From a blogpost I shared over a year and a half ago… Humanity has always tried and tried to create utopia on earth… and deluded themselves into believing that mere people can be gods…
“In the first year of Darius the Mede, I arose to be an encouragement and a protection for him. 2 And now I will tell you the truth. Behold, three more kings are going to arise in Persia. Then a fourth will gain far more riches than all of them; as soon as he becomes strong through his riches, he will arouse the whole empire against the realm of Greece (Dan 11:1-2 NASB).
“And now I will tell you the truth” refers to that which will most definitely come to pass, beginning with Daniel’s time all the way through to the Coming of the LORD. The Persian Empire completely adopted Oriental culture and represented the fullest possible growth of the ancient civilizations of Egypt and Babylon. Rooted deeply in the pagan traditions of the past, Persia was unable to produce a better civilization.
Source: Daniel 11