|1. In the first year of Beltshazzar, King
of Babylon, Daniel saw a dream, and he woke up from his dream and saw that
he was in his bed. Then he wrote down his dream and recorded these
2. Daniel commenced thus saying: I saw a dream in a nightly vision and, behold, four of the heavenly spirits whipped the sea exceedingly.
3. And four great creatures climbed out of the sea, their bodies different from each other.*
4. The first one was like a lion, having wings like an eagle; its wings became un-extended.* He rose from the earth. He stood up like a man stands, and a human heart was given to him.
5. And the second creature resembled a bear-like creature,* and she stood to one side, and she had three layers of teeth. Thus they said to her, "Go forth and eat much flesh."
6. After these I saw another creature like a tiger, and he had four wings like those of a bird, on its sides, and this creature had four heads, and he was given its authority.
7. After these I saw in the nightly vision, the fourth creature, that possessed great power, depth, and the capacity to eat and consume, and she had great teeth of iron and what crumbs fell [from her mouth,] she trampled them with her feet, and she is more fierce than all the other creatures before her, and she has ten horns.
8. And while I was observing her horns, a small horn came up from between the [other horns,] and the first three horns were uprooted before her, and the eyes that this [small] horn had were the eyes of a human being, and her mouth spoke in a grandiose manner.
9. I then saw when the thrones were consecrated, and where the One of Ancient Days* sat, His clothes were like white snow, and the hair on his head was like pure wool, His throne was like flames of fire, and His wheels were like a raging fire.
10. A river of fire issued forth from before Him, thousands of thousands ministered to Him, and millions of millions stood before Him; whence He sat in judgment and the Scriptures were opened.
11. I saw how that creature was killed, how her body went to oblivion and was delivered into the fiery furnace.
12. And the rest of the creatures were relieved of their authority, their life was extended* for a season and a time.
13. I saw over the clouds of heaven someone like the son of human beings coming, and he arrived as of the Ancient Days,* and they brought the offerings before Him.* *
14. And to Him was given the authority, the honor and the kingdom, so that all the nations, motherlands and tongues should work for him; his authority is the everlasting* authority, [His authority] that shall never be relinquished* and His Kingdom shall never be destroyed.
15. My spirit was distressed, I, Daniel, as I lay in bed, and the visions in my head frightened me.
16. And I approached one of those ministering [to Him,] who grasped the truth regarding all these [events,] and he told me truthfully and he made known to me the meaning* of all the words.
17. He said to me, "Those four great creatures that you saw are four kings that shall rise from the world.*
18. "And the saints of the Most High shall receive* the kingdom, and they shall inherit the kingdom to the end of the universe, of all the universes forever."*
19. Then I wished to be sure of the fourth creature, that was more fierce than all the others, and frightening, with teeth of iron and nails of bronze, that devoured and crushed [everything] to bits, and what she let drop [from her mouth,] she trampled on.
20. And [I wished to be sure] of the ten horns that were on her head and of the other [horn] that climbed from between them, from before whom the other three horns fell off, that horn that had the eyes and whose mouth spoke grandiosely and whose presence* was greater than her companions.
21. And I saw that horn do battle with the saints and was able to withstand their powers.
22. Until there comes the One of Ancient Days and He gives the judgment to the saints of the Highest One, and then the season will have arrived, when the saints shall inherit the kingdom.
23. And this is what he told me, "The fourth creature is the fourth kingdom that will rule* the earth, which shall exceed all the kingdoms, and it shall devour all the earth, trample on it and crush it to bits.
24. "And the ten horns are the kings that shall rise from the ten kingdoms, and another shall rise after them and he shall exceed the former; however, three of the kings shall be humbled."
25. And he spoke words against the Most High and he betrayed the saints of the Most High, and he expected them to change the seasons and the Laws and place them into his hands for an eternity.*
26. But his judgment was stilled* and his authority was taken from him, and they drove him mad and banished him to the outskirts of his kingdom.
27. And the authority, greatness and kingship under heaven was given to the holy nation of the Most High, whose kingdom is the everlasting* kingdom, to whom all authorities work and harken.
28. Until now, to the end* of this manifestation, I, Daniel, though my visions* frightened me and my countenance was perturbed,* I guarded this manifestation in my heart.
*7:1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "He described the dream and recorded its interpretation."
*7:3 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "And their bodies set down one from one."
*7:4 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "Its wings fluttered still."
*7:5 Lit. Aramaic: "Deh-vah," a mythological creature of indomitable strength. The name derives from "dibbah," or bear. The word "Diva" may come from this word.
*7:9 Reference to the Lord.
*7:12.1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "And extension and lives..."
*7:13.1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "And reached until the Ancient Days." In other words, the Oldest Scriptures.
*7:13.1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "Presented themselves before Him."
*7:13.2 Note: In order to separate the Lord Jesus from the Godhead, the Western theologians needed to distort this Scripture. In this passage, they refer to the Ancient One and allude to Jesus as being presented before Him, in other words, before God the Father. In this way, they could demote the Son and put themselves on the same level with Jesus (after he appears in their New Testament.) Whereas, the original Scriptures clearly present one God and the Lord the Messiah being His Manifestation throughout the Scriptures, Old and New.
*7:14.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "To the [end of the] universe."
*7:14.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Pass."
*7:16 Lit. Ar. id.: "Meltdown."
*7:17 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "Rise from the earth."
*7:18.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Take."
*7:18.2 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "To the universe and the universes of the universes."
*7:20 Lit. Ar. id.: "Vision."
*7:23 Lit. Ar. id.: "Be on."
*7:25 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "For a time and for times and for all time and half times."
*7:26 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "And the judgment sat."
*7:27 Lit. Ar. id.: "To [the end of] the universes."
*7:28.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Extreme edges."
*7:28.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Outlook."
*7:28.3 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "My edges moved apart."
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