Welcome to Thus Say the Prophets! The Revelation of Navi Y'shua By John of AllFaith © 10.05.09 (last update: 10.24.2012)
Revelation 13:3 (with Daniel 2):
The Image of the Beast
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We pray to HaShem, the Holy One of Israel, to fill our hearts with wisdom and understanding as we continue this study into the Revelation of our chief rabbi, Navi Y'shua. Armed with this understanding we pledge ourselves to standing always with Israel, even as the False Prophet and False Messiah arise.
The Idol of Rex Mundi: The Image of the Beast
As we discussed last time the Beast will be "like" the four beasts that preceded it (i.e. Nebuchadnezzar's Babylon, Cyrus' Medio-Persia, Alexander's Greece and the mighty Roman Empire. We equate the first three kingdoms with a specific ruler but the Roman Empire has been ruled by many leaders right up to the present time. This fourth great kingdom in the future will be thought of as the kingdom of Rex Mundi. No ruler of the Empire, including Julius Caesar, Caligula, Napoleon Bonaparte, Adolph Hitler, et al. personifies the true might of Roman Nicolaitan rule as he will! Rex Mundi will be the ultimate despot: He will be 'strong as iron, because iron breaks in pieces and subdues all things; and as iron crushes all these, so shall [he] break in pieces and crush'.
Navi Daniel presents this same essential information in another intriguing way. King Nebuchadnezzar once had a most terrifying dream that he felt certain had great meaning and prophetic significance. He was concerned that if he told the dream to his staff psychics they would just make up an interpretation to appease him. He wanted to know the truth of it. The king therefore called them all into his royal presence and demanded they tell him the dream itself! Only then would their interpretation of it be acceptable by him as authentic. Try this with the Psychic hot lines: Hello Psychic. Please tell me why I called!
None of the seers of the empire could do this and so the King finally summoned Daniel, whom he had heard was able to commune with the gods (as he considered such things). We read about this as follows:Daniel 2:26 The king answered Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, "Are you able to make known to me the dream which I have seen, and its interpretation?"Cool huh?
2:27 Daniel answered before the king and said, "The secret which the king has demanded neither wise men, enchanters, magicians, nor soothsayers, can reveal to the king;
2:28 but there is a God in heaven who reveals secrets, and he has made known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in latter days; your dream and the visions of your head on your bed are such as these.
2:29 "As for you, O king, your thoughts came into your mind on your bed, what should happen hereafter; and he who reveals secrets has made known to you what shall happen.
2:30 But as for me, this secret is not revealed to me for any wisdom that I have more than any living, but to the intent that the interpretation may be made known to the king, and that you may know the thoughts of your heart.
2:31 "You, O king, saw, and beheld, a great image. This image, which was mighty and whose brightness was excellent, stood before you; and its aspect was awesome.
2:32 As for this image, its head was of fine gold, its breast and its arms of silver, its belly and its thighs of brass,
2:33 its legs of iron, its feet part of iron and part of clay.
2:34 You looked on until a stone was cut out without hands; it struck the image on its feet that were of iron and clay and broke them in pieces.
2:35 Then the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, was broken in pieces together and became like the chaff of the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away, so that no place was found for them; and the stone that struck the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth.
2:36 This is the dream and we will tell its interpretation before the king.
Note that such revelations are not according to human knowledge and reasoning but come from the Merkabah or Throne of HaShem, before which Yochanan the beloved navi is standing in spirit for most of his book. This is a key difference between prophecy students and prophets. While we are seeking to understand the prophets through study and prayer, HaShem revealed this information by His Ruach (Spirit Presence) directly to Navi Daniel. The interpretation was revealed to and through him. We discuss the nature of prophecy elsewhere.
This image or idol represents the future of human history and its governance. From it, in conjunction with Daniel's other writings and those of Yochanan the beloved in the Revelation of Navi Y'shua, the future history becomes clear.Daniel 2:37 "You, O king, are king of kings, to whom the God of heaven has given the kingdom [i.e. Babylon], the power, and the strength and the glory;
2:38 and wherever the children of men dwell, he has given the animals of the field and the birds of the sky into your hand and has made you to rule over them all; you are the head of gold.
This kingdom and global authority was given to King Nebuchadnezzar and his successors after HaShem had this authority temporarily removed removed from Israel (Daniel chapter 4). This power will remain with the Four Beasts until the Times of the Gentiles are completed (Luke 21:24).
Thus it is clear that the image symbology reveals the political landscape from the time of Babylon to the End of Days (or the Latter Days). It is also shown that all political power ultimately is answerable to the God of Heaven (Romans 13:1).Daniel 2:39 After you another kingdom shall arise inferior to you; and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth.And this is, as we saw before, precisely what occurred. The fourth kingdom of Rome was powerful as none before it. It broke into pieces and crushed all that stood in its way, including first century Judea. In time however the Roman Empire was divided east and west as two legs. The Roman Empire's toes, the individual nations of Europa, continue to rule Western Europe to this very days. Hence as Daniel foretold the Fourth Beast never fell to another kingdom. It merely subdivided into pieces that could not adhere to one another (2:43)... until the EU.
2:40 The fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron, because iron breaks in pieces and subdues all things; and as iron crushes all these, so shall it break in pieces and crush.
2:41 Whereas you saw the feet and toes, part of potters' clay and part of iron, it [i.e. the fourth kingdom] shall be a divided kingdom; but there shall be in it the strength of iron, because you saw the iron mixed with miry clay.
2:42 As the toes of the feet were part of iron and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly broken.
2:43 Whereas you saw the iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the offspring of men; but they shall not cling to one another, even as iron does not mingle with clay.
Some prophecy students look for the United States in these prophecies, largely out a sense of patriotism. While this is understandable considering current realities, it is a fruitless endeavor. The United States has only been significant on the world stage for a little over a hundred years and even now it is being replaced by other countries (China, the Islamic Ummah, the EU etc). The countries of the Americas are outgrowths of European power (England, Spain, Germany, Portugal etc) and are of little consequence in the grand scheme of things. There are no references to any of the Americas in the Bible, unless one wishes to identify them with "the islands" (Isaiah 11:11, Jeremiah 50:39 etc.) which are prophetically irrelevant. References to iconic eagles etc. are referring to Babylon, Rome and other countries the US takes its imagery from.
The Image of the Beast
The Four Prophetic Kingdoms or Empires (Beasts) are therefore listed as follows:
1. Babylonia: A Lion with Eagle's wings: King NebuchadnezzarAnd here as:
2. Medio-Persia: A Bear: Cyrus the Great
3. Greece: A Leopard with Four Wings: Alexander the Great
4. The Roman Empire: Dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly: A series of rulers culminating with Rex Mundi
1. Babylonia: Head of Gold: King NebuchadnezzarThe Image of the Beast is described here by Daniel as a human figure and John's vision in the Revelation uses this same symbolism. When we consider the image there we must recall the interpretation given given here.
2. Medio-Persia: Breast and Arms of Silver: Cyrus the Great
3. Greece: Belly and Thighs of Brass: Alexander the Great
4. The Roman Empire: Legs of Iron, Feet of Iron and Part of Clay
According to the prophet and known history when the Roman Empire "fell" it first divided into two essential "legs": The Eastern and Western Empires. This division is reflected in the Eastern (Constantinople/Byzantium) and Roman patriarchates of the Catholic Church.
Do not confuse the two branches of the Catholic Church with the two legs however. The (Eastern) Orthodox and (Western) Roman branches of the Catholic Church were established to minister to and control the people of the Empire not to rule it directly. At times their power was overt and at times covert, at times absolute and at times limited. There is an important distinction between the political and religious elements of Roman rule. In John's prophecies this distinction clear: Rex Mundi holds political power while the False Prophet serves him through religion and the economy. More on this later.
The "decline and fall of the Roman Empire" took place over a long period of time and through several battles and episodes of intrigue. Space (and doubtless reader interest) forbids a detailed discussion of these fascinating twists and turns here.
Scholars do not agree on when (or if) the Empire actually finished its collapse. As discussed before, in a literal sense Roman Empire never ceased its reign. There are two basic views as to when Rome fell:
Despite this scholarly debate, Navi Daniel's perspective that Rome would never fall until the coming of haMoshiach is most accurate based both on history and biblical prophecy. The Roman Empire survived through the Vatican and the European royal families and Houses. It is now reasserting itself across Europe through the European Union.
- September 4, 476 CE: This is the widely accepted date given by Roman historian Edward Gibbon. According to this view the Roman Republic/Empire lasted for a thousand years, until a German General in the Roman army named Odoacer deposed emperor Romulus Augustulus (the last western Roman Emperor). This was the end of overt Imperial Roman control of Western Europa.
- Other notable scholars date the final fall of Rome to May 29, 1453 when the Ottoman Turks, lead by the Islamic Caliph Mehmed II Fath El-Istanbul, took Byzantium (Constantinople), destroying the last remnants of the established (Eastern) Empire. This view is more accurate in my opinion as the former discounts the significance of the eastern branch of the Empire. Caliph Mehmed II destroyed and replaced the Eastern Roman Empire as Islam sought to and almost succeeded at conquering the world during their previous attempt at establishing global Sharia.
The eastern leg of the Roman Empire did fall and was effectively replaced by a foreign (non-European) power (the Islamic Ummah). Not so with the Western Empire. It never fell to another power. Rome remains the cultural, religious, and in many ways political capital of Europa (with the Club of Rome etc). The city of Roma and its power blocks continue to wield great power over the former Roman Empire and the Elite families continue to reign. The religion established by Roman Emperor Constantine, although now lukewarm and waning (Revelation 3:14-19), remains the established religion of Europa (and the rest of Christendom). This is one support for the view that Western Europe will figure more prominently in the coming New World Order government than will the east. We are convinced for instance that the Rex Mundi will come to power first in Western Europe and begin his reign in Roma. Roma will also be the headquarters for the global economic system (Babylon the Great -- more on this soon).
The Roman Empire lives on through Vatican City, the Merovingian and other Royal European bloodlines, through the the UN, NATO, the EU, Interpol, the World Bank and the various organizations of the New World Order (Novus Ordo Mundi).
But notice what happens next!Daniel 2:44 "In the days of those kings, the God of heaven shall set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed, nor shall its sovereignty be left to another people; but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever."In the days of those kings," which is to say in the days of the kings of the "ten toes" (i.e. the EU) God will establish the Messianic Kingdom and it will never be defeated. Its just a matter of time until Melekh Y'shua ben Yosef comes, defeats the Global Union and establishes the Theocratic Messianic Kingdom of the Olam Haba.
The prophet is clear that the Roman Empire, the Fourth Beast, will still be ruling in the End of Days through the sub-governments or "toes" of the European Elite.
As the "Little Horn" or Antichrist begins establishing his authority he will face some opposition from the European Houses. He will have to defeat three of these hierarchies. Whether this prophecy refers to three of the EU countries or more likely to three of the Merovingian Illuminati (Elite) ruling Houses is a matter of debate. We do occasionally hear about power struggles among the Elite (the Rothschilds, Rockerfellers, Queen Beatrice etc. corporate persons and it is easy to imagine such infighting). There is really only the Roman Empire/EU now. The countries of Europe have already surrendered their essential sovereignty. The rest is window dressing. In today's reality individual countries are more like competing corporations. They are bought, traded and sold among the corporate fascist Elite, generally without any knowledge or consent of the citizens. The real powers operates in secret globalist cabals as David Rockefeller acknowledged:"We are grateful to the Washington Post, the New York Times, Time magazine and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected the promises of discretion for almost forty years. It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subject to the bright lights of publicity during those years. But, the world is now more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world-government. The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the National auto-determination practiced in past centuries"--David Rockefeller in an address to a Trilateral Commission meeting in June of 1991In the days of these kings HaShem will establish His Theocratic Kingdom and Melekh Y'shua will rule as King of Israel and the Noahide Nations just as Zechariah 8:23 says.
As cited above from Daniel 2:35, "...the stone that struck the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth." This mountain is Zion, the Sacred Mountain of HaShem. By the power of Zion (Jerusalem) the restored Roman Empire and its "Little Horn" will be utterly destroyed. Rex Mundi and his New World Order will be crushed by the 'little rock' that arises from Mount Zion: haMoshiach, Melekh Y'shua ben Yosef. Of this Navi Daniel continues:Daniel 2:45 Because you saw that a stone [i.e. haMoshiach] was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it broke in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God has made known to the king what shall happen hereafter; and the dream is certain and its interpretation sure."From Mount Zion, the Holy Mountain of HaShem, will arise a Warrior/King who owes his allegiance solely to HaShem. He will not receive his power from the hands of the United Nations nor from human governments. He will be appointed and anointed ruler by HaShem! This Melekh will sit on the throne of his forefather Melekh David. He alone will receive and dispense all of the promises made to the descendants of Noah and Abraham by the Sovereign Will of HaShem his Master. This man will reign for a thousand years as King of the Jews and Counsellor of the Noahide Nations. This man will be haMoshiach, God's anointed Messiah. Through his reign all the nations of the Earth will be blessed, just as HaShem promised (Genesis 12:3, Zechariah 8:23).
This then is the essential meaning of John's description of the Beast in chapter 13 as revealed through the prophecies of Navi Daniel.
We now continue with our text:Revelation 13:3 One of his heads had apparently been fatally wounded yet his fatal wound was healed. The whole earth marveled at the beast.
We will continue with our study of chapter 13 of the Revelation of Navi Y'shua next time. Until then, pray, study, understand and stand firm.
Continue with Chapter Thirteen of the Revelation of Navi Y'shua
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