"While I, Daniel, was watching the vision and trying to understand it, there before me stood one who looked like a man. And I heard a man's voice from the Ulai calling, 'Gabriel, tell this man the meaning of the vision.'" NIV translation
Daniel tells us that he did not have to guess at the meaning of the vision and that reminds us that God does not want us to be ignorant about the end times.
"As he came near the place where I was standing, I was terrified and fell prostrate. 'Son of man,' he said to me, 'understand that the vision concerns the time of the end.' While he was speaking to me, I was in a deep sleep, with my face to the ground. Then he touched me and raised me to my feet." NIV translation
The first thing that the messenger tells Daniel is that the vision has to do with the last days. We saw that these events happened during the Old Testament but we also see that they have to do with the return of Jesus as well.
"He said, 'I am going to tell you what will happen later in the time of wrath, because the vision concerns the appointed time of the end. The two-horned ram that you saw represents the kings of Media and Persia. The shaggy goat is the King of Greece, and the large horn between his eyes is the first king. The four horns that replaced the one that was broken off represent four kingdoms that will emerge from his nation but will not have the same power.'" NIV translation
We must remember that this was given to Daniel many years before Alexander was even born. It is amazing how the prophecy was fulfilled down to the smallest detail.
"'In the latter part of their reign, when rebels have become completely wicked, a stern-faced king, a master of intrigue, will arise. He will become very strong, but not by his own power. He will cause astounding devastation and will succeed in whatever he does. He will destroy the mighty men and the holy people. he will cause deceit to prosper, and he will consider himself superior. When they feel secure, he will destroy many and take his stand against the Prince of princes. Yet he will be destroyed, but not by human power." NIV translation
The messenger describes the rise of Antiochus Epiphanes as he became king by deceit and unleashed a reign of terror upon the Jews. He elevated himself to the place of God but was brought down to the grave by disease.