The Prophetic Panorama

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00:00 ♪♪♪ (Intro Music)
00:19 Let's bow our heads for prayer.
00:22 Father in heaven we thank you for the privilege of being here
00:25 in this beautiful place.
00:28 We asked for the presence of your Holy Spirit
00:30 as we open your holy word.
00:32 Open our minds and hearts to understand
00:34 and receive the truth. Help us also to proclaim it,
00:39 and we thank you for hearing and answering our prayer
00:41 for we ask it in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.
00:48 Our primary focus in this series of meetings
00:52 is going to be identifying the famous Antichrist of Scripture.
01:00 The Bible tells us
01:01 that there will be an Antichrist at the end of time,
01:06 and that there will be a remnant that will resist its power.
01:11 So it's very important that we understand who the Antichrist is
01:16 and who the remnant is.
01:19 Now, we are going to try and answer three questions.
01:24 Number one, who is the antichrist?
01:30 Number two, at what stage of history does he appear?
01:36 And number three, what will the antichrist act like?
01:42 So basically who he is, when he rises, and what he does.
01:48 Now in the course of Christian history
01:50 there are many candidates that have been proposed
01:54 as the antichrist.
01:56 Christians have every time that a nasty individual appears,
02:00 Christians seem to say well that's the antichrist.
02:03 Let me just mentioned some of those that in the course
02:06 of the last hundred and fifty years
02:08 have been proposed as candidates as the antichrist
02:13 when they rose. There were some that believe
02:17 that Benito Mussolini was the antichrist.
02:21 He was the premiere of Italy, and he ruled from 1922 to 1943.
02:27 Obviously he wasn't the antichrist
02:29 because they hung him in the public square.
02:32 Then a little bit later
02:34 they thought that perhaps that might be Adolf Hitler,
02:37 who was the Führer of Germany from 1934 to 1945.
02:42 But of course he wasn't, because he committed suicide.
02:47 Others thought that it might be the Ayatollah Khomeini,
02:50 the founder of the Islamic Republic
02:53 who led the 1979 revolution that overthrew the Shah.
03:00 But he's dead. He wasn't the Antichrist.
03:03 Some thought that it might be Yasser Arafat,
03:07 who was the chairman of the PLO,
03:11 the President of the Palestinian Authority.
03:14 He's dead now, he wasn't it.
03:18 Some people thought that it might be Henry Kissinger,
03:22 who was the secretary of state
03:23 during the time of President Richard Nixon.
03:31 Others thought that it might be Saddam Hussein,
03:34 but of course we know that he was hung.
03:38 More recently I was watching a video,
03:40 an hour and a half video, that suggests that it might be
03:43 Barack Obama.
03:46 And even more recently some have thought that it might be
03:49 Donald Trump. I've heard Christians say that.
03:54 Now for most evangelicals, for most Protestants
03:58 with the exception of the Adventist Church,
04:01 the antichrist will be a nasty individual
04:04 that is going to rise at the end of time
04:06 after the rapture of the church.
04:09 This individual will rebuild the Jewish temple.
04:13 He will make an image of himself and command everyone to worship
04:16 that image in his honor.
04:19 He will impose a tattoo on the forehead
04:22 or on the right hand of all of his followers.
04:26 He will persecute the Jews after the church
04:29 has been raptured to heaven,
04:31 and he will rule for three and a half literal years.
04:35 You turn your television on on Sunday
04:37 and you watch any of the television evangelists
04:40 from the United States,
04:41 you'll find that this is the scenario
04:44 that is being taught in Protestantism today.
04:50 Obviously, all of the individuals that are mentioned
04:54 are just guesses, but we don't need to guess.
05:00 We don't need to conjecture about who the antichrist is,
05:05 because the Bible makes it very clear
05:06 when the Antichrist would arise,
05:09 where the Antichrist would arise,
05:13 and what the Antichrist would be like.
05:17 Now in this series that we're going to study
05:21 we shall follow a careful, disciplined, systematic,
05:27 logical approach to studying Bible prophecy.
05:32 There will be no guesswork,
05:35 no unfounded assumptions, no conjecturing.
05:41 We will use the method that the Bible itself uses
05:45 to explain Bible prophecy. It's known as historicism.
05:51 I prefer to call it the historical flow method.
05:56 Basically historicism teaches, or the historical flow method
05:59 teaches that the great lines of prophecy
06:03 begin in the time when the prophet wrote.
06:07 And then prophecy is fulfilled
06:10 in a chronological sequence of events
06:13 culminating with the setting up of Christ's everlasting Kingdom.
06:19 In other words, in the historical flow method
06:21 you can know exactly where you are at each moment
06:25 in the course of the chain of prophecy,
06:28 because you know where the prophecy begins,
06:30 where the chain begins, you know where the chain is going to end,
06:34 and therefore, you can see all of the different lengths
06:37 of the chain in between.
06:41 So basically the historical method,
06:43 or the historical flow method if you please,
06:47 begins in the day when the prophet wrote,
06:50 concludes when Christ sets up his everlasting Kingdom,
06:55 and in between, you can see all of the steps
06:57 that take place between one event and the other
07:00 so we can know exactly where we are
07:02 in the flow of prophetic history.
07:06 Now something else that we need to understand
07:09 as we studied the prophecies.
07:12 Not only must we use the historical flow method
07:15 or historicism as our governing principle.
07:18 We also must understand
07:20 that prophecy is dealing with symbols,
07:24 and symbols cannot be taken literally.
07:28 For example,
07:29 there is not such a thing as lions with eagle's wings.
07:35 There are not leopards that have four heads and four wings.
07:41 There is not a bear that is a hunchback higher on one side
07:44 than on the other.
07:46 There is no such thing as a dragon that has ten horns
07:49 and suddenly a little horn rises and knocks off three of them.
07:54 Obviously we are dealing with symbols,
07:57 and symbols have to be decoded.
07:59 In other words, we have to determine what their meaning is.
08:03 And of course the question is how can we determine
08:06 the meaning of a symbol. It's very simple.
08:10 Many times the symbol is explained in the very context
08:15 that we're studying,
08:18 but when the symbol is not explained in the context
08:21 that we are studying, other places of the Bible
08:25 will help us understand the meaning of the symbol.
08:29 So, if the meaning of the symbol is explained in the context,
08:33 all good.
08:35 But if it isn't, there are other places in the Bible
08:38 that explain the symbols. You see, God placed in the Bible
08:43 everything we need to understand the Bible.
08:46 There is nothing in the Bible that is an enigma
08:50 and they cannot be explained by other texts
08:52 that we find in the Scriptures.
08:55 Now, our study this evening is going to be based on Daniel 7.
09:02 And there is a reason why we're going to study Daniel 7.
09:04 It's because it is closely linked with
09:08 Revelation chapter 13.
09:10 So we're going to take a look at these two chapters,
09:13 and Revelation 13 we're going to do it very briefly,
09:16 we're going to look at these two chapters to see
09:19 if we can catch the flow of the historical flow method.
09:26 Now, it's important to recognize the date of Daniel chapter 7.
09:32 Daniel chapter 7 was actually written,
09:36 or at least the vision Daniel had was in the year 550 B.C..
09:42 Five-hundred and fifty years before Christ.
09:45 Now eleven years later the kingdom of Babylon
09:49 was going to fall.
09:50 So basically everything that we have in Daniel 7
09:54 is future from the time that Daniel received the vision.
09:58 That's amazing because we're going to find
10:01 a precise description of a chain of events in history.
10:06 One event right after another. Beginning with Babylon
10:10 and ending with the setting up of Christ's everlasting Kingdom.
10:14 So let's go to Daniel chapter 7, and let's analyze this chapter
10:19 and see if we can understand how prophetic history flows
10:24 where it begins and where it ends.
10:28 Let's go to Daniel chapter 7 verses 1 and 2.
10:32 << In the first year of Belshazzar, king of Babylon,
10:37 Daniel had a dream and visions of his head while on his bed.
10:42 Then he wrote down the dream telling the main facts.
10:46 Daniel spoke saying, I saw in my vision by night and behold
10:51 four winds of heaven were stirring up the great sea. >>
10:56 And we have two symbols here.
10:58 We have the four winds, and we have the great sea.
11:03 So the question is, what is meant by the four winds
11:07 and what is meant by the great sea?
11:09 Well go with me, if you have your Bibles,
11:11 to Isaiah 17 verse 12.
11:13 I know we usually use Revelation 17 verse 15,
11:17 where it says that the waters upon which the harlot sits
11:20 are multitudes nations tongues and peoples.
11:22 But I believe that there's a better text to explain
11:25 what the waters represent then Revelation chapter 17 verse 15.
11:29 Isaiah 17 verse 12.
11:33 Here it says, << Woe to the multitude of many people,
11:39 who make a noise like the roar of the seas;
11:44 ..So what does the roar of the seas represent?
11:47 Many what? Many people.
11:50 And then the second half of the verse expands upon it.
11:52 The second half says.. and to the rushing of nations,
11:57 that make a rushing like the rushing of mighty waters!>>
12:03 So what does the rushing of the mighty waters represent?
12:06 The rushing of what? Of nations, the rushing of nations.
12:10 And what happens when the winds hit the waves of the sea?
12:15 Oh the sea becomes agitated.
12:17 So the winds represent strife and wars among nations
12:22 in order to gain the supremacy.
12:24 In fact, Ellen White in great controversy page 440
12:30 wrote this about the meaning of the winds.
12:33 << Winds are a symbol of strife.
12:36 The four winds of heaven striving upon the great sea
12:41 represent the terrible scenes of conquest and revolution
12:46 by which kingdoms have attained to power.>>
12:49 So once again, winds are a symbol of strife.
12:53 The four winds of heaven striving upon the great sea
12:57 represent the terrible scenes of conquest and revolution
13:00 by which kingdoms have attained to power.
13:02 And so these four beast they're fighting among each other
13:06 and there's turmoil among the nations where they're rising.
13:10 Now let's notice the vision itself.
13:13 Let's notice the beast that are mentioned in this vision.
13:17 Daniel chapter 7 verse 3.
13:20 << And four great beasts came up from the sea,
13:25 each different from the other.>>
13:28 So you have four beast that come up from the sea
13:30 and so immediately you'd say,
13:31 well, what do these four beasts represent?
13:34 What do they symbolize?
13:36 Well, the good news is that the very context explains
13:40 what the four beasts represent. Notice verse 17:
13:46 << Those great beasts, which are four,
13:50 are four kings which arise out of the earth.>>
13:55 Now we need to understand that there's no such thing as a king
13:58 without a kingdom.
14:00 So they are not merely four kings,
14:03 they are four kings that rule over kingdoms.
14:06 In other words, the four beasts represent kingdoms
14:09 and you say how do we know that?
14:11 Well go with me to Daniel chapter 2,
14:13 Daniel chapter 2 and verse 38.
14:16 Daniel chapter 2 verse 38. This is another vision,
14:19 the vision or the dream of the image
14:22 that Nebuchadnezzar had.
14:24 And Daniel chapter 2 and verse 38,
14:27 Daniel is speaking to the king and he says this:
14:31 << And where so ever the Children of Men dwell,
14:33 the beasts of the field in the fowls of the Heaven
14:37 hath he given into thine hand,
14:39 and if made the ruler over them all.
14:41 Thou art this head of gold.>>
14:44 So Daniel says to Nebuchadnezzar you are the what?
14:48 You are the head of gold.
14:49 But now notice what the next verse says, verse 39
14:52 Verse 39 says: < 14:56 another kingdom...>>
14:58 So was Nebuchadnezzar's Babylon a kingdom?
15:02 Yes, because another kingdom is going to arise
15:05 after your kingdom is what God is saying.
15:07 So, in other words, beasts, yes they represent kings
15:11 but kings that rule over kingdoms.
15:14 We have another way of knowing this.
15:16 If you go with me to Daniel Chapter 7,
15:18 well you'll see that a king
15:19 and a kingdom are interchangeable.
15:22 In Daniel Chapter 7 and verse 23
15:24 that speaks about the fourth beast of Daniel 7.
15:27 Daniel 7 verse 23
15:29 it's speaking about the fourth of these four beats
15:31 that come forth from the from the sea.
15:34 It says, << Thus he said:
15:36 the fourth beast shall be the fourth ..what?..
15:39 kingdom upon the earth...>>
15:41 So do the beast represent kingdoms?
15:43 They most certainly do. So, basically the context itself
15:48 tells us what the beast represent.
15:50 They represent four successive kingdoms
15:54 that will rule upon the earth.
15:57 Now don't be surprised when you find beasts in prophecy.
16:02 And these beasts represent kingdoms or represent nations,
16:06 because even today beasts represent nations.
16:11 Nations have their mascot so to speak.
16:14 For example, what is the mascot of the United States?
16:18 The bald eagle. What is the mascot of Russia?
16:22 A bear. What is the mascot of England?
16:25 A lion. What is the mascot of China?
16:30 Actually, it's actually a dragon.
16:34 Australia, the red kangaroo. Bangladesh, the Bengal tiger.
16:39 Canada, the North American Beaver.
16:42 Colombia, the Andean condor.
16:44 In France, the Gallic rooster. In other words,
16:46 practically every nation has their own mascot.
16:49 Animals represent kingdoms.
16:51 And so it shouldn't surprise us that in Daniel chapter 7
16:55 these animals that rise from the sea,
16:58 that are carnivorous,
17:00 represent various nations or various kingdoms.
17:04 So let's take a look at the first beast
17:06 that rises in the midst of the turmoil of the nations.
17:12 Daniel chapter 7 verse 4 gives us the starting point
17:16 for the great prophetic chain. Remember that phrase,
17:21 Daniel 7:4 gives us the starting point of the chain.
17:26 And then Daniel 7 is gonna give us
17:28 all of the other links of the chain
17:31 when we connect Daniel 7 with Revelation chapter 13.
17:35 It says there in Daniel 7 verse 4:
17:38 << The first was like a lion, and had eagle's wings.
17:44 I watched till its wings were plucked off;
17:48 and it was lifted up from the earth
17:50 and made to stand on two feet like a man,
17:53 and a man's heart was given to it.>>
17:57 Now it's interesting Nebuchadnezzar,
17:59 at the main entrances to the ancient city of Babylon,
18:03 placed lion's sphinxes at those entrances.
18:07 Archaeologists have dug up what was ancient Babylon
18:10 and they've discovered lion sphinxes
18:14 at the entrances the main entrances to the city.
18:16 So we know that the lion was something very important
18:19 for King Nebuchadnezzar.
18:20 So that's probably why God would tell him
18:23 that Babylon represented the lion.
18:24 He would feel very comfortable with that idea.
18:28 Now the lion not only is found in the entrances of Babylon
18:34 but the Bible itself identifies the lion as Babylon.
18:38 You say whereas that, Jeremiah chapter 4 verse 7.
18:42 Jeremiah chapter 4 verse 7
18:44 tells us that the lion represents Babylon.
18:47 See, Daniel 7 doesn't tell us the lion represents
18:50 Babylon. It just says that Daniel saw a lion
18:53 that rose from the sea in the midst of the winds
18:56 but it doesn't say that the lion represents
18:57 Babylon.
18:59 So we go to other texts where the line is identified.
19:02 Notice Jeremiah chapter 4 and verse 7. Is speaking about
19:08 Babylon, the invasion of Babylon into Judah
19:12 to destroy Jerusalem, eventually.
19:15 It says: << The lion has come up from his thicket,
19:19 and the destroyer of nations is on his way.
19:24 He has gone forth from his place to make your land desolate.
19:27 ..God is speaking to the Jews, your land, the Jewish land..
19:31 Your cities (God says to the Jewish nation)
19:35 will be laid waste without inhabitant.>>
19:40 And so Jeremiah chapter 4 Verse 7
19:42 clearly uses the lion as a symbol of the conquest
19:46 Nebuchadnezzar does of the Holy Land,
19:49 and ultimately of Jerusalem.
19:52 Now what about the Eagle's wings?
19:54 The Eagle's wings also are connected with Babylon.
19:58 Notice Ezekiel chapter 17 and we'll read versus 2 and 3
20:02 and then we'll jump down to verse 12.
20:05 Ezekiel chapter 17 verse 2, verse 3, and then verse 12.
20:10 It says there: << Son of man, pose a riddle,
20:15 and speak a parable to the house of Israel, and say,
20:20 Thus says the Lord God: ..listen carefully now..
20:24 "A great eagle with large wings and long pinions,
20:29 full of feathers of various colors,
20:32 came to Lebanon and took from the cedar the highest branch.>>
20:37 So what does that great eagle with large wings
20:41 and its feathers represent?
20:43 Well we go down to verse 12 that tells us
20:45 what the wings represent. It says here in verse 12,
20:49 << "Say now to the rebellious house:
20:52 ..that's once again to Israel..
20:54 'Do you not know what these things mean?'
20:56 ..don't you know what the eagle
20:58 with the eagle's wings represents?..
21:01 Tell them, indeed the king of Babylon went to Jerusalem
21:07 and took its king and princes,
21:09 and led them with him to Babylon.>>
21:12 So you see the lion in other places of scripture
21:15 is identified with Babylon,
21:18 and the eagle's wings are also identified with Babylon.
21:22 So we know that this first Kingdom
21:24 even though it's not identified in Daniel 7 represents
21:27 what, it represents Babylon.
21:29 That's where the prophetic chain begins.
21:33 That's the first link of the chain.
21:36 Now, what is the meaning of the wings being plucked off
21:40 and the lion being given the heart of a man.
21:45 Well if lion if the wings represent swiftness to conquer,
21:50 if the wings are plucked off it means that this beast
21:53 is going to cease to be a conquering beast,
21:56 is going to lose its power. And by the way,
21:59 how much courage does a lion have with a man's heart.
22:04 You know I don't know if you've ever heard,
22:06 but in England there was a king
22:08 who was known as Richard the Lionheart.
22:11 And the reason why he was called Richard the Lionheart
22:14 is because he was a great leader and a great warrior.
22:18 But a lion with a man's heart doesn't give you much fear.
22:24 And so what the prophecy is saying
22:27 is that eventually Babylon was going to lose its power.
22:31 Its swiftness in conquering was going to leave,
22:34 and it will no longer have the courage to go out
22:37 and conquer.But then we have a second beast.
22:41 It's in Daniel chapter 7 and verse 5,
22:43 Daniel 7 and verse 5. It says,
22:46 << And suddenly another beast, a second, like a bear.
22:52 ..And this is a lopsided bear, this interesting bear.
22:55 It says.. It was raised up on one side,
22:59 (it was higher on one side than on the other)
23:02 and had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth.
23:06 And they said thus to it: 'Arise, devour much flesh!'>>
23:12 So you'll say, so what would this lopsided bear higher
23:16 on one side than on the other represent?
23:20 Well in Daniel chapter 7 we don't have the explanation
23:23 of what the bear represents and what the bear symbolizes.
23:26 We have to go to the very next chapter, chapter 8.
23:30 Let's go to Daniel chapter 8 and read verses 3 and 4.
23:35 Daniel 8 verses 3 and 4. See the Bible explains itself.
23:41 The Bible is its own interpreter, its own expositor.
23:45 You know, you don't have to depend on what the scholars say
23:48 although I'm not against scholars.
23:51 But we need to study scripture for ourselves,
23:53 and the Bible explains itself.
23:55 Notice chapter 8 and verses 3 and 4.
23:59 << Then I lifted up my eyes, and saw, and behold,
24:02 there stood before the river a ram which had two horns:
24:09 and the two horns were high;
24:12 but one was higher than the other, ..ahh,
24:17 a bear that's higher on one side than on the other.
24:21 And here you have this ram that has two horns one
24:24 is higher than the other. Are you with me, or not?
24:27 And then another interesting detail is given..
24:30 and the higher came up last.>>
24:34 When you look at the history that is being described here,
24:39 the fulfillment is remarkable. What does the ram represent?
24:43 All we have to do is go to verse 20.
24:45 in verse 20 of chapter 8 it says:
24:48 << The ram which thou sawest having two horns
24:52 are the kings of Media and Persia.>>
24:56 So we know what the second kingdom is.
24:58 The second kingdom is the Medes and Persians, two kingdoms.
25:02 Now here's the interesting detail.
25:04 Even though this nation was composed of two kingdoms,
25:08 a dual kingdom,
25:11 the first two kings of Medo-Persia were Medes,
25:15 and every single king after that was a Persian.
25:20 So the most prominent horn came up last.
25:23 Just like the prophecy says.
25:26 And so we know that the second beast is the Medes and Persians,
25:29 and by the way, Daniel itself tells us that.
25:33 You remember Belshazzar feast that he was having
25:36 when the city was surrounded by the Medes and Persians?
25:40 Well the handwriting on the wall.
25:42 Your kingdom is removed from you and is given to whom?
25:45 To the Medes and Persians.
25:47 And that night the kingdom passed of the Medes and Persians.
25:50 So, the second link in the chain represents what nation?
25:54 It represents Medo-Persia.
25:57 By the way, the three ribs in the mouth of this bear
26:01 represent the three kingdoms within the Babylonian kingdom
26:07 that were conquered by Medo-Persia in order
26:10 for Medo-Persia to rise to power.
26:13 Those three kingdoms within the kingdom of Babylon were, Lydia,
26:19 which today is Turkey Anatolia.
26:22 and that they were conquered in 547 B.C.
26:26 The second one is the city of Babylon
26:28 which was overcome in the year five thirty-nine,
26:31 and the third was Egypt which was overcome in the year
26:34 five twenty-five B.C.
26:37 So the three ribs were fulfilled exactly
26:39 and precisely just like everything else
26:42 that we find in the description about the bear.
26:45 But now we have a third beast. This beast is a leopard,
26:50 so go with me to Daniel chapter 7,
26:53 and let's read verse 6. Daniel Chapter 7 and verse 6.
26:58 << After this I looked, and there was another, like a
27:01 leopard, the leopard a swift animal? Is it?
27:07 Ohh yeah but this is a super swift leopard,
27:10 because not only is that a leopard a swift animal,
27:12 but it says it was..
27:13 like a leopard which had on its back four wings of a bird.
27:18 ..So this must be a much faster conquering power
27:22 than was Nebuchadnezzar,
27:23 because Nebuchadnezzar's lion only had two wings.
27:26 The leopard is a fast animal.
27:28 It has four wings. And then it says,..
27:31 And the beast also had four heads,
27:34 and dominion was given to it.>>
27:38 Daniel 7 doesn't interpret the symbols.
27:41 It doesn't tell us really what the leopard represents,
27:45 it doesn't tell us what the four wings represent
27:47 and why a leopard is used,
27:49 and it doesn't tell us what the four heads represent.
27:52 But the good news is that chapter 8 does.
27:56 See you allow scripture to interpret scripture.
27:59 Let's go back to Daniel Chapter 8,
28:02 and notice here verses 5 through 8.
28:05 Daniel 8 verses 5 through 8.
28:08 Bible is its own interpreter its own explanation.
28:11 It says in verse 5,
28:13 And as I was considering, behold,
28:16 and he goat came from the West on the face of the whole earth,
28:21 and touched not the ground: .. so what kind of a goat is this?
28:26 It's a flying goat because it's not touching the ground.
28:31 It's swift, and so it says, ..and touch not the ground:
28:35 and the goat had a notable horn between his eyes.
28:38 ..This detail is not in Daniel 7.
28:40 We're going to see a little bit later
28:42 what the notable horn represents.
28:44 But then it continues saying in verse 6..
28:46 And he came to the ram (that's the previous power)
28:50 ...he came to the ram that had two horns,
28:52 which I had seen standing before the river,
28:55 and ran unto him in the fury of his power.
28:59 And I saw him come close onto the ram,
29:02 and he was moved with choler (that means anger)
29:05 against him, and smote the ram, and brake his two horns:
29:10 And there was no power in the ram to stand before him,
29:13 but he cast him down to the ground, and stamped upon him:
29:17 and there was none that could deliver the ram out of his hand.
29:20 ..So was the ram going to cease to govern?
29:23 Cease to rule?, of course.
29:25 And who was going to destroy the Medo-Persian kingdom.
29:28 There was going to be the leopard.
29:31 Now, what about the notable horn
29:35 that is mentioned in the prophecy and the four heads?
29:39 Noticed verse 8..
29:41 Therefore the he goat waxed very great:
29:44 and when he was strong,
29:46 other words, when this kingdom was strong..
29:49 the great horn was broken; ..and now notice this..
29:55 and for it came up four notable ones toward
30:00 the four winds of heaven.>> In Daniel 8 you have four horns,
30:07 in Daniel 7 the leopard has four heads.
30:12 The leopard is swift with wings,
30:15 the he goat flies through the air.
30:18 So the question is what does the leopard represent?
30:21 Daniel 8 tells us.
30:22 Notice verses 21 and 22, verses 21 and 22.
30:27 << And the rough goat is the king of Greece:
30:32 the third kingdom is which kingdom?
30:35 It says Grecia in the King James Version,
30:39 that means Greece. And then it says..
30:42 and the great horned that is between his eyes
30:45 is the first king.>>
30:47 Who was the first king of the Grecian Kingdom?
30:51 Alexander the Great.
30:53 Do you know how long it took Alexander the Great
30:56 to conquer the whole known world from Mesopotamia
31:01 all the way down to Egypt,
31:02 which was the civilized world of that time?.
31:05 It took him nine years to conquer the world.
31:10 And when he was thirty-one years old
31:12 he had nothing more to conquer.
31:15 And so, in a party he got so drunk
31:19 he intoxicating himself so much that he died of intoxication.
31:24 At thirty-one years of age.
31:26 So history shows that he was very fast to conquer,
31:30 just like the leopard,
31:31 and just like the he goat that flies through the air.
31:34 So it says here the great horn is the first king,
31:38 and then verse 22 says:
31:40 << Now that being broken, whereas four stood up for it,
31:44 four kingdoms shall stand up out of the nation,
31:48 but not in his power.>> That was literally fulfilled.
31:52 Because Alexander the Great had no successors.
31:56 And so when he died the Grecian kingdom
32:00 was split into four portions.
32:02 And the four kingdoms into which it was split
32:05 were the Antagonists,
32:06 which would be Macedonia, the Colonies,
32:09 which at that time was Egypt, the Seleucids which is Greece
32:14 and the accolades which is the kingdom of Pergamum
32:18 and so exactly like this prophecy says,
32:22 this was a swift power to conquer.
32:25 This was a power that had a notable
32:28 King that was swift to conquer and when he died four horns
32:33 came up which are the four heads of the leopard
32:36 does Daniel 8 help us understand Daniel 7?
32:39 It most certainly does.
32:41 Now we don't even have to go to history books
32:43 to know what the three first three kingdoms
32:45 are go with me to Daniel eight.
32:48 Once again in verse twenty one it says
32:50 and the rough goat is the king of Grecia so the Bible
32:54 itself identifies the third kingdom as Greece.
32:57 So do you have to go to history books
32:59 to know that the first kingdom is Babylon?
33:02 No. Do you have to go to history books
33:03 to know that the second kingdom is Medo-Persia?
33:06 No because you go to Daniel 5.
33:08 Do you need to go to the history books
33:10 to know that the third kingdom is Greece.
33:12 No because Daniel Chapter 8 tells you it's Greece.
33:16 Are you following me?
33:18 This is the great prophetic chain.
33:21 So we have three links so far Babylon, Medo Persia,
33:25 Greece, Greece with no gaps no parentheses one kingdom
33:30 falls the next rises in other words
33:31 it's one event in sequence to the previous event.
33:36 And then we have a fourth beast Daniel chapter 7 and verse 7.
33:41 This is a dragon beast.
33:44 It is not called a dragon and Daniel 7
33:47 but it sure acts like one. In Revelation
33:49 it is called a dragon. It says in Daniel 7 verse 7.
33:54 << After this I saw in the night visions
33:57 and behold a fourth beast dreadful and terrible.
34:03 Exceedingly strong. It had huge iron teeth.
34:08 It was devouring breaking in pieces
34:11 and trampling the residue with its feet.
34:15 It was different from all the beasts that were before it
34:18 and it had 10 horns.>>
34:23 We don't know if they even got to history
34:24 to know what the fourth kingdom is.
34:28 Because when you go to Revelation chapter 12
34:31 it speaks of a great red dragon
34:35 and it speaks about a woman who has a child in her womb.
34:41 And the dragon is waiting to devour the child
34:43 as soon as the child is born.
34:46 By the way this dragon has 10 horns.
34:48 Just like the dragon of Daniel Chapter 7 has ten horns.
34:51 Let me ask you who is that woman that is with child
34:54 that is gonna bring the child into the world literally.
34:57 It is Mary and who is the child?
34:59 The child is Jesus, who is the dragon?
35:04 Well the dragon is the devil. But that's not the whole story.
35:08 Because the devil he doesn't show himself,
35:11 the devil works through the civil powers of the world
35:13 to accomplish his purposes.
35:15 Who was it that attempted to kill Jesus?
35:18 Well the devil wanted to kill him
35:19 but the devil used Herod a political ruler
35:22 to try and kill Jesus.
35:24 Just like the devil used Pharaoh to try and kill Moses.
35:28 You see the devil's in the background.
35:29 He uses the civil powers of the world to try to destroy.
35:33 So this fourth kingdom would be the Roman Empire.
35:37 The Bible identifies it that the Roman Empire.
35:39 You don't even have to read read world history books
35:42 to know what the first four kingdoms represent.
35:46 Now there's another interesting thing here.
35:49 You have a sequence here in Daniel Chapter 7
35:54 with regard to this fourth beast.
35:57 This fourth beast in Daniel 7
36:00 has three stages, three successive stages.
36:04 You say really?
36:06 Daniel 7 verse 23 and verse 24.
36:09 Notice Daniel chapter 7 verses 23 and 24
36:12 The three stages of the fourth beast by the way.
36:15 At the end of our study this evening we are gonna see
36:17 that the fourth stage to this fourth beast
36:21 but it's not in Daniel 7 clearly
36:23 but it is in Revelation Chapter 13.
36:25 Revelation expands upon what we find in Daniel Chapter 7
36:30 we're going to find that. It's a very important principle
36:32 in the study of prophecy.
36:33 Daniel seven verse twenty-three and twenty-four.
36:37 This is the explanation of what the fourth beast represents.
36:40 << Thus he said: the fourth beast shall be a ..what?..
36:46 a fourth kingdom on earth,
36:50 which shall be different from all other kingdoms,
36:52 and shall devour the whole earth, trample it
36:54 and break it in pieces.
36:55 ..And now let's be careful in the way that we read this..
36:59 The ten horns are ten kings who shall arise from this kingdom.
37:07 ..Let me ask you, does this fourth beast have to exist
37:11 in order for the ten to rise from it?
37:14 So does the beast exist before the ten horns come out?
37:18 Absolutely. So the first stage is the dragon beast rules alone.
37:24 The second stage is that after a certain period
37:27 the dragon beast sprouts what?
37:30 10 horns But there's a third stage.
37:33 Once again verse 24.. The ten horns are ten kings
37:36 (We know that kings are kingdoms)
37:38 who shall arise from this kingdom
37:41 and another shall arise after them.
37:44 ..Do you see the sequence? The dragon beast by itself,
37:47 then it sprouts ten horns and after the ten horns
37:50 are there then in the midst of the ten comes forth, what?
37:54 A little horn.. he shall be different from the first ones,
37:58 and shall subdue three kings.>> In other words,
38:02 he's going to overwhelm three of the ten kingdoms.
38:08 Now the question is who is this little horn?
38:13 Daniel chapter 7 verse 8
38:16 tells us something about this little horn
38:18 that comes out among the ten.
38:20 << I was considering the horns and there was another horn,
38:25 a little one, coming up among them,
38:28 before whom three of the first horns
38:30 were plucked out by the roots.
38:34 ..What does that mean, plucked out by the roots?
38:36 That means that they're uprooted from history.
38:39 And then it says,.. And there, in this horn,
38:42 were eyes like the eyes of a man,
38:44 and a mouth speaking pompous words.>>
38:48 Which Revelation identifies as blasphemies.
38:54 Now what does the little horn represent?
38:58 Well I want to share seven characteristics
39:00 because the little horn is the Antichrist.
39:04 Everyone is agreed in the Christian world,
39:07 whether they're Adventists or Protestants,
39:10 that the little horn is the Antichrist.
39:14 But the problem is that Protestantism,
39:17 conservative Protestantism,
39:18 says that the Antichrist is gonna be a nasty individual
39:23 that will rise in the Middle East
39:25 and rule for three and a half literal years
39:28 and persecute the Jews and make an image of himself
39:31 and put tattoos on people.
39:34 Whereas, in the Seventh Day Adventist Church
39:37 we believe that the little horn represents a power that existed
39:41 during the history of the Christian church
39:43 and will rise to power once again.
39:46 Now, let's notice
39:47 seven characteristics clear characteristics from Scripture
39:51 that tell us who the little horn is.
39:54 Characteristic number one,
39:56 the little horn rises after the ten horns are there.
40:01 So we need to know when the Roman Empire
40:03 was finally divided into ten kings and historians
40:07 tell us, for example, Edward Gibbon
40:10 who wrote the famous six volumes set called
40:14 The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.
40:17 He us shows very clearly that the Roman Empire
40:19 was finally divided into ten kingdoms in the year 476 A.D.
40:24 which means that the little horde
40:26 has to rise to power after 476 when the ten horns are there.
40:31 The second characteristic
40:33 is that the little horn rises among the ten,
40:36 and the ten horns represent the ten divisions
40:40 of what used to be the Roman Empire.
40:42 and by the way the nations in Europe today
40:46 are the fruit of the barbarian invasions
40:49 that carved up the Roman Empire. For example, France the kingdom
40:54 that that came and established themselves in France
40:58 were the Francs. In Germany the Alemani,
41:03 you know that doesn't sound much like Germany in English
41:05 but in Spanish the word the word Germany is Alemania.
41:10 The Lombards settle in Italy.
41:13 The Anglo-Saxons established themselves in England.
41:18 You see before the barbarian invasions
41:21 carved up the empire the empire was one empire,
41:25 with one language and one culture.
41:27 But when it was carved up you have in Europe nations
41:31 that have different languages they have different cultures.
41:33 That's why it's been so difficult to unite Europe
41:37 because every nation is different.
41:39 The fruit of the barbarian invasions.
41:42 So the little horn would have to rise somewhere in Western Europe
41:46 because it rises among the divisions
41:49 of the Roman Empire in Western Europe.
41:52 The third characteristic is that the little horn
41:54 would have to uproot three of the ten.
41:58 History shows that the papacy which is really the little horn
42:03 we're going to notice uprooted three of the ten kingdoms.
42:07 What were those kingdoms?
42:09 Well those kingdoms were rebellious to the papacy.
42:11 They actually were Aryans which means that they believe
42:15 that Jesus was a created being.
42:17 And so the pope influenced the Emperor
42:21 by using the sort of the civil power to attack
42:25 and to do away with those rebellious kingdoms
42:28 that did not want to accept the authority of the papacy.
42:31 The Heruli fail in the year 493 A.D.
42:35 The Vandals fail in the year 534 A.D..
42:39 And the Ostrogoths suffered a devastating defeat there in Rome
42:44 in the year 538 A.D..
42:47 In other words those three kingdoms were uprooted
42:49 and there is no nation in Europe that comes from those kingdoms
42:52 because they were pulled up by the roots.
42:56 And then there's four additional characteristics.
43:00 Those are found in Daniel chapter seven verse twenty-five
43:03 Daniel chapter 7 and verse 25.
43:06 Notice once again about the little horn.
43:09 << He shall speak pompous words against the Most High
43:13 ..the Book of Revelation
43:14 identifies those pompous words as blasphemies..
43:17 He shall speak pompous words against the Most High
43:19 ..that's characteristic number four. Number five is..
43:22 He shall persecute the saints of the Most High, ..number six is..
43:28 He shall intend to change times and law.
43:32 ..Our second study this evening
43:34 is gonna deal with change in the times and the law.
43:38 So it says,.. he shall intend to change times and law.
43:41 Then the Saints shall be given into his hand
43:44 ..and here's characteristic number seven..
43:46 for a time and times and half a time.>>
43:54 Let me ask you, now that we've noticed the characteristics.
43:58 Did the papacy rise to power after the year 476?
44:03 Absolutely! Did the papacy rise in Western Europe?
44:08 Absolutely!
44:10 Then the papacy uproot three of those ten kingdoms.
44:14 You can read it in history. They did.
44:19 Then the papacy speak blasphemies against God.
44:22 You know a blasphemy
44:23 is according to the biblical definition?
44:25 It's when a mere man claims to have power to forgive sins.
44:29 Does the papacy claim to have power to forgive sins?
44:32 It most certainly does.
44:34 And the second characteristic of blasphemy
44:36 is when a mere man claims to be
44:39 the representative of Christ on earth.
44:41 Does the pope claim to be
44:43 the representative of Christ on earth?
44:44 Jesus was actually accused of blasphemy
44:47 for claiming to represent the father on planet Earth.
44:52 Now let me ask you, did the papacy persecute God's people?
44:55 Have you ever heard of the Inquisition?
44:58 All you have to do is read the history books
45:00 to see how the papacy used the civil power to persecute
45:04 those who did not agree with their doctrines
45:07 and with their practices.
45:09 Did the papacy claim to have the power to change God's law?
45:13 Absolutely! In what sense?
45:16 In the sense that, first of all, if you read
45:19 if you notice the catechisms in the Roman Catholic Church,
45:22 the second commandment isn't there.
45:23 The second commandment is gone.
45:25 The one that says you're not supposed to bow before images.
45:27 Why would they take that one out.
45:30 Because the churches are full of images.
45:32 And so if you're teaching a child from the catechism
45:35 and it has the second commandment
45:36 they're going to say oh wait a minute,
45:39 if the second commandment says don't make images or bow
45:42 before them why do why is the church filled with images.
45:45 And so they take that one out
45:47 and because they take one out they end up with nine.
45:50 So what they do is they divide the tenth commandment into two.
45:53 Don't covet your neighbour's goods
45:55 and don't covet your neighbour's wife would be number 10.
45:58 But covetousness is covetousness.
46:00 It's one commandment.
46:01 It's not two commandments but because they take out one
46:04 they have to divide the 10th Commandment into two.
46:08 But the greatest change that the papacy claims to have done
46:12 was the change in the Sabbath commandment.
46:18 I have pages and pages of quotations
46:21 from Roman Catholic Popes,
46:24 Cardinals, Theologians, and Priests where they say,
46:30 we by the power that God gave us
46:33 have changed the day of worship from Sabbath to Sunday.
46:37 They don't try to hide it.
46:39 It's in all of their publications.
46:41 All you have to look and see is that the papacy tells people
46:45 that they're supposed to keep Sunday
46:47 when the Bible says you're supposed to keep the Sabbath.
46:49 There you have a change in God's law. Very very clearly.
46:53 And then you have this last characteristic
46:56 which is that the little horn would rule for time times
47:01 and the dividing of time.
47:03 How many days is time times and the dividing of time?
47:07 Well in the Bible the biblical year has 360 days
47:13 because the biblical month has 30 days.
47:15 So you multiply 30 times 12 it's 360.
47:19 So, time would be one year, that's 360 days or years.
47:26 Then you have times, that's two years the duol in Hebrew,
47:30 which would be 720, 360 twice,
47:34 and then half a time would be 180, half a year.
47:37 So you add 360 plus 720 plus 180,
47:42 and what is the result?
47:44 One thousand two-hundred and sixty days.
47:46 But in prophecy days are equal to years.So this little horn
47:51 was going to rule for one thousand two hundred
47:53 and sixty years after it rose to power.
47:58 Now, it's interesting when you read
48:00 Daniel seven is everything in Daniel seven symbolic?
48:04 Of course it's symbolic. Even
48:06 Jesus going on the clouds to God the Father.
48:09 The clouds are angels the clouds symbolize angels
48:12 Don't they? The lion is symbolic.
48:15 The wings are symbolic. The bear is symbolic.
48:18 The ribs are symbolic, the leopard is symbolic.
48:21 The wings of the leopard are symbolic.
48:23 The heads are symbolic. The horns are symbolic.
48:27 Everything in Daniel 7 is symbolic.
48:29 So what sense does it make to say that the time is literal?
48:35 The flavor of the expression shows that it's symbolic.
48:40 What would you think if I said, folks you know
48:42 you have a beautiful island here in Hawaii.
48:45 After this particular series of meetings
48:48 I promise that I will come back in time times
48:50 and the dividing of time.
48:54 Is this guy crazy? We don't talk that way.
48:57 You know the Bible when it wants to say three
48:59 and a half years in normal language
49:01 James 5:17 says that
49:03 Elijah closed the heavens for three years and six months.
49:06 That's the normal way of saying it.
49:08 So if everything in Daniel 7 is symbolic
49:11 the time must be symbolic as well.
49:12 The flavor of the expression is symbolic
49:16 and Revelation speaks of this period of 1260 days
49:20 and also as 42 months.
49:22 We don't talk that way in normal conversation.
49:26 It's clearly symbolic.
49:28 So the little horn would rule,
49:30 the papacy would rule 1260 years.
49:34 And its rule began in 538
49:36 when it uprooted the last opposer.
49:38 >> You see it could not raise to complete power
49:41 while it had one kingdom that opposed it.
49:45 But once the last opposing kingdom
49:48 was taken out of the way the papacy now rose to power
49:51 and was able to use the kings of Europe
49:54 to accomplish its Will. What happened in 1798?
50:02 Exactly twelve hundred and sixty years later.
50:04 Now this is what's interesting.
50:06 We know for a fact that the Ostrogoths were overcome
50:13 in the city of Rome in February of the year 538.
50:18 We know the month it was in February.
50:21 Let me ask you what happened in February of 1798?
50:25 Berthier the general of Napoleon's armies,
50:31 entered the Sistine Chapel where the pope was celebrating
50:35 the anniversary of his coronation,
50:38 and he went up to where he was, he took him off of his throne,
50:42 removed the Triple Crown,
50:45 took the pastoral staff from his hand,
50:47 and his ring from his finger,
50:49 and he said Your power has come to an end.
50:54 And the papacy has not been able to exert the same power
51:00 ever since that time.
51:02 And so the papacy in 1790 in exactly the way prophecy
51:05 says received a deadly wound.
51:08 February 538 to February of 1798.
51:15 Are we doing well so far? Can you see the prophetic chain?
51:20 You can follow the trajectory.
51:22 You say, ok, Babylon Medo-Persia,
51:24 Greece, pagan Rome.
51:26 Rome was divided into ten kingdoms,
51:28 then the papacy ruled
51:29 for one thousand two hundred sixty years.
51:32 You know exactly where you are,
51:34 where to find the Antichrist, what is going to do
51:37 and where he's going to rise by using the Historicist method
51:42 by using the historical flow method if you please.
51:47 But the chain doesn't end in Daniel 7.
51:51 We have to go to Revelation 13
51:53 and I'm going to do this very briefly
51:54 because, you know, the greatest enemy that we have is the clock.
51:59 For preachers the greatest enemy is the clock
52:02 but there is one final point that I want to make in
52:06 Revelation chapter 13. Revelation 13: 1 through 10.
52:11 We're not going to read those verses
52:13 I'm just gonna give you the picture
52:15 It speaks there about a beast.
52:18 This beast speaks blasphemies against the Most High,
52:22 this beast persecutes the saints of the Most High,
52:25 this beast rules for 42 months. The same as the little horn.
52:30 It does the same things as the little horn
52:32 and it rules for the same period.
52:35 Because time times the dividing of time is twelve hundred
52:37 and sixty days,
52:38 which are years, forty-two months
52:41 if each month has thirty days you multiply forty-two times
52:44 thirty, one thousand two hundred sixty.
52:46 And in case you still didn't get it in
52:48 Revelation chapter 12 it says
52:50 that the woman, which represents the true church,
52:52 flees to the wilderness for 1260 days.
52:56 So three ways the Bible gives us a way of showing
53:00 what was the period of dominion of the papacy.
53:05 Now Revelation chapter 13 tells us
53:07 that this beast ruled for one thousand two hundred sixty years
53:11 or forty two months, symbolic months,
53:14 and at the end of its rule
53:17 it received a deadly wound with the sword.
53:22 Do you know what the sword is? The sword is a symbol.
53:28 It does represent the word of God
53:30 but not in Revelation 13.
53:33 It says he who kills with the sword
53:36 must be killed with the sword.
53:38 Now the papacy used the sword to kill,
53:42 and the power that had the sword was going to use the sword
53:46 to give the deathly wound to the papacy.
53:49 Now you say well did the Bible wound the papacy?
53:53 Well it might sound like a good interpretation,
53:56 but the problem with that interpretation
53:57 is that the papacy did not use the Bible to kill anyone.
54:02 And it says that the beast used the sword to kill,
54:05 and the same sword killed the beast
54:07 or gave the beast the deadly wound.
54:09 So the sword cannot represent the Bible because the Bible
54:15 the papacy did not use the Bible to kill anyone.
54:17 Are you understanding my point?
54:20 You see in the Bible symbols are flexible.
54:22 They don't always mean the same thing.
54:24 It's another principle in interpreting prophecy.
54:27 For I was to ask you, what does a lion represent
54:29 What would you say?
54:32 Does the lion represent the devil?
54:35 He goes about as a what?
54:37 >> As a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour.
54:39 Does the lion represent Christ? The lion of the tribe of Judah.
54:43 Does the lion represents the kingdom of Babylon?
54:46 We just notice it. Does the lion represent
54:48 Judah the son of Jacob? Yes. So every time you find lion
54:51 it doesn't necessarily mean the same thing.
54:53 The same with the sword. Romans chapter 13 tells us
54:57 that it's a civil power that has the sword.
55:00 The government has the sword.
55:03 The papacy use the civil powers of Europe to persecute.
55:08 And what it's saying is that the sword
55:10 that the papacy used to persecute
55:12 was the sword that France was going to use
55:14 to give the papacy its deadly wound.
55:17 Are you following me or not?
55:20 But then prophecy tells us that after a time where this power
55:25 or the little horn or the beast is convalescing
55:28 with a deadly wound something is going to happen.
55:32 >> We are told that it's deadly wound is going to be what?
55:38 It's deadly wound is going to be healed.
55:43 Is it going to recover its power?
55:46 >> Yes. It says, its deadly wound will be healed
55:51 and all of Hawaii will wonder after the beast.
55:55 Well Hawaii too.
55:56 It says the whole the whole earth the whole world
55:59 except for a little remnant, will wonder after the beast.
56:03 So is the papacy going to recover its power?
56:06 Are we seeing that now as I speak
56:09 by what's happening in Rome
56:11 and all of the Protestant ministers going over there.
56:14 In France is all of his ecumenical meetings
56:16 saying we need to join forces
56:18 we need to get together and common points of doctrine.
56:20 We'll talk about that a little bit later.
56:22 It's amazing what we're seeing happen
56:25 in the Christian world today.
56:27 >> And so, the deadly wound is in the process
56:30 of healing.When will the deadly will be fully healed?
56:35 When the papacy once again has the power of the sword,
56:39 is able to control the symbols of powers of the world
56:42 to persecute like it did in the past.
56:45 Now, Who is going to heal the deadly wound?
56:51 Well you know you probably are thinking well the deadly wound
56:54 was healed in 1929. If you are Adventist
56:57 and you've studied something about Bible prophecy,
56:59 you say the deadly wound was healed in 1929
57:02 when Mussolini signed the concordat with the pope,
57:06 restoring the Vatican City to him among other properties.
57:11 But that doesn't exactly square with what the book of Revelation
57:14 tells us. You see the book of Revelation
57:16 tells us that after the first beast receives its deadly wound
57:23 another beast rises from the earth.
57:27 And that beast from the earth
57:29 is going to restore power to the first beast.
57:33 You say really? If you read Revelation 13 about this beast
57:38 that rises from the Earth everything it does
57:42 it does to please the first beast.
57:46 It exists to restore power to the first beast.
57:49 You read Revelation 13: 11-18,
57:52 it says there that this beast
57:55 exercises all the authority of the first beast.
58:00 It commands the whole world to worship the first beast.
58:05 What it does it does in the presence of the first beast,
58:10 and many versions translate and behalf of the first beast.
58:14 It makes an image of the first beast
58:17 and it enforces the mark of the first beast./JAB 20190217


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