An angel explains some things to Daniel
15 I, Daniel, had much trouble in my mind. The thoughts in my head frightened me. 16 So I spoke to someone who was standing near me in my vision. And I asked him what all this meant. Then he explained it to me. 17 “The four great animals are four kings. They will rule with power on the earth. 18 But the true God will give the kingdom to his own people. Then they will have the kingdom always.”
19 Then I wanted to know about the fourth animal,’ Daniel wrote. ‘It was different from the other animals. It made me very, very afraid because it was so bad and so strong. It had large iron teeth and bronze fingers like the sharp fingers that some animals have. It broke things and people into pieces and it ate them. And it destroyed everything else with its feet. 20 I wanted to know about the ten horns on its head. I also wanted to know about the little horn that came up among them. It pushed out three of the other horns to make room for itself. This horn had eyes, and a mouth. This mouth said that it was most important. And this little horn seemed greater than the other horns. 21 I continued to watch. And this horn fought against God's holy people. It nearly won the fight. 22 But I continued to look. And then God, who is always God, came. He was the judge. He said that the horn must not kill God's holy people. Then the time came when he gave the kingdom to his holy people.
7:20In the Bible, ‘horns’ mean power.
23 Then the person who was near me explained it to me. “The fourth animal means that there will be a fourth kingdom on the earth. It will be different from the other kingdoms. It will be as if its king eats up the whole earth. He will walk on the earth and he will break it into pieces. 24 The ten horns mean ten kings who will come from that kingdom. They will rule and after them, another king will come. He will be different from the other kings. He will fight three kings and he will beat them. 25 He will speak against God. And he will stand against God's holy people. He will try to change the rules about dates and God's Law. He will have power over God's people for three-and-a-half times. 26 Then God will judge him. He will take away this king's power and he will destroy it. 27 Then the very, very great God will give all the kingdoms on earth to his own people. The people of the very, very great God will rule with great power. His kingdom will not have an end. And all rulers will obey him and they will be his servants.” ’
7:25In the Bible, ‘times’ sometimes means years.
28 ‘This is the end of my dream,’ wrote Daniel. ‘And I, Daniel, had much trouble because my thoughts made me afraid. My face became white, but I did not tell anyone about these things.’