Book of Daniel: An Overview

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Introduction

Tim Moore: Greetings in the Name of Jesus—our soon-returning King, and welcome to Christ in Prophecy! Over the next few months, we’re going to revisit two major books of prophecy that have much to say about the End Times, Daniel and Revelation.

Nathan Jones: We’ll start with Daniel. At only 12 chapters, this last in the series of major prophets is the shortest of those. But Daniel lays a crucial foundation for what is called the End Times and the coming Kingdom of God.

 

The book of Daniel was of course written by the prophet Daniel. His life had the makings of a great tragedy. He lived in a time of war and conquests and was carried into exile by the Babylonians. Daniel could have succumbed to despair or simply absorbed the culture of Babylon. Instead, he determined to remain faithful to the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

Tim Moore: Most Christians are familiar with some of the highlights of Daniel’s life. How he refused Nebuchadnezzar’s choice food. How he described and interpreted the pagan king’s dream of a great statue. How he translated handwriting on a wall that foretold Belshazzar’s sudden downfall. And how Darius threw him in a lion’s den because of jealous naysayers’ evil schemes.

Daniel proved himself time and again to a succession of kings. He revealed visions and interpreted dreams. He foresaw kingdoms and prophesied empires. He was even given a glimpse of the end of time.

Nathan Jones: Several men of God are given extensive biographical treatment in the Bible. But, other than Jesus Christ, Daniel is the only one of those who has no character flaw or incident of shortcoming. Yet in chapter 9 Daniel accepted personal responsibility for the sins of his people. He lifted up an anguished prayer of repentance on behalf of the Jews because he realized that the time of their exile was almost over. Anticipating the fulfillment of God’s promise, Daniel’s prayerful plea became, O Lord hear! O Lord, forgive, O Lord, listen and take action! For Your own sake, O my God, do not delay… His insight came from reading and understanding Bible prophecy.

Tim Moore: We have one advantage Daniel lacked 2,600 years ago. We have hindsight. Whereas he anticipated the coming Messiah, we know Him by Name. We know He has come—and that He is coming again. Over the next few weeks, we’ll take a deep dive into Daniel. We’re going to kick off today with a special guest: our good friend Todd Hampson. And although Nathan could not join us I sat down with him recently.

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SEE THE SERIES ON DANIEL HERE

The Non-Prophets Guide to the Book of Daniel Book | With lighthearted illustrations and meaningful explorations of Scripture, you will explore the many vivid prophecies Daniel had about the days to come in this engaging and relevant guide by author Todd Hampson!

The Daniel Forum DVD | Dr. David Reagan interviews 16 Bible prophecy experts on the key messages from the Book of Daniel.

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Lamb and Lion Ministries
Lamb & Lion Ministries was founded in 1980 as a non-denominational, independent ministry. The Ministry does not seek to convert people to any particular church. Rather, it seeks to lift up Jesus and draw people to Him as Lord and Savior. The Ministry was established for the purpose of proclaiming the soon return of Jesus. We do not believe it is possible to know the date when Jesus will return. But we do believe it is possible to know the season of the Lord’s return, and it is our conviction that we are living in that season.