THREE VISIONS OF THE PROPHET DANIEL
The Prophet Daniel received these prophecies from the late 7th century to the mid 6th century BC. The 3 Visions concern 4 historical empires that succeeded each other.
Vision of Daniel chapter 2:
the Statue: "to take place in the final days"
[Daniel 2:28] circa 604BC
Vision of Daniel 2:31-45
|1. Head of fine gold||Babylon [vs. 38 Daniel to Babylonian king "you are the golden head"] Babylon destroyed by Persians 539BC|
|2. Chest and arms of silver||Persian Empire. Alexander the Great begins the conquest of the Medo-Persian Empire in 335BC. Persians defeated by Alexander the Great in 333 at the Battle of Issus|
|3. Belly and thighs of bronze||Greeks of Alexander the Great. Greeks split into 4 different kingdoms. Two of those kingdoms: Greek Egypt and Greek Syria fought for control of Judah. The 4 Greek kingdoms were conquered by Rome in campaigns from 197-63BC|
|4. Legs of iron, feet part iron , part clay||Romei and her province of Judea. In the 4th century Rome split into the Western Empire centered in Rome and the Eastern Empire centered in Constantinople [2 legs]. Rome will be conquered by a 5th kingdom|
|5. The stone that struck the statue - Jesus "the cornerstone"||"..the God of heaven will set up a kingdom it will shatter and absorb all the previous kingdoms and itself last forever" [2:44-45]. The Kingdom of Heaven on earth = the New Covenant Churchi|
Vision of Daniel 7: the 4 Beasts: [vision circa 555BC]
|1. Lion with wings||Babylon [Lion with wings was the royal symbol of Babylon]|
|2. Bear with 3 ribs in its mouth||Persians conquer the 3 provinces of Babylon: Lydia in 546BC; Babylon in 539BC; and Egypt in 525BC.|
|3. Leopard with 4 wings and 4 heads||Alexander the Great and his 4 generals who won his victories and who will divide his empire|
|4. 4th beast with 10 horns||Rome with her 10 client kings who rule her 10 provinces [or 10 Caesars from Augustus Caesar and the birth of Christ to Vespasian and the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem and the end of the Old Covenant]|
Daniel chapter 8: The Ram and the He-Goat: [vision circa 553BC]
|Ram with 2 horns||The Persian empire was formed from the Medes and the Persians|
|He-goat with one horn||Alexander the Great conquered the Persian Empire (invasion 336BC; victory at Arbela in 331 BC)|
|He-goat's one horn becomes 4||Alexander the Great's empire is divided among his 4 generals (323 BC)|
|The little horn that grows toward the "Land of Splendor"||The Seleucid Greeks expanded the empire from Syria to Asia Minor to the Indus River and became the largest of the 4 Greek empires dominating even the Promised Land of the Jews 200-142BC.|
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