III. SHAPE OF THE FUTURE (1)

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(First published 28 November, 2011. Updated in August, 2014; June, 2015; November, 2015; August, 2016; September, 2017; December, 2018; April, 2019; May, 2020)

[Scripture references are from the New King James Version, unless noted otherwise]

CONTENTS

1. Contents/Introduction
2. Dual Nature of the Empire
3. Spiritual and Physical Geography
4. Economic Superpower: the New Beast
5. Who are the Two Superpowers of the End?
6. Physical Geography: Which Two Territories?
7. Earth-Beast: False Prophet and Money Master
8. Iron-Clay Kingdom = Sea-Earth Beasts’ Empire
9. The Kingdom shall be Divided
10. Role of Technology

11. What the Future Holds
12. Summary

Appendix 1: Modern Religions, Cultures of Darkness
Appendix 2: How Iron Continues in Today’s World
Appendix 3: Background History – Clay-Earth Bloc
Appendix 4: Eighth Head

1 – INTRODUCTION

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When it comes to interpreting what the Bible says about the future, it is easy to fall prey to what happened to the “blind men of Indostan”. For we are already “blind” to some extent, simply because the predicted events haven’t happened yet. Or at best we see only a dim outline, and we grope around, guess, and try to come up with reasonable explanations.

What helps in this kind of business is to see the whole “elephant” – that is, get the general, overall picture. Then the specifics, and their relationship to each other and to the whole, will fall into place more easily. What we want to avoid is the tendency to grab ahold of one aspect and insist on visualizing the “elephant” on the basis of that one feature only.

Since many predictions in the Bible concern the near future of mankind’s history, that certainly makes them a subject worthy of our attention. That doesn’t mean to say that the conclusions brought forth here in this particular study are all correct. But hopefully, if nothing else, some small advancement in our understanding of what the Sacred Book is trying to tell us about our future and present day historical conditions may come out of it.

For prophecies that are in the process of being fulfilled, usually they’re difficult to understand. With already fulfilled prophecies, we have the benefit of hindsight. But for prophecies about our modern day, it can be a tricky business trying to figure out how they’re supposed to apply to historical reality. And here is where it pays to steer clear of the kind of “theologic wars” that the blind men encountered in their discussion about the elephant that they couldn’t see in full but could only see in part.

Along this line, it helps to keep in mind that some prophecies aren’t even supposed to be understood until after the fact. They are only intended to inspire our faith in God’s power and foresight. “And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe.” (John 14:29) In other cases, they satisfy our curiosity and give us hope for the future.

And lastly, they can serve the purpose of preparing us for what’s coming. We may see ahead rather dimly, but at least the future isn’t a total mystery. We can see something, usually because the prophecy has already been fulfilled partially, and we have a bit of historical hindsight to go on. And this helps us to see the “elephant”. It may be just a shadowy glimpse, but hopefully, that will be enough to safely expand and clarify our conceptions of what the ancient Scriptures have been trying to tell us all along about the present and near future.

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Note: The following study presupposes that the reader has some basic knowledge of certain portions of Scripture, especially the chapters of Daniel 2 and Revelation 13. If you are not familiar with them, then it may be helpful to go over those two chapters (below) before going any further.

Continue on to Chapter 2: Dual Nature of the Empire

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  1. John

    Bravo!! Excellent application of the word!! I wish you would go into more detail about the demons (fallen angels) who mix genetically with humans in Chapter 6 of Genesis and produced “men of renown” and as Jesus said in Matthew “As in the days of Noah so shall my coming be” I think that many of the unexplained structures of the ancient world (for example the Great Pyramid of Egypt)were built with the knowledge that the fallen angels brought with them from heaven. There were also at that time many genetically altered creatures that were ungodly ( depicted in Egyptian hieroglyphs on their ancient walls)along with the hybrid humans that God decided to destroy in the great flood.

    But it is very interesting that Jesus said “Matt 24: 38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
    39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” The days before the flood the earth was filled with violence and it seems we are again approaching that same condition.

    I think in your analysis of the red and black spiritual forces that were unleashed upon the earth in Rev 6 you should also include the pale force that represents the political power and works in conjunction with the red and black.

    However GBY for your interpretation and hopefully it will cause more people to seek Jesus and the white horse (the Holy Spirit that was also released as the white horse in Rev 6)!!

    Keep up the good work!!

    1. admin

      Dear John,
      Thanks for your comments. The questions you brought up are addressed in a recent post, “Christ or Antichrist? –
      Who Is the White Horse?” and in an upcoming post, “Alien Gospel – Fact or Fiction?”
      Appreciate your interest in these matters,
      John Lyall

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