By Toli Bohonik
The prophet Daniel was given a special understanding of kingdoms and empires. He lived at the extraordinary juncture of three world-ruling empires. He watched the destruction of his own beloved nation of Judah by the sole superpower of his day, and he lived on to see a third empire rise to dominate the world landscape.
Judah, Babylon, and the Medes and Persians were the key global players during Daniel’s lifetime. Daniel watched his beloved Judah destroyed by Babylon, and later watched the Babylonian empire wane in power and fall to the Medes and Persians.
The Kingdom of Judah lasted from c. 922 to 587 BC; in July 587 BC the temple in Jerusalem was destroyed. Judah was then under Babylonian rule from 587 to 539 BC. It was at this time that Daniel came to prominence within Babylon. Babylon fell to Persia in 539 BC. Daniel continued in a position of influence for a number of years after Babylon’s fall. Judah remained under Persian dominance until 332 BC.
Daniel’s time was a unique period of empire building. New empires rose and old empires faltered and fell. Huge armies and enormous egos were fielded in the visible forefront, and behind the scenes powerful angels and dark demons wrestled for dominance. The Lord used all of this to bring about His will. And He used Daniel to tell His people what was going to happen geopolitically right up until the end of the age.
Much of what the Lord tells us in the book of Daniel has to do with a mysterious “fourth beast”. In chapter 7 the Lord tells us the “fourth beast” would dominate the kingdoms of this world right up until the return of Jesus Christ.
We are living in the times of the fourth beast.
The Lord wanted Daniel’s times documented. He wanted the story of Judah’s fall and the rise of these two gentile empires preserved for all future generations.
In Daniel’s day, the nation of Judah was the major remaining repository of the knowledge of the true God. Her sister nation, Israel, had long since gone into captivity. Israel had sinned beyond the point of physical redemption. So, years before, the Lord allowed the nation of Israel to be destroyed and taken captive by the ancient nation of Assyria. Judah was left alone to perpetuate the religion of YHVH (the name of the true God). Judah, all alone, continued the traditions and maintained the lovely culture that the God of Abraham had given to both Israel and Judah through Moses. (Unfortunately, they also added their own traditions, which sometimes were contrary to the teachings of God—Matt 15:6.)
History tells us that the ten tribes of Israel have remained lost, that the tribe of Judah has struggled to maintain it’s identity amidst scattering and persecution, and that the fourth beast has dominated the civilized world up until this very day. The lost ten tribes of Israel and persecuted Judah have been forced to live under the dominion of the fourth beast.
The enigmatic fourth beast is first introduced in Daniel 7. The story starts as a vision of a great stomping beast with iron teeth, which devours everything in its path. The fourth beast was to be a world-ruling empire that would dominate geopolitics during the entire Christian era and was to last in some form until the return of Jesus Christ.
The fourth beast would be ruling this earth when our Lord comes a second time.
Daniel wrote during a time of visions and dreams. Along with grand empires and armies, Daniel’s age was one of visions and dreams. The book of Daniel describes many of these in detail.
The dreams start in chapter 2 of Daniel. Here we read King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream about a great statue with a head of gold, chest and arms of silver, with belly and thighs of bronze, with legs of iron, and feet partly of iron and partly of clay. In Daniel 4 is another dream. It too is Nebuchadnezzar’s. His second dream is of a strong tree that stands in the midst of the earth and grows high as the heavens. Then in chapter 5 there is a vision, not a dream, in which a hand writes unknown letters on a palace wall. The hand was telling Babylonian King Belshazzar that he was about to lose his kingdom.
Two gentile Babylonian kings experience the first three dreams and visions in the book of Daniel. The remainder of the visions and dreams in the book are Daniel’s. In the second half of the book, in chapter seven through chapter twelve, we read one after another of Daniel’s visions and dreams.
God chose to speak to Daniel, the same way that God has spoken to virtually all of His prophets, by visions and dreams. There is a consistency in the way our Lord works. Daniel was beloved by God, and as God often does, He showed His love by giving one of His servants special gifts and special revelations. It was by God’s divine power that Daniel wrote about the world ruling empires that would last through to the end of the age.
Daniel’s understanding of dreams and prophecy was not a matter of his own brilliance, Daniel’s understanding came from the Lord, Daniel 2:20–23:
Daniel answered and said: “Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, For wisdom and might are His. And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding. He reveals deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness, and light dwells with Him. I thank You and praise You, O God of my fathers; You have given me wisdom and might, And have now made known to me what we asked of You, for You have made known to us the king’s demand.”
There are many ideas about Daniel’s fourth beast—what empires and nations comprise its body and its many horns. Even today, it is cloaked in mystery and controversy. We have had well over 2,000 years to figure out who it was and who it is, and yet the Christian community can’t seem to agree on the identity of this terrible fourth beast.
It has not been easy to figure out.
In the seventh chapter of Daniel we read a summary of the four kingdoms that would dominate the world right up until the return of Jesus Christ. There are only four kingdoms. The first three kingdoms are described in a relatively few short verses, five verses to be exact. Most of the seventh chapter is spent explaining the fourth beast; this is the longest description of the fourth beast in all of the scriptures.
So, who is the fourth beast?
The fourth beast is most unique. It is most terrible. It is the most enigmatic. And it dominates the world for the longest period of time, the entire Christian era, almost 2,000 years.
It is also unique in that it has many horns, it has 11 horns to be exact. Ten grow out from the original beast and then a smaller eleventh horn grows up amongst the other ten, and dominates, “plucks up” three of the other horns.
The fourth beast consists of:
Who is the original beast? Who are the three horns? Who is the little horn? And who are the other seven horns? This author will give his view of all these things in this article.
Different Christian denominations interpret Daniel’s vision of the fourth beast very differently. Each denomination tends to interpret the fourth beast in a manner that makes it look as though they are not a part of this beast. It’s an ugly beast and it is not something that Christians knowingly want to be a part of.
There is a Protestant interpretation of Daniel, there is a Catholic interpretation of Daniel, there is an Adventist interpretation of Daniel, and there is a Church of God interpretation of Daniel. Most of us are familiar with how our own denomination interprets the fourth beast. The Seventh Day Adventists and the Churches of God have generally adopted a Protestant interpretation of the fourth beast.
But to correctly interpret history and to understand the identity of the fourth beast, one has to step back from Protestant, Catholic, Adventist, Church of God, and any other denominational interpretation.
So let’s take step back, let’s take a fresh look at history, and let’s see how this fourth beast fits the patterns of the rise and fall of kingdoms described in modern history books. We need to compare history to Daniel’s prophecies. Let’s take a fresh non-partisan look and see which nations fit the description of the fourth beast.
But first let’s confirm when all of this ends. It all ends when the Lord sets up His kingdom and all four of these beasts no longer exist. This is important because it will firmly fix in our minds that only four beasts exist prior to our Lord’s return. As some distant point in the future the saints will take the kingdom and possess the kingdom forever and ever. That is still ahead of us, Daniel 7:16–18:
I came near to one of those who stood by, and asked him the truth of all this. So he told me and made known to me the interpretation of these things: “Those great beasts, which are four, are four kings which arise out of the earth. But the saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever.”
If Daniel 7:18 is true, which it is, then today we are still living in the times of the fourth beast.
In Daniel chapter 7, we read that the first beast of Daniel’s dream is a lion. This lion represents the empire of Babylon. It is important to note that God starts the clock of prophecy with the kingdom of Babylon; in a very real sense our Lord begins history with the kingdom of Babylon. It was the empire that Daniel was most familiar with. At its height it was ruled by Daniel’s friend, king Nebuchadnezzar, who destroyed Jerusalem in 587 BC. Babylon is the first of four empires that was to rule until the coming of our Lord.
The Lord inspired Daniel to devote only one verse to Babylon. There are entire chapters that deal almost exclusively with Babylon, but not here in the seventh chapter—this is the chapter of the fourth beast. Babylon is described in just one short verse, Daniel 7:4.
The first was like a lion, and had eagle’s wings. I watched till its wings were plucked off; 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.
The second of the four empires was the Medes and the Persians. Babylon fell to the Medes and Persians in 539 BC. Again, Daniel spends only one verse describing the Medes and Persians. They are described as a bear raised up on one side with three ribs in its mouth. Chapter eight describes this empire in additional detail, but in chapter seven there is only one verse allotted to them, Daniel 7:5:
And suddenly another beast, a second, like a bear. It was raised up on one side, and had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth. And they said thus to it: ‘Arise, devour much flesh!’
The third empire is the Greeks. Again, in the eighth chapter of Daniel there is another longer vision that describes the Greek empire, but here in chapter seven there is only one verse. Alexander the Great conquered Persia in 332 BC. He later died in Babylon in 323 BC. After his death Alexander’s empire was divided into four parts by four of his generals, Daniel 7:6:
After this I looked, and there was another, like a leopard, which had on its back four wings of a bird. The beast also had four heads, and dominion was given to it.
In Daniel 7:7 we begin to read about the terrible fourth beast.
The fourth beast is an extraordinary beast with no name. The first three kingdoms are each individually named in the eighth chapter of Daniel, but nowhere are the nations that comprise the fourth beast named. That is left to future generations to figure out and name. The timing of the rise and fall of this fourth beast is also left to future generations to discern.
Why aren’t the nations named? Daniel wrote his book at a time when these nations had not formed and had no names. Rome would not rise to prominence for another 400 years. Daniel 7:7–8:
After this I saw in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, exceedingly strong. It had huge iron teeth; it was devouring, breaking in pieces, and trampling the residue with its feet. It was different from all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns.
I was considering the horns, and there was another horn, a little one, coming up among them, before whom three of the first horns were plucked out by the roots. And there, in this horn, were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking pompous words
The Roman Empire slowly rose to dominate the world after the Greek Empire was broken into four parts. During the second and third centuries BC, Rome increased in power. It took time for the empire to form; there were long periods of wars, unrest, and instability. It took almost three centuries for Rome to become a notable empire.
By the first century BC Rome had achieved beastly dominance. It devoured, broke in pieces, and trampled all the other beasts that came before it, i.e. the Babylonians, the Medes and the Persians, and the Greeks. The early empire was strong from about 31 BC to 192 AD. During this time Rome was “dreadful and terrible, exceedingly strong”. Then Rome slipped into a period of decline. The first era of decline lasted from 192 to 284 AD.
Rome continued its political and social decline after 284 AD, it was a steeper decline lasting another 250 years. The city of Rome was sacked in 455 AD by the Vandals. The traditional end of the Roman empire came in 476 AD when the last Western emperor was defeated at Revenna.
The grandeur of Rome came to an end and, as far as this author can see, the original fourth beast was dead.
In Daniel 7:8 we read that there are ten horns that grow out of the beast, that a little horn comes up among the ten, and somehow the little horn overpowers the first three horns.
I was considering the horns, and there was another horn, a little one, coming up among them, before whom three of the first horns were plucked out by the roots. And there, in this horn, were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking pompous words (Dan 7:8).
Who were the first three horns? Who was the little horn? And who are the last seven horns? To figure it out, all you have to do is look at a map of Europe in about 600 AD.
The first three horns are the three major kingdoms that took the place of Rome and dominated Europe throughout the Middle Ages. All three were heavily controlled by a little horn, the Papacy. The Popes have been men with physical “eyes” and “mouths” that have spoken many “pompous words”—claiming to be the head of the church and the high priest on earth—positions claimed by Christ (Eph 5:23, Heb 3:1).
The first horn in the prophecy seems to be the kingdom of the Franks. The Franks were Germanic peoples that first settled near the Rhine. They dominated Central Europe, the territories of France and Germany, from 481 to 886. The greatest Frankish king was Charles the Great, i.e. Charlemagne, who ruled between 771 and 814. In time the Frankish kingdom became the Holy Roman Empire. From the 1200’s onward the Holy Roman Empire lost most of its influence and power and the Holy Roman emperors became simply German Kings with limited authority.
The second horn that grew out of the Roman Empire apparently was the Byzantine Empire. It included Eastern Europe, Greece, Asia Minor, and North Africa. It lasted from 527 to 1453. Justinian was the first great ruler in the West, from 527 to 565. In 1054 the Eastern Church split with the Papacy. The Byzantine empire began a long period of decline in about 1050.
The third horn probably was the kingdom of the Visigoths in Spain, from 466 to 711. At the time it wasn’t called Spain. The Visigoths had traveled through Europe and settled in what has become modern day Spain. In 587 the Visigoth king Reccared converted to Catholicism. His conversion accelerated the Romanization of the Visigoths and the Catholic Clergy soon come to dominate the Visigoth monarchy. The Moslem conquest of the Visigoth empire began in 711. It took centuries to defeat the Moslems and for Christian Spain to emerge.
These three kingdoms were heavily controlled by the little horn, the Papacy. For centuries the Papacy had no secular territory, yet it wielded enormous political power. In 756 King Pepin, a Frankish king, gave the Papacy lands in central Italy. It was an illegal act that made the Papacy a temporal power. The Papacy continued to garner political power for the next 400 years. It was a very brutal and corrupt period of history. The power of the Papacy was dealt a death blow in the early 1500’s by the Protestant Reformation.
At this point it is important to make a distinction between the Papacy and the Catholic Church. The little horn was the Papacy and not the Catholic Church. The two are not the same. For some 1,260 years the Papacy wielded both religious and secular authority, spoke pompous words, changed times and laws, and executed thousands of saints.
Throughout these years most of the Christian world was Catholic; people generally belonged to the one universal church—that was all they knew. Many Christians, i.e. saints, tried to follow Jesus and whatever parts of the Bible they could learn—they had relatively little do with the Papal hierarchy.
If you look at a map of Europe during the early Middle Ages you will see that Kingdom of the Franks, the Byzantine Empire, and the Visigoth Empire covers virtually all of Europe. In Italy you will see the Papal States.
The Middle Ages was the time of the first three horns and the Papacy.
Daniel 7:11–12 tells us:
I watched then because of the sound of the pompous words which the horn was speaking; I watched till the beast was slain, and its body destroyed and given to the burning flame. As for the rest of the beasts, they had their dominion taken away, yet their lives were prolonged for a season and a time.
The “slain” beast was probably the original Roman Empire, destroyed in 476 AD. Much was indeed “given to the burning flame”. It left behind the “other beasts”, the first three horns and later the seven horns.
The “other beasts” were to continue on until the return of Jesus Christ (Daniel 7:12). The lives of the last seven kingdoms were to be prolonged for “a season and a time”. These nations rose to power after the Protestant Reformation, after about 1500’s, and continue to this day.
How long is “a season and a time”? A prophetic “time” is frequently regarded as 360 years. A “season” is one fourth of a year, so might a prophetic “season” be one fourth of a “time” or 90 years? That would mean that these seven horns were to continue for 90 + 360 = 450 years. Apparently, these seven world powers were to continue 450 years after the end of the Middle Ages and the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. The next two sections will contain an idea of when these 450 years might begin and end.
This section of Daniel 7 ends with verse 14, where Daniel explains that after the seven horns have their one chance at empire the Lord will return, and Jesus is given “dominion and glory and a kingdom”. Daniel 7:13–14:
I was watching in the night visions, And behold, One like the Son of Man, Coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, And they brought Him near before Him.
Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, That all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, Which shall not pass away, And His kingdom the one Which shall not be destroyed.
But this dream is still hard to understand. So an angel was asked to help out.
Daniel was so moved by this vision that in his dream he walked up to an angel and asked the angel to explain the meaning of the fourth beast. So the angel goes on to repeat that there will be four beasts who will rule until the end of time. At the end of the age the saints of the Most High will receive the kingdom and possess the kingdom for ever and ever, Daniel 7:16–18:
I came near to one of those who stood by, and asked him the truth of all this. So he told me and made known to me the interpretation of these things:
‘Those great beasts, which are four, are four kings which arise out of the earth. But the saints of the Most High shall receive the kingdom, and possess the kingdom forever, even forever and ever.’
But this explanation wasn’t good enough for Daniel. The angel then continues to explain in greater detail, Daniel 7:19:
Then I wished to know the truth about the fourth beast, which was different from all the others, exceedingly dreadful, with its teeth of iron and its nails of bronze, which devoured, broke in pieces, and trampled the residue with its feet.
In verses 20–22 Daniel retells his dream, especially the part about the small horn.
And the ten horns that were on its head, and the other horn which came up, before which three fell, namely, that horn which had eyes and a mouth which spoke pompous words, whose appearance was greater than his fellows. I was watching; and the same horn was making war against the saints, and prevailing against them, until the Ancient of Days came, and a judgment was made in favor of the saints of the Most High, and the time came for the saints to possess the kingdom (Dan 7:20–22).
The angel goes on to provide additional details. In verse 23 the angel tells Daniel there will be ten “kings”. The angel describes the Papacy by saying “another shall arise after them”. The Papacy was to subdue the first three major kingdoms of the Middle Ages, i.e. the Franks, the Byzantine Empire, and the kingdom of the Visigoths.
“Thus he said: ‘The fourth beast shall be A fourth kingdom on earth, Which shall be different from all other kingdoms, And shall devour the whole earth, Trample it and break it in pieces.
The ten horns are ten kings Who shall arise from this kingdom. And another shall rise after them; He shall be different from the first ones, And shall subdue three kings” (Dan 7:23–24).
The saints were given into the hand of the Papacy for a “time and times and half a time”. A “time” is 360 years in prophecy, so three and one half times equates to 3½ × 360 = 1,260 years.
The Christian Church was largely persecuted until the conversion of Roman Emperor Constantine in 312 AD. It had been led by an assortment of bishops, only some of which thought they needed to look to one specific bishop as their human leader. But after his conversion, Constantine made Christianity the state religion of Rome, and by the time of the Council of Nicea, in 325 AD, he effectively took control of the visible church. The Roman Catholic Church—led by the Bishop of Rome, or Pope—began its long existence. From that point in time, church and state were united to some degree, and together they persecuted the saints for 1,260 years. That persecution came to an end with the Protestant Reformation in the mid 1500’s. If you add 325 AD and 1,260 years, it gives the date 1585 AD.
Pope Gregory XIII died that year. He was the last Catholic pope to effectively resist the Protestant Reformation. He exhausted the Papal treasury establishing schools in numerous countries, expanding the power of the Jesuits and bringing a few political leaders back into the Catholic fold. While the Catholic Encyclopedia lists the next Pope, Sixtus V, as the last “counter-reformation” Pope, Sixtus V’s major accomplishment was rebuilding the Papal treasury and protecting the Papal States—he did very little to slow the flood of Protestantism.
Also, Pope Gregory XIII accomplished one other very essential step to close the end of an era. Three years before he died, in 1582, he accepted long-overdue calendar reform—what we now call the Gregorian Calendar. Up till then, the calendar in use by the church (and therefore the western world) had been the Julian Calendar. The Julian Calendar assumed that a year (the time required for the earth to orbit the sun) is exactly 365¼ days. That figure is about 11 minutes too long. After 1,500 years of the Julian Calendar, the seasons of the year (astronomical solstices and equinoxes) were beginning ten days later in the year than they were when the calendar was set up. Gregory XIII removed 10 days from the calendar in 1582 and accepted the rule to miss a leap year in years divisible by 100—except in centuries divisible by 400. This “Gregorian Calendar” has continued in use, unaltered, by nearly all the civilized world today.
In 1582 the Protestant Reformation was well underway and some countries ignored Pope Gregory’s calendar reform. It took over 100 years for it to be universally accepted. Nevertheless, the scientific correctness of his decree was eventually accepted everywhere. But the days when kings would obey Rome simply because she was Rome were ending, and the true Church was free to begin rebuilding. The Church needed freedom to grow; it had to come out from under the control of the Papacy. That freedom came with the Protestant Reformation and the rise of modern Protestant empires.
He shall speak pompous words against the Most High, Shall persecute the saints of the Most High, And shall intend to change times and law. Then the saints shall be given into his hand For a time and times and half a time (Dan 7:25).
The Papacy used the Julian Calendar throughout all but the last three of the 1,260 years—it was neither an accurate solar calendar, nor was it useful for determining the Feasts of the Bible (Lev 23). The restoration of an accurate solar calendar made calculations of Hebrew Calendar dates much simpler and more stable. During most of those same 1,260 years, the Papacy forbade the translation of the Bible into native languages. They did not teach the laws of the Bible as much as they taught their own doctrines and laws. The many Bible translations of the 1500s, and the people who were not afraid to read them, restored the knowledge of much Biblical truth.
The 1,260 years of killing were stopped by the Court that was called into session in heaven. It appears the Lord calls a Heavenly Court whenever it is time for major changes on this earth. The Protestant Reformation was the direct result of such a Heavenly Court, the success of the Protestant Reformation seems to have come as a direct result of a decree by this Heavenly Court.
This Heavenly Court also took away the dominion of the Papacy forever. It appears that the Papacy will never again have the power it once had during the Middle Ages. That “horn” of the beast does not rise again. While some Popes and/or their aides might like to be world powers, while some people might want to believe that they are controlling nations behind the scenes, this prophetic understanding indicates that the Papacy will never again become a world-ruling power. It will remain but a bit player on the world scene.
But the court shall be seated, And they shall take away his dominion, To consume and destroy it forever (Dan 7:26).
Once again we read that the kingdoms of this world are to be given to the people of God, the saints of the Most High, and they will rule the kingdom forever and ever. But this is after our modern time, when the seven horns have had their chance at empire, and the power of the Papacy has been destroyed. Daniel 7:27–28 states:
Then the kingdom and dominion, And the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven, Shall be given to the people, the saints of the Most High. His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, And all dominions shall serve and obey Him. This is the end of the account. As for me, Daniel, my thoughts greatly troubled me, and my countenance changed; but I kept the matter in my heart.
If we add the 450 years of a “season and a time” (Dan 7:12) to 1585 AD, that comes to 2035 AD—a little over 2,000 years after the death of Christ. Is 2035 AD an exact date that we can count on? Maybe not. God frequently states prophecies in symbolic or flexible terms because He adjusts his judgments to people’s obedience (Jer 18:7–10). Jonah prophesied that Nineveh would fall in 40 days (Jon 3:4), but the people repented and Nineveh’s destruction came in 40 years instead. Since God has not promised us the exact meaning of a “season and a time”, He is free to make it fit His purpose. Some prophetic times must be shortened (Matt 24:22)—but we may not know exactly how much they will be shortened. We can know that God’s ultimate plans are sure without knowing the exact timing or details.
The story of modern Europe and America is the story of the rise of the great modern empires. It is also the story of the last seven horns. The seven horns are the seven major empires that have ruled since the time of the Protestant Reformation. These seven modern empires have taken the place of the Papacy and the first three horns of the Middle Ages.
Here is the author’s list of the seven largest modern Amero-European empires since the time of Martin Luther, the mid 1500’s. It would be too time consuming to go through the history of these seven nations, but they each had a turn at empire over the past 450 years. They are:
Each of these nations have had a significant empire during the past 450 years. The main religion of these empires has been both Catholic and Protestant. Even so, all of the rulers of these empires were secular rulers—they were not put in place or ruled by the Catholic church. In fact, during our modern times the most powerful nations of the fourth beast have been Protestant.
The fourth beast does not consist solely of Catholic empires, as some have claimed, rather it consists of both Catholic and Protestant nations. These European empires, all descended from the Roman Empire and will dominate geopolitics until Jesus returns. They all used Christian principles. Russia, China, or mid-eastern powers cannot become the dominant world power by this understanding.
The fourth beast is European and North American, and it lasts until Jesus Christ returns.
Today there is one “superpower”, one “hyperpower”, and that is the United States of America. She continues in the tradition of Rome. Since the USA is the dominant world power of our day she must be part of the fourth beast. European global dominance is continued by the USA, whose origins are in the European nations.
Here are four points to keep in mind regarding the seven horns of our modern age:
1. The fourth beast began with the Roman Empire and then it grew ten horns. The peoples that would comprise the fourth beast were all in place at the time of Rome’s fall. If you read Daniel’s descriptions of the rise of the Medes and Persians, and the rise of the Greeks, you see the same thing. In each case the “horns” associated with each empire existed during that empire.
The same is true for the ten horns of the fourth beast. The people of the ten horns were geographically in place in 476 AD when Rome fell. These people eventually became the modern nations of Europe. Again, the fourth beast is the period of European dominance of the world.
2. There were to be seven horns after the first three were plucked up. There were to be seven European empires. There have been more than seven European empires these past 450 years. Did I choose the correct seven?
We are looking for seven modern nations of Europe that have had significant empires. We have more then seven choices, but the other choices have not been as great as those listed above. The other smaller empires include the Scandinavian countries, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Portugal. They all had empires, but their empires were much smaller then those of the other seven.
3. The seven European nations have taken turns at empire. They have gotten one chance at a modern empire, and that is all. They will not get a second chance. That is consistent with what happened to Babylon, the Medes and the Persians, and the Greeks. They too had only one chance at empire. They exist today, but they are all relatively weak nations.
If these seven have only one chance at empire, then England’s sun has set. Germany will not rise again. The French will remain politically weak. The Spanish might continue to make good wine, but they shall continue to be economically depressed. And on it goes. None of these seven nations will ever again rise to prominence!
The kingdom of the fourth beast has been partly strong and partly weak. That is true today. Most of these nations have been plagued by wealthy individuals and corporations seeking their own profit above the good of their countries. Most of the nations of Europe have been similarly weak. Generally there has been one dominant empire and the other empires have played secondary roles, acting together to counterbalance the dominant power.
Today the United States is the sole superpower. The United States is currently having her one chance at empire. It will be her only chance. If the United States is the seventh horn, then she is the last empire before the return of Jesus Christ.
4. Other empires have existed throughout the times of the fourth beast, but the empires of the fourth beast have always been dominant. Other empires have threatened Europe over the years, i.e. the Ottoman empire and the Russian Empire, but Europeans have always maintained dominance.
The fourth beast is Amero-european, so neither the Russians nor the Chinese will ever dominate the modern world. Europe/USA will be dominant until the Lord returns. Other nations have risen and threatened European power, but no other nation has risen and taken away the fourth beast’s power.
The United States of America may well be the last of the seven European empires. We came out of Europe and we are comprised of all the various European nationalities that existed before we became a nation.
So how does Amero-european dominance end? What happens to the seventh horn, the United States? What will usher in the return of Jesus Christ?
Daniel’s seventh chapter doesn’t give us the answers to these questions. Other prophecies tell us more. But Daniel 7 does tell that we are living in the times of the fourth beast.