The Four Beasts of Daniel Chapter Seven

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The Fourth Beast
"...The wild beast shall tear them."

    "After this I was seeing in the visions of the night, and lo, a fourth beast, terrible and fearful, and exceedingly strong; and it hath iron teeth very great, it hath consumed, yea, it doth break small, and the remnant with its feet it hath trampled; and it is diverse from all the beasts that are before it; and it hath ten horns. (Dan 7:7)

    • A fourth beast, terrible and fearful: While the previous beasts were comparable to actual animals, this fourth Beast is not incomparable to any actual animal.

      The reason it is not comparable is because it is an imaginary Beast that only existed in men's minds.

      Daniel's fourth Beast is the anticipated character of the expected Messiah, whom the Pharisees taught would be a great political and military ruler.

      Like the great seven-headed Beast of Revelation Chapter Thirteen, this Beast, at the time of Daniel's vision, also "was, and is not, and yet is". It represented the abomination of government structured by men, yet supposedly authorized by God. The spiritually lethal combination of church and state.

    • It hath ten horns: The ten horns of the fourth Beast are the ten commandments of God, originally meant to establish the government of brotherhood on earth - with each individual directly under God's reign.

      Again: The fourth Beast of Daniel Chapter Seven is the portrayal of the coming Messiah developed among the Jews of Palestine from the teachings of their scholars and priests, and the latter's interpretation of the prophecies of the Old Testament. In anticipation of Him, these scholars had so twisted the Messiah's intended ministry that they did not recognize Him when He came.

      These educated Pharisees, Sadducees, Priests, and the lay people whom they taught, were expecting a glorious King like David or Solomon, who would arrive as a great civic and military leader to liberate the Children of Israel from Roman rule, and then conquer a great empire for Israel as David had. Ellen White writes:

        "They had lost sight of the manner in which prophecy represented that the Messiah should come. They were looking for a monarch, who would come with kingly honors, and with great display of armies, as a mighty conqueror to execute judgment against those who had oppressed them. They were more anxious to be relieved from bondage to Caesar than to be released from the bondage of sin and delivered from the power of Satan. They coveted riches and worldly splendor above the favor of God, that they might receive honor of men, and be exalted above their oppressors." {YI, July 1, 1873 par. 9}

      But governments of men are impossible with God, since governments of men require that one person to be exalted over another person.

        "...Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them. But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister: And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many." (Mark 10:42-45 KJV)

      Jesus' government of the Kingdom of Heaven is a Kingdom of brotherhood and Love - of the true Liberty of equality.

      Judaism today is still expecting a Messiah to come as a great human political leader:

        "The moshiach [Messiah] will be a great political leader descended from King David (Jeremiah 23:5). The moshiach is often referred to as 'moshiach ben David' (moshiach, son of David). He will be well-versed in Jewish law, and observant of its commandments. (Isaiah 11:2-5) He will be a charismatic leader, inspiring others to follow his example. He will be a great military leader, who will win battles for Israel. He will be a great judge, who makes righteous decisions (Jeremiah 33:15). But above all, he will be a human being, not a god, demi-god or other supernatural being." - (Judaism 101)

      The ironic tragedy of it all is that Jesus is the Greatest Political Leader, breaking the bonds of enslaved men and women everywhere through His Word.

      He is the Greatest Military Leader who ever lived, having broken in pieces every empire or nation that oppressed His people. His Word has judged and continues to judge kings and princes, presidents and prime ministers. Today His Word, the Sword of His mouth, rules the earth... and will shortly slay the son of perdition himself.

        "And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail..." (Matthew 28:9 KJV)

      All Hail the Great King of Israel.

Emergence of the Little Horn:

    "I was considering about the horns, and lo, another horn, a little one, hath come up between them, and three of the first horns have been eradicated from before it, and lo, eyes as the eyes of man are in this horn, and a mouth speaking great things. (Dan 7:8)

    • The Little Horn: This Little Horn represents the True Messiah, Jesus Christ.

    • The eyes of man are in this horn, and a mouth speaking great things: Jesus' teachings, parables, and sermons were often labeled 'blasphemy' by the Pharisees, and He was constantly accused of glorifying Himself above God.

    • Three of the first horns have been eradicated from before it: Three horns, actually three commandments, had to be virtually 'subdued' or 'eradicated' in order for Jesus to begin His ministry representing Himself as the Son of God:

      Paul summarizes Jesus' task thusly:

        "Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." (Philippians 2:6-11 KJV)

      These are the three commandments that would have made Jesus' ministry impossible:

      1. "Thou shalt have no other gods before me": This commandment as it was written by Moses in scripture made the concept of a Son of God, separate from God the Father yet equal in purpose and power during His reign on earth, impossible for men and women to accept.

        Example: "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." (John 14:6 KJV)

      2. "Thou shalt not make unto thee... any likeness of any thing that is in the heaven above, or that is in earth beneath..." and "...bow down thyself to them": For Jesus to be worshipped as the Son of God, this commandment as written in scripture was also impossible for men and women to keep.

        Example: "In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them." (2 Corinthians 4:4 KJV)

      3. "Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain": For Jesus to lay claim to His true identity as the Son of God, the creator of the world, this commandment - as written in scripture - also would have made His ministry impossible among men and women who followed His commandments.

        Example: "I and my Father are one. Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him." (John 10:30-31 KJV)

      The book of Isaiah records the strangeness of both Jesus' ministry within the Ten Commandments and his ultimate sacrifice that we might be forgiven our sins:

        "For the LORD shall rise up as in mount Perazim, he shall be wroth as in the valley of Gibeon, that he may do his work, his strange work; and bring to pass his act, his strange act." (Isaiah 28:20 KJV)

      Zechariah Chapter 3 prophetically explains the necessity of 'subduing' these three commandments so that Jesus could witness God's true character to mankind. For example, during His ministry Jesus preached the two Great Commandments on which all of the commandments and law were based:

        "And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these." (Mark 12:30-31 KJV)

      To the prophet Zechariah these two Great Laws were represented as two staves that God named 'Beauty' and 'Bands'. Using His stave 'Beauty', He 'cut off' these three commandments as follows:

        "And I will feed the flock of slaughter, even you, O poor of the flock. And I took unto me two staves; the one I called Beauty, and the other I called Bands; and I fed the flock. Three shepherds also I cut off in one month; and my soul lothed them, and their soul also abhorred me." (Zechariah 11:7-8 KJV)

      The one prophetic month during which He cut off these 'three shepherds' was the thirty years of Jesus' formative life before He began His ministry. Jesus Himself also had to ignore these three commandments in order to develop as the Son of God during that period.

      Zechariah continues describing the complete 'cutting asunder' of both Beauty (the first four commandments regarding God) and Bands (the last six commandments regarding human behavior towards one another) when Jesus is crucified, and our sins are remembered no more because of His sacrifice for us.

Judgment Is Set:

    "I was seeing till that thrones have been thrown down, and the Ancient of Days is seated, His garment as snow is white, and the hair of his head is as pure wool, His throne flames of fire, its wheels burning fire. A flood of fire is proceeding and coming forth from before Him, a thousand thousands do serve Him, and a myriad of myriads before Him do rise up, the Judge is seated, and the books have been opened. (Dan 7:9-10)

    • I was seeing till that thrones have been thrown down: The thrones of the kings of the earth were symbolically cast down as Jesus began His ministry on earth.

    • His throne flames of fire, its wheels burning fire: Because the flame and wheels of burning fire are under and about God's throne, the New Covenant is not yet in place but is being "confirmed" by Jesus during His 3 1/2 years on earth.

      Note that after Jesus' crucifixion, the Apostle John in the book of Revelation describes God's throne as surrounded by a rainbow like unto an emerald rather than fire, indicating the Covenant of Promise was in effect at that time.

    • The Judge is seated, and the books have been opened: Judgement in heaven was set when Jesus began His ministry on earth.

        "Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out." (John 12:31)

    "I was seeing, then, because of the voice of the great words that the horn is speaking, I was seeing till that the beast is slain, and his body hath been destroyed, and given to the burning fire; and the rest of the beasts have caused their dominion to pass away, and a prolongation in life is given to them, till a season and a time. (Dan 7:11-12)

    • Because of the voice of the great words that the horn is speaking: Jesus was crucified because of His teachings. The Words He spoke and His healing miracles had caused the Jews to nearly crown Him outright as their King.

    • Till that the beast is slain, and his body hath been destroyed: Jesus is crucified, so the Beast that represents the non-existent anticipated Messiah is rendered in Daniel's vision as slain and judged, and destroyed.

    • The rest of the beasts have caused their dominion to pass away: Jesus' Kingdom is established on earth, so the dominions of the other beasts (representing Judeo-Christianity, Islam, and Eastern religions) have now become part of the dominion of Jesus Christ.

    • A prolongation in life is given to them, till a season and a time: Still the other beasts remain 'alive', for a season and a time after Jesus takes His Kingdom. The Hebrew word used for "time" here is the same as used to express a period of one year.

      The word "season" in the Hebrew text is used in the indefinite sense, such that the American Standard Version of the Bible translates it as "a period of time". Accurately translated, the verse should read "till an indefinite period of time plus a year has passed".

      This indefinite period is the same as the 1260 days, 42 months, and 3 1/2 years spoken of Revelation. See the Prophetic Time Chart for an explanation.

    "I was seeing in the visions of the night, and lo, with the clouds of the heavens as a son of man was one coming, and unto the Ancient of Days he hath come, and before Him they have brought him near. And to him is given dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, and all peoples, nations, and languages do serve him, his dominion is a dominion age-during, that passeth not away, and his kingdom that which is not destroyed." (Dan 7:13-14)

    • With the clouds of the heavens as a son of man was one coming: This verse is a continuance of the scene played out in the book of Acts when Jesus Ascended to heaven:

        "And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight." (Acts 1:9 KJV)

      Jesus, who was crowned on earth by Pilate, is given His dominion over all peoples, nations, and languages forever - by God. All power was transferred to Him at this point. God's throne next pictured in Revelation then, is surrounded by the emerald rainbow of the New Covenant rather than by fire.

    • And to him is given dominion, and glory, and a kingdom: After Jesus was crucified, he became King of the Kingdom of God. He'll remain so until "His enemies be made His footstool" (Hebrews 10:13).

    • And all peoples, nations, and languages do serve him: ALL PEOPLES, all nations, everywhere, regardless of religion, are the subjects of Jesus Christ.

    • And his kingdom that which is not destroyed: As related in Daniel Chapter Two, Jesus' Kingdom is the last, and will last forever.

The Interpretation to Daniel of 'One That Stood By':

    "Pierced hath been my spirit--I, Daniel--in the midst of the sheath, and the visions of my head trouble me; I have drawn near unto one of those standing, and the certainty I seek from him of all this; and he hath said to me, yea, the interpretation of the things he hath caused me to know:

    "These great beasts, that are four, are four kings, they rise up from the earth; and receive the kingdom do the saints of the Most High, and they strengthen the kingdom unto the age, even unto the age of the ages." (Dan 7:15-18)

    • These great beasts, that are four, are four kings: Again, the four Beasts are Spiritual Kings, as Jesus is the King of the Spiritual Kingdom of Heaven today. "And receive the kingdom do the saints of the Most High...". The saints after Jesus Ascension include everyone on earth who believes on Him. At that time we were given charge of the Kingdom in Jesus' absence. Jesus made us kings and priests, even sons of God: His Saints.

        "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name..." (John 1:12 KJV)

        "John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne; And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen." (Revelation 1:4-6 KJV)

    • And receive the kingdom do the saints of the Most High: As the people of Jesus Christ, we are now kings and priests responsible only to God as our King.

    • They strengthen the kingdom unto the age, even unto the age of the ages: Over the last 2,000 years the Kingdom has been strengthened. We have thrown the yokes of nearly all oppressors off of our backs, and instituted democracies - governments run by the people - in many nations.

      By doing so, we've come to a point where there is no oppressor to blame for our problems except sin, which has led us to the verge of our own, and our earth's, destruction.

    "Then I wished for certainty concerning the fourth beast, that was diverse from them all, fearful exceedingly; its teeth of iron, and its nails of brass, it hath devoured, it doth break small, and the remnant with its feet it hath trampled; and concerning the ten horns that are in its heads, and of the other that came up, and before which three have fallen, even of that horn that hath eyes, and a mouth speaking great things, and whose appearance is great above its companions. I was seeing, and this horn is making war with the saints, and hath prevailed over them; till that the Ancient of Days hath come, and judgment is given to the saints of the Most High, and the time hath come, and the saints have strengthened the kingdom." (Dan 7:19-22)

    • Teeth of iron, nails of brass: These are hallmarks of Jesus, who holds the 'rod of iron' and in Daniel and Revelation has "...feet like to fine brass, as in a furnace having been fired" (Rev 1:15).

    • It hath devoured, it doth break small, and the remnant with its feet it hath trampled: The nature of the Messiah that the Pharisees and scholars were expecting discouraged many believers from relying on the hope of the true Messiah that was to come. The Sadducees had even given up on the concept of the resurrection.

    • And this horn is making war with the saints, and hath prevailed: Before Jesus began His ministry, the saints were those who kept the commandments of God. At that time these saints were, as recorded in the Gospels, those who had made the law nearly impossible for others (and themselves) to keep: the Pharisees, Sadducees, Priests, and their self-righteous followers.

      Jesus accused those of this group who persecuted Him of keeping the law for the sake appearance only, while inside they had become hard-hearted. Jesus Himself pointed out: "They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance." (Mark 2:17 KJV)

      Thus the saints whom the Little Horn made war with, and prevailed over, were the Pharisees, scholars, and prominent people of the synagogues who persecuted Jesus during His ministry.

      He died to save the Pharisees, Sadducees, and Priests - as well as those who followed Him.

    • Judgement is given to the saints of the Most High, and the time hath come, and the saints have strengthened the kingdom: Of His own responsibility, Jesus allowed Himself to be crucified by all of His saints. By doing so He strengthened us all by removing the yoke of the law from our shoulders and offering salvation by His Grace, in the process 'writing' God's Law on our hearts.

    "Thus he said: The fourth beast is the fourth kingdom in the earth, that is diverse from all kingdoms, and it consumeth all the earth, and treadeth it down, and breaketh it small. And the ten horns out of the kingdom are ten kings, they rise, and another doth rise after them, and it is diverse from the former, and three kings it humbleth; and words as an adversary of the Most High it doth speak, and the saints of the Most High it doth wear out, and it hopeth to change seasons and law; and they are given into its hand, till a time, and times, and a division of a time." (Dan 7:23-25)

    • The fourth beast is the fourth kingdom... that is diverse from all kingdoms: The fourth spiritual kingdom in the earth is diverse from all kingdoms in that the Messiah was believed to be coming not only as a spiritual Leader, but as a great King that would liberate the Jews from Roman rule and make Israel a great WORLD empire.

    • And the ten horns... they rise, and another doth rise after them, and it is diverse from the former, and three kings it humbleth: The horns represented as ten kings, and the one that is different that rises and humbles three others, are explained here.

    The Little Horn:

    • And words as an adversary of the Most High it doth speak: From the perspective of the Pharisees and Sadducees, Jesus' spoke as an adversary of God. Other versions of the Bible translate this verse as:

      • "And he shall speak great words against the Most High" - King James Version

      • "He shall speak pompous words against the Most High" - New King James Version

      More than once the saints of the time, the Pharisees, Priests, and Sadducees who rejected Jesus, accused Him of speaking for Satan.

    • The saints of the Most High it doth wear out: Again, the saints of the Most High that the Little Horn (Jesus) wore out, as referred to here, were the Pharisees and other scholars, as explained above. To these people Jesus was an 'adversary of the Most High' since He claimed to be the Son of God and said "I and the Father are one". He criticized them for their harsh interpretation of God's law.

    • It hopeth to change seasons and law: 'Seasons' here is once again used in the sense of indefinite time. The King James Translations and Literal Translations render these words as "times and laws".

      How did Jesus change the law?

      • He changed religious law by fulfilling the Mosaic ceremonial law, thus ending traditional feasts instituted under that law.

      • He also changed religious law by ending the 'daily sacrifice' by His own sacrifice. Thus terminating the need for animal sacrifice used to atone for sin before He came.

      • He 'hoped' to change civil law by laying a new foundation for mankind, where the common man had rights and power to control his own relationship with God.

      How did Jesus change times?

      • He changed literal time as well, as we went from BC to AD, negative to positive, all because of His sacrifice.

      • He changed our times on earth by dying for us, giving us "life more abundantly" by removing the enmity of Law from our hearts.

      • He 'hoped' to change times through His teachings. His teachings brought about the end as mercifully, and as fast, as possible by dividing Christianity so the truth could not be hidden by one large religion.

      Jesus became the largest influence on mankind ever born of a woman.

    • They [the saints] are given into its hand, till a time, and times, and a division of a time: The saints were given to Jesus' hand "Till a time, times, and a division of time". Jesus earthly ministry lasted three and one half years before we crucified Him.

    "And the Judge is seated, and its [the imaginary Beast's] dominion they cause to pass away, to cut off, and to destroy--unto the end; and the kingdom, and the dominion, even the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heavens, is given to the people--the saints of the Most High, His kingdom is a kingdom age-during, and all dominions do serve and obey Him." (Dan 7:26-27)

    • The Last Judgment has been in session since Jesus' crucifixion, Jesus Himself being the first fruits of that judgment when He was resurrected. We have been the subjects of His Kingdom since that time also, judging ourselves by our lives and our judgments of others, but so far He has been an absentee King, in the flesh, because we have refused to follow His teaching of brotherhood.

        "Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out." (John 12:31)

        "And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen." (Matthew 28:18-20 KJV)


Understanding Daniel Chapter Seven as a spiritual rather than political vision should tell us:

  • Jesus has been our King since His crucifixion, and, as kings and priests under His government, we have been running His Kingdom on earth. We have been acting as His husbandmen in His absence, and passing judgment on ourselves since that time.

  • The Fourth Beast of Daniel Seven is a different Beast from the First Beast of Revelation Thirteen. Besides its seven heads and ten crowns on its horns, since the Beast of Revelation is part Lion, Bear, and Leopard, it is made up partly of the three major belief systems of the world.

  • Inspired men of great compassion and the righteousness of faith in God founded religions around the world. They did this to bring God's Love and Law to the masses of their people who were suffering under governments of godless men. God has assisted each founder and their followers.

  • God's Plan of Salvation has prepared most of the world for His return, even though we Christians (except for the courageous missionaries) have largely ignored that world.

  • How long before we Christians begin living our beliefs? How long before we stop judging one another, realize we cannot stop sinning, and put on His Robe of Righteousness to call Him back?

    The only Ruler with moral authority today in our Kingdom is Jesus Christ through His Father. To Him only are each of us responsible, and no other man or organization that exists today has the right judge our behavior. "Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish the just: for the righteous God trieth the hearts and reins." (Psalms 7:9 KJV)

    Instead of following God's Government of Love for Him and one another, we create governments of judges and politicians to make our decisions for us, to 'protect' and 'direct' us because we do not hear God anymore, and then we can blame government when life goes wrong.
    This structure of sinful man ruling sinful man is the same structure of governmental supremacy instituted by Lucifer so that he could be exalted over others, even God Himself, as has been related by Isaiah:

      "How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High." (Isaiah 14:12-13 KJV)

  • Because all of the types of government we have attempted have led to oppression, death, and destruction of the earth, we now know that Lucifer's system is a lie - it will not work. Governments by men, under any name that we give them, are doomed to failure because they rely on the system of Satan, whereby men judge men while leaving God out of the picture.

Personally, I'm tired of running His Kingdom by ourselves, passing judgment upon one another. We have brought it to an awful state of desolation, and our earth itself to the point of utter destruction. We have not been very good husbandmen for our King to this point.

If we step out in faith, and begin truly reflecting the compassionate character of our King, through faith, hope, and charity for the poor, He will return as He has promised. Blessed is our King that cometh in the name of the LORD.


"These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said,

"Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.

"And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was. I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word. Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee. For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me. I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine. And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them.

"And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled. And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves. I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

"I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth. Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.

"And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.

"O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me. And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them." (John 17:1-26 KJV)