Daniel 2 & The Power of Crumbling Nations--Past & Present
The ancient Hebrew prophecies have “near”… “far” and “near" again fulfillment. Take for example Nebuchadnezzar’s STATUE of metals in Daniel 2. Daniel interpreted the king’s dream by focusing on the current (near) and future (far) persecuting powers against God’s chosen people—the Jews, and the STONE (Messiah) who would conquer all NATIONS at the end of time (near again). The king was the head of gold—Babylon of Daniel's day. Nebuchadnezzar’s kingdom would be conquered by the chest and arms of silver—the Persians. As the centuries progressed, Persia in turn would collapse to Alexander the Great and the Grecian empire—the belly and thighs of bronze. Rome--the legs of iron would eventually be conquered at the end of time giving way to the final TEN TOES of global powers, who would be overthrown by the Conquering King of kings, Yeshua our Messiah! From this we learn the STATUE represented a “near” prophecy in Daniel's day that would reach “far” into the future, but would begin to crumble and ultimately fall into a heap of ruins in the "near" again prophecies of the last days. How do we know Jesus is coming soon? The Daniel 2 prophecy of the IMAGE is coming back to life; and, as prophesied the STATUE is beginning to collapse! The head of gold is modern-day IRAQ. IRAQ was conquered by the West and fell in the Gulf War of 2003-2011. Next will be the Persians—modern-day IRAN. IRAN is the chest and arms that will soon be shattered by the West (2019/2020?). To follow will be the downfall of modern-day GREECE (and, other parts of EUROPE)--the belly and thighs of bronze by Russian aggression. When? 2020, or soon thereafter. ROME/ITALY’S iron legs are also bound to collapse during the appointed time of the end, giving way to the TEN TOES of global power at the very edge of eternity who will rule one hour with the Antichrist BEAST, while temporarily rules for three and a half years until his demise and the crashing down of the STATUE of nations. "The Beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise its authority for forty-two months [3.5 years]. It opened its mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander His name and His dwelling place and those who live in heaven. It was given power to wage war against God’s holy people and to conquer them. And it was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation. All inhabitants of the earth will worship the Beast," Revelation 13:5-8. Revelation 17:12-14 provides proof of the demise of Daniel's IMAGE: “The TEN HORNS (or, TOES) you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but who for one hour will receive authority as kings along with the Beast. They have one purpose and will give their power and authority to the Beast. They will wage war against the LAMB, but the LAMB (STONE that the builders rejected) will triumph over them because He is LORD of lords and KING of kings.” Watch world events and consider Daniels image. As IRAQ fell, so IRAN will soon fall. Then GREECE and likely other EUROPEAN nations. ROME/ITALY will also be in the cross-hairs as the appointed time unfolds. Once it falls, we can expect the UNITED NATIONS and BEAST to create a world-wide TEN REGION GLOBAL ALLIANCE at the very edge of eternity that will only cling together a short moment in time to confront the conquering KING with HIS ARMY, who at a distance some may interpret as an Asteroid or Alien invasion. However, if they knew the Bible and listened to His servants the prophets, they would know who they are fighting against.