Decoding Daniel - an in depth Bible study of the book of Daniel

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Daniel 8

Outline and Background - Daniel 8

The Vision of the Ram - Daniel 8:1-4

The Vision of the Goat - Daniel 8:5-8

The Vision of the Little Horn - Daniel 8:9-12

The Time-span of the Host Trampling the Sanctuary - Daniel 8:13-14

The Interpretation of the Vision by Gabriel - Daniel 8:15-27

Application of Daniel 8

Application of Daniel 8

The persecution under Antiochus IV Epiphanes is a preview of the Tribulation Period. Just as the terror of Antiochus’ reign ended according to God’s timetable so will the reign of the Antichrist cease on schedule. There is a light at the end of the tunnel.

A remnant of Jews returned to Palestine after the Babylonian captivity, but the succeeding generations of Jews turned their back on God.
Therefore, Antiochus was permitted to persecute Israel. Today, the nation’s spiritual status in the Promised Land is far worse than in the second century B.C. It cries out to God for another madman!

Man is without excuse; God has warned the world of the coming prince. Antiochus was a living preview of this madman, who was possessed or controlled by Satan. The Antichrist will be more profane and brutal than Antiochus.

If the Antichrist is alive today, he is unrecognizable. Antiochus IV Epiphanes rose out of obscurity as did men like Napoleon Bonaparte and Adolph Hitler and so will the end times’ ruler.

The speed and power of Alexander the Great foreshadow the rapidness of the Antichrist’s attempt to dominate the world. He will ride out on the white horse at the beginning of the Tribulation; three and one-half years later the Antichrist will control the Revived Roman Empire; and then he will set out to rule the world. At the height of his power, his horn will be broken off also. The Antichrist’s kingdom will not be divided among generals; Christ will smash it and it will be gone with the wind.

If Alexander the Great died in a drunken stupor, he was defeated by his own sinfulness. Certainly, Antiochus IV Epiphanes died because of his lust for power, prestige and a desire to play God. Such men stand as a warning that unchecked sin destroys like a cancer.

The mere touch of the archangel Gabriel strengthened Daniel. The NT manifests that fallen angels (demons) have the power to make a person physically impaired and weak (cf. Matthew 4:24; 8:16-17; 9:32; 12:22). Does God send the holy angels to strengthen His people today?

Gabriel’s interpretation of the vision, if anything, complicates it. Daniel could not fully understand it, even with angelic help. We also need to be careful not to be too dogmatic concerning the details of the future. The overall thrust of prophecy can be understood in any age, but those who live through its literal fulfillment will see it unsealed before their eyes.

It is evident that superpowers come and go in history. The military that any nation depends upon fails, no matter how large or efficient. When God says it is over, it is over!

Since God has outlined history so graphically, He wants us to be alert, ready and waiting for the coming of Christ. He will come for His Church before the Tribulation and return to the earth with the armies of heaven at the very end of it. Christians do not have to look forward with dread to the rise of “the little horn”—“the coming prince”—because the Prince of princes will save all born-again believers from the time of wrath (1 Thessalonians 5:9).

The next upcoming event on God’s prophetic calendar is either the invasion of Israel as predicted in Ezekiel 38-39 or the Rapture of the Church (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17). Those left behind will see the rise of “the little horn.” His lawlessness and tyranny will plunge the world into
absolute chaos. The majority of those who turn to God in the time of wrath will be martyred during the Antichrist’s reign of terror (Revelation 7:9-14).

Today is the day of salvation from wrath. The final three and one-half years (the Great Tribulation) and its horror goes beyond our imagination as both Satan and the Lamb pour out wrath upon the earth and upon its inhabitants. Though multitudes will be saved in the Tribulation Period, they will experience the terrors of the Antichrist’s reign as well as the seal, bowl, and trumpet judgments that are predicted in Revelation 6-19.

As God’s fellow-workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:1-2).

Like Daniel, we should be appalled at what is coming, and warn the lost to get ready before it is too late. The unsaved should be given a chance to hear the Gospel at least once. Without Christ, there is no hope!

Here is an easy presentation of the Gospel that you can share with your family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers.

The Gospel

The GOSPEL is simple as A -B -C.

A. Admit you are a sinner in need of God’s grace.
1. As it is written: There is no one righteous, not even one (Romans 3:10).
2. For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).
3. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23).

B. Believe in your heart that Jesus died for your sins and rose from the dead so that God can declare you righteous.
1. He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification (Romans 4:25).
2. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).

C. Confess that Jesus is Lord and call on Him.
1. That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved (Romans 10:9-10).
2. For, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Romans 10:13).

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