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Summary: This is the 5th sermon in the series "The End". This sermon looks at a one-world system under the Antichrist.

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Sunday Evening, April 28, 2002 Bel Aire Baptist Church

Series: “The End” [#5]

A UNIFIED WORLD

Daniel 2:31-45

Introduction:

1. As we have studied over the last several weeks, it is apparent that God is making preparations for the tribulation.

2. I want to spend one more week on these events before we begin to study the tribulation.

Prophecy

Daniel

1. Daniel was the first prophet to write about the Antichrist’s one-world government. This prophecy was given in a dream to King Nebuchadnezzar (whom historians consider the most absolute dictator in world history).

2. In this dream, King Nebuchadnezzar saw a beautiful statue with four distinct parts, each part inferior to the section above it. The King demanded that his astrologers and soothsayers tell him about the dream and interpret it, but they could not. However, God revealed to Daniel the dream and interpretation.

3. Daniel told the King that there would be four successive world governments, and in the last days just before the Messiah came to establish His Kingdom, ten kings would form one final world government.

Daniel 2:31-45

4. The Bible said there would be four world governments, and history shows there have only been four. Many, such as Hitler have tried to be the fifth, but it never happened.

5. Babylon, the first kingdom in the Prophesy, was the most tyrannical empire that ever existed. The second empire was the Medo – Persians, then the Greeks under Alexander the Great. When Alexander died, his generals divided the world into four Kingdoms, which Rome eventually took over. Rome, the fourth Kingdom, was the last. Today, even though Rome is no longer an empire, virtually all-western nations have taken their basic principles of government from Rome.

Democracies

1. Most scholars believe that the ten-toed image of Daniel’s vision was a prediction of democracy in the end times. Iron and clay do not mix well, and they provide a picture of weaker government. China is a dictatorship and in many ways has a stronger government than the United States has. China’s leaders do what they want where as United States government changes depending on voters and “political games”. United States may have several years of liberal leadership and then years of conservative leadership. This changing can create less stable and weaker government.

2. In Revelation 13:1-4 John described these ten kings as “horns” on the seven heads of a ”beast”. Notice that the future governments of man that Nebuchadnezzer saw were beautiful, while God sees them as beasts. This just shows us that while man finds the things of the world beautiful and worships them, God sees them as beasts.

3. The seven heads John describes in Revelation probably refer to the seven stages of the Roman Empire. Revelation 17:9 say’s they refer to “seven hills” (possibly a reference to the seven hill on which Rome is said to be built), but then verse 10 says they also refer to seven kings of whom “five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come.” I believe the five fallen kings were the five Roman emperors before John’s time, the sixth was Domitian who was the emperor at the time John wrote; and the seventh will be the Antichrist.


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