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Daniel: What did Jesus say about Daniel

Jesus refers to Daniel explicitly in the context of eschatological (end-times) prophecy. The most direct reference to Daniel by Jesus is found in the Gospel according to Matthew and Mark, where He speaks about the “abomination of desolation,” a term that originates from Daniel’s prophecies.

Bible Verses:

  1. Matthew 24:15-16 (ESV): “So when you see the abomination of desolation spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.”
  2. Mark 13:14 (ESV): “But when you see the abomination of desolation standing where it ought not to be (let the reader understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.”

These references by Jesus to Daniel are about a prophecy from Daniel concerning a future event where an abomination would cause desolation, particularly concerning the Temple in Jerusalem. This prophecy from Daniel is found in several places:

  • Daniel 9:27 (ESV): “And he shall make a strong covenant with many for one week, and for half of the week he shall put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall come one who makes desolate, until the decreed end is poured out on the desolator.”
  • Daniel 11:31 (ESV): “Forces from him shall appear and profane the temple and fortress, and shall take away the regular burnt offering. And they shall set up the abomination that makes desolate.”
  • Daniel 12:11 (ESV): “And from the time that the regular burnt offering is taken away and the abomination that makes desolate is set up, there shall be 1,290 days.”

Three Main Takeaways:

  1. Jesus Validates Daniel’s Prophecies: By referencing Daniel, Jesus affirms the importance and validity of Daniel’s visions and prophecies concerning the end times. This underlines the continuity between the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament) and the teachings of Jesus in the New Testament.
  2. The Importance of Understanding Prophecy: Jesus’ instruction to “let the reader understand” emphasizes the importance of seeking wisdom and understanding in scriptural prophecy. It indicates that these prophecies have deep meanings and are relevant to the followers of Christ, especially in understanding the signs of the end times.
  3. A Call to Vigilance and Action: Jesus uses Daniel’s prophecy to warn His followers to be vigilant and ready to act in times of tribulation. The reference to fleeing to the mountains when seeing the abomination of desolation is a practical directive for His listeners to recognize the signs of significant spiritual and physical danger and respond appropriately. This serves as a broader metaphor for Christians to be spiritually vigilant and prepared for the challenges of their faith journey and the end times.


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