The book of Daniel concerns the destiny of Israel apportioned out by God, the contents of the seventy weeks (Dan. 9:24-27). It also concerns human government from Nimrod to Antichrist. Because Israel and human government are for Christ, this book also reveals certain aspects of Christ, who is the center and the circumference, the centrality and the universality, of God’s move. In particular, it reveals Christ’s death (Dan. 9:25-26), His appearing in His second coming (Dan. 2:34-35, 45), His receiving dominion and a kingdom (Dan. 7:13-14), His being the companion of the suffering witnesses of God (Dan. 3:23-25), and His excellency (Dan. 10:4-9).
The central thought of Daniel is that the ruling of the heavens (Dan. 4:26), i.e., of the God of the heavens (Dan. 2:37, 44), over all human government on earth matches God’s eternal economy so that Christ would terminate the old creation for the germination of the new creation and would smash and crush the aggregate of human government and establish the eternal kingdom of God.