Daniel's vision of the futureDaniel's vision of the future - "In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon Daniel saw a dream and visions in his mind as he lay on his bed; then he wrote the dream down and related the following summary of it.  Daniel said, 'I was looking in my vision by night, and behold, the four winds of heaven were stirring up the great sea.  And four great beasts were coming up out of the sea, different from one another.  The first was like a lion and had the wings of an eagle.  I kept looking until his wings were plucked, and it was lifted up from the ground and made to stand on two feet like a man, a human mind was also given to it.  And behold, another beast, a second one, resembling a bear.  And it was raised up on one side, and three ribs were in its mouth between its teeth; and thus they said to it, "Arise, devour much meat!"  After this I kept looking, and behold, another one, like a leopard, which had on its back four wings of a bird; the beast also had four heads, and dominion was given to it.  After this I kept looking in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, dreadful and terrifying and extremely strong; and it had large iron teeth.  It devoured and crushed and trampled down the remainder with its feet; and it was different from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns.  While I was contemplating the horns, behold, another horn, a little one, came up among them.  And three of the first horns were pulled out by the roots before it; and behold, this horn possessed eyes like the eyes of a man and a mouth uttering great boasts." (Daniel 7:1-8, NASB)