Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Daniel's Statue

As one progresses from the head to the toes of the statue seen in king Nebuchadnezzar's dream, one is really traveling through history from the time of the Babylonian Empire until we get to the feet and toes - which represent the last form of human government which will be in place at the time of the Tribulation and the Second Coming (Daniel 2:41-45, 7:23-27, Revelation 17:12-18 etc.)

The fourth and last kingdom - the Roman Empire - during Christ's time was portrayed as being like "iron" and indeed it was (look at how the Roman Empire ruled during its peak - most certainly like iron). We also see from this statue in Daniel 2 that in the last days this Roman Empire would be regathered only it would be different after this regathering:

"Just as you saw that the feet and toes were partly of baked clay and partly of iron, so this will be a divided kingdom; yet it will have some of the strength of iron in it even as you saw iron mixed with clay. As the toes were partly iron and partly clay, so this kingdom will be partly strong and partly brittle. And as you saw the iron mixed with baked clay, so the people will be a mixture and will not remain united, any more than iron mixes with clay." (Daniel 2:41-43)

This prophetic writing takes us to today's news with wonderment at the specificity and accuracy found in biblical prophecy. First, we see an article which points out the growing divide between Christianity and Islam in Europe - a problem that is bubbling to the surface in Europe:

EU institutions do not do God. But for some religious leaders in EU-aspirant countries, member states' Christian origins are still politicaly important.

The morning call to prayer at the Blue Mosque in Istanbul means different things to different people.

For Muslims, it is an invitation to muster spiritual energy for the working day. For some Western visitors it is a sign that they are on the edge of an exotic world.

Despite Vatican lobbying, the EU Treaty does not mention the word "Christian" on any of its 403 pages.

It begins by saying the Union "[draws] inspiration from the cultural, religious and humanist inheritance of Europe." Later on, it says that any "European state" can join.

The EU is already home to 13 million Muslims, over 1 million Jews and 370 million people who tell polsters they are Christian. Apart from Turkey, two other majority Muslim places - Albania and Kosovo - are in line to join.

After that intro we get to the crux of the article:

Clash of civilisations?

Rosen believes there is no clash of civilisations, but that there is a clash between antiquity and modernity.

"It is ... between the enlightened (who embrace the good things of modernity - science, individual autonomy, human rights) and the reactionary (who feel threatened by those things). The enlightened are those who do not claim a monopoly on truth and the reactionary are those that do," he said.

"Muslims from 'Europeanized' (e.g. Balkan) societies, which can even include some Arab societies (e.g. the educated elite in Morocco), are able to be part of European society as well as anyone else."

The bishop, who used to work with Comece, a Brussels-based Christian lobby, added that Armenian communities in, say, Belgium or France have "fully assimilated," while Muslims are "a challenge" in terms of integration.

The US invasion of Iraq and the Arab Spring have prompted fresh waves of sectarian violence in the home of the world's oldest Christian, Muslim and Jewish communities.

Up to 1 million Iraqi Christians have fled the country since the fall of Saddam Hussein. Dozens of Egyptian Copts have been killed since the fall of Hosni Mubarak.

Israel's EU-and-US-endorsed ethnic cleansing of occupied territories also acts as a "lightning conductor" - in Rosen's phrase - for anti-Western feeling.

In addition to the "iron and clay" mixture of Christianity and Islam in Europe, we also see the internal divisions among nation member states:

German politicians from across the spectrum have reacted furiously to warnings by Italy’s Mario Monti that Bundestag control over EU debt policies threatens to bring about the “disintegration” of the European project.

The dispute comes as relations between Germany and Italy touch the lowest ebb since the Second World War, with Il Giornale publishing a front-page picture of Chancellor Angela Merkel under the headline “Fourth Reich”.

“The tone of the debate has turned dangerous. We must be careful that Europe does not rip itself apart,” said German foreign minister, Guido Westerwelle. He himself fanned the flames over the weekend, saying he was “categorically” against further expansion of the EU rescue machinery or bond purchases by the European Central Bank. “I can’t imagine that a majority of the Bundestag will back unlimited debt liabilities,” he said.

We are also awaiting the transformation of the revived Roman Empire into the "10 kings" stage, and we know that "big crisis = big change":

The German opposition has endorsed plans for a national referendum on creating a full-blown fiscal Union.

The leader of the centre-left SPD party, Sigmar Gabriel, rolled out the proposals at a small press conference in Berlin on Monday (6 August).

He said the euro can only be saved by pooling debt and sovereignty.

"You will not be able to hold the euro together without a common financial and tax policy ... We have a common currency, but no common finance or budget policy."

They added: "There are only two coherent strategies for overcoming the current crisis: either a return to national currencies in the EU, with each country subject to unpredictable fluctuations in highly speculative currency markets, or the institutional consolidation of a common fiscal, economic and social policy in the euro area."

Also in the news:

The world wasted 10 years of Israeli warnings on Iran’s nuclear program and another eight years before imposing belated sanctions, says Michael Oren, Israel’s Ambassador to the United States.

His op-ed article in The Wall Street Journal was another implied hint that Israel cannot wait much longer before trying to delay Iran’s nuclear program with a military attack, and such articles by the ambassador to the United States presumably are coordinated with Israel's highest officials.

“Historically, Israel has exercised that right [to defend itself] only after exhausting all reasonable diplomatic means,” he wrote. “But as the repeated attempts to negotiate with Iran have demonstrated, neither diplomacy nor sanctions has removed the threat.”

“Iran is also the world's leading state sponsor of terror. It has supplied more than 70,000 rockets to terrorist organizations deployed on Israel's borders and has tried to murder civilians across five continents and 25 countries, including in the United States… By providing fighters and funds, Iran is enabling Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad to massacre his own people.”

If Iran gets a nuclear bomb it may actually use it, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Monday, rejecting the notion that Tehran would act responsibly if it became a member of the world’s nuclear “club.”

Netanyahu, in a meeting with visiting Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr, spelled out five things that would likely happen, were Iran allowed to go nuclear: There will be nuclear proliferation in the Middle East as various other actors will then want to have a bomb; Iran will have a firmer hand on the “choke point of the world’s oil supply,” namely the Strait of Hormuz; there will be a magnification of global terrorism because the terrorists under Iran’s sway will believe that they have immunity; and Israel’s cities will be rocketed even more because those firing the rockets will feel that they enjoy a nuclear umbrella.

Just days after US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta visited Israel it seems that the Obama administration's efforts to calm down the Israeli government on the topic of Iran have not made an impression with Jerusalem decision makers.

Senior officials on Sunday leveled severe criticism against the US, declaring that the American position on a date for a military strike against Iran was a "wretched red line."

A government source said that "Hezbollah is the long arm of Iran," adding that "this terrorist organization will undoubtedly barrage Israel with thousands of missiles. It won't begin withKiryat Shmona and end in Haifa, but will reach further into Israel. Hezbollah could cover Israel with rockets."


Anonymous said...

Mike Evans, NY Times bestselling author, has written another fictional book on this subject matter. His previous predictions have been spot-on.

1. Asked Prime Minister Menachem Begin to employ Benjamin Netanyahu
2. Predicted in 1981 that Benjamin Netanyahu would become Prime Minister twice during Israel's darkest hour
3. Predicted in 1999 that the World Trade Center would be attacked by Osama Bin Laden
4. Predicted in 2007 the Arab revolution of 2011

Read the latest bestselling book "7 Days" here:

And see how close his latest book is to reality.

ChristineInCleveland said...

Thanks, Anony, but I'm reading a MUCH more reliable & best selling book who's predictions are unfolding right before our eyes... It's called The Holy Bible! :)

nathan said...

Anybody else think the popes kind of evil looking ? He reminds me of the Emperor from Star Wars ? I was thinking about this today . Lets take a logical look at this . He knows the bible in and out up and down left and right . He can probably qoute every page . So then knowing this why would he openly call for "World government with teeth" ? He understands fully what that means . Throw in the Malachi prophecy and if Petrus Romanus pops up next in line and i'll hiding under my table .

Scott said...

Anon - give us a synopsis of the latest book and what it says! Come on, don't leave us in suspense (seriously - I;m curious)

Nathan - I agree on Petrus Romanus - but if that happens go outside and start looking up!

Anonymous said...

And yet, stocks are UP again. It
would appear that Wall Street bulls
know something about the future ??

I doubt that, yet the buying continues. AND AS LONG AS IT
DOES, the end will be delayed.

a long time.

dow session high = 13 215.....

appears headed for 14,000 or higher
UNLESS bears can turn it....

BUT SO FAR THEY have failed to
perform at all....


Stephen >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Dylan said...

Hey guys, I have a serious question. I know that the current pope probably has some belief in the St. Malachy papal prophecy, but in your honest opinion do you think the St. Malachy prophecy has any credibility?

Scott said...


Anything "extra-biblical" should be viewed with great caution. To say the least. In this instance however, the various popes were described in pretty incredible detail.

I put this in the category of "interesting and worth watching - only - ". Nothing more, nothing less..

nathan said...

I don't really believe in the Malachy prophecy either . But if the pope knowing all he does about scripture would call for World government with teeth he might just elect a guy named Peter the Roman . I was reading somewhere that the Vatican would NEVER elect a pope by that name because they are well aware of it ? Just food for thought . Plus it has a kickbutt name THE MALACHY PROPHECY (i can't believe hollywood hasnt made this a movie yet .

Ally said...

Well, we will know pretty soon cuz scary looking not good vibe giving ratzinger will be outta there shortly. Spooooooooky! ;)

Anonymous said...

the book of REVELATION is very specific about the description of
the false prophet; I am quite sure
it will be the pope....

more then likely Petrus Romanus...


in the line up...

but Ratzinger is still in power right ??

UH UH, not gonna happen until old
JOE is gone....

Stephen >>>>>>>>>>>>

WVBORN56 said...

It is frustrating when things, as they often do, go right over my head!

I am somewhat familiar with the Malachy prophecy but it all went down hill for me after that.

Oh well?

Helen said...

Are you asking about the Petrus Romanus book?

It is a new book out and it is base on the "Malachy Prophecies" about the last pope being named named Peter.


I personally don't put much stock in this...(it is certainly not Scriptural) but it will be interesting to see if the successor to Benedict is named Peter.


Anonymous said...

There is always the posibility that Vatican knows the prediction of Malachy and will TRY to bring it to pass.

WVBORN56 said...

Yes Helen I was puzzled by Stephen and Ally's post. I wasn't sure what they were refering too.

theyenguy said...

In Prometheus Fashion, To create, one must first destroy. The prophet Daniel’s Bible prophecy of Daniel 2:25-45 foretells that the two iron legs of global hegemonic power, the UK, and the US, will collapse, and a Ten Toed Kingdom, consisting of the miry mixture of iron diktat and clay debt servitude, will emerge in the world’s ten regional zones, to replace investment choice and credit. The failure of the Milton Friedman Free To Choose floating currency regime, and the US Dollar as the world’s reserve currency, is pivoting the world out of liberalism and into authoritarianism.

Authoritarianism features an entirely new empire, the US is no longer in charge of economic and political matters. Eventually, according to Bible prophecy of Revelation 17:12, ten kings will come to rule in each one of the Toes, that is in each one of the world’s ten regions.

This ten toed monster is described as in Daniel 7:7, as beastly, dreadful and terrible, exceedingly strong; it has huge iron teeth; it’s devouring, breaking in pieces, and tramples the residue with its feet. It’s different from all the beasts that were before it, as it has ten horns. This fourth beast is the last in line of the prior three beasts: the Roman Empire, the Greek Empire, and the Babylonian Empire.