Daniel’s third beast, was signified as a Leopard, “had four wings of a fowl; the beast also had four heads; and dominion was given unto it” – Dan. 7:6. This third beast came after the Lion (Saul) and the Bear (David). Daniel’s message was pure midrash looking back to the books of Kings and Chronicles for typical application. This was also confirmed by Daniel’s 70 weeks or 490 years which accumulated all the years of kings’ reigns from the books of Kings and Chronicles. Christianity, later being solely Christ-centric or ego-centric like other nations around, projected Daniel’s symbol or prophecy, as they call it, forward in time. Christianity cannot ever accept that the scribes spoke only of their Jewish nation, their kings and their governance. They need to see their Christ in numerous OT recalls. The scribes knew such a beast would again arise, albeit in a different humungous form, drawing upon Greek, Roman and other influences which were then dominating philosophy and theologies of all kinds. To the writers of Revelation, the beast would be “in likeness”, an accumulation, of the beasts of their past but next time universal. Its form could never be prophesied.
With competing belligerence of every persuasion dominating the whole world the scribes foresaw massive institutions arising, form, all claiming complete authority in governance and spiritual correctness over the largely illiterate population. Later, the writing of the gospels would be literalised to the nth degree, morphed, the good news changed. But Revelation was their encyclopedia – it traced their Jewish record from woe to go, from alpha to omega, from the revelation of Jesus – Rev. 1:1, through the testimony of Jesus – Rev. 12:17 to “Even so, come, Lord Jesus” – Rev. 22:20. Nothing could replace Revelation once constructed. It was the final “making” and atonement. Soon as predicted years of darkness engulfed the minds of all inhabitants on the face of the planet – believers and non-believers alike – all deceived, duped. Distracted away from the unique Hebraic thought process of the endless locomotion of society and the individual.
Their writing comprises a midrash golden thread highlighted by Rev. 13, but in reverse order. Yes, reverse order. When John of Patmos (a community of Ancient scribes) looked back into recollected embellished history they saw Solomon, then David and then Saul. And further back they recalled their serene governance under the rule of their community Judges. With persecution and crucifixion rampant and the Jewish leadership cow-towing to Roman overtures the Ancient scribes had to record the erring of governance. They accumulated type after type (trumpets, plagues, messengers, angels etc,) from all their OT fables as a massive object lesson, and wrote it in words, for the record – as a memorial, a gift, to the world to come. The nation was on the brink, facing the most catastrophic event – complete annihilation. Darkness could only follow for centuries and maybe indefinitely. There would be no resurrection then or in the foreseeable.
Now Solomon was very wise and certainly had four heads and did much “four wings”. “He was filled with wisdom and understanding” – 1 Kings 7:14; “Solomon exceeded … for riches and for wisdom” 10:23. At Chron. 9:23 we read, “All sought … Solomon, to hear his wisdom.” Solomon increased in power and wealth, had gold in abundance, weapons of war, a throne of ivory, built his own house, gave cities to Hiram king of Tyre and had numerous wives and concubines.
Solomon’s wisdom is epitomized, “The king said, Divide the living child in two, and give half to one, and half to another” – 1 Kings 3:25. It is a wonder the scriptures weren’t censored as seditious.
The same yesterday, today and forever.
Worse coming … Jeroboam and Rehoboam.