I sometimes have the question asked of me, “where was God when the Tsunami happened in South East Asia?”
What is meant by that question is this, “why didn’t God do something to prevent it? He is God after all.”
I think it’s a very valid question, so valid that one way of answering it is this: Would you have even wondered about the whereabouts of God if the tsunami had not happened?
While you’re thinking about that there is a better answer:
It is much more important that you tell God how much you love Him than you tell Him how much you need Him. Even though you need Him a lot more than you Love Him; if you are honest.
But this is not the case for every god that his presented itself to the collective human consciousness. Most God’s claim protection, provision, long life and national fame in exchange for sacrifice and worship, most of them don’t even require an ethic! It is only the relational God of the bible who makes the distinction that it is a wicked and adulterous generation that asks God for miracles.
Those other gods, those pimps and prostitutes who offer blessing in exchange for outward praise; those we can write off as illegitimate, although not necessarily as nonexistent. It is a danger peculiar of the rationalist to treat the illegitimate as also nonexistent, and that is a very real danger! Imagine, for a moment, the wife who considered every other woman not only as illegitimate wives to her husband, but also as nonexistent women!
Rationalism has no place for magic and therefore cannot see what is most apparent, because relationships are magical!
In these posts I’m going to look a little at the prophecy of Daniel as recorded in the bible. And I’m going to make some very general predictions that do not include specific nations or specific times.
Who wrote Daniel?
The accuracy of the claim of Daniel being written in the 6th century BC is no longer a question. The wildest accusations against this are of Daniel being written by someone pretending to be Daniel, 400 or 500 years after it’s claimed authorship.
And the main basis for the accusations is the accuracy of Daniel’s predictions between the Babylonian empire and the birth of Christ. That Daniel actually had a real revelation from a real God who knows the future is not an option for the rationalist. So much for keeping an open mind.
- The Hebrew style of Daniel is certainly 5th century BC or earlier. That may sound very academic, but it really is not. If you’d like a good example of the kind of tests this is you could pick up a copy of Geoffrey Chaucer’s “Canterbury Tales” and then compare Chaucer’s English with that of Shakespear and then compare Arthur Miller’s English with both. Language use changes over time. It would require an unfathomable motive and skill to write 12 chapters of Chaucer’s English indistinguishable from original Chaucer.
Providentially we have some very good Egyptian copies of 5th century BC Hebrew to compare Daniel with.
- There are also the records of the Dead Sea Scrolls, which were certainly in use 125 years before Christ, and who’s authors treat Daniel’s writings as from an ancient and trustworthy prophet. If this work had just popped into existence thirty years earlier how would the writing have been accepted by the community as a prophetic? At best it would have been viewed as a novel.
- But the most compelling evidence that Daniel, the Jewish eunuch statesman in Nebuchadnezzar’s Babylon, wrote the prophecy is what has taken place in the last 2000 years.
It was Daniel, you see, who prophesied the birth and rise of Secularism, and all of it’s secondary conditions,: Atheism, Relativism, Skepticism, Agnosticism, etc.
And Daniel went a whole lot further than that.
But the end is never a good place to start. The best place to start with Daniel’s prophecy is to ask a simple, spine chilling question: “Wait a minute… how, on earth, would he have known?”
Now that is a scientific question.
I am going to tackle Daniel’s big predictions one at a time:
1. King Nebuchadnezzar’s first dream
2. King Nebuchadnezzar’s second dream
3. The writing on the wall
4. Daniel’s dream
5. Daniel’s first vision
6. Daniel’s second vision