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40 Then there will be a fourth kingdom as strong as iron; inasmuch as iron crushes and shatters all things, so, like iron that breaks in pieces, it will crush and break all these in pieces. 41 In that you saw the feet and toes, partly of potter’s clay and partly of iron, it will be a divided kingdom; but it will have in it the toughness of iron, inasmuch as you saw the iron mixed with common clay. 42 As the toes of the feet were partly of iron and partly of pottery, so some of the kingdom will be strong and part of it will be brittle. 43 And in that you saw the iron mixed with common clay, they will combine with one another in the seed of men; but they will not adhere to one another, even as iron does not combine with pottery. ~ Daniel 2:40-43, NASB
16 And he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right hand or on their forehead, 17 and he provides that no one will be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name. 18 Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for the number is that of a man; and his number is six hundred and sixty-six. ~ Revelation 13:16-18, NASB
In this 21st century, there are countless people who still believe that the prophesied revived Ten Toes will be ten European Union (EU) countries. Many of these same people also still believe that the Mark of the Beast will be some kind of implanted RFID or computer chip. Neither of these beliefs is correct.
According to the end times’ prophetic passages found in The Book of Daniel, the Ten Toes on Nebuchadnezzar’s statue are not and can never be EU countries. These Ten Toes are ten Middle Eastern Islamic/Arabic countries—the enemies that surround Israel.
Unfortunately, what so many people fail to recognize or acknowledge is that the biblical picture CONSISTENTLY points to the Middle East. This last uncomfortable truth is why these same people try to make the Roman Empire with its countries in Western Europe fit the prophet Daniel’s descriptions of the Middle Eastern Ten Toes, Ram’s Horns, and Ten Horns.
Knowing that the Middle East is the main focus of biblical end times prophecies, it is funny to this writer how so many so-called biblical end times prophecies scholars believe that prophet Daniel’s fourth kingdom is Rome. It is clear to this writer that these biblical end times prophecies scholars assume that the kingdoms or empires that come after Nebuchadnezzar’s “gold” kingdom/empire are the “silver” kingdom/empire of Medo-Persia, and the “bronze” kingdom/empire of Greece. There can be no doubt, for this writer, that this repeated and repeated and repeated misinterpretation is why most people today believe that Rome is Daniel’s fourth kingdom/empire.
It is evident to this writer that Father God is saying, through the prophet Daniel, that the second kingdom/empire is Media, as Media, like Babylon, made the Mesopotamian area (today’s Syria and Iraq) its world-center. The third kingdom is Persia, and Persia, like Babylon and Media, made the Mesopotamian area its world-center. Now, the only kingdom or empire that crushed, devoured, and trampled all the regions of Babylon, Media, and Persia—and far more—is the Islamic Caliphate, and that is why the Islamic Caliphate is the prophet Daniel’s fourth kingdom/empire.
After the Islamic Caliphate exploded on the scene, conquering the lands across the Middle East and breaking in pieces all the empires that came before it—all the regions of Babylon, Media, and Persia—the Islamic Caliphate’s empire became unstable because of its two branches/sects of Islam (two religious or ideological factions): 1. Sunni and 2. Shi’a. These two branches/sects divided the empire, and in doing so their division fulfills the prophecy that Ishmael’s descendants—Sunni and Shi’a Muslims—would be in conflict with one another and with non-Muslims.
Lastly, the Islamic Caliphate also was a mixture of iron (symbolizing strength) and clay (symbolizing weaknesses that came from the descendants of Ishmael and Esau intermingling—being intermarried—with people from various desert pagan tribes). This intermingling is why the iron and clay toes won’t hold together. For this reason, and all of the above reasons, it is evident to this writer that Father God is saying, through the prophet Daniel, that the fourth kingdom/empire will be the Islamic Caliphate, a divided empire as symbolized by the toes on Nebuchadnezzar’s statue that are mixed with iron and clay.
Now, although the demise of the Islamic Caliphate is what ended the reign of the Turkish or Ottoman Empire, the prophesied revival of the Islamic Caliphate also will revive the Ottoman Empire. This empire/kingdom will reign again for a short time, but it will be the last empire/kingdom on Earth that humans will rule. Christ, Himself, will return to Earth and destroy the revived Islamic/Turkish Empire, and then He will set up His Kingdom.
Once again, the Roman Empire does not fit the prophet Daniel’s descriptions of the Statue’s Ten Toes and the Ram’s Horns (both horns, which symbolize that Media and Persia are not one combined empire). This last truth is why the Roman Empire also does not fit the prophet Daniel’s descriptions of the fourth Beast’s Ten Horns.
I’ve written several very long and well-documented WordPress articles in which I prove that the empire that is revived will be the revived Islamic Caliphate/Turkish-Ottoman Empire, and not a revived Roman Empire like so many people believe. Those individuals who want to know what my documented sources are will have to read my articles. My articles can be found by doing a search, on my blog, using key words like Ten Toes, Islamic Caliphate, Ottoman Empire, Revived Empire, and so forth.
On the matter of the Mark of the Beast (the mark of the revived empire’s Antichrist), there is no evidence in biblical Scriptures that an implanted chip will be used. In the Word of God, we read that Father God physically marks Cain with a visible mark that prevents anyone from taking his life—keeps Cain from immediate death—yet prolongs his punishment. Additionally, we read in the Word of God that during the Tribulation Period the Father commands His angels to physically seal His 144,000 servants on their foreheads so that they will not be harmed by His Wrath. Clearly, this Seal of God also is a visible mark, because nowhere is it recorded in the Word of God that the Father’s poured-out Wrath stops after it begins so that IT can check to see if someone has the Seal of God implanted in his forehead. Also, nowhere is it recorded in the Word of God that the Antichrist’s army checks people, either for the Seal of God or for their implanted RFID/computer chip, before his army beheads them.
Since what has been done in the Word of God always is repeated at least once, that means that a visible mark similar to the one that prevented Cain from receiving an immediate death will be given to countless Left Behinders. In Cain’s case, Father God physically marked him. In the Left Behinders’ case, it is the False Prophet who makes sure that the Left Behinders will receive the physical mark that prevents them from suffering an immediate death. Additionally, during the Tribulation Period, Father God will have His angels mark His servants with His Seal before He pours out His Wrath.
Now, it makes sense that, if someone in the Tribulation Period doesn’t have the Seal of God, the Mark of the Beast is the default mark. Having neither mark will guarantee that this person will experience either some prolonged suffering (the Wrath of God) or an immediate death.
Concerning the Mark of the Beast, in the Word of God, it is written that the Beast’s mark is “…either the name of the beast or the number of his name” (Rev. 13:17). Thus, the Antichrist’s name or the number of his name has to be definitely visible—easy to see/read ON foreheads or ON right hands. For the record, in Revelation 13:16, the correct English translation for the Greek word “epi” is ON or UPON and not IN, which the King James Version and a few other translations use.
What should be noted one last time is that, like Cain, the Tribulation Period’s survivors who accept the Mark of the Beast will be prevented from receiving an immediate death (e.g., they will not be beheaded); however, they will be allowed to receive prolonged suffering (the Tribulation’s Wrath of God) before receiving their eternal suffering. The point here is that the comparison between the kind of mark Cain received and the Mark of the Beast that Tribulation survivors will receive clearly suggests that the Mark of the Beast also will be as visible as was Cain’s mark. In other words, family members, co-workers, friends, neighbors, grocery store checkout clerks, and so on, will be able TO SEE who is a loyal worshipper of the Antichrist (through whom Satan manifests himself). Lastly, the Mark of the Beast not only will be visible but also will be an extremely attractive image, number, or name that has been permanently and prominently tattooed or scarified on the foreheads of some people OR on right hands of others.
A word to the wise should be sufficient. Shalom . . . .