DANIEL CHAPTER SEVEN

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In this chapter Daniel tells us about a vision : four huge beasts come out of the sea.

- a lion with eagle’s wings, they are plucked and it starts to stand on two feet like a man and it receives a man’s heart.

- a bear with three ribs in the mouth and it must eat flesh.

- a leopard with four wings and four heads, it receives authority to rule.

- a fourth beast unusually strong with great iron teeth and with ten horns

- then a small horn comes up

- and three of the first ones are plucked up

- and this small horn has eyes and a mouth to speak arrogantly.

- Then thrones appear and the Ancient of Days sit down, he has white clothes and his hair is like wool, his throne is on fire and the throne has also wheels which are on fire.

- A thousand thousands is ministering him

- and ten thousand times stand before him.

- Then the Court takes its seat and books are opened.

- A beast is killed and burnt and the others stay alive for a time and a season.

- a son of man comes and he approaches the Ancient of Days : he receives rulership, honor and a kingdom so that peoples, nation,s and langage groups serve him.

- He will rule for ever and his kingdom won’t be destroyed.

- four beasts mean four kings who will stand up.

- The holy ones of the Supreme One will receive the kingdom and they will possess the kingdom.

- The beast with iron teeth and copper claws devours and crushes and tramples what’s left with its feet. And it has ten horns on its head

- And the horn with the eyes and the mouth is having war with the holy ones and it prevails against them.


- But the Ancient of Days renders a judgment in favor of the holy ones who take possession of the kingdom.

- So the fourth beast is a fourth kingdom which comes on earth and which is different from all the other kingdoms. It will devour the earth, trample it down and crush it.

- From that kingdom rise ten kings,

- and after them another one, different from the others and he will humiliate three kings,

- he will speak against the most High

- and harass the holy ones of the Supreme One

- and he will try to change times and law

- and they will be given into his hands for a time, times and half a time.

- But his rulership will be taken away

- and he will be destroyed completely.

- Then the holy ones of the Supreme One will get the rulership over all the kingdoms

- and their kingdom will last forever.
 
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Daniel chapter 2 is closely related to chapter 7.
 

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When reading Daniel we find a source of encouragement from someone who keeps following God in any situation, someone who knows where he goes, nothing is left to luck. When he gets up everything is organized as he is a white collar. Daniel has his feet on earth and he is steady and ready for whatever may happen. He is determined. Interesting to read when we need to find self-confidence.
 
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Chapter 7 shows there are still believers on the earth during the early reign of the antichrist which happens after mid-point of the 7 years.

25 He shall speak words against the Most High,
and shall wear out the saints of the Most High,
 

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Actually, Daniel was given a Babylonian name himself at the same time as his friends. The book of Daniel tells us that when these four were brought to Babylon and enrolled in training to become servants at the royal court, the official responsible for them “gave them new names: to Daniel, the name Belteshazzar; to Hananiah, Shadrach; to Mishael, Meshach; and to Azariah, Abednego.”


However, the book of Daniel does treat its central figure differently in this regard from his three friends, and that’s probably what has struck you. It continues to call him Daniel in its own narrative, though it does note in three places that he was “also called Belteshazzar“; the Babylonian characters in the book also address him by that name. By contrast, the book calls his three friends by their Hebrew names only in the first episode and at the beginning of the second one; after that, even in its own narrative it uses their Babylonian names.
 

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It’s not clear why this is the case. It’s possible that the third episode, in which the three friends are the central characters (it’s also the last one in which they appear), is based on a Babylonian source, which would have used their Babylonian names, and they have simply been carried over. While the second episode does use their Hebrew names at the beginning, it uses their Babylonian names at the end; this might be to help create continuity leading into the next episode. Daniel, on the other hand, might have been known so well by that name by the book’s intended audience that the authors or compilers might have supplied his Hebrew name when their sources said Belteshazzar, but kept the Babylonian name in an “also known as” parenthesis. However, this is speculative; we don’t know for sure.
 

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Whatever the case, these names are not just a matter of historical curiosity. They have something to teach us about faithfully following God in our own day. As I observe in my study guide to Daniel and Revelation:

Daniel and his friends had to decide how much of the Babylonian
culture they could adopt without fatally compromising their faith. They
didn’t take an all-or-nothing approach. They didn’t say, “You’ve got to go
along if you want to get along,” and agree to everything the Babylonians
expected. They also didn’t say that everything Babylonian was evil and had
to be rejected. They diligently studied the “language and literature of the
Babylonians,” even though this literature centered around the exploits of
foreign gods. They also accepted new names that praised these gods instead
of their own God:
 

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Daniel (“God is my judge/vindicator”) became Belteshazzar (a
name that invoked the Babylonian god Bel);
• Hananiah (“Yahweh is gracious”) became Shadrach (“companion
of Aku”);
• Mishael (“Who is like God?”) became Meshach (again invoking
Aku); and
• Azariah (“Yahweh is my help”) became Abednego (“servant of
Nebo”).
 

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Somehow these young men determined that what they were studying,
and the new names they were given, didn’t compromise the essentials of their faith. But they drew the line when it came to eating foods that God had told the Israelites, in the law of Moses, not to eat, because they had a distinct identity as his people.
 

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What new names were given to the three young children from Judah by the prince of the eunuchs? (Daniel 1:7)

https://www.gotquestions.org/Daniel-Belteshazzar.html

All four of these Hebrew names had meanings connected to faith in God. But upon arrival in Babylon, their names were changed: “The chief official [of Babylon] gave them new names: to Daniel, the name Belteshazzar; to Hananiah, Shadrach; to Mishael, Meshach; and to Azariah, Abednego” (Daniel 1:7). The boys’ names were changed as a way of encouraging them to forget the God and traditions of their homeland and become conformed to the ways and gods of Babylon. It was a forced assimilation; Nebuchadnezzar wanted Daniel and his friends to “conform to the pattern of this world” (Romans 12:2), and a name change was one step toward that goal.
Each name Daniel and his friends were given carried a meaning associated with a different Babylonian deity.
Abednego means “servant of Nebo,” for example. Belteshazzar, the name given to Daniel, means “Bel protects his life.” The meaning of the name Daniel is “God is my judge.” The suffix of Daniel’s name (and Mishael’s) is -el, which refers to Elohim, one of the names of the God of Israel. Azariah and Hananiah carry the suffix -iah or -yah, which is short for Yahweh, the covenant name of God (see Isaiah 26:4).
Miraculously, God kept these young men alive, even though they refused to conform to the indoctrination, diet, and religion of Babylon. Daniel and his companions asked to be fed vegetables rather than the king’s unlawful food, and they were granted their wish on the condition that their health did not suffer. God made them thrive physically beyond their peers, because of their God-honoring obedience (Daniel 1:8–16). They would not bow down to the idol of Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar’s image, and were sentenced to death, but God saved them from the midst of a fiery furnace (Daniel 3:23–27). In the end, Nebuchadnezzar was forced to acknowledge the miracle, and he decreed that the people of Babylon honor the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego (verses 28–29).
After the wonders of God were shown to him, Nebuchadnezzar himself acknowledged Daniel’s true name and honored the God of Israel, writing, “Daniel came into my presence. . . . (He is called Belteshazzar, after the name of my god, and the spirit of the holy gods is in him)” (Daniel 4:8). Years later, the queen of Babylon still referred to Daniel by his Hebrew name, although she knows of Nebuchadnezzar’s attempt to change it: she spoke of him as “Daniel, whom the king called Belteshazzar” (Daniel 5:12).
 

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How much better did King Nebuchadnezzar find that they had a more wisdom than all of the magicians and the astrologers in his realm? (Daniel 1:20)

First, when the king spoke with them, he found they were better than all the other youngsters of the group. Second, he finds them ten times better than all the magicians and the astrologers. Quite different from what the israelites got by going away from god and being rejected by him !
 

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What astonishing proof did Daniel give the King that God had endowed him with divine knowledge? (Daniel 2:28-30)

He tells him about his dream.

What was the dream of the King? (Daniel 2:31-35)

He saw an immense image composed of different elements :

- the head was of gold

- the chest and the arms were of silver

- the abdomen and the thighs were of copper

- the legs were of iron

- the feet were partly of iron and partly of clay

- and a a stone struck the image and crushed all the elements

- and the stone became a large mountain which filled the whole earth.
 

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When the herald cried aloud to all the people and they heard the sound of all kinds of music, what were they to do? (Daniel 3:5-7)

They must fall down and worship.

What would happen to anyone that did not fall down and worship the golden image? (Daniel 3:11)

He would be thrown into the burning fiery furnace.
 

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What dream did God send the King to warn him in these verses of the book of Daniel? (Daniel 4:10-13)

He sees a tree growing and reaching the heavens and visible to the ends of the whole earth. And animals would seek shade beneath it and birds would dwell in it and all creatures would feed from it.

Describe the dream that King Nebuchadnezzar had in these verses that made him afraid? (Daniel 4:14-17)

The tree is cut and it becomes a beast eating like a beast for seven times so everybody can know who is the Most and is Ruler in the kingdom of mankind and he gives it to whoever he wants.
 

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What did the King promise to the wise men of Babylon that whosoever could read this writing and show him its interpretation? (Daniel 5:7)

Expensive clothes and a gold necklace and a high position in the kingdom as he will become the third one in the kingdom.

When all the King’s wise men came could they read the writing and interpret it for him? (Daniel 5:8)

No nobody was able to do it.
 

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Did the presidents and all of the princes find any occasion or fault in Daniel? (Daniel 6:4)

Nothing so we easily understand why God trusted him and gave him the ability to interpret dreams and visions and the fact there was no one as wise among the wise men of Babylon and then in Media andd persia. So like in the case of Job the more we read and think about him the more we learn incredible thinghs.
 

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When the King came to den and cried with a lamentable voice to Daniel, what did the King ask him? (Daniel 6:20)
Has your God whom you are continually serving been able to rescue you from the lions?
 

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When Daniel spoke about his vision, how did he describe this dream in verses two and three? (Daniel 7:2-3)
He speaks about the four winds of the heavens which are stirring up the vast sea and four huge beasts coming out of the sea.
 

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#20
How did Daniel describe the coming of the Son of man Jesus Christ? (Daniel 7:9-14), (Matthew 24:27-30), (Matthew 25:31-34), (Revelation 19:11-21)

- Someone like a Son of man (when we read the Gospels jesus always speaks of himself as the Son of man)
- He comes to the Ancient of Days
- He receives rulership, honor and a kingdom
- People and nations and langage groups will serve him
- He will have an everlasting rulership that will not pass away
- His kingdom will not be destroyed