DANIEL1

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DANIEL1



THE STUDY OF THE BOOK OF DANIEL IS THE STUDY OF PROPHECY, AND AS SUCH
DEALS WITH THE FUTURE. IN STUDYING THESE, WE AS CHRISTIANS, CAN GAIN A
BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE BIBLE AND OF GOD. THROUGH THIS STUDY AN
UNDERSTANDING IS OBTAINED OF THE BATTLE BETWEEN THE FORCES OF GOOD AND
EVIL, AND THE ULTIMATE TRIUMPH OF JESUS.
THE PROPHETIC SYMBOLS OF DANIEL MUST BE INTERPRETED BY THE BIBLE
ITSELF. MAN-MADE INTERPRETATIONS HAVE NO VALIDITY AT ALL. THE
COMPREHENSION OF THE PROPHECIES OF DANIEL GIVE US A CLEARER
UNDERSTANDING OF JESUS.
DANIEL, ALTHOUGH WRITING IN THE THIRD PERSON, GAVE A PERSONAL HISTORY,
AS HE LIVED IT, IN THE BOOK OF DANIEL. JESUS ATTESTED TO DANIEL\'S
RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE WORDS FOUND IN THE BOOK OF DANIEL, AS HIS THIRD
POINT, WHEN HE TOLD HIS FOLLOWERS TO UNDERSTAND THE PROPHECIES OF
DANIEL, THE FIRST TWO BEING: TO STUDY THE PROPHECIES, AND THEY CAN BE
UNDERSTOOD.
DANIEL IS SET DURING THE REIGN OF KING NEBUCHDREZZAR OF BABYLON, WHICH
BEGAN IN 605 B.C., AND EXTENDS INTO THE MEDO-PERSIAN REIGN, WHICH BEGAN IN
538 B.C. WE CAN DETERMINE, THEN, THAT THE BOOK OF DANIEL WAS WRITTEN
SOMETIME DURING THOSE YEARS.
BECAUSE OF THEIR DISOBEDIENCE TO GOD, THE NATIONS OF ISRAEL AND JUDAH
FOUND THEMSELVES CONQUERED BY NEBUCHADREZZAR AND THEIR PEOPLE TAKEN
CAPTIVE TO A HEATHEN COUNTRY. ALTHOUGH, THE BOOK OF DANIEL WAS WRITTEN
WHILE GOD\'S PEOPLE WERE CAPTIVE IN BABYLON BECAUSE OF THEIR SINS, THE
FOCUS OF THE BOOK IS NOT ABOUT THE CAPTIVITY, BUT ABOUT THE END TIME. THIS
DISCOVERY ABOUT THE BOOK, GIVES DANIEL RELEVANCE FOR US TODAY.
THERE ARE TWO DISTINCT PERSPECTIVES IN THE BOOK OF DANIEL: THE
HISTORICAL, WHERE WE SEE STORIES ABOUT DANIEL\'S TIME; AND THE PROPHETIC,
WHERE WE SEE PROPHECIES POINTING TO THE END TIME. THE STORIES OF DANIEL
ARE NOT JUST GIVEN AS SIMPLE STORIES, THEY ARE GIVEN TO ILLUSTRATE WHAT
THE PROPHECIES PREDICT. REMEMBER, THE POINT OF THE BOOK OF DANIEL IS THE
END TIME...THE ERA OF THE ENDING OF THE CONFLICT BETWEEN GOOD AND EVIL.
WE STUDY THE HISTORICAL PASSAGES TO DISCOVER THE MESSAGE THERE FOR THE
END TIME, AND THEN WE DISCOVER HOW THE PROPHETIC SECTIONS HAVE
PREDICTED THOSE VERY CONDITIONS IN THE LAST DAYS. THE BIBLE SAYS THAT
PROPHECY IS CERTAIN, AND THAT REAL ANSWERS CAN BE FOUND ONLY IN
PROPHECY. OUR PATH IS LIT BY THE LIGHT OF PROPHECY, AND THROUGH IT\'S
STUDY WE FIND JESUS PLACED IN OUR HEARTS.
MUCH OF THE BOOK OF DANIEL IS WRITTEN IN SYMBOLIC LANGUAGE. THE FORM
THAT DANIEL USES IS CALLED \'OUTLINE\' PROPHECY\', IN WHICH HISTORY IS OUTLINED
FROM DANIEL\'S DAY TO THE END TIME. WE CAN SEE THAT WE ARE LIVING IN THE
STREAM OF HISTORY BECAUSE DANIEL BEGINS HIS PROPHECIES IN HIS OWN DAY,
CONTINUES THROUGH HISTORY AS THEY UNFOLD, AND THEN FOCUSES ON THE END
TIME-THE CLIMAX OF THE CONFLICT BETWEEN GOOD AND EVIL. WE SEE THE
PROPHECIES OF DANIEL ARE CONSISTENT WITH BIBLICAL EVIDENCE, THEY SPAN THE
AGES, ROOTED IN HISTORY BUT FOCUSED ON THE FUTURE.
THE BOOK OF DANIEL OPENS WITH THE APPARENT DEFEAT FOR GOD\'S PEOPLE
WHEN THEY ARE DELIVERED INTO THE HANDS OF THE KING OF BABYLON AND TAKEN
INTO CAPTIVITY. THESE EVENTS ARE SYMBOLIC OF THE FINAL CONFLICT THAT WILL
TAKE PLACE IN THE END TIME, WHEN IN THE LAST DAYS SATAN\'S FORCES ARE AT
WORK TRYING TO DESTROY THOSE WHO ARE FAITHFUL TO JESUS.
THE STRUGGLE BETWEEN GOOD AND EVIL IS EVIDENCED WHEN
NEBUCHADREZZAR HAD DANIEL\'S THREE FRIENDS THROWN INTO THE FIERY
FURNACE. HE CLEARLY SAW A FOURTH PERSON IN THE FIRE, TO PROTECT AND
DELIVER THE HEBREW CHILDREN, AND HE KNEW SOMETHING SUPERNATURAL HAD
OCCURRED. NEBUCHADREZZAR IS SHOWN OVER AND OVER THAT GOD IS STILL IN
CONTROL OF HUMAN EVENTS NO MATTER WHAT.
THIS SAME DELIVERER IS WITH US TODAY. WHEN CHRISTIANS GO THROUGH
TRIBULATIONS, THEIR OWN \'FIERY FURNACE\', THE SON OF GOD IS RIGHT THERE TO
GO THROUGH THE FIRE WITH THEM.
THERE ARE TWO ISSUES THAT ARE AT THE FORE OF THE BOOK OF
DANIEL...WORSHIP AND OBEDIENCE. THROUGHOUT THE BOOK OF DANIEL WE SEE
HOW HIS OBEDIENCE TO GOD AND WORSHIP OF GOD ARE THREATENED AND
TESTED. HIS PROPHECIES POINT TO THE LAST DAYS WHEN THESE ISSUES WILL
ARISE AGAIN. THEN, AS NOW GOVERNMENTS TRY TO PROHIBIT TRUE WORSHIP AND
IMPOSE FALSE WORSHIP. THE BOOK OF DANIEL CLEARLY TELLS US THAT GOD WILL
HAVE A VICTORIOUS PEOPLE. THOSE PEOPLE WHO ARE AND REMAIN TRUE AND
FAITHFUL, AS DANIEL DID, WILL BE DELIVERED.
FALSE WORSHIP AND DISOBEDIENCE HAD LED TO ISRAEL\'S CAPTIVITY IN THE
FIRST PLACE. WE SEE THAT

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