah, the Antichrist, will do great wonders.
"And he (the beast) performed great and miraculous signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to earth in full view of men. 14Because of the signs he was given power to do on behalf of the first beast, he deceived the inhabitants of the earth. . . ."
That this is indeed the Antichrist appears from i.e. 2 Thessalonians.
Here the coming of the Antichrist is set against the (re)coming of Jesus.
2 Thessalonians 2:9
"The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, 10and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing . . ."
This sign of “fire from heaven” (Rev. 13:13) is an imitation of what the greatest prophet in the OT (Elijah) did, when he asked God to send fire from heaven to burn the sacrifice. (2 Kings 1:10).
When Jesus returns to this earth, He will put an end to a war that the (first) beast and the kings of the earth will wage against Israel and because Israel is Gods people it's a war against God.
See Revelation Revelation 19:19-20
The same is said by Paul when he talks about the lawless one:
". . . whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of His coming."
We’ve now got a better idea who that second beast is, so it will not surprise us that it does occur as the Lamb, but in his speech shows that his father is the dragon (the devil) ”... but he spoke like a dragon”.
This antichrist will be the leader of the revived Fourth Empire.
"He exercised all the authority of the first beast (the revived Fourth Empire) on his behalf ..."
His government will be of a devilish character. Anyone who does not comply with the rules set by him will be slain.
A few chapters later in Revelation is further made clear who they are, who didn’t worshiped that image or the beast, and who did not receive the mark, because they refused.
They were slain, but the vision shows that the misery suffered is outweighed by the glory which is laid away for them.
"And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony for Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or his image and had not received his mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years".
Revelation 17 speaks also of “the beast” with seven heads and ten horns.
We will hereafter include this passage in our Bible study.
The purpose of this chapter is that those who take note of that chapter will know that the great prostitute will be judged.
There are several theories about who the great prostitute is. One of the most well known is that it is Rome.
I think, and I am not alone in that, it is not Rome. I shall give biblical clues that indicate that it can not be Rome. Although I can understand that people think it is the papacy.
The prostitute sits upon many waters (v. 1). The angel explains to John that those waters are peoples, multitudes, nations and languages. So that whore has power over those multitudes, nations, peoples and languages. This could refer to the Vatican (Rome), but it could also be another city that has spiritual, political, or economic power over nations.
The angel says: “Come, I will show you the punishment of the great prostitute”.
In chapter 21 another of the seven angels says something to John: “Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb”.
The bride, pure. The whore, impure.
Two opposing “women”. The one connected to the Lamb (Jesus), the other with the Antichrist.
In both cases a spiritual thing.
The angel carries John in the spirit into the wilderness. Rome is not in a desert. But, you might say that you can also see this allegorically. It could be, but you can see it literally as well.
Later we will see that this is correct.
That woman is in a desert. She is the great city, which reigns over the kings of the earth. Is Rome reigning over the kings (rulers) of the earth?
Which city has power over the rulers of the earth?
Which city is sitting on a scarlet beast full of blasphemous names?
That beast, where she sits, has seven heads and ten horns. This is the beast of Revelation 13:1. The beast that got his power and his throne from the dragon (the devil).
That whore, that city, sits on the beast and is very rich. Decked with gold, precious stones and pearls. Which city in a desert is so vast rich?
On her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, Babylon the great, mother of prostitutes and of the abominations of the earth. (verse 5).
It is not about ancient Babylon, the city in Iraq, it is a mystery. The name of that mystery is Babylon.
It is a spiritual term. In fact the opposite is the New Jerusalem.
It says that she is the mother of prostitutes and abominations of the earth. This is an Oriental expression, it is a superlative. Saddam Hussein said about the Gulf war, that it was the mother of all wars. Here in Revelation this expression does not mean that she is the origin of all prostitutes.
The woman was drunk with the blood of the saints, the blood of those who bore testimony to Jesus. (verse 6).
This could refer to the Vatican (Rome). But there is another religion that has this on her conscience. Even now, after the year 2000, there are 100,000 Christians killed in Communist and Muslim countries. According to Open Doors 80% in Muslim countries.
The angel explains who or what that beast is.
"The beast, which you saw, once was, now is not, and will come up out of the Abyss and go to his destruction. . . (end of verse 8) the beast, because he once was, now is not, and yet will come."
"The seven heads are seven hills on which the woman sits."
"They are also seven kings.
- Five have fallen,
- one is
- the other has not yet come; but when he does come, he must remain for a little while.
- The beast who once was, and now is not, is an eighth king. He belongs to the seven and is going to his destruction." (It comes from the seven kingdoms. Seven and eight are thus more or less one.)
The beast was there, and for a certain time it was not there, but it will rise again.
It is explained by many scholars that this is Rome, the city on seven hills. It is undeniably true that Rome was adorned with gold, and that it has shed much blood of the saints, but has Rome been sitting (or sits) on seven mountains which are also seven kings, each with a blasphemous name?
How can these texts, here in Revelation 17, help us better understand what that last empire will be?
Mountains in the Bible are empires (kingdoms). It’s not just seven kingdoms, but also kings.
Five of these kingdoms have fallen at the time that John wrote this. (verse 10).
- 1 The Egyptian Empire
- 2 The Assyrian Empire
- 3 The Babylonian Empire
- 4 The Persian Empire
- 5 The Greek Empire
- 6 One is (verse 10), which was the Roman empire.
- 7 And the other, the seventh, has not come yet.
- 8 The revived 7th kingdom
What we must do is determine what the seventh empire is.
Verse 10 shows that the eighth empire more or less is equal to the seventh empire.
Often it is interpreted that the eighth empire will be a revival of the Roman empire, and to be honest I have to admit that I too have thought that for a long time. But if we look at the numbers, we see that, as the eighth empire is a revival of the seventh empire, and that is what it is, because the Bible tells us so, then both the sixth, seventh and eighth empires would be Roman. Neither the Bible nor history support this idea.
A little history.
The great Roman Empire was divided into two parts in 395 AD., the Eastern and the Western part. The Eastern part became known as the Byzantine empire. In 476 AD the Western capital, Rome, fall by the invasion of German tribes (the Vissigothen), or the Barbarians.
Although the Western part of the empire had fallen the eastern part remained, with Constantinople as its capital.
In 1453 AD it was conquered by Turkish Muslims. It became known as the Ottoman empire. They ruled the entire Middle East, including Jerusalem. All previous empires have ruled over Jerusalem. It is important to see this because the Bible is always focused on Jerusalem. Not on America or Europe. Jerusalem, according to the Bible is the center of the world.
The Turkish Ottoman empire was the seat of the Islamic Caliphate, but the Caliphate has been around longer. The Islamic Caliphate of Umar Ibn Al-Khattab invaded, as early as 637 AD., Jerusalem.
The Turkish Ottoman empire ended in 1922 AD.
In 1923 AD the Islamic Caliphate was abolished.
There was no leader. Islam was mortally wounded.
The Islamic world is waiting today for the reestablishment of the Caliphate. (Revelation 17:8). They expect their Messiah, the Mahdi, the new Caliph; the Christians expect their Messiah, Jesus.
The only empire that fulfills the patterns necessary for the seventh empire to describe is the Islamic empire.
All of the previous Empires are now Muslim countries.
The seventh empire, here in Revelation 17 (the fourth kingdom in Daniel 2), is an Islamic empire.
"11 The beast who once was, and now is not, is an eighth king. He belongs to the seven and is going to his destruction".
This last kingdom, the revived Islamic empire, will be the empire of the Antichrist.
Ten kings of that empire will make war against the Lamb but the Lamb will overcome.
Revelation 17 and 18 are not the only parts in the Bible that talk about Babylon.
So let's look at some end-time prophecies in the Old Testament that speak of Babylon. The Old and New Testaments are complementary.
"Babylon has fallen, has fallen!"
Here the same words are used as in Revelation 18:2.
There are also names mentioned in Isaiah 21 of cities and countries.
Verse 11. An oracle concerning Dumah
Verse 13. An oracle concerning Arabia
Verse 16. all the pomp of Kedar will come to an end.
When we read about Babylon, we read here in the context of Dumah, Arabia and Kedar. These sites are located in the desert at the sea. (verse 1).
Babylon is located at great waters according to Jeremiah 51:13.
Arabia is called by Muslims, Al-Jazeera Al-Arabia, literally the Arabic island or peninsula. Also, the "desert at the sea".
These places here mentioned in the Bible make it clear that this is not intended to be Rome, or even the literal Babylon.
The desert at the sea can not be something else than Arabia surrounded by the Persian Gulf, Indian Ocean and Red Sea.
Duma is in Saudi Arabia near Yathrib (Medina) and is now called "Dumat al-Jandal".
Duma in Isaiah 21:1 is associated with Seir. And Seir in Genesis 32:3 is associated with Edom.
As we read in Isaiah 34 about God's judgement on Edom, Edom is in fact affected by God's judgement (verse 5), we see that this judgement "a day of vengeance" is "a year of retribution, to uphold Zion's cause."(8).
Edomites are descendants of Esau, they are Arabs. They will be destroyed by God in the days of God's vengeance. Arabs do not live in Italy (Rome).
Psalm 137:7-8 shows that the Edomites are the daughter of Babylon. (Born of Babylon). They are destined to be destroyed.
Another prophecy about Babylon. This time in Isaiah 13.Isaiah 13:19
"Babylon, the jewel of kingdoms,
the glory of the Babylonians' pride,
will be overthrown by God
like Sodom and Gomorrah.
20 She will never be inhabited
or lived in through all generations;
no Arab will pitch his tent there".
Arabs are not Romans or Catholics.
This is again the day of God's vengeance. The Lord's day. (verse 9).
Ancient Babylon was never destroyed, it has been dilapidated, but never as Sodom and Gomorrah turned upside down.
This is about mystery Babylon. What is described here, is in the context of the Lord who will have mercy on Jacob, and settle them in their own land (14:1).
Jeremiah 49:1 tells us that the cry of Edom be heard by the Red Sea. We know that Edom lived mainly in contemporary Jordan. But the Bible gives a larger area in Ezekiel 25:12-15. Edom extends from Teman to Dedan. Teman is Yemen today and Dedan was an ancient city in central Saudi Arabia (Al-Ula).
Large Edom contained the entire west coast of the Arabian Peninsula.
Jeremiah is speaking of the latter-day judgment of mystery Babylon, which is connected with Edom.
This sounds not as the location of Rome. It is clear that we see here the Middle East: Arabia.
And there are many more scriptures that indicate that the Lord will judge (crush) all the Islamic countries.
Assyria and Philistia (Palestinians)- Isaiah 14;
Ethiopia (Sudan and Somalia)-Isaiah 18;
Ethiopia and Egypt-Isaiah 20;
Babylon (Iraq -Edom and Arabia)-Isaiah 21;
Tyre (Lebanon)-Isaiah 23.
Psalm 83:7-9 mentions 10 nations, all are Islamic now. The 10 kings of Revelation 17?
Also in Ezekiel are several end-time prophecies against countries in the Middle East. All of these are Muslim Empires.
As Daniel prayed three times daily to the Lord, which place did he bent down? He bent toward Jerusalem.
Which city the Muslims are aimed when they pray? To Mecca!
Mecca in Saudi Arabia. The country surrounded by seas. The country that has the rulers of the earth in its pocket because of the oil (wine). The country that merchants of the earth made rich by what they pay for their import with their overwhelming wealth. The country that let a large amount of foreign workers work without giving them a chance to become citizens (slaves).
They use their oil to the rulers of the world to commit treason against Israel.
The false religion they adhere teaches that the blood of Jews and Christians must flow. The heart of the false religion is Mecca!
ONCE AGAIN DANIEL 2 AND 7
Let's take a brief look at Daniel 2 and 7. The fourth kingdom, and the fourth beast.
In Nebuchadnezzar's statue we see:
"Finally, there will be a fourth kingdom, strong as iron-for iron breaks and smashes everything-and as iron breaks things to pieces, so it will crush and break all the others."
And in the night vision of Daniel we see:
"After that, in my vision at night I looked, and there before me was a fourth beast-terrifying and frightening and very powerful. It had large iron teeth; it crushed and devoured its victims and trampled underfoot whatever was left."
This is clearly the same kingdom.
And that is even more clear when we see that the mentioned kingdoms, but also all prior thereto, will be destroyed by Jesus, the Stone that broke from the mountain. (Daniel 2:34-35).
Note that in 2:35 says: "Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver and the gold were broken to pieces at the same time"
The first three empires actually still lived on in the empires that conquered them. When the Persians conquered the Babylonian empire the Babylonians stayed living there, their language, their land, the people who lived there were the same ones, and so it was with the empires who have followed, but with the destruction of the fourth empire they will all at the same time be crushed.
They will be crushed by the "Stone" that came loose from the mountain: Jesus. "26 But the court will sit, and his power (the Antichrist) will be taken away and completely destroyed forever."
Thus we see that the revived fourth empire is the empire that will be there when Jesus returns. And this empire, as it were, lies over the previous kingdoms.
It includes all the previous empires. And that is indeed the case with Islam.
Brief Summary of the Main Points
In the book of Daniel we read different visions, which make it clear that there would be four kingdoms:
The Romans didn't reign over all the territory Nebucadnessar reigned over. That's why it is not mentioned in Daniël.
This fourth empire was mortally wounded, but will come to life again at the latter days. And this is the time just before Jesus returns to earth.
It is a creation of the devil. The son of the devil will be the ruler. He is the Antichrist, the Islamic messiah, the Mahdi.
Israel, at that time, will have in different ways an important place in history.
First, the Antichrist will set himself in the temple in Jerusalem to show himself that he is a god.
Second, the wrath of the devil, who is cast down on the earth, is focused on the people from which the Messiah has come.
Third, there will be a great war, Jerusalem will be destroyed, but the war will be in fact directed against the Lamb.
Fourth, It will be in Israel, that Jesus will return and set his feet on the Mount of Olives. He will put an end to the chaos and violence. The Antichrist will be slain by the breath of the Lord.
Fifth, the people of Israel will be reunited and be living on the mountains of Israel.
Sixth, the Lord will pour out His Spirit on His people and they will know the Lord.
Seventh, Israel is the center of God’s Government on this earth. This government will be there in this way for a thousand years, after those 1000 years of peace, a brief rebellion will occur, but fire from heaven will put a stop to it.
Then the new heavens and new earth will come. The heavenly Jerusalem will be its capital, which comes down from heaven on the new earth.
Let us, Christians, like Daniel, humble ourselves to the Lord. Let us pay attention to the prophecies, just as Daniel did (Daniel 9:2).
Let us also pray to God that his word will become a reality.
Let us pray for Israel that takes such an important place in God’s plans.
Daniel prayed for the release of his people although he already knew that God had given a word. He prayed for the restoration of Israel, although he knew that God had already promised. Let us learn a lesson from it and pray for the release of God’s people in the countries where they are bound (by political, but also by economic forces) and the restoration of Israel led by the Messiah Jesus.
As I said, I thought for a long time that Rome was the fourth empire. The insights of writers like Joel Richardson (The Antichrist) and Walid Shoebat (God's War on Terror), learned me to understand texts which I never understood. I thank them for that.
There is much more to say about the Antichrist and the countries who will be involved in battle in the latter days. Also on the "number 666" is a whole new and interesting look possible. It's all in the above books.
39 You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me.
"Who among the gods is like you, O LORD? Who is like you- majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders?"
"To whom will you compare me or count me equal? To whom will you liken me that we may be compared?"
"Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to make war against the rider on the horse and his army. 20 But the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who had performed the miraculous signs on his behalf. With these signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped his image."
2 in the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, understood from the Scriptures, according to the word of the LORD given to Jeremiah the prophet, that the desolation of Jerusalem would last seventy years.