Is the Bible fake? Is there any evidence for the Bible? Why should I believe the Bible?
The Bible claims to be the word of God. Does one have to just accept this by blind faith or is there evidence to support this claim? Here we will examine just a couple of reasons of why you can believe your bible. It is not at all a blind faith. You do not have to throw your brains out the window to be a Christian!
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Is the Bible the word of
Overview of content in this section is as follows:
What about other books that claim to be the word of God?
Each section in this part is contrasted to the Book of Mormon
Its message should have the ability to change
Prophecy in the Bible shows its authenticity
Daniel part 1
The dating of the book of Daniel
Test of a prophet
Late dating the Book of Daniel
Date of the Septuagint
Josephus dating Daniel
Is Josephus reliable?
Dating Daniel with Ezekiel
Daniel according to Jesus and Paul
Webster’s Family Encyclopedia dates Daniel
Easton’s Bible Dictionary and the language of Daniel
Context claims Daniel as the author
Summary of Daniel Part 1
Daniel Part 2
World history told in advance and proven accurate
God placed Nebuchadnezzar in power
Interpretation of the dream
Introducing the Medes & Persians
Those who question Belshazzar
So what really took place in history?
Introducing the kingdom of Greece
The Roman Empire
A divided empire
In the days of those kings a kingdom that will last forever
Why is any of this important?
The Bible Reveals Scientific Fact Prior
to Human Discovery
The earth suspended in space
Does air have weight?
Life of the flesh is in the blood
The hydrological cycle
Springs in the ocean floor
Stretching out the heavens
Let’s start by looking to see what the Bible says about itself (all underline, bold, and italic emphasis in this section are mine): 2 Timothy 3:16-17 — "All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work."
The word "inspired" here in the Greek literally means "divinely breathed" by God. What does God-breathed mean? God spoke through men to say exactly what He wanted to say. At the same time He allowed us to see the personality of the writer without deviating from the message that He wanted put forth. So every word in our Greek and Hebrew Bible is really from God. Of course, that is quite a claim, and it is reasonable for someone to question why they should believe this. Just because someone says that a book is the Word of God, or even if the Bible claims to be in its own text, should we believe that this is true? Mormons tell us that the Book of Mormon is also the Word of God. If a book (or set of books) is actually the Word of God, there should be some sort of evidence to validate such a claim.
Let’s subject both the Bible and the Book of Mormon to the following test. The true Word of God should:
As I will show, the Bible can pass all of these tests,
validating its claim of being the Word of God. Conversely, the
Book of Mormon fails several of these tests.
1) Be beyond the ability of man’s writing
It should be remembered that the Bible is not just one book. The Bible actually contains sixty-six books, from at least forty different authors. The Bible covers a time-span of a few thousand years. The authors lived in different centuries.It was written on three different continents — Africa, Asia, and Europe. The authors of these books were from different backgrounds and lifestyles, and included a doctor, kings, a fisherman, and an ex-Pharisee. The Bible was also written in three different languages — Aramaic, Hebrew, and Greek. In theory, it would seem impossible to get this many people — from different walks of life, different countries, diverse cultures, time frames, and languages — to agree without conflict on controversial subjects such as God, sin, and salvation. And yet it happened — with so much harmony that each book is not really complete without the other. These books together have one central theme (Jesus): the coming of the Messiah, His arrival and work, and looking for His return. This would seem impossible unless one mind is controlling the effort. This one mind cannot be a man’s, since the time frame is such a long period and the authors lived in differetnt centuries. Man simply does not live that long. What other set of books can make such a claim as this?
The Book of Mormon cannot claim this — at least not in any way that can be verified, because it has no known ancient manuscripts. Unlike the Bible, it can't be shown that the contents of the book cover any large time period. How do we know Alma, Nephi, or any of the characters mentioned actually existed long ago? Without any manuscripts for the Book of Mormon, we have no way of proving that Joseph Smith is not the author of the entire book. Some have claimed that a man could not write fantasy in such detail. Having read Tolkien’s The Hobbit, I know this is indeed possible.
2) Be able to withstand the test of time and attacks of
People have attacked the Bible for a couple of hundred years. Yet it has not been proven untrue in any of its teachings or history. Time Magazine made an interesting statement that I would like to quote.
From Time Magazine, December 30, 1974: "After more than
two centuries of facing the heaviest scientific guns that could be
brought to bear, the bible has survived and [is] perhaps better for
the siege even on the critics’ own terms. Historical fact, the
scriptures seem more acceptable now than they did when the
rationalists began the attack."
On the other hand, numerous books have been written proving that the content of The Book of Mormon has no historical significance. The Book of Mormon has nothing to validate its claims. The fact is, in many ways The Book of Mormon is proven unreliable. I'll mention just a couple of books that show this — Archeology and The Book of Mormon by Jerald and Sandra Tanner, and Are the Mormon Scriptures Reliable? By Harry L.Ropp.
3 ) Be able to verify its historical claims
with evidence from archaeology.
There are numerous books that are full of archaeological discoveries confirming the historical accuracy of the Bible. I cite here just one archaeological discovery confirming the Bible's accuracy — all the way back to some of the content in the book of Genesis. The city of Ebla was discovered in an archaeological dig around Jerusalem. Between 1968 and 1972, archaeologists found 16,642 clay tablets. The tablets have been dated back to about 2,300 BC. There are several cities mentioned on these tablets that are also mentioned in the Bible, such as Adma, Zeboim, Zoar, Damascus, Jerusalem, Carchemish, Dor, Hazor, Megiddo, Lachish, Gaza, Sinai, Joppa, Harran, Ashdod, and, the ones I find the most interesting: Sodom and Gomorrah. These two cities have never been located — because as we read in Genesis, God destroyed them. Yet we know that they really existed because they are mentioned in the tablets discovered in Ebla. Evidently, Ebla had a trading enterprise with Sodom and Gomorrah. The tablets also confirm the existence of the Assyrians, the Hittites, and the Canaanites. More detail can be found in a book by Dr. Clifford Wilson titled The Ebla Tablets. There was also an article concerning Ebla in Time Magazine on Oct. 18, 1976.
The Book of Mormon is allegedly about a people of Jewish descent that migrated to North America before Christ. We find this in L.D.S Scripture, “The Pearl of Great Price” (Joseph Smith History 1:3 and 34; also known as Joseph Smith 2, 1:3 and 34.E) All other references are in L.D.S Scripture the Book of Mormon E These people supposedly grew into a great nation. There were so many people that they spread out upon the face of the land. These people had buildings, machinery, and metals including steel. (Jarom 1:8).They had all manner of tools (Ether 10:25). They had silks, gold, silver, horses, and various other animals, including elephants (Ether 9:16-19). There were so many people they could be found from coast to coast (Helaman 3:8). They had wars where as many as 10,000 people died in a single battle (Mormon 6:11). Not only were there people from coast to coast, but there were buildings as well. (Mormon 1:7). The people built ships, Temples, synagogues, and more (Helaman 3:14). The people had a monetary system, which included lots of different types of coins (Alma 11:4-19). It is hard to imagine that a people that were spread from coast to coast, and who built ships, buildings, machinery, and so forth — could simply disappear and not leave any trace. Not one archaeological discovery has ever been linked directly to the contents of the Book of Mormon. The Smithsonian Institute even states that the American Indians did not have horses. Silk and steel were not used in the New World before 1492.
Following is an excerpt from Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Vol.1, listing for “Archaeology”: “Archaeological data from the ancient Near East and the Americas have been used both to support and to discredit the Book of Mormon. Many scholars see no support for the Book of Mormon in the archaeological records, since no one has found any inscriptional evidence for, or material remains that can be tied directly to, any of the persons, places, or things mentioned in the book (Smithsonian Institution)”.
Another reason to question the historical accuracy of the Book of Mormon is a discrepancy between its information and that of the Bible (which, remember, has already been verified archaeologically), The Bible declares that Jesus was to be born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2, Matthew 2:1); but the Book of Mormon says that Jesus’ birth would be at Jerusalem (Alma 7:10).
4) Be able to show evidence of past fulfillment of its prophecies (the prophetic messages should not be proven false).
When wondering is the Bible the word of God? One should keep in mind the Bible contains hundreds of prophecies, some of which are yet regarding the future — and many of which have already have been proven to be true. In addition, the Bible has never been proven wrong in any of its prophetic messages. Here is one example of a prophetic message which came true.
Note that Cyrus is mentioned by name, although at this point he
has not even been born. What's also interesting about this
prophetic message is that at the time Isaiah wrote this, the city
was not yet destroyed and the temple was still standing.
Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, came along and destroyed the
city about a hundred years later. About 160 years after Isaiah's
writing the temple was completed, because a Persian king named
Cyrus gave the decree to rebuild the city and the temple. The
American Peoples Encyclopedia, Vol.11, (page 395) dates the
time of Isaiah's death at about 668 BC. The same
volume on page 611 states that Nebuchadnezzar destroyed the city
and the temple in586 BC. In Vol. 6 (pages 688-689)
of The American Peoples Encyclopedia, we find that Cyrus
liberated the Jews and allowed them to return to rebuild Jerusalem
and even restored sacred vessels taken from the temple. This took
place around 539 BC; the new temple was completed
in 515 BC (Vol.11, page 611).
In all fairness I cannot say that I am familiar with any proven false prophecies within the Book of Mormon itself. However, there is also no evidence to support that the people or places written about in the Book of Mormon ever existed. There are no ancient manuscripts for the Book of Mormon. There is no archaeological confirmation of anything in the Book of Mormon. We are left pretty much taking Joseph Smith's word for everything. Joseph Smith made numerous prophecies that are recorded in other books which can be proven false. One example can be found in the Doctrine and Covenants, Section 84:1-5.E There Smith prophesied that a temple would be built in the western boundaries in the state of Missouri, and dedicated by his own hand during the generation of those living in 1832. The Mormons failed to build such a temple during Joseph Smith's lifetime, making him a false prophet. According to the Bible, a true prophet of God must be correct 100 percent of the time. This is because God is the one who causes a truly God-given prophecy to come to pass (Deuteronomy 18:18-22, Ezekiel 12:22-25, Habakkuk 2:2-3).
5) Be scientifically sound.
Most informed Christians will readily admit the Bible is not a
science textbook. While the Bible cannot be proven to be the Word
of God based solely on science — neither does science refute the
Bible. They are in harmony in areas where they do meet. But, the
Bible was written to reveal God to mankind, not science. I would
like to mention one area where science and the Bible do meet
together. Consider Job 26:7: "He stretches out the north over empty
space, and hangs the earth on nothing." Keep in mind that
Job lived almost 2,000 years before Christ. This idea that the
earth was suspended on nothing was not even considered by
scientists for thousands of years after Job. Now, with our
satellites and trips into space, we know this to be true. But this
was not known in Job's day. The Egyptians declared the earth rested
on pillars. The Greeks said it was carried on the back of Atlas.
People believed many things, but they did not come close to what we
know to be true today, and what Job declared a few thousand years
DNA studies now reveal that the Book of Mormon is incorrect in its claim that the Israelites are the main ancestors of modern day Native Americans. In 2003, Living Hope Ministries produced a 49-minute documentary that uses genetic research to challenge fundamental historical claims in the Book of Mormon: “DNA vs. the Book of Mormon” (written by Joel P. Kramer, directed by Joel P. Kramer and Jeremy Reyes H1). An internet search of this title will produce many options for those interested in purchasing this video.
6) Be able to prove claims of ancient text and verifying transmission of the text to be accurate.
It is natural to question how we know that what we have in our Bible today is the same as what was originally written. Many people make the mistake of assuming that errors have crept in during the transmission of the text. For example, the Mormons’“8th Article of Faith” states: "We believe the Bible to be the word of God in so far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God". Mormons teach that the Catholic Church has perverted much of the Bible, ignoring an abundance of manuscript evidence, some of which pre-dates the Catholic Church.
We need to remember that the Bible was originally written in Greek and Hebrew — not English. Many have wondered why there are so many versions of the Bible: because when translating a book from one language to another, scholars will differ slightly on word choice and sentence structure. Also, the English language itself has evolved since the King James Version of the Bible was produced. We simply do not talk in King James’ style any longer. When comparing the many different versions, however, we find the message and doctrines are the same in all of the legitimate translations.
Since our English Bibles are translated from original languages of Greek and Hebrew, let’s narrow focus to that. How do we know that the Greek and Hebrew did not change as it was passed down through time, before we translated it into English? This is where manuscript evidence becomes important. There is far more manuscript evidence to support the writings of the Bible than any other ancient history that is known in the world today. There are more than 5,300 known Greek manuscripts for the New Testament. This is more than enough to compare to our Greek text today. There is also further confirmation from the 10,000 manuscripts of the Latin Vulgate. If this was not enough, there are 9,300 earlier manuscripts. Even without all of this evidence, the vast majority of the New Testament could be reconstructed from the writings of the early church fathers. These are the men who studied directly under the Apostles, and the people two studied under them. They did a lot of writing quoting the Apostles. It is true that textual variances can be found in these manuscripts. The vast majority of these discrepancies concern minor things, such as spelling. None of the discrepancies change anything in the teachings or message of the Bible.
We do not have a large number of manuscripts for the Old Testament like we do the New Testament. There are two reasons for this. First, the further back you go, the more things are destroyed by a natural aging. Second, the people themselves destroyed any copy of the Old Testament that was not perfect. To them, the copying of the text was extremely sacred. There was a ritual that had to be followed in every detail. If the columns were not of equal size throughout the manuscript, the entire copy was destroyed. One of the greatest proofs of the reliability of the Old Testament is the Dead Sea Scrolls, which were discovered in 1947. These scrolls contained a portion of every book in the Old Testament with the exception of Esther. The entire book of Isaiah was found here also. When examined, these scrolls confirmed that the Hebrew text we have today has not changed from that of antiquity. It is also important to realize that these scrolls date back to before the time when Jesus Christ was here. Jesus seemed to view the text they had as accurate. Consider the following passages spoken by Jesus.
In both cases Jesus was referring to the written Old
Testament. His statements certainly showed that He believed their
text to be reliable. The Dead Sea Scrolls date back before Jesus'
time, which has proven our Hebrew text today is the same. Certainly
since we have the same Hebrew text that they had in Jesus’ day, we
also should consider it reliable.
There is no known ancient manuscript that shows evidence for the Book of Mormon. Joseph Smith claimed to have translated it from some gold plates which, conveniently, disappeared — and there is no other proof. The earliest copy of the Book of Mormon known is from the 1800s. Comparing the Book of Mormon today to the Book of Mormon of the 1800s, nearly 4,000 changes can be shown. Some of them are minor textual changes, while others change meaning and doctrine. More information and where to purchase this can be found at UTLM.org
7) Be life-changing in its message.
There are those who claim the name of Christianity and then do awful things, even in the name of God. Still, one cannot deny that millions of people have changed their lives after accepting the Gospel message of the Bible. We cannot discount the many that are genuine just because there are also some counterfeits.
There are also many Mormons who have changed their lives for the better. I was raised in an active Mormon family and I can testify to their sincerity. Those who follow their religion are good people who deserve respect and admiration. The statement, "There is truth in all religions", is true to some extent. Non-believers who practice some moral teachings from the Bible will certainly live better lives than if they did not. And while the Mormon Church also teaches and practices some good principles, those principles will not get anyone into heaven. We are not saved on the basis of good deeds, but by God’s grace, because of what Jesus did on the cross (John 3:16, Ephesians 2:8-10). A person can be very sincere and still be wrong (Proverbs 14:12). The Mormon Church does teach some good Biblical principles, but it does not teach the same God, Jesus, or salvation that we find in the Bible. We need to remember that people who are deceived and mislead are not the enemy.
Ephesians 6:12: “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.” We need to speak out against false doctrines, remembering that the people deceived by them are also people who Jesus died for.
The Book of Daniel and
Part 1, Dating the Book of Daniel
The Bible claims to be the Word of God. In the Bible we are constantly confronted by words that indicate certain text is “the word of the Lord”, or the claim that “God said” something. One of the purposes of prophecy is so that we become confronted with the reality of God. In Scripture we are often told of something that will take place at some future time; then the prophecy is followed by "you will know that I am the LORD." It is not unreasonable to wonder; “How do we know God really said this?” The sure fulfillment of the prophecy is given to us as one of the means in which we should test a prophet to see if he is indeed speaking God's words.
Another test of a prophet: if someone tells us to follow after
other gods, he is a false prophet (Deuteronomy 13:1-4.)
Fulfilled prophecy not only confronts us with the reality of God, but it also gives us confirmation that the Bible really is the Word of God, as it claims to be. I, for one, am glad that Christianity is not a "blind faith”. Although we do use faith, there are also sound reasons to accept the Bible as the written word of God. One should keep in mind that Daniel is just one of the books of the Bible that contains prophecy.
LATE DATING THE BOOK OF DANIEL
When it comes to prophecy many people try to claim that a fulfilled prophecy was written after the actual event. This is called “late dating”. They do this simply because they do not believe in a God that can forecast the future. The Book of Daniel is well-known for its prophecy, which accurately foretold events that later took place in history, and goes on to tell us of events that will still take place in our future and tie in directly with the Book of Revelation concerning end times and the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. Unfortunately some scholars put inaccurate information which is based only on their biased opinion into reference works. According to Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics late dating the Book of Daniel did not start due to some archaeological discovery or historical fact, but rather it was late dated because certain scholars did not believe in miracles.
Daniel foretold the future accurately, which is miraculous;
therefore they assumed a later date.
While reading, remember that on historical timeline, numbers or dates get larger the farther back you go: BC 600, 500, 400, 300, 200, 100, 1, 100, 200, 300 AD. Following is an example in which the Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia has a problem with the dates.
The "Internal evidence" that most people use to support late-dating the Book of Daniel is that Daniel wrote about things in the future that he could not possibly know — but God can foretell the future. As we will see next in the Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia excerpt, it is not possible for the book of Daniel to have been written during the Maccabean wars (167-164 BC).
The problem with this theory is that in the latter of the two dates there is a 108 year gap (275 BC - 167 BC = 108 years). This would result in the Book of Daniel being translated from Hebrew to Greek 108 years before the book was actually written. Even if we say that Daniel was not written until 167-164 BC, as Grolier's earlier excerpt suggests, we would still have a problem. The Septuagint is only a translation of older Hebrew manuscripts. This means that the book of Daniel has to pre-date the Septuagint, thus making the dating as found for the Book of Daniel in Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia inaccurate. At best one would have to argue that Daniel was written in 167 BC and then translated into the Septuagint in 100 BC, only sixty-seven years later. It is very unlikely that the Jews were fooled into accepting the Book of Daniel as authoritative, with Daniel as the author, if the book had not even existed sixty-eight years earlier — and why would they bother translating the book from Hebrew to Greek if it was not accepted as an authoritative work?
Flavius Josephus was a Jewish historian who lived AD 37–100. In Chapter 10 of The Works of Josephus we read the following:
Notice that this early historian places Daniel in the reign of Nebuchadnezzar. Furthermore he gives an account of Daniel and his friends having their names changed by the king. This account is the same as the one we find in the Book of Daniel, indicating that the Biblical account is historically accurate. The reign of Nebuchadnezzar was not 167-164 BC when we are told that the book of Daniel was written. The reign of Nebuchadnezzar was approximately 561 BC - 605 BC. Are we to really to believe that less than a hundred years after the Maccabean wars this Jewish historian inaccurately placed Daniel in the reign of Nebuchadnezzar?
Does Josephus have any credibility as a historian? Grolier’s seems to think so:
Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia
Josephus also makes reference to the Book of Daniel in another account from The Works of Josephus, The Antiquities of the Jews (Book 11, Chapter 8, #4-5):
In this context we can see that this is Alexander the Great. Then following the context down we read the following:
Considering that Josephus was a Jewish Historian it is very unlikely that he would have been fooled into believing that the Book of Daniel existed at the time of Alexander the Great; if in fact it was only written a hundred years or so earlier. It seems even more unlikely that he would be foolish enough to try to tell his readers of this account if he knew the book of Daniel did not exist at the time of Alexander the Great. This puts the Book of Daniel as already being completed and accepted about 200 years earlier than the date when it was supposed to have been written according to Grolier's. Alexander the Great was born around 356 BC and Grolier's dated the Book of Daniel as 167-164 BC.
Grolier’s Multimedia Encyclopedia
We know that the Book of Daniel was not written during the Maccabean wars (167-164 BC) as the Grolier’s Multimedia Encyclopedia declares. We know this because the Hebrew manuscripts containing the Book of Daniel are proven older than that date by the dating of the Septuagint. Furthermore the early historian Josephus, who is considered an accurate source of information on the Jews and their religion, dates Daniel in the reign of Nebuchadnezzar. The reign of Nebuchadnezzar was approximately 561 BC - 605 BC.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, Copyright 1994-1998
Daniel is also mentioned in the Book of Ezekiel:
Since Daniel is mentioned in the Book of Ezekiel in a non prophetic context it is reasonable to believe that Daniel must have been around before or during Ezekiel's lifetime. And when did Ezekiel live?
Encyclopaedia Britannica, Copyright 1994-1998
The Christian who accepts the Bible as the Word of God need only to look to the words of Jesus for confirmation. Jesus not only referred to Daniel as a prophet, but also made reference to what is found in the Book of Daniel. If Jesus accepts Daniel as a prophet and the Book of Daniel as prophecy, then the Christian has no reason to reject it.
The Apostle Paul also makes reference to this.
There are, of course, reference works that do date the book of Daniel correctly. Unfortunately among the many reference works, such references seem to be in the minority.
Webster's Family Encyclopedia, 1989 edition, vol.3, pg. 717:
Note that Webster's Family Encyclopedia acknowledges that some believe Daniel was written in the 2nd century BC, but still dates Daniel in the 6th century BC.
Easton's Bible Dictionary:
"The historical part of the book treats of the period of
the Captivity. Daniel is the historian of the Captivity, the writer
who alone furnishes any series of events for that dark and dismal
period during which the harp of Israel hung on the trees that grew
by the Euphrates. His narrative may be said in general to intervene
between Kings and Chronicles on the one hand and Ezra on the other,
or (more strictly) to fill out the sketch which the author of the
Chronicles gives in a single verse in his last chapter: 'And them
that had escaped from the sword carried he [i.e., Nebuchadnezzar]
away to Babylon; where they were servants to him and his sons until
the reign of the kingdom of Persia (2 Chronicles 36:20).
“The prophetical part consists of three visions and one lengthened prophetical communication.
“The genuineness of this book has been much disputed, but the arguments in its favour fully establish its claims. (1.) We have the testimony of Christ (Matthew. 24:15; 25:31; 26:64) and his apostles (1 Corinthians 6:2; 2 Thessalonians 2:3) for its authority; and (2) the important testimony of Ezekiel (14:14, 20; 28:3). (3.) The character and records of the book are also entirely in harmony with the times and circumstances in which the author lived. (4.) The linguistic character of the book is, moreover, just such as might be expected. Certain portions (Daniel 2:4; 7) are written in the Chaldee language; and the portions written in Hebrew are in a style and form having a close affinity with the later books of the Old Testament, especially with that of Ezra. The writer is familiar both with the Hebrew and the Chaldee, passing from the one to the other just as his subject required. This is in strict accordance with the position of the author and of the people for whom his book was written. That Daniel is the writer of this book is also testified to in the book itself (7:1, 28; 8:2; 9:2; 10:1, 2; 12:4, 5).”
I would like to further emphasize the importance of Daniel claiming to be the author. We find references where Daniel speaks as though he is the author:
The author says "I Daniel" this informs us that the author is Daniel himself, and not someone else. Furthermore the author dates himself in certain passages. Following is one such example:
Notice the author claims that Daniel had a dream or vision in
the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon. Then the author
speaks as Daniel himself. My point is that the author gives us
every indication that he is Daniel and writing during the time
period of which he is speaking. Belshazzar is dated around 539
Encarta Encyclopedia 2000, copyright 1993-1999 Microsoft ref
Enclopaedia Britanica, Multimedia CD 98:
If Daniel did not write the Book of Daniel during the time period indicated then it is a deception on the part of the author. The author would be a fraud who deceived Josephus the Jewish historian, as well as Jesus himself. Remember Jesus reminded the disciples what was spoken of by Daniel the prophet. (Matthew 24:15-16). If the writer actually lived during the 2nd century BC and wrote as if he was Daniel, who lived during the reign of Belshazzar, then he would not be a prophet, but rather he would be a liar and a fraud. Jesus refers to Daniel as a prophet. Josephus also would not be much of a historian to fail to recognize this fraud.
The following reasoning has been discussed showing that the Book of Daniel was not written during the Maccabean wars (167-164 BC), but during the 6th century BC.
Daniel did indeed live in the 6th century BC. His predictions concerning the Medes and the Persians taking over Babylon followed by the Greeks conquering the Medes and the Persians are remarkable. These predictions only scratch the surface of the predictions in the Book of Daniel. Nostradamus and Jean Dixon together could not match the detail or accuracy as found in the Book of Daniel. How is this possible? It is because as Daniel says “there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries" (Daniel 2:28). Some of Daniel's prophecy is covered in “Daniel Part 2” below
In Daniel Part 1 we covered evidence for the dating of the book
of Daniel. Daniel was written in the 6th century BC. The reign of
Nebuchadnezzar, under whom Daniel served in the first part of the
Book of Daniel, was approximately 561 BC - 605 BC.
The Bible tells us that God has control over kings and governments. God can take governments out or replace them at anytime that He chooses.
Now we will take a look at some of the prophecy of Daniel and how it was fulfilled in history. There is far more detailed prophecy in Daniel then what will be dealt with here. This is only a small taste of what can be found in Daniel. Hopefully this will whet your taste buds for wanting to study more prophecy yourself. This prophecy in the second chapter of Daniel continues even into our future and end times. For our purposes we will only be dealing with those parts that have already come to pass. Some key passages are printed here for you. However, it would be to the reader’s benefit to read each chapter in Daniel before reading the commentary here.
In the beginning of Daniel we find that Nebuchadnezzar is king of Babylon. It is interesting to note that Nebuchadnezzar is king because God has placed him there. In the Bible we can see that God not only can forecast the future, but also controls the future.
Daniel speaking to Nebuchadnezzar said in Daniel 2:37: "You, O king, are the king of kings, to whom the God of heaven has given the kingdom, the power, the strength, and the glory...”
(Read Daniel Chapter 2.) In Daniel Chapter 2 we find that King Nebuchadnezzar had a dream. He told his wise men that they must tell him both the dream he had and the interpretation. Daniel was the only one who could do this after seeking God in prayer. Following is Daniel's response to the king.
Daniel 2:31-40: 31 "You, O king, were looking
and behold, there was a single great statue; that statue, which was
large and of extraordinary splendor, was standing in front of you,
and its appearance was awesome. 32 The head of
that statue was made of fine gold, its breast and its arms of
silver, its belly and its thighs of bronze, 33 its
legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of clay.
34 You continued looking until a stone was cut out
without hands, and it struck the statue on its feet of iron and
clay, and crushed them. 35 "Then the iron, the
clay, the bronze, the silver and the gold were crushed all at the
same time, and became like chaff from the summer threshing floors;
and the wind carried them away so that not a trace of them was
found. But the stone that struck the statue became a great mountain
and filled the whole earth. 36 This was the dream;
now we shall tell its interpretation before the king.
37 You, O king, are the king of kings, to whom the
God of heaven has given the kingdom, the power, the strength, and
the glory; 38 and wherever the sons of men
dwell, or the beasts of the field, or the birds of the sky, He has
given them into your hand and has caused you to rule over them all.
You are the head of gold. 39 And after
you there will arise another kingdom inferior to you, then another
third kingdom of bronze, which will rule over all the earth.
40 Then there will be a fourth kingdom as
strong as iron; inasmuch as iron crushes and shatters all
things, so, like iron that breaks in pieces, it will crush and
break all these in pieces.”
God was not revealing spiritual truth to Nebuchadnezzar; rather He was showing him what would take place in history concerning himself and the governing authorities after him. Later in Daniel Chapter 4 we find that Nebuchadnezzar has his sanity taken from him until he recognizes God as the one in authority.
We learn in this passage that the dream that was given to King Nebuchadnezzar was about future kingdoms. In this dream he saw a large image and we are told Nebuchadnezzar was the head of gold (verse 38). Following him there are three other kingdoms mentioned (verses 39-40).
We do not have to guess as to the interpretation of this prophecy. Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon was the head of gold. Following him are three other kingdoms. As for the second kingdom in king Nebuchadnezzar's dream we are only told (verse 39) "And after you there will arise another kingdom inferior to you" This inferior kingdom is represented as the breast and arms of silver in the dream. (verse 32): "The head of that statue was made of fine gold, its breast and its arms of silver, its belly and its thighs of bronze...” Further interpretation as to the identity of this second kingdom can be found later in the book of Daniel. However Isaiah actually tells us who will overthrow Babylon at least a hundred years before the writing of the book of Daniel. Remember, Daniel was written in the 6th century BC. The reign of Nebuchadnezzar was approximately 561 BC - 605 BC. (While reading don't forget that on the timeline numbers or dates get larger the farther back you go — BC 600, 500, 400, 300, 200, 100, 1, 100, 200, 300 AD.)
Webster's Family Encyclopedia, 1989 edition, Volume 6, pg. 1329:
“Isaiah, (8th century BC) Old Testament Prophet. He was influential at the court of the rulers of Judah until the Assyrian invasion (701 BC) and. according to tradition, was later martyred.”
Daniel was written in the 6th century BC. The reign of
Nebuchadnezzar, whom Daniel served under in the first part of
the book of Daniel, was approximately 561 BC - 605
BC. Webster's Family Encyclopedia gives us
the date 701 BC as the later part of
Isaiah's ministry (701 BC - 605 BC = 96 years).A34 Keep in mind
that the Medes and the Persians took over after
Nebuchadnezzar. This means that approximately a
hundred years before Daniel God told his people through Isaiah that
the Medes would rise up against Babylon. We will soon see
that Babylon will be destroyed as Sodom and Gomorrah and will never
be inhabited again.
Daniel Chapter 4 is the last we see of King Nebuchadnezzar. In the beginning of Daniel Chapter 5 we are introduced to Belshazzar. In my study I found that some have questioned Daniel because Belshazzar is said to be the son of Nebuchadnezzar (Daniel 5:22). I will explain this before we go on to the fulfillment of prophecy. The Aramaic word translated "father" here does not necessarily mean immediate father. It can also mean grandfather or an ancestor, as shown in the following Hebrew\ Aramaic reference works.
Strong's Definitions of Biblical Words
corresponding to 1: 'ab (awb); a primitive
word; father, in a literal and immediate, or figurative and remote
KJV-- chief, (fore-) father ([-less]), X patrimony, principal. Compare names in "Abi-".C3
Brown, Driver, Briggs Lexicon
These references show that the word translated as "father" in the following passage can also mean a grandfather or descendant.
This same Aramaic word is translated as "fathers" speaking of ancestors in the following passage.
We find further indication that the passage in Daniel 5:2 is speaking of a descendant of Nebuchadnezzar, rather than an immediate son, in the book of Jeremiah.
In this text we can see that the rule of Nebuchadnezzar king of
Babylon will continue at least until his grandson. As we have
already seen in Isaiah the Medes will rise up against Babylon.
In Daniel Chapter 5 Belshazzar brings in some silver vessels that were taken from the temple in Jerusalem so they could use them to toast to the foreign gods and idols. After doing this Belshazzar sees some handwriting supernaturally being written on the wall. Daniel is called in to give King Belshazzar the interpretation. Daniel rebukes him by reminding him that he knew how God humbled King Nebuchadnezzar causing him to lose his sanity for a while. Yet knowing this he used the sacred vessels to toast to the foreign gods and idols, Daniel then gives him the interpretation (read Daniel Chapter 5).
Remember that in Daniel Chapter 2 in king Nebuchadnezzar's dream we are told that another power inferior to Nebuchadnezzar and represented by its breast and its arms of silver would arise (Daniel 2:32 and 39). Here we are told that this second kingdom would be the Medes and the Persians. One should not overlook the fact that Daniel includes the Persians with the Medes in the takeover of Babylon. Also Belshazzar speaks of making Daniel the third ruler of the kingdom.
So the question is: What actually took place in history?
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So far we have covered the first two kingdoms in Nebuchadnezzar's dream. Nebuchadnezzar's kingdom is the head of gold. (BABYLON). The second kingdom represented by the breast and arms of silver was the Medes and the Persians. The third kingdom in Nebuchadnezzar's dream of the statue was its belly and its thighs of bronze (Daniel 2:32 and 39) We do not have to guess as to the interpretation of this kingdom of bronze, either. We can see that the kingdoms, starting from Nebuchadnezzar represented as the head of gold, are following in consecutive order. We also know who the first two kingdoms are (Babylon being the first and the Medes and the Persians being the second). Daniel has a vision that we find in Chapter 8 where these kingdoms overlap.
Introducing the kingdom of Greece
In this text we see that the ram was the one in power. Then we see a male goat that strikes the ram. We also see the ram had no strength to withstand the goat. In other words the goat overcame the ram. So who are the goat and the ram? The following text tells us.
In this text we see that the ram represents the Medes and the Persians. We have already seen the Medes and the Persians as the ones who would conquer Babylon, in the writing on the wall seen by Belshazzar in Daniel Chapter 5. Now we see that the shaggy goat that represents the kingdom of Greece is the one that would conquer the Medes and the Persians. So the next question is "Did the kingdom of Greece conquer the Medes and the Persians in history?"
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The text we looked at in Daniel Chapter 8 goes into further detail concerning the Greek empire (verse 22). We are told that four kingdoms would arise from the Greek empire. This division is not mentioned in our text in Daniel Chapter 2. As one reads Daniel, especially the detail in Chapter 11, it is easy to see that there is much more detail than what I am covering here. However that would be a book in itself. For the sake of brevity I am sticking to the basic outline as seen in Daniel Chapter 2. This division actually still falls within the Greek empire in the text as well as what took place in history.
The Encyclopedia of Biblical Prophecy, page 380
These Greek generals are also listed as successors of Alexander the Great by the 1st century Jewish Historian Josephus (The Works of Josephus, The Antiquities of the Jews, Book 12, Chapter 1). (PDF pg. 441)
Concerning Nebuchadnezzar's dream in Daniel Chapter 2, we have now covered the first three kingdoms:
The Roman Empire
The fourth kingdom is unlike the first three kingdoms; while we were specifically told who they were, the fourth kingdom is not interpreted and named for us in Scripture. We know the succession of the first three kingdoms — (1) Babylon; (2) The Medes and the Persians; (3) The Greeks. History tells us that the empire that followed the succession of these three empires was the Roman Empire. Therefore, all we have to do is look at the description given to us in the Bible and see if it correlates with the Roman Empire. First we will give a couple of references showing that the Roman Empire did indeed follow the Greek Empire.
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The empire of the Medes and Persians was overthrown by Alexander of Macedon; the Macedonian successor states were conquered by Rome...”
“Alexander of Macedon” was “Alexander the Great”, as can be seen in the following reference.
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Now that we have established that the Roman Empire did indeed follow the Greek Empire, we will examine the Biblical description of this empire.
One should notice that in verse 40 we are told, "Then there will be a fourth kingdom". Observe that this fourth kingdom is spoken of singularly. In verse 41 when we are told, "it will be a divided kingdom" — it is still spoken of singularly. Then in verse 44 we find kings and kingdoms in plural, not singular. It is in the days of these kings and kingdoms in which the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which will never be destroyed. There are those that interpret this last part a little differently, but the end result is still the same. First we will look at "the divided kingdom" then we will move on to the "kingdom which will never be destroyed" in verses 44-45.
a) The division of the Roman Empire
"And in that you saw the feet and toes, partly of potter's clay and partly of iron, it will be a divided kingdom." (Daniel 2:41)
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b) The division of the Roman Empire
"And in that you saw the feet and toes, partly of potter's clay and partly of iron, it will be a divided kingdom.” (Daniel 2:41)
SANHEDRIN (from Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary)
“[SAN hee drun] (a council or assembly) — the highest ruling body and court of justice among the Jewish people in the time of Jesus. Headed by the high priest of Israel, the Sanhedrin was granted limited authority over certain religious, civil, and criminal matters by the foreign nations that dominated the land of Israel at various times in its history. The Sanhedrin was exercising this limited power when it charged Jesus with the crime of blasphemy but then sent him to Pilate, the Roman official, for a formal trial and sentencing.”
ROMAN EMPIRE (from Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary)
“The situation of the Jews varied considerably under the different Roman rulers. Basically, the Romans treated the Jews fairly. Herod the Great rebuilt the Temple in 20 BC, and Herod Agrippa sought Jewish favor by persecuting the Christians <Acts 12:1-3>. Archelaus, on the other hand, was a cruel and tyrannical ruler who massacred many Jews <Matt. 2:22>. Resentful of the presence of these foreign oppressors, the Jews refused to recognize anyone but God as sovereign.”
c) The division of the Roman Empire
"And in that you saw the feet and toes, partly of potter's clay and partly of iron, it will be a divided kingdom.” (Daniel 2:41)
In Vernon McGee's commentary on Daniel, on page 47 he states, "The Roman Empire fell apart — no enemy destroyed it. Rome is still living in the great nations of Europe today: Italy, France, Great Britain, Germany, and Spain are all part of the Roman Empire. The laws of Rome live on and her language also.”
Groliers Multimedia Encyclopedia
(This encyclopedia article tends to agree somewhat with those who claim the Roman Empire can still be seen in the world today.)
SUMMARY OF THE DIVISION
The Bible tells us that the fourth kingdom (the Roman Empire) will be a divided kingdom. Exactly how it is divided the Bible does not actually say. Each of the divisions that were covered have some valid points as well as confirmation found in history. It is logical then to conclude that this portion of prophecy is valid because the Roman Empire was indeed divided.
IN THE DAYS OF THOSE KINGS
"And in the days of those kings the God of heaven
will set up a kingdom which will never be destroyed, and
that kingdom will not be left for another people; it will crush and
put an end to all these kingdoms, but it will itself
endure forever. Inasmuch as you saw that a stone was cut out
of the mountain without hands and that it crushed the iron,
the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold, the great God
has made known to the king what will take place in the future; so
the dream is true, and its interpretation is trustworthy."
Here is where our text in Daniel Chapter 2 shifts. The fourth kingdom in verse 40 is spoken as a single kingdom. Next we have some sort of division of the fourth kingdom and then after that we have kingdoms in plural, in which time the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which will never be destroyed. The reader should also take notice of the fact that the image that Nebuchadnezzar saw was destroyed by a stone that was cut out without hands (Daniel 2:34-35 and 44-45).
There are three questions that should be asked here.
In the Bible the only kingdom that will last forever is a heavenly kingdom. The kingdom of Christ will have no end.
The Bible, including the book of Daniel, tells us that the kingdom which will never be destroyed is Christ’s kingdom. We can then logically conclude that the kingdom which is to follow the division of the Roman Empire is Christ's kingdom.
Considering that the Bible tells us that the kingdom that will never be destroyed is Christ's kingdom, it is interesting to find that Jesus Christ is also referred to as a stone.
The stone that King Nebuchadnezzar saw in his dream was cut out without hands. This is an indication that what was to come was beyond human means. This stone in Nebuchadnezzar's dream destroyed all of the earthly nations (Daniel 2:34-35). Furthermore, in the Bible, the kingdom which will never be destroyed is Christ's kingdom. Then we find that Jesus Christ is referred to as a stone in Scripture. The Bible reveals to us that Jesus Christ is the stone that destroys all of the earthly kingdoms and sets up his own kingdom that will have no end. According to the Book of Daniel this will take place after the division of the fourth kingdom (The Roman Empire, Daniel 2:40-45).
Daniel 2:44: "And in the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which will never be destroyed, and that kingdom will not be left for another people; it will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms, but it will itself endure forever.”
There are two dominate views of this within the Christian church today:
In this view Christ's kingdom is seen in a spiritual sense in that Christ has already overcome the world, and by accepting Jesus we enter into His kingdom rule now. This view also maintains that there will later be a literal fulfillment when all the nations will come to an end.
This view takes the more literal approach, declaring that all of the nations were not actually overthrown as seen in Daniel. This literal view expects this to take place as part of the fulfillment of the Book of Revelation.
WHY IS ANY OF THIS IMPORTANT?
Keep in mind that Daniel lived in the 6th century BC. The book of Daniel accurately foretold the Medes and the Persians conquering the Babylonian empire. Furthermore Daniel accurately foretold the Greeks as being the ones that would conquer the Medes and the Persians. Then we are introduced to the Roman Empire which, we were told, would be divided. Up to this point we have several hundred years of history predicted accurately. Considering that the Book of Daniel accurately foretold of the rise and fall of major world powers over a period of several hundred years; it is a good bet that the rest of this prophecy will come true as well. Whichever view one takes as to when this will happen the result is still the same. Jesus Christ will indeed rule and all earthly kingdoms will be abolished. The Bible also tells us there is life after death, so it will effect everyone, no matter when it takes place. The question then is how will Jesus respond to you when you ask for entrance into his kingdom?
The Bible tells us that no one is good enough on their own to gain entrance into the kingdom of God. However Jesus paid the full price for all of our sins. All we have to do is ask for His forgiveness and surrender our life to Him and we will dwell with Him forever.
THE BIBLE REVEALS SCIENTIFIC FACT PRIOR TO HUMAN
The Bible, unlike any other collection of writing, is unique in the fact that is surpasses mankind's abilities. The prophecies in the Bible that have already been fulfilled are what most point to as proof that the Bible is truly the Word of God. No man has ever been able to predict the future with the detail and accuracy that the Bible has shown. However, the Bible is in no way limited in providing evidence to the fact that it is indeed the Word of God. Another area that shows the Bible’s authenticity is science.
Most informed Christians will readily admit that the Bible is
not a textbook about science. You cannot prove the Bible to be the
Word of God based solely on science. Then again, neither
does science refute the Bible. While there is a certain “religion
vs. science” mindset out there, in fact, the Bible has never been
proven scientifically wrong. (The same cannot be said about some
theories proposed by scientists, over the years). Science and the
Bible are in harmony in areas where they do meet. But the Bible was
written to reveal God to mankind. The Bible was not written to
teach anybody about science.
Here are some examples in which the Bible mentions scientific
facts that today we know are true. What is amazing about these
examples is that the Bible declared them as fact long before
mankind discovered they were true!
Job 26:7: "He stretches out the north over empty space, and hangs the earth on nothing."
Keep in mind that Job lived almost 2,000 years before Christ.
The concept that the earth was suspended on nothing was not even
considered by scientists for thousands of years after Job. Now,
with our satellites and trips into space, we know this to be true —
but such was not known in Job's day. The Egyptians declared the
earth rested on pillars. The Greeks said it was carried on the back
of Atlas. People believed many things, but they did not come close
to believing what we know to be true today, and what Job declared a
few thousand years ago. How did Job know this was true when science
had not yet discovered it?
Job 28:25: "When He imparted weight to the wind, and meted out the waters by measure...”
Does air have weight? In 1643 a mathematician named Evangelista
Torricelli performed an experiment to learn if air has weight. His
experiment is what led to the making of our barometer. The relative
weights of air and water are needed for the efficient functioning
of the world's hydrologic cycle, which in turn sustains life on the
Nasa.gov relates an experiment that children can do to
verify this fact. Simply make a scale that pivots and balances
correctly. Hang two empty balloons on each side, and balance it
out. Then remove one balloon, blow it up, then hang it back in the
same place. The side with the inflated balloon will alter
downwards, because it now has the weight of the air inside the
The discovery of air containing weight was made during the 16th
century; remember, Job lived almost 2,000 years before Christ. The
book of Job told us air has weight before science discovered this
Leviticus 17:11: “For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you on the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood by reason of the life that makes atonement.”
During George Washington's time, the practice of blood-letting
to treat various kinds of illnesses was common. This practice is
actually what killed him. An understanding of this verse in the
Bible could have spared his life. In today's world it is common
knowledge that blood circulation is vital for our survival. William
Harvey (1 April 1578 – 3 June 1657) was an English physician
who was the first to describe correctly and in exact detail the
systemic circulation and properties of blood being pumped around
the body by the heart. Yet all critics will agree that the
Book of Leviticus was written a few thousand years ago (any year
that falls in BC is long before the 1600s and William
We were told that “the life of the flesh is in the blood” in
Leviticus, long before science discovered the details of this
Job 36:27-30: “27) For He draws up the drops of water, they distill rain from the mist, 28) Which the clouds pour down, they drip upon man abundantly. 29) Can anyone understand the spreading of the clouds, the thundering of His pavilion? 30) Behold, He spreads His lightning about Him, and He covers the depths of the sea.”
This Bible reference clearly describes evaporation and its
cycle, which we now refer to as the hydrological
cycle. We also see that the context includes the sea.
However, the Greeks believed that spring water came from the oceans
and was purified in the ground, making fresh water. The
understanding of the evaporation process, as described in the Book
of Job, was not discovered and understood until the 17th
Here is a short related quote from Chapter 11 of the 1999 NGWA
Press publication, Ground Water Hydrology for Water Well
Contractors (nwga.org) that you may find interesting:
"Before the 17th century, many natural philosophers accepted the Greek theory (proposed by people who lived in a semiarid climate on limestone hills) that rainfall was insufficient to feed springs and rivers. It was thought that spring water was purified sea water from deep within the earth (reverse osmosis?) .However, in 1580, Bernard Palissy proposed the theory of the hydrologic cycle. Pierre Perrault (1608-1680) made careful observations of rainfall and stream flow in the Seine River basin, confirming Palissy's hunch and thus began the study of modern scientific hydrology."
In Job, we find the Bible describes the hydrological cycle long
before science discovers the reality of it.
Job 38:16: "Have you entered into the springs of the sea? Or have you walked in the recesses of the deep?”
Think how this must have sounded to Job. There is no way that
anybody in his day could have known there were springs in the
ocean. It is not like anybody went deep sea diving, or any other
type of underwater exploration.
Today we know that hot springs or hydrothermal vents come from
the ocean floor. Scientist first discovered these in the 1970's.
How could Job possibly know that there were springs of any kind on
the ocean floor?
Ecclesiastes 1:6: “Blowing toward the south, then turning toward
the north, the wind continues swirling along; and on its circular
courses the wind returns.”
A study of Jet Stream & Trade Winds will show you that the wind does go in the circular course as described in this verse that was written in between 930-970 BC.
Jet Stream was discovered during World War 2.
The Trade Winds were discovered during the time of Christopher Columbus (1451-1506)
(earthguide.ucsd.edu & Wikipedia.org)
How did Solomon know about this in 900 BC? C2
Isaiah 44:24: “Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, and the one who formed you from the womb, ‘I, the LORD, am the maker of all things, stretching out the heavens by myself, and spreading out the earth all alone...
There are a number of Bible references speaking of the
stretching out of the heavens. Isaiah is not the oldest reference,
but it was written about 740 BC.
With the discoveries found with the Hubble Telescope and studies
of red shifts most scientists today will agree that the universe
has expanded. K8 This is something that has just been discovered in
our life time, but the Bible declared the heavens were stretched
out in about 17 different passages, several thousand years
Looking at the Bible, we see that there is no other document,
whether it be religious or non religious, that provides this kind
of credentials or uniqueness. In prophecies we see the Bible tell
world history in advance and much of it has already happened. So
the sincere student can check out if the Bible really can foretell
the future by looking to see if it was accurate on predictions in
the past. Well it does not end there. The Bible also had knowledge
of scientific details long before they were discovered by mankind.
How is that possible? Perhaps because the Bible it is what exactly
what it claims to be: the written word of God!