DANIEL 7 – Part 2
We read about the monstrous Roman Empire last time in verse 7. It was the most powerful world empire that this world has known. It broke in pieces and devoured everything in its path to greatness. What it did not own, it crushed with it feet, spoiling it. It was dreadful, terrible and strong exceedingly. It acted beastly especially to the Jews.
As terrible as it was, the worst is yet to come in the last phase of the Roman Empire. In the latter stage of this empire, it had 10 horns, which it did not have when Daniel first saw it come up out of the sea (the Gentile nations V. 3). It was not divided in power at the first for it was strong and fierce and diverse from all others. It never could be said that it had 10 horns before it deteriorated from within. Then it resulted in the part iron and part clay phase. The strong Roman Empire had ceased to exist. It must rise again, so we see the same beast with 10 horns, a divided kingdom develops.
The 10 horns are not to be confused with the 10 toes of Nebuchadnezzar’s image. Because 3 of these horns are plucked up and we don’t have 3 toes plucked off. These horns are an earlier stage than the toes are. The toes are at the very end, when the rock cut out without hands falls on the toes and crushes them. So the toes are at a latter time than these horns are. These horns represent kings (horns always speak of power in prophetic language). So these are nations that are in harmony with the revived Roman Empire or we could say, what is left of that Empire; a confederacy of united European nations. In the last several years there has been changes and it is till changing. It is for God’s purposes in the end time. We don’t know all that will take place, but we do know He lifts nations up and tares nations down. He does His will among them. They think they are so smart and are doing this and that, making treaties and working out things, but it is all going to fall in a hole.
V. 8 – “I (Daniel) 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 man, and a mouth speaking great things.” This is the Antichrist before whom 3 horns are pluck up by the roots never to come back again. So 7 horns are left. They no doubt are the 7 kings that John saw in vision in Rev. 17:10 which will rule over the 7 heads of mountains that is kingdoms at the beginning of the 7 years of tribulation. John saw this 7 headed empire arising out of the troubled sea.
Rev. 13:1, “And I (John) stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea (the unstable Gentile nations), having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.” V. 2, “And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.” It is a conglomeration, a little bit of all these world systems, all in one. V. 3, “And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.” This is not the same beast of V. 1. This beast of V. 3 is the Antichrist that they will run after.
So out of the 7 horns left of the 10 horns, one of the heads not one of the horns will be wounded unto death, the Antichrist.
Rev. 17:9, “And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth. And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.” Out of the 7 heads he will come and be killed and raise from the dead. V. 11, “And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.” V. 12, “And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.” A lesser body of nations.
Back to Daniel 7:8, the little horn came up in the place of the plucked up 3 horns. This horn will “have eyes” of discernment and ability to deal with people. Chapter 13 of Revelation tell of his special discernment and special mouth. He is different from other people because he is empowered by Satan. He had eyes like the eyes of man and a mouth speaking great things.
Dan. 7:9, “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.” Here Daniel sees a heavenly scene, the throne of Christ. It is set in place in Rev. 4:2-3.
Out of His throne comes lightening, thunders and voices, the judgments of God – Rev. 4:5. A new name is given Him, “the Ancient of days,” it is 3 times in this chapter – Vs. 9,13,22. Fulfilling the prophecy of Isa. 9:6. “The everlasting Father.” Today Jesus sits at His Father’s right hand interceding. But there in coming a day when he will get up from His Father’s throne and be seated on His own throne. Gentile times end when Jesus the Jew sits down on His throne. The Gentile nations are not going to want to give up their place of ruling the world,” so He will take it by force. Tribulation will begin, the world is judged. A description of tribulation time is covered from Revelation chapter 5 to 19.
“Whose garment was white as show” speaks of His holiness and righteousness in every way. “The hair of his head like the pure wool,” wool in taken from sheep; a wonderful picture of the honor the overcoming sheep will give to the Lord Jesus Christ. Honoring Him as their head, giving Him the headship that is rightfully due unto Him. “Hair” in scripture also speaks of weakness. We see Calvary is this. II Cor. 13:4, He was crucified through weakness, yet He liveth by the power of God. “His throne was like the fiery flame” He can pour out judgment because He is ruling as God, almighty, the Everlasting Father, The Ancient of days. “His wheels as burning fire” speaks of a cycle of time in Ezek. 1, and here we have the cycle of God’s judgment. II Thess. 1:8, “In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Heb. 12:29, “For our God is a consuming fire.”
Dan. 7:10, “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.” It only takes His divine presence to defeat all the forces of the devil. He defeated the Devil through His word. He was victorious in every way. The overcomers will be ministers calling forth His judgments in the book of Revelation. “Thousands thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand” speaks of an astronomical amount. And agrees with Rev. 5:11 (an innumerable amount) “Stood before Him” they have a standing before Him, “Judgment was set” in other words it is unchangeable. Jn. 5:27, all judgment has been given unto Him, because He is the Son of man. He will reign as God Almighty, yet He will judge as Man. He has the authority to judge because He the Lamb of God was slain. “The books were opened” it is the book of judgments sealed with 7 seals (Rev. 6) the opening of each seal releases judgment upon the world. He keep accurate books and His judgments are just because He is just.
Daniel 7 to be continued in the next issue