The first Empire was Babylon. The Babylonian Empire was the most powerful state in the ancient world after the fall of the Assyrian empire (612 BCE). Its capital Babylon was beautifully adorned by king Nebuchadnezzar, who erected several famous buildings. Even after the Babylonian Empire had been overthrown by the Persian king Cyrus the Great (539), the city itself remained an important cultural center. The present name of Babylon is Iraq (Middle East).
After Babylonian Empire, the second empire was Medo-Persian Empire. The Persian Empire is the name given to a series of dynasties centered in modern-day Iran that spanned several centuries from the sixth century B.C. to the twentieth century A.D.
The first Persian Empire, founded by Cyrus the Great around 550 B.C., became one of the largest empires in history, stretching from Europe’s Balkan Peninsula in the West to India’s Indus Valley in the East.
The third empire was the Greek Empire led by General Alexander De Great. Later, Alexander De Great empire was divided into four Kingdoms: Cassander, Ptolemy, Antigonus, and Seleucus (known as the Diadochi or ‘successors’). This means, after the death of Alexander De Great, his four generals divided the world into four parts. In 500 BC, Rome was a minor city-state on the Italian landmass.
By 200 BC, the Roman Republic had vanquished Italy, and over the accompanying two centuries it vanquished Greece and Spain, the North African coast, a large part of the Middle East, advanced France, and surprisingly the far-off island of Britain.
In 27 BC, the republic turned into a realm, which suffered for an additional 400 years. At last, the expenses of holding a particularly huge region together become excessively incredible. Rome continuously splits into Eastern and Western parts, and by 476 AD the Western portion of the domain had been annihilated by intrusions from Germanic clans.
The Eastern portion of the domain, situated in Constantinople, proceeded for a long time after that. The Roman Empire started when Augustus Caesar (27 BCE-14 CE) turned into the principal sovereign of Rome and finished, in the west, when the last Roman head, Romulus Augustulus (475-476 CE), was dismissed by the Germanic King Odoacer (476-493 CE).
In the east, it proceeded as the Byzantine Empire until the demise of Constantine XI (1449-1453 CE) and the fall of Constantinople to the Ottoman Turks in 1453 CE. The impact of the Roman Empire on western progress was significant in its enduring commitments to basically every part of western culture.
Numerous names ring a bell when somebody makes reference to the incredible “reprobates” of the Bible. Some are unfamiliar forces, similar to the Pharaoh of the Exodus or King Nebuchadnezzar, and some are even local Israelites, like King Saul and King Ahab.
The extraordinary reprobates in the period of the New Testament and the Early Church frequently appeared as incredible persecutors, including King Herod the Great and the Roman sovereigns Nero and Domitian.
These names have proceeded to turn out to be truly notorious, with many deified in front of an audience and screen. There is, in any case, one name that has gotten away from the consideration of scriptural mainstream society despite the fact that his activities, seemingly, are more terrible than large numbers of his abhorrent friends: Antiochus IV Epiphanes.
The Jews were moreover puzzled. The Greeks were individuals who esteemed training and scholarly pursuits, something the Jews additionally esteemed and especially appreciated. The Greeks communicated in a wonderful language, which the Jews definitely liked. (The Talmud says that antiquated Greek is the most delightful language on the planet, it is the solitary language you can compose a genuine Torah scroll other than Hebrew.)
Without a doubt, the Torah was quickly converted into Greek (in the third century BCE) by Ptolemy III, the primary such interpretation in Jewish history. This interpretation was known as the “Septuagint” after the 70 rabbis who did it.
It happened that King Ptolemy assembled 72 sages and put them in 72 houses without disclosing to them why he had united them. He went to every last one of them and advised him, “decipher for me [into Greek] the Torah of your lord Moses. (This interpretation is viewed as a public catastrophe for the Jewish public. In the possession of the non-Jewish world, the now available Hebrew Bible has regularly been utilized against the Jews and has been purposely mistranslated.
Most Christian Bibles in English today rely upon the Greek interpretation, which was then converted into Latin, the language of the Roman Empire, and from that point into English. You can simply envision the number of translations and botches and purposeful mistranslations made along the way.)
Notwithstanding, it was inescapable that the Hebrew Bible would be converted into Greek since Greek turned into the global scholarly language of the old Mediterranean world. It was as normal wherever as English is today! Furthermore, the Jews who were for the most part speaking Aramaic on account of their raid in the Babylonian outcast became familiar with Greek also.
(Hebrew was then a language essentially of petition and of study, however not the language of the road, even in Israel.) This is where the head of Edomites began, the Roman Empire. Daniel 7:1-8 “In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon, Daniel saw a dream and visions of his head as he lay in his bed. Then he wrote down the dream and told the sum of the matter.
Daniel declared, “I saw in my vision by night, and behold, the four winds of heaven were stirring up the great sea. And four great beasts came up out of the sea, different from one another. The first was like a lion and had ‘eagles’ wings. Then as I looked its wings were plucked off, and it was lifted up from the ground and made to stand on two feet like a man, and the mind of a man was given to it. And behold, another beast, a second one, like a bear.
It was raised up on one side. It had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth; and it was told, ‘Arise, devour much flesh.’ After this I looked, and behold, another, like a leopard, with four wings of a bird on its back. And the beast had four heads, and dominion was given to it. After this I saw in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, terrifying and dreadful and exceedingly strong.
It had great iron teeth; it devoured and broke in pieces and stamped what was left with its feet. It was different from all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns. I considered the horns, and behold, there came up among them another horn, a little one, before which three of the first horns were plucked up by the roots. And behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking great things.” I have already talked about the Empires, from Babylon to Roman Empire. But I will base it on the 4th beast from the sea. Which empire is the 4th beast?
Daniel 7:15 “I, Daniel, was troubled in spirit, and the visions that passed through my mind disturbed me. I approached one of those standing there and asked him the meaning of all this. “So, he told me and gave me the interpretation of these things: ‘The four great beasts are four kings that will rise from the earth. But the holy people of the Most High will receive the kingdom and will possess it forever—yes, for ever and ever.’
“Then I wanted to know the meaning of the fourth beast, which was different from all the others and most terrifying, with its iron teeth and bronze claws—the beast that crushed and devoured its victims and trampled underfoot whatever was left. I also wanted to know about the ten horns on its head and about the other horn that came up, before which three of them fell—the horn that looked more imposing than the others and that had eyes and a mouth that spoke boastfully.”
Daniel 7:7 it read, “After this I saw in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, exceedingly strong. It had huge iron teeth; it was devouring, breaking in pieces, and trampling the residue with its feet. It was different from all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns.”
The eating up teeth of iron and the stomping on feet compare with Nebuchadnezzar’s vision of the fourth realm being solid as iron, breaking in pieces and squashing all others (Daniel 2:40-41). At the point when the Roman Empire came to control under the Caesars (44 B.C.) it ate up, broke in pieces and stomped on the buildup of its adversaries with its feet as was depicted in Daniel’s vision in Daniel 7. The fourth beast is very not quite the same as the past beasts, in that it has 10 horns.
Daniel 7:24 says, “The ten horns are ten lords who will emerge from this realm.” Historically, these recoveries started to ascend after the fall of Rome in A.D. 476, with the later ones under another name: the Holy Roman Empire. Europe has clearly assumed a focal part in world history, so it’s anything but astonishing that it’s anything but a significant spot in Bible Prophecy. The most essential prediction that gives a framework for some, different predictions is Daniel 2.
In this prescience the lord of Babylon saw a colossal metal sculpture, with the head of gold, chest of silver, tummy of metal, thighs of iron and feet of iron blended in with dirt. The different metals addressed the significant world domains that have persecuted God’s kin from the hour of the prophet. The brilliant head represented the Babylonian Empire which kidnapped Israel and obliterated the sanctuary and Jerusalem.
The silver chest addressed the Medo-Persian Empire, the metal tummy addressed the Hellenistic Empire and the Iron thighs the Roman Empire. The following (and longest enduring) stage is another turn of events: There is not a change to another metal; the iron proceeds with directly down to the toes, yet it is blended in with earth.
Not that Europe was at any point joined together. The countries were in every case exceptionally nationalistic with political and regional aspirations that kept them fighting with each other. Moving unions and triumphs continually changed the boundaries and small-scale domains shaped and broke up, however the one steady was the solidarity of strict conviction and the authority of the Church. This was anticipated in the prescience: “As you saw iron blended in with earthenware mud, they will blend with the seed of men; however, they won’t cling to each other, similarly as not blend in with mud” (Daniel 2:43). There were ten horns on the beast that represented the division of the Roman Empire into the clans of Europe (Italy, Spain, Britain, Greece, Macedonia, Germany, France, Portugal, Belgium, Switzerland).
In any case, the vision centers around “another horn, somewhat one, coming up among them, before whom three of the principal horns were culled out by the roots. What is more, there, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth talking pretentious words” (Daniel 7:8). This little horn was “not the same as the primary horns”, as the earth was not the same as different metals, in that it is anything but a strict force that was amidst the others, and by and large it controlled them.
This little horn addresses an amazing strict framework that would line up with the last seven of the 10 political horns that were to emerge after the fall of Rome. This coordination among chapel and state created what eventually got known as the Holy Roman Empire. In refrains 21-22 and 25, this little horn makes battle against the holy people, expresses vainglorious words against God, expects to change times and law, and oppresses the holy people for a “period and times and a large portion of a period” (in a real sense three and a half years, however utilizing the day-for-a-year guideline of Numbers 14:34 and Ezekiel 4:6, 1,260 years).
Proof of this oppression can be seen as the centuries progressed, as hundreds and thousands of individuals in Europe lost their lives through the examinations of the Roman Catholic legal framework. They were tormented for admissions of being apostates and killed on the grounds that they would not submit to the position and precepts of the Roman Catholic Church and the pope.
This was what the 4th beast with the ten horns did, they targeted Africa and Israel. They targeted Africa for our resources and Israel for Religion.
Part 4 coming soon!