THE BOOK OF DANIEL
DANIEL DREAM INTERPRETATION
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THE BOOK OF DANIEL
DANIEL'S DREAM PROPHECY
DANIEL DREAM INTERPRETATION EXPLAINED
Welcome back! Happy to
have you here to share another Old Testament Bible story. 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.
DANIEL'S DREAM VERSUS VISION
DANIEL DREAM INTERPRETATION IS A GIFT
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.
DANIEL'S DREAM AND YOURS
DANIEL DREAM INTERPRETATION ORIGINS
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.
In the book of Revelation, Antichrist's
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.
DANIEL'S DREAM PREDICTED FUTURE
DANIEL DREAM INTERPRETATION ON COMING EVENTS
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.
DANIEL'S DREAM WARNING
DANIEL DREAM INTERPRETATION CONCERNS
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
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.
DANIEL'S DREAM MEANING
DANIEL DREAM INTERPRETATION FROM GOD
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:
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
Part strong/Part broken
Shall not cleave
DANIEL'S DREAM SUMMARY
DANIEL DREAM INTERPRETATION CONCLUSION
Pretty interesting, huh? We'll be expanding this chart even more in the study
of Chapter 11! Until then, be sure to come back to find out what happens
next in the life of Daniel the Prophet. I'll give you a little hint
... Daniel has another vision!
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