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Daniel - Prophet, Scholar, Scientist, Statesman, and man of Faith


Daniel

Prophet, Scholar, Scientist, Statesman, and man of Faith

by
Pastor Brett Peterson
pastorbrett@ccbcu.edu
Coastland University


Contents

Contents/



Daniel 8

Final Exam ..................25% 8



Session 1 9

Introduction 9



2. He reveals His plan through prophecy. 9

Eph. 2:18 -20 10

Why is it important to study prophecy? 10

What is a prophet? 10



God is exact in His prophecies and His plans - 12

Daniel - perspective 12



DANIEL THE PROPHET 13

WHO WAS DANIEL? 14



THE BOOK OF DANIEL 15

THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHILE STUDYING DANIEL 15

DOUBTS RAISED BY SOME MEN CONCERNING DANIEL 17

Session 2 18

I. Daniel in the Den of Critics 18

II. Critics and our Response 21

Antiquities of the Jews: 22

III. Timeline To 609 to 597bc 25


Critical conclusions: 27

IV. Characteristics of the Book of Daniel 27

V. Outline - Two Methods 29

VI. More Archaelological evidence 31



Session 3 32

I. OUTLINE OF THE BOOK OF DANIEL 32

II. The Contribution of the Book of Daniel 34

Daniel’s Contribution to the Scriptures 35

Daniel’s Contribution God’s People 36

III. The Setting for the Book of Daniel 37

IV. CANONICAL PLACEMENT OF THE BOOK 41

V. DATE OF THE BOOK 43



A. Late—Second Century (soon after 168 B.C.; usually 165 43

B. Early—Sixth Century:12 45

VI. Theological Values 48

VII. What does the Bible tell us about Daniel, and about the value of this book? 49

A. What is the unique contribution of Daniel? 50



B. What can we gain from a study of Daniel? 50

VIII. CHAPTER ONE PREVIEW 50



POINTS OF INTEREST 50

Chapter One: Standing For God 52



Historical Background
(1:1-2) 54


4. God’s hand is obvious; He is in command . 57

b. Four of these youths, and their name changes 58


The Setting
(1:3-7) 58


C. Daniel and his friends refuse to eat the king’s food 60

In Favor With God and Men
(1:17-21) 62


SESSION 4:
The Dream of the Four Kingdoms
(Daniel 2:1-49) 65

Introduction 65

How we will Interpret Daniel 2 66

Nebuchadnezzar’s


Dream : an Overview of History
(2:1-13) 66

AN AMAZING VISION 66



Daniel does what we all should do in times of stress! 68

(2:14-16) 68



Prayer Works!(2:17-24) 69

(2) What the king’s dream reveals about God; and 69

Daniel Gives God The Glory
(2:28-30) 70

Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream Revealed


(2:31-35) 71

Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream Interpreted


(2:36-45) 71

THE VISION'S MEANING 72

AN OUTLINE OF WORLD HISTORY 72

1. Head: Babylon 72



2. fell to the Medes and Persians, 73

3. the Greek Empire. 73

4. Rome 74

NEBUCHADNEZZAR'S VISION (Daniel chapter 2) 75

Four Great Empires Chart 76

PART OF THE PROPHECY STILL FUTURE 77


Jesus alone has the power to save. 78

THE KINGDOM OF GOD 78

Nebuchadnezzar’s Response (2:46-49) 80

Summary of Chapter 2 81

Chapter 2:
Questions and Answers 83

SESSION 5:
Fire, Faith, and Freedom
(Daniel 3:1-30) 85

Introduction 85



Archeological support of the Statue and the Furnace: 85

Secondly, is there any support of people being punished by burning in a furnace? 85

Daniel Chapter three - the critics fail again! 86

Daniel Chapter Three 89

Who are these Astrologers, or better translated, Chaldeans? 92

15 years of planning failing would make anybody mad…
(3:13-18) 92

Nebuchadnezzar’s Second Acknowledgement of Yahwey


(3:28-30) 95

Conclusion Chapter 3 96



(1) Civil Disobedience 96

(2) Suffering 96

(4) Fallen man’s response to revelation 97

(5) A taste of the last day 97

(6) The necessity of faith 98

(7) Deliverance 98


SESSION 6
"Nebuchadnezzar's Testimony"
Daniel 4 98

Introduction 98

Chapter 4 in context 99

Chapter 4 Breakdown: 101

The Structure of Our Text 101

Nebuchadnezzar’s Greeting


(4:1-3) 101

Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream—Part I


(4:4-12) 103

TANGENT TIME - The basics on Angels 107

Daniel’s Interpretation and Exhortation
(4:19-27) 116

The Fulfillment


(4:28-33) 120

True Repentence


(4:34-37) 121

Conclusion 123



SESSION 7:
The Writing on the Wall
(Daniel 5:1-31) 124

Introduction 124

Belshazzar’s Celebration
(5:1-4) 129

The Handwriting on the Wall


(5:5-9) 131

Daniel to the Rescue


(5:10-12) 132

Daniel is Summoned to Interpret the Writing


(5:13-16) 133

Daniel’s Lecture
(5:17-24) 133

Daniel’s Interpretation


(5:25-28) 134

Daniel’s Reward

(5:29) 136

The End of Belshazzar

(5:30-31) 136

SESSION 8
Daniel in the Lion’s Den
(Daniel 6:1-28) 140

Introduction 140

Daniel in the Critics Den 141

The Conspiracy


(6:1-9) 144

Time line! 146

Daniel Stands Firm…
(6:10-15) 148

Daniel in the


Den
(6:16-18) 152

Daniel’s Deliverance


and His Enemies Destruction
(6:19-24) 154

The King’s Decree


(6:25-27) 155

Epilogue


(6:28) 156

SESSION 9:
Daniel’s Dream of World History
(Daniel 7:1-28) 157

Introduction 157

Josephus says this about this Chapter: 157

Our stand on this Prophecy... 159

Overall Observations 160

(10) Daniel’s preoccupation is with the last beast, rather than the first three. 161

Background 161



The Four Kingdoms 162

Similarities 162

Contrasts 162

Daniel’s Dream


(7:1-14) 162

Chapter 4: 167


SESSION 9:

The Ram, the Goat, and the Horn
(Daniel 8:1-27) 185

Introduction 185

The Structure of the Text 185

Time Line Review 186

Timeline To 609 to 117 186

2. fell to the Medes and Persians, 187

3. the Greek Empire. 187

4. Rome Iron to Iron mixed with clay. 188

The Setting of Chapter 8


(8:1-2) 190

The Ram
(8:3-4) 192

The Goat
(8:5-8) 193

The Little Horn


(8:8-14) 196

The Hosts of Heaven 198

Abomination of Desolation Part one 199

Gabriel Interprets
(8:15-18) 200

The Vision Interpreted


(8:19-26) 202

Daniel’s Response


(Daniel 8:27) 206

SESSION 10:
Daniels 70 Sevens
(Daniel 9:1-27) 207

Introduction 207

The Setting
(9:1-3) 208

Daniel’s Prayer


(9:4-15) 212

Daniel’s Petition


(9:16-19) 212

The Appearance of Gabriel

(9:20-23) 212

The Announcement of Gabriel

(9:24-27) 214

Let us now tackle the key to all prophecy - Daniel’s 70 7’s! 216

THE STARTING POINT OF THE SEVENTY SEVENS 216

There are three main views regarding the decree: 217

Conclusion 224



SESSION 13:
The Hope of Heaven
(Daniel 12:1-13) 248

Introduction 248

The Setting 248

The Structure of The Text 248



Daniel 12 248




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