The Lord revealed to Daniel that much of world history is a series of beastly kingdoms, which show little respect for human dignity and human rights (Dn 7:15ff). Periodically throughout history, a leader comes to power who is even worse than the average beastly oppressor. For example, Antiochus IV Epiphanes was the worst in a series of evil rulers. He was the Napoleon, Hitler, or Stalin of his time. This revelation to Daniel of world history is not optimistic. Sin and sinful leaders will increase (Rm 5:20). Realistically, we should expect the worst. Finally, the catastrophes of the end of history "will come upon all who dwell on the face of the earth" (Lk 21:35).
However, grace will overflow all the more (Rm 5:20). To receive this grace "to escape whatever is in prospect, and to stand secure before the Son of Man" (Lk 21:36), we must be vigilant at all times and pray (Lk 21:36, RNAB).
Today is the last day of the Church's year. Luke 21:36 is the last verse of the last Gospel of the Church's year. The last word is: "Be on the watch. Pray constantly for the strength to escape whatever is in prospect, and to stand secure before the Son of Man" (Lk 21:36). Let us end the year, our lives, and history by obeying the Lord's command to be vigilant at all times and pray (Lk 21:36, RNAB).