Decoding Daniel - an in depth Bible study of the book of Daniel

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Daniel 7

Outline and Background - Daniel 7

Vision and Dream of the Three Beasts - Daniel 7:1-6

The Four Winds of Heaven

The Great Sea

The First Beast

The Second Beast

The Third Beast

Vision of the Fourth Beast - Daniel 7:7-8

The Little Horn of the Fourth Beast

The Future From God's Perspective

Linking of Daniel 7 to Revelation 17

Vision of God's Throne - Daniel 7:9-12

Vision of the Son of Man - Daniel 7:13-14

Visions and Dream Interpreted - Daniel 7:15-28

Applications of Daniel 7

The Third Beast

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.

The third beast is Greece. Alexander the Great conquered the world, with a speed and swiftness characteristic of a leopard. Such speed and swiftness had been unprecedented in warfare. The imagery of the speed and swiftness of a leopard is enhanced by the four wings of a bird. However, the four wings of a bird on the leopardís back are inferior to the wings of an eagle on the lion.

Alexanderís conquest was twice as swift as Nebuchadnezzarís. In ten years, Alexander conquered the world; his military was the opposite of the lumbering and devouring army of Medo-Persia.

Leopards, known for agility as well as speed, depict that which is terrifying (Jeremiah 5:6; Hosea 13:7; Habakkuk 1:8). Out of sheer terror, many cities like Jerusalem surrendered to Alexander the Great without a fight (Antiquities of the Jews, 11:8.6), Tyre being a notable exception (Ezekiel 26).

At the age of thirty-three, Alexander died in Babylon on June 13, 323 B.C. Following his death, Alexanderís four generals divided the empire into four parts, as symbolized by the leopardís four heads (cf. Daniel 7:20-23; Revelation 17:9-11). Lysimachus ruled Thrace and Bithynia; Cassander ruled Macedonia and Greece; Seleucus ruled Syria, Babylonia and eastward to India; and Ptolemy, ruled Egypt, Palestine and Arabia Petraea.

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