The key revelation about the 4th beast of Daniel 7

I identified the 4th beast or World Empire of Daniel 7 in the post titled “The 4th Beast Or World Power, Its 11th Horn And The Changing Of Times And Seasons.”  The key revelation of this post is that the 4th beast, while the most terrible of the four, will be judged and entirely destroyed by God.

The vision reveals God sitting in judgment in the Court of Heaven

Prophet Daniel’s vision gave the startling revelation of the judgment of the 4th World Empire by the Heavenly and Eternal God. At the beginning of this episode, the Prophet was shown into the heavens in which he saw two members of the God Family – the Son of Man who is Christ, and the Ancient of Days, the key member of the God Family who Christ referred to as Father during His earthly ministry.

While earthly thrones and kingdoms ruled and terrorized the saints and people of earth, the Ancient of  Days set up thrones of judgment in His ETERNAL in heaven. The end of this and every other judgment preceding it was the casting down of the kingdoms of earth. This calls to mind the words,

“the kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever” (Revelation 11: 15).

Prophet  Daniel said that the Ancient of Days had hair like pure wool and wore a garment that was white as snow. Apostle John saw Jesus the replica of the Father in  Revelation 1: 13 – 15, with this revelation teaching us that God is ONE.

When read carefully, the text of Daniel 7 specifically reveals that God came forth to  judge and totally annihilate the 4th Empire in the vision.

This Empire had so aggravated God that it was not permitted to remain even though the other three Empires had been also judged and “had been stripped of their authority, but were allowed to live for a period of time” (Daniel 7: 12). Apostle John confirmed this vision in Revelation 13: 2, because the World Empire of the new era was like a leopard, with feet like a bear, and mouth like a lion.

Prophet Daniel saw that God sat in judgment with “thousands upon thousands” and “ten thousand times ten thousand” saints in attendance.  The books of records in heaven were opened because God had kept record of the activities and works of this 4th World Empire, A beautiful parallel is also found in Revelation 20: 11 – 12:

“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.

“As I looked,“thrones were set in place, and the Ancient of Days took his seat. His clothing was as white as snow; the hair of his head was white like wool. His throne was flaming with fire, and its wheels were all ablaze.

10 A river of fire was flowing, coming out from before him.
Thousands upon thousands attended him; ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him. The court was seated, and the books were opened.

11 “Then I continued to watch because of the boastful words the horn was speaking. I kept looking until the beast was slain and its body destroyed and thrown into the blazing fire.

12 (The other beasts had been stripped of their authority, but were allowed to live for a period of time.)

And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them

And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works (Revelation 20: 11 – 12).

The vision reveals that ALL power belongs to God and His Christ

Prophet Daniel saw in the vision that All power and authority were given to the Son of Man, who is Christ. He came with the clouds of heaven. In the root, the Hebrew word for clouds is a poetic reference to Christ being enshrouded in clouds to hide His brightness and glory, which humans cannot tolerate. The references show that the Lord would appear to His people in the cloud and speak from inside, with the cloud being evidence of His Presence.

Jesus the Father was prophetically referred to as the Son of Man covered in the clouds because the vision shows Him after His Ministry in the Earth. While in the earth, His heavenly brightness and glory were hid by the clouds or His body of flesh. In the vision, we also see all things being put under His feet and His promotion to Head of His Church.

13 “In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man,[a] coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence.

14 He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9: 6).

Christ gives the authority and power into the hands of His church

As Daniel continued in the vision, he saw that the Kingdoms of earth, including the 4th, would rage against the saints and would be permitted for a time to prevail. However, the Ancient of Days pronounced that the Saints had the right to rule in the earth forever and would be given full rule in the fullness of time. One day the earth will no longer be ruled by ungodly men and women and the laws will be those of the Kingdom of God, as Apostle John saw:

The Interpretation of the Dream

15 “I, Daniel, was troubled in spirit, and the visions that passed through my mind disturbed me.

16 I approached one of those standing there and asked him the meaning of all this.

“So he told me and gave me the interpretation of these things: 17 ‘The four great beasts are four kings that will rise from the earth.

18 But the holy people of the Most High will receive the kingdom and will possess it forever—yes, for ever and ever.’

19 “Then I wanted to know the meaning of the fourth beast, which was different from all the others and most terrifying, with its iron teeth and bronze claws—the beast that crushed and devoured its victims and trampled underfoot whatever was left.

20 I also wanted to know about the ten horns on its head and about the other horn that came up, before which three of them fell—the horn that looked more imposing than the others and that had eyes and a mouth that spoke boastfully.

21 As I watched, this horn was waging war against the holy people and defeating them,

22 until the Ancient of Days came and pronounced judgment in favor of the holy people of the Most High, and the time came when they possessed the kingdom.

23 “He gave me this explanation: ‘The fourth beast is a fourth kingdom that will appear on earth. It will be different from all the other kingdoms and will devour the whole earth, trampling it down and crushing it.

24 The ten horns are ten kings who will come from this kingdom. After them another king will arise, different from the earlier ones; he will subdue three kings.

25 He will speak against the Most High and oppress his holy people and try to change the set times and the laws. The holy people will be delivered into his hands for a time, times and half a time.[b]

26 “‘But the court will sit, and his power will be taken away and completely destroyed forever.

27 Then the sovereignty, power and greatness of all the kingdoms under heaven will be handed over to the holy people of the Most High. His kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, and all rulers will worship and obey him.’

More to come