This study features notes from Enduring Word.
1. Why was Daniel troubled?
He didn’t understand all that he saw.
2. What do we learn about the spirit and our bodies (1 Timothy 4:8)?
The spirit is more important than the body but the state of the body generally has an effect on the state of the spirit.
3. Looking at the summary of the vision, how is it similar to Nebuchadnezzar’s vision in Daniel 2?
It covers the same material (rise of four empires, which are succeeded by the kingdom of God).
4. How was Daniel’s vision different?
He saw the kingdoms from God’s perspective, not man’s. Nebuchadnezzar saw the present and future world empires in the form of a stately and noble statue of a man. Here God showed how He regarded them: as ferocious and wild animals who devour and conquer without conscience.
4a. In contrast, how is Jesus described in Revelation 5:5-10?
The Lion of the tribe of Judah. He primarily represents himself not as a ferocious animal but as a Lamb.
5. Who receives the kingdom and when?
The saints receive the kingdom. God gives them the kingdom at the return of Jesus. They do not gain dominion over all these earthly kingdoms before the return of Jesus.
6. Why was Daniel particularly interested in the fourth beast?
The fourth beast interested Daniel because of its great destructive power, because of the conspicuous horn, and because of its fight against God’s people.
7. What is the meaning of the fourth beast and its defeat?
Power is limited (three and a half years) – time and times and half a time. Phrase is used in Revelation 11:2-3, 12:6 and 13:5 to refer to half of the last seven year period of man’s rule on earth.
8. How are we to interpret the kingdom’s establishment in v26?
- There is no fulfilment – Daniel is in error
- The fulfilment is symbolic in church history
- The fulfilment is literal and yet future
9. What is being described in v27?
The millennial earth, not our current earth or heaven.
10. What’s significant about the kingdom and dominion being given to the saints?
It’s something received, not achieved. The church doesn’t convert the world to Jesus’ kingdom and give the kingdom to Jesus; He gives it to them.
11. How does Daniel react to the vision?
Many things might trouble Daniel at this vision – such as the ferocity of the attack to come against his people from the conspicuous horn.
Daniel was convinced that the prophecy was true, and that it was the word of God. He was so convinced of its truth that his face changed and he considered what would happen.
12. What truths can we take from this passage to help us keep trusting in Jesus?
He will return and establish his kingdom for his people.