Bible Prophecy Studies: Daniel 7

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Hello everyone. 🙂

In today’s blog post, I will be going over the prophecy contained in Daniel 7. You will notice that this prophecy overlaps quite a bit with the prophecy in Daniel 2. God is good and He not only gives His word to us as a comfort and encouragement to us, but He also gives it to us in order to stretch our minds. The study of Bible prophecy definitely stretches the intellect, and while it does so, it also settles and encourages the hearts of those who put their trust in Jesus.

Firstly, I recommend that you read through this chapter. Daniel 7

The first beast mentioned in this chapter is a lion with eagle’s wings. This first beast represents the kingdom of Babylon, just as the golden head in the image in Daniel 2 does.

Another interesting thing about the lion with eagle’s wings is the following:

” …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.” Daniel 7:4 (KJV)

King Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, was once a proud man who did not honor God. God had to greatly humble him and he eventually did become a humble, God-fearing man.

Having talked about the first beast, let’s move on to the second beast.

“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.” Daniel 7:5 (KJV)

This beast represents the next kingdom that followed the kingdom of Babylon, which was the kingdom of Medo-Persia.

“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.” Daniel 7:6 (KJV)

This beast represents the kingdom that came after Medo-Persia, which was the kingdom of Greece.

“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.” Daniel 7:7 (KJV)

This beast represents the kingdom that came after Greece, which was the kingdom of Rome.

“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 7:8 (KJV)

Out of the kingdom of Rome arose papal Rome. Before I continue, I must say this: I owe a debt of gratitude to the Catholic church. My paternal great-grandmother and her siblings were helped by the Catholic church when they were orphans. This being said, I want to say that what I am about to share about papal Rome is not intended as an attack against Catholic people but rather as an acknowledgment of what the papal system is as well as of the role that the papal system plays in end-time prophecy.

Having said this, I will proceed to share more about this prophecy. In 2 Thessalonians 2:3-11, the apostle Paul talks about “the falling away” and the “man of sin” that would be revealed. As Christians began to move away from the clear teachings of God’s word and to incorporate pagan practices into their faith, they were “falling away” from the pure faith espoused in the Bible. We also see that the “man of sin” opposes God, exalts himself above God, and sits in the temple of God as if he was God. (2 Thessalonians 2:4)

If we move on to Daniel 7: 24-25, we see that the ten horns that would arise from the fourth beast, mentioned again in verse 23, would be succeeded by another horn that would arise from among them. It says that this horn would “speak great words against the most High” (God) and that it would “think to change times and laws” (verse 25).

The Roman Catholic pope holds the title “vicar of Christ”. By holding this title, he essentially “…as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.” (2 Thessalonians 2:4) Additionally, the Catholic Church changed the Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday.

Q. Has the [Catholic] church power to make any alterations in the commandments of God?
A. …Instead of the seventh day, and other festivals appointed by the old law, the church has prescribed the Sundays and holy days to be set apart for God’s worship; and these we are now obliged to keep in consequence of God’s commandment, instead of the ancient Sabbath.
—The Catholic Christian Instructed in the Sacraments, Sacrifices, Ceremonies, and Observances of the Church By Way of Question and Answer, RT Rev. Dr. Challoner, p. 204.

Q. Have you any other way of proving that the Church has power to institute festivals of precept? A. Had she not such power, she could not have done that in which all modern religionists agree with her. She could not have substituted the observance of Sunday the first day of the week, for the observance of Saturday the seventh day, a change for which there is no Scriptural authority.
–Rev. Stephen Keenan, (1851), p. 174.

These quotes show us that the Catholic church has thought to “change times and laws” (Daniel 7:25).

Before proceeding onto our next verse, I would like to explain that the word “time” in Hebrew literally means “year”. Please keep this in mind as we continue our study.

“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.” Daniel 7:25 (KJV)

Now, we need to do some math. A time=one year; therefore, “a time and times and the dividing of time” =three and a half years. Now for another important reminder: in Bible prophecy, one day= one year. Ezekiel 4:6Numbers 14:34. Having established that there are three and a half prophetic years in this prophecy and that a day equals a year in Bible prophecy, we must establish one more fact before we are able to make our final calculation. The Hebrew calendar has three hundred and sixty days in each year. Now that we know this, let us make our final calculation: 360 days x 3.5=1260 days. Since a day = one year in Bible prophecy, we come to 1260 years.

Interestingly, the Roman Catholic church functioned as a very prominent religiopolitical power in Europe for 1,260 years. During these years (538 A.D-1798 A.D), the church martyred millions of people who rejected the church’s unbiblical traditions and teachings.

Now comes the sobering end of this prophecy.

“But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end.

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, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.” Daniel 7:27-28 (KJV)

Everything that is out of harmony with God’s will and everyone who clings to those things which are out of harmony with God’s way will have an end. God is love and He knows that His ways are the ways of love. He is longsuffering and does not always immediately do away with sin, but ultimately, God, in His love, cannot allow sin to continue indefinitely. The good news is that God is full of love and that He is in the business of loving and saving people. Right now the door of mercy is still open and Jesus lovingly invites us to walk through it.

“All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.” John 6:37 (KJV)

” For He says: ‘In an acceptable time I have heard you, And in the day of salvation I have helped you.’ Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” 2 Corinthians 6:2 (NKJV)

God is full of an intense love that is hard to understand. He loves those who love Him as well as those who do not. May we all give Him our whole hearts and not disappoint Him by rejecting Him and the truths that He has been pleased to share with us through His word.

I hope that this blog post was enlightening to many and I also hope that you could sense the sensitivity and respect I tried to articulate in it even while revealing such a heavy and unpopular truth. I also hope that you will stay tuned for next week’s blog post (which won’t be about Bible prophecy) and the following week’s blog post which will be about Bible prophecy.

Blessings to all. 🙂

The cited scripture, 2 Corinthians 6:2 was taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Published by loveddaughter23

I’m just a young lady who is journeying through life with Jesus. I have much to learn and unlearn and I’m so grateful to be able to be guided by God in my growing process. I desire to learn and grow forever. May I never find a complacent, stopping point! As long as I continue to humbly walk with God, I will forever be His work in progress (adapted from the "About" page on my blog

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