Daniel 7

Daniel 7:1-28 Vision of the Four Beasts

1. In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon, Daniel had a dream and visions of his head while on his bed. Then he wrote down the dream, telling the main facts.
2. Daniel spoke, saying, “I saw in my vision by night, and behold, the four winds of heaven were stirring up the Great Sea. 
  • the, meaning a specific sea
3. And four great beasts came up from the sea, each different from the other. 
  • the, meaning a specific sea
4. The first was like a lion, and had eagle’s wings. I watched till its wings were plucked off; and it was lifted up from the earth and made to stand on two feet like a man, and a man’s heart was given to it.
  • Beast 1 (Kingdom 1) = This first beast was a lion and the lion already had eagle wings (angles have wings like an eagle), then eventually wigs were plucked (by God), and the lion that once had eagle wigs, no longer having the eagle wings, was now lifted up from the earth (by Adam), and made to stand on two feet like a man (possession of the human body), and a received a human heart so that it can live on earth (Cain's).
  • Lion = 1 Peter 5:8 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 
  • Eagle Wings = Most eagles have wings that are rather long and wide, to help them soar and glide with less effort. At low speeds, broad wings can hold a bird up in the air longer than narrow wings. And broad wings provide extra lift when an eagle has to carry its prey up into the air.
  • Plucked off = take hold of (something) and quickly remove it from its place.
5. “And suddenly another beast, a second, like a bear. It was raised up on one side, and had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth. And they said thus to it: ‘Arise, devour much flesh!’
  • Beast 2 (Kingdom 2) = This second beast was like a bear. It was raised up on one side (why was it raised, and how can a bear raise on one side?), and had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth (what does these three ribs represent?). And they said thus (who said this? they = more than one person) to it: Arise, devour much flesh.
  • Bear = Bear robbed of her cubs = aggressive kingdom
  • Raised up on one side = this kingdom is raised up one one side (how?)
  • Had three ribs in its mouth between it's teeth = this kingdom has already devoured three cities? nations? kingdoms? 
  • Why three ribs? 
6. “After this I looked, and there was another, like a leopard, which had on its back four wings of a bird. The beast also had four heads, and dominion was given to it.
  • Beast 3 (Kingdom 3) = This third beast was like a leopard, with four bird wings
  • Leopards = Leopards are fast felines and can run at up to 58km/h! They're super springy, too, and can leap 6m forward through the air – that's the length of three adults lying head to toe! 4. Leopards are very solitary and spend most of their time alone.
  • Wings of a bird = Birds use three types of flight. They are distinguished by wing motion.Why four wings 
  • Four heads with dominion
7. “After this I saw in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, exceedingly strong. It had huge iron teeth; it was devouring, breaking in pieces, and trampling the residue with its feet. It was different from all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns. 

8. I was considering the horns, and there was another horn, a little one, coming up among them, before whom three of the first horns were plucked out by the roots. And there, in this horn, were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking pompous words.

Vision of the Ancient of Days

9 “I watched till thrones were put in place, And the Ancient of Days was seated;
His garment was white as snow, And the hair of His head was like pure wool. His throne was a fiery flame, Its wheels a burning fire; A fiery stream issued And came forth from before Him. A thousand thousands ministered to Him;Ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him. The [e]court was seated,
And the books were opened.

11 “I watched then because of the sound of the [f]pompous words which the horn was speaking; I watched till the beast was slain, and its body destroyed and given to the burning flame. 

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


13 “I was watching in the night visions, And behold, One like the Son of Man, Coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, And they brought Him near before Him.

14 Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, That all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion,
Which shall not pass away, And His kingdom the one Which shall not be destroyed.
Daniel’s Visions Interpreted

15 “I, Daniel, was grieved in my spirit within my body, and the visions of my head troubled me. 16 I came near to one of those who stood by, and asked him the truth of all this. So he told me and made known to me the interpretation of these things: 

17 ‘Those great beasts, which are four, are four kings which arise out of the earth. 

18 But the saints of the Most High shall receive the kingdom, and possess the kingdom forever, even forever and ever.’

19 “Then I wished to know the truth about the fourth beast, which was different from all the others, exceedingly dreadful, with its teeth of iron and its nails of bronze, which devoured, broke in pieces, and trampled the residue with its feet; 

20 and the ten horns that were on its head, and the other horn which came up, before which three fell, namely, that horn which had eyes and a mouth which spoke pompous words, whose appearance was greater than his fellows.

21 “I was watching; and the same horn was making war against the saints, and prevailing against them, 

22 until the Ancient of Days came, and a judgment was made in favor of the saints of the Most High, and the time came for the saints to possess the kingdom.

23 “Thus he said:‘The fourth beast shall be A fourth kingdom on earth, Which shall be different from all other kingdoms, And shall devour the whole earth, Trample it and break it in pieces.
24 The ten horns are ten kings Who shall arise from this kingdom. And another shall rise after them; He shall be different from the first ones, And shall subdue three kings.

25 He shall speak pompous words against the Most High, Shall persecute the saints of the Most High, And shall intend to change times and law. Then the saints shall be given into his hand For a time and times and half a time.

26 ‘But the court shall be seated, And they shall take away his dominion, To consume and destroy it forever.

27 Then the kingdom and dominion, And the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven, Shall be given to the people, the saints of the Most High. His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, And all dominions shall serve and obey Him.’

28 “This is the end of the account. As for me, Daniel, my thoughts greatly troubled me, and my countenance changed; but I kept the matter in my heart.”