Dan 12:4 MSG
“‘This is a confidential report, Daniel, for your eyes and ears only. Keep it secret. Put the book under lock and key until the end. In the interim there is going to be a lot of frantic running around, trying to figure out what’s going on.’
Dan 7: MSG
2 “In my dream that night I saw the four winds of heaven whipping up a great storm on the sea.
3 Four huge animals, each different from the others, ascended out of the sea.
4 “The first animal looked like a lion, but it had the wings of an eagle. While I watched, its wings were pulled off. It was then pulled erect so that it was standing on two feet like a man. Then a human heart was placed in it.
5 “Then I saw a second animal that looked like a bear. It lurched from side to side, holding three ribs in its jaws. It was told, ‘Attack! Devour! Fill your belly!’
6 “Next I saw another animal. This one looked like a panther. It had four birdlike wings on its back. This animal had four heads and was made to rule.
7 “After that, a fourth animal appeared in my dream. This one was a grisly horror;hideous. It had huge iron teeth. It crunched and swallowed its victims. Anything left over, it trampled into the ground. It was different from the other animals&;this one was a real monster. It had ten horns.
8 “As I was staring at the horns and trying to figure out what they meant, another horn sprouted up, a little horn. Three of the original horns were pulled out to make room for it. There were human eyes in this little horn, and a big mouth speaking arrogantly.
I have tried to sit down and write this post but have stalled because the headlines have been fast moving. I truly believe Bible prophecy is coming into line almost hour upon hour.
Since the advent of the satellites that can beam an image around the earth in what some have called ‘faster then the blink of an eye’. Now in the past two decades the technology has put on almost every desk in the homes, the personal computer intertwined with the world wide web.
Is this what was described Yes, knowledge has increased running at break neck speeds around the world. People running to and fro around the cities, maybe this speaks to our modern travel age.
In the headlines we are hearing about the prophetic bear called ‘Russia’. This country has portrayed as the bear since the times of the Old Testament prophets. Political cartoonists even they depict Russia as a bear. One preacher described Russia like a polar bear, the deadliest of all bears on the earth.
Along with the bear in the news there has also been brought to attention several other cities found in Bible prophecy. Three countries that Daniel saw in the mouth of the bear, the three ribs. Scholars and I agree that two of those ribs are, Turkey, and Syria.
It is the third rib where there is differences. Some of the countries mentioned are Libya, Egypt, and Germany. For myself I leaned towards the country of Egypt as the third rib. Egypt is probably one of the oldest country and empire since the creation of man. It was there where the children of Abraham went during a famine because there was plenty. It was the country that Joseph, Mary, along with the baby Jesus went when Herod order all male babies of the age of two and younger be slaughtered. Herod had been told of the prophecy in the Old Testament about the Christ to come.
The bear will come down from the north to launch an attack on the nation of Israel. They will march towards the valley of Hebron and joining them all other nations far and wide. Nations such as the those around the Pacific rim. The nations of Iraq and Iran formerly called ‘Persia’.
I truly feel that the anti-christ will be from the land of Persia for this reason, the revival of the Babylonian empire. Babylon was the modern commerce city like we now think of like New York, New York. Babylon was the major route for all things traded. Fabrics, spices, currency, etc.. In my most recent studies about this city is that it also was surrounded by seven hills, mountains. It is a city where the first rebellion against God first mounted.
If you feel that knowing the headlines in the news is not interesting think again, reader. Every child of God should be feeling excitement in their spirit knowing the King of Kings could soon put his foot down again on the Mount of Olives. He will defeat the anti-christ and set up His earthly kingdom in the City of David, Jerusalem.
So, the more you hear about the country of Russia, the bear of Daniel, look up for this could be that very day. Like the Apostle John wrote in the last chapter of his book, Revelation, “even so Lord Jesus, come”!