Daniel 7 – How to Find the Antichrist – An Alternate View

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The Contemporaneous Beasts View of Daniel 7

By Chris White

Daniel 7 is considered by some to be the most important chapter in the book of Daniel, others even consider it the most important chapter in the entire Old Testament for reasons which we will get into later, but certainly one of those reasons is because of its prophetic significance.

In Daniel Chapter 7 Daniel has a vision of 4 beasts: a lion, bear, leopard and a “diverse beast”. These beasts are identified as kings and/or kingdoms by the angel who interprets Daniel’s dream starting in verse 17.

The question is which kingdoms are being referred to with these beasts.

Most conservatives believe that Daniel 7 is simply a retelling of Daniel 2. In other words the dream that Nebuchadnezzar had in Daniel 2 of a multi-metal statue which represented the four kingdoms of Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome are again described here in Daniel 7.

I don’t agree with that view, but I do agree with them that the fourth beast in Daniel 7 is the kingdom of Antichrist, however because of their insistence that this chapter is simply a mirror image of Daniel 2, they are forced to defend the position that the Antichrist must somehow come from something they call the Revived Roman Empire (RRE) because in Daniel chapter 2 the last section of the statue is clearly talking about Rome, so if this chapter is the same as that one then the fourth beast is Rome.

But as I will demonstrate not only is that not necessary it could cause many people to miss the signs of the Antichrists kingdom. For more information on why the belief of the RRE is based on a bad exegesis of Daniel chapter 2, please see my video or audio on Daniel 2, which should be linked in the notes, that study should be considered a companion study to this one.

I would also recommend a 4 part paper by Charles Cooper who is a former professor of Hermeneutics at Moody Bible Institute called “Daniel 2 and Daniel 7 Equal or not Equal.”

In the traditional view the beasts of chapter 7 are succeeded in time by the next beast, for example, the lion, the first beast (who they say represents Babylon) would be followed after much time by the bear (who they say represents Medo-Persia) since Babylon was conquered by Medo-Persia, and then the leopard (Greece) would conquer the bear after that, and so on.  I believe there are significant reasons to challenge this view of the kingdoms being in temporal succession of one another. In other words to challenge the idea that these beasts existed one after the other instead of all at the same time.


In this study I will propose that this vision of the four beasts in Daniel 7 is not simply a picture of 4 kingdoms that have come and gone in the past, but rather this is a picture of the four kingdoms that will be on the earth at the same time when the Antichrist begins his reign. If this is the case, then this chapter, along with the latter half of Daniel 11 and Revelation 13 gives the church it’s best chance to recognize the geo-political precursors to the rise of Antichrist. Continue reading “Daniel 7 – How to Find the Antichrist – An Alternate View”

VBVBT – Daniel 6 – Lions

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5 Belshazzar the king made a great feast to a thousand of his lords, and drank wine before the thousand.
Dan 6:1 It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom one hundred and twenty satraps, to be over the whole kingdom;
Dan 6:2 and over these, three governors, of whom Daniel was one, that the satraps might give account to them, so that the king would suffer no loss.
Dan 6:3 Then this Daniel distinguished himself above the governors and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king gave thought to setting him over the whole realm.
Dan 6:4 So the governors and satraps sought to find some charge against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find no charge or fault, because he was faithful; nor was there any error or fault found in him.

Daniel 5 – Belshazzar’s Last Wild Party

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5 Belshazzar the king made a great feast to a thousand of his lords, and drank wine before the thousand.

2 Belshazzar, whiles he tasted the wine, commanded to bring the golden and silver vessels which his father Nebuchadnezzar had taken out of the temple which was in Jerusalem; that the king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, might drink therein.

3 Then they brought the golden vessels that were taken out of the temple of the house of God which was at Jerusalem; and the king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, drank in them.

Daniel 4 – Nebuchadnezzar’s Testimony

Dan 4:1 Nebuchadnezzar the king, To all peoples, nations, and languages that dwell in all the earth: Peace be multiplied to you.

This is a unique chapter for several reasons.

Nebuchadnezzar the king : It was written by a gentile king, Daniel includes this epistle from Nebuchadnezzar in his collection of prophecies and highlights of his life that we call the Book of Daniel.

To all peoples, nations, and languages that dwell in all the earth: This letter of Nebuchadnezzar is addressed to the whole world, Chuck Missler posits that this letter was probably intended for distribution throughout the kingdom.

In any case it is certainly addressed to the whole world. Stephen Miller points out that many proclamations of the kings of Babylon and Assyria were similarly addressed.

This letter was probably written in Aramaic as that was the official language of the kingdom, and as we have already mentioned several times in this study this portion of Daniel is one of the few places in the bible where the original language of the text is Aramaic. Continue reading “Daniel 4 – Nebuchadnezzar’s Testimony”

Daniel 3 – The Fiery Furnace Revisited

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Dan 3:1 Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold, whose height was sixty cubits and its width six cubits. He set it up in the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon.

We don’t really know when this happened, other than it was after Daniel’s companions were promoted to their positions of authority, which occurred after Daniel interpreted Nebuchadnezzar’s dream. We know this because we see that the other wise men make reference to their promotion in verse 12, and seem to be jealous of it.

Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image

I have always assumed that this big statue was a likeness of Nebuchadnezzar himself, but Im not so sure it was. In no place does the text say that it was made to look like Nebuchadnezzar, instead it always uses the phrase: “the image which King Nebuchadnezzar had set up” this, or a similar phrase is said 8 times in this chapter. That is the only connection to Nebuchadnezzar it has, that is that it was “set up” by him. Continue reading “Daniel 3 – The Fiery Furnace Revisited”