Daniel Dreamed About Us

The prophetic chapter 7 in Daniel covers a lot of territory, as dreams often do. Daniel's prophetic dream takes us all the way from the first beast Babylon, where Daniel was a captive, to the beginning of the Roman Empire until Christ’s second coming and beyond. As such, it provides a very quick overview of Biblical events, or as Daniel put it, “the sum of the matters.” However, one of the key elements of Daniel 7 is the role of Edom in all this. If you haven’t already, please read the companion Feature article, The Little Horn: First Century Antichrist.

Unless we understand the long period of time of time covered in Daniel 7, we can get mixed up about what is being talked about. At the beginning, Daniel mentions the four beasts, which we know to be the Babylonian, Persian, Greek and Roman Empires. The fourth beast, Rome, had ten horns that emerged from it. And the little horn initially arose during the time of the fourth beast. Daniel’s dream then fast-forwards to the end portion of chapter 7, which is about 2000 years later. While the key players remain the same, their roles have changed from the first century to the twenty-first century.

In the first year of Belshazzar, about 555 BCE, then king of Babylon, Daniel had a dream, which is our chapter 7. The first part describes the dream, but in verse 17, we begin the interpretation of Daniel’s dream. The four beasts are the four kings or kingdoms mentioned above that had dominion. But in the end, the kingdom, or the power and authority to rule, and dominion will be held by the saints on Earth after the return of Christ.

Daniel inquired about "the visions of his head that troubled him." He asked about the fourth beast, and of the ten horns, and of the other horn that came up before whom three fell. And in verses 21 and 22, we are told “ … the same horn made war with the saints and prevailed against them until the Ancient of Days came ….” The fulfilling of this prophecy is in its initial overt stages. [See the Feature article, The War Dispatches].

This is why many people believe that the little horn, before whom three fell, is the end-times Antichrist. It is not. The little horn of the first century, meaning the person of Herod the Great, was the Edomite king of Judea. He was the first incarnation of the Antichrist. Remember, we have a large span of time in Daniel 7. Rather, universally, the "same horn" in Daniel 7 refers to Edom, who was there at the time of Christ’s first coming as the little horn and also is the sixth beast in Revelation, 666, just prior to the second coming of Christ, hence making war with the saints until the Ancient of Days came.

In verse 24, we read, “And the ten horns out of this [fourth] kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them, and he shall be diverse [Aramaic, shena, meaning changed, altered] from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.” This one verse covers about 2000 years of historical events in chronological order.

The ten horns are ten kings that shall arise out of this fourth kingdom, the Roman Empire, which are the ten nations of Israel as mentioned in Genesis 49 in the end-times. Look at a map of the rise of Christianity to the year 1500. It’s very distinctive geography arose out of what was the former western leg of the Roman Empire. [See the Feature article, Ten Horns, Ten Nations]. 

Verse 24 also states, “And another shall arise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.” So after these ten kings or nations arise, another version of the "same horn" will come up after them. The last of the ten sons of Israel to have a national identity again was that of Judah, the nation-state of Israel, which officially came into being in 1948. So this other horn that rises up after them would have to come up after 1948.

What this is saying is that back in the time of the fourth empire, Rome, this little horn, Edom, made its first appearance. Then, over a period of centuries, the ten nations of Israel again formed national identities, originating out of the former territory of the Roman Empire, which included Jerusalem. And after this, 1948 [the year George Orwell wrote 1984], Edom will rise up again. [See the Feature article, Is That You, Big Brother?]. But he will be changed from the first, or his former incarnation in the first century BCE as the little horn, and he will subdue three kings in the last days.

The first incarnation of Edom, as the little horn, came up after three kings, or horns, were plucked up by the roots. However, about 2000 years later, Edom has become the sixth beast, Babylon the Great and along with the false prophet, will subdue three kings in the end time.

The 6th beast, the reincarnated Edom as 666, will rule from the city of Jerusalem, as did the little horn. [Dan. 11:41, 45; Rev. 11:2]. These three kings or kingdoms are representative of man's three major religions found in Jerusalem: Judaism, Christianity and Islam, all of whom trace their roots back to their father Abram/Abraham. [Trump Recognizes Jerusalem As Israel Capital]. And all three of them have vested interests in Jerusalem. As we are told, this beast, the Antichrist in Jerusalem will exalt himself above all. “Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all.” [Dan. 11:37]. Remember, the Antichrist, Edom is the brother of Israel, and his fathers are Isaac and Abraham. And Christ, of course, is Abraham’s seed, as well as his LORD God. [Gal. 3:16; Gen. 26:24].

In Daniel 7:26, “But the court shall be seated, and they shall take away his [Edom’s] dominion, [read the dominion prophecy in Gen. 27:40, 41; Isa. 63; also chapter six, The Blind Man’s Elephant for details, now a complimentary PDF at the bottom of the Home page], to consume and destroy it forever” appears to be a reference to Edom and the events in the book of Obadiah as well as the latter verses of Revelation 17. [See the Feature articles, Obadiah And The Prophetic Parable Of The Tares, and Revelation 17: Big Brother].

The last verse of Daniel’s dream is verse 27. “Then the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven shall be given to the people, the saints of the Most High. His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey Him.” This is a reference to Christ’s second coming and all Israel, both the Houses of Judah and Israel. See the Sneakers article, His Treasured Posession.

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