31
Jan
12

The Prophecies of Daniel, Part 16

I love prophecy in the Bible, because it is always fulfilled.  This alone should make people stop and think about the veracity of the Bible – for these things were clearly written well in advance of the actual fulfillment.  That fact seems to be beyond argument.  And what are the chances that these prophecies just happened to be “coincidentally” right?  No, it is safe to say that God’s prophecy is accurate, true…and amazing.  Here are some explanations of each of the prophecies found in the book of Daniel.

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The prophecy of Rome’s rise continues, with Julius Caesar gaining ground over the Grecian Empire.

Then he will turn his attention to the coastlands and will take many of them, but a commander will put an end to his insolence and will turn his insolence back upon him.  After this, he will turn back toward the fortresses of his own country but will stumble and fall, to be seen no more.  His successor will send out a tax collector to maintain the royal splendor. In a few years, however, he will be destroyed, yet not in anger or in battle.  He will be succeeded by a contemptible person who has not been given the honor of royalty.  He will invade the kingdom when its people feel secure, and he will seize it through intrigue.  Then an overwhelming army will be swept away before him; both it and a prince of the covenant will be destroyed.  After coming to an agreement with him, he will act deceitfully, and with only a few people he will rise to power.  When the richest provinces feel secure, he will invade them and will achieve what neither his fathers nor his forefathers did. He will distribute plunder, loot and wealth among his followers.  He will plot the overthrow of fortresses—but only for a time.”   — Daniel 11:18-24

After conquering Egypt, it is true that Julius Caesar expanded his empire by defeating the people of Spain, North Africa and the Bosporus – these are the coastlands referred to above.  After these victories, he returned to Rome, where the offer of king was made to him, and which he accepted (recall, Rome was not a monarchy, but was a republic, and thus, had no king).  This offer was made twice before, which he refused both times, and these offers were associated with Brutus (of Roman lore).  It is likely Brutus who is being mentioned above as the “commander”.  So grievous was Caesar’s decision to accept the kingship that he was murdered by Brutus, Cassius and others, “to be seen no more”.  His successor was Augustus Caesar, who was in charge of tax collection during the time of Christ.  He died peacefully in his bed in 14 A.D. (thus, “not in anger or in battle”).

In his place, Tiberius Caesar was named ruler (see a bust of his image above), and he was supposedly a vile and wicked king, disliked by the people.  Finally, we see the prediction that a “prince of the covenant will be destroyed” at this time.  This must be a reference to Jesus Christ, who was indeed put to death during the reign of Tiberius Caesar in 31 A.D.

When I witness how true, known history was thus predicted, and to see the life of Jesus tied in with all of this, it makes the times all the more real to me.

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