The main kingdoms of the world throughout the history of this age as shown in Scripture
Fred R. Coulter—November 30, 2019
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Greetings, brethren! Welcome to Sabbath services!
I have a couple of questions to answer: Someone is now claiming that God the Father will come to the earth at the beginning of the Millennium. Is that true? Whenever you hear something, what are we to do? What does Paul say? Search the Scriptures and prove all things, hold fast to that which is good!
So, when you hear a statement: Is it true? Does the Bible verify it? If it does, then it is true. If it is not, the Bible will not verify it, you will know that that’s a wrong interpretation or a false doctrine.
1-Corinthians 15:20: “But now Christ has been raised from the dead…” that is verified by:
Revelation 1:18[transcriber’s correction], Christ said, “…for I was dead, and behold, I am alive into the ages of eternity…”
1-Corinthians 15:20: “...He has become the Firstfruit of those who have fallen asleep.”
It’s very interesting, it’s either 1st or 2nd Tim., it says in the Greek that ‘He has annulled death.’ The King James says ‘destroy.’ But annul is a better word, because it means to take the past and make it as it never existed.
Verse 21: “For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die… [no one has escaped that, yet; not even Christ] …so also in Christ shall all be made alive. But each in his own order… [What are the orders?]: …Christ the Firstfruit; then those who are Christ’s at His coming. Afterwards the end comes…” (vs 21-24).
What comes before the end? The Millennium and the Great White Throne Judgment!
“…when He shall have delivered up the Kingdom to Him Who is God and Father…” (v 24).
If God the Father were already on the earth it wouldn’t be necessary to deliver it up to the Father. He would be here running it!
When does Christ do this? “…when He shall have put an end to all rule… [and Satan and demons] …and all authority and power. For it is ordained that He reign until He has put all enemies under His feet. The last enemy to be destroyed… [in the Lake of Fire] …is death. For He has put all things in subjection under His feet. But when it is said that all things have been put in subjection, it is clearly evident that it does not include Him Who put all things in subjection under Him” (vs 24-27). That is the Father!
Where is the first place that we find the Father on the earth? Rev. 21! Not until the new heaven and the new earth and New Jerusalem!
There was another question to answer, which is this: You have heard it said that the reason that it got dark for three hours, from the sixth hour to the ninth hour, was because God the Father couldn’t look on sin. They turned to Hab. 1.
Habakkuk 1:12: “Are You not from everlasting, O LORD my God, my Holy One? We shall not die. O LORD, You have ordained them for judgment; and my Rock, You have established them for correction. You are of purer eyes than to behold evil, and cannot look upon iniquity….” (vs 12-13).
That’s a statement! It doesn’t mean that He doesn’t look upon it, because notice:
“…Why do You look upon those who deal treacherously?….” (v 13).
In other words, the first sentence in v 13 is meaning that you don’t look upon it approvingly; that could be the only meaning. Otherwise, it’s incomprehensible. He looks upon it for judgment.
“…Will You be silent when the wicked swallows the man that is more righteous than he?” (v 13). No! God sees it!
How many times have you read in the Scriptures that the eyes of God look upon man? We know from Rev. that there are the seven eyes of God that goes around the earth all the time. So, there are a lot of things going on we don’t know anything about.
We’re going to pick up where we left off with message: The Consummation of the Age. Remember, at the instant that the kingdoms of this world become the kingdoms of Christ is when the seventh trump has been blown. That starts it. That also starts the first resurrection.
So, Christ is going to start reigning, but what is the first thing that He does? He resurrects all of those who are going to reign with Him! Doesn’t it say that we’re going to reign a thousand years with Christ as kings and priests? Yes! So, He’s not going to do it by Himself.
· How sure is everything that God has said going to be?
· What did Jesus say about the Word of God? Your Word is the Truth!
· What did He say about Himself? I am the Way, the Truth and the Life!
Here’s something interesting that we’ve covered before, but it fits right in with the Scriptures concerning what’s going to be happening at the end-time.
Daniel 10:21—Gabriel speaking to Daniel: “But I will show you that which is written in the Scripture of Truth…. [everything is written in heaven above; that’s quite a statement] …(And there is none who holds strongly with me against them, except Michael your prince.”
Daniel was given more prophecies effecting the whole world than any of the other Prophets outside of Isaiah. Jeremiah didn’t have as many.
Refer to chart of the Prophecies of the Reign of Gentile Kingdoms in the Daniel/Revelation sermon series showing the prophecies of the reign of the Gentile Kingdoms. This is all based upon Daniel and then Revelation. This is also found in The Holy Bible in it’s Original Order, A Faithful Version, Appendix Y, pg. 1366.
As you look at the chart, come across and it says: Dan. 2, Dan. 7, Dan. 8, Rev. 17, the Explanation of symbols, The Events fulfilled in History
We don’t have anything like this going back in detail to Abraham, Isaac or Jacob. From the Scriptures, we can pretty well fill out a chronology of their lives and how that came together. But in Dan. 2 God gets very specific in detail showing what’s going to happen in the kingdoms of men. It’s interesting because from the them of Nebuchadnezzar on forward, the history pretty well collaborates itself all the way through.
Whereas, if you go back beyond that, it’s very difficult to make sure that it’s true, or that it is accurate. Especially when you look at the old, old Babylonian chronologies and things with Gilgamesh and Egyptian chronologies. They stretch them out many, many years—tens of thousands of years in some cases—which is not true. So, God started this at a time when we would have accurate history to verify all of these facts coming down to the end.
Dan. 2:20 starts out with a prayer from Daniel, after all of the wise men, the astrologers and soothsayers were threatened to be killed because they couldn’t answer what the king wanted with this dream that he had. He gathered them altogether and said:
I dreamed a dream. Now I want you to tell me the dream and tell me what the dream means. If you don’t, I’m going to kill you all.
Of course, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were in with the wise men. Then the three of them got together and prayed and asked God to reveal. Think about what a tremendous thing that this was. Notice how this came about.
Daniel at this point was a young man. Later when we get to Dan. 9 & 10, he was an old man.
Daniel 2:20: “Daniel answered and said… [after God revealed the secret to him] …‘Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, for wisdom and might are His.’”
One key to everything in the Bible, and in life, is that you have nothing you didn’t receive! God gave it to you and in Him we live, move and have our being! This is always good to remember so that you don’t get lifted up in vanity, pride and stupidity. That’s happened too many times over and over.
Verse 21: “And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and sets up kings. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding. He reveals the deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with Him” (vs 21-22). That’s covering an awful lot of ground! In other words, God is almighty, all knowledge, everything!
Verse 23: “I thank You, and praise You, O God of my fathers, Who has given me wisdom and might, and have now made known to me what we desired of You, for You have made known to us the king’s matter.”
This was quite a thing that took place, because after this is over, we’ll see what happened to Daniel.
Verse 24: “Therefore, Daniel went in to Arioch, whom the king had chosen to destroy the wise men of Babylon. He went and said this to him: ‘Do not destroy the wise men of Babylon. Bring me in before the king, and I will declare the interpretation to the king.’ Then Arioch quickly brought Daniel in before the king, and said this to him, ‘I have found a man of the captives of Judah who will make the interpretation known to the king.’ The king answered and said to Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, ‘Are you able to make known to me the dream which I have seen and its interpretation?’” (vs 24-26). In other words, what does this mean?
Verse 27: “Daniel answered before the king and said, ‘The secret which the king has demanded cannot be shown to the king by the wise men, the enchanters, the astrologers or the magicians. But there is a God in heaven Who reveals secrets and makes known to King Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days….’” (vs 27-28). Now, that’s an interesting statement!
· As God looks at time, did the ‘latter days’ start at this point? Don’t know! Could be!
· Can you think of any other Scriptures in the Old Testament about the latter days? Tremendous prophecies that were given to Jacob, and he gave to all 12 sons!
He gave to all of his 12 sons a prophecy, he said, ‘Gather together and I’ll tell you what you’ll be like in the latter days.’ What the key one in Gen. 49 & Deut. 33? The sons of Joseph! That’s very important, because down through history we’re going to cover the Gentile kingdoms.
Note our book: America and Britain in Prophecy: Their Biblical Origin & Prophetic Destiny by Philip Neal. A lot of Protestants think that the Church replaced all Israel, because they believed that all Israel is encapsulated with just the Jews, which is not true!
If there weren’t the sons of Joseph and the other ten tribes in Western Europe that we have today, the world would indeed be a terrible, terrible place! So, what happened was that down through the empires of the Gentiles, the children of Israel were running parallel. The Jews were running parallel and scattered in all nations.
The only thing they had at the last time was a place along the coast of the Eastern Mediterranean and Jerusalem and part of the land around there. That’s all that God gave them. All of these are working together at the same time. So, here we will focus on the Gentile kingdoms.
Verse 28: “But there is a God in heaven Who reveals secrets and makes known to King Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days. Your dream and the visions of your head upon your bed are these.” God had to reveal that to him! How did he know except that God revealed it!
Verse 29: “As for you, O king, while upon your bed your thoughts came to you of what should come to pass hereafter…. [from this time forward and ends up at the consummation] …And He Who reveals secrets makes known to you what shall come to pass. But as for me, this secret is not revealed to me for any wisdom that I have more than any living man… [notice the humility that Daniel has] …but so that the interpretation may be made known to the king, and that you may know the thoughts of your heart” (vs 29-30).
I imagine that the king was sitting there wondering what this guy was going to tell him. I don’t know how old Nebuchadnezzar was but here’s Daniel who is probably 20 or 21 at this point, and he said:
Verse 31: “You, O king, looked—and behold, a great image! That great image, whose brightness was surpassing, stood before you. And its form was awesome. This image’s head was of fine gold; his breast and his arms were of silver; his belly and his thighs were of bronze; His legs were of iron; his feet were part of iron and part of clay. You watched until a stone was cut out without hands…” (vs 31-34).
If you want an interesting study, look up without hands and see how many times that is used, and what God does. That means without human hands!
“…that struck the image upon its feet, which were of iron and clay, and broke them in pieces. Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver, and the gold were broken in pieces together. And they became like the chaff of the summer threshing-floors. And the wind carried them away, so that not a trace of them was found. And the stone that struck the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth” (vs 34-35). That great mountain is Christ, the Kingdom of God!
Verse 36: “This is the dream. And we will tell the interpretation before the king. You, O king, are a king of kings, for the God of heaven has given you a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory” (vs 36-37).
There was a time, in Dan. 4, which is actually written by Nebuchadnezzar, which is quite a thing. King Nebuchadnezzar was so important that he’s got a letter in the Bible in the book of Daniel to tell about his experience and how God humbled him for all the leaders of the world to listen up and pay attention.
Verse 38: “And wherever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field, and the birds of the heaven, He has given them into your hand, and has made you ruler over them all. You are this head of gold.”
When you look at the chart you can see that it starts right there. All of these prophecies in Daniel start at the same place and end at the same place.
Verse 39: “And after you shall arise another kingdom inferior to you, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall rule over all the earth. And the fourth kingdom shall be as strong as iron, forasmuch as iron breaks in pieces and beats down all things, and as the iron that crushes all these, shall it break in pieces and crush. And whereas you saw the feet and toes, part of potters’ clay and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided. But there shall be in it the strength of the iron, because you saw the iron mixed with miry clay. And as the toes of the feet were part of iron and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly broken” (vs 39-42)--or partly weak!
Now let’s look at the chart:
First column, Dan. 2:
Head of gold—Babylon
What happened to Babylon? The Medes and Persians conquered Babylon! When Cyrus the Great conquered Babylon, he did a phenomenal thing. The River Euphrates ran right down the middle of the city of Babylon. They had big brass gates so that no one could come in through the river.
So, what Cyrus the Great did was to dig a channel and diverted the river so that it got low enough so the troops walked in under the brass protection and came to the doors that led to the river’s edge, which were open. They conquered the city without throwing a spear. Today you would say ‘without firing a shot.’
Belly and thighs of brass—Alexander the Great
The events go down the right hand column
Two legs of iron—the Roman Empire
Which goes and goes, and is explained in other chapters. Here Daniel was given this vision right to the end and at the bottom of the column on the left:
The ten toes of iron and clay (vs 36, 41-45) Fight against the Lamb and are destroyed without human hands.
This covers a lot of territory. Is there any other book in the world that can even come close to this, in telling this? No, there’s not!
Let’s see what takes place, v 44: “And in the days of these kings, the God of heaven shall set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed. And the Kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever.” That’s the Kingdom of God!
That’s why we are here, to learn of these things, but also to know and understand exactly what it is that God is doing. We’ll talk about some contemporary things a little later on that is taking place today.
Verse 45: “Because you saw that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands… [Who is the stone? Christ!] …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 come to pass hereafter. And the dream is certain, and its interpretation is sure.”
Remember where we started; the Scripture of Truth in heaven! Here’s the great King Nebuchadnezzar, ruler over all of this. He spent 20 years conquering Judah. Daniel and the other three were on the first wave that went out from the first invasion of Judah. Here he is and notice what he does:
Verse 46: “Then King Nebuchadnezzar fell upon his face and worshiped Daniel…” Think about this!
Here’s the king on his throne, here are all the wise men standing alongside him, and there are probably others out there listening and hearing what’s going on. Daniel is standing right in front of the king telling him all of this, and then all of a sudden, the king gets off his throne and falls down on his face and worships Daniel.
Think about what an utter surprise that was! Now you know why the wise men wanted to get rid of Daniel a little later (Dan. 5).
“…and he commanded to offer an offering and sweet incense to him. The king answered Daniel and said, ‘It is true that your God is the God of gods, and the Lord of kings, and a revealer of secrets, since you could reveal this secret” (vs 46-47). Quite an astonishing thing!
I don’t know how many days this occurred, but think about that Daniel was there for 79 years, and there were certain times when certain things came along. It wasn’t all high-powered all at once all the time.
Verse 48: “Then the king made Daniel great, and gave him many great gifts, and made him ruler over all the province of Babylon… [sounds a little like Joseph and Pharaoh in Egypt] …and chief of the prefects over all the wise men of Babylon.” Daniel was over all the wise men, all the philosophers; that was quite a thing!
I like what Daniel did in v 49: “And Daniel asked the king, and he appointed Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego over the affairs of the province of Babylon. But Daniel sat within the gate of the king.”
From a near slave boy to a young man whom God used to give that dream an interpretation, and then made him rule over the province of Babylon. Now you can see why the Jews had favor in Babylon, with Daniel there, and Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego.
We will bypass Dan. 3-6; chapter 5 talks about the destruction of Babylon. Here’s another thing to understand what God does. In Dan. 2 He gave the outline, and in Dan. 7 He gives more details, which fills in this outline and expands it a bit.
Daniel 7:1: “In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon, Daniel had a dream and visions of his head upon his bed. Then he wrote the dream and told the sum of the matters. Daniel spoke and said, ‘In my vision by night I was looking, and behold, the four winds of the heavens were stirring up the Great Sea. And four great beasts came up from the sea, different from one another’” (vs 1-3).
What did we read in Rev. 13? I was standing on the seashore and up out of the sea rose the beast! Same thing!
Verse 4: “The first was like a lion and had eagle’s wings…. [that’s where we get the Babylonian cherubim; eagles wings with a lion’s head] …I watched until its wings were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth and made to stand on its feet like a man. And a man’s heart was given to it.”
That ties right back with Dan. 4, that after Nebuchadnezzar had his seven years of eating grass and living with cattle, and let his hair and nails grow… I wonder if he used his nails to cut the grass? Talk about a humiliation! If you’re crawling around on that all the time, what’s on the ground with there’s cattle? You know! All of that and the king—the great king—was lower than a beast, and when he came back he was given a man’s heart, is that’s Nebuchadnezzar.
Verse 5: “And behold another beast, a second, like a bear. And it raised itself up on one side, and it had three ribs in its mouth… [we will see three a little later; it’s a little different, not the same] …between its teeth. And this was said to it ‘Arise, eat up much flesh.’”
As we look at the interpretation, that’s the Persian Empire. Persia covered all the area. Isn’t it interesting that the area where the Holy Land was, was conquered by the Babylonians, was conquered by the Persians, was conquered by the Greeks, was conquered by the Romans. All four had some part in the Holy Land! That’s quite an amazing thing to understand!
Verse 6: “After this I saw, and lo, another beast, like a leopard, which had four wings of a bird on its back. The beast also had four heads and dominion was given to it.” This is Alexander’s Grecian Empire, which when he died was split into four divisions! We can see that interpreted on the chart.
Verse 7: “After this I looked in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, frightening and terrifying, and exceedingly strong. And it had great iron teeth; it devoured and broke in pieces, and stamped the rest with its feet. And it was different from all the beasts before it; and it had ten horns.” The first time we come to ten horns!
Verse 8: “As I was considering the horns, behold, there came up among them another horn, a little one, before whom three of the first horns were plucked up by the roots. And behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.” This has got to be the papacy! Notice where this ends:
Verse 9: “I watched until thrones were set in place, and the Ancient of Days sat, Whose raiment was white as snow, and the hair of His head like pure wool. His throne was like flames of fire, and its wheels like burning fire.” Looking at God’s cherubim there!
Verse 10: “A stream of fire issued and came out from before Him. A thousand thousands ministered unto Him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him. The court sat and the books were opened.” Compare that with Rev. 4 & 5! In Rev. 5 it says that there thousands and thousands singing and praising God.
Verse 11: “Then I was looking because of the voice of the boastful words, which the horn spoke. I watched until the beast was slain, and his body was destroyed and given to the burning flame. And as for the rest of the beasts, their dominion was taken away. Yet, their lives were prolonged for a season and time” (vs 11-12).
· Do we still have Persia today? Yes, it’s Iran!
· Do we still have Greece today? Yes, it’s a small nation!
· Do we still have part of the Roman Empire today? Originating in Italy, but also parts of it in various aspects of the governments of Europe!
So, we have all of those things together!
Then we come to the same place, to the end; v 13: I saw visions in the night 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. And dominion and glory was given to Him…” (vs 13-14). Tie in with 1-Cor. 15!
All of these things as you go along and study the Bible and put it together, you see how the old agrees with the new, because the old has the substance and the lock because it’s hidden, and the new has the key because it opens.
“…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” (v 14). Tie that together with many of the Scriptures we covered during the Feast of Tabernacles; we go into details about it.
Lots of times it’s given in the Bible in one place, and then in another place there are details of it. When you tie it together with the Holy Days, then you get a greater and greater picture of it all.
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