Realization of Prophetic Visions

By Philip Mark Ames

FOUR BEASTS

The movement of world history since the beginning of the fourth century of our common era was seen in a dream more than five hundred years before the birth of Jesus Christ. The dream was given by God to a man named Daniel, The vision so impressed Daniel that he clearly remembered and wrote down its important details. (Dan. Chap. 7)

As Daniel began to dream, he saw the four winds of heaven stirring up the vast sea. These four winds are four very powerful, intelligent spirits or angels. They are identical with the four spirits of Zechariah 6:1-8, as well as the four angels mentioned by the Apostle John in Revelation 9:14, 15. The vast sea is the Biblical description of the thought waves of emotion-filled mankind. (Rev. 17:15) The people of all nations and languages are more passionate than rational. Their feelings determine their actions. They are easily roused to religious fervor by the heart-rending appeals of an eloquent orator. Just as the ocean may respond violently to a strong wind moving across its surface, so also have peoples and nations responded passionately to the inspiration of those four great wind-like angels of heaven. But those four spirit beings were intent on creating more than just an emotional storm. Out of that restless sea of human thought waves, they would bring forth living creatures to do their bidding.

Therefore, after seeing the sea being stirred up by the four winds, Daniel watches four huge beasts arise from its depths, one at a time. Each beast is different from the others. In the course of the dream, one of God's holy angels steps into Daniel's vision to interpret its meaning. The angel tells Daniel that these beasts are four kings who were going to arise on the earth. Later, the angel calls them not just kings, but kingdoms, What Daniel saw, were actually the fifth-dimension thought-creations of then future civilizations, Each beast would be a great system of belief. Each would govern the actions of its adherents. Hence, the four beasts would be four different ideological kingdoms. They were to capture men's minds and hearts, not just their property and physical obedience.

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