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

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Daniel 9

Outline and Background - Daniel 9

Prompting of Daniel's Prayer - Daniel 9:1-3

Particulars of Daniel's -Prayer  Daniel 9:4-15

Petition of Daniel's Prayer  - Daniel 9:16-19

Power of Daniel's Prayer - Daniel 9:20-23

The Seventy Sevens - Daniel 9:24

The Coming of Two Princes - Daniel 9:25-27

Decoding of the Seventy Sevens

The Anointed One Cut Off

Application of Daniel 9

Outline and Background - Daniel 9

Outline of Chapter Nine

Prayer of Daniel

  • Its Prompting, 1-3
  • Its Particulars, 4-15
  • Its Petition, 16-19
  • Its Power, 20-23

Prophecy of Gabriel

  • Its Mathematics, 24
  • Its Message, 25-27


Timeline of Daniel 9

Sixty-six years have passed since Daniel had been exiled. The prophet is about eighty years old in 539 B.C. The golden empire has been replaced by the silver empire of Medo-Persia. Nebuchadnezzarís own dream of having his empire continue forever, as seen in his golden image, has fallen by the wayside.

Nebuchadnezzarís dream of the great image, Danielís dream of the four beasts and his vision of a ram and a goat point to an extended period before Israel takes its coveted place in the world. Consequently, the purpose of this chapter is to elaborate on the predictions of chapters seven and eight, as well as to reveal Godís timetable for His future dealings with Israel.

There is no symbolic imagery in this chapter. The archangel Gabriel may have actually come to Daniel and presented his most important message with a vision. Gabriel outlines the future in terms of time as it relates to the coming of two prominent princes and an abomination that causes desolation. This chapter is a significant part of the framework or skeleton upon which all prophecy is built or fleshed out during the times of the Gentiles.

Daniel 9, Ezra 9 and Nehemiah 9 contain three of the great intercessory prayers of the Scriptures. Here Daniel pours out his heart to God on behalf of Israel. His prayer is one of the most sublime, touching, burning and effective prayers in the Word of God.

The events of chapter nine occur in 539 B.C., the first year of Dariusí reign, when change was the order of the day. How would the change of empires affect Godís people in captivity?Undoubtedly, the answer to this pressing question prompted Daniel to search the Scriptures for the answer.

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