God and speaks with divine authority. We cannot, however, dispense with this portion of the evidences, ? for unless the death and resurrection of Christ are events foreknown and foretold by himself, as well as by the ancient prophets, we lose one main proof of his authority as a teacher sent front God.
Stearns, Evidence of Christian Experience, 338 ? ?The Christian?s own life is the progressive fulfillment of the prophecy that whoever accepts Christ?s grace shall be born again, sanctified, and saved. Hence the Christian can believe in God?s power to predict, and in God?s actual predictions.? See Stanley Leathes, O.T. Prophecy, xvii ? ?Unless we have access to the supernatural, we have no access to God.? In our discussions of prophecy, we are to remember that before making the truth of Christianity stand or fall with any particular passage that has been regarded as prediction, we must be certain that the passage is meant as prediction, and not as merely figurative description. Gladden, Seven Puzzling Bible Books, 195 ? ?The book of Daniel is not a prophecy, ? it is an apocalypse...The author [of such books] puts his words into the mouth of some historical or traditional writer of eminence. Such are the Book of Enoch, the Assumption of Moses, Baruch, 1 and 2 Esdras, and the Sibylline Oracles. Enigmatic form indicates persons without naming them, and historic events as animal forms or as operations of nature...The book of Daniel is not intended to teach us history. It does not look forward from the sixth century before Christ, but backward from the second century before Christ. It is a kind of story which the Jews called Haggada. It is aimed at Antiochus Epimanes, who from his occasional fits of melancholy, was called Epimanes, or Antiochus the Mad.?
Whatever may be our conclusion as to the authorship of the book of Daniel, we must recognize in it an element of prediction, which has been actually fulfilled. The most radical interpreters do not place its date later than 163 B. C. Our Lord sees in the book clear reference to himself ( <402664>Matthew 26:64 ? ?the Son of man, sitting at the right hand of Power and coming on the clouds of heaven?; cf. <270713>Daniel 7:13); and he repeats with emphasis certain predictions of the prophet which were yet unfulfilled ( <402415>Matthew 24:15 ? ?When ye see the abomination of desolation, which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet?; cf.
<270927> Daniel 9:27; 11:31; 12:11). The book of Daniel must therefore be counted profitable not only for its moral and spiritual lessons, but also for its actual predictions of Christ and of the universal triumph of his kingdom ( <270245>Daniel 2:45 ? ?a stone cut out of the mountain without hands?). See on Daniel, Hastings? Bible Dictionary; Farrar, in Expositor?s
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