First of all, it was not unusual for prophets to prophesy events far in the future, if that is what they were called to do. Isaiah speaks of the coming of Christ 700 years prior, naming the town and manner of his birth. Having said that, you're right though. It makes no sense to try to apply a prophesy to events that happen long after they could be a concern of the those hearing the prophecy. What would they care? (In the instance I mention above, obviously the Jews would have an interest in where and when their messiah was to arrive). Similarly, yet admittedly slightly off-topic (although it has much in common with the theme of Daniel), The Book of Revelation is certainly long past it's expiration date. The mysterious symbology makes no sense to any one today. Those who claim differently are charlatans. However, in the author, John of Patmos' time, just about any one would have followed it with complete clarity. The revelations in Revelation are not for us. What would be the point of warning about something 2,000 years or more before it is to occur? Revelation was written to the churches of Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea. And no, not Philadelphia, PA or Smyrna, Tennessee, or even Georgia!