The 4 Mighty Empires

leading up to

The Holy Roman Empire

and finally the Mark of the Beast as described in 
Revelation 6:12, 13:16-17  
 and the Second Coming of the LORD and Savior Jesus Christ
Bible Prophecy / Think Tank
Class Five
 

After completing the Class Five, the students will be able to accomplish the following.

In Class Five the student will simply add onto the knowledge acquired in Class FourThe students shall focus on the characteristics of the Might Empires and Beasts of the Bible. We shall focus on how the collapse and ruins of one Empire leads to the success, the conquest and rise of the Empire the follows, the Empire that is the conqueror or is the victor. From this, we will have a great appreciation for the accuracy of Prophecy, how it has with stunning accuracy let up to the mighty Holy Roman Empire that precisely describes in detail our Modern times we are experiencing today. 

Around 616 BC King Nabopolassar took advantage of the fall of the Assyrian Empire to bring the seat of the empire back to Babylon. It was his son Nebuchadnezzar II who led Babylon back to its former glory. Nebuchadnezzar II ruled for 43 years. He was a great military leader and expanded the empire to include much of the Middle East all the way to the Mediterranean Sea. This included the conquering of the Hebrews and taking them into slavery for 70 years as told in the Bible. Under Nebuchadnezzar's rule, the city of Babylon and its temples were restored. It also became the cultural center of the world, just like during Hammurabi's rule.

 

Medo-Persia ruled over the Jewish nation for more than 200 years —from the overthrow of Babylon in 539 BC until Medo-Persia itself was defeated by the Greeks in 331 BC.

King Cyrus II freed the Jews that were held captive in Babylon, allowing them to return to Jerusalem and rebuild God’s temple, which the Babylonians had destroyed in 607 BC. Ezra 1:1-7; 6:3-5 Corroborating this account is a clay document known as the Cyrus Cylinder, discovered in 1879 in the ruins of ancient Babylon. The inscription identifies Cyrus by name and describes his policy of returning previously captured peoples and their religious objects to their native lands. Isaiah recorded the prophetic words concerning Cyrus. The temple will be rebuilt, and of the temple, it is so recorded "You will have your foundation laid."   Isaiah 44:28

In fact, Cyrus ordered that funds for temple reconstruction be given from the king’s  house. Ezra 6:3, 4 

 

This map reveals the Greek Empire in 323 BC under its greatest ruler Alexander the Great. The Grecian, or Macedonian Empire, rose up by conquering the existing Persian Empire. Alexander the Great, quickly and powerfully conquered the Persians in a brilliant series of battles, and Greece became the masters of the Oriental World. Alexander died in 321 BC, and after his death his empire was divided into four Kingdoms, the most important were Seleucus in Asia, and Ptolemy in Africa. In the division Israel became a part of Syria, under the authority of Seleucus. Shortly after Israel was ruled by Ptolemy Soter, the ruler of Egypt, and he and his successors ruled Israel for 120 years. In 198 BC the dominion switched to the Seleucid line and Israel in their dominion. The Seleucid's ruled Israel with great cruelty until 166 BC, when the Maccabees revolted and threw off their yoke and Israel became virtually independent for a period of more than 120 years.

Two thousand years ago, the world was ruled by Rome. One in every four persons on earth lived and died under Roman law. The Roman Empire in the first century AD mixed sophistication with brutality, often lurched from civilization, strength and power to terror, tyranny and greed. The emperors ruled and were a strange men, always men. Far too many abused their position and power. Assassinations were mostly the order of the day and most always the occupational hazard. Emperors sat at the top of Rome's social order.  Specific qualifications were needed for Romans to be admitted as equestrians or senators. Even freed slaves had different rights from citizens. The Elite Romans enjoyed the baths and made a feature of the evening meal, their clothes and food, homes and hobbies, were a product of their class.

On Judaism in Ancient Rome, the Roman religion was not the only religion practiced in the first century AD. Communities of Jews had existed in cities throughout the Roman Empire for centuries. Although they were generally treated with respect, trouble did occur. The Jewish philosopher, Philo, wrote of brutal treatment in Alexandria, while a revolt in Judaea led to the destruction of the temple and a change in the practice of the Jewish faith.

On the rise of Christianity, the first century also saw the birth of a brand new religion. Jesus, although executed at an early age, had a massive impact on the Roman Empire. After his death, his message of eternal life and hope was spread across the empire by missionaries such as Paul. And although Christians in Rome suffered appalling persecution at times, their ideas refused to die: instead, they conquered Rome itself.

We recall from biblical scripture and ancient documents generated by biblical scholars, the Roman Empire was never defeated. Roman collapsed on its own. We can easily suggest that if it had not been for the LORD and Savior Jesus Christ, the Roman Empire would be flourishing even till this day.

We are to be reminded that the worst of these Beasts and Mighty Empires is jet to come which is that of the Holy Roman Empire, which contains the Mark of the Beast leading up to the Second Coming of the LORD and Savior Jesus Christ.

From Bible Prophecy scripture and Bible scholars on this subject, the  Holy Roman Empire is that Beast that fits precisely the very world that we are living in at this very moment. The Holy Roman Empire as is prophesied points directly to our modern time in which we live right now. The Mark of the Beast as described required technology this exists right now in our modern times.

In Revelation 6:12, 13:16-17 the Mark of the Beast is described.

Let us examine the scriptures containing Bible Prophecy Verses that lead up to Armageddon and reword it into Plain Language Prophecy.

Bible Prophecy Verses Plain Language Prophecy
2 Kings 21:4 

And he built altars in the house of the Lord, of which the Lord said, In Jerusalem will I put my name.

The LORD said, "In Jerusalem will I put my name.
Zechariah 14:2 

For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.

 

The LORD God said He will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle. God is actually saying to the enemies of Israel, "bring it on, make my day, and I will show you that I am LORD your God.
Revelation 16:12-14 

12And 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. 

 

13And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. 

 

14For 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.

The enemies of Israel, namely, the nations of Iran, Egypt, Russian and other powers of the Middle East, who want to make war with Israel, will cause the waters of the mighty Euphrates River Dams of Turkey, namely the Atatürk Dam, in Anatolia, Turkey, to be shut off. This will cause the waters along the mighty Euphrates River to be dried up in order to prepare a way for the armies of the kings of the East and the enemies of Israel.

Evil spirits made efforts to draw leaders of the world to gather against the State of Israel.

Revelation 16:15-16 

15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.

 

16 And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.

The enemies of Israel are warned by the LORD God that "He is going to come as a thief in the night." This verse 15 is a warning. 

In verse 16 the enemies of Israel will all be gathered in a place called Armageddon. The name Armageddon occurs only once in the Bible and is taken by Bible scholars to mean Mount Megiddo and "Har" in Hebrew means mountain. Armageddon is its name.

 

Bible Prophecy Verses Plain Language Prophecy
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, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords:

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.

God says "I will bring them all down." God will deal with all those the curse Israel and punish all of them, namely, Persia, Ethiopia, Libya, Egypt and all of their bands. 

The name Meshech is believed to be an ancient name of people who gave the name of the Russian capital, Moscow, which was derived from Muscovs.

The name Tubal meaning the world, or nations of the north, the earth, the world or confusion.

God says "I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws." God says to them, "bring it on."

Ezekiel 38:7-8  

7Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them.

8After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them.

 

God will deliver this land which will be brought back from the swords, rendering Israel safe from all of them. There back are against the Mountains of Israel. We will later understand why the Holy Land of Israel and all of its Mountains were chosen by the LORD God for the Children of Israel to inherit.
Ezekiel 38:18-19 

18 And it shall come to pass at the same time when Gog shall come against the land of Israel, saith the Lord God, that my fury shall come up in my face.

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;

 

There will be a great shaking "a mighty Earth-quake" in the land of Israel. 
Ezekiel 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.

Ezekiel 38:22

And I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; and I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people that are with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone.

The LORD God will cause all on the face of the Earth to be shaken and the mountains will be thrown down all structures be crash to the ground.

 

 

The LORD God will plead against the enemies of Israel with pestilence and blood and it will rain with overflowing rain and great hailstones, fire and brimstone

Revelation 16:17-18

17 And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done.

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.

 

The Book of Revelation clearly confirms what is revealed in Ezekiel

A mighty cataclysmic event will take place, Thunders and lightning, and a great earthquake, such as was never before on the Earth, so mighty an earthquake and so great.

A Cross-Sectional View of Israel and its Seas

The Dead Sea is the lowest known level of any body of water on the surface of the Earth. The Cross-Section of the State of Israel shows the Mediterranean Sea at Sea level, about even with the dry land of Israel, and it shows the Dead Sea to be at 1355 feet below Sea level. It also shows the The Sea of Galilee to be about 600 feet below Sea level. 

QUESTION: Do you often wonder why the prophet Daniel, as mentioned in Matthew 24:16-21, warns the Children of Israel to "flea into the mountains" when the antichrist appears on the Holy place?

When you inspect the Cross-Section and physical features of the promised land you can easily see how the State of Israel is protected from its enemies by the Mountains of Israel. You can also see clearly how the levels of the Dead Sea in comparison to the sea level of the Mediterranean Sea, presents a great potential for a mighty great tsunami event.

This would be a mighty powerful cataclysmic event, never before known to the modern world. The difference in sea levels of the Mediterranean Sea and the Dead Sea is nearly a quart of a mile (1,355 feet.) The waters of the Mediterranean Sea is held back only by the Judean Mountains. If for some reason one of those Judean Mountains were to split or give way do to some stress in the Earth or some effects of war, then the mighty waters of the Mediterranean Sea would rush rapidly over easterly with a Great Tsunami force exceeding speeds of hundreds of miles per hour. 

There is no known ground vehicle that can outrun such a Tsunami. The safest place for anyone to be during such an event would be high up into the mountains, just as prophesied in the Book of Matthew 24:16-21. Anyone present at such a time would have to be on a mountain top or somewhere on a high hill just as the Bible says.

 
Zechariah tell us exactly how it will happen.
This illustrates the scientific wisdom of the Bible.
Zechariah 14:4

And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.

This way the waters of the Mediterranean will rush right between the crack in the mountains. 

Ezekiel 39:1-2

1Therefore, thou son of man, prophesy against Gog, and say, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal:

2And I will turn thee back, and leave but the sixth part of thee, and will cause thee to come up from the north parts, and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel:

 

The Book of Ezekiel 39:1-2 clearly tells us that The LORD God is against all the enemies of Israel, against Gog (the evil forces of the East, namely, Persia, Ethiopia, Libya, Egypt, Russia and all of their bands. God says He will defeat them, turn them back and only a sixth part of them (only 1/6) of them will survive.   
Ezekiel 39:11-15

11 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will give unto Gog a place there of graves in Israel, the valley of the passengers on the east of the sea: and it shall stop the noses of the passengers: and there shall they bury Gog and all his multitude: and they shall call it The valley of Hamongog.

12 And seven months shall the house of Israel be burying of them, that they may cleanse the land.

 

13 Yea, all the people of the land shall bury them; and it shall be to them a renown the day that I shall be glorified, saith the Lord God.

14 And they shall sever out men of continual employment, passing through the land to bury with the passengers those that remain upon the face of the earth, to cleanse it: after the end of seven months shall they search.

15 And the passengers that pass through the land, when any seeth a man's bone, then shall he set up a sign by it, till the buriers have buried it in the valley of Hamongog.

 

 

The Book of Ezekiel 39:11-15 clearly says in verse 11 that those who pass along the East Bank of the Jordan shall be buried in mass graves. Such a battle of casualties has never before taken please on Earth.

Verse 12 tells us the Israel will take seven months to bury their attackers, probably counted into the millions and millions since only a sixth part or 1/6 of them will survive.

Verse 13 says the victors burying them will be glorified saith the LORD God.

Verse 14 says the Israel will have massive employment, passing through the land to bury their defeated attackers.

Verse 15 says that they will place these graves in Israel and call it Hamongog.

Bible Prophecy clearly tells us how the
war-torn state surrounding Israel is the Seed to
Armageddon
 

We shall take part in Class Think Tank Discussions

 

MATERIALS FOR BIBLE PROPHECY/THINK TANK

Materials

  1. Holy Bible

  2. Website is: ScienceInTheBible.Net (www.ScienceInTheBible.net)

  3. Handouts of the Nisan or Jewish Calendars are provided as needed

Details and Tutorials on Moon Phases and the Jewish Calendar are on following Web-pages:

  1. http://www.extinctionshift.com/KNOWLEDGE_BIBLE/MoonOrbitFeb_01.htm

  2. http://www.moonconnection.com

  3. http://www.moonconnection.com/moon_phases_calendar.phtml

  4. On-Line YouTube presentations are available on the topic "Might Empires and Beast in the Bible" and various PowerPoint presentations from previous Midweek Bible Studies.

  5. http://www.roman-empire.net/maps/map-empire.html On-Line Link on The Roman Empire

Please note that the fifth week of the Bible Prophecy / Think Tank classes, the student continues to build on what was learned from previous classes. In the remaining 3 weeks we shall focus on the applications thereof and the students are permitted to contribute their own flavors and their Spiritual experience from our LORD God and from the Holy Bible.