Daniel

"The Most-High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomsoever he will."

{IN THE IMPERIAL COURT}

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  1. Introduction to Daniel - {PDF Copy} - (An introduction to Daniel with background information)
  2. Lord of History - {PDF Copy} - (The book of Daniel demonstrates the absolute sovereignty of Yahweh over the course of history and nations)
  3. Imperial Hubris - {PDF Copy} - (The presumptions of world empire are a legacy of the incident at the Tower of Babel, the first attempt at global rule)
  4. Land of Shinar - {PDF Copy} - (In Daniel, the arrogant acts of Nebuchadnezzar parallel the incident at the Tower of Babel from Genesis)
  5. God Gave - {PDF Copy} - (God gave the kingdom of Judah into the hands of Nebuchadnezzar, but also equipped Daniel for service in Babylon)
  6. Meat Offered to Idols - {PDF Copy}  -  (Daniel and his three companions refused to participate in the religious rituals of the Babylonian World-Power)
  7. King's Dream - God's Reign - {PDF Copy} - (Daniel 2:1-49 - Only Daniel was able to reveal and interpret the troubling dream of King Nebuchadnezzar)
  8. Great Image of the King - {PDF Copy} - (Nebuchadnezzar implemented his dream by “setting up” the great golden image to glorify his majesty and sovereignty)
  9. Number of the Beast - {PDF Copy} - (The “number of the beast,” 666, is based on the dimensions of the “great image” erected by Nebuchadnezzar in Babylon)
  10. The Fiery Furnace - {PDF Copy} - (Three Jewish exiles are cast into the fiery furnace for refusing to render homage to the “great image set up” by the king)
  11. Downfall and Restoration - {PDF Copy} - (The King has another troubling dream that leads to his downfall but only after his display of imperial hubris)
  12. The Head of Gold Shattered - {PDF Copy} - (Daniel 5:1-31 - The overthrow of Babylonian world-power by the Medes and Persians)
  13. Babylon Then and Now - {PDF Copy} - (The story of ancient Babylon’s demise is reflected in the “sixth trumpet” and the “sixth bowl of wrath” in Revelation)
  14. The Next Imperial Power - {PDF Copy} - (Daniel 6:1-28 - Daniel's delivery from the Lions' den demonstrated Yahweh's control of events in the new Empire)
  15. Fear the Living God - {PDF Copy} - (The pronouncement by Darius the Meded is alluded to in the angel’s pronouncement to the “earth dwellers” in Revelation)

{VISIONS OF DANIEL}
  1. First Three Beasts - {PDF Copy} - (Daniel saw four creatures with strange features ascending from the wind-tossed sea, representing four successive kingdoms)
  2. The Bear and Leopard - Identities - {PDF Copy} - (In Daniel’s vision, how do we identify the second and third kingdoms, the “Bear” and the “Leopard”? - Daniel 7:5-6)
  3. The Fourth Beast - {PDF Copy} - (Daniel 7:7-14 - The fourth beast becomes the main focus of the vision, especially its little horn speaking great things)
  4. Four Beasts - Interpretation - {PDF Copy} - (Daniel 7:15-27 - The interpretation of the four beasts from the sea and the "little horn" of the fourth beast)
  5. The Little Horn in Revelation - {PDF Copy} - (Daniel’s little horn is found in Revelation in the description of the beast from the sea and its war against the saints)
  6. Desolating Transgression - {PDF Copy} - (Daniel received a vision of a ram that was overthrown by the goat with a prominent horn - Daniel 8:1-14)
  7. King of Fierce Countenance - {PDF Copy} - (Daniel received the interpretation of the ram, the goat," and the little horn - the coming malevolent ruler - Daniel 8:15-27)
  8. Word of Jeremiah - {PDF Copy} - (Daniel 9:1-2 - Daniel began to inquire into the promised end to the Babylonian Captivity that was recorded in the book of Jeremiah)
  9. Commencement of the Seventy Weeks - {PDF Copy} - (The start of the “seventy weeks” is linked to the prophecy by Jeremiah on the Babylonian Captivity)
  10. Prayer and Visitation - {PDF Copy} - (Daniel 9:3-23 - After praying for the restoration of Israel, the angel Gabriel appears to explain the vision to Daniel)
  11. The Six Redemptive Goals - {PDF Copy} - (The angel outlined the six redemptive goals that would be completed by the end of the Seventy Weeks)
  12. The Word to Return - {PDF Copy} - (The word to return that marked the start of the “seventy sevens” was the original prophecy of the captivity recorded in Jeremiah)
  13. The First Sixty-Nine Weeks - {PDF Copy} - (Daniel 9:25 - The first sixty-nine “weeks” laid the groundwork for the tumultuous events of the final “week)
  14. After Sixty-Two Weeks - {PDF Copy} - (Daniel 9:26 - A malevolent leader appears who corrupts the city and people, and desolates the sanctuary)
  15. Final Week - Abomination - {PDF Copy} - (The final week includes verbal links to the other visions of Daniel, especially to the abomination of desolation)
  16. Final Vision - Introduction - {PDF Copy}  - (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)
  17. Persia Stirs Greece - {PDF Copy} - (Daniel 11:1-4 - The conflict between Persia and Greece portrayed in the vision of the ram and goat is recapped in chapter 11)
  18. The King of the North - {PDF Copy} - (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)
  19. The Time of Tribulation - {PDF Copy} - (A tribulation was coming upon the saints, the “indignation” such as the people of God had never experienced - Daniel 12:1-13)

{TOPICAL STUDIES}
  1. In Plain Sight - {PDF Copy} - (The “word to return and restore Jerusalem” is identified clearly at the start of the “seventy weeks” prophecy in chapter 9 of Daniel)
  2. A Second "Little Horns"? - {PDF Copy} - (The “little horn” is named in two visions. Is it the same figure in each case, or two different individuals?)
  3. Desolating Abomination - Context - {PDF Copy} - (Literary context is vital for understanding the Abomination that Desolates in the book of Daniel)
  4. The End of the Indignation - {PDF Copy} - (The “war against the saints” will terminate after the period of a “time, times, and part of a time”)
  5. The Son of Man - {PDF Copy} - (The images of the “Son of Man” figure from Daniel are applied to Jesus and his “saints” in the New Testament  Daniel 7:13-14)
  6. The Missing Seventy Weeks - {PDF Copy} - (The book of Revelation does not apply the Seventy Weeks to any of its images or chronologies)
  7. Daniel in Revelation - The Time of Fulfillment - {PDF Copy} - (How the Book of Revelation applies prophecies from Daniel)
  8. Little Horn - Identity - {PDF Copy} - (The Little Horn described in Daniel fits perfectly with the known history of the Seleucid king, Antiochus IV)
  9. Unsealing Daniel - {PDF Copy} - (Daniel was commanded to “seal the scroll,” whereas, in Revelation, John was commanded NOT to seal the scroll)

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