Summary: A biblical glimpse of the Latter Days, using Old Testament and New Testament scripture.
LET’S TAKE A LOOK
•••• At the different groups in
•••• The End Times prophecy.
•••• LET’S START WITH THE JEWISH NATION
IN THE BIBLE
•••• God focuses on the Jewish Nation
•••• But He doesn’t forget about the Gentiles
LUKE 21:24 says,
“Jerusalem will be trampled under the feet of the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.”
1. LET’S START BY TALKING ABOUT THE JEWISH NATION IN PROPHECY
GOD WANTED THE JEWISH PEOPLE
•••• To be a witness
•••• To His love and glory.
•••• tells of the promises
•••• God wanted to give to the Jews.
“Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
“All who rage against you will be ashamed and disgraced; those who oppose you will perish.
“Though you search for your enemies, you will not find them. And those who wage war against you will be as nothing at all.”
GOD ALSO WANTED
•••• The Jewish Nation
•••• To give His blessings
•••• To the word
The LORD said to Abram, "Leave your country, your people, and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you.
I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you."
•••• The world waited to see God’s in person.
•••• He introduced Himself through Jesus.
•••• And through the disciples,
•••• He introduced Himself to the world.
GOD WANTED TO USE THE JEWS
•••• To reveal salvation to the world.
•••• But the Jews rejected Him
•••• And forced Him to shift his focus.
ONCE THE JEWS REJECTED JESUS
•••• God included the Gentiles
•••• And that includes us -
•••• All non-Jews.
THE FIRST THING GOD DID
•••• Was to bring judgment upon Israel.
•••• He let them be taken as slaves to Babylon.
IT WAS DURING THIS TIME
•••• 605BC – 536BC … or 69 years
•••• That God showed the prophet Daniel
•••• His future plan to use Gentiles for His glory
GOD RAISED DANIEL TO INFLUENCE
•••• To have influence in Babylon
•••• By letting him interpret dreams,
•••• Such as when he did that
•••• for King Nebuchadnezzar
THE KING HAD A DREAM
•••• Where there was a big statue of a man.
•••• It was made of metal mixed with clay.
•••• And then a big rock came and smashed it.
THE STONE THEN EXPANDED
•••• And became a huge mountain
•••• That covered the whole world.
"You looked, O king, and there before you stood a large statue—an enormous, dazzling statue, awesome in appearance. The head of the statue was made of pure gold, its chest and arms of silver, its belly and thighs of bronze, legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of baked clay.
"While you were watching, a rock was cut out, but not by human hands. It struck the statue on its feet of iron and clay and smashed them. Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver and the gold were broken to pieces at the same time and became like chaff on a threshing floor in the summer. The wind swept them away without leaving a trace. But the rock that struck the statue became a huge mountain and filled the whole earth."
DANIEL TOLD THE KING
•••• The dream was about the future.
•••• He described what each part of it meant.
•••• And how it described kingdoms
•••• That would rise and fall
INCLUDING HOW THE STATUE WAS MADE,
•••• I want to pay close attention
•••• To one part in particular ….
•••• The feet was made from an iron & clay mixture
GOD LATER REVEALED TO DANIEL
•••• The feet was 10 nations.
•••• This union would rise up out of the Roman Empire.
•••• And this union would serve as the base
•••• For the kingdom of the antichrist
THIS 10-NATION UNION
•••• Will expand to control the world,
•••• And then after a short time,
•••• It will be crushed by a
•••• Supernatural force (that is Jesus!)
48 YEARS AFTER THE KING’S DREAM
•••• God gave Daniel another vision.
•••• But there was no statue in this one,
•••• But there were wild beasts
•••• That ate each other.
THE FIRST BEAST WAS BABYLON
•••• It was a lion that had wings like an eagle.
•••• The next was a bear, raised up on one side.