02 Jun Father Steve’s Bible Study Notes for Days 295 – 300
Notes for Day 295:
Ezekiel 47-48: In Ezekiel 47; we read about the water flowing from the temple (verses 1-12). The water reflects on the deity’s garden or dwelling as a watery and fertile place. We see that this flow of water is growing progressively, and deeper; by the 4 measurements at 1,000 cubit intervals. We close out the Book of Ezekiel in chapter 48 with the boundaries of the tribal portions.
Revelation 15: In Revelation 15; we read about the angels with the seven last plagues.
Notes for Day 296:
Daniel 1-2: Today we begin with the Book of Daniel. The author of Daniel is actually unknown. There is a Daniel mentioned in Ezekiel 14:14-20; 28:3; as a righteous sage. The Book of Daniel as a whole is usually described as an apocalypse – a revelation that involves a vision of a heavenly world and the coming judgement. The dating for the book portrays Daniel as a Jewish exile in Babylon. This would be in the 6th century B.C. The fact that that there is an inaccurate description of the end of Antiochus’s reign and his death, indicates the book was finished before the events of 164 B.C. As a whole, the Book of Daniel encourages and consoles Jews facing persecution in the reign of Antiochus. Manuscript fragments of Daniel were found among the Dead Sea Scrolls in three caves at Qumran. Daniel can be somewhat complicated by the fact that it was written in two languages: Hebrew (1:1-2:4a; 8:1-12:13), and Aramaic (2:4b-7:28). In Daniel 1; we read about the four young Israelites at the Babylonian Court. They refused to eat the “government” food, but chose to eat vegetables. Those who ate the vegetables were better off, than those who at the food from the royal rations. In Daniel 2; we read about Nebuchadnezzar’s dream that he wants interpreted. We read that the dream came to him during his 2nd year of reign (603 B.C.). Dreams were believed to be important vehicles for divine-human communication. In Daniel 2:4; we see the kings greeted as ;”O king, live forever”. This royal greeting was used for Persian kings until the Islamic period (beginning in the mid-seventh century A.D.). The Chaldeans could not interpret the dreams of Nebuchadnezzar, and were destined to be executed for this. The main reason that the dream could not be interpreted, is that Nebuchadnezzar would not tell them what the dream was, before they could interpret. Daniel comes to the rescue of the Chaldeans. Daniel interprets the dream, but receives the help of God. Because Daniel interprets the dream, he and his friends are promoted.
Revelation 16: In Revelation 16; we read about the seven “Bowls of God’s Wrath”. Again, I want to point out that in verse 19, we see God’s wrath coming to Babylon. Babylon was another name given to Rome. In Revelation 16:2; we see that those who had the mark of the beast received painful sores. As we remember, the mark of the beast is “666”.
Notes for Day 297:
Daniel 3-4: In Daniel 3 today; we read about the golden image that king Nebuchadnezzar wants all people to bow and pay homage to. The Jews refuse to do this; especially mentioned are Shadrach, Meshach, and Abedego. These three are then ordered to be thrown in a fiery furnace that is heated up “seven times” higher than an ordinary furnace. The strongest guards who throw these three men into the furnace are consumed by the heat of the furnace. However, the three men survive, and no part of their bodies or clothing are burned. King Nebuchadnezzar also saw a fourth figure in the fire with the three men who had the appearance of a god. Nebuchadnezzar then said; “Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego” (verse 28). In Daniel 4; we read about Nebuchadnezzar’s second dream that is interpreted by Daniel. In Daniel 4:34-37; Nebuchadnezzar praises God; only after falling from his kingship and becoming like an animal eating grass (4:32).
Revelation 17: In our reading from Revelation 17 today; I want to again point out that a major part of John’s vision in Revelation involves his “time period”, and not a vision for today. In Revelation 17; the whore is Rome. The beast is Nero. In Revelation 10-11, we have a somewhat confusing counting of the seven kings, and the five fallen kings, one living, and the other yet to come. Here are is a listing of the possible Roman Emperors mention in verses 10-11:
Julius Caesar (101-44 B.C.)
Augustus (31B.C. – 14 A.D.)
Tiberius (14-37 A.D.)
Gaius (37-41 A.D.)
Nero (54-68 A.D.)
Galba (June 68 – January 69 A.D.)
Otho (69 A.D.)
Vitellius (69 A.D.)
Vespasian (69-79 A.D.)
Titus (79-81 A.D.)
Domitian (81- 96 A.D.)
Nerva (96-98 A.D.)
Notes for Day 298:
Daniel 5-6: Today; we read about the sinful acts of Belshazzar (King Nebuchadnezzar’s son) in Daniel 5:1-4. Belshazzar, meaning “Bel, protect the king”; has a feast, and uses the sacred vessels to drink wine from that was brought out of the temple in Jerusalem. In Daniel 5:5-12; we have the “writing on the wall” by a mysterious hand that appears. Daniel is summoned in verse 13-28 to interpret. In verse 30; Belshazzar is killed. Scholars of Biblical history say that there was a person named Belshazzar in this period, but he was never king of Babylon, only a regent while Nabonidus was at Teima. In Daniel 6; we read about the plot against Daniel. I remind you of the word “Satraps”. Satraps, were officials who administered large regions called “satrapies”, which were subdivided into provinces ruled by governors. Only 20 to 30 satrapies are known from Persian records, so the number here (120) may include provinces. The plot against Daniel was to have King Darius establish an ordinance that he could not refuse to enforce. Basically he was entrapped into signing an edict that said no one could pray to anyone, divine, or human, for thirty days, except King Darius. Violators would be thrown into the Lion’s Den. This edict was “sponsored” by the satraps, and other subdivisional leaders who were jealous of Daniel. Anyway; King Darius signs it. Daniel knows about the edict, but still prays 3 times a day to God. All this is brought to King Darius. Darius was troubled by it, because he did not want to harm Daniel. However, he had to “save face”, and give in by having Daniel thrown into the Lions’s Den. Upon directing Daniel be placed in the Lion’s Den, King Darius said to Daniel; “May your God, whom you faithfully serve, deliver you!” (verse 16). Daniel as we know was saved by God, and was not killed by the lions. As a matter of punishment towards those who brought charges against Daniel; their outcome was not so good. King Darius had those men, their wives, and children thrown into the Lion’s Den; and before they could reach the bottom of the den; all their bones were torn to pieces. Why the wives and children? You have to remember the time period. Children and wives were the “property” of men. Thus; their “property” was destroyed with them. Darius then makes a decree that all peoples of every language throughout the world should tremble and fear before the God of Daniel (25-26).
Revelation 18: In Revelation 18; we read about the fall of Babylon (Rome).
Notes for Day 299:
Daniel 7-8: In Daniel 7 today; we read about Daniel’s dream of four beasts, and how he needs someone else to interpret his dreams. In Daniel 7:1-9, we read about the four beasts. Here are the Biblical interpretations of the beasts: 1.) First Beast – Babylonian Empire. 2.) Second Beast – Median Empire. 3.) Third Beast – Persian Empire. 4.) Fourth Beast – Alexander the Great. We then read about the judgement before the Ancient One in verse 9-14. Particularly; we read in Daniel 7:13-14; about the symbol of the 5th kingdom, which is a human figure that stands in contrast to the four beasts. This human figure can be interpreted as none other than the Son of Man; which will be known to us in the New Testament as Jesus. We then read about the evil one, or the definition of Satan as the Fourth Beast, and his destruction in Daniel 7:23-26. In Daniel 8; we read about Daniel’s vision of the ram and goat. The two horns of the ram symbolize Media and Persia. The male goat that knocked the ram’s horn’s off, represents the king of Greece.
Revelation 19: In Revelation today; we see that the “great whore” in verse 2, has been judged. Remember that the “whore” was Rome. In Revelation 19:11-16; we read about the rider on the white horse (Jesus). We then read in Revelation 19:17-21; how the rider of the white horse (Jesus) defeats the beast and his armies.
Notes for Day 300:
Daniel 9-10: In Daniel 9:1-19; we read about Daniel’s prayer for the people. In verse 2; we read that the devastation of Jerusalem would last 70 years. This indicates that the Israelites would be in exile a very long time; actually their exile would last a lifetime, or several generations. In Daniel 10; we read about the conflict of nations and heavenly powers. Daniel 10 begins with a time period in the third year of King Cyrus of Persia. This dates at 536 B.C.
Revelation 20: In Revelation 20; we read about the “First Resurrection” of the Christian martyrs and the bounding of Satan for a “Thousand Years”. This “First Resurrection” is not mentioned anywhere else in the New Testament. The beloved city mentioned in verse 9, is Jerusalem. There will be a “Second Death” at which there will be a judgement of those who were not released at the “First Resurrection”. Again, I feel it is necessary that we read Revelation; but we need to be reminded that much of Revelation is conjecture, or the eschatological language and vision of the author of Revelation. It is important to maintain your focus on your Faith & Belief in Jesus Christ. He is the incarnate Word of God. Jesus said that those who believe in him, believe in the one who sent him, and your Salvation will come to those who confess and believe that Jesus is Lord.