Do you see how these prophecies in Daniel are already fulfilled?
Read Daniel 7: 11-12 for another prophesy that fits history and shows already being fulfilled. It says that the power and dominion of the lion, bear, and leopard kingdoms is taken away, but their lives are prolonged for a season. But the fourth beast was destroyed and burned. Historically, the kingdoms of Babylon, MedoPersia, and Greece continued to exist even though they were never “world powers” again. But, the Roman Empire beast was destroyed and burned. Once gone, Rome is no longer a nation or government on earth. That Roman Empire beast was destroyed.
One more important detail to note….. Notice that this sea beast in Daniel only has 1 head with 10 horns that are reduced by 3 to become 7, and then a little horn emerges. The sea beast in Revelation is similar, but not the same. It has 7 heads and 10 horns. See that? 7 heads on the Revelation beast, not only 1 as in Daniel’s vision. There is no mention in Revelation of any of the horns being removed. Neither is there any mention of an antichrist horn arising on the Revelation beast. So, why have we been taught that these are the same sea beasts? I believe, this last days beast is a different new beast, but with the same characteristics of all the 4 previous beast empires of Babylon, Medo-Persian, Greece, and Rome. Therefore, I see this last days sea beast is an antichrist global governmental empire that is similar to the Roman empire beast, but not the exact same beast!
When we see words like “last days” in Daniel, I believe God is referring to ancient Israel’s last days as God’s chosen people. That actually happened when Jesus died on the cross to save all people. Now, both Jews and Gentiles could become God’s chosen people by believing in and following His Son, Yeshua Jesus, the Anointed Christ. He said, “It is finished” on the cross. He had made the promised Way back to the Father, the Way of salvation. There was no more need for a Temple or for more sacrifices. He would now live in His people and they would be His temple, His chosen people.
But, God loved Daniel and understood Daniel’s concern for his people, the Jews. So, God answered Daniel’s prayer and concern over what was to become of his people. He explained to Daniel when they would be saved from the captivity of Babylon. God also told Daniel of the future of His people…. up until the destruction of Jerusalem in 70AD and the scattering of his people into all the world.
And in His compassion and to give Daniel hope, God also revealed to Daniel the end of His perfect plan for His family. God had a mystery hidden inside Himself which would only be revealed when fulfilled.
Romans 16:25, “Now to him who is able to establish you in accordance with my gospel, the message I proclaim about Jesus Christ, in keeping with the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past”
The church was to be God’s new people of God in the earth! They were both Jew and Gentile, one body in Christ. They would be God’s beloved chosen people just as Daniel was God’s beloved chosen people. And in the end, this family of God under Yeshua Jesus, the Messiah, would prevail through their Savior and Deliverer! God would have the final victory! They will rule over all the earth under Yeshua Jesus, the Rock, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords! And all the wicked will stand in judgement before the throne of God. God comforts Daniel by telling him the final end. But, the church age and the salvation of the Gentiles is still held in secret so that Satan has no knowledge of God’s plans and no opportunity to destroy it.
Jerusalem and the old temple with its religious sacrifices was destroyed by Rome. Rome was destroyed and split into many nations. The Holy Roman Catholic Church held some power during the Dark Ages. But, the Rock of Yeshua Jesus through His Word and the Reformation of the saints, hit that European foundation and it fell. God was establishing a new church age of those who would live by Him and His Word, in a heart relationship with Him. Like His disciples and the early church, they would spread the gospel of the good news of Yeshua Jesus, the Son of God and Son of Man, who came to save everyone in the world who would believe in Him and follow Him! But, Satan continued his mutinous plans and schemes to raise up another, even more horrible, deceptive, and global beast out of the sea. This last days sea beast would be a compilation of all the worldly antichrist kingdoms that had come before, and cover the whole earth!