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Summary: ARE WE SEEING THE SEEDS OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE NEW ROMAN EMPIRE?

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THE NEW ROME

DANIEL CHAPTER 2 AND SEVEN

INTRODUCTION:

THE STUDY OF PROPHECY IS NOT AN EXACT STUDY, IN THAT WHILE WE KNOW WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN, WE DON’T HAVE AN EXACT TIME TABLE, NOR IN SOME CASES THE EXACT CIRCUMSTANCES AS TO HOW THE PROPHECY IS TO UNFOLD. WHEN WE LOOK TO A STUDY OF THE LAST DAYS WE SEE THAT THIS IS ALSO THE CASE. WE KNOW WHAT THE FINAL OUTCOME IS GOING TO BE, BUT WE DON’T HAVE AN EXACT TIME TABLE, NOR DO WE KNOW THE CIRCUMSTANCES THAT ARE GOING TO LEAD TO THE FULFILLMENT OF THE PROPHECY.

NOW TO ILLUSTRATE, LET’S LOOK AT THE BATTLE OF GOG AND MAGOG. WE KNOW THAT THIS BATTLE IS GOING TO HAPPEN. SCRIPTURE TEACHES THIS AND WE LOOKED AT IT. WHAT WE DON’T KNOW IS THIS. WE DO NOT KNOW THE EXACT TIME OF THE BATTLE, OTHER THAN IT IS CLOSELY RELATED TO THE RAPTURE, IT COULD BE JUST BEFORE IT OR JUST AFTER IT, SCRIPTURE DOESN’T INDICATE WHEN HELPING TO POINT OUR ATTENTION TO THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE BATTLE AND THE CLOSENESS OF THE RAPTURE RATHER THAN THE HISTORICAL DATE OF THE BATTLE. NOR DO WE HAVE THE EXACT PHYSICAL CIRCUMSTANCES THAT BRING ABOUT THE BATTLE. WE ARE GIVEN THE REASONS FOR THE BATTLE AND THE OUTCOME, BUT AGAIN THE TIME INVOLVED IN THE RESULTS OF THE BATTLE COULD ALL BE JUST BEFORE THE RAPTURE, OR ALL AFTER THE RAPTURE, OR IT COULD BE A COMBINATION OF BOTH, WE JUST DON’T KNOW.

IT TELLS US THAT IN PROPHETIC STUDY THAT WE NEED TO FOCUS ON THE EVENTS AND TO REALIZE THAT THEY ARE POINTING US TO A GREATER EVENT. TO KNOW EXACT TIMING ISN’T IMPORTANT. WHAT IS IMPORTANT IS TO REALIZE THAT THE FULFILLMENT OF THESE PROPHECIES ARE BRINGING US CLOSER TO THE RAPTURE AND THE SECOND COMING OF THE LORD THAN WE HAVE EVER BEEN.

THE FORMATION OF THE STATE OF ISRAEL GIVES US A PERSPECTIVE TIMETABLE THAT WE NEVER HAD BEFORE. THE OIL CRISIS AND THE RISE OF ISLAM AS A BELIEF REALLY BRINGS ISRAEL INTO THE CENTER OF PROPHETIC ACTIVITY, AGAIN POINTING NOT THE NEARNESS OF THE LORD’S COMING.

WE LOOKED AT THE RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH, AND WE REALIZE THAT THIS IS ANOTHER STEP THAT WILL MAKE US REALIZE THE CLOSENESS OF THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST.

WHAT WE ARE GOING TO DO IN THE NEXT TWO WEEKS IS LOOK AT SOME OF THE EVENTS THAT WILL HAPPEN AT THE TIME INTERVAL SURROUNDING THE RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH. NOW AS WITH THE BATTLE OF GOG AND MAGOG WE DON’T HAVE A FIRM TIMETALBE AS TO WHEN THESE THINGS WILL OCCUR, NOR THE CIRCUMSTANCES THAT WILL BRING THEM ABOUT. WHAT WE DO HAVE IS THAT THEY WILL HAPPEN, AND WE WILL ALSO KNOW THE FINAL OUTCOME OF THESE EVENTS.

NOW THE FIRST ONE WE HAVE ALREADY TALKED ABOUT, AND THAT IS THE BATTLE OF GOG AND MAGOG. THERE ARE TWO OTHER EVENTS THAT WILL OCCUR BEFORE THE TIME PERIOD CALLED THE TRIBULATION. THEY ARE: 1. THE REBUILDING OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE

2. THE RISING TO POWER OF THE ANTI-CHRIST

TODAY WE ARE GOING TO CONCENTRATE ON THE REBUILDING OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE. TO DO THIS I ASK YOU TO TURN TO DANIEL CHAPTER 2.

NEBUCHADNEZZAR WAS THE KING OF BABYLON AND HIS THRONE WAS SECURE, YET HE WAS ANXIOUS ABOUT THE FUTURE, AND HIS ANXIETY STEMMED FROM THE DREAM THAT HE GIVES US IN THIS PASSAGE. HE GIVES HIS CONSELLORS THE IMPOSSIBLE TASK OF NOT ONLY TELLING WHAT THE DREAM MEANT, BUT WHAT THE DREAM ITSELF WAS.


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