~ The Structure of the Aramaic Chapters in Daniel ~
The Structure of the Aramaic Chapters in Daniel + 3 Final Tests
Daniel chapters 2 though 7 are written in Aramaic rather than Hebrew, and they show a specific literary order, called a "chiasm" or chiastic structure, according to the theme of related chapters (most likely for easier memorization). There is a forward-then-backward progression of themes in an A-B-C, C-B-A order.
A. Chapter 2 is prophecy about the rise and fall of kingdoms.
B. Chapter 3 is narrative about the persecution of Daniel's friends.
C. Chapter 4 is prophecy about the fall of the King, Nebuchadnezzar
(and his restoration).
C. Chapter 5 is prophecy about the fall of the King, Belshazzar
(and his destruction).
B. Chapter 6 is narrative about the persecution of Daniel.
A. Chapter 7 is prophecy about the rise and fall of kingdoms.
(from "Daniel, A Reader's Guide" by Wm. H. Shea, 285 pgs, 2005).
3 Final Tests in Daniel & Revelation
Chapters 1-6 show how God's people are to live at the end of the world.
Chapters 7-12 show what happens at the end of the world.
1st Test, Dan. 1 & Rev. 18:1
Health Reform, symbol of the Spirit of Prophecy, empowered on 9/11 by angel of Rev. 18:1.
2nd Test, Dan. 2 & Rev. 18:2-3
The Feet of Iron and Clay = Union of Church & State in USA = "Image of the Beast" = Rev. 18:2-3.
3rd Test, Dan. 3 & Rev. 18:4
The Sunday Law in the USA = the "door" of human probation begins closing = Rev. 18: 4.
1st Test, Dan. 4 & Rev. 14:6-7; 1st Angel's Message = Nebuchadnezzar = who rejects, but later accepts the message.
2nd Test, Dan. 5 & Rev. 14:8; 2nd Angel's Message = Belshazzar = who fully rejects the 1st Angel's message, and also rejects the example of acceptance by his forefather (his own "foundation experience"), and is finally lost = Millerite-time Protestants = end-time "Laodicea" = churches of Global Babylon.
3rd Test, Dan. 6.& Rev.14:9; 3rd Angel's Message = Sunday Law persecution upon those who accept the 1st + 2nd Angel's Messages.