Daniel’s Prophecy Of The World Powers

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Hello everyone. Hope you are having a great weekend? I found this on the net and it’s surprising to me that the Christians are those who crown most world powers.  Note this is very lengthy and reading it requires much time but if you are sincere to know what Daniel’s prophecy means through history, you will know it’s worth the time spent on reading. Note also that none of these was written by me.

God has revealed, in the books of
Daniel and Revelation , the world-
ruling Gentile (non-Israelite) empires
(kingdoms) that would exist from the
time of Babylon’s empire to the
Second Coming of Jesus – a span of
more than 2,600 years! Biblical
prophecy predicts no less than fifteen
empires and the most influential false
religious system the devil would
create.
The symbolic Bible prophecies that
proclaim such events BEFORE they
happen are the large image of a man
dreamed by King Nebuchadnezzar of
Babylon (Daniel 2) and Daniel’s
dream of four great beasts : A lion,
bear, leopard and one strong beast
with iron teeth and ten horns (Daniel
7). Daniel’s vision of a ram and a
male goat (Daniel 8) and the apostle
John’s vision of a woman riding a
beast with seven heads and ten horns
(Revelation 17) along with an end
time beast that will rule the world just
before the Second Coming of Jesus
(Revelation 13:1-8) are also symbolic
of end time events .
One simple but profound question
generated from Bible prophecy
concerns ancient Israel. Why would
God allow Gentile nations to dominate
the world instead of his chosen
people – the Israelites? The Bible
records God making a very special
promise to the people of Israel just
before they crossed the Jordan River
to receive their inheritance in the land
of milk and honey. He promised to
make them HIGH ABOVE all the
nations IF they keep his
commandments (Deuteronomy
26:18-19).
God promised to make the Israelite
nation preeminent in the world IF they
obeyed his voice. Over time, however,
they increasingly rejected God’s way
to the point where they refused to
have him as their King and instead
requested a human king be put over
them (1Samuel 8:5-7). Eventually,
because of their ongoing disregard for
God’s laws, ten of Israel’s tribes were
conquered and taken out of the land
by the Assyrian empire (723 B.C.).
The remaining tribes (Judah,
Benjamin and Levi) lived in Palestine
until they too, because of
disobedience, were conquered and
taken from their inheritance. Because
Israel rejected God, he rejected them
and gave their promised leadership
role in the world to others – the
Gentile empires which are listed
below.

Babylonian Empire – 612 B.C.

Represented in Bible prophecy as:
Head of Gold (Daniel 2:32, 38)
First Beast like a Lion (Daniel 7:4)

Explanation

Babylon was the kingdom that ruled
the earth at the time when
Nebuchadnezzar dreamed an image of
a man.

Notes
In 612 B.C. King Nabopolassar of
Babylon defeated the Assyrian Empire
and sacked its capital city of Nineveh.
It was this victory that began
Babylon’s period as a world empire.
The empire’s greatest King was
Nebuchadnezzar (reigned 605 – 562
B.C.), who conquered the Kingdom of
Judah, took the inhabitants as
captives to Babylon and, in 586 B.C.,
burned Jerusalem and destroyed its
temple. Babylon’s world supremacy
lasted for only 73 years.

Persian Empire (Medo-Persian Empire)
– 549 B.C.

Represented in Bible prophecy as:
Chest and Arms of Silver (Daniel 2:32,
39)
Second Beast like a Bear (Daniel 7:5)
Ram with two horns (Daniel 8:3-4, 20)

Explanation
Persia is the second beast (prophetic
kingdom) to rule the earth. This
kingdom actually represents two kings
(“ram with two horns”) – the king of
Media and king of Persia.

Notes
Astyages became king of Media in
585 B.C. Cyrus the Great became king
of Persia, though not an independent
ruler, in 559 B.C. Like his
predecessors, Cyrus had to recognize
Median dominance over his kingdom
(“one was higher than the other, and
the higher one came up last”). In 549
Cyrus overthrew the Medes and King
Astyages (who was a family member,
possibly Cyrus’ grandfather).
The Persian empire is considered the
most powerful kingdom of the ancient
world. At its height it ruled more than
2.9 million square miles (7.5 million
square kilometers) of land that
spanned three continents: Asia, Africa
and Europe. The Persians were the
largest empire in ancient history in
terms of total land controlled. It is
estimated that in 480 B.C. Persia had
50 million people living under its
authority – or roughly 44% of the
entire world’s population. It was
during the reign of Cyrus the Great
that captive Jews were allowed to
return to Jerusalem.

Macedonian (Greek) Empire of
Alexander the Great – 336 B.C.
and
Division of kingdom into four pieces –
323 B.C.

Represented in Bible prophecy as:
Belly and Thighs of Bronze (brass)
(Daniel 2:32, 39)
Beast (Leopard) with four Heads
(Daniel 7:6)
Male Goat with large horn and four
smaller horns (Daniel 8:5-8, 21-22,
11:3-4)

Explanation
After Alexander’s death (the “broken
horn”) the “four that stood up in its
place” to rule in his stead were his
four generals. This means the empire
that Alexander built and its
subsequent division into four pieces
are counted as the third , fourth , fifth
and sixth prophetic kingdoms to rule
the earth.

Notes
Alexander the Great, born in 356 B.C.,
was an ancient Greek king whose
father was King Philip II of Macedon.
Soon after ascending to the throne in
336 B.C. due to his father’s
assassination Alexander began a
military campaign to realize his
father’s expansion plans. His
conquests included the Persian
Empire, Syria, Phoenicia, Judea, Egypt
and Mesopotamia. The empire’s
boundaries stretched as far west as
the Ionian sea and as far east as the
Himalayas and India. Alexander never
lost a battle (though many times he
was outnumbered) and is considered
one of the most successful military
commanders in history.

The Greek kingdom, after Alexander’s
death in 323 B.C., was NOT passed to
either of his two sons (“but not
among his posterity”). Instead, as the
prophecies indicated, it was divided
up into four separate kingdoms by his
generals Ptolemy, Antipater, Seleucus
and Antigonus.

Roman Empire – 27 B.C.

Represented in Bible prophecy as:
Two Legs of Iron (Daniel 2:33, 40-43)
Fourth Beast with teeth of iron and
ten horns (Daniel 7:7, 23-24)

Notes
The transition of the Roman Republic
into the Roman Empire highly likely
occurred in 27 B.C., when the Senate
granted extraordinary powers to
Augustus – who many consider to be
the first true Roman Emperor.
The greatest extent of the empire
occurred with Trajan’s conquest of
Dacia in 117 A.D., which gave the
kingdom control of 2.5 million square
miles of territory (6.5 million square
kilometers). Rome is considered the
third largest and most powerful of the
ancient empires (behind the empires
of Persia and the Han dynasty). At
the time of Jesus it is believed Rome
controlled a total population of 60
million people.
In 395 A.D. the united kingdom split
into two separate pieces: The Eastern
(Byzantine) Empire, which lasted until
1453 A.D. and the Western Empire,
which lasted until 476 A.D.

The Great False Religious System
Represented in Bible prophecy as:
Little horn among ten horns that
causes the first three to be removed
(Daniel 7:8, 20, 24-27)
Mystery, Babylon the Great, a whore
riding a beast who is the mother of
harlots (Revelation 17:1-6, 18)

Explanation
Prophecies represent the Roman
Catholic Church and the Papacy .
Rome is the “great city” that rules
over the kings (kingdoms) of the
earth.

Notes
The great whore of Revelation 17 did
not ride any of the seven prophetic
heads (empires) mentioned in Daniel
2 (Babylon, Persia, Greece (four
heads) and Rome before its split ) nor
the first three horns of the fourth
beast of Daniel 7. It did, however,
mount and ride the fourth beast’s last
seven horns. These last seven horns
of Daniel 7 are the same as the seven
heads ridden by the great whore in
Revelation 17.
The title “Supreme Pontiff” (Pontifex
Maximus or “highest office”) was first
used around 220 A.D. by Tertullian to
refer to the head of the Roman
church. It wasn’t until the 590’s A.D.
that this title was used in an formal
sense to refer to the Pope.

The Vandals – 439 A.D.

Represented in Bible prophecy as:
First of ten horns / kings / kingdoms
related to Rome’s classical empire
(Daniel 7:24)
First of three horns “plucked up” due
to a little horn (Daniel 7:8, 20)

Explanation
The kingdom was overthrown at the
behest of the Papacy.

Notes
The Vandals migrated to live in
Roman territory around 400 A.D. King
Geiseric led the tribe to North Africa
in 429. In 439 they created their own
kingdom which included parts of
Africa that were controlled by Rome
plus islands such as Sardinia, Malta
and Corsica. They sacked Rome in the
year 455. The Vandals defeated the
fleets sent against them from both
the Western (460 A.D.) and Eastern
(468 A.D.) Roman empires. Their
empire collapsed, however, in 534
A.D. when Belisarius (commander of
Byzantine Emperor Justinian’s army)
defeated them at the battle of Hippo.

The Heruli – 476 A.D.

Represented in Bible prophecy as:
Second of ten horns / kingdoms
(Daniel 7:24)
Second of three horns “plucked up”
due to a little horn (Daniel 7:8, 20)

Explanation
The kingdom was overthrown at the
behest of the Papacy.

Notes
Under Odoacer (who became the first
barbarian King of Italy) the Heruli
deposed the last Emperor of the
Western Roman Empire in 476 A.D. In
508 their short-lived empire came to
an end when they were destroyed by
the Lombards.

The Ostrogoths – 493 A.D.

Represented in Bible prophecy as:
Third of ten horns / kingdoms (Daniel
7:24)
Third of three horns “plucked up” due
to a little horn (Daniel 7:8, 20)

Explanation
The kingdom was overthrown at the
behest of the Papacy.

Notes
In 493 A.D. Theodoric the Great
became the first king of the
Ostrogothic kingdom and replaced
Odoacer as ruler of Italy. The
Ostrogoths considered themselves
upholders of the direct line of Roman
traditions. In 535 A.D. the Byzantine
emperor Justinian attacked the
Ostrogoths and started what would
become the nineteen year long Gothic
War. In 554 the Ostrogothic empire
finally fell.

Partial Restoration of the Roman
Empire – 527 A.D.

Represented in Bible prophecy as:
Fourth of ten horns related to Rome’s
classical empire (Daniel 7:24)
First of seven heads of scarlet Beast
rode by the great religious whore
(Revelation 17:1-6)

Explanation
Under Byzantine emperor Justinian I
the Eastern empire conquered many of
the lands lost by the Western Empire
when it collapsed in 476.

Notes
Justinian, who reigned 527 to 565
B.C., was the first Eastern Roman
(Byzantine) king who sought to
reclaim the glory of Rome through
conquering lands lost by the Western
Empire. As a “Christian” emperor he
considered it his divine duty to restore
Rome’s kingdom to its ancient
boundaries. During his reign he
fought many wars (Iberian, Vandalic,
Gothic, Moorish, etc.) and did conquer
many territories formerly controlled by
the West (Italy, Africa, southern
Hispania, etc.).
Although he considered himself “priest
and king” over the Empire, Justinian
officially recognized the Roman See
(office of the pope) as the highest
ecclesiastical authority.

Charlemagne (Charles the Great) – 800
A.D.

Represented in Bible prophecy as:
Fifth of ten horns related to Rome’s
empire (Daniel 7:24)
Second of seven heads of Beast rode
by the great whore (Revelation
17:1-6)

Explanation
Charlemagne, crowned by the Pope,
was the first Roman Emperor in
Western Europe since the fall of the
empire in 476 A.D.

Notes
Charlemagne was king of the Franks
(starting in 768 A.D.) and the
Lombards (starting in 774 A.D.)
before becoming Emperor. In 799 A.D.
Pope Leo III was mistreated by the
Romans who tried to put out his eyes
and tear out his tongue. After
escaping and fleeing to Charlemagne
the Pope requested his position be
restored. Charlemagne traveled to
Rome, then entered it with the Pope in
November 800 A.D. A synod was held
December 1 and the charges against
Leo pronounced false.
On Christmas Day in 800, during
Mass, the Pope crowned Charlemagne
as Emperor of the Romans. This was
the first time in history a Pope
crowned a Roman Emperor.
Charlemagne became the papacy’s
chief protector. He would ultimately
unite most of Christian Europe under
his rule.

Otto the Great – 962 A.D.

Represented in Bible prophecy as:
Sixth of ten horns related to Rome’s
empire (Daniel 7:24)
Third of seven heads of Beast rode by
the great whore (Revelation 17:1-6)

Explanation
In 962 A.D. Otto the Great, in Rome,
was crowned the first “Holy” Roman
Emperor by the Pope.

Notes
Otto the Great was king of Germany
and Duke of Saxony (starting in 936)
and king of Italy (starting in 961)
before becoming Emperor. He is
considered the founder of the Holy
Roman Empire.
Otto considered himself the protector
of the Church in part due to his belief
he had the “divine right” to rule. He
strengthen ecclesiastical authorities
such as bishops and abbots at the
expense of the secular nobility.

Charles V – 1530 A.D.

Represented in Bible prophecy as:
Seventh of ten horns related to
Rome’s empire (Daniel 7:24)
Fourth of seven heads of Beast rode
by the great whore (Revelation
17:1-6)

Explanation
In 1530 Charles was the last Holy
Roman Emperor to be crowned by the
Pope .

Notes
Charles was also Lord of the
Netherlands (starting in 1506) and
the first king of Spain (starting in
1516). He was of the house of
Hapsburg, who produced all the
formally elected Holy Roman
Emperors from 1438 to 1740 A.D.
Charles became king of the Romans /
Italy in 1519. He ruled as Emperor
from 1530 to 1556. It was during his
reign that the Hapsburg Dynasty, for
the first and only time, achieved the
status of a true world empire.
Charles is best known for his role in
opposing the Protestant Reformation.
The Society of Jesus (Jesuits), formed
initially to peacefully combat
Protestantism, was started during his
reign.

Napoleon I (Bonaparte) – 1805 A.D.

Represented in Bible prophecy as:
Eighth of ten horns related to Rome’s
empire (Daniel 7:24)
Fifth of seven heads of Beast rode by
the great whore (Revelation 17:1-6)

Explanation
Napoleon was crowned King of Italy
by the Pope in 1805, a title which he
held until 1814 A.D.

Notes
In 1806 the Holy Roman Empire
formally dissolved when the last
Emperor abdicated following his
defeat at the hands of Napoleon and
the French. Napoleon reorganized
most of the empire into the
Confederation of the Rhine, which
eventually was composed of 9 kings
and 28 princes. The confederation
collapsed in 1813 after Napoleon’s
failed attempt to conquer Russia.

Otto von Bismarck – 1871 A.D.

Represented in Bible prophecy as:
Ninth of ten horns related to Rome’s
empire (Daniel 7:24)
Sixth of seven heads of Beast rode by
the great whore (Revelation 17:1-6)
The ‘one is’ king that will come after
five have fallen (Revelation 17:10)

Explanation
The five kings / kingdoms that fell
before Bismarck’s rule were Justinian,
Charlemagne, Otto the Great, Charles
V and Napoleon. After a series of
short wars, Otto was able in 1871 to
unify numerous German states into a
powerful Empire. He was the first
Imperial Chancellor of the Empire
from 1871 to 1890.

Notes
Otto created a “balance of power” in
Europe that preserved the peace in the
region from 1871 until 1914 (World
War I).

Benito Mussolini – Adolf Hitler – 1929
A.D.

Represented in Bible prophecy as:
Tenth of ten horns related to Rome’s
empire (Daniel 7:24)
Seventh of seven heads of Beast rode
by the great whore (Revelation
17:1-6)
The ‘other that has not yet come’ king
(Revelation 17:10)

Explanation
Represents the European empire
(kingdom) created by Hitler and
Mussolini. In 1938 it became one of
the wealthiest empires (by size of
GDP) in modern times.

Notes
Mussolini was Prime Minister of Italy
from 1922 to 1943. Hitler was
Chancellor of Germany from 1933 to
1945. Supporters of Mussolini’s
attempt to create an Italian empire
called it the New Roman Empire.
Interestingly, in 1917 the British
Security Service (MI5) paid Mussolini
£100 a week to help him get started
in politics.
In 1929 the Lateran treaties were
signed by Mussolini and the Vatican.
The treaties established the
independence of Vatican City within
Italy and granted Roman Catholicism
special status in Italy. The treaties
also included a legal provision
whereby the Italian government would
protect the honor and dignity of the
Pope by prosecuting offenders.
The term “Third Reich,” meaning the
third German empire, is often used to
refer to Germany during its years
under Nazi control. The Nazis
considered the first Reich to be the
Holy Roman Empire from 962 to 1806
A.D., and the second Reich to be the
German Empire from 1871 to 1918
A.D.

Final World Empire / Government
Represented in Bible prophecy as:

Ten Toes of Iron and Clay ultimately
destroyed by God’s kingdom (Daniel
2:41-44)
King that will kill Christians and fight
the return of Jesus (Daniel 8:23-25)
Beast with seven heads and ten horns
who will rule earth 42 months
(Revelation 13:1-8)
Beast with two horns like lamb but
spoke like a dragon (Revelation
13:11)
Eighth head that is Beast “that was,
and is not, is himself also the
eighth” (Revelation 17:11)
Ten horns (kings) that will give their
power to fight against the Lamb
(Revelation 17:12-14)
Explanation
The full meaning of these prophecies
has yet to occur.

Originally posted by: The Bible Study Site
http://www.biblestudy.org/prophecy/bible-prophecies-of-empires.html

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