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Welcome to the interesting world of Bible prophecy. It tells the story of seven major world empires that God defeats before He takes His people to the Promised Land.

The Prophets and Prophecies
This story of the future is told in several ways in the Bible. As we see God interacting with the nation of Israel and certain main characters, we get a picture of how God will interact with us as we travel through the ages. So the rules of the prophecies are mainly contained in the laws and how God applies the laws to us. In fact, what we regard as prophecies, or warnings about the future sent through prophets are really reminders of the terms of the laws.

Outside of the law, most prophecies after the appearance of the Messiah are contained in two major books, Daniel and Revelation (Apocalypse). Most of the major and minor prophets of the Old Testament cover events related to Israel as they were being captured by the next occupier in the series of seven evil nations. However, many of these prophecies still address the future rescue that will be the final solution to our problem.

Lamb The Messianic Prophecies
... all things written about Me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled. (Luke 24: 44)
The subject of the Messiah is the most prevalent topic of prophecy. The events of prophecy obey the law, even Jesus says so. Since words change meaning and emphasis over time, God placed some important knowledge about His Messiah, the Plan of Salvation and the schedule of salvation in the repetitive actions of the feasts, laws, customs and symbols because a proper understanding must be available for thousands of years.
His appearance is the pivotal event which will drive the completion of all the plans. He pays our ransom and leads us home. His appearance will cause anguish in the camps of the wicked because they have become accustomed to keeping and mistreating their slaves. So turmoil accompanies His appearance.
Almost all the laws in the Torah are Messianic.

Law The Law As Prophecy
All prophecies are governed by law. In some cases, certain laws that seemed so strange were because the law itself is a prophecy that was meant to be kept by the people so that the church would understand the actions of God in the future. Let us look at some unusual laws that skeptics tend to ridicule.

The Structure Of Daniel
Daniel is really the first set of prophecies to show us that there is a pattern and organizition in the experience of Israel. Just as Joshua cleared out seven nations so that Israel could occupy the Promised Land, God clears out seven nations before we enter the real Promised Land.

Repeat Comparison Of The Visions Of Daniel
Power Daniel 2 Daniel 4 Daniel 7 Daniel 8-9 Daniel 9Daniel 11-12
603/602 BC 553 BC 551 BC and 542 BC 536 BC
1Babylon Head of goldTreeLion     
2Medo-Persia Chest of silverCut downBear Ram   Four Persian kings
3Greece Belly and
thighs of brass
Bronze
band
Leopard Goat   Mighty king
4Rome (pagan) Legs of ironIron bandTerrible beast Little horn grows horizontally Kings (north and south)
5Europe Ten toes RootsTen hornsThe host transgresses King of the North
Rome (papal) Little hornLittle horn grows vertically
6Secular-Atheist Feet Of ClayClay EarthJudgment Truth trampled
7USA Stone Cut OutClay EarthJudgment Transgression causes horror
Messiah Rock Holy One Son of Man Daniel 9 (542 BC) PrincePrince of the Covenant
Kingdom of God Mountain JudgedJudgmentSanctuary restored Prince Michael stands up
Symbols Metal man Tree Unclean animal Sanctuary animalsCovenant
Kept
Covenant Corrupted
Source Pagan ages Curses Yom Kippur Blessings and Curses
View Military, political Legal covenant Religious Satanic Attack
Dreamer Nebuchadnezzar Daniel Daniel Daniel Daniel
The prophecies of Daniel and Revelation are very relevant for the end of time. Jesus' parting words to his disciples are a warning to study the book of Daniel for ourselves.
"Therefore, when you shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoever reads, let him understand) then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:
... But you pray that your flight is not in the winter, neither on the Sabbath day:"
(Matthew 24: 15-16, 20)
The book reveals with uncanny accuracy the 2,500 years of human history since the time of ancient Babylon. Jesus warned the people of His day that the destruction of Jerusalem was imminent. And He commanded them to read and understand the book of Daniel. But Jesus' warning in Matthew 24: 15 also has application for the end of time because it is a prophecy which forecasts the end of the world and the Second Coming.

Law Comparison Of The Types Of Symbols
You will notice that the type of symbols used is related to the one who received the vision, and the detail introduced.

Daniel: The Man Chosen As A Prophet
The book of Daniel is not considered a prophetic book among the Jews because Daniel did not prophesy about them and their immediate concerns. His prophecies seemed to be far into the future. So the book was considered as one of the writings. A future generation will find the book prophetic. That generation will be the ones who face the judgment.
Daniel's name means "God is my judge" or "God vindicates me." Judgment is a favorable term because it means God will one day judge between good and evil and will rescue his people from captivity.
Technically, Daniel never saw any of his visions come through. He only saw the transition from Babylon to Persia but that was prophesied in more detail by Jeremiah. And he was obviously using the time table from Jeremiah when he expected the imminent fall of Babylon in Daniel 10. Daniel did not gain his fame because of the gift of prophecy but because of the gift of interpretation of dreams. All his prophecies said about the near future was that Babylon would be defeated by the Persian empire. But other prophecies said the same thing in more detail. So he did not contribute anything new to the understanding of the fall of Babylon.
God said that the prophecies of Daniel and his role as a great prophet would be fulfilled at the end of time.
But as for you, go your way to the end, then you shall rest and rise again for your allotted portion at the end of the age. (Daniel 12: 13)

An Unlikely Prophet
Daniel 1: 3 says that Daniel was under the care of the chief of the eunuchs who were the kings officials. It is amazing that Daniel became a major prophet because he was a eunuch who could not by law enter the assembly of God. If he could not enter the assembly of God, surely he could not be the chosen spokesman of God.
Eunuch. No one who is emasculated or has his male organ cut off shall enter the assembly of the Lord.
Bastard. No one of illegitimate birth shall enter the assembly of the Lord; none of his descendants even to the tenth generation, shall enter the assembly of the Lord.
(Deuteronomy 23: 1-2)
The same law also forbids Christ from entering the assembly. His birth was illegitimate. Did God break his own law? The prohibitions were made because the Messiah must have the following:

But Isaiah tells us of a better promise and a more generous law. Anyone who is devoted to God can overcome any personal limitations that are out of his or her control.
Foreigner. Let not the foreigner who has joined himself to the Lord say, "The Lord will surely separate me from his people."
Eunuch. Nor let the eunuch say "Behold I am a dry tree." For thus says the Lord, to the eunuch who keep My sabbaths and choose what pleases Me, and holds fast my covenant,
Everlasting Name. "To them I will give in My house and within My walls a memorial, and a name better than that of sons and daughters; I will give them an everlasting name which will not be cut off".
(Isaiah 56: 3-5)
By being obedient and choosing what pleases God, God Himself will legitimize us by supplying what we do not have.
So that in a strange twist of fate we find that all the righteous will be given a name through an illegitimate bastard who was cut off at a young age at the crucifixion with no children to carry on His name.
You are doing the deeds of your father. They said to him "we are not born of fornication; we have one Father, God". Jesus said to them, "If God were your Father, you would love Me for I proceeded forth and have come from God, for I have not come of My own initiative, but He sent Me." (John 8: 41-42)
Although they mocked Him by inferring to His illegitimate birth, Jesus legitimized Himself by claiming to come from the Father of all fathers. Daniel also legitimizes himself by joining himself to God through obedience.
But Daniel made up his mind that he would not defile himself with the kings choice food or with the wine which he drank; so he sought permission from the commander of the officials that he might not defile himself. Now God granted Daniel favor and compassion in the sight of the commander of the officials.
As for these four youths God gave them knowledge and intelligence in every branch of literature and wisdom; Daniel even understood all kinds of visions and dreams.
(Daniel 1: 8-9, 17)
This says that Daniel and his friends chose to honor God by keeping His covenant and God rewarded them. Daniel was connected to the living waters of the Spirit of God and he was spiritually no longer a dry tree.
So through obedience to God, He gave Christ a better name and He gave Daniel an everlasting name. They can legally enter the sanctuary and serve Him.

Daniel: The Prophecy
The theme of the book of Daniel is introduced in the first few verses. It has three vital parts.

  1. Sanctuary. Nebuchadnezzar attacks the city and the Sanctuary.
  2. People. Nebuchadnezzar takes God's people into captivity.
  3. Pagan Corruption. Nebuchadnezzar takes the sacred vessels of God's sanctuary dedicated to the true worship of God, and he places them in a pagan temple.

Law The Pattern of Satanic Activity. Nebuchadnezzar's attack on God's ancient people is a pattern of the Satanic attack of the Antichrist in history and at the very end of time.
Historical Background
  • Chapter 1 - 6: (History).
    This section is comprised of real stories of perseverance and faith that Daniel and his friends faced in captivity. They are prophetic because they provide vital lessons for God's people at the end of time. In these chapters Daniel and his three friends experience tests that are a foretaste of the kind of issues that will face God's people at the end of time.

  • Chapter 2, 7 - 12: (Prophecy).
    These chapters are principally prophetic. They outline the rise and fall of great empires from Daniel's time all the way down to the end of human history. Each group of prophecies serves as a repetition and enlargement of the themes and history of the previous section.

  • Repeatedly the Bible warns us that a power that originates as the result of apostasy in the church will try to take the place of God in the church and corrupt and persecute the true children of God, just like Nebuchadnezzar. This power had already begun in the days of the apostles and will operate until the end of time.

    1. The Antichrist.
    2. The Little Horn. Daniel 8: 9-12. The little horn power does the same thing Nebuchadnezzar did.
    3. The King Of The North. Daniel 11: 31-33: The King of the North does the same thing as the little horn.
    4. Babylon The Great. In the end Babylon the Great attacks the people and tries to destroy the sanctuary of God and build his own sanctuary. Why does God use the same symbols and the same name? The last world empire will act like this first beast and it is a critical beacon at the end of time. (Revelation 13.)

    Through the example of Daniel and his friends we also learn that God will take care of His people in captivity and how courageous His people must be at the end of time. Daniel and his friends surrendered to God, and they were blessed with wisdom and understanding of visions and dreams. When we surrender to God He will unseal the visions of Daniel so that we can understand as He has promised.
    He said, "Go your way Daniel for these words are concealed and sealed up until the end of time. Many will be purged, purified and refined, but the wicked will act wickedly; and none of the wicked will understand, but those who have insight will understand". (Daniel 12: 9-10)

    Jesus The Structure of Revelation
    Outer Court Holy Place Most Holy Place
    Lamb (1-3)
    Passover
    Lulav (4-5)
    Wavesheaf
    Dove (6-7)
    Pentecost
    Shofar 8-10
    Trumpets
    Lords Goat Day of Atonement 16-19
    Azazel
    Sukka Tabernacles
    (14, 20-22)
    10 11 12-13 14-15
    Covenant kept (Daniel 9) Blessing No Continual Abomination Time of Trouble Desolation Blessing
    Lamb Church Accepted Seals Sealing Judgment Remnant Legal Case Satan Warning Destruction Rescued
    Lamb Shepherd Priest King Judge Lawyer Prosecute Witness Angel Executioner Groom
    Shepherd Priest King Judge and Witness Reaper Bridegroom
    Jesus Becomes King Judge Wrath of Satan God's Wrath Reward
    Lamb of God (Seed) Holy Spirit (Water) Comes Growing Children of God named
    Barley Harvest Latter Rain Rain Wheat and Grape Harvest Latter Rain Rain Fruit Harvest
    Seed Planted Watered Darkness (Seed Dies and Germinates) Light (Leaf) Reaping (Fruit)
    Meat Butchered Everyone Invited to the Wedding Clothes Wedding Feast
    Exodus Law Given Judgment in the Wilderness Census Repeat Law New Jerusalem
    The Revelation of Jesus Christ was written by the apostle John while he was exiled on the Isle of Patmos. It begins with prophecies from the time of Christ and it uses the language and symbols of all the earlier prophets like Daniel, Isaiah, Jeremiah and Joel. He reveals the role of Jesus as each phase of the Plan of Salvation is fulfilled in history. He deals with all outstanding, unfulfilled prophecy and enlarges on the events at the end of time.

    Revelation reveals Jesus, conquering the house of Satan and conquering sin.
    While Daniel shows that God will keep His covenant by sending the blessings and curses; He also shows that God will also keep the covenant by sending the Messiah and resurrecting the righteous and punishing the wicked.
    Revelation also shows how God will keep the covenant but it shows in detail how God does this through the feasts. The visions are presented in the order of the sanctuary and feasts, from the Passover Lamb to the feast of Tabernacles.
    Symbols of Revelation
    God ActsFeasts Jesus Chapter Topic Discussion Comments
    Jesus Passover Lamb 1 Jesus Introduction The Passover Lamb and the church for which He died.
    Shepherd 2 - 3 Seven Churches The churches
    Wavesheaf Priest, King 4 - 5 Wavesheaf in Heaven The offering of Jesus is accepted
    The World Responds to the Holy Spirit and the covenant Pentecost Covenant Keeper 6 Seven Seals The wicked reject the covenant The history of the church and their political battles on the earth with the empires and leaders. God's reaction is that He judges His church and calls a Remnant.
    7 The sealing. The church is chosen
    Trumpets Judge 8 - 10 Seven Trumpets The world is judged
    The Legal Case for Reward or Punishment Day of Atonement 11 The church is judged
    Son of Man, Human 12 - 13 Dragon and the beasts The church opposed by the world The same period viewed as a spiritual battle of the church and God with the forces of Satan. God's reaction is that He rewards the church.
    Census Taker 14 Three angel's message The final warning to the world
    Judgment Rock 15 Seven Last plagues Prayers of the church
    Blood Avenger 16 The wicked are rejected
    17 - 18 Babylon falls Babylon falls The physical and spiritual worlds meet and executive judgment is given. God punishes the wicked.
    Bridegroom 19 The church is rescued
    Tabernacles Executioner 20 Millennium and Hell Fall of Satan. The church goes home
    God Rules King 21 - 22 The New Creation Victory of the Church God creates a new home for His children

    Jesus The Criss-Cross Chiastic Structure of The Plan Of Salvation
    The entire Bible is a chiasm between the Old and New Testaments with Christ at the center, tying Jews and Gentiles.
    Old Testament   (Head Tefillin) Brain
    Cross
    Jesus
    Christ
    (Hand Tefillin)   New Testament
    Earth Paradise
    Lost
    Ark Sanctuary Built Sanctuary Dragon Dragon Sanctuary Corrupt Sanctuary Restored New Jerusalem Paradise
    Restored
    New Earth
    Creation Abraham 12 Tribes 12 Disciples Jesus Recreation
    Adam & Eve Dragon Sin Flood Israel Babylon Rome Great Babylon Israel Fire Righteous Saints Adams & Eves

    Other Old Testament Prophecies
    These are other Old Testament prophecies that are important for the end times.
    Prophet Writings Discussion Repetition
    #EzekielRevelation
    1Throne of God4-5
    2-3Scroll eaten10
    4Siege by Babylon12
    5-7The curses sent6-7
    8First four laws broken13
    9Mark of God13
    12No more delay10
    13-33Nations warned14-18
    34Sheep Judged11,19
    37Dry Bones revived20
    38Armageddon19-20
    40-48Temple and city and the fate of the tribes of God21-22
    Moses Genesis - Deuteronomy Messianic prophecies Daniel 9, Isaiah
    David Psalm (16, 22, 41, 69)
    Psalm 73: 17 The Plagues Revelation 16
    Psalm 29 The seven thunders Revelation 10
    Isaiah
    Jeremiah
    Ezekiel
    Joel
    Zechariah
    Isaiah, Ezekiel The day of the Lord Revelation 19-20
    Isaiah, Jeremiah Fall of Babylon Revelation 18
    Joel, Zechariah Holy Spirit Comes Acts
    Ezekiel, Zechariah Armageddon Revelation 19-20
    Ezekiel is interesting in that it discusses issues that start from 1844 to the Second Coming, Armageddon and the city and temple of God. Some of it is from the perspective of the righteous, while Revelation shows the same events from the perspective of the wicked. Ezekiel starts with a vision of the throne of God and the eating of a scroll that caused bitterness. It continues to discuss the idolatry in the sanctuary and the breaking of the first four commandments which causes the issuing of the Mark of God.

    ... all things written about Me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled. (Luke 24: 44)
    Most Old Testament prophecies that are significant to Jesus and the end time are taught in the Sanctuary, Feasts of Israel and the exodus. You will notice that these prophecies emphasize the restoration of the righteous. The feasts show when and what event will occur, and what actions God will be taking. The Sanctuary shows where it will be occurring and what actions the saints will be taking. The covenant is the legal document that authorizes this plan.

    Feasts Sanctuary Comments
    Passover Outer Court Altar of sacrifice The crucifixion of Christ for the sins of the righteous
    Pentecost Holy Place Menorah, table with the bread and wine, altar of prayer The Holy Spirit comes to fulfill the covenant to make us righteous
    Yom Kippur Holy Place The righteous are judged favorably as God permanently removes their sins.
    Tabernacles Most Holy Place Ark of the CovenantThe righteous go to live with God

    Other New Testament Prophecies
    In addition to Revelation (Apocalypse), there are other prophecies given in the New Testament that cover the end times.
    Prophet Topic Repetition
    Jesus Matthew 24 The fall of Jerusalem. The signs of the end of the world The seven seals of Revelation 4 to 6
    Mark 13
    Luke 21
    Parables Israel Returns They cover the end of time and the fate of Israel
    Miracles Israel Returns Israel's blindness is healed and recognizes the Messiah
    Paul 2 Thessalonians 2 The Antichrist The Little Horn (Daniel 7 and 8). The king of the north (Daniel 11). The abomination of desolation (Daniel 11). The Beast (Revelation 12). The woman riding the beast (Revelation 18). Zechariah 5
    1 Thessalonians 4 The resurrection Revelation 20, Daniel 12
    Romans 11 Israel Returns Zechariah 12-13

    The Prophetic Views
    There are three major prophetic views and a fourth modern view used to interpret the books of Daniel and Revelation. The historicist view is used on this WEB site. It was also the view used by all the Protestant reformers and by Christ in Revelation 1. His prophecy addressed the past, present and future.
    Therefore write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after these things. (Revelation 1: 19)
    DanielPast Historicist Future Daniel and Revelation
    The Wild Kingdom Passover Pentecost Trumpets Yom Kippur Tabernacles
    Babylon Persia Greece Rome Christ Antichrist Rome Papacy Europe 1844 Now Satan Persecution
    Great Tribulation
    First Resurrection1000
    Years
    Second ResurrectionTrialHell
    1 Gold Silver Bronze Iron Seal Grey Horse TrumpetsTrumpet 7 Trumpet 7 (Judgment)Plagues Second ComingArmageddonHell fire
    Head ChestBelly Legs
    Nebuchadnezzar's Statue Legs of IronFeet of ClayRockRock Mountain
    Lion Bear Leopard Dragon Church 1 Church 2 Church 3 Church 4 Church 5 Church 6 Church 7 Satan in Prison
    Sanctuary Ram Goat Horn Sanctuary Sanctuary and People Trampled Sanctuary Sanctuary Restored People Restored
    (One Nation of Israel)
    2 Jewish Era (˜ 2000 Years) Christ Christian Era (˜ 2000 Years) 3½ Years Christ and Jews reign
    Daniel Gap (Futurist)
    (Prophecies suspended)
    7 Churches Secret Rapture Antichrist Seal
    White Horse, AntichristRed Horse, war
    Black Horse, FaminePale Horse, 25% Death
    Plagues
    Armageddon
    Visible Coming1000
    Years
    Second ResurrectionTrialHell fire
    - Antichrist7 Trumpets Millennium of Peace
    3Daniel AntichristNo more prophecies fulfilled (Praetorist) Revelation 20-22
    4 Almost all prophecies are fulfilled outside of human history (Spiritual)
    7 ChurchesSeven Churches 7 TrumpetsSeven Trumpets SealSeven Seals Four HorsemenFour Horsemen ArmageddonBattle of Armageddon PlaguesPlagues Hell fireHell Fire
    All prophetic interpretation except the historicist came as a result of the counter-reformation. They all portray the period of papal supremacy in the Dark Ages as irrelevant by placing the Antichrist before or after this period or claiming that all prophecy is irrelevant.
    The Cosmic Deception
    If there are cosmic forces who are trying to deceive you, then they would convince you to ignore these prophecies. The praetorist and spiritual theories do this.
    The futurist theories postpone your natural curiosity in a more subtle way. For hundreds of years it has convinced people that there is nothing prophetic about their time. It could delay you in the same way today.
    These were proposed by the Counter-Reformation movement to divert suspicion from the pope.
    But if you believe that the prophecies are continually unfolding, it is a signpost for you to look confidently at the past and expectantly towards the future as you examine current events.

    1. Historicist. Prophecy outlines the span of world history as it relates to God's people all the way down to the end of time.
      This view is both moral and true. God is portrayed as a being who comforts and protects His people at all times. And it agrees with how God dealt with prophecy in Daniel and Revelation 1: 19. Daniel 2 and 8 were also interpreted by God as a continuous struggle between the people of God and conquering empires until God rescues His people. The scope of the first prophecy in Daniel 2 clearly shows that God outlined prophecy from the time of Daniel to the Second Coming. This is our view, the view since Christ and the view of most Protestants and reformers around 1798.
    2. Futurist. The view that prophecy is only for the distant future was proposed by the church to fight the reformers. A monk named Francisco Ribera (1537 - 1591) of Salamanca, Spain proposed the futurist method which asserts that these prophecies refer to a future supernatural individual, who would be in power for three and a half years.
      This is a false view of prophecy. It portrays a God who is disinterested with the pain and suffering of His people in history.
      » The Gap Theory. Futurists insert a gap between Daniel and Revelation in which no prophecies were fulfilled after Christ until the Antichrist. They believe that everything after Revelation 4 is for the future when the Antichrist appears. This is the view of most evangelicals and their popular novels.
      » Futurist Beliefs. They tend to believe in the secret rapture, the rebuilding of the temple in Jerusalem, Jews evangelizing the world after the rapture and Russia and China persecuting the Christians.
    3. Praetorist. Prophecy is for the past. Most prophecies were fulfilled by the Roman empire in the past.
      This false view denies the supernatural nature of prophecy to predict the future. It is presented mostly by agnostics and atheists. These people claim that the prophecies were written after the events occurred. This suggests that God is a liar and the Bible is deceitful because it encodes history as prophecy.
      This was another view proposed by the Jesuit Luis de Alcazar (1554-1630) as a response to the reformers.
    4. Spiritual. Prophecy outlines cosmic conflicts in the spiritual realm. Some may be fulfilled in human history.
      This is a false view of prophecy because it is useless for God to give us cryptic prophecies that have nothing to do with our lives or our understanding of Him. This view is supported by the news media and mainline churches, those who do not want to deal with prophecy as they denounce the "fables of the literal interpretation".

    » The Importance of Prophecy.
    Being accurate about prophecy prepares you for the future but it will neither get you into heaven nor keep you out. Accuracy is not a moral issue. The disciples were inaccurate, yet this was not why they sinned. The disciples sinned because they were cowards. The priests sinned because they broke the moral laws. They offered bribes and false testimony to pervert justice.
    Being inaccurate about prophecy might lead to prejudice towards an innocent group by ascribing behavior you believe they will do, not on what they have done. Reliance on conspiracy theories and speculation about secret behavior or hidden agendas arise when actions do not meet expected prophetic behavior.
    When one is unprepared to meet a prophetic fulfillment, one is left open to all the conspiracy nuts and rumors that abound in chaotic times. If you are caught unprepared for a major prophetic event, remember that God loves the moral, merciful and compassionate person and this is what should always guide your behavior.

    » Prophecy Is Proof Of God.
    Prophecy is proof of God because His predictions see human decisions thousands of years into the future.
    None Like God. Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure: (Isaiah 46: 9-10)
    Critics deny that this is possible, instead they claim that the prophecies were written after the events. So here are some long ranging prophecies and facts that they cannot deny.

    Science The Scientific Nature of Prophecy
    Proponents of predestination point to prophecy as evidence that God determined everything beforehand and we have no control. This is why God is able to predict with such accuracy, they say.
    However, as you learn from our lessons you will discover that all of prophecy is based on obedience to the law and its time tables.
    God Makes Agreements. I foretold the former things long ago, my mouth announced them and I made them known;
    God Enforces Rules and Agreements in Time. then suddenly I acted, and they came to pass.
    We Break Rules. For I knew how stubborn you were; the sinews of your neck were iron, your forehead was bronze.
    God Will Enforce the Covenant. Therefore I told you these things long ago; before they happened I announced them to you so that you could not say, "My idols did them; my wooden image and metal god ordained them".
    (Isaiah 48: 3-5)
    By law, God has to act within a specific time. By law He has to respond in predetermined ways. So based on our behavior, not God's predetermination, we trigger these automatic responses.
    So as you learn that these prophecies are based in law and are reproducible and predictable, you will discover that prophecy is a mathematical, predictable and scientific construct that is as reliable as any equation.
    However, it takes someone with the knowledge of the right formula, access to variables and power to trigger or suppress these reactions Who can accurately predict the future. Only God can do this.
    Science Modern Science is Based in Religious Laws. When you have completed these prophecies, discover that these laws are also written into the structure of the universe, the arrangement of subatomic particles, the structure of the periodic table of elements and in our DNA!

    The Principles of Prophecy
    Before you begin, there are a few basic principles that you should understand and a few tools that you will need. Christians have understood how to interpret Daniel because God Himself interpreted the first group of prophecies given to Daniel and the king. From that we understand several things:

    1. Symbols and Tools. God often used symbols to communicate the details of prophecy - especially those that are far into the future because it preserves the meaning. We have a separate page that discusses the meaning of many symbols. However we will list a few here.
      SymbolMeaning
      Prophetic
      Time
      Real
      Time
      1 Year 360 Years
      360 Days
      1 Time
      1 Month 30 Years
      1 Week 7 Years
      1 Day 1 Year
      1 Hour 15 Days
      ½ Hour 7½ Days
      About ½ Hour 8 Days
      DayOne year in real time is one day in prophecy. All time prophecies are based on the thirty day month. The most common time prophecy is the 1260 years of Papal domination from 538-1798 AD known as:
    2. 42 months
    3. 1260 days
    4. 3½ years
    5. Time, times and half a time
    6. Time, times and the dividing of time
    7. BeastPolitical power. Parts of a beast (horns, and head) also mean a power
      WomanChurch. A good woman is the true church. A prostitute is an apostate church
      Sea, waterPeople. A spring or fresh water is the righteous. A turbulent sea is the wicked
      Grass, TreePeople. A green, watered tree is the righteous. The wicked are a tree cut down
      ColorsWhite: purity. Black: sin. Red: death. Green: heaven. Blue: law. Yellow: perfect character
      Tools
      Tools
      1. Prayer. Always invite God to study with you. It is the Holy Spirit who will guide you.
      2. Bible. Use a version that is a direct translation of the original language, not a paraphrase.
        There is a criticism of the newer versions (NIV, NASB) that they deliberately lower the status of Christ so that evidence of His divinity is unclear. So compare any modern version with the King James Version.
      3. Concordance. For in depth, personal study, use a concordance instead of commentaries.
    8. Principles. There are certain features of prophecy that sometimes lead to confusion. The best way to understand all related prophecies is to identify the similar elements and go back and forth until you have established the sequence of events and their details. Prophecy must conform to the law and to the covenant.
    9. Church (Israel). His church or His people are the central focus of all the prophecies. Therefore, a political power or empire is important because they affect the people of God, not because of their size or other influence and accomplishments. Our historical analysis shows that the other great empires came around the time of the Roman empire, after the empires named by Daniel, but they were never the subject of prophecies because they did not rule the chosen people who were the people with the covenant.

    Study to show yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.   2 Timothy 2: 15 Time: 50 minutes
    Print: 11 pages
    Copyright     Updated : July 2010
    Credits:
    Author: Laverna Patterson. Editor: Patterson (January 2008)
    Everything, including the observation about the different types of symbols in each vision are mine with the following exceptions.
    • All the principles, except "pattern and types" and "repetition and enlargement" are mine.
    • Definition of the first three views of prophecy and "Daniel: the Prophecy" is taken from a bible study lesson at my church.