God reveals the kingdoms of men as beasts of the earth. Beasts like a “Lion with eagle’s wings” (7:4), “a bear… with ribs in its mouth” (7:5), “a leopard, which had four wings on its back…” (7:6); then, a fourth beast “dreadful and terrible”. These beasts represent human governments which the LORD was showing Daniel would come on the earth. None of these beasts are pleasant characters. Yet, human government is a God given institution.
These governments of men are all a precursor of God’s greater rule and kingdom, which is yet to be fulfilled. Hear these words from Daniel which God gave him in the same vision…
“I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of Man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of Days, and they brought Him near before Him. And there was given Him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve Him: His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.” Daniel 7:13-14 (KJV)
The kingdoms of men (Human government) of any kind is not sufficient to bring peace, protection, health, or wealth to the world. The governments of men will fail and eventually fall. Yes! Even the United States of America will fall. Not a pleasant thought to this citizen of the U. S. of A. for over 60 years; but for us not to realize this is futile, and mere dreaming. There is only one nation which God has promised will be forever (Jeremiah 31:35-37), and that is the nation of Israel with the heir of David as King.
That may just be the reason so many nations, and people hate the Jewish people. That hatred is futile too. It will lead to your ruin. That King is King Jesus. He is the Son of Man, Son of God, and God the Son. He is the one who the Scripture is speaking of. He is the Christ the Son of the Living God. One day every knee will bow before Him. It is best to do it today rather than later. It is your salvation if you do it today. To wait for that day will be your eternal condemnation.
“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: but made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: and being found in fashion as a man, He humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:5-11
When you come to Jesus Christ and trust Him as your Lord and Savior the governments of men or the Beasts of men pale in comparison; you then will realize and know that one day every nation and king on earth, will bow before King Jesus, and call Him Lord.