Daniel spake and said, I saw in my vision by night , and, behold, the four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea.
Four Winds of the Heaven
Wind is often symbolized in Scripture as judgment, wrath, and wars. In this passage, this word in not defined, but the verb strove is associated with it. These winds strove upon the Great Sea. However, they are winds of Heaven. Who or what these 4 winds are is unclear. There is more at play here than readily meets the eye.
In Daniel 10:4-14 We see the angel Gabriel was sent to speak with Daniel but he was withstood by the prince of Persia for 21 days. It was only after Michael, one of the chief princes, was sent to assist him, was Gabriel able to come and interpret a dream for Daniel. The word prince comes from the Hebrew word meaning chief ruler. There appears to be chief rulers over various kingdoms. Some princes are good and some are bad. Gabriel refers to the prince of Grecia which would arise next to begin fighting with Gabriel. . Both the prince of Persia and Grecia appear to be bad princes because they are fighting with the good angel Gabriel. Also, notice the correlation between the princes fighting against Gabriel and the nations with the same name domineering the earth. Notice that Gabriel was first fighting with the prince of Persia and then he would be fighting with the Prince of Grecia. In Eph 6:12 Paul writes, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Paul states we are not fighting the people who we can see, but we are fighting the rulers of the darkness and spiritual wickedness in high places. It is possible that some of the wars being waged on earth are first instigated by a war being waged in the heavenly domain. At this point, I will take this thought no further. I am not one easily given to fanciful postulating, but to the thoughts shared above should be considered and pondered.
The Great Sea
The Great Sea often refers to the Mediterranean Sea, but here, the term great sea is used figuratively. It refers to people, tongues, and nations of the earth. Rev 17:1,15 sheds some light on this subject. In Rev 17:1 the great whore is sitting upon many waters. The symbolism of this term in defined by an angel in v 15. Waters are peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues. I believe it is best to interprete the term great sea in the same way as waters is interpeted in Rev. 17. Four winds were striving among peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues.