Leopard 4th Beast
Is the beast from the ancient Grecian empire?
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Mike .R. Boehm
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Preliminary note about “the north”
Some say that the north is Europe.
The OT prophets were very clear that the north was either Babylon, that would destroy Israel, or Medo/Persia, and her allies that would destroy Babylon; and of course in Ezekiel 38 & 39, Turkey is included.
In Jeremiah the land of the north is Babylon, that will come and destroy Israel in Jeremiah’s day, Je 1:13-15; 23:8; 25:9Ez 26:7; 38:6,15.
In Je 50:9; 51:11,27,28, God is predicting the fall of Babylon, and the land of the north is Media, and those allied with them.
Identifying Characteristics of the Beast:
Scripture indicates that following the start of the Two Witness’ preaching (at about the same time) the beast will rise out of the sea, (of humanity).
Scripture gives a lot of identifiers that we may know and understand who and what the beast is.
Re. 13:1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy (Allah, possibly).
2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.
3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.
Comparing Scripture with Scripture, lets look at a parallel passage, and see what Daniel said:
Da. 7:17,23 These great beasts, which are four, are four kings, which shall arise out of the earth.
23 Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.
If these beasts in Daniel were kings, then a scriptural precedent is there for the seven heads of the beast of Rev 13 to be seven kings (rulers) with kingdoms (countries).
I. The Sea the beast rises out of: Daniel’s four beasts also rose out of the sea,
Da. 7:3 And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another.
We are told in Revelation seventeen that the waters where the whore sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues,
Re. 17:15 The waters which you saw, where the whore sits, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.
We can assume, then, that the waters and the sea represent the same thing; peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues. It is interesting to note that Islam is rising up all over the world, out of the peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues.
This beast Re. 13:1-3 is the end time political, governmental, religious machine of the political figure, the dictator/tyrant, the head that is wounded to death, and yet lives, vs. 3, the beast.
II. The Leopard beats: We are told that the beast of Revelation is like a Leopard vs. 2 And the beast … was like a leopard,
Da. 7:6 After this I beheld, and lo another (beast), like a leopard, which had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl; the beast had also four heads; and dominion was given to it.
The leopard beast of Daniel is to reemerge some 2600 years later as the beast of Revelation.
The characteristics of the four beasts in Daniel are fulfilled in the Revelation beast; the characteristics of these four Daniel beasts are listed in reverse order in the Revelation beast.
It is said of the first three beasts of Daniel seven that their lives were prolonged,
Da. 7:12 As concerning the rest of the beasts … their lives were prolonged for a season and time,
that is until the time of the end, this time that we are looking at in Revelation thirteen, and this Revelation beast is the culmination of the three Daniel beasts.
1. One significance of the Leopard beast of Daniel is that it has Multiple heads; the beast of Revelation, likewise has multiple heads; seven.
This Leopard beast of Daniel represented the Grecian Empire, which after the death of Alexander, was divided into four kingdoms ruled by four of Alexander’s generals, represented by the four heads on the Leopard beast.
The Revelation beast’s heads represent kingdoms (possibly controlled by military type leaders as the heads of the Leopard beast were in this old Grecian Empire), but they would also be religious, being Islamic kingdoms.
According to Re 13:2 the heads of the beast will all come out of the old Grecian Empire, the Leopard beast, which is a composite of the Bear and Lion beasts that preceded it.
It is most probable that it will be an Islamic confederacy controlled by the beast, who very possibly will be the Mahdi that most all of Islam is looking for.
For more details of the Mahdi, see online Wikipedia article on the Mahdi. It is also possible that Satan will bring Mohammed back from the dead, and he will be the Mahdi.
2. Re. 17:9 agrees with this idea that the heads are kingdoms, vs 9
And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sits.
Mountains in Scripture usually represent kingdoms; actually they represent the capital city of a kingdom.
Is. 2:2-4. in the last days, the mountain of the LORD’S house shall be established in the top of the mountains … for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
This verse is saying that Jerusalem, the capital city of Israel, will be the ruling kingdom of all kingdoms (mountains), cmp. also
Is. 66:20 And they shall bring an offering unto the LORD … to my holy mountain Jerusalem, says the LORD. again, Jerusalem is the capital of Israel; actually of the southern kingdom of Judah.
3. Alexander’s kingdom, the Leopard kingdom, was divided between four of his generals, after his death:
1. Ptolomy I Soter got Egypt, which also included the Sinai Peninsula, which are now Islamic;
2. Seleucus I Nicator ended up with Syria, Jordan, Babylon, which is Iraq, Persia, which is Iran, all now Islamic; Afghanistan, Pakistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, along with Israel and Lebanon and Gaza were also part of his dominion,
3. Lysimachus got Thrace, which today is the eastern tip of Greece, the northwestern tip of Turkey, and Bulgaria; of which only this small part of Greece is not Islamic; he also had Asia Minor, which would include Phrygia, Lydia, and Ionia, all of which comprise most of modern Turkey today, which is Islamic;
4. Cassander took Macedon, which is most of modern Greece, and includes southern Albania on the west, and borders Bulgaria on the east. Macedon appears to be only about one third Islamic. But, the majority of what was then Alexander’s kingdom is Islamic today. So we can say that the beast of Revelation is Islamic.
III. The feet of a Bear: We are told that this Revelation beast had the feet of a Bear, and his feet were as the feet of a bear,
Da. 7:5 And behold another beast, a second, like to a bear,
The Bear beast of Daniel represented the Medo Persian Empire.
Media, then, was what is northern Iran today, and Persia, then, was what is southern Iran today; and Iran is radically Islamic.
The Medo Persian Empire didn’t include Macedon or Thrace. It did include what today is Syria, Jordan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Turkmenistan, and Tajikistan.
Iran threatens both Israel, and the US verbally today, and is a terror to the whole region.
The feet of a bear represent great power. The claws of a Grizzly can rip open the steel side of a 55 gal. drum, which is way thicker steel than a car door.
IV. The mouth of a Lion: We are told that this beast had the mouth of a Lion, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion:
cmp. Da. 7:4 The first beast was like a lion,
This Lion beast represented the Babylonian Empire, which today is totally Islamic; Babylon is Iraq today.
The Babylonian Empire didn’t include Iran/Media Persia, nor most of Turkey. This was the smallest of the empires of Daniel’s vision of chapter seven. It did include Assyria, or Assure.
This first beast of Daniel seven, which had the mouth of a Lion, is symbolic of the Revelation beast too. Who could prevail against the mouth of a Lion? More than likely this, in part, refers to his speech which will not be able to be challenged;
Re 13:5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies …
6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name, and His tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
Is not this typical of Islam, both of the Koran and of its preachers? The Koran is very antichrist.
The following quotes from the Koran are taken from the web site; Testimony of Antichrist, a must read; just google it to find the web site.
** The Koran’s antichrist refutation that Jesus was the Son of God; by Mohammed.
–Surah IV (18) “The Messiah, Jesus son of Mary was only the Messenger of God, and His Word that He committed to Mary, and a spirit from Him.”
–Surah V (19) “The Messiah, son of Mary, was only a Messenger; Messengers before him passed away; his mother was a just woman; they both ate food. Behold, how We make clear signs to them; then behold, how they perverted are!”
–Surah VI (20) “The Creator of the heavens and the earth — how should He have a Son, seeing that He has no consort, and He created all things, and He has knowledge of everything?”
–Surah IX (21) “The Jews say, ‘Ezra is the Son of God;’ the Christians say, ‘The Messiah is the Son of God.’ That is the utterance of their mouths, confirming with the unbelievers before them.”
–Surah X (22) “They [the Christians] say, ‘God has taken to Him a son.’ Glory be to Him! He is All-sufficient; to Him belongs all that is in the heavens and in the earth; you have no authority for this. what, so you say concerning God that you know not? Say: ‘Those who forge against God falsehood shall not prosper. Some enjoyment in this world; then unto Us they shall return; then We shall let them taste the terrible chastisement, for that they were unbelievers [in Mohammed and the Koran].'”
–Surah XVII (23) “Praise belongs to God, who has not taken to Him a son.”
–Surah XIX (24) “And they say, ‘The All-merciful has taken unto Himself a son‘ You have indeed advanced something hideous! The heavens are well-nigh rent of it and the earth split asunder, and the mountains well-nigh fall down crashing for they have attributed to the All-merciful a son; and it behooves not the All-merciful to take a son.”
–Surah XXIII (25) “God has not taken to Himself any son.”
–Surah XXV (26) “He has not taken to Him a son.”
–Surah XXXVII (27) “Is it not of their own calumny that they say, ‘God has begotten?’ They are truly liars.”
–Surah VXLIII (28) “And when the son of Mary is cited as an example, behold, thy people turn away from it and say, ‘What are our gods better, or he?’ They [the Christians] cite him not to thee, save to dispute; nay, but they are a people contentious. He is only a servant We blessed, and We made him to be an example to the Children of Israel.”
It was Mohammed’s self-proclaimed mission “. . . to warn those who say, ‘God has taken to Himself a son, (29).'” Many have testified of the Messiah’s Son ship.
It was prophesied by the Holy Spirit
through King David: I will be his father, and he shall be my son,
II Sam 7:14; Through Isaiah: Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, Is 9:6;
Through Gabriel to Mary: He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest, Lk 1:32 … The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God,
Lk 1:35. John the Baptist bore record that Jesus was the Son of God,
Jn 1:32-34. God Himself testified twice of Jesus: This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased,
Mt 3:17, 17:5; Mk 1:11, 9:7; and, Lk 3:22, 9:35. Saint Mark testified in his gospel: Jesus Christ, the Son of God, Mk 1:1.
Even the unclean spirits recognized that Jesus was the Son of God: And, behold, they cried out, saying,
‘What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time? Mt 8:29
V. The fourth beast of Daniel seven:
It is different from the other beasts before it, and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; The beast of Revelation is a composite of the first three beasts of Daniel seven, but it says that he is like the Leopard beast;
he has the mouth of the Lion beast, and the feet of the Bear beast, but, he is said to be the Leopard.
The beast of Revelation isn’t a lion, or a bear, but a Leopard. This is the Grecian Empire.
The fourth beast of Daniel has ten horns as does the beast of Revelation; it has power to treads down the whole earth, and it breaks it in pieces,
After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns. Da. 7:7ff.
In similar fashion, the Revelation beast is given power over all kindreds, tongues, and nations. He also make war with the saints.
Da. 7:12 As concerning the rest of the beasts (first three), their dominion was taken away; yet their lives were prolonged for a season and time;
the first three beasts of Daniel have their lives prolonged from Daniel’s time until this time; that is until the time of the end, the forty-two month period of the beast of Revelation, the time and times and a half,
Da. 7:23,25 Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.
25 And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.
Again, the fourth beast is different from the other beasts before it. Think for a minute about how different Islam is from all other nations, and governments, and religions;
it says, the fourth kingdom … shall be diverse from all kingdoms. Islam allows for no other religions; it allows for no other gods; only the Koran is tolerated, a Bible is not allowed even to be brought into a Muslim country;
Islam insists upon the rule of Sharia law only, think to change times and laws; only members of Islam are allowed to vote under Sharia law; women basically have no rights; there is no freedom of speech; and there are beheadings and mutilations.
Islam is radically different from all nations, religions, and governments!
The Revelation beast is Islamic.
This forth kingdom is not Rome, as many suppose, but is Mohammed’s kingdom that transitioned into the Ottoman empire, and dominated in that part of the world for 700 years; it conquered the Roman Empire; it is rising up again spreading it’s insane religion, Sharia law, fear, and terror. Europe is succumbing to its onslaughts.
The revived Roman empire theory is not practical, nor Biblical.
None of the European countries are named in Bible prophecy; nor do any of the countries border, or surround Israel.
The European Union is not gearing up, or preparing to attack Israel.
All of the countries that border and surround Israel are Islamic, and are all named by name in Bible prophecy.
Many of them are at war with Israel, or are poised to be.
None of the Islamic countries recognize Israel’s right to exist as a nation. They are united in their hatred of Israel, and the US.
VI. The beast from the bottomless pit:
The beast of Revelation, the political/religious leader, the dictator, ascends out of the bottomless pit, and continues for forty-two months; could this be Mohammed brought back from the bottomless pit by Satan? We can’t know at this time, but it is a possibility.
Re. 11:7 And when they (Two Witnesses) shall have finished their testimony (3 1/2 yrs.), the beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.
Re. 17:8 The beast that you saw was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition:
Re. 13:5 and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.
The seven headed beast of Re. 13:1 rises up out of the sea of humanity, whereas its leader, the beast of Re. 11:7 & 17:8, ascends out of the bottomless pit.
One must make the distinction between the beast king, and the beast kingdom.
The latter rises out of the sea, and the other out of the bottomless pit.
The beast kingdom is radical Islam, or the countries that make up radical Islam. Islam is rising up in so many countries around the world.
Many of the countries in Africa (Islam has ravaged much of Africa); many of the countries in Europe, such as Spain, France, England, Germany, etc., in the Philippines, in Malaysia, and Indonesia, in Australia, and in the US.
The beast of Islam is rising up out of the sea of humanity all over the world.
VII. The Seven heads of the beast: having seven heads and ten horns.
As we have seen, the beast’s heads represent kingdoms; the horns represent kings.
When we think of Islamic countries that surround Israel that could be the countries that make up the seven heads of the beast, there are quite a number to choose from.
Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Syria, Libya, Sudan; and there are the seven “stan” brothers;
Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgystan, Tajikistan, Afganistan, Pakistan, and Kazakhstan which is northeast of the Caspian Sea.
There is also Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Yemen, Sudan, the United Arab Emirates, and several others in north Africa west of Libya that border the Mediterranean Sea.
How then can we know which countries will comprise the seven heads of the beast?
Let’s compare Scripture with Scripture. Ezekiel 38 lists a number of countries to be considered, and Ps 83 also lists a number of countries that are very likely candidates.
I think that we can conclude one thing from what we have seen thus far, that the seven heads will all be members of the Leopard Empire, and will be Islamic.
Ezekiel 38:2-6 2 Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him,
3 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal:
4 And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army … even a great company …
5 Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet:
6 Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee.
1. Magog is Azerbaijan,
2. Meshech is the far northeastern corner of Turkey,
3. Tubal is northeastern Turkey, but not as far east as Meshech. See the two maps; the ancient map, The World as Known to the Hebrews; and the modern day map of the Middle East. (see MAPs)
4. Persia is Iran,
5. Ethiopia is Sudan,
6. Libya is Libya, and
7. Gomer is central Turkey,
8. Togarmah would include far eastern Turkey.
Notice that Turkey is named in, and is a part of, four of these seven countries, but I think we can say that we have here named the countries that comprise the seven heads of the beast.
So we have the seven heads here,
1. Meshech/northeastern Turkey,
2. Tubal/northeastern Turkey (next to Meshech & west of Meshech),
3. Gomer/central Turkey, and
4. Togarmah/eastern Turkey, which is south of Meshech and Tubal. These would comprise Turkey, as one of the beasts heads.
5. Persia/Iran, would be another head.
Ezekiel names the northern belt countries, except for Ethiopia and Libya, which are in the south.
Psalm eighty-three names counties that are right below this northern belt of countries, forming a lower belt of countries; all end time Islamic countries; this Psalm seems very apropos for the days we live in, and in the end time study of the beast.
Ps 83:1 Keep not thou silence, O God: hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God.
2 For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult: and they that hate thee have lifted up the head.
3 They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones.
4 They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.
5 For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee:
6 The tabernacles of Edom, and the Ishmaelites; of Moab, and the Hagarenes;
7 Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek; the Philistines with the inhabitants of Tyre;
8 Assure also is joined with them: they have holpen the children of Lot. Selah.
9 Do unto them as unto the Midianites; as to Sisera, as to Jabin, at the brook of Kison:
10 Which perished at Endor: they became as dung for the earth …
17 Let them be confounded and troubled for ever; yea, let them be put to shame, and perish:
18 That men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the most high over all the earth.
Here, at the ending of this Psalm, Vs 17ff it tells us that men will know Jehovah (basically is the God is high over all the earth) when He puts an end to all the enemies of Israel; to Islam with their wickedness and deceit.
They have been fighting Israel ever since Ez 37 was fulfilled in 1948, with the rebirth of the nation of Israel.
The Islamic countries continue to refuse to acknowledge Israel’s existence as a sovereign state; in practice they do though, for they are fighting Israel every day.
The wording of this Psalm parallels that of Ez 38.
There are nine countries listed here in this Psalm, all Islamic.
1. Edom is S. Jordan;
2. Moab is Central Jordan;
3. Ammon is N. Jordan;
4. Gebal is Lebanon/Hezbolah,
5. Tyre is a city in Lebanon;
6. Philistia is Gaza/Hamas;
7. Assure is Assyria which is Iraq,
8. Ishmael &,
9. Hagarenes comprise northern Saudi Arabia; the Hagarenes being farther east; and
10. Amalek is the Sinai Peninsula, which is part of Egypt today.
All of these countries were part of the Leopard empire of Alexander, and could help solve our problem as to who constitutes the seven heads of the beast of Revelation.
So, we add five more heads to the beast;
1. Jordan/Edom, Moab, and Ammon,
2. Lebanon/Gebal or Phoenicia,
4. Iraq/Assure or Assyria,
5. N. Saudi Arabia/Ishmaelites and the Hagarenes.
This gives us our seven heads of the beast of Revelation;
7. Saudi Arabia.
These are the seven countries that are listed for us in Scripture. I might not have picked these, but they are named outrightly for us.
It seems likely that the countries that were in the Leopard empire, that were not listed in Ezekiel 38 and Ps 83, will be countries that align themselves with the beast, and complete his coalition that goes against Israel.
This would include, out of Alexander’s Empire,
Sudan and Libya, Afganistan and Pakistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, and possibly the eastern parts of Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
All these countries that were part of Alexander’s empire, but not any of them named as part of the beast, but could fulfill the last phrase of Ezekiel 38:6, and many people with thee, and many more.
VIII. Gog the Beast, the Antichrist:
Gog is called the Chief Prince (a ruler or leader); it is another name for the beast of Revelation, the Antichrist.
Again, Gog is called the Chief Prince of Meshech and Tubal.
It is no mistake that Gog is called the Chief Prince.
Gog is not a country, but the leader of the nations that are listed in Ez 38.
In Ez 38, God is addressing Gog; he is the one being spoken to by the LORD/Jehovah; he is the one who is consolidating this end time coalition to go against Israel one last time.
He is also called the Assyrian in several O.T. passages, when Assyria was troubling Israel; see Mic. 5:5,6; Is 10:24; & 14:25, all having to do with the end times.
Another thing to consider, is the context of Ez 38; it is Ez 37, The re-gathering of Israel back into her land which was fulfilled and consummated in 1948 when she was reborn as a nation, as Ezekiel and the other prophets predicted.
This puts Ez 38 in end time prophecy, and with all the things we have seen about the beast kingdom and its Islamic connection, it is hard to deny that Gog is not referring to the final beast.
There are some who think that Ezekiel 38 & 39 refer to the battle in Re 12, but, is this the case? I think not.
The evidence in Ez 38 & 39 is quite conclusive that this is indeed the same battle as Armageddon, and happens at the same time, at the very end.
Ez 38 & 39 is an O.T. description of Armageddon, while Re 19 is a N.T. description.
If this is right, then it is conclusive that Gog is the O.T. description,
Ezekiel’s description, by the Holy Spirit, of the beast of Revelation.
Consider the following:
1. It is the time of God’s Wrath.
Ez 38:19 For in my jealousy and in the fire of my wrath have I spoken, Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel;
The Wrath of God is mentioned in several O.T. Day of the LORD passages, Zep 1:14-18, Is. 13:6-13, to name only a couple;
i. It says, this is the time that God’s Wrath will be executed. The Seven Vials of Revelation are said nine times to be God’s Wrath;
ii. The Wrath of God here, is a term that is applied to the future end time Day of the Lord.
In the O.T. the Day of the LORD passages, look forward to the end time Trumpet and Vial judgments of the Revelation, that will be poured out.
In Revelation, the O.T. Day of the LORD finds its fulfillment and completion in the Trumpet and Vial judgments from the LORD.
The Wrath of God refers specifically to the seven Vials.
In the O.T. the Day of the Lord passages, the end time Day of the Lord is in view, which is the seven Trumpet and Vial judgments, but Armageddon is the O.T. focal point of the Day of the LORD.
Re 16:1 And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the Vials of the Wrath of God upon the earth.
The battle of Armageddon is the 6th Vial, and is the O.T. focal point of the Wrath of God, and the focal point of the Day of the LORD,
Re 16:12-16, 14 For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty …
16 And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.
In the O.T. Day of the LORD passages, the Wrath of God and Armageddon, in particular, are the focal point of a number of these passages.
Ezekiel 38:19-39:6 is a graphic description of Armageddon, as is Re 19:11ff. It is customary with Bible topics, that one passage will give details that another passage does not give, and visa versa.
It takes all the passages on a given topic to see the whole.
iii. It says in Ez 38:19 that there will be a great shaking in the land, a great earthquake; verse 20 says that the earth quake will be so great that the mountains will be thrown down, and every wall shall fall.
Ez 38:20 So that the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the heaven, and the beasts of the field, and all creeping things that creep upon the earth, and all the men that are upon the face of the earth, shall shake at my presence, and the mountains shall be thrown down, and the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground.
The 7th Vial of Revelation sixteen is a description of the same earthquake, but in different words, Re 16:17-20.
Re 16:18 And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.
19 And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of His wrath.
20 And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.
Can there be any question that these are two different accounts of the same event?
They are both called Wrath, indirectly, that is in the immediate context; there is only one end time Wrath of God.
It says in Ezekiel that every wall shall fall, and in Revelation it broadens the view; the cities of the nations fell; cities are made of buildings, and buildings are made of walls. Revelation says the cities fell, and Ezekiel says every wall fell.
It says in Revelation that the cities of the nations fell; it is possible that this is referring to the cities of these Islamic nations that come against Israel, the cities under control of the beast, and not a world wide occurrence.
In the second O.T. Day of the LORD/Wrath of God passage, Is 13:6ff, verse 13 mentions this great earthquake.
Is 13:6 Howl ye; for the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty …
9 Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and He shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it.
10 For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine.
13 Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the LORD of hosts, and in the day of His fierce anger.
iv. Jehovah has a great sacrifice:
In Ezekiel 39:17ff the LORD/Jehovah is speaking, and He say, gather yourselves to My Sacrifice; this sacrifice is called the supper of the great God in
Revelation 19:17. There is no sacrifice, or supper like this one; the fowls of heaven and beasts of the earth are the guests at this feast, and the main course are the armies of Gog, the beast; his kings, captains, princes and mighty men, horses and riders, free and bond, small and great.
This sacrifice of the LORD is mentioned in two O.T. Day of the LORD passages, Zep 1:7,8,14-18, and Is 34:1-10.
a. Ezekiel’s description;
Ez 39:17 And, thou son of man, thus says the Lord GOD; Speak unto every feathered fowl, and to every beast of the field, Assemble yourselves, and come; gather yourselves on every side to my sacrifice that I do sacrifice for you, even a great sacrifice upon the mountains of Israel, that ye may eat flesh, and drink blood.
18 Ye shall eat the flesh of the mighty, and drink the blood of the princes of the earth, of rams, of lambs, and of goats, of bullocks, all of them fatlings of Bashan.
19 And ye shall eat fat till ye be full, and drink blood till ye be drunken, of my sacrifice which I have sacrificed for you.
b. Revelation’s description;
Re 19:17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God;
18 That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.
2. This passage, Ezekiel 38 & 39, delineates God’s final and conclusive dealings with Israel as He reveals Himself to them; and His final dealings with the heathen too, as He is made known to them.
I do not mean by, God’s final and conclusive dealings, that God does not deal any more at all with Israel or the heathen, but that these events described here, describe the concluding events of the Seventh Seal of Revelation, and bring the events of the O.T. Day of the LORD to its conclusion.
Consider the following:
i. Ez 39:7 So will I make my holy name known in the midst of my people Israel; and I will not let them pollute my holy name any more: and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One IN Israel.
All these things happen only once, at the end of the age, in Bible prophecy.
There are three conclusive things here:
a. Jehovah’s name will be known in the midst of His people Israel, and verse 22 says, from that day forward. That is conclusive!
This only happens when Christ comes again,
Ro 11:26, And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:
39:22 So the house of Israel shall know that I am the LORD their God from that day and forward.
cmp. also Ze 12:10-13:2. This is pretty conclusive!
b. Israel will no more pollute Jehovah’s holy name anymore!
c. The heathen also will know that Jehovah is the Lord, and the Holy One of Israel, and the Holy One IN Israel.
38:23 Thus will I magnify myself, and sanctify myself; and I will be known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I am the LORD.
39:23 And the heathen shall know that the house of Israel went into captivity for their iniquity:
d. Remember, the English words LORD & GOD, in all capitals, represents the Hebrew word for Jehovah.
e. Notice the last phrase of vs. 7; it says the Holy One IN Israel. The normal O.T. phrase is, the Holy One OF Israel.
This is an indication that Jehovah is in the land, in person.
cmp, Re 21:3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be with them, and be their God.
ii. In the O.T. it is Jehovah that comes in flaming fire, that treads the wine press of the Wrath of God, that fights the battle of Armageddon, but in the N.T. it is said that Jesus Christ does all these things.
There are also about twenty some other things said about Jehovah in the O.T. that are also spoken of Christ in the N.T.
This has been a very brief discussion of this subject of Ezekiel thirty-eight and thirty-nine, and of a few of the passages from Revelation dealing with the Wrath of God and the destruction of the beast and his kingdom.
For an interesting discussion of this subject read on line, Islam and the Final Beast; by Walid Shobat; just type that into the search engine and it will come up.
4. In my opinion Ez 38:19-39:6 is a description, among other things, of God’s destruction of radical Islam, as it rises up for the last time, in its hatred of Israel and God, in an attempt to destroy Israel, as it attempted to in the 6 day war.
Islam has been harassing and attacking Israel ever since it became a nation again in 1948. The suicide bombings got so bad that Israel had to build a concrete wall to keep the bombers out.
IX. Some Concluding Remarks
Daniel was told to seal up the vision he had received until the time of the end.
One reason it was sealed up ’til the time of the end was because certain things in prophecy couldn’t be understood until they were appearing.
The beast is one of those.
Prophecy preachers have taught that the beast of Revelation would be the revived Roman empire.
We now see with the rise of Radical Islam that it is Islam that is the beast.
It is Islam that wants to destroy Israel, and the U.S.
It is Islam that says that God didn’t have a son, and that Jesus was not the son of God.
It is Islam that is propagating acts of terror in almost every country around the world.
Just to name a few, the U.S., England, Germany, France, Spain, Africa (many places in Africa), Afganistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Israel, Russia, India, Indonesia.
It is not the European Union; if it were, they would be doing these things to fulfill prophecy.
These modern day countries are made up of these O.T. countries. See the enclosed maps of both the ancient and the modern.
The following countries are what Scripture seems to be indicating to be the seven heads of the beast of Revelation:
1. Turkey – Gomer, Meshech and Tubal, and Togarmah
2. Iran – Persia and Media
3. Iraq – Babylon and Assyria
4. Jordan – Edom, Moab, and Ammon
5. Lebanon – Gebal or Phoenicia
6. Gaza – Philistia
7. Saudi Arabia – Ishmaelites and the Hagarenes
End of Mike’s post.
What do you think?
Marianne’s other posts on this subject:
4 Horses-4 Horns-4 Beasts
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Beast – is or is not Rome?
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Fourth Beast of Daniel and Revelation – the antichrist
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