Daniel 7:17 Index
"These great beasts, which are four, are four kings, which shall arise out of the earth."
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"These great beasts..." (Daniel 7:3-7)

  • In Bible prophecy, beasts represent nations or kings. The four beasts pictured in Daniel 7 are Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece and Pagan Rome as we have just learned. (KC84)
  • BEAST: Another term, common to symbolic Bible prophecy, is that of "beasts." Nations were effectively cartooned or portrayed by various well-known or unknown beasts, just as some are today: the British lion, the Russian bear, or the American eagle. In Daniel's day a lion, a bear, a leopard, and a fearful monster without an earthly replica appeared in Daniel 7, and the ram and he-goat of Daniel 8 are expressly explained by the prophet as symbols, respectively, of "Media and Persia" and "Grecia" (Daniel 8:20, 21). Similar "beasts" are pictured in the Revelation. These terms are not epithets of derision; they are simply the divine method of cartooning nations and their careers through the centuries. So a prophetic "beast" merely means a kingdom or nation, no more and no less. (Froom 32-33)