Daniel wrote down the substance of his dream prior to it
fading and being forgotten. It is always a good practice to
write down insights revealed by God’s Spirit when reading the
There are visions within the dream that link it to
Nebuchadnezzar’s dream of dreams.
Daniel said: “In my vision at night I looked, and there
before me were the four winds of heaven churning up the
great sea. Four great beasts, each different from the
others, came up out of the sea.
Literally (“I was looking” or “I was watching”) is an
Aramaic participle, indicating continuation of action.
This expression occurs ten times in this chapter. In other
words, Daniel’s attention was deeply fixed on his five
visions—the four great beasts and the one like a son of
man, coming in the clouds.
“The substance of his dream” indicates Daniel wrote
down the essential features and details of the vision.
Being carried along by the Holy Spirit, the prophet left
out the unessential details. Around A.D. 95, the
Revelation of Jesus Christ to the apostle John would
details of the end times.