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Dan 7:1 In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon Daniel had a dream and visions of his head upon his bed: then he wrote the dream, and told the sum of the matters.
Dan 7:2 Daniel spake and said, I saw in my vision by night, and, behold, the four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea.
~ Daniel begins with the world powers that emerged after Columbus discovered America in 1492, skipping over the early explorers from countries like Portugal and Spain.
Dan 7:3 And four  great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another.
~ The first great beast / world power / empire to emerge was Great Britain, aka(also known as) the United Kingdom, England, the British Commonwealth, the British Empire; followed by the United States of America, aka the USA, the U.S.
Dan 7:4 The first [beast] was like a lion [Great Britain], and had eagle's wings: I beheld till the wings [Great Britain's American colonies] thereof were plucked [beginning with the Declaration of Independence 7/4/1776 = Dan 7:4?], and it [a new nation] was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the [its own] feet as a man [Uncle Sam?, the eagle symbolizes the United States of America (see the back side of a $1 bill)], and a man's heart was given to it.
~ The second great beast / world power / empire to emerge was Russia.
Dan 7:5 And behold another beast, a second, like to a bear [Russia], and it raised up itself on one side, and it had three ribs in the mouth of it between the teeth of it: and they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh.
[Mass killings of non-combatants in Communist regimes (including Russia) during the twentieth century (1900-1999) are estimated to be between 21 and 100 million.]
~ The third great beast / world power / empire to emerge was Germany, and France. This beast is further described by its 4 heads (succession of reichs).
Dan 7:6 After this I [Daniel] beheld, and lo another [the third beast], like a leopard [Germany], which had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl [rooster, France, the Franco-German alliances]; the [3rd] beast had also four heads [kingdoms]; and dominion was given to it.
Reich: Franco-German War - 1870.
Second Reich: World War I - 1914-1918.
Third Reich: Hitler - World War II - 1939-1945.
Fourth Reich: now emerging as the revived
Holy Roman Empire - The European Union [EU] with a
Political leader from Europe, and a
Spiritual leader from the Vatican, the Pope.
(aka Mystery Babylon [M-B] of Rev 17 that
sits upon the 4th beast in the next verse
until she is burned with fire (see Rev 17:16)
by the 10 kings in the next verse.) ]
Dan 7:7 After this I [Daniel] saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts [1st, 2nd, and 3rd] that were before it; and it [this 4th beast] had ten  horns [10 kings].
Dan 7:8 I [Daniel] considered the horns [10 kings], and, behold, there came up among them another little horn [the antichrist [ac]], before whom there were  three of the first  horns [kings] plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this [little] horn [the antichrist [ac]] were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things. [resumes in Dan 7:11 below]
~ Christ is ready to begin opening the seals and judging the redeemed. The Rev 5:11 context similarities suggest that the 100 plus million saved souls mentioned here have already died over the centuries and are present in heaven before the raptures occur.
Dan 7:9 I [Daniel] beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days [Christ] did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire.
Dan 7:10 A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him [Christ]: thousand thousands [1,000,000s millions] ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand [100,000,000 100 million] stood before him: the judgment [by Christ of the redeemed] was set, and the books were opened. [similar to Rev 5:11 ]
~ The fourth beast [aka the scarlet beast] is destroyed at Armageddon.
Dan 7:11 [resuming
from Dan 7:8 above] I [Daniel] beheld then because of the voice
of the great words which the [little] horn [the antichrist
spake: I beheld even till the [fourth] beast [aka the scarlet
was slain, and his body destroyed, and given to the burning flame.
[overcome at Armageddon (see Rev 19:19, Rev 17:14)]
~ What happens to the first three great beasts / world powers / empires to emerge since Columbus?
Dan 7:12 As concerning the rest of the beasts,
~ Christ is given dominion upon His return at Armageddon (see also Rev 20:4).
Dan 7:13 I [Daniel] saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man [Christ] came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days [Christ], and they brought him [Christ] near before him [God].
Dan 7:14 And there was given him [Christ] dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him [Christ]: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.
~ The Interpretation of the Dream
Dan 7:15 I Daniel was grieved in my spirit in the midst of my body, and the visions of my head troubled me.
Dan 7:16 I [Daniel] came near unto one of them that stood by, and asked him the truth of all this. So he told me, and made me know the interpretation of the things.
~ Daniel summarizes: 4 great beast empires arise, but the saints prevail at Armageddon, and forever thereafter.
Dan 7:17 These great beasts, which are four, are four kings [empires], which shall arise out of the earth.
Dan 7:18 But the saints of the most High [God] shall take the kingdom [at Armageddon], and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever.
~ What is the truth of the 4th beast empire, and its little horn king (emperor)?
Dan 7:19 Then I [Daniel] would know the truth of the fourth beast [empire], which was diverse from all the others, exceeding dreadful, whose teeth were of iron, and his nails of brass; which devoured, brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with his feet;
Dan 7:20 And of the ten  horns that were in his head, and of the other [little horn] which came up, and before whom three  fell; even of that [little] horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spake very great things, whose look was more stout than his fellows.
~ The little horn made war with the saints and prevailed, until Christ returns to judge the saints, and possess the kingdom at Armageddon.
Dan 7:21 I [Daniel] beheld, and the same [little] horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them;
Dan 7:22 Until the Ancient of days [Christ] came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High [God]; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom [at Armageddon (see Rev 20:4)].
~ Daniel summarizes: the 4th beast empire and its 10 horns/kings arise, then the antichrist rises, and subdues 3 kings.
Dan 7:23 Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth [4th] kingdom [empire [1WE]] upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.
Dan 7:24 And the ten  horns out of this [4th] kingdom are ten  kings that shall arise: and another [little horn/king, the antichrist [ac]] shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first [10 kings], and he shall subdue three  kings.
~ The saints shall be given into the hand of the antichrist for 3.5 years (for the duration of the Great Tribulation).
Dan 7:25 And he [the antichrist [ac]] shall speak great words against the most High [God], and shall wear out the saints of the most High [God], and think to change times and laws: and they [the saints] shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time. [ time(+1), times(+2), dividing of time(+1/2) = 3 1/2 years (3.5 years) ]
~ Christ judges the saints, and the saints return with Christ at Armageddon to take away the antichrist's dominion.
Dan 7:26 But the judgment shall sit [happen], and they [the saints] shall take away his [the antichrist's [ac]] dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end.
Dan 7:27 And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High [God], whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him [God].
7:28 Hitherto is the end of the matter. As for
me Daniel, my cogitations much troubled me, and my countenance changed
in me: but I kept the matter in my heart.
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