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Produced under the auspices of the
North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists
Office of Education
Pu blished by
Pacific Press· Publishing Association
Copyright © 1998
by North America n Division Office of Education
General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
Silver Spring, MD 20904
Your Religion Class
The CROSSROADS SERIES
Logo for the CROSSROADS SERIES
Goal of the CROSSROADS SERIES
Units of Study for Grades 11, 12
Versions of the Holy Bible Used in the CROSSROADS SERI ES
Memorization of Scripture
Lessons on Daniel
Introduction to Daniel
The Narratives of Daniel
The Statue of Daniel 2: God Is in Charge of the Big Picture
Taming the Beasts: God's Image of History
When the Tamed Act Wild
The Climax of Daniel's Prophecies
Lessons on Revelation
Making Sense out of Revelation
An Unforgettable Encounter
Jesus and "The Horror"
Jesus and the Angry Dragon
Things Are Not Always What They Seem
Following Jesus in the Hour of God's Judgment
The Battle of Armageddon
Setting the Record Straight
The Sky Is Not the Limit
ACknowledgments and Thanks
Your Religion Class
This section provides you with some general information about the CROSSROADS SERIES
and your religion class.
THE CROSSROADS SERIES
The CROSSROADS SERIES conta ins the religion curriculum for Seventh-day Adventist
secondary schools, grades 9-12. This textbook is a part of the series.
LOGO OF THE CROSSROADS SERIES
Th e logo of the CROSSROADS SERIES symbolizes the underlying theme of the seriesthat the Cross of Jesus Christ is at the very center of the Christian faith. God's revelation of
Himself in the Cross reveals the only sacrifice for sin and the ultimate significance of life to
each person and to every nation. Thus the Cross stands as the decisive moment of truth for
all humankind through all ages . The logo, in symbolic fo rm, portrays the centrality of the
Cross with all paths (roads) of human experience and personal decisions leading to and
GOAL OF THE CROSSROADS SERIES
The goa l of the CROSSROADS SERIES is to lead you ng people to the loving and redeeming
God of Scripture. His self-revelation has its focus and fulfillment in the life, death, resurrection, and intercession of Jesus Christ, whose substitutionary death on the cross is the sale
basis of Christian assurance. With Ch rist as Savior and Lord, each believer is enabled,
through the Holy Spirit, to experience a life of worship, growth, and service and to procla im
and stand ready for His return.
UNITS OF STUDY-GRADES 11, 12
There are ten units of study that comprise the Religion curriculum for grades 11, 12. Each
unit is published in a separate textbook. The units of study (textbooks) are:
Daniel and Revelation
Choices and Challenges
Marriage and Family
World Views and Religion
Life Philosophy and Moral Issues
VERSIONS OF THE HOLY BIBLE USED IN THE CROSSROADS SERIES
The NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, referred to as NIV, is used as the primary version
of Scripture for the Anchor Text, scriptural references quoted in the narrative section of the
lesson, and answers to Bible Search activities and Practical Application. Other versions of
Scripture have also been used when the particular version enriches the meaning of a given
MEMORIZATION OF SCRIPTURE
Each lesson conta ins a verse labeled Anchor Text. Some or all of these verses will be
assigned for memorization. The content of the references shou ld first be understood, both as
to their meaning and their application to your life.
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Introduction to Daniel
It is the purpose of this unit on Daniel and Revelation not only to open np the
lJrophecies of Daniel and Revelation and unfold some of their implications for
the times in which we live, but also to lift np Jesus as the center of all hope.
The Book of Daniel is located in the middle of the Bible, between Genesis and
Revelation. It is also located in the middle of history, between Creation and the
New Earth. In the prophecies of Daniel, we see that the history of the nations is
a history of opposition to the worship of the true God. In the narratives of
Daniel, we see the impact of that hostility in personal terms.
aniel trudged out of the
smoldering city, mindful of
the bruise on his left shin
where a fragment of a
Babylonian catapult stone
had struck it the day before,
also mindful of the raw place on his lower
back where a Babylonian whip had encouraged rapid movement just two mi nutes
before. He sensed the eyes of a Babylonian
soldier glaring at him from behind, watching
for any false move, any sign of faltering,
always ready to inflict further punishment.
There were gaping holes in the roofs and
walls of many buildings, and no one bothered to clear the jumble of stones, tree limbs,
shattered weapons, and bodies from the
once-beautiful streets of Jerusalem. He
looked eagerly for family and close friends,
but saw none. What he did see was a long
line of dirty, broken, defeated faces with
downcast eyes, some of which he recognized.
Guarding them were strong, confident, commanding people-well-armed, strangers with
an even stranger language.
As Daniel, barely in his mid-teens,
marched gingerly through the remains of
the city gate, his mind was filled with questions. Where were they taking him? Would
he survive the tri p? If he did, what would
his life be like? Would he ever return to
Jerusalem? Would anything ever be the same
again? What would become of his nation
and its people? Why didn't the loving,
redeeming God he had heard about from his
parents put a stop to this? With each step
away from his beloved Jerusalem, his
thoughts grew more confused.
Have circumstances ever caused you to
question God? If so, you are far from the
first! The Book of Daniel makes it clear that
at the time he was captured by the Babylonians, there were many things that Daniel did
not know. (1) He didn't yet know about the
Have you ever had
to leave a home
against your will?
How did it feel?
What was it like
to be the new
person on the
block in a strange
you find helped
you to cope?
amazing ways that God would intervene in
his li fe and the lives of his fri ends. (2) He as
yet had little grasp of the larger purposes of
God in which suffering is sometimes
allowed to occur along the path toward a
higher good. (3) He didn't know about
become of my famil y, my friends? Where is
the loving, redeeming God in all this mess?
As we will discover, th e books of Daniel and
Revelation are uniquely designed to provide
answers to these types of questions.
In many ways, today's
(.,..Y On a sheet of paper, answer the following questions on the basis of the texts
1. What kind of knowledge is unique to
God? Isaiah 46:9, 10.
2. What do we learn when a prophecy
does not come true? Deuteronomy
3. What evidence did Jesus give that He
was God's special messenger? John
4. What side will win at the end of
earth's history? Daniel 12:1-3; Revelation 17:14.
S. What is the reader of prophecy
expected to do? Revelation 1:3.
When people think of the prophecies of
Daniel and Revelation, they have visions of
the future chiefly in mind. But the purpose
of prophecy is not primarily to satisfy our
curiosity about the future. There are three
1. To Demonstrate That the Bible Is
Since no one can know the future except
God, fulfilled Bible prophecy proves that it
The Purpose of Prophecy
teenagers face the same
kinds of questions that
Daniel did then.
God's plan for the future of his people. (4)
And he didn't know that God had chosen
him to be the recipient of visions that
wo uld clarify that future and the purposes of
God in the course of history.
The neat thing about reading the Book of
Daniel is that the reader comes to understand the purposes of God better than
Daniel did at the time when he walked out
of the broken-down gate of Jerusalem. In
man y ways, today's teenagers face the same
kinds of questions that Daniel did then.
Where are the circumstances of my life taking me? What kind of future do I have? Will
I live to mature adulthood; or will crime,
ecological disaster, or war eliminate my
future before its time? Will I ever feel truly
at home in this confusing world? What will
"The king said to Daniel/Surely your God is the God of gods and the Lord of kings
and a revealer of mysteries, for you were able to reveal this mystery_'"
is God who is spea king to us through the
Bible and not merely human beings. Miracles, on the other hand, are not a safe sign
that God is speaking because fal se prop hets
can often perform mi racles.
2. To Encourage God's People.
The prophecies of the Bible encourage
God's people in every age, letting them
know that ultimate victory belongs to God;
everything is going to turn out all right in
3. To Provide Instruction for Hard
The prop hecies of the Bible provide
instructions to God's people in the last days,
a time of great stress and confusion.
Through these instructions, God's people
come to understand what is happening to
them and how to respond to it.
Prophecy is more than prediction; it
teaches us that the sa me God who ru les over
the nations also wants to rule in the hea rt of
every person on earth. Since events increasingly suggest that we are living nea r the end
of earth's histo ry, we ca n turn to prophecy
to provide the answers and the encouragement that today's teenagers need . The God
who IIchanges times and seasons/ who IIsets
up kings and deposes them," will give "wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning" (Daniel 2:21).
Why Should We Study Daniel?
There are a number of reasons why the
Book of Daniel is a wo rthwhile study in
1. As a book of prophecy, it builds our
faith in the Bible, encourages us in
the ultimate victory of God, and
helps to prepare us for the last d ays
(see previous section).
2. It is written particularly for those living in the time of the End, the time
in which we are now living.
3. Jesus Himself encourages us to study
Daniel. From Matthew 24 through the
Book of Revelation, New Testament
teaching a bout the end of the world
is based to a large degree on the Book
4. Ellen White underlines the vita l
importance for our times of understanding both Daniel and Revelation:
"When the books of Daniel and Revelation are better understood, believers will have an entirely d ifferent religious experience. They will be given
such glimpses of the open gates of
heaven that heart and mind will be
impressed with the character that all
must develop in order to realize the
blessedness which is to be the reward