Last of the great empires: Daniel 7: the leopard with four heads

The third beast that Daniel saw in his vision of the final world powers in Daniel 7 is a leopard that he described like this:

After this I beheld, and lo another, like a leopard, which had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl; the beast had also four heads; and dominion was given to it. v. 6

The Leopard as Germany

Germany, as far as I can tell, was only in modern times associated with a leopard, although its Charging_Leopardnational symbol is a black eagle. The leopard association may have come about because of two of its army tanks that were engineered so well, they became the envy of armies around the world–the Panzerkampfwagen V Panther (that helped the Nazis blaze across Europe during WWII) and the Leopard series of tanks.

Four heads

Bible prophecy uses heads to symbolize kingdoms, rulers, and empires. I believe the four heads of the leopards represent Germany’s four reichs, or empires. The First Reich began in 800 AD under Charlemagne I in a special agreement with Roman Catholic Pope Leo III that began a close relationship between every Pope and every German leader after that, continuing even today. It was helped along in 962 by Otto I. It ended in 1806 by a declaration of Emperor Francis II, due in part to his fear of Napoleon’s advances.

The Second Reich began in 1871 when Prussian leader Otto van Bismarck used diplomacy and violence to set up the rulership of Kaisers for Germany, trying and failing to shake off Rome’s hold on German politics. Germany’s defeat in World War I in 1918 brought about revolt against Kaiser rule to end the Second Reich and set up a republic which would be a springboard for the coming Third Reich under Hitler.

The Third Reich began in 1933 after Hitler’s use of street brawls, propaganda, diplomacy, and the Roman Catholic Church to gain power while evangelicals stood by with little or no resistance. But his aspirations of a pure race and world domination helped bring about his demise at the hands of Britain, France, the U.S., and Russia.

We are now in the time of the Fourth Reich whose foundations were laid in 1951 when the European Coal and Steel Community was established by the Treaty of Paris, with Germany and France as the main sponsors for what was to become today’s European Union. They are helping set the stage for the fourth beast to openly, instead of covertly, exert its power. This explains why Germany is now the most powerful nation in the EU.

Revelation 13:2 tells us the beast will have the body of a leopard. If we look at the leopard as Germany, they will be the ones giving functionality to how the Antichrist will operate as directed by the great whore of Babylon (Rome) in Revelation 17. Britain as the lion’s mouth on the beast will help and so will Russia, who acts as the beast’s feet symbolized by bear’s feet in Revelation 13. Then this alliance will peak as prophesied by Ezekiel 38 when “Gomer and his bands” join Russia to war with Israel. “Gomer and his bands” refers to the Cimmerians, whose descendants are most of the Europeans, especially the Celtic tribes (France, Germany, UK).

Four wings of a fowl

France is the most popular nation with a fowl as its national symbol–the Gallic rooster. At Gallic roosterdifferent points in history France and Germany were allies while at other times enemies. Since WWII, France and Germany (i.e. West Germany) have been inseparable on the world stage. France was an original member of the UN and was one of the main influences to get Germany moving toward establishing the EU. The four wings may refer to France’s four historical periods–the Kingdom of France, the Constitutional Monarchy, the French Republic, and the modern Constitutional Republic.


Robert Wild, The Other Reichs, About Education,, [date unknown].

Ken Raggio, The Meaning of the Four Beasts in Daniel’s Dream, [date unknown].

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Harry A. Gaylord

6 thoughts on “Last of the great empires: Daniel 7: the leopard with four heads

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    1. Unlikely since the Ezekiel prophecy about Gog and Magog speaks of nations whose names can easily be traced back to the geographical locations of their origins. Gog, Meshech, and Tubal are definitely traced back to Russia.


    1. @odette,

      In ancient times Daniel’s prophecy referred to the time after Alexander the Great’s death, where the king of the north was Seleucus Nicator of the Seleucid Empire. In that same time period, the king of the south was Ptolemy I who took over Egypt.

      When Daniel 11 will be fulfilled again at some time in the future the king of the north will be Turkey and the king of the south will most likely be a Saudi Arabia-Egypt partnership.

      Several Biblical prophecies joined together point to Turkey as king of the north, who will be the beast (aka Antichrist). Daniel 7:7-8, 20-25 says a horn will arise after the ten horns from the fourth beast (the Roman Empire), which is also the beast in Revelation 17. In Daniel 8:7-11, this same horn rises from one of the four Greek empires that resulted from Alexander the Great’s death. Daniel 11 is where the king of the north is specified as coming from the Seleucid Empire while Revelation 13 says this king called the beast will arise from the Aegean Sea. Turkey is the only one that meets all these criteria together.


  1. Harry, thank you for sharing some accurate biblical prophesies. Howerver, we are all wrong about something and I hope you will consider my synopsis, directly from scripture, about who the great whore is. My hope is that with all of the input you will get from others, you will put together the most accurate prophesy profile ever made public so God’s children can be safely guided during these end-
    time events. We must let the bible interpret itself.
    The only system/people God referred to as as adultress, whore or prostitute in scripture (all throughout) were the unbelieving Israelites.
    In Rev. 11 :7 and 8, Jerusalem is referred to as the Great City.
    This city is described as Sodom and Gomorrah. Rev. 18 explains features of this whore.
    Three times, this whore is referred to as the Great City, and due to other descriptions, it is clear it is describing a dominant and huge political/religious system in the future. This could only be Israel
    with other political and religious systems adhering to them.
    Look further into this issue in the bible and you will will find lots of proof.
    Keep up the good work, however, be willing to be corrected and God will use you in greater ways!


    1. Phyllis,

      Thanks for sharing your opinion. Yes, it’s true Jerusalem in Israel was called a “great city” in Revelation. But the passage that refers to Babylon as the “great city” appears in Revelation 17 and has a different context and different details to let us know it is entirely different than Jerusalem in Revelation 11:7-8.

      Before I proceed further with that, let me pause here to say that other nations besides Israel were called harlots or whores in Bible prophecies. Isaiah 23:15-16 calls the city of Tyre a harlot. Nahum 3 calls the city of Nineveh a whore.

      Now, back to Revelation 17. This is the chapter that definitively identifies Mystery Babylon, the mother of harlots. Revelation 17:9 tells us it is a city that sits on seven “mountains” or large hills. Revelation 17:18 says it is “that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.” Jerusalem doesn’t sit on 7 hills and it has never reigned over all the kings of the earth. Only Rome bears those two distinctions. Rome’s distinct 7 mountains/hills are Capitoline, Palatine, Aventine, Caelian, Esquiline, Viminal, and Quirinal. It is also the only place in the world where leaders of virtually every nation clamor to get an audience/blessing from its “supreme” leader, the Pope. All roads of national & international prominence still lead to Rome.

      Revelation 18 even lists the industries that Rome throughout history has been known for. The Freemasons, Bilderbergs, Council on Foreign Relations, and other prominent globalist organizations all get their marching orders from there. Throughout its history, it has been responsible for the deaths of more Christians than any other place with its Inquisitions and persecutions in their various forms. That’s why the Lord showed her with the cup filled with the blood of the saints in Revelation.


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