Introduction to the Book of Daniel

You are about to begin one of the most fascinating adventures of your life. You may be asking yourself just what can I expect to learn from these Bible Studies?

  1. You will begin to understand the prophecies of Daniel and many of those in Revelation as you have understood them before.
  2. You will discover the amazing story of the cosmic drama unfolding between God and Satan, good and evil, and the ultimate triumph of Christ
  3. You will enhance your relationship with Jesus Christ as you get better acquainted with Him and His love for you.
  4. You will find an inner peace and security as you come to learn the God is in control regardless of how it seems.

The Books of Daniel and Revelation are full of prophetic symbols that to most people are very confusing. As you work your way through these studies you will start to learn just what these symbols reveal. You will come to understand how prophecy is unfolded and why it is structured the way it is. Your wonderment of God's foreknowledge will build your faith and give you understanding of the world's events that you have never had. You will be filled with the inner peace that can only come from the knowledge that God is in total control.

Author and Date
1. Who is the author of the book of Daniel?
Daniel 12:4 "But Thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end..." Daniel 12:9 "And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end."
The testimony of the Book of Daniel is that it was written by the prophet Daniel. This is evident by the fact that only a person who was intimately acquainted with Nebuchadnezzar's Babylon could have provided the details of history revealed in the Book of Daniel.
2. Did Jesus recognize Daniel as the author of the book that bears his name? Matthew 24:15 "When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet..." Jesus believed that the prophecies in the book of Daniel were written by Daniel.
3. When was the book of Daniel written? Daniel 12:9 "And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end." The book of Daniel was written during Daniel's life of captivity. Daniel was taken captive in 605 B.C. and died sometime around 530 B.C. at the age of 90+ years. We are not sure of the exact time. But the book was completed during his life time.
The setting of the book of Daniel
4. Who had conquered Jerusalem and taken Daniel captive to Babylon? Daniel 1:1 "In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah came Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon unto Jerusalem and besieged it." In 605 B.C. Nebuchadnezzar captured Jerusalem. And Daniel and his friends were taken into captivity as prophesied in Isaiah 39:7 "And if thy sons that shall issue from thee, which thou begat, shall they take away..."
5. To what event does the book of Daniel point? Daniel 12:4 "...the time of the end..."; Daniel 12:9 "...the time of the end."; Daniel 12:13 "...the end of the days." Even though the book of Daniel was written during the Jewish captivity its focal point is the end of the world. Thus you will discover that this focal point gives the book of Daniel tremendous meaning in to days world.
6. What are the two parts to the book of Daniel? Part 1, the historical sections are Daniel 1, 3, 4, 5, 6. - The history sections provide the keys that help to unlock the meaning of the prophetic sections. Part 2, the prophetic sections are Daniel 2, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. - The prophetic sections cannot be properly understood without the historical sections.
7. Is the study of prophecy important? 2 Peter 1:19 "We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:" Prophecy is a light that illuminates our pathway from the days of Daniel to the second coming of Christ. The study of prophecy will cause Christ (the Day Star) to find a place our hearts and lighten our path until His return.
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