I finally finished up my study of the book of Daniel. If you have never read through Daniel, you really should take the time to do it. Especially if you enjoy history, for God clearly revealed to Daniel, through an angel, what would happen in the years to come, and at the end of days.
” ‘Now I have come to make you understand what will happen to your people in the latter days, for the vision refers to many days yet to come…I will tell you what is noted in the Scripture of Truth…’ ” ~ Daniel 10:14, 21a
This angelic messenger, sent from the very throne of God in answer to Daniel’s prayers, had such an important message to give to Daniel that the demonic realm battled with him for twenty-one days, trying to keep him from reaching Daniel (Daniel 10:12-14). Wow! If the message is that important, and is that threatening to Satan, don’t you think we should pay close attention? Daniel certainly was overwhelmed by this news – he fainted! (Daniel 10:8-9, 15-17)
The last three chapters of Daniel are so detailed it is simply incredible. Some have challenged the authorship of Daniel, and the date of its writing, because how could all of these prophecies come to pass as exactly as they did? (Because God is God and the Author of all history, that’s how!) Jesus Himself spoke of “Daniel the prophet” in Matthew 24:15 and Mark 13:14. I think if Jesus said that Daniel wrote the book of Daniel and was a prophet, we can believe Him, don’t you?
Did you know that Alexander the Great is referenced several times in the book of Daniel? The sordid marriages and divorces of Antiochus I are foretold. (After divorcing wife number two, he took back wife number one, who poisoned him!) And it was predicted that Seleucus IV Philopator would not die in battle. (He was poisoned by one of his staff.) Oh, and Cleopatra makes an appearance as well. These events came to pass several hundred years after Daniel wrote his book, exactly as the angel had foretold. Isn’t God amazing? 🙂
The end times are spoken of in Daniel, also, which makes this the ideal companion to the book of Revelation. We are given details about the wicked acts of the antichrist and what the nation of Israel, especially, will suffer.
“Although I heard, I did not understand. Then I said, ‘My lord, what shall be the end of these things?’ And he said, ‘Go your way, Daniel, for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end…go your way till the end; for you shall rest, and will arise to your inheritance at the end of the days.’ ” ~ Daniel 12:8-9, 13
It’s okay if we don’t always fully understand what we read in the Bible. The important thing is that we read it. The more time we spend studying God’s word, the more we will desire to understand, and the more God will give us insight, through His Holy Spirit (John 16:13). ” ‘…the wise shall understand’ ” ~ Daniel 12:10b. And the great future “mysteries” will be revealed, in God’s time.
Don’t miss this treasure in the last words of the book of Daniel: ” ‘for you shall rest, and will arise to your inheritance at the end of the days.’ ” Daniel is promised that he will be resurrected and enter into the joy and peace of life with Jesus, and as a Jew, the inheritance that is Israel’s alone. What a great hope for the now-elderly captive, whose heart yearned to return to his homeland!
* Note: I have officially switched to the New King James Version for my daily study, so unless otherwise noted, the verses quoted are from the NKJV.