It has pleased God to put in place governmental authority within the whole of His creation. There are realms of authority in heaven which is clearly taught in the word of God. When God created the world, He placed Adam in control of the earth even before sin. He was crowned with glory and honour and set over the works of God’s hands. After the fall, the Lord still required the earth to be governed and it pleased Him to put the rule of the world into various hands until Israel were given the supreme place to hold this world for God. Because of their failure to be faithful to the Lord, they were removed from power. The government of this world was placed in Gentile hands; this happened under Nebuchadnezzar and is recorded for us in Daniel 2. Thus began The Times of the Gentiles.
The main thrust of the book of Daniel is to reveal the end of Gentile rule, as seen in the four prophecies revealed to Daniel himself from chapters 7-12. In these tremendous revelations, the Lord is unfolding the rise of the final world despot who will move in opposition to God and, under Satan, will corrupt humanity as he brings men into rebellion against God. In these chapters we see his rise, the character he bears, and the control he will manifest during the tribulation period.
There is more said in the word of God about this coming “man of sin” than any other person beside the Lord Jesus Christ. The book of Daniel takes a leading role in revealing what God has to say about him. As there are many who would study the prophetic truths, I trust this addition to previous volumes written on the subject will prove helpful in understanding the mind of God. May the Lord use it to encourage others to study and discern the mind of God in those things which He has revealed.