Truth, Understanding, Insight

Precious Promises

1st August 2016, hej


14) Promise to Daniel (Ruler in Babylon 600-540BC)

The account of Daniel is extraordinary. Not in the fact that Daniel becomes one of the most powerful men in Babylon, as after all Jews have risen to prominence often in history. It is how he comes to this position. The Bible account has a section by Nebuchanezzar that confirms the miracles. The book also contains some very detailed prophecies that take us up today. We are told they are given as Daniel pleased his God. He is told by an Angel,

“Don't be afraid, Daniel; for from the first day that you did set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard: and I am come for your words' sake. .. Now I have come to make you understand what shall happen to your people in the latter days; for the vision is yet for many days” (Daniel 10:12-14).

So despite there being at this time no kingdom of Israel and no king Daniel is told that there is a future for his people. Daniel is told that it would be a long time and in that time the 'Anointed', or 'king', as Messiah means, would be cut off or killed.

Know..understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Anointed(Messiah) the Prince shall be seven weeks and threescore and two weeks (69 weeks): the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. And after threescore and two weeks shall Anointed be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the commander that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with an overflowing, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease,..(Dan 9:25-27)

The 69 weeks is 434 days, and in prophecy a day is a year, making 434 years. This is not good news for Daniel. It does, however, indicate the promise to David is alive. In 434 years the long looked for Son of David would live. But then this son would be killed after confirming the covenant, or the promise.

Daniel was of course distressed. So he was shown the fluctuating fortunes of the land, which now reads like a concise history with the names left out. He was also shown 'the end' when the Anointed, Michael, the “one like God”, finally stands up for his people (Daniel 11) and is given two long time periods until this time. Daniel is told many would die and then at the end they would live again on the earth. The end of the book ends with the record of a personal promise to Daniel.

But go thou thy way, till the end be: for you shall rest, and stand in your lot at the end of the days. (Daniel 12:13)

Considering what has been said, regarding 'the end' and the length of time and that many would 'sleep', it can be concluded that the 'rest' is after Daniel's death. After his death he was promised he will stand “in his lot”, which means in the portion he is assigned. And he would see the end of days, the time far distant in the future when “the one like God” stood up for his people.