The Vision of the Four Beasts

(Daniel 7:1-8, 11-12)

Daniel saw a vision of four beasts, representing four kingdoms: a lion, a bear, a leopard, and an exceedingly dreadful beast, which John called “a red dragon.” Daniel called these four kingdoms1Dan 7:23 and four kings.2Dan 7:17

The first king was Nebuchadnezzar the Great. The next three kings were described in Daniel 8. The king of Persia who would be “great”3Dan 8:4 was Cyrus the Great. The king of Greece who would be “very great”4Dan 8:8 was Alexander the Great. And the little horn who would be “exceedingly great”5Dan 8:9 was Satan. His kingdom that remains today is “Mystery Babylon the Great.” Daniel watched until this beast was slain. The others, he said, were prolonged for a time and a season6Dan 7:11 —that is, a year and three months, 455 days, or years, until Rome conquered Greece.7From the first year of the reign of King Belshazzar, in 555 BC, in Daniel 7:1, we can add 365 days plus 90 days, to bring us to 100 BC. The Greek empire fell gradually between 168 BC and 31 BC, as the Romans defeated the Greek states.  The defeat of Antiochus IV Epiphanes in 168 BC, is described in Daniel 11:30. “In the Battle of Actium (31 BC), Augustus defeated Cleopatra VII, the Greek Ptolemaic queen of Egypt” (Wikipedia).