Bible Prophecy - Daniel Commentary

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Chapter Lessons History RevelationThe Statue
1 Lesson: 1 Introduction. Daniel is captured Maps - Head of Gold - Babylon Chest of Silver - Medo Persia Belly and Thighs of Brass - Greece Legs of Iron - Rome Feet of Iron and Clay - Europe Stone Cut out of a Mountain - Christ's Second Coming
2 Lesson: 2 The dream of Nebuchadnezzar European unity -
3 Lesson: 6 Idol worship is legislated Babylon The mark of the beast
4 Lesson: 7 Nebuchadnezzar falls - -
5 Lesson: 7 The fall of Babylon Babylon falls Babylon the Great falls
6 Lesson: 7Daniel in the Lion's Den - -
7 Lesson: 8The Four beasts from the sea Medo-Persia The beast from the sea
8 Lesson: 9 The struggle of the ram and the goat Greece -
Lesson: 10 The little horn Persecution The great harlot
9 Lesson: 11 The 2300 years Advent awakening Times of the gentiles
Lesson: 12 The Messiah Roman empire The Child and the Dragon
10 Lesson: 13 The Cosmic forces - -
11 Lesson: 13 Roman history in detail French Revolution The Beast from the Abyss
Lesson: 30 The king of the north Greek divisions Babylon the Great
12 Lesson: 14 Prophecy sealed until the end of time Inventions Prophecy unsealed
Places Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, Rome, Europe
People Nebuchadnezzar, Cyrus, Alexander the Great, Napoleon
Views Study Plan View History View Symbol View Revelation Commentary Comparisons
Prophecies Messianic New Testament Old Testament Fulfilled Unfulfilled

The lesson studies have been separated into individual units.

Comparison Of The Visions Of Daniel

Kingdom Daniel 2 Daniel 4 Daniel 7 Daniel 8-9 Daniel 11-12
Metal Man Tree Unclean Animals Sanctuary Animals 2300 day
Babylon Head of gold TreeLion .: .:
Medes and Persia Chest of silver StumpBear Ram Verse 2
Greece Belly and thighs of brass Bronze bandLeopard Goat Mighty king, Verses 3-4
Four heads Four Horns Four directions
Rome (pagan) Legs of iron Iron bandTerrible beast Little horn grows horizontally Verses 5-29
Rome (papal) Little horn Little horn grows vertically Verses 30- 45
Europe Ten toes (iron, clay) Roots Ten horns .:
Messiah RockHoly Ones
Son of Man Daniel 9 Verses 20-22
Kingdom of God Mountain Judgment Sanctuary cleansed Michael stands up (Daniel 12)
Year Given 603/602 B.C. - 553 B.C. 551, 542 B.C. 536 B.C.
Symbolism Pagan cycle of time Pagan tree of life The Curses Yom Kippur -
Dreamer Nebuchadnezzar Daniel
The Book of Daniel is divided into two sections:

Chapter 1 - 6: (History).
This section is comprised of real stories of perseverance and faith that Daniel and his friends faced in captivity. They are prophetic because they provide vital lessons for God's people at the end of time. In these chapters Daniel and his three friends experience tests that are a foretaste of the kind of issues that will face God's people at the end of time.

Chapter 2, 7 - 12: (Prophecy).
These chapters are principally prophetic. They outline the rise and fall of great empires from Daniel's time all the way down to the end of human history. Each set of prophecies serves as a repetition and enlargement of the themes and history of the previous section.
As you study, you will see the concept of repetition and enlargement operating in each prophecy. Below, we will demonstrate the variety of symbols used. As you will notice, once a kingdom is about to fall, it is no longer mentioned in prophecy or a change in detail is given. It is especially true of Daniel.

Comparison Of The Types of Symbols
You will notice that the type of symbolism used is related to the one who received the vision, and the detail introduced.

Summary Of Daniel
1 In Daniel 1 we saw how Nebuchadnezzar assaulted the Holy City of Jerusalem and the Temple of God. As the prototype of the Antichrist, he took God's people into captivity along with the sacred vessels of the sanctuary. He put these sacred vessels in the temple of his god in an effort to use them for pagan purposes. In addition, Nebuchadnezzar tried to brainwash Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah to forget their beliefs. He wanted them to become paganized and Babylonian. As a result, he changed their God given titles to names encouraging loyalty to the God's of Babylon.. Nevertheless, Daniel and his friends determined to not defile the sanctuary of their souls. They did not give in to the "customs and peer pressures" of Babylon. They remained true through a time of testing, and as a reward, God blessed them with wisdom, knowledge, and prophetic understanding. Daniel and his friends provide a "Type" or "model" of God's people at the end of time who will unlock the truths of prophecy.
2 In Daniel 2, we learned that Nebuchadnezzar had a dream of a giant metallic Man. He could not remember the dream. He called his "wise men" to tell him the dream and the interpretation, but they could not. They said "only the gods whose dwelling is not with flesh" can interpret such mysteries. They pictured the gods as distant and uncaring. Nebuchadnezzar determined to kill all these "false" wise men. Daniel interceded for their lives, and he asked for time to pray. At the end of the time, God revealed the dream and its interpretation. Daniel told the king the vision. He saw a great metal man and a rock "cut out without hands" that struck and destroyed the image. The rock then grew into a mountain that filled the whole earth.

Finally, at the end of Chapter 2, Daniel and his friends are rewarded for interpreting the dream for Nebuchadnezzar. Nebuchadnezzar makes Daniel his direct advisor, and he sets Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in charge of the affairs of Babylon. In Daniel Chapter 2, God was revealed as the true prophet. He is the only one who really knows the future.
Metal Kingdom Period
Head of Gold Babylon 606 - 539 B.C.
Chest and arms of silver Medo-Persia 539 - 331 B.C.
Belly and thighs of brass Greece 331 - 168 B.C.
Legs of iron Rome 168 B.C. - 476 A.D.
Feet mixed with iron and clay Divided Roman Empire 476 A.D. - The End
Rock cut out without hands Christ's Kingdom Future
3 In Chapter 3, God is revealed as the true deliverer. He is the mighty savior of his people who stands with us in the time of trouble.
Jesus Christ the Messiah Prince
Three separate prophecies show the time of the arrival of the Messiah
Cross Daniel 9: 24 - shows that he will be anointed and then cut off 490 years after the decree to return from Babylonian exile.
Cross Daniel 11: 21 - Says the Prince of the Covenant would be broken under the fourth kingdom. This is Rome.
Cross Daniel 11: 22 - Shows that he will be alive during the fourth kingdom when a 'vile person' was on the throne. Tiberius Caesar (a pedophile) was the leader during his adult life.
Lamb The Passover feast shows the day and time of His death.
Cross Daniel 12: 2 - Michael the Great Prince arises as the conquering Messiah. He raises the dead.
4 Nebuchadnezzar finally learns that God is revealed as the true conqueror. For he is the only true king for the nations of the earth who sets up and destroys other kings.
5 Babylon falls to the Persian empire on a night when they are drunk and disrespectful to God. The details of that historical event are repeated in many prophecies as a prototype of the fall of the last world empire.
6 Religious persecution raises its ugly head as members of the government plot to make laws to kill the faithful Daniel in the lion's den.
7 The history of the world is repeated in symbols that demonstrate that Israel is being conquered by wild animals because of the curse of the covenant.
8 The history of the world is repeated in symbols that demonstrate the trampling of the sanctuary by the Gentile nations. Christ comes at the end of time to restore this sanctuary.
9 The great prophecy of the coming Messiah and His fulfillment of the covenant.
10-12 A detailed history of the world until the end of time. We see the fall of Babylon and the triumph of the church as Christ raises the dead.
God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God. Romans 8: 28 Time: 10 minutes
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Copyright     Updated :- January 25, 2004
Author: Laverna Patterson Editor: Patterson