As we begin this study of the Book of Daniel, it is important for me to say that we will not have a verse by verse examination of the book. The objective of this stop along the road to Armageddon is to consider key passages of scripture that deal with the events of past history, and future prophecy, as they relate to God’s chosen people, who are the Jews, the nation of Israel. Daniel’s prophecy primarily shows the time line of the Gentiles as they persecute the Jews. This story tells of the four Gentile world empires and the events that will take place during the time of tribulation and the two resurrections. As a guide, I will be using the Scofield Reference Notes which can be found on the internet. It should be noted that Daniel was taken captive to Babylon eight years prior to another prophet arriving there, Ezekiel, whose prophetic time line is that of the Jews. The dates of the writing of Daniel are from 607 B.C. through 534 B.C. The theme of the book of Daniel may be said to be the hope of God’s chosen people during the times of the Gentiles. Jesus spoke of that period of time in Luke 21:24, which is the time from Israel’s captivity (586 B.C.) to Babylon (2 Kings, Chapter 25) to her restoration in the Kingdom (Revelation 20:1-6). The Book of Daniel is one of four books of the Bible that may be identified as being “apocalyptic,” which relates to the revealing, or unveiling, of the end times. The other apocalyptic books in the Bible are Ezekiel, Zechariah and Revelation.
Scofield’s Reference Notes
Book Introduction – Daniel
Daniel, like Ezekiel was a Jewish captive in Babylon. He was of royal or princely descent ( Daniel 1:3). For his rank and comeliness he was trained for palace service. In the polluted atmosphere of an oriental court he lived a life of singular piety and usefulness. His long life extended from Nebuchadnezzar to Cyrus. He was a contemporary of Jeremiah, Ezekiel ( Ezekiel 14:20), Joshua, the high priest of the restoration, Ezra, and Zerubbabel.
Daniel is the indispensable introduction to New Testament prophecy, the themes of which are, the apostasy of the Church, the manifestation of the man of sin, the great tribulation, the return of the Lord, the resurrections and the judgments. These, except the first, are Daniel’s themes also.But Daniel is distinctively the prophet of the “times of the Gentiles” ( Luke 21:24), (See Scofield ” Luke 21:24 “). His vision sweeps the whole course of Gentile world-rule to its end in catastrophe, and to the setting up of the Messianic kingdom.
Daniel is in four broad divisions:
2. The personal history of Daniel from the conquest of Jerusalem to the second year of Nebuchadnezzar, Daniel 1:1-21.
3. The visions of Nebuchadnezzar and their results, Daniel 2:1 to Daniel 4:37.
4. The personal history of Daniel under Belshazzar and Darius, Daniel 5:1 to Daniel 6:28. The visions of Daniel 7:1 to Daniel 12:13.
The events recorded in Daniel cover a period of 73 years (Ussher).
Let’s consider the following video that discusses, “The Rapture Of The Church and The Second Coming Of Christ.”
The Timing Of The Rapture And The Second Coming Of Christ
The John Ankerberg Show – Dr.Jimmy De Young And Dr. Renald Showers