Who was Daniel in the Bible?
Here's the answer:
Daniel was a prophet of the Lord. He was taken into Babylonian captivity and despite this obstacle, he did many great things for the Lord.
Daniel was one of many who were taken into Babylonian captivity. He was selected to undergo three years of training to be placed into the king's service (Daniel 1:1-6). Daniel's friends Hananiah, Michael, and Azariah were also selected. They were to serve under the Babylonian king, King Nebuchadnezzar, a wicked king who served pagan gods. As one can imagine, David and his friends did not agree with the king's beliefs.
During Daniel's time in Babylonian, he was given the ability by God to understand visions of dreams. King Nebuchadnezzar was troubled by a dream and called his advisors to interpret the dream. None of them could interpret the dream, but Daniel could. He interprets the dream for King Nebuchadnezzar and gains favor with the king. Daniel tells the king that this ability to interpret dreams was given to him by the one true God (Daniel 2:28).
King Nebuchadnezzar has another dream and this time, he acknowledges that it is God who provided the dream and interpretation (Daniel 4:9). Due to King Nebuchadnezzar's pride, he is humbled by God and has a brief period of insanity. After he acknowledges that God is the most high, he is restored back to sanity. Daniel continued in his duties, excelling at it all because God was with him. He also served under King Darius and King Darius was going to make him the head over the entire kingdom (Daniel 6:1-3). He was also thrown into the lion's den, yet with God's protection, he was kept safe from the mouths of the lions.
"But there is a God in heaven who can explain mysteries. King Nebuchadnezzar, he has shown you what is going to happen. Here is what you dreamed while lying in bed. And here are the visions that passed through your mind" (Daniel 2:28).
"I said, 'Belteshazzar, you are chief of the magicians. I know that the spirit of the holy gods is in you. No mystery is too hard for you to figure out. Here is my dream. Tell me what it means'" (Daniel 4:9).
"I was speaking and praying. I was admitting that I and my people Israel had sinned. I was making my appeal to the Lord my God. My appeal was about his holy mountain of Zion. While I was still praying, Gabriel came to me. I had seen him in my earlier vision. He flew over to me very quickly. It was about the time when the evening sacrifice is offered. He helped me understand. He said, 'Daniel, I have come now to help you know and understand these things. You are highly respected. So as soon as you began to pray, the Lord gave you a message. I have come to tell you what it is. Here is how you must understand the vision'" (Daniel 9:20-23).