As an old preacher in Daniel chapter seven, Daniel amplified the prophecy given to him as a teenager in chapter two. What he saw were empires. In chapter two the vision was given in the form of a man. Nebuchadnezzar and Babylon were the head of gold, the Medo-Persians were the arms and breast of silver, the loins of brass represented the Grecians, the legs of iron were the Romans and the feet and toes of iron and clay, symbolizing the revived Roman empire.
In chapter seven he saw four beasts. The first was a lion. It was ravaging and the king of beasts. It was the Babylonian empire. Next, he saw a bear. The bear used overwhelming force to beat its prey. It was the Persian empire. The third was a leopard. It spoke of the great fleetness of foot whereby Alexander the Great and the Grecians overtook the world.
Lastly, he saw a great and terrible beast. It had iron teeth and stamped its impress wherever it went. It was the Roman empire. It is out of these evil empires that came the little horn or Anti-Christ.
There is a great danger in giving ourselves to such study. The danger is the neglect of Jesus. I have seen many people go to Daniel chapter seven and learn only of the four beasts. They study all of the implications of the Babylonians and Romans and miss the key to the whole text. The key is that King Jesus is coming to destroy both the spirit and the person of Anti-Christ!
Do not neglect Jesus! He is worthy and deserves to be praised. In Matthew 26 Jesus makes Himself the key figure in Daniel 7, quoting verse thirteen. The Bible says, But Jesus held his peace. And the high priest answered and said unto him, I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God. Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.
And in verse fourteen we see the kingdom given to the Son of God: And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.
You see, Jesus Christ is the central figure of the entire world. He is the center of the universe. Paul said, By Him all things consist (Col. 1:17), and that of Him, and through Him and to Him are all things (Romans 11:36). In all of our “living” may we not neglect the Way, the Truth and the Life (John 14:6).
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you (Matthew 6:33).