The first was like a lion and had eagle’s wings. I saw until its wings were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth and made to stand on two feet like a man; and a man’s heart was given to it.
“like a lion.” This first “beast” is the Neo-Babylonian Empire. The fact that before its demise a man’s heart was given to it likely refers to the change in Nebuchadnezzar at the end of his life (cp. Dan. 4:1-37).