(Sing to the tune of “Head and Shoulders Knees and Toes”)
Head and Shoulders Horns and Toes (Horns and Toes)
Head and Shoulders Horns and toes (Horns and Toe oh oh oh’s)
Someone tell me, that is if you know
What’s with these
Heads and Shoulders Horns and Toes, (HORNS AND TOES!)
(Bear with me, this one will probably get a little rambly, but good content, I promise!)
I don’t know about you, but all those beasts and horns and toes and stuff between Daniel and Revelation, are enough to give me a headache. But when you pray, and you stay at it, and pull them out and examine them, after a while you will start to see the correlation.
I use a Nelson King James Study Bible. The Bible teaches us that truth is to be established “out of the mouth of 2 or three witnesses”- 2 Corinthians 13:1. (See also Numbers 35:30 , Deuteronomy 17:6and 19:5, Matthew 18:16, John 8:17, I Tim 5:19). My Bible has this convenient column down the middle and places little numbers and asterisks by certain verses or words, and in that center column it defines the word or gives the cross-reference. It is sort of like having a Strong’s Concordance built-in. What God did when He orchestrated His Inspired Written Word, is He established this technique as a rule, then went on to carry it out. Every verse in the Bible has a mate or two or three which is why the Bible is “self-interpreting”.
Isaiah 34:16 says: Seek ye out of the book of the LORD, and read: no one of these shall fail, none shall want her mate: for my mouth it hath commanded, and his spirit it hath gathered them. To understand this in context read also the surrounding verses. Isaiah 34 (Whole Chapter) That is why God also says (Isaiah 28:10 and 13) For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; (notice the repetition or “double witness”) here a little, and there a little and also But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken. Remember how Eli fell over backward and died in I Samuel 4:18, and the Idol Dagon fell backward in the presence of the Ark in I Samuel 5? Falling is a bad thing in the Bible. Lucifer fell, then Adam and Eve fell in the garden. You might want to keep that in mind when you go to a church where people are being “slain in the spirit’ and falling backward. (I’m just sayin’, but I digress!) God intended for His Word to be spiritually discerned, (not intelectually), and by a building process that requires determination and a desire to do the due diligence required to gain understanding. Thus, to those who love the Lord, it can be learned and understood, but to the enemies of God, the same principle becomes a snare and they fall due to error.
Well, getting back to Daniel and Revelation and those heads and shoulders and horns and toes!
Daniel 7 is about Daniel’s vision of the four beasts. Verse 2 tells us Daniel saw his vision by night and “behold the four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea”. The winds refers to the almighty power of God (sow the wind, reap the whirlwind), the number four refers to “the four corners of the earth” meaning all of the whole Earth. “Strove upon the great sea: the great sea refers to humanity or all peoples/nations. So this is referring to a coming day when God will contend with the nations. (And a noise shall come upon the earth, for the Lord Hath a controversy with the nations). Verses 4-8 describe these 4 beasts: like a lion, like a bear, like a leopard, and a fourth beast “dreadful and terrible and strong exceedingly, with great iron teeth that devoured and brake in pieces and stamped the residue of the feet of it and was diverse from all the beast before it and had ten horns (up from which came a little horn, before which 3 of the first horns were plucked up). That last (4th) beast had eyes of a man and a mouth speaking “great things“.
Verse 17 gives the interpretation of Daniel’s vision. It says These great beasts, which are four, are four kings, which shall arise out of the earth. Daniel was written during the 6th Century BC, and spanned the kingship of Nebuchadnezzar (605-562 BC), Belshazzar (553-529BC), and, according to Daniel 10:1, into the third year of King Cyrus which was 536BC.
To understand the Beasts of Daniel 7 we have to look at the Statue of Daniel 2.
The Lion=The Head= The Babylonian Kingdom (Chaldean)
The Bear=The Shoulders and Arms=Medo-Persia
The Leapard=The Stomach and Thighs=Greece
* Daniel 5:30-31 In that night was Belshazzar the King of the Chaldeans slain and Darius the Median took the kingdom, being about threescore and two years old.
Now Daniel 8’s Vision of the Ram and Goat, serves to give more details regarding the kingdoms in chapters 2 and 7.
The Ram with the two horns is Medo-Persia=The Breast and Arms of Silver=The Bear
The first horn is Darius the Meade and the stronger (higher) second horn is Cyrus the Persian.
The He Goat in Daniel 8:5 is the Grecian Kingdom (the Macedonian). The “notable horn between his eyes” was Alexander the Great.
The four horns of 8:8 are four generals that took over rulership after Alexander’s death and divided the Kingdom into 4 parts: Syria, Egypt, Macedonia and Thrace.
The Little Horn out of one of the 4 in 8:9 is Antiochus Epiphanes, King of Syria who desecrated the temple altar when he sacrificed a pig upon it, and then set up an idol altar above the temple altar. Antiochus only “typifies” (gives us a foreshadowing of) the Antichrist. There is yet a “complete” fulfillment to come, and the way things are looking, it’s not far off!
In Revelation 13:1, John the revelator saw a beast rise up out of the sea. (The sea still stands for humanity so this is the first clue this beast will be a man). He had “seven heads and ten horns and had parts that were “like a leopard, like a bear (his feet) and like a lion (his mouth), and the dragon (which is always Satan in the Bible) gave him his power, and his seat, and his authority. This beast that rises up from the Sea is the Antichrist. He corresponds with the 4th Beast of Daniel 7.
The final “terrible beast” of Revelation corresponds also to the final kingdom symbolised by the feet of iron mixed with miry clay of Daniel 2, and it’s 10 toes. The presence of the leopard-like, bearlike, lion-like creature automatically visually connects it with the beasts in Daniel 7, and the 10 horns easily correlate to the 10 toes of Nebuchadnezzar’s statue in Daniel 2.
So here in Revelation 13 we see a “Terrible Beast” with ten horns, and a little horn that comes up out of them when it easily subdues 3 of the ten powers which then uses it’s increased power to establish it’s rule over all, including the other 7. Daniel 2 makes it clear that this 10-power coalition is partly strong and partly weak. So my guess is that perhaps there are 3 fairly strong kings, which “Little Horn”/Antichrist takes care of first, then the other seven quickly fall in line in subservience.
Now, Daniel Chapter 9 is where the prophetical “70 weeks” (verse 24) comes in. Here is what that is all about:
In Daniel 9:24 it says seventy weeks (in that day the concept of a week just meant 7 of something, whether days, weeks or years, in this case he was talking years) are decreed upon thy people (The Jews) and upon thy holy city (Jerusalem) to 1) finish the transgression, and make an end of sins, and 2)to make reconciliation for iniquity, and bring in everlasting righteousness, and to 3) seal up the vision and prophecy, and 4) to anoint the most Holy. (verse 25) Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince, shall be seven weeks [7x (a “week” of years)= 49 years], and threescore (a score is 20, multiplied by 3 is 60) and two “weeks”. That’s 62 “weeks” or multiples of 7, so 62 x 7 = 434 years; the street shall be built again and the wall, even in troublous times. (verse 26) And after threescore and two weeks (434 years) shall Messiah be cut off, but not for Himself; and the people of the prince that shall come (Antichrist) shall destroy the city and the sanctuary, the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of he war desolations are determined. And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week (7 years); and in the midst of the week the oblation shall cease…….(mid-tribulation).
In 444 BC was the commandment to rebuild the temple. It took them 49 years to rebuild it. (Nehemiah 2:1-8 gives us the date that happened). And so you can work forward in time from there. After the 49 years came the 434 years to when the Messiah was cut off (Jesus crucified 32 AD). Daniel’s accounting of these 70 weeks is suspended here temporarily. In the interim, is a gap we call the church age or the “age of grace” or the “times of the gentiles”. This accounts for 69 of the 70 weeks, leaving one week (7 years) yet to be fulfilled. Remember, the 70 weeks were needed to do 4 things (or 6 depending how you slice it up), one of which was to “seal up the vision. Remember when Daniel asked early in chapter 9 wanting to understand the vision, but only part of it was revealed, and the rest was sealed up (8:26). The sealing up meant that for a period of time, parts of the vision and their meaning would be concealed. The “mystery of the calling out, redemption, betrothal and eventual catching away of a gentile bride (the church) was sealed up (hidden) for Daniel, but is revealed by Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:51-54 as he “shows us a great mystery”.
We are, of course, still in that age of grace, but very soon God will finish His promised dealings with the Jews (and pick right up at Daniel 9 verse 27 when the prince that shall come (antichrist) confirms a (pre-existing) 7 year covenant “with many”(nations) for one week. And in the midst of the week he shall cause the oblation to cease. Revelation 13: 5 says “he was given power to continue forty and two months. That’s 3 and 1/2 years. This “midst of the week” coincides with the mid-point of the tribulation when the antichrist sets himself up in the temple as god and demands everyone worship him. (Rev. 13:8) Now, don’t think that just because the oblation (Temple Sacrifice ritual) is reinstated, that it means God instructed the Jews to do this. He will not have. We know this because when Jesus came and died for all sin, that was the accomplishing of “to make reconciliation for iniquity, and bring in everlasting righteousness”. No more temple sacrifices needed. But the Jews, (being subject to “blindness in part”-Romans 11:25) don’t realize this.
The temple will be rebuilt once again, and the rituals will be reinstated. Jesus said unto them (disciples), See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. (Matthew 24:2), and the last I checked, the Wailing Wall is still standing!!! So this is a future temple and a future event.
During the seventieth week (the tribulation), Israel will remain blind and in unbelief, and will undergo great persecution, but when it ends, Christ will return bodily to this earth “just as the disciples saw Him go”, and after the deception of the Antichrist, the Jews will “look upon Him whom they pierced, and weep for Him as one weeps for His only son”. They will recognize Him by the nail-prints in His hands and feet when He descends from Heaven and touches down on Mount Moriah, (the temple mount) and “a nation (Israel) will be saved “in a day” (Isaiah 66:8). The mountain will cleave from the East unto the West (Zechariah 14:4)and He shall reign over the House of Jacob forever. Luke 1:33