Belshazzar was the king of Babylon whose reign ended with the capturing
of Babylon by the Persians around 540 years before Christ. This is the same
king who saw the writing on the wall just before Babylon’s fall.
He too had a dream interpreted by God through Daniel and written in scripture
for God’s glory. This amazing chapter covers ancient history for us
and yet our near future also!
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 spake and said, I saw in my vision by
night, and, behold, the four winds of the heaven strove upon the great
sea. And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another.
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.
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.
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
[Rome/Revived Roman Empire]
7,8: After this I saw in the night visions, and behold
a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it
had great iron [Daniel 2:40-45]
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. [Revelation
13:1-10] I considered the horns, and,
behold, there came up among them another little horn,
beast or antichrist] 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.
[Christ’s Kingdom at Christ’s Return in Glory - Armageddon]
9,10: 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. 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
11,12: 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. [Revelation 19:20] As concerning the rest of the beasts, they
had their dominion taken away: yet their lives were prolonged for a
season and time.
13,14: 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.
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.
15,16: I Daniel
was grieved in my spirit in the midst of my body, and the visions of
my head troubled me. 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.
17: These great beasts, which are four, are four kings,
which shall arise out of the earth. But the saints of the most High
shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever
[Western European Union:
Treaty of Brussels March 17, 1948]
Then I would know the truth of the fourth beast, which was diverse from
all the others, exceeding dreadful, whose teeth were of iron, and his
nails of brass; which devoured, brake in pieces, and stamped the residue
with his feet; And of the ten horns that were
in his head, and of the other which came up, and before whom three fell;
even of that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spake very great things,
[Revelation 13:5] whose look was more stout
than his fellows. [This is the antichrist
at his revealing, the
abomination of desolation]
[The 2nd Half of the
70th Week of Daniel]
I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed
against them; 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
23-28: Thus he said, The
fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which
shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth,
and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces. 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. 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. 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. 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.
Four beasts from the sea representing four kings in history
- Lion with eagles wings that were plucked (Babylon)
- Bear that devours much flesh (Persia)
- Leopard with four wings and four heads and given dominion (Greece)
- Fourth Beast with iron teeth and 10 horns (Rome/Western
European Union [WEU]?)
- 3 horns plucked by the roots
- Little horn comes up amongst the 10
- 3 Plucked Horns perspective
from Jerry: The AC will make war on the saints in
the middle (3 ½ years) [of the 70th
week] using 7 of the 10 kings (10 kings less the 3 he subdues)
and God will give him power to overcome them for 42 months.
Currently, the WEU (Western European Union) 10 permanent/only-voting
members have a 6 month rotating presidency. So, take the
10 kings less 3 = 7 x 6 months each = 42 months! Surely
the WEU is the 10 horns/kings brought down to 7 who give
their 6 month rotating presidency to the AC to rule for
- Little horn has eyes like a man and a mouth speaking great
Is Daniel 7:4 Referring to Ancient Babylon?
The first was like
a lion, and it had the wings of an eagle. I watched until its wings
were torn off and it was lifted from the ground so that it stood on
two feet like a man, and the heart of a man was given to it.
I am also intrigued by the story written by Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel
The king spake,
and said, Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house
of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honour of my majesty?
While the word was in the king’s mouth, there fell a voice from
heaven, saying, 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. The same hour was the thing fulfilled upon Nebuchadnezzar:
and he was driven from men, and did eat grass as oxen, and his body
was wet with the dew of heaven, till his hairs were grown like eagles’
feathers, and his nails like birds’ claws. And at the end of the
days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding
returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured
him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion,
and his kingdom is from generation to generation: And all the inhabitants
of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will
in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none
can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou? At the same time
my reason returned unto me; and for the glory of my kingdom, mine honour
and brightness returned unto me; and my counsellors and my lords sought
unto me; and I was established in my kingdom, and excellent majesty
was added unto me. Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour
the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment:
and those that walk in pride he is able to abase.
Nebuchadnezzar’s pride is brought low when he is made to be like
the beasts of the field for seven years. After that time, he is again given
his human faculties and resumes reigning Babylon.
There is the aspect of timing since this vision in Daniel 7 is after
Nebuchadnezzar’s reign is over.
These great beasts,
which are four, are four kings, which shall
arise H6966 out of the earth.
(Chaldee); corresponding to H6965: - appoint,
establish, make, raise up self, (a-) rise (up), (make to) stand, set (up).
A primitive root; to rise (in various
applications, literally, figuratively, intensively and causatively): - abide,
accomplish, X be clearer, confirm, continue, decree, X be dim, endure, X
enemy, enjoin, get up, make good, help, hold, (help to) lift up (again),
make, X but newly, ordain, perform, pitch, raise (up), rear (up), remain,
(a-) rise (up) (again, against), rouse up, set (up), (e-) stablish, (make
to) stand (up), stir up, strengthen, succeed, (as-, make) sure (-ly), (be)
up (-hold, -rising).
Does this necessarily mean they were all future kingdoms? Or could it
be that even though Daniel received this vision past Nebuchadnezzar’s
reign, the prophecy is given regardless of time? He would certainly
understand and recognize Daniel 7:4 as having happened before, giving him
some grounding in the present for what was to come in the future. The idea
of appointing is related to these four kings.
It seems to me that the story of Nebuchadnezzar being made low as a beast
after his god-complex in order to be made a humble man giving glory to God
seems to fit the idea used in other Biblical illustrations of those making
their nests in the heights of the eagles, the proud, being brought low.
This seems to be exactly what Daniel 7:4 is talking about.
hath deceived thee, and the pride of thine heart, O thou that dwellest
in the clefts of the rock, that holdest the height of the hill: though
thou shouldest make thy nest as high as the eagle, I will bring thee
down from thence, saith the LORD.
Winged Lions: The
Gate of Xerxes at Perespolis shows that the Winged Lion was placed at
the corner of one entrance. When you stood in front of the gate you saw
a lion with four legs and when you were inside the gate you saw a lion with
The Winged Lion of Babylon
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The first was like
a lion, and it had the wings of an eagle. I watched until its wings
were torn off and it was lifted from the ground so that it stood on
two feet like a man, and the heart of a man was given to it.
Herb L. Peters:
...What I quoted above from my overview is
basically the dispensational view of Bible prophecy. So, there are many
areas where I agree with Dispensationalism. But, as I said before, there
are some areas where I disagree. What first caught my attention was
apparently finding a different order of events in Daniel from that which
strict Dispensationalism taught. In chapter seven of the book of Daniel
we read about the prophet Daniel seeing the four beasts rising from
the sea. The forth beast was different from the other beasts and it
trampled down and devoured the first three. It also had 10-horns --
identifying it as the same beast that John saw rising from the sea in
Revelation 13. Daniel sees a little horn appear among the 10 horns and
uprooting three. And, Daniel sees this little horn possessing a mouth
and boasting great things (Daniel 7:7-8).
So far nothing appears
out of order from strict Dispensationalism. However, what comes next
is. In the next verse we find the same throne
room scene that we find in Revelation 4. And, in the following
verses (Daniel 7:9-11), we see some of the same things happen that occur
in Revelation 4 through Revelation 19. For me, the implications were
obvious. Although the dispensational view teaches that Revelation chapter
four marks the beginning of Israel’s final seven-year period,
the book of Daniel appears to teach that Revelation
chapter four marks the beginning of the Great Tribulation, which is
only a 3 ½ year period. You see, Daniel places the throne
room scene of Revelation chapter four happening after the Antichrist
is boasting great things. And, from other related passages,
we know that this boasting occurs in the middle of the seven-year period
-- when the Antichrist goes into the Temple and declares himself to
At first I pretty much kept my new thinking to myself.
Then, I ran across something that gave the idea further support. I read
a piece by an expert on the original languages who pointed out that
John in Revelation was making direct word connections back to the book
of Daniel. As an example, he said that the book that was sealed in Daniel
12 should be understood as the scroll with seven seals in Revelation
If that’s truly the case, once again it suggests that
the events unleashed by the breaking of the seven seals on the scroll
could happen over a 3½ year period, not seven. That’s because,
in Daniel 12 where the book is sealed, an angel asks how long until
the end of these wonders. The reply is, time, times and a half time
(3½ years), until the power of the holy people is shattered.
I began finding other Scripture that supported the 3½-year
idea. For example, we read that the Antichrist and his 10 kings will
be given authority to wage their war against the saints for 3½
years. And, when the first seal on the scroll is broken, we read that
the rider on a white horse is given a crown and then he goes fourth
to conquer. Once again, the passage may suggest the beginning of the
foretold 3½ year period, not seven. You see, when the rider is
given his crown, he may be receiving his authority to act -- or make
war -- for forty-two months (3½ years). And, in Revelation 13,
when the 10-horned beast rises from the sea, it has 10 crowns -- meaning
the 10 kings now have their authority to act for 3½ years too.
I now have more reasons why I believe the events that begin in Revelation
4 may occur over a 3½ year period. For example, with my new way
of thinking, I can even see the Scripture that I quoted at the beginning
suggesting a 3½ year period for the scroll now too. Let’s
look at it again.
And he will make a firm covenant with the many
for one week, but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to
sacrifice and grain offering; and on the wing of abominations will
come one who makes desolate, even until a complete destruction,
one that is decreed,
is poured out on the one who makes desolate.
Notice the part I highlighted. In ancient times, a scroll in the
hand of someone sitting on a throne represented a king issuing a decree.
So, even here, in the passage that’s referred to by Jesus in Matthew
24:15, we can find it being suggested that the seven-sealed scroll in
Revelation isn’t opened, and it’s judgments poured out,
until after the Antichrist has been revealed in the Temple in the middle
of the seven-year period.
As I said before, what I have presented
above is not intended to be an academic argument. It’s only my
attempt, in simple fashion, to explain the how and why of what I have
come to believe.
It is interesting to consider what Daniel saw
in chapter 7. Daniel was lying on his bed and he had a vision at night
and the 4 ‘winds of heaven’ were churning up the ‘great
sea’. In the Babylonian culture the ‘great sea’ was
not just a body of water but it also described the night sky, the ‘sea’
of the stars and constellations.
And the Babylonian Zodiac did
have a constellation pictured as a lion with eagles wings. It also had
a leopard, and as the Bear has been in the constellations from the ancients
(noted in Job), they likely had the Bear constellation also.
And there is a constellation that is different from the others, it is
the largest of all and is known as the Hydra. Today the Hydra is pictured
as a multi-headed serpent, but in the Babylonian zodiac it appears to
be a conglomeration of beasts, a dragon body with fore legs and an unusual
head, it is not recognizable as any particular animal, but is the largest.
The same beasts are associated with the ‘beast out of the
sea’ in Revelation 13, the multi-headed beast (hydra) that resembles
a leopard, has the feet of a bear and the mouth of a lion. This also
appears to be a reference to the beasts of the night sky, the constellations.
We have always assumed that the beast that comes out of the sea
comes out of the gentile nations or the water, but the ‘sea’
may be a reference to the stars. This could be consistent with Satan’s
being cast down to earth, when he gives his power to the AC at the midpoint
of the 70th week, which would appear to be
an arrival from the stars. As the AC receives his power from Satan,
as the world follows the beast and worships the dragon, as it is likely
that Satan posses the AC, the AC could be seen as coming from the stars
if he is embodied by Satan, the one who falls from the sky.
beasts are all associated with the throne room scene which appears to
parallel that in Revelation 4. The first 3 beasts are still in existence
when the AC comes to his end, which occurs at Armageddon, suggesting
that the first 3 beasts are still in existence at Jesus’ return.
As the 4th beast is clearly the kingdom of the AC, which is a future
kingdom, it is highly likely that the first 3 beasts of Daniel 7 are
modern kingdoms that exist now.
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Babylon [Daniel 2 vision), all four
kingdoms dominated the people of Israel. The fourth kingdom (the legs
of iron), the Roman empire, presided
over the destruction of Israel in 70 AD. The fourth kingdom also provided
the countdown to the first coming of Jesus Christ,
the Son of God.
Conversely, the four beast kingdoms function
in reverse as they provide the historic countdown to the resurrection
of the state of Israel; and once again these empires also serve as a
sequential countdown to the second coming of Christ. Because the fourth
kingdom is the empire that catapults The Antichrist to power, our identification
requires a global perspective. Every verse in the Bible implies he is
a global figure. Speaking of his confederate The False Prophet, the
text does say “...he causes ALL to receive a mark....” 11.
The word all would appear to imply far more than Europeans. Indeed
a quick bit of research in practically any Encyclopedia will find the
European Community listed under regional organizations. Yet, to this
day, the vast majority of prophecy teachers confidently and categorically
state that the European Community is the final empire that will host
There is only one global political entity of
a lasting consequence in the world today. It was founded between 1945
and 1948. It has claimed absolute authority in establishing jurisdiction
over the historic land called Palestine. Its power and political reach
is now reaching overwhelming proportions as its members include virtually
every government on the face of the Earth.
The United Nations
IS the prophesied one world government so frequently mentioned in the
Bible. The recognition of the intermediate American hegemony that is
presently being manifested only serves as a ‘red herring’
in understanding how these kingdoms fit into the scriptural account.
In many respects, America and the United Nations are alter egos of each
other. The US created the UN as a vehicle to draw in the rest of the
world’s nations to the construct the American government intended
At the very same time the UN was formed (1947),
the United States implemented the National Security Act which formed
the National Security State the US has become. By slowly ceding power
to it’s own creation, the US is transitioning its power base into
world government and the UN is the heir apparent. There are some very
important details to this process that are found in our study on The
Beast with Seven Heads — however, those are beyond the scope of the
present exposition. For the present, suffice it to say that the United
Nations is the designated entity for world government and significant
elements of the US and the UN may be seen in the description of the
fourth Beast of Daniel Seven.
This is an alternative
view of Daniel 7 (it says the same 4 kingdoms of Daniel 2 will be reconstituted
in the latter days, having direct conflicts with Israel).. e.g. Babylon
(Iraq), Persia (Iran), Greece and Rome. (However, I don’t see
any signs that Greece will arise again, in the latter days.. ??) This
analysis justifies it by the fact that Daniel 8 defines the third kingdom
as Greece. I confess, I’m stumped at this point. What do you make
of Greece, in this analytical point of view? How could it possibly be
reconstituted as a world power?
Kingdom Baptist - It appears there is no great agreement on the
3rd kingdom. Some say it is Germany, others say France, and Beirnes
says it is an “Arab Federation.” This is precisely one
thing that is wrong with this whole methodology. Once we have left
the Bible’s own interpretation of these kingdoms, “anything
goes!” Sir Robert Anderson was perhaps one of the first to
suggest that the kingdoms of Daniel 7 were not identical with those
of r. It is clear that he erred because he did not see that these
same four kingdoms would be revived in the latter days. I believe
G.H. Pember (“The Great Prophecies of the Centuries Concerning
Israel and the Gentiles”) and William Kelly are both much
more sound on Daniel 7 (at least in regard to the identity of the
4 kingdoms). Kelly writes: “Accordingly the Spirit again goes
over the ground of the four great Gentile empires, as well as the
fifth empire, the kingdom of heaven, to be introduced by our Lord
Jesus. But all is presented, though, of course, with perfect consistency,
from a different point of view. It is not now a great image, beginning
with that which was gorgeous...Here we have ravening wild beasts.
The very same powers are meant [as in Daniel 2], but it is another
aspect of them....it is now God’s view of these same powers,
and their relation to His people.” (“Notes on Daniel,”