Lesson 13 - Tampering With Heaven’s Constitution

The prophecies of Daniel and Revelation unmask a titanic struggle between good and evil just before Jesus comes. This last battle in the great controversy centers in the law of God (Revelation 12:17). Satan hates the eternal principles that are the basis of heaven’s government. He desires to lead all to violate God’s law and disregard the very foundation of happiness. The enemy’s special attack is upon the fourth commandment, which exalts Jesus as the Creator. As we discovered in our last lesson, the seventh-day Sabbath is a memorial to Christ’s creative authority. It is an eternal symbol of both our “rest in Christ” for salvation and our absolute loyalty to Him. The Sabbath is an eternal link to our Creator. Many sincere Christians are asking, “How was the Sabbath changed from Saturday to the first day? How was the Sabbath changed from Saturday and why? Is there information in the Bible predicting an attempt to change God’s law?” The answer to these questions is found in a symbolic vision given to the prophet Daniel.

  1. What did Daniel see in prophetic vision? Daniel 7:2, 3
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  2. What is represented by the symbols of wind, sea, and beasts?
    Winds represent _______________________ Jeremiah 49:36, 37
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    Seas represent __________________________ Revelation 17:15
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    Beasts represent __________________________ Daniel 7:17, 24
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  3. How many beasts did Daniel see? Name these beasts. Daniel 7:3-7
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  4. How was the fourth beast, Rome, different from all the beasts before it? Daniel 7:7 (last part)
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    The Roman Empire was not overcome by a fifth world-ruling empire. It fell from within. It was divided. The nations of both western and eastern Europe are the remains of the old Roman Empire.

  5. How does the prophet Daniel describe the power that arose after the 10 divisions of the Roman Empire? Daniel 7:8
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  6. Where did this little horn arise? Daniel 7:8
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  7. When did this little horn arise? Daniel 7:23, 24
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  8. What special identifying characteristics does this little horn have? Daniel 7:8
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  9. What does the little horn do to the people of God? Daniel 7:25 (first part)
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  10. How long would the little horn reign? Daniel 7:25
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  11. What would this power, based upon human wisdom, do to the truth of God? Daniel 8:12
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  12. How did the apostle Paul describe this apostasy in early Christianity? Acts 20:30, 31
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  13. What would this little horn power attempt to do with the law of God? Daniel 7:25
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  14. When we are faced with a decision between truth and tradition, what counsel does Jesus give us? John 17:17; Matthew 6:33
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