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2.7.8 - The Framework of Prophecy

The repetition of related predictions, especially as they pertain to the sequence of Gentile kingdoms during the Times of the Gentiles, intentionally underscores the importance of the content of the book as it contributes to a comprehensive understanding of other prophetic passages throughout Scripture. The sequence of metals of the image in Daniel 2+, the sequence of beasts in chapters 7+ and 8+, and the events of chapters 9+ and 10-12+ all contribute to a larger revelation which extends through the NT, especially in the book of Revelation (e.g., Rev. 11+-13+).1

The contribution of Daniel to a prophetic understanding by believers future to Daniel’s era is seen in numerous passages which indicate the predictions pertain to the time of the end (Dan. 8:26+; 9:27+; 11:35+; 12:1+, 4+, 9+) and in the fact that Daniel was told the he would not understand their meaning and that the book was intentionally shut up until a future date when it would be revealed and understood, presumably by saints of that age (Dan. 12:9+, 13+).2

Notes

1 “Daniel . . . constitutes an indispensable introduction to New Testament prophecy, of which the chief themes are the apostasy of the church, the revelation of the Antichrist, the Great Tribulation, the second advent of Christ, the resurrections, and the establishment of the millennial Kingdom. Those themes (except the apostasy of the church) are Daniel’s themes also.”—Merrill F. Unger, Unger’s Commentary on the Old Testament (Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2002), 1603.

2 “Apart from the far-reaching eschatological disclosures of this book, the entire prophetic portions of the Word of God must remain sealed. Jesus’ great prophetic Olivet discourse (Mat. 24-25; Mark 13; Luke 21), as well as 2 Thessalonians 2 and the entire book of the Revelation, can only be unlocked through an understanding of Daniel’s prophecies.”—Ibid., 1606.


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