Bible: Daniel 7:11-27; 12:1-2
7:11 “Then I kept on watching because of the arrogant words of the horn that was speaking. I was watching 1 until the beast was killed and its body destroyed and thrown into 2 the flaming fire. 7:12 As for the rest of the beasts, their ruling authority had already been removed, though they were permitted to go on living 3 for a time and a season. 7:13 I was watching in the night visions,
one like a son of man 6 was approaching.
He went up to the Ancient of Days
and was escorted 7 before him.
7:14 To him was given ruling authority, honor, and sovereignty.
All peoples, nations, and language groups were serving 8 him.
His authority is eternal and will not pass away. 9
His kingdom will not be destroyed. 10
An Angel Interprets Daniel’s Vision
7:15 “As for me, Daniel, my spirit was distressed, 11 and the visions of my mind 12 were alarming me. 7:16 I approached one of those standing nearby and asked him about the meaning 13 of all this. So he spoke with me and revealed 14 to me the interpretation of the vision: 15 7:17 ‘These large beasts, which are four in number, represent four kings who will arise from the earth. 7:18 The holy ones 16 of the Most High will receive the kingdom and will take possession of the kingdom forever and ever.’
7:19 “Then I wanted to know the meaning 17 of the fourth beast, which was different from all the others. It was very dreadful, with two rows of iron teeth and bronze claws, and it devoured, crushed, and trampled anything that was left with its feet. 7:20 I also wanted to know 18 the meaning of the ten horns on its head, and of that other horn which came up and before which three others fell. This was the horn that had eyes 19 and a mouth speaking arrogant things, whose appearance was more formidable than the others. 20 7:21 While I was watching, that horn began to wage war against the holy ones and was defeating 21 them, 7:22 until the Ancient of Days arrived and judgment was rendered 22 in favor of the holy ones of the Most High. Then the time came for the holy ones to take possession of the kingdom.
7:23 “This is what he told me: 23
‘The fourth beast means that there will be a fourth kingdom on earth
that will differ from all the other kingdoms.
It will devour all the earth
and will trample and crush it.
7:24 The ten horns
mean that ten kings will arise from that kingdom.
Another king will arise after them,
but he will be different from the earlier ones.
He will humiliate 24 three kings.
7:25 He will speak words against the Most High.
He will harass 25 the holy ones of the Most High continually.
They will be delivered into his hand
For a time, times, 28 and half a time.
7:26 But the court will convene, 29 and his ruling authority will be removed –
destroyed and abolished forever!
7:27 Then the kingdom, authority,
and greatness of the kingdoms under all of heaven
will be delivered to the people of the holy ones 30 of the Most High.
His kingdom is an eternal kingdom;
all authorities will serve him and obey him.’
The Obedience of Abram
“Go out 3 from your country, your relatives, and your father’s household
to the land that I will show you. 4
and I will make your name great, 7
so that you will exemplify divine blessing. 8