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Introduction.

The book of Daniel describes events during the time Israel was held captive in the land of Babylon. Daniel and his three friends so impressed the enemy King Nebuchadnezzar, that they were given positions in his government. These heroes, and even the villain, have much to teach us about living for God in our world.

 

Audio Version 

SERIES TITLE: Daniel

PART SEVEN:  Appalled and Confused

TEXT: Daniel 7-8

INTRODUCTION.

The book of Daniel describes events during the time Israel was held captive in the land of Babylon. Daniel and his three friends so impressed the enemy King Nebuchadnezzar, that they were given positions in his government. These heroes, and even the villain, have much to teach us about living for God in our world.

DISCUSSION

If you have ever re-watched a sporting event where you already knew the outcome, did it change your experience? How?

EXAMINATION.

7:1-14 According to verse 1, this vision occurred before the events of chapter 5. How does that impact your understanding of that chapter?

How does the description of the Ancient of Days (vv.9-11) strike you? What similarities does it have with the description of the “one who sits on the throne” in Revelation 4, 7, and 20?

What about the “one like a son of man” (vv.13-14)? Compare that to Revelation 1:13 and 14:14.

This is a title Jesus used of himself many times. E.g. Matthew 9:6, 10:23, 11:19, 12:8. Why is that significant?

7:15-28 What do you make of the interpretation of the vision?

Although these things are all in the future for Daniel, what are the indications that some of these events are still future for us?

8:1-14 Notice that this vision happens two years later.

What similarities and differences do you notice between this vision and the previous one?

8:15-27 Why do you think that Medo-Persia and Greece are named specifically here?

Are there indications that this prophecy is now all in the past? Why or why not?

Compare this with 2 Thessalonians 2:1-9 and comment on any parallels or differences?

APPLICATION.

  • Why does the Bible include so much prophecy? What purpose does it serve for us today?
  • Christians can go to the extremes of triumphalism (excessive exaltation) or defeatism. How should we behave toward those who are apart from Christ in light of his ultimate victory?
  • Fact: What is a key truth that you understood from this passage?
  • React: What did you feel?
  • Act: What are you going to do?  

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