The Beast at Our Door
In Daniel 7, the Lord showed the prophet four beasts that represented world empires; these included Babylon and the three that would follow after it. Applied to world kingdoms, the idea of “beast” signifies fierceness and the devouring of those in their path.
“What does this have to do with today?” you ask. Daniel saw a future manifestation of the fourth beast that still awaits fulfillment. All the other empires that the Lord revealed to His prophet flourished for a time and then faded away except for the final expression of the fourth one, which has not yet appeared.