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November 17, 2019, 1:00 PM

Questions - Daniel's Final Vision


These questions relate to the sermon on 17 November 2019, Daniel's Final Vision.  The message summarizes parts of the end of chapter 9, chapter 10, 11, and 12.  

1.  By now you know... what is the primary theme of the Book of Daniel?

2.  How does it feel when your situation stinks, or when you are counseling someone facing dire circumstances, to say that ultimately God is in control?

3.  Review Daniel's situation from the time he mentioned in 10:1, the "third year of King Cyrus."  How was Daniel feeling about the future of Israel and his own future?

4.  How or why can Daniel's stories and prophecies help us face the future in an age of relativism (this era)?  

5.  What had Daniel been doing when he received this last vision?  (see 10:2-3)

6.  How should we seek a word from God?

7.  Compare Daniel 10:4-8 to Revelation 1:12-17.  Daniel did not specify the identity of the man, but how does John's revelation identify the man?

8.  Daniel's vision explained some events, but leaves much of the future locked.  In other words, Daniel did not understand all of the vision, and neither do we.  Chapter 11 explained some world events that were to come which we can now identify, but some we cannot identity because the prophecy has not yet been fulfilled.  From verse 36 and following, the focus changes to the end of this age.  The world leaders who are yet to come will follow the same pattern of those in the past who were completely against God's people.  Review chapter 11 for a general direction of world events rather than specific identities, especially in the later part of the chapter.

9.  In chapter 12 find the promise of a bodily resurrection.  What are the categories of those who will be resurrected?

10.  Read 12:9-13.  How does the message to Daniel inform our future?

 




November 10, 2019, 2:25 PM

Questions - Daniel's Prayer


These questions relate to the sermon on 10 November 2019, Daniel's Prayer.  The primary scripture is Daniel 9:1-23.

1.  In order to see how God's word shaped Daniel's praying, you may want to review Deuteronomy 28 and Jeremiah 25, 27.  

2.  In what ways does Daniel's prayer reflect what God had already said he would do?

     a. in regard to the consequences of being unfaithful to God (Deut. 28)

     b. in regard to Jeremiah's prophecy about Babylonian Exile

3.  Compare the elements of Daniel's prayer to the model prayer in Matthew 6.  Look for the following:

     a.  praise

     b.  confession

     c.  seeking God

     d.  asking

4.  What do you know about Daniel's discipline of prayer?

5.  Notice the immediate result of Daniel's praying in verses 20-23.  Does God still hear the prayers of those who are faithful to him?

6.  Do you need to make changes to your pattern and discipline of prayer?

Bonus:  Read the last of the chapter about the 70 sevens.  It is a difficult part to understand, and it is to some degree still locked.  It probably refers to events leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus; then the 70th seven is a telescoped view of the church age which will culminate in the return of Christ.  It was a word that was meant to remind Daniel that God is sovereign, and despite how the current circumstances look, God is still in control.  God wins!




October 16, 2019, 5:00 AM

Questions - Daniel 8


This guide relates to the sermon on 13 October 2019, A Great Ram And A Uni-Goat, from Daniel 8.  It also seeks to tie together the visions of Daniel and New Testament writings in order to see a larger view of prophecy and God's plan.

1.  Compare the visions of Daniel 2, 7, and 8.  Look for similarities and differences, but also after seeing each one, try to back off an understand a longer view of the visions or bigger picture.

     a. In Daniel 2 we are told that the four sections of the image represent four kingdoms, and the first is identified as Babylon.  Strong                  possibilities for the other 3 are the Medo-Persians, Greeks, and Romans.

     b.  In Daniel 7 the four beasts are four kingdoms.  They are not identified in the vision.  They are likely the same four kingdoms.  Notice the    churning waters from where they came which represents chaos.

     c. In Daniel 8, there are only two kingdoms, and they are identified as the Medo-Persians and Greeks.  Note that horns in apocalyptic              scripture typically represent a powerful leader.

     d. In each of these visions the end is left vague, unknown, or locked up.  While from our perspective these four kingdoms are historical, there is a sense in which the visions are not complete.  There is more to come.  In chapter 8 Daniel was told that the timing concerns "the end." The patterns of the beasts will continue until Christ returns.

2.  Read Revelation 13.  Look for similiarities and differences.  Note that the theme is very similar to the visions of Daniel.  John received his visions late in the first centrury A.D. when Christians were severely persecuted.

3.  Now read Matthew 24.  Note that Jesus lived on earth during the Roman Empire, the last of the four beasts in Daniel's vision, but Jesus was clearly speaking of the future.  His emphasis was not identifying anti-christs or specific timing, but on preparing his people for what would come.

4.  Read 2 Thessalonians 2.  Paul was not using symbolic language.  His was straightforward language to prepare followers of Jesus for persecution and the end.  Hold fast.  Hold on to the teachings you have been given (God's Word).  Jesus' coming will be unmistakeable. The instruction of Paul and Jesus was to live in such a way that we are prepared when persecution happens so that we will remain faithful until Jesus returns.

 




September 29, 2019, 5:32 PM

Questions - Four Beasts


These questions relate to the first half of Daniel 7 and the sermon on 29 September 2019.  It is the beginning of the vision or four beasts.

1.  Discuss the nature of apocalyptic literature in scripture and interpretation guidelines.

2.  What was going on with Daniel (setting) when he had this vision?

3.  What do the churning ocean and multiple winds represent?

4.  In general what do the beasts represent?

5.  If you wish, discuss the nature of each beast and possible nations represented.

6.  How is God depicted in verses 9-10?  What do the white clothes and white hair tell us?  What does the fire intend?

7.  What is the primary point of the first half of Daniel 7?  How does it relate to the theme the whole Book of Daniel?

8.  Do you know of any corresponding scripture in the Book of Revelation?




September 15, 2019, 4:35 PM

Questions - The Lions' Den


These questions relate to the sermon on 15 September 2019, The Lions' Den.  The primary scripture is Daniel 6.  The questions are intended for personal reflection and group discussion.  The sermon may be heard on this website.

1.  You probably know the story of the lions' den well.  What is your favorite part of the story?

2.  Have you ever had to go against government or any other organization you belonged to because the organization was going against God?  What was the result?

3.  In Daniel 6, who is King Darius?

4.  What was the key to Daniel's continued succes in government leadership?

5.  Why did Daniel's peers conspire against him?

6.  How did the conspirators succeed in convincing Darius to sign a new law?  

7.  How did Daniel respond to the new law? (If you have time, see how 1 Kings 8:46-50 relates.)

8.  What was the value of kneeling before a window, toward Jerusalem, three times a day?  How can Daniel's practice inform our disciplines?

9.  What if the lions had killed Daniel?

10.  How will this story help you make decisions at home, work, school, or in regard to government?

Bonus:  Discuss the application of 1 Peter 3:13-17 and how Daniel's story relates.  


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