Part 030 – The Beast – In Daniel


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Part 030

The Beast – In Daniel 

The Beast occupying the limelight

The first Beast of Revelation Chapter thirteen alone is the one occupying the limelight from Revelation six through twenty and he is seen in a similar manner throughout the Scripture, in both Old and New Testaments. We are studying how this man is introduced and dealt with, all through Scripture. Firstly we saw how this man is portrayed in the main Old Testament types of Nimrod in Genesis, the Assyrian Pharaoh in Exodus and Haman in Esther. After that we have seen how he is mentioned in many places in the Psalms and the Prophets.

The Times of the Gentiles

Now, in this part of the study, let us see the details about the Beast and his kingdom as given in the Book of Daniel. The Book of Daniel is about “the Times of the Gentiles” (Luke 21:24), which will be succeeded by the kingdom of Christ. Because of their persistent disobedience, unbelief and idolatry, the Jewish people were uprooted from their land and transported to slavery in Babylon in about 605 BC. The scepter was removed from Israel’s hands and placed in the hands of the Gentiles at this time and it will remain in the hands of the Gentiles until the appearance and destruction of the Beast’s kingdom. This man who is about to appear, will bring the persecution of the Jewish people to a level without parallel in history (Matt.24:21, 22), a level which will result in the Jewish people being left without a place to turn other than to the God of their fathers. Then, following their national repentance, the scepter will be taken from the hands of the Gentiles and placed back in Israel’s hands. The Beast and his kingdom will be destroyed, and God will place the Jewish people back in their own land, within a theocracy, with all the nations being blessed through Israel (Ezek.39:21-29).

The four kingdoms

The Book of Daniel deals with the complete sequence of the above mentioned events. That depicted by the “great image” in chapter two and the “four beasts” in chapter seven deals with the same thing ― the Gentile world power throughout the Times of the Gentiles, and the overthrow of the Gentile world power at the end of the Times of the Gentiles. The image is standing in Babylon (Dan.2:31), and the powers represented by the head of gold, the breast and arms of silver, the belly and thighs of brass, and the legs and feet of iron and clay all reign from Babylon. One kingdom is in view, and the kingdom represented by the image is Babylonian throughout all four parts of the image. Daniel identifies all the four parts of the image. The first part of the image is identified in Dan.2:32, 37, 38 ― “the head of gold” has to do with Nebuchadnezzar and his successors. The identities of the remaining three parts of the image are not given chapter two; rather they are given in the vision of the “four great beasts” and the interpretation of this vision in chapters seven and eight. The second part of the image, “the breast and arms of silver” has to do with the Medes and the Persians coming and conquering this Babylonian kingdom (Dan.2:32, 39; 5:28, 31; 7:5; 8:3, 4, 20). The third part of the image, “the belly and thighs of brass” has to do with the Grecians coming in and conquering the kingdom ruled by the Medes and the Persians (Dan.2:32, 39; 7:6; 8:5-7, 20, and 21).

The fourth kingdom and the Beast

The fourth part of the image, the legs of iron and the feet part of iron and part of clay has to do with the kingdom under the Beast, the Antichrist (Dan.2:33, 40-43; 7:7, 8; 8:9-14, 23-26). Following Alexander the Great’s death, the kingdom was divided among his four generals (Dan.8:8, 22). The prophecy in Daniel does not cover the reign of these four generals. Rather, the vision goes directly into the days of Antichrist yet future. The “little horn” in Dan.8:9 is Antichrist seen coming out of one of the four divisions of this kingdom. This can be very clearly understood by comparing Dan.8:9-14 with Dan.8:23-26. This prophecy will not again continue until Antichrist appears during Daniel’s Seventieth Week. Then, and only then, will the fourth part of the image in Daniel chapter two and the fourth beast in Daniel chapters seven and eight come into existence. According to a Hebrew idiom, “the people of the prince” is a reference to the prince himself. Failure to recognize this idiom and its usage in Dan.9:26 have also added to the confusion in understanding the proper identity of the fourth kingdom.

Falsely bringing Rome into the picture

Some Bible teachers wrongly view Rome as representing the fourth part of the image and the fourth beast, whereas there is nothing in the Book of Daniel to support this view. Those who have this false view, try to press secular history into Biblical prophecy at a place where it seems to possibly fit, but really doesn’t. Biblical prophecy should never be interpreted through events in secular history; rather it should be done only by comparing Scripture with Scripture. This false view further complicates the matter by a misunderstanding of the timing surrounding the destruction of Jerusalem in Dan.9:26. This destruction is not a reference to the destruction which occurred in 70 AD but rather a reference to a future destruction under Antichrist in the middle of the Tribulation. It will occur in connection with Antichrist breaking his covenant with Israel, as seen in Dan.9:27 and Luke 21:20-24.

Final form of the Babylonian kingdom

Wherever a complete picture of the kingdom of this world, from the beginning to the end of the Times of the Gentiles, covering a period of about 2600 years is portrayed in the Scripture, the emphasis is always on the final form and destruction of this Babylonian kingdom. The Book of Daniel covers all the four parts of the kingdom, but the first three parts are mentioned very briefly whereas quite a bit of space is devoted to information concerning the final form of this kingdom. This is because the Antichrist and his kingdom will bring to fulfillment, the purpose for the Times of the Gentiles ― leading to the repentance, regathering and the ultimate restoration of Israel to the original purpose for which God has created this nation.

The Beast – a little horn, the prince of the covenant

The kingdom of the Beast is seen clearly through the fourth part of the “great image” and the “fourth beast” of Daniel chapter seven. Now the Beast himself is seen through “a little horn” (Dan.8:9), “the people of the prince” (Dan.9:26), “a vile person” (Dan.11:21) and “the prince of the covenant” (Dan.11:22). God will raise up this man ― the Antichrist, the man of sin, the Beast ― and place in the highest regal position and use him to bring Israel to the place of repentance. God will do this, just as He had raised up Pharaoh to fulfill His purpose in Exo.9:16. The nation of Israel, over the past 2600 years, passing through indescribable, severe persecutions refused to repent till today. The Jewish persecution under this man will far exceed anything which occurred in the past that they will have nowhere to turn other than to the God of their fathers.

The Beast and the ten kings

As previously seen, this “little horn” will arise from one of the four divisions of Alexander the Great’s kingdom ― the northern division, which covered what is today northern Iraq and parts of Iran, Syria and Turkey (Dan.8:9). This is the part of the world from which this man will arise, not from Europe but from the Middle East. This man’s ten-kingdom federation is referenced through “ten horns” which are “ten kings” (Dan.7:7, 24). The three horns or the kings subdued by him could be a reference to the three other divisions of the kingdom of Alexander the Great (Dan.7:8; 8:9, 10).

The Beast and the Covenant

The covenant which this man will make with “many” in Israel, along with his breaking this covenant, occupies the central place in the Seventieth Week of Daniel’s prophecy (Dan.9:26, 27). This covenant is mentioned five time in Daniel chapter eleven (Dan.11:22, 28, 30-twice, 32). Probably through this covenant, the Jewish people will be allowed to live in some type of peace in the midst of their Moslem neighbors, with a rebuilt Temple on the Temple Mount and the entire Mosaic Economy reinstituted ― a major feat in itself, one which is unattainable today. Once the covenant is broken by this man entering into the rebuilt Temple and declaring himself to be God (2Thess.2:4; Dan.9:26, 27; 11:30-39), the most horrific time this earth has ever seen will break overnight. It is at this moment in time that the Jewish people living in the land are told to flee for their life (Matt.24:15-22). This man will “corrupt by flatteries” those who side with him against the covenant. He will “do according to his will,” exalting and magnifying himself “above every god” (Dan.11:30-32, 36-38). Following this man’s reign of terror, with the nations in ruin, and millions on top of millions slain, this man will “come to his end, and none shall help him” (Dan.11:45).