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  • 1 Recommendation 666 by Herbert L. Peters. / Copyright Fulfilled Prophecy, LLC (www.fulfilledprophecy.com) Permission is granted to copy and distribute this book, but not to alter its content. Hard copies may be ordered online through Amazon (www.amazon.com) or Barnes & Noble (www.barnesandnoble.com).

    RECOMMENDATION 666 The Rise of the Beast From the Sea

    By Herbert L. Peters Updated Internet Edition

    December 2004

    (Published 2003 by iUniverse, Inc.)

    Contents

    Introduction 2

    Part I

    1. Joe Prophecy and His Six Misconceptions 3 2. Eight Keys to Unlocking the Prophecies 12 3. A Quick Look at Revelation 19 4. Using the Keys to Unlock the Signs 26

    Part II

    5. Apocalypse Now? 45 6. The First Overlooked Sign: 1992 Israeli Election 51 7. Now Appearing, Those 10 Horns of Bible Prophecy 56 8. Introducing Mr. Europe 59 9. No Club Like Rome 73 10. Solanas Cool Coup 81 11. The Second Overlooked Sign: Recommendation 666 92 12. 9/11 and the Beast From the Earth 98 13. The Bottom Line 104

    Epilogue 108

    About the Author 115

  • 2 Recommendation 666 by Herbert L. Peters. / Copyright Fulfilled Prophecy, LLC (www.fulfilledprophecy.com) Permission is granted to copy and distribute this book, but not to alter its content. Hard copies may be ordered online through Amazon (www.amazon.com) or Barnes & Noble (www.barnesandnoble.com).

    Introduction

    The events recorded in this book may, or may not, be actual fulfillments of Bible prophecy. At the time of writing, its too early to know for certain.

    However, even if it turns out that these fascinating events arent the actual fulfillments of prophecy that I think they are, you will see how major prophecies could be fulfilled in your day in real time and nobody would even notice them.

    Yet this shouldnt surprise us. After all, the Bible warns us that the day of the Lord will come upon the world like a thief in the night.

    Now, I bet I know what youre thinking. This isnt the first time someone has written a book attempting to fit current events into Bible prophecy. So, before I begin, I want you to know why this book is different.

    First of all, Im not setting any dates. Jesus told His disciples: It is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority (Acts 1:7).

    Second, Im not introducing a new way to interpret prophecy. On the contrary, Im arguing that what reliable Bible prophecy scholars such as Charles Ryrie, J. Dwight Pentecost and John Walvoord have long said would happen, has actually happened.

    Third, Im not forcing events into the prophecies. Ive always strongly disagreed with those who do. Im confident you will find that I have allowed the prophecies and the events that appear to have fulfilled them to speak for themselves.

    Fourth, Im not claiming to know who the Antichrist is. Although I do focus on an intriguing European leader, this doesnt mean he is the Antichrist. What I do believe, however, is that this new leader is doing many of the things the Bible tells us the Antichrist will do. And, his powerful, new office within the European Union may soon belong to the Antichrist.

    Now youre probably wondering where Im going with this book. My goal is to show how the prophecies prove that the Bible is the Word of God. Only God could have revealed todays world events thousands of years in advance. It was prophecy that overcame my doubts and brought me to faith in Christ more than 30 years ago. And, watching these prophecies continue to be fulfilled today has caused me to marvel at Gods sovereignty over the nations and the power of His unseen hand. This has tremendously increased my faith in Jesus and helped prepare me to be ready for His return.

    My prayer is to share this experience with you.

  • 3 Recommendation 666 by Herbert L. Peters. / Copyright Fulfilled Prophecy, LLC (www.fulfilledprophecy.com) Permission is granted to copy and distribute this book, but not to alter its content. Hard copies may be ordered online through Amazon (www.amazon.com) or Barnes & Noble (www.barnesandnoble.com).

    PART 1

    Look among the nations! Observe! Be astonished! Wonder!

    Because I am doing something in your days You would not believe if you were told.1

    God, between 650 B.C. and 330 B.C.

    Chapter 1: Joe Prophecy and His Six Misconceptions

    If I had not received a phone call from Constance Cumbey, I probably wouldnt have had the courage to write this book. She called me at work and identified herself as an attorney from Detroit, Michigan. Since I own an insurance agency, I often receive phone calls from attorneys. So naturally I assumed she was calling about business.

    So what do you know about Javier Solana? she said.

    The question shocked me. I had been investigating this new European Union leader and his possible connection to Bible prophecy. I had also written about Javier Solana in some of the weekly religion columns I write for several newspapers. After Constance asked the question, I suddenly recognized her name.

    Youre not Constance Cumbey the author, are you? I asked.

    Yes, she answered. I wrote The Hidden Dangers of the Rainbow.

    Needless to say, for a small-town insurance agent her call came as quite a surprise. I had read her book a No. 1 bestseller about the New Age movement and still used it as a reference. Her excellent research was credited by many for blowing the lid off the New Age movement and exposing its existence to the world. But why was she calling me?

    Constance said she was surfing the Internet when she ran across one of my newspaper columns. She had also been investigating Javier Solana and shared some of my concerns. Now I knew I wasnt alone. I finally knew someone other than myself who was arriving at some of the same conclusions about current events in Europe, and those specifically relating to Javier Solana.

    So it was Constances call that gave me the courage to write this book. Seeing the end-times prophecies being fulfilled may frighten some people, but it shouldnt. For believers, the fulfillment of these prophecies should bring great encouragement. For one thing, we already

  • 4 Recommendation 666 by Herbert L. Peters. / Copyright Fulfilled Prophecy, LLC (www.fulfilledprophecy.com) Permission is granted to copy and distribute this book, but not to alter its content. Hard copies may be ordered online through Amazon (www.amazon.com) or Barnes & Noble (www.barnesandnoble.com).

    know how it all ends. For another, it assures us that the Bible is the Word of God and that our faith in Jesus has not been misplaced. But most importantly, it provides us with a way to reach the lost, unbelieving people all around us. At a time when science and philosophy have declared God dead, God is speaking to our skeptical world in a big way by fulfilling His ancient prophecies.

    This book is about events occurring in the Mediterranean and Europe that may indicate the end-times prophecies are soon to be fulfilled. One of these events occurred in Israel in 1992, and its significance has been overlooked. Now another major event may have occurred in Europe in 2000. And if these events are what I suspect prophetic signs given as warnings to Israel then the Antichrist is on his way and Christs return is near.

    Yet apocalyptic thinking of this kind is not easily accepted today. Right away, our mind goes to the bearded man on the street carrying a sign proclaiming, The end is near. Many times people have predicted the end, and just as many times they've been wrong. This has left a bitter taste in peoples mouths when it comes to Bible prophecy.

    So, many Christians today have misconceptions about prophecy. As a result, they have stopped watching for the signs of Christs return. Yet this was not the attitude of the early Christians. To these believers the Apostle Peter said, And so we have the prophetic word made more sure, to which you do well to pay attention as to a lamp shinning in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts (2 Peter 1:19).

    If the early Christians were advised to pay attention to the prophecies, then we should, all the more. The Lords return is much closer today than it was then. And when He appears, it may be on a day we least expect.

    Misconception 1: Everyone Who Studies Prophecy is a Screwball

    When I first started writing newspaper religion columns, I went to a friend the founder of a well-known ministry for advice.

    Whatever you do, stay away from prophecy, he said. You dont want people to think youre one of them.

    Them, of course, was a reference to all those people we dont want to be the doomsayers, the kooks, the people with end-times Web sites written with large red letters and flames of fire.

    But there is a problem with this kind of thinking. For one thing, Jesus gave us end-times prophecies, and then He commanded us to keep watching for their fulfillment (Luke 21:34-36, Matthew 24:42-51).

  • 5 Recommendation 666 by Herbert L. Peters. / Copyright Fulfilled Prophecy, LLC (www.fulfilledprophecy.com) Permission is granted to copy and distribute this book, but not to alter its content. Hard copies may be ordered online through Amazon (www.amazon.com) or Barnes & Noble (www.barnesandnoble.com).

    And someday these prophecies will actually begin to occur. And when they do, there will be people who notice. And, according to Jesus, these people will be dismissed as screwballs, just like Noah before the flood (Matthew 24:37-39).

    The fact is, the Apostle Peter said that, in the last days, people would be turned off to Bible prophecy. He said, Know this first