Chapter 6 describes Daniel in the Lions' Den, where an angel saved Daniel by shutting the mouths of the lions. Chapters first reveal the angels Gabriel and Michael in the apocalyptic visions.
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Daniel is one of the rare passages in Hebrew Scripture that refers to the Resurrection of the Dead. Chapters relate the beautiful story of the heroine Susanna and mention the prophet Habakkuk in the vignette on Bel and the Dragon. Jesus Christ , in announcing the Kingdom of God is at hand in Mark , fulfills the prophecy in Daniel He calls himself the Son of Man in all four Gospels and the Book of Revelation and , reminding us that he fulfills the destiny of the Messianic figure in Daniel The prophecy of Daniel speaks of a time of great "distress" unsurpassed in history, when Michael will arise.
This period is called the Great Tribulation by Jesus in Matthew and is further referenced in Revelation The great nations of the world have risen against the Lord; but God will protect His people and His Kingdom shall prevail and last forever. The textual problems encountered in the Book of Daniel in a sense are representative of the entire Old Testament. The traditional view that the Book was written by Daniel in the sixth century BC has been questioned, the book is written in three different languages, and the actual text varies with each of our four extant versions: the Greek Septuagint assembled in Alexandria, the Dead Sea Scrolls uncovered in Qumran, the Masoretic text, and the Syriac Aramaic Peshitta Bible of the Middle East!
Chapters 1 to and Chapters 8 through 12 were written in Hebrew; Chapters through - nearly half of the Book of Daniel - were written in Aramaic; and three passages were written in Greek. The first complete version of Hebrew Scripture was composed in the third century BC in Alexandria and was actually written in Greek, known as the Septuagint.
The Hebrew canon for Judaism developed through the ages and recognized 10 books less than the Greek Septuagint. The Masoretic Text developed from the eighth through tenth century AD reflected the traditional Hebrew canon. See the Canon for a more complete discussion. Even though nearly half of Daniel was composed in Aramaic, the Hebrew Canon for Judaism retained all of the book except the Greek text: the Song of the Three Young Men and the Appendix - Chapter 13, which contained the beautiful story of Susanna, as well as Chapter 14 on Bel, the Dragon, and the Rescue of Daniel.
The time of composition has become a matter of interest. The informed description of historical events in Chapters 1 to 6 and the use of the first person in the apocalyptic visions of Chapters 7 to 12 suggest that Daniel likely originated the book during his lifetime. This traditional view is also supported by classical historians such as Flavius Josephus and Church Fathers such as St. Jerome, the Father of Biblical Scholars. Whereas modern historical-critical methods propose the book may have been written in the mid-second century BC, the inclusion of the book in the Hebrew Canon for Judaism advises that Hebrew tradition placed the Book as written before BC!
The Hebrew and Aramaic texts are in blue, the Greek scripture is in navy. The Douay-Rheims Bible was the standard English Bible for Catholics for over years, and still remains in use today.
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Jerome's Latin Vulgate Bible. Kennedy took the oath of office on January 20, to become the 35th President of the United States. Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. The Aramaic 2. The king allotted them a daily portion of food and wine from the royal table. If he sees that you look wretched by comparison with the other young men of your age, you will endanger my life with the king.
Give us vegetables to eat and water to drink. When they came and presented themselves to the king, 3 he said to them, "I had a dream which will allow my spirit no rest until I know what it means. Tell me therefore the dream, that I may know that you also give a true interpretation thereof. And when Arioch had told the matter to Daniel, 16 Daniel went in and desired of the king, that he would give him time to resolve the question and declare it to the king. Thy dream, and the visions of thy head upon thy bed, are these: 29 Thou, O king, didst begin to think in thy bed, what should come to pass hereafter: and he that revealeth mysteries shewed thee what shall come to pass.
As iron breaketh into pieces, and subdueth all things, so shall that break and destroy all these. And they stood before the statue which king Nebuchadnezzar had set up. And the flame of the fire slew those men that had cast in Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednago. For he hath delivered us from hell, and saved us out of the hand of death, and delivered us out of the midst of the burning flame, and saved us out of the midst of the fire.
They answered the king, and said: True, O king. And immediately Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednago went out from the midst of the fire. It hath seemed good to me therefore to publish His signs, because they are great: and his wonders, because they are mighty: and his kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, I and his power to all generations.
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But the king answering, said: Belteshazzar, let not the dream and the interpretation thereof trouble thee. Belteshazzar answered, and said: My lord, the dream be to them that hate thee, and the interpretation thereof to thy enemies. And the king spoke, and said to the wise men of Babylon: Whosoever shall read this writing, and shall make known to me the interpretation thereof, shall be clothed with purple, and shall have a golden chain on his neck, and shall be the third man in my kingdom. Now therefore let Daniel be called for, and he will tell the interpretation.
And the king spoke, and said to him: Art thou Daniel of the children of the captivity of Juda, whom my father the king brought out of Judea? MANE: God hath numbered thy kingdom, and hath finished it. And the king answered them, saying: The word is true according to the decree of the Medes and Persians, which it is not lawful to violate.
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And the king said to Daniel: Thy God, whom thou always servest, he will deliver thee. For he is the living and eternal God for ever: and his kingdom shall not be destroyed, and his power shall be for ever. I Daniel was much troubled with my thoughts, and my countenance was changed in me: but I kept the word in my heart. No beast could withstand it or be rescued from its power; it did what it pleased and became very powerful.
It threw the ram, which had not the force to withstand it, to the ground, and trampled upon it; and no one could rescue it from its power. It cast truth to the ground, and was succeeding in its undertaking. But he said to me, "Understand, son of man, that the vision refers to the end time. He shall destroy powerful peoples; 25 his cunning shall be against the holy ones, his treacherous conduct shall succeed. Knowing the doctrinal difference between the terms "Kingdom of Heaven" and "Kingdom of God" is the key to understanding the complete time line of Biblical history past, present, and future, the proper place of the Church and the prophetic future of Israel.
Israel rejected the Lord Jesus Christ as the Messiah when He first came because the religious rulers of Israel were only looking for a political Messiah King who would make Israel the ruling kingdom of the world.
See Jeremiah , Psalms They were expecting a warrior leader who would deliver them militarily from the Romans and the rest of the heathen. They were expecting carnal deliverance. Because of their hardened hearts, and their legalistic and ritualistic zeal for works, they were blind to their need for spiritual deliverance and the true righteousness of God, which must be born into the heart.
That is what led them to ask this of Jesus:. In that statement, Jesus was declaring a spiritual truth that Israel did not see. But on another occasion, when asked about His Kingdom by Pontius Pilate, He gave a somewhat different answer:. In this particular passage the word " now " is not speaking about the spiritual Kingdom of God within the heart of the redeemed , but of a literal political Kingdom yet to come on this Earth.
The reason is because most of the translators of today's "Bibles" are Amillennial in their position on prophecy. In other words, they do not accept the literal return of the Lord Jesus Christ to reign on the Earth for a thousand years as foretold in in the book of Revelations. Although that truth is rejected by a major portion of "Christianity" today, His Jewish disciples knew what He was speaking of and they pointedly asked when the literal Kingdom would come:.
And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.
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But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. The disciples were clearly asking about a literal Kingdom, and the Lord says it is not for them to know the time when that literal Kingdom the Kingdom of Heaven will take place.
Until that time the disciples were given power to preach the Kingdom of God; righteousness through faith in the risen Savior who will return to Earth one day and rule over the whole Earth from Jerusalem. This is one of the most hated and least understood doctrines of the Bible, yet one of the most important in rightly dividing the truth; the separation of Church Age doctrine from Tribulation doctrine. Some churches do not want to hear this, because they think that the Church has replaced Israel.
Certainly the whole world reviles at the prospect of hated Israel becoming the head of the Kingdoms. There is a hatred of Christians and Jews on a spiritual level that is beyond the unsaved world's comprehension. Satan hates the Jews, and this present evil world see Galatians is under Satan's spiritual control. Hate and envy are the root reasons the word " now " is removed from John in some translations.
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The unsaved world does not want the Lord Jesus Christ to return and rule over them. That is why the religious Jews killed their King the first time He came. Here is what their King will say about that when He returns:. His eyes [were] as a flame of fire, and on his head [were] many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he [was] clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. The Lord Jesus Christ came to His own and preached a dualistic message. To the Jews, the heirs of the promised political Kingdom, the Lord preached the Gospel of the " Kingdom of Heaven " - a literal physical Kingdom soon to come:.