Daniel had a vision of four beasts rising up from the sea, and John received a vision of a greater beast with seven heads and ten horns, which was a convergence of the four beasts. Daniel asked an angel for additional information about the four beasts, and the angel said, “These four huge beasts represent four kingdoms that will arise from the earth.” (Daniel 7:17)
In Daniel’s vision, there is sufficient details about the beasts to identify each correlating nation, and in John’s vision there are additional attributes about the converged beast that are in line with current times. The information provided through these two prophets 2000 plus years ago was for a future time, and that time is now. By comparing biblical prophecy with the world today, we are able to determine which four nations the beasts represent.
“The first beast was like a lion with eagles’ wings. As I watched, its wings were pulled off, and it was left standing with its two hind feet on the ground, like a human being. And it was given a human mind.”
Daniel 7:4 NLT
An Internet search for England’s national animal reveals a lion, and the eagle’s wings represent USA, their national bird is the bald eagle. Before the Revolutionary War, the eagle’s wings were attached to the lion, because USA was a colonization of England. But, when USA declared independence, the Revolutionary War began, and when USA won the war, the eagle wings were severed from the lion.
“Then I saw a second beast, and it looked like a bear. It was rearing up on one side, and it had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth. And I heard a voice saying to it, “Get up! Devour the flesh of many people!””
Daniel 7:5 NLT
An Internet search for Russia’s national animal reveals a bear, and they have a long track record of picking fights for less than noble reasons. Considering just the past 100 years there are numerous incursions, and they are known to be fierce warriors.
“Then the third of these strange beasts appeared, and it looked like a leopard. It had four bird’s wings on its back, and it had four heads. Great authority was given to this beast.”
Daniel 7:6 NLT
The national symbol of Germany is the golden eagle, but if they had a second it would likely be a leopard. After World War II, West Germany developed a new tank called leopard. Initially, Germany was seeking design assistance from companies in France and Italy, but finally in 1965 the German company Porsche built the first leopard tank. The Leopard 1 quickly became a hot item on the world market, purchased by many countries. Over the years they have made significant upgrades and still sell it on the world market, the latest model is Leopard 2 A7.
Wings on the four headed leopard Indicate France, their national bird is fowl. Germany and France have become closely related since World War II, and even now have a strong partnership.
“Then in my vision that night, I saw a fourth beast—terrifying, dreadful, and very strong. It devoured and crushed its victims with huge iron teeth and trampled their remains beneath its feet. It was different from any of the other beasts, and it had ten horns. As I was looking at the horns, suddenly another small horn appeared among them. Three of the first horns were torn out by the roots to make room for it. This little horn had eyes like human eyes and a mouth that was boasting arrogantly.”
Daniel 7:7-8 NLT
The fourth beast is the reunified Holy Roman Empire, 10 European nations will be closely united, the 10 horns represent 10 kings. The horn that will uproot three others is the antichrist, the man beast, which indicates he will arise from one of these 10 nations, and apparently will eventually subdue 3 of the 10 kings. He is alive now and may be involved in politics, but won’t be positively identified until later, perhaps halfway through the final seven years.
The seven-headed beast in John’s vision is the foundation of the man beast’s empire. It appears after the beast assumes control, he will have great success in conquering additional nations, and will expediently elevate his empire to worldwide rule with an iron fist.
“Then I saw a beast rising up out of the sea. It had seven heads and ten horns, with ten crowns on its horns. And written on each head were names that blasphemed God. This beast looked like a leopard, but it had the feet of a bear and the mouth of a lion! And the dragon gave the beast his own power and throne and great authority.”
Revelation 13:1-2 NLT
As revealed, the dragon will give the beast his power, throne, and authority, and some people have mistakenly thought this to be China, but it’s actually Satan. China doesn’t have a throne or authority, although they have become a mighty military power. Satan is god of the world, having a throne and authority, his temporary domain also includes hell.
The seven-headed beast in John’s vision has the general appearance of a leopard, indicating Germany will be politically dominant, which is also supported by information in Daniel’s vision, it says, “Great authority was given to this beast.” (Dan 7:6). And, Germany is currently the most dominant member of the EU.
The feet of the seven-headed beast indicate Russia will be the prominent military force, they currently have significant military technology and equipment. The beast has the mouth of a lion, indicating english will be the dominant language throughout the empire, which is already established on the Internet.
Since Satan will give the beast his authority and power, then obviously it will be an evil empire. In multiple verses throughout the book of Revelation, the beast is identified as being scarlet, indicating the world government will be based on socialism.
A final detail about Germany, the third beast in daniel’s vision had four heads, which indicates the four reichs of Germany, three have already been and the fourth will soon be. The third reich received a fatal wound at the end of World War II, due to Germany being divided by a wall. But now that the wall has been removed, the fatal wound has healed. in the near future, when the beast stands in the not-yet-built temple in Jerusalem, claiming to be God, then numerous people throughout the world will give him allegiance.
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