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DANIEL’S VISION OF THE FOUR BEASTS

In the first year of King Belshazzar of Babylon, Daniel had a dream with visions in his mindd as he was lying in his bed. He wrote down the dream,e and here is the summaryB of his account. Daniel said, “In my vision at night I was watching, and suddenly the four winds of heavenf stirred up the great sea. Four huge beastsg came up from the sea,h each different from the other.

“The first was like a lioni but had eagle’s wings. I continued watching until its wings were torn off. It was lifted up from the ground, set on its feet like a man, and given a human mind.

“Suddenly, another beast appeared, a second one, that looked like a bear.j It was raised up on one side, with three ribs in its mouth between its teeth. It was told, ‘Get up! Gorge yourself on flesh.’

“After this, while I was watching, suddenly another beast appeared. It was like a leopardk with four wings of a bird on its back. It had four heads,l and it was given dominion.

“After this, while I was watching in the night visions, suddenly a fourth beastm appeared, frightening and dreadful, and incredibly strong, with large iron teeth. It devoured and crushed, and it trampled with its feet whatever was left. It was different from all the beasts before it, and it had ten horns.n

“While I was considering the horns, suddenly another horn,o a little one, came up among them, and three of the first horns were uprooted before it. And suddenly in this horn there were eyes like the eyes of a human and a mouth that was speaking arrogantly.p

THE ANCIENT OF DAYS AND THE SON OF MAN

“As I kept watching,

thrones were set in place,q

and the Ancient of Days took his seat.

His clothing was white like snow,r

and the hair of his head like whitest wool.s

His throne was flaming fire;t

its wheels were blazing fire.u

10 A river of fire was flowing,

coming out from his presence.

Thousands upon thousandsv served him;

ten thousand times ten thousandw stood before him.

The court was convened,x

and the books were opened.y

11 “I watched, then, because of the sound of the arrogant words the horn was speaking. As I continued watching, the beast was killed and its body destroyed and given over to the burning fire.z 12 As for the rest of the beasts, their dominion was removed, but an extension of life was granted to them for a certain period of time.aa 13 I continued watching in the night visions,

and suddenly one like a son of manab

was coming with the clouds of heaven.ac

He approached the Ancient of Days

and was escorted before him.

14 He was given dominion,ad

and glory, and a kingdom;

so that those of every people,

nation, and languageae

should serveaf him.

His dominion is an everlastingag dominion

that will not pass away,

and his kingdom is one

that will not be destroyed.

INTERPRETATION OF THE VISION

15 “As for me, Daniel, my spirit was deeply distressed within me,C and the visions in my mind terrified me.ah 16 I approached one of those who were standing by and asked himai to clarify all this. So he let me know the interpretation of these things:aj 17 ‘These huge beasts, four in number, are four kings who will rise from the earth. 18 But the holy ones of the Most High will receive the kingdom and possess it forever, yes, forever and ever.’ak

19 “Then I wanted to be clear about the fourth beast,al the one different from all the others, extremely terrifying, with iron teeth and bronze claws, devouring, crushing, and trampling with its feet whatever was left. 20 I also wanted to know about the ten hornsa on its head and about the other horn that came up, before which three fell—the horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spoke arrogantly,b and that looked bigger than the others. 21 As I was watching, this horn waged warc against the holy ones and was prevailing over them 22 until the Ancient of Days arrived and a judgmentd was given in favor of the holy ones of the Most High, for the time had come, and the holy ones took possession of the kingdom.

23 “This is what he said: ‘The fourth beast will be a fourth kingdom on the earth, different from all the other kingdoms. It will devour the whole earth, trample it down, and crush it. 24 The ten hornse are ten kings who will rise from this kingdom. Another king, different from the previous ones, will rise after them and subdue three kings. 25 He will speak words against the Most Highf and oppressA the holy onesg of the Most High. He will intend to change religious festivalsB and laws,h and the holy ones will be handed over to him for a time, times, and half a time.C,i 26 But the court will convene,j and his dominion will be taken away, to be completely destroyed forever.k 27 The kingdom, dominion, and greatness of the kingdoms under all of heaven will be given to the people, the holy ones of the Most High. His kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom,l and all rulers will serve and obey him.’

28 “This is the end of the account. As for me, Daniel, my thoughts terrified me greatly,m and my face turned pale,D but I kept the matter to myself.”n

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