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Evidence from Pre-Maccabean Writings

By Jay Rogers
Published January 19, 2019

There is evidence that Daniel was known prior to the time of Antiochus Epiphanes as far back as the Persian period. As I argue in “Old Testament References and Allusions to Daniel – Zechariah,” the structure and symbolism of Zechariah forms a “bridge” between Daniel and Revelation.

There is also a direct quote shared between Daniel 9 and Nehemiah 1, in which the language of an intercessory prayer is quoted exactly. I deal with this in “Old Testament References and Allusions to Daniel – Nehemiah.”


In the Days of These Kings (Book)

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The Book of Daniel in Preterist Perspective

“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” (Daniel 2:44).

The overarching message of Daniel is that Jesus the Messiah is even now ruling over the nations. He is the King of kings. Daniel tells us that Messiah’s kingdom will advance in the whole world from “generation to generation” (Daniel 4:4,34). Christ’s dominion is “given to the people of the saints of the most High” (Daniel 7:22). Our purpose then is to see “all people, nations, and languages … serve and obey him” (Daniel 7:14,27).

This comprehensive work offers a fascinating look at the book of Daniel in preterist perspective. Great attention is paid to the writings of ancient and modern historians and scholars to connect the dots and demonstrate the continuity of Daniel’s prophecy with all of Scripture.

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Daniel is alluded to extensively in the Book of Baruch, which is thought by some conservative Roman Catholic scholars to be a work compiled during the Persian period prior to 330 BC, although some liberals date it to the post-Maccabean period precisely because the text follows Daniel. My estimated date for the Book of Baruch is the early Hellenistic period c. 300 to 200 BC.

1 Maccabees chapters 1 and 2 are also reliant on Daniel – especially 1 Maccabees 2:59,60. The likelihood of Daniel being influenced by Baruch and 1 Maccabees, rather than the other way around is slim. Daniel was quoted as Scripture in commentaries found at Qumran and in the New Testament, while the Jews never accepted Baruch and Maccabees as canonical. This indicates a period of acceptance of Daniel prior to the composition of these dependent works.

In the section, “Old Testament References and Allusions to Daniel – Book of Baruch and Judas Maccabeus,” I argue that while the apocryphal Books of Baruch, 1 and 2 Maccabees were written in Hebrew or Aramaic, the only surviving copies from early on were in Greek. Since these books lacked a Hebrew pedigree, the Jews have never considered them to be canonical. However, Daniel has an early attestation in the Hebrew canon. Further, since both books share common material with Daniel, it is putting the cart before the horse to say that Daniel followed the apocrypha. It should be obvious that the apocrypha were influenced by Daniel.

We find Daniel’s influence on 1 and 2 Enoch of about that same era. There is a strong Daniel influence on 1 Enoch 83-90. In Daniel 4:13,17,23, there are references to a “watcher” and a “holy one” (“watcher,” Aramaic: `iyr; “holy one,” Aramaic: qaddiysh) – a class of angels that is further developed in the Aramaic books of 1 and 2 Enoch.

We also find Daniel referenced and alluded to in the Sibylline Oracles. For example, the imagery of one root being cut from ten horns is a reference to Daniel 7:7,8,20,24.

Producing one root which the bane of men
Shall cut from ten horns, and plant by their side
Another plant (Sibylline Oracles III.493-495, trans. M.S. Terry).


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The United States of America 2.0: The Great Reset (Book)

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Revival, Resistance, Reformation, Revolution
An Introduction to the Doctrines of Interposition and Nullification

In 1776, a short time after the Declaration of Independence was adopted, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Benjamin Franklin were assigned to design an official seal for the United States of America. Their proposed motto was Rebellion to Tyrants is Obedience to God. America owes its existence to centuries of Christian political philosophy. Our nation provided a model for liberty copied by nations the world over.

By the 21st century, we need a “Puritan Storm” to sweep away the Hegelian notion that the state is “God walking on earth.” We need revival and reformation in full force to vanquish the problems that plague us as a nation — from government controlled healthcare — to abortion on demand — to same sex “marriage.” This booklet gives a primer on our founders’ Christian idea of government and examines how the doctrine of nullification was woven into the Constitution as a safeguard against federal tyranny. It concludes with the history and theology of civil resistance. A Second American Revolution is coming with the Word of God growing mightily and prevailing! (Acts 19:20).

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The Four Keys to the Millennium (Book)

Foundations in Biblical Eschatology

By Jay Rogers, Larry Waugh, Rodney Stortz, Joseph Meiring. High quality paperback, 167 pages.

All Christians believe that their great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will one day return. Although we cannot know the exact time of His return, what exactly did Jesus mean when he spoke of the signs of His coming (Mat. 24)? How are we to interpret the prophecies in Isaiah regarding the time when “the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea” (Isa. 11:19)? Should we expect a time of great tribulation and apostasy or revival and reformation before the Lord returns? Is the devil bound now, and are the saints reigning with Christ? Did you know that there are four hermeneutical approaches to the book of Daniel and Revelation?

These and many more questions are dealt with by four authors as they present the four views on the millennium. Each view is then critiqued by the other three authors.

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Massacre of Innocence (DVD)

Exposing The Occult Roots of Abortion

This presentation looks at the spiritual roots of abortion and exposes the myths surrounding child killing. Little known historical facts about abortion and how they relate to modern feminism are presented logically and accurately. Has been effective in converting many to a pro-life position.

Massacre of Innocence goes where no pro-life presentation has gone before in “tearing the lid off abortion” to reveal the spiritual realities we must battle if we will bring an end to this crime. The presentation is absorbing, fast-paced, informative and incredibly devastating to any attempt to justify abortion.

“… an extraordinary statement … a powerfully articulate presentation about what abortion really means, and why a great and moral nation like the United States must not allow the slaughter to continue.”
— Congressman Robert K. Dornan

Running time: 85 minutes

Packaged in a double DVD case with the updated The Abortion Matrix DVD.

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A Revival Account: Asbury 1970 (DVD)

What is true Revival and Spiritual Awakening?

Discover the answer in this eyewitness account by Dennis Kinlaw, President of Asbury College, Wilmore, Kentucky, who recounts the story of a visitation of the Holy Spirit in 1970. This is the presentation that has continued to spark the flames of Revival in the hearts of people around the world. Contains eyewitness footage from the Revival at Asbury College in 1970 in Wilmore, Kentucky.

Certain to challenge you to greater holiness and a deeper commitment to full-scale revival. Original news and private footage has been included. If you are a student who longs to see a spiritual awakening at your school, you must see this video!

“This simple video does a wonderful job of conveying something of God’s heart and power, Everyone we have ever shown this to has received an immediate impartation of faith for revival and the power of prayer.”
— Bob and Rose Weiner, Weiner Ministries Int’l

Running Time: 40 minutes

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Why Creeds and Confessions? (Book)

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Foundations in Biblical Orthodoxy

Driving down a country road sometime, you might see a church with a sign proudly proclaiming: “No book but the Bible — No creed but Christ.” The problem with this statement is that the word creed (from the Latin: credo) simply means “belief.” All Christians have beliefs, regardless of whether they are written.

Yet a single book containing the actual texts of the most important creeds of the early Church will not often be found. Out of the multitude of works on the evangelical Christian book market today, those dealing with the creeds of the Church are scarce.

Why Creeds and Confessions? provides a foundation of biblical orthodoxy as a defense against the false and truly heretical doctrines advanced by the spirit of this age.

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