Daniel 7 is one of the key visions contained in the book of Daniel. Because the vision begins with symbolic imagery, some wonder if the chapter can be clearly interpreted and whether it refers to the past or the future. Can we look at Daniel 7 and determine conclusively whether the vision refers to the past or to the future?
Daniel 2 and Daniel 7 both place their emphasis on a fourth kingdom that will challenge God’s purposes. In this session we examine how the book of Revelation relates to Daniel’s prophecy regarding this kingdom. Given how much emphasis Daniel and Revelation both place on this kingdom and the significant events associates with it, it is important that we understand this kingdom.
God has designed redemptive history so that the nature of ultimate good and ultimate evil is revealed in the leadership of two different men. God has done this because He chose to reveal His own nature to us as personally as possible by revealing Himself to us as a man and also chosen to reveal the depths of evil by revealing it in human form.
Daniel 2 and Daniel 7 both place their emphasis on a fourth kingdom that will challenge God’s purposes like no other kingdom in history. Given how much emphasis Daniel places on this kingdom and the significant events he associates with it, it is important that we understand this kingdom. There has been much debate on the nature of it, but we examine what the Scripture tells us about the timing and nature of this kingdom.
The more time I spend with Daniel the more and more it became apparent that the book of Daniel reveals our view of God and Scripture in a way that perhaps no other book does. God is specifically forcing an issue in Daniel – will we stand with the Word as prophesied or will we try to rescue God and make our faith more respectable by prematurely marking prophecies fulfilled or, even worse, shipwrecking our faith entirely by denying the ability of God to prophesy with precision through a man?