1. And when I had said that, I fell asleep, and saw a vision.
2. And lo! I saw a large forest on a plain, surrounded by mountains and craggy rocks.
3. Nearby, I saw a vine, and from under it came a gentle flowing fountain.
4. That fountain flowed to the forest, becoming great waves which submerged the forest, rooting out many of the trees, and covered the mountains.
5. The forest and the mountains were covered by the waters of the fountain, and finally only one cedar remained.
6. After the fountain had devastated the forest and the mountains, the vine, that had been near the fountain, and they brought the cedar to it.
7. And I beheld, and lo! the vine spoke: Are you the cedar which was left in the forest of wickedness. By this forest the wickedness prevailed, and never brought goodness, only evil.
8. This forest kept conquering land that was not its own, and it never gave compassion to the land which was covered by its power. Those who came near the forest were held by its wickedness, and its pride remained.
9. Time for the forest has come to an end, and its hour of judgment has come.
10. Now, Cedar! follow in the judgment of the rest of the forest, and become dust and ashes as has it.
11. Recline in anxiety, rest in misery till the last days, wherein you will come to eternal suffering.
1. After that, I saw the cedar burn, and the vine growing. About the vine were many unfading flowers. I awoke and rose up.
1. I prayed: O Jehovah, my Lord, You always enlightened those who follow Your wisdom.
2. Your law is life, and Your wisdom is the right guidance.
3. Help me understand this vision.
4. You know that I have obeyed your commandments, and have not departed from Your will.
1. He answered and said to me: This is the interpretation of the vision that you have seen.
2. The great forest, which was surrounded by the craggy mountains, is the message.
3. Behold! the time will come when this kingdom, that once ravaged Zion, will be destroyed and exposed to another powerful nation to come.
4. Moreover, the second powerful nation will be replaced by a third, and that also will be destroyed after a time.
5. The fourth kingdom which arises will be harsh and evil more than the others, and will rule many times as the forests of the plain, will hold fast the times, and exalt itself more than the cedars of Lebanon.
6. This kingdom will help to hide truth from many, and the most wicked will flee to it, as evil beasts flee to a forest.
7. Then in the last days of this kingdom, My Messiah will be revealed, Who is like the fountain and the vine, and will root out many of this host.
8. And about the lofty cedar which survived the forest, and about the vine, this is the message:
1. The last leader of this kingdom, after his armies have been killed, will be taken up to Mt. Zion by My Messiah, Who will convict him of his corruption, and expose his evil works.
2. And later He will put him to death, and will save many of His people who will be found in the chosen place of God.
3. And His kingdom will endure and will bring corruption of this world to an end in that time.
4. This is the interpretation of your vision.
The vision of Baruch shows to him that successive nations will come and persecute and torment the nation of Israel. Each nation that comes will be finally judged, but more judgment will consecutively come.
Finally, the Messiah will come and destroy the last leader of the evil nations. The Messiah will then bring prosperity and peace to the world.
This vision is much like the vision of Daniel. In the VISION OF THE FOUR BEASTS of Daniel chapter 7, we find the same truths being taught.
Let's examine the symbols of this vision:
"Daniel spake and said, I saw in my vision by night, and behold, the four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea. And four great beasts came from the sea, diverse one from another."
BASIC SYMBOLS OF DANIEL’S VISION
THAT SPEAKS OF THE SAME EVENTS
AS DOES BARUCH’S VISION.
"WINDS" symbolize wars, strife, and judgments from God
(Jeremiah 25:32-33, Revelation 7:1-3,8:7-13, Daniel 7:1-3)
"SEAS" represent peoples
"BEASTS" represent kingdoms and rulers
(Daniel 7:17, 23-24, 8:20-23, Revelation 13:1-18,17:8-17)
"HEADS" represent kingdoms
(Daniel 7:6, 8:20-23, Revelation 17:8-17)
"HORNS" symbolize kings of the kingdoms
(Daniel 7:23-24, Revelation 17:12-17)
"LION" symbolizes Babylon
(Daniel 7:4-12-17, Habakkuk 1:6-8, Ezekiel 17:1-24)
"BEAR" symbolizes Medo-Persia
(Daniel 7:5, 12-17)
"THREE RIBS" represent the three conquests of Medo-Persia -- Lydia, Babylonia, and Egypt
"LEOPARD" represents Greece
(Daniel 7:6, 12, 17)
NON-DESCRIPT "BEAST" represents Rome
(Daniel 7:7-8. 17:27)
"TEN HORNS" represents the Revived Roman empire of the last days
"LITTLE HORN" represents the Antichrist of the tribulation period
THE VISION OF DANIEL EXPLAINED:
Daniel sees the future as a series of ravenous beasts. Each beast shows characteristics of the gentile nations who would successively reign during the future years. The vision of the image that Nebuchadnezzar had, showed the glory of the nations to come.
The vision of the beasts that Daniel has here shows the true nature of the nations to come.
The lion with eagle's wings is Babylon who ruled at the time of the vision of Daniel. It had approximately two more years of rule yet, when Daniel received this vision. The wings of the lion picture the swiftness of conquest of Babylon. Winged lions are found carved in stone from the Babylonian period. Some of them are in the great museums of the world.
The bear with three ribs between its teeth, represents the power, Medo-Persia, who in several years following this vision would overthrow Babylonia. The three ribs were the three major conquests of Medo-Persia. The three powers, Lydia, Babylonia, and Egypt formed an alliance to keep Medo-Persia from coming to power. They were all destroyed by Medo-Persia.
The beast that was like a leopard is Greece. The four wings demonstrate the swiftness of Alexander's conquests. He employed the original "blitzkrieg" type of conquest. By the age of 33, Alexander had conquered the civilized world. Following his death, the empire was divided into four parts. This is the four heads of the beast. The four generals of Alexander divided the Grecian empire.
Cassander ruled Macedon and Greece.
Lysimachus ruled Thrace and Bithynia.
Ptolemy ruled Egypt and Palestine.
Seleucus ruled Syria and Babylon.
The final beast in a non-descript beast that refers to the extended Roman empire. The Roman empire, as shown in this prophetic vision has three parts:
(1) Ancient Rome (shown by the beast itself)
(2) The revived end time ten nation empire (shown by the ten horns)
(3) The kingdom of the Antichrist (shown by the little horn)
This final beast represents the final time we call the "last days." Rome was ruling when Peter stood on the day of Pentecost and announced that what the disciples were experiencing was the outpouring prophesied by Joel for the "last days." Thus, the last days were already begun at that time. We are now in the last days of the last days. Daniel was thus more interested in this beast than any other.
The beast was "dreadful", "terrible", and "strong". The "great iron teeth" indicate the vicious nature of these empires. As in the vision of the image, the last empire is there represented as a combination of strong and weak nations (iron mixed with clay). In the same way, the last nation here is more than one nation, it is many empires dominated by the same evil spirit.
The "ten horns" are the revived Roman empire of the last days. A ten nation confederation is in great power after the defeat of the U.S.A. and Russia near the beginning of the tribulation.
A "little horn" will arise after the ten are formed (not before). This is the Antichrist. He is the "man of sin." II Thessalonians 2:3
This "little horn" (the Antichrist) does not come until after the confederation of the "ten toes", and after the rapture.
II Thessalonians 2:7-8
For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he (the church, i.e. the body of Christ) who letteth (hinders) will let (hinder) until he (the church, the body of Christ) be taken out of the way. And then shall that wicked one (the Antichrist) be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of His mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of His coming."
The Antichrist will come to his end:
"...I beheld, even till the beast was slain, and his body destroyed, and given to the burning flame."
Daniel is shown in this vision, that the "Ancient of Days" (God the Father) will someday sit in judgment over the Antichrist and his cohorts. The saints will return with Jesus at the second coming, and be joint heirs with the Lord.