Daniel Chapter 7: A New Perspective (2003) Within conservative biblical scholarship circles, there is a core consensus on the interpretation of Daniel’s Chapter 7. What has be written by various authors can be easily summarized into two paragraphs as follows: First, the churning great sea is the Mediterranean Sea as all the major classical world empires arose or operated in the rim regions of the Mediterranean Sea. Second, the four beasts arising from the great sea are interpreted as representatives of successive world empires; namely, Lion -- Neo-Babylonian Empire, Bear -- Medo-Persian Empire, Leopard -- Greek empire, and Fourth beast -- the Roman Empire.  Dreams and visions are given in cryptic form, needing proper interpretation. For example see, the Joseph related dreams found in Genesis chapters 3740 and 41, and the vision of Peter (Acts. 10: 9-16). See the following passages for a sample for a general understanding of the purpose of God in using symbolism to convey His prophetic message: - Num. 12: 6-8; Ps. 78: 2; Pr. 1: 5-6, 25:2; Is. 29: 9-12; Hos. 12:11; Matt. 13: 10-12; 34-35.