Daniel and Maccabees

Daniel 7-12
So I am completely confused on what this text is trying to say. Daniel had a few visions and in order to understand these visions, an “angel” came to him to explain the meaning, which was basically about the kingdoms and how long they were to last, what was going to happen to them, who was going to rule them. So is this all that I’m supposed to get out of Daniel?

1 Maccabees 1-4
1:60- According to the decree, they put to death the women who had their children circumcised, and their families and those who circumcised them; and they hung the infants from their mothers’ necks. In previous readings, didn’t God want men to be circumcised and if they didn’t they didn’t they were put to death? So why is it the opposite here?
Also, I saw that if you did not follow the kings laws you were to be put to death, so that means don’t follow God’s laws anymore then?

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