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Defending God’s Truth in Church Doctrine and Political History – Renette Vermeulen
ISLAM’S RULE DEPICTED IN THE VISION OF THE BEAR AND RAM, (Daniel 7 & 8)
For those who did not read this study from the beginning, I repeat the fact that the context of these twofold, (Daniel chapters 7 & 8), end of the end-time, (Dan. 7:21-22; 8:17,) prophecies make it clear that these visions do not focus on ancient, geographical ‘kingdoms’ and physical ‘kings’ like Nebuchadnezzar or 4th century B.C. Alexander, (8:19-20.) These two prophecies are directly linked to John’s vision of the unified four beasts from the sea or global political world in Revelation chapter 13. These spirit beasts manifest on a multilevel, (spiritual and physical levels,) and they center on global, end of the end-time events (Dan. 8:19) that originated in the Middle East and affect the whole world.
It is significant that Daniel’s vision of the ram and goat (Dan. 8) relates directly to the Iranian, (ancient Persian) city of Susa, (ancient Shushan,) and to Daniel’s first vision of the four beasts that came out of the stormy (political) sea, (Dan. 7.)
Ancient Susa became a Muslim Fortress when Persia [modern-day Iran] was taken by the religion of Islam in 640 A.D. Today, 99.4% Iranians are Muslim. Iran is a country in Western Asia and the second largest state in the Middle East. It is part of the Old Ottoman Empire, the now Modern Arab World; consisting of 22 Arab-speaking countries. In 640 B.C., the city of Susa was already a prominent seat of Arab religion and therefore referred to as “the great, holy city; abode of their gods, seat of their mysteries…”
To understand what is happening right now and how the creation of the “New World” affects every person on earth, (Rev. 13:4-10,) it is important to know that today, (2016-2017) Iran or what remains of the vast kingdom of ancient Persia, is a growing seat of militant Islamic power that is rapidly and aggressively expanding worldwide.
In Daniel’s vision in chapter 8, in 605 B.C., he saw a ram with two high horns by the river Ulai. That the location of the ram is in the ancient kingdom of Persia or modern Iran, cannot be coincidence. The ram stands by the river Ulai, which probably means it is sustained by a continuing Arabic system of monetary, military, and religious support.
The interpreting angel then told Daniel that the two high horns of the ram symbolize two distinct end-time (8:19-20) “kings,” principalities or rulers, [world governing structures or philosophies not physical men,] called 1) Media and 2) Persia.
The higher [or bigger, more significant horn Persia,] came up last, (8:3.)
“The ram pushed westward, northward, and southward, and towards the holy land, and no one could withstand him…” (8:4.) During the Dark and Middle ages, the Old Ottoman or Muslim Empire overran the Middle East and all its surrounding territories. The atrocities of the Christian crusades followed.
During 550-330 A.D., the vision of the ram began to manifest itself when the Median, ancient Eastern, Iranian Empire, (the ram’s first horn) together with most neighboring empires at the time, were engulfed by the Achaemenid/Persian Empire (the ram’s second horn) of Cyrus the Great that stretched over three continents: Africa, Asia, and Europe — in particular, Eastern Europe, Romania, Ukraine, Russia, and the entire region of the Middle East. When Media was incorporated into Persia, Cyrus made Susa, (or ancient Shushan,) where Daniel’s vision began, Persia’s first capital, (Dan. 8:2.)
The geographical Median kingdom does not exist anymore. Daniel saw in the vision of the ram that the “second horn of the ram (Persia) came up last, and grew higher than the first, (Media,)” Dan. 8:3. Historically, Persia swallowed Media in scope, size, and military power.
Yet, according to the Bible, the spirit of the ‘conquered’ Medians continue to this day.
Old Testament prophets refer apocalyptically to Medes as “the spirit of the kings of Media,” which was definitely not obliterated in the Persian takeover, (Jer. 51:11.) In Isa. 13:1-22, God clearly prophesies the end of the world as an unbearably perilous time, stating, “Wail, for The Day of the Lord is at hand… [Jesus’ return.] I will punish the world for its evil… (And in v. 17,) I will stir up the Medes against them…” In this passage, the destructive Median spirit of the end-time apocalypse, sustained and working through a particular world philosophy, is described as a decimating entity that cannot be bribed. It wants blood and lots of it so badly, it even “cherishes the slaughter of people more than gold.” It is so set on devouring flesh that “none can buy or bargain his life out of its hand,” (Jer. 51:11.)
What fits snugly into Isaiah's prophecy, (13:1-22,) is that Russian historian Vladimir Minorsky alleges many ancient Iranians, (the conquered Medians or Kurds,) eventually became part of the Soviet Union, which was also engulfed by the old Achaemenid/Persian Empire when it consumed the entire Middle East. Today, it seems impossible to pinpoint the physical descendants of the Kingdom of Media, but tracking the end-time bloodshed of the spirit of Media is not that difficult.
The end-time spirit that slew the most people globally during the 20th century, (just as God prophesied in Jer. 51:11 and Isa. 13:17,) is undoubtedly the “second king:” the dreaded Russian communist bear from Daniel’s first twofold vision, (Dan. 7:5.)
The Two Horns of The Ram by the River Ulai in Iran, (Dan. 8:1-4)
The love-hate alliance between Russia and Iran (Persia) since 1521, (Dan. 8:20,) personifies the two horns of the ram by the river: the end-time spirit of Media as a world-structuring, military dogma, (Bolshevist or Russian communism,) and the spirit or religion of Persia, which is Islam, (Dan. 8:3.)
Both Media (communism/socialism,) and Persia (Islam) expanded mightily from the Middle East, “as the ram pushed Westward, Northward and Southward, so that no one could withstand him, nor was there anyone that could deliver from his hand, but he did according to his will and became great…” (Dan. 8:4.)
Both Marxism and Islam are extremely imperialist; (thus in union with the “first king:” the colonial spirit of the winged lion: Dan. 7:4; Rev. 13:2,) and both are carried worldwide by the uprooting, dispossessing mayhem of communist socialism, (the feet of the bear, Dan. 7:5; Rev. 13.)
What indisputable, worldwide end-time events undoubtedly prove, (as Media, the first horn of the ram, is not so much a country as a global, end-time political principality or power,) is that in the modern world after World War Two, the spreading of Bolshevik-Russian communism, (Media,) began before the expansion of the spirit of Persia. In Daniel’s vision in chapter 8:3, the “horn that came up last grew higher than the first.”
In the light of recent history, it cannot be disputed that the spirit of Persia or Iran is the global imperialism of the religion of Islam, which “grows higher” through the expansion of communism/socialism; reaping the benefits of the mighty economic and military union of the ‘post-’communist Islamic World, the United Arab Emirates, or the League of Arab States. “Emirates” in this context literally means “Principalities.” Principalities are global rulers — religious rulers, creating the last Fourth World, empowered by the terrible end-time dragon from the East, (Rev. 13:4-10.)
So, the first horn of the ram (Media) is high, but it is not as high as the growing second horn Persia, or “the Fourth kingdom on earth,” (Dan. 7:23-25,) the last end-time ruler, the terrible dragon from the East, (Dan. 7:19; Rev. 13:2-4) with it’s “little” steering horn, Islam. As witnessed right now, globally, Islam is growing “higher” than all other religions.
How does Islam fit into Daniel’s vision of the “little horn?” In Daniel’s second vision, (8:4-7,) a “male goat stormed from the West with a large horn between its eyes” like a unicorn, “flying across the whole earth without touching the ground…” The angel said to Daniel this goat is the “Kingdom of Greece” or the “European” United Nations, (Dan. 8:21.) Greece is considered to be the birthplace of Western/European civilization. In 1832, Greece was liberated from the Muslim or Ottoman Empire, and officially established as the “Kingdom of Greece” at the Convention of London by the United Powers of Britain, France, and Russia. These end-time spirits really govern all such conventions, and despite appearances, they are actually a union of political powers from both the West and the East!
The male goat from the West is the United Nations, (Rev. 13:1-10,) which, as recently as World War One, (1914-1918,) was the League of Nations, (Pax Britannica: Dan. 7:4; 8:21.) The goat or the Kingdom of Greece’s large horn, the angel said, is the “first king” or “lion” from Daniel’s two-fold vision, (8:21; 7:1-8; 17.) Not a physical king like Old Nebuchadnezzar, but the imperialist/colonial winged lion, (Pax Britannica/Americana,) which came first from the stormy political sea in Daniel’s first vision, (Dan. 7:4.)
It is interesting to note that Russia, the “terrible foe of the West,” was a prominent member of the Allied Forces during World War One and Two and also the third superpower of the United Nations since 1945. Because none of the four entities in Daniel and John’s visions ever works alone, in occult/masonic circles, the unicorn or one-horned spirit also signifies the global “chaos” of communism, which brings about worldwide socialist “order” or control.
This proves how the world is being misled by the religious-political powers that always plan political history from behind the scenes. East and West were never really separated during the two World Wars or during the ‘cold war’ that followed World War Two. They have always been working towards a common goal: the creation of the ‘Fourth World’ under control of the New World Order. Russia and her Eastern allies always remained part of the ‘Western’ United Nations.
This one-horned goat of Daniel’s vision attacking the ram is West attacking East in a very forceful, most destructive way — and during World War One this began to happen exactly like in the vision.
In Dan. 8:7-8, the goat from the West flattened the ram from the East. According to recent history, this did not happen all at once. First, at the end of World War One in 1918, with Russia (Media) supposedly at the forefront, the League of Nations from the West, with their modern war facilities and aerial mobility, literally “without touching the ground,” militarily trampled the ram of Daniel’s vision: the Ottoman Empire or the ram (Persia) from the East. This led to the official suspension of the Ottoman Empire in 1921, (Dan. 8:7.)
It seemed that the seat of Persian religion, Islam, was dead.
Only the spirit of Media, the first horn, remained alive through global communist advancement.
Then, on December 26, 1991, the Soviet Empire or the Median principality also ‘fell’ with the destruction of the Berlin wall. The Soviet Empire was broken up into a commonwealth of independent states called the Russian Commonwealth or the Eurasian Economic Union. However, while the Soviet Empire might have ‘fallen,’ the Russian Commonwealth and it’s Bolshevik (Jewish/Russian socialist) spirit survived and was thriving worldwide without much, if any, media attention.
The Soviet bear was and still is ravishing the whole earth under the guise that “Marxism is dead!”
It then seemed as if the male goat from the West had eventually broken the twofold power of the Persian ram, (Media and Persia,) and “it grew very great,” (Dan. 8:8a.)
While Iran itself was not physically involved in the Gulf War, between August 1990 and February 1991, the coalition forces of 34 nations, (the ‘great goat from the West,’) led by the imperialist ‘lion horn’ from Daniel’s twofold vision, (Britain and America,) in a mighty demonstration of United Nations power, again attacked the growing and extremely militant Islamic powers perched in the Persian Gulf.
After this, the very last act of this end-time drama opened on stage because, when “the male goat grew very great and became strong, it’s large horn was [also] broken…” The angel explained that this large horn “was the first king:” the lion spirit of global superpower and worldwide Western Imperialism; the first king or ruling spirit that Daniel saw, came from the stormy sea, (Dan. 7:3-3; 8:21-22.)
The vision does not yet explain how the big horn of the goat was, or will be “broken, [so that] in its place four notable ones come up toward the four winds of heaven — and among them a little horn, which [will grow] exceedingly great towards the four corners of the earth… [towards God Himself, His true believers — and as we will see, also towards the physical church system...]” (Dan. 8:8-10.)
From recent political events and the full context of these prophecies, I believe this is already happening now, but we haven’t yet seen the entire vision materialize. It is most significant that the greatest superpower behind the United Nations, the aggressive imperialist ‘lion;’ leader of the entire lion-coalition of Europe, (the winged lion or “first king,”) the United Kingdom, has recently declared that she is leaving the United Nations. Meanwhile, in 2017, we have seen the irresponsible Donald Trump of America supposedly going against the unity and global conformity of the United Nations, which is replacing Pax Britannica/Americana, or leadership of the West, with Pax Africana or leadership from the East. Could the strange placement of Donald Trump in the greatest superpower of the world be a ploy from the Illuminati to bring America down as well?
What is clear from the interpretation of this vision, is that the “big horn of the goat was broken” while the goat or “the Kingdom of Greece” (Dan. 8:21) remained very much alive to make way for “four notable horns or kingdoms to come up toward the four winds of heaven! Out of one of them will come a little horn which will grow exceedingly great… [even] towards the host of heaven….” (Dan. 8:21-22.)
As this is now East rising to rule over West, these four world rulers are certainly the great ‘post’-communist, industrial giants Russia, China, India, and the Arab Emirates.
Already, this “little [or at first, insignificant and under-estimated] horn” is indeed growing “exceedingly great towards the south, east, and the Middle East…” [against God Himself and against His true believers…]” (Dan. 8:9-13.) This ruling ‘little horn’ that brutally attacks and enslaves the whole world, but especially Jesus’ true disciples, certainly symbolizes an extremely militant, Kingdom-Now-here-on-earth, political, global religion! (Rev. 13:8.)
The spirit of the ram’s horn that came up last (Persia) is indeed growing greater than Media or Marxism. Persia, the Ottoman Empire or the Arab Emirates, did not die either physically or spiritually in the goat’s attack on the ram. And so, the spirit of Iranian religion is growing ‘greater’ than its counterpart, Marxism or Media’s world structuring military assault. Together, they form the Fourth World. Right at the end of the end time, together, they will force the whole world to worship “the little horn,” (Rev. 13:5-9; 16-18.)