Where do you start looking for Prophecy in the Bible?
Pray before you start
One of the books of the Bible that I research for prophecy is Daniel.
Daniel was a noble Jewish youth of Jerusalem that is taken into captivity by Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon and serves the king and his successors with loyalty until the time of the Persian conqueror Cyrus, all the while remaining true to the God of Israel.
I’m going to make a list of the different places where I think prophecy takes place in Daniel and how I see that it may match with current events.
The first place we’ll look at is Chapter 2. Nebuchadnezzar has a dream that I think may have connection with current world events. The dream is about a statue that represents four kingdoms at “the end” and this chapter also gives the interpretation of that dream. We know these kingdoms will come up near the end of time because of verse 44 in chapter 2. Here’s what it says: 44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed:… the only time this could be talking about is near the time when God sets up His kingdom.
Following are scripture in Daniel about this great image and the interpretation:
1 Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible.
32 This image’s head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass,
33 His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay.
34 Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces.
35 Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.
36 This is the dream; and we will tell the interpretation thereof before the king.
37 Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory.
38 And wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou art this head of gold.
39 And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth.
40 And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise.
41 And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters’ clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay.
42 And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken.
43 And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.
44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever