Praise Chapel Puget Sound A Walk Through the BibleWith Bro. Bill Parker Sr. Lesson 9 The Book of Daniel
A Walk Through the Bible A Walk Thru The Bible Outline of The Book of Daniel ● The Book of Daniel along with the Book of Revelation, marvelously unfolds future events as God has ordained them in the program of history.
A Walk Through the Bible ● These two books, one from the Old and one from the New Testament, remarkably complement each other in their symmetry and harmony. 1. The Book of Revelation explains the Book of Daniel.
A Walk Through the Bible • The Book of Daniel lays the basis for the Book of Revelation. • If you want to know God’s program for the future, it is essential that you understand the Book of Daniel.
A Walk Through the Bible ● The Book of Daniel is in two halves: the first six chapters are historical, which deal with the adventures and career of this remarkable man.
A Walk Through the Bible ● The second six chapters are prophecy; in fact, among the most astonishing in the entire Bible. ● Daniel is the most authenticated book of the Old Testament. It has been attacked because of its remarkable prophecies.
A Walk Through the Bible ● God has taken two precautions in this matter of unveiling the future. 1. He has clothed these prophetic passages in symbolic language.
A Walk Through the Bible 2. He has given them to us in figurative form. This is why in these prophetic books unusual things appear, strange beasts with many different heads and horns sticking out here and there.
A Walk Through the Bible 3. In the Book of Revelation you have strange beasts with strange combinations of characteristics. ● You just can’t sit down with the book of Daniel and the book of Revelation and read them through and understand them as you would a novel.
A Walk Through the Bible 1. You have to study them, taking the whole of the Bible to interpret the symbols in the books of Daniel and Revelation. 2. This is one of the locks that God has provided to keep curious minds from getting into these books without an adequate background in scripture.
A Walk Through the Bible 3. God’s program for the future is hidden from us until we spend time understanding the signs, and these books are full of signs! ● A second precaution God has taken in Daniel, and even more in the book of Revelation, is that he doesn’t introduce the prophetic section first.
A Walk Through the Bible • He brings us through six chapters into an understanding of the moral character he requires of the reader before the prophetic program can begin to make sense.
A Walk Through the Bible 2. In other words, you can’t understand the last section of Daniel unless you have lived through and understood what is involved in the first six chapters.
A Walk Through the Bible ● Daniel and his friends were just teenagers when they were first taken captive and carried off to Babylon.
A Walk Through the Bible • The book records in these first six chapters the pressure they underwent as they stood for their faith in the midst of these difficult surroundings.
A Walk Through the Bible ● One of the first things that the Babylonians did was to change Daniels’ and his friends names. • Daniel whose name means “God is my judge” was changed to Belteshazzar which means “prince of Baal”.
A Walk Through the Bible 2. Hananiah means “beloved of the Lord” was changed to Shadrach which means “illumined by the sun- god”.
A Walk Through the Bible 3. Mishael which means “who is God” was named Meshech which means “who is like the moon-god”. • Azariahwhich means “the Lord is my help” was changed to Abednego, “servant of Nego” or “shining fire”.
A Walk Through the Bible • Their faith has certain dietary restrictions, and the vary things that they were told not to eat are the things that are required of them to eat as prisoners.
A Walk Through the Bible • The young men stand fast despite the pressure and God honors them. They are exalted and given positions of authority and responsibility in that kingdom.
A Walk Through the Bible ● In Chapter 2 Nebuchadnezzar had a dream of a great image of a man with a strange body. • Nebuchadnezzar put his astrologers to the test and wanted them to tell him what he had dreamed.
A Walk Through the Bible 2. The image had a head of gold, arms and chest of silver, belly and thighs of brass, legs of iron, and the feet were iron mixed with clay.
A Walk Through the Bible • Daniel not only told the king what he had dreamed, he gave him the interpretation. a. The gold head was Babylon. b. The silver represented an empire that would follow them- the Persian Empire.
A Walk Through the Bible c. The Persian Empire would be succeeded by the Greek Empire. d. The Greeks would be succeeded by the Roman Empire, but in two phases.
A Walk Through the Bible e. A stone cut without hands struck the image at the feet, disintegrating it, and the stone grew to become a mountain that filled the whole earth.
A Walk Through the Bible 4. Daniel told Nebuchadnezzar the dream was about the end times.
A Walk Through the Bible ● From chapters 2 through 7, the language of the original changes from Hebrew to Aramaic, the Gentile language of that day. 1. After this there is a window in the Scripture that is very unique.
A Walk Through the Bible • Generally the Bible talks about history past, present and future through the lens of Israel. 3. But here is one place in Scripture where we get a profile of all Gentile history; from Babylon to the end.
A Walk Through the Bible a. Babylon is captured by the Persians. b. The Persians are conquered by the Greeks.
A Walk Through the Bible c. The Greeks are conquered by the Romans. d. The Roman Empire disintegrated into separate elements about 476 A.D.
A Walk Through the Bible ● Chapters 2-7, describe the “times of the Gentiles” which start with Nebuchadnezzar and end with a final world leader who will be dealt with by Jesus Christ at His Second Coming.
A Walk Through the Bible ● In chapter 3 you have the story of the fiery furnace. 1. The king’s dream has gone to his head and he has a huge image erected and all are instructed to bow down to it. 2. The image was 60 cubits high that makes it about 90 feet tall.
A Walk Through the Bible • A great furnace is built and the people are told that is where they will end up if they don’t bow down to the image. 4. Daniel and his 3 friends refused to bow down to the image and were thrown in the furnace.
A Walk Through the Bible • Nebuchadnezzar looks in the furnace and sees 4 men not 3, walking around in the fire unhurt. 6. The king praises the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego.
A Walk Through the Bible ● Chapter 4 Nebuchadnezzar has another weird dream. • The king dreams a huge tree was cut down for seven years. 2. Daniel interpreted the dream and warned the king to repent of his pride.
A Walk Through the Bible • Exactly one year later Nebuchadnezzar was stricken with a mental illness that lasted 7 years. • When he recovered he told his whole story in chapter 4.
A Walk Through the Bible • He acknowledged that the God of Daniel is the God of the universe and published his personal testimony throughout his kingdom.
A Walk Through the Bible ● By the time we get to chapter 5 Nebuchadnezzar has died, and his son Belshazzar was in charge. 1. Babylon was under attack by the Persians, but Babylon was thought to be impregnable.
A Walk Through the Bible 2. Instead of preparing for a siege, Belshazzar threw a party and used all the Jewish Temple vessels they had taken seventy years earlier as party vessels.
A Walk Through the Bible • When the party was in full swing, they saw the fingers of a man’s hand write on the wall. 4. The words were: MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN.
A Walk Through the Bible 5. Daniel interprets the words for the king. a. MENE: God has numbered your kingdom, and finished it.
A Walk Through the Bible b. TEKEL: You have been weighed in the balance, and found wanting. c. PERES: Your kingdom has been divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.
A Walk Through the Bible • That very night Belshazzar was slain and Darius the Mede received the kingdom.
A Walk Through the Bible ● In chapter 6 we have the story of the lion’s den. • Daniel had advanced in age and was now around 83 years old.
A Walk Through the Bible 2. King Darius had promoted Daniel over the usual Astrologers and advisors to the king. This did not set well with the kings regulars.
A Walk Through the Bible 3. They developed a plot to dispose of Daniel by having the king sign a decree prohibiting anyone from partitioning God for a period of 30 days or be thrown in the lion’s den.
A Walk Through the Bible • The king not realizing how the decree would affect Daniel was obligated to impose the penalty on Daniel for worshipping God.
A Walk Through the Bible • God had shut the mouths of the Lions and the next morning the king found Daniel alive. 6. The tables were turned on the accusers and they were fed to the lions.
A Walk Through the Bible ● Daniel chapter 7 is the beginning of the prophecies. 1. Daniel had a dream about 4 great beasts coming out of the sea, each different from the other.
A Walk Through the Bible a. The first was like a lion, and had eagles wings. b. The second beast was like a bear, and had 3 ribs in its mouth between its teeth.