Daniel, prophecy and shining brighter

This month I am speaking on seeing Jesus on the OT and this week I look at Jesus in the book of Daniel.

What a fascinating book.

Lions, Angels of the Lord, burning furnaces and the Son of Man.

There is a lot of prophecy in the book and it might be easy to get bogged down in history and history to come. Which is not to say we should not engage with prophecy. There is so much in the Bible to wrestle with. (Hamo)

However perhaps in Daniel we see that the One who will one day bring all things to peace, all things under control, is highlighted.

Daniel 12

12 “At that time Michael, the great prince who protects your people, will arise. There will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then. But at that time your people—everyone whose name is found written in the book—will be delivered. Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt. Those who are wise[a] will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever. But you, Daniel, roll up and seal the words of the scroll until the time of the end. Many will go here and there to increase knowledge.”

We cannot get away from the exclusive and single saviour of the Bible. Jesus is Lord, He is the Son of Man, the Bright Morning Star. If nothing else prophecy drives us to be the ‘wise’ who will ‘shine like the brightness of heaven’.

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