Daniel

{HISTORICAL AND LITERARY}

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  1. Introduction to Daniel - (The book of Daniel is a well-structured literary work, not a collection of folk stories and random visions) - {PDF Copy}
  2. Lord of History - (Daniel demonstrates the absolute sovereignty of Yahweh over the course of history and nations) - {PDF Copy}
  3. Babel, Empire, Hubris - (Daniel traces attempts at global empire to the Tower of Babel Incident) - {PDF Copy}
  4. Land of Shinar - (In Daniel, the arrogant acts of Nebuchadnezzar parallel the story of the Tower of Babel from Genesis) - {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 also equipped Daniel for service in the empire) - {PDF Copy}
  2. Food Offered to Idols - (Daniel and his three companions refused to participate in the religious rituals of the Babylonian World-Power) - {PDF Copy}
  3. Dream of the King - (Daniel 2:1-49 - Only Daniel was able to reveal and interpret the troubling dream of King Nebuchadnezzar) - {PDF Copy}
  4. The Great Image of the King - (Daniel 3:1-7 - The golden image of Nebuchadnezzar, a prototype of the number and image of the Beast) - {PDF Copy}
  5. Number of the Beast - (The “number of the beast,” 666, is based on the dimensions of the “great image” erected by Nebuchadnezzar in Babylon) - {PDF Copy}
  6. The Fiery Furnace - (Three Jewish exiles are cast into the fiery furnace for refusing to render homage to the “great image set up” by the king) - {PDF Copy}
  7. Downfall and Restoration of a King  -  (Daniel 4:1-37 - Nebuchadnezzar is removed from power for seven "seasons" until restored by God) - {PDF Copy}
  8. The Head of Gold Shattered - (The last Babylonian ruler summoned Daniel to read the “handwriting on the wall” just before the empire’s downfall) - {PDF Copy}
  9. Babylon Then and Now - (The story of ancient Babylon’s demise is reflected in the “sixth trumpet” and the “sixth bowl of wrath” in Revelation) - {PDF Copy}
  10. The Next Imperial Power - (The rescue of Daniel from the ravenous lions demonstrated that Yahweh remained in firm control of history) - {PDF Copy}
  11. Fear the Living God - (The pronouncement by Darius after Daniel’s rescue from the lions is alluded to in the angel’s pronouncement to the “earth dwellers” in Revelation) - {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 7:7-14The fourth beast becomes the main focus of the vision, especially its little horn speaking great things) - {PDF Copy}
  4. Four Beastly Regimes - 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. Six 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 Word to Return - (Daniel 9:25 - The “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 of Daniel - (Daniel 9:25 - The first 69 weeks of the Seventy Weeks prophecy) - {PDF Copy}
  13. After Sixty-Two 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 and expanded 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 - (Is the little horn from the book of Daniel found in the book of Revelation? - Daniel 7:7-8) - {PDF Copy}
  3. Desolating Abomination - (Literary context is vital for understanding the “Abomination that Desolates” in the book of Daniel - Daniel 9:27) - {PDF Copy}
  4. The Son of Man in the New Testament - (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.) - {PDF Copy}
  5. 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}
  6. Identity of the "Little Horn" - (The "Little Horn" is a malevolent ruler who came from one of the four Greco-Macedonian kingdoms) - {PDF Copy}
  7. The Missing Seventy Weeks of Daniel - (Despite its frequent use of the book of Daniel, Revelation does not apply Daniel’s “seventy weeks” prophecy to any of its visions) - {PDF Copy}
  8. Season of Fulfillment - {PDF Copy} - (What was Sealed in the book of Daniel is Unsealed and Revealed in Revelation)
  9. Little Horn - Son of Destruction - {PDF Copy} - (The “little horn” in Daniel becomes the model for the “man of lawlessness” described by Paul to the Thessalonians)

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