But yet, more challenges arise until a fourth beast, different from the others, devours the whole earth, treads it down, and breaks it in pieces. Out of his mouth come great words against God, and he "wears out the saints of the Highest" by changing times and laws.
It sounds so much like today. Don't you feel worn out by what is happening around us? I do. Things are constantly shifting, and people call good evil and evil good. We feel constantly harassed by political correctness and the ever changing drudge and dredge of the world's instability.
Meanwhile, the prophecies of God are being set into place. God says (vs. 26) that His judgment shall sit, and He will take away the beast's dominion and power to consume and destroy forever. Then, everything is given to the people of the saints of the Highest, "whose kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him." (vs. 27).
So, Daniel says, this is the end of the matter in verse 28. God's plan will be completed, even as the saints get worn out with the process.
Hang in there, dear saints, the battle is tiring; we grow weary and worn out because the enemy is relentless, but God is the victor. We can draw strength in that truth.
Even though Daniel's dream revealed the final outcome, he still said, "My cogitations much troubled me, and my countenance changed in me" (vs. 28). Like us, he was affected by what he saw. And as we watch this old world spinning to its end, we needn't be surprised at how it wears on us and affects our outlook.
What did Daniel do? He kept the matter in his heart, and so should we. We may feel worn out with the world, tired, and even unsettled, but let's hold God's truth in our hearts and remain faithful as He prepares His kingdom - an eternal kingdom where we, the saints of the Highest, are partakers in His victory.
Galatians 6:9, "And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not."