(Sovereignty and kingship will be given to the people of the saints of the Most High.)
“I, Daniel, was deeply disturbed and the visions that passed through my head alarmed me.
So I approached one of those who were standing by
and asked him to tell me the truth about all this.
And in reply he revealed to me
what these things meant.
‘These four beasts
are four kings
who will rise from earth.
Those who are granted sovereignty
are the saints of the Most High,
and the kingdom will be theirs for ever,
for ever and ever.’
Then I asked to Know the truth
about the fourth beast,
different from all the rest,
with iron teeth
and bronze claws,
and trampling underfoot what remained;
and the truth about the ten horns on its head-
and why the other horn sprouted
and the three original horns fell,
and why this horn had eyes
and a mouth
that was full of boasts,
and why it made a greater show
than the other horns.
This was the horn
I had watched
making war on the saints
and proving the stronger,
until the coming of the one of great age
who gave judgement in favour of the saints
of the Most High,
when the time came
for the saints to take over the kingdom.
This is what he said:
‘The fourth beast
is the kingdom on earth,
different from all other kingdoms
It will devour the whole earth,
trample it underfoot
and crush it.
As for the ten horns;
from this kingdom
will rise ten kings,
and another after them;
this one will be different
from the previous ones
and will bring down three kings;
he is going to speak words against the Most High,
and harass the saints of the Most High.
He will consider changing
seasons and the law,
and the saints will put into his power
for a time,
and half a time.
But a court will be held
and his power will be stripped from him,
and utterly destroyed.
And sovereignty and kingship,
and the splendours
of all the kingdoms under heaven
will be given to the people
of the saints of the Most High.
His sovereignty is an eternal sovereignty
and every empire
will serve and obey him.’ ”
The word of the Lord.
R.) Thanks be to God.