Everlasting Kingdom: Unraveling the Bible’s Secrets

The Unveiling of Daniel’s Revelation

“five have fallen, one is and the other has not yet come”

Part 1, The book of Revelation has a mystery that needs to be unraveled. Adding to the enigma is that the solution to the riddle is not found in the book of Revelation. One day when I was reading the book of Revelation I came across a mystery that peaked my curiosity. I found the riddle intriguing and I sought for the answer. In my quest for the answer I studied the book of Daniel. Through this intense study, I think I solved the lion’s share of the mystery. The following are the verses I was puzzling over.

The beast that you saw was, and is not; and is about to come up out of the abyss and to go into destruction. Those who dwell on the earth and whose names have not been written in the book of life from the foundation of the world will marvel when they see that the beast was, and is not, and shall be present. TR reads “yet is” instead of “shall be present” 9 Here is the mind that has wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sits. 10 They are seven kings. Five have fallen, the one is, the other has not yet come. When he comes, he must continue a little while. 11 The beast that was, and is not, is himself also an eighth, and is of the seven; and he goes to destruction. (Revelation 17:8-11.The Gabriel Bible

Specifically what I was focusing on is the seven kings, five have fallen, one is and the other has not yet come. I believe that one does not have to guess at the meaning. I believe that somewhere in the Bible the mystery is revealed. I think that the answer to this enigma is found in the book of Daniel.

This study of Daniel begins in chapter seven. The first six chapters of Daniel are straight forward and easy to understand. However chapters seven through twelve are heavily clocked and take much study to understand. Chapters seven, eight, ten, eleven, and twelve are quoted in their entirety intermixed with my analysis. At the end of this study of Daniel I will readdress Revelation chapter 17 and explain what I think it means in lieu of the book of Daniel.

Daniel chapter 7:

In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon Daniel had a dream and visions of his head on his bed: then he wrote the dream and told the sum of the matters. 2 Daniel spoke and said, I saw in my vision by night, and, behold, the four winds of the sky broke forth on the great sea. 3 Four great animals came up from the sea, diverse one from another.

[These four great animals represent four separate nations, which reside around the Mediterranean Sea.]

The first was like a lion, and had eagle's wings: I saw until its wings were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made to stand on two feet as a man; and a man's heart was given to it.

[Anyone I have ever heard comment on the interpretation of these animals and what they represent speculate that this vision is basically another rendition of Daniel’s first Dream, the mysterious statue. I do not believe that this comparison is correct. Regarding the conventional wisdom on Daniel’s first dream I currently agree; that being the head of gold represents the Babylonian empire. The breasts and arms of sliver represent the Persian Empire. The belly and thighs of brass represent the Greek Empire. The legs of iron represent the Roman Empire. The feet of clay and iron represents the last human empire before Jesus returns to establish His government which is represented by the uncut stone that smashes the statue.]

[I am not of the opinion that the vision of the four beasts represents a succession of empires in earth’s history is accurate. The reason why I do not believe this modern conventional theory is that in this dream only one animal appears to be defeated. Therefore, as Daniel later explains, this book is about the end time. I think that this vision of the four beasts refers to nations and events in our very future! To me it represents the conquering of one nation. The second and third beasts represent a conflict between two rival empires and the last beast, the most fierce of them all represents an amalgamation of ten nations and ten kings which form an end time empire which God calls the Babylon. Yes the final empire on the earth will have the name of the first empire represented by the head of gold so long ago.

The lion with eagle’s wings is a majestic creature, mighty and strong. Of the four creatures this is the only one that is changed. The Lion is captured and the wings are ripped off of it. This would seem to indicate that the Lion is captured and defeated in battle. Who would the Lion represent? For one thing we can narrow the search down to the nations around the Mediterranean. Another clue is revealed in the answer to the following question: Who does God refer to as a lion?]

Genesis 49:9 Judah is a lion's cub. From the prey, my son, you have gone up. He stooped down, he crouched as a lion, as a lioness. Who will rouse him up?

[In heraldry, Judah’s symbol is a lion. Heraldry is the study of symbols and how they are used to represent tribes and nations. There is all kinds of heraldry in the United States Presidential Seal and it is all traced back to Israel. I know a lot of people trace it to the free masons, but they but they did not originate the symbolism, they hijacked it. Yes our forefather knew our ancestry. Ben Franklin and Thomas Jefferson proposed a seal which had Moses and the 12 tribes crossing the Red Sea and the Pharaoh and his army drowning. Prominently positioned is the great Pillar of Fire. This was deemed to be too obvious so they hid the symbolism in a seal which looks much like the one we have today; although today’s eagle looks a lot more muscular and is an improvement over the previous eagle. However, I wish Franklin’s and Jefferson’s concept for the seal had prevailed. They knew our identity. They knew that our Anglo Saxon heritage is derived from ancient Israel!]

Here is a seal that Franklin and Jefferson worked together on:

proposed seal
Proposed Seal

“Rebellion to Tyrants is Obedience to God”. Ben Franklin came up with the slogan and Thomas Jefferson embraced it. I do not agree with the slogan. Obedience to God is following the 10 commandments. I wish they would have kept the Pillar of Fire and the Red Sea Exodus as the seal though. The all seeing eye on the obverse is an unfortunate Masonic influence. Many of our forefathers were Masons.

Eagle’s wings also represent God’s protection.

Exodus 19:4 “You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles' wings, and brought you to myself.”

The ripping of the wings off of the Lion would represent a corrective punishment. God’s protection has been temporarily removed. When this happens would mark the beginning of the 3.5 year tribulation.

In heraldry the symbol for the Tribe of Dan is an eagle. Combining the Lion with eagle’s wings was not done by accident. This is a clue and a message as to the identity of the nation. It is talking about that little country formed in 1948 that is mistakenly called Israel. Most of the Israelites that live there are comprised of the tribe of Judah. The Jews that can trace their lineage back to Abraham’s son Judah are the true Jews. During the days of Solomon’s son King Rehoboam, there was a family split. Judah, Benjamin and some of Levy stayed loyal to Rehoboam and became the kingdom of Judah while the rest of the tribes rebelled and made Samaria the new capital city. They became the Kingdom of Israel. Their new king was named Jeroboam. The tribes have not been united ever since. Most of the tribes have lost their identity. That is why they are referred to as the lost ten tribes. The tribe of Judah, the only one which knows it identity, claims the name of the whole nation. Therefore that little country called Israel should currently be called Judah.

That little country is currently a powerhouse in the region but that will change.

Back to Daniel chapter 7:

7:5 Behold, another animal, a second, like a bear; 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.

[Here we have another powerful animal, which represents a nation or a federation of nations. Yet there is no indication that this empire is defeated. This gives us a clue that this is not a succession of empires. These clues get very obvious later on in the book. The emphasis of the prophecy of the book of Daniel from chapter seven onward pertains to the end time, just ahead of us. This bear will cause lots of trouble for its enemy hence it devours much flesh and has three ribs in its mouth.]

In later chapters of the book of Daniel, much is conveyed about the kings of Persia and Greece. This is significant to the end of days. The bear represents the king of the south that is Persia. Today Persia has a different name, it is now called Iran. Iran will be the lead nation of a confederation of Arab powers. There is supporting evidence for this claim later on in the book. I am proclaiming this point now so you can know the vantage point from which I come.

7:6 After this I saw, and behold, another, like a leopard, which had on its back four wings of a bird; the animal had also four heads; and dominion was given to it.

A popular theory is that the leopard represents Greece. This theory is correct on this point. Where it goes astray is that they think it only pertains to the past to Alexander the Great’s death and the division of his kingdom between four of his Generals. Daniel is a book of Prophecy and this event will repeat itself.

7:7 After this I saw in the night visions, and, behold, a fourth animal, awesome and powerful, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth; it devoured and broke in pieces, and stamped the residue with its feet: and it was diverse from all the animals that were before it; and it had ten horns.

This is the end time mighty empire of the beast. The beast is the supreme ruler and he also has 10 kings that conspire with him. This empire is likely to be Europe. This tyrant and this empire arrive on the scene in this form just before the Tribulation begins. I arrive at this conclusion due to a scripture in Revelation.

Revelation13:1-2 Then I stood on the sand of the sea. I saw a beast coming up out of the sea, Mediterranean having ten horns and seven heads. On his horns were ten crowns, and on his heads, blasphemous names. 2 The beast which I saw was like a leopard, and his feet were like those of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great.

There will be a king of the north and a king of the south. This concept will be addressed later in detail when we get to the appropriate chapter. They are enemies. The king of the north’s empire will ultimately become the beast’s domain. The King of the South is the Persian Empire, a future league of Arab nations, which will be lead by Iran. The leopard which represents Greece will become a part of this end time power of the King of the North. The bear paws which are a part of the beast come from the Persian Empire. There will be a lot of fighting back and forth. Persia will not win all the battles. They will most likely lose some of their oil fields or other strategic property to the beast before this seven headed ten horned beast or empire is fully formed just before the Tribulation begins.

Revelation 13:3 “One of his heads looked like it had been wounded fatally.”

The human leader called the beast will be killed by his enemies before the Tribulation begins. However, much to his enemy’s surprise he will be brought back to life. This will startle the whole world.

His fatal wound was healed, and the whole earth marveled at the beast. The beast being brought back to life will give him god like status. His power and “credibility” will increase due to this event. This will enable him to make this empire increase in authority and power. The other kings will fall in line under his leadership. Thus the empire will have ten kings.

13:4 They worshiped the dragon, because he gave his authority to the beast, and they worshiped the beast, saying, "Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?"

Yes, he will be worshiped as a god.

13:5 A mouth speaking great things and blasphemy was given to him. Authority to make war for forty-two months was given to him.

This seven headed ten horned beast, which represents the end time Babylonian Empire, will have authority for 42 months. The Tribulation is also 42 months long. When this leader dies and is brought back to life, he becomes the beast. This dates the event; the Great Tribulation is about to begin. His reign of terror will have an abrupt end when Jesus, or to be accurate with His name, Yeshua (Jesus) throws him into the Lake of Fire during Judgment Day, which immediately follows the Great Tribulation.

Revelation 12:6-9 He opened his mouth for blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his dwelling, those who dwell in heaven. 7 It was given to him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them. Authority over every tribe, people, language, and nation was given to him. The word tribe refers to the twelve tribes of Israel. People language and nation refers to everyone in his empire that follows him and everyone outside his empire that wishes to trade with it. 8 All who dwell on the earth will worship him, everyone whose name has not been written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who has been killed. 9 If anyone has an ear, let him hear.

It will be far better to worship the true God and not the beast even if it costs you your life. By worshiping God you will have your name preserved in the Book of Life.

Back to Daniel chapter seven:

7:8 I considered the horns, and behold, there came up among them another horn, a little one, before which three of the first horns were plucked up by the roots: and behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking great things.

The little horn is interesting, in the book of Revelation he is referred to as the false prophet. My teachers have told me that the false prophet is a religious leader, which provides the false religion that glues the beast’s empire together, thus they are partners in crime. That may be true in part, but the little horn clearly has his own agenda. For example, right after the character is introduced in the book of Daniel the first thing he does is take over the authority of three kings of the beast empire, those are the horns that are plucked out by the roots.

Verse nine switches to Judgment Day!

7:9-12 I saw until thrones were placed, and one who was ancient of days [Which is God the Father] sat: his clothing was white as snow, and the hair of his head like pure wool; his throne was fiery flames, and its wheels burning fire. 10 A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousands of thousands ministered to him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment [That is Judgment Day] was set, and the books were opened. 11 I saw at that time because of the voice of the great words, which the horn spoke; I saw even until the animal was slain, and its body destroyed, and it was given to be burned with fire. 12 As for the rest of the animals, their dominion was taken away: yet their lives were prolonged for a season and a time.

The seven headed, ten horned Babylonian empire of the beast is the first to be destroyed. Persia, the bear, is judged later on when they join Gog and Magog and attack the un-walled city of New Jerusalem. The Lion Judah will be delivered.

7:13 I saw in the night visions, and behold, there came with the clouds of the sky one like a son of man [that is Yeshua our Messiah] , and he came even to the ancient of days [God the Father] , and they brought him near before him.

Where is the person called the Holy Spirit? No such deity. There is no Trinity. No three in one schizophrenic god head. If there were a man called the Holy Spirit he would be right here participating in judgment day. Also why would the son of man be carried to the Ancient of Days, if they shared the same body?

7:14 There was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all the peoples, nations, and languages should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.

God’s kingdom will not be established on earth until He conquers it during Judgment day. When it is established it will last forever. No, God’s kingdom is not here in embryo from as the church.

7:15-20 As for me, Daniel, my spirit was grieved in the midst of my body, and the visions of my head troubled me. 16 I came near to one of those who stood by, and asked him the truth concerning all this. So he told me, and made me know the interpretation of the things. 17 These great animals, which are four, are four kings, [king and kingdom appear to be interchangeable in this paragraph]

04437 (Aramaic) mal-koo’

corresponding to 04438; n f; {See TWOT on 2829 @@ "2829c"}

AV-kingdom 49, reign 4, realm 3, kingly 1; 57

1) royalty, reign, kingdom

1a) royalty, kingship, kingly authority

1b) kingdom

1c) realm (of territory)

1d) reign (of time)

who shall arise out of the earth. 18 But the saints of the Most High shall receive the kingdom, and possess the kingdom forever, even forever and ever. 19 Then I desired to know the truth concerning the fourth animal, which was diverse from all of them, exceedingly terrible, whose teeth were of iron, and its nails of brass; which devoured, broke in pieces, and stamped the residue with its feet; 20 and concerning the ten horns that were on its head,

[This fourth beast represents a dictator and his kingdom. The ten horns represents 10 lesser leaders of this kingdom. The little or other horn represents another leader in which the book of Daniel has much to say. The book of Revelation calls the little horn the false prophet.]

7:21the other horn which came up, and before which three fell, even that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spoke great things, whose look was more stout than its fellows. 21 I saw, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them;

[The little horn will be a ruthless leader and he will make war with the saints during the Tribulation. The saints are Israelites. He will be successful until Judgment Day. During Judgment Day God will allow him to be destroyed.]

7:22 until the ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the Most High, and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom. 23 Thus he said, The fourth animal shall be a fourth kingdom on earth, which shall be diverse from all the kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces. 24 As for the ten horns, out of this kingdom shall ten kings arise: and another shall arise after them; and he shall be diverse from the former, and he shall put down three kings.

[The little horn will be very powerful and cunning. Through either warfare or trickery he will even subdue three kings of the beast’s empire and take their authority. The little horn will be unstoppable, unbeatable until the Most High God also known as the Ancient of Days comes and brings His Judgment.]

7:25 He shall speak words against the Most High, and shall wear out the saints of the Most High; and he shall think to change the times and the law; and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and half a time.

[The little horn will speak words of blaspheme. He will oppress the Israelite captives and have no mercy. The usurping and changing of times and law has to do with the Holy Days which were decreed unchangeable by the true God.]

7:26 But the judgment shall be set, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it to the end. 27 The kingdom and the dominion, and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole sky, shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High: his kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.

[When the little horn is defeated by God he will give that kingdom to his saints. This decree happens during judgment day.]

7:28 Here is the end of the matter. As for me, Daniel, my thoughts much troubled me, and my face was changed in me: but I kept the matter in my heart.

Daniel chapter eight begins:

8:1-2 In the third year of the reign of king Belshazzar a vision appeared to me, even to me, Daniel, after that which appeared to me at the first. 2 I saw in the vision; now it was so, that when I saw, I was in the citadel of Susa, which is in the province of Elam; and I saw in the vision, and I was by the river Ulai.

This dream is important. Its meaning has much more to do with our future than the foggy pages of history. There are a few historical parallels; those should be considered as dual in their meaning. Sometimes the Ancient of Days makes a small fulfillment of a prophecy as an illustration or type of the main fulfillment of a prophecy for our edification. It is a prophecy, which is very relevant to us since we are nearing the end of days.

This is a different dream, so the animal imagery is different. The two horned goat is the same empire as the bear in the former dream. The ram is the same empire as the leopard.

This dream has to do with events that happen years before the beast arrives at his apex in power. The two horn goat represents a confederation of Arab powers lead by Iran. This is the new Persian Empire. The ram represents Greece before it unites with the empire of the ten horned beast with the iron teeth.

8:3-7 Then I lifted up my eyes, and saw, and behold, there stood before the river a ram which had two horns: and the two horns were high; but one was higher than the other, and the higher came up last. 4 I saw the ram pushing westward, and northward, and southward; and no animals could stand before him, neither was there any who could deliver out of his hand; but he did according to his will, and magnified himself. 5 As I was considering, behold, a male goat came from the west over the surface of the whole earth, and didn't touch the ground: and the goat had a notable horn between his eyes. 6 He came to the ram that had the two horns, which I saw standing before the river, and ran on him in the fury of his power. 7 I saw him come close to the ram, and he was moved with anger against him, and struck the ram, and broke his two horns; and there was no power in the ram to stand before him; but he cast him down to the ground, and trampled on him; and there was none who could deliver the ram out of his hand.

[The Persian Empire will cause a ruckus and they got decisively beat down in this battle. But as we will see later on, there are more battles to come. The male goat was victorious.]

8:8 The male goat magnified himself exceedingly: and when he was strong, the great horn was broken; and instead of it there came up four notable horn s toward the four winds of the sky.

[People generally equate this goat with the Greek empire that Alexander the Great started. After his death his empire was divided between four of his Generals. However, I do not believe that this bit of historical trivia is the primary meaning behind this book of prophecy. There will be a latter fulfillment of this prophecy. The book of Daniel is a book about the end time!]

8:9 Out of one of them came forth a little horn, which grew exceeding great, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the glorious

The Book of Revelation refers to the little horn as the false prophet and he blasphemous things against God. By reading verses 8 and 9 one can deduce that the little horn will be a Greek.

8:10 It grew great, even to the army of the sky; and some of the army and of the stars it cast down to the ground, and trampled on them. 11 Yes, it magnified itself, even to the prince of the army; and it took away from him the continual [burnt offering], and the place of his sanctuary was cast down. 12 The army was given over to it together with the continual burnt offering through disobedience; and it cast down truth to the ground, and it did [its pleasure] and prospered.

[When the false prophet attacks Jerusalem and invades the temple of God, he will forcibly stop the sacrificing on the alter. He will also become the abomination of desolation because he will say that He is the God of gods. This event marks the beginning of the Great Tribulation. Second Thessalonians chapter two has additional information about the little horn’s abomination of desolation .]

II Thessalonians 2:1-3Now, brothers, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and our gathering together to him, we ask you 2 not to be quickly shaken in your mind, nor yet be troubled, either by spirit, or by word, or by letter as from us, saying that the day of Christ had come.

2:3 Let no one deceive you in any way. For it will not be, unless the departure comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of destruction, 4 he who opposes and exalts himself against all that is called God or that is worshiped; so that he sits as God in the temple of God, setting himself up as God.

[The abomination of desolation happens when the false prophet invades the temple and stops the animal sacrificing, and sits on a throne in the temple and declares that he is the God.]

Chapter 8 continued:

8:13-14 Then I heard a holy one speaking; and another holy one said to that certain one who spoke, How long shall be the vision concerning the continual burnt offering, and the disobedience that makes desolate, to give both the sanctuary and the army to be trodden under foot? 14 He said to me, two thousand and three hundred evenings and mornings; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.

This is a very important prophecy. Many prophecies of the Bible are based on this very Temple that is yet to be built. The Temple has to be built. Then the False prophet invades Jerusalem and becomes the abomination of desolation. This act begins the Tribulation. Now we are told exactly how long the Temple will be in its abominated state. Two thousand three hundred mornings and evenings. There will be two sacrifices per day at the altar of the Temple one in the morning the other in the evening. Therefore 1,150 days after the Temple becomes abominated the Temple will be cleansed. This is interesting. The Tribulation is 1,260 days long, which means that during the Great Tribulation the Temple will become clean again and there will be 110 days remaining in the Tribulation.

8:15 It happened, when I, even I Daniel, had seen the vision, that I sought to understand it; and behold, there stood before me as the appearance of a man. 16 I heard a man's voice between [the banks of] the Ulai, which called, and said, Gabriel, make this man to understand the vision. 17 So he came near where I stood; and when he came, I was frightened, and fell on my face: but he said to me, Understand, son of man; for the vision belongs to, the time of the end.18 Now as he was speaking with me, I fell into a deep sleep with my face toward the ground; but he touched me, and set me upright. 19 He said, Behold, I will make you know what shall be in the latter time of the indignation; for it belongs to the appointed time of the end.

[This is a very important point. While I frequently bold type, I seldom bold type and then underline. If it were possible I would have trumpets blast to emphasize the point as you read it. This point that the book of Daniel is written for and about the end time is essential to understanding this book of prophecy! Anyone claiming that the prophecies of Daniel happened in the past does not understand the book. Therefore, the ram that represents the kings of the Media and Persia and the male goat that represents the King of Greece have to do with the future and not the past. It is not talking about Alexander the Great. At best he is a minor forerunner of the end time fulfillment of this prophecy!]

8:20 The ram which you saw, that had the two horns, they are the kings of Media and Persia. 21 The rough male goat is the king of Greece: and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first king. 22 As for that which was broken, in the place where four stood up, four kingdoms shall stand up out of the nation, but not with his power.

[Here the angel is explaining to Daniel what the symbolism of the animals means the ram represents Persia [modern day Iran] and the goat represents Greece. Just like with Alexander the Great when his kingdom was divided into four kingdoms, this will happen again. This is future headline news; be watching for it to happen!]

In the latter time of their kingdom, [again this is emphasized as an end time prophecy verse 23-26 tell us about the evil false prophet known as the little horn] when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce face, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up. 24 His power shall be mighty, but not by his own power; and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper and do [his pleasure]; and he shall destroy the mighty ones and the holy people.

This is talking about the Tribulation. He is going to destroy the holy people. That is not merely the Jews but Israelite people from all twelve tribes will be unwilling participants in the Tribulation and many will be his victims.

8:25 Through his policy he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and in their security shall he destroy many: he shall also stand up against the prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand.

The little horn will prosper until Judgment Day. The prince of princes is Jesus Christ or to be correct Yeshua our Messiah.

8:26 The vision of the evenings and mornings which has been told is true: but seal up the vision; for it belongs to many days to come

Again the vision pertains to many day to come, our future.

8:27 I, Daniel, fainted, and was sick certain days; then I rose up, and did the king's business: and I wondered at the vision, but none understood it.

The book of Revelation is the key that unlocks the mystery of the book of Daniel.

Daniel chapter 9:

Daniel 9:17- 20 summarize what the first 16 verses of chapter nine are about. Daniel is praying to God for mercy and forgiveness for the nation of Israel sins.

9:17-20 Now therefore, our God, listen to the prayer of your servant, and to his petitions, and cause your face to shine on your sanctuary that is desolate, for the Lord's sake. 18 My God, turn your ear, and hear; open your eyes, and see our desolations, and the city which is called by your name: for we do not present our petitions before you for our righteousness, but for your great mercies' sake.19 Lord, hear; Lord, forgive; Lord, listen and do; don't defer, for your own sake, my God, because your city and your people are called by your name. 20 While I was speaking, and praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before [Ye-ho-vah'] my God for the holy mountain of my God;

[The angel Gabriel is about to reveal to Daniel the 70 weeks prophecy. This is an in depth study in and of itself. Read Lon Martin’s article: The Mysterious Seventy Weeks Prophecy. ]

9:21 yes, while I was speaking in prayer, the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening offering.22 He instructed me, and talked with me, and said, Daniel, I am now come forth to give you wisdom and understanding. 23 At the beginning of your petitions the commandment went forth, and I have come to tell you; for you are greatly beloved: therefore consider the matter, and understand the vision. 24 Seventy weeks are decreed on your people and on your holy city, to finish disobedience, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most holy. 25 Know therefore and discern, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem to the Anointed One,{"Anointed One" can also be translated "Messiah" (same as "Christ").} the prince, shall be seven weeks, and sixty-two weeks: it shall be built again, with street and moat, even in troubled times. 26 After the sixty-two weeks the Anointed One{"Anointed One" can also be translated "Messiah" (same as "Christ").} shall be cut off, and shall have nothing: and the people of the prince who shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and its end shall be with a flood, and even to the end shall be war; desolations are determined.

[The last week or the seventieth week is the most important to us. Again this is future head line news to look for. This is the only week of the seventy weeks that is yet to be fulfilled. This prophecy also has to do with the Temple. The Beast and or the False Prophet will make a seven-year contract with most likely some Jews over animal sacrificing at the Temple. For three and a half years this agreement is honored. However, then the false prophet takes over Jerusalem the Temple and forcibly stops the sacrifices. When this contract is signed there will be exactly seven years remaining until our Messiah returns. He returns immediately after the tribulation, which starts when the animal sacrifices are halted. No one knows the day or the hour… only those who have not studied the book. Read that quote in Matthew. In the exact same chapter this famous quote is found. Yeshua also tells us that He will return immediately after the Tribulation! He is the son of man.

Matthew 24:29-30 But immediately after the oppression [Tribulation] of those days, the sun will be darkened, the moon will not give its light, the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken; 30 and then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky. Then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory.

Back to Daniel chapter 9:

9:27 He shall make a firm covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the offering to cease; and on the wing of abominations shall come one who makes desolate; and even to the full end, and that determined, shall wrath be poured out on the desolate.

Daniel chapter 10:

[Chapter 10 is an essential chapter to the book of Daniel. Daniel was troubled by a vision. God sent an angel to speak to him. The angel is not identified, so it is reasonable to assume that Daniel recognized him as being Gabriel. The King of Persia withheld Gabriel from meeting Daniel for twenty one days. Only when Michael came to relieve Gabriel was he free to deliver the message. The angel was to give Daniel understanding of what will happen to his people Israel during the latter days. That is, what is going to happen in the future and not in the past as so many believe when reading these scriptures. The intriguing part of the puzzle is that we are not told in this chapter what the message is.]

When Gabriel was finished with his message another interesting event happened. Daniel was visited by another described as having the likeness of the sons of men. That would be the being who later became Yeshua our Messiah known as the Word in John chapter 1:1. Yet once again we are not privy to this information in this chapter. After He relays this information to Daniel about our very future, He goes to help Michael battle the kings of Greece and Persia.

The tie in with the true rulers of Greece and Persia is significant to the end times. It establishes the connection to two of Daniel’s visions and the symbolism of the animals representing the empires. The leopard and the ram represent Greece and the bear and the goat represent Iran.

[The lack of commentary about what Daniel heard is significant. Daniel could have elaborated about it and clearly stated what he heard, but to do so would be violating one of his instructions. “But you Daniel shut up the words… Daniel 12:4.]

Daniel was instructed to seal the book until the time of the end. If he were to clearly state what was said that would not be sealing the book.

Now with all this commentary in mind read chapter 10.

10:1-21In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a thing was revealed to Daniel, whose name was called Belteshazzar; and the thing was true, even a great warfare: and he understood the thing, and had understanding of the vision.2 In those days I, Daniel, was mourning three whole weeks. 3 I ate no pleasant bread, neither came flesh nor wine into my mouth, neither did I anoint myself at all, until three whole weeks were fulfilled. 4 In the four and twentieth day of the first month, as I was by the side of the great river, which is Hiddekel, 5 I lifted up my eyes, and looked, and behold, a man [Gabriel] clothed in linen, whose thighs were girded with pure gold of Uphaz: 6 his body also was like the beryl, and his face as the appearance of lightning, and his eyes as flaming torches, and his arms and his feet like burnished brass, and the voice of his words like the voice of a multitude. 7 I, Daniel, alone saw the vision; for the men who were with me didn't see the vision; but a great quaking fell on them, and they fled to hide themselves. 8 So I was left alone, and saw this great vision, and there remained no strength in me; for my comeliness was turned in me into corruption, and I retained no strength. 9 Yet heard I the voice of his words; and when I heard the voice of his words, then was I fallen into a deep sleep on my face, with my face toward the ground. 10 Behold, a hand touched me, which set me on my knees and on the palms of my hands. 11 He said to me, Daniel, you man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak to you, and stand upright; for am I now sent to you. When he had spoken this word to me, I stood trembling. 12 Then said he to me, Don't be afraid, Daniel; for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard: and I have come for your words' sake. 13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; but, behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me: and I remained there with the kings [I think it is better translated as king this way it is consistent with the context.] of Persia. 14 Now I have come to make you understand what shall happen to your people in the latter days; for the vision is yet for many days: 15 and when he had spoken to me according to these words, I set my face toward the ground, and was mute. 16 Behold, one in the likeness of the sons of men [Yeshua our Messiah] touched my lips then I opened my mouth, and spoke and said to him who stood before me, my lord, by reason of the vision my sorrows are turned on me, and I retain no strength. 17 For how can the servant of this my lord talk with this my lord? for as for me, immediately there remained no strength in me, neither was there breath left in me. 18 Then there touched me again one like the appearance of a man, and he strengthened me. 19 He said, "Greatly beloved man, don't be afraid: peace be to you, be strong, yes, be strong." When he spoke to me, I was strengthened, and said, "Let my lord speak; for you have strengthened me." 20 Then he said, "Do you know why I have come to you? Now I will return to fight with the prince [note this is singular] of Persia. When I go forth, behold, the prince of Greece shall come. 21 But I will tell you that which is inscribed in the writing of truth: and there is none who holds with me against these, but Michael your prince.

[Did you grasp the significant there was a battle in heaven to prevent this message form being delivered to Daniel. The bad guys did not want this message delivered! The battle for Gabriel lasted three weeks. Who knows how long the son of man and Michael battled. I suspect it did not last too long. The kings of Persia and Greece were way out of their weight class when the son of Man arrived.]

Daniel chapter 11:

Chapter 11 needs to be carefully read and studied. It appears to be a history lesson, but it is not. Daniel quite effectively sealed this chapter. The book of Daniel is coming to an end and we need to know exactly what Gabriel and the Son of Man told Daniel. Remember in chapter 10, Daniel was given a message that pertains; to the latter days. “Now I have come to make you understand what shall happen to your people in the latter days; for the vision is yet for many days (Daniel 10:14):” This message is not completely conveyed in chapter 12 the last opportunity to explain what was said is in chapter 11. It is heavily cloaked, but this chapter has to do with the end time. In fact it lets us know the headlines of future news stories which take place before the Tribulation ever begins. It has much to do with Daniel’s dreams: the conquest of the lion and the power struggle between the leopard and the bear, before the ten headed and ten horned beast comes on the scene.

11:1 "As for me, in the first year of Darius the Mede, I stood up to confirm and strengthen him. 2 Now will I show you the truth. Behold, there shall stand up yet three kings in Persia; and the fourth shall be far richer than they all: and when he has grown strong through his riches, he shall stir up all against the realm of Greece.

[I think that the true fulfillment of this King of the North and King of the South struggle happens in the future. My Nelson’s Study Bible has all kinds of commentary about how this all happened in the past. They fail to realize that the book of Daniel is about the end time just as it is repeatedly emphasized in the book.]

The King of the North, not Alexander the Great: History will repeat itself with this Greek power.

11:3-4 A mighty king shall stand up, who shall rule with great dominion, and do according to his will. 4 When he shall stand up, his kingdom shall be broken, and shall be divided toward the four winds of the sky, but not to his posterity, nor according to his dominion with which he ruled; for his kingdom shall be plucked up, even for others besides these.

The King of the South: Persia is located in Iran. Today Iran is still the power house country of the Middle East; in the future look for a strong federation of Middle Eastern countries with Iran (Persia) as the flag ship country.

11:5 The king of the south shall be strong, and one of his princes; and he shall be strong above him, and have dominion; his dominion shall be a great dominion. 6 At the end of years they shall join themselves together; and the daughter of the king of the south shall come to the king of the north to make an agreement: but she shall not retain the strength of her arm; neither shall he stand, nor his arm; but she shall be given up, and those who brought her, and he who became the father of her, and he who strengthened her in those times.

There will be a strong leader in the Middle East. One of the lesser leaders will eventually become stronger. The two leaders will eventually join forces. A daughter of the King of the South will make some sort of agreement with the king of the North. The deal goes bad for her.

11:7 But out of a shoot from her roots shall one stand up in his place, who shall come to the army, and shall enter into the fortress of the king of the north, and shall deal against them, and shall prevail.

Her son musters up an army and takes revenge on the King of the North.

11:8-9 Also their gods, with their molten images, and with their goodly vessels of silver and of gold, shall he carry captive into Egypt; and he shall refrain some years from the king of the north. 9 He shall come into the realm of the king of the south, but he shall return into his own land.

The King of the North’s sons not liking the embarrassing defeat their father faced take revenge on the king of the South and prevail.

11:10-13 His sons shall war, and shall assemble a multitude of great forces, which shall come on, and overflow, and pass through; and they shall return and war, even to his fortress. 11 The king of the south shall be moved with anger, and shall come forth and fight with him, even with the king of the north; and he shall set forth a great multitude, and the multitude shall be given into his hand. 12 The multitude shall be lifted up, and his heart shall be exalted; and he shall cast down tens of thousands, but he shall not prevail. 13 The king of the north shall return, and shall set forth a multitude greater than the former; and he shall come on at the end of the times, even of years, with a great army and with much substance.

Notice the time setting. This will happen in our future at the end of the age. It has not happen in the distant past. Major battles will be fought with tens of thousands of solders dying. The King of the South loses this battle. They however, are not down for the count.

11:14 In those times there shall many stand up against the king of the south: also the children of the violent among your people shall lift themselves up to establish the vision; but they shall fall.

After this horrific defeat many even in the Middle East will be opposed to the King of the South. Distant relatives of King Darius the Mede will be against him but will fail.

11:15 So the king of the north shall come, and cast up a mound, and take a well-fortified city: and the forces of the south shall not stand, neither his chosen people, neither shall there be any strength to stand.

King of the North wins more riches from the King of the South.

11:16 But he who comes against him shall do according to his own will, and none shall stand before him; and he shall stand in the glorious land, and in his hand shall be destruction.

This King of the North even invades the Glorious Land which is Jerusalem. However, I do not think that this man is the one to surround Jerusalem with armies and stop the sacrifices. I think that will be the next villain which will cunningly take this dictator out.

11:17 He shall set his face to come with the strength of his whole kingdom, and with him equitable conditions; and he shall perform them: and he shall give him the daughter of women, to corrupt her; but she shall not stand, neither be for him.18 After this shall he turn his face to the islands, and shall take many: but a prince shall cause the reproach offered by him to cease; yes, moreover, he shall cause his reproach to turn on him. 19 Then he shall turn his face toward the fortresses of his own land; but he shall stumble and fall, and shall not be found. 20 Then shall stand up in his place one who shall cause a tax collector to pass through the kingdom to maintain its glory; but within few days he shall be destroyed, neither in anger, nor in battle.

[Daniel calls this cunningly evil man who removed this dictator from office the Little Horn. The book of Revelation calls him the False Prophet.

11:21 In his place shall stand up a contemptible person, to whom they had not given the honor of the kingdom: but he shall come in time of security, and shall obtain the kingdom by flatteries.22 The overwhelming forces shall be overwhelmed from before him, and shall be broken; yes, also the prince of the covenant. 23 After the league made with him he shall work deceitfully; for he shall come up, and shall become strong, with a small people. 24 In time of security shall he come even on the fattest places of the province; and he shall do that which his fathers have not done, nor his fathers' fathers; he shall scatter among them prey, and spoil, and substance: yes, he shall devise his devices against the strongholds, even for a time.

The Little Horn will gain power through cunning means but he will also use his army when needed. He will wage war with the King of the South.

11:25 He shall stir up his power and his courage against the king of the south with a great army; and the king of the south shall war in battle with an exceeding great and mighty army; but he shall not stand; for they shall devise devices against him. 26 Yes, they who eat of his dainties shall destroy him, and his army shall overflow; and many shall fall down slain. 27 As for both these kings, their hearts shall be to do mischief, and they shall speak lies at one table: but it shall not prosper; for yet the end shall be at the time appointed.

The Little Horn and the King of the South lie to each other over dinner. They both plot evil schemes but neither will ultimately prevail because Yeshua our Messiah will return at the appointed time and put an end to their schemes.

When the little horn is not fighting with the King of the South, he attacks Jerusalem. This is the event which begins the Great Tribulation!

11:28 Then shall he return into his land with great substance; and his heart shall be against the holy covenant; and he shall do his pleasure, and return to his own land. 29 At the time appointed he shall return, and come into the south; but it shall not be in the latter time as it was in the former. 30 For ships of Kittim shall come against him; therefore he shall be grieved, and shall return, and have indignation against the holy covenant, and shall do his pleasure: he shall even return, and have regard to those who forsake the holy covenant. 31 Forces shall stand on his part, and they shall profane the sanctuary, even the fortress, and shall take away the continual burnt offering, and they shall set up the abomination that makes desolate. 32 Such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he pervert by flatteries; but the people who know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.

Read Matthew chapter 24. When Jerusalem is surrounded by armies it is time to leave. The false prophet will besiege Jerusalem and invade the Temple that is yet to be built. When he invades the Temple he becomes the abomination of desolation. He sits on a throne in the Holy of Holies in the Temple and declares that he is God. He also with force will stop the animal sacrificing on the altar.

11:33 Those who are wise among the people shall instruct many; yet they shall fall by the sword and by flame, by captivity and by spoil, many days.

During the Tribulation some will amend their ways and become wise and teach others the truth. Many of the faithful during this time will die horrible deaths and be held captive. When the false prophet sets on the throne in the Temple causing the abomination of desolation and beginning the tribulation there will be precisely 1,260 days until Yeshua and Our Father Yehova return.

11:34 Now when they shall fall, they shall be helped with a little help; but many shall join themselves to them with flatteries. 35 Some of those who are wise shall fall, to refine them, and to purify, and to make them white, even to the time of the end; because it is yet for the time appointed. 36 The king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvelous things against the God of gods; and he shall prosper until the indignation be accomplished; for that which is determined shall be done. 37 Neither shall he regard the gods of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god; for he shall magnify himself above all. 38 But in his place shall he honor the god of fortresses; and a god whom his fathers didn't know shall he honor with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things.

He makes his own religion but borrows a lot from pagan religions from by gone eras. This religion is Mystery Babylon the Great! I really do not think he is a pope nor do I think this religion is Catholicism. If it was he would be following their traditions and their teachings.

11:39 He shall deal with the strongest fortresses by the help of a foreign god: whoever acknowledges him he will increase with glory; and he shall cause them to rule over many, and shall divide the land for a price. 40 At the time of the end shall the king of the south contend with him; and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass through.

The Book of Revelation calls the final king of the North the Beast. When the beast arrives on the scene in full power with symbolic amalgamation of the fiercest features of all the beasts of Daniel’s dream, he becomes the new king of the North. The Little Horn no longer has that title. The beast and the false prophet have a disagreement and the beast and the King of the South join forces in battle against the Little Horn (False Prophet).

11:41 He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countriess shall be overthrown; but these shall be delivered out of his hand: Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon. 42 He shall stretch forth his hand also on the countries; and the land of Egypt shall not escape. 43 But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt; and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps.

The Little Horn’s conquests will be many.

11:44 But news out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him; and he shall go forth with great fury to destroy and utterly to sweep away many.

That is, the Beast is not going to like how power hungry the Little Horn is and there will be war.

11:45 He shall plant the tents of his palace between the sea and the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him.

When Yeshua our Messiah returns as King of Kings and Lord of lords which is Judgment day the False Prophet will meet his demise. For more information on his demise read: What Happens During Judgment Day.

Daniel chapter 12:

During Judgment day, when the little horn is defeated, the archangel Michael stands up for Israel.

12:1 At that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince who stands for the children of your people; and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone who shall be found written in the book.

The worst time of trouble that will ever be is not the Great Tribulation as many think. That horrific time of Trouble is Judgment Day; this day is only terrible for the wicked. The righteous will receive a good reward. It is during this time that the nations of Israel which were in captivity during the Tribulation are delivered.

12:2 Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. 3 Those who are wise shall shine as the brightness of the expanse; and those who turn many to righteousness as the stars forever and ever.

Verse two and three has more about Judgment Day. Those who died in the past that God judges as righteous will awaken to everlasting life. “Some to shame and everlasting contempt” means that they will get a one way trip to the lake of fire. The wise will shine like the brightness of stars, just like Jesus and God the Father do.

12:4 But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run back and forth, and knowledge shall be increased."

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