Esther 1, the Big Feast, Queen Vashti Deposed.

Esther 1, the Big Feast, Queen Vashti Deposed

The four beasts in Daniel:  “In my vision at night I looked, and there before me were the four winds of heaven churning up the great sea” (Daniel 7:2).

1: “The first beast was like a lion, and it had the wings of an eagle” (Daniel 7:4).  “The four great beasts are four kings that will rise from the earth” (verse 17). This first beast is representative of King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. (Daniel 4:34–35).

2. The second beast in Daniel’s vision is “like a bear. It was raised up on one of its sides, and it had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth” (Daniel 7:5).  This beast represents the Medo-Persian Empire; the raising up of one side of the creature indicates that one of the kingdom’s parts (Persia) would be dominant. The three ribs in the creature’s mouth symbolize nations that were “devoured” by the Medes and the Persians. These three conquered nations are known to be Babylon, Lydia, and Egypt.

3. The third  beast is “like a leopard,” except it has four bird-like wings on its back and four heads (Daniel 7:6). This beast is given authority to rule and represents Greece,  The four heads are predictive of the four-way division of the empire following Alexander the Great’s death. Daniel’s vision of the ram and the goat gives further details of the second and third kingdoms (see Daniel 8).

4. The fourth beast is rising from the sea and is the most dreadful—“terrifying and frightening and very powerful” (Daniel 7:7). This fourth beast has “bronze claws” (verse 19) and “large iron teeth; it crushed and devoured its victims and trampled underfoot whatever was left” totally annihilating its prey (verse 7). The fourth beast has ten horns. This creature represents the Roman Empire, a mighty kingdom that indeed crushed all its foes.

 

After the fall of Rome, after the death of Muhammad in 632 A.D. the expansion of the Muslim Caliphates began and expanded until the decisive battle of Tours in 732 A.D, only one hundred years later.

The ancient City of Susa.

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Daniel 8, Daniel’s vision of a ram and a goat.

 

The Achaemenid Empire was founded by Cyrus the great in 550 B.C.Alexander the Great conquered practically all of the Achaemenid Empire

At Alexander the Great’s death the people around him asked “To whom will you give the Empire?” His answer “To the strongest” It was, after much fighting and intrigue divided into four parts, or five if the original Greece was included.

The intertestamental  period (the gap of time between the period covered by the Hebrew Bible and the period covered by the Christian New Testament) is recorded in the Apocrypha, especially the Maccabean books.

Many prophecies have more than one fulfillment, one relatively immediate and one in the distant future. This is the case here.

 Now let us go back to verse 19.

That was then, this is now. Notice the Muslim world covers much the same area as the Achaemenid Empire and of Alexander the Great, but with expansions in Africa and South Asia. It does exclude Israel, a sore point for anybody wanting to conquer the world through Jihad.