Daniel . It is an Old Testament biblical book that is part of the prophetic books. It was probably written between 540 BC and 530 BC. Identify the prophet Daniel as its author in Daniel 9: 2; 10: 2. Jesus also mentions Daniel as its author in Matthew 24:15.
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- 2 Purpose of Scripture
- 3 Contents
- 4 Prophecies
- 5 Main verses
- 6 Related Links
- 7 Sources
It is a biblical book of the Old Testament and the Hebrew Tanach , which in Christian bibles is located between the books of Ezekiel and Hosea .
It is the sixth of the prophetic books and is included by Christians among the Major Prophets of which it is the fourth, after Isaiah , Jeremiah and Ezekiel .
Purpose of Writing
In 605 BC , Nebuchadnezzar , king of Babylon, had conquered Judah and deported many of its inhabitants to Babylon, including Daniel. Daniel served in the royal court of Nebuchadnezzar and several rulers who followed Nebuchadnezzar. The Book of Daniel records the actions, prophecies, and visions of this prophet.
The Book of Daniel can be divided into three sections. Chapter 1 describes the conquest of Jerusalem by the Babylonians. Along with many others, Daniel and his three friends were deported to Babylon and because of their bravery and obvious blessings from God upon them, they were promoted to the service of the king (Daniel 1: 17-20).
Chapters 2-7 record Nebuchadnezzar having a dream that only Daniel could correctly interpret. Nebuchadnezzar’s dream about a great statue represented the kingdom that would rise in the future. Nebuchadnezzar made a great statue of himself and forced everyone to worship it. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego refused and were miraculously delivered by God , despite being thrown into a fiery furnace. Nebuchadnezzar was judged by God for his arrogance, but later restored, once he recognized and admitted the sovereignty of God.
Daniel chapter 5 records the misuse that Belshazzar the son of Nebuchadnezzar made of the objects taken from the temple in Jerusalem ; and in response, he received a message from God, written on the wall. Only Daniel could interpret the scripture, a message of God’s coming judgment. Daniel is thrown into the lions’ den for refusing to pray to the king, but he was miraculously delivered. God gave Daniel a vision of four beasts. The four beasts represented the empires of Babylon, Medo-Persia , Greece , and Rome .
Chapters 8-12 contain a vision of a ram, a goat, and various horns also referring to future kingdoms and their rulers. Daniel chapter 9 records the prophecy of Daniel’s “seventy weeks”. God gave Daniel the precise time when the Messiah would come and be killed. The prophecy also mentions a future ruler who will make a covenant with Israel, which will be broken after three and a half years, followed shortly after by the great judgment and consummation of all things. Daniel is visited and strengthened by an angel after this great vision, who explains the vision to Daniel in great detail.
In the stories of the furnace of fire and Daniel in the den of lions , you can specify a prophetic reference provided salvation through Christ . The three men declare that God is a God who saves, and who can deliver them from the furnace of fire (Daniel 3:17). Likewise, by sending Jesus to die for our sins, God has provided an escape from hellfire (1 Peter 3:18). In Daniel’s case, God sent an angel to shut the lions’ mouths and saved Daniel from death. Jesus Christ is the provision of the dangers of sin that threaten to consume us.
Daniel’s end-time vision represents the Messiah of Israel , by whom many will be cleansed and purified (Daniel 12:10). He is our justification (1 Peter 5:21) for whom our sins, through His blood, will be washed away and we will be as white as snow (Isaiah 1:18).
Daniel 1: 19-20, “And the king spoke with them, and they were not found among all of them others like Daniel, Ananias, Misael and Azarías; so they stood before the king. In all matters of wisdom and intelligence that the king consulted them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers in his entire kingdom. ”
Daniel 2:31, “You, O king , saw, and behold a great image. This image, which was very large, and whose glory was very sublime, was standing before you, and its appearance was terrible. ”
Daniel 3: 17-18, “Behold, our God whom we serve can deliver us from the fiery furnace of fire; and from your hand, O king, he will deliver us. And if not, know, O king, that we will not serve your gods, nor will we worship the statue that you have raised. ”
Daniel 4: 34-35, “But at the end of time I Nebuchadnezzar raised my eyes to heaven, and my reason was returned to me; and I blessed the Most High, and praised and glorified him who lives forever, whose dominion is everlasting, and his kingdom for all ages. All the inhabitants of the earth are considered as nothing; and he does according to his will in the army of heaven, and in the inhabitants of the earth, and there is no one who stops his hand, and says: What are you doing? ”
Daniel 9: 25-27, “You know, then, and understand, that from the departure of the order to restore and build Jerusalem to Messiah the Prince, there will be seven weeks, and sixty-two weeks; the square and the wall will be rebuilt in distressing times. And after sixty-two weeks the Messiah will be killed, but not for himself; and the people of a prince who is to come will destroy the city and the sanctuary; and its end will be with flood, and until the end of the war the devastations will last. And for another week he will confirm the pact with many; in the middle of the week he will cease the sacrifice and the offering. Then with the crowd of abominations will come the desolate, until the consummation comes, and what is determined will be poured out on the desolate.