ƒ Christianity for Thinking People: July 2006

Monday, July 31, 2006

Daniel 9

This week's study builds on our study of Daniel 8 last week, and then the next two dig into the same material regarding the time prophecy of Daniel 8 and 9. It is exciting material, in that Daniel is told that it will not be understood until the last days. So, it is entirely possible that as we study and pray as a group, we will gain new insight into this prophecy.

BTW, you may remember that our group studied Daniel's prayer (first half of Daniel 9) relatively recently. This week the focus is on the second half. It is also intriguing to consider why Daniel's prayer is stuck in the middle of Gabriel's explanation of the Daniel 8 vision. I have often thought that the book of Daniel is a bit disorganized -- like he needed a good book editor. But, perhaps there is a lot more in the order than might be first apparent? For example, perhaps the stories of God's people being true to His principles and being elevated from slavery to the royal court represent a personal application of what the visions represent on a national and international level?