Daniel’s Dream – The Four Beasts
I could spend a lot more time than I’m going to spend talking about Daniel’s disturbing dream in this chapter. This dream of the four beasts is very similar to King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream that Daniel interpreted in Daniel 2, and the meaning of this dream is almost identical to that dream.
The message of both prophesies is really quite simple. Before the eternal kingdom of God is established on earth (which hasn’t happened yet), four great earthly kingdoms will rise and fall. The first kingdom was the kingdom of Babylon. That’s all we know for sure from the text. Some scholars believe the Persian empire and Roman empire were the next two great kingdoms and that we are a part of the fourth great kingdom. However, we don’t know that for sure and probably won’t until the entire prophesy has been fulfilled. The most significant part of the vision which gives us hope for our future occurs at the end of the dream:
“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.” (Daniel 7:13-14)
Every day, the thing that drives me to share my faith and continue pressing on in my faith is my hope that this future kingdom is coming. Very soon, the king of creation, Jesus, will return to usher in the eternal kingdom of God. All true believers in Christ are a part of this kingdom and will enjoy an everlasting life.
What stands out to you in Daniel 7? What gives you hope about this passage? How does this passage encourage you? Spend time thanking God for sending his Son, Jesus, for dying on the cross for our sins so that we may be a part of the great eternal kingdom in Daniel 7.