A Coming War (Daniel 7:7-8; 19-20; 23-24)

“After that, in my vision at night I looked, and there before me was a fourth beast—terrifying and frightening and very powerful. It had large iron teeth; it crushed and devoured its victims and trampled underfoot whatever was left. It was different from all the former beasts, and it had ten horns.

8 “While I was thinking about the horns, there before me was another horn, a little one, which came up among them; 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.  (Daniel 7:7-8)

“Then I wanted to know the true meaning of the fourth beast, which was different from all the others and most terrifying, with its iron teeth and bronze claws—the beast that crushed and devoured its victims and trampled underfoot whatever was left. 20 I also wanted to know about the ten horns on its head and about the other horn that came up, before which three of them fell—the horn that looked more imposing than the others and that had eyes and a mouth that spoke boastfully.  (Daniel 7:19-20)

“He gave me this explanation: ‘The fourth beast is a fourth kingdom that will appear on earth. It will be different from all the other kingdoms and will devour the whole earth, trampling it down and crushing it. 24 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 subdue three kings.  (Daniel 7:23-24)

Learn it:

            In this vision Daniel is very interested in the fourth beast.  He sees that this one is different than the other three.  Traditionally the fourth beast represents Rome.  What is so unique about it, is that it represents Rome in two different time periods.  For us, it represents the Rome that eventually defeats Greece and then it represents this future kingdom that is going to be a huge superpower that takes over the world. 

            It is this future Rome that will have 10 horns, which represents 10 nations underneath this superpower.  This nation is going to be unlike anything we have ever seen.  It will be a terrifying time in world history.  Then from the 10 nations a “little horn” is going to come up.  This “little horn” represents the anti-christ.  He will have great influence and cause many problems for believers.

Live it:

            Before Christ comes there will be difficult times in the world.  It will be a terrifying time where people are being killed and living in fear.  God wants us to be aware of things so that we can prepare for them.  It is a reminder to followers of God to be out in the world proclaiming his goodness and calling others to follow Him.  It is also a reminder that we should not be surprised when we do encounter the world turning against because God has told us it is going to happen.  It should cause us to rejoice that he is going to come back soon.  It gives us hope. 

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