I am a new member but have spent much of my life time trying to understand the prophecy of Daniel and Revelation. Naturally as times and events move on, many times my expectations have failed to be compatible with the facts and have needed to go back and pray for further guidance. I feel at this time, my interpretation that follows is definitely on the right track, though of course it is my present understanding and when and if facts present themselves that are inconsistent with the gist of my interpretation, I am always prepared to correct the error.
So it is in that spirit that I post this and I will do my best to respond to any questions that arise from members on it. It is a brief outline at this stage, and I hope that because of a discussion, more detail of the defining and aligning of the Daniel Beasts and the Revelation Beasts will result.
So here is my best present attempt to interpret the meaning of the four beasts of Daniel 7, and later make the connection with the Beasts of Revelation which represent the same earthly powers of history
Now a warning,..many of you may find it hard to consider the western imperial world powers, USA and Europe as conducting themselves in a way that is in opposition to the way God would deem appropriate, but keep an open mind and you may 'see' it really is the Beast?
And the big surprise for the reader is when the mystery of who and what is the earthly powers referred to in Daniel 11:45 reveals itself.
The first beast is Babylon (now Iraq)
The second beast is Persia (now Iran)
The third beast with four heads is Greece, Egypt, Assyria (now Syria, Lebanon), and Rome (now Italy)
The fourth beast with a head of ten horns is present day western Europe (the ten horns are ten prime nations that make it up, England, Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Denmark, Austria).
Now consider in Daniel 7:8 “I considered the (ten) horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.”
Now prior to becoming a single nation, the present land that now constitutes the mainland US states once belonged to three of the horns of the fourth beast, Spain, France and England. See map above. As we know from history, the three big horns were sent packing, and the little horn went on to dominate them. After the second world war the little horn became leader (militarily) of all of western Europe....until now! The little horn is the USA.
Now these four phases of history of the beasts of Daniel that lead up to the present time are described using different metaphors in other chapters, so for example, the last 'kingdom' of the beast with ten horns led by the the little horn is the kingdom of iron mixed with miry clay of Chapter two, and the King of the North of Chapter 11, etc.. And again, a different metaphor is used in Book of Revelations for the last beast, it is the seventh head, that did not yet exist at that time of John, of a seven headed beast, and the little horn of Daniel is described in Revelation as a beast having two little horns (two party US democracy - Reps. and Dems.) like a lamb, but spoke like a dragon..,the USA. Also note, the 'image' of the USA democratic government system has been forced on many of the states it has conquered and has persuaded others to adopt uses aspects of governmental rule created by two of the heads of the third beast of Daniel (ancient Greek Democracy, and Roman Senate).
The last point of interest for now is the end of Daniel Chapter 11 (Verse 45), because that fulfils the prophecy of Daniel and it is here that the last Beast will 'run out of time' coincident with the events described in Chapter 12. Now that which is set up between Jerusalem and the sea is the Zionist state of Israel. It was set up by the Beast/King of the North through the United Nations in 1948. One of the horns of the Beast (Britain) had already ruled the area as a mandate from the League of Nations and now stood aside to allow the Beast/King of the North to take possession/
Perhaps it is soon to be no more along with the Beast whose creation it is?
Thanks be to God and Christ for the coming Judgement.
I might add, that I personally think the situation in Syria as we speak could well develop to be the trigger for something of Daniel/Revelation prophetic end time proportions.