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The final word

Notes on the final word God gave to Daniel the prophet. These notes cover the material in two audio messages: Part 1, and Part 2.

Please take time to read Daniel 12:1-13

This chapter contains the final words of the Saviour to the prophet on the subject that He has been instructing him about—the rise of the little horn, his career and ultimate destruction.

It is also the end of the book. How fitting that a prophecy that began with what humanly speaking was a personal catastrophe—the wreckage of the kingdom of Judah—ends with a vision of the glory of the coming King Chap 10-12 and His assurance of future personal and eternal glory, v13. Even the disasters that befall us can become means of grace and glory to us.

A detailed portrait of Antichrist

Notes on the up close and personal portrait of Antichrist given to Daniel.

Scripture: Daniel 11:1-45

These notes cover three messages and you can listen to the audio of these Bible studies by clicking these links:  Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.

The glorious man of Daniel 10:5-6 continues to speak. His purpose is outlined, Daniel 10:11-12, 21, Daniel 11:2. In this He is successful, 10:1. Cp Daniel 7:28, 8:27. The Saviour alone can instruct us in the truth of what is written! The material in Chap 11 & 12 is not entirely new but is rather a development/clarification of previous instruction that stretched back 20 years to Daniel 7:1. On several occasions Daniel has been drawn to inquire further into these matters and has received further instruction on the rise, activity and ultimate downfall of the little horn and yet it is only now that he comes to understand these things.

The 70 weeks

Notes on the vision of seventy weeks given to Daniel.

Scripture: Daniel 9:20-27

You can listen to the audio of this Bible study here. (62 minutes)

Before even beginning to consider the instruction that Daniel is given in these verses we need to remember their connection to what has gone before.

In Chap 7 Daniel had been given instruction on the little horn that would rise in the period climaxing in the end, the pouring out of Divine wrath and the coming of the Saviour having been invested with His earthly kingdom by the Ancient of Days.

Two years later, in chapter eight, he is again instructed in this little horn as far as its political origins are concerned and given further information as to his relation to Israel—the rebuilt Temple and its recommenced sacrifices (a sign of the end). The same timeframe is in view in both instances although looked at from a different perspective. Although some explanation is given 8:15-27 some matters, particularly related to the chronology, remain unclear, 8:27.

The rise and fall of Antichrist, Pt3

This study is continued from The rise and fall of Antichrist, Pt2.

You can listen to the audio of this message here.

Please read Daniel 8:1-27

Two years after the previous vision (7:1, 8:1) Daniel is given further instruction from God. He clearly links this vision to the former, v1. He has not forgotten what God showed him at that time, 7:28. There is a connection and an order to be observed. Having meditated and considered the word of God for a prolonged period there is now a fresh revelation from Heaven. This is the man God reveals more truth to. Understanding this subject is not the work of a day or two! Patient, careful, prolonged study is evidently needed!

It is also significant that what God says here involves some repetition of what He had formerly revealed. Yet there is a change of emphasis, a different perspective (Hebrew used again) and new truth revealed. This is God’s way—He speaks as One building line upon line. His word involves repetition of previously stated truth to impress it on our heart and to emphasize that each truth is contingent upon that which has gone before. Again God addresses the rise and fall of the little horn, the Antichrist depicted in chapter 7.

The rise and fall of Antichrist, Pt2

This study continues from Rise and fall of the Antichrist, Pt1.

Please note: You can listen to the audio of this study here.

Please take time to read Daniel 7:1-28

This chapter clearly deals with events that occur within a definite time period that climaxes with:

  • the return of Christ in royal power having been invested with His Kingdom by the Father.
  • The inauguration of judgment, v10.
  • the pouring out of wrath upon the little horn and the sudden destruction of the Kingdom he heads in an fashion unprecedented in history, v11-12, 25-27. This is unique judgment.

The time period that this vision specifically deals with is definitely described, v25. This is the second half of a seven year period, 9:27 – in fact, the final three and a half years of time.

The rise and fall of Antichrist, Pt1

Note: You can listen to an audio recording of this study here.

Please take the time to read Daniel 7:1-28

This vision is a vital part of Scripture. The material it deals with is among the most important issues of all revelation. In terms of sheer volume there is no other period of earth’s history of which God has so much to say as of that time addressed in this vision. Daniel evidently regarded these matters of immense importance. He also saw it as his duty to publish and communicate these truths to others, v1-2. This is doctrine that must be preached – especially as we are now closer to this period of time than any other previous generation in the Church.

The study of Bible prophecy

Notes on Daniel 7:15-16, 19, 28

I Daniel was grieved in my spirit in the midst of [my] body, and the visions of my head troubled me. I 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…Then I would know the truth of the fourth beast, which was diverse from all the others, exceeding dreadful, whose teeth [were of] iron, and his nails [of] brass; [which] devoured, brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with his feet;…“Hitherto [is] the end of the matter. As for me Daniel, my cogitations much troubled me, and my countenance changed in me: but I kept the matter in my heart. (Daniel 7:15-16, 19, 28 AV)

This chapter is interesting for a number of reasons:

  • It takes a chronological step backwards into the time period between Chapters 4 & 5. We should always pay attention to the chronology of Scripture. Sometimes the order in which events are recorded is not the chronological order. This has the effect of making us think and of bringing certain truths out into prominence.
  • It opens a new section in the book in that there is a move away from historical narrative to prophetic vision.
  • It concludes the Aramaic section of the book and Hebrew is again employed 8:1ff. The use of Aramaic implies a focus on Gentile affairs and interests, a Gentile perspective of events and prophecies.

The kingdom of Christ on earth

Notes on Daniel 2:34-35, 44-45

Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces. Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.”

And 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. Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure.” (Daniel 2:34-35, 44-45 AV)

The course of Gentile power is destined by God to climax in the destruction of antichristianity and the institution of another kingdom upon the earth—the kingdom of Christ, the millennial Kingdom. The Kingdom that follows on after the four great Gentile empires ought to be of interest to every Christian.

The course of the future

Notes on Daniel 2:1-49

Pondering about what the future holds has long exercised the mind of man. Nebuchadnezzar had just become King and in the wake of an extraordinary/meteoric rise to super-power status, he wondered what the future would hold. Cp v29. In a most dramatic and unexpected fashion he got his desire to know what lay ahead.

God spoke directly and personally to this King revealing to him an outline of the course of events from his day right up to the return of Christ and beyond. God has the future under control! Cp v21—“And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings…”;and Isaiah 46:10—“Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure”.