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THE GOD OF HEAVEN SPOKE THROUGH DREAMS CONCERNING THE FUTURE …
(Based on Daniel 1-2 and 7, New International Version and BibleGateway.com)
In this series we have explored Daniel 2 and 7, plus a prophecy connection in Revelation 17. I encourage my readers to follow the link above if you need to catch up with the details concerning 8 major “kingdoms” that have dominated the known world at different times in recorded history, which were foretold to the prophet Daniel. They include: Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, Rome, Great Britain / America, Russia, and Germany.
Each one of those powerful entities had an impact on the nation of people who were chosen by God for the specific purpose of bringing about GOD’S ALTERNATIVE FOR SIN AND DEATH — redemption through the death and resurrection of his Son, Messiah Jesus. That nation is Israel, named after the grandson of Abraham, also known as Jacob. After nearly 2000 years of diaspora (being dispersed throughout the world after Jerusalem’s destruction in 70 A.D.), the descendants of Jacob were once again declared a nation (in 1948) in the land given to them by the Lord God:
And God said to [Jacob], “I am God Almighty; be fruitful and increase in number. A nation and a community of nations will come from you, and kings will be among your descendants. The land I gave to Abraham and Isaac I also give to you, and I will give this land to your descendants after you.” (Genesis 35:11-12)
In Daniel 2, the first four “kingdoms” were foretold. Here is how the fourth kingdom was described:
” … this will be a divided kingdom; yet it will have some of the strength of iron in it … this kingdom will be partly strong and partly brittle.… the people will be a mixture and will not remain united, any more than iron mixes with clay.” (Daniel 2:41-43)
Scholars have concluded that this is a description of The Roman Empire. Interestingly, that kingdom’s influence can still be seen in our modern world, which has “some of the strength of iron,” is “partly strong and partly brittle,” and the people are “a mixture” of cultures, races and languages who, arguably, are not united for the most part. (Of course, we could say that the Internet and global communication in general has united the world. But what will happen one day when that connection is interrupted for some diabolical reason?)
The latter three “kingdoms” foretold in Daniel 7, include: Great Britain / America, Russia, and Germany. All four were involved in World Wars I and II, which were catalysts for bringing the Jews back to their Promised Land. These three are described as “beast kingdoms.”
The fourth beast kingdom was described to Daniel as “terrifying and frightening and very powerful. It had large iron teeth; it crushed and devoured its victims and trampled underfoot whatever was left.” (Similar to the description of Rome: “for iron breaks and smashes everything—and as iron breaks things to pieces.”) The fourth beast kingdom was “different from all the former beasts, and it had ten horns“ which represent “ten kings who will come from this kingdom.“ (Remember the TEN TOES on the statue in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream?)
One thing that is specifically “different” about this kingdom is the presence of “a little horn” (remember that “horn” represents political power in this case, and apparently this person starts out with a small amount of authority).
Here is how Daniel described that segment of his vision …
(7:8) “While I was thinking about the horns, there before me was another horn, a little one, which came up among them; and three of the first horns were uprooted before it. This horn had eyes like the eyes of a human being and a mouth that spoke boastfully…. 11 “Then I continued to watch because of the boastful words the horn was speaking. I KEPT LOOKING UNTIL THE BEAST WAS SLAIN AND ITS BODY DESTROYED AND THROWN INTO THE BLAZING FIRE. (The other beasts had been stripped of their authority, but were allowed to live for a period of time.) …
(7:19) “Then I wanted to know … about the other horn that came up, before which three of them fell—the horn that looked more imposing than the others and that had eyes and a mouth that spoke boastfully. 21 As I watched, this horn was waging war against the holy people and defeating them, 22 until the Ancient of Days came and pronounced judgment in favor of the holy people of the Most High, and the time came when they possessed the kingdom.
23 “He gave me this explanation: ‘The fourth beast is a fourth kingdom that will appear on earth…. 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 holy people and try to change the set times and the laws. The holy people will be delivered into his hands for a time, times and half a time [one year, two years and half-a-year or 3 1/2 years].“
I’m not going to speculate about the identity of the little horn. But this does give us a heads up about what to be watching for:
- A kingdom ruled by 10 KINGS that will somehow be infiltrated by AN ELEVENTH KING.
- He will “subdue” three of the 10 original kings.
- He will speak against the Most High God.
- He will oppress God’s holy people.
- He will try to change God’s set times and laws.
In Revelation 13:1-7, John described a “beast” that has similar characteristics to “the little horn”…
(13:5) “The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise its authority for forty-two months. 6 It opened its mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling place and those who live in heaven. 7 It was given power to wage war against God’s holy people and to conquer them.“
Another possible prophecy connection appears in Daniel 9:27 …
“He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven’ [seven years]. In the middle of the ‘seven’ [3 1/2 years] he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And at the temple [“holy place”] he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.”
Jesus referred to this event when he was addressing his disciple’s question about “the end of the age” …
“So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,‘ spoken of through the prophet Daniel—let the reader understand— then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains…. For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again.” (Matthew 24:15-22)
It may seem like we are at the threshold of the Second Coming, but when we look at the prophecy connections in Scripture, it’s possible to recognize that, though the stage is being set, the key players have not yet taken their places for the purpose of fulfilling Bible prophecy.
And all of these prophecies must be fulfilled before God will establishes His final kingdom.
COMING NEXT … PART 10: The Everlasting Kingdom!