Understanding Daniel


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The book of Daniel contains the clearest prophecies of the Old Testament. They are detailed and chronological covering the entire scope of history from the time of Daniel to the end of time. The words of Daniel are for us in the time of the end.

4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.
Daniel 12:4
Part of Daniel is a historical record and testimony. There are five separate prophetic messages. Each message repeats prophecies to the end of the world. There is a different focus for each of the messages. Later messages include increasingly greater detail.

Prophetic Timeline

A 19th century detailed study of Daniel can be found in the book Daniel and the Revelation by Uriah Smith.

The NET2000 online video presentations are an excellent general discussion of the prophecies.

Outline

  1. Daniel and His Friends Obey God
  2. Nebuchadnezzar's Dream
  3. The Image of Gold
  4. Nebuchadnezzar's Second Dream
    Nebuchadnezzar's Humiliation
  5. Belshazzar's Feast
    The Handwriting on the Wall
  6. Daniel in the Lions' Den
  7. Vision of the Four Beasts
  8. Vision of the Ram and Goat
  9. Prayer for His People
    The Seventy-Weeks Prophecy
  10. Vision of the Glorious Man
  11. Warring Kings of North and South
  12. The Time of the End

Nebuchadnezzar's Dream

Daniel chapter 2 is the complete description of a prophetic dream given to Nebuchadnezzar which was interpreted by Daniel. This dream outlined the progression of the world's kingdoms from the time of Daniel to eternity.

Image section Kingdom Nebuchadnezzar's image
Head
of Gold
Babylon
(605-539 BC)
Breast & Arms
of Silver
Medo-Persia
(539-331 BC)
Belly & Thighs
of Brass
Greece
(331-168 BC)
Legs
of Iron
Rome
(168 BC - AD 476)
Feet
of Iron & Clay
Divided Nations
(Since AD 476)
Stone Second Coming
Mountain Kingdom of God

Four Beasts

Ram and Goat

Seventy-Weeks Prophecy

Warring Kings of North and South

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Revised 2005-01-26