The Four Beasts Of Daniel
The Lord’s Secret Language
In order to understand the book of Daniel and how the Lord speaks, “a picture is a thousand words”. It’s a picture language.
The picture or image language or a parable was often revealed to us by our Lord and Savior himself. He did this in the book of Daniel and He did this in the book of Revelation and He did this in His time with us. Notice the similarity?
The Lord will always try to direct it to those with a heart to listen and to those who do not have a heart to hear, then it’s nonsense. Those who have ears let them see with them. It’s a way to reveal a deeper meaning of a truth that is not evident to everyone except those who will understand or the understanding is given at a appointed time, then the truth will be evident in scriptures and time. The Holy Spirit will reveal to those with His mark.
Jesus was the master of His craft.
With all this being said, I’m going to try to break the bread of scripture with understanding.
The context of the message needs to be directed and understood to this sliver of land in the Middle East. Israel and it’s Holy City Capital Jerusalem and the original Jewish Inheritors.
Daniel Chapter 7
1. In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon Daniel had a dream and visions of his head upon his bed: then he wrote the dream, and told the sum of the matters.
The year of this vision was 552BC in the year of Belshazzar’s reign. The Lord speaks to Daniel in a dream and vision as he lays on his bed.
2. Daniel spoke and said, I saw in my vision by night, and, behold, the four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea.
This was a night time vision and so the vision begins during his sleep with with the four winds churning up the sea.
Prophetically the waters in this imagery wasn’t necessarily the Mediterranean Sea, a great body of water from which much turmoil sprung up from the four winds and up came the four beasts from the midst. However the Mediterranean Sea was the epicenter of the quake of turmoil in the region. The after shocks were felt among the people throughout all the region binging a tsunami of change. Revelations 17:15 describes large bodies of waters as a multitude of people and languages from different regions.
So from a great number of people will rise up these beasts.
3. And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another.
The four beasts arose from the surrounding nations, each being different from the other.
4. The first was like a lion, and had eagle’s wings:
A. The first in progression was a lion with eagles wings. We know this as being the Babylonian Empire. This image was on the Gates of Ishtar and will be seen clearly upon Judah’s arrival.
A side note: these gates now reside in Berlin assembled in the 1930’s. Ishtar was a mother goddess, or the godess of fertility. The Ishura poles that were scattered throughout Judah and Israel at one time, the worship practice lead to the fall of the nations. It’s like the Lord handed the His people over to their Idolatry.
B. 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.
Daniel observed for a time then the wings were plucked.
Daniel 5:20 – But when his(Nebuchadnezzar) heart was lifted up, and his mind hardened in pride, he was deposed from his kingly throne, and they took his glory from him:
Daniel 4:37 – Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase.
Talk about the king being humbled by the Lord.
I look at the eagles wings a as being the pride of the king of Babylon which was plucked; the king was made to stand as a man with a heart.
Talk about the Lord working His grace. You can see though out the children of the Lord’s stay in Babylon, the Lord was working behind the scenes, as He always does, making His way’s known to those who have evil intentions for His Children.
This residency of the Jew in Babylon was the beginning of the Time of the Gentiles.
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.
No one really knows for sure where the image of the bear came from. Some say it was in the manor in which the animal captured it prey. In 536BC, though the Mede’s assisted in the take over of Babylon along side of Persia. With Persia being raised up higher on one side and have trampled the Medes to take control of the regions becoming one of the greatest empires of the age. It was more Persia than the Medes when it came to power. Cyrus strategy wasn’t to take possession of a land and exile the people from their homeland, but place the nations under there own territories and taxed the nations. This was the reason why the Cyrus returned the Jews to their homeland and paid for it. The three ribs in the bears mouth was the three empires they concord; Egypt, Babylon and Lydian, and they ate carnage to their bellies content.
6. After this I beheld, and lo another, like a leopard, which — had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl; the beast had also four heads; and dominion was given to it.
In 332BC, Alexander the Great of the Grecian Empire and the wings of his 4 Generals subdued the Persian Empire. Alexander’s reign was for a short period, He didn’t have any heirs and in 323bc his kingdom was split between his heads of state, dominion was given over to the four generals.
The Troublesome Beast
7. After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and broke in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns.
The last in progression of the beast empires is Rome. Who took control of the Holy Land in 65BC and continued on and dwindled in power till 476AD. A whole other story.
There was no description of this beast except it had a bunch of horns with one that grew up among them at a later time.
This beast was roothless in it’s conquest like no other. That basically anialated all the regions and the peoples that it concord and renamed the states it occupied, accept Jerusalem.
The Roman Empire fell from power in 476BC, the power was divided up to much of the nations we know today as the the European Nations.
Keeping in mind that much time can transpire during the progression of the fulfillment of the sessions of this vision. Every time Daniel considers something a period of time lapses.
The Holy Roman Empire succeeded much of the original empire following 476AD. Even though Rome dwindled to nothingness, it was given a new face, the heart of it remained the same. Now they can carry out their atrocities in the name of a christ. A dark history for God’s two children.
The Little Horn
8. 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 man, and a mouth speaking great things.
This is where much confusion come in narratives of imaginations have run amuck. Mind you, that what the timelines set fourth in Daniel points to the nation of Israel and Jerusalem. This beast’s time on earth is wrapped up to certain events of completion in the timelines. The end of this beast is were this all is coming to a endgame and a fulfillment of a promise the Lord made to His people.
Some say three of the European Nations will be plucked up by a personality and plunge the people of God into a 7 year tribulation. If you have read my previous blogs, this has already come and gone. Just the legacy remains.
During a period of time in Daniels vision he noticed this little horn rise up and grew a set of eyes and a mouth. That spoke great things.
Just as King Nebuchadnezzar evolved into a man with a heart, this little horn will be given pearcing eyes to look through and speak great things. Basically this horn or nation will have a prideful vision of conquest and a mouth piece to carry out Satan’s plan.
At what point in history did a nation rise up out of the former Roman territories and raise havoc on surrounding nations and the Jewish people?
World War II
In one of my blog posts I talked a little about a man with a troubled childhood, had a terrible father, who was into the occult and rose into the ranks of a political party.
Does Adolf Hitler ring a bell?
Germany. Go the the link below that gives more details on the Roman-Germanic relationship.
In keeping course with this passage, we see that three horns were rooted out in the midst of the little horn that risen up from among the others.
The Rhineland is a stretch of land along the Rhine River. Bordering several nations; Netherlands, France, Luxembourg and Belgium with Germany. Rhineland originally is Gemany’s possession and shared much history with the area. During a previous WW1, a treaty made after 1919, was to setup a non militarized buffer zone between Germany and the boarder nations to divert Germany’s ambitions, Until 1935. Three occupation zones were made for a 15 year period, in which the allied troops were allowed to withdraw from. The US was one of the occupations along with Britain and France. The occupation of the zones lasted till 1920. German forces was not to enter the are since with out violating the treaty.
Hitler eventually sent a small regiment across the bridges into the Rhineland on bicycles, no military vehicles. He tested the waters. Told his troops to return if they encounter resistance. The people of Rhineland welcomed the forces and priests blessed the the troops in their endeavors and played host to the invaders. Basically the Germans were welcoming back the Germans. There was three cities that the troops staged the troops that lead to the three countries mentioned earlier. Aachen, a historic spa city for the German Kings would be crowned. Saarbruken fist settled by the Celts then the Romans kept them company later in history. Hitler crossed into this region as one of the most important staging areas for his military to take France. The other city was Trier, this city had deep long roots to the area. It is said to go back to about 2000BC, this city reside near Luxembourg. This city also was where our troops that were captured was paraded among the Germain people. Many of our soldiers died along the way.
Side Note: The Rhineland massacres, also known as the persecutions of 1096. A dark period in Christian history that massacres Jews. So anti-Jewish sentiment has been ingrained in the people and church culture of the regions for more than a thousand years.
The Germans taking back the Rhineland in 1936 created a staging opportunity for their military for what was to come. This area was also part of the old Roman Empire. The Netherlands was annexed by Germany around 1939 with out war.
Ironically, France was notified that the German military was crossing back into the Rhineland breaking the treaty, that very day, the French didn’t do anything about it because they took the weekend off till Monday. Does this sound familiar? The British who was responsible for the Treaty didn’t do anything about it, with a statement just saying that the Germans was only in their own backyard. Their was much going on the British front at the time and they were distracted. Luxembourg is one of the oldest German cities that was part of old Roman Empire. Trier had deep roots in Germany as it became in the intricate part of forming nation we know to day as Germany. It became a launching point for taking the western parts of Europe.
Germans plucked up France, Luxembourg, and Belgium in war and the rest was WWII history.
Side note: Luxembourg today is the crown of EU, NATO and the UN.
The United States of America has taken the leading role in driving Germany back across the Rhine, following behind them was Canada in operation Varsity and Plunder. We taken back the Rhine.
Another Ephraim moment in time.
King Justinian the little horn?
For those who are swayed that the Holy Roman Empire and and King Justinian was the little horn of this beast. Keeping in mind there are some historical claims that make this seem so. What needs to be understood is the Holy Roman Empire was sacked by the French when the German territories to the west of the Rhine river was annexed to the French side by Napoleon. Napoleon through a series of wars, reorganization’s and annexes with Germany, declared that, “per a Voltaire remark, the not so”, Holy Roman Empire of Germany was done with. The dark history of the Holy Roman Empire came to an end, however wasn’t slain until after the Nazis end.
Father Time closes in on the troublesome Beast
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.
Daniel observed the thrones were cast down once and for all. No more uprising, from what was once the Beast of Rome.
The Ancient of Days is only used in book of Daniel three times and is not found anywhere else.
The literal definition is “one advanced in (of) days” and may possibly mean “one who forwards time or rules over it.” This definitions is found in the Holman Bible Dictionary.
The Ancient of Days refers to a point of time when a judgement is carried out on the beast.
When I look at the imagery in this verse would suggest The Father of Time, since many has referred to this figure as the Father God. Who comes in on His chariot of fiery wheels on his throne.
The time of this beast now has come to a fiery close. The judgement has been set forth in the following verses. This is also where the timelines come in the study of Time and Times Again. Since the context is now bringing to a close of this vision.
This father of time, road in on his fiery chariot to take back his throne in the Holy Land, and to make his quick justice on the beast. After all this is where the Lord did sit. Forever more.
The use of this word כָּרְסֵא korsē’ is only used three times in Daniel. The word is Aramaic for throne that a king sits on.
The Lords throne on earth sits in Jerusalem.
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.
Again the Lord takes judgement on the beast for the blood of his saints. Those who serve Him and praying for justice.
11. I beheld then because of the voice of the great words which the horn spoke: I beheld even till the beast was slain, and his body destroyed, and given to the burning flame.
Daniel listening in on the blasphemies of the little horn of this beast. The Lord consumes this troublesome beast’s body with flame, that it will no longer have authority and reign over God’s people, the Jews. Forever more.
There was much going back and forth in time in this vision of Daniel.
12. As concerning the rest of the beasts, they had their dominion taken away: yet their lives were prolonged for a season and time.
The other three beasts were not destroyed, they just had their sovereignty rights taken. This is going back in time. They will have their time again as one beast. They will be given a season and a time to be troublesome. This three in one beast or triune beast was around during the time of Hitler and pacts were made to carrie our Satan’s mission.
A beast that was once wounded and driven back for a time, was given a new lease on havoc to the Jewish and Christian Nations.
The little horn knew his time was up, so he breathed new life into the triune beast.
Hitlers ties with The Muslim Brotherhood: for a later time.
13. I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.
This is none other than the return of Jesus the Christian Messiah. Which who, the Jews worshiped as their Lord up to this day. He Returns as the Messiah. Not to spite them, but to reveal himself as the same Lord and King of both His sons.
They brought Him Before Him. Is like saying The Lord of my Lord. They brought the Messiah before the Father of Time as Lord in their hearts.
14. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.
These Saints of God will give over this tiny little sliver of land to be the Lords footstool of reign. A place He can rest his feet, forever more. Never to be destroyed or taken from the other nations. All tongues, peoples will serve Him. Those who cursed Him will Alison serve Him willingly.
Psalms 110:1 – The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.
Ezekiel 43:7 – And he said unto me, Son of man, — the place of my throne, and — the place of the soles of my feet, where I will dwell in the midst of the children of Israel forever, and my holy name, shall the house of Israel no more defile, neither they, nor their kings, by their whoredom, nor by the carcasses of their kings in their high places.
Isaiah 66:1 – Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is — the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest?
Earth again is used as a region area of land under the Lord’s feet, and not the whole wide world. There is a word that is similar that is used as planet. God’s focus is on the Holy Land.
Vs 15 – 20;
Then what Daniel saw took the wind out of him. He asks the Lord what was up with all this. He needs more understanding. He describe the events in question, when the saints will take possession of the kingdom or the Jews will return to the Holy Land as a new nation.
The Lord reply’s
23. Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.
Whole; means entire, Earth; H772. אֲרַע ’ara‘ means the earth beneath the feet. A land or region. I don’t see this as being the whole planet because there is a different use of this same root word H778. אֲרַק ’araq: means “planet” or the third araq from the sun.
24. And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.
Also keep in mind, the use of this little horn doesn’t depict a gender. Only the reference is made as he is just to suggest a gender. It should be “it” as a thing.
Also one other observation; the translation of the three kings should could be the third king. The use of this three was to describe a third in progression, a third layer. This was just a observation. I don’t want to change the whole narrative that has been traditionally taught. Not entirely.
There will be 10 separate kingdoms that Rome will be broken into. Keep in mind that the Justinian period may be the fulfillment of this. This was actually when the Roman Empire was eventually consolidated into the Holy Roman Empire. Through which the King Justinian the Great making the a Vatican monarchy by combining Church and State. Basically the Roman Empire taking on a new face. With tyranny in full swing. These are the medieval ages. This was a very turbulent time in history as well, some say 60 to 100 millions lives were lost and many of them were Jews. The carry over of this anti-semitism was Satan’s way of keeping his promise to God. King Justinian or the Pope was not the little horn, but from those nations arose one that would seek region domination. This would be Satan’s last fiery breath with this beast to carry out what he purposed.
25. 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 and times and the dividing of time.
This little horn, the Nazi Empire, did speak prideful things that was against the Highest, and set out to change the Lord’s timing.
In doing so this horn oppressed the saints to no end but destruction.
The TTHT in this passage was worked out in the Time and Time Again blog, this was when the Saints or the Jews returned to the Holy Land as their own Nation. This timeline in its context was appropriate for this event to take place. The Nazi’s were the oppressors of God’s people which lead to Israel returning to their Promised Inheritance.
With this verse I had to ponder for a while, as if this little horn changed into another little horn. I’ve done a lot of digging trying to conclude this for this very reason, I couldn’t make it point to a the actions of another beast that did attempt to change times and laws. However, some claim that during the Byzantine Justinian period was just that. Again I can’t reconcile that changing into a triune beast of revelation. Which was present at the time but didn’t have the life it once had. This Triune beast did take form following the fall of Rome and did take part relinquishing the Holy Lands from the Byzantines. More later. The Triune Beast
24. But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end.
This is where the Ancient of Days did sit, on the judgement seat of His throne, by bringing swift judgment onto the region that harbored this beast. Making the power and strength of it no more. Yet the lost power of this beast would give new life to another.
25. And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.
This is referring to the original saints in the Old Testament. Not necessarily the Christian Saints. This vision is not about them. The kingdom is now restored to His people forever. Again, the Christian church in thinking this has become so self centered.
26. Hitherto is the end of the matter. As for me Daniel, my cogitations much troubled me, and my countenance changed in me: but I kept the matter in my heart.
I feel that Daniel didn’t fully understand what was to take place, and just come to a place in his heart that he will just place His trust in the Lord’s hands.
Power of one handed over another
Since 1936 Hitler was an honorary guest of the Muslim Brotherhood. The leader of the organization found kinship with the Nazi Ideals and adapted them into their principles and how they imaged their new founded Islamic revolution.
The beginnings of this movement started about the same time that Turkey handed over Israel over to Great Britain after WWI and Britain’s ambitions of returning the Jewish people to their home land. Britain was reluctant of giving the people of Israel their, I feel that the people couldn’t handle the Islamic unrest towards such a move.
The Muslim Brotherhood was instrumental in having Muslims migrate to the Holy Land as a strategy to scathe of the Jews taking back the Holy Land and Jerusalem. Before they really didn’t have any interests and the land was basically barren with not much of a population.
The following link will give more history of the Muslim Brotherhood.
In summery: The power of oppression was handed over to another. What satan can’t accomplish with the one beast he will revive in another. The 4th beast (the 4th Reich) breaths new life into the other beast Islam (the 5th Reich).
Two little horns on one mission. A one beast war against God’s people on two fronts ended after WWII. Just one more beast to fall to its end.
The Triune Beast
To be continued…