The first half of the book of Daniel is an inspiring character study. Daniel was chosen by God to be tested by many profound trials, and to live a life of service and humility in a foreign land. The second half of Daniel is the foundation of much of Biblical prophecy, and it presents the evident themes of the antichrist, the Tribulation, the end of the world, and the Millenial Kingdom. Some not-so-evident prophetic themes may also be present in the book of Daniel, including the Nephilim, and even UFOs. My goal with each lesson in this in-depth study of Daniel is to forthrightly present what I believe the Scriptures are trying to tell us.
||With the antichrist finished and his kingdom slain, Daniel's attention returns to the heavenly scene where Jesus receives His coronation as the eternal King of kings. It's the first time in the Bible that "son of man" is used to describe him, and a distinction between He and God the Father emerges here to support the doctrine of the Trinity. A four point outline of the quality and character of the kingdom of Jesus Christ is given as Daniel's vision concludes.
||Daniel's vision is redirected from heaven back to the fourth beast on earth as a result of the little horn's boastful and audacious words. Despite the dominating successes of the final Gentile empire, it's "no contest" with the Ancient of Days, and this era of human history on earth quickly concludes. Parallel passages in Revelation give additional insight on the nature of the antichrist's demise and the end of his empire.
||Daniel continues to narrate his observations of heaven's throne room, even as the fourth beast of his vision seems invincible on earth. Three more elements are noted which underscore that God will be the final judge of what is taking place. What is clear from this verse is God's justice is permanent, purposeful, perfect, and impartial. It is possible that Daniel is given a "near and far" perspective in this amazing vision of God's plans for depraved humanity.
|Special Lesson 04
||Daniel, Israel and 70 Years
||A informal Q&A session was the agenda of this class. A review of the significance of the number 70 concerning Israel and the Jewish people was given special attention, particularly in light of Israel's 70th Anniversary as a nation.
||In light of this passage's possible implications to our own times and beyond, a special emphasis is given to the importance of Biblical prophecy. A review of three sound principles of Biblical hermeneutics is provided, and the need for responsible interpretation of God's Word is underscored. An overview of the diverse opinions concerning this passage in Daniel is contrasted against those conclusions which result from careful exegesis.
||Just who is the "Ancient of Days" in this passage, and how is the doctrine of the Trinity supported here when compared against other "Ancient of Days" passages? More details of heaven's throne room are explored, and specific attention is given to the fiery throne and the blazing wheels. The fiery throne theme appears in multiple other Scriptures, but the wheels are a more enigmatic issue. Is it possible that both Daniel and Ezekiel saw the same thing: flying craft for the angelic order?
||A parenthetical portion of Chapter 7 emerges as Daniel's vision suddenly shifts to a heavenly perspective. Even as he sees the future rise of the final antichrist, Daniel also observes the preparations for judgment which are underway in the courts of heaven. These heavenly elements underscore the importance of the prophetic Scriptures, for they show a fuller picture of Jesus Christ, underscoring the truth that "....the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy." (Rev. 19:10).
||This pivotal passage of Daniel begins to lay out some "obvious" descriptors of the future and final antichrist. Some "less obvious" insights about this figure also emerge from this verse. While we can be fairly sure of some qualities about the antichrist from this passage, other matters also worth consideration are more veiled. But when all these are assessed against the larger commentary of Scripture, a nontraditional picture of the antichrist becomes worthy of discussion.
||A careful study into the nature of Daniel's fourth beast requires we not overlook the phrase which is repeated, "....it was different from all the former beasts." While the prior three beasts are historical to us, the greater Scriptural context portrays this fourth one as future to our time, even "eschatological" in its greater nature. Efforts to associate this fourth beast with PAST Rome are more problematic than efforts to associate it with FUTURE Rome and the time just prior to Christ's Second Advent.
||The third of these four beasts is studied and is determined to represent the empire of Greece. Supplementary Biblical texts are reviewed which support this conclusion, and historical facts are assessed which may explain some of the figurative language. An introduction to the fourth beast is given and comparisons are provided to the fourth layer of Nebuchadnezzar's statue in Daniel chapter 4.
||The first and second of these fearsome beasts are studied, and they are respectively determined to be the Babylonian and Medo-Persian empires. Careful assessment of the attributes and descriptions of each beast are reviewed against the records of Scripture and history, and specific discussion is given to the "man versus kingdom" question of the first beast.
||The 7th chapter of Daniel goes back in time to a point when Daniel seemed forgotten by men, but he was entirely remembered by God. Even as the empire of Babylon begins to fade, God gives Daniel a detailed look into the future. In Daniel's vision, supernatural forces stir up the world of men, generating four great empires which are pictured as four terrible beasts.
||In this opening intro to the prophetic second half of Daniel, an outline for approaching Chapters 7-12 is laid out. It begins with the overall Panorama, and delves into the Purpose and Promise of this amazing portion of Scripture. The need to have a proper view of Israel is discussed, for as John MacArthur says, "If you get Israel right, you get your eschatology right."
||King Darius pulls Daniel out of the lion's den, throws his accusers in, and lifts God up to his entire empire in this climactic closure to the historical half of the book of Daniel. The key lesson is Daniel's faithful life accomplished a great deal for the kingdom of God, and each of us face the same challenge to live as righteously as Daniel did.
||The king has a restless night in his palace while Daniel is at peace in the lion's den. The king is overjoyed to find Daniel alive the next morning, and Daniel emphasizes four important things to Darius as he speaks to the king from the bottom of the pit.
||What the king knew, what the administrators and governors knew, and what Daniel knew all plays out in the perfect choreography of God's plan. It looks really grim for Daniel, but God is positioning the entire trap that is laid against Daniel to serve His sovereign plan.
||A deceptive and carefully-choreographed plan to destroy Daniel becomes the sole ambition of the jealous governors of King Darius. A five-point outline details their plans, and it presents startling parallels to dynamics within our world today.
||Daniel's faithfulness and trustworthiness earn him the favor of King Darius, but others are less pleased with Daniel's early success. This disgruntled group commits itself to the goal of bringing Daniel down.
||Chapter 6 of Daniel is the last of the "narrative" chapters in Daniel. Daniel begins to serve a new king in the Medo-Persian empire, and his experience and faithfulness establish him as "God's favored man" once more.
|Special Lesson 03
||The judgment of believers is really a time of honor according to the Scriptures. This lesson covers the five types of crowns believers might earn, and what is required to gain each one.
|Special Lesson 02
||The Bible teaches that every believer will face "the judgment seat of Christ." This lesson reviews that event and how it differs from the judgment every nonbeliever will face.
||Daniel interprets the writing for King Belshazzar and reveals the purpose, problem, and prediction behind it.
||Daniel tells the king why God’s patience with him has come to an end.
||Daniel gives King Belshazzar a history lesson about King Nebuchadnezzar.
||Babylon hits crisis mode and God reinserts Daniel back into active service.
||Daniel is brought to King Belshazzar, and the king acts condescendingly.
||The queen enters and challenges the king, and compels him to call Daniel.
||Babylon is ending, and God’s miraculously interrupts king Belshazzar’s party.
||There is a new king, but the same Daniel serves faithfully behind the scenes.
||The case behind why the king arrived at a proper faith in the One True God.
||The king comes to proper faith in God and experiences eight key changes.
||Daniel leads the empire of Babylon as king Nebuchadnezzar goes insane.
||The terrible fate of the king takes place precisely as Daniel said it would.
||The prophecy of the king’s dream is fulfilled in the king’s own words.
||Daniel explains the meaning of the dream and its parts and its purpose.
||Daniel models tact and wisdom as he weighs the meaning of the king’s dream.
||The angel in the dream describes the sovereignty, say, and strategy of God.
||The certain fate of the king is described by the angel in the king’s dream.
||The king describes the angel in his dream which said some terrifying things.
||The kings describes the details of his dream which he shared with Daniel.
||The king says how he sought out Daniel because he needed Godly counsel.
||King Nebuchadnezzar publicly shares how God spoke to him in a dream.
||King Nebuchadnezzar begins to tell the story of how God got his attention.
||King Nebuchadnezzar says God is mighty, eternal, and His kingdom never ends.
||King Nebuchadnezzar tells the purpose of sharing his very-public testimony.
||In a public decree, King Nebuchadnezzar begins to tell his personal testimony.
||How a proper faith results in persecution, preservation, and promotion.
||The king learns a series of valuable lessons from the fiery furnace event.
||Daniel’s three friends display confidence, conviction, and commitment.
||The king reacts angrily to the shifty tactics of his proud pagan advisors.
||The underhanded motives of the pagan advisors are discussed in detail.
||Daniel’s three friends are caught by the pride of the king’s pagan advisors.
||Three unique lists are described with the great golden statue’s coronation.
||King Nebuchadnezzar’s pride is on display as he builds a great golden statue.
||Daniel’s quality character shows as he tells the king the dream’s meaning.
||Daniel describes “Where?” and “How?” regarding the Millenial Kingdom.
||Daniel addresses “What?” concerning the nature of the Millenial Kingdom.
||Daniel answers “When?” and “Who?” about the Millenial Kingdom.
||How this passage in Daniel applies to the powerful delusion that is coming.
||How the Nephilim show up in the Bible, always striving against God’s plan.
||The Nephilim start in Genesis, and go through Daniel and into Revelation.
||This enigmatic passage of Daniel holds great relevance with today’s events.
||A deep dive into prophetic Scriptures supports our “unearthly” conclusions.
||Last lesson’s conclusions are found to be in harmony with the rest of Scripture.
||Astonishing conclusions emerge if proper Biblical hermeneutics are followed.
||Daniel speaks of a future final Gentile kingdom in the toes of clay and iron.
||The iron legs theories are evaluated against a historical and Biblical context.
||The statue’s legs of iron are discussed and two main theories are presented.
||Daniel explains the Gentile kingdoms which follow Babylon, the head of gold.
||Daniel discusses the meaning of the king's dream with him, and says Nebuchadnezzar is the "king of kings."
||Daniel discloses the details of the king's dream to him, and says that God is seeking to speak to the king.
||Daniel's explanation of the king's dream underscores the primary purpose of prophecy to reveal Jesus Christ.
||Daniel explains the prophetic purpose of King Nebuchadnezzar's dream to him.
||The tact and character of Daniel is on display as he prepares to declare the meaning of the king's dream.
||Here are six elements that should be incorporated into every faithful and effective discipline of prayer.
||Daniel's prayer life is exemplary, and it's marked by specific qualities we should all seek to emulate1.
||Daniel's faithfulness is examined through the lens of his choices, his battles, his standards, and his time.
||Daniel's test exposes the true nature of genuine friendships - what they are and what they are not.
||Here are five ways God has prepared the circumstances to promote Daniel and to glorify His own name.
||King Nebuchadnezzar and his pagan advisors are exposed for their lack of comprehending God's ways.
|Special Lesson 01
||Various world affairs are discussed that may hold some prophetic significance according to The Word Of God.
||The basic nature and purpose of Nebuchadnezzar's dream of the great metallic statue is explored.
||A right view of God enables Daniel to act with relaxed confidence and ascend with reliable character.
||A right view of God enables Daniel to argue his case respectfully to his superiors.
||A right view of God enables Daniel to exercise compassion in the middle of his tough trial.
||Daniel's example models five elements that are necessary when we face our toughest decisions.
||Daniel resolves to implement three important principles that help to clarify the nature of his choices.
||King Nebuchadnezzar tries to change the identity, education, and habits of Daniel and his friends.
||God's sovereignty, surety, and security are on display within the historical context of Daniel.
||This is a history of the book of Daniel and some relevent information about its main characters.