To understand the time period that we are talking about, the whore of Babylon riding the beast from the sea for 1260 prophetic days before symbolically dying and being revived again to pursue her end game agenda of making the world submit their worship and allegiance, in mind or action, to the image of the beast we need to use the book of Daniel to show us when this power would arise.
Dan 7:25 And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.
Dan 12:7 And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and swore by him that liveth forever that it shall be for a time, times, and a half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things
In Daniel 7, as Gabriel interprets the dream for Daniel, we see this 'time, times and the dividing of time' reference made when talking about this 'little horn' that is introduced to us in Daniel 7:8. Daniel 12:7 uses this same time period and says that it is a man which was upon the waters of the river (drawing a link to beast from the sea). How we can draw the conclusion that the whore of Babylon is related to this little horn and man on the waters is the following verse.
Rev 12:14 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.
some additional explanations of 1260 prophetic days, 42 months and time times and a half
Now that we have established the link we can analyse Daniel chapter 2, 7 and 8.
Nebuchadnezzar's dream of a statue/image of with:
- head of gold
- chest and arms of silver
- belly and thighs of bronze
- legs of iron
- feet partly of iron and partly of clay
In Daniel 2:38 Daniel tells the Babylonian king that he is represented as the head of gold. He then proceeds to tell of kingdoms that would arise after successively after Babylon that will rule over the earth.
The historical interpretation of this is:
The following view has traditionally been more prevalent among Christian scholars:
Head of gold - Babylon
Breast and arms of silver- Medo-Persia
Belly and thighs of brass- Hellenistic Greece
Legs of iron - Rome
Feet partly of iron and partly of molded clay - The divided Roman Empire
In Daniel 7 now it talks about 4 beasts:
- a lion with two wings (Dan. 7:4)
- a bear raised up on one side with 3 ribs between its mouth (Dan. 7:5)
- leopard with 4 wings and 4 heads (Dan. 7:6)
- a dreadful beast with iron teeth, trampling to pieces everything (Dan. 7:7)
. We know that these 4 beasts can be linked to the kingdoms that would arise from Daniel 2's image because of this verse.
Daniel 7:23 So he said: 'The fourth animal will be a fourth kingdom on the earth, different from all the kingdoms. It will devour the entire earth, trampling it down and crushing it.
We also note the iron legs links with the iron teeth.
And we know it is referring to the kingdom of Rome designated as the legs of iron because of the matching descriptions:
Daniel 2:40 Then there will be a fourth kingdom, as strong as iron. Just as all things are broken to pieces and shattered by iron, so it will shatter and crush everything.
In Daniel 8 we read about 'a Ram with 2 horns, one higher than the other and the higher one came up last' (Dan. 8:3). Angel Gabriel interprets this for Daniel and says:
Daniel 8:20 As for the ram that you saw with the two horns, these are the kings of Media and Persia.
The male goat that is next described, which had a notable horn between the eyes (Alexander the Great, verse.5). In verse 8 we read the large horn was broken (the death of Alexander) and in its place 4 notable horns came up (the 4 generals that I have mentioned in a previous post). We confirm this analysis with Gabriel's interpretation:
Daniel 8:21 The hairy male goat is the kingdom of Greece, and the large horn between its eyes is its first king.
Now I could outline all the symbolic imagery for you if you desire but I would like to move on and begin talking about the 10 horns that came out of the 4th beast of Daniel 7 corresponding to the kingdom of Rome so we can start talking about the little horn that rose from amongst them and is the same as the beast the whore of Babylon rides.
I will address some of your concerns made in your most recent reply to me when the timing angle has been properly established. Can you see though from this post the link made between the powers mentioned in specific parts of Daniel and Revelation, specifically in this instance the length of period of its initial rule.
edit on 5-2-2013 by JesuitGarlic because: (no reason given)