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Summary: One of the great book of the Bible is the book of Daniel.

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Intro:

1. “An earthquake shakes the foundations of our security; a tornado blows away a lifetime of work; an assassin’s bullet changes national history; a drunk driver claims another victim; national disasters…We cry out, “God, where are you?” But God, is where He has always been, on His throne! He is in control in Babylon, and He has been moving in history, controlling the destinies of people ever since. And He is here now! Despite news reports or personal stress, we can be your security in His sovereignty.”

2. The main message of Daniel is that God is sitting firmly and eternally on His sovereign throne.

3. Background to Daniel.

I. First, an Abbreviated historical background.

A. For starters, the Divine Stipulation.

1. The Idolatry. Deut. 27-28

Israel’s choice: Blessing or Suffering! I Ki. 11:5; 12:28; 18:19/ 2 Ki. 21:3-5/ 2 Chron.28:2-3/ Jer. 7:24-8:3/ etc.

Lesson: A Jealous God demands undivided devotion! Ja. 4:4-5

Draper, “The Holy Spirit of God, does not want us, to give one once of our energy; one moment of our time; one square inch of our hearts; to ungodly things. God’s Spirit is jealous of every moment that is stolen from Him. Every affection that is given to the world, grieves Him.” Psa. 78:58

2. The Neglect of Sabbath Rest. Lev. 25:1-7; 26:2-4, 14, 21, 32-35

Israel was commanded to let the land rest, 1 year out of every 7 years – they neglected this command for 490 years! The result was a 70 year captivity [7 divided into 490 = 70 years]. 2 Chron. 36:14-21

Major Jewish Captivities:

Event………………………………………………………………………Approx. Date

Egyptian Captivity……………………………………………………….1875-1445 BC

Assyrian Captivity of the Northern Kingdom [Israel]…………………………..722 BC

First Babylonian Captivity – Jerusalem [Daniel and Friends]…………………..605 BC

Second Babylonian Captivity – Ten Thousand Jews [Ezekiel]…………………597 BC

Third Babylonian Captivity – Southern Kingdom [Judah]……………………...586 BC

….First destruction of Jerusalem

….Jews from Judah returned in three phrases:

….First Return……………………………………………………………………536 BC

….Second Return…………………………………………………………………458 BC

….Third Return…………………………………………………………………..445 BC


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