Sour Grapes: Bible prophecy revealed
First Beast = Babylon (lion with eagle’s wings)
Second Beast = Persia-Media (bear or ram)
Third Beast = Greece (leopard)
Fourth Beast = Rome (unlike any earthly creature)
The Bible tells us there will be only four empires on earth from the beginning of mankind.
Mankind starts out as a family unit, which is a group of people (50 or more people).
A group of families is a tribe (200 to 300 people).
A group of tribes is a nation (a nation or state, or group of states or nations, or commonwealth of states or nations, are one nation). Therefore, the United States of America, the United Soviet Socialist Russia or the Russian Empire, the European Union, Ancient Egypt Empire, the Japanese Empire, were never empires. It is a misuse of the word empire. They are only nations.
Controlling all the civilized nations on earth is an empire.
Basically man was a nomad that only moved when a tribe split into two. The part of a tribe that split-off from the original didn’t just move around all the time, but moved or relocated and settled in a new location.
Nomadic movement of tribes is the migration of a tribe from cold to warmer areas, or in search of food or water during famine or drought.
There was growth in numbers as a means of protection against conquerors. When one group was attacked, they joined forces with other people to help protect themselves. Safety in greater numbers.
We see groupings of tribes taking place in Genesis chapter 10 (King James Version):
Now these are the generations of the sons of Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth: and unto them were sons born after the flood. The sons of Japheth; Gomer, and Magog, and Madai, and Javan, and Tubal, and Meshech, and Tiras. And the sons of Gomer; Ashkenaz, and Riphath, and Togarmah. And the sons of Javan; Elishah, and Tarshish, Kittim, and Dodanim. By these were the isles of the Gentiles divided in their lands; every one after his tongue, after their families, in their nations.
And the sons of Ham; Cush, and Mizraim, and Phut, and Canaan. And the sons of Cush; Seba, and Havilah, and Sabtah, and Raamah, and Sabtecha: and the sons of Raamah; Sheba, and Dedan. And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth. He was a mighty hunter before the LORD: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the LORD. And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.
Nimrod realizes that the more people he has as warriors, the easier it is to fight and conquer other tribes of lesser size. Nimrod decides to unite four cities together, which is called a kingdom in the Bible, which also means a nation.
The words kingdom and nation are interchangeable. Nations or Kingdoms have kings over them. Whereas, an empire (all the nations of the civilized world) has an Emperor over it.