Daniel’s Vision of the Four Beasts

Sunday September 29, 2019

Dr. Richard L. Hamm

Chapter seven of the book of Daniel turns from events in Daniel’s life to a series of visions and revelations that he received. It marks the beginning of a new genre. Chapters 1–6 are narrative, and chapters 7–12 are categorized as apocalyptic literature. Each new vision that Daniel had adds further revelation and looks futuristic to a time beyond Daniel’s life. Daniel transitions from being a statesman and begins functions as a prophet. Daniel begins offering instruction peculiar to the Church. To this point in his life, God had  appointed him an interpreter and instructor to hedonistic kings. But he now commissions him a teacher/prophet to the Church, to instruct the sons and daughters of God.