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2013_10 Zombie voters in New York

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http://www.newsday.com/long-island/nassau/6-100-dead-people-on-nassau-voter-rolls-newsday-analysis-finds-1.6349860

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Do Russia + North Korea + China = The Bear with 3 Tusks?

From an interview by Asia Times with Victor Cha, professor of government at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and a senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Putin got what he wanted [because] of a lack of U.S. resolve or commitment. What is to stop others from thinking the same way?  Why shouldn’t (Chinese President) Xi Jinping think the same way regarding the claim of another air defense identification zone (ADIZ)?  Or why shouldn’t (North Korean leader) Kim Jong-un feel that a fait accompli action in the West Sea would work to his advantage?

In the 7th chapter of Daniel is recorded a prophetic dream that begins:

1 In the first year of King Belshazzar of Babylon, as Daniel lay in bed he had a dream, visions in his head. Then he wrote down the dream; the account began:

2 In the vision I saw during the night, suddenly the four winds of heaven stirred up the great sea, 3 from which emerged four immense beasts, each different from the others.

4 The first was like a lion, but with eagle’s wings. While I watched, the wings were plucked; it was raised from the ground to stand on two feet like a human being, and given a human mind.

5 The second beast was like a bear; it was raised up on one side, and among the teeth in its mouth were three tusks. It was given the order, “Arise, devour much flesh.”

6 After this I looked and saw another beast, like a leopard; on its back were four wings like those of a bird, and it had four heads. To this beast dominion was given.

7 After this, in the visions of the night I saw a fourth beast, terrifying, horrible, and of extraordinary strength; it had great iron teeth with which it devoured and crushed, and it trampled with its feet what was left. It differed from the beasts that preceded it. It had ten horns.

Daniel 7 - 4 beasts

The beasts are generally interpreted as being successive, pre-Christian empires, though some variation exists.*  My preference is for this interpretation:

  • Winged lion = Babylonian Empire < Daniel’s dream occurred during the first year of the reign of the last Babylonian king, Belshazzar.
  • Bear = Persian Empire < Under Cyrus the Great, Persia rose up and conquered the other three big powers in the area at that time — Babylon, Mede, and Lydia.
  • Leopard = Greek Empire < Under Alexander the Great, the Greeks conquered pretty much all of the known world at an astonishing speed. After Alexander died suddenly and without an heir at the age of 33, his generals battled for power, eventually settling into four stable power blocks: the Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt, the Seleucid Empire (which included Israel), the Kingdom of Pergamon in Asia Minor, and Macedon (Alexander’s original home).
  • Fourth beast = Roman Empire < Where the previous three empires are still known for their tremendous contributions to civilization in a wide range of areas, the Roman Empire was and is remarkable primarily for its brutality and raw military power.

MAP Roman Empire 150 AD

The rest of Daniel’s vision seems to be about the end of all time, not just the end of this or that empire.  It’s not a problem really, since many events and people in the Old Testament prefigure events and people in the New Testament. Jesus specifically referenced this type of interpretation (known as “typology”) when he told Nicodemus,

“Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.” (John 3:14-15).

In fact, during my studies, I have come to believe that the whole story of the Jewish and Christian peoples was shaped by God like an author shapes a great novel, with events early in the story prefiguring events later in the story.

Therefore, I’m thinking it’s fair to interpret the beasts in Daniel’s vision as not just those four empires that pre-dated Christ’s first coming, but also as four other empires that have already or will pre-date His Second Coming.

Based on this assumption, I am struck today by the coincidence of recent news concerning Russia, China and North Korea.

5 The second beast was like a bear; it was raised up on one side, and among the teeth in its mouth were three tusks.  It was given the order, “Arise, devour much flesh.”

The BEAR is a long-standing symbol for Russia.  In the original, Persia was one of the three tusks with Mede and Lydia.  Maybe Russia is the modern Persia, with China and NoKo being the other two tusks.

 *Footnotes in the Catholic translation — New American Bible Revised Edition http://www.usccb.org/bible/ — identify Daniel’s four beasts as the Babylonian, Median, Persian, and Greek, then pegs the Revelation beast for Rome.  I don’t think this works as well as what I wrote about above.  For one thing, the Babylonian and Median were simultaneous, not sequential, which the beasts in Daniel seem to be.  Also, the animals seem to fit better with Babylon, Persia, Greece and Rome.

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