THE GENTILE CHURCH
Daniel 8: "In the third year of the reign of king Belshazzar a vision appeared unto me even unto me Daniel, after that which appeared unto me at the first. And I saw a vision; and it came to pass, when I saw, that I was at Shushan in the palace, which is in the province of Elam; and I saw in a vision, and I was by the river of Ulai. Then I lifted up mine eyes, and saw and, behold, there stood before the river a ram which had two horns: and the two horns were high; but one was higher than the other and the higher came up last. I saw the ram pushing westward, and northward, and southward; so that no beasts might stand before him, neither was there any that could deliver out of his hand; but he did according to his will and became great. And as I was considering, behold, an he goat came from the west on the face of the whole earth, and touched not the ground: and the goat had a notable horn between his eyes. And he came to the ram that had two horns, which I had seen standing before the river, and ran into him in the fury of his power. And I saw him come close unto the ram, and he was moved with choler against him, and smote the ram, and brake his two horns: and there was no power in the ram to stand before him, but he cast him down to the ground, and stamped upon him: and there was none that could deliver the ram out of his hand. Therefore the he goat waxed very great: and when he was strong, the great horn was broken; and for it came up four notable ones toward the four winds of heaven. And out of one of them came forth a little horn, which waxed exceedingly great, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the pleasant land. And it waxed great, even to the host of heaven; and it cast down some of the host and of the stars to the ground, and stamped upon them. yea, he magnified himself even to the prince of the host, and by him the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of his sanctuary was cast down. And an host was given him against the daily sacrifice by reason of transgression, and it cast down the truth to the ground, and it practiced, and prospered. Then I heard one saint speaking, and another saint said unto that certain saint which spake, How long shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, and the transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot? And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed. And it came to pass, that when I, even I Daniel, had seen the vision, and sought for the meaning, then, behold, there stood before me as the appearance of a man. And I heard a man's voice between the banks of Ulai, which called, and said, Gabriel, make this man to understand the vision. So he came near where I stood: and when he came, I was afraid, and fell upon my face: but he said unto me, Understand O son of man: for at the time of the end shall be the vision. Now as he was speaking with me, I was in a deep sleep on my face toward the ground: but he touched me, and set me upright. And he said, Behold, I will make thee know what shall be in the last end of the indignation: for at the time appointed the end shall be. the ram which thou sawest having two horns are the kings of Media and Persia. And the rough goat is the king of Grecia: and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first king. Now that being broken, whereas four stood up for it, four kingdoms shall stand up out of the nation, but not in his power. And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up. And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy the mighty and the kodesh people. And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in this hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand. And the vision of the evening and the morning which was told is true: wherefore shut thou up the vision; for it shall be for many days. And I Daniel fainted, and was sick certain days; afterward I rose up, and did the king's business; and was astonished at the vision, but none understood it."
This chapter is very important. It is very mysterious and Daniel's associates couldn't understand it even though Gabriel had explained it to Daniel. Gabriel explained to Daniel that this vision concerned the end time (Daniel 8:19) and that it was about a battle between the Grecian king and the Medo/Persian king. It is not until now, in the end time, we can get an idea of the message from this vision. Such a battle was fought between King Darius III and Alexander the Great, at Issus in then Syria, in the Roman year of 333 B.C. You may ask your self, "Why is this battle so important? Why would this be in the Bible? After all, many kings fought with one another in those times." But this one was important, because it gives a starting date for the two thousand three hundred days of Daniel's vision (Daniel 8:13-14). In the book of Daniel days are used as a symbol of years, so the days are actually two thousand three hundred years. And what will happen for those years? Daniel 8:13 says that both the sanctuary and the host were to be trodden under foot. These same words echo back in Luke 21:24 that again states: ".....and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled." This tells us that Daniel's vision was concerning the length of the time of grace toward the Gentiles. We now have a starting date (333 B.C.), a length of time (2300 years), and an action to happen at the end of that time (Jerusalem being retaken by Israel and the time of the Gentiles closing). To get the date of this occurrence we simply have to the beginning time from the ending time. 2300 A.D. - 333 B.C. = 1967 A.D. (2300 - 333 = 1967). According to history the Jews, who call themselves Israel, reclaimed the city of Jerusalem in 1967 in the six day war. And to this day they rule over it. If this is true, then the Gentile times were fulfilled, grace was withdrawn from the gentiles, and YAHWEH turned his face back to Israel in 1967. All of this happened but nobody noticed and there was no rapture of the church!!
If you consider yourself to be a gentile you may refuse to believe it or you may be wondering what you will do now. Do not fret, keep reading there is more. YAHWEH does not desert his people! If YAHWEH has put it in your heart to read this far, chances are, you belong to him and are one of the ones he said would be his people.
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