Daniels visions Act Two
Continued from Daniels Vision Part 1
Daniels Visions part 2
Daniel 7:11 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.
Daniel 7:12 And concerning the rest of the beasts, they had their dominion taken away; yet their lives were prolonged for a season and a time.
What could this be saying? I find the plural being used disturbing. The rest of the Beasts? This shouldn’t be talking about the 1st 2nd and 3rd kingdoms, because they had their dominion taken away long ago. Babylon lost its dominion to Persia. Persia had its dominion taken away by Greece. The Hebrews took dominion away from Greece (Hasmonean period)
So there has to be another explanation other that this applying to those prior kingdoms. This verse doesn’t say that the beast (fourth kingdom) was given to the fire. This verse says that the little horn was given to the fire. So I believe that it would be correct to say that “The Rest of The Beast” should have been interpreted in the singular form.
The fourteenth emperor died and the dominion was taken away from the Roman Empire The Roman Empires life was prolonged for a time and a season. Understanding for what a Time and a Season will be explained in the next chapter of Daniel. I will give you a hint. When the time and season is fulfilled the Byzantine Empire slips in gaining control of what had been the Roman Empire.
At that time; when the little horn is given to the burning flame; according to the next couple of verses, Jesus came to the Ancient of Days. And there was given him dominion and glory, and a kingdom that all people, nations, and languages should serve him in an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed. (Daniel 8:13 and 14)
How can this be? Up until this point the prophesy had been quite easy to follow as having been accomplished. I do not see this kingdom upon the face of the earth. Maybe the word “SEE” is the key to my statement. This must be an invisible kingdom of some kind? It could have to be in the hearts of believers, OR it could exists in an alternate dimension of this reality. I'm not going to enter into the theories of Quantum Physics, so lets just proceed and let this issue rest for now. It too may be revealed in prophesy not yet discussed.
For now we will discuss only what scripture actually says,
Before we continue to the next chapter though, there is one issue that needs to be to address before we do.
Gabriel’s’ interpretation of this vision was almost identical to the way that Daniel described it and I followed that train of thought in an effort of being too wordy saying little.
(7:25) Is one statement in Gabriel’s‘ interpretation that Daniel did not mention.
"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, times and the dividing of time".
Does this sounds familiar! The woman described in Revelation 12 is carried away for a time, times and a half where they shall feed her there, and she shall hide from the face of the serpent.
I believe that these two chapter and verses are speaking of the same fulfillment of prophesy.
We will be finding many other descriptions of this same event taking place within other prophesy. They will become evident as we come to them.
Lets move on to the next chapter.
Daniel 8:1 "In the third year of the reign of king Belshazzar (around 556 BC) a vision appeared unto me... (V 3) "Then I lifted up mine eyes, and saw, and behold, there stood before the river a ram which had two horns; and the two horns were high; but one was higher than the other, and the higher came up last".
(v 4) "I saw the ram pushing westward and eastward, and northward and southward; so that no beast might stand before him..... " "And as I was considering , behold, an he goat came from the west on the face of the whole earth, and touched not the ground; and the he goat had a notable horn between his eyes. And he came to the ram that had two horns, which I had seen standing before the river, and ran unto him in the fury of his power..." "... and there was none that could deliver him out of his hand"
(V 8) "Therefore the he goat waxed very great: and when he was strong, the great horn was broken; and for it came four notable ones toward the four winds of heaven.
(V 9) "And out of one of them came forth a little horn". This little horn is the same as the little horn that replaces three of the ten that was of the fourth beast as described in chapter seven
(V 10) "And it (the little horn) waxed great even to the host of heaven; and it cast down some of the host and of the stars to the ground, and stomped upon them".
(V 11) "Yea he magnified himself even to the prince of the host, and by him the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of his sanctuary was cast down.
Gabriel interprets Daniels vision
(V 19) "And he (the angel) said, Behold I will make thee know what shall be in the last end of the indignation; for at the time appointed the end shall be.
V 20) "The Ram which thou sawest having two horns are the kings of Media and Persia"
(V 21) "And the rough goat is the king of Grecia and that great horn that is between his eyes is the first king" (Alexander The Great)
(V 22) "Now that being broken, whereas four stood up for it, four kingdoms shall stand up out of the nation, but not in his power".
When Alexander died, his kingdom was divided and each of his four generals received one smaller kingdom, out of which these the "Little Horn" shall rise up.
In the second and seventh chapters of the book of Daniel the first three of the first four kingdoms to be given dominion over the earth are named. (As foretold in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream)
It would be unreasonable to come to any conclusion other than that The Roman Empire WAS the fourth kingdom mentioned in these previous visions.
Regarding the Hasmonean period. From about 170 BC; after Artaxerxes desecrated the temple by sacrificing a pig on the alter, the Hebrews revolted and won their independence, This period lasted for about 120 years until the Roman Empire roses to power, conquering the entire Mediterranean region.
Next we will be analyzing what is actually written in the ninth chapter, which I consider to be the most misinterpreted prophesy recorded in the bible