How Much Plasticity Has Your Brain

Daniel’s Fourth Beast Identification: The Diverse Beast — Israel (Ten Tribes) and Judah (Last Seven Kings before Babylonian Captivity)

 

Are the kingdoms of Israel and Judah, in the first temple era before Babylonian captivity, the diverse beast? Why were these administrations utilized as types? Why is the diverse beast differentiated from the three kings? Why did these types have to be firmly nailed down before they could be regurgitated in Revelation?

 

It is no secret that one must start with Daniel 7 to find what the “minister” preached and what ministers ought to preach.

 

Daniel 7:7–8 says,

 

After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns … and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things. (emphasis added).

 

Oh, so many tag identifiers. We should be able to google and find the links! It can’t be so cryptic that we can never work it out. Don’t tell us Luther that it’s imponderable.

 

There are many features of this diverse beast. Each building block must be aligned to Daniel 7:7–8 to construct a solid retaining wall. We are moving rapidly from kings to kingdoms. All the specifications are on paper in this verse. We must see how the typologies are built, aligned, and grouted. You must be able to build typologies as we proceed, adjusting your knobs of strings for the right melodic and harmonic chords. It’s like finding the culprit in a mysterious thriller. Let’s find the constituents. Any fictional writer would be proud of the integrated plot characterizations. Judah’s and Israel’s standout features are as follows:

 

  • “Dreadful and terrible”: Amos 2:6 says regarding the transgressions of Israel and Judah, “They sold the righteous for silver, and the poor for a pair of shoes.” Micah 3:1–5 says, “Oh heads of Jacob, and ye princes (from qatsiyn, meaning “magistrates,” “guides,” “leaders,” or “rulers”) … Who hate the good, and love the evil; who pluck off their skin from off them, and their flesh from off their bones; Who also eat the flesh of my people … break their bones … the prophets make my people err, that bite with their teeth and cry, Peace …” Nearly all of the prophetic books speak of the philosophical religious erring of Israel and Judah recorded in the spider’s web of the fertile ground of OT illustrative history.

 

  • “Diverse from all beasts that were before”:Daniel writes, “I would know the truth of the fourth beast, which was diverse from all the others” (Dan. 7:19). The word diverse is from shena, meaning “changed” or “made different.” This change is explained as follows: Daniel was told regarding the four beasts, “These great beasts are four kings which shall arise.” The word king is from When Daniel says, “I would know the truth of the fourth beast,” the transcriber says, “The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth.” The word kingdom is from malkûw. Note the difference—melek refers to “king,” while malkûw refers to “kingdom.” This is a key difference from the earlier discussion about the three kingly beasts.

 

The fourth beast was diverse, a nondescript beast, comprising two powers, Israel and Judah. As the story goes, they had regressed, and the writers vividly conjured the graphic image of the beasts’ devouring the people. Bible “history” tells us that, because of Solomon’s idolatry (1 Kings 11:4–11), the kingdom of Israel was divided. The northern kingdom of ten tribes became Israel with Samaria as its capital, and Jeroboam became king (1 Kings 12:20). Jeroboam’s kingdom slipped into idolatry. The prophets vehemently condemned this vacuous, nihilistic void, but Jeroboam made two calves of gold, which the people worshipped. This became known as an abomination (see 1 Kings 12:25–33). The southern kingdom of Judah, with the small tribe of Benjamin, had its capital at Jerusalem. Rehoboam, son of Solomon, was their first king.

 

The fourth beast of the two kingdoms displayed the same cruel, ferocious characteristics with an emphasis on Judah following Israel’s demise, when Israel was assimilated into Assyria. All of this is synoptically recorded in the four books of Kings and Chronicles with the same story duplicated.

 

  • “Ten horns”:Daniel continued to seek to solve this mystery, saying, “I would know the truth … of the ten horns that were in his head, and of the other which came up, and before whom three fell; even of that horn that had eyes, and of mouth that spake very great things, and whose look was more stout than this fellows” (Dan. 7:20). The interpreting minister said, “The ten horns … are ten kings” (Dan 7:24). Micah 3:1 called them princes or royals when drawing the ten tribes of Israel. Revelation 13:1 reads, “Upon his horns ten crowns.” And Daniel goes further: “the ten horns … are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them … and shall subdue three kings” (Dan. 7:24).

 

These ten horns are ten kings that arose and became the northern kingdom, having split off from the twelve tribes at the end of King Solomon’s reign:

 

The Ten Horn Type: Tribes of Israel:

 

  • Reuben

 

  • Simeon

 

  • Dan

 

  • Naphtali

 

  • Gad

 

  • Asher (plucked—moved permanently to Jerusalem)

 

  • Issachar

 

  • Zebuluon (plucked—moved permanently to Jerusalem)

 

  • Ephraim

 

  • Manasseh (plucked—moved permanently to Jerusalem)

 

To confirm definitely that Israel is the “ten horn” type we have to document that out of these ten tribes, three were plucked, and return to Jerusalem.  Returning to Jerusalem has significant meaning which we cover further well into the manuscript in Revelation.

 

  • “before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots”: Daniel said there came up among them (Israel) another little horn (Judah), and these three horns were uprooted.

 

Just before the time the ten horns (ten tribes) of Israel surrendered to Assyria (721 BC), Hezekiah became King of Judah (726 BC). Hezekiah brought about a great reform, opening, restoring, and cleansing the temple and its services. His idolatrous father, Ahaz, had polluted the temple. Hezekiah, having cleansed the temple, invited all of Judah (Benjamin, Judah, and Levi) and Israel to come to Jerusalem to keep the Passover (2 Chron. 30:5). “Divers,” which means “men” or “mortals,” of Asher, Manasseh, and Zebuluon humbled themselves and came to Jerusalem (2 Chron. 30:10–11). These are the three horns out of the ten that were “plucked by the roots.” Their move to Jerusalem was permanent (“before whom three fell,” Dan. 7:20). “Fell,” from the word nephal, means “was accepted and made welcome.” So the form-pattern fits perfectly. This return to Jerusalem refers to no other text. It is the only instance where three of the first horns were plucked by the roots. Why stretch the imagination needlessly to please masters? Elasticity can morph the symbol. These three tribes came back to Jerusalem during the late reign of Hezekiah or beginning of the recorded reign of the last seven kings of Judah.

 

The seven last kings of pre-exilic Judah reigned up until Babylonian captivity. With the exception of King Josiah, who conducted a partial correction (repairing the temple), these kings did, “evil in the sight of the Lord.” Together with the people, they continued to pay homage to idols, worshipping a variety of gods. Note that these seven kings exemplify another type, the little horn. The status of this seven kings’ type will be corroborated later in the exposition of Revelation 13:1, where seven heads prominently dominate the landscape.

 

OT types must be ingrained and thoroughly embedded in the psyche for the final antitypes and archetypes to give warmth. These types are a remembrance, just as we honor modern-day soldiers. Often, it can seem like pretense, maybe a charade, to repeatedly imply type. This style of concatenation is lesser taught, in Anglo-Caucasian circles, where facts are digitally sought as absolute proof. Without such reference, linkages in the NT become obscure, unverifiable, indecipherable gossip. Revelation has remained enigmatic to this day. However, the strings must be strung as the percussion is reliant on the prior script. The major OT embers are burning into the beasts of Revelation. Down the road, many more signposts to decipher lie ahead. Maybe the light is dawning.

 

The seven kings of Judah (little horn) of Daniel 7:8, reigning after the passing of Hezekiah, were grouped together and denoted by the signification “he.” Also, in the verse, “In this horn were eyes like the eyes of a man,” the word eyes, from ayin, means “outward appearance.” A much later writer put this condition of the little horn thus: “Having a form of goodliness, but denying the power thereof; from such turn away.”

 

We are told in Daniel 7:8 that this horn had a mouth speaking great things. “Great things,” from the word rabrab in Chaldean, means “domineering in character.” “His look was more stout than his fellows,” or more mighty and domineering. See Jeremiah 23:1–40 (speaking after the “prophecies against the kings of Judah” of chapter 22) for more details about the “great things” he spoke. “Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture!” saith the Lord. Pastors have been known to mislead wide-eyed congregations. Daniel 7:21 states that the same horn made war with the saints and prevailed against them. And that is putting it mildly.

 

The last seven kings form a type in pre-exilic Judah and are clustered as a group. This type fittingly ends with Babylonian captivity, ending the first temple era. The nation was in desperate windblown straits and was soon in straitjackets “among the captives by the river Chebar” (Ezek. 1:1).

 

 

The Seven Heads Type: The Little Horn — Judah Kings after Hezekiah/Immanuel up to Babylonian Captivity:

 

  • Manasseh — “shed innocent blood till he had filled Jerusalem” (2 Kings 21:16)

 

  • Amon — “did evil” (2 Chron. 33:22)

 

  • Josiah— great reformer, but people remained in idolatry (2 Kings 23:4–27, 2 Chron. 34:22–25)

 

  • Jehoahaz — “did evil” (2 Kings 23:32)

 

  • Jehoiakim — “taxed … the people” (2 Kings 23:34–37); “They shall not lament him.… He shall be buried with the burial of an ass” (Jer. 22:18–19)

 

  • Jehioachin — “did evil” (2 Kings 24:9); “a despised broken idol … a vessel wherein is no pleasure” (Jer. 22:28–30)

 

  • Zedekiah — “did evil,” rebelled against Nebuchadnezzar with whom he made a covenant, then broke it, and was blindly led into Babylonian captivity (2 Kings 24:17)

The Importance of Numbers

The zodiac was of central significance in ancient religious conceptions. Christian scholarship has never considered the basic numbers which appear with much frequency in the Bible to have more than incidental importance.
 
Well before the written word the zodiac was the first graph of cosmogenesis. The sages of old discerned the fact that 3 + 4 equalled 7 and 3 X 4 equalled 12. The prime number 7 occurs ubiquitously in ancient scripture and the physical universe was thought to have been built on this number. The primacy of the number 12 meant that in ancient cosmogony the division of the year was divided into 12 periods of twenty 28 days. Adjustments came later to match the seasonal variation. 12 derived from the ancient cosmology – zodiac.
 
So the week was 7, and the month 28 days over a 12 month period.
 
We then get 40 days recurring time and time again – being the years of productive making, and 70 (three score and ten) being symbolic of one life opportunity. 7 X 70 weeks gave us Gabriel’s vision to Daniel that was taken from the years recorded in the Books of Kings and Chronicles – 490 years divided 7 + 62 (Pre-exilic) and +1 week (Post-exilic) = 70 weeks or 490 years.

Daniel’s 1st Beast Identification – the Lion King – Saul

 

Why was Saul known as the Lion King?  Saul the Lion King!

 

In Daniel it is said, “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 it” – Dan. 7:4.

 

We have not been sufficiently forearmed and enlightened to foresee the allegorical as descriptive.  But the Ancient writers interwove all books to create a reliable pure golden thread of certainty.  It is time to interpret at the higher level the colorful configuration, what may be called divine ideation.  Saul’s standout features are:

 

“lion” had “eagle’s wings” – In Prov. 23:4, 5 the writer narrates concerning eagles wings, “Labour not to be rich…riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle towards heaven.”  So this king, we need to identify, had riches and this was synonymous with eagle wings.   In the book of Samuel, Saul took the spoil of the Amalekites, sheep and oxen, and the chief of the things which should have been utterly destroyed.  See also the stock of Saul in Chronicles.  Saul’s riches transgressed the word of the Lord, with the quick destruction of the Amalekites.  Saul was rich and quick footed like a lion.  Saul matches the description “eagle wings”.

 

“the wings thereof were plucked” – “Plucked” from MERAT indicates, peeled, polished (confident, elegant, and skilled).  This is exactly how Saul was characterized…there was a man of Benjamin, whose name was Kish…“a mighty man of power” (substance, wealth).  And he had a son, whose name was Saul, a choice young man and goodly.  And there was not among the children of Israel a goodlier person than he” – 1 Sam. 9:1, 2.  Saul overwhelmingly demonstrated all these superior facets.  Saul matches the sophistication exuberating from the word “plucked”.

 

“lifted up from the earth” and “stand upon the feet as a man” – In Daniel, the lion, “was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man.”  A lion standing upright upon his hind legs would be taller than all men.  Very tellingly Saul, “from his shoulders and upward he was higher than any of the people” – 1 Sam. 9:2.  Every scholar knows Saul was mighty in height.  Numerous times artists have drawn Saul’s lioness stance towering over others.  Only Saul could be said, in early chronicles, to be this one.

 

“A man’s heart was given it” and “And a man’s heart was given to it” (the lion) – Samuel anointed Saul – 1 Sam. 10:1, “And it was so, that when he (Saul) had turned his back to go from Samuel God gave him another heart” – 1 Sam. 10:9.  This must have been the world’s first heart transplant.  More than just a coincidence Saul matches the fourth characteristic.  Saul is the only grand character to be given a new heart.

 

From Daniel’s laboratory we have specific attributes of the Lion.  Saul perfectly passes four tests, with flying colors, in a clinical autopsy.  Saul was the king who had riches, Saul was polished.  Saul was lifted up.  Saul was given a new heart.  This is picture perfect, indisputable, beyond reasonable doubt.  Let’s not hop, skip and jump ahead of ourselves, but it is getting exciting, a breath of fresh air, we are able to pin Saul down as the lion king.  What would Disney think?

 

Let’s also quote a few direct texts from the KJV to outline Saul’s character and why he was identified as a lion beast in Daniel:

  • “that the evil spirit from God came upon Saul” – 1 Sam. 18:10.
  • “and Saul became David’s enemy continually” – 1 Sam. 18:29.
  • “Saul sought to smite David to the wall” – 1 Sam. 19:10.
  • “Saul sent messengers to take David” – 1 Sam. 19:30… “again the third time” – 1 Sam. 19:21.
  • “Saul’s anger was kindled against Jonathan” – 1 Sam. 20:30.
  • Saul disguised himself…“and came to the woman by night…pray thee, divine unto me” – 1 Sam. 28:8.
  • Saul “fell likewise upon his sword” – 1 Sam. 31:5.

 

Now to the next King recorded by Daniel and perfectly reflected in Rev. 13.

Pastors

The word “pastor” means “to feed”.
Even in the OT the scribes recognized the errors of their pastors and clearly made this plain to comprehend. The pastors just never understood the scribes golden thread:
  • “the pastors have also transgressed against me”
  • “the pastors have become brutish. and have”
  • “Many pastors have destroyed my vineyard”
  • “The wind shall eat up thy pastors, and”
  • “Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and”
  • “saith … against the pastors that feed my people”
 
In NT times the apostles also slept. There is nothing new under the sun. With the doctrines of religious dogma the Ancient scribes story of their Pre and Post Exilic times as shown to Daniel has been bypassed, obliterated, rubbed out.
To strengthen our culture it is time for honesty and goodwill.
In the NT the scribes likewise recognised that the churches had gone off the rails:
  • Ephesus – “left thy first love”
  • Smyrna – “I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews”
  • Pergamos – “even where Satan’s seat is”
  • Thyatira – “sufferest that woman Jezebel”
  • Sardis – “I have not found thy works perfect before God”
  • Philadelphia – “I have set before thee an open door”
  • Laodiceans – “neither cold nor hot”
 
The Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book and to loosen the seals thereof.
 
Right through the Dark Ages the Testaments have not been opened. Time for everything.

Stations to Cross Orthodox Nonsense

Daniel’s Vision of Atonement
 
1. The 490 years were visioned as subdivided in three periods – 49 years, 434 years and 1 year. The 1 year is also divided into three.
 
2. The first 7 weeks must end with a calamity to the Temple. The second 62 weeks ending is significant to the Temple.
 
3. There is to be 390 years commencing in 975 BC until Babylonian captivity – 585 BC. Remember these times are pre-exilic, they are not literal historical dates, but rather ritual-sacred dates confirming that Daniel was to be shown this complex maze of understanding the free spirit.
 
4. A 40 year period needs to have a significant event in 625 BC – 40 years from captivity.
 
5. Furthermore 483 years needs to commence in approximately 1021 BC (non-chronological). This is the sacred hypothetical date given in Daniel and added to the time periods in Kings and Chronicles. It is a symbol of when David issued his decree to build the Temple. Scribes when writing of course were talking about ascent of mankind, the temple of consciousness, where the constructive would always overcome the destructive. We are to “make”, “create” “write” the story.
 
6. The final symbol of 1 week (7 years) is 2520 days in the Post-exilic era. 7 had been an indivisible prime number, God was now resting, man (man and woman) had now responsibility for structure and law, Adam’s rib cage and for the life force Eve’s life giving potential. 2520 was divided into 1260 sacred equally 1260 civil, the terrestrial was to match the celestial. Alternatively this symbol of 1260 is 360 * 7.
 
7. The last station is the station of Atonement after the making of the contents of the Temple. There are ten commandments to “make” inner temple content to combat belligerence:
 
— “make an ark of shittim wood” (Exod. 25:10–22)
 
— “make a mercy seat of pure gold” (Exod. 25:17–22)
 
— “make a table of shittim wood” (Exod. 25:23–30)
 
— “make a candlestick of pure gold” (Exod. 25:31–40)
 
— “make ten curtains of fine twined linen for walls” (Exod. 26:1–6) “and curtains of goat’s hair for covering” (Exod. 26:7–13)
 
— “And thou shall make a covering for the tent of ram’s skins dyed red and a covering above of badgers’ skins” (Exod. 26:1)
 
— “make boards for the tabernacle of shittim wood standing up” (Exod. 26:15) “and make bars of shittim wood” (Exod. 26:26)
 
— “make a vail.… Hang up the vail under the taches.… Bring in thither within the vail the ark of the testimony: and the vail shall divide unto you between the holy place and the most holy.… And thou shalt set the table without the vail, and the candlestick” (Exod. 26:31–37)
 
— “make an altar of shittim wood” (Exod. 27:1–8). In archetype the court and its trimmings are “without the temple, leave out, measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles” (Rev. 11:2)
 
— “make an atonement” (Exod. 30:6–8, 10)
 
By Gabriel showing Daniel the vision of 70 weeks the scribes had made the greatest philosophical theological vision of their governance and of the soul and heart temple of heaven. It surpasses all Greek influences.

The Golden Pathway through Religious Dogma

Remembrance – After the great victory by their saviour Judas Maccabees, Daniel was to recall the traumatic events of the destruction of their temple in two eras – post-exilic and then pre-exilic. Daniel 2 recalled their immediate trauma:
 
Head (gold) – Nebuchadnezzar
Chest and arms (silver) – Media-Persia
Legs (iron) – Ptolemaic rule
Feet (iron and clay) – Antiochus Epiphanes
Rock – Judas Maccabees
 
Then Gabriel was to bring the recall of the pre-exilic era that ended in captivity “one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days”:
 
First beast Dan, 7:4 – the first was like a lion – a king
Second beast Dan. 7:5 – second, like to a bear – a king
Thirst beast Dan. 7:6 – another, like a leopard – a king
Forth beast Dan. 7:7 – dreadful and terrible, strong exceedingly, great iron teeth, stamped on residue and was diverse – a kingdom
 
Twice the Jewish nation had been extinguished – death, twice the nation had mourned, and twice resurrection came (freedom from Babylonian captivity and freedom from Grecian overlordship).
 
Remembrance was the key to ensuring that the everlasting kingdom (the Rock) would last forever going forward. Gabriel showed Daniel a vision of 70 weeks – 490 years – 49 (from David’s decree 1021 BC to Shishak plunder of their temple 972 BC (5th year of Rehoboam) + 434 years (972 BC – 538 BC freedom from Babylonian captivity. The time periods have two witnesses in the books of Kings and Chronicles. Irrefutable.
 
And a final week 2520 days over 7 sacred years symbol broken into 2300 – Dan. 8:14 (death – in the midst) + 10 days – 1 Macc. 1:54-60 (mourning) + 210 days Ezek. 39:12 (burying the dead – reconstitution & resurrection – recorded in the post exilic books of the OT.
 
The new pathway through the forest is a golden thread shinning amongst the tangled undergrowth of so much religious dogma.
 
There is a time for everything and our time is “Today”.

Our Inherited Foundation

Now what is the Foundation of the Testaments? – it is certainly not the NT as is was built on many pristine layers in OT. The beast of Revelation 13:1 can now be conclusively trace back to the OT beast described in Daniel – Saul (lion), David (bear), Solomon (leopard) and the Diverse beast being a kingdom – Israel’s ten tribes and Judah’s last seven kings between Hezekiah’s restoration and Babylonian captivity. Jeconiah being the one king wounded and restored out of these last seven kings of Judah.
 
We are going to establish a new pathway through the Testaments, through the entangled forest of theological hypothesis that has held the ascent of mankind back for over two thousand years. It has denied us seeing the Christ of Revelation 1, 12, 22 and the Christ of the Gospels – our eternal inheritance and content of our psychological temple. The apocalypse will pen by inkhorn our Foundation drip by drip.
More to come as we come out of her my people.