Daniel passes quickly over the first three beasts to get to
the fourth, which captured his interest.
After that, in my vision at night I looked, and
there before me was a fourth beast—terrifying and
frightening and very powerful. It had large iron teeth; it
crushed and devoured its victims and trampled underfoot
whatever was left. It was different from all the former
beasts, and it had ten horns.
Nothing in nature compares to the fourth beast; it is
perverse and vicious. The apostle John described this
beast as a hybrid of the previous three beasts.
The beast I saw resembled a leopard, but had feet like
those of a bear and a mouth like that of a lion. The
dragon gave the beast his power and his throne and great
authority (Revelation 13:2).
The Roman Empire followed the Greek Empire. Rome
boasted that it did not destroy the cultures of the
nations it conquered but incorporated them into itself,
which is symbolized by “it crushed and devoured its
victims.” The teeth of Rome were like iron as its army
ruled with an iron hand until the empire
eventually faded from power. The great iron teeth
correspond to the legs of iron on the image in the dream
of dreams (Daniel 2:33, 40-43).
The fourth beast is dreadful, terrible, and exceedingly
strong since its power and great authority will come from
Satan. The unholy trinity that directs this beast will be
judged by God.
In that day, the LORD will punish with his sword, his
fierce, great and powerful sword, Leviathan the gliding
serpent, Leviathan the coiling serpent; he will slay the
monster of the sea (Isaiah 27:1).
Most likely, the gliding serpent epitomizes Satan; the
coiling serpent is the False Prophet; and the monster of
the sea is the Antichrist.
Prophetically, the time of the fourth beast is not
completed. The ten horns are the same as the ten toes of
Daniel 2:41 and ten horns of Revelation 13:1:
And the dragon stood on the shore of the sea. And I saw
a beast coming out of the sea. He had ten horns and seven
heads, with ten crowns on his horns, and on each head a
Horns are emblems of power, dominion, glory, and
fierceness, just as they are the chief means of attack and
defense for the animals endowed with them. Horns are
symbolic of kings and their kingdoms in Scripture.
Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist, identified
Christ Jesus as a horn, announcing, “He has raised up a
horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant
David” (Luke 1:69). In other words, the Messiah is a
strong and powerful Savior, who is the King of Israel.
Each horn of the fourth beast represents a future king
and kingdom. All ten horns are present at once; therefore,
they are a ten-kingdom confederacy. There is no period in
history that comes close to fitting Daniel’s vision of the
ten horns; it remains future to this day.
Today, the European Union is united under The Treaty of
Rome, signed on March 25, 1957. Initially, the European
Union consisted of just six countries: Belgium, Germany,
France, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Denmark,
Ireland and the United Kingdom joined in 1973,
in 1981, Spain and Portugal in 1986, Austria, Finland and
Sweden in 1995. In 2004, the biggest ever enlargement took
place with 10 new countries joining it.
The Treaty of Rome, as amended by subsequent treaties,
deals with goods, capital, persons, services, and
significantly, its associations with overseas nations and
territories. Since 1999, passports are no longer required
for travel between twelve European countries and the
Eurodollar has been replacing national currencies and
gaining economic strength in world markets.
Southern Europe, Western Asia and Northern Africa were
part of the Ancient Roman Empire, but are not part of the
European Union at this time. It seems unlikely that the
ten kings of the Revived Roman Empire will be limited to
Western Europe. It is possible that the foundation for the
ten kings is being laid in the European Union.
Nevertheless, any configuration of this ten-kingdom
confederation at this time would be speculation—we will
need to wait for history to reveal prophecy.