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

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Introduction to Daniel

Why Study the Book of Daniel?

Purpose of Daniel

Great Conflicts Unveiled

Daniel the Prophet

Structure and Themes

Style and Interpretation

Ancient Translations

Daniel In the Critics' Den

Historical Background

The City of Babylon

Purpose of Daniel

One can discover a multitude of purposes for this book from the lists above. I believe the primary purpose of the book of Daniel is to reveal God’s sovereign rule over five kingdoms and their princes. In doing so, it provides God’s blueprint of history from the fall of Jerusalem until the establishment of the everlasting kingdom of the Messiah, who is unveiled as “one like a Son of Man.”

With the fall of Jerusalem and the exile of Judah, questions arose as to Yahweh’s power and place among the so-called deities of this world. This book vindicates Yahweh’s power, honor and glory, which is summed up best by King Nebuchadnezzar.

Then I praised the Most High; I honored and glorified him who lives forever. His dominion is an eternal dominion; his kingdom endures from generation to generation. All the peoples of the
earth are regarded as nothing. He does as he pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth. No one can hold back his hand or say to him: “What have you done?” At the same time that my sanity was restored, my honor and splendor were returned to me for the glory of my kingdom. My advisers and nobles sought me out, and I was restored to my throne and became even greater than before. Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and exalt and glorify the King of heaven, because everything he does is right and all his ways are just. And those who walk in pride he is able to humble (Daniel 4:34-37).

Historically, the knowledge that Yahweh is sovereign over the nations has been beneficial for Israel. In the second century B.C., it was this knowledge gleaned from Daniel that bolstered the confidence of the Jews. It provided them with a breath of hope while under the persecutions of
Antiochus IV Epiphanes. One can anticipate that it will have a similar affect in the last days when the Wilful King attempts to destroy the nation of Israel and the Tribulation saints. Today, this book challenges us to look beyond our own present circumstances and to rely upon the Most High.

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