The visions of the overcoming Daniel
Concerning the four beasts out of the Mediterranean Sea
The year of the vision (about 556 B.C.)
year of Belshazzar the king of Babylon Daniel saw a dream and 2avisions
of his head upon his bed. Then he wrote down the dream; he related the sum of the matters.
The four beasts out of the Mediterranean Sea
vv. 2-8, 11-12
responded and said, I was watching in my vision by night, and there were the 1four awinds
of heaven, stirring up the 2Great
four great 1beasts acame
up from the sea, each different from the other.
was like a alion
and had the wings of an beagle
. I watched until its wings were plucked and it was lifted up from the earth and made to stand on two feet like a man; and a man’s heart was given to it.
there was 1aanother
beast, a second one, resembling a bbear
. And it was raised up on one side, and three ribs were in its mouth between its teeth; and they said thus to it, Arise, devour much flesh.
this I watched and there was 1aanother beast
, like a bleopard
; and it had four wings of a bird on its back; and the beast had cfour
heads, and dominion was given to it.
this I watched in the night visions, and there was a 1afourth
beast, dreadful and frightful and exceedingly strong; and it had large iron teeth; it devoured and crushed and trampled down the remainder with its feet; and it was different from all the beasts that were before it; and it had bten
was considering the horns; then there was another horn, a 1asmall
one, which came up among them; and bthree
of the first horns were uprooted from before it. And there were 2eyes
like the eyes of a man in this horn and a 2mouth
God and His universal dominion
And the bAncient
of Days sat down.
His clothing was like cwhite 1snow
And the dhair
of His head was like pure 1wool
His throne was flames of 2fire
, burning fire.
And came out from before Him. cThousands
of thousands ministered to Him,
And ten thousands of ten thousands stood before Him.
of judgment sat,
And the dbooks
watched then because of the sound of the great things that the horn was aspeaking
; I watched until the bbeast
and its body was destroyed and given to the burning fire.
as for the rest of the beasts, their dominion was taken away, but an 1extension
of life was given to them for a season and a time.
The coming of the Son of Man — Christ
watched in the night visions,
And there with the clouds of heaven
One like a 1aSon
of Man was coming;
And He came to the bAncient
And they brought Him near before Him.
to Him was 1agiven
dominion, glory, and a bkingdom
That all the cpeoples
, nations, and languages might serve Him.
His dominion is an eternal dominion, which will not pass away;
And His kingdom is one that will not be destroyed.
The interpretation of the vision
for me, Daniel, my aspirit
within me was distressed, and the visions of my head alarmed me.
came near to one of those standing by and asked of him the exact meaning of all this. So he told me and made the interpretation of the things known to me:
great beasts, which are four, are four kings who
will arise from the earth.
of the Most High will receive the kingdom and possess the kingdom forever, indeed, forever and ever.
I wished to know the exact meaning of the afourth
beast, which was different from all the others, exceedingly dreadful, with its teeth of iron and its claws of bronze, which
devoured, crushed, and trampled under the remainder with its feet,
of the aten
horns that were on its head, and the other bhorn
that came up, and before which three horns
fell, even that horn that had eyes and a mouth speaking great things and whose appearance was greater than that of its companions.
watched and that horn 1awaged
war with the saints and prevailed against them,
of Days came; and judgment was given to the saints of the Most High; and the time came when the bsaints
possessed the kingdom.
he said, The fourth beast will be the afourth
kingdom upon the earth, which will be different from all the other
kingdoms; and it will devour the whole earth and tread it down and crush it.
as for the aten
horns, out of this kingdom ten kings will arise, and banother
will arise after them, and he will be different from the previous ones; and he will subdue three kings.
he will aspeak
things against the Most High and wear out the bsaints
of the Most High; and his intention will be to change the 1ctimes
and the law; and they will be given into his hand for 2a dtime
and times and half a time.
of judgment will sit, and they will take away his dominion, so as to bannihilate
and destroy it
unto the end.
and dominion and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven will be given to the people of the saints of the Most High; His kingdom is an beternal
kingdom, and all the dominions will serve and obey Him.
is the end of the matter. As for me, Daniel, my thoughts alarmed me greatly, and my countenance was changed, but I akept
the matter in my heart.