God’s got your future and your ______________ !
One in ___ Bible verses contain prophecy to show us that God is its author (Isaiah 46:9-11)
Daniel taken captive to Babylon 605 B.C.; setting is 603 B.C.
Scene 1. King’s troubling, recurrent dream (vv. 1-13)
Scene 2. Daniel’s requests; God’s answer (vv. 14-24)
Scene 3. Details of the dream revealed (vv. 25-45)
Head of gold: Babylon (rules Israel 605-539 B.C.; 2:37-38; 7:4, 17)
Chest & arms of silver: Medo-Persia (539-331 B.C.; 2:39; 7:5; 8:3-4, 20; Cyrus: Isaiah 44:28-45:7)
Belly & thighs of bronze: Greece (331-63 B.C.; 2:39; 7:6; 8:5-8, 21-22)
Legs of iron: Rome (63 B.C. – A.D. 476; 2:40; 7:7)
Feet & toes of iron and clay: Rome, phase 2, “latter days” revival before Jesus returns (2:41-45; 7:8-11, 19-28; 8:23-25; 9:26-27; 11:36-45; cf. II Thessalonians 2; Revelation 13; 17)
Jesus is the _____________ (Psalm 118:22-23; Isaiah 28:16; Luke 20:17-18; I Corinthians 10:3-4; I Peter 2:6-8) who destroys the awesome image and becomes a great mountain who fills the earth (Isaiah 2:2-4); His origin and power are from God, not man!
Scene 4. King worships God and rewards Daniel (vv. 46-49)
Four observations and applications:
» God’s got your future and your ________________ !
» Daniel is exemplary for his humility, character, wisdom, and God-dependent prayer.
» Humanity and its governments stand on a disintegrating foundation.
» Jesus will return to fulfill this prophecy. (Matthew 24-25; Revelation 19-22)
Your kingdom come!
1) On a scale of 1 to 5, 5 being high heat/high pressure, how are you feeling about life’s “instant pot”? If you care to share why, please do, and pray with a partner about your situation.
2) Read Isaiah 46:9-11 and Romans 8:28-30. How does knowing that God perfectly predicts the future, and causes it to unfold according to his ultimate will, influence you?
3) If you’re comfortable, share a story of a time that you or someone near you called for a desperate, emergency prayer meeting. What was the outcome?
4) Are you slow or quick to see God’s hand in life’s circumstances? Are you slow or quick to praise God for answered prayer? Why?
5) As you see the stage being set for Jesus’ return, how does knowing what the end-times world government (10 region/king confederacy; Daniel 2:41-45; Revelation 13; 17) looks like, affect you? Do you feel more fearful or hopeful? Why?
6) Daniel is one of few biblical characters about whom nothing negative is said. Privately think about areas you need to work on to follow his model. If you’re willing to share these with a partner, please do so and pray for each other.