Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces. (Daniel 7:23)
After a series of wars, Rome destroyed Corinth in 146 BC and Greece became part of “their expanding empire“.
In the book of Daniel we are given many characteristics of the fourth beast. It is diverse from the three previous beasts which were the kingdoms of Babylon, Medo Persia, and Greece. It is dreadful, exceedingly strong, with brass nails, and iron teeth. Daniel was told that this fourth kingdom would “devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces”. The Roman Empire flourished and came to the height of its power around 150 AD. At that time about a quarter of the world’s population lived under Roman law. No army from without was able to conquer Rome until it had been weakened from within. This map shows the Roman Empire at its greatest extent.
As the beast matures, it will continue in this vein until it controls, or at least influences, the whole world.