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.

With what was He filled?
29. What statement immediately following the announcement mentioned in Rev. 22: 11, indicates that a judgment work had been in progress before Christ comes?
How, according to Luke, did Christ answer this question?
What were these martyrs represented as doing?
Out of what will they be judged?
What classes are we especially enjoined to help?
What will he reap who sows to the Spirit?

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