Secrets to Success from the Book of Daniel, Part 9b: A Better High Priest

Secrets to Success from the Book of Daniel, Part 9b: A Better High Priest

Daniel lived most of his life as an exiled. In 605. B.C. he was forcefully uprooted by Nebuchadnezzar and moved from Judah to Babylon where he lived a long life – long enough to witness his captor, Babylon, capitulate to Medo-Persia. During the first year of Persian rule, Daniel searched the prophecies to understand the immediate future. Almost sev

Secrets to Success from the Book of Daniel, Part 9a: A Better Messiah

Secrets to Success from the Book of Daniel, Part 9a: A Better Messiah

In Daniel 8 we learned that the prophet was taken in vision to Susa and shown several things, including the conquest of Babylon by Medo-Persia. Chapter 9 occurs after the new empire established world supremacy. We are in the year 538 B.C. when Cyrus rules Medo-Persia, with Darius as cogent in Babylon.[i] Prophetic messages had been given to Israel

Secrets to Success from the Book of Daniel, Part 8: Ruin and Redemption

Secrets to Success from the Book of Daniel, Part 8: Ruin and Redemption

In the first year of king Belshazzar’s reign, as described in chapter 7, Daniel dreamed about the conquest of Babylon by the Persian Empire. Now, in chapter 8, during the third reign of the same king, he is given a second vision about the same events and actually transported in vision to the capital of the new empire. As readers of the book, we hav

Secrets to Success from the Book of Daniel, Part 7: Unveiling the Future

Secrets to Success from the Book of Daniel, Part 7: Unveiling the Future

Daniel’s Vision Daniel 7 takes us back to the time of Belshazzar, the last king of the Babylonian Empire. During the first year of his reign, Daniel had a dream and visions (7:1). These he wrote down for the posterity, along with an interpretation. They are prophecies given by God to His people, and His people include you and me. As you will see, t

Secrets to Success from the Book of Daniel, Part 6: Politics, Promotions, and the Power of Prayer

Secrets to Success from the Book of Daniel, Part 6: Politics, Promotions, and the Power of Prayer

A Foreigner on Track for Promotion God’s patience towards sinners is enduring, but when judgment is determined, nothing can thwart His purpose. The judgment of Belshazzar described in Daniel 5 providentially coincided with Darius’ conquest of Babylon. The overturning of the mighty kingdom recalls Daniel’s prophecy about a second kingdom: Medo-Persi

Secrets to Success from the Book of Daniel, Part 5: The Feast of Fools

Secrets to Success from the Book of Daniel, Part 5: The Feast of Fools

During his long life at the Babylonian court, Daniel must have participated in many feasts. But only one is recorded in his book and is perhaps the most dramatic episode of the entire story. Basically, God interrupted a merry and lavish banquet to declare with His very hand a death judgment. Such a sudden turn from ecstasy to despair may well be un

Secrets to Success from the Book of Daniel, Part 4: Pride

Secrets to Success from the Book of Daniel, Part 4: Pride

Trials and Dreams Trials and dreams seem to alternate in the first few chapters of Daniel. First, we learned about Daniel and his friends’ commitment to God being trialed when asked to eat cultic food. Then Nebuchadnezzar had a troubling dream, which Daniel, with God’s help, was able to recount and interpret. After the initial phase of apparent sub

Secrets to Success from the Book of Daniel, Part 3: Faithful in the Furnace

Secrets to Success from the Book of Daniel, Part 3: Faithful in the Furnace

Have you ever dreamed something so amazing that you wished it was true? One of the greatest kings on earth did. And, being in his position, he could afford to literally make his dream come true. Or so he thought.   A Dream Come True Nebuchadnezzar dreamed a statue that foretold the future of humankind: four kingdoms would succeed each other un

Secrets to Success from the Book of Daniel, Part 2: Sleepless Nights

Secrets to Success from the Book of Daniel, Part 2: Sleepless Nights

[i] Daniel and his friends have just completed three years of education when a dramatic event shook Babylon. The king had some strange dreams and demanded their interpretation from the Chaldeans on pain of death. The threatened group included the four young Hebrews. Imagine just graduating from a school and entering a field of work under a boss who

Secrets to Success from the Book of Daniel, Part 1: Inviolable Consecration

Secrets to Success from the Book of Daniel, Part 1: Inviolable Consecration

The Beginning of Daniel’s Captivity Daniel 1 describes the beginning of Judah’s Babylonian captivity. A century earlier, the northern kingdom of Israel had also been enslaved. Located between two empires—Egypt and Assyria—Israel and Judah often sought alliances with Egypt to resist the northern threat. But these coalitions proved unfortunate for bo