A Partial Explanation for part of the PROPHECY
contained in “THE BOOK OF DANIEL” CHAPTER 7 VERSES 1 THROUGH 7 and
dedicated to a most brave and most eloquent FRENCH PROPHET: NOSTRADAMUS.
Copyright 2015 by Michael Llenos
WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY WILL HAPPEN GEOPOLITICALLY BEFORE THE MESSIAH COMES?
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1) The answer is found in the vision of the Four Beasts in the Old Testament Book of Daniel (Daniel 7:1-7)--a
part of prophecy in which I believe to have some correct understanding of which I will now explain.
2) Before I explain exactly what the four beasts are, I am first going to talk about two other beasts
and how the explanation of their meaning helped me decipher what the four beasts ultimately are.
3) In The Book of Daniel, it reads:
Then I lifted up mine eyes, and saw, and, behold, there stood before the river a ram which
had two horns: and the two horns were high; but one was higher than the other, and the
higher came up last (Daniel 8:3).* And as I was considering, behold, an he goat came from the west
on the face of the whole earth, and touched not the ground: and the goat had a notable horn between
his eyes (Daniel 8:5).*
And I saw him come close unto the ram, and he was moved with choler against him, and
smote the ram, and brake his two horns: and there was no power in the ram to stand before him, but
he cast him down to the ground, and stamped upon him: and there was none that could deliver
the ram out of his hand (Daniel 8:7).* Therefore the he goat waxed very great: and when he was strong, the
great horn was broken; and for it came up four notable ones toward the four winds of heaven (Daniel 8:8).*
4) It is quite obvious that the male goat (or he goat) is the Greek nation as a whole, and that the
first king of the Greeks is Alexander the Great,
and the single horn on the he goat represents Alexander.
And that Alexander’s campaign against Persia is what the vision represents when the he goat broke
both the ram’s horns and that same animal.
It is also quite obvious that the four horns (i.e. four nations) facing the four winds of heaven are
the four beasts that we’ve discussed and not the kingdoms of Alexander's generals. Now why is that?
When Alexander the Great died and his kingdom was split among his generals it was divided into
five different sections and not four.
One section of Alexander’s empire was divided under Ptolemy, the other under Antigonos,
another under Lysimachos,
and the two others under Sleukos and Kassandros. Besides if the four horns, or four kingdoms,
that will rise after Alexander the Great’s nation are the four beasts,
it’s obvious again that the four beasts are nations that will rise over long periods of
time to one another and not the quick emergence of
the five kingdoms that Alexander’s generals were so quick to divide up.
Plus, there is still more to be said about the fourth beast.
Now no country has ever taken over the whole Earth (and defeated every other
nation militarily) and especially not one of the nations that arose from
Alexander’s death, so these four kingdoms are not the kingdoms of Alexander’s generals.
5) What are these four kingdoms?
And what about the fourth kingdom, has it arisen yet? Both these questions'
answers I hope to make manifested to all in just a very short while.
I will keep, as an axiom, that the four beasts are four kingdoms, and that these kingdoms
are the same kingdoms
that will arise after Alexander the Great’s death,
as it is written in Daniel 7:17.
Now if these horns, or kingdoms, arise on the same he goat then what does the he goat represent?
6) [It is sort of unusual that the first horn represented a monarch, or Alexander the Great,
and that the four horns, that rose after that horn, represents not a monarch but four kingdoms.
So it is a great thing that it is written that the four beasts are four nations,
because if it was never explained,
it would almost be impossible for someone to attribute the four horns as kingdoms
instead of monarchs like Alexander the Great.
Unless, of course, you consider the first horn not Alexander the Great but Alexander the Great’s
short lived Macedonian Empire. Plus, some Bible translations for Daniel 7:17 use the term 'kings' instead
of 'kingdoms', but it is quite obvious that the term 'kingdoms' is really meant.**]
7) Now about the he goat, it is quite obvious what the he goat is once you
take into consideration that all five horns share the same he goat.
The first horn that is shattered, and the four that rise up after it, share the same he goat.
So, in reality, it makes sense that the he goat doesn’t represent any particular nation,
but that it represents what all five kingdoms share in common.
It soon becomes apparent that what is really meant by the he goat is the Greek culture:
meaning Western Civilization.
And we can attribute western culture to be a shared attribute for all later four beasts.
Now the vision of the Ram, plus how it was defeated, makes the he goat (and horns) more easily manifested.
Now if the five horns on the he goat represent five different kingdoms, then it is safe
to say that the two horns on the
Ram represent two kingdoms as well.
These two kingdoms are Media and Persia, that coexisted as one kingdom (or one ram),
meaning the Persian Empire,
which was founded by Cyrus the Great.
8) Now the he goat not only trampled on the Ram's two horns but also upon the Ram itself.
And it’s quite obvious to a person with mediocre awareness of ancient history that the Ram (itself)
represents the Persian and Median cultures.
Also, the trampling of the Ram represents the arrival of the dominant Hellenistic culture,
which in fact was the actual case of history.
So if the he goat represents the Greek culture,
it is safe to say that the additional four horns,
which are the Four Kingdoms, may also have their roots embedded in the Western Civilization.
Now this belief helps us to decipher just what nations are the four beasts because we now know that the four nations take after Western Civilization:
but without Alexander’s overwhelmingly power as a conqueror,
and without his strength because the First Horn, representing Alexander, was shattered to pieces.
9) It is an easy quest for us to find out which four nations, in the history of the world, fit the characteristics of each of the four beasts.
Before we continue, however, there is something I would like to say concerning the winds first. Four winds are responsible for all the wind activity on Earth.
10) The Book of Zechariah better explains the attributes of the four heavenly winds in Zechariah 6:1-8.
11) Now with all the above taken into account the four beasts easily manifest themselves for what they are.
I will first talk about the first three beasts and explain their attributes,
then later I will discuss the last beast, or the fourth beast, because it will need further explanation.
So unlike the fourth beast is to the first three beasts/nations.
12) The first beast is the Roman Republic and Roman Empire, the second beast is Great Britain, and the third beast is the United States of America.
13) I will now try to explain to the reader why these three nations are the first three beasts talked about by Daniel the Prophet.
14) With God's help I will now decipher some of the hidden meanings for each of the first three beasts, and later the fourth beast.
15) I will start off with the first beast or the Roman Republic and Roman Empire.
Why I use both titles Roman Empire and Roman Republic will be manifested just shortly.
In Daniel 7:4 it reads: "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."*
The lion may represent the strength of the Roman military might,
but it more likely represents the geographical locale of the Mediterranean area.
The eagle's wings represent the freedom that the Roman people had in directing the Roman Republic,
or the wings represent the Roman Republics aristocracy (especially through the senate and tribunes)
[note: tribunes more strictly of the Republic and not the Empire,
are ancient Roman politicians that came from the common classes and are very akin to news reporters,
journalists, and talk show hosts of today]; and do not forget the power of the common people or plebeians.
But when the wings were actually taken off, this freedom was lost, and then came the rise of the Roman Empire.
When this beast was raised on two feet like a person, and given a
human mind (i.e. heart), this was when Julius Caesar turned the Roman Republic into the Roman Empire:
and Caesar’s heir 'Augustus' became the first Roman Emperor.
And the Roman Empire would now be dominated by one or two imperial rulers for the rest of its history.
Western Civilization was given to the Romans by the original Greeks themselves,
and the Greek colonies in southern Italy.
So much is said about the number one beast.
16) The number two beast is Great Britain.
In Daniel 7:5 it reads: "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."*
Now the bear represents the north, and it was the north wind responsible for the creation of Great Britain.
If Great Britain was always devoid of bears, it does not matter.
The beast or creature representing Great Britain is a collage of that nation’s
attributes and not a direct representation of its inhabited fauna.
Why the bear is raised up on one side, I am not sure.
But it could represent the limited freedom that the people of Great Britain received as a Monarchy.
The 3 tusks, or ribs stuck in its jaw, are very easily discernible: they represent the three tribes ruled over by Great Britain:
the people of Wales, the Scottish peoples, and the Irish peoples.
Of course, the tribe of England isn't one of the tusks because the tribe of England
comprises most of the authority of the 2nd Beast: or Great Britain.
The order, or: 'Arise, devour much flesh.'*, represents Great Britain’s previous colonization and control
of many different areas of the world as the British Empire.
Western Civilization was given to Great Britain by the Roman Empire
and especially during Roman rule over much of England in antiquity:
plus, the Roman colonies stationed in southern England.
17) And now for beast number three.
The third beast is, of course, the United States of America. In Daniel 7:6 it reads:
"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."*
I'm not sure what the leopard represents,
but it could represent the geographical location of the United States, or it could represent
the military prowess of the United States.
If the leopard signifies military might then it has weaker military might than the first two beasts.
Now the four wings on the back of the beast represent the extraordinary freedom given to the people
of the third beast,
representing the United States' democratic system,
which is like the Republican features of the wings on the 1st beast,
before they were plucked from the 1st beast and the Roman emperors' line of rulership took over.
It may mean it has twice as much freedom as the first beast.
I'm not sure what the four heads could signify but it is possible they represent:
The Senate, The House of Representatives, The Presidency,
and finally The People: they have, of course, a lot more powers than S.P.Q.R. (or The Senate and People of Rome).
18) It also could mean that the four heads represent an all out awareness
of the third beast (or our bicameral way of government: meaning, The House and The Senate),
or maybe it represents the military capability of the third beast,
or the ability for the United States to watch all four borders with equal capability and equal prowess.
Whatever it is this is a very confusing part of the description of the third beast.
When it talks about dominion, this might of course represent
the United States’ influence over most of the western hemisphere,
i.e. through its Monroe Doctrine, and also the United States' capability as a world super power,
and as a governing force over the known world.
Western Civilization was given to the United States from the culture of Great Britain,
resulting from the colonization of North America by Great Britain.
19) I believe beast number four has not risen yet as I write this.
The Roman Republic (or Roman Empire), Great Britain, and the United States of America
are virtuous beasts/countries because they will have an addition of years
(given them by Jesus Christ) that the 4th beast/country will not have—as spoken of in the Book of Daniel.
Now perhaps the return of Jesus Christ will happen some time after the rise of the 4th beast/country.
That means if the 4th beast/country hasn’t risen yet, and if the Great Tribulation
is near (like some Christians suggest), then the return of Jesus Christ
(and The Great Tribulation/and before that: The Rapture) are events that are far separated from one another.
I believe Jesus Christ even hints at this in the Gospel of Matthew
24:6, 24:22 and 24:29. There may be a sort of logical separation of these events.
If the 4th beast/nation will not rise for many centuries, it could be anything.
This 4th beast/country then, according to the logic of this writing, is a mysterious,
future monarchial-like country.
And I would also like to note that just because there are connections between
the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd beasts/countries, with one another, it doesn’t mean that
there exists any connections between those three beasts and the future 4th beast/country.
This is apparent when you consider the fact that the
4th beast/country will not have an addition of years that the previous three countries will have.
And in a certain prophet’s correspondence,
it reads that Nostradamus made predictions almost past the year 3,800.
So it makes sense that this monarchy/4th beast will only exist sometime before or after this date in time.
But this is, like the rest of this paper, just guesswork on my part.
If an average person one thousand years ago was asked to predict the nations that
would exist around the world at the beginning of the 21st century,
they would have a very difficult time with their predictions.
I believe it is the same thing with our predicting the evil 4th beast.
Remember, the 4th beast is an evil nation doomed to destruction—unlike the first three beasts,
which will have an addition of years after the 4th beast/nation is finally destroyed.
* Scripture quotations by The Kings James Version of the Bible. The text is Public Domain.
** The use of the term 'kingdoms', instead of 'kings', in Daniel 7:17, can be found in The Jewish Publication Society
Bible (or Tanakh), The New Living Translation (Holy Bible), and The New American Bible (but
not The New American Bible Revised Edition).
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