In the 20th chapter of Revelation, there are several phrases which also occur in the 7th chapter of Daniel, suggesting that John alluded to Daniel's prophecy. They are compared in the table below.
|Daniel 7||Revelation 20|
|I beheld till the thrones were cast down (vs. 9)||And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them (vs. 4)|
|and judgment was given to the saints of the most High (vs. 22)||and judgment was given to them (vs. 4)|
|the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom (vs. 22)||and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years (vs. 4)|
|I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them (vs. 21)||And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth (vs. 7, 8)|
|he shall wear out the saints of the most High (vs. 25)||And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: (vs. 9)|
|his throne was like the fiery flame ... A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him (vs. 9, 10)||and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. (vs. 9)|
Daniel's prophecy shows many of the saints are "worn out" by the little horn. The horn "prevails against" them. It is connected with the time when Satan is "loosed out of his prison" in the table.
The parallels between Daniel 7 and Revelation 20:4-9 suggest the influence of the little horn of the fourth beast in Daniel's vision corresponds to Satan being loosed from the bottomless pit where he was cast after he was bound by Jesus.
In Revelation 20:7, the expiry of the thousand years must occur individually; if a Christian turns aside from the light and truth of the Gospel, to darkness, that person becomes deceived. Just as beheading is personal and individual, so the thousand years of the saints' reigning with Christ as kings and priests seems to apply personally and individually. If so, the prophecies of Daniel 7 and Revelation 20:1-9 apply to the present age.
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