An Alphabetical Analysis
Volume 8 - Prophetic Truth - Page 61 of 304
Before examining the Scriptures that speak of the antichristian Beast
of the Apocalypse, it will be useful to observe that two Greek words are
translated 'Beast' in the Revelation, but that they refer to very different
objects.  (1) The Beast.  (2) The Cherubim.
Therion, 'a wild beast', as in Mark 1:13; Acts 28:4,5.
Theriomacheo = 'to fight with wild beasts' (1 Cor. 15:32).
Zoon, 'a living creature', used throughout the book of the
Revelation of the Cherubim (Rev. 4:6 etc.).
While we are concerned with the beast of the book of the Revelation, we
must go back to the book of Daniel for the initial prophecy of this monstrous
kingdom with which Gentile dominion in the earth is to end.  In the first
place, the humiliating sickness that fell on Nebuchadnezzar, the first of the
kings of this Gentile dominion, was symbolic.  As a consequence of his pride
and his boasting Nebuchadnezzar was told by Daniel:
'They shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the
beasts of the field, and they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and
they shall wet thee with the dew of heaven, and seven times shall pass
over thee, till thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of
men, and giveth it to whomsoever He will' (Dan. 4:25).
The fact that Daniel does not say 'seven days' or 'seven weeks' or
'seven years' but 'seven times', links this experience with the cryptic
'time, and times, and dividing of time' of Daniel 7:25.  We are prepared to
learn that, in the sight of God, Nebuchadnezzar, the head of gold, down to
the final product of the feet of iron and clay (Dan. 2), indicate that the
kingdoms of this world are like so many wild beasts.  Such is the pedigree of
the beast of the time of the end.  When the structure of the book of Daniel
is before us (see Daniel, p. 164) we shall find that chapter 4 corresponds
with chapter 9, thus:
Daniel 4.
The 7 times of madness, symbolical.
Daniel 9.
The 70 x 7, and final 7 of Gentile dominion.
A separate study is devoted to the prophecy of Daniel 9 (see Seventy
Weeks4; and Seventy Weeks of Daniel Nine9), which should be consulted.
The vision of Daniel recorded in chapter 7 is written in Chaldee
(Aramaic or Syriac) and so belongs to the Gentile portion of the prophecy.
In the interpretation of the great image in Daniel 2 reference is made to
'the days of these kings' (2:44).  What we are now to consider is a fuller
explanation of the times and character of these kings.  The setting up of the
kingdom of the Lord, in Daniel 2, is symbolized by the stone becoming a great
mountain and filling the earth.  In Daniel 7 the prophet describes the
investiture of the Son of Man with sovereignty.  In Daniel 2 the stone
crushes the image to powder; in Daniel 7, the same court that invests the Son
of Man with dominion, consigns the beast to the burning flame.  These
parallels are very evident, but confusion is sometimes introduced
by expositors by assuming that Daniel 7 and 2 are co -extensive.  It has been
taught that we have the same Gentile dominion, but from two points of view,
that from man's point of view it appears as a resplendent image, but in God's
view as a succession of wild beasts.  This, however, is true only with
reference to the final phase, as we hope to show presently.