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1 Society’s drastic change in its view of homosexuality – 1997 to 2007 A character in the very popular Harry Potter books

2 The last 10+ years have been equally thrilling 2001: Russia: from foe to friend 2003: Iraq turns Shiite 2009: Lisbon Treaty 2003: Rosh, Magog & Gomer alliance

3 In Revelation, what is the primary warning to the saints living during the 1260 year reign of the beast (from AD610 to AD1870?) Revelation 13:7, 9-10 “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…If any man have an ear, let him hear. He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.” Answer: Answer: “beware, lest you lose your head!” due to persecution

4 In Revelation, what is the primary warning to the saints living during the last days? Revelation 16:15 “Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.” Answer: “beware, lest you lose your garments!" due to the immoral conditions prevailing at Jesus’ return” The garment of fine linen of Rev 19:8 “And to her (bride of Christ at 2 nd coming) was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness (righteous actions) of saints.” “And to her (bride of Christ at 2 nd coming) was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness (righteous actions) of saints.”

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6 The Willful king and strange god in the latter days The Willful king will have immense power, none can withstand Working closely with him will be the head of the false religious system with strange teachings Their latter day relationship is also depicted in Dan 7:11 (4 th Beast and Little horn) Ch 11 is where the 2 little horns of Daniel (ch 7 and 8) converge – one military, one religious The Willful king, having emerged from the King of the North, merges back in vv40-45 – the final phase of the Willful king Both the Willful king and King of the North exist in the last days; the principle characteristic of the former is his shared ruling with the strange god; of the latter is the invasion of Israel

7 The Willful king and the Little Horn of the Goat are synonymous Both: share the same origin (same Grecian – Seleucidian horn) and arise at the same time (8:9; 11:15) have immense power that none can withstand (8:9-10,24; 11:36) Are arrogant, exalt and magnify themselves, even above God (8:11,25; 11:36) Exist at the time of the end, having continued until the end of Israel’s indignation Are destroyed by Christ after having slain “many” Jews (8:25; 11:44) Are destroyed, after which Israel is spiritually restored These are not 2 different latter day powers who happen to share these common characteristics – they are 1 and the same power

8 The latter day symbols in Daniel Dan 2 – Image seen by Nebuchadnezzar Dan 7 – 4 beasts Dan 7 – Little horn of the 4 th beast Dan 8 – Little horn of the goat also known as the King of fierce countenance Dan 9:27 – The Desolator Dan 11:36-39 – The Willful king and Strange god Dan 11:40-45 – The King of the North These latter day powers in Daniel are all one and the same: they hate Israel and will be destroyed by Christ; to this list can be added: Gog, the Assyrian (Mic 5), the northern army (Joel 2)

9 The OT prophets define the latter day structure 1.A Great Adversary will arise against Israel, comprised of nations from Europe, Asia and N. Africa A high level of unity exists among the confederate powers – all work together to destroy Israel

10 The OT prophets define the latter day structure 1.A Great Adversary will arise against Israel, comprised of nations from Europe, Asia and N. Africa A high level of unity exists among the confederate powers – all work together to destroy Israel 2.An apostate and blasphemous religious power will stand in defiance of God, right to the end It’s the same power that persecuted the saints for 1260 years It’s symbols: Little horn of 4 th Beast; a Strange god who rules over a strange religion (Papacy + Roman church) 3.A special alliance and working relationship will exist be- tween the Great Adversary & the apostate religious power Dan 7 – the Beast and Little Horn Dan 11 – the Willful king and Strange God

11 The latter day prophecies of the book of Revelation must fit into the same (OT) structure The Revelation visions will expand upon the structure, providing more detail, but also be consistent with the OT structure The latter day powers in Revelation must be the same latter day powers identified in the OT The latter day visions of Revelation must complement those of Daniel, which is the blueprint by which Revelation is to be understood There cannot be 2 different latter day structures, with Daniel going in one direction and Revelation a different direction We wouldn’t expect to find a new list of 26 details portraying a different end of the story in Revelation

12 Rev 16:12 – The Euphrates “Drying Up” – the End of the Ottoman Empire The Ottoman Empire following WWI British Mandate over Palestine; 1917 – Balfour Declaration

13 The general structure of latter day prophecy The Dragon The Beast RUSSIA EUROPE The False Prophet Israel’s principle antagonists Eastern leg of Dan 2, Rosh, Meshech, Tubal, Dan 8 Little horn West. leg of Dan 2, Magog & Gomer Adulterous Woman Little horn Of Dan 7 Man of Sin Papacy/False Church In Revelation, Daniel’s 4 th beast will be expanded into 2 beasts: a Dragon and Beast Rev 12 & 13 trace their historical development and when/how the 2 nd beast emerged The mistake we need to avoid is to assume the Beast of Revelation is the same as the 4 th Beast of Dan 7 – the 4 th beast is a composite symbol and incorporates both the Dragon and Beast of Revelation

14 The general structure of latter day prophecy The Dragon The Beast RUSSIA EUROPE The False Prophet Israel and her principle antagonists Rosh, Meshech, Tubal, Little horn of Dan 8 Magog and Gomer Adulterous Woman Little horn Of Dan 7 Man of Sin Papacy/False Church A r m a g e d d o n: Israel invaded

15 Papal Infallibility First Vatican Council "We teach and define that it is a dogma Divinely revealed that the Roman pontiff when he speaks ex cathedra, that is when in discharge of the office of pastor and doctor of all Christians, by virtue of his supreme Apostolic authority, he defines a doctrine regarding faith or morals to be held by the universal Church, by the Divine assistance promised to him in Blessed Peter, is possessed of that infallibility with which the Divine Redeemer willed that his Church should be endowed in defining doctrine regarding faith or morals, and that therefore such definitions of the Roman pontiff are of themselves and not from the consent of the Church irreformable." 1854: Immaculate conception of Mary 1950: Mary taken bodily to heaven

16 The Great False Church plays a significant part in latter day prophecy It is her influence, not her military, that is emphasized: Dan 7 – little horn with eyes/mouth, speaking great blasphemies against God Dan 11 – a strange god who promotes a strange religion that others embrace 2 Thes 2 – the Man of Sin who uses power and signs and wonders Rev 16 – a False Prophet (a false teacher) Rev 17 – a Great Harlot whose strength is in her seductive powers

17 2 Thes 2 – the Man of Sin “falling away”: this apostate system has Christian roots but no longer upholds true teachings It’s arrogance is unsurpassed, even claiming to be God, seeking to be worshipped and taking his seat in God’s temple The Lord Jesus Christ is rightfully given the title of God in Heb 1:8 (cp Ps 45:6) for his victory over sin; this Man of Sin has taken the title without the victory Man of Sin: “I am God”; God: “no, let me set the record straight, you are the Man of Sin, not God” Paul uses phrases such as “mystery of iniquity” and “all deceivableness of unrighteousness” to describe this system The false system exists at the 2 nd coming because it is Christ who will destroy it

18 Papal Endorsement: “ The Second Edition English Translation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church includes the corrections promulgated by Pope John Paul II on 8 September ” The Teachings of the Church

19 A Church-Centred Religion FORGIVENESS #1440: Sin is before all else an offense against God, a rupture of communion with him. At the same time it damages communion with the Church. For this reason conversion (contrition, confession, and satisfaction) entails both God's forgiveness and reconciliation with the Church, which are expressed and accomplished liturgically by the sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation.

20 A Church-Centred Religion FORGIVENESS #1442 The Church is the means by which Christ has willed forgiveness and reconciliation granted #1444 Christ has given the power to reconcile sinners with the Church to the college of the apostles (bishops) #1445 Whomever the Church excludes from her communion, is excluded from communion with God; “reconciliation with the Church is inseparable from reconciliation with God.” #1448 God acts to forgive through the intervention of the Church, who through the bishop and his priests forgive sins

21 A Church-Centred Religion GRACE How is grace dispensed by God? Through the Church #1084 Christ pours out grace to the Church, which, in turn, distributes it through the sacraments #774 The Church contains (receives) the grace and communicates (dispenses) the “invisible grace she signifies.” #1131 “The sacraments are efficacious signs of grace…entrusted to the Church. The visible rites by which the sacraments are celebrated signify and make present the graces proper to each sacrament.”

22 A Church-Centred Religion Want to grow in faith? #181 – you need to go to the Church Want God as your father? #181 – the Church must be your mother Want your prayers to be heard? #2696 – the best place to pray is in the Church Where should you be married? # – in the Church Who cares for you during your pilgrimage in life? #1683 – the Church Who takes you to God when you die? #1683 – the Church How is salvation obtained? #776 – through the Church

23 The Church has become the Mediator between God & Man

24 Rev 17 is a latter day prophecy v1: “I will show you God’s judgment upon her v14: she rides the beast into war against the Lamb

25 They both: 1.Persecute the saints 2.Speak blasphemies 3.Mightily influence others 4.Arise out of Roman empire 5.Continue until 2 nd coming 6.Rebel against Christ 7.Are destroyed by Christ Little horn of Dan 7 Great harlot of Rev 17 2 latter day symbols sharing common characteristics, describe the same power

26 Artist’s rendition Of Babel EU Poster: “Many tongues, One Voice” If they can defy God they can kill his people The EU attempts to mock God by linking themselves to the Tower of Babel – the city God condemned; attempting to rebuild that which God removed

27 The EU has chosen to honour its pagan and mythological roots over God; but in so doing has vindicated the accuracy of His Word

28 “Out of the Abyss: How Europeans Built Peace Together” – I.e. we have built the EU from what had been nothing to achieve world acclaim The EU celebrates receiving the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize by boasting of its rise from obscurity and in so doing, provides a marker for its prophetic identify Rev 17:3 – the latter day Beast arises from the “wilderness”

29 The EU has chosen to honour its pagan and mythological roots over God; but in so doing has vindicated the accuracy of His Word The symbols don’t fulfill prophecy but they do help us pinpoint the identity of the latter day beast, upon whom the woman rides in Rev 17 In their attempt to mock God, the EU leaders have vindicated the wisdom and accuracy of His Word; their symbols declare: “We are the beast of Rev 17”

30 EU leaders call for greater integration and political union President Van Rompuy – Head of EU Council President Draghi – Head of EU Central Bank President Barroso – Head of EU Commission

31 Von Rompuy charged with drafting plan to deepen EU’s economic union EUObserver 24-May-12 EU leaders have tasked council chief Van Rompuy with drafting a plan on deepening the eurozone's economic union, potentially via an inter-governmental treaty. "Our discussion also demonstrated that we need to take the economic and monetary union to a new stage,” Van Rompuy said during a press conference.

32 Barroso calls for stronger “Beast” The president of the European Commission called for the EU to be turned into a 'feder- ation of nation states' in a sweeping demand for countries to surrender more sovereignty and move towards full integration. Reuters 12 Sep 12 Barroso said EU institutions need more power over member states to fight the (financial) crisis. He called for a…further leap of integration. “…we need greater unity and coherence between our policies... We need to consolidate a transnational order that through shared sovereignty guarantees the protection of our citizens.“ EuroAtiv 05-Sep- 12

33 EU wins Nobel Peace Prize: Barroso uses event to call for a stronger EU AP: OSLO, Norway — 9 Dec 2012 EU leaders on Sunday hailed the achievements of the 27-nation bloc, but acknowledged they need more integration and authority to solve problems, including its worst financial crisis, as they arrived in Norway to pick up this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. Conceding that the EU lacked sufficient powers to stop the devastating Bosnia war, European Commission President Jose Barroso said that the absence of such authority…is “one of the most pow- erful arguments for a stronger European Union.”

34 Merkel: EU to be federalized in the long run Addressing Members of European Parliament: "Of course the European Commission will one day become a government, the EU council a second chamber and the European Parliament will have more powers. But for now, we have to focus on the euro and give people a little bit of time to come along." 07 Nov 12

35 Merkel’s vision of Europe aligns exactly with prophecy! “Der Spiegel..., the reliably well-informed German weekly, reports that Merkel …says she believes in a German future inside a united Europe and with the euro currency. That is the priority. To make it work means recrafting the eurozone into a single federal state in all but name, with a common economic policy and financial rules, a common judicial system and a common defence and foreign policy.” UPI – 22 Oct 2012

36 The Final Battle – 40 years after Armageddon Location: Europe – the lake of fire Enemy: Beast & kings of the earth; False Prophet aka Great Harlot  Ezek 39:6 – fire sent on Magog  Dan 2:35 – the chaff blown away  Dan 7:11,26 – Beast & little horn lose their dominion  Micah 5:6 – battle taken to the land of the invader (Assyria)  2 Thes 2:9 – Man of Sin destroyed  Rev 14:18 – vintage harvest (wheat harvest = Armageddon)  Rev 16:17-21 – occurs at end of 7 th vial  Rev 17:14 – Beast and Great Harlot make war on the Lamb  Rev 19:11-21 – Beast and Harlot thrown into lake of fire

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