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       Explanations. Do you understand these visions? Do you want to know what they mean? The prophet wanted to know too! Daniel is disturbed and exhausted but that does not stop him from asking for an explanation of his visions. He turns to someone near by. He appears to be an angel.
 
  As for me, Daniel, my spirit was distressed within me, and the visions in my mind kept alarming me. “I approached one of those who were standing by and began asking him the exact meaning of all this. So he told me and made known to me the interpretation of these things: These great beasts, which are four in number, are four kings who will arise from the earth. But the saints of the Highest One will receive the kingdom and possess the kingdom forever, for all ages to come.’” (NASB) Dan. 7:15-18
 
Who are the four beasts? Daniel is told that the four beasts are four kings. The beasts are not mysterious symbols but real kings. Later in Daniel 7:23, we discover that these kings represent kingdoms.
 
  Thus he said: ‘The fourth beast will be a fourth kingdom on the earth, which will be different from all the other kingdoms . . . (NASB) Dan. 7:23
 
The lion, bear, leopard and the monster are all related. They are the succession of world power from one kingdom to another. These four kingdoms represent human government, and some day God will destroy the last representation of human government and establish His eternal kingdom.
 

Prophecies of Daniel


       Ten Horns - Horn with Eyes. Now Daniel wants to know the meaning of the fourth beast.
 
  Then I desired to know the exact meaning of the fourth beast, which was different from all the others, exceedingly dreadful, with its teeth of iron and its claws of bronze, and which devoured, crushed, and trampled down the remainder with its feet, and the meaning of the ten horns that were on its head, and the other horn which came up, and before which three of them fell, namely, that horn which had eyes and a mouth uttering great boasts, and which was larger in appearance than its associates. I kept looking, and that horn was waging war with the saints and overpowering them until the Ancient of Days came, and judgment was passed in favor of the saints of the Highest One, and the time arrived when the saints took possession of the kingdom. (NASB) Dan. 7:19-22
 
The answer focuses on the ten horns of the four beasts and the horn with eyes. These ten horns are a future version of the Roman Empire and the horn with eyes is the Antichrist. Here we discover that the Antichrist arises from the revived Roman Empire. He is arrogant, challenges God, and goes to war against “the saints of the Highest One.” He is finally defeated when the Ancient of Days comes.

  Then I desired to know the exact meaning of the fourth beast, which was different from all the others, exceedingly dreadful, with its teeth of iron and its claws of bronze, and which devoured, crushed, and trampled down the remainder with its feet, and the meaning of the ten horns that were on its head, and the other horn which came up, and before which three of them fell, namely, that horn which had eyes and a mouth uttering great boasts, and which was larger in appearance than its associates. I kept looking, and that horn was waging war with the saints and overpowering them until the Ancient of Days came, and judgment was passed in favor of the saints of the Highest One, and the time arrived when the saints took possession of the kingdom. (NASB) Dan. 7:19-22
 
     Fourth Beast Is a Kingdom. When we come to verse 23, we are finally told that the ten kings arise from the fourth kingdom at a later time. The fourth kingdom does not start with ten kings. They come later during a period of time called the Tribulation. The horn with eyes - the Antichrist - follows.
     
 
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