Daniel 7

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1 ετος-N3E-GSN πρωτος-A1--GSNS βασιλευω-V1--PAPGSM *βαλτασαρ-N---GSM χωρα-N1A-GSF *βαβυλωνια-N1A-GSF *δανιηλ-N---NSM οραμα-N3M-ASN οραω-VBI-AAI3S παρα-P κεφαλη-N1--ASF επι-P ο- A--GSF κοιτη-N1--GSF αυτος- D--GSM τοτε-D *δανιηλ-N---NSM ο- A--ASN οραμα-N3M-ASN ος- --ASN οραω-VBI-AAI3S γραφω-VAI-AAI3S εις-P κεφαλαιον-N2N-APN λογος-N2--GPM

2 επι-P ο- A--GSF κοιτη-N1--GSF εγω- P--GS θεωρεω-V2I-IAI1S κατα-P υπνος-N2--APM νυξ-N3--GSF και-C ιδου-I τεσσαρες-A3--NPM ανεμος-N2--NPM ο- A--GSM ουρανος-N2--GSM ενπιπτω-VBI-AAI3P εις-P ο- A--ASF θαλασσα-N1S-ASF ο- A--ASF μεγας-A1--ASF

3 και-C τεσσαρες-A3--NPN θηριον-N2N-NPN αναβαινω-V1I-IAI3P εκ-P ο- A--GSF θαλασσα-N1S-GSF διαφερω-V1--PAPNPN εις-A3--ASN παρα-P ο- A--ASN εις-A3--ASN

4 ο- A--NSN πρωτος-A1--NSNS ωσει-D λεαινα-N1A-NSF εχω-V1--PAPNSF πτερον-N2N-APN ωσει-D αετος-N2--GSM θεωρεω-V2I-IAI1S εως-P οστις- X--GSN τιλλω-VBI-API3S ο- A--NPN πτερον-N2N-NPN αυτος- D--GSF και-C αιρω-VCI-API3S απο-P ο- A--GSF γη-N1--GSF και-C επι-P πους-N3D-GPM ανθρωπινος-A1--GPM ιστημι-VCI-API3S και-C ανθρωπινος-A1--NSF καρδια-N1A-NSF διδωμι-VCI-API3S αυτος- D--DSF

5 και-C ιδου-I μετα-P αυτος- D--ASF αλλος- D--ASN θηριον-N2N-ASN ομοιωσις-N3I-ASF εχω-V1--PAPASN αρκος-N2--GSM και-C επι-P ο- A--GSN εις-A3--GSN πλευρον-N2N-GSN ιστημι-VCI-API3S και-C τρεις-A3--NPN πλευρον-N2N-NPN ειμι-V9I-IAI3S εν-P ο- A--DSN στομα-N3M-DSN αυτος- D--GSF και-C ουτως-D ειπον-VBI-AAI3S αναιστημι-VH--AAD2S καταεσθιω-VB--AAD2S σαρξ-N3K-APF πολυς-A1--APF

6 και-C μετα-P ουτος- D--APN θεωρεω-V2I-IAI1S θηριον-N2N-ASN αλλος- D--ASN ωσει-D παρδαλις-N3I-ASF και-C πτερον-N2N-NPN τεσσαρες-A3--NPN επιτεινω-V1--IAI3P επανω-P αυτος- D--GSN και-C τεσσαρες-A3--NPF κεφαλη-N1--NPF ο- A--DSN θηριον-N2N-DSN και-C γλωσσα-N1S-NSF διδωμι-VCI-API3S αυτος- D--DSN

7 μετα-P δε-X ουτος- D--APN θεωρεω-V2I-IAI1S εν-P οραμα-N3M-DSN ο- A--GSF νυξ-N3--GSF θηριον-N2N-ASN τεταρτος-A1--ASN φοβερος-A1A-ASN και-C ο- A--NSM φοβος-N2--NSM αυτος- D--GSN υπερφερω-V1--PAPNSM ισχυς-N3U-DSF εχω-V1--PAPASN οδους-N3--APM σιδηρους-A1C-APM μεγας-A1--APM εσθιω-V1--PAPASN και-C κοπανιζω-V1--PAPASN κυκλος-N2--DSM ο- A--DPM πους-N3D-DPM καταπατεω-V2--PAPASN διαφορως-D χραομαι-V3--PMPASN παρα-P πας-A3--APN ο- A--APN προ-P αυτος- D--GSN θηριον-N2N-APN εχω-V1I-IAI3S δε-X κερας-N3T-APN δεκα-M

8 και-C βουλη-N1--NPF πολυς-A1--NPF εν-P ο- A--DPN κερας-N3T-DPN αυτος- D--GSN και-C ιδου-I αλλος- D--NSN εις-A3--NSN κερας-N3T-NSN αναφυω-VDI-API3S ανα-P μεσος-A1--ASM αυτος- D--GPN μικρος-A1A-NSN εν-P ο- A--DPN κερας-N3T-DPN αυτος- D--GSN και-C τρεις-A3--NPN ο- A--GPN κερας-N3T-GPN ο- A--GPN πρωτος-A1--GPNS ξηραινω-VCI-API3P δια-P αυτος- D--GSN και-C ιδου-I οφθαλμος-N2--NPM ωσπερ-D οφθαλμος-N2--NPM ανθρωπινος-A1--NPM εν-P ο- A--DSN κερας-N3T-DSN ουτος- D--DSN και-C στομα-N3M-NSN λαλεω-V2--PAPNSN μεγας-A1--APN και-C ποιεω-V2I-IAI3S πολεμος-N2--ASM προς-P ο- A--APM αγιος-A1A-APM

9 θεωρεω-V2I-IAI1S εως-C οτε-D θρονος-N2--NPM τιθημι-VCI-API3P και-C παλαιος-A1A-NSM ημερα-N1A-GPF καταημαι-V1I-IMI3S εχω-V1--PAPNSM περιβολη-N1--ASF ωσει-D χιων-N3N-ASF και-C ο- A--ASN τριχωμα-N3M-ASN ο- A--GSF κεφαλη-N1--GSF αυτος- D--GSM ωσει-D εριον-N2N-NSN λευκος-A1--NSN καθαρος-A1A-NSN ο- A--NSM θρονος-N2--NSM ωσει-D φλοξ-N3G-NSF πυρ-N3--GSN

10 και-C εκπορευομαι-V1I-IMI3S κατα-P προσωπον-N2N-ASN αυτος- D--GSM ποταμος-N2--NSM πυρ-N3--GSN χιλιοι-A1A-NPF χιλιας-N3D-NPF θεραπευω-V1I-IAI3P αυτος- D--ASM και-C μυριοι-A1A-NPF μυριας-N3D-NPF παραιστημι-VXI-YAI3P αυτος- D--DSM και-C κριτηριον-N2N-NSN καταιζω-VAI-AAI3S και-C βιβλος-N2--NPF αναοιγω-VQI-API3P

11 θεωρεω-V2I-IAI1S τοτε-D ο- A--ASF φωνη-N1--ASF ο- A--GPM λογος-N2--GPM ο- A--GPM μεγας-A1--GPM ος- --GPM ο- A--NSN κερας-N3T-NSN λαλεω-V2I-IAI3S και-C αποτυμπανιζω-VSI-API3S ο- A--NSN θηριον-N2N-NSN και-C αποολλυω-VBI-AMI3S ο- A--NSN σωμα-N3M-NSN αυτος- D--GSN και-C διδωμι-VCI-API3S εις-P καυσις-N3I-ASF πυρ-N3--GSN

12 και-C ο- A--APM κυκλος-N2--DSM αυτος- D--GSN αποιστημι-VAI-AAI3S ο- A--GSF εξουσια-N1A-GSF αυτος- D--GPN και-C χρονος-N2--NSM ζωη-N1--GSF διδωμι-VCI-API3S αυτος- D--DPN εως-P χρονος-N2--GSM και-C καιρος-N2--GSM

13 θεωρεω-V2I-IAI1S εν-P οραμα-N3M-DSN ο- A--GSF νυξ-N3--GSF και-C ιδου-I επι-P ο- A--GPF νεφελη-N1--GPF ο- A--GSM ουρανος-N2--GSM ως-C υιος-N2--NSM ανθρωπος-N2--GSM ερχομαι-V1I-IMI3S και-C ως-C παλαιος-A1A-NSM ημερα-N1A-GPF παραειμι-V9--IAI3S και-C ο- A--NPM παραιστημι-VXI-XAPNPM παραειμι-V9--IAI3P αυτος- D--DSM

14 και-C διδωμι-VCI-API3S αυτος- D--DSM εξουσια-N1A-NSF και-C πας-A3--NPN ο- A--NPN εθνος-N3E-NPN ο- A--GSF γη-N1--GSF κατα-P γενος-N3E-APN και-C πας-A1S-NSF δοξα-N1S-NSF αυτος- D--DSM λατρευω-V1--PAPNSF και-C ο- A--NSF εξουσια-N1A-NSF αυτος- D--GSM εξουσια-N1A-NSF αιωνιος-A1B-NSF οστις- X--NSF ου-D μη-D αιρω-VC--APS3S και-C ο- A--NSF βασιλεια-N1A-NSF αυτος- D--GSM οστις- X--NSF ου-D μη-D φθειρω-VD--APS3S

15 και-C ακηδιαω-VA--AAPNSM εγω- P--NS *δανιηλ-N---NSM εν-P ουτος- D--DPN εν-P ο- A--DSN οραμα-N3M-DSN ο- A--GSF νυξ-N3--GSF

16 προςερχομαι-VBI-AAI1S προς-P εις-A3--ASM ο- A--GPM ιστημι-VXI-XAPGPM και-C ο- A--ASF ακριβεια-N1A-ASF ζητεω-V2I-IAI1S παρα-P αυτος- D--GSM υπερ-P πας-A3--GPN ουτος- D--GPN αποκρινω-VC--APPNSM δε-X λεγω-V1--PAI3S εγω- P--DS και-C ο- A--ASF κρισις-N3I-ASF ο- A--GPM λογος-N2--GPM δηλοω-VAI-AAI3S εγω- P--DS

17 ουτος- D--NPN ο- A--NPN θηριον-N2N-NPN ο- A--NPN μεγας-A1--APN ειμι-V9--PAI3P τεσσαρες-A3--NPM βασιλεια-N1A-NPF ος- --NPF αποολλυω-VF2-FMI3P απο-P ο- A--GSF γη-N1--GSF

18 και-C παραλαμβανω-VF--FMI3P ο- A--ASF βασιλεια-N1A-ASF αγιος-A1A-NPM υψιστος-A1--GSM και-C καταεχω-VF--FAI3P ο- A--ASF βασιλεια-N1A-ASF εως-P ο- A--GSM αιων-N3W-GSM και-C εως-P ο- A--GSM αιων-N3W-GSM ο- A--GPM αιων-N3W-GPM

19 τοτε-D θελω-V1I-IAI1S εκακριβαζομαι-VC--AMN περι-P ο- A--GSN θηριον-N2N-GSN ο- A--GSN τεταρτος-A1--GSN ο- A--GSN διαφθειρω-V1--PAPGSN πας-A3--APN και-C υπερφοβος-A1B-GSN και-C ιδου-I ο- A--NPM οδους-N3--NPM αυτος- D--GSN σιδηρους-A1C-NPM και-C ο- A--NPM ονυξ-N3--NPM αυτος- D--GSN χαλκους-A1C-NPM καταεσθιω-V1--PAPNPM πας-A3--APM κυκλοθεν-D και-C καταπατεω-V2--PAPNPM ο- A--DPM πους-N3D-DPM

20 και-C περι-P ο- A--GPN δεκα-M κερας-N3T-GPN αυτος- D--GSN ο- A--GPN επι-P ο- A--GSF κεφαλη-N1--GSF και-C ο- A--GSN εις-A3--GSN ο- A--GSN αλλος- D--GSN ο- A--GSN προςφυω-V1--PAPGSN και-C εκπιπτω-VAI-AAI3P δια-P αυτος- D--GSN τρεις-A3--NPN και-C ο- A--NSN κερας-N3T-NSN εκεινος- D--NSN εχω-V1I-IAI3S οφθαλμος-N2--APM και-C στομα-N3M-ASN λαλεω-V2--PAPASN μεγας-A1--APN και-C ο- A--NSF προσοψις-N3I-NSF αυτος- D--GSN υπερφερω-V1I-IAI3S ο- A--APN αλλος-A1--APN

21 και-C κατανοεω-V2I-IAI1S ο- A--ASN κερας-N3T-ASN εκεινος- D--ASN πολεμος-N2--ASM συνιστημι-V6--PMPASN προς-P ο- A--APM αγιος-A1A-APM και-C τροποω-V4--PAPASN αυτος- D--APM

22 εως-P ο- A--GSN ερχομαι-VB--AAN ο- A--ASM παλαιος-A1A-ASM ημερα-N1A-GPF και-C ο- A--ASF κρισις-N3I-ASF διδωμι-VAI-AAI3S ο- A--DPM αγιος-A1A-DPM ο- A--GSM υψιστος-A1--GSM και-C ο- A--NSM καιρος-N2--NSM διδωμι-VCI-API3S και-C ο- A--ASN βασιλειον-N2N-ASN καταεχω-VBI-AAI3P ο- A--NPM αγιος-A1A-NPM

23 και-C ειπον-VCI-API3S εγω- P--DS περι-P ο- A--GSN θηριον-N2N-GSN ο- A--GSN τεταρτος-A1--GSN οτι-C βασιλεια-N1A-NSF τεταρτος-A1--NSF ειμι-VF--FMI3S επι-P ο- A--GSF γη-N1--GSF οστις- X--NSF διαφερω-VF--FAI3S παρα-P πας-A1S-ASF ο- A--ASF γη-N1--ASF και-C αναστατοω-VF--FAI3S αυτος- D--ASF και-C καταλεαινω-VF2-FAI3S αυτος- D--ASF

24 και-C ο- A--NPN δεκα-M κερας-N3T-NPN ο- A--GSF βασιλεια-N1A-GSF δεκα-M βασιλευς-N3V-NPM ιστημι-VF--FMI3P και-C ο- A--NSM αλλος- D--NSM βασιλευς-N3V-NSM μετα-P ουτος- D--APM ιστημι-VF--FMI3S και-C αυτος- D--NSM διαφερω-VF--FAI3S κακος-A1--DPN υπερ-P ο- A--APM πρωτος-A1--APMS και-C τρεις-A3--APM βασιλευς-N3V-APM ταπεινοω-VF--FAI3S

25 και-C ρημα-N3M-APN εις-P ο- A--ASM υψιστος-A1--ASM λαλεω-VF--FAI3S και-C ο- A--APM αγιος-A1A-APM ο- A--GSM υψιστος-A1--GSM κατατριβω-VF--FAI3S και-C προςδεχομαι-VF--FMI3S αλλοιοω-VA--AAN καιρος-N2--APM και-C νομος-N2--ASM και-C παραδιδωμι-VC--FPI3S πας-A3--APN εις-P ο- A--APF χειρ-N3--APF αυτος- D--GSM εως-P καιρος-N2--GSM και-C καιρος-N2--GPM και-C εως-P ημισυς-A3U-GSM καιρος-N2--GSM

26 και-C ο- A--NSF κρισις-N3I-NSF καταιζω-VF--FMI3S και-C ο- A--ASF εξουσια-N1A-ASF αποολλυω-VF2-FAI3P και-C βουλευω-VF--FMI3P μιαινω-VA--AAN και-C αποολλυω-VA--AAN εως-P τελος-N3E-GSN

27 και-C ο- A--ASF βασιλεια-N1A-ASF και-C ο- A--ASF εξουσια-N1A-ASF και-C ο- A--ASF μεγαλειοτης-N3T-ASF αυτος- D--GPM και-C ο- A--ASF αρχη-N1--ASF πας-A1S-GPF ο- A--GPF υπο-P ο- A--ASM ουρανος-N2--ASM βασιλεια-N1A-GPF διδωμι-VAI-AAI3S λαος-N2--DSM αγιος-A1A-DSM υψιστος-A1--GSM βασιλευω-VA--AAN βασιλεια-N1A-ASF αιωνιος-A1B-ASF και-C πας-A1S-NPF ο- A--NPF εξουσια-N1A-NPF αυτος- D--DSM υποτασσω-VD--FPI3P και-C πειθαρχεω-VF--FAI3P αυτος- D--DSM

28 εως-P καταστροφη-N1--GSF ο- A--GSM λογος-N2--GSM εγω- P--NS *δανιηλ-N---NSM σφοδρα-D εκστασις-N3I-DSF περιεχω-V1I-IMI1S και-C ο- A--NSF εξις-N3I-NSF εγω- P--GS διαφερω-VAI-AAI3S εγω- P--DS και-C ο- A--ASN ρημα-N3M-ASN εν-P καρδια-N1A-DSF εγω- P--GS στηριζω-VAI-AAI1S

  

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Daniel's First Vision: 4 Beasts and the Little Horn      

Napsal(a) Rev. Dr. Andrew M. T. Dibb

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This opening verse of the prophecies of Daniel has a resounding similarity to the opening verses of most of the preceding chapters of the book of Daniel. Like them, it places the vision in a context, we are shown the point of our regeneration at which the Lord is directing us: the first year of Belshazzar, king of Babylon.

In the internal sense, time is an indication of state. This means that the events and prophecies of Daniel do not follow in a strict chronological order, but rather happen on different levels at the same time. While Nebuchadnezzar is king of Babylon, representing selfishness in our inner self, Belshazzar rules our outer self. The work of overcoming selfish motives has to go hand in hand with the removal of that very selfishness in our external—otherwise the exercise is purely intellectual. Daniel’s visions in the last six chapters of the book, indicate the process by which we become aware of the effects of selfishness in our daily lives: when Belshazzar is king.

In spiritual development, we sometimes delude ourselves that change follows effort without delay. Nothing could be further from the truth. Our habits are very powerful—often we are not even aware that we have them. Yet "regeneration" literally means "re-birth," which entails casting out each and every obstacle in the path of our spiritual development. This can only be done by examining the exterior motives in our lives, and getting to the very bottom or root of our behaviors.

Daniel’s vision traces this exploration for us. Each of the four beasts he saw rising up from the sea depict the states of an evil life in us, with the added twist in their relationship to the religious principles a person purports to hold. Each must be examined and rejected. Every detail of the vision, therefore is important.

As with all numbers in the Word, the number "four" has a special meaning vitally important to the exposition. "Four" represents a joining together, and so has the same meaning as the number "two," (Arcana Coelestia 1686, 9103, 9601) which is obvious since "four" is the result of two multiplied into itself.

In a general sense, when the term "four winds" is mentioned in the Word, it means "all things of good and of truth, thus all things of heaven and of the church" (Arcana Coelestia 9642:10) flowing into a person, for "wind" means the influx of life from the Lord (Apocalypse Revealed 343). Thus the Lord breathed life into Adam in the Garden of Eden, and again on His disciples, filling them with the Holy Spirit. In an ideal situation, the presence of the Lord, both in our will and our understanding, in equal measure, indicates a state of regeneration. In that state, we are as "four-square" as the New Jerusalem.

As in so many cases in the book of Daniel, the symbolism needs to be reversed in order to see its full meaning. Daniel is in Babylon, a servant to the king, and thus anything usually relating to the Lord is inverted to relate to the king of Babylon, as selfishness: the opposite of love to the Lord.

The influx then is not goodness and truth, but evil and falsity, specifically love of self and control over others. The "sea" in this vision depicts the great restless tide of selfishness controlling our external being. The book of Daniel is a picture of a person whose conscience is restricted to thoughts and feelings, yet whose behavior, attitudes, and habits still reflect the old states of selfishness (Apocalypse Explained 316). Babylon reigns. In the vision that follows, the states and their effects are revealed.

The vision of the four beasts coming up from the sea tells our story when we cynically misuse truth to live selfishly, until evil completely takes over and would destroy us (Apocalypse Explained 556, Apocalypse Revealed 574). Evil will succeed unless the power of the truth, in our conscience, overcomes evil and allows us to reject it.

The first of these beasts was like a lion with eagle’s wings. Lions are mentioned many times in the Word, and usually describe the power of truth to destroy falsity and evil (Apocalypse Explained 556). But in this vision, describing Babylon, the lion takes on the opposite meaning: the lion represents the power of the love of self (Arcana Coelestia 6367), and the power of falsity to destroy truths.

The eagle's wings, representing human reason, were taken away from the lion, and he was made to stand on his two feet like a man, and a man’s heart was given to him. A person engrossed in selfishness loses their ability to appreciate religion, and weighted down by their own contrary thoughts, find themselves alienated from the truth.

Next, Daniel saw a bear raised up on one side. This posture indicates our eagerness to misinterpret the Word to suit our own means (Arcana Coelestia 781). This a vision of the human state when self love (Nebuchadnezzar) rules our internal being, and the expression of that selfishness (Belshazzar) controls our daily actions. The bear is the pleasure of justifying evil with our own 'superior' reasoning.

It is easy to be kind, while manipulating other people for our own benefit. It is easy to present oneself as a spiritual being in order to deceive other people. In such a life, charity is a dead form. Thus the bear had three ribs hanging from its mouth.

Daniel never tells who commanded the bear to 'arise, and devour more flesh,' but perhaps the urging comes from deeper states of selfishness which control our external actions. Whatever its origin, these words give voice to the heart of a person misusing the Word for his or her own gain.

A leopard is "a ferocious beast" which loves to "kill harmless animals." Its very appearance, black spots on white, illustrates the effect of falsity on truth (Apocalypse Revealed 57). But the leopard in Daniel also had four wings like a bird. As in the case of the lion which had the wings of an eagle, the wings here also signify our intellect destroying the truth. The four wings on the leopard depict "confirmations of what is false" (Apocalypse Revealed 574).

The leopard not only had four wings, but also four heads. This is a depiction of human degradation when falsity rules. It is a state of spiritual insanity, for when a selfish internal acts with a falsified external, there is nothing to prevent a person engaging in all kinds evil (Arcana Coelestia 1944:3). In this state, the conscience is enslaved, powerless to stop the madness.

The fourth beast, whose appearance is not described, signifies the "destruction of truth and good" (Apocalypse Revealed 574). Once a person reaches this state of degeneration, they stop at nothing to destroy any restraining influences. Falsity is used to destroy truth through denial or twisting it to suit one’s own ends. This process is described as "teeth like iron" devouring and breaking in pieces (see 1 explanation of Daniel 2 for a description of 'iron')(Apocalypse Revealed 556).

'A horn' is usually a symbol of power, and in the highest sense, the power of truth against falsity. But again, in this story the opposite sense applies, and the power here is of falsity for evil (Apocalypse Explained 316). These ten horns depict the complete power falsity has over the way we act.

The whole sordid description of the four beasts culminates on a little horn. This is the complete perversion of anything good and true drawn from the Word, and so represents the final profanation. If there was no counter-balancing conscience, a person would be irrevocably in hell.

The casting out of the three horns depicts the power of evil and falsity to destroy and remove the truths of the Word (Apocalypse Explained 316). The number "three" represents fullness or completeness, and thus the power of evil when brought into action to destroy all truths. Hence, the old saying 'when you break one of the Commandments, you break them all,' takes on a more powerful meaning.

The next image shifts: we see the thrones "cast down" signifying the falsities (Arcana Coelestia 8215) from the beasts, judged by the truths of the Word forming our conscience. All judgment begins with truth, for truth provides the balances upon which our lives are measured.

In the image of God’s throne, symbolizing judgment, it is important to remember that His judgment is always a product of love and mercy. But the Lord’s love should not be confused with license: just because He loves the human race, individually and collectively, this does not mean evil is permissible. Evil interferes with a person’s reception of the Lord, putting barriers between Him and ourselves. For the most part, the Lord permits evils, but does not will them, because they are useful reminding us to turn away from them (Divine Providence 275, 278). Yet there are times when human beings overstep the mark.

The judgment in this chapter must be seen in its context, which is in the reign of Belshazzar. It is the story of both the beasts and the fact that Belshazzar was weighed in the balances, found wanting, and killed by Darius. That in essence is a judgment on the external’s of our lives, on our behavior. and attitudes which have their origin in the Nebuchadnezzar states of our inner being.

Here, however, we see the origin of truth as "the Ancient of Days," sitting on the throne of judgment, heralding the destruction of one state and the beginning of another (Apocalypse Revealed 574). The "Ancient of Days" is an image of the love of the Lord (Arcana Coelestia 9470), and in a sense is the Divine counterpart to the love we are led to by means of truth. The object of all truth is to lead one to a love of God, and a love of the neighbor, and a life expressive of both. Our love for God is a reflection of His love for us.

In the Word, a garment corresponds to truth one knows and which forms a part of a person’s mind. Thus the garment of the Ancient of Days represents the truth veiling over the Divine Good. This truth is truth in our minds, in our conscious minds (Arcana Coelestia 9470, Apocalypse Explained 67). These garments were as white as snow to show us the quality of the intelligence and wisdom we can have from the Lord (Apocalypse Explained 195:18).

'Hair' means the most external parts of our lives—the natural thoughts and feelings we have which prompt us into action, all perfectly conscious. While we are in this world, this very external part of us seems to be vitally important, but in fact it is only driven by the inner things. If these are from the Lord, then our external will also appear as virgin wool.

The fire of the throne is the appearance of the Lord's love. The wheels represents the wisdom and intelligence we have from the Lord, which are full of love and so are described as "burning."

All judgment is done by the Lord. The Lord’s birth in Bethlehem was the beginning of a last judgment on the ancient churches, and that judgment from love by means of wisdom, came about through the life and death of Jesus Christ, the Divine Human of the Lord.

In Daniel’s vision, there is a similar relationship between the Ancient of Days, seated on His throne, and the Son of Man to whom was given all power. The Ancient of Days represents the Lord, and in that vision we saw the unity of the Divine love and Divine wisdom in the fiery throne upon which He sat.

Once the presence of the Lord has been established in us by the overthrow of evil and falsity, we will continue to develop in goodness and truth. This spiritual growth is described in the words that 'the Son of Man was given an everlasting dominion,' a theme repeated in verses 18 and 27. The kingdom of the Son of Man extended over "all peoples, nations and tongues," representing the different states of the human mind which will be made subject to truth from the Word. "Peoples" are the truths of doctrine—in this case, the false ideas which affect our behavior to be judged against the truth introduced into our minds by the conscience. "Nations" mean the evils of life, overthrown in the process of judgment (Apocalypse Revealed 483, Apocalypse Explained 175, 455). Thus in the process of judgment, both our habitual thoughts and feelings will be confronted by truth, and replaced by feelings drawn from the goodness and truth of the Lord. Finally, "tongues" signify the actions drawn from evil feelings and false thoughts—these too will be brought down in our personal "last judgment."

The "time, times, and half a time" are the states of temptation and combat we need to go through in order to regenerate. Yet each minute of that combat is a temptation, and temptation only takes place within the framework or regeneration. Thus a person being tempted, who resists the evil, sits in judgment on that evil, and from the power of the Lord will eventually prevail over it.

These final verses are a vision of things yet to come. This is before our entrance into the Lord’s kingdom, before the power of falsity is broken. We still have growing to do. There are still states we need to face and overcome. Even with this marvelous promise of ultimate victory, Daniel found that his thoughts still troubled him.

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Footnotes:

http://newchristianbiblestudy.org/bible/story/daniel-interprets-nebuchadnezzars-dream/king-james-version

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Hlavní výklad ze Swedenborgových prací:

Arcana Coelestia 1326, 10455

Apocalypse Revealed 748

De Verbo (The Word) 5

The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 178

Scriptural Confirmations 4, 37


Další odkazy Swedenborga k této kapitole:

Arcana Coelestia 49, 934, 1066, 1607, 1990, 2547, 2832, ...

Apocalypse Revealed 24, 36, 47, 49, 101, 166, 229, ...

Conjugial Love 26, 81, 193

Divine Providence 134

Doctrine of the Lord 4, 6, 10, 26, 42, 48, 52

Doctrine of the Sacred Scripture 49, 86

Doctrine of Life 61

Heaven and Hell 171

True Christian Religion 1, 113, 157, 223, 251, 262, 288, ...


Odkazy ze Swedenborgových nevydaných prací:

Apocalypse Explained 36, 63, 67, 70, 175, 195, 199, ...

On the Athanasian Creed 41

Canons of the New Church 37

Coronis (An Appendix to True Christian Religion) 3

De Verbo (The Word) 10, 15, 25

An Invitation to the New Church 10

Marriage 0, 1, 113

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