Daniel 7:20-28 verse by verse commentary

Daniel 7:20 “…and the ten horns that were on its head, and the other horn which came up, before which three fell, namely, that horn which had eyes and a mouth which spoke pompous words, whose appearance was greater than his fellows”.

Once again, we read of the ten horns (temporary kings/rulers), the smaller but dominant Little horn to whom the others give their power, and the pompous words spoken from the idol made in the antichrist’s image. This is all about a history we have yet to live on earth.

Daniel 7:21 “I was watching, and the same horn was [will be] making war against the saints and prevailing against them,

V 21…the same horn means the little horn. Read this verse carefully to find hope amid this war on the saints. Some translations leave the impression that the “little horn” [antichrist] prevailed as past tense yet prophetic. That is not the word yek-ale’. Antichrist was prevailing as, an ongoing thing but not fully accomplished. The next verse verifies this with the word “UNTIL”. He does not dominate all. He has that ability as allowed by God, but God is also the one who steps in and settles it all.

Daniel 7:22 until the Ancient of Days came, and a judgment was made in favor of the saints of the Most High, and the time came for the saints to possess the kingdom.

V 22… until the Ancient of Days came. This is a reference to God, not Jesus. He too comes, as previously discussed, but God the Father is now calling the events. The word “saints” is the same Ka-deesh [Chaldee/Aramaic] discussed in Daniel 7:18. It includes Jew and Gentile believers.

Daniel 7:23 “Thus he said: ‘The fourth beast shall be A fourth kingdom on earth, which shall be different from all other kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, Trample it and break it in pieces.”

We are reminded in verse 23 that this is the fourth and last beast with a summary of its only goal…to destroy what God has created. The beast is different in that it is not described as having a parallel earthly beast, but it is beastly in its actions.

Let’s understand the use and meaning of a couple of words in verse 23. “Earth” or ar-ah’ in the Chaldee language (Aramaic) means “an inferior place.” It has the same implication as Eretz in Hebrew.

all other kingdomsthe “ALL” here does not mean just the previous three kingdoms. The word in Chaldee is Kole/kol’ meaning any kingdom in existence without exception.

shall devour the whole earth…does not mean the entire earth will be devoured as we might understand the word in a conversation. It can mean to accuse, or devour, as in the process of doing so, like eating, not having eaten. The entirety of the earth will know it is under siege.

Trample it and break it in piecesmeaning tread heavily with a big stick. This is a process and does not in any way mean the antichrist, false prophet, and Satan himself will not have some form of opposition.

Daniel 7:24 The ten horns are ten kings Who shall arise from this kingdom. And another shall rise after them; He shall be different from the first ones, and shall subdue three kings.

This is a repeat of the ten horns meaning ten authorities. The unexpected is that these kings will arise from THIS KINGDOM. Huh? Click on and read what Revelation 17:12 states. Daniel (OT) and John of Revelation (NT) see the same prophecy. As we see it at ahabiblemoments, these ten kings come out of a single authority or compromise of global leaders. They will have their KINGLY POWERS long enough to give their crowns to the antichrist. We see this in Revelation 17:13.

Daniel 7:25 He shall speak pompous words against the Most High, Shall persecute the saints of the Most High, And shall intend to change times and law. Then the saints shall be given into his hand For a time and times and half a time.

Going backward in this verse, there will be 3 ½ years of peace, then 3 ½ years of global fear, pestilence, bloodshed, disease, war, and people advocating by force their personal choices (kingdom: Luke 12:53; Mark 13:8) advantages. Click on and read both the passage in Luke 12:53 and the connecting verse in Mark 13:8.

JIV: There are ten toes (Daniel 2) and ten horns (Daniel 7 and Revelation 13, 17) associated with the rule of this final world ruler. The ten are put in power by the antichrist or some global power only to then turn their power over to the antichrist. Three of the selected kingdoms may not be so willing to “cast their crown at the feet of the antichrist”. The little horn, the antichrist, subdues them by force.

He will speak pompous words against the Most High…we addressed earlier. Not only will the antichrist speak against God in filthy ways, but so will the idol that is made to speak (Revelation 13:15).

Why will he attempt to change the times, seasons, and laws of nature? Satan will try to destroy anything God created.

Daniel 7:26 ‘But the court shall be seated, And they shall take away his dominion, To consume and destroy it forever.

JIV PS: All of this is the 70th week of Daniel’s seventy 7’s dream or vision spoken of in chapter 9:20-27. This will follow in a couple weeks after a verse-by-verse commentary on all important Daniel 8.

Daniel 7:27 Then the kingdom and dominion, And the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven, Shall be given to the people, the saints of the Most High. His kingdom is everlasting, And all dominions shall serve and obey Him.’

The greatness of kingdoms under the WHOLE heaven (shaw-mah’-yin) shall be given to God’s people…the sanctified saints. It will be God’s domain yet the kingdom of Jesus. We must insert some Bible information too many do not realize what is going to happen.

Many people, including unbelievers, have heard that Jesus will be the Millennial ruler on earth. Sadly, Satan has deceived people into thinking He is [only] LOVE so no one will be deprived of this perfect kingdom. People fail to grasp that the Godhead is perfect in love AND judgment on the earth. But what about God the Father?

Here are a few Old Testament and New Testament scripture verses that declare from where the Godhead will rule. Jeremiah 3:17; Jeremiah 49:34-39; (go no further than the Lord’s Prayer…Our father [God] whose kingdom is to come); Luke 1:32-33 [Jesus will rule from the Throne of David whose throne was in Jerusalem]; Micah 4:2; Zechariah 14:8 We see that God the Father will rule from Elam. Elam was a son of Shem.

Daniel 7:28 “This is the end of the account. As for me, Daniel, my thoughts greatly troubled me, and my countenance changed; but I kept the matter in my heart.”

but I kept the matter in my heart…One could assume this ending statement means some or much of what Daniel learned he did not record for others to read. It could also mean; he did not dismiss “this matter” out of hand. Continence or Zeev in Chaldee (Aramaic) is happiness or brightness. Daniel’s changed. What we do not know is in which direction Daniel’s continence changed. He could be very concerning about what his Hebrew relatives will endure in the end, or…it may be that the end justifies the means for Daniel.

We Teach – You Decide

This ends the part of Daniel that he wrote in Chaldee/Aramaic. Beginning in Daniel 8 is written in Hebrew to the end of the book. Why? Because the message has a primary targeted audience – the sons of Jacob (Israel).

Rev Dr. Jstark
2023