Writter: Evangelos D. Kepenes (March 8,2022, 12:53)
What the Jewish prophet Daniel said
Daniel, of the children of Judah, was chosen / distinguished among the Israeli tycoons and the royal family and righteous like Noah and Job (Dan. 1:3, Ezek. 14:20). He lived in the late 7th and early 6th centuries BC, and at a young age was taken prisoner in Babylon. He was chosen by Ashpenaz, who was the master of the eunuchs of Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar, along with Ananias, Misael, and Azarias to serve the King, and there he learned the alphabet and the language of the Chaldeans (Babylonians). He became one of the great prophets of Israel, and God revealed to him what would happen to his people, the Jews, and the Holy City of Zion in the last days of the Law -for Christ is the end of the Law- and of the reign of the earthly Israel, as Jacob had prophesied.
“And Jacob called to his sons, and said, Assemble yourselves, that I may tell you [that] which shall befall you in the last days.” (Gen. 49:1, Webster)
The various unhistorical theories that Daniel prophesied about the last days of mankind where the world leader will be the personification of evil, the Antichrist, belong to the Myths.
God revealed to Daniel about the reign of Greek king Alexander the Great who conquered the land of Israel, but also about the sufferings that the Jews were about to go through because of the persecutions unleashed against them by the megalomaniac Antiochus IV Epiphanes, king of the Hellenistic empire of Seleucids (175-164 BC), successor to Alexander the Great, who is misinterpreted by various religious sects as the Antichrist of the last days of the world (!!!), which is the result of a religious fallacy.
The angel Gabriel, who stood in the presence of God, said to Daniel:
«And he said, Behold, I will make thee know what shall be [to the sons of your people (Grk edition of LXX] in the last end of the indignation: for at the time appointed the end [shall be] […] And the rough goat [is] the king of Grecia: and the great horn that [is] between his eyes [is] the first king (Alexander the Great). Now that being broken, whereas four stood up in its place, four kingdoms shall stand up out of the nation, but not in his power.” (Δαν. 8:19, 21, 22)
The four Hellenistic kingdoms created by the successors of Alexander the Great were: 1) The Antigonids in Macedonia. 2) The Ptolemies in Egypt. 3) The Seleucids in Asia (Syria). 4) The Attalids in Pergamon.
“And in the latter time of their kingdom (the Roman Empire later became a sovereign power) when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up. And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power; and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper and do [his pleasure]; and he shall destroy the mighty ones and the holy people. And through his policy he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and in [their] security shall he destroy many: he shall also stand up against the prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand.” (Dan. 8:23-25)
[Without hand: Antiochus suddenly fell ill in Persia and left his last breath in 164 BC. -Ed.]
God then reveals to Daniel the time remaining until the desolation of Jerusalem and the end of typical Judaism (burning of the Temple, cessation of priests and sacrifices), events that completely shattered the nationalistic mindset of the Abrahamic race.
“In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of the seed of the Medes, which was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans; in the first year of his reign I Daniel understood by the books the number of the years, whereof the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah the prophet, for the accomplishing of the desolations of Jerusalem, even seventy years.” (Dan. 9:1-2)
The angel Gabriel said to Daniel: “Seventy weeks are decreed upon thy people and upon thy holy city (Zion), to finish transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most holy.” (Dan. 9:24)
These accomplished events denoted the last days of the reign of the Davidic race
“In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a thing was revealed unto Daniel, whose name was called Belteshazzar; and the thing was true, even a great warfare: and he understood the thing, and had understanding of the vision. In those days I Daniel was mourning three whole weeks.” Dan.10:1-2)
“And, behold, a hand touched me, and it raised me on my knees. And he said to me, O Daniel, man greatly beloved, understand the words which I speak to thee, and stand upright: for I am now sent to thee. And when he had spoken to me this word, I stood trembling […] and I have come to inform thee of all that shall befall thy people (the Davidic race) in the last days: for the vision is yet for [many] days”. (Dan. 10:10-14)
“At that time shall arise Michael, the great prince who has charge of your people (the Davidic race). And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never has been since there was a nation till that time. But at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone whose name shall be found written in the book. And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame (Luk. 11:31) and everlasting contempt. And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars (Phil. 2:11) forever and ever.” (Dan. 12:1-3)
And Daniel asked: “How long shall it be till the end of these wonders?” (12:6)
“And I heard the man clothed in linen, who was over the water of the river, and he lifted up his right hand and his left hand to heaven, and sware by him that lives for ever, that [it should be] for a time of times and half a time when the dispersion is ended they shall know all these things (fulfillment). And I heard, but I understood not: and I said, O Lord, what [will be] the end of these things?
And he said, Go, Daniel: for the words are closed and sealed up to the time of the end. Many must be tested, and thoroughly whitened, and tried with fire, and sanctified; but the transgressors shall transgress: and none of the transgressors shall understand; but the wise shall understand.
And from the time of the removal of the perpetual sacrifice, when the abomination of desolation shall be set up, [there shall be] a thousand two hundred and ninety days. Blessed is he that waits, and comes to the thousand three hundred and thirty-five days. But go thou, and rest; for [there are] yet days and seasons to the fulfillment of the end; and thou shalt stand in thy lot at the end of the days.” ((12:7-13)
The day of Pentecost, the last days and God's reconstitution of Israel nation
On the day of Pentecost, the apostle Peter assured the Jews and the inhabitants of Jerusalem that they were living through the last days of the reign of the Davidic race.
“But Peter standing vp with the eleuen, lift vp his voyce, and said vnto them, Ye men of Iudea, & all ye that dwell at Hierusalem, be this knowen vnto you, and hearken to my words: For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third houre of the day.
But this is that which was spoken by the Prophet Ioel, And it shall come to passe in the last dayes (saith God) I will powre out of my Spirit vpon all flesh: and your sonnes and your daughters shall prophesie, and your yong men shall see visions, and your old men shall dreame dreames”. (Acts 2:14-17)
In the last days of the fleshly Israel, the sons and daughters of Israel would prophesy, and the young men of Israel would see visions, and the old men of Israel would dream dreams of what was to happen in their day concerning their nation and the fulfillment of the Law and the prophets, as Daniel and other Jewish prophets had spoken.
In the last days, the reign of the fleshly Israel was replaced by the spiritual descendants of Jesus who were the faithful of the Jews of Jerusalem and the diaspora and the faithful of the Gentiles, according to the divine prophetic plan.
The apostle James also assures the wealthy of the house of Jacob who gained wealth unjustly that they hoarded wealth at an inopportune time (“You have laid up treasure in the last days”). The presence and judgment of the Lord was imminent (‘behold, the Judge is standing at the door”) and again (“I come quickly”). The imminent destruction of Jerusalem and the burning of its Temple would bring about the financial ruin of the unjust, wealthy Jews, the loss of their wealth and even the loss of their lives.
“James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are of the Dispersion, greeting […] Go to now, ye rich, weep and howl for your miseries that are coming upon you. Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and your silver are rusted; and their rust shall be for a testimony against you, and shall eat your flesh as fire. Ye have laid up your treasure in the last days. Behold, the hire of the labourers who mowed your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth out: and the cries of them that reaped have entered into the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth. Ye have lived delicately on the earth, and taken your pleasure; ye have nourished your hearts in a day of slaughter. Ye have condemned, ye have killed the righteous one; he doth not resist you.”
And goes on
“Be patient therefore, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient over it, until it receive the early and latter rain. Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord is at hand. Murmur not, brethren, one against another, that ye be not judged: behold, the judge standeth before the doors”. (Jam. 1:1, 5:1-9)
Jesus also signaled the end of the Kingdom of the fleshy Israel
"Therefore, I say to you the Kingdom of God shall be taken away from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruit thereof.” (Mat. 21:43)
He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man ((fleshly children), but of God. (spiritual children)”. (John 1:11-13)
The widespread “Christian unbelief” that prevails in relation to the understanding of biblical references is a consequence of the ignorance of the Scriptures and the empty results of religious fallacies that have been politically imposed and reproduced to this day among religious sects by their arrogant servants.
Its healing depends on the selfless and unhindered research of the Scriptures and the acceptance of its historical accomplishments.
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