Rot From the Top
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Summary: The American dream is turning into a nightmare
Audience: General adults
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The American Dream is Looking More Like a Nightmare
Rot From the Top, Part 2
January 17, 2010
A Over the last 2 years, we have seen the interesting links between biblical prophecy & events happening in our world today.
1 One of the amazing predictions is the formation & order of empires that will rise & fall, eventually leading to one final empire that will impact the entire world.
2 Daniel (over 2,600 years ago in Babylon) gave their order, & 600 years later it was given additional insight by John the Revelator. A 7th & 8th empire were revealed prior to Messiah’s coming to Jerusalem. ...and they are seven kings; five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come; and when he comes, he must remain a little while.11 "The beast which was and is not, is himself also an eighth and is one of the seven, and he goes to destruction.12 "The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but they receive authority as kings with the beast for one hour. Rev 17:10-12 (NASB)
a The first six empires revealed in biblical prophecy are...
aa The Egyptian Empire (Exodus)
bb The Assyrian Empire (Kings/Chronicles)
cc The Babylonian Empire (Daniel, Ezra, Nehemiah)
dd The Medes-Persian Empire (Daniel)
ee The Greek Empire
ff The Roman Empire
b In Daniel 2:31-33, he has a vision of a large metallic-like image of a man. You, O king, were looking and behold, there was a single great statue; that statue, which was large and of extraordinary splendor, was standing in front of you, and its appearance was awesome.32 "The head of that statue was made of fine gold, its breast and its arms of silver, its belly and its thighs of bronze,33 its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of clay. Dan 2:31-33 (NASB)
aa Babylon (gold head)
bb Medes-Persia (chest & arms of silver)
cc Alexander the Great/Grecian (bronze)
dd Two legs-Rome-divided into east (Constantinople) and west (Rome) (brass to iron)
ee Eventually, the iron & clay comingle & conclude at the very end of days with ten toes of miry clay & iron. In that you saw the feet and toes, partly of potter’s clay and partly of iron, it will be a divided kingdom; but it will have in it the toughness of iron, inasmuch as you saw the iron mixed with common clay.42 "As the toes of the feet were partly of iron and partly of pottery, so some of the kingdom will be strong and part of it will be brittle.43 "And in that you saw the iron mixed with common clay, they will combine with one another in the seed of men; but they will not adhere to one another, even as iron does not combine with pottery. Dan 2:41-43 (NASB)
c I believe we are in the formation of the two feet.
aa West/democracy is the clay, east/Iron Curtain/communism/China is the iron.
bb Daniel says these will comingle, but not hold, mixing a concoction of strength/weakness.
d China is example/proof: try to mix democracy (economy) & communism (no freedom of speech, assault religion)
3 After the 6th (Roman) kingdom falls, a 7th rises up: “short space”.
a The 7th will be a continuance of the 6th- not have the power, influence, destructive power of the 8th (kingdom of the beast).
b Final empire: 10 kings/kingdoms, & during a one-hour meeting they will surrender their authority to the Antichrist. The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but they
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