Current Expository Series

THE BOOK OF DANIEL

 

Daniel is an amazing book of history, containing prophecies so precisely fulfilled that liberal scholars dispute its authorship!

 

  • 26 – Daniel 12:1-3. The final episode in the series. What does Daniel’s angelic visitor have to tell us about the end of this age?
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  • 25 – Daniel 11:36-45. The prophetic message goes through a time warp and can no longer be applied to the second century BC. Could the events described take place in our life times?

 

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  • 24 – Daniel 11:20-35. The history lesson continues. So detailed that some scholars claim it was written in 167 BC and only pretends to be foretelling the future. What’s the weak spot in that viewpoint?

 

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  • 23 – Daniel 11:2b-19. Daniel receives a very detailed history lesson… in advance! Does God really know the future to that degree?

 

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  • 22 – Daniel 10:1-11:2a. Daniel gets another visit from Gabriel (?) and is overwhelmed by the angel’s presence (of course, he was getting used to it by then).

 

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  • 21 – Daniel 9:20-27. The Prophecy of Weeks – what’s it all about? Was it fulfilled in the past or does it still predict the future?

 

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  • 20 – Daniel 9:1-19. Daniel repents before God on behalf of his people – it’s called corporate repentance. According to popular Christian teaching, this is the key to revival in our day. Is that a valid claim?

 

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  • 19 – Daniel 8:15-27. Last episode, Daniel received a prophecy of the temple sacrifice being halted for a period of 2300 days. This was not fulfilled during the reign of Antiochus IV. Instead, the sacrifice was stopped for 1107 days. In this section Daniel receives a visitation from the Angel Gabriel with further explanation. Will we find out the meaning of the 2300 days (or 1150 days, as some interpret it)?

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  • 18 – Daniel 8:1-14. In this chapter Daniel sees another vision, two years after the previous on in chapter seven. It’s got more beasties in it and, once more, is a stunningly accurate prophetic portrayal of the near future from Daniel’s perspective.  Except for the very last bit. What can we make of that?

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  • 17 – Daniel 7:23-28. Thanks to Hal Lindsey’s Late Great Planet Earth written in the 70s, many believers decades later are expecting a global antichrist to arise out of a revived European Empire, like Tim LaHaye’s character Nicolae Carphathia. Here’s an alternative explanation for your consideration.

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  • 16 – Daniel 7:13-22. Daniel’s prophetic vision continues with “One like the Son of Man” being presented before the Ancient of Days. The Jewish Bible (JPS Tank 1985) says that the one Daniel saw was simply a ‘human being’. Which translation is biased [don’t answer yet!].
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  • 15 – Daniel 7:8-12. Who is this ‘little horn’ in Daniel’s dream of the four beasts? Did he arise in the past or is he yet to come? And, while we’re at it, is ‘OMG’ blasphemous? [Sorry about the ‘watermark’ in the slides – it was a software glitch!]

 

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  • 14 – Daniel 7:1-7. Daniel’s dream reveals the four pagan empires of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream – this time from God’ perspective.

 

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  • 13 – Daniel 6:10-28. Daniel survives the lion’s den. But what does that have to do with Joseph, son of Isaac, and the Messiah?

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  • 12 – Daniel 5:18 – 6:9. For Belshazzar, ‘the writing was on the wall’. But what did it mean?
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  • 11 – Daniel 5:1-17. Fast forward a few decades to the reign of Belshazzar, the last king of Babylon prior to the Persian conquest. Find out how God spoiled his party.
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  • 10 – Daniel 4:28-37. God used a four-by-two to get Nebuchadnezzar’s attention. Can every proud person expect that sort of humiliation?
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  • 09 – Daniel 4:10-27. Nebuchadnezzar had another dream, which mentions the Watchers. Who are they when they’re at home?
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  • 08 – Daniel 3:19 – 4:10. How did King Nebuchadnezzar react to the miraculous deliverance of the three from his furnace? And what is the prophetic significance of his second nightmare?
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  • 07 – Daniel 3:1-18. We all know that Daniel chapter three is about King Nebuchadnezzar’s image and the fiery furnace. But what is it a prophetic picture of?
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  • 06 – Daniel 2:25-49. Daniel tells the king, not only the content and interpretation of his dream, but reveals his thoughts as well! So what did the king’s dream prophesy for the future?
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  • 05 – Daniel 2:1-24. King Nebuchadnezzar had a disturbing dream. How did this result in a power encounter between the God of Israel and the pagan gods of Babylon?
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  • 04 – Daniel 1:9-21. Only the king and the hoi polloi got to eat the food and drink the wine that had been offered in sacrifice to pagan gods in ancient Babylon. How could Daniel refuse the king’s goodies and get away with it?
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  • 03 – Daniel 1:1-8. Daniel was to be trained to serve in the king’s palace under Ashpenaz the Chief Eunuch. The Book of Isaiah prophesies that Hezekiah’s descendants would become eunuchs in Babylon. Is this what happened to Daniel and his friends? Did they stand to lose more than just their home and culture?
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  • 02 Daniel Introduction (Part Two). Who really wrote the Book of Daniel? A lot of scholars say it was written centuries after Daniel’s death. Are they right? This and other questions addressed as we complete the background studies to the book.
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  • 01 Daniel Introduction (Part One). A look at the historical background and the time period covered by the book.
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