Where we began

We began two weeks ago with an introduction to the leopard of  Daniel 7: 6. Based on the data, I believe that it could represent an African nation:

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.

Then the third of these strange beasts appeared, and it looked like a leopard. It had four bird’s wings on its back, and it had four heads. Great authority was given to this beast – NLT.

The fowl is represented by `owph (H 5776)

`Owph (H 5776) is the word used for fowl in the text of Daniel 7: 6. It was used one other time in the dream in which  Nebuchadnezzar saw a golden image representing the World SuperPowers that would emerge in the earth after his Empire ended.  We see in the text that Nebuchadnezzar had been given great dominion, like Adam, even over the fowls  that fly in the sky:
And wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls H5776 of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou art this head of gold – Daniel 2: 38.
He has made you the ruler over all the inhabited world and has put even the wild animals and birds under your control. You are the head of gold – NLT.
`Owph  corresponds to H 5775 which is used in scripture to represent:
  • fowl of the air – Genesis 1 : 26, 28, 30; Genesis 2: 19 & 20; Genesis 9: 2
  • fowls of the air – Genesis 6: 7; Genesis 7: 3;
  • fowl of the heaven – Genesis 7: 23.
  • birds – Genesis 40: 17 & 19.
  • creeping things that fly – Deuteronomy 14: 19

These fowls in scriptures refer to either clean or unclean birds, with the latter being restricted from human consumption (Leviticus 20: 25). Unclean fowls included flying, creeping things with four feet (Leviticus 11 :23).  Some fowls of the air eat dead flesh – Genesis 40: 19; 1 Samuel 17: 44; 1 Kings 14: 11; Psalm 79: 2.

I’m asking why are there four wings on the back of the leopard.  What does this mean?


What are the four heads  on the back of the leopard?

Prophet Daniel also saw  four heads on the back of the leopard. Does this mean that each head belonged to one of those wings?  Re’sh  (H7217) is used in the text for heads. 

Head in this context  is used to mean ruler, leader:

the men that were the chief H7217 of themEzra 5: 10.

Nebuchadnezzar  had a vision in which he saw an image with a  “head H7217 …of fine gold” (Daniel 2: 32).   When interpreting htis vision, Prophet Daniel told Nebuchadnezzar that he represented the head H7217of gold because God had given him an extensive kingdom which encompassed many nations and over which he ruled (Daniel 2: 38).

Further clarity comes from ro’sh (H7218) which corresponds to Re’sh. The usage of Ro’sh, when applied to the context of  Daniel,  indicate that the four heads on the leopard meant that this nation, though great, was ruled by four others at some time in its history.

Ro’sh in scripture:

  • ruler
  • chiefs
  • the one who is the greater, as in the case in which Jacob transferred greater blessings to Ephraim the younger, rather than to Manessah the firstborn son of Joseph – Genesis 48: 13 – 19.
  • heads H7218 over the people, rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens – Exodus 18: 25.
  • the princes of Israel, heads H7218 of the house of their fathers, who were the princes of the tribes – Numbers 7: 2.
  • then the princes, which are heads H7218 of the thousands of Israel, shall gather themselves unto thee – Numbers 10: 4.
  • Let us make a captain, H7218 … – Numbers 14: 4.
  • …the heads H7218 of the tribes – Numbers 30: 1.
  • So I took the chief H7218 of your tribes, wise men, and known, and made them heads H7218 over you, captains over thousands, and captains over hundreds, and captains over fifties, and captains over tens, and officers among your tribes – Deuteronomy 1: 15.
  • he shall be the head, H7218 and thou shalt be the tail… – Deuteronomy 28: 44.
  • … Hazor beforetime was the head H7218 of all those kingdoms… – Joshua 11: 10.
  • And with him ten princes, of each chief house a prince throughout all the tribes of Israel; and each one was an head H7218 of the house of their fathers among the thousands of Israel – Joshua 22: 14.
  • Then Jephthah went with the elders of Gilead, and the people made him head H7218 and captain over them… – Judges 11: 11.
  • thou hast kept me to be head H7218 of the heathen: a people which I knew not shall serve me… – 2 Samuel 22: 24.
  • For the head H7218 of Syria is Damascus, and the head H7218 of Damascus is Rezin; and within threescore and five years shall Ephraim be broken, that it be not a people – Isaiah 7: 8.
  • And the head H7218 of Ephraim is Samaria, and the head H7218 of Samaria is Remaliah’s son. If ye will not believe, surely ye shall not be established – Isaiah 7: 9.
  • For thus saith the LORD unto the king’s house of Judah; Thou art Gilead unto me, and the head H7218 of Lebanon… – Jeremiah 22: 6.


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