Daniel's visions Act one
Daniel part one
I am in the process of rearranging all of my Hubs into one story line, (Daniels visions 1, 2,3 etc.) So some of you may have seen some of this before, hopefully this train of thought will be easier to follow. And posibly include a few issues that were not discussed earlier.
Most every theologian will agree that in order to understand the book of Revelation it is necessary to first understand the book of Daniel.
I will take it a step farther. I firmly believe that we must understand the prophesy in order to even begin to understand any and all scripture in their proper prospective. Before we discuss the book of Daniel we need to understand that around the year 625 BC , the prophet Jeremiah was sent to the people of Jerusalem with many warnings that if they did not repent and stop worshiping false gods the Lord was going to give them over to the King of Babylon. The people of Jerusalem didn't heed His word and the Lord did as He said that He would.
Daniel 1:1 - In the third year of Jehoiakim king of Judah came Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon unto Jerusalem, and besieged it.”
Nebuchadnezzar took the city. Many of the children of the king, princes and noblemen were taken back to Babylon. .
In the second year of Nebuchadnezzar’s reign over Judah he had a dream that disturbed him greatly
I will skip the repetitious verbiage and skip to the translation of this dream that was given to Daniel that he could inform the king of the matter.
Daniel 2:32 “This image’s head was of fine Gold, his breast and arms of fine silver, his belly and thighs of fine brass, His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay. Thou sawest until a stone was cut out without hands which smote the image upon its feet that were of iron and clay, and brake in pieces.”
Verse 37 tells us that Nebuchadnezzar was the head of gold and that after him shall arise another kingdom, inferior to the Babylonian kingdom. And after that, there will be a third kingdom that shall bear rule over all the earth. and the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron.
It is important that we realize that Babylon did not have dominion over the whole earth as we would think this to mean if said today. And when we discuss Daniels visions in the chapters to come, this reference of having dominion over the whole earth must be understood in like manner. "The Earth" in these verses can only be talking about the known civilized world as these Hebrews would have known it to be, or it is in reference to only the Holly land (Israel and Judah)
This is a key issue that has been misinterpreted by many modern theologians and teachers of the scriptures. They would have us to believe that these prophesy have not yet been fulfilled, because there has never been a king to gain dominion of the entire earth. They teach that these prophesy could not possibly have been fulfilled. This is wrong. These verses clearly identify the third kingdom as bearing rule over the whole earth. (Daniel 2:39)
This issue must be established in our mind or we miss the intended message. Before we even begin attempting to understand any of these prophesy, we must decide upon this issue. We must also always remember that during the time of the kings of the fourth kingdom, “a rock is cut out without hands ” a stone was cut out without hands which smote the image upon its feet that were of iron and clay, and brake in pieces.”
At that time God sets up a kingdom that shall stand forever. These two facts are the foundation out of which all prophesy that was spoken from that day forward must rest upon.
We might want to stop and ponder this concept before we read any farther ?
Approx forty years pass until Daniel records his vision (approx. 60 BC) Daniel 7:1 In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon Daniel had a dream and vision. (Belshazzar is Nebuchadnezzar’s grandson)
7:3 And four great beast came up from the sea, diverse one from another. The first was like a lion, and had eagles wings ... Theologians correlate the rest of the description in this verse to correspond with another dream that Nebuchadnezzar had, which was described in chapter four. But let's continue on.
Daniel 7:5 And behold another beast, a second like unto a bear, and it raised up itself on one side, and it had three ribs in the mouth of it; and they said thus unto it, arise Devour much flesh.
Daniel 7:6 After this I beheld and lo another, like a leopard, which had upon the back of it four wings of a foul; the beast had also four heads, and dominion was given to it.
After this I saw in the night vision, 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 beast that were before it, and it had ten horns. I considered the horns, and behold there came up among them another little 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 a man, and a mouth speaking great things.
Daniel 7:9 I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the ancient of days did sit... The next few verses describe God on his throne and those that serve him.
Verse 11 describes Daniel watching till the beast was slain and his body given to the burning flame
The most important issue stated above is that there is no doubt that these visions refer to the first four kingdoms that are given domion over that Hebrew Nation. The other details will become more reverant as the story continues to unfold.
These are the types of scripture that the Hebrews of the 1st century would have been reading. These establish a time frame in which they understand their prophesy to be fulfilled. The fourth kingdom to have received dominion over their Hebrew Nation had been in power for approx forty years before the birth of Jesus, and 70 years at the time of the crucifixion.
This nation had been aware of the fulfillment of prophesy when the second, third, and fourth kingdoms received their dominion over them. They were expecting a warrior king to come and save them. The second "King" of the fourth beast was in power at the time of the arival of Jesus. The priests were probably not expecting him until about the time of the fourteenth Emperor of Rome. This is the time that prophesy says that the new kingdom of God was to be set up. Jesus was earlier that they were expecting and he did not come in rideing a horse leading an army. They were confused.
As we can now look back in time, we see that they were wrong in the manner in which their Messiah was to enter into the world and set up his kingdom
The rest of the prophesy that concerns that Hebrew is yet to come.
Jesus, while he was alive and walked and preached among them,he spoke many times concerning prophesy yet to be fulfilled.
I will be discussing these conversations in great detail as we proceed through prophesy.
To Be Continued