Daniel 8:15-27; The Vision of the Ram and Goat – Part 2; Daniel’s earnest desire to have this vision explained to him; Orders given to the angel Gabriel to inform him concerning this vision; Sometimes God is pleased to make use of the ministration of angels, not only to protect His children, but to instruct them, to serve the kind intentions, not only of His providence, but of His grace. B.C. 553

Dan 8 The Vision of the Ram and Goat. B. C. 553. Daniel 8:15-27 15 And it came to pass, when I, even I Daniel, had seen the vision, and sought for the meaning, then, behold, there stood before me as the appearance of a man.   16 And I heard a man's voice between the banks of Ulai, which called, and said, Gabriel, make this man to understand the vision.   17 So he came near where I stood: and when he came, I was afraid, Continue Reading

Daniel 8:1-14; The Vision of the Ram and the Goat- Part 1; The vision itself of the ram, and the he-goat, and the little horn that should fight and prevail against the people of God, for a certain limited time; Note, The soul may be at liberty when the body is in captivity; for, when we are bound, the Spirit of the Lord is not bound. B.C. 553

D A N I E L. CHAPTER 8 The visions and prophecies of this chapter look only and entirely at the events that were then shortly to come to pass in the monarchies of Persia and Greece, and seem not to have any further reference at all. Nothing is here said of the Chaldean monarchy, for that was now just at its period; and therefore this chapter is written not in Chaldee, as the six foregoing chapters were, for the benefit of the Chaldeans, Continue Reading

Daniel 7:15-28; The Visions of the Four Beasts – Part 3; Here we have the deep impressions which these visions made upon the prophet; The interpretation of these visions, given him by an angel that stood by; Note, It concerns God’s prophets and ministers to treasure up the things of God in their minds, and there to digest them well; If we would have God’s word ready in our mouths when we have occassion for it, we must keep it in our hearts at all times. B.C. 555

The Vision of the Four Beasts. B. C. 555. Daniel 7:15-28 15 I Daniel was grieved in my spirit in the midst of my body, and the visions of my head troubled me.   16 I came near unto one of them that stood by, and asked him the truth of all this. So he told me, and made me know the interpretation of the things.   17 These great beasts, which are four, are four kings, which shall arise out of the earth.   18 But the Continue Reading

Daniel 7:9-14; The Vision of the Four Beasts – Part 2; His Vision of God’s Throne of Government and Judgment; That there is judgment to come, and God is the Judge, The Ancient of Days; Now men have their day, and every pretender thinks he should have his day, and struggles for it. B.C. 555

The Vision of the Four Beasts. B. C. 555. Daniel 7:9-14 9 I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire.   10 A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood Continue Reading

Daniel 7:1-8; The Vision of the Four Beasts – Part 1; We have, in these verses, Daniel’s vision of the four monarchies that were oppressive to the Jews; He had visions of his head upon his bed, when he was asleep; so God sometimes revealed Himself and His mind to the children of men, when deep sleep fell upon them (Job 33:15); for when we are most retired from the world, and taken off from the things of sense, we are most fit for communion with God. B.C. 555

D A N I E L. CHAPTER 7 The six former chapters of this book were historical; we now enter with fear and trembling upon the six latter, which are prophetical, wherein are many things dark and hard to be understood, which we dare not positively determine the sense of, and yet many things plain and profitable, which I trust God will enable us to make a good use of. In this chapter we have, I. Daniel's vision of the four beasts, ver. 1-8. II. Continue Reading

Daniel 6:25-28; The Decree of Darius; He gives honour to God by a decree published to all nations, by which they are required to fear before Him; His Being is transcendent; His government is incontestable; Both His being and His government are unchangeable; He has an ability sufficient to support such an authority; He puts honour upon Daniel; See how God brought to him good out of evil. B.C. 537

The Decree of Darius. B. C. 537. Daniel 6:25-28 25 Then king Darius wrote unto all people, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth; Peace be multiplied unto you.   26 I make a decree, That in every dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel: for he is the living God, and stedfast for ever, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed, and his dominion shall be even unto the Continue Reading

Daniel 6:18-24; Daniel’s Preservation and Deliverance; The melancholy night which the king had, upon Daniel’s account; See the power of God over the fiercest creatures, and believe His power to restrain the roaring lion that goes about continually seeking to devour from hurting those that are His; See the care God takes of his faithful worshippers, especially when He calls them out to suffer for Him. B.C. 537

Daniel's Preservation and Deliverance. B. C. 537. Daniel 6:18-24 18 Then the king went to his palace, and passed the night fasting: neither were instruments of music brought before him: and his sleep went from him.   19 Then the king arose very early in the morning, and went in haste unto the den of lions.   20 And when he came to the den, he cried with a lamentable voice unto Daniel: and the king spake and said to Continue Reading

Daniel 6:11-17; Daniel in the Den of Lions; Here is proof made of Daniel’s praying to his God; Complaint made of it to the king; The violence with which the prosecutors demanded justice; King Darius leaves it to God to free him from punishment, since he could not prevail to do it; Note, Those who serve God continually He will continually preserve, and will bear them out in His service. B.C. 537

Daniel in the Den of Lions. B. C. 537. Daniel 6:11-17 11 Then these men assembled, and found Daniel praying and making supplication before his God.   12 Then they came near, and spake before the king concerning the king's decree; Hast thou not signed a decree, that every man that shall ask a petition of any God or man within thirty days, save of thee, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions? The king answered and Continue Reading

Daniel 6:6-10; A Plot against Daniel; Darius’s impious law; These designing men, under colour of doing honour to the king, but really intending to ruin his favourite; Those who throw away their souls (as those certainly do that live without prayer) to save their lives make a bad bargain for themselves. B.C. 537

A Plot against Daniel. B. C. 537. Daniel 6:6-10 6 Then these presidents and princes assembled together to the king, and said thus unto him, King Darius, live for ever.   7 All the presidents of the kingdom, the governors, and the princes, the counsellors, and the captains, have consulted together to establish a royal statute, and to make a firm decree, that whosoever shall ask a petition of any God or man for thirty Continue Reading

Daniel 6:1-5; Daniel Preferred by Darius; We must take notice of it to the praise of Darius that he would prefer a man thus purely for his personal merit, and his fitness for business; and those sovereigns that would be well served must go by that rule; Those that envied Daniel sought no less than his ruin; His disgrace would not serve them; it was his death that they desired, ‘Wrath is cruel, and anger outrageous, but who can stand before envy? (Prov. 27:4). B.C. 537

D A N I E L. CHAPTER 6 Daniel does not give a continued history of the reigns in which he lived, nor of the state-affairs of the kingdoms of Chaldea and Persia, though he was himself a great man in those affairs; for what are those to us? But he selects such particular passages of story as serve for the confirming of our faith in God and the encouraging of our obedience to him, for the things written aforetime were written for our Continue Reading