Did you know the Bible clearly foretold several events in the world’s history?
1. What did the symbols in Daniel 7:1-7 mean?
Wind = Strife – Jeremiah 25:31-32, 49:36-37
Waters = People – Revelation 17:15
Four beasts = Four kingdoms as in Daniel 2
Lion = Babylon, Bear = Medo-Persia, Leopard = Grecia, Fourth beast = Rome
2. What was peculiar about the fourth beast?
Daniel 7:7-8, 20, 24
The fourth beast had 10 horns, which from biblical symbolic language refer to power against enemies (Deuteronomy 33:17; 1 Samuel 2:1, 10; 2 Samuel 22:3), and in this case refers to the 10 kingdoms.
- The Huns in Hungary 356
- The Ostrogoths in Mysia 377
- The Visigoths in Pannonia 378
- The Franks in France 407
- The Vandals in Africa 407
- The Suevi and Alans in Gascoigne and Spain 407
- The Burgundians in Burgundy 407
- The Heruli and Rugii in Italy 476
- The Saxons and Angles in Britain 476
- The Lombards in Germany 483
Verse 8 tells of a smaller horn which rises up among these horns, with the descriptions of eyes of a human and a mouth that speaks boastfully. It will uproot three of the horns or powers. There are many references which describe this power as a persecuting power, “Divine monarch and supreme emperor”. (“Ferraris Ecclesiastical Dictionary”).
3. After this little horn was established, what would it say and attempt to do?
He will speak against God, acting as God, seeking to change times and laws, which were originally given and have been followed since the beginning of time. The most notable time in mentioned in God’s law – the Seventh-day Sabbath, this power claims to have power to change the Sabbath from the seventh day to the first day of the week.
Although this power declares to have changed the day of worship, the bible states in daniel 7:25 that this power could only “try to change” times and laws.
“…Instead of the seventh day and other festivals, appointed by the old law, the church has prescribed the Sundays and holy days to be set apart for God’s worship; and these we are now obliged to keep in consequence of God’s commandment, instead of the ancient Sabbath – (from a known source)
4. For how long would this power sway the world?
A time in biblical symbolic language represents one year as written in Ezekiel 4:6 and Numbers 13:34.
1,260 years from 538AD equals 1798. During this period, the power mentioned would have supremacy over the whole world, trying to hold dominion over everything including, times, laws, and the people. But this ended in the year 1798, as prophesied.
5. What happened that broke the dominion completely?
1798 was the year of the French revolution. Many history books will tell us that this revolution saw Berthier, the general of the French army entered Rome and took this persecuting power captive.
6. What great work was to follow 1798?
Daniel 7:25, 9-11
The judgement of God and the reclamation of His kingdom. His power will not be taken away all at once, but by degrees, until it is completely removed and destroyed forever. Prophecy tells us that the power will be wounded, healed but ultimately God’s Kingdom will be established for ever.
God’s faithful followers, who keep hold of His word and His promises will have a part in the kingdom on His return. It’s our own responsibility to keep watch, and stay connected with God always to allow us to go where He leads.