Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Search The Scriptures -- Daniel 8 - 12

Study 9 – Daniel 8

  1. In their time of prosperity both the ram and the goat were unstoppable by anyone else and grew in power, but were not invincible.

  2. 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.

Study 10 – Daniel 9:1-19

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

Study 11 – Daniel 9:20-27

  1. 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.

  2. At the end of the second period the temple was to be destroyed. This happened in A.D. 70.

  3. 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.

Study 12 – Daniel 10:1 – 11:1

  1. 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.

  2. 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 will.

  3. The Lord does not leave us powerless to wage spiritual battles. He longs to come to our aid! He has overcome the world!

Study 13 – Daniel 11:2-20

  1. 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 for disobedience.

  2. “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.

Study 14 – Daniel 11:21 – 12:13

  1. 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.

  2. 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.”

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