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23 “This fourth animal,” he told me, “is the fourth world power[a] that will rule the earth. It will be more brutal than any of the others; it will devour the whole world, destroying everything before it. 24 His ten horns are ten kings that will rise out of his empire; then another king[b] will arise, more brutal than the other ten, and will destroy three of them. 25 He will defy the Most High God and wear down the saints with persecution, and he will try to change all laws, morals, and customs.[c] God’s people will be helpless in his hands for three and a half years.

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Footnotes

  1. Daniel 7:23 the fourth world power, usually believed to be a revived Roman Empire; see 2:40.
  2. Daniel 7:24 then another king, probably the future Antichrist of 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4.
  3. Daniel 7:25 change all laws, morals, and customs, literally, “change the times and the law.” Perhaps the meaning is, “change right to wrong and wrong to right.”

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