The Cosmic Warfare in Daniel Index

"Cosmic Warfare." Sounds like something right out of Star Wars or some other movie. But, as strange as it may seem, the book of Daniel reveals that there is a battle going on all around us, just behind the scenes of our every day life. The rise and fall of empires, kingdoms, and nations are more than just historical events. All that has and is taking place is a part of the great controversy between Christ and Satan. The book of Daniel can only be correctly understood when viewed in this context.

In order to understand the book of Daniel we need to ascertain what is the main theme of the book, what the book is trying to reveal. In this lesson we will draw aside the curtain and see that the central theme of the book of Daniel is the "Cosmic warfare" being played in ancient Babylon. What happened there is symbolic of the great conflict between Christ and Satan. The history of Daniel will point out what happened to Daniel while the prophecies of Daniel will reveal what is in store for God's people and God's final victory in this great drama.

There are great forces at work that we cannot see. As we draw closer to the end of time these forces will become more and more apparent until all will be revealed in the last great battle.

 
1. As the book of Daniel opens, who is defeated? Daniel 1:1, 2 "In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah came Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon unto Jerusalem, and besieged it. And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his 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."

The book of Daniel opens with a tremendous defeat for God's people. Jehoiakim, the king of Judah, is delivered into the hands of King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon and the children of the royal family are taken into captivity. It appears that Satan has won the battle against God's people.

2. What will ultimately happen to God's people? Daniel 12:1 "And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book." The book of Daniel opens with Go's people being taken into captivity and ends with them being delivered. Not all is at it seems. As God delivered his people from Babylonian captivity so at the end of time He will deliver His people at the end of time.
 
3. After Nebuchadnezzar cast Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego into the fiery furnace, how many people did he see in the fire? Daniel 3:25 "He answered and said, Lo, I see four men lose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God."

That would make one sit up and take notice. It would also let one know who was really in control.

4. Who is this fourth one who walks through the fire with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego? Daniel 3:25 "He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God."

What a revelation of God and His love for His people! As His servants go through the fiery furnace, the Son of God goes through the fire with them. Here is a tremendous picture of Jesus. He comes to deliver His people in the midst of their fiery trials.

5. Describe the one who brings encouragement to Daniel in a later vision. Daniel 10:5, 6 "Then I lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a certain man clothed in linen, whose loins were girded with fine gold of Uphaz: His body also was like the beryl, and his face as the appearance of lightning, and his eyes as lamps of fire, and his arms and his feet like in color to polished brass, and the voice of his words like the voice of a multitude."
  1. Clothed in linen
  2. Girded with fine gold of Uphaz
  3. His body was like the beryl
  4. His face as the appearance of lightning
  5. His eyes as lamps of fire
  6. His feet like in color to polished brass
  7. the voice of His words like the voice of a multitude.
6. Describe the one who appeared to John the Revelator in the book of Revelation. Revelation 1:13-16 "And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; and His feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and His voice as the sound of many waters. And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedge sword: his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength."
  1. Clothed with a garment down to the foot
  2. Girt about the paps with a golden girdle
  3. His eyes were as a flame of fire
  4. His feet like unto fine brass
  5. His voice as the sound of many waters
  6. His countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.
7. Who is this one who appeared to Daniel and John? Revelation 1:13 "And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. It is Christ Himself who is pictured as being the Son of man in Daniel and Revelation. The One pictured as the deliverer, the One who has constant communion with His servant in both Old and New Testament times.
Who Is Christ?
8. The Bible predicted the birth of Christ in what place? Micah 5:2 "But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting." Daniel pictured Christ as the mighty deliverer, the One who appears in the fiery furnace as well as the One who at times brings him assurance in his visions. Yet Christ was not born until 500 years after the time of Daniel. How can that be?
9. How does the Bible describe the one bore in Bethlehem? Micah 5:2 "But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting." It is essential that we carefully examine the subject of the identity of Jesus Christ before we delve more deeply into our study of the book of Daniel. The Scriptures clearly indicate that Christ pre-existed Bethlehem. If Christ is from everlasting, there could never have been a time when He was not in existence.
10. Was Christ involved in the Creation? Colossians 1:14-16 "In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sin: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:" While the Father and the Holy Ghost clearly were involved in creative activity, the Bible clearly indicates that Jesus Christ was involved in every aspect of creation. All things were created by Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made.
11. Who was the Rock that was with the children of Israel as they journeyed out of Egypt and into the Promised Land? 1 Corinthians 10:1-4 "Moreover brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; and all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and into the sea; and did all eat the same spiritual meal; and did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ." Christ was not only the creator of the world, but he was the One who led Israel out of Egypt and into the Promised Land by the could by day and the pillar of fire by night. Christ gave them food to eat and water to drink. He was in their midst watching over them then as he is watching over His people today. Getting them ready for the Promised Land.
12. What did Christ do for us? 1 Corinthians 15:3 "For I delivered unto first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures:"  
13. Is Christ fully God? John 1:1-3 "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made." John 1:14 "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we held his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth."
14. "Was Christ also man? Hebrews 2:14-18 "Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; and deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham. Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted." Christ is both fully God and fully man, He understands us our needs and our situations as He Himself passed through them.
15. Does Christ understand humanity? Hebrews 4:15, 16 "For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need." As a man, Christ fully understands us.
16. How many members are in the Godhead? Matthew 28:19 "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son, and of the Holy Ghost." The Bible indicates that there are three personal beings in the Godhead, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. While there are three persons, they are one in unity, character and purpose. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are all working for our salvation, redemption and deliverance.
Who is the Oppressor of God's People
17. What are the names that Scripture gives to the one who opposes Christ? Isaiah 14:12 "How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!" Revelation 12:9 "And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him."
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