Pamphlet 5021 KC Daniel 6-1
It cannot be emphasized enough that the image which Nebuchadnezzar saw was for these latter days.
In our last study we documented that the beast system of the final generation culminates in an incredibly awesome power structure combining all the characteristic powers of history's world dominating empires*, because at the sound of the 6th Trump the "nephilim", those same fallen angels of Genesis chapter six, are coming with power (horns) to rule (crowns) and preach (breastplates, Rev. 9:9) and "mingle with the seed of men".
And we know from Rev. 17:12 that they shall reign with the beast for one hour, which is that final hour of temptation (Rev. 3:10) that shall come upon the earth to try them that dwell on the earth (not kill their flesh).
Jesus Christ Himself said in Mat. 24:21 that it will be a time tribulation, great spiritual tribulation, such as this world has never seen nor ever shall see again... for it will be a great battle for the soul's of men.
Again, this all happens before Jesus Christ comes to this earth with His saints, whom He has made kings and priests to rule Him when He ushers in the kingdom of God.
But you must see and understand that Satan is the great imitator and imposter and as it is written (2 Thes. 2) he shall appear first as the spurious messiah claiming to be God and his angels shall appear with him claiming to be the kings and priests of the most high and they shall reign with him... for that one hour.
* Note: See Dr. Bullinger's marginal notes in the Companion Bible on page 1183 concerning the different characteristic powers of the kingdoms.
Now, it cannot be emphasized enough that the image which Nebuchadnezzar saw was for the latter days and as we will read in Dan. 2:44, it will be during the days (of the reign) of these kings that the God of heaven shall set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed.
To that end, as we stated in earlier, we are going to go to the 17th chapter of Revelation, the sister book to the book of Daniel, and gain some insight into Satan's final kingdom when he comes with his kings and priests to reign on earth for a "short space of time".
We will begin in verse 7 where the angel is speaking to John and is now going to tell him the "mystery of the woman" for it ties directly into the image we are studying in Daniel chapter two.
And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns.
And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.
He also told His disciples in Luke 21:6 concerning that location that not one stone shall be left atop another when He returns.
Because He is going to pulverize them, smash them all to smithereens!
The point is... the mystery that the angel is about to reveal to the wise has to do with Jerusalem, the land of Judea, the place where Jesus Christ told us to leave and get away from when we see the desolator come and stand (in the holy place) claiming to be God (see 2 Thes. 2:4).
Let's review Matthew 24:15-16, "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:"
Here is the understanding of the mystery concerning the woman!
The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.
In other words, right now he is the prince and power of the air, which means that his evil spirit is here and prevails upon the earth at this time....BUT, he shall soon ascend out of the bottomless pit when Michael casts him and his angels to this earth as per Rev. 12:7-9 and he shall reign in person for a short season claiming to be the true bridegroom.
 And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.
Wisdom comes from God and you are given that wisdom and revelation of the mysteries of God (Dan. 2:47) by studying and absorbing the true bread of life and drinking from His living water of life while at the same time abstaining from eating the king of Babylon's meat and drinking his spiritually intoxicating wine.
This you should have learned so far from the book of Daniel.
You "see", it is written concerning these last days, as God's judgment draws nigh, that the words of the prophet Daniel would be unsealed, unveiled, to the wise.
To unveil or uncover is what the word revelation means.
The wise are those who study God's Word and take heed to the instructions of Jesus Christ such as in Matthew 24 and Mark 13 where He tells us if we desire understanding then go read the words spoken of by Daniel prophet which pertain to the "time of the end" when the abomination of desolation, Satan as antichrist, is cast out of heaven with his angels (the instead-of-kings-and-priests) and comes standing in the holy place and takes over world dominion.
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, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.
They shall think that Jesus Christ has returned to the earth.
But those who read their Father's Word and the great book of Daniel seeking His wisdom SHALL understand... because they are wise and faithfully do as Christ instructs them to!
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.
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