Daniel was a prophet of God born from a noble family who was one of the Israelites taken into exile to Babylon by King Nebuchadnezzar, who chose Daniel as one of four young noblemen to be trained for the king’s service. God gave Daniel the ability to interpret the dreams and visions of others and himself, which also gave him the admiration of the king. His strong faith and talents made him the target of other royal servants, who in jealousy engineered a way for Daniel to be thrown into a lions’ den. However, God sent an angel to shut the mouths of the lions and protect Daniel, and he continued to serve the throne through the reign of the Persian king Cyrus the Great (Daniel 6). Daniel had and interpreted many elaborate visions and dreams from God concerning the coming Messiah and the last days of the earth.
Served as a prophet in exile roughly from 604 BC to 536 BC