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THE BIBLICAL SYMBOLS AND THEIR MEANINGS

Posted by: BERNARD on Mon, Aug 3, 2015

 

THE BOOK OF PROPHECY – DANIEL CHAPTER 7

 

“In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon, Daniel had a dream and visions of his head while on his bed. Then he wrote down the dream, telling the main facts. Daniel spoke, saying, “I saw in my vision by night, and behold, the four winds of heaven were stirring up the Great Sea. And four great beasts came up from the sea, each different from the other.  The first was like a lion, and had eagle’s wings. I watched till its wings were plucked off; and it was lifted up from the earth and made to stand on two feet like a man, and a man’s heart was given to it.

“And suddenly another beast, a second, like a bear. It was raised up on one side, and had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth. And they said thus to it: ‘Arise, devour much flesh!’

“After this I looked, and there was another, like a leopard, which had on its back four wings of a bird. The beast also had four heads, and dominion was given to it.

13 “I was watching in the night visions, And behold, One like the Son of Man, Coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, and they brought Him near before Him. 14 Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, And His kingdom the one which shall not be destroyed.

Daniel’s Visions Interpreted

15 “I, Daniel, was grieved in my spirit within my body, and the visions of my head troubled me. 16 I came near to one of those who stood by, and asked him the truth of all this. So he told me and made known to me the interpretation of these things: 17 ‘Those great beasts, which are four, are four kings which arise out of the earth. 18 But the saints of the Most High shall receive the kingdom, and possess the kingdom forever, even forever and ever.’

 

19 “Then I wished to know the truth about the fourth beast, which was different from all the others, exceedingly dreadful, with its teeth of iron and its nails of bronze, which devoured, broke in pieces, and trampled the residue with its feet; 20 and the ten horns that were on its head, and the other horn which came up, before which three fell, namely, that horn which had eyes and a mouth which spoke pompous words, whose appearance was greater than his fellows.

21 “I was watching; and the same horn was making war against the saints, and prevailing against them, 22 until the Ancient of Days came, and a judgment was made in favour of the saints of the Most High, and the time came for the saints to possess the kingdom.

23 “Thus he said: ‘The fourth beast shall be a fourth kingdom on earth, which shall be different from all other kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, Trample it and break it in pieces. 24 The ten horns are ten kings who shall arise from this kingdom. And another shall rise after them; He shall be different from the first ones, and shall subdue three kings. 25 He shall speak pompous words against the Most High, shall persecute the saints of the Most High, and shall intend to change times and law. Then the saints shall be given into his hand for a time and times and half a time.

26 ‘But the court shall be seated, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and destroy it forever. 27 Then the kingdom and dominion, And the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven, Shall be given to the people, the saints of the Most High. His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
And all dominions shall serve and obey Him.’

28 “This is the end of the account. As for me, Daniel, my thoughts greatly troubled me, and my countenance changed; but I kept the matter in my heart.Daniel 7:1-28

 

 

Now come with me as we seek help from God to understand His prophetic word.  Those words in red are symbols that need interpretation. If we are to understand the full message, we need to know the meanings of these symbols.  

 

“In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon, Daniel had a dream and visions of his head while on his bed. Then he wrote down the dream, telling the main facts. Daniel spoke, saying, “I saw in my vision by night, and behold, the four winds of heaven were stirring up the Great Sea. And four great beasts came up from the sea, each different from the other. Daniel 7:1-3

 

From the above scripture three prophetic symbols are identified: Wind, Sea and Beast. Now let us find the meanings of these three symbols.

 

Symbol 1:

 

A Wind A wind in biblical symbols means war or warfare, strife, commotion, disaster.

 

Bible References:

 

  1. A noise shall come even to the ends of the earth; for the Lord hath a controversy with the nations, he will plead with all flesh; he will give them that are wicked to the sword, saith the Lord. 32 Thus saith the Lord of hosts, Behold, evil shall go forth from nation to nation, and a great whirlwind shall be raised up from the coasts of the earth. 33 And the slain of the Lord shall be at that day from one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth: they shall not be lamented, neither gathered, nor buried; they shall be dung upon the ground. Jeremiah 25:31-33
  2. “Against Elam I will bring the four winds from the four quarters of heaven, and scatter them toward all those winds; there shall be no nations where the outcasts of Elam will not go. 37 For I will cause Elam to be dismayed before their enemies and before those who seek their life. I will bring disaster upon them, my fierce anger, says the Lord; ‘And I will send the sword after them until I have consumed them.” Jeremiah 49:36-37
  3. “Thus says the Lord: “Behold, I will raise up against Babylon, against those who dwell in Leb Kamai, A destroying wind.” Jeremiah 51:1
  4. “But I scattered them with a whirlwind among all the nations which they had not known. Thus the land became desolate after them, so that no one passed through or returned; for they made the pleasant land desolate.” Zechariah 7:14

From the above scriptures, it could be seen that a wind speaks about war, disaster, strife, destructions and commotion.

 

Symbol 2:  And four great beasts came up from the Sea.” Verse 3

 

The Sea –The Sea represents the world or the earth.

Bible References:

  1. I, Daniel, was grieved in my spirit within my body, and the visions of my head troubled me. 16 I came near to one of those who stood by, and asked him the truth of all this. So he told me and made known to me the interpretation of these things: 17 ‘Those great beasts, which are four, are four kings which arise out of the earth.” Daniel 7:15-17  

 

The four beasts came up from the sea as Daniel saw them in his dream, but the Angel gave the interpretation of the Sea as the Earth.

Symbol 3:

The Beast – a beast represents a king, a kingdom, a government or a political power.

Bible References:

  1. Those great beasts, which are four, are four kings which arise out of the earth.” Daniel 7:17
  2. Thus he said: ‘The fourth beast shall be a fourth kingdom on earth, which shall be different from all other kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, trample it and break it in pieces.” Daniel 7:23

Now that we know the meanings of these first three symbols (wind, sea, and beast) we can now have the full understanding of the message.

“In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon, Daniel had a dream and visions of his head while on his bed. Then he wrote down the dream, telling the main facts. Daniel spoke, saying, “I saw in my vision by night, and behold, the four winds of heaven were stirring up the Great Sea. And four great beasts came up from the sea, each different from the other. Daniel 7:1-3

 

Daniel saw in his dream four great wars (four winds) taking place on earth (the great sea) and out of those wars came four great kingdoms or empires (four beasts).

Symbol 4

Wingthe wing represents power or strength; Eagle’s wing speaks of great power or mighty strength.

Bible Reference:

“He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength. 30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, And the young men shall utterly fall, 31 But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.”  Isaiah 40:29-31

The First Beast

4The first was like a lion, and had eagle’s wings. I watched till its wings were plucked off; and it was lifted up from the earth and made to stand on two feet like a man, and a man’s heart was given to it.”

The first beast (kingdom) which represents the first kingdom had eagle’s wings. We know symbolically that, a wing means power or strength; but eagle’s wings means great power or mighty strength. Therefore, this first king or kingdom came with mighty strength or power.

According to Daniel, he watched till he saw the beast’s wings were plucked off. This denotes the removal of power and strength of that kingdom. In other words, the fall of that king or kingdom: When the wing of a bird is broken off in the sky, that bird can no longer remain up there, it has to come down. And this is exactly what happened to the first beast – king Nebuchadnezzar with his Babylonian kingdom.  Because he did not give glory to the Almighty God, his power was taken from him by God and he was turned to a beast and lived in the bush for seven years before God later restored his kingdom back to him after he had repented.  

And it was lifted up from the earth and made to stand on two feet like a man, and a man’s heart was given to it.”

[You can read this event in Daniel Chapter Four (4)].

 

 The Second Beast

 “And suddenly another beast, a second like a bear. It was raised up on one side, and had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth. And they said thus to it: ‘Arise, devour much flesh!” Verse 5

From this verse two new symbols are revealed: Rib and Teeth.

Symbol 4:

Rib – a rib denotes territory, region, an area of land, or a province. According to history, the Medo-Persia Empire that succeeded Babylon, conquered three territories namely,

According to Daniel, the beast was raised up on one side. The second kingdom was formed by two nations – the Medes and the Persian. But according to history, the Persians were more dominant than the Medes. So in the later stage of the kingdom it became known as Persia Empire.

Symbol 5

Teeth – teeth represents rule of law, decree, policy or regulation

 

The Third Beast

 “After this I looked, and there was another, like a leopard, which had on its back four wings of a bird. The beast also had four heads, and dominion was given to it.” Verse 6

 

 

 

Here we notice three symbols about this beast; but we already know the meaning of the first two – a wing and a beast. Let us now find the meaning for the third symbol – head.

Symbol 6

The head represents a leader or leadership, authority, a king or ruler.

Bible References:

“This is the dream: Now we will tell the interpretation of it before the king. 37 You, O king, are a king of kings. For the God of heaven has given you a kingdom, power, strength, and glory; 38 and wherever the children of men dwell, or the beasts of the field and the birds of the heaven, He has given them into your hand, and has made you ruler over them all—you are this head of gold. Daniel 2:36-38

But I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ, the head of woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.” 1 Corinthians 11:3

From the above scripture, Apostle Paul was speaking about leadership.

The third beast was the third kingdom that ruled on earth – the kingdom of Greece headed by its first leader Alexander the Great. The four heads of the beast represent the four generals who divided the kingdom among themselves after the death of Alexander the Great: Lysimachus received Thrace and much of Asia Minor; Cassander received Macedonia and Greece; Seleucus received Syria and the vast region of the east and Ptolemy received Egypt, Palestine, and Arabia.

Cassander ruled over the kingdom of the west, comprising Greece and Macedon; Lysimachus over the kingdom of the north, comprising Thrace and some provinces in Asia Minor; Seleucus over the kingdom of the east, comprising Syria and the provinces of the east of Palestine; and Ptolomy over the kingdom of the south, comprising Egypt, Libya, Arabia, and Palestine.

And the male goat is the kingdom of Greece. The large horn that is between its eyes is the first king: 22 As for the broken horn and the four that stood up in its place, four kingdoms shall arise out of that nation, but not with its power.” Daniel 8:21-22

The Greece Empire became divided against itself therefore lost its original power and eventually fell to the Romans.

 

The Fourth Beast

 

“After this I saw in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, exceedingly strong. It had huge iron teeth; it was devouring, breaking in pieces, and trampling the residue with its feet. It was different from all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns. I was considering the horns, and there was another horn, a little one, coming up among them, before whom three of the first horns were plucked out by the roots. And there, in this horn, were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking pompous words.

Vision of the Ancient of Days

 “I watched till thrones were put in place, and the Ancient of Days was seated; His garment was white as snow, and the hair of His head was like pure wool.
His throne was a fiery flame, its wheels a burning fire;
10 A fiery stream issued and came forth from before Him. A thousand thousands ministered to Him; Ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him. The court was seated, and the books were opened. 11 “I watched then because of the sound of the pompous words which the horn was speaking; I watched till the beast was slain, and its body destroyed and given to the burning flame. 12 As for the rest of the beasts, they had their dominion taken away, yet their lives were prolonged for a season and a time.

 

 Symbol 7:

From the above scripture we have another new symbol – the horn.

The horn speaks about:

  1. A king or kingdom, a nation, a leader

Bible References:

“The ten horns are ten kings who shall arise from this kingdom. And another shall rise after them; He shall be different from the first ones, and shall subdue three kings.” Daniel 7:24

And the male goat is the kingdom of Greece. The large horn that is between its eyes is the first king: 22 As for the broken horn and the four that stood up in its place, four kingdoms shall arise out of that nation, but not with its power.” Daniel 8:21-22

b) A horn could also mean: Strength or power [Zechariah 1:18-19]

Bible Reference:

Then I raised my eyes and looked, and there were four horns. 19 And I said to the angel who talked with me, “What are these?” So he answered me, “These are the horns that have scattered Judah, Israel, and Jerusalem.” 20 Then the Lord showed me four craftsmen. 21 And I said, “What are these coming to do?” So he said, “These are the horns that scattered Judah, so that no one could lift up his head; but the craftsmen are coming to terrify them, to cast out the horns of the nations that lifted up their horn against the land of Judah to scatter it.” Zechariah 1:18-21

Now that we know the meaning of the symbols it makes it easy for us to understand the whole message in Daniel chapter seven.

According to Daniel, the fourth beast:

  1. Was dreadful and terrible, exceedingly strong
  2. It had huge iron teeth;
  3. It was different from all the beasts that were before it,  
  4. It had ten horns

The prophet was able to identify and named the first three beasts as Lion, a Bear and a Leopard. But when it came to the fourth beast he could not identified what kind of beast it was rather than describing it as dreadful and terrible, exceedingly strong. He had never witness such a beast in his life time. The fourth beast was different from all the beasts that were before it. This was so because the fourth beast is Satan incarnate.

The fourth beast, the beast with huge iron teeth, ten horns and a little horn, is the fourth kingdom that ruled on earth. And history tells us that kingdom was the Roman Empire. The huge iron teeth of the beast represent the strong laws and policies of the Roman Empire. Its ten horns were the ten nations that resulted from the fall of the Roman Empire:

  1. The Anglo- Saxons  =  the English
  2. The Franks  =  the French
  3. The Alamanni  =  the German
  4. The Visigoths  =  the Spanish
  5. The Suevi  =  the Portuguese
  6. The Lombards  =  the Italian
  7. The Burgundians  =  the Swiss
  8. The Heruli, disappeared in 493 A.D [destroyed by the little horn power]
  9. The Vandals, disappeared in 534 A.D [destroyed by the little horn power]
  10. The Ostrogoths, disappeared in 538 A.D [destroyed by the little horn power] 
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