The last of the seventy weeks

According to Flavius Josephus, the political leaders of Babylon, Persia, Greece or Rome showed great interest in Daniel’s prophecy. Even Titus and other Roman emperors respected the prophet. After foretelling the death of Messiah, the prophecy of the seventy weeks announces “desolations” for the city of Jerusalem, its people and the temple, its holy place. This is a tragedy coming upon Jerusalem some forty years after Jesus’ baptism in the Jordan when he was about[…]

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A very odd addition

Addition: that’s quite a simple operation. There’s only a rule. My math teacher always said: You cannot add potatoes and roses. You will always add up potatoes with potatoes or roses with roses. But this is a story where you will add years and days without bothering for the units of measure. A king is having a dream The king has a dream but he does not know the interpretation. A prophet is summoned to[…]

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Daniel’s portrait of a final king

Daniel’s prophecy is no picnic. There is no point in trying to conceal this: the Bible puts forward a number of passages rather difficult to understand and, for a large part of the readers, even to accept. Consequently, sometimes you have to strive a great deal for reaching comprehension. This is a necessary effort you have to do, as suggested in the book of Proverbs. “If you keep seeking for [understanding] as for silver, and as[…]

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Fighting and the raging bull

Fighting was a well-developed sport and enjoyed consistent popularity, in the classic period. In Greece, boxing became an Olympic game since 688 BC. Men have fought in combats since the beginning of their history.   The Roman form of boxing was sometimes a fight until death. However, trained combat performers were also valuable commodities. So, their lives were generally not given up without due consideration. A film by Scorsese In modern times, important film directors have introduced characters[…]

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Armageddon

Daniel relates an account attributed to the second year of Nebuchadnezzar’s reign, in which the king dreams of a huge image made of various materials such as gold, silver, bronze, iron, and clay. The prophet Daniel tells the king God’s interpretation. It stands for the rise and fall of different major world powers starting with Nebuchadnezzar’s own as the golden head. Toes representing 10 kings “You, O king, were watching, and you saw an immense[…]

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