Daniel Chapter 7
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
19 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;
20 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, whose look was more stout than his fellows.
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.
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, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.
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Matthew Henry's Daniel Chapter 7 Bible commentary...
Daniel's vision of the four beasts. (1-8) and of Christ's kingdom. (9-14) The interpretation. (15-28)1-8 This vision contains the same prophetic representations with Nebuchadnezzar's dream. The great sea agitated by the winds, represented the earth and the dwellers on it troubled by ambitious princes and conquerors. The four beasts signified the same four empires, as the four parts of Nebuchadnezzar's image. Mighty conquerors are but instruments of God's vengeance on a guilty world. The savage beast represents the hateful features of their characters. But the dominion given to each has a limit; their wrath shall be made to praise the Lord, and the remainder of it he will restrain.
9-14 These verses are for the comfort and support of the people of God, in reference to the persecutions that would come upon them. Many New Testament predictions of the judgment to come, have plain allusion to this vision; especially #Re 20:11,12|. The Messiah is here called the Son of man; he was made in the likeness of sinful flesh, and was found in fashion as a man, but he is the Son of God. The great event foretold in this passage, is Christ's glorious coming, to destroy every antichristian power, and to render his own kingdom universal upon earth. But ere the solemn time arrives, for manifesting the glory of God to all worlds in his dealings with his creatures, we may expect that the doom of each of us will be determined at the hour of our death; and before the end shall come, the Father will openly give to his incarnate Son, our Mediator and Judge, the inheritance of the nations as his willing subjects.
15-28 It is desirable to obtain the right and full sense of what we see and hear from God; and those that would know, must ask by faithful and fervent prayer. The angel told Daniel plainly. He especially desired to know respecting the little horn, which made war with the saints, and prevailed against them. Here is foretold the rage of papal Rome against true Christians. St. John, in his visions and prophecies, which point in the first place at Rome, has plain reference to these visions. Daniel had a joyful prospect of the prevalence of God's kingdom among men. This refers to the second coming of our blessed Lord, when the saints shall triumph in the complete fall of Satan's kingdom. The saints of the Most High shall possess the kingdom for ever. Far be it from us to infer from hence, that dominion is founded on grace. It promises that the gospel kingdom shall be set up; a kingdom of light, holiness, and love; a kingdom of grace, the privileges and comforts of which shall be the earnest and first-fruits of the kingdom of glory. But the full accomplishment will be in the everlasting happiness of the saints, the kingdom that cannot be moved. The gathering together the whole family of God will be a blessedness of Christ's coming.
Gladys's Daniel Chapter 7 comment on 5/23/2013, 4:38pm...
The four beasts are the four empires, Babylonian 606-538 BC, the Medo-persian 539-332 BC, the Greek, 332 BC-65 AD, the four horns were the division of the empire after the death of Alexander the Great, the last beast is the Islamic empire, Umayyad, 661-750 AD, this was the empire which destroyed Jerusalem and slaughtered Jews and Christians, they also murdered them to prevent them from making a pilgrimage into the Holy Land, which finally brought about the Crusades in 1099. This is the diverse beast which wars against the whole world, and treads on, tramples and breaks it into pieces...Daniel does not speak to the New World, only the known world at the time, the Holy Land. Not to say the US will not play a part, we will,in Revelations it says the rule of the Anti-Christ will not come about until the sun rises in the West, not to be political, but if you look at the Obama symbol, it looks like the sun rising over the symbol of the West (the American flag), some in theological circles believe he is the Mahdi spoken of in the Quran...I kind of think the sun rising in the West could mean power being that of a Western country, could be the US or not, it could mean just what it says, the sun will rise in the West literally because of a polar flip or something of that nature...I definitely believe Obama being elected is part of the Biblical prophesy if only we had the knowledge to understand how.
Leoly's Daniel Chapter 7 comment on 3/23/2013, 5:16am...
As a Christian believer, this will be happening after the rapture. Religion cannot save us but by the Grace of Jesus Christ alone who appeared in the vision of Daniel, the Son of man cometh from the sky. The 144,000 are the people that came from the twelve tribes of Israel.
Clephos's Daniel Chapter 7 comment on 3/16/2013, 9:05pm...
I believe that Daniel is a prophet of the most high God and that God gave him a vision that no man can interpret the revelation without the Holy Ghost. Any answer other than that is just what the human mind thinks.
Diana Brown's Daniel Chapter 7 comment on 3/02/2013, 11:57pm...
Are the 144,000 saints of the Most High that will be redeemed from the earth a Jehovah’s Witnesses teaching?
Emmanuel Mensah's Daniel Chapter 7 comment about verse 26 on 2/27/2013, 10:16am...
Daniel, is a great prophet of God, I’m personally inspired by his boldness, courage, faithfulness and his integrity.
Farrell's Daniel Chapter 7 comment about verse 13 on 2/03/2013, 12:29am...
The Ancient of Days is God, and the son of man is Jesus.
Mawitea LP's Daniel Chapter 7 comment about verse 13 on 1/03/2013, 12:09pm...
My questions are: 1) Who is Ancient of Days? 2) Who is son of a man?
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