This chapter is an account of a vision that Daniel received as a dream. He saw four beasts one right after the other appear and conquer. These would most likely be the rulers that would follow in the days ahead. Most, if not all, of those kingdoms have already passed. The exception would probably be the last beast which is most likely the beast described in Revelation.
Daniel also saw the throne of the Ancient of Days before Whom the Son of Man appeared. The Ancient of Days gave the Son of Man dominion over all the kingdoms of the earth.
This is now getting deep so if you have any insight to share I would much appreciate it!
Does God issue any commands?
- Implied in this chapter is that God told one of the messengers ("one of them that stood by" verse 16) to interpret the dream for Daniel.
Does God make any promises?
- God the Father, described as the Ancient of Days, said that all peoples, nations, and languages would be given as an everlasting dominion to Jesus, the Son of Man.
- God promised that His saints would possess the kingdom forever.
- God promised persecution against the saints by the beast for a designated period of time.
Does this chapter teach anything about Jesus?
- Jesus is the Son of Man that comes with the clouds of heaven to the Ancient of Days (God the Father?).
- Jesus is the one given dominion and glory, an everlasting kingdom made up of all people, nations, and languages.
Does this chapter teach anything about yet future events?
- Daniel saw and prophesied about the final judgment when the book are opened. (verses 10-11; compare to Revelation chapter 20).
- Jesus rules an everlasting kingdom where He is served by people of all people, nations, and languages.
- The messenger told Daniel the the saints of the most High shall take the kingdom and possess it forever and ever. (see verse 18)
- The beast will make war with the saints and would win battles against them until the Ancient of Days rescue them and make them to possess the kingdom.
- The saints of the Most High shall be persecuted for time, times, and the dividing of time (3 1/2 years is the way many theologians interpret this).
Do you see anything that I missed?