Often we read the book of Daniel in one of two ways:
- a book about the heroic man whose righteousness should inspire us to keep the faith
- a roadmap to the end times, that can, through careful study, tell the day and hour (or nearly so) of Christ's return
I think both of those approaches are - sadly - missing the bigger picture: God is the hero of this story, and he is in the midst of his unrelenting plan to rescue his people from their sin and its consequences.
It's why I wrote the book, The Gospel According to Daniel. I explain more about my thoughts on this subject in this interview with Bible Gateway. I hope you find it helpful.