Everlasting Kingdom: Unraveling the Bible’s Secrets

The Beast of 2015 AD

Revelation and Daniel Describe the Beast

Hanging Gardens

Chapter 23, Addendum to The Beast of 2015 AD, a chapter that addresses whether Isaiah 23 indicates the year when the Beast will first come on the scene. The chapter endeavors to explain the date of the fulfillment, and when the beast’s harlot companion will “play the prostitute with ALL THE KINGDOMS OF THE WORLD”? The only other explanation concerning this prophecy that I have seen, applied it to the 19th century.

Addendum #4 is simply a compilation of the major Bible verses that describe the coming colossus of the modern world—The New Babylon—still a mystery to most people.

THE BABYLON CHAPTERS

Revelation 17: Then one of the seven Messengers who had the seven bowls came and said to me, “Come, I’ll show you the punishment of the great prostitute who is seated on many waters, [over a flood of people]. 2 The kings of the earth have committed [political] prostitution with her, and the inhabitants of the earth have been intoxicated by the wine of her prostitution.” 3 He led me in the spirit realm into the wilderness, and I saw a woman sitting on a red ravenous beast that was ‘covered’ with names of blasphemy. It had seven heads and ten horns. 4 The woman was wearing purple and scarlet, and was adorned with gold, precious stones and pearls, and she had a golden cup in her hand that was full of detestable idolatrous things, and the filthiness of her prostitution [Gr. porneia] that she polluted the earth with. 5 Written on her forehead was the ‘title’: “Mystery, Babylon the Great, the Mother of Prostitutes, and the foul idolatrous things [abominations] in the world.” 6 I saw that the woman was intoxicated with the blood of the kadishea, and with the blood of the martyrs of Yeshua [Jesus]. When I saw her, I was amazed, greatly amazed. 7 The Messenger asked me, “Why are you amazed? I’ll tell you the mystery of the woman and of the ravenous beast with seven heads and the ten horns that carries her. 8 The ravenous beast that you saw who was, and is not, is ‘destined’ to reascend before long from the bottomless pit and go to his destruction. The inhabitants of the earth will be amazed (everyone whose names are not written in the Book of Life [1] that was written from the creation of the world), when they see the ravenous beast that was, and is not, and yet is coming. 9 Here is ‘an explanation’ for someone who is wise. Those seven heads ‘represent’ the seven mountains that the woman sits on. 10 There are seven kings, five of them have fallen, one exists now [about 95 AD], and the other hasn’t come yet, but when he comes, he will only remain for a little while. 11 The ravenous beast that was, and is no longer, is an eighth king. He belongs with the seven, and is headed for destruction. 12 The ten horns that you saw ‘represent’ ten kings who haven’t taken royal power yet, but they take authority as kings with the ravenous beast for one hour [or season]. 13 They have one purpose—they’ll give their power and jurisdiction to the ravenous beast. 14 They’ll wage war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will conquer them, because He is Master of masters and King of kings, and those with Him were invited, chose to participate, and remained faithful.” 15 He told me, “The flood [or water] that you saw, where the prostitute sits ‘represents’ nations, and crowds of people of various ethnicities [Gr. ethnos] and languages. 16 The ten horns that you saw and the ravenous beast will hate the prostitute. They will strip her naked, eat her flesh, and burn her up in a fire. 17 YHVH has given them the idea to carry out His intentions by acting in unity, and giving their kingdom to the ravenous beast until YHVH’s prophetic words are carried out. 18 The woman that you saw ‘represents’ the ‘exalted’ city that holds dominion over the kings of the earth.”

[1] This verse is a close paraphrase of the Weymouth. Weymouth seems to be the only translator who understood the context—that it doesn’t contradict the other verses about the Book of Life. Everyone’s name is in the Book of Life, unless or until it is ‘erased’. The Weymouth was freshly translated from the Greek in the nineteenth century, without reference to previous versions. It wasn’t simply a revision of the Tyndale, like virtually every other Greek translation appears to be.

Revelation 18: After these things I saw another messenger coming down from the sky. He had extraordinary authority, and the earth was illuminated by his splendor. 2 He shouted with a mighty voice: “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the Great. She has become a cavern of demons and a haunt for every unclean spirit, a haunt of every ‘unkosher’ and abominable bird, and the haunt of every ‘unkosher’ and abominable predatory beast. 3 Every nation has drunk the wine of her rage, and the kings of the earth have participated in her prostitution. The merchants of the earth have become rich by her lust for power.”

Leave Babylon or Die There!

4 I heard another voice from the sky saying, “Come out of her My people [1] so that you don’t participate in her sins, and don’t ‘suffer from’ her plagues. 5 Her sins have ‘piled’ up to Heaven, and YHVH has remembered her wicked behavior. 6 Pay her back the way she has paid others, ‘only’ repay her double, proportionate to her deeds. Pour her a double from her bowl of Cocktail [lit: mixture]. 7 Give her the same degree of torture and sorrow as she gave herself promiscuity. Because she said to herself, ‘I sit enthroned as queen, I’m no widow and I’ll never be grieved.’ 8 So in one day her catastrophes will come—death, mourning and famine. She’ll be burned to the ground, because our Master YHVH who judges her is valiant.

9 The kings of the earth who committed prostitution with her, reveling in her luxury, will cry and mourn and wail over her when they see the plumes of smoke of her burning 10 as they stand in the distance, frightened by the Refiner’s fire saying, ‘How terrible, how terrible it is for the great and mighty city of Babylon! Your crisis [Gr. krisis] appeared in a single hour!’

11 The merchants of the earth will mourn over her, since no one can buy their cargo anymore— 12 no more cargo of gold, silver, precious stones, pearls, fine linen, purple cloth, silk and scarlet cloth, various aromatic woods, articles made of ivory, no more articles made of very costly wood, brass, iron, marble, 13 cinnamon, spikenard, aromatics, ointments, frankincense, wine, fine flour, wheat, oxen, sheep, horses, chariots, slaves and human bodies [souls (spare parts?)].

14 The fruit that you craved has abandoned you. Everything delicious and splendid has died, and the merchants will never find them again. 15 The merchants who had become rich from her will stand in the distance, terrorized by her torment, crying and mourning, 16 and saying, ‘How terrible, how terrible it is for the great city! She wore fine linen, purple and scarlet stuff, and gilded with gold, gemstones and pearls, 17 and in one hour all of this wealth has been destroyed’ [2]. Every captain and every navigator sailing anywhere, mariners, anyone making their living from the sea stood in the distance. 18 When they saw the plumes of smoke rising from her flames, they cried, ‘What other city is like this great city?’ 19 They threw dust on their heads, and they wept and mourned as they cried out, ‘How terrible, how terrible it is for that great city where everyone who had ships in the sea became rich from her wealth, because in a single hour she has been laid waste!’ 20 Celebrate over her, Heaven, and you messengers and envoys and prophets, because YHVH has condemned her for you!”

21 A messenger picked up a stone like a giant millstone, and threw it into the sea and said, “This is how violently the great city of Babylon will be thrown down, and it will never be found again. 22 The ‘sound’ of musicians playing harps and flutes and trumpets will never be heard in you again. No craftsman of any trade will ever be found in you again. [3] 23 The light of a lamp will never shine in you again, nor will the voices of a bride or groom be heard in you. Your merchants were the most influential men on earth, and every nation was seduced by your sorcery. 24 The blood of prophets, the kadishea, and everyone who has been murdered on the earth was found in her.”

[1] This is as literal as the rest of the book. It means flea from the territory of the ten kings—or die. The last time that Israel was conquered by Babylonians, was it to figurative Babylonians or literal ones?

[2] Murdock either arbitrarily or accidentally put part of v.17 in v.16, against the traditional universal placement. Lamsa coincidentally did the same thing in 1933.

[3] The Greek adds: “The sound of a millstone will never be heard in you again”.

Revelation 19, while not directly mentioning Babylon, records the demise of the great whore who will ride the Beast of Babylon.

Revelation 19 in part: Afterward I heard the loud voices of a large crowd in Heaven shouting, “Hallelujah! Deliverance, strength, praise, and honor to our Aloha [God]. 2 His judgments are true and righteous, because He has judged the ‘infamous’ prostitute who corrupted the earth with her prostitution, and has avenged the blood of His servants whose murders she handled.” ... I saw the ravenous beast and the kings of the earth and their warriors. They had gathered to wage war with the One who sat on the white horse and with His army. 20 The ravenous beast was captured along with the false prophet who performed miraculous signs ‘on his behalf’. By these signs he deceived those who had accepted the mark of the ravenous beast and who worshiped his icon. They were both cast as still breathing mortals into the lake of fire ablaze with sulfur. 21 The rest were killed by the sword of the One riding on the horse, by the sword that came from His mouth, and all the birds gorged themselves on their flesh.

The following chapters in Jeremiah illustrate the duality of the fall of Babylon.

Jeremiah 50:1 This is the message from Yehovah against Babylon, and the land of the Chaldeans, delivered thru Jeremiah the prophet.

2 “Announce this proclamation to the nations. Lift up a banner with the unambiguous statement:, ‘Babylon will be captured, Bel , a.k.a. your Lord Marduk [their sun god] has been shamed and shattered, her images broken to pieces, her ‘lesser gods’ also broken.’ 3 A nation from the north will come against her and desolate her land. No one will live there. Both people and animals will leave.

4 “In those days, during that time,” says Yehovah, “the people of Israel will return, as well as the people of Judah. They’ll come crying as they travel, and seeking Yehovah their Elohim. 5 They’ll ask the way to Zion, turning to face that direction. They’ll come and bind themselves to Yehovah in an everlasting covenant that will never be forgotten. 6 My people are lost sheep. Their shepherds have led them astray and turned them loose in the mountains. They wandered from mountain to hill, and forgot their resting place. 7 Anyone who found them devoured them. Their adversaries said, “We’re not guilty because they’ve sinned against Yehovah, the home of righteousness, Yehovah, the hope of their ancestors.”

8 Move away from central Babylon, and the land of the Chaldeans. Be like buck goats leading the flock. 9 I’m going to raise up and bring against Babylon an alliance of great nations from the land of the north. They’ll line up in battle formation to attack her. From there she’ll be taken captive. Their arrows will be like those of a skilled warrior who does not return empty-handed! 10 Chaldea will be plundered, and anyone who plunders her will have enough,” declares Yehovah. 11 Because you rejoice, because you are jubilant, you who pillage My heritage, frolicking around like a threshing heifer, and neighing like ‘stallions’, 12 your mother will be completely devastated, she who gave birth to you will be ashamed. She’ll be the least of the nations—a wilderness, a parched and desert land! 13 Because of Yehovah’s anger she won’t be inhabited, she’ll be entirely devastated. Everyone who passes by Babylon will be horrified, and hiss because of all her wounds. 14 Line up in battle formation around Babylon, anyone who draws a bow. Shoot at her and spare no arrows, because she has sinned against Yehovah. 15 Raise your battle cry against her on every side! She has ‘surrendered’, her towers have fallen, her walls are thrown down. Since this is the vengeance of Yehovah, take vengeance on her, do to her what she has done to others. 16 Eliminate the sower from Babylon, and the reaper with his sickle at harvest time. Because of the oppressor’s sword, everyone should return to their own people, and flee to their own land.

17 “Israel is like a scattered flock that lions have driven away. The first to devour them was the king of Assyria, then king Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon crushed their bones. 18 So Yehovah the Commander, the Elohim of Israel says: “I’ll punish the king of Babylon and his land, just like I punished the King of Assyria! 19 I’ll bring Israel back to their own pasture, to graze in Carmel and Bashan, and their longings will be satisfied in the hill country of Ephraim and Gilead.” 20 In those days, at that time,” declares Yehovah, “search will be made for Israel’s guilt, but there will be none; and for the sins of Judah, but none will be found, because I’ll forgive those I leave as a remnant. 21 Attack the land of Merathaim and the people of Pekod. Completely annihilate them,’ declares Yehovah, ‘and do everything I have commanded you. 22 A sound of battle is in the land, the sound of great destruction. 23 See how the hammer of the whole earth has been cut apart and broken, how Babylon has become a desolation among the nations! 24 I’ve laid a trap for you, and you were caught as well as the others, Babylon, and you didn’t even know it. You too were found and caught, because you were in opposition to Yehovah. 25 Yehovah has opened His armory, and brought out the weapons of His anger, because the Sovereign, Yehovih the ‘Warrior’ King, has a task to do in the land of the ‘Babylonians’. 26 Come against her from distant borders, open her granaries, ‘consume her provisions like heaps of grain’ [1]. Completely destroy her and leave no survivors. 27 Kill all her young bulls, let them go down to the slaughter. It will be terrible for them! Their day has come, their ‘date’ of destiny. 28 Listen to the sound of refugees fleeing from of the land of Babylon, proclaiming in Zion the vengeance of Yehovah our Elohim, and retribution for the pillaging of His ‘Temple’. 29 Summon the archers against Babylon, all those who draw the bow. Surround the city with encampments, don’t let anyone escape. Repay her compensate to what she has done, because of her arrogance against Yehovah, against the Kadosh One of Israel.

30 So her young men will fall in her streets, and all her soldiers will be silenced when that day comes, says Yehovah. 31 See, I’m against you, you arrogant one, says the Sovereign, Yehovih the ‘Warrior’ King. Your day has come, the time that I’ll punish you. 32 The proud one will stumble and fall, and no one will raise him up, and I’ll set fire to his cities, and it will burn up everything around him.”

33 This is what Yehovah the Commander says: The people of Israel are oppressed and the descendants of Judah as well. Everyone who took them captive held them fast, refusing to let them go. 34 Yet their Redeemer is strong. Yehovah the Commander is His name. He’ll thoroly plead their cause, so that He can allow the earth to rest, but bring unrest to the people of Babylon.

35 “A sword is against the ‘Babylonians’,” declares Yehovah, “and against the inhabitants of Babylon, and against her officials and her wise men. 36 A sword is against the ‘diviners’. They’ll be made fools. A sword is against her warriors, and they’ll be terrified. 37 A sword is against her horses, and chariots, and on all the foreigners among them, and they’ll be like women, a sword is against her treasures, and they’ll be plundered. 38 A drought is affecting her water, and it will dry up, because it’s a land of carved images, and they go mad over their dreaded images. 39 “So wild animals of the desert will live there along with the jackals; and ostriches will live there, but it will never again be inhabited by people from generation to generation. 40 As when Elohim overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah and their neighboring cities,” declares Yehovah, “so no one will live there, not even a temporarily resident.

41 “A ‘horde’ is coming from the north; a great nation and many kings will be stirred up from the remotest parts of the earth! 42 They wield bows and spears. They’re cruel and have no mercy. Their voices roar like the sea as they ride their horses, deployed like men ready for battle against you, daughter of Babylon. 43 The king of Babylon has heard the news about them, and his hands dangle limp. He’s seized with distress like a woman in labor. 44 Like a lion that comes up from it’s pride in the Jordan to a verdant pasture, I’ll suddenly make them run away from it. I’ll appoint whoever is chosen for her. Who is like Me? Who will challenge Me? And who is the shepherd who can stand against Me? 45 So hear what Yehovah has planned against Babylon, and the strategy He has devised against the land of the Chaldeans: The young of the flock will certainly be dragged away. Surely He’ll make their pasture desolate because of them. 46 At the shout of Babylon being seized, the earth will quake, and its outcry will resound among the nations.

[1] This verse was clarified by the oldest known Scriptures, the Aramaic Targums.

Jeremiah 51: This is what Yehovah says: “I will stir up a destructive wind against Babylon and the people of Leb Kamai! 2 I’ll send foreigners to Babylon to winnow her and pillage her land. The opposition will come against her from every side on the day of herdisaster. 3 Don’t allow the archers to bend their bows or put on their armor. Don’t spare her young men; completely destroy her entire army. 4 The slain will fall in the land of ‘Babylon’, cut down in her streets. 5 Neither Israel or Judah has been forsaken his Elohim, Yehovah the Commander, tho their land is full of guilt against the Kadosh One of Israel. 6 Flee from the vicinity of Babylon! Everyone save your life! Don’t be destroyed as part of her punishment, because this is the time of Yehovah’s vengeance. He’s going to compensate her. 7 Babylon has been a golden cup in Yehovah’s hand, intoxicating the entire earth, the nations drank her wine. That’s why the nations have gone insane. 8 Babylon has suddenly fallen and been shattered. Cry for her! Get balm for her pain. Perhaps she’ll be healed.

9 “We would have healed Babylon, but she couldn’t be healed. Abandon her. Everyone should go into their own country, because her judgment is sky high! It rises as high as the heavens.’ 10 Yehovah has vindicated us. Come to Zion! We should announce what Yehovah our Elohim has done.

11 Sharpen your arrows, fill your quivers! Yehovah has stirred up the spirit of the kings of the Medes to fulfill His plan to destroy Babylon; it’s the vengeance of Yehovah, retaliation for His ‘Temple’. 12 Set up an ensign on the walls of Babylon [to summon defenders]. Reinforce your guard, station your sentries, set men in ambush. Nonetheless, Yehovah has planned and will carry out what He announced concerning the people of Babylon. 13 You who live in a land of abundant water, rich in treasures, your end has come, your ‘lifeline’ is cut. 14 Yehovah the Commander has sworn by Himself: Surely I’ll fill you with ‘soldiers’, like a swarm of locusts, and they’ll sing songs of victory over you.

15 He made the earth by His power; He established the world by His wisdom and by His understanding He unfurled the heavens. 16 When he ‘raises’ His voice, the water in the heavens becomes turbulent, and He causes clouds to ascend from the remotest parts of the earth, He sends lightning with the rain, and generates wind from His storehouses. 17 All mankind is senseless and devoid of knowledge. Every goldsmith is put to shame by his idols, since his molten image are a deception, and there is no breath in them. 18 They’re worthless, a product of delusion, in the time of their punishment they’ll perish. 19 The ‘One’ Jacob ‘belongs to’ isn’t like these. He is the Creator of everything, and Israel is the tribe of His inheritance. Yehovah the Commander is His name.

20 You are My battle axe and weapon of war. With you I’ll smash the nations to pieces, and with you I’ll crush kingdoms, 21 with you I’ll crush horses and their riders, with you I’ll crush chariots and the charioteer. 22 With you I’ll crush men and women, and with you I’ll crush old men and boys, with you I’ll crush young men and maidens, 23 and with you I’ll crush shepherds and flocks, and with you I’ll crush farmers and their oxen, and with you I’ll crush governors and officials. 24 I’ll repay Babylon and all the people of Chaldea for the atrocities that committed in Zion before Your eyes, declares Yehovah. 25 I’m against you, you destroying mountain, declares Yehovah, you who are destroying the entire earth. I’ll stretch out My fist against you, and roll you down from the cliffs, and make you a charred mountain! 26 They won’t take so much as a corner stone from you, or a foundation stone, because you’ll be a wasteland forever,” declares Yehovah.

27 Lift up a battle standard in the land. Blow a shofar among the nations, dedicate the nations for war, summon against her the kingdoms of Ararat, Minni, and Ashkenaz, appoint a commander against her, to bring horses against her like a swarm of locusts. 28 Prepare the nations for war against her—the kings of the Medes, their governors, all her deputies, and all the territory ‘they’ rule. 29 The earth will quake and writhe in pain, because Yehovah’s plans against Babylon stand firm, to make the land of Babylon an uninhabited desolation. 30 The warriors of Babylon have stopped fighting, they remain in their strongholds. Their strength is exhausted, they are acting like women, her houses are set on fire, the bars of her gates are broken. 31 One courier runs to meet another, and one messenger to meet another, to inform the king of Babylon that his city has been captured from end to end. 32 The river crossings have been captured, the marshes set on fire, and warriors are terrified. 33 This is what Yehovah, the ‘Warrior’ King, the Elohim of Israel says: “The daughter of Babylon is like a threshing floor at the time when it’s trampled. In just a little while, harvest time will come for her.” 34 “Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon has devoured us, he has crushed us, he has made us an empty vessel, like a dragon * he has swallowed us, he has filled his stomach with my delicacies, then he spit us out. 35 May the violence done to our flesh be done to Babylon”, the inhabitants of Zion will say. “And mayretaliation for our blood be on the inhabitants of ‘Babylon’,” Jerusalem will say.

36 “This is what Yehovah says: I’ll defend your cause, and avenge you, and I’ll dry up her sea as well as her springs! 37 Babylon will become a heap of ruins, a haunt of dragons, a place of derision, without any inhabitants. 38 ‘Her people’ will roar together like young lions, they’ll growl like lions cubs. 39 When they become inflamed, I’ll serve their feast, and I’ll make them drunk, so they can celebrate as they fall into a perpetual sleep, never to awaken,” declares Yehovah. 40 I’ll bring them down like lambs to the slaughter, like lead rams with male goats. 41 How Sheshach [cryptic for Babylon] has been taken, and the praise of the whole earth seized! Babylon is considered a horrid desolaion by the nations! 42 The sea engulfed Babylon, she is covered by turbulent waves. 43 Her cities are a parched wilderness, a land where no one lives. No one even travels thru it! 44 I’ll punish Bel in Babylon, and make him cough up what he swallowed. The nations will no longer make pilgrimages to him—the wall of Babylon will fall [1]! 45 “Come out of her My people! Everyone must save your lives from the fierce anger of Yehovah. 46 Don’t become cowardly and fearful about disinformation heard in the land; one story comes this year, a different one the next year, but there will be violence in the land with ruler against ruler. 47 So the time is coming when I’ll punish the idols of Babylon, and her whole land will be put to shame, and all of her casualties will lie fallen within her! 48 Then the heavens and the earth, and everything in them will shout for joy over Babylon after destroyers ‘attack’ her from the north,” declares Yehovah.

49 “Babylon must fall because of all the casualties she inflicted on Israel, in addition to all the casualties Babylon inflicted worldwide. 50 You ‘survivors’ who have escaped the sword, LEAVE! DON’T JUST STAND THERE! Remember Yehovah tho you’re far away. Jerusalem should come to mind! 51 We’re ashamed because we’ve been insulted. Humiliation ‘shows all over’ our faces because aliens have entered the Kadosh Places of Yehovah’s ‘Temple’. 52 “So the time is coming,” declares Yehovah, “when I’ll execute judgment on her engraved images, and thruout her land the wounded will groan. 53 Even if Babylon were to ascend into heaven, and tho she fortifies her lofty stronghold, I’ll send destroyers against her,” declares Yehovah. 54 A cry is heard from Babylon, and the sound of massive destruction comes from the land of the Chaldeans! 55 For Yehovah will destroy Babylon, and silence her busy noise, as waves [of conquerors] crash like ‘tidal waves’, their raised voices will resound. 56 A destroyer is coming to Babylon, and her warriors will be captured, their bows are shattered, because Yehovah is an Elohim of compensation, He’ll certainly repay. 57 I’ll make her leaders and her wise men drunk, as well as her governors, her commanders and her warriors, and they’ll sleep a perpetual sleep, never to awaken,” declares the King, whose name is Yehovah the Commander. 58 This is what Yehovah the Commander says: “The broad walls of Babylon will be completely leveled, and her tall gates set on fire, the masses will have worked for nothing as the nations exhaust themselves only to feed the fire.”

59 This is the ‘message’ that Jeremiah the prophet forcefully delivered to Seraiah the son of Neriah, the grandson of Mahseiah, when he went with Zedekiah king of Judah to Babylon in the fourth year of his reign. (Seraiah was the quartermaster.) 60 Jeremiah wrote on a scroll about all the destruction that would come to Babylon—everything that had been written concerning Babylon. 61 Jeremiah told Seraiah, “As soon as you get to Babylon, be sure to read all these words aloud. 62 You must say, ‘Yehovah, You’ve said You will ‘destroy’ this place, and that neither people nor animals will live there—that it will be a wasteland forever.’ 63 And as soon as you finish reading this scroll, tie a stone around it, and heave it far into the Euphrates. 64 Then say, ‘This is how Babylon will sink. It won’t rise again because of the severe destruction that I’ll bring on her. They’ll be completely worn out.’” The words of Jeremiah end here.

[1] This is just like when the walls of Jericho fell on another Jubilee year (Joshua 6:4-5 on the Seventh Day of Unleavened Bread).

Isaiah, as mentioned in the opening paragraphs, also spoke about the fall of the coming Babylon, tho he used the name “Tyre”:

Daniel 2:28-45 but there is an Elohim in Heaven who reveals secrets, and He has revealed to king Nebuchadnezzar what will happen during the ‘latter’ days. This was your dream and the visions you ‘saw’ while you were lying in bed: 29 “As for you, O king, while you were lying in bed your thoughts turned to what would happen in the future, and the One who reveals mysteries has revealed to you what will happen. 30 But as for me, this mystery wasn’t revealed to me because I have more wisdom than anyone else alive, but for the purpose of making the interpretation known to the king, so you can understand the thoughts of your mind.

31 You, O king, saw an enormous statue! This great image that was extremely brilliant, stood before you, and its appearance was awesome. 32 The head of the statue was made of pure gold, its chest and its arms of silver, its stomach and thighs of brass, 33 its legs of iron, its feet partly iron, and partly ceramic clay. 34 As you were watching, a Stone was cut out without human hands, that struck the image on its iron and its ceramic clay feet, and broke them to pieces. 35 Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver, and the gold, was broken in pieces together, and became like chaff from the summer threshing floors, and the wind blew it all away, so that no trace of them was found. But the Stone that struck the statue became a huge mountain and filled the whole earth.

36 This was the dream, now we’ll provide the interpretation for the king. 37 You, O king, are a king of kings. The Elohim of Heaven has given you the kingdom, the power, the strength, and the splendor. 38 Wherever ‘people’, wild animals and birds of the sky live, He has handed you dominion over them all. You are the head of gold! 39 “After you, another kingdom will arise, inferior to yours, then a third kingdom of bronze will have dominion over the entire land. 40 Then there will be a fourth kingdom, as strong as iron. Iron shatters and crushes everything; so like crushing iron, it will shatter and crush all ‘the others’. 41 The feet and toes you saw were partly ceramic clay, and partly iron, so it will be a divided kingdom. Like the iron mixed with ceramic clay that you saw, it will have some of the strength of iron. 42 Like the toes of the feet that were partly iron and partly ceramic clay, so some of the kingdom will be strong, and some of it brittle. 43 Just like you saw the iron mixed with ceramic clay, the nations will ‘intermix’, but they won’t remain united, just like iron doesn’t mix with clay. 44 During the ‘reign’ of those king [Barne’s], the Elohim of Heaven will set up a Kingdom that will never be destroyed. It’s sovereignty will never be given to other people. It will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms. But it will be established forever. 45 This is the stone you saw cut from the mountain without human hands. It crushed the iron, bronze, clay, silver and the gold. The great Elohim has revealed to the king what will happen in the future. The dream is true, and its interpretation certain.”

Daniel 7: In the first year of the reign of King Belshazzar of Babylon, Daniel had a dream with visions in his mind as he was lying in his bed. He recorded the dream, and here is the summary of events. 2 Daniel said, “In my vision one night, I saw four spirits [or winds] from Heaven stirring up the ‘Mediterranean’ Sea. 3 Four huge wild beasts came out of the sea, each different from the others. 4 “The first was like a lion but it had eagle’s wings. I watched until its wings were torn off, and it was lifted up from the ground and made to stand on two feet like a man, and it was given a human mind. 5 Then I saw a second wild beast that looked like a bear! It had reared up on one side, and three ribs were in its mouth between its teeth. It was told, ‘Get up and gorge yourself on flesh.’ 6 While I was watching, another beast appeared! It resembled a leopard with four birds’ wings on its back. It had four heads and was given the authority to rule. 7 After that in my vision that night I saw a fourth wild beast! It was dreadful, terrifying and extremely strong. It had huge iron teeth. It was crushing and devouring things, and trampling underfoot anything that was left. It was different from any of the beasts that preceded it, and it had ten horns. 8 While I was contemplating the horns, another horn, a little one, came up among them, and three of the first horns were jerked out by the roots right in front of it. This horn’s eyes appeared to be human and it was mouthing arrogant claims!

9 I watched until thrones were set in place, and the Ancient of Days was seated. His clothing was as white as snow, and the hair on His head was like pure wool. His throne was ablaze with flames, and its wheels were like blazing fire. 10 A river of fire flowed out from before Him. Millions served Him, and one hundred million stood before Him. The court ‘convened’, and the books were opened. 11 I kept watching due to the boastful voice that the horn spoke with, I watched until the wild beast was killed, and its body was destroyed and ‘thrown’ into a blazing fire. 12 As for the other wild beasts, their sovereignty was taken away, but their lives were prolonged for a period of time. 13 In my vision that night I saw Someone like a Human Son [1], coming with the clouds of the sky, and as He was approaching the Ancient of Days, they escorted Him into His presence. 14 He was given dominion, and splendor, and a Kingdom, so that people of every nation and language would serve Him. His Kingdom is an Everlasting Kingdom that won’t pass away, and His Kingdom is one what will never be destroyed.

15 I, Daniel, was troubled in spirit, and the visions in my mind terrified me. 16 I approached one of those who stood there and asked him the exact meaning of all this. His explanation gave me the interpretation of these things: 17 These four huge wild beasts represent four kings who will rise to power out of the earth. 18 But the kadosh ones [saints] of the Highest One will receive the kingdom, and possess the Kingdom forever, for all ages to come. 19 Then I wanted to know the significance of the fourth wild beast, since it was different from from the rest of them, so very terrifying. It crushed and devoured its victims with iron teeth and bronze claws before trampling what was left with its feet. 20 I also wanted to know about the ten horns on its head, and the other horn that came up before the three that fell down, namely, the horn that had eyes and a mouth that boasted so arrogantly, and that seemed larger than the others. 21 As I watched, this horn was waging war against the kadosh ones, and overpowering them, 22 until the Ancient of Days [the Father] came and pronounced judgment in favor of the kadosh ones of the Highest One, and the specified time came for the faithful to take possession of the Kingdom.

23 Then he explained, “The fourth wild beast will be a fourth royal super power on earth. It will be different than any other kingdom. It will devour the whole earth, trampling and crushing it. 24 As for the ten horns, ten kings will come from this kingdom, then another will rise to power after them. He’ll be different than the previous ones, and he’ll subdue three kings. 25 He [the Beast] will speak against the Highest One, and wear down by constant harassment the kadosh ones [saints] of the Highest One, and his intention will be to change the Appointed Times [or designated times?] and the Torah [or human laws?], and the kadosh ones will be handed over to him for a time, times and half a time [2]. 26 But the court will sit for judgment, and they’ll take away his dominion, to exterminate and destroy it forever. 27 The kingdom and the sovereignty, and the majesty of every kingdom under every sky will be given to the kadosh ones, the people of the Highest One. His kingdom is an Everlasting Kingdom, and every sovereign will serve, hear, and obey Him.”

28 This is the end of the matter. As for me, Daniel, my thoughts alarmed me greatly, and my ‘face turned pale’, but I kept the matter to myself.

[1] Messiah in the form of a human being: See all commentary footnotes on this page.

 
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