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A Study in Daniel: Darius & Cyrus
Explain how Darius the Mede organized the Kingdom in verses 1 and 2? What position did Daniel hold? Why would the princes and presidents seek to overthrow Daniel (vs. 4)? What character flaw in Darius allowed these men to trick him into signing the unchangeable decree (vs. 5-9)? How does Daniel respond to the King’s edict (vs. 10)? After Darius realizes he’s been fooled, how does he respond (vs. 14) ? While Daniel is in the den, what is Darius doing (vs. 18-20, vs. 25-28)? Daniel 6:16b “Thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver thee.”
Daniel understands from Jeremiah’s letters that the Jews’ captivity will be for 70 years. (Jeremiah 29) What is his response in verse 3? Verses 4-19 record Daniel’s prayer for the captive Jews. What is Daniel’s tone during his prayer?
Who comes to encourage and instruct Daniel (vs. 20-23)? Many scholars debate the definition of the term “weeks” in verses 24-27. Regardless of the time covered by the term, is Gabriel discussing the Jews’ release from Babylonian captivity, or their future as a people and kingdom? What happens to the Messiah in verse 26? Daniel 9:25 “The street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.”
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Who is now king (vs. 1)? Explain Daniel’s response to the revelation in verses 1-4. (Vs. 5-12) A heavenly messenger communicates with Daniel. According to verse 12, what did Daniel determine from the beginning? Whom was the messenger fighting in verses 13 and 20? Who is coming to replace the King of Persia in verse 20? Daniel 10:11 “Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand . . . Thy words were heard.”
Verses 1-35 concern prophecies regarding Persia’s next rulers, and great battles between the North and the South (probably Egypt and Syria). Verse 36 begins the prophecy of the last king, the Antichrist. How is he described in verses 36-38? What happens to him in verse 45? Daniel 11:32 “But the people that do know their God shall be strong.”
In verses 1-3, the Rapture is mentioned because of the Tribulation coming. What happens to the dead in Christ and those found written in the Lamb’s Book of Life? What is Daniel to do with the revelation (vs 4)? What is the messenger’s final message to Daniel in verses 9-13? Daniel 12:13 “But go thou thy way till the end be:”
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