Beginning of Sorrows

Beginning of Sorrows

Jesus Christ gave us many signs that would characterize this time frame. They have all occurred.

70th Week of Years

70th Week of Years

The 70th week of years is a 7 year period based on a Biblical prophecy regarding Israel.

End Beast's Kingdom

End Beast's Kingdom

Jesus Christ ends the Beast's (Antichrist's) Kingdom by destroying it from Heaven and earth.

Eternal Kingdom

Eternal Kingdom

Jesus Christ establishes His Kingdom, and creates a new heaven and earth lasting all eternity.

First Three Kingdoms of Babylon, Medo Persia, and Greece

Summary

Daniel was living during the time of the Babylonian kingdom. He was told that the kingdoms of Medo Persia and Greece would follow. Greece was divided, forming kingdoms to the north and south of Israel. These kingdoms would be in conflict with each other, and eventually involve Antichrist.

Response

Watch current events in the Middle East that will take shape to allow Antichrist to "confirm the covenant with many" that will start the 70th week of years.

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First Kingdom of Babylon
Second Kingdom of Medo Persia
Third Kingdom of Greece

First Kingdom of Babylon


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. (Daniel 7:4)

God revealed to Daniel that the first kingdom is Babylon which starts under King Nebuchadnezzar.

And wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou art this head of gold. (Daniel 2:38)

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Second Kingdom of Medo Persia


And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth. (Daniel 2:39)

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. (Daniel 7:5)

Then I lifted up mine eyes, and saw, and, behold, there stood before the river a ram which had two horns: and the two horns were high; but one was higher than the other, and the higher came up last. I saw the ram pushing westward, and northward, and southward; so that no beasts might stand before him, neither was there any that could deliver out of his hand; but he did according to his will, and became great. (Daniel 8:3-4)

The angel, Gabriel, revealed to Daniel that the second kingdom is Medo-Persia.

The ram which thou sawest having two horns are the kings of Media and Persia. (Daniel 8:20)

Here is a map of the Persian Empire at its peak in 490 BC.

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Third Kingdom of Greece


And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth. (Daniel 2:39)

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. (Daniel 7:6)

And as I was considering, behold, an he goat came from the west on the face of the whole earth, and touched not the ground: and the goat had a notable horn between his eyes. And he came to the ram that had two horns, which I had seen standing before the river, and ran unto him in the fury of his power. And I saw him come close unto the ram, and he was moved with choler against him, and smote the ram, and brake his two horns: and there was no power in the ram to stand before him, but he cast him down to the ground, and stamped upon him: and there was none that could deliver the ram out of his hand. Therefore the he goat waxed very great: and when he was strong, the great horn was broken; and for it came up four notable ones toward the four winds of heaven. (Daniel 8:5-8)

The angel, Gabriel, then revealed to Daniel that the third kingdom is Greece.

And the rough goat is the king of Grecia: and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first king. (Daniel 8:21)

History records that the kingdom of Greece, under the leadership of Alexander the Great, sought to conquer the Persian empire. After a series of battles, Alexander the Great defeated the Persian armies, thus fulfilling the prophecy given to Daniel.

Several years later, in 323 BC, Alexander the Great suddenly died from a fever at the age of 33. He had no time to name a successor, so his vast kingdom was divided among his generals into four main kingdoms. The first was given to Seleucus (Asia), the second to Ptolemy (Egypt), the third to Lysimachus (Thrace), and the fourth to Antipater's son Cassander (Macedonia, including Greece). These would be the four notable horns mentioned by Daniel. A map of the Greek Empire in 301 BC shows how it was divided after Alexander the Great's death. It should be noted that Israel is under Ptolemy's jurisdiction in the south. Thus, four kingdoms came out of the nation of Greece as Scripture says:

Now that being broken, whereas four stood up for it, four kingdoms shall stand up out of the nation, but not in his power. (Daniel 8:22)

There was much conflict between these four generals, especially between Seleucus in Asia (includes modern day Syria, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan) and Ptolemy in Egypt. Based on the road systems of the day, Israel is geographically just south of the northern kingdom, and occupies the top most portion of the southern kingdom. Thus Israel is caught in the middle. Armies from Asia would enter Israel from the north and armies from Egypt would enter Israel from the south. Thus, in the Bible, at any given time, the king of Asia is typically referred to as the king of north and the king of Egypt is typically referred to as the king of the south. Daniel records several of these conflicts that would occur over a long period of time.  In the end times, some of these conflicts will involve Antichrist.

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