What did these four beasts represent?


"These great beasts, which are four, are four kings, which shall arise out of the earth." Verse 17.
NOTE - The word "kings" here, as in Dan. 2: 44, denotes kingdoms, as explained in verses 23 and
24 of the seventh chapter, the two words being used interchangeably in this prophecy.
Under the symbol of the great image of the second chapter of Daniel, is given the mere political
outline of the rise and fall of earthly kingdoms, preceding the setting up of God's everlasting kingdom. In
the seventh chapter, earthly governments are represented as viewed in the light of heaven-under the
symbols of wild and ferocious beasts-the last, in particular, oppressing and persecuting the saints of the
Most High. Hence the change in the symbols used to represent these kingdoms.

Why have all been reckoned under sin?
Who are called to repentance?
To what temple did He refer?
How early did Timothy know the Scriptures?
How are the rise and work of this power described?
What will the righteous do upon rising from the grave?
22. While many will be deceived by these wonders, and accept of the false christs that appear, what will those say who have maintained their love for the truth, and patiently waited for Christ's return?

Questions & Answers are from the book Bible Readings for the Home Circle