- The validity of a biblical prophet is dependent upon two things: Did the prophecy come true? Did the prophecy come from the Lord?
- Daniel accurately prophesized the empires and reigns of various kings and dominions well before they were established.
- The “fifth empire” has yet to come although Daniel’s “track record” indicates that it can most certainly be expected.
One of the most accurate profits of the Bible is Daniel. He accurately predicted the rise and fall of five empires, four of which have occurred exactly as he first saw, corroborated by historical fact.
The test of a prophet
The first test of a prophet, according to the standards of the Bible in Deuteronomy 18, is that a prophet must be 100% accurate and must attest that these words come from the Lord God.
In Deuteronomy 13, the Bible also tells us that if this prophet talks about other gods, then we should not listen to that prophet’s words. Scripture tells us that God will test us to see if we are committed to the one true God. The penalty for a false prophet is death.
The accuracy of Daniel’s prophecies
As you will see, the prophecies of Daniel alone are enough to prove the Bible. Daniel predicted five empires, four of which all came into being, with a fifth to come.
All of these empires and highly accurate details of their coming to power and decline were named in Daniel’s prophecies centuries before they occurred, and now are a matter of historical fact.
Going further, there is also the prophecies of Daniel’s so-called “70 weeks” which accurately predicted the coming of Jesus Christ, but that is a topic for another article in itself.
DANIEL’S PROPHECY OF NEBUCHADNEZZAR: GOLD – THE FIRST EMPIRE
King Nebuchadnezzar, as told in Daniel 2, had a dream and none of his astrologers or wise men could interpret it. Without being told what the king had dreamed, Daniel already knew because God had shown him. Daniel told the King the meaning of a statue that the king had seen in the dream.
Daniel told Nebuchadnezzar the head of gold, represented the Babylonian Empire, and that the other components of the statue: Silver, bronze and iron, represented three empires that were to follow Babylon.
DANIEL & KING BELSHAZZAR: SILVER – THE SECOND EMPIRE
The Silver Empire represented the Medo-Persian Empire, which conquered Babylon in 539. This empire dominated the near and Middle East for approximately two centuries.
In Daniel 5, we are told about the feast of King Belshazzar dream, and a ghostly man’s hand that appeared and began writing on the wall. None of the King’s wise men, conjurers or diviners could interpret the inscription. Daniel was brought in to declare its interpretation.
Daniel told the King that he had exalted himself against the Lord of heaven, and because of this, God had numbered Belshazzar’s kingdom, which was going to be “divided and given over to the Medes and Persians.”
Scripture says: “That same night Belshazzar the Chaldean king was slain.”
BRONZE – THE THIRD EMPIRE
The bronze Empire represented the Greco-Macedonian Empire which had been established by Alexander The Great, and that Empire endured for roughly 260-300 years. Daniel predicted that this kingdom will rule over all the earth.
Daniel even predicted centuries before, quite specifically, how Alexander The Great’s relatives and progeny would not inherit his rule. This came to pass, as Alexander’s half-brother, legitimate son and illegitimate son were all three murdered, and Alexander’s four generals took over power – exactly as Daniel’s prophecy predicted.
IRON – THE FOURTH EMPIRE
The iron Empire represented the Roman Empire. Daniel also predicted that this kingdom would crush and break all the previous empires. The Roman Empire came into power in the first century BC, and after some 22 emperors and nearly 500 years, ended in September 476 A.D.
THE FIFTH EMPIRE: TO COME
The fifth Empire predicted by Daniel was described as having 10 toes, saying that the feet and toes were composed partly of iron and partly of clay. Unlike the previous empires, this description tells us that the final and fifth Empire will be made up of some kind of union of 10 countries or regions.
Future prophecies for our time to come
At the end of the book of Daniel, God instructed Daniel to “shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase” (Daniel 12:4).
It is undeniable that we are now living in the “information age,” a time where knowledge has increased in a manner that is unprecedented in all of human history. Not only is seemingly endless knowledge available at our fingertips but also with lightning immediacy.
This passage from the book of Daniel indicates that certain major prophecies are coming to us in this current age that previously wouldn’t have made sense nor would have been understandable, but these prophecies will be coming to pass now, as the end approaches.