Daniel 7:23-27

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This is your brother Israel Leonard with the Word of God for you!

Do you expect a Nazi Antichrist?

If this is a shocking question for you, or if your answer is an affirmative one, let us remember a very pertinent verse to this situation:

"You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below"

Exodus 20:4

This verse is in the ten Commandments as one of the core guidelines to the people of Israel. Let's rememeber that Israel had been 430 years living in Egypt, in slavery, and that Egypt was a pagan society with many false gods, which were represented by fantastical figures (as Anubis, Amunet and Horus, with shackal, cobra or falcon heads respectively) The appeal of idolatry, common to the societies of Antiquity - not only Egypt, but Babylonia, Persia, Greece or Rome as well - seduced the Jews several times, and was the main reason of the fall of their kingdom.

We know that there are not men with shackal heads, or unicorns, mermaids and centaurs for that matter. But all of these mythological creatures appeared in someone's IMAGINATION, in the mind of some confused souls, and then the rest of their fellows believed on them.

Misguided imagination origins not only idolatry, but atheism as well. In the last decade of the XIX century, an Austrian neurologist named Sigmund Freud imagined an explanation for the human soul which excluded God and Satan, the Holy Spirit and the demons, and developed a whole "science of the mind" which obliterates all of the spiritual sphere, and explained through sexual repression or anguish the neurotic behaviour.

Some decades before, in 1859, another scientist called Charles Darwin had published his imaginations as a "scientific" theory that makes Creation a myth. He had observed that certain animals "evolved", it means they changed their size, form or colour. Then he IMAGINED that this was the explanation of the plurality of animals and plants which exists, and published his "origen of the species", denying also God as a Creator.

Those two examples, religiously revered for nowadays atheists, show us that the images we make in our minds can be a very dangerous thing. Once you've got the image in your mind as the real thing, then you try to conform all the facts in order to support it. Genetics denies darwinism, because DNA makes impossible that a species should evolve into anther one. The gap between inorganic chemistry and biochemistry denies darwinism, because there's no demonstrated way by which living creatures appeared from death substances. The fossil record denies darwinism, because we have never found irrefutable "transition species" between all the ones supposedly becoming other ones. But darwinism is indispensable for atheists to deny God, as it was for Darwin himself.

If you're thinking, "Amen, we shall not make us images... but, what does it have to do with the Nazi Antichrist"? then you're on the right way. Let me tell you.

We have been talking about the Antichrist in this blog in several messages, and we have especially debunked several "antichrists" associated with wrong prophetical interpretations. In the messages to Dn 2:39-40 and Dn 2:41-43, you can read about why the antichrist is not Antiochus IV Epiphanes and why the Maccabean Thesis is false. Then you can also read why neither Titus, Nero or Domitian are the antichrist, and why Preterism is also wrong, in the message to Dn 2:44-45. Those false prophetical interpretations make the wrong image of the "little horn" in Daniel 7, which is not representing the cruel Seleucid king or some Roman emperor from the first century.

Then we come to the real Antichrist, the "beast of the sea" in Revelation 13, and we find that this beast is the last government that will rise on earth before Jesus comes. You can read about it in the message to Daniel 7:7-8, or watch the video. The last pan-European-dictator-to-be was Adolf Hitler, who was a fierce enemy of the Jews and who has been seen by many as the Antichrist. Then the first "image" coming to our mind is that the Antichrist must be a new Nazi, because he'll persecute the Jews and try to impose a world government, as Hitler did. But the question is, IS THIS IMAGE RIGHT?

Let's read the prophecy in the book of Daniel about it:

Daniel 7:23-27

"He gave me this explanation: "The fourth beast is a fourth kingdom that will appear on earth. It will be different from all the other kingdoms and will devour the whole earth, trampling it down and crushing it. The ten horns are ten kings who will come from this kingdom. After them another king will arise, different from the earlier ones; he will subdue three kings. He will speak against the Most High and oppress his holy people and try to change the set times and the laws. The holy people will be delivered into his hands for a time, times and half a time"

"But the court will sit, and his power will be taken away and completely destroyed forever. Then the sovereignty, power and greatness of all the kingdoms under heaven will be handed over to the holy people of the Most High. His kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, and all rulers will worship and obey him"

Let's pray:

Oh Mighty God, we give you thanks for Your Word
We give you thanks for You care for us
We give you thanks because You want to take us out from darkness
We pray oh Lord that You speak to us through Your Word
In Jesus Holy Name
Amen

The original for verse 23 is this:

"Ken amár: khevtá rebyatá malkú rebiayá tekhevé vear-á, di tishné vekhól malkutá. Vetekhúl kol ará vetedushiná vetaddekiná"

"He gave me this explanation" is NIV rendering of Aramaic "ken amár", which means literally, "thus he said". Don't let the "explanation" thing - word that we don't find in the original - mislead you. The vision had a meaning, Daniel asked for that meaning and got the REVELATION of the issue, the absolute truth God wanted him ot know about this vision. For the rest, NIV renders verse 23 literally.

We have seen in earlier messages corresponding to Daniel 2 and Daniel 7 in this blog that the fourth beast is a last kingdom. This kingdom will be different to the other ones and it will be a remake of the Roman Empire. This is the issue of the message under Daniel 7:7-8. We have seen the European Union growing in power in order to become that kingdom. Then we come to the "ten horns". Verse 24 says:

"Vekarnayá asár: miná malkutá, asrá malkhín yekumún. Veakhorán yekúm akharekhón, vehú yishné men kadmayé, utelatá malkín yehashpíl"

The rendering of the Aramaic in the NIV is perfect for this verse. But let's take the verse in two parts, because there is a difference between the "ten horns" - or kings - and the "little horn" of verse eight, the last king which becomes "more imposing than the others" in verse twenty.

"The ten horns are ten kings who will come from this kingdom"

Who are these ten kings?

Are they a sucession of kings, because "after them" shall the little horn arise?

No, not at all. The same ten horns representing ten kings appear again in Revelation 17, and they will receive power TOGETHER with the beast or little horn. Besides, in the fulfilmnent of this prophecy, there are no real "kings". The "kings" are states, or political powers, or Presidents.

Many have seen states here - especially the EU's states - in this number. But the EU has 28 member states - which will become 27 with the brexit. Even with three or four "exits" more - which is no impossibility considering the developments we are seeing -  it would never go down to ten states. So we can forget states, kings, Presidents or Prime Ministers.

When asking the Lord about this, He showed me the other meaning of the "horns", the POLITICAL POWERS. And then I saw the light.

The EU is fiery seeking to become a superstate. As the initial "collaboration" between sovereign states is becoming more and more a push to reach a common legislation between them, the idea is a globalizing one. Keep this word in mind, "globalizing".

There are three forms of "globalization". The three of them are a push to make universal some things which have worked for certain countries. The treaties and relationship between the European northern countries, for instance, do not include Russia - which is the European country next to Finland - because of many reasons. Norway, Sweden, Danmark and Finland work together as an ALMOST "globalized" big country, but not Russia. Why? Because forced globalization is a catastrophic failure.

The three forms of globalization are economical, political and cultural.

Economically, globalization occurs when countries take down any obstruction to the interchange of products or even labor force between countries. It has no problem between some kind of similar countries and reports even benefits to both sides. But it creates BIG PROBLEMS when your own economy begins to decrease because your "globalizing agenda" is favoring other countries ABOVE your own. Besides, people in some countries don't want to lose their local industries and products, which are often outcompeted by foreign ones.

When it comes to politics or culture, it becomes even worse. There is no possible "globalisation" between Communism and Democracy, or between Islamic societies and Democratic ones. As we showed in previous messages, that which is right, legal or moral in a democratic society is often wrong, illegal or immoral in a Communist or Islamic one. "Globalists" are trying to kill patriotism, western values and all sense if identity in order to prepare Europe and North America to be the "international society", the "multicultural" one. But it doesn't work. There is a Western World identity. When you deny it, then you become Communist, Islamist or something else. There is no "international" consense on laws, human rights or the form of government, and the total failure that the UN have become should show us the crude reality, that there are not "international" or "universal" values.

How is globalization conforming the European political spectrum?

A well known politician has said that the "old" differences between left and right are gone, and the new polarization is between "patriots and globalists". Is this true? Let's take a look to the "old" and "new" differences.

Before we talk about it, there is an important note to be taken in consideration. There are neo-Nazis in Europe, specifically in the EU, trying to revive Hitler's ideals. But they have absolutely zero political bearing and a minuscule representation in the European Parliament. The reason they don't succed is that most Europeans see Nazism as an incarnation of evil and that the other parties and associations are far more strong, numerous and representative. I'm talking about real Nazis who proclaim themselves to be that. There is also a phenomenon killing decency and democracy in Europe, the meanspirited namecalling of "Nazis" which the "globalizers" have for all nationalists. In order to be a Nazi you have to embrace Nazi ideology, not anti-globalism or migration control.

A panorama without the real "Nazis" who are, as said, non-representative at all, show us three blocks that we could call left, center and right. Traditionally, center and right used to group together, and left was alone. By this grouping, "right-wing" parties should be the predominant force in the EU. But the hot debate between "globalizers and patriots" has changed this panorama. That's why the "old" system is obsolete and we have taken another approach.

An overview of EU's countries show us a rather similar political spectrum, with few exceptions. We can see for the most countries:

Left Communists (aka Left parties), Greens and Socialists
Center Centrists, Liberals and most Christian Democrats
Rigth Conservatives, "ADDE" populists and "MENF" populists

With lesser deviations, the scheme is the most accurate. The most notable exceptions are Sweden's Christian Democrats and Hungary's populist Fidesz (that should group to the right, even when they belong in the center because of their international affiliation) and the UK's Conservative Party (that should group to Center, because they don't belong with "non-compromising" rigtht-wing parties)

This shows us nine "horns" of the beast. But the Antichrist with his party is called a "little horn" which becomes "more imposing than the others". It means that it is a political power which has no power right now, and a political figure which is not intended to be Europe's dictator. He's the one who will transform "globalization" in "conquest by war".

Back with the existing powers, let's take a look at them. The three archenemies of Capitalism and CO2 are well known, so we don't have to talk a lot about them. Centrist, Liberal and Christian Democrats, which used to be right wing parties, have sided almost totally with the left about globalization and against nationalism. It is so because the issues of remaining in EU, globalization and open borders are more important for them than the old differences between right and left. A striking example is the German Christian Democratic party which has been in control for so many years and is one of the main causers of the ongoing migration crisis.

Then we come to the real "right wing" parties, the "non-compromising" ones. They are:

1) Parties under the EU group "ECR", European Conservatives and Reformists - which represents the Alliance of Conservatives and Reformists in Europe (ACRE) in the European Parliament. These are mostly Conservative parties, some of them are populist and none of them wants to live under leftist policies. They oppose EU's federalism and high taxes, and promote fair and free trade and competition, as well as small governments and minimal regulations. ECR groups Bulgaria’s BBT, Czechia’s ODS, Denmark’s DF, Finlad's Perus, Italy’s CR, Poland’s Law and Justice and the greatest right party in the UK, the Conservative and Unionist, plus many other parties in other countries. ECR has 74 members in the European Parliament.

2) "ADDE" parties (it means "Alliance for Direct Democracy in Europe") and is represented in the European Parliament by "EFFD" (Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy") where it has 27 members. Besides traditional conservative principles, they are strongly Euro-skeptical, preservers of sovereignty, border control and migration control, rejecting globalism and multiculturalism. ADDE groups Belgium’s PP, France’s DLF, Lithuania’s TT, Sweden’s SD and the most represented in the European Parliament, the Brittish UKIP, the main proponent of brexit. All of these parties are populist and their main principle is to keep countries free from EU's dominion.

3) "MENF" parties (it means "Movement for a Europe of Nations and Freedom") MENF is an alliance represented in the European Parliament with 40 members by ENF, "Europe of Nations and Freedom". They strongly connect democracy to human rights (utterly rejecting Communism and Islamism, and all forms of totalitarianism) and are staunch supporters of free speech, controlled immigration and anti-globalization. They strongly reject multiculturalism. All of these parties are also populist, and their main principle is to keep national identity. MENF includes Austria’s Freedom Party, Belgium’s VB, Czechia’s SPD, Italy’s NL and the French party National Front (the most represented in the European Parliament)

Before we continue, take a picture of the changing panorama:

Traditionally: Left vs. Center + Right
Nowadays: Left + Center (or Center-Right) vs. Conservatives and Populists

Are you following us? The second part of the verse says,

"After them another king will arise, different from the earlier ones; he will subdue three kings".

The other and "different" king will arise after them. But Revelation 17:12 says this:

"The ten horns 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"

It means that the political powers are not yet "kings", in the sense of being head of government, but when the little horn - or beast - arises to the supreme power, they will reign with him. It means that they live in the same period of time, and that they will govern together. Right now they exist, but as long as the EU is not a continental dictatorship yet, they are not yet "kings", they are composed by parties from different countries. They will "receive authority" together with the Antichrist the day the beast is born. Then the "globalization" shall be total: one government with "all ideologies together" - which means, with no ideology - and one religion with "all religions together" - wich means, the Babylon of the book of Revelation.

Now I want you to pay atention to a crucial detail:

"...he (the little horn) will subdue three kings".

Those who oppose the Antichrist are "three kings".

Praise Jesus!

Can you see it?

Who are the "three kings" you think are going to be "subdued"?

Let me tell you some crucial points.

1) Center is totally welded with the left about globalisation, global warming, open borders and all the pandemonium which is the results of abandoning God. This "six-block" is unlikely to become "three and three".

2) Antisemitism (a distinctive feature of the Antichrist) is in this six-block. The bulk of the EU which stands for the "palestinian state" and makes undemocratic pressure on Israel to cede to the terrorist "palestinians" is in this block. The populists in Sweden - taking an example - are the only party in this country which is 100% pro-Israel and against the "palestinian state".

3) All populists and most conservatives are strongly nationalist, opposing EU's interference in the way they govern their countries. Their fight is to preserve sovereignty, not to create the European super-state. That's why they oppose open borders and uncontrolled migration. The fight for the super-state is in the other side.

4) A populist takeover should not imply a war against Islam. Because Islam and the Western world have existed for a long time now without any special conflagration, each one in their respective countries and with their respective laws and societies - as populists want it to continue. But globalisers are the causers of the final conflict. Because Islam doesn't mix and doesn't coexist with democracy or with other religions, and the only way to force them into it will be through war and conquest. That's why the Antichrist will wage war against Islam, the "king of the south" prophesied in Daniel 11:41-43. This war will take place in the Middle East and North Africa.

5) The left cedes nothing about their anti-capitalism, their globalizing agenda, their environmentalist agenda and their idea of the EU's hegemony. It is the center who has ceded to the left. And it is the populists who don't. It means that the real fight is between left and populists, and the center has totally sided with the left.

Daniel 7:24 says that the Antichrist will subdue three kings. The only "3-block" which opposes the "one world government" and "one world religion" is... the one on the right. If you were waiting for the "Nazi Antichrist"... think again. There are only "three kings" opposing globalization and the European super-state: those in the right side of the spectrum.

What else shall this Antichrist who supresses national sovereignty and establishes a world religion, with his "666" false prophet as leader, do? Verse 25 says,

"He will speak against the Most High and oppress his holy people and try to change the set times and the laws. The holy people will be delivered into his hands for a time, times and half a time"

In Aramaic, we read:

"Umilín letsád ilayá yemalíl, ulkadishé elionín yebalé, vehishvá lehashnayá zimnín vedát. Veyityahabón vidé ad iddán veiddanín ufelág iddán"

"Holy people" is the translation of "kadishé elionín", lit. "saints of the Most High". Both phrases mean the Jewish people.

There will be only one people on earth which will reject one world government and one world religion when the Antichrist rises to power. The name is Israel. The Antichrist shall make a temporary pact with them for three and a half years, but in the other "half week" - the "time, times and half a time", the other three and a half years, called 1260 days in Revelation 12 - he shall unleash a savage war against them.

But Jesus will come back and will save Israel - and the world - from the Antichrist! In verse 26 we read:

"But the court will sit, and his power will be taken away and completely destroyed forever".

The original says,

"Ve diná yetíb, ushaltané yehaddón lehashmadá ulehobadá ad sofá".

"His power" is "shaltané" which means his "political power", his "reign". "Forever" is the translation - a bad one - of "ad sofá", Aramaic for "unto the end". Bad, because "unto the end" of something is not the same as "forever". The American Standard Version has the literal translation:

"...and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end"

The defeat of the Antichrist and his false prophet can be read in Revelation 19, in the context of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. And with the Second Coming of Jesus, the Kingdom of God will come. Verse 27 says,

"Then the sovereignty, power and greatness of all the kingdoms under heaven will be handed over to the holy people of the Most High. His kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, and all rulers will worship and obey him"

This is the original for this verse:

"Umalkutá veshaltaná urebutá di malkebát tekhót kol shemayá yehibat leam kadishé elionín, malkutá malkút alám, vekhól shaltanayá le yiflekhún veyishtameún"

This verse is perfectly translated in NIV. The "holy people of the Most High" is again Israel - with the engrafted church - and the Messiah who will reign upon them forever is Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Jesus is coming soon! It is the last prophecy in the Bible. But before He comes to reign, the beast will arise and God's judgements will strike the whole world, where the Antichrist is fighting for global dominion, and the false prophet is gathering all peoples under a single world religion. The Word of God says also that the "day of the Lord" - this is a prophetic name for the Second Coming of Jesus - "will not come until the 'man of lawlessness' is revealed", and that "the secret power of lawlessness is already at work". There is not yet a world government and a world religion, but the "secret power" that will bring them to light is "already at work", and everyone but "three kings" is supporting that lawlessness.

The Word of God says,

"Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him"

We know that we all are destined to die. The day and the hour of our death are known by none of us, but the fact that we will die is undeniable. After this physical death, there will be a resurrection. But it is not for everyone, only for those whose names are written in the book of life. Those whose names are not written there will go to another resurrection, to the "second death", which is an eternity in hell, the spiritual death from which there is no new resurrection possible. Jesus Christ was sacrificed once to take away our sins, the reason people experience this horrible spiritual death. and He will appear a second time, but NOT TO BEAR SIN. When He comes back, He will save only "those who are waiting for Him". The other ones will remain on earth to experience the last judgements, because of their sins.

There is only one way to escape eternal condemnation and enjoy eternal blessing in the presence of God. You have to get the forgiveness of sins. I can't tell you which ones your sins are, since I don't know them, but God can. I can't forgive your sins, but God can. I can't save you, but God can. The only thing I can do for you is to lead you to the One and Only Who saved me, the Lord Jesus Christ. He gave His life on a cross in order to set us free from our sins, He poured His precious blood as a ransom for us, He gave His holy body to receive punisment for us. There's nothing He can't do to save you, if you really want to live in communion with God and accept the sacrifice His Son offered on Calvary for all of us.

The Word of God says that "to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God". You can become a child of God, not by your ancestral blood, by the will of flesh or by the will of man, but for the blood of Jesus, by the name of Jesus and by the will of God. If you want to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior, if you want your sins forgiven and a new life, where He will lead you and deliver you from evil, just pray to Him. The Word of God says we have to declare with our mouths, “Jesus is Lord”, and believe in our hearts that God raised him from the dead. If you don't know how to pray, just follow me in this prayer:

"Almighty God, 
I come to you with my sins,
praying to you that you forgive me"

"Not because of something I have done,
but because of the sacrifice
Jesus Christ offered in the cross"

"I pray that You forgive me
and that you cleanse me from evil"

"I ask You to become my Lord and Savior,
I want to follow you,
I want to be your child"

"Lead me, oh Lord, 
to do your will on earth,
to think your thoughts in my mind, 
to feel your feelings in my heart"

"In Jesus Holy Name I pray,

AMEN"


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