For those who do not understand the title of this article, this sounds preposterous. When we examine the historical record and compare what has actually taken place, we see that the Bible was ahead of many significant events of history and predicted their occurrences, in stunning detail.
It should be understood that the Bible is only concerned with events that concern the story it is seeking to reveal. This story is centered on how He will send His Son to redeem the world from its sins. At the center of this story is the nation of Israel and the Jews. Because God made specific promises to the Jews, the events of the entire world, and even the members of Jesus’ Church, all revolve around the events of the world which directly affect Israel.
Today, President Trump announced that the United Staes will end the agreement made with Iran. This event will undoubtably affect how Iran responds to the nation of Israel, which will affect how God responds to Iran and the world.
On May 14, 2018, Israel and the Jews celebrate their 70th year back in their own land. This event was predicted by the prophet Ezekiel in chapters 36-37. In chapter 38 of Ezekiel, we see an attack that comes from the North by a confederacy of nations, including Iran.
It you think that Biblical prophecy is not relevant to the world, you are about to see just how important what God says He will do in the world, concerning Israel, is to every event of world history.
From the first prophecy in the Bible that God predicted in Genesis 3:15, to the final events of Revelation, chapter 22, all that was predicted before our current time, has come to pass, all that is yet to come, will be fulfilled.
When Daniel was given the interpretation for king Nebuchadnezzar’s dreams in chapters 2 and 4, the king was told that four Empires would arise, the first of which, was Nebuchadnezzar’s.
In Daniel chapter 2, King Nebuchadnezzar saw a great statue in his dream. This image had a head of gold, chest and arms of silver, belly and thighs of bronze, legs of iron, and feet a mixture of iron and clay. These components represented the identity of the final four kingdoms of this world.
You, O king, were watching; and behold, a great image! This great image, whose splendor was excellent, stood before you; and its form was awesome. This image’s head was of fine gold, its chest and arms of silver, its belly and thighs of bronze, its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of clay. You watched while a stone was cut out without hands, which struck the image on its feet of iron and clay, and broke them in pieces. Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver, and the gold were crushed together, and became like chaff from the summer threshing floors; the wind carried them away so that no trace of them was found. And the stone that struck the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth. ~Daniel 2:31-35
- Head of Gold: King Nebuchadnezzar, the Babylonians.
- Chest and Arms of Silver: Cyrus, of the Persians.
- Belly and Thighs of Bronze: Alexander the Great, of the Greeks.
- Legs of Iron, Feet partly of Iron and Clay: The Roman Empire.
These are four actual kingdoms that existed during the history of the world. Incredibly, the Bible predicted these massive empires, hundreds of years before they came into being. One of the rulers of these kingdoms was Cyrus the Great.
Isaiah Wrote This Prophecy Of Cyrus, 150 Years Before He Was Born.
Thus says the LORD to His anointed, To Cyrus, whose right hand I have held—To subdue nations before him And loose the armor of kings, To open before him the double doors, So that the gates will not be shut: “I will go before you And make the crooked places straight; I will break in pieces the gates of bronze And cut the bars of iron. I will give you the treasures of darkness And hidden riches of secret places, That you may know that I, the LORD, Who call you by your name, I Am the God of Israel. ~Isaiah 45:3
When Cyrus was on his way to conquer Babylon his generosity caused him to march through Armenia without opposition, while winning a stunning victory over the Lydians. As Cyrus came into Lydia, the smell of the the Persian Camels alarmed their horses and caused confusion that worked to Cyrus favor. When Cyrus arrived at Babylon, he advised a plan to divert the mighty Euphrates river and lower its level, sufficient to go under the double iron gates of the city. By the time that Cyrus and his army were detected inside Babylon, the battle was already over. The iron gates of the city were easily opened, just as God told Cyrus, and he won an quick and bloodless victory.1
Cyrus would be the world leader whom the Lord would use to return His people to Israel. Through the prophet Jeremiah, God told His people that they would be taken captive by Nebuchadnezzar and remain there for 70 years. At the conclusion of the 70 years, God would call Cyrus to release the Jews and allow them to return to their land. There, they would rebuild Jerusalem and the Temple.
After Cyrus took Babylon, Daniel was brought before the King. He read to Cyrus the prophecy of Isaiah 45. Cyrus realized that his entire life had been prepared for that moment and that he should do exactly as God has written, return the Jews to their land and command the Temple to be rebuilt. Cyrus did exactly as the Lord commanded Him.
Many of us who are watching the events that are taking place in the United States concerning president Donald Trump, see stunning similarities. It is becoming increasingly clear that Trump is a type of Cyrus, who has been working to help Israel and the Jews and may he be the precursor to the events of the seven year Tribulation Period.
Cyrus’ Response To God’s Command
In the process, God greatly magnified the kingdom of this Persian king. He gained great military strength; all of the Persian tribes followed him without dispute. He secured an ally while in Babylon with the Medes. Two armies of the Medes came to join Cyrus, instead of his enemies.
- In Daniel Chapter 7, we see four kingdoms, represented by a great statue.
- In Daniel Chapter 2, we see four kingdoms, represented by four great beasts.
What men see in chapter 7 as power, prestige, and wealth, represented by a great statue, God sees in chapter 4 as four vicious beasts. The people on earth see these four kingdoms as great and mighty; wealthy and influential. The Lord, from heaven, sees these kingdoms for what they are: wild beasts that tear, kill, and destroy the lives of people.
This is a common principle of the Bible; that people see themselves differently from how God sees them. In each of the seven churches, Jesus reveals a different perspective of the believers, than the view that they have of themselves.
- Ephesus: extremely active and busy, Jesus sees them as forgetful of their first love.
- Smyrna: great tribulation and poverty, Jesus sees them as rich.
- Pergamos: martyrs, Jesus sees them as holding fast and not denying His name.
- Thyatira: many works, love, service, Jesus sees their worship of idols.
- Sardis: they have a famous name, Jesus says they are dead.
- Philadelphia: little strength, kept His word, Jesus will keep them from the Great Tribulation.
- Laodicea: rich, wealthy, in need of nothing, Jesus says they are poor, wretched, miserable, blind, and naked.
It is stunning enough that the Bible could predict the four kingdoms of the Babylonian, the Persians, the Greeks, and the Romans, but God also describes these kingdoms hundreds of years before they existed.2 In the last days, when Jesus returns to earth, at the end of the seven year Tribulation, a revival of the old Roman Empire will exist, under the authority of the antichrist.
And in the days of these kings (Revived Roman Empire) the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever. Inasmuch as you saw that the stone (Jesus, the Rock) was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it broke in pieces the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold—the great God has made known to the king what will come to pass after this. The dream is certain, and its interpretation is sure.” ~Daniel 2:44-45
When Jesus returns, He will be seen as “The Rock” that Daniel predicted; a mighty force that easily destroys this final kingdom. In its place, Jesus will establish His perfect kingdom of righteousness.
You watched while a stone was cut out without hands, which struck the image on its feet of iron and clay, and broke them in pieces. Daniel 2:34
As Daniel observes these four kingdoms of the last days, he also notices a stone, not cut with human hands (not by human will). The final kingdom will be from God, not by the will of men. The term “Stone” or “Rock” throughout the Bible is always used as an illustration for Jesus Christ. When Paul wrote in describing Israel’s experience through the desert, he tells the church at Corinth that the Rock that they all drank from which poured forth water, was really Jesus Christ.
…and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ. ~1 Corinthians 10:4
Daniel sees this Rock as He returns to earth at the end of the fourth kingdom—consisting of a revived Roman empire, under a new world leader—called “the antichrist.” This kingdom will be made up of the ten toes, or ten nations, which are described as a mixture of iron and clay. These two elements are not naturally compatible. By the mixing of Iron and Clay, the language suggests that this kingdom will be partly strong (iron) and partly weak (clay). Seven nations will be strong, and continue; three will be found weak, and fall away.
Daniel saw a Stone, descriptive of Jesus the Messiah, who will arrive during the time of the final seven nations under the antichrist and break them to pieces. The Messiah will establish an eternal kingdom promised to His father David, that will never end.
The cancellation of the Agreement with Iran may very well be the catalyst that provokes Iran to make a bold attack against Israel, bringing the protection of God to destroy those who come against the Jews.
It is going to be extremely interesting to see what will happen in the hours and days immediately following the cancellation of the Iran agreement. It is highly likely that in conjunction with the 70th anniversary of Israel on May 14th, in just two weeks, we very well may see events that were determined for the end of this present age and the return of Jesus for His church later this year. We will wait and watch with great anticipation!
1 Olmstead, History of the Persian Empire, 34- 51
2 You, O king, were watching; and behold, a great image! This great image, whose splendor was excellent, stood before you; and its form was awesome. This image’s head was of fine gold, its chest and arms of silver, its belly and thighs of bronze, its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of clay. Daniel 2:31-33