The prophet woke up troubled, thinking about what he had dreamed. He recognized that his dream had great importance and significance. ‘In the first year of Belshazzar, king of Babylon, Daniel had a dream, and vision passed through his mind as he was lying on his bed. He wrote down his dream” (Daniel 7:1). In his dream he saw four great beasts rise up out of the sea. The first seemed to be a lion and had eagle’s wings. A second beast resembled a bear raised on one side with three ribs in its mouth. the third was like a leopard with four heads and with four wing on its back.
“After that,” Daniel continued, “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 former beasts, and it had ten horns” (verse 7).
The earlier beasts had been strange enough, but the fourth one was indescribable–not like a lion, a leopard, a bear, or anything that Daniel had ever seen before! it was a dreadful, powerful creäture with iron teeth, bronze claws (verse 19), and ten horns.
Next among those ten horns, the prophet watched another horn come up. In Biblical symbolism horns represent power and those agencies that use it. this horn was little at first, but as the prophet watched, it became a great power: “This horn had eyes like the eyes of a man and a mouth that spoke boastfully” (verse 8), And this little horn, tried to change the law of God. (It is said divine law could and should not be changed.
What could this prophecy mean?
“Oh,” some might argue, “prophecy is just guesswork. We can only speculate about who the lion and the bear are, as well as what the other beasts emerging from the sea and the sea its represent,” but wait a moment, Who gave daniel the dream? God did. And if He sent the dream, wouldn’t you think He would also provide us some way to interpret it? Do you think that when it comes to understanding prophecy, it’s every person for themselves? Peter reminds us: “No prophecy of the Scripture is of any private interpretation” (2 Peter 1:20, KJV). That means I shouldn’t have to depend on what I personally think the prophecy–the Word of God consistently explains.