Then I stood upon the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea…. See Revelation 13:1.
Without question this beast is to be feared. This beast will be a person of global influence. His influence will go beyond the powers of any head of state. Whether from, China, Iran, Russia, United States or Turkey. With the likely possibility coming from the head of the United Nations. Because it has all the necessary mechanisms in place for world governance, except one, a military. Whose, armed forces could be derived exclusively from Europe. Giving rise to long held concepts for a revived Roman Empire. Giving rise to another long held notion of what goes around comes around. The very empire that existed during the life time of Jesus Christ.
Question, why would sovereign states surrender their sovereignty to a global body? Answer, the world is becoming so chaotic that out of desperation nation states will see it as their only chance for global stability.
But in order to get a sense of perspective about this beast, we shall briefly visit the biblical book of Daniel which provides us with some valuable information. We find one of the worlds great kings, who had a very troubling dream which upon awakening, he could not remember. He knew that he had dreamt something horrific. Which made him determined to have his dream recalled, along with an interpretation.
So he summoned his advisers to provide him with an interpretation of his dream. But they could not help this poor troubled fellow. Well that did not settle well with King Nebuchadnezzar. So like all governments immemorial to history. King Nebuchadnezzar threatened them with severe punishment, if they could not interpret his dream. But to lessen the severity, he sweetened the pot. By promising his advisers with lavish rewards for the interpretation of his night vision. Nebuchadnezzar emphasized the consequences for failure to make his dream known. Telling them that he cut them to pieces, and have their property destroyed. But for successful interpretation of his forgotten dream, riches and prestige would be awarded to them.
The conversation goes on with accusations being made by the King and excuses being put forth by his advisers. His advisers complained that the King asked for the impossible. Because the King could not give them the particulars about his night vision. Saying … “there is not a man upon the earth that can accomplish what the King demands. Finally declaring, “except the God’s, whose dwelling is not with the flesh.” Such a response only angered the King. Causing him to issue a law calling for the murder of all his advisers throughout the Babylonian empire which included the prophet Daniel and his associates.
Eventually the Captain of the kings guard came for Daniel. Daniel assured the captain that he, and his associates could provide the king with the interpretation.
Daniel went home, and discussed the situation with his associates. It was decided that they would seek the mercy of the God of heaven about the kings forgotten dream. During the night, Daniel had his own night vision which included the dreams interpretation. But before Daniel approached the king with the answers, he blessed the God of heaven. Acknowledging Him for His wisdom and might. Daniel offered this specific prayer. “And He changes the times and seasons, He removes kings and sets up kings. He gives wisdom and knowledge to those who know understanding, He reveals the deep secret things; He knows what is in the darkness, and light dwells with Him. And I thank you and praise you. O! thou God of my fathers, who has given me wisdom might, and has made known unto us the King’s matter,” Daniel 2:21-23.
Learn the lessons of those three verses for yourself. And you’ll become one of those, who are wise. A person of knowledge based upon your understanding of God’s world history. How is that accomplished? When Daniel told the captain that he could give the king what he desired. he had no foreknowledge of what troubled the king or what he wanted. He trusted that God would provide him with what was needed. And by so doing, Daniel acknowledged three modern day spiritual principles that are ageless because they reached back to Daniel’s lifetime as well. The book of Hebrews reveals these words, “Now the just shall live by faith; but if any person draws back, My soul shall have no pleasure in him,” Hebrews 10:38. What Daniel communicated to the captain of the king’s guard was done in its purest sense, *now the just shall live by faith.* Followed by, *Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen,* Hebrews 11:1. And, *Without faith it is impossible to please Him; for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is the rewarder of those who diligently seek Him,* Hebrews 11:6.
Ancient scriptures made modern in our 21 century. Making it possible for us to become more than any of us ever thought we could become. All because of some lessons Daniel left for those of us, who would follow centuries later. Accompanied with this pure perfect crystallized diamond, “Likewise the Spirit, also helps our weaknesses. For we do know not what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us. With groaning which can not be uttered. Now He, who searches the heart knows the mind of the Spirit because He makes intersession for the saints according to the will of God,” Romans 8:26-27.