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Questions - Daniel 8
October 16, 2019, 5:00 AM

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.