Summary: A study of the book of Daniel chapter 7 verse 8
7 “After this I saw in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, exceedingly strong. It had huge iron teeth; it was devouring, breaking in pieces, and trampling the residue with its feet. It was different from all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns. 8 I was considering the horns, and there was another horn, a little one, coming up among them, before whom three of the first horns were plucked out by the roots. And there, in this horn, were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking pompous words.
I had mentioned that we what we have read in chapters 1 through 6 will be expanded in chapters 7 through 9. Then broken down further is chapters 10 through 12. I had left off in chapter 2 and mentioned that I would further explain these verses in another study.
40 And the fourth kingdom shall be as strong as iron, inasmuch as iron breaks in pieces and shatters everything; and like iron that crushes, that kingdom will break in pieces and crush all the others. 41 Whereas you saw the feet and toes, partly of potter’s clay and partly of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; yet the strength of the iron shall be in it, just as you saw the iron mixed with ceramic clay. 42 And as the toes of the feet were partly of iron and partly of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly fragile. 43 As you saw iron mixed with ceramic clay, they will mingle with the seed of men; but they will not adhere to one another, just as iron does not mix with clay.
The fourth beast that Daniel saw and is talked about in chapter 7 is the same as the legs of Iron that we read about in chapter 2. Then we read that its ten toes were mixed with clay in chapter 2 and ten horns here in chapter 7. They are talking about the same thing. Can you see this?
The Roman armies were brutal. As the Scripture reveals they devoured and broke in pieces and stamped out whatever resistance remained in those countries in which they conquered.
Now remember that we are talking about the fourth empire which is Rome. The vision that Daniel received was referring to the future. Some people ask why didn’t Daniel just write down the names of these future kingdoms that branched off and tried to rule the Roman Empire. The reason is because mankind keeps changing names. For example, Saint Petersburg was changed to Leningrad, then as you well know it was now changed back to St. Petersburg. When our Precious Holy Spirit just lists things in His Way now you can see why.
There were ten nations that developed out of the Roman Empire. Have you ever been to Europe. It amazes me. That you travel a hundred miles or so and the people talk a different language. I live on the east coast. If I drove from Philly PA to New Jersey and then to New York – if this was Europe I would be talking three different languages. Hymm. Come to think of it, they do speak different in Jersey and New Yawk.
These are the names of the ten and what there names are today;
1 Anglo-saxons England
2. Franks France
3. Burgundians Switzerland
4. Visigoths Spain
5. Alamanni Germany
6. Suevi Portugal
7. Lombards Italy
8. Heruli Destroyed 493
9 Vandals Destroyed 534
10. Ostrogoths Destroyed 538
These individual kingdoms at one time or the other tried to rise up as the dominant power but were not successful - Just as clay will not mix with iron.
Now let us look at verse 8 again.
8 I was considering the horns, and there was another horn, a little one, coming up among them, before whom three of the first horns were plucked out by the roots. And there, in this horn, were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking pompous words.
As Daniel continued to gaze at the fourth beastly empire he saw a little horn that grew from it. As this little horn popped up, it pushed out three other horns. If you have children you remember that when their regular teeth starting growing they pushed out the baby teeth. Can you see from our list of the ten nations that developed out of the Roman Empire, the three cultures that were destroyed? These three were destroyed by the Antichrist and his kingdom.
Who is the Antichrist? We are going to take a look at what our Precious Holy Spirit tells us about him and let us see if you can guess who he is before I tell you. The Antichrist has a few alias. These are what he is referred to in the bible.