The Meaning Of
The Four Beasts In Daniel's Dream
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Daniel 7:1-28 contains the account of a dream that Daniel the prophet had. This dream is extremely relevant to us today, because it refers to current events, namely, current empires that will face Jesus Christ at Armageddon. Because of its AMAZING accuracy and significance, we NEED to understand the meaning of Daniel's dream. Here is what we know.
First, Daniel saw FOUR WINDS striving on the great sea.
Soon after Belshazzar came to power in Babylon, Daniel dreamed a very disturbing dream. He wrote it down and told what he saw. The first thing he saw was FOUR WINDS striving on the great sea. These winds correspond to the FOUR HORSEMEN of Revelation 6 and Zechariah 6:5, "These are the four spirits [http://kenraggio.com/KRPN-CathComCap.htm] of the heavens, which go forth from standing before the Lord of all the earth." The great sea represents the human masses in the last days. "The waters which thou sawest, ...are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues," Revelation 17:15.
Daniel 7:2 - "I saw in my vision by night, and, behold, the four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea."
Daniel saw four great beasts come up from the sea.
While the four great WINDS blew upon the great sea of humanity, Daniel saw four great BEASTS coming up from the sea. Grieved and troubled, Daniel asked for "the truth of all this." "These great beasts, which are four, are FOUR KINGS, which shall arise out of the earth. But the SAINTS of the MOST HIGH shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever."
This is a VERY IMPORTANT FACT!
The event referred to in that verse is the Second Coming of Jesus Christ with all His saints to the Battle of Armageddon, where He will finally conquer all kings and kingdoms and set up HIS KINGDOM for 1000 years on earth - the "Millennial Kingdom of Christ," as some call it.
Therefore, the TIME-FRAME in which Daniel's Four Beasts appear MUST BE the LAST DAYS immediately before the Second Coming of Jesus. Consequently, it is worthless to interpret these verses using ANCIENT KINGDOMS THAT NO LONGER EXIST!
Daniel dreamed of four great kingdoms that necessarily EXIST ON EARTH at the time of the Second Coming of Jesus.
Daniel 7:3 - "Four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another."
We will get into the specific details of the identity of the Four Beasts later. But first, let us consider what the Four Beasts are.
The Four Beasts:
1. A Lion with Eagle's Wings
2. A Bear
3. A Four-headed Leopard with wings of a fowl
4. A Dreadful Beast
The Four Beasts of Daniel 7 - What they CANNOT represent.
The vast majority of all Bible commentaries and teaching material will tell you that the Four Beasts in Daniel's dream are the same four empires that are mentioned in Nebuchadnezzars statue: namely, Babylon, Persia, Greece and Rome. Most of these commentaries were written decades ago, if not centuries ago, long before modern events began to fulfill these prophecies. It would have been IMPOSSIBLE to identify these nations as we now can, as recently as one century ago!
What Daniel's Four Beasts CANNOT be...
Most so-called prophecy teachers will tell you that Daniel's beasts represent the same nations depicted in the great STATUE OF NEBUCHADNEZZAR.
They say that the
1. LION is ancient BABYLON
2. BEAR is ancient MEDO-PERSIA
3. LEOPARD is ancient GREECE
4. DREADFUL BEAST is ancient ROME
That interpretation cannot possibly be accurate, and here is why:
In Nebuchadnezzar's dream, each level of the great statue represented an empire. From one empire to the next, they were SUCCESSIVE empires - they followed one another. The Babylonian Empire was conquered by Persia, which was conquered by Alexander the Great and the Grecians, which was conquered by Rome.
In the end of Nebuchadnezzar's imagery, ONLY the IRON AND CLAY FEET were crushed by a Rock, symbolizing JESUS CHRIST at Armageddon. The earlier empires had already passed from the scene.
But ALL FOUR of Daniel's Four Beasts are said to be IN POWER - IN EXISTENCE - when Jesus returns!
These Four Beasts CANNOT be the ancient kingdoms of Babylon, Persia, Greece and Rome - as most Bible commentators and teachers assert. Here is why:
At Armageddon, Daniel saw that the OTHER THREE BEASTS "had their dominion taken away: yet their lives were prolonged for a season and time. (7:12)"
It is perfectly clear that the Fourth Beast is a modern kingdom in power when Jesus comes, because the "little horn" on that beast, "made war with the saints, and prevailed against them; 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," Daniel 7:21-22.
So what does this show and prove?
It proves that Jesus Christ will NOT confront ancient Babylon, ancient Persia, ancient Greece, or ancient Rome at His coming.
He will confront EXISTING MODERN NATIONS at Armageddon.
These PROPHECIES absolutely MUST refer to MODERN NATIONS.
These nations will be stripped of their powers at Armageddon, yet they will continue to exist, "their lives were prolonged for a season and time." That could NOT be true if the LION is ancient Babylon, or if the BEAR is ancient Persia, or if the LEOPARD is ancient Greece, or if the DREADFUL BEAST is ancient Rome.
1. We must identify a MODERN nation symbolized by a LION.
2. We must identify a MODERN nation symbolized by an EAGLE.
3. We must identify a MODERN nation symbolized by a BEAR.
4. We must identify a MODERN nation symbolized by a LEOPARD.
5. We must identify a MODERN GLOBAL government that fits the description of the DREADFUL BEAST.
We MUST identify these Four Beasts in modern times. The prophecies can only be true if these nations can be identified at the time of the coming of Jesus Christ for the Battle of Armageddon.
The Seven Trumpets of Revelation
What are they? Have they sounded?
Subject: World War I - Nuclear Disaster and Casualties at Chernobyl - Global Dimming - Gulf War - World War III - The 2nd Coming of Jesus Christ
Trumpets were used throughout the history of the nation of Israel as an instrument for making announcements. Holy days were announced with trumpets. Trumpets gave the call to war. The sounding of a trumpet signified an important event.
John described seven trumpets that would sound prior to the second coming of Jesus Christ.
The seven trumpets are seven major warnings from God.
I believe that the first five trumpets have already sounded, and the sixth is sounding even as I write this.
The seventh trumpet is the last trumpet, and will call saints of all ages to the first resurrection and rapture of the Church.
Therefore, since the seventh trumpet is the rapture, all the others must occur before Jesus comes back. We should be able to identify the first six trumpets already.
I will briefly share with you some of the key points of this interpretation because I believe they are worthy insights that all students of the Bible and prophecy should consider.
If they are correct, and I think they are, then the vast majority of Bible prophecy is already complete.
Take note of the fact that each trumpet is a MAJOR event in the last days. This gives us reason to believe that they are truly prophetic signs from God.
Remember that Jesus taught that all the signs of the endtime would occur within the last generation. Therefore, it is logical that one generation would live to see (or hear) all the seven trumpets. I think we are living in that generation.
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