God's special people, the
Jews, did not obey God. So God punished them. He allowed the king of Babylon and his army to
defeat them. The king of Babylon forced most Jews
to live in Babylon.
Babylon was a
long way from their own country.
A young man called Daniel
was among the people who went to live in Babylon.
The first part of the book
of Daniel in the Bible tells some stories from the life of Daniel and his
friends. Many times the people of Babylon
tried to make them forget the real God and to serve false gods. The people of Babylon even tried to
kill Daniel and his friends because they would not serve the false gods. But
Daniel and his friends were loyal to the real God. Daniel became a very
important man in the government of Babylon.
The second part of the book
of Daniel tells about Daniel's dreams. These were strange dreams. Sometimes
Daniel was awake when he had his dreams. These were special dreams that God
sent to Daniel to tell him what would happen in the future. Some things that
Daniel saw in his dreams have now happened. Other things that God told Daniel
in his dreams have not happened yet. But God is in control of the future. God
will do what he has promised.