The Joshua Stone
There just seems no way around the fact that the image in Dan 2 and as well Dan 7 are maps. That in fact the elements in the statue and the beasts must have multiple fulfillment.
Rev 17:10 "And there are seven kings: Five have fallen, one is, and the other has not yet arrived;"
Dan 7:12 "But as for the rest of the beasts, their rulerships were taken away, and their lives were prolonged for a time and a season."
Now we know that Medo-Persia was defeated by Greece, so why does Dan 7:12 say that the bears life is prolonged? We see in Dan 8 that the battle between these two leaves no doubt that Medo-Persia was defeated, yet Rev 13 shows the leopard alive in the first beast.
So then we have the accounts in Dan and Rev telling us that all of these beasts will continue to live on in some way, even though they died off as each successive beast arose.
This can only point to one thing, the image in Dan 2 and as well the beasts in Dan 7 are maps. The gold, silver, copper, iron and clay coupled with the lion, bear, leopard, fierce and small horn must represent multiple fulfillment's over time. Just the simple fact that the stone that is cut out without hands hits the statue and crushes all the elements tells us that all the elements must be standing in the end, and as well the beasts must be standing in the end as depicted in Rev 13. There is no contradiction because even though each beast falls as the next takes over, Dan 7:12, Dan 8 and Rev 13,17 tell us that these beasts will have an end time fulfillment as well.
Here is what it looks like;