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The Reasons for Christ's Appearing Nov 27 (Dan. 10: 10-17) Now the scene changes, it is no longer Christ who stand before Daniel. There is a specific reason for us to interpret this section of passage in this way. If this was still Christ speaking to Daniel, we would be force to conclude that Christ has little or no power, because the prince of Persia (V.13) who withstood the messenger would be able to stand firmly against Christ and, therefore, demonstrate more than the Christ, This, of course, would be impossible. So we would be safe to say that the one now standing before Daniel is an angel-probably Gabriel-who again has made his incredible trip to Daniel's side from the third heaven-an astronomical distance, as we read in chapter 8. This Angel speaks words of comfort to this choice servant of God. But imagine the confusion of Daniel. One minute he sees the pre-incarnate of Christ, and the next moment the angel Gabriel, who lifter him up and delivered a message from God. The words utterly by this angel are words you and I certainly would want Jesus to say to us when the great day arrives as we stand before Him: words of comfort, love and appreciation for our faithfulness to the cause of Him during our witness on earth, But the angel had more to say. We begin to see this take a new dimension, as Gabriel speaks of the kingdom of Persia's power, and how a demonic spirit controlled the ruler of Persia had "withstood' God's angel, probably Michael, for 21 days.Throughout the Word we read of many rulers of the world who are controlled by these evil, demonic spirits. In Isaiah 14:12-14, we find that Satan fell because he wanted to be like god. Luke 10:187, Jesus said, " I saw Satan as lightening fall from heaven" a reference to the third heaven (2 Cor. 12:2). Today Satan is in control of the first and second heavens. That's why he a can approach the end of heaven number 2 and keep up his incessant verbal abuse of God's people-the brethren (Rev., 12:10) The Bible say that Satan is the god of this world.. that he is the prince of this world (John 12:31) That's why you and I do not wrestle against the flesh and blood-against other human beings-but instead against principalities, against powers, against rulers of the darkness(literally spirits) wickedness in high places (Ephesians 6:12) Next writing peace not fear
Daniel Sees The Pre-Incarnate Christ (22 Nov)
Read Dan 10:4-9 One Day Daniel was on business for the government and was standing by the Hiddekel ( or Tigris ) River. There he was confronted by a likeness he had never seen before. The bible describes this figure as dressed in linen... with a waist girded with a belt of pure gold, a body like beryl, a face with the appearance like that of lightning, eyes like flaming torches, arms and feet of polished brass, and the sound of his voice like the sound of a tumult. Is there any doubt in our minds that a being like that would capture Daniel's attention!The question was, Who was this heavenly being? Easily answered, a glorified Christ! We read in Rev elation 1:13-15: "And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one unto the Son of man clothed with a garment down to the foot, an girt about the paps with a golden girdle. His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow; his eyes were a flame of fire; And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters" ana almost exact description of what Daniel saw that day by the shores of the great Tigris River. Like the fourth person who appeared in the fiery furnace, this was a Christophany- a physical appearance of the person of Jesus Christ. Christ the same Yesterday, Toady, and Forever. If, for some reason, Christ's eternal existence sounds far-fetched, who do we do with John 1; 3, that , "All things were made by him"? Or John 1:10, 'He was in the world, the world was made by him? Or Colossians 1:16, "For by Christ were all things created that are in heaven and in earth"? This may not be easy to understand, but whether we understand it or not, this is god's Holy Word. In proverbs 30:4 we read: Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? Who hath gathered the wind in his fists! Who hath bound the waters in his garment? Who hath established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and what is his son's name, if thou canst tell?" isn't it amazing- that this verse says that God had a son hundred of years before Christ was born in Bethlehem. So we must believe that it was Christ standing before Daniel that day. Daniel was not alone when he was confronted by the person of Christ. There were companions with him-but not for long. While they apparently sense that something big was taking place, they were unable to withstand the dread of the moment, similar to Saul's experience on the road to Damacus (Acts 9;7). They could do nothing but to hide their face form the glory of Christ and flee, leaving Daniel alone to stand before Christ. Suddenly Daniel-man among men, strong lion tamer-Counselor to the kings of Babylon, fell to the ground when he heard the words of Christ. Immediately his strength was sapped. His knees buckled, and he fell into a deep sleep when the sound of the thunderous, divine words-like the sound of many rushing water sounded in his ears. Next writing"Touched by the Master hand."
Visions and Beast No More..Daniel see Jesus
Chapter ten of Daniel is the introduction to his last recorded revelation and is the first of three parts of a vision- a vision some say is the greatest revelations of Daniel. This chapter give us info on something decidedly different from anything we've read as we are introduced to a special group of angels-some who have harbored ill-will toward God and attempt to defeat the divine purpose as it relates to God's rule over His people, Israel, both in the present (in Daniel's time) and in the days yet to come (end time). Chapter 10 is graphic in that it also provides detailed info on how Daniel received his final revelation, including many surprising incidents that accompany God's delivery of the message to Daniel, (Read Daniel 10:1-3) This last revelation received by Daniel came to him just two years after King Cyrus had officially brought the Babylonian captivity to an end by allowing the Jews to return to Israel. How ever, the return home without Daniel. We don't know why Daniel remained, but it probably his age, now in his upper 80's-or because he had some unfinished business work to do for King Cyrus, Therefore his presence was vital. He also might have felt that to stay behind would permit him to use his enormous influence for good as his people, the Jews made the difficult transition to return to a land that many had never seen-or that was a fading memory, Now the revelation that Daniel was about to receive was hard for him to hear and more difficult for him to accept, although he knew in his heart that it was true. This vision revealed an enormous conflict that would afflict his people at a later time. This would be the greatest war the world's power had ever encountered, a future conflict that would include something unheard of before: a massive angelic invasion that, while unseen, would be instrumental in shaping the final result of international events.The most difficult part of the message for Daniel to accept was that this future trauma would threaten the very existence of Israel- a nation and people who had already suffered so much, been so long in captivity , and seemed a perpetual losing streak that would play out to the time of the end. Unlike Daniel's earlier visions and dreams, he declared that he understood this one, and that he understood how the events predicted would occur during his own life time. His heart was so tender toward the ultimate destiny of his people. He understood that during the "seventy weeks' to come the Jews would suffer great persecution (Dan, 12:1) as the forces of Egypt, leading an Arab federation (Dan. 11:40), and a king of the North, Russia, plus kings form the east China, and other Oriental nations (Dan 11:44), would move in upon Israel for the bloodiest confrontation in history. Daniel knew this would take place during the seventieth week-a time period of seven years known as the "latter says" (Dan. 11:40; 12:4). While Daniel could not know the specifics of this terrible era of suffering to come, he had enough understanding to know that it would be a horrible period of history for the people of Israel. That's why this prophet-loved by God-is so moved that he mourns as the though of what is going to happen to his people. He knew the time of the end would be a period of unprecedented judgment on the Jews as the nations of the world move against his people, and particularly Jerusalem (Zechariah 14:2 When Daniel Had received the first part of the final revelation, he had been fasting 21 humble before God that he kept himself focused on remaining humble before God that he kept himself on a constant state of alert so he would be ready to hear the word of the Lord. It's quite possible Daniel was still grieving- and therefore fasting-because of the inner turmoil he felt after the unsettling vision in chapter 8, wondering why his people would continue to suffer after the close of the seventy years of captivity. Had the Jews suffered enough? And had God not made a promise to relieve them of their pain at the close of the seventy years of captivity? What we now see in Daniel is a progressive understanding of what was to happen in the days to come. We also see a kind, gentle old man whose sensitivity to the things of God-and to the plight of his people-remain acute: Daniel remained God's man to the very end. Next writing Da. 10:4-9
The Rebuilding of the Temple ($ Nov)
How could such an act be perpetuated in our day without the existence of a temple. Her's the answer, Israelites are now talking about rebuilding the temple in our day. All the building materials and utilities are in place for the rebuilding of the temple in Jerusalem. When the new temple is erected, all will go relatively well for a while, but then, midway into the Tribulation Period, the Antichrist will sit proudly on the temple throne and claim to be the world's God (S Thess 2:4). The the False prophet will create an image in the likeness of the Antichrist (Rev. 13:15) and all mankind will be commanded to fall down and worship the beast of the revived Roman Empire mention in Dan.7:8-just as Nebuchadnezzar commanded the people of Babylon to bow down and worship him. If, during the Tribulation period, the people do not bow to the Antichrist and give him full allegiance they will be killed (Rev. 13:15; 20:4-5). When the pagan tyrant Antiochus Epiphanes set up his pagan deities in the palace altar it was called "the abomination that maketh desolate" (Dan. 11;31; 12:11). Now, more than thousand years later, the Antichrist will also set up an image called " the abomination of desolation" according to the statements of Jesus in Matt 24:15 and Mark 13:14. Why? because he is defiling God's holy temple-the Antichrist mocks it and then by breaking one of the Jew's commandments concerning the placing of an idol in the temple (Exodus 20:4-5). At this time their long sought for temple again becomes desolate because of the abominable idol therein. (Read Matt 25;15-21 (notice the word "flee"? Why do they flee? Because Satan's final 42 months are about to be unleashed globally, and he's filled with wrath (Rev. 12:12). Then Russia marches and the abomination of desolation (Or image) is set up in the temple during this final 3 1/2 years period known as the Great Tribulation (Rev 7:14) It is the time of the end (Dan. 11:40; 12:4) This revelation and interpretation of the vision delivered to Daniel by the angel Gabriel was a two-edged sword: one of doom and gloom; the other of hope. Gloom, because the Antichrist is about to appear. Hope, because Christ destroys him with the brightness of His coming. ( 2 Thess 2:8).Today you and are living in the say that we call "The calm before the storm." History is bot yet complete, but the handwriting is on the wall for those who have eyes to see. Next writing Visions and Beast No More. Daniel sees Jesus
Oct 29 2013, "The Gap". What about the Gap between verse 26-27? A gap of some two thousand years? This is important period of time, because without it, we would be forced to see these events taking place within a limited period of 490 days instead of 490 years. The former would be impossible. There are skeptics who scoff that gap between theses verses is man-made theory. However, the Bible states emphatically that there would be a period of time-a gap-between Jesus' first and second coming. Isaiah 9:6 says, ":Unto us a child is born" (the virgin birth). "unto us a Son is given and the government will rest upon His shoulder" the government was not upon His shoulder the first time He came to Jerusalem. When Jesus come the second time-that's when the government will be upon His shoulders, as He rules and reigns as King of Kings and Lord of Lords for a period of one thousands years (Rev. 20:4) By the time we reach verse 27, the Antichrist is already in full power, and Daniel's seventieth week is in effect. It began when the evil one confirms his peace contract with Israel. This is the start of the seventieth week, and the beginning of the seven year period of tribulation. The Antichrist deceives a gullible world by confirming the covenant with many-first Israel-for one week. one Shabua-or seven years. The information I am to present is vitally important. If the first sixty-nine weeks or Shabuas, total 483 years or 173,880 days on the Jewish calendar annually, and this prophecy was fulfilled in every detail on the final day-then the final week or Hebrew Shabua, the last seven-year period of 2,520 days will also be fulfilled right up to the exact moment. That's why Revelation 11;2 and 13:5 mention 42 months, and Revelation 11:3 and 12:6 cite 1,260 days as one half of the Tribulation period. Then in the middle of Shabua-after forty two months-the Antichrist causes the sacrifices to cease. Antichus Epiphanes, a predecessor and forerunner of the soon-coming global dictator, previously did this centuries ago when he stomped out he Jewish sacrifices and desecrated the Jewish temple. Next Writing
The rebuilding of the Temple
Oct 22 2013 "King Jesus will rule"
In the last writing we wrote the rebuilding of the wall. However there is a second part this this prophecy that refers to the presentation of Jesus Christ. Not there are two princes in the text; The first is Jesus, who will reign as the prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6). The second prince is a Roam general who invades Jerusalem. Here, we are talking about the first Prince- Jesus Christ-who will cut off after seven weeks and sixty-two weeks-for a total of 69-week 483 years. Now we take the 483 weeks an multiple it by the Jewish method of reckoning-which is 360 days in a year. Do you know that 483 times 360 is? 173,880 days. Form that day Nehemiah said, "You may go ahead and rebuild Jerusalem' (March 14, 445 B.C. to the day Jesus Christ rode into Jerusalem on the foal of a donkey (April 6, 32 A.D.) exactly 173,880 days had passed. Do you believe that prophecy is right on? If the Jews had only studied their Old Testament prophecy, they would have known that Jesus was their Messiah. This is why Jesus said to His people, the Jews, in Luke 19:42, "If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hidden from thine eyes.' Day 173,880 was the crowning day, and Jewish minds did not grasp it-nor did they accept their Messiah. If God could prove-as we've just outlined-the precise arrival of Jesus into Jerusalem, is there any question that the remainder of the prophecies in the Book of Daniel will be fulfilled? Lets read Daniel 9:26 which speaks of the prince that will come to destroy the city and the sanctuary. This prince was Vespasian and his son Titus-Roman general who in 70 A.D. marched into Jerusalem and murdered hundreds of thousands of Jews, again destroying the city/ Here we see a similarity between the treachery of this father and son and an earlier tyrant Antiochus Epiphanes, because of all three are types of the Antichrist who will rise to power in the last days. But her Vespasian and Titus are highlighted because they are Roam princes. Later, the Antichrist will come as an international leader out of the revived Roman Empire that is presently expanding and wielding influence just as Daniel predicted. For this and many more reasons-all documented by God's Word-we are dogmatic when we say that our era of time could definitely b e what Daniel called" the time of the end"
Oct 15 2013
The Punishment of Israel of the seventy weeks (490 years)
The die was cast. Israel would be punished 490 years-a punishment that would be administered because of the of the following reasons. (Dan 9:24): 1). "To finish the transgression." As we've already noted, the Jews did not allow the land to rest for seventy sabbaticals-a 490 year period. Now hen the Messiah comes, He restores them to their land permanently. They were removed for the land as the transgression required, but now He returns to settle the debt, and provides for His people permanent restoration. Zech. 13:1 says, "In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and uncleanness. 2). "To make and end to sins." The corporate sins of the nation of Israel will come to an end at the second coming of Jesus. The Jews, as all other people, have sinned and their transgressions would be paid for by the blood of Jesus at Calvary. Because this provision has been made, Messiah comes to announce that the sin that brought judgment upon them has been removed.. (Hebrews 10:17). 3). "To make reconciliation for iniquity." During this seventy-week period, God has made redemption available through the sacrificial death and the resurrection of Jesus, Zech 12:10 says, "And I will pour out upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn." 4). "And to bring in everlasting righteousness." This speaks of the return of Christ at the end of the 490 years/ At this time He establishes His kingdom, returning as King of kings and Lord of Lords. Finally, the world become a wonderful place, describes in joyful terms in Isaiah 35:8: And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness: the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein." This is what revelation 21:27 speaks of when it refers to this holy city that hovers above the earth. It is a place of righteousness. Nothing can enter that defiles or makes the celestial city unholy. The message here is this: We cannot-and will not- have perfect world until Jesus comes back and binds Satan for a thousands years. 5). "T o seal up the vision and prophecy." Daniel was told to seal the vision until the time of the end. Now- as you read these words-we are approaching that time, and for that reasons we're able to explain it, unseal it, and see its depth with the Holy Ghost- led understanding. I hope that you are catching a glimpse of just how close we are to that great day.Until we have struggling to see through a darkened glass, but now the truth of Daniel's vision is becoming clearer by the day. We are not at the final hour yet, but we are getting all most there. Then when the Messiah returns, prophecy will be forever finished because there will be nothing left to predict. The Son of Man-the radiant Lord Jesus Christ-will be in our midst, and all prophecy will be sealed permanently. 6). "To anoint the most Holy." This is reference to Ezekiel chapter 41-46, where he talks about the anointing of the Holy Of Holies in the "millennial" temple. When Jesus returns, Yahweh the Fathers says, " I set my kings upon my holy hill of Zion" (Psa. 2:6). Just as God's priests in the Old Testament and His servants in the New Testament were anointed for holy service, so Jesus the Prince-the king of Kings-will anointed for the centuries to come. At this point I am going to quote a verse that is the greatest prophecy ever recorded proving god alone could have written this book. Why? Because we now come to the exact day that is prophesied in these texts. Dan. 9:25 " Know therefore and understand, that from going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be rebuild again, and the wall. even in troublous time. Let's review in the context of Nehemiah 2:1-8 where we learn that some of the Jews who had visited their homeland were disturbed because their nation was in such disarray. That's why they requested that the city of Jerusalem-including the wall-be rebuilt. With background, let's consider Nehemiah 2:1 to investiagte the chronology of date mentioned. 'And it came to pass in the month Nisan, in the twentieth year of Artaxerxes the king..." The Encyclopedia Britannica says this king came to power in 465 B.C. Bit now It's Artaxerxes' twentieth year of rule,which takes us down to 445. B.C. Here's the math; 465 minus 20= 445 B.C. This is the month Nisan, but no date is given. That is not however, and issue with the Jewish custom tells us that whenever there is no date we are to assume it is always the first day. This means it is the first day of Nisan, 445 B.C. Translated into our modern calendar, that's March 14, 445 B.C. That is the beginning point of the rebuilding of the wall and the city of Jerusalem- a task that had to be completed in 'seven weeks" or, literally forty-nine years. And it happen right on scheduled.
Next writing . "King Jesus will reign
Th Significance Of the Seventy Weeks ( 9 Oct)
In the new revelation delivered by Gabriel. Daniel learned, sadly, that God would continue to punish Israel for at least seventy more sevens of years beyond the end of Babylonian captivity- a number that gives us, as noted earlier, the only Old Testament prophecy that speaks of the precise hour of Messiah's first coming. It's fascinating that it was to be Gabriel who, centuries later, would deliver the good news of Messiah's conception and birth to a young virgin by the name of Mary (Luke 1:26-38). We now come to one of the most prophecies in all the Scriptures_ a prediction to be applied exclusively to Israel and the holy city Jerusalem. First, lets looking at the meaning of the phrase, "Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people.' The amount of actual covered by this prophecy is 490 years-literally, seventy sevens, The question is this 490 "units" of time years, months or weeks? The math will only work if these units are seen as 'years" So this prophecy to be fulfilled, The Messiah would have to arrive-for this first time-before the 490 "units" would end. Remember that the 490 years began in 445 B.C.. now this question: What purpose of the 70 weeks of chastisements? The Jews had a Sabbath day which was to honor the law.. They had the freedom to work for six days, and rest on the Sabbath, Just as God had patterned His work of creation. He created the world in six days (Genesis 1:31), and rested on the seventh day (Genesis 2:2). However, the Jews not only had sabbatical days on the seventh day of the week, but they also celebrated sabbatical years. According to Leviticus 25:1-7 they were to let their land lie fallow-unused, unplanted-every seventh. But in their greed they said in their hearts something to the effect, "This is not a very good deal for us. We're going to lose money, so let's not listen to God. We'' go ahead and plow and plant and harvest on the seventh year, regardless of what God or the law tells us what to do.' because of their spiritual treachery, the Jewish people paid dearly for their 490 years of disobedience. God chastened the Jews by sending them into cruel bondage for the equivalent of seventy sabbatical years- a total of 490 years- according to the 360-day Jewish calendar: Jeremiah predicted this judgement of seventy years falling on the Jews in Jeremiah 2;9-11 when he wrote. :Behold I will send and take all the families of the north, saith the Lord, and Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, my servant will bring against this land, and against the inhabitants thereof, and against all these nations round about, and will utterly destroy them, and make them an astonishment, and an hissing, and perpetual desolations. Moreover I will take from them the voice of mirth, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the sound of millstones, and the light of the candle. And this whole land shall shall be a desolation, and an astonishment: and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years." The die was cast. Israel would be punished during those seventy week (490 years)- a punishment that would be administered because of the following . Next Written "The following 6 reasons of punishment for 490 years."
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Chapter 9 God's for Israel 3 Oct
What you are about to read is a reflection on one of the most important chapters in the Book of Daniel, and one of the most remarkable passages in all of the Bible. Its dual theme prayer and prophecy is like no other portion of God's Word: Daniel's prayer stands as a model for any person serious about seeking the Lord and His holiness in his or her life; while the prophecy of the seventy weeks contains the most precise information in Scripture that Jesus of Nazareth is the Messiah promised to the children of Israel through their own prophets. (Daniel 9:1-2) Daniel is starting to do his math, and he is doing it by looking at God's timetable for the restoration of Israel. He reads in Jeremiah 25:11-12, "And this whole land shall be desolation, and a astonishment; and the nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years. And it shall come to pass, when seventy years are accomplished, that I will punish the king of Babylon, and that nation, saith the Lord, for their iniquity, and the land of Chaldeans, and will make it perpetual desolations." Daniel certainly turned his Hebrew manuscripts to study 2 Chronicles 36. where he on served the Jews, because they failed to protect their land (breaking seventy sabbatical years) would be punished for a period equal to their disobedience. The more Daniel read, the more excited he must have got, because he calculated that the seventy years of judgment on his people had almost come to and end ( the captivity of the Jews had started in 605 B.C., and now it was the year 538. B.C. and that the Jews would be allowed to return to their land. But we are forced to say, "Not so fast Daniel. You have only a partial understanding to thing still to come." And it is this still-to-come end-time info that is the essence of chapter 9 (Read Daniel 9: 3-19. Daniel begins his long prayer with contrite and a broken heart as he talks to God as Adonai-Sovereign Ruler. The word Adonai shows, a fitting expression for Daniel to use as he begins his litany of confession and pleas for personal and national forgiveness. However in verse 2, Daniel suddenly his name for to use the term Yabweb- which means a gracious, covenant-keeping God, holy, juts, righteous, and loving. He uses the name Yabweb 7 times in verses 2,4,10,13, 14 and 20. It's amazing that Daniel would use God's holy name in the first place because the Jews never pronounced the name of God because their reverence for the almighty God was so great. That's why they used what is called the tetragrammaton, Y-H-W-H-four letter word Yabweb that cannot be pronounced, and only become the word Yabweb when the vowels a and e are added. As we study Daniel's it will be obvious why he used the term Yebweb, particularly as it relates to God as a covenant-keeping God, the topic which most interest Daniel since he'd now become a one-person- spokesman for the plight of the Jews and was relying on the trustworthiness of the most high god to keep His promises. How ever, Daniel still did not have all the details of God's plan because most of the predictions would only be revealed at the time of the end (Dan. 12:4). As Daniel bowed before the Lord, his heart was filled with sadness for his own sin and the sins of his people. He fasted, wore sackcloth, and put ashes on his body to show his humble spirit. He was alone with God. No distractions. No interruptions. I encourage you to read and reread Daniel's prayer, because it is a model for any Christian. Even though Daniel was an upright faithful, godly man, he still confessed that he had also sinned. Because of his tender heart toward God and a conscience that could be quickly and easily touched, he was unusually responsive when eh heard the word of the Lord. Being sensitive to the Spirit of God, also increased his sensitivity to the predicament of his people, the Jews, as he recited the various ways, in which they rebelled against God, failed to obey His voice, refused to walk in His laws, and chose not to obey His commands. Daniel recognized that for these reasons, the curse had been poured out upon them. Next writing (Jews were scattered)
The Jews had been scattered across the world. What was once their home had become the domicile of heathen kingdoms and pagan rulers. Daniel knew the reason for this dispersion. Deut 11:26-28 (read). Not only did the Jews refuse to obey the Ten Commandments found in Exodus 20, but they turned their backs on the 613 commandments give to them. As Daniel reflects on the history of how the Jews got mired in the present dilemma, he continues to hope and pray that Yabweb will end the seventy years of punishment on schedule (as he, Daniel saw it), and bring peace and relief to their sinful, trouble hearts/ Daniel is now revising history as it is, asserting that God was righteous for what he had done to the Jews, admitting that we- Daniel and his people-were-culprits-we were the transgressors-we didn't obey God's voice-we failed to keep His commandments. His prayer was not a whining exercise to get God to overlook the past sins of His people, but a prayer of love and intercession for national and personal forgiveness, and a contrite heart, reminiscent of the words of the palmist who prayed in Psalm 51:10, "Create in me a clean heart, O God: and renew a right spirit within me." Daniel refused to offer excuses for Israel's behavior. Again I urge to read and reread this prayer , because each time you allow Daniel's heart of confession to intertwine with your own, you will be blessed, and encouraged in your own Christian walk. Unfortunately, for many modern Christians the idea of true and honest confession is a lost spiritual art. but unless we recapture this spirit of humility, face up to what we've done to distance ourselves from God, and choose to make amend, our own spirits will remain shallow and insensitive to the work that God wants to do in our lives. Daniel knew this. That's why his prayer is so powerful, a model for us to follow today. Daniel walked close to God, and the closer he walked, the more he saw the imperfections in himself and in his people because the Sprit of God Verse 20 27) Read for yourself. The Third Heaven. As Daniel prayed, the angel Gabriel suddenly appeared before him, offering comfort and understanding to Daniel's trouble heart. Gabriel's purpose was to bring an end to Daniel's inner confusion by imparting to him a new revelation from God. The angel began his conversation by sating something you and I should want to hear more than any other phrase in our language. "For thou art greatly loved. " Daniel was concluding his prayer when he was surprised by joyous words from God. To have a great appreciation of this scenario, consider this: Gabriel had been in the third heaven (2 Cor 12:2-3), That's billion of light years away-farther than the mind can grasp-and yet Gabriel now stand before Daniel arriving in a flash-in nanoseconds. Here's just how far Gabriel flew to arrive at Daniels's side, We're are told that our astronauts would have to travel for forty thousands years at terrific speeds to get to the first star. But that would be just the first leg of the inter-galactic journey if they traveled onward to the third heaven-God's throne. There are billion, trillions, quadrillions, and quintillions of stars beyond that as we go higher and higher. To confound us yet further, scientists have now discovered a new quasar that is some eighty-two trillion billion miles out in space. And it becomes even more mind boggling. We know that light travels at a rate of 186,000 mile per second, so when scientist talks about "light years" that's the speed light ravels at that velocity for twelve consecutive months, or a distance of six trillion miles. Now stay with me. You and I Could travel thirteen and one-half billion light years and still not arrive in the third heaven-God's throne. It's incomprehensible. Just as Gabriel moved form the dimension of the third heaven to Daniel's side in am instant, so will we be able to move at the speed of light, in our glorified bodies as we sweep through space-identical to the speed angels traverse the heavenlies (Next writing the seventy Weeks
Part 2 17 Sept 2013
Then the Antichrist, symbolized by Antiochus's reign of terror will be empowered by the dragon of Rev. 13:2-Satan. He will be a proud man, the great, final ruler of the revived Roman confederacy, subduing all who stand before him, making himself the master of the world. he destroys both the mighty and holy as he employs tactics of deceit and treachery. He dupes the
world with his peace proposal, and toward the end of his rule destroys million because they discovered that he was not what he claimed to be. He will offer himself as the prince of peace (Dan. 11:21,24) . However, that title is reserved only for Christ (Isa. 9:6) Still the Antichrist does his best to pull off his charade of imitating Christ until the bitter end-even riding a kingly white horse (Rev 6:2) because he knows that Christ will be riding a white horse (Rev. 19:11) The one is faithless and vile, the other one faithful and true. in the end however, this terrible Antichrist shall be broken with out hand. Here we see a prophetic parallel: Antiochus did not die at the hand off his enemies, instead he died of grief and remorse and went insane in Babylon, having been defeated by Elymas and unable to bear the self-destructive impact of losing such an important battle, In like manner the, Antichrist will not die by the hand of his enemies after Satan incarnates his body, Instead he will be destroyed by Christ at His second coming (2 Thess. 2:8). Finally, this personification of evil is cast into a "lake of fire burning with brimstone." (Rev. 19:20) The final words of Gabriel are an attempt to comfort Daniel. his reminds Daniel that the Antichrist is not going to rule in his lifetime, but at the end of time-when his predictions will finally be unsealed and revealed. For that reason Daniel was ordered to preserve the message of his vision in written form so that future generations would be able to make sense of the events when they transpire. This is why the Book of Daniel is so crucial to our understanding of events yet to come. These end-time prophecies, spoken on our behalf by a holy God would not be understood until they began to be fulfilled-a sequence of events that began with the formation of the European with Israel becoming a nation, and with Jerusalem being captured by the Israeli Army, June 5-10, 1967. Daniel himself could not grasp all of these latter-day prophecies because they would remain sealed mysteries until the time of the end. When you receive some news of an impending disaster, you know how you feel: sick to your stomach, unable to eat, and maybe not able to pray. But then, you pull yourself together, deal with the problem, and go back to work. That's what happen to Daniel. He was so emotionally drained by his vision and Gabriel' s interpretation that he lay sick upon his bed (V27) for many days. Finally after longing for greater understanding-and praying for the Jews who would be born and who would ,suffer long after his death-he arose and returned to his duties as minister to the king. Even after Gabriel's interpretation of the vision, Daniel still did not understand every detail fully, even as you and I will never completely fathom the great depths of prophecy until they are unsealed and revealed at the time of the end, The chapter conclude with a text that implies Daniel remained puzzled for many days to come, during which time he mulled over the words of Gabriel repeatedly. With all this swirling turmoil within, Daniel come before his God with a contrite heart and spirit of true repentance, approaching God as Adonai-Lord and Master-trusting the Almighty to do what's right with his unanswered questions concerning the future. Soon he'll prove his sincerity by wearing sackcloth and ashes, the wonderful, heart warming message of chapter 9. Next writing God's Ultimate Program for Israel
You might Fool the World, But you Can't fool the Church(10 Sept 2013)
This breaking of the treaty is a significant time in history, for now those with eyes to see will observe that the Antichrist has, in fact become the devil incarnate, just as Jesus was God in human form. This Antichrist during the last 3 1/2 years of the Tribulation will have Satan living in him. That is when He says. "I am God", just as Antiochus stamped coins to promote hos own deity. Remember, Satan has always wanted to do-to be like the most high God. (Isa 14:12-14). That is why he was cast out of heaven and why Jesus said, "I beheld Satan as lightening fall form heaven, (Luke 10:18). Remember in the wilderness the devil promised Jesus the world and everything in it, if only he would bow to him. Jesus did not take the bait. How ever when we come to the end time, the Antichrist-the embodiment of Satan-will finally pull of his coup and become what he always wanted to be, magnifying himself above every god, with the assistance of an international religious public machine that takes control the world. He will sit on throne in the temple of Jerusalem, look in the mirror admire himself, smile and tell himself "I am God" and there is none like me. To be seduced by this sweet-sounding rhetoric is the sort of thinking that is what help set the stage for the coming of the Antichrist. Watch out of for the New Age movement who tell you that you can become like God, or like God. Okay! Ask the Question! Get the Answer? At this point in the vision, Daniel heard one saint(angel) ask another saint. How long this little horn would be allowed to carry on his transgression of desolation-for both sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot? This was the key question as far as Daniel was concerned. The history of the tyrants was one thing,, the real issue for Daniel was how long this anguish would be infliction on his people, the Jews. The answer was 2300 days, just under 6 1/2 years. Again the bible predicted these events to the very day. Antiochus desecrated the temple, persecuted the Jews, and wreaked havoc on all who believed from September 6, 171 B.C. to December 26, 165 B.C. exactly 2300 days as the bible says. But you will see that these 2300 days have a greater significance as we continue to unseal the Book of Daniel, (Dan. 8:15-26) Now We Know! Gabriel was the Angel! As Gabriel attempts to explain the vision to Daniel, he falls to the ground with good reason. Daniel now understands the terror that will come upon his people. The historical parts of the vision were clear, concise and to the point. But Daniel could not bear to hear about the pain that his people would have to bear. This part of the vision was also difficult to understand, because he could not grasp "end-time" thinking. That's when Gabriel interpretation takes a different turn, and in verse 17, the angel tells Daniel that his vision refers to the end-time in verse 19, "the appointed time to the end". It doesn't get any better for the Jews, but Daniel at least understands that there is an end-time significance to what Gabriel is saying. This is the time that the tribulation will be in full force-the period in history when a "time of indignation" will fall on the heads of the Jews because of their hard-hearted rebellion against God. What Gabriel is telling Daniel is the indignation that began around 730 B.C. will continue through the second coming of Christ. Gabriel is saying, "this is not for now...it's not for your life time, Daniel, it's going to be at the end of time. Verse 23 is the strongest that Antiochus represents the Antichrist, and that the latter portion is not for Daniel's time, because the events will happen 100 years after the death of Antiochus Epiphanes. Next writing Daniel's Broken heart)
Here Come the Madmen! 4 Sept
Now the plot thickens. providing us with a prophecy that should make anyone doubt the veracity of the book of Daniel a believer. As Daniel watched the vision unfold before his eyes, there came another horn- a fifth . It started small, but quickly great to great influences and power toward the south, the east, and the "Beautiful Land." We must remember, Daniel's vision was describing events that would not take place for another two centuries, yet the prediction is accurate down to the very person described. Antiochus IV, also known as Epiphanes, he eight ruler of the expanded Greek empire. Since he did not have legal right to the throne, Antiochus stooped to bribery to become the king, and what a cruel king he was. He was a madman-one of two we will speak about in this chapter. His anti-Semitism ran high. He hated God's chosen people as no ruler had ever hated them. Why did this madman take center stage in Daniel's vision? For two reasons: First, to remind us that God in a minute detail what will happen. In history, Antiochus really did appear on the scene. he really did hate the Jews, and really was the cruelest, most diabolical king anyone could imagine. But there is another reason, why Antiochus is mentioned here. He is the symbol of the Antichrist and how he will act during the Tribulation. Remember the little horn in Chapter 7 is actual the Antichrist; the little horn in chapter 8, is the Jew hater Antiochus, a photocopy of the Antichrist of the Tribulation. That's why we can use the text in chapter 8 to document the desecration the Antichrist will bring upon the house of Israel during the time of the end. Let's look deeper into this man-symbol of the Antichrist who magnifies himself as the Prince of the hour, that is the Prince of the Jewish people. He would glorify himself as their Prince-just as Jesus will one day reign as their king again, and a end-time hint, that the Antichrist will also do his best to appear as Christ, in what will be one of the greatest masquerade attempts of all times. 11 Thess says " That the Antichrist
opp0seth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped, so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is god. This comparison is an absolute match between Antiochus and the Antichrist. While most of the Jews go along with Antiochus' treachery-feeling they might con their way to independence by toadying up to Antiochus-they would soon discover they had backed the wrong candidate, their hypocrisy soon come back to bite them.. Even as the Jewish turncoats were hoping for the best deal they could strike with their foreign intruder, Antiochus began his slaughter of more than one hundred thousand Jews, demanding that the temporary survivors of his holocaust substitute heathen idol as for the one true God. He tore up their law, defiled their women, desecrated their Sabbath, had circumcised babies hanged, and force Jews to sacrifice a pig on the holy Altar of the temple. He removed the candlesticks of light, the censers of gold, the veil, and the crown ornaments that adorned the temple. He scaled off mountains of gold for his own self and stripped the temple of everything that held significance to the Jews. He laughed in the face of the Hebrew God as he commanded that coins be stamped with the inscription-Epiphanes-God! Such blasphemy hen or now will never go unpunished. This mad man behavior is but a mild warning of the activities of things to come when the true Antichrist arrives. In fact Antiochus enjoyed a degree of acceptance to the early days of his reign, as we noted by those hypocrites willing to go along with for their gain-even as the Antichrist will dupe the whole world except the sealed Jews with his charisma and skills. In the time of the end this "beast" will make a peace treaty, but in the middle of it (3 1/2 years) will break it and rescind the treaty. Dan. 9 27 says " And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week (7 years) and in the middle of the week (3 1/2 years) he shall cause the sacrifice and oblation (offering in worship) to cease." Next writing "You Might fool The World, But you can't fool the Church."
Tale of Two Madmen (Aug 31 2013)
We have to the close of God where he will rule over the Gentiles. How do you think Daniel felt after the dream in chapter 7. Put yourself in his shoes. You just have a dream or a nightmare that completely unnerved you. You fainted, you become anxious-so fearful that you wanted someone else's help. Now you are asking yourself; if three more Gentile kingdoms, as suggested by the dream are supposed to arrive on the scene to dominate the world after Babylon, what will be the fate of your people, the Jews during that period of time? How long with the trials last? What will the end results be? These questions are going through Daniel's mind, but still no answers. But God never leaves His people in a state of confusion. For that reason, God begins to provide Daniel with specific revelations that relates to the future of his people. With that brief background, we now spend the remainder of the book of Daniel reviewing these revelations, giving special emphasis to interpreting the prophecies that address the end-time predictions that not only relate to Israel during the latter days, but also speaks to you and I-Jew or Gentile today. (Daniel 8:1-2) The year is 551 B.C. Daniel sees himself at the palace of Shushan, a city in Persia, about 230 miles east of Babylon and 120 miles north of the Persian Gulf. Daniel make sit clear that this vision took place before the troubling dream in chapter 7. What we about to learn is that the vision Daniel sees again projects him into the future when the superpowers Medo-Persia would rule them, the known world-a partial rerun of what Daniel has already learned in earlier dreams. (Dan. 8:1-3) Daniel's been her before. The difference is in this vision symbols have changed. Just as the bear appeared in chapter 7 as rising higher on one side, so, in similar fashion, there is now a picture of one of the horns of the ram rising higher than the other, indicating again the dominance of the Persian exercised over the other partner, the Medes. So far, this is not new information, but this doe not diminished the significance of the dream. The ram with the two horns standing before the Ulia River again represents Medo_Persia and corresponds to the arms and the breast of silver that we saw in chapter 2 and the appearance of the bear chapter 7. We know that this is true and 100 % correct, as we should expect. It's God's word. We know that symbolic, protective forces of the Medes and Persians was a ram with a sharp horn. Not only that, but the Persian ruler, when engaging in foreign military expeditions, proudly wore the head of a ram on his head as a symbol of his enormous power. Now the ram goes into action,lowering its fierce head and butting at prey tot he West, North, and South. Ultimately as our history books tell us. Medo-Persia laid waste Babylon, Asia Minor, and Syria tot he West: Armenia, and the area of the Caspian Sea tot he north; and then conquered to the South.Symbolized by a ram, the Medo-Persian Empire butted up against Virtually every nation on the face of the earth. So far, this is more of a confirmation of Daniels' earlier dream than anything else, and such confirmation continues as we now see the nation of Greece symbolized by a goat, the equivalent of the brass stomach and the thighs of Nebuchadnezzar's image in chapter 2, and the leopard with wings in chapter 7. So fleet of foot is this goat that when it runs, its feet doe not touch the ground-an apt description of the awesome power of the swift, far reaching campaigns of the Greco-Macedonian army. Suddenly, however the vision provide us with additional detail information, more that we saw in Daniel's earlier dream. Greece is not only the goat, but we now see a great horn appear between the eyes, a symbol of Greece's first great monarch, Alexander the Great, There has never been a military strategist the likes of Alexander the Great, in the annals of history. While in power, he was revered by all young kings with singular skills and enormous intelligence, amazing the world with his military prowess. His crowning victory came with interval-334-331 B.C.. But he did not live long. He died of malaria and syphilis at the age of 32, lamenting that there was no longer worlds to conquer. During his final years of life, Alexander spent much of his time indulging in sex, immoral conduct, and alcohol as he did destroying his foes. In the end Alexander's true enemy lay within. Again the Bible is completely accurate as it predicts the events of Alexander's demise, describing in detail the "four horns' that replaced the single broken horn between the goat's eyes. These represent the four generals who would later divide the sum of Alexander's great conquests among themselves. Alexander, figured he had the world on a string, but the string broke ans in found him out, and sin won. He had conquered the outside world, but failed to deal with the demon inside. (There is a lesson to be learned here! Think about it?) Next writing "Her comes The Madmen"
Part 2 Beast & More Beast 23 Aug
In his dream, Daniel heaven vision of one like the Son of Man coming with the clouds. This is none other than Jesus Christ. This prophecy is about to happen, because the term Son of Man is definitely the Messiah and the Saviour. The term Son of Man that Jesus repeated to describe Himself in Matthew 8:20. "And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man hath not where to lay His head." Matthew 24:30. ""And then shall appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven; and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of Man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory." Now God presents the kingdom to His Son Jesus. This is the moment when the stone cut without hands smashes the feet of the image in Daniel 5: 45. This announces the return of Christ because He is the stone or rock. (1 Cor. 10:4). The come the tremendous battle we read in Revelation 19 when Christ comes back on a white horse (V.11) and the armies of heaven follow Him (V.14). Verse 19 says, "And I saw the beast (Antichrist-the little horn), and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him (Jesus) that sat on the horse, and against His army," Bu they did not prevail. This is the time when the prophecy of the stone smashing the feet of the image is fulfilled. It's over for the world powers at this point because Jesus Christ has arrived to set up his kingdom. However, as Jesus appears, the armies of the revived Roman Empire attempts to stop the King of kings and the Lord of lords (Psa. 2:1-6) gives the final picture. "Why do heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against the anointed, saying let us break their hands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. he that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh; and the Lord shall have them in derision. Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. Yet have I set my king upon the holy hill of Zion?"
This will be the great climax, that moment in history, when the gentile dominion ends, and when Jesus is seated on the throne of David. Luke 1:32-33 says, " He shall be great, and he shall be called the Son of the most highest: and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of his father David; And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and his kingdom there shall be no end." After the thousand year reign of Christ, the earth is purged and Christ is recommissioned and rules eternally upon the earth. ( 1 Cor 15:24). Eph. 3:21 adds, "Unto Him be the glory in the church by Christ throughout all ages, world without end. Amen
In Daniel 7:16-27 (Read it) Daniel is confused. He has no one to help understand the dream, so God provided him with help, which had to be the angel Gabriel, (who is the messenger of God). The other dreams had been so simple to interpret, but this one is terrible because of the nature of the four beast and not one piece of the image of gold, silver, and bronze-but a diversity of four beast acting out their beastly nature in a fit of rage, violence, and conquest. The suddenly in verse 18 something exciting happens where the saints of the most high take the kingdom. This is when Jesus returns as we have already said, the stone smites the feet of the image, pacing Christ and his saints in control. There seems to be a special confusion regarding the fourth beast to Daniel. Daniel had a keen understanding of Babylon, the Medes and Persians, and Greece, largerly because they already existed in his own time. But the next beast Rome-and the revived Roman Empire would come centuries later, and he could not in his day, know anything about the mystery with out it being sent to him by God concerning the End-time events. This is the empire withe two legs and ten toes, and the animal with ten horns that was a composite of all the others. Ten toes and ten horns. Try though he might, Daniel could not grasp the meaning. Yet now, 2500 years later, you and I are seeing unfold before our very eyes and watching the mysteries as the European Union flexes its muscle in the international circle, preparing for the arrival of the Antichrist. During the Tribulation Period, the Jewish people will suffer so much that the Antichrist will prevail against them. Read Jer. 30:7. It mentions "Jacob's troubles", Jacob is another name for Israel. We find that when Stan was cast down to earth he became exceeding angry when he realizes his time is short (Rev. 2:12) For this reason, he makes war to try to obliterate the Jewish race (Rev. 12 : 13). He persecutes the woman the women who brought forth the manchild-that woman was he Jewish virgin Mary, The son that came from her is the manchild, and the Antichrist is trying to rid of all who came froth from her, as well as the Gentiles. At this pint the Antichrist will call himself god, and the false prophet will set up an image of him and who will not bow down or take the mark will be killed. The False prophet in Rev 13:25 give the beast the power to both speak and cause that as many that did not worship him would be killed. He says"Bow down and worship this image of me and take the mark, 666 or you will lose your head." (see rev. 13:15-18; 20:4). This is the time that the Antichrist will take control of the world. but the good news is Jesus returns as King of kings and Lord of lords (Rev. 19:16) and defeats the Antichrist and his armies. (Rev 19: 16 ; Psa. 2:1-6). God will say in this time in history, "How dare you. How can you stand against me and my Son as I present Him tot he world as King of kings and Lord of lords.? You lose. because now I set my King upon the holy hills of Jerusalem!" Before we close these Scriptures it's important that we review the activities of the Antichrist for the 7 years that he appears on earth, he reign begins when he makes peace with Israel and the nations (Dan. 9: 27) says' And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week; and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease. In other words in 42 months of the treaty he will break it. His first task of business is to make the peace with Israel, an agreement that is honor for 31/2 years. At this point, however, Russia starts its march southward to Israel to break the peace treaty between Israel and the Antichrist. Then God and Magog (Russia and their allies) go up against the land of un-walled villages when Israel is at rest. (Ezekiel 38:11) WE know since 1948 when Israel became a nations she has never been at peace.. Soon a peace program of 7 years will be signed, But it will be short lived. Russia ruins it. During the battle the Antichrist comes to the end, (Dan. 11:45) Yes , he actually dies, but in Rev. 13:3 says. "his deadly wounds are healed; and all the world wondered (marveled) after the beast.' In other words, the Antichrist is resurrected. He comes back to life. That's why everybody marvels at him, literally standing awe of this great political prowess and enormous ability to move about in the minds and hearts of people all over the world. To the world he appears to be like Jesus, returning to life, and it is at this time he magnifies himself above all gods ( Dan. 11:36) and exalts to a deluded and deceived world (Thess 2:4). He says. "I am God. Toady as we watch a fast moving New Age Movement and its I am a God philosophy, crystal, shamans and channeled messages that permeate every segment of our society-even entering most of the churches of the world- be aware that this Satanic activity has already proved instrumental in preparing the way for the Great Deceiver to set himself up to be worship by the world. (Rev 13:15), a time when he wars out the Jews and saints who were left her after the rapture. Dan. 7:23. This activity takes place when Jesus return and destroys the evil one w1th the brightness of his coming and his glory, casting him into the lake of fire and brimstone where he remains forever and ever. (Rev 19:20) Daniel's reaction in verse 7; 28.When his dream had been explained by Gabriel, Daniel felt sorrow in his heart, for he knew and began to understand what would happen to his people the Jews centuries later. He catches a glimpse of the terrible times of persecution that would fall on them. He was rightly disturbed and confused and confused because he was not totally privy to understanding the great blessings the rest of the story that would come later to his people- blessing we will discover as we continue to unwrap the sealed mysteries of the time of the end, even as we see Daniel's' humanity surface when he is physically and psychologically devastated by the vision he sees in Chapter 8
BEAST 2 is a bear that raises itself up on one side. holding crying Iraqi, lydia and Egypt- a hungry beast, and capable of gorging itself, Following the pattern of Nebuchadnezzar's image, this second beast is a symbol of the Medes and Persian, with Darius ruler of the Medea and Cyrus the Persians. However the Persians demonstrated greater strength because of their massive armies, and as a a result, the bear "lifted itself up on one side", indicating Persians political and military superiority all borne out by history facts. BEAST 3. Must be Greece, a leopard with four wings and four heads. The wings pictured the speed of Alexander the Great and his enormous armies, which is said to be the swiftest in the known world. Alexander conquered one and one -half million square miles of the globe, stretching for more than eleven thousands miles from Greece in the West to India in the East, a man who, even after all his conquests, is said to have wept, because he felt he had no more worlds to conquer. BEAST 4. This beast isRoman- a terrible beast that no animal on earth can represent it. It's iron teeth are similar to the toes on the image composed of iron mixed with clay as we read in Daniel chapter 2. It's ten horns are a graphic description of the final revived Roman Empire- fulfilled in 1981 when Greece became the tenth nation to join the European Union. Most Bible scholars though that in 1981, when Greece joinde the European Union that the ten toes were the completion of the ten toes, which is true, but as we read in Daniel 7: 8,20;24 we read that the ten toes will grow to 13. This also has taken place. # 11 was Spain, # 12 was Portugal and # 13 was Austria in 1996. But this is only the beginning, this fourth beast because a world empire-the New World Order. (already happening). Daniel 7:23 state that he shall devour ( or engulf) the whole world. Revelation 13:7 states, "power was given to him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations." No longer is the fulfillment of prophecy something you and I see on the T.V. and the Internet or read in the paper about it in Daniel. Yes it is in black & white each day for us to see & read. What is the "little horn" mention in Daniel 7: 8. What is it to do? I believe that it is the Antichrist that is mention ion the new Testament. This little horn appearance was not for an earlier period in history,but for the end-time of Daniel 12:4. Why? Because the Antichrist will arises out of this grouping of the ten nations. Since the European Union is already in place, there is not doubt as I see it the Antichrist is about to appear on the scene. Verse 11 says, the little horn, or beast speaks and his words are great. This event takes place during the Tribulation Period, when the little horn, the infamous Antichrist finally comes to power. Read Revelation 13: 5-6, where the Antichrist blasphemes against God and eventually calls himself God, but at a great price, because Christ will destroy him. with the brightest of His coming (2 Thess2:8) However there is more trouble for the beast and his false prophet for they are cast into the lake of fire that is burning with fire and brimstone. Furthermore, when Satan is cast into the lake of fire one thousands years later, the Beast and the False Prophets are still in existence=proving that the fires of hell does not burn up as some preach. (Rev 20:10) What about the other Beast in Daniels dream. When do they have their dominion taken away from them. That is a good question, and important one too. The Medes and the Persians destroyed Babylon: Greece destroyed the Medes and Persians, and Rome destroyed Greece. Their kingdoms and powers were taken away from them, yet the passage tells us that they still exist because all their customs were passed on to each nations that they conquered, meaning they are still with us in some way. Remember that the old Persian Empire is today Iran and Iraq. Would you agree that these two nations are still causing trouble all around the world with their commitment to regional and international terrorism? (next writing, More of Daniel's dream)
First President! But not without lions Aug 6 2013
Most people when you mention the book of Daniel will say "O I know that book." It is about Daniel in the lions den. But there is more in the book than that. Unfortunately for most people , that's all that they know about the mysterious Book of Daniel, which provide the End-Time Message and are being unsealed this minute as I type this. , Something we will investigate in greater depth when analyzing Chapters 7 through twelve.First some background, Daniel serve under six administrations as a faithful, wise, competent counselor-all remarkable since he was a Jew, a member of the reluctant group of captives brought from Jerusalem to Babylon, and one who really never fit into this foreign culture. Daniel was a survivor because God gave him the strength and courage to stand up for his faith. And now in chapter six, we're going to see that strength tested.This is an amazing and tremendous feat. For this man of God it had all started with the reign of Nebuchadnezzar, who lost his kingdom, who ultimately lost his kingdom when Babylon was handed over to the Medes and Persians that fateful night when Belshazzar was pre-occupied with wine, women and song. Then the handwriting began to appear on the wall and the Medo-Persians conquest occurred as the new leaders immediately executed three thousands political prisoners, including all of the Babylon's princes and president. However, as you'll recall, at the last moment of his life, Belshazzar made Daniel the third in command. Imagine this scene if you were Darius or Cyrus, leaders of the Medes and the Persians; You conquer a nation, rape and pillage virtually everyone and everything in sight, you kill all the country's key leaders-yet despite your best efforts at assuming complete control, there is still this person, Daniel, who is number three in the kingdom-and who seemly can't be eliminated. Why wasn't he killed with the others? Why was Daniel, of all people. left to survive and to become a nuisance to the new administration. The answer i guess, God always sets up those he wants to elevate. God plan for Daniel's life, and now even the new kings-Darius and Cyrus-find themselves appreciating Daniel and his administrative abilities, so much, so that they made him a president in their kingdom. So, Daniel was one of the three appointed heads of state-at eighty-five years of age. kingdom
Dan. 6:4-9. In actions that demonstrated the depth of their anti-Semitism, the Gentile administrators compelled to work with Daniel were determined to find a way to put this man down once and for all. How could they tolerate the presence of a Jew in such a high position-one greater then their own? That was the rub. So they pulled Daniel's file. I can just see then scouring the officials records looking for just one act of impropriety, for some minute administrative error. Perhaps they would find some unaccounted for, under- the -table money had changed hands. Perhaps Daniel had been derelict in his duties earlier on, but no one had caught the mistake. They searched to the point of exhaustion, only their search was in vain. As much as they hated to admit it, Daniel had a prefect record. The only thing that could find was the he served the God of heaven. What a wonderful indictment, and would it not be wonderful if our detractors were to sy the same thing about you and I? But it will be said about us as we remain people of the Book who lived on our knees in devoted worship to God. We have choice according to Luke 18:1 either pray or faint!,and Daniel never stopped praying. Because of this, his fellow administrators figured they'd finally discovered the smoking gun they were looking for, and that is when the treachery being. Today we might call it "bootlicking"- cozy-ing up to someone from whom we might want a favor or some special arrangement. This what Daniel's friends did by going to Darius with their newly-hatched scheme to catch Daniel in the act of praying. It is important to realize that it was not just a few who plotted against Daniel. Remember, there were 120 princes and three presidents-the first who was Daniel, That meant there were 122 government servants under the Medes and the Persians who had turned against Daniel. The vote 122 to 1. How could any politician survive those odds? And it all started with a vile, dirty little sin called jealousy. You might say ,"Well I don't go out and get drunk; I don't commit adultery; I don't steal: I have never killed anyone...but if your heart is filled with envy, that not so much sin will remove you from the presence of God eternally unless repentance occurs. Galatians 5:19-21 reads, "Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these: Adultery, fornication, uncleaness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, sediments, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and suck likes of the which I tell you before, As I have told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom." God's word is constantly reminding us to check out our hearts, and find out if we are envious of the position, wealth, or appearance of others. Daniel did not compare himself with the Jones' or Smiths of his day, and neither should we. Daniel had higher goals, and his message to us is that if we are to truly know God, we,too must have goals and objectives that reflect our love for Christ. Meanwhile, Daniels' enemies got their way as they pushed through a decree that promised a den filled with lions for those who worshipped and other god than the king. What a fool-proof idea, Finally they
would get that Jew who had been elevated to such a lofty position of leadership. Yes, a den of lions. That would surely do the trick. Not even Daniel could extricate himself from those hungry beasts. Something else. They also reminded the king that when a decree is signed, it is an irrevocable law of the Medes and the Persians. The king knew this, but because of the pressure of virtually his entire administrative staff, he complied with their wishes and sign the document on the spot. (Next writing Daniel caught in the act of praying)
Daniel Comes before Belshazzar Dan. 5:13-16 (Aug 2 2013
By now the party has the party has come to complete stand still- And I am sure most of the people had sober up. Who wouldn't- a hand writing a message on the wall would have an effect on any partying fool. Then Daniel the kill joy who was a Jew from Jerusalem, but now this senior citizen was just as sharp and alert as the day he was brought to Babylon bout 70 years ago. He could care less about the purple robe and gold chain that the king had offered. What value were they, such temporal rewards to him? We today often get confused on these issues. We like to get good rewards for the good things we do, often asking what will I get in return; who's going to notice me if I do this good deed? But this is not the way of Christ.Heb 13:5 says' "let your conversation be without covetousness, and be content with such things as ye have; for he hath said. I will never leave thee nor forsake thee." This is the spirit of a Christian, one which we must maintain, during these last days. If one would look up the meanings of words, such as adultery-fornication, or licentiousness, and then look up covetousness-they would find that immortality and materialism run neck in neck. They are that close in God's eyes. God hates the sin of loving money and an obsession with material things much as he hates the sin of immorality.
Dan. 5:17-24. Daniel waits till Belshazzar stops talking-probably babbling out of sheer fear-Daniel begins to speak. I can just see Daniel standing there, his eyes strong, erect, looking the young ruler right in the face, and I imagine the young ruler guest was wondering what about happen, This was suppose to be a fun night, or week, but it turn in to "Sermon Time" and Daniel was about to deliver the message. He started by giving the young ruler a history lesson if the life of his granddad Nebuchadnezzar. He didn't lay back either. He came right and said your granddad learned his lesson from the most High God, and finally called on him for mercy. But you young man are going to pay a heavy price for throwing this party and desecrating the sacred vessels set apart for temple worship. This was address to a car-less un-humble heart who was drinking boozes out of vessels that were used to honor the God of heaven and honoring a god that could neither speak or hear. That's what idolatry is all about, and that is what wroshipping other gods today. David said in Psa. 115:4-8 "There idols are silver and gold, the work of men's hands. They have mouths, but speak not: eyes have they, but they see not; they have ears but hear not: noses have they, but they smell not;hey have hands, but handled not; feet, have they,but they walk not, neither speak they through their throat. They that make them are like unto them; so is every one who trusted them." Daniel is telling the young ruler: "Look it is just a piece of wood covered with metal. It was made by human hands. It can't see, hear talk or move... and yet you worship it. Can't your learn a lesson from your grandfather? He paid a terrible price, eating grass like an animal and wandering around as a man man. But after hearing and seeing all this, you still was not convince that the God of heaven was the true living God. But because of your unbelief you took the vessels from the house of God and made it a mockery of the plan of redemption. Dan.5 :25-28. Now the party had slow down. No more drinking or dancing at the moment. The band had played the last song and the hall is now silent as the people wait for Daniel to interpret the handwriting words which was written on the wall in Aramaic. "Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin. The reason for repeating "Mene"- "Your days are numbered' is that the Medes and Persians were at that very moment, waiting to make a move into the city to subdue it, so there was a "Mene" for each. One "Mene" for Medes and one Mene" for the Persians. They were assembled underneath the city walls ready to attack, just as God had predicted on the wall for all the party goers to see. Next came "Tekel" meaning you are weighed in the balance, and are found wanting. Belshazzar was guilty of all charges. In Morals-integrity, and and no fear of God. He had done nothing to glorify the one true God. Here God engages in a kind of irony. He so often use s in the book Of Daniel by changing- just a few vowels away from Persia. He said that not only will the kingdom of Belshazzar be divided, but right at this moment, one of the enemies -Persia was just a spear throw away. While the foolish young ruler and his guest had been drinking themselves drunk, the "predicted ones" were almost in the hall, weapons poised to murder the young ruler. It was a Babylon Pearl Harbor. A sneak attack. Just as American soldiers would be ill-prepared on the fateful day in Hawaii on Dec 7, 1941, so the same thing would happen to Babylon. How the two armies made their way into the city is worth of explaining. The Medes and Persians won the battle by this way. Babylon was built on the Euphrates river, with a huge wall like fort surrounding it. It was so formidable that no one could scale it. Te ensure greater security , the moats around the walls were filled with water, so enemies would have to swim across the water if they expected to get to the city. but they didn't count on the military cunning of the two armies under the leadership of Darius and Cyrus. The two put their heads together and figured out how to enter the city and capture it. First they blocked off the flow of water from the Euphrates river until the waters around the city dried up. Then they waited until the moats were dry, stepped into it, dug a trench under the wall, and in full battle gear marched through the underground canals into the city- while Belshazzar's party was in full swing (Now was might what wrong with a little drinking and dancing?). It was a huge military victory that only a few minutes ago after the handwriting on the wall-the troops enter the hall and killed Belshazzar. Before the attacked, Daniel was rewarded what he was promised, but Belshazzar had little time for the presentation. God's judgement on the wicked young ruler was swift and complete, and Darius the Mede took the the kingdom at 62 years old. It was end to an era as Daniel had prophesied years before to Belshazzar's grandfather. But our story is not half told. There is still more excitement things to learn from the Book of Daniel, as we will see as the people still try to destroy Daniel as he continued to pray with the window open to the God of Abraham. He stood for the god of heaven at all cost for the god of heaven and this kind of courage eventually led him to the ultimate in prosperity, even from the hungry lions and his three friends had stood the test of the fiery furnace. (Next writing "But not without lions"
The Handwriting on the Wall (29 Jul 2013
Daniel 5:5-9. What would you have done if you'd had come to the kings palace for a night of drinking and dancing and sudden God crashed the party? I have feeling some of the guest were so drunk that they though they were seeing things, like This so cool..look..a hand writing on the wall. Belshazzar sure know how to put on a magical show, we didn't know that we were going to have a show of illusions along with the wine." But Belshazzar had not arrange this distraction, and apparently, he had enough wit about himself to call the party to a halt as the handwriting began to write a message on the wall. The message was clearly written- a warning of judgment to come because of the desecration of the holy vessels, designed to honor" Yahweh". the God of heaven. The King James 1611 Bible says that "his knees smote one against another. (Dan.5:6). That means that Belshazzar was so scared that his knees were knocking. The party was now history, and Belshazzar was not the only one who wished that the party had ended an hour earlier. The passage said that he was pale and i imagine you and I would have turned a strong shade of white also. So once again the wise men were called for. This time not to interpret a dream but to try to figure out what this handwriting on the wall was saying. I imagine the wise men were saying to each other, " Belshazzar's drunk again and is hallucinating." How ever as the soothsayers entered the dining hall, they were stumped because the hand writing was unreadable to them, and they could not believe what they were seeing. That's when the panic set-in, this is until the queen mothers stepping in. She was the wife of Nebuchadnezzar and she reminded Belshazzar about man named Daniel in the kingdom that was pretty good at figuring out this sort of thing. The queen is really saying you had better get Daniel and listen to him, because your grandfather really love and respected him, and used him more than once on occasion to handle problems like this. She knew that Daniel had the spirit of a Holy God in and upon him and would have the answer to the handwriting on the wall. Daniel was now in his middle 80's. During 60 odd years in Babylon Daniel kept the Spirit of God on his entire life and the queen knew this. By spending time in God's precious Word. 1 Peter 2:2. "As new born babes, desire the sincere milk, that you may grow thereby." That was the secret of Daniel then, and is the source of our strength today as we move swiftly toward to the end of this age and to the final unsealing of the end-time mysteries. Daniel lived on his knees before God, and when one lives like that-from teenager years to becoming a senior citizen-that person will be in such a spirit filled being that even the enemies of God will sit up and take notice. Daniel understood the secret of life, and therefore, whenever called upon to speak God's Word of truth to a perverse generations of Babylonians, he was up tot he task, with fitting and correct word from God, Is Daniel your model today? (next writing."(Daniel come before Belshazzar)
Don't look now, but there's something on the wall Part 2 23 July 2013
Nabondius was a great warrior, always away on a mission to add more territory and subjects to his mighty Babylon, and always returned with the booty and the spoils of war. In is absent, Babylon was left control of his son, Belshazzar. And when the cats are away, we know what the rats will do, they will play and play and play-as there were no tomorrow. And that's where we pick up the story-and perhaps the wildest party ever held in Babylon. This part was held in a enormous hall-176 feet long and 56 feet wide. You may remember when Sadamm Hussen when in power had a party and invited 69,800 people. That is a lot of folks, and some must have had to sit outside. This is the enormous physical environment of chapter 5, Big party-Big spender-Big Orgy-Big trouble!
The problem started when Belshazzar made the mistake of using the holy vessels that his grandfather had stolen for the temple in Jerusalem. As Far as we know, Nebuchadnezzar committed no sacrilege with these hallowed temple vessels to his credit. But Belshazzar , he could care less. He wanted to drink and he didn't care what kind of cup his servants poured the brew in. Imagine the scene; Young Belshazzar is in charge of the affairs of the state, but tonight he wanted to have a party. He goes over the list of people he wants to attend. He say's "Old Dad is out of town on another war, and it's my night to howl". And howl he did starting by desecrating the Jewish Temple vessels-goblets that told the story of God's redemption through blood.. (Heb.9:22) says, 'Without the shedding of blood there is no remission ( of sin). The Jews also believed that blood makes an atonement for sins (Lev. 17:11) These were holy utensils not everyday cups and saucers. But Belshazzar ordered them to be filled with booze of all descriptions, much to the delight of his pagan friends who drank, laughed, and danced the night away. But no party last forever, and this one would be especially short lived. Belshazzar would pay dearly for his sacrilege.
Booze was about to become the problem for this young ruler.Have you noticed that in the age we live in, tat booze is no less the same problem? More than half of all our car accidents are alcohol related< Booze has destroyed more homes and children live than anyone can imagine. Drinking has ruined career, crippled relationships. let otherwise sane people mentally incompetent. The warning about booze have been in the bible for thousands of years,and I think it is important to quote a few scriptures to indicated what God thinks about alcohol. Proverbs 20:1 "Wine is a mocker, strong drink is a raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise." Proverbs 23:29 reads, "Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who have contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause/ who hath redness of the eyes? They that tarry long at the wine, they that go to seek mixed wine."like coke & rum) Proverbs 31 commands; Look not on the wine when it is red." Juice was called wine. Proverbs 23:20, "Be not among wine bibbers (drinkers)." Habakkuk 2;15 says, Woe unto him that giveth his neighbor drink, that puttest thy bottle to him, and makest him drunken also." The judgement of God is upon those who drink, those who get drunk, and equally upon on those who serve or sell strong drinks and wine to get them drunk. I Cor 6:9-10 and Gal 5:19-21 states that no drunkard can enter the kingdom of heaven unless he repents of his sins and returns to God. We note that Belshazzar was not only drunk as he sat there on his elevated throne, surrounded by his many concubines who encouraged all-night drinking bouts with the guest, but he also added sacrilege to indignity by drinking his kingly brew out of the precious vessels of redemption-goblets and temple ware that represented eternal salvation.. To top it off, he and his guest "drank wine" and praised the heathen god of gold and of silver, of brass, of iron, of wood,and of stone" (*Dan. 5:4) During this orgy, God was watching the scene from heaven, an d He was not pleased. (Next writing !The handwriting on the Wall)
The King Response to the Watchers.
Now the king has finally got his sense back. He swallow his pride and raised his humbled eyes toward heaven. After his terrible experience as a mad monarch scratching out an existence as an animal, now he was finally willing to honor the true king of heaven, He knew that all God's works were true, and that those who live out their days in pride will be humbled beyond recognition.
What brought the king to this realization? It was the miracle, when he saw the three Hebrew children in the fiery furnace without a hair singed, or a piece of their clothes not carrying the smell of smoke, and the fourth man in the furnace with them, walking around unscathed-that didn't make him a believer. It took the the sickness of deranged mind to bring him to his senses, and what a conversion experience he had. The truth we have seen again and again in this chapter is highlighted to Paul's writing to the church in Rome. "But God be thanked that ye were servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that from a doctrine which was delivered to you. " (Romans 6:17) The Message? There is hope for all! Yes there is hope for all of us, just as there was for the king. Yes! he paid a great price for his sins, just as you and I will if we turn back the doctrine of the Word that God's has ordained. True repentance means turning about face and heading in God's direction. When we do this, we no longer will want to sin. Now after all the fighting kicking, and screaming, the king did to distance himself from the true God, he finally realizes that he was the problem, and that his own sinful pride was the issue. It took crawling around on all four like an animal for 7 years to make him realized that he need to square himself with the true God. Nebuchadnezzar's conversion changed him from the inside out. Yes. it's great. historically accurate story, but the deeper, underlying message of the king's story and his dream is that this all simply a shattering events yet to come. Seven Years of Tribulation where unbridled humans will set themselves up as a a New Age god, living unholy, prideful lives and worshipping seducing spirits, even when the obvious handwriting of warning begins to appear on the wall
"Don't Look Now, But there is something on the wall" (Daniel 5:1-4)
Another title for this chapter could be "Hugh Hefner's World Wildest Party", hosted by play boy millionaire Belshazzar,grandson of Nebuchadnezzar, and number two in command in Babylon. It was a drunken orgy where the women were in abundance and the wine flowed like water-a graphic example of "eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die." With one small correction. They would not die tomorrow, they would be attacked, defeated, a murdered that very night by stealthy troops already assembled deep under the city. Before we sneak into the party to see what is going on, let's look at Belshazzar. Who was he? Were was his credentials? It's important to note that for many years, liberal interpreters of Holy Writ pleaded their cases that there was no such person at all. One man by the names of Ferdinand Hitzack, in 1850 said that no one by the name of Belshazzar had ever existed, and therefore the Book of Daniel was a farce. However just 19 years ago, J.C. Taylor was on a archological dig in southern Iraq where he dug up artifacts that contained 60 lines of cuneiform-a system of writing used for a number of years of ancient Near Eastern languages from 3000 BC until the first century AD. Primarily a Mesopotamian system, and these writings were inscribed on clay, stone, metal and other hard materials. This was the key discovery of Taylor and the Christians world, because one of the 60 lines of the cuneiform prayed for the health of Nabonidus and his son Belshazzar. in 1924 Sidney Smith did some digging of his own in the region and he too, unearthed an artifact that stated that Nabonidus and his son Belshazzar celebrated the giving of the kingship to his son Belshazzar. Again liberal scholars do not have a position at all. In fact there are those who wish to appear foolish need only to suggest the Bible has errors in content, history or personnel. The answers may not be immediately observable, but the truth will always emerge, even as it did in the case of Belshazzar, who say was just a ghost. (Next writing Part 2 )
Daniel Interprets The Dream 17 Jul
The first piece of bad news for the king was that he in fact was the tree, It was big, strong and sturdy, providing food for all,seemly invincible. But Daniel's message was that this power could not last forever-a recurring theme, and one you'd think would not be settling deep into the king's heart. As the tree in the dream, the king would be cut down to size, with only the stump remaining alive, but ineffective. He one day would be revived, but only after a terrible sickness has afflicted him. Here we see that God is not only a God of Irony, but one also with humor. If you recall where the king determined to make a great image all gold because he believed that nobody would ever defeat him. When he made the decision to make the image hew really was saying to Daniel, "Look Daniel, I really don't care what you told me about the gold, silver, bronze, and clay...my statue is going to be all gold, Period! So what does God do as he gives Daniel the interpretation of the dream? He says, "By the way king. I want you to noticed something about this tree-which is you. There are couple of things on the bottom you need to know about, like brass and iron!" I have a feeling this irony was not lost on the king as he probably said to himself, 'Come on, not the brass and iron stuff again!" God was saying, through Daniel, which you at first accepted, is going to happen, whether you like it or not, the brass and iron are still the major players in your ultimate demise." And who is telling the king about his future> The "watcher" and the "holy one"- angels, sent to do the bidding of their Creator. These watchers see all and tell all- to God. They are around us, They protect us. Remember when Jesus was on earth he said, "Thinkest thou that I cannot pray to my Father and he shall presently give more than twelve legions of angels? ( A legion is 7 thousand). So it seems these 'watchers and holy ones" brought the king his message of doom in the dream. The king was a proud king and had accomplishment great things for his people, a peaceful shelter for all-full of plenty, so that no one in Babylon would go hungry. now the tree of plenty was going down and be destroyed, and again there was the annoying little band of brass and iron. This king had a thing for trees especially cedar trees, and that he would cut them down with his own hands. Now the king would be cut down to a stump and be removed from office and forced to leave the palace as a crazy man, scratching the earth for food as an animal. How long would he be forced to live this way? Until he accepted that the true God in heaven was the ruler over the kingdom of the world. As any good preacher would do after a powerful sermon, Daniel gave an altar call to give the king the opportunity to repent of his evil ways. Up to now the king had been cruel to thousands of his people, especially during the massive building campaigns (Habakkuk. 2:11-13). But Daniel did not flinch on telling the king of the dream. He told the king there was no escape form the wrath to come. Daniel did indicate that perhaps-just-maybe-God would extend the king;s era of peace if he would repent of his terrible acts of oppression, start to to do right, and do a great deal of mercy to the poor in Babylon.
Verse 28-33 It is now a year later and god had been patient with the king despite his early bent toward believing in the God of Daniel, the king remain stubborn, believing he would rule the earth forever, Even as he hoped his friend Daniel would be wrong, the prophecy began to come to life. First the king finds himself on the verge of a nervous breakdown, he became lonely and confused. He probably was strolling on his roof top of his palace as he spoke- grounds that cover 6 miles surveying his great city and all that he had done to make it one of the wonders of the world. He royal chest filled with pride as he boasted of accomplishments never done by others. He had built two enormous temples and 17 ornate religious shrines. His hanging gardens of Babylon were without equal, It was later named one of the seven wonders of the world. He had designed and built the famous Ishtar Gate-with its craved bulls and four legged dragons cast in gold. But all he had did the voice form heaven finally came, as Daniel had told him one year ago. The words of the watchers were, "O king.. the kingdom is departed from thee" (4:31) Payday was here and the king realized even the best laid plans of kings is just like dust to Daniel's God. One swish and they are gone! The mill of god may grind slowly, but they grind exceedingly fine. Surely and firmly judgment falls when people refuse to glorify God by taking credit for their worldly accomplishments. Again this is the scenario of the seven-year Tribulation period-a time in history will repeat it's self, when the greatest sin will be committed by another king-the infamous Antichrist, who will magnify himself above God. That's why Proverbs 16: 18 declares, "Pride goeth before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall." This reminds me of a story that speaks straight to this issue of pride. Once there was a little frog sitting on the ground. He watched as he saw two great eagles flying over head. "Oh, if I could only fly like them I would be so happy" he said to himself. One day the two eagle were on the ground, and the frog went over and asked one of them would they do him a favor. I've got along stick, and if you would put it between you two beaks I could hang on to it and we could fly together. The eagles agree to the strange request, and slowly the frog hanging on to the stick for dear life,was lifted off the ground. higher and higher they went. The other frogs on the ground were saying. "What a genius he was. The flying frog ego got the best of him when he shouted, I-I-I did". By doing this he lost his bite on the stick and plunged to earth in a humiliating landing. We can do nothing on our own no more than that frog could fly without the help from the eagles. All we are and what we have, is a gift from God. So next time you are tempted to say, " I did it all on my own." remember the frog. And also remember the pride of Nebuchadnezzar, a man who had done great things to make a name for himself, but who in the process, refuse to give God the credit. As a result, he paid the price. He fell as Satan did, through pride. ( 1. Tim 3:6) next writing The king respones to the watchers
21 Judgments (Jul 10)
How many judgments will there be during these perilous days? 21! Each one is listed in Revelation chapter 6 to 18. I will list a few! Rev. 6:2 says the Antichrist appears on a white horse:verses 4-8 tells us there are 3 other riders. The red horse depicts peace being removed form the earth with the cataclysmic judgment of war annihilating 1/3 of the world's population; verse 5 says a rider on a black horse causes mass starvation; and verse 8 give us a dramatic picture of a rider on a pale horse, that causes myriads of diseases, killing 1/4 of the human race, with sword, hunger, and with the beast. in verse 9 we see yet another judgement where millions were slaughter for honoring the Word of God. Verse 12 speaks of judgments of heaven; "And behold when he had opened the sixth seal, and lo, there was a great earthquake and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood.The judgment described in Rev.
8, is so terrible that it unleashing the other fourteen judgments, causing and unusual silence in heaven for the space of an half-hour. The angels, knowing what is coming, are so stunned as the contemplate the future that there is holy hush in the presence of God. We are now at the doorstep, and the book of Daniel is the prophecy through which these end-time mysteries are now being unsealed.In Chapter 2 of Daniel's prophecy has already happened. There is only one part of the prophecy yet to come, the stone smashing the feet of the image-Christ's glorious return for his Bride-the Church and then after 7 years return to establish His millennial reign for a thousand years upon earth. All of this is going to kick into motion at any day now. While the Church is gone there will be there will be a Tribulation period, pictured by the example of a deranged animal-like king-who crawls on the ground eating grass for 7 years. once again a desperate king returns to his foreign friend and counselor for the interpretation of the dream. And again Daniel is about to tell the king the bad news. And Daniel remains courageous, refusing to dodge the issue/ God had given Daniel the interpretation and is about to speak the mind of God freely before the king. Let's go to verse 19 and see what Daniel is about to tell the king. Even though Daniel had been given a divine truth directly from God, it still was not easy, for him to express the bad news to the king. He stood there astonished, virtually unable to speak for one hour. Then we see a small crack in the king's pride as he becomes compassionate toward Daniel, telling him not to let the dream or interpretation get him down. The king seemed to be stiffening his upper lip. since he;s been in a similar situation before with Daniel, he's probably was geared up to hear the bad news that was fixing to come his way. Basically Daniel's speech went something like this, " O king I've got some er-more bad news for you." It is always difficult to bring bad news to a friend and Daniel must have felt pain in his heart, yet he remain brave and spoke the word of God even though it was a terrible confirmation of what was going to do. Speaking the truth in love.comfortable or not is the role of the believer to speak.. Just as a doctor is obliged to cut out a cancer if he is to fulfill his role as a worthy physician, so we are obliged to speak the truth of God's Word with compassion. God says we are to warn the people of the wrath to come, or their blood will be on our hands. It's the same message Paul told Timothy in 2 Tim. 4;2, "Preach the word, be instant in season out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine." This is what Daniel did once again, The prophet of God was not afraid and he had been given the message by God, and he would deliver it. Daniel was prepared to stand firm before the most powerful man on earth, even with a one- on-one situation. And Daniel did not stutter. Next writing (Daniel interpret's the dream)
The Testimony of a King (5 July)
After the events that unfolded in the last chapter the apparently docile king Nebuchadnezzar issued a proclamation declaring I yield to the God of Heaven. That the most high God was in control of a realm far greater than his own kingdom that would last eternally, dominating earthly powers for generations to come. This decree was written by the king himself.
Dan. 4:4-18. (please read it from your Bible) We now how come to the latter half of the kin's reign, and some 23 years have passed between Chapter 3 and 4. The king has been a successful warrior abroad for most of his career, and is now spending the remainder of his life in relative ease at his palace in Babylon. Chapter 4 could probably be called Nebuchadnezzar's spiritual life. but just as a an old mule will balk, the king remained a proud man and would later have to pay the price for subjects to worship his golden image on the plain of Dura a generation earlier. The scored would go up for the God of Heaven, as this chapter unfolds
Once again the king had a dream that caused him great anxiety. By now he seem convinced that his old magicians, astrologers, and wise men could not interpret the dream, so he brought in new seers "all the wise men of Babylon, not just from the palace.This time he didn't play around with the dream by asking them to tell them the dream right away. Still the wisest in the realm could not tell him the what the dream meant I've always wonder why he didn't bring in Daniel in right away instead of going through all the trouble with his seers who seem could never deliver. Eventually Daniel (Belshadnezzar) was brought in before the king, taking time of from judging and being Prime Minister. The king knew deep down that only a supernatural being could interpret the dream. He really knew that only Daniel could answer his need,Verse 10 "Tree Power" As described in this passage the king ( crawled about on his hands and knees, disheveled, a mad monarch forced to eat grass as an animal)). His latest dream was about was a about a tree of great height, with branches heavy with enough fruit to sustain lives of many. But then a holy "watcher' Descended form heaven and commanded to the tree to be cut down, leaving only a stump in the ground. To a king who already was a paranoid about losing his kingdom, this dream was one more painful series that indicated neither the time not the God of Daniel was on his side. Let's look at the dream and its various components as they relate both to the biblical symbolism and to the final end-time mysteries,
Throughout the Word of God, tress represent kingdoms and power. Two example:1). The cedar tree usually refers to Lebanon. (1 Kings 4:33). 2). The fig tree speaks of Israel. (Joel 1:7; Hosea 9:10; Matt 24:32). The King at this time did not know at this time that the tree represented him and his empire. Babylon was a powerful tree-a mighty kingdom that had refused to bow its head to anything but a lifeless Marduk and other Babylonian gods. but it was an abusive power, filled with pride of an arrogant king who had crafted a golden image and made his people bow to it. Because of his arrogance's, God would cut down the tree that represented Nebuchadnezzar's great power to the ground, but some of it would remained ( the stump) to indicate that it was still alive enough to undergo seven years of testing, a graphic picture of the seven year Tribulation period of the Antichrist-a time which is at our door right now. During this seven years of trouble, according to the dream, the king will be stricken down. He crawled about on his hands and his knees, disheveled, a mad monarch forced to eat grass as an animal. His hair probably grew till it touched his back. His fingernails were like bird claws. There was a time when skeptics argued that such a situation was impossible. Raymond Harrison told of a personal experience with a modern case similar to that of Nebuchadnezzar, which he saw in a British mental institute in 1946. He found a man that was so mentally deranged, had claws like a bird, with matted hair hanging down to his feet. The man's diet was grass, which he ate crawling on all four. The medical name for this was Boanthropy. Medical records prove that this disease does exist, and that the King indeed experience this. This would last seven years for the king, representing the seven years of the Tribulation, that will happened on earth when all that misses the rapture who insist on honoring a false God will go through this judgement. (Next writing How many Judgments will there be?)
One-Two Three- Into The Flames You Go! June 28 2013
Daniel 3:21-23 "Then these three men were bound in their coats, their hosen and their hats, and other garments, and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. Therefore because the king's command was urgent, and the furnace exceeding hot the flames of the fire slew those men that took Shadrack, Meshack, and Abed-nego. And these men, Shadrack, Meshack and Abed-nego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. "Think of the hottest steel mill furnace you have ever seen or hear about. Now image the temperature as seven times hotter-an increase 700%, Anger often displays itself when fury takes over. A small fire would have been just good, and it would have been a slow painful death instead of a quick death. Can you feel the heat? Think of this; Fire not only purifies gold, but it gets rid of the dross-the flaws and the alien materials that cling to the precious metal, That's why it is so valuable. It's pure unadulterated. Free of foreign matter. It was the same that day when the three boys were shoved into the furnace. The dross of the mighty men of the kingdom commissioned by the king to do their terrible deed-were destroyed the moment they opened the fiery furnace door while Daniel's friends were wearing highly flammable clothing and bound head to foot-found themselves in for further purification of their lives. Daniel 3: 24-27. "Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonished and rose up in haste, and spake and said unto his counselors, Did we not cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king. He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt, and the fourth is like the Son of God. Then Nebuchadnezzar came near the mouth of the burning fiery furnace, and spake and said. Shadrach, Meshack and Abed-nego, ye servants of the most high God, come forth, and come hiter. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego came forth of the midst of the fire. And the Princes, governors, and captains, and the kings' counselors, being gathered together, saw these men, whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was a hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them. Who was the fourth man? The king did not leave and go to his quarters to wait for the report that the three boys were burned. He sat there in rapt attention, eagerly watching what his decree would do to anyone who refused to bow to his image. But he was not prepared for what he was about to encounter. Scriptures says he jumped up, astonished at what he saw. As he did he asked all who were there, Didn't we put three men into the furnace? Why do I see four men-all unhurt? Are my eyes playing tricks on me? And look-no one is bound. Didn't we tie them up Then why are they not on fire-burn up? This makes no sense. They are walking around around like nothing has happened. But what has me confused,who is the fourth man? Who is he? How did he get in there. Perhaps the most comment from the kings mouth, "The fourth man is like the Son God" (v 25) I believe what he meant was, would be "like a son of gods" The Babylonians believe that their gods could transform to anything they pleased, so what the king was saying was that he believe the fourth man was their supernatural gods of Babylonian. Still unwillingly to admit that the one true God might just be involved in this miracle, the king continues to credit the pagan god for this turn of events.
The king is on a losing streak. braving the intense heat ,and now bewildered, the king goes near the furnace door and call out to the three boys to come out, addressing them as the servant of the most high God. Has the king come closer to believing in this God of these boys? How many miracles-or dreams that were interpreted would it take for the stubborn king to see the light? It does appear that the somewhat impressed with the power of the God of Israel- the God who had over-ruled his decree, leaving the Jewish boys, unscathed. At this moment he must be re-thinking Daniel's prophecy-the dream of the statue that would smashed by a rock and encompass the whole earth. The scoreboard in the furnace now reads Three Hebrew Children- 1-The king -0. The king is on a losing streak. I don't know who that fourth man was, but I believe that t\he fourth man was pre-carnation Son Of God, Jesus. We do know that Jesus has existed from all eternity-" from everlasting" (Micah 5:2) and that he is "the mighty God" (Isiah 9:6) Jesus will never leave us. He is the God of eternity, so therefore it is no surprise that He would appear in the furnace and be the protector of these three boys. Christ lived before he came to earth . He truly is everlasting. He is God, the second member of the Trinity. But how did he appear in the furnace, one may ask? By a Christophany (That which resembles or is or is similar to a specified substance or material). And now we see Christ in the fire with the three boys, who had been faithful to their god. What is the message for us in this passage? Simply this: whatever our trial is, Jesus is always in our midst, administering comfort to us in our greatest need. Hebrews 13:5. "I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.' That's the message for us. We don"t have to go through our fiery furnace alone. Jesus say's, I'll go through them with you. Verse 28-30. "Then Nebuchadnezzar spake and said, blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego, who has send His angel, and delivered his servants that trusted in him and have change the king's word, and yield their bodies, that they might nor serve nor worship any god, except their own god.Therefore I make a decree, that every people, nation, and language, which speak anything amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego shall be cut to pieces, and their houses shallbe made a dunghill:be cause there are no other God that can deliver after this sort. The king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, in the province of Babylon." Here again God blesses those who are faithful to Him. The king had no choice but to praise God for the delivering these three boys. He now admits that an angel which can also be translated "deity" was sen out to deliver them from the fiery furnace. Now the Kings changes gears again, this time decreeing that anyone who speak against the great God of Israel, would be cut to pieces and their house made into a dunghill- a threat, you'll remember, reserved earlier for the wise men and magicians who could not interpret the kings dream. Again this not just a story. The deep meaning of this passages and the entire chapter is this; During the Tribulation Period the false prophet will set an image of the Antichrist and make people bow to it.. If they don't worship the image, they will be put to death. (It does not make any difference where they do or not for the Church and the Holy Ghost is gone). The only ones saved are the 144,000 virgin Jews that are sealed). Just as God shut the door on the ark, no flesh was saved except those in the ark. The same thing will happen. When the church is Rapture and the door closed, all Gentile flesh will be destroyed. During this time the entire world will become a fiery furnace. Psalms 97:3 "A fire goeth forth'. Ezekiel 20:47. "The flaming flame shall not be quench." Zeph 1:18 The whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy. "Mal 4:1 "For, behold "the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven...."
Next Writing Chapter 4. "The Testimony of the king."