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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 Babylonians.

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 the others.

These four 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.



Daniel 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 togetherVerse 35 Daniel went further and interpreted the dream for the king in Verses 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. Verses 38-40 (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. Verses 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) Daniel asked that his 3 friends Meshach, Shadrach and Abednego become rulers as well and it was granted. God sure takes care of his own.



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 freaking out?

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.



Nebuchadnezzar makes 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 ...

In 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.

He 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.

Twelve 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 will.

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.

At 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.



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 old time.

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 nature.)

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?



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 new decree:

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.



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 Chapter 6.

What is a dream? What is a vision? Where do dreams and visions come from?

Let's take a look at what the Bible says:

Job 33:14-17
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:

Ecclesiastes 5:3
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 God.

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.

The third was like a leopard. It had four heads and four wings on its back and it was given power.

The 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.

In the book of Revelation, antichrist's empire is compared to the same beasts ...

Revelation 13:2
And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.

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:

Revelation 20:4
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:

Revelation 12:7-9
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 wrote:

I Daniel was grieved in my spirit in the midst of my body, and the visions of my head troubled me.

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 sent help.

The 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.

The 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.

It 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.

That 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.


Take a look with me at a little more of what we read earlier from Revelation:

Revelation 13:1-3
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.

The dragon is Satan, and the beast is Antichrist. The Antichrist empire has 10 parts (the ten horns of the beast in Daniel's dream.

If 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 Revelation:

Nebuchadnezzar's Nightmare (Statue Dream) Daniel's Dream Revelation
Head Gold Lion Mouth (lion)
Chest & Arms Silver Bear Feet (bear)
Belly & Thighs Brass Leopard Beast (leopard) (deadly wound healed) antichrist
Legs Iron Dragon (satan)
10 toes
Divided kingdom
Part strong/Part broken
Shall not cleave
one to another

Iron Toothed Beast

10 horns



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 den incident.

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 a 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.

In Daniel's 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.

Then 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.

When 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.

If you 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.



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.

Jeremiah 29:10
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:

Daniel 9:24-27
Seventy weeks 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 Daniel had.

Daniel 9:25
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.

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.

Nehemiah 2:1-7
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 into Judah; 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.

The 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 years.

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 Week?

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."


Luke 21:24
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 End Times are 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.

Daniel 9:26-27
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 neighbors.

Leviticus 25:23
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.

If so, beware ... Any peace treaty made with Israel.



In this 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.

This story takes place a couple of years after this happened:

2 Chronicles 36:22-23
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.

So, we know that the captivity in Babylon has ended, however Jerusalem is still under Persian rule.

Daniel, 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.

As Daniel stood by the Tigris river, he looked up and had a vision. Here is Daniel's description of the vision he saw:

Then 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 multitude.

The 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.

Who 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 divine message?

The 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 understand.

Now 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.

If 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.

The 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 said, O man greatly beloved, fear not: peace be unto thee, be strong, yea, be strong.

Think back for a moment to the days of Abraham. Remember when the Lord appeared to him with the two Angels?

Genesis 18:1-3
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 servant ...

Now, remember the vision of the Lord that Daniel had before these two Angels appeared to him. Why two Angels? Because, as Jesus said:

Matthew 18:16
... then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.

Now, back to the story ... When the Angel told Daniel to be strong, immediately, 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.

Is 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.



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.

Let's 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.

The 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.

Continuing, 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.

As 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.

Now 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.

Daniel 11:21
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 chapter.

Daniel 11:36
And 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.

Suddenly Antiochus is fighting against God and the story is suddenly in OUR future, as if he died and comes back to life or something.

Daniel 11:37
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.

That is because he does come back to life, just as predicted in John's vision ...

Revelation 17:8-11
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.

Antiochus 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:

Nebuchadnezzar's Nightmare
(Statue Dream)
7 Empires Daniel's Dream Revelation
Head Gold Babylon
Lion Mouth (lion)
Chest & Arms Silver Medo-Persia
Bear Feet (bear)
Belly & Thighs Brass Greece Leopard Beast (leopard) (deadly wound healed)
(Antiochus Epiphanes)
Legs Iron Rome Dragon (satan)
10 toes
Divided kingdom
Part strong/Part broken
Shall not cleave
one to another
8th Empire

Yet to be


(will be one of the above)

Iron Toothed Beast

10 horns

Now ... 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 Babylon, Medo Persia, Greece and Rome. Rome was the kingdom that was ruling during the time the Revelation vision occurred.

So, the king that WAS ...

Revelation 17:10-11
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.

... Had to be BEFORE the Roman empire.

As we know from the Bible, Egypt and Assyria were the other two past empires that tormented Israel before Babylon, 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. Note: Some of these countries have new names now. The 5 countries names are now ... Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Iran and Greece.

You 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 comparison.

The 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.



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 days.

Let's take a look at one little part of that again, shall we?

Daniel 12:12
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 important prophecy.

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.


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