Daniel 7:23 Index
"Thus he said, 'The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.'"
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"...The fourth beast..."

  • BEAST: Another term, common to symbolic Bible prophecy, is that of "beasts." Nations were effectively cartooned or portrayed by various well-known or unknown beasts, just as some are today: the British lion, the Russian bear, or the American eagle. In Daniel's day a lion, a bear, a leopard, and a fearful monster without an earthly replica appeared in Daniel 7, and the ram and he-goat of Daniel 8 are expressly explained by the prophet as symbols, respectively, of "Media and Persia" and "Grecia" (Daniel 8:20, 21). Similar "beasts" are pictured in the Revelation. These terms are not epithets of derision; they are simply the divine method of cartooning nations and their careers through the centuries. So a prophetic "beast" merely means a kingdom or nation, no more and no less. (Froom 32-33)

"...The beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth..." (Daniel 7:7)

  • Here God, in His wisdom, gave nine points for identifying the Little Horn of Daniel 7. There is only one power in the history of mankind that fits these nine points. Listed below are the nine points with an explanation of each:
    • "Coming up among them" (Daniel 7:8). The ten horns were the ten Germanic tribes who took over Pagan Rome. These Goths became the nations of Western Europe today. As an example, the Alamanni became Germany, the Franks became France... Therefore, this Little Horn would have to rise out of Western Europe, since it must come up among the ten horns.
    • "Another shall rise after them" (Daniel 7:24). The ten Germanic tribes overthrew Rome in A.D. 476. The Little Horn would have to come on the scene of action after this time. (KC 85-86)
    • "He shall be different from the first ones" (Daniel 7:24). The Barbarian tribes were pagans. This Little Horn was to be different from the ten. It had to be more than just a political power.
    • "Shall subdue three kings" (Daniel 7:24). The Emperor of Rome, at this time, was Justinian. He saw his empire being taken away by the Goths who had overrun the kingdom. Three tribes, the Heruli, Vandals and Ostrogoths, had accepted a belief called Arianism, which taught that Jesus Christ was a good man but not divine. The Catholic Church was in opposition to this belief and Justinian joined forces with them to do away with these three tribes. In Daniel 7:8, it says, "...three would be plucked up by the roots." Today there are are descendants of all the Germanic tribes except for the Heruli, Vandals and Ostrogoths, who were completely destroyed through the efforts of the Catholic Church and Pagan Rome. The last to be annihilated was the Ostrogoths in A.D. 538. With this victory, history says the Pope seized the scepter and stepped to the seat of Caesar. Thus began the reign of Papal Rome.
    • "Eyes like the eyes of a man" (Daniel 7:8). Sometimes horns have crowns on them, meaning that powers or nations would be controlled by a king. These nine points will identify clearly the Little Horn as the Papal power. The Pope is the visible head of the Papacy, or the "eyes like the eyes of a man", referring to the leadership of this man. (KC 86)
    • "Speak pompous words against the Most High" (Daniel 7:25). Most High, in this verse, refers to God, and each time it is used in Scripture it refers to God. The following are excerpts from a Catholic Encyclopedia entitled Prompta Biliotheca Vol. VI, pp.25-29:
      • "The Pope is of so great dignity and so exalted that he is not a mere man, but as it were God, and the vicar of God."
      • "The Pope is as it were, God on earth, sole sovereign of the faithful of Christ, chief of kings, having plenitude of power, to whom has been entrusted by the omnipotent God direction not only of the earthly but also of the heavenly kingdom."
      • "The Pope is of so great authority and power that he can modify, explain, or interpret even divine laws." (KC 86-87)
    • "Persecute the saints of the Most High" (Daniel 7:25). Historians say the Papal Power has slain somewhere between 100 to 150 million people. Here is a list of history books which will tell you about the persecution of the Waldensian people, persecution of the Dutch, the Spanish Inquisition and the Massacre of Saint Bartholomew:
      • The History of the Reformation by D'Aubigne
      • History of Europe by Qualbin
      • Foxe's Book of Martyrs by Foxe
      • Short Stories of the Reformation by Short
      • Here I Stand by Bainton
      • This is common knowledge, as on May 24, 1995, Pope John Paul II issued a (back handed) world apology for the persecuting role of the Church during this time. (How do you apologize to the individuals you have murdered?) (KC 87)
    • "Intend to change times and laws" (Daniel 7:25). God is the One who predetermines the events of life. It is He who "...removes kings and raises up kings..." (Daniel 2:21). The Little Horn power attempted to change the course of history, "times" (Daniel 7:25), by exercising the prerogative of God in setting up kings and taking them down.
      • Concerning changing "laws" (Daniel 7:25), the Papal Power says, "The Pope can modify divine law, since his power is not of man, but of God" (Prompta Bibliotheca, Vol. VI, pp.25-29). Comparing the ten commandments in a Catholic Catechism with Scripture will show that he has exercised that prerogative.
      • The second commandment that says, "You shall not make unto thee and graven images..." (Exodus 20:4), has been removed causing the rest to be moved up. For example, they moved the fourth commandment to the third. In order to still have ten commandments they took the tenth commandment and divided it.
      • The fourth commandment that says, "Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy..." (Exodus 20:8), has been completely changed. They shortened it form 94 words to i words. The seventh day that God blessed, hallowed and sanctified (Genesis 2:3; Exodus 20:11), was done away with by the Catholic Church. In its place they put Sunday. They took the first day of the week, Sunday, a day dedicated to the worship of the sun, and replaced the Bible Sabbath.
      • Perhaps the boldest thing, the most revolutionary change, the Church ever did happened in the first century. The holy day, the Sabbath, was changed from Saturday to Sunday... not from any directions noted in the Scriptures, but from the Church's sense of its own power... People who think that the Scriptures should be the sole authority, should logically become 7th Day Adventist, and keep Saturday holy" (Saint Catherine Catholic Church Sentinel, May 21, 1995) (KC 87-88)
    • "Times and times and half a time" (Daniel 7:25). God has given a rule in Bible prophecy that a day represents one year (Ezekiel 4:6; Numbers 14:34). In the Scripture, time represents one year (Daniel 4:16). Using the principle of a day for a year, times would mean two years, and half a time would stand for half a year. There are 360 days in a biblical year.
      • The story of the Great Flood holds a key to this time-reckoning principle. (Genesis 7:11) says that the flood began in the "...second month on the seventeenth day of month" and (Genesis 8:4) says that the waters abated and the ark rested on Mt. Ararat on the "...seventh month and the seventeenth day of the month." The second month to the seventh month makes five months. (Genesis 7:24 and Genesis 8:3) speak of that period of time as "...one hundred and fifty days."
      • If five months equal 150 days, one month would be 30 days (30 x 5 = 150). One year wold be 360 days, two years would be 729 days, and half a year would be 180 days, for a total of 1,260 days. Each day represents a year, giving us 1,260 years, in which the Little Horn was to be in power.
      • It came into power in A.D. 538. Adding 1,260 years to the date of A.D. 538, takes us to A.D. 1798. This time is known in history as the period of Papal Supremacy. In A.D. 1798 Napoleon's general marched into Rome and brought the Papal power to an end. (KC 88-89)