Hope To The End -- Part TWO : Daniel Chapters
7, 8 and 9
Part One Daniel Ch. 1-- 6 ......... Part Three Daniel Ch. 10-12
Much of the
Book of Daniel is still a mystery. Only the Holy Spirit can
enlighten and reveal more of the truth to those who seek with all
In Daniel Chapters 1-- 6, Daniel interpreted the dreams and messages of others.
In Daniel 7--12, Daniel receives his own visions, which the angel helps to interpret.
David Guzik http://enduringword.com/daniel_audio.htm
Text: Daniel Chapter Seven
During the reign of Belshazzar ( see Daniel Chapter 5), Daniel receives a vision of 4 beasts arising out of the sea ( of chaos).
The four beasts represent 4 different empires; somewhat similar to the statue of Daniel Chapter 2, yet different.
However, it is our understanding that prophecy has many levels of interpretation. For instance Matthew 24 can be interpreted as the Roman takeover of Israel in 70 A.D.
Yet common sense tells us that there is much more to Matthew 24 then that. We know that there is a latter-day interpretation of those events, in a much more emphatic revelation.
Well, the same applies to much of the prophecies in Daniel Chapter 7 -- 12. Much of it applies to historical events that have already taken place. And yet , there is so much more to come in our future.
Why do you suppose that God allows a two-tiered system to prevail in prophecy passages ? Well we think that this testifies to God's absolute accuracy in prophesying of future events. His past record is His resume. If God is 100 % accurate in telling future events before they happened in earlier times, then for sure He is 100 % accurate in the telling of future events yet to take place in our modern times. You can count on it, as if it already happened.
No other so-called "religion" has a Prophet like Jesus Christ of Nazareth, who has a 100 % correct resume.
Jesus fulfilled many prophecies concerning Himself, mainly dying on the cross of crucifixion for our sins .... Isaiah 51 + 53, Psalm 22 + 69 and other passages. No one else died such a horrific death on our behalf; only the Just One for the unjust.
Yeshua of Nazareth fulfilled all the Messianic prophecies contained in the Torah ( Old Testament Scriptures )
In Daniel Chapter 7, the prophet sees 4 beasts rise up out of the sea of chaos.
Daniel 7:4 Could the lion represent England and could the eagle represent the U.S. ?
Daniel 7:5 Could the bear represent Russia ? (also, China is oftentimes symbolized by a Panda Bear )
Daniel 7:6 Here is an interesting article on what the 3rd beast-- the leopard --in Daniel Chapter 7 represents in modern times :
The 3rd beast : Leopard with 4 wings and 4 heads http://www.prophecyclub.com/article_2004_jan-feb.htm ( Islam ).
What we learn from this Chapter is the fact that Beast Governments are overwhelming, and that the bad overtakes the good FOR A SEASON.
This is called "God's strange work" (Isaiah 28:21 ) and also "the mystery of iniquity" 2 Thessalonians 2 : 7 .
But none of this separates us from the love of God in Jesus. Romans 8:35-39. God will have the final victory. Until then, we trust God.
We will deal mainly with the fourth beast which, to us, represents the Revived Roman Empire ( coming out of the Western European Nations) and is headed by the man of global policy.
"I saw a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth:
It devoured and break in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it:
And it was diverse (different) from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns
(10 kings of strength and power from the EU ).
THE 11th HORN
"I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them ANOTHER little horn " -- Daniel 7:8
This other horn is an 11th horn.
"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 ( different ) from the first, and he shall subdue three kings." -- Daniel 7: 24
Here we see coming up out from among the ten kings of the EU a different horn
(a person of influence from a powerful country different from the EU ), as we see it.
At his rising, three of the previous horns ( kings ) were plucked up by the roots ( subdued, overcome, or brought under control).
Perhaps these countries will be the three nations plucked up by the roots .
http://euobserver.com/9/32271/?rk=1 and http://www.fivedoves.com/letters/may2011/jimg57-3.htm
This final horn is a man with eyes ( who controls ultimate surveillance technology ) and he has a mouth speaking great things
( the "one voice" out of the EU of global policy ).
By his feet ( his governance over the EU policy ) he stamps the residue ( rest of the world's kingdoms).
Daniel 7: 23 " and [ the fourth kingdom ] shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces"
When it says that he has a mouth of iron teeth, we take that to mean that he speaks with final dictatorial authority. As for his having eyes, that represents to us his leadership over total surveillance systems by satellite ( GPS, LEO etc., computer centric-networking, cameras installed everywhere, etc.). Through the tyranny of technology and the militarized police state, all opposition will be dealt with. To resist is futile.
As we see it,
Dan. 7:19 "He had nails of brass" ( meaning his fingers deployed instruments for warring ) Psalm 144:1
Dan. 7:20 "His look was more stout than his fellows" ( his stature commanded fear )
Dan. 7:21 "the same horn made war with the saints ( Believers in Jesus Christ) and prevailed against them."
This verse agrees with Rev. 12:17 ... Rev. 2:10 ... Rev. 13: 7 + 10.
Dan. 7:25 "And he shall speak great words against the Most High, and shall wear out the saints of the Most High."
God allows this man to have ability over Believers, and their deaths will be a testimony for all time of the absolute corruption within secular government apart from God.
Dan. 7:25 " and ( he shall ) think to change times and laws ( further explanation below )
In Daniel 7:25 it refers to the one voice changing times and laws. This will accommodate political correctness and revisionism. For now, the phrase "Common Era" is used instead of "BC or AD ".
One suspects that the coming changes of times and seasons will apply even farther.
Will this man and his one world governance last long ? No.
Daniel sees on out to the end of the Beast's kingdom when "their thrones were cast down".
Daniel sees the Ancient of Days ( God the Father ) sit in His throne, meaning that God has executed the last move on the Armageddon chessboard, and the Almighty has put down all opposition.
And God's throne glowed like fiery flame, "and his wheels as burning fire". Daniel 7:9
Judgement has now come for the antichrist Beast.
The voice of his great swelling words of this little horn speaks out in his own defense. But all of his rationalizations and justifications fall to the ground.
Dan. 7:26 "But the judgement shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and destroy it unto the end."
Dan. 7:11 "I beheld even till the beast (antichrist ) was slain, and his body destroyed, and given to the burning flame."
This man--- promising peace and prosperity , yet delivering death and destruction--- has a "kingdom" of only 42 months in duration.... hardly the millennium of a golden age he had once envisioned.
"And behold, one like the Son of man ( Jesus) came with the clouds of heaven and came to the Ancient of Days ( the Father ), and they brought Him near before Him.
And there was given Him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve Him. Psalm 2 ; Psalm 110
His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom that which shall not be destroyed." Daniel 2:44
"And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed. And the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever.
Dan. 4:3 and 4:34 and Dan. 6:26.
The saints reign and rule with Jesus of Nazareth.
"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 ( Jesus) Rev. 5:10 - Rev. 20:6 - Rev. 22:5.
David Guzik http://enduringword.com/daniel_audio.htm
Text: Daniel Chapter Eight -- A king of fierce countenance
Daniel writes down the vision from Shushan ( in modern day Iran )
Daniel Eight begins with an overview of previous history until verse 23, and from that point on the verses pertains to the latter days, our present time- frame now. We will begin our study with Daniel 8:23.
We will look at this "king of fierce countenance". Yet, to get a more complete picture of this fierce and final king, we must draw upon earlier verses, since all dictators have character traits in common.
"The thing that hath been it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done and there is no new thing under the sun." Ecclesiastes 1:9
Dictatorships have been around since time immemorial.
Modern Application of the First Beast of Revelation 13
Daniel 8:10 "And it ( the beast's strategic technology ) waxed great, even to the host of heaven ( satellites in outer space );
and it cast down some of the host, and of the stars ( weaponized satellites, Star Wars, SDI etc. to the ground, and stamped upon them." ( completely wiped them out )
Possible interpretation : Star Wars ( SDI ) has the capability of knocking out satellite systems of other nations, permanently.
"Hosts" of heaven means the bodies of heaven ( satellites and galactic comets, asteroids etc. ) of heaven. The "arms" that are in the heavens are satellite military systems ( the militarization of space). Knocking out an opponent's satellite system gives one a winning advantage.
We must keep in mind that Jesus is the Lord God "Sabaoth.... the Lord of the heavenly instruments". These instruments in the heavenlies are mentioned in Job 38: 22, 23 as rain, snow and hail. Will not the Beast use weather-systems to his advantage?
Will he not cause climate change through HAARP ? More HAARP...
Does Rev. 14:2 have any connection here, using the words :"harps" ... "harping" ... and "harpers " . ?
Daniel 8:11 " Yeah, he ( the leader of world policy, beast, antichrist, fierce king ) magnified himself even to the prince of the host. "
Satan is the prince of the host . He is "the prince of the power of the air" Ephesians 2:2 .
Satan has one third of the angels under his command Rev. 12 : 4. They are called "fallen angels"
This could possibly mean that the fierce king boasts of his abilities to express
Satan's ALLOWED powers; so much so that Satan gives this fierce king "his power, his seat and great authority " Rev. 13:2.
"and by him (the fierce king) the daily sacrifice was taken away . Possible meaning: ending the temple sacrifices in the Jerusalem Synagogue . Time will tell).
"And the place of his ( Satan's ) sanctuary was cast down. Satan is cast down to earth at the time of the Great Tribulation Rev. 12: 9, 10
This is also the time that TRUTH is cast down ( Isaiah 59:14; Jeremiah 7:28;
2 Thessalonians 2:10--12)
Daniel 8:12 "And an host ( army ) was given him ( fierce king) against the daily sacrifice
( warring factions in Israel ) by reason of the transgression."
Possible meaning: foreign forces act as a protectorate over Israel from her enemies. Yet this eventually could be deceptive.
"And it cast down truth to the ground"; and it practiced and prospered"
The deceiving force takes over and now foreigners rule the land.
We do not understand the meaning of "2,300" days. We will leave that for now, until the Lord gives understanding. For now that is a "dark sentence"... it is a mystery needing enlightenment.
Because the fierce king is actuating Bible prophecy ( performing God's allowed will without realizing it), he will understand dark sentences ( Daniel 8:23 )... meaning that he will know the times given for latter events, for he will propel them into motion being under his father, satan
( John 8:44).
God's children are given revelation into "dark sentences", as the Holy Ghost leads. Some have the gift of prophecy ( giving utterances of the Holy Ghost) and can share them with the Body of Christ as the revelations are given. Most likely the 144,000 will have complete understanding for the meaning of the 2,300 days ( see Daniel 8:26, 27) .
At any rate, Scripture tells us that the fierce king is given power and might ( military strength); but he is only the front-man. Satan is the real power behind the fierce king ( Daniel 8:24).
Yet we must keep in mind that Jesus is the Highest power, exponentially and immeasurably more powerful than Satan.
( Hebrews 1 ; Colossians 1: 16, 17 ; Isaiah 14:12 ; Ezekiel 28:18; Rev. 20)
Jesus is Lord of lords and Prince of princes, King of kings and very God of gods.
He is the Prince of the kings of the earth. Rev. 1:5; Rev. 19:16; Deuteronomy 10:17
God is going to allow evil to have its' full day. Man will not believe that he cannot govern apart from God unless all of history is allowed its' fruition of evil. This end time government must prove once and for all how depraved the heart of man really is ( Jeremiah 17:9 ) and how much our hearts need to be governed by God.
Daniel 8:24 "And he ( fierce king) shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practice, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people."
Abaddon is another name for Satan which means "destroyer" ( also "Apollyon" means "destroyer").
Jesus came to give life and that more abundantly. John 10:10.
Satan---and Satan's man the Beast---come to give death and that more abundantly
( John 10:10 and John 8:44 ).
The Great Tribulation will be a time-period that excels all mass murders through out all of history. Matthew 24:21. Death will reign supreme under this fierce king during the last 42 months of this age. Rev. 6:8.
Yet God comforts us with these words : " Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth" Rev. 14:13; Lamentations 4:9
Yes, even the good and the Godly and the holy people will be allowed to die under this mass-murderer......that they may "obtain a better resurrection." Hebrews 11:35
( Revelation 2:10 and Revelation 13:7).
This fierce king will be against Christians, Jews and God ( the Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Ghost ); he will be against any and all truth, righteousness, morality, the commandments, and the Bible.
( and all literature, websites, radio and TV pertaining to such; all Godly media ) Amos 8:11.
He will be against women, marriage, nurturing home-life, culture and traditions.
He will be against reason and logic and common sense.
And most of all, he will be against mercy.
Daniel 8:25 "And through his ( fierce king's ) policy ( political exploits) also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand ."
( prosperity in business and corporations as they ally with government ( fascism), e-commerce, the 666 Mark of the Beast; "green industry" )
Besides the usual meaning of "craft", there is another spiritual-meaning and that is: witch craft, deviousness, and demon worship Revelation 13:4.
"And he ( the fierce king ) shall magnify himself in his heart ( vain, conceited, egotistical), and by
( a false) peace shall destroy many. 2 Thessalonians 2:4; Daniel 11:21
"He ( the fierce king) shall also stand up against the PRINCE of princes (Jesus ) ;
but he ( the fierce king) shall be broken without hand ( Revelation 19:20 and Daniel 7:11)
Lesson learned from this chapter : No one can stand against God and win.
The saints who are killed by this fierce king will reign victorious with Yeshua H'Mashiach, our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One, Sent by the Father and the Holy One of Israel, Blessed be His Name.
SouthWest Radio Church interpretation, 1983 "Exploring the Book of Daniel" ...
2 horns of a ram : Darius and Cyrus of the Medio-Persian Empire
Goat: Greece... great horn = Alexander the Great
4 other horns = Cassander ( Macedonia and Greece)
Lysimachus ( Asia Minor, Thrace, Bithynia )
Seleucus ( Syria and Babylonia)
Ptolemy ( Egypt and North Africa)
David Guzik http://enduringword.com/daniel_audio.htm
Text: Daniel Chapter Nine
The time frame for this vision is under King Darius the Mede. Darius will not be God's chosen man for the return of Jews to their homeland. Instead, the next king, Cyrus, will be given that special role in history.
Daniel Chapter Nine begins with Daniel making confession to God with a humble and contrite heart "We have sinned against Thee" ( Psalm 51). Daniel's prayer here is much like one would recite during Elul, the 40 days before Yom Kippur.
Daniel had finished reading Jeremiah's prophecy concerning the return of the Jews to Israel after 70 years ( Jeremiah 25:11, 12 and Jeremiah 29:10 ) and Daniel realizes that the time will soon be at hand. Rather than take for granted the coming deliverance, Daniel repents in true humility---not only for his own sins, but also for the sins of the nation. Daniel fasts, prays and wore sack cloth and ashes.
This is a good passage to read on Yom Kippur, a day of national repentance.
Daniel repents of the fact that all of God's people have forsaken His precepts ( commands),
not having hearkened unto prophecy.
Even today amongst the Body of Christ, there are so many interpretations of each and every line of prophecy that there remains "confusion of faces'. We are a people not totally enlightened, though having understanding in part
( 1 Corinthians 13:9 ).
"Quench not the Spirit, Despise not prophesyings". 1 Thessalonians 5:19, 20
Today, there are so many conflicting views of the end-times on the Believer's websites that one wonders if we are as Samuel wrote in 1 Samuel 3:1-3...
"And the word of the LORD was precious in those days; there was no open vision....
.the lamp of God went out in the temple of the LORD"
"We have sinned against Thee " Daniel 9:8. Each has gone his own way ( Isaiah 53)
... not listening to the Voice of God ( the Holy Ghost within); not obeying God.
Daniel pleads with God to look favorably once again upon His people , upon Jerusalem and upon the Temple ( not yet rebuilt ). Daniel asks that this favor be granted, not because of the people, but for the Lord's sake, to honor His name, His land and His people.
In the end, Daniel can only plead for mercy before the throne of God.
"O Lord hear, O Lord forgive; O Lord hearken and do."
Daniel was making this prayer around 4:00 in the late afternoon " the time of the "evening oblation".
The same time that Adam walked with God for his daily conversations.
It is at this time that the angel Gabriel appears to him and tells the prophet that he has come to explain the depths of prophecy and also to tell Daniel that he is loved by God.
" For thou art greatly beloved" Daniel 9:23.
God's love is poured out abundantly toward those who give Him their full attention and focus in life.
Jesus mentions the prophet Daniel specifically by name in Matthew 24:15, paying him the highest honor with those words.
God's love is impartial . ( Acts 10:34,35 ) He poured out His life's blood for all to come to repentance.
Greater love than this no man hath than to lay His life down for each and every single one of us individually. Jesus poured out His love to the dregs for each one of us personally. God loves you just as much as Daniel as you are in love with God.
The Lord acknowledges and receives into His greater relationship those who take the time to make the time for fellowship with God. God relishes the sincere heart, the true intent of amended ways. Our ardent genuineness, transparency and humble zeal evoke waves of Love from above.
"On the Wings of a Snow White Dove
He sends His pure sweet love,
A sign from above,
On the wings of a dove"
"The greatest of these is love" 1 Corinthians 13.
The question isn't how much God loves us in comparison to another ( John 21: 20-22),
the question is :
do we love the Lord with our WHOLE heart . That's what matters. Love begets love.
Deep love begets deep love. What you give, is returned unto you.
The angel Gabriel then shares with Daniel the First Coming of Jesus. Yeshua will be cut-off because "He came unto His own and His own received Him not" John 1:11.
The angel Gabriel tells Daniel that 70 "weeks" are given as a timetable for sealing up the prophecies concerning the nation of Israel. Each "week" is a bundle ( shabuah) of 7 years.
The bundles of years are divided into three segments.
69 weeks http://www.corp.direct.ca/trinity/king.html by Chuck Missler
( rebuilding of the Second Temple until the Crucifixion)
Then there is a gap of 2,000 + years
There remains now only one prophetic "week" left to be fulfilled.
The LAST "WEEK" is divided into two segments. Half of that week has already been fulfilled.
B. Mid- Trib
3 and 1/2 years from the Camp David Peace Accords March 26, 1979 to Sept. 26, 1982.
The Lebanon conflict reaped the First time that Israel and the US engaged in military cooperation. That was the SET UP for the final engagement that will take place on the Temple Mount, years later. Please see hopetotheend.com/addendum.html for details.
We are now ( 2016 ) within a gap of 34 years since Sept. 26, 1982 to March 26, 2015.
We are now in a time-frame called "in the midst" -- also known as "the mid-trib GAP". Not until we see the "Abomination of Desolation " ( foreign army standing on the Temple Mount") will the final 3 and 1/2 year countdown of the "Great Tribulation" begin. That will be the final half of Daniel's 70th week.
Please see Matthew 24:15-21 and Luke 21: 20.
C. ----- The Great Tribulation
The 3 and 1/2 years of the Great Tribulation are yet to come. (as of February 2016 )
" And he (antichrist) shall confirm the covenant ( political and military dealings with Israel ) with many, for one week" ( seven years, divided into two segments of 3 and 1/2 years each; non-consecutive)
"And in the midst of the week ( near the end of the gap-time between the two segments )
he ( antichrist ) shall cause the sacrifice ( temple ritual sacrifices)
and the oblation ( monetary gifts, grants, aid ) to cease.
And for the overspreading of abominations (continuance of military overthrow and domination)
he shall make it desolate ( no Biblically righteous Jews left in all of Jerusalem )
For those Jews who have put their trust in Yeshua- Jesus as their Messiah, as their personal Lord and Savior, they shall be kept and protected during the entire time of "Jacob's Trouble", the Great Tribulation. Please see Revelation 12
"even until the consummation" ( final conclusion)
"and that determined" ( by God ) "shall be poured upon the desolate".
(God will wipe out all the opposition to Him.) Psalm 2: Rev. 19; Jude 14, 15
Matthew 24: 17 ...The Abomination of Desolation see also http://hopetotheend.com/cc2.html
24 hour camera on the Western Wall
"When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation,
spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the Holy Place ( foreign forces on the Temple Mount)
-- whoso readeth let him understand" --
"Then let them which be in Judea flee into the mountains:
Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take anything out of his house:
Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.
And woe unto them that are with child, and to them which give suck in those days !"
But pray ye that your flight be not in winter, neither on the Sabbath day:
For then shall be GREAT TRIBULATION, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. ( unprecedented horror ) " Matthew 24:17--21
These days are soon upon us. May we all be watching current events, holding in mind how they apply to the Scriptures.
"In the day of trouble I will deliver thee" -- Psalm 50:15 ( all those who call upon His name)
"The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and He knoweth them that trust in Him."
In the next chapters 10--12 ( part three) , we will see Daniel seeking God with his whole heart for more answers.
Book of Daniel AUDIO http://enduringword.com/daniel_audio.htm by David Guzik
For studies in the Book of Revelation please see hopetotheend.com/rev.html
There are many website-LINKS for further study listed at:
http://hopetotheend.com/linkspg2.html under "Bible Resources" on the Book of Daniel.
Jesus of Nazareth fulfilled all the Messianic prophecies http://www.yeshuatyisrael.com/moshiach.htm