Dreams & Visions (Part 1): The Golden Head

This is the first in a series that I will be writing over the next few months to help my readers understand the importance of prophecies given to Daniel by the Lord God concerning the times in which we are now living. My prayer is that MANY individuals will read, learn from, research and comment on them as they are posted. Then pass them along to others. — Paula Meiners Yingst

The God of heaven spoke through a dream concerning the future …

(Based on Daniel 1-2, New International Version and BibleGateway.com)

To understand what God has planned for our future, we need to study prophecy that has been fulfilled in the past.

Daniel’s life experience as a captive in Babylon for 70 years, shows that Almighty God doesn’t leave us in the dark concerning His overall plans for the future. So let’s go back to “the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah” for insight from Daniel concerning a very tense situation:  

“And the Lord delivered Jehoiakim king of Judah into [Nebuchadnezzar’s] hand, along with some of the articles from the temple of God. These he carried off to the temple of his god in Babylonia and put in the treasure house of his god.”

In other words, the God of heaven maintained control throughout Daniel’s journey. (And don’t miss the fact that God can use ANYONE HE CHOOSES to accomplish His purposes!)

A summary of the situation: Daniel was a member of the royal family of Judah, chosen for service to the king of Babylon because of his handsome appearance, his aptitude for learning, and his ability to quickly grasp information. He went through three years of Babylonian training, plus “God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning, and Daniel could understand visions and dreams of all kinds.”

Daniel surpassed ALL of the kingdom’s magicians and enchanters in every matter of wisdom and understanding! In the second year of Nebuchadnezzar’s reign, when the king was unable to sleep, he called upon Daniel to interpret the dream that was troubling his mind. 

Here’s how Daniel handled the delicate problem …

2:27 Daniel replied, “No wise man, enchanter, magician or diviner can explain to the king the mystery he has asked about, 28 but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries. He has shown King Nebuchadnezzar what will happen in days to come. 

“Your dream and the visions that passed through your mind as you were lying in bed are these:

2:31 “Your Majesty looked, and there before you stood a large statue—an enormous, dazzling statue, awesome in appearance. 32 The head of the statue was made of pure gold, its chest and arms of silver, its belly and thighs of bronze, 33 its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of baked clay. 34 While you were watching, a rock was cut out, but not by human hands. It struck the statue on its feet of iron and clay and smashed them.35 Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver and the gold were all broken to pieces and became like chaff on a threshing floor in the summer. The wind swept them away without leaving a trace. But the rock that struck the statue became a huge mountain and filled the whole earth.”

Daniel was pointedly humble about his ability to interpret the dream …

He said, ” … the revealer of mysteries showed you what is going to happen. As for me, this mystery has been revealed to me, not because I have greater wisdom than anyone else alive, but so that Your Majesty may know the interpretation and that you may understand what went through your mind.”

Then Daniel explained the meaning of the prophecy concerning the statue’s golden head

2:37  “Your Majesty, you are the king of kingsThe God of heaven has given you dominion and power and might and glory; 38 in your hands he has placed all mankind and the beasts of the field and the birds in the sky. Wherever they live, he has made you ruler over them all. You are that head of gold.”

Some historical insight …

Nebuchadnezzar is included in the list of  “75 Ancient People You Should Know” by Ancient/Classical History Expert, .  God used him to fulfill the words of the prophet Jeremiah: 

The Lord, the God of their ancestors, sent word to them through his messengers again and again, because he had pity on his people and on his dwelling place. But they mocked God’s messengers, despised his words and scoffed at his prophets until the wrath of the Lord was aroused against his people and there was no remedy. He brought up against them the king of the Babylonians, who killed their young men with the sword in the sanctuary, and did not spare young men or young women, the elderly or the infirm. God gave them all into the hands of Nebuchadnezzar. He carried to Babylon all the articles from the temple of God, both large and small, and the treasures of the Lord’s temple and the treasures of the king and his officials.  They set fire to God’s temple [built by Solomon] and broke down the wall of Jerusalem; they burned all the palaces and destroyed everything of value there.

“He carried into exile to Babylon the remnant, who escaped from the sword, and they became servants to him and his successors until the kingdom of Persia came to power. The land enjoyed its sabbath rests; all the time of its desolation it rested, until the seventy years were completed in fulfillment of the word of the Lord spoken by Jeremiah.” (2 Chronicles 36:15-21)

Nebuchadnezzar’s reign was symbolized by the head of goldHe was the son of a Chaldean chief who led a revolt against Assyrian rule in 626 B.C., proclaimed himself king of Babylon, and succeeded in overthrowing the Assyrian Empire — which captured and dispersed the northern kingdom of Israel, in fulfillment of prophecy — and destroying Nineveh, in alliance with the Medes and Scythians. According to The Encyclopedia of World Biography, “The last years of Nebuchadnezzar’s life were clouded by family strife, and he left no strong successor: his son was overthrown by a usurper after reigning only 2 years.”

THINK ABOUT IT: King Nebuchadnezzar started out strong, but by the time his life ended his resolve had been weakened by debilitating family issues! Gold was the most precious metal during the 6th and 7th centuries B.C. The head of the statue was the highest point of authority and power. But Nebuchadnezzar failed to remain at the top.
Coming next … Part 2: The Chest and Arms of Silver
 

Dreams & Visions (Part 2): The chest and arms of silver

THE GOD OF HEAVEN SPOKE THROUGH A DREAM CONCERNING THE FUTURE …

(Based on Daniel 1-2, New International Version and BibleGateway.com)

A summary of Part 1: The head of gold …

To understand what God has planned for our future, we need to study prophecy that has been fulfilled in the past.

Daniel’s life experience as a captive in Babylon for 70 years, shows that Almighty God doesn’t leave us in the dark concerning His overall plans for the future. So let’s go back to “the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah” for insight from Daniel concerning a very tense situation:  

“And the Lord delivered Jehoiakim king of Judah into [Nebuchadnezzar’s] hand, along with some of the articles from the temple of God. These he carried off to the temple of his god in Babylonia and put in the treasure house of his god.”

Daniel was a member of the royal family of Judah, chosen for service to the king of Babylon because of his handsome appearance, his aptitude for learning, and his ability to quickly grasp information. He went through three years of Babylonian training, plus “God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning, and Daniel could understand visions and dreams of all kinds.

In the second year of Nebuchadnezzar’s reign, when the king was unable to sleep, he called upon Daniel to interpret the dream that was troubling his mind.

Daniel explained the meaning of the prophecy concerning the statue’s golden head …

Your Majesty, you are the king of kingsThe God of heaven has given you dominion and power and might and glory; 38 in your hands he has placed all mankind and the beasts of the field and the birds in the sky.Wherever they live, he has made you ruler over them all. You are that head of gold.” (Daniel 2:37-38)

Follow this link for historical insight on Nebuchadnezzar and the statue’s head of gold: https://prophecyconnections.wordpress.com/2015/10/20/dreams-visions-and-such-part-1-the-golden-head/

Daniel continued his prophecy …

 “After you, another kingdom will arise, inferior to yours.” (Daniel 2:39)

Daniel didn’t say much about this second kingdom, but in retrospect, history has A LOT to say …

SOME HISTORICAL INSIGHT …

After the Babylonian “head of gold” came the Persian empire. The Persians under their various kings, including Cyrus (who allowed the people of Judah to return to Jerusalem in the time of Ezra and Nehemiah) swept away the Babylonian empire in 536 B.C. They are the “chest and arms of silver.” — Wayne Blank (http://www.keyway.ca)

John F. Walvoord adds details about the combined Medo-Persian Empire:

Toward the end of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar, the Persians began to become a powerful force and under Cyrus II Media was conquered in 549 b.c. and was combined with the empire of the Persians to form Medo-Persia. The combined strength of the Persians and the Medes led to conquest of Babylon in 539 b.c., with the resulting extension of their empire over much of the Middle East.” (Source: https://bible.org/seriespage/6-medes-and-persians)

As we can see, scholars don’t always agree on specific historical dates for the rise and fall of kingdoms, BUT the fact remains that a combined kingdom of lesser strength — represented by the silver arms of the statue — conquered the once mighty Babylon!

The Medes are first mentioned in Scripture by Isaiah:

Behold, I [the Lord God] will stir up the Medes against them [the Babylonians] (Isaiah 13:17) … And Babylon, the glory of the kingdoms … shall be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah. (Isaiah 13:19)

The Lord God also spoke through the prophet Jeremiah concerning the destruction of Babylon:

Make bright the arrows; gather the shields: the Lord hath raised up the spirit of the kings of the Medes: for his device is against Babylon, to destroy it; because it is the vengeance of the Lord, the vengeance of his temple. (Jeremiah 51:11)

God used the Babylonians to punish the Jews for their “stiff-necked” stubbornness in refusing to listen to the prophets he sent to warn them of impending judgment. The kingdom of Babylon took dominion over Jerusalem away from those for whom it was intended — the descendants of Abraham through his grandson Jacob (a.k.a. Israel). 

God used the Medo-Persian kingdom to restore Jerusalem to the Jews.

But that renewed ownership was temporary.

COMING NEXT … PART 3: THE BELLY AND THIGHS OF BRONZE

 

 

 

Dreams & Visions (Part 3): Belly and thighs of bronze

To understand what God has planned for our future, we need to study prophecy that’s been fulfilled in the past …

THE GOD OF HEAVEN SPOKE THROUGH A DREAM CONCERNING THE FUTURE …

(Based on Daniel 1-2, New International Version and BibleGateway.com)

In Parts 1 and 2 of Dreams and Visions, we learned that Daniel was summoned to stand before King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon and describe the king’s troubling dream….

Daniel said: “Your Majesty looked, and there before you stood a large statue—an enormous, dazzling statue, awesome in appearance. The head of the statue was made of pure gold, its chest and arms of silver, its belly and thighs of bronze,  its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of baked clay. While you were watching, a rock was cut out, but not by human hands. It struck the statue on its feet of iron and clay and smashed them. Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver and the gold were all broken to pieces and became like chaff on a threshing floor in the summer. The wind swept them away without leaving a trace. But the rock that struck the statue became a huge mountain and filled the whole earth.  (Daniel 2:31-35)

Then Daniel explained the meaning of the dream. We’ve explored the symbolism and historical significance of the head of gold and the arms and chest of silver in Parts 1 & 2. Now let’s look at the “belly and thighs of bronze,” which are sculpted in a metal of lesser value than the gold and the silver portrayed on the statues’s upper body….

“This was the dream, and now we will interpret it to the king. Your Majesty, you are the king of kings. The God of heaven has given you dominion and power and might and glory; in your hands he has placed all mankind and the beasts of the field and the birds in the sky. Wherever they live, he has made you ruler over them all. You are that head of gold.

“After you, another kingdom will arise, inferior to yours. Next, a third kingdom, one of bronze, will rule over the whole earth” (Daniel 2:36-39)

Just as Daniel said very little about kingdom #2 (the Medo-Persian empire), he didn’t say much about the third kingdom. But he did make the point that this kingdom would “rule over the whole earth.” Since he was not aware of exactly how big the whole earth was at that point, we can conclude that he was talking about the entire earth that was known at that time.

That kingdom in history was the Greek Empire, and it wass overwhelming to try and research this period in history for an article such as this. But I did find this interesting story about the first time that Alexander the Great encountered the Jews …

During his military campaign against Persia, Alexander takes a detour to the south, conquering Tyre and then Egypt via what is today Israel. Alexander is planning to destroy the Temple, egged on by the Samaritans who hate the Jews There is a fascinating story about Alexander’s first encounter with the Jews of Israel. (Who were until that time subjects of the Persian Empire).

The narrative concerning Alexander’s first interaction with the Jews is recorded in both the Talmud (Yoma 69a and in the Jewish historian Josephus’s book Antiquities XI, 321-47.) In both accounts the High Priest of the Temple (in the Talmudic narrative he is Shimon HaTzaddik—the last surviving member of the Men of the Great Assembly) in Jerusalem, fearing that Alexander would destroy the city, goes out to meet him before he arrives at the city. The narrative then describes how Alexander, upon seeing the High Priest dismounts and bows to him. (Alexander rarely, if ever, bowed to anyone.) In Josephus’s account, when asked by his general, Parmerio, to explain his actions he answered: “I did not bow before him but before that God who has honored him with the high Priesthood; for I saw this very person in a dream, in this very apparel.”

Alexander interpreted the vision of the High Priest as a good omen and thus spared Jerusalem and peacefully absorbed the Land of Israel into his growing empire….

So Alexander the Great does not destroy the Temple. And he listens when Shimon HaTzaddik tells him that the Jews are not enemies of the Greeks but the Samaritans are…. As a result, the Jews are given free rein to go trash the Samaritans, which they promptly go out and do. … The Jews continue to flourish as a separate and distinct entity for 165 years – a rare phenomenon in the Hellenistic world. (Source: http://www.simpletoremember.com/articles/a/the_greek_empire/)

During the time of Jesus’ ministry, Jews and Samaritans hated each other and were amazed when Jesus told them to love one another!

COMING NEXT … PART 4: The legs of iron and unusual feet!

Dreams & Visions (Part 4): Legs of iron and unusual feet!

THE GOD OF HEAVEN SPOKE THROUGH A DREAM CONCERNING THE FUTURE …

(Based on Daniel 1-2, New International Version and BibleGateway.com)

In Parts 1, 2 and 3 of Dreams and Visions, we learned that Daniel was summoned to stand before King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon and describe the king’s troubling dream….

Daniel said: “Your Majesty looked, and there before you stood a large statue—an enormous, dazzling statue, awesome in appearance. The head of the statue was made of pure goldits chest and arms of silverits belly and thighs of bronze,  its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of baked clay. While you were watching, a rock was cut out, but not by human hands. It struck the statue on its feet of iron and clay and smashed them. Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver and the gold were all broken to pieces and became like chaff on a threshing floor in the summer. The wind swept them away without leaving a trace. But the rock that struck the statue became a huge mountain and filled the whole earth.”  (Daniel 2:31-35)

We’ve explored the symbolism and historical significance of the head of gold (Babylonian Empire), the arms and chest of silver (Medo-Persian Empire), and the belly and thighs of bronze (the Greek Empire). Now let’s look at the “legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of baked clay.”

“Finally, there will be a fourth kingdom, strong as iron—for iron breaks and smashes everything—and as iron breaks things to pieces, so it will crush and break all the others. Just as you saw that the feet and toes were partly of baked clay and partly of iron, so this will be a divided kingdom; yet it will have some of the strength of iron in it, even as you saw iron mixed with clay. As the toes were partly iron and partly clay, so this kingdom will be partly strong and partly brittle. And just as you saw the iron mixed with baked clay, so the people will be a mixture and will not remain united, any more than iron mixes with clay.” (Daniel 2:40-43)

Daniel gave much more information about the fourth kingdom, which would rise up and conquer the third kingdom — the Greeks — than he did about the others. He also added this:

In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever. This is the meaning of the vision of the rock cut out of a mountain, but not by human hands—a rock that broke the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver and the gold to pieces. … The dream is true and its interpretation is trustworthy.” (Daniel 2:44-45)

So the main points are …

  • A kingdom strong as iron; will crush and break the other kingdoms into pieces.
  • A divided kingdom; partly strong and partly brittle.
  • The people will be a mixture and will not remain united.

The kingdom that followed the fall of the Greek Empire was the Roman Empire.

“The Roman Empire, at its height (c. 117 CE), was the most extensive political and social structure in western civilization. By 285 CE the empire had grown too vast to be ruled from the central government at Rome and so was divided by Emperor Diocletian into a Western and an Eastern Empire. The Roman Empire began when Augustus Caesar became the first emperor of Rome (31 BCE) and ended, in the west, when the last Roman emperor, Romulus Augustulus, was deposed by the Germanic King Odoacer (476 CE). In the east, it continued as the Byzantine Emperor [Empire] until the death of Constantine XI and the fall of Constantinople to the Ottoman Turks in 1453 CE. The influence of the Roman Empire on western civilization was profound in its lasting contributions to virtually every aspect of western culture.” (Source: http://www.ancient.eu/Roman_Empire/)

Bible scholars point out that prophecy says, “In the time of those kings.” The statue’s ten toes are thought to represent ten kings. But there is no verifiable historical record of ten specific kings having been in power during this time period, and the God of heaven, obviously, has NOT set up his eternal kingdom as of yet.

So, that brings us to another dream. This time Daniel actually experienced the dream himself, and it was all about four beasts. And here is where many prophecy experts part ways concerning the “kingdoms” they represent!

COMING NEXT … PART 5: The first of four great beasts!

 

 

Dreams & visions (Part 5) The first great beast!

THE GOD OF HEAVEN SPOKE THROUGH DREAMS CONCERNING THE FUTURE …

(Based on Daniel 1-2 and 7, New International Version and BibleGateway.com)

In the past 4 studies, we’ve looked at the “future past” that was foretold through a dream experienced by King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. This happened shortly after a majority of the Jews from Israel’s southern kingdom of Judah were given into captivity by the Lord God, due to the people’s collectively rebellious behavior and prideful attitude toward the commands that God had given Moses centuries earlier.

Daniel was also taken into captivity, but he was considered superior to the others in physical appearance and intellect. And Daniel had a God-given ability to determine the meanings of dreams. All of that is detailed in Daniel 1-2. Nebuchadnezzar’s dream foretold the existence and domination of five great kingdoms that would arise upon the earth: the Babylonian Empire, the Medo-Persian Empire, the Greek Empire, the Roman Empire, and finally “a kingdom the God of heaven will set up; a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever.”

Prophecy was historically fulfilled with the rise and fall of the first three kingdoms and with the rise of the Roman Empire. That fourth kingdom, arguably, was never literally conquered. And it has influenced the scope and direction of the global political landscape involving ALL KINGDOMS that have come into play into modern times.

Obviously, the final kingdom, which will be established by the Lord God, has not yet arrived. But, it was foretold a second time in the Book of Daniel! And though many Bible scholars agree that these four beasts also represent the first four kingdoms made known in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, others say, “Not so fast!” I’m among those who believe that the four beasts represent four more kingdoms that would appear on the stage of world history.

Let’s start with the first seven verses of the passage of scripture where this prophecy is found:

Daniel writes: “In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon, Daniel had a dream, and visions passed through his mind as he was lying in bed. He wrote down the substance of his dream.

Daniel said: ‘In my vision at night I looked, and there before me were the four winds of heaven churning up the great sea. Four great beasts, each different from the others, came up out of the sea.

The first was like a lion, and it had the wings of an eagle. I watched until its wings were torn off and it was lifted from the ground so that it stood on two feet like a human being, and the mind of a human was given to it.

And there before me was a second beast, which looked like a bear. It was raised up on one of its sides, and it had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth. It was told, “Get up and eat your fill of flesh!”

After that, I looked, and there before me was another beast, one that looked like a leopard. And on its back it had four wings like those of a bird. This beast had four heads, and it was given authority to rule.

After that, in my vision at night I looked, and there before me was a fourth beast—terrifying and frightening and very powerful. It had large iron teeth; it crushed and devoured its victims and trampled underfoot whatever was left. It was different from all the former beasts, and it had ten horns.'” (Daniel 7:1-7)

Daniel’s FIRST Beast
A Lion With Eagle’s Wings

by Ken Raggio

Daniel 7:4 – “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.”

Lion - Eagle Wings

Again, the million-dollar question is this: “Where is a modern empire symbolized by a lion?” Here is the answer: Great Britain. Now there have been many nations that have utilized the lion as a symbol. But in modern times, the lion is most clearly associated with Great Britain – the largest empire in modern times. In recent memory, it could be said that “the sun never sets on the British Empire.” The British Lion is universally recognized. It has appeared on the Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom since King James VI of Scotland ascended to the English throne in 1603. It also appears on several national emblems and flags. Another British symbol, lady “Britannia,” is depicted riding the back of a lion. The lion symbol is depicted behind Britannia on the British fifty pence coin and a lion is shown crowned on the back of the British ten pence coin. A lion is also used as a symbol on the non-ceremonial flag of the British Army. 

What about the eagle’s wings that were plucked?

Again, there are few symbols more easily recognizable in the world today than the American Eagle. But how can the American Eagle be associated – connected with – the British Lion? That is an easy answer. The United States of America was originally a colonial territory of Great Britain. But IT WAS PLUCKED UP from the British Empire when the citizens of the thirteen original American colonies wrote and signed The Declaration of Independence in 1776, declaring their independence and BREAKING AWAY FROM the British Crown – King George III. 

Herein is a most wonderful fulfillment of ancient Bible prophecies. TWO-THOUSAND FIVE-HUNDRED YEARS AGO, the prophet Daniel envisioned the Declaration of Independence, which any educated person knows is one of the most important documents ever written in the history of mankind. It was the founding document of what is arguably the greatest nation that ever existed! And Daniel saw it!

After the wings of the eagle were plucked from the British Lion, “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,” Daniel 7:4. After 1776, and the rise of the United States of America, Britain became the largest empire in history.

(Source: http://kenraggio.com/KRPN-Four-Beasts-Of-Daniel.html)

While I’m not sure about the truth in ALL of Raggio’s statements on his website, I do agree with this portrayal of the first beast prophecy. It makes the most sense in context with the progression of Daniel’s writings and their historical representations.

I think that Bible scholars who have taught and still believe that the four parts of the statue and the four beasts both represent the first four kingdoms have not factored in events that came along later on the historical timeline.

COMING NEXT … PART 6: The second great beast!

Dreams & Visions (Part 6): The second great beast!

If you would like to catch up with Parts 1-6 in this series, link to: https://prophecyconnections.wordpress.com/category/daniel-prophecy-past-and-future/

THE GOD OF HEAVEN SPOKE THROUGH DREAMS CONCERNING THE FUTURE …

(Based on Daniel 1-2 and 7, New International Version and BibleGateway.com)

Here is Ken Raggio’s take on the second beast described in Daniel 7 …

Daniel’s SECOND Beast
A Bear With Three Ribs In Its Mouth

by Ken Raggio

Daniel 7:5 – “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.”

Wikipedia says that “the Russian Bear is a national personification for Russia, used in cartoons and articles at least since the 19th century, and relating alike to Tsarist Russia, the Soviet Union and the present post-Soviet Russia.” It is often used by Westerners, especially Britain and the US, often with the connotation that Russia is “big, brutal and clumsy.” Now, Russians themselves have taken up with the bear image. A bear named “Misha” was Russia’s mascot at the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games. A bear is the symbol of the United Russia Party, which is a major force in Russian politics. Coincidentally, the NAME of the President elected in 2008, Medvedev, is a form of a word meaning “bear.”

So there is no doubt whatsoever. The bear, in modern times is universally known as RUSSIA.

But here is ANOTHER MAGNIFICENT CLUE that Russia is indeed the bear.

The bear raised itself up on one side and had three ribs in its mouth. THIS EVENT WAS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT EVENTS IN MODERN HISTORY. It was the meeting of the world’s three most powerful nations in YALTA – on the SOUTHERN-MOST SIDE of RUSSIA. Joseph Stalin, Czar of Russia, met with Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of Britain, and Franklin D. Roosevelt, President of the United States.

Bear

The Yalta Conference – 1945 – at the close of WWII

Here is what the prophecy said…

“…it raised up itself on one side, …and THEY SAID thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh,” Daniel 7:5.

In order to bring World War 2 to a close, these three superpowers failed to liberate the nations that the Soviets had recently annexed in war.

As a result, most of the Eastern Block countries became part of the Soviet Socialist Republics – eastern Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Romania, Albania and East Germany. The photo below shows the Russian Bear on April 30, 1945, as the Soviets stormed the German Reichstag Parliament building, hoisting the Hammer & Sickle over Berlin, Germany. … 

If taking control of SIX NATIONS at one time isn’t “devouring much flesh,” I cannot imagine what would be.

But it was actually worse than that.

Bear Devours

The RUSSIAN BEAR devoured FAR MORE THAN EASTERN EUROPE, because Russia birthed a SOCIALIST WORLD GOVERNMENT that day.

FDR had been unbelievably naive about Stalin’s evil intentions, and did not believe Stalin would be so aggressive. Roosevelt’s assistant, Alger Hiss, drafted the CHARTER for the UNITED NATIONS. The impetus for the UNITED NATIONS WAS BORN THAT DAY. The official logo of the UN was patterned after the RUSSIAN LOGO (see graphic).

But in the following months, Alger Hiss was accused and convicted of being a COMMUNIST RUSSIAN SPY. The plan and Charter for the United Nations was created by an agent for Joseph Stalin! In stark reality, the United Nations is a Socialist Global Government!

The Communists not only devoured Eastern Europe after Yalta. They effectively devoured the world, when they created the United Nations! Time will soon tell just what a Socialist tyranny is rising to power at the UN!

If you look at it close enough, you will conclude for yourself that the UNITED NATIONS is a Socialist entity. It was created by Communists, and today is predominantly Socialist from top to bottom. Socialism DEVOURED THE WORLD with the birth of the UNITED NATIONS.

UN - Alger Hiss

(Source: http://kenraggio.com/KRPN-Four-Beasts-Of-Daniel.html)

Disclaimer: I do not agree with everything Ken Raggio states in this article, only what I have posted.

COMING NEXT … PART 7: The third  great beast!

Dreams & Visions (Part 8): The fourth (and most terrifying) beast!

If you would like to catch up with Parts 1-7 in this series, link to: https://prophecyconnections.wordpress.com/category/daniel-prophecy-past-and-future/

THE GOD OF HEAVEN SPOKE THROUGH DREAMS CONCERNING THE FUTURE …

(Based on Daniel 1-2 and 7, New International Version and BibleGateway.com)

I’m going to veer away now from Ken Raggio’s teachings that I shared in Parts 5-7 and go back to scripture, because I feel that most Bible scholars and prophecy “experts” have run ahead of God in their commentaries regarding the historical fulfillment of the fourth beast kingdom.

Daniel wrote:

“After that, in my vision at night I looked, and there before me was a fourth beast – terrifying and frightening and very powerful. It had large iron teeth; it crushed and devoured its victims [Remember the fourth kingdom in Nebuchadnezzar’s statue dream? “… there will be a fourth kingdom, strong as iron—for iron breaks and smashes everything—and as iron breaks things to pieces, so it will crush and break all the others] and trampled underfoot whatever was left. It was different from all the former beasts, and it had ten horns.

“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.

“As I looked,

“thrones were set in place,
    and the Ancient of Days took his seat.
His clothing was as white as snow;
    the hair of his head was white like wool.
His throne was flaming with fire,
    and its wheels were all ablaze.
A river of fire was flowing,
    coming out from before him.
Thousands upon thousands attended him;
    ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him.
The court was seated,
    and the books were opened.

“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.)” (Daniel 7:7-12)

Let’s summarize the basic characteristics of the fourth beast:

  • Terrifying
  • Powerful
  • Large iron teeth
  • Crushed and devoured its victims
  • Trampled the remains
  • Different from the former three
  • Had ten horns (symbolic of power)

Would you agree that this kingdom seems similar to the Roman Empire with its IRON-like strength and CRUSHING insensitivity toward its victims? Since the Roman Empire was never technically conquered, and we can still see evidence of its influence in modern western culture — in the way America’s government is structured, for example, and in the attire of the Statue of Liberty — could the fourth beast with “large iron teeth” be an extension of the kingdom represented by “the legs of iron” on Nebuchadnezzar’s “enormous” statue?

Could the ten toes on Nebuchadnezzar’s dream statue have a connection to the ten horns that Daniel saw on the fourth beast in his dream? Notice: there was nothing on the statue that could be construed as symbolizing the “little horn” that appeared among the “ten horns” on the fourth beast. In my opinion, that is confirmation that the man represented by the “little horn with eyes of a human being” would not appear during the time of the first four kingdoms — Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece or Rome. Instead he will appear AFTER the first three beast kingdoms — Great Britain / America, Russia, and Germany — have lost their power.

According to Daniel’s prophecy, the fourth beast kingdom will be: terrifying, powerful, strong, and ruthless. It will “trample what what has been built and acquired by Great Britain, America, Russia and Germany. It will be “different” — something that we have never seen before in recorded modern history.

Daniel did not need to speculate about the meaning of the four beasts he had seen in his dream …

“I, Daniel, was troubled in spirit, and the visions that passed through my mind disturbed me. I approached one of those standing there and asked him the meaning of all this. So he told me and gave me the interpretation of these things: ‘The four great beasts are four kings that will rise from the earth.’ (Daniel 7:15-17)

“‘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. The ten horns are ten kings who will come from this kingdom.‘” (Daniel 7:23-24a)

Interestingly, John speaks of seeing a beast with ten horns during his vision of the Revelation from Jesus Christ. It is described in Chapter 17 …

[John speaking] “Then the angel carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness. There I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns…. The ten horns you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but who for one hour will receive authority as kings along with the beast. They have one purpose and will give their power and authority to the beast.” (Revelation 17:3, 12-13)

Once again — as with Nebuchadnezzar’s dream interpretation and Daniel’s vision of the four beasts — clues are given as to the meaning of the cryptic language used in the prophecy. And this one leads back to Rome.

  • The seven heads are seven hills on which the woman sits. ” (Researcher and author Dave Hunt writes: “Only one city has for more than 2000 years been known as the city on seven hills. That city is Rome. The Catholic Encyclopedia states: ‘It is within the city of Rome, called the city on seven hills, that the entire area of Vatican State proper is now confined.‘”)

I’ll let you come to your own conclusions.

COMING NEXT … PART 9: The “Little Horn” (the coming global ruler)

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