The book of Daniel is all about dreams and their interpretations. This post is about as confused as his prophesies.
Daniel and some friends are made slaves of Nebuchadnezzar and have their names changed.
Slave Daniel asks God to save his hide by helping him interput Nebuchadnezzar's bad dream.
Daniel's interpretation is convoluted and a pretty generic answer, sort of like today's psychics.
Even so, the king is so impressed that he worships the jewish god and makes Daniel a ruler;
But in the next chapter ol' Nebu gets mad because the Jews won't worship his god and idol
and throws them into a burning, fiery furnace, but they are unscathed!!! And to top it off, the Son of God is walking around in the furnace with them!
Daniel repeats his dream interpretation act almost to the letter with king Belshazzar and is again rewarded. But that doesn't stop him from being thrown to the lions by Belshazzar's confederates.
6:10-24 is the story of Daniel in the lions den. Once again I'm shocked that such a quick story has gained such notoriety, even outside the christian community. The gruesome end of the guilty parties (and their families) is never mentioned of course.
The dreams and interpretations continue thru-out the book. Daniel meets several angels.
As per Daniels first predication, a string of kings comes and goes. Nebuchadnezzar even writes a chapter!
The second half of the book turns grim and we get some proto revelations. End of the world stuff.
It goes into great detail on the happenings but it's still middle-east centric, which is odd because the world is so much bigger now.
When reading it, I got the feeling that the author thought the end times would occur with-in his lifetime, but Daniel is ultimately noncommittal as to when God will put and end to his failed experiment.
All we know is that there will be zombies!!!