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The Book of Daniel

Chapter 7__Dreams and Visions of Daniel

     Let’s catch up with a few facts before we delve into this chapter, which in my opinion, is a very exciting chapter. Anything that has to do with the events of the end times is very interesting to me. I want to know as much as I can about the events that may happen in my life time, although at 74, it had better happen pretty soon! (LOL).

     We will find out here that Father’s Election will reign with Him when He sets up His Kingdom and what does it take to become one of His set-aside ones, His Elect? You must have the seal of our Father in your mind and how do you receive that seal?

     You understand that the false messiah, Satan/Antichrist, comes before the true Messiah, as St. Paul wrote in 2nd Thessalonians:

     Ref: 2nd Thessalonians 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; KJV

     That son of perdition being Satan in his role as the Antichrist and the second event of two that MUST happen before the return of Christ. As we study these books together we will ALL become one of His Election and therefore we will all reign with Him.

     HOW GREAT WILL THAT BE. The best part being able to get close to our Lord, to sit at His feet and talk with Him and to wash His feet as well, perhaps.

     And it’s open to anyone and everyone. The only requirement for obtaining the knowledge necessary is to read and study His Word, WITH UNDERSTANDING and that’s what we do here. We try to understand as best we can and if we simply try, He counts it as perfect.

     What’s written here in chapter 7 happened three years before the events of chapter 6, and is, therefore, chronologically, out of order, so this chapter is an insert and is a continuation of chapter 2:44.

     Verse 1 starts with In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon, but if we remember correctly, king Belshazzar died back in chapter 5:31. This also tells us that this chapter is out of order.

     This chapter 7 is the last chapter written in the Babylonian language; chapter 8 and foreword, are written in the Hebrew language because it concerns Israel, while the previous chapters concerned themselves with the Gentiles.

     The date of this chapter is around 429 BC and Daniel would be about 82 years old.

     Daniel 7:1 In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon Daniel had a dream and visions of his head upon his bed: then he wrote the dream, and told the sum of the matters.

     Daniel has a dream this time. ‘Ole Neb had a couple of them, one about that statue in chapter 2:1 and the one about the tree in chapter 4:5 but this one is given to Daniel.

     Daniel 7:2 Daniel spake and said, I saw in my vision by night, and, behold, the four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea.

     We read of these four winds in Revelation, those winds, controlled by those four angels, that our Father said not to release until those 144,000 had the seal of God placed in their minds.

     Rev: Revelation 7:1 And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree. KJV

     Who were those 144,000? They were 12,000 from each of the twelve Tribes of Israel. And the king of Babylon being the type of the end time messiah, Satan.

     Many scholars and commentators will tell you that this great sea is the Mediterranean Sea but after studying Revelation we know that sea means people, not a body of water and that’s easily documented by reading Revelation 17:

     Ref: Revelation 17:15 And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues. KJV

     This dream is important.

     Daniel 7:3 And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another.

     Let me say again that our Father does not deal in monsters. You might point out that He did create four of them, and they are talked about in Revelation as well, but if you check the Greek, beasts means living creatures. We’re talking about the Zoon in Revelation:

     Ref: Revelation 4:6 And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind. KJV

      Beasts_NT:2226 zoon (dzo'-on); neuter of a derivative of NT:2198; a live thing, i.e. an animal:

     Nope, the beasts here in Daniel MUST mean something else and they do. So, don’t get all up tight about it, let’s find out what they are.

     Our lives are clearly interfered with by the government and other agencies and these include the areas of politics, education, financial and religious, of which I believe these four winds represent, in part.

     They have to do with government and politics.

     Daniel 7:4 The first was like a lion, and had eagle's wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man's heart was given to it.

     There is only one verse in Revelation that has the description of these beasts here in Daniel:

     Ref: 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. KJV

     Here in Daniel, the fourth beast will be Satan.

     Daniel 7:5 And behold another beast, a second, like to a bear, and it raised up itself on one side, and it had three ribs in the mouth of it between the teeth of it: and they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh.

     We know that there will be a deadly wound to this political system.

     Daniel 7:6 After this I beheld, and lo another, like a leopard, which had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl; the beast had also four heads; and dominion was given to it.

     The four hidden dynasties. The one-world system taking over. And God has warned us over and over, concerning these four hidden powers, in the book of Zechariah, for example, concerning the end times.

     Daniel 7:7 After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns.

     Three of these beasts are world kingdoms or world powers. This fourth beast relates to Satan/Antichrist.

     What about these ten horns? Horns, in prophesy, always means power, and these ten will be spiritual, supernatural powers that will come with Satan when he is released by the archangel Michael. Revelation spoke of these ten kings as well:

     Ref: Revelation 17:11 And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.

     Who is it that goes into perdition? Satan. He is the only one that our Father has condemned to a spiritual death in all of history. Perdition means to perish and that is a finality, a death of no return. Again, no other soul has been condemned to death except Satan.

     The 7000 fallen angels WILL die but only on the day of Judgment, the day that we will all be judged.

     Ref: Revelation 17:12 And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet;

     Why? Because they’re supernatural. They come with Satan as Antichrist. They are just now entering into this final stage.

     but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.

     This one hour is the final five-month period of tribulation of Satan/Antichrist, the hour of temptation.

     Have you ever heard any of this taught or preached in your church? Probably not because they are afraid that it will scare you to death and you might take your tithe elsewhere. Why would anyone want to go through this life living in deception when the truth of what’s coming is given to us by our Father?

     The more you study His Word, the more educated you become, the more able you are to take care of your own soul. And if these truths are not given and explained to you in your church, it makes sense that your pastor cares about something more than your soul.

     If you hang out a sign and you call yourself a pastor, which means shepherd, and you don’t feed the flock, which is you, then you/they will starve to death. The spiritual food that your soul requires won’t be available and you will end up in the garbage pits of Jerusalem. Gehennah, which is a synonym for hell.

     But this should not come as a surprise to anyone because our Father said it would end up this way through the prophet Amos:

     Ref: Amos 8:11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord: KJV

     A famine for hearing the Word of God. His Word is not being taught that much today. Maybe you’ve got a church here or there that might teach it but I myself don’t know of any. If I did, I would probably go there myself.

     The truth of His Word will not be taught during this tribulation either. In fact, Satan/Antichrist will amplify the lies to cement to the people the fact that he is christ. When he is not.

     Ref: Revelation 17:13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.

     These ten leaders will only have power as long as Satan/Antichrist has power.

     Ref: Revelation 17:14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.

     And so they are. And so YOU are. You know the truth and you will make that stand.

     Daniel 7:8 I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.

     Daniel considered the horns. That is, he looked them over closely:

       Considered_ OT: sakal (saw-kal'); a primitive root; to be (causatively, make or act) circumspect and hence, intelligent:

     This little horn will be Satan/Antichrist and it will have eyes like a man because he will look like a man, he will look like the Lamb slain, he will look like the true Christ.

     Daniel 7:9 I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire.

     Ancient of days did sit….our Father.

     Wheels as burning fire. Have you ever read the first chapter of Ezekiel? The prophet gives a pretty good description of what that vehicle looks like, describing it according to what he has seen in his lifetime, that vehicle that carries our Father’s Throne where ever He wants it to be.

     That’s a bit hard for the human mind to accept or understand. Our Father needing a transport of some sort for His Throne. I mean, we’re talking spiritual, aren’t we? How can something spiritual have substance to it?

     “I thought that everything in that realm was made of smoke or something. Spirits and such, you know? They appear and disappear, seem to walk through walls and all.”

     When I first read it myself, I thought that it to be very strange but we have to believe ALL of the written Word or NONE of the written Word. You can’t choose parts of it. It’s an all or nothing situation.

     Certainly, there are errors in the translations but they are few in number and if you need to enforce your belief in what you read, take the Strong’s Concordance and go back into the languages and see what was written in the Manuscripts. Bypass the translators to a great extent. Read the words that the author of the book wrote.

     Yep, His Throne appeared as a fiery flame with burning wheels.

     This verse shows us that our Father is in control and that His judgment will be executed at the end of it all.

     Daniel 7:10 A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened.

     Judgment Day. When the books are opened. The fiery stream are the words that come from the mouth of the Ancient of Age, our Father.

     That number is almost too large to calculate. To see the answer you would have those small numbers beside the large number, representing factors and powers and roots. Remember that from high school? Even today I cannot understand what they mean or how to write out that entire number by hand.

     The point is that it is a VERY LARGE NUMBER.

     10,000 X 10,000 plus a 1000 1000’s. Multiply that in your head. Many souls.

     Daniel 7:11 I beheld then because of the voice of the great words which the horn spake: I beheld even till the beast was slain, and his body destroyed, and given to the burning flame.

     The political and religious systems of Satan/Antichrist have been destroyed by the truth of our Father’s Words and Revelation 19:20 tells us what that burning flame is:

     Ref: Revelation 19:20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. KJV

     The beast is the one-world political system. The false prophet is Satan/Antichrist.

     Those who receive the mark of this beast receive it in their mind. It’s a belief rather than a physical mark.

     Horn spake = SatanAntichrist.

     This event transpired, if you remember, in the book of Revelation, before the Great White Throne Judgment.

     Ref: Revelation 19:20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet

     The false prophet is that antichrist, the little horn…the one-world political system and the antichrist.

     Beast = One-world political system.

     False Prophet = Antichrist.

     that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast,

     Those that didn’t know the difference between the true Christ and the fake.

     and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.

     Both who? The one-world political system and the office of the false christ. NOT SATAN HIMSELF, BUT THAT OFFICE.

     Ref: Revelation 19:21 And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh. KJV

     Remnant does not refer to the Election, it means the rest in general, the kings and such.

     The white horse, the one that our Lord sat upon. The fowls were filled with their flesh means that their carcasses were eaten by the scavengers.

     And what is the truth that comes out of the mouth of our Lord referred to as? A sword. Not a physical one.

     Daniel 7:12 As concerning the rest of the beasts, they had their dominion taken away: yet their lives were prolonged for a season and time.

     All their power was taken away. Why? Because the Lord returned, we’re all changed into spiritual bodies and the Millennium has begun.

     Daniel 7:13 I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.

     Christ and His Father.

     Daniel 7:14 And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.

     Christ will set up His kingdom in Jerusalem.

     Daniel 7:15 I Daniel was grieved in my spirit in the midst of my body, and the visions of my head troubled me.

     Because of the fact that these things would transpire and people would be deceived.

     Daniel 7:16 I came near unto 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.

     One of the angels standing near to him.

     Daniel 7:17 These great beasts, which are four, are four kings, which shall arise out of the earth.

     In the latter days, they will be earthly kings, not supernatural. Not those that Satan brings with him.

     Daniel 7:18 But the saints of the most High

     That’s God’s Elect.

     shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever.

     By what power do they do this? By the power of the white horse rider. Jesus Christ.

     Daniel 7:19 Then I would know the truth of the fourth beast, which was diverse from all the others,

     This is the antichrist,

      exceeding dreadful, whose teeth were of iron, and his nails of brass; which devoured, brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with his feet;

     One of the deepest and cruelest things that you can do to a person is to steal away what a person believes in. And it’s done every day with abandon by preachers standing behind that pulpit, spewing the garbage of established religion. The rapture and fly-away doctrines.

     The lies upon which Satan relies for his eternally on-going conquest of souls.

     Daniel 7:20 And of the ten horns that were in his head, and of the other which came up,

     That little one.

     and before whom three fell; even of that horn that had eyes,

     That’s the little horn

     and a mouth that spake very great things,

    The false christ.  

     whose look was more stout than his fellows.

     More stout would be better stated as more believable:

     Ref: Revelation 13:11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. KJV

     Looks just like the true Lamb.

     Daniel 7:21 I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them;

     Prevailed literally means to be able:

       Prevailed_ OT:3201 yekel (Aramaic) (yek-ale'); or yekiyl (Aramaic) (yek-eel'); to OT:3201: -be able, can, couldest, prevail.

       Root Word_ OT:3201 yakol (yaw-kole'); or (fuller) yakowl (yaw-kole'); a primitive root; to be able, literally (can, could) or morally (may, might):

     Daniel 7:22 Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom.

     After the White Throne Judgment there is no wickedness, no evilness.

     And the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom. That's what it's all about, that's the goal that we strive for, to spend the eternity with our Lord and nothing around us that brings displeasure. Quiet, content, blessed.

     We have a pretty good idea of what the Millennium will be like but when Revelation describes this great city Jerusalem, descending from the sky, it just boggles the mind to understand the scope of it all.

     Daniel 7:23 Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms,

     And religions.

     and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.

     Do you know something? There is no place in history where you can find that that has happened. No place in history. Well, I wonder why? Because it’s yet future. There’s not even a type for it because it is that one-world dominance by the false one when you were warned in Revelation that the whole world goes after the false christ, think that he is christ.

     But not Father's Election. It hasn’t happened yet but it’s right at the door.

     Daniel 7:24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.

     These are the ten kings that the false messiah brings with him. And we know that they are supernatural because Satan is currently being held in heaven and we know that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of our Father, flesh and blood cannot enter into that dimension, so they have to be spiritual.

     Daniel 7:25 And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.

     A time and times and the dividing of time. That’s 3 ½ times. Satan/Antichrist will have full authority during his tribulation but he doesn’t rule with authority, he rules with flattery, he rules by making life very easy for those that believe that he is the true Messiah.

     Food and drink, enough for everyone. No more bills to pay, he’s in charge and he takes all that away.

     “Praise the Lord! Praise Jesus.”

     A time of happiness and prosperity.

     This 3 ½ times is the half-length of the seven years of tribulation. That doesn’t sound right, does it? Nope. It’s been shortened by Christ but you try to make someone believe that today. They will argue with you until the cows come home.

     This 7 year tribulation has been ingrained into people’s minds until it can NEVER be removed. You might get an individual or two to believe that it’s been shortened to five months but that’s about the extent of it:

     Ref: Matthew 24:22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened. KJV

     Ref: Mark 13:20 And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved: but for the elect's sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days. KJV

     It’s written in two different books, Matthew and Mark. Shortened from seven years to what length of time?

     Ref: Revelation 9:5 And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man. KJV

     Ref: Revelation 9:10 And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months. KJV

     It’s written in two different places in the same book. Five months.

     And for whom was it shortened? His Election. His chosen. His set aside ones. He loves ALL His children but His Elect are very special to Him. The deception of Satan/Antichrist will be so strong that Father feared that even those chosen ones would succumb to the lies.

     And He could not take that chance. They showed their love and allegiance during that world that was and they are used, by Him, during this age to fulfill certain parts of His overall Plan. They will be the ones delivered up before the interrogators of Satan/Antichrist.

     Daniel 7:26 But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end.

     As it is written in Mark 13 and Matthew 24, Christ destroys it. Father's Elect stand against it.

     Daniel 7:27 And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High,

     His Election.

     whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.

     There will be nothing negative following that point. All that loved the Father will follow Him and the wickedness will be done away with in that same fire, the lake of fire. God is a consuming fire, He does away with evil. His Holy Spirit warms the heart of those that follow Him.

     Daniel 7:28 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. KJV

     He sealed it there. Why? It was for a time and a place, it’s for the latter generation, it is for their knowledge, their edification, their understanding. You will have that nailed home before we complete this book of Daniel.

     To me, it’s a real joy to study prophesy and to find out what is going to happen to those that are still living when our Father releases Satan onto this earth for his tribulation. I hope and pray that I am among those folks.

     But with all the symbolism in Daniel and Revelation and the smaller books of prophesy, Micah and Joel and all of them, it really boils down to just a few facts that you must know and understand.

     All the different books of prophesy pretty much say the same thing and predict the same events and how could they not? There are not different scenarios for these end of times, there is only one and it is being directed by our Father.

     Chapter 8 is coming up. Don’t go anywhere.

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