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Tuesday, September 20 2011

From What Sea Has The Beast Risen?

The prophet Daniel (see The Prophets: Daniel) was born in the land of Judah (Daniel 1:6). The people of Judah, far back in their history, while all of the people of Israel were still united, knew, as the LORD commanded, that "the great sea" (i.e. it was a term stated by the LORD) was what is known today as the Mediterranean Sea - a compound word from Greek that means in the middle of the earth i.e. "med" means middle and "terra" means earth. The Mediterranean Sea was their western border, just as it still is today.

"34:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying ... 34:6 And as for the western border, ye shall even have the great sea for a border: this shall be your west border." (Numbers 34:1,6 KJV)

Daniel was given many prophecies by the LORD, while he was living far inland in Babylon (see also Nebuchadnezzar's Lesson). Among them was a prophecy of a great political and military "beast" that would successively (i.e. a number of different empires that would be that single "beast" in their time - see the Fact Finder question below) rise up from and/or rule the area of "the great sea" that always included the land of Israel - a God-given term that Daniel, as a native of Judah, knew meant the Mediterranean Sea (the Holy Scriptures themselves were written in Mediterranean languages - Hebrew and Greek).

The Holy Scriptures

"7:2 Daniel spake and said, I saw in my vision by night, and, behold, the four winds of the heaven [see Are We In Heaven Now? and What Will Heaven Be Like?] strove upon the great sea. 7:3 And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another.

7:4 The first was like a lion, and had eagle's wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man's heart was given to it.

7:5 And behold another beast, a second, like to a bear, and it raised up itself on one side, and it had three ribs in the mouth of it between the teeth of it: and they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh.

7:6 After this I beheld, and lo another, like a leopard, which had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl; the beast had also four heads; and dominion was given to it.

7:7 After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns." (Daniel 7:2-7 KJV)

The political and military "beast" would also have a parasite, a religious "little horn" (see The Little Big Horn).

"7:8 I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things." (Daniel 7:8 KJV)

"Behold a fourth beast ... it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns"

The "beast" that Daniel saw was a Prophecy of an entity that would exist right from that ancient time to the present - and beyond into the future. The prophecy of the life of that "beast" concludes with the return of Jesus Christ (see The Coming World Dictator and Moriah: Separating The Wheat From The Chaff).

The Mediterranean Sea

"7:9 I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire. 7:10 A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened.

7:11 I beheld then because of the voice of the great words which the horn spake: I beheld even till the beast was slain, and his body destroyed, and given to the burning flame. 7:12 As concerning the rest of the beasts, they had their dominion taken away: yet their lives were prolonged for a season and time.

7:13 I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. 7:14 And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed." (Daniel 7:9-14 KJV)

True prophets of God don't preach their own self-Christianity ideas (see What's The Bible Word For False Prophet? and Antichristians). Nor do true prophets of God interpret the prophecies that God gave to them ("1:20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 1:21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost" 2 Peter 1:20-21 KJV). The LORD interprets His own prophecies.

"7:15 I Daniel was grieved in my spirit in the midst of my body, and the visions of my head troubled me. 7:16 I came near unto one of them that stood by, and asked him the truth of all this.

So he told me, and made me know the interpretation of the things. 7:17 These great beasts, which are four, are four kings, which shall arise out of the earth. 7:18 But the saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever." (Daniel 7:15-18 KJV)

How do we know that the "little horn" was and is religious? Because "the same horn made war with the saints." The little horn is a great false "Christian church" that rose up at the time of the forth beast, Rome - a city at the very geographic center of "the great sea" - the Mediterranean Sea.

"7:19 Then I would know the truth of the fourth beast, which was diverse from all the others, exceeding dreadful, whose teeth were of iron, and his nails of brass; which devoured, brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with his feet; 7:20 And of the ten horns that were in his head, and of the other which came up, and before whom three fell; even of that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spake very great things, whose look was more stout than his fellows. 7:21 I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them; 7:22 Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom." (Daniel 7:19-22 KJV)

The fourth beast of "Babylon" will be destroyed on the day of Christ's return (see the Fact Finder question below).

"7:23 Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces. 7:24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings. 7:25 And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.

7:26 But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end. 7:27 And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him." (Daniel 7:23-27 KJV)

Fact Finder: The prophet Daniel was given to see the beast rising at its beginning, at and as literal Babylon. The apostle John was also given to see the same prophecy, centuries later, when Rome had become the "beast" of Babylon i.e. "13:1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy" (Revelation 13:1 KJV). How did "Babylon" progress to today?
See What And Where Is Babylon Today?

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This Day In History, September 20

480 BC: The Greek fleet under Thermistocles defeated Persian naval forces of Xerxes. The Persian empire and Xerxes are recorded the Bible's Book of Esther (see Ancient Empires - Persia).

357 BC: Alexander the Great was born. The young Greek king conquered much of southern Europe, the Middle East and southern Asia before dying at age 34 (see Ancient Empires - Greece).

451: The Battle of Chalons in what is today France - regarded by some historians as the largest battle in the ancient world. Roman forces under Flavius Aetius defeated Attila the Hun.

1187: Saladin began his Siege of Jerusalem.

1378: The Great Schism in the Roman Catholic Church began when Robert of Geneva was elected as anti-pope Clement VII. The division went on for almost 4 decades, during which there were 2 and sometimes even 3 competing popes at one time (see The Struggle For The Papacy).

1519: Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan left Spain with 5 ships on the first-ever around the world voyage. Although Magellan himself was killed in the Philippines, and 4 of the ships were lost in the 3 year exploration, 1 ship did return home after successfully circling the earth. The voyage proved that the earth was indeed round (which believers in the Holy Bible already knew - see No 'Flat Earth' In The Bible) and that North America and Asia were separate continents.

1586: An Englishman, Anthony Babington, Roman Catholic priest John Ballard, and 5 others were executed for high treason. In an attempt to return England to Roman Catholicism, they planned to assassinate Queen Elizabeth I (ruled 1558-1603) and install the Roman Catholic rival, Mary Stuart (Mary, Queen of Scots) on the English throne. Mary was also executed a few months later, on February 8 1587.

1633: Galileo Galilei was brought to trial before the Church of Rome's "Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith." Galileo was later released after he "repented" of his "heresy" - his correct teaching that the Earth orbits the Sun (see also No 'Flat Earth' In The Bible).

1854: The Battle of the Alma during the Crimean War. The victory by the British and the French left the Russian naval center of Sevastopol vulnerable and endangered the entire Russian position in the war.

1870: Italian troops under Victor Emmanuel II conquered Rome in the name of the Kingdom of Italy. The population of the city, the Romans, later voted to become part of the Italian Kingdom.

1934: In New Jersey, Bruno Hauptmann was arrested for the kidnapping and murder of the infant son of U.S. aviator Charles Lindbergh. He was found guilty and executed by electrocution in 1936.

1952: Scientists confirmed that DNA holds hereditary data.

1967: The British liner Queen Elizabeth II was launched at Clydebank, Scotland.

1977: Vietnam, as a single nation again, became a member of the United Nations. The Vietnam War, in which the U.S. involved itself, years after the war had already started (after another imperial power, France, had divided Vietnam into North and South), was actually a civil war between the Vietnamese people.

2005: Simon Wiesenthal died at age 96. The Jewish Holocaust survivor became famous as a relentless Nazi war criminal hunter.


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