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Chapter 43

Four Great Monarchies

*** Daniel’s second vision was given at what time?
“In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon
Daniel had a dream and visions of his head upon his bed: then he wrote the dream, and told the sum of the matters.” Dan. 7:1.

*** What did the prophet first see?
“Daniel spake and said, I saw in my vision by night, and, behold, the four winds of heaven strove upon the great sea.” Dan. 7:2.

*** What was the result of this strife?
“And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another.” Dan. 7:3.

*** What did the beasts represent?
“These great beasts, which are four, are four kings, which shall arise out of the earth.” Dan. 7:17.

*** In symbolic language, what is represented by winds?
[Whirlwind, commotion, war, strife, scattering, confusion, etc.] Jer. 25:31-33; 49:36, 37.

*** What is symbolized by the term waters?
“And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest,... are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.”
Rev. 17:15.

*** What was the first beast like?
“The first was like a lion, and had eagle’s wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man’s heart was given to it.” Dan. 7:4.

*** By what was the second kingdom symbolized?
“And behold another beast, a second, like to a bear, and it raised up itself on one side, and it had three ribs in the mouth of it between the teeth of it: and they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh.” Dan. 7:5.

*** By what was the third universal empire symbolized?
“After this I beheld, and lo another, like a leopard, which had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl; the beast had also four heads; and dominion was given to it.” Dan. 7:6.

*** How is the fourth kingdom represented?
“After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns.” Daniel 7:7.

*** What was denoted by the ten horns?
“And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.” Dan. 7:24.

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