The events that take place in Daniel chapters 7 through 12 concern "the latter days", the time of the end. We are going to take a close-up look at those visions.
"The Book of Daniel" is the Apocalypse of the Old Testament and a sister book to Apocalypse of the New Testament, "The Book of Revelation". The "beasts" Daniel saw are also symbolic of kingdoms or nations. So the question is today, "Who can stand against the greatest superpower of all time?" By the way, the two horns of the ram have been doing a little "pushing" of the nations in resent times, haven't they?
Just as we discovered "The Book of Revelation" was not mysterious or hard to understand after we learned the symbolism, you will be surprised to learn Daniel also is not difficult at all to understand.
Finally, our preface to this study of "Daniel's Visions" would not be complete without emphasizing that Jesus Christ Himself referred to the words of the prophet Daniel as the book for the reader to understand concerning the abomination of desolation, who is the spurious messiah, the king of Babylon of the last days, i.e. Satan posing as Jesus who comes at the sound of the 6th Trump and stands in the holy place bringing in his storm of deception and flood of lies upon the earth. Matthew 24:15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)
us to gain a better understanding of these Biblical times we now live
What a pleasure it is to live in these end times when the wise can understand!
Daniel Chapter 7 gives us the complete summary and the end of the matter, the conclusion of this earth age.
Jesus Christ told us if we wanted knowledge and wisdom concerning the abomination of desolation who shall come and stand in the holy place claiming to be God, then we are to go to the book of Daniel and read it with understanding. As you should well know by now, the name Dan-i-el means "God is Judge" or "God is my Judge" and the time is soon coming when Yashua Messiah shall return to this earth at the sound of the 7th Trump and execute His righteous judgment and mete out just recompense in the Valley of Jehoshaphat (Yahveh judges). First however, at the sound of the 6th Trump He shall send the false messiah and his angels (Rev. 12:7-9), who is none other than Satan and his angelic locust army, to have reign and dominion over the whole earth for the five month period spoken of in Revelation 9:5. At that time, Satan as the Instead-of-Jesus shall have the same worldwide power structure (Rev. 13:1) that he had in the first earth age (Rev. 12:3), the age which Peter calls "the world that then was" (2 Pet. 3:6), the age when Satan used the Four Hidden Dynasties of politics, education, economics and religion to bring about a New World Order in defiance of the truth and justice that flowed from the mercy seat of God.
Well, there is nothing new
under the sun, meaning there is nothing new in this present earth age,
and now here in chapter seven Daniel is going to have a dream and visions
concerning the New World Order at the end of this earth age, the Beast of Revelation
13:1, from its rise to its fall, as in all the way through to "the end
of the matter (Dan. 7:28)" when the saints of the Most High take and possess
We shall discover in the first verse of this chapter that this dream and its visions is only an outline, a summary, "the sum of the matters (Rev. 7:1)", which Daniel will tell us but he will have no understanding until the appointed time when an angel comes and interprets it. That certainly makes it easy for us because we don't have to become involved in any guesswork... which usually has an accuracy factor approaching absolute zero.
It is also important in these next several chapters that we take heed to the time and location of the visions that Daniel will see, beginning with the vision in this seventh chapter which occurs three years before the end of chapter five. You may recall that was about 426 B.C. when Daniel was eighty-seven and Belshazzar, O Prince of Bel, the last king of Babylon, held his drunken religious feast in the great banquet hall with all of his lords and wives and concubines. It was at that feast that Belshazzar met his fate at the execution of God's judgment which He had written by the hand of His messenger on the wall of Belshazzar's palace over against the candlestick for all to see.
So we are now going back a few years to 429 B.C., to the first year of the reign of Belshazzar, the last king of Babylon, and Daniel is about eighty-four years old. We are also still in the Chaldean language, the language of the captivity, and shall remain so until chapter eight at which time will we note the reason for the change back to pure Hebrew. Here are the times of the visions and revelations in chapters seven through ten:
Daniel 7= Daniel has a vision in the 1st year of king Belshazzar (429 B.C.).
Daniel 8 = Daniel has a vision in the third year of king Belshazzar (426 B.C.).
Daniel 9 = Daniel understood by books in the 1st year of king Cyrus’ reign (426 B.C.).
Daniel 10 = Daniel given understanding of a vision in the 3rd year of king Cyrus’ reign (424 B.C., the latest date given in Daniel)
The fact that we are going back three years chronologically in chapter seven is important for several reasons. You see, the way Daniel, who was a type of God's elect in these last days, was given understanding was that first he saw the vision, which is to see what came to pass. Then an angel appeared and revealed the understanding of what he saw. That is how it works for us too. First we are given the prophecy of what shall be in the latter days along with historical types to give us overlays and a picture for our understanding. Then, knowing what shall come to pass in type, we watch and observe by looking at the events that have transpired and are transpiring in our generation to "see" what has come to pass or what is coming to pass. Jesus Christ told us that is how we shall know we are drawing close to the birth of a new age. To wit, He told us in Matthew 24:33 and in Mark 13:29, "So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass", that is all those things He foretold us of concerning the events of this final generation of the fig tree, then "know that it is near, even at the doors", i.e. know that the return of Yashua Messiah is even at the doors. He went on to say "Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done (Mark 13:30)".
He also told us how to know what "generation" He was talking about by instructing us to learn the Parable of the Fig Tree.
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For it would be that generation that "shall not pass away till all these things be fulfilled". That generation began on May 15, 1948, which coincides with the generation known as the "Baby Boomers". In other words, there will be Baby Boomers who will see the culmination of the events of this flesh age and the return of Jesus Christ. He also stated that "He has foretold us all things", which is all the things that shall come to pass in the final generation of the fig tree. And so He has for they are all written in His Word... in the law and the prophets, in the gospels, and in the epistles. Indeed He is so good to us!
Let us also remember that the Book of Daniel was written specifically for the last days. Daniel's words were to be sealed up and the book was to be closed until the final generation when the wise would understand (Dan. 12:9-10). The wise are those servants who study and rightly divide their Father's word, who understand His overall plan, and who do as He commands. They watch, as a watchman watches, while at the same time giving prayer and supplication for all saints, those with eyes to see and those without. They steadfastly continue to labor in the vineyard and produce fruit for the Householder who sent them and gave them their commission. So let us be good watchmen and ask our Father for wisdom and understanding of His word and let us begin the great seventh chapter of the Book of Daniel.
Daniel is first going to tell us what the dream and visions were that he saw, and then as we noted in the preface to this study, an angel is going to come and interpret the dream and visions. Notice that what Daniel is going to tell us in this vision is the sum of the matters, not the fine details. Later on we will be given some specific up-to-date visions encompassing even the current events of our day. Remember also from chapter two that we have already seen the awesome image in the dream that Nebuchadnezzar had, the one concerning the sequential kingdoms or dominions who would control the land of Judea down through the ages until the end when the final One World Government would encompass all their strengths and characteristic powers that made up the image. They are represented by the gold, the silver, the brass, the iron, and the iron mixed with the miry clay. However, the dream and visions that Daniel is now going to see specifically concern the last days, which is documented in the next verse by the fact that he saw the "four winds" released upon the earth.Daniel 7:1
In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon Daniel had a dream and visions of his head upon his bed: then he wrote the dream, and told the sum of the matters.
There is a great deal that has been said in this verse. First of all, this is a vision "by night" which is a vision that concerns the dark hour at the end of this age. Also, the great sea is not the Mediterranean or some body of water as some scholars try to assert. Those who are wise and let God's Word do its own interpreting of its symbology understand from the Book of Revelation, the sister book to Daniel, that the sea and waters are the peoples and multitudes and nations and tongues of the earth. We find that documented in Rev. 17:15 which reads: Daniel spake and said, I saw in my vision by night, and, behold, the four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea.
And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.
Now, what are these four winds Daniel saw that "strove"
upon the sea? These four winds set the time period of Daniel's vision in
as much as they are spoken of in Ezekiel chapter 37 and Revelation chapter
7, where we are given to understand that when the four winds are released
they bring about the consummation of the events of this flesh age.
strove, giyach, ghee'-akh, Hebrew 1519; (Chaldee); or (shortened) guwach,h goo'-akh; (Chaldee); corresponding to Hebrew 1518 (giyach); to rush forth :- strive.
Do you remember what the sea is? It represents the peoples and multitudes, etc. (Rev. 17:15). Well, trees are also symbolic of people (Ezek.31) so let's read the next few verses and then briefly discuss some current events.Rev. 7:1-3
And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.
To cry with a loud voice is to proclaim or herald with a loud voice, a voice of authority. Notice that the four angels are standing on the four corners of the earth, meaning they cover the whole earth in all directions, holding the four winds to be released that will surely hurt the earth and the sea, i.e. the peoples of the world. Yes, there is a "big hurt" coming my friend, a big spiritual hurt, and that happens when that "darkness comes", that time of trouble such as never was since the world began when Satan and his angels are cast out of heaven to the earth (Rev. 12:7-9). That is when the abominable one (Satan) comes and stands in the holy place, claiming he is God, causing massive spiritual desolation in all the earth to all those who have NOT the seal of God in their foreheads. We'll document that in a moment, but first notice that the four winds are not released till (until) the servants of God, the saints of the Most High who shall take and possess the kingdom, are sealed in their foreheads! What are they sealed with? The Word of God... written and etched (epigrapho) on the inner walls of their foreheads, i.e. in their minds. And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea,
Now let's move ahead to Revelation 9:3-4 and document that those that have the seal of God in (not on) their foreheads shall not be hurt. In Revelation chapter nine we are given another symbolic and therefore characteristic picture of those ten toes of Nebuchadnezzar's image, who are those ten kings, who are Satan's angelic host. Here they are likened to an army of locusts who consume and devour all that is green and living. Of course locusts are not a new symbol used only in the Book of Revelation for you will find them spoken of way back in Exodus and Deuteronomy 28:42-44 and in the book of Joel (Yahveh is God) which concerns the locust army, that army that God even calls His army. For God is in complete control of all things and He uses Satan and his locust army to come against our people. It's part of the plan. It's part of the chastisement. We learned about that back when Nebuchadnezzar was afflicted with the mind of the beast for seven years, remember? Here is what is written in Rev. 9:3-4 concerning that locust army: Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.
The smoke from the pit is spiritual smoke that darkens the social/religious/political/economic atmosphere by obscuring the light of truth.Rev. 9:3-4
And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.
Speaking of beasts and people's minds being turned to mush. There is some good news; But only if you're a Christian with the seal of God in you're forehead. Luke 10:19
Behold, I give unto you (Christians with the seal of God in their forehead) power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
Remember we likened Satan's angelic host to the most mighty men in the army of King Nebuchadnezzar who bound Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and cast them into the burning fiery furnace? Again, Satan's angelic host are the ten toes, the ten supernatural kings who come and mingle with the seed of "enosh", meaning they mix with mortal flesh man. They come at the sound of the sixth trump when the winds begin to blow and Satan's flood of lies (Rev. 12:15) spew forth and all those houses that are not founded upon the Rock fall to their deception. And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.
Speaking of the winds, did you know that the "east wind" is a "desert storm", that hot arid wind that blows in upon the land of Judea from the desert and parches the land causing everything to become dry and wither on the vine (Hos. 13:15). In fact, it was the "east wind" that brought the plague of locusts upon the land of Egypt during the captivity of Israel just before God brought them out of bondage.Matthew 7:26-27
And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:  And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.winds, anemos, an'-em-os, Greek 417; from the base of Greek 109 (aer); wind; (plural) by implication (the four) quarters (of the earth) :- wind.
And Moses stretched forth his rod over the land of Egypt, and the LORD brought an east wind upon the land all that day, and all that night; and when it was morning, the east wind brought the locusts.
"No such locusts as they, neither after them shall be such!" Does that have a familiar ring to it? A time of trouble "such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be (Matthew 24:21). And the locusts went up over all the land of Egypt, and rested in all the coasts of Egypt: very grievous were they; before them there were no such locusts as they, neither after them shall be such.
Understand the spiritual analogy to the physical type of the land becoming desolate when the "east wind" brought the locusts upon the land. Now let's talk about the east wind, the desert storm, for a moment. As you know a Desert Storm took place and began to blow back in 1991, over there in the "gulf", in the land of Babylon where all that black gold (oil) is located, those rich deposits of the dregs from the first earth age upon which the economy of this world now runs. But that Desert Storm only lasted for 100 hours. "100" in Biblical numerics denotes "election of grace" (see Mat. 24:22). So the east wind began to blow and then it was stopped, held back without a surrender from Saddam Hussein and his regime as the king who rules in the land of Babylon was not ousted by, but rather left in power by father Bush. For they covered the face of the whole earth, so that the land was darkened; and they did eat every herb of the land, and all the fruit of the trees which the hail had left: and there remained not any green thing in the trees, or in the herbs of the field, through all the land of Egypt.
Interestingly enough, the decade following Desert Storm would become the decade of globalization where nation would rise alongside of nation and kingdom would rise alongside kingdom. The word nation is "ethnos" in Greek and the word kingdom means "royalty" as in the nations of the true house of Israel, i.e. the US and Great Britain, etc. Meanwhile, during that period of peace and prosperity as the New World Order began to rise from among the multitude of peoples and nations, we had sitting in the highest office of our land, even the highest office in the world, a type of "Prince O Bel", a vile person, a type of little horn, even a little horn (sax) player, one who would commit fornication with the harlot in the sanctuary of our government, and one who would bear false witness and testimony and vilify the "Starr" who exposed his dirty garment that was soiled with his spilled seed. It's all right there in type, isn't it? And then 12 years passed by from the blowing of that first east wind, that first "Gulf War". "12" is the number of governmental perfection and "1000" denotes Divine completion. You see, it would be during that time that the great shepherding of our people would go forth as the elect planted seeds and taught God's Word to their brothers and sisters chapter by chapter and line by line to seal the minds of those 12,000 (the Divine Millennial government) from each of the tribes of Israel named in Rev. 7.
We also saw the son (George W.) of the father (George H.) in power and we saw that the "soldiers" of that first Desert Storm moved from their positions of earthly warfare to new positions where the war of words is waged. In other words, the Defense Secretary during Desert Storm I moved to the Vice Presidency, the second highest office of the land, and the number one soldier in the world, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs during Desert Storm, moved to the number one diplomatic position in the world, the Secretary of State of the United States.
You might also want to do a little study on the east wind beginning with the great book of Hosea, which means "salvation", and see what is said there concerning not only the east wind but the lion, the leopard, and the bear that we're going to read about here in Daniel. In fact, let's go to Hosea 13 and note some of what is said there.
We are in the midst of that great drought which has caused the great famine of these last days according to Amos 8:11-13. It is not a famine for bread nor a thirst for water, but for the hearing of the Word of the LORDHosea 13:4
Yet I am the LORD thy God from the land of Egypt, and thou shalt know no god but me: for there is no saviour beside me.
 I did know thee in the wilderness, in the land of great drought.
This is the same story of this final generation contained in the Song of Moses in Deut. 32:15 where Jeshurun (another name for Israel) waxed fat and because of his peace and prosperity "... he forsook God which made him, and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation." According to their pasture, so were they filled; they were filled, and their heart was exalted; therefore have they forgotten me.
These are the same beasts found in Daniel 7 and Revelation 13... the lion, the leopard, and the bear! Therefore I will be unto them as a lion: as a leopard by the way will I observe them:
 I will meet them as a bear that is bereaved of her whelps, and will rend the caul of their heart, and there will I devour them like a lion: the wild beast shall tear them.
There is none who can deliver you from the beast except you turn to your Father which is in heaven and trust in Him. We just read "there is no saviour beside me (Hosea 13:4)"! O Israel, thou hast destroyed thyself; but in Me is thine help.
Jesus Christ told us that when globalization begins to take place (Matthew 24:7), which is when the Beast of Rev. 13:1 begins to rise up out the sea (of people), then the labor pangs, the travail of a woman, would come upon us. Matthew 24:7-8 "For nation shall rise against (along side of) nation, and kingdom against (along side of) kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. I will be thy king: where is any other that may save thee in all thy cities? and thy judges of whom thou saidst, Give me a king and princes?
 I gave thee a king in mine anger, and took him away in my wrath.
 The iniquity of Ephraim is bound up; his sin is hid.
 The sorrows of a travailing woman shall come upon him: he is an unwise son; for he should not stay long in the place of the breaking forth of children.
And so we end up with a valley of dry bones, where our people are spiritually dried up because they have no life in them, which means they do not have Jesus Christ, the Living Word of God, sealed in their minds! John 11:25 "Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live." The only way those dry bones can come back to life is to have the Living Spirit of His Word breathed into their minds, i.e. taught to them. That is what Ezekiel the watchman was instructed to do. I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction: repentance shall be hid from mine eyes.
 Though he be fruitful among his brethren, an east wind shall come, the wind of the LORD shall come up from the wilderness, and his spring shall become dry, and his fountain shall be dried up: he shall spoil the treasure of all pleasant vessels.
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To prophesy means to "teach". God's servants are to teach His Word and not the empty traditions of men, like most so-called Christian churches are today..Ezekiel 37:3-5
And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord GOD, thou knowest.
 Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD.
Again, that "breath" is His Living Spirit from His Word that gives life! And just so there is no doubt that the dry bones are symbolic of the whole house of Israel, here is your documentation: Thus saith the Lord GOD unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live:
Ok, let's return to Daniel chapter 7 verse 3 which reads:Ezekiel 37:11
Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts.
These four great beasts which came up from the sea (of peoples and nations) are different from one another. This is important to understand because these great beasts that arise from the people to form the New World Order are earthly dominions. However, we are going to see that the fourth beast turns into a supernatural dominion which is when Satan and his angels, those 10 kings, are cast out of heaven and come mingle with "enosh", flesh mortal man. Now remember also that there is no need to guess what these beasts represent because the angel is going to come show Daniel (and us) what they are. So let's do a little peeking ahead to verse 17 and see just what we're talking about here before we continue.Daniel 7:3
And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another.
Well, that's pretty simple, isn't it? We are also given a further clarification in vs. 23 where Daniel had inquired about the fourth beast, who was the one he really wanted to know about.Daniel 7:17
These great beasts, which are four, are four kings, which shall arise out of the earth.
The fourth beast shall "break it (the earth, i.e. all the kingdoms of the earth) in pieces" because it is supernatural. The word "kingdom" used in verse 23 is "malkuw", which means dominion or realm, and that's what these beasts are. Again, there is no need to guess or try to come up with our own interpretation for the angel has already done the interpreting for us. What Daniel simply sees are the major dominions which give rise to the New World Order, the Beast of Rev. 13:1, all the way to where it turns into that final kingdom where the supernatural mingles with the seed of man, enosh.Daniel 7:23
Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.
kingdom, malkuw, mal-koo', Hebrew 4437; (Chaldee); corresponding to Hebrew 4438 (malkuwth); dominion (abstract or concrete) :- kingdom, kingly, realm, reign.
Now before we read the description of these beasts, let us remember that Jesus told us in Matthew 24 and Mark 13, that the final generation would hear (not participate) of wars, i.e. grow up hearing about World Wars I & II, and also rumors of wars, which was the cold war, the threat of global war culminating in nuclear annihilation, but that all that did not signal the end. In other words the end was not yet (Mat. 24:6). However, when you begin to see globalization take place (nations and kingdoms rising alongside (epi) each other) as the New World Order begins to rise up from the sea, then the labor pangs which bring forth the birth of a new age will begin and there will be famines and all sorts of shake ups and commotions in all areas of society and the world.
Is it not interesting that it was in March 1991 immediately following Desert Storm that the term "New World Order" was first publicly used by the President of this great nation, He being George H. W. Bush at that time. Here is an excerpt of the speech he gave before Congress on March 19, 1991:
So there you have it. So let's see what goes into making up this New World Order as Daniel describes the characteristics of those four beasts who comprise it."... The consequences of the conflict in the gulf reach far beyond the confines of the middle east. Twice before in this century, an entire world was convulsed by war. Twice this century out of the horrors of war, hope emerged for enduring peace. Twice before those hopes proved to be a distant dream beyond the grasp of man. Until now, the world we've known has been a world divided, a world of barbed wire and concrete block, conflict and cold war. Now we can see a new world coming into view, a world in which there is a very real prospect of a New World Order."
Now again, remember these are dominions in the earth that exist together until the final kingdom comes and plucks them all up in its worldwide dominion, the one where the ten toes, the ten kings and their leader the spurious Messiah are cast out of heaven to come reign upon the earth.Daniel 7:4
The first was like a lion, and had eagle's wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man's heart was given to it.
The lion is known as the king of the forest (full of trees), and this one had the divine protection of eagle's wings. Those with eyes to see and ears to hear should be reminded once again of the Song of Moses where God's protection of Jacob is likened unto the outstretched wings of an eagle. Deut. 32:11 "As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings." However, we see that this kingdom is going to be lifted up, taken up, and have its wings plucked leaving it to stand along with the rest of mankind when the fourth kingdom, that supernatural one, i.e. Satan and his angels, the ten toes, the ten supernatural kings, come and deceive the whole world and take over worldwide dominion and rule of the earth.
And now we have another beast totally diverse from that one.
The nations of the world that stand on the other side opposed to Christianity, i.e. opposed to the royal kingdoms of the world, are like unto a bear, which always reminds us of the "bear nation" Russia, the kingdom of Esau, who dwells in the land of Edom. Edom means "red" in Hebrew and "red" is symbolic of liberalism, socialism, and communism, which certainly has risen up on one side in these last days. Here we see the bear taking a bite for his side and is seen clamping down on three ribs with its teeth. We will discuss in a subsequent study who these three ribs are. Nevertheless, this dominion was set up to devour much flesh (spiritually speaking) and we have not seen the last of him. However, like the others beasts, this dominion will also succumb to the supernatural power of the fourth beast and become part of it. And behold another beast, a second, like to a bear, and it raised up itself on one side, and it had three ribs in the mouth of it between the teeth of it: and they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh.
The word "dominion" would better be translated "domination" or "mastery" in this verse. There is one dominion who is in control of (as in dominates) the four hidden dynasties, who extends its wings and influence in all four directions, meaning worldwide, and is likened unto a leopard, who is spotted indeed. This also takes us to the Song of Moses where God's elect know that their spot is not our spot and their "rock" is not as our "Rock"! This dominion, which is the domain of the kenites, the sons of Cain, was given "domination", which is "mastery", over the New World Order because they are the ones who use the four hidden dynasties to bring about and give rise to the first beast of Revelation 13:1-2. After this I beheld, and lo another, like a leopard, which had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl; the beast had also four heads; and dominion was given to it.
Isn't this fantastic knowledge? Next we are going to visit Revelation 13 and also check out the description of the Beast given to us there. And you know what? We are going to find the leopard and the bear and the lion just as we find them here in the Book of Daniel. Then we are going to behold that fourth beast, that one who is dreadful and terrible and strong exceedingly and has seven heads and ten horns and great iron teeth. You know, there's no earthly beast that fits that wild description! It must be something out of this world! Think about that as we continue.
Daniel gave us a characteristic
description of the first three of the four beasts he saw "come up from
the sea" (Dan. 7:3), i.e. rise up from the peoples and nations, which was
a composite view of the New World Order just prior to the rise of the fourth
beast. He described the first beast as being like unto a lion and it had
eagle's wings, and the second as being like unto a bear, and the third
as being like unto a leopard which had the mastery over the New World Order,
i.e. domination was given to it (Dan. 7:6), because it had four heads,
meaning it controlled the Four Hidden Dynasties. Those
who have eyes to see and ears to hear already know that it is the kenites,
the sons of Cain (Kayin), who control those Four Hidden Dynasties of Politics, Education,
they are using to bring forth economic globalization and one worldism.
The Millennium Summit (September 2000)
This was the largest gathering of leaders and heads of state in the history of mankind which included both the ethnic nations of the world and the kingdom nations of the world all standing alongside each other in the marketplace (Mat. 24:7).
Now in as much as the Book of Daniel is the apocalypse of the Old Testament, it corresponds to the Book of Revelation which is the apocalypse of the New Testament, and so they go hand in hand and overlay one another. So let's go to the 13th chapter of Revelation and read what John has to say about that same beast Daniel saw rise up out of the sea.
We noted earlier that Satan is going to have the same basic power structure at the end of this flesh age as he had at the end of the first earth age (compare Rev. 12:3 to Rev. 13:1), and this verse describes what the structure of his One World System looks like. Of course there is no single beast on earth that can even come close to being used as an analogy to describe such a multi-headed ten-horned monster as this.Verse 13:2 now gives us a picture of the dominions that comprise it.Rev. 13:1-2
And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.
Understand that these beasts are not sequential dominions but are dominions or kingdoms that co-exist alongside each other until the fourth beast comes and tramples all over them. This one world system is set up by the kenites using their mastery over the Four Hidden Dynasties, those four horns of Zechariah 1, which are the same as the four horses of Revelation 6. And we just read that it is the dragon, Satan himself, who gives power unto the New World Order as it continues to rise and grow in strength. And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.
Daniel is now going to tell us about the fourth beast, the one that is so dreadful and terrible and strong exceedingly, the one he is particularly interested in knowing about and will specifically ask for a further explanation of.
The residue (Strong's #7606) that the fourth beast stamps with its feet are the rest of the beasts, i.e. the other three. Again, these first three beasts do not destroy one another nor do they succeed one another. They are simply crushed and dominated by the fourth beast because of the presence of the supernatural that gives it great strength and power. In other words, it is the supernatural that makes this fourth beast so diverse from the other beasts in that it has ten horns, which if you recall are Satan's angels who are cast out with him to this earth in Rev. 12:7-9. These ten horns are the same ten horns we find in Revelation 17 where they are described as ten kings who receive power one hour with the beast causing it to be dreadful (formidable) and terrible and strong exceedingly (strong pre-eminently). Some call this fourth beast a non-descript beast but as we shall see, such is not the case.Daniel 7:7
After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns.
There is only one who has been sentenced to go into perdition and that is the son of perdition, Satan himself, the religious beast.Rev. 17:11-14
And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.
Again, Satan's angels come with him when he is cast out of heaven to this earth and they reign with him for that great hour of temptation that comes upon the whole world to try those who dwell in the earth (Rev. 3:10). Satan shall pretend, as in put forth the image, that he is Jesus Christ (though he is the instead-of-christ), and his angels shall present themselves as angels of light, as the kings and priests of the Most High (though they are the fallen angels of darkness). And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.
Once more we see here how it is the beast becomes so formidable and so exceedingly strong. The ten kings give (add) their power and strength to the New World Order, giving it great ability and spiritual power to subdue all peoples and nations, multitudes and languages. There has never been a time like it in the history of mankind... nor shall there ever be again. These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.
Are you one of those who are going to be with Jesus Christ, one who is called, and chosen, and faithful? Remember, we have the victory in Him. These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for He is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with Him are called, and chosen, and faithful.
The "little horn" is one of the names of Satan, who comes at the sound of the 6th Trump. And he is such a "little horn", a little would-be king who thinks himself to be something great! Nevertheless, just as we know that Jesus Christ is called by different names such as the Messiah, Son of God, Emmanuel, Wonderful Counselor, Lord and Savior, Son of Righteousness, King of Kings, etc., so is Satan called by many different names. Here is a compilation of some of his names, many of which you will find listed in the Companion Bible in the marginal notes to this eighth verse.Daniel 7:8
I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.
Also, the "great things" he will be speaking are most blasphemous for he will claim that he is God.the Devil (Rev 20:2)
the little horn (Dan 7:8)
Satan (Rev 20:2)
the king of Babylon (Isa 14:4)
the Assyrian (Isa 14:25)
Lucifer, son of the morning (Isa 14:12)
the Prince that shall come (Dan 9:26)
the dragon (Rev 20:2)
the serpent (Rev 20:2)
the king of fierce countenance (Dan 8:23)
the vile person (Dan 11:21)
the willful king (Dan 11:36)
the man of sin (2 Thes 2:3)
the son of perdition (2 Thes 2:3)
that wicked one (2 Thes 2:3)
Whoa, what are we talking about here... wheels as burning fire? Remember that Daniel saw in his summary vision right up to the sound of the 7th Trump when thrones are cast down and the saints of the Most High take the Kingdom and are set over the whole realm. Daniel even saw the Ancient of Days and His wheels (whirlwind or whirling thing), which is simply the vehicle that carries His throne, even the chariot of fire, the Chariot of Israel (2 Kings 9:11), that same whirling vehicle that took Elijah up into heaven. The vehicle we read about in the first chapter of Ezekiel. I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and His wheels as burning fire.
Now let us pause and think for a moment. Suppose you lived several thousand years ago, like Ezekiel and Daniel, and you saw what we today would simply describe as a spaceship, like the USS Enterprise or even our own Space Shuttle. We who live in these last days when knowledge and technology has been so increased, can easily describe such a vehicle, but if all there was in your day were such things as horses and carts then how on earth would you describe something like a space vehicle! Your very language would be void of the technical words needed to describe it.
Well, Ezekiel did see some "spaceships" and he gives us a detailed description of them. Not only that, our Father was aboard one of them with His throne, which is the same vehicle and the same throne Daniel saw. To that end, it is probably worthwhile going to the first chapter of Ezekiel and read his description of the "flying wheels" he saw. In fact, the entire first chapter of the book of Ezekiel describes these highly polished bronze vehicles which today we call UFO's, which stands for Unidentified Flying Objects. Of course we can call them IFO's, Identified Flying Objects, because we know from God's Word that they surely do exist. By the way, the first generation that would come along that would be able to understand what Ezekiel is describing would be the generation that first saw space travel... and that would be the Baby Boomer generation, the generation of the fig tree.
Here are a few verses of Ezekiel's description of the "flying wheels".
Take a Strong's Concordance and look up the word "amber" and you'll see that it means highly polished bronze. The Septuagint and Vulgate translate it, "electrum"; a brilliant metal compounded of gold and silver. Also, the word "colour" is "ayin" in Hebrew which means "eye" or "appears to the eye". In other words, the phrase "the color of amber" simply means that this whirling vehicle that came out of the north "looked to the eye" like "highly polished bronze"... and it came and landed before him.Ezekiel 1:4
And I looked, and, behold, a whirlwind came out of the north, a great cloud, and a fire infolding itself, and a brightness was about it, and out of the midst thereof as the colour of amber, out of the midst of the fire.
Drop down to verse 16:amber, chashmal, khash-mal', Hebrew 2830; of uncertain derivative; probably bronze or polished spectrum metal :- amber.
This is a fantastic description of four highly polished spectrum metal whirling vehicles that all looked alike. Again, Ezekiel did not have the terminology and the language available to him to aptly describe a spacecraft. But we Baby Boomers who have grown up with Star Trek have no problem at all seeing the vision, i.e. getting the picture.Ezekiel 1:16
The appearance of the wheels and their work was like unto the colour of a beryl: and they four had one likeness: and their appearance and their work was as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel.
Picture a wheel like one Ezekiel would be familiar with, a wagon wheel for example, that is straight up and down, i.e. vertical. Well, these wheels were not that way but rather were horizontal, on their sides, flying saucer-style. And because they where circular they did not turn when they went like a wagon cart would do. They just went in whatever direction they chose to go. Makes sense to us, but it sure was something new and unique to Ezekiel. When they went, they went upon their four sides: and they turned not when they went.
There were four vehicles, call them escort ships, along with the mother ship in their midst that carried the throne of God. These incredible vehicles "were full of eyes round about them" meaning they had windows or port holes that were all lit up and Ezekiel could see inside. Once again keep in mind that no one in Ezekiel's day had ever seen anything like this nor even imagined something as miraculous as this must have appeared! Try again to imagine living just a few hundred years ago and all of a sudden out of the north sky "a big and dreadfully awesome metallic looking thing with wings and a sound like roaring thunder" (a 747 Jumbo Jet) comes and lands in your field, especially at night with all its lights aglow! Wow! As for their rings, they were so high that they were dreadful; and their rings were full of eyes round about them four.
Ezekiel could see the people inside the "wheels" and when the wheels flew the people were lifted up and flew too. Obviously when a jet or a plane or a helicopter takes off, the people inside take off with it. And when the living creatures went, the wheels went by them: and when the living creatures were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up.
All this goes to show that there is nothing new under the sun! Man thinks his technology is so tremendous. Well, you "ain't seen nothin' yet" until you see the vehicles Satan and his angels will have at their disposal when they are cast out of heaven to this dimension. That's one of the reasons we came here, so that we can prepare our minds for the awesome events that are about to transpire... and they will be awesome indeed! Whithersoever the spirit was to go, they went, thither was their spirit to go; and the wheels were lifted up over against them: for the spirit of the living creature was in the wheels.
Now let's return to chapter 7 where Daniel is giving us a description of the Ancient of days.
That fiery stream that issues forth from before Him is His Spirit, for God is a consuming fire (Heb. 12:29). And during the Millennium there shall be an innumerable multitude that shall minister unto Him right up to the great white throne judgment.Daniel 7:10
A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto Him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened.
The "great words which the horn spake" means that the horn kept speaking, which is just like a liberal who is full of himself and thinks he is right about everything. However, the New World Order is coming down and shall be completely destroyed. And if you recall from the image Nebuchadnezzar saw, the toes who are those ten kings are smashed by the stone (the Rock) that is hewn out without hands, i.e. by Jesus Christ at His second coming. They shall be consumed by the brightness of His coming (Rev. 11). Furthermore, Jesus Christ said in Matthew 24 and Mark 13 that there will not be one stone left standing atop another in the place where the abominable one stands in the temple when the true King of kings and Lord of lords comes to this earth. The whole abominable one world system shall all come tumbling down, and God's elect have a part in bringing it down. I beheld then because of the voice of the great words which the horn spake: I beheld even till the beast was slain, and his body destroyed, and given to the burning flame.
The saints of the Most High are taking over the thrones and the dominion of the earth. Then there shall be the Millennium, a thousand years of teaching, followed by another time of testing, an appointed time, when Satan is loosed for a short season (Rev. 20:3). "A season and time" means "an appointed season" (see note in the Companion Bible).Daniel 7:12
As concerning the rest of the beasts, they had their dominion taken away: yet their lives were prolonged for a season and time.
Here we see the Father and the Son as the Father gives Him the everlasting dominion and glory (next verse). I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.
The eternal reigning kingdom of God shall be set up on earth when Jesus Christ returns as King of kings and Lord of lords. At that time, as it is written (Rom. 14:11, Philip 2:10), every knee shall bow to His name (His authority) and He shall rule His kingdom with a rod of iron, which is with required discipline to the Word of Truth. And there was given Him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve Him: His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.
Daniel did not fully comprehend and he was quite dismayed at the awesome visions he saw. Obviously he didn't connect this analogy with the image of Nebuchadnezzar's dream for what we are seeing here is a more detailed look at the final kingdom of the ten toes, when the iron (the strong and supernatural) mixes with the miry clay (flesh man). I Daniel was grieved in my spirit in the midst of my body, and the visions of my head troubled me.
Seek and ask for wisdom and knowledge from the Word of God desiring truth instead of trying to make that which is written fit some preconceived idea. Pre-conceived means to be "pre-impregnated". Here is the simple interpretation of what the beasts are: I came near unto one of them that stood by, and asked him the truth of all this. So he told me, and made me know the interpretation of the things.
Now, is that so complicated? The four beasts are four kings or dominions which arise from the people of the earth. Again, we do not have to interpret what these beasts are because it is right here before us. All we need to do is accept it and understand the magnitude of what this generation is about to witness. These great beasts, which are four, are four kings, which shall arise out of the earth.
And now for the good news...
This happens at the sound of the 7th Trump for the end has already been declared from the beginning. We have the victory and that is the end of the matter (vs. 28). Remember we read the same thing in Rev. 17:14 concerning the demise of the ten kings: "These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with Him are called, and chosen, and faithful." In other words, those that are with Him who are called and chosen and faithful shall take the kingdom and shall possess the kingdom "even for ever and ever". But the saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever.
Now Daniel wants to know more concerning the fourth beast who was so diverse from the others.
We covered this one-world government in verse seven. The fourth beast is totally different from the other earthly dominions because of the ten supernatural kings who come with the false messiah. This beast then stamps the other beasts, subdues those three dominions, and brings them into his New World Order. Now notice carefully the next verse... Then I would know the truth of the fourth beast, which was diverse from all the others, exceeding dreadful, whose teeth were of iron, and his nails of brass; which devoured, brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with his feet;
The "other which came up" is Satan, the false-christ, who has a mouth that speaks great things saying that he is God, and as it is written he will show great signs and wonders and perform miracles in the sight of men to deceive the whole world... all except those who have the seal of God in their foreheads (Rev. 9:4) However, just before he takes over command of the New World Order, it (the one world system) receives a deadly wound and it looks like it's about over for one-worldism. How does that deadly wound occur? Well, here we see three kings fall. Who are they? Could it be three major Christian nations, including the US and Great Britain, who have a falling out with the beast system? We will know when we see it come to pass but we could be seeing the beginnings of a great falling out even now with the two horns of the ram taking a stand against much of the international community. And of the ten horns that were in his head, and of the other which came up, and before whom three fell; even of that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spake very great things, whose look was more stout than his fellows.
Satan does prevail against our people in as much as most of them will fall before him believing he is God. And he shall even prevail against God's elect only in as much as he is able to have them delivered up, according as it is written, but he DOES NOT have the victory over them, for they give witness and testimony before him allowing the fire of the Holy Spirit to speak through them. Furthermore, it is written that not one hair on their heads shall perish (Luke 21:18). We saw an ensample of that when Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego came forth out of the fiery furnace and not an hair on their heads was singed. What a time it will be when God's elect are delivered up to give His witness and testimony... and it shall happen in this final generation of the fig tree! I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them;
Dan-i-el means "God is Judge"! You can read about His judgment in the 3rd chapter of Joel when Yahshua comes to the valley of Jehoshaphat (Yahveh-Judges) and calls down His mighty ones, the saints of the Most High, and gathers the nations round about to execute justice. Now here is some clarification concerning the fourth beast, the final kingdom and dominion upon the earth. Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom.
This is the time when desolation (spiritual death) comes upon the whole world (except for those who have the seal of God in their foreheads, Rev. 9:4). Why is there so much spiritual death? Because the whole world will believe that Satan is the real Jesus, yes, including the majority of Christianity. You "see", if you claim to be Christian and you end up worshipping Satan, you are in big trouble because you have shown that you really are spiritually dead.Those with the seal of God in their foreheads who have not eaten the king of Babylon's meat nor drunk of his spiritually intoxicating wine, shall not bow down to the image which the king of Babylon sets up, for they do NOT march to the tune of his music, the sackbut, the psaltery, the cornet, the dulcimer, etc. They are strong in God's Word and having the gospel armor on, they take a stand against the fiery darts of the wicked one, just like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego took a stand against king Nebuchadnezzar. Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.
Next we see the connection between the ten horns and the ten kings of Nebuchadnezzar's image.
Again, those kings that fell out and caused the deadly wound will be taken back up by this supernatural one claiming to be the messiah. He shall heal the deadly wound and reestablish the New World Order with his ten kings. And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.
To "wear out" means "to afflict mentally" (Strong's #1080). The great words that he speaks against the most High is that he claims to be Jesus Christ and he will think to change times, even claiming that the 7th Trump has sounded when in fact only the 6th Trump has sounded. He will be telling Christians that he has come to rapture them up, up, and away... so come attend his wedding feast in Jerusalem and be his bride. And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.
The apostle Paul warns us and explains to us the time when we gather back to Christ. So take heed because there is going to be a great gathering before that... to the false bridegroom. Wake up and seek wisdom and knowledge from your Father's Word.
"That day" is defined in the previous verse (2 Thes. 2:1) as the day the Lord returns and we gather back to Him. 2 Thes. 2:1 "Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him." You "see", the son of perdition, the little horn, the vile person, the abomination of desolation, the devil, the dragon, Satan himself, shall come first and reign as the king of kings and lord of lords for a short time (Rev. 9:4) BEFORE Jesus Christ returns. Again, Satan as the Instead-of-Christ will claim that he is God.2 Thes. 2:3-4
Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
But at last he is destroyed. Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
All nations shall serve and obey Him. So it is written... and so shall it be!Daniel 7:26
But the judgment shall sit (i.e. the Judge shall sit), and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end.
 And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.
There you have it, the complete summary and the end of the matter, the conclusion, all laid out here in the great 7th chapter of Daniel. Of course Daniel couldn't quite mentally "grasp" all of this and understandably so. Therefore he simply put in on the shelf. ("Cogitations" means "grasp" or "mental conception"). But we who are so privileged to live at the time of the fulfillment of his prophecies can understand. Hitherto is the end of the matter. As for me Daniel, my cogitations much troubled me, and my countenance changed in me: but I kept the matter in my heart.
This ends the portion of the Book of Daniel that is written in Chaldean and the vision that was to be understood in the first year of the reign of Belshazzar. In the next chapter we will move to the third year of the reign of Belshazzar and find out by what means "the little horn" enters in and takes over world domination. It's very different than many might think.
Now, two years later we are given some more details concerning the events leading up to the entrance of the little horn.
These are exciting times in which we live, are they not? The events that are transpiring right before our very eyes were written of long ago in our Father's Word, many of them right here in this Book of Daniel that was specifically written for the last days. We noted numerous times that in Daniel chapter 12 the angel told Daniel to close the book, to seal up the words until the time of the end and then the wise would understand. We also noted many times that Jesus Christ told us if we wanted to understand that which concerns the abomination of desolation then we need to go read what the prophet Daniel has to say. So certainly this is a timely book concerning the events that are happening even this very day as we have already gone to war with Iraq to oust that little dictator who lives in the land of Babylon. What a time in which to live!
In the seventh chapter Daniel saw a vision, which was a summation, an overview of the One World System giving us the characteristics and makeup of the beast right up to the time when the fourth beast takes over and tramples down the others. He then continued with the vision all the way to the conclusion of the matter when the saints of the most High take the kingdom and possess it for ever and ever. We talked about how many scholars refer to that fourth beast as the non-descript beast because it is not likened unto a beastly creature like the other dominions who are likened unto a lion, a bear, and a leopard. Of course the reason for that is this beast has seven heads and ten horns and there just isn't any creature on God's earth who fits that description. We learned that this multi-headed one world system with 10 earthly kings is eventually headed by Satan and his 10 supernatural kings, who are his angels who are cast out of heaven with him as per Rev. 12:7-9.
Keep in mind that it was the summation of the matter, the overview of the beast system, that we were given to know and understand from Daniel's vision in chapter seven which occurred during the first year of the reign of king Belshazzar, the last king of Babylon. Now, two years later we are given some more details concerning the events leading up to the entrance of the little horn and so we move to the third year of the reign of king Belshazzar. He's the one who held that great idolatrous feast with his lords and his wives and his concubines and brought the golden and silver vessels from the house of God and drank wine in them and exalted himself against the God of heaven. He was then slain and his kingdom was taken and given to the Medes and Persians.
We also now return from the language of the Chaldeans to pure Hebrew as we learn how the captivity specifically affects the house of Israel, the true house of Israel, the so called lost tribes of the house of Israel. The wise in this final generation know that those tribes are not really lost at all, except to themselves because they have forsaken the knowledge of their Father's Word. Secular history itself confirms that following the captivity of Israel those tribes went up over the Caucasus Mountains and became know as Caucasians and migrated by way of greater Scythia becoming known as Celts and Saxxons (I-Saac's sons), etc. They settled in Western Europe, in the Isles of the West, and many later migrated to the Americas. You "see", it was a promise from our Heavenly Father to our father Abraham, which He confirmed in Isaac and in Jacob, that his seed would become as numerous as sand of the sea and stars of the sky... and so they have! The point is that if you do not know who America and Great Britain are in God's Word, then you cannot possibly even begin to understand the prophecies spoken of pertaining to these last days. Log unto pamphlets Live Links to=> 1020 and 1064. They will get you started in the right direction. Or contact Artisan Publishers at www.artisanpublishers.com and purchase the little booklet The Abrahamic Covenant, by E. Raymond Capt.)
One other item we should make note of before we begin this 8th chapter, is that just like the dream and visions Daniel saw in chapter 7 were later made known and interpreted by an angel, so also shall the vision Daniel sees in this 8th chapter be made known later by an angel. As a reminder, we are now in the 3rd year of the reign of king Belshazzar, the final year of his reign, and we have returned to pure Hebrew.
"After that which appeared unto me at the first" refers to after the vision of chapter 7, not the first vision concerning Nebuchadnezzar's dream. This is important in that this vision is both subsequent and related to that first vision, seeing that we are going to be given knowledge of some specific events leading up to the entering in of the little horn, who is Satan appearing as the false messiah, who comes and takes control of the New World Order both politically and religiously.Daniel 8:1
In the third year of the reign of king Belshazzar a vision appeared unto me, even unto me Daniel, after that which appeared unto me at the first.
The wise know that we are given the specific names and location of where this vision takes place because they give us essential knowledge to the understanding of who and what the vision concerns. You see, Daniel will later have a vision by another river, the river Hiddekel, which is the Tigris River, a river very much in the news this day! So let's look at the definitions of the locations found in this verse (see below). You will find that Shushan means "whiteness" which comes from the beautiful and plenteous lilies that grew there. Elam means "distant and hidden" which is another way of expressing "eternity", and Ulai means "rivcr of pure water". This river ran by Shushan and flowed into the combined rivers of the Tigris and Euphrates. The water from the river Ulai was so pure that it was the only water that the kings of Persia would drink and so they carried it with them wherever they went. And I saw in a vision; and it came to pass, when I saw, that I was at Shushan in the palace, which is in the province of Elam; and I saw in a vision, and I was by the river of Ulai.
Shushan, Shuwshan, shoo-shan', Hebrew 7800; the same as Hebrew 7799 (shuwshan); Shushan, a place in Persia :- Shushan.shuwshan, shoo-shan', Hebrew 7799; or showshan, sho-shawn'; or shoshan, sho-shawn'; and (feminine) showshannah, sho-shan-naw'; from Hebrew 7797 (suws); a lily (from its whiteness), as a flower or architectural ornament; also a (straight) trumpet (from the tubular shape) :- lily, Shoshannim.
We also discover later in the 27th verse of this same chapter the reason Daniel was in Shushan, which was the capital and chief city of all of Persia. He was there because he "employed" in Shushan (the white palace) where he was busy being about the king's business. Now let's re-read verse 2 substituting the translations of the names of these locations.Elam, `Eylam, ay-lawm', Hebrew 5867; or Owlam, o-lawm'; (Ezra 10:2; Jer. 49:366), probably from Hebrew 5956 (`alam); hidden, i.e. distant; Elam, a son of Shem, and his descendant, with their country; also of six Israelites :- Elam.
Ulai, 'Uwlay, oo-lah'ee, Hebrew 195; of Persian derivative; the Ulai (or Eul'us), a river of Persia :- Ulai.
That kind of lets us know about the Divine revelation that Daniel is going to see here and what it concerns, the living waters! Again, Daniel is no longer in Babylon but rather has come out of her, and now he lifts up his eyes. And I saw in a vision; and it came to pass, when I saw, that I was at (the White Palace), which is in the (distant) province of (Eternity); and I saw in a vision, and I was by the river of (Pure Living Waters).
It is now time for us all to "lift up our eyes" because we are seeing many of the events Christ foretold us of coming to pass right before our eyes! Here is what Jesus told his disciples who would be present during the final generation of the fig tree, the time when the events foretold of in Daniel would come to pass. Then I lifted up mine eyes, and saw, and, behold, there stood before the river a ram which had two horns: and the two horns were high; but one was higher than the other, and the higher came up last.
It is time to put our trust and faith in Him who has all power and be strong in His Word. All "these things" Christ foretold us of shall come to pass exactly as they are written. All we need to do is take the time to study His Word and let Him reveal that which is written to us! Here is the verse recently quoted by one of the horns spoken of in verse 3:Luke 21:28
And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
Let's repeat Daniel 8:3.Isaiah 40:26
Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: He calleth them all by names by the greatness of His might, for that He is strong in power; not one faileth.
Lift up your eyes, open up your eyes to see, and notice where the ram was standing... before the river of Ulai, the river of pure living water! Now remember that the angel is going to come and show us what and who these symbols are. Of course if you remember back in chapter seven we learned what "horns" symbolized there in that the ten horns we saw represented ten kings! Let's zoom ahead here in this 8th chapter to verse 20 and find see if the two "horns" mentioned here represent the same things, i.e. kings! Then I lifted up mine eyes, and saw, and, behold, there stood before the river a ram which had two horns: and the two horns were high; but one was higher than the other, and the higher came up last.
Yep, these horns also represent kings who in this case are the kings of Media and Persia. Understand that much of the prophecy in our Father's Word begins with an historical type so that we can get a picture in our mind's eye of an ensample of how it will be in the future. There is a proverbial saying that says "history repeats itself" and that certainly is true especially of the precise and accurate history that is recorded in our Father's Word. It is interesting that many people get all excited about prophecy but are bored to death with the historical types that actually show us by ensample how the future events shall unfold and come to pass! Here we are given to know what and who the historical type is concerning the ram with the two horns. They are the kings of Media and Persia.Daniel 8:20
The ram which thou sawest having two horns are the kings of Media and Persia.
You can study the secular history of these types on your own, so we are going to talk about these horns as they relate to what is happening right now, because one thing we are going to discover is that these two horns are present just before the four winds are released, perhaps beginning with that east wind, that desert storm. If we look ahead to verse 8 we will see that "the great horn was broken and for it (in its place) came up four notable ones toward the four winds of heaven. We may have some modern day types of these two horns that were taken down but it seems apparent that we have yet to see the final ones, though perhaps it won't be too long until we do.
What do we then look for? Well, since we are looking for a "ram" with two horns, the ram being a male "sheep" symbolic of God's people, we had better look at the world's dominant superpower today, the "highest one" of the ram, the U.S.A. of course (the greater horn), along with his brother Great Britain (the lesser horn). If you know who and where the 10 tribes of the house of Israel are today then you know that this speaks of the ram who stood by the living water, God's people, whose horns are of Ephraim and Manasseh. This symbology is not new for God speaks of His glory in these last days as being the horns of Ephraim and Manasseh who shall push (butt with horns, ram) the people together to the ends of the earth.
His glory is like the firstling of his bullock, and his horns are like the horns of unicorns (a ray of light): with them He shall push the people together to the ends of the earth: and they are the ten thousands of Ephraim, and they are the thousands of Manasseh.
And so it is that the ram has pushed and become great, greater than any nation on the face of the earth.
Remember "beasts" are also symbolic of kingdoms or nations. So the question is today, "Who can stand against the greatest superpower of all time?" By the way, the two horns of the ram have been doing a little "pushing" of the nations lately, haven't they?Daniel 8:4
I saw the ram pushing westward, and northward, and southward; so that no beasts might stand before him, neither was there any that could deliver out of his hand; but he did according to his will, and became great.
What is between your eyes? Your forehead! That should let you know who has the he goat "marked" for service! Nevertheless, goats are different from sheep and are used in a negative manner in the same sense as at the judgment, when the "goats are separated from the sheep", the goats go on the left and the sheep go on the right. Historically this he goat was Alexander the Great, who moved swiftly against the Medes and the Persian and quickly subdued the world. Today however, since the next world power is the beast, the ten toed kingdom, this he goat would be a representative of the New World Order. The phrase "touched not the ground" means he passed over or "overflowed" the whole earth and came up swiftly. And as I was considering, behold, an he goat came from the west on the face of the whole earth, and touched not the ground: and the goat had a notable horn between his eyes.
Let's see what he does here in verse 6.
Some translations read he (the he goat) "rushed at it with impetuous force". And he came to the ram that had two horns, which I had seen standing before the river, and ran unto him in the fury of his power.
To moved with "choler" means with bile or bitterness. Notice that the two horns are "broken" by the power of the he goat who gets real close to the ram, buddy, buddy, and then moves against him with choler! Here is a speculative question: Who claims to have a real close relationship with the higher horn right now? And I saw him come close unto the ram, and he was moved with choler against him, and smote the ram, and brake his two horns: and there was no power in the ram to stand before him, but he cast him down to the ground, and stamped upon him: and there was none that could deliver the ram out of his hand.
This documents the timeframe in that we are not only seeing events occurring in the last days but we are seeing them occur just before the sound of the 6th Trump. Therefore this is yet future but the closer we get the more obvious this will become . So we will be patient and wait and see what happens, for instance if the ram tries to push the "road map" to peace in the Middle East with the same forcefulness he has risen up against the security council of the UN and gone after the vile dictator whose palace was on the river Hiddekel. Stay awake watchmen! One thing we know for sure and that is it will be the generation of fig tree which began on May 15, 1948, that will see all these events come to pass and the return of the King of kings and Lord of lords. Therefore the he goat waxed very great: and when he was strong, the great horn was broken; and for it came up four notable ones toward the four winds of heaven.
Now the entrance of the little horn.
Geographically speaking, toward the east was Babylonia and Persia where Iran and Iraq are today and toward the south was Egypt. However, we shall see that the little horn, who is Satan, the false messiah, waxes great in all directions meaning over the whole land, toward all four corners of the earth, even specifically in the "pleasant land" mentioned here which is the land of Judea, the place where the abomination of desolation (the little horn) comes and stands where he ought not (Mark 13:14) and spreads forth his desolations throughout all the earth! As it is written, he will show forth great signs and wonders and perform miracles in the sight of men to deceive the whole world (Rev. 13:14) and those signs and wonders and miracles of Satan and his angels will be of such magnitude that if it were possible, he could deceive even the very elect (Mat. 24:24). And out of one of them came forth a little horn, which waxed exceeding great, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the pleasant land.
Unfortunately it is commonly taught (albeit in error) in most of the Christian churches in this nation that the one who comes will cause much havoc and physical destruction when he arrives. Of course most of the preachers and evangelists and ministers only guess and speculate who it is for they do not study and rightly divide the Word of Truth to know that he is a most beautiful cherub (Ezek. 28) who appears as an angel of light, though spiritually speaking he brings with him nothing but utter darkness! The majority believe this one must be a human being who is alive on earth now and living who-knows-where just waiting to be revealed. Once again, the popularity of Biblical illiteracy has allowed the blind to mislead the blind for Rev. 12:7-9 lets us know where Satan is at this time, and it is not here on earth... at least not yet! His evil spirit is here just as the Holy Spirit is here, but soon he will be cast out of heaven to this earth with his host of angels and will take the world by storm! See that you are not quick and ready to fly to the first supernatural entity that comes to this earth.
Next we will learn just how it is that the "little horn" shall spiritually destroy many when he enters into this dimension defacto. Hopefully that will not come as a surprise to you for you should already know that the abomination of desolation's (Satan's) weapons of mass destruction (spiritual desolation) in these last days are spiritual in nature. That is why they are hidden from the view of most people, even most Christians, who look for physical famines and nuclear holocausts to consummate the end of this age. No, Satan's weapons are peace and prosperity through the Four Hidden Dynasties of Politics, Education, Economics and Religion. That is why we are to "be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might" and "put on the whole armor of God", His Word, and be ready to "take a stand against the fiery darts of the Wicked One (Eph. 6:10-17)". Are you prepared and ready?
These are exciting times in which we live and the events that are happening in our day were written of long ago in our Father's Word! So stay focused in His Word and you will always be in know!
The great tribulation of these last days is not physical warfare, but rather a spiritual battle, a battle for the minds and souls of men and women alike. That is why Christians are to put on the whole armour of God, the gospel armor Paul speaks of in Ephesians chapter six. Does it not make sense that if one needs to put on and become trained in the use of protective armor and offensive weaponry to wage war against flesh and blood, that in order to wage a war of words and ideologies against principalities, against powers, against darkness and spiritual wickedness in high places, one needs to put on and become trained and equipped in the use of spiritual armor and offensive weaponry? Of course, the analogy is to the point and for that reason the apostle Paul uses physical armor and the offensive weapon of the sword to illustrate how one should array and prepare himself or herself to be able to take a stand against the spiritually fiery darts of the wicked one, Satan himself. So the question is: How spiritually dressed are you with the whole armor of God and how well trained in the use of His Sword, Word of God, are you? Are you mentally and spiritually ready and prepared to take a stand against Satan and his flood of lies and deceit?
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gos-pel of peace;
 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
Amazing, isn't it? The "substitute - Christ", i.e. an impostor! He is coming to play the role of Jesus Christ and most Christians will believe that he is simply because of the great wonders and miracles he performs in the sight of men. Remember once again that Jesus told us in Matthew 24 and Mark 13 that if we want to understand the coming of this one whom He calls the "abomination of desolation", the abominable one who comes and stands in the holy place and makes desolate the sanctuary and the host, that he is spoken of by the prophet Daniel. Therefore, we are to be wise enough to take the hint and go read what Daniel has to say, which is exactly what we are doing. Now we are going to be given the MO (Method of Operation) of just how it is this abominable one, also called the little horn, the vile person, Satan, the Devil, causes such massive spiritual desolation. In other words, by coming here to the Book of Daniel and reading it with understanding, we are going to be privileged to see what the little horn's spiritual weapons of mass destruction are... because they are hidden from the view of the unwise who do not study the Word of Truth.
So let us return to the 8th chapter of Daniel where he just told us about the vision he saw of a ram with two horns that stood by the river Ulai (pure water, i.e. stood by the living water, the Word God), when an he goat, which is a leaper of goats, came close unto the ram and then was moved with choler against him and smote him and broke the ram's two horns. We were also told that just following the fulfillment of this vision that "the four notable ones come up toward the four winds of heaven" letting us know that this vision is for the time of the end when the final beast system that will be headed by the spurious messiah, the "little horn" Daniel is now going to tell us about, shall come forth. This will be documented in this study when the angel Gabriel comes and "makes Daniel to understand the vision" and explains that it is "for the time of the end (vs. 17)".
The little horn is none other than Satan who waxes exceeding great toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the pleasant land which is the land of Judea wherein Jerusalem lies and where the little horn comes and stands claiming to be God. In fact, this slickmeister waxes great throughout the whole world and prospers, as in is successful in deceiving the whole world into believing he is the King of kings and Lord of lords rather than the little tiny horn (king) he really is. God's elect know that he is the king of Tyre, which means rock with a little "r", and not the King of kings who is our Rock with a capital "R" (Deut. 32:31). In other words, to those who do not have the seal of God in their foreheads the little horn will not appear little at all, but will appear unto them as a magnificent one, even God himself. However, to those who are familiar with their Father's Word he will always remain "little" in their eyes and nothing more than a disgusting vile little horn who thinks himself to be great and magnifies himself to great height.Daniel 8:9
And out of one of them came forth a little horn, which waxed exceeding great, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the pleasant land.
The host of heaven means the "starry host". We read in Rev. 12:4 where Satan drew a third part of the stars of heaven (God's children) away from His truth and justice in the first earth age. Well, "there is nothing new under the sun" for he likewise has no regard whatsoever for God's children in this flesh age and will spiritually stamp on whomsoever he may... though he may not hurt those who have the seal of God in their foreheads (Rev. 9:4)! Remember too that we read back in chapter seven where he stamps upon the other beasts, those dominions that are present when the great and dreadful fourth beast (Satan and his host of angels) assumes his power and dominion. The scope of the little horn's waxing great is also confirmed by that which is written in Rev. 12:9, and that is that he comes with his host and deceives the whole world. "And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him." And it (he, the little horn) waxed great, even to the host of heaven; and it (he) cast down some of the host and of the stars to the ground, and stamped upon them.
How is it possible that he "deceives the whole world", which by the way includes the majority of Christianity? Because he magnifies himself in their flesh eyes by performing great wonders and miracles to where they think that he is God.
The whole world will love this "deceiver" because they will think he is Jesus Christ, the Prince of the host! Again, he will magnify and exalt himself to appear as Jesus Christ, even the Creator and Ruler of the starry host, by showing great signs and wonders and performing miracles in the sight of men that will be so awesome people will flock to him and worship him!Dan 8:11 Yea, he magnified himself even to the Prince of the host, and by himthe daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of his sanctuary was cast down.
You can read about the morning and evening oblation, which was the daily sacrifice, in Numbers 28:3-4. Of course that daily sacrifice was only a shadow (Col. 2:17), a type, of the real daily sacrifice who is Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God who was slain once and for all time. Historically those shadow sacrifices were taken away when the "little horn" brought about the crucifixion of Jesus Christ who became our sacrifice as explained by Paul in Hebrews 10.Rev. 13:13-14
And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,  And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast..."
Prophetically then, since this vision of the "taking away" is for the last days, if you understand what the "daily sacrifice" now is in Daniel 8:11-12, i.e. that it is Jesus Christ and the oblation is our communion with Him, then the "taking away" is really easy to understand. Think for a moment! We just read that the little horn is going to magnify himself to appear as the Prince of the Host, even Jesus Christ, by "sitting in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God (2 Thes. 2:4)", and cause the whole world through his deception, through his transgression of desolation (vs. 12), i.e. of making spiritually desolate the sanctuary and the host, to believe that he is God. Thus this abominable one who makes desolate will literally "take away" the communion Christians have with the true Christ, and cause them to "commune" with him, the instead-of-Christ. Woe! That is spiritual desolation of the worst kind! Paul calls this great seduction by the son of perdition who comes and stands in the holy place (Mat. 24:15) a great "falling away", a great apostasy!Hebrews 10:10-14
By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
 And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:
 But this man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;
 From henceforth expecting till His enemies be made His footstool.
 For by one offering He hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.
"That day" is the day we gather back to Christ. That gathering back to Him shall not come until the little horn, the son of perdition, comes and spiritually desolates the temple, the children of God, i.e. the whole Christian community except for those who are sealed with the knowledge and wisdom of His Word (Rev. 9:4).2 Thes. 2:3-4
Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
Sadly enough, Satan's deception is made easy for him by the fact that so many preachers and ministers teach our people that Jesus Christ is going to the return at any moment and rapture His church on out of here. They are actually being "set up" to accept the first supernatural entity who comes to this earth... and that would be the desolator posing as Jesus Christ and causing mass spiritual desolation through his flood of lies and deceits. Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
apostasia, ap-os-tas-ee'-ah, Greek 646; feminine of the same as Greek 647 (apostasion); defection from truth (properly the state) ["apostasy"] :- falling away, forsake.
So, how successful do you think this "little horn" will be, this one who will always be little in the sight of God and His wise and knowledgeable children? Here's your answer:
The Hebrew word "host" as it us used here is "tsaba" which means a military host, as in an army, and the phrase "was given against him" means "to raise war against" (see notes in the Companion Bible, pg. 1195). In other words, the little horn is given an army to fight against the daily sacrifice. Yes, the little horn shall have a mighty host, even an angelic host who we know are those ten kings, the ten toes of Nebuchadnezzar's image, who come and reign one hour with the beast and make war with the Lamb of God, the Lamb who is our sacrifice.Daniel 8:12
And an host was given him against the daily sacrifice by reason of transgression, and it cast down the truth to the ground; and it practised, and prospered.
Therefore the answer to the question of how successful the little horn will be in spreading his abominations to make desolate the souls of men, is that he will be so successful (prosper) and effective (practised) that just about the whole world falls into his hands as he and his angelic host cast the truth to the ground causing the great defection (apostasy) to take place.Rev. 17:12-14
And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.
 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.
 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.
So now that you know what the taking away of the daily sacrifice is and what the transgression of desolation is, the next question is how long will that go on until Jesus Christ returns and puts a stop to it?
The question that is being asked is "How long, i.e. what will be the duration of time concerning the daily sacrifice and (the setting up of) the desolation, which is when the little horn who comes and exalts himself as God and stands in the holy place desolating the sanctuary and causing the true daily sacrifice, the communion with the Lord Jesus Christ, to be taken away and given unto him. Then I heard one saint speaking, and another saint said unto that certain saint which spake, How long shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, and the transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot?
In other words, after 2300 days the sanctuary will be cleansed, which is when the 7th Trump sounds and Jesus Christ returns and cleans out the filth. We will see later when we get to chapter twelve how these 2300 days fit together with the other "times" given in Daniel and elsewhere regarding the abomination of desolation and the taking away of the daily sacrifice.[Dan 8:14] And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.
Do you seek and ask for understanding and wisdom from the Word of God concerning the things you see come to pass, or do you rely on the four windbags, CNN, ABC, CBS, & NBC, to explain what in the world is going on? And it came to pass, when I, even I Daniel, had seen the vision, and sought for the meaning, then, behold, there stood before me as the appearance of a man.
Remember what Ulai means, the river of Pure Water? That should let you know who called to Gabriel (whose name means "Man of God") to go make known unto Daniel the interpretation of the vision. Gabriel's very appearance lets us know that we are talking about the time just before the second advent. Historically speaking, Gabriel appeared during the Course of Abia about the time of the summer solstice when he told Zacharias that Elizabeth would conceive John the Baptist who would go before the Lord to prepare the way. That was 6 months before the conception of Christ which is the last time he appeared, and that was to tell Mary about the conception of Jesus. And I heard a man's voice between the banks of Ulai, which called, and said, Gabriel, make this man to understand the vision.
Zacharias was also afraid when he encountered the archangel Gabriel: Luke 1:12 "And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him." We should get the picture from this that facing the supernatural is an awesome experience! Nevertheless, the first thing Daniel is told about the vision is that it is for the "time of the end". That means that even though we can point to historical types, that's just what they are, historical types, for the fulfillment is at "the time of the end", the time that the vision is for. Surely that is not hard to understand for even the English makes it very clear. So he came near where I stood: and when he came, I was afraid, and fell upon my face: but he said unto me, Understand, O son of man: for at the time of the end shall be the vision.
There is another phrase in verse 17 that those with eyes to see and ears to hear might "see", and that is the phrase "O son of man". Besides Messiah, only Ezekiel and Daniel were called "son of man". Ezekiel is the book of the watchmen who take the teaching of His Truth along with the warning of the 6th Trump to their brothers and sisters of the house of Israel, even as does the Church of Philadelphia. The Book of Daniel concerns the time of the great tribulation (Smyrna) when the "abomination of desolation" is present and some of God's elect are delivered up, even to the king of Babylon, to give witness and declare that judgment is coming at the sound of the 7th Trump when the King of kings returns. That is the "gospel of the kingdom" that shall be proclaimed (heralded) throughout the world, i.e. the good news that the King and His dominion are coming to rule for 1,000 years!
Time for the "wise" in these last days to wake up out of their sleep! Time to get your head out of the sand and "Lift up your eyes unto heaven" and see what is happening all around us and to our people who have forsaken His Word! Much spiritual desolation has already taken place! Now as he was speaking with me, I was in a deep sleep on my face toward the ground: but he touched me, and set me upright.
The end does not happen any old time, but rather at the exact time our Father has appointed. God's indignation and the cup of His wrath containing His perfect judgment is poured out when it is filled up at the end of this flesh age. And he said, Behold, I will make thee know what shall be in the last end of the indignation: for at the time appointed the end shall be.
Next, Gabriel gives both the interpretation of the vision of the ram having the two horns and the he goat and then what happens after the he goat runs into the ram with choler and brakes the horn. Here is how it comes down...
Remember also that this vision was given in the 3rd year of the reign of Belshazzar, his last year of reign, the year he had his idolatrous feast and God's judgment came upon him. We discussed the ram who "stood by the pure water" as being God's people and these two horns, the one coming up higher than the other, as the two horns of Ephraim and Manasseh, Great Britain and the United States of America. (By the way, had you noticed how often President Bush was accused of standing by the Living Water, even for quoting so many times from the Word of Truth.) The ram which thou sawest having two horns are the kings of Media and Persia.
The rough goat also has his eyes focused upon the first king, the great horn, which he breaks. To wit, in recent times we had an ensample of this when both President Nixon and Prime Minister Harold Wilson of Great Britain were discredited and taken down by the only surviving (non-implicated and unscathed) member of the Nixon cabinet, the one who would later be known for his shuttle diplomacy. However, we know that this vision of Daniel is for the time of the end, the latter part of the generation of the fig tree when globalization has taken place, i.e. when the ethnic nations and the kingdoms (royal nations of the house of Israel) would rise alongside each other in the marketplace. When Nixon and Wilson were in office, the Berlin Wall and the Iron Curtain both still stood and would continue to do so for years to come. And the rough goat is the king of Grecia: and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first king.
The point is, we have not seen two horns of the ram come and push the very fabric of the world order such as we saw President Bush and Tony Blair do from time to time. Could it be that we will see an he-goat come up before long? We can only speculate and wait and see. However, the world stage is certainly set for trouble, especially if we push as nonnegotiable the "road map" to peace in the Middle East with the same resolve they did their stand on the Iraq issue at the UN. One thing we do know from the next verse though, is that when the great horn is broken, the New World Order comes into full swing, but not in his (earthly) power...
... for the power it shall be in is that of the hands of a king of fierce countenance. Now that being broken, whereas four stood up for it (i.e. in its place), four kingdoms shall stand up out of the nation, but not in his power.
Here we have yet another name for the "little horn"... "a king of fierce countenance" who understands dark sentences, meaning he is able to take the light of truth and twist it and turn it into lies and deception which is spiritual darkness. In other words, the New World Order will not just be controlled by the kenites who have used the four hidden dynasties to bring it about, but rather it shall be "powered" by Satan, that religious abomination who comes and stands in the holy place and causes all that spiritual desolation by taking away the daily sacrifice as he gathers the people to worship him as God. And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up.
If you remember who it was that gave the king of Babylon all his power, the One who sets up kings and removes kings, the One who has all power and uses whomsoever He will, then you will have no problem with this verse. It is written that our Father sends the king of Babylon, the king of fierce countenance, even the nation of fierce countenance, to chastise His children. And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people.
In fact, our Father even calls Satan's locust army in the Book of Joel, His army (Joel 2:11)! But notice how it is that the king of fierce countenance "destroys". First, he destroys (spiritually deceives) "wonderfully", meaning he does it with "wonders" and "miracles" which make him prosper, i.e. become very successful! The next verse gives us even more insight as to how this spurious messiah destroys many.Deut. 28:49-50
The LORD shall bring a nation against thee from far, from the end of the earth, as swift as the eagle flieth; a nation whose tongue thou shalt not understand;
 A nation of fierce countenance, which shall not regard the person of the old, nor shew favour to the young:
Craft means deceit, which he shall cause to prosper in his hand and many will lend their hands in helping him to prosper, which is what having the "mark in their right hand" means... doing the work of Satan, being his right hand man. However, notice that he shall destroy many by PEACE! And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand.
 And the vision of the evening and the morning which was told is true: wherefore shut thou up the vision; for it shall be for many days.
We are not going to take the time to document it here, but the final generation began on May 15, 1948, when both the good and bad figs were set out in the land of Judea as the United Nations gave sanction to the State of Israel. So get ready! We are in for some exciting events just ahead. Note: You can learn about the Parable of the Fig Tree by loging unto and reading Live Link to=> Fig Tree.Matthew 24:34
Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.
Daniel went back to work and went about the king's business, but "none became aware of the vision" for no one could have understood it back then anyway. Gabriel clearly stated that the vision was for the end time, our time, not Daniel's. And you know, common sense tells us that if all these things shall come to pass in the final generation, and this is truly the final generation (which it is), then the wise will see them come to pass... and they are! What a time to live! We just thank our Father for the privilege of having His Word to comfort us by giving us understanding to know the truth of what is happening in the world, what is yet to happen, and why it is all these things must come to pass!Daniel 8:27
And I Daniel fainted, and was sick certain days; afterward I rose up, and did the king's business; and I was astonished at the vision, but none understood it.
In Daniel Chapter 9 the angel Gabriel comes forth and to give him skill and understanding of what happens at the end of 70 weeks, knowing that 69 weeks have passed.
Our Father sent the angel Gabriel (man of God) to show Daniel what was to befall his people in the latter days when the king of fierce countenance, one who understands "dark" sentences, would come and destroy (spiritually desolate) the mighty and holy people, Daniel's people. This was a "hard to pill to swallow" for someone who loved his God, his country, and his people, and though it was God's plan as revealed by His angel, the reality of it sickened Daniel's heart. But after certain days he "rose up" and went about the king's business and was amazed that no one around him had a clue as to what was going on or what was about to happen.
Such is the case in our nation today concerning the magnitude of the coming abomination of desolation who shall stand in the holy place showing himself (to the world) that he is God. As it is written, when Satan and his angels are cast out of heaven to this earth there shall be a time of trouble (spiritual tribulation) such as never was, no, nor ever shall be. Then too, the land of Babylon is in the news all around us, but our people are clueless even as to the spiritual desolation still taking place as a result of the desert storm, that hot dry "east wind" of the desert that has been blowing across our nation causing our land (the people of our land) to spiritually look like a valley of dead dry bones (Ezk. 37). It is time to wake up and "Lift your head on high" and come out of the desert wind that causes spiritual desolation. Here's what the book titled "salvation" (Hosea) has to say concerning our people:
Ephraim was the largest of the 10 tribes, like the USA is today, and is used here as an adjunct figure of speech to represent the house of Israel. Oil is symbolic of richness meaning that the nation increases with prosperity as they make their covenant with the Assyrians, i.e. put their trust and security in the power of the beast system. However, the increase is only an illusion as our people are enslaved (Egypt) more and more by our unholy debt system economy controlled by the kenites.Hosea 12:1
Ephraim feedeth on wind, and followeth after the east wind: he daily increaseth lies and desolation; and they do make a covenant with the Assyrians, and oil is carried into Egypt.
Samaria means "watch mountain" and was the "capital hill" of the northern ten tribes, the house of Israel. To wit, our own capital hill has become wrought with much spiritual desolation. It is time we return to the Rock our forefathers founded this nation upon. It is time to return to our God and to His Word of truth and justice!Hosea 13:15
Though he be fruitful among his brethren, an east wind shall come, the wind of the LORD shall come up from the wilderness, and his spring shall become dry, and his fountain shall be dried up: he shall spoil the treasure of all pleasant vessels.
 Samaria shall become desolate; for she hath rebelled against her God: they shall fall by the sword: their infants shall be dashed in pieces, and their women with child shall be ripped up.
Are you wise enough to "see" what is happening to our people as we drift further and further away from His Word? The wise in this final generation shall understand the visions of the prophets, even the visions that Daniel saw of the "desolator" coming against his people, and they shall teach and walk in the ways of righteousness, which is the Word of God.Hosea 14:1
O Israel, return unto the LORD thy God; for thou hast fallen by thine iniquity.
 Take with you words, and turn to the LORD: say unto him, Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously: so will we render the calves of our lips.
 Asshur shall not save us; we will not ride upon horses: neither will we say any more to the work of our hands, Ye are our gods: for in thee the fatherless findeth mercy.
So after rising up and getting back on his feet and being about the king's business, Daniel started cracking the Book and seeking understanding from the Word of God. This is in the first year of Darius the Mede who was Cyrus.Hosea 14:9
Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? prudent, and he shall know them? for the ways of the LORD are right, and the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall fall therein.
The word "Darius", which means "maintainer" or "restrainer", is a general title given to a line of kings such as Pharaoh, Czar, Sultan, or Shah. Not understanding this appellative has caused much confusion in determining the genealogy of the Persian kings by mistaking titles for proper names. Darius the son of Ahasuerus mentioned here is Cyrus (see appendix 57 in the Companion Bible).Daniel 9:1
In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of the seed of the Medes, which was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans;
Daniel understood from studying the Word of God what was going to happen to his people concerning the desolations brought about by that king of fierce countenance and he wanted to help his people, his family, and his friends, so he turned to God and asked for His help. Daniel, a type of God's elect in these last days, was full of the beatitudes (Mat. 5), the beautiful attitudes of love and concern for his family and his nation. Jeremiah had warned the people repeatedly that the king of Babylon was coming, but just like today they paid no attention. Of course their eyes were helped kept closed by their religious leaders who scoffed at the warning and told their congregations "it is not going to happen", God will protect you. Sound familiar? Our people are taught today that God will protect them and "rapture them away" before the start of tribulation, when the king of Babylon comes, so they don't even need to study the Book of Revelation. In the first year of his reign I Daniel understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem.
Nevertheless, Daniel understood from Jeremiah 25:11-14 how long the "desolations of Jerusalem" would last, which would be 70 years, from 479 to 409 B.C.
Daniel said he understood the "number of years", which means he calculated the years of the "desolations" which had so far lasted 53 years, leaving 17 more to go. Remember this for future reference in our discussions of times and dates, i.e. that Daniel's understanding came to him in the 53rd year which was the first year of the reign of Cyrus.Jeremiah 25:12
And it shall come to pass, when seventy years are accomplished, that I will punish the king of Babylon, and that nation, saith the LORD, for their iniquity, and the land of the Chaldeans, and will make it perpetual desolations.
For thus saith the LORD, That after seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place.
Daniel wanted so much to know and understand and to do what he could for his people who had been drawn away from their Father's Word and were clueless as to what was befalling them.Daniel 9:3
And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes:
God always keeps His covenant, His Word, and He blesses those who love Him and keep His commandments. The fact is, if you love the Lord with all your heart you will keep His commandments. Jesus Christ said so Himself. And I prayed unto the LORD my God, and made my confession, and said, O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love Him, and to them that keep His commandments;
If you do not prayerfully study your Father's Word then you show by your actions that you do not love Him, no matter what your lips might sing or say.John 14:15
If ye love me, keep my commandments.
What is that "another Comforter"? It is the Spirit of Truth that brings comfort and sets you free from bondage and the traditions of men, and free from the fear of not knowing what tomorrow brings. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
If you seek Him and study His Word then His Spirit of truth will dwell in your heart and mind! Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
That's a promise IF you keep His commands, which are the instructions contained in His Holy Word. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
Again, God always "keeps His covenant", His promises to His children who love and obey Him and Daniel certainly was one who loved Him. In fact, we will read in chapter 10 that Daniel is twice called "a man greatly beloved" by God! We should also point out that Ezekiel (God is my strength) talks about Daniel in his prophecy concerning the time of the end. You will find that reference in the 14th chapter of Ezekiel where he points out that there is both national judgment and individual judgment and although these last days are a time of both, it is your individual actions that determine your reward or just recompense. Here we find that Daniel is not concerned about himself, but rather about his people for he knows exactly why the desolator shall come... because of the sins of the people in departing from the laws and precepts of God! See live link to=> Ezekiel chapter 14 Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.
 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.
 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
We have been drawn away by our increased prosperity and thus we have looked to our own hands and have forsaken our God by ignoring His Word. That is what rebellion is, not listening to the commands and the instructions of our Father... even though many are good faithful church goers. We as a people find ourselves at this very moment in the midst of the great famine of the end times spoken of by Amos the prophet (Amos 8:11-13) which is not a famine for bread nor a thirst for water but for the hearing of the Word of the LORD. It has been largely caused by the false prophets, those Christian preachers and ministers and priests who teach our people the traditions of men and promote emotional love rather than disciplining them in the Word of God. Isaiah 29:13 "Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men."Daniel 9:5
We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from thy precepts and from thy judgments:
Do we as a nation listen to the prophets of God, e.g. Isaiah, Jeremiah, Micah, etc.? How could we? We as a nation don't even know what they have said because our preachers don't teach them and we don't take the time to read them for ourselves. Neither have we hearkened unto thy servants the prophets, which spake in thy name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land.
"Confusion of faces" means "shame on our faces" as in shame on us as the people of God, one nation under God! And we should be ashamed of ourselves and many of our leaders who have strayed so far left of righteousness, should be ashamed of themselves! O Lord, righteousness belongeth unto thee, but unto us confusion of faces, as at this day; to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and unto all Israel, that are near, and that are far off, through all the countries whither thou hast driven them, because of their trespass that they have trespassed against thee.
We as a nation no longer keep many of His laws and statutes as we once did. We have perverted justice and made that which is wrong to be right! Therefore we have sinned against the Lord our God for sin is the transgression of the law (1 John 3:4). O Lord, to us belongeth confusion of face, to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because we have sinned against thee.
Daniel knows that even though we as God's children have rebelled against Him, that He still loves His children, as any loving Father would. And that of course is why He allows the consequences of our own actions to come upon us that through our chastisement we might come to know that only by listening to Him (obeying His voice) and walking in His ways can we find peace and happiness and blessings. To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, though we have rebelled against Him;
Our preachers and ministers do not teach His Word after the manner of "Thus saith the Lord" and "It is written". Therefore through the lack of knowledge brought about by the lack of discipline in His Word we (the nation as a whole) have departed from His laws and precepts and have followed after the commandments and traditions of men. Neither have we obeyed the voice of the LORD our God, to walk in his laws, which he set before us by his servants the prophets.
The "curse" is poured upon us? What curse? As a student and keeper of God's Word, a type of God's elect in these last days, Daniel knew what the law said regarding blessings and cursings (vs. 13). He knew the books of Moses and would have been quite familiar with Deut. 28 that outlines the blessings and the curses Daniel refers to. Take the time to read the entire chapter, both the blessings and the cursings, and know that they are conditional based upon whether a person listens to Him (hears His voice, which is His Word), or listens to men and their voices, which are become the traditions of men that make void His word. Yea, all Israel have transgressed thy law, even by departing, that they might not obey thy voice; therefore the curse is poured upon us, and the oath that is written in the law of Moses the servant of God, because we have sinned against him.
Here is how to receive His blessings:
Here is how to receive His curses:Deut. 28:1
And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:
 And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God.
We are without excuse for He has warned us what would come to pass if we disobey His laws and commands. You "see", His Word will be confirmed true by your actions either way, either through your rebellion of ignoring His Word and experiencing the suffering of the consequences it brings, or through obedience to His laws and commands and experiencing the blessings it brings. By the way, these curses take very little updating to see how much they apply to our nation today.Deut. 28:15-20
But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee:
 Cursed shalt thou be in the city, and cursed shalt thou be in the field.
Have you forsaken your Father by not hearing His Voice, i.e. by not studying His set of commands and instructions? Notice that the question was NOT "Do you go to church every Sunday?", because the two are not related if the church you go to does not teach His Word chapter by chapter and verse by verse to instruct you in His ways. Cursed shall be thy basket and thy store.
 Cursed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy land, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.
 Cursed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and cursed shalt thou be when thou goest out.
The LORD shall send upon thee cursing, vexation, and rebuke, in all that thou settest thine hand unto for to do, until thou be destroyed, and until thou perish quickly; because of the wickedness of thy doings, whereby thou hast forsaken me.
Let's return to Daniel's prayer which he is giving on behalf of his people.
Again, we are without excuse for He has warned us what would come to pass if we disobeyed His laws and precepts. He has been gracious to us by giving us "free will", the freedom of choice, which means we are free to chose the path we follow. Remember that the next time you cast a vote in this nation!Daniel 9:12
And He hath confirmed His words, which He spake against us, and against our judges that judged us, by bringing upon us a great evil: for under the whole heaven hath not been done as hath been done upon Jerusalem.
He has given each of us a choice and it is up to each of us to make that choice!Deut. 30:19
I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:
Do you see the majority of the preachers and ministers today teaching repentance, teaching our people to turn from their own ways and turn to the Word of God for instruction and admonition? Do they teach an "understanding of thy truth", His word, line by line and chapter by chapter? Not many do because most are afraid they might offend someone and lose membership which would not be good "business". You see, many live by the "Golden Rule Formula (GRF)"... which is Members + Attendance = More Gold.Daniel 9:13
As it is written in the law of Moses, all this evil is come upon us: yet made we not our prayer before the LORD our God, that we might turn from our iniquities, and understand thy truth.
To watch upon the evil simply means He allows the curses to come upon them as per Deut. 28 because He warned them and yet they "obeyed not HIS voice". Therefore hath the LORD watched upon the evil, and brought it upon us: for the LORD our God is righteous in all his works which he doeth: for we obeyed not his voice.
Isn't is amazing that after all of the miracles God did in the sight of our forefathers, that His wondrous works are so quickly forgotten and our people return to their own way, a way "that seemeth right in their own eyes". The only one problem with our own way is that in the final end, it will cause eternal death! And now, O Lord our God, that hast brought thy people forth out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand, and hast gotten thee renown, as at this day; we have sinned, we have done wickedly.
Daniel now continues his prayer, asking God to turn away His anger and His fury upon his people. The rest of the prayer is solemn and requires little comment:Proverbs 16:25
There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
In other Words, through our sinfulness and iniquities we who call ourselves God's children bring shame upon our Father.Daniel 9:16
O Lord, according to all thy righteousness, I beseech thee, let thine anger and thy fury be turned away from thy city Jerusalem, thy holy mountain: because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and thy people are become a reproach to all that are about us.
His people are called by His name which is Christ. In other words, they are called Christians. What a beautiful prayer and what a beautiful person this Daniel was. The love he had for his Father and the compassion he had for his nation and family is truly exemplary. Now therefore, O our God, hear the prayer of thy servant, and his supplications, and cause thy face to shine upon thy sanctuary that is desolate, for the Lord's sake.
 O my God, incline thine ear, and hear; open thine eyes, and behold our desolations, and the city which is called by thy name: for we do not present our supplications before thee for our righteousnesses, but for thy great mercies.
 O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, hearken and do; defer not, for thine own sake, O my God: for thy city and thy people are called by thy name.
Next, we find Gabriel the man of God, one of the archangels, will come to Daniel to give him skill and understanding. So let's be wise and go listen in.
In the third and last year of the reign of king Belshazzar, Daniel saw a vision concerning the king of fierce countenance who would come with awesome power and "destroy the mighty and holy people", his people, the true house of Israel. That understanding disturbed him greatly so he began plowing in his Father's Word and learned in the great Book of Jeremiah that the period of time concerning the desolations of Jerusalem was to be seventy years, an additional seventeen years from the time he came to that understanding. Therefore because he so loved his nation and his people, he set his face unto the LORD God to offer prayers and give supplication before Him because of the sins of his people. And while he was yet speaking and praying he was paid a visit by one of the four archangels who stand before the Lord, even Gabriel whose name means "man of God". When those angels swing into action at the time of end, even that time when the archangel Michael stands up and casts Satan and his angels out of heaven (Rev. 12:7-9), then "there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time... (Dan. 12:1)."
And whiles I was speaking, and praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the LORD my God for the holy mountain of my God;
The archangel Gabriel who appeared just before the first advent also appears before the second advent and blows (heralds) the 7th Trump at Christ's return. Notice that Daniel was not even finished with his prayer when this man of God came to him and touched him towards the "end of the day", about the time of the evening oblation. Yea, whiles I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation.
Our Father hears the prayers of those who love and serve Him by seeking after His knowledge and wisdom for the purpose of helping others. And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, O Daniel, I am now come forth to give thee skill and understanding.
At the instant Daniel began his prayer (back in verse 4) God heard him and gave the commandment to Gabriel to go forth and give him skill and understanding. Gabriel let Daniel know that he was greatly beloved by our Father and you can imagine how that must have made Daniel feel. At the beginning of thy supplications the commandment came forth, and I am come to shew thee; for thou art greatly beloved: therefore understand the matter, and consider the vision.
Gabriel then instructed Daniel to consider (think about) and understand the vision. Remember that Daniel, this beloved one of God, already knows about the 70 years of captivity. Now he's going to be given information concerning another time frame or period of 70, however, the length of this period of time will be "Seventy Sevens" or 70 weeks of years, years being the subject of Daniel's prayer.
The seventy weeks are determined on the people and on the holy city of Jerusalem. That is why you want to always keep your eyes upon the holy city, for it is the focal point of endtime prophecy. Let's segment this verse and consider what happens at the end of 70 weeks, knowing that 69 weeks have passed. That which has been determined by our Father at His appointed time is... Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.
This happens when Jesus Christ returns at the sound of the 7th Trump and puts a stop to the transgression of desolation.to finish the transgression, and...
This hasn't happen yet either, has it?to make an end of sins, and...
This is the "day of vengeance" spoken of by Isaiah in the second half of Isa. 61:2. This occurs when Christ returns to the Valley of Jehoshaphat (Yahveh Judges) as per Joel chapter 3.to make reconciliation for iniquity, and...
This happens when the King of righteous comes and sets up His kingdom that shall never be destroyed.to bring in everlasting righteousness, and...
To "seal up the vision and prophecy" is to make an end of, to fulfill all the prophecies that Jesus Christ foretold us of in Mat. 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21. The fulfilling happens in and unto the final generation of the fig tree! Matthew 24:34 "Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled."to seal up the vision and prophecy, and...
The phrase "the most Holy" is never used of a person but rather of the "holy of holies". So to "anoint the holy of Holies" simply means to cleanse the sanctuary. The seventy weeks continues until the end when the sanctuary is cleansed. You may recall that the cleansing also takes place at the end of the 2300 days. Nevertheless, it is obvious that these events have not yet happened and so are yet future. Has God not put an end to the transgression of desolation! Sin has not been done away with! And the visions and the prophecies have not all been fulfilled.to anoint the most Holy.
How long then is "Seventy Sevens"? 70 x 7 = 490 years, which is the total length of time of this prophecy. Keep that in mind as we read the next verse.
The decree, issued by king Cyrus, to restore and rebuild Jerusalem went forth in 454 B.C., the twentieth year of Artaxerxes. So we have 7 weeks, which is 7 x 7 or 49 years (from 454 B.C. to 405 B.C.) plus 62 weeks, which is 62 x 7 or 434 years (from 405 B.C. to 29 A.D., the crucifixion). That gives us a total of 69 weeks, which is 69 x 7 or 483 years. However, since the "total time" of this prophecy is 490 years, we are short one week. That's right! There is one week yet to be fulfilled go before all the events in verse 24 are "sealed up". Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.
Note: Most chronologies are off a period of 110 years due to the errant calculations of the years of reign of the kings. For example we read "in the third year of the reign of king Belshazzar" back in chapter 8 verse 1 by which it is assumed he reigned 3 years, but in fact he reigned for just over 2 years. If you have access to a Companion Bible, appendixes 50 and 90 will give you the corrected chronologies.
Let's continue. (Isn't this fascinating?) Now notice that the events in the next verse happen AFTER the 483 years, which is AFTER the crucifixion. They happen at the time of the end during Daniel's 70th week!
There is a definite article in the manuscripts marking the "after threescore and two weeks" as the period of time just mentioned in verse 25, i.e. after the 483 years. Christ was "cut off", crucified, and that was He Himself who died on the cross. But there comes a time when He is cut off "but not for Himself", i.e. the daily sacrifice shall be cut off from the hearts and the minds of the people. Christ was crucified and rejected and He did not usher in the kingdom for which He came but rather the kingdom became in abeyance for a period (John 1:11). So we have a gap from the 69th week until the 70th week when Messiah is cut off. That will be during the last week of this flesh age during the latter part of which the desolator will come and do his thing, which is to destroy wonderfully (with wonders) and destroy with peace the souls of men and women, spiritually speaking, and cause the daily sacrifice to be taken away, i.e. the Messiah to be cut off from the people. Also, the people of the prince (little "p"), are the people of the "little horn" who help spread his abominations. And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.
The end thereof, or "his own end come", is the end of the desolator which again looks to the end of the last seven years when there shall be "a flood". However, the flood will not be of water but rather a flood of lies and deceit which brings about the great apostasy, the great falling away, the great seduction of those who do not have the seal of God in their foreheads. We read in Revelation, an overview of the Book of Daniel, about this flood of lies and deception which spews forth from the mouth of the dragon, that old serpent, the little horn, the king of fierce countenance, etc. He comes after the "woman" who is symbolic of God's people, Christians who are to wait for Him and be His virgin bride when He returns.
The false messiah is going to come sweep most Christians right off their feet and spiritually seduce them with his lies and deceits and cause them to fall before him and worship him... thus taking away the daily sacrifice. "But woe to them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days (Mark 13:24)." You "see", the first woman taken in the field in Matthew 24:39-40 is "taken" in this flood and seduced. "And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.  Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left." It is those who remain behind and endure unto the end of the desolation that shall be saved. Here is your documentation from the voice of Jesus Christ. You can either hear and believe what He has to say or believe men's books and movies.Rev. 12:15-16
And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.
Here then is what the angel Gabriel says that the desolator, who is the little horn, the king of fierce countenance, the instead-of-Jesus, the "he" in the next verse, will do during that last week, the 70th week of Daniel which completes the 490 years.endure, hupomeno, hoop-om-en'-o, Greek 5278; from Greek 5259 (hupo) and Greek 3306 (meno); to stay under (behind), i.e. remain; figurative to undergo, i.e. bear (trials), have fortitude, persevere :- abide, endure, (take) patient (-ly), suffer, tarry behind.Matthew 24:13
But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
This is for the time of the end when the "action" continues in connection with Daniel's people and city, i.e. the true house of Israel and the city of Jerusalem, which is again is why Jerusalem is the focal point for us to "watch" concerning Bible prophecy in these last days. This 27th verse of Daniel chapter 9 is the verse Jesus Christ referred to in Matthew 24 and Mark 13 when He said that the abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel the prophet would come stand in the holy place... and as Paul declares in 2 Thes. 2, show himself (to the world) that he is God. This abomination continues "even until the consummation, and determined shall be poured upon the desolate" which means until the very end when God pours out His wrath and puts an end to the transgression.Daniel 9:27
And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
In summary then, we learned that the little horn shall come in the last days and "confirm the covenant with many" for that 70th week, which is to bring forth the first beast of Revelation 13 to be worshipped, and strengthen that confederacy of many peoples and nations and tongues, i.e. the New World Order.
Then in the midst of the last and 70th week, the second beast of Revelation 13:11, the desolator, appears defacto with the two horns of a lamb, which means he appears as the Lamb of God, the two horns (symbolic of power) being that of King of kings and Lord of lords. He comes and stands in the holy place and causes the daily sacrifice to cease. How? By claiming that he is God! By showing great signs and wonders and deceiving people through his flood of lies into worshipping him as the true Christ. Remember, Jesus Christ is our daily sacrifice, the one with whom we commune, but if you as a Christian allow Satan to deceive you into worshipping him, then the daily sacrifice for you has been taken away. It is that simple!confirm, gabar, gaw-bar', Hebrew 1396; a primitive root; to be strong; by implication to prevail, act insolently :- exceed, confirm, be great, be mighty, prevail, put to more [strength], strengthen, be stronger, be valiant.
covenant, beriyth, ber-eeth', Hebrew 1285; from Hebrew 1262 (barah) (in the sense of cutting [like Hebrew 1254 (bara')]); a compact (because made by passing between pieces of flesh) :- confederacy, [con-]feder[-ate], covenant, league.
Remember it is written that this shall be a time of trouble such as never was since the world began, no, nor ever shall be. It is the time when the supernatural comes to this earth and mingles with flesh man. The good news is though, that Jesus Christ shortened the duration of time when the abomination of desolation stands defacto in the holy place. Let's go to the Sermon on the Mount where He explains the 7 seals and 7 trumps, which are the events that occur in the generation just prior to His return, and document that He has shortened the time.
The pronoun "it" should properly be translated "he" for we already know from Daniel that the abomination of desolation being spoken of is an entity, the little horn, the king of fierce countenance, the desolator. Note: Dr. Moffat has "where it ought not" translated correctly "where he ought not". Jesus Christ has told us that when we see this abominable one come stand in the holy place, then get out of Dodge because there is nothing whatsoever there for you as a child and a servant of the living God.Mark 13:14-23
But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains:
When the watchmen on the housetop see the appearance of the false-christ, the little horn, standing in the holy place, they shall know that the time has come for the desolations to take place. So make sure you stay away from that place and have nothing whatsoever to do with what is going on there. There certainly is nothing in his house that you are going to need. He and his lords are going to have a big spiritual wedding feast in his house and gather as many wives and concubines unto him as he can. And let him that is on the housetop not go down into the house, neither enter therein, to take any thing out of his house:
You won't need a change of clothing. You keep the wedding garment on that you already have, which is the same as the gospel armor Paul speaks of in Ephesians chapter six. And let him that is in the field not turn back again for to take up his garment.
Jesus Christ is teaching us here on a spiritual level. Throughout God's Word adultery and harlotry are used to symbolize spiritual fornication and spiritual seduction... which is idolatry. The apostle Paul also drew the analogy between the physical seduction of mother Eve who lost her virginity to that low life serpent (Satan) in the garden of Eden, and the spiritual seduction of virgins (Christians) in these last days who are to remain chaste and wait patiently until the true bridegroom comes! But woe to them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!
So in Mark 13:17 Christ is not talking about those who are pregnant in the natural (physical) sense. He is talking about those who do not remain spiritual virgins but are rather impregnated with the lies and deceit of "Satan". You "see", when Jesus Christ returns to take up His virgin bride and discovers that she is already pregnant or nursing a baby of her own, that is where the WOE comes in because He will not be too happy with her! Would you? Therefore do not be the first woman "taken" in the field... because she is taken and seduced and loses her virginity to the old serpent who comes before the true bridegroom.2 Cor. 11:2-3
For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.
 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
The word "winter" can mean both a "storm or tempest" or the "winter season". Either way, make sure that you are not caught up in the storm, Satan's powerful spiritual tempest, and taken in by his lies and deception, which is another way of saying make sure you are not harvested out of season.Mark 13:18
And pray ye that your flight be not in the winter.
Though it will be a time of peace and prosperity, it shall be a time of (spiritual) trouble such as never was since there was a nation, no, nor ever shall be. Remember what we read in Dan. 8:25 concerning the desolation that many shall be destroyed by PEACE. In other words, they will believe that Jesus Christ has returned and will turn to the desolator, the spurious messiah, and worship him. For in those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created unto this time, neither shall be.
The flood of lies and deception will be so awesome, that unless the Lord allowed time beforehand for God's elect to teach His Word and warn people of the coming desolation by the false messiah and his angels at the sound of the 6th Trump, there would be no one (flesh) able to endure the spiritual onslaught to the end of the 70th week! Matthew 24:13 "But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved." This shortening of the defacto reign of the desolator coincides with the extended time allotted for the sealing of the servants of God in Rev. 7:3 "Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, tillwe have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads." You "see", only those with the seal of God in their foreheads, which is to have knowledge and wisdom from His Word locked in their minds, shall not be harmed by Satan, the desolator, and his locust army. Rev. 9:4 "And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads." By the way, we find in this same 9th chapter that the time of the locust army is a period of "five months" giving us the length of time Christ shortened the days to: Rev. 9:5 "And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man." And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved: but for the elect's sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days.
If someone tells you, i.e. if you hear, that Jesus Christ has returned and is standing in Jerusalem, don't you believe it! Contrary to the any-moment rapture theory being espoused by most churches, Jesus Christ has warned us that the false messiah is coming FIRST to take the woman in the field, to spiritually seduce all those who do not have the seal of God in their foreheads. And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ; or, lo, He is there; believe Him not:
"False Christs" is singular in the Greek (#5580, pseudochristos), and means "a spurious Messiah :- false Christ". In other words, Jesus Christ has just told us the false messiah, who is the little horn, the king of fierce countenance, the abominable desolator, is coming with his angels to deceive and seduce the whole world, including the woman! In fact, he and his angels will be that good and convincing that if it were possible, which in the Greek means that it is not possible, he could deceive even the elect. For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.
It's all written in His Word. All we have to do is read it with understanding and believe what He says regardless of what the traditions of men might teach! Jesus added a little something extra in Matthew's account concerning hearing the claim that Christ has returned. But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things.
Go not forth! Don't you go down to his house! You get away and stay away from the place of abomination. (Remember, the world will believe Jesus Christ has returned and now God is with us.)Matthew 24:26
Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, He is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.
Jesus then adds this real simple statement to let you know that if you "hear" someone say Christ has returned, pay no attention to it because He hasn't. There will be no doubt whatsoever when Jesus Christ returns for this is how it shall be:
When the true Christ returns, all you will see is a brilliant flash of light, just like lightning from one end of the sky to the other, and you will be instantly changed into your spiritual body! It is written and so shall it be! "In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed (1 Cor. 15:52)". Even the (spiritually) dead shall be raised to their incorruptible (spiritual) bodies. In other words, the flesh age is over at the sound of the 7th Trump and as it is written, the brightness of His coming shall be so intense that even the sun will be darkened (paled into insignificance) and the stars and moon shall not give their light.Matthew 24:27-28
For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
The vultures, i.e. Satan's angelic host, are going to gather as many "carcases" to the holy place, the gathering place, as they can. Those "carcases" are spiritually dead Christians who do not have God's Word sealed in their minds. See that you remain steadfast are not "taken up" and "seduced" by these unclean birds. Jesus Christ just told us in Mark 13:22 that they are coming to seduce people and wed them to the false messiah who they will tell you is standing in the holy place. For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.
What a time to live! This is the most exciting time in the history of mankind to be alive because we are privileged to see all the events Christ foretold us of come to pass in our generation, the generation of the fig tree, the generation of the Baby Boomers. Mark 13:30 "Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done."
In chapter 10, Daniel is going to see a "war" take place on the Tigris River at this very same time of the year! Wow! It really is happening in our generation!
Because Daniel Chapter 10 prophecies are not specific we make allot of speculations. Certainly there is nothing wrong with speculation for it promotes thought and consideration, but it is not given to us His servants to try to outguess our Father, but rather to watch and wait patiently because all things shall be fulfilled according to His timeline, not ours.
We have now come to the exciting 10th chapter of Daniel where Daniel is given a "revelation (Dan. 10:1)" concerning a war he saw taking place on the Tigris River in the first month of the year, which for those who understand our Father's solar calendar always begins on the Vernal or Spring Equinox* which falls on the 20th-21st of March. This is really interesting because here in this 10th chapter we have the time of year, the location of the Tigris River, the event of war, and even the players involved. For that reason, we will be presenting as speculation for your consideration that the events given in this 10th chapter have been happening in real time, right before our very eyes, even as we have been studying this great Book of Daniel.
Our Father has been so good to us in that He has given us the outline and overview of His plan for the final hour of this earth age even as Daniel was given to understand the awesome image of Nebuchadnezzar concerning the New World Order in these last days and to understand that it is brought down by the stone cut out without hands, which is Yahshua Messiah, Jesus Christ. He was further given a vision of the four beasts concerning the sum of the matter in the 7th chapter (vs. 1), which again is the New World Order culminating in its take over by the supernatural (the little horn and his angelic host) and then he saw the "end of the matter" when the saints of the most take the kingdom and possess it for ever and ever.
Now consider a point of logic. If we are in fact in the final generation, and we are because Christ gave us the key to determine when it began when He told us to learn the parable of the The Parable of the Fig Tree, then when we read the prophecies in Daniel and elsewhere in our Father's Word concerning the time of the end, we need to be looking at (watching) currentevents, for Jesus Christ told us that all these things shall become history in our generation, i.e. when He said this generation shall not pass away till all these things be fulfilled (Mat. 24:34). You either believe the words of Jesus Christ that they will come to pass, or you don't.
One final thought before we return to the scriptures. We have been teaching the Book of Daniel for years now and have presented much of it as speculation, simply because the events that Daniel saw in the visions are for the latter end. Certainly there is nothing wrong with speculation for it promotes thought and consideration, but it is not given to us His servants to try to outguess our Father, but rather to watch and wait patiently because all things shall be fulfilled according to His timeline, not ours. Remember Jesus told us in Mark 13:29, "So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, even at the doors."
Therefore let us keep an open mind and consider what we read in this incredible 10th chapter of Daniel with what has and is taking place at this very time, for we have a perfect fit, a perfect overlay. So let us ask for wisdom and guidance in both our teaching and understanding of His Word, and let's begin our study with Daniel chapter 10 verse 1.
It is important that we keep in mind that Cyrus king of Persia was one of only three men named by God before they were born and he would become the king God would use to issue the decree for Judah to go forth and reestablish the city of Jerusalem, and even though he was a gentile, we have well learned so far in this Book of Daniel that God uses whomsoever He will to fulfill his plan. Also, the "revelation" Daniel received in verse one occurred in the third year of this king Cyrus and it is the last date given in the book of Daniel, which is a benchmark giving us the time and the location of the vision of the warfare Daniel saw. To wit, Dr. Bullinger points out in the Companion Bible that "the time appointed was long" should read "but concerned a long warfare" or "concerned a warfare, a long way off". That is because "time appointed" is the Hebrew word "tzaba" which is generally rendered "host" or "army" and is used here as a figure of speech, a Metonymy, for warfare. And would you believe that we are going to find out in the fourth verse that this warfare took place on the Tigris River in the first month of the year! Hey, that should perk up our eyes and ears in light of recent events, wouldn't you think?Daniel 10:1
In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a thing was revealed unto Daniel, whose name was called Belteshazzar; and the thing was true, but the time appointed was long: and he understood the thing, and had understanding of the vision.
There is no way that you cannot take a second look at this being that the timing, and the location, and the event of war, and even the players here in Daniel chapter 10 coincide with what has been happening on the Tigris River in the land of old Babylon recently. Talk about an exciting time to live!
Now, we know that there is war in both heaven and earth and we know that Michael is soon going to cast out Satan and his regime from the gulf in heaven to this earth. It should become apparent that this 10th chapter is given to us to remind us how close we are to that day when see the type take place, and from our "understanding" of what is happening on a spiritual level, we might be strengthened to endure that which is yet to come to pass according the prophecies of Daniel, which is the entering in of the little horn, Satan as the false christ, the abomination who makes desolate! So make sure what you see happening before you on the physical plain you are able to "see" on the higher spiritual level as well to know and understand how late we are in the season, as in how "nigh we are".
Let us also remember the symbology we were given back in chapter 8 telling us who the two horns of ram were that stood by the river Ulai, the pure living water. Do you remember? They were the kings of Media and Persia. We were also told that the king of Grecia was the he goat. Well, we are going to see the leader of the kingdom of Persia as well as Grecia in this 10th chapter and there is no real basis giving us cause that we now should change the interpretation that was specifically given to us of who they represent.
Nevertheless, we have seen that Daniel was given a revelation concerning the 70 weeks and he understood the first 69 concerning the birth of Messiah. It was that last week, those last 7 years, that he did not fully understand and now two years later from the events of chapter 9 he is being shown some specifics of what shall come to pass and befall his people in the latter days. Also, 73 years have now passed since Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were deported and Daniel is 89 years old.
However you wish to prophetically consider these 3 weeks of 7 days (7+7+7), which is 21 days, during this time Daniel was praying and studying God's Word and making supplication for his sins and the sins of his people Israel. In other words, this mourning or lamenting was on behalf of his nation that he loved so much which we find documented in the last chapter. In those days I Daniel was mourning three full weeks.
Daniel 9:5 We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from thy precepts and from thy judgments:
When we depart from our Father's Word then we reap the consequences thereof, which are those curses we read of beginning in Deuteronomy 28:15. Now notice how dedicated Daniel was in his mourning for this period of three whole weeks: Neither have we hearkened unto thy servants the prophets, which spake in thy name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land.
These three whole weeks immediately precede what happens in the next verse where we read that Daniel has been by the side of the great river which is Hiddekel, aka the Tigris River!Daniel 10:3
I ate no pleasant bread, neither came flesh nor wine in my mouth, neither did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.
The river Hiddekel is only mentioned twice in God's Word, once in the beginning as a river which flowed from the garden of Eden and once at the end where we see warfare taking place. And as we just read, Daniel has been by the side of this great river Hiddekel, which is the Tigris river of today that delineates the border between Iraq and Iran, the location where from the years 1980 to 1988 a bloody eight year war that took place that cost the lives of over one million people. We also had Desert Storm I in this same region a few years ago. That war was never really finished in the sense that it ended with a cease fire, not a surrender, and not with a regime change. Well, that has all changed now as the two horns of the ram, Ephraim/Great Britain and Manasseh/USA, passed over the land and the Lord gave both the capital and the kingdom into their hands. By the way, Baghdad sits right on the Tigris river in that land of old Babylon! And in the four and twentieth day of the first month, as I was by the side of the great river, which is Hiddekel;
* Those with eyes to see will find it interesting that the desert storm was held back "12" years for that is the number of governmental perfection used in Revelation chapter 7 where the four winds are held back until the sealing of 12,000 from each of the tribes of Israel is completed.It is also important that we observe that the 24th day of the first month is 10 days after Passover and 3 days after the Days of Unleavened Bread. Passover is always on the fourteenth day of the first month and from then until the 21st day of the first month our people were to eat unleavened bread. Exodus 12:18 "In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at even, ye shall eat unleavened bread, until the one and twentieth day of the month at even." "24" is also the number of the priesthood even as there were 24 courses of the priests and 24 elders.
White linen is symbolic of purity and righteousness! Then I lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a certain man clothed in linen, whose loins were girded with fine gold of Uphaz:
We can read this same description in Revelation 1:14-15. His body also was like the beryl, and his face as the appearance of lightning, and his eyes as lamps of fire, and his arms and his feet like in colour to polished brass, and the voice of his words like the voice of a multitude.
 And I Daniel alone saw the vision: for the men that were with me saw not the vision; but a great quaking fell upon them, so that they fled to hide themselves.
As we would say today, Daniel was emotionally drained, "sapped out". Therefore I was left alone, and saw this great vision, and there remained no strength in me: for my comeliness was turned in me into corruption, and I retained no strength.
 Yet heard I the voice of his words: and when I heard the voice of his words, then was I in a deep sleep on my face, and my face toward the ground.
 And, behold, an hand touched me, which set me upon my knees and upon the palms of my hands.
It is said twice in this chapter to Daniel that he is a man greatly beloved by our Father. Imagine how much comfort that must have brought to Daniel in hearing those words! That should take the minds of those with eyes to see to Revelation 3:9-10 where it is written concerning the church of Philadelphia, the church of the brothers and sisters, the sons and daughters of these last days, that God loves so much because they love to study and keep His Word! Be comforted also by those words. And he said unto me, O Daniel, a man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak unto thee, and stand upright: for unto thee am I now sent. And when he had spoken this word unto me, I stood trembling.
Notice in verse 11 that Gabriel was "sent to Daniel" to give him understanding and as we will also see, to strengthen him. So Daniel is now standing, but he's totally awe struck by what is happening and thus he stands trembling.
To chasten yourself before your God is to discipline yourself in His Word, something that He very much loves to see His children do. Again, our Father loves His children very much and we learn from that which is written here in this 12th verse that He hears our prayers even before we are done praying them. So be patient and wait on the Lord for He has great purpose in all that He does! Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God , thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words.
 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.
with, 'e?tsel ay'-tsel, Hebrew 681; From H680 (in the sense of joining); a side; (as a preposition) near: - at, (hard) by, (from) (beside), near (unto), toward, with. See also H1018.
withstood, `amad, aw-mad', Hebrew 5975; a primitive root; to stand, in various relations (literal and figurative, intransitive and transitive) :- abide (behind), appoint, arise, cease, confirm, continue, dwell, be employed, endure, establish, leave, make, ordain, be [over], place, (be) present (self), raise up, remain, repair, + serve, set (forth, over, -tle, up), (make to, make to be at a, with-) stand (by, fast, firm, still, up), (be at a) stay (up), tarry.neged neh'-ghed, Hebrew 5048; From H5046; a front, that is, part opposite; specifically a counterpart, or mate; usually (adverbially, especially with preposition) overagainst or before: - about, (over) against, X aloof, X far (off), X from, over, presence, X other side, sight, X to view.
Daniel 11:1-2 (Also I in the first year of Darius the Mede, even I, stood to confirm and to strengthen him.)
*I refer to the fact that President Bush has the purest royal blood lines running through his veins of any president ever, including the first George W. whose chart showing his royal descent from King John and nine of the twenty five barons sureties of Magna Carta is available from the Library of Congress. See the short study titled "Corvus" for documentation. Here is an excerpt:“[Bush] is closely related to every European Monarch both on and off the throne,” says Brooks-Baker. Some of the governor’s royal kin include Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, the Queen Mother, Dutchess Sarah “Fergy” Ferguson and even the late Princess Diana. His most prominent ancestor may be England’s King Charles II, who shared the governor’s vision of a strong military. Going back nearly 1000 years, Brooks-Baker points out both the Bush and Pierce families [Barbara Bush’s maiden name is Pierce] were high society. “Not one member of his family was working class, middle class, or even middle, middle class,” he notes."And now will I shew thee the truth...
"The collapse of Saddam Hussein's regime will send shockwaves of joy and alarm around the world. Although the war is not yet over, the fall of Baghdad means it is all but won. In 21 days, US and British forces ended 35 years of Ba'ath party misrule and the towering tyranny of one man. http://www.guardian.co.uk/leaders/story/0,3604,933473,00.html."
Anyway you want to look at or speculate concerning the prince of Persia noted here in chapter 10 (for we formerly taught that he is a type of Satan because Gabriel is an angel who would not be fighting against a flesh man, though he is here confronting Daniel to strengthen him, isn't he?), let there be no doubt that the land of Babylon of today has been given into the hands of the latter day type of the kings of the Medes and Persians which we were given in chapter eight are the two horns of the ram, Ephraim and Manasseh, who today are Great Britain and the United States respectively. Is this not truly amazing? Again, call it speculation if you like… but I tell you this, even if you consider this solely as a type and an overlay, you should be touched and strengthened by it.
Again, do you not think the ram has had some divine help in fighting against the earthly type of the king of Babylon? Don't forget my friend, this is one nation under God!Rev. 12:7-9
And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
It is not even a close contest because our Father has ALL power in both heaven and earth. Remember the name Michael means "Who is like God?" Remember also how President Bush quoted from Isaiah 40:46? Have you read that chapter which is often called the second book of Isaiah because it introduces the Messiah? Just read the verse prior to the one President Bush quoted and you should be able to make the "Michael" connection! Isaiah 40:25-26 "To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One.  Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: He calleth them all by names by the greatness of His might, for that He is strong in power; not one faileth." And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
You might also find it interesting to read about St. George, the dragon slayer! And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
GEORGE m English
From the Greek name Georgios which was derived from the Greek word georgos meaning "farmer, earthworker", itself derived from the elements ge "earth" and ergon "work". Saint George was a legendary dragon slayer who was supposedly martyred in Palestine. He is the patron saint of England, Portugal and Catalonia. This name has been borne by six kings of England, two kings of Greece, and the first president of the United States, George Washington.
The subject is our gathering together with Christ at His return.2 Thes. 2:1-8
Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,
 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
Remember also how many times we've read of this already in the Book of Daniel? Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
Verses 6 and 7 read a little awkward in the King James. Paul is talking about the false-christ, who will come first (before Jesus) when the one who is holding him back let's him go, and he shall sit in the temple claiming to be God. Here is how verses 6 and 7 read from the Living Bible: And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.
 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
Everything happens according to our Father's timeline, when He says so! This goes for the time when Michael stands up and casts Satan, the son of perdition, out of heaven to this earth (Rev. 12:7-9).2 Thes. 2:6
And you know what is keeping him from being here already; for he can come only when his time is ready.
The one who is holding back the son of perdition, the little horn, the dragon, etc., ad nauseum, is Michael! We just read it in Revelation chapter 12. As for the work this man of rebellion and hell will do when he comes, it is already going on, but he himself will not come until the one who is holding him back steps out of the way.
Here's verse 8 of 2 Thes 2.
The "stone" cut out without hands is the Lord Jesus Christ, our Rock, who will come and smash this beast! Remember? And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
Let us now return to Daniel 10 where Gabriel is speaking to Daniel.
Our Father sees to it that his beloved are well informed and in the know! This angel of the Lord, after being with the prince of the kingdom of Persia for 21 days, has now come to make Daniel understand what shall befall his people in the latter days. Since you and I are in those latter days, we need to pay close attention to what is being said.Daniel 10:14
Now I am come to make thee understand what shall befall thy people in the latter days: for yet the vision is for many days.
And when he had spoken such words unto me, I set my face toward the ground, and I became dumb.
And, behold, one like the similitude of the sons of men touched my lips: then I opened my mouth, and spake, and said unto him that stood before me, O my lord, by the vision my sorrows are turned upon me, and I have retained no strength.
Daniel was so taken back by all this that he was totally breathless. For how can the servant of this my lord talk with this my lord? for as for me, straightway there remained no strength in me, neither is there breath left in me.
 Then there came again and touched me one like the appearance of a man, and he strengthened me,
God gives His greatly beloved servants strength for endurance through the wisdom and knowledge of His Word, which is why Gabriel was sent to Daniel, i.e. to give him understanding of what shall befall his people in the latter days! He told Daniel to "Be Strong, yea, Be Strong", which is also what the apostle Paul tells us in Ephesians chapter 6. And said, O man greatly beloved, fear not: peace be unto thee, be strong, yea, be strong. And when he had spoken unto me, I was strengthened, and said, Let my lord speak; for thou hast strengthened me.
He has given us His power, His truth and knowledge, i.e. His Word, which is the power to tread on (spiritual) serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy. All we need to do is be strong in the Lord and use that power.Ephes. 6:10
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and (be strong) in the power of His might.
Gabriel now asks Daniel if he understands why he came to him. It was to strengthen him by his words of understanding. Let's repeat what Daniel just said: "And when he had spoken unto me, I was strengthened, and said, Let my lord speak; for thou hast strengthened me (Dan. 10:19)." Daniel repeated twice that he had been strengthened!Luke 10:19
Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
Hey, next up... the prince of Grecia shall come! Do you remember who the "he goat" was in chapter 8 that comes up close to the ram and turns on him with choler? Gabriel just told Daniel that is now going to go back and fight with the prince of Persia and when he does, lo, "the prince of Grecia shall come"!Daniel 10:20
Then said he, Knowest thou wherefore I come unto thee? and now will I return to fight with the prince of Persia: and when I am gone forth, lo, the prince of Grecia shall come.
Before he goes though, Gabriel is going to show Daniel that which is noted in the "scripture of truth".with = #5973 ?im eem
From H6004; adverb or preposition, with (that is, in conjunction with), in varied applications; specifically equally with; often with prepositional prefix (and then usually unrepresented in English): - accompanying, against, and, as (X long as), before, beside, by (reason of), for all, from (among, between), in, like, more than, of, (un-) to, with (-al).
Remember it is written that when Michael "stands up" and casts out the real king of Babylon from the gulf in heaven, there's going to be a time of trouble such as never was since there was a nation. Why? Because the desolator himself will be present and doing his dastardly, wonderfully deceptive works and shall desolate the sanctuary and the host and cause the daily sacrifice to be taken away. Let's jump ahead to Daniel 12:1 and document the magnitude of the event once again. But I will shew thee that which is noted in the scripture of truth: and there is none that holdeth with me in these things, but Michael your prince.
The good news, of course, is contained in the last two phrases of this verse. If you are one of His beloved, then your name is already written in the book of life and you have nothing to worry about. (Yes, God keeps books, Rev 20:12) You KNOW that the king of Babylon, Satan, comes first, before Jesus Christ returns, and claims to be Him, the Messiah.Daniel 12:1
And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.
What a time to live! It is an amazing thing to see our Father's Word come to pass exactly as it is written for it gives us great hope and peace of mind and indeed strengthens our faith (Not to mention it gives me Goosebumps!). Would be to God that our brothers and sisters could come to know and understand what is happening and what is about to befall our people in the final hour when we "see the abomination of desolation standing in the holy place"! Therefore, let us be about the King's business and continue our labor of love for our families and our nation and remember to put that gospel armor on and keep it on and "Be Strong, yea, Be Strong!" We have a great spiritual battle yet ahead of us, but let us always remember that He will strengthen us... for we have the victory in Him!
God Bless our Troops who serve the cause of freedom!
Daniel Chapter 11 Notice that in this chapter 11 all these things that have taken place and shall yet take place have to do with religion and peace agreements!
As we begin the 11th chapter of the book titled "God is (my) Judge", which is what the name Daniel means in Hebrew, let us be reminded that Jesus Christ directed us to this book for understanding concerning the entering in of the abomination of desolation (Satan) who would come stand in the holy place where he ought not! Matthew 24:15 "When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)  Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains."
And so it is that this book of Daniel, which was written and sealed up for the time of the end when "many shall run to and fro and knowledge shall be increased (Dan. 12:5)", gives us not only an outline and a "sum of the matter (Dan. 7:1)", but also some very specific details leading up to and even beyond the sound of the 6th Trump when the little horn enters in. This detailed and accurate knowledge and understanding from "the scripture of truth (Dan. 10:21)" concerning what "would befall our people in the latter days (Dan. 10:14)" strengthens our faith and lets us know that "as we see all these things come to pass" we are nearer that time, even at the doors! Matthew 24:33 "So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors."
In chapter 10 we saw that the angel Gabriel ("man of God") came to Daniel who was by the side of the great river Hiddekel, which is the Tigris River in the land of Babylon (modern Iraq) where he had seen warfare taking place, for the express purpose of giving him understanding and strengthening him for endurance... for the great spiritual war yet to come! The last thing we heard Gabriel say to Daniel, which was on the 24th day of the first month and ten days after Passover, was that he was now going to return to fight with the prince of Persia, and when he goes the prince of Grecia shall come (Dan. 10:20). However, before he goes Gabriel said he would first show Daniel that which is noted in the scripture of truth concerning these things (Dan. 10:21), which brings us to the 11th chapter.
We should point out before we begin with Daniel 11:1, which is a continuation of chapter 10 in as much as there is no break between 10:21 and 11:1, that there was an easy identifiable historical fulfillment of that which we are about read in the first half of chapter 11 concerning the "king of the north" and the "king of the south", which were the Seleucid Kingdom and the Ptolemaic Kingdom respectively. In fact, the historical fulfillment is so accurate and "right on" that many higher critics question whether Daniel himself could have written it. That means they either doubt (for they are doubters indeed) our Father's ability to accurately declare the future course of human events beforehand or they deny His power to bring that which is written to pass, or both. Of course using their same misguided reasoning, they would have to also question whether David wrote the 22nd Psalm because it describes the events surrounding the crucifixion with amazing pinpoint accuracy right down to the casting of lots by the Roman soldiers for the coat worn by Messiah and the very words that would be spoken by the high priest.
Nevertheless, while the scholars study the 11th chapter of Daniel in light of the historical events that took place long, long ago, which you can read and study on your own, we know that those events were but types (1 Cor. 10:11), because again, the angel Gabriel already told Daniel (Dan. 10:14) that he had come to make him understand that which would befall his people in the latter days, which is our time, the final generation, the generation of the fig tree which began on May 15, 1948. In fact, that which is written in chapter 11 brings us right up to the time of the entering in of the "little horn", which is when the abomination of desolation comes and stands in the holy place.
Remember also that the setting for the vision Daniel saw was along side the Tigris River which ultimately unites with the Euphrates and forms the Shatt al-Arab that empties into the Persian Gulf about 120 miles downriver. To wit, we have witnessed some great events in the past few decades surrounding this location: an eight year war between Iran and Iraq which killed over one million people, Desert Storm I in 1991, and twelve years later, Desert Storm II which is commonly called Operation Iraqi Freedom. Therefore we will be looking at (watching as watchmen) and speculating about the events that have transpired in this region of the world, the location of Daniel's perspective, from the beginning of the planting of the fig tree through to the present and even on into the near future just before the time when the "little horn" in Daniel 11:21, the "vile person" which is the Satan, enters in and stands in the holy place in the land of Judea. That is when the great tribulation, the final spiritual warfare and battle for the souls of men, takes place! Thus the strengthening for endurance that Daniel receives from the revealing (knowledge and understanding) of the events leading up to and just prior to that time, are in preparation for that "spiritual warfare" when God's elect, who shall be called "bruisers" in this chapter, stand up and do some major dragon kicking!
You "see", we will find in this chapter 11 that all these things that have taken place and shall yet take place have to do with religion and peace agreements! However, those who are "wise" in these last days know that there will be no real peace until the Prince of Peace comes to this earth as the King of kings and Lord of lords to rule all nations with a rod of iron, which is with strict adherence to truth and justice, i.e. with the discipline of the Word of God.
Let us now continue our study of Daniel where the angel is still speaking to Daniel and about to show him "that which is noted in the scripture of truth (Dan. 10:21)".
The first year of Darius the Mede is two years prior (426 B.C.) to this prophecy which is being given in the third year of Cyrus (see vs. 10:1). This is a continuation from the last verse in chapter 10 in that there is no chapter break here in the manuscripts. Also, Darius the Mede is Cyrus, who we have already noted was one of only three men named by God before they were born. This is important to note in that God used this one to give the decree to go forth and reestablish the city of Jerusalem. Interestingly enough, we have now come a crossroad in modern history, to the point following the fall of Saddam Hussein and his regime, where the focus will be on an agreement to establish the city by bringing peace to the region in and surrounding the land of Judea. Of course the number one obstacle to establishing that vision is religion!Daniel 11:1
(Also I in the first year of Darius the Mede, even I, stood to confirm and to strengthen him.)
The angel Gabriel continues:
"And now" means "at this time", conjugational with the 3rd year of Darius the Mede, he will show Daniel the truth, which is that one of the kings in Persia, the fourth one who shall be far richer than all the rest, shall stir up all (the others) against the realm of Grecia! Remember that Gabriel has just said that when he returns to fight with the prince of Persia that the prince of Grecia, who was the he goat in chapter 8, shall come. That is because there is going to be a "stirring up", which means a "lifting up" or "raising up" against the realm of Grecia, and a mighty king shall stand up and do his thing! Historically this would have been Alexander the Great.And now will I shew thee the truth. Behold, there shall stand up yet three kings in Persia; and the fourth shall be far richer than they all: and by his strength through his riches he shall stir up all against the realm of Grecia.
If you remember the order of the world ruling kingdoms that followed the Babylonian empire in the great image of Nebuchadnezzar back in Daniel 2:39-40, there was the Medo-Persian empire, the Grecian empire under Alexander the Great, and the Roman empire. However, these kingdoms were types in that the dream of Nebuchadnezzar concerned the end time when all the kingdoms of the earth shall be contemporaries, meaning that all the powers of their types are ultimately brought together in the New World Order which, following the deadly wound to one of its heads, is ultimately taken over by Satan and his angelic host posing as Jesus Christ and His saints. And a mighty king shall stand up, that shall rule with great dominion, and do according to his will.
This verse documents that the prophecy concerns the last days because it is the four winds that bring about the final events of the generation that began on May 15, 1948. We read in Revelation chapter seven where the four winds are being held back until the 144,000 "servants of our God" are sealed in their foreheads (figurative for their minds) with the knowledge of His Word. And when he shall stand up, his kingdom shall be broken, and shall be divided toward the four winds of heaven; and not to his posterity, nor according to his dominion which he ruled: for his kingdom shall be plucked up, even for others beside those.
The great obstacle to peace in the world and in particular the land of Judea is religion which has been the foundation for tyranny and oppression. That is why it will take a supernatural "religious beast", the second beast of Revelation 13, to establish a covenant of peace and bring stability to the New World Order. To that end, beginning in the 5th verse of this 11th chapter unto the 20th verse, we as "watchmen watching" will consider the events in the geographical area given to us in this prophecy concerning the king of the north, the king of the south, and "the robbers of thy people (vs. 14)", i.e. the kenites, from 1948 when the United Nations gave sanction to the state of Israel thus setting forth both the good and bad figs in the land of Judea according to Jeremiah 24, unto the present day and overlay them to that which is written in the scripture of truth and given to us for our understanding. And although we present this overlay of the "peace process" in the greater Middle East region to you as speculation, there can be no doubt that the events have proven that it is the unclean spirits of religion, even amongst the same religion, that have been and continue to be the cause of much bloodshed. You "see", religion has played the major part in the events of that region and thus has been and will continue to be the reason that all the covenants and peace plans that have been drawn up cannot establish the vision of peace. The wise in this final generation know and understand that there is only one "roadmap" to true and lasting peace and that is Jesus Christ, the Word of God. He is the way, therefore we know there will be no real peace until the Prince of Peace comes and establishes His ruling kingdom upon earth.
The prophecies given to us will be referring to the kings of the north and the kings of the south, which are in reference to the land of Judea, and are the other side of "peace equation" in the region. The king of the south historically was the Ptolemaic Empire or Egypt while the king of the north was the Seleucid Empire, which today is basically the location of Iran and Iraq. Below is a map showing their respective locations and the Tigris River, the river at whose side Daniel saw warfare a long way off, i.e. our generation.Daniel 11:5
And the king of the south shall be strong, and one of his princes; and he shall be strong above him, and have dominion; his dominion shall be a great dominion.
As one can readily see, we are basically looking at the Arab world of today, the major religion of which is Islam with her diverse branches! So let's begin by checking the king of the south (Egypt) at the beginning of the generation of the fig tree, 1948. King Farouk was in power at that time but then along came Gamal Abdal Nasser who fought in the first Arab-Israeli war (1948) and became the first president of the republic of Egypt. By 1956 he had become a hero in the Arab world and in 1958 Syria and Egypt united under his presidency and formed the United Arab Republic.
Almost all commentaries will refer historically to this king's daughter of the south to being Berenice, daughter of Ptolemy II (Philadelphus) of Egypt. But remember, the angel was showing Daniel what would befall us in the end time, the time we are watching and considering, the time just before the four winds are let go, the time of final generation. In so much as religion is portrayed allegorically in scripture using female terminology such as woman, harlot, etc., we shall consider the same to apply to the "daughter" of the king of the south, for it is Islam which binds together the Arab world. You may disagree with that speculation, but at least consider the perfect overlay for we are reading events that lead up to the entering in of the little horn, the coming of Satan. And in the end of years they shall join themselves together; for the king's daughter of the south shall come to the king of the north to make an agreement: but she shall not retain the power of the arm; neither shall he stand, nor his arm: but she shall be given up, and they that brought her, and he that begat her, and he that strengthened her in these times.
Nasser, Gamal AbdalPronunciation: [gumäl´ ab´dul nä´sur]
1918–70, Egyptian army officer and political leader, first president of the republic of Egypt (1956–70). A revolutionary since youth, he was wounded by the police and expelled (1935) from secondary school in Cairo for leading an anti-British student demonstration. He attended (1937) law school and graduated from the Royal Military Academy in 1938. In 1942, Nasser founded the secret Society of Free Officers, which fought against political corruption and foreign domination of Egypt. A major in the first Arab-Israeli war (1948), he was wounded in action. In July, 1952, Nasser led the army coup that deposed King Farouk. Gen. Muhammad Naguib became the nominal head of the government, but Nasser held power through his control of the Revolutionary Command Committee. In 1954, following an attempt on Nasser's life, he arrested Naguib and became premier of Egypt. In 1956 he was, unopposed, elected president of the republic of Egypt.Shortly after the defeat 1967, Nasser resigned, but thousands of Cairenes marched in his support. For the next three years, Nasser did his best to rebuild the Egyptian army and he almost succeeded. His death in 1970 of serious health complications sent shock waves throughout the Arab world. In a stunning display of emotion, millions of Egyptians followed his funeral procession through the streets of Cairo.
The king of the north, the Shah of Iran, was ousted and forced into exile by a religious one, one out of a branch of "her" roots (Islam), i.e. the Ayatollah Khomeini. This branch of Islam is known as the Shiites who are once again are coming to the forefront in today's news! Here is a short bio on the Ayatollah Khomeini: But out of a branch of her roots shall one stand up in his estate, which shall come with an army, and shall enter into the fortress of the king of the north, and shall deal against them, and shall prevail:
Anwar Sadat, the king of the south (Egypt) at this time was friendly towards the king of the north, the Shah of Iran, and offered him protection by inviting him to Egypt. You may also recall the Shah's son and how he also carried with him great wealth from the treasury of Iran, even to these United States. And of course the king of the south did continue more years than the king of the north, for the Shah of Iran died of cancer.KHOMEINI, Ayatollah Ruhollah And shall also carry captives into Egypt their gods, with their princes, and with their precious vessels of silver and of gold; and he shall continue more years than the king of the north.
(1902-89). In January 1979 a revolution overthrew Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, the shah, or monarch, of Iran, one of the wealthiest and best-armed nations in the Middle East. The moving force behind the revolution was the Shi`ah sect of Islam, led by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. The goal of the revolution was to establish an Islamic state based on the teachings of the Koran, Islam's holy book.
Khomeini was born in Khomeyn, Iran, in 1902. His father, also an ayatollah, was the leader of the local Shi`ite sect. After his father was killed, Ruhollah was brought up by an older brother. His entire education was in Islamic schools. As an adult he published a number of books on Islamic law, philosophy, and ethics. He was eventually recognized as an ayatollah, a religious title of honor meaning "sign of God." In 1962 he made his home in Qom, one of Iran's leading Shi`ite centers.
Khomeini became a strong critic of the shah, opposing his land-reform policies and his goal of making Iran a wealthy and modern nation, patterned after Western societies. He was briefly imprisoned for his criticisms, and in November 1964 he was banished from Iran altogether.
He settled in An Najaf, Iraq, until 1978 when he was asked to leave because of the problems he was causing within the Muslim community and his antagonism to neighboring Iran. Khomeini then moved to France, where he continued his agitation for the overthrow of the shah. From Paris he received worldwide exposure through the press. He sent taped messages to Iran that were transmitted by shortwave radio from the nation's mosques. Mounting public opposition forced the shah to leave the country on Jan. 16, 1979. Khomeini arrived on February 1 to take over the government. In December a new constitution created an Islamic republic, with Khomeini named as Iran's political and religious leader for life.
The king of the south, Anwar Sadat, was a peacemaker who became the first Arab leader to recognize Israel. This is important for the establishing of peace in this region is what this is all about. Sadat wrote a letter to President Jimmy Carter that opened up the Camp David Peace Accord in an attempt to bring peace to the land of Judea. Here is an excerpt from an article describing his peace initiatives and the price he paid at the hand of religious fundamentalists. So the king of the south shall come into his kingdom, and shall return into his own land.
Again we see how religion has played a major role in the peace process of the Middle East.Anwar al-Sadat
Convinced that peace with Israel would reap an enormous "peace dividend," Sadat initiated his most important diplomatic ploy. In a speech to the Egyptian parliament in 1977, Sadat affirmed his desire to go anywhere to negotiate a peace with the Israelis. Even, he affirmed, he would go to the Israeli parliament to speak for peace. The Israeli's responded with an invitation to do just that and Sadat's speech to the Israeli Knesset initiated a new momentum for peace that would eventually culminate in the 1978 Camp David Accords and a final peace treaty with Israel in 1979. For his efforts, Sadat won the Nobel Prize for Peace.
At home, Sadat's new relationship with the west and his peace treaty generated considerable domestic opposition, especially among fundamentalist Muslim groups. In 1980 and in 1981, Sadat took desperate gambles to respond to these new internal problems. He negotiated a number of loans to support improvements in everyday life. And he simultaneously enacted laws outlawing protest and declared that the Shari'a would be the basis of all new Egyptian law. Sadat died at the hands of fundamentalists assassins on October 6, 1981, during a military review celebrating the Suez crossing in 1973.
In 1981 during the celebration of the 1973 Yom Kippur war, Sadat's "sons", the very name he called the soldiers of his Egyptian army, brutally assassinated him as he stood up to honor the great assembly of armed forces passing in parade before him. Soon afterwards, General Husni Mubarak took office, becoming the new king of the south, and committed a great multitude of forces to go fight along the Tigris River against Iran. But his sons shall be stirred up, and shall assemble a multitude of great forces: and one shall certainly come, and overflow, and pass through: then shall he return, and be stirred up, even to his fortress.
It was in 1980 that war broke out along the Hiddekel, the Tigris River, between the two branches of Islam as Iran and Iraq entered into an 8 year long conflict (1980-1988) that would ultimately cost the lives of over one million people. How sad indeed. Egypt, the king of the south, had more troops fighting on the side of Iraq than any other nation. And the king of the south shall be moved with choler, and shall come forth and fight with him, even with the king of the north: and he shall set forth a great multitude; but the multitude shall be given into his hand.
Whether you agree with the overlay of history or not, it is important to see the religious aspect of all this as the "peace process" has tried to take hold in that region while much precious human life was and is being wasted in the name of religion.Iran-Iraq WarWar between Iran and Iraq, lasting from 1980 to 1988. The background for the war was disagreements on the borderline between the two countries, stemming back to 1971, when Iran occupied a couple of Iraqi islands in the Persian Gulf. Iraq was also concerned with the Islamist propaganda that was transmitted from Iran to Iraq, and Iraq's government feared that there could be a revolution among the Iraqi Shi'is in the south. In 1980 it was expected that Iran was weak after the Iranian Revolution, so that Iraq would face little resistance when occupying Iranian territory. The war turned out to be a war without progress on either side for most of the 8 years,- it resulted in heavy losses on both sides with 600,000 Iranian and 400,000 Iraqis dead, and an estimated total economical loss of 1.2 billion US$. And when he hath taken away the multitude, his heart shall be lifted up; and he shall cast down many ten thousands: but he shall not be strengthened by it.
1975: Settlement on frontiers between Iran and Iraq that involved increased territory for Iran compared to the borders prior to 1971.
1980 September 22: Iraq invades Iran, and has early victories.
1982: Iraq has been driven out of Iran.
1982-87: The war enters a phase where Iranian soldiers try to invade Iraq, while Iraqi air crafts bomb Iranian cities and oil installations. Both nations started attacking oil tankers on the Persian Gulf, in reciprocal retaliation. Few territorial advances are made on either side.
1987 July 20: Iran accepts a UN resolution on ending the fightings.
1988: Peace is achieved between the two countries, even if fightings seized months earlier.
Neither the king of the north nor the king of the south gained anything nor was strengthened by this religious war and virtually no territory changed hands. Again, it was a total waste of the lives of one million people for religious reasons, for her sake, for the sake of Islam!"The war turned out to be a war without progress on either side for most of the 8 years,- it resulted in heavy losses on both sides with 600,000 Iranian and 400,000 Iraqis dead, and an estimated total economical loss of 1.2 billion US$."
Some years later Iraq would rise up again and king Saddam Hussein would send a great multitude of forces to attack Kuwait. As a result of the actions of this king of the north, the forces of the United Nations and the United States were drawn into the conflict and the Persian Gulf War, Desert Storm I, ensued. For the king of the north shall return, and shall set forth a multitude greater than the former, and shall certainly come after certain years with a great army and with much riches.
The robbers of thy people are the "bad figs", the kenites who have moved into the land of Judea. "They shall fall" simply means they shall fail to establish the New World Order because of the failed peace processes in the land of Judea. Remember back in Dan. 10:20 that the angel Gabriel told Daniel that when he (Gabriel) returned to fight with the prince of Persia that the prince of Grecia would come. This is important in the timeline because a few verses later in Dan. 11:2 the angel said there would be a stirring up against the realm of Grecia and that will cause the prince of Grecia to come. And in those times there shall many stand up against the king of the south: also the robbers of thy people shall exalt themselves to establish the vision; but they shall fall.
Following this our attention is turned to the glorious land (next verse)! So the king of the north shall come, and cast up a mount, and take the most fenced cities: and the arms of the south shall not withstand, neither his chosen people, neither shall there be any strength to withstand.
At this point we now have an advantage because Desert Storm II has taken place and the land of ancient Babylon has fallen into the hands of the two horns of the ram, the kings of Media and Persia, without opposition from the rest of the Arab community. Now the shift will be to establish peace in the "glorious land", in land of Judea and the holy city! But oh boy do we ever have a religious problem here. We have been given a view of the history in relation to the "daughter" in this region and how her incredible influence has been used to tyrannize, to oppress, and to take the lives of many human beings. But he that cometh against him shall do according to his own will, and none shall stand before him: and he shall stand in the glorious land, which by his hand shall be consumed.
To wit, the conflict continues to this day in the glorious land and we know that it is Jerusalem, the city of peace where there is no peace, that the little horn, the Satan as the spurious messiah, enters in and heals the deadly wound and obtains the kingdom by flatteries. What an exciting time to live, to see the fulfillment of all that Yahshua Messiah foretold us would come to pass in the final generation! So hang in there and stand firm in your Father's Word.
Jesus Christ told His disciples in Matthew 24:2 that when He returned at His second advent, there will "not be one stone of (the temple) upon another that shall not be thrown down." That prompted the disciples to come to Him privately and ask Him two questions concerning the final generation.
In answer to the first question "when", Jesus told His disciples to learn the Live Link to=> Parable of the Fig Tree (Mat. 24:32) and then they would be able to determine when the final generation began, the generation that would see all these things come to pass (Mat. 24:34). He answered the second question by giving the 7 signs that correspond to the 7 seals in the Book of Revelation, one of which was that they would see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place where "it" (he) ought not! You "see", we have learned from Daniel that the "abomination of desolation" is an entity, even Satan himself, that abominable one who shall come and "sit in the temple (2 Thes. 2:5)" and spread his abominable lies and deception and cause the daily sacrifice to be taken away by claiming that he is Jesus Christ, the one who died for us (our sacrifice). Remember, it is written that he shall be so prosperous and successful that he will deceive the whole world with the exception of those who have the seal of God in their foreheads, who are those who are knowledgeable of their Father's Word, and thus much spiritual desolation shall be brought upon the world through the spread of his lies and deceits.Matthew 24:3
And as He sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto Him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?
It is from a study of the Parable of the Fig Tree that we know the final generation began on May 15th, 1948, when both the good and bad figs of Jeremiah 24 were set out in the land of Judea. And although a generation is a span of time, the firstborn of the Baby Boomer generation (the fig tree generation) are fast approaching retirement age... call it full of age or maturity and then draw the analogy to harvest time at the end of the season! The point is that we have already seen many of the signs Jesus Christ gave us come to pass, which means we are drawing nearer and nearer to that time Christ warned us of when we shall see the abomination of desolation come stand in the holy place! We shall read about that "vile person's" standing up in this study and learn in greater detail how he accomplishes the desolation and spreads his abominations.
We learned about the major role the "daughter" has played in the unrest and turmoil in the Middle East. That daughter is symbolic of religion and in particular Islam with its different branches. And although we have presented as speculation the overlay of certain historical figures, events, and religions with the prophecies in this 11th chapter, let there be no doubt or speculation that the events written heretofore in this chapter take place during the final generation of the fig tree for they directly precede the entering in of the "little horn", Satan, who is the false messiah who comes at the sound of the 6th Trump. To that end, the history following the planting of the fig tree, i.e. since 1948, show there have been many attempts at making covenants and agreements to instill peace in the Middle East region, but so far all have failed... and it is for religious reasons that they have come up short. And so it is that we shall continue to hear the cry for "peace, peace" in the land of Judea but there shall be no real and lasting peace until the Prince of Peace returns to this earth. However, before He returns there shall come a would-be-prince-of-peace who shall enter in and heal the deadly wound to the New World Order and cause the world to believe he is God, even the God of all religions. And you know what? For a while this will seem to resolve the religious question... until the bruisers, God's elect, come forth and give the old dragon a painful reality lesson in sword fighting!
So let's return to our study in Daniel chapter 11 and continue seeing the details written to come to pass in this final generation just before the entering in of the "vile person", who is none other than Satan posing as Jesus Christ. Remember when Daniel was told by the angel that the "robbers of thy people", who are the kenites, shall stand up, as in exalt themselves, and try to establish the vision of "peace, peace", but they shall fail in their attempt... that is until they become strong with the "little horn" in verse 23!
Remember also that the focus is now the land of Judea, the glorious land, where a predecessor who is a type of the little horn shall come stand and do according to his will, not according to the righteousness of God. One must understand that Satan desperately wants to come "stand in the holy place (Mat. 24:15)" and "sit in temple of God (2 Thes. 2:4)" and he has children, the sons of Cain, using the four hidden dynasties to "set up" and prepare the way for him to "enter in".Daniel 11:14
And in those times there shall many stand up against the king of the south: also the robbers of thy people shall exalt themselves to establish the vision; but they shall fall.
The region being spoken of is the "glorious land", the land of Judea wherein lies Jerusalem. Just keep in mind as we see peace efforts continue that there is only one "roadmap to peace" and that is Jesus Christ, the Word of God. He is Way!Daniel 11:16
But he that cometh against him shall do according to his own will, and none shall stand before him: and he shall stand in the glorious land, which by his hand shall be consumed.
He shall "set his face" is an idiom used to express a fixed purpose, which in this case is to enter (into an agreement) with the strength of his whole kingdom, even with the backing of the upright ones! In other words, that express purpose is to "make equitable terms" (of peace), but the "daughter of women" shall not stand on his side, meaning Islam will not stand on his side nor the side of the upright ones to make equitable terms. (See note in Companion Bible concerning "making equitable terms.) It just may be that favoritism shown by the upright ones on the side of the robbers of thy people may prove to be a roadblock to the roadmap! Think about it!Daniel 11:17
He shall also set his face to enter with the strength of his whole kingdom, and upright ones with him; thus shall he do: and he shall give him the daughter of women, corrupting her: but she shall not stand on his side, neither be for him.
Nevertheless, the word "women" in this verse is plural and again, since the feminine is so often used symbolically in scripture to represent religion, this "daughter" or branch of "women" can be symbolic also of religion, which in this case would be a branch or offshoot of Islam.
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From H1129 (as feminine of H1121); a daughter (used in the same wide sense as other terms of relationship, literally and figuratively): - apple [of the eye], branch, company, daughter, X first, X old, + owl, town, village.
Remember that we are still giving speculation and considering historical overlays leading up to verse 21, at which point all speculation ends. However, the major signs of the season denoting the final fig tree generation are clearly upon us, letting us know the we are drawing ever closer to the event which transpires in that 21st verse, which is the entering in of the "vile person", Satan as the spurious messiah! You "see", we are not given the precise moment (for it is written that no man knows the exact hour or the day), but rather as wise students of His Word we are to be watchmen and watch the events that transpire at this late hour and consider them as we see them come to pass. Matthew 24:33 "So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors."women, #802 'ishshah nash?ym ish-shaw',naw-sheem'
The first form is the feminine of H376 or H582; the second form is an irregular plural; a woman (used in the same wide sense as H582).: - [adulter]ess, each, every, female, X many, + none, one, + together, wife, woman. Often unexpressed in English.
This one who shall stand up in the glorious land shall be unsuccessful even after securing the support of the isles (maritime countries), which is symbolic of nations of great commerce and trade. However, as is often the case, trouble within puts a halt to progress. A prince "for his own behalf" means for "his own interest". After this shall he turn his face unto the isles, and shall take many: but a prince for his own behalf shall cause the reproach offered by him to cease; without his own reproach he shall cause it to turn upon him.
He shall then set his determination toward securing the support of his own land, but he will stagger and fail in his attempt. Seems we still cannot not achieve peace in the glorious land, neither through diplomatic means nor even with the power of the arm! Hopefully you can see that it will most assuredly take a "religious beast" to resolve the deep seated religious differences in the glorious land. Then he shall turn his face toward the fort of his own land: but he shall stumble and fall, and not be found.
This "raiser of taxes" means an oppressor, one who plunders (the temple). He shall stand up in the glory of the kingdom, even in Jerusalem! However, within a few days Satan shall end his stance because he shall enter in and heal the deadly wound which will have taken place and he shall obtain the kingdom by flatteries (next verse), not by force nor in battle. In other words, this is when Satan, the "vile person (next verse)" is cast out of heaven to this earth along with his angels (Rev. 12:7-9) and takes the world by (spiritual) storm. Then shall stand up in his estate a raiser of taxes in the glory of the kingdom: but within few days he shall be destroyed, neither in anger, nor in battle.
You "see", this "vile person" is not GIVEN the kingdom! He just enters in and takes it by peaceful means! He does not go around killing people, as many churches would have us believe concerning the "vile person", but rather he enters in peaceably, even bringing peace to the world, and uses his smooth soothsaying talk (flatteries), coupled with performing miracles in the sight of men (Rev. 13:13), to obtain the kingdom. It is easy to understand how it is that the "vile person" heals the deadly wound and ushers in world peace if you understand that he is not a flesh man, as again many churches would have you believe, but rather he is an angelic being, a cherub, which means he is supernatural. That is why it is written that when he is cast out of heaven to this earth there will be a time of trouble (spiritual tribulation) such as never was since this flesh age began (Dan. 12:1, Mat. 24:21). What an exciting time in which we live! And to think... there is only one major benchmark yet to occur in Bible prophecy before this event of Daniel 11:21, and that is the "deadly wound" to the political beast recorded in Revelation 13, which is a fatal blow to one of the heads of the New World Order! (Have you been watching and keeping up with what has been happening in the world order lately?) And in his estate shall stand up a vile person, to whom they shall not give the honour of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries.
Now, just for emphasis before we move on to the next verse, let us be reminded that back in Dan. 8:25 we also learned it is by "peace" that the king of fierce countenance, the little horn, this same "vile person", shall destroy many, i.e. cause massive spiritual desolation.
If this is so, why then are so many preachers and ministers of Christianity telling our people that the "vile person" is going to come and literally kill and slay people? We are not judging them, but could it be that they are not wise, that they are not educated in our Father's Word, but rather follow the traditional teachings of their churches or denominations? Jesus Christ said that the majority of those who "come in His name" in these last days, i.e. those who claim to be His representatives as Christian ministers and preachers, etc., would deceive the majority of Christians. That means that Satan gains more converts from the pulpits in the churches than from the stools in the taverns?Daniel 8:25
And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand.
Note: The statement that Satan, that "vile person", shall be broken without hands, means that the "stone cut out without hands (Dan. 2:45)", i.e. Jesus Christ our Rock, shall do him in, as in end his reign, when returns at the sound of the 7th Trump.
Let's continue reading how the "abomination of desolation", this vile person, takes the world by storm.
This verse adds depth and understanding to verse 21 concerning the vile person's entering in peaceably and obtaining the kingdom. Again, he is not going to use the arms of military power to "destroy many" as per Dan. 8:25, but rather with the arms of a spiritual flood he shall "overflow", sweep away, and take the world by storm. Remember, Satan and his locust army (the ten toes) are supernatural and shall prosper greatly, meaning they will have no problem whatsoever in obtaining the kingdom and taking over world rulership. In fact, "also the prince of the covenant (shall be broken)" means he will even "pluck up" his own! What a time we have to look forward to in this generation!Daniel 11:22
And with the arms of a flood shall they be overflown from before him, and shall be broken; yea, also the prince of the covenant.
The important thing to understand about this is that the "flood" spoken of here that will "sweep away" (which is what overflown means) is not a flood of water any more than the desolation is physical. This is the flood of lies and deception which spews forth out of the mouth of the vile person, the old dragon himself. We can read of this same spiritual "flood" in Revelation, the overlay or sister book to Daniel:
Satan is coming with his angels to deceive the world into believing he is God, even the Messiah. His angels are those fallen angels of Genesis 6 who are identified in Daniel as the 10 toes, the 10 supernatural kings.Rev. 12:7-17
And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
The great spiritual battle of the last days will have arrived here on earth. Who will the victors be? And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
They loved not their lives unto the death means they gave His witness and testimony fearlessly, even when threatened by death. Remember the type given to us when Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were delivered up to death and cast into the burning fiery furnace, though not one hair on their heads was even singed. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
The vile person, the little horn, knows he has but a short time, even a shortened time, because Jesus Christ shortened the time (Mat. 24:22) he would be allotted to come stand in the holy place from 3 1/2 years to 5 months as per Rev. 9:4, the time of the locusts. Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.
The "woman" in this case represents the true House of Israel (Rev. 12:1), as in Christianity, i.e. the Christian nations of the world, e.g. the U.S., Great Britain, etc. Rev. 12:1 "And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars." And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.
The wings of the great eagle are the outstretched saving arms of our Father. Deut. 32:11 "As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings:" And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.
Now here comes the flood:
Jesus Christ likens this flood to that of the days of Noah in that the majority of the world will be spiritually "eating and drinking" with the fallen angels and thus will be swept away in the flood. And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.
Make sure that you are aboard the ark of His covenant in these last days and that you are not taken in the flood.Matthew 24:38-39
For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
Again, the flood is the lies and deception which spews forth from the mouth of the dragon, Satan, the vile person. And he is going to especially come after the remnant, God's elect, those who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of the real Jesus Christ.Rev. 12:16
And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.
Do you keep the commandments of God? Do you have the testimony, the words, of Jesus Christ? Then you are very fortunate as a "remnant", one of God's elect, because the dragon is going to be after you? Egad, you say! Hey, if you have the gospel armor (Eph 6) on and in place you have nothing to fear for that armor, the Holy Spirit of God, is an impenetrable shield against the fiery darts of old dragon breath. Remember again our ensamples in this great Book of Daniel of Shadrach, Meshach and Abedneggo, and also that is it written in Luke 21:18 that God will not allow "one hair on our heads to be harmed". Besides, this should be no new revelation in that is nothing new under the sun even as that the old serpent has been after the "seed" of the woman from the very beginning (Rev. 12:4). And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
Next we shall learn even more of how this vile person shall work deceitfully and how he shall forecast his devices. And you know what else? We are going to learn about the ships of Chittim, the bruisers, who come against him and cause him much grief!
One thing is more certain in life than death and taxes, and that is our Father's Word. There shall be a time when the last grain of sand runs out of the final hour glass in this generation and we will see the appearance of the little horn, the false Messiah, the abomination of desolation, come stand in the holy place claiming to be God. It is written and, as the angel told Daniel, it is true!
Sadly though, our people are not mentally nor spiritually prepared to face the supernatural "entering in" of Satan and his angels when they are cast out of heaven to this earth (Rev. 12:7-9). As we read, the whole world will be mesmerized and overflown (swept away) with spurious messiah's flood of lies and deceits and not only that, he will possess great credentials to multiply the deception with his ability to perform miracles in the sight of men, like commanding fire (lightning) to fall from heaven (Rev. 13:13) .
Many of us have grown up with the concept of Satan as an evil-appearing man running around in a little red suit carrying a three-pronged pitch fork, and thus we'd be able to spot this wicked one in a crowd anywhere. But such is not the case for if you read of the beauty and charm and wisdom of this charismatic one in Ezekiel 28 you will then understand how it is the people of this world, including the majority of Christianity, will love him when he arrives. That is because they will see him as an angel of light (2 Cor. 11:14), even as the Messiah, and not as a wicked evil one, i.e. Satan. Furthermore, they will marvel when he heals the deadly wound to the New Word Order and ushers in world peace. He will also fix everybody's bank account and grant more entitlements to the people of the world than any leader before him in the history of mankind. And we have seen in type in this final generation that character and truth do not matter to many near as much as "It's the economy, stupid!" We have also seen in type how that those who work deceitfully utterly despise those rascally men and women of God, those "bruisers" who are wise to their ways of deceit and flattery, and who expose their evil deeds by shining the light of truth on them.
Yes, the great tribulation of these last days is during a time of globalization and peace and prosperity, not during a time of world wars and rumors of world wars (Mat. 24:6-7). As we have learned already in this great Book of Daniel, Satan, enters in prosperously and peaceably and simply takes the kingdom because the world will believe that Messiah has come.
So let us continue with our study keeping in mind that we are now reading about events yet future when the vile person, the little horn, i.e. Satan, is present defacto. Remember we concluded our speculations and overlays of the events leading up to the sound of the 6th Trump, which is the entering in of the vile person, when we got to verse 21 earlier. We learned that up to that appointed time all of man's attempts at peace treaties and covenants came to naught, but the vile person, the false messiah, the religious beast of Revelation 13 will be able to achieve it.
Don't think for one minute just because he enters in and heals the deadly wound and establishes a covenant of peace that everything is now fine and dandy, for his flood of lies and deceits will have just begun. Furthermore, he will be willingly aided by the small or "little people" who are the sons of Cain, the kenites. You could call them chips off the old "little horn" for they are the "bad figs" of Jeremiah 24 and the "tares" of Matthew 13, i.e. Satan's own children. Notice also that the Hebrew word translated "people" in this verse is "gowy", which figuratively means "a flight of locusts", even as these kenites are the foot soldiers of that locust army that comes against our people.Daniel 11:23
And after the league made with him he shall work deceitfully: for he shall come up, and shall become strong with a small people.
Here again is how the vile person, the little horn, enters in.small, me`at*, meh-at', Hebrew 4592; or me`at*, meh-awt'; from Hebrew 4591 (ma`at*); a little or few (often adverb or comparative) :- almost, (some, very) few (-er, -est), lightly, little (while), (very) small (matter, thing), some, soon, × very.
people, gowy, go'ee, Hebrew 1471; rarely (shortened) goy, go'-ee; apparently from the same root as Hebrew 1465 (gevah) (in the sense of massing); a foreign nation; hence a Gentile; also (figurative) a troop of animals, or a flight of locusts :- Gentile, heathen, nation, people
Remember that this will be a time of spiritual trouble such as never was nor ever shall be (Dan. 12:1). Again, Satan as the spurious messiah will do something no other leader or predecessor has ever done. He is going to provide (scatter among the people) the ultimate entitlement programs of peace, security, and prosperity such as the world has never seen. As the saying goes, he is going to provide a chicken in the pot for everyone... every one who will follow after him and "love him" that is! Do you have a price? Will he be able to buy your loyalty by paying off all your debts? Remember it is written that the old dragon, that religious beast of Rev. 13:11, will exercise all the power of the first beast, the One World System, which means he is going to have a well oiled machine that he will interweave throughout the world against all strong holds, even until the end of the age. He shall enter peaceably even upon the fattest places of the province; and he shall do that which his fathers have not done, nor his fathers' fathers; he shall scatter among them the prey, and spoil, and riches: yea, and he shall forecast his devices against the strong holds, even for a time.
Remember that this takes place after the sound of the 6th Trump, after Satan, the little horn, has arrived. That is why this king of the south cannot be found in history... because it is yet future from now. The point is though, there shall be a great army of people belonging to the king of the south, but he "shall not stand", i.e. "will make no stand" against the leadership of Satan and his own little people who shall forecast devices, as in fabricate lies and deceit, against him. In fact, the only ones who shall "stand" in that day are God's elect, who we shall read of a few verses hence. The next verse helps explain why the king shall not make a stand. And he shall stir up his power and his courage against the king of the south with a great army; and the king of the south shall be stirred up to battle with a very great and mighty army; but he shall not stand: for they shall forecast devices against him.
You "see", the king of the south doesn't have a prayer of a chance in taking a stand against the little horn because his own people will fall before Satan, as in be taken in by the flood of deception and those devices forecast against them. This is all part of the great spiritual desolation that shall take place by the overflowing army of Satan. Yea, they that feed of the portion of his meat shall destroy him, and his army shall overflow: and many shall fall down slain.
We sure have seen examples of "kings" lying to one another at one table lately, haven't we, e.g. the UN security council? Nevertheless, our Father's plan concerning the time of the end shall come to pass exactly as it is written, which means that the whole world will be deceived by Satan, the spurious messiah... with the exception of those who have the seal of God in their foreheads. And both these kings' hearts shall be to do mischief, and they shall speak lies at one table; but it shall not prosper: for yet the end shall be at the time appointed.
Don't make this complicated for it is not. Remember from our reading of Revelation 12:13-15 that Satan, the old dragon, called the vile person and the little horn here in Daniel, comes after and persecutes the "woman", representing Christianity, i.e. those who keep the holy covenant by believing in Jesus Christ. And as it is written, the vile person, who is the son of perdition, shall "do exploits" which means he will act effectively, as in be very successful, in spreading his spiritual desolations which cause the "great falling away" spoken of by Paul in 2 Thes. 2:3. And let no man deceive you by any means! This he shall do BEFORE Jesus Christ returns and we gather back to Him at the sound of the 7th Trump. 2 Thes. 2:3 "Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition." Then shall he return into his land with great riches; and his heart shall be against the holy covenant; and he shall do exploits, and return to his own land.
Satan shall return after accomplishing his great exploits but now all of a sudden things don't run as smoothly as before and they begin to go awry because he encounters a big, big problem... God's elect, the bruisers of the serpent, the servants of true King of kings and Lord of lords! Wouldn't you just love to be part of that magnificent army of God? Stay true to your Father's Word and keep the gospel armor on and in place, and you can be a champion of your people! At the time appointed he shall return, and come toward the south; but it shall not be as the former, or as the latter.
What is it that gives Satan, the false christ, so much grief to the point he becomes indignant? Actually the same thing that makes all liberals indignant... truth and righteousness! They can't stand men and women of God who expose their evil deeds and shine the light of truth upon their wicked ways! Yes, that old dragon becomes extremely wroth with God's elect who give him a spiritual thumping and bruising to the point that it causes him to breath fire from his nostrils (figuratively speaking). For the ships of Chittim shall come against him: therefore he shall be grieved, and return, and have indignation against the holy covenant: so shall he do; he shall even return, and have intelligence with them that forsake the holy covenant.
If you check out the phrase "the ships of Chittim" in Hebrew you will find it means "the appointed bruisers".
Did you know it was prophesied from the very beginning, way back in Genesis chapter 3, that the woman's seed would bruise the head of the serpent, that old dragon?BDB (Brown Driver Briggs) Definition #H3794 kitt?y / kitt?y?y
Chittim or Kittim = “bruisers”
1) a general term for all islanders of the Mediterranean Sea
2) the descendants of Javan, the son of Japheth and grandson of Noah
These are idiomatic statements of degradation in Hebrew simply stating in figurative language that Satan would always be a "low life", or as we would say one who is "lower than a snakes belly"!Genesis 3:14-15
And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:
Christ's heel was bruised at His crucifixion by the seed of the serpent, the children of Cain, but it shall be the good seed, or the children of God that shall be the appointed "bruisers", the ships of Chittim in these last days. In other words, while the whole world, even great armies of people like we read about earlier, shall all bow to the spurious messiah and no king will therefore be able to make a stand, God's elect are not taken in by his miracles and overflowing deception but rather they step forward and take a stand against the fiery darts of the wicked one (Eph. 6), that old dragon. Of course we know that it will be the "stone cut out without hands", i.e. Jesus Christ, that will ultimately smash and destroy him, but God's elect will "knock him around" and "kick his dragon derriere" for "a time". And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
Let's return to Daniel and continue to read and learn about Satan and how he has intelligence with (i.e. instructs) his little people (those who forsake the covenant), i.e. the locust army.
By now you should know what this abomination that maketh desolate is! It is the vile person, the abominable one himself, the desolator, who stands in the holy place claiming he is God. Remember he is the one Christ warned us about in Matthew 24 and Mark 13 when He referred us to the Book of Daniel for understanding.Daniel 11:31
And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate.
Dr. Moffat in his translation has it correctly "standing where he ought not". Many men have guessed about what the "abomination of desolation" is, including everything ranging from a statue standing in the Vatican to "you name it". However, Jesus Christ said it (he) is the one spoken of by Daniel the prophet! So he that "readeth the Book of Daniel" doesn't have to guess but walks away with the understanding not only of who the abomination is, but how it is he takes away the daily sacrifice in these last days. Of course we know that the first time the daily sacrifice (the morning and evening oblation) was taken away was at the crucifixion, which was when Jesus Christ became our morning and evening oblation, our "daily sacrifice", once and for all time. However when Satan, the false Messiah, the "stand-in" or "instead-of-Jesus" appears, he takes away the real Christ (our daily sacrifice) from the minds of those who are deceived and places himself there, causing those Christian's to become his, which is to become spiritually dead indeed, wouldn't you agree? And so it is easy to understand the great falling away at Satan's appearance, because in one day, those who claim to love and worship the Lord Jesus Christ, because they are ignorant of God's Word (i.e. do not have the seal of God (His truth) in their foreheads) begin to worship Satan believing he is Jesus Christ. At that point, their daily sacrifice, Jesus Christ, has just been taken away from them and they are now in deep trouble with their heavenly Father.Mark 13:14
But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,)
Satan is going to wine and dine anyone who is willing to be swayed, including those who shall betray their sons and daughters and loved ones by delivering them up to him. But the "bruisers", those who do know their God, shall "be strong in the Lord" (Eph. 6:10), yea, they shall be strong "in the power of His might" (Eph. 6:10), and shall do exploits. What are those exploits? Read the next verse.Dan 11:32
And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.
Though God's elect, who are those with understanding among the people, i.e. those with the understanding of the Word of God who know what is happening, shall teach and instruct many people. However, the majority of the people shall nevertheless fall by the sword (words) of the king of Babylon, and by the flame of his fiery darts, and by the security of his captivity, and by the spoil of his prosperity. And they that understand among the people shall instruct many: yet they shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, many days.
Note: These who fall in this verse are a different group than those in verse 35 below.
How is it that those with understanding shall instruct many? It is accomplished when God's elect are delivered up to the false-christ and the Holy Spirit speaks through them declaring that the King of king and Lords and lords is coming to put an end to the reign of this false messiah, the abomination of desolation who is standing in Jerusalem claiming to be Jesus Christ.
The councils and synagogues are the synagogues of Satan, for he will be here. Also, the word "publish" used here is "kerusso" which means to "herald" or "proclaim". Matthew uses the phrase "gospel of the kingdom" meaning that the good news will be proclaimed that the King and his dominion are soon coming and Babylon the Great is about to be smashed to smithereens! (If you would like to read the context of the proclamation, just read Joel 3:9-17.)Mark 13:9-17
But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them.
 And the gospel (of the kingdom) must first be published (proclaimed) among all nations.
Those who are delivered up are not to fear, i.e. be anxious, nor premeditate about what they shall say! The Holy Spirit will speak through them as per the ensample given in Acts chapter 2 on that first Pentecost Day following the resurrection.kerusso, kay-roos'-so, Greek 2784; of uncertain affinity; to herald (as a public crier), especially divine truth (the gospel) :- preach (-er), proclaim, publish
During that hour, the hour of temptation, that true "tongue" spoken on Pentecost day, which was clearly and discernibly understood by all the people present out of every nation and language, will once again be spoken. But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost.
Family members aren't going to deliver their loved up to be physically killed! Remember, world peace will have arrived with the little horn and Satan is going to be playing the role of Jesus, so he is not going to run around seeking to kill people. But if one delivers his brother to the false-christ, even though in his heart he believes the one standing in Jerusalem is Jesus, and thus causes his brother to believe also, i.e. to worship Satan, he has just betrayed his brother to death, spiritual death! In ignorance, yes, but betrayed nevertheless. You "see", the daily sacrifice, Jesus Christ, will have been taken from him causing him to become spiritually slain, spiritually dead... but such will not be the case with the "bruisers" who will be hanging in there withstanding all the persecution and fiery darts that the old dragon can muster. Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death.
Satan and the media will try to convince the world that God's elect, the "bruisers", are a bunch of dangerous, radical, right-winged religious wackos and shall cause them to be "hated", which means persecuted. However, they shall stand and as it is written, those who "endure" unto the end, the same shall be saved. Notice it did not say that those who are flown away in the rapturemobile will be saved? God's Word says that those who remain behind (endure) and are not swept away in the spiritual flood shall be the ones saved. In fact, the Greek word for "endure" means to remain behind, to be left behind! And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
You can either believe the Word of God or some man's book or movie that tells the willing ignorant that Jesus Christ is going to rapture them into the clouds when the vile person, the false-christ, Satan, enters in. The choice is yours!endure, hupomeno, hoop-om-en'-o, Greek 5278; from Greek 5259 (hupo) and Greek 3306 (meno); to stay under (behind), i.e. remain; figurative to undergo, i.e. bear (trials), have fortitude, persevere :- abide, endure, (take) patient (-ly), suffer, tarry behind.
Let's return to Daniel chapter 11.
The word "fall" is "kashal", kaw-shal', Hebrew 3782; a primitive root: to totter or waver and "holpen" means to surround, as in protect or aid. In other words, if one of God's elect begins to waver, He will strengthen the hedge about him or her, but many shall cleave to them with flatteries. Smith & Goodspeed translate this "Many shall attach themselves to them in hypocrisy."Dan 11:34
Now when they shall fall, they shall be holpen with a little help: but many shall cleave to them with flatteries.
Hey, you've got to expect a final exam (to be tested). Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego got one. Daniel got one. Sampson got one. Noah got one. Abraham got one. Name your servant of God! Should we not also expect the heat to be turned up (about seven times hotter)? Remember that fire purifies gold, but it consumes stubble. So a little "holpen" from our Father to remain steadfast and standing is all we need. And some of them of understanding shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and to make them white, even to the time of the end: because it is yet for a time appointed.
There's your good old abomination of desolation doing his thing, standing in the temple of God, exalting himself above all that is called God by claiming that he is God, just as Paul said he would in 2 Thes. 2. Understand that the marvelous things he speaks are contrary to, i.e. against that which is written in the Word of God! Understand also that this is the plan and will of our Father that the desolator, the death angel, shall come. It is part of His chastisement upon His children that this abomination should come and deceive those who claim to be Christians but have forsaken their God by ignoring and not studying His Word, into believing the false-christ, Satan himself, is Jesus Christ! "Woe unto those who are with child" when Jesus Christ returns (Matthew 24:19)! In other words, woe unto those who are spiritually impregnated with the lies and deception of the false messiah! You see, they did not remain virgins, enduring unto the end when the true Bridegroom did come! And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done.
Satan will come with his angelic host and claim to be the god of ALL peoples and nations and languages! What a time we have to look forward to in the very near future! As it is written and as we shall read, it will be a time such as never was since there was a nation! Are you prepared with the gospel armor to take a stand? If not, enlist now and begin your basic training in the Word of God! Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all.
The Book of Daniel! What a truly marvelous book of insight and wisdom our Father has given to us to help us understand what would befall the final generation when the abomination of desolation comes and stands in the holy place claiming to be God. Unfortunately, so many of our beloved brothers and sisters are led by their preachers and ministers to believe that they will not be here when the vile person appears. In fact, many are told they do not need to understand the Book of Revelation because Jesus Christ is going to come rapture them away before the events written therein take place. Well, I guess since the Book of Revelation is an overlay of the Book of Daniel, they need not read what he has to say either, right? The only problem is that Jesus Christ instructed us to go there to gain understanding of what would happen during the 6th Trump when the abominable one comes. And it is written in the last chapter of Daniel that his words were to be sealed up until the time of the end and then the "wise" would understand. Therefore, if one does not understand the Book of Daniel and we are in the last days, what does that make him or her? It makes him or her an unwise Christian and one who will surely fall before the "Instead-of-Jesus" believing that he is the true bridegroom come to take her to wife and rapture her away! It is written and so shall it be!
On the other hand, those who are wise virgins and have heeded the commands of Jesus Christ to study His Word to show themselves approved as workman, laborers in the field (2 Tim. 2:15), not only know that the little horn, the vile person, the great red dragon, Satan posing as Christ, comes before the true Christ and takes over world rulership as the false King of kings and Lord of lords, they know from that which is written in the Book of Daniel what he will do and how he will operate when he comes. To wit, we have already read that he enters in peaceably and prosperously and scatters riches and entitlements throughout the world to all who will bow before him. And next in Daniel, we will be given even more insight into what to expect he to do when he is here for the five months allotted for him to reign, as per Rev. 9:4.
However, before we return to Daniel let us be reminded that in verses 11:36-37, we learned that the vile person will come and do according to his will (not God's) and that he will have no regard for any god other than himself for he will "exalt himself and magnifying himself above every god" and speak blasphemy. Let's review:
This verse should immediately remind one of the words of the apostle Paul in 2 Thes. 2:4 where he put in unarguable sequence exactly when this vile person would come and magnify himself and claim to be God. Because of the paramount importance of understanding the sequence of the events that are about to transpire, let us turn to 2 Thes. 2 and read what Paul wrote.Daniel 11:36
And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done.
The subject is Christ's return and our gathering together unto Him. Paul is "beseeching us", meaning he is imploring, us not to do something! Here is what he is telling us not to do:2 Thes. 2:1
Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,
Do not be swayed nor confused about when Jesus Christ returns. In fact, do not let anyone tell you that Christ has return, as in He is standing in the holy place in Jerusalem! You should know from Paul's teaching in 1 Cor. 15:51-52 that at the sound of the 7th Trump when Christ returns we be instantly changed from our flesh bodies into our spiritual bodies. That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.
This is not a mystery to those who are wise and study their Father's Word.1 Cor. 15:51-52
Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
In other words, in a flash... just like that... at the sound of the last (7th) trump EVERYONE, both the (spiritually) dead and those who are Christ's (all of us, the good and the bad) at His coming will be instantly changed into their incorruptible spiritual bodies! Additionally, those who are Christ's at His coming will also be raised to immortality, which is not to be confused with the change of the flesh body into the spiritual body! In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
The reason we bring this to your attention is that Christ also warned us that if you HEAR from someone that Christ has return, that He is Jerusalem for example, do not GO FORTH and DO NOT BELIEVE IT! You "see", when the true Son of man comes, all you will see is a flash of light, like lightning across the sky, and this flesh age will be over!
Let's return to 2nd Thessalonians.Matthew 24:25-27
Behold, I have told you before.
 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.
 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
The point Paul is making is "PLEASE, DO NOT let anyone tell you in any way, shape, or form that the day of Christ is at hand, i.e. that Jesus Christ can return at any moment!" They are "in the dark", void of accurate Biblical knowledge, and they will be caught off guard, caught sleeping, when the true Messiah returns. Why? Because they will believe Jesus Christ is already here! You see, whether a man is pope, bishop, elder, preacher, teacher, pastor, minister, deacon, usher, author, televangelist, or the paperboy, we have been instructed to check out what that man says in the Word of God. Paul said to "Prove all things; hold fast that which is good (1 Thes. 5:21)." Well, Paul was not, neither did he believe he was, nor did he attempt to exempt himself from the "proving and the testing". It is written in Acts 17 that those rascally Bereans checked him and Silas out in scriptures real good, every day! So don't listen to man. Stick with the Word of God. Jesus Christ will NOT return until the son of perdition (meaning the son who will perish), the little horn, Satan, is revealed first, and there is a great falling away which is when the majority of Christians stumble in the great tribulation of lies and deception and begin worshipping the spurious messiah. It is the great apostasy yet to come!2 Thes. 2:3
Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
This next verse goes hand in hand with Daniel 11:36 and explains what the little horn will do.
Satan will sit in the temple of God and show himself (to the world) that he is God. Again, this event happens BEFORE the return of Jesus Christ, the true Messiah. Satan returns at the sound of the sixth trumpet. Christ returns at the seventh trump, the last trump. Do not let anyone tell you differently, for it is written, and you have just read it! Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
Paul says "you know what is keeping him from being here already; for he can only come when his time is ready" (Living Bible). Our Father has appointed times! The Greek word for "withholdeth" in verse 6 is "katecho" which means to hold fast, to hold back, to retain, etc. Take a Strong's Concordance and look up the many verses in which this word is used. Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.
You see, there is someone "holding back", katecho, the son of perdition at this time, and his name is Michael. However, he will soon "stand up" (Dan. 12:1) and cast Satan and his angels out of heaven to the earth (Rev. 12:7-9).katecho, kat-ekh'-o, Greek 2722; from Greek 2596 (kata) and Greek 2192 (echo); to hold down (fast), in various applications (literal or figurative) :- have, hold (fast), keep (in memory), let, × make toward, possess, retain, seize on, stay, take, withhold.
At the appointed time of the 6th Trump Michael will stand up and cast the little horn, Satan, and his angels to this earth.Rev. 12:7
And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
Let there be no doubt about who this person is. It is NOT some flesh man. It is that OLD SERPENT from the garden of Eden, called Satan the devil, the son of perdition himself! And when he is REVEALED, when he is cast out of heaven by the one who is now holding him back, i.e. Michael, he will come as the Messiah returned, looking just like the Lamb, and will "deceive the whole world" into believing he is Jesus Christ. That IS the great tribulation of the false-christ. It will be a time of peace and prosperity (Dan. 11:24) for all, but it will be the greatest time of spiritual trouble ever for it will mean "spiritual death" to MANY!! As it is written, the magnitude of this event will be "such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time... (Dan. 12:1)." And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
Remember that Satan is supernatural, an angel, and when he comes he will be accompanied by his angels who are cast out with him, which we read in Rev. 12:9. They are the same "fallen angels" of Gen. 6 who left heaven (their first habitation - Jude 6) and came directly to earth in the time of Noah. They were "giving and taking in marriage" and took the daughters of Adam to wife causing our Father to bring about the flood of Noah. "As it was in the days of Noah", Jesus said in Luke 17:26, "so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man."
Back to 2nd Thessalonians:
This does not refer to the Holy Spirit as some would have you believe, but to the one who is holding back (katecho) Satan, the son of perdition. That one is Michael. Here is a little clearer translation to help understand verses 6 & 7:2 Thes. 2:7
For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
Then the little horn enters in.2 Thes. 2:7
As for the work this man of rebellion and hell will do when he comes, it is already going on, but he himself will not come until the one who is holding him back steps out of the way. (Living Bible)
The Greek word for "wonders" is "dunamis" meaning "miraculous power". In other words, Satan will put on a dynamite display of deceptive miracles to convince folks he is really Jesus and the people are going to absolutely love it! This "star" performer really knows how to "work a crowd"!2 Thes. 2:8
And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
Should miracles alone give a person credentials if what he or she teaches does not align with the Word of God? The answer is NO which you can document in Deuteronomy 13:1-4.wonders = dunamis, doo'-nam-is, Greek 1411; from Greek 1410 (dunamai); force (literal or figurative); specially miraculous power (usually by implication a miracle itself) :- ability, abundance, meaning, might (-ily, -y, -y deed), (worker of) miracle (-s), power, strength, violence, might (wonderful) work.
What is this truth that people, yes even most Christians, do not love? That's really easy for Christ Himself gave us the answer: And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
The "love of the truth" is the "love of His Word". If you do not love the Word of God, you do not love Jesus Christ for you cannot separate the Living Word of God from the Written Word of God! The great apostasy is of those who claim to be Christians but do not know or love the truth. And because of this, God is going to send the false messiah and they are going to love him and believe his lie that he is Jesus Christ.John 17:17
Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
They love their traditions of snakes and apples and Ishtar bunnies and fly-away theories and just believe/no need to study! And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
Let us now return to Daniel chapter 11 where we have been learning what it is the false messiah will be doing and how he will operate when he is here. This is precious knowledge that the wise are to understand! Remember, no one will take a stand against this one except the bruisers, God elect.
In his estate means while he is in office. The only thing Satan will honor is that which promotes his deception and feeds into his ego as the great exalted one! He will utilize money, power and ego, as in all four of the hidden dynasties, and thus he will exercise all the power of the first beast and cause the world to worship that first beast!Daniel 11:38
But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces: and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things.
There is his "strange god" which he honors, my friend.. the power and force of the New World Order, whose deadly wound he heals, and who he shall acknowledge and increase with glory (next verse)!Rev. 13:12
And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
We know from Rev. 13:1 that he will divide the world, i.e. the seven continents, among his 10 kings, who are those ten toes, his angelic host!Daniel 11:39
Thus shall he do in the most strong holds with a strange god, whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory: and he shall cause them to rule over many, and shall divide the land for gain.
The nations can push all they want, but when Satan overflows and passes over with his angelic host and all the power of the first beast, who will be able to stand against him?Daniel 11:40
And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over.
The answers is, the only ones who will be able to make war with him are the "bruisers"!Rev. 13:4
... Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?
In other words, Satan uses these nations, Edom (Russia), Moab and the sons of Ammon, to "deliver out of his hand", which means he uses them to come against our people, even in fulfilling that which is recorded in Ezekiel 38 and 39. (A word to the wise.)Daniel 11:41
He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon.
All the countries shall come under his dominion! Even the king of the south who has the "daughter" who prevented peace and security in the region from becoming a reality until this vile person entered in, will come under his dominion. He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape.
These verses simply show that all nations will be part of the New World Order under the leadership and control of the dragon and his angelic host and Satan will be in control of the wealth and treasures of all those nations... even as he now is through the hidden dynasty of the economy which is now in the hands of his children, the kenites. And the Libyans and Ethiopians, even all nations, shall be at his steps, meaning that they shall serve him! But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt: and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps.
But uh oh! The old dragon has those Christian bruisers to yet contend with who give witness and testimony against him and his evil system and cause him much grief!
Again, there is only one group recorded in God's Word that causes Satan to become indignant and wroth. It is not the king of the south nor any other king, but the BRUISERS! God's elect, when they are delivered up, will cause Satan much grief as they "reveal" him to the world as a FAKE! He must therefore "make war" with his adversaries lest he "fail to prevail" and be exposed as a hoax. This is a real problem for the spurious messiah, because many of God's people shall come out of the deception when they see and hear God's elect delivered up and give the testimony of Jesus Christ and witness against him. In fact, they are going to give him so much trouble that he is eventually going to kill the two witnesses! And then that is it my friends for the cup of our Father's wrath will have been filled to the full and you can thus set your clock for three days... because then the King of kings shall return. It is written and so shall it be (Revelation 11). But tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him: therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many.
Yes, the willful king, the vile person, Satan, shall come to this earth and set up his "palace" and his world ruling government in the glorious holy mountain, i.e. Mt. Zion, Jerusalem! But alas, his days are numbered and he shall be be destroyed by the brightness of the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ and His saints. And who is it that can stand against the power and might of Him who has ALL POWER in both heaven and earth? The answer is "no one"! Therefore there shall be "none to help that wicked one" when that "stone cut out without hands" comes and smashes his palace to the point where there is not one stone standing atop another that has not been pulverized! It is written, and so shall it be! And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him.
Is this not the greatest time in the history of the world to be alive? All the prophets and disciples of old wanted to know what today would be like and longed to be here with the "bruisers" who shall step forward and take a stand and bruise the head of the dragon!Ephes. 6:10-11
 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
Daniel chapter 12 the angel told Daniel to close the book, to seal up the words until the time of the end and then the wise would understand.
We have now come to the final chapter in this most informative book titled DAN-I-EL, whose name means "God is [my] judge", and thus far we have seen that all the events written of and recorded in this great book have to do with the coming and presence of the king of Babylon of these last days, who is that little horn and vile person, the king of fierce countenance, the abomination of desolation, aka Satan who shall come against our people and cause much spiritual desolation. We have also learned that contrary to what most churches teach concerning the great tribulation and battle in these last days, prior to Christ's return, is a spiritual battle, a battle for the hearts and minds of men and women alike, a battle for your very soul during a time of peace and prosperity and big-daddyism, not during a time of world wars or rumors of nuclear annihilation!
That is why we as Christians are instructed by the apostle Paul in Ephesians chapter six to don the whole armor of God and be spiritually ready and mentally prepared to take a stand against the fiery darts of that wicked one, the son of perdition, the abomination of desolation, even Satan himself. You "see", it is written that the old serpent, the dragon, shall soon be cast out of heaven with his angels (Rev. 12:7-9) and when he comes he shall stand in the holy place where he ought not (Mat. 24:15) and sit in the temple of God claiming that he is God (2 Thes. 2:4) and back up his claim by performing great signs and wonders in the sight of men. It is written and it is true and so shall it be!
Remember also that Jesus Christ told us in Matthew 24 and Mark 13 that if we want understanding concerning the abomination of desolation then we are to go read what the prophet Daniel has to say! And so we have, and by doing so we have learned that this abomination is not a thing, but rather an entity, a vile person who makes desolate the hearts and minds of our people by drawing them to himself as he leads them away from the Word of God! We also learned how he operates through craft and deceit and with flatteries by spreading wealth and entitlements to all who will come bow before him! Again, that is quite different than the picture portrayed of the "vile person" by most churches who teach he shall come and slay people with a physical sword instead of with a spiritual sword. Which is worse? The answer is that the former, the first death, i.e. the death of the flesh, is but a "shadow of death" as in only a type of the real death which is the death of the soul in the lake of fire at the end of Millennium. Have you not read where Jesus Christ told us in Matthew 10:28 "And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear (revere) Him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell."
Why is it then that so many preachers and ministers promote an any-moment "rapture theory" which only serves to protect one's flesh body from physical harm, because in order to qualify for the "taking up" one must be a "saved" Christian in the first place? No, though it may offend some which certainly is not our intention, if you are "wise" in your Father's Word and have understanding even from the book of Daniel concerning that which shall transpire in these last days when the abomination of desolation is present, then you know that the any-moment rapture theory is based on a completely false foundation in the first place. Remember that the little horn, the false-christ, comes to this earth and heals the deadly wound and brings peace, safety, and prosperity to the world! Then too, we learned in our last study that the ships of Chittim, those bruisers who are the men and women of the army of God, i.e. God's elect, are here to take a stand against the old fire breathing dragon... and so they shall... and so they shall prevail and have the victory in Christ. You "see", they have no desire to run and hide from the beast but rather to stand against him and overcome him!
So let's go to the 12th and final chapter of Daniel and see what closing words of wisdom our Father has given to us.Rev. 12:11
And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
Note: Verses 1-3 in chapter 12 are not the beginning of a new subject but rather the conclusion of the prophecy given by the angel which began back in chapter 10 (see the marginal note in the Companion Bible).
Few people know that there are two tribulations, the great tribulation that occurs when Michael casts Satan and his angels out of heaven to this earth at the sound of the 6th Trump, and the tribulation that occurs at the 7th Trump when Yahshua Messiah returns and crushes the image of the beast and pours out the cup of wrath reserved for the ungodly! To wit, we are fast approaching that final hour, the great tribulation that occurs from the time Michael casts Satan and his angels out of heaven to this earth until that "little horn" comes to his end. It will be at that time Jesus Christ shall deliver His people, every one that has the seal of God in his or her forehead whose name is found written in the book of life. Those whose do not have the seal of God in their foreheads, and thus whose names are not written in the book of life, shall surely stumble and fall in the great apostasy and worship the beast. It is written and so shall it be.Daniel 12:1
And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.
We have been reading in this great Book of Daniel about "the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth (Rev. 3:10)." As we have documented time and again, this is the time Jesus Christ told us to watch for when the abomination of desolation, that entity spoken of by Daniel the prophet, would come stand in the holy place (Mat. 24:15) claiming to be God and spread his desolations throughout the world. For then shall be great unparalleled tribulation such as never was:Rev. 13:8
And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
Notice in the next verse that we are given understanding concerning the duration of time of this great tribulation.Matthew 24:21-22
For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
Jesus Christ just said that the time of the great tribulation, which is the span of time that the abomination of desolation (the subject being discussed) is given to come stand in the holy place, has been CHANGED! It has been shortened. Keep this in mind for we will be discussing "how long" a few verses hence. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.
Now back to the time of delivery at the sound of the 7th Trump.
Make no mistake about it! There is a great spiritual awakening coming. The good news is that some are beginning to "wake up" now and some shall be awakened during the great tribulation, the final hour of this flesh age, and shall come out of Babylon when they see God's elect delivered up and take a stand. And those who are awakened to the truth of their Father's Word shall be blessed and rewarded at the first resurrection with eternal life! Unfortunately though, many shall continue to sleep through the night until the sound of the 7th Trump when Yahshua Messiah returns, at which time the veil of this flesh age shall be taken away and all that is spiritual shall be exposed to the light! The problem is however, if that is the time when you are "awakened", then you are in big trouble for you will have missed out on the blessings of the first resurrection and will be ashamed and naked (spiritually) at His coming.Daniel 12:2
And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.
By the way, do not let the statement "sleep in the dust of the earth" lead you to believe that people are dead and unconscious until the return of Christ, because nothing could be farther from the truth. For openers, Paul states in 2 Cor. 5:8 that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord and he confirms that in 1 Thes. 4:13-18 where he explains where the dead in Christ presently are.
Whether we are here in the flesh or home with Him, we still labour as workman to show ourselves approved.2 Cor. 5:8-10
We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
God is judge and Jesus Christ is coming to mete out just recompense to all. That means reward to those who are His at His coming... but woe to those who are found wanting! You "see", Jesus Christ is the righteous Judge which means He judges with complete fairness! Therefore each and every person shall receive exactly what he or she deserves. Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of Him.
We see from Paul's instruction that judgment is of good and bad, depending on what one has coming to him! Furthermore concerning where the dead are, Ecclesiastes 12:6-7 makes it quite clear that when we die, our flesh which is made of the dust of the earth returns to the earth as it was and we return to our Father in our spiritual body. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.
These are all figures of speech just like our saying "he kicked the bucket", meaning "when a person dies"! Here is what happens when he or she kicks the bucket:Eccles. 12:6-7
Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern.
And so Dan. 12:2 simply states that at that time, which is at the 7th Trump, the first resurrection, the first raising to the status of eternal life (not to be confused with being raised from your flesh to your spiritual body, 1 Cor. 15), some "make it" and some don't. Hopefully those who do not "make it" will get their act together during the Millennium, that thousand year period that precedes the Great White Throne judgment (Rev 20). The good news is though, that those who now become "wise" in their Father's Word and continue to labor in the field bringing forth fruit and who endure until the end, shall shine as the brightness of the firmament! Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.
Many of the "wise" whose names are written in the book of life have planted seeds of truth and have been (and yet will be) instrumental in turning souls to righteousness, which is to turn them to their Father's Word. Many of those seeds shall yet sprout forth for as it is written in Revelation 7:9, there will be a great multitude of people of all nations, and kindreds, and tongues who shall come out of Babylon (confusion) during the 5 month earthly reign of Satan. This occurs when God's elect are delivered up before councils and synagogues at which time the gospel of the kingdom, the announcement that the King of kings and Lord of lords is coming with His saints to smash the wicked beast, shall be proclaimed throughout the world via the modern miracles of satellite and cable TV.Dan 12:3
And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.
The words spoken by the angel to Daniel were not for his time but rather for the time of the end, our time, the time when people would "run to and fro" which in Hebrew means to swerve, turn aside, apostatize, not run around in cars, planes, and other things, though we certainly do that on a grand scale in these end times. You may have read in Job 1:7 that when Satan was ask by God as to his whereabouts, he flippantly replied: "...Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it." In other words, he was doing his thing "turning aside" as many as would allow themselves to be led astray. And as it is written concerning these last days, the knowledge and ability to promote craft and deceit has increased greatly!12:4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.
The good news is that the knowledge of our Father's Word has also been increased in these last days. Daniel was instructed to close the book and "seal" it until the time of the end at which time the "seals" would be broken and the knowledge of that which is written would be understood by the wise (vs. 10). Of course it is only Jesus Christ, the Word of God, who is able to open the seals and reveal truth and wisdom to your mind. Therefore you must go to Him, to His Word, to receive that wisdom and understanding.knowledge, da`ath, dah'-ath, Hebrew 1847; from Hebrew 3045 (yada`); knowledge :- cunning, [ig-] norantly, know (-ledge), [un-] awares (wittingly).
If you want to be "in the know" concerning what is happening in the world at this late hour, do not look to the main stream media or even to preachers and ministers! There is only one place to turn and that is to Jesus Christ the Word of God for He alone can unlock the words that have been sealed and give you rich understanding.Rev. 5:2
And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?
So let us return to Daniel who has now been standing by the river Hiddekel, which is the Tigris River, since Dan. 10:4. He has just been told to seal the book for the time of the end, the time for which it was written, and now he sees two other angels standing, one on each side of the banks of the river!Rev. 5:9
And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;
These angels are not identified, but do not be surprised if they turn out to be those two angels of the churches of Philadelphia and Smyrna in Revelation chapters 3 and 2 respectively, whose members are the sons and daughters of Acts chapter 2, even the watchmen of these last days who would "see" (understand) the visions of the prophets and teach them to their brothers and sisters and whosoever will open his or her eyes and ears to see and hear.Dan 12:5
Then I Daniel looked, and, behold, there stood other two, the one on this side of the bank of the river, and the other on that side of the bank of the river.
To be clothed in linen is to be clothed with righteousness (Rev. 19:8) which tells us something about this one standing upon, or rather above, the river. Now notice that this first of two questions asked to the angel standing upon (above) the waters of the river is, "How long shall it be to the end of these wonders", which would better be translated, "How long will these wonders continue?" It is important to remember that the "wonders" Daniel is asking about go the whole way back to the expository begun by the angel in chapter 10! And one said to the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, How long shall it be to the end of these wonders?
First of all, a "time" is one solar year or 360 days. So a time (1) and times (2) and an half (1/2) would be 360 + 720 + 180 = 1260 days or three and one half years. Now pay close attention to the answer given by the man clothed in righteousness because after he stated with certitude that it would be for a time, times, and half a time, he then said "and when" he (the little horn, Satan) shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished. When does the power of the holy people get scattered? During that "shortened period of time" when the abomination of desolation comes and stands in the holy place claiming to be God and plucks up the power of all nations under his supernatural control and that of his 10 kings! And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and sware by Him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished.
Now let's recap what we learned back in Daniel 9:27 concerning the 70th week of Daniel and put all this into perspective, keeping in mind what Christ said in Mat. 24:22 concerning the time change of Satan's defacto stand in the holy place.
The one-world system, the first beast of Rev. 13, the New World Order, continues for a time, times, and an half, until it comes into "full bloom" at the entering in of Satan as the spurious messiah who causes the sacrifice and the daily oblation to cease. In Revelation we read about this same time period concerning the first beast.Daniel 9:27
And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
Prophecies concerning God's children, the children of light, are given in solar terms while prophecies concerning Satan and the children of darkness are given in lunar terminology. Nevertheless, this is talking about the same 3 1/2 year period of the beast system (42 months x 30 days in a month = 1260 days). Notice that this is the same period of time the angel in Daniel 12:7 gave in answer to the question, "How long shall these wonders continue?"Rev. 13:5
And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.
And how long do the two witnesses (two chief bruisers) prophesy (kick dragon) at the end?
Again we have the same period of 1260 days. And how long is the woman nourished in the wilderness?Rev. 11:3
And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.
For the same time, times, and half a time... i.e. 1260 days! Amazing, isn't it? However, Daniel "heard" what the angel said but he didn't quite understand the "how long", so he now asks "what" shall be the end of these things.Rev. 12:14
And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.
Before the angel gives answer to this question, he again informs Daniel that the words given unto him concerning the wondrous things that would happen were not for his time, but rather for the time of the end.Daniel 12:8
And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things?
The words are given for the time of the 6th Trump, the time of testing, the great tribulation, "the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth (Rev. 3:10)." And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.
Many shall be purified and made white by overcoming the wicked one for they who are "wise" know that the spiritual fiery furnace of the king of Babylon will not harm those who have the gospel armor on and in place. You "see", fire purifies gold and silver while at the same time it consumes and turns to ashes that which is stubble! Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.
Now let's consider the age-old questions asked by men and women of God throughout recorded history. It was just asked by Daniel the prophet in verse 8 and it was asked by the disciples of Jesus in Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21. The questions are "When" and "What?"
One of the signs Jesus gave us in His answer concerned the appearance of the little horn, the false-christ.Mark 13:4
"Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign when all these things shall be fulfilled?",
If you have followed with us in this Book of Daniel to this point, then you should have no doubts about who the "abomination of desolation" is. It is an entity, not a thing, who comes and stands where "he" ought not (as Dr. Moffat translates it). He is none other than (hang in there one last time) the king of Babylon, the little horn, the vile person, the king of fierce countenance, the wilful king, the prince that shall come, the man of sin, the son of perdition, the beast, the dragon, the serpent, Lucifer son of the morning, Satan himself, the devil.Mark 13:14
But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains: ...
Remember though, the wise have been given to understand and are to consider that there is a caveat, which is defined as an explanation to prevent misinterpretation, concerning the duration of time that the abominable one is given to "stand where he ought not". That caveat is given by our Lord and Savior in Mark 13:20 and Matthew 24:22 which we read earlier. Let's continue in Mark 13 where Jesus Christ is giving us instructions about what to do when the false-christ appears and then we will see again what He said concerning the "how long" of the standing in the holy place by the abominable one.
Jesus is telling us that when we see the abomination who makes desolates standing in Jerusalem that time is short. He is not saying it is now time to start getting your affairs in order because there is now three and one-half years to go, because there simply won't be! In fact, there will be, at most, 5 months as per Rev. 9:4, so there is an urgency noted in these instructions. Let's continue...Mark 13:15
And let him that is on the housetop not go down into the house, neither enter therein, to take any thing out of his house:
 And let him that is in the field not turn back again for to take up his garment.
The Bridegroom has gone away for 2000 years and when He returns He is expecting to marry a virgin bride. But when He returns and finds His bride-to-be nursing a child, He will know she has not faithfully waited for Him but rather has been "taken" already by another, even as the first woman taken in the field, and He surely will not be happy with her! Would you? Woe! But woe to them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!
This means do not be "harvested out of season" as in pray that you are not "caught in the (spiritual) storm" when Satan and his angels are cast out of heaven. And pray ye that your flight be not in the winter.
When Satan, the spurious messiah, and his angels are here in person there shall be great affliction and much spiritual desolation, for it will be the greatest time of apostasy ever there was. For in those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created unto this time, neither shall be.
What days has Christ just said would be shortened? Again, those days when Satan stands in the holy place claiming to be God. He has not shortened the time, times, and half a time that the beast of Rev. 13 would flourish, but if you have understanding of the reason He just gave in verse 20 and couple that with Rev. 7:1-4, you will know why? You "see", He has actually lengthened the time of teaching by God's elect in order to seal the 144,000 and plant seeds of truth to the multitudes of Rev. 7:9 who shall come out of the great tribulation. If it weren't for the teaching, i.e. if God's elect were not sent forth to teach the truth of His Word in these last days, then the harvest at the end of this age would be nil... as in no flesh would be saved! In other words, no one would be spared the desolation because Satan is so good and so powerful that if one does not know ahead of time who he is, he or she will be overflown and swallowed-up by his flood of lies and deception. And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved: but for the elect's sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days.
They will say "Isn't it wonderful that Jesus has returned?" Remember though, you can be certain from your Father's Word that if you are still in your flesh body, the true Messiah has not returned! Paul showed us this "mystery" in 1 Cor 15:52 where he told us that at the sound of the last (7th) trump, in a moment in the twinkling of an eye, ALL people who are alive and remain in the flesh to that time, i.e. both the (spiritually) dead and those who are Christ's at His coming, will be changed from their corruptible (flesh) bodies to their incorruptible (spirit) bodies. And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ; or, lo, he is there; believe him not:
The spurious messiah along with his angels will shew great signs and wonders to spiritually seduce our people. This will be of such great magnitude that without the "sealing" and the prior teaching of His Word, only God's elect, those chosen from before the foundation of the world, would remain! So take heed! (Note: The Greek "if it were possible" implies that it is not possible to deceive God's elect. See note in the Companion Bible.) For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.
He has foretold us all things, including the length of time of the "shortening"! We find that in Revelation chapter 9. But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things.
The locusts are Satan's army! They are people... NOT giant insects. And you can readily see from this verse that those who do not have the seal of God in their foreheads are in big trouble. But the wise who do have understanding of their Father's Word shall not be harmed.Rev. 9:3-4
And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.
 And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.
"How long" does the locust army, Apollyon's troops (Rev. 9:11), have to deceive and hurt men, causing their spiritual death? FIVE MONTHS! There's your answer. The time of this earthly reign of Satan has been shortened to a five month period. Is God good to us, or what? By the way, the book of Joel gives us the four stages of the locust and the encyclopedias give us the "time" of the swarming stage of the locust, which is from May to September.Rev. 9:10
And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months.
It is fine, instructive, and even a lot of fun to work with the dates and times given in the Bible concerning the return of Christ. In fact they are given to us to help us watch. Only a fool, however, would set a date and teach others when Jesus Christ Himself said no man knows the exact time, only the Father. This makes good common sense too, because human nature being what it is, people would cash in their retirement funds, sell their homes, and do all sorts of unwise things if they knew the precise moment. But we have been given the benchmark commencing the final season, the final generation of the fig tree which began on May 15, 1948, and that means that there will be "Baby Boomers" who will see the return of Jesus Christ. Matthew 24:34 "Verily I say unto you, This generation [the generation of the fig tree] shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled."Daniel 12:11
And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days.
So what do we make of this 1,290 days which is longer (not shorter) than 1260 days? Well, if one takes the "daily sacrifice" in this verse to refer to the time of Christ's crucifixion, and uses 33 AD as the date of the crucifixion unto the "setting up" of the abomination, which would be the planting of the fig in 1948, and then divides the number of those years by the 1290 days of vs. 11, that would give one a ratio to determine the length of one of Daniel's days, e.g. (1948-33)/1290 = 1.484. In other words, one of Daniel's prophetic days would be 1.484 of our days. Then by understanding when the sanctuary was cleansed the last time in the book of Joshua (1434 BC) and adding to it the 2300 days of Dan. 8:14 multiplied by the 1.484, one would arrive in the "season" of the fig tree generation at the year 1981. One could also take the 1335 days in the next verse and multiply it by the same 1.484 factor and arrive at the year 1981. This may seem a little complex to some, but it does serve to confirm the season.
The point to remember however is that we are not given to know the precise moment when the longsuffering of our Father (2 Pet. 3:9) has ended and he sends the king of Babylon at the sound of the 6th Trump. That is why Jesus Christ said we are to watch, as in "When you see the abomination of desolation..." and later "When you see these things come to pass..." then we know we are near and then we know what instructions He has given us to follow through with at those times. Again, He has informed us that He has shortened the time of the defacto reign of Satan while at the same time He has commanded the Four Winds in Rev. 7 to be held back for the elect's sake to seal the 144,000+. That means He has lengthened the time of teaching and shortened the time allotted the abomination of desolation to stand in the holy place. Now notice what we are given in the next verse concerning "time"!
Blessed means "how happy" is he that waits. Waits for what? Waits and remains a virgin during the reign of Satan until the coming of the true Messiah! In other words, blessed are the barren (Luke 23:29), those who do not go to the first wedding and become one of those who is "taken out of season" to the false messiah. Check out the Hebrew for the words "waiteth" and "cometh" and see how it fits with not being seduced by the false messiah before the true bridegroom returns. Of course 1335 days is 75 days longer than 1260 days which would have been the original duration of the "standing in the holy place" by the abomination of desolation. 75 days is 60+15 or 2 1/2 months, which is "about the space of half an hour (Rev. 8:1)!" As the saying goes, "A word to the wise is sufficient!" Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.
Go live out your natural life, Daniel, knowing that you shall surely stand together with the rest of the servants of God at the great family reunion spoken of by Paul in 1 Thes. 4:16-17! And so it is that we shall also continue to live our lives as obedient servants, not by being obsessed with the "when", i.e. the precise moment, for we surely already know the "how" and the season we are in, and by watching the events that are written of come to pass we know that we are very late in that season. Therefore let us "be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might" by being sure to "Put on the whole armour of God, that we may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil (Ephes. 6:10-11)" and continue steadfast, unswervingly, serving our brothers and sisters and loved ones until the end when that wicked abomination of desolation is destroyed by the brightness of the coming of our Lord. Here is what we are to continue doing, remembering always that we have the victory in Christ. But go thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days.
We thank our Father for giving us the great Book of Daniel for these last days! We love Him dearly for all He has done for us.Ephesians. 6:18
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplicationfor all saints.
Jesus said, "the book of Daniel was where one could go read and gain understanding"Jesus Christ told us in Matthew 24 and Mark 13 when He sat upon the Mount of Olives and gave His disciples the seven seals concerning the knowledge and the events that would transpire during the final generation of the fig tree, that the book of Daniel was where one could go read and gain understanding concerning the abomination of desolation, that abominable desolator (antichrist) who would come stand in the holy place claiming to be God.
To study the Bible is the noblest of all pursuits;
to understand it, the highest of all goals.
We pray that with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, you accomplish both.