More on the anti – God and destructive character of the 4th beast
We have already spoken about the “mercilessness, destructiveness, harshness and cruelty” of the 4th beast/World Empire or Super Power seen in the vision by Prophet Daniel. The Prophet described the beast as dreadful and terrible. Dreadful in scripture means that this World Power caused other nations to tremble and fear.
The beast devours worldwide – breaking the bones of earth citizens into pieces (Daniel 7: 24). I noted that accused is a synonym for the original word devour (‘akal/h399). This Empire specializes in the accusation of the brethren around the world and every nation on the planet experiences its wrath as it breaks the nations into pieces and stamps or causes them to submit to the sheer force of its power:
… 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).
Then in my vision that night, I saw a fourth beast—terrifying, dreadful, and very strong. It devoured and crushed its victims with huge iron teeth and trampled their remains beneath its feet. It was different from any of the other beasts, and it had ten horns (NLT).
Prophet Daniel emphasized that the fourth beast will exert a worldwide reign of terror and destruction:
Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour (‘akal/h399) the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces (Daniel 7: 23).
Scriptures reveal the awful behavior of the 11th horn towards God and His saints
Prophet Daniel’s showed us three main characteristics of the 11th horn on the 4th beast/King/kingdom. First, it was very aggressive although it was smaller than the others. Secondly, it exceeded the others in character, being described by the Prophet as “more stout.” Thirdly, it was controlled by demonic powers and finally, it was very aggressive towards God and His saints:
“While I was thinking about the horns, there before me was another horn, a little one, which came up among them; and three of the first horns were uprooted before it. This horn had eyes like the eyes of a human being and a mouth that spoke boastfully (Daniel 7: 8).
… whose look was more stout than his fellows (Daniel 7: 20).
Then I continued to watch because of the boastful words the horn was speaking… (Daniel 7: 11).
The 11th horn is very vocal in its aggression against the Most High God
Prophet Daniel showed us one characteristic that distinguished the 11th kingdom in this Empire from the others that had preceded it. Energized by hell, this kingdom verbalized its aggression and hatred of God to the point where the Most High was moved to judgement, according to Daniel 7: 11:
… mouth speaking great things (Daniel 7: 8).
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 (Daniel 7: 11).
I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them (Daniel 7: 21)
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).
Prophet Daniel said that great words were uttered against the Most High and I am reminded of satan who railed against Archangel Michael with great disrespect (Jude 1). Based on the cross references, I infer that Great words mean that there are:
threats against God’s people – Daniel 2: 5.
lying and corrupt words against God – Daniel 2: 9.
laws and commands to kill God’s people in the most extreme ways – Daniel 3: 22, 28.
The 11th horn shall change times
Changing of times
Prophet Daniel showed us that God will permit the 11th horn, for a season, to exert power and terror in the earth and also to change times and laws (Daniel 7: 25).
We should pay attention to the fact that the Prophet did not qualify the nouns with the word THE. Collinsdictionary.com (2014), explains that THE can be used with a qualifying word or phrase to indicate a particular person, object, etc, as distinct from others.
Based on this explanation, I therefore conclude that the 11th horn would change times and laws in general and not specific times and laws in specific eras of time.
Zĕman (H2166) is the Aramic word used for times in the text. Usage shows that this Empire would change times, a reference to calendars, times and seasons appointed by God through the Jewish calendars. It could also be a reference to changing of times that are already established upon the earth:
time as in time on a clock/a specific point in time/periods of time
Therefore at that time, H2166 when all the people heard the sound… – Daniel 3: 7.
Then Daniel went in, and desired of the king that he would give him time, H2166 and that he would shew the king the interpretation – Daniel 2: 16.
Wherefore at that time H2166 certain Chaldeans came near, and accused the Jews – Daniel 3: 8.
he kneeled upon his knees three times H2166 a day, and prayed… – Daniel 6: 10.
appointed time (from the root words)
that they would keep these two days according to their writing, and according to their appointed time H2165 every year – Esther 9: 27.
To confirm these days of Purim in their times H2165 appointed, according as Mordecai the Jew and Esther the queen had enjoined them - Esther 9: 31.
And he changeth the times and the seasons: H2166 he removeth kings, and setteth up kings… – Daniel
As concerning the rest of the beasts, they had their dominion taken away: yet their lives were prolonged for a season H2166 and time – Daniel 7: 12.
To every thing there is a season… H2165 - Ecc 3: 1.
The 11th horn shall change laws
Dath (H1882) is the Aramic word used for the Laws in the text of Daniel 7 : 25. Based on usage, this Empire would change the laws of God and even enact legislation that is diverse from that of other nations with the aim is to subdue peoples:
the law of the God of heaven (6 references)
… a scribe of the law H1882 of the God of heaven… – Ezra 7: 12.
human legislation (7 references)
… the thing is true, according to the law H1882 of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not - Daniel 6: 12.
Biblical example of the changing of laws to facilitate an ungodly agenda
I found a text in the root word which explains further how this Empire would change laws. The text is found in the historical events related to the Purim. Bitterly grieved by Mordecai’ s refusal to contradict God’s law and to worship him, villain Haman complained that Jewish laws were diverse from that of the Empire and contrary to national laws:
And Haman said unto king Ahasuerus, There is a certain people scattered abroad and dispersed among the people in all the provinces of thy kingdom; and their laws H1881 are diverse from all people; neither keep they the king’s laws: H1881 - Esther 3: 8.
He plot was to influence the king to enact legislation that would cause nationals of the Empire to murder Jews living in the Empire. This would be the first of its kind in the history of the Jewish peoples, (apart from Pharaoh commanding the murder of newborn baby boys). However, God used Queen Esther to foil the plot and to enact a new law that the Jews should defend themselves from their enemies, causing fear to fall on the people living in the Empire.
Since the prophecies related to the 4th beast specifically involve hatred and murder of the saints, I believe that Prophet Daniel saw that this Empire would change laws to such a degree that they would be:
- diverse from international law.
- anti – God of heaven at the core.
- merciless against Jews and Christians.
- merciless against peoples in general – Daniel said that this Empire subdued the whole earth.
Has the earth had such an Empire? What do you think.
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