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The Main Events in the Bible Book of Daniel

Updated on March 9, 2011

Daniel the Prophet

The Main Events in the Book of Daniel

Daniel 1

King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon carries members of Israel's royal family and nobility off into exile in Babylon. Daniel and three others are selected for apprenticeships in King Nebuchadnezzar's royal court. The king's chief of staff gives Daniel and his three Israelite friends new names including Belshazzar, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Daniel asked permission not to defile himself with food and drink from King Nebuchadnezzar's royal court. Daniel and the other three Israelite young men are selected to serve King Nebuchadnezzar in his royal court.

Daniel 2

King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon has a dream and asks members of his royal court to tell him the dream and interpret for them. The members of the king's royal court tell the king that his request to tell him the dream is an impossible task. King Nebuchadnezzar believes the members of the royal are conspiring to tell him lies and decrees to have all the wisemen in Babylon executed. Daniel asks for time to interpret the king's dream. Daniel prays for God's favor and God reveals the king's dream to him. Daniel tells the king his dream of a statue made of four types of metal and the rock that overpowered the large statue. Daniel interprets the dream as about four kingdoms and the eternal kingdom of God. King Nebuchanezzar praises Daniel's God and makes Daniel ruler over the province of Babylon. The king also appoints Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego to high positions.

Daniel 3

King Nebuchanezzar erects a 90 foot image of himself made of gold and orders all subjects in his kingdom to bow to the image. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refuse to bow to the king's graven image. King Nebuchadnezzar gives the three a second chance to worship the image, but three refuse again. The king has Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego thrown into a fiery furnace, but God (pre-incarnate Christ) saves them. King Nebuchadnezzar praises and pays tribute to the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and orders everyone else to honor God as well.

Daniel 4

King Nebuchadnezzar has a second dream and Daniel inteprets that dream as well. Daniel tells the king that God will punish the king and drive him away from the thrown of Babylon for seven years. After the king returns to power, he praised and gave glory to God the Most High.

Daniel 5

King Belshazzar of Babylon gives a royal banquet for a thousand of his nobles and officials. During the banquet, the king ordered his attendants to bring him the gold and silver goblets from the Israelite temple in Jerusalem so he and his guests could drink from them. While KIng Belshazzar and his guests were defiling God's sacred articles, fingers of a human-like hand write a message on the wall. The king asked his wisemen to interpret the words on the wall, but no one was found who could read and interpret the inscription. The queen tells KIng Belshazzar to call for Daniel. Daniel interprets the words on the wall and tells the king that he would be removed as king for not humbling himeself before God. That very night King Belshazzar was assassinated and Darius the Mede took over the empire.

Daniel 6

King Darius the Mede appoints 120 satraps to rule throughout his kingdom with three administrators over them. Daniel was chosen as one of the three administrators and distinguished himself above all the other officials in the kingdom. King Darius was impressed with Daniel so much that he planned to place Daniel above the whole kingdom. The other administrators and officials become jealous and conspire against Daniel. They knew Daniel prayed to God three times a day, so they persuaded the king to make a law against praying to other gods for a period of 30 days. Daniel continues his practice to pray to God three times a day and is arrested and thrown into a lion's den. God saves Daniel from the lions. Afterward, King Darius has those officials who falsely accused Daniel thrown into the lion's den with their whole families. King Darius decrees that all the people of his kingdom should honor the God of Daniel.

Daniel 7

In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon, Daniel has a dream of four beasts and one like a son of man who was coming in the clouds of heaven. Daniel receives the interpretation of the dream with the four beasts symbolizing four kingdoms which will eventually give way to the kingdom of the Most High God.

Daniel 8

In the third year of Belshazzar, Daniel had a second dream. In the dream Daniel saw a vision of a ram and a goat. The angel Gabriel appears to Daniel to intepret this second dream. The two-horned ram signified the Medo-Persian empire which conquer the Babylonian empire and the goat signified Greece which would eventually take over the Medo-Persian empire.

Daniel 9

In the first year of King Darius the Mede, Daniel read the Scriptures by Jeremiah and realized the Israelite exile in Babylonia would end after 70 years. Daniel prays a prayer of confession. After Daniel prayed, the angel Gabriel appeared to Daniel and gave him a timetable for the coming of the Messiah and the further destruction of Jerusalem and the Israelite temple in Jerusalem.

Daniel 10

In the third year of King Cyrus of Persia, Daniel has a vision of a great war. After seeing the vision, Daniel mourned for three weeks. No one else saw the vision except Daniel. The vision was about the future Israel. Daniel is strengthened and encouraged by one who looked like a man.

Daniel 11

The one who looks like a man interprets Daniel's vision by telling Daniel about a war between the king of the North and the king of the South.

Daniel 12

A final prophecy of the end times


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    • ecoggins profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Corona, California

      Me too Dave. I'm reading through it again this week. Few Christians have the faith that says even if God does not...

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      Dave Mathews 

      9 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      This story has always been an inspiration for me.


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