Book of Daniel

Dan 1 Daniel 11 36 37In the years leading to the Second World War, Winston Churchill often complained that Parliament wasn’t taking Hitler’s threat seriously enough, and Churchill sometimes quoted a little poem that asked: “Who is in charge of the clattering train?”

That’s the question Daniel asks and answers in his incredible book of stories and prophecies.

Intelligent, well-trained, and God-fearing, Daniel was among the first captives taken to Babylon.

There he became a powerful statesman in both the Babylonian and Persian empires.

His book divides into two parts of six chapters each.  The first half tells stories showing the power of God’s providence in human affairs.Dan 3 Daniel 12 10

The last half is comprised of visions about the successive kingdoms of earth.

Daniel saw the Babylonian kingdom replaced by the Persian, the Persian replaced by the Greek, and the Greek replaced by the Roman – exactly as it later happened in history.

But he also saw the eventual establishment of a kingdom that would never be destroyed.

His predictions provide a framework for all the rest of biblical prophecy and serve as a backdrop for the book of Revelation.

Dan 2 Babylonian Chronicles
Babylonian King Nabopolassar ruled over the rising empire from about 626 to 605 B.C.
The Babylonian Chronicles for the years 615-609 B.C. tells of the fall of Nineveh in 612 B.C.
The wounded Assyrian Empire would collapse seven years later at the battle of Carchemish.
The name of Nabopolassar is not recorded in the Bible, but the events of this period of time are highly significant.

Daniel’s overarching message is that the Most High rules over the affairs of men, and God is sovereign over the tides of history.

As we read the headlines each day we’re led to wonder: “Who is in charge of the
clattering train?”

But when we read Daniel, we know the answer: Heaven rules. The Most High is laying the tracks of history and steering it toward its final destination.

Key Thought:

The Most High God is sovereign over the kingdoms of men and over the tides of human history.

Key Verse:

“And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever” (Dan 12:3).

Key Action:

We must serve God faithfully, resolved to remain undefiled in a godless society, living prophetically for the future.

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