Review of the Book of Daniel

TEXT WHAT WE SAW
I. History: The Current Exile of God’s People (1-6)
1 Daniel in Exile (Refusal to Defile Himself)
2 Nebuchadnezzar’s Vision: 4 Earthly Kingdoms (Babylon, Persia, Greece, Rome) and the Kingdom of God
3 Deliverance: The Fiery Furnace (Refusal to Worship Other gods)
4 Nebuchadnezzar Judged: Humiliated, then Restored
5 Belshazzar Judged: Babylon Destroyed
6 Deliverance: The Lion’s Den (Refusal to Stop Praying)
II. Prophecy: The Future Return from Exile for God’s People (7-12)
7 Daniel’s Vision: 4 Earthly Kingdoms (Babylon, Persia, Greece, Rome), Antichrist, and the Kingdom of God
8 Daniel’s Vision: 2 Middle Kingdoms (Persia, Greece)
9:1-19 Daniel’s Prayer: Need for Forgiveness and Restoration
9:20-27 Answer to Prayer: 70 Weeks Until Complete Restoration
10-11:1 Christ and a Heavenly Messenger Bring the Final Vision
11:2-35 Daniel’s Vision: 2 Middle Kingdoms (Persia, Greece)
11:36-45 Daniel’s Vision Cont’d: Antichrist
12:1-4 Daniel’s Vision Cont’d: The Time of the End
12:5-13 What to do with the Vision (Understand, Continue Till End)

Themes in the Book of Daniel

This is what you need to know and apply to your life…
(1) God’s sovereignty (power) and omniscience (all-knowing) over all things

(2) God will restore His people (not only physically, but spiritually)

(3) God’s people should be faithful, despite their pagan surroundings

(4) Life is profoundly spiritual; not just physical: Earthly events mirror a spiritual conflict between angelic forces of good and evil

(5) Persevere in the face of persecution and tribulation