13 June 2021

Contemptible King of the North

Wolf - Photo by Jeroen Bosch on Unsplash
Daniel received his final vision in the “
third year of Cyrus,” which expanded on the earlier vision of the “Ram and the Goat.” An angel revealed “what will befall your people in later days.” Beginning with the division of the Greek kingdom, the angel traced the coming conflicts between two of the subsequent realms, culminating in the rise of a “contemptible” king - [Wolf Photo by Jeroen Bosch on Unsplash].

27 May 2021

Time, Times, Half-Time

Stopwatch - Photo by Veri Ivanova on Unsplash
In the interpretation of the “fourth beast,” Daniel received the limits for the time allotted to the “little horn” to wage war “on the saints” – “Time, times, and part of a time.” While this is an ambiguous description, it becomes more detailed with each subsequent vision. Centuries later, the book of Revelation used this chronological marker as the basis for the “short while” during which the “beast from the sea” was authorized to “make war” on the “saints.” - [
Photo by Veri Ivanova on Unsplash].

26 May 2021

Final Week - Abomination

Hourglass Chess - Photo by Ernesto Velázquez on Unsplash
The “seventy weeks” prophecy concluded with several unanswered questions. However, the passage was not the end of the matter. Verbal links connect it to the visions of chapters 7 8, and 11 - The prophecy is just one part of a larger whole. The full picture becomes clear 
only when all the visions are considered. The most striking features common to all are the “abomination of desolation,” the profanation of the Temple, and the malevolent ruler behind it all. - [Photo by Ernesto Velázquez on Unsplash].

Desolating Abomination - Context

Book Context - Photo by Mikołaj on Unsplash
The climax of the ‘Seventy Weeks’ prophecy in the book of Daniel is the appearance of the “abomination that desolates.” But what, exactly, is it? Investigations seeking to answer this must begin with what Daniel says about this event. Moreover, in the book, the reference to it in the “seventy weeks” prophecy is neither the first nor the last word on the matter. Interpreting the “abomination” in isolation from the larger literary context will produce incomplete and even false answers. - [
Photo by Mikołaj on Unsplash].

25 May 2021

Identity of the Little Horn

Parthenon Ruins - Photo by Cristina Gottardi on Unsplash
In the eighth chapter of Daniel, the “little horn” is a malevolent king from one of the Hellenic kingdoms that originated from the conquests of Alexander the Great. The historical allusions in the chapter make the identity of this ruler clear, and by association, the identity of the fourth kingdom from the earlier vision of four “beasts ascending from the sea” - (Daniel 7:7-8, 8:9-26, 11:1-4). - [
Photo by Cristina Gottardi on Unsplash].