Summary: What is this world coming too? Well, Daniel has a dream that tells us exactly what this world is comig to.

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Daniel – Chapter 7a

Chapter 7 Outline

I. Introduction to the Dream (7:1-3)

a. The Date of the Dream (7:1)

b. The Detail of the Dream (7:2-3)

1. The Four Winds (7:2a)

2. The Great Sea (7:2b)

3. The Diverse Beasts (7:3)

II. Information about the Dream (7:4-14)

a. The Earthly Empire (7:4-8)

1. The Lionlike Beast (7:4)

2. The Bearlike Beast (7:5)

3. The Leopardlike Beast (7:6)

4. The Terrible Beast (7:7-8)

b. The Heavenly Empire (7:9-14)

1. God’s Sovereignty (7:9)

2. God’s Sentence (7:10-12)

3. God’s Son (7:13-14)

III. Interpretation of the Dream (7:15-28)

a. Daniel’s Troubled (7:15-16)

b. Dream’s Truth (7:17-27)

1. The Five Kingdoms (7:17-18)

2. The Fourth Kingdom (7:19-26)

3. The Fifth Kingdom (7:27)

c. Daniel’s Thoughts (7:28)


The first 6 chapters of Daniel are about Daniel and his personal friends and are essentially historical in character. The remaining chapters are about Daniel and his people’s future and are mostly prophetical in character.

There is a natural division between Chapters 6 & 7 and here we enter Part II of the Book of Daniel. During his dream, he is given a full view of “The Time of the Gentiles;” beginning with Babylon and ending with the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ and the establishment of His kingdom.

I. Introduction to the Dream (7:1-3)

a. The Date of the Dream (7:1)

The vision came to Daniel in the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon, which would have been 553 B.C. Chronologically, this dream belongs between Daniel chapter 4, which deals with the humbling of Nebuchadnezzar, and chapter 5, which deals with the overthrow of Belshazzar, which occurred in 539 B.C.

No wonder Daniel showed such contempt for the gifts and promotion that Belshazzar had promised him if he could interpret the writing on the wall. Daniel had known for some time that the Medo-Persian Empire would replace the Babylonian Empire on the world stage.

b. The Detail of the Dream (7:2-3)

1. The Four Winds (7:2a)

The four winds of the heaven symbolizes four great angel princes Revelation 7:1-3 And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree. [2] And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, [3] Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of God in their foreheads.

These are the principalities of Satan who rule over the four nations that were to seize world power. They are the powers of the air the forces of the evil one Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Ephesians 2:2 Wherin in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience. They are subject to Satan and through them he holds the nations of the earth in chains.

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