David Jeremiah — The Herald
Welcome to the hall of prophecy. For many, Bible prophecy appears to be a mystery that cannot be understood nor believed. But the reason you and I can have confidence about the things to come is because of the things that have already happened. The more we know about prophecies fulfilled in the past, the more we can have hope and confidence in the prophecies that foretell our future. In the 9th chapter of Daniel, a messenger from God delivers to the aged prophet a vision that enables him to put his days, and that of our own, in eternal perspective.
Daniel, this humble man of God, had seen and experienced so much in 7 decades of Babylonian captivity. But on this day, after nearly 70 years in Babylon, a messenger from God brings Daniel a revelation that shows him that it is almost time for God's promise of restoration to be fulfilled. The message Daniel receives forms the backbone of Messianic eschatology, the prophecy of the 70 weeks. So who is the messenger from God that gave Daniel a panorama of prophecy? The angel Gabriel, an agent of Babylon.