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The Great Image  - As seen from Man's point of view, glory and prestige.

King Nebuchadnezzar has a dream that deeply troubles him but cannot remember the dream. He insist that all the wise men of his kingdom tell him what he dreamed and the interpretation of it.  After all the wise men and counselors fail, God reveals to Daniel the dream and the interpretation of it. The dream is about a great image (statue) consisting of different metals.

Daniel tells the king the vision

Daniel 2:31-34 Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible.
32 This image's head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass,
33 His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay.
34 Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces.

35 Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.

The interpretation

Daniel 2:36 This is the dream; and we will tell the interpretation thereof before the king.
37 Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory.
38 And wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou art this head of gold.
39 And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth.
40 And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise.
41 And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters' clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay.
42 And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken.
43 And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.
44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.
45 Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure.

The different parts of the statue represented the last four great empires that would have a direct effect on Israel. The time period for these last empires would span a time gap from Daniel's time even to this present time.

 Head of gold - the Babylonian empire  606 - 536 B.C.

Chest and arm of silver - the Persian empire, who conquered the Babylonians. 536 - 330 B.C.

Belly and thighs of brass - the Grecian empire, who defeated the Persians  330 - 30 B.C.

Legs of Iron - Roman empire, who defeated the Grecian (Greek) 30 B.C.-

Feet and toes part iron and clay - the revised Roman empire that will come to power in the last days. (during 7 year tribulation period)

The great stone is Jesus Christ who will set up His everlasting kingdom and  crush all the others when He returns.
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Some years later Daniel receives a vision from the Lord concerning these same four
empires but from God's perspective.

The four ravaging animals - as seen from God's point of view, ravaging animals.

The interpretation

Dan 7:17 These great beasts, which are four, are four kings, which shall arise out of the earth.
18 But the saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever.
19 Then I would know the truth of the fourth beast, 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;
20 And of the ten horns that were in his head, and of the other which came up, and before whom three fell; even of that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spake very great things, whose look was more stout than his fellows.
21 I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them; 22 Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom.
23 Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom 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.
24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.
25 And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.
26 But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end.
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, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.
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.

A. The Lion -  Daniel 7:4, 17 Babylon (Nebuchadnezzar) 606 - 536 B.C.

B. The bear - Daniel 7:5, 17 - Medo-Persia (Darius) 536 - 330 B.C.

C. The Leopard -
Daniel 7:6, 17Grecian (Alexander the Great) 330 - 30 B.C.

D. The dreadful and terrible beast -
Daniel 7:7,8 - Roman 30 B.C.-

E. The ten horns/ten toes - Daniel 7:8 The Revised Roman Empire (Anti-Christ) Future

The main empire that has to do with the events of the end time is the Roman empire.

The Roman empire cease to be in around 500AD, but in the days of the 7 year tribulation it will be revived. It may not be called the Roman empire, some already believe that it is the European Union. It remains to be seen. The ten horns and ten toes are the same and represent 10 core nations of the old Roman empire. From these 10 horns (nations) a little horn (antichrist-man of sin) shall arise and gain controlling power over three.

At some point in that time frame he will negotiate a covenant (peace treaty with Israel) and they will be able to rebuild their long awaited temple. The signing of this deal will be the start of the 7 year tribulation period, called the time of Jacob's trouble. At the middle of the agreement the antichrist breaks his pact with Israel. He claims to be God and demands worship. The Jews reject him and thus begins his persecution of them.

More will be said of the antichrist etc. in the section of the 7 year tribulation.

The 70 weeks

Daniel 9:24-26 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.
25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.
26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.

For the purpose

  • "Finish the transgression"  
  • "Make an end of sin"
  • "Make atonement for iniquity"  accept Jesus’ sacrifice
  • "Bring in everlasting righteousness"  Reign of King Jesus
  • "Seal up vision and prophecy"  fulfillment of  prophecy about Jesus and Israel
  • "Anoint the most holy place"  Hebrew “anoint most Holy”

The 70 weeks is weeks of years.
 A week = 7 years    70 weeks = 490 years

7 weeks  (49 years) until the rebuilding of Jerusalem, walls, temple
62 more weeks  (434 years) until the Messiah would come and be cut off. (killed)

This totals 483 years leaving 7 years (1 week) left unfulfilled. This 7 years will be fulfilled
in a time known as the great tribulation.