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World Empires of the Bible: Daniel Chapter 2

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Carl Joseph

Carl is a biblical scholar, minister, husband, father and life coach. In his mid-twenties he had a powerful encounter with God and saw miraculous healings as a result. He passionately shares these stories and empowers others to fulfill their God-given potential.

One of the most compelling and unique attributes of the Holy Bible is its foretelling of world empires, hundreds of years prior to their inception. The Book of Daniel (chapters 2 and 7) reveals five Gentile nations, four of which are sealed in antiquity, but one is yet to come on the world stage. In this exciting broadcast, Carl provides an overview of these world empires which will culminate in one final empire to rule them all. Are you aware of the Club of Rome’s decision to segregate the nations of the world into ten regions, which is a significant step toward the New World Order? Join Carl now…

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Friend, perhaps there’s no better way to witness to our friends, family and colleagues than to reveal to them that history is written in the bible in advance! Yes I said it, God wrote historical events in advance, having full knowledge of their outcome, whether they be battles, empires, kings that would rise and fall, or even the rise fall and rebirth of the nation of Israel itself. Think about it, if we compare Jehovah God, Jesus Christ to the pantheon of other false Gods, none of those false Gods or prophetic pretenders foretold prophetic events like our God does in His Word and in some cases thousands of years in advance. That’s why the Holy Bible is unique among all other religious writings because it houses the truth friend, written by a God living outside our space-time continuum, who is ever present, all seeing, all powerful and all knowing.

Think about it, if you were an atheist and I walked up to you and asked this objective question, “Listen, what if I were to tell you that there’s a God and He wrote in book with 40 authors over Millennia, the precise events and timing of those events, thousands of years in advance…would you consider reading this book?” Well friend that’s what we have in the Word of God. It’s history written in advance. Some have pointed out that the word ‘history’, is a play in words, meaning HIS-Story, and the he, is Jesus Christ. It is ‘HIS story’ and it will become our history too. But we too have a part to play friend in HIS story friend. In fact, by witnessing to others and winning them for Christ, you too can change a small part of History because you’re changing the very destiny of those who are heading straight to hell and put them onto the path of eternal life by sharing the Gospel with them.

Perhaps the very best example of history being written in advance is the infamous example of Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream that the minor prophet Daniel interpreted in Daniel chapter two. Many scholars contend and I agree as a Pastor, that the book of Daniel is pivotal to understanding the end time events set before us. The book of Daniel is for the most part, a prophetical history of Gentile world power from the rein of Nebuchadnezzar right up to the first coming of Christ. It is pretty much impossible to understand prophecy unless we take the time to study the book of Daniel. When we look at the book of revelation in particular, you could argue that it’s merely an expounded and revised version of the Book of Daniel in many places.

Friend, this book of Daniel shows God’s hand of sovereignty over the nations and the course of their destinies. Although man may sway events this way or that, the underlying course of history will inevitably come out in God’s favor, at the very end of time. Now, the most important chapters in the book of Daniel are chapters 2, 7, 9, 11 and 12. The book covers the span of about 73 years from the reign of Nebuchadnezzar up to King Cyrus in 534 BC. I would urge you friend to study these key chapters in your own time, but chapters 2, 7 and 9 outline Jewish and Gentile history, in particular. You see this was a troublesome time for Daniel and the nation of Israel in particular, as they were exiled far from Israel in the city of Babylon, the capital seat of the ancient land of Babylonia, in southern Mesopotamia. This city was situated on the Euphrates River, some 50 miles south of modern-day Baghdad. Daniel was a deeply devout and highly intelligent man. He lived a blameless life amidst a quest for holiness evident by his non-compromising spirit. Daniel excelled the very greatest of the Babylonian sages and scholars of his day and held a high position within the Kings court because he was anointed by the Lord.

Now, starting with Chapter 2, God gave Daniel a vision of hope. It was Israel’s darkest hour up to that point in time. Israel was entrenched in idolatry and the worship of false Gods and as a result God judged them for their disobedience by leading them into defeat and eventually exile. Let us not forget, Israel the northern Kingdom fell to Assyria in 722 BC and consequently many decades later, the southern kingdom of Judah fell to the invading Chaldean forces of Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar in 597 BC. Now what’s fascinating and frankly where God is showing off, Daniel provides a complete overview of the four Gentile Kingdoms that would play pivotal roles in world history, in chapters 2 and 7, hundreds of years prior to their incarnation. These kingdoms were Babylon represented by Gold, followed by Media-Persia represented by silver, Greece represented by brass (which is an alloy consisting of copper and zinc) and finally Rome, represented by iron.

But we must not forget that after Daniel outlined these four kingdoms, he concluded by saying that all these lands which comprised of the former Roman Empire, would undergo an amalgamation or future coalition of nations into a ten-nation confederacy, but more on that later. What is interesting is Daniel chapter 2 revealed the future kingdoms of the earth from a Gentile perspective, whereas Daniel 7 reveals these same Kingdoms from God’s perspective. There is one thing I wish to point out right up-front friend. In the nations which I will describe to you, you’ll notice that from head to toe, the value of the metal is decreasing as we go down the statue, yet the strength of the metal is simultaneously increasing as one ventures from head to. The point being is that each empire’s militarily prowess becomes increasingly stronger as one progress down the statue, and the geographical extent of its conquest grew in tandem with it. So, although the currency or overall value of each metal is diminishing, the extent of each empire grew in proportion to its loss in value, also.

So, Daniel chapter 2 reveals the four coming kingdoms in the form of a statue and let me reiterate, the book of Daniel was written by him, shortly after he was taken hostage and into exile around 605 BC, some hundreds of years before some of these kingdoms ever came into power. These four kingdoms are revealed in Dan 2:29-35 and were revealed to King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon in a dream, and this king asked Daniel the Hebrew prophet to interpret the dream for him. Babylon the city in which Daniel was in exile ruled the known world at the time, from 612-539 BC and was represented by a head of Gold in the king’s dream. Why? Because Gold was so abundant within its borders. Its currency was Gold its walls and gardens were famed throughout the region. Babylon was most assuredly the very first world empire and it certainly basked in Golden opulence. Babylon was one unit like a head, and head of all empires at the time. However, God also predicted the downfall of Babylon via the prophet Isaiah. The destruction of Babylon is pictured in Isaiah 13:1-11 as part of God’s program to punish this ungodly regime. Although God did use Babylon as a tool to chastise Israel for its disobedience of worshiping other Gods, in fairness, God judged Babylon as well, showing Himself as merciful and just.

The historic conquering of Babylon by the Medes and the Persians is mentioned specifically in Isaiah 13:17-19. “Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them (Babylon), which shall not regard silver; and as for gold, they shall not delight in it. Their bows also shall dash the young men to pieces; and they shall have no pity on the fruit of the womb; their eye shall not spare children. And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldees’ excellency, shall be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.” And this friend, is where we segue into the second kingdom of Daniels vision, that would be the silver upper body, representing Media-Persia, who ruled from 539 – 331 BC. The fact that this representation of the upper body has two shoulders is symbolic of the dual empires, both Media and Persia that united to bring down Babylon.

What is fascinating is the arrogance of Babylon, who deemed their city walls impenetrable, albeit the leader of the Media-Persian empire, King Cyrus the Great, patron and deliverer of the Jews, showed his tactical genius and the fulfillment of Gods prophecy in the book of Isaiah, when he ordered the river Euphrates to be damned up, allowing his encroaching armies to march down the river banks, and under the walls of the city under cover of darkness, taking Babylon in one night! Wow friend, God’s word is true. God even called King Cyrus, his anointed. Next, we have Greece, represented by the belly and thighs of brass. Greece rose rapidly as a world empire under the leadership of Alexander the Great, who even went as far south as Egypt and as far east as India in his short time on earth. Alexander died at the age of 32 years of age in 323 BC, having conquered the known world, but in the process lost his own soul. Greece’s empire was later split into 4 regions under the four generals that served Alexander, in his lifetime.

Last but by no means least. We have Rome, represented by the two legs of iron and the two feet having ten toes. Theses ten toes do not mesh well together friend as they are comprised of iron and clay. This separation is salient, because the last empire comes in two phases. This infers this last kingdom will be part democracy and part totalitarian. The first phase of Rome was of course prevalent during the first coming time of Christ and was overcome by numerous barbarian attacks that could not be quenched in 476 AD. However, these feet having ten toes, represents the second and final phase of Gentile world domination, until the time of the Gentiles is fulfilled as Jesus himself outlined in Luke’s Gospel chapter 21, verse 24. The times of the Gentiles refers to the extensive period of History when the Gentiles, not the Jews are the dominant world powers and the people of Israel are subject to those powers.

The formation of ten world regions or empires is one of the very last signals that Christ will come soon and friend, what if I was to tell you that these ten regions were already in place?! In 1973 the Club of Rome which was founded in 1968 and a precursor to the United Nations divided the world into ten regions or ten economic trading blocks. This conspicuous map which coincided precisely with Daniels end times prophecy in Daniel chapter two was outlined by the club of Rome in their report entitled, “Regionalized and Adaptive Model of the Global World System.” Even today the European Commission includes a world map on their website showing the division of the world into 10 regions. It looks like the bible is true friend. These ten regions are also echoed in Daniels parallel prophetic passage of chapter seven, described as ‘ten horns or kings’ and in Dan 7:24-25.

Friend, at the very end of Daniels vision in verses 44-45, it says, “the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever. This is the meaning of the vision of the rock cut out of a mountain, but not by human hands—a rock that broke the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold to pieces. ” AMEN! “The great God has shown the king what will take place in the future. The dream is true and its interpretation is trustworthy.” Friend Jesus himself will crush the coming New World Order, represented by this coalition of ten regions or empires in the earth. This ten-region empire will eventually be the platform that the Antichrist utilizes for his attempt at world domination. Christ’s ruler ship will commence shortly thereafter, with a coming theocratic kingdom, having it’s its dominion for 1000 thousand years, also known as the Millennial Reign of Christ and we friend will rule and reign with Christ on this earth, in this future Kingdom.

Wow, I can feel there’s excitement in the air as I make this broadcast. Christ said he would return to this earth to take his church and he’s already prepared a place for you. Are you excited friend, we are already seeing some of the warning signs come to pass as mentioned in the Olivet discourse of Matt 24, Luke chapter 21 and Mark chapter 13. That means Jesus is banging at the rapture door friend, he’s itching to return for His glorious Bride. Behold, He stands at the door and knocks, are you ready to be taken with him in the rapture of the church? Following our sudden departure from the earth, God’s focus will shift back to the nation of Israel as the time of the Gentiles draws to a close and the world will be thrust into its darkest period yet, better known as the Tribulation period, a 7-yr time of Jacob’s trouble also known as Daniels 70th week, But more on Daniels 70th week in another broadcast.

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