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OUTLINE OF DANIEL
Dan 2:20Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his: Dan 2:21 And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding: Dan 2:22 He revealeth the deep and secret things: he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him.
Dan 2:44And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.
Part One: The Personal History of Daniel (1:1-21)
I. The Deportation of Daniel to Babylon-------------1:1-7
Dan 1:3And the king spake unto Ashpenaz the master of his eunuchs, that he should bring certain of the children of Israel, and of the king's seed, and of the princes;
Dan 1:6Now among these were of the children of Judah, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah:
II. The Faithfulness of Daniel in Babylon... 1:8-16
Dan 1:8But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.
III. The Reputation of Daniel in Babylon. . . 1:17-21
Dan 1:17As for these four children, God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom: and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.
Part Two: The Prophetic Plan for the Gentiles (2:1-7:28)
I. Nebuchadnezzar's Dream of the Great Image ...2:1-49
A. Nebuchadnezzar Conceals His Dream 2:1-13
Dan 2:2Then the king commanded to call the magicians, and the astrologers, and the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans, for to shew the king his dreams. So they came and stood before the king.
Dan 2:13And the decree went forth that the wise men should be slain; and they sought Daniel and his fellows to be slain.
B. God Reveals the Dream 2:14-23
Dan 2:19Then was the secret revealed unto Daniel in a night vision. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven.
C. Daniel Interprets the Dream 2:24-45
Dan 2:31Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible.
Dan 2:36This is the dream; and we will tell the interpretation thereof before the king.
Dan 2:37Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory.
D. Nebuchadnezzar Promotes Daniel.... 2:46-49
Dan 2:48Then the king made Daniel a great man, and gave him many great gifts, and made him ruler over the whole province of Babylon, and chief of the governors over all the wise men of Babylon.
II. Nebuchadnezzar's Image of Gold.............................. 3:1-30
A. Nebuchadnezzar's Image Is Erected. ... 3:1-7
Dan 3:1Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold, whose height was threescore cubits, and the breadth thereof six cubits: he set it up in the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon.
Dan 3:4Then an herald cried aloud, To you it is commanded, O people, nations, and languages,
Dan 3:5That at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king hath set up:
Dan 3:6And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth shall the same hour be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.
B. Daniel's Friends Refuse to Worship... 3:8-12
Dan 3:8Wherefore at that time certain Chaldeans came near, and accused the Jews.
Dan 3:12There are certain Jews whom thou hast set over the affairs of the province of Babylon, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego; these men, O king, have not regarded thee: they serve not thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.
C. Daniel's Friends Trust God 3:13-18
Dan 3:16Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter.
Dan 3:17If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.
Dan 3:18But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.
D. Daniel's Friends Are Protected in the Furnace.................... 3:19-25
Dan 3:23And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.
Dan 3:24Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonied, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his counsellors, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king.
Dan 3:25He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.
E. Daniel's Friends Are Promoted 3:26-30
Dan 3:30Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, in the province of Babylon.
III. Nebuchadnezzar's Vision of a Great Tree 4:1-37
A. Nebuchadnezzar's Proclamation......................... 4:1-3
Dan 4:1Nebuchadnezzar the king, unto all people, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth; Peace be multiplied unto you.
Dan 4:2I thought it good to shew the signs and wonders that the high God hath wrought toward me.
B. Nebuchadnezzar's Vision 4:4-18
Dan 4:4I Nebuchadnezzar was at rest in mine house, and flourishing in my palace:
Dan 4:5I saw a dream which made me afraid, and the thoughts upon my bed and the visions of my head troubled me.
Dan 4:18This dream I king Nebuchadnezzar have seen. Now thou, O Belteshazzar, declare the interpretation thereof, forasmuch as all the wise men of my kingdom are not able to make known unto me the interpretation: but thou art able; for the spirit of the holy gods is in thee.
C. Daniel's Interpretation of the Vision 4:19-27
Dan 4:19Then Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, was astonied for one hour, and his thoughts troubled him. The king spake, and said, Belteshazzar, let not the dream, or the interpretation thereof, trouble thee. Belteshazzar answered and said, My lord, the dream be to them that hate thee, and the interpretation thereof to thine enemies.
Dan 4:27Wherefore, O king, let my counsel be acceptable unto thee, and break off thy sins by righteousness, and thine iniquities by shewing mercy to the poor; if it may be a lengthening of thy tranquillity.
D. Nebuchadnezzar's Humiliation 4:28-33
Dan 4:30The king spake, and said, Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honour of my majesty?
Dan 4:31While the word was in the king's mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, saying, O king Nebuchadnezzar, to thee it is spoken; The kingdom is departed from thee.
Dan 4:33The same hour was the thing fulfilled upon Nebuchadnezzar: and he was driven from men, and did eat grass as oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, till his hairs were grown like eagles' feathers, and his nails like birds' claws.
E. Nebuchadnezzar's Restoration 4:34-37
Dan 4:34And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation:
IV. Belshazzar and the Handwriting on the Wall......................... 5:1-31
A. Belshazzar Defiles the Temple Vessels.. 5:1-4
Dan 5:1Belshazzar the king made a great feast to a thousand of his lords, and drank wine before the thousand.
Dan 5:3Then they brought the golden vessels that were taken out of the temple of the house of God which was at Jerusalem; and the king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, drank in them.
Dan 5:4They drank wine, and praised the gods of gold, and of silver, of brass, of iron, of wood, and of stone.
B. Belshazzar Sees the Handwriting 5:5-9
Dan 5:5In the same hour came forth fingers of a man's hand, and wrote over against the candlestick upon the plaister of the wall of the king's palace: and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote.
C. Daniel Interprets the Handwriting.. . 5:10-29
Dan 5:13Then was Daniel brought in before the king. And the king spake and said unto Daniel, Art thou that Daniel, which art of the children of the captivity of Judah, whom the king my father brought out of Jewry?
Dan 5:17Then Daniel answered and said before the king, Let thy gifts be to thyself, and give thy rewards to another; yet I will read the writing unto the king, and make known to him the interpretation.
Dan 5:26This is the interpretation of the thing: MENE; God hath numbered thy kingdom, and finished it.
Dan 5:27TEKEL; Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting.
Dan 5:28PERES; Thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.
D. Belshazzar Is Killed 5:30, 31
Dan 5:30In that night was Belshazzar the king of the Chaldeans slain.
Dan 5:31And Darius the Median took the kingdom, being about threescore and two years old.
V. Darius' Foolish Decree............................. 6:1-28
A. Daniel Is Promoted 6:1-3
Dan 6:3Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm.
B. Darius Signs the Foolish Decree 6:4-9
Dan 6:7All the presidents of the kingdom, the governors, and the princes, the counsellors, and the captains, have consulted together to establish a royal statute, and to make a firm decree, that whosoever shall ask a petition of any God or man for thirty days, save of thee, O king, he shall be cast into the den of lions.
Dan 6:9Wherefore king Darius signed the writing and the decree.
C. Daniel Prays Faithfully 6:10-15
Dan 6:10Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.
D. Daniel Is Saved in the Lions' Den... 6:16-24
Dan 6:16Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast him into the den of lions. Now the king spake and said unto Daniel, Thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver thee.
Dan 6:21Then said Daniel unto the king, O king, live for ever.
Dan 6:22My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions' mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt.
E. Darius's Wise Decree .. . . 6:25-28
Dan 6:25Then king Darius wrote unto all people, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth; Peace be multiplied unto you.
Dan 6:26I make a decree, That in every dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel: for he is the living God, and stedfast for ever, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed, and his dominion shall be even unto the end.
VI. Daniel's Vision of the Four Beasts............................... 7:1-28
A. The Revelation of the Vision........................ 7:1-14
1. Four Beasts 7:1-8
Dan 7:2Daniel spake and said, I saw in my vision by night, and, behold, the four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea.
Dan 7:3And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another.
2. "Ancient of Days" 7:9-14
Dan 7:13I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.
Dan 7:14And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.
B. The Interpretation of the Vision............................... 7:15-28
1. Interpretation of the Four Beasts 7:15-22
Dan 7:16I came near unto one of them that stood by, and asked him the truth of all this. So he told me, and made me know the interpretation of the things.
Dan 7:17These great beasts, which are four, are four kings, which shall arise out of the earth.
Dan 7:18But the saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever.
2. Interpretation of the Fourth Beast 7:23-28
Dan 7:23Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.
Dan 7:27And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.
Part Three: The Prophetic Plan for Israel (8:1-12:13)
I. Daniel's Vision of the Ram and He Goat 8:1-27
A. The Revelation of the Vision 8:1-12
1. The Ram 8:1-4
Dan 8:3Then I lifted up mine eyes, and saw, and, behold, there stood before the river a ram which had two horns: and the two horns were high; but one was higher than the other, and the higher came up last.
2. The He Goat 8:5-8
Dan 8:5And as I was considering, behold, an he goat came from the west on the face of the whole earth, and touched not the ground: and the goat had a notable horn between his eyes.
Dan 8:8Therefore the he goat waxed very great: and when he was strong, the great horn was broken; and for it came up four notable ones toward the four winds of heaven.
3. The Little Horn 8:9-12
Dan 8:9And out of one of them came forth a little horn, which waxed exceeding great, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the pleasant land.
B. The Length of the Vision 8:13, 14
Dan 8:13Then I heard one saint speaking, and another saint said unto that certain saint which spake, How long shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, and the transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot?
Dan 8:14And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.
C. The Interpretation of the Vision 8:15-27
1. Interpretation of the Vision 8:15-19
Dan 8:16And I heard a man's voice between the banks of Ulai, which called, and said, Gabriel, make this man to understand the vision.
2. Interpretation of the Ram 8:20
Dan 8:20The ram which thou sawest having two horns are the kings of Media and Persia.
3. Interpretation of the He Goat 8:21, 22
Dan 8:21And the rough goat is the king of Grecia: and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first king.
Dan 8:22Now that being broken, whereas four stood up for it, four kingdoms shall stand up out of the nation, but not in his power.
4. Interpretation of the Little Horn.. 8:23-26
Dan 8:23And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up.
5. Response of Daniel 8:27
Dan 8:27And I Daniel fainted, and was sick certain days; afterward I rose up, and did the king's business; and I was astonished at the vision, but none understood it.
II. Daniel's Vision of the Seventy Weeks------------- 9:1-27
A. The Understanding of Daniel 9:1, 2
Dan 9:1In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of the seed of the Medes, which was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans;
Dan 9:2In the first year of his reign I Daniel understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem.
B. The Intercession of Daniel 9:3-19
Dan 9:3And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes:
Dan 9:4And I prayed unto the LORD my God, and made my confession, and said, O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments;
C. The Intervention of Gabriel 9:20-23
Dan 9:21Yea, whiles I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation.
D. The Revelation of the Seventy Weeks 9:24-27
Dan 9:24Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.
III. Daniel's Vision of Israel's Future . . . 10:1-12:13
A. The Preparation of Daniel........................ 10:1-21
1. Time of the Vision 10:1-4
Dan 10:1In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a thing was revealed unto Daniel, whose name was called Belteshazzar; and the thing was true, but the time appointed was long: and he understood the thing, and had understanding of the vision.
2. Vision of the Heavenly Messenger 10:5-9
Dan 10:5Then I lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a certain man clothed in linen, whose loins were girded with fine gold of Uphaz:
Dan 10:9Yet heard I the voice of his words: and when I heard the voice of his words, then was I in a deep sleep on my face, and my face toward the ground.
3. Touch of the Heavenly Messenger..................... 10:10-17
Dan 10:10And, behold, an hand touched me, which set me upon my knees and upon the palms of my hands.
4. Strengthening by the Heavenly Messenger 10:18-21
Dan 10:18Then there came again and touched me one like the appearance of a man, and he strengthened me,
Dan 10:19And said, O man greatly beloved, fear not: peace be unto thee, be strong, yea, be strong. And when he had spoken unto me, I was strengthened, and said, Let my lord speak; for thou hast strengthened me.
Dan 10:20Then said he, Knowest thou wherefore I come unto thee? and now will I return to fight with the prince of Persia: and when I am gone forth, lo, the prince of Grecia shall come.
B. The Revelation of the Sixty-nine Weeks.......................... 11:1-35
1. The Rule of Persia 11:1, 2
Dan 11:2And now will I shew thee the truth. Behold, there shall stand up yet three kings in Persia; and the fourth shall be far richer than they all: and by his strength through his riches he shall stir up all against the realm of Grecia.
2. The Rule of Greece 11:3-35
Dan 11:3And a mighty king shall stand up, that shall rule with great dominion, and do according to his will.
Dan 11:4And when he shall stand up, his kingdom shall be broken, and shall be divided toward the four winds of heaven; and not to his posterity, nor according to his dominion which he ruled: for his kingdom shall be plucked up, even for others beside those.
C. The Revelation of the Seventieth Week.......................... 11:36-12:3
1. Prophecy of the Willful King.... 11:36-45
Dan 11:36And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done.
Dan 11:45And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him.
2. Prophecy of the Great Time of Trouble..................... 12:1
Dan 12:1And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.
3. Prophecy of the Resurrections 12:2, 3
Dan 12:2And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.
D. The Conclusion of the Visions of Daniel.......................... 12:4-13
1. Sealing of the Book 12:4
Dan 12:4But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.
2. Questions Regarding the Great Time of Trouble.. ..12:5-13
Dan 12:5Then I Daniel looked, and, behold, there stood other two, the one on this side of the bank of the river, and the other on that side of the bank of the river.
Dan 12:8And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things?
Dan 12:9And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.
Dan 12:11And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days.
Dan 12:12Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.