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Scripture Divides Everything into Two Categories
When we look at Scripture, God has a tendency to make things simple for us and categorize everything into only two groups. There is almost never a third option. For example, you have light or darkness, evil or good, heaven or hell, the wide road or the narrow path, sin or righteousness, good fruit (tree) or bad fruit (tree), alive or dead, Spirit or flesh, blessings or curses, saved or lost, I think you get the point. And Scripture treats prophecy the same way: the Future of Israel (God’s people) or the Future of the Gentile Nations (everyone else).
So when we look at prophetic Scriptures, we must understand which of the two groups the passages speak about. For example, in Daniel 2, we see the vision of the great statue Nebuchadnezzar had that Daniel interpreted. This is a picture of the future of the Gentile nations. And later, in Daniel 7, we see four beasts and a little horn. Again, this is about the Gentile nations.
But two chapters later, in Daniel 9:24-27, the focus shifts from the Gentile nations to the people of Israel. And this prophecy is divided into several periods of time that are separated by thousands of years. Daniel was not aware of the separation nor the time between the various periods. This is known as a prophetic skip.
“Seventy weeks are determined for (who) your people (Israel) and for (what) your holy city (Jerusalem), to (1) finish the transgression, to (2) make an end of sins, to (3) make reconciliation for iniquity, to (4) bring in everlasting righteousness, to (5) seal up vision and prophecy, and to (6) anoint the Most Holy” – Daniel 9:24.
Plus, you have the Olivet discourse in Matthew 24 and 25, as well as the book of Revelation. And don’t forget Ezekiel 36-39, which gives us a glimpse of the future of the United States.
These are some of the most important prophetic Scriptures in the Bible.
Twenty Key Predictive Prophecies
To show the importance of Daniel in prophetic history, let me share 20 Predictive Prophecies that are found in that one book. These alone should give you another reason to dive into the book of Daniel.
• The successive rule of four great world empires: Babylon, Medo Persia, Greece, and Rome (chapters 2 and 7)
• The reuniting of the Roman Empire in the last days under the rule of ten kings or leaders (2:41 44; 7:24)
• The appearance of the Messiah to rule 483 years after the decree is given to rebuild Jerusalem (9:25). This prophecy was fulfilled to the day at the Triumphal Entry.
• The violent death of the Messiah (9:26)
• The destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70 (9:26)
• The rise of the Antichrist to power (7:8, 20; 8:23)
• The beginning of the seventieth week: the Antichrist’s seven-year covenant with Israel (9:27)
• The Antichrist’s breaking of the covenant at its midpoint (9:27)
• The Antichrist’s claim that he is God (11:36)
• The Antichrist’s persecution of God’s people (7:21)
• The setting up of the abomination of desolation in the last days’ Temple by the Antichrist (9:27; 12:11)
• The Northern / Southern invasion of Israel and the Antichrist (11:40-45; Ezekiel 38-39)
• The Antichrist’s military conquest and consolidation of his empire (11:38-44)
• The final doom of the Antichrist (7:11, 26; 9:27)
• The second coming of Christ (2:44-45; 7:13)
• The resurrection of the dead (12:2)
• The rewarding of the righteous (12:3, 13)
• The judgment of the wicked (7:9; 12:2)
• The establishment of Christ’s Kingdom (2:44-45; 7:14, 22, 27)
• A great increase in the knowledge of Bible prophecy in the last days (12:4)
And there is so much more to discover about the future. So stay tuned.