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Friday, March 23, 2007

Daniel 7

The four beasts-type thingees

Summary:
In a vision, Daniel saw four beasts come out of the sea. The first was a lion with wings, which then lost its wings and became more like a person. The second was a bear who ate. The third was a winged leopard with authority. The fourth was different and had ten horns and was really scary. A little horn came out from the ten and uprooted three other horns. It was a boastful man.

God in his majesty came and whomped and killed the last beast. Then a man came before God and he was given an eternal kingdom and was worshipped.

The beasts were kingdoms, and the fourth was a terrible kingdom. There would be ten kings before one came and usurped three kings and slandered and oppressed God's people. But God will give authority back to his saints.

Key verses:
13-14. In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all peoples, nations and men of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.

My thoughts:
How do you spell worshipped? worshiped?

Anywho.

It'd be tempting to think that the man in these key verses was the saints of God who rebelled against the Greek rule (the fourth beast). Perhaps even this man was the first Maccabean king. However, I struggle to see a Jew describing such a man as one who "was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all peoples, nations and men of every language worshiped him." To me this seems to point to a much more unique and significant figure such as someone who became viewed as Jesus did.

Also, though Deane may disagree, the third kingdom seems to correspond better with Greece than the final beast. Many would say the last beast is Rome, and if you view Jesus as this 'son of man' then the timing does seem right. We can't pretend to have any certainty, but a retrospective view in light of Jesus gives this passage massive prophetic significance.

There are lots of stuff on teh tubez about this chapter, and the pictures in this one are my favourite. People have fun drawing the fourth beast.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Deane said...

Pete:
Also, though Deane may disagree, the third kingdom seems to correspond better with Greece than the final beast

Deane:
I disagree.


Pete:
if you view Jesus as this 'son of man' then the timing does seem right

Deane:
I suspect the "one like a son of man" is referring to Helen Clark. She's like a man. Uncanny. And the timing does seem right ... freaky.

1:56 pm

 
Blogger Pete W said...

frightening...

9:12 am

 

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