Many have discovered and written of the following matters. I have even delved into Daniel a couple of times myself, and recorded those delvings. Often I have felt a bit of the awe and even the frustration which Daniel experienced. What does this mean? I have cried out. Perhaps you have too. More importantly, What does this mean for me and my people in these latter days? The answers have come, measured, but real. The book grows in its wonder. And as I meditated on these things once more in the winter of 2002, a fire was lit again. I was compelled to go deeper, to see further. It is my growing conviction that the days Daniel saw are upon us, and that the words that were once “closed up” and “sealed” (12:9) are daily being unlocked.
Daniel was one of many Israelites taken into captivity in the first wave of prisoners that went to Babylon, 605 BC, the result of God’s utter frustration with His disobedient people. He became an official in the court of King Nebuchadnezzar through the process described at the beginning of the book of Daniel Weston, and he continued to serve later rulers until the first years of Cyrus of Persia. He is not called a prophet in the book, but Jesus called him one and that should settle it. One who prophesies is at that moment a prophet. Joseph, David, and even Job wear the mantle during their lives. Daniel is certainly in this group.
What is its theme? Perhaps the best summary is found in chapter 4, spoken through the pagan king Nebuchadnezzar in verse 17 “…..the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, gives it to whomever He will, and sets over it the lowest of men.” This sentiment is repeated in 25, 26, 32 and 34. Daniel echoes it, or actually sets the tone himself, in 2:28, “But there is a God in Heaven Who reveals secrets…” The God who rules in this book, rules Daniel, his friends, the several monarchs who come and go, and yes, the one who is still to come. May we remember this precious truth as times worsen. God rules and overrules.