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Marilyn C

CONCLUSION

The nations today consider that they control their own affairs, and that they are the sole arbiter of their destiny. There is, however, a higher authority controlling the world systems and shaping the nations according to His Divine Will.

No empire has ever been established on earth without the sanction & authority of God. In His word, He has revealed His Time Frame for the Gentiles ruling the world, with each World Ruler prophesied. Then in contemporary times we see that God  established the Super Powers and brought them together to form the last Gentile World Government.  

In exact chronological sequence we have seen throughout history the world rulers come & go, till finally again in exact chronological sequence we see the four Super Powers arise.

Thus we can rest assured that God will complete His judgment of the Gentiles and bring in His government through Israel to bring blessings to the nations as they rule in peace under God.

 

Marilyn.

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God`s Time Piece – Israel.

 

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God promised Israel that they would be the Rulers of the world. This would be in the millennial kingdom of God. God also said when that would be – after Israel`s `fig tree` generation.

`Now learn a parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender & put forth leaves, you know that summer is near. So you also, when you see all these things , know that it is near, at the very doors. (Matt. 24: 32 & 33)
 

The fig tree represents Israel coming to Nationhood once again. After nearly two thousand years many Jewish people returned to their homeland and worked toward becoming a recognised nation again. Thus it was on the 15th of May in 1948 that Israel became a nation following the United Nations declaration.

`Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things are fulfilled.` (Matt. 24: 34)
 

The generation that is part of Israel becoming a nation in 1948, called `this generation,` will see the end of the Gentile nations ruling the world. They will have to go through much hardship & tribulation till their final deliverance by the Lord.

 

`Jesus said to the people of Israel – “ Nation will rise against nation, & kingdom against kingdom, and there will be great earthquakes in various places, & famines & pestilences; and there will be fearful sights & great signs from heaven.

But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues & prisons, and you will be brought before kings & rulers for my name`s sake....you will be betrayed....hated.....

But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation is near.....And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the time of the Gentiles are fulfilled.` (Luke 21: 10 – 24)

 

In 2018 Israel will celebrate their 70th anniversary as a nation & then in 2028 their 80th. After that the `fig tree generation,` would pass away, so there is only a short period of time in which the final Gentile Global Government can operate.

 

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THE GLOBAL GOVERNMENT

 

The force of Islam will not reach its full potential till after the Russian war. This is when God brings the Russian Federation, plus Iran, Ethiopia & Libya, down to the mountains of Israel and there judges them. Most of the armies are wiped out. This will bring a power vacuum to the Middle East, without the Bear of the North or Iran dominating.

It is then that this mediator of Islam arranges a peace treaty with Israel & his region, (Iraq, Syria & Jordan). Through cunning and deceit he gains power & credibility across the global scene. The other nations of Islam soon make him their leader & thus we see that he becomes the head of Islam and then the world.

It is then that he changes from a peaceful mediator to a ruthless dictator. With the force of Islam behind him, he is able to `tread down` and have power and control over `the whole earth.`   

 

`...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.` (Dan. 7: 7)

`The fourth beast shall be a fourth kingdom on earth, which shall be different from all other kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth.` (Dan. 7: 23)

 

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The Apostle John received revelation of this final Global Government and its composite makeup under Islam.

`I, (John) saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on its horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name.

Now the beast which I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. And the dragon gave him his power, his throne and great authority.` (Rev. 13: 1 & 2)

 

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This is a graphic representation of the `beastly` Global Government. The final Gentile World Ruler. It depicts the Super Powers of

The Lion – The British Commonwealth & American Federation.

The Leopard – The European Union.

The Bear – the Russian Federation.

 

These are all dominated by Islam, with its Messiah like figure & ten Islamic nations.

 

Daniel shows us what will happen when God judges them.

`I watched then because of the sound of the pompous words, which the horn was speaking; I watched till the beast was slain and its body destroyed and given to the burning flame. As for the rest of the beasts, they had their dominion taken away, yet their lives were prolonged for a season & a time.` (Dan. 7: 11 & 12)

Thus we see that the last Gentile World Government will be judged by God. The Super Powers of the British Commonwealth & America,  the European Union, & the Russian federation will all be given an extension of `life` but their power and authority will be taken away.

 

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THE TERRIFYING BEAST.

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Like a stone thrown into a pond and causing ripples, the Gulf war made a decisive impact throughout the Middle East and beyond. The resulting effect has caused a new alignment of nations previously considered of second class status. This is causing a remarkable shift in the balance of power. As it continues, it will forge a confederation of infinite prophetical significance, precisely foretold twenty-five centuries ago.

Increasing tensions and wars in that area have made it conspicuously obvious that the world finds itself confronting the consequences of the global march of Islam. The most sadistic and formidable confederacy ever encountered, is emerging from the obscurity, frustration and economic deprivation of centuries. Their complete ruthlessness has been shocking as vividly demonstrated in Iran, Iraq, and recently Syria.

 

Let`s now look    at Daniel`s vision in chapter 7 and assess the evidential descriptions there in relation to the contemporary scene.

Daniel`s vision –

`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.

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: 7 & 8)

 

A Terrifying beast –

`The fourth beast shall be a fourth kingdom on earth, which shall be different from all other kingdoms and shall devour the whole earth, trample it and break it in pieces. ` (Dan. 7: 23)

This fourth Super Power, Islam, is already on the world scene & will have its fulfilment when a Messiah like figure brings them together. It has clearly shown its `iron teeth` with great cruelty across the globe.

 

A little horn -

` The ten horns are ten kings who shall arise from this kingdom. And another shall arise after them; he shall be different from the first ones and shall subdue three kings.` (Dan. 7: 24)

Here we read of the rise of this `Messiah like figure.` He comes in quietly & subdues three nations for his power base. We are told that he is an Assyrian, (Isa. 31: 4,5, & 8) Ancient Assyria comprised the 3 nations of today – Iraq, Syria & Jordan.

 

After the conflict in those areas we will see, I believe, a mediator arise who will bring in peace. He will become the region`s leader. Through his cunning and deceit he will deceive many.

`Through his cunning he shall cause deceit to prosper under his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart. He shall destroy many in their prosperity.` (Dan. 8: 25)

 

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THE LEOPARD – The European Union.

 

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In chronological sequence the third confederacy which emerged on the contemporary world scene was actually the European Common market Bloc. It eventuated precisely according to God`s timing and purpose.

At the end of WW2, (1945) much of Europe was decimated. Cities & towns needed rebuilding. The Allies, (Britain & America) gave the European countries authority to build again. A Common market for coal & steel was established to facilitate the movement of raw materials throughout Europe without border tariffs.

This was called, the European Coal & Steel Community and was an international organisation serving to unify Western Europe & create the foundation for the modern-day developments of the European Union. The ECSC was the first organisation to be based on the principles of  supranationalism.

It was formally established by the Treaty of Paris & signed by four authorities, four heads of nations  –  France, West Germany, Italy & Benelux. (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg.)

Today we see that this Common market philosophy has brought most of the nations of Europe under one central government with one monetary system.

 

Let`s now look at Daniel`s vision in Chapter 7 and assess the evidential descriptions there in relation to the contemporary world situation.

 

Daniel`s vision.

`After this I looked, and there was another, (beast) like a leopard, which had on its back four wings of a bird. The beast also had four heads, and dominion was given to it.` (Dan. 7: 6)

 

A Leopard –

The Leopard symbol has a direct connection to Europe, as they were used on their banners and shields in wars.

 

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Four Heads –

The four heads on this beast denote a multiplicity of authority or government who have united in a common purpose. Six countries of Europe agreed to a commercial unity of purpose in a common market. However, at the time of inauguration, three of these countries, combined their representation and voting, into one entity called `Benelux.` (Belgium, Netherlands & Luxembourg.) Thus four heads -France, Germany, Italy & Benelux.

 

Dominion was given to it –

Each of the foundation countries were defeated and powerless at the conclusion of WW2. However authority as independent nations was granted by favour of the allies. Many other countries desire to join the European Union and are working towards being eligible.

 

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THE BEAR – The Soviet Union.

 

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After World War 1, (1917) the next great Super Power arose. It devoured country after country, incorporating them into one monolithic dominion, behind the `iron curtain.` It was called, the Soviet Union. (Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, the Slovac nations & all the ...stan`s)

The Soviet communists have a history of wars, confrontation and invasions. They have executed an estimate of 40 million people in their prisons and concentration camps.

In 1991, however there was an uprising in the Soviet Union and the former Soviet peoples then separated into their different countries. This change was called by the Russians `Perestroika,` meaning restructuring. Elections were held but they were not free, as each country still retains the same philosophy, (Communism) ideology and militaristic ambitions.

The Russian Republic became the dominant force in the confederacy of nations from the Slovac countries of eastern Europe to the various republics along Russia`s southern border.

 

Let`s now look at Daniel`s vision in Chapter 7 and assess the evidential descriptions there in relation to the contemporary world situation.

 

Daniel`s vision.

`And suddenly another beast, a second, like a bear. It was raised up on one side, and had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth. And they said to it; “Arise, devour much flesh!” (Dan. 7: 5)

 

A Bear –

It is well documented that the bear is the national symbol of the Soviets. It was not by accident that this was the emblem chosen for the Moscow Olympics in 1979. A friendly and loveable little bear as portrayed on the poster, however the reality is quite different.

 

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Arise, devour much flesh –

The Soviets devoured country after country into its great monolithic power block. Then with Perestroika, restructuring, it became a confederacy of nations. The prophet Ezekiel was shown this.

Frequently God gives revelation of the future through one of His prophets, then confirms or continues the prediction through another.

So we see that the prophet Ezekiel (38 & 39) enlarges our concept of a monolithic power as he contemplates a mighty confederacy of independent nations. He specifies their geographical position relative to the nation of Israel – the `uttermost or extreme parts of the North.` (Ez. 38: 6, 15 & 39: 2) There is only one super power that occupies this position – the former Soviet Union & now Russia & its confederacy of nations.

 

Three ribs in its mouth –

Metaphorically these `ribs` represent 3 nations who have not previously been incorporated within the Bear. These will join the big move into the Middle East, as predicted by the prophet Ezekiel. In this predicted military confederacy, Ezekiel records exactly 3 such countries.

Thus when the great bear arises, it will be brought by God to the mountains of Israel where it will be judged. Along with it will come other 3 nations – Persia, (Iran) Ethiopia and Libya. Note these three nations are allied with Russia today. (Ez. 38: 5)

 

 

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THE LION WITH EAGLE`S WINGS – The British Empire & America.

 

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The first Great Super Power to arise in the end times is the British Empire. It eventually controlled about one-fourth of the world. It was ruled by a monarch (king/queen) and had as its symbol `a lion.` This symbol is still on the Royal Coat of Arms to day.

 

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This great power conquered country after country establishing its government in their lands. Then in the middle of last century a remarkable change happened. H.M. Queen Elizabeth 2 as Head of the Commonwealth, broadcasted –

The Commonwealth bears no resemblance to the empires of the past. It is an entirely new conception built on the highest qualities of the Spirit of Man: Friendship, loyalty and the desire for freedom and peace.`

Here we see a transformation. Until then the British Empire had been imperialistically conquering, dominating & colonising. Suddenly there is a remarkable change to the higher qualities of the spirit of man. In political language it meant, co-existing in freedom, peace and equality with its former dominions. The British Empire thus became a Commonwealth of nations.

The American Eagle, who also originally came from the `mother lion,` will continue to be a dominant and integral part of this powerful confederacy.

 

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Let`s now look at Daniel`s vision in Chapter 7 and assess the evidential descriptions there in relation to the contemporary world situation.
 

Daniel`s vision.

`And four great beasts came up from the sea, each different from the other. The first was like a lion, and had eagle`s wings. I watched till its wings were plucked off, and it was made to stand on two feet like a man, and a man`s heart was given to it.`(Dan. 7: 3 & 4)

 

Lion with eagle`s wings –

The Lion is a symbol of Royal Sovereignty and the eagle is a symbol of Imperial power. This is the initial clue to the identity of this first contemporary super power to emerge. A sovereign Monarchy which exercised imperialistic power over a substantial area of the world – An empire ruled by a monarch.

 

Wings plucked off –

There is a fascinating double reference in this.

- The empire lost it capacity for imperialistic expansion. (Commonwealth of nations)

- Part of the empire became a separate nation with the eagle as its emblem. (America)

 

Stand up like a man with a spirit of man –

Here we see transformation. The beast had been imperialistically conquering, dominating & colonising, when suddenly there is a change. There is now a desire for the higher qualities of the spirit of man – freedom, peace and equality. An empire becomes a Commonwealth of nations co-existing together peaceable.

I submit that this first super power to emerge was the Great British Empire, currently, of course the British Commonwealth of Nations. The American Eagle, who originally came from the `lion` will continue to be a dominant and integral part of this powerful confederacy.

 

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ALIGNMENT OF SUPER POWERS.

 

The Super Powers of Daniel`s vision are a phenomomen of today`s world. They reveal the international re-alignment of nations into confederacies with specific spheres of political power. And they are the precise fulfilment of power-blocs that God`s word accurately predicted through the prophets of Ezekiel, Isaiah, Zechariah and Daniel.

Daniel`s vision combines and crystallizes the predictions of the other prophets and delineates four distinct confederacies. He states emphatically and unequivocally that they shall arise in the specific time-slot just prior to the coming of the Lord in power and glory. They will emerge in a precise chronological order as Super-powers and continue contemporaneously until their final destruction at the great battle of Armageddon.

 

Daniel depicts them graphically and emblematically in language that was readily understood by the people of his day. Nations were identified and recognised by their individual and consistent emblem. This was, of course, not just restricted to that day. The use of distinguishing insignia has been perpetuated subsequently in the shields and heraldic devices of medieval knights and currently in national banners and flags.

 

Since these Super Powers operate during the terminal generation, (before Christ comes) it is important to assess the evidential descriptions in relation to the contemporary world situation. The chronological order of appearance is of significant relevance.

 

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  THE 4 GREAT SUPER POWERS.

 

After the vision of the Great Image, the overview of the Gentile world rulers, God then gives Daniel a vision. Daniel had a dream and a vision while he was in bed. He awoke and then wrote down the main facts.

`In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon, Daniel had a dream and vision while on his bed. Then he wrote down the dream, telling the main facts.

Daniel spoke saying, “I saw in my vision by night, & behold, the four winds of heaven were stirring up the Great Sea. And four great beasts came up from the sea, each different from the other.`` (Dan. 7: 1 – 3)

 

 

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Now Belshazzar was the king at the very end of the Babylonian rule. So when we read of Daniel`s vision we realise that God is not speaking of Babylon but future kingdoms.

`Those great beasts, which are four, are four kings (representing kingdoms) which shall arise out of the earth.` (Dan. 7: 17)

These kingdom powers were yet to arise and were not in the time of Daniel. Each of the great powers come up one at a time, & then operates at the same time along with the others. They are great powers but not world rulers and are what we call Super Powers. Finally the last Super Power overpowers the others and become the last Gentile World ruler.

`The fourth beast shall be a fourth kingdom on earth, which shall be different from all other kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, trample it and break it in pieces.` (Dan. 7: 23)

 

When God finally deals with this terrible fourth beast / Super Power, it is judged, but the other Super Powers are given an extension, although their power & authority is taken away.

`I watched because of the sound of the pompous words, which the horn was speaking: I watched till the beast was slain, and its body was given to the burning flame.

As for the rest of the beasts, they had their dominion taken away, yet their lives were prolonged for a season and a time.` (Dan. 7: 11 & 12)

 

Thus these first three Super Powers will go into the millennial rule of Christ through Israel over the nations.

 

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GOD`S TIME FRAME -  The Times of the Gentiles.

 

`Jerusalem will be trampled by the Gentiles (Nations) until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.` (Luke 21: 24)

God has set in place a Time Frame for the Gentile Nations to rule the world. This Time Frame is called `the Times of the Gentiles.`

 

God gave Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon a pictorial vision of this Time Frame. The vision was of a Great Image of a man standing in the Middle East in Babylon. God then gave Daniel, an Israelite & servant in the king`s court, the interpretation.

The interpretation revealed that God would give the Gentile nations power & dominion to rule the world for a set time. God gave the first world rulership to king Nebuchadnezzar of the Babylonian kingdom. The other kingdoms would follow till finally there would be one last Gentile world ruler.

`Daniel said to Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon,  “.....the God of heaven has given you a kingdom, power, strength & glory.` (Dan. 2: 37)

 

How amazing that over 500 B.C that God would reveal to man the world rulers and the order in which they would come. We, today can view this prophetic word and see it come to pass.

History has shown that the first four mighty powers to rule the world were  -

 - Babylon, Medes & Persians, Greece, and Rome.

These have all come & gone. God has judged each one as He did Babylon –

`God has numbered your kingdom, & finished it....You have been weighed in the balances, and found wanting....Your kingdom has been divided & given to the Medes & Persians. ` (Dan. 5: 26 – 28)

 

God will judge the final government also.

This is graphically shown by God, as a stone, (the Lord) striking the Gentile Rulership and doing away with it all. God will then bring in His rulership through Israel as promised, to rule the world under the Lordship of Christ.

The Great Image represents the `Times of the Gentiles` ruling the world. It is a clear, simple to understand overview of God`s Time Frame.

 

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OVERVIEW

God`s timepiece for the nations, is Israel. So in 1948, when Israel became a nation in their own land, this marked the `countdown,` to Armageddon. Thus the nations only have a generation in which to rule the world.

I am continuing to focus on the nations of the world & what God says concerning them. We know that there is a final Gentile Government to come.  However, leading up to this, I believe, & was taught, that 4 great Super Powers will emerge & continue to the final government.

 

I will look in detail at each great Super Power & what God says concerning them,

- their beginnings, &

- what part they will play in the final Global Government.  

 

We need to note that these Great Super Powers are a phenomenon of our times & thus it is important to study them, especially in regards to what God says. 

 

 

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The Times of the Nations.

Q. What does `Times of the Nations,` mean?

`Jerusalem will be trampled by the Gentiles (Nations) until the times of the Gentiles (Nations) are fulfilled.` (Luke 21: 24)

Israel is God`s chosen nation to rule the world with Jerusalem as the capital. However Israel turned from God & went into a period of exile & discipline. The Gentile Nations were then given power to rule over the world.

This rulership however, is only for a set time. There is a beginning at ancient Babylon, & there will be an end, at the battle of Armageddon. This battle starts at the top of Israel then the world`s armies come down to surround Jerusalem.

 

This Set Time Frame is called – the Times of the Gentiles, (Nations).

Times – Gk. `kairos` meaning set or proper time, season, fixed time.

Gentiles – Gk. `ethnos` meaning a race, tribe, people, nation, specifically non-Jewish.

Fulfilled – Gk. `pieroo` meaning to finish a period or task, complete, end.

 

The nations think they have their destiny in their own hands, but it is God who has set the time frame in place & that is fast coming to an end. The next series, (`Countdown...`) will concentrate on what I see, (& was taught) concerning the contemporary situation in relation to God`s word.

 

 

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World Rulers – How they Ruled.

Q. How did these World Rulers Govern?

Each of these World Rulers had an opportunity to rule the world with mercy & justice. But sadly they all chose control, domination & greed.

The king of Babylon started with supreme power, while each successive ruler had progressively less power. Finally the last world Ruler,  the `feet,` will have internal division, making it quite volatile.

This weakening of power is shown by the metals in the image. Notice how they deteriorate in value –

Gold – Silver – Brass – Iron – Iron & Clay.

 

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BABYLON – The Head.

King Nebuchadnezzar had supreme power over the known world. His word was law. Yet who could use such power wisely? The king went from one extreme to another. He made decrees –

`Worship the Great Image or burn.` (Dan. 3: 4 – 6) then

`Worship God or be cut to pieces.` (Dan. 3: 28 & 29)

Nebuchadnezzar then became very proud of himself, his power & his position. Daniel had given the king God`s warning about his motives & actions, but the king, because he didn`t repent went through a very humbling experience.

`Nebuchadnezzar...was driven from men & ate grass like oxen;.....until you know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, & gives it to whomever He chooses.` (Dan. 4: 32 & 33)

 

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MEDES & PERSIANS – The Chest & Arms.

Darius the Mede then received the kingdom that the Babylonians had ruled over. God had numbered the Babylonians government, judged & finished it. Now the Medes had an opportunity to show how they would rule the world. They had laws but these were of their own desires & led to misuse. Deceitful governors tricked the king into signing a decree that eventually got Daniel thrown into the lion`s den.

`Now, O king, establish the decree & sign the writing, so that it cannot be changed, according to the law of the Medes & Persians, which does not alter.` (Dan. 6: 8)

 

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GREECE – The Belly & Thighs.

After many years another power arose, this time from the west. Alexander, the mighty king of Greece attacked & quickly defeated the Medes & Persians. Then when Alexander died, his empire was divided amongst his four generals. The power of the kingdom was lessened & many wars followed as each leader sought for more power.

`And as I was considering, suddenly a male goat from the west, across the surface of the whole earth,....Then he came to the ram ....cast him down to the ground & trampled him....

The ram which you saw having two horns – they are the kings of Medes & Persia. And the male goat is the kingdom of Greece.` (Dan. 8: 5 – 7,   20 & 21)

 

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ROME – The Legs.
 

`And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus (Roman) that all the world should be registered.` (Luke 2: 1)

The Romans grew in might & power & soon controlled most of the known world. They brought peace & stability to the world but the price was allegiance to Caesar their Emperor. Rome eventually became decadent & very cruel, which lead to its down fall.

 

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FINAL RULER – The Feet & Toes.
 

There has been no other World Ruler since Rome, but there is prophesied one yet to come. This will be more terrifying & cruel than all the others, but will only rule for a short time, before God brings judgment.

(Note: this will be discussed in the next series - `Countdown...` )

 

 

 

 

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The Great Image.

Q. What is the meaning of the Great Image?

One night king Nebuchadnezzar was given an amazing dream by God. He wanted his wise men to tell him the dream & the interpretation. This they could not do. Finally Daniel seeking God was able to tell the king the dream & the meaning.

`You, O king, were watching; & behold, a great image! This great image, whose splendour was excellent, stood before you; & its form was awesome.` (Dan. 2: 31)

The Great Image was of a man. Each part of the man, the head, chest & arms etc represented a World Ruler. The first four are history. God has judged them & they have all gone. There is only one more World Ruler to come.

 

The Great Image.

  1. Head – Babylon. (Dan. 2: 38)

     

  2. Chest & Arms – Medes & Persians. (Dan. 5: 28 – 31)

     

  3. Belly & Thighs – Greece. (Dan. 8: 21)

     

  4. Legs – Romans. (Luke 2: 1)

     

  5. Feet – Final World Ruler. (Isa. 31: 8)

     

Thus the Great Image is a pictorial overview  of the World`s Gentile Rulers from Babylon right through to the final World Ruler. Daniel explains to the king that `a stone` then struck the feet of the Great Image & `broke them into pieces.` The meaning being –

`....the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; ` (Dan. 2: 44)

This kingdom that God will set up is His earthly kingdom through Israel. They will rule the nations of the world with mercy & justice.

 

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The First World Ruler.

Q. Which Nation was the First World Ruler?

Egypt & Assyria, although powerful & mighty nations never became World Ruler. They continually fought against each other & with Israel, which was situated in between.

Finally there arose another great power, Babylon, which dominated the Middle East. They conquered Israel, who had turned from God & thus they were led into exile in Babylon.

`...Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem & besieged it...& he brought the articles (of Israel`s temple) into the treasure house of his god.` (Dan. 1: 1 & 2)

 

A young man named Daniel was among those exiled. He was taken to the king`s court & there he proved to be a very good statesman & insightful prophet. Then over many years & through great trials, Daniel was given amazing insight into future world events, & the nations that would rule the world.

`Daniel said to Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, “You, O king are a king of kings. For the God of heaven has given you a kingdom, power, strength & glory.` (Dan. 2: 37)

 

Looking back over 2500 years of history, we can see these world rulers, yet to Daniel  these nations were but villages & tribes. Only God in His foreknowledge knew who would arise to world dominance.

There has only been 4 World Rulers and one is prophesied yet to come. The final Gentile World Government.

 

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Q. What is God`s Plan for Israel?

Israel – Priests to God.

When God led the children of Israel out of Egypt he told Moses their leader more of His purpose for them as a nation. Calling Moses aside up a mountain, God unfolded His purposes for Israel.

`...you shall be to me a kingdom of priests & a holy nation.` (Ex. 19: 6)

God would show the people of Israel how to approach Him, how to offer the right sacrifices & then how to live together as a community.

 

Israel – to Rule Righteously.

God also showed Israel how to function as a godly nation with a king ruling under God. The people chose Saul to be their king from outward appearances, but David the shepherd boy was God`s choice. Over time their true characters came to light. David had a heart after God, while Saul was jealous of David, & didn`t listen to God. Thus it was David`s line that came to be kings of Israel.

They were to rule righteously with justice. God told king Solomon, David`s son –

`Because the Lord has loved Israel forever, therefore He made you king, to do justice & righteousness.` (1 Kings 10: 9)

 

King Solomon ruled wisely at first but eventually was led astray into idol worship by his many wives. Then came a succession of kings, some following God & many flowing their own selfish desires.

God had warned the people of Israel that if they departed from following Him then curses would come upon them –

`The Lord will bring you & the king whom you set over you to a nation which neither you nor your fathers have known, & there you shall serve other gods, wood & stone.` (Deut. 28: 36)

 

Thus after 490 years of Israel`s rebellion against God, He let the nations around Israel to take them off into exile, for a period of discipline. First period was 70 years & later 70 X 7 years, (490 years).

`And those who escaped from the sword he (king of Babylon) carried away to Babylon, where they became servants to him & his sons, until the reign of the kingdom of Persia, to fulfil the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed her Sabbaths. As long as she lay desolate she kept Sabbath, to fulfil seventy years.` (2 Chron. 36: 20 & 21)

`Seventy weeks, (units of seven – years) are determined for your people & for your holy city, to finish the transgression, (national rebellion against God)....` (Dan. 9: 24)

 

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GOD`S SPECIAL NATION

God said to Israel `You shall be a special treasure to me above all people.` (Ez. 19: 5)

 

Q. Why did God make another Nation?

God in His foresight knew that mankind would continually go their own way. So God had planned to establish His own special nation that would not only learn His ways, but would teach & rule over the other nations of the world.

 

God chose Abraham to be the father of this special nation. He promised him a son, even in his old age. This promised son was Isaac, a miracle of God. he came from a godly line of Seth, & then through Noah`s son Shem. This line had a special relationship with God.

Noah said - `blessed be the Lord, the God of Shem...` (Gen. 9: 26)

 

God also told Abraham that through him all the families of the earth (eventually) would be blessed, & that every nation would be accountable to God as to how they treated God`s special nation.

`The Lord said to Abram, “...I will make you a great nation,....I will bless those who bless you, & the one who curses you I will curse.`  (Gen. 12: 1 – 3)

 

As Abraham & his descendants began to grow in numbers, they came in contact with various other nations, - Assyria in the north & Egypt to the South.

A study of Israel`s history shows that those nations, tribes, that cared for God`s Special Nation of Israel, were blessed while others such as Egypt were judged. (Gen. 26: 1 & 26 – 29  &  Ex. 12: 29 – 31)   

 

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Q. How did they rule? 
 

The early nations chose kings to rule over them. The kings however did not govern God`s way of mercy and justice. They developed their own armies and led the people to war against other nations, killing, looting and taking people captive. (Gen. 14: 1 & 2,  11)

People chose to worship idols of creation, (sun, moon, stars, animals etc)  and put their trust in them rather than to trust the Creator who made them.

`they....changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man and birds and four-footed animals..` (Rom. 1: 18: 25)

 

Thus self seeking, greed and misuse of power prevailed with every man having his own ways of behaviour. Life, was not generally respected, so violence, murder, cruelty and even sacrificing of humans, (often children) was common. (Deut. 12: 31)

`...every man doing whatever is right in his own eyes.`  (Deut. 12: 8,    Rom. 1: 26 – 32)


 

Q. Did God make them accountable?

God did bring judgment upon the Nations when evil came to a head and they did not repent. But God also showed mercy to those who humbled themselves before Him.

`...the Lord said,....their sin is very grave,...` (Gen. 18: 20)
 

`...the King of Heaven...His ways are just, and He is able to humble those who walk in pride.` (Dan. 4: 27 & 37)

 

 

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EARLY NATIONS

Q. Who were the most powerful nations?

Many nations developed around the Middle East.

Assyrians, Canaanites, Amorites, & many other ...ites, Philistines, Egyptians, etc. (Gen. 10)

The most powerful nations however, were Assyria in the north and Egypt, in the south. There is quite a lot written about them in the Bible as God had many dealings with them.

 

ASSYRIA in the North.

Asshur, a son of Shem, at first dwelt in the plains of Shinar. Later he led his family and descendants up the Tigris where they finally settled. This area he named Assyria, meaning the region and empire of Asshur. In time Assyria developed into a large and powerful empire taking in many other surrounding tribes and nations. (Gen. 10: 9 – 11, & 22)

 

EGYPT in the South.

This was a great nation that developed from Ham`s descendants. They worked their way up the Tigris river, then across to Canaan, where they settled, (Canaanites). Later they travelled south through Gaza and down to the area that came to be known as Egypt. (Gen. 10: 15 – 20)        

Egypt is often called the land of the pyramids and Pharaohs. It had a highly developed civilization with writing, astronomy, agriculture etc. They worshipped many `gods` and build temples to them. Much of this nation can still be seen today in their enormous structures.

                                                              

 

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Q. How did the Nations form?
 

After God judged mankind at Babel the people were scattered, North, South & East. They became different ethnic groups, nations speaking different languages according to Noah`s three sons.

Shem, Ham & Japheth.

 `These were the sons of Shem (or Ham, or Japheth) according to their families, according to their languages, in their lands, according to their nations. ` (Gen. 10: 31. 5, 20) 

 

ARABIA: Shem`s sons settled in Arabia and to the east.

 `...their dwelling-place was from Mesha as you go toward Sephar, the mountains of the east.`(Gen. 10: 30)

 

AFRICA: Ham`s sons settled in Africa to the South.

Nimrod, a descendant of Ham was a mighty hunter & his descendants worked their way up the Tigris river, then south through Canaan to Africa. (summary) (Gen. 10: 9 & 19)

 

EUROPE: Japheth`s sons settled in Europe to the north.

   `...from these the coastland peoples of the Gentiles were separated into their own lands...` (Gen. 10: 5)


 

Nation – Gk. word `ethnos,` meaning a race of the same habit, a tribe of people.

 

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AFTER THE FLOOD.

Q. Where did Noah`s descendents go?

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After the flood God told Noah and his sons –

`...be fruitful and multiply: bring forth abundantly in the earth and multiply in it.` (Gen. 9: 7)

 

Noah`s sons and their wives then has many children and they in turn had children also. They travelled from Mount Ararat in the east and came to a plain in the land of Shinar and dwelt there.

They should have spread out and repopulated the earth as God said, but instead they decided to build a city and a tower in defiance of God.

`They said to one another,

                              “Come, let us build ourselves as city, and a tower

                                          whose top is in the heavens;

                                    let us make a name for ourselves,

                   lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.`

                                                                                                                            (Gen. 11: 4)

The people thought that they could establish a world empire that would be independent of God. This would mean power and control be a few, `lording it over,` others, which is man`s way of operating.

The city was called Babel or Babylon.

In judgment God sent a confusion of tongues and scattered them abroad. (Gen. 11: 8 & 9)

 

Government.

After the flood God establishes human government – the government of man by man. The highest function of government is the judicial taking of life. All other governmental powers are implied in that. Man is now responsible to govern the world for God.

`Surely for your lifeblood I will demand a reckoning; from the hand of every beast I will require it, & from the hand of man. From the hand of every man`s brother I will require the life of man.

Whoever sheds man`s blood, by man his blood shall be shed; For in the image of God He made man. (Gen. 9: 5 & 6)

 

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Q. What was the first Civilization like?
 

The first civilization started by Cain were not mere savages, but had many skills. They had attained to a considerable degree of civilisation.

 

Builders    `And Cain....built a city.` (Gen. 4: 17)

Herdsmen `And Adah (wife of Cain`s grandson) bore Jabal. He was the father of those who dwell in tents and have livestock.` (Gen. 4: 20)

Musicians `His brother`s name was Jubal. He was the father of all those who play the harp and flute.` (Gen. 4: 21)

Craftsmen `And as for Zillah, (the other wife of Cain`s grandson), she bore Tubal-Cain, an instructor of every craftsman in bronze and iron.` (Gen. 4: 22)

 

Even though the people had families and developed their skills in many ways, most people`s hearts were not turned to God. Wickedness and evil prevailed and the earth was filled with violence.

`Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.` (Gen. 6: 5,  11 – 13)

 

Thus it came about that God judged mankind for their evil ways, but spared Noah and his family as he was –

`...a just man, perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God.` (Gen. 6: 9)

 

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BEGINNINGS

Q. Who were the first people?

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In the beginning God created man and woman, (Adam and Eve) and placed them in the garden of Eden. God told them to –

`...be fruitful and multiply: fill the earth & subdue it; have dominion over....` (Gen. 1: 28)
 

However it was only after the fall, that Adam and Eve began to have children. Cain was the first born, Abel was second. Later Cain killed Abel, and then wandered the earth. Adam and Eve had another boy, and named him Seth. More children followed, sons and daughters. (Gen. 5: 4)

Because people lived for hundreds of years the family group developed quickly, with people being able to marry sisters and brothers as the genetics had not deteriorated as today.

Cain married and built the city of Enoch, named after his son Enoch. Cain became the head of the first civilization on earth.

`Cain went out from the presence of the Lord and dwelt in the land of Nod on the east of Eden. And Cain knew his wife, and she conceived and bore Enoch. And he built a city, and called the name of the city after the name of his son – Enoch.` (Gen. 4: 17)
 

When Seth had a son then people began to call on the name of the Lord. From his line came many people who looked to God.

`And as for Seth, to him also a son was born; and he named him Enosh. Then men began to call on the name of the Lord.` (Gen. 4: 26)

 

Government.

God gave man dominion over the earth but when Adam disobeyed God he forfeited that to Satan who held sway over him. Judgment was in the hands of God & we see that when He punished Cain.

 

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OVERVIEW

The world with all its international interplays can look so confusing, yet God`s word tells us that He is directing world governments, in His time frame, to His destination.

I would like to look at how the nations developed, how they ruled & then show God`s time frame for dealing with them. Many people may know the details presented, however I hope to high light a strong line concerning government.  God gives that responsibility to man in early history & then shows us the world rulers & great powers, right up to our time. Thus I hope to bring a greater clarity to what God has purposed.

 

These are the topics I hope to cover –

1. Formation of the Nations.

2. Israel, God`s Special Nation.

3. God`s Time Frame for the Nations.    

 

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                                                  THE ETERNAL PURPOSES

 

`God.... purposed in Himself, that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, which are in heaven and which are on earth – in Him,...` (Eph. 1: 9 & 10)
 

The Godhead  - Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

`Indeed heaven and the highest heavens belong to the Lord your God...` (Deut. 10: 14)
 

`God...raised Him (Christ) from the dead & seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come,..` (Eph. 1: 20 & 21)

 

The 3rd Heaven

Into this angelic realm where Lucifer was king, there will come the only one `worthy` to be the Supreme Ruler.

`a throne was set up......who is worthy..... to receive power, glory, riches, blessing...` (Rev. 4: 2,  5: 2, 12)

 

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The Lord Jesus Christ will be invested with all power and authority over every ruler in every realm. The Body of Christ will share this throne with the Head – Christ.

`To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with me on my throne, as I also overcame and sat down with my Father on His throne.` (Rev. 3: 21)

 

The Universal Heavens

 

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Out of the third heaven into the Universal realm will come the city, the New Jerusalem, with its residents, the just men & women. These are the ones who `looked for a city whose Builder & Maker is God.` They believed for more than just an earthly inheritance. (Heb. 11: 10 & 39,    12: 23)

 

The Atmospheric Heavens

 

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There will be nations that continue upon the earth into eternity.

`And the nations of those who are saved shall walk in its light, and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honour into it.` (Rev. 21: 24)

Israel was promised by God that they would rule over these nations. (Gen. 12: 2,  Isa. 66: 22)

 

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All things, all people, all rulership, all under Christ, restored and renewed, throughout eternity in every realm, functioning to His glory. What a wonderful plan & purpose by God the Father, executed through the Son by the power of the Holy Spirit.
 

`For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.....that in all things He may have the pre-eminence.` (Col. 1: 16 – 18)