Prophecy: Obviously prophecy was a major part of the life of Daniel as a
leader in Babylon. The prophetic aspects of the book are introduced in chapter
Two, but fully explored in chapter Seven, on to the end of the book.
The key verse to the Book of Daniel is Daniel 2:44. "In the time of those
kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed,
nor will it be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and
bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever." 9
Let me finish up this introduction by quoting Dr. McGee's conclusion to his
introduction to the study.
"Dr. G. Campbell Morgan gave this theme from the Book of Daniel:
"Persistent Government of God in the Government of the World."
This is the book of the universal sovereignty of God. Prophecy is here interwoven
with history to show that God is overruling the idolatry, blasphemy, self-will,
and intolerance of the Gentiles.
"More specially, Daniel 12:4 brings together "
the times of the Gentiles
" (Luke 21:24) and "the time of the end" (see also Dan. 8:17; 11:35,
40) for the nation Israel in the Great Tribulation Period.
"This coming crisis eventuates in Christ's setting up the millennial kingdom.
"But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time
of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased."
"The Book of Daniel deals with political issues apart from ecclesiastical
matters, giving the final outcome of events and issues which are at work
in the world today. He answers the questionWho will rule the
world?not, How will the world be converted?" 9