Discover the Gospel the Way Jesus Proclaimed It
“I can hardly find the adequate words to commend these books…” Walter C. Kaiser, Jr.
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Daniel 7 is the Most Concise and Complete Summary of the Gospel of the Kingdom
You cannot fully grasp the way Jesus revealed Himself or the gospel of the kingdom He proclaimed unless you recognize the way He used Daniel 7. In Volume 1 we find out why Jesus referenced Daniel 7 more than any other Old Testament passage. Then in volume 2, we discover how the apostles repeatedly used Daniel 7 as a framework for their gospel.
Son of Man Volume 1: The Gospel of Daniel 7
Jesus never used the title Messiah publicly and, instead, referred to Himself as the Son of Man 78 times. Why?
The New Testament Gospels, as they are written, depend on Daniel 7. Jesus referenced this chapter far more than any other to reveal Himself as the divine Human and to declare His gospel. Jesus’ first-century audience understood His message, but we have lost sight of the way Jesus presented His gospel.
Our understanding of Jesus, our grasp of the biblical story, and our ability to clearly communicate the gospel have been seriously hindered by our not fully understanding one particular chapter in the Bible. Daniel 7 is not just an end-time chapter. Based on Jesus’ words, Daniel 7 is a gospel-centered chapter and perhaps the premier summary of Jesus’ majesty.
If we do not know this chapter, we cannot fully grasp the gospel. Jesus commissioned us to carry the message found in this chapter to every people, but we cannot carry what we do not understand.
Let Daniel open your eyes to the gospel as Jesus proclaimed it.
Son of Man Volume 2: The Apostles’ Gospel
What is the message that turned the world upside down?
In the first volume, we discovered Jesus referenced Daniel 7 more than any other passage. He used Son of Man as His primary title, and He used Daniel 7 as a concise summary of the gospel of the kingdom. We found that, if we miss the way Jesus used this one chapter, we can easily misinterpret His message. Furthermore, many of His statements become confusing.
This raises a profound question: Did the apostles continue to use Daniel 7 as a foundation for their gospel? When we examine the New Testament carefully, we find something surprising: Daniel 7 was a framework the apostles repeatedly used to present the gospel of the kingdom. The main themes of the New Testament gospel are all found in this one Old Testament chapter.
We have reduced the gospel to a individual decision to receive Jesus. This is part of the gospel, but it is incomplete. It is not the message the apostles died for. It is time to rediscover the apostles’ gospel so we can boldly proclaim the same gospel they carried.
Come, view the apostles’ gospel through the lens of Daniel 7, and rediscover the message that turned the world upside down.
What is the message that turned the world upside down?
Rarely in the history of theological writing and biblical exegesis has a book emerged that makes its point so clearly, yet one that is most foundational to the content of the gospel: namely, that Jesus wanted His people Israel and the nations of the world to recognize Him as “the Son of Man” as announced in Daniel 7 and repeated some 78 times in the Gospels with an added 53 associated themes that also came from Daniel 7. I was personally enriched and corrected as this title of The Son of Man was biblically shown to take precedence over all other titles and functions of our Lord in Scripture, such as Messiah or the Son of God. Surely, this book will offer one of the richest rewards for all who will carefully follow the truth of this title from Daniel 7 as demonstrated by Jesus. I can hardly find the adequate words to commend this book as highly as I think it should be received and shared broadly in our day and age.
Dr. Walter C. Kaiser, Jr., President Emeritus, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Hamilton, MA
There is absolutely nothing greater in the Christian life than when the Holy Spirit reveals Jesus Christ through the Word of God. One phrase from one verse can open up a door of revelation where all you can say is, “I’ve never seen this before,” “This is absolutely astounding,” or “This changes everything.” I believe that the revelation of Jesus as The Son of Man changes everything. I watched how the Holy Spirit took this phrase out of Daniel 7 and began to take Samuel on a journey into the ocean of revelation and implication surrounding this phrase. Samuel provoked me because I had never seen it before. He challenged me because the Holy Spirit was calling me to go deeper. And he taught me and gave me insight and understanding into one of the most overlooked, misunderstood, and yet absolutely critical revelations for the end-time church. In 1 Peter 1, we read that the prophets of old inquired and searched carefully of that which was coming, and I believe Samuel is in the same spirit as he has written this book. This book will become one of the central books to the church in the coming days. I cannot overemphasize our need to give ourselves to it today.
Corey Russell, Author and Speaker, Dallas, TX
Contemporary scholarship on the Synoptic Gospels asserts that the book of Daniel was very important for the first century and for the self-understanding of Yeshua and the Synoptic Gospel writers. Daniel 7 is especially emphasized. These texts give us a window into the important Son of Man idea and the Deity of Yeshua. Orthodox writer Daniel Boyarin from the University of California at Berkeley has emphasized this. Now, Samuel Whitefield has written an important book that greatly expands our understanding of Daniel 7 as an interpretive key. I consider this book a must read!
Daniel Juster, Restoration from Zion of Tikkun International
The term Son of Man is not new to those who attend church. What is new in this book is what it means. Beyond a passing reference to Jesus, somehow, no one clearly explained the term’s meaning or its significance. Learning that of all the available titles to refer to Himself Jesus used this one, Son of Man, far and away beyond all others, invites you to ask, “Why?” and then “What does it mean?” You’ll find the answers in this book. You will see how it reveals who Jesus is and how it has a direct impact on your life.
Rick Clough, Businessman, Atlanta, GA
For as long as I’ve known my friend Samuel, he’s always been the guy that’s looking at things from an angle that you didn’t see, but then after he unpacks what he’s observing, I always think to myself: Why didn’t I see that? It was sitting right in front of me!Samuel’s new book, Son of Man: The Apostles’ Gospel, read exactly this way when I picked it up—a theological adventure of looking at Daniel, Jesus, and the kingdom of God. At the end of the book, all of these things were clearer and more alive in my mind and my heart than before the reading began. Be prepared to be challenged, stretched, and stirred as God’s kingdom comes to light in a fresh way!
Jim Stern, Lead Pastor, Destiny Church of St. Louis
Samuel has a God-given grace for breaking down and giving solid, prophetic insight into complex passages. He exegetes them in a way that is biblically sound, easy to grasp, and accompanied by a clear life application for the reader. These two volumes on the Son of Man are very clear representations of that grace. Expect Jesus to challenge, enlarge, and provoke your heart as you see Him in the Gospels and Epistles through the lens of Daniel 7 as you never have before!
Chris Rue, Senior Pastor, Word of Life Christian Center, Newark, DE