DANIEL’S DREAMS: What do they mean?
Attempts have and still are being made to drag Daniel’s visions into our time. There are similarities like the Son of Man and the kingdom of the saints that are relevant to every age (Da.7: 13-18). The cutting off of the Anointed One (Da.9: 26) and the reference to the suffering and the resurrection of the saints (Da.12: 1-4) has commenced with Jesus the Christ. The actual outcome of the end itself, Daniel was not allowed to disclose (Da.12: 9). This is consistent with Jesus’ statement that all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John the Baptist and from then on the kingdom of heaven would be assaulted (Mt.11: 12-13). According to Jesus all the predictions ended with John and His own coming ushered in a new era, namely the forming of the Church or the Body of Christ.
Daniel’s visions dealt with the events that led to the end of God’s covenant with Israel. With the coming of Jesus the Christ, the entire population of the world would be allowed to access God’s kingdom (Jn.12: 32). The end of Israel by the Romans was marked by the second desecration of the Holy Altar with a pig (Mt.24: 15). Antiochus Epiphanies (little horn), the king of Syria was the first that defiled the Altar with a pig (Da.9: 27). He was also the king of the North that engaged the king of the South or Egypt. They had a marriage with no success. The Jews made a pact with Rome and the Emperor (self-made god) sent the Syrians home without a fight. Seventy years after Christ Rome ended the Jewish state (Mt.24: 2). To abolish or defile the sacrifices and destroy Jerusalem, the Romans would inflict their cruelties for 1290 to 1335 days. And this is when the Anointed One was cut off from Israel, all the sacrifices ceased and some dead were raised (Mt.27: 50-53). After that the Church of Christ replaced Rome and many other nations.
The dreams were explained to Daniel and they can be historically dated and documented. The four beasts resulted from dividing Alexander’s empire into four. One of these became the evil Antiochus Epiphanies or the Glorious One that tried to destroy Judah and Jerusalem. The second dream actually preceded the first one. The ram with two horns represented Media and Persia. The one horn goat was Alexander the Greek and his domain was divided into four kingdoms. The two prominent ones were Syria in the North and Egypt in the South. These two plagued the Jews the most but at the end it was Rome (ten horns and ships from the West) that desecrated and desolated the Holy Land and ended the sacrifices and the nation.