AN ANGLO-ISAAC-SON CAUCASIAN CULTURE AWARENESS TEACHING LETTER
THIS IS MY SIXTY-FIRST MONTHLY TEACHING LETTER AND STARTS MY SIXTH YEAR OF PUBLICATION. With this lesson, we will focus on the 4th chapter of Daniel. I have commented on this chapter several times before, but there is need to examine it in greater depth. The 4th chapter of Daniel must be approached differently than other passages as it is written somewhat, but not entirely, from a subsidiary position. While in this style, contained within its story many revelations are given. We can detect its indirect orientation as it starts and ends with Nebuchadnezzar’s (Nabonidus’) words, yet Daniel is the author.
Why Daniel chose this style to reveal his prophecy is hard to resolve, and we can only speculate. Like novels of today it could just as well have started, “Once upon a time in the ancient empire of Babylon” etc., and ended “and they lived happily ever after.” But lying in-between the opening and end are major revelations. Unless we prepare ourselves for this mode of writing and get in the mood of Daniel’s theme, we may not get the entire thrust of his message. Being it is in this form, one must be able to separate fact from fantasy.