2:18 Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that antichrist
is coming, even now many antichrists have arisen; from this we know that
it is the last hour.
Antichrist: one who
opposes Christ or who takes the place of Christ.
So someone who is
denies that Jesus is the Christ and (2) will deny that Jesus is God. And
the world will listen to and follow them. That spirit is already in the
world but there is one coming who will be an individual who is the
personification of this spirit of error & of the world and the one who
denies that Jesus is the Messiah and God. In order to understand him we
need to understand the spirit of the antichrist which is in the world even
in Mt 16 Jesus asked His disciples ''Who do people say that I am?'' Peter
declared that He was the Christ. So at this time many were looking for
Messiah (Ed. comment: It is interesting that there are many of the
religious Jews in Israel today who are also ''looking for the Messiah''!).
22:41 Now while the
Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them a question, 42 saying,
"What do you think about the
Christ, whose son is He?" They (the Pharisees) said to Him,
"The son of David."
What the Jews expected of the CHRIST (MESSIAH)
HE WOULD RULE OVER Israel
and Israel would rule over the world. They knew that Messiah
was to be the Son of David, the king, who would have One Who would sit on
his-David's-throne forever and ever.
(2). the Messiah would perform signs.
7:31 But many of
the multitude believed in Him (Jesus); and they were saying, "When the
Messiah shall come, He will not perform more
signs than those which
this man has, will He?"
(3). THE MESSIAH WOULD SUFFER, DIE AND RISE ON THE 3RD DAY:
24:45 Then He
opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, 46 and He said to
them, "Thus it is written, (Where? The OT was all they had...so Jesus was
referring to Messianic prophecies) that the Messiah should suffer and rise
again from the dead the third day; (THE SIGN OF JONAH).
(4). THE MESSIAH WOULD REMAIN FOREVER:
12:34 The multitude
therefore answered Him, "We have heard out of the
Law (the PENTATEUCH, the
first 5 books of the Bible) that the Messiah is to remain forever; and how
can You say, 'The Son of Man must be lifted up'? Who is this Son of Man?"
been referring to His death and being lifted up on the Cross. They had
heard that once the Messiah came He would remain forever.
Mt 24 Jesus tells His
disciples that there are many
false Messiahs who have gone out into the world. He was warning
them not to be MISLEAD. If there is one who is going to oppose Christ,
then this can not be a system
or a government, but it has
to be an individual
that is yet to come, the ''antichrist'', the personification of the
''spirit of antichrist'' which is in the world even now. Revelation gives
us the DETAILS of this final antichrist. Revelation is the last
book, the end. What started back in Genesis is now completely fulfilled by
the time you get to Revelation. Sin starts in Genesis and comes to
an end in Revelation. The Serpent appears first in the garden in
Genesis. His demise is in the Lake of Fire in Rev 20. In Genesis man is
shut off from the tree of life. In Revelation the tree of life
is for the healing of the nations. So what you have between Genesis &
Revelation is progressive revelation which centers around a people,
the NATION OF ISRAEL, from whom David became a King and in turn
from whom would come a Ruler Who would rule over the entire world.
Revelation is an unveiling and in it we will see the culmination of all
the prophecies that focus on this one antichrist.
OVERVIEW OF WORLD HISTORY
God calls one man, father
Abraham, from whom God
will make a nation and through whom all the nations of the world will be
blessed. At that time He preached the GOSPEL (Gal 3:8) not just to Israel
but also to the entire world. The seed and the promise would come through
Abraham's son, Isaac
(the child of promise) and in turn through his son,
Jacob (or Israel). So
the Jews are a people of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, Jacob's 12 sons forming
the 12 tribes of Israel (cp. the sealing of 12,000 from every tribe in Rev
7). So Israel is
clearly in existence from Genesis to Revelation. Israel went down
into the land of Egypt because of the famine in Canaan, the land God had
given Israel. Israel remained in Egypt for 430 years.
1875BC the Jews went down to Egypt .
1445BC Israel came out of Egypt. So during this 430 years Egypt
ruled over Israel, 30 of those years being in good favor until a pharaoh
arose after Joseph who
began to fear the multiplication of the Jews in his land. Israel is then
delivered by God and after wandering in the
wilderness for 40 years they go into the PROMISED LAND where they had 3
kings: Saul, David and Solomon.
931BC Kingdom split into a southern & northern kingdom the latter
immediately falling into idolatry.
722BC Assyria took Israel (the northern kingdom's name at
that time, the southern kingdom being called ''Judah''.).
605BC Nebuchadnezzar takes the southern kingdom into exile for the
first time and takes captives back to Babylon (including Daniel).
586BC Nebuchadnezzar destroys Jerusalem and the Temple and the Jews
go into captivity.
539BC Babylon is conquered by Medes & Persians who rule over
Israel. Cyrus the Medo-Persian king gives the Jews permission to go back
to Jerusalem but some (actually ''most'') do not return.
323BC Greece becomes the dominant power over Israel as Alexander
sweeps down to conquer the world. This Grecian empire lasts until 165BC:
When Alexander the Great dies suddenly at age 33 his 4 generals divide the
kingdom and 2 of those generals become significant in Israel's history: The kings of the North, Syria (the
Seleucids--see Dan 11).
The kings of the South, Egypt, are referred to as
Ptolemies. There arises
a conflict between the King of the North (Syria) and the King of the South
(Egypt) but remember they are both still
part of the Grecian empire (so in a sense Greece is ruling).
165BC Maccabean Revolt against the King of the North, a cruel,
despicable king, Antiochus Epiphanes, who sets up the statue of
Zeus in the Holy
of Holies desecrating it by offering a pig on the altar, initiating the
revolt by the Maccabees, with Judas the ''Hammer's'' sons
liberating the Jewish homeland from the domination by Antiochus Epiphanes.
63BC Rome under Pompey becomes the dominant power and conquers
Israel and thus Rome is ruling during the birth of Messiah in 4BC,
during the death of
Christ 29-30AD and they destroy Jerusalem and the Temple in 70AD. Rome is
still the ruling power while John is on the Isle
of Patmos, having been banished there by a Roman ruler. When John writes
the Revelation, Rome is ruling the world.
So we have 4 kingdoms:
Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, Rome.
Nebuchadnezzar took Daniel into exile to Babylon. In Dan 2
Nebuchadnezzar has a dream of a statue of a man with a head of gold, a
chest of silver, a belly of bronze and legs and a trunk of iron. The two
legs lead to 10 toes made of iron and clay. A Stone strikes the statue on
the toes and it all crumbles. This Stone then becomes a Mountain
that rules over the entire world. Messiah was to rule over Israel and the
whole world. Has that happened yet? No, but it will happen because what
God says will surely come to pass.
Israel in Captivity Israel’s
Restoration & living in the land until
Head Chest Belly
Lion Bear Leopard DT
Alexander the Great
7Wks + 62Wks (Dan
=> => => => =>
Da 9:27 = Daniel's 70th Week
Great 4 Generals Antiochus Epiphanes
King does as he pleases
Da 11:2 Xerxes I
Revolt in 166BC
Dec 25, 165BC
TIMES OF THE GENTILES
NEBUCHADNEZZAR'S DREAM OF A STATUE IN DANIEL 2:
2:36 “This was the dream; now we shall tell its interpretation
before the king.37 “You, O king, are the king of kings, to whom the God of
heaven has given the kingdom, the power, the strength, and the glory;38
and wherever the sons of men dwell, or the beasts of the field, or the
birds of the sky, He has given them into your hand and has caused you to
rule over them all. You are the head of gold. (NEBUCHADNEZZAR)
“And after (TIME PHRASE)
you there will arise another kingdom inferior to you,
then another third kingdom of bronze, which will rule over all the
earth.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 “And in that you
saw the feet and toes, partly of potter’s clay and partly of
iron, it will be a
kingdom; but it will have in it the toughness of iron,
inasmuch as you saw the iron mixed with common clay.42 “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.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.44 “And
in the days of those kings
(SO 10 TOES = 10 KINGS) the God of heaven will
set up a kingdom which
will never be destroyed, and that kingdom will not be left for another
people; it will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms, but it will
itself endure forever.45
“Inasmuch as you saw that a
stone was cut out of the mountain without hands and that it
crushed the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold, the
great God has made known to the king what will take place in the future;
so the dream is true, and its interpretation is trustworthy.” (click
here for kay's lecture on daniel 2)
HEAD of GOLD
CHEST of SILVER
BEAR (up on one side)
LEOPARD with 4 wings & 4 heads
LEGS OF IRON
DREADFUL & TERRIFYING
So Egypt &
Assyria ruled over
Israel and then came 4 major kingdoms which would rule over
Messiah would come.
When? In the DAYS OF
THE 10 KINGS, then God would set up a Kingdom which would never be
destroyed. So from 605BC we can know that in respect to Israel
until Messiah there would 4 kingdoms and no more! So as we look
back on the book of Daniel to a book which was closed and could not be
understood until the time of the end (Dan 8:17), & we see from our vantage
point of history that what God said would take place has indeed taken
place except for the 10 TOE STAGE. But we know that the DREAM IS TRUE AND
ITS INTERPRETATION IS TRUSTWORTHY. We know that Messiah returns to set up
His kingdom in
Rev 19:11-21. So we are simply reading the Bible
literally and not trying to force the Bible into history but watching and
waiting for history to literally come to pass. Any other approach leads to
all sorts of mental gymnastics trying to make it fit.
AN OVERVIEW OF REVELATION
Rev 1:4 John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and
peace, from Him who is and who was and who is to come; (God the Father)
and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne;5 and from Jesus
Christ, the faithful witness,
(He will give us truth) the First-born of the dead, and the
ruler of the kings of the
earth (Messiah was to rule over Israel and over all the world.) To Him who
loves us, and
released us from our sins by
His blood,6 and He has made us to
be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father; to Him be the glory
and the dominion forever and ever. (Once the Stone crushes the statue,
then His dominion is forever and ever.) Amen.7 Behold, He is
coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those
who pierced Him; and all the tribes of the earth will mourn over Him. Even
So John clearly states Who Messiah is right at the
beginning of the Revelation but as he goes on he shows us a beast who
rises from the dead, who rules over Israel, who rules over the whole
earth. So John shows us the true
Christ and then the ANTICHRIST.
John was told to write the
things that he saw (Chapter 1), the things which are (Chapters 2 & 3-
Seven churches that existed at that time) and then the things which would
come after those things. So in Jesus' message to the CHURCHES, He keeps
repeating ''I am coming…Repent
or I am going to come…hold
fast until I come…I
will come like a thief and you will not know at what hour I will
come.'' Secondly, He
talks to the churches about their
deeds and that they are
to be good deeds. Thirdly, He talks to every church and says ''Blessed
is the one who overcomes.'' Who is an OVERCOMER? The one that
believes (if I really believe I will obey) that Jesus is the Christ, the
Son of God. The OVERCOMER is the one who does not go after the spirit of
the antichrist that is in the world, the one who does not listen to the
world but to God and the Truth, holding fast to that Truth. That one is an
A NEW SEGMENT
THE THINGS THAT COME AFTER (Rev 2& 3)
Rev 4:1 After these things
I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven, and the first voice
which I had heard, like the sound of a trumpet speaking with me, said,
“Come up here, and I will show you what must take place
after these things.”
5 we see a 7-sealed scroll in the hand of God and they are looking for
One Who is worthy to take the scroll and to break the seals and there is
no one found worthy on heaven, on earth or under the earth. Then One steps
forward Who is worthy…the Lamb that had been slain…
Rev 5:6 And I saw between the throne (with the four living creatures)
and the elders a Lamb
standing, as if slain,
having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God,
sent out into all the earth.
When Jesus takes the scroll
from the Father, heaven praises Him. Then He breaks the first seal in Rev
6. When He breaks 7 seals out of the 7th comes the 7 Trumpets,
the 7th Trumpet inaugurating the 7 bowls. When the 7th
Bowl is poured out the WRATH OF GOD IS FINISHED and Christ returns
as King of kings and Lord of lords. As we have studied it for the past 12
months we know that the seals, etc are chronological. At this point the
beast and false prophet are cast into the Lake of Fire forever and ever.
We first meet the beast in Rev 11. But Kay believes that the first time we
meet the Beast is in
Rev 6:1 And
I saw when the Lamb broke one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the
four living creatures saying as with a voice of thunder, “Come.”2 And I
looked, and behold, a white horse, and
he who sat on it had a
bow; and a crown
(Stephanos: a victor's crown, a civil award in contrast to a diadem which
is a crown that a ruler would wear.) was given to
him; and he went out conquering, and to conquer.
This can't be Christ as some
have said. ''Was Given'' is an aorist passive indicative
verb which means that this ''giving'' of the crown was something that he
had no control over but it was allowed to him or bestowed on him. Kay
believes that when the first
seal is broken is when God starts a new thing in the economy of
God. He is through with the churches and now what you see happening as the
TITLE DEED TO THE EARTH (the 7-sealed scroll representing God
reclaiming the earth which is His and which Satan has usurped) is broken a
conqueror goes forth conquering and to conquer. So he wants to conquer
more and more and he is allowed to do so…it is GIVEN TO HIM. So at this
first seal we see a man come forth who has a goal…to conquer.
Rev 11 we see the first mention of
the beast. By the time
you get to Chapter 9 you have the first 6 trumpets blown.
9:13 And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the
four horns of the golden altar which is before God,
10:7 we see a preview of the 7th Trumpet:
10:7 but in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he is
about to sound, then
of God is finished, as He preached to His servants the
the 7th Trumpet blows, the MYSTERY is over and we know.
11:1 And there was given me a measuring rod like a staff; and
someone said, “Rise and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and
those who worship in it.2 “And leave out the court which is outside the
temple, and do not measure it, for it has been given to the nations; and
they will tread under foot the holy city for forty-two months.
(destroyed in 70AD) is rebuilt. The city is trampled for 42 months (3 ˝
years) which Kay believes is the 2nd half of the 7 years.
BEAST FROM THE ABYSS
11:3 “And I will grant authority to my two witnesses, and they
will prophesy for 1260 days, clothed in sackcloth.”4 These are the two
olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the
earth….6 These have the power to shut up the sky, in order that rain may
not fall during the days of their prophesying; and they have power over
the waters to turn them into blood, and to smite the earth with every
plague, as often as they desire.7 And when they have finished their
testimony, the beast that comes up
out of the
abyss will make war with them, and overcome
them and kill them.
So all of
a sudden - A BEAST THAT COMES UP OUT OF THE ABYSS.
''ABYSS'' IN Scripture
10:6 But the righteousness based on faith speaks thus, “Do not say
in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’ (that is, to bring Christ
down), 7 or ‘Who will descend into the
abyss?’ (that is, to
bring Christ up from the dead).”
So we learn that
the abyss is the abode of the dead.
And they (the demons) were
entreating Him not to command them to depart into the
Here we learn
that the abyss was a place for the demons.
Rev 9:1 And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star from heaven
which had fallen to the earth; and the key of the bottomless pit (ABYSS)
was given to him.
So here we
learn that the locusts come out of the abyss.
learn that the BEAST comes out of the abyss.
17:8 “The beast that
you saw was and is not, and is about to come (NOTE THE PARALLEL WITH
CHRIST) up out of the
and to go to destruction. And those who dwell on the earth will wonder,
whose name has not been written in the book of life from the foundation of
the world, when they see the beast, that he was and is not and will come.
20:1 "And I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having
the key of the
and a great chain in his hand. 2 And he laid hold of the dragon, the
serpent of old, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand
years, 3 and threw him into the
and shut it and sealed it over him, so that he should not deceive the
nations any longer, until the thousand years were completed; after these
things he must be released for a short time."
Satan, the serpent of old, the
dragon is cast into the abyss.
Now at this point after the
6th Trumpet and before the 7th Trumpet
you have the BEAST appearing on the scene as someone that has died and
come back (Rev
Out of the abyss (if that is what it means) here is one
who has in a sense suffered death and risen from the dead.
13:3 And I saw one of his heads as if it had been
slain, and his
fatal wound was healed.
And the whole earth was amazed and followed after the beast;4 and they
worshiped the dragon, because he gave his authority to the beast; and they
worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast, and who is able to
wage war with him?”
makes the beast different? Kay believes it was because he was
rose from the dead.
Think about it…this one who comes conquering and to conquer has not yet
come to his full potential as being recognized for who he truly is…the
ANTICHRIST. But he is part of the federation of TEN TOES in Daniel (Da2:41-42) and is
coming into power and is part of a kingdom that is going forth conquering
and to conquer. He comes up to a certain point and something happens to
him and he is killed and goes into the
ABYSS but then he comes out of the
ABYSS and the SIGN that he has the POWER and no one is able to make
war against him is the fact that these two witnesses that no one else
is able to kill him!
So the stage is set and the
clock starts ticking for the last
3 ˝ years because
all your timing begins at the 7th
42 months, Time, times, half a time and 3 ˝ years.
So ''AFTER THESE THINGS'' in
Rev 4:1 you see a seal broken and this man is
given a victor's crown and he is allowed to conquer because God has
permitted him to conquer. Then something happens and he dies but he is
raised from the dead (from the abyss) and walks in and puts the two
witnesses to death and that is why the world says ''WHO IS LIKE THIS
ONE?'' This one is one of the 7 heads of the beast that also has 10 horns.
Remember the history of the 4 kingdoms and then the Stone comes.
does this BEAST have to come from if he is the world ruler?
He has to come from
that 4th Kingdom and that is what you see as you study Daniel
(Click here for
Daniel lecture on the Antichrist) along with Revelation.