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Understanding Daniel helps prepare us for the beginning of the end

07 Sep

Agents of BabylonBook Review: Agents of Babylon: What the Prophecies of Daniel Tell Us about the End of Days, by Dr. David Jeremiah

If you want to understand the end times, you must understand the book of Daniel. That is the conviction of pastor and author, Dr. David Jeremiah.

A study of Daniel is relevant because it portrays a period of history that is much like the culture we find ourselves in today. The first half of the book gives us a picture of the kind of people we must be to remain strong in the face of the future God reveals in the last half of the book.

Rather than being a typical commentary on the meaning of the book of Daniel, the author has chosen to focus on the personalities of the book. As the author explains,

These are the “agents” of Babylon. In Daniel we meet two kinds of human agents. First, we see people of prayer and firm conviction who know who God is and refuse to compromise their faith by giving in to the demands of a corrupt and godless culture. Second, we see people who are filled with pride, given to debauchery, and have no respect for any god but their own glory and appetites. Most important, we meet the Agent of agents—the Most High God, who exercises His sovereign control at every twist and turn of the story.

As we encounter these agents, we will explore the prophetic visions described in the book of Daniel. These visions show us two futures. The first is a future that had not yet occurred when Daniel wrote of it but has now been explicitly fulfilled in history. It’s the story of four world empires that have risen and fallen exactly as Daniel predicted. The second future is one that is yet to come—a dark and foreboding future describing what we call the end times, which will occur before the glory of Christ fills the world forever. The explicit accuracy of the prophecies that have been fulfilled gives us absolute confidence in those that are yet to be fulfilled.

The book is unique in the way it is written and structured. Each chapter is divided into three parts. Part one is a dramatic narrative that reads like a novel. The second section is “The Scripture Behind the Story,” where the author explains the meaning of the biblical passages. The opening story grabs your attention and pulls you along. The expository teaching section then explains the Scripture passage in greater detail. Each chapter closes with a section, “Daniel For Today,” where the author applies the lessons and principles from the passage to our daily lives.

While the book of Daniel is deep and challenging, Dr. Jeremiah has helped make it clearer and easier to understand. I appreciated his creative approach and clear explanations. After reading this book, I am curious and want to read his previous volume on the book of Revelation, Agents of the Apocalypse.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Tyndale Blog Network http://tyndaleblognetwork.com/ book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

 
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Posted by on September 7, 2015 in Books, Quotes, Scripture

 

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