I tend to view this as the crumbling of the Roman Empire due to the "mixing of seeds". We all know that after the end of the Caesar dynasty, Rome, although still in power, and containing a mixture of the races, was not able to hold on to its rule and power from the Churches perspective. Bit-by-bit, Rome began to lose ground to the Church. By the 3rd century, Rome became a predominately Christian nation.
Let me some how explain my thoughts on Daniel. I would like to prepose that Daniel is given these dreams and visions while in captivity of Babylon the beast of the Lion the first of four beast. We can agree that the first three are Babylon, Medo Perisa and Greece, but I would like to show that the four kingdom from out of that third kingdom.
but first lets consider that the beast is shown to have been slain and given to the flames (7:11) and that the rest of the beast (Babylon, Medo Perisa, Greece) had their dominon taken away yet their lives were prolonged for a season and time (7:12).
Remember, Daniel chapter 7 is about Rome as its little horn, although verses 1-6 are a quick over-view of the initial three kingdoms (Babylon, Medes / Persians, and then Greece). Then in verse 7, he sees a vision of a rising Empire which would later be the Romans. Thus, Daniel 7:7-11, and 19-27 is entirely about Rome. Then in verse 28 Daniel is confused, and wants to know more about the beastly kingdoms. That's when he is given more visions pertaining to the Medes and Persians, and the Greeks. It is Greece that spawns great interest as this would be the time from Alexander the Great, to the time of the Maccabeus revolts against Antiochus IV.
It is at this time that Daniel see another night vision and said he looked and saw one like the son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and was given a kingdom and dominon. Now most would consider this to be in reference to Jesus as the Son of man ascending to heaven, but if we keep this in context of the beast that was slain it would be speaking about the coming destruction as to coming in clouds. This would be showing that after a season and time the fourth kingdom would be slain. As refering to the coming of the son of man. Just as for reference that is used again by Jesus as the destruction of Jerusalem, but here I am preposing that is in reference to the Seleucid king of Antiochus and according to chapter 11 would seem to fit his end.
Daniel, still very curious about the different visions he had seen, begins to pray even more fervently in chapter 9, and wants to know what all of this is about. That's when he is given the answers about the Messiah, who would establish a covenant for one week, during which He would be cutoff or killed. This involves the 70 weeks.
Still wanting to know more answers, the Angel starts with the captivity in chapter 10, by the Medes/Persians. He then shifts his focus to the Greeks in chapter 11, and ending with Antiochus IV. Finally, involving the 4th beast, we see the Angel referring to the "time of the end" and mentions the removal of the morning/daily sacrifices in chapter 12, which was caused by the 11th horn of the 4th Beast.
So, to recap. Daniel is given an initial set of visions of all four beasts in chapter 7, which primarily focuses on the 4th Beast and its 10 + 1 horns. He, being curious, wants more answers, and thus receives information about the kingdoms of the Medes/Persians and the Greeks in chapter 8, which would involve the 2nd and 3rd kingdoms mentioned in chapter 7. Then, still wanting to know more, he is given information about the seventy weeks in chapter 9. Still, being very curious, he wanted to know even more, so in chapters 10 and 11 he receives receives further information about Greece (3rd kingdom), and ends with the 4th kingdom is chapter 12.
Yes, this is the cleansing that takes place during the appointed "time of the end"; that is, during the 4th kingdom.
Chapter 12 the account of the abomination of the sanctuary and the cleaning of the sanctuary.
This is Rome.
The interpertation of the vision is then given to Daniel because he was grieved in his spirit and the it troubled him. Thus the little horn rise to power by uprooting three kings and then maded war with the saints and prevailed against them. Until judgment was given to the saints of the most high to possess the kingdom. To me this again would be in view of Antiochus IV as making war with the saints and ruling them for a pointed of 3.5 years until the revolt of Judah Maccabee. The Jewish feast of Hanukkah ("Dedication") commemorates the restoration of Jewish worship at the temple in Jerusalem in 165 BCE, after Judah Maccabee removed the pagan statuary.
Remember chapter 7 is not the same as chapter 11. 7 involved a brief introduction of all 4 kingdoms, although at that time, it was the 4th kingdom that spawned his curiosity. Chapter 7 was primarily about Rome, while chapter 11 was primarily about Greece, and then Rome in chapter 12.
This would also aline with Anitochus speaking great words against the most holy place and to think to change times and laws. (I'm not able at this time to give a link to a site that quotes of Meccabees of how Antiochus change laws and so forth) Later in chapter 7 it gives that this little horn is given a time times and dividing of time (1260) the same as in chapter 11. This also fits Anitochus and his reign over Judah.
See my summary above. Here's another short recap:
1. Chapter 7 - all the kingdoms, but the 4th kingdom grabs his attention
2. Chapter 8 - all about the Medes/Persians facing attack from Greece
3. Chapter 9 - all about the 70 weeks to bring about the Messiah
4. Chapter 10 - Daniel sees the Angel to receive more answers, which would explain everything from chapter 7 to 12.
5. Chapter 11 - Seleucid (Greeks) domination and the AoD caused by him, as well as the Maccabeus revolt
6. Chapter 12 - AoD and Tribulation caused by the Romans (time of the end)
Hope this helps.
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