THE VISIONS OF DANIEL
From the Writings and Teachings of Father David
ABOUT THE BOOK OF DANIEL
The book of Daniel consists of 12 chapters. In our study we are covering only
the main prophetic chapters: chapters 2, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 &12. The remaining chap-
ters deal with the trials and triumphs of the Prophet Daniel and his fellow Jews dur-
ing their captivity under Babylonian and Persian Kings (about 606B. C. to 538B C.).
ABOUT THE PROPHET DANIEL
Daniel was among the first of the captives taken by Babylon (in 606B. C.) during a
long war which finally ended with Jerusalem’s fall in 586 B. C. and the enslavement
of the Jewish people in Babylon. Of the “king’s seed”, or royal blood, Daniel was
brought to live in the courts of the King of Babylon and was among the king’s “wise
His visions and prophecies began as a young man (in 604B. C. , Dan. chpt . 2) and
continued for nearly 70 years (till 538B. C. , chpts.10-12).
His prophetic gifts, wisdom and the providence of God brought him into great
favour with his captors who bestowed great honours and political power upon him.
all of which he wisely used to help his fellow captives.
NEBUCHADNEZZAR, KING OF BABYLON, WAS GIVEN A DREAM BUT HAD FORGOTTEN IT. He was troubled by it and said that he was going to kill all his wise men if they couldn’t tell him not only the dream’s interpretation, but also the dream itself so he would know they weren’t deceiving him.
GOD’S PROPHET DANIEL WAS A SLAVE IN BABYLON AT THE TIME (about 600 B.C.) and was serving with some fellow Jews as one of the King’s wise men. So, of course, they started praying about the matter and GOD REVEALED THE WHOLE THING TO DANIEL, BOTH DREAM AND INTERPRETATION.
THE RESULT WAS THE PROPHECY OF DANIEL CHAPTER TWO, WHICH IS PROBABLY THE BRIEFEST AND MOST CONCISE OVERALL PICTURE OF THE HISTORY AND FUTURE OF THE WORLD IN THE ENTIRE BIBLE. This prophetic dream describes five of the great empires of man from ancient Babylon to the final world empire of the Antichrist, which is destroyed by the Kingdom of God.
THE DREAM DOES NOT INCLUDE THE FIRST TWO WORLD GOVERNMENTS OF EGYPT AND ASSYRIA because they had already passed on at the time of this dream. However, later in God’s Word He makes it very clear that there is a total of seven great world empires. These are depicted as the seven-headed beast of Revelations 13 and 17
THE DREAM WAS BOTH GIVEN TO NEBUCHADNEZZAR AND INTERPRETED FOR HIM BY DANIEL DURING HIS REIGN; therefore, the prophecy starts with the King of Babylon and with the great world government of Babylon itself.
THE ACTUAL DREAM AS DANIEL TOLD IT TO NEBUCHADNEZZAR is covered in verses 31-35, and the interpretation in verses 37-44.
THE DREAM’S INTERPRETATION IS RIGHT IN THE SAME CHAPTER, and to make it as clear as possible, each time a section of the dream is described it will be immediately followed with its interpretation.
DREAM: “Thou, O King, sawest, and behold a great image…whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible. This image’s head was of fine gold…” (Dan.2:31,32a)
INTERPRETATION: “Thou, O king (Nebuchadnezzar)…the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom…Thou art this head of gold.” (Dan.2:37,38) So according to God’s Word, the great kingdom of Babylon, the “golden city” of ancient times (Is.14:4), with its great King Nebuchadnezzar, was undeniably the head of gold, or the beginning of this great image.
DREAM: “His breast and his arms of silver.” (Dan.2:32b)
INTERPRETATION: “After thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee…” (Dan.2:39a) SINCE THE HEAD IS DEFINITELY PINPOINTED AS BABYLON‚ ALL WE HAVE TO DO IN ORDER TO FIND OUT WHAT THIS NEXT KINGDOM WAS IS TO LOOK AT HISTORY for the kingdom that arose after Babylon.
ACCORDING TO WORLD HISTORY, THE DUAL KINGDOM OF MEDO-PERSIA FOLLOWED BABYLON; therefore, we know what the kingdom of silver was without its even being named in the interpretation here.
IT IS NAMED, HOWEVER, IN A LATER CHAPTER, THE “MENE MENE” HANDWRITING ON THE WALL VISION OF DANIEL 5:18-31‚ as being the kingdom that did conquer Babylon.
NOTICE ALSO THE REMARKABLE SYMBOLISM IN THE IMAGE. The dual kingdom of Medo-Persia is depicted here by two arms. Persia was the stronger of the two‚ just as in the body one arm is stronger than the other!
DREAM: “His belly and thighs of brass.” (Dan.2:32b)
INTERPRETATION: “Another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth.” (Dan. 2:39b) We know from history that this third kingdom, the one to follow Persia, was the Grecian Empire. In a later chapter Daniel specifically prophesies that Greece will be the conqueror of Medo-Persia. (Dan.8:21‚22) This was fulfilled over three hundred years after the prophecy was given!
THE EMPIRE OF ALEXANDER THE GREAT WAS NOT NECESSARILY THE MOST POWERFUL, BUT IT WAS THE MOST EXTENSIVE. It extended almost to Italy, all the way to India, and all the way from southern Russia down into Africa‚ bearing rule over or dominating the world of his day.
THE ULTIMATE FULFILLMENT OF BEARING RULE OVER ALL THE EARTH WILL BE IN THE ANTICHRIST, who will arise from a certain section (Egypt) of Alexander’s Empire “in the latter days” (Dan.8:8‚9‚21-25) and will rule the entire earth! (Rev.13:7,8)
HOW DOES THE SYMBOLISM BEAR OUT HERE? Well, the Greeks, besides being extremely interested in SEX, if you remember, were also interested in PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION OR SPIRITUAL THINGS. And it is held by the Greeks and by almost all religions that the seat of the spirit is in the BELLY. As Jesus said, “Out of his BELLY shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake He of the Spirit.)” (Jn.7:38,39)
DREAM: “His legs of iron…”
INTERPRETATION: “The fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: for as-much as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things…shall it break in pieces and bruise.” (Dan.2:40)
SINCE WE ALREADY HAVE THE FULFILMENT OF ACTUAL HISTORY, WE KNOW THAT THIS FOURTH KINGDOM WAS ROME. Rome, the tough, iron–fisted kingdom which clamped down with IRON MILITARY RULE over the entire known world in the days before Christ, was one of the longest-reigning empires the world has ever known. It so “subdued all things” that for nearly one hundred years there were no major wars, no one even being able to muster a force against the Roman rule.
Here again, it is very interesting to note how similar this particular part of the image is to the actual fulfilment of the Roman Empire. WHAT’S THE STRONGEST METAL?—GOLD, SILVER‚ BRASS OR IRON? gold is not the strongest metal. It’s the most valuable & the head is the smartest, but the next one‚ silver, that’s very valuable too but not as valuable as gold. And the arms & hands & all are pretty smart parts of the body‚ but not as smart as the head. And we come on down to the Greeks who were very sensual & very sexy in this part of the body. But then we come down here to legs of iron Rome.
Rome was not only the strongest, like iron, but also like a pair of legs? They were great on marching, tremendous on marching. Rome built the famous Appian Way, & they were the first World Empire to build a lot of paved roads, think of that! The main purpose of their paved roads was So their armies could march rapidly to a new area & conquer it.
Two legs of iron: Was Rome ever divided into two parts? Yes! In its decline it was divided into an Eastern and Western Empire. The Western Empire was ruled by Rome, and the Eastern Empire, ruled by Constantinople, was called the Byzantine Empire. So EVEN THE PARTS OF THE IMAGE ITSELF SYMBOLISE THE KINGDOMS OF MAN, AND THIS BECOMES EXTREMELY SIGNIFICANT AS WE GO ON TO THE FEET.
DREAM: “His FEET part of iron and part of clay.” (Dan.2:33) This last part of the image is interpreted in three entire verses, showing that the vision is mainly for the kingdoms of the “latter days”, as Daniel told Nebuchadnezzar in verse 2:28!
INTERPRETATION: (Part I) “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.”
The IRON and CLAY of the feet represent the TWO TYPES OF GOVERNMENTS the world has known since the fall of Rome: DEMOCRACIES AND DICTATORSHIPS.
How are these governments like iron and clay? Well, CLAY in God’s Word ALWAYS SYMBOLISED THE PEOPLE: “we are the clay.” (Isa. 64:8) so GOVERNMENT BY THE PEOPLE, OR DEMOCRACY‚ IS CLAY GOVERNMENT. It is also a WEAKER FORM of government and does not have the “STRENGTH OF THE IRON”, which represents the STRONG–man totalitarian military DICTATORSHIPS and their IRON RULE. Do you want to know what God thinks of democratic governments?—They’re broken, & most of them I know of today are going broke! What kind of governments does He think are the best, the strongest?—Maybe not always the best, but the strongest. (Dictatorships.) And they were symbolised in the Image by what? (Iron.)
It says “the kingdom shall be divided”. SINCE THE FALL OF ROME this is the way it’s been: a division of the kingdom of men with NO ONE POWER COMPLETELY DOMINANT. Equally great empires have existed simultaneously, such as the British‚ French, Spanish, Portuguese, Moorish, U.S.A.‚ Russia, etc., so you might say nobody had a majority, no one power was dominant as Rome and the other powers in the image had been. So again, the various parts of the image symbolise exactly the course of history.
Also‚ there is an extraordinary interrelationship between the course of world governments and God’s people. Each of these six empires, from Egypt to Rome, RULED OVER GOD’S PEOPLE, who were then the Jews, and each of them completely dominated and ruled the world of their day.
However, SINCE ROME’S RULE NO ONE POWER HAS DOMINATED GOD’S PEOPLE because they are scattered in every nation on earth‚ (both His former people, the Jews‚ and His spiritual children of today, the true Christians), and neither has any one power dominated the earth. However, that is soon to change with the coming government of the Antichrist which will rule over (at least physically) all God’s children, because it will rule the entire world. This is the last and final government of the toes!
INTERPRETATION: (Part II) “The TOES of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, and so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken.” (Dan.2:42)
Now‚ as you know, everybody has ten toes. The TOES HERE SYMBOLISE THE SAME THING THAT THE TEN HORNS SYMBOLISE in both Daniel 7 and Revelation 17. “The ten horns…are ten kings (or kingdoms) that shall arise.” (Dan.7:24)
What we have here in the toes, the last part of the image, is a symbolic picture showing the great governments of man ENDING WITH A COMBINED GOVERNMENT, a kind of “United Nations” government, a combination of various governments, kingdoms or kings REPRESENTED BY THESE TEN TOES.
TODAY WE ARE LIVING NEAR THE DIVISION BETWEEN THE FEET AND TOES, but not yet in the toes because the Antichrist kingdom has not yet actually risen. As John said, the ten kings receive their “power as kings one hour (a short time) with the beast (Antichrist). These have one mind (united), and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.” (Rev.17:12,13)
THE ROMAN EMPIRE COVERED MOST OF EUROPE, EVEN ENGLAND, & THE MIDEAST. Because those 10 nations are remnants of the Roman Empire, Then they have got to be nations of Europe &/or the Mideast.
WHO COULD IT BE BESIDES EUROPE? IT’S OBVIOUSLY EUROPE! I think it’s apparently Europe! I can’t prove it by the Bible, the Bible doesn’t say anything about the European Economic Community, but it says a lot about the ten nations which grow out of the Roman Empire , & that’s Europe ! And they’re the most powerful. Compared to them the Mideast is nothing, all it’s got is oil. Compared to nations of the World, Europe is the most powerful of all! I’m personally convinced of it! You don’t have to believe it if you don’t want to. I can’t make you believe anything. But I’m convinced that it’s Europe, because Europe is the remnant of the old Roman Empire. Right? It’s still got some of the iron in it, too!
INTERPRETATION: (Part III) “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.” (Dan. 2:43)
This is still talking about the ten toes, or ten last kingdoms, that give their power to the Antichrist for “one hour”, or a very brief time‚ according to Revelation 17. We know from other scriptures that the Antichrist government will rule the world for only three-and-a–half years. “And power was given unto him to continue forty and two months (three-and-a-half years) … and power was given him over all kindreds (races)‚ and tongues (languages), and nations. And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him…” – except God’s children. (Rev.13:5‚7,8) But we must honour him! (Rom.13:7) r
From the symbolism of the feet we know that THIS FINAL ANTICHRIST EMPIRE WILL BE A VERY STRANGE TYPE OF GOVERNMENT. It will be a MIXTURE OF ALL THESE IRON AND CLAY NATIONS, these dictatorships and so-called democracies, ruling the world in some kind of UNITED NATIONS.
THE VISION DOES NOT END WITH THE LEGS OF IRON‚ IMPERIAL ROME‚ IT ENDS WITH THOSE FEET which are symbolised by a mixture of iron & clay, the iron symbolising (Dictatorships.) —imperial types of absolute rulers. The clay symbolises (Democracies.)—Ruled by the people or republics or ruled by law rather than single individuals.
THE LARGEST PART OF THE FEET IS THE FOOT PROPER, NOT THE TOES, BUT THESE TOES ARE VERY IMPORTANT. But the feet, lasting from Imperial Rome down to today‚ were composed of Iron & clay. At the end of the days of Imperial Rome began all these little monarchies & finally republics & eventually democracies & all that sort of thing.
THE TOES, THEY ARE A MIXTURE OF THE TWO! But year by year the iron is getting stronger & the clay is getting weaker & more brittle. And they don’t cleave to each other, do they? In fact, most of the democracies of today are pitted against most of the dictators. Monarchy means absolute government by one man. A monarch is a Dictator. The autocracies & monarchies ruled by the one person, in other words, the dictatorships, most of them are pitted against the countries where the people supposedly rule by vote‚ democracies.
Rome is fallen. The legs of iron are gone, both Eastern & Western Empires. We’re now in this mixture of democracy & dictatorship, except that the dictatorships are growing stronger & the democracies are growing weaker. In fact, even the democracies are turning into dictatorships.
“they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men” WHAT KIND OF A LEADER DID ROME HAVE? ( A DICTATOR.) What was he called? (Caesar.)—Absolute authoritarian dictatorship in those days of the height of Rome’s glory! There were some days in which Rome had a little more democracy, particularly in the latter days. As Rome began to decay & fall apart it had greater democracy & self–rule, which shows it was the weakening mixture of the clay that weakened the iron that finally virtually destroyed it.
BUT THE FEET & TOES WHICH HAVE EXISTED EVER SINCE ROME HAVE BEEN A MIXTURE OF BOTH KINDS OF GOVERNMENTS, some strong, some weak, some dictatorships, some democracies. Until finally after World War 1 almost all of the monarchies were overthrown. What monarchies weren’t finished off by World War 1, were finished off by World War 2.
GOD’S FAVOURITE KIND OF GOVERNMENT IS ABSOLUTE, TOTAL DICTATORSHIP!—Because only God knows what’s best! And you only know what’s best if you know God & follow Him absolutely as His Love Slave! So that is the kind of government that God favours.
SO WHAT IS THE KIND OF GOVERNMENT THE ANTICHRIST IS GOING TO IMITATE?—Knowing it is the most effective, efficient & the most controlling? He’s going to form a dictatorship, not of God but of the Devil!—The dictatorship of the Devil, that’s what his rule will be. Absolute control by Satan!—Absolute monarchy of the king, the Antichrist. In fact, it will be an imitation of God’s kind of government.
“ANTICHRIST” IN ONE OF THE MEANINGS OF THE WORD DOES NOT EVEN MEAN AGAINST CHRIST, AS WE USUALLY TAKE IT, but do you know what one of the meanings of “anti” is?—In the place of‚ a substitution of, an imitation of Christ. He is going to be the false messiah, the imitation Christ, & his government the substitutionary Millennium! It’s not going to last that long, God isn’t going to let it. But he’s supposedly bringing in peace on Earth, good will to men, equality for all‚ blah blah blah.
HE’S GOING TO OFFER THEM EVERYTHING THAT GOD IS ACTUALLY GOING TO GIVE THEM IN THE MILLENNIUM! But being a liar, an impostor, an imitation, a usurper, he is going to mimic the Government of God. Only it is going to be Satan at the head instead of God, & his son the Antichrist instead of Jesus Christ!
“THEY SHALL NOT CLEAVE ONE TO ANOTHER” How well do the dictatorships get along with the democracies? (Not at all!)— or very little.
DREAM: “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.” (Dan. 2:34) “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 threshingfloors; 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.” (Dan.2:35)
INTERPRETATION: “And in the days of these kings (the days of this final ten-toed kingdom of this earth) 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 forever. ” (Dan. 2:44)
“Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces (the image); 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.” (Dan.2:45)
WE KNOW EXACTLY WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN! We may not like it and it may look pretty bad, but praise God, we know the happy ending‚ and all is well that ends well.
THIS IMAGE REPRESENTS ALL THE GOVERNMENTS OF MAN. THE STONE WAS CUT OUT OF ANOTHER MOUNTAIN completely separated from the image. It has nothing to do with the image except to crush and destroy it completely! This STONE IS, OF COURSE, JESUS, “the corner-stone” (Mt.21:42-44; 1Pt.2:6), and His Second Coming to rescue His Own Children from the Antichrist’s cruel clutches, by the supernatural miracle of the Rapture and Resurrection! Notice, His return was not in the legs (Rome), but on the feet, and particularly the toes, “the days of these kings” at the very end of man’s governments.
IT DOESN’T SAY HE MELTS THEM IN LOVE, BUT HE BREAKS AND DESTROYS THEM! This world is not going to voluntarily give itself up to the Prince of Peace. It has to be done with force!
JESUS IS THEN GOING TO SET UP HIS OWN KINGDOM ON THE EARTH AND WILL REIGN WITH HIS RESURRECTED SAINTS, His true followers, over the wicked who remain, creating a world of peace and plenty for all. There will be NO MORE KINGDOMS RISING AND FAILING; no longer shall one nation inherit the remains of another, but His Kingdom “shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall STAND FOREVER.”
THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS THE PEOPLE! It’s not a building, it’s not a political power, it is not a governmental system, it is you! For Jesus Himself said, “The Kingdom of God is within you!” (Luk.17:20-21) He said it didn’t come with natural perception. In other words, you don’t see a physical nation of Christians today, you see a people called out of every nation & scattered all over the World! That’s God’s Kingdom, the people! A piece of land without any people, what kind of a kingdom is that? No king wants just a territory. He wants territory‚ but he also wants people! Well‚ God’s going to get both! He’s already got His people & is getting them, & one of these days He’s going to have a territory, the whole Earth! “UNTO THE UTTERMOST PARTS OF THE EARTH!”, HE SAYS‚ WE’LL INHERIT THE KINGDOM.”
ARE YOU READY FOR IT? Are you a member of Christ’s kingdom that shall never pass away? Are you one of God’s Children through Jesus His Son, the Great Revolutionary that shall overthrow all these earthly powers and set up our Kingdom over all on earth to establish a reign of righteousness that will bring lasting world peace and plenty to all?
If not, to get the real thing, ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS RECEIVE JESUS, God’s Son, as your Saviour by asking Him into your heart! You can do it right now by simply asking Him to come in and to forgive you.
The Kingdom of God shall never fail nor fall, but shall rule all the earth in joy forever! God bless you with this His Only Salvation in Jesus! We love you!
LAND AREAS INVOLVED IN DANIEL’S PROPHECIES