Four Blood Moons, Part 4

Four Blood Moons

Part 4

Recap: Jesus prophesied the destruction of Jerusalem and that it would be in the hands of the Gentiles until their time was finished. Since AD70 Jerusalem had been in the hands of Gentles.  In 1948 Israel declared independence, and the following year, during the four blood moons, they won their battle for independence and was declared by the UN to be a legitimate nation. While they were a Nation, Israel only possessed west Jerusalem until the six day war, when they won all of Jerusalem. So in May 1967, during the four blood moons, Israel regained Jerusalem. The prophetic time for the church entered a new period. The times of the gospel being given to the Gentiles, while still offered to them, took a dramatic turn. Nations that once were influenced by Jesus Christ, now have turned against His teachings and Lordship.  This year we begin another series of four blood moons.

Rev 17:1-18

Rev 17:9-11

9 “This calls for a mind with wisdom. The seven heads are seven hills on which the woman sits. 10 They are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come; but when he does come, he must remain for a little while. 11 The beast who once was, and now is not, is an eighth king. He belongs to the seven and is going to his destruction.

I.                   Roman empire was in existence at the time of John’s writing. “Five have fallen.”

A.     Seven heads of the beast, and eighth king.

  1. Egypt
  2. Assyria
  3. Babylon
  4. Medes/Persians
  5. Greece
  6. Rome (One is)
  7. “other has not yet come”
  8. “Beast who once was, now is not, belongs to the seven.”

10 “the other has not yet come; but when he does come, he must remain for a little while”

B.     Daniel’s vision of a Statue. Picture of the Statue

Dan 2:40

40 Finally, there will be a fourth kingdom, strong as iron — for iron breaks and smashes everything

C.     The final Kingdom is the Iron legs. Rome.

D.    Jesus came during the Roman Empire.

v 10 “Not yet come”

II.                Can’t be any of the previous six kingdoms. Seventh head was Germany.

A.     Rome was conquered by the Germanic people.

B.     Rome tried to conquer to Germania in AD 9, but Rome was crushed.

C.     By AD 400 the power of mighty Rome had begun to collapse.. During this period the Germanic armies poured into the weaken West Roman Empire. This was the beginning of the rise of the Franks.

D.    Most chronologies place the end of the Western Roman empire in 476, when Romulus Augustulus was forced to abdicate to the Germanic warlord Odoacer

E.     In AD 486, Clovis, a Frankish king defeated the Roman governor of Gaul (now France).

F.      Charlemagne came into power in 768.

G.    It was not until the Treaty of Verdun that Charlemagne’s empire was divided into three kingdoms: Louis II (called Germany), Charles I (called France) and Lothair I (Italy).

H.    Axis of evil: Germany, Italy and Japan. France lost battle in 1940, and for a time fought with Germany. Picture of Hitler, Mussolini and Petain.

I.       Past six head. The succeeding Empire overcame the previous empire. Rome was destroyed by the Germanic people.

  1. Remains for a little while.” Hitler reign less than 13 years. Ruled less time than the other empires, but killed more Jews. Picture of concentration camp. 

Dan 2:44-45

44 “In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever.

III.             While Jesus came during the iron legs, the iron legs also produce clay toes. establishes his spiritual kingdom.

Rev 17:12-18

12 “The ten horns you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but who for one hour will receive authority as kings along with the beast…
14 They will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will overcome them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings — and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers.”

A.     Prediction that the kings will follow the lamb. History, the western empire became Christian.

15 Then the angel said to me, “The waters you saw, where the prostitute sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations and languages. 16 The beast and the ten horns you saw will hate the prostitute. They will bring her to ruin and leave her naked; they will eat her flesh and burn her with fire. 17 For God has put it into their hearts to accomplish his purpose by agreeing to give the beast their power to rule, until God’s words are fulfilled. 18 The woman you saw is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth.”

A.     John sees the ten toes as future kingdoms.

B.     Hate the whore.” Roman religion. Again description of the nations rejecting the Roman religion and becoming Christian.

C.     Daniel sees the coming of the Messiah during the legs of iron. 10 toes are part of this Western powers.

D.    Germany was the seventh beasts.

E.     Germany defeated Rome. The five heads were defeated by the succeeding heads.

F.      Interestingly, after the Holocaust, Israel becomes a nation.

G.    Russia defeats Germany.

11 The beast who once was, and now is not, is an eighth king. He belongs to the seven and is going to his destruction.

IV.              Look for Russia to help the eighth head. Or possibly the conglomeration of all seven heads. Or “once was” possibly one of the former five kingdoms. Medes and Persians is now modern Iran.

A.     Syria to the north of Israel. Egypt to the south of Israel. Jordon to the East, Iraq also joined forces.

B.     It’s possible that the Eight kingdom has been fulfilled in the 6 th day war considering that three the former five heads (Egypt, Syria, Iraq [modern day Babylon]) were part of the war.

C.     Interestingly Persian Empire (Iran) was not part of the attack against Israel in the 6th day war.

D.    Greece was not part of the war either.

E.     Could we actually describe the 8th head as part of the 6th day war when few Jews were killed?

F.      once was” could refer only to one of the five former empires. Medes and Persian: Iran before 1935.

G.    Iran and Russia are allies. Russia provides weapons to Iran. Iran is Israel’s greatest threat.

H.    Four of the five previous heads are now Islamic countries. Radical Islam is anti Israel.

Rev 17:8

8 The beast, which you saw, once was, now is not, and will come up out of the Abyss and go to his destruction.

Rev 17:11

11 The beast who once was, and now is not, is an eighth king. He belongs to the seven and is going to his destruction.

I.       Whoever this eighth king is will be doomed for his destruction.

J.      Will this coming four blood moons bring about the destruction of the eight kingdom?

K.    Radical Islam will be destroyed.

L.     Any nation of the previous five kingdoms will be destroyed if they attack Israel.

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