shall arise from this kingdom. And another shall rise after them; He shall be different from the first ones, and shall subdue three kings. 25 He shall speak pompous words against the Most High, Shall persecute the saints of the Most High, And shall intend to change times and law. Then the saints shall be given into his hand For a time and times and half a time. 26 ‘But the court shall be seated, And they shall take away his dominion, To consume and destroy it forever. 27 Then the kingdom and dominion, And the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven, Shall be given to the people, the saints of the Most High. His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey Him.’ 28 “This is the end of the account. As for me, Daniel, my thoughts greatly troubled me, and my countenance changed; but I kept the matter in my heart.”
So what is a beast? Look again at verse 23 - 23 “Thus he said: ‘The fourth beast shall be A fourth kingdom on earth, Which shall be different from all other kingdoms, And shall devour the whole earth, Trample it and break it in pieces.’
So, a beast is a kingdom.
If I said to you this statement, ‘that photo looks as though it has been doctored’, what would I be saying? I would be saying that the picture is not accurate. It looks as though someone messed around with the photo and added things that were not in the original photo. Why am I saying this? If I said to you the beast in Revelation is a man who will be in the future an evil world ruler, would I be correct? No, I wouldn’t. And the reason is that the bible says that a beast is a kingdom. You might say then, ‘Well, a kingdom is run by a man – a king - and kings are men. So, in the future some king or man will rule the entire world. In truth, some kingdoms are and some are run strictly by queens. So, where in the bible does it say an evil king will rule this earth? I know my Master and Lord and Savior, the only True and Worthy King will rule, but not an evil king.
If you look back at Daniel 7 kings are referred to as horns.
I want to look at another mysterious term that is used in today Scripture passages. Great scholars cannot figure out what this thing is? It has been called a dinosaur to a crocodile and who knows what else. This unique name is Leviathan.
1 In that day the LORD with His severe sword, great and strong, will punish Leviathan the fleeing serpent, Leviathan that twisted serpent; And He will slay the reptile that is in the sea.
The word ‘Leviathan’ comes up 5 times in the bible. So, bear with me and I believe it will be worth the investigation. Let’s look at each. Besides here in the book of Isaiah we find these verses;
Job 3: 8 “May those curse it who curse the day, those who are ready to arouse Leviathan.’
Job 41:1 ““Can you draw out Leviathan with a hook, or snare his tongue with a line which you lower?”
Psalm 74:14 “You broke the heads of Leviathan in pieces, and gave him as food to the people inhabiting the wilderness.