July 31st

Daniel 7-9

  • 7:This chapter shifts the book from the stories we learned as kids to the apocalyptic portion of Daniel.
  • 7:1-8 – Foreign powers are no longer depicted favorably in Daniel.
  • 7:9 – The Ancient of Days is God.
  • 7:19-27 – The fourth beast represents Antiochus. Antiochus rises to power overtaking the faithful folks for a time, but ultimately, God prevails.
  • 8:15-26 – Like Revelation in the New Testament, Daniel has some apocalyptic literature. This vision interpretation, which reveals what will happen to various nations, is expected to happen long after it was written.
  • 9:3-15 – Here Daniel repents for all of Israel. His repentance is sincere and takes responsibility understanding that it is the sins of the Israelites that caused their exile.
  • 9:16-19 – Daniel pleas with God for forgiveness and restoration. He longs for the day when God’s sanctuary will be restored.

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