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Dr. J. Vernon McGee :: Outline for Daniel

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I. The historic night with prophetic light, Chapters 16

A. Decline of Judah; fall of Jerusalem; Daniel taken captive to Babylon; his decision to be true to God, Chapter 1

B. Dream of Nebuchadnezzar about a multimetallic image; interpretation by Daniel concerning the four kingdoms of “the times of the Gentiles,” Chapter 2

C. Decree of Nebuchadnezzar to enforce universal idolatry; three Hebrews cast into the furnace for refusal to bow to image of gold, Chapter 3

D. Dream of Nebuchadnezzar about a great tree hewn down to a stump; fulfilled in subsequent period of madness of the king, Chapter 4

E. Downfall of Babylon foretold by Daniel as he read the handwriting on the wall at the feast of Belshazzar, Chapter 5

F. Decree of Darius, the Median, to enforce worship of himself; Daniel cast into den of lions for praying to the God of heaven, Chapter 6

II. The prophetic light in the historic night, Chapters 712

A. Daniel’s vision of four beasts concerning four kingdoms of “the times of the Gentiles,” Chapter 7

B. Daniel’s vision of ram and he goat and another little horn, Chapter 8

C. Daniel’s vision of seventy weeks concerning the nation Israel, Chapter 9

D. Daniel’s vision relating to Israel in immediate future and latter days; historical little horn and little horn of the latter days, Chapters 1012

1. Preparation for vision by prayer of Daniel; appearance of a heavenly messenger, Chapter 10

2. Prophecy concerning Persia and Grecia, historical “little horn”; eschatological “little horn,” Chapter 11

3. Preview of Israel in latter days; Great Tribulation; resurrections; rewards; final word about the end times, Chapter 12

The Old Testament is written in the Hebrew language, with but one exception — a portion of the Book of Daniel. From Chapter 2, verse 4, through Chapter 7, Daniel is in Aramaic, the Gentile and diplomatic language of Daniel’s day. This section deals exclusively with “the times of the Gentiles.” The remainder of the book correlates the nation Israel with this program. The Book of Daniel deals with Gentiles and Jews — the church is totally excluded. This book is first to the Gentiles but also to the Jews.

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