Predictions, Prophecies, and Warnings
PREDICTIONS, , PROPHECIES & WARNINGS, Part 4
A SHORT COMMENTARY ON THE BOOK OF DANIEL, Part A
AND HE SAID, GO YOUR WAY DANIEL, FOR THE WORDS [OF THIS PROPHECY] ARE CLOSED AND SEALED UP UNTIL THE TIME OF THE END [WHEN] MANY SHALL BE PURIFIED AND MADE WHITE BY TRIAL; BUT THE WICKED SHALL DO WICKEDLY AND NONE OF THE WICKED SHALL UNDERSTAND; BUT THE WISE SHALL UNDERSTAND. - DANIEL 12:9, 10
MY PEOPLE ARE DESTROYED FOR LACK OF KNOWLEDGE: BECAUSE YOU HAVE REJECTED KNOWLEDGE, I WILL ALSO REJECT YOU. - HOSEA 4:6
TAKE HEED: WE HAVE ENTERED THE YEAR 1998 WHICH IS 666 MULTIPLIED BY 3.
Dear friends and loved ones, because of the proliferation of books and articles that purport to deal with Daniel’s prophecies, I have been reluctant to write this article. The sensationalist have seized upon this wonderful book to purvey a thousand and one false teachings. I can only
ask you to bear with me as Elihu asked Job and his friends: “Suffer me a little, and I will show you that I speak on God’s behalf - I will fetch Knowledge from afar and will ascribe justice to my Maker.1 And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our
beloved brother Paul also according to the Wisdom given to him has written to you; as also in all his letters, speaking of things; in which there are some things hard to be understood, which those who are unlearned and unstable, wrestle (as they do also other scriptures) to their own
destruction.2 This article will not be like most commentaries, in that I will not begin at chapter one of Daniel. Rather, I need to begin with Nebuchadnezzar’s dream of an image that had a head of gold; breast and arms of silver; stomach and thighs of brass; legs of iron and feet that had iron and clay intermingled.3
THE ESOTERIC NATURE OF THE BOOK OF DANIEL
Anyone who has studied the book of Daniel knows that it is more than an account of the life of Daniel. Scholars are agreed that there was a historical person named Daniel but most also recognize that the Book of Daniel was written by more than one person over a period of many years.
Part of it is written in Hebrew, part in Chaldean and part in Aramaic. The amazing thing about Nebuchadnezzar’s dream is that he could not remember it after he awoke, yet he demanded an interpretation from his wise men. The wise men of his court frankly admitted to him, that what
he requested was impossible for them to deliver. The king was enraged and ordered all the wise men of the kingdom to be slain.
Now, if you think this was a stupid decree, Herodotus the Greek historian tells us that king Darius (521-486) did kill all the Magi during his reign. Upon hearing this decree, Daniel went to his three friends and asked them to pray with him, that God would reveal the dream and its meaning to them, lest they be killed. His three friends were named
Hananiah, which means ‘Whom Jehovah has favored’; Mishael ‘Who is what God is’ and Azariah ‘whom Jehovah helps’. Daniel’s name means ‘God is my judge’. The Prince over them changed their names to Shadrach ‘Illumined by the Sun God’; Meshech ‘Like the Moon God’ and Abednego ‘Servant of the Shining Fire’. He changed Daniel’s name to Belteshazzar ‘Bel’s Prince’.
Now, the beautiful thing about the four men is that they represent the four aspects of Man. Since I recently dealt with these four aspects, in my series of articles dealing with the Mysteries of the Kingdom of God, I will not repeat myself. But I will add that the value of letters in their Hebrew names adds up to 888, the number of Jesus Christ.
Hananiah = 120
Mishael = 381
Azariah = 292
Daniel = 95
After God made the dream known to Daniel in a vision, he went to Nebuchadnezzar and said, “Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever; for Wisdom and Might belong to him: and he changes the times and season; he removes kings and sets up kings; He gives Wisdom unto the wise and Knowledge to those that have understanding; He reveals the Deep and Secret Things; He knows what is in the darkness and the Light dwells with Him.4
WHY THE ESSENES LOVED THE BOOK OF DANIEL
One of the reasons why the Sadducees didn’t like this book is that it glorified vegetarianism and celibacy. All four of these men were eunuchs and vegetarians, as is apparent from Chapter one. All four of these men were eunuchs and vegetarians, as is apparent from Chapter one.5 This is
a teaching that would not have been popular with the common people but it was taught by Isaiah. "Do not let the eunuch say, Behold, I am a dry Tree, for thus says the LORD unto the eunuch that keeps my Sabbaths and chooses those things which please me and takes hold of
my Covenant; even to them will I give a Name in my House, within my Walls, a place better than sons and daughters: I will give them an everlasting name that shall not be cut off."6 This is the New Name.
The Essenes recognized a trial period of ‘ten days’. They got this from this story. It is also seen in the Book of Revelation.7 When they had successfully passed the diet test, they were given the opportunity to reveal Nebuchadnezzar’s dream to him and give an interpretation. It was a vision of what was to happen "in the Latter Days".8
In this vision Nebuchadnezzar saw the great image which we have already described, with a head of gold and feet made of iron and clay mingled. I do not intend to restate the interpretations of competent Bible students who recognized the four major kingdoms of the classical world, ending with the ten toes of the Roman world.
THE KINGDOM THAT BECAME A MOUNTAIN
What I do want to take issue with, is the teaching that this Kingdom has been postponed and will not appear until the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. Such a teaching robs the birthright of those who should enter in and exercise the privileges and responsibilities of Princes and
Sons and Daughters. Cursed are those who deny the existence of God’s Kingdom here and now. The Lord Jesus came and established a kingdom but it has not matured fully. It has not yet smashed the ten toes of the image. But it is growing.
Daniel’s prophecies were well understood by the Essenes and early Christians. The Romans even became alarmed over the works of Christ and his followers. The Roman historian Tacitus relates that a prophecy was being discussed among Romans, that from Judea, men would go
forth to "rule the world".9 Suetonius relates the same thing.10 Granted the Apostles and leaders of the Church did not rule in the same manner as the Gentile rulers, but they did rule. The question now arises, how will Christ smash the kingdom of man to pieces?
Daniel explained to Nebuchadnezzar, "You saw a stone, cut without hands, which smote the Image upon its feet which were iron and clay (totalitarian kingdoms and democratic countries) and smashed them to pieces. Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the
silver and the gold broken to pieces and became like the chaff . . . and the stone that smote the image became a great Mountain and filled the whole earth."11
"And in the days of these kingdoms, shall the God of Heaven set up a Kingdom which shall never be destroyed and the Kingdom shall not be left to other people, for it shall break in pieces and consume all these
kingdoms and it will stand forever."12 E. W. Bullinger discovered that by adding all the letters (sixty-six) in verse 44, that it would produce a sum of 4662, which just happens to be 666 times 7.
It is the pastors and T.V. evangelists who have robbed God’s people of their portion, so that they are unable to recognize the Kingdom of God in their midst. Jeremiah complained, "Many pastors have destroyed my Vineyard, they have trodden it under foot, they have made my pleasant portion a desolate wilderness."13 As for those who truly do
understand, there is only one in a thousand. "If there be a messenger. . . an interpreter, one among a thousand to show man his uprightness."14 "Behold, this have I found says the Preacher, counting one by one, to find out the account: which my soul sought, but I did not find. One among a thousand, I did find, but a woman among them, I did not find."14
It seems that those who set up ‘prophetic ministries’ go out of their way to distort the true meaning of Daniel’s prophecies (many of which have already transpired). The year 1998 will prove to be more momentous than I would care to admit.
SIGNS IN THE SUN AND MOON
We are headed into another ten year cycle of Solar flares or Sun spots as some like to call them. Since 1900, these cycles have produced higher and higher temperatures. If we were looking at a graph, it would be very obvious just how serious the heat may become in this
cycle. We may even see the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy: "Moreover the light of Moon shall be as the light of the Sun and the light of the Sun shall be sevenfold, as the light of seven days, in the day that the LORD binds up the breach of his people and heals the stroke of their wound."15
"And there shall be Signs in the Sun and in the Moon, and in the Stars and upon the earth (economic) distress of nations with perplexity. The Sea and the waves roaring; men’s hears failing them because of fear and for seeing the things which are coming on earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken."16
"And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the Sun and power was given to him to scorch men with fire, and men were scorched with great heat and blasphemed the name of God which had power over these plagues and they repented not to give Him glory."17 Just this past week 200 died in India from heat exhaustion. And this is just the beginning.
We are also due to see the beginning of the Perseid Meteor shower in August of this year. Meteors will strike the earth at the rate of 1,000 per hour. In August of 1999, this will increase to 5,000 per hour.
Weather forecasters are also predicting that this year will see an increase in the number and intensity of hurricanes. If the ‘seas rage’, we may see hurricanes measuring 5 through 7.
THE IMAGE OF GOLD AND THE BAPTISM OF FIRE
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego must now endure another test. "Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold, whose height was sixty cubits and its width was six cubits; he set it up in the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon."18 Here is a sold gold image measuring
ninety feet high by nine feet wide. The Bible critics scoff at this passage saying that a statue with that much gold would consume all the gold which has been produced in South America, North America, Africa, China and Russia for the past two thousand years. Furthermore, they say
that such measurements would have created an image of a monster rather than a man. They may be right.
In the first place, it was probably not solid gold but only plated. Secondly, the writer is giving us a subtle hint that his people rejected the calendar of the Chaldeans which had 360 days.
60 X 6 = 360
The Jewish calendar was based on lunar cycles. By adding an extra month each year they had a calendar with 354 1/4 days. The Essenes possessed the Book of Enoch which called for a civilization based on the Solar calendar of 365 days. (See also Gen. 5:23) The Christian Gnostics developed a password called Abraxas to convey their Knowledge of a Solar calendar made up of 365 day. It broke down as follows:
A = 1
B = 2
R = 100
A = 1
X = 60
A = 1
S = 200
There was a good reason why the wise men in Israel rejected the 354 day calendar, which lost eleven days every year. When using the lunar calendar, it was necessary to add a 13th month each year and every nineteenth year 7 months were necessary to keep the Passover falling on the Full Moon of the Vernal Equinox. After 70 A.D. their calendar fell into such disarray, that Passover was falling in January.
The followers of Zoroaster, about a hundred years before Christ, created a brand new religion based on an astronomical discovery and called it Mithraism. Their calendar was based on a 360 day year. Mithra was another name for the Solar God. M=40; I = 10; TH = 9; R =100; A =1; S = 200. It is interesting to note that Mithraism was the only religion to give Christianity any serious competition for the first centuries of this era.
Now, all these calculations may seem unimportant to the average reader, but they were all important to those seeking to teach the Knowledge of God, five hundred years B.C. for the simple reason that the type of calendar one uses will have a great bearing on determining
how one interprets prophecy. I will not bore my reader with a list of date-setters, who, in the early part of this century, made projections and started cults, based on erroneous calculations.
With this in mind, let us return to our story of the three Hebrew eunuchs who refused to bow down to this image of gold. As we shall see, Nebuchadnezzar’s image represented much more than an allusion to a calendar. It was to become a symbol of Gentile history, which
Daniel conveniently breaks down into four animal images. Since my readers are familiar with the story of the three men being cast into the fiery furnace, I’ll pass on to Nebuchadnezzar's punishment.
2520 YEARS OF GENTILE DOMINANCE
God revealed Nebuchadnezzar’s punishment to him for his pride in erecting the golden statue, through a dream of a tree. Again, because he was unable to interpret his dream, Daniel is called upon to speak in God’s behalf and give him understanding. This is what Daniel said to
him: "This is the interpretation, O king, and this is the Decree of the Most High, which is to come upon my lord, the king. They shall drive you from among men and your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field and they shall cause you to eat grass like the oxen, and cause you to
be wet with the dew of heaven, and Seven Times shall pass over you until you Know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men and gives it to whomever he pleases."19
This would imply some kind of palace revolution which removes king Nebuchadnezzar from the throne for seven years. But the simple fact of the matter is that such an event never happened. The clay tablets which have been recovered from Chaldea reveal that Nebuchadnezzar became
the greatest monarch of the Babylonian kingdom. He was a great builder and died at a ripe old age. But nothing approaching this dream ever happen to him. However, this doesn’t mean that the dream has no prophetic value. Indeed, the opposite is true.
‘Seven times’ would be interpreted to mean seven years or 2520 days. But in Daniel’s prophecies, a day symbolically represents a year.20 Thus 2520 years. These ‘seven years’ represent the period of time during which the kingdoms of the world behave like ‘beasts of the
field’, or at least their leaders do. This form of dementia is call ‘zoathropy’ by psychiatrists and it represents ‘kingly insanity’ such as we have seen in the dictators of history. But thank God, there is a limit imposed on this insanity, at the end of which the Kingdom of God will smash the kingdoms of man to pieces. Dear friends we are about to witness this event.
2520 breaks down to 1260 plus 1260. You may ask what is the significance of this. Here, I will have to quote from my book, Forbidden Truths Revealed: "The first 1260 years of this period saw the dispersal of the ‘Holy People’. Yet the ‘Times of the
Gentiles continued for another 1260 years. Daniel was informed that sometime during the ‘days of those kings’ (the first 1260 years) a Kingdom would begin to grow from a [cubed] Stone carved out of a Mountain. This is the same Mountain we have been examining in John’s
Revelation, which will eventually ‘fill the whole earth’. One of the ‘Signs’ which God has given us is the Eclipse Cycle. Every 18 years and 11 days, an eclipse occurs. This cycle is called a Saros. There will always be 42 Solar eclipses and 28 Lunar eclipses, making 70
Saros. But since the first 33 eclipses fall exactly 11 days later than the last one, this creates two periods within the 1260 year cycle: 18 years X 33 = 594 years and 18 years X 37 = 666 Years! (The numerical value of Saros in Hebrew is 666). In the course of 1260 years this Solar-Lunar cycle will be off by only 6 hours!!! . . ."20
The three Hebrew eunuchs refused to bow to this image of gold, just as the Christians refused to offer a pinch of incense to the emperor. They passed the test. Today, we are witnessing the creation of another beast with ten toes. It is the ten regions of the world under United Nations control.
THE UNITED NATIONS BEAST
As one region of the United Nations, the European Union, in May of this year, recognized eleven countries as members of the Union. The ‘prophecy preachers’ used to tell us that the ten toes of Nebuchadnezzar’s vision would be ten European countries and that they
would make up the Beast. They predicted all kinds of scenarios in which Europe attacked Israel and on and on. What these sensation mongers didn’t foresee is a Europe made up fourteen countries and that the European Union would be one of ten regions in the New World Order.
The European Union is already preparing to mint a Euro-dollar to replace the existing currencies of Europe. In our country, several large companies have joined together to create a ‘Smart Card’ which can take the place of money. Canada and twenty other countries have already
signed up for MONDEX. In 1998, it is to be introduced on a far greater scale in the United States, than it has previously known. But now listen to this: Motorola had already created a bio-implant chip and is offering it to all nations. It can hold as much information
as the ‘Smart Card’. Their R & D people discovered that it works well under the skin of the hand or under the skin of the forehead. This year, the Commission on Global Governance is meeting to draw up a Charter of Civil Society that will provide a "global ethic" for the entire world.
They are calling for all nations to recognize the authority of the World Court, which will enforce this ‘ethic’.
They want the U.N. to control the production and distribution of all firearms, whether for private or military use. They are also calling for general disarmament to be implemented in phases. They want enforcement of population control, which will call for the relocation of
certain populations and reduction in birth rates. To aid this program, they are also calling for the establishment of a World Food Bank. In actuality, they want to control the resources of all countries and impose world taxation to pay for their programs. They already have taxes on
inter-continental air flights. And now, they want to impose a tax for ‘parking’ of geo-stationary satellites!!!
What we must understand is that God is behind the scenes bringing these things to pass. We are shortly going to see the collapse of the world economies leading to chaos in America and around the world. From this chaos, if the New World Order people have their way, is to
emerge a powerful United Nations that controls all the nations of
earth. "For God has put it in their hearts
to fulfill his will and to agree to give their kingdom to the beast,
until the words of God shall be fulfilled."21