Jamie awoke to the sound of birds chirping and the smell of breakfast cooking
over the campfire. Realizing she was the last one to awaken, Jamie quickly
dressed and crawled out of the tent.
"Well, its about time, sleepy head," her dad said teasingly.
Brian was laughing at her.
"What's your problem?" Jamie grumbled.
"Your hair is sticking straight up," he laughed. "I wish
I had my camera here."
"Breakfast is just about ready," Elizabeth told her. "Why
don't you freshen up before we eat?"
As Jamie trudged off to the bathroom, she suddenly recalled the previous
night's visit from the forest ranger. She smiled to herself as she thought
about how wonderful it was to know that G-d had protected her family throughout
As they finished eating breakfast Jamie's dad announced, "We are going
to take a long hike this morning and have our lunch on the top of that mountain
Brian swung around. "All the way up there? Good thing we had a big
Soon they were hiking up the mountain trail. The hours passed quickly. When
they finally reached the summit they were overwhelmed with the view of the
Lake of the Clouds below.
"This is awesome!" Brian shouted. His voice echoed throughout
They found a shady spot to have lunch and asked the L-rd's blessing. Then
they devoured the lunch Elizabeth had packed.
"I can't wait until we get back to camp so we can hear more about Daniel,"
"Why, Brian," Darryl said. "I brought my Bible along. We
can look at chapter seven now."
"Sure, let's get started."
"We are half-way through the book of Daniel. The first half was the
easy part. Although there is a great deal of prophecy in the first six chapters,
Daniel also recorded the events of his life and the lives of his friends.
Chapters seven through twelve are all prophetical. Some of the things G-d
revealed to Daniel have happened and some of the events are still in the
future. I believe these events will occur in your lifetime."
"Wow, do you really think so?" Brian's eyes were as big as saucers.
"Yes, I do. I will explain as we go along."
"Dad, can I pray this time?" Jamie asked.
"Sure, go right ahead."
"Dear L-rd, thank you for protecting us last night. Thank you for allowing
us to study your words of prophecy in such a beautiful place. Help us to
understand the prophecies you gave Daniel long ago. We ask all this in Your
Holy Name. Amen."
In the first year of King Belshazzar's reign, Daniel went to bed as he
usually did and fell into a deep sleep. During the night Daniel had a dream
and visions, which G-d gave him to reveal the future to him. After Daniel
received the visions, he wrote them down. ____________________
"Excuse me," Brian already had a question. "I thought
Belshazzar already died and the Medes and Persians were in control."
"You're right. Chapters seven through twelve are a record of the dreams
and visions G-d gave Daniel throughout his life. They do not follow chapters
one through six in chronological order.
Before we continue reading, I should tell you a little bit about Daniel's
vision. I'm sure you will recall the dream Nebuchadnezzar had about the
"G-d revealed to Nebuchadnezzar that there were going to be four kingdoms
followed by Yeshua's (Jesus') return to earth and the establishment of His eternal
kingdom. G-d revealed the same thing to Daniel in his dream. G-d used four
beasts to symbolize the four kingdoms. Now let's read what Daniel had to
say about his dream."