So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:11
The Spanish philosopher George Santayana said it in 1905: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Winston Churchill updated Santayana’s words in 1948: “Those who fail to learn from history are condemned to repeat it.”
We understand what it means to learn from history: Don’t make the same mistake twice. But there is something else to learn from history: God is in control of it. The prophetic visions given to Daniel, all of which came true in history, give us assurance that God sees the beginning from the end and that His Word can be trusted. Daniel’s vision in chapter seven outlines the four kingdoms that were seen in other visions of the book: Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome. Some scholars consider Daniel 7 to be among the greatest chapters in the Old Testament because of its prophetic accuracy.
We study prophecy not just to know the past and the future, but to know the trustworthiness of the God who keeps His promises.
Faith cannot stand, unless it be founded on the promises of God. John Calvin