Understanding prophecy is not like reading a story with all the characters, events and strorylines plainly outlined. Much of Prophecy, including Daniel and Revelation, is written in symbolic language; literal characters and events are represented by symbols. Because of this, great care must be taken not to misapply these important prophecies. One of the most common errors we can make is to apply a literal interpretation to a symbolic text and vice versa. Another common error is to try to force prophecy to fit our own preconceived ideas or agendas.
Another way prophecy is different from a story is that visions do not always follow one another in chronological order. Many prophecies have a general framework of events covering the time period from the prophet's day until the end of time, and then each succeeding prophecy zooms in on specific details. Thus we have a means of fitting the prophecy within the stream of time and each additional prophecy gives new details and expands our overall picture of the future.
No human mind is independently qualified to unravel the hidden mysteries of prophecy. Daniel and John wrote the books of Daniel and Revelation through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and that same Spirit must guide our minds if they are to be correctly interpreted. Truth is often unpopular because it crosses cherished ideas and habits; error often appeals to our sinful desires. If we sincerely seek to find the truth, are obedient to the light we already possess, and ask for the guidance of the Holy Spirit, when we study these prophecies, He will guide us "into all truth." see Acts 5:32; John 16:13. Before each study session(thus studying prophecy) we must put away preconceived ideas and earnestly ask the Holy Spirit for guidance.
"Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost." 2 Peter 1:20-21.
The Holy Spirit has not given us guesswork and speculation as tools for the interpretation of Bible prophecy, but has tucked away within the pages of scripture the keys for unlocking these prophetic revelations. The explanation for many a difficult passage of scripture is to be found in other texts, comparing all that the Bible has to say about a particular topic. "For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:" Isaiah 28:10
If you do not understand every detail of prophecy do not let this discourage you and spoil the marvelous truths the Holy Spirit has granted to your understanding. "The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law."Deuteronomy 29:29… May God enlighten and bless you as you study His word to discover what is about to take place(In His word)! Jesus is Coming Soon! Maranatha Amazing Prophecies(Daniel and Revelation)