Bible prophecy indicates current trends in Europe are moving towards a modern-day revival of a government structure in many ways comparable to that of the Roman Empire.
Daniel 2 records King Nebuchadnezzar dreaming of a gigantic image, with parts composed of gold, silver, bronze, iron, and iron mixed with clay. Daniel interpreted this dream, explaining the image represented a series of four empires that would rise to dominate much of the known world.
The image's head of gold represented Nebuchadnezzar's Babylonian Empire and, from history we know the second, third and fourth kingdoms after Babylon were the Persian Empire, the Greek Empire of Alexander the Great and his successors, and the Roman Empire. All were the superpowers of their day.
Daniel described the fourth kingdom as iron, which would "break in pieces and crush all the others," and Rome did indeed crush all its competitors, building the greatest empire the world had ever seen till that time. But the feet and toes of the image, representing this fourth kingdom, were also described as "partly of potter's clay and partly of iron," meaning "the kingdom shall be divided...partly strong and partly fragile." It would be made up of people who "will not adhere to one another, just as iron does not mix with clay" (Daniel 2:40-43).
Describing this time Daniel also prophesied that a rock struck "... the statue on its feet of iron and clay and smashed them… (and then) became a huge mountain and filled the whole earth…. He adds that “...In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed...It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever..." (Daniel 2:34-45).
We know from many other prophecies that this is the Kingdom of God, which Jesus Christ will establish on earth at His return, and that the fourth empire, a modern-day re-emergence of the Roman Empire will still exist in some form at that time and be destroyed by Christ.
Revelation 13 also records a vision John saw of "a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns" which also represents this final geopolitical superpower, described as the seventh resurrection of the Roman empire. So great will be the dominance of this beast that it will have "authority over every tribe, people, language and nation" and "all inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast" (Revelation 13:7-8).
"The dragon" or Satan the devil (Revelation 12:9) will be the unseen supernatural influence prophesied to "make war against the saints"— killing and persecuting the faithful servants of God (Revelation 13:2-7). Revelation 17 also describes it will be linked with a powerful false church called a "great harlot" (verse 1).
A study of history shows the fulfillment of these remarkable prophecies with six "kings" or leaders of revivals of the Roman Empire already having taken place:
A final, seventh revival of the Roman Empire is imminent, thus fulfilling the prophecies of Daniel and Revelation and leading to God's intervention in human affairs culminating in Christ's return to establish the Kingdom of God on earth.
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