There are many ancient books that were excluded from our modern Bibles, which historians know existed long before the time of Jesus Christ. Not only have these books existed for thousands of years, but they were at one time accepted by many of the Church fathers as inspired by God.
I will not go into a long discussion about why certain books were excluded from the Bible because regardless of the reasons given for their exclusion, it is frankly obvious to me that NO person or group of persons, no matter how wise or holy that they might think they are, has the right or the ability to tell everybody else what we are allowed to read and believe.
However, that being said, I do want to include some information about “2 Esdras”, the book that I have chosen to write about in this article.
The Cepher Ezra Reviy’iy (4 Ezra) (also reckoned as 2 Esdras) is often called “the Apocalyse of Ezra”. This remarkable work has not been preserved in the original Greek text; but has been found in Latin, Syriac, Arabic (two independent versions), Ethiopian, and Armenian translations. The body of the book, the unity of which appears to be unquestionable, is made of seven visions which Ezra is to have seen at Babel, the thirtieth year after the destruction of Yerushalayim (Jerusalem) at the hands of the people of Babel. www.cepher.net
I have chosen to write about a certain prophecy in “2 Esdras” because I believe it gives us a clearer understanding of our own time, and it may also give us some knowledge about our not too distant future.
2Es 11:1 And it came to pass the second night that I saw a dream, and, behold, there came up from the sea an eagle, which had twelve feathered wings, and three heads. World English Bible w/Apocrypha.
At first, Ezra sees an “eagle” rising out of the ocean. This particular eagle is odd because it has three (3) heads. I believe the body of this particular eagle represents the United States of America (U.S.A.). I know there are other countries and other nations that have been represented by an eagle before, but as we read more about the eagle is 2 Esdras, I think it will become more obvious “who the eagle represents”.
2Es 11:4 But her heads were at rest: the head in the midst was greater than the other heads, yet rested it with them. World English Bible w/Apocrypha.
While doing some research on the internet, I came across an article by Thomas S. Gibson, which I believe is the correct interpretation of the eagle:
From Esdras’ vision: the body of the eagle is the first kingdom (USA), the first head is the second kingdom (Russia), the second head is the third kingdom (China), and the third head is the fourth kingdom (anti-christ). From Daniel’s vision: the eagle is the USA, the bear is Russia, the Leopard is China, and the dreadful and terrible beast is the anti-christ’s kingdom.
We begin to understand from this that the eagle’s body (USA) has brought forth the other kingdoms. We see this today in the way in which America has furthered the kingdoms of Russia and China by providing economic aid and technology to these countries.
Also, the eagle’s body does exist throughout the rule of the other kingdoms, but with a greatly reduced amount of power, and with great turmoil.
The Lord tells Esdras that the eagle is the fourth Kingdom that was revealed to Daniel, but that this vision provides a more detailed description of the last Kingdom.
2Es 12:10 And he said to me, This is the interpretation of this vision which you saw:
2Es 12:11 The eagle, whom you saw come up from the sea, is the fourth kingdom which appeared in vision to your brother Daniel. World English Bible w/Apocrypha.
Let’s take a look at Daniel’s vision:
Dan 7:2 Daniel spoke and said, “I saw in my vision by night, and, behold, the four winds of the sky broke out on the great sea.
Dan 7:3 Four great animals came up from the sea, different from one another.
Dan 7:4 “The first was like a lion, and had eagle’s wings. I watched until its wings were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made to stand on two feet as a man. A man’s heart was given to it.
Dan 7:5 “Behold, there was another animal, a second, like a bear. It was raised up on one side, and three ribs were in its mouth between its teeth. They said this to it: ‘Arise! Devour much flesh!’
Dan 7:6 “After this I saw, and behold, another, like a leopard, which had on its back four wings of a bird. The animal also had four heads; and dominion was given to it.
Dan 7:7 “After this I saw in the night visions, and, behold, there was a fourth animal, awesome and powerful, and exceedingly strong. It had great iron teeth. It devoured and broke in pieces, and stamped the residue with its feet. It was different than all the animals that were before it. It had ten horns.
First, it is my supposition that we are indeed in the last days, and that these animals represent nations in the last days. I do not think that these animals can represent anything else because the last animal is specifically destroyed by the Messiah at his return.
Dan 7:21 I saw, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them,
Dan 7:22 until the ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the Most High, and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom.
The next question should probably be, “Which last days nations do these animals represent?”
It stands to reason that these animals would represent nations which are economically and militarily powerful in the last days. First, many Bible students have identified the lion with wings plucked off as the United Kingdom represented by the “lion” and the United States of America represented by the “eagle’s wings”. This seems almost too obvious even to debate. Both nation states are economic world powers with nuclear arsenals.
Second, many Bible students have also identified the bear as Russia, or the former Soviet Union. Once again, this also seems too obvious to debate. Russia may not be a world economic power, but she certainly does occupy and control a vast territory, she can also project military power over an even wider area, and she has a nuclear arsenal that is even greater than the United States.
Third, there has been much more debate about which nation, or nations, the leopard with four heads represents. I lean towards China with allies…possibly Japan, North and South Korea…and perhaps (India or Singapore or Taiwan), also known as the “Kings of the East” according to the Book of Revelation. Also, several of these countries have been nicknamed the “Asian Tigers” (leopards?) because of their rapid economic growth in recent years. China has a formidable military and a nuclear arsenal all by itself, but if it were to form a military/economic alliance with some of its Pacific Rim neighbors, they could probably match up militarily against anyone in the world.
Finally, if you read my blog or my books, you probably know that I believe the fourth beast is a Pan Islamic Confederation…led by an eschatological religious figure called the “Mahdi”, also better known as the antichrist. It is my contention that an Islamic leader that can bring together the 1.5 billion Muslims in the world under one “Caliphate” will be the world’s final superpower.
Not only will the “Mahdi” control most of the world’s oil located in the Middle East and in Central Asia, but he will probably be able to muster an army of hundreds of millions of religious fanatics, he will also have access to Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal, and perhaps Iran’s and Turkey’s potential nuclear capabilities…also consider the potential Islamic terrorists with “suitcase nukes” that would be more than willing to destroy any world capital at his command. He could potentially directly govern most of Northern Africa, all of the Middle East, most of Central Asia, most of South East Asia, and perhaps ALL of Europe! Then the whole world will eventually have to submit to his authority.
Let’s get back to the 2 Esdras prophecy of the eagle. I am going to examine the body and the feathers first, and then I will discuss the three heads of the eagle.
In the year 1913, The Federal Reserve Act, established the Federal Reserve System, which gave authority to a private banking cartel to create Federal Reserve Notes out of thin air and then “loan” those notes to the federal government at “interest”…thus eventually putting the United States under trillions of dollars of debt.
Once the private banking cartel was given the extra-ordinary authority to print money out of thin air, this also gave the bankers the power to buy and influence all future Presidents, Congressmen, and Federal Judges…and they did! This power allowed the private banking cartel to become the de facto oligarchical rulers of the United States of America.
The development of our financial oligarchy followed, in this respect, lines with which the history of political despotism has familiarized us : — usurpation, proceeding by gradual encroachment rather than by violent acts; subtle and often long-concealed concentration of distinct functions, which are beneficent when separately administered, and dangerous only when combined in the same persons. It was by processes such as these that Caesar Augustus became master of Rome. The makers of our own Constitution had in mind like dangers to our political liberty when they provided so carefully for the separation of governmental powers. “Other People’s Money and How the Bankers Use It”, Louis D. Brandeis, Supreme Court Justice.
Thus the banking cartel works secretly behind the scenes, and in the shadows, pulling the strings of the U.S.A. government through lobbyists, round table groups, and elite organizations like the “Secret” Societies, the Trilateral Commission, the Bilderbergs, and the Council of Foreign Relations (CFR). It is impossible for any specific Congressman or Federal Judge to stop, or even to momentarily stall, any decision by the banking cartel. However, there is one person under the constitution of the United States, who might actually stand a chance of breaking the power of the banking cartel…the President of the United States (POTUS).
2Es 11:4 But her heads were at rest: the head in the midst was greater than the other heads, yet rested it with them. World English Bible w/Apocrypha.
Usually, Presidents are happy to follow the status quo. Why would anybody want to rock the boat, when they are benefitting from all the perks, privileges, and benefits of being the captain of the boat? However, when a President actually begins to take action against the banking cartel, an assassin’s bullet will solve the cartel’s problem…
The very word "secrecy" is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and to secret proceedings. We decided long ago that the dangers of excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts far outweighed the dangers which are cited to justify it. President John F. Kennedy ‘s Address Before the American Newspaper Publisher’s Association, April 27, 1961.
Later in the Esdras prophecy, we see that the eagle reigns over the whole earth.
2Es 11:5 Moreover I saw, and, behold, the eagle flew with her wings, to reign over the earth, and over those who dwell therein.
2Es 11:6 And I saw how all things under heaven were subject to her, and no man spoke against her, no, not one creature upon earth. World English Bible w/Apocrypha.
There have been other great empires in history, but nothing compares to the presence of the United States of America (U.S.A.) in modern times. I do not believe that there is any other nation in world history that better fits this prophetic description than the U.S.A. The U.S. Central Command structure divides the entire planet into six (6) Geographic Combatant Commands: 1) Centcom, 2) Africom, 3) Eucom, 4) Northcom, 5) Pacom, and 6) Southcom. The U.S.A. maintains nearly 800 military bases in more than 70 countries around the world according to “politico.com”. https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/06/us-military-bases-around-the-world-119321
The U.S.A. has military deployed in over 150 countries around the world. There are also U.S. military deployed within the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations.
The military of the United States is deployed in more than 150 countries around the world, with over 300,000 of its active-duty personnel serving outside the United States and its territories. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_military_deployments
Also, the U.S.A. has mutual defense treaties, and conducts war games, with multiple nations all over the planet including most importantly the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). I suspect there are probably clandestine U.S. military operations in EVERY nation on earth that are funded via military “black” budgets including Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and National Security Agency (NSA) funded: “special forces”, “black operations”, “intelligence operations”, “rebel groups”, and “native mercenary armies”.
Not to mention that the U.S. conducts high-tech surveillance operations on friend and foe alike. It truly can be said that: no man spoke against her, no, not one creature upon earth.
The 2 Esdras prophecy has quite a lot of detail and I really cannot do it justice in this article, but I will try and put a spotlight on the highlights. Part of the detailed description is that the eagle has twelve (12) large “wings” or “feathers” and eight (8) small “wings” or “feathers”…depending on the interpretation. In Chapter 12 of 2 Esdras, God gives an interpretation of the “wings”:
2Es 12:13 Behold, the days come, that there shall rise up a kingdom upon earth, and it shall be feared above all the kingdoms that were before it.
2Es 12:14 In the same shall twelve kings reign, one after another:
2Es 12:15 whereof the second shall begin to reign, and shall have a longer time than any of the twelve.
2Es 12:16 This is the interpretation of the twelve wings, which you saw. World English Bible w/Apocrypha.
This gives us a clue about the identities of the twelve (12) wings or kings. It tells us that the second of the large wings or the second (2) king will reign longer than any of the other twelve. No President has served more than two terms of four (4) years each in United States history except for one, and that was President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (F.D.R.). He was elected for four (4) different terms as President of the United States and after he died, the Congress passed legislation that limited the Presidency of the United States to only two terms. Therefore, I think it is safe to say that F.D.R. is the second large “wing”/“king”.
This makes sense because it was around this time period that the U.S.A. became the undisputed dominant world power. Therefore, we can identify the second “large wing” King/Presidents as beginning with President Herbert Hoover:
- President Herbert Hoover, March 4, 1929 – March 4, 1933 (4 years)
- President Franklin D. Roosevelt, March 4, 1933 – April 12, 1945 (12 years)
- President Harry S. Truman, April 12, 1945 – Jan. 20, 1953 (8 years)
- President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Jan. 20, 1953 – Jan. 20, 1961 (8 years)
- President John F. Kennedy, Jan. 20, 1961 – Nov. 22, 1963 (3 years, 10 months)
- President Lyndon B. Johnson, Nov. 22, 1963 – Jan. 20, 1969 (6 years, 2 months)
- President Richard M. Nixon, Jan. 20, 1969 – Aug. 9, 1974 (4 years, 7 months)
- President Gerald R. Ford, Aug. 9, 1974 – Jan. 20, 1977 (2 years, 5 months)
- President James E. Carter, Jan. 20, 1977 – Jan. 20, 1981 (4 years)
- President Ronald W. Reagan, Jan. 20, 1981 – Jan. 20, 1989 (8 years)
- President George H.W. Bush, Jan. 20, 1989 – Jan. 20, 1993 (4 years)
- President William J. Clinton, Jan. 20, 1993 – Jan. 20, 2001 (8 years)
Under these twelve Presidents, the United States of America arose to become the most powerful nation on earth. At the beginning of the George W. Bush administration, the United States suffered an unprecedented attack on New York City, 9/11/2001. Also, during the Bush and Obama administrations, the world has witnessed the rise of China, which has nearly overtaken the U.S. as a world economic power.
2Es 12:19 And whereas you saw the eight under wings sticking to her wings, this is the interpretation:
2Es 12:20 That in it there shall arise eight kings, whose times shall be but small, and their years swift.
2Es 12:21 And two of them shall perish, when the middle time approaches: four shall be kept for a while until the time of the ending thereof shall approach: but two shall be kept to the end. World English Bible w/Apocrypha.
- President George W. Bush, Jan. 20, 2001 – Jan. 20, 2009 (8 years)
- President Barack H. Obama, Jan. 20, 2009 – Jan. 20, 2017 (8 years)
Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama are included with the eight “small” wings. The prophecy says that their times shall be “small” and their years “swift”. The word “small” can also be interpreted as “insignificant” or “less” than the previous wings. I believe this means that it was during these last eight Presidents that the United States began to lose its dominance over the world.
The prophecy also says their “years” shall be “swift”. This frankly stumped me because Presidents Bush and Obama both had eight years in office, but I have finally come to believe that it actually means that momentous events have begun to increase at an ever increasing pace, which Jesus said were similar to birth pains:
Mat 24:6 You will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you aren’t troubled, for all this must happen, but the end is not yet.
Mat 24:7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; and there will be famines, plagues, and earthquakes in various places.
Mat 24:8 But all these things are the beginning of birth pains.
Since George W. Bush was in office, the United States has been in continual, and apparently never ending, war and the world has definitely seen an increase in unusually large natural disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, fires, etc., etc…I believe we are experiencing what Jesus called the birth pains of the last days.
“Normal has packed its bags and gone away, and weird has come and is here to stay.”
According to 2 Esdras, the United States has six (6) Presidents remaining, if we include President Trump. However, the remaining Presidents will govern during times of unprecedented crisis for the United States…including the great tribulation period. The U.S. will experience continually decreasing power from the present time until the second coming of Jesus Christ.
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You might be asking to yourself…”hmmm does that mean we might still have many years left before the start of the great tribulation?” I will write more about that in my next blog article. However, according to 2 Esdras, the terms of these remaining six (6) Presidents may be shortened by death or even by coup d’ etat, and the United States may be physically divided with several Presidents governing at the same time!
We have to wrap our minds around the idea that billions of people will die immediately prior to, and during the great tribulation. Therefore, we cannot let our “normalcy bias” influence how we perceive what will happen during the remaining last days… just before the return of Jesus Christ.
Mat 24:21 Because in those days there will be great sorrow, such as there has not been from the start of the world till now, or ever will be.
Mat 24:22 And if those days had not been made short there would have been no salvation for any, but because of the saints those days will be made short. 1965 Bible in Basic English.
Now let me explain why I think the heads on the body of the eagle represent foreign nations.
There is a lot of evidence that the Central Banking Cartel, that controls the United States and the United Kingdom, has purposely drained the U.S. of its historical wealth, natural resources and high tech knowledge, and has then sold or even given these resources to the Soviet Union, Communist China, and Fundamentalist Islamic Nations.
When most authors and writers discuss the reasons behind the Banking Cartel’s support for ideologies seemingly the exact opposite of capitalism, it is usually explained away because of the banker’s greed for the vast resources of Russia, or the giant markets of China, or the oceans of oil located in the Islamic Nations. On the surface, this explanation makes some sense, but then you need to ask yourself, “Why didn’t they just support and fund new democratic forms of government?” After all, the bankers seem to have a stranglehold on all the democratic nations around the world with the establishment of Central Banks in nearly every nation on earth.
I have a more sinister reason behind why the Banking Cartel supports totalitarian atheistic communism and Islamic fundamentalism…BECAUSE THEY HATE CHRISTIANITY! Any political or religious system that supports the elimination of Christianity and the murder of Christians will receive abundant financial and military support from the Banking Cartel because at their core, the elite banking families are Satanists first and capitalists second. Therefore, I believe the Satanist’s end game is the complete destruction of the United States of America, to be replaced by totalitarian atheistic communists and the antichrist’s world government.
You can read the whole 2 Esdras prophecy for yourself if you download a free copy of e-sword onto your personal computer and then download the “World English Bible w/apocrypha”: 2 Esdras Chapters 11 and 12.
2Co 4:3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
2Co 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.