DANIEL

{BOOK OF DANIEL}

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{BACKGROUND INFORMATION}
  1. Introduction to Daniel - (Daniel is a well-structured literary work, not a collection of folk stories and random visions) - {PDF Copy}
  2. Land of Shinar - (The arrogant acts of Nebuchadnezzar parallel the story of the Tower of Babel from Genesis) - {PDF Copy}
  3. Empires Rise and Fall - (Imperial hubris is the legacy of the Tower of Babel, humanity’s first but certainly not attempt to establish the World Empire) - {PDF Copy}
  4. Transitory Powers - (Only God’s kingdom will prevail and endure. All other political powers are fleeting, already they are passing away) - {PDF Copy}

{INSIDE THE EMPIRE}
  1. God "Gave" - (Daniel 1:1-21 - God gave the kingdom of Judah into the hands of Nebuchadnezzar, but He also equipped Daniel and his companions for service in the court of Babylon) - {PDF Copy}
  2. Food Offered to Idols - (Daniel and his three companions refuse to participate in the religious rituals of the Babylonian Empire) - {PDF Copy}
  3. The Dream of the King - (Only Daniel is able to reveal the troubling dream of the Babylonian King, unveiling the future of kings and empires) - {PDF Copy}
  4. The Great Image of the King - (Daniel 3:1-30 - The golden image of Nebuchadnezzar, a prototype of the number and image of the Beast) - {PDF Copy}
  5. Downfall and Restoration  -  (The King has another troubling dream that leads to his downfall but only after his display of imperial hubris) - {PDF Copy}
  6. The Head of Gold Shattered - (Daniel 5:1-31 - The overthrow of Babylonian power by the Medes and Persians) - {PDF Copy}
  7. The Next Imperial Power - (Daniel 6:1-28 - Daniel in the Lion's Den) - {PDF Copy}

{VISIONS OF DANIEL}
  1. Four Beastly Regimes - (Vision) - (Daniel 7:1-8 - The vision of four beasts ascending from the sea) - {PDF Copy}
  2. The Bear and the Leopard - Identities - (Daniel 7:5-6 - In Daniel’s vision, how do we identify the second and third kingdoms, the “Bear” and the “Leopard”?) - {PDF Copy}
  3. The Fourth Beast - (Daniel 7:7-14 - The fourth beast becomes the main focus of the vision, especially its little horn speaking great things) - {PDF Copy}
  4. Four Beasts Interpretation - (Daniel 7:15-27 - The interpretation of the four beasts from the sea and the "little horn" of the fourth beast) - {PDF Copy}
  5. The Transgression that Desolates - (Daniel 8:1-14 - A vision of a ram overthrown by a goat and the desecration of the sanctuary) - {PDF Copy}
  6. King of Fierce Countenance - (Daniel 8:14-27 - The focus of the interpretation is on a malevolent king descended from the Greco-Macedonian empire) - {PDF Copy}
  7. Word of Jeremiah - (Daniel 9:1-2 - Daniel began to inquire into the promised end to the Babylonian Captivity that was recorded in Jeremiah) - {PDF Copy}
  8. Prayer and Visitation - (Daniel 9:3-23 - After praying for the restoration of Israel, the angel Gabriel appears to explain the “vision” to Daniel) - {PDF Copy}
  9. The Redemptive Goals - (Daniel 9:24 - The angel outlined six redemptive goals to be achieved by the end of the Seventy Weeks) - {PDF Copy}
  10. Seventy Weeks - The Decree - (Daniel 9:25 - he “word to return” that marks the start of the prophetic period refers to the original prophecy of the seventy-years captivity by Jeremiah ) - {PDF Copy}
  11. The First Sixty-Nine Weeks - (Daniel 9:25 - The first sixty-nine “weeks” lay the groundwork for the tumultuous events of the final or “seventieth week”) - {PDF Copy}
  12. After Sixty-Nine Weeks - (Daniel 9:26 - A malevolent “leader” appears who corrupts the city and people, and “desolates” the sanctuary) - {PDF Copy}
  13. Final Week - The Abomination - (Daniel 9:27 - The final “week” of the prophecy includes verbal links to the other visions of Daniel, especially the “abomination of desolation” ) - {PDF Copy}
  14. Final Vision - Introduction - (Daniel chapter 10 introduces the final vision that is detailed in chapter 11, including verbal links to the vision of the ram and goat - Daniel 10:1-21) - {PDF Copy}
  15. Persia Stirs Greece - (Daniel 11:1-4 - The conflict between Persia and Greece portrayed in the vision of the ram and goat is recapped in chapter 11) - {PDF Copy}
  16. The Arrogant King of the North - (The war between the kings of the “North” and “South” culminates in the rise of an arrogant ruler who persecutes the saints - Daniel 11:5-45) - {PDF Copy}
  17. Time of Tribulation - (The “tribulation” is coming upon the saints such as the people of God had never experienced - Daniel 12:1-13) - {PDF Copy}

    {TOPICAL STUDIES}
    1. Two "Little Horns"? - (The little horn appears in two of Daniel’s visions – Is it the same figure in each case or two different individuals?) - {PDF Copy}
    2. Mouth Speaking Great Things - {PDF Copy} - (The mouth speaking great things in Daniel appears in Revelation in the description of the Beast from the sea and its war against the saints)
    3. The Start Date of the 70 Weeks - (Daniel coordinates the start of the Seventy Weeks prophecy with Jeremiah's predicted 70-year captivity in Babylon) - {PDF Copy}
    4. The Missing Seventy Weeks of Daniel - (The book of Revelation does not apply the Seventy Weeks prophecy to any of its visions or chronologies) - {PDF Copy}
    5. Desolating Abomination - Context - (Literary context is vital for understanding the “Abomination that Desolates” in the book of Daniel) - {PDF Copy}

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