Teachers Helps Lesson 2 Index
The Cosmic Warfare in Daniel
Research Material
  • Welcome the participants to the second night of the Prophecy Seminar. After exchanging greetings, invite them to take their quiz envelopes which have been placed on the table and give them the quiz.
  • QUIZ Questions:
    • 1. The best way to interpret the symbols of Daniel and Revelation is to ask the various preachers what they think the symbols mean? - FALSE
    • 2. The Book of Daniel was written by the prophet Daniel during the sixth century B.C.? - TRUE
    • 3. The stories of the book of Daniel have nothing to do with the prophecies in the book of Daniel? - FALSE
    • 4. A day in Bible prophecy is symbolic of one literal year? - TRUE
    • 5. The book of Daniel gives four parallel prophecies, each beginning in the time of Daniel and ending in the last days. - TRUE
  • (Whenever you have a "wrong" answer on the quiz, please make certain that you give the correct answer and the reason behind the answer. The purpose of the quiz is to review the main points present in the previous lesson, so use the quiz as an opportunity for a review. . . . In addition to the quiz each evening, you may find it helpful to review some of the major points from the past meeting so that the students are constantly seeing the big picture.)
  • The purpose of Lesson 2 is to present the great controversy theme as it is found in the book of Daniel. It is the purpose of this lesson to help your students clearly see the big picture in the book of Daniel: the cosmic drama being played forth by the forces of good and evil. In presenting this lesson you'll have a wonderful opportunity to introduce the divinity of Christ as you attempt to identify the two opposing powers in the book of Daniel. It is essential that your students clearly see that Jesus Christ is fully divine. You will also be identifying Satan as the antagonist in the great controversy in this lesson. He will be presented as one who has used all kinds of deceit to induce people to follow him. This lesson serves the purpose of helping people become aware of the fact that there is a counterfeit movement led by Satan, who is seeking to corrupt and destroy the truth of God. This will be an exciting lesson to teach, and one that your students will find very rewarding as they discover more about Jesus.

Questions 1 and 2:

  • . . . give you a chance to personalize the message of the book of Daniel. Perhaps you've had an experience in your life where an apparent defeat turned into a tremendous victory for God. What not share that experience with your students. Help them to see that God can turn the apparent defeats in their lives into tremendous victories for God. And of course, don't forget to give emphasis to the ultimate victory for God's people in the last days. While it many times appears that God's people don't have things going their way on earth, yet they will ultimately be delivered in the last day.

Question 4:

  • Here is another opportunity to emphasize God's personal interest in every one of His people. He doesn't deliver us from trials, He goes through the trials with us.
    • FOOT PRINTS IN THE SAND - Authorship disputed
      • One night I dreamed a dream.
        As I was walking along the beach with my Lord.
        Across the dark sky flashed scenes from my life.
        For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand,
        One belonging to me and one to my Lord.

        After the last scene of my life flashed before me,
        I looked back at the footprints in the sand.
        I noticed that at many times along the path of my life,
        especially at the very lowest and saddest times,
        there was only one set of footprints.

        This really troubled me, so I asked the Lord about it.
        "Lord, you said once I decided to follow you,
        You'd walk with me all the way.
        But I noticed that during the saddest and most troublesome times of my life,
        there was only one set of footprints.
        I don't understand why, when I needed You the most, You would leave me."

        He whispered, "My precious child, I love you and will never leave you
        Never, ever, during your trials and testings.
        When you saw only one set of footprints,
        It was then that I carried you."

      Question 9:

      • This section on the divinity of Christ is the heart of Lesson 2 and one that needs vary strong emphasis. Many do not think the Seventh-day Adventist believe in the divinity of Christ. Yet of all professing Christians, Seventy-day Adventist ought to be foremost in uplifting Jesus Christ. Here is a wonderful opportunity to totally exalt Jesus as the center of the book of Daniel, and Jesus as the heart of the book of Revelation. Make certain that you make it very clear to your students that Christ is fully God, fully divine. Questions 9-16 are all building this magnificent point - the full divinity and full humanity of Jesus Christ.

      Question 11:

      • This text indicates that Christ is actively involved in the exodus event. He is the One who led Israel out of Egypt and into the Promised Land. (Exodus 3:13; Exodus 3:14) indicate that the One who led Israel out of Egypt and into the Promised Land, the One who called Moses, was called the "I AM."According to (John 8:58; John 8:59) Jesus claimed to be the "I AM." The Jews clearly understood His claim because they immediately attempted to stone Him because He had claimed to be the God of the Old Testament. (Exodus 6:2; Exodus 6:3) say that the One who led Israel out of Egypt and into the Promised Land was also know by the name Jehovah. Thus Jesus Christ claimed to be the Jehovah of the Old Testament. This is the awesome claim of Christ. He does not claim to be a lesser God, He claims to be fully and equally God.