Daniel 7:7, 19 and 23
Daniel 7:7, 8 and 24
Daniel 7:13, 14 and 26-27
Note One:-. This prophecy was given during the reign of the last Babylonian king (Daniel 7:1 In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon Daniel had a dream and visions of his head upon his bed: then he wrote the dream, and told the sum of the matters.) and can refer to none other than the four great powers referred to in chapter 2. In the second chapter, under the figure of an image of a man, an outline is given of the rise and fall of these powers, leading up to the setting up of God's kingdom. In chapter 7 the character of these great powers is set forth under the figure of wild beasts, the last especially persecuting the saints of the Most High.
The wings of the lion doubtless represents the swift conquest of Babylon, while the plucked wings and man's heart represent the weakness of the last days of the empire. The bloodthirsty nature of Medo-Persia is represented by the bear. The leopards four heads doubtless the four parts of the Grecian Empire into which it was divided (301 BC) within the twenty-two years after the death of Alexander the Great. These parts went to his four leading generals:- Cassandra, taking Macedonia and Greece; Lysimachus, having Thrace and parts of Asia Minor; Ptolomy, receiving Egypt, Lydia, Palestine and Cole-Syria; and Seleucus, having Mesopotamia and all the remaining eastern portions. The terrible non- descript beast represents the Roman Empire, the breaking up of which is denoted by the ten horns.