The Dreadful Beast Of Daniel 7
Dr. Joe Temple

Introduction

Open your Bibles, please, to the book of Daniel, chapter 7. This chapter deals with a vision which Daniel had in relation to the affairs of this world. We will begin our reading with verse 7:

Daniel 7:

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.

Then notice the paragraph which begins with verse 19 of this same chapter:

Daniel 7:

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.
21 I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them;
22 Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom.
23 Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.
24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.
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.
26 But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end.
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.

We will stop our reading there. Shall we bow our heads together for prayer: Our Father, we have read Thy Word, and as always after reading the Word and preparing to talk about it, we sense our very great need of Thee. We ask for that anointing that will make possible the delivery of this message in the power and strength of the Holy Spirit. We ask, our Father, for that enlightenment of heart for those who listen that will enable understanding. For we pray in Jesus' name and for His sake. Amen.

Animal Representing Last World Kingdom

Look at the very first two words of verse 7, after this . With those two words, Daniel is making a reference to the early part of his vision, in which he saw three animals come up out of the Mediterranean Sea and march across the stage of the world one after the other.

The first beast was like a lion, the second was like a bear, and the third was like a leopard. Time will not permit us to repeat the things we said about these three animals. After we were through with a careful research into the Word of God, we discovered that these three animals symbolized the history of three worldwide empires—Babylon, Persia, and Greece.

In the Scripture which we have just read, we have presented to us the fourth part of Daniel's vision, which is related to a beast which he described as so dreadful and terrible that he felt as though it were in a class by itself. I would like for us to notice the simple, basic thing which he said about this beast.

Physical Appearance Of The Beast

Glance at verse 7 and notice that he mentions that the beast is dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly. You will also notice in the last part of verse 7 that it was diverse from the three beasts which had gone before. It was an awe-inspiring beast, so diverse in its appearance that it could not be given the name of any beast of the animal kingdom, as could the three other beasts which had gone before.

If you will notice in the middle of verse 7, you will realize that this beast also had great iron teeth. If you will look at verse 19, you will discover toward the end a statement which tells us that the beast not only had great iron teeth, but it had claws of brass as well.

Then you will notice by going back to verse 7 that this beast was characterized by its ferociousness; it devoured and brake in pieces and stamped the residue with his feet. Of course the thing we are thinking about is the kingdoms of the world, and we are reminded by verse 7 that this beast in its ferocity had devoured and stamped in pieces the kingdoms of the world.

The Horns Of The Beast

If you will look at the last part of verse 8, you will notice another peculiar characteristic of this beast: it had ten horns. As Daniel was observing these ten horns very closely because it was a unique looking beast, he noticed that there came up among the ten horns a little horn. As he observed that little horn, which was indeed strange to behold, he observed that it became very active; the little horn plucked up three of the ten horns by their roots and demolished them, set them aside, and took the place that they had once held.

Look at the last part of verse 8 and you will see that this horn was unusual. It was different from horns in the ordinary sense of the word, in that it had eyes like the eyes of a man.

Whenever you see an inanimate object spoken of in this fashion in the Word of God, you are being informed by the Spirit of God that that particular object is anointed with human intelligence.

Then notice also that, according to the last part of verse 8, this little horn had a mouth which spake great things. If you will turn over to verse 20 you will notice:

Daniel 7:

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.

The last statement tells us something else about this little horn: it had a stouter look than all of its fellows. There was something different in this horn from the other seven horns that were on the head of this beast. This one was more stout than all of his fellows.

If you will look at verse 21, you will see the last practical thing that is said, and it is said in a descriptive fashion about this horn:

Daniel 7:

21 I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them;

Interpreting The Vision

If you are thinking, you should have in your minds, clearly cut, a picture of the last part of Daniel's vision. We want to know the interpretation of it. Daniel was interested in knowing the interpretation. Daniel asked the angel, and that was all that Daniel had to depend on, other than what he himself had experienced.

I want to suggest to you as we attempt to ascertain the interpretation of this vision that we will depend upon the Scripture—what the Holy Spirit has revealed elsewhere in the Word of God; and we will depend upon what history tells us. We have lived thousands of years since this particular vision was given, and we have had the opportunity, as we have pointed out, of seeing history verify the Word of God.

So as we seek to know the interpretation of this vision, will you look at verse 12, where the angel in answer to Daniel's request said:

Daniel 7:

23 …The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.

So there is the simple, basic interpretation of who this fourth beast is. It is representative of the fourth kingdom that is to march across the stage of the world. It is going to be diverse from all the others. As soon as we read that, we are interested in knowing what made it so diverse and dreadful and terrible. What made it worse than they?

John's Description Of The Beast

Turn, please, to Revelation, chapter 13. In this chapter, we are going to look at another vision. This vision was not had by Daniel. This vision was had by John the Apostle. He had the vision under somewhat the same circumstances as Daniel had his vision.

You will remember that Daniel had his vision while he was in a state of seclusion in the last days of the Babylonian Empire. John had his vision as he was in exile upon the Isle of Patmos. You will notice these words:

Revelation 13:

1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.

As soon as we read this verse, we recognize that we are on familiar ground because the sea of Revelation, chapter 13, is the same sea as the sea in Daniel, chapter 7. We recognize that this is a strange looking beast which had ten horns. We are given additional information about the beast in this vision because in addition to the ten horns, the beast had seven heads, and in addition to the horns, this beast had crowns upon the horns.

You will notice in verse 2 that we are talking about the very same beast that Daniel was talking about in the last part of his vision. We read:

Revelation 13:

2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.

Keep in mind that when Daniel was writing concerning his vision, he said, “I saw a beast that I cannot describe. It is diverse from everything I have seen before.” But when John described it, he said, “I can describe it. It is like a leopard, it is like a bear, and it is like a lion.” It had all the attributes of the three beasts which had gone before.

Containing Evil Attributes Of All Other Kings

Turn back to Daniel, chapter 7, as I suggest to you that the reason this beast which Daniel saw was so dreadful, so terrible, so awe-inspiring, was that this beast had incorporated into it all the evil attributes of the other beasts that had already made their appearance.

Or, as we are thinking in the terms of kingdoms, I would like to suggest to you that the fourth kingdom which makes its appearance upon the earth is worse than all of the other kingdoms that have gone before because it has incorporated into it all of the evils and all of the sins that were related to the first kingdoms.

As we look back at Daniel, chapter 7, we notice that the angel said:

Daniel 7:

23 …it shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.

It is a kingdom whose influence is going to be worldwide. As we seek for the identity of this kingdom, this statement is very helpful to us because we have in Daniel, chapter 2, a portrayal of the four kingdoms that are going to march across the stage of the world. The last kingdom, according to Daniel, chapter 2, is none other than the empire of Rome because it is the Roman Empire that is symbolized by the legs and the feet of the image of Daniel, chapter 2.

Great False Church Rises On The Beast

Turn with me to Revelation, chapter 17. This chapter offers us additional information concerning the beast of Revelation, chapter 13, and the beast of Daniel, chapter 7. Revelation, chapter 17, is written to present to us the judgment of the great false church that will eventually swallow up all of the religious bodies of the world. That great false church will be brought to power with the aid of governmental power because it is politically expedient. Since that is true, the beast upon which the church is riding is brought to our attention in Revelation, chapter 17.

I make mention of those details so that you will not be involved in your thinking with the description of the great whore that sits upon the beast. Rather, you will spend your time examining with me the beast upon which the whore sits. So will you notice verse 3:

Revelation 17:

3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.

Then there is a description of the woman, and then in verse 7 the explanation concerning the beast upon which she is riding is given:

Revelation 17:

7 And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns.
8 The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.

Let us pause long enough to say that that is simply a reference to the fact that the Antichrist, who will be the last world ruler, will be the one who will die and who will be raised again from the dead. His name is Antichrist, and he imitates everything that the Lord Jesus Christ did.

The City Of The Great False Church

In verse 9 we read:

Revelation 17:

9 And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.

Notice that particularly. These seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sitteth. That is of the utmost importance because it is going to identify for us the fourth kingdom represented by this fourth beast. If you will glance at verse 18, you will read these words:

Revelation 17:

18 And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.

The woman is sitting on seven hills. Then we are told in verse 18 that the woman is sitting upon the city, or is in the city, which in John's day ruled over the kings of the earth.

Here we call upon history to clarify our thinking and to enlighten us somewhat. We are aware that the city which ruled over the entire earth in John's day was none other than the city of Rome. So John is identifying the seven heads of the beast with the seven hills of the city of Rome.

Seven Kings Of The Roman Empire

But he said that these seven heads also had another significance, and this is important because it helps us to understand the kingdom we are considering at the moment. In verse 10, he said:

Revelation 17:

10 And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.

God is writing about the kings of the Roman Empire. He said that five of them have already come and gone. As we were studying the book of Revelation, we pointed out to you who those five kings might have been. John said in effect, “One of them is ruling in my day. That is Nero. And there is another one going to come who will be far worse than Nero ever was, and he will continue for only a very short time.”

This verse of Scripture, then, along with the other in Revelation, chapter 17, helps us to understand the identity of the fourth kingdom that is to march across the stage of the world; it is none other than the Roman Empire.

Ten Kings Ruling At The Same Time

Go back with me now to Daniel, chapter 7, and recognize as we glance at the last part of verse 7 that the kingdom that we have in mind is ruled over by ten kings at one time. If we emphasize Revelation, chapter 17, again with this chapter, we will find that this is the only proper interpretation of this phrase. The ten kings who are ruling over the Roman Empire are all ruling at one and the same time.

I say this presents a difficulty in a sense because there is nothing in history that indicates that the Roman Empire at the time of its world-wide power ever was ruled by ten kings at the same time.

We have another apparent problem in verse 8, because it tells us that there was a revolution among these ten kings. One fellow who had never been heard of before made his appearance in the midst of these ten kings. When he made his appearance, he gained control of the territories of three of those kings, and taking that power, he subjugated the other seven and became a world ruler. There is nothing in the history of Rome to indicate that any king like this has ever lived.

So I say that we are presented with a difficulty if (and notice this) we do not believe in the prophetic Word of God. But if we do believe in the prophetic Word of God, we have no problem.

Go back with me to Daniel, chapter 2, and remember the picture of the image that was presented there. It had a head of gold. It had breast and arms of silver. It had belly and thighs of brass. It had legs of iron. It had feet, part of iron and part of clay.

You will remember that we identified the head with the Babylonian Empire. We identified the breast and arms of silver with the Persian Empire. We identified the belly and the thighs of brass with the Grecian Empire. And we identified the legs of iron and the feet, part of iron and part of clay, with the Roman Empire. As we examine history in the light of that image, we have no problem until we get down to the feet. We have no problem with the legs because the Roman Empire was divided, as you well know, into east and west Rome. But when we get down to the feet, we have a problem because in the feet there are ten toes, and there was never a time in the history of Rome when Rome was ruled over by ten kings at the same time.

Prophecy That Is Yet To Be Fulfilled

So if we are to understand this portion of the Word of God, we are going to have to recognize that what Daniel said is fulfilled prophecy up to a point; what it says from the last part of verse 7 on is prophecy that is yet to be fulfilled.

A very normal question as we present this thought to you is, “Why is it that the last part of verse 7 and what follows in verse 8 was not immediately fulfilled after the first part of verse 7?” In other words, as you look at the image that is in Daniel, chapter 2, why is it that history did not roll right along, with the Roman Empire presented in a ten division aspect? Or, in the figure of the beast that is before us, why is it that in the course of history the Roman Empire was not presented in a tenfold division as is indicated by the horns of this beast?

The Great Parenthesis

The answer will be found in a phrase which is used among Bible scholars. It is not commonly used among others, but it is used among Bible scholars. That phrase is, “the great parenthesis.” “The great parenthesis,” is used by Bible scholars to describe a period of time which began at a certain date and will end at a certain date. When that period of time began, it was as though God stopped world history. When it begins again, it will be as though God turns on the machinery and history moves again.

World History Only As Applied To Jews

You are probably wondering why I make a statement like that in view of the fact that nations have come and gone ever since the Roman Empire was at its height. Here again, there is something for you to understand in relation to the Word of God. The Bible is not a record of all the nations of the world. Will you remember that? Sometimes critics who poke fun at the Bible suggest that some of the nations to which the Bible gives such a great deal of space were really minor nations in the history of the world, and that if the Bible is supposed to be a universal book, certainly the men who wrote it were limited in their knowledge or they never would have given such great space to such small nations.

What these so-called critics forget is that the Bible deals with the nations of the world only as they are related to God's chosen people, the Jews. The Bible is not suggesting, for example, that the nation of Moab was greater than some nation that never had any contact with the Jews. It is simply saying that the nation of Moab is important to consider because the nation of Moab had a definite dealing with the nation of Israel. When God seeks to use the nation of Israel as the channel for his truth in the world, He stops the clock, so to speak. He stops the machinery of history. And he is not going to turn it on again until the nation of Israel is in the place where He can use her for a blessing for the world.

The Triumphal Entry

I would like for you to see these facts in the Word of God. So will you turn with me to the gospel according to Matthew, chapter 21. You will recognize this chapter as the record of what is commonly referred to as “the triumphal entry” of the Lord Jesus Christ into the city of Jerusalem. You will remember that when the Lord Jesus Christ made his triumphal entry into the city, the royalty, the ecclesiastical authority, the leaders, did not accept Him. The common people were thrilled. They threw their clothes in the way along with palm branches, and they cried, “Hosanna to the son of David” (Matt. 21:9). But when the ecclesiastical authorities heard this, they were sore displeased because they were not willing to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as the Messiah of the Jewish nation, the Savior of the world.

So immediately after the Lord Jesus Christ made His triumphal entry, He gathered together the people and He began to speak to them in parables. We are not going to take the time to look at those parables; we merely mention them. In chapter 21 there is the parable of the two sons, and in chapter 22 the parable of the wicked vineyardmen and the parable of the wedding supper.

All of these parables must be interpreted in the light of the truth they teach. They teach that since the Jews would not receive Jesus Christ as their Messiah, the opportunity of being a channel which God could use was going to be taken away from them, and they were going to be put on a sidetrack, so to speak; God was going to use Gentiles for the propagation of the gospel throughout the world.

Jesus Takes Leave Of Jerusalem

After the Lord Jesus Christ had taught these parables and pronounced the woes upon the Pharisees which are recorded in Matthew, chapter 23, He took leave of the city of Jerusalem. This was not an ordinary leave taking. It was a leave taking which had worldwide repercussions. It was a leave taking which explains the reason prophecies involved in the feet of the image were not fulfilled immediately after the legs were mentioned. It was a leave taking which explains why the horns of the image did not come into being as soon as the head was mentioned.

Notice in Matthew, chapter 23, the paragraph which begins with verse 34:

Matthew 23:

34 Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city:
35 That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar.
36 Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation.

Now notice verse 37:

Matthew 23:

37O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!

Now notice verse 38:

Matthew 23:

38Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.
39For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

These are not words which were idly spoken, nor should they be interpreted figuratively. They should be interpreted literally. The Lord Jesus Christ turned His back on the Jewish nation that day when they refused to accept Him as king. He said, “Your city is going to be left unto you desolate, and you will never hear a word from Me until the day when you look up into the heavens and say on My return, ‘Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord'.”

Jesus Warns Of The Destruction Of The Temple

Turn, please, to Luke, chapter 21, for an additional bit of information concerning this very thing. The Lord Jesus Christ had just made a prophecy that the temple in the city of Jerusalem which had meant so very much to the Jews as the center of their religion and their culture would be destroyed. He said, “There will come a day when there will not be one stone left upon another as far as this temple is concerned.” Immediately they asked the question, “How will we know when that is going to happen? And what will be the result of that particular time?”

Notice verse 12:

Luke 21:

12 But before all these…

Jesus Warns Of Coming Persecution

The phrase, “Before all these,” refers to the preceding eleven verses which describe what is going to happen just before the Lord Jesus Christ comes back the second time. But before these things happen—that is, before the Lord Jesus Christ comes back the second time:

Luke 21:

12 …they shall lay their hands on you…

“You twelve disciples; you who have walked and talked with me during these days I have been on the earth; you five hundred to whom I will appear after my resurrection; they shall lay their hands on you!”

Luke 21:

12 But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name's sake.
13 And it shall turn to you for a testimony.
14 Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer:
15 For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.
16 And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death.
17 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake.
18 But there shall not an hair of your head perish.
19 In your patience possess ye your souls.

Let's stop for a moment and recognize that everything that I have read up to this point is history. Everything that I have read up to this point was fulfilled in the lives of the disciples when they were persecuted as is recorded in the Acts of the Apostles.

Desolation Of Jerusalem

Now verse 20:

Luke 21:

20 And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.

What was it the Lord Jesus Christ said in Matthew, chapter 23? “Behold, I leave your house unto you desolate.” Here in Luke, chapter 21, He tells us how the city of Jerusalem will be desolated: “When ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.”

Luke 21:

21 Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.
22 And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.
23 And when he was come into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came unto him as he was teaching, and said, By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority?
24 And Jesus answered and said unto them, I also will ask you one thing, which if ye tell me, I in like wise will tell you by what authority I do these things.

Had we stopped our reading at the very middle of verse 24, “They shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations”, we would have been reading about history fulfilled. For in 70 A.D., Titus marched into the Holy Land and desolated the city of Jerusalem in just the manner that is described in these verses.

The Times Of The Gentiles

The Lord Jesus Christ said then that when the Jews should be scattered among all the nations of the world, as they were when Titus so scattered them, the city of Jerusalem would be trodden down of the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles should be fulfilled. You ask why it was that the image did not continue its performance. You ask why it was that the horns did not make their appearance immediately after the head. The answer is found in the great parenthesis at which we have been looking—that period of time which began when the city of Jerusalem was destroyed in 70 A.D., is still continuing, and will continue until the Jews have the occupancy of the city of Jerusalem. Then will the times of the Gentiles be over. Then will the feet of the image begin to take their shape. Then will the horns from the head of the beast begin to be seen.

Prophecy Fulfilled In Current Events

Beloved, we are cognizant from what is in our newspapers today that we are close to the time when the ten toes will begin to form. We are close to the time when the ten horns will make their appearance. The Jews are in the land of Palestine as a nation today for the first time since 70 A.D. The only thing that separates the Jews from the actual occupation of the old city of Jerusalem is a barbed wire which could be cut at a moment's notice, and over which the armies of the nation of Israel could pass in seconds. We are near to the end of the times of the Gentiles. I would not be at all surprised if even in our day we will see the beginning of the formation of the ten horns. I would not be at all surprised if we will see the beginning of the formation of the ten toes.

I would like to remind you that you can expect to see, as the nations of the world align themselves, the nations resolving themselves into ten nations which will rule the world—five in the East and five in the West. Certainly our hearts thrill as we observe current history and realize that the stage is being set for this very thing; already we speak about the Big Five in the West, and we speak about the Big Five in the East.

I am not going to suggest to you that the present lineup of the nations is as they will be. That I do not know. But I do believe that the process is going on, and that it will not be long until this portion of the Word of God is literally fulfilled.

Events Which Christians Of Today Will Miss

When the ten nations of the world have made their appearance, something is going to happen that will be of real interest to the people who are on the earth. Notice what I have said—to the people who are on the earth. Though I would not be at all surprised to see the beginning of the formation of the ten toes of the image and the ten horns on this beast, I do not believe that we will see the activity of the little horn; the activity of the little horn is reserved for the last three and one-half years of this world's history. We are told in the Word of God that before the last seven years of the world's history begin to transpire, we shall be taken out of the world.

Now there is much today suggesting that such will not be the case, but I would like for you to notice Revelation, chapter 3, verse 10:

Revelation 3:

10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.

Will you notice? This is not an hour of temptation; it is a specific period of time which God is going to send upon the world to try them that dwell upon the earth. It is described in detail in the book of Revelation, chapters 6 through 19.

But you and I are not going to see the rise of the little horn, thank God! You will want to refresh your minds about the characteristics of this little horn by glancing again at Daniel, chapter 7. It will indicate to you the blessing of God in delivering you from the hour of temptation that is coming to try the world.

Activity Of The Little Horn

Turn back, please, to Daniel chapter 7, verse 24. We are told that this little horn, after he has put down three other kings and after he gains precedence over the remaining seven and thus becomes the 8th ruler, or the first ruler of the world as we are told in Revelation, chapter 17, he begins to show himself in his true colors. In Daniel, chapter 7, verse 25, we read:

Daniel 7:

25 …and he shall speak great words against the most High…

That is, he will spend his time uttering blasphemy against God. The second thing he will do it:

Daniel 7:

25 …and shall wear out the saints of the most High…

Wearing out the saints of the most High, we have already noticed up in verse 21, means that he will make war with the saints of God and prevail against them. Who are the saints of God? You and I? No. We have already shown you that we will not be on the earth at this time. The saints of God will be those Jewish people who have recognized that they have made a mistake concerning Jesus of Nazareth, and they have acknowledged Him as their Messiah and their Savior. As soon as they declare their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Antichrist will begin a war against them and will prevail against them, humanly speaking. But as we shall see, the victory will ultimately be theirs.

Changing The Calendar

You will notice, also, in verse 25:

Daniel 7:

25 …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.

He will think to change times and laws. That is, he will have a plan whereby he will change the calendar—whereby he will change the laws related to the Jewish nation.

Occasionally movements are started to make a different calendar from the one we have; the leaders suggest one which they think will be more efficient than the one we use. When that suggestion is made, many people turn to this verse of Scripture and say, “Here is prophecy being fulfilled.” We would like to remind you that this verse will not be fulfilled until after the Antichrist has made his appearance.

The Jewish scholars who wrote on the book of Daniel, without any reference to Christian teaching—just Jewish teaching—understood this passage of Scripture to refer to the fact that the Antichrist who would make his appearance would change the dates of their feasts. There are seven prominent feasts related to the nation of Israel. He would change the dates of their feasts and he would also change the laws related to them.

The Antichrist Sets Himself Up As God

If you are familiar with what is written in the book of Revelation, you will know that this is true because the Antichrist will set himself up as God and will prohibit worship of any other than himself.

You will notice in the last part of verse 25 that the saints of God will be delivered into the hands of the Antichrist until a time and times and the dividing of time. This phrase is comparable with other portions of Scripture, and it refers to the last three and one half years of this earth's history. We are told in verse 26:

Daniel 7:

26 But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end.

Next, the Lord willing, we will look at the manner in which the Antichrist will be robbed of his power and the Lord Jesus Christ will become all and in all. You will remember that when we began a discussion of Daniel, chapter 7, we told you that Daniel had visions terrestrial, related to the earth, and we have looked at all of them now; then he had visions celestial, related to the heavens, and we will look at them next.

A Reason For Rejoicing

In closing, may I exhort you to recognize that prophecy is rapidly being fulfilled, and we are approaching the end of the age. It would not surprise me at any time to pick up my newspaper and find there the formation of the Big Five of the West and the Big Five of the East, as the Bible so plainly declares will happen.

This is not a time for despair; it is a time for rejoicing—to remember that when these things begin to come to pass, we can look up, and lift up our heads, for our redemption draweth nigh (Luke 21:28).

However, if you are not trusting the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, then you are not ready for the end of the age. You are not ready for the windup of history, and these things can mean only trouble to you. So let me encourage you to place your faith and your trust in the Lord Jesus Christ now.


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