Daniel 8:15-27

An angel called Gabriel explains the vision

15 When I, Daniel, had seen the vision, I tried to understand it. Then someone who seemed like a man appeared in front of me. 16 I heard a man's voice. It was coming from the stream Ulai. ‘Gabriel, tell this man what the vision means,’ the voice said. 17 So Gabriel came near to me. I was very afraid, so I fell down in front of him. But he spoke to me. ‘You are only a man, but you must understand the vision. It is about the end of time.’ 18 While he was speaking to me I was really asleep. So he touched me and he caused me to stand up. 19 Then he spoke to me again. ‘I will tell you what will happen at the end of time. It will happen because God is angry. The end will be at the time that God has decided.’

20 The angel continued to speak. ‘You saw a male sheep with two horns. These horns mean the kingdoms of Media and Persia. 21 The male goat means the kingdom of Greece. The big horn between his eyes means the first king. 22 Four horns grew to take the place of the broken big horn. They will make the Greek people into four kingdoms. But they will not be as powerful as the first Greek kingdom.’

23 The angel continued to speak. He said, ‘Near the end of the time when they rule, people will do many bad things. God will have to punish them. A very cruel king will appear. He will say things that are not true. And he will be very clever. 24 He will become very powerful, but this will not be his own power. He will destroy many things. And he will be clever. So he will be able to do anything that he wants to do. He will kill strong leaders and he will even kill God's people. 25 He will kill people for no good reason. People will think that they are safe. But then he will kill them. He will think that he is very important. He will fight against the greatest of all kings. Then he will fail, but no human hand will do this to him.’

26 The angel continued to speak. He said, ‘This is the vision about the evenings and the mornings. And I have told you what it means. It is true, but keep the vision as a secret now. It will be a long time before all this happens.’ 27 After this vision, I, Daniel, was weak. I was sick for many days. Then I got up and I returned to my work for the king. The vision caused great trouble in my mind and I could not understand it.