Empires of End Times


Piotr Galecki

May 2005




Those great beasts, which are four, are four kings which arise out of the earth. (Daniel 7:17, NKJV)

 

Now the beast which I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority. (Revelation 13:2, NKJV)                                                                      

 

 

 

                                                             

                                                                  INTRODUCTION

 

Regarding the end times or last days there have recently been written very many books. Many of the things that were prophesied about sounded a little ludicrous and unbelievable to me. This was the case, for example, with warnings by a certain Wlodek Surkov from Australia, who in the early 1990s, sent to Poland flyers announcing the advent of micro-chips implanted under the skin of people. Media were silent on this subject; Internet did not yet exist in our country and stories told by Surkov rather resembled perfect gibberish of a raving fanatic pursuing evil Satanic conspiracy in everything rather than God's revelation of a hidden reality. Ten years later the Kurier Lubelski newspaper published an article confirming the word-for-word prediction by Surkov.

 

Similarly, in the 1980s, David Wilkerson spoke of the impending collapse of America, the first sign of which were the burning oil fields in the Arab countries. Initially, it appeared that Wilkerson made a mistake and drove too far in his righteous indignation at the sin of America. First, the Soviet Union collapsed and the Americans won the "cold war" becoming undoubtedly the world's leading superpower. Then they won the Persian Gulf War, although it was then that Hussein set fire to Kuwaiti oil fields. Despite this, there were no indications that these flaming oil wells were to be actually a sign of the coming end of the U.S. dominance. However, on 11th September 2001, Arab terrorists were believed to attack the twin towers of the World Trade Centre in New York, introducing not only America but the entire world into a whole new era. Osama bin Laden, accused of preparing those attacks, said that one of the reasons for this terror attack was ... the American presence in the Persian Gulf.

 

In 1864, one of the men of God, Charles Spurgeon, announced the impending mass return of Jews to Palestine and the rebirth of Israel. Yet less than a hundred years later, these allegedly implausible words met their historical fulfilment.

 

Apocalyptic themes are really complex. Personally, I was overwhelmed by the immensity of the mystery, and I thought that one must first thoroughly understand the more basic things and enter into intimate communion with God so as to then properly teach apocalyptic visions. I held in my hands a few books on the Revelation of John, and I wondered how people who did not delve into prophecies of Isaiah and Zephaniah dared take to so hard food for thought and write meagrely edifying load of bunkum. I myself coped with some more important and closer-to-the-Christian-life problems, so I put off the final issue until later.

 

In summer 2000 I wanted to avail myself of at least several days of vacation in a more intense search for God. I went to a secluded place to be able to spend several hours a day in prayer. I expected that the Holy Spirit would tell me what I thought to be the most important and reveal to me the mysteries that I tried to unravel. But, instead, my thoughts wandered to the books of Daniel, Revelation and the prophecy of Zechariah. Somewhat contrary to my plans, based on Daniel's vision, God has clearly showed me the political future which will set in before the Antichrist and his global state turn up. The longer I considered and researched into this topic the more I was convinced that Daniel prophesied not only to the ancient Jews but that his vision would be fulfilled once again in a very similar form at the end of the last days.

 

Ever since I received this revelation, I have heard many theories uttered by some Christians on upheavals and wars that are to come. I have searched through the Internet to see if anyone too believes in the actuality and topicality of Daniel's visions. I haven’t yet found anything certain or specific. Many words and long articles presented all possible and conflicting conspiracy theories, however, without giving any facts firmly embedded in the Bible. Also, today's famous men of God foretelling the rapture and the end of the world for the year 200X or 201X seemed to have no idea about the many political changes that must occur – as promised to us by God Himself. The theory of German and Russian armies, which in just a few years will set off against the Jews in Israel and will fall on the Israeli territory before the rise of the global state, made me lost in wonder because this theory sticks out like a sore thumb compared to the prophecy of Daniel. The more I listened the more I realized that Christianity is in some confusion and uncertainty – we know about the coming global state, we know that today's powers, in some way, all contribute to this, but we don’t know exactly what lies ahead of us.

 

I believe that in great measure the vision of Daniel allows us to understand how the Beast will come - both the Antichrist himself and his country. To a large extent, this vision is consistent with the intuitions of Christians around the world, but also helps us to systematize the facts and accurately identify the time in which we live. This prophecy is deeply rooted in the Bible and its relevance is highlighted in the Book of Revelation by the Apostle John directly referring to the words of Daniel. It also allows us to understand why reading the books of Daniel and Revelation is officially banned in China; why David Wilkerson called the USA “Babylon”, but in reality they are not the “Great Babylon” – the apocalyptic woman on the beast; why and how God can judge the German nation for the crimes against the Jews even prior to the advent of the Antichrist's reign; why many Russian Christians called the USSR an apocalyptic beast; why some prophets proclaim the terrible judgment of God over the USA, while others say about God's mercy and blessing over this country; why the EU is seen as the nucleus of the Antichrist's future state; and why they say about the rebirth of the Roman Empire.

 

                                                                   SEVEN KINGS

 

8The beast that you saw was, and is not, and will ascend out of the bottomless pit and go to perdition. And those who dwell on the earth will marvel, whose names are not written in the Book of Life from the foundation of the world, when they see the beast that was, and is not, and yet is. 9Here is the mind which has wisdom: The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits. 10There are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, and the other has not yet come. And when he comes, he must continue a short time. 11The beast that was, and is not, is himself also the eighth, and is of the seven, and is going to perdition”. (Revelation 17: 8-11, NKJV)

 

For some time, I wondered which king John was writing about. All the time I thought that, as in other parts of the Apocalypse, “beast” here means the Antichrist, so I tried to find a particular person among the biblical and purely historical figures. However, my search proved futile. And no wonder. In the end I realized that in this place, “beast” does not mean the human king whom I was looking for.

Why not? Well, God is speaking of the “beast” which comes from the “pit” or the “abyss” – a dwelling place of demons and every unclean spirit. Was any of the characters of the ancient history or any of the rulers of Rome, or any ruler known to us from the biblical account, an incarnation of Satan, the real embodiment of evil? No, they were all ordinary people. Only a little do we know and can we say about Rephaim, Nephilim or Anakim who were half-men, descendants of the fallen angels. But even they cannot live for hundreds of years or experience reincarnation so that we can say that any of them “was, and is not, and yet is.” Inasmuch as in this passage of the Apocalypse, “beast”, being the eighth king and also one of the preceding seven kings, does not denote “man”, so whom is God speaking about here?

 

Just refer to the seventh chapter of Daniel to note the extraordinary resemblance to the apocalyptic description. There, elucidating the vision, the angel explains to the prophet:

 

“Those great beasts, which are four, are four kings which arise out of the earth”. (Daniel 7: 17, NKJV)

 

Daniel saw this vision at the time of the Babylonian Empire and, on the basis of the rest of Daniel's visions, we know that those various beasts represent the empires of Babylon, Persia, Greece and Rome. Why were the world's political powers described by God as “kings”?

 

In the book of Daniel 10:13.20.21 and 11:1, and 12:1, the angel reveals the secret to the prophet: there are angelic princes and kings designated over earthly countries and their ruling kings. Those invisible devilish and God's rulers fight wars between one another and exercise effective control over the kings and the countries of the Earth. We read about it in the other books of the Bible as well, for example, 2 Samuel 5:24, Joshua 5:14, Isaiah 24:21, Luke 4:6, Ephesians 3:10, Revelation 12:7. On this basis, we can safely assume that the seven apocalyptic kings, one of whom will still return in the form of the beast, do not mean the human but the angelic kings, high-ranking demons of the Devil, ruling at their time over the seven great world powers. The return of one of them would mean an unexpected revival of one of those long-fallen empires, thereby arousing an admiration and affection for himself among the people of this world who yearn in their hearts for the mythical glory, splendour, power and the material wealth of the beauty of the ancient culture. According to the above interpretation, the sixth king reigning at the time of the Apocalypse being written was the angelic ruler of the Roman Empire since it was Rome which ruled over the civilized and biblical world when Jesus Christ was born and then His following became Church.

 

What great powers then were ruled by the five previous kings-demons? In the biblical story of the Old Testament, we find five empires which are excellent candidates for these “demonic kings” mentioned in the Book of Revelation. They are, namely, Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Medo-Persia and the Greek-Macedonian state of Alexander the Great. Firstly, these are the empires recognized by historians and archaeologists as the most significant civilizations that existed before Christ. Secondly, each of these powers is closely linked with the history of Israel and each of them, at some point in their history, became the apparatus of oppression, cruel persecution and extermination against Abraham's descendants. It is for this reason God identifies and determines these empires as “beasts” since, apart from idolatry practised by them, they became tools in the hands of Satan against God's chosen ones.

 

The Egyptians were the first to make slaves of the Hebrews and mass-murdered Hebrew boys – based on the Book of Exodus. Then the Assyrians harassed Israel and Judah until they took the inhabitants of Israel captive into exile – we read about it in 2 Kings 17. Isaiah also gives us this course of events:

 

“For thus says the Lord God: “My people went down at first into Egypt to dwell there;

Then the Assyrian oppressed them without cause.” (Isaiah 52: 4, NKJV)

 

The nations having fought with Israel since the exodus until the time of Assyria were not a significant power and one could not call them superpowers they were generally states and tribes surrounding Israel, which, however, never managed to dominate the Hebrews for a period longer than several years. The history of those local wars can be found in the Book of Judges and the Books of Samuel.                   

 

Another devastating opponent of Israel after Egypt and Assyria turned out to be the Babylonian Empire. King Nebuchadnezzar destroyed Jerusalem, burned the Temple and abducted Judah into exile to Babylon. The State of Israel ceased to exist and Abraham's children scattered from Egypt to Syria and today's Iraq.

 

Then there came a turn for the Medo-Persian union. The Persians, though initially they gave the Judaeans legal permission to return to Palestine and rebuild the Temple, but later, they almost brought about the total extermination or annihilation of the Israelites by allowing Haman to exterminate or annihilate every Hebrew from India to Egypt. The history and story of those anti-Semitic plans and the miraculous survival of the Israelites delivered from the hands of the inhabitants of Persia is depicted in the Book of Esther, and to this day it is commemorated by the Jewish feast of Purim.

 

The fifth power which Satan used in his attempt to kill off the God's chosen nation and shake their faith in the true God was the Greco-Macedonian empire of Alexander the Great. After Alexander's death, the state was divided among four of his commanders, including Seleucus. One of the successors of Seleucus, Antiochus IV Epiphanes, became the type of the Antichrist, as described by Daniel in his prophetic visions. In 168 BC, not only did Antiochus Epiphanes invade Jerusalem and destroy the city, but he also plundered the Temple and enforced the worship of Olympian Zeus on them. A swine sacrificed on the Temple altar at that time led to a revolt of the Judeans known as the Maccabean Revolt. The Maccabees were victorious over the Seleucid Empire and in 165 BC once again they purified the Temple of Jerusalem for the worship of Yahweh. For the occasion, in December, Jews celebrated the Feast of the Dedication of the Temple (Hanukkah or Chanukkah), which is also mentioned in the Gospel of John 10:22.

 

The sixth power, as already mentioned before, was the Roman Empire. Rome was the “beast”, not only because of its power and political dominance as well as idolatry and debauched immorality, but above all because the rulers of this empire so cruelly persecuted both Christians and Judeans. The governments of the Romans in Judea were not devoid of violence, as we read in the Gospel of Luke 13:1 and John 11:48. The Emperor Caligula planned to force the Jews into the idolatrous worship of his image, which would inevitably lead to a revolt, but the premature death thwarted intentions of the maniacal ruler. Also, Claudius was not sympathetic towards the Jews ordering them to leave Rome (Acts 18:2). The Palestinian Jews themselves, rejecting Jesus and impatient with awaiting their messiah for so long, provoked the Romans to armed military interventions stirring up the mob and attracting crowds of their followers. The first such bands were mentioned by Gamaliel the Elder in the Book of Acts 5:36-37. Ultimately, however, this was as prophesied by Jesus in the Gospel of Luke 21:6 and 23:28.

 

In response to the Jewish Revolt from AD 66, the emperor Nero dispatched his legions to Palestine, which in AD 70, under the command of Titus, captured Jerusalem, destroyed the Temple and killed thousands of Judeans. Deprived of the Temple and the possibility of fully practising their religion, Judaeans began to leave Palestine en masse moving to other areas of the Empire. Subsequent Judean uprisings also resulted in their defeat, which further contributed to the emigration of the Hebrews from the territories of Israel.

 

The eighth power will embrace the entire world becoming an apocalyptic “beast”. Who, however, was this mysterious seventh king who was to come after the demon-king of Rome? Has this seventh king come yet or is he yet to come? What does history tell us?

 

Well, in order to answer this question, we must first find the common features of the first six beasts. First, these were countries that, at some point in history, experienced extraordinary economic prosperity and shook the civilized world by becoming the unchallenged superpowers. Second, they were carrying out a policy of territorial expansion embracing, by their rule and boundaries, huge swathes and expanses of land absorbing many other states, tribes and nations. And third, the nation of Israel itself was found under their direct rule, which Satan used in the form of cruel persecution aimed at destroying the Hebrews’ faith as well as the entire chosen nation. Then, after the fall of Rome up to the present day, was there an empire which was characterized by these three characteristics?

 

Until the Age of Enlightenment the vast majority of both the Judaeans/Jews and Christians lived on the territory of Europe and this was just Europe which was the centre of the world civilization after the collapse of Rome. However, over these hundreds of years, no European country was able to dominate most of the civilized world. Many powers rose, but none of them grew to the measure of the empire. And even if some appeared (e.g., Napoleon's state), they did not do major harm or damage to Judeans/Jews or Christians. We could only mention here the empire of the Vatican. However, the Papal Church State was not the empire in the purely political sense of the word, and I believe that in the Apocalypse it plays a somewhat different role, if equally infamous.

 

Where is then the seventh king? Who was the seventh beast if there was any already? I personally believe that this seventh beast was the Third Reich Hitler's Empire. To my mind, this is the only country in the course of history that has all the three features of the first six empires and perfectly fits in with the biblical context which will be mentioned further. Firstly, in the 1930s of the twentieth century, Germany experienced extraordinary economic growth thanks to the changes introduced by Adolf Hitler. In a very short time, his country also became a military power which as it turned out later none of the world powers could match. If the world powers had not created the coalition, most probably they would never have been able to defeat the fascist army. Secondly, Nazi Germany pursued an aggressive policy of territorial expansion by absorbing the bulk of the most civilized countries and nations so that only the powers protected by the vast expanse of the ocean – such as the United Kingdom and the United States – managed to withstand the greed of the German dictator. The whole civilized world was shaken by Hitler's Nazi Empire and it was feared by all nations. Only by the collective effort of the majority of the peoples of the Earth, it was possible to finally overcome the fascist state. And thirdly, in the tyrannical grip of the lunatic leader were most Jewry of Europe. Needless to explain that it was Adolf Hitler who was the worst enemy of the Jewry in the human history and successfully implemented the plans of the ruthless extermination or annihilation of them.

Besides, Hitler's Empire not only had all the three characteristics of the apocalyptic demonic powers ruled by the demoniac kings, but it perfectly suits with a certain pattern of succession of these powers. To wit:

 

·     Egypt was defeated by the Assyrians who captured Thebes in 667 BC

·     Assyria was subdued by the Babylonians who captured Nineveh in 612 BC

·     Babylon was routed by the Persians who conquered Babylon in 539 BC

·     Persia was defeated by the Greeks who made the conquest of Susa and Persepolis around 329 BC

·     Greece was overcome by the Romans who seized Corinth in 146 BC, Athens in 86 BC and Alexandria in 31 BC

 

Each of the six heads of “the beast” somehow took over the power from the previous one. And who defeated Rome? The Germanic tribes, specifically the Heruli, who in AD 476 deposed the last emperor of Rome, Romulus Augustulus.        

 

Reaching the splendour and significance of the world empire took the Germanic tribes almost 1500 years, but a similar situation was also true of the previous six apocalyptic powers. Egypt was at the height of its power and splendour during the reign of Amenhotep II called “the heroic king”, most probably the Pharaoh who opposed Moses and Aaron. From the time of the Exodus, which took place around 1500 BC, Egypt was gradually declining both militarily and economically. Under the reign of Amenhotep II, Egyptian borders extended from Elephantine to Hamath and even Carchemish and Aleppo covering land area of over half a million square kilometres. But 800 years later Egypt's influence ended on today's Gaza and only then did the Assyrian state become a global superpower. After the conquest of Egypt, the Assyrian Empire covered an area of almost 1.5 million square kilometres, or nearly three times more than the empire of Amenhotep II a few hundred years ago. It is true that the Babylonian, Persian and Greek empires were taking over the power from each other a little faster, whilst still retaining their splendour and majesty, but after the division of Alexander's conquests his empire began to lose its lustre, just like Egypt waned previously. The Romans fighting with the Greeks defeated them gradually over the decades conquering by stages the smaller countries, once part of the Greco-Macedonian empire. Roman Empire became the invincible power only 300 years after the victorious conquests by Alexander the Great aka Alexander III of Macedon. Areas of Rome included the land surface of nearly 4.5 million square kilometres. The Germanic Empire of Hitler ruled most of Europe and the northern shores of Africa, making it far larger than any of the six previous empires.

 

The Third Reich therefore possessed all the features of the empires of a “beast’s nature” and took over the power from the Roman Empire, although the Germans had to wait many centuries to be in their heyday, like the Assyrians and the Romans before. But what is equally important, Nazi Germany became an empire only for “a short time” as we read of the seventh king in the Apocalypse. Egypt was the power for hundreds of years, like Assyria, Persia, Greece and Rome. Only the new Babylonian Empire dominated the civilized and the Jewish world for almost 70 years, but this is very long compared to the twelve years of Hitler's rule. The Germanic Empire appeared just briefly, shook the world much more than all its predecessors, murdered more Jews than its predecessors did and became soon a thing of the past.

 

This means that, in accordance with the biblical prophecies described in the Books of Daniel and Revelation, the next world-wide superpower, which will take possession of the civilized world and, at some point in time, will plan the extermination of the Jews, will become the last great demonic empire in the history of the world, i.e., the Eighth King and the very Beast indeed. 

 

                                                                EIGHTH KING

 

10There are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, and the other has not yet come. And when he comes, he must continue a short time. 11The beast that was, and is not, is himself also the eighth, and is of the seven, and is going to perdition.” (Revelation 17: 10-11, NKJV)

 

In the previous section it was shown that these seven kings were demonic principalities – the fallen angels of Satan standing high in the hierarchy of power in the kingdom of darkness ruling over the seven earthly superpowers. At one time these powers dominated most of the civilized world, spreading fear and terror, and, at some point in their existence, sought to annihilate the chosen people and abolish the worship of Yahweh. These seven empires go in this order: Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Persia, Greece, Rome and Germany. Although there existed many other empires apart from them – the Aztecs in America, the Mongols in Asia or the Zulus in Africa – none of them nevertheless became a superpower that would shake the civilized world and implement a scheme to obliterate the Jews, their culture and faith.

 

The Beast, the Antichrist's ultimate empire, will be a rebirth and somehow a resurrection of one of the seven superpowers. The demonic king who had to get out of the way (and with him his terrestrial empire) will come back arousing astonishment and admiration of the people of this world. Now this angelic messenger of Satan is waiting for the right moment to return, although people have long forgotten about him and admire his past glory only in the ruins of monuments, museums and colourful stories from history. Who is this fallen angel? Which of the seven empires will return to fulfil the apocalyptic prophecy of becoming the “beast” – the Empire of the Antichrist?

 

The explanation of this mystery is in the Book of Daniel. In the second chapter of this book, we read about the dream of King Nebuchadnezzar II of Babylon and the interpretation of this prophetic vision. The ruler was shown the future: the Babylonian empire would be followed by two other powers – Persia and Greece. The fourth empire, i.e., Rome was portrayed in the vision as the shins of iron and the feet being a mixture of iron and clay. Then the fifth kingdom was to come – the Messiah’s eternal and imperishable kingdom covering all the earth. This vision was only partially fulfilled – indeed, the Kingdom of God came to people in the person of Christ and then the Holy Spirit, just in the times of the Roman Empire, but the further part of the prophecy speaking of the fact that the Kingdom of God “shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms”, “so that no trace of them was found” (Daniel 2:44.35, NKJV) is still awaiting its fulfilment. This prophecy will be fulfilled only when the Roman Empire has been revived.

 

This interpretation is also confirmed by another vision of Daniel, which John alluded to in the Book of Revelation. The seventh chapter of Daniel’s Book portrays four beasts (Daniel 7:3) that just as the Antichrist and his kingdom came out of the sea (Revelation 13:1). The fact that these beasts came out of the sea indicates their demonic origin because the Hebrew word “sea” and “abyss, depth” are often used interchangeably. With this interpretation, we see again that these beasts came out of the abyss and they represent some commanders-in-chief of the angels of Satan. This is also confirmed by another statement of the Apostle John: the second beast, or the false prophet, came not from the sea, but from “the earth” (Revelation 13:11) – which means that the false prophet will not be an incarnation of Satan but merely an anointed-by-the-devil ordinary man. This relationship between the Antichrist and his prophet will be similar to the relationship between Jesus and John the Baptist. John said of himself that he was “from the earth”, and said about Jesus that he is “from above” (John 3:31). Likewise, the prophet of the Antichrist will be “from the earth”, but the Antichrist himself and his state will be “from the deep” or “the underworld”.

 

The visionary lecture given to Daniel by the angel expressly states that the four beasts, which the prophet saw, are the “four kings which arise out of the earth” (Daniel 7:17, NKJV) these are four terrestrial empires ruled by demonic supremacies.



  • The lion represents the Babylonian Empire which was humiliated like its rulers were (Daniel 4 and 5).
  • The Bear raised up on one side means the union of the Persians and the Medes who defeated the Babylonians. However, it was the Persians who proved to be the dominant force, and it was them, rather than the Medes, who wielded supremacy in the new superpower.
  • The Panther (Leopard) with four bird wings and four heads is the Macedonian Empire of Alexander the Great (Alexander III of Macedon), which was divided among four of his generals after his death.
  • The fourth beast is Rome, which in Daniel's vision bears all the hallmarks and has all the makings of the apocalyptic Beast:

the two beasts have originally ten horns (Daniel 7:7.20.24; Revelation 13:1);

the two beasts will rule all the earth (Daniel 7:23; Revelation 13:7);

from both of these beasts the Antichrist will emerge blaspheming against God and intent on changing the order of things (Daniel 7:8.11.25; Revelation 13:5-6);

both beasts will fight with the saints and overcome them (Daniel 7:21; Revelation 13:7);

both beasts will rule for a time and times and half a time, i.e., for three and a half years (Daniel 7:25 and 12:7; Revelation 11:2-3, 12:14;13:5);

the two beasts will finally be destroyed, whereupon there will be the Kingdom of God (Daniel 7:11 -14.26-27; Revelation 19:20).

 

If this prophecy of Daniel is to be fulfilled, then the Roman Empire itself is going to be the power which will once again take possession and control of the entire civilized and Jewish world. 

 

                                                         HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF

 

In the two previous chapters it has been argued that the apocalyptic Beast with seven heads and ten horns is not only the Antichrist himself who is the incarnation of Satan, but the word “beast” also denotes the earthly empire which, in the spiritual sphere, is ruled by the evil high-ranking fallen angels wielding the real power and authority over the human states. In the Book of the Apocalypse (in reference to Daniel 7:17), those identified as the “beast” are the seven powers that, throughout the course of history, not only shook the civilized world, but also sought to destroy the offspring of Abraham and eradicate the faith in the God of Israel. Hitlerite Nazi Germany can be unselfconsciously regarded as the seventh of these empires whereas the Roman Empire as one of the seven kings who once again returns as the eighth to become the “beast” ruling over the entire world. This interpretation is consistent with both the Book of Revelation and the vision of Daniel.

 

But is this the end of the vision? Are these the boundaries of revelation which can be reached on the basis of the word? Did God really only let us know that after the fall of the German Empire, the Beast Empire will begin to emerge the Roman Empire resurrected? We would also be grateful to God for this “information”, but as the prophet Amos said:

 

“Surely the Lord God does nothing, unless He reveals His secret [intention/purpose] to His servants the prophets” (Amos 3:7, NKJV).

 

Biblical prophecies of the Old Testament (and some of the New Testament as well) have it that they “like” repeating themselves in history usually twice. The first fulfilment of the prophecy is more literal and mundane. On the other hand, the second fulfilment is also substantiated in the physical world, but its spiritual weight is incomparably greater.

 

Take for example the famous words of Abraham, “My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering” (Genesis 22:8). The Prophet was not even conscious of what he was saying, for God in fact prevented him from sacrificing Isaac, supplying the lamb for the burnt offering, which had become entangled in the bushes (Genesis 22:13). Happy Abraham, in honour of the fulfilment of this small but very precious prophecy to him, gave this place the name “The Lord sees” or “The Lord provides/supplies” (Genesis 22:14). This phrase is often cited these days as one of the names of God, who revealed Himself there as the God supplying and caring for his people. However, few people realize just how spiritually powerful and significant this prophecy was, uttered by Abraham in Isaac’s presence at the time. Indeed, he prophesied not just about a lamb that was to supersede the propitiatory sacrifice of his son, but he did prophesy about the Lamb which would be provided for humankind by God Himself to make atonement for the sins of the entire world. This singled-out, delivered and provided-by-God-Himself Lamb was our Lord Jesus Christ, in accordance with what is written:

 

“The next day John [the Baptist] saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, ‘Behold!

The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world’” (John 1:29, NKJV).

 

It is clear, then, that Abraham's prophecy was fulfilled twice, once more literally, the second time a little more spiritually, but it was the second fulfilment of the prophecy that was the proper and final fulfilment of the prediction.

 

The same truth applies to another prophecy which the angel then addressed to Abraham, saying that “your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies” (Genesis 22:17, NKJV). Indeed, a few hundred years later the Israelites under Joshua started a highly successful conquest of Canaan winning city after city, spreading fear and terror. Despite this, nearly 1,500 years after Joshua and his army had crossed Palestine’s borders, Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist, filled with the Holy Spirit, thanked God that this promise made to Abraham would now be carried out:

 

Being delivered from the hand of our enemies, might serve Him without fear,

in holiness and righteousness before Him all the days of our life” (Luke 1:74-75, NKJV).

 

So, the first fulfilment of the prophecy was more literal, but less significant: the Israelites fought victoriously with other people in the struggle over the land of Canaan. However, the second fulfilment of the prophecy is a whole lot more important and has a thousand times greater resonance, because in Christ we are liberated not from human enemies, but from demons and the control of the kingdom of darkness – and we fight not for a physical land, but the spiritual ground: fulfilment of God's promises to us in Christ.

 

Another example of the double fulfilment of the prophecy can be a well-known statement by Moses:

 

“The Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your midst, from your brethren. Him you shall hear” (Deuteronomy 18:15, NKJV).

 

Who was alluded to here? Joshua, of course. But this first fulfilment of the prophecy was more literal and less meaningful, although more acceptable for a soulical or soulish human. The second fulfilment of this prophecy, in Stephen’s own words (Acts 7:37), was by all means more significant as it referred to Christ. In the same way the prophecy spoken to David about his son, who would build the temple of God (2 Samuel 7:12-14), first referred to Solomon – the builder of the Temple of Jerusalem. However, the second fulfilment of the prophecy was much more important since it related to Christ – the builder of the Church, the true Temple of God.

 

A similar principle of double fulfilment of the Old Testament prophecies also often refers to political and historical events, a good example of which are some of the last words of Christ:

 

21Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those who are in the midst of her depart, and let not those who are in the country enter her. 22For these are the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. 23But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! For there will be great distress in the land and wrath upon this people. 24And they will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led away captive into all nations. And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled” (Luke 21:21-24, NKJV).

 

These words were fulfilled for the first time about 40 years after the martyrdom of Jesus when the Romans, suppressing the Jewish uprising, conquered Jerusalem and slew its inhabitants in AD 70. According to the descriptions by Titus Flavius Josephus (aka Joseph ben Matityahu), the carnage was so great that the shed blood running through the streets flowed into homes and quenched the hearths hollowed out in the floor. Apparently, so many Jews were crucified at that time that the Roman legionnaires finally ran out of wood to put up more crosses. However, under the vision of Zechariah, we know that the prophecy will be fulfilled again at the close of the last days:

 

2For I will gather all the nations to battle against Jerusalem; The city shall be taken, the houses rifled, and the women ravished. Half of the city shall go into captivity, but the remnant of the people shall not be cut off from the city .3 Then the Lord will go forth and fight against those nations, as He fights in the day of battle” (Zechariah 14:2-3, NKJV).

 

It is precisely the helplessness, the disappointment in the false messiah and the vision of the inevitable destruction of the Jewish nation that will spur the Jewish nation to seek the God of Israel and the true Messiah – Jesus of Nazareth. This is also confirmed by the vision of Joel and the words of the prophet Daniel:

 

1At that time Michael shall stand up, the great prince who stands watch over the sons of your people; and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation, even to that time. And at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone who is found written in the book. 2And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, some to shame and everlasting contempt” (Daniel 12:1-2, NKJV).

 

Of course, these words also were fulfilled for the first time in the lifetime of Christ and the apostles, when the cruel tribulation came upon the people of Judea, plenty of Jews obtained salvation and there was even the resurrection of many Old Testament saints (Matthew 27:52-53). However, this first fulfilment was only the picture of things yet to come, in line with what is written:

 

“But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end...” (Daniel 12:4, NKJV)

 

and:

 

“And he said, ‘Go your way, Daniel, for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end’” (Daniel 12:9, NKJV).

 

These two verses teach us that also the political and historical predictions of Daniel will be fulfilled a second time. In the Book of Daniel, chapter 11 we read about political events, which first took place about 300 years after the death of the prophet. Thanks to Daniel's vision, a lot of Jews could have foreseen the advent of the reign of Antiochus IV Epiphanes who violently opposed the faith of the Israelites. On the basis of this vision, many may have also come to the conclusion that the Messiah would come in the times of the fourth empire after the Babylonian one, which turned out to be the superpower of Rome. Who knows if not Daniel's prophetic words exactly reassured and confirmed the aged Simeon in his belief “that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ (Messiah)” (Luke 2:26). Returning, however, to the eleventh chapter of Daniel’s vision, Antiochus IV Epiphanes, being a historical figure there, became in his words and deeds the evident archetype of the Antichrist who would turn up at the end of time. Similarly, the eighth chapter portrays the historical events that took place before the birth of Christ, but they unequivocally refer to the figure of Antichrist, as explained by the angel:

 

“Understand, son of man, that the vision refers to the time of the end” (Daniel 8:17, NKJV)

 

and:

 

“Look, I am making known to you what shall happen in the latter time of the indignation; for at the appointed time the end shall be” (Daniel 8:19, NKJV).

 

Based on all of the above biblical prophecies and their explanations, we can be absolutely certain that Daniel’s prophetic words – just like the other Old Testament predictions – not only came true historically in the past in the days of the Old Covenant, but they will be fulfilled again in the era of the New Covenant. In the case of Daniel's vision, it will come to pass at the end of time. We can derive a huge solace from it because, reading the words of the Old Testament, we can consider not only the old history which no longer literally concerns us, but by the Holy Spirit we have the ability to recognize the Old Testament mysteries of God, which relate directly to us and our times. In this the words of the Messiah Jesus find their amazing fulfilment:

 

“For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled” (Matthew 5:18, NKJV)

 

and in the words of Paul:

 

“For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope” (Romans 15:4, NKJV).


 

                                                     LION, BEAR AND LEOPARD

 

In previous chapters, it was mentioned that the Book of Daniel is closely linked with the prophecies of the Apocalypse, and Daniel’s visions will come true again in the last days, even though they have already found their original historical fulfilment in Old Testament times. It is thanks to those predictions that the elect Hebrews might have recognized that the Messiah was to appear during the reign of Rome, and these very prophecies tell us about the future restoration of the Roman Empire in the form of a global state of the Antichrist. Daniel was also the first to prophesy openly and at length about the Antichrist whose historical type was Antiochus IV Epiphanes, but Daniel's words are all the more important to us, insomuch as they indicate the true Antichrist who is yet to come.

 

I have already pointed out that the four successive empires in Daniel’s visions: Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece and Rome are among the seven kings of Revelation: the two empires existing before the days of Daniel, namely Egypt and Assyria being the first oppressors of Israel and at the same time the first world powers. Daniel lists the four consecutive ones, of which the last sixth power – Rome ruled in the time of the Apostle John. The Teutons, the conquerors of Rome, created the seventh global superpower in the first half of the XX century.

 

The most important and yet covered-by-silence mystery which I aim for is that, like many other Old Testament prophecies and many other parts of Daniel's vision, also the very vision of the three great empires preceding the advent of the greatest beast – Rome – was not only fulfilled historically in the form of Babylon, Persia and Greece, but the prophecy still awaits its next fulfilment in the last days. In other words, I believe that just as the emergence of the three powers preceded the advent of powerful Rome in antient times, so will also the final appearance of the three world powers precede the re-emergence of Rome in the final times.

 

What do I have to support my standpoint?

 

Firstly, did the Old Testament prophet actually devote so much space in the Bible so that today we could read accounts of the purely historical events being of little importance to us?

 

Secondly, in his four visions regarding the future empires, Daniel always saw the end of history – the coming of the Kingdom of God and even the time of the Antichrist.

 

Thirdly, in the last two visions, Babylon was omitted, and the Antichrist emerged as if not from Rome but from the Greek Empire, which in a purely historical fulfilment of the prophecy was contrary to the first two visions, but this fact can be very easily explained by assuming the reappearance of the three empires preceding the future rebirth of Rome.

 

Fourthly, in the second vision the angel says strange words to Daniel:

 

“As for the rest of the beasts, they had their dominion taken away, yet their lives were prolonged for a season and a time” (Daniel 7:12, NKV).

 

Is it really after the killing of the fourth beast, Rome, that the power was taken away from the three previous beasts: Babylon, Persia, and Greece? Were they not already fallen earlier, just as John heard it in Revelation? Yes, these empires somehow survived the fall of Rome, like Greece in the form of the Byzantine Empire, but historically they followed one after the other. Hence, from a historical point of view, one could try to find an inaccuracy in this prophecy. While these words are indeed cryptic, the problem, however, looks quite different assuming that they will repeat themselves in the future, which I intend to present in the further part of this publication.

 

Fifthly, the apocalyptic beast – the risen Rome – is in fact a conglomeration of empires found in the seventh chapter of Daniel’s vision. The Prophet likened Babylon to the lion with eagle’s wings, Medo-Persia to the bear raised up on one of its sides, while Macedonia and Greece to the panther (leopard) with four bird’s wings. Then came the fourth and final beast – a world-wide empire. The Beast that John depicted in the Book of Revelation was a combination of the same three beasts, which Daniel included in his vision: lion, bear and panther (leopard).

 

“Now the beast which I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority” (Revelation 13:2).

 

The comparisons used here by God are by no means accidental, but closely refer to the seventh chapter of Daniel, like the rest of the thirteenth chapter of Revelation. I believe that through this God tells us again that history will repeat itself and the appearance of the three successive powers will herald the coming of the world empire of Rome.

Of course, on the one hand, these empires cannot possess all the features of the ancient beasts, for then it would be inconsistent with another statement of the Apocalypse where the sixth king – the Roman beast – was to be briefly followed by the last, seventh king – the Germanic Empire – and then one of the seven kings returns in the form of the worldwide empire (Revelation 17:10-11). In this prophecy, there is no room for three additional empires of apocalyptic beasts’ character – powers openly fighting the Jewry and shaking up all the civilized world.

 

On the other hand, the empires must be so powerful and significant as to attract a lot of publicity throughout the civilized world, and they must clearly appear in the political arena as economic and military superpowers. Maybe not governing most major centres of the civilized world on the pattern of the ancient empires and Hitler’s state; perhaps not doing harm and injustice to the Jews as was the case with the seven demonic powers of the Apocalypse. However, they must make themselves known to the world as the great empires of the civilized world so as to be clearly recognized.

 

Moreover, in order to remain similar to the three biblical beasts preceding the advent of new Rome, it seems appropriate to seek such empires which will follow one by one, as it were.

 

Reviewing the history of humankind since the fall of ancient Rome in AD 476 up to the present day, I have tried to find the powers that would correspond to the vision of Daniel. The Kingdom of the Franks, Byzantines, Arabs, Turkish and Mongolian empires, Russia of Peter the Great, Spain, the Habsburg state, colonial England and France of Napoleon are among the most well-known powers that emerged after the collapse of Rome. But it was hard for me to find among them enormous and successive powers ruling the most civilized nations and expansive tracts of land. These empires came and went without a clear successor and only a few of them – like the state of Napoleon – seized more important centres of civilization. However hard I tried, no arduous matching was reminiscent of the clear pattern of the three consecutive powers of the civilized world described by Daniel.

 

But looking a little closer I noticed something extraordinary: in 1776 in North America there was an empire raised quite different from what had been known in the history. Independent small states, whose population was a mixture of native Americans and various European nations (as well as incapacitated Africans then), decided to merge together into a union, later called the United States of America, so as to jointly throw off the yoke of the feudal ruler by creating the first multinational democratic state in history. Revolt, deism (i.e., the belief in a God who does not intervene in the fate of the world), power based on the will of the people and desire for limitless freedom were the foundation of this new superpower. Most of the creators of this country and its constitution belonged to the Masonic lodge which correctly identified the year 1776 as the beginning of the Novus Ordo Seclorum, i.e., the New Order of the Ages – according to the inscription placed on the one-dollar banknote later on.

 

Like it or not, the United States arose as a result of the merger of the rebellious nations which wished to follow their own will rather than remain subject to the authority of one man. As a consequence of the bloody revolution, they broke away from the rule of the king, contrary to what was written:

 

1Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. 2Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves.” (Romans 13:1-2 NKJV)

 

Following in America’s wake, many European countries, desiring freedom from feudal oppression, unleashed bloody and gory revolutions. This absolute and boundless desire for freedom, allegedly backed up by the Word of God, led to the senseless death of 600,000 people during the American Civil War aimed at the liberation of slaves, though both earlier and later in many other countries, slavery died a natural death without firing a single shot. The revolutions in France and Russia also resulted in hundreds of thousands of casualties, whilst in many other countries the role of the king naturally lost its importance and became symbolic.

 

Regardless of what our view is on the issues of democracy and freedom, we can all confidently say that the powers in the shape of multinational unions, united states or unified republics were initiated by the example of the emergence of the United States of America.

 

Thus, the United (Little) States of America grew in strength from year to year both economically and militarily. Using falsehoods and constantly breaking previous promises and treaties, they grabbed more and more land from the indigenous population (later called Native Americans) by locking them in reservations and ruthlessly murdering all those who resisted. More and more people from all over the world from Japan to Portugal came to America "cleansed" in this way, so the United States was the first melting pot of nations since time immemorial. The country became a veritable international superpower after defeating the German empire (of course, in coalition with other powers, Britain and the Soviet Union). The Americans were the first to be in the possession of nuclear weapons, the first to set foot on the Moon and the first to fly over their enemy’s territory with impunity. Although they never managed to dominate most of the civilized world or seize full control of it, nevertheless, in the second half of the 20th century it was the USA which was the leading power among all countries. Even though the Russians and other nations tried to catch up with the USA, however no other country in the world could boast equally delicious combination of military and economic power. In economic terms, the United States remained the most attractive country in the world after WW2, still attracting thousands of immigrants even today. As regards their army, it eventually turned out to be better than the troops of the former USSR in different war operations.

 

Then I figured that the United States of America was the first of the three empires of the End Times that would appear in the arena of history before the advent of the renewed Roman Empire. In other words, the Lion with eagle’s wings – which originally symbolized the power of Babylon – became the image of the USA in its New Testament fulfilment of the vision. Just as Babylon was the gold and most brilliant empire among the four beasts of the Book of Daniel, so also no other empire to come will experience as great and lasting prosperity, luxury and splendour as the 20th-century America. Being the Lion with eagle’s wings, Americans soared high up to the cosmic space and the Moon, went higher and farther than any other 20th-century nation. But like the Babylonians, also the Americans have risen in sin and pride, which will lead to the collapse of their empire. In this sense I agree with David Wilkerson who defined the USA as the apocalyptic Babylon. The United States is therefore, in a way, the rebirth of the ancient Babylon, but it is not Babylon the Great – the harlot riding the Beast.

 

Apocalyptic symbolism is clearly visible in the most prominent monument of the most famous city of America. Which U.S. city is more illustrious than New York? And which symbol of New York has been more well-known and more conspicuous for years than the Statue of Liberty. This monumental statue is a gift from the French revolutionaries, rebels and insurgents to American rebel revolutionists on the occasion of the centenary of their revolutionary rebellion against Great Britain. Abomination in the eyes of God and glory in the eyes of the people. This monument represents the Greek goddess of victory, Nike, which has become the embodiment or personification of freedom/liberty for the Americans. On her head, the goddess has a crown with seven horns, just like the apocalyptic beast with seven heads and also the seven horns in the final form (Daniel 7:8.20.24). The base of the monument is absolutely unique: it is neither a square nor a circle, nor a polygon, but a star with eleven points or horns. Also in the Apocalypse, the Beast has ten horns, whilst the Antichrist himself, as ruling the world, is the eleventh horn – and he can be likened to the eleventh horn because he was repeatedly depicted as a horn in Daniel's vision (Daniel 7:8.20-24 and 8:9-12).

 

What will happen to America? Will it be wiped off the Earth’s surface as prophesied by God's servants distraught over its sin? Or, perhaps, no greater harm will be done to it, as prophesied by followers of the prosperity gospel, who believe that donations to the missions will ensure America God’s blessing and favour?

 

If the USA as the superpower is actually the Lion with Eagle’s Wings from Daniel's vision – and I am convinced it is – then the fate of the United States is not difficult to predict:

 

“The first was like a lion, and had eagle’s wings. I watched till its wings were plucked off; and it was lifted up from the earth and made to stand on two feet like a man, and a man’s heart was given to it.” (Daniel 7:4, NKJV)

 

America will survive but will be brutally humiliated. God will strike the pride of Americans and will pluck off the wings of the USA, just like He struck the pride of Nebuchadnezzar and harshly humiliated him (Daniel 4). Americans will receive a human heart and will finally stand on two feet like humans, and will no longer have their heads in the clouds. They will be judged, but by the grace of God they will understand that they are only human. Therefore, I believe that God's heavy judgment will fall on the United States because of their sins and degeneration, but by the grace of God and the prayers of the saints who live there, America will endure as a nation. The USA will no longer be the world superpower that can trifle with almost everyone, not reckoning with others, since their role will be pushed into the background. This country, however, will survive its hardships to continue its existence and be eventually absorbed by the Antichrist’s world-wide empire.

 

We shall return to the role of America as the Lion, but it's time to focus on two other empires? Since the Lion is the United States of America, where are the Bear and the Leopard? Have these powers already appeared in the international arena? Personally, I believe so. Furthermore, these powers are inherently very similar to the American empire: they are multinational and multicultural democratic empires created as a result of some past rebellions and revolutions? Like the USA, each of these empires is not a single state, but a union or blend of many united states.

 

I have reason to believe that the germ of the Bear Empire was the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. This was the second great power, after the United States, that was a patchwork of many different states, republics and countries which, like the United States, threw off the shackles of the feudal power owing to the bloody rebellion. Besides, even today throughout the world, and also in Russia itself, there is the famous saying: “Russian bear”. The Russians have long been identified with the bears, more than with any other animal, which is tantamount to their sometimes-rude nature, brute strength and tough resistance to severe climatic conditions. The Poles, Turks, Germans and French could personally find it out the hard way and first-hand. Some nations were once effectively conquered like the English, Spaniards, Italians, French, Germans or Poles, but nobody has managed to conquer and beat the Russian Bear as yet. But why do I call the Soviet Union only the germ of the biblical bear and not the very Bear-Beast itself? Well, the bear raised up on one side is the image of the Medo-Persian Union in Daniel's vision. The Medes were the nation who had gained fame in the international arena before the Persians, but ultimately the Persians became the dominant force in this alliance with the Medes. The USSR, even though it began to assume the figure of the biblical bear, however, it had never entered into a coalition or alliance with another superpower to jointly govern a huge part of Asia and Europe. What am I getting at?

 

Well, I am convinced that the Bear Empire is not yet fully formed, since the time of the Lion – it is the United States – is not over yet. However, with the collapse of the USA, there will be a gap in the political world, which will be filled in by the Bear Empire created on the basis of the former USSR. If my understanding of the prophecy is right – and I believe it is – this Bear Empire will be a coalition of the two great powers, which will dominate the arena of history for some time after America has been pushed aside. Of course, Russia and the many republics of the former USSR will reunite as one, but who will be their partner? Who will be this second superpower that used to stand in the shadows, but will now take on the leading role in a coalition with Russia?

 

To the south of the former Soviet Union, there is a large country which in the twentieth century did not play much of a role in international politics and economy. It was militarily weaker than the United States and poorer than the Soviet Union, but recently began to experience the highest economic growth in the world. It is China, of course. The Chinese have not only begun to catch up with Western countries in terms of economic prosperity, but also their voice has begun to increasingly count in the international forum. They also recently managed to dispatch their astronaut into orbit by way of experiment, thus emulating the same extraordinary feats of the Americans and Russians. I believe that soon China will attract much more publicity and it will be revealed to the world as another superpower. To fulfil the biblical prophecy, they will join with the Russians to form a powerful union like the ancient Asian Medo-Persian Union, whereupon they will dominate most of Asia. The legitimacy of my claims will be argued more at length in the next chapter.

 

And who is the leopard (or panther)? I am convinced that the Leopard is the European Union which will be the last superpower previous to the advent of the world empire – the resurrected Roman Empire.

The fate of the Russo-Chinese Asian Union and the European Union was presented even more extensively in another vision of Daniel – the fight of a Goat with a Ram.

 

 

 

RAM AND (BILLY) GOAT - THIRD WORLD WAR

 

The last two chapters have presented the nature of the double fulfilment of the Old Testament prophecies, which makes them of great value not only to past generations, but also to ourselves. This also pertains to Daniel's prophecies: as the empires of the Lion, Bear and Leopard preceded the arrival of the Roman Empire in Daniel's vision, so likewise, the three superpowers will precede the coming of the renewed Roman Empire, for the apocalyptic Beast will be a conglomerate of the empires of the Lion, Bear and Leopard (i.e., Panther – Revelation 13:2).

 

As already described above, the seventh king of the same ilk as the ancient beasts was the Germanic Empire that took over the reign from Rome and in the XX century briefly wielded the authority becoming the economic and military superpower, shaking the main centres of the civilized world, and cruelly persecuting the chosen people of Israel? The eighth and final typically beast-like empire will be the reborn Roman Empire, the worldwide antichrist state.

 

Thus, the three empires preceding the re-arrival of the Roman Empire do not possess all the qualities of beast-like powers, but they must appear on the stage of history in a very clear and visible way to everybody in order for them to be easily recognized. It has been shown that over the centuries, since the fall of the Roman Empire, no power has had any worthy successors, neither has any of them had any dominion over much of the civilized world. Only the emergence of multinational union formations or associations of democratic states and republics gave rise to the superpowers of the modern era.

 

This stage in history was initiated by the United States of America, becoming the first democratic union-empire. After the collapse of Nazi Germany, the USA dominated all the international political arena and took the lead among all countries worldwide in terms of military strength and economic prosperity. Referred to by many charismatic prophets as the apocalyptic Babylon, the United States is actually, as one might say, the revived or reborn kingdom of Babylon and is represented by the Winged Lion beast.

 

The previous section mentioned that the USA would be humiliated, but the Americans would come to their senses whereby they would survive as the nation. Interestingly, based on the Word of God, it is difficult to reach a conclusion that the United States would be defeated in the wake of a fierce war or open armed conflict with another superpower. On the contrary, it appears that the failure of America and the decline of her reign will come suddenly as a shock and surprise to the world. Nor was the ancient city of Babylon captured in the aftermath of long-standing fighting or a gruelling military campaign. Legend has it that the Persian King Cyrus diverted the course of the Euphrates flowing through Babylon so that the walls surrounding the city would become useless – the Persian troops invaded the city by way of the dry riverbed. Also, the Bible speaks of a sudden and unexpected destruction of Babylon (Daniel 5:30). There is every indication that the renewed Lion Empire, i.e., the USA will fall suddenly, as if defeated by a ruse, exposed to the judgement by God Himself.

 

If the apocalyptic words about the destruction of Babylon can also be applied to the United States, which is admittedly kind of a restoration of Babylon, I believe that the actual apocalyptic Babylon will be a worldwide religious system under the leadership of Rome. One should then expect its sudden destruction by fire (Revelation 18:9.21). I personally think that a nuclear payload might be delivered to New York which is sort of the capital and most famous city not only of America but also of all the world. The sudden and total destruction of New York – the actual capital city of modern Babylon – in a consuming fire would be the end of the U.S. power and the image of judgment awaiting the entire godless world of the Antichrist who has already erected a statue in the city for himself – the seven-horned Statue (Goddess) of Liberty. What about the other two resurrected beasts – the Bear and the Leopard? What will be the fate of the Asian Union and the European Union? Did Daniel say anything more which would allow us to ascertain that it is indeed all about the alleged Union of Russia with China and so-called United States of Europe?

 

Daniel's third vision contained in the eighth chapter of his book answers many of these questions. It describes a war between the two powers which will show up after the collapse of Babylon. It is the Medo-Persian Union and the Greco-Macedonian Empire of Alexander the Great. The Bear raised up on one of its sides (Daniel 7) is presented in this vision as a Ram which had “two horns, and the two horns were high; but one was higher than the other, and the higher one came up last.” (Daniel 8:3). It is, of course, the union of the Persians with the Medes because the Persians, however, mostly ruled the new empire, even though they made their mark on the history page later than the Medes. This is also how the vision is explained by the angel of God (Daniel 8:20). Very characteristic is the fact that the Empire of the Ram, or the Empire of the Bear, i.e., the Medo-Persian Empire, was the Asian state. They only ruled over a patch of the European land, and their attempts to take over all of Greece did not get lasting results and ultimately ended up in failure. The Asian Ram was pushing and butting “westward, northward, and southward” (Daniel 8:4), conquering other states and seizing most of civilized Asia. This perfectly fits with the assumption that the revived Bear in the repeated fulfilment of Daniel’s prophecy will be the Russo-Chinese Asian Union. The Russians, indeed, possess some eastern European territories, but it will suffice to just have a glance at the world map to realize that most of the areas under their control are located on the Asian continent. If my understanding of Daniel's vision is correct, the Chinese will take up the leading role in a future coalition, even though they have been overshadowed by Russia so far.

 

Why would the Russians create a union with China modelled on the European Union or the Union of American States? Maybe for fear of the growing power of the European Community which, complacent about its strength, speaks out more and more boldly against Russia's foreign policy. Perhaps this will happen to effectively fill the void created by the imminent collapse of the American superpower. Perhaps the root or immediate cause for the initiation of the Asian Union will be some fanatical terrorists whom the Russians and the Chinese will agree to eliminate from Asia once and for all. The fact is that even today the relations between the USA and China or the European Union and Russia are not the best, but even get worse year by year. In the light of the above words, the European Union fits the image of the Goat, i.e., the Leopard Beast, which in antiquity became the Greco-Macedonian Empire of Alexander the Great.

 

Firstly, the European Union began to be formed as a third world union, because the first federal country was the United States of America and the second one the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, which – I believe – is not quite all in the past yet. The third beast was just the Leopard, or the European Goat in another vision of Daniel. Secondly, the European Union is the European empire – like the ancient world power of Alexander the Great, which emerged in Europe. Thirdly, even without knowing the above-mentioned prophecy of Daniel, every Christian realizes that the European Union policy and laws directly and openly seek to pave the way for the future state of the Antichrist.

 

So, what picture of the future does Daniel’s vision draw for us? The Lion, the United States, will be humiliated and somewhat pushed aside ceasing to be the global superpower. It will be overshadowed by an Asian Union which, I believe, is a coalition of Russia and China. This Union will take control of most of Asia, and for a certain period of time it will be the largest and most powerful empire of the contemporary world. However, when the European Union grows strong enough, there will be an open armed conflict which can be called the Third World War. Just like the European forces of Alexander the Great defeated the Asian Alliance between the Medes and the Persians, so now the Europeans will beat the coalition of Asians. The Bear, despite his great strength, will be overcome by the Leopard having four bird’s wings. How on earth can the leopard defeat the bear? Probably not thanks to the advantage of strength, but thanks to cunning, agility and ... four bird-like wings.

These bird’s wings do not allow to rise too high above the ground. Nevertheless, the presence of the leopard’s wings is notable as it also appears in a sense in the vision of the struggle of the Asian goat against the European ram. Daniel says that “suddenly a male goat came from the west, across the surface of the whole earth, without touching the ground” (Daniel 8:5). In other words, the European power attacking from the west floated just above the earth's surface. Perhaps the weaker and less numerous Europeans will beat the Russian-Chinese coalition with some new war machines hovering just over the ground.

 

Also, another detail of this conflict highlighted by Daniel should draw our attention. The prophet watched the fight between the Goat and the Ram standing by the Ulai River. It was by this river that the Ram stood, which could mean that the border of the future Asian Union would extend as far as the Ulai River (Daniel 8:2-3). Why exactly the Ulai? What is the location and the significance of this ancient river now? Well, most researchers have no doubt that the former Ulai River is the present Karkheh or Karkhen, the river being the frontier between Iraq and Iran on a several hundred-kilometer stretch. After the "liberation" of Iraq by the USA forces and a peculiar form of international "care" extended to the state, Iraq became in some way inviolable. A Russian-Chinese invasion of this country would be a blow to the principles of “democracy” and such professed by the USA and the European Union. Therefore, at least until a certain time, the boundaries of the Asian Union will reach Iraq’s borders in the south, while the frontiers of the European Union in the north.

 

As was already said, there will be a war between the Asian Union and the European Union. Ultimately, however, the Europeans will win and the European Union will be spread over the terrains of the former Asian Union embracing almost all of Eurasia with its borders.

The aim of the European Union is not Europe's domination over the world, but the co-domination by all peoples, nations and races. In this case, the name "European Union" will sound inappropriate because Europe will be friendly with the peoples of Asia and the former subjects of the Russian-Chinese Union defeated by the Europeans. The name then will need to be altered adapting it to the new circumstances. Other countries in the world will also gradually join this Eurasian union, including the already-weakened USA. In this way, after a while, the European Union will totally abandon its original name and will be, slowly but surely, transformed into the World Union – the re-established Roman Empire.

 

This is where all the four visions of Daniel will meet their full and consistent fulfilment. In the first two visions, Daniel saw that the coming of the Messiah, the Kingdom of God and the Antichrist’s reign would take place during the time of the Roman Empire, and in two subsequent visions those events were to have taken place even in the days of the Greek Empire. In their first, already historic fulfilment, there was some inaccuracy in these visions, but in the second, future fulfilment of this prophecy there is no more inexactitude: the European Empire being, so to say, the revived Greek Empire will defeat the Asian Union embodying the former Persian state. This reborn Greek Empire (the European Union) will then gradually cease to be the union of just European states but will be transformed into the union of all the countries of the world. The revived Empire of Rome will be, so to speak, an extended or transformed European Union. Therefore, Daniel rightly prophesied that this same Antichrist would emerge from the Greek superpower as well as from the Roman Empire.     

 

Exactly the same is uttered by the prophet John in the Apocalypse: the beast that he saw was like a panther or leopard (Revelation 13:2). It wasn’t the leopard alone, i.e., the third end-time empire, but the beast – the fourth end-time empire, that is, one of the seven apocalyptic kings who had returned to rule the entire world henceforth. It was not the leopard but the beast – it nevertheless resembled a leopard, or looked like a leopard. What does this show us? It shows us that the beast will come into being on the basis of the Leopard’s Empire and will somehow be an extension of his power, just as the Global Roman Empire will emerge from the European Union.

 

The European Community, as a harbinger of the upcoming Roman Empire, was founded in 1957 in the form of the European Economic Community on the initiative of the so-called "Six" – Belgium, France, West Germany, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Under the Treaty of Rome, these six European countries created the single, internal market or common market.

 

Also, the other elements of the global beast's body can be quite easily explained. "His mouth like the mouth of a lion"(Revelation 13:2). To my mind, this means not only the absorption of the USA by the expanding European Union, but also the fact that the views and doctrines professed by the Beast-State will just come from the USA. The beast will have a lion's mouth, and will speak like a lion. A future World Union born of the European Union will have similar principles and aspirations as the United States of America nowadays. Don't we see it today? Is the concept of the Americanization of the European society strange to us? The pursuit of money; ban on prayer and speaking about Jesus in schools; prohibition on defining homosexuality as sickness, sin or perversion; universal tolerance for divorce, remarriage and living in cohabitation (aka concubinage) or common-law marriage; Christians who make a career in politics or become rock and/or pop stars, but do not want to commit themselves to Christ. It is the United States which is the centre of the world pornography, this is where most Christians consider bloody wars and sending terrorists straight to hell a mission pleasing to God, this is the place whence stress-free upbringing, contemporary Freemasonry and the idea of ​​the world government originate. America has always shocked the world with its views, but titillated and enticed with its wealth, prosperity and worldly desires. But the world, as it usually is, "loved desires more than God", so Poland and the whole of Europe sold their minds into slavery of the Big Brother’s theory from across the Pond. Slowly and painfully, we are already beginning to feel the effects of this tragic choice – pornography, drugs, brothels, wild youth. And it will get worse. The world, however, seeks prosperity and full freedom to pursue their own whims, which is why the European Union mostly expresses theories borne out in the United States, and also the very state of the Antichrist will perpetuate and expand the way of thinking of Freemasons and deistic authors of the American Constitution.

 

The paws, that is a source of strength and development of the coming beast, will be the Asian Union countries since it is the inhabitants of distant Asia who are considered the most hard-working people on Earth and who make up a huge part of the world’s population. Just ask any passer-by which countries, in their opinion, are currently the major centres of civilization, economic development and military strength. Which countries are among the most powerful in this day and age? Not Australia, not any of the countries in Africa, not the Arab countries, not Brazil, not Mexico, not even Canada. However, they are undoubtedly the USA, the European Union, Russia and China. Unsurprisingly, these are the very empires which will form the backbone of the Antichrist's future global empire – and it began to be clearly formed before our very eyes after the collapse of the seventh king: the Germanic beast. 

 

                                    NIMROD, BABEL AND FURTHER EVIDENCE

 

The purpose of this book is to present an exposition of Daniel’s prophecies, which I believe is consistent not only with the schema once completed in the ancient past and with the words of the Apocalypse, but also corresponds to the current political situation. The United States of America became the first superpower of a union character born as a result of the armed revolution, becoming a kind of reborn Babylon the lion with eagle’s wings. In its wake followed France in Europe and then over a hundred years later Russia into the bargain. However, it was Russia which launched a second union state after the USA in the shape of the former Soviet Union, which has survived to this day in the reduced form as the Russian Federation (a federation is a compound of many countries that have a common government, currency and foreign policy). Thus, the USSR and the present Russian Federation provided a foundation for the future Asian Union, which I think will be a coalition of Russia and China. This will somewhat be a revived or reborn empire of the Medes and Persians – the Bear raised up on one side, or the Ram with the two horns, one larger than the other. They will fill in the gap left after the collapse of the USA. Finally, also France itself along with the rest of Europe will form a European Union that will be a federal state in character: a common currency, common foreign policy, a common army. The European Community will become a revived Greek empire of Alexander the Great (Alexander III of Macedon) – the Leopard with four bird-like wings and four heads, or a Goat with one horn, which, after defeating the Asian Union, will grow into four horns "toward the four winds of heaven" (Daniel 8:8). As a result of the imminent World War III, the European Union will overcome the Asian Union and then will begin to gradually transform itself into the world-wide state of the Antichrist – the Reborn Roman Empire, a cruel and terrible Beast with ten horns (Daniel 7:7 and Revelation 13:1). This global state will be set up based on the three union-like empires of the end times: the Lion, the Bear and the Leopard which will all form the backbone or the core of present-day and future unions: American, Asian and European (Revelation 13:2).

 

Do we have any other indications confirming the veracity of such an interpretation of the visions of the prophets Daniel and John? Yes, even a lot. Firstly, the very idea of union-like countries is just what Satan needs to be able to create a world-wide state. Within the union, the states retain some autonomy of power and some of their own rights, but in matters concerning all the associate member states of the union, decisions are made at the federal level. The federal government is elected at the election held in all the union countries. It is a way to avoid civil wars, constant coups and the rule of a narrow group of people who often favour Satan’s plans, but sometimes they thwart and hinder them. Democratic governments are the optimum solution for people of this world because most people condemn and reject the rule of tyrants and tormentors or oppressors. Nevertheless, in the words of the Bible, most people also repudiate God Himself and His ways (Psalm 14:2, Matthew 7:14, Romans 11:5), which is why democracy is the only political system where nations gradually but effectively implement Satan’s intentions, conceptions and plans. Condemning any dissimilarity in beliefs, behaviours or nationalities will be severely punished by the people the Antichrist’s spirit (1 John 4:3), because strict views stir up divisions among the people whom Satan now wants to unite.

 

All the assertions that only Virgin Mary saves or only Allah saves, or only the Roman Catholic Church saves – all of them will have to either fall and or be transformed. Christians obstinately adhering to the confession that Jesus Christ alone is the only way to God the Father will be seen by the world as fanatical and intolerant enemies of unity and love as well as all people of goodwill.

 

Secondly, the ideologies proclaimed by the union countries tend towards the order ordained by the Antichrist. The authority of governments, husbands and parents is overthrown at the expense of the idea or notion of ​​universal equality and full equality of rights. Presidents are held up to ridicule to the limits of decency, the feminist movement dominates even Christianity, parents’ right to educate their children according to their own beliefs is restricted. Not only in Russia and China was it suggested that children be taken away from their parents so that they could be raised by the state itself. Also, in the United States and European Union, the state increasingly interferes in educating new generations by atheist-humanistic ideology. The concept of tolerance and acceptance has been distorted and replaced with tolerance for and acceptance of all otherness, which in practice boils down to a ban on the spread of radical ideas and beliefs – including Christian ones. Now all sexual orientations and preferences are deemed good, everyone in the family has an equal voice and all roads or ways lead to God. This is exactly what the Antichrist needs in order to be able to assume authority over such diverse nations, cultures, people and religions.

 

Thirdly, the signs of the end times are being fulfilled more and more abundantly. Escalation of wars, harshness of natural disasters, intensity of sin and debauchery, severity of blasphemous convictions, intensification of atheism and evolutionism plus related theories, return of paganism, return of awakened Christianity, return of God’s power and that of the Devil, Israel’s return to Palestine and the political scene. No one reading the Bible intelligently and judiciously has any doubt that the signs of the final times have begun to be fulfilled more clearly, more often and more abundantly than ever before. Therefore, the empires of the Lion, Bear and Leopard preceding the revival of the Roman Empire should also be clearly visible and at least partially developed. This becomes all the more obvious if we agree about the fact that the Germanic Empire was the seventh and last apocalyptic king – the imperial beast oppressing the Jews, which appeared for "a short space (of time)" (Revelation 17:10 KJV).

 

After the fall of the seventh beast the whole world is preparing for the advent of the worldwide state. Furthermore, there is a very rich symbolism presented by modern empires, which clearly shows believers what, or rather whom, we are dealing with. Thus, for example, we have already mentioned the Statue of Liberty, the seven-horned Greek goddess Nike, which became a symbol of New York – actual capital of all the rebel world. Another notable symbol is the five-pointed star which is most often identified with the USA (white), the USSR or the Russian Federation (red) and the European Union (yellow). The Soviet star sign was also taken over by Communist China. Discovering the genesis of this symbolic mark may cause some difficulties, but some sources suggest that we are dealing here with the pentagram which is most often seen in an inverted form. Placing the occult sign or symbol on the national emblem or the national flag is not something incredible – even the flag of Israel bears the famous star of the god Remfan worshiped by the Hebrews long before David who in fact had nothing to do with it (Amos 5:26 and Acts 7:43). So, we can safely assume that the upended pentagram has become a recognizable sign of the present-day powers of the EU.

 

Another interesting character is the pyramid appearing on the one-dollar bill and the eye in the triangular frame at the top of it. This eye in the triangle is sometimes used by Catholics as a symbol of God, but in reality, it is a symbol of the Antichrist, hence of Lucifer, the Prosecutor himself. This symbol already existed in ancient Egypt as the eye of Horus, but it is also known to other cultures whose peoples sometimes rose their hands towards the Sun so that the combined thumbs and index fingers formed a triangular shape and the Sun was in the centre of the sign. For example, in a slightly distorted form, the same sign is a symbol of kyokushin kaikan karate. It is worth noting that the founder of this karate style, Sosai Masutatsu Oyama, in his book “The Way of Kyokushinkai”, explains that the Japanese term “kyokushin” is intended to mean “the association for cognition of the ultimate truth”. Nothing more, nothing less. The Eye enlightens its followers. Karatekas call this enlightenment “satori”, and the yogis call it “nirvana”.

 

Poor Europe, after the hypocritical rule of cruel pseudo-Christians, also experienced a similar “Enlightenment” in the form of humanism, deistical intellectualism, atheism, evolutionism, feminism, revolutionism and all the other forms of demonism. The same Eye in the triangle is one of the main symbols of the Masonic lodge, the Illuminati (i.e., “the Enlightened”), founded to pave the way for their messiah and the revived King Solomon the Antichrist, a wise and wealthy ruler, who speaking of peace will lead Israel to (religious) apostasy. The eye, pyramid and the Latin inscription “Novus ordo seclorum” “New Order of the Ages” called “Great Seal” were affixed to the $ 1 bill in 1934 by President Franklin Roosevelt who was a Freemason of 32nd degree of initiation. Modern Freemasonry took a more organized form on May 1, 1776 when the Masonic Society of the (Bavarian) Illuminati was founded by the Jesuit-trained German Adam Weishaupt. This took place in the emergent American Union which became the first of the three end-times empires.

Does the Bible also mention something about this Eye? Indeed, but we do not find it in many translations, as translators of the prophet Zechariah did not know how to deal with the word “eye” in relation to our passage and translated it in all other ways. This is about Zechariah chapter 5, verse 6:

 

GOD'S WORD Translation (1995)

“What is it?” I asked. “A basket is coming”, he said. Then he added, “This is what the people's sins look like all over the earth.”

King James 2000 Bible (2003)

And I said, What is it? And he said, This is the basket [the ephah] that goes forth. He said moreover, This is their resemblance through all the earth. (New Kings James Version – same).

NET Bible (2006)

I asked, “What is it?” And he replied, “It is a basket for measuring grain that is moving away from here.” Moreover, he said, “This is their ‘eye’ throughout all the earth.”

Complete Jewish Bible

6 I asked, “What is it?” He said, “This is the eifah-measure [a one-bushel dry-measure] passing by.” Then he added, “This is their eye in all the land.”

 

Only the NET Bible and Complete Jewish Bible of the aforesaid versions give a literal translation of this passage from Hebrew because the word UJN (ayin – Strong’s No. 5869) used here refers to the “eye” and sometimes “fountain, source”. What is the eye the prophet speaks of?

 

10 So I said to the angel who talked with me, “Where are they carrying the basket?” 11 And he said to me, “To build a house for it in the land of Shinar; when it is ready, the basket will be set there on its base.” (Zechariah 5:10-11, NKJV)

 

The country of Shinar is Babylon, and the house is the temple – just as the Bible calls the Temple of Jerusalem the house of God. The temples of Babylon were in the shape of stepped pyramids, just like the first pyramids of Egypt and the buildings of the Inca, Maya and Aztec peoples. The eye in the Book of Zechariah will then be placed at the top of the pyramid in Babylon. How do we know this very eye is the Antichrist himself?

 

Zechariah speaks of Christ as the stone on which there are the seven eyes (Zechariah 3:9) – Jahweh’s eyes watching all the Earth (Zechariah 4:10). They symbolize the omniscience and omnipresence of both God the Father and the risen Christ who, after being transformed and glorified, received all wisdom, might and power (Revelation 5:12). The Antichrist, who will desire to be equal of and like the Most High God, will strive to know everything about everyone. Therefore, he will introduce a universal system of monitoring with Internet, terrestrial and satellite cameras as well as all kinds of sensors and at the end of the day, he will “brand” all the inhabitants of the Earth like cattle – the refractory or recalcitrant will become slaves, prisoners or ... corpses. This supposedly all-knowing and all-seeing Eye is the symbol of the Antichrist who will be a godlike overman – demigod and superman – familiar with the arcane knowledge. He will be an exceedingly shrewd ruler like King Solomon.

 

The same big eye also appears in the symbolism of the European Union, the State most associated with the future Union of the Antichrist. The name “Europe” comes from the Greek words “eurus” (“wide, broad”) and “ops” (“eye”). Some, therefore, interpret it as a “woman with big eyes”, but from the perspective of God's revelation, we can call the European Union the State of “the great eye of the Antichrist”, as it is from the European Community that the reborn Roman Empire will emerge later on. This becomes even more obvious when we look at the mythological princess Europa who has become the symbol of that Union. Beautiful Europa was, according to the Greeks, the daughter of the Phoenician king Agenor. Zeus, the king of all demons (as domestic guardian deities were then called), fell in love with her, appeared on Earth in the form of a white bull and abducted the woman to Crete where Europa gave birth to his three sons.

 

The creators of the ECU currency, which was put into circulation in the European Community before the advent of the EUR (the euro), the official currency of the European Union, captured the characteristic scene from the above-presented Greek myth. On the reverse of the ECU coins there was the figure of the woman (Europa) riding the bull (Zeus), signalling to the believers the imminent coming of the time of the Antichrist and the appearance of the Woman riding the Beast (Revelation 17:3). The Woman on the Animal has become one of the symbols of the European Union – the motif could be seen in the numerous posters and drawings promoting and embodying the European Community and was commemorated in the form of the monument standing at the entrance to the European Parliament building in Brussels.

 

In addition, the association of the European countries as the revived Empire of the Leopard and the union of "the big eye" strictly refers to the biblical account of the construction of the Tower of Babel by king Nimrod. It’s known that the Tower of Babel is an image of the forthcoming Global State wherein people, under the leadership of a brilliant ruler, will establish “love, peace and prosperity” in their individualistic “paradise on earth”. The living God will be pushed away and everything will happen on the basis of human capabilities, that is – in the biblical terms – based on the flesh. Babel is, of course, later Babylon and the nascent “Great Babylon” – the Global State and the Global Church. The Hebrew word for BBL (babel - Strong's No. 0894) is a combination of the word BLL (balal - Strong's No. 01101) meaning “mixed, blended, mingled, confused” with the word BBH (baba - Strong's No. 0892) meaning ... “pupil (of an eye)”! Thus, the aforementioned symbol of the Antichrist, which is the big eye, was already created in the times of Nimrod at the construction of the Tower of Babel which was probably called “the tower of the pupil (of an eye)”. There is a link between the Hebrew name Babel (or Babylon) and the Greek word Europa, since both of them point to the “big eye”.

 

Additionally, the king Nimrod – type of the Antichrist and the builder of the Tower of Babel (Genesis 10:10) – also bears an apocalyptic mystery in his name. The Hebrew NMRWD (Nimrod - Strong’s No. 05248), sometimes translated as “rebellion”, comes from the word NMR (namar - Strong’s No. 05245 and 05246) meaning ... “leopard”. Exactly the same word was used by Daniel in his vision of the beast prior to the advent of the Global State (Daniel 7:6). We know from Jeremiah 13:23 that this is certainly the leopard (also known as the panther), i.e., the large spotted predatory cat. Nimrod's name is sometimes translated as “winner of leopards” or “walking in the power of a leopard”.

 

It can be assumed that the name Nimrod is also associated with Narmer who was for the ancient Egyptians what king Mieszko I for the Poles. Also in Egypt, this ancient cult and symbolism of the leopard survived in the form of leopard skins worn by the high priests and dignitaries. It has already been demonstrated that the ancient leopard has returned in the shape of the European Union so we have yet another anchor point for linking the Tower of Babel with Europe.

 

Finally, we can also mention the philosophy of the European Union (or somehow reborn Greek Empire) which draws its ideas from the views of the ancient Greek philosophers. Democracy, euthanasia, acceptance and promotion of public nudity and homosexuality, scepticism, atheism, humanist intellectualism, state interference in child-rearing, aiming to unite all the city-states and treating Christ’s sacrifice as foolishness. All these theories are derived from ancient Greece. It also teaches that Daniel's prophecy concerning the Greek Empire previous to the rule of Rome also applies to our times.

 

Why is it important to us? God wants us to know what we are to expect and what policy changes will occur in the world before the advent of the Empire of the Antichrist. These changes will be a signal and a trumpet call for the whole Church of God to cleave and cling to Christ Jesus even more and, conscious of the times, commit ourselves to Him. So, what will happen?

 

First and foremost, the United States will fall from power. They will be humiliated in a sudden and startling manner in the eyes of all the world, but by the grace of God they will survive and understand that they are only humans. Then, there will be the rise of a mighty empire in Asia as a coalition of the two great powers. In a very bloody and brutal way, the Asian Union will introduce its order and control in Asia up to the frontiers of Iraq. The words “Arise, devour much flesh!” (Daniel 7:5, NKJV) and “nor was there any that could deliver from his hand” (Daniel 8:4, NKJV) don’t mean anything good for Asia. Then there will be a war between the European Union and the Asian Union. In this war, the stronger Bear will be defeated by a nimbler Leopard so that the European Union will take possession of most of Asia. In the words of Daniel, we can also expect that after the departure of the European commander-in-chief in World War III, there will not be a worthy successor to him, and the Eurasian land will be divided among four “presidents” (Daniel 7:6, 8:8.22, 11:4). Local armed conflicts are still likely to take place; however, the Eurasian Association will be joined by other countries of the world from different continents and eventually the whole Earth will be divided among ten “presidents” – the ten horns of the Beast. Then the Antichrist will turn up and, in the middle of his seven-year reign, there will be a great tribulation which was foretold by all the prophets.

 

How long will it take? I don’t know. Personally, I don’t believe that all of this should be fulfilled in the next few or several years, but it certainly will not take ages. I think this time should be measured in decades, as the duration of human life is measured. It won’t take long now. I believe that this publication is the trumpet cry of God. I believe I heard that voice and that’s why I have to and I want to speak. Each of you, on the grounds of the Word of God, can judge by the Spirit of God whether these are just my fantasies or Jesus actually speaks about what will occur. Before long, most of us will be able to see for ourselves whether this rendition of the prophecy is true. God warns us not too late, but we are warned in time so that we can prepare for what is to come. He speaks to us before it happens so that, seeing the fulfilment of those hidden mysteries, we may glorify Him as the One who knows the end from the very beginning. 

 

Translated from Polish into English by Robert Jarosz, a Polish English teacher, Master of Arts, linguist, translator and interpreter, living in Dublin, Republic of Ireland.

 

 

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