HIStory, Our Future: The Fourth Kingdom (EU ROMED)
For reasons I will get to, I believe the European Union is the fulfillment of the prophecies I’ll go over here. A practical observation regarding the current political situation is that in a world pushing for a New World Order that is globalized and centralized, that Europe is the best model. It is the only place where national sovereignty has already been placed under an international body and currency is unified among its membership further integrating economies, laws and security so that eventually they are essentially one unified government. Europe has set a precedence and provided a framework and experience necessary to expand that framework globally as necessary to fulfill the global control of the man of sin from Bible prophecy.
Moreover, I believe we are currently in the time of Bible prophecy. Herb L. Peters watched the political side much closer until his recent passing away and had a much greater knowledge than I do, so I refer you to his website, www.fulfilledprophecy.com, for those details being kept and updated faithfully by Adam & Holly Pivec. His book, Recommendation 666, is also required reading if you want a greater understanding of the times we live in and what got us here. You can read it for free on his website, but I ask you buy his book to help support him financially. There are many prophecies covering what leads to the final kingdom. There are also many aspects to the final kingdom. I hope to bring those together here for you and straighten them out in my mind in the process.
There are two perspectives to observe in this Bible study, history and modern times. If we didn’t study history, we would not have any understanding of the past in an overview to see the big picture. When we take that understanding of history in light of Bible prophecy, we can see how God has dealt with nations over time, specifically Israel, and how the spirit of antichrist has also influenced the kingdoms of the world through history. That is how the historic view can also be seen as the spiritual because we cannot perceive it having not experienced it. I will cover the spiritual first as it is shown by history and is written in Bible prophecy. This will lead us to the summation that covers modern Middle Eastern politics and fits this piece of the puzzle into the big picture and reveals the reality of the times we are in through the HIStory, Our Future Bible studies. Most of all, I pray this brings you to a greater faith in and closer relationship with Yeshua the Christ. He has not left us in darkness!
As you look at the nations through history you get a big-picture view that allows you to see, with the help of Bible prophecy, the forces at work in the world. I believe this is the mystery of iniquity.
Gentile history in light of Bible prophecy
Daniel gives us the key to understanding history according to Bible prophecy through a series of dreams that are interpreted for us. Living in the times we do now, it becomes easier to see the fulfillments coming to pass. The details of the final kingdom will be covered in the second part, modern political fulfillments of Bible prophecy and the future.
Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream: Connecting Bible Prophecy to History [Daniel 2]
Daniel, while in exile in Babylon was called upon by king Nebuchadnezzar to interpret a dream that troubled him. This dream turned out to cover the history of the main Gentile kingdoms of the world. It ends with the kingdom that will be in power when Christ returns and takes the kingdoms of the world and rules.
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Daniel’s Dream: The Four Kingdoms [Daniel 7]
Also related to this same examination of nations through history is a dream Daniel experienced that gives another perspective of the subject of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream and also relates it to a future vision that will be experienced by John and written in the Book of Revelation. To see more how history lines up with the following, go here.
As we saw in Daniel 2 the last kingdom is that made of iron just as the iron teeth from the fourth kingdom, but a distinction is made of a section of this iron part of the statue that is mixed with clay, the feet and toes. Just as the animals in Daniel 7 show a progression through time, so does the statue show a progression from the head to the feet through history, the feet being the last kingdom before Christ returns to rule the Earth.
The 10 toes are then comparable to the 10 horns and 10 kings from which a little horn, the man of sin, arises. This is because what all of these have in common is their placement in history just before Christ returns and takes the kingdoms beginning the millennial reign of Christ. The connection of the animals becomes significant when reading what John wrote in Revelation where those same animals are used to describe a beast coming from the sea.
What’s interesting is that they are in reverse order from Daniel 7 above. This seems appropriate from John’s perspective looking back through history from the end, not into the future from the beginning as Daniel did. These animals mixed into one beast shows us the overview of the worldly Gentile governments represented in one beast being related to the end times period leading to Christ’s return. These four animals represent only four kingdoms while there are seven heads on this beast made up of these four animals.
The Seven Kingdoms & the Seven Heads
This passage connects the dragon, Lucifer, to this same symbology that represents the lineage of Gentile kingdoms through history showing his spirit behind the seven kingdoms. What are the heads and what do they represent? John also writes in Revelation of a woman riding a beast with the same qualities of the passages we’ve already gone over from Daniel’s prophecies. Scripture further defines these seven heads for us that are connected to this beast (kingdom) that arises from the sea to control the earth at the end of days.
Revelation 17:3; 10-11
At the time of the writing of this around the end of the 1st century A.D., there were historical kingdoms that were no longer in power that influenced Israel in the past. Controlling these Gentile kingdoms were religious beliefs in other gods and goddesses and while God sometimes used these kingdoms to fulfill His will in bringing judgment upon His people, these kingdoms followed their own ways and were influenced by the mystery of iniquity.
The following is my estimation of historical heads of the seven kingdoms based on some kind of dealing with the nation of Israel by their leaders. I do not claim that this is completely accurate and if you have any suggestions please let me know.
The Ten Horns & Ten Kings
The man of sin appears on the scene and is in power at the demise of the fourth kingdom at Christ’s return in glory and it is this final kingdom with 10 horns from which he rises to power. If then the seven heads are historical kingdoms, then we know the 10 horns are part of the same seventh head that comes to power at the end, the same one associated with the 10 toes of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream. Ultimately this will lead to his control over many kingdoms under the banner of one, the New World Order. These ten kings will do his bidding when the eighth kingdom comes to pass following the abomination of desolation.
These 10 toes of the fourth kingdom are a divided kingdom yet united under the same statue with the same iron as the legs before it, which represented the Roman Empire. These 10 toes represent the 10 nations headed by leaders which make up the last kingdom.
Here we see the time of great tribulation come into play. This is the time when the man of sin goes after the Jews in Judea first as well as those holding the testimony of Christ. Revelation 12:13-17 We also see the ten horns again and see that the antichrist, the little horn, comes up after subduing (abase, humble, put down) three kings.
So it should be noted so far that the beast from the Revelation 13 passage above has seven heads, which are seven worldly governments through history relating to Israel. It is one of these heads, the last kingdom, that has the ten horns, the ten kings, from which the little horn, the man of sin or antichrist, arises. It’s ultimate unified form coming from the sea shows a unified beast connected through history to previous kingdoms and that it will rule over the earth.
This is the political aspect to the governance leading to the final kingdom of man’s rule on earth influenced by the mystery of iniquity. There is also a spiritual aspect that is introduced in Bible prophecy related to the beast and indeed when looking back on history it is not difficult to see the spiritual influence on politics throughout time.
The Woman and the Beast: The Spirit of Religion Controlling the Kingdoms
The following passage is focused on the woman riding the beast, but covers the seven heads/mountains through history as well. It really brings to light the spiritual aspect of the control behind these kingdoms through history. It is demonstrated in that this spiritual control has trumped politics and guided it all through history in one form or another. As we near the end though, it will become something completely different and focused on the dragon and his man of sin. It will be a merging of politics and religion accepted by most of the world because it will come with signs and lying wonders.
The woman is identified with Babylon the great and is clearly opposed to the ways of God, having the blood of God’s people on her hands. Chuck Missler has written an article which brings to point how Babylon has never been utterly destroyed as Bible prophecy states. Saddam made significant efforts to rebuild Babylon and used Nebuchadnezzar’s palace for state occasions. Zechariah 5:5-11 I believe the association is more of a spiritual one rather than a physical one given the the center of power for the other elements of this beast have changed geographically. Babylon is used in scripture to describe also the worship of other gods or idols, much like the worship of money today.
If the heads/mountains represent kingdoms on the earth believe the woman is a religious system that presided over seven heads/mountains [kingdoms]. This is represented by her riding the beast with the seven heads that represent seven kingdoms through history, much like the rider of a horse directs which way the horse will travel.
The Woman: the Religious Side of HistoryGoddess worship has been prevalent all through history up to the Roman Catholic church today with the virgin Mary. She is prayed to as a goddess and is used as a substitution to praying to God Himself. Not by everyone in the Catholic church, but it’s certainly part of their ceremony and focus on many things.
I believe that looking to the authority of a system gets to the heart of what is behind that system. This is why I define Christians as those who live according to the Bible, not leaders impressions and or interpretations of the Bible. Looking to the leadership of Catholicism, the Vatican, it is clear that mans’ rituals, which have nothing to do with the Bible, have taken precedence over the Word of God even if not all Catholics follow along. If you are Catholic I encourage you to study the Word of God and follow it over any and all else, making it your only foundation while checking tradition against it. All the kingdoms had their versions of the same idea, worshipping other gods in female form among others:
The woman riding the beast is a woman and the idea of a woman sitting on these seven kingdoms shows that her persona is not wrapped up in politics, but religion because she spans several kingdoms of different types and times. Even so, these religions weren’t all the same either, so on a deeper level I believe the woman would represent the spirit behind goddess worship, which is meant to take away worship of God and redirect it to fallen angels or other things which are not God. This is much like how the spirit of antichrist has been prevalent all through history. It is the same spiritual identity, never dying from our perspective, it just takes many incarnations through history. The final incarnation is diverse from the first however, just like the kingdom he controls.
Spiritually, the antichrist will shift from that goddess worship to worship of himself. I believe the new age secular humanist concept where every man is god, etc. may be what lifts his pride up and ultimately leads to him to accept the offer of control of the kingdoms of the world that Christ rejected. In this age of science focused only on the material and temporal and not the spiritual and eternal, I believe this “god of forces” could be the mixed with the worship of the man of sin through his demonstration of signs and lying wonders.
Modern political fulfillments of Bible prophecy and the future?
If you haven’t already visited the European Union page, this is where that comes into play. When was the influence of the Roman Empire revived? I believe it was a long time planning and in the making, but I find an interesting word-play connected to an EU peace treaty in 1995 called the Euro-Med Agreement. I believe this may have been the “covenant with many” from Daniel 9:27 that is to be confirmed by the man of sin.
Revelation 17:12-17 pretty well describes the European Union currently. The EU has a revolving presidency, but the Secretary-General has remained in power through them all.
The Javier Solana Story by Constance Cumbey - a multi-part series focuses in on Javier Solana and just what he has been up to and how that is lining up with Bible prophecy.
ENP Instrument for Israel (Strategy Paper 2007-2013 & Indicative Program 2007-2010) - This EU document lays out the instrument of the European Neighborhood Policy dealing with Israel specifically.
We know the horns are kings. The antichrist fits into this as well because he is a man first and a leader. However he is distinct from the 10 horns. I have a feeling that the subduing of the three will be related to the ratification of the constitution. It is this document waiting to be accepted by the 10 voting member-states of the WEU that will give the Secretary-General more power over the WEU to act as Mr. Europe and speak with one voice. Three of those nations rejected the EU Constitution that would have extended the umbrella over all of Europe further. But now the Lisbon Treaty is working to enact the provisions of the failed Constitution under another name.
As for the heads, I believe they represent the seven kingdoms through history as the chart shows. However, I also believe that there are main leaders of each kingdom that acted with the spirit of antichrist above the others who led those heads as well. I need to do more research on that still. The main reason I place the heads as including a particular leader from that nation’s history has to do with the connection of the last head, the 8th that is of the seven.
Here the seven heads are connected to the seven mountains on which the woman sits. These are described as seven kings. At the time of writing, five were fallen. That leaves the current one at the writing, Rome. So the last (7th), in my opinion, is the European Union which I think became official prophetically in 1995 with the EURO-MED agreement, E.U. “ROMED.” That also happened to be the covenant with many to attempt to bring in peace through political control brought about through financial offerings to those wishing to participate in exchange for peace. I believe that was the covenant with many that is confirmed through the European Neighbourhood Policy.
As opposed to Herb’s perspective though, I don’t believe
January 1, 2007 was the beginning of the 70th week
of Daniel, but rather the
first seal, the rider going forth with a bow (token of a covenant -
Genesis 9:13) to conquer. Daniel 8:25 is destroying many by peace. I believe
this is specifically talking about Antiochus IV Epiphanes, but he has the
same spirit of antichrist as the last one will and probably employ the same
tactics, flattery, etc.
The only thing that reigns over political structure is religious structure.
It has a timeless element because it is a spiritual control through ideas
passed through the generations and the angels never die. Political control
is a temporary control that shifts constantly through generations. The Vatican
is the latest incarnation of the seventh mountain, in my opinion. It has
been controlling politics for some time now although it is losing its control.
I don’t think the alliance will truly be global until the abomination of desolation when he has supernatural powers and is raised from the dead. Until that point, I don’t think everyone will be ready to give up their control to him completely. The political structure is already being built for that now though, so that when the time comes, it will shift very quickly so that all power and authority comes from the top, the man who became Lucifer (same spirit/indwelt) to deceive the whole world.
So basically, I think the seventh head is the current EU with 10 horns, WEU. The little horn comes up from the 10 and plucks 3 from before him so that he becomes the head of the final head, the little horn leading the head. When he is killed at the abomination of desolation, Lucifer brings him to life and he becomes the eighth head that is from the seven before him. I believe after his resurrection, he is completely different than before spiritually because of the power given to him for 42 months. This distinguishes him from the previous seven heads, but he is now the government and all authority for any actions of that head in the world will be directed by him. So essentially he becomes the government, in complete control.
This is pretty much the history of the EU since 1995. Javier Solana is the head of the 10 member-state WEU, the military arm of the EU. The 10 nations are working to give him their authority to act on their behalf in the world as Europe’s Foreign Minister, Mr. Europe. There are currently three nations who have blocked the final official authority he will receive, but we know ultimately if this is what the Bible talks about, he’s going to get his power and anyone in his way will be removed. The three horns are kings that are removed. Whether that is physical or they just change their perspective I don’t know, but the ones not cooperating are plucked so we’ll see. France and England are changing leadership and in both cases that is changing the view of the Constitution or on ratifying it. So everyone can be their own judge to the coincidental similarities between thousand year old Bible prophecy and current events. I personally think there’s something to it and it’s a confirmation of what I had already come to before understanding Herb’s research into the EU, which I lay out in HIStory, Our Future. I’m pretty convinced.
Since it helps to remember things by seeing the big picture, I will try to represent that here.
“In the case of the lineage of the antichrist, it appears that he comes from one of the generals of the Greek empire after Alexander the Great’s demise according to Daniel 8. Many have also seen that the description of the little horn also fit somewhat Antiochus IV Epiphanes, a ruthless Seleucid king who desecrated the Jewish Temple by sacrificing a pig on its altar and setting up a statue of Zeus. (more detail in Daniel 11) However, the problem of simply treating the passage as dealing with Antiochus is that the Angel Gabriel explicitly told Daniel that ‘the vision concerns the time of the end’ Daniel 8:17, and the visions concern ‘what will happen later in the time of wrath because the vision concerns the appointed time of the end’ Daniel 8:19. It’s fulfillment, therefore, is two-fold, one concerning Antiochus and the other the Antichrist ‘at the appointed time of the end’. It is clear that Antiochus IV Epiphanes was, at the most, a prototype of the Antichrist that is to come.”
1 John 2:15-24
This passage shows us that there is a single future “antichrist,” who is the beast of Revelation 13. It also shows us a spirit of antichrist, which is not held within the bounds of time and can be manifest in any point in time by any spirit, including ourselves. You are a spirit which manifests daily in the physical world through your temple of flesh. We should desire the Holy Spirit to manifest through us. Having accepted Christ, we accept the Comforter, the Holy Spirit who brings all things to remembrance. Thought: Voice of the Spirit
“Be not overcome
of evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:21
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