Dr. Stephen Phinney
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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.
That which rose up first, the kingdom of the Babylonians, the Assyrian monarchy, founded by Nimrod, increased by the Assyrians, and brought to its height under Nebuchadnezzar by the Babylonians and Chaldeans; this is said to be like a "lion" for its strength and power, for its greatness, oppression, and majesty. It also describes the resurrected Babylon stated in Revelation’s book. The golden head of Babylon cannot be squelched until it is melted in the fiery furnace of Hell.
As we explore the four beasts that Daniel saw in his vision, we will discover that each beast corresponds with the four metals in Nebuchadnezzar’s statue. While the king was given a generalized view, Daniel is given specific details that encompass the events found in Revelation’s book.
THE FIRST BEAST
The first beast coming out of the sea was like a lion. However, the lion had the wings of an eagle, that is, until they were plucked. Quickly the lion rose from the ground and made to stand upon its feet like a man. Not only that, the lion was given a human mind.
The lion is the king of beasts. The eagle is the king of birds. Both symbolize absolute rule or absolute monarchy. The Old Testament points to the figure of Nebuchadnezzar, while the New Testament figure points to the Antichrist. As Daniel was watching, the wings were plucked. This is an obvious transition of the sea creature from beast to man. Meaning it is a reverse effect of what happened to Nebuchadnezzar – who went from man to beast. It also reveals that the Antichrist will go from beast to man. The lion beast will ultimately disguise himself as a man and king over all the earth.
On another important note, all four sea creatures encompass the four methods Satan repetitively used to rule the earth throughout the ages.
THE SECOND BEAST
A bear is inferior to a lion. A lion functions through strategies. A bear, however, is known for devouring flesh in its pathway. Meaning the bear will be a brutal war force destroying the flesh of men. While a bear is feared, it is slow, awkward, and depends on brute force to conquer its enemies. While the lion is sizing up Nebuchadnezzar and the final Antichrist as super-kings, the bear brings out the brute strength in war, as in the Medo-Persian empire and that of the Beast in Revelation’s book. Both could be labeled as “bullies.”
Seeing the bear rise on one side is intuitive for bears shortly before they attack. The three ribs in its mouth represented two empirical alliances - the Old Testament being Lydia, Babylon, and Egypt. In the last days mentioned in Revelation’s book, we see the Antichrist separate the world powers into three superpowers. Furthermore, in Revelation, we see God destroying the earth one third at a time.
In due time, Russia became known for being the northern bear. Ezekiel’s Rosh is Russia today. Ezekiel directly associated Rosh as being the land of Magog, while Gog is the bear or leader of the land of Magog. In light of this knowledge, Ezekiel states, “The word of the Lord came to me, saying, ‘Son of man (Jesus), set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh (Russia), Meshech (Europe), and Tubal (Western Europe).”
Gog is the leader of many armies that will invade Israel in the end. Here are a few points to keep in mind as we analyze the alliances of Gog.
Magog: Genesis 10:2 shows us Magog was the second son of Japheth and the grandson of Noah. In due time all the original territories of Rosh settled north of the Black Sea. All the countries with “stan” at the end of their names are from the original group of Europeans - each was fair-skinned like Japheth.
Meshech and Tubal: Both of these men were the fifth and sixth sons of Japheth and, therefore, grandsons of Noah. The descendants of these men established cities and territories bearing their names – Meshech as Moscow and Tubal as Tobolsk – both cities in Russia. Most of the cities in Turkey were established by their descendants.
Persia: Ezekiel 38:5 includes Persian joining forces with Rosh (Russia) in the last days' invasion of Israel. To give you context, in 1935, Persia changed its name to Iran and then again in 1979, changed it again to the Islamic Republic of Iran. Keep your eye on an up-and-coming alliance between Russia and Iran. Both will be leading forces in the prophetic attack on Israel.
Ethiopia: This country was established by Cush, yes, another grandson of Noah. However, this time from his cursed son, Ham (Gen. 10:6). When Ezekiel stated his prophecy, Ethiopia was where Sudan is today. As Israel states, Iran and Sudan are their fiercest enemies. Due to Iranians' cousin relationship, Russia will quickly adopt Sudan/Ethiopia as their alliance.
Libya: Is founded by Put, another son of Ham. Today, Russia has the favor and support of Libya, Iran, and Syria. As with most of the descendants of Ham, these countries are populated by Islamic extremists. It is rumored that Russia has been working on a plan of uniting the Islamic groups. Russia knows that the key to an invasion of Israel is partnering with Israel’s enemies – the sons of Ishmael.
Gomer: Gomer was the first son of Japheth, Noah’s son. At the same time, history reveals that Gomer is the landmass north of the Black Sea; many, including Germany’s history, state that Gomer is present-day Germany. After centuries of fighting, this is probably the land the descendants of Gomer ended up with. Therefore, it is imperative that Russia either takes Germany as their own or form a peace agreement between anti-Semitic Germany and anti-Semitic Russia.
Togarmah: Togarmah was the third son of Gomer. The country of Turkey today is the territory Ezekiel depicts as “the house of Togarmah from the far north and all its troops.” Turkey is the gateway to Israel, minimally one of the main gates. Russia must unite itself with Turkey.
These seven countries form a massive army to come against Israel. Because of Russia’s union with these nations, Russia will dominate three sides to the Holy Land of Israel. However, Russia's biggest challenge is gaining support and alliance with China. Since both Russia and China want access to the richest oil field in the world, which happens to be the Valley of Megiddo – the valley the battle of Armageddon is fought. This might answer how Russia and China will unite in the end. But it might take a world leader to get that job done.
Thus far in Daniel’s vision, we know a world leader will come forth from the Black Sea. Secondly, we know that the bear morphs into the Russian empire. We also know that the northern bear will partner with Islamic power-players worldwide. Finally, we know that Russia has a massive challenge in winning the support of China, which might require a one-world leader to sort out.
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