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.
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.]
Categories: Chronicles of the End Times