Pastor Jim Hammond | April 3, 2022
A quick read through the book of Daniel will potentially leave you with more questions than you had when you got started. The book is filled with dreams the rulers of the day had that Daniel had to interpret as well as dreams that Daniel had. Hidden in these passages, however, is a road map for the days in which we are currently living. These are the end days of the church age, and eternity is just around the corner. God wants us to be prepared for what is to come, and that’s one reason why Pastor Jim has been spending time teaching on the book of Daniel and talking about the Last Days on Fallen Earth.
The book of Daniel is filled with prophetic visions and dreams of both what was and what still is to come. Some of those visions and dreams were fulfilled in the years following the prophecy as various kingdoms came into power and then crumbled. Some of the visions and dreams are still waiting to be fulfilled, but as Pastor Jim pointed out this past weekend, the prophecies that have been fulfilled provide veracity to the prophecies yet to come.
Take, for example, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. This isn’t the last country Russia will invade, and this is much bigger than Putin’s decision, for there are spiritual forces called principalities over Russia (and other countries) encouraging this destruction—and the Bible lays this out in detail!
Remember, through all of these wars and rumors of wars, we have a blood covenant with the Ancient of Days. Plus, the rapture of the church is what is holding back certain things from happening. The antichrist cannot be revealed until we have been removed from this earth. He will want power, the same power that Jesus was offered while tempted on this earth. Jesus knew to turn down Satan’s offer. The antichrist will be compelled to take it. Even though the antichrist could read the Bible and see that he will ultimately lose, the antichrist won’t believe it.
Stay watching during this season. That’s what God needs us to do: be aware of what is happening on this earth!
Daniel 7:1–28 KJV
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.
Daniel spake and said, I saw in my vision by night, and, behold, the four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea. And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another. 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.
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.
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.
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.
I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.
I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire. A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened.
I beheld then because of the voice of the great words which the horn spake: I beheld even till the beast was slain, and his body destroyed, and given to the burning flame.
As concerning the rest of the beasts, they had their dominion taken away: yet their lives were prolonged for a season and time. I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.
And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.
I Daniel was grieved in my spirit in the midst of my body, and the visions of my head troubled me. I came near unto one of them that stood by, and asked him the truth of all this. So he told me, and made me know the interpretation of the things. These great beasts, which are four, are four kings, which shall arise out of the earth. But the saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever.
Then I would know the truth of the fourth beast, which was diverse from all the others, exceeding dreadful, whose teeth were of iron, and his nails of brass; which devoured, brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with his feet; and of the ten horns that were in his head, and of the other which came up, and before whom three fell; even of that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spake very great things, whose look was more stout than his fellows.
I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them; until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom. Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces. 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. And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time. But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end.
And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him. Hitherto is the end of the matter. As for me Daniel, my cogitations much troubled me, and my countenance changed in me: but I kept the matter in my heart.
1. What comes to mind as you read about these end-time events?
2. What are you watching, thinking, and hoping for as these events unfold?
3. What do you think Daniel thought as he processed these dreams?