Some would say that Dan 2 and 7 show 4 world empires starting with "you o king" - Nebuchadnezzar (Babylon) and then Medo Persia, and then Greece and then Rome and then the divided Roman empire, 1260 years of the dark ages and then the 2nd coming. So you don't see the future events in Dan 2 and Dan 7 describing the 2nd coming like .. Luther, Calvin, Wesley, Adam Clarke, Matthew Henry, Jamieson, Fausset, Brown, D.L. Moody, ... I can understand that you would differ with them at times, but why would we all join in opposing them on that point? Surely you can see that all on this board would not choose to oppose them on that point of Daniel 7 pointing to events in the Roman empire long after the death of Christ and going all the way to the second coming. And the reason for thinking that Dan 7 and Dan 2 include events beyond the life of Christ? Well here is the hint we get in the text itself showing the image from head to toe and the feet and toes taking us to the time of divided Roman Empire - Europe and the 2nd coming Dan 2 31 “You, O king, were looking and behold, there was a single great statue; that statue, which was large and of extraordinary splendor, was standing in front of you, and its appearance was awesome. 32 The head of that statue was made of fine gold, its breast and its arms of silver, its belly and its thighs of bronze, 33 its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of clay.34 You continued looking until a stone was cut out without hands, and it struck the statue on its feet of iron and clay and crushed them. 35 Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver and the gold were crushed all at the same time and became like chaff from the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away so that not a trace of them was found. But the stone that struck the statue became a great mountain and filled the whole earth. ... 42 As the toes of the feet were partly of iron and partly of pottery, so some of the kingdom will be strong and part of it will be brittle. 43 And in that you saw the iron mixed with common clay, they will combine with one another in the seed of men; but they will not adhere to one another, even as iron does not combine with pottery. 44 In the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which will never be destroyed, and that kingdom will not be left for another people; it will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms, but it will itself endure forever. 45 Inasmuch as you saw that a stone was cut out of the mountain without hands and that it crushed the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver and the gold, the great God has made known to the king what will take place in the future; so the dream is true and its interpretation is trustworthy.” =================================== In the same way Dan 7 says that the events in the vision cover the world all the way until the coming of Christ and the saints take possession of the kingdom.