“Thus he said: ‘As for the fourth beast, there shall be a fourth kingdom on earth, which shall be different from all the kingdoms, and it shall devour the whole earth, and trample it down, and break it to pieces. As for the ten horns, out of this kingdom ten kings shall arise, and another shall arise after them; he shall be different from the former ones, and shall put down three kings. He shall speak words against the Most High, and shall wear out the saints of the Most High, and shall think to change the times and the law; and they shall be given into his hand for a time, times, and half a time. But the court shall sit in judgment, and his dominion shall be taken away, to be consumed and destroyed to the end. And the kingdom and the dominion and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High; his kingdom shall be an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.’ “Here is the end of the matter. As for me, Daniel, my thoughts greatly alarmed me, and my color changed, but I kept the matter in my heart.” Daniel 7:23-28
The Roman Empire takes the prize for extent and longevity when it comes to earthly empires. In its various forms it lasted over 1,000 years and encompassed most of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. Yet what has happened will be nothing compared to what is yet to happen. This reconstituted empire will be worldwide. Nothing we have seen or read about will compare.
The eventual single ruler of the empire will wage war against God. In the end he will be defeated. But that end will take time. Daniel tells us that he will have authority for a time, times and half a time or three and a half years. Then his end will come. Once again we find a parallel with the account in Revelation. God has given Daniel a freighting vision.
God also gives Daniel a glorious end to this vision. God will prevail. The forces of Satan will be defeated and Christ will reign forever. God has warned us that time will be hard and at the end they will be even harder. But He also lets us know that even in the mist of the hardest time we have a glorious future to look forward to.
One last observation. It seems to me that Daniel did not immediately write this vision down. He was so alarmed by what he saw that he had to mull it over for a time. I can imagine that it would take some time for Daniel to come to terms with what he saw. Only then was he able to commit this vision to writing.
Have a blessed day,