given to the burning flame. 12 As for the rest of the beasts, they had their dominion taken away, yet their lives were prolonged for a season and a time. 13 I was watching in the night visions, and behold, one like the Son of Man, coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, and they brought Him near before Him. 14 Then to him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom the one which shall not be destroyed. 15 I Daniel, was grieved in my spirit within my body, and the visions of my head troubled me. 16 I came near to one of those who stood by, and asked him the truth of all this. So he told me and made known to me the interpretation of these things: 17 'Those great beasts, which are four kings (our kingdoms) which arise out of the earth. 18 But the saints of the Most High shall receive the kingdom, and possess the kingdom forever, even forever and ever.' 19 Then I wished to know the truth about the fourth beast, which was different from all the others, exceedingly dreadful, with its teeth of iron and its nails of bronze, which devoured, broke in pieces, and trampled the residue with its feet; 20 and the ten horns that were on its head, and the other horn which came up, before which three fell, namely, that horn which had eyes and a mouth which spoke pompous words, whose appearance was greater than his fellows. 21 I was watching; and the same horn was making war against the saints, and prevailing against them, 22 until the Ancient of Days came, and a judgment was made in favor of the saints of the Most High, and the time came for the saints to possess the kingdom. 23 Thus he said: 'The fourth beast shall be a fourth kingdom on earth, which shall be different from all other kingdoms, and
shall devour the whole earth, trample it and break it in pieces. The ten horns are ten kings who shall arise from this kingdom. And another shall rise after them; he shall be different from the first ones, and shall subdue three kings. 25 He shall speak pompous words against the Most High, shall persecute the saints of the Most High, and shall intend to change times and law. Then the saints shall be given into his hand for a time and times and half a time. 26 But the court shall be seated, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and destroy it forever. 27 Then the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people, the saints of the Most High. His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey Him.'
Here in Daniel 7 we have an explicit and clear prophecy. Like the angels overall interpretation of the vision
Those great beasts, which are four, are four kings (or kingdoms) which arise out of the earth. But the saints of the Most High shall receive the kingdom, and possess the kingdom forever, even forever and ever. v 17-18
The vision is simple. There will be beastly kingdoms of man ruling earth until a verdict is made in heaven, by the Ancient of Days (a title for God the Father) which will then give rulership over to the saints.
And a judgment was made in favor of the saints of the Most High, and the time came for the saints to possess the kingdom. v22
We have in chapter 7 in addition, a few details of the little horn who rises up just prior to the verdict being handed out—but this is in essence Daniel 7.
Notwithstanding, a few peculiar interpretations to Daniels vision have developed. There is no controversy over the first three beasts, or kingdoms that are to rise up out of the earth. Starting with the
The Protestants in the Middle Ages, under great duress and persecution from the Roman Catholic Church, would apply the little horn of Daniel 7 to the pope. The leaders of the Reformation hurled verbal stones at the authority of papal power.
All his decrees shouts impudently that all the churches and thrones will be judged by him, but he cannot be judged by anyone. Luther
The triple-crowned monster, and great antichrist, which took upon him authority, not only over the clergy, but also climbed above kings and emperors, deposing them at his pleasure, and settled himself in the temple of God… extolling himself above
God, dispensing with good laws, and giving men leave to break them and to regard more his decrees than the everlasting commandments of God. Thomas Cranmer (1489-1556 burned at the stake)
They still saw
the ten horns as nations that arose after the decline of
But if the pope was the antichrist, or the little horn of Daniel 7, what do you do with the 3 ½ years, and the setting up of the kingdom of the saints afterwards? In Daniel 7 it says of the little horn that he will persecute the saints and prevail over them, and the saints shall be given into his hand for a time (one year) and times (two years) and half a time (half a year). After which, the judgment is made in heaven that the beast should be slain, and his body destroyed and be given to the burning flame; and that the kingdom under the whole heaven should then be given unto the saints and one like the Son of Man. Think about it! Papal authority was not for 3 ½ years, nor the persecution of true believers by the same.
What the Reformers did was take the 3 ½ years and converted it into days (1260 days) then took the days and converted them into years, equaling—1260 years. Using the year-for-a-day principle. Taking passages like—Numbers 14:34 and Ezekiel 4:6—to defend this method.
But then if the saints are given to be persecuted for 1260 years the question must be asked," When was the beginning? And when was its conclusion (when the decision is handed down not only to stop the persecution; but to destroy the persecutor, and take away his dominion. And to then give the kingdom to the Saints and the Son)?" There actually was no consensus as to its beginning, nor its end.
Really what such interpreting does is only add more confusion to the prophecy rather then clarity. Look at the angels interpretation of
the vision in Daniel 7…and how so clear, and precise, and so believable it is!
In 1540 the
Society of Jesus—the Jesuits—were established to defend and
propagate papal authority and teaching, and to counter the bad publicity
rising out of the Reformation. The Jesuits were commissioned to come up with
an alternative, more Catholic friendly version of Bible prophecy. Spanish
Jesuit, Luis de Alcazar maintained in his work Investigation of the Hidden
Sense of the Apocalypse, that the prophecies in Daniel and the book of
Revelation had been fulfilled. They did not apply to the Middle Ages or the
papacy. And the Roman Catholic Church rather then being the villain was the
victor—New Jerusalem, converting pagan
But should not
the literal take precedence over the figurative, and hold the primary
interpretation? In the end the
In this chapter we see ten horns on the 4th beast just as we saw ten horns on the beast of Revelation 13. The parallels and similarities between the little horn and the beast of Revelation are unmistakable. Besides the 10 horns/kings, the little horn has the same pompous mouth as the beast of Revelation 13. Both make war against the saints. Both have the same 3 ½ years of time
allotted to them. And if we read on in the book of Revelation we discover that in chapter 19 the beast of chapter 13 comes to the same end as does the little horn of Daniel 7. Is there any doubt that the beast of Revelation 13 and the little horn of Daniel 7 are one and the same? And that these passages are focusing on the same time period and its surrounding events?
In Daniel 7 we see that the 10 horns/kings are already established when the little horn comes up among them-uprooting, or subduing three of them. Until, as it says in Revelation 17, they become of one mind and have one purpose: to give their power and authority to the beast.
But the little horn who rises up out of them will stand out in the crowd of ordinary leaders. He will be different, greater in appearance then the other ten kings. In Daniel 8 it says a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up. It goes on to say
And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power; and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practice, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people. And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand (other translations say: deceit or trickery).
And he will magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many. (Daniel 8:23-25-King James).
Again the similarities of the beast of Revelation 13 and the little horn of Daniel 7 are repeated in this leader here in Daniel 8…he has great power that is not his own (dragon empowered)…he destroys the mighty and the holy people…is full of deceit and deception…he magnifies and exalts himself, etc. I believe the prophecies in Daniel 2, 7, 8, 9, 10-12 all have end-time implications; because God wants his children to be informed about these times, and not to be lead astray with the rest of the world; and to be prepared for its catastrophic events.
Daniel 7 goes on to give more details of the little horn: he shall intend to change times and law. Since he will be all wrapped up in himself, and have full dictatorial powers, accountable to no one (except perhaps the dragon) therefore, whatever legislation his dark, crafty heart conjures up will be law. He is the law is what the Nazis said of Hitler. As Goring put it, "The law and the will of the Fuhrer are one".
A dark order will
take shape in the last 3 ½ years. Driven by hate, and a deep loathing towards
God, the unholy trinity: the dragon, the beast, and the false prophet will
unleash upon the world and its people a dictatorial government unprecedented.
A campaign to erase all existing religions will be championed. Even the
present dating system based on the day of our Lord—Anno Domini:
the day of Christ's birth—will
be done away with. In its place one form of worship will be law—the
mandated worship of the beast and his image. The new order, the mark of the
beast system: an ingenious, diabolical scheme. It's not only economic, but
also religious, and political, and more. Many assume it is a microchip since
it has to do with buying and selling. The cashless society. No need for
useless paper money. Transactions will then be made with a simple scan of the
forehead or right hand; as embedded in your flesh will be your very own
personal bar code. But Revelation 13 says it's a mark. A mark of
identification! Easily visible or identifiable by sight, or touch, or by
the use of a simple scanning device, or computer! Letting all know who you
are; whether for the beast or against him. Under Hitler's
The old order of the nations—their governments, economics, religions will give way to the new order of darkness. They will take the young and the students and enlist them, and indoctrinate them, and cause them to bow down; along with all others—both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave—all who receive the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name which is 666.
I watched then because of the sound of the pompous words which the horn was speaking; I watched till the beast was slain, and its body destroyed and given to the burning flame. v11
Its like, the little horn will be out doing his daily routine: making war, destroying, babbling off his big blasphemous, antichrist mouth while unbeknownst to him the court will be in session. And the judgment will be handed down in heaven that there should be no more delay. Here we see the end of the matter for the beast, the little horn, the AC after the 3 ½ years. He is destroyed and given to the burning flame. Then we see one like the Son of Man coming to the Ancient of Days and to him is given dominion and glory and a kingdom; that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him. And his dominion is everlasting, and one which shall never pass away. (vers. 13-14) Or in simple terms this is the return of Jesus Christ, his second coming.
In the book of Revelation this coincides with the blowing of the seventh and last trumpet. As it says in Revelation 11:15
The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said:
"The kingdom of the world has become
the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ,
and he will reign for ever and ever."
But this is a period of great transition, and we see a number of things transpiring. Upon hearing the sounding of the last trumpet the twenty-four elders who are before the throne fall on their faces and
worship God. They also capsulate what will ensue.
We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty,
the One who is and who was,
because you have taken your great power
and have begun to reign.
The nations were angry;
and your wrath has come.
The time has come for judging the dead,
and for rewarding your servants the prophets
and your saints and those who reverence your name
both small and great—
and for destroying those who destroy the earth.
Jesus Christ was scourged and nailed to the cross. Great signs attended his death. In midday darkness covered the land. The veil of the temple was torn from top to bottom. The earth quaked and the rocks were split and the graves were opened. (Matt. 27:45-53) When Jesus returns to earth all eyes shall see him. Great signs will again accompany his reappearing.
Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.
Then the sign of the Son of man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. Matt. 24: 29-31
The heavens will be shaken, and the skies will part, and the Son of man will appear. This is from the famous and fantastic Olivet Discourse, which Jesus gave to his disciples when they asked him
what would be the sign of his coming and of the end of the age.
We see all the tribes of the earth mourning in this passage when Jesus appears, but we don’t see him coming to rule…his desire is to gather unto himself the elect from the four winds (everyone who is found written in the book-Daniel 12:1-3). Here is the end of the matter for the saints. They were not forsaken nor forgotten; and their faith could not be shaken. They clung to the blessed hope, and now their faith is being realized.
The beast could not kill them. The Scriptures tell us that the great resurrection of the righteous takes place at Christ's second coming—and not just for those who survived the beasts war and wrath, and the tribulation of those days—but of all ages, both living and dead. (1 Thess. 4:16-18, 1 Cor. 15:51-53, 1 Jn. 3:2, Phil. 3:20-21)
The time has come for judging the dead (that is, all those transformed, all the elect, all those written in the book who were raised up and gathered unto Christ at his return; each must now, individually stand before his judgment seat and give an accounting—2 Corinthians 5:10. See the parables of the talents, and the ten minas-Matt. 25:14-30, Luke 19:11-27—and for rewards…it's time for rewarding your servants the prophets, and the saints, and those who reverence your name both small and great.
But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.
Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left. (Olivet Discourse-Matt. 24:37-41) Jesus will take out the elect back to heaven for final judgment and
rewards; but those left behind on earth will face the wrath of God.
The nations were angry;
and your wrath has come.
And the time…for destroying those who destroy the earth.
We are all
under His wrath. We are all by nature children of wrath. This is why God in
his mercy provided an
The ancient world knew God's wrath. The ark was a sign of the times, a witness to the people that the end was near. Yet they continued to eat, drank, and be merry, and would not turn from their ungodliness.
The ark was the way
of salvation. God in his love provides an
When the 3 ½
years comes to a close the
And the nations were angry. In the end the nations will be consigned to worshipping the beast. The gospel will have been rejected, God's messengers mocked, and the saints martyred. There will be no interest in this…King of kings, this…Lord of lords.
Why do the nations rage, and the people plot a vain thing?
The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take council together, against the Lord and against his Anointed saying, "let us break their bonds in pieces and cast away their cords from us." Psalm 2:1-3
After the 3 ½ years the earth will lie in ruins…polluted by innocent blood, devastated by nuclear war! If the end were not cut short, Jesus foretold in the Olivet Discourse, no flesh would be saved.
(no one would survive-NIV. the entire humane race would be destroyed-NLT. Matt. 24:22). Revelation tells us that the sixth trumpet will bring the death of 1/3rd of mankind. The first four trumpets, if they symbolize anything it is nuclear war—where one-third of the earth is burned up; and a third of the sea turns to blood, causing a third of the creatures in the sea to die; where a third of the rivers and springs of water become bitter; and a third part of the sun and moon is darkened. (Rev. 8:6-13)
In 1945 the first
ever atom bomb was successfully detonated in the
But at long last, after the rewards have been distributed in heaven, and the marriage feast of the lamb is concluded: now the time actually comes for the Son and the Saints to return and take dominion and subdue the earth.
And the dragon will be bound, and the beast and the false prophet cast into the burning flame; and all opposition and all man's pride and his arrogance and rebellion will be brought down.
Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all those who put their trust in him. Psalm 2:12
And the transition period will be closed out, and the time of wrath, and a new dispensation of the kingdom of God on earth will be ushered in. (For more details of the transition of the rule of the beast to the Son read Rev. 16:12-16, 17:14, 19:11-21, 20:1-3, Matt. 13:38-43)
And the King will
And the curse will be lifted; and there will be showers of blessings. The lion will lie down with the lamb; and a little child will lead them.
The utopia man was incapable of bringing about in his corruption will finally take shape in a simple life of God, love, others, community, earth and heaven. And the Son and the Saints will lead the way, and teach the nations how it's done. And the mystery of God will be finished as he has declared unto his prophets. Isaiah 2:2-4, 11:1-9, Rev. 10:7
And so we come back to Daniel 7
I watched and behold, one like the Son of Man…he came to the Ancient of Days…then to him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom the one which shall not be destroyed. 7:13-14
Thus, the kingdom of the Most High commences on earth, of which there is no end.
Again, Daniel 7 does not have to be difficult. There will be beastly gentile kingdoms of man ruling the earth, the last most monstrous of all, until the Kingdom of the Most High is set up.
But there are
some who insist, since the 4th beast represents the
date' for the fall of the
No one believes that Romulus Augustus was the little horn of Daniel 7. He was only a child! On the throne for less then a year. He made no campaign against the saints.
Some say then,
that the little horn was Nero or Domitrian. So then, who are the 10
horns/kings? At the end of Domitrian's reign in 92 AD the
Lets review the summary at the end of chapter 7 one more time:
A little horn rises up in the midst of ten horns/kings subduing three of them. vers. 24
Two main characteristics of this little horn is that he will speak pompous words against the Most High, and persecute the saints for 3 ½ years. vers.25
But the court shall be seated (the decision will be made in heaven) that they (the saints) shall take away his dominion (the
little horn/4th beast) to consume and destroy it forever. vers. 26
Then the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven shall be given to the people, the saints of the Most High…And all dominions shall serve and obey Him. vers. 27
When the warlord Odoacer sat on the throne and was proclaimed the new King of Italy nothing changed! Gentile rule, and the sway of the dragon still prevailed over the peoples, tribes, and nations. And the saints…the saints, what number there was, were not called to rule but to serve. Just as their master before them; who came not to be ministered unto but to minister, and to give his life as a ransom for many. The greatest among you, Jesus said, would be servant of all. (Matt. 20:26-28)
The times of
the Gentiles did not cease with the collapse of
scene. But at
And how could God
illustrate the continuation of Gentile rule over the nations after
Now the book of
Revelation, you may recall, does predict another One World Government rising
If the 3 ½ years pertain to the last days, then there will be a last day's antichrist figure. In 2 Thessalonians chapter two Paul states clearly that the day of Christ cannot come—let no man deceive you by any means—until the lawless one, the man of sin is first revealed. Whom the Lord will consume with the breath of his mouth and destroy with the brightness of his coming. Who will possess satanic powers; performing signs and wonders; who will exalt himself and sit in the temple proclaiming to be god. (vers. 1-10)
Jesus, in the Olivet Discourse told his disciples to watch…and when you see all the signs now that it is near, even at the door! (Matt. 24:4,33,42-44) For those who know the signs and are watching; when the end-time leader makes his assent, to them it will become shockingly clear.
Let's try to put more pieces of the puzzle together in our next passage in Revelation chapter 11.