With the temple destroyed, why would one want to live? Not written primarily as a theological treatise for trained biblical specialists, Daniel seeks to speak first and foremost to the heart, not the head. And while we may tussle over and wrestle with the symbolic complexity of the document, we must not miss or overlook the simple heartwarming divine message of confident assurance and hope.
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As noted, the book of Daniel divides itself into two major sections. The first section covers chapters 1 to 6; the second, chapters 7 to Since the first section covers mostly historical events that had already happened by the time the writer recorded them, we may refer to it as the historical section. And since the second half comprises prophetic predictions that were yet to be fulfilled, we may refer to that section as the prophetic, or eschatological, section.
There are some distinct contrasts between the two sections. The grouping of events in the two sections does not seem to be by chance or random placement of events. In fact, it is clear that the author has not merely followed a chronological order of events. The overriding guide seems to have been stylistic and structural. The author placed in the historical section a group of events that shared certain common features, while those with a different set of features were set in the prophetic section.
Once the author has established the two basic sections and grouped his material in accordance with the stylistic categorization, he then follows in each section a chronological sequence. Daniel 5 provides an important dateline for understanding the time sequencing of the events in the book. Chapter 5 records the fall of Babylon during the days of its last king, Belshazzar, and the entry of the Medo-Persian Empire. The feast of Belshazzar recorded in chapter 5 took place in the tenth year of his reign.
Keeping this dateline in mind, we notice that a number of events recorded in the prophetic section of the book chapters 7—12 actually took place before the events recorded in chapter 5. It is noteworthy that the vision recorded in chapter 7 occurred in the first year of the reign of Belshazzar Dan. The vision of chapter 8 occurred in the third year of the reign of Belshazzar Dan. The events of chapter 9 occurred in the first year of the reign of Darius Dan.
Therefore, the grouping of materials in the book has been determined by considerations other than mere chronology.
And we must discover those other considerations as we seek to uncover the central plot and message of the book. Different characteristics set apart the two sections of the book. The table below outlines some of these structural and stylistic differences between the two sections. Daniel, a master at interpreting dreams and scripts in the historical segment, experiences constant baffling by his own dreams in the eschatological section of the book.
Thus the man who always stands by perplexed dreamers to bring them understanding in chapters 1 through 6 seems consistently perplexed by his own dreams and needing Gabriel, the angelic interpreter, to bring him understanding. Interestingly, the first six chapters portray a series of crises that have already been resolved at the time of writing. The reader does not puzzle over what the outcome of the story will be; each story is complete.
So, as we read the story we watch as God enters and directs the crises of His people to a victorious climax. By contrast, the last six chapters portray a series of unfolding megadramas. As one vision leads into the next, the sense of bewilderment intensifies. In response to the vision of chapter 8 Daniel became afraid and fell on his face, and eventually fell asleep as the angel tried to help him understand — Later Daniel fainted and became sick as a result of the vision experience Chapter 10 records Daniel mourning and fasting for three weeks as he contemplated the visions.
Because of the different characteristics of the two sections of the book, some scholars have argued for a dual authorship of the book, suggesting that the historical section chapters was written by one author, and the prophetic section chapters 7—12 by another author. While God often shares his wisdom and power, he can also choose to withhold or withdraw them. Yet neither his power nor his wisdom is necessarily obvious. In the opening verses of the book, we encounter a situation that any ancient Near Eastern observer would have interpreted as the weaker God of Israel losing to the stronger god of Babylon.
But for the subtle hints of the narrative, it would be easy to misinterpret the circumstances in this way. The wisdom behind such apparent displays of weakness is not intuitive to us. In our way of thinking, he gets the most glory when everyone sees how powerful he is. Yet God regularly chooses to operate within the limitations of his creation rather than wowing the world with supernatural acts. Why he chooses to restrain his power is often a mystery to us, as are his reasons for allowing tyrants more power than any human should have. We often do not understand the way he works; his wisdom runs counter to our expectations.
But the book of Daniel reminds us that, in spite of appearances, the God of Israel is the God of the nations. Things are not what they seem.
So until his kingdom comes in all its fullness, we trust that he is in control — that he could wipe the planet clean now if he so chose, but that in his wisdom he chooses not to. He is all powerful and all wise, despite what the headlines may suggest. The book of Daniel also gives us a window into what it means to be a citizen of this eternal kingdom. Was the covenant null and void? Did God have any plan for them in the future? The book of Daniel affirms that God was not done with his people — though they would continue to live under foreign kings for much of their existence. If I'm tired or cranky, forget it—it won't work.
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Plus there seems to be a mass limit. Or sometimes I seem to run up against a mental block of some kind. One time I tried to create a really cool, flaming red Ferrari, but nothing happened.
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He is forced to move from town to town because of some laws he has broken, and he must move to wherever the next alien on the list is living. He doesn't go to school, not until the middle of the book, when he moves to LA. He is very smart, but sometimes he acts dumb, just so he doesn't get made fun of or so that he doesn't gain unwanted attention.
Daniel is also quite cocky, however, and doesn't always think things through, usually underestimating an opponent or enemy. Throughout the whole book, he is after Number 6 Ergent Seth on the List.
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Phoebe Cook — In the middle of the book, Seth impersonates her, pretending to be Daniel's girlfriend, thus earning his trust. But one night, while he sleeps in Phoebe's closet as she is dreaming, Daniel reads her mind. The dream is about Seth in a classroom, trying to figure out a confusing problem, and everyone is calling him "dumb-dumb. He is said to be a Vermgypian alien, and is described in the book by Daniel as having "an impossibly narrow, horse-like head, a dead horse's head, covered in slack, bone-white, bloodless skin. The skin was decorated with pea-sized, pus-oozing bumps, like a diseased chicken's.
He is responsible for many horror movie sequels. Daniel is chasing after this character the entire story, until Seth is killed by Daniel at the end of the book by transforming into an elephant inside his head. He is known to be very cranky. Dana — Dana is from Daniel's home planet of Alpar Nok. She, along with Joe, Emma, and Willy, were assumed dead when the planet was attacked, although their bodies were never found. She is often conjured out of Daniel's mind to keep him from getting lonely.
Dana has long blond hair and fair skin. She is explained by Daniel as "the girl of his dreams. But in "Armageddon" she shows "feelings" for Willy. Emma — Emma is from Alpar Nok. She, Joe, Willy, and Dana were a part of Daniel's "drang" an alien word for a group of close friends, possibly also meaning 'Gang'.
She is a self-proclaimed environmentalist, a vegetarian, and an extreme animal lover. She was given the title 'Earth Mother' by the group. She is Willy's younger sister. She is white and has brown hair and brown eyes. Joe — Joe is from Alpar Nok. He is fairly tall and very skinny even though he eats four times his own body weight. His mouth is always moving; he is either talking or eating. He is the clown of the drang and is constantly joking. He enjoys playing video games and computers.
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