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.

Through whom are repentance and forgiveness granted?
How is unity preserved in the diversities of gifts?
From what statement do we learn that these ordinances related to the sacrificial system?
Did Christ's followers keep the Sabbath after His death?
With what announcement does the sixth trumpet close?
How perfect would God have us become?
Why will this city have no need of the sun or moon?

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