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Learn biblical prophecies about a coming superpower that will challenge the United States and turn your world upside down.

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[Steve Myers] A new world superpower is on the rise. It will continue to strengthen and challenge the United States and the world. It will affect your life. It’s really not possible for the United States to continue indefinitely to be the world’s preeminent power. Can you know what will happen? Who is this coming superpower?

Could a dreaming king, a slave, and an ancient prophecy hold a key to understanding what’s on the horizon?

On this edition of Beyond Today , we’ll answer those questions and more as we discuss, “The Final Superpower!”

When you think of a world-dominant power, what comes to mind? You may think of the United States. But America is losing its grip as the world’s superpower. No matter where you live, a shift in the world’s power structure will certainly affect you. So it’s important to understand what we mean when we refer to superpower status.

If you had to say what exactly a superpower is, how would you describe that?

> Yeah, one that just has—I would think—has great influence in the world and more or less can do pretty much what it wants to do, without too much interference from other countries.

» They’d have to have enough military force to impose their superpower or enough financial force to impose that, one way or another. So, I think anything that sort of meets those criteria, any country or group.

[Steve] No doubt the U.S. has the financial means and the military muscle to greatly influence the world. But that’s already changing. You don’t have to look too far to realize that America is losing its supremacy. Just consider her enormous debt—over 20 trillion dollars! Now, if you divide that between every citizen, that would be over $62,000 for every man, woman and child in the country.

No wonder that a coming dominant system will bring a massive power shift that will change your whole perspective on government and authority.

Now, who will replace the United States as the world’s global leader? We’ll see in just a moment, that surprisingly, the Bible has a lot to say about it. People I spoke with had definite opinions:

Is there a nation in mind that you think could be the next world-dominate power?

> Everybody is vying to be that. You know, everybody wants to be the top dog. Probably Russia.

» China, I would think maybe China. Great Britain, definitely.

> But maybe somewhere more exotic, like Australia.

» China. And that’s just because they’re starting to become a U.S., slowly but surely. I mean, they’re already getting all of our work. So…

> We thought it was going to be Japan in the 90s because of their economy. And now everyone’s saying, well, it’s going to be China because of their economy, but I don’t know.

[Steve] But is it possible to know? Is there a place we can look to find clues for the future of our world? Now when we talk about a coming shift, this is not some simple change in government, some minor political thing: This coming superpower will impact you and your family—how you live, how you work and even if you’ll survive.

Here’s an odd thought for our modern mind to consider: Could an ancient Bible prophecy have any impact? Now, be careful not to think that world superpowers are just related to our modern world. Dominant nations and kingdoms have risen and fallen throughout time. But does God have anything to say about history and the future? Some aren’t so sure:

Do you think that the Bible could have any impact in predicting who the next superpower might be?

> I think that would be a pretty far-stretched interpretation.

» Not at all. I don’t necessarily know anything about the Bible either. So, but I don’t think so.

[Steve] Do you think there’s any possibility that the Bible might have something to say about the next superpower?

> No. No.

[Steve] Now wait a minute. Even though it may not seem that God’s in the picture, He is—and more than you might imagine. He inspired His prophets to predict in advance—people, places, and events hundreds of years before they occurred. And those predictions came true. God has recorded for us many examples throughout the Bible. Do you believe prophecy will impact your life?

Do you think that the Bible could predict who the next superpower nation would be?

> Probably. If I knew a lot about that. I’m no help to you. I tell you. Yeah, I’m sure it does predict.

[Steve] Do you think it’s possible that the Bible might predict the next superpower nation?

> >There is a possibility. I mean, I believe in the Bible, and I would like to think so. However, I don’t know the answer to that.

[Steve] If you believe in the Bible, you don’t have to be unsure. It is possible to know the answer. It’s in the Word of God, if you’re willing to pay close attention to prophecy. God tells us: “Remember the things I have done in the past. For I alone am God! I am God, and there is none like me. Only I can tell you the future before it even happens…” (Isaiah 46:9-10 Isaiah 46:9-10 9 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, 10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:
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Now that’s an amazing statement! You see, God challenges all of us to count on Him, no matter what. One reason we can trust Him? Because He’s made predictions. He’s made prophecies about nations and powers in the past and they came true, so we can believe what He tells us about the things yet to come.

Now in the New Testament we’re told “…we regard the words of the prophets as confirmed beyond all doubt. You’re doing well by paying attention to their words. Continue to pay attention…” (2 Peter 1:19 2 Peter 1:19We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto you do well that you take heed, as to a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:
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So instead of doubt, you can have confidence in God and the biblical prophets if you’re willing to pay attention to what they say—even the predictions about governments, about nations and rulers.

Do you think that the Bible could predict the next superpower?

> It probably already has. I haven’t really read it extensively to where I got to the point where I’ve seen it for myself, or interpreted it, but I’m sure it’s in there.

[Steve] Do you think that the Bible could predict who the next superpower nation might be?

» I’m sure if you read into the Bible and you wanted to find that answer there, you could find that answer. I think you could find almost anything you are really looking for in the Bible if you dig deep enough.

[Steve] They’re right! It may be a surprise to many, but the answers are found in your Bible. Don’t you think it’s time for you to dig a little deeper? You can find the clues to the coming superpower and its impact on you.

Here’s one example. This is where God tells us how to dig deeper. It’s in Proverbs 2: “…if you take my words to heart and treasure my commands within you, if you pay close attention to wisdom, and let your mind reach for understanding, if indeed you call out for insight, if you ask aloud for understanding, if you search for wisdom as if it were money and hunt for it as if it were hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and you will find the knowledge of God. The Lord gives wisdom. From his mouth come knowledge and understanding” (Proverbs 2:1-6 Proverbs 2:1-6 1 My son, if you will receive my words, and hide my commandments with you; 2 So that you incline your ear to wisdom, and apply your heart to understanding; 3 Yes, if you cry after knowledge, and lift up your voice for understanding; 4 If you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hid treasures; 5 Then shall you understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God. 6 For the LORD gives wisdom: out of his mouth comes knowledge and understanding.
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So, let’s take God’s words to heart and reach for understanding for a moment.

We can actually recognize how the final, man-led superpower will affect you. Now surprising as it may seem—a dreaming king, a slave boy, and an ancient prophecy holds a key.

That key is found in the book of Daniel. Now you’re probably familiar with the story of Daniel in the lion’s den. It’s that same Daniel.

Daniel was taken captive as a teenager—captured by the Babylonians. Babylon was the dynasty of the day—a world ruling empire, dominated by a powerful dictator by the name of King Nebuchadnezzar.

The king started having dreams that frightened him. So in the book of Daniel, chapter 2, we’re told that these dreams worried him so much, that he couldn’t even sleep. He called in all the Babylonian magicians, the sorcerers, fortune tellers, his advisers, to help explain to him what these dreams meant.

Now imagine the scene: They came all lined up before the great king and said “O great king! Tell us your dream and we’ll interpret it.”

Now Nebuchadnezzar didn’t become the leader of that Babylonian superpower by being naive. So, he told them: You’re supposed to be the great men of mysterious magic and you say you have a direct connection with the gods. You should be able to tell me what I dreamed—and if you do, then I’ll believe your interpretation.

Well, they couldn’t do it. This made the king so angry, so furious that he gave the order to execute all the advisers in Babylon. Now that command right there from the ultimate ruler of the world’s superpower, well that included Daniel and his companions, too.

Well, Daniel didn’t know what the king had dreamed either. So what could he do? Well he and his friends prayed to God for mercy and understanding so he could know and explain his mysterious dream.

We can begin to see that this isn’t just some kiddie story from the Bible. Imagine how strange it may have seemed to Daniel—and perhaps strange to you too—that this event actually has something to do with your life—even today! We’ll get to that connection in just a moment.

Well God did answer their prayer and so not only did they know what the king dreamed, but God also gave understanding about the meaning of the king’s dream. Daniel praised God saying: “You control human events—you give rulers their power and take it away and you are the source of wisdom and knowledge” (Daniel 2:21 Daniel 2:21And he changes the times and the seasons: he removes kings, and sets up kings: he gives wisdom to the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding:
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Daniel knew that God is in charge. He oversees rulers and superpowers of this world. He understood that if it was true then, it’s still true today.

The young captive then begins his report to the king. Daniel tells Nebuchadnezzar that this is a special prophecy. That God is revealing what will happen in the future.

Daniel explains that the king saw a vision of a huge, terrifying statue that was shimmering, and gleaming brightly. Its head was made of pure gold, its chest and arms were silver. Its belly and thighs were bronze. Its legs were made of iron, and its feet were a mixture of iron and clay (Daniel 2:31-33 Daniel 2:31-33 31 You, O king, saw, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before you; and the form thereof was terrible. 32 This image’s head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass, 33 His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay.
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Now can you imagine the king’s surprise when he heard exactly what he’d been dreaming about? No doubt, Daniel had his attention. What could it mean to the king? What does it mean for your life?

Daniel tells Nebuchadnezzar as the ruler of that superpower of the day: “You O king have command, strength, and control. “You are the head of gold” (Daniel 2:37-38 Daniel 2:37-38 37 You, O king, are a king of kings: for the God of heaven has given you a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory. 38 And wherever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven has he given into your hand, and has made you ruler over them all. You are this head of gold.
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So now it becomes clear that the different sections of the statue represent different world ruling empires—different superpowers.

The silver, bronze, iron—all parts of the statue represent future dominant kingdoms that were to come to power after Babylon. Now this wasn’t Daniel’s idea; this dream was inspired by God; and God provided an amazing preview of what was to come. So today, we can look back in time, and determine which superpowers correspond to the different sections of the statue—just as God said it would.

The gold head of Babylon ruled the Middle East for generations until mighty Persia conquered them in one night. The silver chest with two arms symbolized the empire of the Medes and the Persians. History tells us that this silver empire was the superpower in the Middle East for about two centuries.

Next, Alexander the Great and his great armies came up and swallowed up Persia. The belly and thighs of bronze represented his Greco-Macedonian Empire. He came like a flood, conquering the known world and the Greeks ruled for some 300 years.

Then we have the legs. Those legs of iron represented the next superpower—the great kingdom of the Roman Empire. The iron fist of the Roman legions united parts of Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa. Rome became the greatest empire the world had ever known up to that time.

I hope you’ll look into what history records. You don’t have to be a history professor to recognize the past definitely records this sequence of kingdoms. A simple search will reveal all of these were superpowers of their day.

You see, God was right. He was right about the past and that should make us realize that He’s right about what’s to come. Now we’re getting closer to our era. The pieces of the puzzle are falling into place for prophecy to potentially be fulfilled in our lifetime.

God predicted that the Roman Empire would become divided and eventually become a mixture compared to the feet of those toes of iron mixed with clay. Now I’ll have more about that in just a moment.

Because you may be wondering, “Well, where is America in the vision of the statue?” After all, isn’t the United States the most powerful nation that has ever existed? So shouldn’t America be in this prophecy of King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream?

This prophecy in the book of Daniel is described in several ways. We see that it is precisely accurate in describing the empires of Babylon, Persia, Greece, and Rome. But when it comes to America, it’s not mentioned in that prophetic dream.

Here’s why: The prophecy shows the succession of empires that followed one after another. America was not an outgrowth of Rome. Its origin was very different. The kingdoms in the dream swallowed up and incorporated the characteristics of the earlier empires that came before. And that’s also true of the end-time superpower to come.

Now if we examine the roots of America, Great Britain, the English-speaking peoples—they come from a different sequence of events, one that isn’t tied to the Roman Empire. So this vision in the book of Daniel doesn’t focus on the United States. Now, there are many prophecies in the Bible that do tell specifically about America—but we’ll have to discuss that in another program.

Now even though America exports billions of dollars of machinery, technology, pharmaceuticals, and even though she is now the world’s largest producer of petroleum and natural gas hydrocarbons—this prophecy shows, it won’t last. The Bible tells us that America’s days are numbered and she’ll greatly be impacted by that coming powerful empire.

Do you think then that America is on the decline?

> Yeah, I would say so in some cases, yeah.

[Steve] Why do you think that is?

> Seems like there’s a lot of turmoil in our government and such, and with some of our overseas activities. So, you know, I think that in the past it was a lot better and lately, yeah, we’ve seen a bit of a decline.

» I think all nations right now are struggling, so I don’t believe the United States is on the decline any more than any other nation. Do I think they’re falling behind? No.

[Steve] Do you think it even matters? Does it even matter who the next big nation will be?

> Yeah, I think it matters.

[Steve] Why do you think it would matter?

> Because it’s going to determine what happens in the future.

[Steve] She’s right, it will determine the future—not only for that one powerful nation—but the impact will be felt around the entire world. The Bible predicts that this end-time superpower will turn your world upside down. Here’s how: It will change the world’s source of food and technology. There will be a major shift in politics, in finances and in foreign policy. So who will be affected? Everyone! Each of us will be affected—and not in a good way. Now think about this: Amazingly, it has been predicted in the dream of King Nebuchadnezzar recorded in your Bible.

Here’s what the dream does tell us. You’ll want to listen carefully because this is critical:

We’re down to that final world superpower of man’s rule. This last global force will be connected to the Roman Empire—like the toes, to the feet, to the ankles, to the legs. Now it might sound a little bit odd, but Daniel’s prophecy reveals that the 4th kingdom—the Roman Empire—will exist in some form, right up to the end of the age.

Wouldn’t you like to find out more about this coming superpower? Now you may wonder if it’s even possible to identify where it will originate and what type of government will it be? Will it be a kingdom with savage, wild attributes like the one of the beasts that are described in the book of Daniel?

Now some think there’s a chance that new world government will bring hope and lasting peace.

> It would be lovely, idealistic but lovely, if the United Nations or something like that could really have some teeth and could say this is the way it’s going to be, and we’ll all decide as one big democracy. However, that’s probably wishful thinking at least in this century.

[Steve] According to the Bible, that is wishful thinking. But he’s right in one way. That coming government will really say this is the way. This is what’s going to happen. It will really have some teeth, but ultimately, it’s bite that will hurt.

Did you know that more of the details of this super-kingdom are found in the book of Revelation? It’s in chapter 13. This coming powerhouse government is represented by an animal—not just any animal, but a fierce beast. It describes “a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns.” It’s a beast because of its characteristics and actions.

Did you notice a connection to the book of Daniel? The coming super empire has characteristics like those ancient kingdoms. Now back then, what did Babylon, Persia, Greece, and Rome do in order to maintain command and control? Well like a wild beast, they all used their biting power to attack, to oppress and to enslave. That will be the nature of the approaching Beast power—that coming, global superpower.

Of course, this reminds us that in order to understand the forecast and vision in Revelation, you’ve got to understand Daniel.

So in a moment, I’ll tell you about a free study aid that will help you make the connection between this Beast in Revelation and the 10 toes in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream.

The Bible predicts that that dominating government will be an alliance—a federation of presidents or kings—that voluntarily give their authority to a coming powerful political leader—the Beast. Now why would that happen? Prosperity. To find a solution to our world’s problems, it’s economic problems.

Now, does that sound far-fetched? You don’t have to look too far back in history to find a fairly recent example of this. Adolf Hitler.

Did you know that he saw himself connected to the Holy Roman Empire and to the Caesars? He called his rule the Third Reich—the third realm or empire. Of course, back then, the Great Depression brought economic upheaval to Germany, to Europe and to the world. Hitler claimed to have the answer. Now for a time, Germany roared back. It had life with jobs, and wealth, and power but the final result: World War II. Over 60 million people died. Intense suffering. Death camps.

The ruin brought about by Hitler’s Germany with Mussolini’s Italy was only a frightening foretaste of what’s to come. It gives us a disturbing preview of the not too distant future. The Word of God prophesies a destructive empire just ahead. And it’s represented by the 10 toes in King Nebuchadnezzar’s vision. In Revelation 13, the Bible also calls that coming world ruling kingdom “the Beast”. That coming Beast power will shock the world. Scripture predicts that it will be a dominating empire. It will bring America, Britain, and the English-speaking peoples of the world to their knees and dispense tremendous suffering in horrifying ways.

It’s a scary, fearful vision that will come to pass. And as this man warned:

> I would advise everybody to get their house in order and get it done now, before it’s too late.

[Steve] That’s good advice. This next, last superpower of men, will become a terrible system that will affect you, your household and the entire world, but only for a short time. It’s not all doom and gloom. It is possible for you to have hope for the future. Why?

Because King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream didn’t end with the image of gold, silver, bronze and iron. Let’s go back to Daniel 2 and pick up the rest of the story in verse 34: “You watched while a stone was cut out without hands, which struck the image on its feet of iron and clay, and broke them in pieces… And the stone that struck the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth” (Daniel 2:34-35 Daniel 2:34-35 34 You saw till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image on his feet that were of iron and clay, and broke them to pieces. 35 Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.
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We know that towering statue represented human government and corrupt rulers. But God shows they will finally come to an end. He says, “In the days of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed… it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever” (Daniel 2:44 Daniel 2:44And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven 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 for ever.
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That impending evil superpower will ultimately be destroyed by that stone. And that stone represents Jesus Christ. He will return and smash the governments of this world.

Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of God will replace man’s empires and all human governments—and it will grow into a great mountain that will fill this whole world. It will be real, a literal Kingdom that the returning Jesus Christ will set up on earth. So, that nightmare of fear will turn into a dream come true.

Imagine God’s Kingdom—right here on earth. Have you ever wondered why we pray, “Thy kingdom come?” Well that’s one reason why. It won’t be just another superpower, but it will be the final great Kingdom.

And that’s good news because in the end, Daniel’s prophecy gives us hope. And even though we face troubled times, you don’t have to be overly concerned in your mind or your heart. You can have courage and you can have true hope if you base it on a right relationship with God. If you take it to heart and repent of your sins and grow closer to God right now—to really get to know Him.

His Word compels us: “Knowing that one day all this will come to pass, think of what sort of people you ought to be—how you should be living faithful and godly lives” (2 Peter 3:11 2 Peter 3:11Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in all holy conversation and godliness,
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God wants each of us to take advantage of the opportunity He gives us now—to understand His plan, to keep His commandments and to truly love and honor Him in our lives.

Isn’t it time to fully choose His way of life? That’s a choice that brings true happiness and joy, a real hope for the future.

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Comments

  • Reverend Jim
    If you believe the word mixed, which describes the iron and clay represents the Romans, you need to explain Daniel 2:41-43... forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: How does that represent the Romans when the Arabs and Islam has subdued every religion in the Mid-East? How are the Roman's divided? V. 41 ...the kingdom shall be divided; How are the Romans "partly strong, and partly broken?" V. 42 ...so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken. How are the Romans intermarried? V.43 ...they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: V.43 How are the Roman "not cleaved to one another? ...but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay. Daniel 2:41-43 perfectly describes the Arabs and Muslims The region is one of the most divided regions of the world. The Arab Mid-East is also about the most 'un-cleaved, un-united people and region of the world. And they are amongst the most intermarried people in the world. None of this can be said about the Romans and Europeans! The iron and clay represents the same thing as the Two horned beast Of revelation 13. The Sunni and Shia sects of Islam!
  • Steven Britt
    The root of Arab means "mixed" and Arabs were called that because they were a mix of various peoples, not a single ethnic group. But the same root word for "mixed" forms the word for "evening," the time when night and day "mix" - this does not mean that sundown is "Arab-time," but that's what your reasoning here would suggest. It just doesn't hold up. Our understanding is that the final revival of the Roman Empire will be a coalition of united European powers, and that these are the toes of iron and clay - they will be together politically but mixed culturally, linguistically, and ethnically - Europe is already like this today. You can find more information on our teaching in the article Roman Revivals of a United Europe: https://www.ucg.org/bible-study-tools/booklets/the-final-superpower/roman-revivals-of-a-united-europe
  • Reverend Jim
    Daniel 11:1 Also I in the FIRST year of Darius the Mede, even I, stood to confirm and to strengthen him. Haggai 1:1 In the SECOND year of Darius the king, in the sixth month, in the first day of the month,... Daniel 8 describes the inferior kingdom. 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. The Medes and Persians are described as a ram with two horns. The higher horn which came up LAST is described as the Persians. The smaller horn that came up FIRST is the Medes. The two eventually became the RAM after Darius took out Babylon. This describes the inferior kingdom. It is good hermeneutics to say the word 'mixed' describes the ARABS. In every good resource I have including Strong's says the word MIXED is AN ARAB OR ARABIA! Not a Roman! You must consider in your interpretation the word INFERIOR which is actually the word ARAH/land coupled with the word below. That indicates a kingdom that was "land inferior" to Babylon which the Medes were and the Persian NOT! The Persian empire was much larger than Babylon.
  • Steven Britt
    The Medes and Persians are the horns of one animal - doesn't make sense to be two whole sections of the great statue rather than just being the "chest and arms of silver" (which has two arms). In support of this, the Medes never had an exclusive period of world-dominating rule like every other part of the statue did, but the Medes and Persians together did exactly that. "Arah" does mean land or earth, but the phrase for "inferior" is "minach arah." Minach is a prepositional phrase that can mean "from you, of you, or more than you" - not necessarily "below." Daniel 2:23 translates "minach" as "of You" and it cannot denote inferiority there since the object is God. I'm not a Hebrew scholar, and I do not know why most bible translations render this passage "inferior to you," but it is not strong enough evidence to warrant the highly specific stance that you're taking based on the English wording.
  • Reverend Jim
    Daniel 8 describes the inferior kingdom. But first...The Medes and Persians were not a single empire until after Darius took out Babylon. They were allies, but had they're own kingdoms and had their own language as well. Cyrus married Darius' sister. It was a custom of the day that the elder be the first to go into battle. Darius was older than Cyrus and the bible quotes him and the Medes as the ones who took out Babylon. Daniel 5:31 "And Darius the Median took the kingdom, (Babylon) being about threescore and two years old." Isaiah 13:17  "Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them, ie.(Babylon)  Jeremiah 51:11  Make bright the arrows; gather the shields: the LORD hath raised up the spirit of the kings of the Medes: for his device is against Babylon, to destroy it; because it is the vengeance of the LORD, the vengeance of his temple. After Darius took the Kingdom, he ruled for about 5 years before Cyrus came in which was basically a "family coup" and took over. Darius still remained in power but over a different province of the kingdom. In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of the seed of the Medes, which was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans.
  • KARS
    Hi Mr. Martel & Mr. Britt, how I love this subject of history (been studying for over 5 years). As I was reading the library book called "Cyrus the Great" and the Holy Bible, we (my bestfriend and I) came across a new discovery. There were more than 2 Daruis. The first one was Cyrus's uncle Darius who was ruling the Medes in what was old Babylon, (ruled by King Nebuchanezzer). He ruled with his nephew Cyrus ruling the Persian Empire. Later in Cyrus's geneology (making him a great, great, cannot remember how many greats; grandpa) he had a grandson named Darius. What I find so exciting is how each ruler that followed has their own description of who they are in the Book of Daniel and Ezekiel. Studying the image of King Nebuchanezzer's dream has been an somewhat awesome adventure. It brings history to life with all the artifacts that museums have around the world. Sure a lot has been lost like the first lighthouse in Eygpt along with it's own Alexanderia built by Ptolomy and so forth. When one studies the history books like Polybius, Edward Gibbon, Thomas E. Watson, T. Milner and so forth, one can learn a lot along with the bible. The bible can be trusted for truth.
  • Reverend Jim
    There was more than one Darius and more than one Cyrus. Darius the Great IS the one who took out Babylon and He ruled for about 5-6 years. I researched this extensively and it gets very confusing. One thing I do know. The bible TWICE quotes DARIUS the Mede as taking out Babylon at age 62 NOT CYRUS, and that's what I believe. Also, Darius was older than Cyrus and the custom of the day was that the ELDER be the first to go into battle. The idea that Cyrus was the one that did not only contradicts the word of God, and it's derived from secular history because there is very little secular history on Darius. But people prefer to accept secular history when it supports their beliefs, which so many have done on this issue. The bible is the historical authority on Darius. Also, to say the Persian empire was inferior to Babylon is also contradictory. I've had several of the EXPERTS attempt to explain the "inferior kingdom" by saying the Persian empire WAS inferior because it acquired many of its traditions etc. into its culture. That's irrelevant because the word inferior IS the word LAND coupled with the word BELOW indicating a kingdom that is smaller than the Babylonian kingdom.
  • suzyqm
    Great study, thank-you Mr. Myers!
  • chosen15
    Good telecast as always! Steve, was you at a church in Michigan City, Indiana for a revival in 1999? You look so familiar to me and I feel as though I have met you before.
  • Reverend Jim
    Hi Steve, The interpretation that you've presented is one that I use to believe but no longer do. In my studies I see the Medes as the arms of silver, the Persians as the thighs of bronze, and the legs of iron and toes 'mixed' with iron and clay as the Greeks. The Persian was not 'inferior to Babylon. The word inferior is the word 'arah' coupled with the word 'below'. That indicates to me a kingdom that was 'land inferior' which is the Medes. The Persian empire was 3-4 times the size of Babylon. The word MIXED that describes the iron and clay is the word 'arab' and implies either an Arab or Arabia. The final super power, 'the iron and clay' are Arabic in nature and that indicates to me that ISLAM is the end-time culprit which applies more to the Grecian empire anyway. There's no way the word 'arab' can imply a Roman. Sorry to disagree but that's my understanding of the great statue.
  • Steven Britt
    In Daniel 8:20, the Medes and Persians are clearly identified as a single empire, pictured as the two horns of a ram. Medo-Persia was inferior Babylon regarding the decreased authority of the king - e.g., Darius didn't have the power to revoke his own command in Daniel 6:14-15 because he was hindered by "the law of the Medes and Persians." "Mixed" in Hebrew does share a root with "Arab," but it is a big leap to assume that every use of this word therefore refers to the Arab peoples - and it's not a sound way to interpret Daniel 2:41-43. It requires a centuries-long prophetic gap between the end of the Greek Empire and rise of the Arab Empire while completely ignoring the single most important and long-lived empire in history - Rome, which reigned during Jesus' life and the spread of the early church. We do believe that Islam and the Arab peoples have a role to play in end-time events, which you can find in our article "The King of the South" at https://www.ucg.org/beyond-today/blogs/the-king-of-the-south
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