Daniel 7:24-28

24 The ten horns are ten kings who will come from this kingdom. After them another king will arise, different from the earlier ones; he will subdue three kings.
25 He will speak against the Most High and oppress his holy people and try to change the set times and the laws. The holy people will be delivered into his hands for a time, times and half a time.[a]
26 “ ‘But the court will sit, and his power will be taken away and completely destroyed forever.
27 Then the sovereignty, power and greatness of all the kingdoms under heaven will be handed over to the holy people of the Most High. His kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, and all rulers will worship and obey him.’
28 “This is the end of the matter. I, Daniel, was deeply troubled by my thoughts, and my face turned pale, but I kept the matter to myself.”

Daniel 7:24-28 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO DANIEL 7

This chapter contains Daniel's vision of the four beasts, The time, place, manner, writing, and declaration of the vision, Da 7:1, the rise of the beasts, and the description of them, Da 7:2-8, the judgment of God upon them, especially the last, and the delivery of universal monarchy to his Son, Da 7:9-14, the interpretation of the vision at the request of Daniel, being greatly affected with it, Da 7:15-18, a particular inquiry of his about the fourth beast, concerning which a full account is given, Da 7:19-27, all which caused in him many thoughts of heart, and reflections of mind, Da 7:28.

Daniel 7:24-28 In-Context

22 until the Ancient of Days came and pronounced judgment in favor of the holy people of the Most High, and the time came when they possessed the kingdom.
23 “He gave me this explanation: ‘The fourth beast is a fourth kingdom that will appear on earth. It will be different from all the other kingdoms and will devour the whole earth, trampling it down and crushing it.
24 The ten horns are ten kings who will come from this kingdom. After them another king will arise, different from the earlier ones; he will subdue three kings.
25 He will speak against the Most High and oppress his holy people and try to change the set times and the laws. The holy people will be delivered into his hands for a time, times and half a time.
26 “ ‘But the court will sit, and his power will be taken away and completely destroyed forever.
27 Then the sovereignty, power and greatness of all the kingdoms under heaven will be handed over to the holy people of the Most High. His kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, and all rulers will worship and obey him.’
28 “This is the end of the matter. I, Daniel, was deeply troubled by my thoughts, and my face turned pale, but I kept the matter to myself.”

Cross References 14

  • 1. Revelation 17:12
  • 2. S Isaiah 37:23; Daniel 11:36
  • 3. Revelation 16:6
  • 4. Daniel 2:21; Mark 1:15; Luke 21:8; Acts 1:6-7
  • 5. Daniel 8:24; Daniel 12:7; S Revelation 11:2; Revelation 12:14
  • 6. Revelation 19:20
  • 7. S Isaiah 14:2
  • 8. 1 Corinthians 6:2
  • 9. Genesis 14:18
  • 10. S 2 Samuel 7:13; Psalms 145:13; S Daniel 2:44; S Daniel 4:34; S Luke 1:33; Revelation 11:15; Revelation 22:5
  • 11. S Psalms 22:27; Psalms 72:11; Psalms 86:9
  • 12. S Isaiah 21:3; S Daniel 4:19
  • 13. S Psalms 13:2
  • 14. S Job 4:15

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Or "for a year, two years and half a year"