Specific predictive prophecies are one of Daniel’s distinctive elements (Rogers, The Date of Daniel: Does it Matter?). But what is predictive prophecy? Unlike the assumptions of some, not all prophecy foretells the future (Jackson, Principles of Bible Prophecy). It was frequently the case that prophets would forthtell past or present events (Jackson). For a prophecy to qualify as predictive, it must meet certain qualifications. First, the prophecy must be uttered significantly earlier than its fulfillment (Jackson). Second, the prophecy must contain specific details, not guesswork (Jackson). And third, the prophecy must be exactly fulfilled (Jackson). Geisler adds that legitimate predictive prophecies must contain unusual events that the …show more content…
However, Daniel addresses these four kingdoms elsewhere in his work, and the traditional identification of the four kingdoms is clear from a proper interpretation of those texts (Dan. 7:2-8, 17; 8:3-8, 20-22; Archer, A Survey of Old Testament Introduction, 376-78). Furthermore, Daniel does not distinguish between the Median and Persian kingdoms (McDowell 22). His inspired interpretation of the handwriting on the wall depicts the Persians, not the Medians, as the conquerors of Babylon (Dan. 5:28; McDowell 23). Even if Daniel was written in the second-century B.C., some of his prophecies are still predictive since Rome was not a significant world power and Christ’s kingdom was not yet established (Geisler 179; McDowell 24-25). Therefore, no logical reason exists to reject the predictive element of Daniel’s four-kingdom prophecy. Another example of Daniel’s predictive element comes from the prophecies of the Grecian empire (Dan. 8:3-8, 20-22; 11:3-4). A sixth-century B.C. date for Daniel places him approximately 200 years or more before Alexander the Great began his conquests (Elwell 1: 50). The former prophecy accurately depicts Alexander’s victory over the Persian Empire between B.C. 334 to 331 (Walton 554). The latter prophecy vividly describes the partitioning of Alexander’s mighty empire after his death (554, 560). Additionally, Josephus preserves a tradition that records Jewish priests presented Alexander the Great with the book of Daniel
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Preterists and idealists have much in common in that they seem to reject the prophetic element the book of Revelation. However, in the preterist approach, Revelation was perceived to be describing the events surrounding the destruction of the Roman Empire (Gundry 2012). For example, Mark Hitchcock explains in his article “A Critique of The Preterist View”, that some scholars believe that the seven heads and seven kings, mentioned in 2 Revelations 17:9, are symbolic of a complete set of Roman rulers. The number seven, referenced in the scripture, is viewed as being an apocalyptic symbol for completeness. Though all four approaches agree, to some extent, that the book of Revelation contains symbolic
Some people may believe that prophecy and apocalyptic literature is a well-known subject because there are lots of books and papers concerning it, but there is still so much that will always be misunderstood. Prophesy and apocalyptic literature may have some similarities but they are structurally different in a way that makes them distinct. This paper will address prophecy and apocalyptic writings and determine the differences between them by using Daniel and Amos as templates.
Have you ever read any books about a event in life that changed a certain part of the world. The Holocaust was a important event in life,and Daniel’s story was a book that explained someone's life during the Holocaust. I think this book should be used in 6th grade and up. If kids read Daniel’s story now,they would have a better understanding of what happened in the past.Maybe if I tell you some of the horrible things that happened that kids should know now, maybe you would want your kids reading Daniel’s story by Carol Matas to learn from the past.
This paper will research and seek to determine the prophetic meaning by analyzing the material found within the passage Daniel 9:24-27 point by point, verse by verse. Daniel 9:24-27 holds the title of the utmost important prophecy to be found in scripture. In a nutshell, this passage chronologically foretells the future of the nation of Israel over a seventy-week timeframe. This vision given to Daniel is historically and biblically fulfilled further declaring its importance to the Bible.
If one is able to reach this conclusion that history is repeating itself in a chronological manner based on the overwhelming similarities between ancient and modern historical occurrences, then preparing for the next occurrence could not be more crucial. The next occurrence is the foremost reason why historical prophecies in Ezekiel should be utilized as a tool to educate people on how to approach and possibly solve current problems.
The book of Daniel and the Revelation are counterparts of each other. They should be studied together as to get the whole picture of God’s redemptive plan, world’s history, the future of the world, God’s victory over evil at the end of the world, and a glimpse into the new heaven and the new earth. Even if these two books are different, many parts of the books talk about the same event of world’s history in which we are about to find out. In this essay, I will show how the book of Daniel is related to Revelation and then how John uses the imagery of Daniel. First of all, let us look at the introduction to the books of Daniel and Revelation. I will
The Book of Daniel took place in between 605 BC and 530 BC however the message is still relevant in today’s society, 2544 years later. Different themes are found in the book. These themes teach a lesson which can be used into today’s society. Even though the times, tradition and circumstances are different now than it was back then the messages are greatly relevant. The main themes of the book were about faithfulness toward what you believe in no matter what society says or the dangers. God is trustworthy and does everything for a reason no matter if the person is in the worst spot ever in life they have to believe there is something better in the future. Also Gods ability to save his children in the face of danger and
Dating of the book of Daniel is difficult as there is no consensus amongst scholars as to when it was composed. It is widely believed to have been written as early as the late sixth-century BC, alternatively, as recent as the second-century BC. John J. Collins suggests,
The Book of Daniel is the only full-blown apocalyptic book in the Protestant recognized version of the Canon. A literary device divides the book into two halves. Chapters 1-6 are a collection of stories that introduces the reader to Daniel and three other Israelites as unwilling guests of the Babylonia Empire ruled by Nebuchadnezzar. The second half, Chapters 7-12 consists of apocalyptic imagery of deformed beasts and the heavenly court. The focus of this paper will be on chapter 7, which serves as a bridge of the two halves. Chapter 7 is the earliest of the visions as it identifies with the genre of 8-12 while through language and content it reverts to Daniel chapter 2. The linguistic break down is not as neat as the literary divide in
Nostradamus was an astrologer who seemed to predict the future. He became famous after he published his first book containing his predictions on the events that would happen in the future. One of Nostradamus’s prophecies told the harsh end of King Henry II. Even now, people are not sure how he was able to foretell such events and still are trying to figure out how he did it. This mystery behind Nostradamus can be summed up into two conspiracies: he did predict the future and he didn’t predict the future.
Daniel has much written in it about prophecy that correlates with the End Times prophecy in the book of Revelations. Daniel 9, in particular, talks a great deal about the seven years’ tribulation, otherwise known as the prophecy of seventy weeks. Daniel 9:20-23 says, “And whiles I was speaking, and praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the Lord my God …the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, …informed me, …I am come to shew thee; for thou art greatly beloved: therefore understand the matter, and consider the vision.” Daniel has already learned that Jeremiah’s prediction that Jerusalem would become and then continue to be stark and dismal for seventy years.
The canonical significance of Ezekiel is that the Holy God will be worshipped again by a remnant. The canonical significance of Daniel is to show God’s sovereignty in history and prophesy.
The Servant King is a great book for any person who would want to get involved or simply study theology. Alexander focuses heavily on Christology throughout the entire book. He begins by going through the Old Testament and explains how it points to the Messiah that is Jesus Christ. He goes through specific events such as: Creation, the woman’s seed and the serpent’s seed, promises to Abraham, the judges, the beginning of a monarchy for the Israelites, and many other important events of the Old Testament. The main point of these sections is to show how even in the times of the Old Testament, all things were still pointing to Christ the Messiah, and the future king. In Chapter 13, titled the same as the whole book, “The Servant King,” Alexander talks about how the future king is described in the latter half of Isaiah, saying that he will suffer for those that have sinned. He will take on their sin for them. This is important because this is something that sets apart Christ from all other kings that have rules over the Israelite people.
In comparison to this, the section of the Hebrew Scriptures known as ‘prophecy’ is a far harder collection from which to discern common threads in the sense of genre or content. Set as a continuation of the greater biblical narrative, the Prophecy section is best understood when divided further into two parts, that of the former prophets and the later prophets . The former prophets consist of the books of Joshua, Judges, 1-2 Samuel and 1-2 kings and are generally referred to as ‘deutero-historical books’, expressing the role the theology of Deuteronomy plays in its