In chapter eight we pick up with Daniel, the Interpreter, is having dreams that must be interpreted. This dream takes place during the third reign on King Belshazzar. Daniel is standing next to the Ulai Canal which was located where he considered to be the Citadel of Susa. In the presence of the Canal, a two-horned ram (one horn longer than the other) is charging towards the west, north, and south. So powerful the ram that no animal could subdue him. But, suddenly a goat with a magnificent horn in the center of its forehead appeared and charged ferociously at the ram striking it and crushing its two horns removing the power and authority it once used to trample the earth.
The Goat became mountainous with power as its center horn became four horns that reached to the heavens. However, from one of the four horns another mighty horn sprouted from it and grew with power and set itself to be as great as the Prince of the host. The Horn took away daily sacrifices brought low the sanctuary. The Horn's rebellion against the Host somehow prospered in everything it did and Truth was thrown to the ground. The Holy one spoke in Daniel's dream stating that it will take 2300 days and nights before the Sanctuary we restored.
The Son of Man reveals to Daniel that this dream concerns the end of time. He goes on to tell Daniel that the ram's two horns stand for two kingdoms--Medes and Persia and the goat that overpowers the ram is Greece. The goat's center horn stood for a first King and the four horns represent four kingdoms that will emerge from his nation but will not have the same power as the center horn. Towards the end of the kingdom's reign, a master of intrigue will arise. He will become exceedingly powerful and cause great devastation destroying powerful men and holy people. But, Praises be to God, this Master of Intrigue will be Destroyed although not by man. The Son of Man asked Daniel to keep to himself what has been given him as it concerns the very distant future. The vision appalled Daniel and it was beyond his understanding.
Summary: It is beyond our understanding the way of the world in Daniel's day and how it now. But, it will not always be the way we see it at this moment. The wicked will rule the earth for a time, YET God is in Control. We as man try with our little strength to combat the evil, but we are commanded to do is keep the faith, spread the gospel, help the less fortunate, bring the lost to Christ, fast, and pray without ceasing. God knows what He is doing He knows what is happening in the world. Do not place your trust in Man nor Fear him....for he has no power over you that Jesus cannot undo.
The Ultimate Power, Authority, Judge, Truth and Life is J E S U S!