|Style of the Writing
The style of this book is very similar to Revelation. It is written in the language of symbols, pictures, visions, and dreams. This was one of the most miserable times in history of the world, especially the Jews. The leaders, especially after Nebuchadnezzar, were ruthless and even went so far as to commit the Abomination of Desolation in the Temple. The Jews were now having even more questions than they ever asked before; how long in this condition? Has God left us? When is the Messiah coming? Is there even going to be a Savior, Redeemer, of Messiah?
Daniel was in the very center of the world power that had overthrown much of the East, including the Jews. He was in a position to know what the world powers were thinking. He was in the position to influence the thinking of the leaders and the people.
Daniel used, almost exclusively, symbolic, apocalyptic language. The word apocalyptic comes from the Greek Apokalypsis which means "unveiling" or "revelation". This usually refers to those God secret things that had been previously hidden. These symbols carry the message God is trying to pass on. The problem is understanding the symbology. From knowledge of God's use of symbols, pictures, numbers, and other unusually symbology, we can understand much of the apocalyptic literature. Certainly prayers requesting understanding is appropriate. God said He would not speak face-to-face again after Moses (Num 12:1-8). However, He did say He would speak in dreams and visions. Such was the life of Daniel. It was filled with dreams and visions. He was commissioned by God to speak predictions in the world of the pagan gods (as was John of Revelation).
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