“Daniel (specifically chapters 7-12) is the classic example of the apocalyptic genre. The term apocalyptic is derived from a Greek word apokalupsis, meaning “revelation, disclosure.” In this genre (type of literature), a divine revelation is given to a prophet through a mediator concerning future events. Symbolism and numerology are often used. Apocalyptic literature’s major theme is the triumph of the kingdom of God over the kingdom of earth at the end of time. Critical scholars view apocalyptic merely as a literary technique used to convey a writer’s theology of future hope, not as a record of actual supernatural visions given by God about the future. Evangelical scholars differ on specific interpretations of Daniel’s apocalyptic passages but agree that biblical apocalyptic grants the world an authentic glimpse of God and the future.”(HCSB)

In regards to 2:28, “Daniel’s statement “But there is a God in heaven,” the overriding theme of the Bible, was a direct challenge to atheism and agnosticism. God’s reality is attested by His creation, His wondrous acts in history, His supernatural revelation—the Bible—and the Spirit’s witness in the hearts of those who know Him.”

2:29-30, “Your Majesty, while you were in your bed, thoughts came to your mind about what will happen in the future. The revealer of mysteries has let you know what will happen. As for me, this mystery has been revealed to me, not because I have more wisdom than anyone living, but in order that the interpretation might be made known to the king, and that you may understand the thoughts of your mind.” Despite having such a tremendous gift, Daniel remained humble as a servant of God and a witness to the king.

In regards to 3:17, “The Judeans had no doubts about God’s existence or power to deliver. Their statement, “If the God we serve exists, then He can rescue us,” did not suggest any uncertainty on their part about the reality of God; it means only that they were leaving the matter of their deliverance to His sovereign will. The verse may also be rendered “If it happens [that we are thrown into the furnace], our God whom we serve can rescue us.” A few verses later, we read that indeed, God did rescue the Judeans from the flames of the furnace, which served as a powerful witness regarding God’s glory and saving grace.

5:25-26 “This is the writing that was inscribed:
MENE, MENE, TEKEL, PARSIN
This is the interpretation of the message: MENE means that God has numbered the days of your kingdom and brought it to an end.” I found it interesting that the inscription mentioned MENE twice, both being at the beginning. It provides such reassurance that the evils of this world is coming to an end, and soon, God will reign with divine justice.

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