Continuing after the stirring up of the great sea, Daniel witnesses four great beasts thatcame up out of the sea. Here is where many Bible scholars say that these four beasts arethe same as the Nebuchadnezzar's image back in Chapter 2 of Daniel. Bzzzzz, wronganswer. I'll get to that later on in this post and tell you why Daniel's beasts are not the sameas Nebuchadnezzar's image.The first beast Daniel describes in Daniel 7:4 is a lion with eagle's wings. Then suddenly, theeagles wings are 'plucked' off and the lion was made to stand 'like a man' and a mind of aman was given to it.For hundreds of years, Great Britain's symbol has been the lion. There are countlessmagazine articles as well as Internet news stories how Great Britain is symbolized by thelion, which by the way is on all of the Royal family crests of the last 700 years. I won't listthe hundreds of magazine articles as anyone can do a Google search for 'Great BritainSymbol Lion' and get thousands of search results. There is one periodical that I would like tomention, however. Webster's Third International Dictionary, under 'lion' states 'the symbolof a country - Great Britain'. That, on its own, is very compelling. So, the lion is undoubtedlyGreat Britain.So what about the eagle's wings? Daniel says that he witnesses the plucking off of theeagles wings from the lion. What prominent nation uses the eagle as its official emblem orsymbol? You got it - the U.S. of A. Daniel prophesied 2600 years ago that the United Stateswould declare its Independence from its mother country, Great Britain. That is awesome!The second beast is a lopsided bear with some ribs sticking out of its mouth (Daniel 7:5).Wow - what an image to witness! If you knew the national symbol of the U.S. was theeagle, then you gotta know what nation has the symbol of the bear. Time magazine, onmany occasions, has placed bears on the cover to symbolize the Soviet Union/Russia. Thethree ribs coming out of the bears mouth are the nations of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia;three nations that Russia completely swallowed up when it expanded to the west. Daniel 7:5states that 'the bear' was instructed to 'devour much flesh'. Russia has been one of themost brutal and inhumane nations since its inception. Joseph Stalin alone, executed over 50million of his own citizens during his reign. So the second beast, the lopsided bear, is nodoubt, Russia.Daniel continues with the third beast coming out of the great sea was a leopard (Daniel7:6). The third beasts' identity is just as stealthy as its name, however, once revealed, it islogical. Another word for leopard is panther. They are the same creature; one has spots(leopard) and the other doesn't (panther). The last three major wars of the 20th centurywere the Franco-German war of 1870, World War I and World War II. These three wars wereall plotted, planned and initiated by the same nation; Germany. The leopard or pantherseems to pop up quite a bit within the German culture. A major television manufacturer'sname is 'Panther Electronics'. In the German military, two prominent naval vessels werenamed the 'Panther'. Under Hitler, the main tank used in World War II was called the'Panther'. The armored division of the Nazi war machine was called the 'Panzer Division'.The latest 21st century German tank deployed in Bosnia is named the 'Leopard'. At firstglance, all these facts may look like circumstantial evidence. Ah, but wait, there's more(sounds like a late night TV commercial trying to sell you the latest kitchen gadget)!The leopard in Daniel's vision has wings; four wings. In our language that translates to twosets of wings. Many times, wings in Bible prophecy equates to something that is part of orassists in accomplishing a task. In Daniel's vision it does both. History records that theforces part of 'The Axis' were Germany, Italy and Japan. It's is probable Italy and Japan arethe leopard's wings as they not only were allies to Germany during World War II, theybacked Hitler with air support as well; the 'wings of the leopard', so to speak.