Daniel, The Beasts, The Ancient of Days…

Daniel, The Beasts, The Ancient of Days…

There are many significant details we must mention here in the beginning before the introduction to this chapter.  It is imperative to locate and position our mind to what Daniel was looking at during his dream and vision in a geographical point of view, also we must determined and define some terms used during Daniel chapter 7.

Daniel’s Timeline Based on Chapters on PDF  (Click on this link until you see the Image on PDF Format)

The Great Sea was another way known during Daniel’s period for what is known today as the “Mediterranean Sea”.  Daniel is living in the province of Shushan at the Far East of the Babylonian kingdom, and close to the Western North point of what is known today as the Persian Gulf.  Shushan was considered, by the Babylonians and later by the Medes and Persians, the second capital of the Babylonian empire.  Daniel is an older man, who had been thru the beginning of the Babylonian Empire with Nebuchadnezzar (the king that God made a beast and later restored him with a new heart, and whom, a gentile king, wrote the chapter 4 of this Book of Daniel).  Keep in mind that life expectancy, especially for those on power, was not too favorable.  Please set your mind as if you are looking at the preamble of Babylonian king Belshazzar experienced, that is the vision of king Belshazzar seeing the Hand of God writing in the wall of his palace, chapter 5.  At this point God in His Omni-Powerful, Omni-Presence and Omni-Sufficiency, is preparing Daniel to what is to come in front of his eyes in a matters of few years after this fact.

Dan 7:1 LITV

(1)  In the first year of Belshazzar, king of Babylon, Daniel saw a dream and visions of his head on his bed. Then he related the dream, giving the sum of the matters.

Here in this verse it is very important to locate time wise, our mind and to transport ourselves to the timeline of events keeping in order the above paragraph that explain the events prior this moment. Daniel “saw”…  This is a term use by the Literate Translation, translation I always and usually use during my Bible Studies.  Below is the same verse extracted from the King James Version, which reads as follows:

Dan 7:1 KJV

(1)  In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon Daniel had a dream and visions of his head upon his bed: then he wrote the dream, and told the sum of the matters.

To the naked eyes there is no much difference among the two versions, there is neither a discrepancy, but most be mentioned to those that are more into the roots of the words, known as “etymology”.  As I am doing the research on this particular part of the verse, intrigues me the use of this word in the Literate Translation.  I also used the “Word Study Series”  “The Complete Word Study Old Testament” by Zodhiates (© 1994 AMG International, Inc.), and I discover that in their process of translating this particular verse they “applied the best process to make every word of the Bible understandable to the English reader by reference to the original manuscripts”, and I quote.

But the Holy Spirit intention is very clear in the use of the term “saw”, and allow me to explain myself.  In order for you to see something you must be not just conscious in mind but capable in your senses and abilities to understand what it is presented to you at the moment in time.  I do not agreed with King James translation of this verse, because I think the intention of the Holy Spirit here is to tell us that Daniel was not having a simple normal dream, but above and beyond of normal, it was a Dream with all details of reality and expectation of what God wants to communicate to Daniel.  Of course that is my humble opinion.  There is also the part that indicates that Daniel had “visions”, and that also strike me.  As I prayed to the Lord for understanding on this matters, I felt that what the intention, again, from God thru the Holy Spirit, here was to make sure that we understood in a clear and vivid manner, that Daniel not only had a one time “Dream”, but God reveal to Daniel thru “visions”, in a plural term of the use of this word, verifying to his servant God’s intention and message, for such not to be confuse, misunderstood, or misinterpreted by the recipient.

God is not a God of confusion; He is very clear and to the point.  We as human are the ones that make simple things too complicated.

1Co_14:33  For God is not of confusion, but of peace, as in all the assemblies of the saints.

Pro 3:4-7 LITV

(4)  and you shall find favor and good understanding in the sight of God and man.

(5)  Trust in Jehovah with all your heart, and lean not to your own understanding.

(6)  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.

(7)  Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear Jehovah and depart from evil.

In the verse one the Bible tells us that Daniel related the dream, to whom and how it is not a specific about it, but we must understand that one way of doing so was thru the manuscripts of the Book of Daniel.

Dan 7:2-4 LITV

(2)  Daniel spoke and said, In my vision by night I was looking. And, behold, the four winds of the heavens were stirring up the Great Sea.

(3)  And four great beasts came up from the sea, different from one another.

(4)  The first was like a lion and had eagle’s wings. I watched until its wings were torn off. And it was lifted up from the earth and made to stand on two feet like a man, and a man’s heart was given to it.

As we continue on our journey of this chapter of the Book of Daniel, in verse two Daniel spoke and said (to whom and when it is not specified, because does not matter), in his “vision by night I was looking.”  This is very clear-cut to the point; He “was looking” as in the verse one said, “he saw”.  He was completely aware of what he was experiencing thru the Lord’s vision.

Daniel started too detailed his vision.

The four winds of the heavens were stirring up the Great Sea,” he said.  This is a very clear form to express that was going to be a lot of action and turbulence in the human atmosphere.  Human history was going to be change in a quick and radical way.  The world as he knew it was not going to be the same.  Also the expression “Great Sea” was in reference of the Mediterranean Sea.  Looking at the geographical map of the location, you must imagine the entire world, as they knew, from the West (Greece, Cappadocia), from the North (Media), from the East (Persia), and from the South (Egypt, Israel), this is in a general geographical way for more clear reference.

Daniel continue explaining his dream and visions saying that four great beast came from the sea and that each was different one to the other.  Noticed how Daniel expressed the term “beasts” which is different from a term that is normally used in or by other versions, “creature”, which is not the term here used by Daniel.

H2423

חיוא

chêyvâ’

khay-vaw’

(Chaldee); from H2418; an animal: – beast.

It is very interesting to observed that Daniel only see four creatures coming out of the sea.  Why not more than those?  You will ask.  After a long meditation and prayer for the Lord to reveal to my why, it came to my mind the following; there are before the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ only four kingdoms that actually make a remarkable difference in the history of human kind.  After the birth of our Lord Jesus, there were other nations subjugating other nations, men that took power and became monarchs, kings, dictators and so on.  There was even a time in where the Queen of Spain and the King of England expressed about their dominion around the world (that was the old and the new world as it was known later the land discovered by Columbus), that; “…The sun will never die…”, in their perspectives land.

But what theologians, preachers, pastors, educators and many others do not understand is that with the birth of the Lord and even more with the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ the debt was paid and since then there will not, there was not, there not any other kingdom but the one that will be, it was, and is for ever and eternity in the Lord Our Savior.  That is another subject of discussion and study for a future Blog.  Of course let me say that is my humble opinion.

Dan 7:4 LITV

(4)  The first was like a lion and had eagle’s wings. I watched until its wings were torn off. And it was lifted up from the earth and made to stand on two feet like a man, and a man’s heart was given to it.

If you remember the image representative to the Babylonian kingdom was very much so as is described in this particular verse.  In any case, I have attached an image of this particular Babylonian kingdom symbol in this paragraph for you to make reference to.

It is evident that this is the Babylonian kingdom, and when Daniel indicates that the wings were turn off, it does mean the power of the kingdom was over.  Always remember that this chapter’s events are taking place before the chapter 6 in the narratives chapters of the Book of Daniel.  At this point it is a little bit confusing for Daniel to understand this image and it is not until later that he has the entire vision cleared by the Holy Spirit to Daniel.  It does also said that it was lifted from the Earth, indicating this way the death of Nebuchadnezzar after his heart had being change to a man that recognized his limitations in front of the All Mighty as it is seeing in chapter 4 of the Book of Daniel in the narratives chapters, being chapter 4 the only chapter written by a gentile king.

Dan 7:5 LITV

(5)  And, behold, another beast, a second, like a bear. And it was raised up on one side, and three ribs were in its mouth between its teeth. And they said this to it, Rise up, eat much flesh.

Here in the Book of Daniel Chapter 7 verse 5, Daniel described the 2nd beast.  This is also indicative to the very stunning and dramatically way of Daniel’s description and more so of his detail oriented dream and visions.  Noticed in this verse, Daniel do not pay more attention to the way this beast is in terms of color nor height or weight, but instead described vividly the way the beast is raised and what it had in her mouth.  It is described as being rising up on one side.  On an animal behavior, this normally happens when an animal had found the pray to be devour and in a glamorous feast of satisfaction rest while knowingly there is not a capable treat around and her belly gets full.  Also it is interesting how Daniel specifically described what it was on the beast mouth saying and I quote; “…three ribs were in its mouth between its teeth…”,  when I saw this expression I went to prayer, I asked the Lord for spiritual guidance on the meaning of this expression.  Even when I had read of many others theologians studies and preachers sermons, masters of their domain (so they said), I was not completely satisfied, there most be more to it in the spiritual way.  So I pray.  It happened that I felt from the Lord and I hope in Him I am not saying or expressing something is out of His Word, and that is that the three ribs were three kingdoms that the Persian were capable to empowered and posses in every way.  That is even though the beast had being asked to devour more.  Those kingdoms, and this is based on my spiritual and historical observation, I must add, are the following;

  1. The Babylonian Kingdom
  2. The Mede Kingdom
  3. The Jewish (Israel) Kingdom

I will understand if many of you disagreed to my observations but that is what I though were the answers to my prayer request.  This is mainly, because in the description the three kingdoms are in the beast mouth.  So the three kingdoms already devoured by the beast during the take over of the Babylonian kingdom were those three kingdoms, based on history.  You might ask, what about Egypt and Greek kingdoms, do they count?  Yes they do.  But as you most remember, the beast is asked to rise up and eat more flesh, which means that during the process of the take over and incorporation of these other kingdoms by the Persians, the Persian kingdom it self was going to fall in the hands of the third beast.

Dan 7:6 LITV

(6)  After this I was looking, and, behold, another like a leopard, and to it were four wings of a bird on its side. And also to the beast were four heads. And rulership was given to it.

Daniel continues describing the beast in his dream and visions.  Here in verse six Daniel expressed to see a beast like a leopard with four wings on its side.  It is very interesting to observe that the other beast that had wings was the first beast, the reason for this two particular beast to have wings is because they were chosen by God to fit His will and plan, not so the other beast (Nebuchadnezzar Babylonian King and Cyrus the King of Persia (to whom He called by Cyrus own name even hundreds of years before Cyrus took the power)); this particular beast was Babylonian kingdom, which tells me that as quickly and powerful the Babylonian were taking over other nations and kingdoms that way it was going to be happening with the Greek kingdom, which is this third beast.  This kingdom was lead by Alexander the Great and in accordance with “Mathews Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible” (this commentary could be download for free under the used of the e-sword, software you could acquired for free under the website www.e-sword.org ).

Matthew Henry’s Commentary indicates the following:

“This was the Grecian monarchy, founded by Alexander the Great, active, crafty, and cruel, like a leopard. He had four wings of a fowl; the lion seems to have had but two wings; but the leopard had four, for though Nebuchadnezzar made great dispatch in his conquests Alexander made much greater. In six years’ time he gained the whole empire of Persia, a great part besides of Asia, made himself master of Syria, Egypt, India, and other nations. This beast had four heads; upon Alexander’s death his conquests were divided among his four chief captains; Seleucus Nicanor had Asia the Great; Perdiccas, and after him Antigonus, had Asia the Less; Cassander had Macedonia; and Ptolemeus had Egypt. Dominion was given to this beast; it was given of God, from whom alone promotion comes.”

I have to tend to agreed with him on this with the exemption of the use of the term “ruleship”

H7985

שׁלטן

sholṭân

shol-tawn’

(Chaldee); from H7981; empire (abstractly or concretely.): – dominion.

This term in accordance with the strong numbers on the King James Version of the Bible means also “dominion”, and God of course gave that, because He is the only one capable to give so, but in addition to it the consequences of it as well.  What I mean by this is that the contemplation of this kingdom was not to only take over other kingdoms as fast as it did.   The consequences were much severe, to maintain proper control on such vast empire.  This empire will later fall in to the hands of there own predators and it was not going to be destroyed but instead assimilated into the Roman cultured to the point were it used to be said that Rome conquered Greece with his military power but Greece conquered Rome with their culture.

Greek became the main language in all areas of the needs for civilization to survived, it did took the place of the previous language used by the known world at the time of Babylonian and the Persian Empire, the Aramaic from Palestine.  The Greek language was now the center of the education, trade and writing, even for the common speech.  Many Roman use such language for them to communicate, not “Latin” but Greek.   At Alexandria the Old Testament was translated in Greek Language, also known this translation of the Old Testament as the “Septuagint”, due to the Large colony of Jews and many of them could not even speak their natural language, that is Aramaic but instead they communicated in Greek.  The New Testament was even written in Greek, as we know it.  From 167 BCE the Romans started to take over the Greek Empire, but the influence of the Greek was always to remain among them and even to this day.

Dan 7:7-8 LITV

(7)  And after this I was looking in the night visions. And, behold, the fourth beast was frightening and terrifying, and very strong! And to it were great iron teeth. It devoured, and crushed, and stamped what was left with its feet. And it was different from all the beasts before it; and it had ten horns.

(8)  I was thinking about the horns. And behold! Another little horn came up among them, and three of the first horns were uprooted before it. And behold! In this horn were eyes like the eyes of the man, and a mouth speaking great things.

There are many things that we as human do not understand unless we have the Holy Spirit of God and by Faith only and only by Faith are that we can accept such things.  Daniel’s descriptions of things in his vision and dream are some of them.

Daniel is describing the fourth beast as he said; “…was frightening and terrifying, and very strong!..”  These three adjectives are the one Daniel’s choose to described the beast

H1763

דּחל

dechal

deh-khal’

(Chaldee); corresponding to H2119; to slink, that is, (by implication) to fear, or (causatively) be formidable: – make afraid, dreadful, fear, terrible.

H574

אמתּני

‘êmtânı̂y

em-taw-nee’

(Chaldee); from a root corresponding to that of H4975; well loined (that is, burly) or mighty: – terrible.

H8624

תּקּיף

taqqı̂yph

tak-keef’

(Chaldee), corresponding to H8623: – mighty, strong.

There is nothing in the description that Daniel is given us that declared it is a Dragon, or other kind of rare beast, but it is for sure a unique of it’s kind in every way.  Also it is given the detail of having iron teeth.  Daniel also in a specific manner said the following;

  1. Devoured

H399

אכל

‘ăkal

ak-al’

  1. (Chaldee); corresponding to H398: – + accuse, devour, eat.

H398

אכל

‘âkal

aw-kal’

  1.                                                                                                    i.      A primitive root; to eat (literally or figuratively): – X at all, burn up, consume, devour (-er, up), dine, eat (-er, up), feed (with), food, X freely, X in . . . wise (-deed, plenty), (lay) meat, X quite.
  2. Crushed

H1855

דּקק

deqaq

dek-ak’

  1. (Chaldee); corresponding to H1854; to crumble or (transitively) crush: – break to pieces.

H1854

דּקק

dâqaq

daw-kak’

  1.                                                                                                    i.      A primitive root (compare H1915); to crush (or intransitively) crumble: – beat in pieces (small), bruise, make dust, (into) X powder, (be, very) small, stamp (small).

H1915

הדך

hâdak

haw-dak’

  1. A primitive root (compare H1854); to crush with the foot: – tread down.
  2. Stamped

H7512

רפס

rephas

ref-as’

  1. (Chaldee); corresponding to H7511: – stamp.

H7511

רפס

râphas

raw-fas’

  1.                                                                                                    i.      A primitive root; to trample, that is, prostrate: – humble self, submit self.

It has 3 qualities of what appeared to be a strong fear ugly beast with the power of devoured, crushed and stamped whatever is left.  I had broken down the strong numbers meaning and reference above for your benefits and easier understanding of how important and simplified the terms that Daniel used to described this particular beast were.

So we should start from the beginning of the verse 7 again.

Dan 7:7 LITV

(7)  And after this I was looking in the night visions. And, behold, the fourth beast was frightening and terrifying, and very strong! And to it were great iron teeth. It devoured, and crushed, and stamped what was left with its feet. And it was different from all the beasts before it; and it had ten horns.

We concluded earlier that the beast was not only a frightening, terrifying and strong beast giving with these qualities the superiority over the other prior beast seeing by Daniel in the dream, it has the visual appearance and has the strength to uphold the power that desire.  It does said that had iron teeth and when I came to that particular point made me think about what teeth are for and most of all where they are located in any creature created.  Teeth in accordance with the Microsoft© Encarta® College Dictionary is, “a whitish Bony Object in the Mouth of a Human or a Vertebrate Animal use for biting and chewing food”, it also said the following, “invertebrate part resembling a tooth is a sharp part on an invertebrate made of horny, calcareous, or chitinous material and functioning like or resembling a vertebrate tooth”.  But in this case Daniel said that were “Great Iron Teeth”, we know teeth are for chewing our food, beautification, protection in some case and many other uses, but in the case of the beast were for devouring, which in the meaning in accordance with the strong numbers meaning was either accusing or eating, and that is what exactly the beast will do.  Will not only accuse the victims on it path but also will eat them piece-by-piece until they are all gone.

The material that these teeth are made of are not a natural material for such part of any beast’s body, this material is more utilized by the human to create or assembled a piece of their own demised, and here is no exception. Also the teeth help us to communicate among each other, but in this case is not one of the qualities attributed to the beast.

Daniel indicates that the beast will also crushed, and once again in accordance with the definition of the strong numbers above it means that whatever will take will make it in a small pieces, unable to be re-use.

The third quality of the beast was that will stamped, and so we know in accordance with the strong number that the meaning of the word is to summit of humiliate those that will be in the beast past.

Daniel indicates that the Beast was different from the others before it and you might say, well a beast is a beast right?  And even when you are right on the spot, never the less there is remarkable differences in between this beast and the others.  Let’s bring some of those differences:

  1. We already agreed that this beast is the Roman Empire, and different from any empire of its time and or before it, the Roman Empire whenever they took another empire or culture, they different from the Babylonian or for that matter the Medes or Persian, the Romans would never take anything from the empire they conquered.  Nor the people they though were brilliant in science or math, not best musician, nor the best warriors, nor the best builders, not at all.  Instead the subjugated and inflicted pain and suffering to the new empire or culture until the conquered empire or culture felt to give themselves to the Roman’s authority without any rules and limitations.  It was not until the Roman Empire became more sophisticated that their policy of conquering others changes.
  2. The Roman Empire Army was a very unique force, to the point in where even today’s forces in many countries applied some principles from such forces in the past.  Whatever they were sent to conquered, could not and will not be left without achieving the proper result expected.  This was due to the fact that the Roman forces gave to the military retiree many privileges that were not available otherwise and they could only be obtained if the soldier were to survive the soldier carrier.  In order for a soldier to count on his retirement, they count fiercely on the man on his left, right and rear flank to protect each other in order to prevail in such career.  Each of them considered each other a family member until the end of the career of that particular soldier.  This I think is what Daniel sees as the “iron teeth”.
  3. The influence of the Greek culture was so strong that could be seeing in all aspect of the Roman culture, more so in their religious practices.  This particular influence was so remarkable that affected not just the way they live their privates and civil lives but their political empire.  It was so strong that affected even the development of Christianity.  As a result of this the proclamation at the end of verse 6 in this chapter on the Book of Daniel in regard to the second beast take effect, and the second beast rules over the fourth beast but in a cultural way.  This is called the “Hellenistic Period”.

Daniel continues describing the beast and said that has ten horns.  Let’s read the verse:

Dan 7:7-8 LITV

(7)  And after this I was looking in the night visions. And, behold, the fourth beast was frightening and terrifying, and very strong! And to it were great iron teeth. It devoured, and crushed, and stamped what was left with its feet. And it was different from all the beasts before it; and it had ten horns.

(8)  I was thinking about the horns. And behold! Another little horn came up among them, and three of the first horns were uprooted before it. And behold! In this horn were eyes like the eyes of the man, and a mouth speaking great things.

So now the beast not only had ten horns but it did grew a smaller and more powerful horn, but not before three of the older horns were uprooted to make place for the little horn.  Read the following:

Rev_17:7  And the angel said to me, Why did you marvel? I will tell you the mystery of the woman, and of the beast supporting her, the one having the seven heads and the ten horns.

Rev_17:8  The beast which you saw was, and is not, and is about to come up out of the abyss, and goes to perdition. And those dwelling on the earth will marvel, the ones whose names have not been written on the Book of Life from the foundation of the world, seeing the beast, that it was a thing, and is not, yet now is.

Rev_17:11  And the beast which was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goes to perdition.

Rev_17:12  And the ten horns you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but will receive authority as kings one hour with the beast.

Rev_17:13  These have one mind, and their power and authority they shall give up to the beast.

Rev_17:16  And the ten horns which you saw on the beast, these will hate the harlot, and will make her desolated and naked. And they will eat her flesh, and will burn her down with fire.

Rev_17:17  For God gave into their hearts to do His mind, and to act in one mind, and to give their kingdom to the beast, until the Words of God shall be fulfilled.

This is what the Matthews Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible said:

“The fourth beast was more fierce, and formidable, and mischievous, than any of them, unlike any of the other, nor is there any among the beasts of prey to which it might be compared, Dan_7:7. The learned are not agreed concerning this anonymous beast; some make it to be the Roman empire, which, when it was in its glory, comprehended ten kingdoms, Italy, France, Spain, Germany, Britain, Sarmatia, Pannonia, Asia, Greece, and Egypt; and then the little horn which rose by the fall of three of the other horns (Dan_7:8) they make to be the Turkish empire, which rose in the room of Asia, Greece, and Egypt. Others make this fourth beast to be the kingdom of Syria, the family of the Seleucidae, which was very cruel and oppressive to the people of the Jews, as we find in Josephus and the history of the Maccabees. And herein that empire was diverse from those which went before, that none of the preceding powers compelled the Jews to renounce their religion, but the kings of Syria did, and used them barbarously. Their armies and commanders were the great iron teeth with which they devoured and broke in pieces the people of God, and they trampled upon the residue of them. The ten horns are then supposed to be ten kings that reigned successively in Syria; and then the little horn is Antiochus Epiphanes, the last of the ten, who by one means or other undermined three of the kings, and got the government. He was a man of great ingenuity, and therefore is said to have eyes like the eyes of a man; and he was very bold and daring, had a mouth speaking great things. We shall meet with him again in these prophecies.”

On my part, as a man of God and by Faith, I will say this is for the end times, in when the times to be reflective in the Lord our Savior is and will be as always very important because otherwise we will not be part of His Second Coming.  You might ask in what I am basing my opinion?  My answer is contained in the next verse.

Rev_13:1  And I stood on the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast coming up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten diadems, and on its heads names of blasphemy.

Rev_13:2  And the beast which I saw was like a leopard, and its feet as of a bear, and its mouth as a lion’s mouth. And the dragon gave its power to it, and its throne, and great authority.

Rev_13:3  And I saw one of its heads, as having been slain to death, and its deadly wound was healed. And all the earth wondered after the beast.

Rev_13:4  And they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, Who is like the beast; who is able to make war with it?

At the end of times, in accordance with the Book of Revelation, The Beast will contain characteristics of each of these four beasts that Daniel saw in his dream and visions.

Dan 7:9-10 LITV

(9)  I was looking until the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of Days sat, whose robe was white as snow and the hair of His head like pure wool. His throne was like flames of fire, its wheels like burning fire.

(10)  A stream of fire went out and came out from before Him. A thousand thousands served Him, and a myriad myriads stood before Him. The judgment was set and the books were opened.

Here Daniel expressed how his attention was called at the moment of the casting down of thrones, let see what the Bible has to say about that particular.

Mat_19:28  And Jesus said to them, Truly I say to you, You who have followed Me, in the regeneration when the Son of Man sits on the throne of His glory, you also will sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

Mat_25:31  But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory.

Act_2:30  Being a prophet, then, and knowing that God swore with an oath to him that of the fruit of his loin, as concerning flesh, to raise the Christ to sit on his throne, see Psa. 132:11

Rev_3:21  The one overcoming, I will give to him to sit with Me in My throne, as I also overcame and sat with My Father in His throne.

Rev_4:2  And at once I became in spirit. And, behold, a throne was set in Heaven, and One sitting on the throne.

Rev_4:3  And the One sitting was in appearance like a jasper stone, and a sardius; and a rainbow was around the throne, in appearance like an emerald.

Rev_4:4  And around the throne I saw twenty four thrones, and on the thrones I saw twenty four elders sitting, having been clothed in white garments. And they had golden crowns on their heads.

Rev_4:5  And out of the throne come forth lightnings and thunders and voices. And seven lamps of fire are burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God;

Rev_4:6  and a glassy sea before the throne, like crystal. And in the midst of the throne and around the throne were four living creatures, full of eyes before and behind.

Rev_4:9  And whenever the living creatures shall give glory and honor and thanks to the One sitting on the throne, to the One living to the ages of the ages,

Rev_4:10  the twenty four elders fall down before Him sitting on the throne; and they will worship the One living to the ages of the ages, and will throw their crowns before the throne, saying,

Rev_5:1  And I saw on the right of the One sitting on the throne a scroll having been written within and on the back, having been sealed with seven seals.

Rev_5:7  And He came and took the scroll out of the right hand of Him sitting on the throne.

So Daniel eyes were brought from one point of attention to another, and after he sees the “thrones”, this is used as a plural noun, and all that I can say is to leave it to the Lord for the explanation of it, as the Word of God says, today in part we know…  It also continue saying that the “Ancient of Days sat”, and this name is in capital letters, this is without a doubt the descriptive name of the Only Living God, YAHWEH, The Beginning and The End.  If you read Revelation Chapter 4, you also will see how John described a similar vision of the Throne of God (see it in the above reference).  In verse 10 says that “the books were opened”, but which books, and by whom?

Rev_20:12  And I saw the dead, the small and the great, standing before God. And books were opened. And another Book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged out of the things written in the books, according to their works.

Dan 7:11-12 LITV

(11)  Then I was looking because of the voice of the great words which the horn spoke. I was looking until the beast was killed, and his body was destroyed and given to the burning flame.

(12)  And the rest of the beasts, their dominion was taken away. Yet length of life was given them for a season and a time.

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Rev_19:20  And the beast was seized, and with this one the false prophet doing signs before it, by which he led astray those having received the mark of the beast, and those worshiping its image. The two were thrown alive into the Lake of Fire burning with brimstone.

Rev_20:10  And the Devil leading them astray was thrown into the Lake of Fire and Brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet were. And they were tormented day and night to the ages of the ages.

As I had being meditating on this two above verse, Daniel is perplex by the way the little horn spoke, it is being said in the Bible that at the end times there will be blasphemers, read below:

2Ti 3:1-5 LITV

(1)  But know this, that in the last days grievous times will be upon us.

(2)  For men will be lovers of themselves, money-lovers, braggarts, arrogant, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

(3)  without natural feeling, unyielding, slanderers, without self-control, savage, haters of good,

(4)  betrayers, reckless, puffed up, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,

(5)  having a form of godliness, but denying the power of it; even turn away from these.

Daniel continue saying that he was looking until the beast was kill, of course he is referring to the fourth beast, the one with four wings, teeth of iron, with a frightening, terrifying and strong appearance with ten horns and a little one added to it, that beast was cast to the burning flame. Read the above reference in Revelation 19:20 and 20:10.

Dan 7:13-14 LITV

(13)  I was looking in the night visions. And behold! One like the Son of Man came with the clouds of the heavens. And He came to the Ancient of Days. And they brought Him near before Him.

(14)  And dominion was given to Him, and glory, and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion which shall not pass away, and His kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.

As I read verse 13, it did remind me of the Book of Acts:

Act 1:9-11 LITV

(9)  And saying these things, as they looked on, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him from their sight.

(10)  And as they were intently looking into the heaven, He having gone, even behold, two men in white clothing stood by them,

(11)  who also said, Men, Galileans, why do you stand looking up to the heaven? This Jesus, the One being taken from you into the heaven, will come in the way you saw Him going into the heaven.

In the sacrifice on the cross, Jesus our Savior paid our debts in full and all that we are waiting for is for His return to take us with Him.

Dan 7:15-16 LITV

(15)  I, Daniel, was distressed in my spirit amidst its sheath, and the visions of my head alarmed me.

(16)  And I came near one of those who stood by and asked him the truth of all this. And he told me and made me know the meaning of the things.

These verses are self-explanatory.

Dan 7:17-18 LITV

(17)  These great beasts are four, four kings; they shall rise up out of the earth.

(18)  But the saints of the Most High shall receive the kingdom and possess the kingdom forever, even forever and ever.

Here is the meaning of the four beasts, and as we discussed before hand, they are the four kingdoms we explained.

Dan 7:19-26 LITV

(19)  Then I wanted to know the truth of the fourth beast, which was different from all of them, very frightening, whose teeth were of iron and its nails bronze; who devoured and crushed, and trampled what was left with its feet,

(20)  also of the ten horns that were on its head, and the other which came up, and before whom three fell, even that horn that had eyes, and a mouth speaking great things, and its appearance was greater than his fellows.

(21)  I was looking, and that horn made war with the saints and overcame them,

(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.

(23)  And he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom on earth, which shall be different from all kingdoms, and shall devour all the earth, and shall trample it down and crush it.

(24)  And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings; they shall rise, and another shall rise after them. And he shall be different from the first, and he shall humble three kings.

(25)  And he shall speak words against the Most High, and he shall wear out the saints of the Most High. And he intends to change times and law. And they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and one half time.

(26)  But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his rulership, to cut off and to destroy until the end.

Here in verses 19 thru 26, which are the one that the angel of the Lord is given as an explanation to Daniel, the angel expressed few things not included in the explanation of events by Daniel before hand.

  1. One of the things is expressed by the angel of the Lord is that the beast had nails of bronze. This might mean that will be able to do more damage.
  2. Also that the small horn that grew on the beast, made war against the saints and overcame them, but “until” the Ancient of Days came.  Please keep very close attention to the preposition “until”, which define a condition to be met for such event to happen.
  3. He (the little horn) shall intend to change time (that is seasons) and law.  This is very important to me, and so should be for you also.  The only Law that God is interested on is the Mosaic Law and as we know the false prophet and the anti-christ will proclaim they to be the ones to give salvation and peace, misleading even to many of the elite of the saints of the Lord.

Mat_24:5  For many will come in My name, saying, I am the Christ. And they will cause many to be led astray.

Mat_24:23  Then if anyone says to you, Behold, here is the Christ! Or, Here! Do not believe.

  1. They shall be given in to the hands of the little horn for a time (one year), times (two years) and a half of time (half of a year), which is the same as the three and a half years of Tribulation in accordance with the Book of Revelation.

Rev_12:14  And two wings of the great eagle were given to the woman, that she might fly into the wilderness, to her place, where she is nourished there a time, and times, and half a time, away from the serpent’s face.

Dan 7:27-28 LITV

(27)  And the kingdom and rulership, and the greatness of the kingdom under all the heavens shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom. And all kingdoms shall serve and obey Him.

(28)  Until now is the end of the matter. As for me, Daniel, my thoughts terrified me much, and my face changed on me. But I kept the matter in my heart.

Amen and Amen to the One that is coming to Saves Us in His Name and His Name only Jesus our Lord.

Table of Correlation of Images in the Book of Daniel in PDF Format (Please Click on this Link until you will be able to see the Image in a PDF Format.)

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