A Reason for Hope in Confusing Times

Speaker: Pastor Jay Childs
Daniel 8
Daniel: Finding Hope in Our Faithful God

  1. The Vision (vv. 1-14)
  2. The Interpretation (vv. 15-27)

Discussion Questions

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How and why did you choose EFCCL to be your home church?


  1. Read Daniel 8 out loud as a group. Discuss initial impressions of this unusual chapter.
  2. What are some characteristics of “apocalyptic” literature? What is the piont of apocalyptic?
  3. How are apocalyptic portions of the Bible misused in our day?
  4. How is the vision in chapter 8 tied to the visions in chapters 2 and 7?
  5. Read Daniel 5:30, 6:1, 7:1, and 8:1. Are these chapters chronological? Why or why not? Why write this way?
  6. How was this vision fulfilled in the reign of Antiochus Epiphanies IV (ruled 175-164 BC)?
  7. Some see Daniel 8 as a reference only to Antiochus—others to both Antiochus and the Antichrist. Discuss.
  8. Read Daniel 8:23-27. Is Antiochus Epiphanies a foreshadowing of the Antichrist?
  9. Read Revelation 13:11-18. How is the Antichrist described in these verses? Draw parallels.
  10. Read 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12. Summarize what Paul says here about the Antichrist.


  • Why should prophecy be a source of hope for Christians? Be specific.
  • What specific aspects of prophecy give you the most hope?
Posted on March 2, 2014 and filed under Daniel.