Daniel

"There came with the clouds of heaven one like unto a son of man, and he came even to the ancient of days, and they brought him near before him."

{BACKGROUND INFORMATION}

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  1. Introduction to Daniel - (Daniel is a well-structured literary work, not a collection of folk stories and random visions) - {PDF Copy}
  2. Theology of History - (Daniel demonstrates the absolute sovereignty of Yahweh over the course of history and nations) - {PDF Copy}
  3. Land of Shinar - (The arrogant acts of Nebuchadnezzar parallel the story of the Tower of Babel from Genesis) - {PDF Copy}
  4. Babel, Empire, Hubris - (Daniel traces attempts at global empire to the Tower of Babel Incident) - {PDF Copy}

{IN THE IMPERIAL COURT}
  1. In the Imperial Court - (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. The Dream of the King - (Daniel 2:1-49 - Only Daniel was able to reveal and interpret the troubling dream of King Nebuchadnezzar) - {PDF Copy}
  3. The Great Image of Nebuchadnezzar - (Daniel 3:1-30 - The golden image of Nebuchadnezzar, a prototype of the number and image of the Beast) - {PDF Copy}
  4. Downfall and Restoration  -  (The King has another troubling dream that leads to his downfall but only after his display of imperial hubris) - {PDF Copy}
  5. The Head of Gold Shattered - (Daniel 5:1-31 - The overthrow of Babylonian power by the Medes and Persians) - {PDF Copy}
  6. 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. Daniel's Vision in the New Testament - (The application of Daniel's vision of four beasts in the New Testament) - {PDF Copy}
  6. 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}
  7. 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}
  8. 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}
  9. 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}
  10. The Redemptive Goals - (Daniel 9:24 - The angel outlined six redemptive goals to be achieved by the end of the Seventy Weeks) - {PDF Copy}
  11. 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}
  12. 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}
  13. After Sixty-Nine Weeks - (Daniel 9:26 - A malevolent “leader” appears who corrupts the city and people, and “desolates” the sanctuary) - {PDF Copy}
  14. 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}
  15. 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}
  16. 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}
  17. 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}
  18. Season of Tribulation - (A “tribulation” was coming upon the saints, the “indignation,” 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. Little Horn in Revelation - {PDF Copy} - (Is the little horn from Daniel found in the book of Revelation? - Daniel 7:7-8)
    3. The Start Date of the 70 Weeks - (Daniel coordinates the start of the Seventy Weeks prophecy with Jeremiah's predicted 70-years 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. Food Offered to Idols (Daniel 1:8-16) - (The refusal of Daniel to eat food offered to the idols of Babylon becomes a model for the seven churches of Asia in their struggles with the Roman imperial cult) - {PDF Copy}
    6. Desolating Abomination - Context - (Literary context is vital for understanding the “Abomination that Desolates” in the book of Daniel) - {PDF Copy}
    7. Unsealing Daniel - {PDF Copy} - (What was sealed in Daniel is unsealed in Revelation -The time of fulfillment had arrived)

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