God’s Eternal Kingdom (Daniel 7)

A picture is worth a thousand words. People often ask why there are books in the scriptures have such amazing imagery. But our saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words” gives us the reason why we have imagery like this. Symbolism is a key element in apocalyptic literature. Usually the meaning of figures is explained in the text itself. When this is not the case, their significance is often found in other scriptures (Miller, New American Commentary, 193). While there is the temptation to stop study the book of Daniel at this point, we are encouraged to continue forward, not only because this is the word of God and all scripture is valuable for teaching, reproof, correction, and training in righteousness, but also because these visions continue the message of Daniel of hope in hopeless times by seeing our Sovereign Lord reigning on the throne. Our focus will be on our great Lord as we study these visions, looking for the message of hope for life and the message about who God is and what God does…

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