Introduction to the 4th beast of Daniel 7

The fourth beast  of Daniel 7 was so terrible that Prophet Daniel could not possibly describe its shape and structure. However, he saw that it was dreadful, exceedingly terrible and diverse from the other Empires (Daniel 7: 7 & 7: 19). The beast had large iron teeth (Daniel 7: 7) and nails like brass/H5174  (Daniel 7: 19).

The iron teeth symbolized the mercilessness, destructiveness, harshness and cruelty of this beast or Empire. Used in the context of Daniel 7: 19, brass comes from a root word which is also used to mean steel, a “strong, hard metal made of iron and carbon.” (Merriam-Webster, 2014). This is a double whammy in a sense, showing us that this Empire far supersedes the others in cruelty and harshness.

Further exploration of the root of brass, shows that it refers to the use of enchantment/enchantments/divination and enchantments, a clear reference to satanic empowerment.

The fourth beast appeared in a double seven – Daniel 7: 7. Seven symbolizes rest, but there is no rest for the saints, or holy ones, who I interpret to refer to the Jews and believers in Christ.

“After that, in my vision at night I looked, and there before me was a fourth beast—terrifying and frightening and very powerful. It had large iron teeth; it crushed and devoured its victims and trampled underfoot whatever was left. It was different from all the former beasts, and it had ten horns (Daniel 7: 7).

What about the horns on the head of the 4th beast?

Prophet Daniel saw that the beast had 10 horns or 10 kingsThe root word of kings as used in this context shows that kings rule over geographic regions and people and we can infer that these 10 horns are also a reference to 10 kingdoms which arose out of this Empire.

And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings (Daniel 7: 24).

However, an eleventh king will arise out of the Empire and destroyed three of the ten. This is the picture of a kingdom divided against itself. It will not stand or last. Astounded, Prophet Daniel saw that this horn was humanized, possessing the eyes of a man and a mouth that spoke boastfully against God; a possible reference to the demonic influence.

That same horn was more stout or greater than the others and made war with the saints. This horn or kingdom is very aggressive and fearless to Most High God as indicated by the nature of the verbal warfare against God::

 “While I was thinking about the horns, there before me was another horn, a little one, which came up among them; and three of the first horns were uprooted before it. This horn had eyes like the eyes of a human being and a mouth that spoke boastfully (Daniel 7: 8).

… whose look was more stout than his fellows (Daniel 7: 20).

Then I continued to watch because of the boastful words the horn was speaking… (Daniel 7: 11).

I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them (Daniel 7: 21)

And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time (Daniel 7: 25)

In the upcoming post, I will delve into the meaning of Daniel 7: 25.


Background For Understanding World Super Powers Or Kingdoms In The Book Of Daniel