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Dan Bruce is a well-known Bible researcher and expositor, and an avid student of both ancient and modern Jewish history. He currently resides in a small suburban community on the far outskirts of Atlanta, Georgia, in the United States.
An exposition revealing what the seven chrono-specific predictive prophecies in Daniel say about history
FROM THE AUTHOR:
The Book of Daniel itself, in chapter 12, verses 8-9, says "And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things? He said, Go your way, Daniel, for the words are shut up and sealed until the time of the end." Needless to say, the meaning of those verses from Daniel is not ambiguous at all. The verses say quite clearly that God ordained that the prophecies in Daniel would not be understood until the time of the end. So, anyone claiming to explain the meanings of the chrono-specific prophecies in Daniel is obligated to say when and how the prophecies in Daniel were unsealed before they attempt to expound them.
If you search around the internet, you will find any number of fine-sounding expositions and sermons on the prophecies in the Book of Daniel. All of those expositions follow the standard approach to interpreting the prophecies in Daniel that have been bouncing around in Christianity for more than a century. The standard interpretations of the Danielic prophecies have been developed and expounded over the years by such luminaries as John Nelson Darby (1890), Sir. Arthur Anderson (1894), C. I. Scofield (1909), Arno Gabalein (1911), Dr. John Walvoord of Dallas Theological Seminary (1971), Dr. Leon Wood of Grand Rapids Bible Seminary (1973), and many other former giants of the faith. But, ALL of them fail to address one important question: When and how was the Book of Daniel unsealed so that they could explain the prophecies to us.
That is a critically important question to leave unanswered. Why so? Because showing that the prophecies in Daniel had been unsealed by God prior to attempting to interpret them is the most basic requirement for offering valid interpretations of the Danielic prophecies. It speaks to the very accuracy of the interpretations of the interpretations being offered by those who have written commentaries and preached sermons about the prophecies in Daniel in recent years, and failing to show when and how the prophecies have been unsealed is a major interpretive flaw.
If you check the interpretations of the Danielic prophecies offered by ALL modern expositors of Daniel, NONE of them say when the prophecies in the Book of Daniel were unsealed. To make up for that major flaw, today's expositors have collectively had to adopt such unbiblical concepts from the past as a 360-day "prophetic year" that is supported nowhere in the Bible, hypothesize gaps in the prophetic timeline not indicated or supported in the sacred text, and approximate and/or misinterpret (or in some cases even outright disregard) documented history in order to have their incorrect interpretations seem to make sense.
On the other hand---and this is where the interpretations in this Daniel commentary are superior to ALL previous interpretations of the Daniel prophecies---I maintain that the prophecy in Daniel 8:1-14, was fulfilled in 1967 in Jerusalem. It was during the Six-Day War when paratroopers from the Israel Defense Forces took possession of Old City Jerusalem and the Temple Mount, returning the site of the Temple to Jewish sovereignty for the first time in more than 2,000 years. That dramatic fulfillment of the prophecy in verse 14, "and then shall the sanctuary be restored," was witnessed by the whole world. And, as it turned out, understanding verses 1-14 in Daniel, chapter 8, was the key that has allowed the interpretation of all chrono-specific predictive prophecies in Daniel.
You can read the correct interpretations of the chrono-specific predictive prophecies in Daniel in this book. The prophecies, all of them, are explained in detail, and the interpretations match the text of the Bible and agree with recorded history exactly. All valid interpretations must do both, and that's what my book is about. Since its publication, no scholar, preacher, or teacher has been able to show from the Bible or recorded history where my interpretations are wrong.
- Publication Date:
- Jul 01 2013
- 1489505415 / 9781489505415
- Page Count:
- Binding Type:
- US Trade Paper
- Trim Size:
- 6" x 9"
- Black and White
- Related Categories:
- History / Jewish / General