11. DANIEL'S DREAM OF FOUR BEAST.
In the book of Daniel chapter 7, Daniel tells us he had a dream and visions in the head at night. For greater understanding of this dream of Daniel’s, I strongly suggest that first you read all of Daniel chapter seven. In that dream Daniel saw four great beast; all of them different.
Daniel 7:17 The great beasts, which are four, are four kings, which shall arise out of the earth.
Or as the N.I.V. says
The four great beasts are four kingdoms that will rise from the earth.
These beasts represent the same four world empires that are depicted in king Nebuchadnezzar’s dream of the large statue. (Verse 4) The first beast looked like a lion. This beast represents the empire of Babylon.
(Verse 5) The second beast looked like a bear. This beast represents the empire of the Medes and the Persians. Because the kingdom of Persia was greater than the kingdom of the Medes, the bear is raised up on one side. It has three ribs in its mouth between its teeth. This could be because the empire of the Medes and Persians covered the same area of land that will one day become the territory of three kings. The same three kings who will be dethroned by the anti-christ. Just as the bear is instructed, “Arise, devour much flesh,” so Satan will also instruct the anti-christ, before he conquers this same territory.
(Verse 6) The third beast, which looked like a leopard, represents the Greek Empire. Like a leopard, this beast struck fast and killed quickly. Its rise to a world conquering power was much faster than any of the other beasts.
The leopard has four wings on its back. By these wings the Greek Empire, is likened to something that can fly over the face of the whole earth, as it goes out to conquer the kingdoms of the world.
In Daniel 8:5, we read how the goat (which also represents the Greek Empire) “Came from the west, over the face of the whole earth without touching the ground.”
The leopard has four heads, while the goat has one notable horn, which is replaced by four notable horns. The four heads on the leopard and the four horns that later come up on the goat; represent the four kingdoms that came out of the Greek Empire.
(Daniel 7:7 – 8 & 19 – 25. Revelation 17:12 – 13 & 13:1 – 2)
The fourth beast, which was dreadful, terrible and exceedingly strong, will be the most dreadful of all the world empires ever, represents the Roman Empire that was and is yet to be. It is shown with ten horns.
Daniel 7:24 The ten horns that arise out of this kingdom are ten kings; and another shall rise after them; he shall be different from the first ones, and he shall subdue three kings.
Revelation 17:12 The ten horns which you saw are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but they shall receive power as kings one hour with the beast. 13 These are of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to the beast.”
The fourth beast was the Roman Empire, which is no more. But in a time yet to come, this beast will come back to life. This will come about by ten kings being raised up to receive authority as kings for one hour (a short time), over the ten kingdoms that will arise out of the same territory, that was once the Roman Empire.
These ten kings have one purpose in mind. Having each received a kingdom, within the hour they will crown the anti-christ as emperor, the supreme ruler over the kingdoms of the world. They will give the anti-christ their power and authority to rule over their kingdoms and their people for a period of seven years. They will place the anti-christ on Satan’s throne, which is in Pergamum (Rev. 2:13 & 13:2). Today the town of Pergamum, which is in Turkey, is known as Bergama.
As the supreme ruler, the anti-christ will not only rule over the affairs of state, he will also rule over all the religions of the world.
Daniel 11:36 Then the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the wrath has been accomplished: for what is determined shall be done. 37 Neither shall he regard the gods of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all.
The terms ‘time of wrath’, ‘days of great distress’, and ‘the days of vengeance’, are terms that are often used in an interchangeable way. In this passage, when it says that the anti-christ “shall prosper till the wrath has been accomplished, for what has been determined shall be done.” It is referring to ‘the days of vengeance’ spoken of by Jesus (Luke 21:22). A time when God’s wrath is upon the Jews; because of their rebellion against God and for their continual rejection of Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour.
This end time world empire will have many of the characteristics of the former world empires.
Revelation 13:2 And the beast which I saw was like a leopard, and his feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion: and the dragon (Satan) gave him his power, and his seat (Satan’s throne), and great authority. (Words in italics added)
Like the empire of the Greeks, (the leopard) the world empire will come into being very quickly, sweeping aside all opposition. It will have feet like the feet of the bear. This could be referring to the territories that were once controlled by the bear (the empire of the Medes and Persians). These are the same territories that will be the ruled over by the three end time kings, the kings of Turkey, Syria and Egypt, whom the anti-christ will de-throne. Although the anti-christ will rule over the ten kingdoms, he will have greater control of these three.
At the height of its power, the beast (the Roman Empire) covered what will become the territory of the ten end time kings. The ten kings will give their power and authority to the anti-christ for seven years. So for seven years this coming World Empire will more or less cover the same territory, as was covered by the Roman Empire 2,000 years ago.
At the height of its power the Roman Empire was divided in two; the East Roman Empire and the West Roman Empire, so it will be with the end time World Empire. The anti-christ will rule over the ten kingdoms, for the time of the seven-year covenant, then the Empire will be divided in two, with the anti-christ holding on to power and authority over the three eastern end time kingdoms of Turkey, Syria and Egypt, while the seven western kingdoms form the Southern European Alliance. There is nothing new under the sun, it has happened before, and it will happen again.
The beast will have a mouth like the lion (The Empire of Babylon). The people of Babylon looked upon their king as the supreme ruler over both the affairs of state and religion. It was believed that the king sat on God’s throne as the ruler over all the kingdoms of the world, and that when he spoke; he spoke with the power and authority of God. Therefore when the king of Babylon spoke from the throne, the words of his mouth were considered as unchangeable law.
The anti-christ too, will be looked upon as the supreme ruler over both the affairs of state and religion. Although he will sit on Satan’s seat, with Satan’s power and authority, his subjects will worship him as the one who sits on God’s throne, and as one who speaks with the power and authority of God. Therefore, just like the king of Babylon, when the anti-christ speaks from the throne, the words of his mouth will be considered as unchangeable law.
This form of government, better known as emperor worship or king worship, has been the most dominant form of government throughout the history of mankind. It is as old as the Egyptian Empire, whose kings were worshiped as the Son of God. It is as new as the Japanese Empire, whose emperor is still worshiped as the Son of God. In between there have been many kings with power and authority over both the affairs of state and religion, who have either been worshiped as God, the Son of God, or as the one who sits on God’s throne as ruler over the kingdoms of the world. This is Satan’s throne, the same throne that Satan offered to Jesus Christ, when he offered Jesus all the kingdoms of the world to rule over (Matthew 4:8 – 9). In the lasts days Satan, the dragon, will give to the anti-christ his power, and his seat (Satan’s throne), and great authority (Rev 13:2).
Daniel 7:21 I watched, and the same horn (the anti-christ) made war against the saints (the Jews), and prevailed against them, 22 until the Ancient of Days (God) came, and judgment was given in favour of the saints of the Most High (God), and the time came that the saints to possess the kingdom.
Daniel 25a He (the anti-christ) shall speak great words against the Most High (God), and shall afflict (persecute) the saints of the Most High (God),
Daniel 25b (The anti-christ) shall think to change times and laws. (Words in italics added.)
It is most likely, that the anti-christ will be of a faith that neither accepts the Christian calendar, nor Judeo-Christian laws. Therefore when his army occupies Israel, it will be his intention to change times and law. Thus the anti-christ will try to impose on the Jews (and any Christians who happen to be in Israel) the times and laws of his faith, including the worship of the anti-christ, as either God, the Son of God, or the one who sits on God’s throne as ruler over the kingdoms of the world.
Daniel 25c And they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and half a time.
That is the same, as saying the saints shall be given into the hand of the anti-christ for three-and-a-half-years.
The anti-christ, having gained all power and authority over the ten kingdoms of the world, and having de-throned the kings of Turkey, Syria and Egypt, will then turn on the nation of Israel and make war against the saints. Once he has conquered the people of Israel, he will “sit as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God” (2 Thessalonians 2:4). This is the setting up in the temple of the abomination that causes desolation.
From that day, the anti-christ will have a mandate to rule over the people of Israel, for the remaining three-and-a-half-years of the seven-year covenant which he made with the ten kings of the world.
So the saints are given over to the anti-christ by the kings of the world, for three-and-a-half-years. However, after this time, the anti-christ will not give up Satan’s seat, and will remain in power and authority over the eastern part of the World Empire until he is removed by force of arms.
Daniel 7:26 But the court shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and destroy until the end. 27 And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole sky, shall be given to the people, the saints of the Most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey Him.'
After the forces of the anti-christ have occupied Israel for three-and-a-half-years, the court will sit, for the purpose of taking dominion and power away from the anti-christ. But will this court be in the sky or on earth? I believe at this time, two courts, one in the sky and one on earth will gather, both for the purpose of taking away dominion and power from the anti-christ.
Let us look at the earthly court first, for there will be a parallel between the earthly court and the court in the sky. Therefore if we understand the earthly court, we will better understand the court in the sky. The earthly court will be a world court, involving at least the seven remaining kings of the ten kings that gave dominion and power to the anti-christ seven-years before.
We need to consider:
• How long will it take for the seven kings to come together?
• How long will they wait for the anti-christ, to see if he is willing to give up his dominion and power?
• How long will it take the seven kings to agree on a new leader, to lead them in war against the anti-christ?
Then once the court has agreed to these things:
• How long will it take the new leader to raise an army to fight the anti-christ?
• How long will there be a standoff between these two forces?
What I am trying to say is this; we know that the world court will not meet on the last day of the seven-year covenant. We can go further than that and say, no world court will even be called until the anti-christ has overstayed the seven-year covenant. Then it will take time to gather the kings of the world together, and even if they agree on the first day to remove the anti-christ by force. It will take time to agree on the composition of their forces, to agree on who will lead them against the anti-christ, and time to gather this force together.
In the natural, we know this will not happen overnight. Even if things move very quickly, it will take months, it could even take years. And it will be no different with the court in the sky and the action it takes to remove the anti-christ from his position of dominion and power.
According to Daniel chapter 7:25 – 27, the court in the sky (just like the world court) will not sit until after the seven-year covenant is completed. Let us now look at the court in the sky and the delays in the whole process from start to finish.
Daniel 7:9 “I watched till thrones were put in place, and the Ancient of Days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of His head was like pure wool. His throne was a fiery flame, its wheels a burning fire. 10 A fiery stream flowed forth from before Him, a thousand thousands ministered unto him; ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him. The court was seated, and the books were opened.
Delay Number One, is a delay in the thrones (possibly including the twenty four elders in the sky) coming together, the thousands of angels who minister to God and the ten thousand times ten thousands of angels who stand before Him. Only once all these have gathered, will God (The Ancient of Days) be seated. Then the court will be seated and the books opened.
How do we know that this will not all just happen in the twinkling of an eye? Because before Daniel tells us all this he said, “I watched till.” In other words this all took time, and during this time Daniel watched till it had all happened.
Then once the court is seated, there are more delays in which Daniel continues to watch.
Daniel 7:11 “I then watched because of the voice of the great words which the horn (the anti-christ) was speaking. I watched till the beast (The world Empire and the anti-christ) was slain, and its body destroyed and given to the burning flame. (Words in italics added)
Delay Number two, is while the court takes time to come to its judgement of the beast. During this delay, Daniel ‘watched because of the voice of the pompous words which the’ anti-christ ‘was speaking.’
Delay Number three, is the delay between the court coming to its judgment to slay the beast, and this judgment being carried out. During this delay, Daniel ‘watched till the beast was slain.’
According to Revelation 19:19 – 21 the beast will not be thrown into the lake of fire until after the battle of Armageddon. According to Revelation 16:14 – 16, this battle will take place on that great day of God. In other words, the battle of Armageddon will take place on The Last Day.
It is not until after all these delays that Daniel, while still watching, sees Jesus Christ coming in the clouds of the sky, and approaching God the Father, to receive dominion, glory and a kingdom that shall never pass away.
Daniel 7:12 “As for the rest of the beasts, they had their dominion taken away, yet their lives were prolonged for a season and a time.”
As the beast is not slain until the last day; for the other beasts to have their power taken away, yet their lives prolonged, means that these other beasts having been stripped of their power and authority will continue into the 1,000-year reign of Jesus Christ.
Daniel 7:13 I saw visions in the night, and I looked and saw, coming with the clouds of the sky one like the Son of man, and he came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. 14 And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, 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.
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