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Faithful Discipleship in a Foreign Land

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Disciples need to study Daniel afresh.

The Book of Daniel is both familiar and mysterious. You find the stories of the Hebrew children in the fiery furnace, Daniel in the Lion's Den, and the Handwriting on the Wall. On the other hand, are visions of beasts and horns and kings that predict the future from Daniel's time all the way to the Second Coming of Christ.

Daniel is foundational to the New Testament for three reasons:

  1. The "Son of Man" that Jesus takes as his own title, is drawn directly from Daniel 7:13-14. As you understand Daniel's prophecy, you begin to comprehend Jesus' origins, authority, self-understanding, and mission.
  2. Kingdom of God. The coming of the all-encompassing Kingdom of God has strong roots in Daniel's visions. This Kingdom is at the very core of Jesus' teaching.
  3. Daniel's eschatology, his visions of the End Time, are echoed in the predictions of Jesus himself, of Paul the Apostle, and in the Book of Revelation.

We'll look at the Book of Daniel in light of the New Testament revelation.

However, the author says, "I don't have Daniel's visions of the Last Days all figured out, and I am leery of those who seem to be able to fit everything together perfectly." Daniel is like a jigsaw puzzle with some pieces missing. Though the main outlines are clear, some details can't be discerned at present. The task of this study is to help you understand what Daniel does teach, pros and cons of various interpretations of the key prophecies, to let you know where the author comes out and why, and to give you some sense of a level of certainty.

This book is intended for study as well as instruction, presented in nine lessons. Each chapter concludes with a summary of lessons for disciples to ponder. Helpful thought and discussion questions make it useful for personal enrichment and by small groups and classes. Extensive research contained in the footnotes makes it a goldmine for teachers and a boon to preachers involved in sermon preparation.

Here is an abbreviated table of contents for the book:

  • Preface
  • Introduction
  1. Four Hebrew Youths in Babylon (Daniel 1)
  2. Nebuchadnezzar's Dream and Daniel's Interpretation (Daniel 2)
  3. The Fiery Furnace and the Lions' Den (Daniel 3 and 6)
  4. Humbling the Proud (Daniel 4 and 5)
  5. Four Beasts and the Son of Man (Daniel 7)
  6. A Vision and a Mighty Prayer (Daniel 8 and 9:1-19)
  7. Daniel's Vision of the Seventy Weeks (Daniel 9:20-27)
  8. The Kings of the North and the South (Daniel 10:1-11:35)
  9. Antichrist, Resurrection, and the Last Days (Daniel 11:36-12:13)


  • Appendix 1. Participant Handout Guides
  • Appendix 2. The Medo-Persian Empire
  • Appendix 3. The Case for a Sixth Century Dating of Daniel
  • Appendix 4. Important Dates for the Book of Daniel
  • Appendix 5. The Assyrian and Babylonian Exiles

Detailed Table of Contents

Participant lesson handouts in PDF format can be downloaded and printed for your group or class at no charge.

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