Two weeks ago, we saw the handwriting on the wall (ch.5), Danny in the lion’s den (ch. 6), and prophecies about future kingdoms (chs. 7 & 8) that line up with the empires of the Babylonians, Medes/Persians, Greeks, and Romans. In fact, they line up so perfectly that some suggest that Daniel didn’t really write this part of the book but that someone else added it centuries later. In more recent times, the evidence has shifted in Daniel’s direction. I’m not surprised because Isaiah 46:10 says, “I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come.”
Last time, as we read chapters 9, we saw that Danny was an old man and had been in Babylon since he was a teenager. He remembered Jeremiah’s prophecies about the captivity lasting 70 years and realized that time was almost up. (See Jeremiah 25:11 and 29:10.) Then Daniel began to pray a beautiful prayer of praise to God. He also confessed his sins and the sins of his people. Read his very unselfish prayer in Daniel 9:3-19.
Before he even finished praying, Gabriel comes flying in to give Danny understanding! (Have you ever had your prayers answered before you even said, “Amen,”?)
Gabe gives Danny a very deep, prophetic message that has to do with the End Times, the seventy sevens, the Anointed One (Messiah – Jesus), the anti-christ, and the abomination of desolation. Phew! If you didn’t catch it all, watch the Vimeo. Here a website with some explanation of the Seventy Sevens.
Chapter 10 of Daniel takes place a couple of years later and Danny has another vision of the future. He prayed and fasted for three weeks. This time an unnamed Man shows up – an angel or the pre-incarnate Christ??? We see in the chapter the reality of spiritual warfare. It was around in Danny’s day and it’s still around today. We need to take the apostle Paul’s advice on this from Ephesians 6:11-20.
God bless you all!
“My only aim is to finish the race and complete the task given me by the Lord Jesus–the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.” Acts 20:24.
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