Life, Hope & Truth

Understanding the Book of Daniel

Does the book of Daniel have any significance for us today? Or is it simply a good book for children’s stories like “Daniel in the Lion’s Den”?

Roughly 2,600 years ago a Judean teenager was taken captive by the rapidly ascending Babylonian Empire—a governmental juggernaut of unstoppable military strength, great wealth and technological advancement. While such an event normally led to a life of misery as a slave, God had something else in mind for this young man.

Daniel—the teenager who had been taken captive—came to realize that God was miraculously working with him, and not only to preserve his life. God was revealing through him major prophecies of future world-ruling empires.

As a resident of the world’s premier capital city and an honored wise man in King Nebuchadnezzar’s court, Daniel demonstrated God’s superiority over the pagan gods of Babylon. He also left a legacy of faithful obedience to God in spite of grave trials and difficulty.

Be sure to read the articles in this section to discover God’s outline of world-ruling empires and a message of hope for the future. The book of Daniel has continuing relevance to us today.