The book of Daniel describes a powerful Empire. There probably won't be a single person in the last few days who won't have to face this Empire. And to see that and to learn the details, let's explore the Bible together
First, we would like to draw your attention to the fact that the Bible contains many parables and prophetic images. And Mostly Scripture teaches through images and comparisons. That is why the greatest of teachers Jesus Christ, telling parables, called for:
23 If any man has ears to hear, let him hear.”24 He said to them, “Take heed what you hear. With whatever measure you measure, it will be measured to you, and more will be given to you who hear. 25 For whoever has, to him will more be given, and he who doesn’t have, even that which he has will be taken away from him.” (Mark 4:23-25)
It is important not to forget that the Word of God is something unusual, illogical from a human point of view. Therefore, what is written in the Scripture must be judged spiritually.
A mighty hunter
The city of Nineveh, which became the capital of the Assyrian Kingdom, was built just a few centuries after the flood. And this is where the mystery begins.The Scripture tells that Nimrod built it. Who was he? In Genesis 10:8,9 says that he was "a mighty hunter before the Lord." I.e., a strong hunter, who opposed God. Probably he was directly related to the construction of the tower of Babel. Because Nimrod built Nineveh (Genesis 10:10, Genesis 11:1-9, Genesis 10:11).
Babylon and Nineveh are the works of the hunter, the enemy of God Yahweh.
In Daniel 7:3-7, Daniel 8: 3-5 kingdoms are compared to beasts. But who catches them in his power? Revelation 13: 2 shows that it is none other than Satan, the devil, who is the adversary of the Supreme God. When the devil tempted Christ in the wilderness, he mentioned that the kingdoms were in his power.
Wheel of time
In the 8th century BC, the Assyrian Empire became the enemy that had the greatest influence on the people of Israel. Taking advantage of the fact that God gave into the hands of Assyrian land to the North of Israel and the Northern Kingdom of Israel, the Assyrian king Sennacherib decided to take one of its main purposes - Jerusalem.
5 Alas Assyrian, the rod of my anger, the staff in whose hand is my indignation! 6 I will send him against a profane nation, and against the people who anger me will I give him a command to take the plunder and to take the prey, and to tread them down like the mire of the streets. 7 However he doesn’t mean so, neither does his heart think so; but it is in his heart to destroy, and to cut off not a few nations. 8 For he says, “Aren’t all of my princes kings? 9 Isn’t Calno like Carchemish? Isn’t Hamath like Arpad? Isn’t Samaria like Damascus?” 10 As my hand has found the kingdoms of the idols, whose engraved images exceeded those of Jerusalem and of Samaria; 11 shall I not, as I have done to Samaria and her idols, so do to Jerusalem and her idols? (Isaiah 10:5-11)
The name of the city of Jerusalem means literally " Peace from Jehovah."(compare Judges 6: 24). And the Almighty Yahweh swore that this city would remain a lamp in which he would dwell. And when the Assyrian troops came to Jerusalem, king Hezekiah was told (Isaiah 37: 35,32.).
35 ‘For I will defend this city to save it, for my own sake, and for my servant David’s sake.’”32 For out of Jerusalem a remnant will go out, and survivors will escape from Mount Zion. The zeal of Yahweh of Armies will perform this.’
Then there is an interesting event:
36 Yahweh’s angel went out and struck one hundred and eighty-five thousand men in the camp of the Assyrians. When men arose early in the morning, behold, these were all dead bodies.(Isaiah 37: 36)
But Assyria's attack on Jerusalem is not just part of history. To the prophet Daniel 150 years after these events, it was said:
14. Now I am come to make thee understand what shall befall thy people in the latter days: for yet the vision is for many days.(Daniel 10:14)
41. He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon.45. And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him.(Daniel 11:41,45)
1. And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.(Daniel 12:1)
It's very similar to what we read from the prophet Isaiah, isn't it? And these events have to happen with the spiritual Assyria that is yet to be at the end of time, and to see that, compare the Scriptures: Daniel 11:30(a) and the Numbers 24:24:
30. For the ships of Chittim shall come against him: therefore he shall be grieved, and return, and have indignation against the holy covenant: so shall he do; he shall even return, and have intelligence with them that forsake the holy covenant.(Daniel 11:30)
24. And ships shall come from the coast of Chittim, and shall afflict Asshur, and shall afflict Eber, and he also shall perish for ever.(Numbers 24:24)
And since the figurative Assyrian king has yet to return, and this is a threat to the true servants of God, it is logical therefore, to discuss in more detail the following questions: how will events unfold in the last days, and what should true Christians do in these circumstances?
Assyria's attack is not just a biblical story. It is a prophetic example that gives hope to latter-day Christians.
Last Day Events
According to the prophecy, the last days must begin when the Lord Jesus Christ as King of kings will gain power from his Father God, the power to wage war with the devil.
7. And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,8. And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.9. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.12. Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.(Revelation 12:7-9,12)
The master Christ said,"as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be in the days of the Son of man." When the angels before the flood came down to earth, mingling with the people (see job 1: 6(a). Genesis 6: 2. Judas the 6th verse), then a surge of evil and violence at that time was unprecedented. This must happen in the last days (2 Timothy 3:1).
6. And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.(Jude 6)
The prophet Daniel in Chapter 2 verses 42.43 describes the state of mankind after the devil (also his angels) is thrown down to them, and will receive greater power on earth.
42. 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.43. 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 2:42,43)
What does this Scripture mean?
Before the flood, the angels mixed, "merged through the seed of man" with the wives, and they had children in common, giants like the Philistine Goliath, who was six cubits and a span. But Dan.2: 43 it is written that they will mix through the seed of man, BUT will not merge with each other, how to understand this?
Let's see how it is written in 2 Thess. 2:3,4,8,9
3. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;4. Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
8. 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:9. Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders…(2 Thessalonians 2:3,4,8,9)
Yes, it is the devil dragon who will give power to the last king. And it corresponds to the place from Otd. 13:2 which we mentioned in the beginning of the topic, referring to Nimrod the hunter. And though they will act as one , it will be a spiritual cooperation, no longer in the flesh.
And to understand how things will develop after what is written in Revelation 12: 7-9, let us study another prophecy of Daniel the 11th Chapter, which will help us understand who the King of the North is?
The beginning of the sign of the coming of Christ corresponds to Daniel 11: 29,30. Matthew 24: 6 says," there will be wars and war rumors, but it's not over yet, " Christians will begin to face different problems. Since that time, the" king of the North " enters into an Alliance with the apostates from the Holy Covenant, (which is mentioned, for example, in 2-Peter.2 Chapter). From this time begins the division in each house, as written in the Matt.10: 35,36. What is the purpose of this Union with false prophets? – the goal is to deceive the Nations to his side and thereby to strengthen their power - see Rev.13: 11-14. "Why does this beast have two horns like the lamb?" Because they are false Christians and false prophets who have allied with the beast with ten horns (Rev.19: 20).
Эти лжепророки, довольно успешно будут отводить человечество от Истинного Бога, они будут "волками в овечьей одежде", о которых предупреждал Иисус Христос в Матф.7:15; 24:24.
These false prophets will take humanity away from the True God, they will be "wolves in sheep's clothing," which Jesus Christ warned in Matt.7:15; 24: 24. The confrontation between the figurative "two witnesses" from Revelation 11 and the "two-horned beast" will be clear, and humanity will be divided into two parts. Some will be on the side of the "king of the North", - which as we know, is the devil. Others are on the side of the King Christ.
The confrontation between the" two witnesses "(Revelation 11) and the" two-horned beast " will be clear, and humanity will be divided into two parts. Some will be on the side of the "king of the North", - which as we know, is the devil. Others are on the side of the King Christ.
The master Christ, teaching his followers, used parables. Solomon, who was the image of Christ, also wrote parables that don't always need to be taken literally. Pay attention to the Parables 22:14, Eccl.7:26.
The mouth of an adulteress is a deep pit: he who is under Yahweh’s wrath will fall into it.(Proverbs 22:14)
Revelation 17: 3,2 speaks of the harlot and the beasts. And in order not to be deceived by it, first of all, it is not knowledge that is important, but the purity of heart and love for God and neighbor - and the rest will follow (Matt.5: 8).
And it is very important to keep the love and faith to the end.
In the book of Luke, there is a parable in which three characters: widow, adversary, judge.
- The widow is the Church of Christ left on earth.
- The adversary is the neck of the Assyrian king.
- The judge is God the Father (see Luke 18:1-8).
In this regard, everyone can ask himself what kind of a Christian he is in his heart. And when at that time we will ask - "lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil" - will the Judge of Heaven have the grace to inherit salvation, and will not be tempted because of false prophets and the multiplying lawlessness of the "Northern king"?
In Daniel 8: 23,24 it is recalled that this will be the most difficult time for Christians, but this time will also be a cleansing fire - see Dan. 11: 35; Dan. 12: 10.
On the whole, the Bible is a book of good tidings, and despite the difficulties, it provides hope. Here is how the prophet Jeremiah wrote about it:
7. Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob's trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.8. For it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD of hosts, that I will break his yoke from off thy neck, and will burst thy bonds, and strangers shall no more serve themselves of him:9. But they shall serve the LORD their God, and David their king, whom I will raise up unto them.(Jeremiah 30:7-9) 23. Behold, the whirlwind of the LORD goeth forth with fury, a continuing whirlwind: it shall fall with pain upon the head of the wicked.24. The fierce anger of the LORD shall not return, until he have done it, and until he have performed the intents of his heart: in the latter days ye shall consider it.(Jeremiah 30:23,24)
No matter how threatening the situation may seem, your faith can confirm that nothing is impossible for God. We will not describe in detail how this will happen. Scriptures on this subject is very, very much, for example:
Habakkuk 2:1-6; Nahum 1:7-15; Micah 5:2-9; Isaiah 54:1,11-15; Isaiah 30:27-33; Ezekiel Chapter 38, etc.
Scripture tells us, each of us can be edified in the faith, remembering - if we are His children, He our Father, who will not leave.