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                            Empires of End Times

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)

                                                                       Piotr Galecki
                                                                       May 2005

Regarding the end times 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 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 attacked 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.

So too, in 1864 one of the men of God, Charles Spurgeon, announced the imminent 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 you must first thoroughly understand the more basic things and enter into intimate communion with God in order 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 struggled/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 prophecies of Zechariah. Somewhat contrary to my plans, based on Daniel's vision, God has clearly showed me political future which will come 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 changes 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 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.

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 Germans for the crimes against the Jews even before the advent of the Antichrist's reign; why many Russian Christians called the USSR an apocalyptic beast; why some prophets proclaimed the terrible judgment of God over the USA and 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 speaking 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, and 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 earthly powers. The return of one of them would mean an unexpected revival of one of those long-fallen empires thus arousing an admiration and affection among the people of this world who yearn in their hearts for the mythical glory, splendour, wealth, power and physical or material beauty of the ancient culture.

According to this 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 Christ was born and then was his following brought into being. What great powers 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 "kings" mentioned in the Book of Revelation. They are, namely, Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Medo-Persia and the Greek-Macedonian state of Alexander the Great. First, these are the empires recognized by historians and archaeologists as the most significant civilizations that existed before Christ. Second, 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 directed at Abraham's descendants. It is for this reason God determines these empires as a "beast", since, apart from idolatry practised by them, they became a tool 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 - 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 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 Israel's crushing opponent - 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 permission to return to Palestine and rebuild the Temple, but later, they almost brought about the total extermination/annihilation of the Israelites by allowing Haman to exterminate every Hebrew from India to Egypt. The history 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 a type of the Antichrist, as described by Daniel in the prophetic visions. In the year 168 BC, Antiochus Epiphanes not only invaded Jerusalem and destroyed the city but also plundered the Temple and enforced the worship of Zeus on them. Pork sacrificed on the Temple altar led to a revolt of the Jews 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 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 a "beast", not only because of its power and political dominance as well as idolatry and immorality, but above all because the ruler of this empire so cruelly persecuted both Christians and Judeans. The governments of the Romans in Judea were not devoid of violence, which we hear about even in the Gospel of Luke 13: 1 and John 11:48. The Emperor Caligula planned to force the Jews to the idolatrous worship of his image, which would inevitably lead to revolt, but the premature death thwarted intentions of the maniacal ruler. Claudius also 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 pulling crowds of their followers together. 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 66 AD, the emperor Nero dispatched his legions to Palestine, which in 70 AD, under the command of Titus, captured Jerusalem, destroyed the Temple and killed thousands of Judeans. Deprived of the Temple and the possibility of them fully practising their religion, Judaeans began leaving Palestine massively moving to other areas of the Empire. Other Judean uprisings also resulted in their defeat, which further contributed to the emigration of the Hebrews from the land of Israel.

The eighth power will embrace the entire world becoming an apocalyptic "beast". Who was the mysterious seventh king who would 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 covering, by their rule and boundaries, huge swathes 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 intent on the destruction of the Hebrews’ faith as well as the chosen people. So, after the fall of Rome until the present time, was there an empire which was characterized by these three traits?

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 (for example, the state of Napoleon), they did not do major harm or damage to Judeans/Jews or Christians. We can here only mention the empire of the Vatican. However, the Papal 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 shameful.

Where then is 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 characteristics of the first six empires and perfectly fits the biblical context which will be further mentioned. 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 - 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 led an aggressive policy of territorial expansion by absorbing most 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 resist 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 defeat the fascist state. And thirdly, in the grip of the lunatic leader were most Jewry. 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/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 fits perfectly into a certain pattern of succession of these powers. Namely, Egypt was defeated by the Assyrians who conquered Thebes in 667 BC. Assyria was conquered by the Babylonians who captured Nineveh in 612 BC. Babylon was routed by the Persians who conquered Babylon in 539 BC. The Persians were beaten by the Greeks who made the conquest of Suze and Persepolis about 329 BC. The Greeks were defeated by the Romans who conquered Corinth in 146 BC, Athens in 86 BC and Alexandria in 31 BC. Each of the six heads of "the beast", so to speak, took over from the previous one. And who defeated Rome? The Germanic tribes, specifically the Heruli, who in 476 AD 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 the case for 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", probably the Pharaoh who opposed Moses and Aaron. From the time of the exodus, which took place around 1500 BC, Egypt gradually declined 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 the Assyrian state became a global super-power. After the conquest of Egypt, the Assyrian empire covered an area of nearly one and a half 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, 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. Areas of Rome included the land surface of nearly four and a half million square kilometres. The Germanic Empire of Hitler ruled most of Europe and the northern shores of Africa, making it larger than any of the six predecessors.

The Third Reich had therefore 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 "a short space" - 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 compared to a few or several years of Hitler's rule, it is still very many. The Germanic Empire appeared just briefly, shook the world much more than its predecessors, murdered more Jews than its predecessors and was 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 global 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 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 – whether the Aztecs in America, the Mongols in Asia or also Zulus in Africa - however none of them became a super power that would shake the capitals of the civilized world and put in place a plan to destroy the Jews, their culture and faith.

The Beast, the Antichrist's final empire, will be a rebirth and kind of a resurrection of one of the seven superpowers. The Demon-King, who had to get out of the way (and with him his earthly empire), will come back arousing astonishment and admiration of the people of this world. Now this angel 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 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 appeared in the vision as the legs of iron and the alloy containing a mixture of iron and clay. Then the fifth kingdom was to come – eternal and imperishable kingdom of Messiah covering the whole earth. This vision was fulfilled only in part – indeed, the kingdom of God came to people in the person of Christ and then the Holy Spirit just in times of the Roman Empire, but the next part of the prophecy speaks 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 Revelation. The seventh chapter of Daniel describes four beasts (Daniel 7: 3) that just as the Antichrist and his kingdom came from 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 "the abyss, the depth" were often used interchangeably. With this interpretation again, we see that these creatures came out of the abyss and they represent some of the Commanders of the angels of Satan. This confirms the other statement by the Apostle John: the second beast, the false prophet, came not from the sea, but "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 about Jesus that he is "from above" (John 3:31). Similarly, the prophet of the Antichrist will be "from the earth", but the Antichrist himself and his country will be "from the deep" or "the underground".

The interpretation of the vision given to Daniel by the angel expressly says that the four beasts, which the prophet saw, are the "
four kings which arise out of the earth" (Daniel 7: 17, NKJV) - that are four earthly empires which were to be ruled by demonic supremacies. The Lion represents the empire of Babylon which was later humiliated like its rulers (Daniel 4 and 5). The Bear leaning to one side is the union of the Persians and the Medes who defeated the Babylonians. However, Persians turned out to be a dominant force and it was them, not the Medes, who wielded supremacy in the new superpower. The Panther (or Leopard) with four bird’s wings and four heads is the Macedonian empire of Alexander the Great which, after his death, was divided among four generals. The fourth beast is of course Rome, which, in Daniel's vision, has the makings of an apocalyptic Beast:
- the two beasts have originally ten horns (Daniel 7:7.20.24 and Revelation 13:1);
- the two beasts will rule all the earth (Daniel 7:23 and 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 and Revelation 13:5-6);
- both beasts will fight with the saints and overcome them (Daniel 7:21 and 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, and Revelation 11:2-3, 12:14 and 13:5);
- the two beasts will finally be destroyed, whereupon there will be the Kingdom of God (Daniel 7:11 -14.26-27, and Revelation 19:20).

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

                                                          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 who is the incarnation of Satan, but the "beast" also denotes the earthly empire that, in the spiritual realm, is ruled by the evil high-ranking angels holding the real power over the human states. In the book of Revelation (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 the faith in the God of Israel. Nazi Germany can be safely 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 a "beast" ruling over the entire world. This interpretation is consistent both with the book of Revelation and the vision of Daniel.
But is this the end of the vision? Are these the boundaries of revelation which we can reach on the basis of words? Did God really let us only know the fact that after the fall of the German Empire, the Empire of the Beast will begin to emerge - the Roman Empire resurrected? We would be grateful to God also for this "information", but as the prophet Amos said, "Surely the Lord God does nothing, unless He reveals His secret [intention] to His servants the prophets." (Amos 3:7, NKJV).

Biblical prophecies of the Old Testament (as well as some of the words of the New Testament) are characterized by the fact that they "like" repeating themselves in history - usually twice. The first fulfilment of the prophecy is more literal and mundane, but less significant spiritually. The second fulfilment is also substantiated in the physical world, but this time its spiritual weight is incomparably greater.
Take for example the famous words of Abraham, “My son, God will provide (or: supply) for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.” (Genesis 22:8). The Prophet did not seem to even realize what he had said because in fact God prevented him from sacrificing Isaac, providing (or: supplying) the lamb for the burnt offering which became 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). Now this phrase is often cited as one of the names of God, who revealed Himself there as the God who was supplying and caring for his people. However, not enough people realize just how powerful this prophecy was, uttered by Abraham in the presence of Isaac. In fact, he prophesied not just about a lamb that was to replace the propitiatory sacrifice of his son, but he prophesied about the Lamb which would be supplied for mankind by God Himself to atone for the sins of the whole world. This singled-out and provided or supplied-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)

You can see so clearly that Abraham's prophecy was fulfilled twice, once more literally, the second time a little more symbolically, but it is the second fulfilment of the prophecy that was, so to say, this right or truly important one.

The same applies to another prophecy which the angel uttered to Abraham, saying that, "
your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies" (Genesis 22:17). 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, father of John the Baptist, filled with the Holy Spirit, thanked God that now fulfilment of that promise made to Abraham would occur:

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 victoriously fought with other people in the struggle for 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 not liberated from human enemies but from demons and we fight not against humans but against the powers of darkness
and we fight not for a physical land but the spiritual ground: fulfilment of God's promises, the fullness of life and fellowship with God promised 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? Joshua, of course. But this the first fulfilment of the prophecy was more literal and less significant, although more acceptable for pseudo-pious human. The second fulfilment of this prophecy, in the words of Stephen (Acts 7: 37), was, by all means, more important as it related 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 significant since it related to Christ the builder of the Church, the true Temple of God.

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

21 Then 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. 22 For these are the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. 23 But 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. 24 And 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 21:20-24, 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 killed its inhabitants. According to the descriptions by
Titus Flavius Josephus (also called Joseph ben Matityahu), the carnage was so great that the blood leaking through the streets flowed into homes and quenched the hearths hollowed out in the floor. Apparently then so many Jews were crucified that the Roman legions finally ran out of wood to put up subsequent crosses. However, under the vision of Zechariah, we know that the prophecy will be fulfilled again at the close of the end times:
"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 .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 the helplessness, the disappointment at the false messiah and the vision of the inevitable destruction of the Jewish nation that will rouse the Jewish nation to seek the God of Israel and the true Messiah – Jesus of Nazareth. This is 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 during the life of Christ and the apostles when the people of Judah came through the cruel oppression, lots 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 according to 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 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-historical prophecies of Daniel will be fulfilled the second time. In the eleventh chapter of the Book of Daniel 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 predict the coming of the reign of Antiochus IV Epiphanes who violently opposed the faith of the Israelites. On the basis of the vision, many could also find out 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 exactly Daniel's prophetic words 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). Going back to the eleventh chapter of Daniel’s vision, Antiochus Epiphanes, being there a historical figure, became in his words and deeds the obvious archetype of the Antichrist who would turn up at the end of time. Similarly, the eighth chapter describes the historical events that took place before the birth of Christ, but they clearly refer to the Antichrist, according to the explanation by the angel:

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


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)

On the basis of all these examples of biblical prophecies and their explanations we can be absolutely certain that the prophetic words of Daniel – like the other Old Testament prophecies - 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 times". We can derive a huge solace from it since, reading the words of the Law, we can consider not only the old story which no longer concerns us but, by the Holy Spirit, we have the ability to recognize in the Law God’s plans and mysteries 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 we talked about the fact that the book of Daniel is closely linked with the prophecies of the Apocalypse, and the visions of Daniel will come true again in the last days, even though they were already in their original historical fulfilment in the 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 just coming.

I have already pointed out that the four successive empires in the visions of Daniel: Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece and Rome are among the seven kings of Revelation: the two empires existing before the times of Daniel, namely Egypt and Assyria being the first oppressors of Israel and 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. Teutons, the conquerors of Rome, created the seventh global super-power in the first half of the twentieth 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 is still awaiting its next fulfilment in the last days. In other words, I believe that just as the appearance of the three powers preceded the coming of powerful Rome in ancient times so also the final appearance of the three powers will precede the second coming of Rome in end times.

What do I have to support my belief? 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 significance to us? Secondly, in his four visions regarding the future empires, Daniel always saw the end of history – the advent of the Kingdom of God and even the times 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 re-emergence of the three empires preceding the future rebirth of Rome. Fourthly, in the second vision the angel utters 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)

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 can try to find an inaccuracy in this prophecy. Although these words are indeed mysterious, however, the issue looks quite different when we assume a repeat of the prophecy in the future, which will be carefully documented in the further part of this book.

Fifthly, the apocalyptic beast – the risen Rome – is in fact a conglomeration of empires we find in the seventh chapter of Daniel’s vision. The Prophet likened Babylon to the lion with eagle’s wings, Medo-Persia to the bear leaning to one side, while Macedonia and Greece to the panther (leopard) with four bird’s wings. Then came the fourth and final beast - a global empire. The Beast that John depicted in the Book of Revelation was a combination of the same 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)

Comparison used here by God is by no means accidental, but strictly refers 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 have all the features of the ancient beasts, because then it would be inconsistent with another statement of the Apocalypse where after the sixth king – the beast of Rome – the last seventh king was to come briefly – the Germanic Empire – and then one of the seven kings is back in the form of the global empire (Revelation 17:10-11). In this prophecy, there is no room for three additional empires of an apocalyptic beast’s character - powers openly fighting the Jewry and shaking all the civilized world.

On the other hand, the empires must be so powerful and significant as to attract the public's eye 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 model of the ancient empires and the rule of Hitler in his state; perhaps not doing harm and injustice to Jews as it was done so terribly in 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.

Also, in order to maintain similarity to the three biblical beasts before the advent of new Rome, it appears appropriate to seek such empires which will follow one after another, so to speak.

Reviewing the history of mankind since the fall of ancient Rome, which is from the year 476 until the present time, I tried to find the powers that would correspond to the vision of Daniel. The Kingdom of the Franks, Byzantines, Arabs, Turkish and Mongol 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 huge and consecutive powers ruling the most civilized nations and large tracts of land. These empires came and went without a clear successor and only a few of them - as the state of Napoleon - acquired 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 unusual: in 1776 in North America there was the empire raised quite different from what was known in the history. Independent small states, whose population was a mixture of native Americans and various European nations (and also the incapacitated Africans then), decided to merge together into the union later called the United States of America so as to, with the combined forces, 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 anymore), power based on the will of the people and desire for limitless freedom were the foundation of this new superpower. Many 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.

Whether anyone likes it or not, the United States were created as a result of the merger of the rebellious nations which wished to follow their own will rather than be 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 is 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)

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 in America during the 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. Revolutions in France and Russia also brought tens of thousands and even hundreds of thousands of victims, whilst in many other countries the role of the king lost its meaning and became symbolic in a natural way.

No matter what our view is on the issues of democracy and freedom, we can all safely say that the powers of multinational unions, united states or united republics were initiated by the example of the emergence of the United States of America.

So 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 Native Americans by closing them in reservations and killing ruthlessly all those who resisted. To the places "cleansed" thus, more and more people from around the world came to America - from Japan up to Portugal - so the United States was the first melting pot of nations since time immemorial. The country became a veritable global superpower after defeating the German empire (of course, in coalition with other powers, Britain and the Soviet Union). 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 with impunity over enemy’s territory. 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 U.S., however no other country in the world could boast equally delicious combination of military and economic power. Economically, the United States remained the most attractive country in the world after the Second World War, even today still attracting thousands of immigrants. As regards their army, eventually it turned out to be better than the troops of the former Soviet Union: the Russians were unable to deal with the militants in Afghanistan for years, whereas the Americans crushed the Taliban/Taleban resistance within a few weeks.

Then I figured that the United States of America was the first of the three empires of End Times that would appear in the arena of history before the advent of a 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. And as Babylon was the gold and most glorious empire among the four beasts of the Book of Daniel, so also no other upcoming empire will experience as great and lasting prosperity, luxury and splendour as the twentieth-century America. Being the Lion with eagle’s wings, Americans have soared high, up to the space and the Moon, went higher and farther than any other 20th-century nation. But just as the Babylonians, also 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 U.S. as the apocalyptic Babylon. The United States is therefore, as it were, the revival of the ancient Babylon, but it is not Babylon the Great - the harlot riding the Beast.

Apocalyptic symbolism is clearly visible in the most famous monument of the most famous city of America. Which U.S. city is more illustrious than New York? And which symbol of New York is more known and more visible for decades than the Statue of Liberty. This monumental statue is a gift from the French revolutionaries, rebels and insurgents to American rebels-revolutionaries on the occasion of the centenary of the 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 of freedom/liberty for the Americans. On her head, the goddess has a crown with seven horns 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 square nor circle, nor the polygon, but a star with eleven arms or horns. Also in the Apocalypse, the Beast has ten horns, whilst the Antichrist himself, as ruling over 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 she be wiped out from the Earth’s surface as prophesied by God's servants being in despair at her sin? Or perhaps no greater harm will be done to her 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 U.S. superpower is indeed the Lion with Eagle’s Wings from Daniel's vision - and I am convinced that 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 hit the pride of Americans and will pluck off the wings of the U.S., just like He hit 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 fly 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 judgment will fall heavy 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 U.S. will no longer be the world's superpower, or the power that can trifle with almost everyone as their role will go into the background. This country, however, will survive its hard times 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. Moreover, these powers are, by nature, very similar to the American empire: they are multinational and multicultural democratic empires created as a result of the former rebellions and revolutions? Like the U.S., each of these empires is not one country but a union or a mixture of many states that have decided to unite.

I have reason to believe that the nucleus of the Empire of the Bear 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 principalities 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 herself there is the famous saying: "Russian bear”. The Russians have long been identified with the bears more than with any other animal, which is consistent with their sometimes rude nature, physical strength and resistance to severe climatic conditions. Poles, Turks, Germans and the French could personally find out the hard way that it was true. Some nations were once effectively conquered like the English, Spaniards, Italians, the French, Germans or Poles, but nobody has managed to conquer and defeat the Russian Bear thus far. But why do I call the Soviet Union only the germ of the biblical bear and not the Bear-beast? 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, however, the Persians eventually became the dominant power in alliance with the Medes. The USSR, even though it has begun to assume the figure of the biblical bear, however, it has never entered into a coalition or alliance with another power to come together to govern a large part of Asia and Europe. What am I getting at?

Well, I believe that the Bear Empire is not yet fully formed, since the time of the Lion – it is the United States – is not yet complete. However, with the collapse of the U.S., 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 Soviet Union. If my understanding of the prophecy is right - and I believe this is so - this Bear Empire will be a partnership between the two great powers, which for some time will dominate the stage of history after America has been pushed aside. Of course, Russia and several former Soviet republics will once again come together in one, but who will be their partner? Who will be this second superpower that was once in the background, but now in a coalition with Russia will take the leading role?

To the south of the former Soviet Union, there is a huge country which in the twentieth century did not play a very important 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 growth rate of the economy in the world. It is, of course, China. 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 on the international forum. They also recently managed to put their astronaut into orbit by way of experiment, repeating the same first extraordinary feats of Americans and Russians. I believe that soon China will attract much more publicity and it will be revealed to the world as the next 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. I shall give legitimacy to my claims more fully 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 before the advent of the world empire - the resurrected Roman Empire.
The fate of the Asian Russian-Chinese Union and the European Union was still more fully depicted in another vision of Daniel – the goat-with-the-ram fight.

                                             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 are of great value not only to former 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 also in a similar manner, the three superpowers will precede the advent of a renewed Roman Empire, as the apocalyptic Beast will be a patchwork of imperial Lion, Bear and Leopard (Panther - Revelation 13:2).

As already described, 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 20th century briefly wielded the power 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 empire of the typical nature of the beast will be the renewed Roman Empire, the global state of the Antichrist.

So, the three empires preceding the re-arrival of the Roman Empire do not possess all the qualities of a beast's powers, but the
y must appear to all on the stage of history in a very clear and visible way in order for them to be easily recognized. It was shown that over the centuries, since the fall of the Roman Empire, no power had had any worthy successors nor had any of them had any dominion over a large part of the civilized world. Only multinational union formations or associations of democratic states and republics gave rise to the superpowers of the modern era.

The United States of America initiated this stage in history becoming the first democratic union-empire. After the collapse of Nazi Germany, the USA dominated 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, so to say, the revived kingdom of Babylon and the beast representing it is the Winged Lion.

The previous section mentioned that the U.S. would be humiliated, however, the Americans will come to their senses and will 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 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. Also, the ancient city of Babylon was not conquered by means of long-standing fighting or an exhausting military campaign. Legend has it that the Persian King Cyrus diverted the Euphrates River flow 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). All the indications are that the renewed Lion empire, i.e. the U.S. 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 restoration of Babylon, though I think that the actual apocalyptic Babylon will be the Worldwide Church under the primacy of Rome), one would expect a sudden destruction by fire (Revelation 18:9.21). I personally think that the Arab terrorists will manage to deliver a nuclear payload to New York, which is sort of the capital and most famous city not only of America but also of the whole 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 on the whole godless world of the Antichrist who has already erected a statue in the city for himself – the seven-horn Statue (Goddess) of Liberty.

And what about the other two risen-from-the-dead 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 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 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 side (the seventh chapter of Daniel) 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 in the new empire, even though they made their mark on the history page later than the Medes. Thus also 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 ruled only over a patch of European land, and their attempts to take over all of Greece did not bring lasting results and were ultimately unsuccessful. The Asian Ram was pushing and goring "westward, northward, and southward" (Daniel 8:4), conquering other Asian states and thus taking control of most of civilized Asia. This perfectly fits with the assertion that the revived Bear in the repeated fulfilment of Daniel’s prophecy will be the Russo-Chinese Asian Union. The Russians, indeed, possess some of the eastern part of Europe, but it will suffice to just look at the map of the globe 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, in a future coalition, the Chinese will have the leading role, though they have lived in the shadow of Russia so far.

Why would the Russians create a union with China on the model of the European Union or the Union of American States? Perhaps due to the fear of the growing power of the European Community which, trusting in its strength, more and more boldly speaks out against Russia's foreign policy. Perhaps this will be to effectively fill the void created by the imminent collapse of the American superpower. Perhaps the cause for the initiation of the Asian Union will be fanatical Arab terrorists whom the Russians and the Chinese agreed to eliminate once and for all from Asia. The fact is that today the relations between the USA and China or the European Union and Russia are not the best, or even worse year by year.

In the light of these words, the European Union fits the image of the Goat, i.e. the Leopard beast, which in antiquity was the Greco-Macedonian Empire of Alexander the Great. Firstly, the European Union began to be formed as a third world union, because the first union 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 empire of Alexander the Great which emerged in Europe. Thirdly, even without knowledge of the above-mentioned prophecy of Daniel, every Christian is aware of the fact 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 does the future vision of Daniel draw for us? The Lion, the United States, will be humiliated and somewhat put 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 will rise enough in strength, 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 defeated by the Leopard having four bird’s wings. How ever can the leopard defeat the bear? Probably not by superiority in strength, but thanks to cleverness, agility and ... four bird’s 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, a European power attacking from the west rose to just above the surface of the earth. Perhaps the weaker and less numerous Europeans will beat the Russian-Chinese coalition thanks to some new battle machines moving right at the ground without touching it.
Also, another detail of this conflict marked by Daniel should draw our attention. The prophet watched the fight between the goat and the ram standing by the River Ulai. It was this river that the ram was standing by, which may mean that the boundary of the future Asian Union will go down to the River Ulai (Daniel 8:2-3). Why the Ulai? Where is and what is the significance of this ancient river now? Well, most researchers have no doubt that the former Ulai is
the present Karkheh or Karkhen, the river constituting the border between Iraq and Iran on a stretch of hundreds of kilometres. After the "liberation" of Iraq by the U.S. forces and a peculiar form of international "care" extended to the state, Iraq has become in some way untouchable. A Russian-Chinese invasion of this country would be a blow to the principles of democracy professed by both the U.S. and the European Union. Therefore, at least until some time, in the south the borders of the Asian Union will reach Iraq’s borders, while in the north they will reach the borders of the European Union.

As was already said, there will be war between the Asian Union and the European Union. It seems to me that it will be at that time God, by the hands of Russians and Asians, will judge Germans for the cruellest crimes in the history perpetrated against the Jewish nation for which the Germans – as so far – have not actually met any due and just retaliation.  Eventually, the Europeans will win and the European Union will be spread on the grounds of the former Asian Union embracing with its borders almost all Eurasia.

The aim of the European Union is not Europe's domination over the world, but co-domination of all peoples, nations and races. In this case, the name "European Union" will sound inappropriately because Europe will be friendly towards the peoples of Asia and their former subjects of the Russian-Chinese Union defeated by the Europeans. So the name will need to be altered adapting it to new circumstances. Other nations in the world will also gradually join this Eurasian union, including the already-weakened USA. In this way, after some time the European Union will totally abandon its original name and will be gradually transformed into the World Union - Revived 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 will take place in the Roman Empire times, and in two subsequent visions those events were to have taken place even in the days of the Greek Empire. In their first, historic fulfilment, there existed some inaccuracy in the visions, but in the second, future fulfilment of this prophecy there is no longer any inexactitude: the European empire being, so to say, the revived Greek Empire will defeat the Asian Union embodying the former Persian state. Then, this revived Greek Empire (the European Union) will gradually cease to be the union of European states themselves 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 was going to 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. It was not the leopard but the beast – it was nevertheless like a leopard, or looked like a leopard. What does this show us? It shows us that the beast will come into being on the principle of the leopard’s empire and will somehow be an extension of his power, just the same as the Global Roman Empire will emerge from the European Union.

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

Also, 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 absorbing of the USA by the expanding European Union, but also the fact that the views and doctrines professed by the State-Beast will come just 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 these days. Can’t we see this happening 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; ban on defining homosexuality as sickness, sin or perversion; widespread tolerance for divorce, remarriages and living in lascivious cohabitation (concubinage) or common-law marriage; Christians who make a career in politics or become rock and/or pop stars, but do not want to completely give and commit themselves to Christ. It is the United States which is the centre of the world pornography, that is where most Christians believe the bloody wars and sending terrorists straight to hell to be the mission pleasing to God, this is where stress-free education, modern Freemasonry and the idea of ​​the world government originate from. 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 gave their minds away to slavery of the Big Brother’s theory from across the Pond. Already slowly and painfully we are 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 desires, which is why the European Union mostly expresses theories borne out in the United States, and also the very state of the Antichrist will consolidate and expand the way of thinking of Freemasons and deistic writers of the American Constitution.

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 hardest- working people on Earth and who make up a huge part of the world’s population.

Just ask any passer-by, which countries, in his opinion, are now the major centres of civilization, economic development and military strength/power. 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, undoubtedly, these are the USA, the European Union, Russia and China. Not surprisingly, these are the very empires which will form the backbone of the future global state of the Antichrist - and it began to be formed under our 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 think is consistent not only with the diagram filled in the ancient past and the words of Revelation, 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 armed revolution, becoming a kind of revived Babylon - a lion with eagle’s wings. In its wake followed France in Europe and then over a hundred years later, Russia. However, it was Russia which launched a second union state after the USA in the shape of the former Soviet Union, which still survives 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 present Russian Federation provided a foundation for the future Asian Union, which I think will be a coalition of Russia and China. This will be somewhat a revived empire of the Medes and Persians – the bear raised on one side, or the ram with the two horns, one larger than the other. They will fill the gap created 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: a single currency, common foreign policy, a common army. The European Community will be a revived Greek empire of Alexander the Great – the leopard with four bird’s wings and four heads, or a goat with one horn, which, after the defeat of the Asian Union, will grow into four horns "toward the four winds of heaven" (Daniel 8:8). As a result of the imminent Third World War, the European Union will defeat the Asian Union and then will begin to gradually transform itself into the global state of the Antichrist - Revived Roman Empire, that is a cruel and terrible beast with ten horns (Daniel 7:7 and Revelation 13:1). This global state will come into being based on the EU's three empires of the end times: the Lion, Bear and Leopard which will all form the backbone 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 exposition of the visions of the prophets Daniel and John? Yes, even a lot. Firstly, the idea of ​​EU countries is just what Satan needs so as to be able to create a world-wide state. Within the union, the states retain some autonomy of the power and some of their own rights, but in matters concerning all the associate member states, decisions are made at the federal level. The federal government is elected in democratic elections carried out in all EU countries. It is a way to avoid civil wars, constant coups and 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 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. Condemnation of any dissimilarity in a belief or a behaviour, or a nation/nationality will be severely punished by the people of the spirit of the Antichrist (1 John 4:3) because strict views stir up divisions among the people whom Satan now wants to unite. The assertions that only Virgin Mary saves or only Allah saves, or only the Roman Catholic Church saves - all of them will have to fall and be transformed. Christians stubbornly stuck to their belief that only Jesus Christ is the way to the Father will be seen by the world as fanatical and intolerant enemies of unity and love of all people of goodwill.

Secondly, the ideologies preached by the EU countries go towards the order of the Antichrist. The authority of governments, husbands and parents is refuted at the expense of the idea/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 intervenes in educating new generations by atheist-humanistic ideology. The importance of tolerance and acceptance of different people has been distorted and replaced by tolerance and acceptance of distinct views, which in practice boils down to a ban on the spread of radical ideas - including Christianity. Now all sexual orientations/preferences are good, everyone in the family has an equal voice and all roads/ways lead to God. This is exactly what the Antichrist needs to be able to assume authority over such diverse nations, cultures, people(s) and religions.

Thirdly, the signs of the end times are being fulfilled more and more abundantly. The escalation of wars, the harshness of natural disasters, the intensity of sin and debauchery, the severity of blasphemous convictions, the intensification of atheism and evolutionism and related theories, the return of paganism, the return of awakened Christianity, the return of the power of God 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 end times in recent decades have begun to be fulfilled more clearly, more often and more abundantly than ever before in history. 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 even 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). After the fall of the seventh beast the whole world is preparing for the advent of the global state.

Besides, there is a very rich symbolism presented by today's empires, which clearly shows us, believers, what or rather who we are dealing with. Thus, for example, we have already mentioned the Statue of Liberty, seven-horn Greek goddess Nike, which became a symbol of New York – actual capital of all the rebel world. Another notable symbol is a five-pointed star which is usually 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. Discovery of the origin of the symbolic mark may cause some difficulties, but some sources suggest that we are dealing with the pentagram which is seen most often in an inverted form. Placing the occult emblem or mark on 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 inverted 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, and thus, the Lucifer and 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 term "kyokushin" in Japanese means in his intent “the society of the ultimate truth”. Nothing more, nothing less. The Eye enlightens its followers. Karate experts/fighters talk about this enlightenment as "satori", and the yogis call it "nirvana". Poor Europe, after the hypocritical and cruel rule of 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 of 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) dissent/defection. The eye, pyramid and the Latin inscription “Novus ordo seclorum” - "New Order of the Ages" called "Great Seal" (does it not sound apocalyptic?) were placed on the one-dollar banknote in 1934 by President Franklin Roosevelt who was a Mason of 32nd degree of initiation. Modern Freemasonry, dating back with its roots to the times of the biblical King Solomon’s (religious) dissent/defection, took a more organized form on May 1, 1776 when the Masonic association of the (Bavarian) Illuminati was founded by the German Jesuit Adam Weishaupt. This took place in the emerging American Union which became the first of the three end-times empires. Does the Bible also say something about this eye? Yes, but in many translations we do not find, as interpreters of the prophet Zechariah, did not know what to do with the word "eye" in relation to our passage and translated them into any other ways. Talking about chapter 5 of Zechariah, 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
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 above-mentioned versions give in this passage a literal translation 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 a temple - just as the Bible calls the Temple of Jerusalem the house of God. The temples of Babylon had the shape of the stepped pyramid like the first pyramids of Egypt and the buildings of the Incas, Mayas and Aztecs. The eye in the Book of Zechariah is then placed on top of the pyramid in Babylon. How do we know this very eye is the Antichrist himself? 

Zechariah speaks of Christ as of a stone, on which there are 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 his transfiguration and glorification, once again received all wisdom, might and power (Revelation 5:12). The Antichrist, who desires to be equal of and similar to God the Most High, will strive to know everything and everyone. Therefore he will introduce a common system of monitoring with 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/recalcitrant will become slaves, prisoners or ... corpses. This supposedly all-knowing and all-seeing eye is the symbol of the Antichrist who will be an idol-like 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") and "ops" ("eye"). Some 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 revived Roman Empire will emerge later on. This becomes even more obvious when we look at mythological Europe which became a symbol of that Union. Beautiful Europa was, by the Greeks, the daughter of the Phoenician king Agenor. Zeus, the king of all demons (as they then called domestic guardian deities), fell in love with her, appeared on Earth in the form of a bull and abducted a woman to Crete where Europa gave birth to his three sons.
The creators of the ECU currency (pronounced ‘eki’), which was launched in the European Community before the advent of the Euro, the official currency of the European Union, captured the characteristic scene from the above-represented Greek myth. On the reverse of the ECU coins there was the figure of a woman (Europe) riding the bull (Zeus), which indicates 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 building of the European Parliament 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 concerning the construction of the Tower of Babel and King Nimrod. It’s known that the Tower of Babel is an image of the upcoming global State wherein people, under the leadership of a brilliant ruler, will establish "love, peace and prosperity", a kind of "paradise on earth." The living God will be pushed aside and everything will happen on the basis of human powers, that is – biblically speaking - based on the flesh. Babel is, of course, later Babylon and the coming "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 already-mentioned symbol of the Antichrist, which is the great eye, was created at the time of Nimrod in the construction of the Tower of Babel, which was probably called "the tower of the pupil." You can see the connection between the Hebrew name Babel (or Babylon) and the Greek word Europa since both of them point to the "big eye".

In addition, 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). Based on Jeremiah 13:23, we know that certainly this is the leopard (otherwise known as the panther), i.e. the great spotted cat of prey. Nimrod's name is sometimes translated as "winner of leopards" or "walking in the power of a leopard." One might assume that the name of 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. We have already demonstrated that the ancient leopard returned in the shape of the European Union so we have yet another anchor point or toehold to combine the Tower of Babel with Europe.
Finally, we can also mention the philosophy of the European Union (or somehow revived Greek Empire) which draws its ideas from the views of the ancient Greeks. Democracy, euthanasia, the acceptance of public nudity, the promotion of homosexuality, scepticism, atheism, humanist intellectualism, state interference in child rearing, aiming to unite all the city-states and the treatment of salvation through the sacrifice of Christ as foolishness - all these attitudes and theories are derived from ancient Greece. It also teaches us that Daniel's prophecy concerning the Greek Empire before the rule of Rome also applies to our times.

Why is it important for 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 the signal and the sound of the trumpet for the whole Church of God so that we cleave to and cling to Christ Jesus even more, and conscious of the times we commit our lives to Him. So what will happen?

First, the power of the United States will fall. They will be humiliated in a sudden and surprising way in front of the whole 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. The Asian Union in a bloody and brutal way will introduce its order and control in Asia up to the borders 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) doesn’t mean anything good for Asia. Then comes the great world 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 between the four "presidents" (Daniel 7:6, 8:8.22, 11:4). Local armed conflicts are expected to still take place, however, the Eurasian Association will add onto it several other nations in the world located on different continents and eventually the whole Earth will be divided among the ten "presidents" - the ten horns of the Beast. Then the Antichrist will turn up and in the middle of his seven-year rule, there will be a great tribulation, which was spoken of by all the prophets.

How long will it take? I don’t know. I personally don’t believe that all this should be fulfilled in the next few or several years, but certainly this will not last for centuries. I think this time should be measured in decades, as measured by the duration of human life. It won’t be long. I believe that this book is the voice of the trumpet of God. I believe I heard that voice and that’s why I have and I want to speak. Each of you, on the grounds of the Word of God, can judge, by the Spirit of God, whether they are just fantasies of my head or Jesus actually tells us about what will happen/ensue. 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 we still have time to prepare for what is to come. He speaks to us before it happens so that, seeing the fulfilment of those hidden mysteries, we can 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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