Daniel 7:9-10 (NIV) — “As I looked thrones were set in place, and the Ancient of days took His seat. His clothing was as white as snow; the hair of His head was white like wool. His throne was flaming with fire, and its wheels were all ablaze. A river of fire was flowing, coming out before Him. Thousands upon thousands attended Him; ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him. The court was seated, the books were opened.”

It seems to me when there arises a crisis in a local area or throughout our nation or even on the international stage, the interest in biblical prophecy grows.

Two of the key biblical books of study and reference are the Old Testament book of Daniel and the New Testament book of Revelation.

Some say “Revelations” when referring to the last book of the Bible. Personally, I say “Book of Revelation” because in Revelation 1:1-2 it says: “The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show his servant what must soon take place. He made known by sending His Angel to His servant John, who testifies to everything he saw — that is, the Word of God and the Testimony of Jesus Christ.”

I had a hard time, actually a very frustrating time, when I first started learning to study the Bible. It got much easier when I started reading and studying both the Old and New Testaments together.

For example I had no idea of what the symbolism I read in the Book of Revelation meant because I hadn’t yet read the book of Daniel. Instead of talking about whole books, let me narrow the focus on Daniel 2:31-45 and Daniel 7:1-28

In my understanding these are two version of the same thing.

The first is of valued metals, which is the kingdoms of Earth from man’s point of view.

The second one is from God’s view. Those same kingdoms aren’t seen as precious metals but of vicious animals.

When I first realized God may see us, the nations of the world, as vicious animals, it was a little insulting ... okay, very insulting. That was in my 30s. Now, in my 60s, watching and reading the news, having experienced the brutality and unfairness of life that one may inflict upon another, I’m no longer insulted but humbled.

Are you familiar with Daniel 7:4? “The first was like a lion, and it had the wings of an eagle. I watched until its wings were torn off and it was lifted from the ground so that it stood on its two feet like a man, and the heart of a man was given it.”

If at all possible, may we caution ourselves to not read into Scripture what Scripture doesn’t say. I heard a recent interpretation of this verse combined with Revelation 12:14 (more of a futuristic interpretation).

So what was being interpreted is that the lion in Daniel’s verse represents Britain and the eagle represents the United States — the idea being that with the American Revolutionary War, we (the wings) broke off from the British lion. (This is not my personal interpretation nor my understanding, hence my encouragement to search these things out for yourself.) Then, as the interpretation continues, using Revelation 12:14, the “eagle’s wings” appear again after the rapture has happened and during the tribulation, rescuing Israel. (I am not in agreement.)

Please, please, when you start your morning meditation or evening Bible Study, please in the name of Christ Jesus ask the Holy Spirit to bless your reading and understanding.

I share with you the Scriptures that I lean on as study guides:

Proverbs 9:10 — “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”

2 Timothy 2:15 — “Study to show yourself approved by God, a workman who need not be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth.”

Watching world events, past and present, I can’t help but think of watching the coming and goings of those events is like watching the tide — in and out — wash in, wash out. The damage done depends on the size of the storm. 

There is a prophetic verse found in Matthew 24:15-16 — “So when you see the abomination of desolation spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the Holy Place (let the reader understand).”

Mark 13:14 says it like this: “When you see the abomination that causes desolation standing where it does not belong – let the reader understand.”

So what does that mean?

Ha, ha, ha. You don’t want to be a spoon fed Christian do you? Search it out!

Try the Berean approach: Acts 17:11 — “Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.”

It’s about searching the Scriptures, not who’s better than who.

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