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The Ram, The Goat, The Arrogant Little Horn... and The Lamb

August 20, 2017 Speaker: John Bell Series: Daniel

Passage: Daniel 8

  1. The General Setting (8:1–2)

       2. Contents of the Vision (8:3–14)

  • The Ram (8:3–4)
  • The Goat (8:5–8)
  • The Little Horn (8:9–14)
  1. The Interpretation of the Vision (8:15–26)
  • The Interpreter (8:15–18)
  • The Interpretation (8:19–26)
  • The Effect on Daniel (8:27)

The Message of Daniel in One Sentence: Daniel encourages the faithful by showing them that though Israel was exiled from the land of promise, they will be restored to the realm of life at the resurrection of the dead, when the four kingdoms are followed by the kingdom of God, so the people of God can trust him and persevere through persecution until God humbles proud human kings, gives everlasting dominion to the son of man, and the saints reign with him. (James Hamilton Jr.)

 

The Big Picture of Daniel 8: In this vision, Daniel sees what is to come of the Medo-Persian Empire, Alexander the Great’s empire, and the Hellenistic empires that succeed it. The upheavals to come – especially through Antiochus IV Epiphanies - will mean terrible times for the people of God, but they must endure, knowing that God rules over it all. (ESV Study Bible Notes)

 

The Big Picture of Revelation 5: In the right hand of God rests a scroll, which turns out to contain all his purposes for redemption and judgment. The scroll is sealed with seven seals. In the symbolism of this book, opening the seals means bringing about all of God’s purposes for redemption and judgment. If the book remains unopened, God’s purposes will remain unfulfilled. A powerful angel launches a challenge to the entire universe: Is anyone worthy to approach this awesome and frankly terrifying God, take the scroll, and open the seals—in other words, to serve as God’s agent to bring his purposes to pass? No one is found who is worthy, and in despair, John weeps. Then one of the elders tells him to stop crying. The Lion of the tribe of Judah has prevailed. John looks up through his tears, and sees—a Lamb. This is not an animal additional to the Lion. True to the mixed nature of apocalyptic metaphors, the Lion is the Lamb—and he emerges from the center of the throne. From then on in the book of Revelation, praise is offered to him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb. (D.A. Carson)

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