The book of Daniel is one of the more popular Old Testament books — it is filled with historical drama, interesting characters (where else can you read of the king who became like a beast who became a king again!), exciting visions, and fast action.  In short, Daniel is a book of history.  It looks backward at the history of Daniel and the other exiles in the first six chapters of the book, yet it also offers a perspective of what history will look like in the future through the visions in chapter 2 and chapters 7-12.  These visions are essential in understanding the rest of the prophetic writings in the Bible.  Without Daniel, NT prophecy would be very difficult to interpret.  Passages like the Olivet Discourse (Matt. 14, 15; Luke 21), Paul’s doctrine of the man of sin (2 Thess. 2), and the book of Revelation would all be more obscure without this book.

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