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The Book of Daniel
We are going to talk about a terrible time in the Jewish people's
lives. In about 587 B.C., God allowed the king of Babylon (Iraq)
named Nebuchadnezzar to overtake Jerusalem and to even destroy the
Temple. The reason God allowed this was because the Jewish people
were not in obedience to God. The prophet Jeremiah warned them as
well as other prophets but they would not heed. So, God allowed them
to become enslaved by the Babylonians.
During the captivity, the king of Babylon told his people that he
wanted all of the children of the Jewish people that appeared to be
unblemished, skillful and wise to be brought to Babylon to be taught
the Babylonian speech and ways. Of these children was a special child
named Daniel. There were also three friends of his named Meshach,
Shadrach and Abednego.
The king ordered that these Jewish children were to eat a certain
type of foods that would make them big and strong. However, Daniel
and his friends were liked by the keeper of Daniel and his friends
and Daniel told him that Daniel and his friends could not eat the
food and wine of the Babylonians because it would defile them. The
keeper of the children feared the king would know that Daniel was not
eating the food because his appearance would be weak. But, Daniel
said "give us 10 days of only water and fruit and I will prove to you
that we will be as strong looking as the others that eat the
Babylonian diet" ... Of course, after the 10 days was over they
looked stronger than the others.
These four children were given knowledge and skill from God. He gave
Daniel the ability to understand and interpret dreams just as he had
given Joseph in the book of Genesis. This would come in handy in
Daniel's future ... After a set amount of time, the king of Babylon
called in all the Jewish children that were brought to Babylon. He
found Daniel and his friends to be the best of the crop. He found
them to be 10 times wiser than all his magicians and his advisors
Daniel and his friends were imprisoned leaving Daniel in captivity
until God soon intervenes, or had He already? Be sure continue to see
what happens next ...
The Book of Daniel
Greetings from Daily Bread! As you recall, Daniel and his friends
have been brought to Babylon after the destruction of Jerusalem and
it's Temple. Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon has found these 4 to
be the best of the crop because of their gifts from God. Daniel has
the ability to interpret dreams ...
Nebuchadnezzar had a dream. When he awoke, he had all his wise men,
advisors and astrologers come to him and he asked them to tell him
what his dream was and what it meant. They all pondered on his
request and asked him to tell them what he dreamed and they would try
and interpret it. Nebuchadnezzar said no, he wanted them to tell him
what the dream was as well as what it meant. They could not ...
Nebuchadnezzar ordered all of them killed as well as the Jewish
children which included Daniel and his friends because he was so
upset that he could not find the meaning of the dream.
When Daniel heard of this he asked for a little time to ask God what
the dream was and what it meant ... God did give him the dream and
the interpretation of the dream. Daniel thanked God and headed out to
talk to Nebuchadnezzar. He told him that only God could reveal the
dream and had. he began to reveal the dream ...
Daniel told king Nebuchadnezzar that the dream the king had was of a
great statue with a gold head, chest and arms of silver, belly and
thighs of brass, legs of iron and feet of iron and clay. Then, a
stone cut without hands would hit the feet of the statue and all the
parts were destroyed together Verse
35 Daniel went further and interpreted the dream for the king in
Verses 36-45 ... He says that Nebuchadnezzar's empire Babylon
was the gold head in the dream. That after him another empire would
arise Medo Persia which is the silver part of the statue and after
that the next empire (Greece) which is the brass would conquer and
after that the 4th empire would be (Rome) which was the iron. Verses
38-40 (Note: These are the countries that did become the
major power, one after another just as Daniel predicted.)
Daniel then said that the last empire, which was made of iron and
clay would be a divided kingdom and would be part strong and part
broken. They shall not cleave to one another. In the days of this
empire, God will destroy it and set up an everlasting Kingdom. Verses
41-45 Now we know that God has not destroyed this part
iron and part clay kingdom as of yet, because God has not set up His
everlasting kingdom, YET. So this part iron and clay, 10 unit (10
toes) empire, is in our future and you will find out ... That
it is Antichrist's empire.
Of course, king Nebuchadnezzar was shocked that Daniel was able to
not only tell him his dream but to interpret it. he fell to the
ground and worshiped Daniel. he said I now know that Daniel's God is
the only true God. The king made Daniel a great man in
the kingdom (Just as Pharaoh did for Joseph when he interpreted the
dream Pharaoh had) Daniel asked that his 3 friends Meshach, Shadrach
and Abednego become rulers as well and it was granted.
God sure takes care of his own ... Make sure you return and find out
what happens next in the Book of Daniel ...
Want to learn more about Nebuchadnezzar's dream from the Daniel and
Nebuchadnezzar dream story?
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The Book of Daniel
Ready to the study of the Book of Daniel in your Daily Bread Bible
Study? Let's begin! Daniel has just interpreted a dream of
Nebuchadnezzar with the gift from God he has. Nebuchadnezzar made him
a ruler in the kingdom. Years have passed and Nebuchadnezzar has
decided to make a golden statue of himself and that everybody was to
drop to their knees, bow and worship the statue when they heard the
music sound off.
There came certain men that told the king that the 3 friends of
Daniel ... Meshach, Shadrach and Abednego refused to bow and worship
the statue and suggested that those who would not should be thrown
into a fiery furnace. He had them brought before them and asked why.
They told him that God would not like it and would save them from any
punishment that may be given for not worshiping the image. The king
was furious and commanded that the fire be turned up 7 times as hot
as usual. He commanded the strongest men he had to bind the three men
and toss them into the fire. As they threw the three into the fire,
the men that threw them in were burned up because of the intensity of
the heat of the fire.
As Nebuchadnezzar watched the three men fall into the furnace he
stood up amazed and asked his advisors that stood by "Did we not cast
3 men into the fire" They answered him, Yes. He said, Then why do I see
4 men walking around in the middle of the fire and no harm is coming
unto them? He also said a strange thing ... He said that the form of
the fourth person was that of the Son of God ...
Isn't that awesome? The Bible calls Angels the sons of God, so one
may assume it was an Angel of the Lord, or, that it was Jesus,
pre-incarnate. Of a certainty, it was a divine being, sent by God.
Think the people that were watching weren't freaking out?
Nebuchadnezzar commanded the three to come out of the fire and they
did and their hair was not even singed. Then Nebuchadnezzar said,
Blessed be the God of Meshach, Shadrach and Abednego who sent His
Angel to protect his servants. He also said that any person who ever
said anything bad against this God was to be cut in pieces.
Despite the brevity of this absolutely awesome Daniel Furnace into
the fire Bible study on the fiery furnace Bible story, it clearly
reveals that ... As usual, God was there for his servants and will be
there for you as well when you fall into the fire by way of trials
and tribulation that all Christians endure. Awesome huh? Make sure
you come back and see what happens next ...
The Book of Daniel
It's such a pleasure to study with you here at Daily Bread. We are
looking back in on the book of Daniel. As we remember Daniel's three
friends were just saved from a fiery death by an angel of God. We
pick it back up with Nebuchadnezzar making yet another announcement
praising God and reminding the people about how Daniel was able to
interpret a dream he had. He then begins to tell of yet another dream
he has had ...
In his dream he saw a great tall tree that reached unto Heaven. The
leaves were fair and the fruit fed everyone. The beasts of the field
could take refuge in the shade of this tree. In his dream a holy
watcher came down from Heaven. This holy one cried out to cut down
the great tree, cut off the branches shake off the leaves and scatter
the fruit. But he said to leave the stump of his roots in the earth
even with a band of iron and brass and let the grass be wet with the
dew of heaven and let his portion be with the beasts of the earth.
Let his heart be changed from a man's to that of a beast and let
seven times pass over him. This matter was the decree of the watchers
and holy ones. This was commanded so that all may know that the Most
High rules the kingdom of men.
He asks Daniel to interpret the dream for him ... Within one hour
Daniel came troubled and revealed the dream's interpretation. He said
YOU are the tree Nebuchadnezzar. Thou art grown and become strong.
Thy greatness has grown unto Heaven. God has said that you shall be
driven from men and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts for seven
years. The stump shall stay for now as your kingdom will continue
after you. Then shall you know that God rules ... Not man. Daniel
told him to stop sinning and to show mercy to the poor.
Twelve months passed, Nebuchadnezzar was walking around his palace
and said Is not Babylon the greatest and was it not built by me and
my great power? While he was speaking these words a voice from Heaven
said O King Nebuchadnezzar to thee it is spoken. The kingdom is
departed from thee. And they shall drive thee from men. And thy
dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field: They shall make thee
to eat grass as oxen and seven times shall pass over thee, until thou
know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it
to whomsoever He will.
With the same hour these thing occurred to Nebuchadnezzar. Soon his
hairs were like eagle's feathers and his nails were like claws. At
the end of the seven years, Nebuchadnezzar looked up to Heaven and
his understanding returned to him. He blessed and praised the most
High. he knew that all the inhabitants of the earth are as nothing.
That God is the one who runs the show.
At the same time Nebuchadnezzar regained his kingdom and had more
honor than before because he now knew Truth. He served God the
rest of his days ... His last spoken words were that he who walks in
pride ... God is able to put down.
Our Nebuchadnezzar's dream bible study on Daniel vision and Daniel
interpretation of the dream reveals that we should beware pride in
our Christian walk lest we be brought down to size by the Lord. Tell
pride to take a ride. Here are two studies to help you accomplish
The Book of Daniel
Glad to have you back with us once again for another story at Daily
Bread Bible Study. Where does the saying "Read the writing on the
wall," come from? Well, perhaps it's from this Bible story.
The kingdom of Babylon was passed down to Belshazzar,
Nebuchadnezzar's son. One day Belshazzar was partying with his
friends, worshiping strange gods and drinking wine. He had an idea to
impress them by serving his guests with God's vessels that his dad
stole from the temple in Jerusalem. You could think of those vessels
as God's good china.
God, on the other hand, didn't think this was such a hot idea, being
that they were worshiping other gods and all. So in that same hour
the fingers of a man's hand (God's) wrote a message on the wall of
the king's palace where they were having their good old time.
Understandably, when Belshazzar saw this, he was so shaken that his
knees were knocking. He called for all the fortune tellers,
stargazers and scholars of Babylon and offered a reward to whoever
could discern the message. But, nobody could. So he called in his
personal group of "wise" men but they couldn't tell him what it meant
either. Then his wife said, don't worry, there's this guy named
Daniel who has the Spirit, wisdom, light and understanding of God, he
can tell you what it means. He did the same thing for Nebuchadnezzar.
They brought in Daniel and the king offered him great gifts to
interpret the writing. Daniel said, keep your gifts for yourself and
give your rewards to someone else. (See, Daniel knew that the credit
always goes to God for the interpretation of things of this nature.)
Daniel explained that God gave Nebuchadnezzar a kingdom and fame. And
for all the magnificence that God gave to him, all people respected
him. He killed whoever he wished to, and whoever he wished, he kept
alive. Everyone's success or failure was in his control. But when he
became arrogant and his pride overtook him, God took away his fame
and glory and he was driven from the people and his mind was changed
to be like that of a beast. He lived in the wild and ate grass like
oxen. He lived like an animal until he learned that God rules over
all and it is in His power to elect whoever He wants to be important.
The humbling of Nebuchadnezzar took seven years.
Daniel's interpretation continues as he tells Belshazzar that even
though he knew all this, he had not humbled his heart either, but had
put himself above God and brought the things of God's temple that was
in Jerusalem in while he and his filthy friends drank out of them
while praising false lifeless gods. But the God whose hand his own
breath (life) was in ... Belshazzar had not glorified.
That was when the hand was sent from Him and He wrote this thing,
Daniel explained. This is what it means: God has numbered (put an end
to) your kingdom. (Numbered, as in "your days are numbered") You have
been judged and have been found unworthy. And your kingdom will be
divided and given to the Medes and the Persians. Well, imagine that
in today's world. A country like (Iraq) Babylon, and the king (Sadaam
Huessein) Belshazzar, hearing that his country is going to be split
up like a candy bar and given to (Iran and Syria or Turkey) the Medes
and the Persians. Oh my!
Belshazzar was astonished. So Belshazzar ordered that Daniel should
be the next ruler in Babylon. That night, old Belshazzar was killed
and sure enough, Darius the Median, took over the kingdom.
It's funny how we go through years of our lives, using phrases like
"the writing on the wall" without knowing where they originated. We
need to obey and respect God and all that is His. Now that Babylon is
under the rule of Darius, what's in store for Daniel next? We will
The Book of Daniel
Anxious to share more with you about the interesting life of the
Prophet Daniel. Keep in mind that the times that Daniel was living
in, was when the people of Israel were in captivity. This was a time
of sorrow for most of the Hebrews, because they longed for their
homeland, their freedom and if any of you have ever had the feeling
that God was hiding His face from you because of something you had
done ... Then just imagine the children of Israel, for 70 years,
praying to enter into His good Graces once more.
Now, we've learned that Daniel, having been blessed with the gift of
the Holy Spirit to interpret dreams, escaped quite a life of
hardship. King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon took a liking to Daniel
because he interpreted troubling dreams of his, and promoted Daniel
to a position of great honor among the Chaldean people.
When Belshazzar died, the new king, Darius, chose one hundred twenty
princes to set over the entire kingdom. Over the princes were three
presidents that they accounted to. Daniel's reputation was so
favorable that Darius chose him to be the highest ranking of these
three presidents, which you can imagine made all the others, both
princes and presidents, burn with jealousy.
They conspired to discredit Daniel but they couldn't find any faults
with him, so they decided that the only thing they could find against
him was concerning the law of his God. They requested of the king,
that he make a decree, that whoever ask anything of any God or man
for thirty days, except the king, was to be cast into the den of
In those days, royal decisions were not overturned. Once a decree was
signed by the king, it was not and could not be altered. King Darius,
unaware of the wickedness that his royal subjects were devising,
signed the decree.
When Daniel heard about the new law, he went into his house and the
window that faced Jerusalem was open in his room. And just as he
always did before, Daniel knelt down three times a day to pray and
give thanks to God.
According to their plan, the princes and presidents spied on Daniel,
and found him praying and asking God for blessings. They eagerly
reported their discovery to the king, who was very angry with himself
for signing the decree, but could not overrule it, according to the
law. So Darius determined within himself to find a way to save
Daniel, and until the sun went down, he intently tried to figure a
way, but it was of no use. The men who accused Daniel reminded the
king that the law of the Medes and Persians is that no law that the
king establishes may be changed.
The king had no choice, so he told them to take Daniel and throw him
into the lion's den. But because the king was fond of Daniel, he said
to him, Your God, who you are faithful to, will save you. They rolled
a stone over the opening of the cave to seal it, and the king spent a
sleepless night in worry about Daniel.
Early in the morning, Darius hurried to the lion's den. Calling out
Daniel's name, he asked, Was your God able to save you from the
lions? Daniel replied, My God has sent His angel and has shut the
lions' mouths so they haven't hurt me, because He knows that I am
innocent, and even you know I have done nothing wrong.
The king was very happy, and ordered that Daniel be taken out of the
den ... It was a miracle from God, Daniel hadn't a scratch on him.
The king then commanded that Daniel's accusers, their wives and their
children be thrown to the lions, and the lions devoured them.
King Darius then wrote a new decree:
I make a decree, That in every dominion of my kingdom men tremble and
fear before the God of Daniel: for He is the living God, and
steadfast for ever, and His Kingdom shall not be destroyed, and His
dominion shall be even unto the end. He delivers and rescues, and He
works miracles in Heaven and on Earth. He has delivered Daniel from
the power of the lions.
So Daniel continued to prosper during the reign of Darius, and during
the reign of Cyrus the Persian.
Remember Daniel's gift of interpreting dreams? Come on back soon, and
find out what happens when Daniel himself has a very interesting
The Prophet Daniel in the lions' den Bible story reveals that God was
with Daniel and that the Daniel and the lions' den story shares how
we should trust in God despite the apparent danger around us. God
will be there when we need Him. He is always right on time.
The Book of Daniel
Happy to have you here to share another Old Testament Bible story. In
our study of the book of Daniel, Chapter 7 is not in chronological
order, as it takes place in the first year of the reign of king
Belshazzar. As you may recall, Chapter 6, the story about Daniel in
the lion's den, took place during the reign of king Darius, the
successor of king Belshazzar, so obviously the events of Chapter 7
took place before the events of Chapter 6.
What is a dream? What is a vision? Where do dreams and visions come from?
Let's take a look at what the Bible says:
14 For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth it
15 In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep
falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed;
16 Then he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their
17 That he may withdraw man from his purpose, and hide
pride from man.
In modern English ... God speaks to us once, even twice, and because
of one reason or another, we don't perceive His message. He may
communicate to us through the Word, another Christian, His still
small voice, a sudden breeze, or even a thunderbolt, but many times
we fail to recognize God's leading in our lives. So when we sleep,
when our pride, our own will, and/or our flesh doesn't prevent us,
God opens our understanding and sends His message via a dream.
What's the difference between a dream and a vision? A vision can be
part of a dream. A dream of course takes place while you are asleep,
or in a state of unconsciousness. A vision can take place while you
are awake. The word vision, of course means to see, but it also means
to understand. To envision something, means you can imagine
it. Notice the root word of imagine is image. An image is
something you can see, but to imagine is to picture something,
without it actually being a tangible object. In other words, a vision
is a spiritual understanding or foresight of something. A vision can
take place in either a conscious or an unconscious state, but dreams
only occur in the unconscious realm. A vision can feel like a dream,
for example, you may have experienced something that is commonly
known as daydreaming, where you actually feel like you're someplace
else, and you lose awareness of all that is going on around you, even
though your eyes are open and you are not asleep. Have you ever been
driving home from somewhere and when you pull up in the driveway, you
can't remember much of the drive? A vision is similar to this
"daydreaming" phenomena that we have all experienced, except for the
fact that in a vision, the events that you experience while you are
in this spiritual realm, are messages from God. A dream doesn't
always include a vision or a message from God. Solomon said:
For a dream cometh through the multitude of business; and a fool's
voice is known by multitude of words.
In plain talk ... If there is something important that has been
weighing on your mind at your job ... That may cause you to dream
about work. Or maybe you watched a scary movie before going to sleep
... That may cause you to have fretful dreams. When something affects
you deeply, chances are, you may dream about it, and your dream may
or may not be a message from God.
You may recall having a dream about yourself or someone you know, and
then some time in the future your dream, or part of it, comes to
pass. Did you ever consider that your dream was a message from God?
Now, I want you to put yourself in Daniel's shoes for a moment,
because his dream is one that affects the future of all mankind. Can
Daniel said that in his dream, he saw a terrible tempest upon the sea
with the winds of Heaven coming from all directions. Then four great
beasts came up out of the water, each one different from the other.
The first was like a lion, and had eagle's wings. The wings were
plucked and it was lifted up from the Earth, and stood on it's feet
like a man, and a man's heart was given to it.
The second was like a bear. It raised itself up on one side, and it
had three ribs between its teeth, and they said to it, Arise, and
devour much flesh.
The third was like a leopard. It had four heads and four wings on its
back and it was given power.
The fourth was a beast was different than the other three. This beast
had iron teeth and ten horns. It was very dreadful and terrible and
strong. It destroyed the others and stamped the residue with its feet.
In the Book of Revelation, Antichrist's empire is compared to the
same beasts ...
And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were
as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the
dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.
In the last part of Daniel's dream, another smaller horn came up from
among the ten horns and it plucked up three of the ten horns. This
little horn had eyes like a man and spoke great things.
Whew ... How could anyone (who didn't have the gift of interpreting
dreams) ever figure out the message from a dream like this? You'll
see in a short while that the Lord provided Daniel with an
interpretation, but that wasn't the end of the dream yet.
Daniel watched until the thrones were cast down (a throne is the seat
of a deity or devil). This is also mentioned by John in his vision in
the Book of Revelation:
And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given
unto them ...
In other words, Satan and his angels were evicted from Heaven:
7 And there was war in Heaven: Michael and his Angels
fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any
more in Heaven.
9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent,
called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was
cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
Next, Daniel saw the Ancient of days ... God ... On His throne, and
the Books were opened for the Great White Throne Judgment. Next in
his vision, the beast was destroyed, and the rest of the beasts had
their power taken away.
Lastly, Daniel saw Jesus in the clouds of Heaven, and brought before
God, who gave Him power and glory and an everlasting Kingdom, and all
people should serve Him.
As you can imagine, this vision was a frightening experience for
Daniel. For one thing, Daniel lived in Old Testament times, before
Jesus first visit, so he really knew nothing compared to what we know
today of Jesus' life, death and resurrection, not to mention all that
we are fortunate to have of the Gospels and the other New Testament
writings that teach of the End Times, the Millennium and the New
Heaven and New Earth. Taking all this into consideration, you can
appreciate Daniel's perplexity when he wrote:
I Daniel was grieved in
my spirit in the midst of my body, and the visions of my head troubled
Ever have that feeling, when something is so worrisome to you that
you actually feel sick? It sounds like that's what Daniel is
describing. It may have even been easier for Daniel to interpret
Nebuchadnezzar's dream than his own, because he didn't experience the
horror of the king's dream firsthand. Not to worry though, the Lord
The next thing that Daniel wrote was that he approached "one of them
that stood by," and asked him the Truth of all this. So he told me,
and made me know the interpretation of the things. This obviously was
a messenger from God, sent to explain the meaning of the dream to
The four beasts are four kings, which shall arise, but the saints of
God shall take the kingdom and possess the kingdom for ever. Daniel
wanted to know more details about this fourth beast because the horn
that came up out of the ten horns that were in his head, made war
with the saints and prevailed until God came and gave them the
It was explained to Daniel that the fourth beast will be the fourth
kingdom on Earth, which will be different than all kingdoms and will
devour the whole earth, tread it down, and destroy it. The ten horns
out of this kingdom are ten kings or leaders that will arise and
another will rise after them. He will be different from the first and
he will subdue three kings. He will speak terrible words against God
(blasphemy), and will persecute the saints, and change times and
laws, and they shall be given into his hand for 3½
years. But justice will prevail and the saints will take away his
power and destroy it once and for all. Then the kingdom will be given
to the saints of God and all will serve Him.
That was the end of Daniel's vision. Do ya think this kind of dream
would shake ya up a bit? Here's what Daniel said about it: Hitherto
is the end of the matter. As for me Daniel, my cogitations much
troubled me, and my countenance changed in me: but I kept the matter
in my heart.
Take a look with me at a little more of what we read earlier from Revelation:
1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast
rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon
his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.
2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and
his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a
lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great
3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death;
and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the
The dragon is Satan, and the beast is Antichrist. The Antichrist
empire has 10 parts (the ten horns of the beast in Daniel's dream).
If you're a little confused, stay tuned, because Daniel had another
vision that we'll learn about in Chapter 11 that will explain this
even further, but for now, take a look at the similarities between
Nebuchadnezzar's dream from Chapter 2, Daniel's dream, and John's
vision from Revelation:
Head - Gold
Chest & Arms - Silver
Belly & Thighs - Brass
Legs - Iron
Feet/10 Toes - Iron/Clay
Iron toothed beast
Pretty interesting, yes? We'll be expanding this chart even more in
the study of Chapter 11! Until then, be sure to come back to find out
what happens next in the life of Daniel the Prophet. I'll give you a
little hint ... Daniel has another vision!
Click the link below to learn more of Daniel's vision:
The Book of Daniel
Great to have you back for more great Bible stories from the Old
Testament book of Daniel. To start off with, let's familiarize
ourselves with the time period and setting of our story. The events
of this chapter happened two years after Daniel's dream that we
studied in Chapter 7, but it is still before the lion's den incident.
Daniel is a Prophet of God ... An Israelite, captive in Babylon,
although he has been well favored by the two kings that he has served
under, Nebuchadnezzar and his son Belshazzar, because of his
incredible gift of interpreting dreams and visions.
Daniel refers to the incident you're about to read about, as a
vision. In this vision, Daniel was in the palace at Shushan, which
was the capital of Persia at that time, in the ancient city of Elam,
by the river of Ulai. Today, this would be somewhere in the
southwestern area of Iran.
In Daniel's vision, he saw a ram, standing in front of the river,
with two tall horns, but one was higher than the other, and the
higher one came up last. The ram was pushing westward, northward and
southward. No beasts dared challenge him and nobody could be saved
from him. He did whatever he wished and became very strong.
Then an he-goat came from the west carried through the air, and the
goat had a prominent horn between his eyes. He charged at the ram in
great fury and power and attacked, breaking his two horns, leaving
the ram no strength to remain standing. The goat threw him to the
ground and stamped on him, and nobody could save the ram from the
When the he-goat became strong, his great horn was broken and instead
of it, there came four horns from the four winds of Heaven, and out
of one of them came a little horn, which became very strong, toward
the south, the east, and toward the pleasant land. It became very
powerful, opposing the host of Heaven, and some of the host and the
stars, it threw down to the ground, and trampled on them.
He esteemed himself equal to the prince of the host, and he took the
daily sacrifice away and the temple was pillaged. The he-goat
accomplished and prospered much.
Then Daniel heard a holy one say, How long will this last? And
another Angel answered, Two thousand and three hundred days, then the
sanctuary shall be cleansed.
While Daniel tried to understand the meaning of the vision, the Angel
Gabriel appeared to him, and a voice from the banks of the river
called to him and said, Gabriel, make this man to understand the
vision. As he approached Daniel, it terrified him and he fell on his
face, but Gabriel said, Understand that the vision will be at the
time of the end.
Daniel then fell into a deep sleep with his face toward the ground
but Gabriel set him upright and explained the vision.
The ram, having the two horns are the kings of Media and Persia, an
empire growing to the north, south and west, and the he-goat is the
king of Greece, west of the Medo-Persian Empire. The great horn
between his eyes is the first king, then there will be four after him
which will not be of his bloodline, but will come from different
Then there will arise a fierce king, clever with trickery. He will
exercise great power, derived from the devil, and he will cause great
destruction, and will prosper and destroy the strong and the saints.
He will magnify himself in his heart and by his craftiness, in a time
of peace, he will destroy many. He will also stand up against the
Prince of princes, but he will be destroyed without even being
Gabriel continued, The vision of the times that you've seen is true,
but keep it to yourself, because it won't happen for a long time.
Daniel fainted and was sick for days, then got up and returned to his
work for the king. The vision astonished him, but he really didn't
We've probably all heard it said that history repeats itself. Well,
There is a very interesting thing about this vision of Daniel's. You
see, it happened already, just as Daniel prophesied, and the book of
Revelation indicates, as well as the Angel Gabriel explained, that it
will happen during the End Times.
Let's take a look at that period in history, when these things
already came to pass for just a moment, shall we? There was indeed a
king from Greece that took over the Medo-Persian empire. You've
probably heard of him before, he was known as Alexander the Great.
You can investigate this in history books if you like, and you'll
find that Alexander's kingdom was not passed down to his heirs at his
death, but rather, it fell among many ... But particularly, it was
divided into four kingdoms. To the west of Alexander's kingdom,
became the Roman domain, the area that the Bible refers to as
Macedonia was ruled by Antigonus, the area formerly known as Asia was
taken over by Seleucus, and Egypt was conquered by Ptolemy.
By and by out of Greece there came along the little horn, whose name
was Antiochus Epiphanes. In addition to his tyrannical ruling of
every place he conquered, he reigned terror on Israel for three and a
half years, pillaged the temple, took away the daily sacrifice and
built an idol on God's altar. He made the Jewish people build
temples, set up idols in every city, offer swine to them every day,
and forsake the worship of God. Anyone who didn't obey him was
threatened to be punished. He murdered many, burned the city, took
thousands and thousands captive and appointed guards to make sure the
Jewish people did as he commanded.
Now, remember that in Daniel's vision, Gabriel told him that he (the
little horn) would be destroyed without even being touched. It just
so happened that Antiochus Epiphanes, in his pursuit to terrorize yet
more people in Persia, was challenged by them, driven away and lost
much of his army in the conflict. At the same time, the Jewish people
began to strengthen themselves against Antiochus by opposing his
commanders in Judea, and when he was told of the defeat, coupled with
the beating he took in Persia, it literally drove him mad, and he
died of insanity, admitting just before his death that he was being
punished for the misery that he had brought upon the Jewish people.
If you think all of this is interesting ... Just you wait!!! Have you
ever had a recurring dream? If so, you're not the only one! Daniel
had another vision concerning this very same thing that we'll be
studying when we get to Chapter 11, and you'll find out how this
prophecy also refers to the events that will happen in the End Times,
so be sure to come back soon and we'll enjoy more of God's word
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There is a force out there that is attempting to overtake us all; it is Satan. There is another force that is protecting us from him; it is the Holy Spirit. It is a battle for souls. This battle is called Spiritual Warfare, and like it or not, you are right in the middle of it.
How to Prepare for Spiritual Warfare