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This chapter begins a series of dreams given to Daniel. These visions contain prophecies covering the period of the times of the Gentiles and the great tribulation. This first dream came to Daniel during “the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon (v. 1),” so actually it happened before the events of chapter 5 and 6. Daniel first saw the great sea (the Mediterranean Sea) churned by the action of four winds (v.2). Then four ferocious beasts came out of the sea (v. 3). These seem to represent the four empires that in succession rule the land bordering on the Mediterranean Sea. These would correspond to the four kingdoms of Babylon, Media-Persia, Greece, and Rome.
In order to see great things happening in and though my life I need to dream big.
In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon, Daniel saw a dream and visions of his head as he lay in his bed. Then he wrote down the dream and told the sum of the matter. Daniel declared, "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 out of the sea, different from one another. The first was like a lion and had eagles' wings. Then as I looked its wings were plucked off, and it was lifted up from the ground and made to stand on two feet like a man, and the mind of a man was given to it. And behold, another beast, a second one, like a bear. It was raised up on one side. It had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth; and it was told, 'Arise, devour much flesh.' After this I looked, and behold, another, like a leopard, with four wings of a bird on its back. And the beast had four heads, and dominion was given to it. After this I saw in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, terrifying and dreadful and exceedingly strong. It had great iron teeth; it devoured and broke in pieces and stamped what was left with its feet. It was different 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 horn, a little one, before which three of the first horns were plucked up by the roots. And behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking great things. "As I looked, thrones were placed, and the Ancient of Days took his seat; his clothing was white as snow, and the hair of his head like pure wool; his throne was fiery flames; its wheels were burning fire. A stream of fire issued and came out from before him; a thousand thousands served him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him; the court sat in judgment, and the books were opened. "I looked then because of the sound of the great words that the horn was speaking. And as I looked, the beast was killed, and its body destroyed and given over to be burned with fire. As for the rest of the beasts, their dominion was taken away, but their lives were prolonged for a season and a time. "I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him. And 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 one that shall not be destroyed."
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Daniel 4:1-18Nebuchadnezzar’s Second Dream
Daniel 4:19-27Daniel Explains Nebuchadnezzar’s Second Dream
Daniel 4:28-37Nebuchadnezzar’s Humiliation
Daniel 5:1-12King Belshazzar’s Banquet
Daniel 5:13-31Daniel Interprets The Handwriting
Daniel 6:1-17Daniel And The Lions Den
Daniel 6:18-28Daniel Saved From The Lions
Daniel 7:1-14Daniel’s Vision of The Four Beasts
Daniel 7:15-28The Meaning of Daniel’s Vision
Daniel 8:1-14Daniel’s Vision of a Ram And a Goat
Daniel 8:15-27Gabriel Interprets The Vision
Daniel 9:1-10Daniel Prays For The People
Daniel 9:11-19Daniel Cries Out to God For Mercy
Daniel 9:20-27The Seventy Weeks Prophecy
Daniel 10:1-9Daniel’s Terrifying Vision of a Man
Daniel 10:10-21Prophecies Concerning Persia And Greece