The final chapter of Daniel predicts “a troubled time” for God’s people. The prophecy seems to foretell the fall of Jerusalem in AD 70. But maybe the emotion stirred by Daniel’s vision is more important to the reader than the information revealed in it.
In the aftermath of a terrible crime (like the one perpetrated in Thousand Oaks, California), do you ever wonder how people can be so inhuman and evil? Daniel’s vision on the bank of the Tigris River gives us an eye-opening answer.
Legalism is making up black-and-white rules to address matters of opinion. Daniel’s prayer for mercy points to a great antidote for this spiritual problem.
The political environment in the U.S. is becoming hateful and violent. It’s very disturbing. What’s going to happen to us? In 551 BC, the prophet Daniel had a vision that still communicates a reassuring message all these years later.
Daniel prayed three times a day, even though his life was seriously threatened by corrupt colleagues. In circumstances like that, why should anyone pray and even give thanks to God? Isn’t it plain that prayer doesn’t really do any good?