Fear not! The recent protestsin Egypt that now have the world’s eyes focused on the Muslim Brotherhood only verify the accuracy of God’s end-time prophecies, which are unfolding in front of our eyes. Modern-day Egypt is one of the enemies of God mentioned in Psalm 83 that will become a member of the last days’ 10-nation confederacy, which is referred to in Daniel and Revelation as the ten horns! Specifically, these referred to enemies of God are those nations/populations that have been His people’s enemies—those nations/kingdoms/kings who have tried to annihilate Israel.
While most Bible prophecy scholars believe the prophesied feet and 10 toes on King Nebuchadnezzar’s statue will be a Revived Roman Empire, the Scriptures in Revelation do not point to a Revived Roman Empire. In fact, only the iron legs on King Nebuchadnezzar’s statue represent the Roman Empire. This truth is why the Apostle John’s 6th head/kingdom/king, the one that IS ruling in his day, is NOT the kingdom that becomes the 7th and 8th heads/kingdoms/kings, or else that would mean that the Roman Empire will be revived not once, but twice!
Since there is nothing that indicates the old Roman Empire will have two restorations, the Scriptures in chapters 13 and 17 of Revelation that mention the seven heads and 10 horns are all about the Revived 8th head, which comes out of the 7 heads, meaning, there is an empire that follows the Roman Empire. From history, we know that the empire that follows the Roman Empire is the Ottoman/Turkish/Islamic Empire. It is this successive empire, number 7 of consecutive 7 prophesied heads/kingdoms, whose kings also persecuted Israel and tried to wipe the Jewish people off this earth. This 7th empire, thus, is the feet and toes on Nebuchadnezzar’s statue that are mixed with iron and clay. In fact, these 10 toes also represent Daniel’s 4th beast, for Apostle John prophesies:
…The seven heads are seven hills on which the woman sits. They are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come; but when he does come, he must remain for only a little while. The beast who once was, and now is not, is an eighth king. He belongs to the seven and is going to his destruction. The ten horns you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but who for one hour will receive authority as kings along with the beast. They have one purpose and will give their power and authority to the beast ~ Revelation 17:9b-13, NIV
…And I saw a beast coming out of the sea. It had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on its horns, and on each head a blasphemous name. The beast I saw resembled a leopard, but had feet like those of a bear and a mouth like that of a lion. The dragon gave the beast his power and his throne and great authority. One of the heads of the beast seemed to have had a fatal wound, but the fatal wound had been healed. The whole world was filled with wonder and followed the beast. ~ Revelation 13:1b-3, NIV
In comparison, the Prophet Daniel writes the following about his four beasts:
Four great beasts, each different from the others, came up out of the sea. ‘The first was like a lion, and it had the wings of an eagle. I watched until its wings were torn off and it was lifted from the ground so that it stood on two feet like a human being, and the mind of a human was given to it. And there before me was a second beast, which looked like a bear. It was raised up on one of its sides, and it had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth. It was told, ‘Get up and eat your fill of flesh!’ After that, I looked, and there before me was another beast, one that looked like a leopard. And on its back it had four wings like those of a bird. This beast had four heads, and it was given authority to rule. After that, in my vision at night I looked, and there before me was a fourth beast—terrifying and frightening and very powerful. It had large iron teeth; it crushed and devoured its victims and trampled underfoot whatever was left. It was different from all the former beasts, and it had ten horns. While I was thinking about the horns, there before me was another horn, a little one, which came up among them; and three of the first horns were uprooted before it. This horn had eyes like the eyes of a human being and a mouth that spoke boastfully. ~ Daniel 7:3-8, NIV
There can be no doubt that Prophet Daniel’s fourth Beast is Apostle John’s 8th head/kingdom/king that comes out of all of the world’s nations—the Beast that once was, now is not, and yet will come (cf. Revelation 13:1b; Revelation 17:8b; and Revelation 17:11). It, then, is obvious to the observant individual that the 4th Beast empire predicted to rule in the end times is the one that is rising right now before this modern generation’s eyes, and this Beast empire, which again is head number eight, will be the last and most monstrous empire to come against Israel, for Jesus the Christ Himself is the prophesied stone that will destroy this empire and its Antichrist ruler (cf. Daniel 2:35-36; Revelation17:11, 14).
This rising world empire is true to form. Like those that came before it, this last empire also has that satanic, anti-Semitic, and antichrist spirit, it also has established corrupt laws, it also has idol worshippers, and it also has haters of Christians in it. This last days and end time’ empire is the Islamic Empire, the revived seventh head or seventh empire (cf. Revelation 17:10-11).
Prophet Daniel’s 4th Beast and Apostle John’s Beast that rises from the sea both represent a group of people who follow a false religion. Moreover, Daniel 7:23 and Daniel 11:4 both make mention of an empire thatdevours the populations left over from the kingdoms of Babylonia (the Lion), Persia (the Bear), and Greece (the Leopard). In Daniel 7:23, the prophet writes that “The fourth beast is a fourth kingdom that will appear on earth. It will be different from all the other kingdoms and will devour the whole earth, trampling it down and crushing it” NIV. And in Daniel 11:4, the prophet says that the fourth ruler of the Persian Empire is the richest and most powerful Persian king in succession, but his “…empire will be broken up and parceled out toward the four winds of heaven. It will not go to his descendants, nor will it have the power he exercised, because his empire will be uprooted and given to others” NIV.
Now, history tells us that Alexander the Great, who defeats the Persians, had four top generals, and after his death his Grecian Empire (Daniel’s Leopard) is divided up between these four generals. History also tells us that it wasn’t until B.C. 30, when the Romans’ finally defeated the last of the Ptolemaic kings and annexed the Ptolemaic Dynasty of Egypt to the Roman Empire, that the Romans now have all of the lands and the people once ruled by Greece. However, the Roman Empire’s rule over these areas once dominated by the Grecian Empire (Leopard), which once again is first divided into four kingdoms ruled by Alexander’s four top generals but then three of these kingdoms ultimately are annexed by the Ptolemaic Dynasty of Egypt, indicates that the Roman Empire’s Egypt conquest includes Babylonia (Lion) and Persia (Bear).
The point here is that the Roman Empire is not the Prophet Daniel’s Beast with iron teeth who crushes and devours the remnant of the territories and indigenous cultures conquered by Babylonia (Daniel’s Lion), Persia (Daniel’s Bear), and Greece (Daniel’s Leopard). For sure, the only empire that fits Daniel 7:7, 7:23 and 11:4’s descriptions is the Ottoman Empire, for this kingdom did everything it could do to sustain Islamic civilization by erasing any residue from the Roman Empire, in particular the empire’s presence in the Holy Land, which was accomplished in the early 16th century with the Ottoman/Islamic Empire’s conquest of the Holy Land, the last imperial throne of Rome. What’s more, the Ottoman/Islamic Empire’s rule lasted in the Holy Land until the end of World War I, or around 1922. Over time, the Ottoman Empire also erased the residue of Babylonian (Lion), Persian (Bear), and Grecian (Leopard) cultures and languages. Case in point, today, there are Palestinian Arabs, and Iraq (Babylonia) and Iran (Persia) are currently Arabic nations!
It now should be evident that the Prophet Daniel is predicting that the Ottoman Empire is the kingdom that crushes its predecessors’ people and divides up the lands that were once part of the Babylonian, Persian and Grecian Empires, which the Roman Empire annexed. The Ottoman Empire, by the way, began as a heterogeneous mixture of ethnic groups and religious creeds. However, when the Ottoman Empire tried to untangle itself—free itself from its mixed populations’ conflicting interests, rival groups, and antagonistic faith—this also is when the iron mixed with clay toes’ prophesied significance becomes crystal clear. For sure, just like iron and clay really don’t mix, Islam (both the political and the religious systems) and any other world religion or global political government don’t mix, either!
For these reasons, it should be understood that the last earthly empire is both the fourth Beast of Daniel 7:7 and the Beast in Revelation 13:3, having seven heads and ten horns. This Beast is the one that is waiting for its seventh head to heal from its fatal wound so that the little horn of Daniel 7:8 can push between the larger horns and finally give these ten horns their authority. Indeed, in order for the Jewish people to come back to their land, as prophesied, head number 7, and not head number 6, had to receive a great wound! This fatal wound happens when the office of Caliphate is abolished in 1924.
Therefore, head number 8 will become the Beast world empire once the office of the Caliphate is renewed (as a Caliph is the political and religious ruler of Islamdom who usually is Prophet Muhammad’s successor or substitute). At that time, the eighth empire will follow in its predecessor’s, empire 7’s, footsteps. Furthermore, it should be evident that the little horn that comes up among the 10 horns also relates to the Muslims’ Mahdi—the political and religious person Muslims are waiting for so that he can follow in the footsteps of his predecessor, the Prophet Muhammad.
World Empire number 8 (Apostle John’s 8th head, the revived 7th head) will be the empire that gives power to this ten-nation coalition. Furthermore, this 10-nation coalition (the ten horns on the seven heads) is found in Psalm 83:6-8. Psalm 83:2-8 reads:
See how your enemies growl, how your foes rear their heads. With cunning they conspire against your people; they plot against those you cherish. ‘Come,’ they say, ‘let us destroy them as a nation, so that Israel’s name is remembered no more.’ With one mind they plot together; they form an alliance against you—the tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites, of Moab and the Hagrites, Byblos, Ammon and Amalek, Philistia, with the people of Tyre. Even Assyria has joined them to reinforce Lot’s descendants. (NIV)
Ancient biblical populations = Modern populations/nations:
1. Tents of EDOM = [descendants of Esau], who today are Palestinian Refugees and Southern Jordanians
2. ISHMAELITES = [descendants of Abraham and Hagar], who today are Lebanese, Syrians, Jordanians, Iraqis, North Africans (Libyans and Northern Sudanese), and Saudi Arabians, who, as Arabs, are said to be the only remaining peoples with Ishmaelite blood in them
3. MOAB = [descendants of Lot], who today are Palestinian Refugees and Central Jordanians
4. HAGRITES = [descendants of Abraham and Hagar], who today live in northern Jordan, east of Gilead; Hagar is the matriarch of the Hagrites/Hagarenes
5. BYBLOS/GEBAL = today’s Hezbollah and Northern Lebanese
6. AMMON = [descendants of Lot], who today are Palestinian Refugees and Northern Jordanians
7. AMALEK = today’s Arabs in Sinai Peninsula
8. PHILISTIA/PHILLISTINES = today’s Palestinian Refugees and Hamas of Gaza Strip
9. Inhabitants of TYRE = today’s Hezbollah and Southern Lebanese
10. ASSYRIA = today’s Syrians, Turks, and Northern Iraqis
—Children of Lot = MOAB and AMMON
An observant person will notice that these 10 enemies of God and Israel are currently Arabic nations/populations, and God’s Word makes it clear that the end-time prophecies have to do with Jesus the Christ’s return to Jerusalem (as Jerusalem, and not Rome, is the biblical center of the world). The Lord returns as the Jewish peoples’ king who has come to destroy the enemies of God and Israel; therefore, it should be evident that the world’s belief in the Antichrist coming out of and ruling over the United Nations 10 World Regions and Continental Regions is way off, as is the belief in a Revived Roman Empire.
Indeed, based on Psalm 83’s listed 10 enemies of God, Saudi Arabia, and not Rome,betterfits Revelation 17’s descriptions of the Beast with 7 heads out of which comes the 8th head, which gives power to 10 horns. Clearly, Saudi Arabia, not Rome, has used oil to advance its influence over the “kings” of the earth (cf. Revelation 17:18). Saudi Arabia, not Rome, has corrupted the world with its Islamic religion (cf. Revelation 17:2; 18:3; and 19:2).Today, Saudi Arabia’s Mecca, the city that gave birth to the strongest Antichrist to date (Prophet Muhammad), and gave birth to the religion of Islam, is called “the city of seven hills,” as seven hills surround Mecca. What’s more, today, Saudi Arabia, not Rome, persecutes and beheads the saints (cf. Revelation 17:6; and 20:4).
As a final point, the lesson to be learned from the utter defeat of the 10 nations/populations mentioned in Psalm 83 is that God keeps His blessing and cursing promises found in Genesis 12:3. Thus, if Esau and his descendants can’t escape this curse clause, then God will not spare any of the Gentile populations that have sought or still seek to curse Israel by attempting to annihilate God’s chosen people!