Monday, October 14, 2013

Daniel Panel: Prophetic Message - Part 2

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We are continuing to share with you the opinions of 17 Bible prophecy experts concerning various questions related to the book of Daniel. You should find these interviews fascinating and very informative. The interviews were conducted at a national Bible prophecy conference that was held in the Dallas, Texas area.

The sixth and last question looks pointedly at the book of Daniel as one of the most important prophetic books in the Bible. It contains so many great prophecies, such as the succession of world empires portrayed in chapter two and the incredible prophecy of the 70 Weeks of Years in chapter nine. With all these major prophetic messages, one message in Daniel should stand out from the rest.

So the question for our experts is this:

#6. What is the most important prophetic message of the book of Daniel?

Brian Thomas, Blessings to Israel Ministries
The most important prophetic message of Daniel is that our God is sovereign. God is in control of all things.

Just look around, especially at the leaders of the world who they think they are in control and that they they make things happen. But, really God is the one orchestrating all these world events. He's orchestrating them to point to the triumph of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. When we look at the book of Daniel, we see those things taking place.

For example, in the second chapter of Daniel concerning the vision of the great image which Daniel was called upon to interpret, Daniel turned to God and God gave him the revelation of this dream. Daniel then wrote a beautiful psalm in Daniel 2:20-22 in which he stated, "Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, for wisdom and might are His and He changes the times and the seasons. He removes kings and raises up kings. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding. He reveals deep and secret things. He knows what is in darkness, and light dwells in Him."

When we look here at this psalm, it shows the sovereignty of God. It shows that God has a plan and that all things are pointing towards our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He's going to return literally and physically, and that's going to be the ultimate plan of our God. That's the ultimate and I believe prophetic fundamental truth of the book of Daniel.

Daymond Duck, Prophecy Plus Ministries
I would suggest that the fundamental prophetic message of the book of Daniel is the sovereignty of God. God loves and takes care of His people. God is offering encouragement and hope to His people through the First and Second Coming of Jesus Christ. He wants His people to know that they have a wonderful future regardless of what we go through here on this earth. God has a wonderful future planned for us. He has a plan, and He's working that plan out.

God also wants us to know that evil exists, and He wants us to make the right moral choices, because ultimately there's going to be an end of the age and Jesus is going to intervene and He is going to deal with that evil. He's going to establish His Kingdom here on this earth. And so, to me, that would tie into the fundamental prophetic message that the book of Daniel is talking about.

Don McGee, Crown and Sickle Ministries
The book of Daniel is very clear on a number of prophetic messages regarding the future. But, as a Bible teacher and preacher regarding Bible prophecy, what jumps out at me is that everything that Daniel said regarding the future will be fulfilled, number one. Number two, these events will be fulfilled literally. There is no spiritualization nor allegorizing of all of those things that Daniel talked about. That gives us a foundation upon which we can interpret New Testament scriptures. Prophecies that Paul mentions and John and Peter and all these messengers from God gave, I believe without question that Daniel gives us the basis for why we can say what's going to happen, just like He said it would happen.

Don Perkins, According to Prophecy Ministries
I think the fundamental prophetic message of the book of Daniel is that we can trust God at His word. God is faithful. God will do exactly what He said, and we can have confidence in His Word. I'm excited about what the Scripture says in the book of Daniel in regards to my future. We can therefore trust in God.

Ed Hindson, World Prophetic Ministry
I think the ultimate prophetic message is that we can trust God with the future. If we can trust God to set up and take down kings, overrule Gentiles, and protect the Jewish people in spite of everything that goes wrong, then we can trust Him with our personal future as well, such as the challenges that we face in life, every bend in the road, and every uncertainty that comes along.

The reminder is the God who knows the future is the future. He controls the future and He controls your future, and you can trust in Him.


In the twentieth and last part of this series on the book of Daniel, the remaining members of our panel of Bible prophecy experts will conclude with answering, "What is the fundamental prophetic message of the book of Daniel?"

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