- In their time of
prosperity both the ram and the goat were unstoppable by anyone else and
grew in power, but were not invincible.
- The vision affected Daniel
to a great degree because he struggled to understand its meaning. His lack
of being able to understand was probably due to the fact that the vision
concerned things that were so far into the future that he had no reference
point for understanding the vision.
- The reading of scripture
and the understanding that Israel was being punished because of her disobedience
led Daniel to fast and pray. When we pray scripture we are far more likely
to pray in accordance with God’s Will.
- Daniel prays based on the
reality of God’s Word. He prays in such a way that God will be glorified.
He specifically states, “We do not make requests of you because we are
righteous, but because of your great mercy.” – 9:18.
- The six events of 9:24: to
finish transgression; to put an end to sin; to atone for wickedness; to
bring in everlasting righteousness; to seal up vision and prophecy; and to
anoint the most holy.
- At the end of the second
period the temple was to be destroyed. This happened in A.D. 70.
- Some would say that the
events of verse 26 only have partial fulfillment in the destruction of
Jerusalem. I see no reason to think that there needs to be an undefined
space of time between the 69 ‘sevens’ and the last ‘seven.’ I find this to
merely be convenient for dispensationalists that want to be able to place
end time events on convenient charts.
- The people that were
returning to rebuild Jerusalem were coming under attack from those
surrounding them. Daniel was
fasting on their behalf and on behalf of the tremendous uncertainty
that was in the minds of many Israelites.
- We need to be much more
engaged in prayer than we are. We need to add fasting, prayer, and
sacrifice into the mix if we are to truly pray in accordance with God’s
- The Lord does not leave us
powerless to wage spiritual battles. He longs to come to our aid! He has
overcome the world!
- This prophecy told so well
in advance of its happening would prove to remind the nation of Israel
that everything is under God’s control and that when He states something
that it will happen without fail. This would bring great comfort
concerning His blessings, and great concern when it came to His judgments
- “Doing as we please”
rather than doing as “He pleases” is a recipe for long-term disaster. The
sooner we can learn to say, “Not my will, but thy will be done,” the
better off we will be.
- The Lord will ultimately
do as “He pleases” with every man and every kingdom that does as what they
please! God will fulfill His purpose and He will use even the rebellious
and the disobedient in order to achieve His ends.
- Those that will be glorified are those who are wise and obey the will of the Lord. Those that are put to shame are those that “do as they please.”