The Seventieth Week of Daniel Is Rapidly Approaching
    Daniel is a history of the Jewish people from the time Babylon army invaded and sacked Jerusalem and brought the three Hebrew children to Babylon which is now Bagdad and Daniel was made a leader in the Babylonian government by their king. Daniel was a chosen prophet by God at an early age. All the prophecies in Daniel have been fulfilled exactly as they were predicted except for the seventieth week which is where the book was sealed until Israel became a nation again in 1948 and Jerusalem was captured again in 1967 in the six day war and then made the eternal capital city again in 1980. Jerusalem can now again be run over by the gentiles which made Daniel an open book and his prophecies for the seventieth week can now be understood, some of which arer listed below.
    "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."
    This king of the South is Egypt, combined with a federation of Arab nations that will unite with Egypt. These countries are listed in Ezekiel 38:5-6 as Persia (modern-day Iran and Iraq), Ethiopia, Libya, and Togarmah (Turkey). Syria is mentioned in Isaiah 17:1, and the listing continues in Psalm 8 3:4-8 as Edom, Moab, Ammon (Jordan), Gebal and Tyre (Lebanon), and the Philistines (Palestine).
    The king of the North, Russia, also appears on the scene, coming from the north as prophesied in Ezekiel 38:15 and 39:2. Similar references to these northern military movements can be found in Jeremiah 1:13, 6:22, 10:22, and Joel 2:20. In fact, if one draws a line from Palestine of old-Israel today-to the North Pole, one must go through Russia, and actually intersect the city of Moscow. Furthermore, Gog, Magog, Meshech, and Tubal are all cities identifiable within Russia today.
    Furthermore, if one traced the name Meshech back to its origin, it would be Meshech, then Mosach, then Moscoti, then Moscovi, and finally, Moscow. The prophecies of Daniel's fourth revelation are now on the edge of fulfillment. The message of verse 40 is taking shape. Since God kept His promises 135 times in the first thirty-five verses of Daniel chapter eleven, there can be no argument or doubt it is starting to happen. He will keep the promises He made in verses 40 to 45.
                               The Campaign of Armageddon Begins
    As I mentioned earlier, Rabbi Shvili in his book Reckonings of Redemption, written in 1935, states: "We Jews can know everything about our future just from the Book of Daniel." How true! Other Jewish Rabbinical scholars clarify the depth of teaching discovered in verses 40-45 of the eleventh chapter of Daniel. Quoting the Midrash Tehillim they state: "There will be three different attacks against Jerusalem at the time of the end." The three military advances mentioned by these Jewish scholars will be observed and explained as we move ahead in our discussion of the forty-two-month Armageddon campaign.
    When Russia heads south to do battle, she will be a mighty force as she comes against the Antichrist's army with chariots, horsemen, and many ships. This is the first military wave of the three-pronged Armageddon campaign mentioned in Daniel 11:40 when the king of the South (Egypt and her Arab federation) and the king of the North (Russia) begin their pincer movement. Ezekiel 3 8:16 says,
    "And thou shalt come up against my people of Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; it shall be in the latter days, and I will bring thee against my land, that the heathen may know me, when I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog, before their eyes."
    Once Russia has made her move, the Antichrist will be furious. He will enter the "glorious land," Israel.
    Here is the upcoming scenario. The Antichrist will sit in Jerusalem-in the Jewish temple at the midpoint of the Tribulation hour-the second three and one-half years, calling himself God. Since he knows that he has only a short time to do his global mischief while incarnated by Satan, he spews forth wrath and hatred. When he hears that Russia and the Arab federation are invading the region, he moves at breakneck speed and puts an end to the militaristic activity of Russia, Egypt, and her hoards. The European Union has taken a position in the conflict and the Antichrist has subdued and driven back the first wave of Russian and Arab invaders. At this point Russia has fled to Siberia (Joel 2:20).
    Now the second movement of troops is about to move into the Middle East for another invasion of Israel. Daniel 11:44 states:
    "Tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him: therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy."
    The Antichrist is now on a bloody rampage. He's heard that great oriental armies are moving down into the region to do battle accompanied by the leftover rag-tag army of Russia that had previously been pushed back to Siberia. This frustrates him as he wonders how he'll be able to fend off two hundred million troops who are out to destroy him (Revelation 9:16). He's now overwhelmed and fears he will be unable to maintain enough of a power base to defend himself. During this juncture, the Antichrist is killed by Gog of Russia (Daniel 11:45). But, as we learned earlier he suddenly comes back to life, duplicating the resurrection of Jesus Christ-something no one in history has ever done (Revelation 13:3). He flaunts this demonic miracle and uses it to again position himself as a god among men, reestablishing himself when he needs it most-when his reputation and strength are on the line. Because of his miraculous resurrection, all the world worships him (Revelation 13:8).
                                              Israel-a Nation Not at Rest
Verse 45 of this chapter says,
    "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."
    The Bible teaches that the Antichrist is going to plant himself between the seas-the Dead Sea and the Mediterranean. The holy mountain, which is Jerusalem, is where he will then live for three and one-half years after his resurrection, usurping the Jewish throne as he sets himself up as god in the Jewish temple. Second Thessalonians 2:4 declares,
    "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, showing himself that he is God."
    This is the midpoint of the Tribulation period. Russia now invades "the land of unwalled villages against them that are at rest" (Ezekiel 38:11). Israel became a nation in 1948 but has never been at rest since that memorable day. No nation on earth longs more for peace than Israel. Daily newspapers and periodicals constantly portray the restlessness and uneasiness Israel experiences. Soon a western leader out of the European Union will arise and "confirm the covenant" of peace for seven years (Daniel 9:27). However, even this final contract made between the Antichrist and Israel will be short-lived, lasting only forty-two months, after which Russia strikes, aligned with Egypt and her confederation of Arabs. This, I repeat, is that first wave of military force marching against Israel in the Armageddon campaign.
    Then China and the remnants of Russia's fallen army join in the fray for the second wave of the Armageddon campaign, as two hundred million soldiers move against Israel-not a difficult assignment for a nation which, in the next decade, will boast a population of more than 1.4 billion people. They will march out of the Orient downward across the areas of Iraq and Syria. Revelation 16:12 says,        "The sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared."
    This second wave of gigantic military power eliminates one-third of earth's inhabitants (Revelation 9:18). In spite of this colossal power, China and Russia are also defeated.
    Finally, in the third and closing scene of the Armageddon campaign, the Antichrist and his armies battle Christ in what becomes the war to end all wars. Armageddon, or HarMegeddo, is the gathering place (Revelation 16:16). From there the armies march to the valley of Jehoshaphat (Joel 3:2). Then Zechariah 14:2 occurs as "all nations gather against Jerusalem to battle." The Antichrist has been doing everything in his power during his final forty-two months to pour out venom on his enemies, but now he speaks the ultimate blasphemy by saying, "I will stop the King of Kings from coming to power." Egotistically, he believes he will also be victorious against the Lord of hosts. Revelation 19:19 sets the stage for this apocalyptic event:
    "I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Christ that sat on the horse, and against his army."
    In Revelation 19:11, Christ appears on a white horse to rule as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. But stubborn and rebellious to the end, the Antichrist insists he will never be defeated by any enemy, including Christ. But this time he's wrong because Christ destroys him with the brightness of His coming (2 Thessalonians 2:8). Christ then takes this beast-the global dictator-along with the false prophet who headed up the world church-and casts them both into a lake of fire (Revelation 19:20). A thousand years later, when Satan is thrown into that same lake of fire, the beast and the false prophet are still in existence, suffering the torment of hell forever and forever.
    Again, this final reminder: If God proved himself 135 times in the earlier portion of Daniel chapter eleven, He will surely fulfill these remaining prophecies-and not just some day, but in our day. When will these events take place? At the time of the end (Daniel 11:4; 12:4). It's later than you think. Here's why. The ancient Jewish writing-Avodah Zara 3 B-states: "The war of Gog and Magog [Russia] will be one of the key events to usher in the Messianic Era." The revered Jerusalem Targum adds: "At the end of days, Gog and Magog shall march against Jerusalem, but perish by the hand of Messiah." Ezekiel 39:6 verifies this. The stage is now set for the Antichrist to appear. Then seven years after the evil one's dominion of the international scene, Jesus Christ returns to rule on earth in majesty and great glory for one thousand years-the explosive finale to this great Book of Daniel, and our focus in chapter twelveThe Seventieth Week of Daniel Is Rapidly Approaching
    Daniel is a history of the Jewish people from the time Babylon army invaded and sacked Jerusalem and brought the three Hebrew children to Babylon which is now Bagdad and Daniel was made a leader in the Babylonian government by their king. Daniel was a chosen prophet by God at an early age. All the prophecies in Daniel have been fulfilled exactly as they were predicted except for the seventieth week which is where the book was sealed until Israel became a nation again in 1948 and Jerusalem was captured again in 1967 in the six day war and then made the eternal capital city again in 1980. Jerusalem can now again be run over by the gentiles which made Daniel an open book and his prophecies for the seventieth week can now be understood, some of which arer listed below.
    "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."
    This king of the South is Egypt, combined with a federation of Arab nations that will unite with Egypt. These countries are listed in Ezekiel 38:5-6 as Persia (modern-day Iran and Iraq), Ethiopia, Libya, and Togarmah (Turkey). Syria is mentioned in Isaiah 17:1, and the listing continues in Psalm 8 3:4-8 as Edom, Moab, Ammon (Jordan), Gebal and Tyre (Lebanon), and the Philistines (Palestine).
    The king of the North, Russia, also appears on the scene, coming from the north as prophesied in Ezekiel 38:15 and 39:2. Similar references to these northern military movements can be found in Jeremiah 1:13, 6:22, 10:22, and Joel 2:20. In fact, if one draws a line from Palestine of old-Israel today-to the North Pole, one must go through Russia, and actually intersect the city of Moscow. Furthermore, Gog, Magog, Meshech, and Tubal are all cities identifiable within Russia today.
    Furthermore, if one traced the name Meshech back to its origin, it would be Meshech, then Mosach, then Moscoti, then Moscovi, and finally, Moscow. The prophecies of Daniel's fourth revelation are now on the edge of fulfillment. The message of verse 40 is taking shape. Since God kept His promises 135 times in the first thirty-five verses of Daniel chapter eleven, there can be no argument or doubt it is starting to happen. He will keep the promises He made in verses 40 to 45.
                               The Campaign of Armageddon Begins
    As I mentioned earlier, Rabbi Shvili in his book Reckonings of Redemption, written in 1935, states: "We Jews can know everything about our future just from the Book of Daniel." How true! Other Jewish Rabbinical scholars clarify the depth of teaching discovered in verses 40-45 of the eleventh chapter of Daniel. Quoting the Midrash Tehillim they state: "There will be three different attacks against Jerusalem at the time of the end." The three military advances mentioned by these Jewish scholars will be observed and explained as we move ahead in our discussion of the forty-two-month Armageddon campaign.
    When Russia heads south to do battle, she will be a mighty force as she comes against the Antichrist's army with chariots, horsemen, and many ships. This is the first military wave of the three-pronged Armageddon campaign mentioned in Daniel 11:40 when the king of the South (Egypt and her Arab federation) and the king of the North (Russia) begin their pincer movement. Ezekiel 3 8:16 says,
    "And thou shalt come up against my people of Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; it shall be in the latter days, and I will bring thee against my land, that the heathen may know me, when I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog, before their eyes."
    Once Russia has made her move, the Antichrist will be furious. He will enter the "glorious land," Israel.
    Here is the upcoming scenario. The Antichrist will sit in Jerusalem-in the Jewish temple at the midpoint of the Tribulation hour-the second three and one-half years, calling himself God. Since he knows that he has only a short time to do his global mischief while incarnated by Satan, he spews forth wrath and hatred. When he hears that Russia and the Arab federation are invading the region, he moves at breakneck speed and puts an end to the militaristic activity of Russia, Egypt, and her hoards. The European Union has taken a position in the conflict and the Antichrist has subdued and driven back the first wave of Russian and Arab invaders. At this point Russia has fled to Siberia (Joel 2:20).
    Now the second movement of troops is about to move into the Middle East for another invasion of Israel. Daniel 11:44 states:
    "Tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him: therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy."
    The Antichrist is now on a bloody rampage. He's heard that great oriental armies are moving down into the region to do battle accompanied by the leftover rag-tag army of Russia that had previously been pushed back to Siberia. This frustrates him as he wonders how he'll be able to fend off two hundred million troops who are out to destroy him (Revelation 9:16). He's now overwhelmed and fears he will be unable to maintain enough of a power base to defend himself. During this juncture, the Antichrist is killed by Gog of Russia (Daniel 11:45). But, as we learned earlier he suddenly comes back to life, duplicating the resurrection of Jesus Christ-something no one in history has ever done (Revelation 13:3). He flaunts this demonic miracle and uses it to again position himself as a god among men, reestablishing himself when he needs it most-when his reputation and strength are on the line. Because of his miraculous resurrection, all the world worships him (Revelation 13:8).
                                              Israel-a Nation Not at Rest
Verse 45 of this chapter says,
    "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."
    The Bible teaches that the Antichrist is going to plant himself between the seas-the Dead Sea and the Mediterranean. The holy mountain, which is Jerusalem, is where he will then live for three and one-half years after his resurrection, usurping the Jewish throne as he sets himself up as god in the Jewish temple. Second Thessalonians 2:4 declares,
    "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, showing himself that he is God."
    This is the midpoint of the Tribulation period. Russia now invades "the land of unwalled villages against them that are at rest" (Ezekiel 38:11). Israel became a nation in 1948 but has never been at rest since that memorable day. No nation on earth longs more for peace than Israel. Daily newspapers and periodicals constantly portray the restlessness and uneasiness Israel experiences. Soon a western leader out of the European Union will arise and "confirm the covenant" of peace for seven years (Daniel 9:27). However, even this final contract made between the Antichrist and Israel will be short-lived, lasting only forty-two months, after which Russia strikes, aligned with Egypt and her confederation of Arabs. This, I repeat, is that first wave of military force marching against Israel in the Armageddon campaign.
    Then China and the remnants of Russia's fallen army join in the fray for the second wave of the Armageddon campaign, as two hundred million soldiers move against Israel-not a difficult assignment for a nation which, in the next decade, will boast a population of more than 1.4 billion people. They will march out of the Orient downward across the areas of Iraq and Syria. Revelation 16:12 says,        "The sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared."
    This second wave of gigantic military power eliminates one-third of earth's inhabitants (Revelation 9:18). In spite of this colossal power, China and Russia are also defeated.
    Finally, in the third and closing scene of the Armageddon campaign, the Antichrist and his armies battle Christ in what becomes the war to end all wars. Armageddon, or HarMegeddo, is the gathering place (Revelation 16:16). From there the armies march to the valley of Jehoshaphat (Joel 3:2). Then Zechariah 14:2 occurs as "all nations gather against Jerusalem to battle." The Antichrist has been doing everything in his power during his final forty-two months to pour out venom on his enemies, but now he speaks the ultimate blasphemy by saying, "I will stop the King of Kings from coming to power." Egotistically, he believes he will also be victorious against the Lord of hosts. Revelation 19:19 sets the stage for this apocalyptic event:
    "I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Christ that sat on the horse, and against his army."
    In Revelation 19:11, Christ appears on a white horse to rule as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. But stubborn and rebellious to the end, the Antichrist insists he will never be defeated by any enemy, including Christ. But this time he's wrong because Christ destroys him with the brightness of His coming (2 Thessalonians 2:8). Christ then takes this beast-the global dictator-along with the false prophet who headed up the world church-and casts them both into a lake of fire (Revelation 19:20). A thousand years later, when Satan is thrown into that same lake of fire, the beast and the false prophet are still in existence, suffering the torment of hell forever and forever.
    Again, this final reminder: If God proved himself 135 times in the earlier portion of Daniel chapter eleven, He will surely fulfill these remaining prophecies-and not just some day, but in our day. When will these events take place? At the time of the end (Daniel 11:4; 12:4). It's later than you think. Here's why. The ancient Jewish writing-Avodah Zara 3 B-states: "The war of Gog and Magog [Russia] will be one of the key events to usher in the Messianic Era." The revered Jerusalem Targum adds: "At the end of days, Gog and Magog shall march against Jerusalem, but perish by the hand of Messiah." Ezekiel 39:6 verifies this. The stage is now set for the Antichrist to appear. Then seven years after the evil one's dominion of the international scene, Jesus Christ returns to rule on earth in majesty and great glory for one thousand years-the explosive finale to this great Book of Daniel, and our focus in chapter twelvev


                                                 UNDERSTANDING THE PROPHETIC    
                                                            1    BOOK OF DANIEL
           AND IT’S PROPHECIES LEADING TO THE BOOK    OF REVELATION     total words  50999
                               This Study made by Charles Holbrook (Italics from the Bible)                    
                               Daniel is one of the major profits. You will see how 69 of his
prophecies have already become an absolute fact only the 70th week remains. This study will help you see the infallible truth of the Bible. Daniel was commanded by God to seal the book so no one would be able to understand or interpret the book. Until the return of Christ was near at hand.                                  The book of Daniel is now open and understandable. Christ Himself unlocked the book by his statement that the generation would not pass away that saw the blooming of the fig tree. This blooming was very plain to see with the rebirth of the nation of Israel, Israel had not existed as a nation for over 2553 years and the city of Jerusalem had not been a Jewish city Or capital of Israel since the days of Solomon. When Jerusalem became the capital of Israel in 1980 all the later prophecies in the book of Daniel became very understandable right down to the beginning of the book of revelation and its terrible description of what mankind will have to face in the very near future. In this generation that saw the fig tree bloom           With the approaching of the coming of Christ to remove his church from the earth so close it is extremely important that everyone should have a good and deep understanding of the past present and the future events which is soon to follow and which is plainly explained in the two books of the Bible, Daniel and Revelation. 95% of the events predicted in the book of Daniel have already happened just as the Bible predicted. There is only one of the seventy weeks left to be completed and that is the 70th week or the 7 years of the tribulation period and the coming rule of the Antichrist backed by the false profit and his religion which most likely will be Islam and the eventual return of Christ.                                .         The book of Daniel is now an open book and can be understood since the reforming of the nation of Israel in 1948. The nation of Israel had not existed as a nation for over twenty five hundred and fifty three years. As long as there was no nation of Israel and Jerusalem was not a Jewish city, and could not be troden by Gentiles, Daniel was a complete mystery and could not be understood. Now with Israel a nation again  the ten toes of the monster in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream can be seen as the ten nation European Union or a ten division confederacy with each division being made up by several nations. The two legs of iron on the monster which represented Rome's two divisions was followed by the two feet of iron and clay one which was political the other religious with the ten toes of clay and iron representing the new roman empire. Out of this unholy union the Antichrist and the False Profit will emerge soon.                                                                                                                                                  . .  ..          Antichrist is the little horn spoken of in Daniel and will make his appearance during the Tribulation days soon after the church is removed from earth by the Rapture. It is important to understand the teachings of Daniel before studying Revelation and how this book leads up to the understanding of Revelation. This understanding is made possible by Israel becoming a nation in 1948 and Jerusalem taken by Israel in 1967 in the six day war and officially being made their capital in 1980. Israel had not existed as a great nation since the days of Solomon until now. The Jewish people were scattered worldwide by God for their unfaithfulness. The coming together of the Jewish people and the forming of the nation of Israel is the new beginning. God has permitted the Jews to reassemble again as a nation at last. This assembling being the blooming of the fig tree spoken of in Luke chapter 21 verses 29 through 33 also in Matthew and in Mark  Some verses used in this study taken from the King James Bible, others from the NIV version.                                                                                                                                 ..                                        Beginning the study ofDANIEL  
                         I am sorry but some of this study will have to be a history lesson.    
             Nebuchadnezzar in the year 605 B.C. then crowned prince of Babylon made a surprise preempted attack on the Egyptians at a place called Carchemish, a Babylonian city on the Euphrates River. (Jeremiah 46) This is the word of the Lord that came to Jeremiah the prophet concerning the nation of Egypt. This is the message against the army of Pharaoh Neco king of Egypt, which was defeated at Carchemish on the Euphrates River by Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon in the fourth year of Jehoakim son of Josiah king of Judah: This city which the Egyptians had seized earlier was a Babylonian city. This caused bad blood between Babylon and Egypt and this caused retaliation by Babylon.
       Nebuchadnezzar badly defeated the Egyptians driving them back into Egypt. These two powers had been at war for some time trying to establish their nations as world powers. This defeat of the Egyptians left the Babylonians free to attack and take Jerusalem, the capital of Judah but not before the death of Nabopolassar, then king of Babylon which in turn made Nebuchadnezzar undisputed king of Babylon.
                                       Daniel Chapter 1      verses 1, 2                                                                                                               The study of the book of Daniel
 (1) In the third year of the reign of Jehoakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar King of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it                                                                                                                        (2) and the Lord delivered Jehoakim king of Judah into his hand, along with some of the articles from the temple of God. These he carried off to the temple of his god in Babylonia and put in the treasure house of his god. Jeholalim, or Eliakim was the king of Judah, and the son of Josiah (2 Kings 23:34). Pharaoh Neco made Eliakim son of Josiah king in place of his father Josiah and changed Eliakim’s name to Jehoiakim, but he took Jehoahaz and carried him off to Egypt, and there he died. Because of the disobedience of the Jewish people to Gods laws, he was defeated and captured by Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon known now as Baghdad Iraq. Much of the riches of Jerusalem was carried off by the ungodly Babylonian armies to the land of Shinar or today’e Iraq and placed in the house of their false God, Marduk but the utensils were not desecrated by use by Nebuchadnezzar. Jerusalem was overrun by the Gentiles at that time and would remain so until 1967 when Israel retook it and made it the capital of Israel again. Since it can now be overrun again by Gentiles again Daniel is an open book
         (Daniel 1:3-7)
(3) Then the king ordered Ashpenaz, chief of his court officials, to bring in some of the Israelites from the royal family and the nobility    
 ( 4) young men without any physical defect, hansom, showing aptitude for every kind of learning, well informed, quick to understand, and qualified to serve in the king’s palace. He had to teach them the language and literature of the Babylonians.  (5) The king assigned them a daily amount of food and wine from the king’s table, they were to be trained for three years, and after that they were to enter the king’s service(6) Among these were some from Judah: Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah.  (7)The chief official gave them new names: to Daniel, the name Belteshazzar, to Hananiah, Shadrach; to Mishael, Meshach; and to Azariah, Abednego.                  
          At Nebuchadnezzar’s command four of the most intelligent Jews, from the children of Judah who were taken into captivity were taken to Babylon now Baghdad. They were attended by Ashpenaz, the master of the king’s eunuchs. They were nurtured and taught the language and customs of the Chaldeans for three years. This was done so they could stand before Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon but Nebuchadnezzar had a problem. These were Jewish names all of which represented their God Jehovah and must not be used in the halls of the Babylonian palace. These Jews were, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. They must be given Babylonian names. Daniel was named Belteshazzar, and Hananiah was given the name Shadrach, and to Mishael, the name of Meshach, and to Azariah the name Abednego. Daniel, although just a teenager, was the wisest of the four young Jewish prisoners taken to Babylon:                                                                                                                         
              (Daniel 1:8-17)                                                                                                                               (8) But Daniel proposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank:  therefore he requested the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself. (9) Now God had caused the official to show favor and sympathy to Daniel  (10) but the official told Daniel, I am afraid of my lord the king who has assigned you the food and drink why should he see you looking worse than the other young men your age? The king would have my head because of you. (11)Daniel then said to the guard the chief official had appointed over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah; (12) please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but Vegetables to eat and water to drink. (13) Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see. (14) He agreed to this and tested them ten days  (15) At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food. (16) So the guard took away their choice food and the wine they were to drink and gave them vegetables instead. (17) To these four young men God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning. And Daniel could understand visions and dreams of all kinds.                                                                                 
          These four would not defile themselves by eating the meat or drinking the wine offered them by the king, because these foods and drinks had been offered to the false Babylonian god Marduk to consume them would be to defile themselves, so they ate vegetables instead. Much to the annoyance of the eunuchs they ate beans and other legumes and much to the eunuchs surprise they became fat on them.                                                                                                                                            
            (Daniel 1: 18-21).                                                                                                                             (18) At the time set by the king to bring them in, the chief official presented them to Nebuchadnezzar.   (19) The king talked with them, and he found none equal to Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah; so they entered the kings service   (20) In every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king questioned them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters in his whole kingdom  21) And Daniel remained there until the first year of King Cyrus.the Persian)                                                                                               
          The king found them very intelligent and had high respect for them. Daniel finding himself a prisoner in a strange land, and having to learn the language of the Chaldeans had to accept the reality that he was a member of a conquered people. He was forced to think no longer like a Jew but like a Babylonian. His greatest problem was that he had to pledge his allegiance to the false Babylonian god, one which Daniel could not justify. Daniel is the prophet of the beginning of times of the Gentilesand also a prophet of his own people, the Jews. When Nebuchadnezzar brought the vessels and treasures from the temple of God to be placed in the house of his false god this was the beginning of the “times of the Gentiles” which will continue until.Jerusalem is again a Jewish city which happened in 1967. Jerusalem will be taken again one more time by Gentiles for a short spell during the tribulation period. The times of the Gentiles will then be completed and the evil ones destroyed and Christ will rule as king.   (Check Luke 21:24). And they shall fall by the edge of the sword and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the time of the Gentiles is fulfilled Jesus was saying that Jerusalem would be trodden down by the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled, except for a brief interlude, until His return. That interlude began during the 6 day war on June 5 through June the 10 in 1967 when the Israeli army took back Jerusalem from Jordan and made it their Capital city once again in 1980. The Holy City of Jerusalem is now in Jewish hands for the first time in 2,553 years. At least for a short time; it will be invaded again by Gentiles during the Tribulation period but will be retaken by Christ when he destroys the Antichrist, and his hoard and the armies of Armageddon     The Jewish victory in 1967 began the countdown to the battle of Armageddon and for the return of Jesus to Rule and reign in Jerusalem forever. See (Psalms 2:6) says. I have installed my King on Zion my holy hill. – (Matthew 5:35) Jesus speaks—or by the earth for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King  but before Christ appears upon the Mount of Olives all Gentile nations will gather at the valley of Megiddo and then march to the valley of Jehoshaphat for the final attack on Jerusalem. At that time they will retake the city. But when Christ appears He will completely destroy all their armies by His shining light. This will bring the times of the Gentiles to a terrible and permanent end. Jerusalem will then be the capital of the world from which Christ will rule for 1000 years. The new Jerusalem will then come dawn from Heaven and He will rule there for ever.                                  ..         Read-Revelation 16:16  and Joel3:2, and Zechariah 14:2-3.)   (Revelation 16:16). And he gathered them together in a place called, in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon
(Joel 3:2). I Will gather all nations and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat: and will plead with them there for my people, and for my heritage Israel, Whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.
(Zechariah 14:2:3).                                                                                                                                    (2). For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half the city will go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.    
(3). Then shall the Lord go forth, and fight against these nations, as when He fought in the day of battlle              Think of this; the Gentiles could not march against Jerusalem and take it if it is not controlled by the Jews. The Jews must control Jerusalem. That is why the six day war of 1967 was so prophetically important. It prepared the way for the Battle of Armageddon and the return of Christ. This battle will be covered in the book of Revelation and will occur at the end of the tribulation period. This is somewhat the end of the story but it is important to understand this as we see what effect the book of Daniel will have on the outcome of history. Every dit and tittle of his predictions has come true to this point in time. God would not have abandoned him here. All of His end time prophecies will also come to pass and without errors. Those who try to deny God and his servants prophecies are literally fools. Daniel is now an open book  we now know what the seventh week of Daniel means this became plain after the Israeli capture of Jerusalem in 1967.                                                                                                        CHAPTER 2
(Daniel 2:1-13)             
 (1)And in the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar - Nebuchadnezzar dreamed dreams wherewith his spirit was troubled, and his sleep brake from him.
(2)Then the king commanded to call the magicians, and the astrologers, and the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans, for to shew the king his dreams. So they came and stood before the king.                     (3)And the king said unto them, I have dreamed a dream, and my spirit was troubled to know the dream.  (4)Then spake the Chaldeans to the king of Syriack, O king, live forever, tell thy servants the dream, and we will shew the interpretation.

(5)The king answered and said to the Chaldeans, the thing is gone from me. If ye will not make known to me the dream, with the interpretation thereof, ye shall be cut into pieces, and your houses made a dunghill.(6) But if ye shew the dream, and the interpretation thereof, ye shall receive from me gifts and rewards and great honor: therefore shew me the dream and the interpretation thereof.
(7)They answered again and said, let the king tell his servants the dram, and we will shew interpretation of it.
(8)The king answered and said, I knew of certainty that ye would gain the time, because ye see the thing is gone from me.

(9)But if ye will not make known to me the dream, there is but one decree for   you: for ye have prepared lying and corrupt words to speak before me, till the time be changed: therefore tell me the dream and I shall know ye can show me the interpretation thereof.

(10)The Chaldeans answered before the king, and said, there is not a man upon the Earth That can shew the kings matter: therefore there is no lord, king, nor ruler, that asked such things of any magicians, astrologer, or Chaldean: (11) And it is a rare thing the king requireth, and there is none other that can show it before the king, except the gods, whose dwelling is not with flesh.
(12) For this cause the king was angry and very furious, and commanded to destroy all the wise men of Babylon.(13)And the decree went fourth that the wise men should be slain; and they sought Daniel and his fellows to be slain.           
in he second year of the rein of Nebuchadnezzar 603 B.C. he had a dream which troubled him greatly because he supposedly could not remember it. Did Nebuchadnezzar really forget the dream or was this a way to test the real wisdom and supernatural power of his magicians astrologers, and sorcerers? He called all of his magicians and wise men to interpret the dream for him but they could not help him for they knew not what the dream was and he threatened to kill them all if they failed. They pleaded with him telling him no man or magician on earth could interpret a dream that the king could not relate to them. The king ordered all the wise men of Babylon killed. This would have included Daniel and the other three Hebrew children but Daniel came before the king and told him to give him time and he would give the king the meaning of the dream and its description. Thus this would save Daniel and the other wise men from execution should Daniel interpret the dream.
          Daniel went to his home where he and the other three Children of Israel prayed diligently toGodfor an answer. God revealed the secret to Daniel in a night vision. Daniel then blessed the God of Heaven for his mercies and his interpretation of the dream. Daniel went to Arioch and asked him not to destroy the wise men but take him to the king and he would shew the king the interpretation of his dream.
          Daniel told the king that the God of Heaven who knows all things has revealed the meaning of the king’s dream to him, Daniel, and he will reveal it to the king. This was undoubtedly the hand of God in order to show His wisdom and sovereignty over the affairs of man.                                                                     (Daniel 2:14-24)
(14)Then Daniel answered with council and wisdom to Arioch the captain of the king’s guard, which was gone fourth to slay the wise men of Babylon.
(15)He answered and said to Aristech the king’s captain, why is the decree so hasty from the king? Then Arioch made the thing known to Daniel.
(16) Then Daniel went in, and desired of the king that he give him time, and that he would shew the king the interpretation.
(17) Then Daniel went to his house, and made the thing known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions:
(18) That they would desire mercies from the God of heaven concerning the secret; that Daniel and his fellows should not perish with the rest of the wise men of Babylon.
 (19) Then was the secret revealed unto Daniel in a night vision. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven.
 (20) Then Daniel answered and said. Blessed be the name of God forever and ever: for wisdom and might are his:

 (21) And He Changeth the times and the seasons:  He removeth kings: He giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding.        
 (22) He revealeth the deep and secret things: He knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with Him.
 (23) I thank thee, and praise thee, O thou God of my fathers, Who hast given me wisdom and might, and has made known to me now what we desire of thee: for thou hast now made known unto us the kings matter. (24) Therefore Daniel went in unto Arioch, whom the king had ordained to destroy the wise men of Babylon: he went and said unto him destroy not the wise men of Babylon: bring me in before the king, and I will shew unto the king the interpretation. 
                       
          Daniel recognizes that God alone sets up rulers and brings them down from their lofty man made thrones. He knows that Jehovah God, not Marduk the false god of Babylon or any other pagan god gives wisdom to the wise and can bring light to that which is shrouded in darkness. Daniel thanks God for the wisdom and light He has given His servant. He thanks God, taking no credit for the answer for his own glory, for the answer has been given by God for the king. Daniel is now ready to meet the king.
          Daniel a young man with limited life experience is now used by God to set the destiny of an entire kingdom. All God demands from His people is just obedience. Age means nothing. Daniel is brought before the king.                                                                                                                                                           Daniel 25- 30
(25) Then Arioch brought in Daniel before the king in haste, and said thus unto him, I have found a man of the captives of Judah, that will make known to the king the interpretation.
(26) The king answered and said unto Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, art thou able to make known unto me the dream which I have seen, and the interpretation thereof?
(27) Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said. The secret which the king has demanded cannot the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, the soothsayers, shew unto the king.
(28) But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days. Thy dream and thy vision of thy head upon thy bed are these;
 (29) As for thee, O king, thy thoughts came into thy mind upon thy bed, and should come to pass hereafter: and He that revealeth secrets maketh known to thee what will come to pass.
(30) But as for  me, this secret is not reveled to me for any wisdom that I have more than any living, But for their sakes that shall make known the interpretation to the king, and that thou mightest know the thoughts of the heart.

                  Daniel gave all the glory for the interpolation to the God of Israel. Daniel had the king’s attention? He also reminded the king that the wisdom he was sharing was from the one true God, not from his own knowledge.  Daniel took no glory for himself but insisted that God in Heaven alone and no mortal man could do what the king had asked.
(Daniel 2: 31-35)
(31) Thou O King sawest, and behold a great image. This great image whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible.
(32) This image’s head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and thighs of brass,
(33) His legs of Iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay.
(34) Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon the feet that were of iron and clay, and break them to pieces.
(35) There was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer thrashing floors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.    

          The king must have praised Daniel for his wisdom and knowledge for such a young man. Daniel gave the God of heaven all the credit. He reminded Nebuchadnezzar there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets. Daniel 2:28 Daniel continues with the interpretation of the dream. Then there was thunderings from a distance. Jesus Christ, a stone cut out without hands of human origin, crashing into the statue with such force that it dissolved the image into chaff. The statue being Nebuchadnezzar’s dream;  These following verses are extremely important; they are the description of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, and the predictions of all the kingdoms to follow including First, Babylon, Second, Medo Persia, Third, the Greek empire ruled by Alexander, which will split into four kingdoms, Fourth Rome devided in two divisions, Fifth and last finally the revised Roman Empire which has come into existence shortly after WW ll  which is plain to be seen,  with the creation of the 10 Nation European Union which will eventually devour the entire world and be ruled by the Antichrist, who will come from one of the European nations. It has already grown to 23 nations and it already has a common currency known as the Euro. Its influence is already starting to spread. It is also forming an army. This European Union could also be the forerunner to a ten division world government with divisions such as (1) America and Canada (2) Australia and New Zeeland (3) South America (4) Western Europe (5) Eastern Europe (6) China, Japan and Russia (7) Southern Asia (8) Central Asia (9) Middle East including Iran and other Muslim nations and north Africa (10) The remainder of Africa. There is no doubt something is forming at present. There is revolutions and wars all over some of these regions.   
            (Daniel 2:36-45)
(36) This is the dream; and we will tell the interpretation thereof before the king.
(37) Thou O king art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory.
(38) And wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou art this head of gold.      (Babylon)
(39) And after thee shall rise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth.   
(Medo Persia; Then Greece with Alexander The Great as leader )
(40) And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things:  and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise.         (Rome)
(41) And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided: but there shall be in it the strength of iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay     
  
(42) And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom will be partly strong and partly broken.         (Revived Roman Empire)
(43) And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.                           
(Antichrist reigns)
(44) And in these days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these other kingdoms, and it shall stand forever.  (Christ then rules for 1000 years while Satan the destroyer suffers in the pit.)
(45) Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God has made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation sure.          (That stone will be none other than Jesus Christ)
          Nebuchadnezzar’s dream has been fulfilled to the letter up to now. Kingdoms come and kingdoms go. Nebuchadnezzar was the golden head. Daniel’s message was that God was in control and the Heavenly Father would have the final say as to who would occupy all the earthly thrones                     
           Marduk, the Babylonian god was called the god of gold and there was gold everywhere in the royal palace. Even the walls were lined with gold. Nebuchadnezzar must have sensed this as an omen since he was the head of gold predicted by Daniel. All this gold was swept away by Medo Persia who destroyed Babylon in the year 539 BC and killed Belshazzar then appointed king of Babylon. The first prediction had come to pass as God said it would. The Meedes and the Persians united in 550 B.C. under two kings to form a great world power. This was the silver part of the statue. This empire based their economy and power on an elaborate form of taxation. Nebuchadnezzar did not fear these nations because they were inferior to Babylon. But God’s word speaks only the truth for they destroyed his kingdom but not while Nebuchadnezzar was king. It was while a young drunken Belshazzar was acting king.     
          Now came the third kingdom, the belly and thighs of brass. The Greek empire was known as the bronze empire. The Greeks made all their weapons of war from bronze, it being the most durable and plentiful metal of the day, iron not being readily available. Daniel was shown by God that Greece would one day rule the world Daniel 2:39 History shows that Greece did dominate the known world of its day. Alexander the Grate’s kingdom covered much more territory than either Babylon or Medo Persia ever did. Another of Daniels prophecies with God’s help has been fulfilled. Nebuchadnezzar is no doubt filled with fear to hear these predictions but is so shocked he remains silent. The king probably really remembered his dream and knew there was more to come. His test of his wise men had become a nightmare predicting his own doom. Daniel is not finished yet. He continues to interpret the dream.
          After the world domination of Greece, the bronze empire had been divided into four parts after the death of Alexander. There then arose another or fourth world power. This one based on iron was represented by the two legs of iron. This kingdom would be the Roman Empire. With the western portion based in Rome as its capital, and the eastern half based in Constantinople as its capital. Rome was divided into these two parts. The Roman Empire covered more territory than the other three kingdoms put together and was a mighty military power. Rome had discovered the use of iron for the weapons it used and Greece with its bronze swords was no match for the Roman’s. With their iron swords and spears the Romans were not easily defeated.
           Rome like the other empires would not last forever. They worshiped false gods and eventually became totally corrupt with several evil men fighting among themselves for power and ruler ship of the empire. This caused discontent and confusion among the people and they were finally overrun by several barbaric tribes. Rome however was still a world power when Jesus was born and was somewhat involved in His crucifixion, but perished soon thereafter. The two feet of iron representing the new Roman Empire is one political the other religious the political foot will be the new Roman Empire which will be described later. the religious foot will be the false religion formed by the false profit, this religion will most likely be Islam which at present has 1,300,000,000 members worldwide and growing daily, and spreading fast throughout all nations.            
          The political will be the new Roman Empire (the European Union as the core plus all nations which join the union) which is being revived as the fifth and final world power just before the return of Christ. This empire will be revived as the iron mixed with ten toes of clay which began to wiggle in the form of the first ten nations.
(The European Union);
           God alone could have given the young prophet Daniel the wisdom and knowledge to know what is now becoming a reality for those of us who live in the early days of the 21st century. According to Daniel the final revival of the Roman Empire would be composed of a confederation of ten nations or ten divisions represented by the ten toes these divisions would be composed of numerous nations. This would lead to a new world order which would rule the entire globe and eventually include all the nations of earth. They will come together for economic power and a strong military alliance. The European Union has already formed and has already started to spread beyond the ten toes or original ten nations and they are moving fast. Thus, Nebuchadnezzar’s image with ten toes has pictured the revival of the old Roman Empire and its conclusion. This empire will also be destroyed by the Rock of ages, Christ upon his return. This world is going to get more corrupt and evil up until the time when the Great Stone breaks the feet of the image in the last days.   
           Notice how the metals deteriorate as the ages pass from gold to silver to bronze, to iron and then to clay. This shows as history marches on men would become increasingly more corrupt and morally weaker. This will continue until the stone (Jesus Christ) crushes the feet of the image and in those days God in heaven will set up a kingdom which will destroy all other kingdoms and never be destroyed and will rule for ever, His throne will be in the Holy City of Jerusalem for a 1000 years then in New Jerusalem when it comes down from heaven forever.     
           There was a long space of time between the time Rome fell (476A.D.) and 1947 when the “ten toes” of the statue began to wiggle. First Benelux met in 1947, Belgium, Netherlands, and Luxemburg. This was the first three members of the European Union. In 1957 three other countries joined the confederation, Italy, France and Germany. This made six ratified by the treaty of Rome. Little by little you see where other countries have joined the union. We see a revival of the Roman Empire as Daniel predicted. In 1973 England, Ireland, and Denmark became members. This made a total of nine toes wiggling. On New Year’s Day in 1981 Greece became number ten. The time of Daniel prophesied is now here. We are living in the later days and Christ will be coming soon. Many more nations have now joined the union.
          It is a curiosity that the European Union started forming the year before Israel became a fledgling nation both in 1947 and 1948 Jerusalem was then taken in 1967. Think Hard.
           Christians do not have to worry about trying to straightening out the affairs of this world. We have God Almighty who will do it for us. Remember in Matthew when Jesus asked Peter “who do men say I am?” Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of God.”   And Jesus said, “On this rock I will build my church” Christ was that rock, (1 Corinthians 10:4) and did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of the spiritual rock which followed them: and that rock was Jesus Christ.- The rock in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream was Christ, a rock that will eventually engulf the entire world. A rock will hit the feet of the statue and destroy the ten toes or all nations forming the confederation that is ruling the world. “The restored Roman Empire will no longer exist.” When Greece became the tenth toe we were given a clear signal that we were living in the end times and we should be ready for the return of Christ:
           We can conclude that the dream of Nebuchadnezzar. In Daniel chapter 2 reveals that the kingdom of God will be established in connection with the second coming of Jesus. Read again Daniel 2:45 this verse will emphasis the fact that the coming of Christ is near. The dream is certain and the interpretation sure. The world's golden age is over it now faces death and destruction by it's own hand.
           The reason the Book of Daniel is so important is the fact that it provides us with a complete picture of the end times and it all begins to wind down with the current revival of the New Roman Empire which has all the appearance of the European Union. This revived Roman Empire will be the last Empire of man and will continue into the Tribulation with the Antichrist ruling the world. He will be a dictator and he will rule the world of his day. Christians need not fear for they will not be here. They will be gone in the Rapture, and the stone cut out of the mountain without hands. (Jesus Christ) our Savior, the Rock of our salvation the rock of ages will prevail. He will set up His Kingdom on earth to rule a thousand years and all the peoples left on earth that survived the tribulation will be tremendously blessed under the personal reign of Jesus Christ our Lord.             
          The Antichrist and all of his evil demons will be in a much hotter place in short order, and Satan will be in the pit unable to corrupt men’s minds.
(chapter 2 46 through 49). These verses explain how Nebuchadnezzar felt and his respect for God.
(46) Then the king Nebuchadnezzar fell upon his face, and worshiped Daniel, and commanded that they should offer an oblation and sweet odours to him.
(47) The king answered unto Daniel, and said of a truth it is that your God is a God of gods, and a Lord of kings, and a revealer of secrets, seeing thou couldest reveal this secret.
(48) Then the king made Daniel a great man, and gave him many great gifts, and made him ruler over the whole province of Babylon and chief of the governors over all of the wise men of Babylon. 
(49) Then Daniel requested of the king, and he set Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego over the affairs of the province of Babylon: but Daniel sat in the gate of the king.  
       
           You would think by this time Nebuchadnezzar would see that his god was false and could do no miracles as did the God of Daniel. He showed himself to be a fool by still worshiping the false god of his people. Had he started to worship the one and true God his future might have been somewhat different and his empire might have been spared.      
                                             CHAPTER 3
          Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego are cast in a fiery furnace
              Daniel 3:1-7                                                                                                                                   (1) Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold, whose height was three score cubits and the breadth thereof six cubits: he set it up in the plain of Dura in the province of Babylon.
(2) Then Nebuchadnezzar the king sent to gather together the princes, the governors, and the captains, the judges, the treasurers, the counselors, the sheriffs, and all the rulers of the provinces, to come to the dedication of the image which Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up.
(3) Then the princes, the governors, the captains, the judges, the treasurers, the counselors, the sheriffs, and all the rulers of the provinces were gathered together unto the dedication of the image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up; and they stood before the image Nebuchadnezzar had set up.
(4) Then a herald cried aloud, to you it is commanded, O people, nations, and languages, 
(5) That at what time you hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar hath set up:
(6) And whoso falleth not down and worship shall the same hour be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.
(7) Therefore at that time, when all the people heard the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and all kinds of musick, all the people , the nations, and the languages, fell down and worshiped the golden image Nebuchadnezzar had set up.  
                                                                                                       The golden image was ninety feet high (sixty cubits) and nine feet wide (six cubits) a cubit being approximately 18 inches. While the golden image may seem to be nothing more than a giant statue it holds great prophetic meaning and is another end time mystery being unsealed. For example the numbers 66 come together here: the number of man (sixty cubits high) and six cubits wide, resembling the number of the Antichrist in Revelation (13:16-18) (six cubits). This gives us a reference to the time the Antichrist comes to power and his false prophet sets up an image of his likeness in the temple. (Revelation 13:15 says “and he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many that would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. The image of the beast must be a computer that can speak and be controlled by the Antichrist.
          Archeologist checked the biblical location in Iraq where the statue was supposed to be located.  They found the pedestal where they were sure the statue set, thus proving that the biblical event really happened. The image was most likely an image of Nebuchadnezzar himself who had a flare for publicity and he knew where to position the giant statue where no one could miss seeing it. The gold was more than likely carted off when his empire fell but the base remained.                                                                              Babylon (which is now Baghdad) was in Iraq and a giant walled city in its day.  Classical authors rhapsodized about walls so thick that a four horse chariot could turn around on the high and wide walls with one hundred gates. This design of Babylon was more of necessity and ingenuity than anything else. Babylon was a difficult city to defend due to the passage of the Euphrates River through the middle of the city. The older part of the city lay on the east bank of the Euphrates and the new city lay on its right. Nebuchadnezzar attempted to correct this by building immense forts at the north end of the city where all the great invasions had come from and by diverting the Euphrates river into a moat surrounding the city. The inner wall of Babylon, the Imgur-Bêl and the outer wall, the Nimitti-Bêl, were to be made so strong that no force could impregnate the city. The city was so large no force could surround it, and the walls were high enough to prevent repelling The compass of the walls was so vast that no single power could bring the city to famine due to the number of walls and environmental conditions that lay beyond the walls of the city. Excavations have revealed no less than five walls; three composing the outer walls and two composing the inner walls. The walls were comprised of sun-dried and baked bricks and were of varying degrees of thickness. The inner wall also had towers at regular intervals which may have been similar to those along the outer wall. The walls also allowed for a protected roadway called Imgur-Enlil, and Nimitti-Enlil. They were the designations for the inner and outer walls respectively, “no pillaging robber might enter into this water sewer,” he said. With bright iron bars I closed the entrance to the river in gratings of iron. I set it and fastened it with hinges. Nebuchadnezzar, as a servant to Marduk believed that eternal fame rested on his creation of a rampart that would protect both his citizens and his god's temple from attack.
          A remainder of the walls can still be found today located where present day Baghdad, Iraq is now located on the Euphrates river. The plain of Dura was a huge mound of earth about six miles Southeast of Babylon and anything constructed there could be seen for miles around that’s where the statue was built. All the people and nations were required to bow to the image when they heard music or face death in a fiery furnace. 
          Daniel and his three companions were also required to bow to the image which they would not do. They would not bow to a false God or its graven image. Daniel was not present the day the image was unveiled but his three friends were and they were to pay a terrible price for their refusal to bow to the statue. Nebuchadnezzar would try to have them killed. The Antichrist would carry out the same penalty of death to those who will not bow to his image or take his mark 666. This story speaks of where we are today, and where we are quickly headed. However there will be multitudes who survive the seven year period without taking the number. I’m not sure how they will survive just as the three Hebrew children ultimately survived their trial by fire, which was surely the work of God. There will be some survive the Tribulation, and the rage of the Antichrist.
                              Nebuchadnezzar, as a picture of the Antichrist 
          The statue on the plain of Dura was more than just an image of an egotistical king; it represents the king Nebuchadnezzar’s rebellion against God just as the Antichrist will become the definition of rebellion against the Almighty God. Nebuchadnezzar’s purpose was to institute a totalitarian government and this was one way to get the people’s attention and by the fear of death their allegiance. What better description can be found in the Scriptures of the political actions of the Antichrist to come?        
          When music of any kind was heard it was time for everyone who heard it to fall to their knees and worship the golden statue of the king but anyone who remained standing was seized and thrown into the fiery furnace to die. No exceptions to the king’s rule would be tolerated. This created quite a dilemma for the three Hebrew children. They knew Gods rule of not bowing to any graven image or putting any god before him. Daniel had served under six kings and always honored them but when it came to the allegiance to the God of Israel he made no compromise. His three friends would not compromise either. They would rather face the wrath of a living king than the wrath of the living God Jehovah. Once again as they had refused to eat the rich food from the kings table the three Hebrew children refused to bow to the pagan god set up by the king. The king was informed of their refusal to bow to his golden idol and was furious.
            (Daniel 3:8-12)                                                                                                                              (8 Wherefore at that time certain Chaldeans came near and accused the Jews.
(9) They spake and said to the king Nebuchadnezzar O king live forever.
(10) Thou O king hast made a decree, that every man that hears the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick should fall down and worship the golden image.   
(11) And whosoever falleth not down and worship, that he should be cast into the midst of a burning  fiery furnace.
(12) There are certain Jews whom thou hast set over the affairs of the province of Babylon Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego; these men O king have not regarded thee: They serve not thy gods, nor worship the golden image which though hast set up.

          Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego was offered the chance to right the wrong the king in his rage accused them of. They could return to the plain of Dura and when the music started they could bow to the golden image. They refused and Nebuchadnezzar was even more enraged and ordered their death. They were ready to be escorted to the furnace for they knew that God was a merciful God and had no doubt of his ability to perform miracles although they expected none.  The apostle Paul wrote in (Philippians 1:21) “For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” Daniel was not involved in this he was away on the kings business when the statue was unveiled.
           Daniel 3:13-18
(13) Then Nebuchadnezzar in his rage and fury commanded to bring Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Then they brought these men before the king.
(14) Nebuchadnezzar spake and said unto them, is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, do not ye serve my gods, nor worship the golden image which I have set up.
(15) Now when you hear the sound of the horn, zither, flute, lyre, harp, pipes, and all types of musick, if you are ready to fall down and worship the image I made very good. But if you do not worship it you will be thrown immediately into a blazing furnace. Then what God will be able to rescue you from my hand.
(16) Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego replied to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter.
(17) If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O king.                                                                                                          (18) But even if he does not, we want you to know, O king that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.    
  
          The king may have wanted to save their lives but he had painted himself into a political corner with his irreversible decree. The king found himself with no other choice but to heat up the furnace or face contempt by his subjects.
Daniel 3:19-20

19) Then Nebuchadnezzar was furious with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, and his attitude toward them changed. He ordered the furnace heated seven times hotter than usual.
(20) And commanded some of the strongest soldiers in his army to tie up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and throw them in the blazing furnace.
  
          This is more than Biblical history. It is a picture of Jewish people and Gentile converts. The Bible tells us that there will be millions of Jews and Gentiles alike saved during the tribulation hour. Revelation 7:14) says these are they which came out of the Great Tribulation, and have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb;                                                                                                              They will be going through the great Tribulation which the body of Christ, the Church, will miss via the Rapture. Also 144,000 Jewish evangelists (saints) will preach the message of the coming kingdom and millions of Jews and Gentiles alike will be saved and some will somehow make it through the Tribulation period alive despite everything the Antichrist and his demons can do to stop them for they have rejected his mark 666, but many will be killed. The seven year Tribulation will be a hot, volatile period which those that survive will have to suffer through. These will be Jews and Gentiles alike. Multitudes will make it through by rejecting the mark of the beast, and staying in seclusion (Daniel 12:1; Matthew 25:31-34)         
             Daniel 3:21-23
(21) So these men, wearing their robes, trousers, turbans, were bound and thrown into the blazing furnace.
(22) The king’s command was so urgent and the furnace so hot that the flames of the fire killed the soldiers who took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego,
(23) And these three men firmly tied, fell into the blazing furnace.  

          These verses describe what the furnace was like and what it could do to human flesh and even the tenders of the furnace had it so hot that they themselves could not survive the heat from it. They died while casting the three Hebrew children into its flames. Even lower level of flames would have been adequate to kill the three Hebrew children but Nebuchadnezzar wanted to show the world he was in charge and that no Hebrew God was as mighty as he. The three Hebrew children were to have the experience of their lives with the help of Almighty God.
Daniel 3:24-27
(24) The king Nebuchadnezzar leaped to his feet in amazement and asked his advisers, “weren’t there three men we tied up and threw into the fire?” “They replied, certainly O king.”  
(25) He said “look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and un harmed, and the fourth looks like the son of the gods.”
(26) Nebuchadnezzar then approached the opening of the blazing furnace and shouted, “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, servants of the Most High God, come out! Come here!” So Meshach, Shadrach, and Abednego came out of the fire.  
(27) And the satraps, prefects, governors and royal advisers crowded around them. They saw that the fire had not harmed their bodies, nor was a hair of their heads singed; their robes were not scorched, and there was no smell of fire on them.

                                      The fourth man in the fire
          Nebuchadnezzar was sure that they had put only three men in the furnace but Scriptures tell us he saw four men walking in the flames unharmed and one of them looking like the Son of a God. The king was not prepared for what he saw. He asked his high officials which was certainly a logical question, “Did we not just put three men in the furnace? Why then do I see four men, all unhurt? And look none of them are bound and did you not tie them up? Then why aren’t they on fire? This is impossible. But Nebuchadnezzar said what really had him concerned was the fourth man. “Who is he? How did he get in there? Where did he go?”
          The most profound comment by the king is when he says the fourth man looks like the Son of a God. Daniel 3:25 Probably a more accurate translation might have been “like the son of gods.” The Babylonians believed their gods had children, so Nebuchadnezzar was commenting on what he thought was a supernatural being in the fire. The fourth man was a son of one of the Babylonian deities. (Was he ever wrong?)  The king finds His Power Mute     
          Braving the intense heat had completely astonished, Nebuchadnezzar as he approached the furnace door and personally calls for Meshach, Shadrach, and Abednego to come forth out of the furnace, “calling them servants of the highest God.” Has this king come a step closer in believing in the Hebrew God? How many more miracles will it take to convince this stiff necked king to see that the God of Israel Is the one and only true God? He must now be thinking of Daniel’s prophesy with a small tinge of fear. The statue that would be pulverized by the stone that encompass the whole earth. 
          The king does not know that the fourth person in the fire is the incarnate Son of God, Jesus Christ. He does not know that Jesus has existed from all eternity  (Micah 5:2)  But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall become fourth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings fourth have been of old, from everlasting.                                     (Isaiah 9:6). For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government will be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.  And that He is the Mighty God, the only God. All other gods are man’s own creation for his own benefit and pleasure with no meaning or no power whatsoever.                        
                     Jesus will be with us forever but only if we want.                                                                 
          Jesus Christ is the “Son” from all eternity so it should be no surprise that He would appear as the protector of the Hebrew children during their ordeal. Christ is God, the second member of the Trinity. Now we see Him here in the fiery furnace standing by the three true and faithful believers in their God. There is a message in this passage for us. Whatever our trials may be Jesus is always in our midst giving comfort to us in our greatest hour of need if we will only ask him. (Hebrews 13:5.)Let your conversation be without covetousness and be content with such things as ye have: for He said, I will never leave thee or forsake thee.                                                                                                                                  
             (Daniel 3:28-30)
(28) Then Nebuchadnezzar said praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who has sent his angel and rescued his servants!
They `trusted in Him and defied the king’s command and were willing to give up their own lives rather than serve or worship any other god except their own God.
(29)  Therefore I decree that the people of any nation or any language who say anything against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego be cut into pieces and that their houses be turned into piles of rubble, for no other god can save in  this way.  
 (30) Then the king appointed Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the province of Babylon.
          God blesses those who are faithful to Him. The king had no choice but to admit that a higher power, “maybe an Angel which might be translated as a Deity,” saved the three Hebrew children from the furnace. Nebuchadnezzar now has a change of heart. This time he decrees that anyone who speaks against the great God of Israel will be cut to pieces and their houses made into dunghills. This is the same threat he made against the wise men and magicians for not being able to interpret his dream.                               
          This is much more than just a story. The deeper meaning of this chapter is to signify what will occur in the end times. During the Tribulation the False Prophet will set up a statue of the Antichrist and whosoever refuses to bow to it will be killed. They must worship the image or die. During that same time the entire world will become a fiery furnace. (Psalm 97:3) says “A fire goeth before him”(Ezekiel 20:47) says “The flaming flame shall not be quenched”(Zephaniah 1:18) tells us “The whole land will be devoured by the fire of his jealousy.” (Malachi 4:1) says “the day cometh, which shall burn as an oven.”  Global warming is only the start.  The Tribulation period will be a terrible time for the people of earth, but remember they brought it on themselves for their evil ways.
          The three Hebrew children went through their fiery trial without a mark or a blister. They did not even have the smell of smoke on their persons. Their clothes were intact and not a hair on their heads was singed. This is a picture of the remnant of Jews which will be spared during the Tribulation hour as well as thousands of newly converted Gentile Christians. God always has and always will find a way to protect His own people. There is a terrible time coming. (Jeremiah 30:7) says. “Alas for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.”   That’s good news for  Israel.  In Daniel 12:1 we read, “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.”A key verse can be found in Matthew it is (Matthew 24:22) “And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: “but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened.  Because the word elect is used to describe those saved, some Christians think it will be the church that is saved and the church will not have to endure the Tribulation hour because the elect are present. It is important to determine which group of elect God has in mind. That group mentioned here is the group that meets on the Sabbath day and meets in Synagogues, and will be fleeing from Judea to the mountain of Petra. This cannot be a reference to Christians or the church, the church will be gone in the rapture this is the Jewish elect referred to in Isaiah. (42:1 and 45:4 and 65:9, also 65:22). Please read these verses. God is speaking about his wife Israel. They will be spared from the wrath of the Tribulation hour. This is what the Hebrew Children represent and what the whole chapter is about.     
                                    CHAPTER 4                                                                                                             
             (Daniel 4:1-3)
(1) King Nebuchadnezzar, To the people, nations and men of every language who live in all the world: May you prosper.                                                                                                                                      (2) It is my pleasure to tell you about the miraculous signs and wonders the Most High God has performed for me.
(3)How great are His signs, how mighty his wonders! His kingdom is an eternal kingdom: his dominion endures from generation to generation.
  
          King Nebuchadnezzar issues an edict stating he has finally learned a lesson, that indeed the Most High God was in control of everything. Gods Kingdom will last eternally, dominating all earthly powers for ever. This was his attempt to tell the entire nation about the great God he had come to honor and respect. (But not worship or accept as his personal deity). Leopards are not known for changing their spots and king Nebuchadnezzar was a proud man. He would have to pay the price for forcing his subjects to worship the golden image which he had built on the plain of Dura.
(Daniel 4:4 – 18)                                                                                                                                        (4) I nebuchadnezzar was at home in my palace, contented and prosperous.
(5)I had a dream that made me afraid. As I was lying in my bed, the images and visions that passed through my mind terrified me.
(6) So I commanded that all the wise men of Babylon be brought before me to interpret the dream for me
(7) When the magicians, enchanters, astrologers and diviners came I told them the dream but hey could not interpret it for me
(8) Finally Daniel came into my presence and I told him the dream. (
He is called Belteshazzar after the name of my god, and the spirit of the holy gods is in him).
(9) I said Belteshazzar, chief of the magicians I know that the spirit of the holy gods is in you, and no mystery is too difficult for you. Here is my dream; interpret it for me.
(10) These are the visions I saw while lying in my bed: and I looked and before me stood a tree in the middle of the land. Its height was enormous.

(11) The tree grew large and strong and its top touched the sky; it was visible to the ends of the earth.
(12) Its leaves were beautiful, its fruit abundant, and on it was food for all. Under it the beasts of the field found shelter, and the birds of the air lived in its branches; from it every creature was fed.
(13) In the vision I saw while lying in my bed, I looked and there before me was a messenger, a holy one, coming down from heaven.                                                                                                                           (14) He called in a loud voice: cut down the tree and trim off its branches; strip off its leaves and scatter its fruit. Let the animals flee from under it and the birds from its branches.
(15) But let the stump and its roots, bound with iron and bronze; remain in the ground, in the grass of the field. Let him be drenched with the dew of heaven, and let him live with the animals among the plants of the earth.    
(16) Let his mind be changed from that of a man and let him be given the mind of an animal, till seven times pass by him.
(17) The decision is announced by messengers, the holy ones declare the verdict, so that the living may know that Most High is sovereign over the kingdoms of men and gives them to anyone he wishes and sets over them the lowliest of men.
(18) This is the dream that I, King Nebuchadnezzar had. Now, Belteshazzar, tell me what it means, for none of the wise men in my kingdom can interpret it for me. But you can, because the spirit of the holy gods is in you.  
                                                                                                                                                       This is another of the kings dreams, (this is in the latter half of king Nebuchadnezzar’s rule). This dream will also need Daniel’s interpretation to make known to the king what his dream means. (God seems to speak to Nebuchadnezzar through his dreams). This dream could be Nebuchadnezzar’s spiritual biography He first had a new group of the wisest men of Babylon brought in to interpret the dream. He did not trust the first group of magicians and seers he had used the first time. So he asked this new group to tell him what the dream meant, which of course they could not do. He had the same results with this group even though he told them the dream this time. The wisest men of the nation and his palace were at a loss to interpret the dream. One wonders why the king did not have Daniel brought in immediately instead of going through the frustration of having to humiliate his nation’s so-called wisest men. But you must remember old ways die hard.
          Daniel was taken away from his duties as Judge and Prime Minister of the land to be brought before the king as a final resort. Nebuchadnezzar was now sure that a supernatural being such as the God of Israel was the only one who could interpret the dream for unbeknownst to him God was the one who gave him the dream, and he was also sure that no one but Daniel could reach His God to get the interpretation. Daniel was the only man able to give him the answer he needed so he could understand the dream and he knew it Nebuchadnezzar’s dream this time was about a great and beautiful tree of great height. Its branches were full of fruit, enough to sustain the lives of many people, and the animals of the field sheltered under it. Also the birds of the air took shelter in it. A holy one called a watcher came down from heaven and demanded that the tree be cut down and let only the stump remain. This to a somewhat deranged king meant that neither his god nor the God of the Hebrews was on his side and he might be losing his kingdom. This dream relates also to end time mysteries.          
          Throughout the Bible trees represent kingdoms and powers. The cedar tree usually refers to the nation of Lebanon (1 kings 4:33)And he spake of trees, from the cedar tree that is in Lebanon even unto the hyssop that springiest out of the wall: he spake also of beasts, and fowl, and of creeping things, and of fishes.  The fig tree speaks of Israel (Hosea 9:10); I found Israel like grapes in the winepress; I saw your fathers as the first ripe in the fig tree at her first time: but they went to Baalpeor, and separated themselves unto that shame; and their abominations were according as they lived.                                               (Matthew 24:32).  Now learn a parable of the fig tree: when his branches are still tender, and putteth fourth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: Israel has put forth leaves with the retaking ofJerusalem. Nebuchadnezzar did not know at first that the great tree represented him and his vast kingdom. Babylon was a powerful tree, a kingdom that worshiped no other god but the false god Marduk and some other Babylonian false gods and idols. Babylon was a wicked power, with an arrogant king who made a golden image and at the threat of death made his subjects bow to it. Because of Nebuchadnezzar’s pride and arrogance God would cut the tree of his great power to the ground, but the stump would remain. It would indicate that it was still alive enough to undergo seven years of testing, a picture of the seven years of the Great Tribulation, a time which draws nearer every day.
          During those seven years Nebuchadnezzar would be stricken with madness. He would crawl about on his hands and knees and he would be forced to eat grass as a wild animal. He would suffer total madness with long hair and fingernails like the claws of a bird. This form of madness is given the name: Boanthropy, or Zoanthropy. Medical records prove this disease does exist and is the same disease Nebuchadnezzar experienced in his dream. This mental derangement or madness would last for seven years, representing the Great Tribulation. That terrible time on earth that mankind would go through for their vile wickedness and for honoring false gods or no god at all, thinking themselves to be gods.  (the new age movement) there will be judgments to come exactly Twenty one! Each of them are listed in Revelation chapters six through eighteen such as, (Revelation 6:2)  which says the Antichrist will appear riding on a white Horse (Aping the final return of Christ on a white horse) and verses 4 to 8 tells about three other riders. The rider on the red horse shows peace being removed from the earth by wars which will kill 1/3 of the world’s inhabitants. Whereas verse 5 tells how the rider on the black horse will bring famine and starvation and verse 8 gives terrible predictions mass diseases killing another ¼ of the world’s population. These diseases may already be started, Aids, Bird Flu, West Nile virus, Ebola, TB Which is incurable, and famine in many African nations spreading worldwide. In verse 9 we see more millions slaughtered for the worshiping of God and declaring faith in Jesus Christ. This is already happening in many Moslem countries and in atheist China where religion is forbidden it is considered the enemy of the state, where people worship God instead of their political leaders. Verse 12 also speaks of Judgments in the heavens: “(John said. And I beheld when he opened the sixth seal, and lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as the sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood).”  This judgment described in (Revelation 8:1) is so terrible that it unleashes the other 14 judgments, causing silence in heaven for the space of half an hour. The angels are so stunned knowing what is to come and thinking of the future, they are silent in the presence of God. The day is near and the Book of Daniel is the book of prophesy through which these end time mysteries are now being unsealed more and more every day since the rebirth of Israel. In chapter two we saw the future kingdoms clearly described, and now we know most of Daniel’s prophesy has already happened exactly as the Bible stated down to every last detail. There is only one part of Daniel’s prophesy yet to come. The stone smashing the feet of the image, (the stone is Christ) Christ’s glorious return to earth to establish His millennial reign for one thousand years upon the earth (Revelation 20:4) This is going to take place very soon, but before it does there will be the Tribulation period, pictured by the example of a mentally deranged, animal like king, who crawls on the ground eating grass for seven years seven being Gods perfect number, the exact extent of the Tribulation Period to come at a future date and it will defiantly be seven years to the day and hour.
           Once again a desperate king turns to his Hebrew friend and adviser for the interpretation of his dream. And again what Daniel tells the king is not good news. But Daniel remains brave, refusing to lie to the king. God has given Daniel the interpretation and he is prepared to speak the mind of God freely to Nebuchadnezzar, the king.
(Daniel 4:19) Daniels plight;
(19) Then Daniel (also called Belteshazzar) was gravely perplexed for a time, and his thoughts terrified him. So the king said, Belteshazzar do not let the dream and its meaning alarm you. Belteshazzar answered, my lord, if only the dream applied to your enemies and its meaning to your advisories!   

           Although Daniel had been given the divine truth directly from God, it was still troubling to speak those thoughts directly to the king, since the interpretation of the dream was such a terrible fate for the king. Daniel knew he was not a completely mentally stable man. The king becomes compassionate towards Daniel though telling him not to worry about the dream and its meaning for he is ready to bear whatever the dream means. He has geared himself up to hear what the dream means. Finally Daniel says, “O king I have bad news for you.” Daniel was a trusted servant of the king and must have had great pain in his heart to have to tell him such dire news. He must speak the word of God no matter how terrible it was. Gods Judgment would have to be explained to the king. God says we must warn people of the wrath which is to come, or their blood will be on our hands. It is the same message Paul communicated to young (Timothy 4:2). This is what I am trying to do with the interpretation of Daniel and Revelation. “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.” This is what Daniel must do. The prophet of God was not afraid. He had been given a message from God and he must deliver it. Daniel did not hesitate to say, “Thus saith the Lord.”            
                 Daniel’s interpretation of the King’s dream                                                                                                  Daniel 4:20-27
(20) The tree you saw which grew large and strong, with its top touching the sky, visible to the whole earth,                                                                                                        
(21) with beautiful leaves and abundant fruit, providing food for all, giving shelter to the beasts of the field, and having nesting places in its branches for the birds of the air.       
(22) You O king are that tree, you have become great and strong; your greatness has grown until it reaches the sky, and your dominion reaches to distant parts of the earth.

(23) You O king saw a messenger, a holy one, saying cut down the tree and destroy it, but leave the stump, bound with iron and bronze, in the grass of the field, while its roots remain in the ground. Let him be drenched with the dew of heaven; let him live like the wild animals, until seven times pass by him.
(24) This is the interpretation, O king, and this is the decree the Most High has issued against my lord the king:        
                                                                                                                                                      (25) you will be driven away from people and live with the wild animals; you will eat grass like cattle and be drenched with the dew from heaven. Seven times will pass by you until you acknowledge that the Most High is sovereign over the kingdoms of men, and gives them to anyone He wishes; 
(26) The command to leave the stump of the tree with its roots means that your kingdom will be restored to you when you acknowledge that Heaven rules.
(27) Therefore O king, be pleased to accept my advice: Renounce your sins by doing what is right, and your wickedness by being kind to the oppressed. It may be that then your prosperity will continue.   
         
           The first bad news for Nebuchadnezzar was that the tree represented him. It was a big sturdy tree, providing sustenance for many people and animals alike. It showed Nebuchadnezzar’s power and the mighty empire he controlled but this power could not last forever. Only God has such power! As the tree in his dream Nebuchadnezzar would be brought down so would he, and he would become as a beast and live as a beast of the field eating grass as an animal but still alive. This was the meaning of the stump which would remain. It was a sign that one day he would be revived after the period of insanity passed as would mankind also survive after the tribulations had expired and Christ had set up His kingdom. With Jesus as their king after the seven year Tribulation period passed there would then be a thousand years of peace and tranquility without Satan’s interference for he would be a prisoner in the pit and helpless. 
           By building the statue of gold Nebuchadnezzar is saying to Daniel that he doesn’t believe the story of the statue of gold, silver, bronze, iron and clay. His statue will be of pure gold. God gives Daniel the interpretation of the tree dream with a reminder for the king which consists of a small band of brass and iron on the stump to represent the first dream. This irony was probably not lost on the king. He probably began to become even more paranoid as he started to realize the true facts as they were presented to him, and he had to accept the fact that this was really going to happen to him.
           Daniel Verse 23 speaks of a watcher and a holy one coming down from heaven and saying for them to hew down the tree.
                             There are watchers among us today.
          This watcher, the Holy Angel was sent to do the work of his Father. He was to tell the king about his future. The watchers see all and tell all to God. They are all around. They protect you and they protect me. (Matthew 26:53) Jesus said “Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to My Father and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?” Had Jesus done so while on the cross the world would now be different?    
          A Roman legion was made up of seven thousand soldiers. That would have been eighty four thousand angels that would appear at Jesus’ command in a wink of an eye. These angels would come from the “third heaven” That is so far that the mind of man cannot fathom it. I’ll try to describe the distance to the third heaven from earth. The distance Gods angels would have to travel at several hundred thousand times the speed of light which is 186,000 miles per second times seven. They would have to come through the Atmosphere, the troposphere, the stratosphere, the mesosphere, the ionosphere, and exosphere, all the first heaven six hundred miles above earth. The second heaven begins there and extends so far the mind of man cannot even imagine the distance. The second heaven extends into space some fourteen hundred billion times six million miles, an estimate. Beyond that is the third heaven. The heaven of heavens, God’s thrown. It’s from this unimaginable distance that the “watcher”, brought Nebuchadnezzar his message of misfortune and doom in his dream. These angels must use a form of teleportation or travel by thought an instantaneous transfer which the same method will be used at the Rapture in a twinkling of an eye. 
           Studying a detailed secular history of Nebuchadnezzar’s reign we see how proud he was of his accomplishments. Among them he had fashioned a great and peaceful nation and because of his great administrative abilities no one in Babylon would ever have to go hungry. Now that great tree of plenty was to be destroyed and there again was this little band of brass and iron.
           When you study Nebuchadnezzar in ancient History it tells that he often took his armies into the great forests of Lebanon because he was so enthralled by the giant cedar trees there and he loved them so much that he actually cut many of them down with his own two hands. Now that giant tree in his dream would be cut to a mere stump in the ground. This means he would soon be removed from power and made to live like an animal and scratch for whatever food he could find from the ground along with the other animals. He would be consumed with total madness at the time, an insult to this proud and egotistical man. How long would he be forced to live like this? Until he admitted that the true God in heaven was the sovereign ruler over the kingdoms of the earth. For seven years. There would be no promise of escape from the wrath of God without repentance.
          Daniel gave his friend the king a chance to repent of his evil ways. Nebuchadnezzar had been extremely cruel to thousand of his subjects, especially during his massive building campaigns. (Habakkuk 2:11-13).  11: For the stone shall cry out of the wall, and the beam out of the timber shall answer it.  12: Woe unto him that buildeth a town with blood, and established a city of iniquity. 13: Behold, is it not of the lord of hosts that the people shall labor in the very fire, and thy people shall weary themselves for very vanity?  Daniel did not soften the interpretation of the king’s dream. There would be no promise of any escape from the worst fate he had to face.                                                                                    (Daniel 4:28-33)       The dream is fulfilled
(28) All this happened to king Nebuchadnezzar.
(29) Twelve months later as the king was walking on the roof of the royal palace of Babylon,
(30) He said “Is not this the great Babylon I have built as the royal residence, by my mighty power and for the glory of my majesty?”
 (31) The words were still on his lips when a voice came from heaven, “This is what is decreed for you, King Nebuchadnezzar: Your royal authority has been taken from you.
(32) You will be driven away from people and live with the wild animals; you will eat grass like cattle. Seven times will pass by you until you acknowledge the Most High is sovereign over the kingdoms of men and gives them to anyone He wishes.
(33) Immediately what had been said about Nebuchadnezzar was fulfilled. He was driven away from people and ate grass like cattle. His body was drenched with the dew of heaven until his hair grew like the feathers of an eagle and his nails like the claws of a bird. 
   
          God had been patient with Nebuchadnezzar because of his earlier trend toward believing in the God of the Hebrews because of the miracles he had been witness to, especially at the fiery furnace. But the king remained stubborn claiming to be an earthly ruler who would reign forever and he hoped his friend Daniel would be wrong and that his prophesy would not be fulfilled. At that tragic moment though Nebuchadnezzar finds himself on the verge of a mental breakdown he was mumbling about all his great deeds and exploits as a ruler as he strolled on the roof of his great palace he spoke of the great city and the six miles of grounds it encompassed.  He had done some great things and was the greatest kingdom builder in ancient times. He had built two enormous temples and seventeen religious shrines. His hanging gardens of Babylon were unequaled by anything else in the world. The Greeks later declared them to be one of the Seven Wonders of the World. He also had constructed the famous Ishtar gate with its carved bulls and four legged dragons etched in high relief.
           With the help of hand picked engineers he also had designed an amazing hydraulic system that carried water up to his hanging gardens high above the city, gardens that housed all sorts of exotic plants from many parts of the world and trees of his day.
           As he boasted of his kingly deeds the voice from heaven came as Daniel had prophesied a year earlier. The words of the watchers were “O king … the kingdom is departed from thee” Daniel 4:31. It was over; he now had to pay the piper. Surly judgment falls when men take credit and refuses to glorify God for His deeds. If man takes the credit or gives it to another he is sinning against the Holy Spirit.  Again this is the scenario of the seven year Tribulation period, a future time in history when the greatest sin to ever be committed by another king “the Antichrist” who will magnify himself above God and to be  God. Daniel Chapter 11:36. God despises and judges such arrogance. That’s why (Proverbs 16:18)declares “pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.”               
          Nebuchadnezzar’s response to the message of the “Watchers”     
              (Daniel 4:34-37)
(34) At the end of that time, I Nebuchadnezzar, Raised my eyes towards heaven, and my sanity was restored. Then I praised the Most High; I honored and glorified him who lives forever. His dominion is an eternal dominion; his kingdom endures from generation to generation.
(35) All the peoples of the earth are regarded as nothing. He does as He pleases with the powers of heaven and the people of the earth. No one can hold back his hand or say to him what have you done.
(36) At the same time that my sanity was restored, my honor and splendor was returned to me for the glory of my kingdom. My advisers and nobles sought me out, and I was restored to my throne and became even greater than before.
(37) Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and exalt the King of heaven, because everything He does is right and all His ways are just. And those who walk in pride He is able to humble. 
                                                           It took a deranged mind to bring Nebuchadnezzar to his knees and repentance and what a conversion experience he had. God had restored his reason after the seven year’s period of living like an animal, scratching out an existence from the earth. Now he was finally willing to honor the True King of heaven. He realized that all of Gods works were true and if one lives out his days in pride he would be sorely humbled in the end.
           What had brought Nebuchadnezzar to realize the truth? It wasn’t a miracle when he saw the Hebrew children in the furnace without a singed hair or even the smell of smoke and he had also seen the fourth man in the fire with them and then they walked out unscathed, which did not make a believer out of him. In Nebuchadnezzar’s case it took the sickness of a deranged mind to bring him to his senses. The truth we have seen again and again in this chapter is highlighted in Paul’s writing to the church at Rome: “But God be thanked, that ye were servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you” (Romans 6:17) The message is, that there is hope for all if you hear and accept the truth of God’s word. Don’t turn your back on Him! Accept the hand he is offering you.      
           In (1 Corinthians 6:9-10), we read “know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: Neither fornicator, idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, (Homosexuality)  nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortionist, shall inherit the kingdom of God.”    
          But thank God the apostle doesn’t stop there. In verse 11 Paul continues. “And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and by the spirit of our God.”
          The good news is always followed by better news and that is that none of us have to be what we once were. There is hope for everyone just as Nebuchadnezzar had hope of restitution. He paid a great price for his transgressions just as all of us will pay a price if we turn our back on God’s principles. Nebuchadnezzar’s conversion changed him from the inside out. This is a great, historically accurate story. But the deeper underlying message of Nebuchadnezzar’s story and his dream is that this is all a message of the shattering events yet to come: Seven years of Tribulation where unbridled humans will set themselves up as New Age gods living unholy prideful lives and worshiping evil spirits, even ignoring the laws of God and ignoring the teaching of Christ. which many are doing today even many nations have turned their backs on God USA being one.
                                              CHAPTER 5
A brief history of Babylon after Nebuchadnezzar, and its fall to the Medes and Persians;
          Nabonidus (Akkadian Nabû-nāid) was the last King of Babylon, who reigned from 556 BC to 539 BC. or seventeen years. His reign was characterized by his lack of interest in the politics and religion of his kingdom, preferring instead to study the older temples and antiquities in his relm. Nabonidus, whose relationship with the previous Chaldean Kings of Babylon is unclear. He came to the throne in 556 BC by overthrowing the youthful king, Labashi Marduk. It is possible that he substantiated his claim to the throne by his marriage to Nitocris who was the daughter of Nebuchadnezzar and the widow of Nergal-sharezer. In 549 BC he left Babylon to live at Tayma, a rich oasis city in Arabia leaving his son Belshazzar behind to rule the empire in his stead. In 539 BC, according to the Hebrew Bible while Belshazzar and the nobles of the empire were feasting and drinking from the chalices stolen from the Hebrew Temple of Jerusalem a hand wrote an unknown Aramaic text on the wall: mene, mene, tekel, upharsin “Peres”                                                                                                                                     .   ..............None of Belshazzar's soothsayers could translate the words written and then Daniel the Hebrew, known for his accurate prophecies was called to translate the text. He said unto the appointed "King of Babylon" : "This is the interpretation of each word. "Mene," "God has numbered your kingdom and brought it to an end. "Tekel," You have been weighed in the balances and are found wanting, “upharsin” "Peres," Your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians." These words indicated the arrival of the Persian King Cyrus the Great who rode out to conquer Babylon. King Nabonidus. When Nabonidus heard of this he returned to save his kingdom but he came too late. The Persians took the city and the kingdom without resistance. (They even got support from Gobryas, a local provincial governor) and King Cyrus was greeted as a liberator, for Belshazzar had alienated the citizens of Babylon.          

 The fate of Nabonidus is uncertain. King Cyrus the Great was known for sparing the lives of the kings whom he had defeated. King Croesus of Lydia lived after his defeat and he served at King Cyrus's court as an advisor. Most historians presume that Cyrus made an exception in Nabonidus’ case but some also believe that he was taken prisoner and died in captivity in 538 BC.  Belshazzar of course was killed during the invasion of Babylon by the great king Cyrus. Belshazzar was only a puppet king being appointed to act as king by Nabonidus, the true king of the stolen throne which was obtained by the murder of the young king Labshi Marduk, who was the true king of Babylon after Nebuchadnezzar. The problem started when young Belshazzar made the mistake of using the holy vessels stolen from God’s holy temple in Jerusalem by his grandfather Nebuchadnezzar.                                                                                                     To his credit we can find no place where Nebuchadnezzar ever used the vessels or committed any sacrilege with them. But Belshazzar could care less. All he wanted to do was to drink and what vessels he used made no difference to him. He was having an orgy. Belshazzar started by desecrating the holy vessels from the Jewish temple. These were holy vessels, not every day cups and saucers. These were goblets that told the story of God’s redemption through blood. But Belshazzar ordered them to be filled with all sorts of booze for himself and his pagan friends who laughed and danced the night away. Belshazzar would pay dearly for this sacrilege. During this orgy God was watching from the portals of heaven and He was defiantly not pleased with what He saw.        
                                   What God says about strong drink?
         (Proverbs 20:1 says). “Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever deceived thereby is not wise.” (Proverbs 23:29 says), “Who hath woe? Who hath sorrow? Who hath contentions? Who hath babbling? Who hath wounds without cause? Who hath redness of eyes? That they terry long at the wine; they that go seek mixed wine.” (Proverbs 23:20 says), “Be not among wine bibbers “also (Habakkuk 2:15 says), Woe unto him that giveth his neighbor drink, that puttest thy bottle to him, and makest him drunken also.”The judgment of God is upon those who drink and also on those who serve strong drink to others to get them drunk. God pity the bartenders and bar maids for the serving of liquor it will send them to hell less they repent.  (First Corinthians 6:9-10, and Galatians 5:19-21) states that no drunkard can enter the kingdom of heaven unless he repents of his sin and turns to God.
           Belshazzar was not lonely for he had a host of revelers with him. The hall for these festivities was enormous –176 feet long and 56 feet wide. Some dinners held in that room had as many as five thousand guests. Belshazzar had the hall full of revelers not knowing his time on earth was quickly drawing to a close for the Meeads and Persians were at that very moment tunneling under his city walls, having dammed the river and diverted the water from its moats so they could reach the inner walls and tunnel under them. “There was going to be a disastrous massacre in a very short time.” Booze was about to become the downfall of this foolish young ruler.                                                                                                                                                        Liquor is no less a problem in our time. Booze has destroyed more families than can be imagined, caused murders, ruined careers, and caused half of all automobile accidents, and deaths of innocent people. It has also left sane people mentally and physically incapacitated. Alcohol is a worse killer than guns; gun’s .only kill when used by evil drunk or deranged  people. The warnings about alcohol have been in the Bible for thousands of years but are still being ignored. It is as destructive as any of the narcotics for the foolish young as well as all the older people that get hooked on it.
           It looks like God must have crashed Belshazzar’s party for all of a sudden there appeared hand writing on the wall. All the revelers were astonished thinking it was some magic trick cooked up by the king to entertain them but Belshazzar knew better and was frightened. Belshazzar was so scared his knees were knocking together, and he was pale as a ghost. The orgy was now over and fear reigned throughout the great hall.                       
          When all his wise men were at a loss for words and could not read the writing he was even more frustrated and frightened. Something terrible was happening.
         Daniel 5:1-12.
(1)King Belshazzar gave a great banquet for thousands of his nobles and drank wine with them.   (2)While Belshazzar was drinking his wine he gave orders to bring in the gold and silver goblets that Nebuchadnezzar hisgrand father had taken from the temple in Jerusalem, so that the king and his nobles, his wives and his concubines might drink from them.                                                                        3 So they brought in the goblets that had been taken from the temple of God in Jerusalem, and the king and his nobles, his wives and his concubines drank from them.        
4 As they drank the wine they praised the gods of gold and silver, of bronze, iron, wood and stone.       (5) Suddenly a finger of a human hand appeared and wrote on the plaster of the wall, near the lamp stand in the royal palace. The king watched the hand as it wrote.                                                          (6)  His face turned pale and he was so frightened that his knees knocked together and his legs gave
way
7 The king called out for the enchanters, astrologers,, and diviners to be brought and said to those wise men of Babylon. Whoever reads this writing and tells me what it means will be clothed in purple and have a gold chain placed around his neck, and he will be made the third highest ruler in the kingdom.
8 Then all the kings wise men came in but they could not read the writing or tell the king what it meant.
9 So King Belshazzar became even more terrified and his face became more pale, his nobles were baffled.

10 The Queen hearing the voices of the king and his nobles came into the banquet hall. “O king live forever” she said. Don’t be alarmed! Don’t look so pale!
11 There is a man in your kingdom who has the spirit of the holy gods in him. In the time of your father he was found to have insight and intelligence and wisdom like that of the gods. King Nebuchadnezzar your father – your father the king, I say- appointed him chief of the magicians,  astrologers, enchanters and diviners.

12 This man Daniel whom the king called Belteshazzar, was found to have a keen mind and knowledge and understanding, and also the ability to interpret dreams, explain riddles and solve difficult problems. Call for Daniel and he will tell you what the writing means.
          The queen mother told Belshazzar he had better call Daniel and listen to him because his grandfather had highly respected him and made him a great man in his kingdom for he was the only one who could interpret the dreams of Nebuchadnezzar even though they were not what he had wanted to hear. During the entire time of his captivity Daniel kept the Holy Spirit on him even in this pagan land and the Queen Mother knew it. She knew he was the only hope Belshazzar had of learning the meaning of the hand writing. Therefore Belshazzar sent a messenger to bring Daniel to the hall. When Daniel arrived he was promised great things if he would translate the writing.  
(13)Daniel was brought before the king, and the king said to him, Are you Daniel, one of the exiles my father brought from Judah?                                                                                                                       ( 14) I have heard that the spirits of the gods are in you, and you have insight intelligence and outstanding wisdom.
(15) The wise men and enchanters were brought before me to read the writing and tell me what it means, but they could not explain it.
(16) Now I have heard that you can give interpretations and to solve difficult problems. If you can read this writing and tell me what it means you will be clothed in purple, and have a gold chain placed around your neck, and made the third highest ruler in the kingdom                                                                    (17) Then Daniel answered the king. “You may keep your gifts for yourself and give your rewards to someone else.” Never the less I will read the writing for the king and tell him what it means.

          Daniel knew he was God’s child and the offer of gold and grand ornate robes meant nothing whatsoever to him. He cared nothing about Belshazzar’s offer but he knew the message was from God, therefore being Gods servant he would translate the message for the king without expecting any reward. (Hebrews 13:5 says), “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” 
           If we should study any Bible concordance on adultery and fornication, or licentiousness and then look up covetousness, we would find that immorality and materialism run hand in hand. They are that close in the sight of God. God hates the sin of loving money and material things. The love of money is the root of all evil.        
(Daniel 5:18- 24)                                                                                                                                            (18) O king the Most High God gave your father Nebuchadnezzar sovereignty and greatness and glory and splendor.
(19) Because of the high position he gave him, all the peoples and nations and men of every language dreaded and feared him. Those the king wanted to put to death he put to death; those he wanted to spare, he spared; those he wanted to promote , he promoted; and those he wanted to humble he humbled.
 (20) But when his heart became arrogant and hardened with pride, he was deposed from his royal throne, and stripped of his glory.
 (21) He was driven away from people and given the mind of an animal; he lived with the wild donkeys and ate grass like cattle; and his body was drenched with the dew of heaven, until he acknowledged that the Most High God is sovereign over the kingdoms of men and sets over them anyone he wishes
 (22) But you his son, O Belshazzar, have not humbled yourself, though you knew all this.
 (23) Instead you have set yourself up against the Lord of heaven. You had the goblets from the temple brought to you, and you and your nobles, your wives and your concubines drank wine from them. You praised the gods of silver and gold, of bronze, iron, wood and stone which cannot see hear or understand. But you did not honor the God who holds in his hands your life and all your ways.

  (24) Therefore He sent the hand that wrote the inscription.                                             
          After waiting for Belshazzar to stop babbling, probably out of fear, Daniel begins to speak. Erect and courageous with Belshazzar’s guests wondering what was happening. This was supposed to be a fun evening at the palace. Daniel took advantage of his captive audience by talking about his relationship with Belshazzar’s grandfather Nebuchadnezzar and the way that king had turned to worship the mighty God of Israel. Daniel told of all the miseries Nebuchadnezzar went through and how he became as a beast of the field but finally called on the Great God of Israel for mercy and was spared any further punishment. But you having desecrated the holy vessels of God’s temple by using them in the act of sins will receive terrible punishment. You worship false gods and idols; this is an abomination in the eyes of the true God.      
           King David said in (Psalm 115:4 through 8) “Their idols are silver and gold the work of men’s hands. They have mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not: They have ears, but they hear not: noses have they, but the smell not: they have hands, but they handle not: feet have they, but they walk not: neither speak through their throat. They that make them are like unto them; so is everyone that trusteth in them.” Daniel is saying to Belshazzar you are worshiping nothing but a piece of wood covered with metal. You made it with your hands. It can’t see, hear, talk, or move, and yet you worship it. You should have learned from your grandfather Nebuchadnezzar who learned the hard way as you soon will. “Because of your unbelief you took the vessels out of God’s house and made a mockery of them, the utensils representing redemption. You will pay a dreadful price for this wicked reprehensible deed. God judges every work and his judgment of this sin will be awesome.”     
                              Daniel interprets the handwriting                                     
Daniel  25-28
(25) This is the inscription that was written:  MENE, MENE, TEKEL, and PARSINP: PERES:
(26)  This is what these words mean. MENE: MENE: God has numbered the days of your reign and brought it to an end.
(27) TEKEL: You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting.                                                 (28) PARSINP: PERES: Your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians.                                     The hall becomes silent as Belshazzar and the guests await Daniels verdict and interpretation of the words written on the wall: The words appeared as Mene, Mene, Tekel, and parsinp: Peres. The reason the word Mene was repeated two times was because the Meedes and the Persians were Two and at the very moment at his very door at present waiting to attack the city to subdue it so there was a Mene one for the Meedes and one for the Persians. They were already under the city walls having diverted the river and dried up the moats so they could walk to the walls on dry land, just as God had predicted the event on a plaster wall for all to see. (this event can be found to have happened in ancient history in the fall of Babylon)
          Daniel then turned to the word Tekel- meaning “you are weighed in the balances and found wanting” Belshazzar had insulted God for he was lacking in fear of God, and no morals or integrity. God in his irony had changed the word Peres just two valves away from Persia for the Persians were now only a spear’s throw away. While this foolish young ruler and his guests had been drinking themselves into oblivion, some of them from the golden vessels from the Hebrew temple; The Persians were almost in the hall poised to murder this brash young fool and all of his drunken guests. Even secular history describes how this happened.                                                                                                                     
           Daniel 5:29-31
(29) Then at Belshazzar’s command Daniel was clothed in purple, a gold chain was placed around his neck, and he was proclaimed the third highest ruler of the kingdom.
(30)  That very night Belshazzar, king of the Babylonians was slain.
(31) And Darius the Meede took over the kingdom, at the age of sixty two.
         
          This was a Babylonian 9/11. A sneak attack; Great destruction was about to befall the Babylonian leaders. Their mighty walls will be useless due to their drunken king, (A brief description of the walls follows.}                                                  
NEBUCHADNEZZAR’S DESIGN OF THE PROTECTIVE WALLS OF BABYLON WAS AN GREAT ENGINEERING FEET  
          This design of Babylon was more of necessity and ingenuity than anything else. Babylon was a difficult city to defend due to the passage of the Euphrates River through the middle of the city. The older part of the city lay on the east bank of the Euphrates and the new city lay on its right. Nebuchadnezzar attempted to correct this by building immense forts at the north end of the city from where all the great invasions had come and by diverting the Euphrates through a canal into a moat which wrapped around the city's outer walls.  The inner wall of Babylon, the Imgur-Bêl, and the outer wall, the Nimitti-Bêl, were to be made so strong that no force could impregnate the city. The compass of the walls was so vast that no single power would have the manpower to encircle the city and bring it to famine and due to the number of walls and environmental conditions that lay beyond the walls of the city it would have been senseless to make a direct attack against the mighty walls, especially when they were well manned by troops.            excavations have revealed no less than five walls, three composing the outer walls and two composing the inner walls. The walls were comprised of sun-dried and baked bricks and were of varying degrees of thickness. At regular intervals the inner wall also had towers which may have been similar to those along the outer wall. The walls also allowed for a protected roadway called Imgur-Enlil atop the outer wall, and Nimitti-Enlil, were the designations for the inner and outer walls, respectively. A path served to separate the outer wall and the moat so that "as Nebuchadnezzar himself says ".no pillaging robber might enter into this water sewer with iron bars closed to the entrance to the river in gratings of iron. I set it and fastened it with hinges." Nebuchadnezzar, as a servant of Marduk believed that "eternal fame rested on his shoulders to create a rampart that would protect both his citizens  the only reason this great city fell to Persia was because of an alcoholic, drunken king Belshazzar, who failed to have guards stationed at their posts and the Persians had no resistance when they invaded the city. They had adequate time to penetrate the defenses of the mighty walls. They dried up the moats and passed through the gratings so as to walk across to the walls and tunnel under them. With no guards on duty this was an easy task. There was no one to sound an alarm with the drunken orgy going on inside the city. The city was easy prey. The Persians caught the military scattered an ill prepared to defend the city due to their drunkenness.  Only moments after the hand writing had been interpreted the enemy moved into the hall. Belshazzar and all his princes and other leaders along with all his guests in the great hall were slain. This was a great military success for the Persians who then turned the empire over to the Meedes with Darius as king, the great city Babylon had fallen without damage to the infrastructure, only death to hundreds of evil leaders. Before the attack Daniel was rewarded with his promised clothes of scarlet and gold jewelry but Belshazzar had little time to enjoy the presentation. God’s judgment on the wickedness of the young ruler was swift and complete; Darius the Meede took the kingdom at sixty two years of age. It was an end of an era just as Daniel had predicted to Belshazzar’s grandfather Nebuchadnezzar years before but Nebuchadnezzar after his seven years of punishment had the intelligence to turn to The Mighty God of heaven He was even returned to his throne a much wiser king. All the time that he possessed the utensils taken from the Jewish temple in Jerusalem he never once desecrated any of them, and he kept them in a safe place. This story is only half told for there were those who were plotting to have Daniel killed because he prayed to his God and not to Darius the king of the Meedes who did not want to be deified but Daniel had no fear and he still prayed to God in plain view of his open window without fear.                                                                         CHAPTER 6   Daniel
( 1) It pleased Darius to appoint 120 satraps to rule throughout the kingdom
( 2) With three administrators over them, one of whom was Daniel. The satraps were made accountable to the administrators so the king might not suffer loss                                                                                   ( 3 ) Now Daniel so distinguished himself among the administrators and the satraps by his exceptional qualities that the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom.

         The book of Daniel provides information on numerous end time events that are only now in our generation being unsealed. This could not have happened had not Israel become a nation and then took back Jerusalem as their capital city. This was when the book of Daniel and the book of Revelation began to unfold and be unsealed. This will be explained farther in chapters 7 through 12. These two books, Daniel and Revelation, talk a lot about the same events. They complement each other only separated by many years.
           Daniel had served six different administrations as a wise and competent counselor. He was a member of that group of captives brought from Jerusalem to Babylon by Nebuchadnezzar’s army after they had captured and sacked the city and its holy temples. Daniel had survived all this because he had God on his side to    give him strength. Now in this chapter we will see that strength tested once again. To serve six political administrations is a tremendous feat. You have to respect Billy Graham and the respect he has earned while serving six United States presidents, and giving them counsel.
          The Meedes and Persians on that fearful night killed three thousand political prisoners including all of Babylon’s princes and presidents. But remember that at the last moment Belshazzar made Daniel third in command of the empire. Imagine if you were the leaders of the Meedes and Persians and that you would conquer a nation and kill thousands while raping and pillaging. Yet there is one remaining. Daniel who is the number three leader in the kingdom and seemingly can’t be eliminated; this is without doubt the work of the mighty God they had been hearing about. God still had a plan for Daniel’s life and now even the new kings Darius and Cyrus found themselves appreciating Daniel and his leadership abilities and knowledge, so much so that they make him a president in their kingdom. Daniel was one of the three appointed heads of state at the age of eighty five.                 
             (Daniel 6:4-9) Jealousy Becomes Treachery
(4)At this the administrators and satraps tried to find grounds for charges against Daniel in his conduct of government affairs, but they were unable to do so. They could find no corruption in him, because he was trustworthy, and neither corrupt or negligent.
(5)  Finally these men said, “We will never find any basis for charges against this man Daniel unless it has something to do with the law of his God.”
(6) So the administrators and the satraps went as a group to the king. And said, “O king Darius live forever;”
 (7) The royal administrators, prefects, satraps, advisers and governors have all agreed that the king should issue an edict and enforce the decree that anyone who prays to any god or man during the next thirty days, except to you O king shall be thrown into the lions den.
(8) Now O king issue the decree and put it in writing so that it cannot be altered. In according to the laws of the Medes and the Persians which cannot be repealed;                                                                       (9) so king Darius put the decree in writing.

`        In these verses we see that the other leaders in the kingdom show their Anti Semetism. They are trying to concoct a way to cause Daniel to be killed
They cannot stand the thought of working with a Jew in such a high position; even overlord over most of them this was entirely intolerable.
          These administrators searched every record trying to find something that Daniel had done that was dishonest or was a neglect of duty but to their disappointment they could find nothing on which to bring charges against him or to discredit him in any way. The only thing that they could find wrong with Daniel was that he served a Hebrew God. They decided to try to     
entrap him by finding him praying to the Hebrew God. There were 120 princes and three presidents so the odds were 122 to 1. It would be hard for any politician to survive those odds. “This act is caused by a sin called Jealousy.” You might say, well I don’t go out and get drunk;  I don’t commit adultery, I don’t steal I don’t kill my fellow man, I don’t commit fornication. But if your heart is filled with envy and Jealousy, and covertness that sin will remove you from Gods presence for ever unless you repent. 
(Galatians 5:19-21)                                                                                                                                  (19) Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness.
(20) Idolatry, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies.
(21) Envying’s, murders, drunkenness, reveling’s, and such like: of which I tell you before, as I have also told you in the time past, that they that do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

          Daniel had high goals and his message to us is that if we are truly to know God we too must have a goal and objectives that reflect our love for our Savior Jesus Christ. Finally, Daniel’s enemies got what they wanted. They had a law passed by the majority that anyone found praying to any other god other than the king would be thrown into a den filled with hungry lions. This would surely be an easy way to rid them of this Jew Daniel. Daniel was known to be a praying man so all they had to do was catch him in prayer with witnesses to prove their accusations and they would have him and be rid of him for good. Now they must get a decree from the king making this a law. The king was reluctant to sign such a decree but with most of his administrative staff backing the bill, he signed the document under political pressure from his cabinet.        
                Daniel 6:10-15                                                                                                                                                  Daniel is caught praying.
  10     Now when Daniel learned the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the window opened towards Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God just as he had done before  Then these men went as a group and found Daniel praying and asking God for help.
 11  So they went to the king and spoke to him about his royal decree: did you not publish a decree that during the next thirty days anyone that prays to any god or man except to you, O king, should be thrown into the lions den.                                                                                                                                           12 The king answered the decree stands according to the laws of the Meedes and the Persians, which cannot be repealed. 
 13 Then they said to the king Daniel, who is one of the exiles from Judah pays, no attention to you O king, or to the decree you put I to writing. He still prays three times a day.
14 When the king heard this he was greatly distressed; he was determined to rescue Daniel, and made every effort until sundown to rescue him.

15 Then the men went as a group to the king and said to him “remember, O king, according to the law of the Meedes and the Persians, no edict the king issues cannot be changed. 
          The king Darius had signed a foolish decree under duress. Now his friend Daniel had been seen praying to his Jehovah God, the God of the Hebrews. Darius tried every way he could think of to negate this law but to no avail. Daniel knew the decree had been signed but as the custom of the Jews was to pray three times a day and that is exactly what he did. Daniel did not try to hide and pray in secret and he was not ashamed to be seen praying to God. He did so before an open window for he wanted everyone to know what he was doing and to whom he gave allegiance as he bowed towards Jerusalem. Not toward the headquarters of the Meedes and Persians.
          (Matthew 10:32-33) Jesus speaks.                                                                                                          (32) Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess before my Father which is in heaven.                                                                                                                                                         (33)But  whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.                
(Mark 8:38) (38) Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son on man be ashamed, when he Commeth in the glory of His Father with the holy angels. If we are ashamed of Jesus he will be ashamed of us before the Father. We should freely admit our loyalty to Him. Daniel showed himself to be faithful, loyal and proud to be a servant of God and he was not ashamed to be seen praying to Him. 
          Darius the king knew that he had been tricked by his staff so they could get rid of Daniel. The problem was that the man they wanted to be rid of was also Darius’s man, one that he trusted and liked. Darius thought the world of Daniel and it didn’t matter if he was old and a Jew in exile or that he even continued to worship his God. Darius had put himself in a position to be worshiped, something he did not want but he had bowed to political pressure. Now because of his failure to oppose pressure he was going to loose a good and trusted friend. Darius wished he could undo this hideous decree but it was a law that could not be altered. The king had Daniel brought to the lions den and placed inside. The den was then sealed so as to satisfy the satraps and their fellow conspirators.        
          (Daniel 6:16-18)
(16) The king gave the order and they brought Daniel and threw him in the lions den. The king said to Daniel, “May your God whom you serve continually rescue you.”
( 17) A stone was brought and placed over the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet ring so Daniel’s situation could not be changed.                                                                                ( 18 ) Then the king returned to his palace and spent the night without eating and without any entertainment being brought to him. And he could not sleep. 
  
 Darius showed Daniel quite a vote of confidence when in verse 16 he said that his God would prevail; Darius was rooting for Daniel and praying his God would bring him through this terrible ordeal. This administration did not use the fiery furnace as did the Babylonians but the furnace still existed. Why did Darius use a lions den instead? The reason is this, The Meedes and Persians followed a religion called Zoroastrianism and they worshiped the fire god Atar. For them to use fire to execute their enemies would be a form of sacrilege and would be against their teachings. Their alternative was a den of hungry lions. This den was a place carved out of the earth about the size of a large house. The den had a partition with doors that could be opened from above and the entrance was a door at the top where workmen could manipulate the partition door to clean the den and feed the lions. Daniel was lowered into this partition, and then the partition door was opened so the lions could reach him. The den was sealed by the king with his own signet and the other officials who wanted to be sure Daniel was really put in the den watched closely. Some claim the partition door was never opened, they had to try and find some excuse as to why Daniel survived this ordeal.
           Darius returned to his palace not wanting to see what was about to occur to his friend Daniel. Darius no doubt spent an extremely restless night without entertainment expecting the worst. Darius fasted and prayed in his own way that the Hebrew God would put a cloak of protection around Daniel.
                   Daniel 6:19-23                                                                                                                           19-And at first light of dawn the king got up and hurried to the lion’s den.            
20-When he came near the den, he called to Daniel in an anguished voice, “Daniel servant of the living God has your God whom you serve continually, been able to rescue you from the lions?
21-Daniel answered, O king live forever!
22-My God sent his angel and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me because I was found innocent in his sight. Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, O king.    
23-The king was overjoyed and gave orders to lift Daniel out of the den. And when Daniel was lifted from the den, no wound was found on him, because he had trusted in his God,

          We have all probably had times of distress when we have a loved one ill or in trouble and may have worried all night not knowing what the next day would bring. We may have rushed to the hospital to find out how our loved one had fared. That was the way Darius probably felt when he awoke and without food or bath rushed to the lions den to see about his friend Daniel, fearing the worst but hoping beyond hope that the God of the Hebrews had spared his friend. When he called for Daniel it seemed like an eternity before he heard a reply from his friend. Then the king heard what he wanted to hear. Daniels reply. He was alright. The Mighty God had sealed the mouths of the lions and they could do him no harm. This must undoubtedly be a mighty God.                                                                                                                              (Daniel 6:24) 
(24) At the king’s command, the men who had falsely accessed Daniel were brought in and thrown into the lions den, along with their wives and children. And before they reached the floor of the den, the lions overpowered them and crushed all their bones.  
           Darius after his jubilation over his friend’s safe experience with the lions became quite angry at those that had tricked him into signing a decree he could not reverse. It was now time for them to pay the piper and the pay was going to be a terrible price. Darius knew that the princes and presidents had done this deed out of jealousy and hatred for Daniel because he was a Jew. They had used the king and even made a fool of him; this is something that is not wise to do to a king. It can backfire on you with terrible consequences and it did just that to the appointed rulers of Babylon.         
           Darius gave orders to the guard that all 120 princes and two presidents were to be rounded up with all their families including their children and brought to the lions den. The law of the Meedes and Persians stated that whatever punishment was meted out to a leader the same punishment must also be applied to his whole family. By killing the leader’s families he eliminated the danger of reprisals and attempted assassination on himself. There could have been as many as seven hundred people dropped into the lions den that day. The lions even caught some of them in mid air before they hit the floor because the partition doors had all been opened and there was no safe place inside the den to hide. This blows the theory that some biblically unlearned people have that the lions were old and did not have any teeth for they tore all of the people that was thrown in to them to ribbons and had a feast. The lions would sleep well for a long time with such full stomachs, and many scraps left over for later.
          Daniel prospered much during the reign of Darius and Cyrus the two kings. It is our duty to obey God and give respect and honor to those who preach the word of God. Some of today’s lions are waiting to destroy those servants of God and defile the word of God. They also teach false doctrine infiltrating the churches with their heresies. 
           (Daniel 6:25-28)
(25)Then King Darius wrote to all the peoples, nations and men of every language throughout the land: “may you prosper greatly!
(26) I have a decree that in every part of my kingdom people must fear and reverence the God of Daniel. For he is the Living God and he endureth forever; his kingdom will not be destroyed, His dominion will never end.
(27)He rescues and he saves; he performs signs and wonders!
(28) So Daniel prospered during the reign of Darius and the reign of Cyrus the Persian. 
 
           Have you ever felt lost where all of your best laid plans completely fail and your manipulation of people and events have not really given you what you really wanted and needed from your life. I am sure everyone at one time or another has felt that way. That’s why we must remember that the Holy Spirit is the only way and the only one that can do the job and bring satisfaction and peace into our lives. Jesus said in John 6:44 “no man can come to me, except by the Father who sent me draws him, and I will rise up at the last day.”  This is the message of this chapter. This is more than a story about Daniel in a den of lions. It’s a story describing God’s great power, great love and compassionate mercy; He will always have the last word in all situations. Earthly kingdoms will come and earthly leaders will go but God’s kingdom is eternal. Now we will begin to analyze in chapters 7 through 12 the prophetic portion of the book of Daniel.                                                                                                                                    (Daniel, 7:1-14)               CHAPTER 7                                                                                                                      This passage is very important it gives a view of the past, and the future; Please read the entire passage from the Bible again also.  Most events have already happened as predicted.
          This is a quick summery of what has happened so far. In the third year of the reign of Jehoakim, the king of Jerusalem in the year 605BC Nebuchadnezzar was king of Babylon at the time and he raided Jerusalem and took Daniel and others captive. And in 597BC he also took Ezekiel. And in 586 BC the Babylonians destroyed the temple defeating the Hebrews and scattering them throughout the earth, this was Gods punishment for their disobedience.  2553 years of wandering, but in 1948 Israel was reborn and in 1967 made Jerusalem her Capital again their wandering was over.                                                      During Nebuchadnezzar’s reign Daniel was asked to interpret the king’s dream of the giant statue of gold silver bronze and iron. Gold for Nebuchadnezzar, silver for the, Meedes and Persians, bronze the Greek empire, and iron and Rome, also clay representing the future empires, including the revised Roman Empire. Daniel did this to save all the wise men of Babylon because they could not interpret or even tell the king what the dream was. Daniel also interpreted Nebuchadnezzar’s dream of the tall tree. This interpretation was not exactly what the king wanted to hear because it meant he would become mentally deranged and would be sentenced by God to live with, and like the beasts of the field and eat grass for 7 years. Nebuchadnezzar’s time of sickness can be found in history books. Most of Daniel’s 69 weeks can be found in ancient history  these events and dream’s preceded those in chapter seven. This dream represented the rise and fall of the first 4 major empires of the world, Babylon 1, Meedo 2, Persia 3, Greece 4 Rome, and the rise of ten toes of clay representing the fifth empire, the revised Roman Empire almost sure to be the European union which is now forming. Nabonidus Belshazzar, the son of the real king Nabonidus and the grandson of Nebuchadnezzar was appointed acting king by his father Nabonidus the real king. Nabonidus made this appointment so he could travel and conquer more territory.   The destruction of Belshazzar was predicted by the handwriting on the wall, probably in the year 553 BC. Belshazzar was overthrown and killed by the Meedes and Persians during one of his wild orgies as well as all of his princes and presidents. When his father Nabonidus heard of this he rushed back to Babylon to try and save the kingdom but he was too late and was also captured.
          The armies of the Persians had breached the walls of the city of Babylon and were upon Belshazzar before he knew what was happening due to his drunkenness. Daniel was spared and later became a leader under Darius the king of the Meedes. Daniel went through some trying times due to the anti Semitism among the Meedes but he came out the winner in the end whereas those who had accused him, them and their entire families made a meal for the hungry lions which were kept in a den for the express purpose of executing those found guilty of crimes by and against the king and this king found many reasons to execute his appointed leaders who had betrayed him. King Darius did not use fire for execution because he worshiped the fire god Atar and   this would have been an insult to his god to use fire as a means of execution. Therefore the fiery furnace was no longer used and lay idol.         
          121 princes and 2 presidents plus all their families including children made somewhere near 700 people fed to the lions that day. That means that the lions had at least one entire human for its meal, with extras to chew on later. This also is a historical fact not just Bibical The book of Daniel is true and his prophecies are factual and most have already been fulfilled
          (Daniel 7:1-14)
1-In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon, Daniel had a dream, and visions passed through his mind as he was lying on his bed. He wrote down the substance of these dreams. 
2-Daniel said: in my vision at night I looked, and before me the four winds of heaven were churning up the great sea.
3-Four great beasts, each different from the others, came up out of the sea.
4-The first was like a lion, and it had the wings of an eagle, I watched until its wings were torn off and it was lifted from the ground so that it stood on two feet like a man, and the heart of a man was given unto it. 
(5) and there before me was a second beast, which looked like a bear. It was raised up on one of its sides and it had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth. It was told get up and eat your fill of flesh!
6-After that, I looked and there before me was another beast, one that looked like a leopard. And on its back it had four wings like those of a bird. The beast had four heads, and it was given authority to rule.
(7) and  that in my vision at night I looked, and there before me was a fourth beast-terrifying and frightening and very powerful. It had large iron teeth; it crushed and devoured its victims and trampled under foot whatever was left. It was different from all the former beasts and it had ten horns.
8-While I was thinking about the horns, there before me was another horn a little one which came up among them; and three of the first horns were uprooted before it. This horn had eyes like the eyes of a man and a mouth that spoke bo
astfully.
9-As I looked, Thrones were set in place and the Ancient of Days took his seat; His clothing was as white as snow; the hair of his head was white like wool. His throne was  aflame with fire, and its wheels were all ablaze.
(10)A river of fire was flowing, coming out before him. Thousands upon   thousands attended him; ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him. The court was seated, and the books were opened.
 (11)Then I continued to watch because of the boastful words the horn was speaking. I kept looking until the beast was slain, and its body thrown into the blazing fire.
 (12)The other beasts had been stripped of their authority,
but were allowed to live far a period of time.
  (13)In my vision at night I looked, and before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence.
  (14 He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all peoples, nations and men of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.             
          Daniel had dreams and visions given to him from God. Let us now leave the historical portion of this book chapters1 through 6 and move on to the prophetic portion of the book starting in chapter 7 regarding these visions and dreams. Daniels end time dream in this chapter predicts things which are to come to pass. Mysteries which we are now able to understand. In some ways chapter two and seven are somewhat alike, they portray events in history to their conclusion. Nebuchadnezzar’s dream of the great statue of gold, silver, brass, iron, and iron mixed with clay came true and the latter part is coming true today with the feet and toes of iron mixed with clay, (Revised Roman Empire). (Nebuchadnezzar was the head of gold) The Babylonian empire was destroyed by the Meedes and Persians represented by silver. The Meedo Persian Empire was destroyed by Alexander the Great, the leader of the Greek empire represented by the brass or bronze. This empire split into five parts ruled by Alexander’s ex generals and was finally destroyed. The legs of iron represented the Mighty Roman Empire with its two divisions ruled from two cities, Rome being the main city with Constantinople being the other city.                                                 The Roman Empire became so corrupt that it finally fell and was gobbled up by smaller kingdoms and wild tribes on its borders. The feet and toes of iron and clay represent the revised Roman Empire which is undoubtedly the European Union which now has its ten toes and some to spare. It will eventually consume the whole world under the Antichrist. Daniel was told by God to shut up and seal the book until the time of the end. At the end time the Holy Spirit would enlighten men to interpret the book but this would have to be after the Jews took back their Holy City Jerusalem, which they did in 1967 and moved their capital there in 1980 and have been in control of it ever since. So let’s unravel the mysteries that have been alien to so many for so long.
          The Jewish people controlled Jerusalem until 586 B.C. then Nebuchadnezzar and his armies captured the Holy City and took some of its inhabitants back to Babylon as captives. It is important to know that this single event began what is known “as the times of the Gentiles.” For the Hebrew race as a nation was scattered and never revived as a nation until 1948 the blooming of the Fig tree. An important phrase was spoken by Jesus in (Luke 21:24) when he said, “And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captives into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down by the Gentiles, until the time of the Gentiles be fulfilled.”  Jesus was saying that Jerusalem would remain under Gentile control which started when the city was captured by the Babylonians in 586 B.C. Then 2553 years later it would again be taken by the Israelites which they did on June10, 1967. It is now their capital city. It now belongs to Israel again. (And will for a short time) This undoubtedly means the time of the end is extremely near and the book of Daniel has been unlocked. Even though we are still in the “times of the Gentiles” the end time is near. During the Tribulation period the Gentile armies will again conquer Jerusalem and the Antichrist will set up his seat of government there and will also have his evil image there for a short time.                                                                                                                                We read In   (Zechariah 14:2-4)God states                                                                                          1-For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city                                                                                                        (2)Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when He fought in the day of battle.   3-And his feet shall stand that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east    (4)- and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof and the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south .toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a great valley; and half of the mountain will be moved towards the north and half of it towards the south
          This all began with Nebuchadnezzar in 586 B.C. and will end when Jesus returns to take Jerusalem back from the Gentiles whom have taken it again the second time. This is why that time is extremely close. The Gentiles could not take the city from the Jews until the Jews controlled the city which they now do and have done since 1967. Jerusalem had been dominated by Gentiles for 2,553 years. According to Jesus, the generation who lives to see this event will be alive to see the battle Armageddon to recapture Jerusalem by the Gentiles and also to see the return of Jesus to destroy all these armies. If they should miss the rapture of the church that is; this event seems to be drawing extremely near. With all the unrest and fighting in the Middle East, even now different Moslem sects are fighting each other even using suicide bombers against everyone including their own people. This is definitely setting up the opportunity for the Antichrist to come on the scene and work his peace plan. Israel is in a form of constant war against terrorists they see no true peace with any real peace in sight and they have to live in constant fear. Many Arabic nations are in rebellion against their leaders in 2012 such as Egypt, Syria, Libya and several others. ISIS a new terrorist group is spreading across the world like wildfire.                
                                 Description of the four beasts
          Daniels dream about four winds and four beasts are the same powers we read about in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream in chapter two: Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome. Along with the ten toes of iron and clay representing the revised Roman Empire, a regrouping of nations which I believe to be the European Union, it now has twenty three nations, supplementing the original ten toes and is expanding far beyond that. It has adopted a new monetary system common to all of its countries called the Euro. Its ambition is to engulf the entire world under a one world government. A Muslim nation Turkey is now applying for membership The Antichrist will come from this confederation. He will be the little horn. The fourth beast has ten horns similar to the ten toes of iron and clay on Nebuchadnezzar’s beast in his dream, symbolic of the restored Roman Empire. The four winds blowing on the sea usually indicate troubled waters. All the nations near the Sea of Galilee, the Dead Sea, and the Mediterranean and the Persian Gulf have experienced nothing but troublesome times throughout history and continue to do so today  when the Antichrist comes on the scene then the world will know what real trouble is. It will look good at first. He will negotiate a peace plan that will seem to be the answer to prayer but his peace will not last. After three and one half years it will be broken by war on those who are at peace. It will not be like the nuisances to Israel that these nations have been in the past. It will be much worse and Israel will be the target  (Isaiah 57.20) says, “But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt.”       
          Let’s take a look at the four beasts and see if we can see what they represent. Beast number one, a lion with the wings of an eagle is the same power that was described in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream of the “head of gold.” the Babylonian Empire. Its wings mean it has the swiftness to conquer many nations with its mighty armies. But as its wings are plucked the kingdom starts to lose its power and deteriorate. Since verse 4 refers to this beast “being given a man’s heart,” remember how Nebuchadnezzar lived out his last days after his conversion experience and acceptance of the Hebrew God. He was compassionate and caring for his subjects. He had finally become a man of peace and a lover of the Mighty God of Israel.
          Beast number two is a bear which rises itself up on one side holding three ribs in its teeth. These ribs represent Lydia which was conquered in (546) B.C. by Babylon and Babylon which was conquered in (539) B.C. by the Meedes and Persians. And Egypt also conquered by the Meeads and Persians in (525) B.C., this follows the image in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream. This is a symbol of the Meedes and the Persians, with two kings Darius king of the Meeads, and Cyrus king of the Persians. The Persians had much greater strength because of their mighty armies, and, as a result the bear raised itself up on one side, “indicating Persian military superiority, all this is found to be true from secular  historical records, for they did conquer Lydia, Babylon, and Egypt.
          Beast number three is undoubtedly Greece, a leopard with four wings and four heads. The wings represent the speed with which Alexander the Great and his enormous armies, (334-330) which were thought at that time to be the swiftest in the known world.. Alexander conquered one and one half million square miles of the earth, reaching more than eleven thousand miles from Greece all the way to India. It is said that after all his conquests he was said to have wept because there was nothing left to conquer.        
          A prophet named Estrus in 90 A.D. said there was little doubt that the fourth beast was undoubtedly Roam, a terrible beast with the power to destroy anything in its path and kill everyone that challenged it. Its armies were invincible; one legion (a legion being seven thousand men) could destroy five times its number in a matter of hours. They used military tactics no other nation had ever heard of. They would form squares using 3.5 thousand soldiers in each and forming two squares maybe one to two hundred feet apart and God pity any force that got between them. The men on the outside of the square would line up breast to breast with their shields which were approximately five feet long and twenty eight inches wide. This formation made a fort in which the soldiers holding the shields could use to reach between with their short stabbing swords to kill anyone that tried to penetrate the formation. Other soldiers inside held their shields over their heads creating a form of roof that no arrow could get through. The soldiers on the inside continually swapped places with the men forming the squares thereby letting them rest from the battle which tired them due to the heavy armor they wore and their iron swords and spears. Some wonder and ask how these things can be. How can I be so sure my interpretation of Daniel is factual? First, all the nations mentioned by name are in Daniel (1:1) (8:20) (8:21) and in Romans 1:7. These empires cover a period of 676 years. Several of the world’s greatest scholars and religious leaders say there is no doubt there will raise a great confederacy from the old Roman  Empire.                                 A bit of Roman history, Rome at one time due to poor leadership lost one half of a legion in England when they were trying to evacuate the territory. Because of poor leadership ½ legion was marching to meet the rest of the legion to form and leave England and was somewhat strung out in a way they could not form a battle formation. A band of Highlanders, Celts and other tribes ambushed them killing them all but two scouts. These two got word to the other half of the legion and that half prepared to meet the onslaught they knew was coming. There was estimated to be over twenty five thousand tribesmen with blood in their eyes after tasting the blood of the unlucky Romans. The other half of the legion picked a place where the enemy could not easily get behind them or come against them on the sides letting them put more force on the front.  The tribesmen were led by a Queen and when they found the Romans she gave orders to attack in force thinking they could overpower this smaller force. Several thousand were killed within minutes of the first charge by Javelins being thrown by the Romans over the shields. The battle was fierce and short but when it was over fifteen thousand tribesmen lay dead. Only seven hundred Romans were killed or wounded. The tribesmen continued the attack until only a few hundred remained alive. The Queen was taken prisoner and killed by the Roman leader. This caused him to be severely punished when they finally were able to return to Rome. The Romans were pulling out of England anyway because they had been recalled to help fight the border tribes raiding their territory. As soon as ships could reach them the Romans left England. They did not return.                                                Greece was no match for Rome after the death of Alexander and was defeated by them totally. There was no animal on earth to represent Rome. Its iron teeth are similar to the toes of the image composed of iron mixed with clay as in Daniel chapter two. Its ten horns representing its spear of mighty authority describe the revised Roman Empire which was formed when Greece in 1981 became the tenth nation to join the European Union. The little horn depicts the Antichrist which will come from the new Union speaking great things and blasphemies.
          It has only been in the last century that God has been unsealing the mysteries of the book of Daniel’s dream. The first three beasts are easy to understand because of their solid basis in history. The ten toes (Daniel 2:41-42) and the ten horns (Daniel 7:7, 20, 24) and Revelation (12:3; 13:1; 17:3, 7, 12, 16) must be addressed. Let’s look back to 1947 when Benelux came into power: Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg – the first three horns on the mighty fourth beast and the first three nations which now comprise the European Union. In1957 France, Italy, and Germany joined the confederation making six nations with the treaty of Rome ratifying the amalgamation. Then in 1973 Briton, Ireland and Denmark joined making nine nations. Then on January 1, 1981, Greece joined the confederation making it the tenth nation. Some thought that the ten horns of Daniel had been fulfilled but in (Daniel 7:8, 20, and 24) we see the confederation will grow to thirteen.                                                             This has already happened. Number eleven was Spain and number twelve was Portugal joining in 1986. Then Austria joined the EU in 1996 making the thirteen nations but this is only the beginning. The beast will eventually grow into a world empire; Turkey has now applied for membership it is the first Muslim nation to apply. Which will make 14, but now as of 2012 there is 27 nations in the confederacy and more coming. The New World Order; is something we are now beginning to see. The United nations are trying to make laws for countries to follow. The thirteen E.U. nations continued to grow and now have great power in the UN, and don’t forget the Little Horn that is to come from this confederation. This will be the Antichrist. Daniel7:23 says he will devour or (engulf) the entire world. Prophecies are being fulfilled every day. Keep your eye on the daily news Especially news regarding the Middle East.                                    Israel has been in a full scale war with terrorists in Lebanon. The UN has sent in peace keepers. Iran is trying to build an atomic bomb so they can destroy Israel. (Put your faith in Jesus for He is going to be badly needed in a very short time). The Little Horn of Daniel 7:8 was not meant for an earlier time in history but for the end time of Daniel 12:4. Because this Little Horn will rise in the last days he will rise out of the Ten Nation Confederacy: Since the European Union is now in place there is no question that the Antichrist or Little Horn will arise very soon and with what we see happening in the world today it doesn’t look like it is going to be very long until he does. The EU is forming their own army for their own protection, so they say. Daniel 7:11 says the beast speaks and his words are great. This will take place during the Tribulation hour when the Antichrist arises and comes to power. (Revelation 13: 5 and  6) “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 he opened his mouth to blaspheme against God, to blaspheme His name, and His tabernacle, also them that dwell in heaven.”    Eventually Antichrist calls himself god but at a great cost to the “beast.” Because Jesus Christ will destroy him with  his brightness                               (2 Thessalonians2:8)   And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of His mouth and destroy by the splendor of His coming.
(Revelation 19-20).
But the Beast was captured along with the False Profit who had performed the miraculous signs on his behalf. With these signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped his image. The two of them were thrown alive into the lake of fire and brimstone. 

          When Satan is cast into the lake of fire one thousand years later the beast and false prophet are still burning in Hell proving that the fires of hell does not annihilate anyone as so                       (Revelation 20:10).              
And Satan the devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire where the Beast and the false profit had been thrown, and they will be tormented day and night  fore ever  what about the other beasts in Daniel’s dream? When will they lose their power? The Meedes and Persians destroyed Babylon; Greece destroyed the Meedes and the Persians and finally Rome destroyed Greece. Their kingdoms and power was taken away but they still exist because their customs and cultures were passed on to the nations that were conquered by them. Remember the Old Persian Empire is today’s Iran and Iraq and they are still creating havoc around this area of the world with war and terrorism.
          In his dream Daniel also had a vision of one like the Son of Man coming in the clouds of heaven. This is definitely Jesus Christ. This dream can happen at any time. The term Son of Man is the term Jesus used to describe Himself.  Matthew 8:20 says, “And Jesus saith unto him, the foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man hath not where to lay his head.”                                              Matthew 24:30 tells us, “And then shall appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven:  and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of Man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.”
          Now God presents the kingdom to His Son Jesus Christ. This is the moment when the stone cut out of the mountian without hands smashes the feet of the image in Daniel 2:45. This announces the return of Christ He is the stone.   Read  (1 Corinthians 10:4). Then comes the terrible battle we read about in Revelation 19:11 when Jesus Christ comes on a white horse. And the armies of heaven follow Him. Revelation 19:14 verse 19 says, “and I saw the beast, (the Antichrist the little horn), and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to make war against Him, (Jesus) which sat on the white horse and against His army.” But they do not prevail.                                                                           
          At this time the beast and the false profit was captured and thrown into the lake of fire.
          This is the time that Daniel’s prophesy of the stone cut from the mountain smashing the feet of the image is fulfilled. When Jesus the Lord of lords appears all the armies of the world try to stop Him. (Revelation19:19-21) and (psalm2:1-6). Picture this final battle- Why do the heathen rage?And the people imagine a vain thing?The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers, take counsel together, against the LORD, and against His anointed, saying, let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sittith in the heavens shall laugh: the LORD shall have them in derision. Then shall he speak to them in his wrath, and vex them in His sore displeasure. Yet have I set My King upon the holy hill of Zion.      
          This will be the grand climax, the moment in history when Gentile domination ends torever and Jesus Christ will be seated on the throne of David (Luke 1:32-33 says)“He shall be great and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of his father David: and He shall Reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of His kingdom there shall be no end.” After His thousand year reign Christ will be recommissioned and then He will reign forever on earth in a New Jerusalem. (1 Corinthians 15:24-28) (Ephesians 3:21) adds “Unto Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.
(Daniel 7:15 through 28)
(15) I Daniel was troubled in my spirit and the visions that passed through my mind troubled me.
(16) I approached one of those standing there and asked him the true meaning of all this. So he told me and gave the interpretation of these things.
(17) The four great beasts are four kingdoms that will rise from the earth.
(18) But the saints of the Most High will receive the kingdom and will possess it forever – yes forever and ever.
(19) Then I wanted to know the true meaning of the fourth beast, which was different from all the others and most terrifying, with its iron teeth and iron claws-the beast that crushed and devoured its victims, and trampled under foot whatever was left.
(20) I also wanted to know about the ten horns on its head and about the other horn that came up, before which three of them fell-the horn that looked more imposing then the others and had eyes and had a mouth that spoke boastfully.  (Antichrist)
(21) As I watched this horn was waging war against the saints and defeating them,
(22) Until the Ancient of Days came and pronounced judgment in favor of the saints of the Most High, and the time came when they possessed the kingdom.

(23) He gave me this explanation: the fourth beast is a fourth kingdom that will appear on earth. It will be different than all the other kingdoms and will devour the whole earth, trampling it down and crushing it.    (TheRevived Roman Empire)
(24) The ten horns are ten kings who will come from this kingdom. After them another king will arise, different from the earlier ones; he will subdue three kings (Antichrist) 2 5) He will speak against the Most High and oppress his saints and try to change the set times and the l

aws. The saints will be handed over to him for a time, times and half a time.  (Time 1 year) (Times 2 years) (1/2 time ½ Year) this 31/2 years equals the last half of the seven year Tribulation period 
(26 ) But the court will sit, and his power will be taken away and completely destroyed forever.           (Antichrist)
(27) Then the sovereignty, power and greatness of the kingdoms under the heavens will be handed over to the saints, and the people of the Most High. His Kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, and all rulers will worship and obey Him.    (Christ)  
(28) This is the end of the matter: I Daniel was deeply troubled by my thoughts, and my face turned pale, but I kept the matter to myself.

           Daniel does not understand what he has been dreaming so God sends a messenger to interpret his dream for him. The messenger is none other than the angel Gabriel.    
          This was not like the statue of gold, silver, brass, iron and clay. This interpretation was sent to Daniel in a dream so he could enlighten Nebuchadnezzar as to his future. Daniel’s dream was of four frightful beasts acting out their horrible nature in fits of rage and anger, violence and conquests. Then something wonderful happens in verse 7:18 when the saints of the most High take over the Kingdom. This is when Jesus Christ takes control and the stone smashes the feet of the image placing Christ and his saints in total control. These saints were the ones who missed the Tribulation because they were called up in Revelation 4:1. Please read this in Revelation.
          When Christ returns on the white horse the armies of heaven follow him. In Jude verse 14 it says, “The lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints.”  This is a picture of the return of the church with Christ. There is also a group of saints, the 144,000 Jewish messengers (Revelation 7:4-8). Please read, These messengers preach the message of the gospel of the Kingdom (Matthew 24:14) and this Gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the entire world for a witness for all nations; and then shall the end come. (This preaching will be by the 144,000 Jewish saints) Therefore many Jews will be saved throughout the world by the preaching of these saints. Also millions of Gentiles will also be saved but many of them will be put to death by the Antichrist’s hoodlums for loving and receiving the Word of God, but they will  prevail for they live on in heaven (Revelation 20:4-5) speaks of this. Please read those verses.                                     
          The Jews in (Daniel 12:2) whose bodies “slept in the dust of the earth” also awaken, while the Gentiles who died for their testimony also arise. Now we have saints from heaven, Tribulation saints who were brought back from the dead and the saints who are still alive on earth at the return of Jesus. These saints somehow escaped the death penalty by rejecting the mark of the beast. (Matthew 25:31-46; And Revelation 13:15-18). They will all rule and reign with Jesus Christ. If we suffer we will also reign with Him. (2 Timothy 2:12)
 E.U. Antichrist and the number 666
           Daniel was confused about the fourth beast. He had a reasonable understanding of Babylon, the Meads and Persians and the Greeks because they existed in his time but the fourth beast was a mystery to him. But this next beast Rome and the revived Roman Empire would come centuries later. The only way he could know anything about what was to come was with the help of the Holy Spirit. This was the empire with the two legs of iron and ten toes of iron and clay and the animal with ten horns was a composite of all the others. Daniel could not understand their meaning. But now twenty five hundred years later we are beginning to understand such mysteries as they unfold. As the European Union flexes its international muscles they are now setting the stage for the Antichrist to step on the stage during the Tribulation hour which is fast approaching The Jewish people are the ones that the Antichrist mainly prevails over. (Jeremiah 30:7) says, “Alas! For that day is great, so that none is like it: It is even the time of Jacobs trouble.”                           
          Jacob is another name for Israel. (2 Kings 17:34) Satan is cast to earth and becomes extremely angry when he finds his time to be very short. (Revelation 12:12). For this reason he tries every conceivable means that he can think of to completely destroy the Hebrew race.(Revelation 12:13). He persecutes the woman who brought fourth the man child (Jesus) and that woman is the Jewish Virgin, Mary is no mystery. The Antichrist wants to get rid of the Son that came from her and also the millions of Gentiles that worship Him. Both Jews and Gentiles alike will find salvation during the Tribulation period.     (Revelation 7:14). These are the ones that came out of the Great Tribulation and have washed their robes and made them white in the cleansing blood of Christ the Lamb.
          This verse alone completely negates the theory some have that there will be no humans in heaven. The humans here have their glorified bodies, they are right in one respect there will be no human corrupted bodies there.
          The Antichrist will now call himself God. And the false prophet will set up an image of him to be worshiped by all.                                                                                                                                 Revelation 13:15). “And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many that as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.”     l                                                                                                                           

 most likely be a super computer. It can speak and also keep records on every person on earth with memory to spare. Its control point could be made to look like a man. He says, “Bow down and worship this image of me and take my mark ‘666’ or you will lose your head” by the way beheading is a punishment of Islam (See Revelation 13:15-18 this is the period of time the Antichrist will prevail over the saints of God. But remember that the Lord Jesus Christ will return as King of Kings and Lord of Lords and the Antichrist will be totally smashed, him and his hoards. Find this in (Revelation 19:16 and Revelation 19:15-21; and Psalm 2:1-6). Almighty God says “(how dare you to think)” you can prevail against me and my son Jesus Christ as I present Him to the world as King of King and Lord of Lords?                                                                 Ever since Israel has been a nation since 1948 she has never known peace. All the Arab and Moslem nations want the total destruction of Israel. And they want to drive Israel into the sea never to be remembered again. The Moslem's worship the God of Abraham or so they say. But they call him Allah which if you Google that name you will find it is the moon god not Jehovah the true God, but they do not worship the Lord Jesus Christ either. The Moslem's claim that the original Bible has been altered to please Christianity. and their Quran is the only true bible. They worship a person who was supposedly a prophet who was supposed to have been visited by an angel in a dream. His name was Muhammad. In fact the Jew and the Arab both came from Abraham, Jacob the Jew, Ishmael, the Arab and should have brotherly love for one another instead of hatred and constant war                                                              
          The Antichrist will negotiate a peace treaty for seven years or eighty four months. (Daniel 9:27) says, “And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he will cause the sacrifice and oblation to cease.” The Hebrew word for week in the above passage is Shabua, a time period of seven years or eighty four months, in the middle of the Shabua or forty two months. The treaty will be broken. At that point Russia will march south to attack those at peace, Israel. They break the peace contract the Antichrist has made. Then Gog and Magog will attack the un-walled cities of Israel (Ezekiel 38:11). Gog & Magog is Russia. Russia is at present in 2015 is preparing  for just such an attack, they are at present setting up military presence in Syria they will most likely use Syria as their launching point against God’s people Israel. According to Ezekiel Russia may attack Israel prior to the tribulation and be defeated and have to reform for their final attack with China leading..
          During this battle the Antichrist comes to his end (Daniel11:45). Yes he actually dies, but (Revelation 13:3) says, “his deadly wound was healed: and all the world marveled after the beast.” To the world he appears to be like Jesus returning to life. At this point he magnifies himself above God (Daniel 11:36) and exalts himself above all gods to a deluded and confused world. (2 Thessalonians 2:4). He literally says “I am God” “Today we have the New Age movement and (it is an. I am God) philosophy” it is even entering the church of Jesus Christ. There is also a movement among churches to except Islam as a coexisting religion called Chrislim. Be aware. These global satanic movements are making the way for the Antichrist to set up his false prophet and his own church. According to (Revelation 13:15), it’s a time when he literally “wears out the saints.” (Daniel 7:25). This will take place through to the end of the seven years of tribulation until Christ returns to destroy the evil one. (Revelation 19:20). 
          It is quite possible that when the Antichrist died he was brought back to life by Satan and at that point in time Satan entered his body in order to receive what he always wanted and that was to be worshiped as God Almighty. This was arranged by the false prophet in his satanic church most likely a Mosque and by the image of the Antichrist in the temple.    
Daniel 7:28 reads hitherto is the end of the matter. As for me Daniel, my cogitations much troubled me: but I kept the matter in my heart 
          When Gabriel explained Daniels dream to him he felt much sorrow for he now knew that one day soon this would happen to his people, the Jews. Daniel did not know the blessings that would come to his people in the end. If he had he would not have been so sad. Daniel will be awed and devastated by the vision he sees in chapter 8                                                                                                                                                                                               CHAPTER 8   
          Daniel fears what is to come. If there is to be three more Gentile kingdoms as his dream suggests then what is going to happen to his people the Jews during this time? How long will this last? What will be the end result? He has no answers. 
          God won’t leave his devotees in a state of confusion. God will provide Daniel with revelations that concern the future of the Jews.
          Let us look at the prophecies that relate to the “end time”. These prophecies also cover the Jews and also the Gentiles during the latter days. This is in the year 551 B.C.
Daniel (8) 1-2
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.
2-And I saw in a vision; and it came to pass, when I saw, I was at Shushan in the palace, which is in the province of Elam; and I saw a vision, and I was by the river Ulai.            

          Daniel sees himself in the palace of Shushan. This city in Persia is about 230 miles east of Babylon and 120 miles north of the Persian Gulf. Daniel makes it clear that this vision came before the troubling dream he had in the former chapter. This dream is about what will happen when Medo-Persia will take over the rule of Babylon and its provinces. Daniel had already learned this in his earlier dreams.
Daniel (8:3-14)
3-I looked up and there before me was a ram with two horns, standing beside the canal, and the horns were long, one of the horns was longer than the other but grew up later.    This is the Meads and Persians, Persia the long horn the Meads the short horn.
4-I watched the ram as he charged toward the west and the north and the south. No animal could stand against him, and none could rescue from his power. He did as he pleased and became great.
5-As I watched I was thinking about this, suddenly a goat with a prominent horn between his eyes came from the west, crossing the whole earth without touching the ground.
6-He came toward the two horned ram I had seen standing beside the canal and charged at him in great rage.   
This was Alexander the Great and the Greeks
7-I saw him attack the ram furiously striking the ram and shattering his two horns. The ram was powerless to stand against him; the goat knocked him to the ground and trampled him, and none could rescue the ram from his power.
Alexander the great attacks Medo-Persia and defeats them.
8-The goat became very great, but at the height of his power his large horn was broken off, and in its place four prominent horns grew up towards the four winds of heaven.  
The four generals that took over after Alexander’s death
9-Out of one of them came another horn, which started small but grew in power to the south and to the east and toward the beautiful land.
10-It grew until it reached the host of the heavens and it threw some of the starry hosts down to the earth and trampled on them.      This was Antiochus IV a symbol of antichrist and hater of Jews.
11-It set itself up to be as great as the prince of the host; it took away the daily sacrifice from him, and the place of his sanctuary was brought low.
12-Because of rebellion, the host of the saints and the daily sacrifice were given over to it. It prospered in everything it did, and truth was thrown to the ground.
13-Then I heard a holy one speaking, and another holy one said to him, how long will it take for the vision to be fulfilled- the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, the rebellion that causes desolation, and the surrender of the sanctuary and the host that will be trampled underfoot.
14-He said to me. “It will take 2300 evenings and mornings; then the sanctuary will be reconsecrated.” 
       
          Daniel sees himself at the palace of Shushan in a city in Persia about 230 mile’s east of Babylon and 120 miles north of the Persian Gulf. This vision happened before his vision in chapter seven. This dream will move forward into the future when the super power Medo-Persia rules the known world. Daniel has already learned some of this in earlier dreams. Daniel has dreamed dreams like this before only the symbols have been changed from bears and leopards to rams and goats. The ram again represents Medo-Persia. The longer horn represents Persia and the shorter horn represents the Medes. This is historically correct. It’s also in Gods Word. We know that the symbolic, protective force of the Medo-Persian Empire was a ram with a sharp horn. Also the Persian ruler when engaging in conquering foreign nations proudly wore a rams head with a sharp horn.
          The ram goes into action. Our history books tell us that the Medo-Persian Empire conquered Babylon, Asia Minor, and Syria to the west, Armenia and the area of the Caspian Sea to the north and then conquered Ethiopia and Egypt to the south. Medo-Persia soon became the greatest power on earth putting Babylon to shame. This confirms Daniels earlier dream. This is all also part of ancient secular history. This is also part of this vision.  Confirming The accuracy of the Bible 
          The ram with the two horns, one shorter than the other standing before the Ulai River represents Medo-Persia and corresponds to the arms and breast of silver of chapter two and to the appearance of the bear in chapter seven. The long horn represents Persia and its mighty armies; the short horn represents the Medes.      
          We now see the brass stomach and thighs of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream symbolized by a goat which represented Greece. It was described as a leopard with wings in chapter seven because it moved so fast. So fast is this goat that its feet do not touch the earth when it runs. This is a good description of the Greco-Macedonia army commanded by Alexander the Great, one of history’s greatest military geniuses and the great horn seen in Daniels dream.
          Alexander conquered more than one and one half million square miles of territory in his brief life. There has never been another military strategist like him in the annals of history. Alexander destroyed the Great Medo-Persian Empire in only three years 334-331 B.C. He became a drunkard and also participated in sexually immoral conduct. He died of syphilis and malaria at the age of thirty two, allowing Satan, his true enemy to seal his destiny. Alexander the great failed to conquer the demons within him and they in turn conquered him.
           The four horns represent four generals who would later divide the Empire Alexander had created among themselves. Ptolemy became master of Egypt, Cyrene, Cyprus, and Palestine; Seleucus took Syria, Babylonia, and the Southern area of Asia Minor. Cassandra took possession of Macedonia and Greece while Lysimachus became the ruler of Thrace and western Asia Minor. This is all part of ancient history and it also confirms the dreams of Nebuchadnezzar and Daniel and that the Bible is 100% right.                  
           Daniel watched the vision unfold before his eyes and there came out yet another horn. A fifth horn; it started as a little horn but quickly grew to great power and influence toward the south, the east, and the “beautiful land.”
          Daniels predictions were describing events that would not happen for centuries, but is accurate even down to the very person described. Antiochus IV was also known as Epiphanes, the eighth ruler of the Sekeucid division of the expanded Greek Empire. Antiochus did not have a legal right to the throne but gained it by bribery and trickery. He was a cruel monarch and actually a mad man. His anti- Semitism was extremely rabid. He hated God’s chosen people as no ruler had ever hated them before. Why was this tyrant in Daniels vision? There were two reasons: First to let us know that God knows in every detail what will happen in history. Antiochus, an extremely barbaric ruler is a symbol of the Antichrist and how he will act during the Tribulation. The little horn in chapter 7 is the Antichrist; the little horn in chapter eight is the Jew hater Antiochus Epiphanes, a copy of the Antichrist of the Tribulation. That’s why we can use the texts in chapter eight to document the destruction the Antichrist will bring on the house of Israel during the time of the end.              
Antiochus Epiphanes
          Antiochus Epiphanes was a Syrian King that came to power about 175 BC and is the representative forerunner of the Antichrist soon to appear. He was one of the Seleucids who in succession to Alexander the Great built a realm in Syria and adjacent lands. Epiphanes' name means God made manifest. Epiphanes sought to force Greek culture and manners on the Jews. In imposing Hellenism Epiphanes was but following out the intentions of his predecessor Alexander whose dream was to create an empire not by the sword but by culture. This had a measure of success among the 'free thinking' section of the priesthood but there were a hard core of obstinate priests and people who refused to abandon the faith of their fore-fathers and be 'westernized'. By the introduction of Hellenistic cults, Epiphanes tried to put an end to the Jewish religious community. The events were the cause of the Maccabeus struggle. Severe punitive measures merely brought the matter to a head and the revolt followed.   In 170 BC a law was announced requiring all citizens to present themselves four times a year to pay formal homage to Antiochus Epiphanes as the senior god of the Seleucids. The day chosen for these periodic submissions was Shabbat when Jews preferred not to leave their homes, this being their day of prayer. Epiphanes was met by revolt and the setting up of a small state in which the high priest was the central figure. The Maccabeus revolt gained the Jews their independence. It is an exciting time for Judah when the revolt was kindled  In 168 BC Antiochus Epiphanes dared to occupy Jerusalem, enter the Holy of Holies, desecrate the sanctuary by offering unclean animals upon the alter of burnt-offerings, pollute the whole building by sprinkling it with water in which flesh had been boiled, dedicated the Temple itself to Jupiter Olympus and erected the statue of that deity and plundered the temple treasures as Nebuchadnezzar had. Antiochs  Epiphanes represents the type of 'the abomination of desolation' foretold by the prophet Daniel on the altar of the Lord in the inner court of the Temple. Antiochus Epiphanes serves as a foreshadowing of the Antichrist to come in the days ahead.                                                                       Many Old Testament prophases pointing to end time fulfillments are first in the natural and second in the spiritual so we may see the spiritual temple defiled in these days. Prophecies concerning Antichrist would be in the 8th chapter of Daniel: First Greece and Alexander, then four notables. Daniel 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. Etc. May also be prefigured in Dan 11.6 as the king of the north.
          (2 Thessalonians 2:4) Says that the Antichrist “opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped as if he is God.” This comparison is an absolute match between Antiochus Epiphanes and the Antichrist yet to come.
          Some Jews went along with the treachery of Antiochus thinking they could con him into giving them freedom. They did not know that he was a hater of all Jews. They soon found they had backed the wrong person. Even as these turncoat Jews were hoping for a good deal with their foreign intruder Antiochus began his slaughter of over one hundred thousand Jews, demanding that the survivors substitute heathen idols for the one true God. He tore up their law, defiled their women, desecrated their Sabbath, and had all circumcised babies hanged and forced Jews to sacrifice a pig, an unclean animal, on the holy alter of the temple. He removed the candlesticks of light, the censers of gold, the veil, and the crowns and the golden ornaments that adorned the temple. He stripped the temple of every thing that had any meaning for the Jews. He laughed in the face of the Hebrew God and commanded coins be minted with Epiphanes-God! Such blasphemy then or now will not go unpunished.
           To learn more about this mad man’s deeds read the Book of Maccabeus 1:29-64. This madman’s behavior is but a warning of thing’s to come. His activities were mild though to what those of the Antichrist will be when he arrives on the earth (which will be soon). The human that will be Antichrist is Undoubtely here now waiting in the wings.
Just as Jesus Christ was God in human form this Antichrist during the second three years of the Tribulation will have Satan living in him. That’s when he will say “I am God.” This is what                                   Isiah 12-14 says.                                                                                                                                           (12) How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground,(13) For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven. I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:                      (14) I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the Most High.  That’s why he was ousted out of the third heaven and why Jesus said  I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven (Luke 10:18)         We must know that the evil one has never been successful, even though he has tried many times, and has destroyed many lives. He will never cease until he is thrown into the lake of fire. He will first have to suffer a thousand years in the bottomless pit and then he will be released a short season to once again attack Christ in Jerusalem with an army of fools he has duped agatn into following him. These are those humans still living on earth and who multiplied during the 1000 year reign of Christ on earth. They chose Satan over Christ and had to pay a severe price, total earthly destruction, and then an eternity in Hell.                          
          This evil one, the Antichrist (Satan incarnate) will sit on the throne in the temple of Jerusalem and say “I am God and there is none other like me.” He will defile the temple of God but only for a short time. Christ will grab him by the horns and throw him in the bottomless pit, there to stay a thousand years helpless and alone. 
          Warnings beware of those in the new age movement who tell you that you can become god or like a god. It is a teaser and false belief leading straight to Hell.
          The day of the Antichrist is nearer than you might think.
          Daniel heard one saint ask another how long this little horn would be allowed to carry on his desolation and how long would the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot. This was the key question concerning Daniel. How long this anguish would be inflicted on his people, the Jews. The answer was twenty three hundred days. Just under six and one half years. Again the Bible predicts these events to the very day. (Antiochus Epiphanes ) desecrated the temple, persecuted the Jews, and wreaked havoc on all believers from September the 6th -171 BC to December 25th – 165 B.C., twenty three hundred days exactly as the Bible says. But as we will see this time period will have a greater significance as we continue to unseal the mysteries of the end time.
(Daniel 8:15-26)     
15- While I, Daniel was watching the vision and trying to understand it, there before me stood one who looked like a man.
16- And I heard a man’s voice from the Ulai calling, “Gabriel, tell this man the meaning of the vision.     17- As he came near the place where I was standing, I was terrified and fell prostate. “Son of man, he said to me, understand that the vision concerns the time of the end.”                                                       18- While he was speaking to me, I was in a deep sleep, with my face to the ground. Then he touched me and raised me to my feet.                                                                                                                   19- He said: “I am going to tell you what will happen later in the time of wrath, because the vision concerns the appointed time of the end.”
20- The two horned ram that you saw represents the kings of Media and Persia.
21- The shaggy goat is the king of Greece, and the large horn between its eyes is the first king.
 22- The four horns that replaced the one that was broken off represent four kingdoms that will emerge from his nation but will not have the same power.
23- In the later part of their reign, when rebels have become completely wicked, a stern faced king, a master of intrigue will arise.  Antiochus a mad man.
24- He will become very strong, but not by his own power. He will cause astounding devastation and will succeed in whatever he does. He will destroy the mighty men and the holy people.

25- He will cause deceit to prosper, and he will consider himself superior. When they feel secure he will destroy many and take his stand against the Prince of Princes. Yet he will be destroyed, But not by human power.
26-The vision of the evenings and the mornings that has been given you is true, “but seal up the vision for it concerns the distant future.”
     
          Daniel now understood the terror to be inflicted on his people the Jews. The historical part of the vision was clear and to the point. Daniel could not bear to hear what suffering his people would have to endure. He could not understand this because he could not understand end time thinking.
          The angel Gabriel’s interpretation of the vision helps Daniel to understand that this vision refers to the end times and in verse 19 the appointed time of the end. This will be the time that the Tribulation will be in full force, with the Antichrist behaving as a true mad man. This will be a period in history when a “time of indignation” will fall on the heads of the Jews because of their rebellion against God. Gabriel is telling Daniel that the Jewish people have a very long row to hoe for their disobedience to God. It actually began in 730 B.C. and would continue until the second coming of Jesus. Gabriel is telling Daniel that this is not for his lifetime but for the time of the end. Verse 23 is strong proof that Antiochus is a full representation of the Antichrist and the later part of his vision is for a future time.     
          The Antichrist symbolized by the reign of Antiochus and the terror he caused will be empowered by the dragon of Revelation 13:2- when the Antichrist had a fatal wound. This is the time when Satan enters the body of the Antichrist and empowers him. He will be a proud man, the final ruler of the revived Roman confederacy, crushing all of those that stand before him, making himself the undisputed ruler of the entire world. He destroys both the mighty and the holy and he uses deceit and treachery to do so. At the close of his rule he destroys millions because they discover he is not what he claimed to be. Antichrist offers himself as the prince of peace, ( There will be some who will escape his madness and make it through the tribulation period alive and get to meet Jesus)

(Daniel 11:21-24) but as you know that title belongs only to our Lord Jesus Christ. (Isaiah 9:6)  For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given:  and the government will be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, the everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.   
          But the Antichrist tries with all his might to pull off the charade of imitating Christ to the bitter end. He comes fourth riding on a white horse just as Jesus will come riding a white horse with His heavenly armies in (Revelation 19:11)                                                                                                                                   The one will be faithless and vile while the other will be faithful and true. In the end this Antichrist will be broken, “without man's hand.” We now see a prophetic parallel: Antiochus did not die at the hands of his enemies. He died of grief and remorse and went insane in Babylon having been defeated in the siege of Elymais. He was unable to bear the self destructive impact of loosing such an important battle. The Antichrist will not die at the hand of man after Satan enters his body either. He will be destroyed by the hand of God through his Son Jesus Christ at his second coming (2 Thessalonians 2:8)  And then shall that wicked one be  revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming.  The Antichrist will then be cast into the lake of fire. (Revelation 19:20).
          Gabriel’s final words are to comfort Daniel. He reminds him that the Antichrist will not rule in his lifetime but at the end time when all of his predictions will be unsealed and revealed. Daniel was ordered to save the messages of his vision in writing so that future generations would be able to make sense of the events as they happened.
          These end time prophecies of Daniel are extremely important in our understanding events yet to come. These end time prophecies spoken on our behalf by a Holy God could not be understood until they began to happen, which they did when Israel became a nation in 1948 and occupied Jerusalem as their capital city once again after two thousand years. It was also the formation of the European Union, the beginning of the revived Roman Empire, which will eventually cover the entire globe. It is making way for the rise of the Antichrist. It’s right now at our door. Keep an eye on the sky. Jesus will be coming soon, “watch.” The world goes on as if nothing will ever happen, pity them.   
Read (Daniel 8:27)                                                                                                                                  (27) Daniel was exhausted and lay ill for several days. Then I got up and went about the kings business. I was appalled by the vision; it was beyond understanding.   

Daniel was crushed by this vision and Gabriel’s explanation. He was sick for many days completely physically and emotionally drained. Even after Gabriel’s interpretation Daniel did not fully understand every detail of the dream and neither will we understand all of the prophecies until they are completely fulfilled. They are now happening more and more every day as we approach the end time. We are in the seventieth week no          
                                                   CHAPTER 9      
          This chapter is one of the most important chapters in the Book of Daniel and a very remarkable passage. It has a duel theme, that of prayer and prophecy. It is unlike any other portion of God’s word. This chapter covers the prophecy of the seventy weeks of Daniel and contains the most precise information that Jesus of Nazareth is the Messiah promised to the children of Israel through all of their own prophets. Satan had blinded them and they could not see or understand the prophets.   
(Daniel 9:1-2). 
1-In the first year of Darius son of Xerxes (a Meede by descent) who was made ruler over the Babylonian kingdom.
2-In the first year of his reign, I Daniel, understood from the Scriptures, according to the word of the Lord given to Jeremiah the prophet, that the desolation of Jerusalem would last seventy years.
(Jeremiah 25:11-13) 
(11) And this whole land shall be desolation. And astonishment: and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years.                                                                                                                            (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 make it perpetual desolations. 
(13) And I will bring upon that land all my words which I have pronounced against it, even all that is written in the book, which Jeremiah hath prophesied against all the nations.                                                             (Read 2(Chronicles chapter 36 in its entirety)
          The captivity of the Jews had started in 605 B.C. and now it was 538 B.C. and the Jews would soon be allowed to return to their home but not to become a nation again. But to Daniel we must say, “You have only a partial understanding of what is yet to come.” It is the essence of the still to come information that is covered in chapter 9.
(Daniel 9:3-19).This is Daniels prayer for Jerusalem and is very inspiring a definite must read.
3-So I turned to the lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and petition, in fasting and in sackcloth and ashes.
4-I prayed to the lord my God and confessed: “O Lord the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with all that love him and obey his commands,              
5-We have sinned and done wrong. We have been wicked and have rebelled; we have turned away from your commands and laws.
6-We have not listened to your servants the prophets, who spoke in your name to our kings, our princes and our fathers, and to all the people of the land.
7-Lord you are righteous, but this day we are covered with shame-the men of Judah and people oh Jerusalem and all Israel, both near and far, in all countries where you have scattered us because of our unfaithfulness to you.
8-Lord we and our kings our princes and our fathers are covered with shame because we have sinned against you.

9-The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him;                        10 -We have not obeyed the Lord our God or kept the laws he gave                                                         1 1 -All Israel has transgressed your law and turned away refusing to obey you. Therefore the curses and sworn judgments written in the Law of Moses, the servant of God, have been poured out on us because we have turned against you.
 12- You have fulfilled the words spoken against us and against our   rulers by bringing upon us great disaster. Under the heaven nothing has ever been done like what has been done to Jerusalem.
  (13)- Just as it is written in the Law of Moses, all this disaster has come upon us,  yet we have not sought the favor of the Lord our God by turning from our sins and giving attention to your truth.    
  (14) -The Lord did not hesitate to bring the disaster upon us, for the Lord our God is righteous in everything he does. Yet we have not obeyed him.
 (15)- Now O Lord our God who brought your people out of Egypt with a mighty hand and made for yourself a name that endures to this day, we have sinned we have done wrong.
 (16) - Lord in keeping with all your righteous acts, turn away your anger and your wrath from Jerusalem your city, your holy hill. Our sins and the iniquities of our fathers have made Jerusalem and your people an object of scorn to all those around us.
 (17)- Now our God, hear the prayer and petition of your servant. For your sake O Lord, look with favor on your desolate sanctuary.                                                                                                                    (18)- Give ear, O God, and hear; open your eyes and see the desolation the city that bears your name. We do not make requests of you because we are righteous but because of your great mercy.                    (19) - O Lord Listen O Lord Forgive!  O Lord hear and act for your sake, O my God do not delay because your city and your people bear your name.   
         
          Daniel recognizes God’s complete authority and power. This is fitting for Daniel when he starts his prayer for personal and national forgiveness. But in verse 4 Daniel refers to God as the Great and Awesome God. But then he refers to God as a gracious, covenant keeping God, holy, just, righteous, and loving. Daniel still did not have all the information to work out all the details of God’s plan because most of the predictions would only be revealed at the time of the end. (Daniel 12:4).   Daniel is told to seal the book
          As Daniel bowed before the Lord his heart was heavy for his own sin and the sins of his people. He fasted, wore sackcloth and put ashes on his body to show his humble spirit. He was alone with God with no distractions. No interruptions. Daniel’s prayer is a good model for any Christian. Although Daniel was an upright, faithful, godly man he confessed that he also had sinned. Daniel was a sensitive man when he heard the word of God. Being sensitive also made him more sensitive to the plight of his people, the Jews.       
          As he recalled the ways they had rebelled against God, they failed to obey His voice, refused to walk in His laws and chose not to obey His commandments. Daniel realized for this reason God’s curse had been poured out on them. 
          The Jews had been scattered across the face of the earth. What had once been their home had become the domicile of heathen kingdoms and pagan rulers and much waste arid and useless land this land that was once the Beautiful land was no longer beautiful. Daniel knew the reason for this dispersion was the disobedience to God’s laws.                                                                                       (Deuteronomy 11:26-28).                                                                                                                   (26)-  Behold I Set before you this day a blessing and a curse;                                                             (27) a blessing, if you obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you this day      ( 28) A curse, if ye do not obey the commandments of the Lord Your God, but turn aside out of the way I command you this day, not to go after other gods, which ye have not known.                                                          Not only did the Jews not only refuse to obey the Ten Commandments found in (Exodus 20). They’d also turned their back on 613 other commandments given to the people of Israel. As Daniel reflects on how the Jews got in this mess he continues to hope and pray that God will end the seventy years of punishment and bring peace to their sinful, troubled hearts. Daniel walked close to God and the closer he walked the more he saw the imperfections in himself and in his people because the spirit of God lived in him.
Read (Daniel 9:20-27)
(20) While I was speaking and praying, confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel and making my request to the Lord my God for his holy hill.
(21
) While I was still in prayer, Gabriel, the man I had seen in the earlier vision came to me in swift flight about the time of the evening sacrifice.
(22) He instructed me and said to me, Daniel I have now come to give you insight and understanding.
(23) As soon as you began to pray, an answer was given, which I have come to tell you, for you are highly esteemed. Therefore consider the message and understand the vision:
(24) Seventy ‘sevens’ are decreed for your people and your city to finish transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophesy and to anoint the most holy.                                                                                                                               (25) Know and understand this: from the issuing of the decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed one, the ruler, there will be seven ‘sevens,’ and sixty two ‘sevens’ it will be rebuilt with streets and trench, but in times of trouble.                                                                                                                 (26) After the sixty two ‘sevens,’ the Anointed One will be cut off and will have nothing. The people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end will come like a flood: war will continue until the end, and desolation's have been decreed.  
(The Roman leader Titus and roman army will destroy Jerusalem 70 AD
(27)  He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven’ in the middle of the ‘seven’ he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on a wing of the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.                            
  (This last 7 is the seven years of Tribulation which is  yet to come)

          This is the seventy weeks of Daniel. The seventy weeks of Daniel and it's significance. In this new revelation Gabriel gave to Daniel, Daniel learned sadly that God would continue to punish Israel for seventy more sevens of years or 490 years beyond the end of Israel’s captivity in Babylon. This number is the only Old Testament number that gives us the precise hour of the first coming of the Messiah. It’s also extremely fascinating that Gabriel almost five centuries later is the angel to give the good news of the Messiah’s conception and birth to a young virgin by the name of Mary (Luke 1:26-38) Read 
          These seventy weeks is one of the most important prophecies in all of the Scriptures. It is to be applied exclusively to Israel and to the holy city Jerusalem. The phrase “seventy weeks is determined on thy people.” The actual times covered by this prophesy is exactly 490 years or seventy sevens. This math only works if these units or weeks are seen as years which they are intended to be. So for the prophecy to be fulfilled, Messiah would have to arrive before the 490 “units” “or years” would end.  
Remember the 490 years began in the year 445 B.C
. Read (Jeremiah 25:9-11).   
          Israel would be punished those seventy weeks or 490 years. They brought it on themselves by not obeying the commandments of God and their own greed. As we saw in Jeremiah the Jews did not let the land rest for seventy sabbaticals, a 490 year period. Now when Messiah comes He restores them to their land. They were removed from their land as the transgression required but now He returns to settle their debt and provide for his people permanent restoration. Read (Zechariah 13:1)
          The corporate sin of the nation of Israel will come to an end with the second coming of Jesus Christ. The Jews as all other people have sinned and their sins would be paid for by the blood of Jesus. Read (Zechariah 12:10) and (Hebrews 10:17)
          Daniel was told to seal the vision until the end. Now as you read these words we are approaching that time and for that reason we are able to explain it and unseal it and see its depth with complete understanding. The truth of Daniels vision is becoming clearer by the day. We are probably not at the final time yet but we are getting extremely close. Once Messiah returns prophesy will forever be finished. There will be nothing left to predict.                                                                                                              
          This verse is the greatest prophesy ever recorded, proving that only God could have written this book. Why? Because we come to the exact day that is prophesied in these texts: no one b know  Daniel
l 9 Verse 25 says, “Know therefore and understand that the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the prince shall be seven weeks, and three score and two weeks. The street shall be built again and the wall even in troubling times.”

          In (Nehemiah 2:1-8) we learn that the Jews who visited their homeland were distraught because of the terrible condition of their nation. That’s why they requested the city of Jerusalem be rebuilt and also its wall. Let’s check Nehemiah 2:1 to check the dates mentioned. “And it came to pass in the month Nisan, in the twentieth year of Artaxerxes the king, who came to power in 465 B.C. (Encyclopedia Britannica, or world book) But now its his twentieth year of rule, which makes it 445 B.C. Here is the math 465-445= 20. This is the month Nisan, no date given, but due to Jewish custom when no date is given we are to assume it is on the first day. This means it is the first day of Nisan, 445 B.C. According to our modern calendar that’s March14, 445 B.C. This is the beginning point of the rebuilding of the wall and of Jerusalem. This had to be done in seven weeks or 49 years. And it happened right on schedule.              
          Let’s do some math regarding the seventy weeks.          
          There is a second part of this prophesy. It refers to Jesus Christ as King. There are two princes in this text. The first is Jesus who will reign as Prince of Peace for ever (Isaiah 9:6).
The second is a Roman general who invades Jerusalem. We are speaking about Jesus the first Prince here. He will be cut off after seven weeks and sixty two weeks, for a total of sixty nine weeks or 483 years. 69 weeks times seven years equal 483 years.  Let’s take the 483 years and multiply it by Jewish math which has 360 days in a year. 483 X 360= 173,880 days. From the date Nehemiah said, “You may go ahead and rebuild your wall and Jerusalem.” First day of Nisan (March14, 445 B.C.); they had seven weeks or 49 years to rebuild the city, and it happened right on time to the day. That is When Jesus rode into Jerusalem on the foal of a donkey (April 6, 32 A.D.)exactly 173,880 days had passed. Now you must believe prophesy is right. If the Jewish people had studied the Old Testament prophesies they would have known that Jesus was their Messiah.  The seventh week of Daniel is reserved for the Tribulation period’s 7 years of of untold horrorible sorrow.    
          That is why Jesus said to his people, the Jews, in (Luke 19:42), “If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things that belong unto thy peace! But now they are hidden from thine eyes.” Day 173,880 was the crowning day, but the Jewish minds did not grasp it. And they did not accept their Messiah. God just proved the exact day of the arrival of Jesus in to Jerusalem. That leaves no question. The rest of the prophecies of Daniel will definitely be fulfilled. God is no liar. He wants His people to understand and believe every word that He speaks. He will not place mysteries before us that can never be explained. With the advent of the taking of Jerusalem by the Jews in 1967 mysteries are now beginning to unfold fast. 
          We are coming to the close of this chapter. It is one of the most important prophetic chapters in the Bible but we still need to deal with one more thing and that is the contents of this verse please read (Daniel 9:26). This verse speaks of the prince that will come to destroy the city of Jerusalem and the sanctuary. This prince was Vespasian and his son Titus. They were Roman generals who in 70 A.D. marched on Jerusalem and murdered hundreds of thousands of Jews and destroyed the city again. We see the treachery of this father and son and of an earlier tyrant Antiochus Epiphanes, because all three are types of the Antichrist who will rise to power in the last days. But Vespasian and Titus are mentioned here because they are Roman princes (generals). Later Antichrist will rise to power out of the revised Roman Empire as an international leader from the. (European Union) which could not have been formed until Israel became a nation. This union is quickly spreading and wielding influence just as Daniel predicted. For this reason and many more all documented by God’s word. We are now able to say that our era of time could well be what Daniel called, “The time of the end.”
          Now what about the span of time that exists between verses (9:26 and 9:27). This span of time is some two thousand years plus. This is an extremely important span of time for without it we would be forced to see these events taking place in a limited period of 490 days instead of 490 years. This would be impossible. The Bible states emphatically that there will be a period of time, a gap, between Jesus’ first and second coming. (Isaiah 9:6) says “Unto us a child is born” (the virgin birth). ‘Unto us a Son is given and the Government shall be upon His shoulders” (The government was definitely not on His shoulders the first time He came to Jerusalem. But that’s going to be a different story when he comes the second time. Not only will the government be upon His shoulders He will also be King of King and Lord of Lords. He will rule for one thousand years with a rod of lion as in (Revelation 20:4).
          By the time we reach Daniel 9:27 The Antichrist will be in power.
The church will be gone in the rapture and will not have to face the Tribulation this will be the beginning of the seventieth week of Daniel’s prophesy or the seven year’s of the Tribulation. It begins when the evil one confirms his peace contract with Israel the beginning of the seventieth week. The Antichrist deceives a gullible world by confirming the covenant with many. First with Israel for one week, one Shabua, or seven years which he breaks after three and a half years, probably at Satan’s command;   
          The following information is vitally important if the first sixty nine weeks, or Shabuas, total 483 years or 173,880 days on the Jewish calendar annually and the prophesy was fulfilled on the final day which it was with the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem and then the final week of the Jewish Shabua. The last seven year period of 2,570 days will also be fulfilled up to the exact minute. That’s why Revelation 11:2 and 13:5 mentions forty two months and Revelation 11:3 and 12:6 denotes 1,260 days as one half the Tribulation period or 3 and ½ years. This math is still using the Jewish calendar of 360 days to a year. Then in the middle of that Shabua or forty two months the Antichrist causes the sacrifices to cease. Antiochus Epiphanes, a forerunner of the Antichrist did the same thing centuries ago when he stomped out the Jewish sacrifices and desecrated their temple. The quiet before the storm;                                       Matthew (24:15:-21) Jesus’ warning. Satan is about to be unleashed on earth.
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)
16-Then let them which be in Judea flee unto the mountains:
17-Let him that is on the house top not come down to take anything out of the house:
18-Neither let him that is in the field return back to take his clothes.
19-And woe unto they that are with child and to them that give suck in those days!
20-But pray ye that your flight will not be in the winter, neither on the Sabbath day.
21-For then shall be great Tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be 
  These verses are warnings of how dire the situation will be and the short time the Jews will have to escape.                                                                                                                                                                          CHAPTER 10
                                    Daniels vision of a man        
          This chapter is the first of three parts of a vision and may be the greatest of all of Daniels revelations. This chapter gives us something different as we are introduced to a special group of angels. Some of these angels harbor ill will toward God and attempt to defeat his divine purpose, the rule over Israel His people, Even now as in Daniel’s time  This chapter (10) will also provide information on how Daniel receives his final revelation and will include some amazing incidents accompanying Gods delivery of the message to Daniel.     
(Daniel 10:1-3)
1-In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia, a revelation was given unto   Daniel (who was called Belteshazzar). Its message was true and it concerned a great war. The understanding of the message came to him in a vision.
2-At that time I, Daniel mourned for three weeks.
3-Ate no choice food; no meat or wine touched my lips; and I used no lotion at all until the three weeks were over.

          This vision came to Daniel two years after King Cyrus had brought the captivity of the Jewish people to an end and allowed them to return to Israel. However Daniel remained in Babylon. This may have been due to his age. He was in his upper eighties or he may have had work he still wanted to complete for the Persian rulers. He was a senior adviser and he may have thought he still might be able to help his people.
          The revelation Daniel received was extremely hard for him to bear and even harder for him to accept but he knew it was true for it was from God. It was regarding a great war, the most horrible and devastating war the world had ever seen and this war would include every nation on earth. It also included things that had not happened before. The earth was going to be invaded by an army of angels. Though unseen they would be instrumental in shaping the outcome of future events. The thing that worried Daniel the most was that this was going to directly affect his people, the Jews for they were at the center of the conflict. He worried that they may not even survive the holocaust that was to come upon them for it was going to be worse than anything they had ever suffered before. Daniel was failing to give God credit for his protection of Israel
          This was not like any of the other dreams and visions Daniel had had because he said that he understood this vision and he knew that these events would not occur in his lifetime and he was sad because he worried about the future of his people.
          Daniel knew that during the (seventy weeks) to come his people would suffer persecutions but the seventieth week, the tribulation period a period far in the future or seven year period would be the most terrible time Israel had ever suffered. With such as the forces of Egypt, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, the Arab Federation, Russia, China, and every other Moslem and bigoted nation on earth shall come against Israel. It will be the bloodiest battle in history and supported by demons. Daniel was very sad for he knew this was going to be a time of Judgment against his people the Jews, and against the holy city Jerusalem.  (Zechariah 14:2).
           Daniel had been fasting when he received this revelation; he probably felt sorrow for his people because they would still be persecuted even after being released from their 70 year captivity and their return to Israel. We now see the understanding in Daniel of what is to come although it means his people will suffer greatly, Daniel still remains Gods man.            
(Daniel 10:4-9)
4-On the twenty-fourth day of the first month as I was standing on the bank of the river, the Tigris.
5-I looked up and there was a man dressed in linen, with a belt of the finest gold around his waist.
6-His body was like chrysolite, his face like lightning, his eyes like flaming torches, his arms and legs like the gleam of burnished bronze, and his voice like the sound of a multitude.
7-Daniel was the only one that saw the vision; the men with me did not see it, but such terror overwhelmed them that they fled and hid themselves.
8-So I was left alone, gazing at this great vision; I had no strength left, my face turned deathly pale and I was helpless.
9-Then I heard him speaking, and as I listened to him, I fell into a deep sleep, my face to the ground.    
              
                      Daniel sees the incarnate Christ
           Daniel was walking by the river where he was confronted by a likeness, the like of which he had never seen before. There was no doubt that Daniel was astonished at what he saw. Who was this? Why was he there?
          We don’t have to guess. Read (Revelation 1:13-15) and in the midst of seven candle sticks, one like unto the Son of man, undoubtedly Jesus Christ.   
(Revelation 1:13-15)
(13) - And in the midst of the seven candle sticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with garments down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.
(14)-  His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire.
(15)-  And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.

          If we can’t understand Christ’s eternal existence maybe the following Scriptures will help. (John 1:3) That, “all things were made by him”  (John 1:10)He was in the world the world was made by him. (Colossians 1:16) For by Christ were all things created that are in the heaven and in earth. Understand it or not it is Gods holy word.  
          Daniel was not alone when he encountered Jesus. Those with him could not see anything unusual, but they sensed something monumental was facing them. They became frightened and ran away and hid. We will continue with
(Daniel 10:10-17)                             
10- A hand touched me and set me trembling on my hands and knees.                                                  11- He said, Daniel you are highly esteemed consider carefully the words I am about to speak to you, stand up for I have now been sent to you. And when he said this to me   I stood up trembling.
12 -Then he continued, do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble your self before your God, your words were heard and I have come in response to them.
13- But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, but Michael one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the king of Persia.  
14- Now I have come to explain to you what will happen to your people in the future, for the vision concerns a time yet to come.                                                                                                                    15- While he was saying this to me, I bowed with my face toward the ground and was speechless.       
16- Then one that looked like a man touched my lips, and I opened my mouth     and began to speak. I said to the one standing before me, I am overcome with anguish because of the vision, my lord and I am helpless.
17- How can I your servant talk with you my lord? My thought is gone and I ca hardly breathe.

          Daniel finally regains his strength and understands why Christ has appeared to him.  Now the scene suddenly changes. It is no longer Christ who stands before Daniel but an angel. The main reason we interpret this passage this way is because if it were Christ we would have to believe that the prince of Persia had the power to stand in his way and delay Christ and demonstrate more power than the Son of God had. We know this to be impossible, therefore it is safe to conclude the one standing before Daniel is an angel, more than likely Gabriel again. This holy messenger speaks words of comfort to Daniel.      
          Daniel is totally confused. One moment he sees Christ and then it is an angel who lifted him up and delivered the message from the Lord. We begin to see when the angel speaks of Persia’s power, the ruler being controlled by a demonic spirit. He was able to withstand the angel which was being sent to Daniel for a long period of time until he received other angelic help. Throughout in the Bible we read of many rulers controlled by demonic forces.      
          Satan is still in control of heaven number one and number two. That’s why he can still approach the end of heaven number two and keep up his verbal abuse of God’s people. The bible says that Satan is still the god of this world’s system and he is the prince of this world and the air. That is why we do not fight against flesh and blood but against evil powers and against the rulers of darkness, and against spiritual wickedness in high places. Fallen angels are everywhere with Satan as their ruler.(Ephesians 2:2)  Wherein time past ye walked in the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, and the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience:                                                               
          The prince of the first and second heaven and his millions of demonic spirits has power to control political leaders, and it was he who controlled the prince of ancient Persia. This enemy of mankind is powerful but not all powerful as Christ is. 
          Daniels vision was much troubling to him. He felt much sorrow for his people and dreaded to think what was going to happen to them. But don’t be afraid. Your god is strong and all powerful. He is in control of the affairs of men. His angels surround you and they represent the power of the Almighty God.
          There are good angels and there are bad angels among us. The angels of God stand with Gods people to comfort them and hold them up when times get bad. Jesus also had these angelic beings available to Him should He have chosen to call on them.                                                                     (Matthew 26:53)Thinkest thou that I cannot pray to my father, and he shall give me more than twelve legions of angels. Think what power Jesus had if he had chosen to use it. At the nod of his head he could have had an army of undefeatable angels at his command had he chosen to ask for them. There is no doubt he could easily have avoided the cross had he chose.(See Matthew4:11 and Hebrews 1:14) We have guarding angels close by to protect us, they are the elect of the holy angels and they number into the millions, see (Hebrews 12:22). Sadly though, millions of evil angels or fallen angels which are mentioned in Gods word still occupy the heavens. They are Satan’s Demons or henchmen. Satan is the prince of these demons. Together Satan and his dominions control the minds of many leaders such as many of the Old Testament kings and many of modern monsters such as Adolph Hitler, Josef Stalin, and Idi Amins, including such monsters as Bin Laden and other terrorists. These despots are pertinent to the understanding of the last revelation of Daniel.           
           This is something that needs quite a bit of thought. Today with an existing European Union the revised Roman Empire and a new nation called Israel, for the first time in two thousand plus years. The Jews are in control of Jerusalem and it is now designated as their capital city. We find ourselves with an increasing number of signs pointing to the end times. This being one of the main signs; Jerusalem can now again be trodden down by Gentiles again for the first time in over 2500 plus years.
          The message was again hard for Daniel to hear and accept but this time he was able to understand it. He knew there was going to be a terrible persecution of Israel, and that it would occur during the latter days. (Matthew 24:22) And those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened. (Jeremiah 30:7) Alas! For that day is great, so that none is like it:  it is even the time of Jacobs’s troubles; but he shall be saved out of it:    
(Daniel 12:1) And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince that standeth for 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, everyone that shall be found written in the book.
          As you recall Daniels end time prophesies started when he was a prisoner of Nebuchadnezzar. He told Nebuchadnezzar that there was a God in heaven that revealeth secrets and he has sent me to tell thee Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days. For we that now occupy Gods earth, the hand writing is on our walls also. If we would only look at the signs the seventieth week of Daniel is rapidly approaching. But there is some good news to believers in Christ and that is we will be raptured out of harms way prier to the start of this trribleTribulation. period                                                                                         (Daniel 18-21)18 Again the one that looked like a man touched me and gave me strength.
19 Do not be afraid O man highly esteemed he said. “Peace! Be strong now; be strong now be strong.”  When he spoke to me, I was strengthened and said. “Speak my lord, since you have given me strength.” 
20 So he said “do you know why I have come to you? Soon I shall return to fight against the prince of Persia, and when I go the prince of Greece will come;  
21 But first I will tell you what is written in the book of truth (Bible) no one supports me against them except Michael your prince.

          The angel does not give up on Daniel. He touches him again in order to give him more strength. This is an important message for us also. Our strength comes from the Lord and it comes slowly but surely. The Bible says to partake of his strength daily. We don’t receive years of strength by reading one Scripture and then leaving the Bible closed for six months or more. Or go to church maybe only once a month. Pray constantly, for when we quit praying that is when the prince of the air attempts to devour us.   (1 Peter 5: 8) Be sober be vigilant; because you’re advisory the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 
          Daniel knew he needed help and he gladly accepted it when God sent it to him. Gabriel made sure that Daniel understood. Then Gabriel told him he had to get back to the battle zone but he wanted to make sure Daniel fully understood his visions and their reasons and what God had shown him about the future of his people the Jews, and when it would occur. Gabriel was going back to rejoin Michael in his battle with the demons controlling the ruler of Persia.
          When the battle with the demons controlling the king of Persia was finished there would be yet another battle and that would be after the Medo-Persian Empire fell to Greece which God had predicted in Daniel’s dreams. There would be another demonic spirit in control of the leader of Greece. Alexander was an extremely corrupt leader even though he was a military genius. So the demonic spirits were in control of him also. And his predicted fall soon came. The word of God is extremely amazing. This happened just as God told Daniel that it would, a full two hundred years in advance of his downfall.
          The text has a double meaning when the angel states: there will come a time when the nations will fight again. So when will Persia war against the Jews? The answer, when the Russian army marches against Israel, as mentioned in
(Ezekiel 38: 1-5)  It would be good if you read the entire chapter.  it is very informitive.                            
And the word of the lord came unto me saying.
Son of man set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, The chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him.
And say Thus saith the Lord God, Behold; I am against thee O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal:

And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of Armor, even a great company with bucklers and shields all of them handling swords: Persia (Iran and Iraq) Ethiopia Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet.              
           This chapter of Ezekiel speaks of how Russia, Iran, Ethiopia, Iraq and Libya, will attack Israel. This will more than likely be during the middle of the Tribulation period when the Antichrist causes the seven year peace treaty to be broken. Iran (formally Persia) is already rattling the saber by trying to construct an atomic bomb. Iran and Iraq were both formally part of the old Persia Empire.
           When Russia invades Israel, the European Union leaders will say this cannot be allowed and their armies will march to try to turn Russia back. This is when the prince of Greece will be involved. Greece became a member of the European Union on January 1, 1981. The Greek army will probably be with the rest of the E.U. forces facing Gog or Russia. The powerful revived Roman Empire including Greece is already starting to form its own army. This army will move into the Middle East with great strength. Also the armies of all of the English speaking peoples will be with them. This is going to happen in our generation. The time is coming. The seals that kept the lid on the mysteries of Daniel are now coming off and with their unsealing we can now see how close we are to the time of the end. According to Ezekiel38:4 the European Union will be successful. Russia will be driven back all the way to Siberia loosing 80% of their army.
                                                 Michael the Angel warier
          Michael is the archangel who does battle, even though Gabriel can do battle, and he is a good fighter, his main job is as a messenger. Michael is mentioned in Daniel and in Revelation as a warrior also. One of the most important predictions Daniel received is when Michael stands up or supports the Jewish people (Daniel 12:1) Michael will rise to fight when the greatest anti-Semitic purge in history takes place, when Satan is cast out of heaven (Revelation 12:7-13) Michael will be there to defend Gods people. Satan is desperate. He knows he has a very short time. Only 4 ½ years will be left of the Tribulation period. Satan must work fast and with all the malice and hatred he can muster.
           Satan controlled and empowered the Antichrist during the first half of the tribulation but he did it from his place in the heavens. Now that he has been cast to earth, he takes over the body of the Antichrist when he is killed. Satan returns him to life and then enters his body causing him to become deranged and frightful. At this point he tries to destroy every Jew on the planet, (Revelation 12:13) states “he persecutes the woman that brought forth the man child.” This is Mary, the Jewish virgin who depicts the greatest anti Semitic onslaught history has ever seen. The man child is none other than Jesus Christ But there is good news; Michael will win the final battle. He has pinned Satan’s ears back before. Michael does this with the intervention of the Lord.
          Michael stops the devastation being inflicted on the Jewish nation and saves them from the distress that they are suffering (Jeremiah 30:7) and (Daniel 12:1) tells of their deliverance, a day that is yet to come. We should pray for the peace of Israel (Psalm 122:6) for if we do we will prosper. Christ will come to begin his thousand year reign on earth at this time and Michael will rid the earth of its worst enemy of all. tiime                                                                                                                                                (Revelation 20:1-2) says,
“I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years.”
          Great mysteries were revealed in chapter ten but the mysteries are only partly revealed to us. We now move on to the final two chapters of Daniel. Hopefully angelic beings will provide us with information about the time of the end and how our Lord Jesus Christ and legions of angels will continue to intervene in the affairs of men and women everywhere. We can watch the news as events occur but be assured that God is in control. As international events unfold we will understand more fully the mysteries that have been hidden for centuries.

NOTE one more pestilence has been reported by the CDC Killer TB. No antibiotic can touch it. It is now spreading throughout Africa and is associated with Aids, but kills everyone that comes in contact with it. It has no cure; it is rampant in African Hospitals today, and now we have swine flu and also there is an outbreak of Ebola or Hemorrhagic fever in Uganda also in Africa Ebola also has no cure. A new mosquito born virus that affects new born babies has now just made it's appearance in 2016
                                                          CHAPTER 11                        
          The book of Daniel was written in the late 600’s and early 500’s B.C. It is not a fake. Many skeptics want to impart their atheistic ideas on the worlds religious leaders and their congregations saying that the book of Daniel is a fake and that it had to be written after all these events took place for no man could possibly know all these monumental world events before they happened. The truth is no man did. These people do not give God any credit for his ability to send his Holy Spirit to the prophet Daniel and show him the things to come which He did. Prophecies which came true up till now were (1) Nebuchadnezzar’s rise, punishment, and conversion. (2) Belshazzar’s appointed kingship and the handwriting on the wall and his ultimate destruction. (3)The Medo-Persian conquest of the Babylonian Empire and many other territories: (4) Greece and their leader Alexander’s conquest of Medo-Persia, including most of the known world at the time. (5) The breakup of the Greek empire into four sections led by four of Alexander’s former generals and their final conquest by Rome; (6) Antiochus Epiphanes, a barbaric murderous Syrian king forerunner of the Antichrist. He murdered thousands of Jews. (7) The rise of the Roman Empire and it’s conquests of the known world. (8) and the mathematical prediction of the exact day that Christ would ride into Jerusalem on an Ass. (9) Rome’s destruction of Jerusalem, including the temples, and murderous scattering of the Jews again.
          All of the above prophesies came true, even to the day they were supposed to happen. Only God in all His wisdom could have known in advance what was to transpire for He is the one that laid out the plan for history in the first place. Nothing is haphazard or unknown when it comes to the work of the Almighty God. God, no doubt gave Daniel these visions and dreams through the visitation of the Holy Spirit. He did this for future generations so they could be warned of the terrible things that is to come. These things suggest we are rapidly approaching the time of the end. We should prepare ourselves by receiving Christ as our Savior before it is too late.  This will be our last warning please heed it.
    Daniel 11:1-4)                       
1-And I in the First year of Darius the Mede, even I, stood to confirm and to strengthen him.
2-And now will I show 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.
3-And a mighty king shall stand up, that shall rule with great dominion, and do according to his will.
4-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.   
                
          These first four verses trace the history of four Persian rulers including Alexander the Great of Greece. Giving summary details of the Polemist of Egypt and the Seleucids of Syria these two represented the two major divisions of Alexander’s worldwide kingdom. These kind of historic details confound the skeptics who say, “How could anyone, including God, have known with such accuracy the events, the people, and actions of nations four centuries before it happened?”   We care less about the skeptics because we know God knows the future before it ever happens because He created it. God knows all things.
           All of this vision of Daniel has been fulfilled. When Daniel received his fourth vision Cyrus was king of Medo-Persia. But Christ in the vision told Daniel there would be three more rulers of Medo-Persia prior to the fourth ruler. These three kings were Cambyses, Pseudo-Smerdis, and Darius The fourth would be Xerxes, the 1st. powerful ruler who later accumulated a great powerful army and wealth over a four year period which he used to invade Greece in 480 B.C. This attack caused Alexander the Great to attack and defeat Persia 150 years later. The young king Alexander although he grasped world control died soon after of Malaria and Syphilis at the age of 32.                                                                                            .             First we saw a defeated Greece in the form of a leopard (Daniel 7:6), then as a fast powerful goat with one horn between its eyes in (Daniel 8:5-6). These events were prophesied and were fulfilled.
(Daniel 11:5-35)                                       
5- And the king of the south shall be strong, and one of his princes: and he shall be strong above him, and have dominance; his dominion shall be a great dominion.
6- 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 strengthened her in these times 
  ( assignation).
7- But out of the branch of her roots shall one stand up in his estate, which shall come with an army, and enter into the fortress of the king of the north, and shall deal against them and shall prevail:
8- And shall also carry captives into Egypt their gods, with their princes, and with their precious vessels of silver and gold; and he shall continue more years than the king of the north.
9-So the king of the south shall come into his kingdom, and shall return into his own land    
                                                                                                             
10-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 unto his fortress 
11-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 unto his hand.
12-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.
13-For the king of the north shall return, and set forth a multitude greater than the former, and shall certainly come after certain years with a great army and with much riches.

 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 fal
15-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.
16--But he that Commeth against him shall do according to his own will, and now shall stand before him: and he shall stand in the glorious land, which by his hand shall be consumed.
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.
18-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.

19-Then he shall turn his face toward the fort of his own land: but he shall stumble and fall, and not be found.
20-Then shall stand up in his estate a raiser of taxes in the glory of the kingdom: but within a few days he will be destroyed, neither in anger nor in battle.
21-And in his estate shall stand up a vile person, to whom they shall not give the honor of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries.
22-And with the arms of a flood shall they be over flown from before him, and shall be broken; yea also the prince of the covenant. 
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.
24-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 the riches: yea, and he shall forecast his devices against the strongholds, even for a time. 
25-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  will be stirred up to battle with a great and mighty army; but he shall not stand: for they shall forecast devices against him.    

26-Yea, they that feed of the portion of his meat shall destroy him, and his army shall overflow: and many shall fall down slain.
27-And both these kings’ 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.
28-Then shall he return into his land with great riches; and his heart shall be against the holey covenant; and he shall do exploits, and return to his own land.
29-At the time appointed he shall return, and come toward the south; but it shall not be as the former, or as the latter.
30-For the ships of chit’tim 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.
31-And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that makes desolate.
32-And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall be corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong and do exploits.  
33-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.

34-Now when they shall fall they shall be helped with a little help: but many will cleave to them with flatteries.
35-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 time of the end.
                                               
                                     Wars between the kings of the north and kings of the south
          The preceding verses contain 135 prophecies which have been 100% fulfilled down to the letter, not a mistake or a missed event. These prophecies cover wars between Egypt and Assyria or today’s Syria. These nations were constantly at war with first one then the other being victorious. These wars took a terrible toll on the governments and people of the regions.
          A plan was formed and agreed to by both nations. The plan was this: Prolemy ll had a daughter Berenice and it was decided if she married Antiochus ll of Syria, a long and lasting peace and coalition could be formed between the two nations. But since it was an arranged marriage Antiochus ll of Syria hated the arrangement but chose to live with what he did not like for political reasons. The king of Egypt suddenly died giving Antiochus a chance to be rid of the wife he disliked. So he divorced her and took his former wife Laodicea back.               
          When the marriage of Berenice to the Syrian king was arranged and consummated it was the practice for the new wife’s closest family to accompany her to her new home. Laodicea had become extremely jealous of Berenice so she decided to have her killed along with her family. She did so by having her and her family poisoned. In the end the peace between Egypt and Assyria did not hold. In fact this was only the beginning of the bloodshed between the two powers from the north and south.
          Other famous names to be reckoned with during the next four centuries would be men such as Ptolemy Euergetes, also Seleucus Callinicus, Antiochus 3rd. and Ptolemy Philopator and also the wicked Antiochus Epiphanes. While in Egypt he gained great wealth and conned his way to the throne. Once there he showed his unnatural hatred for the Jews. This could be described by (Verse 28).This beast of a human would also be a pre- runner of the end time dictator, the Antichrist. He used many of the same brutal tactics and killed thousands of Jews.
          It would take an entire ancient history book to cover the history that takes place between verses 1 and 35 which covers the 135 prophesies and their fulfillment. All prophesies have all been fulfilled to the letter. There is no evidence in history to contradict even one of these prophecies. They were all fulfilled 100%. They introduce us to the end time events, which is rapidly approaching. All future prophesies yet to come in this chapter can be expected to be fulfilled just as complete as the first 135 prophesies were.
        The futuristic revelations of Daniel begin with Verse 36.                    
36-And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvelous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper until the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done.
37-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.
38-But in his estate he shall honour the god of forces: and a god his fathers knew not he shall honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things.

39-Thus he shall do in 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.
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, with horsemen, and with many ships: and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over.
41-He shall enter also into the glorious land, but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon.
42-He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape.  
                                                                                       
43-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.
45-And 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 make away with many.
46-And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas of the glorious holy mountain: yet he shall come to his end and none shall help him.
                                                                                                    Conflicts to be waged between the Antichrist and his political enemies: He meets his end at the beautiful temple mount, most likely Armageddon. He will be cast into the lake of fire by Christ                                                                                                                                      
 

The end time king “Antichrist” and his seven year reign of terror:
       The first thirty five verses of chapter eleven which deal with the Medo-Persian and Grecian empires have been completely fulfilled. Continual wars between the king of the south, Egypt and the king of the north Assyria; all of these events have been documented in ancient or secular history and also in religious history. This also includes the wicked Antiochus Epiphanes. (164)B.C. and how he emulates the Antichrist yet to come. But now we start with an entirely new territory, prophecies yet to be fulfilled. None of these prophecies can be related to already fulfilled or historical events. These yet to be fulfilled prophecies represent the Antichrist who will wield his world wide power and influence for seven years, or the tribulation period.
          The Antichrist will be childlike in that he demands his own way. He will blaspheme the true God and say terrible things against the one true God. He will be an absolute dictator with no mercy for anyone or anything. This was said of the little horn of Daniel. (Daniel 7:25) The Antichrist will be a mad man who will claim he is god; he will attempt to obliterate Israel. This mad man hates Jesus so much that he refuses to bow down to Him and kills those that he catches doing so. (Revelation 13:15; also 20:4). His hatred of women stems from the fact that Jesus came from a woman and he hates anything associated with Christ.
                     The Antichrist as the greatest deceiver of all time:        
          Some people think that the Antichrist will be a Jew who has departed from his belief in the God of his fathers, Yahweh. This can’t be because he is to be born in and come out of the revised Roman Empire or the European Union. Therefore he will be a Gentile or may be a Muslim. He may believe and be a promoter of the New Age movement, believing himself to be god. Pay close attention to this dangerous movement. We are so close to the end times. Pay particular heed to the words the advocates of this use, when they say “you are little gods,” or “you can be like god,” or “you can make your happiness,” or “you need to do nothing more than center yourself in your own consciousness,” and continually repeat the phrase “I am.” These phrases place them very close to blasphemy. This group and their attitude will make the Antichrist feel right at home with them. We who have ears to hear and eyes to see know that God has revealed these final truth’s to Daniel. The book is now open and the seals have been removed. The predicted events are now happening and the end time is here. God pity the lost.
          The Antichrist is an evil opponent of the Almighty God and his people, but he is a great deceiver. He comes as a man of peace making a binding covenant with Israel at the beginning of the seventieth week or seven year period predicted in Daniel. This pact will tie Israel so tightly to the Antichrist that Israel will be the “right arm,” of this revived Roman ruler in the Middle East. lf there are any attack on Israel at that time they will be considered a direct attack on the Antichrist himself.
          When Israel is attacked by Egypt, king of the south and Russia, king of the north, we will see the pact the Antichrist made with Israel and Islam for what it really is. How deceitful will the Antichrist actually be?
(Daniel 11:38) says, “He shall honor the god of forces: and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honor with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things.                        
          The Antichrist will get his way because of his slick tongue and his New Age thinking. He will fool all the earth into believing every word he says and getting the entire world under his thumb. He will honor New Age gods and personalities, all minor gods which the Antichrist as the head god. This monster will take from the rich and heap enormous wealth on the poor and have-nots earning their worship and loyalty. But that traitor will eventually rid himself of his most loyal followers.
                           The following passage will tell what this beast will be like:
          And I saw a beast coming out of the sea. He had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on his horns, and on each head a blasphemous name.
The beast I saw resembled a leopard, but had feet like those of a bear and a mouth like that of a lion. The dragon gave the beast his power and his throne and great authority. One of the heads of the beast seemed to have a fatal wound, but the fatal wound had been healed.                                                                The whole world was astonished and followed the beast. Men worshiped the dragon because he had given authority to the beast, and they also worshiped the beast and asked, “Who is like the beast? Who can make war against him?” The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise his authority for forty two months. He opened his mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling place and those that live in heaven. He was given power to make war against the saints and to conquer them. And he was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation. All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast-all whose names have not been written in the book of life belonging to the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world.
He, who has an ear, let him hear. If anyone is to go into captivity, captivity he will go. If anyone is to be killed with the sword, with the sword he will be killed.
          Then I saw another beast coming out of the earth. He had two horns like a lamb, but he spoke like a dragon. He exercised all the authority of the first beast on his behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed.
          And he performed great and miraculous signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to earth in full view of men. Because of the signs he was given power to do on behalf of the first beast, he deceived the inhabitants of the earth. He ordered them to set up an image in honour of the beast that was wounded by the sword and yet lived. He was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that it could speak and cause all that refused to worship the image to be beheaded. He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, So that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name.
          This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight let him calculate the number of the beast, his number is 666.        The mark of the beast those that take it are dammed                                    
           For one thing the number comes one short of Gods perfect number (7). There have been various schemes trying to interpret the number 666 to a man’s name. Some of these results are Eunthas, or Lateinous, and Nero Caesar, which presently is the favorite. Others take 666 to be the symbol of the trinity of evil. Satan, Antichrist, and the False Prophet but the Bible says it is a man’s number and his number is 666. This number could come from the new world order as all people are given numbers for identification such as our social security system. This numbering system will most likely start at the source, the European Union which will give the lowest numbers to the most important leaders. The man receiving the number 666 could then manifest himself as the world leader through politics and then through Satan’s power. His egotistical pride would undoubtedly cause him to include his number as a prefix to all numbers that are assigned to people later as the mark of the beast. It will probably be through barcodes or readable chips implanted in the hand or forehead. Enough speculation for now; this mystery will be disclosed after the Rapture and not before.                                         
          This mark will be mandatory for anyone to be able to buy as much as a loaf of bread or any type of food, clothing, shelter, or any of the other necessities of life. To be caught without it will mean death, especially if it is rejected, but to accept it will mean an even worse fate than death, an eternity in a burning hell with no reprieve.    
          This beast will be killed and resurrected as Christ was Resurrected, (Daniel 11:45; Revelation 12:3). This resurrection will most likely be the work of Satan, who had been cast down to earth. This will happen after the midpoint of the Tribulation and during one of the battles to be fought at that time. Satan was enraged by his lowly position. So Satan raised the Antichrist from the dead. At the same time he took possession of his body in order to have a human body with which he could use to perform his evil deeds. He could also receive human worship as a form of deity. His spiritual body was insufficient for him to do his dirty work and it was invisible to human eyes. Therefore it was harder for him to receive the worship he had always desired. With the help of the false prophet, Satan would be worshiped as a god when the image the false prophet erected for him was given life to speak.
          Unknown to many Christians these numbers in various forms, are being prepared as identification tags on products going in and out of the European Union. Just recently a thousand or more Greek Orthodox priests and Nuns conducted protest marches in Athens against the I.D. that they claim contain the number 666. Things are occurring at a fast rate pointing to the end times. Until then Daniel will remain a “sealed book,” closed until the time of the end. Only at that time would the book be unsealed and revealed and its mysteries understood. That hour has arrived. Here is a little tidbit regarding Gog & Magog as Russia. If you take the name Meshech back to its origin, it would be Meshech, then Mosach, then Moscoti, then Moscovi, and then finally Moscow. These name changes occurred over many years with many different ethnic groups who occupied the cities, but in the end it came down to Moscow the capital of Russia. You can take a strait edge and place it through Israel and directly through the North Pole. You will find it goes directly through Moscow Russia, the king of the north that will attack Israel during the mid point of the Tribulation.                              
                           The seventieth week of Daniel is now at hand.
           In verse 40 we read, “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 king of the south is Egypt combined with a federation of Arab nations that will unite with Egypt. These countries are listed in (Ezekiel 38:5-6) as Persia, (modern day Iran and Iraq) Ethiopia, Lybia, Turkey, Syria, Edom, Moab, Jordan, Lebanon, and Palestine. Russia, the king of the north also appears on the scene.
          A Jewish Rabbi in 1935 wrote a book that stated: “we Jews can know everything about our future just from the book of Daniel alone.” Other Jewish scholars clarify in depth the teachings in Daniel 11:40-45. It quotes the Midrash Thallium that states: “There will be three different attacks against Jerusalem at the time of the end.” These attacks will be explained later.
          When Russia heads south to do battle she will be a mighty force as she comes against the Antichrist’s army with chariots, horsemen and many ships. This will be the first military wave of the three pronged Armageddon campaign mentioned in Daniel 11:40 At the time of the end the king of the south will engage him in battle, and the king of the north shall storm out against him with chariots and cavalry and a great fleet of ships. He will invade many countries and sweep through them like a flood. When the king of the south (Egypt and the Arab federation) and the king of the north Russia begin their pincer movement (Ezekiel 38:16) says and thou shall come up against my people Israel as a cloud to cover the land; it shall be in the latter days, and I will bring thee against my land, that the heathen may know me, when I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog, before their eyes.   
          Once Russia makes her move the Antichrist will be furious. He will enter the “glorious land,” Israel.
And as of October of 2016 Russia has moved troops into Syria it's starting looks kike.
          Here is what to expect. The Antichrist will sit in Jerusalem in the Jewish temple in the middle of the Tribulation period. The second three and one half years he will call himself God. Since he knows he has a short time to do his mischief. While incarnated by Satan he spews forth wrath and hatred. When he hears that Russia and the Arab league are invading the region he moves with speed to put an end to the militaristic activity of Russia, Egypt and their hordes.                                                                                                    The European Union has taken a stand in the war and the Antichrist has driven back the first wave of Russian and Arab invaders. At this point Russia has fled to Siberia (Joel 2:20)I will drive the northern army far from you, pushing it into a parched and barren land, with its front columns going into the eastern sea and those in the rear going into the western sea. And its stench shall go up: its smell will rise. Russia has taken the worst defeat in its history as a nation but it will rearm and try again with the help of China.
          Now another movement of troops is on the move to the Middle East to invade Israel. Daniel (11:44) states:  “Tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him: therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy.” The Antichrist is now enraged. He has heard that enormous oriental armies are on the move towards the Middle East and they are accompanied by the remainder of the Russian armies. This worries him for he wonders how he can fend off two hundred million troupes that are out to destroy him Revelation (9:16). During this time he is killed by Gog of Russia. But as we learned earlier he suddenly comes back to life. This is when Satan takes control of his body. He sits in the Jewish temple on the throne calling himself God. The whole world worships him and this is what Satan has always wanted.               
          (2 Thessalonians 2:4) declares “who opposeth and exalteth above all that is called God, or that is worshiped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is god.  
This is the mid point of the tribulation period  Russia now invades the (Ezekiel 38:10-  12)                         (10) This is what the Sovereign Lord says: On that day thoughts will come into your mind and you will devise an evil scheme.                                                                                                                            (11) You will say I will invade a land of unwalled villages; I will attack a peaceful an unsuspecting people all of them living without walls and without gates and bars.                                                                            (12  “I will plunder and loot and turn my hand against the resettled ruins and the people gathered from the nations, rich in livestock and goods, living at the center of the land.”
Sheba and Dedans and the merchants of Tar shish and all her villages will say to you, “Have you come to plunder? “Have you gathered your hordes to loot and carry off silver and gold, to take away livestock and goods and to seize much plunder?”
          Therefore son of man say to Gog: This is what the Sovereign Lord says: in that day when my people Israel are living in safety, will you not take notice of it?
          You will come from your place in the far north, you and many nations with you, all of them riding on horses, a great horde, a mighty army.
You will advance against my people Israel like a cloud that covers the land. In days to come O Gog I will bring you against my land so the nations may know me when I show myself holy through you before their eyes. This is what the Sovereign Lord says: are you not the one I spoke of in former days by my servants the prophets of Israel? At that time they prophesied for years that I would bring you against them.
This is what will happen in that day: When Gog attacks the land of Israel, my hot anger will be aroused, declares the Sovereign Lord.
In my zeal and fury and wrath I declare at that time there shall be a great earthquake in the land of Israel.
          The fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the beasts of the field, every creature that moves along the ground, and all the people on the face of the earth will tremble at my presence. The mountains will be overturned, the cliffs will crumble and every wall will fall to the ground.
I will summon a sword against Gog on all my mountains, declares the Sovereign Lord. Every man’s sword will be against his brother.
I will execute judgment upon him with plague and bloodshed; I will pour down torrents of rain, hailstones and burning sulfur on him and on his troops and on the many nations with him.  
And so I will show my greatness and holiness and I will make myself known in the sight of many nations. They then will know that I am the Lord.          
          Ezekiel (39:1-14)     A dire Warning to Russia Putin please read               
          Son of man prophesy against Gog and say: This is what the sovereign Lord says: I   am against you O Gog chief prince of Meshech and Tubal.
I will turn you around and drag you along; I will bring you from the far north and send you against the mountains of Israel.
Then I will strike your bow from your left hand and make your arrows drop from your right hand.
On the mountains of Israel you will fall, you and all your troops and the nations with you. I will give you as food to all kinds of carrion birds and to the wild animals.
You will fall in the open fields, for I have spoken declares the Sovereign Lord.
                   
          When Russia invades Israel they will be destroyed. According to Ezekiel the prophet, there will only be a remnant of the mighty army left to flee north. This remnant will reorganize and join China when they come to attack Israel. The second wave attacks in the Armageddon campaign as two hundred million soldiers move against Israel. This will not be a difficult task for China, a country with close to 1.4 billion people. They will march south, probably through Iran or Iraq. Revelation 16:12 says. The sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates and the waters were dried up.                                             This wave of enormous military strength will destroy 1/3 of the inhabitants of the world. And with the river dried up the eastern armies would have no problem reaching Israel. This monumental army in spite of its power is also defeated. In the final battle of Armageddon Antichrist and his armies battle Christ. This is the battle of all battles. This will be the war which will end all wars for all time. The Antichrist thinks he can keep Christ from setting up his kingdom on earth Revelation (19:19) “I saw the Beast and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Christ that sat on the white horse, and against his army.”
          Christ will destroy the Antichrist and his armies with the brightness of his coming. He then takes the beast and the false prophet and casts them into the lake of fire. Satan is chained and cast into the bottomless pit where he will remain for a thousand years. He will be released upon the earth a short spell and attempt to make war on Christ but he will be defeated and cast into the lake of fire by Jesus Christ.  
          God will fulfill these remaining prophecies very soon. The generation that saw Israel become a nation will see those events take place unless they are Christians and are taken in the Rapture of the church in which case they will with luck then miss the devastation.                                  
                                                              CHAPTER 12
(Daniel 12- 1)-
At that time Michael, the great prince who protects your people, will arise. There will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then. But at that time your people everyone whose name is found written in the book, will be delivered.                                               (Daniel 12-2 )-The multitudes that sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt.
    I want all to know Jew and Gentile alike, that the Old Testament defiantly teaches the promise of a resurrection and that there will defiantly be an afterlife, or life beyond the grave
. This is an event we should all be looking forward to if we firmly believe in Jesus as our Savior. Read (John :28-29) “Marvel mot at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good unto the resurrection of life.” That is the Rapture. “Then they that have done evil unto the resurrection of damnation,” That will be when the lost will come forth to stand before Jesus Christ at the Great white throne of judgment.. Then Revelation (4:1) says. “After this I looked, and behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me which said come up hither, and I will shew the things which must come hereafter.  At this point this is the Rapture  
(Daniel 12- 3)-
Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness like the stars for ever and ever.
The resurrected Jews who lived a holy life will receive rewards at the Judgment seat of Christ just as the church will. Those who did not will be punished eternally. Michael has been the protector of the Jewish people since their beginning and throughout history. He will be even more important to Israel in the days to come as events deteriorate into something worse than anyone has ever seen since the dawn of history. The rise of the Antichrist and his evil ways; Michael will also be doing battle with Satan, until he finally chains him and locks him in the bottomless pit. Read Jeremiah (30:7) and Matthew (24:21)    
(Daniel 12- 4)-
But you Daniel close up and seal the words of the scroll until the time of the end. Many will go here and there to increase knowledge.    Daniel is told that this vision was not for his day and that it would be understood at the time of the end. Therefore many of the prophecies dealing with the revived Roman Empire as in Daniel chapter two, in the form of an image, as well as the four beasts described in chapter seven would not be understood until the end time when the book would be unsealed and understandable, which is now. We see these prophecies as the European Union or revised Roman Empire which is here now. And this all happened when Israel again became a nation and Jerusalem became the capital of Israel in 1980 before which these prophecies were mysteries. No one knew how Jerusalem could be trodden down by the gentiles as long as it was still a gentile city.    
(Daniel12- 5)-
Then I Daniel looked, and there before me stood two others, one on this bank of the river and one on the opposite bank.
(Daniel 12- 6
) One of them said to the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, “How long will it be until these astonishing things are fulfilled?”
(Daniel 12- 7)-
The man clothed in linen who was above the waters of the river, lifted his right hand and his left hand toward heaven, and I heard him swear by him who lives for ever, saying, it will be for a time, times and half a time. When the power of the holy people has been broken, all these things will be completed.
(Daniel 12- 8)-
I heard but I did not understand. So I asked, “My lord, what will the outcome of all this be?”
(Daniel12-9)
-He replied, ‘’ go your way, Daniel, because the words are closed up and sealed until the time of the end.
(Daniel 12- 10)-
Many will be purified, made apostles and refined, but the wicked will continue to be wicked. None of the wicked will understand, but those who are wise will understand.
(Daniel 12- 11)-
And From the time that the daily sacrifice is abolished and the abomination that causes desolation is set up there will be 1,290 days.
(Daniel12 12)
-Blessed is the one who waits for and reaches the end of the 1,335 days.
(Daniel12- 13)-A
s for you go your way till the end. You will rest then at the end of the days you will rise to receive your allotted inheritance.                                                           
Verse 12:2.was the first clear reference to the resurrection of both the righteous and the evil; this phrase occurs only once here in the Old Testament.                                                                                        Verse 12:5. Two was the minimum number of witnesses to an oath.
Verse 12:7 Time, Times, and Half a Time.  Time = 1 year, 2 Times = 2 more years, and half a time= 1/2 a year. This totals three and one half years, the exact duration of the final half of the Tribulation period or one half of the 7 years the length of tribulations.  
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erse 11- 1,260 + 30 days to train priests =1,290 days then it will take 45 days for Christ to Judge those that are to be permitted into the kingdom so 1,290+45 = 1,335
Verse 12-1,335 days: These two figures gives reason to wonder, but you will see that the word of God is always correct down to the last digit. Now read Matthew (25: 31-46)
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31)When the Son of man shall come in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then shall he sit on the throne of His Glory:
(32) And before Him shall be gathered all nations: and He shall separate them one from another, as a Shepard divideth his sheep from the goats:
(33) And He shall set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left.
(34)Then shall the King say unto them on His right hand, Come ye blessed of my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

(35) For I was an hungered, and Ye gave meat: I was thirsty and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger and you took me in:
(36) Naked and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me; I was in prison, and ye came unto me.                                                    
(37) Then shall the righteous answer Him saying, Lord, when saw we thee a hungered, and fed thee! Or thirsty and gave thee drink?
(38) When saw we thee a stranger and took thee in? Or naked and clothed thee?
(39) Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison and came unto thee?
(40) And the King shall answer and say unto them, verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren ye have done it unto me.
(41) Then he shall say also unto them on the left hand, depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
(42) For I was a hungered, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty and ye gave me no drink:
(43) I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: Naked and ye clothed me not:  sick and in prison and ye visited me not.

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) Then they also answer Him saying, Lord, when saw we thee hungered, or a thirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?
(45) Then shall he answer them saying, Verily I say unto you, insomuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.
(46) And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.       

(2 Chronicles 30:2-4) (2
)The king and his officials and the whole assembly in Jerusalem decided to celebrate the Passover in the second month.                                                                                            (3) They had not been able to celebrate it at the regular time because not enough priests had consecrated themselves and the people had not assembled themselves in Jerusalem.                            (4) The plan seemed right to the king and the whole assembly.
    
The king realized it would take thirty days to consecrate enough priests. Therefore an additional thirty day period will be needed for Gods people to spiritually prepare themselves to rule and reign with Christ at the greatest event in history.       
     Looking at the 1,260 days instead of seeing something confusing, we need to check other portions of Scripture. It will take another 75 days to complete the 1,335 days. Well it takes 45 days to determine who enters the millennial period and thirty days to train the priests, a total of 75 days 1,260 +45 +30= 1335 days. Ironically 3 -1/2 Jewish years of 360 days equals 1,260 days, or 1/2 the Millennial period.        
    Daniel went trough many troublesome times in his life but was greatly loved by God for his loyalty and service. He was one of the greatest prophets of the Old Testament and his end time prophecies are coming true with great speed. The revived Roman Empire is fast building its world government. Israel is now a nation with Jerusalem as its Capital city. As long as Israel has been a nation it has had nothing but persecution from its neighbors, the Arab states, including wars, and terrorist attacks. Israel has never known Real   peace since it has been a nation. It will be hungry for a peace pact that could give it some relief, making it easy for the Antichrist to beguile them.
    Another sad thing is that our churches are not as on fire for the works of God as they used to be. They are turning cold, some even departing from his teachings.
      Here is something to ponder. Are not these events leading up to the end time and the battle of Armageddon, also leading to the Rapture of the church, and the return of Christ to be King of this world? These are Daniel’s predictions stop and think;                    
    This is something that Christians and sinners alike should consider, especially those that have not accepted Jesus as their Savior. Christians can look forward to these events without fear whereas those who reject Christ should be having nightmares. It is coming and coming soon. There is no political way to stop it from happening. It’s Gods word.
         
  Ask yourselves these pertinent questions. They are very important to your survival.
When will the Rapture occur and will I be ready to go? You must have accepted Jesus.
When will the final battle take place?
Who will the participants be?
Will there be atomic explosions?
Will anything be left after the battle?
Armageddon? Where, why?
Who will survive? Will the church have to suffer through the Tribulation? Answer to that is definitely NO  
Could I be saved after the Rapture, if I should miss it?   Answer defiantly YES, anyone who puts their trust in Christ will be saved.
    You can find the answer to all these questions in the Book of Daniel, Ezekiel, and Revelation. It is crucial to your survival and avoidance of eternal damnation and the fires of Hell to read them. I have written interpretations of Daniel and Revelation. They will help in understanding these two most important books as you read them.
    Below are some of the events of today leading up to the “End Times.”
The first and most important events are as follows.
First and foremost none of these events would have meant anything had not Israel done this;
ONE Israel became a nation in 1948. The USA was one of the first to recognize her as a sovereign nation. Israel took back Jerusalem as its Capital city in 1967 during the six day war, June 6 to11 a war Israel should have lost, because they faced the largest Arabian army in recent times they were outnumbered 100 to one but won this war in just six days with no other outside worldly help but they had help from somewhere. Then in 1980 Israel made Jerusalem their capital city.
       
    This is the first time Jerusalem had been the capital of Israel in 2,553 years. It had continually been occupied by Gentiles while Jewish people had no home country; a curse they brought on themselves for their unfaithfulness to God.
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When will Armageddon happen? At the end of the tribulation period:
 . Who will be involved? All the world armies.
 . Will Christians be Raptured before Armageddon occurs? (Yes)
    How can I prepare my family? Through prayer and Christian living and training; also keep your children in church.                                                                                                                                                   How does signs pointing to Armageddon point to Christ’s soon coming?
I answer these questions not from my knowledge but from the truth of God’s word. Ezekiel 38 and 39 talks about a war with Russia; the first words of Ezekiel chapter38 says:                                                           (1) And the word of the Lord came unto me saying,                                                                                      (2) Son of man set thy face against Gog, the land  of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him.                                                                                                                               (3) And say, Thus saith the lord God; Behold, I am against the O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal:                                                                                                                                                           (4) And I will turn thee back and put hooks in thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armor, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords:                                                                                                             (5) Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet:                                           (6) Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee.         (Gomer is Germany who must have been ejected from the European Union) probably because the rise of the Neo Nazi movement.
     
 Gog refers to the end time ruler or leader of the four tribe's. The other names in this passage are cross referenced else where in Scripture. They are also confirmed in history. An example Ezekiel 38:1-6 talks about the battle of Gog and Magog. Meshech is also mentioned in Genesis 10:1-3; He was the father of the Gentile people of the world. The Scythians, a barbaric and bloodthirsty tribe who originally settled Russia were called Magog by the Greeks. Meshech is actually the city of Moscow. Tubal is a city in southwest Siberia. Rosh is Russia. The writer of Genesis identified Rosh as a tribe living in the area of the Volga River, which is Russia.
    
Today’s events are aligning more and more with Biblical predictions. Russia’s President Vladimir Putin is moving Russia down a troubled road, building super missiles, and building dangerous alliances in the Middle East and Asia. They’re even traveling to the regions the first time in 40 years that a top Russian leader has visited these radical nations to build partnerships with them, including Iran a rogue nation, a very dangerous threat to Israel and also the U.S.A. and their allies.                                                            Jeremiah 1: 13                                                                                                                                        The word of the Lord came to me again: “What do you see?” “I see a boiling pot tilting away from the north,” I answered.                                                                                                                                  Jeremiah 10:22                                                                                                                                    Listen! The  report is coming-a great commotion from the land of the north! It will make the towns of Judah desolate, a haunt of jackals.
Also Daniel 11:40-44
 
   Talk about the king of the north who unites with the kings of the east. Imagine a military pact between the enormous nations of China and Russia with millions upon millions of soldiers. Except Russia will already have 80% of their troops killed. There is no question Russia will attack Israel in the first invasion of Armageddon. The first of three invasions which comprise the complete Armageddon battle of the future and this invasion will last three  and one half years.                                                                        Among the allies of Russia will be, Persia (Iran & Iraq) Ezekiel 38:5-7) Cush (Ethiopia, Sudan, and the African Muslim nations) and Put (Libya, Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia) Psalms 83:5-7 in a roundabout way mentions Jordan, and Lebanon and also the Palestinians as allies of Russia. Another of Russia’s allies will be “Gomer” which is modern day Germany. At the moment Germany is part of European Union and must have been expelled. Russia will lead the first attack against Israel. We already see Neo Nazis building strength and fanning the flames of hatred of the Jew in Germany again today. Russia will also be aided by Togarmah- today’s Turkey, who is already united with Arab nations openly hostile to Israel, and  Turkey is  an Islamic nation.
           Daniel 11:40 tells us Egypt will head up the Arab nations intent on destroying Israel.  Isaiah also says Syria will be involved and her Capital Damascus will be a heap of rubble. That may happen due to their civil war but most likely by an attack by Israeli atomic missals
    
Why three invasions? Because Russia will be crushed at the end of the first drive and pushed all the way back to Siberia. With 80% of the army lost it will take every available person in Israel seven month’s working around the clock just to bury the Russian dead from the first invasion, what a stink. It will also take specialist in protective clothing to clean up the radiation caused by atomic weapons.
     
      The second invasion will be lead by China accompanied by the remainder of the Russian Army. Revelation 16:12 indicates that China, North Korea, and other Oriental nations will be involved in the second invasion. You should be able to see the writing on the wall in this matter also. China is building up its military as fast as it can and is working on alliances with Iran and other Muslim nations. According to the CIA China now has 200 million soldiers and civilians trained for warfare.                  
          
The Bible tells us that the Euphrates River will be dried up so the eastern armies can walk across on dry land. Only in our lifetime can this be possible because no drought in history ever dried the Euphrates River up. But modern day Turkey has built 17 hydro electric plants and 21 dams on the Euphrates and at a push of a button if they wish they can dry up any part of or all of that river for an extended period of time. (Isn’t it awesome how the Bible knows these things). In other words this war can now take place at any time.  All the ducks are now in a straight row ready for the kill. The Bible says a river of blood will flow the entire length of Israel.
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his will be a war like no other war that has plagued mankind. A third of all mankind will be slain. You can see earmarks of Atomic weapons in (Psalm 97:3-4) Zephaniah (1:18) also, Malachi (4:1) and Revelation (8:7and 9:18) Please read these chapters ln the Bible in order to understand these statements. Thank God those of us who have received the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior will not be here to face this devastation.
  
  The third invasion comes; Zechariah (14:2) speaks of “all nations” coming against Israel. But some will stand with the beleaguered Chosen People: “Tar shish and her young lions.”  This refers to Great Britain and the English speaking peoples of the world, including Australia, Canada, New Zeeland, Ireland and America. The European Union will also stand up for Israel. They are referred to as the kings of the west; but they will have lost Germany to anti-Semitism. It is America’s support of Israel that has caused this wave of terrorism. Nations that hate Israel want to destroy the United States also just because of our friendship with the Jewish State. Bin Laden stated that was why he wanted to destroy the U.S. Israel stands at the center of the conflict. Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39 mentions 18 times that Israel is the site of Armageddon. The Muslims believe their messiah can’t come as long as any Jews still lives so Israel must be totally destroyed.
          
Jesus said in Matthew 24:9 that Israel would be hated by all nations for his name sake. Satan wants to destroy the nation of Israel because God loves the Jew’s. They are the apple of his eye. Satan wants to put God’s eye out
      
     Jeremiah 3:14 says Israel is Gods wife. All the ducks are in a row for Armageddon. (1) Russia will be a mighty power –and it is. (2) China will be a mighty power- and it is. (3) Israel has to be a nation and it has been since 1948. (4) Jerusalem must be controlled by Israel and it is since 1967. (5) The European Union must have formed the Revived Roman Empire and it has at present with 27 nations.    
       
    Hezbollah is nowhere finished. Recent news indicates that there are several thousand Hezbollah warriors being trained and waiting in South America in a country whose president called our president a “devil” They are planning one of the largest foreign invasions and murderous attack’s in history on the United States – and soon. They are hoping that we elect enough anti-gun congressmen and senators to take the firearms away from the American people so their resistance will be much less than it would be against an armed America. We have many foolish leaders with that mind set; also they think taking guns from law-abiding citizens will stop crime but they are badly wrong. The U.N. wants the same thing for all countries. Their reason could be that it would make these countries easier to conquer and control by a one world government. My hope is that the Rapture comes first. A disarmed people are fair game for a dictator such as the Antichrist to take over with little or no resistance.
        
   Listen! Don’t you hear it? The war drums are beating. We stand today on the brink of Armageddon! I’m not exaggerating. Just look at the Middle East.
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A terrorist organization wins a landslide election in the Palestinian territories.     
2- The president of Iran calls Israel a “tumor” and says it should be wiped off the map. He also cheered when Israel’s Prime Minister had a stroke. He also denies that the holocaust ever happened. He is also trying to build atomic weapons to destroy Israel. The Arabs cheered when the 911 attack on the world trade center killed so 3000 people in New York.  
3-The Russian president is making alliances with Islamic countries and has ties with China, and other radical Asian peoples.                         
4- The UN had peacekeepers in Lebanon, some of the same countries troops that will be attacking Israel in the end times.
5- Watch the news closely regarding foreign affairs. You will see things happen that will keep you informed as to how close we really are to the end times. Also watch the happenings in our churches, many of which will make you sick. You can see how some churches will be easy for the False Prophet and Antichrist to take over. The way will already be opened. Thousand's of Christans are being killed in Muslim countries at present                                                                                                                           6-Iran is close to making an atomic bomb, disregarding treaties.
7-Israel says she will be forced to destroy the Iranian nuclear facilities.
8-Russia and China support Iran but many other nations support Israel.                                               9-Egypt had the Muslim Brotherhood as their government but reject them.                                                 10 Syria has a civiristiansl war raging and Libya has new Muslim brotherhood leaders. As of 10/1/2014
11 A new terrorist group called ISIS has formed and is formed as a military group they have taken much of Syria an Iraq by force and are spreading, They claim to be in the USA now, they are backed by Iran.  
                  END of THE STUDY of THE BOOK of DANIEL

   CHRISTIAN

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Charles Holbrook