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So Graham is asking, is the book of Daniel? Is the book of Daniel a book of folk tales?
Yeah. There’s a lot of higher criticism of Book of Daniel annual suggesting that it might be one of these books where, yeah, it’s all made up. It’s fiction or for whatever reason. And some people try to argue it’s dated way after that. Maybe it was written closer to the time of Jesus. And it was the time when we think it was during the Babylonian exile of the Jews. But even within the Bible itself, I think there’s so much evidence that it is a legitimate book, a very important book, and one that if we throw out Daniel, we’re going to have to throw out a lot or most of the Bible. So let’s start with what did Jesus think of the book of Daniel? Let’s look at Mark 1314, Mark 13, verse 14. And this is actually a passage that Jesus is quoted a couple of different times in different books. And so, Wendy, would you like to read that?
Great. Sure. So when you see the abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel, the Prophet standing where it ought not, let the reader understand, then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.
So here Jesus by name quotes the book of Daniel. And there’s no doubt that Jesus is saying, hey, there’s this prophecy, it’s going to happen. Pay attention to the book of Daniel. So if we say Daniel is an Invalid book, we’re now also going to have to invalidate what Jesus just said right here. But we don’t have just Jesus’ affirmation to book a Daniel. The Bible says by two or three witnesses, let’s establish everything. So let’s look at the Apostle Paul, who wrote most of the New Testament or most of the books of the New Testament. Let’s specifically turn to Hebrews eleven verses 32 to 33. And it begins. And what more shall I say for the time would fail me to tell you of Gideon and Barack and Samson and Judah, also of David and Samuel and the prophets who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises. And what’s the last part? Stopped the mouth of Lions. Who’s that referring to?
Yeah, it can only be Daniel, as far as I could think of. Samson had a run in with Lions, but he ripped the mouth open of the line. He did not leave an intact. But here we have it being the mouth was shut, was stopped. This is referring to Daniel when he was thrown into lines then. So here Paul saying, Book of Daniel, the stories in there are true. Then we go to Ezekiel and Ezekiel 28 three. It says, Behold, you are wiser than Daniel. There is no secret that can be hidden from you. So that again, is emphasizing it’s, pointing to this figure, Daniel. Now, I just note that some people say that verse could be translated to mean some other name that’s similar to Daniel, some other character in the area who is known for wisdom. But again, we already have two good sites to show. Still, Daniel is legitimate. Let’s go to our fourth example finally, and we look at the book of Revelation. These two books are so intertwined, Daniel and Revelation, they talk about the same prophecies, use very similar symbols and analogies, trying to tell us about the same thing.
So if you look at like Revelation twelve, verse seven says, and war broke out in heaven. Michael and his Angels fought it with the Dragon. Well, this term, Michael, that person shows up in the book of Daniel, Revelation 1214, it says, but the woman was given two wings of a great Eagle and she might fly into the wilderness to her place where she is nourished for time and times in half a time for the presence of the serpent, from the presence of the serpent. Serpent. Oh, I can’t talk today. So where do we see that language? Time and times and half a time that comes from the book of Daniel. That’s the prophecy out of Book of Daniel. And we’ll see, I think Daniel uses this language of this period three different times. There’s this prophecy worded like three or four different ways. Time, times happen. Time you could see they get like 42 months or 72 months, 72 months, 42. It is 42 months. And then like 1260 years, Revelation covers those same things again and again, repeatedly. There’s seven times in the Bible this prophecy is referenced. And so if Revelation sort of affirming saying these are the same things, if we throw out Daniel, what do we have to do with Revelations?
In fact, the book of Daniel is provably, right. And we don’t have the time to go through it today. But if you go to Bibleass.org, they have great Bible studies. We have great Bible studies where you can see the explanation of the 70 week prophecy of Daniel and even that one week prophecy, that time period that’s cut off for the Jews. And it refers to the coming of the Messiah. And you could calculate the day to the day pretty much of when Jesus was baptized, when he died on the cross, we believe when Stephen was stoned. And the gospel now goes out to the Gentiles, the time of the juice comes in. So it’s amazing that prophecy to me, that right there should make you believe in the whole Bible, let alone the book of Daniel. So it is right, it is truth. And one of the biggest fallacies that there is is that you are not smart enough to read the Bible for yourself and that you have to rely on some PhD or some priest or somebody tell you what’s legitimate and what’s not in the Bible, what’s good, what you got to throw out?
No, the Bible is made for all of us to have access to it that same spirit that inspired the writers can inspire you with the discernment, with the understanding and the ability to appreciate the book and learn what God wants you to get out of it. And don’t let these forms of higher criticism cause you to stumble Amen.
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