Daniels prophetic dreams and visionsold testament seminary student study guide. They predict the end of the reign of unrighteous kings like antiochus iv epiphanes and the beginning of a new world. Some believe the beast in daniels dream depicts nebuchadnezzars insanity and after he acknowledges god as ruler his kingdom is restored. The book of daniel is the book of revelation in the old testament because it is an excellent prediction of the coming of jesus christ, the messiah and the triumph of his messianic kingdom. Some dreams or visions, if they are symbolic in nature, require an interpretation. He is the author of dreams and visions, killing christians, and standing in the fire greg webster is cofounder of new vantage publishing partners, a book development and marketing firm. Daniel lion with wingsnebuchadnezzarstatues head of goldrepresents the babylonian kingdom. In the final part of his book daniel will describe dreams and visions that he had concerning events that were mentioned in the original dream of.
The authenticity of few books in the bible has been more furiously assailed by critics that the book of daniel. One of those people was king nebuchadnezzar of babylon. This page looks into the book of daniel and some of the prophecies it contains. The bible book of daniel has long been a favourite of apocalyptic sects for its cryptic symbolism and.
The four empires are the same as nebuchadnezzar saw in his dream in daniel 2, although in that dream they are pictured as various metals in a statue. The balance of daniel s book contains four visions concerning world powers, but also other visions of future events and an appearance of gods angel. The important lesson we learn about dreams from this account is that god is the only one who can provide the interpretation of dreams and visions. Witness faith and visions come to pass in the book of. They give forevisions of the power struggle of men, dynasties, and political empires from daniels time down through history until the time of the end. Daniel 712 contains the record of several of daniels visions about what was going to happen to his people, the house of israel, and to the world. Daniel s visions too, outline hopes and dreams for the future. At certain times, god has used dreams to communicate with people. The five visions of daniel daniel 2, 7, 8, 9, 1012. Thank god for the visions and dreams given in the book of daniel. An indepth look at the four great beasts of daniel 7. The great image and the four beasts 4 the dream of the great image let us begin to look at the account of this dream in daniel chapter 2. There will be many violent human empires to rule the world, with rulers who fail to humble themselves before god. He ends up taking back the cream of the crop, the most elite and noble israelites, to serve at his court in babylon.
Daniels 3rd vision showed a progression of kingdoms from persia to greece, to lesser kings giving way to the king of the north, who would invade jerusalem and set up idols in the temple. What is the meaning of nebuchadnezzars dream in daniel 2. As the table below shows, some of daniels visions had the same meaning as nebuchadnezzars dream in daniel 2. Although the book of daniel contains a tremendous amount of material which bears upon the book of revelation and the activities of the antichrist, we will limit our. Nov 08, 2018 daniels 3rd vision showed a progression of kingdoms from persia to greece, to lesser kings giving way to the king of the north, who would invade jerusalem and set up idols in the temple. This is a short simple explanation of the dreams and visions recoded in the book of daniel concerning the last days. The second half of the book describes some of daniels extraordinary visions. All of these dreams and visions point to the same meanings as the first. The visions he has now will give more details concerning the events he foresaw in nebuchadnezzars original dream. The first three verses of the chapter are very significant.
In fact, the character of daniel provides many different calculations and depictions of the end. This kind of writing is called apocalyptic which means that it reveals what is going on behind. These include two dreams and one visit by a heavenly being, who answers daniel s question to god about what will be the end to his people israel daniel. Daniel 7 the seventh chapter of the book of daniel tells of daniels vision of four worldkingdoms replaced by the kingdom of god. Daniels dream of four beasts in the first year of belshazzar king of babylon, daniel had a dream, and visions passed through his mind as he was lying in bed. He did it so that he can cover all the symbols and bring all the different aspects into consideration during the interpretation of the dreams and visions. The 3 visions concerned 4 historical empires that succeeded each other. Dreams, visions and messages in the book of daniel in addition to interpreting the two dreams of king nebuchadnezzar and the writing on the wall for king belshazzar, daniel also received several messages from god. The great image and the four beasts 6 the four kingdoms of men now we come to the interpretation of the dream. Nebuchadnezzars dream and daniels vision commentary a.
The lord has not revealed to us the meaning of all that daniel. The profound message behind daniels visions and interpretations. Daniel does not date this dream as he did the earlier dream cf. The book of daniel is an apocalypse, a literary genre in which a heavenly reality is revealed to a human recipient. Visions of the prophet daniel the prophet daniel received prophecies from the late 7th century to the mid 6th century bc. The book of daniel plays several roles in the bible. Dreams, visions and messages in the book of daniel. The following chart provides a list of these divinely inspired messages from god recorded in the book of daniel. Can there ever be faith again in the midst of darkness, rebellion, and gloom. This remarkable piece of scripture has encouraged the faithful for centuries, giving us a glimpse to future events that already came to pass and and are yet to come.
The book with the most occurrences of visions or its singular is the book of daniel 32 times followed by ezekiel 18. Understanding the dreams and visions unlocks and explains the structure and mysteries of the prophecies in the book of daniel. An angelic guide interprets the beasts as kingdoms and kings, the last of whom will make war on the holy ones of god, but he will be destroyed and the holy ones will be given eternal dominion and power. Daniel is the last of the major prophets the others are isaiah, jeremiah, and ezekiel, and he was a captive of judah. Four nations are referred to symbolically in visions and dreams in daniel. Well, daniel, himself, is known as first of all as a very pious character. The prophet daniel is in babylon in 604 bc when king nebuchadnezzars has a dream, and not only demands that his wise men which included daniel interpret the dream for him, but tell him what the dream was. Years later, toward the end of the 70 year captivity of the jews by the babylonians, the bible records in chapter 7 of daniel that daniel was given a parallel vision of these four great world. Last month we examined the fourth chapter of daniel, which is the account of nebuchadnezzars other dream which became a reality. When they came in and stood before the king, 3 he said to them, i have had a dream that troubles me and i. You need to understand these before you try understanding the book of revelation and other prophetic writings that are about the events of the last days the time in history we are right in the middle of, right now. In my vision at night i looked, and there before me were the four winds of heaven churning up the great sea.
In daniel 7 the prophet records a night vision that god gave him concerning four world empires, symbolized as four beasts daniel 7. As the book goes on, we hear more dreams and visions from both nebuchadnezzar and daniel. Daniels prophecydreams that affect you watchtower online. Daniel 7 daniels dream of four beasts in bible gateway. Nebuchadnezzar, king of babylon, has a dream dan 2. They imagine the wise and holy people who are now persecuted, raised up and ascending to a place of glory after death. In comparison, the words dreams or dream occurs 87 times in the old testament and 8 times in the new. If we are still in any doubt as to the nature of dreams and that god has chosen to use this media to speak to us, one need only read the book of isaiah.
Mar 29, 2020 the abovementioned scripture about daniels dreams and visions shows that he did write down his dreams and visions. The book of which he is the hero divides into two parts, a set of tales in chapters 16, and the series of visions in chapters 712, the. Or, as the words might be more accurately rendered, these lads, the four of them ezekiel 1. The book of daniel begins with king nebuchadnezzar, the ruler of babylon, ransacking jerusalem. Daniel 7 new american bible revised edition nabre ii. In more mundane language, it is an account of the activities and visions of daniel, a noble jew exiled at babylon, its message being that just as the god of israel saved daniel and his friends from their enemies, so. Then he wrote down the dream, telling the main facts. Nebuchadnezzars dream and daniels vision commentary. The next three visions are waking visions with angels and an. Rather, the character is used as a narrative device for two reasons. Only god can declare the end from the beginning and that is what he has done in this wonderful book.
Jan 01, 2006 some dreams or visions, if they are symbolic in nature, require an interpretation. Last month we covered daniels second vision as recorded in chapter 8. Through nebuchadnezzars dreams and through daniels vision of four beasts daniel 7, god had already revealed that there would be four worldruling empires followed by the kingdom of god. Chronological order of the book of daniel chapters 1 thru 4 captivity and interpretation of dreams and visions.
We are to rely on the holy spirit and the word of god to confirm and interpret dreams and visions given to us by god. Book of daniel bible study commentary chapter 7 the times of the gentiles the earthly scene. Witness faith and visions come to pass in the book of daniel. Daniel was given astounding glimpses into the near and distant future his and ours. The free and authentic christian dreams and visions symbols. Daniel 7 the seventh chapter of the book of daniel tells of daniel s vision of four worldkingdoms replaced by the kingdom of god. The first of these is nebuchadnezzars dream consisting of an image made up of differing metals which daniel interprets dan. There are many interpretations for daniels visions, but three major themes emerge in the book. It reveals the keys that the prophet daniel has presented to unlock the prophecies of the bible. Subsequent revelations in the book of daniel which daniel received.
Correlation of dreams and visions in the book of daniel prophet charts images from chapter 2. Book of daniel study guide syllabus marilyn hickey ministries. In my vision at night i looked, and there before me were the. In addition to interpreting the two dreams of king nebuchadnezzar and the writing on the wall for king belshazzar, daniel also received several messages from god. The visions he has now will give more details concerning the events he foresaw in nebuchadnezzar s original dream. Daniels vision of the 4 beasts in daniel chapter 7, and the vision of the ram and hegoat in chapter 8.
His visions paint a prophetic landscape for daniels contemporaries. This was the dream, and now we will interpret it to the king. Four beasts come out of the sea, the ancient of days sits in judgement over them, and one like a son of man is given eternal kingship. However, it must have been in the latter part of nebuchadnezzars reign. During the darkest time in israel s history, daniel shined as god s prophet to both the gentiles and the jews.
Daniels visions talk about the end a great deal, but neither the book of daniel nor the character of daniel ever gives one precise timeline for the end. Daniels vision was of a hegoat that attacked a ram and broke the rams horns and defeated him. Daniels life serves as an example of godly integrity. Daniel is gifted in telling people the meaning of their dreams. The bible tells us in chapter 7 of the book of daniel, that god gave daniel a vision of four beasts rising from the sea. Daniel spoke, saying, i saw in my vision by night, and behold, the four winds of heaven were stirring up the great sea. Daniel 2 new international version niv nebuchadnezzars dream.
T i m e of the g e n t i l e s head of gold like a lion with eagles wings babylon 606539bc chest and arms of silver like a bear. The book of daniel refers to various historical events during the neobabylonian period, but there is no evidence that the daniel character or his three friends actually existed. As for these four children, god gave them knewledge and skill in all learning and wisdom. Daniel 2, 7, 9, 12 the coming of messiah the prince. This framework becomes more clear as we look beyond king nebuchadnezzars dream and investigate daniel s series of endtimes visions. Daniel 2 tells how daniel interpreted nebuchadnezzars dream, in which god provided an overview of world events in the millennia yet to come. We cannot properly understand the new testament book of revelation without knowing of daniel s visions and dreams. The dream that king nebuchadnezzar had in the book of daniel was given by god, and we see that god gave daniel the interpretation. The book of which he is the hero divides into two parts, a set of tales in chapters 1 6, and the series of visions in chapters 712. The four visions of chapters seven to twelve are an early example of apocalyptic literature and, in contrast to the earlier chapters, are introduced in the first person. The seventh chapter of the book of daniel records an unusual vision that he.
Understanding dreams and visions is an integral part of the book of daniel. The king saw a gigantic statue made of four metals, from its gold head to its feet of mingled iron and clay. The book is said to make several historical blunders. Daniel then explains the dream and its interpretation to the king dan 2. Not only that, but what daniel means by the end seems to.
The vision of the four beasts and the little horn found in daniel 7 reveals more information about the same four empires that are first described in nebuchadnezzars dream of a great image. This indicates that somehow they were separated off into a. The balance of daniel s book contains four visions concerning world powers, but also other visions of future events and an appearance of god s angel. Secondly, daniel has visions and can interpret dreams. The five visions of daniel daniel 2, 7, 8, 9, 1012 the. Daniel expounds the prophecies in four distinct visions of. The dreams and visions of the book of daniel are, in fact, shortrange and longrange prophecies. Tom doyle is the president of uncharted ministries, an accomplished author, popular international speaker, pastor, missionary to the unreached, and a veteran tour guide to israel and the middle east. Daniels vision of the four beasts not only foretold the creation of the worlds modern nations, but also warns believers of the development of a single world government. Daniel s vision of the 4 beasts in daniel chapter 7, and the vision of the ram and hegoat in chapter 8. The next three are waking visions seen in the presence of angels, followed by an appearance of the messiah the son of man to interpret the vision for daniel. One feature of this section is daniel s reliance on heavenly figures to interpret and explain his visions. The two sets of dreams and visions were about 50 years apart.
Ezekiel, habakkuk, jeremiah, and zephaniah were daniels prophetic contemporaries. The second is daniels night vision of four vicious beasts which arise from the sea dan. Now god was going to reveal to daniel some amazing details about major world powers, beginning with the medopersian empire and continuing through the time of the end just prior to christs second coming. Daniel 2 niv nebuchadnezzars dream in the bible gateway.
The book of daniel is a 2ndcentury bc biblical apocalypse combining a prophecy of history with an eschatology a portrayal of end times cosmic in scope and political in focus. Daniel 2 the second chapter of the book of daniel tells how daniel interpreted a dream of nebuchadnezzar ii, king of babylon. The vision of the four beasts in the first year of belshazzar king of babylon, daniel had a dream, and visions passed through his mind as he was lying in bed. In the first year of belshazzar king of babylon, daniel had a dream and visions of his head while on his bed. In the first year of belshazzar, king of babylon probably 553 bc, daniel receives a dreamvision from god. Four great beasts, each different from the others, came up out of. The king asked daniel also called belteshazzar, are you able to tell me what i saw in my dream and interpret it. Visions, dates, dreams, and overview of daniel page 1 chronogolgy of major empires in daniel visions in daniel identification of the four kingdoms vision in daniel chapter 2 chapter 7 chapter 8 identification head of gold chest and arms of silver belly and thighs of bronze legs of iron feet of clay and iron mixed lion bear leopard dreadful and. The vision that daniel had relates to nebuchadnezzars dream in this way. May 23, 2008 this is a short simple explanation of the dreams and visions recoded in the book of daniel concerning the last days. Three of the best commentaries on the book of daniel. The first vision is a dream of the king that is interpreted by daniel.159 1148 131 1459 1403 1321 1317 1179 452 734 351 49 368 770 737 882 161 1163 609 842 194 301 1133 949 755 1098 1495 107 1292 1198 956 1101 896 259