Jesus Christ Prison Ministry


Rome's Decline

With this verse, a change takes place, a change so profound that it is easy to miss. Let me give you a little history in order to help you understand what is happening.


God is only concerned with events that affect His children. He really doesn’t care to meddle in the affairs of the wicked, they can do what they want. As Jesus said, “Let the dead bury the dead.” But when the wicked start to meddle with His people, then His wrath is activated.

Before the flood, the world became so wicked that it was affecting His people.  God told Noah He was going to wipe out the earth because of its wickedness.  Therefore He had Noah build an Ark to escape.  Next came Sodom that became so wicked it was affecting His people.  Therefore He sent His angels to destroy it and bring out His children.


Egypt became so wicked that it was affecting His people.  Therefore He sent His angel to destroy all the first born and to bring out His children.


The Canaanites became so wicked that they were affecting His children.  Therefore He used His people, the Jewish nation, to destroy them.


When the Jewish nation became too wicked, God used the Babylonians to humble them.  But the Babylonians became proud.  Then God used the Medes and the Persians to humble them and set His people free.  The Persians became proud and God sent the Greeks to humble them.  They also became proud and began to mistreat the people of God.  God sent the Romans to humble them.


When the Romans helped the Jews, God allowed the Roman Empire to expand as no other nation had.  But when the Roman Empire, in partnership with the Jews, killed His Son, that started the death spiral for the Roman Empire.  It began to fall apart and lasted only another three hundred years before being dismembered.


Today we can see the same happening not only in America but in the world.  America was raised up to protect God’s Protestants.  But now America is turning against God and His truth.  It only took three hundred years after the death of Christ for the Romans to fall apart.  America, at the time of this writing, is 239 years old.  How soon before it too falls apart?  Can you see it happening today?


This verse, verse 22, is the dividing line between the Roman Empire and the next empire that would be used by the devil to do his bidding.  The death of the “prince of the covenant” (NIV, vs 22) divides history.  God is no longer concerned with the Romans or the Jewish nation.  In His time they have already been destroyed.  Now He wants to let His people know what the next empire would do to His people, the Christians.


We must define “His people” so we know what we are looking for.  His people have always been those who “obey what I command.”  His people are those who go out “teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”  John 14:15; Matthew 28:20.  His people are not a “church” or any earthly organization.


From Adam to Noah, Noah to Abraham, Abraham to Moses, Moses to David, David to the prophets and the prophets to Jesus.  From Jesus through His disciples to us.  The gospel has always been the same.  The teaching of righteousness has always been the same: Stop sinning, Be perfect and Keep the Ten Commandments to “get” (earn) eternal life.  This includes the keeping of the 7th day Saturday Sabbath.


When the Jewish nation ceased to teach that message, and killed their God, it was taken from them and given to the men and women in the world of every nation who would accept it.  That is why Paul says that the Gentiles (you and me) are to be “grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root,…”.  Romans 11:17.

All Christians, if they are true Christians, are to become spiritual Jews, teaching the same righteousness that God gave the Jews to teach to the world.  Hebrews tells us that “we also have had the gospel preached to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because those who heard did not combine it with faith (works).”  Hebrews 4:2.


But in Daniel 11, verse 23, we see another power coming up that would be the anti-Christ (“anti” means “in place of”) and would try to destroy the real Christian gospel by replacing it with one of its own.  In verse 23 we jump almost 300 years to about the year 325.  As you will notice from the beginning of this chapter, God is only concerned with the major events.  He did not provide a play by play account.  He is only interested in those earth shaking events that would be recorded down through history for us to verify that He was correct and knows the future.


Rome was falling apart.  It was no longer to be the power of concern.  Another power was rising that would take the place of Rome.  The only difference being, that in place of a localized, civil power, this was to be a world wide civil and spiritual power.  This power was seen by Paul when he stated in his letter to the Thessalonians, “For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way.”   2 Thess. 2:7.


John saw it when he stated, “Children, it is the last hour, and as you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. Therefore we know that it is the last hour.”  1 John 2:18.  One of those antichrist was his own student, Ignatius, who developed the church system as we have it today and substituted 7th day Sabbath with the pagan 1st Sunday.  This will be discussed later.