This is a recent post at my new blog, where I am trying to clean up and trim down the old posts a bit, to concentrate on developing theological themes of revelation, prayer, providence, divine action, Incarnation, history and apocalypse. My apologies to wordpress subscribers, who will be seeing this one a second time. I don’t know if my split venue will be able to work in the long run, but for the time being I’m favoring the new blog and running copies on this one.
Originally posted on Everyday Apocalypse:
The sentence is by the decree of the watchers, the decision by the word of the holy ones, to the end that the living may know that the Most High rules in the kingdoms of men (Dan 4:17)
If God has a current view of history, is anything done from the side of spirit to influence human affairs? I think concepts of divine revelation, divine action, and providence can make or break a theology. But of course they must be addressed.
And I think Dan 4:17 is a good place to start hashing out the Biblical side of the question, because it combines a solid general principle (Elyon rules) with some interesting specifics (by decree of the watchers,… by the word of the holy ones).
There have been plenty of uncritical applications of verses of Daniel to post-Biblical times – the 70 weeks or the 1260 days, the four kingdoms, the…
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