Lesson 2 - Our Day in the Light of Bible Prophecy

What does the future hold? Is anyone in charge? Can we look forward to the future with confidence? Is there anything we can count on? Our lesson today is on an ancient prophecy from the book of Daniel. The prophet Daniel’s predictions have been amazingly accurate for the past 2,500 years. They speak with relevance to us today. They promise certainty for the twenty-first century. They reveal that God is really in control of history.

Throughout history the Bible has proven its accuracy in predicting the future. This study is an outline of world history from Daniel’s time to our time today. Before we turn to the book of Daniel, let’s discover a few things about Bible prophecy.

  1. How far-reaching is God’s ability to reveal the future? Isaiah 46:9, 10
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  2. How does God reveal the future to His people? Amos 3:7
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  3. What unusual thing happened to Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon? Daniel 2:1, 3
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  4. Whom did the king ask to tell him his dream and the interpretation? Daniel 2:2, 3
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  5. When these men could not reveal the king’s dream, what did Nebuchadnezzar do? Daniel 2:12, 13
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  6. When they sought to kill him, what did Daniel do? Daniel 2:16-18
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  7. After Daniel and his fellows sought God earnestly, how was the dream and its interpretation revealed to Daniel? Daniel 2:19
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  8. Who did Daniel say was the only one who could make known the dream and its meaning? Daniel 2:28
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  9. To what time period does the dream apply? Daniel 2:28
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  10. 10. What did Daniel say King Nebuchadnezzar had seen in his dream? Daniel 2:31-35
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    • What do the different metals represent? Daniel 2:38-40
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    • List the corresponding metals that make up the image. Daniel 2:32, 33
      Image Metals
      Head _____________________________
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      Breast and Arms _____________________________
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      Belly and Thighs _____________________________
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      Legs _____________________________
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      Feet _____________________________
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    • Identifying the Kingdoms
      Whom does the Bible identify as the head of gold? What kingdom does this head of gold represent? Daniel 2:38 (last part)
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      What metal follows gold? What kingdom would arise next? What nation conquered Babylon? Daniel 2:39; Daniel 5:28
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      What metal follows silver? What kingdom would overthrow the Medes and Persians? Daniel 2:39; Daniel 8:20, 21
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      How is the fourth world dominant power described? Daniel 2:40
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  11. What significant events would occur next? Would a fifth world-ruling empire arise to overthrow Rome? Daniel 2:41
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  12. Would the nations of Europe ever be united into one cohesive, lasting, political nation again? Daniel 2:42, 43
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  13. What will be the next event in history? Is there hope for the twenty-first century? Daniel 2:44, 45
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