The Tower of Babel
The lion in Dan 7:4 appears to be the healed condition of Babylon/heaven high tree of Dan 4. Notice the next sequence of scriptures I will present. First you will see the description of Nebuchadnezzar in Dan 4 in green, then you will see the healed condition of Babylon in Dan 7:4 in blue;
Dan 4:33 "his hair grew long just like eagles feathers and his nails were like birds claws." Dan 7:4 "The first one was like a lion, and it had the wings of an eagle. I watched until its wings were plucked out," Dan 4:24 "your dwelling will be with the beasts of the field," "and it was lifted up from the earth and was made to stand up on two feet like a man," Dan 4:6 "Let its heart be changed from that of a human, and let it be given the heart of a beast," "and it was given the heart of a man."
Ultimately we have reason to believe that these scriptures pertain to all of Babel itself. If we compare the scriptures and accounts of the fall of the tree in Dan 4 with the description of Babel in Gen 11, we will see a striking similarity.
Dan 4:11 "The tree grew and became strong, and its top reached the heavens, and it was visible to the ends of the whole earth."
Gen 11:4 "Come! Let us build a city for ourselves and a tower with its top in the heavens,"
Dan 4:12 "Beneath it the beasts of the field would seek shade, and on its branches the birds of the heavens would dwell, and all creatures would feed from it."
(To remain in one place, a single city under one rule and religion)
Gen 11:4b "and let us make a celebrated name for ourselves, so that we will not be scattered over the entire face of the earth."
Gen 11:7,8 "Come! Let us go down there and confuse their language in order that they may not understand one anothers language." So Jehovah scattered them from there over the entire face of the earth, and they gradually left off building the city."
Dan 4:14:13 "As I viewed the visions of my head while on my bed, I saw a watcher, a holy one, coming down from the heavens. He called out loudly: Chop down the tree, cut off its branches, shake off its leaves, and scatter its fruit! Let the beasts flee from beneath it, and the birds from its branches."
If you read Isiah 14 you will see the idea of Babylon as a throne for Satan, even in his own words in versus 13 & 14!;
"You said in your heart, I will ascend to the heavens. Above the stars of God I will lift up my throne, And I will sit down on the mountain of meeting, In the remotest parts of the north. I will go up above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself resemble the Most High."
Therefore IMO it would appear that this healing in Dan 7:4 of the lion/Babylon is the healing ultimately of the idea at the tower of Babel, in that of a singular religious/governmental arrangement representing Satan's throne here on earth.
If this is the case then these prophecies from Jehovah are designed to inform us when Babylon would appear again on the world stage, after all she is shown alive in the time of the end in Rev 17. Therefore when was it she would have recovered from her beast like state?
The prophecy in Dan 4 tells us there will be 7 times that will pass over this lion of Dan 7:4 before it recovers, so therefore one only needs to add 7 times to the time period Jehovah confused the language at the tower of Babel in order to disperse the purpose Satan had intended for his throne there.
We know that the tower was built in the time of Peleg, and the earth was divided in his time. (Some believing the "divided" refers to the languages.) So then the most commonly held time for the dispersal of Babel would have been around 2200BCE. When counting 2520 years from that time one reaches 320CE, and it appears this is the year the Old St. Peter's Basilica, Rome, was begun to be built.
In the time of the end Jehovah will lift up Babylon the Great and deposit her once again where she came from in the land of Shi'nar where the tower was built, bringing full circle the connection between Babylon the Great and the tower of Babel.
Zech 5:11 "He replied: To the land of Shi′nar to build her a house; and when it is prepared, she will be deposited there in her proper place." ("She" being Babylon the Great, and Shi'nar is where the tower of Babel was built.) Zech 5:11 is the proof that the tower of Babel is connected to Babylon the Great in the time of the end.
Gen 11:2 "As they traveled eastward, they discovered a valley plain in the land of Shi′nar, and they began dwelling there. Then they said to one another: Come! Let us make bricks and bake them with fire. So they used bricks instead of stone, and bitumen as mortar. They now said: Come! Let us build a city for ourselves and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a celebrated name for ourselves, so that we will not be scattered over the entire face of the earth."
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