The Future

I. The basics of the “Last Days” are important to review.

A. The Empires of the Seven Headed Beast set the basic framework for the end times (Revelation 13; 17).

1. Five Empires “are fallen” at the time of the Apostle John: Egypt > Assyria > Babylon > Media and Persia > Grecia

2. One Empire “is” at the time of the Apostle John – Rome

3. One “is not yet come” and is the “Seventh Head” who continues for a “short space,” and is “wounded to death” – this empire is still in the future.

4. One is “healed” who “was, and is not,” and is the “Eighth Head” – this empire follows the 7th Head, and appears to be after the 1000 year period, during the “little season” in which Satan is “loosed” from the bottomless pit (Revelation 20).

B. The “Great Harlot” sits astride the Beast is the False Churches and False Religious systems of the world which are “riding” the Beast throughout the centuries (Revelation 17:1-6, 16-18).

1. She is satiated with her success and is “the Mother of Harlots and of the abominations of the Earth” and as “the great city which rules the kings” (Revelation 17:4-5, 18).

2. She “sits” on “7 mountains” which are the “7 heads” (17:9).

a. Since Revelation identifies these 7 heads as 7 kings and empires (5 of which are fallen, 1 is, and 1 yet to come), it is clear that this “Great Harlot” has been around since the beginning of this Age.
b. The beginning in this Age was with Nimrod (Genesis 10:8-9) and continues with influence throughout each of the “heads” (Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Media and Persia, Greece, Rome, and the 7th and 8th head of the Beast).

3. She is sitting on “waters” here identified as “peoples and multitudes and nations and tongues” (17:15).

C. There are parallel passages in Daniel that identify the key process and players as the future unfolds.

1. Daniel 2:31-45 unveils the “Image” that represents the progress of empires that eventually end with the “stone” that takes over the world.

2. Daniel 7:3-26 provides insight to the character of the empires and focuses on a “little horn” that comes to power prior to the “Son of Man” setting up an everlasting dominion.

3. Daniel 8:3-26 gives another view of the same key empires, but with an emphasis on a “little horn” that has a limited rule (2,300 days).

4. Daniel 9:24-27 specifies “70 weeks” that apply to the nation of Israel – ending with the “consummation.”  This passage is the pivot upon which the timing of the rapture hinges.

5. Daniel 11:2-4 reiterates the sequence of empires from Babylon.  Daniel 11:5 through 12:4 describes a sequence of “north” and “south” battles that end in a final resurrection and eternity.

II. There are several events that are must be completed before the Millennium is ushered in.

A. The “Seventh Head” of the Beast, who has yet to be identified in this Age, is described in Revelation 13:1-3 and 17:10.

1. This is the Empire that “is not yet” and will continue for a “short time.”

a. He has the characteristics of the Four Beasts of Daniel 7 and comes into power after the time of the Sixth Head (Revelation 13:1-3)
b. He has power for “short space” (Revelation 17:10)
c. He is wounded “unto death” (Revelation 13:3).
d. He is later “revived” as the “Eight Head” (Revelation 17:11) – probably after the 1,000 years of Revelation 20 when Satan is “loosed” again.
e. He is probably the next “Antichrist” that we will encounter prior to the Millennial Kingdom.

2. This ruler and his empire appear to be synonymous with the “little horn” of Daniel 8:8-14; 20-25.

a. He comes out of the broken empire of Greece, from among the “four horns” that take over from “the great horn” – likely Alexander the Great (Daniel 8:9, 22).
b. He extends his power over the South (Egypt), the East (Iran, Iraq), and the “pleasant land” (Israel). (Daniel 8:9).
c. He will throw down some of the “stars” (Daniel 8:10), take away the “daily sacrifice,” and make himself greater than the “Prince of the Host” (Daniel 8:11).
d. He will cause truth to be thrown to the ground (Daniel 8:12).
e. He is a master of intrigue and a “ruler of a fierce countenance” (Daniel 8:23).
f. He will prosper by deceit and will destroy many when they feel most secure (Daniel 8:25).
g. He will continue in power for 2,300 days (Daniel 8:14).

B. The intense time of “Jacob’s trouble” is to be expected and endured by the Jewish Nation (Jeremiah 30:7).

1. There will be a war in Palestine that will engulf the region in destruction.

a. Jerusalem is terribly devastated by a “devouring fire” (Isaiah 29:1-6).
b. Damascus and Syria becomes a “ruinous heap” (Isaiah 17:1-9).
c. Moab (Jordan) is “laid waste” (Isaiah 15:1-9).

2. There will be special destruction in Egypt.

a. Egypt will be ruled by a “cruel lord” (Isaiah 19:4).
b. The river will be “wasted and dried up” (Isaiah 19:5-6; Ezekiel 30:11-12).
c. The people will be led away captives to Assyria (Isaiah 20:4-5)
d. The land will be deserted and uninhabited for 40 years (Ezekiel 29:10-12; 30:7).
e. A fire from God destroys (Ezekiel 30:8, 14, 16).
f. The Land to be sold to the wicked (Ezekiel 30:12 see also Daniel 11:39)
g. Ethiopia, Libya and all “that uphold Egypt” are defeated (Ezekiel 30:5-7)
h. Egypt has never had such captivity in history, which makes the fulfillment of these prophecies still future.  The time of such an event could only fit in some period that would overlap the beginning of the Millennial Age.

C. This is the time of Gog and Magog who come against Israel (Ezekiel 39).

1. “Gog” (the land) and “Magog” (the people) and “Rosh” (chief prince) is Russia et al.  The population also includes those who are “from the remotest parts of the north.” (Ezekiel 39:2).

2. Gog and allies are destroyed in an “open field” (Ezekiel 39:5) by a “fire” (39:6) and those who “inhabit the coastlands” will share in the devastation.

3. They are, at least in leadership, composed of the “north parts” (Armenia, Azerbaijan, and perhaps other territories like the Balkans and those associated with “Islamic” rule).

4. Victory for Israel ensures that “the nations will know” that He is the LORD and has stood up for His people (Ezekiel 39:22-29).

III. The probable series of events may proceed as follows:

A. The “Harlot” will grow more powerful and be more clearly “in bed” with the “kings of the earth.”

1. This would include some form of widely accepted Ecumenical movement.

2. This would further include “other” religions of the world’s worship – at least as far as acceptance and tolerance by Christianity is concerned.

3. This would probably involve inclusion of the “religious” head(s) in some political body like a World Court to provide “membership” – e.g. the Vatican is now a “country” and is recognized by formal diplomatic offices from most of the world powers, including the United States.

4. This would likely formalize an alliance between Egypt and Israel, in spite of the many warnings in Scripture.

a. Israel seeks counsel from Egypt (Isaiah 30:1-2; 31:1-3).
b. Egypt will not provide sufficient help (Isaiah 30:3-7: 31:3; 36:6; Ezekiel 29:6).

B. The 7th Head of the Beast will become recognized by the world media and by the world political powers.

1. If this “head” is the same as the “little horn” of the “rough goat” (Greece) identified in Daniel 8, then his country of origin would be from among the four empires broken off of the Grecian Empire under Alexander the Great.

a. He could be from as far West as Italy.
b. He could be from as far North as Armenia and Azerbaijan.
c. He could be from as far South as Egypt and Ethiopia.
d. He could be from as far East as Iraq and Iran.

2. The likely scenario would involve Iraq (home of Babylon over the centuries), and the country that has had most active ties with the “Gog” and “Magog” of Scripture in modern times.

C. The 7th Head will grow in power, and begin to consolidate his authority, having as an ultimate end, the destruction of Israel.

1. The hallmark of this reign will be the ability to consolidate power without any formal basis from which to rule (Daniel 8:24).  It also appears that he may be from an “occult” background with the ability to “understand mysteries” (Daniel 8:23).

2. The nations and leaders who oppose this ruler and his reign, will be destroyed “wonderfully” (by surprise ?  - by “unusual means ? -  by supernatural means ?) in such a way that “the mighty men” and “the holy people” will be dreadfully ravished (Daniel 8:24).

3. The destruction may well be a combined assault on the entire region.

4. The land of Egypt will be attacked and plundered by “Assyria” (Iran and Iraq), led and inspired by the leadership of the 7th Head (Isaiah 20:3-6; Ezekiel 29-30).

a. The resulting devastation will impact Libya and Ethiopia, and the lands of Arabia – Saudi Arabia today (Ezekiel 30:5).
b. The population, whatever remains, will be led away captive into the lands of “Assyria” (Iran and Iraq) as well as into other nations (Ezekiel 29:12; 30:23; Isaiah 20:3-6).
c. The impact of the attack and plunder will result in a forty-year desolation of the land and captivity of the people (Ezekiel 29:11-12).

D. The nation of Israel will be restored to their land, both politically and spiritually.

1. Israel’s conversion and “grafting in” will be like a “resurrection” of the gospel (Romans 11:12, 15)

a. Zechariah 12 & 13 describes this sudden turn around.
b. Ezekiel 36:36-38 – Israel will be increased and waste cities will be filled
d. Zechariah 12:9-14 – each person and family will repent and be saved

2. Israel will be won partially through the mercy of the Gentile churches (Romans 11:30) but will, in turn, be used of God to show “mercy” to the Gentiles (Romans 11:31)

3. Israel’s conversion will signal the beginning of the Millennium time.

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