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October 16, 2019, 5:00 AM

Questions - Daniel 8


This guide relates to the sermon on 13 October 2019, A Great Ram And A Uni-Goat, from Daniel 8.  It also seeks to tie together the visions of Daniel and New Testament writings in order to see a larger view of prophecy and God's plan.

1.  Compare the visions of Daniel 2, 7, and 8.  Look for similarities and differences, but also after seeing each one, try to back off an understand a longer view of the visions or bigger picture.

     a. In Daniel 2 we are told that the four sections of the image represent four kingdoms, and the first is identified as Babylon.  Strong                  possibilities for the other 3 are the Medo-Persians, Greeks, and Romans.

     b.  In Daniel 7 the four beasts are four kingdoms.  They are not identified in the vision.  They are likely the same four kingdoms.  Notice the    churning waters from where they came which represents chaos.

     c. In Daniel 8, there are only two kingdoms, and they are identified as the Medo-Persians and Greeks.  Note that horns in apocalyptic              scripture typically represent a powerful leader.

     d. In each of these visions the end is left vague, unknown, or locked up.  While from our perspective these four kingdoms are historical, there is a sense in which the visions are not complete.  There is more to come.  In chapter 8 Daniel was told that the timing concerns "the end." The patterns of the beasts will continue until Christ returns.

2.  Read Revelation 13.  Look for similiarities and differences.  Note that the theme is very similar to the visions of Daniel.  John received his visions late in the first centrury A.D. when Christians were severely persecuted.

3.  Now read Matthew 24.  Note that Jesus lived on earth during the Roman Empire, the last of the four beasts in Daniel's vision, but Jesus was clearly speaking of the future.  His emphasis was not identifying anti-christs or specific timing, but on preparing his people for what would come.

4.  Read 2 Thessalonians 2.  Paul was not using symbolic language.  His was straightforward language to prepare followers of Jesus for persecution and the end.  Hold fast.  Hold on to the teachings you have been given (God's Word).  Jesus' coming will be unmistakeable. The instruction of Paul and Jesus was to live in such a way that we are prepared when persecution happens so that we will remain faithful until Jesus returns.

 




September 29, 2019, 5:32 PM

Questions - Four Beasts


These questions relate to the first half of Daniel 7 and the sermon on 29 September 2019.  It is the beginning of the vision or four beasts.

1.  Discuss the nature of apocalyptic literature in scripture and interpretation guidelines.

2.  What was going on with Daniel (setting) when he had this vision?

3.  What do the churning ocean and multiple winds represent?

4.  In general what do the beasts represent?

5.  If you wish, discuss the nature of each beast and possible nations represented.

6.  How is God depicted in verses 9-10?  What do the white clothes and white hair tell us?  What does the fire intend?

7.  What is the primary point of the first half of Daniel 7?  How does it relate to the theme the whole Book of Daniel?

8.  Do you know of any corresponding scripture in the Book of Revelation?




September 15, 2019, 4:35 PM

Questions - The Lions' Den


These questions relate to the sermon on 15 September 2019, The Lions' Den.  The primary scripture is Daniel 6.  The questions are intended for personal reflection and group discussion.  The sermon may be heard on this website.

1.  You probably know the story of the lions' den well.  What is your favorite part of the story?

2.  Have you ever had to go against government or any other organization you belonged to because the organization was going against God?  What was the result?

3.  In Daniel 6, who is King Darius?

4.  What was the key to Daniel's continued succes in government leadership?

5.  Why did Daniel's peers conspire against him?

6.  How did the conspirators succeed in convincing Darius to sign a new law?  

7.  How did Daniel respond to the new law? (If you have time, see how 1 Kings 8:46-50 relates.)

8.  What was the value of kneeling before a window, toward Jerusalem, three times a day?  How can Daniel's practice inform our disciplines?

9.  What if the lions had killed Daniel?

10.  How will this story help you make decisions at home, work, school, or in regard to government?

Bonus:  Discuss the application of 1 Peter 3:13-17 and how Daniel's story relates.  




September 8, 2019, 3:52 PM

Questions - Accountable To God


The following questions relate to the message on 8 September 2019, Accountable to God.  The primary passage is Daniel 5 which is the famous story of a bodiless hand writing on a wall.

1.  Read Daniel 5 if you have not done so recently.

2.  Define - competent.  What does it mean that we are all competent to stand before God?

3.  Define - accountable.  What does it mean that every person is accountable to God?

4. What evidence and knowledge did Belshazzar have about the real God and his dealings in Babylonia?

5.  Why was Belshazzar's use of the temple goblets from Jerusalem a moral problem?

6.  What was the most literal meaning of the words mysteriously written on the wall?

7.  What was Daniel's interpretation?  (And by the way, what is the meaning of the name, Daniel?)

8.  What lessons or applications can we learn from this story in Daniel 5?

9.  How could you use this story or part of the story in a conversation to help someone consider their accountablility to God?

10.  Please pray for someone who needs to submit themselves to God and be willing to tell the person the good news about Jesus.

 




September 3, 2019, 10:55 AM

Questions - Renew Your Mind


The following questions relate to the sermon on 1 September 2019, Renew Your Mind.  The primary passage is Daniel 4.

1.  Review the context and story up to chapter 4.

2.  Who is the author of most of chapter 4?

3.  Who or what does the grand tree represent in Nebuchadnezzar's dream which is told in chapter 4?

4.  How does the provision of this tree represent the purpose of governments today?  Who puts governments in place?

5.  Was this dream a curse or a warning?  How does it apply today?

6.  What type of sin kept Nebuchadnezzar from submitting to God?

7.  Nebuchadnezzar's remedial training included seven years of mental illness.  Was that fair?  Why or why not?

8.  Does mental illness always represent God's judgment?  Can it represent God's judgment today?  How might it happen?

9.  What brought Nebuchadnezzar out of his insanity?

10.  How can we renew our minds?  Present any scripture you can think of that will help.


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