Studies in Daniel – Chapter 11

The prophet Daniel

The prophet Daniel (Photo credit: Lawrence OP)

Chapter 11

Lesson 11

Daniel 11:21-35

See also: Mk. 13:14; I John 2:8 & 4:3; Daniel 8:13-14; 2 Thess. 2:3; 2 John 2:7

S-I-E-G-E

South v. 21 Palestine was caught in the grips of the Ptolemies in the South and the Selucids in the North.

Invasion v. 24-27 Antiochus Epiphanes took it upon himself to invade and conquer the South.

Egypt v. 28-29 The South come under the rule of Antiochus Epiphanes when he had the reigning Ptolemy killed.  He could keep his throne only a brief time.  He looted Egypt once and planned to do so a second time. True to the scripture a fleet of ships resisted him and turned him north toward Jerusalem.

Godlessness v. 21 In his anger Antiochus Epiphanes left Egypt to raid Jerusalem.  In Palestine he was responsible for the slaughter of 40,000 troops, the capture of 20, 000 troops, and the expulsion of 20,000 more troops.  To add to his conquest he had the temple desecrated with the sacrifice of a pig, and he set up a pagan image there.

Expulsion v. 33 -35 Antiochus Epiphanes was overcome by the underground forces of Israel led by Judas Maccabeus.

Exemplary story:  Today’s youth revel in the thought of playing with Wii.  Before there was Wii, there was Gamebox.  Before there was Gamebox there was the computer game Pong. However, before these computerized games there was something far more graphic – the vivid dream.  In answer to Daniel’s prayers he was sent a vivid dream, and the prophetic dream came to pass in the decades that followed.

Studies in Daniel – Chapter 10

The prophet Daniel

The prophet Daniel (Photo credit: Lawrence OP)

Lesson 10

Daniel 10:10-14, 18-19

See also: I Peter 3:7; Eph. 6:12; Rms. 1:13 & 15:30; I John 4:4

H-E-A-R-D

Heavenly messenger v. 5-7 An angelic message comes for Daniel.

Earnest Prayer v. 2-3 Daniel conducted a 21 day fast.  It likely was a bread-and-water fast.  His answer was delayed.

Adversary v. 13a We are reminded that enemy forces may be preventing us from getting the answers to our prayers that we seek.

Relief v. 13b Michael tagged Gabriel, and Gabriel was able to reach Daniel with his answer.  Here we have a cosmic tag-team wrestling match.

Directives of God v. 14, 20-21 Specific directives are to be given to Daniel, but first he must be told that God heard his prayer the very hour he prayed.

Exemplary story:   A child was frightened by loud claps of thunder.  She asked her mother, “Why does it thunder?”  Her mother answered, “When you hear it thunder just think of the angels.  Imagine that angels are bowling in heaven when it thunders.”  When we contemplate the unseen forces that surround our world, we must keep our faith in God.