Daniel 2 & 7
(and Revelation 13 & 17 as a bonus [because they go together])
IS THE BIBLE GOD'S INFALLABLE WORD? HOW CAN YOU BE SURE? IS THERE PROOF? The proof that the Bible is God's inspired Word can be seen through fulfilled prophecy. What important set of prophecies can we look at which will both prove God's Word as infallible, and answer a vital question mankind has had for millennia of time? Let's take a close look at the prophecies that show the predicted rise and fall of empires, right up to the return of Jesus Christ. History has successfully verified over nine tenths of these two prophecies found in Daniel 2 & 7 as 100 percent accurate. Less than ten percent are left to fulfill. These empires were scary dictatorships for the most part, so this is not only a valid proof of God's Word but also serves as a warning of what's coming on mankind--and the hope of a better world after Jesus returns.
This study will show that
one of the ten prophecied revivals of the fourth major Gentile
world empire, predicted by God through Daniel, was the Hitler-Mussolini
juggernaut that swept across
When will the
Part of the answer to our
question of timing (although we are in no way attempting
to set specific dates to the Messiah's coming) can be found
in the second chapter of Daniel. The book of Daniel is historically datable to the
time of Nebuchadnezzar and the Babylonian empire. (And what follows is one GIANT proof of God and of the infallibility of his Word the Bible,
for what mere mortal, even a righteous prophet, could, on
his very own, predict all of these events, and then bring
them to pass as they have been fulfilled down through millenniums
of time?) [This is
one reason atheistic critics of the Bible try to discount
Daniel as the original author of the Book of Daniel. But the way these prophecies unfold and continue
to unfold, if Daniel were born at the time of Jesus Christ's
birth, two thirds of the prophecies would yet be there to
fulfill, many of which are fulfilled today in the year 2001. These critics have been essentially blown away
by any sensible reader and researcher of God's Word, and
they know it.] History
accurately records that Nebuchadnezzar first came to power
in 625 B.C. The first
captivity of the Jewish nation when Daniel was captured
took place around 605 B.C. So again, if you are looking for an infallible proof
of the Bible as God's Word, realize that no mere human,
not even Daniel, could have accurately foretold the future
the way the book of Daniel does. In Daniel chapter 2 king Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon
is shown as having a weird dream about a giant image whose
head was of fine gold, with shoulders and arms of silver,
thighs of bronze, legs of iron, and feet of iron mixed with
clay. The king was badly disturbed by this dream and
called all his astrologers and magicians together and demanded
to know the meaning of the dream. He told them that he had even forgotten the dream
and wanted them to recall it for him. If they didn't he'd kill all the wise men in
This is the dream. Now we will tell the interpretation of it before
the king. You, O
king are a king of kings. For the God of heaven has given you a kingdom, power,
strength, and glory; and wherever the children of men dwell,
or the beasts of the field and the birds of the heaven,
he has given them into your hand, and has made you ruler
over them--you are this head of gold. But
after you shall arise another kingdom inferior to yours;
then another, a third kingdom of bronze, which shall rule
over all the earth. And the fourth kingdom shall be as strong as
iron, inasmuch as iron breaks in pieces and shatters all
things; and like iron that crushes, that kingdom will break
in pieces and crush all the others." Historically
Daniel chapter seven, just as in Daniel two,
describes in prophetic vision by use of symbols, four main
world-ruling empires. Letting the Bible interpret itself,
these are the same four empires described in Daniel two
but by different symbols. So the first is
To recap, Daniel 7 describes in prophetic vision, by the use of symbols, four main world-ruling empires, starting with the Babylonian empire and then prophesying that three more world empires would follow one after the other. These four main world-ruling empires are represented as four separate animals or beasts: a lion, a bear, a leopard with four heads and four wings, and a "terrible iron beast." This last "beast" (the fourth empire) was predicted to have ten horns representing ten kings. Three of these kings were to be "plucked up" by a separate "little horn." Now let us look at what history tells us:
1) Including and starting with
2) Ten kings in the Roman Empire or
No mere human, even a righteous one like Daniel,
could have predicted all this and made it come to pass right
down through the centuries. These events spanned over 2,600 years! This is an
infallible proof of God's Word and of God himself, for Daniel
couldn't have dreamed all this up and then made it come
to pass. He died in the 500's B.C.! And the way the Jews maintain Holy Scripture,
Daniel's writings are verifiable right to the time when
he lived. (An interesting story gleaned from history--Alexander,
on his conquering march through the Middle East toward
So here are the four main world-ruling empires, and the restorations of the last empire listed as they occurred historically:
The Chaldean Empire (Babylonian) 625-539 B.C.
Alexander the Great's Greek Empire. 330 B.C. to 31 B.C.
1-3: The Vandals, A.D. 429-533. The Heruli, A.D. 476-493.
The Ostrogoths, A.D. 493-554. (These three governments were removed by Justinian in 554 A.D. at the behest of the pope.)
4: The "Imperial Restoration" of the Empire by Justinian, 554 A.D.
5. The Frankish
7. Habsburg dynasty. Charles the Great crowned in 1520 A.D. (Austrian Restoration.)
8. Napoleon's Kingdom. Napoleon crowned in 1805 A.D.
(Napoleon was of German lineage, ruling over
9. Bonito Mussolini declared Holy Roman Emperor A.D. 1935 (Italian-German Restoration.)
Now you can plainly see how 9/10ths of this major prophecy of God through his servant Daniel has been fulfilled literally. Napoleon and Adolf Hitler and Bonito Mussilini were real, just as Charlemagne and Justinian were. Thus the predicted 2nd coming of Jesus Christ and all the Millennial prophecies about a restored literal kingdom of God bearing rule over the entire earth--the wild preditors dwelling with tame animals and children playing with them, deserts transformed into luscious farmland--all this must be interpreted literally also. You can't switch in midstream on how you interpret prophecy. And history shows us how we are supposed to interpret prophecy by showing us what has been fulfilled and how.
When Jesus Christ comes
back in all his glorious power with the army of God, he
will subdue this final resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire,
and usher in the Utopian World Tomorrow, ruled by the
Now we can see that over
nine tenths of Daniel's prophecies, prophecies of God given
to Daniel to write down in the Bible, are fulfilled and
part of history. What is scary, especially for non-Christians
and yes even nominal Christians, is that we can get a glimpse
of what a recent
Revelation 13 & 17,
The Symbolism of the Horns
The ten horns of the beast in Daniel 7 and Revelation
13 symbolize the same thing--the ten stages of government
continuing out of the
Now here is the key to the two beasts mentioned in Revelation 13 and 17. The beast of Revelation 13 identifies with the beast of Daniel seven, in that it has the body of a leopard, the feet of a bear and the head of a lion, so the seven heads represent the empires in Nebuchadnezzar's image, 7 heads on this lion headed, leopard bodied, bear footed beast (no pun intended). These seven heads are Nebuchadnezzar's Babylon, the Persian Empire, the four heads of Alexander's Empire, and then the Roman head add up to seven. But in the beast of Revelation 17, all this beast's seven heads are ridden upon by a scarlet woman, who is called a whore. She symbolizes a great false church. No such church of one same religion rode over Babylon, Persia, Alexander's four separately ruled governments (after his death) or that of Roman. The seven heads of Revelation 17 are the same then as the seven horns on the 4th beast of Daniel 7 and the ten horns on the beast of Revelation 13.
Since in the 17th chapter of Revelation the woman rode on all seven of the heads of the beast pictured there, and since she rode none of the heads but only on the last seven of the horns of the 13th chapter beast, it follows that the seven horns of the "healed beast" of the 13th chapter form the seven heads of the beast of the 17th chapter.
Notice at the time John saw the beast, five are fallen, one is, and one is yet to come (Rev. 17:10). The five that are fallen are the five during the 1260 years in which power was given, by religious authority, for the healed beast to continue [these five being Justinian, Charlemagne, Otto the Great, Charles the Great and Napoleon]. The one that "is" is the kingdom that existed from 1935 to 1945 under Hitler and Mussolini. It was a frightening sample or foretaste of the next revival of the Holy Roman Empire to come. John speaks of it as the beast that was, and is not, and shall arise once more out of the bottomless pit.
The seventh head with its ten horns, in the 17th chapter of Revelation, will be, as the 17th chapter explains, the revival of the beast, the Roman Empire "out of the bottomless pit." It will be a federation composed of ten nations (ten kings). The ten horns on this seventh head represent ten kings. Revelation 17:9-10, 12 states, "And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sitteth." (Seven of the ten horns were ruled over by the authority of the pope in Rome, these horns correspond to these "seven mountains, or kingdoms".) "And there are seven kings: five are fallen [Justinian through Napoleon], and one is [Hitler-Mussolini], and the other is not yet come: and when he cometh, he must continue a short space...and the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet: but receive power as kings one hour with the beast (verse 12). So we see by comparing the two beasts of Revelation 13 and 17, and with comparison of the beast in Daniel 7 with the one in Revelation 13, the beasts of Daniel 7 and Revelation 13 are identical. Their horns both represent the continual reign of revived Roman Empires that span from the fall of Rome in 476 A.D. This represents the legs in the image of Daniel 2. The beast in Revelation 17 is similar but the seven heads represent the seven restorations of the Holy Roman Empire from 554 (Justinian) to 1814 (Napoleon) and then through Mussolini-Hitler, and the ten horns (verse 12 of Rev. 17) represent ten kings who do rule side by side and make up the seventh head or restoration of the Holy Roman Empire--yet to come. Many evangelical denominations don't understand this point and think the ten horns throughout the beasts mentioned in Revelation 13 and 17 and Daniel 7 are all the same and appear in the final empire predicted to come on the scene. They make this mistake in interpretation by not putting the beasts and their descriptions side by side and accurately comparing them and matching them to history. I sincerely hope this error is recognized so that we can all proceed, speaking the same thing with one strong voice as the end approaches.
What follows are two separate charts listing the
Beast of Revelation 13 and the Beast of Revelation 17. The chart listing the beast of Daniel 7 has
already been given in this text.
Beast of Revelation 13
Revelation 13:1-5, "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. And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard
[Alexander's Empire], and his feet as the feet of a bear
[Persian Empire], and his mouth as the mouth of a lion [Babylonian
Empire], and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat,
and great authority. And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded
to death [fall of Roman Empire in 476 A.D., so the heads
are the successive Empire heads from Babylon, Persia, Alexander
(four heads, his four generals), and the Roman Empire, which
makes seven heads in all]; and his deadly wound was healed:
and all the world wondered at the beast [Justinian restores
the Roman Empire as the Holy Roman Empire, at the request
of the ruling pope in 554 A.D. Justinian was the 4th of the ten horns
which were revivals of the Roman Empire, seven of which
are Holy Roman Empire revivals.] And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto
the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is
able to make war with him? And there was given unto him a mouth speaking
great things and blashemies; and power was given unto him
to continue forty and two months." [Day for a year principle, 42 x 30 = 1260 years (Hebrew
months being 30 days long). 1260 + 554 A.D. = 1814 A.D., the year Napoleon
Beast of Revelation 13:1-5,
THE SEVEN HEADS:
1. Babylonian Empire, (head of a lion)
2. Persian Empire, (feet of a bear)
3-6. Alexander's Empire with it's four heads. (When Alexander died his empire was divided between his four generals.) (body of a leopard)
7. The Roman Empire, 31 B.C. to 476 A.D. (seventh head wounded)
4. Justinian, 554 A.D. [removed the three prior "horns" fulfilling a request of the ruling pope of the day and re-installed the Roman Empire, now as the first of a succession of Holy Roman Empire's, each major succeeding king being crowned by the ruling pope of the time. This healed the wound of the seventh head.]
5. Charlemagne [crowned 800 A.D.] [Frankish king (Franks were a tribe of Germans living in western Germany and eastern France).
6. Otto the Great [crowned 962 A.D., German head]
7. Hapsburg Dynasty [Austrian head, Charles the Great crowned 1520]
8. Napoleon Bonaparte [thought to be of German origin living in Corsica, crowned 1805, French head]
9. Mussolini-Adolf Hitler [Italian-German revival, Mussolini crowned by pope in 1935 by secret Vatican Concordat. This revival lasted from 1935-1945.]
10. Revived Roman Empire, ruled by 10 rulers under one leader. These ten rulers may represent 10 nations in a supranational federation. Have to wait and see.]
Beast of Revelation 17: I want to make one point very clear. In the Bible symbolism, a woman usually represents a church, or it can represent a nation. Remember in Isaiah or Ezekiel (I can't remember which, getting old I guess), where the Lord said he was married to Israel and Judah, his two wives? There, Israel and Judah were referred to as two women, sisters, married to the Lord. But in Revelation 17 we see a woman depicted, and most believe she represents a great false church. If this is so, then the symbolism of the woman in Revelation 12 could also represent a church. Many Christian denominations are divided on this, some interpreting the women mentioned as being the nation of Israel. Other's say she represents the true church, as opposed to the scarlet women who represents the false church riding the beast. But most believe the woman in Revelation 17 does represent a great false church who will guide this beast. Now lets read Revelation 17:1-12.
17:1-14, "And there came one of the seven angels which
had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me,
Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great
whore that sitteth upon many waters [waters is symbolic
of the peoples of the world]: with whom the kings of the
earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of
the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication. 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. And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour,
and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having
a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness
of her fornication: and upon her forehead was a name written,
MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, MOTHER OF HARLOTS
The beast of Revelation 17:
The Seven Heads:
1. Justinian, 554 A.D.
2. Charlemagne, 800 A.D.
3. Otto the Great, 962 A.D.
4. Charles the Great, 1520 A.D.
5. Napoleon, 1805 A.D.
6. Bonito Mussolini (and Hitler), 1935 A.D.
7. Revelation 17:12, Federation of ten kings giving their support and authority to one leader.
These ten kings represent the ten horns, Rev. 17:12.
Now let's get a peek into what's coming around the corner, prophetically speaking. The following is quoted from Chuck Missler's "Personal UPDATE." But I want to say this before you read this. One has to be very careful about speculating who "That man of sin"--this great leader who is to rule over ten dictators--is to be. Current events may prove certain things fit prophecy, but one must wait and see before jumping to conclusions or embellishing on the prophecies, as Mr. Walvoord warned against, interpreting these prophecies in a dramatic and contemporary style. And the setting of dates is just as dangerous and unproductive spiritually as well. While we may be close, it is far more important to be concentrating on the job Jesus gave us all to do (Matthew 28:18-20). What follows is one of those "contemporary styles". It may prove accurate, or it may not. One thing is for sure, this super-state will come out of Europe, somewhere, somehow, sometime. That is all we can know for sure. The rest is speculation, at best.
The Bible generally presents history--both historic and prophetic--through the "lens" of Israel. Notable exceptions occur in Daniel Chapters 2 and 7, which summarize the Gentile empires that are to transpire between the Babylonian empire of that time until the final empire [Holy Roman Empire] that will be interrupted by the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. There are to be four: the Babylonian, the Persian, the Greek, and the Roman...
For centuries, Biblical scholars have been anticipating the re-emergence of this 4th empire in its final form.
New EU President
The entire European Union's 20-member commission resigned in March  due to extensive corruption scandals. The Council of Ministers unanimously voted to appoint the former Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi as the new president of the commission.
Romano Prodi is known in his own country for bringing down inflation and unemployment rates. He has also enthusiastically endorsed the rooting out of corruption within the ranks of the 17,000 employees of the European bureaucracy, and has garnered praise from the members of the European Parliament for his strong statements regarding reform.
However, according to conservative members of the British Parliament, Prodi's appointment may be more of a nightmare than a dream. [The British, understandably, are always looking over the European horizon for signs of future fanatical dictatorships.] It appears Prodi is an ardent federalist, who is ready, willing and able to expedite the formation of the EU superstate. Prodi has stated in no uncertain terms that he is in favor of giving the EU more power and curtailing the rights of the member nations' veto power. He has also advocated the creation of an European defense force, calling for a new treaty to make this possible. He has said in speeches that he sees no other way for Europe to effectively handle foreign affairs without a military option. In addition, Prodi has called for the union to commit itself to further expansion into central and eastern Europe and to expedite the process by setting dates for the admission of new members, a move that is resisted by the heads of the EU government.
Prodi has applauded the progress made by the European Monetary Union in introducing the new super-national currency, the Euro. He said in an interview with the Financial Times that the Euro currency was "not just a bankers' decision or a technical decision. It was a decision that completely changed the nature of the member states."
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization was formed in 1949 as a defensive alliance in which each member was pledged to come to the aid of any of its members which were attacked militarily. However, at the 50th Anniversary Summit in Washington on April 23-24, 1999, NATO redefined itself in terms which appear to be a startling impetus toward the creation of a major new trans-global alliance...NATO is now an ideological construct which is now prepared to use force to impose its concept of world order on its neighbors and beyond.*
The new definition states:
The security of the Alliance remains subject to a wide variety of military and non-military risks...These risks include uncertainty and instability in and around the Euro-Atlantic area and the possibility of regional crises at the periphery of the Alliance which could evolve rapidly. Some countries in and around the Euro-Atlantic area face serious economic, social and political difficulties. Ethnic and religious rivalries, territorial disputes, inadequate or failed efforts at reform, the abuse of human rights, and the dissolution of states can lead to crises affecting Euro-Atlantic stability, to human suffering, and to armed conflicts. Such conflicts could affect the security of the Alliance by spilling over into neighboring countries, including NATO countries, or in other ways, and could also affect the security of other states.
And, if that does not give NATO a wide enough scope for military intervention in the affairs of its neighbors, the new strategic definition adds:
Alliance security interests can be affected by other risks of a wider nature, including acts of terrorism, sabotage and organized crime, and by disruption of the flow of vital resources. The uncontrolled movement of large numbers of people, particularly as a consequence of armed conflicts, can also pose problems for security and stability affecting the Alliance.
National Sovereignty Obsolete
The New strategic concept virtually declares national sovereignty obsolete. It is not just the sovereignty of the neighboring states that is threatened, but the individual members as well. The intention is to reduce the number of decision-making voices within NATO from 19 (and growing) to 3 or 4.
To prevent the re-nationalization of defense policies, military structures are to be integrated for:
...collective force planning; common funding; common operational planning; multinational formations, headquarters and command arrangements; an integrated air defense system; a balance of roles and responsibilities among the Allies; the stationing and deployment of forces outside home territory when required; arrangements, including planning, for crisis management and reinforcement; common standards and procedures for equipment, training and logistics; joint and combined doctrines and exercises when appropriate; and infrastructure, armaments and logistics cooperation.
These will tie each member state to the corporate whole and, ultimately, a single European voice on defense matters. "All European Allies should be involved in...the progressive framing of a common defense policy...as called for in the Amsterdam Treaty." (The Amsterdam Treaty, signed in June 1997, was a revision of the European Union's Maastricht Treaty, and one of the most controversial elements concerned the strengthening of the European Union's role in defense matters.)...
Having totally bypassed the U.N., NATO has now become the self-appointed policeman of the world. Stand back and watch the global events move us inexorably toward the grand climax which the Bible has laid out in such detail. It is, indeed, time to do our homework.
Behold ye among the nations, and regard, and wonder marvelously: for I will work a work in your days, which ye will not believe, though it be told you. Habakkuk 1:5
· Much of this has been excerpted from publications of Intelligence International Ltd., The Stoneyhill Centre, Brimpsfield, Gloucester, GL4 8LF, UK
For an expanded
description of this subject which will affect everyone on
this planet, you can order Chuck Missler's briefing package
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Box D, Coeur d' Alene, ID 83816-0347. (advertised at $14.95.) It answers such questions touched on above, such
as, "What is really happening in Europe? Is the re-emergence of Europe Biblically relevant
and leading to the "Revived Empire" Bible scholars
have been predicting for centuries? What impact does the re-definition of NATO have
on the future of the United Nations and the world? Such questions and more are answered in "An
The following is excerpted from Dr. Mark Eastman's "Creation by Design" and answers a vital question many non-believers have once they have seen God's existence in Scripture and seen his Word in Scripture proven beyond a doubt. Many may wonder, what next? What should I do with this vital information?
"How to Become a Christian
First of all you must recognize that you are a sinner. Realize that you have missed the mark. This is true of each of us. We have deliberately crossed the line not once, but many times. The Bible says, "All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). This is a hard admission for many to make, but if we are not willing to hear the bad news, we cannot appreciate and respond to the good news.
Second, we must realize that Jesus Christ died on the cross for us. Because of sin, God had to take drastic measures to reach us. So He came to this earth and walked here as a man. But Jesus was more than just a good man. He was the God-man--God incarnate--and that is why His death on the cross is so significant.
At the cross, God Himself--in the person of Jesus Christ--took our place and bore our sins. He paid for them and purchased our redemption.
Third, we must repent of our sin. God has commanded men everywhere to repent. Acts 3:19 states, "Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord." What does this word repent mean? It means to change direction--to hang a U-turn on the road of life. It means to stop living the kind of life we led previously and start living the kind of life outlined in the pages of the Bible. Now we must change and be willing to make a break with the past.
Fourth, we must receive Jesus Christ into our hearts and lives.
Being a Christian is having God Himself take residence in our lives. John 1:12 tells us, "But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become the children of God." [Read also John 14. Jesus and the Father dwell in us by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.] Jesus said, "Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in..." (Revelation 3:20). Each one of us must individually decide to open the door. How do we open it? Through prayer.
If you have never asked Jesus Christ to come into your life, you can do it right now. Here is a suggested prayer you might even pray.
Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner and I am sorry for my sin. I turn and repent of my sins right now. Thank You for dying on the cross for me and paying the price for my sin. Please come into my heart and life right now. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit and help me to be Your disciple. Thank You for forgiving me and coming into my life. Thank You that I am now a child of Yours and that I will receive Eternal life. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
When you pray that prayer God will respond. You have made the right decision--the decision that will impact how you spend eternity. In the meantime, find peace and the answers to your spiritual questions.
If you become a Christian, it is recommended that you find a Christian church to fellowship in and grow spiritually in. You are now part of the body of Christ. You are a young Christian needing spiritual food to grow on. Fellowshipping with other Christian brothers and sisters is also an essential part of Christian growth and life. It is therefore recommended that you find some evangelical Christian church that you feel comfortable attending.