After a weekend off due to sickness (thank you, Pastor Jim Caler, for covering for me last weekend!), I continued our series on the book of Daniel this past weekend at Eastbrook Church by turning to chapter 8, the second of Daniel’s apocalyptic visions.
Daniel 8 continues the apocalyptic visions of the second half of the book. As with my message on Daniel 7, “Faith in God Amidst the Beasts,” this message, “Faith Looking Forward,” engages our imagination through God’s inspired symbols and images of what is really going on in the midst of human history. Daniel has this vision during the third year of the reign of Belshazzar, the last of the Babylonian kings represented in Daniel, and thus it takes place chronologically before Daniel 5 and 6. We are introduced to figures that stand against God which both reflect the antichrist spirit and the future Antichrist figure that is to come.
“The vision of the evenings and mornings that has been given you is true, but seal up the vision, for it concerns the distant future.” (Daniel 8:26)
Daniel’s Vision: a Ram, a Goat, and a Horn (Daniel 8:1-12)
The Timing and the Meaning of Daniel’s Vision (Daniel 8:13-27)
The Final Beast, Anticipatory Beasts, and the Spirit of Antichrist (Daniel 8:25; 7:24-27; Matthew 24:15, 29-30; 1 John 2:18)
Faith Looking Forward to the King (Revelation 22:20)