Daniel 7:1-18 / The Storm Before the Calm (Sermon notes and Audio)

Posted on November 29, 2012


This is the Fourteenth in a series of  expositions of the book of Daniel. This message was delivered at Hillcrest Baptist Church on the morning of November 25, 2012. This message deals with the storms of this world, which will be replaced by peace in the millennial kingdom of Christ. This contains an audio recording of my message, along with my sermon notes and a study outline. Please note that the sermon notes are not a full transcript.

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Daniel 7:1-18 / The Storm Before the Calm

The dream recorded here, precedes chapters 5 & 6. This dream was never revealed to Belshazzar, Daniel kept it to himself.

Daniel 7:28

The four winds are almost certainly angels. The word for winds is the same word for spirits.

God often uses angels to intervene in the affairs of men.

Throughout the Old Testament the Mediterranean Sea is referred to as the Great Sea, so we can be sure that Daniel’s vision related to the mediterranean region in which most of the Biblical events occur.

Numbers 34:6-7

Joshua 1:4

Ezekiel 47:10

The image we see of a restless sea, is indicative of the world as a whole.

Just as the oceans are sometimes stormy, the nations of the world are often in confusion or even at war.

Just as the waves or currents of the ocean are unpredictable, the course of human history is beyond man’s ability to chart or predict.

God; however already has the path laid out. If there is one lesson to take from Daniel, its that God ultimately rules the kingdom of men. Willingly or not, they work out God’s purpose here on earth. (even the wicked).

Here we see a recap of history, which confirms the image that Nebuchadnezzar saw.

The lion is the empire of Babylon, the head of gold in Nebuchadnezzar’s image.

In scripture, Babylon is identified with both the lion and the eagle.

Jeremiah 4:7 (&13)

Jeremiah 48:40

Jeremiah 49:19-22

Jeremiah 50:17

Ezekiel 17:3

The bear is the empire of the Medes and Persians who defeated Babylon.

The three ribs represent Lydia, Egypt, and Babylon, nations which they had conquered.

The leopard represents Alexander the Great and the swift conquests of his army, resulting in the incredible expansion of the kingdom of Greece.

The four heads represent the four way division of the Grecian empire, which led to its downfall.

The fourth beast should first be recognized as the Roman empire, although, we’ll see that something much larger will grow out of it.

What we see is a picture of a world in turmoil and war. We strive for peace, but to no avail.

We live in a world that is at total unrest, but is desperate for peace.

World leaders hold summits, peace conferences, sign pacts, and treaties, seek disarmament, all without success.

The U.N. touts peace, but is a monumental failure.

Peace cannot happen at the hands of man.

Although man may at times appear to have achieved peace, it is a false peace that will not last. Scripture tells us that conflicts will be the norm.

Matthew 24:6-7

This world has not seen peace since Adam and Eve sinned. Since then, there has been enmity between man and Satan, and struggles between man and God. We saw our first act of violence when Cain murdered Abel.

The anti-christ will achieve a false peace, and it will only last 3.5 years, and it will lead to the greatest tribulation that this world has ever seen.

Christmas carolers sing of peace on Earth, but they don’t tell us where.

The most amazing thing about getting arrested for disturbing the peace, is that you found any at all.

Peace can only happen through Jesus Christ. There will be no world peace until he returns.

People often pray for world peace, but do they really realize what they are praying for, or are they just saying it because it sounds good?

When we pray for “Peace on Earth” we are really praying for Christ’s return, since that is the only way peace will happen. How many people actually understand what they are asking for, and are they ready to have their prayers answered?

If we truly want peace than we must also want Christ’s return, and we must be ready for it. His coming means peace.

vv.9-10, 11-14:
Daniel was watching the emerging of the millennial kingdom, and the coronation of Christ.

Probably the angel who is later identified as Gabriel.

Wickedness may rule for a while, but the saints have eternity!

Our lives are much like the chaotic world that Daniel foresaw.

Just like this world, without Christ, there is no peace, just constant chaos and conflict.

While we are awaiting world peace through Christ’s return, we can attain personal peace through him.

You don’t have to wait for the peace of Christ in your life, you can have it today.

You will still encounter storms and turmoil in your life, but you can weather the storms with the peace of God.

The storms are just a necessary step in God’s rebuilding project. Before the new can be properly erected, the old must be torn down, and that is usually painful.

The end result; however, will be worth it.

First there is peace through salvation, sin can only bring heartaches, but when man surrenders to the Lord Jesus and by repentance and faith puts his trust in Christ, then he receives salvation, and will also receive peace for his heart.

Second, there is peace through the will of God. We must accept God’s will for our lives, and then “the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

Third there is peace in the work of God. Peace will come when we speak for the saviour, worship the saviour, and live for the saviour.

Fourth, there is peace in anticipation of the future. Christ may return at any moment, as Christians, we have peace in the promise of eternal glory.

Finally, there is peace through total faith and trust in him. “…Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”