Vs. 1, “In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon, Daniel had a dream, and visions passed through his mind as he was lying on his bed. He wrote down the substance of his dream.” As you might have noticed, this chapter is not chronological. This dream of Daniel’s transpired before the death of Belshazzar in chapter five. The theme of this dream is similar to that of the dream that Nebuchadnezzar had in chapter two. In this dream, we get a preview of the End Times. Again we have this image of four beasts (four kingdoms vs. 17) that Daniel would see. There are differing views regarding who these nations are and the ten horns and the little horn (vs. 20). Most scholars point to the same nations that were mentioned in my comments in chapter two. Question: What do the ten horns and the little horn represent? They represent the resurrected Rome in the form of a new leadership in the world and the little horn is the antichrist! No wonder Daniel was troubled, but praise God that the ending is in our favor!
Regarding application…Jesus is Here Vs. 13, “In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence.” It must have been a frightening vision to say the least for Daniel, but we get a cameo appearance from Jesus Himself! Notice that during this time, which is in the tribulation years, there will be suffering from the saints. But, God will not forsake His people. Think about your own life for a moment. If we search our hearts, there is probably some fear going on about a unknown future. Fear that it may get tougher before it gets better. But Jesus is here. I remember the poignant scene in Lord of the Rings where Gandalf had to fight the fiery monster. The fellowship of the Ring members witnessed Gandalf fall to his seeming death. As they grieved for him, there was a fear about what to do next. Many of us know that Gandalf came back and helped them in defeating evil. But Jesus is bigger than Gandalf. He not only will come back, but He is already here through the promised Holy Spirit! Not only can you have comfort today, but comfort in a future that promises we will triumph in the end!