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chapter 7 to describe the fourth beast, except to say that it was 'diverse
from all others, exceeding dreadful'. This beast coincides with the last
phase of the image of Daniel 2.
At the impact of the stone with the image, we read, 'And in the days of
these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be
destroyed' (Dan. 2:44). Note 'In the days of those kings'. There is no
space here for any kingdom to be set up before the Millennial reign. 'The
beast' of Daniel 7 is slain and its body destroyed, and given to the burning
flame, and this is immediately followed by the giving to the Son of Man a
'dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages,
should serve Him' (Dan. 7:14). Again no space for any other kingdom. When
we read moreover that the saints would be attacked by the beast:
'Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints
of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the
kingdom' (Dan. 7:21,22),
we find ourselves facing the same sequence of events that is outlined in
Revelation 13 to 20, where the monster of Daniel 7 reappears, the war on the
saints is waged, and when the Lord returns, the martyred overcomers 'live and
reign with Christ a thousand years'. In neither Daniel 2, Daniel 7 nor
Revelation 13 to 20 is there room for a pre -Millennial kingdom other than
the kingdom of the Beast.
It will be remembered that in the great image of Daniel 2 the last
kingdom was 'diverse' inasmuch as it was composed of clay, whereas the
earlier kingdoms were of differing metals. So with the beast that
corresponds with the clay period; it is diverse, and is not described as the
There is a peculiarly involved repetition given that may help us to
realize that the long, historic foreshadowing, and the brief, prophetic
fulfilment are in view:
beast is said to be 'diverse' from the rest.
horn is said to be 'diverse' from the first.
beast destroys three kings.
horn subdues three kings.
beast has a mouth speaking great things.
horn speaks great words against the most High.
The conclusion seems to be that the little horn represents a final
concentration of the fourth beast. Now we shall discover from Revelation
that this fourth beast concentrates in itself the three that it devours.
three beasts devoured are described as a lion with eagle's wings, a bear,
a leopard having four wings with four heads. The beast described in
Revelation 13 is a composite creature, having some of the characteristics
the lion, bear and leopard:
'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' (Rev.
'Having seven heads and ten horns' (Rev. 13:1).