Daniel’s Vision of Four Beasts
Remember these lessons on Daniel’s Great image:
- There are only 4 great world empires – Babylon, Persia, Greek Empire & the Roman Empire.
- Because Christ’s earthly life and the church age did not bring the collapse of human government, the “stone cut out without hands” must represent a future coming and kingdom of Christ.
- Because the stone fell on the feet (a future event), and the feet of the image are a part of the legs (the Roman Empire), we know that there will one day be a revived Roman Empire.
- The first beast represents Babylon (vs. 4)
- Body of a lion
- Wings as eagles
- The second beast represents Persia (vs. 5)
- Body of a bear
- Three ribs in the mouth possibly represent three main provinces of Persia
- The third beast represents the Greek Empire (vs. 6)
- Body of a leopard
- Four wings emphasized the speed of Alexander’s conquests.
- The fourth beast represents the Roman Empire (vs. 7-8)
- This beast was truly a monster
- The iron teeth symbolized the strength of the Romans.
- Notice the ten horns represent ten kings or kingdoms as did the ten toes of the Great Image.
- Notice a “little horn” emerges uprooting three other horns (vs. 8, 24-25). Notice these characteristics of the “little horn”.
- He overthrows three other kings in the Empire
- He speaks eloquent blasphemy (vs. 8, 25)
- He persecutes the saints
- His kingdom is eventually given to the saints (vs. 27)
- Since we know the ten toes are a future event, then the ten horns must also be a future event. Therefore, the rise to power of the “little horn” is also a future event.
- Daniel chapter 7 gives us the first glimpse of a man we call the Antichrist.