Today Daniel has 2 visions and then he interprets a message from the Lord to King Belshazzar, Nebuchadnezzar’s son.
In the first vision Daniel sees 4 beasts representing 4 world empires: Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome. After the 4th beast was killed, Daniel saw “One like the Son of Man, coming with the clouds of heaven…Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion.”
The vision troubles Daniel, especially the 4th beast. An angel explains that the 10 horns on that beast are 10 kings who will arise from that kingdom and the other horn, which has eyes and a mouth and spoke pompous words, is the Antichrist. He will persecute God’s people for a period of time but will ultimately be destroyed. This is similar to a vision that John will have at the end of the Story. John will see a prideful beast that speaks blasphemous words and oppresses God’s people (Revelation 13:5-7). However, there is an expiration date to the reign of the Antichrist bc Jesus is going to defeat him. “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!” (Revelation 11:15).
Daniel has another vision of a ram representing the kings of Medo-Persia and a goat representing the king of Greece who will conquer the Persian empire. There was going to be turmoil in the future but God is sovereign over it all.
We end the reading with King Belshazzar having a huge drunken feast where they are drinking wine from vessels that were taken from the house of the Lord and praising their false gods. Well, God doesn’t like that too much so He writes Belshazzar a message on the wall. Daniel interprets the message for him saying that bc of Belshazzar’s pride and dishonor of the Lord, his kingdom will be divided and given to the Medes and the Persians.
Tomorrow Daniel gets thrown in the lions den and King Cyrus signs a decree allowing the exiles to return to Jerusalem bringing an end to the Captivity Era. Keep reading.
(Daniel 7:1-8:27, Daniel 5:1-31)