Summary: The Second Coming of Christ is the theme of Daniel 7
Text: Daniel chapter 7
Title: The Second Coming of Christ
•“True or false- Nobody knows the day or hour when the Second Coming of Christ will happen”. The answer would be “true.”
•True or false “Nobody knows when the Second Coming of Christ will happen”?
The answer is false.
According to a vision God gave to Daniel in Daniel chapter 7
•The Second Coming of Christ will happen when the last of 4 great kingdoms is ruling upon the earth.
Daniel chapter 7 is broken up into two equal halves.
•The first half of Daniel 7 contains Daniel’s Dream
•The last half of Daniel 7 contains the interpretation of Daniel’s Dream
Let’s begin by looking together at the first 14 verses
"Daniel had a dream, and visions passed through his mind as he was lying on his bed. He wrote down the substance of his dream. Daniel said: "In my vision at night I looked, and there before me were the four winds of heaven churning up the great sea. Four great beasts, each different from the others, came up out of the sea. The first was like a lion, and it had the wings of an eagle. I watched until its wings were torn off and it was lifted from the ground so that it stood on two feet like a man, and the heart of a man was given to it. And there before me was a second beast, which looked like a bear. It was raised up on one of its sides, and it had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth. It was told, 'Get up and eat your fill of flesh!'
"After that, I looked, and there before me was another beast, one that looked like a leopard. And on its back it had four wings like those of a bird. This beast had four heads, and it was given authority to rule. "After that, in my vision at night I looked, and there before me was a fourth beast-- terrifying and frightening and very powerful. It had large iron teeth; it crushed and devoured its victims and trampled underfoot whatever was left. It was different from all the former beasts, and it had ten horns. "While I was thinking about the horns, there before me was another horn, a little one, which came up among them; and three of the first horns were uprooted before it. This horn had eyes like the eyes of a man and a mouth that spoke boastfully. "As I looked, "thrones were set in place, and the Ancient of Days took his seat. His clothing was as white as snow; the hair of his head was white like wool. His throne was flaming with fire, and its wheels were all ablaze. A river of fire was flowing, coming out from before him. Thousands upon thousands attended him; ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him. The court was seated, and the books were opened. Then I continued to watch because of the boastful words the horn was speaking. I kept looking until the beast was slain and its body destroyed and thrown into the blazing fire. (The other beasts had been stripped of their authority, but were allowed to live for a period of time.) 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."
1.God does not give Daniel the names of any of the 4 beasts.
•Instead God gives Daniel a description of each of the 4 beasts. Did God not know the names of any of the 4 beasts? Maybe the reason why God did not name them was in order to test our belief system. Is the Bible the inspired words of an all-knowing God?
•Critics -The book of Daniel is a forgery (written after the fact)
2. God gives Daniel more information about the 4th beast than all of the other three combined.
Far more is mentioned about this 4th beast simply because it is ruling prior to the Second Coming of Christ.
3. This 4th beast will be far more destructive than any of the other 3 beast before it
4. This 4th beast will be replaced by the kingdom of God!
5. This will all take place at the Second Coming of Christ.
The second half of Daniel chapter 7 contains the interpretation of the dream
"I, Daniel, was troubled in spirit, and the visions that passed through my mind disturbed me.