Thursday, February 13, 2014

Earth's Last Days

  Many people believe that we are in the last days before Christs glorious rapture. The Bible tells us that no man can know the date and hour that it will happen. Jesus tells us in Matthew 24 that nations will rise against nations. There will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. You will be delivered up to be afflicted and they will kill you. You will be hated of all nations for his sake. There will be false prophets and because of the lawlessness that abounds men's hearts will grow cold. The Bible tells us that men will become lovers of self and children will be disobedient to parents. Men will call good evil and evil good. Knowledge shall increase and men will run to and fro. These are just a few of the signs that we are to look for. Does any of these signs look familiar to you? I once had a discussion with my sister who lives in Hawaii on this subject and she believes that the signs that we are seeing today have appeared to every generation and that our generation is no different than any other. There is no way that we can know that we are in the last days. I of course disagree with her. I believe that we can know beyond doubt that we are in the last days because of the prophecy of Daniel. In Daniel Chapter 2 it tells the story of the disturbing dream of the Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar. The king however couldn't remember the dream. He called for his astrologers and so-called prophets but they weren't able to interpret the dream. Then he called Daniel who described the dream in detail. 

  Daniel told him that he had dreamed about the image of a great statue whose head was made of gold, it's breast of silver, it's torso of brass, the legs of iron, and the feet were iron mixed with miry clay. Daniel tells us that each metal represents a different kingdom. The gold head represented Babylon and the kingdom of Nebuchadnezzar. His was the greatest and most powerful kingdom. Each metal decreases in value. Bible scholars and historians agree that the silver breast represented Medo-Persia that conquered Babylon. The brass torso represented Greece and Alexander the great which conquered Medo-Persia. The iron legs represented the Roman Empire that conquered Greece. The iron mixed with miry clay represents modern day Europe which evolved from the old Roman Empire. Clay and iron do not mix. This represents the failure of Europe to re-unite. He says in verse 43 that they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay. This is the period of history that we live in today. We know by this dream and interpretation of Daniel beyond doubt that we are living in the last days. Verse 44 and 45 is the icing on the cake. And 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, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever. Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure.

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