Daniel (606-534 B.C.) "Dani El" (My Judge is God)
Daniel was taken captive during Nebuchadnezzar's first attack on Jerusalem in
607 B.C., he became a chief minister at the royal court in Babylon. God used him
mightily through dreams and interpretation of visions.
In the third year of Cyrus (conqueror of Babylon, and founder of the Persian
Empire) Daniel had a series of visions through which God revealed to the
minutest details the future concerning the Jews as well as the ultimate fate of
each world governing empire from his own day on through to the second coming of
Christ. He specifically mentions Babylon, and then Mede-Persia, and then Greece,
and the fourth being the most powerful, was the Roman empire and in the last
days a final Roman empire that would be crushed by the second coming of the
Some of the famous miracles of the Bible are found in Daniel such as The Fiery
Furnace, The Handwriting on the Wall, and Daniel in the Lion's Den.
Daniel was a man of incredible character and his book is considered one of the
most important prophetic books of the Old Testament. Some of the topics
mentioned are: the antichrist, the great tribulation, the second coming of
Christ, the resurrection and the judgements. Probably the most important
passages in Daniel are in chapter 9 which deal with the exact time of the death
of the Messiah. After 7 + 62 (69) weeks (seven year periods) the Messiah would
be "cut off" which is a clear prediction of His death.
Daniel also saw a vision of the Messiah in chapter 7 as the "Son of Man" coming
with the clouds of heaven:
"I was watching in the night visions, and behold, One like
the Son of Man, coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of
Days, and they brought Him near before Him. Then to Him was given dominion and
glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him.
His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His
kingdom the one which shall not be destroyed.
The Story of the Bible - Part One - The Old Testament
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