The Book Of Daniel Chronological Diagram

Daniel’s Timeline Based on Chapters on PDF (Click on this link until you see the PDF File )

Timeline of Daniel’s Book

We started to study the Book of Daniel, and we had seeing how was developing on Chapter One of the Book.  But in order for us to be able to understand this book better, we must first, other than pray for spiritual guidance and wisdom, must understand how the Book of Daniel is placed in itself Chronologically.

I have an image, which I hope I will be able to add to this particular part of my Blog at the beginning of the this post title, for you to enjoy in a visible manner, just double click on the title for you to be able to downloading the file and to enjoying it.

Every reader must notice that Chapter One in Book of Daniel is a Preface of the entire history of Daniel from his beginning, that is since he was taken from Judah when it was besieged by the Babylonians in the year 605 BC  (please read the following);

Dan 1:1-6 LITV
(1) In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it.
(2) And the Lord gave Jehoiakim, king of Judah, into his hand, with part of the vessels of the house of God, which he carried into the land of Shinar to the house of his god. And he brought the vessels into the treasure house of his god.
(3) And the king spoke to Ashpenaz, the chief of his eunuchs that he should bring some of the sons of Israel, and of the king’s seed, and of the nobles,
(4) young men in whom was no blemish, but who were of good appearance and having understanding in all wisdom, having knowledge and understanding learning, even those with strength in them to stand in the king’s palace, and to teach them the writing and the language of the Chaldeans.
(5) And the king set to them the portion of a day in its day, from the king’s food, and the wine of his drinking, even to rear them three years, so that at their end they may stand before the king.
(6) And there were among them of the sons of Judah, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah…

to the very last moment of his service to the king Cyrus from Persia (kingdom that took over the Babylonian empire, please read below);

Dan 1:21 LITV
(21) And Daniel continued to the first year of King Cyrus.

This is verified later by the Book of Daniel in Chapter 6 verse 28 (see  below);

Dan 6:28 LITV
(28) And this Daniel was made to prosper in the reign of Darius, and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian.

I hope you remember as we learned before on the introduction of the Book of Daniel, on how the Book is divided as follows;  Chapters 1 thru 6 narratives and historicals chapters, and from 7 thru 12 in visions and dreams some of them with their interpretations in many cases.

If we do this in a visual way to understand it, we should draw a straight line in a piece of paper.  In this particular line is Chapter One of the Book of Daniel.  on one side of the line the beginning of the line will be the siege of Judah by the Babylonian and in the same side of the line at the very end of the line will be the overrun of the Babylonian kingdom by the king Cyrus king of Persia.

In that line, which will represent our time line for our personal reference as we go along with this study, on the opposite side write the numbers two thru six (Two at the beginning of the line and Six at the end of it).  The reason for this is as we explained before chapter one is a “Preface” of the Book of Daniel (as if is an outline of the book from beginning to end).  These numbers will represent the chapters of the Book of Daniel call “the narratives or historical chapters”.

Once that is done,at the beginning of each number write the first verse of that particular chapter, for example, the verse one of chapter number two will be corresponding to the number two on the line drawn, do the same for the other numbers on the line you draw, but only up to chapter 6.  You will understand a little better once we finished with this exercise.

Once this chapters had been marked on the timeline we drew, now we will see the importance of this particular exercise done before.

In the chapter number four, it is very important to know that this is the only chapter of the Bible (that I know of) that was written by a gentile king during the Old Testament.  Also in this chapter Nebuchadnezzar die and several successions later in the Babylonian kingdom one of his descendant becomes king Belshazzar (warning: please do not confused this king’s name with the name given to Daniel by the Babylonians when he was capture in chapter one).

Add chapter 7 of the Book of Daniel right almost at the beginning of the number 4, this particular chapter talks being the first year of king Belshazzar in his throne, which also coincide with the description of chapter 4 and talks about a vision received from Daniel of four different beasts, see the following;

Dan 7:1 LITV
(1) In the first year of Belshazzar, king of Babylon, Daniel saw a dream and visions of his head on his bed. Then he related the dream, giving the sum of the matters.

Shortly after, write chapter number 8, this chapter is descriptive of the third year of reign of king Belshazzar, and in which Daniel described his vision of the Ram and the Male Goat, please read;

Dan 8:1 LITV
(1) In the third year of the reign of King Belshazzar, a vision appeared to me, Daniel, after that which appeared to me at the first.

Please keep in mind that chapter 7 and 8 had happened in between the narratives or historical chapters 4 and 5.

Almost at the end of the narrative or historical chapter five, the Babylonian king Belshazzar dies on the hand of the Persian king Cyrus, who takes over the kingdom almost without any bloodshed, read the following;

Dan 5:30-31 LITV
(30) In that night Belshazzar, the king of the Chaldeans, was killed.
(31) And Darius the Mede took the kingdom, being a son of sixty two years.

So as you can observed, in the beginning of the narrative or historical chapter 6, we will locate the chapters 9, 11 and 12, which are about Alexander the Great and the end times, read as follow;

Dan 9:1 LITV
(1) In the first year of Darius, the son of Ahasuerus, of the seed of the Medes, who was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans…

Dan 11:1 LITV
(1) And I, in the first year of Darius the Mede, I was standing for a supporter and for a fortress for him.

and Chapter 12 is sequence of 11.

But Chapter 10 is located at the end of the Book in a chronological sequence.

Dan 10:1 LITV
(1) In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia, a thing was revealed to Daniel, whose name was called Belteshazzar. And the thing was true, and a great conflict. And he understood the thing and had understanding of the vision.  At the end of the narrative or historical chapter 6 verse 28 described the way Daniel was prospered under the Persian power, this revelation is also observed in narrative or historical chapter 1 verse 21.

Dan 6:28 LITV
(28) And this Daniel was made to prosper in the reign of Darius, and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian.

Dan 1:21 LITV
(21) And Daniel continued to the first year of King Cyrus.

So if you see this Book in this chronological order will be easier to understand for the reader and to relay to the historical events to come.


7 thoughts on “The Book Of Daniel Chronological Diagram

  1. I came to your site expecting a diagram. I also write. Generally it is best to assume our audience is visual. About 90% of us are.
    Your chronological ordering is thru text. Although detailed, much is lost without an accompanying diagram. To be understandable to the masses, include a basic diagram. Maybe it will lack the detail of your text. It must be simple as most people are not readers. They are too lazy to attempt to understand things that go beyond third grade pictures. Ideally text and a diagram are synergistic.
    Decide who you are writing to and get on their level. This comment uses short choppy sentences. It is brutal but easily understood. I don’t always write this way. It depends on who my audience will be.
    MS Word will give you an analysis when you request it. Keep your writing under a 7th grade level. This has a 6.7 Flesch grade level
    Go with God. Follow His direction and you will be successful.

    • Thank You for your comment and prayers, I humbly ask you to continue praying for my ministry, that the Lord allow us to hear and teach the Word of Truth without any type of limits. The Lord is Coming Soon and we must disseminate the knowledge of His Word until the moment comes. Please share the knowledge and give others the power of the Lord’s Word for their Freedom and Salvation. Share my “Blog” with others and help to spread the Word of the Gospel of Jesus Christ our Lord. Thank You and God Bless You. Sincerely yours, Carlos.

  2. I wish to point out a small chronological error — you place Daniel 1:21 last, however I believe it should come before 10:1 which mentions the third year of Cyrus which obviously comes after the first year mentioned in 1:21. I believe 6:28 is no more than a statement of the fact that Daniel prospered during these reigns which may also imply he enjoyed the respect and favor of the kings.

    • Paul: I praise the Lord of Heaven for people like you that search and research the Word of God and doesn’t take for granted what others have to say about it. In my graphic, the last point that you mentioned, it is exactly to provide to the reader the clear vision that Daniel was throughout all those years under several dynasties and kingdoms. Also, Chapter One of Daniel is but a compilation of the years of Daniel from his beginning to the end of his service as a prophet life.
      Once again thank you for being diligent and a great servant of the Lord. God Bless You!

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