DANIEL - CHAPTER 2
The Babylonian Empire The Medo-Persian Empire The Grecian Empire
East Roman Empire
The Seleucid Portion - Old Grecian Empire
In verses 4-8 - Daniel has a dream, and it depicts the same territories as the kings dream, only in his dream he sees them as animals [beasts].
He saw four great beasts come upon the earth. The first was like a LION [Babylon].
The second was like a BEAR [Medo-Persia].
The third was like a LEOPARD [Grecia], and it had four heads.
The fourth, known as the NON-DESCRIPT BEAST, not depicted, [Rome], had great iron teeth, was dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly and was diverse from all the other beasts, and it had ten horns.
And, while he was considering the horns, another 'little horn' came up among them, by whom three of the first horns were plucked up by the roots. And the 'little horn' had eyes and a mouth speaking great things. Then God appeared and destroyed this 'little horn' and his body was given to the burning flame.
In verses 17-27, Daniel is told that the 'little horn', will make war with the Jews and prevailed, until God came along and destroyed him, and the time came that they possessed the kingdom.
He is told that the fourth beast, would be the fourth kingdom to arise [Rome], and that it would be diverse from all the other kingdoms, and would devour the whole earth, and tread it down and break it in pieces. And, the ten horns out of this kingdom, are ten kings, that shall arise, and another shall rise after them, he shall be diverse for the first, and he shall subdue three kings.
The 'little horn' will speak great words against God, he will think to change times and laws, and the Jews will be given into his hands for three and a half years. But, God's judgment shall sit, and take away his dominion, and it will be given to the people of God for ever and ever.
In verses 4-25, Daniel tells of another dream. He saw a RAM, with two horns, pushing westward, northward and southward, no one could stand in his way, and he became great.
Then before he knew it, a GOAT, with a notable horn between his eyes, came rushing out of the west, so fast that his feet didn't even touch the ground. He ran into the RAM with such power that he smote the RAM.
Now, the GOAT waxed very great, and when he was very strong, his great horn was broken, and four notable ones came up in it's place. And, out of them, came a little horn, which waxed exceedingly great towards the south and the east and towards Israel.
It is interpreted by the messenger that the RAM is the king of Medo-Persia, and the GOAT is the king of Grecia, and the great horn between his eyes, is Alexander the great.
The four horns that come up in his stead are four kingdoms that come out of that nation, but they don't rule in his power. [Cassandra - Lysimachus - Ptolemy - Seleucus]
And, in the end time of these kingdoms, a king of fierce countenance shall stand up [the 'little horn']. And, his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power. He is going to destroy mighty ones, and the holy places. He shall come up against the Prince of Princes, and will be broken without hands. [not by man]
This is the story of the Rise of Antichrist, and also his fall, as told in symbol to King Nebuchadnezzar in his dream, and to Daniel in his dreams.
The kings dream interpretation is the first of Daniels prophecy, and in it, the entire story is told to him from beginning to end without regard for time. It isn't until later that his visions start telescoping in on the details of the events. He was amazed and astounded at what he was shown, and constantly asked for clarification about what he saw. The Jewish scholars tell us that angel showing these things to him is Gabriel. Gabriel explains everything clearly to Daniel, so he would not be confused. That's why it is so clear to us. There is nothing hidden in the symbolism of the beasts, once you understand the whole picture of what's going on. To put the final piece of the picture in place is John's job, in revelation.
By combining Daniel and Revelations the explanations become clear as to their spiritual significance, their earthly location and earthly manifestations. [The study on these points are published in the CHN Newsletter. Read: The Beast Behind Antichrist and Right Leg? Left Leg?]
The entire point of the story is the end. The history outlined and focused on, takes the reader on a tour from whence it came, and along the way exposes the pertinent attributes that came out of each reign of each kingdom. This also puts a definite time line into the story. In fact, the prophecy is about time. They were given to be understood in 'their time', the 'end time', because that is the only time they will be seen. Until then, with no real-time manifestation in your midst, they are just another prophecy, waiting for their time to come onto the stage of history.
But, when you have scenes from the prophecy taking place on the real-time stage of history, then they can be understood. With a previous knowledge and understanding of the scope of the story, you could relate it to the real-time events. Once you find the story on the stage of history, then you can say that now you understand it's meaning, and a prophecy becomes fulfilled. Anyone who recognizes the same, is also fulfilling the prophecy that it would be understood in it's time. This is a natural occurrence. Just as in my youth, I only dreamt of the world of computers, and me going into space [didn't know it would be cyberspace], but now, during this time, I can say that I understand the reality of what was only a dream just fifty years ago.
When you find it on the stage of present history, that automatically puts you into it's time, so you can even speculate as to it's course, using as bearings the course that its on and the destination it is trying to reach.
With respect to the end time prophecy, we believe we are witnessing the unfolding of Daniels' end time story in our time. We know that preachers around the world are united about being in the end times, but they interpret the events slanted by denominational religious tradition. But, for where ever they are coming from, they're correct.
I challenge you to show us anything else, besides Daniels Prophecy, occurring on the present day stage of history that would encourage preachers, from around the world, to tell us, and expect us to believe, that these are the end times of the Biblical prophecy.
Required here is a purely objective point of view. Assessing the prophecy and the events without bias. Using the story as the exact truth, and overlaying the present world circumstances, clear out to the fringes, is the only way you can have even the remotest chance of seeing the truth of the matter. You can not cloud it over with what you think you know based on religion, because religion is based on tradition, and tradition makes void the word of God.
Daniels prophecy is about the end time of his people the Jews and their holy city Jerusalem. If you're looking for end times, look there. He was told to seal up the prophecy until it's time. If you find Daniels drama going on there now, then it is end times.
That is the story that we are telling here. Our basis is not because we are prophets, or think we were spoken to by Gabriel, or any such thing. We are 'amateur' eschatologists, with a consuming interest in the end times. We have been quiet observers of the day to day happenings of even the most insignificant events related to end time prophecy and real-time events for sixteen years. Also, we are Bible students who diligently pursue their meaning.
We believe that the events presently occurring in the Middle East, have reached the point in the story where the 'little horn' character is in place, and can be identified. Watching him in his big scene as it plays out leads you to know just how close we are to the Rapture of the Church.
The study before you makes a solid, scripture supported case for the identity of the 'little horn', and presents a scenario of the outcome based on the prophecy. We see it happening. If you are on the tour, stay on and get informed.
For you folks who ascribe to the Rapture of the Church and believe that it is imminent, I think you'll find "The Rapture of the Church" especially interesting and informative.
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