Biblical Prophecy and Daniel IV

As I wrote in the previous article we will gain further insight into Daniel 7 when we look at the New Testament book of Revelation. The book of Daniel lays the blue-print of Biblical prophecy or the skeleton while Revelation adds the meet to the bones. Let’s take a look at a few passages from Revelation to see what further insights we can gain. Revelation 13:1-9 is the first passage that we will consider. Before we begin, as a way of review, let’s compile what we have learned so far.

a. Head of fine gold = Lion = Babylonian Empire

b. Breasts and arms of silver = Bear = Medo-Persian Empire

c. Belly and thighs of bronze = Leopard = Greek Empire

d. Legs of iron = Beast = Roman Empire

2 Feet and 10 toes of iron and clay = 10 horns (kings)

1 horn arises and subdues 3 of the 10

the 1 horn speaks out against God and persecutes the Jews for 3 ½ years

e. Stone = Mountain = Ancient of Days = God’s kingdom

Set up during the time of the 10 kings and the 1 king

Never ending physical kingdom

And the dragon stood on the sand of the seashore. Then I saw a beast coming up out of the sea, having ten horns and seven heads, and on his horns were ten diadems, and on his heads were blasphemous names. And the beast which I saw was like a leopard, and his feet were like those of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. And the dragon gave him his power and his throne and great authority. I saw one of his heads as if it had been slain, and his fatal wound was healed. And the whole earth was amazed and followed after the beast; they worshiped the dragon because he gave his authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast, and who is able to wage war with him?” There was given to him a mouth speaking arrogant words and blasphemies, and authority to act for forty-two months was given to him. And he opened his mouth in blasphemies against God, to blaspheme His name and His tabernacle, that is, those who dwell in heaven. It was also given to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them, and authority over every tribe and people and tongue and nation was given to him. All who dwell on the earth will worship him, everyone whose name has not been written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who has been slain. If anyone has an ear, let him hear. (Revelation 13:1-9)

Picture2 This revelation begins with a dragon standing by the seashore. We have seen the sea mentioned before (Daniel 7). The 4 beasts came out of the “great sea” or Mediterranean Sea. Now the dragon, who is called Satan in other places in the book of Revelation, calls a beast out of the sea. Do you see the parallels with Daniel 7 yet? Look further at how the beast is described. It has 10 horns. Where have we seen 10 horns before? That is correct; the 4th beast in Daniel’s dream had 10 horns. The 10 horns also have 10 crowns on the horns which a crown is a representation of royalty so the 10 horns are 10 kings/kingdoms. The beast looks like a leopard, has feet like a bear and a mouth like a lion. Where have we seen this mentioned before? You guessed it, Daniel 7. The beast also has 7 heads. What could the heads represent? If you think back to the number of Empires that have dominated Israel you will quickly see that there have been 6 and that there is 1 to come. Let’s count them: Egyptian, Assyrian, Babylonian, Medo-Persian, Greek, Roman and the one to come will rise up out of the former Roman Empire. Interestingly enough one of the heads looked as if it had been slain yet the fatal wound was healed. The world thinks that the Roman Empire was slain and will never be again yet as the EU comes together we see the next empire rising up out of the seemingly dead Roman Empire. He was given a mouth to speak arrogant words and blasphemies. Where have we seen this before? The horn that rose up out of the 10 in chapter 7. He Picture1 has authority for 42 months, which is 3 ½ years. Where have we seen 3 ½ before? In Daniel 7, time, times, and ½ time. He opens his mouth and blasphemes against God as did the horn/man of Daniel 7.

As you remember, during the time of the 10 kings and the 1 king God establishes His kingdom on earth. Let’s continue on in Revelation 19 to see how this will play out. This is speaking of future events even for us today.

He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him on white horses. From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty. And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.” Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, and he cried out with a loud voice, saying to all the birds which fly in midheaven, “Come, assemble for the great supper of God, so that you may eat the flesh of kings and the flesh of commanders and the flesh of mighty men and the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them and the flesh of all men, both free men and slaves, and small and great.” And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies assembled to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army. And the beast was seized, and with him the false prophet who performed the signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image; these two were thrown alive into the lake of fire which burns with brimstone. (Revelation 19:13-20)

This is when Christ returns to physically put His feet on the earth for the second time in human history. As we see, He is not coming alone. Remember that the horn/man who speaks out against God and persecutes the Jews will do so for 3 ½ years. As we will see in a later article, the 3 ½ years come as the second half of a 7 year period. This is important to understand because when Christ comes He comes with specific people, the armies of heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean after the great tribulation that is coming upon the whole earth. They come with Christ out of heaven. Jesus will strike the nations with the sword and He will then rule the nations (all of them over the whole earth).

All of the nations will gather together to fight against the Lord Jesus; from kings to slaves both great and small. The beast that came out of the great sea and the false prophet are there to battle against Christ. They are both seized and thrown into the lake which burns with brimstone. The armies of the nations will loose and the birds will gather together for a feast, to feast on the flesh of the kings of the earth. The question is, which side will you be on? Will you be with Jesus Christ or with the nations? If you are with Christ now then you will be with Him then but if you are not with Him now then you will not be with Him then. The choice is yours so choose the winning team now so you can celebrate the victory then. In the next article we will discover new insights on the Grecian Empire from Daniel chapter 8.

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21 comments on “Biblical Prophecy and Daniel IV

  1. Listen, people everywhere…
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  2. You did nothing, just repeated the same stuff over and over again like a parrot. When I asked specific questions, you answered none of them, just went on ranting. That is why I had to start blocking you.

    • No. you’re confused, Erik. But I’ll try once again.

      I am walking a fine line with you and this verse keeps coming to mind as I dialogue with you.

      4 Do not answer a fool according to his folly, Or you will also be like him. (Proverbs 26)

      But then, I am reminded of another verse.

      5 Answer a fool as his folly deserves, That he not be wise in his own eyes. (Proverbs 26)

      That is the only reason I even answer your absurd assertions.

      I am not “scientifically illiterate” as you claim. In fact, I am well educated, receiving two different degrees from two different secular universities. Having a difference of opinion about the information presented does not make one illiterate. In fact, a truly educated person knows HOW to think instead of being spoon fed WHAT to think.

      You refer to my “accomplishments”, would you care to elaborate?

      I have answered the question about Joseph’s father with logic, cultural context and the rules of composition, things which you have proven that you know nothing about.

      I do not have “my” interpretation of the Bible. I have tried to explain to you that there are rules to interpreting any form of literature. You are obviously not aware of these rules and it is clear that you have not been trained. I learned the laws of composition from those two secular universities that I mentioned earlier. These laws are applicable to any literature, including the Bible. Ignorance of something on your part is not a justifiable excuse.

      A creationist and an evolutionist have the same scientific “fact”. The difference is the interpretation of those facts. The interpretation will be filtered through the world view of the person. Like it or not, you have a world view to which you hold and filter all information through. We may both see the same information but our interpretation of that info will depend on our different worldviews. I know that this is difficult for you to understand but please try.

      I am not selling anything. I do not benefit more or less based on a person believing or not believing. Again, you have made many assumptions (based on your worldview no doubt) and you need to learn to think for yourself, to see things as they are instead of how you believe they are.

  3. Darwinian evolution cannot meet the requirements of the scientific method. It cannot be reproduced in the lab 😉

    • Unless you think that the Earth is flat and the planets and Sun revolve around the Earth and that dogs don’t exist, then I think you better study up on the scientific method yourself.

      • Where did I claim that the Earth is flat? Or that the sun revolves around the earth? Come on bro, try a little harder than this.

    • Of course I don’t think that you think the Earth is flat. You’re missing my point.

      You said: “Darwinian evolution cannot meet the requirements of the scientific method. It cannot be reproduced in the lab.”

      That’s just not true. There are many things, in fact most things, that we know of as scientific facts that we can’t reproduce in the lab.

      The Oxford English Dictionary defines the scientific method as: “a method or procedure that has characterized natural science since the 17th century, consisting in systematic observation, measurement, and experiment, and the formulation, testing, and modification of hypotheses.”

      We know how many breeds of dogs exist because we can observe them and catalogue them. We know the Earth is round because when we take a trip around the world we observe that we don’t fall off. We know the Earth revolves around the Sun from observations. We know Haley’s Comet will be visible from Earth every 75 years because it’s been observed and catalogued for over 2 thousand years. We know the distance of the Earth to the Moon within inches because we can measure that distance using lasers. We can’t make dogs, or the Earth, or the Solar System, or Haley’s Comet or the Moon in the lab. But they are proven scientific facts from observation.

    • I think even those who don’t believe in Darwinian evolution still understand that DNA is found in all living organisms, from fish to chimpanzees to humans, down to the smallest microorganisms in the ocean. It is what defines us as living creatures.

      This is not a theory but a fact demonstrated in the lab by running DNA sequences.

      Our human DNA contains sequences that are over 95% identical to chimpanzees. We share the same DNA sequence that metabolizes sugar as plants. Humans are biologically related to every other species on Earth.

      There’s an elegance and beauty to the interconnectedness of all living life on Earth. I don’t understand why Creationists can’t accept that.

      • Which points back to a common Creator, not a common evolutionary path. Dogs reproduce after their own kind. Cats after their own kind etc. etc. If Darwinian evolution were true, where did the matter come from? Do you believe that something came from nothing? The universe is expanding, which shows that it is not infinite, it had a beginning point, where did the matter come from to start that beginning point? According to the Bible, the uncaused first cause created everything and set it in motion. Something did not come from nothing. Instead, something came from the uncaused first cause. Logically speaking, creationism works while Darwinian evolution does not.

      • What produced the bang? Where did that energy come from? Where did the matter that went bang come from?

    • There are several theories of what existed before the big bang, how the tremendous energy and heat was created in the first place. One theory is The Bounce theory, that another Universe existed before ours that collapsed upon itself and created the heat and energy. Another is String Theory and the quantum mechanism of branes, which I don’t really understand, since I’m chemist and not a physicist. This is a good article that explains several theories: http://science.howstuffworks.com/dictionary/astronomy-terms/before-big-bang.htm

      But just as more evidence is being discovered of the existence of the Big Bang through experiments such as the cosmic microwave background radiation detector, which measures the afterglow of the Big Bang, to the recent discovery of gravitational waves, aftershocks of the Big Bang, announced last month: (http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/17/tech/innovation/big-bang-gravitational-waves/index.html) , scientists will slowly piece together what occurred before the Big Bang, if indeed anything did exist.

      It’s interesting to note that the Big Bang theory was first proposed by a Roman Catholic priest, Georges LeMaitre, in 1927.

      • Where does the matter of the previous universe come from? You still do not answer the basic question, where does the matter of the universe come from? Do you believe that nothing produced something?

  4. And once again, I called you out on the fact that you know nothing of the laws of composition. You just skip over that and keep on with your false accusations without proof. Your answers are proof that you know WHAT to think but not HOW to think.

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