Dr. Stephen Phinney
Christ | Culture | Creator
The War to End All Wars
"The first was like a lion and had the wings of an eagle. I kept looking until its wings were plucked, and it was lifted up from the ground and made to stand on two feet like a man; a human mind also was given to it. "And behold, another beast, a second one, resembling a bear. And it was raised up on one side, and three ribs were in its mouth between its teeth; and thus they said to it, 'Arise, devour much meat!'
There are thirty-one preestablished prophecies supporting Daniel’s visions. We can count on these prophecies coming to life in five primary global events. The first is five nations featured in his visions – Israel, Europe, Russia, Babylon, and America.
One of the primary signs that we are close to the final days is when the Jewish people head back to their homeland. Today, there have been more Jews returning to Israel than at any other time in history. Prophecies also tell us that the consolidation of world power players will unite under a supreme leader in Europe, which is a prelude to the coming Antichrist. Ezekiel was given the prophecy of a day Russia (Bear) will lead an alliance of nations that will ultimately attack Israel, igniting a world war like no previous wars can be compared. Finally, during Satan’s Tribulation period, the ones left behind can expect a financial world order to surface. Revelation’s book is labeled this system “new Babylon,” or Babylon rebuilt. While America is not a name mentioned in the Bible, their role in dominating the European Union will include her in the prophecies, ultimately requiring the United States to no longer protect Israel.
If you believe what the Bible says, you already know that the God of the universe and beyond supports only one nation – Israel. Israel is the most powerful nation in the world. She is the most blessed nation of all times. The largest army backs her. How is this possible? She is the most powerful because God invests His eternal domain in building her. He uses the angelic forces of Archangel Michael to protect her. While the UN granted her the status as a nation in 1948, God never needed this global governance to gain permission to call her a nation. He, God, has viewed her as His nation from day one.
As for humanity, it all started the day God told Abraham these following words.
Now the LORD said to Abram, "Go forth from your country, And from your relatives And from your father's house, To the land which I will show you; And I will make you a great nation, And I will bless you, And make your name great; And so you shall be a blessing; And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed." (Gen 12:1-3)
This passage has started more wars for Israel than any other reason. The lion’s share of people hates Jews because of God's four unconditional promises to Abraham. As we study world history, God has kept these promises since that day. While Israel is one of the smallest countries globally, she is the most powerful AND the most feared. Meaning any nation that insults her will have to deal with the wrath of God. One day, any nation or individual who suffers disbelief in this prophecy will suffocate on their words. Not to mention be tossed into the pit of Hell with God’s greatest enemy – Satan.
In the end, two things will matter. Do you love Israel? Have you been graphed into Israel by way of born-again indwelling salvation?
FIRST TWO BEASTS IN DANIEL'S VISION
Chapter seven of our study enumerates the succession of world-empires and rulers, which connect ancient prophecies to the final hours of the age of men. The lion represents Babylon, whose ruthless and demonic kingdom was instigated by marvelous intelligence; the bear, Persia; the leopard, Greece under Alexander the Great; and the fourth beast, with great iron teeth, was Rome. The ten horns/toes are ten kings, and these without question represent great European kingdoms, who were birthed by the Roman empire.