Just like Martin Luther King, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon had a dream… http://www.newadvent.org/bible/dan002.htm – the Bible presents plenty of prophets who prophesy and speak of the future, powers and kingdoms, however Daniel’s prophecies might stand out more than the rest for the reason that his prophecies / dreams deal with an incredible timeline of kingdoms and earthly powers starting with Babylon and possibly also ending with a kingdom which as yet has not manifested itself in its full earthly form (and dominion).
Above: the statue as seen by King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon.
Apart from this statue the Babylonian king saw (dreamt) something else – a stone… a little one… which grew in size smashing the clay feet and the rest of the statue… enlarging in size until there was but stone…
Daniel interprets the dream, he speaks of 4 kingdoms – which power always derives from God the Creator – interestingly though Christianity places Lucifer as the ‘prince of this world’. This paradox can only be interpreted in the following manner: All power and dominion is delegated by God, and that God’s Kingdom (unlike earthly ones) is primarily one which does not belong to this world.
- You, O king, are the king of kings; to you the God of heaven has given dominion and strength, power and glory;
- men, wild beasts, and birds of the air, wherever they may dwell, he has handed over to you, making you ruler over them all; you are the head of gold.
The material making of the statue and the four (4) kingdoms are represented by gold, silver, bronze and iron (and iron mixed with clay). Gold being / representing the Babylonian Empire, while clay (the feet) representing ‘weakness’ or the most vulnerable point of attack by the stone. Therefor 4 Kingdoms, earthly ones, and a little stone presumably the little stone represents God’s kingdom which smashes the iron feet – the Roman Empire. Explanations given in various websites state that Islam should represent the little stone, however this theory has to be placed in an historical perspective, the Roman Empire was converted to the Holy Roman Empire and not to the Islamic Caliphate, therefor this theory cannot hold. However, it is interesting to speculate that if Prophet Daniel’s God revealed a future timeline of mankind’s empires why was the Ottoman Empire and the Mongolian Empire left out? This would need more speculation and study and is not the purpose of this posting. The little stone was later interpreted as the Kingdom of God which is interpreted as Israel and later Christianity by the Christian world and is God’s Kingdom which smashes all earthly powers (however here lies the conundrum, God’s Kingdom is not an earthly power). A pictorial representation of the 4 kingdoms follows:
Where Can we modern humans with our great sciences and wastes and space exploration and industries be placed in this vision? Actually, nowhere specific unless we take into consideration the following. During King Belshazzar’s reign Daniel was this time receiving a dream himself – http://www.newadvent.org/bible/dan007.htm … He has a dream …. of 4 creatures emerging from the sea – Just like in the Book of Revelation… written by John the Revelator on the Island of Pathmos, the sea or the beach represents something new, an emergence. These creatures also represent 4 kingdoms which strangely have parallels with the ancient kingdoms but are altogether new. Before elucidating on these 4 creatures I must quote an important and key medieval prophecy which quotes the Apostle Paul:- https://catholicsouthernfront.wordpress.com/adso-to-queen-gerbera-of-france/
The Apostle Paul reveals the time when the Antichrist (man of lawlessness) will come and when Judgement Day will begin in the Epistle to the Thessalonians, chapter two (“We beseech you through the coming of Our Lord Jesus Christ”), in the place where he says:” Unless the defection shall have come first and the man of sin and the Son of Perdition shall have been revealed”. For we know that after the Greek Empire, or even after the Persian Empire, each of which in its time had great glory and flourished with the highest power, at last after all the other empires there came into existence the Roman Empire, which was the strongest of all and had all the kingdoms of the earth under its control. All nations were subject to the Romans and paid tribute to them. This is why the Apostle Paul says that the Antichrist will not come into the world “unless the defection shall have come first”, that is, unless first all the kingdoms that were formerly subject shall have defected from the Roman Empire. This time has not yet come, because even though we may see the Roman Empire for the most part in ruins, nonetheless, as long as the Kings of the Franks who now possess the Roman Empire by right shall last, the dignity of the Roman Empire will not completely perish because it will endure in its kings. Some of our learned men say that one of the Kings of the Franks will possess anew the Roman Empire. He will be in the last time and will be the greatest and the last of all kings. After he has successfully governed his empire, he will finally come to Jerusalem and will lay aside his sceptre and crown on the Mount of Olives. This will be the end and the consummation of the Roman and Christian Empire.
All nations must have exited the Holy Roman Empire before the Antichrist arrives, which is the last act before the end and the condition set (or interpreted) by St Paul. (Antichrist is also known as the ‘man of lawlessness’ and ‘the man of sin’). All nations have indeed exited the Holy Roman Empire either by way of apostasy or by instituting the republic. Presumably today it could be argued that no nation apart from the Vatican State makes part of the Holy Roman Empire. It is also a matter of speculation though whether St Paul includes the nations who keep the Roman Catholic Faith (as the official religion of their state) as forming part of that ancient club. I doubt it and think that at present in 2014 all nations, apart from the Vatican State, have exited the ancient empire, thus fulfilling Paul’s conditions for the emergence of the man of sin.
Rather than referring to the final antichrist by that name, both Jesus and Paul spoke of a “man of sin” or a “lawless one” who would dominate much of the world at the close of our present age. Chapter One of 2 Thessalonians speaks of the coming of Christ to earth again in power and splendor, all aspects of his return being clumped together in terse, concise language. Paul next urges the Christians in Thessalonica (Greece), in the first century, not to be unduly alarmed by current events in the Roman Empire, or by rumors to the effect that the Day of the Lord had begun:
“Let no one deceive you in any way; for that day will not come, unless the rebellion (apostasia) comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the (Third) Temple of God (in Jerusalem), proclaiming himself to be God. Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you this?”
Apart from the theological meaning http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/14004b.htm, ‘Sin’ was also the name of an Akkadian god. The ‘Man of Sin’ has not arrived yet, so it should be assumed (according to this blog post’s interpretation) that the modern human civilization of 2014 is placed somewhere within the 4 creature timeline:- http://old.usccb.org/nab/bible/daniel/daniel7.htm
The 4 creatures can be interpreted as the following Creature 1 – The first was like a lion, but with eagle’s wings. While I watched, the wings were plucked; it was raised from the ground to stand on two feet like a man, and given a human mind. Which modern empire fits the representation of a lion having eagle wings ? which was fierce, however due to Victorian principles became more humane… Could it be the British Empire or British Commonwealth?
Creature 2 – The second was like a bear; it was raised up on one side, and among the teeth in its mouth were three tusks. It was given the order, “Up, devour much flesh.” A bear…
The US always wanted to be the most powerful, however during the cold war who was the most dominant? Ouch, could it be that the USSR was the dominant kingdom in Daniel’s dream?? Probably YES… this due to the probable fact that the United States was formed by a union of united states and not countries, while the USSR gobbled up other countries and could be called an ’empire’, the US (although probably the most powerful nation ever) cannot fit the precise definition of ’empire’.
Creature 3 – After this I looked and saw another beast, like a leopard; on its back were four wings like those of a bird, and it had four heads. To this beast dominion was given Cold war over, which powers dominated / still dominate the world? Could it be the West in the form of NATO – UK, USA, Israel, France, Germany, Australia, Canada, all pull the strings of the leopard with 4 heads.
Creature 4 – After this, in the visions of the night I saw the fourth beast, different from all the others, terrifying, horrible, and of extraordinary strength; it had great iron teeth with which it devoured and crushed, and what was left it trampled with its feet. Creature 4 – the most terrible of all – the one having iron teeth, resembling ancient Rome (iron) which made poor Daniel sick for a couple of days. Is the United Nations an Empire? I must guess here, however, what seems to be emerging is our much dreaded One World Government, NWO, aka Globalism, pursued by the Globalists or Internationalists. It should not come as a surprise that Unions, such as the European Union, are a Globalist invention. While I cannot surely say how the world will be divided, the creature has 10 horns representing 10 regions, a little horn grows which replaces three – Daniel says… I was considering the ten horns it had, when suddenly another, a little horn, sprang out of their midst, and three of the previous horns were torn away to make room for it. This horn had eyes like a man, and a mouth that spoke arrogantly. I think that this man of sin, this man of of lawlessness, the antichrist will emerge and take over 3 regions being Europe, the middle-east and a third. I refer to the Antichrist as Flagellum Dei http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attila because like Attila his great evil smashes other smaller evils and all the good. Just like Hitler, he is given power to destroy before the end arrives and the good Lord judges all. I agree this is but speculation and my own interpretation. Now I think that it is God who permits these things and can change them too, evil is allowed cause of our own evil and unbelief. The Dragon / devil is strong with antichrist and his false prophet and we already know how the story ends for all. THE END or THE BEGINNING.
9 While I still watched, there were judgement-thrones a-setting; and one took his seat there crowned with age. White as snow his garments were, his hair could match unsullied wool for whiteness; his throne all of flame, the wheels under it glancing fire; 10 and ever from his presence a stream of fire came rushing onward. A thousand thousand they were that waited on his bidding, and for every one of these, a thousand others were standing there before him. Assize should be held now, and the records lay open. 11 And still I watched, to see what would become of the boasts yonder horn had made; and all at once I was aware the beast itself had been slain, and even the carcase of it had vanished, handed over to the flames; 12 nor might those other beasts enjoy power any longer, though life they should enjoy for a while, until their turn came. 13 Then I saw in my dream, how one came riding on the clouds of heaven, that was yet a son of man; came to where the Judge sat, crowned with age, and was ushered into his presence. 14 With that, power was given him, and glory, and sovereignty; obey him all must, men of every race and tribe and tongue; such a reign as his lasts for ever, such power as his the ages cannot diminish.15 By this, Daniel wrote, my heart was ill at ease; a dread sight it was, and as I dreamed, my thoughts bewildered me. 16 So I drew closer to one that stood by, and asked to know the truth of all that had gone forward; he it was that read the riddle for me, and thus he unravelled it: 17 It is but earthly kingdoms they betoken, these four great beasts thou hast seen; 18 the servants of the most high God shall have dominion yet; theirs it shall be for ever and for evermore. 19 But I was minded to know the truth more fully; what was the fourth beast, so different from all the rest, so dreadful; why must it have teeth and claws of iron, to crush and to devour, to trample on what was left? 20 What of the ten horns on its head, and that other, before which three of them fell, the horn that had eyes, and a mouth to boast with, and grew greater than the rest? 21 This horn it was I saw doing battle against the servants of the most High, and getting the better of them, 22 until the Judge appeared, crowned with age, to give them redress, and their turn came to have dominion. 23 And his answer was, this fourth beast was the fourth of those earthly kingdoms, and the greatest of them all, to crush and devour and trample down a whole world. 24 Ten kings be the ten horns of that kingdom, and after these another shall rise, more poweful yet, and three of them shall bite the dust. 25 Boastfully he shall challenge the most High, and do his servants despite; calendar and ordinance he shall think to set aside; for a space of time, and for twice as long, and for half as long, he must needs have his way. 26 Then assize shall be held on him, and all his power be taken away, crushed down and forgotten for ever. 27 Then what royalty, what empire, what earth-embracing dominion shall be theirs, the people set apart for the most High! Sovereignty everlasting; no monarch but must bow to its yoke.28 So ended the revelation made to Daniel. Bewildered my thoughts were, and my cheek pale, but I kept the memory of it faithfully in my heart.
 Literally, ‘for a time, and times, and half a time’. This is traditionally interpreted as meaning three-and-a-half, that is, half of the mystical number seven.
 It must be confessed that the historical interpretation of verses 15-27 remains wholly doubtful. It is not even clear whether the four beasts represent four successive empires (like the statue in chapter 2), or four kingdoms existing simultaneously, e.g. the four main divisions of the Macedonian empire after Alexander’s death. The little horn is usually identified with Antiochus Epiphanes (b.c. 176-164), the persecutor of the Machabees; but he was the eighth, not the tenth of his line, and the explanations given of the ‘three horns’ displaced by him seem curiously forced.
If you enjoyed reading on Prophet Daniel, you can check out an explanation for Chapters 9 & 11 – Alexander’s Kingdom Divided by his generals in 4 regions – http://www.neverthirsty.org/pp/bible-studies/daniel/study018/page03-ptolemy-seleucus-and-antiochus-the-great.html , print format – AlexandersEmpireDividedin4
I am also uploading a re-arranged order for all the Chapters of the Book Of Daniel with a possible interpretation of this book’s duality with Revelation (End Times) – Book Of Daniel Rearranged