Revelation: Light in the Darkness

The One Year Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), September 7

imagesWithout the promises (revelation) of God man would live without hope.

  • To Adam and Eve, God reveals a glimmer of the future when He promises that the serpent’s seed will be destroyed and when He slays an innocent animal to cover man’s nakedness.
  • To Noah, He reveals a coming global flood and the way of escape.
  • To Abraham, He reveals a great people, nation, and land, along with a future enslavement and deliverance.
  • To Joseph, He reveals the future tthrough two dreams.
  • To Judah, He reveals the coming of Shiloh through Jacob’s blessing (Gen. 49:10).
  • To Joseph, He reveals seven years of global prosperity followed by seven years of global famine, through Pharaoh’s dreams.
  • To Moses, He reveals the pattern from heaven that pictures Jesus (the tabernacle), as well as the coming of this “other” Prophet (Deut 18:15-19), along with a promise of captivity to His disobedient people (the Blessings and Cursings of Deut. 28).
  • To David, He reveals a coming Son who will sit on David’s throne forever.
  • To various prophets in the two kingdoms, He reveals imminent the judgment and captivity of Israel and Judah.
  • To the prophet Isaiah He reveals a coming pagan king (Cyrus), who will release the exiles to rebuild Jerusalem and its temple.
  • He reveals through Isaiah that one day a Son will be born who will be the “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Is. 9:6).
  • Finally, through Daniel, He reveals the destruction of truth, (“He cast truth down to the ground,” Dan. 8:12), the downfall of powerful kings and kingdoms, and the final years of man and time.

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.

Question from today’s chronological Bible reading (Dan. 7:1-8:27; 5:1-31):
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?