“And as for me, in the first year of Darius the Mede, I stood up to confirm and strengthen him. “And now I will show you the truth. Behold, three more kings shall arise in Persia, and a fourth shall be far richer than all of them. And when he has become strong through his riches, he shall stir up all against the kingdom of Greece. Then a mighty king shall arise, who shall rule with great dominion and do as he wills. And as soon as he has arisen, his kingdom shall be broken and divided toward the four winds of heaven, but not to his posterity, nor according to the authority with which he ruled, for his kingdom shall be plucked up and go to others besides these. Daniel 11:1-4
Daniel is one of the books in the Bible that people have a hard time believing that it was written in the sixth century BC. As we go through the eleventh chapter of Daniel we see once again why they have such a hard time believing an older date for the book. It is just too close for them to believe. Too many details are there for it not to have been written after the fact.
Today we see the angel telling Daniel about Persian kings that attack Greece and that a great king would arise from Greece that will not only fend off the Persians but conquer the world. Of course today we can identify that great king with Alexander the Great. But how could Daniel possibly know this?
It all boils down to, does God exist? If God does not exist then the Book of Daniel was written by unaided men and so they could not possible have gotten this much right before the events happened. But, if God does exist and works in history then there is no reason to doubt that Daniel was divinely inspired. It all comes down to belief. Belief in God and belief in God’s Word. If God does not exist or if He exists but does not act in history then Daniel is no more than a book of tails with a little bit of history thrown in.
Can’t we be believers and still doubt that Daniel was written before the events described? Maybe, except for on very big reason. Jesus quoted Daniel. Jesus accepted Daniel as part of scripture and therefore God’s Word. If we accept that Daniel was not written by Daniel and is more history than prophesy then we must also accept that Jesus was wrong. Now if Jesus is just a man, no problem. But Jesus is more than just a man He is God with us. As God Jesus could not make a mistake or be in error.
So there we have it. Who do we choose to believe? Do we believe the modern critics or do we believe Jesus? For me that is not a difficult choice. I believe what Jesus said and taught.
Have a blessed day,