Many feel that Daniel was only written for the time and people that God originally communicated with, the people living when Daniel lived. As a result, most or all of Daniel's prophecies are interpreted in reference to the past. Some even attach his prophecies to things that were happening when Daniel was living.
Viewing the verses in this section, It is clearly seen that the activities occur in very last days of this world's history.
I use to think that most acknowledged Revelation as primarily referring to the last days. That is not true. Most theologians think John's book was primarily written for the saints living in John's time. (Just the same as Daniel! They think that the book Revelation was written in symbols so that their enemies would not be able to understand its meaning.)
Some theologians even object to the idea that a book could be written before the things spoken about in the text, comes to pass. The school of critical thinking has looked down on any interpretation that would suggest a real prophecy in the text.
In this harmony it is made clear, with the side-by-side placement of verses, that both Daniel and Revelation are speaking about the very same activities and actions, etc. So, these books cannot be talking about their own time. It should be clear that if Daniel is speaking of the last days that Revelation is as well. The language and the story found in the books speak of the finishing of sin and also the end all evil things in this world.
Often people put off the idea of having Jesus coming soon. John, in the very last chapter refers to the nearness of His appearing over and over again. "Behold, I come quickly."
1: So, were these books written for the last generation or were they written for both Daniel's and John's generation? It should be clear from the text itself that its the very last generation, the ones to experience the events written in the prophecies, that these books are especially written for. The last generation is the primary target.
2: Especially since the time of Christ, His followers were encouraged to see His second coming as coming very quickly! So at the time John wrote of the visions he saw, God's people could have believed that things were about to finish. The readers saw meaning for their time.
Every generation after that (those who studied these things) saw Revelation speak to their time. I am reminded of the Huguenots in the French Revolution who, on pain of death, called the Catholic church, the scarlet lady of Revelation 13.
For over 2000 years, a whole system for interpreting the prophecies has been forming. Each generation seeing more.
Question is: When the final days do finally come, will the older ways of seeing prophecy still be usable? Are we going to see that all the previous ideas were only guesses based on "what worked" when they were not able to put everything together? This approach allowed them to interpret the prophecies in a way that would make sense in times past, but it may not work for the end of time.
It may be that world events, occurring in the very last days, will suddenly give light in explaining what Daniel and Revelation is describing. That is only true of course, if these prophecies are truly referring to things that will take place in the time of the end, the last days. So read the prophetic books and judge for your self what is true and what is not true.
For an interesting comentary on prophets and apostles; How much did they know? click on this link: Did the prophets and apostles think Jesus was coming in their day?
We must remember that God is not allowing us to know when things are to happen in the future. God keeps that hidden.
15 And it came to pass, when I, even I Daniel, had seen the vision, and sought for the meaning, then, behold, there stood before me as the appearance of a man.
16 And I heard a man's voice between the banks of Ulai, which called, and said, Gabriel, make this man to understand the vision.
17 So he came near where I stood: and when he came, I was afraid, and fell upon my face: but he said unto me, Understand, O son of man: for at the time of the end shall be the vision.
18 Now as he was speaking with me, I was in a deep sleep on my face toward the ground: but he touched me, and set me upright.
19 And he said, Behold, I will make thee know what shall be in the last end of the indignation: for at the time appointed the end shall be.
12 Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words.
14 Now I am come to make thee understand what shall befall thy people in the latter days: for yet the vision is for many days.
15 And when he had spoken such words unto me, I set my face toward the ground, and I became dumb.
8 And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things?
9 And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.
10 Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.
13 But go thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days.
5 And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven,
6 And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer:
7 But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.
1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:
7 Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.
10 And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand.
12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.
20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.