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Predictions, Prophecies, and Warnings
PREDICTIONS, PROPHECIES & WARNINGS Part 5
Commentary on Daniel, Part B by Jeffrey Brackeen
IN THE DAYS OF THESE KINGS SHALL THE GOD OF HEAVEN SET UP A KINGDOM WHICH SHALL NEVER BE DESTROYED; AND THE KINGDOM SHALL NOT BE LEFT TO OTHER PEOPLE; IT SHALL BREAK IN PIECES AND CONSUME ALL THESE KINGDOMS AND IT SHALL STAND FOREVER. - DANIEL 2:44
TAKE HEED: WE HAVE
ENTERED THE YEAR 1998 WHICH IS 666 TIMES 3 !!!
We take up our discussion where we left off in our last article regarding the false prophecies and interpretations being invented, supposedly based on the wonderful Book of Daniel. It grieves me to see the number of ways this book is misquoted and twisted to fit the evening news reports. It cannot be disputed that what we believe
about the future, will affect our daily lives. That is why we must study. We may be driven to fear or inspired to action. Take the number 666 for instance. Some people seem to think that this number is the ‘mark of the beast’ spoken of in Revelation 13:18. But this is not the mark of the beast, it is the value of a man’s name, which happens to be 666.
In some instances this number signifies wealth as in the case of Solomon, who received 666 talents of gold.1 As a matter of fact, one of the Greek words for wealth is ‘euporia’ (literally ‘plentiful’). And if we look at the Greek for 666, it is ‘chi xi stigma’ which means a mark or to prick someone for recognition of ownership. I have also seen people get all excited because that number is embedded
in every bar code. Every time we check out at the grocery store, that number is used. Even when we go on the internet, we have to use it. World Wide Web or WWW in Hebrew is ‘vov vov vov’. The vov is the sixth letter of the Hebrew alphabet and it has a value of six. But if you want the real significance of this number, it is found in my book, ‘Forbidden Truths Revealed’.
As Jeremiah reminded us in our last article, "Many pastors have destroyed my vineyard, they have trodden my portion under foot, they have made my pleasant portion a desolate wilderness."2
PERVERTING THE FEASTS OF ISRAEL
Some have even taken the feasts of Israel and invented new revelations. According to Marilyn J. Agee the ‘rapture’ of the Church was supposed to take place on May 31, 1998. Perhaps, it happened but there so few taken that we didn’t know about it. As far as I can ascertain, Mrs Agee is still with us. But Mrs Agee was not alone in predicting that the ‘rapture’ would take place in May of 1998. Klaus Brekels, Tim Kittle, David Heischman, Bob Ware, and Charles Ryalls all made pretty much the same prediction.
According to Benjamin Creme, Lord Maitreya was to have appeared to all the peoples of earth simultaneously in January of 1998. His appearance was to have been preceded by a loud noise that every one on earth would hear. Alice Bailey predicted in her writings that "A loud sound will be heard world-wide which will
herald the coming of Maitreya, the Christ. Prompted by this sound, people will be aware of his coming on three distinct levels: Spiritual, physical, and emotional."3 The New-Ager Bill Lambert predicted"...When Lord Maitreya appears, he will appear as different beings to different people… Thus, he will show
that he is all things to all people.’ 4 Constance Cumbey advises "His three- dimensional image will appear over all nations of the earth simultaneously. He will speak to each ethnic group in their own language. We know this is technologically possible with computer images via telecommunication satellite."5 New Agers have
studied Bible prophecy carefully, especially Matthew 24, and have documented plans to technically stage a "Second Coming," which would be acceptable to Christians, New Agers, et al. David Bay, Director of Old Paths Ministries, says that these plans have been published in a book entitled, The Armageddon Script, by New Age leader Peter LeMesurier.
POPE JOHN PAUL’S EXPECTED VISION
After reading the third vision of Fatima, Pope John Paul II has been led to believe that he is to receive a vision of the Virgin Mary, after the world enters some kind of crisis - probably a world financial collapse. "Pope John Paul II is anxiously awaiting a potent world-wide Marian Vision. (World) chaos is to precede this vision.
This vision will validate the global reign of Pope John Paul II and will establish him as the ultimate spiritual Judge of the Planet… the purpose of this super-natural vision is to validate the Roman Catholic church as the only true church and this Pope as God's ordained leader."…According to Vatican official, Malachi Martin, author of ‘The
Keys of This Blood’, this event will be most powerfully psychic. The force accompanying this vision will be so powerful it will literally bring the normal activity of the world to a standstill. Men will be so moved that their "consciences will cry out with fear." This vision will produce an "engulfing chaos, along with misdirection, and disequilibruim in human affairs."
Pope John Paul II, is certainly the greatest Pope of this century, perhaps the past three centuries, but I don’t foresee him being accepted as the world’s Hierophant. He has done so many things to restore the glory of the Catholic Church, one of which was to make a formal apology to Israel for the failure of Catholic Church to assist
the Jews during Hitler’s attempt to exterminate them. If he really wanted to impress the Protestants, he would make a similar apology to the descendants of the Cathars, the Albigenses and the Huguenots for the Catholic Church’s war against them.
Now I cannot say why Maitreya did not make his appearance as scheduled. It may be that he is also waiting until after some kind of global crisis. There is to be a world financial collapse which will bring the nations to their knees but what our initial quotation from Daniel foresees, is an event, not only economic but political and
military as well. The military and political power of all nations is to be reduced to "chaff". The [cubed] stone that grows into mountain will be the new government of earth. In our previous study, we noted that Gentile power was to last 2520 years, with its wars of oppression and madness. This number 2520 is a
magical number, in that it is the first number that can be divided by all the numbers from One through Nine. And as I have shown in many of my previous writings, the number Nine represents Initiation into the Kingdom of Heaven. But I will go one more.
When Andrew brought Peter to Jesus, Jesus said to him, "You are Simon, the son of Jonah: You shall be called Cephas, which means ‘a stone’."6 Now, the interesting thing about this name is that it has a numerical value of 729 which is 9 x 9 x 9. The words ‘perfect work’ also have the same value of 729. We also
noted in our last article on Daniel that the number 2520, when divided by two is 1260+ 1260. We might be tempted to view this as the 1260 years during which the two Witnesses prophecy7 and the Woman of Revelation flees from the Dragon,8 but not really.
One of the most abused passages from Daniel is chapter 8, verse 25, which reads: "And through his policy, he shall cause industry to prosper in his hand and he shall magnify himself in his heart and by peace shall he destroy many; he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes: but he shall be
broken without hand." This is a favorite of those who want to tell us about the ‘antichrist’, yet it has nothing to do with the ‘antichrist’. This passage refers to a historical person who did persecute the children of Abraham. The ‘Prince’ here is the same angelic being seen in verse 11.
DANIEL’S WILD BEASTS
In 7th chapter of Daniel, the prophet is given a series of visions about the four major powers of classical antiquity. "The first was like a lion which had eagle’s wings."9 (the Assyrian Empire) The second was like a bear which devoured much flesh, which would have been the Medo-Persian Empire. The third is described as a leopard which had four wings and four heads. This
would have been the Grecian Empire, which spilt into four kingdoms after the death of Alexander the Great, thus the ‘four heads’. It was this beast which was to give the Jews so much trouble.
In the 8th chapter, this third beast becomes a goat which flies over the face of the earth with great speed and strikes the ram, which would have been the Medo-Persian empire ruled by Xerxes. The Persian had previously made an attempt to conquer Greece but were defeated and sent home.
Now, the Grecian empire was hurt in that it was divided into four kingdoms: "Therefore the he-goat waxed very great and when he was strong, the great horn was broken and from it came four notable ones toward the four winds of heaven."10
This is confirmed again in the 11th chapter, verses 3,4. The "king’s daughter of the south (Egypt) shall come to the king of the north to make an agreement "11 Before Bernice could marry Antiochus II Theos (261-246 BC.) he had to set aside his first wife Laodice. He later divorced Bernice and took back Laodice. She eventually
poisoned him. In the ensuing struggle for his throne, Ptolomy II of Egypt, the brother of Laodice came to her aid with an army to defeat Laodice’s son, Seleucus II Calinieus (246-226 B.C.) Daniel records, "Out of a branch of her roots shall one stand up in his estate, which shall come with an army and shall enter into the
fortress of the king of the north and shall deal against them and shall prevail. And shall carry captives back to Egypt, with their gods, their princes and their precious vessels of silver and gold."12
One of the reasons some scholars reject the Book of Daniel out of hand and say that it was written after the events described above, is because it is so precise in its descriptions of those events. For instance, Daniel records, ". . . and he shall give him the daughter of women, corrupting her; but she shall not stand with him, neither be for him"13 This woman was Cleopatra I. She turned against her father and called on Rome for help.
The remainder of the chapter is a vivid description of the final wars between the Grecian kings and the eventual coming of the Romans. Seleucus III fought Egypt and in 217 B.C. Ptolemy IV came against them at Raphia. The "vile person’ of verse 21 is Antiochus IV Epiphanes, who had been a hostage of Rome, until his older brother secured his release. This is the same person we saw in chapter 7.
"And out of one of them came forth a little horn which waxed exceeding great, toward the south and toward the east and toward the pleasant land (Israel). And it waxed great even to the host of heaven and it cast down some of the host and some of the stars to the ground."14 These stars were the Jewish saints and leaders.
In verse 25, we have Ptolemy VI Philometor, the son of Cleopatra I. who was betrayed into his uncle’s hands. "They that feed of the portion of his meat shall destroy him."15
When Antiochus is forced to change his plans because of the arrival of Roman ships, under Roman Consul Gayus Laenas, "he shall be grieved and return and have indignation against the holy covenant; he shall even return and have intelligence with those that forsake the holy covenant. And arms shall stand on his part and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength and shall take away the daily sacrifice and they shall place the abomination that makes desolate."16 This was the offering up of a pig on the altar.
When he entered Jerusalem, he slew 80,000, enslaved 40,000 and sold another 40,000. "They shall fall by sword and by flame, captivity and by spoil, many days . . . And some of them of understanding shall fall, to test them, to purge and to make them white."17 Unfortunately the prophecy of Verses 40-45 did not happen. Antiochus died in Persia.18
Again, returning to chapter 8, we read: "He magnified himself even to the Prince of the host and by him, the daily sacrifice was taken away and the place of the sanctuary was desecrated. . . . Then I heard one of the saints speaking and another saint asked the one speaking, ‘How long shall the vision concerning the daily sacrifice and the desolation and the transgression, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot? And he said to me, ‘Until two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed."19
In his efforts to Hellenize the Jews, Antiochus introduced a new religious calendar, complete with new feasts. He forbade the observance of the Sabbaths and circumcision.20 He deposed the high priest Onias III and sold the office to Jason. Four years later, he removed Jason and sold it again to Menalsus, who was not even
of the priestly lineage. The Jews rose up in rebellion when they learned that Menalsus had stolen all the gold vessels from the temple to pay Antiochus.21 We must remember that this book was written to comfort the children of Israel during these tribulations.
Finally, Daniel is given a vision to let him know just how long this persecution would last. "Then I lifted up my eyes and looked and behold a man clothed in linen whose loins were girded with the find gold of Uphaz: His body was like beryl and his face was as the the appearance of lightning and his eyes as lamps of fire and his arms
and feet like the color of polished brass. The voice of his words was like the voice of a multitude. And I Daniel alone saw the vision, for the men that were with me did not see the vision, but a great quaking fell upon them, so that they fled."22
Were these men Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego? We don’t know. I have often wondered where Daniel was, when the three children were thrown into the fire and where they were when Daniel was thrown into the Lion’s den. I prefer to think of Daniel as representing the mind of man, which is caught up in rapture and vision. The other aspects of man remain behind. If my readers have any explanations to this question, please write me.
Daniel had been told of a great "time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that time. And at that time your people shall be delivered, every one that is found written in the Book. And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life and some to shame and everlasting contempt. And those that are Wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and those who turn many to Righteousness, as the stars for ever and ever."23
The "time of the end" here refers to the end of age which Jesus brought in at his death, not to the end of our age. The Essenes understood this passage well; that’s why they wore white. This mini resurrection was accomplished at Christ’s resurrection, when he led captives free and ascended on High. Some of them
appeared in the streets of Jerusalem. "And the graves were opened and many bodies of the saints which slept arose and came out of the graves after his resurrection and went into the holy city and appeared to many."24 This was a great mystery to Daniel. He was instructed to "seal up the book, until the time of end;
when many shall run to and fro and Knowledge shall be increased."25 Again this ‘time of the end’ would be the one in the Apostolic era, not our time, as we shall see.
When Daniel wanted to know when this time of "scattering the power of the holy people" and this "time of the end" would come he was told "Many shall be purified and made white and tried" and that none of his people who had been destroyed through prosperity and working with the enemy would understand. "And from the
time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away and the abomination that makes desolate is set up there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days." That brought them to the cleansing of the temple. But "Blessed is he that waits and comes to the thousand three hundred and thirty five days."26 That is when Antiochus supposedly died. But there was greater news to come in the time of the fourth beast.
THE FOURTH BEAST
The fourth beast which Daniel saw is not really described, except to say that it was "dreadful and terrible and exceedingly strong; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces and stamped the residue with its feet and it was different from all the beasts which existed before it and it had ten horns."27
Here, he is speaking of the Roman empire which was the greatest of all the empires. This beast has ten toes which we understand to be the ten divisions of the Gothic nations, which became incorporated into the Roman Empire from the 4th Century B.C. through the 8th Century B.C. One of these tribes did battle three of the
others and wiped out their power. It was during the days of the Fourth beast that the [cubed] stone was cut out without hands. Now, we must deal with a passage which has been greatly abused by the ‘prophetic ministries’ people. It deals with the ‘seventieth week’.
THE SEVENTY WEEKS PROPHECY
"Seventy weeks are determined upon your people and upon the holy city, to finish the transgression and to make an end of sins and to make reconciliation for iniquity and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy and to anoint the most Holy."28 Before looking at the rest of the prophesy we need to examine this mouth full.
Those who wish to say that Daniel was written after the events or near the events of the great persecution of his people which we just examined, have a problem when they come to this prophecy. It was quoted in 160 B.C., just shortly after the death of Antiochus in 164 B.C. So, it could not have been written after the events. We are here speaking of the redemptive work of our Savior Jesus Christ. It breaks down as follows:
To make an End of Sins ————Heb. 9:26
To make Reconciliation ———— I Cor. 5:19
Bring in Everlasting Righteousness Rom. 10:4
Seal up the Vision —————— Lu. 16:16
To Anoint the Most Holy Messiah — Lu. 4:18
Most every scholar agrees that these seventy weeks break down into days which represent years. This is based on Numbers 14:34 and Ezekiel 4:6. The problem comes with the three divisions of this seventy weeks that we are given. "Know therefore, and understand that from the going forth of the Commandment to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the coming of the Messiah, the Prince, shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks. The street shall be rebuild and the wall, even in troublesome times.
Now, a lot of scholars want to date the order to rebuild Jerusalem as originating with Cyrus in 534 B.C. or Darius in 519 B.C. or even Artazerxes in 457 B.C. But none of these provides for 490 year minus 3 1/2 (when the Messiah was ‘cut off’). For seventy times seven equals 490 years. The solution for us is provided by David
H Lurie, who points out the word ‘shavuim’ in verse 25 means ‘made up of sevens’. It is not the ordinary Hebrew which is commonly used for seven. His solution provides for the first seven weeks to be double and the next sixty-two to be regular weeks of seven. So it would break down as follows.
14 x 7 = 98
62 x 7 = 434
1 x 7 = 7
This takes us back even further to the decree of King Nebuchadnezzar to rebuild the city of Jerusalem (not the Temple). And we must also remember that the Messiah was cut off in the middle of the seventieth week. These figures must also use the Jewish calendar; not our calendar.
THE MOST ABUSED PASSAGE OF DANIEL
We come to that all important part of Daniel in verses 26, 27. The rendering I am about to give is based not on any modern versions but on a strictly literal Hebrew rendering. It would read as follows: "And after three score and two weeks shall the Messiah be cut off and have nothing and the Jews shall be no more his people. The
Prince's future people that shall come, shall destroy the city and the sanctuary and the end thereof shall be with a flood. And unto the end, Wars and Desolations are determined. And he shall confirm a Covenant with many for one week; and in the midst of the week, he shall cause the Sacrifice and the Oblation to cease. And upon
the battlements, shall be the abominable army that shall make it Desolate, even unto the Consummation, and that determined upon the desolator shall be poured out." I hope that this study will arm my reader against the gross distortions imposed on this passage.
God bless you, Jeffrey Brackeen
1. I Kings 10:14
2. Jer. 12:12
3. P. 173. The Externalization of The Hierarchy, Alice Bailey
4. Bill Lambert, speaking at Seminar, ‘Possible and Probable Events In The Future,’ Theosophical Society, Boston,
Massachusetts, August 8, 1991
5. P. 24-25, The Hidden Dangers Of The Rainbow, Constance Cumbey
6. John 1:42
7. Rev. 11:2, 3
8. Rev. 12:6, 14
9. Dan. 7:4
10. Dan. 8:8, 20-22
11. Dan. 11:6
12. Dan. 11:7, 8
13. Dan. 11:17
14. Dan. 8:10
15. Dan. 11:26
16. Dan. 11:30-31
17. Dan. 11:33, 35
18. I Macc. 6:1-16
19. Dan. 8:13-14
20. II Macc. 1:41-64
21. II Macc. 4:32-34
22. Dan. 12:5-7
23. Dan. 12:1-3
24. Matt. 27:52, 53
25. Dan. 12:4
26. Dan. 12:8-12
28. Dan. 9:24