Beasts of Daniel 7
The beasts Daniel describes in chapter 7 simply cannot be the old world empires as has been claimed for centuries. One simple verse blows that concept out of the water…
“As concerning the rest of the beasts, they had their dominion taken away: yet their lives were prolonged for a season and time.” Daniel 7:12
“And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.” Revelation 13:2
Since I believe the End Times tribulation events begin with the war described in Psalm 83, and that it will begin in less than 3 years, I’m going to look at current geo-political groups and the symbolism Daniel uses.
1. A Lion with Eagle’s wings.
What immediately strikes me here is the lion being the standard symbol for Great Britain. And anybody should be able to yell out what the eagle represents. Yes, that would be the United States. Our two countries have had a ‘special relationship’ for over a century. There is no denying that we have a shared history and unite for common causes without hesitation.
However, note that the Eagle’s wings are plucked (removed) from the Lion. That symbolizes the United States being removed from the alliance and any global influence. The Lion goes on alone, and apparently standing on two feet and with the heart of a man. Thus I would conclude that the Lion is an english statesman and not a military power.
2. A bear with three ribs in its mouth.
Raised up (or rising up) on one side, this would appear to be Russia, whose symbol has traditionally been a bear. The three ribs could mean three politicians or military leaders since they are speaking and urging the beast/Bear to ‘devour much flesh’, most likely meaning to make war and take no prisoners. This would be consistent with Russia’s practices in previous wars, being brutal to anyone who surrenders to them.
3. A strange Leopard with 4 wings and 4 heads.
Nothing else is said about this. I believe this is a european union of 4 countries centered around Germany. Pick another three right around them (I would go with France, Spain and Portugal) and that’s as much as we need to know about that. However, it’s also entirely possible that the 4 wings are additional separate entities. So as many as 8 countries might be involved. That’s still well within the realm of possibilities for countries that are members of the EU.
4. Exceedingly dreadful.
This is the final beast and one that all the attention is focused on. There is no specific animal type, but various details are given such as sharp claws, iron teeth, etc. We are told that it has 10 horns to start. Horns on symbolic beasts always mean kingdoms or countries or their rulers representing them. So the beast starts out as an alliance of 10 countries or ten leaders.
But then a ‘little horn’ sprouts and pushes out 3 of the previous horns. This means that the little horn (which is bible-code for the Antichrist: having eyes of a man and a mouth speaking great things, which means being boastful) either takes over for, or removes, three of the original leaders.
This beast is Islam, or in this case, the middle east alliance of islamic nations. We already saw it rising up during the Arab Spring. It is gaining power and control as it spills over into Libya, Egypt and other middle east countries.
All of these beasts exist right now. The United States and Great Britain is the oldest of them, being well over a 100 years old as an alliance. Russia joined the world scene as a superpower about 60 years ago. And while there was a period where Russia had appeared to lose its status as a superpower, it has recently been making huge strides in reclaiming that title. The EU (or whatever part of it comprises the 4 headed and 4 winged leopard) is relatively new. The EU was formed around 1993, about 20 years ago. And as we’ve seen, the Islamic coalition has been a very recent development, grouping together as we speak. So it holds true to the sequence that Daniel envisioned.
During the Psalm 83 War, all of these beasts will rise up and fight for control of the situation. All of these alliances are considered ‘beasts’ because they will be secular by nature. None of them are groups that are sanctioned by God.
However, note that only the final beast is described as dreadful. And also note that verse 12 states that the first three beasts will outlive the dreadful beast.