In chapter 8, Daniel records a vision he had in 550 BC involving the kings of Media, Persia, and Greece. God sent Gabriel to help Daniel understand the vision. The details of the vision would have been hard for Daniel to understand when one considers how relatively insignificant the Medes, Persians, and Greeks were during Daniel’s time. God used Daniel’s vision in 550 BC to assure the Jewish people that their time of suffering in the 170’s and 160’s BC was not a surprise and that their time of suffering will come to a definite end. The vision and the evil character at the end serves as a type for the antichrist to come.