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Though we have a more minute account of Daniel's early life than is recorded of that of any other prophet, his birth and linage are left in
complete obscurity except that he was of the royal line, probably of the house of David, which had at this time become very numerous. He first appears
as one of the noble captives of Judah in the first year of Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, at the commencement of the seventy years captivity, B.C.
606. Jeremiah and Habakkuk were yet uttering their prophecies. Ezekiel commenced soon after and a little later, Obadiah. But both these finished their
work years before the close of the long and brilliant career of Daniel.
During the seventy years of the captivity of the Jews, B.C. 606—536, predicted by Jeremiah (Jeremiah 25:11), Daniel resided at the court of Babylon
most of the time as prime minister of that brilliant monarchy. His life affords a most impressive lesson of the importance and advantage of
maintaining from earliest youth strict integrity toward God.
But Daniel is not alone with his connection with the Chaldean monarchy that perpetuates the memory of Daniel and covers his name with honour. From the
height of its glory he saw that kingdom decline and pass into other hands. Its period of greatness and prosperity was embraced within the limits of
the lifetime of one man. So brief was its supremacy, so transient its glory. But Daniel was entrusted with the more enduring honours. While beloved
and honoured by the princes and potentates of Babylon, he enjoyed an infinitely higher exaltation in being beloved and honoured by God and His holy
angels and admitted to a knowledge of the counsels of the Most High.
Daniel's prophecies are in many respects the most remarkable of any in the sacred record and is the most comprehensive. It was the first prophecy
giving a consecutive history of the world from that time to the end. It located the most of its predictions within well defined prophetic periods,
though reaching many centuries into the future. It gave the first definite chronological prophecy of the coming of the Messiah. It marked the time of
this event so definitely that the Jews forbid any attempt to interpret its numbers since that prophecy shows them to be without excuse in rejecting
Christ and so accurately had its minute and literal predictions been fulfilled down to the time of Porphyry, A.D. 250, that he declared (the only
loophole he could devise for this hard pressed scepticism) that the predictions were not written in the age of Babylon, but after the events
themselves had transpired. This shift however, is not now available; for every succeeding century has born additional evidence to the truthfulness of
the prophecy and we are just now in our own day approaching the climax of its fulfilment.
Understanding Daniel Bible Prophecy
There are literally hundreds of different interpretations on Daniel Bible prophecy and especially on the issue of the little horn power and
antichrist, the key word being “interpretations.” This is the first mistake the majority make as we are told not to have private interpretations
of prophecy at all and nor do we need to. God’s Word gives us all we need to know without any speculation whatsoever. Note carefully what the
following scripture says.
2 Peter 1:20 “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.”
Adhering to the warning of this scripture will help prevent us from going to far wrong. This verse informs us that everything we need to know about
end time events will be stated in the Bible and we will not have to add extra doctrine or our own interpretations or fill in the gaps.
The moment you hear or read statements like, “this must be that country because or…”, then stop reading right there. If we have to add or take
from what the Bible tells us, then there is no doubt we already have it wrong. In fact, once you understand the principles for understanding Bible
prophecy, it is a lot more simple than you could ever imagine. Some people want to turn Bible Prophecy into something complicated and feel that if it
is not, then it cannot be correct. They could not be further from the truth.
One of the keys to understanding Bible prophecy is laid out in the principle of the following verse.
Isaiah 28:10 “For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:”
Bible prophecy is best understood by comparing scripture with scripture as the answer will always be explained directly in the passage or can be found
by example elsewhere in the Bible. To quote one example, in Daniel we find four beasts coming out of the sea and one with ten horns. Do we make wild
guesses as to what a beast is or what the meaning of the sea or water or horns are? Absolutely not, it is not necessary.
A large amount of what we need to know can be found by referencing the book of Revelation and other books of the Bible. In fact two thirds of the book
of Revelation can be found in the Old Testament and that is a very large key to finding our answers, “precept upon precept; line upon line, line
upon line; here a little, and there a little.” Note the following three verses, which are significant to understanding many key Bible Prophecies,
for instance the word “Beast” occurs more than 55 times in Revelation. This verse tells us the meaning of the waters or sea in this case.
Revelation 17:15 “And he saith unto me, The waters which you sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and
The next verse which was divinely given to Daniel, informs us unmistakably what a beast is in Bible Prophecy. There is no need to guess, just let the
Bible explain itself.
Daniel 7:23 “Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the
whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.”
As for the meaning of the horns, no guess work here either.
Daniel 7:24 “And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from
the first, and he shall subdue three kings.”
There is always so much speculation as to who is the antichrist beast power (little horn) that enforces the mark of the beast. Many believe it to be
one individual at the end of time. Is this true? Not even close! This is also not what all the early protestants believed either and that truth has
been lost over the last few centuries. The real truth was even known by the translators of the King James Bible, Sir Isaac Newton and all the early
Protestants. How did this truth get so lost? And why are there so few people who know the real truth on the origin of 666 and the number of the
For those who want to research and study history a little will be shell shocked to find out what the real truth is. You will ask yourself why more
people don’t know the truth. This is how Satan works. He starts with a small lie and perpetuates it until it gets so big that nobody will entertain
the idea of it ever being wrong. Even some theologians who first hear Satan’s perpetuated lie in a traditionally accepted teaching without
questioning it, tend to end up establishing their theology around that lie that becomes a mind set. source...www.danielbibleprophecy.org...