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Visions of the Apocalypse

Let us travel back to the year 605 BC and follow the Israelite people into Babylon. Now, let us fast forward to the 1st century AD and visit John on the island of Patmos. We invite you to follow us on our quest to comprehend the great mysteries of the end like never before.

Introduction

For Daniel, it all began around 605 BC when Judah was defeated and he along with members of the elite were taken into captivity by Babylonian king, Nebuchadnezzar. Eight years later in 597 BC, the king of Judah, Jehoiakim was killed and was succeeded by his son Jehoiachin whom three months and ten days later was replaced by king Zedekiah and he too was taken captive. Finally, in 587-586 BC Jerusalem fell and all, but a small minority of folks, were taken captive.

The book of Daniel tells us in chapter 8 that his vision occurred during the reign of king Belshazzar. For centuries opponents of biblical inerrancy claimed that king Belshazzar was a figment of Daniel’s imagination; however, in 1854 a clay cylinder, dated 540 BC, known as the Nabonidus Cylinder of Ur, removed all doubt. In fact, if one studies the Nabonidus Cylinder of Ur, then one discovers that king Belshazzar was not only real, but that he was also the eldest son of king Nabonidus.

cylinder_nabonidus_ur

Moreover, in the Verse Account of Nabonidus, (thought to have been inscribed during the reign of Cyrus II, sometime shortly after the fall of Babylonia), we learn that king Belshazzar was given the kingdom and control over his father’s army -most likely sometime between 542-541 BC.

In the autumn of 540 BC, Cyrus II set his sights on the capital, Babylon. According to Herodotus, using a basin that was dug by the queen Nitokris of Babylonia to hold off the Assyrians, the Persian army diverted the water into a canal; thus lowering the water level to about waist high, which allowed the Persian army to march into the city at night via the basin and avoid armed conflict. By this time, Nabonidus had returned to Babylonia and was hiding out in the capital. On October 29th, 539 BC, Cyrus II entered Babylon, arrested Nabonidus, and the Babylonian empire fell.

Finally, in 538 BC, all surviving Jewish captives were set free!

The physical location of Daniel’s vision took place in the city of Shushan (Susa) which is located in the lower Zargos Mountains about 250 km (160 mi) east of the Tigris river, between the Karkeh and Dez rivers in the province of Elam stretching from the lowlands of what is now the Khuzestan and Ilam provinces, as well as, a small portion of southern Iraq. The spiritual location of Daniel’s vision was located some 20 miles north-west of the city Susa near the river Ulai. During the time of Daniel this region was known as Babylonia, but today we know it as the country, Iran.

Prelude

Daniel 7 is our main source for a sneak peek into the end of times; however, Daniel 8 is that same vision except with a focus on our final earthly hour; therefore, we must examine both chapters in correlation with Revelation 13 in order to obtain the full gruesome picture, but before we dive into our complete study, let’s first discuss the New Testament book of Revelation.

Revelation

The book of Revelation was authored by a man known only as John. John’s testimony reveals that he was exiled to the Greek island of Patmos where he both recorded and had his vision. Later to be known as Saint John of Patmos, today the islanders still celebrate this historic legend.

The island of Patmos is among the northernmost Greek islands located in the Aegean sea and the island inhabitants believe that John wrote the book of Revelation while residing in the Cave of the Apocalypse, which today has been converted into a church and has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1999. The Cave of the Apocalypse is open for tours and is located about halfway up the Aegean Mountain, between the villages of Chora and Skala, below St. John’s Monastery.

The LORD, Jesus Christ died in 33 AD, John is thought to have died in 100 AD, and the Grand Royal Basilica was built to honor Saint John of Patmos in 300 AD; therefore, Saint John of Patmos must have recorded his vision sometime between 33 AD and 100 AD, and no later than 300 AD.

Visions of the Apocalypse

Information pertaining to the end of times exists in two major places: 1) Daniel, and 2) Revelation; however, bits and pieces can be found peppered all throughout the Holy Bible, which only appear to reference Daniel, rather than to contribute new information. One exception is found in the book of Revelation; therefore, in this section of our article we will fuse together Daniel 7-8 with Revelation 13 in order to obtain a full, unadulterated behind-the-scenes look at the end of times.

The book of Revelation 13 describes a beast with 7 heads, 10 horns, and 10 crowns; however, Daniel 7 describes the same beast, except that he saw them as 4 separate beasts where 3 beasts had 1 head and 1 beast had 4 heads. Because, unlike in Revelation 13, Daniel saw separate beasts, we might conclude that each beast will rise up at different times, in succession, but will at some point converge into a single beast, as is described in Revelation 13.

Daniel 7 tells us that each horn represents a king; therefore, by extension that would mean that each head is a region and that each beast is a nation. Therefore, in the end of times this world will be divided into 7 regions, which, of course, begs the question: Why are there 10 kings?

The answer is simple and can be found in both Daniel 7 and Revelation 13:

Daniel 7:8
8 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.
Revelation 13:3
3 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.

So, we learn that there are 10 kings total, but 3 are removed, making the sub-total 7, then one more rises up, making the grand total 8 kings; therefore, in our last days on earth, there will be 7 nations, 7 kings, with 1 king above all kings, and sadly that king will be the Anti-Christ.

The characteristics of this false king of kings will be like that of a lamb (he will outwardly represent peace), but he will speak like a serpent (cunning and wise) and will blaspheme the things of God and God Himself. The Anti-Christ will persecute God’s people and will cause them to be arrested and murdered. He will disgrace the Holy city of Jerusalem and cause its people to flee.

This false messiah will deceive the entire world, causing them to worship the new world system and to receive a mark either in their right hand or in their forehead, which if they refuse to take the mark, then they will not be able to buy nor sell, therefore crippling them economically.

Unfortunately, that’s not all, because apparently there will be no room for those who refuse to take the mark, because Revelation 13 tells us that anyone who refuses the mark will not just be taken forcibly off the grid, but that they will also be killed. Both Daniel and Revelation calls these people Saints, which is appropriate because the word “saint” means “holy” and the word “holy” means “to be set apart” and that’s exactly what happens to all those who refuse to take the mark:

Revelation 20:4
4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

As soon as a government begins mandating its people to receive this mark, it is obvious who their greatest earthly opponents will be, which is of course the Christian Community. Both Daniel 7 and Revelation 13 describes this world-wide war against the saints, stating that this false king of kings will wear us down and ultimately defeat us. Which is no surprise considering that we wont be able to buy or sell anything, which of course includes food, supplies, and especially ammo.

Then, soon after our collective demise, in comes the Wrath of God!

The Kingship of Our Lord

Despite the many delusional attempts of satan to prove otherwise, the true King of Kings, is the Son of God, our LORD and Savior, Jesus Christ. Indeed, both Daniel 7 and Revelation 13 describe the LORD’s Kingship here on earth, stating that He will first cast down their thrones and remove them from the earth, then He will give their dominion to the Saints and we will be made Kings, while the Son of God, Jesus Christ will rule over all as our true King of Kings!

Conclusion

In a nutshell, before the end of days the whole world will be divided into 7 regions, having 7 kings, with 1 king above all kings. During this time God’s people will be at war with the false king above all kings and he will change laws and make us guilty. Because we choose not to worship the beast nor take his mark, then we will be arrested, detained and killed for our dissidence.

And, then the end will come and our LORD, Jesus Christ will punish the wicked and will strip them of their kingdoms. The LORD will make of us Kings and we will inherit the kingdoms of the earth! For all eternity, we will live free once more, in the glory that He shares with the Father!

Amen.

DIVINECODERS

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  1. George
    March 23, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    There is one more book to be read. It is more precise than the others. It tells us in more detail of what is going on right now. Its is the BOOK OF ESDRAS 2. Check it out.

    • March 23, 2015 at 3:30 pm

      Hi George,

      Ezra 2 appears to be speaking about the return from Babylon. How does this explain what is happening today in more detail? Are you speaking about the Jewish return that we are seeing today and comparing that to Ezra 2?

      DIVINECODERS

      • George
        March 23, 2015 at 4:07 pm

        Hi. Read the last few chapters. From the Dragons of Arabia( ISIS) and on. Look up the ancient tribes and names and you will find its the “IRANIANS” attacking ISIS and that an Iranian leader will be killed and they will turn and retreat. (Also the way, I believe that the beast that was wounded on the head, was attack on twin towers.) If one focuses long enough on certain prophecies they will come to life and translate into current events. ( PS I wish I were wrong, life would be so much easier. ( lol. ) George

      • March 23, 2015 at 10:35 pm

        Alright, we will work it in our next study, thanks for the tip. We are aware of Daniel 8 specifying that Grecia (West) will attack and destroy Media (IRAN) and Persia (IRAQ) and we know that these two countries do work together at this time and that Iran essentially governs Iraq, so it would make sense that if one is attacked, then both will join, so Daniel’s vision is not really at all far-fetched -it could happen at anytime!

        Anyway, how does the twin towers represent 3 horns and a head? We know that the horns represent people, in fact, kings and that there are 3 removed. So, the math isn’t working here nor is the logic, considering that the twin towers are not people and that there are only 2…

        Moreover, the AC is not in control yet, the world hasn’t been divided into 7 regions -this must happen first, then 3 kings are removed and out of those the AC rises up. That doesn’t compare to anything that took place on 9/11 or even after 9/11. Unless, of course, the world has been divided into 7 regions and we just aren’t aware of it.

        Maybe it has, who knows? Just stay vigilant and be ready at all times to endure whatever comes our way. And, just know that the Lord, Jesus Christ is soon coming to redeem us.

        DIVINECODERS

      • George
        March 24, 2015 at 12:41 pm

        Yes, a messaiah is coming riding a white horse and no one knows who is name is but himself. The Christians,Jews and Muslims are all waiting for him.(the same guy?) He is preparing to attack with his blood soaked robe and fire in his eyes.

        The Rabbi Samuel in the 11th century predicted with extreme accuracy that Israel would be liberated in the jubilee year of 1917, Exactly 50 years later in the next Jubilee he predicted that Jerusalem would be captured by the Jews in 1967. His final prediction is MESSIAH will be here before 2017 the next jubilee year.

        With this being the year of the SHMITAH ( also means the Falling) something alarming will happen on Sept 13th.( on the Jewish day 29th of ELUL. The 29th of ELUL was also Sept 11th 2001 on the exact day. The 29th of ELUL happened again on Sept 17th 2008 when the Economy collapsed. Now, the 29th of Elul will be on Sept 13th of this year. Amazing that the previous catastrophies happened almost to the minute of the same day. That and the 4th blood lunar eclipse, portends something terrible on its way.

        Thats even more to think about. We must make our peace with God and Jesus. I dont think we have much more time left. Warm regards, George

      • March 24, 2015 at 11:07 pm

        Thanks, George. However, having done a quick search for this 11th century so-called “prophet” we found that this character is quite dubious. He taught theosophy for crying out loud. Blavatsky, Crowley, Hitler all followed this satanic religion. Beware, the synagouge of satan is quite deceiving. Therefore, we must and do reject this teaching. Thanks anyway, but we’ll just keep with the Holy Bible as our only source of foreknowledge. You should too.

        http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judah_ben_Samuel_of_Regensburg#Mysticism

        DIVINECODERS

      • Kathleen Durheim
        May 21, 2016 at 1:30 am

        History tells us that the wound of the beast, that is healed, correlates to the Roman Catholic Church/ Vatican:
        Revelation 13:3 tells us that the beast would indeed suffer a deadly wound, and this prophecy was exactly fulfilled in the year of 1798. “In 1798, 1260 years later [from 538], the pope was taken into captivity and the Catholic Church was dealt a mortal blow. It happened just as Revelation had foretold, with remarkable accuracy…..During the French Revolution and under orders from the revolutionary French government, General Alexander Berthier [one of Napoleon’s generals] issued a proclamation in Rome on February 15, 1798, informing Pope Plus VI and the people of Rome that the pope should no longer ‘exercise any function.’ ” (God Cares, Vol.2, p.328). “Napoleon had dethroned the Pope, because the Pontiffs found themselves alone, the sole fountains of order, peace, law, and safety” in Western Europe. (The Temporal Power of the Vicar of Christ, p.27). In 1798, Napoleon intended that there would never be another pope. “The Papacy was extinct: not a vestige of its existence remained; and among all the Roman Catholic powers not a finger was stirred in its defense. The Eternal City had no longer prince or Pontiff, its bishop was a dying captive in foreign lands; and the decree was already announced that no successor would be allowed in his place.” (Rome: From the Fall of the Western Empire, p. 440). In other words, a deadly wound was inflicted upon the beast power, just as the Bible prophesied: “And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death.” (Rev. 13:3a). But, that was not the end of the story, for the second part of the Scripture prophesied: “and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.” (Rev. 13:3b).

        Also, if you look up the land of Grecia, it is, surprisingly located in South America and the birth place of the current pope, Francis:
        From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ; Grecia may refer to
        Greece, in several Romance languages (Latin: Graecia)
        Grecia (canton) (Spanish: Cantón de Grecia), third canton of the Costa Rican province of Alajuela Grecia, Costa Rica, its capital city located in the first district (Distrito de Grecia).
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Francis
        Furthermore, our world is currently divided into 7 continents (Yahweh’s number of completion) and every continent has it’s ruler/rulers. The UK is the ruling authority over more than Great Britain, and thus veto’s the physical ruling bodies under their jurisdictions. The UN heads all authority over the earth with the “kings” in assembly. However, the final authority now goes the Vatican; namely Pope Francis. He mandates his power of authority and gives or denies blessings for every nation. He recently rewrote the commandments of Yahweh, given to Moses on Mt. Sinai.

        World News

        Pope Francis: God Has Instructed Me to Revise the Ten Commandments
        July 6, 2015 by R. Hobbus J.D.
        http://www.vatican.va/archive/ccc_css/archive/catechism/command.htm

        Lightning strikes the Vatican — literally – USA Today
        http://www.usatoday.com/story/weather/…/lightning…strikes-vatican…/1913095.
        (Luke 10:18 KJV
        “And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.”) Is it possible the indwelling of satan, as the beast, now manifests itself in the body of Pope Francis?

        Research these things for yourself. Keep in mind that the pope is front and center in every stage, worldwide. Israel is at the mercy of the beast tearing the country in two. One world order, religion and obedience will be soon.
        .Revelation 17:17

        Pope Francis Credited With Performing ‘Miracle’ As St. Gennaro’s …
        http://www.huffingtonpost.com/…/pope-francis-miracle_n_6920624.ht...

        Revelation13:14
        “And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.”

        I could continue giving testimony and witness of the indwelt beast ,as Pope Francis, according to prophecy and scriptural description. However, there is limited room and time.
        I hope this clears the air regarding the context of the chat..

        Wikipedia

      • George Angelijkoussis
        June 16, 2016 at 2:43 pm

        Hi Kathleen. My opinion is The Beast is a “COUNTRY”most likely USA, which holds the great city (NYC) which will be destroyed by a nuclear explosion. So will the crown of the beast(Washington DC). I have seen vision of this event over and over since I was 8 yrs old. I am now 67. The USA is the kingdom that will be plunged into darkness as the rest of the people died from sores.
        The positive proof is when we are forced to receive the mark of the beast in order to buy and sell) EVERYONE is supposed to die that receives that mark, or chip, or whatever. The beast that was wounded and miraculously recovered was the 9/11 attack. The HEAD represents symbolically the World Trade Center.

        Esdras 2 (READ THE LATTER CHAPTERS) describes the eagle being destroyed in stages and eventually burned. i believe this is the USA(Babylon) also. And eventually China (Asia) will share an even worse fate,

        Kathleen, I can see you are a very educated and intelligent person. I also wish with all my heart these apocalyptic events were in the past, but alas it is not so, in my opinion, Since history so often repeats itself, its understandable why previous events seem to somewhat fit.

        These books were delivered to us in each case, by an angels(messengers). In fact, it was an angel(messengers) that spoke to Ezra, Abraham, Jacob, John of Patmos, Daniel, Samson’s parents, Lot, Jesus, Paul, Solomon, David, Muhammed, all the prophets of the bible, etc. Its always a messenger from the stars that delivers all G-d’s messages, prophesies and warnings. These messenger angels mostly appear in human form, and yes, even eat and sleep as in the story of Sodom and Gamorah

        Hmmmmm It seems someone up there is informing us of future events before they unfold. But that’s an entire another story. George

  2. lucky Selva
    March 22, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    Dan 7 describes 4 separate beasts coming out of the Mediterranean Sea. This corresponds with Dan 2- 4 separate Kingdoms and the final 10 kings. Rev 13, speaks about parts of the same 4 kingdoms coming together to form an end time hybrid kingdom with 7 heads and 10 horns. If you count the number of heads and horns in Dan 7 it adds up to 7.heads and 10 horns( Lion, Bear, Leopard with 4 heads, and final terrible beast ROME with 1 head and 10 horns). Rome and the papal system was wounded on the head by Christ Jesus(seed of the woman) but the wound appeared healed when it was resurrected in 1948 under the treaty of Rome. The vatican city is the mystery babylon city with 7 hills which has broken covenant with our Lord Jesus Christ and become the mystery babylon (mouth of a Lion) a mother of harlots( Peter’s reference to Rome 1 Peter 5/13).

    • March 23, 2015 at 2:18 am

      Hi Lucky Selva,

      In regards to the Rome/Papal system being the wounded head, that doesn’t really make sense. Daniel said that the head would be wounded and three kings would be removed and that one king would rise up in their place. There is only one pope.

      What Daniel is actually referring to is more like a world system which has been divided into 7 regions with one leader/king above all leaders/kings. This is a new world order, that replaces previous orders. Sure, the Catholic Church has and will continue to whore itself out and to be an abomination by practicing paganism, as it has for centuries, but it is NOT the wounded head, because, quite simply, it does not fit the description of Daniel.

      Furthermore, one must recall that from the head that is wounded, where the 3 horns are removed, the new horn rises up in their place. You do not actually think that the Anti-Christ will be a pope, do you? That is highly unlikely. The AC will deceive the entire world, and Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Atheists, etc count as part of the entire world. It appears that it would be difficult (in fact a miracle) for a pope to cause any of them, let alone all of them, to worship the Catholic Church. Heck, he can’t even get Protestants to do it…

      Moreover, it will not be a RELIGION, but rather PEACE that the AC is selling, which of course one will purchase with their life. For if one accepts this offer, then he rejects the offer of Salvation. See, Revelation 20:4.

      So not only does the math not work, but the logic doesn’t work here either. Therefore, we must disagree with your statement; however, we do agree that the Catholic Church has long been a fraud with their Pagan Tiara, upside-down cross, abominable hierarchy, the usage of Father (though for the sake of Paul we digress), their worship of a false goddess named “Mary” who is actually most likely Isis, and so on and so forth.

      Anyway, it isn’t important to argue such things, we will find out soon enough.

      Thanks for sharing!

      DIVINECODERS

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