ST. VALENTINE’S DAY
Christian Custom? — or Pagan Holiday? Edited from The Plain Truth – February, 1966
by Herman L. Hoeh
Valentine’s Day & Nimrod What is the Connection?
Nimrod the Mighty Valentine
ST. VALENTINE’S DAY
Christian Custom? — or Pagan Holiday? Where did St. Valentine’s Day come from?
You might suppose that school teachers and educators would know. But do they? How many of you were ever taught the real origin of Valentine’s Day? Were you ever told in school why you should observe the custom of exchanging Valentines?
The Silence of Educators
Teachers are all too often silent about the origin of the customs they are forced to teach in today’s schools! If they were to speak out, many would lose their jobs! Isn’t it time we examined why we encourage our children to celebrate St. Valentine’s Day — when it is never so much as mentioned in the Bible as a practice of the New Testament Church?Today, candy-makers unload tons of heart-shaped red boxes for February 14th, while millions of the younger set are annually exchanging Valentines, Florists consider February 14th ( St. Valentine’s Day) as one of their best business days. And young lovers pair off (at least for a dance or two at St. Valentine’s balls.) Why? Where did these customs originate? Where do we find any such practices in the Bible? How did we come to inherit these customs?
A Christian Custom?
Did you know that centuries before Christ, the pagan Romans celebrated February 15th and the evening of February 14th as an idolatrous and sensuous festival in honor of Lupercus, the “hunter of wolves”? The Romans called the festival the “Lupercalia.” The custom of exchanging Valentines and all the other traditions in honor of Lupercus (the deified hero-hunter of Rome) was also linked anciently with the pagan practice of teen-agers “going steady.” It usually led to fornication. Today, the custom of “going steady” is thought very modern. It isn’t. It is merely a rebirth of an old custom “handed down from the Roman festival of the Lupercalia, celebrated in the month of February, when names of young women were put into a box and drawn out by men as chance directed.” That’s the admission of the “Encyclopedia Americana”, article, “St. Valentine’s Day.”
When Constantine made Christianity the official religion of the Roman Empire there was some talk in church circles of discarding this pagan free-for-all. But the Roman citizens wouldn’t hear of it! So it was agreed that the holiday would continue as it was, except for the more grossly sensual observances. It was not until the reign of Pope Gelasius that the holiday became a “Christian custom.” As far back as 496, Pope Gelasius changed Lupercalia on February 15th to St. Valentine’s Day on February 14th. (p. 172 of “Customs and Holidays Around the World” by Lavinia Dobler). But how did this pagan festival acquire the name of “St. Valentine’s Day”? And why is the little naked Cupid of the pagan Romans so often associated today with February 14th? And why do little children and young people still cut out hearts and send them on a day in honor of Lupercus the hunter of wolves? Why have we supposed these pagan customs in honor of a false god are Christian?
Who Was the Original “St. Valentine”?
Valentine was a common Roman name. Roman parents often gave the name to their children in honor of the famous man who was first called Valentine in antiquity. That famous man was Lupercus, the HUNTER. But who was Lupercus? — and why should he have also borne the name Valentine among the heathen Romans? The Greeks called Lupercus by the name of “Pan.” The Semites called Pan “Baal,” according to the “Classical Dictionaries.” Baal (mentioned so often in the Bible) was merely another name for Nimrod, “the mighty HUNTER” (Genesis 10:9). The hunter Nimrod was the Lupercus (or wolf hunter) of the Romans. And St. Valentine’s Day was originally a day set aside by the pagans in his honor! But why should Nimrod have been called “Valentine” by the Romans? And why should the celebration of this day have been anciently limited to the city of Rome before Pope Gelasius’ time? What part did the site of ancient Rome play in the life of Nimrod? Valentine comes from the Latin word “Valentinus”, a proper name derived from the word “valens”, meaning “to be strong,” declares “Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary.” It means literally “strong, powerful, mighty.” Any connection with Nimrod? We read in the Bible that Nimrod was the “MIGHTY hunter” (Gen. 10:9). It was a common proverb of ancient time that Nimrod was “the MIGHTY hunter before the Lord.” NIMROD WAS THEIR HERO — THEIR STRONG MAN — THEIR VALENTINE! How plain that the original Valentine was Nimrod, the mighty hunter of wolves. Yet another of Nimrod’s names was “Sanctus” or “Santa,” meaning “Saint.” It was a common title of any hero- god. No wonder that the Roman Lupercalia is called “Saint Valentine’s Day”!
But why do we associate HEARTS on a day in honor of Nimrod — the BAAL of the Phoenicians and Semites?
The surprising answer is that the pagan Romans acquired the symbol of the heart from the Babylonians. In the Babylonian tongue the word for “heart” was “bal” (see “Young’s” or “Strong’s Concordance”). The heart – “bal” — was merely a symbol of Nimrod — the “Baal” or Lord of the Babylonians!
Executed at Rome
Nimrod — THE ORIGINAL ST. VALENTINE — was also known as Saturn, the Roman- Babylonian god who HID from his pursuers in a secret place. The Latin word Saturn is derived from the Semitic-speaking Babylonians. It means “be hid, hide self, secret, conceal.” The original Semitic (Hebrew) word, from which the Latin Saturn is derived, is used 83 times in the Old Testament (see “Young’s Concordance” under “Sathar,” also “sether.” According to ancient tradition, Saturn (Nimrod) fled from his pursuers to Italy. The Apennine mountains of Italy were anciently named the mountains of Nembrod or Nimrod. Nimrod briefly hid out at the site where Rome was later built. The ancient name of Rome, before it was rebuilt in 753 B.C., was Saturnia — the site of Saturn’s (Nimrod’s) hiding. There he was found and slain for his crimes. Later, professing Christians in Constantine’s day made Nimrod — the St. Valentine of the heathen — a SAINT of the Church and continued to honor him under the name of a Christian martyr.
Why February 14th?
But why should the Romans have chosen February 15 and the evening of February 14 to honor Lupercus — the Nimrod of the Bible? (Remember that days in ancient times began at sunset the evening before.)
Nimrod (the Baal or sun god of the ancient pagans) was said to have been born at the winter solstice. In ancient times the solstice occurred on January 6 and his birthday therefore was celebrated on January 6. Later, as the solstice changed, it was celebrated on December 25 and is now called Christmas. It was the custom of antiquity for the mother of a male child to present herself for purification on the fortieth day after the day of birth. The fortieth day after January 6 ( Nimrod’s original birthdate) takes us to February 15th, the celebration of which began on the evening of February 14th the Lupercalia or St. Valentine’s Day. On this day in February, Semiramis, the mother of Nimrod, was said to have been PURIFIED and to have appeared for the first time in public with her son as the original “mother and child.” The Roman month February, in fact, derives its name from the “februa” which the Roman priests used in the rites celebrated on St. Valentine’s Day. The “februa” were thongs from the skins of sacrificial animals used in rites of purification on the evening of February 14th.
Cupid Makes His Appearance
Another name for the child Nimrod was “Cupid” –meaning “desire”– (Encyclopedia Britannica, art., Cupid). It is said that when Nimrod’s mother saw him, she LUSTED after him — she DESIRED him. Nimrod became her Cupid — her desired one — and later her Valentine! So evil was Nimrod’s mother that IT IS SAID SHE MARRIED HER OWN SON! Inscribed on the monuments of ancient Egypt are inscriptions that Nimrod (the Egyptians called him Osiris) was “the husband of his mother.” As Nimrod grew up, he became the child-hero of MANY women who DESIRED him. He was their Cupid! In the Book of Daniel he is called the “DESIRE of women” (Dan. 11:37). Moffatt translates the word as Tammuz — a Babylonian name of Nimrod. He provoked so many women to JEALOUSY that an idol of him was often called the “image of jealousy” (Ezekiel 8:5). Nimrod, the hunter, was also their Valentine — their strong or mighty hero! No wonder the pagans commemorated their hero-hunter Nimrod, or Baal, by sending heart-shaped love tokens to one another on the evening of February 14 as a symbol of him. Nimrod, the mulatto son of Cush the Ethiopian, was later a source of embarrassment to the pagans of Europe. They didn’t want an African to worship. Consequently, they substituted a supposed son of Nimrod, a white child named Horus, born after the death of Nimrod. This white child then became the “fair cupid” of European tradition.
It is about time we examined these foolish customs of the pagans now falsely labeled Christian. It is time we quit this Roman and Babylonian foolishness — this IDOLATRY — and get back to the faith of Christ delivered once for all time. Let’s stop teaching our children these pagan customs in memory of Baal the sun god — the original St. Valentine — and teach them instead what the Bible really says! Christians should be known by their discernment and should be asking questions regarding “Saint Valentine’s Day.” What is the origin of this unusual day? Why is there a preoccupation with the color red? Where did the heart shape come from, and what does it mean? These and other questions will now be answered, as we examine the roots and pagan origin of this popular day.
At this website, insight is provided into the origins of Valentine’s Day: http://www.lasttrumpetministries.org/tracts/tract6.html
Once again it is of “Roman” origin with pagan rites of sex and fertility attached to it. Should We Honor Saints? The Roman Catholic Church has adopted a custom of “honoring Saints” but does the Bible teach us to give honor to men such as “Saint Valentine”?
John 5:41 “I receive not honour from men.”
John 5:44 “How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only?”
“All Saints Day” or Halloween is yet another “tradition of men” designed to nullify the word of God in the life of the believer.
Traditions of Men
What did Yeshua tell us about man made traditions?
Matthew 15:3 “But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition.”
Matthew 15:6 “Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.”
Mark 7:9 “And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.”
Mark 7:13 “Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition…”
The word tradition has a numerical value of 666 when calculated in the Hebrew alphabet/numbers. No wonder why Yeshua hates tradition. It is based on man’s ideas and not on God’s Torah (instructions).
In the days of the Roman Empire, the month of February was the last and shortest month of the year. February originally had 30 days, but when Julius Caesar named the month of July after himself, he decided to make that month longer and shortened February to 29 days while making July a month of 31 days. Later when Octavius Caesar, also known as Augustus, came to power, he named the month of August after himself, and not to be outdone he also subtracted a day from February and gave the month of August 31 days. To this very day it remains that way. The ancient Romans believed that every month had a spirit that gained in strength and reached its peak or apex of power in the middle or ides of the month. This was usually the 15th day, and it was a day when witches and augurs, or soothsayers worked their magic. An augur was a person filled with a spirit of divination, and from the word augur we get the word “inaugurate”, which means to “take omens.” Since February had been robbed by Caesars and had only 28 days, the ides of February became the 14th day of that month. Since the Ides of a month was celebrated on the preceding eve, the month of February was unique, because it was the 13th day that became the eve of the Ides that month, and it became a very important pagan holiday in the Empire of Rome. The sacred day of February 14th was called “Lupercalia” or “day of the wolf.” This was a day that was sacred to the sexual frenzy of the goddess Juno. This day also honored the Roman gods, Lupercus and Faunus, as well as the legendary twin brothers, who supposedly founded Rome, Remus and Romulus. These two are said to have been suckled by wolves in a cave on Palatine Hill in Rome. The cave was called Lupercal and was the center of the celebrating on the eve of Lupercalia or February 14th. On this day, Lupercalia, which was later named Valentine’s Day, the Luperci or priests of Lupercus dressed in goatskins for a bloody ceremony. The priests of Lupercus, the wolf god, would sacrifice goats and a dog and then smear themselves with blood. These priests, made red with sacrificial blood, would run around Palatine Hill in a wild frenzy while carving a goatskin thong called a “februa.” Women would sit all around the hill, as the bloody priests would strike them with the goatskin thongs to make them fertile. The young women would then gather in the city and their names were put in boxes. These “love notes” were called “billets.” The men of Rome would draw a billet, and the woman whose name was on it became his sexual lust partner with whom he would fornicate until the next Lupercalia or February 14th. Thus, February 14th became a day of unbridled sexual lust. The color “red” was sacred to that day because of the blood and the “heart shape” that is popular to this day. The heart-shape was not a representation of the human heart, which looks nothing like it. This shape represents the human female matrix or opening to the chamber of sacred copulation.
When the Gnostic Catholic Church began to get a foothold in Rome around the 3rd century A.D., they became known as Valentinians. The Catholic Valentinians retained the sexual license of the festival in what they called “angels in a nuptial chamber”, which was also called the “sacrament of copulation.” This was said to be a reenactment of the marriage of “Sophia and the Redeemer.” As the participants of the February 14th ritual began their sexual sacrament, presided over and watched by the priests known as Valentinians, the following literary was spoken: “Let the seed of light descend into thy bridal chamber, receive the bridegroom… open thine arms to embrace him. Behold, grace has descended upon thee.” As time went on, the Orthodox Church suppressed the Gnostic Catholics and manufactured “St. Valentine”, whose day continues to be celebrated in these modern times. It should be without saying that Christians should avoid Valentine’s Day like a plague. In God’s eyes, it is still “Lupercalia”, the “Day of the Wolf.” Men become wolves, as they carry on the Satanic rituals of fornication, which means sexual intercourse without marriage. We have heard of the “wolf whistle”, and we all know that wolves do not whistle. It is lustful men and women, who carry on Satan’s blasphemy to this very day.
In conclusion, we must ask ourselves, “Should a true Christian be associated in any way with this celebration of evil roots? Should we be doing what the heathen have done for so many years and try to justify it as love?”
Romans 12:2 answers this very well, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind…”
You may have a hard time giving up this holiday. You may even try to rationalize: “Well we can turn this into a day to celebrate the love of Jesus, right?” This sounds logical, but what does Yeshua say about keeping man-made traditions? Matthew 15:3 Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?
Matthew 15:6 Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.
Colossians 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
Finally, we are exhorted not to learn the way of the heathen when it comes to observing “signs of heaven” by use of astrology:
Jeremiah 10:2 Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.
Valentine’s Day is certainly a day which Christians should not celebrate. Although it is celebrated in the pretense that it is all about LOVE, as is Christmas, that’s not so. It is actually another Pagan holiday giving honor to Nimrod. Before you give your sweetie candy this coming Valentine’s Day, consider that to do so you are paying homage to this creature. This creature which is half goat and half man is none other than Satan. Satan transforms himself as “an angel of light” as well as many of these other creatures who are objects of worship:
Nimrod, Baal, Valentine, the Mighty Hunter, Faunus, Lupercus. This is the same BAPHOMET or the Goat of Mendez worshipped by Freemasons at the 30th, 31st, 32nd & 33rd degrees. Satan has many aliases. Let’s get a better understanding of where this image has come from and what it means. Nimrod after the flood was at first known as Gilgamesh as shown here. He was often depicted in Hieroglyphs which are just pictures that were used to describe things, as a King of Kings. He wore a spotted leopard’s skin which was given him by his father Cush who got it from his father Ham who stole it from the cave in which Adam was buried. The serpent in Gilgamesh`s hand represents from where he gets his power. Another hieroglyph of Nimrod was the centaur. It represented Nimrod who was the first to master the horse and to ride it. The arrows are to show how he gained his power, which was by force. Notice also that cupid is always shown with a bow and arrow.
This is to show how he, Nimrod gained his empire, which was by force. Consider now what is told to us in Re 6:2 And I looked, and behold, a white horse. He who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer. Many have assumed wrongly that because this was a white horse that it represents Yahshua, it does not but on the contrary it does represent the false religion that has sprung up from the teachings of Nimrod. The wings also represent his power as it stretches out over the world. Notice something else in the picture of the Centaur. He is depicted as a black man and with horns. The wings of power from Nimrods day has passed down to our day. The leopard’s skin depicting royalty has also passed down from Nimrod who was Isis and down to the kings of the Zulu tribes.
Nimrod was the son of Cush and was a black man. As such statues of him have survived down to our day as well. But surprisingly it is the Asian community which still pray to Nimrod unknowingly, and this is after they despised him as the first evil ruler. Today most statues of Nimrod are depicted in the statue of Buddha. Notice that each statue of Buddha is depicted as a black man with short curly hair and facial features that are distinctly Negro in appearance. Buddha was not a name but a title meaning: Enlighten One, Blessed One, or to Become awake.
Nimrod was the world ruler and he did it by force. He was known as an evil ruler and one the people did not want. But his image was forced upon the people and they grew to accept it as god. The Bull represents the Leadership or in other words the Government of the time. In this case the government that Nimrod has destroyed and taken over, which is symbolized by him putting on the Bulls head on his head, and is symbolized by Mithras killing the bull. The Bull Nimrod has killed represents the government that Nimrod has over powered is none other than his own fathers authority and that was the government of Cush. It was after this time that Nimrod was symbolized in hieroglyphics as a man’s torso with a bulls head and legs, which is what the above seal depicts. Note it first shows Nimrod as a man fighting the bull and then it shows him as the government or ruler fighting the lion. I want to say that the lion Nimrod is fighting is Shem. Although I believe this to be true, I have no source to back this understanding, other than the scriptures which depict Israel as a lion. All through history, Israel will be at war with the government of Nimrod. The Lion will always be fighting the bull or in other words the truth of Yahweh will always be fighting the Babylonian false religions of the world. The horns on the head were symbolic of his authority. Even on the walls of Nineveh Nimrod was shown with either bull or a lions body with wings and the head of a man.
The pentagram is sometimes known as the Eastern star and is apparently then identical with the Morning star and the planet Venus as the war goddess Ishtar or Astarte. During the Middle Ages, however, began to be associated with magic and the Devil. In Nordic countries it was drawn on doors and walls as protection against trolls and evil. When the sign was turned so that two of its ends were pointing upward, like , it represented the Devil. Recapping, the bull represented the government and the horns represented the power. The bigger the horn the more powerful he was implied to hold.
In Lev 16 we are told of the Day of Atonement and of how to keep this day. The symbolism of this day has been known since Adam.
The goat that had the hands of the High Priest laid on it represented Satan. He was the one who brought the evil into the world. Nimrod also was known to be evil and represented Satan. In hieroglyphic pictures this became represented by the upside down Star which was a symbol of Nimrod and the goat. By turning the star upside down they were able to draw in the two horns representing his power and the goat representing the one who brought this evil upon us. Today that symbolism has manifested into the current picture we use to represent Satan. This is of course ludicrous because scriptures tell us that Satan is an angel of light. 2 Co 11:14 And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. These horns go all the way back to the time of Nimrod and represent his power and authority. And this is the image of Bacchus in mythology. But do not be deceived, Satan would have you think he looks like this when in fact he looks like an angel of light. He is so much like the Messiah that only Yahweh can pick him out as is shown to us in the Day of Atonement sacrifice.
This then brings us to today. How is this knowledge of the symbolism of Nimrod important to us now in the year 2009?
In Daniel we are told of an great image that Nebuchadnezzar saw in a dream which goes from that current time of Daniel down to our time today. But the symbolism had predated Nebucchadnezzar as I have shown you. It comes from Nimrod.
“You, O king, were watching; and behold, a great image! This great image, whose splendor was excellent, stood before you; and its form was awesome. This image’s head was of fine gold, its chest and arms of silver, its belly and thighs of bronze, its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of clay. You watched while a stone was cut out without hands, which struck the image on its feet of iron and clay, and broke them in pieces. Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver, and the gold were crushed together, and became like chaff from the summer threshing floors; the wind carried them away so that no trace of them was found. And the stone that struck the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth. “This is the dream. Now we will tell the interpretation of it before the king. You, O king, are a king of kings. For the God of heaven has given you a kingdom, power, strength, and glory; and wherever the children of men dwell, or the beasts of the field and the birds of the heaven, He has given them into your hand, and has made you ruler over them all–you are this head of gold. But after you shall arise another kingdom inferior to yours; then another, a third kingdom of bronze, which shall rule over all the earth. And the fourth kingdom shall be as strong as iron, inasmuch as iron breaks in pieces and shatters everything; and like iron that crushes, that kingdom will break in pieces and crush all the others. Whereas you saw the feet and toes, partly of potter’s clay and partly of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; yet the strength of the iron shall be in it, just as you saw the iron mixed with ceramic clay. And as the toes of the feet were partly of iron and partly of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly fragile. As you saw iron mixed with ceramic clay, they will mingle with the seed of men; but they will not adhere to one another, just as iron does not mix with clay. And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever. Inasmuch as you saw that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it broke in pieces the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold– the great God has made known to the king what will come to pass after this. The dream is certain, and its interpretation is sure.”
We are again given more information in Daniel, but as you read keep in mind the symbolism we have already discussed.
Daniel 7: In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon, Daniel had a dream and visions of his head while on his bed. Then he wrote down the dream, telling the main facts.* Daniel spoke, saying, “I saw in my vision by night, and behold, the four winds of heaven were stirring up the Great Sea. And four great beasts came up from the sea, each different from the other. The first was like a lion, and had eagle’s wings. I watched till its wings were plucked off; and it was lifted up from the earth and made to stand on two feet like a man, and a man’s heart was given to it. And suddenly another beast, a second, like a bear. It was raised up on one side, and had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth. And they said thus to it: ‘Arise, devour much flesh!’ After this I looked, and there was another, like a leopard, which had on its back four wings of a bird. The beast also had four heads, and dominion was given to it. After this I saw in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, exceedingly strong. It had huge iron teeth; it was devouring, breaking in pieces, and trampling the residue with its feet. It was different from all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns. I was considering the horns, and there was another horn, a little one, coming up among them, before whom three of the first horns were plucked out by the roots. And there, in this horn, were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking pompous words. “I watched till thrones were put in place, And the Ancient of Days was seated; His garment was white as snow, And the hair of His head was like pure wool. His throne was a fiery flame, Its wheels a burning fire; A fiery stream issued And came forth from before Him. A thousand thousands ministered to Him; Ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him. The court was seated, And the books were opened. “I watched then because of the sound of the pompous words which the horn was speaking; I watched till the beast was slain, and its body destroyed and given to the burning flame. As for the rest of the beasts, they had their dominion taken away, yet their lives were prolonged for a season and a time. “I was watching in the night visions, And behold, One like the Son of Man, Coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, And they brought Him near before Him. Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, That all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, Which shall not pass away, And His kingdom the one Which shall not be destroyed. “I, Daniel, was grieved in my spirit within my body, and the visions of my head troubled me. I came near to one of those who stood by, and asked him the truth of all this. So he told me and made known to me the interpretation of these things: ‘Those great beasts, which are four, are four kings which arise out of the earth. But the saints of the Most High shall receive the kingdom, and possess the kingdom forever, even forever and ever.’ Then I wished to know the truth about the fourth beast, which was different from all the others, exceedingly dreadful, with its teeth of iron and its nails of bronze, which devoured, broke in pieces, and trampled the residue with its feet; and the ten horns that were on its head, and the other horn which came up, before which three fell, namely, that horn which had eyes and a mouth which spoke pompous words, whose appearance was greater than his fellows. I was watching; and the same horn was making war against the saints, and prevailing against them, until the Ancient of Days came, and a judgment was made in favor of the saints of the Most High, and the time came for the saints to possess the kingdom. “Thus he said: ‘The fourth beast shall be A fourth kingdom on earth, Which shall be different from all other kingdoms, And shall devour the whole earth, Trample it and break it in pieces. The ten horns are ten kings Who shall arise from this kingdom. And another shall rise after them; He shall be different from the first ones, And shall subdue three kings. He shall speak pompous words against the Most High, Shall persecute the saints of the Most High, And shall intend to change times and law. Then the saints shall be given into his hand For a time and times and half a time. ‘But the court shall be seated, And they shall take away his dominion, To consume and destroy it forever. Then the kingdom and dominion, And the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven, Shall be given to the people, the saints of the Most High. His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, And all dominions shall serve and obey Him.’ “This is the end of the account. As for me, Daniel, my thoughts greatly troubled me, and my countenance changed; but I kept the matter in my heart.”
When you follow this image in history, as explaiined by the angel who told Daniel what it meant, you can see on the following maps it’s growth and shape and where it is, and from where it shall come again.
Babylon was represented by the head of Gold.
The Persian Empire was represented by the shoulders and arms of silver.
The Macedonian Empire, 336-323 BC was represented by the belly and thigh of brass.
The Roman Empire was represented by the legs of iron.
Notice that each empire overlapped the others only concerning the area of Babylon.
And now all of this brings us down to our day and the feet of iron and clay on the image of Daniels dream.
We read in Revelation 17: Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and talked with me, saying to me,* “Come, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters, with whom the kings of the earth committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth were made drunk with the wine of her fornication.” So he carried me away in the Spirit into the wilderness. And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast which was full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication. And on her forehead a name was written: MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. And when I saw her, I marveled with great amazement. But the angel said to me, “Why did you marvel? I will tell you the mystery of the woman and of the beast that carries her, which has the seven heads and the ten horns. The beast that you saw was, and is not, and will ascend out of the bottomless pit and go to perdition. And those who dwell on the earth will marvel, whose names are not written in the Book of Life from the foundation of the world, when they see the beast that was, and is not, and yet is. Here is the mind which has wisdom: The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits. There are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, and the other has not yet come. And when he comes, he must continue a short time. And the beast that was, and is not, is himself also the eighth, and is of the seven, and is going to perdition. The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast. These are of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to the beast. These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful.” Then he said to me, “The waters which you saw, where the harlot sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues. And the ten horns which you saw on the beast, these will hate the harlot, make her desolate and naked, eat her flesh and burn her with fire. For God has put it into their hearts to fulfill His purpose, to be of one mind, and to give their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God are fulfilled. And the woman whom you saw is that great city which reigns over the kings of the earth.”
We have one more insight to share. Many will think I am saying the Beast power of revelation is to come from Europe. And they are half right. There are others who are saying the beast power is the Islamic nations and they too are half right. These are Islamic Empires.
Brethren do you see the area that is over lapping in all of these maps, it is the Babylonian area again. The feet of this image were iron and clay, strong and weak at the same time.
In Psalm 83: we read of an alliance between the King of the north, Assyria and the Arab nations. Daniel also tells us of the King of the North will come and in Daniel 11:37-39 we are told this King of the North will honour a god his fathers did not know. It is the god of Islam. Islam is going to take over the worship in Europe. At this time the beast power of Nimrod will once again be united from Europe to Africa and Persia, and they will unite in a common goal of destroying the Tribes of Israel. When we read of the beheading of the Saints, in Revelation 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.
What group of people cut off the heads of those who do not submit to their worship? The beast power that is about to rise up is going to so terrifying the world, that no one will be able to stand against it. In Lev 26:14 Yahweh says He is going to send terror on those who do not obey. Things are getting closer to this time each day. You need to obey and you need to pray.
Edited and submitted on the road to Emmaus,
Moreh James Talbott, Yeshua HaTikvah Yisrael Ministry