Satan’s Seven Empires

Satan’s Seven Empires

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 while.

Revelation 17:10

The above scripture indicates that Satan plans to take down Israel by raising up seven pagan empires to do his evil work. Since the time Egypt held Israel captive up until the Second Coming, there will be anunbroken chain of Anti-Semitic empires to do Satan’s bidding. The book of Daniel mentions four of these empires – Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece and Islam. 

Seven Dragon Heads
We don’t learn that there are seven empires until we first read about them in Revelation 12 where the seven empires are depicted as the seven dragon heads of Satan. Satan is symbolically portrayed in Revelation 12 as a great red dragon. From Revelation, we have to backtrack to identify who each of the empires are.

Seven Dragon Heads portray Satan’s Seven Empires
And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon (Satan), having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.Revelation 12:3

Hatred For Israel

The imagery of Revelation 12 shows Satan as the architect of these diabolical empires and the power behind them. The one unifying factor of all seven empires is their opposition to Israel. They are unrelenting in their quest to assault and destroy the chosen people.

Each time they try, God intervenes and supernaturally snatches them from the mouth of the dragon! Combined together, these empires have fought to destroy Israel for 4000 years. They have relentlessly sought to capture and control the promised land, the holy city Jerusalem and Israel’s holy temple.

8th Empire Rising

The coming empire will be no different as they seek the blood of the saints and Israel during the 7-year Tribulation. As predicted in Daniel and Revelation, Islam is rising up again today. Throughout most major cities and countries, around the globe, Islam is making its presence known.

The force of Satan’s power is blowing Islam’s sails to the forefront in our generation as he reconstructs his final empire. At least six times, the future empire is referred to as one that previously existed (Rev. 13:3, 12, 14). It is also referred to as the beast (Rev. 13:1-8), the 8th empire (Rev. 17:11) the empire of Antichrist and the beast coming up from the abyss (Rev. 11:7; 17:8).

Turkey’s “Head-Wound” is Healing – 2023

Today, the Islamic Caliphate’s head wound is healing as Turkey, the former head of the Ottoman Empire, Islam’s last Caliphate, makes it’s comeback for the first time since being beheaded and dismantled by the Western Allies in WWI.

Under the influence of Turkey’s dominant President, Recep Tayyip Erdgan, the country has its sights set on 2023! The leaders of Turkey’s Islamic revolution would like to see a full Islamic recovery by 2023 to mark the celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the break-up of the Ottoman empire. When there recovery is complete, the world will never recover!   The 2023 benchmark may be what’s being described here in Revelation 13,

The dragon gave the beast his power and his throne and great authority. One of the heads of the beast seemed to have had a fatal wound, but the fatal wound had been healed. The whole world was filled with wonder and followed the beast. People worshiped the dragon because he had given authority to the beast, and they also worshiped the beast and asked, “Who is like the beast? Who can wage war against it?

Daniel’s Prophecy of World Empires: Allah is in the Details

Daniel’s Prophecy of World Empires: Allah is in the Details


Would it surprise you to learn that Satan has fought against God’s plans primarily through seven pagan empires and that the rise and fall of these empires are chronicled in scripture?
They are the seven empires Satan has used to persecute Israel throughout its history. Scripture also foretells that one of these seven empires will return in the end times as Satan’s final empire and will be ruled over by Antichrist.

This means that no less than seven world empires are chronicled in scripture to rule the world for Satan. Six of these are historic empires and named in scripture. The last one can be identified by studying history and prophecy about the end times.

Where are the Empires?

Seven successive empires rule over Israel all the way from Egypt until God establishes the Millennial Kingdom. The seven historical empires are Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Persia, Greece, Rome and Islam. This last one will appear in two phases: Islamic Empire ending with the Ottoman Empire (“Phase I”) and the re-emergent Islamic Empire of the 10-King Caliphate (“Phase II”).

This perspective derives from a careful study of Daniel 2 and 7 along with Revelation 12, 13 and 17. These five chapters profile the “Times of the Gentiles” when the Gentile (pagan) empires rule Israel as prophesied by Jesus (Lk. 21:24),

They (Israel) will fall by the sword and be taken as prisoners to all nations. Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

Four Empires in Daniel

We are introduced to four of the empires in the book of Daniel when the prophet Daniel reveals the details of King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream in chapter two. In the dream, the king sees a massive metallic statue that portrays four of Satan’s empires from Babylon to Islam.

The four kingdoms can be identified as: Babylon (head of gold), Persia (breast and arms of silver), Greece (belly and thighs of bronze), and Islam (iron legs) – with the fourth one (Islam) having a second phase as ten toes mixed with iron and clay that will re-emerge in the “last days.”

The picture of the divided 10-toe empire (Dan. 2:40-44) graphically portrays the Sunni-Shiite division within Islam that is fighting for supremacy in the Middle East today.

Daniel provides a surprising amount of detail concerning both Greece and Islam. Both Chapters 7 and 11 highlight the life of the forerunner of Antichrist (Syrian King Antiochus – 165 BC) and Daniel 11 contains the longest description in the Bible about the wars, atrocities and activities of Antichrist.

Dual Purpose Prophecy

It turns out that the great image in Daniel’s second chapter has a dual-prophetic purpose and application. It’s end time application is mentioned in Daniel 2:28 where Daniel says,

“There is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries, and He has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will take place in the end of days.”

In addition to portraying four historical empires, the image also stands for Satan’s 8th and final empire. According to Revelation 13:1-2, the same four empires comprise Satan’s final empire,

And the beast which I saw was like a leopard (Greece), and his feet were like those of a bear (Persia), and his mouth like the mouth of a lion (Babylon). And the dragon gave him his power and his throne and great authority.

Where will Antichrist come from?

This animal imagery that portrays the empires comes from Daniel 7:4-6. The modern empires depicted therefore, that make up the final empire, include the regions of Turkey/Syria, Iraq, and Iran. The final empire will cover all the territory of these 3 former empires and will be ruled by the (10-toes) 10-King Caliphate. Nowhere in the Bible have these figurative identities ever been changed.

Lion = Iraq
Bear = Iran
Leopard = Turkey/Syria

So when we read about a beast in Revelation with these same names, we have every reason to believe the Lord is pointing us to watch the offspring of those empires as the same location for the coming beast empire. Did you get that?

The empire of Antichrist will rise from these empires!

Iranian Shiite Crescent

The maps reveal that the revived Islamic Caliphate will include a significant block of Shiite Islamic countries. The Shiite countries will be able to compete with the Sunni block of Muslim nations like Turkey and become a major force within the 10-King Caliphate. This is what is prophesied in Daniel 2:40-44 which describes the Caliphate being a bad mix, partially weak and partially strong. It appears from the above map and from Revelation 13:2, that the Shiite block will have major sway in the coming Caliphate.

There is a good possibility that four of the 10 Kings could be from the Shiite nations of Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Iran. These nations seem to be well on their way of fitting into the end time beast empire of the Antichrist.

Shiite Mahdi – Islam’s Messiah

The strong Shiite presence within the Caliphate leaves the door open, for at least the possibility, that Antichrist could be the awaited Shiite messiah known as the Mahdi. According to Islamic tradition, the Mahdi will appear in the end times and lead Muslims to rule the world. He will be a great leader who arrives in a time of chaos to lead the Islamic Caliphate against the Jewish people and Christianity. His exploits are eerily similar to the one we know as Antichrist.

Iran, the strongest and most militant Shiite nation has designed their nuclear program and expansionist policies solely on the hope of the coming Mahdi. As such, Iran continues to gain traction as they seek to build out their “Shia Crescent” and combine the region under their wing.

Conclusion

The nations are now lining up like Satan has dialed them up on the phone and gave them instructions to begin to take their rightful places in his empire. Just as seen in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, the final empire is beginning to appear right before our eyes. Nebuchadnezzar’s 2500 year old metallic image that Daniel revealed to him is an exact portrait of Satan’s final empire.