Daniels sees a dream but oddly he can’t interpret his own dream, so an angelic messenger needs to explain it to him. He sees 4 beasts and each one symbolizes an arrogant kingdom. Then there is a super beast with lots of horns and one prominent one (horns often represent kings). This arrogant king exalts himself as god and persecutes God’s people.
Then God shows up, destroys the super beast and exalts the Son of Man on the throne and shares God’s rule over all of the nations. As a snapshots of the whole book, this dream is about the fading glory of the world’s power and kingdoms, and the increasing glory and power and presence of God’s kingdom. The battle continues on—God might not seem in control but He is, and God’s sure arrival and eternal rule will come.
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By Pastor Paul Sausser