believe that God is currently setting the stage for events that will take place
after the rapture, during the tribulation. Israel is back in her land and
being postured to sign what Isaiah calls " a covenant with death" (Isa.
28:15,18) that will commence the tribulation (Dan. 9:26,27). The other party
to that covenant will be a Revived Roman Empire, centered in Europe. I think
that the current war in Yugoslavia is making a contribution to the stage-setting
for the post-rapture period of history.
Daniel' s Outline for History
2 contains God' s divine outline for history from the sixth century b.c. until the 1,000 year reign of
Christ in His kingdom known as the millennium. Nebuchadnezzar' s dream, as
authoritatively interpreted by God through Daniel, tells us that history will
see the rise of four consecutive Gentile world powers, representing the kingdom
of man, that will in the end be crushed by our Lord' s eternal reign. This
message was conveyed through the appearance of a giant statue in
Nebuchadnezzar' s dream. The head of gold represents Babylon. The breast and
arms of silver indicate Medio-Persia. While its bronze belly and thighs
symbolize Greece. Rome is the final entity that appears in two phases: its
legs of iron (the ancient Roman Empire of the first century) and its feet
partly of iron and partly of clay (the Revived Roman Empire of the future
tribulation period) (Dan. 2:31-35). Students of Bible Prophecy are interested
in learning as much as possible about the final, revived form of the Roman
2:42,43 tells us " And 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. 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." As opposed
to Ancient Rome characterized by iron and thus internal strength, Revived Rome
with its mixture of iron and clay is a very weak mixture. The fourth kingdom
starts off as pure iron and then as you move down the legs to the feet and toes
the iron fades out into pieces of iron impregnated into pottery. Daniel interprets
this degradation of the pure iron into pottery mixed with iron as a
deterioration within the fourth kingdom itself over time. Thus, the picture is
that of a heterogeneous composition of the feet and the toes being made partly
of iron and partly of clay, is a heterogeneous composition of the culture of
the kingdom. Daniel' s prophecy tells us of the progressive deterioration of
the cultural unity of the succeeding kingdoms. We can look back in history and
see exactly what Daniel is talking about.
The Babylonian culture was very
unified, very uniform, being dominated by the god Marduk. The Medio-Persian
empire was less united made up of two competing cultures which never did really
get together. Cyrus himself was a cultural half-breed, his father was a
Persian and his mother was a Mede. Going down into the time of the Greeks you
have Alexander conquering the world and trying to Hellenize it. Immediately
upon his death four generals started competing over the major cultures that
made up Alexander' s kingdom, that is, Egypt, Syria, Thrance, and Macedonia.
Alexander' s kingdom suffered because it tried to embrace too many diverse
cultures. Later in history Rome brought together every culture under the sun.
Noting the decline in the four
kingdoms from strong unity to an enforced unity under the Ancient Roman Empire,
it is not surprising to learn that the Revived Roman Empire, that is being
prepared in our own day, is made up of just the kind of reluctant mix we see in
the Balkans today. Yet that is what is symbolized by the mixture of iron and
clay. The move toward the break-up of regions into their ethnic enclaves when
a strong centralized power is removed is exactly the picture of the future
Revived Roman Empire.
student of Bible prophecy understands that Daniel 7 provides a repeat of the
events of Daniel 2 but from another perspective. Instead of a statue, as in
Daniel 2, Daniel 7 depicts the true nature of these kingdoms, as beasts.
Daniel 7:23,24 tells us, " Thus he said: ' The fourth beast will be a fourth
kingdom on the earth, which will be different from all the other kingdoms, and
it will devour the whole earth and tread it down and crush it. As for the ten
horns, out of this kingdom ten kings will arise; and another will arise after
them, and he will be different from the previous ones and will subdue three
kings." Daniel 7 tells us that the Revived Roman Empire will come to power via
a 10 nation confederacy. Three of those nations will be subdued through the
use of force. This will be the springboard for the Antichrist' s global empire.
Knowing what the current world is moving toward, it is not difficult to see
that the overall trends in Europe are moving in this direction.
The Reunification of Europe
two world wars could not bring to pass, we are seeing develop right before our
eyes- the reunification of Europe. Yet, seemingly every poll indicates that
most of the people in each country are opposed to what is happening.
Nevertheless, unification marches on. With economic union well under way, the
NATO bombing of Yugoslavia has revealed a previously slumbering side of Europe
as a military power.
when many of us thought we had seen it all from the blundering Bill Clinton, he
wakes up one morning and decides to start a war in Balkans. But, like all that
President Clinton has accomplished, he is moving the world toward the globalism
that will clearly attempt to solve the world' s problems in the tribulation
under the direction of the antichrist. Beyond exhibiting many of the character
qualities of the antichrist, this time Clinton' s action are once again
diminishing American global leadership, while at the same time enhancing the
role that Europe will play.
Stratfor Global Intelligence Update predicts a distancing of Europe from the
United States in the future with Europe handling future crisis herself. The
believe that the Kosovo conflict will become a definitive event in European
history. The failure in Kosovo will cause the United States to recoil from
casual interventions. More important, U.S. clumsiness in Kosovo will cause the
Europeans to shy away from American leadership, particularly concerning
European matters. The likelihood of an American administration herding NATO
into another military adventure in Europe is minimal. This is a crucial
change. There has been a tremendous asymmetry between Europe as a
politico-military entity and Europe as an economic entity. NATO has been the
primary politico-military expression of Europe, the EU the primary economic
entity. This has made it extremely difficult for Europe to express a coherent
viewpoint. The EU and NATO were simply not congruent.
The Europeans do
have a vehicle for politico-military thinking, the Western European Union, which
excludes the United States and is, therefore, far more congruent with the EU.
But even that doesn't get to the heart of the problem. Germany's interests are
specifically German. France's interests are French. The UK's interests are
the UK's and are quite different from the other two. We expect two results
from Kosovo. First, a strengthening of purely European institutions at the
expense of NATO. Second, a greater caution by individual nations toward
multinational commitments, including purely European ones.
undoubtedly bring to a close what we might call the era of casual intervention
for the United States. There is nothing like failure to increase sobriety. We
suspect that this is the last major foreign policy adventure for the Clinton
Administration and would not be surprised to see Albright, Berger and Holbrooke
accepting private sector positions in the near future. Most importantly,
Kosovo closes what we regard as the interregnum between eras. The Cold War was
not replaced by a unipolar world. That was a temporary anomaly. The new era
of one superpower and several great powers, loosely united to limit U.S. power,
is now beginning.
tentatively christen this the New World Disorder while we wait for the new era
to name itself. (" The World After Kosovo," May 3, 1999
the above analysis is combined with the fact that both Israel and the
Palestinians have both lost confidence in America' s ability to broker the Oslo
accords, it is not surprising to find that especially the Palestinians are
looking to Europe to impose a solution in the Middle East. The Israeli press
has voiced concern that NATO, The United Nations, or Europe will enforce a
similar solution upon Israel that is being attempted in Kosovo. Thus, recent
developments continue to set the stage for the tribulation.
Israel' s Covenant with Death
9:27 says, " And he will make a firm covenant with the
many for one week, but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to
sacrifice and grain offering; and on the wing of abominations will come one who
makes desolate, even until a complete destruction, one that is decreed, is
poured out on the one who makes desolate." The pronoun " he" at the beginning
of the verse refers to the future antichrist. Why? Because the nearest
antecedent is clearly a reference to " the people of the prince who is to come
will destroy the city and the sanctuary" (Dan. 9:26), which speaks of the Roman
destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple in a.d.
70. Thus, " he" is the antichrist who will accomplish the events of 9:27 in the
middle of the future 70th week of Daniel known as the tribulation on
behalf of the Revived Roman Empire as previously taught by Daniel (Dan. 2,7).
Isaiah speaks of why Israel will
sign such a covenant with the antichrist in 28:14-22. As was often done in her
past, Israel will sign the covenant with the Revived Roman antichrist with the
intent of providing security from her enemies that are pressing her from all sides.
Instead of securing a covenant of life, as Israel' s leaders will think, the
nation will start the tribulation with what is in reality a " covenant with
death" (Isa. 28:15,18). Instead of gaining protection from her European
vassal, Israel will experience " the overwhelming scourge" (Isa. 28:15,18) which
is a metaphor for military invasion. Further, in the middle of the
tribulation, this Roman antichrist who starts the tribulation by promising
protection for the nation of Israel, will turn upon her and commence the
greatest time of persecution ever upon the Jewish people (see Matt. 24:15-22;
We see in our own day the
increasing isolation of Israel within the world leading to an effort for her to
look for security from man made covenants instead of looking to the Lord for
stability. One day a European leader will step forth and appear to solve the
Middle East crisis through negotiation and a covenant. In the mean time, God
is preparing through contemporary events in our own day a Revived Roman Empire
that will be the final phase of the kingdom of man that will put forth its
greatest effort against Almighty God. The Kosovo crisis will likely result in
the isolation of the U. S. from playing a leading role in European military
affairs. Thus, paving the way, not only for the developing economic union of
Europe, but a military unification as well. While God is preparing our world
for judgment, the Believer should continue to watch and wait for the any-moment
return of the Lord in the clouds to snatch away His bride- the church.