- Jul 22, 2021
Thank you so much Scout9 for the link. My husband thinks the same as you about the reference of Revelation 13:2-3 being linked to the King Nebuchadnezzar's dream.Hi JanesP7: I studied the book of Daniel and Revelation many years ago, but some of Revelation was harder for me to grasp. However I have been studying both again. Here is what I think the animals represent and why. Part of the interpretation has to do with King Nebchadnezzar's dream and Daniel's interpretation of the dream. It is helpful if you view Daniel's prophecy as one of looking forward in time, not yet occurring in his time, and John the author of Revelation, as looking backward in time.
So, in Daniel 2, the statue in the King's dream represented the following kingdoms (and each kingdom is represented by the beasts in Daniel 7):
the head of gold = Babylon, represented by the lion (Daniel 7:4)
the chest = Medo/Persia, represented by the bear (Daniel 7:5)
the legs = Greece, leopard with 4 heads, representing how Alexander the Great's kingdom was divided up and run by four generals: Cassander, Lysinachus, Ptolemy, and Seleucus
the ten toes (mixture of iron) = Rome, represented by the beast/dragon with 10 horns (Daniel 7:7) and iron teeth.
When Rome fell, it broke into 10 smaller kingdoms, three of which were totally destroyed.
In Revelation 13, John also describes the leopard, bear, lion, and dragon with 10 horns.
Revelation writes about two beasts and they seem to be separate beasts. See what you think after listening to the video below. If you watch The Prophecy Code, Revelation Reveals the Antichrist, by Doug Batchelor, he gives a pretty convincing description. This matches what I learned years ago. Link below
Personally, I will watch your link tomorrow after work or as soon as I can.
I kinda knew that my thoughts about it were wrong, but I just wondered about this for a while because the animals are also represented by current countries, especially the dragon as China, so it made me wonder if it could be referring to current times. Any way, I really appreciate your help and insight and all here who have replied, thank you again!