The book of Daniel develops this imagery even further.
The book of Daniel introduces the metaphor of human kingdoms as senseless beasts. In Daniel chapter 4, the king of Babylon refuses to acknowledge God as his authority and is reduced to the status of a mindless animal. It’s a reversal of Genesis 1, as a human ruler is brought low to the level of the beast.
And then in Daniel chapter 7, Daniel has a dream about wild and terrible beasts that symbolize the mighty empires that ravage God’s good world. But then Daniel sees a human figure called the Son of Man whom God exalts above the beasts to rule beside him on a divine throne. This Son of Man is raised to glorious rule and is worshiped alongside God as the divine King of creation. This dream summarizes the entire biblical story up to this point: God wants humanity to be unified with him to rule creation as his image-bearing partners. But humanity has become beast-like, so our hope is in a human who will come and do for us what we cannot do for ourselves.
Jesus is that Son of Man. He is the divine-human partner that will restore humanity back to the glorious destiny that God intended.