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                         "THE BOOK OF DANIEL"

                            Chapter Seven

In the first year of Belshazzar (552 B.C.), Daniel receives two visions. 
The first is of four beasts from the sea (1-8).  The second involves a
judgment by the Ancient of Days, and the coronation of the Son of Man
(9-14).  The interpretation describes persecution by elements of the
fourth beast (kingdom), with ultimate victory by the saints of the Most
High (15-28).


   *  The identity of the four kingdoms represented by the four beasts

   *  The identity of the Son of Man and the timing of His coronation

   *  The conflict between the fourth kingdom and the saints of the Most


1) What are the main points of this chapter?
   - The vision of the four beasts - Dan 7:1-8
   - The vision of the Ancient of Days and the Son of Man - Dan 7:9-14
   - The interpretation of Daniel's visions - Dan 7:15-28

2) What four world empires do the four beasts likely represent? (1-8)
   - Lion:  the Babylonian empire
   - Bear:  the Medo-Persian empire
   - Leopard:  the Grecian empire
   - Dreadful, terrible, exceedingly strong beast:  the Roman empire

3) In the second vision, what two scenes appear before Daniel? (9-14)
   - Judgment by the Ancient of Days
   - The coronation of the Son of Man

4) What takes place between the two scenes? (11-12)
   - The fourth beast with the pompous horn is slain
   - The other beasts have their dominion taken away, but live for awhile

5) What is Daniel told is the meaning of the two visions? (15-18)
   - The four beasts represent four kings (kingdoms, cf. Dan 7:23)
   - The saints of the Most High will receive and possess the kingdom

6) What is Daniel told when he inquires about the fourth beast? (19-27)
   - The fourth beast represents a kingdom that will devour the earth
   - The ten horns represent ten kings, but the pompous horn will subdue
     three of them
   - The pompous horn will make war with the saints, but will succeed
     only for a short time
   - The pompous horn and its kingdom will lose its dominion and be
   - The kingdom and its dominion will be given to saints of the Most
     High, whose kingdom will be everlasting and all dominions will serve
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