The first half of Daniel is historical narrative, while the back half is apocalyptic prophecy. This might be sort of like switching the channel from a historical documentary to a sci-fi thriller! While the last 6 chapters of Daniel are difficult to interpret in places, there are clear themes that are easily applied in a hopeful & encouraging way for God’s people. In this chapter, we open into a wild scene that parallels Nebuchanezzar’s dream in chapter 2. Four wild beasts representing Babylon, Persia, Greece and Rome. We get a curious image of a small horn representing evil personified–the Antichrist. In the midst of this horrifying vision, we get a reminder that the Ancient of Days is still in control of history, and that the Son of Man, Jesus Christ, will one day defeat all the world’s kings and kingdoms to establish his eternal kingdom once and for all. In the final analysis, our life may be marked with suffering, but our destination is secure. In the end, we win because Jesus wins!