Without the promises (revelation) of God man would live without hope.
The passage of time demonstrates God's faithfulness to His promises. God fulfills the vision He has given to Daniel. Babylon falls into the hands of Medes, who are overthrown by the Persians. God fulfills His promise to Isaiah when Cyrus, king of the Persians, makes a proclamation that permits the Jews to return to Jerusalem to rebuild the city and its temple. Daniel's remaining revelations wait for their fulfillment in a coming day.
Daniel relies on the revelations of the past to enlighten his present situation, "I, Daniel, understood by the books the number of years specified by the word of the LORD through Jeremiah the prophet, that He would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem. Then I set my face toward the LORD God to make request by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes" (Dan. 9:2-3, emphasis added). Daniel interprets the present based on past revelation: "As it is written in the Law of Moses, all this disaster has come upon us . . . for the LORD our God is righteous in all the works which He does, though we have not obeyed His voice" (9:13,14, emphasis added).
A promise made by God is fulfilled by God. God's revelation commits His resources and activity. Without God's revelation, man passes time on earth without certainty, without hope, without redemption, and without warning. Therefore, every promise or revelation of God must be taken seriously. God always fulfills His promises. Every man must be taught and warned.
Throughout the Bible God raises up those to whom He speaks about the future. He speaks to Abraham regarding the future of His people (Gen. 13:14-15) and to Moses regarding future kings (Deut. 17:14-20), a future temple (Deut. 12), and the consequences Israel will suffer because of her continued disobedience (Deut. 28). What does Daniel's vision reveal about God and Israel's future?
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