Week of May 17

Week of May 17

May 17: Daniel 11

1) From history, we know that part of this prophecy has been fulfilled, but who was the mighty king who died an untimely death with no heir but whose kingdom was divided into four parts referred to in v. 3-4?

  1. King Artaxerxes of Persia
  2. King Philip of Macedon
  3. Alexander the Great
  4. None of the above

2) While the ruthless ruler who comes against God's people in the "glorious land" of Israel in Daniel's more immediate future can be identified in history as the Seleucid dynasty ruler Antiochus IV "Epiphanes" (see v. 21-35), who is the deceptive and dominant end-times ruler described in v. 36-45?

May 18: Daniel 12; Ezra 4

1) What end-time events are referred to in Dan. 12:1-3?

2) Having returned from exile, what fake offer did the adversaries of the Jews make in Ezra 4?

  1. To bring them food
  2. To assist in rebuilding the walls around Jerusalem
  3. To help them rebuild the Temple
  4. None of the above

May 19: Haggai

1) Now that more than a decade had passed since God's people had returned to the land and the Temple remained unfinished, how did Haggai the prophet call them to task?

  1. He called them out for claiming it was not time to rebuild the Temple
  2. He called them out for building their own houses before building God's House
  3. He called them to consider their ways and the futility of their actions
  4. All of the above

2) How did the people respond to God's message through the prophet Haggai?

May 20: Zechariah 1-3

1) When Zechariah the prophet called the people to repentance, what was the promise from God (see 1:2-3)?

2) What did God show Zechariah in the vision of Joshua the high priest in 3:1-10?

  1. Angels supporting Joshua
  2. Satan accusing Joshua
  3. Zerubbabel awarding Joshua
  4. None of the above

May 21: Zechariah 4-7

1) What was God's message to Zerubbabel in 4:6?

  1. Not by might
  2. Nor by power
  3. But by my Spirit
  4. All of the above

2) What was the message from the Lord through Zechariah to the people in 7:8-10?

May 22: Zechariah 8; Ezra 5

1) In the future, what will people from various nations ask of the Jews (see Zech. 8:20-23)?

2) With the work on the Temple stopped by royal Persian decree, Zerubbabel (aka Sheshbazzar) and Joshua the High Priest, encouraged by both prophets Haggai and Zechariah, decided to restart the work, but were confronted by Persian officials who questioned them. What was the reply of the Jewish leaders in Ezra 5:11-17?

  1. We are the servants of the God of heaven and earth
  2. We are rebuilding the house that was built many years ago, which a great king of Israel built and finished
  3. It was destroyed because our fathers had angered the God of heaven
  4. However, King Cyrus authorized the Temple to be rebuilt, so search the archives for the decree
  5. All of the above

May 23: Discussion Questions

1) What passage uniquely spoke to you this week?

2) What insights did you gain about God?

3) What application might this have to what is happening in the world today?

4) How would God have you apply this truth to your life?