The True Identity of the Roman Catholic Church revealed through the Prophecy of Daniel-Part I
Today, I would like to share the word of God through the topic “The prophecy of Daniel” to help you discover who Satan is, according to the bible. Of all the topics, the one about the prophecy of Daniel and Revelation, which I’d studied at the World Mission Society Church of God (WMSCOG), was the most amazing. After the study, I was convinced 100% that the Bible is not just a mere history book about Israel, and that God surely exists. I was also able to clearly identify who Satan is.
First of all, let us find out how hard it is to know the identity of Satan by studying the Bible.
Matthew 7:15 “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.”
Jesus taught us that we must watch out for false prophets, because they come to us in sheep’s clothing to trick us. By the way, who do sheep represent, in the Bible? Sheep represent the people of God.
Simply speaking, Satan will act as if he is a person of God, to confuse us spiritually. Let’s find out through one more verse in the Bible.
2 Corinthians 11:13 “For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve.”
Not only in the book of Matthew, but also in the book of 2 Corinthians, it is testified that Satan masquerades as an angel of light. It means that Satan acts like a person of God. The Bible also prophesied that Satan will set himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God.
2 Thessalonians 2:3 “Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God.”
Even though Satan sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God, many people are still deceived by him, because it’s not easy to distinguish who he is. Then, how can we find out who Satan is?
Even though Satan may trick us, he can never trick God. So God showed us how we can recognize Satan through the Bible, so that we may not be deceived by him. It is through the prophecy of Daniel that God shows us the identity of Satan.
The book of Daniel was written by Daniel who received revelations from God, he was captured in Babylon. The book of Daniel Chapter 2 is about the dream of King Nebuchadnezzar. Nebuchadnezzar had a dream, but he forgot it and his mind was troubled by it. Then, God showed Daniel the dream and he let Daniel interpret the dream to the king. Then, why did God let Daniel interpret the dream of King Nebuchadnezzar who was a gentile king, and have it recorded in the Bible? It was because the dream of Nebuchadnezzar was not a mere dream, but one that foretells the future.
Daniel 2:29 “As you were lying there, O King, your mind turned to things to come, and the revealer of mysteries showed you what is going to happen.”
What are the things to come? Daniel states as follows concerning the dream:
Daniel 2:31 “You looked, O King, and there before you stood a large statue – an enormous, dazzling statue, awesome in appearance. The head of the statue was made of pure gold, its chest and arms of silver, its belly and thighs of bronze, its legs of iron, its feet parly of iron and partly of baked clay.”
King Nebuchadnezzar saw a large statue in his dream. Daniel interpreted the dream as follows:
Daniel 2:36-37 “This was the dream, and now we will interpret it to the king… You are that head of gold”
Daniel said that the head of Gold represented King Nebuchadnezzar. He was the representative of the kingdom of Babylon. So God likened the kingdom of Babylon to gold.
Daniel 2:39-40 “After you, another kingdom will rise, inferior to yours. Next, a third kingdom, one of bronze, will rule over the whole earth. Finally, there will be a fourth kingdom, strong as iron – for iron breaks and smashes everything – and as iron breaks things to pieces, so it will crush and break all the others.”
God likened the kingdom of Babylon to a head of Gold, and prophesied that kingdoms like silver, bronze and iron will appear one after the other. Each kingdom represented by different metals, has its own characteristics. You can notice that the metals in the statue are arranged in such a way that the strength of the metal increases as you go down the statue.
It means that superior nations military-wise will arise defeating the inferior ones. Media-Persia represented by silver destroyed Babylon represented by gold, and then Greece represented by bronze destroyed Media-Persia represented by silver. Finally, Rome represented by iron destroyed Greece represented by bronze. God prophesied about the fourth kingdom, that is, Rome, in detail.
Daniel 2:41 “Just as you saw that the feet and toes were partly of baked clay and partly of iron, so this will be a divided kingdom; yet it will have some of the strength of iron in it, even as you saw iron mixed with clay.”
To our surprise, just as the statue had ten toes, Rome divided into ten kingdoms, due to the mass migration of the germanic tribes. The following are the original names of the ten kingdoms: Lombard (Italy), Franks (France), Burgundians (Switzerland), Visigoths (Spain), Suevi (Portugal), Alemanni (Germany), Anglo-Saxons (England), Vandals, Heruli and Ostrogoths. The prophecy of God does not end here.
Daniel 2:42 “As the toes were partly iron and partly clay, so this kingdom will be partly strong and partly brittle.”
It was prophesied that some of the ten kingdoms would be brittle, and indeed three of them were destroyed. Furthermore, God prophesied that the kingdoms will make efforts to be united, but to no avail.
Daniel 2:43 “And just as you saw the iron mixed with baked clay, so the people will be a mixture and will not remain united, any more than iron mixes with clay.”
A number of charismatic heroes tried hard to unite the separated kingdoms. The European Community and the European Union are also organizations established to combine Europe, but they always failed. God’s prophecies are truly amazing.
When I studied about World History led by God described in the book of Daniel 2, I could not fully express my surprise at the prophecy. The book of Daniel written 2,600 years ago already foretold accurately what would happen for the following 1,000 years. I was filled with awe.
However, it was just the beginning. (To be continued)