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Daniel Introduction and Outline

Lesson # Daniel Introduction, Outline
Study Material - Daniel, book introduction and outline

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Daniel Introduction

As Ezekiel reveals some of the things foreseen in the former years of captivity, so Daniel will reveal many things from the latter years of captivity. Ezekiel and Obadiah were contemporaries of Daniel. Daniel being one of these three prophets who lived during the exile.
This book portrays his historical prophecy. An apocalypse, or an unveiling, if you will. This is an unveiling, or a revealing of the truth to show the real reasons why things are the way they are and how the current situation ties in to history, and God's plan.

Dispensational questions are answered, not then, but from our perspective of hindsight, because the Church Age at that time was hidden and kept secret by God, until the time of Christ.

Daniel reveals some current history, but the emphasis from this book is on future kingdoms and Daniel is the only book that establishes the time for Christ's first advent. That is revealed in the prophecy of the 70 weeks.

In chapter 2, in the prophecy of the image, we will see human history as viewed by mankind. In chapter 7, in the prophecy of the beast, we will see human history as viewed by God. In chapter 9, the weeks prophecy, history is all tied together. The only exception is the lack of revelation concerning the Church Age.

In history, mankind turns away from God and disaster falls on him, God reveals the true situation and the purpose for the current difficulties, and how they link to the future and to God's plan.

Daniel is the book of prophecy, just as the emphasis from the book of Ezekiel was that of visions, and from Jeremiah of impending judgment, and from Isaiah of condemnation, Daniel begins to lay the pattern of human history and where it is going.

Daniel finally concludes with some extensive history in prophecy, which covers the several centuries of the 'silent' era just prior to the birth of Christ.

Daniel Outline

I. The historical introduction. 1:1-2:4a.
II. The nations of earth-their character, relations, succession, and destiny. 2:4b-7:28.
A. Nebuchadnezzar's dream of a great image: A prophecy of the times of the Gentiles. 2:1-49.
B. Nebuchadnezzar's trial of the confessors' faith: A lesson in steadfast faith. 3:1-30,
C. Nebuchadnezzar's vision of a high tree: A lesson in humility. 4:1-37.
D. Belshazzar's feast: A lesson in sin and its punishment. 5:1-31.
E. Darius the Mede in the role of religious prosecutor: A lesson in faith and prayer. 6:1-28,
F. A vision of four beasts, the Ancient of Days, and the Son of man: The conflict with Christ
III. The Hebrew nation, its relation to Gentile dominion, and its future in the plan of God. 8:1-12:13
A. A ram, a goat, and a little horn: Israel in conflict with the Old Testament Antichrist. 8:1-2
B. The prophecy of seventy weeks: Israel's future in the plan of God. 9:1-27.
C. Final vision: Israel through the centuries and at the consummation in the hands of enemies and in the hands of God. 10:1-12:13.

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