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Chapter 1 - Letter from a Friend

Claiming divine power

'Tell us what the future holds, so we may know that you are gods.' Isaiah 41:23

'I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me. I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come.' Isaiah 46:9,10

God asks if anyone else can foretell the future - far ahead of when things happen. Do any other religious teachings apart from the Bible explain 'the end from the beginning'?

Only the Bible tells us:

  • who made the world
  • where man came from
  • why are we here
  • where are we going

The Bible gives us a complete picture of man's future.

So God's plan for man could be preserved, what did God instruct His prophets to do?

'Then the Lord said to Moses, 'Write this on a scroll as something to be remembered and make sure that Joshua hears it." ' Exodus 17:14

'Take a scroll and write on it all the words I have spoken to you concerning Israel, Judah and all the other nations.' Jeremiah 36:2

 

Stories passed down from one generation to the next soon get a little hazy or forgotten. God had a definite purpose in requiring His prophets to WRITE DOWN the record of the past and His prophecy of what would happen in the future.

We have proof that Daniel studied other books of the Bible. 

How do we know Daniel recognised the books as inspired by God?

'I, Daniel, understood from the Scriptures, according to the word of the Lord given to Jeremiah the prophet.' Daniel 9:2

Jesus saw the importance of Old Testament Scripture too.

'He [Jesus] said to him, "If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead." ' Luke 16:31