May 2, 2019

Yesterday, we discussed the critic’s choice of the four kingdoms mentioned at the beginning of Daniel chapter seven. It may help you to understand that this incorrect belief (of whom the four kingdoms represent) did not gain traction until around the end of the 19th century AD. This was due to the rise of Deism and Rationalism. A quick review of both damaging thoughts will lead one to note that both are connected to the beliefs of men rather than the Creator. This is what caused such damage to the genuineness of Daniel, not only as to the time frame of when it was written, but also to the correct interpretation of people, nations, and events. This inevitably has resulted in those accepting the book of Daniel as the complete and inerrant Word of God versus those who choose to reject such truth. This, in and of itself, is a dangerous position for those who do not accept the book of Daniel as the inspired work of God. I say this quite categorically as a firm believer in God’s written Word and make no room for any other argument regarding this statement. Nor is it debatable with this author. Any such comments to this, or any other blog we produce, that is contrary to the inspired Word of God, will not be commented on and will be removed by the administrator.

Those of us who hold to the correct interpretation of the fourth kingdom being Rome have long shared the support of Luther along with centuries of orthodoxy. Porphyry was nothing more than a third century AD pagan antagonist. The church has had to deal with such people long before Porphyry and will continue to do so today and into the future until the glorious return of Christ. But, despite all attempts by Satan’s workers to make the book of Daniel a book of history rather than of prophecy, they have and will continue to, fail. We would do well to read the words of our Lord, Jesus Christ in Matthew 24:15 who said, “So when you see the abomination of desolation spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand).” (ESV) Jesus’s words were actually referring to events that are mentioned in Daniel 12:11, which foretells a future event. But even this Scripture is twisted by the workers of lawlessness who argue otherwise. We will deal with this falsehood in a moment.

A student of Scripture can easily recognize that Revelation chapter thirteen parallels with the final stages of the fourth kingdom in Daniel. Revelation, you will note, was written during the closing years of the first century AD. Therefore, what critics suggest as to the events in Daniel happening in the second century BC, is a factual impossibility.

Likewise, when we get to Daniel chapter nine, we will read of the prophecies of the Messiah, which occurred during the time of the Romans.

When we put all these events together, the only way the critics’ choices can be accepted, wrongly I might add, is by considering the details in Daniel as factually incorrect as they relate to the prophecies. Sadly, such critics and those who choose to believe them are ignorant of the fact that Daniel is an inspired work of God (cf. 2 Timothy 3:16) and therefore, to oppose the words of Daniel is, in effect, opposing God Himself. That is a very dangerous and foolhardy place to put oneself. Either a person believes God, or they believe man. If they believe man, then they believe Satan, who is the father of the lie (cf. John 8:44).

Once we get into the study of Daniel chapter seven you will understand why I am laying out these points ahead of time. It will become clear that the kingdoms mentioned in chapter seven are the very same ones, we discussed in chapter two. Therefore, we have spent time in pointing out the critic’s argument versus Bible truth because you need to have a correct understanding of who the four kingdoms in Daniel are. Otherwise, you will have a false narrative if you try and view the prophecies in any other way.

To complete this introduction there is one more falsehood we must cover, and it is tied to the claim that Daniel is a second century BC forgery. We will deal with this in our next blog.