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We are going to talk about a terrible time in the Jewish people's lives.
In about 587 BC God allowed the king of Babylon (Iraq) named
Nebuchadnezzar to overtake Jerusalem and to even destroy the Temple. The
reason God allowed this was because the Jewish people were not in obedience
to God. The prophet Jeremiah warned them as well as other prophets but they
would not heed. Sooooooo, God allowed them to become enslaved by the
During the captivity, the king of Babylon told his people that he wanted all
of the children of the Jewish people that appeared to be unblemished,
skillful and wise to be brought to Babylon to be taught the Babylonian
speech and ways. Of these children was a special child named Daniel. There
were also three friends of his named Meshach, Shadrach and Abednego.
The king ordered that these Jewish children were to eat a certain type of
foods that would make them big and strong. However, Daniel and his friends
were liked by the keeper of Daniel and his friends and Daniel told him that
Daniel and his
friends could not eat the food and wine of the Babylonians because it would
defile them. The keeper of the children feared the king would know that
Daniel was not eating the food because his appearance would be weak. But,
Daniel said "give us 10 days of only water and fruit and I will prove to you
that we will be as strong looking as the others that eat the Babylonian
diet" ... Of course, after the 10 days was over they looked stronger than
children were given knowledge and skill from God. He gave Daniel the ability
to understand and interpret dreams just as he had given Joseph in the book
of Genesis. This would come in handy in Daniel's future ... After a set
amount of time, the king of Babylon called in all the Jewish children that
were brought to Babylon. He found Daniel and his friends to be the best of
the crop. He found them to be 10 times wiser than all his magicians and his
advisors around him.
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and his friends have been brought to Babylon after the destruction of
Jerusalem and it's Temple. Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon has found
these 4 to be the best of the crop because of their gifts from God. Daniel
has the ability to interpret dreams ...
Nebuchadnezzar had a dream. When he awoke, he had all his wise men, advisors
and astrologers come to him and he asked them to tell him what his dream was
and what it meant. They all pondered on his request and asked him to tell
them what he dreamed and they would try and interpret it. Nebuchadnezzar
said no, he wanted them to tell him what the dream was as well as what it
meant. They could not ... Nebuchadnezzar ordered all of them killed as well
as the Jewish children which included Daniel and his friends because he was
so upset that he could not find the meaning of the dream.
When Daniel heard of this he asked for a lil time to ask God what the dream
was and what it meant ... God did give him the dream and the interpretation
of the dream. Daniel thanked God and headed out to talk to Nebuchadnezzar.
He told him that only God could reveal the dream and had. he began to reveal
the dream ...
Daniel told king Nebuchadnezzar that the dream
the king had was of a great statue with a gold head, chest and arms of
silver, belly and thighs of brass, legs of iron and feet of iron and
clay. Then, a stone cut without hands would hit the feet of the statue
and all the parts were destroyed together Verse
35 Daniel went further and interpreted the dream
for the king in
36-45 ... He says that Nebuchadnezzar's empire Babylon was the gold head in the dream. That after him another empire
would arise Medo Persia which is the silver part of the statue and after
that the next empire (Greece) which is the brass would conquer and after that the 4th empire would be
(Rome) which was the iron.
(Note: These are the countries that DID become
the major power, one after another just as Daniel predicted.)
Daniel then said that the last empire, which was made
of iron and clay would be a divided kingdom and would be part strong and
part broken. They shall not cleave to one another. In the days of this
empire, God will destroy it and set up an everlasting Kingdom.
41-45 Now we KNOW that God has not destroyed this part
iron and part clay kingdom as of yet, because God has not set up His
everlasting kingdom, YET. So this part iron and clay, 10 unit (10 toes)
empire, is in our future and you WILL find out ... That it is Antichrist's empire.
Of course, king Nebuchadnezzar was shocked that Daniel was able to not only
tell him his dream but to interpret it. he fell to the ground and worshipped
Daniel. he said I now know that Daniel's God is the only TRUE God. The king
made Daniel a GREAT man in the kingdom (Just as Pharaoh did for Joseph when
he interpreted the dream Pharaoh had) danile asked that his 3 friends
Meshach, Shadrach and Abednego become rulers as well and it was granted. God
sure takes care of his own.
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Daniel has just interpreted a dream of
Nebuchadnezzar with the gift from God he has. Nebuchadnezzar made him a
ruler in the kingdom. Years have passed and Nebuchadnezzar has decided to make a
golden statue of himself and that everybody was to drop to their knees, bow and
worship the statue when they heard the music sound off.
There came certain men that told the king that the 3 friends of Daniel ... Meshach, Shadrach and Abednego refused to bow and worship the statue and
suggested that those who would not should be thrown into a fiery furnace. He had
them brought before them and asked why. They told him that God would not like it
and would save them from any punishment that may be given for not worshiping the
image. The king was furious and commanded that the fire be turned up 7 times as
hot as usual. He commanded the strongest men he had to bind the three men and
toss them into the fire. As they threw the three into the fire, the men that
threw them in were burned up because of the intensity of the heat of the fire.
As Nebuchadnezzar watched the three men fall into the furnace he stood up amazed
and asked his advisors that stood by "Did we not cast 3 men into the fire" They
answered him yes. He said then why do I see 4 men walking around in the middle
of the fire and no harm is coming unto them? He also said a strange thing ... He
said that the form of the fourth person was that of the SON OF GOD ...
Isn't that awesome? The Bible calls angels the sons of God. Even Nebuchadnezzar
recognized this angel as an angel. Think the people that were watching weren't
Nebuchadnezzar commanded the three to come out of the fire and they did and
their hair was not even singed. Then Nebuchadnezzar said blessed be the God of Meshach, Shadrach and Abednego who sent his angel to protect his servants. he
also said that any person who ever said anything bad against this God was to be
cut in pieces.
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yet another announcement praising God and reminding the people about how Daniel
was able to interpret a dream he had. He then begins to tell of yet another
dream he has had ...
his dream he saw a great tall tree that reached unto Heaven. The leaves were
fair and the fruit fed everyone. The beasts of the field could take refuge in
the shade of this tree. In his dream a holy watcher came down from Heaven. This
holy one cried out to cut down the great tree, cut off the branches shake off
the leaves and scatter the fruit. But he said to leave the stump of his roots in
the earth even with a band of iron and brass and let the grass be wet with the
dew of heaven and let his portion be with the beasts of the earth. Let his heart
be changed from a man's to that of a beast and let seven times pass over him.
This matter was the decree of the watchers and holy ones. This was commanded so
that all may know that the Most High rules the kingdom of men.
asks Daniel to interpret the dream for him ... Within one hour Daniel came
troubled and revealed the dream's interpretation. He said YOU are the tree
Nebuchadnezzar. Thou art grown and become strong. Thy greatness has grown unto
Heaven. God has said that you shall be driven from men and thy dwelling shall be
with the beasts for seven years. The stump shall stay for now as your kingdom
will continue after you. Then shall you know that GOD rules ... not man. Daniel
told him to stop sinning and to show mercy to the poor.
months passed, Nebuchadnezzar was walking around his palace and said Is not
Babylon the greatest and was it not built by me and my great power? While he was
speaking these words a voice from Heaven said O King Nebuchadnezzar to thee it
is spoken. The kingdom is departed from thee. And they shall drive thee from
men. And thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field: They shall make
thee to eat grass as oxen and seven times shall pass over thee, until thou know
that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever He
With the same hour these thing occurred to Nebuchadnezzar. Soon his hairs were
like eagle's feathers and his nails were like claws. At the end of the seven
years, Nebuchadnezzar looked up to Heaven and his understanding returned to him.
He blessed and praised the most High. he knew that all the inhabitants of the
earth are as nothing. That God is the one who runs the show.
the same time Nebuchadnezzar regained his kingdom and had more honor than before
because he now KNEW TRUTH. He served God the rest of his days ... his last
spoken words were that he who walks in pride ... God is able to put down.
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Where does the saying "Read
the writing on
the wall," come from? Well, perhaps it's from this Bible story.
The kingdom of Babylon was passed down
to Belshazzar, Nebuchadnezzar's son. One day Belshazzar was partying
with his friends, worshipping strange gods and drinking wine. He had an
idea to impress them by serving his guests with God’s vessels that his dad
stole from the temple in Jerusalem. You could think of those vessels as
God's good china.
God, on the other hand, didn’t think
this was such a hot idea, being that they were worshiping other gods and
all. So in that same hour the fingers of a man’s hand (God's) wrote a
message on the wall of the king’s palace where they were having their good
Understandably, when Belshazzar saw
this, he was so shaken that his knees were knocking. He called for all the
fortune tellers, stargazers and scholars of Babylon and offered a reward to
whoever could discern the message. But, nobody could. So he called in his
personal group of “wise” men but they couldn’t tell him what it meant
either. Then his wife said, don’t worry, there’s this guy named Daniel who
has the Spirit, wisdom, light and understanding of God, he can tell you what
it means. He did the same thing for Nebuchadnezzar.
They brought in Daniel and the king
offered him great gifts to interpret the writing. Daniel said, keep your
gifts for yourself and give your rewards to someone else. (See, Daniel knew
that the credit always goes to God for the interpretation of things of this
Daniel explained that God gave
Nebuchadnezzar a kingdom and fame. And for all the magnificence that God
gave to him, all people respected him. He killed whoever he wished to, and
whoever he wished, he kept alive. Everyone’s success or failure was in his
control. But when he became arrogant and his pride overtook him, God took
away his fame and glory and he was driven from the people and his mind was
changed to be like that of a beast. He lived in the wild and ate grass like
oxen. He lived like an animal until he learned that God rules over all and
it is in His power to elect whoever He wants to be important. The humbling
of Nebuchadnezzar took seven years.
Daniel’s interpretation continues as
he tells Belshazzar that even though he knew all this, he had not humbled
his heart either, but had put himself above God and brought the things of
God's temple that was in Jerusalem in while he and his filthy friends drank
out of them while praising false lifeless Gods. But the God whose hand his
own breath (life) was in … he had not glorified.
That was when the hand was sent from
Him and He wrote this thing, Daniel explained. This is what it means: God
has numbered (put an end to) your kingdom. (Numbered, as in “your days are
numbered”) You have been judged and have been found unworthy. And your
kingdom will be divided and given to the Medes and the Persians. Well,
imagine that in today’s world. A country like (Iraq) Babylon, and the king
(Sadaam Huessein) Belshazzar, hearing that his country is going to be split
up like a candy bar and given to (Iran and Syria or Turkey) the Medes and
the Persians. OH MY!
Belshazzar was astonished. So
Belshazzar ordered that Daniel should be the next ruler in Babylon. That
night, old Belshazzar was killed and sure enough, Darius the Median, took
over the kingdom.
It's funny how we go through years of
our lives, using phrases like "the writing on the wall" and we never even
knew where they originated. Now that Babylon is under the rule of Darius,
what's in store for Daniel next?
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Keep in mind that the
times that Daniel was living in, was when the people of Israel were in
captivity. This was a time of sorrow for most of the Hebrews, because they
longed for their homeland, their freedom and if any of you have ever had the
feeling that God was hiding His face from you because of something you had
done ... Then just imagine the children of Israel, for 70 years, praying to
enter into His good Graces once more.
Now, we've learned that
Daniel, having been blessed with the gift of the Holy Spirit to interpret
dreams, escaped quite a life of hardship. King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon
took a liking to Daniel because he interpreted troubling dreams of his, and
promoted Daniel to a position of great honor among the Chaldean people.
When Belshazzar died,
the new king, Darius, chose one hundred twenty princes to set over the
entire kingdom. Over the princes were three presidents that they accounted
to. Daniel's reputation was so favorable that Darius chose him to be the
highest ranking of these three presidents, which you can imagine made all
the others, both princes and presidents, burn with jealousy.
They conspired to
discredit Daniel but they couldn't find any faults with him, so they decided
that the only thing they could find against him was concerning the law of
his God. They requested of the king, that he make a decree, that whoever ask
anything of any God or man for thirty days, except the king, was to be cast
into the den of lions.
In those days, royal
decisions were not overturned. Once a decree was signed by the king, it was
not and could not be altered. King Darius, unaware of the wickedness that
his royal subjects were devising, signed the decree.
When Daniel heard about
the new law, he went into his house and the window that faced Jerusalem was
open in his room. And just as he always did before, Daniel kneeled down
three times a day to pray and give thanks to God.
According to their plan,
the princes and presidents spied on Daniel, and found him praying and asking
God for blessings. They eagerly reported their discovery to the king, who
was very angry with himself for signing the decree, but could not overrule
it, according to the law. So Darius determined within himself to find a way
to save Daniel, and until the sun went down, he intently tried to figure a
way, but it was of no use. The men who accused Daniel reminded the king that
the law of the Medes and Persians is that no law that the king establishes
may be changed.
The king had no choice, so
he told them to take Daniel and throw him into the lion’s den. But because
the king was fond of Daniel, he said to him, Your God, who you are faithful
to, will save you. They rolled a stone over the opening of the cave to seal
it, and the king spent a sleepless night in worry about Daniel.
Early in the morning,
Darius hurried to the lion's den. Calling out Daniel's name, he asked, Was
your God able to save you from the lions? Daniel replied, My God has sent
His angel and has shut the lions' mouths so they haven't hurt me, because He
knows that I am innocent, and even you know I have done nothing wrong.
The king was very happy,
and ordered that Daniel be taken out of the den ... It was a miracle from
God, Daniel hadn't a scratch on him. The king then commanded that Daniel's
accusers, their wives and their children be thrown to the lions, and the
lions devoured them.
King Darius then wrote a
I make a decree, That in every
dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel: for He
is the living God, and steadfast for ever, and His Kingdom shall not be
destroyed, and His dominion shall be even unto the end. He delivers and
rescues, and He works miracles in Heaven and on Earth. He has delivered
Daniel from the power of the lions.
So Daniel continued to prosper
during the reign of Darius, and during the reign of Cyrus the Persian.
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In our study
of the book of Daniel, Chapter 7 is not in chronological order, as it
takes place in the first year of the reign of king Belshazzar. As you
may recall, Chapter 6, the story about Daniel in the lion's den, took
place during the reign of king Darius, the successor of king Belshazzar,
so obviously the events of Chapter 7 took place before the events of
What is a dream? What is a
vision? Where do dreams and visions come from?
Let's take a look at what the
For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth it not. In
a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon
men, in slumberings upon the bed; Then He openeth the ears of
men, and sealeth their instruction, That He may withdraw man
from his purpose, and hide pride from man.
In modern English ... God
speaks to us once, even twice, and because of one reason or another, we
don't perceive His message. He may communicate to us through the Word, another Christian, His still
small voice, a sudden breeze, or even a thunderbolt, but many times we
fail to recognize God's leading in our lives. So when we sleep,
when our pride, our own will, and/or our flesh doesn't prevent us, God opens
our understanding and sends His message via a dream.
What's the difference between
a dream and a vision? A vision can be part of a dream. A dream of course
takes place while you are asleep, or in a state of unconsciousness. A
vision can take place while you are awake. The word vision, of course
means to see, but it also means to understand. To envision something,
means you can imagine it. Notice the root word of imagine is image. An
image is something you can see, but to imagine is to picture something,
without it actually being a tangible object. In other words, a vision is a spiritual
understanding or foresight of something. A vision can take place in
either a conscious or an unconscious state, but dreams only occur in the
unconscious realm. A
vision can feel like a dream, for example, you may have experienced
something that is commonly known as daydreaming, where you actually feel
like you're someplace else, and you lose awareness of all that is going
on around you, even though your eyes are open and you are not asleep. Have
you ever been driving home from somewhere and when you pull up in the
driveway, you can't remember much of the drive? A vision is similar to
this "daydreaming" phenomena that we have all experienced,
except for the fact that in a vision, the events that you experience while
you are in this spiritual realm, are messages from God. A dream doesn't always include
a vision or a message from God. Solomon said:
For a dream cometh through the multitude of business; and a
fool's voice is known by multitude of words.
In plain talk ... If
there is something important that has been weighing on your mind at your
job ... That may cause you to dream about work. Or maybe you watched a
scary movie before going to sleep ... That may cause you to have fretful
dreams. When something affects you deeply, chances are, you may dream
about it, and your dream may or may not be a message from
You may recall having a dream
about yourself or someone you know, and then some time in the future
your dream, or part of it, comes to pass. Did you ever consider that
your dream was a message from God? Now, I want you to put yourself in
Daniel's shoes for a moment, because his dream is one that affects the
future of all
mankind. Can you imagine?
Daniel said that in
his dream, he saw a terrible tempest upon the sea with the winds of
Heaven coming from all directions. Then four great beasts came up out of
the water, each one different from the other.
The first was like a lion,
and had eagle's wings. The wings were plucked and it was lifted up from
the Earth, and stood on it's feet like a man, and a man's heart was given to it.
The second was like a bear.
It raised itself up on one side, and it had three ribs between its
teeth, and they said to it, Arise, and devour much flesh.
third was like a leopard. It had four heads and four wings on its back
and it was given power.
fourth was a beast was different than the other three. This beast had
iron teeth and ten horns. It was very dreadful and terrible and strong.
It destroyed the others and stamped the residue with its feet.
the book of Revelation,
empire is compared to the same beasts ...
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.
In the last part of Daniel's
dream, another smaller horn came up from among the ten horns and it
plucked up three of the ten horns. This little horn had eyes like a man
and spoke great things.
Whew ... how could anyone
(who didn't have the gift of interpreting dreams) ever figure out the
message from a dream like this? You'll see in a short while that the
Lord provided Daniel with an interpretation, but that wasn't the end of
the dream yet.
Daniel watched until the
thrones were cast down (a throne is the seat of a deity or devil). This
is also mentioned by John in his vision in the book of Revelation:
And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was
given unto them ...
In other words,
Satan and his angels were evicted from Heaven:
And there was
war in Heaven: Michael and his Angels fought against the dragon;
and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither
was their place found any more in Heaven. And the great dragon
was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan,
which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the Earth,
and his angels were cast out with him.
Next, Daniel saw the Ancient
of days ... GOD ... on His throne, and the books were opened for the
Great White Throne Judgment. Next in his vision, the beast was destroyed,
and the rest of the beasts had their power taken away.
Lastly, Daniel saw Jesus in
the clouds of Heaven, and brought before God, who gave Him power and
glory and an everlasting Kingdom, and all people should serve Him.
As you can imagine, this
vision was a frightening experience for Daniel. For one thing, Daniel
lived in Old Testament times, before Jesus first visit, so he really
knew nothing compared to what we know today of Jesus' life, death and
resurrection, not to mention all that we are fortunate to have of the
Gospels and the other New Testament writings that teach of the End
Times, the Millennium and the New Heaven and New Earth. Taking all this
into consideration, you can appreciate Daniel's perplexity when he
I Daniel was grieved in
my spirit in the midst of my body, and the visions of my head troubled
Ever have that feeling, when something is so worrisome
to you that you actually feel sick? It sounds like that's what Daniel is
describing. It may have even been easier for Daniel to interpret
Nebuchadnezzar's dream than his own, because he didn't experience the
horror of the king's dream firsthand. Not to worry though, the Lord
next thing that Daniel wrote was that he approached "one of them
that stood by," and asked him the TRUTH of all this. So he told me,
and made me know the interpretation of the things. This obviously was a
messenger from God, sent to explain the meaning of the dream to Daniel.
four beasts are four kings, which shall arise, but the saints of God
shall take the kingdom and possess the kingdom for ever. Daniel wanted
to know more details about this fourth beast because the horn that came
up out of the ten horns that were in his head, made war with the saints
and prevailed until God came and gave them the kingdom.
was explained to Daniel that the fourth beast will be the fourth kingdom
on Earth, which will be different than all kingdoms and will devour the
whole earth, tread it down, and destroy it. The ten horns out of this
kingdom are ten kings or leaders that will arise and another will rise
after them. He will be different from the first and he will subdue three
kings. He will speak terrible words against God (blasphemy), and
will persecute the saints, and change times and laws, and they shall be given
into his hand for three and a half years. But justice will
prevail and the saints will take away his power and destroy it once and
for all. Then the kingdom will be given to the saints of God and all
will serve Him.
was the end of Daniel's vision. Do ya think this kind of dream would
shake ya up a bit? Here's what Daniel said about it: 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.
a look with me at a little more of what we read earlier from Revelation:
And I stood upon the
sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea,
having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten
crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. 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. 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.
dragon is Satan, and the beast is Antichrist. The Antichrist empire has 10 parts
(the ten horns of the beast in Daniel's dream.
you're a little confused, stay tuned, because Daniel had another vision
that we'll learn about in Chapter 11 that will explain this even
further, but for now, take a look at the similarities between
Nebuchadnezzar's dream from Chapter 2, Daniel's dream, and John's vision from
Part strong/Part broken
Shall not cleave
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To start off with, let's familiarize ourselves with the time period
and setting of our story. The events of this chapter happened two years after
Daniel's dream that we studied in Chapter 7, but it is still before the lion's
Daniel is a Prophet of God ... An Israelite, captive in Babylon, although he
has been well favored by the two kings that he has served under,
Nebuchadnezzar and his son Belshazzar, because of his incredible gift of
interpreting dreams and visions.
Daniel refers to
the incident you're about to read about, as
vision. In this vision, Daniel was in the palace at Shushan, which was
the capital of Persia at that time, in the ancient city of Elam, by the river of Ulai.
Today, this would be somewhere in the southwestern area of Iran.
vision, he saw a ram, standing in front of the river, with two tall
horns, but one was higher than the other, and the higher one came up
last. The ram was pushing westward, northward and southward. No beasts
dared challenge him and nobody could be saved from him. He did whatever
he wished and became very strong.
an he-goat came from the west carried through the air, and the goat
had a prominent horn between his eyes. He charged at the ram in great fury and
power and attacked, breaking his two horns, leaving the ram no strength to
remain standing. The goat threw him to the ground and stamped on him, and
nobody could save the ram from the goat.
the he-goat became strong, his great horn was broken and instead of it,
there came four horns
from the four winds of Heaven, and
out of one of them came a little horn, which became very strong,
toward the south, the east, and toward the pleasant land. It became very
powerful, opposing the host of Heaven, and
some of the host and the stars, it threw down to the ground, and
trampled on them.
He esteemed himself equal to
the prince of the host, and he took the daily sacrifice away and the
temple was pillaged. The he-goat accomplished and prospered much.
Then Daniel heard a holy one
say, How long will this last? And another Angel answered, Two thousand and three
hundred days, then the sanctuary shall be cleansed.
While Daniel tried to
understand the meaning of the vision, the Angel Gabriel appeared to him,
and a voice from the banks of the river called to him and said, Gabriel,
make this man to understand the vision. As he approached Daniel, it
terrified him and he fell on his face, but Gabriel said, Understand that
the vision will be at the time of the end.
Daniel then fell into a deep sleep with his face toward the ground
but Gabriel set him upright and explained the vision.
The ram, having
the two horns are the kings of Media and Persia, an empire growing to the
north, south and west, and the he-goat is the
king of Greece, west of the Medo-Persian Empire. The great horn between his eyes is the first king, then
there will be four after him which will not be of his bloodline, but will
come from different places.
Then there will arise a fierce
king, clever with trickery. He will exercise great power, derived from the
devil, and he will cause great destruction, and will prosper and destroy
the strong and the saints. He will magnify himself in
his heart and by his craftiness, in a time of peace, he will destroy many. He will also stand
up against the Prince of princes, but he will be destroyed without even being touched.
Gabriel continued, The vision
of the times that you've seen is true, but keep it to yourself, because it
won't happen for a long time. Daniel fainted and was sick for days, then
got up and returned to his work for the king. The vision astonished him, but
he really didn't understand it.
We've probably all heard it
said that history repeats itself. Well, There is a very interesting thing
about this vision of Daniel's. You see, it happened already, just as
Daniel prophesied, and the book of Revelation indicates, as well as the
Angel Gabriel explained, that it will happen during the End Times.
Let's take a look at that
period in history, when these things already came to pass for just a
moment, shall we? There was indeed a king from Greece that took over the
Medo-Persian empire. You've probably heard of him before, he was known as
Alexander the Great.
You can investigate this in
history books if you like, and you'll find that Alexander's kingdom was
not passed down to his heirs at his death, but rather, it fell among many
... but particularly, it was divided into four kingdoms. To the west of
Alexander's kingdom, became the Roman domain, the area that the Bible
refers to as Macedonia was ruled by Antigonus, the area formerly known as
Asia was taken over by Seleucus, and Egypt was conquered by Ptolemy.
By and by out of Greece there
came along the little horn, whose name was Antiochus Epiphanes. In
addition to his tyrannical ruling of every place he conquered, he reigned
terror on Israel for three and a half years, pillaged the temple, took
away the daily sacrifice and built an idol on God's altar. He made the
Jewish people build temples, set up idols in every city, offer swine to
them every day, and forsake the worship of God. Anyone who didn't obey him
was threatened to be punished. He murdered many, burned the city, took
thousands and thousands captive and appointed guards to make sure the
Jewish people did as he commanded.
Now, remember that in
Daniel's vision, Gabriel told him that he (the little horn) would be
destroyed without even being touched. It just so happened that Antiochus Epiphanes, in his pursuit to terrorize yet more people in Persia, was
challenged by them, driven away and lost much of his army in the conflict.
At the same time, the Jewish people began to strengthen themselves against
Antiochus by opposing his commanders in Judea, and when he was told of the
defeat, coupled with the beating he took in Persia, it literally drove him
mad, and he died of insanity, admitting just before his death that he was
being punished for the misery that he had brought upon the Jewish people.
think all of this is interesting ... Just you wait!!! Have you ever had a
recurring dream? If so, you're not the only one! Daniel had another vision
concerning this very same thing that we'll be studying when we get to
Chapter 11, and you'll find out how this prophecy also refers to the
events that will happen in the End Times, so be sure to come back soon and
we'll enjoy more of God's word together.
THE BOOK OF DANIEL
As we continue in our studies of
the prophesies of the Prophet Daniel, let me remind you that as we
learned before, these chapters are not in chronological order. Chapters
7 and 8 took place before Chapter 6, and now, Chapter 9 reverts back to
the first year of the reign of Darius.
If you recall, way back in the first
chapter of Daniel, that God bestowed the gifts of wisdom, knowledge and
skill upon Daniel. He starts off this writing by saying that he
discovered in the book of Jeremiah the prophet, that He (God) would
accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem. In other
words, the captivity in Babylon would last for seventy years.
For thus saith the LORD, That after seventy years be
accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good
Word toward you, in causing you to return to this place.
Daniel, saddened in his spirit about
this, fasted and prayed, asking for mercy from God upon Israel,
confessing the sins of his forefathers as well as his own generation and
asking to be delivered as they were once delivered out of Egypt. Daniel
offers a very eloquent prayer to God, asking Him to let His anger be
turned away and to again cause His face to shine upon Jerusalem and His
sanctuary which lay in ruins.
Before Daniel ended his prayer, the
Angel Gabriel again appeared to him and told him that when he began
praying, Gabriel was commanded to show him a vision and make him
understand it, because Daniel was greatly beloved.
The vision is just four verses long, but the message in it is enormous.
Let's take a look:
are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to
finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to
make reconciliation for iniquity,
and to bring in everlasting righteousness,
and to seal up the vision and prophecy,
and to anoint the most Holy.
Know therefore and
understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to
restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince
shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street
shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.
And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off,
but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall
come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end
thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war
desolations are determined. And he shall confirm the covenant
with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall
cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the
overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even
until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured
upon the desolate.
The term "week" is being used to describe
a 7 year period. So, 70 weeks is equal to 490 years in the vision that
Know therefore and
understand, that from
the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build
Jerusalem unto the
Messiah the Prince shall be
threescore and two weeks:
the street shall be built again, and the wall,
even in troublous times.
So, we must find the date that the
commandment to restore and to rebuild Jerusalem occurred as to have a
starting point of the 490 years.
And it came to pass in the
month Nisan, in the twentieth year of Artaxerxes the king,
that wine was before him: and I took up the wine, and gave it
unto the king. Now I had not been beforetime sad in his
presence. Wherefore the king said unto me, Why is thy
countenance sad, seeing thou art not sick? this is nothing
else but sorrow of heart. Then I was very sore afraid, And
said unto the king, Let the king live for ever: why should not
my countenance be sad, when the city, the place of my fathers'
sepulchres, lieth waste, and the gates thereof are consumed
with fire? Then the king said unto me, For what dost thou make
request? So I prayed to the God of Heaven. And I said unto the
king, If it please the king, and if thy servant have found
favour in thy sight, that thou wouldest
send me unto Judah, unto the city of my fathers' sepulchres,
that I may build it.
And the king said unto me, (the queen also
sitting by him,) For how long shall thy journey
be? and when wilt thou return? So it pleased the
king to send me; and I set him a time. Moreover
I said unto the king, If it please the king, let
letters be given me to the governors beyond the
river, that they may convey me over till I come
And a letter unto Asaph the
keeper of the king's forest, that he may give me timber to
make beams for the gates of the palace which appertained to
the house, and for the wall of the city, and for the house
that I shall enter into. And the king granted me, according to
the good hand of my God upon me.
twentieth year of Artaxerxes the king
was 445 BC.
The Angel told Daniel, that from the
DATE of the order to rebuild Jerusalem, until the arrival of the long
awaited Messiah would be 69 of the 70 weeks (483 years). So, the Angel
predicted to Daniel that from 445 BC to this Messiah would be 483
There are 360 days in a Jewish year. Based on
this, it is 483 years or 173,880 days from the order to rebuild
Jerusalem until this long awaited Messiah ... When one does the math, it
is astonishing to find that the time period ends
the exact day that Jesus rode into Jerusalem, just days before His
crucifixion and resurrection proving Jesus is the Messiah!
Quite awesome ... But, remember, this study is
called the 70th week of Daniel.
We just found out 69 of those weeks (483 years) has
past. BUT ... A total of 70 weeks or 490 years was
predicted by the Angel in Verse 24, to bring in everlasting righteousness
and anoint the most Holy. Since we discovered that it was only 483 years
from the order to rebuild Jerusalem, to the day Jesus entered Jerusalem,
that leaves this extra week, or 7 year period. What's up with this 70th
There is a simple explanation for this.
The Bible makes it clear that when Jesus was crucified and resurrected,
that Israel's "time clock" stopped and it now began a time period known
as the "Time of the Gentiles."
"TIME OF THE GENTILES"
And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led
away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden
down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles
be fulfilled ...
There is a time period mentioned in
the Bible known as the "Time of the Gentiles" ... It is the period of
time which is after Jesus' death but before the End Times which is a
time where Gentiles (individuals from any nation other than Israel) have
been given the opportunity to accept Jesus as their Savior ... It is
believed that the "Time of the Gentiles" would be the same amount of
time as the Jewish time period. If we look at the C-O-O-L Bible Timeline
... We see that Abraham who was called
by God to become the Father of God's chosen people, was born around 2000
AA. If God's chosen people of that time period got from 2000 AA until
4000 AA which is 2000 years then that would suggest that 2000 years
would be given as the Time of the Gentiles as well.
In short, the Jewish people received a certain amount of time to choose
God, but chose their selfish ways instead and then Jesus was sent from
Heaven, but the Jewish people did not accept Him as Lord. Their time
period stopped. The Bible says that at this time all other nations and
races (Gentiles) would receive the same amount of time (2000 years) to
accept the Lord.
When the "Gentiles" time period ends, it will bring about the last
"week" or seven year period that we spoke of earlier. This 7 year period
of time is called ...
The End Times.
It is interesting that in the book of
Revelation, the Antichrist reigns terror for 3½ years (Chapter 13) ...
The two witnesses prophecy for 3½ years (Chapter 11) ... AND, the
woman in the wilderness is hidden for 3½ years (Chapter 12) ... Is it
not coincidental that 3½ years is exactly half of 7 years?
It is obvious that the
split into two, 3½ year periods (the 7 remaining years from the 490
years). There will be an End Times
period for the Gentiles, then a gathering and "Rapture" of those
believing Christians. Then an End Times
period for the Israelites and a gathering and a "Rapture" for the Jewish
believers and those who became Christians during the second 3½ years.
And after threescore and two
weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for Himself: and the
people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city
and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood,
and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. And he
shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the
midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the
oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations
he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and
that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
This prophecy tells of "the people of
the prince that shall come" (Antichrist's empire) "confirming a
covenant" (deal or treaty) with Israel for 7 years, but will break the
covenant in the "midst" of the 7 years and set out to destroy Israel.
This simply means that many countries will "confirm" or agree with a
peace treaty made between Israel and another country and then break the
deal during the 7 year time period.
Coincidentally, MANY so called "peace
treaties" have been made between Israel and Palestine and other Muslim
nations brokered by the United States and the United Nations. All
nations are involved and affected. Israel surrendered land to the
Palestinians which God told them to NEVER do, to obtain peace with it's
The land shall not be sold for ever: for the land is mine, for
ye are strangers and sojourners with me.
As they always have ... They disobeyed
yet ANOTHER of God's commands.
so, beware ... any
peace treaty made with Israel.
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chapter, you'll learn that, even though we often forget that there is a
spiritual realm that exists all around us, God is always orchestrating
things to fulfill His prophesy.
story takes place a couple of years after this happened:
Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of
the LORD spoken by the mouth of Jeremiah might be accomplished,
the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he
made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it also
in writing, saying, Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, All the
kingdoms of the Earth hath the LORD God of Heaven given me; and
He hath charged me to build Him an house in Jerusalem, which is
in Judah. Who is there among you of all his people? The LORD his
God be with him, and let him go up.
know that the captivity in Babylon has ended, however Jerusalem is still
under Persian rule.
at this particular time, was fasting for three entire weeks. Why do
people fast? Well,
whereas eating is a way to nourish your flesh, fasting is a way to
nourish your soul. By
eating, your body gains strength to carry out the tasks that you need to
do. Your soul however is different than the flesh. How do you gain
strength for your soul? We all want to be strong in the Lord, so in
order to allow HIS strength to work through us, we have to humble
ourselves. We have to CHOOSE to surrender our desires as to allow HIS
will to work through us. One way to do that is by fasting. By depriving
the flesh of what it craves, it brings you into a closer spiritual
connection and dependence on God.
Daniel stood by the Tigris river, he looked up and had a vision. Here is
Daniel's description of the vision he saw:
I lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a certain man clothed in
linen, whose loins were girded with fine gold of Uphaz: His body also
was like the beryl, and His face as the appearance of lightning, and His
eyes as lamps of fire, and His arms and His feet like in colour to
polished brass, and the voice of His words like the voice of a
men that were with Daniel didn't see what he saw, but they suddenly
became terrified and ran to hide. So Daniel was left by himself and saw
this amazing vision, which was so fantastic that it took away all his
strength. At the sound of His voice, Daniel fell into a deep sleep on
the ground with his face down.
do you think this vision was of? Do you suppose it was the Word of God
... or in other words, do you think that if you were Daniel, and you saw
the vision that was just described, that there would be no doubt in your
mind that this vision was from God? And would there be any doubt in your
mind that whatever you saw next was not just a silly old dream, but a
next thing Daniel knew, an Angel set him up on his hands and knees and
said, O Daniel, a man greatly beloved, understand the words that I
speak unto thee, and stand upright: for unto thee am I now sent. So
Daniel stood up, trembling. The Angel continued, Don't be afraid,
Daniel, because from the first day you desired to understand and humbled
yourself before God, your prayer was heard, and I have come to help you
we get a little glimpse of the spiritual realm that we talked about
earlier as this Angel tells Daniel what happened on his way to Daniel.
The Angel said that the prince of the kingdom of Persia opposed him for
twenty one days, but the Archangel Michael came to help him.
the details of history interest you, the king of Persia at that time was
Cyrus. The prince of the kingdom, who this Angel was speaking of and
heir to the throne, was the son of Cyrus, whose name was Cambyses. He had no interest in the Jewish people
rebuilding Jerusalem as his father desired.
The Angel was just giving Daniel a little idea of what was going on
behind the scenes ... In the spiritual realm. Of course, only the Lord
knows exactly what was meant when the Angel said that the prince of
Persia "opposed" him, we only know that there was a spiritual
matter concerning Cambyses while he was on his way to deliver his
message to Daniel.
Angel continues with the matter at hand, saying, Now, I'm here to make
you understand what will happen to your people in the latter days (the
End Times), but this vision will not come to pass for a long time.
Daniel looked down and became dumb
(silent), then another Angel touched his lips, and he could once again
speak. Daniel said to the Angel, The vision took away my strength and
left me speechless. Then another Angel came and strengthened Daniel and
man greatly beloved, fear not: peace be unto thee, be strong, yea, be
Think back for a moment to the days of
Abraham. Remember when the Lord appeared to him with the two Angels?
And the LORD appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre: and he
sat in the tent door in the heat of the day; And he lift up his
eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him: and when he
saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed
himself toward the ground, And said, My LORD, if now I have
found favor in thy sight, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy
remember the vision of the Lord that Daniel had before these two Angels
appeared to him. Why two Angels? Because, as Jesus said:
... then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of
two or three witnesses every word may be established.
back to the story ... When the Angel told Daniel to be strong,
Daniel gained strength and asked the Angel to reveal the meaning of the
vision to him. The Angel said, Do you know why I'm here? Now I will
return to fight with the prince of Persia, and then the prince of Greece
will come, but I will show you the prophecy, and nobody but Michael is
assigned to work with me.
this vision and prophecy starting to sound familiar ... Persia, Greece?
Ding ding! It's a vision concerning the very same thing as the vision
Daniel had in Chapter 8. In the next chapter, the Angel gives Daniel
even more details about what is to befall his people.
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Welcome back! Happy to
have you here to share another Old Testament Bible story. When we left
off at the end of Chapter 10, the Angel was telling Daniel prophecy of
the End Times. He began by saying that he
would return to fight with the prince of Persia, and then the prince of
Greece will come.
back up for just a minute so that you fully understand this. As we
learned in Chapter 8, this is sort of a two-fold prophecy of which part
has already happened, and will, in a manner of speaking, repeat itself
again in the End Times. We know that during the captivity, Babylon was
in power, then Persia took over. Then Greece took over Persia.
Angel then told Daniel that in the first year of Darius, he supported
and strengthened him.
Very interesting to know that God sends Angels to help leaders.
the Angel said that there will still be three kings in Persia and the
fourth will be much richer than all of them, and because of his riches,
he will stir up all against the kingdom of Greece. Then a mighty king
from Greece will take over.
you may have recognized, this is Alexander the Great. From this point,
the Angel goes into details of the dividing of the kingdoms and who
defeats whom, all the way through Verse 19.
we are introduced to Antiochus Epiphanes, the most evil ruler Israel has
ever encountered. He did so much damage in fact, that when he was
finally conquered, the Israelites made an 8-day celebration that is
still carried out to this day. It is called Hanukkah.
And in his estate shall stand up a vile person, to whom
they shall not give the honour of the kingdom: but he shall
come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries.
As you read the prophecy in this chapter regarding Antiochus Epiphanes,
starting at Verse 21 and ending at Verse 45, you will find a startling
fact. This man died in the history books and yet the Bible has the story
continue on after. History has this man dying at this point in this
the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt
himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak
marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper
till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is
determined shall be done.
Antiochus is fighting against God and the story is suddenly in OUR
future, as if he died and comes back to life or something.
Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the
desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify
himself above all.
is because he does come back to life, just as predicted in John's vision
The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and
shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition:
and they that dwell on the Earth shall wonder, whose names
were not written in the Book of Life from the foundation of
the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not,
and yet is. 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. And the beast that was, and is not, even he is
the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.
was a ruler of Greece and is one of the five past kings, as is
Antichrist. Antiochus also reigned terror on Israel for three and a half
years, as will Antichrist, Antiochus set up an abomination of desolation
in the Temple, as will Antichrist ... Both are called little horns in
the Bible. Even his name Antiochus ... How many people have ANTI
as the first four letters of their name or title? Ladies and gentlemen
... Antiochus IS Antichrist ...
Let's take a look at
that chart of dreams and visions once again, and add the different kings
(empires) that they represent:
Part strong/Part broken
Shall not cleave
Yet to be
(will be one of the above)
... Let's take a look at what we have so far ... It is clear according
to both dreams that there are 4 empires and then Antichrists Empire. The 4 empires are
Medo Persia, Greece and Rome.
was the kingdom that was ruling during the time the Revelation vision
the king that WAS ...
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. And
the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is
of the seven, and goeth into perdition.
we know from the Bible,
the other two past empires that tormented Israel before
Medo Persia, Greece and Rome. This
means that the 5 past empires, BEFORE ROME, in order of their appearance
on the timeline of life are ... Egypt,
Assyria, Babylon, Medo Persia, and Greece. This
means that Antichrist WAS a ruler from one of these 5.
of these countries have new names now. The 5 countries names are now ...
Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Iran and Greece.
may like to research in encyclopedias and history books about these times
in history, but remember, endeavoring to match these events and peoples and
kingdoms with those of today in order to try and figure out EXACTLY who
the players in the End Times will be, is very difficult because even
though certain people
in ancient times lived in one place, today it is most likely named something
completely different. Not only that, but the entire western hemisphere
hadn't even been discovered yet, so for example, to equate the ram pushing westward,
northward, and southward in ancient times with the territory known today
as westward, northward, and southward, couldn't be an accurate
Angel continues, telling Daniel of all the trickery that Antichrist will be
wielding during the End Times, and how so very many will be deceived by him. He
will be relentless to win as many souls away from God as he possibly can, and
will do anything in his power to accomplish his determination.
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I knew you'd be anxious to
find out what happens next in Daniel's vision. As you recall, last time,
we learned who Antichrist was and will be, and how he will deceive many
souls during the End Times.
The Angel revealing the
meaning of Daniel's vision, now gives him an understanding of a few other things that will also be occurring
during the End Times. The Archangel Michael, which this Angel
spoke of previously to Daniel, will lead in a war between the Angels of
God against Satan and his angels, and it will be like no
other war has ever been before, and all of God's people, written in the
Book of Life will be saved to life eternal. The Angel speaks
briefly of Rapture and the destiny of those who are not in the Book of
Life ... They are destined to everlasting contempt.
An interesting thing that the
Angel says is that until the time of the end, many will be busy learning
this and that. Do you suppose this could be a way of warning us not to
get so caught up in worldly wisdom like technology and such, that it
causes us to neglect seeking Godly wisdom?
Then Daniel saw two more
Angels, one on each side of the Tigris River where he was at. The man
clothed in linen, whom Daniel saw at the beginning of the vision (the
Lord), was upon the waters of the river and one of the Angels asked how
long these things will last. The Lord held His hands up to Heaven and
sware by God that it would be 3½ years, and when He has accomplished
scattering the power of the holy people, these things will be finished.
Though Daniel heard, he
didn't understand, so he asked, What will mark the end of these things?
The Lord said, Go thy way, Daniel, for the words are shut up and sealed
till the time of the end. Many shall
purify themselves, and make themselves white, and be refined; but the
wicked shall do wickedly; and none of the wicked shall understand; but
they that are wise shall understand. And from the time that the
continual burnt-offering shall be taken away, and the detestable thing
that causes appalment set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and
ninety days. Happy is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three
hundred and five and thirty days. But go thou thy way till the end be;
and thou shalt rest, and shalt stand up to thy lot, at the end of the
Let's take a look at one
little part of that again, shall we?
Blessed is he that waiteth and cometh to the thousand three
hundred and five and thirty (1335) days.
Wait a minute! That's seventy five days
after the 3½ years of the reign of Antichrist.
Well, it just so happens that seventy five days after the Day of
Atonement is the celebration of Hanukkah, which is the Jewish
celebration of the ousting of Antiochus Epiphanes. Remember, this evil man had the
spirit of Antichrist (just as John the Baptist had the spirit of
Elijah). So we have a shadow represented by Hanukkah, of
Antichrist being ousted in the End Times. You could say that Antiochus
was a shadow of Antichrist.
What does that have to do with
Christians? Well, during the second 3½ years,
called THE GREAT TRIBULATION of the End Times, which is when
Antichrist reigns, the believers in Jesus will be hidden in the
wilderness. After 3½ years of abiding in the wild, as you
can imagine, most anyone would be anxious to come out of hiding,
assuming that all is safe, but Daniel warns ... Blessed is he who waits
seventy five more days.
Who knows why? It could be that nuclear war will
be involved and it won't be safe to come out until the "dust
settles" so to speak. There may be spiritual reasons that we can't
even fathom, but the important thing is that there must be some
significance to this message or it wouldn't be included in this very
The book of Daniel
is one of the most important resources we have that reveals the prophecy
of the End Times. You'll certainly want to re-read this study from time
to time and I encourage you to read it Word for Word in your Bible as
well. Repetition helps everyone to remember things, and during the End
Times, you'll be glad you studied the Word of God, so you can be alert
and aware and prepared.