The Book of Daniel
About eight years before Ezekiel was taken captive by Nebuchadnezzar, the young man, Daniel, was taken from Jerusalem to Babylon by Nebuchadnezzar, the king. He was young, intelligent and skillful in wisdom (1:4). Daniel is one of the few men about whom God says only good. Three times he is referred to as “greatly beloved” one.
At the beginning of thy supplications the commandment came forth, and I am come to shew thee; for thou are greatly beloved: therefore understand the matter and consider the vision.
And he said unto me, O Daniel, a man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak unto thee, and stand upright: for unto thee am I now sent. And when he had spoken this word unto me, I stood trembling.
And said, O man greatly beloved, fear not: peace be unto thee, be strong, yea, be strong. And when he had spoken unto me, I was strengthened, and said, Let my Lord speak; for thou hast strengthened me.
Taken into captivity with Daniel were three other young men whom you know by their Babylonian names-Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego. The name “Daniel” means- “God is Judge.”
2. The Book:
Daniel is the Old Testament “Apocalypse” while Revelation is the New Testament “Apocalypse.” The word “Apocalypse” means an unveiling of the secret purposes of God. In the Book of Daniel, the word “vision” or “visions” appears thirty-two times.
3. The Central Truth:
“That the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men and giveth it to whomsoever He will.” Daniel 4:17, 25, 32.
Remember Ezekiel’s theme is “They shall know that I am Jehovah”.
4.The Structure of the Book:
History- Chapters 1-6
5. The Books of Daniel and Revelation:
The Book of Daniel cannot be fully understood without the Book of Revelation and visa versa. Both men were loved of the Lord and saw the visions God gave them while in exile; Daniel, a captive in Babylon, and John on the isle of Patmos. The Book of Daniel was a book that was sealed, while the Book of Revelation was unsealed.
And I heard, but I understood not; then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things?
And he said, GO thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.
An I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.
And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?
And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.
And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.
And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.