Category: A group of biblical books that have a similar literary genre or main themes and have been placed together as a major section of the Bible.
Prophets: The books of Israel’s prophets who announced the downfall of Israel’s kingdom and the hope of its restoration after the exile.
Literary Style: A unique style of writing that follows recognized literary conventions and language patterns.
Narrative: A story sequence in which characters are placed in a setting and involved in a developing plotline.
Vision: A literary representation of a prophet’s dreams or visions that reveals God’s perspective on current events in the light of history’s final outcome.
The story of Daniel motivates faithfulness despite exile in Babylon. His visions offer hope that God will bring all nations under his rule.
Watch our Read Scripture video on the book of Daniel, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. There is one Read Scripture video dedicated to the book of Daniel, which aims to help you see its unique contribution to the story of Jesus, but also how they work within the Bible’s overall framework.
Can there ever be faith again in the midst of darkness, rebellion, and gloom? According to the Book of Daniel, yes, there can. This remarkable piece of Scripture has encouraged the faithful for centuries, giving us a glimpse to future events that already came to pass and and are yet to come. Christian's and Jews alike will appreciate the timely events that Daniel sees in his visions, while giving us hope to look forward to where evil hearts and rulers will one day finally come to an end.
We also have a chance to get to know Daniel, Shadrach, Meeshach, and Abendego and see them as the model example for believers living in the midst of a dark world, which applies both to Daniel's day and to ours in the end times. Keep an eye out for key manifestations of Jesus Christ as well, as He is often referred to descriptions of being like a "Son of Man."
Daniel and His Friends
Israelite prince Daniel and three friends are exiled to Babylon but exalted by the king when they hold onto their faith and way of life.
Daniel obeys God and is given the divine ability to interpret dreams for Babylonian kings. He also has his own dreams that appointed angels explain.
Daniel and his friends risk their lives worshipping God, but are saved miraculously first from a furnace, and then from a den of hungry lions.
Confronting the Beast
Evil beasts manifest in Daniel's dream, symbolizing human rulers rebelling against God. But God defeats each one, and a Son of Man rises with Him.
Daniel prays for Israel, then receives a vision about the future. Kingdoms rise, fall, and kill, but God will rescue His world once for all.