I am a dreamer.  It is rare that I don’t dream weird happenings that include snippets of what occurred that day.  My brain acts like a faulty computer in need of repair as it mixes up all the files put in to produce a completely different story based on my life occurrences.  I also dream of those things that concern me.  I dream about people I once knew.  I hear them as they were in my life.  I can almost hear their voices again as I dream.  Rich foods can give me nightmares of unreal proportions. 

But I also dream of what God wants for our lives versus what I want.  God uses dreams and visions, day and night, to help us understand and be ready for what lies ahead. 

Daniel has a dream…” but he kept it to himself” …his dream concerns all God’s people who belong to Him now as well as then.  Read prayerfully…

Daniel 7, The Message

A Vision of Four Animals

In the first year of the reign of King Belshazzar of Babylon, Daniel had a dream. What he saw as he slept in his bed terrified him—a real nightmare. Then he wrote out his dream:

2-3 In my dream that night I saw the four winds of heaven whipping up a great storm on the sea. Four huge animals, each different from the others, ascended out of the sea.

“The first animal looked like a lion, but it had the wings of an eagle. While I watched, its wings were pulled off. It was then pulled erect so that it was standing on two feet like a man. Then a human heart was placed in it.

“Then I saw a second animal that looked like a bear. It lurched from side to side, holding three ribs in its jaws. It was told, ‘Attack! Devour! Fill your belly!’

“Next I saw another animal. This one looked like a panther. It had four birdlike wings on its back. This animal had four heads and was made to rule.

“After that, a fourth animal appeared in my dream. This one was a grisly horror—hideous. It had huge iron teeth. It crunched and swallowed its victims. Anything left over, it trampled into the ground. It was different from the other animals—this one was a real monster. It had ten horns.

“As I was staring at the horns and trying to figure out what they meant, another horn sprouted up, a little horn. Three of the original horns were pulled out to make room for it. There were human eyes in this little horn, and a big mouth speaking arrogantly.

9-10 “As I was watching all this,

“Thrones were set in place
    and The Old One sat down.
His robes were white as snow,
    his hair was white like wool.
His throne was flaming with fire,
    its wheels blazing.
A river of fire
    poured out of the throne.
Thousands upon thousands served him,
    tens of thousands attended him.
The courtroom was called to order,
    and the books were opened.

11-13 “I kept watching. The little horn was speaking arrogantly. Then, as I watched, the monster was killed and its body cremated in a roaring fire. The other animals lived on for a limited time, but they didn’t really do anything, had no power to rule. My dream continued.

13-14 “I saw a human form, a son of man,
    arriving in a whirl of clouds.
He came to The Old One
    and was presented to him.
He was given power to rule—all the glory of royalty.
    Everyone—race, color, and creed—had to serve him.
His rule would be forever, never ending.
    His kingly rule would never be replaced

15-16 “But as for me, Daniel, I was disturbed. All these dream-visions had me agitated. So I went up to one of those standing by and asked him the meaning of all this. And he told me, interpreting the dream for me:

17-18 “‘These four huge animals,’ he said, ‘mean that four kingdoms will appear on earth. But eventually the holy people of the High God will be given the kingdom and have it ever after—yes, forever and ever.’

19-22 “But I wanted to know more. I was curious about the fourth animal, the one so different from the others, the hideous monster with the iron teeth and the bronze claws, gulping down what it ripped to pieces and trampling the leftovers into the dirt. And I wanted to know about the ten horns on its head and the other horn that sprouted up while three of the original horns were removed. This new horn had eyes and a big mouth and spoke arrogantly, dominating the other horns. I watched as this horn was making war on God’s holy people and getting the best of them. But then The Old One intervened and decided things in favor of the people of the High God. In the end, God’s holy people took over the kingdom.

23-25 “The bystander continued, telling me this: ‘The fourth animal is a fourth kingdom that will appear on earth. It will be different from the first three kingdoms, a monster kingdom that will chew up everyone in sight and spit them out. The ten horns are ten kings, one after another, that will come from this kingdom. But then another king will arrive. He will be different from the earlier kings. He will begin by toppling three kings. Then he will blaspheme the High God, persecute the followers of the High God, and try to get rid of sacred worship and moral practice. God’s holy people will be persecuted by him for a time, two times, half a time.

26-27 “‘But when the court comes to order, the horn will be stripped of its power and totally destroyed. Then the royal rule and the authority and the glory of all the kingdoms under heaven will be handed over to the people of the High God. Their royal rule will last forever. All other rulers will serve and obey them.’

28 “And there it ended. I, Daniel, was in shock. I was like a man who had seen a ghost. But I kept it all to myself.”


Through a vision, God told Daniel about the coming of the Messiah and the final judgment. Daniel didn’t understand everything he saw, because some of the events would take place five hundred years later.

God always fulfills his prophecies. Those who believe that all that God says is really real and have accepted Jesus, His Son, as Savior and Lord of their lives, can have confidence in him no matter how bleak the world may seem.

Faith and trust.  Growing deeply in faith means there is more to life than meets the eye. For that’s what faith is. Faith is trusting what the eye cannot see. We could spend time going around and around at the implications of Daniel’s dream and ponder what current countries might be involved in the final days until Jesus comes, but I would rather grow my faith in the One who loves me most and trust the One and Only who is completely in control of our lives.  I live gratefully for God’s Son who saved me and for His Holy Spirit who lives in me who teaches, convicts, guides, leads, pulls me away from danger, comforts and counsels me in God’s Ways. 

Lean into what Max Lucado says about this passage.  Build Hope, Trust and Faith in God who is building an unshakable Kingdom with Jesus as King forevermore. God calls us to simply love Him back and to love others like He loves us.  Without conditions.

  • “Eyes see the prowling lion. Faith sees Daniel’s angel.
  • Eyes see storms. Faith sees Noah’s rainbow.
  • Eyes see giants. Faith sees Canaan.
  • Your eyes see your faults. Your faith sees your Savior.
  • Your eyes see your guilt. Your faith sees his blood.
  • Your eyes see your grave. Your faith sees a city whose builder and maker is God.
  • Your eyes look in the mirror and see a sinner, a failure, a promise breaker. But by faith you look in the mirror and see a robed prodigal bearing the ring of grace on your finger and the kiss of your Father on your face.”  (Lucado)


We don’t have to know the future to know you.  Just like the song of my past teaches,

I don’t know about tomorrow,
I just live from day to day.
I don’t borrow from its sunshine,
For its skies may turn to gray.
I don’t worry o’er the future,
For I know what Jesus said,
And today I’ll walk beside Him,
For He knows what is ahead.

Many things about tomorrow,
I don’t seem to understand;
But I know who holds tomorrow,
And I know who holds my hand.

Lord, some think I have just a “Pollyana” way of thinking but they don’t know how much I trust in what you say and how faith in you is my way of life.  I love you with all my heart, mind, and soul.

In Jesus Name, Amen.  I believe, and I will always sing your praises.

About randscallawayffm

Randy and Susan co founded Finding Focus Ministries in 2006. Their goal as former full time pastors, is to serve and provide spiritual encouragement and focus to those on the "front lines" of ministry. Extensive experience being on both sides of ministry, paid and volunteer, on the mission fields of other countries as well as the United States, helps them bring a different perspective to those who need it most. Need a lift? Call us 260 229 2276.
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