The final beast that Daniel mentions in his vision must have been like nothing he had ever seen before since he could only describe it as “dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly.” He went on to say and reveal the following about this beast:
7 …it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns. 8 I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things. …
19 Then I would know the truth of the fourth beast, which was diverse from all the others, exceeding dreadful, whose teeth were of iron, and his nails of brass; which devoured, brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with his feet; 20 And of the ten horns that were in his head, and of the other which came up, and before whom three fell; even of that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spake very great things, whose look was more stout than his fellows. 21 I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them; …
23 Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces. 24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings. 25 And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.
The Terrible Beast as a Type of Roman Empire
This kingdom has at least two things in common with the final kingdom Nebuchadnezzar saw in his dream in Daniel 2. They both have iron as the main component and both are the fourth kingdom. Rome was closely associated with iron not only because the iron trade was so abundant with the Empire, but also because its rulers, like Aurelian, were known to rule with an iron fist.
This beast is also the equivalent of the beast in Revelation 13 and 17 with the notable symbol of 10 horns. One thing I should clarify is that I have referred to it as Rome because that is who it is patterned after and who holds its reins. But it will be a kingdom different than Rome to be ruled by the horn with eyes (Antichrist) who will root out three kings, “devouring the whole earth” as a global, one world government with Rome’s help and breaking the earth in pieces–10 regional pieces to be exact (at least initially). I go into more detail about this in my post 10 Roman kingdoms.
We should note, however, that once Rome helps this kingdom rise to power, the beast will turn on Rome, Mystery Babylon the Mother of Harlots, and will destroy the city, including Vatican City, as prophesied in Revelation 14 and 18. I believe that some officials from the Vatican, after it’s destroyed, will join the Antichrist’s administration and one of those officials (the Pope or the Jesuit General?) will become the false prophet, the Antichrist’s evil sidekick mentioned in Revelation.
But in the end when the Antichrist gathers all the armies of the world by using the “spirits of devils, working miracles” to battle at Armageddon against Israel as stated in Revelation 16, the Lord “shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end. And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him,” Daniel 7:26-27. “Here is the patience of the saints.” (Revelation 14:12)
Harry A. Gaylord