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2019 May 19
Image 1: The Ancient of Days (1794)
William Blake (1757-1827)
British Museum, London, England, United Kingdom
Image Source: Wikimedia
Image 2: The Ancient of Days (first half of the 14th century)
Damiane (fl., first half of the 14th century)
Byzantine Style, Palaiologan Period
The Monastery Complex of Ubisi, Ubisi, Georgia
Image Source: Wikipedia
[ Illustration: Today's images are of the Ancient of Days, whose role is central in today's chapter. The First depicts his insight and control. The Second depicts his glory and majesty. ]
[ I will again be working through the Scriptures from Genesis to Revelation. I will be adding links, resources, images, and the like, upgrading the former work-through which began with the 2013-10-12 posting which can be found, along with the full Genesis to Revelation postings, in the Archive Page. Postings will be at midnight Eastern Time, as I am able. However, no chapters will be skipped, even though a posting may be late. And all postings will be housed in the Archive Page. ]
Explanation: In Daniel 7, a transition in focus begins. In the last 6 chapters of Daniel (7-12), the chronological emphasis in the first part of the book gives way to an emphasis on a series of visions which Daniel had during various periods of his life. In today's chapter, Daniel sees a vision of the four winds striving upon the great sea. Four beasts arise. These are chimeras - - composites of different elements such as land animals, birds, men, iron teeth, and so on. These creatures strive for a time; then the Ancient of Days comes and sits in judgment. Then "one like the Son of man" (v. 13) comes to the Ancient of Days and receives an everlasting kingdom. Daniel asked one of the heavenly host which stood near him for an interpretation. This was given: kings and kingdoms would arise; the saints would be afflicted; but the Most High would prevail, and the saints would inherit an everlasting kingdom.
This vision took place in the first year of Belshazzar's reign. Modern critics question the existence of Belshazzar, but the monuments clearly indicate that he was a historical figure. The Companion Bible by E. W. Bullinger has this to say about him:
Belshazzar. The last king of Babylon. Until 1854, when Sir H. C. Rawlinson discovered the cuneiform texts, all was speculation. An inscription belonging to the first year of Nabonidus, his father (see notes on Daniel 5:2, and Jeremiah 27:7), calls him his "firstborn son" and gives his name Bel-sarra-uzer = "O Bel defend the king". There are frequent references to him in contracts and similar documents (Encyclopedia Britannica, 11th (Cambridge) ed., vol. iii, p. 711). He was the last king of Babylon (Daniel 5:30-31). See note on Daniel 5:7.
Additional insight is provided by other scholars.
In the first year of Belshazzar's reign, Daniel had a dream and wrote it down.
The Vision of the Four Beasts (7:2b-14).
A. The Beasts (2b-8)
Daniel saw the four winds of heaven striving together on the great sea. Four beasts came up from the waters (2b-3).
The First was like a lion with eagle's wings. The wings were pulled off, and it stood up like a man and had a man's heart given unto it (4).
The Second was like a bear. It had three ribs in it's mouth, and it received a command to devour much flesh (5).
The Third was like a leopard with four wings and four heads. Dominion was given unto it (6).
The Fourth had iron teeth, and it devoured, and broke, and trampled. It had ten horns. And a little horn came up and uprooted three of the ten horns. The little horn had eyes like a man, and its mouth spoke great things (7-8).
B. The Ancient of Days (9-12).
After thrones were cast down, the Ancient of Days was seated. His garment was white, and his hair was white. His throne was of fire, and his wheels were of fire (9).
From him came a stream of fire, and myriads ministered to him. He set the judgment, and the books were opened (10).
Judgment and destruction came upon the little horn and the fourth beast (11).
The other beasts lost their dominion, but their lives were preserved for a season (12).
C. The Son of Man (13-14).
The Son of Man came with the clouds of heaven to the Ancient of Days (13).
He received dominion, glory, and an everlasting kingdom over all people (14).
The Interpretation of the Vision (7:15-27).
A. The Request for Interpretation (15-16).
Daniel was troubled by the vision (15), so he asked one who stood nearby what these things meant (16).
B. The Beasts, The Ancient of Days, and The Saints (17-27).
1. The Beasts (17-25).
The interpreter told Daniel that the beasts were four kings which shall arise, but the saints of the Most High will take their kingdoms and possess them forever (17-18).
The fourth beast is the fourth kingdom. It will be diverse from the preceding three. It will be very destructive in the earth. One of its kings will supplant three of its ten kings. The new king will speak against the Most High, and he will wear out (or afflict) the saints. He will attempt to change times and laws (19-25).
2. The Ancient of Days (26).
But judgment will come, his dominion will cease, and he will be destroyed.
3. The Saints (27).
The kingdom will be given to the saints of the Most High, and all dominions will obey him.
The vision greatly troubled Daniel, but he kept the matter to himself.
Alternate Chapter Outline: Unlike the previous six chapters, Daniel 7 is not chiastic,* but it does have a three part parallelism, each with three repeating sub-pats, as shown in the outline below which I have adapted from The Companion Bible by E. W. Bullinger.
* A chiastic structure is a literary form of parallelism in which a succession of ideas leads up to an emphatic central point then repeats in reverse order.
The Four Beasts (1-8).
The Judgment of the Son of Man (9-14).
Daniel's Agitation and Inquiry (15-16).
The Interpretation (Part One)
The Four Beasts (17).
The Judgment of the Son of Man (18).
Daniel's Agitation (Inferred) and Inquiry (19-22).
The Interpretation (Part Two)
The Fourth Beast (23-25).
The Judgment of the Son of Man (26-27).
Daniel's Agitation Without Further Inquiry (28).
[ Sermons: William Tyler. William Sill. Sinclair Ferguson. Sam Storms - Part 1. Sam Storms - Part 2. Various. ]
Bible Chronologies -- Genesis to Revelation
[Traditional Patriarchal Chronology. Judges Period Chronology 1. Judges Period Chronology 2. Kings of Judah and Israel #1. Kings of Judah and Israel #2].
[Intertestamental Period Chronology 1. Intertestamental Period Chronology 2. Intertestamental Period Chronology 3.
Intertestamental Period Chronology 4. Intertestamental Period Chronology 5.]
[New Testament Chronology 1. New Testament Chronology 2. New Testament Chronology 3. New Testament Chronology 4. New Testament Chronology 5.]
PLEASE NOTE: Use the resources on this and other sites thoughtfully, particularly the commentaries and encyclopedias. I have attempted to list conservative, scholarly resources. However, some providers use liberal or liberal-influenced commentaries such as the Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges (in Bible Hub). Such commentaries are undoubtedly included by the provider for the wealth of useful information and comments which they provide. By consulting several commentaries, it should be fairly easy to sort out the wheat from the chaff. If, however, you would like personal assistance, write to me at AD LIB ARTS EMAIL.
[ THEMATICALLY AND CHRONOLOGICALLY RELATED SCRIPTURES: Daniel 7: Daniel 7. Daniel 8. Daniel 9. Daniel 10. Daniel 11. Daniel 12. ]
 Daniel 5:1, 22, 30; Daniel 8:1; Jeremiah 27:7; Daniel 2:1, 28-29; Daniel 4:5.
 Revelation 7:1; Revelation 17:15.
 Daniel 2:32-33, 37-40.
 Deuteronomy 28:49; Jeremiah 4:7, 13.
 Daniel 2:39; Daniel 5:28; Daniel 8:4; Daniel 11:2.
 Daniel 2:39; Daniel 8:5-7, 20-21; Daniel 11:3-4; Revelation 13:2; Daniel 8:8, 22.
 Daniel 2:40-42; Daniel 8:10; Revelation 13:1.
 Revelation 13:1; Revelation 13:11-13; Daniel 8:23-25; Daniel 11:36; 2 Thessalonians 2:4; Revelation 13:1-6.
 Daniel 2:34-35, 44-45; 1 Corinthians 15:24-25; Isaiah 9:6; Micah 5:2.
 Psalm 50:3; Psalm 97:2-3; Isaiah 30:27, 33; Isaiah 66:15-16; Nahum 1:5-6; Deuteronomy 33:2; 1 Kings 22:19; Psalm 68:17; Zechariah 14:5; Matthew 25:31; Hebrews 12:22-23; Jude 1:14; Revelation 5:11; Psalm 96:11-13; Malachi 3:16-18; Revelation 20:11-15.
 Jude 1:16; Revelation 13:5-6; Revelation 20:4, 12; Daniel 8:25; Daniel 11:45; 2 Thessalonians 2:8; Revelation 18:8; Revelation 19:20; Revelation 20:10.
 Daniel 8:7.
 Isaiah 9:6-7; Ezekiel 1:26; Matthew 13:41; Matthew 24:30; Matthew 25:31; Matthew 26:64; Mark 13:26; Mark 14:61-62; Luke 21:27, 36; John 3:13; John 5:27; John 12:34; Acts 7:56; Philippians 2:6-8; Hebrews 2:14; Revelation 1:7, 13, 18; Revelation 14:14; Psalm 47:5; Psalm 68:17-18; Jeremiah 49:19; Ephesians 1:20-21; 1 Timothy 6:16; Hebrews 9:24.
 Psalm 2:6-8; Psalm 8:6; Psalm 110:1-2; Matthew 11:27; Matthew 28:18; Luke 10:22; Luke 19:11-12; John 3:35; John 5:22-27; 1 Corinthians 15:27; Ephesians 1:20-22; Philippians 2:9-11; 1 Peter 3:22; Revelation 3:21; Psalm 72:17; Isaiah 60:12; Revelation 11:15; Revelation 17:14; Daniel 2:35, 44; Daniel 4:3; Daniel 6:26; Psalm 45:6; Psalm 145:13; Psalm 146:10; Isaiah 9:7; Obadiah 1:21; Micah 4:7; Luke 1:33; John 12:34; 1 Corinthians 15:24-28; Hebrews 12:28.
 Daniel 8:27; Jeremiah 15:17-18; Jeremiah 17:16; Habakkuk 3:16; Luke 19:41-44; Romans 9:2-3; Revelation 10:9-11; 2 Peter 1:14; Daniel 2:1-3; Daniel 4:5; Genesis 40:7-8; Genesis 41:8.
 Daniel 8:13-16; Daniel 10:5-6, 11-12; Daniel 12:5-6; Zechariah 1:8-11; Zechariah 2:3; Zechariah 3:7; Revelation 5:5; Revelation 7:13-14.
 Daniel 2:37-40; Daniel 8:19-22; Psalm 17:14; John 18:36; Revelation 13:1, 11.
 Psalm 149:5-9; Isaiah 60:12-14; 2 Timothy 2:11-12; Revelation 2:26-27; Revelation 3:21; Revelation 5:10; Revelation 20:4; Ephesians 1:3; Ephesians 6:12.
 Daniel 2:40-43.
 Daniel 8:9-11; Daniel 11:36-37.
 Revelation 12:3; Revelation 13:1; Revelation 17:3, 12-13, 16-18; Daniel 8:9-12; Daniel 11:36; 2 Thessalonians 2:3-10; 1 Timothy 4:1-3.
 1 Corinthians 6:2.
 Daniel 2:39; Micah 4:13; Isaiah 41:15.
 Psalm 75:7; Isaiah 2:12; Isaiah 25:11-12; Isaiah 26:5; Daniel 8:23-25.
 Daniel 8:24-25; Daniel 11:28-31; Daniel 11:36-38; Daniel 12:7; Daniel 12:11-12; Isaiah 37:23; 2 Thessalonians 2:4; Revelation 13:5-6, 11; Revelation 6:9-10; Revelation 11:2-3; Revelation 11:7-10; Revelation 12:6, 14; Revelation 13:5-10; Revelation 13:15-17; Revelation 14:12; Revelation 16:6; Revelation 17:6; Revelation 18:24; Daniel 2:21; Daniel 4:25, 32; 1 Timothy 4:1-3.
 2 Thessalonians 2:8; Revelation 20:10-11.
 Psalm 149:5-9; Isaiah 49:23-26; Isaiah 54:3; Isaiah 60:11-16; Zephaniah 3:19-20; Zechariah 14:9; Revelation 20:4; Daniel 2:44; Daniel 4:34; Psalm 145:13; Isaiah 9:7; Luke 1:33; John 12:34; Psalm 2:6-12; Psalm 22:27; Psalm 72:11; Psalm 86:9; Isaiah 60:12; Obadiah 1:21; Revelation 11:15; Revelation 17:14; Revelation 19:16.
 Daniel 8:17-19; Daniel 8:27; Daniel 10:8; Daniel 11:27; Daniel 12:9, 13; Mark 9:15; Luke 2:19, 51; Luke 9:44.
-- From Treasury of Scripture Knowledge & Others ]
[ CHRONOLOGY: GENERAL. Patriarchs (Traditional). Judges # 1. Judges # 2. Kings # 1. Kings # 2. Prophets # 1. Prophets # 2. NT # 1. NT # 2. NT # 3. ]
[ MAPS: Maps # 1. Maps # 2. Maps # 3. Maps # 4. Maps # 5. ]
[ COMMENTARIES, ETC: GENERAL: Bible Study Tools; Bible Hub: Study Light; Blue Letter Bible // PSALMS: Monergism: Precept Austin: The Treasury of David; John Gill; John Calvin - Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
[ MUSIC: GENERAL: The Cyber Hymnal // PSALMS: Genevan Psalter (Instrumental). PROVERBS: Book of Proverbs. ECCLESIASTES: Book of Ecclesiastes Dramatized. SONG OF SOLOMON: Song of Solomon Dramatized. ISAIAH: Isaiah Dramatized. JEREMIAH: Jeremiah Dramatized. LAMENTATIONS: Lamentations Dramatized. EZEKIEL: Ezekiel Dramatized. DANIEL: Daniel Dramatized. VARIOUS ARTISTS: Micha'el Ben David. Sons of Korah. Fernando Ortega. Janet Isaac Morrison. Music of the Bible Revealed - Suzanne Haik-Vantoura. Dr. David Erb. Gregorian Chants. ]
HARMONY OF THE LAW
Gospel Harmony - Summary | The Harmony of the Gospels - Augustine | Gospel Harmony Chart - Online Bible
Greek Harmony of the Gospels - Robertson - (Downloadable PDF) | Gospel Harmony in English - Robertson - (Downloadable PDF)
HEBREW AND GREEK INTERLINEAR BIBLES
Daniel Detailed Outline
Map 1: Bible Nations | Map 2: Empire of David and Solomon Map 3: Kingdoms of Judah and Israel | Post Exile Chronology.
2. Spiritual Struggle in the Heavenlies (7:1 - 12:13)
A. The Struggle for Power Among the Four Beasts - Resolved by God Taking Power Eternally (7:1-28)
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