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Daniel has a vision of four beasts
In the first year of Belshazzar’s reign, Daniel saw a vision of beasts.
Dictionaries
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Beast (Apocalypse)
BEAST (APOCALYPSE). 1. The ‘beast that ascends from the bottomless pit’ (Rev. 11:7) is the apocalyptic symbol of the last anti-Christian power (Rev. 13:1ff.; 17:3ff.; 19:19f.), portrayed as a composite picture of the 4 beasts of Dn. 7:3ff. His 10 horns are borrowed from Daniel’s fourth beast; his 7 heads
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Beast
BEAST — literally, an animal; figuratively, a symbol, often prophetic. The word “beast” is used literally in three ways in the Bible: (1) any animal, both Clean and Unclean (Gen. 6:7; 7:2; Lev. 11:1–8); (2) a wild animal, as distinguished from domesticated animals (Gen. 1:24; 7:21; 37:20; Ex. 23:11);
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Beast
BEAST Several Hebrew and Greek words and phrases are translated as “beast.” “Beast” may refer to any animal in distinction from people (Eccles. 3:18–21), reptiles (Gen. 1:24), and sometimes cattle (Gen. 1:30). Beasts were divided into categories of clean and unclean (Lev. 11:1–8) and wild and domesticated
Dictionary of Biblical Prophecy and End Times
Beasts of Revelation
Beasts of RevelationRevelation speaks of two beasts: the “beast … out of the sea” (Rev. 13:1) and the “beast … out of the earth” (13:11); both are apocalyptic symbols of antichristian forces empowered by Satan. The first beast is commonly referred to as the “Antichrist” (although Revelation never uses
Ten-Horned Beast
Ten-Horned BeastThe “ten-horned beast” is a prophetic image that occurs in Daniel (Dan. 7:7–8, 20, 24) and Revelation (Rev. 12:3; 13:1; 17:3–16). There are two major approaches to identifying the ten-horned beast: (1) The beast is a symbol of a future European organization, such as the European Union;
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
3. Beast
3. BeastThe BEAST is Satan’s agent and shares his throne. Like Satan the dragon, it has seven heads and ten horns (12:3; 13:1–2). In the beast, evil takes political form. It has traits of the Roman Empire and its individual emperors. Its heads represent the seven hills on which Rome is built and seven
BEAST
BEAST [חַיָּהkhayyah; חֵיוָאkhewaʾ, חֵיוָהkhewah; θηρίον thērion]. The Hebrew and Aramaic words translated as “beast” are related to the verbs khayah (חַיָה; Hebrew) and khayaʾ (חָיָא; Aramaic), which mean “to live.” The KJV uses the word beast(s) 337 times. The NRSV (including the Apocrypha) uses
Key passages
Da 7:1–14

In the first year of Belshazzar the king of Babylon, Daniel saw a dream and visions of his head as he lay on his bed; then he wrote down the dream and the summary of the words as follows: Daniel explained and said, “I was looking in my …