The thing we should be left with is this: history is Yahweh's liturgy. Daniel learns above all in this vision that it is God who governs. He is in control. It is God who providentially reigns despite all appearances sometimes to the contrary.
The purpose of books like Daniel, Revelation and Exekiel is not to enable us to divine what's happening in the 21st century, it's to keep us from losing sight of God's lordship over history