what makes a beast 

A Beast 

according to Daniel?  What do Babylon, Persia, Greece, and Rome have in common?  The temple.  The first was destroyed by Babylon.  Persia helped build the second.  Greece desecrated the second which was destroyed by Rome.  Are there any other candidates?  Islam’s Dome of the Rock is preventing the third.  What else can Daniel tell us?      

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babylon the great

A Great City 

as stated six times in chapter 17 and chapter 18.  It is not a whore, or a woman, or a church, and not even Rome.  Rome was not a mystery.  Everyone knew about the seven hills of Rome.  Even Peter.  Constantinople having seven hills was a mystery because it only had six until Theodosius II extended the walls out to include the seventh thus fulfilling this noted prophecy.  Again the numbers, they don’t require interpretation.  

Watch for more pieces that fit.  Blessed is the one who looks.
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the four beasts

A Temple 

will make.  Daniel 7 has four beasts.  There are so many to choose from so how did he come up with these?  How did the interpreters identify them?  Jesus gives us a great clue by mentioning the abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel.  If you Google ‘abomination of desolation’, Wikipedia shows three possibilities; Antiochus IV Epiphanes in 167 BC, Titus in 70 AD, and Abd al-Malik ibn Marwan in 691 AD.  The only missing one is Babylon and the first Temple.  So we have Babylon destroying the first Temple, Greece desecrating the second, Rome destroying the second, and Islam preventing the third.  It fits.

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the temple 

A review of history

– pay attention to the temple – pay attention to the abominations – messing with the temple makes you a beast

source: a timeline of world empires

(cherry picked by me to make my point – temples added for reference)

The Assyrian Empire is at its peak

620s BC The Assyrian Empire is split by civil war

612 BC A rebellion led by Babylon brings the Assyrian Empire to an end. The Babylonians then create their own empire.

(586 bc – 1st temple destroyed by babylon)

559-529 BC Cyrus the Great founder of the Persian Empire reigns

546 BC Cyrus conquers Lydia in Asia Minor

539 BC Babylon is captured by the Persians

525 BC The Persians conquer Egypt

(515 bc – 2nd temple built after the persians defeated babylon)

490 BC The Greeks defeat the Persians at the Battle of Marathon

480 BC The Greeks defeat another Persian invasion

338 BC Philip of Macedon conquers Greece

334 BC Alexander the Great invades the Persian Empire

333 BC Alexander wins the Battle of Issus

332 BC Alexander conquers Egypt

330 BC Alexander controls all of the former Persian Empire

323 BC Alexander dies and his generals split his empire between them

247 BC The Parthian Empire is founded in Persia

(167 bc – 2nd temple desecrated by antiochus of the greece empire)

58-51 BC Julius Caesar conquers Gaul (France)

30 BC Egypt becomes a province of the Roman Empire

(70 ad – 2nd temple destroyed by the pagan roman empire)

98-117 AD Trajan is Emperor of Rome. The Roman Empire reaches its peak.

224 AD In Persia a member of the Sassanid family kills the last Parthian king and founds the Sassanid Empire

395 The Roman Empire permanently splits into two parts, East and West

410 The Goths capture Rome

455 AD The Vandals capture Rome

476 AD The Western Roman Empire ends completely

527-565 Justinian rules the Byzantine Empire (the Eastern Roman Empire)

642 The Arabs conquer Egypt. They begin the conquest of Persia.

(691 – dome of the rock in the holy place – preventing the 3rd temple)

1071 The Seljuk Turks defeat the Byzantine Empire at the battle of Manzikert

1076 The Seljuk Turks take Damascus and Jerusalem

1099 The Crusaders capture Jerusalem

1187 Saladin captures Jerusalem

1453 The Ottoman Turks capture Constantinople and bring the Byzantine Empire to an end

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