1 Route 66 Understanding Daniel Dr. Stephen

Route 66. Understanding Daniel. Dr. Stephen Rummage, Senior Pastor. Bell Shoals Baptist Church. August 31, 2016. Daniel 2:20 (ESV). Daniel answered an...

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1 Route 66 Understanding Daniel Dr. Stephen Rummage, Senior Pastor Bell Shoals Baptist Church August 31, 2016 Daniel 2:20 (ESV) Daniel answered and said: “Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, to whom belong wisdom and might. Daniel 2:21 (ESV) He changes times and seasons; He removes kings and sets up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding; Daniel 2:22 (ESV) He reveals deep and hidden things; He knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with Him. Structure of Daniel I. The Personal History of Daniel (1-6) II. The Prophetical Ministry of Daniel (7-12) The Writing Is On the Wall Daniel 5:1-30 Daniel 5:5 (ESV) Immediately the fingers of a human hand appeared and wrote on the plaster of the wall of the king's palace, opposite the lampstand. And the king saw the hand as it wrote. Daniel 5:6 (ESV) Then the king's color changed, and his thoughts alarmed him; his limbs gave way, and his knees knocked together. Daniel 5:7 (ESV) The king called loudly to bring in the enchanters, the Chaldeans, and the astrologers. The king declared to the wise men of Babylon, “Whoever reads this writing, and shows me its interpretation, shall be clothed with purple and have a chain of gold around his neck and shall be the third ruler in the kingdom.” Daniel 5:8 (ESV) Then all the king's wise men came in, but they could not read the writing or make known to the king the interpretation. Daniel 5:9 (ESV) Then King Belshazzar was greatly alarmed, and his color changed, and his lords were perplexed.

2 Daniel 5:25 (ESV) And this is the writing that was inscribed: MENE, MENE, TEKEL, and PARSIN. Daniel 5:26 (ESV) This is the interpretation of the matter: MENE, God has numbered the days of your kingdom and brought it to an end; Daniel 5:27 (ESV) TEKEL, you have been weighed in the balances and found wanting; Daniel 5:28 (ESV) PERES, your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians.” Daniel 5:29 (ESV) Then Belshazzar gave the command, and Daniel was clothed with purple, a chain of gold was put around his neck, and a proclamation was made about him, that he should be the third ruler in the kingdom. Daniel 5:30 (ESV) That very night Belshazzar the Chaldean king was killed. Daniel 5:31 (ESV) And Darius the Mede received the kingdom, being about sixty-two years old. God judges … 1. Decadence Proverbs 23:29 (ESV) Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Who has complaining? Who has wounds without cause? Who has redness of eyes? Proverbs 23:30 (ESV) Those who tarry long over wine; those who go to try mixed wine. Proverbs 23:31 (ESV) Do not look at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup and goes down smoothly. Proverbs 23:32 (ESV) In the end it bites like a serpent and stings like an adder. Proverbs 23:33 (ESV) Your eyes will see strange things, and your heart utter perverse things. Proverbs 23:34 (ESV) You will be like one who lies down in the midst of the sea, like one who lies on the top of a mast.

3 Proverbs 23:35 (ESV) “They struck me,” you will say, “but I was not hurt; they beat me, but I did not feel it. When shall I awake? I must have another drink.” 2. Irreverence Daniel 5:3 (ESV) Then they brought in the golden vessels that had been taken out of the temple, the house of God in Jerusalem, and the king and his lords, his wives, and his concubines drank from them. Daniel 5:4 (ESV) They drank wine and praised the gods of gold and silver, bronze, iron, wood, and stone. 3. Arrogance Daniel 5:20 (ESV) But when his heart was lifted up and his spirit was hardened so that he dealt proudly, he was brought down from his kingly throne, and his glory was taken from him. Daniel 5:21 (ESV) He was driven from among the children of mankind, and his mind was made like that of a beast, and his dwelling was with the wild donkeys. He was fed grass like an ox, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, until he knew that the Most High God rules the kingdom of mankind and sets over it whom He will. Daniel 5:22 (ESV) And you his son, Belshazzar, have not humbled your heart, though you knew all this, Daniel 5:23 (ESV) but you have lifted up yourself against the Lord of heaven. And the vessels of His house have been brought in before you, and you and your lords, your wives, and your concubines have drunk wine from them. And you have praised the gods of silver and gold, of bronze, iron, wood, and stone, which do not see or hear or know, but the God in whose hand is your breath, and whose are all your ways, you have not honored. Daniel 4:37 (ESV) … and those who walk in pride He is able to humble. Proverbs 16:2 (ESV) All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirit.

Understanding Daniel Meaning: Daniel’s name means “God is my judge.” Author: Daniel Audience: The Jewish Nation Date of Writing: 537 BC Theme: God Almighty is sovereign in the affairs of this world. Key Verses: Daniel 2:16-23

Structure of Daniel I. The personal History of Daniel (Dan. 1-6) a. Maintaining his godly walk (1) b. Interpreting the “image dream” (2) c. The golden image - Daniel not present there (3) d. Interpreting the “tree dream” (4) e. Interpreting the handwriting on the wall (5) f. Maintaining his godly devotion - the lion's den (6) II. The Prophetical Ministry of Daniel (Dan. 7-12) a. His vision of the four beasts (7) b. His vision of the ram and the goat (8) c. His prayer of confession - the seventy weeks (9) d. His final vision of the future (10-12) Devotional passages from Daniel The surrendered life Light amidst darkness Triumph through trial The reward of service Prayer & Confidence in God Confession of sin The wisdom of soul winning

1:1-21 2:20-22 3:17-25 5:17 6:10-24 9:3-19 12:3

Route 66: The Highway of Redemption from Genesis to Revelation Bell Shoals Baptist Church - Dr. Stephen Rummage, Senior Pastor

The Kingdoms in Daniel 1. Babylon

606-539 BC The head of gold (2:36-38) The lion with eagle’s wings (7:4)

2. Media-Persia

539-330 BC Arms and chest of silver (2:32, 39) Bear with three ribs (7:5)

3. Greece

330-ca. 150 BC Thigh of brass (2:32, 39) Leopard with four heads (7:6)

4. Rome

ca. 150 BC - ca. 500 AD Legs of iron (2:33, 40) The “dreadful” beast (7:7)

5. Antichrist's kingdom

Ten toes of iron and clay (2:41-43) Little horn (7:8) 6. Christ's kingdom

The stone that smites the image (2:34-35, 44-45) The Ancient of Days (7:9-14)

Route 66: The Highway of Redemption from Genesis to Revelation Bell Shoals Baptist Church - Dr. Stephen Rummage, Senior Pastor