"I didn't give you the word 'prepare'...I gave you the word 'preparedness.'"
I snapped back: "the word 'preparedness' is NOT in the Bible!"
"Try the dictionary." He instructed.
I opened my dictionary and this is the definition I found: "A state of adequate preparation, specifically for war."
The Lord reminded me of the vision one last time, early in 2013.
"I saw in my vision by night, and behold, the four winds of heaven (North, South, East and West) were stirring up the Great Sea. And four great beasts came up out of the sea, different from one another."
"After this I saw in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, terrifying and dreadful and exceedingly strong. It had great iron teeth; it devoured and broke in pieces and stamped what was left with its feet..."
"As for the fourth beast, there shall be a fourth kingdom on earth, which shall be different from all the kingdoms, and it shall devour the whole earth, and trample it down and break it to pieces."
Daniel Chapter 7:
-The last world ruler
-Skilled in planning
-Promotes himself with rhetoric
-People will follow him
-Will be very organized, actively opposing God's people
-Will prevail against the saints until the time of judgment
-Shall devour the whole earth, trampling it and breaking it to pieces
-Will put down three kings
-Will 'wear out' the saints
-Will think to 'change the times and the law'
Daniel Chapter 8:
-Increases in power and influence
-Speaks great things
-Persecutes the Jews
-Imposes his own religion
-Is energized by satan
-Is a great deceiver
-Will (eventually) claim deity
-WILL AT LAST BE DEFEATED BY MESSIAH!
Daniel Chapter 11:
-Will do as he pleases
-None will be able to stand before him
-He will stand with destruction in his hand
-Is 'contemptible' (despicable)
-Does not have the honor of royalty
-Will conquer through flatteries
-Will appear on the scene without warning
-Will sweep away armies
-Will act deceitfully (this seems to be a THEME!)
-Will make an 'alliance'
-Will become strong with only a few people
-Will plunder without warning
-Will exalt and magnify himself above every god
-Will speak astonishing things against the God of gods
-Will prosper until the 'indignation' (fury of God's anger) is accomplished
-He will magnify himself above ALL
Daniel Chapter 12:
-There will be an unprecedented time of trouble
-Many shall run to and fro
-Knowledge will increase
And finally, some GOOD NEWS:
Daniel 12:3 -
"And those who are wise shall shine
like the brightness of the skies above,
those who turn many to righteousness,
like the stars forever and ever.
I would be quite interested in the readers' perspective! Feel free to comment below.
Soli Deo Gloria!