Gene Cunningham - September 15, 2003

Daniel #14

Daniel #14

Daniel chapter 7 preceded chapters 5 and 6 chronologically. Civil disobedience (Rom 13:1-4) is only legitimate under three conditions 1) spiritual defilement (Dan 1:8); 2) laws of compulsion in spiritual things, 3) laws of restraint in spiritual matters. Believers must discern (Heb 5:14). Daniel chapter 7 outline: (1) Vision 7:1-14 -- (a) beast Dan 7:1-8; (b) Judgment Dan 7:9-12; (c) Christ's Kingdom established Dan 7:13-14; (2) Interpretation Daniel 7:15-28. The great sea mean masses of people or nations (Dan 7:2), Satan creates strife among the nations (Eph 2:2, Eph 6:12). He controls the "four winds" which are demonic powers. The :great sea" is often a prophetic term for masses of people (Rev 17:15, Isa 17:12-13). God restrains the four winds - the demonic powers that stir the nations (Rev 7:1-3). Daniel was in forced retirement after Nebuchadnezzar - probably between 60 - 83 years old. He searched the scriptures (Dan 9:2). God uses prepared people (1Co 4:2). Daniels vision mirrors that in Chapter two (Dan 7:3-8). Lion represents Babylon - one of their deities (Dan 7:4). When the wings were plucked it refers to Nebuchadnezzars mental illness (Dan 4:34-35). The bear refers to Medo-Persia (Dan 7:5). Raised up on the side refers to the strength of the Persians (the bear was their symbol). The three ribs were a three nation alliance -- Lydia, Babylon, Egypt -- that were crushed. The leopard refers to Greece - the wings mean swiftness in conquest, part of Alexander's tactics (Dan 7:6). The four heads are the fourfold split in Alexander's kingdom. The fourth beast is Rome (Dan 7:7) with iron teeth and ten horns - the ten-power confederation revived Roman empire. The little horn (Dan 7:8) refers to the Anti-Christ - a mouth with great boasts (Rev 13:5-6). Ten horns and "the beast" are related (Rev 17:12-14). The final dictator has several names: "The Prince to come" (Dan 9:26); "the King of forces" (Dan 11:36-46); "the Abomination of Desolation (Dan 12:11, Mat 24:15, 2Th 2:4) ;"the Man of Sin" and "Son of Destruction" (2Th 2:4-8); "The Beast" (Rev 13:4-10); "Antichrist" (1Jo 2:18). The duration of his reign is a prophetic week - "time, times, and half time" (Dan 9:27, Dan 7:25, Dan 12:7). "forty-two months" (Rev 13:5). The last half of Daniel's week is called "the Great Tribulation" (Mat 25:15-21). John's order (Rev 6:1-17) is not the same as Daniel's. Order of events at the 2nd advent: (1) Christ is given dominion (Dan 7:13-14, Rev 5:6-10). (2) the vexation of rulers (Psa 2:1-12, Mat 24:21-22). (3) The return of Christ and smiting stone (Dan 2:45, Dan 7:9-11, Rev 6:16-17, Rev 19:11-21). (4) judgment of nations and establishment of His Kingdom (Dan 7:10, Dan 7:26-27, Rev 20:1-6)

Scripture References: Daniel 12:11, Revelation 7:1-3, Daniel 7:26-27, Daniel 12:7, Daniel 7:6, Psalms 2:1-12, Daniel 7:13-14, Daniel 11:36-46, Isaiah 17:12-13, Daniel 7:10, Daniel 7:25, Daniel 7:5, Revelation 5:6-10, Daniel 7:9-12, Daniel 9:26, Revelation 19:11-21, Revelation 17:15, Daniel 9:27, Daniel 4:34-35, Daniel 7:13-14, Daniel 7:1-8, Revelation 17:12-14, Revelation 6:16-17, Ephesians 6:12, John 2:18, Daniel 7:4, Revelation 6:1-17, Hebrews 5:14, Revelation 13:5-6, Daniel 7:9-11, Ephesians 2:2, Revelation 13:4-10, Daniel 7:3-8, Matthew 25:15-21, Daniel 1:8, Daniel 7:8, Daniel 2:45, Daniel 7:2, Matthew 24:15, Daniel 9:2, Revelation 20:1-6, Revelation 13:5, Romans 13:1-4, Daniel 7:7, Matthew 24:21-22, Daniel 7:15-28

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