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Is Donald Trump's Rise to Power Foretold in Daniel's Prophecy?

“Then a mighty king will arise who will rule with great power and do as he pleases," Daniel 11:3.

I support Donald Trump's efforts to reduce abortions, to show American strength on the international stage, to support the nation of Israel, to fix or nix the Iran deal, and to support the traditional values America was founded on. However, in light of the fact that Trump's powerful presidency is identified in Bible prophecy, we must understand how his decisions will bring America to its knees. He is bound to fulfill the predictions of Daniel 8:1-8 and Daniel 11:3-4 to confront Iran, and thereby, defeat and overthrow the Persians; but also, forthwith to oversee the demise of America as the global superpower after Iran's decisive defeat, as a nuclear charged World War III likely kills millions and forever changes the power structures of the world. But, this is not all on Trump. America is an unrepentant nation whose citizens have for decades killed over 500,000 babies every year in all 50 states, and today produces pornography, condones homosexuality and gay marriage, and is morally corrupt; and, the world at large is still held under Satan's domination and control. Only the KING of Kings, and LORD of Lords can offer salvation to a planet of 7.5 million souls groaning under the weight of sin. Yeshua is our only hope. Until that Day, mayhem and crisis will reign. This is what prophecy has forewarned of thousands of years ago in the books of Daniel and Revelation.

Here's How the Prophecies Describe Current World Leaders, Wars & Disasters

On January 8, 2017 (on the Jewish/Biblical Asara B'Tevet--the Fast of the 10th Month referred to in Zechariah 8:19), Iran's fourth President--Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Persia’s wealthiest leader of modern times whose rule was foretold in Bible prophecy (Daniel 11:2), died by heart attack at age 82. Why is this important? Because his rise to power in Iran would be a forerunner to another "mighty" leader who would then ascend to power and "do as he pleases."

Rafsanjani has, as prophecy foretold through his wealth and decades of power, stirred up sentiment against Western powers. This “stirring” can be found in his involvement in the Iranian revolution that would bring radical mullahs to power in Persia, and his public statements against the West and Israel; but most importantly, his wealth and influence led to the initiation of Iran’s nuclear weapons program in the 1980’s. The nuclear program is the nucleus of Iran’s modern-day brazenness, which has played out time and again in Iran's continuous threats and involvement in state-sponsored terrorism against Israel and other Middle Eastern Sunni nations, as well as the bombing of the Jewish center in Argentina in 1994, which Rafsanjani personally oversaw.

In 2001, Iran’s 4th President--Hashemi Rafsanjani called the existence of Israel an ugly, colonialist phenomenon and said that nuclear war could destroy everything on the ground in Israel but would merely damage the world of Islam. Rafsanjani’s statement was an indirect appeal to turn Iran into a suicide bomb against Israel. Ever since then, Iran has been devoting itself to building nuclear facilities.

Below is a chart of Iran's elected officials since the 1979 Revolution that shifted Iranian leadership from monarchs to elected Presidents, showing Rafsanjani to be Iran's 4th President. Now, let's look at the Biblical evidence, with commentary. Daniel 11:2-4 prophesies: “Now then, I tell you the truth: Three more kings will arise in Persia [modern-day Iran -- (1) President Banisadr; (2) President Rajar and (3) President Khamenei]; and, then a fourth [(4) President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani], who will be far richer than all the others [exactly as foretold... he was featured in the Forbes Magazine, because of his substantial wealth]. When he has gained power by his wealth, he will stir up everyone against the kingdom of Greece [Hebrew: "Javan"--Greece, but also including the West]."

As shown, not only did Iran's end-time political transition produce a "4th" leader--Rafsanjani, but also he indeed was one of the "wealthiest men" in Persia, just as the 2,500-year-old Daniel prediction said he would be. Furthermore, as a renowned Islamic mullah he also "stirred up" Islam against the West by his revolutionary acts, his bold proclamations in support of Iranian ideology and his nuclear program. However, Rafsanjani died on January 8, 2017, and was buried on January 10, 2017. It's obvious now, Rafsanjani will not be personally involved in the upcoming Iran vs. West conflict, which war will occur just prior to America's demise. Nonetheless, his position as the "fourth" President, his "wealth" and his national "stirrings" against the West have clearly fulfill the prophecy during his lifetime.

The next verse in the Daniel 11 prophecy continues, with commentary added: “Then a mighty king

will arise [Donald Trump--his inauguration was January 20, 2017, exactly ten days after Rafsanjani's burial], who will rule with great power and do as he pleases [President Trump is indeed a man who is charting his own course and doing as he pleases, against almost all norms]. After he has arisen [taken office], his empire [America] will be broken up [superpower destroyed, likely due to nuclear exchange/holocaust, natural calamities, economic collapse, social disorder, etc.] and parceled out toward the four winds of heaven." In this regard, Donald Trump is bound to be the last American President to rule while the U.S. is a superpower; the sudden demise of America will occur in the early years of his Presidency, which power will then be divided/dispersed to other nations... to the "four winds" around the globe.

The prophecy ends, "It [the American empire] will not go to his [Trump's] descendants [the normal election process will end; President Trump will likely be the last president elected by American voters], nor will it have the power he exercised, because his [Trump/American] empire will be uprooted and given to others [the United Nations -- New World Order]."

What Other Prophecies Speak to America’s Downfall?

Three distinct prophecies in the book of Daniel repeat this pattern of America's demise (Daniel 7:2-4; Daniel 8:5-8; Daniel 11:3-4). A "do as he pleases" political figure comes into power, angrily and successfully attacks Iran (likely, due to Iran's bad behavior); after which, America's power is dispersed to the four corners of the earth... to the "four winds". It's important to note the "four winds" involvement and dispersion of power correlation repeated in the prophecies, which ties Daniel's three visions together. The first reference we've covered already, pointing out the rise of Donald Trump after Rafsanjani's death and America's demise to follow; now, let's consider the second vision in Daniel 7:2-4: “In my vision at night I looked, and there before me were the four winds of heaven churning up the great sea [of nations]. Four great [political] beasts, each different from the others, came up out of the sea. The first was like a lion [Great Britain], and it had the wings of an eagle [America]. I watched until its wings were torn off [America’s downfall as the world’s superpower] and it was lifted from the ground so that it stood on two feet like a human being, and the mind of a human was given to it [indicating the rise of the Middle East conflicts involving Iraq, followed by Iran, and a notable horn -- America/Trump who confronts Iran at the time of the end: “As I was thinking about this, suddenly a goat [Western powers] with a prominent horn [America/Trump] between its eyes came from the West, crossing the whole earth without touching the ground [with military speed and agility, from a great distance]. It came toward the two-horned [Iraq & Iran, Islamic] ram I had seen standing beside the canal [in the province of Elam (v. 2) —modern-day Iran, at the Persian Gulf] and charged at it in great rage. I saw it [Western Powers] attack the [Islamic] ram furiously, striking the ram and shattering its two horns [destroying Iraq, followed by Iran—the larger horn; Daniel 8:3]. The [Islamic] ram was powerless to stand against it; the [Western] goat knocked it to the ground and trampled on it, and none could rescue the [Islamic] ram from its power." As with Iraq's defeat during the Gulf War of years 2003-2011, Iran's defeat is also assured.

The prophecy continues, "The [Western] goat became very great, but at the height of its power the large horn [America] was broken off, and in its place four prominent horns grew up toward the four winds of heaven [America’s power diminishes, and is dispersed around the globe].

And, when does this vision meet its fulfillment? Daniel 8:17-18 clarifies, “I was terrified and fell prostrate. “Son of man,” he said to me [Daniel], “understand that the vision concerns the time of the end." Again, he repeats for emphasis, “I am going to tell you what will happen later in the time of wrath, because the vision concerns the appointed time of the end. The two-horned [Islamic] ram that you saw represents the kings of Media [Iraq] and Persia [Iran]. The shaggy goat is the king[dom] of Greece [Hebrew: "Javan"—Greece/Western powers] and the large horn between its eyes is the first king [most powerful, Trump/America]. The four horns that replaced the one [Trump/America] that was broken off represent four kingdoms that will emerge from his nation [United Nations; New World Order] but will not have the same power.”

ADDITIONAL INSIGHTS Was There Meaning to Rafsanjani's Death on the Biblical Fast of the Tenth Month (Tevet)—Asara B’Tevet?

The annual fast of Asara B'Tevet (the fast of the 10th month -- Zechariah 8:19) commemorates the siege of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon in the 10th day of the 10th Jewish month of Tevet in 587 BC—that ultimately culminated in the destruction of Solomon's Temple (the First Temple) in 586 BC, and the conquest of the Kingdom of Judah (today's central Israel). The significance of Rafsanjani's death on the Tenth of Tevet may be symbolic in two ways:

First, the fast is a remembrance of Babylon's (modern-day Iraq) siege of Jerusalem. In 587/586 BC, Babylon was Israel's most powerful and dangerous enemy. Soon thereafter, King Nebuchadnezzar died, and his Babylonian empire fell to Persia (modern-day Iran). The Persian King Cyrus then allowed the rebuilding of Jerusalem, along with the Second Temple. Today, Iran is Israel's most powerful and dangerous enemy (primarily due to its nuclear weapons program, which Rafsanjani initiated); in the same manner, the death of the modern-day powerful Rafsanjani may indicate the upcoming demise of Iran and its nuclear program, and the disbursement of Persia's wealth; followed by, the rebuilding of Jerusalem and the Third Temple.

Second, the death of the wealthy Rafsanjani finalized the Daniel 11:2 prophecy, which sets the stage for the events of verses 3-4. These verses prophesy the rise of another very wealthy leader (Donald Trump)—the man who will “rule with great power and do as he pleases." Like Nebuchadnessar who raised up a statue of his power, Trump also built Trump Towers to accentuate his success. His crescendo to great power, his future attack on Iran, followed by the ultimate ruin of America in the early years of his presidency just after he stomps on Iran with speed and finality, harps on history repeating itself. Therefore, since Donald Trump is the fulfillment of Daniel's prophecy, his leadership will lead, step by step, to World War III, and with it the destruction of Jerusalem, the collapse of the Temple Mount and its structures, the rise of Antichrist, the rebuilding of Jerusalem (and its Third and final Temple on the Temple Mount), followed by the entrance of the Man of Sin into Jerusalem, followed immediately by the Great Tribulation with Jerusalem's complete and utter demise—as foretold in Luke 21:20-22 and Daniel 9:26, and the return of Yeshua--our Messiah!

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