It is probably wrong to say that any book of Scripture is more important than another, and yet each book certainly has its significance by which it addresses certain issues over others. In terms of an encompassing plan of world events, Daniel rises above most other writings of the ancient prophets. In the great sweep of the far off horizon, none compare with this book.
The Outline of World History
Daniel provides a panorama of history. With a broad sweep, the history of the great and powerful nations is out laid before the reader in a most graphic manner. While often in contemporary history we look through a glass darkly, the road of the march of time becomes clearer because of the revelations of the book of Daniel. Walvoord writes:
The book is replete with important passages revealing the absolute sovereignty of the God of both time and history. God is the one who establishes nations and rulers, and He is the one who pulls down the great arrogant, boastful nations. While every book of the Bible show the sovereignty of God, Daniel appears to major on this truth. God is sovereign in His dealings with Israel, with the nations, and the powerful kings of Babylon and Persia. This is admitted and testified by Nebuchadnezzar when he recovered from his illness.
The Confirmation of History
The critics of Scripture search with great fervor the pages of history to try to disprove the historical nature of Daniel. But this work is stamped by the confirmed data of time past, acknowledged by honest students of antiquity. Though the skeptics continue to try to destroy Daniel, they have failed miserably. Therefore, Daniel is important to show that the Scriptures were written now outside of history as we know it, but it is part of the record of history. Daniel
With the events of the captivity of Judah, to the Babylonians
1. John F. Walvoord, Major Bible Prophecies (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1991), 125-26.
2. Merrill F. Unger, Unger’s Commentary on the Old Testament, 2 Vols. (Chicago: Moody, 1981), 2:1603.
3. David S. Dockery, gen. ed., Holman Bible Handbook (Nashville: Holman Bible Publishers, 1992), 448.
4.M. R. De Haan, Daniel the Prophet (Grand Rapids: Kregel, 1995), 17.
- Harry Bultema, Commentary on Daniel (Grand Rapids: Kregel, 1988), 19.
- Clarence Larkin, The Book of Daniel (Glenside, PA: Clarence Larkin Estate, 1929), 16.
- Frank E. Gaebelein, gen. ed., The Expositor’s Bible Commentary, 12 Vols. (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1985), 7:9.
- John F. Walvoord, Daniel (Chicago: Moody, 1971), 27.