An Overview of Daniel’s Prophecy.
An Overview of Daniel’s Prophecy.
70-001 (Matthew 24:15–16, 20)
End Time Bible Prophecy: Daniel Prophecy Seminar.
INTRODUCTION: The prophecies of Daniel and Revelation are very relevant for the end of time. Jesus’ parting words to His disciples are a warning to study the book of Daniel for ourselves. “Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him understand), “then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath.”” (Matthew 24:15–16, 20 NKJV)
The book reveals with uncanny accuracy the 2,500 years of human history since the time of ancient Babylon. Jesus warned the people of His day that the destruction of Jerusalem was imminent. And He commanded them to read and understand the book of Daniel. But Jesus’ warning in Matthew 24:15 also has application for the end of time because it is a prophecy which forecasts the end of the world and the Second Coming.
SYMBOLS OF PROPHECY:
Much of the books of both Daniel and Revelation is written in symbolic language. In order to correctly interpret the prophecies, one must understand the Biblical meaning of the symbols. Once the symbols are understood, the prophecies make sense. (See Lesson # 2: Bible Prophecy Symbols)
Three basic premises control our study in this Prophecy Seminar:
- The prophetic symbols in both Daniel and Revelation must be interpreted by the Bible itself. Private man-made interpretations have no validity whatsoever —“Knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.” (2 Peter 1:20–21, NKJV). In order to understand the prophecies correctly, we must let the Bible explain them.
- A correct comprehension of the prophecies of Daniel and Revelation will give us a clearer understanding of Jesus Christ. Prophecy can be understood correctly only as it centers in and uplifts Jesus Christ.
- Both Daniel and Revelation have much to say about the time of the end. Thus the focus of our study will be on the preparation needed tor the end-time.
Chapter 1 – 6: (History).
This section is comprised of real stories of perseverance and faith that Daniel and his friends faced in captivity. They are prophetic because they provide vital lessons for God’s people at the end of time. In these chapters Daniel and his three friends experience tests that are a foretaste of the kind of issues that will face God’s people at the end of time.
Chapter 2, 7 – 12: (Prophecy).
These chapters are principally prophetic. They outline the rise and fall of great empires from Daniel’s time all the way down to the end of human history. Each group of prophecies serves as a repetition and enlargement of the themes and history of the previous section.
DANIEL: THE MAN CHOSEN AS A PROPHET.
The book of Daniel is not considered a prophetic book among the Jews because Daniel did not prophesy about them and their immediate concerns. His prophecies seemed to be far into the future.
Daniel’s name means “God is my judge” or “God vindicates me.” Judgment is a favorable term because it means God will one day judge between good and evil and will rescue His people from captivity.
Technically, Daniel never saw any of his visions come through. He only saw the transition from Babylon to Persia but that was prophesied in more detail by Jeremiah. And he was obviously using the time table from Jeremiah when he expected the imminent fall of Babylon in Daniel 10. Daniel did not gain his fame because of the gift of prophecy but because of the gift of interpretation of dreams.
All his prophecies said about the near future was that Babylon would be defeated by the Persian empire. But other prophecies said the same thing in more detail. So he did not contribute anything new to the understanding of the fall of Babylon. God said that the prophecies of Daniel and his role as a great prophet would be fulfilled at the end of time. “But you [Daniel, who was now over ninety years of age], go your way until the end; for you shall rest and shall stand [fast] in your allotted place at the end of the days.” (Daniel 12:13, AMP)
DANIEL: THE PROPHECY.
The theme of the book of Daniel is introduced in the first few verses. It has three vital parts.
- Sanctuary: Nebuchadnezzar attacks the city and the Sanctuary.
- People: Nebuchadnezzar takes God’s people into captivity.
- Pagan Corruption: Nebuchadnezzar takes the sacred vessels of God’s sanctuary dedicated to the true worship of God, and he places them in a pagan temple.
THE PATTERN OF SATANIC ACTIVITY.
Nebuchadnezzar’s attack on God’s ancient people is a pattern of the Satanic attack of the Antichrist in history and at the very end of time.
Repeatedly the Bible warns us that a power that originates as the result of apostasy in the church will try to take the place of God in the church and corrupt and persecute the true children of God, just like Nebuchadnezzar. This power had already begun in the days of the apostles and will operate until the end of time.
- He takes over the Sanctuary or Temple of God.
- He deceives the people and leads them into lawlessness.
- He replaces God and removes the Messiah.
The Little Horn, (Daniel 8: 9-12): The little horn power does the same thing Nebuchadnezzar did.
- He attacks the Sanctuary. Verse 11. He systematically destroys or replaces all the furniture.
- He attacks God’s people and Christ and removes them from the Sanctuary. Verses. 10-12.
- The truth of the sanctuary is thrown down and corruption prevails. Verse 12.
The King of the North, (Daniel 11: 31-33): The King of the North does the same thing as the little horn.
- He attacks the sanctuary. Verse 31.
- He takes God’s people into captivity. Verse 33.
- He stops the service of the sanctuary and sets up his own counterfeit. Verse 31.
Babylon the Great: In the end Babylon the Great attacks the people and tries to destroy the sanctuary of God and build his own sanctuary. Why does God use the same symbols and the same name? The last world empire will act like this first beast and it is a critical beacon at the end of time. (Revelation 13.)
- He attacks God and the sanctuary, (Rev 13:6).
- He takes God’s people into captivity and forces them to worship a false God, (Rev 13:14-17).
- He sets up his own counterfeit covenant and changes the commandments of God, (Rev 13:4, 6, 8, 14, 17).
DEVOTIONAL IMPLICATION: Through the example of Daniel and his friends we also learn that God will take care of His people in captivity and how courageous His people must be at the end of time. Daniel and his friends surrendered to God, and they were blessed with wisdom and understanding of visions and dreams. When we surrender to God He will unseal the visions of Daniel so that we can understand as He has promised.
And he [the angel] said, “Go your way, Daniel, for the words are shut up and sealed till the time of the end. Many shall purify themselves and make themselves white and be tried, smelted, and refined, but the wicked shall do wickedly. And none of the wicked shall understand, but the teachers and those who are wise shall understand.” (Daniel 12:9–10, AMP)
As we close, I want to go back to our key text. Jesus’ parting words to His disciples serve as a warning to study the book of Daniel:“Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him understand), “then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.” (Matthew 24:15–16NKJV)
“The time of Christ’s coming, His anointing by the Holy Spirit, His death, and the giving of the gospel to the Gentiles, were definitely pointed out. It was the privilege of the Jewish people to understand these prophecies, and to recognize their fulfillment in the mission of Jesus. Christ urged upon His disciples the importance of prophetic study. Referring to the prophecy given to Daniel in regard to their time, He said, “Whoso readeth, let him understand.” Matthew 24:15. After His resurrection He explained to the disciples in “all the prophets” “the things concerning Himself.” Luke 24:27. The Saviour had spoken through all the prophets. “The Spirit of Christ which was in them” “testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.” 1 Peter 1:11.
It was Gabriel, the angel next in rank to the Son of God, who came with the divine message to Daniel. It was Gabriel, “His angel,” whom Christ sent to open the future to the beloved John; and a blessing is pronounced on those who read and hear the words of the prophecy, and keep the things written therein. Revelation 1:3.
“The Lord God will do nothing, but He revealeth His secret unto His servants and prophets.” While “the secret things belong unto the Lord our God,” “those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children forever.” Amos 3:7; Deuteronomy 29:29. God has given these things to us, and His blessing will attend the reverent, prayerful study of the prophetic scriptures.” [Ellen Gould White, The Desire of Ages, Conflict of the Ages Series, (Pacific Press Publishing Association, 1898), 3:234].
The Gospel’s Voice/ Bible Study Guide/ Prophecy/ Daniel Prophecy Seminar/ Lesson # 1.