All posts by David R Maas

I research, write, and occasionally pontificate. I am educated in the history and languages of the Bible. My focus is on the kingdom of God, discipleship, and Bible prophecy, but above all, on Jesus - Who is he? What did he do and teach? I seek to understand each scriptural passage in its original literary and historical contexts. Currently, I reside in the city of Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington.

IN THE IMPERIAL COURT

God gave the kingdom of Judah into the hands of Nebuchadnezzar, but He also equipped Daniel and his companions for service in the court of Babylon.

In its opening paragraph, Daniel labels Babylon the “land of Shinar,” which links it to the “tower of Babel” in Genesis. The Neo-Babylonian Empire had an ancient pedigree, and like his ancient forbears, Nebuchadnezzar had determined to unite all men under one language and one government, where all would render homage to his high image.

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LAND OF SHINAR

The arrogant acts of Nebuchadnezzar against the kingdom of Judah paralleled the incident at the Tower of Babel.

In its opening passage, Daniel calls Babylon the “land of Shinar,” an intentional link to the story of the Tower of Babel and the founding of the city of Babylon. That incident is echoed again in the third chapter of Daniel when Nebuchadnezzar gathered all the nations to pay homage to the image that he had “set up.”

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BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO REVELATION

The book of Revelation records a vision received by the Apostle John while he was exiled on the Isle of Patmos. He was there “on account of the testimony of Jesus.” It was originally addressed and presumably delivered to seven Christian congregations located in key cities of the Roman province of Asia. Most likely it was penned in the late first century when Domitian was emperor in Rome (A.D. 81-96).

“A Revelation”

The first word of the book is the Greek noun apokalypsis (Strong’s #G602), a “revelation.” The English term ‘apocalypse’ is derived from it, a title commonly assigned to the book.  As originally written, the word was not the title of the book but, instead, it designated what it is, namely, a “revelation” from Jesus Christ. It is placed in the first position for emphasis. Continue reading BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO REVELATION

INTRODUCTION TO DANIEL

An introduction to the Book of Daniel with a brief overview of how the Book of Revelation applies it.

The book of Daniel is a well-structured literary work, not a collection of folk stories or random and unrelated visions. At the very beginning, the key themes of the book are presented in brief, then worked out in detail in the subsequent chapters, and each new vision builds on the preceding ones.

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A THEOLOGY OF HISTORY

SYNOPSIS – The book of Daniel demonstrates the absolute sovereignty of Yahweh over the course of history and nations

The first paragraph of Daniel introduces the key theme of the book – God reigns over the kingdoms of the earth – Both the wicked and the just. This theme is presented in explicit statements in the narrative and demonstrated by the accurate predictions of the prophet Daniel to the rulers of the World-Power – Babylon and Persia – A political entity dating back to ancient Babel in the “land of Shinar” – (Genesis 11:1-9, Daniel 2:21-45, 4:17, 5:17-29, 11:1-4).

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