Dr. Stephen Phinney
But Daniel made up his mind that he would not defile himself with the king’s choice food or with the wine which he drank; so he sought permission from the commander of the officials that he might not defile himself. (Dan 1:8)
A RELENTLESS ATTACK
Out of all the sixty-six books in the Bible, has there been so many attacks from God’s enemies of the Word of God, as seen in the book of Daniel. Even today, Daniel’s book remains discredited by many theologians – refusing to connect his writings to Revelation’s book. Some adhere to the book not being written by Daniel. In comparison, others claim that such a person as Daniel didn’t even exist.
However, those of us who love and study the Word of God know that this is just another attack of Satan, which is no different than what Daniel experienced during his commissioning of the Lord. Eschatological theologians like myself believe Daniel’s book is one of the most important and pivotal books in the Bible, and for that reason, Satan manipulates present-day believers from studying it, which is the same case with Revelation’s book. Why? It contains like-minded visuals, much like the book of Revelation.
Daniel was considered as important as Noah and Job (Ezek. 14:14). Furthermore, Daniel was considered the man God used to set up for Revelation’s book. The book of Daniel in the Old Testament is the twin to the New Testament’s Revelation. Of all the honored characters found in the Word of God, there is none more intriguing, appealing, loveable, AND pure than Daniel. Outside of Joseph, there were no accounts of evil recorded.
The Book of Daniel is most remarkable. It is packed with prophecies that flow into modern culture. Like Daniel, it is unique and supernatural. It records for us the course of the history of the nations from Daniel’s day until the end, as stated in Revelation’s book. Critics through the ages have groaned in despair in their attempts to discredit the book of Daniel, but there is no other book in all of the Bible that has been so completely and accurately vindicated by history.
An unusual fact. Every prophecy in Daniel up until this hour has been meticulously, accurately, and minutely fulfilled in every detail stated. Although, his imparted prophecies will continue to unfold to the last hour. Thus, we can expect fulfilled prophecies stated in Revelation’s book to alines with God’s timeline. There is no better reason for humanity to reject the supernatural verbal inspiration of the Bible, the infallible dictation of the Scriptures by the Spirit of God to delude/destroy Daniel’s writings in our modern culture. Skeptics hate prophecies, and they are afraid to consider them as projected Truth that prepared Jesus for establishing the New Covenant Church. Through denouncing the Old Testament prophets & their prophecies, they somehow think it will unravel the Truth that Jesus indeed does exist within born-again, graphed believers into the Body of Christ.
Despite all the hellish doctrines hurled at the book of Daniel, it still stands as the most historical futuristic writing of all times. The fact is, if Satanic critics can discredit Daniel, then Satan’s attack upon the Word of God will continue through the ages until he arrives in his position of the Antichrist.
Before we begin our verse by verse study through our series, “Daniel, Tail of The Four Kings,” know this. Daniel was the Old Testament figure of the New Testament disciple Peter, considered the lead disciple. As Daniel was focused on establishing Judah’s synagogue church, Peter was the man Jesus set aside to ignite the New Covenant church. Furthermore, Daniel set up Nehemiah’s work to rebuild the walls around Jerusalem AND reigniting Judaist worship.
Allow me to give you FIVE MAIN WARNINGS:
First, never, and I mean never, discount the man Daniel & the prophecies God gave him throughout his ministry.
Jesus declared Daniel to be a prophet (Matt. 24:15). Christ referenced Daniel because he was the counterpart of Himself. All the more, that Daniel prophesied concerning things of the future OF Jesus’s arrival, His death, and resurrection. Also, the role that Jesus plays out in Revelation’s book.
Daniel always dealt with things that have happened, are happening, and are going to occur during the Gentile Age, the Tribulation period (Jacob’s trouble).
Daniel and his God-honoring companions, Shadrach, Meshach, and Aben-nego, were historical characters; but they were also a type of phases Israel must go through. The experience of the three Hebrew children in the fiery finance and the experience of Daniel in the lions’ den typifies the history of Israel during the time of the Gentiles, the reign of the Antichrist, the time of Jacob’s trouble, when Satan will attempt his last effort to annihilate Israel.
Foremost. The Living God inspires all Scripture. Interpretations of man are fruitless, and clarification via the Holy Spirit is the primary interpreter. If you or others believe the Bible was written by “mere men,” then you are acting like a fool, and you are clueless to the power of God using mere men to write His written Word – from Moses to Jesus’ beloved John.
What does the book of Daniel have to do with the Church?
Everything. Our study will connect every noted detail of Daniel’s life, mission, dreams, and activities to the believer’s salvation in Christ, who became the New Covenant Church. However, when one interprets without the Holy Spirit and then rejects the practical applications of prophecies, that person may be saved, or not, but such practices will lead them to a cold, lifeless, Spiritless lukewarm believer. As I often state, prophecies are the fuel to the indwelling life. On the other hand, to take only the practical applications of prophecies, refusing to see the primary doctrinal views of the Living God of them, will lead to religious inflations.
When anyone ignores the prophetic revelation of the Holy Scriptures, each closes their eyes to the future warnings of “things that lie ahead,” which are to protect us from the deceptions of Satan. There are many top-heavy, up-side-wrong, exaggerated interpreters of prophecies. Some even claim to be authentic believers, but honestly, they risk losing their reward on the other side. People like this depend on their own wisdom and knowledge, and they do not yield to the indwelling Holy Spirit – who dictated the Words of God through willing/chosen men.
Bluntly speaking, we are to be as Daniel, Holy, pure, and faithful. Without these three components, the Spirit will find breaking through morbid ideas difficult. Thus, interpretation becomes next to impossible.
We need a Daniel-type Church.
Like Daniel, we suffer the sins of our church forefathers, but God can and will show mercy toward all those who have ears to hear – in Christ. As Jesus said, If we confess our sins, repent and return to Him, we will remain as a lampstand in God’s most Holy place. Jesus warned the church of Ephesus because the people were returning to the same madness methodologies that Daniel fought years before. While it is stupid to return to the vomit of forefathers, it is our fleshes default. Mercy has conditions, that of all things must be done through the indwelling Life of Christ from within.
I work tirelessly to refute the critics of the Bible and the enemies of the Holy God. These enemy types work to do everything in their depraved minds, crooked power to destroy the book of Daniel, as well as the Bible in its entirety. While I know their day is coming, compassion rules my motives in all that I do. Many are destined for Hell, as I write. However, I am compelled to be like Daniel and warn the people of the past, present, and future prophecies yet to unfold.
I hope that you will join us in our new series, “Daniel, The Tail of Four Kings.”
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