Daniel's Prophecies of Covenant Change
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The dream-visions of the Biblical book of Daniel, in which Daniel is given a glimpse into the future, are notoriously hard to understand at many points. What are the four kingdoms of Daniel 2 and 7? Who is the little horn of chapter 7? What event and what evil king are described in Dan. 8? How should we understand the 70 weeks and the abomination of desolation of Daniel 9? Who is the king highlighted at the end of chapter 11? And when is meant by the time of the end? These questions and more have often confounded the readers of Daniel, and a multitude of answers have been proposed. This book suggests that the key to answering all of these questions is in the change of Biblical Covenants from the Old Testament era to the new world of life in Jesus. All of these prophecies, properly understood, are different lenses on the same events, the same point in history-the coming of Jesus to establish the New Covenant through His birth, ministry, death, resurrection, and heavenly enthronement, and the formal end of the Old Covenant, resulting from the Jewish revolt against the Romans and the subsequent destruction of the Jewish Temple in 70 AD.