Tuesday, August 25, 2015

BIBLE STUDY "DANIEL, EZEKIEL, and REVELATION"

ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS:         WEEK # 2

 

1).        How many deportations is mention of the Jews to Babylon in captivity?

There is three deportations recorded in (1) (Daniel 1:1-14) (2) (Ezekiel 1:1-3) (3) Jeremiah 39:11-14; 40:1-6).

 

2).        What was Nebuchadnezzar's first dream?

The dream featured a huge, glorious statue of a man. Its head was "made of pure gold, its chest and arms of silver, its belly and thighs of bronze, its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of baked clay" (Daniel 2:32-33). Then a rock cut "not by human hands" (Daniel 2:34) hit the foot of the statue, and the whole image "became like chaff on a threshing floor," while the rock "became a huge mountain and filled the whole earth" (Daniel 2:35). This vision, by the way, gives us our modern idiom "feet of clay," meaning "a hidden fault or weakness." Daniel's interpretation, given to him by God, explains that the statue represents a series of kingdoms, each less glorious than the one before, as indicated by the decreasing value of the metals. Daniel identifies Nebuchadnezzar as the head of gold, stating that God had given Nebuchadnezzar much power (Daniel 2:37-38). The next kingdom to arise will be inferior to Babylon, as will the next. "Finally, there will come a fourth kingdom, strong as iron. . . . It will crush and break all the others" (Daniel 2:40). Finally, the feet of mixed clay and iron "will be a divided kingdom" (Daniel 2:41). During the time of this final world empire, the "rock" will smash them all to bits, a prediction that "God . . . will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed" (Daniel 2:44). All previous earthly kingdoms will be brought to an end.

 

3).        What did Nebuchadnezzar build that is compared to what the Beast built in Revelation?

He built a large image of gold demanding all to worship it (Daniel 3:1-7)

 

4).        What was Nebuchadnezzar's second dream?

This dream is about a great tree that fills the earth and then is cut down but its trunk left intact, followed by a man whose heart is changed and becomes like an animal (4:1-18).  Daniel interprets the dream as applying to the king that he might know that God rules in the kingdoms of men (vv. 19-27). 

 

5).        How did Nebuchadnezzar respond to Daniel's interpretation?

He first responded with pride and ambition, than a year later the dream was fulfilled, and Nebuchadnezzar heart was changed and he praised, blessed and honored the Most High God, the King of heaven (vv. 28-37).

 

6).        Who was Nebuchadnezzar's grandson?

King Belshazzar was the grandson of Nebuchadnezzar.

 

7).        Explain why Daniel was thrown in the lion's den.

Daniel is raised to high office by his royal master Darius the Mede, but jealous rivals trick Darius into issuing a decree which condemns Daniel to death. Hoping for Daniel's deliverance, but unable to save him, the king has him cast into the pit of lions. At daybreak he hurries back, asking if God had saved his friend. Daniel replies that God had sent an angel to close up the jaws of the lions, "because I was found blameless before him." The king has those who had conspired against Daniel, and their wives and children, thrown to the lions in his place, and commands to all the people of the whole world to "tremble and fear before the God of Daniel." Also Daniel prayed three times a day to God against the king's decree.

 

8).        Explain why Daniel's companion was thrown in the fiery furnace.

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego (Hebrew: Hanania, Mishael and Azaria) were three young men from Jerusalem condemned to death in a fiery furnace by Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, when they refused to bow down to an image of him, and worship any god but the God of Israel. According to the Book of Daniel, they were saved by the angel of God and promoted to high office.

9).        How many visions did Daniel receive during Belshazzar reign in (552 B.C.)?

Daniel received two visions; The first is of four beasts from the sea (1-8).  The second involves a judgment by the Ancient of Days, and the coronation of the Son of Man (9-14).  The interpretation describes persecution by elements of the fourth beast (kingdom), with ultimate victory by the saints of the Most High (15-28).

 

10).      Who are the four beasts Daniel speaks of in (1-8).

The Babylonian Empire, The Medio-Persion Empire, The Greek Empire, and The Roman Empire

 

11).      Explain what Gabriel told Daniel in (9:20-27).

This vision is about a swift goat defeating a mighty ram.  The goat's large horn is then broken into four horns, followed by a little horn that brings desolation to the sanctuary and the host of heaven.   The angel Gabriel interprets the vision which foretells the rise of a fierce and mighty king (Antiochus IV Epiphanes, 175-164 B.C.) that would bring desolation against the holy people.

 

12).      What chapters give us the details of "The Vision of the Time of the End"?

Chapter ten give us the vision of the time of the end.

 

13).      What agent is the vile king of the north?

The false prophet of the end times is described in Revelation 13:11-15. He is also referred to as the "second beast" (Revelation 16:13, 19:20, 20:10). Together with the Antichrist and Satan, who empowers both of them, the false prophet is the third party in the unholy trinity.

 

14).      After reading chapter 8:22 what do the horns represent?

The horns represent the earthly kingdoms that was to come in the future; these kingdoms was Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome.

 

 

Reading Assignment:            Week # 2        Daniel 4-6       Monday-Wednesday-Friday

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