The Book Of Daniel

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The purpose of the Book of Daniel is to show the superiority of the God of Israel over the idol gods of Babylon and other pagan nations. We see the humiliation of the idol gods and their uselessness and on the other hand the glorious victories of the God of the Hebrews.

Daniel gave God the credit for his wisdom and understanding and was rewarded for his counsel and rose to the highest civil posts in three governments. He was not only a prophet but an outstanding statesman. Yet, in all his high positions he was never afraid to declare God’s truth boldly! Sadly, today, like other highly figurative books of the Bible, Daniel is greatly misunderstood and misinterpreted.

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Daniel’s life spanned a very interesting period of history. He saw his beloved nation overrun by the Babylonians. Carried to Babylon he saw this great kingdom fall to the Persians. He served during this time of the captivity under many of the kings of Babylon and Persia. His life then spanned the entire period of Babylonian captivity. Complete Study of the Book of Daniel

Chapter By Chapter

The first chapter is historical in nature. Its purpose seems to be to introduce us to Daniel and how he was able to reach such a distinguished place in Babylon. It is indeed remarkable that a young Jewish captive should be raised to such a high position of counsellor and ultimately, he would become the Prime-Minister. Daniel 1

Nebuchadnezzar, powerful king of Babylon, had deep concerns about the future. Falling asleep after these unhappy thoughts he was subjected to a dream from God in answer to his concern about “what should come to pass hereafter” Daniel 1:29. So, impressive was the dream his sleep is disturbed and he awakens. Daniel 2

The king of Babylon proves in this chapter what we observed at the close of chapter two. He viewed the God of Daniel as only one among many gods. He still is very much a pagan. God’s power will be demonstrated again, but Nebuchadnezzar still will not learn his lesson. Daniel 3

A decree is sent not only to all the people of the kingdom but to those not in his kingdom. It includes a wish that all might lead peaceful lives. Nebuchadnezzar felt that it was proper for him to make known to the world what God had done to him. We must admire him for wanting everyone to know of the one true God. Daniel 4

This chapter records a series of events which occurred on the night in which the mighty Babylonian Empire fell to the Medes and Persians. In Chapter two Daniel had told Nebuchadnezzar that his kingdom would be followed by a kingdom of silver. We now see the fulfilment of this part of the prophesy. Daniel 5

In this chapter, we see Daniel now under a new ruler – Darius the Mede. There are four district rulers mentioned under whom Daniel served.

There were other rulers but only these four are mentioned. Daniel may have dropped into the background under the other rulers. Daniel 6

The vision of this chapter is but an extension of the dream of chapter two.

Set forth is the fundamental concept that all the kingdoms of the world are ruled and overruled by God’s divine providence so as to bring into existence the kingdom of Christ. Daniel 7

Chapter eight is an expansion of chapter two as was the case with chapter seven. However, in this chapter the emphasis is upon two of the four world empires. It is concerned with the second and third empires with emphasis on events to occur in Jerusalem toward the end of the third empire. Daniel 8

During the reign of Darius, the Mede it seems Daniel made a study of Jeremiah. The only difficulty would be in determining the exact year punishment began.

The captivity was carried out in three stages (invasions) over a period of years, thus at what point did it begin? Daniel 9

This final vision of Daniel is extensive taking up thee chapters. It is dated “in the third year of Cyrus king of Persia.” We learn from verse 4 that it took place by the banks of the Tigris river. It was on the 24th day of month Nisan and two years after the decree of Cyrus for the Jews to return to Jerusalem. Daniel 10

This chapter embraces a large portion of history which would be of interest to the Jewish people of that time. This revelation is made evidently to prepare them for the dreadful events that were ahead.

There are at least six distinct periods of history covered in this chapter. Daniel 11

The reference in these verses is to the vindication of God’s people by the angel Michael who seems to serve as a guardian over the people of God. This period is described as the worst time of trouble since Israel was a nation.

Many feel that this refers to the troubles they suffered under Antiochus Epiphanes. Daniel 12


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