As time passes there will likely be revisions to Chronicles of the End Times, either by fixing oversights or by adding newly discovered material. The revision of page 161 attached here is one of the latter.
Chapter 17, titled “Aramaic Daniel: Kingdoms of Metals, Kingdoms of Beasts” explains why kingdoms are certain metals and why those same kingdoms are certain beasts. The explanation for Persia being represented as silver in the Daniel 2 image, and as “being closer to the earth” has been revised from a placeholder to an explanation more spot on.
Readers of Chronicles are encouraged to download and use this one-page pdf. The rectangle surrounding the text can be used as a guide for cutting out the page.
The text presently there on page 161 has bothered me as it didn’t flow well with how the other metal kingdoms, i.e. Babylon, Greece, and Islam were consistent with the new theory of interpretation presented in that chapter. Stumbling across a good explanation using Persia’s ancient religion, the silver kingdom fits in nicely now.
Chronicles Revision p161 28Jan2020
Categories: Chronicles of the End Times, teaching
On pages 484 and 486 of “Chronicles of the End Times” the Hellenistic realm of bronze is said to have included Egypt, Syria, Rome, and Epirus. David Abulafia in his book “The Great Sea” (2011) wrote: “What is distinctive about ‘Hellenistic’ culture is that it was not the preserve of Greeks; Hellenistic styles of art reached Carthage [in Tunisia] and Etruria [in Italy], and Hellenistic ideas captivated Jews, Syrians and Egyptians” (page 152). Page 162 mentions “the great vitality of Hellenistic culture, of which Alexandria [in Egypt] established itself as the capital.” Abulafia pointed out there has been only one time in history when the entire Mediterranean Sea was under one government’s control: “it was a political unity, under Rome; it was an economic unity, allowing traders to criss-cross the Mediterranean without interference; it was a cultural unity, dominated by Hellenistic culture, whether expressed in Greek or in Latin” (page 211). Even after the fall of the western Roman Empire, the Hellenistic realm lived on in the Byzantine Empire.
Notice that the empire lands colored orange encompassed Hellenistic Turkey, Epirus (Albania), Egypt, and Syria prior to the rise of Islam.
Islam was the realm of iron that conquered the Hellenistic realm of bronze. Former Hellenistic lands of Turkey, Albania, Egypt, and Syria eventually became united under Sunni Islamic Ottoman Empire rule.
Such historical alignments may foreshadow the prophesied four nation alignment of the third signpost (Daniel 7:6) that will destroy Iran’s leadership (Daniel 8:5-8). Right now the official government of Syria is friendly toward Shia Iran, even granting Iran use of a Mediterranean port at Latakia. But Turkey is sheltering 3.6 million Syrian refugees who can return to Syria when Syria returns to its historical Sunni alignment with Turkey, Albania, and Egypt.
Don’t forget that what is called “Byzantine Empire” by many was called “Rome” by its citizens and by the Muslims who moved in next door. “Byzantine” is only a construct invented 100 years after Constantinople fell. This distinction is important because it helps people not up on their history, and who support the idea of a roman antichrist that Rome did not fall in AD 476 – it fell in AD 1453.
The city Byzantium was founded by Greeks in 657 BC. In AD 330, the Roman emperor Constantine made Byzantium the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire, renaming it Constantinople. In 1453, Turkish forces conquered Constantinople and made it the capital of the Ottoman Empire. After the fall of Ottoman Empire in 1923, the newly formed Republic of Turkey moved its capital to Ankara. In 1930, Constantinople was renamed Istanbul. It is the most populous city in Turkey, straddling the Bosporus strait separating Europe from Asia.
The straddling makes its 15 million inhabitants vulnerable to naval attacks.
Nostradamus, who had a penchant for using old names, made some predictions about “Byzantium.” 5:25 and 5:86 may suggest a second signpost invasion by Iran.
from 5:25 Richard Sieburth’s 2012 translation:
Out there in Persia more than a million :
The snake shall invade Egypt, Byzantium.
5:86 Edgar Leoni’s 1961 translation:
Divided by the two heads and three arms,
The great city will be vexed by waters:
Some great ones among them led astray in exile,
Byzantium hard pressed by the head of Persia.
2:49 may suggest a third signpost expulsion of Iranian forces.
2:49 Richard Sieburth’s 2012 translation:
The counselors of the oldest of leagues
With nothing but Malta now on their mind,
Leaving Rhodes & Byzantium behind,
Shall lose their land, pursued by enemies.
5:54 and 2:29 may suggest the Mahdi/Antichrist rising to power during the fourth signpost.
5:54 Richard Smoley’s 2006 translation:
From the Black Sea and Great Tartary,
There will be a king who will come to see Gaul [France].
He will pierce through Alania and Armenia,
And in Byzantium will leave his bloody rod.
2:29 Richard Smoley’s 2006 translation:
The oriental will depart from his seat [in Istanbul?],
To pass through the Apennine mountains [of Italy], to see Gaul:
He will press through heaven’s waters and snow [in an airplane?];
And will beat each one with his rod.