Vision of the Four Beasts
In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon Daniel saw a dream and visions in his mind as he lay on his bed; then he wrote the dream down and related the following summary of it.
Daniel said, “I was looking in my vision by night, and behold, the four winds of Heaven were stirring up the great sea. “And four great beasts were coming up from the sea, different from one another. “The first was like a lion and had the wings of an eagle. I kept looking until its wings were plucked, and it was lifted up from the ground and made to stand on two feet like a man; a human mind also was given to it. “And behold, another beast, a second one, resembling a bear. And it was raised up on one side, and three ribs were in its mouth between its teeth; and thus they said to it, ‘Arise, devour much meat!’ “After this I kept looking, and behold, another one, like a leopard, which had on its back four wings of a bird; the beast also had four heads, and dominion was given to it. “After this I kept looking in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, dreadful and terrifying and extremely strong; and it had large iron teeth. It crushed and devoured its victims and trampled underfoot whatever was left. It was different from all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns. “While I was thinking about the horns, there before me was another horn, a little one, which came up among the others; and three of the first horns were uprooted before it. This horn had eyes like the eyes of a man and a mouth that spoke boastfully and arrogantly.
The Ancient of Days Reigns
“I kept looking until thrones were set up, and the Ancient of Days took His seat; His clothing was as white as snow and the hair of His head like pure wool. His Throne was ablaze with flames, its wheels were a burning fire. “A river of fire was flowing and coming out from before Him; thousands upon thousands were attending Him, and myriads upon myriads were standing before Him. The court sat, and the books were opened.
“Then I kept looking because of the sound of the boastful words which the horn was speaking; I kept looking until the beast was slain, 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 extension of life was granted to them for an appointed period of time.”
The Son of Man Presented
“I kept looking in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of Heaven One like a Son of Man was coming, and He came up to the Ancient of Days and was presented before Him. “And to Him was given dominion, Glory and a kingdom, that all the peoples, nations and men of every language might serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion which will not pass away; and His kingdom is one which will not be destroyed.
The Vision Interpreted
“As for me, Daniel, my spirit was distressed within me, and the visions in my mind kept alarming me. “I approached one of those who were standing by and began asking him the exact meaning of all this. So he told me and made known to me the interpretation of these things: ‘These great beasts, which are four in number, are four kings who will arise from the Earth. ‘But the saints of the Most High God will receive the kingdom and possess the kingdom forever, for all ages to come.’
“Then I desired to know the exact meaning of the fourth beast, which was different from all the others, exceedingly dreadful, with its teeth of iron and its claws of bronze, and which devoured, crushed and trampled down the remainder with its feet, and the meaning of the ten horns that were on its head and the other horn which came up, and before which three of them fell, namely, that horn which had eyes and a mouth arrogantly uttering great boasts and which was more terrifying than any of the others.
“I kept looking, and that horn was waging war with the saints and overpowering them until the Ancient of Days came and judgment was passed in favor of the saints of the Most High God, and the time arrived when the saints took possession of the kingdom.
“He gave me this explanation: ‘The fourth beast will be a fourth kingdom on the Earth, which will be different from all the other kingdoms and will devour the whole Earth and tread it down and crush it.
The ten horns are ten kings who will come from this kingdom. After them another king will arise, different from the earlier ones; he will overthrow three kings. He will speak against the Most High God and oppress His saints and try to change the set times and the laws. The saints will be handed over to him for a time, times and half a time.
‘But the court will pass judgment, and his dominion will be taken away, annihilated and destroyed forever. ‘Then the sovereignty, the dominion and the greatness of all the kingdoms under the whole Heaven will be given to the people of the saints of the Most High God; His kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, and all the dominions will serve and obey Him.’
That was the end of the vision. I, Daniel, was terrified by my thoughts and my face was pale with fear, but I kept these things to myself. [Daniel 7]
Then I looked, and there before me was the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion in all of His majesty and glory, and with Him the 144,000 Israelites that had been sealed by the Angel of Yahweh…12,000 from each of the twelve tribes of Israel…who had His name and His Father’s name written on their foreheads. This was the visible mark of their steadfast, faithful, public witness of their allegiance to God and to the Lamb, standing in opposition to those who wore the mark of the Beast. And I heard a sound from Heaven like the roar of rushing waters and like a loud peal of thunder. The sound I heard was like that of harpists playing their harps. And they sang a new song before the Throne and before the four living creatures and the elders. No one could learn the song except the 144,000 sealed ones who had been redeemed from the Earth; theirs is a distinction and a glory, a joy and a blessedness, in which none but themselves can ever share. These are those who did not defile themselves in illicit sexual relations with women, for they kept themselves pure, living chaste lives, both as to their faithfulness to God in their religion, and as to their pureness from all physical lewdness. It is their honor and blessedness that they follow the Lamb wherever He goes. They were the extraordinarily sealed Hebrews purchased from among men and offered as first fruits of the recovered, restored and redeemed children of Abraham…offered to God and the Lamb, in that new order which is to come when the times of the gentiles are fulfilled…when these People, the Jewish Nation, are once again acknowledged and claimed as His possession, set apart once again and marked off as God’s chosen people. No lie was found in their mouths, never failing to confess Christ in all the length and breadth of His nature and offices, living their profession and showing by their works what they spoke with their lips. They are blameless…approved, justified and accepted before God!
6Then I saw another angel flying in midair, and with mercy still lingering toward the poor infatuated world even in this very hour of wrath, he had the eternal Gospel to proclaim to those who live on the Earth…to every nation, tribe, language and people. He said in a loud voice…a voice of solemn warning thundering from the sky, “Fear God and give Him glory, because the very hour of His judgment has come! Worship Him who made the heavens, the Earth, the sea and the springs of water!”
8A second angel followed with another merciful, though solemn, warning, and said, “Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great with her colossal system of harlotry and corruption that holds dominion over all the nations of the Earth, which made all the nations drink the maddening wine of her adulteries! Come out of her, My people, so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues!”
9A third angel followed them…preaching and crying a most intense and solemn warning with all the power and eloquence of angels…and said in a loud voice: “If anyone worships the Beast and his image and receives his mark on the forehead or on the hand, he, too, will drink of the wine of God’s fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of His wrath! He will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb! And the smoke of their torment rises for ever and ever! There is no rest day or night for those who worship the Beast and his image, or for anyone who receives the mark of his name!” This calls for patient endurance on the part of the saints who obey God’s commandments and remain faithful to Jesus, refusing to worship the Beast or to accept his mark upon themselves.
13Then I heard a voice from Heaven say, for the purpose of their special strengthening and consolation in the face of the inevitable suffering that will come upon them as a result of their refusal to worship the Antichrist, “Write: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.”
“Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them!”
14I looked, and there before me was a white cloud…white like fire at its intensest heat… and seated on the cloud was one “like a son of man”…the Lord Jesus Christ Himself…with a crown of gold on His head and a sharp sickle in His hand, prepared to administer vengeance and sore judgment upon the enemies and usurpers who occupy the Earth. Indeed, they will see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory!17 Then another angel came out of the temple of Yahweh upon the Earth and called in a loud voice to Him who was sitting on the cloud, crying out for vengeance against the Beast for his afflictions and abominations against that temple and its God, “Take Your sickle and reap, because the time to reap has come, for the harvest of the Earth is dead ripe for final judgment.” So He Who was seated on the cloud swung His sickle over the Earth, and the Earth was harvested! In one fell swoop, the whole present order of things on Earth are swept away and forever terminated; all the riches and glories of a godless world sink into utter ruin and oblivion, never to be brought up again!
17Another Angel came out of the Temple, the Temple in Heaven, this being the Angel of Yahweh Himself, and in His capacity as the Angel of the Temple…the Great High Priest…He too had a sharp sickle. Still another angel, who had charge of the altar-fire…that fire of Divine justice which ever burns against sin and sinners…came forth from the altar of Yahweh’s temple on the Earth, and he also called in a loud voice to Him who had the sharp sickle, likewise crying out for vengeance against the Antichrist as did the first angel from the temple, “Take Your sharp sickle and gather the clusters of grapes from the Earth’s vine, because its grapes of wickedness are ripe to the full for judgment.” The Angel swung His sickle on the Earth, gathered the vine of the Earth rooted in the Antichrist that stands in opposition to the vine of Christ, laden with its grapes that are the children of wickedness, and threw them into the great wine press of God’s wrath. They were trampled in the wine press outside the now consecrated and Holy City Jerusalem, in the Valley of Megiddo…Armageddon. The kings of the Earth and of the whole world, and their armies, are utterly consumed…and a river of human blood flowed out of the press, rising as high as the horses’ bridles for a distance of 1,600 stadia (160 miles)! Thus was brought to a conclusion the great and terrible Day of the Lord, in which God fulfilled His intention to consume all opposition and to take vengeance upon the enemies and usurpers who occupy the Earth…a more detailed account of which is now to follow.
Friends, brothers and sisters…
There is one absolutely necessary preparation for every living soul on the face of this Earth, for the soon coming and imminent return of Jesus Christ…the one preparation that will irrevocably determine in which neighborhood you will spend all eternity, whether in Heaven or in Hell. You must be a born-again child of God. I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot be in God’s Kingdom. I tell you the truth, no one can ever enter the Kingdom of God unless you are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at My saying you must be born again. [Jesus…John 3:3-7]
If you have never been born again,
or you are not sure whether you have been born again,
or you have been living your life as a lukewarm Christian and would now like to recommit your life and enter into a deep and intimate relationship with Christ Jesus in preparation for the soon coming marriage supper of the Lamb…
then I counsel you to get alone with God, read the solemn marriage vows you must make to become the bride of Christ and thereby be born-again, [https://preservechristianfamily.org/2019/01/21/bride-of-christ/], and with sincerity of heart from within the depths of your being, acknowledge before God, “I DO.”
He walks with me and He talks with me: