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PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 306
March 25, 2008
TWO REVELATION BEASTS ARE ISLAMIC
The date of John’s writing of Revelation has been placed by most at some point in time between 79 and 100 A.D., so it would be safe to say the Islamic Prophet Muhammad wrote the Koran more than 500 years after Revelation was completed. By 750 A.D. the Islamic Umayyad Caliphate or Empire had expanded out of Mecca and Medina to extend into, or to engulf, the territories now occupied by France, Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Sudan, Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, Yemen, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Iraq, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Pakistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Iran, Afghanistan, and India. Eventually the last Caliphate, the old Ottoman Empire, engulfed most of southeastern Europe, but then died as “the old sick man of Europe.” I believe we are watching the revival of Islam in the Jihad movement.
I believe the seventh and eighth empires of the Antichrist are the same in that both are Islamic. I believe the seventh is now reviving from the grave of an old Islamic Caliphate, which will become the eighth when its ruler is directly empowered by the Devil himself.
The Antichrist’s Caliphate will cover more area than did each individual Empire of the Egyptians, Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Grecians, and Romans. It’s now arising as the seventh empire, and will reach its maximum size as the eighth, and last, empire before the Second Advent.
Daniel 7:20,21 – And of the ten horns that were in his head, and of the other which came up, and before whom three fell; even of that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spake very great things, whose look was more stout than his fellows.  I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them;
Daniel 7:24,25 – And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.  And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.
Daniel was writing in the days of the Babylonian Empire, so he began his prophecies with that Empire, which was represented by a lion. His second beast was represented by a bear, his third by a leopard, and his fourth different from any beast he had ever seen. More than 600 years later when John wrote Revelation, he only referred back to the beast of Daniel’s day and the two which followed it, because he was writing in the day of Daniel’s fourth beast, the Roman Empire. But John did reach back and add two empires before Daniel, which were not referred to by Daniel, namely, the Egyptian and Assyrian Empires. They were not symbolized as beasts by Daniel, but are symbolized as two of the seven heads on John’s two beasts in Revelation 13 and 17. The seventh head represents the two beasts in Revelation in two phases of their existence, as a beast with no wound, and as the same beast with a deadly wound that returns to life.
Revelation 13:1-3 – And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.  And the beast which I saw was like unto 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.  And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.
When John wrote the Book of Revelation, six great heads (mountains, governments, or empires) had ruled over Israel and large tracts of land settled by the descendants of Abraham through his seven sons, Ishmael, Isaac, and his six sons by Keturah. The six were the Egyptian, Assyrian, Babylonian, Persian, Grecian, and Roman Empires. The Empires and their Kings represent the first six heads on the two Revelation beasts.
The heads themselves are beasts in that they are representative of seven beast empires that were, are, or would, affect and afflict Israel from the day God brought her out of Egyptian bondage.
John was writing during the time of the sixth beast, the Roman Empire (Daniel’s fourth beast). The seventh beast head is extended from a great Islamic (Caliphate) and its Kings (Caliphs) which first came into existence more than 500 years after John wrote Revelation. The eighth head will be revived from the ashes of the seventh head, which is the extension from a Caliphate that came into power after the death of Muhammad, and rivaled that of any Empire existing up to that time. But it died under the Ottoman Turks. The seventh and eighth heads are Islamic and they both have the same king, who is also Islamic. I strongly suspect the Antichrist may seem to return from the dead to produce a counterfeit resurrection to replicate that of Christ. He might even claim to the 12th Imam of Islam returned from the dead.
Revelation 17:8-13 – The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.  And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.  And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.  And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.  And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.  These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.
Revelation 17:17 – For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.
KINGDOMS RESTORED ON TRUMPET NR 7!
Christ returns in the clouds to catch out believers from all the kingdoms of the earth when the last trumpet, the seventh trumpet in a series, sounds.
They are all carried before his judgment seat in heaven. It will mark the first time in history all believers are in heaven, and all unbelievers are on earth. The Devil is dispossessed officially as the god of this world, and is about to experience the wrath of God along with the unbelievers. The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign forever and ever. Believing mankind, after being judged in heaven, is to return to the earth and to serve Christ as he reigns over the kingdoms of this world he has reclaimed for man, who lost it to the serpent in the Garden of Eden.
Revelation 11:15 –And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.
II Corinthians 5:10 – For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.
Revelation 11:18 – And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.
While the believers of all ages are being judged in heaven, after being caught out from the kingdoms of this world, God’s wrath will be destroying the flesh of most of the unbelievers left on the earth by a pouring out by angels of his seven vials of wrath. The vast major of them will not repent.
Revelation 16:1,2 & 8-11 – And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth.  And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image.  And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire.  And men were scorched with great heat and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.  And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain,  And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.
During the pouring out of the vials of wrath it will be as described by Matthew 24;21,22 and Daniel 12:1 and, while most will not repent and believe, it appears an elect Jewish remnant will do so during the time of the vials, and a nation will be reborn spiritually in a day in the Negev wilderness.
Matthew 24:21,22 – For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.  And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.
Daniel 12:1 – And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.
Romans 11:25-28 – For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.  And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:  For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.  As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers' sakes.
Zechariah 13:8,9 – And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the Lord, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein.  And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The Lord is my God.
Zechariah 14:8,9 – And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea: in summer and in winter shall it be.  And the Lord shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one Lord, and his name one.
Isaiah 2:1-5 – The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.  And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.  And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.  And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.  O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of the Lord.