“As for me, Daniel, my spirit within me was anxious, and the visions of my head alarmed me. I approached one of those who stood there and asked him the truth concerning all this. So he told me and made known to me the interpretation of the things. ‘These four great beasts are four kings who shall arise out of the earth. But the saints of the Most High shall receive the kingdom and possess the kingdom forever, forever and ever.’ Daniel 7:15-18
What Daniel had been shown in this first vision must have troubled him greatly. He saw things that would have caused most of us to lose our minds. In fact it was only by God’s grace that Daniel was able to not only see these things but be able to write them down.
God went a step further with Daniel. Not only did He show Daniel these things but as we see today God also interpreted the vision. For me that is what sets these last chapters of Daniel apart from what John describes in Revelations. We are told straight forward that the four beasts are four kings or kingdoms. While we are not told specifically the names of these four kingdoms we can in hindsight make a case for Babylon, Medo-Persian, Greek and Roman empires, see the previous email.
God doesn’t keep His Word a secret. Yes, I know that at times it can be difficult to understand and when we talk about apocalyptic writings we can disagree on the details but when it comes to the important parts He always lets us know exactly what he means and wants from us.
A few years ago the rage was Bible codes. You literally could not keep up with the books being published. It seemed that almost everyone had a way to discover the secrets God had hidden in the text of the Bible. There for thousands of years just waiting for someone smart enough to figure it out. The more impressive ones went back to the Hebrew and Greek but many used modern translations to ferret out the secrets. As if God was just waiting for the right English translation to let us in on His thoughts. Many used computers to find out who, what and when; again it seems God was waiting on humans to develop computers before we could figure out what He wanted to tell us.
The problem with the Bible code craze is that you can take any book with enough words in it and eventually come up with patterns that can tell us who did what and to whom they did it. God just does not work that way. He is not some all-knowing Nostradamus waiting on us to find the secrets. Yes He uses prophesy but even the prophetic works do not need a secret code to decipher them. When one part of scripture does not make sense we can use the rest to make the hard parts understandable. God’s Word interprets itself. And the parts pertaining to our salvation and relationship with Him, those are perfectly clear.
Have a blessed day,