Welcome to our journey through the Book of Daniel!
— Read: Daniel 7 —
Whenever I think of Daniel, I think of the lion’s den or the banquet when a hand appeared and wrote on the wall. The first half of Daniel has some pretty amazing stories of faith and trust.
But the second half of Daniel shifts — from narrative to prophecy.
Chapter 7 marks a turning in Daniel’s life. Up until now, he’s been the wise man who interprets the king’s dream or the writing on the wall. But now? Now he’s the one having visions and dreams.
I’ll never claim to be an expert on biblical prophecy, but I can promise you that I love to study and I’m committed to searching the Scriptures and also listening to what biblical scholars have to say. So I’m researching my way through the book of Daniel. And folks a lot smarter than me seem to agree that Daniel’s dream in Chapter 7 echoes much of the same premise as Nebuchadnezzar’s dream in Chapter 2.
Just as the statue — with a gold head, silver chest and arms, bronze thighs, and iron legs — represented four kingdoms, the four beasts in Daniel’s dream also represent those four kingdoms. It’s a reiteration, but with some expanded details.
Repetition in the Bible is our cue to slow down and review.
But the repetition here has a twist. The prominent difference between Nebuchadnezzar’s dream and Daniel’s dream is how the Son of Man is central to Daniel’s dream.
“I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him. And to him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed.” (Daniel 7:13-14)
The Son of Man is none other than Jesus himself.
Believers in Christ need not ever fear the rulers of this world, for Christ is over all, and one day he will return to establish his kingdom forever.
— Diving Deeper —
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