“In the annals of human history, the growth of nations, the rise and fall of empires, appear as if dependent on the will and prowess of man; the shaping of events seems, to a great degree, to be determined by his power, ambition, or caprice. But in the word of God the curtain is drawn aside, and we behold, above, behind, and through all the play and counter-play of human interest and power and passions, the agencies of the All-merciful One, silently, patiently working out the counsels of His own will.” Prophets and Kings, 499.4

“And if ye walk contrary unto me, and will not hearken unto me; I will bring seven times more plagues upon you according to your sins. I will also send wild beasts among you, which shall rob you of your children, and destroy your cattle, and make you few in number; and your high ways shall be desolate.” Leviticus 26:21-22

“These great beasts, which are four, are four kings, which shall arise out of the earth. 18 But the saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever.” Daniel 7:17-18
 
 

Introduction

The 2520 runs like a golden thread through the fabric of prophetic history. Its place in the platform of eternal truth is being understood more clearly today as knowledge is increasing on the foundations of Adventism. One truth about the 2520 is that it is inextricably linked to the rise and fall of the superpowers of world history as revealed in the visions of Daniel. This link will be the subject of this article.
 
 

Leviticus 26 and the Kingdoms of Bible Prophecy

Leviticus 26 specifies certain punishments in connection with God’s promise to scatter His people for seven times. Among these punishments is the declaration that God will send wild beasts among His people:

“And if ye walk contrary unto me, and will not hearken unto me; I will bring seven times more plagues upon you according to your sins. I will also send wild beasts among you, which shall rob you of your children, and destroy your cattle, and make you few in number; and your high ways shall be desolate.” Leviticus 26:21-22

Hosea 13 is a parallel passage to Leviticus 26. Both these passages highlight the fact that it was God who brought His people out of Egyptian bondage (see Leviticus 26:13, Hosea 13:4). And both chapters highlight God’s sending beasts among His people as a judgement for their continued transgression.

“Yet I am the LORD thy God from the land of Egypt, and thou shalt know no god but me: for there is no saviour beside me. I did know thee in the wilderness, in the land of great drought. According to their pasture, so were they filled; they were filled, and their heart was exalted; therefore have they forgotten me. Therefore I will be unto them as a lion: as a leopard by the way will I observe them: I will meet them as a bear that is bereaved of her whelps, and will rend the caul of their heart, and there will I devour them like a lion: the wild beast shall tear them.” Hosea 13:4-8

However Hosea goes further than Leviticus 26 to state what kind of beasts these are—two lions, a bear, a leopard, and a wild beast. The two lions represent the kingdoms of Assyria and Babylon:

“For I will be unto Ephraim as a lion, and as a young lion to the house of Judah: I, even I, will tear and go away; I will take away, and none shall rescue him.” Hosea 5:14

“Israel is a scattered sheep; the lions have driven him away: first the king of Assyria hath devoured him; and last this Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon hath broken his bones.” Jeremiah 50:17

Assyria and Babylon were the kingdoms used to initiate the 2520. Assyria scattered Ephraim (the northern tribes) in 723 B.C. and Babylon comes into connection with Judah in 677 B.C. with the captivity of Manasseh. The second and seventh chapters of Daniel take up the progression of kingdoms after the scattering of Judah by Babylon.

The kingdom represented by a bear in Bible prophecy is Medo-Persia:

“And behold another beast, a second, like to a bear, and it raised up itself on one side, and it had three ribs in the mouth of it between the teeth of it: and they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh.” Daniel 7:5

“Then I lifted up mine eyes, and saw, and, behold, there stood before the river a ram which had two horns: and the two horns were high; but one was higher than the other, and the higher came up last.” Daniel 8:3

“The ram which thou sawest having two horns are the kings of Media and Persia.” Daniel 8:20

The leopard kingdom that succeeded the Medes and the Persians is Greece:

“After this I beheld, and lo another, like a leopard, which had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl; the beast had also four heads; and dominion was given to it.” Daniel 7:6

“And as I was considering, behold, an he goat came from the west on the face of the whole earth, and touched not the ground: and the goat had a notable horn between his eyes. And the rough goat is the king of Grecia: and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first king. Now that being broken, whereas four stood up for it, four kingdoms shall stand up out of the nation, but not in his power.” Daniel 8:5, 21-22

The wild beast of Hosea 13:8 is the dreadful beast of Daniel 7 which is Rome:

“After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns. I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.” Daniel 7:7-8

“Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.” Daniel 7:23

The 2520 for Ephraim came to an end in 1798, when the little horn of Daniel’s Fourth beast received a deadly wound (see Revelation 13:1-3). By the end of the 2520 for the tribe of Judah (in 1844), God gathered His people from the lands into which they were scattered and made them one nation (see Ezekiel 37:15-28, Leviticus 26:44-45, Jeremiah 31:10, Ezekiel 20:40-44); this nation being spiritual Israel or the Seventh-Day Adventist church.

Thus the succession of kingdoms revealed in the visions of Daniel is inextricably linked to the 2520 as these are the beasts that God brought against His people to fulfill their seven times of chastisement.1, 2
 
 
1For more on this history see the2520.com
 
2Education 179; Great Controversy 54.2

 

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