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After this I saw in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, awesome and powerful, and exceedingly strong, and it had great iron teeth; it devoured and broke in pieces and stamped the residue with its feet, and it was different from all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns. Bible

“fourth beast.” This fourth beast is the kingdom of the Antichrist in the Book of Revelation. Although many scholars think that the start of the beast was the Roman Empire, which will morph into the kingdom of the Antichrist, that is debated. The fact that this fourth kingdom “was different from all the beasts that were before it” is evidence that it could not have been the ancient Roman Empire. The Romans did not destroy the kingdoms they conquered but incorporated those kingdoms into the Empire, often even letting the indigenous government remain in place as it did when Rome conquered Israel and allowed Herod the Great to remain as king. It seems likely that in Daniel’s vision Rome was skipped and the list of empires went from Greece immediately to the empire of the Antichrist.


Commentary for: Daniel 7:7