[News] June 21, 2015 - The Rise and Fall of the Romerican Empire
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THE RISE AND FALL OF THE ROMERICAN EMPIRE
For over two decades, a special ministry has sought to propagate the supernaturally revealed truth that America is the fourth kingdom described in Daniel 7:
“The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces” (Daniel 7:23).
Utilizing the consistent pattern of prophetic parallels, long ago the LORD revealed the four kingdoms counting down to the arrival of JESUS CHRIST, which were allegorized in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream of the great statue composed of a golden head, silver arms, brass belly, and iron legs, were not the same kingdoms as those described as the lion, bear, leopard, and diverse fourth beast. Unfortunately, there are heavily vested interests which put forth the idea the head of gold – the first of four kingdoms in Daniel 2, which is clearly identified as Babylon in the text (Daniel 2:38) – is the same as the lion kingdom in Daniel 7, the first of four kingdoms in Daniel 7, which is not identified in the text:
“Behold, the four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea. And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another. The first was like a lion, and had eagle’s wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth…” (Daniel 7:2-4).
Whenever a believer examines these illustrative sequences featuring the two quartets of kingdoms in Daniel 2 (the four part statue dream), and Daniel 7 (the four part beast vision), they universally focus on the components themselves (the gold, silver, brass, and iron – as well as the lion, bear, leopard), and breeze past the setting. Thus, most miss the fact that the first set of four kingdoms – symbolically pictured as the statue -- is plainly constructed on the earth, whereas the beast kingdoms “came up from the sea” (Daniel 7:2).
Further, almost everyone fails to see the significance of how it is “the four winds of heaven” which stir up the sea – the setting of the beast kingdoms.
Revealingly, the book of Daniel is set in the Babylonian era, the same kingdom in power during the writings of the prophet Ezekiel, whose book was divinely engineered to immediately precede Daniel’s epic work. In the second half of Ezekiel’s prophecy, towards the end of a lengthy narrative describing how the LORD will save the “lost sheep” of the house of Israel (Ezekiel 34:11) by making an “everlasting covenant” with them, through the prophet, God tells Israel that this life will be associated with “the four winds” – precisely the same metaphor used by Daniel.
These “four winds” occur at the conclusion of the hugely important prophecy of the “dry bones,” which are clustered together in a deep valley, and the text clearly states these ancient bones represent the whole house of Israel. In this epic prophecy, we learn the LORD promises to re-gather the dry bones, which were scattered during the Babylonian exile, and to subsequently breathe life into them, under the leadership of a messianic figure associated with the house of David:
“These bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost…Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God: Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves…Then [the LORD] said unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord God; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live” (Ezekiel 37:11, 12, 9).
Having proven a thousand times over the Word of God is divinely inspired, and subtle shades of detail are embedded throughout, we recognize the Hebrew word for wind is also rendered Spirit – plainly indicating the Spirit of the LORD is that which raised Israel from their collective “graves” – an epic event which occurs when people are born again to new life in the Spirit of the LORD.
In fact, the allusion to the spiritually “dead,” who received not Jesus Christ, was applied to the Pharisees, as the LORD described them as graves:
“Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye are as graves which appear not, and the men that walk over them are not aware of them” (Luke 11:44).
Conversely, those who received Jesus have been given new life, as believers were ransomed from the grave:
“Therefore we are buried with him by baptism unto death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:4).
Further, in recognizing that God promised in the Old Testament prophet Ezekiel’s writing to bring the “four winds of heaven,” and breathe new life into Israel, The Apostle Paul conclusively stated this occurred in his time:
“Has God cast away His people? God forbid….for I also am an Israelite…[proving that] at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace” (Romans 11:1, 5).
Unfortunately, the same false prophets who claim the beast empire is the fictional “revived Roman Empire,” also tell us the “dry bones” prophecy was not fulfilled in the generation of Jesus Christ, but will soon be fulfilled as God has supposedly gathered “Israel” back into the Middle East. They also tell us the flesh and blood Jews are still the “chosen people,” and they are gathered as unbelieving “dry bones,” awaiting the outpouring of the Spirit that God will send from the “four winds” when, in fact, this has already occurred.
Shortly before His ascension, Jesus told the disciples, who were comprised of the “lost sheep” of the house of Israel, to remain in Jerusalem to await the fulfillment of the Father’s promise:
“And there are also many other things which Jesus did…and, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the father…” (John 21:25, Acts 1:4).
That promise, the pouring out of the Spirit of the LORD under the similitude of the “four winds of heaven” which would indwell the “dry bones” of Israel, was fulfilled at Pentecost:
“And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost….” (Acts 2:2, 4).
Thus, in Daniel’s epic prophetic panorama, those who insist the lion, bear, leopard, and diverse fourth beast are simply a secondary view of the four ancient kingdoms of Babylon, Persia, Greece, and Rome, have missed the allusion to the Spirit of the Lord, imaged as the “four winds,” which arrives before the beast empires emerge.
This is yet another indicator the latter four kingdoms were predicted to manifest themselves in the Christian era. As we have repeatedly shown, the lion relates to the British Commonwealth, a very significant kingdom which was profoundly impacted by the Spirit of the LORD, found in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The colonial era which the lion also presages, was personified by the shift away from royalty and dominion of the nobles, as the era of populism, and increased power to the people was signified by the revolutions which subsequently occurred.
“The first was like a lion, and had eagle’s wings: I beheld until the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth….” (Daniel 7:4).
As the bear kingdom emerged, we see a colourful image of the Russian people, who were intensely impacted by the Gospel, even as the godless communists moved in to “devour much flesh” (Daniel 7:5).
The backlash to the Soviet collectivism personified by Russia was the Third Reich of Germany, yet another perversion of the Gospel mingled with man’s wicked ambitions. As the industrial might of Germany was defeated by the four generals leading the allies of America, England, France, and Russia, we see the “four heads” (Daniel 7:6) attached to the leopard. Ultimately, the fourth of four sequential beasts, which was diverse from its three predecessors, was to assimilate the various features of the lion, bear, and leopard, until it was transformed into a much larger beast, which incorporates the characteristics of the feudal royals, socialist collectivism, and industrial fascism which characterized each of the previous three:
“I saw a beast rise up out of the sea…And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority” (Revelation 13:1, 2).
It can only be America, the final Christian era power, an apostate kingdom which was profoundly affected by “the four winds of heaven” (Daniel 7:2).
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