Monday, June 5, 2017

Preacher Andrew Alan Buhman's Systematic Theology, Chapter 30: Eschatology, Part 2

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Daniel’s Seventy Weeks

            Another important aspect of prophecy that must be considered in understanding eschatology is Daniel’s Seventy Weeks:
Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate. Daniel 9:24-27
            Let us look more closely at the English word weeks. It is translated from the Hebrew word Shabua. We can understand the words to literally mean “seventy sevens.’ We can understand this to mean seventy sevens of years, or, 490 years.

The first period of forty-nine years

            The 490 years prophesied in Daniel 9 would begin with the command to “restore and to build Jerusalem.” This prophecy was fulfilled later on in Nehemiah 2:1-8:
And it came to pass in the month Nisan, in the twentieth year of Artaxerxes the king, that wine was before him: and I took up the wine, and gave it unto the king. Now I had not been beforetime sad in his presence. Wherefore the king said unto me, Why is thy countenance sad, seeing thou art not sick? this is nothing else but sorrow of heart. Then I was very sore afraid, and said unto the king, Let the king live for ever: why should not my countenance be sad, when the city, the place of my fathers’ sepulchres, lieth waste, and the gates thereof are consumed with fire? Then the king said unto me, For what dost thou make request? So I prayed to the God of heaven. And I said unto the king, If it please the king, and if thy servant have found favour in thy sight, that thou wouldest send me unto Judah, unto the city of my fathers’ sepulchres, that I may build it. And the king said unto me, (the queen also sitting by him,) For how long shall thy journey be? and when wilt thou return? So it pleased the king to send me; and I set him a time. Moreover I said unto the king, If it please the king, let letters be given me to the governors beyond the river, that they may convey me over till I come into Judah; and a letter unto Asaph the keeper of the king’s forest, that he may give me timber to make beams for the gates of the palace which appertained to the house, and for the wall of the city, and for the house that I shall enter into. And the king granted me, according to the good hand of my God upon me.
            This occurred on March 14 of 445 B.C. That is the same as the Jewish month of Nisan, the 14th of March being the 1st of Nisan. Forty-nine years later, in 396 B.C., Jerusalem was rebuilt completely. “Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks,” (Daniel 9:25). These seven weeks are literally translated seven sevens, or, forty-nine years! The prophecy came true exactly as Daniel had given it!

The second period of four hundred thirty-four years

Daniel 9:26a states, “And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off…” Between the time that the walls were restored until Israel’s Messiah would be rejected, 434 years must elapse in order for Daniel’s prophecy to be accurate. Jesus Christ entered Jerusalem a week before His crucifixion on April 6 (The 10th of Nisan), A.D. 32 according to Sir Robert Anderson in his book, The Coming Prince (pp. 127, 128). From the time of Jerusalem being entirely rebuilt to the time when Jesus Christ died on the cross, exactly 434 years elapsed! The prophecy is extremely accurate!

The third period of seven years

            Now Daniel 9:26b and 27 reads, “and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.”
            Here we have “The prince that shall come” and “Messiah the Prince,” two different people entirely. While Jesus Christ is Messiah the Prince, Antichrist is the prince that shall come. When he comes, he will “confirm the covenant with many for one week.” He will make a peace agreement with Israel and they will accept him as their Messiah. He will step up as the head of the Revived Roman Empire. It will seem as if he has brought a new Millennium of peace to earth, but it will be short-lived. The final seven years will therefore commence with Antichrist signing a covenant with Israel. This will happen at some point after the rapture of the church. Whether an interval of days or years, we cannot know for certain.

Antichrist

            In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon Daniel had a dream and visions of his head upon his bed: then he wrote the dream, and told the sum of the matters. Daniel spake and said, I saw in my vision by night, and, behold, the four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea. And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another. The first was like a lion, and had eagle’s wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man’s heart was given to it. And behold another beast, a second, like to a bear, and it raised up itself on one side, and it had three ribs in the mouth of it between the teeth of it: and they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh. After this I beheld, and lo another, like a leopard, which had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl; the beast had also four heads; and dominion was given to it. After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, 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. 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. Daniel 7:1-8
            Here is a dream given to Daniel that is completely different than that given earlier in the book of Daniel to Nebuchadnezzar wherein he dreamed of a statue of differing kinds of medals. However, the meaning of the two dreams is the same, with more meaning added to Daniel’s dream.
            Just like the golden head in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, the lion of Daniel’s represents Babylon. Just like the silver chest and arms in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, the bear of Daniel’s represents Medo-Persia. Just like the brass midsection of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, the leopard of Daniel’s represents Greece. And just like the legs of Iron in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, the strange beast of Daniel’s represents Rome. Just as Nebuchadnezzar’s dream had ten toes, Daniel’s had ten horns upon the last beast. This represents the Ten Kings of the Revived Roman Empire.

Antichrist’s origins

            In Daniel 7:8, it is stated, “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,” Therefore we see that Antichrist arises out of the Revived Roman Empire. He may even be alive today, awaiting his time when he shall step on to the stage of world history.
            Now let us turn our attention to II Thessalonians 2:7, 8. “For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
            We can see here that sin is at work in the world today, but He who now letteth [hinders] is going to continue to hinder. Who could this be beside the Holy Spirit? It could be no other, for the Holy Spirit is even today restraining the total power of sin upon the earth. However, the Bible says one day He will be taken out of the way.
            Reformed theologians have a hard time with this interpretation, stating that it would be absurd that the Holy Spirit would be taken out of the world completely. It would mean that no one would be able to come under conviction for salvation, and yet we read in Revelation that many will come to Christ through the ministry of 144,000 faithful Jews, which would mean that the Holy Spirit would have to come a second time, something which is never recorded in Scripture.
            However, it is important to note that this verse is not saying that the Holy Spirit will be absent. Rather, it is saying that His restraining influence will be taken from the earth, allowing for wickedness to go completely unchecked. The influence will be gone because the instrument of that influence, the church, will have been taken away.
            As soon as this happens, the wicked one, Antichrist, will be revealed. So then we understand that Antichrist will not step onto the stage of world history until the church has been raptured.
The mission of Antichrist
            This world leader, having a “mouth speaking great things” (Daniel 7:8) will “do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods…” (Daniel 11:36). “[his] coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,” (II Thessalonians 2:9).
            Antichrist is the tool of Satan, serving Satan by replacing Jesus Christ on earth as a leader, which is exactly what the world is looking for today. Many feel today as if we live in a world where there are no heroes. The current President of the United States, Donald Trump, was elected because many saw in him the kind of man who would talk tough and get things done. In many ways, he has already disappointed and alienated many of his supporters.
            People look for leadership in their politicians, and are often disappointed. Gone are the days of Abraham Lincoln, of William Jennings Bryan, of Winston Churchill, of John F. Kennedy, and of Ronald Regan and Margaret Thatcher. Strong leaders are as rare as White Elephants.
            In such a time as this, Antichrist will come and unite a world that is now engaged in tribalism. Just as Genghis Kahn united the warring factions of the Mongols, he will unite all the people of earth. “And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven,” (Revelation 13:5, 6).

The Counterfeit Trinity

            Something interesting will happen immediately following the rapture of the church. “And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:” (II Thessalonians 2:11). When the Holy Spirit’s restraining influence is gone from the earth, people will believe a lie. They will find some naturalistic was to explain the sudden disappearance of the world’s Christians (just as “scientists” today are explaining away the fact that only two genders exist and one cannot change his or her gender).
            Those who have known the Gospel and heard it before but rejected shall now never have the opportunity again to believe. They will believe the delusions God sends them, but they will never believe on Jesus Christ for salvation, even in the darkest times of the tribulation. It is a sad reality for all who are rejecting Christ when He returns for His church.

Antichrist the counterfeit Messiah

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. And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. 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. And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?
And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. 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. And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
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. Revelation 13:1-10
            Here is the full mission of Antichrist outlined. He will be replacing Jesus Christ on the earth during the tribulation. According to William L. Pettingill, “His reign as the world’s monarch will be the logical heading up of Gentile dominion and he will reign over all lands by the energy of Satan. The world will then throw off its mask and openly worship the dragon and the beast. The seven heads and ten horns of the dragon are seen here, showing that Satan has given all his power to the man of sin. The ten horns have crowns upon them, corresponding with the ten toes of Nebuchadnezzar’s image. The Beast-king thus appears as a Roman prince, ruling over the ten-fold form of the revived Roman empire. He is seen in our chapter as reigning over the whole Earth,”[1]

The False Prophet, the counterfeit Holy Spirit

            And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, 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. And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: and that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Revelation 13:11-17
            Coming out of the earth, probably Israel, the false prophet compels the world to worship Antichrist. At the end of three and a half years, Antichrist breaks his covenant with Israel and begins persecuting the saints on earth who have not received the mark of Antichrist, and the nation of Israel. He will bring an abomination of desolation into the Jewish Temple, which will be his image, which the false prophet will have power to somehow animate. This false prophet will be the spokesperson for Antichrist, able to force the world to worship him.

Satan, the Counterfeit Father

            “Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six,” (Revelation 13:18). Here is the mark of Antichrist, the threefold six. It is the number of man. It is the number of incompleteness, being one short of seven. No matter how Satan tries, He cannot perfectly match the real Trinity, but we see him here, doing his best with his two agents upon the earth. The Antichrist will be mortally wounded halfway through the tribulation. At this point, the False prophet will be able to resurrect him, but at that point, he will truly be possessed by Satan, and then will begin the Great Tribulation, the most violent part of the seven-year period. He will control all commerce, as we see here in Revelation 13. However, God is, as always, in control behind the scenes.


[1] Pettingill, William L., The Unveiling of Jesus Christ: Simple Studies in the Revelation, p. 45. Findlay, Ohio: Fundamental Truth Publishers. 1939.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Preacher Andrew Alan Buhman's Systematic Theology, Chapter 30: Eschatology, Part 1

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              Of all theological topics, the author finds eschatology to be the most difficult one to write on. In our age of instant social media, many have proclaimed themselves experts on this matter because they have seen YouTube videos, online charts and memes, and short pithy statements that seem to lift one eschatological view above all others. Sadly, they often become experts without really consulting the Bible or the God of the Bible.

The State of Man After Death

            “Dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return,” (Genesis 3:19). It is evident that after a man dies, his body returns to the dust out of which it was formed. “For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption,” (Acts 13:36). However, there is more to man than just his physical body. His soul, though it has a beginning, has no ending, and it cannot die or sleep. Consider the full weight of Scriptural evidence as testimony to this fact:
“And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise,” (Luke 23:43)
“For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens,” (II Corinthians 5:1).
“Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord,” (II Corinthians 5:6).
“We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord,” (II Corinthians 5:8).
“For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better,” (Philippians 1:23).
“To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,” (Hebrews 12:23).
Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen,” (Jude 24, 25).

The Saved Soul After Death

            Consider that the above verses are written of the soul that has been saved from sin by the grace of God. There is nothing for the saved soul to fear once death is through with the body. The departed souls of those saved by the grace of God and the blood of Jesus Christ are at last made perfect in holiness, and received into paradise, where they are with Christ, who will present them faultless before His Father.
            We often imaging our saved relatives having a reunion in heaven with others in heaven. This author believers that they probably will get to that after about ten thousand years or so of beholding the face of their Redeemer in light and glory while they await the redemption of their bodies, for the body of the saved soul will not lie in a grave forever.

The Unsaved Soul After Death

            “There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked,” (Isaiah 57:21). This is especially true of the wicked soul after death. The Bible speaks of no intermediate state between heaven and hell where the soul may go to better itself. What decisions the soul makes about Christ are made in this world. The Bible is crystal clear about the Christ-rejecting soul when it separates from the body in death:
“and in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments… and he cried…I am tormented in this flame,” (Luke 16:23, 24).
“By which also [Christ] went and preached unto the spirits in prison,” (I Peter 3:19).
“Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire,” (Jude 7).
            Every time an unsaved man dies, it is a great tragedy. His soul is separated from his body, and is immediately cast into hell, a place of fierce and eternal torment. He is held there awaiting a trial before the King of the Universe. This trial is known as Judgment Day. We shall examine this judgment more closely later in this chapter.

The Rapture

            “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also,” (John 14:1-3). Here we have the first mention in the Bible of the Rapture. Jesus Christ made a promise that He would return for His bride, the church, and receive the church unto Himself.
            [1]In the times which Jesus Christ lived as a man on earth, there was a process involved when a young man got married. Having purposed to marry a young woman, he would go to speak to the father. The young woman would not be involved in this conversation. She would not even be in the same room (although probably had her ear to the door in the next room). The man would tell the Father that he was willing to pay for the privilege of marrying his daughter, and would name a price. The father would probably state that the honour of marrying his daughter was worth more than that and would make a counter offer. Thus they would haggle back and forth until the amount of the dowry was reached and both sides agreed to it.
            At this point, the father would bring his daughter into the room, and they were declared to be betrothed. The entire community would now consider them to be as one. The bride and groom would drink wine from the same cup, then the groom would say to the bride, “I am going away to prepare a place for you, but when I go away, I will come again and receive you unto myself.”
            Now the bride was to wait and be faithful to her man while he built a chupa, or, an addition to his parents’ house, where the two of them would live together. Once he was finished, he would get the wedding party together, and they would proceed to the bride’s father’s house to receive the bride. He could come at any hour of the day, and the bride must be ready.
            This is what is happening now. Christ, the groom, has paid for the bride with His own life’s blood. No greater dowry was ever paid for a bride than was paid for the church (Ephesians 5:25). He has gone away to prepare a place where He and His bride will live forever. Now the church must abide faithful to Him on the earth until He returns. His return may be at any moment. We do not await any other events before the return Jesus Christ for His Church. Therefore, the rapture must take place before the tribulation.

The Timing of the Rapture

            “Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed, (I Corinthians 15:51, 52). The rapture will end the Dispensation of Grace, and will begin the Dispensation of Tribulation. This will be a period of judgment, and the Lord will save his own from that judgment period.
            “For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord,” (I Thessalonians 4:15-17). Notice that Jesus Christ appears in the air. He does not return to the earth, but rather He takes the church into the air with Him. This is different from the second coming, where Jesus Christ returns to the Mount of Olives (Zechariah 14:4).
            During the Tribulation, God the Father’s focus shifts from the church to His bride, Israel. He will redeem her and bring her back into the state of marriage with Him. The church meanwhile enjoys union with Jesus Christ (Revelation 19:9).

The Times of the Gentiles

            It is important for the reader to understand a particular phrase in Bible prophecy called “The Times of the Gentiles.”[2] These times began in 605 B.C. when Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon, deported the Jews of the Northern Kingdom of Israel into captivity in Babylon.
            During this time, God gave to Nebuchadnezzar a dream that was interpreted by Daniel, a Jew in exile:
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. This image’s head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass, his legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay. 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. Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.
This is the dream; and we will tell the interpretation thereof before the king. Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory. And wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou art this head of gold. And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth. And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise. Daniel 2:31-40
               Here Daniel prophesied that there would be four empires beginning with Nebuchadnezzar’s. There would be Babylon, the head of gold. There would be Persia, the chest and arms of silver. Greece would be the Brass midsection. Finally, Rome would be the iron legs. Each empire was greater than the other in regard to territory, but each was inferior to the one before it in regard to government. Nebuchadnezzar’s was a dictatorship. He could make decisions and have them carried out in his empire immediately.
            The Persians came up with the idea that the King’s Law could not be altered even by him once it was published. Nebuchadnezzar would have never dreamed of this. Greece had a mobocracy, or a direct democracy of the people with a King over them. Rome had a Republic in which things get done very slowly through a complicated means of political maneuvering. Each of these Empires have come and gone from the scene in the times of the Gentiles.

The Revived Roman Empire

            “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, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay. And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken. And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, 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,” (Daniel 2:41, 42). Here is another Kingdom that has not yet been seen upon earth.
            The Roman Empire ended, but it is not really gone. It has been broken in pieces, and has been lying dormant in Europe for centuries. Many rulers and antichrists have tried to put it back together. Charlemagne tried and failed. Barbarossa could not do it. Many of the popes also tried and failed. Napoleon and Bismarck failed. Adolf Hitler conquered much of Europe and was well on his way to reuniting the ancient Roman Empire, but the allied forces of good defeated him. Many men have attempted to reunite the pieces of the old Roman Empire, but no one has been able to. Since it has not happened, yet, this prophecy is for the future.
The ten toes represent ten Kingdoms that have not yet made an appearance yet. They will be weaker than the other kingdoms, in that they are iron mixed with clay, the uniting of church and state together – where religion and government are considered one and the same. They will be the ten kingdoms of the Revived Roman Empire, and they will come together under the Antichrist.

The End of the Times of the Gentiles

            “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. Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth,” (Daniel 2:34, 35).
            Although some teach that this stone cut without hands is the church that would spread throughout the world, we can see that this is not the case. Rather than seeing righteousness spread through the earth, we see darkness creeping across the land. It will continue to do so in greater force after the rapture of the church. It will only stop at Jesus Christ’s Second Coming, when He will destroy all the wicked forces that are revolting against Him. He will destroy the image of gold, silver, brass, iron, and clay, effectively bringing the times of the gentiles to a close.


[1] The author am grateful to Mr. Craig Hartman, who was a guest speaker at Bob Jones University multiple times while the author was a student, as well as a guest preacher at Faith Baptist Church of Taylors, South Carolina where the author was a member during the same time. Mr. Hartman’s teachings on seeing the Bible through Jewish eyes gave the author knowledge that he is able to now pass on to the reader.
[2] The author gratefully acknowledges the excellent work of Bob Shelton’s book, God’s Prophetic Blueprint, BJUPress: Greenville SC. 2000. It was an excellent resource that the author could not do without while completing this chapter, and is most heartily recommended to the reader.