Main Divisions in the Book of Daniel
Daniel is divided into two sections of six chapters each.
Daniel 1-6 are largely historical, explaining how Daniel came
to be in the court of Nebuchadnezzar and of his rise to power.
It tells of Nebuchadnezzar's dream of the image which Daniel
interpreted to refer to the current kingdom and three world
powers which would arise after it and of the kingdom of God "a
kingdom which shall never be destroyed" which would arise
during the era of the last of these great empires. This
section also includes the account of the deliverance of
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego from the fiery furnace and of
the handwriting on the wall which spelled out the defeat of
Belshazzar at the hands of the Medes and the Persians.
The second section, Daniel 8-12, describes visions which
Daniel received concerning the great world powers of the
future and the kingdom of God.