Not probably in general, but as Daniel 3:12 states, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego. Daniel reassures God’s people that he is sovereign and so encourages faithfulness to him. court plots, is debated and does not greatly affect interpretation. Was God realy in control? The Apocalyptic Imagination: An Introduction to Jewish Apocalyptic Literature, (Grand Rapids, Eerdmans, 1998), p108. The Apocalyptic Imagination: An Introduction to Jewish Apocalyptic Literature, (Grand Rapids, Eerdmans, 1998), p92. Dale Ralph Davis explores the background, discusses significant interpretive issues and problems, and offers a lively exposition of Daniel’s message, which may be summed up in the words of Jesus: “The end is not yet . Make your decision on the basis of what you see.”. The assertions of God’s sovereignty outlined above are for the purpose of encouraging faithful living by God’s people. The book of Daniel is often read for its contribution to our understanding of end-times events, but sometimes Christians have been so obsessed with this that we have missed its main message: God is in control, no matter how things look, and his kingdom will one day fill the earth. 3-5 The king told Ashpenaz, head of the palace staff, to get some Israelites from the royal family and nobility—young men who were healthy and handsome, intelligent and well-educated, good prospects for leadership positions in the government, perfect specimens!—and indoctrinate them in the Babylonian language and the lore of magic and fortunetelling. Direct theological statements (2:20-22, 47; 3:28-29; 4:3) “Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his: And he changeth… The head of the palace staff gave them Babylonian names: Daniel was named Belteshazzar, Hananiah was named Shadrach, Mishael was named Meshach, Azariah was named Abednego. Daniel disobeyed the edict, of course, and continued to pray openly to the true God. Wenham D. ‘The Kingdom of God and Daniel’. This summary of the book of Daniel provides information about the title, author(s), date of writing, chronology, theme, theology, outline, a brief overview, and the chapters of the Book of Daniel. A few of these are discussed here and their effect on the message of the book will be mentioned below. Beloved and chosen by God to foretell future events, Daniel the prophet prophesied as moved by God through visions and dreams about what was going to happen throughout history, including what would happen to Daniel’s people in the “latter days” ( Daniel 10:14) and to the whole world. When Nebuchadnezzar's son King Belshazzar uses the vessels from the Jewish temple for his feast, a hand appears and writes a mysterious message on the wall, which only Daniel can interpret; it tells the king that his kingdom will be given to the Medes and Persians, because Belshazzar, unlike Nebuchadnezzar, has not acknowledged the sovereignty of the God of Daniel. Probably he was in some distant part of the empire on state business, and the general summons ( Daniel 3:2) had not time to reach him before the dedication. . Using Daniel as an example, this message explores three essential of evangelism, regardless of style. And of course has already been anticipated in chapter 2. Goldingay J. E. ‘The Book of Daniel: Three Issues’, Themelios, 2, 2, (1977), pp45-49. Childs B. S. Introduction to the Old Testament as Scripture, (Fortress Press, 1979), p614-615. Here are seven key Bible verses from the Book of Daniel. This ability to intervene and overrule in human affairs is the concluding note of both these chapters.»22, Thirdly God’s sovereignty is seen in his dealings with secular rulers: Nebuchadnezzar is humbled because of his pride until he acknowledges God’s sovereignty;»23 and the removal of Belshazzar, who failed to learn from Nebuchadnezzar, reinforces this message.»24 There is also repeated reference through the Aramaic section to God’s everlasting kingdom in comparison to the transience of earthly kingdoms.»25, In addition the use of particular names for God in this section stress the fact that he is the sovereign Lord of all the earth and not simply the covenant God of Israel.»26 As a result the stories present a sovereign God who rules over all humankind.»27, The visions of chapters 7-12 are overlapping and complementary pictures of subsequent ANE history. It, and the later visions are primarily ones of assurance: the saints below may assuredly know that the course of history does not run blindly on, uncontrolled, but even now behind the wings of history the authoritative moves which affect the ultimate future of men have already been set in place.»31, This point makes the issue of dating exceptionally important. ‘Daniel 7 and the Function of Old Testament Apocalyptic’. A careful study of the text helps reveal the identity of this supernatural being. Walton J. H. ‘The Four Kingdoms of Daniel’, Wong G. C. I. Dumbrell W. J. Daniel was a young man of Jewish nobility taken into captivity by Nebuchadnezzar in the third year of Jehoiakim and renamed Belteshazzar. From former pastor and professor Dale Ralph Davis, this replacement volume in the Bible Speaks Today Old Testament commentary series offers a reliable exposition of the visionary book of Daniel for pastors and lay commentary readers. Gurney R. J. M. ‘The Four Kingdoms of Daniel 2 and 7’, Themelios, 2, 2, (1977), pp39-45. Collins J. J. In Daniel we see God exercising his sovereign wisdom over all world affairs, even the actions of the most powerful individual rulers of his day. Whether the narrative is of a more specific genre e.g. Gamie J. G. ‘On the Intention and Sources of Daniel I-VI’. Humphries W. L. ‘A Life-style for Diaspora: A Study of the Tales of Esther and Daniel’. What does Daniel’s vision mean for us today? Daniel 11 The Message (MSG) 11 “‘And I, in my turn, have been helping him out as best I can ever since the first year in the reign of Darius the Mede.’ The Kings of the South and the North The first half of the book is taken to be setting out a life-style for those in exile, while the second half to be encouraging those undergoing persecution. The prophet Daniel wrote in symbolic language. A variety of issues affect the interpretation of Daniel. The Apocalyptic Imagination: An Introduction to Jewish Apocalyptic Literature, (Grand Rapids, Eerdmans, 1998), p91. Daniel 4:27 12/4/16 This morning I want to use Daniel as a model evangelist. This paper will argue that the message of Daniel is to answer these questions, and to show that the answer to the former is dependent on the answer to the latter. It was not without struggle, and it cost him to do so. Dillard R. B. and Longman T. The terms used are God in heaven, God of heaven, King of heaven, Lord of heaven, God of gods, Lord of lords, great God, living God, Most High. ‘Faithful to the End: A Pastoral Reading of Daniel 10-12’. Bauckham R. J. . The Master handed King Jehoiakim of Judah over to him, along with some of the furnishings from the Temple of God. Explaining the background to Daniel, he sifts through interpretive issues and then offers a faithful exposition of the book's message. Baldwin J. G. ‘Is There Pseudonymity in the Old Testament’. Wenham G. J. A number of scholars assert the visions are written vaticinium ex eventu as a ‘prophetic declaration of faith in divine control over history’.»32 This view sees writing history in this supposedly predicted way as affirming a belief that ‘God is somehow in control’.»33 However if it is written retrospectively it remains unclear what control God possesses. 21 Daniel continued in the king’s service until the first year in the reign of King Cyrus. did he still care? Goldingay J. E. ‘The Book of Daniel: Three Issues’, Themelios, 2, 2, (1977), p49, and Goldingay J. E. ‘Daniel’, WBC, (Dallas, Word, 1989), p183. Baldwin J. G. ‘Daniel: Theology of’, in NIDOTTE, edited by W. A. VanGemeren, (Carlisle, Paternoster, 1996), p499-500. The majority opinion is that the court stories stem are from the sixth century b.c. While the dream of chapter 2 has clear predictive value with regard to ANE history, the immediate focus is not so much on the content of the revelation as the fact of it.»21, Secondly God’s sovereignty means he is able to act to save his people. Arnold W. T. ‘Theology of Daniel’, in EDBT, edited by W. A. Elwell, (Carlisle, Paternoster, 1996), p141-142. That is the climatic final picture of chapter 7 and 12.»39 Chapter 8 asserts the final destruction of the forces opposed to God, and chapter 9 reassures that God’s final purposes (9:24) will be brought to pass. The book of Daniel differs from the majority of Hebrew prophecy: it contains literature of an apocalyptic genre, focuses on political powers in the Ancient Near East (ANE), and does not mention the fall of Jerusalem or return from exile.»1 The characters of the book are the first exiles from Jerusalem and it is the issues which confront them which form the heart of its message.»2 Their life in exile raises questions about the relationship between God’s people and foreign nations, and, by implication, the relationship between God himself and those nations. This is because these sections cover sequential but overlapping time periods, indicating that the author has consciously ‘started again’ in chapter 7.»4 There is also a concomitant change in style from stories to visions»5 and a move from Daniel being an interpreter, to requiring interpretation.»6. One young man, Daniel, affirmed that he did. ‘Apocalyptic Genre and Mythical Allusions in Daniel’. Daniel the prophet was the hero and traditional author of the book of Daniel. It was not without struggle, and it cost him to do so. DANIEL. Among them wereDaniel, Chananya,Mishael and Azaryia (from the tribe of Judah1), all extraordinarily gifted young princes,2select… 17-19 God gave these four young men knowledge and skill in both books and life. We should also note that apocalyptic does not simply differ from other prophecy in details such as angelology or numerology, but by the world view which it espouses.»16 That is a world-wide and cosmic view which draws back the curtain on historical events and reveals truths which stem from beyond time and space. Assertions and evidences of God’s sovereignty A. Ralf prepared a number of slideshows on the book of Daniel, which I hope to put up soon. At the end of the ten days they looked better and more robust than all the others who had been eating from the royal menu. ‘Daniel: The Basic Issues’, Themelios, 2, 2, (1977), pp49-52. They become referents not only for the historical king in question, but also for symbols of chaos which allude to the primeval conflict. It is accepted that Daniel comprises two genres: historical narrative and apocalyptic prophecy.»14 With regard to the apocalyptic sections it is important to recognise that  the mythical allusions serve to give expressive value to the particular powers referred to. Daniel is the only one who can interpret the message: God will repay Belshazzar by handing over his kingdom to the Medes and Persians. See Gooding D. W. ‘The Literary Structure of the Book of Daniel and its Implications’. So let’s say he was between 10 and 18 years of age. Daniel 1:8-9 “But Daniel resolved that he would not defile himself with the king’s food, or with the wine that he drank. For example while foreign powers are presented more negatively in 7-12, the possibility of persecution in 1-6 is still present if only in a more intermittent manner. 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