Poetry With A Mission

...a thought provoking poetical exercise.

The Book Of Daniel:

“The first [beast] was like a lion [Babylon – 605 BC] and had eagles’ wings [denoting speed and spread of conquest]....” (Dan 7:4, NKJV). Note Dan 2:36-38.

“Another beast appeared, a second one, that looked like a bear [Medo-Persia – 538 BC]. It was raised up on one side [the Persians became the dominant power a few years before the dual empire conquered Babylonia], had three tusks in its mouth among its teeth [three powers conquered by the Medes and Persians as it built its great empire]...” (Dan 7:5). Note Dan 2:39.

“After this, as I watched, another [beast] appeared, like a leopard [Greece – 331 BC.]. The beast had four wings of a bird on its back [denotes the incredible speed of Alexander the Great’s conquest, his swift rise to power] and four heads [after Alexander died his kingdom was taken and divided up by his four generals]; and dominion was given to it” (Dan 7:6). Note Dan 2:39.

“After this I saw in the visions by night a fourth beast, terrifying and dreadful and exceedingly strong [Pagan Rome – 168 BC.]. It had great iron teeth [cruelty, strength] and was devouring, breaking in pieces, and stamping what was left with its feet [in the intensity of its power to destroy, pagan Rome surpassed the previous kingdoms that had ruled the world. It trampled all that stood in its way]. It was different from all the beasts that preceded it, and it had ten horns [the Roman Empire was eventually divided up into different kingdoms (Dan 7:24; 2:41) when German barbarian tribes successively invaded it, AD 351-AD 476. The ten horns (like the statue’s toes, see Dan 2:41) symbolize the European nations that emerged after the collapse of the pagan Roman Empire]” (Dan 7:7). Note Dan 2:40.

“I was considering the horns [the ten German Barbarian kingdoms], when another horn appeared, a little one coming up among them [out of the ruins of Pagan Rome arose another persecuting power, AD 538. A religious power which would grasp civil power to enforce certain beliefs and practices. A church-state combination]; to make room for it, three of the earlier horns were plucked up by the roots [the overthrow of three German Barbarian nations who obstructed its rise]. There were eyes like human eyes [cunning foresight, insight, subtlety, secret diplomacy] in this horn, and a mouth speaking arrogantly [making pompous claims, would consider itself equal with God (Dan 7:25; 2 Thess 2:3,4)]” (Dan 7:8).

“Let no one deceive you in any way; for that day [the Second Coming] will not come unless the rebellion [apostasy] comes first and the lawless one is revealed, the one destined for destruction. He opposes and exalts himself  above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, declaring himself to be God” (2 Thess 2:3,4). Note 2 Thess 2:9,10.

“ ‘...This one [the little horn] shall be different from the former ones [previous kingdoms]…’ ” (Dan 7:24).

“ ‘He [the little horn] shall speak words against the most high [consider itself equal with God, act in opposition to (Dan 11:36; 7:11; Rev 13:6), pompous claims], shall wear out [persecute] the holy ones [those who opposed its apostasy (Dan 7:21)] of the most high [God], and shall attempt to change the sacred seasons [would attempt to exercise the prerogative of God in shaping the course of history] and the law [Ten Commandments]...’ ” (Dan 7:25).

Now To The Book Of Revelation:

“Then I saw another beast that rose out of the earth; it had two horns [denoting civil and religious liberty] like a lamb [young, innocent, peaceful, free] and it spoke like a dragon [deceptive in appearance because it later changes character, becomes Satanic, oppressive, aggressive]. It exercises all the authority of the first beast [the little horn] on its behalf, and makes [a reversal of civil and religious liberty] the earth and its inhabitants [that it controls] worship the first beast [in other words, it effectively fulfills the little horn’s historic thrust], whose mortal wound had been healed [the little horns revival, acceptance, influence and involvement on the world stage again]” (Rev 13:11,12).

“And it [the second beast/image — the new political-religious system] was allowed to give breath [begins to function] to the image [copy of the first beast] of the beast [the little horn] so that the image [copy] of the beast [the little horn] could even speak [through its laws and enactment’s] and cause [force] those who would not worship the image [copy] of the beast [the little horn] to be killed” (Rev 13:15).

“Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the [ten] commandments of God [not mens (Mark 7:9), but God’s, as He’s laid down, all ten — James 2:10; Matt 22:36-40; Rom 13:8-10]...” (Rev 14:12).

“Blessed are those who do His commandments [are faithful to God’s requirements], that they may have the right to the tree of life [eternal life], and may enter through the gates into the city [heaven]” (Rev 22:14, NKJV).

Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work. But the seventh day [Saturday] is the sabbath [a holy day] of the Lord thy God...” (Ex 20:8-11, KJV). Note Mark 2:28

“So God [at creation] blessed the seventh day [Saturday] and hallowed it ” (Gen 2:3).

“Therefore, while the promise of entering His rest is still open, let us take care that none of you should seem to have failed to reach it...For in one place it speaks about the seventh day as follows, ‘And God rested on the seventh day from all His works’...So then, a Sabbath rest still remains for the people of God...Let us therefore make every effort to enter that rest...” (Heb 4:1-11).

“Thy name, O Lord, endureth forever; and thy memorial [the seventh day Sabbath], O Lord, throughout all generations” (Ps 135:13, KJV).

Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the Lord your God that I give you” (Deut 4:2, NIV).

Compare Daniel chapter seven and Revelation chapter thirteen. Note also Rev 17:1-6; 19:20.

Those Beasts

Within God's Holy Word...

In the book of Daniel, chapter seven, we see history unfold,
For God via a vision — specific prophetic things — Daniel told.
Yes, our God opened up the future to this very humble Jew,
Who recorded there for us, a prophecy that in time came true.

Now, when Daniel was in vision, four unusual beasts he saw,
Each one representing a kingdom that the devil's hallmarks bore.
But from the top of the fourth beast’s head, he saw a “little horn” rise,
A kingdom even more deadly, that absolute power would prize.

Okay, let's take a look at these beasts...

The first “beast” seen, looked like a “lion,” and it had wings like an eagle;
It representing a kingdom once extensive, strong and regal,
For soon the kingdom of BABYLON was conquered by a power
That attacked with stealth and cunning during Babylon’s weakest hour.

This second power that stormed Babylon, looked like a great big “bear,”
One with three tusks between its teeth; those tusks being conquests pictured there,
For this MEDO-PERSIAN power not just Babylon invaded,
But two more kingdoms as well, which it quickly conquered and raided.

The third “beast” looked like a “leopard,” with four very large wings attached,
For this power’s speed of conquest and range no other one had matched.
And under Alexander the Great, not just Medo-Persia fell,
But many other powers also, where GREECE cast its net and spell.

The fourth “beast” was “terrifying,” and somewhat indescribable;
It representing PAGAN ROME, whose very presence brought a chill.
This cruel and violent power then conquered the kingdom of Greece,
And up until it also fell, its evil activity didn’t cease.

This fourth “beast” had “ten horns,” which protruded from the top of its head,
They representing Germanic tribes that strong attacks on Rome led.
Hence how pagan Rome was soon crushed, and its iron-fisted rule,
But later, out of its ruins, arose another power as cruel.

Yes, for from amongst the “ten horns” that were upon the fourth beast’s head,
A “little horn” then emerged, a power that Constantine once led.
This religious-political power that emperors’ thrones now filled,
Persecuted relentlessly, and via harsh inquisitions grilled.

That power? PAPAL ROME.

This ecclesiastical power ruled for over a thousand years,
And its identity and background in history books appears.
It attempted to change God’s Law, and sought to change God’s Holy day,
And eventually killed those who its dictates wouldn’t obey.

Thus, as foretold, a lawless one within the Christian Church appeared;
An antichrist authority, just like prophecy had declared.
Thus, with the Church and State combined, apostasy became enshrined,
And God’s truth that had once held firm — thereafter — rapidly declined.

Hence how the Christian Church thus hi-jacked, became the old devil’s tool
For enforcing his agenda, (as via this power he could rule).
Once politics and religion had wrongly grasped each other’s hand,
Satan knew that he had the platform to dictate throughout the land.

This “little horn” power that Daniel, (when he was in vision), saw,
John also saw within a vision, and he elaborates more.
Though it was nearly destroyed once, it survived and regained power,
And Revelation tells us that it plays a part in Earth’s last hour.

Its leader incorrectly says that the head of God’s church is he,
But Scripture says that Christ is — thus, he’s speaking blasphemously.
And once again, this power’s leader makes another faulty claim,
Stating that he is equal with God; and he dictates in God’s name.

We're told that just prior to Christ’s return, a new power will arise,
Also religious and political; a “false prophet,” for it too, lies.
And this power soon rules the earth, and the earth’s inhabitants fools,
Except for its dissenters — that is, those adhering to God’s rules.

That power? AMERICA.

This new cruel power will promote and eventually endorse
The little horn’s day of worship, who, Sunday also, will endorse.
Those keeping the true Sabbath, will first be scorned, then persecuted,
Even though God himself the seventh day Sabbath instituted.

You see — Sunday observance instead — the old power made church law,
Thus refuting the seventh day — Saturday — just like God foresaw.
Daniel who was shown this in vision, recorded it in God’s Word,
And history affirms that what he wrote actually occurred.

God's Sabbath day?

God’s Sabbath day is a memorial of His creative act,
And His hallowing and blessing it being a clear biblical fact.
No other day God has hallowed, and no other day He has blessed,
But simply the seventh day, a day upon which we’re told to rest.

Whenever the past’s forgotten, we usually just repeat it,
Hence why very soon — the old power’s shoes — a new power will fit.
It’s an “image,” effectively — that is, it mirrors the old power,
Finishing what the old power started, around Christ’s coming hour.

Satan's plans were thwarted due to the Protestant Reformation,
And hence Satan’s new “beast” power that's mentioned in Revelation.
For what he failed to do before, he will again attempt to do
But via the little horn’s “image” — Revelation’s “beast” number two.

The first “beast” that's in Revelation, (alias the “little horn”),
Supports the second “beast,” who the true Sabbath — Saturday — will scorn.
The little horn's image most of earth’s inhabitants follow,
Whether through expediency, or the falsehood that they swallow.

Yes, the “little horn” power is the first “beast” of Revelation.
How do we know this? Because John provided such information.
Their connection's very clear, for the details of both are the same,
And both, (including the “image”), the prerogatives of God claim.

The devil's using every trick in the hope that he’ll Christians fool,
So that they’ll again embrace another system that he can rule.
And our current world events, and those strident calls for unity,
Are thus giving the old devil a golden opportunity.

Yes, with all under one umbrella, so much easier it’ll be
For the devil to implement his nasty End-time strategy.
With all wanting peace and safety, more accepting most folk will be
Of Satan’s New World Order promising things that they’d like to see.

If this you don’t believe, then just observe — if unsure, do the same,
For in time you will surely see if I am making a false claim.
For Satan has coveted worship that to God alone is due,
And therefore, such a scenario clearly fits with what he’d do.

By Lance Landall

Note: A question mark appears below where Papal Rome came into the scene.

The application of a day for a year in apocalyptic prophecy has been a standard principle of Protestant prophetic interpretation from the time of the Reformation in the 16th century to the 19th century.