Christians should know End-Time prophecies (Part 3)


The SHEPHERD | Danilo Q. Junco

Jesus Christ (Messiah), the Son of God, God Himself of the Second Person in the Godhead, did appear in Daniel’s book in chapter 2:36-45 as the stone that struck the huge statue representing the four empires which include Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece and Rome and then in chapter 7:13-14.

He was seen by Daniel through vision as the “Son of Man,” the likely description of Jesus’ humanity, approaching His Father as described the “Ancient of Days” who in turn gave Him dominion, glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations and languages should serve Him.

Jesus also was seen by King Nebuchadnezzar accompanying Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah—whose names were changed to Babylonian names as Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego—in a fiery furnace which was heated seven times but the fire never burned them nor their hairs singed and their clothes never smell with fire (chapter 3:19-25).

God in Jesus did not only appear in Daniel’s account but to the other books in the Old Testament who was anointed as the Messiah to come down on earth as a human being to accomplish the task of saving humanity from damnation in Hell and defeating Satan and all his cohorts and agents here on earth through His death and resurrection though not being annihilated but their powers were curbed.

The other Daniel’s accounts as recorded of his book mentioned the invasion of Medo-Persia by Alexander the Great of Greece as personified through as goat (chapter 8:18-22). Alexander conquered Persia and ruled Greece from 336 B.C. to 323 B.C. and at his death his empire was divided into four kingdoms.

As we outline the book of Daniel, chapter 1 refers to the exile of Judah and Daniel’s uncompromised stand not to defile himself of eating foods offered to demon-gods of Babylon; chapter 2 the dream of King Nebuchadnezzar of the huge statue which was forgotten, God reveals to Daniel its dream and interpretation, Daniel was honored with gifts and promotion; chapter 3 deliverance of Daniel’s three friends from fiery furnace for refusing to worship the golden image built on orders of King Nebuchadnezzar; chapter 4 King Nebuchadnezzar’s second dream about God’s judgment of him because of pride not acknowledging God for ruling a vast empire and restoration for him to his kingdom; chapter 5 King Belshazzar’s profaning God’s vessels for using the cups and other articles to his visitors and attendees in the celebration of the feast and on that very night he was slain by Cyrus, king of Persia, who invaded Babylon in 539 B.C. King Darius of Mede could be another title of Cyrus who also captured Medes in 549 B.C. Next to Cyrus’ reign was Darius of Mede and Daniel served these two kings prior to his death.

Chapter 6 about the plot against Daniel by his envious co-officials in Medo-Persia under King Darius for not observing the decree not to pray within the designated period of time. The king was manipulated and deceived by these officials for issuing a decree with regard to abstain in praying to their respective gods in Medo-Persia only to trap Daniel, who piously has prayed three times a day to the God of Israel.

King Darius only knew later about the treacherous plan of Daniel’s detractors when they reported to the king about Daniel’s breaking the decree. Though he wanted to save Daniel from throwing to the lion’s den but could not back out as he sealed through a signet ring on the decree and no king could change it.

Through the decree Daniel was thrown out into the lion’s den but God rescued him by shutting the mouths of hungry predators.
In contrast to Daniel’s treacherous co-officials along with their wives, children and friends as they were ordered by King Darius to be hurled into the den, they were overpowered by the ferocious lions and broke their bones even if they were still on the air not landing into the bottom of the den.

Chapter 7 Daniel’s first vision about four beasts and the interpretation. Chapter 8 another vision of Daniel about the ram and goat referring to Medo-Persia and Greece and Angel Gabriel’s interpretation.

Chapter 9 is about the prophecy of the 70 weeks in answer to Daniel’s prayer. Chapter 10 to 12 is Daniel’s final vision of a glorious being, angelic visitation, wars of kings of the north and south and the time of trouble.

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