Category Archives: Apocalyptic literature

Of Rams and Goats, Again (and hopefully turkey)

I hope you have some Thanksgiving leftovers, because you’ll need them for this post. Last time we were in Daniel 8, we sorted out the geography of Daniel’s vision. This time around, we’ll sort out the history behind the vision … Continue reading

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A Geography Lesson: The Location of Daniel’s Second Vision

If you are geographically challenged, I have more sympathy for you than I used to. I have always prided myself on having a good sense of direction, and I confess I have scoffed at people who don’t know their east … Continue reading

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Of Rams and Goats (and mairzy doats?)

So far this season, my NFL team has knocked off a sleuth of Bears, a flock of Hawks, and a herd of Rams. All fearsome creatures these, but if you want a terrifying creature, let me commend to you the … Continue reading

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A New Chapter (Daniel 8)

We’ve made it to chapter 8 in Daniel, but I must warn you – things do not get better any time soon. This chapter recounts a second terrifying vision that Daniel had, a vision very similar to the first vision … Continue reading

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The Little Horn: Antiochus, Antichrist, and Apocalyptic Literature

It’s time to wrap up Daniel 7, but first we should talk a little bit more about the little horn. The little horn appears in two of Daniel’s visions: chapters 7 and 8. In the first, it is an eleventh … Continue reading

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One Small Foot and Two Little Horns

The dermatologist recently took a sharp (but sterile) instrument to my foot and then ordered me to elevate it as much as possible and not to exercise for two weeks. These haven’t been hard orders to follow since not even … Continue reading

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Ancient Artifacts, Apocalypses, and the Ancient of Days

Pictures this past week of ISIS taking sledge hammers and power tools to ancient artifacts like the magnificent winged-lion here made my heart hurt. Then this weekend I finally got around to reading a sobering article about ISIS ideology, a … Continue reading

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Introducing the Little Known–but, oh, so important!–Divine Council

The greatest barrier to Christianity for Jews is the claim that Jesus is God. Worshiping more than one god got them into a lot of trouble in the Old Testament, so, understandably, they aren’t interested in entertaining the blasphemy that … Continue reading

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Dipping a Toe in the Dismal Swamp

We’re months away from Daniel 9 in this blog (okay, maybe even years, given the pace…), and you can be grateful for that. Trust me. One commentator has famously called the last part of Daniel 9 (Daniel’s “Seventy Weeks”) the … Continue reading

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A Lion, a Leopard, a Bear, and Oh My!

Poor Daniel has been languishing in his beastly vision for more than a month while I’ve been doing whatever it is I do instead of blogging…Where does the time go? And more importantly, where were we…? Ah, right. The churning … Continue reading

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