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24th July 2016, mgh

 

4) Time of the End

The prophecy of Daniel began with the destiny of Babylon and the Kingdoms that would follow. These events spanned about a thousand years. The final chapters of Daniel deal with another nation that would also arise. It has a strong link to the prophecy of Ezekiel 38.

Revelation 16 which speaks of the battle of Armageddon refers to the river Euphrates and to its waters that would be “dried up”.

The sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. (Revelation 16:12)

If we seek the kingdom that has been drying up from the river Euphrates, the answer would have to be the Turkish Ottoman Empire. The Turkish Empire / Ottoman Empire is of great interest in relation to these prophecies. It gives a time frame for these events. The Turks from 1062 had emerged from the region of ancient Babylon and the Euphrates River. The Turks swarmed across southern Europe and northern Africa. From 1821- 1882 the “empire” began drying up. Greece, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Rumania and Serbia broke from the empire. In 1912 Bulgaria and Albania became independent. The Ottoman Empire was progressively being driven out, or dried up, from Europe and Africa.

From 1882 to 1956 Britain, maintaining military bases in Egypt and subduing Egyptian uprisings, played a key role as a powerful force in Egypt, particularly in safe-guarding the right of access through the Suez Canal.

During WW1 the allies Britain and the ANZACS pushed the Turks out of Palestine from the south and in symbol furthered the drying up of the Ottoman Empire. Today Istanbul stands as the last foothold of the Turks in Europe.

Why should this be of interest? It helps to give a time setting for the what Daniel describes as the “time of the end” (see also Here)

As mentioned before, Daniel spoke of the time of the end. In the following passage Daniel explains what will happen to the kingdoms that are in power in the last/latter days of the power of men. Daniel describes the Northern power that will invade the Middle East.

And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over.
He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon. (Daniel 11:40-41)

Daniel chapter 12 states that a Kingdom, unlike any that has ruled on earth in the past, will be established. It will be ruled in righteousness and with justice. We also note in the following verses aspects of the “time of the end”. There will be a time of “trouble such as never was” since there were nations, knowledge would be increased and there would be people running “to and fro”. Doesn't this in a few statements depict the world we live in today?

At that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which stands for the children of thy people (the Jews): and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.
And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.
And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.
But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased. (Daniel 12:1-4)

We are living in momentous times and we do need to pause and consider the Bible and its messages in the context of the world we live in today.

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