What does an average Joe like me draw from such passages?
It is a vision of the near and distant future. In the near future the power of the Italian enmore will give way to the Greek empire, that meaning of the vision of a goat and ran in conflict is given very clearly.
But there is a longer vision, 2300 nights, where worse powers will reign and atrocities will occur. The meaning of that is sealed up and hidden. Naturally this has not stopped various commentators going crazy adding up dates and so forth.
But the message I think is that god stays in control even though his plans may seem to take a very long time. He is in control during our lifetime and after it.
We know from a young age that life pre exists us and carries on after people die. But equally everything we know is defined by the span of years of our existence.
Overriding our concern about climate change, the direction of society, the rise of extreme Islam should be the sense of the fathers control.