Monday, July 6, 2009

Daniel, chapter 7

Chapter 7 of Daniel is another vision of the future very similar to chapter 2. In this vision, Daniel sees signs of four kingdoms that were to come after Babylon. Each kingdom was worse than the last, with the final kingdom being one that took over the entire earth. There is a strong allusion that this fourth and final kingdom is the one to come with the Antichrist, while the others have already come. This particular vision was so troubling that Daniel, someone who was incredibly in tune with God, was extremely troubled by what he saw.

23 "He gave me this explanation: 'The fourth beast is a fourth kingdom that will appear on earth. It will be different from all the other kingdoms and will devour the whole earth, trampling it down and crushing it. 24 The ten horns are ten kings who will come from this kingdom. After them another king will arise, different from the earlier ones; he will subdue three kings. 25 He will speak against the Most High and oppress his saints and try to change the set times and the laws. The saints will be handed over to him for a time, times and half a time.

26 " 'But the court will sit, and his power will be taken away and completely destroyed forever. 27 Then the sovereignty, power and greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven will be handed over to the saints, the people of the Most High. His kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, and all rulers will worship and obey him.'

28 "This is the end of the matter. I, Daniel, was deeply troubled by my thoughts, and my face turned pale, but I kept the matter to myself." – Daniel 7:23-28

I find it interesting that Daniel was troubled by a vision that included God’s ultimate victory. Daniel alludes to Christ’s appearance as the ultimate ruler that would overthrow this kingdom as well. It is a vision of hope again at a time when Israel was ruled in exile far from Jerusalem. It carries over to today when it looks like there is no hope, either.

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Bible Prophecy on the Web said...

The End-Time Role of the Four Beasts of Daniel chapter 7 -

The four beasts of Daniel chapter 7 have an end-time role AFTER the Sixth SEAL (Re.6:12-17).

The four beasts of Daniel chapter 7 are four kings who come up from the sea (Dan.7:3) arising out of the earth (Dan.7:17).

These four beasts/kings ascend from the bottomless pit once it has been opened at the Fifth TRUMPET, the First Woe (Re.9:1-2, 12). These four beasts/kings ascend out of the bottomless pit at the same time.

These four beasts/kings are "the transgressors" and are of a single nation with a plural kingdom (Dan.8:22-23).

AFTER the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up (Dan.8:23). He is the little horn (Dan.7:8), the false prophet. He also ascends from the bottomless pit (Re.11:7, Re.17:8, Isa.38:18, Ps.28:1).

The fourth beast of Daniel chapter 7 is seen in the book of Revelation as the beast of Revelation 13:1.

The little horn/false prophet is seen in the book of Revelation as the beast of Revelation 13:11, and he is also seen as the scarlet-colored beast once he sits in the temple of God showing himself that he is God (2 Thess.2:4).

The ten horns on the scarlet-colored beast’s head (Re.17:3) will have power as kings for ONE HOUR with the scarlet-colored beast (Re.17:12), one hour before the battle of Armageddon is fought (Re.19:11-21).

AFTER the battle of Armageddon, the first three beasts/kings of the four beasts/kings (Dan.7:3, Dan.7:17) will have their lives prolonged for a season and time beyond the destruction of the fourth beast/king and the false prophet at the battle of Armageddon (Dan.7:11-12, Re.19:20).

The spiritual opening of the bottomless pit (Re.9:1-2, Isa.38:18, Ps.28:1) is in the Dead Sea. The Dead Sea is outside of Jerusalem, and will be outside of that great city, the holy Jerusalem (Re.21:10) in the new earth. In the new earth there is no more sea (Re.21:1). In the new earth, all those who have transgressed against God will be looked upon (Isa.66:24, Re.14:10)

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