As we consider this final Gentile kingdom seen by Daniel and John we need to remember who it is that is behind it – the Devil.
“And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.” – Revelation 12:9
From the beginning he has opposed God and His plan of salvation for mankind. He was in the Garden of Eden deceiving and trying to usurp God’s rightful place at the head of creation. He is still at work trying to do the same, that is why the Apostle Paul warned –
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” – Ephesians 6:12
Down through history the Devil has tried to influence mankind to assist him in his war against God – enticing them to worship false gods, to accept false doctrines, to embrace false theories about the Creation, and to physically war against those who are representatives of God on earth, such as Israel and the Church. This has been a long battle but now it is drawing to a close.
In the process, God is accomplishing three things: 1) He is purifying His people and teaching them to become overcomers, and 2) He is identifying those who remain faithful and those who are unfaithful, and 3) He will finally defeat and purge the Devil and his forces from both heaven and earth.
Toward the very end of this process the focus of Gentile history will move toward the ‘ten toes’ of the statue of Gentile nations seen in Daniel chapter 2. To Daniel and John, it was revealed that these toes would represent 10 horns, which represent nation powers, out of which another ‘little horn’ arises.
“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.” – Revelation 17:12
“I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.” – Daniel 7:8
Many have wondered if the EU is the revelation of these ten
horns. It is true that there are more than 10 nations in the EU but, the ruling body is made up of ten nations. This theory became even more interesting when several years ago three of the nations were formed into a single group called the Benelux. They were the nations of Belgium, Netherlands, and Luxembourg. Is this what Daniel spoke about? Regardless if the EU is the fulfillment of the 10 kings of Daniel and John, we can see a clear pattern emerging. Whenever it comes forth they will only have a short time to do their devilish work, which is to introduce the Antichrist figure and to destroy the false church known a the Harlot of Babylon.
“And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.” – Revelation 17:16
Mystery Babylon, the Great Harlot, the false church, is willing to compromise with the Devil for the sake of power, wealth, and influence. She is willing to accept the offer Jesus refused –
“And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.” – Luke 4:6-8
John reveals even more about the ‘little horn’ that arises out of the ten horns. He is the final representative of the beast and he is allowed to overcome all for a short time –
“And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” – Revelation 13:7
Both Daniel 7:25 and Revelation 13:5 teach that he will only have 3 1/2 years to do his rebellious work, then the Lord Jesus Christ will judge him.
“These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.” – Revelation 17:14
God has not hidden what will happen. To mankind is given the choice to believe it or not. We are all choosing sides right now and the time is soon coming when we will no longer have the ability to change our minds. I urge you, choose wisely while you still can –
“Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:” – Isaiah 55:6
“For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him.” – Psalm 32:6
There is yet more to this mystery which God has revealed but, that will have to wait for the next Mystery Babylon post.