Audubon Bible Ch                   THE PROPHECIES OF DANIEL                Dr. Robert Newman

6 Dec 1992                                 AND THE END OF THE AGE                       Biblical Seminary

 

 

I. DANIEL'S PROPHECIES

 

  A. A Tour of the Prophecies

 

            1. Daniel 2: Nebuchadnezzar's Statue

                        (some interpretation; stretches to end)

                        gold head = Babylon (Dan 2:48)

                        silver chest & arms, app Medo-Persia (8:20)

                        bronze belly & thighs, app Greece (8:21)

                        legs of iron

                        feet of iron/clay

                        stone cut without hands, God's kingdom (2:44)

 

            2. Daniel 4: Nebuchadnezzar's Tree

                        (some interpretation; fulfilled in past)

                        great tree = Nebuchadnezzar (4:22)

                        cut down, etc. = loses power (4:24-25)

                        stump, roots remain = will be restored (4:26)

                       

            3. Daniel 5: The Handwriting on the Wall

                        (cryptic writing; fulfilled in past)

                        MENE, MENE, TEKEL & PARSIN

                        MENE = mina or numbered

                        TEKEL = shekel or weighed

                        PARSIN = half, Persia, divided

 

            4. Daniel 7: The Four Wild Beasts

                        (some interpretation; stretches to end)

                        winged lion plucked, raised, human heart

                        bear, tilted, gnawing three ribs

                        leopard w/ four heads & wings

                        terrible beast, iron teeth, bronze claws

                        ten horns and eleventh

                        thrones, Ancient of Days, Son of Man                      

 

            5. Daniel 8: The Ram & the Goat

                        (some interpretation; fulfilled in past)

                        ram w/ two large horns, one larger than other

                        goat with one horn defeats ram

                        horn broken, replaced by four horns

                        fifth horn, casts down stars, defeats saints

                        desolates sanctuary

                        destroyed, not by human power (8:25)

 

            6. Daniel 9: The Seventy "Weeks"

                        (cryptic speech; stretches to end)

                        70 weeks to finish transgression, etc.

                        7 weeks (to rebuild city?)

                        62 more to Messiah being cut off

                        1 week covenant confirmed

                          in midst of week, sacrifice abolished,

                          abomination of desolation set up

                        end decreed poured out on him

           

            7. The Kings of the North & South

                        (cryptic speech; stretches to end)

                        rather complex sequence which seems

                          to match events from Daniel's time

                          (about 600 BC) to Maccabean period

                          (about 168 BC)

                        then seems to skip to end of age

 

 

  B. Daniel's Future Predictions Compiled

 

            1. The Empires                                    Daniel 2                       Daniel 7

 

                        Neo-Babylonian                      Golden head                Lion w/

                          (609-539 BC)                                                              human heart

                        Medo-Persian                          Silver breast                Bear raised

                          (539-331 BC)                          & arms                        on one side

                        Greek                                      Bronze belly                Leopard w/ 4

                          (331-30 BC)                            & thighs                     wings & heads

                        Roman                                     Iron legs                      Terrible beast

                          (30 BC-300 AD)                                                         iron teeth

                        Divided Roman                       Iron/clay                      [not detailed]

                          (300 AD-present)                  feet                              (Horns of beast)

 

            2. The Messiah

 

                        see 70 weeks chart; cut off after 69th week begins

 

            3. The Gaps

 

                        Dan 2 & 7 jump from Roman empire to end-times empire

                        Dan 9 jumps from Messiah's 1st coming to 2nd

                        Dan 11 jumps from Antiochus 4 to Antichrist

 

                        Are these jumps from closest ancient example to end-time feature?  End empire closest to Roman?  Jesus unique, only like himself?  Antichrist closest to Antiochus?

 

            4. Daniel's Prophecies Picked Up in New Testament

 

                        Jesus and Abomination of Desolation (Matt 24:15)

                        Paul and Man of Lawlessness (2 Thess 2:1-11)

                        John and Beasts (Rev 13)

 

 

II. HOW NEAR IS THE END?

 

   A. Introduction

 

            Isaac Asimov, A Choice of Catastrophes

            Middle East turmoil: Gulf War, Israel

            Six-thousand year theory of human history

                        Adam: c4000 BC; Abraham: c2000 BC;

                        Jesus: 0 BC; 2nd Coming: AD 2000

 

   B. Can We Tell?

 

            Not exactly:

                        Matt 24:42‑44: be on alert; don't know when; when you don't expect it

                                    24:36: no one but Father knows day or hour

                        1 Thess 5:2: day of Lord comes as thief in night

 

            But should be able to recognize its approach:

                        Matt 24:32‑35: parable of fig tree

                                    (misuse to calculate year, 1988)

                                    real meaning (cp Luke 21:29: all trees)

                                    signs indicate approach

                        1 Thess 5:1‑6: though like thief, shouldn't surprise believer, since not in dark; stay awake!

 

   C. Signs of the End

 

            Jesus' message on Mt. of Olives (Matt 24):

                        3: sign of coming, end of age

                        4‑6: false Xs, wars, etc, but not yet end

                        7‑8: nations at war, famines, earthquakes, beginning of "birth pangs"

                        9‑14: persecution, general hatred of Xns, betrayal, false prophets, increased lawlessness, love growing cold, Gospel preached to all nations

                        15‑28: The Great Tribulation

                                    Abomination of Desolation

                                    Dan 9:27; 11:31 (Antiochus); 12;11

                                    get away quickly

                                    nothing to match it in human history

                                    continued appearance of false Xs and false prophets

                                   Lord's return will be unmistakeable

                        29‑31: Christ's Second Coming

 

            Paul's predictions: moral collapse & Man of Lawlessness:            

                        2 Tim 3:1‑5: compare Matt 24:12

                        2 Thess 2:1‑12: apostasy and Man of Sin (antichrist)

                                    compare Matt 24 on abomination of desolation

                                    vv11-12: God will allow delusion as judgment

 

            John's predictions of world government & religion:

                        Rev 13: one world govt under beast (antichrist)

                        666 in 13:18 probably symbol for Serpent's Christ

 

   D. Where Are We Now?

 

            Technology

                        unprecedented: one‑second communication, few hour travel has produced one world & possibility of one‑world govt; has also speeded up spread of Gospel to whole world

                        population growth due to medical & agricultural advances has put severe strain on resources and environment, making famine, disease & environmental disaster more severe if anything goes wrong

                        allows larger scale, more disastrous wars; danger of nuclear proliferation; these favor one‑world govt as solution

 

            Scientism (Evolutionism, etc.)

                        undermines all traditional religions & their concepts of moral absolutes

 

            Ecumenism

                        desire to unite all religions, partly to avoid conflict, assisted by loss of absolutes

 

            Israel

                        regathering has produced tensions in Middle East, which superpower confrontation and oil embargo have spread to whole world; may be setting stage for abomination of desolation

 

            Disasters

                        not much yet, some famines, usual earthquakes, tho even San Francisco type earthquake would be far more destructive to human life today, and much bigger earthquakes have occurred (New Madrid, MO, 1811)

                        AIDS is feared by some to reach proportions of Black Death

 

   E. What Should We Do About It?

 

            How near is the end?  Don't know, but it may be close

            Whether the end of the age is close or not, your end may be close

            Repent!  Recognize that you won't make it on your when you stand before God to answer for everything you've done or thought

            Trust in Jesus:  he obeyed for us and paid for us

                        explain how to trust in Jesus

            Live like each day is important