(Dan 7)(Dan 2) study we see that it corresponds with (i.e.) – the 4 world kingdoms symbolized by the 4 wild beasts, relate respectively to the 4 metals of the Colossus.
NOTE: (Gen 41:32) Joseph in interpreting his two dreams said, “And for that dream was doubled unto
Pharaoh twice; it is because the thing is established by God, and God will shortly
bring it to pass.
THE 1ST BEAST – THE LION (BABYLON)
(Dan 7:4) As Gold is the most precious of the metals, so the Lion is King of the forest. Both symbols refer to the Babylonian empire.
1. THE WINGS Swift movement of the Babylonian armies that were trained to march with great
2. THE PLUCKING OF THE WINGS
Reference to Nebuchadnezzars instantly and thus being stripped of his power.
3. STANDING ON 2 FEET LIKE A MAN RECEIVING A MANS HEART
Speaks of his recovery from the beastly state.
4. (JER 4:6-7) DESCRIBES NEBUCHADNEZZAR AS A LION
The identification of the 1st wild beast with Babylon is thus ratified.
5. THE EAGLE (Ezek 17:2-3)(Ezek 17:12)
Also associated with Babylon.
THE 2ND BEAST – THE BEAR (MEDO-PERSIA)
(Dan 7:5) The bear represents the Medo-Persian Empire, the silver breast and arms part of the Colossus.
1. ONE PAW LIFTED UP
Shows the Persian element to be stronger than that of the Mesks.
2. 3 RIBS IN THE BEARS MOUTH
Portrayed its conquering of the countries of Susiana, Lydia, Asia Minor.
3. THE BEAR IS DISTINGUISHED BY ITS GREAT STRENGTH IS, NEVERTHELESS AWKWARD & LUMBERING IN ITS MOVEMENTS & OVERCOMES BY SHEER BRUTE FORCE: The Meda-Persian empire gained great victories by hurling vast masses of soldiers against it’s enemies. Some records say expedition against Greece involved 2 500 000 men.
THE 3RD BEAST – THE LEOPARD (GREECE) (Dan 7:6)
1. 4 HEADS Denote the partition of the Empire at the death of Alexander into redivisions; Syria; Egypt; Macedonia; Asia Minor.
2. 4 WINGS Denote its swiftness, especially characterized by its first general, Alexander the Great, whose forced marches resulted in lighting conquests, thus in a few years he had the world at his feet. The leopard corresponds to the belly and the thigh parts of the Colossus. The matter of the heads was not revealed to Daniel until a couple of years late when he received the vision of the ram and the goat.
THE 4TH BEAST – THE MAN-DESCRIPT BEAST (ROME)
(Dan 7:7-8) In a separate vision given the same right, he saw the 4th wild beast. It corresponds with the iron legs of the
Colossus. It had iron teeth.
NOTE: The beast was of dreadful appearance, exceeding strong and whatever it came against, it broke in pieces.
1. 10 HORNS – Corresponding with 10 toes of the Colossus.
2. A LITTLE HORN – not shown in the image, sprang up among the 10 horns and overthrew 3 of them by the roots.
3. EYES LIKE THE EYES OF MAN –
4. A MOUTH SPEAKING GREAT THINGS –
NB! Before Daniel had an opportunity to ask for an explanation of the “little ham,” he had still another vision. (Dan 7:9-12)
This vision deals with the end of the age. It shows the dominion of the first three beasts taken away, but their lives are
prolonged for a season. These Nations still exist today as Iraq, Persia and Greece.
However, when judgment falls on Rome (the 4th Beast) it is destroyed forever.
The judgment scene described in the vision is the same as (Rev 5) and refers to the heavenly scene at the end of the age just before Gods judgment is poured out upon the Earth. (Dan 7:23-27) Speaks of Rome, the fourth great Kingdom, out of which will come 10 Kingdoms. Out of the 10 kingdoms confederacy will come the little horn, who will exercise mighty power for a “time and times and the dividing of time”, or 1260 days. (Rev 13:177)
THE VISION OF THE RAM AND THE GOAT
(Dan 8:3-4) The Ram is the Medo-Persian empire which was symbolized in the previous vision by a bear. This empire was a dual power including the Medes and Persians, but the Persians rose to superiority as it is shown by one ram rising higher than the other in the vision. The Prophet beheld the rapid conquests of that empire as it pushed out westward, northward, southward, corresponding to the 3 ribs in the bears mouth.
Suddenly in the vision a He goat appears and comes rushing at the Ram from the West.
The He Goat corresponds to the Leopard empire, possessing 4 winds which the prophet had seen in the vision of the 4 beasts.
1. The notable ram was Alexander the Great, whose swift advance struck the ram a shattering blow, effecting and over-
throwing the Medo-Persian empire. (Dan 8:7)
2. 334B.C Alexander the Great in Goat like fashion leaped across the Hellespoint and after defeating the enemy in a series of
obsessive battles, pushed southward to the Nile and then all the way to India.
3. He conquered Syria, Phoenicia, Cyprus, Ega, Egypt, Babylonia, Persia.
The prophecy indicated that when the He Goat was at the height of His power, his great Horn was broken. Alexander died after 12 years of reign in an orgy of drunkenness and debauchery.
The four leading generals divided themselves into 4 great divisions.
Generals: Gas sander, Lysimachus, Seleucus, Ptolemy.
Divisions: Syria, Egypt, Macedonia, Asia Minor.
THE LITTLE HORN:
Out of one of the divisions of Alexander Empire came forth a little horn. (Dan 8:9-14)
We know from History that this little horn was Antiochus Epiphanes, the 8th King of the Seleucid dynasty. He usurped the Syrian throne in 175B.C and reigned 11 years in Antioch. He erected a pagan shrine upon the sacred alter of the burnt offering, sacrificing a sow, sprinkling the Holy place with swine’s broth, and setting up a statue of Jupiter. As prophecy foretold, Antiochus “practiced and prospered by reason of transgression,” that is because of Israel’s National sin.
NOTE: This prophecy appears at first to have been fulfilled by Antiochus Epiphanes, but as Daniel was further enlightened by the Angel by saying “at the time of the end shall be the vision,” we see that he was only a type of and not the main character.
(Dan 8:23) “The latter time of their kingdom.” This is a reference to the 4 Kingdom.” This is a reference to the 4 kingdoms that came out of Greece.
All four are independent nations today.
Lysimachus – Turkey (Independent state 1299)
Seleucus – Iran (Sovereignty 1794)
Greece – (Independence 1830)
Egypt – (Sovereign State 1930)