Daniel 2:20 Index
"Daniel answered and said, 'Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are His:'"
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"...Blessed be the name of God..."

  • Daniel's first act was to thank God for the revelation given him." (PK 494)

"wisdom"

  • Those who lack wisdom may receive it from its true source in response to the prayer of faith (James 1:5). The boasted claim of the Babylonians that their deities possessed wisdom and insight had been demonstrated to be false. (4BC 769)
  • Glory was not given to the men who stood as oracles in the kingdom; but the men who put their entire trust in God, seeking for grace and strength and divine enlightenment, were chosen as representatives of the kingdom of God in wicked, idolatrous Babylon. (FE 411-412)
  • The series of prophecies in the book of Daniel differs from the inspired [foreknowledge] of the prophets of earlier times, which were more often like isolated glimpses of single events to come, not progressive pictures, with motion and sound. The time of their fulfillment was not always located; the picture might refer to the first advent of Jesus, with key events of His earthly life or death disclosed. Another, in close proximity, might concern His second coming in power and glory at the end of the age. The location had often to be determined later by New Testament usage or by context, such as the scattered prophecies of Christ's second advent. There was no grand outline, with events in sequence and historical perspective. Few clear connectives were revealed. There was little descriptive relationship of part to part.... But for the first time Daniel covers the divine plan of the ages in long-range prophetic outline, reaching from his day onward until the great consummation, and forming a matchless preview of things to come -- God's advance epitome of history. His forecasts disclosed the sequence of empire -- major epochs that would develop in the rise of nations, in connection with the conflicts and departures of the church, the affliction of the people of God, the church's restoration to purity, and the consummation of all things. Not only that, but the major outline was repeated several times over, to bring out this aspect or that, and to emphasize various factors in the over-all picture. These may well be called outline prophecies. (Froom 53)
  • TRIPLE CHARACTERISTICS OF DANIEL'S PROPHECY: There are three basic characteristics of Daniel's multiple prophecy that emerge as increasingly apparent under study of the book of Daniel, and which we do well to bear in mind:
    • CONTINUITY: The prophecies of Daniel extend from his own day until the end of time... and the subsequent setting up of God's everlasting kingdom that supersedes all human kingdoms and provides for His people forever. There is no indicated break or gap in the [time] line.
    • COMPREHENSIVENESS: It gives a view of the basic history, from the divine viewpoint, of the sequence of nations, as they affect the people of God, or His church, in relation to the developing conflict between Christ and Antichrist, and the final establishment of the eternal kingdom of Christ on earth.
    • REPETITION: Daniel goes back and covers the same grand outline four successive time (Daniel 2, Daniel 7, Daniel 8, Daniel 11), from Daniel's day to the end, repeating for emphasis and amplification the same great waymarks on the highway of the centuries, to bring out first one aspect and then another. Through the continuous course of human events it shows the hand of God in history, that man at all times might recognize his place in the divine plan of the ages, and understand the major coming events in the outline. (Froom 54)