976 – Les Feldick Bible Study – Lesson 1 Part 4 Book 82 – Tribulation Prophecy – 4

welcome to through the Bible with Les Feldick a 30 minute walk through the Scriptures teaching in depth Bible truths that change people’s lives now here’s your host les Feldick okay now you’re all still here for program number four you know by this time I expect some of them to start taking off and have some empty chairs but anyway we appreciate you’re still here I just reminded where we are in book number 82 we’re in the first four programs and for those of you out in television if you were interested in these just call us by book number all right we’re gonna keep right on going in Daniel now we digress for a couple half hours but see that’s why I want to keep it informal I’m not gonna get tied down you know it’s just like one time a pastor years ago he asked if I would come to his church after I have a Saturday all-day seminar and I said yeah I would be glad to do that but I said I’m gonna warn you in advance nobody is going to get their hands around my throat I’m not going to give up my independence he’s that’s fine he said have no intention to doing that so I am I’m independent and I’ll go anywhere the doors are open but nobody is going to tie me down and try to convince me that I’m wrong and so forth so bear with me that we can just continue to reach people without attacking people and I don’t claim to be the only one that’s right no way shape or form but I do feel that using Scripture with Scripture I’m confident that we’re not leading anyone astray all right back to Daniel now after some digression and chapter 10 verse 1 now remember poor ol Daniel is just like the rest of us he keeps getting older and the ears are going by and he knows by now that those 70 years have long since been fulfilled why can’t he get back to Jerusalem but evidently he now so now we get into chapter 10 and we are now into the third year of Cyrus the king of Persia now I know most people don’t have the love for history that I do but you see when you came out of the Babylonian Empire after they were defeated by the Medes and the Persians Daniel moved right across from Babylon up to Shushan and became one of the top men in the medon Persian Empire but during the course of the medon Persian Empire before Alexander the Great comes in there were three if I understand history there were three separate Kings starting with no one ever what his name was now but he was the father and I think he was asked the aegs or something like that then the next one was Cyrus and then if I got me history straight the Nexen was de rise now they can all be called our d’azyr keys because that was a turn just like Pharaoh so when it says when artaxerxes the king that wasn’t his name that was merely his title all right so now we’ve already come through the first King and we are up to Cyrus now I shake people up once in a while and I like to do that and make some look make some study I think that Cyrus was the son of the king that married Esther that shakes people up but it’s pretty obvious Cyrus was a son of Queen Esther but now again think about it what did God call Cyrus my chosen why because it was Cyrus that first gave the decree to go back to Jerusalem and establish the nation of Israel once again so then from Cyrus I think we go to Duras and he was the one if I’m not mistaken I don’t stand to be totally correct but if I understand it right Cyrus the son of Queen Esther and then his son was derives and he was the one then that instructed Nehemiah to go back and build the city wall so this is the progression of time now of course all Daniel is about 89 years old and remember he was probably 14 or so when they took him captive and so he knows by years that those seventy years are fulfilled and consequently then Cyrus was the one to give the decree all right Daniel chapter 10 verse 1 so in the third year of Cyrus the king of Persia a thing was revealed unto Daniel whose name was called Bal – as our has been all along and the thing was true but the time appointed was long what’s he talking about all these years that he’s been out of Jerusalem out here in foreign country it’s been a long time almost 75 to 80 years and he understood the thing and I had understanding of the vision in those days I Daniel was mourning grieving for three full weeks and what’s he grieving over Jerusalem Israel in desolation and all how he wants to go back but God isn’t allowing it verse three I ate no Pleasant bread in other words rich food neither came flesh nor wine in my mouth neither did I anoint myself at all till the three whole weeks were fulfilled and in the fourth and twentieth day of the first month in other words on the 24th of April as I was by the side of the great river which is high deckle and that’s the Tigris River today which has been in the news the Tigris and the Euphrates so he’s on the banks of the Tigris River I lifted up my eyes and looked and behold a certain man clothed in linen whose loins were go dirt with the fine gold of a pause his body was like the Beryl his face as the appearance of lightening and his eyes as lamps of fire and his arms in his feet like in color to polish brass and the voice of his words was like the voice of a multitude who is it Jesus Christ in his Old Testament appearance now if you need some confirmation come back with me to Revelation and you’ll see that the definitions the descriptions are almost identical revelation chapter 1 verse 13 and then we’re going to look at another one clear over in chapter 19 oh God Revelation chapter 1 let’s just start at verse 12 revelation 1 starting at verse 12 and I turned to see the voice that spake with me and being turned I saw seven golden candlesticks and in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man which of course is the New Testament reference to Christ and he was clothed with a garment down to the foot and Girt about the paps with a golden girdle his head and his hairs were white like wool as white as snow his eyes were as a flame of fire and his feet like unto fine brass as if they burned in a furnace and his voice as the sound of many waters you see the parallel as Daniel was describing the man that he saw in the river there at Tigris so john sees much the same thing concerning Christ here in the book of Revelation and then reading on verse 16 and he had in his right hand seven stars and out of his mouth went a sharp two-edged it’s sword and his countenance was as the Sun Shine ahthe in strength and that’s an exact description of the Transfiguration if you remember that but now flip over in revelation to chapter 19 and these all disconfirm that these are all descriptions of our Lord Jesus Christ revelation 19 starting at verse 11 now we see him as he is approaching the second coming as he’s leaving heavens glory and he’s going to take over planet Earth and set up his kingdom king of kings and Lord of lords we’ll see it to the end of this passage revelation 19 now remember just comparing these descriptions of our Lord Jesus Christ here of course it’s after his incarnation he has become flesh but Daniel saw him in what we call a theophany and you remember I did a series on those theophanies so sometime ago when God appeared in human form in the Old Testament and then just disappeared back up into the glory but here in the New Testament these are descriptions of his appearance after he has become flesh all right revelation 19 verse 11 second coming and I saw heaven opened and behold a white horse he that sat upon him was called faithful and true and in righteousness he doth judge and make war now here it comes his eyes were as a flame of fire now see all these descriptions are speaking of the same thing Daniel spoke of it as what lanterns and then in the other one it was as a flame of fire all right same way here his eyes as a flame of fire and on his head were many crowns he had a name written that no man knew but he himself he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood and his name is called though word of god john one word in the beginning was the word and the word was god and the word was gone all right now verse 14 and the armies who were in heaven followed him upon white horses clothed in fine linen white and clean and out of his mouth goes a sharp sword see now there’s two references to the sharp sword which of course is his word the Word of God is sharper than a two-edged sword alright and out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword that with it he should smite the nation’s now remember he’s ready to return now and defeat completely the armies of the Antichrist that are gathered there in the Middle East all right and out of his mouth goes a sharp sword verse 15 that with it he should smite the nation’s he shall rule them with a rod of iron he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God now remember the winepress is the VAT filled not with grapes but with what humanity see the troops and the armies of the world gathered there in the Middle East and his coming will be like pressing grapes in the wine VAT all right so he treads the winepress of the fierceness and the wrath of Almighty God now here it comes any hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written king of kings and Lord of lords that’s Christ at his second coming oh I now flip back to Daniel and see that this is who he’s seeing on the banks of the Tigris River he sees the Lord Jesus in a theophany he will go back up into the invisible until he comes by way of Bethlehem all right now then back to Daniel chapter 10 and verse 7 and I Daniel alone saw the vision for the men that were with me saw it not but a great quaking fell upon them so they fled to hide them so therefore verse eight I was left alone and saw this great vision and the remain no strength in me for my comeliness was turned to me under corruption I retained no strength yet I heard the voice of his words and when I heard the voice of his word then I was in a deep sleep in my face and my face to the ground now I think verse 10 we now go from Christ to an angelic individual behold a hand touched me who set me upon my knees and bound the palms of my hand and said to me old Daniel a man greatly beloved understand the words that I speak unto the end stand upright for unto thee am I now sent and I think that’s the language of an angel rather than of Christ himself see so you got two scenarios here and he says when he had spoken this word to me I stood trembling then he said a mere fear not Daniel for from the first day that thou did set thy heart to understand chase myself before thy gone thy words were heard and I am come for thy words but verse 13 now this is interesting little tidbit but the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days but lo Michael one of the chief Prince’s or one of God’s angels came to help me and I remain there with the kings of Persia now what does that give you a little inkling that evidently these pagan empires have demonic angels in their employ and they are watching over man Michael a righteous angel was interrupted by one of these demonic angels of the kingdom of Persia all right so now then we go on to verse 14 now I am come to make the understand what shall befall thy people the nation of Israel what shall befall people in the latter days see which from Daniels times is leaping clear over to what’s even future for us for yet the vision is for many days now remember Daniel is holding forth in about five hundred and thirty five or forty BC and we’re now two thousand and some on this side so twenty five hundred years have already gone by and yet these things are not fulfilled but they will be don’t ever doubt for a minute it’s an island verse fifteen so when he had spoken such words unto me I set my face toward the ground and I became dumb speechless and behold one like the similitude of the sons of men touched my lips I opened my mouth and spake and said unto him that stood before me oh my lord by the vision my sorrows are turned upon me I have retained no strength for how can the servant of this my Lord talk with this my lord for as for me straightway there remaineth no strength in me neither is their breath left in me now remember he’s talking as a man of 89 years of age plus all that he’s come through now these last 75 or 80 years now verse 18 and I think again we come back to a theophany here again we have Christ in a visible appearance and then there came again and touched me one like the appearance of a man he strengthened me and he said old man greatly beloved fear not peace be unto thee be strong yea be strong and when he had spoken to me I was strengthened I said let my Lord speak for thou hath strengthened me then he said knowest thou wherefore I come unto thee and now I will return to fight with the Prince of Persia and when I am going forth lo the Prince of grisha who’s that Alexander the Great see now here’s the unfolding of history we came through the Babylonian Empire went into the meat and the purge three kings have come and gone and now in the time of the third king of the Medes and Persians here comes Alexander the Great and the next Gentile Empire as daniel has been for telling it now ever since Chapter two alright so now then we have the Prince of Grecia shall come which is a prophecy concerning Alexander the Great now verse 21 but I will show thee that which is noted in the scripture truth and there are none that holdeth with me in these things but Michael your prince all right now then we come into chapter 11 and I’m not going to take that verse by verse because it is all the unfolding of the history of the Greek Empire going on into the Roman now as we saw several programs back after Alexander the Great had conquered to the then known world according to prophecy he died at the age of 33 what happened to his empire divided into four areas under four of his generals all right now the one of those four generals that becomes the most important thing is the one called Antiochus Epiphanes he was Syrian but he had that part of the Greek Empire that controlled Israel Jerusalem and that’s what makes him a key player and Antiochus Epiphanes hated the Jew hated him so much that at one time after all these verses have gone through history he went into the Temple in Jerusalem and sacrificed a hog on the altar and totally defamed the temple and set up a pagan idol in the Holy of Holies which of course infuriated the Jews all right now then that man Antiochus Epiphanes becomes what I call at least the prototype the four of the true Antichrist who will do the same thing he will make that treaty with Israel and it’ll be a deceitful treaty but in the middle of the seven years he will turn on Israel with the most hatred that any man has ever poured on the Jewish people all right now we’re going to pick up a little bit of the preview of this in verse 21 I’m going to skip all these verse in-between because it’s just a matter of wars and battles between these four elements of the Greek Empire and the only interesting one in there is Cleopatra which everybody has heard of she’s in there someplace but other than that I want to bring you down to verse 21 when now we come to the picture of the Antichrist as Daniel sees him prophetically but remember that Antiochus is simply a forerunner a prototype verse 21 in his estate shall stand up a vile person now remember we’re describing the coming at I Christ to whom they shall not give the honor of the kingdom but he shall come in peaceably and obtain the kingdom by what flattery so just from that one verse you pick up two views of the God on the one hand he is despised he’s despicable but on the other hand he is so smooth-talking and he is so arrogant that he brings about the rule of the kingdom and he’s going to come into a place of almost a dictatorial rule verse 22 with the arms of a flood shall they be overflowing from before him in other words he’s going to have tremendous power he’s going to rule on the one hand with this the carrot on the other hand he’s going to use a huge stick and I think he will finally come to the place of using the nucular weapons that are accumulating verse 22 with the arms of a flood shall they be overflowing from before him with military power and they shall be broken da also the prints of the Covenant that one I’m not ready to comment who I think that is but now verse 23 after the league made with him he shall work deceitfully that’s the kind of a leader he’s going to be he’s going to fast talk people he’s going to control them but he’s going to have such satanic power that he will do it deceitfully for he shall come up and shall become strong with a small people in other words he’s not going to have millions but he’s going to have a relatively small group of influential people now verse 24 he shall enter peaceably now don’t forget who we’re talking about the coming world ruler he shall enter peaceably even upon the fattest places of the province and he shall do that which his fathers have not done nor his father’s father’s he shall scatter among them the prey and spoil and riches and yea he shall forecast the devices against the strongholds even for a time now again I have to feel that the word time is a reference to one of the three and a half years now verse 25 and he shall stir up his power and his courage against the King of the South that’s Egypt with a great army and the King of the South shall be stirred up to battle with a very great mother but he shall not stand for they shall forecast devices against him oh I first 26 yea they that feed of the portion of his food shall destroy him in his army shall overflow and many shall fall down slain all right verse 27 both of these Kings hearts shall be to do miss and they shall speak lies at one table but it shall not prosper for yet the end she’ll be at the time appointed in other words it’s God’s timetable that they are going by even though they don’t know it we’re 28 then he shall return in the land of great riches his heart shall be against the holy Covenant he’s going to develop a hatred for Israel and their temple worship and he shall do exploits and return his own land at the time appointed he shall return and come to South which shall not be as the letter now then verse 34 the ships of chittim now I’m not always sure I think chittim might be Spain it might be Great Britain but I think one point that can be made here this is one of the few times you see a name in scripture of the use of naval vessels so I think this is an indication that part of this endtime wars these last seven years will involve ships of the sea which of course antiquity knew nothing of it’s just a just a thought and I think we’re seeing it that we have these battleships and aircraft carriers and what-have-you verse 34 the ships of chittim shall come against him therefore you shall be grieved and returned have indignation against the holy Covenant and so shall he do he shall return and have intelligence with them that forsake the holy Covenant now we’re willing to wine this up quickly and arms shall stand on his part they shall pollute the sanctuary strength shall take away the daily sacrifice see and that’s all because of that tribulation temple that was built at the beginning they shall take away the daily sacrifice they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate now you see come back to chapter 9 again real quickly back to chapter 9 verse 27 how it all fits this man Antichrist shall confirm or make a treaty with many for one week which we covered earlier and in the middle of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to stop and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it that is that tribulation temple he will make it desolate even until the consummation or the end of those seven years and everything that’s been determined or prophesied shall come upon the Desolator all right and so all these things are part of that tribulation scenario with this man Antichrist developing such a hatred for Israel and the temple and he will bring in an abomination the abomination of Antiochus of course was to kill a hog swine’s blood on the altar and going and that was bad enough but I think this guy is going to be even worse thank you for watching through the Bible with Les Feldick through the Bible is a partner supported ministry if this program has been a help to your study of the scriptures and you’d like to see others enjoy the teaching your support would be greatly appreciated write to us at les feldick ministries 307 oh six west Lona Valley Road Kenta Oklahoma seven four five five two or call one eight hundred three six nine seven eight five six remember all programs are available in printed form audiocassette and videotape be sure to tune in next time to through the Bible with Les Feldick you

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