The Amazing, But Hidden, Message That Is Daniel 2–7

To better understand the end times there is no getting around the requirement to better understand the six chapters of Daniel 2–7. For convenience, I call those six chapters, “Aramaic Daniel.”

Aramaic Daniel has a unique message found no where else in the Bible. The living God of heaven, all but unknown to the world in Daniel’s time, is a message meant for the entire world. When it came out it needed no translation. God introduces Himself through King Nebuchadnezzar—who at the time was the most powerful and feared, and likely most famous (or infamous) man of the time—as the revealer of mysteries, the rescuer of his servants, and the God who is to be praised and exalted and served.

In fact, the message of Aramaic Daniel was so shocking to hell’s host that they reacted to it. That reaction is with us even today and may be a big reason why the world is the way it is.

Therefore, Aramaic Daniel has the distinction of not only telling us about the end times, but also God’s plans, and even directly affecting the world itself.

All of this is discussed in Chronicles.

The Barriers

However, there are many barriers to the understanding of a fuller purpose of Aramaic Daniel. Some are due to not reading those six chapters chiastically. Other barriers come from theologians’ and teachers’ own misinterpretation or mistranslation of Aramaic Daniel. Other reasons are just ignorance of history.

All the following barriers are discussed in Chronicles:

1) Nebuchadnezzar knew the dream of the “statue” perfectly; he was just so shaken up by the dream he had to make absolutely sure he had the true interpretation. This is why he needed someone to read his mind about the dream. That’s how, he felt, he would know for sure. The plain text of Daniel 2 tells us this.

2) Nebuchadnezzar became a servant of God, having submitted to Him, and served Him. The plain text of Daniel 2–4 tells us this. The Talmud calls him the most wicked man; this is part of the tradition. Nebuchadnezzar went through a three-step process of conversion. This is his testimony. How many steps or phases in your life did you have to go through to become a servant of God?

3) Many words are mistranslated, with the words in the original language plainly there. “Statue” is not really “statue.” “Den” is not really “den.” The “statue” being “awesome” is not really “awesome.” Bible translators softened, or made fuzzy, some of the words in our English Bibles.

4) Understanding of the circumstances by which Aramaic Daniel was released. This includes its language, its time, and its place. This is the part that requires a little study in world history.

5) Chiastic reading is needed to tell us the central messages of each of the six chapters, as well as the whole six-chapter message. The central messages are there in the plain text of the Bible, but chiastics tells us which text it is. Each chapter should be read with its central message in mind; this is one of the tenets of chiastics. The central message of Daniel 7, for example, is verse 17.

6) Chiastic reading is needed to tell us how all six chapters interact, telling us about the true meaning and purpose of Daniel 2 and 7. Why the metals? Why the beasts? God is trying to tell us about his plans. Understanding this unlocks much of Zechariah 1–6 and gives us a better foundation for understanding Revelation.

All these things listed above have conspired to hinder a better understanding of Aramaic Daniel. Through mistranslation of some words to better fit the translators’ own ideas, misunderstanding Nebuchadnezzar himself due to misinterpretation, not knowing the circumstances by which these six chapters came out, and not having the benefit of chiastic reading, the message and purpose and true effect this message has had on the world is muddied and missed.

The Real Message

Yes, Aramaic Daniel gives us stories about having faith in God. We’ve always known that. For those who grew up in churches since childhood, the stories of the writing on the wall, the fiery furnace, and the lion’s den are very familiar.

However, the texts of these stories teach us more about Daniel 2 and 7. They also tell us of the experience of a king encountering God and how he eventually came to be God’s.

I believe, too, this six-chapter message scared hell to the point where they acted on it. They could not have a simple message talking about the true God and what it means to serve Him, be allowed to spread across the world. There are some historical events that happened across Asia to counter Aramaic Daniel, that are just too coincidental to say they occurred only by happenstance.

In the weeks and months ahead we will take a closer look at all these things. They made me gasp when I discovered them. They might have the same effect on you.

[Note: Chronicles is still on track for a late September release.]

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11 replies

  1. Mark: I suppose the answer to the following question is NO, for if the answer was YES there would not have been a reason to write a 600 page book: Is the chiastic method of writing simply a way for the ancients outlining what they said?

    You’re saying that it substancially affects interpretation contextually.

  2. Karl,
    Good question. The answer I believe is “no.” Chiastic structure tells us (a) if a text/passage/story is completely before our eyes as intended, (b) the central thought or theme of the whole passage, (c) modifications of words and phrases with other words and phrases, and (d) via the structure itself how one sub=passage relates to another. But an outline? No. Can substantially change interpretation? Yes.

  3. Short chiastic structures spanning a verse or two do not impress me, since they could be dismissed as poetic parallelisms. It is the longer chiastic structures that impress me as evidence of divine inspiration and as keys to understanding the passages spanned by those structures.

    A chiastic structure spanning Isaiah 43:1-21 has a central message, aspects of which radiate toward both the beginning and the ending of that passage. The central message is at 43:11: “I, even I, am the Lord; and beside me there is no savior.” The two verses surrounding this message, 43:10 and 43:12, both use the phrase “ye are my witnesses.” Past those verses toward both the beginning and the ending of this passage are verses describing what the Lord has done and will yet do for his people, 43:2-9 and 43:13-20.

    At the beginning of the structure is 43:1: “But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that FORMED thee, O Israel, Fear not; for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.” At the end of the structure is 43:21: “This people have I FORMED for myself; they shall show forth my praise.”

    Once such a structure is noticed, it affects how we might interpret the passage.

  4. Question 2: Is it possible that when there are textual variants the reading which would be more consistent with maintaining a chiastic structure would be the preferred reading? Perhaps that might fall into the category of assuming what one is trying to prove, but let’s assume that reader legitamately has no preconceived interpretation.

  5. Hi Mark,
    Where do you see the prophetic timeline of the coming Israeli diasporia?

  6. Prismsplay,
    Yes, you’ve got it. But I have to start somewhere (at the beginning with the basics) for all those who don’t know anything about it. As far as finding interpretations and being impressed, just wait.

  7. Karl,
    Good question. I write about that in Chronicles. It is possible to create a chiasmus supporting a preconceived notion. However, the correct, true interpretation is typically a chiasmus that is the most easily seen (for a passage can have two or three chiasmi overlapping it), with strong word trails. I simply took the most easily seen chiasmi and it so happened to support the Signposts. Then I continued taking the most easily seen chiasmi into unknown territory with no presumptions. It’s all in Chronicles.

  8. Brad,
    Let me know if I missed your question, but a fraction of the Jews living in Jerusalem will flee to the wilderness at the start of the Great Tribulation, when the Antichrist’s armies encircle Jerusalem.

  9. Hi Mark,
    From what I have read it looks like there will be many in Israel that will be taken captive into other nations in the future. This seems to set the stage for a massive regathering of Jews from this exile at the end of the age. (Psalm 14:7; 102:13,19, 20; Isaiah 11:11-12,15-16; 27:12-13; 35:5-6; 42:6-7,16; 52:11-12; 61:1-3; Jeremiah 31:8-10; Ezekiel 39:25-28; Joel 2:32-3:1; Hosea 11:11; Micah 2:12-13; 4:6-7; 5:6; 7:12; Zechariah 10:6-11)

    I am not sure as to when this occurs in relation to the Tribulation.

    Thanks, Brad

  10. Hi Brad, Time doesn’t permit me to get into detail on this topic. I believe there is enough evidence from Scripture telling us that when Antichrist’s armies surround and invade Jerusalem at the start of the 42 months (the middle of the seventieth week), Luke 21:20-24 (which is all end time, not AD 70) tells us those Jews who do not flee as Jesus warns will be killed or made slaves, and deported to the Muslim nations. When Jesus returns at the end of the 42 months, He will then gather his people back to Jerusalem.

  11. Thank you so much Mark!!!

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