a reply to: SenterSun
this is a most fascinating topic. i researched the issue relating to the prophecies of the old testament. many different approaches exist, such as
pre-, post- and mid- tribulation rapture theory, and variants on how the destruction of the temple in AD 70 relate to modern times. for example:
one such approach is to assume, as jmdewey60 does, that all of that already happened. another approach is to suggest that history is repeating
itself, and that it will all happen again as it did in AD 70. i think those are both partially wrong approaches. and here's why:
daniel makes it clear that the empires of the world are indicated in the statue from nebuchadnezzar's dream, and that statue doesn't just show the
empires until jesus, it's supposed to be every empire till the end of time on this planet. however, the book of revelation clarifies an important
feature of the feet of the statue with its ten toes, that is barely touched on in daniel, but revelation goes over the info with a magnifying glass.
allow me to explain:
the approach that it already happened claims this because each part of the statue encompasses X amount of years, and for the toes of the daniel statue
to relate to today, some 2000 years later, would require the toes to be very lonnnnnnng, stretching down thru history, awaiting their fulfillment.
this normally would do away with the idea that it hasn't already happened, HOWEVER, the text has another option that some are ignoring or just not
thinking about: and that is the evidence in revelation that says the fifth empire (the feet of the statue), becomes a sixth, seventh and finally,
eighth empire. does that mean daniel's information was incomplete? nope. what is happening is the empire itself is repeating or rather, still in
charge. it hasn't actually lost its power, it's just under various guises. but that does not mean that the information relating to that prophecy is
repeating. far from it. this is how you can separate the data:
everything that was supposed to be fulfilled in AD 70, already was. so what empire related to rome's iron feet on nebuchadnezzar's statue (iron is
clue that it's at least partially roman) came into being after jesus' death? there's your culprit, and it's not repeating, it just never lost its
. rather, when it appears to be threatened into losing its power, it takes advanced precautions and literally raises up an alternative
replacement, that doesn't actually replace them, but allows them to completely control the opposition -- it is, afterall, created and controlled by
them. then they use that opposition to their advantage, employing it to take out their enemies.
the beast that was, is not, and yet is. is rome.
babylon is a city not a country in the prophecy.
edit on 2-8-2014 by undo because: (no reason given)