Participants: Pr. Kenneth Cox
Series Code: GMTB
Program Code: GMTB000023
00:19 Hello and welcome to Give Me the Bible,
00:21 and thank you for joining us today. This is a live program.
00:24 And thank you for your love
00:26 and your prayers and financial
00:28 support of this ministry
00:29 and Elder Cox... that we'll be introducing
00:31 in just a few moments. And it's just great to
00:34 be with you today. I was just telling the audience
00:36 here it's amazing that in these closing moments
00:39 of earth's history God has given us tools - equipped us
00:42 as Christians - to take the gospel into all the world
00:45 so quickly.
00:47 Literally around the world. I think this signal is traveling
00:50 at the speed of light.
00:51 And so we're thankful for multi- multi millions of people
00:55 that are watching today.
00:56 And we're praying for God's blessings in your life.
00:59 We're praying for Kenneth Cox as he presents truth to us.
01:02 And Elder Cox is a person that when I was impressed
01:05 to build a television station... this year will be -
01:07 I can't hardly believe it, Shelley - but it's going to be
01:10 25-year anniversary of the idea, the concept of 3ABN
01:14 1984 in November.
01:17 But I didn't know Elder Kenneth Cox.
01:19 I had heard of him, but after I had this dream
01:22 to build a station to reach the world, within a matter of weeks
01:26 the impression came to me one night that Elder Kenneth Cox
01:29 should be a part of this ministry... should be preaching.
01:32 So I was able to go to Texas and meet him for the first time.
01:36 Here I didn't have anything...
01:38 only an idea, a concept. What I felt God was doing.
01:41 As I presented this to Elder Cox he immediately said
01:44 "I believe this is of God. You can count me in.
01:47 I want to support you, and when that station's up and running
01:51 I want to be one of those speakers.
01:53 If that's what God wants me to do,
01:54 that's what I'm willing to do. "
01:55 And so we're thankful for our association with Kenneth Cox
01:58 for the ministry that he has given
02:01 literally around the world.
02:03 And before we introduce him... or before he comes out today...
02:06 we have some special guests. We have Dona Klein.
02:09 Dona, thank you for being here today.
02:11 And we have our own Jill Morikone.
02:13 And you guys are going to be playing a duet for us today,
02:16 right? And I believe it's entitled "Gentle Shepherd. "
02:19 So we want to thank you all for being here.
02:21 Once again, for those of you at home,
02:23 right after this you'll be introduced to Elder Kenneth Cox.
05:48 Thank you. Thank you very much.
05:50 Dona Klein and Jill Morikone. We appreciate it!
05:53 Marvelous music. Welcome.
05:56 Glad to welcome all of you to Give Me The Bible.
05:59 And this particular series we're dealing with
06:02 Bible prophecy.
06:04 Taking a look at what the Bible
06:05 has to say about many great nations.
06:09 You'll find that nation after nation has been mentioned
06:13 in God's Word. And they're mentioned in the scripture
06:17 primarily for two reasons.
06:19 One: the control, of course, they have upon the world.
06:23 And also how they have affected God's people.
06:27 Those are the reasons you find them mentioned in scripture.
06:30 And we've been taking a look at those.
06:32 We have looked at Babylon
06:34 and saw what the scripture said about its time that existed.
06:39 What it did and accomplished,
06:41 and how it came to an end.
06:43 Then we looked at Medo-Persia.
06:45 And their... where they went in and conquered and took over
06:50 and all the things that they accomplished there.
06:53 And how they came to their end and was overthrown by Greece.
06:58 And what we're looking at today is the country of Greece.
07:03 We're going to see what it did, how it spread
07:07 and all the things that took place. Some very dramatic things
07:11 happened during this period of time.
07:13 Things that changed the outcome of history
07:19 and the outcome of humanity for centuries.
07:23 And so you want to watch as we take a look at Greece
07:26 here this morning. And we hope it will be
07:29 helpful to you. And then our next presentation
07:34 will be on pagan Rome.
07:37 Pagan Rome.
07:42 And we'll see how it moved in and the control that it had.
07:48 And pagan Rome did things for the world
07:53 that had never been done before.
07:55 I'm talking about things that were helpful
07:59 in a very definite way. And so we're going to look
08:02 at those in our next presentation on pagan Rome.
08:05 But this morning we're taking a look at Greece
08:09 and what it did, what it accomplished.
08:11 So you want to follow Bible prophecy.
08:14 You know, what says the Bible, the blessed Bible?
08:17 This my only question be.
08:20 Search the scriptures for the waymarks...
08:24 the great prophetic waymarks.
08:26 What says the Book of God to me?
08:29 That's what we want to know.
08:31 That's what we want to see as we study God's Word.
08:34 During this series we've been enjoying beautiful music
08:38 of Emily Felts-Jones. I hope you have enjoyed it.
08:42 This morning she's going to sing for you
08:44 My Jesus, I Love Thee.
09:01 My Jesus,
09:04 I love Thee,
09:08 I know Thou art mine;
09:14 For Thee all the follies
09:20 of sin I resign;
09:26 My gracious Redeemer,
09:32 My Savior
09:35 art Thou;
09:39 If ever I loved Thee,
09:45 my Jesus, 'tis now.
09:52 I love Thee
09:55 because Thou hast first
09:59 loved me,
10:03 And purchased my pardon
10:09 on Calvary's tree;
10:15 And I love Thee for wearing
10:21 the thorns on
10:24 Thy brow;
10:28 If ever I loved Thee,
10:34 my Jesus 'tis now.
10:42 Jesus, I adore You.
10:47 I lay my life before You.
10:53 How I love You.
11:01 I love Thee in life
11:06 I will love Thee
11:10 till death,
11:13 And praise Thee as long
11:18 as Thou lendest me breath;
11:23 And I'll say when the death dew
11:29 lies cold
11:32 on my brow;
11:37 If ever I
11:42 loved Thee,
11:44 my Jesus
11:48 'tis now.
12:09 Our Heavenly Father,
12:11 This morning we beseech Thee
12:15 that You will be present.
12:17 That Your Holy Spirit may give us eyes that see.
12:23 Ears that hear.
12:26 That we might understand Your greatness.
12:31 That we might see Your leading and guiding
12:34 in the affairs of men.
12:37 And that as we trace down through time
12:42 the prophecies that You've given
12:43 and see with what accuracy they have been fulfilled,
12:49 we pray Lord that our faith may reach out
12:54 and respond, and that we might surrender our hearts to You.
12:58 For this we pray in Christ's name, Amen.
13:08 We've entitled this series Five Have Fallen.
13:13 And the reason for that is because of a text over in
13:17 Revelation... Revelation the 17th chapter
13:20 and verse 10... And it says here:
13:33 Now as you notice in the picture there,
13:36 there's a woman riding on a beast.
13:39 And this beast has seven heads which are these seven kings.
13:44 And the scripture says that five of those have fallen.
13:48 That one is; one is yet to come.
13:51 And that's what we're identifying
13:54 as we're going through here.
13:55 And the reason this is important, folks,
13:58 is because this is the last beast
14:01 that's mentioned in the scripture.
14:04 It's the last one in the book of Revelation,
14:06 and it just kind of takes all
14:08 the prophecies and brings them
14:11 down to the end and shows you and I exactly where we are
14:15 in the stream of time.
14:17 So I hope that you have been able to tune in
14:20 and see exactly what's happening and taking place
14:24 as we've been looking at it and studying it.
14:27 If you're watching by television,
14:29 we hope that you're tuning in each time and watching
14:32 as we go through this because it will help you
14:35 put the Word of God together and to understand it.
14:38 If you're listening by radio, be sure and tune in.
14:42 Follow it step by step as we study this amazing prophecy
14:47 in Revelation and as we take you through kingdom
14:50 after kingdom that has happened and what took place with it.
14:54 So we have looked at so far... we've looked at Babylon.
15:00 Babylon was the first one,
15:02 and you remember in Daniel the 7th chapter it's pictured as
15:06 a lion... a lion that had eagle's wings.
15:10 That lion is the head that's on the beast in Revelation 17
15:16 representing the kingdom of Babylon.
15:19 And you remember as we studied it,
15:21 we found out that Babylon fell to who?
15:26 To Medo-Persia. Babylon fell to Medo-Persia
15:30 And Medo-Persia is pictured in the scripture
15:34 in Daniel the 7th chapter as a bear.
15:36 This represented the country of Medo-Persia, the bear that
15:40 raised itself up on one side, had three ribs in its teeth.
15:44 That bear represented Medo-Persia.
15:46 And on the beast of Revelation 17,
15:50 one of those heads would be a bear
15:52 representing the kingdom of Medo-Persia.
15:56 So those are the two that we have looked at so far,
15:59 and this morning we're taking a look at the third one
16:02 which is the country of Greece.
16:06 Now, rather interesting...
16:10 Greece doesn't amount to anything.
16:14 You're looking at on a map here...
16:17 that in blue that you're looking at
16:19 is the Aegean Sea there. And this is Greece at this time.
16:24 This is a bunch of little cites, states,
16:28 and there's no organization or anything to them.
16:32 It's also known as Macedonia.
16:35 And that's what... there. And it's just not much
16:38 organization or anything happening there or taking place.
16:42 But you remember in our study
16:45 it said concerning Medo-Persia
16:48 that they would turn their riches against Greece.
16:51 And for some reason the kings of Macedonia
16:55 began to concentrate on this part of the world
16:59 trying to bring them into subjection.
17:02 And there rose a king by the name of Philip,
17:07 Philip II, and he decided that they would fight.
17:12 And so he began to go around and to organize
17:16 one of these Greek states and all after another
17:20 bringing them together to defend themselves.
17:23 Defend themselves against the Medo-Persians,
17:25 and this is what was taking place.
17:28 And so this little area where there wasn't much taking place
17:33 all of a sudden began to come together and organize.
17:39 And Philip was fighting these, taking care of them.
17:43 Philip had a son.
17:46 His son's name was Alexander the Great.
17:51 Alexander... a very, very bright person...
17:57 very, very intelligent.
17:59 Very, very capable.
18:02 Great, great ability of leadership.
18:06 And as a young person, Philip...
18:10 I don't know how he did it. But maybe it was just luck...
18:15 maybe he knew what he was doing,
18:16 but he hired the brightest mind
18:21 in all the country to teach Alexander.
18:25 And he hired Aristotle to be his teacher.
18:30 And Aristotle taught Alexander the Great
18:34 and evidently he gave him much of the ability that he learned
18:40 from Aristotle, and he began to develop.
18:44 In fact, he developed so much that Philip - who had to defend
18:48 the Greek cities here - was out fighting.
18:53 And because he couldn't be there at the headquarters and all
18:56 he asked his son, Alexander... 16 years of age...
19:02 to take care of it.
19:05 Sixteen years of age... sixteen years.
19:08 And Alexander took the city there and began to care for it.
19:14 And since Philip was out fighting somewhere,
19:17 some of the folks that were opposed to what was happening
19:21 decided they would take the city.
19:25 But they didn't realize that they were facing Alexander.
19:30 And Alexander defended the city
19:32 and was able to overcome them.
19:35 And so he began to develop.
19:37 At the age of 18 years of age
19:40 his father made him one of his generals.
19:44 Eighteen years of age.
19:47 At 19, Philip died
19:51 and Alexander the Great took over the kingdom.
19:57 Nineteen years of age.
20:00 Now, since all these wars have been going on
20:04 and everything, it has depleted the country financially.
20:09 And so when Alexander the Great gets it,
20:12 the finances aren't in very good shape.
20:16 And, of course, one of the ways that they help themselves
20:21 financially was by warring against another power
20:25 and taking the loot and all this.
20:27 So Alexander the Great figured his only way of pulling it out
20:31 was he was going to have to go out and fight.
20:34 And so you find Alexander the Great
20:37 takes 45,000 soldiers
20:41 and heads out
20:44 to face the Persians.
20:47 Now folks, this is when something very, very dramatic
20:52 takes place.
20:53 Because Alexander the Great takes these soldiers
20:57 and they step out and they go here. Watch this...
21:01 Because if you look at it
21:03 you'll see up there the Aegean Sea.
21:06 If you can read it there,
21:08 this is the dividing place. Now please listen.
21:12 This is the dividing place between the continent of Europe
21:16 and the continent of Asia.
21:19 That's where it's divided is right there
21:21 at a place called Helsport if you can see it.
21:24 Right there. And that's where Alexander the Great came
21:28 and taking those 45,000 soldiers
21:32 they're marching and they're crossing the water right there
21:35 at Helsport to make their way into Asia.
21:38 And Alexander the Great as he was on the ship
21:41 took a spear and threw that spear from the ship to the shore
21:47 saying that they were going to take all of Asia.
21:53 Now this is when... what I'm trying to tell you here,
21:57 folks, is this is when in history and in time
22:01 you have a shift of the central of power
22:05 moving from Asia. It's been in Asia all this time
22:09 we have talked about. They have been the central
22:12 of the power for the world.
22:13 All of a sudden now it is shifting from Asia
22:18 to Europe.
22:20 And Europe is going to become the central power
22:25 of the world over the next 2,000 years.
22:30 This is when the shift takes place. Right here
22:34 as Alexander the Great steps into Asia to take it
22:39 for Greece.
22:42 Now, Darius of the Persians
22:46 is very, very much aware that Alexander the Great
22:50 is on his way.
22:52 And he meets Alexander the Great just off the shores there
22:56 at a place called Granicus.
22:59 And there he met Alexander the Great...
23:02 The first battle, and Alexander the Great defeated him.
23:07 And Darius fled... went on his way.
23:11 So now, Alexander the Great is coming along here,
23:15 folks, and he's coming down Asia Minor.
23:18 That's where he's coming: down Asia Minor
23:21 and he's taking one city after another like Ephesus
23:27 and those different cities that you study about.
23:29 You know... the seven churches.
23:32 That's where he's at.
23:33 He's coming down and he's taking one of those cities
23:35 right after another and claiming them for Greece.
23:40 A historian had this to say about Alexander the Great:
23:59 How very, very true that is!
24:03 So with that, let's move in and see what some of the
24:07 prophecies had to say about Alexander the Great.
24:11 First one: Daniel the second chapter.
24:14 Now we've looked at Daniel the second chapter on two nights
24:18 because Daniel the second chapter talks about Babylon.
24:21 It also talks about Medo-Persia.
24:24 But it also talks about Greece.
24:27 So listen to what it says here:
24:43 We found out that that represented who?
24:48 The head was Babylon. OK.
24:50 It's chest and it's arms of silver which represented?
24:55 Medo-Persia... because Medo-Persia was made up of
24:58 a coalition of two powers: the Medes and the Persians.
25:02 And they came together to form one power.
25:04 That's why the image has two arms.
25:07 Arms and breast of silver, and the scripture says
25:09 that it would be inferior to Babylon.
25:13 So just like silver is inferior to gold
25:16 so exactly as the scripture says.
25:18 But then it says: "its belly and its thighs of bronze. "
25:24 That was the next kingdom
25:25 was the bronze kingdom. And Greece is known
25:29 as the bronze kingdom.
25:32 "But after you, " that is referring to Medo-Persia,
25:40 Inferior to silver.
25:47 And so we have Greece coming on the scene of action.
25:51 Rather interesting statement here, folks.
25:53 Don't know if you caught it,
25:56 but you need to watch it carefully because some things
25:59 that God's Word says... extremely important.
26:02 Of all the things that we have studied so far,
26:05 Babylon, Medo-Persia and so forth,
26:07 this is the only one
26:10 that says "which shall rule all the earth. "
26:15 "Shall rule all the earth. "
26:19 Alexander the Great went out to take everything
26:25 that was before him.
26:27 He didn't know any end.
26:30 So we have the kingdom of Greece... bronze.
26:33 Greece is going to go
26:35 from 331 BC
26:39 to 168 BC.
26:43 This is the time that it is going to rule and all.
26:47 Alexander the Great, folks, is going to march
26:52 his army now for seven years
26:57 without ever going back home.
27:02 Seven years... taking everything that he touched.
27:07 Watch. The scripture describes this.
27:11 Can you see the Mediterranean Sea there
27:14 up in the left-hand side of the picture there?
27:17 Well, he's coming right along the Mediterranean.
27:20 That's' where he's coming. He's coming down
27:22 and he comes down here and on down
27:25 and comes to a place called Tyre.
27:28 Now Tyre... how should I put it?
27:34 It's just off the coast of Syria.
27:36 It's an island setting right there.
27:41 Tyre has developed over the years because it is a...
27:46 How should I put it? a fishing port.
27:49 And also it is a port for ships and trade.
27:53 And so Tyre has become famous world-wide
27:57 because of their shipping ability and all.
28:01 So they're off the coast. They're an island off the coast.
28:05 Alexander the Great gets there and sends word out
28:09 to them to surrender.
28:12 Sends to them the conditions of surrender.
28:16 And they send back to him a note telling him
28:20 they're not going to surrender.
28:22 Now folks, they have lots of ships.
28:26 The chances of them being taken are minute.
28:31 And so for them to tell Alexander
28:35 "Forget it. We're not going to surrender"
28:37 was probably very logical.
28:40 But listen. God had said hundreds of years
28:45 before Alexander ever existed...
28:48 He told him exactly how it would be done.
28:51 Ezekiel 26:3:
29:37 Alexander, since they didn't surrender...
29:42 Alexander took his men and they began to make a ramp
29:46 from the shore, Syria, out to that city. A causeway.
29:52 They took all, everything they could find,
29:55 and dumped it in the ocean.
29:57 It took them seven months
29:59 to build that ramp out to that island.
30:03 They even scraped the ground
30:07 and put it in the ocean just exactly as the scripture said.
30:12 And he built that ramp out there
30:14 and they took the city.
30:16 Overthrew it just exactly as the scripture said it would be.
30:19 And to this day that ramp is still there.
30:23 Exists today. Not only that, but it said
30:28 that it would be a like a rock. And it's that way today,
30:31 and it's where fishermen spread their nets.
30:34 Just exactly as the scripture said it would be it took place.
30:39 You see, if you... How? How?
30:44 How can a person read these things
30:48 and they stand there as evidence today
30:50 and not believe the Word of God?
30:52 How can a person say "Well, I can't believe that. "
30:56 What do you mean? It's there!
30:59 Clear! God said this is exactly what he did, and he did
31:03 just that. God said he would.
31:06 Alexander the Great took it...
31:09 everything that was before him.
31:12 Well, as you can see from the map
31:15 if you follow on down the Mediterranean,
31:17 he came right on down and he came to Egypt.
31:21 Now, Alexander the Great was prepared.
31:27 He believed without any question of a doubt
31:31 that he was going to meet real opposition here.
31:34 But instead of finding opposition
31:37 the people came out in throngs, thousands of them,
31:42 welcoming him.
31:43 With open arms they welcomed him into Egypt.
31:47 Because they had been under Persian control,
31:50 they weren't happy with that
31:52 and they welcomed Alexander as a great, great deliverer.
31:56 But as far as I'm concerned,
31:59 this is where his fall began to take place.
32:03 Because you see, In Egypt they had a strange belief.
32:08 Their strange belief was that they believed that the pharaohs
32:14 were living gods.
32:17 And they worshiped them as gods.
32:20 And so when they took Alexander and welcomed him with
32:24 open arms, they received him as a god.
32:30 And that was pleasing to Alexander.
32:34 In fact, even the priest -
32:37 Egyptian priest - recognized him as a god.
32:41 And so all of Egypt came under his control
32:45 and he went about doing his work.
32:49 Uh, how should I say it?
32:52 With that concept in mind,
32:55 he leaves Egypt and heads out.
32:59 Now folks, he intends to take
33:04 everything he can take.
33:06 There is no question about this.
33:08 And he comes up here, and this where he meets
33:12 Darius of the Persians for the third time.
33:17 He's met him twice now
33:19 and both times he's defeated him.
33:21 And each time Darius has gathered an army and faced it.
33:25 And now he's facing Darius on the plains of Arbela.
33:31 Darius has 1,000,000 men.
33:36 Get that clear.
33:39 Has 1,000,000 men.
33:41 Alexander the Great has 40,000.
33:47 That's the difference.
33:50 And Alexander the Great used a new type of warfare
33:55 that hadn't been used before.
33:58 And that's where he took and lined up a row of soldiers
34:04 with spears and shields.
34:08 And then he put another row of soldiers behind them
34:13 with spears and shields.
34:16 But the spears this time in the second row
34:19 were longer than in the first row.
34:22 And then he put another row behind them.
34:25 And they did that until some of those spears were
34:29 as long as 18 feet.
34:31 And so they had just a row of spears there.
34:36 And he took those men and marched them.
34:38 And marched them through Darius' soldiers
34:42 one place after another until he defeated him.
34:45 1,000,000 men. Defeated him at Arbela.
34:49 And that really brought the end to the Persian Empire.
34:53 Darius fled.
34:55 I don't understand why that Alexander had such a...
35:01 How shall I put it? Such a burden on his heart
35:04 to get Darius.
35:06 But he chased him all over everywhere trying to find him.
35:10 And finally his own people killed Darius.
35:14 And when Alexander the Great
35:16 heard about it,
35:18 he had them go and get his body
35:21 and take it back to the capitol at Shushan
35:24 and had it buried there and given an honorable burial.
35:27 But nevertheless now, without any doubt,
35:31 Alexander the Great has everything before him.
35:35 And so he takes his army and he marches them.
35:39 And he marches them to one place after another
35:43 taking it... overthrowing it...
35:45 until he has taken them - if you can look at it here -
35:49 clear to the borders of India.
35:54 When he gets to India, his men have had enough.
35:59 They said: "We're not going any farther. "
36:02 And they went against him right there and said
36:05 "We're not going to go any farther.
36:07 This is as far as we're going to go. "
36:10 And Alexander had to turn back
36:13 or else he probably would have kept going
36:15 throughout India taking it also.
36:18 But he turned back and headed back.
36:20 Alexander the Great now... I think has decided
36:24 since they can't go any more
36:26 that he needs to try to solidify the kingdom.
36:31 And so he heads back to the city of Babylon.
36:37 That's where he's headed: the city of Babylon.
36:40 I want you to watch what the scripture has to say:
36:56 Now, this is Daniel the seventh chapter.
36:59 In there you remember we had the head of a lion -
37:03 which represented Babylon.
37:04 We had the bear which represented Medo-Persia.
37:08 Now we have a leopard which represents Greece.
37:11 And the four wings on the back of this beast
37:15 represents the swiftness with which Alexander the Great
37:20 took everything. Folks, in seven years
37:23 he conquered everything.
37:26 In seven years.
37:28 Died at 32 years of age.
37:32 And so this was the swiftness with which he went across
37:36 the whole world... took everything that was before him.
37:40 But it also gives you an insight
37:43 that the kingdom was going to be divided
37:48 because this leopard beast has four heads... not one...
37:53 meaning that the kingdom would be divided.
37:56 Alexander the Great makes his way to Babylon
38:01 where he intends to set up the kingdom, establish it,
38:06 and basically rule from there.
38:10 Uh, this idea of being a god has gone to his head
38:14 and he's doing some things that are very, very foolish.
38:18 He's killed lots and lots of people.
38:22 Some of his own generals he's killed.
38:26 He's done some very, very foolish things.
38:29 But the scripture gives us an insight into what is
38:33 happening here and it says in Daniel the 8th chapter now.
38:36 We've looked at the 2nd chapter. We've looked at the 7th chapter.
38:41 Now let's look at the 8th chapter of Daniel.
38:51 Now folks, this is a vision that's given to Daniel.
38:54 This is given to him before Greece has come
38:57 on the scene of action.
38:59 In fact, this is given to Daniel before
39:02 Medo-Persia has come on the scene of action.
39:04 This is back during the time of Belshazzar
39:07 which was the king of Babylon.
39:09 He's given this vision and he says this is what is happening.
39:12 OK, here we go:
39:19 He's there in vision.
39:28 In other words, in vision he is in Medo-Persia.
39:33 That's where he's at in vision.
39:49 Now, he's seeing a ram.
39:52 This ram has two horns.
39:54 This represents the kingdom of Medo-Persia.
39:57 Said that the horns were high meaning power...
40:01 great power. But it says that one was higher than the other
40:05 and it came up last... which represented
40:07 the Persians. The Persians were stronger than the Medes.
40:12 They came up last; that's why it's pictured that way.
40:22 There was nobody that could go against him.
40:25 Ruled everything.
40:34 So Medo-Persia became a great, great, great power.
40:38 Now watch:
40:47 While he's look at this vision
40:49 all of a sudden here comes this male goat.
41:02 So we find that this goat is coming.
41:05 He is moving so fast, folks,
41:09 that is says he doesn't even touch the earth.
41:12 And it says that he has a great, great horn
41:17 between his eyes.
41:29 I hope you can catch a little bit
41:32 of the strength and the power that's being dealt with here.
41:47 This male goat running at this ram,
41:52 knocking him down,
41:54 breaks his horns.
42:06 Alexander the Great
42:10 destroyed Persia.
42:14 Alexander the Great, folks, was so powerful
42:20 and did so much here.
42:22 Is the Greek language became the nation
42:26 of the... language of the world at that time.
42:29 Because of the spread that he did,
42:32 he... the power that he carried was almost unbelievable.
42:55 So it says in the height of Alexander the Great's power
42:58 this great horn was broken
43:04 and in place of it came four of them.
43:07 Alexander is in Babylon.
43:11 He's actually lying sick
43:16 on a table in the very banquet hall
43:22 where the bloodless hand had written
43:25 Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin.
43:28 That's where he is; he's lying on a table right there.
43:34 He's suffering from drunkenness.
43:37 He's been drinking for days.
43:39 He's also suffering from epilepsy.
43:45 And as they see that he's not going to survive,
43:49 he has his generals
43:51 come in before him.
43:53 And one after another they march in and pass before him
43:57 and they ask him: "To whom will you give the kingdom? "
44:02 And he said: "I'll give the kingdom to the strongest. "
44:08 And thus Alexander the Great's kingdom was to be divided
44:12 among his four generals.
44:14 Now it makes it very, very clear in scripture
44:17 exactly who these represent.
44:20 So you don't have to have any doubt
44:21 as to who the ram represented and who the goat represented.
44:24 I mean that is clear as can be. Listen:
44:33 So you don't have to be in doubt about that.
44:45 So don't have to be any doubt about that either.
44:48 You know exactly who those... that ram, that he goat...
44:53 represented. OK.
44:55 So, Alexander the Great has said he's going to give his kingdom
45:00 to the strongest.
45:31 So the scripture is telling you clearly
45:32 that out of what Alexander did
45:35 there's going to four that are going to rise.
45:38 Those four were the following:
45:48 Those were the four generals of Alexander the Great.
45:53 And history tells us that when... war broke out, folks.
45:58 A lot of things happened here back and forth.
46:00 But when it finally settled down
46:03 these four generals were the ones that took over the kingdom.
46:07 Now, we've look at Daniel 2,
46:10 Daniel 7, Daniel 8. Let's look at Daniel 11.
46:32 This is talking about Alexander.
46:34 This is talking about what he would do.
46:36 And it says the kingdom would be broken up,
46:39 and that's exactly what happened
46:41 and it was given to the four generals.
46:53 In other words, it was not passed to his children.
46:57 No children received this from Alexander the Great.
47:03 That's what it's telling you.
47:10 Lysimachus. He took over this part of the world.
47:16 You can see it there. He ruled...
47:20 took over that part of the country.
47:23 Was divided up.
47:27 Ptolemy went down and took over Egypt...
47:31 began to rule Egypt.
47:37 Cassander went up and took over what had been
47:41 the Grecian nations or Macedonia.
47:44 He took that over and began to rule there.
47:47 And Seleucus took over this part of the world.
47:53 That's the way the kingdom was divided up
47:56 and used that way.
47:57 So it became a nation of Greece
48:02 and it's to rule now, folks, until 168 BC.
48:08 So for hundreds of years it's ruled.
48:11 Uh, had tremendous influence
48:14 on culture, on arts.
48:18 You know, the period of time that Greece ruled
48:21 you have a period known in history as the Pergamum period
48:24 in which there was great, great architecture and sculpturing
48:29 and all that came into play.
48:31 This all takes place at this period of time.
48:34 This is why the Greek language was used.
48:37 Because these men took over all these places
48:40 and ruled and Greek became the language of the world
48:44 at that time.
48:46 But... scripture tells something begins to happen.
49:04 We talked about those
49:05 four that came up towards the four winds of heaven
49:09 and how they ruled.
49:27 It says that four winds took place there.
49:31 And it says that out of one of them
49:34 would come a little horn.
49:37 That is the next kingdom, folks, that's developing:
49:41 this little horn to come up is the next power that's rising.
49:47 It's different. It's different.
49:50 You see, the three powers that we've studied
49:54 had great men: Nebuchadnezzar,
49:57 Cyrus, Alexander the Great.
50:02 Not the fourth one.
50:05 So we're going to take a look at the fourth one.
50:08 We've taken a look at these powers.
50:11 We've looked at Babylon and how it ruled.
50:15 We have looked at Medo-Persia and its rule.
50:19 And this morning we've looked at Greece and its rule.
50:23 You see, you can trust the Word of God.
50:26 You can follow what it says.
50:29 It's as a light that shines in a dark place.
50:37 Open my eyes, that I may see
50:44 glimpses of truth
50:47 Thou hast for me.
50:50 Place in my hand
50:54 the wonderful key
50:57 that shall unclasp
51:00 and set me free.
51:06 Silently now I wait for Thee.
51:12 Ready, my God,
51:16 Thy will to see.
51:19 Open mine eyes,
51:23 illumine me,
51:38 Let us pray.
51:39 Father in Heaven,
51:42 we come to You this morning
51:45 as we have traced through Your Word
51:49 the prophecies concerning the nation of Greece.
51:53 How that in case after case
51:57 it's been fulfilled to the very letter.
52:02 That nothing has been left out.
52:06 Lord help us that we might sense and understand
52:12 anew Thy strength and Thy power.
52:16 That we might come in confidence
52:20 and place our faith in You...
52:23 realizing that if You can direct nations
52:30 and tell exactly what's going to happen
52:32 and what's going to take place
52:34 you certainly can take care of us
52:37 and lead and direct our lives.
52:39 May we be willing this morning
52:42 to surrender our lives to You.
52:45 To let You have control.
52:48 To not try to manage and do our own will, our own desires...
52:54 but to do Your will.
52:57 For the assurance of Your word,
52:58 for the hope that we have,
53:01 we thank you in Christ's name, Amen.
53:08 Well, our next presentation
53:12 will deal with pagan Rome.
53:15 Pagan Rome.
53:17 Now you're seeing how the
53:19 nations one after another
53:21 have fallen just exactly as God said they would.
53:25 Pagan Rome, of course, is no exception.
53:28 It's going to fulfill exactly what the scripture says
53:31 it would do.
53:33 That's what will happen.
53:34 And so we'll take a look at that one
53:36 and then our last one will be papal Rome.
53:40 Those are the five that are mentioned.
53:45 What you have to see is how they fulfill prophecy
53:48 accurately... exactly what God says.
53:51 And so, what we're getting after is it says
53:55 there are seven kings:
53:57 five have fallen.
53:58 So we're looking at these five that have fallen.
54:01 Our next series after this will deal with what's left.
54:06 "One is, one was yet to come.
54:09 When he comes he must continue a short time. "
54:11 Going to talk about that, and then it says
54:14 there's one is the eighth.
54:16 And so we're going to put all that together
54:19 as we take a look and see what prophecy has to tell us
54:22 about these beasts.
54:23 And, folks, the marvelous thing about it is
54:26 it takes you and I right up to the present day
54:29 and the time that we are living.
54:31 The time when Jesus is going to come back.
54:34 And so we hope that each of you stay close to the Lord.
54:37 God bless you. Have a great day!
54:41 The Bible says in Matthew 13:44
54:58 Every day we pass by ordinary places
55:01 that may be hiding something of incredible value.
55:04 Whether buried in a field or squirreled away in an attic,
55:08 or even an old, fallen-down house.
55:11 But imagine for a moment the thrill of stumbling
55:15 upon a treasure beyond your wildest dreams.
55:18 Will you eagerly sell everything you have
55:21 to gain something of much greater value?
55:24 Will you be willing to endure criticism of friends,
55:27 even family members, in order to obtain it?
55:30 This parable speaks of the most incredible treasure of all,
55:34 and it's hidden in God's Word.
55:37 That treasure is Jesus Christ himself.
55:42 But sadly, even those who claim Him
55:45 often don't recognize this infinite treasure.
55:48 Just watch how quickly they toss aside what the Bible says
55:53 when it becomes inconvenient.
55:57 Friends, the treasure of the gospel are hidden in God's Word.
56:01 Many of its readers have eyes, but they do not see.
56:06 They have ears, but they don't hear.
56:09 They never find its hidden treasure.
56:12 In fact, they may read it over and over
56:15 and never see it.
56:16 Even worse, many times they do see it
56:19 but think the price is too high.
56:22 Like the Jews of old
56:24 who rejected the Messiah because He was not in harmony
56:27 with their ambitious desires,
56:29 many won't seek heavenly treasure
56:32 because earthly treasure is more alluring.
56:35 They reason that if they could just obtain the things
56:38 which they desire they would have peace.
56:41 Sadly, they don't realize that they carry the disturber
56:45 of their own peace inside their hearts.
56:47 They pass by the One who declared:
56:50 "Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you.
56:54 Not as the world gives do I give to you.
56:57 Let not your heart be troubled,
56:59 neither let it be afraid. "
57:03 The treasure of the Bible are revealed only to those
57:06 who carefully study its pages
57:09 with a humble and searching heart.
57:11 Our whole ministry is dedicated to helping men and women
57:14 find the priceless treasure hidden in the Bible.
57:17 We pray that you will not be satisfied
57:20 with surface truths
57:22 but instead you'll want to unearth the precious gems
57:26 that others pass by.
57:28 Dig into the Bible as a miner digs into the earth
57:32 to find veins of gold. Don't give up
57:34 until you have found a relationship with God,
57:37 and then join us in spreading the good news to the world.
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57:44 for those who still don't know about Jesus.
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