Daniel 7:1-8

Daniel's vision about four animals and a little horn

1 It was the first year that King Belshazzar ruled Babylon. Daniel had a dream. He saw visions in his head while he lay on his bed. And he wrote down what he saw in the dream.

7:1Belshazzar was the last king of Babylon. We read about his death in Daniel 5.

2 Daniel wrote, ‘I had a vision at night. I saw the four winds of heaven. They caused the great sea to move up and down. 3 Then four large animals came out of the sea. They were all different. 4 The first one seemed like a lion, but it had wings like a great bird. As I watched, someone pulled its wings off. They lifted it up and it stood on two feet like a man. They gave a man's mind to it. 5 Then I saw a second animal. It seemed like a bear. It raised itself up on one side and it had three bones between its teeth. Someone said to it, “Stand up and eat lots of meat.” 6 Then I saw another animal. It seemed like a leopard, but it had four wings like a bird's wings on its back. Also, this animal had four heads, and it had authority to rule. 7 Then I saw a fourth animal in my vision. It frightened me more than the other animals. It was very strong and it had large iron teeth. It broke things and people into pieces and it ate them. It destroyed everything else with its feet. It was different from the other animals and it had ten horns. 8 I was thinking about the horns. And then I saw another little horn that came up among the other ten horns. It pushed out three of those other horns to make room for itself. This little horn had eyes like a man's eyes. And it had a mouth that spoke strong words. It was saying that it could do great things.’