I have had people ask me if they think there is a possibility that we are in the midst of Daniel’s 70th week. For those of you who don’t know end times lingo, that means the final seven years of this age before Christ returns. I have also had people tell me that they know we are in the midst of Daniel’s 70th week. One of these was about 7 years ago. At the time, I asked the person if they wanted to make a friendly wager. I said that we were not in Daniel’s 70th week and that I was willing to bet them. I said that the terms of the bet would be this: if I am correct, you must drive to my state and town and take me out for a dinner of my choosing, but if you are correct, I will drive to your town and take you out for dinner to a place of your choosing. After some back and forth, the person declined the wager. I really wish they would have bet because I had my heart set on a taco pizza.
This post is for those of you who hypothesize about when the return of Christ may occur. Firstly, I don’t believe we are to spend endless hours speculating about Christ’s return. Christ gave us some commands and they don’t include analyzing every detail of the news each night to see if Christ might return before the sun comes up. However, Christ did tell us to watch for His return. At the end portion of Mark’s version of the Olivet Discourse, Christ gives us the clear command to learn the lesson from the fig tree. When you see the leaves, you know that summer is near. Then Christ tells us all to watch. Mark 13:37, “And what I say to you I say to all, WATCH!”
Let me get into the scriptural reasons why we are not yet in Daniel’s 70th week. Daniel 7 is one huge reason that I refuse to budge on. The fourth beast in Daniel’s vision devours the previous three. Note that the first three beasts have ran their course in the order of Babylon, Medo-Persia, and Greece. This fourth beast, terrifying and dreadful as it is, has ten horns. These ten horns represent ten kings. As these ten horns are seen all at the same time on this beast, there is a little horn that comes up among the ten. The little horn subdues, humbles, brings down, and roots up three of the horns. The three horns fall prostrate before the little horn. It is only after this little horn rises up amongst the ten that the final events at the end of the age come to pass.
The parallels between the little horn of Daniel 7, and the actions of the ten horned beast of Revelation 13 are almost exact. Consider some of these congruous phrases:
*A mouth speaking great things, Daniel 7:8, 20.
*The beast was given a mouth uttering blasphemy, Revelation 13:5.
**He shall speak words against the Most High, Daniel 7:25.
**It opened its mouth to utter blasphemies against God, Revelation 13:6.
***Made war with the saints and prevailed over them, Daniel 7:21.
***It was allowed to make war on the saints and to conquer them, Revelation 13:7
****The saints will be given into his hand for time, times, and half a time, Daniel 7:25.
****It was allowed to exercise authority for 42 months, Revelation 13:5.
(Note that time, times and half a time is explained as 3 ½ years, see Revelation 12:6, 14.)
It seems that the little horn of Daniel 7 is a king that will take control of the whole beast, meaning the whole empire. Now follow me here. The beast with ten horns appears, takes authority over the earth, then the little horn rises up amongst the ten horns. Note how Daniel 7:24 gives the clear order.
24 As for the ten horns, out of this kingdom ten kings shall arise, and another shall arise after them; he shall be different from the former ones, and shall put down three kings.
The meaning is obvious. Ten kings will rule within this empire, all at the same time. But one king will rise up among them and take authority over the entire empire. In doing so, he will subdue three of the ten kings. Only after the ten kings have risen to power within this empire can the final antichrist figure appear and make war against the saints. Revelation 17:12-13 explains that the ten horns hand their authority over to the beast.
Here is what I see on the forecast for the future. Within the bounds of the old Roman Empire, there will form a confederacy of ten nations. The old Roman Empire was basically the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, which this is the great sea upon which the four beasts strove for authority, see Daniel 7:2-3. It extended from Italy, into Asia Minor, into the Middle East, and even into northern Africa. Many prophecy scholars are focused on Europe and the recent congelation of the European Union. This may be significant, then again, maybe not. Given that the last Reich that formed in Europe during WWII was very antichrist, there may be something to this. But we must look for what scripture has revealed, and that is an empire ruling the earth in the form of ten kingdoms. See this link for a great map of the different empires that have ruled over the Middle East.
Some suggest that secret deals have been made and that perhaps the ten nations are already controlling the earth somehow. I really doubt that God’s Word would have left the church playing guessing games. The truth will be plain to see since God has promised that we will not be in darkness about the unfolding of these events, see I Thessalonians 5:1-11. Remember how many didn’t understand the first coming of Christ? Was it due to the fact that they didn’t know what signs would occur? No, it was because their hearts were hardened in the face of every foretold sign and miracle that did occur. No wonder Jesus praised His heavenly Father with these words, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will.” I have a feeling that the end times will unfold in just that way. The ten nation alliance will appear before the entire world, and much of the church (organization) will be in denial. True believers will have understanding, though, just like the twelve disciples that Jesus likened to little children. It will not be something hidden in a corner, it will be quite public and visible for all to see.
Have fun and stay busy – Luke 19:13
-The Orange Mailman
P.S. That bet is still open. I wish I could get some takers. I’d love to be treated for dinner to a taco pizza.