This is Part 2 of Prophet Daniel's Dreams and Visions. Click here for Part 1.
Read the story here (Daniel chapters 7-9)
Prophet Daniel waited for God to deliver and save His people from suffering. He was shocked how long he had to wait for God. But he had confidence in God's faithfulness that He would keep His promise to Prophets Abraham and Prophet David.
Because Daniel had put his trust in God, God gave him many visions for the future, including empires Daniel did not even know about but later all came true after his time.
All these visions and dreams pointed to a Messiah, someone called the 'Anointed One' and the 'Son of Man' sent by God to bring salvation to all God's people.
Dreams and visions for the 'Son of Man'
"In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a Son of Man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached God and was led into His presence. God gave him authority, glory and power; all nations and peoples of every language worshiped him. His kingdom will be everlasting and will never be destroyed" (Daniel 7:13–14).
Who is the “one like a son of man” who comes with the clouds of heaven to be presented before God? It says he is like a 'human', but he comes down from heaven? And God gives him authority, glory and power? And all nations and peoples will worship him? How can a human share glory and power with God? This does not seem to make any sense!
Prophet Daniel's vision, however, is totally consistent with God's promise to Prophet Abraham (the lamb of the sacrifice can only come from God), Prophet David (God's everlasting kingdom will be established through a descedent of David) and Prophet Isaiah (The Messiah sent by God will be like a human suffering at the hands of men). The vision also reveals God's love for humanity and His desire to restore the relationship.
When would these dreams come true?
In another dream, God showed Daniel His divine plan to atone all sins of mankind by making the final sacrifice:
"God has decreed 490 years for your people and your holy city to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to fulfil vision and prophecy, and to anoint the Most Holy Place. Know and understand this: From the time the word goes out to rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One, the Ruler God has chosen, comes, there will be 49 years, and then 434 years. It will be rebuilt with streets and trenches in times of trouble.
After the 434 years, the Anointed One will be put to death and have nothing. The people from another ruler will come destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end will come like a flood: War will continue until the destruction in the end." (Daniel 9:25–26).
What does it all mean?
Daniel wrote clearly that 483 years after the decree to rebuild Jerusalem had been issued (which was about 444-445 BC), the Messiah God had promised to send to make atonement for the world's sin would be here on earth. He would be called the Anointed One (the Messiah), and His kingdom would be everlasting.
But like all sacrifices, to make this final sacrifice of atonement for the world, the Messiah would be killed, not for his own sins, but for our sins.
This prophecy regarding the suffering of the Messiah on earth was elaborated in great details by Prophet Isaiah.
Listen to God and Pray...
1. What do we learn about the coming Messiah? Why do you think it was important that God revealed these details of the Messiah to Daniel?
2. Daniel’s personal story, though full of suffering and injustice under a foreign empire, was a small part of God’s greater story. What do the visions and dreams God gave him teach us about God and His greater story?
3. How would you respond to God? What is stopping you?
4 Who can you share this story with?