The Antichrist and the Revived Roman Empire
Daniel 2

31.  Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was
excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible.
32  This image's head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of
brass,
33  His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay.
34  Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that
were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces.

Daniel revealed that this image symbolized the future course of world empires until the end of this
age.  One of the most significant revela-tions was that there would only be four world empires from
Babylon in 606 BC, until the Second coming of Christ when He would introduce His heavenly and
eternal "Stone" kingdom with Himself as Messiah King.

This vision of the great image revealed that each stage of these four empires would decrease in
value, but would increase in strength.  As Daniel 2 indicates, the first empire was Babylon.  Scholars
agree that the second was Media-Persia; the third, Greece; and the fourth was the Roman Empire.  
The iron legs represent Rome in its empire stage.  The empire that is still to come, the feet with ten
toes, represent the re-vived Roman Empire in its final form during the period leading up to the battle
of Armageddon.

Da 2:41  And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters' clay, and part of iron, the
kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, for-asmuch as thou sawest
the iron mixed with miry clay.

Da 7:20  And of the ten horns that were in his head, and of the other which came up, and before
whom three fell; even of that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spake very great things, whose
look was more stout than his fellows.

Da 7:23  Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be
diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in
pieces.
Da 7:24  And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise
after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.

Re 12:3  And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having
seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.

Re 13:1  And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven
heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.

This prophecy proves that the future is in the hands of God (2:45) and He has decreed that this last
world power will be a reveal of the ancient Roman Empire within a confederacy of ten nations, based
upon the territory of the old Roman Empire.

Da 7:7  After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terri-ble, and
strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the
residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten
horns.  

Da 7:8  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, be-hold, in this horn were eyes
like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.

The interpretation of this vision indicates that these ten nations form a ten-nation "Roman
confederacy".  (Belgian Foreign Minister Henri Spaak said of the European alliance, "We were
consciously re-creating the Roman Empire once more.")   Then the "little horn", the new leader of
Western Europe (the Antichrist), will seize three of the nations by force.  Then the other seven nations
apparently will submit and join him.  Although he will rule for seven years (9.27), his absolute power
over all of the nations of the earth and over the new believers, the "tribulation saints," will last only for
1260 days from his sacrilegious en-trance into the new Temple in Jerusalem (7.25) until the final
Battle of Armageddon when he will be destroyed by Christ.

In June, 1979, Europe held its first election for the European Parlia-ment, the first directly elected,
multinational assembly in history, which was set up to deal with European community problems.  This
is a natu-ral development of a process which began in 1958 with the founding of the European
Common Market and the North Atlantic Treaty Organiza-tion (NATO).  Europe, unknowingly, began its
first tentative steps to-ward the long prophesied ten-nation confederacy based on the ancient Roman
Empire.  Interestingly, the EEC is based on the Treaty of Rome, which was signed in Tome on March
25, 1957.  Jean Monnet was one of the inspirers of this union and declared the ultimate objec-tive
when he said, "Once a common market interest has been created, then political union will come
naturally."

The Treaty of Rome signed March 25, 1957 establishes a European Economic Community (the
Common Market). Belgium, France, West Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands remove
mutual tariff barriers to promote the economy of Europe and make it a viable competitor with Britain
and the United States.

The European Economic Community (Common Market) created in 1957 by the Treaty of Rome
accepts Britain, Ireland, Denmark, and Norway to membership with the Treaty of Brussels signed
January 22. The House of Commons acts July 14 to permit British participation and the EEC expands
to embrace 20 nations with 257 million people in the world’s most powerful trading block.

A report from Brussels in January, 1985 told of a poll which showed that 52 % of Europeans
supported the idea of transforming the pre-sent, ten-nation Common Market into a true confederacy
to be known as the United States of Europe.  This proposed confederation would go well beyond the
current economic, customs union, and involve defense as well as political union similar to Canada's
Provinces or the USofA.  

It’s not a bad idea.

All of these actions are the embryonic stages of the final Revival of the Roman Empire foreseen by
the prophet Daniel.

·        1.  And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of
thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.

The terrible judgments will not begin like a nuclear explosion, but rather like a tiny snowball rolling
down a long hill.  They will not appear that bad at first but they will gain strength and momentum with
each roll.  Things will eventually get out of control and become so bad that mankind would destroy the
earth were it not for the Second Coming of Jesus.

Notice who opens the seals.  Jesus!  He is in charge of the judgments and their timing.  He once said,
“Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son, that all may honor
the Son just as they honor the Father” (John 5:22, 23).  When he opens the first seal, one of the four
living creatures will speak in a voice like thunder.

Today, as long as the Church is in the world, God will not send these terrible judgments.  But as soon
as the Church is taken to heaven, God will not hesitate to pour out his wrath.

·        2.  And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was
given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.

Chapter 19 also speaks of a rider on a white horse – Jesus.  For this reason, a few experts suggest
that this rider will also be Jesus.  But most experts disagree, believing this rider to be none other than
the counterfeit Christ, or Antichrist.

He will come forth with a bow.  A bow was an effective weapon in John’s day; a symbol of military
power.  However, nothing is said about arrows, so many think this rider will come forth as a man of
peace.

Crowns were worn by heads of state.  Those who wore them usually earned or inherited the right to
wear their crown.  But this man will re-ceive his crown as a gift, meaning he will not earn or inherit it.

The world will be looking for such a ruler who can put an end to nu-clear weapons, environmental and
economic problems, poverty, etc.  He will g forth as a conqueror bent on conquest, thereby
abandoning his peace program in an attempt to dominate the world.  But his use of force to attain his
goal of world domination will be a disaster, resulting in the persecution and death of all those who
oppose him. The earth will have a charismatic leader negotiating peace treaties that are a fake.
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