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Bible prophecy warns of the rise of a ruthless superpower. Learn what it means for you.

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[Darris McNeely] No one is above the law. At least, if you live in a modern democratic nation your safety and security rests on that principle. No one, not even the president, is above the law.
But what if your government was also your church? What if your head of state also spoke for God? And what if they decided you believe the wrong things?

The frieze on the palace of Charlemagne in Aachen, Germany tells just such a story. It shows Christ sitting on an earthly throne. On his left is the Emperor Charlemagne. On his right is the Roman Catholic Pope Leo III. This is a united kingdom of church and state.

In this picture is the story of Europe. In this picture is the idea that Christ rules through a human combination of church and state. In this picture is the story of the millions of the people killed in the name of God. But this picture is more than a story. It’s also a blueprint for the final Biblical conflict that will engulf all the nations of the world before the return of Christ. There are even forces working today to turn this prophecy into a reality. Could it happen in your lifetime?

Join us on Beyond Today as we tell the story of Why Europe Matters: The Lethal Union of Church and State.

On Christmas day in the year 800, the Frankish king Charlemagne knelt in prayer before the altar in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Pope Leo III produced a crown and placed it on the head of the king. The crowd of people in the cathedral shouted, “Hail to Charles the Augustus, crowned by God the great and peace bringing Emperor of the Romans!”

He was anointed with oil. Pope Leo saluted him as Emperor. Charlemagne became Western Europe’s “Christian Caesar.” He was proclaimed the King of Europe, cementing an alliance with the papacy and the empire. We can now see that this coronation is the central event of the Middle Ages.

Everyone who witnessed this scene that day understood that the pope and the king were now joint rulers on earth. The pope spoke for God. Charlemagne received his crown from the Pope’s hand, to symbolize God’s choice to rule all peoples. And thus was born the Holy Roman Empire, as we’ve come to call it today.

This alliance between church and state determined the fate of the events on the European continent for the next one thousand years. Charlemagne and the Pope saw this as a revival of the old Roman power. The birth of this new realm was a noble idea, a dream of security and peace, order and civilization planted in a barbaric and violent period known as the dark ages.

It was here in Aachen, not in Rome, that Charlemagne built his palace and chapel. The chapel was completed in the year 805 and is still today a place religious pilgrims come to acknowledge the meaning established and built into every stone in the building.

The original part of the Aachen Cathedral is three tiers and is in the shape of an octagon. It is built on the foundation of an ancient Celtic temple. The proportions of this church follow the numbers from the book of Revelation. Inside the dome of this cathedral you see a mosaic that represents the Adoration of the Lamb. Here on the pulpit are fragments of Roman pottery, glass and an eagle figurine. The design and elements here were meant to send a message.

Charlemagne intended his chapel to symbolize the union of his reign as emperor with the spiritual authority of the church.

This is the solid gold casket that contains the body of Charlemagne. It’s surrounded by relics, the supposed loincloth of Christ, a piece of clothing from Mary, and even a splinter of Charlemagne’s skull. All these relics are worshipped by the faithful.

Even the huge iron chandelier suspended above called the Crown of Lights symbolizes the walls of the New Jerusalem described in the book of Revelation. The inscription on it reads “Jerusalem, celestial Zion” and is dedicated to the “Holy Virgin Star of the Sea.”

Here is Charlemagne’s imperial throne. On this simple marble throne more than 30 coronations of kings occurred over a 700-year span.

This imperial cathedral here in Aachen is a living history lesson. Everything about this building speaks to power. This was a significant step, what took place here in Aachen, in the story of Europe and religion and the church. For the first time we have a German king, a palace and a capital city in northern Europe. It was also a major step in Bible prophecy.

Here was a transfer of political power from the Mediterranean world of ancient Rome to northern Europe. This place, this cathedral in Aachen, tells the story of a king, Charlemagne, from northern Europe crowned by the Bishop of Rome as Imperator Romanum. And all this was declared to be the revived Roman Empire, The Holy Roman Empire.

Now why does this matter? Is it just an interesting history lesson? It matters because the Bible tells us history and the Bible tells us prophecy. It tells us that in our time we will see a superpower state rise on the world scene. It too will be a combination of political and religious power. It’ll be greater than anything dreamt of by Charlemagne or Pope Leo III.

We find this coming power prophesied in the biblical book of Daniel in a passage that also predicts Charlemagne’s own empire. The story begins in ancient Babylon. The second chapter of Daniel records that the Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar had a dream of a gigantic image of a man, with parts of the image made up of different metals. Gold, silver, bronze, iron, and mixed with clay.

Daniel then went on to explain that a series of empires would arise to dominate the land we know as the Middle East and beyond.

The image’s head of gold represented Nebuchadnezzar’s Babylonian Empire. “You [it says] are this head of gold” (Daniel 2:38 Daniel 2:38And 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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). Daniel then told the king of the rise of “another kingdom inferior to yours,” followed by a “third kingdom of bronze,” and finally a fourth kingdom “as strong as iron,” which would “break in pieces and crush all the others” (Daniel 2:39-40 Daniel 2:39-40 39 And after you shall arise another kingdom inferior to you, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth. 40 And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: for as much as iron breaks in pieces and subdues all things: and as iron that breaks all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise.
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). From the dream we see the four kingdoms are part of the same system and directed from the same source. Babylon. From history we know that these next three kingdoms after Babylon were the Persian Empire, the Greek Empire of Alexander the Great and the Roman Empire. One theme connected these empires. It was the drive to build a culture challenging the will of God. Rome, the greatest of these empires, broke its enemies into pieces and crushed all its competitors. Rome built an empire that stretched as far north as the British Isles and modern Germany.

Consider something interesting about the image. The feet and toes were composed “partly of potter’s clay and partly of iron,” meaning the kingdom shall be divided. Partly strong and partly fragile. This means it would be made up of people who “will not adhere to one another, just as iron does not mix with clay” (Daniel 2:41-43 Daniel 2:41-43 41 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 of the strength of the iron, for as much as you saw the iron mixed with miry clay. 42 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. 43 And whereas you saw iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not join one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.
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The toes of this image give us a picture relevant to today’s political scene right here in Europe now. These ten toes are the same as the ten horns of another image found in Revelation 17. There are ten kings who hold power for a short time with one another and then they give it to another called “the beast.”

The timeline represented by this image begins with the head in Nebuchadnezzar’s day and it continues that timeline from the head to the toes, the image represented after Babylon, the Persian, Greek and the Roman Empires that would follow, each on its own era.

Nebuchadnezzar’s dream represented world empires that would reign through the end of the age. His dream takes us into our world today and to understand its meaning is to understand today’s world events. In Revelation 13, he said I saw on the sand of the sea a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns. And on his horns ten crowns and on his heads the name of blasphemy.

What John was seeing was the Roman Empire. The fearsome power and world-shaping impact this empire possesses. There has never been a world power like that of ancient Rome. What happened in Rome, the power of the state in one man and the role of religion continues to shape world events and, ultimately, Bible prophecy.

This beast, representing a modern geopolitical superpower, has characteristics of a leopard, bear and lion (Revelation 13:2 Revelation 13:2And the beast which I saw was like to a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.
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) showing continuity with the ancient empires of Babylon, Persia and Greece.
As Rome had swallowed up these earlier empires, so does this final great empire of John’s vision. All that Daniel saw is now brought into clearer focus. A “beast” is a fitting symbol for these empires. Babylon, Persia, Greece, Rome and countless other kingdoms, empires and governments have wielded their power to attack, oppress and enslave others so they could preserve their control. “The dragon”—Satan the devil—is the unseen supernatural influence at work behind the scenes in this final world superpower. People will say: “Who’s like the beast? Who’s able to make war with him?” This power will appear invincible and unstoppable. It will “make war against the saints,” killing and persecuting the faithful servants of God. So great will be the dominance of this beast that it will have “authority over every tribe, people, language and nation” and “all inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast” (Revelation 13:7-8 Revelation 13:7-8 7 And it was given to him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. 8 And all that dwell on the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
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The power of Satan the Devil will be behind this beastly world power. The world will unknowingly be worshipping the Devil.

Centuries of history bear record of man’s unjust rule without the guidance of God. Like its ancient predecessor, this end-time system will set itself against God, ruthlessly suppressing His truth and attacking those who faithfully serve Him. The Bible reveals a lethal combination of church and state in the years ahead of us.

I take you back to the scene there on Charlemagne’s palace here in Aachen. Christ seated on a throne, Charlemagne kneeling at his feet on the left and Pope Leo III kneeling on His right. Here, chiseled into stone is the story we just read in Revelation. Revelation describes a combination of religious and political power. It’s a coming super power that will transform the world at a moment of great crisis. The Bible describes a coming time of world upheaval. It will need a power to stabilize the nations at a time when it appears the world order could be coming apart.

Daniel’s prophecy shows us an outline of world history from the ancient time into our world today. What began in Babylon with a political, spiritual and cultural system has passed through the centuries into the modern political state that forms modern Europe. Here in Aachen, a Frankish chieftain named Charlemagne administered a kingdom that stretched from the Baltic Sea to the tip of Italy. From the shores of the Atlantic to the Oder River in the east. And by force of will and administration he ruled as a crowned emperor with the name Augustus, the first and greatest Roman emperor.

Charlemagne’s kingdom, recognized by the Pope in Rome moved the political authority of the ancient Roman Empire from the Mediterranean world to northern Europe. When the Pope crowned him Imperator the foundation of what would later be called the Holy Roman Empire was laid. Charlemagne created the idea of Europe for the modern world. Charlemagne, he became the father of Europe, the first European. In Charlemagne was a lethal combination of power. He became more than a head of state. He also became the protector of the church, spreading his version of Christianity among the barbarian tribes. At the point of the sword he converted whole groups of people to Christianity. Charlemagne’s form of religion was common for the age. Convert and submit or die. There often was no choice. On one bloodthirsty march to subdue Germanic tribes known as the Saxons – he beheaded 4,500 prisoners and then marched hundreds of miles to observe the Feast of the Nativity.

Let’s go back to the image of Christ seated on a throne. The Pope and the Emperor kneeling before Him as He holds an orb of the world with a Christian cross on top. This scene portrays a belief that Christ rules on the earth through His church now.

This idea that Christ rules on earth through the church, is not taught in the Bible but it became the dominant idea through a church father named Augustine in the fifth century A.D. Augustine was the greatest of the early theologians. His book, The City of God , explained a transfer of power from heaven to earth through the church. This explained the collapse of Rome. Augustine’s book, The City of God , was a favorite of Charlemagne. Because that church had already abandoned the teaching of Christ and the apostles, the faith once delivered, it was only a small step to the idea that the church was Christ’s kingdom on earth.

With this new belief that Christ rules through the church and now the state, it gave Charlemagne total power. The Bible says the second beast of Revelation 13 “was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed” (Revelation 13:5 Revelation 13:5And there was given to him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given to him to continue forty and two months.
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Here, with Charlemagne now emperor, the church had taken the image of the roman government, survived and then 300 years later gives life to the state empire of Charlemagne through the coronation. In turn, Charlemagne’s empire gave new life to the Roman system. Historian Will Durant says it perfectly, “Rome died in giving birth to the church; the Church matured by inheriting and accepting the responsibilities of Rome.” This is how the “image of the beast” described in Revelation, passed into the church at Rome and endured.

Christianity advanced but often by forced conversion. Here was a combination of church and state, long a lethal weapon. Here was the exact opposite of the teaching of Jesus of Nazareth and the example of His apostles and disciples who took the gospel of Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of God to the world of their day.

So why do you need to understand this history? Because we will see this joining of a church and a political system again.

Europe’s roots are Christian. They always have been. We saw it in Aachen with the preserved majesty of Charlemagne’s Cathedral. We see it told all over Europe and here in Brussels, the great cathedrals and art that speaks to religious and Christian themes. Go to any museum in Europe and you will see religious art and religious artifacts.

Europe’s roots are Christian and its history testifies to the fact that religion, and specifically the Christian religion, is what bound together the diverse tribes, nations, ethnicities and languages that were here and are still here.

Religion brought it together, oftentimes at the point of a sword. The people here bloodied themselves through religious wars and in the name of religion European civilization sought to make other parts of the world into its image, again through conquest and war. In the future it will also be religion that will be the glue that binds this fragile region into a final superpower like the one described in Bible prophecy.

Today the European Union is a fragile grouping of nations seeking stability. It has its challenges. Member states with bad economies and finances and a growing Muslim population that in a few years will outnumber native Europeans. And then there’s pressure from Russia to the east that sees a strong Europe as a constant threat.  No doubt, Europe is going through massive changes. It will not disappear however. It will play a significant role in the future.

At work in today’s world are larger powers than you and I can see with the eye. Great spiritual powers are at work to both advance the kingdom of the God of creation and the kingdom of Satan the Devil. In Aachen, where Charlemagne built his palace and his church lies the key to understanding the connection between what God shows us in Revelation and the looming headlines of today’s world. The earthly powers of Europe, Russia, the United States and even the Middle East all vie for control, order and stability. Tensions mount and wars break out among nations over religion and ethnicity.

What we see with our eyes today will change overnight. Religion in Europe will yet play a key role in creating a final world superpower.

Europe did not originate because of a grouping of different nations. As we have seen, Europe was originally a Church and an empire that came together at the time of Charlemagne. It is said that, “Europe is the faith–the faith is Europe.” That was the unifying idea of Christianity that made it possible for the Holy Roman Empire and the modern states of Europe to come to existence. Europe’s common faith and the institutions that supported it created a common culture. A multitude of nations and languages came under a common faith for centuries before the modern states of Germany and France and all the others arose.

Religion then caused wars through the ages and war has been a constant feature of this continent. The 70-plus years of peace since the end of World War II are not normal. Europe has always been an unstable, churning cauldron of differences and competing interests.

This is the European Parliament in Brussels. It’s the central point for governance of today’s EU. But Europe, through the present European Union, has attempted to create only a secular state without religion. It’s failing. It is coming under attack from many forces and it will eventually have to turn to its roots, to religion, to preserve itself and to become what is described in scripture.

Historically, the only world region that fits the description of the power foretold in Revelation is Europe. No other region in history has provided the narrative for a combination of political, economic and religious power that impacts so much of the world. No other region today can come close to providing the elements of Bible prophecy. None.

Yes, today Europeans are prideful about their post-religious nature. It is true that secularism has a dominating influence on European culture right now. But religion in Europe is not dead—far from it. Everywhere you go in Europe you see signs of the religious past and you even see signs of a religious present.

At some point a global crisis will arise. We see that in the book of Revelation. Perhaps it will begin with a terrorist attack. This attack could lead to a chain reaction of events that sets off war and financial strain.  The solution will involve a church and state promise unlike any ever seen. Order and stability will be promised. Many nations will grant sovereignty to this new, larger superpower whereby religion will be the answer to stabilize the world order. Imbued with this spiritual power it will offer what seems as the only viable hope of human survival and prosperity.

Europe is an idea born from the long ages of spiritual, political and economic culture that began on the banks of the Euphrates River in ancient Mesopotamia. It is an historical and cultural concept that we see first outlined in the Book of Daniel. What began in Babylon flowed westward through Persian and Greek influence and settled in Rome. In Rome we find the mixture of religion, a false version of Christianity, and state power that came to be seen as the final and permanent kingdom in world history. This Sacrum Imperium, this holy empire of people and tribes, came to see its mission to steer the course of all future history. It held the idea it would last forever doing the will of God on earth.

It is an idea rooted in the belief that humanity can make a name, a culture, an ideology for itself apart from the revelation of knowledge of and about the Creator God. That idea migrated and grew through Persia, Greece and the Roman period. The seed survived and its branches were planted into northern Europe. Europe today is the churning sea from which a great world power will rise in one final defiant effort to thwart the purpose of God to plant His kingdom on earth.

We have been surveying the Biblical story between Daniel and Revelation of Satan’s kingdom built upon the foundation of Babel and Babylon. And here in Aachen, Germany, we have the symbols of Charlemagne’s empire, his kingdom that tells us the story that we’ve been talking about. Here is the church that Charlemagne built to symbolize his spiritual power. And across this plaza is today’s city hall built on the foundation of Charlemagne’s ancient palace. Together they symbolize the combination, the lethal combination, of church and state that has brought so much misery upon the world and upon millions of people.

The good news, however, is that God’s kingdom is going to be brought to this earth by Jesus Christ and it will not be a kingdom left to other people. The good news is that you can begin to prepare for that kingdom today.  

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Comments

  • daveyboy58
    Mr. McNeely, You must have been at least slightly apprehensive on going into Rome and The Vatican knowing how much Evil and Satan's influences surrounded you? Thank You for your tireless dedication to spreading the Truth of The Bible; Dave
  • Reverend Jim
    We can walk into the Vatican or St. Peters Basilica and talk about Jesus without problems. What do you think would happen if we walked into the Dome of the Rock or Mecca and began telling people about Christ? Non Muslim's are banned from the entire city of Mecca and most parts of Medina. People should already know, but it won't be long and people will eventually realize that the evils that lurk in Islam are the ones prophesied in end-time prophecy. Like suicide bombers. And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire... (suicide vest)  The word for breastplates is the word 'thorax,' and were held by straps that went over the shoulders or around the neck, and of jacinth, dark red. From Vines.... Jacinth: signifies "hyacinthine," perhaps primarily having the color of the hyacinth. Some regard its color as that of the martagon lily, a dusky red.  'Swete' says, the word 'jacinth' in Rev 9:17 is, doubtless meant to describe the blue smoke of a sulphurous flame, and brimstone,  sparks and explosion   The only place the word brimstone is used in the NT.  Strong's # 2306 comes from 2303 and says, "in the original sense of flashing.
  • GeorgeSlv
    I also recall being taught that it was an army of Medes led by Darius that took Babylon. I'm bothered by the tendency in the west to have a mental block toward Ukrainians. Don't even want to utter the name. That will need to be resolved before you progress further.
  • Reverend Jim
    George, You've been taught right. It's unusual for people to teach that it's the Medes that took out Babylon, even though there're several verses that indicate so. People believe it's Cyrus because that's what secular history teaches but bible history teaches otherwise. It shocks me that some bible 'experts' like Halley go as far as to say there's no such people or kingdom as the Medes. Myself, I accept what the bible says about Darius and Cyrus. I know for a fact that Darius conquered Babylon and ruled for about 6 years... Darius the Mede the son of Ahasuerus, is not to be confused with Darius the Persian who came well after. Darius the Mede came before Cyrus. He's called, "The seed of the Medes". Daniel 6:28 "So this Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius, and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian." Daniel 9:1 "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;" Darius the Persian isn't Darius the Mede. He came after Cyrus. Ezra 4:5 "And hired counsellors against them, to frustrate their purpose, all the days of Cyrus king of Persia, even until the reign of Darius king of Persia."
  • david from tx
    James, I have to respectfully disagree with you. In Matthew 24:15, Jesus plainly and explicitly states that the abomination of desolation would be the marker of the beginning of the Great Tribulation, which, if not shortened, would destroy all life on this planet. The Great Tribulation, as several scriptures show us, last 3 1/2 years. The dome of the rock has been around for a lot longer than 3 1/2 years and the four horsemen have yet to kill a quarter of the world's population (which precedes the Great Tribulation). The fact that Mr. McNeely may be incorrect about Cyrus vs. Darius doesn't negate his point. Scripture clearly shows that the Medo-Persian empire was the second empire of silver (see Daniel 8: 3-4, 20; also compare with v. 5-8, 21).
  • Reverend Jim
    Both Darris and Kathy base their interpretation on secular history. I've found that in the course of my studies that people do that because it supports their already preconceived idea that Rome and the EU are the end-time culprits. However, the bible clearly says otherwise. There is relatively no secular history on Darius. The bible says in three different places that he and the Medes took out Babylon, and that's what I believe. there's also a host of scriptures that support that same idea in Daniel, Haggai and Zechariah. People are bent on demonizing Rome because of their unfavorable opinion of them. I would like to know just what it is about Rome and the EU that they view as a "lethal union of Church and state." Rome IS NOT a threat to the world today. Islam IS! This is what they call, "the third jihad" otherwise know as the third and final round of the Crusades. Islam wants to dominate it and place the capital of their worldwide Islamic Caliphate in East Jerusalem. This alone should raise some eye brows since an abomination called the Dome area complex "sits upon" God's Holy place! People tend NOT to change their mind when they've believed something for decades.
  • merriemoles
    James, I don't think that the EU will necessarily be a factor at all. I believe it will be almost solely down to Rome. Due to Vatican City, the Roman Catholic 'church' is both church and state on its own. Rome sits on seven hills. It has one man who speaks for it - the Pope. It blasphemes by calling the Pope God/Jesus in flesh and claiming it has the power to forgive sins. It persecuted Christians in the form of the Inquisition. It has changed the calendar and changed law (altering the Ten Commandments). It was stripped of political authority and shunned for years - the deadly wound - but has recovered. It meets ALL the criteria for the beast.
  • Reverend Jim
    Not ONE verse points to Rome and nobody is able to quote ONE. Daniel 2 doesn't but does to the Grecian empire, which is in agreement with Daniel 8, 10, & 11. Every nation that is Arab, Persian, and Islamic today. Rome does not sit on 7 hills or on seven mountains!  There are seven hills on the East side of the Tiber River. 'Vatican Hill' sits on the west side of the Tiber. THAT MAKES 8 HILLS TOTAL!  AND! The word 'hills' is an incorrect translation.  OROS IS A MOUNTAIN NOT HILL!  The 7 hills on the east side of the Tiber, are too small to be designated as 'mountains'.  Strong's specifically states that a hill is lower than a mountain.  Rome's seven hills are so small, typically between 200 to 500 feet, and appear as 'little nubs' when viewed from a distance. The city of seven mountains is Jerusalem. The deadly wound is a literal physical head wound. Rome no longer persecutes people. Changing times and laws is when Muslim's run their worldwide Islamic Caliphate from the Dome of the Rock and Muslim's have to bow toward IT instead of Mecca and at different times. The mark of the beast is limited to and within this Caliphate. Protestants have misled you. Islam is the beast.
  • Johnm
    While I am inclined to agree with what is said there appears to be something wrong. The union of church and state is a norm; an example of separation of church and state is communism or Roman Catholicism where the laity is separated from the priesthood. God gave Israel a church state system in the guise of a covenant; the kingdom of God will be a church state system.
  • merriemoles
    John, I don't think it talks of a union of church and state in the usual sense. I believe it's trying to indicate very specifically who this power will be: the Roman Catholic church, which is literally both church and state due to the status of Vatican City. There's absolutely no equivalent to that anywhere on Earth.
  • Reverend Jim
    Here's a challenge for you Darris. Show ONE verse of prophecy where Rome or the EU is prophesied in the bible. If you say Daniel 2, then you need to explain how the Medo-Persian empire was 'inferior' to Babylon. More accurately, how it was "land inferior to Babylon. The word inferior is actually the word 'arah' coupled with the word 'below' which implies 'land inferior.' The Medo-Persian empire was 3-4 times the size of Babylon making it IMPOSSIBLE to be the inferior kingdom. Maybe you don't know but Jeremiah, Isaiah, and Daniel all ascribe the conquest of Babylon to Darius and the Medes, not Cyrus the Persian. 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. Mixed describes the toes mingled with iron and clay and is the Aramaic word "arab."  It denotes an Arabian, not an Italian! Answers?
  • KARS
    No see here Mr. Martel, Mr. McNeely is a student of history and so am I. Have you ever read the book called, "Cyrus the Great"? In this book it said that Cyrus was illiterate and that the King of Babylon made fun of him. He even had a poster mocking Cyrus in Babylon. It also said that Cyrus was taught to read so he was able to read the poster when he went into the city to spy it out before he captured it the next day. There was a river that went into the city. Cyrus re-routed the water up stream by taking an old water whole and had it filled up so that they could go under the iron gate that could not be opened or lifted. Cyrus and his army enter quietly and open the front gate and capture the city. Then Cyrus's uncle Darius was made ruler of Babylon with Cyrus as Ruler of the Persian Empire. Cyrus also made the first asphalt highway from Susa to Perespolis which his Pony Express used. With this history and the Bible it is an incredible study. Awesome. As for the sons of Ismael being called the "Whore of Babylon" from the Book of Revelation. What are you thinking?
  • 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 at all a sound way to interpret Daniel 2:41-43. What you've said 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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