Keys to Understanding the Wisdom and Prophecy of Daniel
Key 1: Daniel and his 3 friends decided early in life not to defile themselves from God, and stayed true to him despite life threatening circumstances
Key 2: God was involved in Daniels life and altered circumstances according to his sovereign will.
Key 3: Daniel showed wisdom and character from an early age on.
Key 4: Daniel and his friends were given special gifts of knowledge and understanding directly from God. Daniel specifically was given the gift of interpreting dreams.
Key 5: Nebuchadnezzar was given foreknowledge of the most significant world rulers of which he was one, yet could not interpret this for himself.
Key 6: Daniel showed humility when given the knowledge of what the dream was, as well as its interpretation. (false pride is the great downfall of mankind)
Key 7: From the interpretation of the dream we learn the major powers to be:
Key 8: Via Daniels life and testimony even the mightiest kings can come to faith in God
Key 9: Even mighty kingdoms can come to a quick end if God so determines
Key 10: Even men of great character may find themselves in terrible circumstances, yet if God so desires they will find rescue.
Key 11: Daniel is given a second vision of the major world powers including a vision of Jesus and God himself which will lead to the millennial kingdom
Key 12: Daniel is given a third vision of the major world powers with more detail specifically about Alexander the Great and Antiochus Epiphanes and how long the desolation/desecration will last (3 years)
Key 13: Daniel studied the scriptures and knew that Israel would be reestablished after 70 years and prayed accordingly.
Key 14:Daniel was given a specific time-frame for Israel directly from the angel Gabriel as 70 7's grouped as:
Key 15: Daniel receives a forth vision from another angel, or possibly Christ himself
Key 16: Daniel in the second part of the forth vision concerns the Anti-Christ and his character traits
Key 17: After the death of the Anti-Christ a resurrection will occur of both the good and the wicked.
© Copyright Paul Asay 2007
Developed for Faith Weavers Sunday School Class
First Baptist Church of North Terre Haute