Daniel

About the Book of Daniel

The events in the book of Daniel happened about 600 years before Jesus was born.
There is only one God. He made everything. But God's special people, the Jews, did not obey God. So he punished them. He let Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, and his army win against them. Nebuchadnezzar brought almost all the Jews who were in Judah to live in Babylon.
The first part of the book (chapters 1-6) tells us about events that happened during the lives of Daniel and his friends. Many times the people in Babylon tried to make them turn against God. They wanted them to worship idols or to worship the king. The people in Babylon even tried to kill Daniel and his friends because they would not worship anything except God. But Daniel and his friends knew that idols are not really gods. So they continued to worship the only true God. Daniel became a very important man in the government of Babylon.
The second part of the book (chapters 7-12) tells about Daniel's dreams. They were special dreams that God sent to Daniel. God showed Daniel what would happen in future years. Some things that Daniel saw in his dreams have now happened. Other things that God told Daniel in his dreams have not yet happened. But God rules over everything. He will do what he has promised.
God used Nebuchadnezzar, to punish the Jews, but Nebuchadnezzar did not know that. God can use people who do not know him to teach us.