DANIEL Chapter Seven - Four Beasts of Daniel
(article first written in 2009 by Betty Matteson Rhodes)
1-2: In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon Daniel had a dream and visions in his head upon his bed: then he wrote the dream, and told the sum of the matters. Daniel spoke and said, I saw in my vision by night, and, behold, the four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea.
[Daniel was a young man from the tribe of Judah who had been taken captive to Babylon. Daniel is known for dream interpretations, his own dreams as well as those of others. King Belshazzar's first year as king was 555 BCE, so this chapter was written and/or occurred during that year - approximately 2,564 years ago.]
3: And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another.
[Daniel saw 4 beasts arise up from the sea - which indicates the Great Age of Pisces, which is a water sign implicated by the Sea. The Great Age of Pisces began approximately 146 B.C. and lasts for 2160 years. Subtracting 146 years BC from 2160 years suggests that approximately in the year 2014 AD the Age of Pisces will end. The 4 beasts were 'diverse' one from another. The Aramaic word for 'diverse' indicates altered, changed, or different. So, the beasts could be 'related' to each other in origin but altered in appearance, or changed in character one from the other or both.]
4: The first was like a Lion, and had Eagle's wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man's heart was given to it.
[To this verse also consider verse #17 ( 17: These great beasts, which are four, are four kings, which shall arise out of the earth.), which says these beasts represent earthly kings, or governmental powers on earth during the Age of Pisces. The LION beast rises up [from a reclining position] at the beginning of the Age of Pisces. The king representing the Lion is Julius Caesar as the power of ROME. Caesar was called the "Lion in the Capitol" by Cassius; moreover Caesar referred to himself as a Lion. The wings of an Eagle are represented by Constantine. The Lion beast received its first breathe of life with Caesar's First Triumvirate from the year 60 BCE. (A triumvirate is a political regime dominated by three men - in this case, Julius Caesar, Marcus Crassus and Pompeius Magnus). This Lion beast ruled for 360 years and then something spectacular occurred. The triumvirate of men was replaced by a trinity of 'gods'. The Lion [Rome] rose up in great exaltation by the [wings] of Constantine the Great. Constantine converted to Christianity around 306 AD and made Christianity the mandatory religion. With eagle’s wings the beast was then lifted up from the Earth, meaning it took on an appearance of holy divinity. The ability to rise up from the earth is made possible by the adopted Roman religion being Christianity, which gave the beast exalted power and perceived glory. Now the Lion stood up on its feet as a man and a man’s heart was given to it (Jesus). The two wings became the two divisions or 'legs' of the Roman Empire, the Eastern and the Western wings that rose to greater glory than any dominion or power had ever done before. The Lion beast lost its power in 476 AD, but the Wings held power longer and were known as the Byzantine Empire, which was the continuation of the Roman Empire centered at Constantinople and was ruled by Emperors in direct succession to the ancient Roman Emperors Daniel watched until the wings were plucked - this occurred in 1453 CE. At this time, Constantinople fell at the hand of Muslim Ottoman Turks - the wings of the eagle [Constantine] had at this time, been plucked.]
5: And behold another beast, a second, like to a bear, and it raised up itself on one side, and it had three ribs in the mouth of it between the teeth of it: and they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh.
[The BEAR beast begins with Charlemagne (742-814 CE) aka Charles the Great, the King of the Franks and Lombards from the Carolingians, who were Germanic tribal peoples. Not only was Charlemagne built like a Bear in size and stature, he rose up only on one side because he had a brother, Carloman 1st, with whom he shared dominion until 771 AD or CE when the death of his brother occurred. The 3 ribs in the Bear's mouth were the Lombards, Avar, and the Saxons. Charlemagne forced the Saxons into Christianity and then integrated them into his Empire, as he did the Lombards. Charlemagne was coronated as Emperor of Rome on December 25, 800 CE or AD, by the Roman Pope Leo III. Charlemagne became the Imperator Augustus of Western Rome and the rival of the Eastern Byzantine Empire. Thusly, the Bear is shown raised up (to power) on one side (Western). Charlemagne's Frankish Empire lasted until 843 CE followed by a vacancy as emperor until Otto 1st was crowned in 962 CE. Otto 1st took over as the Bear beast, which became the Holy Roman Empire made up of German Emperors. Otto 1st was from the House of Saxony. The "Holy" Roman Empire of Germanic rulers continued their reign until the year 1806 AD, at which time Napoleon put an end to the horrible unholy Empire. The 'Holy' Roman Empire was a brutal, fierce, murderous Empire that showed no mercy to the true Saints.]
6: After this I beheld, and lo another, like a leopard, which had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl; the beast had also four heads; and dominion was given to it.
[The LEOPARD beast represents the Protestant Reformation breaking away from the Catholic Church at Rome and Germany. The 4 heads were John Calvin, Martin Luther, John Wycliffe and Jan Hus. This Leopard beast was given dominion and four wings, which helped to carry their message of Reformation far and wide all across the globe as well as to the end of the Age. Notice how this beast seems benign compared to the other 3 beasts. And just as a Leopard has many spots, so too does the Protestant Reformation - as many spots as seen on a Leopard. The Protestant Reformation began in 1515 AD and literally flew across the globe and into the present century.
7 - 8: After this I saw in the night visions and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns. I considered the horns, and behold, there came up among them another little horn (an eleventh horn), before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man and a mouth speaking great things.
[Ah ha - the most DREADED and terribly powerful beast - what could be worse than the unHoly Roman Empire (Bear beast) you ask? This 4th beast. The Lion, the Bear, and Leopard beasts remain in existence right up until the coming of the 'Ancient of Days', albeit with limited power. Iron teeth like the Roman Lion, dreadful and terrible like the Holy Roman Empire, and diverse like the Leopard's spots. The 4th beast with its eleven horns is in existence and exercising great power when the Son of Man arrives in the clouds. The little horn comes up among the other horns and becomes a great power force prior to the end of days. Regarding the ten horns, the 'Club of Rome', a powerful organization that co-exists along with other such societies in the world that work behind the scenes on a global scale, has said, "We will divide the whole world into ten divisions for a ten-division global empire." Here you see the 10 horns divided into world sections:
1. NAFTA (America, Canada and Mexico)
2. The E.U. European Union, Western Europe
4. Australia, New Zealand, South Africa
5. Eastern Europe, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Russia and the former countries of the Soviet Union
6. Central and South America, Cuba, and Caribbean Islands
7. The Middle East and North Africa
8. The rest of Africa, except South Africa
9. South and Southeast Asia, including India
Three of the above horns will be plucked up by their roots compliments of the Little Horn who is exercising power around the time that the Ancient of Days arrives from the Heavens (verse #13), and it is at that time this entire fourth Beast is destroyed by the Ancient of Days. The 3 horns that are plucked up by the 11th horn may be the first three on the list above, since those are basically Christian nations (see verse below) where more than likely the Saints would be found. The Saints would be subject to this little horn for a time, times and half a time. So this little horn would hold control and subdue three of the 'horns' listed above. These 3 would be God's chosen people or Saints as Daniel calls them.
The Little Horn stays in power for 3 and a half 'times'. Verses 20 & 21 says:
'...and of the other (11th horn) which came up, and before whom three (horns) fell; even of that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spake very great things, whose look was more stout than his fellows. I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time'.
The destruction of the 4th beast and its horns pertains to the control and power it has over the saints - not the destruction of the Saints themselves. The Saints are innocent citizens and not responsible for what the horns and heads do unto the nations. The Saints must keep the faith even though they will go through a final testing that could be devastatingly difficult. From choosing between right and wrong, good and evil, righteous and unrighteousness, seemingly simple tasks, but after the 4th beast puts its multi-angled spin on these things, many of the Saints become confused and lose their way. They submit to the beast and will not be counted amongst the Saints.
This Little Horn will undoubtedly become a ruthless dictator with a hatred for Judeo-Christians. (Could be Barrack Hussein Obama as already he is one who speaks great things (personally I take this as referring to his continual lies upon lies and deceivement), and he exercises more power than any previous U.S. Presidents. He even tries to control power over the decisions of Congress and the Supreme Court. Comment added July 2014) Suffice it to say this eleventh horn has been hand-chosen for the position by the Club of Rome and other power societies behind the United Nations global think tank. We know which 3 horns he subdues - they are the Saints, which would be Judeo-Christian in faith. The little horn takes complete control over these three horns while exercising his power given to him by a beastly source that works behind the scenes, but alas, his days are numbered. It sounds as if he even wields more power than the other ten horns, with or without their permission.
9: I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire.
10: A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened.
11: I beheld then because of the voice of the great words which the horn spake: I beheld even till the beast was slain, and his body destroyed, and given to the burning flame.
12: As concerning the rest of the beasts, they had their dominion taken away: yet their lives were prolonged for a season and time.
13: I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and 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.
15: I Daniel was grieved in my spirit in the midst of my body, and the visions of my head troubled me.
16: I came near unto one of them that stood by, and asked him the truth of all this. So he told me, and made me know the interpretation of the things.
17: These great beasts, which are four, are four kings, which shall arise out of the earth.
18: But the saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever.
19: Then I would know the truth of the fourth beast, which was diverse from all the others, exceeding dreadful, whose teeth were of iron, and his nails of brass; which devoured, brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with his feet;
20: And of the ten horns that were in his head, and of the other which came up, and before whom three fell; even of that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spake very great things, whose look was more stout than his fellows.
21: I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against 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: Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.
24: And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.
25: And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.
26: But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end.
27: And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.
28: Hitherto is the end of the matter. As for me Daniel, my cogitations much troubled me, and my countenance changed in me: but I kept the matter in my heart.
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