When the lion-like beast is given the heart of a man, his restoration and testimony about God come to mind. On a more earthbound note, in Nebuchadnezzar’s time the Babylonian Ishtar Gate entrance was lined with yellow lions in relief on blue-glazed brick.The winged lion of Babylon was a well established emblem.One would be hard pressed to find a more fitting symbol.
Yet it is a ghastly bloody scene, far removed from the shining silver of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream. To answer this question, I think it is important that we take a look at the foundation of all Biblical eschatology, Daniel. After all, some of the Pharisees could even boast having memorized the entire Torah!Daniel saw four great beasts rise out of the sea that later we are told represent “four kingdoms that will rise from the earth” (Dan ).
Conservative scholars unanimously agree that the kingdoms are Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome.
Daniel was written by a Hebrew captive while in exile to Babylon beginning in 605 BCE. 2:1) of a great statue that predicted four kingdoms which were represented by the four metals composing the statue.