Reading Daniel took us to the time about half a millenium before the arrival of Jesus, when the Babylonians were the greatest empire on earth. Reading authentic history does that...allow us to time travel back to places in the past. Reading Daniel also allowed us to time travel to other points in history, including the future and the times of the end. Daniel contains prophecies of the empires of Greece and Alexander the Great, of rulers who succeeded Alexander and of the Roman Empire...all of which were fulfilled hundreds of years after Daniel's life. His prophecies precisely identified when Jesus would begin His ministry and when He would be crucified. And there are exciting prophecies that closely parallel those of the New Testament book of Revelation describing the powerful events and personalities of a future time when Christ will come again and reign on Earth. Besides the awesomeness of considering what is yet to come, we are amazed and humbled to realize that God really is in control of Earth and there is a plan for the planet that has been unfolding since before Creation and will consummate at some point in the future. It is also humbling to realize that each of us has been assigned a narrow strip of time to walk this Earth and be part of that plan. It is clear from Daniel that when all of the nations and empires have run their course only one kingdom will rule over all...the Kingdom of God.
Interestingly, now is the time for all of us in our narrow strip of time to declare our citizenship in that coming Kingdom. It is clear that those who have put their trust in the Lord and His Son, Jesus, during their lives...like Daniel...will part of that Kingdom. We travel through time briefly during our stay on earth, but we each have the potential to continue with Him forever!
Daniel 7:18 But in the end, the holy people of the Most High will be given the kingdom, and they will rule forever and ever.