1. The Times ahead of Time.
41 Just as you saw that the feet and toes were partly of baked clay and partly
of iron, so this will be a divided kingdom; yet it will have some of the
strength of iron in it, even as you saw iron mixed with clay. 42 As the toes
were partly iron and partly clay so this kingdom will be partly strong and
partly brittle. 43 And just as you saw the iron mixed with baked clay, so the
people will be a mixture and will not remain united, any more than iron
mixes with clay.
2. The Dark Times ahead.
7 “After that, in my vision at night I looked, and there before me was a fourth
beast - terrifying and frightening and very powerful. It had large iron teeth; it
crushed and devoured its victims and trampled underfoot whatever was left.
It was different from all the former beasts, and it had ten horns. 8 “While I
was thinking about the horns, there before me was another horn, a little one,
which came up among them; and three of the first horns were uprooted
before it. This horn had eyes like the eyes of a human being and a mouth that
23 “He gave me this explanation: ‘The fourth beast is a fourth kingdom that
will appear on earth. It will be different from all the other kingdoms and will
devour the whole earth, trampling it down and crushing it. 24 The ten horns
are ten kings who will come from this kingdom. After them another king will
arise, different from the earlier ones; he will subdue three kings.
11 And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for
you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than
when we first believed. 12 The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So
let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.
2 PETER 3:10-13
10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will
disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth
and everything done in it will be laid bare.
11 Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people
ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 12 as you look
forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about
the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the
heat. 13 But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new
heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.
1 THESSALONIANS 5:1-3
1 Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need
to write to you, 2 for you know very well that the day of the Lord
will come like a thief in the night. 3 While people are saying,
“Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as
labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.
1. His Presence.
2. His Personality.
3. His Program.
- He will set up a One World Government.
And it was given authority over every tribe, people, language and
nation. 8 All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast - all
whose names have not been written in the Lamb’s book of life, the
Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world.
- He will establish a One World Economy.
16 It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free
and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their
foreheads, 17 so that they could not buy or sell unless they had
the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its
name. 18 This calls for wisdom. Let the person who has insight
calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a
man. That number is 666.