Is History Repeating Itself, Part 3
We know that history repeats itself, and we have seen that prophecy does also.
In Part 2 we saw that in the prophecy of Daniel 7:1-8, that the Lion is Germany.
Next we want to look at the Bear. The Bear is the easiest to relate to in today’s world. We know that Russia is the Bear. Then there was another animal, a second one, like a bear. It raised itself up on one side, and it had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth. It was told, ‘Get up, and gorge yourself with flesh!’
This is definitely President Vladimir Putin. We see that the Bear has three ribs in its mouth between its teeth. Who are these three ribs? Most likely they are the ribs of the Bear. It is told to “get up, and gorge yourself with flesh.”
We have seen this to be true with Russia. Over the last several decades Russia has been exactly that, a bear. It has been very aggressive in annihilating countries and people who have broken away from the original USSR to bring them back to the original Motherland and in so doing, tens of thousands of people have died as we saw with Georgia, Crimea, and now the Ukraine. It also went after those who were not part of the Motherland as we still remember the slaughter in Chechnya.
We know what we see today, and we know what we have seen over the last decades, but what will the Bear do going forward? Will he stop after he resurrects the old USSR or will he have ambitions to continue his quest for more flesh?
Let us now continue looking at Daniel 7:1-7. “After this, I looked; and there was another one, like a leopard with four bird’s wings on its sides. The animal also had four heads, and it was given power to rule.”
We see that the country of Iran is known for being the home of the Persian Leopard. The leopard is symbolic of strength, power and speed. We see that also this leopard has four bird wings on its side and four heads. Iranians are Shiates who are Twelvers. Twelvers believe that the Twelve Imams are the spiritual and political successors to the Islamic Prophet Muhammad. According to the theology of Twelvers, the Twelve Imams are exemplary human individuals who not only rule over the community with justice, but are also able to preserve and interpret sharia and the esoteric meaning of the Quran. Starting with Muhammad’s descendants, beginning with sons Hassan and Hussein, continued the line of Imams until the time of the Twelfth Imam, also called Muhammad. The only son of the Eleventh Imam, Muhammad took over on the death of his father in the 10th century, but disappeared without a trace at the age of five. The Twelfth Imam has since become Islam’s only messianic figure. Shia Muslims believe he merely withdrew from public view in what is called “the Great Occultation” and that he will eventually emerge when God commands him to liberate the world from evil. Referred to as the “Hidden Imam” or the Mahdi [ divinely guided one], Shia Muslims believe the Twelfth Imam remains spiritually present in the world, even if physically hidden. Some believe he appears during certain invocations and prayers. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad often refers publicly to the Twelfth Imam. In September 2005, he concluded his first speech before the UN by calling on God to hasten the return of the Imam. At a theology conference later that year he declared: “The most important task of our revolution is to prepare the way for the return of the Twelfth Imam.” According to Al-Islam.org, this is what will bring about the Twelfth Imam.
See if you don’t think it sounds like the end times.
“Traditions have been reported mentioning the signs for the time of the appearance of the Imam who will arise (qa’im), peace be on him, and the events which will take place before his appearance, together with the indications and features of it. Among them are: The Sufyani will come out in revolt; the Hasanid will be killed; the Abbasids will dispute over worldly kingdom; there will be an eclipse of the sun in the middle of the month of Ramadan; there will be an eclipse of the moon at the end of that month in contrast to ordinary happenings; the land will be swallowed up at al-Bayda’; it will be swallowed in the east-it will be swallowed up in the west; the sun will stay still from the time of its decline to the middle of the time for the afternoon prayer. It will rise from the west; a pure soul (nafs al-zakiyya) will be killed in the outskirts of Kufa with seventy righteous men; a Hashimite will be slaughtered between the corner (of the Ka’ba) and the station of Abraham); the wall of the mosque of Kufa will be destroyed; black standards will advance from Khurasan; al-Yamani will come out in revolt; al-Maghribi will appear in Egypt and take possession of it from Syria. The Turk will occupy the region of al-Jazira; the Byzantines will occupy Ramla; the star will appear in the east giving light just like the moon gives light; then (the new moon) will bend until its two tips almost meet; a color will appear in the sky and spread to its horizons; a fire will appear for a long time in the east remaining in the air for three or seven days; the Arabs will throw off the reins and take possession of their land, throwing out the foreign authority; the people of Egypt will kill their ruler and destroy Syria; and three standards will dispute over it (Syria).The standards of Qays and the Arabs will come among the people of Egypt; the standards of Kinda (will go) to Khurasan; horses will come from the west until they are stabled in al-Hira; the black standards will advance towards them from the east; the Euphrates will flood so that the water comes into the alleys of Kufa; sixty liars will come forward, all of them claiming prophethood, and twelve will come forward from the family of Abu Talib, all of them claiming the Imamate; a man of important rank of the supporters of the ‘Abbasids will be burnt between Jalula’ and Khaniqin. The bridge next to Karkh in the city of Baghdad will be established; a black wind will raise it at the beginning of the day and then an earthquake will occur so that much of it will be swallowed up; fear will cover the people of Iraq and Baghdad; swift death (will occur) there and there will be a loss of property, lives and harvests; locusts will appear at their usual times and at times not usual so that they attack agricultural land and crops and there will be little harvest for what the people planted; two kinds of foreigners will dispute and much blood will be shed in their quarrel.Slaves will rebel against obedience to their masters and kill their masters (mawali); a group of heretics (ahl al-bida) will be transformed until they become monkeys and pigs; slaves will conquer the land of their masters; a cry (will come) from the sky (in such a way) that all the people will hear it in their own languages; a face and a chest will appear in the sky before the people in the centre of the sun; the dead will arise from their graves so that they will return to the world and they will recognize one another and visit one another; that will come to an end with twenty-four continuous rainstorms and the land will be revived by them after being dead and it will recognize its blessings; after that every disease will be taken away from those of the Shia of the Mahdi, peace be on him, who believe in the truth; at that time they will know of his appearance in Mecca and they will go to him to support him. (These signs) are as the reports have mentioned. Among the total of these events are some which are bound (to happen) and others which are conditional. God knows best what will take place. We have only mentioned them on the basis of what is recounted in basic sources of tradition (usul) because of their inclusion in traditions which have been handed down. From God we seek help and Him do we ask for success.”
So who are the four bird wings and the four heads who were given power?
Lebanon, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Turkey, Syria, Sudan, Libya.