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Hello and welcome to my study on The Kingdoms, as prophesied by Daniel.
In this study I’ll go over the kingdoms that Daniel prophesied would come onto the world stage. There have been six world empires in our history that have already come and gone and one that has yet to come. These kingdoms are the Egyptians, the Assyrians, the Babylonians, the Persians, the Greeks, and the Romans. Rev 17:10 explains that five of these Empires have fallen, one is, and one yet to come. When the apostle John wrote the book of Revelations, the Roman Empire was still very prevalent in the area and had not yet fallen. So five where, the Roman Empire is, and one yet to come.
In Dan 2:31-35 Daniel, while living in Babylon, interpreted one of King Nebuchadnezzar’s dreams about a large statue made up of different materials. The head was made of gold, arms and breast of silver, belly and thighs of bronze, legs of iron, and feet iron and partly of clay.
If you read further on (Dan 2:36-43), Daniel gives an accurate description of what each section of this statue represents. The head of gold represents the Babylonian Empire that King Nebuchadnezzar was ruling over at the time of the dream. The breasts and arms of silver represented the Persian Empire who conquered the Babylonians in 539 BC. The belly and thighs of bronze represented the Greek Empire which conquered the Persians in 334 BC by Alexander the Great. The legs of iron represented the Roman Empire which conquered the the Greeks in 146 BC. And the feet of iron and partly clay is the Revived Roman Empire, which will be the empire that the Anti-Christ will rule and reign over in the future. This empire has yet to make its way onto the world stage (Rev 17:10).
Dan 7:1-8 gives us a similar picture of these kingdoms but using the image of “beasts” instead of a statue. The first beast (lion with the wings of an eagle) is the Babylonian Empire. The second beast (the bear with three ribs in its mouth) is the Persian Empire. The three ribs in its mouth represents the three kingdoms that have fallen before it, the Egyptians, the Assyrians, and the Babylonians. The third beast (the leopard with four wings and four heads) is the Greek Empire. Interesting enough, after Alexander the Great, the emperor of the Greek Empire, died, his kingdom was split between his four generals and become four separate kingdoms. And the fourth beast (terrifying with iron teeth) represents both the Roman and Revived Roman Empire. You see, the Roman Empire was never conquered by another nation. It kind of just faded away and was lost overtime. But the Roman Empire has never really left, which is why later on in this chapter, it explains how this empire will reemerge during the last days (Dan 7:19-25).
Dan 7:7-8 says that this fourth “beast” will have 10 horns and a little horn will emerge. It also says that this “little horn” will have a mouth uttering great boasts. This little horn is a description of the Anti-Christ (See Rev 13:1-6), who will rule and reign over the fourth beast (the Revived Roman Empire). Dan 7:7 says that this beast was different from all the others. If we go back to the dream of the statue, Daniel explains that the feet (the Revived Roman Empire) was made of iron and partly clay. This is different than the other parts of the statute because it was made of two materials that don’t mix well. This indicates that this empire will be unstable and will not last long. Dan 7:25 says that the Anti-Christ will wage war with the saints for a time, times, and half a time, which will be the last 3.5 years of the Tribulation Period (see Rev 13:5 for parallel verse).
You see, in the first half of the Tribulation Period, the Anti-Christ will make peace with the nations (Dan 9:27) but it will be a false peace, after which he will go into the Temple, claim to be God (2 Thess 2:3-4) and will then wage war on Gods people for the last half of the Tribulation Period.
Daniel explains to King Nebuchadnezzar that these visions were given to him so that he would know what would take place in the future. And these prophecies were written down so that we could also understand what will take place in Gods end time prophetic scenario. It is our job to study these prophecies so that we will be prepared and not get discouraged. And if we know whats going to happen in our future, then we can see which of the events happening on the world stage today are leading up to this prophetic scenario playing out.
- As a side note, Daniel was actually so accurate in his prophecies, that many inaccurately assumed that the book of Daniel wasn’t written until “after” these events took place. And if Daniel was accurate about the previous kingdoms, then we can conclude that the rest of his prophecy will play out “exactly” as it is laid out.
The book of Daniel speaks about one last kingdom, the Kingdom of Christ (Dan 7:13-14) that will come down and crush the kingdoms of man (Dan 2:34-35). This is absolute, and our blessed hope for the future.
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