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In the book of Daniel, we have many visions and dreams recorded in God's Word. Daniel was a young man at the time of the destruction of Israel by King Nebuchadnezzar. Daniel was singled out by the eunuchs in charge of the king's staff. By the will of God, Daniel was placed where he could grow in knowledge and wisdom. This impressed the king, and he took special care of Daniel and his friends.

The king had a dream one night, and he was very troubled to the point that he was going to kill all of the wise men of his court if they couldn't tell him what the dream was and what it meant. When this word reached Daniel, he prayed to the Lord for understanding and was given the dream and the answer to the dream. Daniel revealed the dream and the answer to the king and was promoted to a very high status in the kingdom.

The dream the king had was of a large statue made up of different materials, and the interpretation was as follows. The statue's head was of fine gold, his breast and arms were silver, his belly and thighs were brass, legs were iron, and the feet were made of iron and partly clay. These were descriptions of a statue that King Nebuchadnezzar saw in a dream. Daniel follows by telling him what the dream meant. It was foretelling what would happen in the future with the king's rule and of the future kings and rulers to come after him.

Daniel told the king that the head of gold was his own rule which was in the year 616 B. C. The next nation to rule after King Nebuchadnezzar would be in the year 553 B. C. The General Cyress would attack and capture Egypt, Babylon, Lydia, and others, to make up the shoulders and the arms of the dream. These were made of silver and would not be as powerful as the Babylonian empire. This would be the Medo-Persian empire.

The next nation to come to power would be the Grecian empire, which took over in the year of 336 B. C. It was led by Alexander the Great and was the belly and thighs of the statue. The statue was made of brass in this area. The legs of iron was represented by the Roman government and was made of iron. The Roman takeover lasted through the time Jesus was killed and the disciples all died. It was the longest lasting and most powerful of all of the nations foretold in the dream. It would even usher in the Roman Catholic Church before it lost power.

Historians believe that the dream was fulfilled up to this point by history. But there are still more visions in the dream to be fulfilled, even now in our lifetime. The feet of the statue had feet made of iron mixed with clay and ten toes. This is still to come in the future and is believed to be a resurrection of the Roman empire and ruled by the Antichrist.

A stone is foretold that is to be cut out without hands that would break the toes and destroy the Antichrist's rule and his kingdom. This is the return of Jesus to the earth. And at the present time, we know it to be in the future.

Other visions and dreams were explained to the king by Daniel, and he was promoted very high in the government of Babylon. Later, after the Medes and Persians took over, Daniel still fared very well with King Darius and Cyrus, the Persian.

One night Daniel had a dream, and it was about four beasts that he saw come up out of the sea. The beasts were diverse from one another, and he described them as he saw them. Daniel 7:2, Daniel spake and said, I saw in my vision by night, and, behold, the four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea. V3 And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another. V4 The first was like a lion, and had eagles 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. V5 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.

Historians say that the beast resemble the statue very much and must be the same kingdoms as King Nebuchadnezzar saw in his vision of the statue. To understand prophecy from God, we must be able to understand that God is able to orchestrate the events in the prophecies to resemble more than one time period. Even though the historians saw a resemblance to the statue, this was before the time for the prophecy to come to pass. So they made the events fit their analogies. Now that the prophecies have been fulfilled to the point in time where we stand, we can now see where Daniel's dream was to tell of a time period that was to start at a later date.

The first beast that Daniel saw in his dream was one of a lion. To fully understand the significance of the names of the beast that Daniel saw is the fact that many countries are known by certain animals that they call their mascot or symbols. Some examples are as follows: the "Tiger" represents India; the "Bear," Russia; the "Eagle," The United States; the "Lion," Great Britain. This would show us that the lion that Daniel saw in his dream would be the country of Great Britain.

Even though the vision has similarities to the outcome of the statue prophecies in Nebuchadnezzar's dream, there are definitely clues to our time period. The time period that Daniel's dream seems to show us is the period around the 1500s when Great Britain was settling the Americas.
Daniel "saw a Lion" [which would be Great Britain] and he watched till the "Eagle's wings [America] were plucked." The war that America won her independence from Great Britain. "It was lifted from the earth and made to stand upon the feet as a man." This was accomplished with the forming of Uncle Sam, our affectionate name for our government. "A man's heart was given to it. " Once America was fully established in the world arena, people from many other nations started migrating to the U. S. to start a new life.

A statue was placed at the front of the major entry into the mainland at New York Harbor and a heart-felt message was given, "Give us your down-trodden and oppressed. " This was the "heart that was given to the man. " This fulfills the dream of the first beast.

Daniel saw a second beast, and it looked like a bear in his dream. The country of Russia is sometimes called the "Bear. " Communism came from this part of the world and spread to Germany. In Germany, the Communist party became very strong and dangerous. This is what was described in Daniel's dream of "it raised itself up on one side," and "it had three ribs in its mouth and between the teeth. " When the Communist party came into power, no other country could stand in its way. The power stretched over a long period of time, and three different times the armies were very successful and very cruel. They were called Germany's First Reich, Second Reich, and Third Reich. The last was destroyed by the coalitions of the earth fighting in the wars. A statement is recorded in Daniel's words that says to "devour much flesh. " This was spoken to the beast with the three ribs in its mouth. The German armies, in the last world war, killed 6 million Jews alone. This is the second beast that Daniel saw in his dream.

Daniel 7:6, After this I beheld, and lo another, like a leopard, which had upon the back of it four wings of a foul; the beast had also four heads; and dominion was given to it. Here we see the leopard, and this animal is usually covered with many spots. There are no countries in the world that hales the leopard as their country symbol. This animal can only be a reflection of the United Nations' organization that has come on the scene in the past few years.

NEW UPDATE I must correct this position on the leopard. It has been brought to my attention that there is a country that uses the leopard as its symbol. This was shown to me by a dear sister in Christ that calls herself "Henny. " The New World Order bunch has been in Johannesburg, Africa, carrying out plans for a new one-world government and religion. The last meeting held was called the World Summit and was attended by Colin Powell of the Bush cabinet. His remarks drew much criticism from the crowd. This meeting was in September of 2002.

After a little research on the area in South Africa, we found out that the flag for Botswana, which is located just a few miles from the meetings in Johannesburg, has the leopard portrayed on its state flag. So I stand corrected. The leopard is crouched quietly in the jungles of South Africa, poised and ready for the time to be right for it to spring forth as the New World Order. It will no doubt merge in some way with the U. N. , which has lost a lot of clout lately. The rapture of the saints will have to come about before this power can be fully realized. For more information on this organization, do a key word search for "World Summit. " To see the religious aspect of this earth-worshiping group, search for "arkofhope. org. " It will amaze you how far this group of people have gone to defy God.

It is made up of many different nations and therefore representative of the many-spotted animal in Daniel's dream. The wings of a foul and four heads can only mean the four major super powers with there aircraft capabilities to execute war and show their power. The countries of the U. S. , Russia, China, and Great Britain all belong to the United Nations pact and could be the four heads. They have also been part of the anti-terrorist coalition President Bush has enacted against the Bin Laden outlaws. This organization is spoken of in Daniel's next dream also.

Daniel 7:7, After this a fourth beast arises from the sea of mankind. This one is different from the past beasts. It is more world-dominating and powerful than any that came before it. It stamped the residue of the old beasts with its feet. What is the residue of the old kingdoms? The only thing that could destroy the entire United Nations (or the Leopard beast) and would leave a residue, would be a war that would totally devastate the whole world -- or an event such as the Rapture. The world we know now is being held together by the empowerment of the Holy Spirit restricting the forces of evil from causing total havoc. II Thessalonians 2:7 states, He will let till he be taken out of the way. Once the restrainer moves out of the way, the forces of evil will have a free ride to do as they will. The Christian community, as a whole, will be gone to heaven to be the Bride of Christ.

The organization of the World Summit has been meeting and using environmental issues to gain power in the world arena. This group has divided the world powers into 10 divisions and have the backing of the Catholic Pope as an advocate. This organization is sitting quietly in the wings right now, but when the time is right, when the true Church has been Raptured out of the earth, the Summit organization can be the dominating factor in world government.

The true Church is a number of truly born-again Christians from many denominations and will be the ones not lukewarm in their faith to Jesus. This will fulfill the great and terrible beast in Verse 7. It will have the 10 divisions, or kings. It will have the Roman influence spoken of in other major prophecies. In 1999 the whole world was given over to the Pope to be the spiritual leader in a ceremony performed by world leaders. Clinton gave over the U. S. in this ceremony. This new group will fill all of the descriptions in Verse 7 of this new beast, diverse from the rest. The Antichrist will emerge from this group of national divisions.

After the Antichrist wears out the residue of the churches that were lukewarm and had to remain on the earth to be purified in their faith, Verse 13 speaks of the Lord Jesus Christ returning to earth to set up his kingdom on earth for 1000 years. The Raptured church, the tribulation saints, and the Christians of old before the Rapture, that died and went to be with the Lord, will all be changed with new bodies and dwell on earth with Christ for the 1000 years that Jesus reigns on earth.

Daniel has a vision this time in Chapter 8. He sees a ram that has two horns. The two horns are tall, but one is taller than the other. Once again, this vision came to pass in the days of Daniel, but they were a picture for the end times to show us what to expect. The "ram" is the Muslim religion. It was pushing westward to Israel, then to the north and to the south. The two horns represent Bin Laden and his first lieutenant that we see in the tapes so often on the news channels. Bin Laden clearly stood a foot higher than his lieutenant. They became strong and attacked many times in different parts of the world. They attacked the U. S. many times, but the last attack came on the World Trade Centers. This caused the U. S. to declare war on the "ram."

The next verse, Verse 5, Daniel sees a "he goat" coming from the west. The first thing Bush did was to enact an organization to fight terrorism. He called it Global Organization Against Terrorism, or GOAT. The "goat" came across the whole earth and touched not the ground. This would signify the bombers that Bush sent from the desert of the Mid-West and flew 18 hours to Afghanistan to bomb the "ram." President Bush is described as the notable horn between the "goat's" eyes. Verse 6 says the "he goat" ran into the "ram" with his power. Verse 7, He moved with choler against the "ram." "Choler" means bitterness. Bush was mad and determined. He totally destroyed the "ram's" forces, and no one could stop him.

Verse 8 says that the "he goat" was great till the horn was broken. There is a couple of reasons that the horn, or Bush, could be broken. He could be voted out of office, he could be assassinated, or the Rapture could take place to remove him from office. He claims to be born-again. After the horn is broken, there are four horns that take over. This could be the organization Bush enacted just after the attack on the Trade Centers, Global Organization Against Terrorism, or the GOAT. It has four major powers associated with it. These could be the four horns that replace Bush. The Antichrist comes from one of these divisions.

Once again we can see that this prophecy is for us because in Verse 23 it speaks of the latter days, and in Verse 25, the Prince, or Jesus, comes against the Antichrist.

We are on the edge of the timetable. The Rapture is close. Jesus is coming soon. Don't be caught sleeping. Don't be caught lukewarm. Don't be the five virgins that didn't have enough oil in their lamps when the bridegroom came. Pray without ceasing that you may be worthy to escape the terror ahead.

God Bless!

Doyle Reno

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