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The Book of Daniel: Summary of Apocalyptic & Narrative Sections

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  • 1. Summary of the Narrative/Historical & Prophetic Sections: Daniel 1:1 to 6:28 & Daniel 7:1 to 12:13 T Letseli Apocalyptic Studies 1 (Dan) REB430-01
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    • Dan 1:2 (MKJV) “And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his ( Nebuchadnezzar ) hand, with part of the vessels of the house of God, which he carried into the land of Shinar to the house of his god. And he brought the vessels into the treasure house of his god.”
  • 4. The Plot unfolds in Babylon
  • 5. Summary of Reasons why Israel is in Babylon: Jer 2:7-15; Jer 25; Dan 9:2; Zech 1:12; 7:5
    • Apostasy among leadership (priests);
    • Adopted Baal-worship, and forsook God;
    • Enemies of Israel started hunting her down to enslave her (God protection had departed);
    • Jer 2:13 (KJV) “For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.”
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    • Jer 25:11 (MKJV) “And this whole land shall be a ruin and a waste. And these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years.”
    • Jer 25:12 (MKJV) “And it shall be, when seventy years are fulfilled I will punish the king of Babylon, and that nation, and the land of the Chaldeans, says Jehovah, for their iniquity, and I will make it an everlasting ruin.”
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    • Jer 29:10 (MKJV) “For so says Jehovah, When according to My Word seventy years have been fulfilled for Babylon, I will visit you and confirm My good Word to you, to bring you back to this place.”
    • Dan 9:2 (MKJV) “… In the first year of his ( Darius ) reign, I, Daniel, understood the number of the years by books, which came of the Word of Jehovah to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem.”
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    • Zech 1:12 (MKJV) “Then the Angel of Jehovah answered and said, O Jehovah of Hosts, how long will You not have mercy on Jerusalem and on the cities of Judah against which You have cursed these seventy years?”
    • Zech 7:5 (MKJV) Speak to all the people of the land, and to the priests, saying, When you fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh months, even those seventy years, did you truly fast to Me, even to Me?
  • 9. A. The education of Daniel and his companions, 1:1–21.
    • 1. The first transportation of captives from Judah to Babylon, 1:1, 2.
    • 2. Daniel and his friends selected to be trained for royal service, 1:3–7.
    • 3. Daniel procures permission to live according to his law, 1:8–16.
    • 4. Successful education and acceptance into the royal service, 1:17–21.
  • 10. Dan 2
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  • 16. B. Nebuchadnezzar’s dream of the great image, 2:1–49.
    • 1. Nebuchadnezzar disturbed by a dream, 2:1–11.
    • 2. Execution of wise men commanded and countermanded, 2:12–16.
    • 3. Daniel receives knowledge and expresses gratitude, 2:17–23.
    • 4. Daniel communicates the dream to the king, 2:24–35.
    • 5. Daniel interprets the dream, 2:36–45.
    • 6. Nebuchadnezzar acknowledges God’s greatness, 2:46–49.
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  • 18. Dan 3:25 - The Fourth Man
  • 19. C. Deliverance of Daniel’s friends from the fiery furnace, 3:1–30.
    • 1. Nebuchadnezzar erects an image and demands its worship, 3:1–7.
    • 2. The three faithful Hebrews refuse to worship, 3:8–18.
    • 3. The deliverance from the furnace by divine intervention, 3:19–25.
    • 4. Nebuchadnezzar’s confession and decree; the Hebrews promoted, 3:26–30.
  • 20. D. Nebuchadnezzar’s second dream, (seven years) humiliation, and restoration, 4:1–37.
    • 1. Nebuchadnezzar’s confession of God’s knowledge and power, 4:1–9.
    • 2. Description of the dream, 4:10–18.
    • 3. Daniel’s interpretation of the dream, 4:19–27.
    • 4. Nebuchadnezzar’s fall and restoration, 4:28–36.
    • 5. Nebuchadnezzar praises the God of heaven, 4:37.
  • 21. E. Belshazzar’s banquet and the loss of the monarchy, 5:1–31.
    • 1. Belshazzar’s desecration of Temple vessels, 5:1–4.
    • 2. The mysterious handwriting on the wall, 5:5–12.
    • 3. Daniel’s interpretation, 5:13–28.
    • 4. Daniel receives honor, Babylon falls, 5:29–31.
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  • 23. F. Daniel’s deliverance from the lions’ den, 6:1–28.
    • 1. Daniel’s elevation and the jealousy of his colleagues, 6:1–5.
    • 2. Darius’ decree restricting prayers, 6:6–9.
    • 3. Daniel’s transgression of the decree and his condemnation, 6:10–17.
    • 4. Daniel’s deliverance and the punishment of the accusers, 6:18–24.
    • 5. Public recognition of the greatness of Daniel’s God, 6:25–28.
  • 24. II. Prophetic Section, 7:1 to 12:13.
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  • 32. Thematic Parallel: Dan 2 & Dan 7
  • 33. Thematic Parallel: Dan 2 & Dan 7
  • 34. Thematic Parallel: Dan 2 & Dan 7
  • 35. Thematic Parallel: Dan 2 & Dan 7
  • 36. Thematic Parallel: Dan 2 & Dan 7
  • 37. Thematic & Verbal Parallels: Dan 7 & Rev 13 Rev 13 Dan 7
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  • 40. A. Daniel’s second prophetic message, 7:1–28.
    • 1. The four beasts and little horn, 7:1–8.
    • 2. Judgment and eternal reign of the Son of man, 7:9–14.
    • 3. Interpretation of the vision by an angel, 7:15–27.
    • 4. Impression on Daniel, 7:28.
  • 41. Dan 8 - Clean Animals Focus: Sanctuary
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  • 45. B. Daniel’s third prophetic message, 8:1 to 9:27.
    • 1. The ram, he-goat, and horns, 8:1–8.
    • 2. The little horn and its wickedness, 8:9–12.
    • 3. The time prophecy concerning the cleansing of the sanctuary, 8:13, 14.
    • 4. Gabriel interprets the first portion of the vision, 8:15–26.
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    • 5. Daniel’s sickness as the result of the vision, 8:27.
    • 6. Daniel prays for restoration and confesses his people’s sin, 9:1–19.
    • 7. Gabriel interprets the remaining portion of the vision, 9:20–27.
  • 47. C. Daniel’s fourth prophetic message, 10:1 to 12:13.
    • 1. Daniel’s fast, 10:1–3.
    • 2. The appearance of “a certain man” and the effect on Daniel, 10:4–10.
    • 3. The “man’s” preliminary talk with Daniel, 10:11 to 11:1.
    • 4. A vision concerning future historical events, 11:2 to 12:3.
    • 5. The duration of the “wonders”; personal promises to Daniel, 12:4–13.
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    • END