Note: In Daniel 7 we find the first of several dream visions that relate to the kingdoms of the earth. The four beasts relate in succession to the Babylonian, Persian, Greek, and Roman empires. The ten horns relate to the 10 Roman emperors.
Daniel 7: 2,3 Daniel said: “In my vision at night I looked, and there before me were the four winds of heaven churning up the great sea. Four great bests, each different from the others came up out of the sea.
Prayer: Lord God, may we become so attuned to your voice that we hear you clearly in all your messages.
Thought for the day: Hearing without listening has little value.
Daniel 7: 7,8 After that, in my vision at night I looked, and there before me was a fourth best – terrifying and frightening and very powerful. It had large iron teeth; it crushed and devoured its victims and trampled underfoot whatever was left. It was different for all the former beasts, and it had ten horns.
Prayer: Almighty God, our Heavenly Father, you know all the mysteries of all the ages, and before you all creatures must humbly bow.
Thought for the day: The child of God knows they have in God a fearless Father who can stand up to any enemy.
Daniel 7:9, 10 As I looked, thrones were set in place, and the Ancient of Days took his seat. His clothing was as white as snow; the hair of his head was white like wool. His throne was flaming with fire, and its wheels were ll ablaze. A river of fire was flowing, coming out from before him. Thousands upon thousands attended him; ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him. The court was seated, and the books were opened.
Prayer: Almighty God, in all your glory and all your splendor how awesome you are.
Thought for the day: The songwriter asked, “Is your name written there on the page white and fair? In the book of the kingdom, is your name written there?”
Daniel 7: 13, 14 I my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all peoples, nations and men of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.
Prayer: O Lord God, in faith may we see the glorious kingdom of Jesus, the Son, who rules forevermore.
Thought for the day: Daniel’s vision will be one of two things for one and all: a glorious foresight, or a foreboding hindsight.
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