Counting the Years Until the Messiah

The Number of the Years

Book of Daniel Chapter 9

Focus Daniel 9:1-3, 19-27

Most people avoid the Book of Daniel but if you base your beliefs on facts, most of what God’s Prophet Daniel has written down for us has already become the truth and those things written in our future will also come to be true.

The Book of Daniel deals with facts!

Daniel was in constant contact with our Heavenly Father all the days of his life!

We already know that Daniel always prayed 3 times each day but the truth is every time Daniel had a thought or if he learned something he did not quite understand, Daniel always went to the Lord in prayer. A great example for us all.

Paul said we are to pray without ceasing and the Prophet Daniel was one of God’s children who did so.

Another thing we should remember is, that no matter that Daniel was taken away from his homeland and knew of the destruction of Jerusalem, Daniel remained faithful to Jehovah all his days.

When have studied the Word of God enough to know the Lord always does everything the right way because His Heavenly Father insisted on it, then we will know that our Heavenly Father will never do things that are wrong for His children!

Rom 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Even when threatened with death, Daniel remained faithful to Jehovah, the One True God!

What did we learn from the Book of Ezekiel? God rewards faithfulness!

Daniel was always one who would give us a timeframe, so we do not have to guess.

*Dan 9:1 In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of the seed of the Medes, which was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans;

It is this Darius who conceived a plan to secretly enter into Babylon, while the Babylon army was unprepared, killed King Belshazzar and took over the rule of the Chaldean nations.

Some say he was a viceroy of Cyrus and this may be true, but he ruled Babylon for short period of time.

We should understand that this was prophesy being fulfilled.

Daniel had interpreted the dream of Nebuchadnezzar and this was the beginning of the fulfillment of that dream and that prophesy.

Prophesy is such a fascinating subject that most of us love to hear about our future.

I have to admit that I am not studied enough to give good lessons on this subject, there is only just so much material that can included in 30 minute lessons.

For those who do not know these are the same lessons I teach in Sunday School.

The greatest future is available to only those who have their name written down in the Lamb’s Book of Life!

We should not miss the fact that Daniel was studying the Scriptures and came across the written Book of Jeremiah and the prophesy that the Jews would return to their homeland at the end of 70 years and Daniel was trying to see in his mind how these things would take place.

Daniel himself, with Jehovah’s help, had interpreted the dream of Nebuchadnezzar and right before his own eyes he was seeing this thing take place.

*Dan 9:2 In the first year of his reign I Daniel understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem.

What did Daniel see in the Book of Jeremiah?

Jer 25:11 And this whole land shall be a desolation, and an astonishment; and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years.
Jer 25:12 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 the Chaldeans, and will make it perpetual desolations.
Jer 25:13 And I will bring upon that land all my words which I have pronounced against it, even all that is written in this book, which Jeremiah hath prophesied against all the nations.

Daniel realized that part of these words of Jeremiah had become the truth. We should understand that the Word of God contains only the truth!

The King of Babylon had been punished. The nation of the Chaldees were being punished by the foreign power, that that was the silver of the statue of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream.

Some say the two arms of that statue represent one Darius and two Cyrus.

We can be sure that Daniel was also familiar with the Scriptures of Isaiah.

Isa 44:21 Remember these, O Jacob and Israel; for thou art my servant: I have formed thee; thou art my servant: O Israel, thou shalt not be forgotten of me.

We can say that this is still true today.

And another great prophesy would be soon in the making, which again left Daniel in amazement. The omnipotence of God. The All-Knowing Jehovah God!

Isa 44:22 I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins: return unto me; for I have redeemed thee.
Isa 44:23 Sing, O ye heavens; for the LORD hath done it: shout, ye lower parts of the earth: break forth into singing, ye mountains, O forest, and every tree therein: for the LORD hath redeemed Jacob, and glorified himself in Israel.
Isa 44:24 Thus saith the LORD, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the LORD that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself;
Isa 44:25 That frustrateth the tokens of the liars, and maketh diviners mad; that turneth wise men backward, and maketh their knowledge foolish;
Isa 44:26 That confirmeth the word of his servant, and performeth the counsel of his messengers; that saith to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be inhabited; and to the cities of Judah, Ye shall be built, and I will raise up the decayed places thereof:
Isa 44:27 That saith to the deep, Be dry, and I will dry up thy rivers:
Isa 44:28 That saith of Cyrus, He is my shepherd, and shall perform all my pleasure: even saying to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be built; and to the temple, Thy foundation shall be laid.

We can just imagine the thrill of Daniel as he heard that Cyrus had united the Medo-Persian Empire and was the supreme rule of a big part of the world. Even larger than that of Nebuchadnezzar.

There was really only one thing to do and that was to pray.

*Dan 9:3 And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes:
Dan 9:4 And I prayed unto the LORD my God, and made my confession, and said, O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments;
Dan 9:5 We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from thy precepts and from thy judgments:
Dan 9:6 Neither have we hearkened unto thy servants the prophets, which spake in thy name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land.

You if we would just look at what is going on in the world today as we live, we would see the Word of God being fulfilled right before our eyes, but we will never know unless we study the Scriptures and the Prophets, as did the Prophet Daniel.

How can we ever know the truth of our world if we refuse to read and study the Word of God?

There is so much in our future to look forward to when your name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life!

We could leave the doom and gloom of our world behind in our thoughts of the delightful things of living with our Savior.

Rememeber Jesus said, I go to prepare “you” a mansion, in my Father’s House.

When we know the truth of God, why in the world do we not claim that truth and quit worrying over the lies of this world!

Our world is not coming to an end, it is the Lord who is in control, not the so-called powerful men in our world.

We do abuse our world, but we are not the cause of climate change, it is the Lord who is in control.

We just need to make daily contact with our Heavenly Father!

Daniel saw the fulfillment of promises made to his people.

We are blind if we do not see those same promises then and now.

The world is moving along according to the plan of God! Nothing can change this!

The Church needs to quit belly aching and get busy about the work the Lord has given to us to do. This is what our world lacks the most!

We have always seen where that the Lord’s rewards come according to our faithfulness! He is always faithful to fulfill His own Words!

Our faithfulness begins with our prayers!

We show our faithfulness by accepting the Word of God just as it is written!

We need to live as though the Lord could return at any time because He could.

There are no more prophecies that need be fulfilled in the Church Age except the Lord’s return!

All other prophecies concern Israel and the promises made to Israel.

1) We must clearly understand that disaster comes to those who refuse to repent and turn away from their sin, and to all those who reject the Word of God!

2) Disaster comes to those because the Lord is a righteous God and to be true to those who love Him, He must execute justice upon all those who are disobedient!

The Lord knows those who Love Him!

Those who love the Lord pray!
Those who love the Lord call upon His Holy Name!
Those who love the Lord will confess that they are sinners!

How does the Lord know we love Him?

1Jn 5:2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.
1Jn 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
1Jn 5:4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
1Jn 5:5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?

If we truly believe these things, what is wrong with us?
Why do we not claim the truth of God?
Why do we not own our faith and our faithfulness?

If, we pray with the truth in our heart, God will answer our prayers!

Now we may not get a visit from the angel Gabriel, but even this is not impossible!

When we pray, we must know what we are asking God to do, and we must know He will only do according to the Word He has given to us!

*Dan 9:19 O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, hearken and do; defer not, for thine own sake, O my God: for thy city and thy people are called by thy name.

When Daniel prayed this prayer, Jerusalem was a city of ruins and the Temple of Solomon was completely destroyed and the Jews were scattered all over the empire of Babylon, which had just been taken over by the Medes.

Daniel was not praying because these Jews had become righteous because they had not, and we will never be righteous in these bodies of flesh.

No matter, our righteousness the Lord is always righteous.

Daniel was praying for God’s mercy!

We know God is love and His mercy is based upon His love. If we show mercy, then we can receive the mercy of God!

Mat 5:7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

Mercy is compassion shown to those who are miserable!

Most all these Jews were miserable in captivity. Misery is great unhappiness.

Without the Lord we will never know true happiness!

Our happiness is based upon our faithfulness to the Lord!

Mat_25:23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

The truth is the Lord has sworn an oath that He would never forsake Israel.

The truth is the Lord will always be merciful to those who repent from the heart!

Today we live in a world where most people and a lot of the Church, have forgotten that there is a penalty for violating God’s commandments and that penalty is death!

Without repentance that penalty of death will hold true!

Should we plead with God in our prayers? In some cases we may need to be almost like a pest.

The Lord wants to know if we are serious!

We see that Daniel did and Daniel pleaded that God would do exactly like He said He would.

Luk 11:8 I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth.
Luk 11:9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
Luk 11:10 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

After 70 years these Jews had learned a valuable lesson, which was, you do not go against the Word of God and win!

Our world has not learned this lesson as of yet!

God did not have to look at Jerusalem to see the devastation left by Nebuchadnezzar.

God makes things out of nothing, so things that are destroyed in the world, including terrible damage, are nothing compared to His awesome power of life.

If God can make the Sun and the stars then a city or a Temple is nothing to Him!

But the Lord God will not do things we can build ourselves but He will help us even in these things.

After those 70 years the Lord did allow many of these Jews to return to Jerusalem and Jehovah even caused the enemy to pay for the reconstruction of the City of Jerusalem and the Temple and then the City Walls.

When the time is right, the Lord will even cause the enemies of the Jews to pay for the building of the third temple and even endorse it.

*Dan 9:20 And whiles I was speaking, and praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the LORD my God for the holy mountain of my God;
Dan 9:21 Yea, whiles I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation.

We might ask, why was Daniel so much more important than we to get his prayer so quickly.

1) The Lord loved Daniel.
2) Daniel had been faithful all his days.
3) Daniel did not ask anything for himself. After the Jews returned home, Daniel stayed where he was all his remaining days.
4) Daniel prayed according to the revealed will of God.
5) God had more work for Daniel to do while he remained in Babylon.

We can see the phrase “being cause to fly swift” to mean that God answered this prayer of Daniel even while he was still praying.

God did not want Daniel to be too concerned about the war that was happening around him, and he only needed to concern himself with the answer to his prayer.

God had already given Daniel the prophecies concerning the rule of all nations. This was not going to change and there was no need of asking for these things to change.

The Babylon Empire had ended, and the Mede-Persian Empire was in place.

Soon the armies of Alexander would come and after this the Roman Empire would begin. Even this empire is gone as it was and we are now left with the resuts. The ten toes of iron mixed with miry clay.

Even though Daniel could not live long enough to see all these things come to be, he did know what the Lord said is always true.

In the end that “Rock” that “Stone” cut out by the hands of God would rule this world!

Now Jehovah would give Daniel the approximate times this would take place.

Daniel had seen that a “prayer of faith” is the most powerful tool we have as those who love God.
Daniel had seen that, he had sin in his life, and he confessed his sin.
Daniel was also asking the Lord to forgive the sin of his nation. (2 Chronicles 7:14)
Daniel was praying for the Lord to come as King of kings and Lord of lords.

Daniel did not realize that the Lord would certainly come twice and most all the Jews had missed that the Lord would first come to establish His Church and then return to rule this world.

We know that Gabriel did not just drop in to check on Daniel. Gabriel was sent by Jehovah. The angels are first and foremost God’s messengers!

By the way, in this Scripture is written, Gabriel could have come in the glory of an angel when in most cases angels come as humans.

Remember Daniel is having another vision, this vision more like a dream or being in a trance, rather than a Supernatural vision.

Daniel had seen Gabriel before:

Dan 8:15 And it came to pass, when I, even I Daniel, had seen the vision, and sought for the meaning, then, behold, there stood before me as the appearance of a man.
Dan 8:16 And I heard a man’s voice between the banks of Ulai, which called, and said, Gabriel, make this man to understand the vision.

This time Gabriel had a more specific mission!

*Dan 9:22 And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, O Daniel, I am now come forth to give thee skill and understanding.
Dan 9:23 At the beginning of thy supplications the commandment came forth, and I am come to shew thee; for thou art greatly beloved: therefore understand the matter, and consider the vision.

Gabriel had left Heaven from the face of God, coming directly to Daniel to cause Daniel to understand a great message.

The message concerned the first and the second coming of the Messiah. (Yeshua Ha Meshia)

What had Daniel seen? The Word of God is intended to encourage our prayers! When we see with our own eyes the fulfillment of a prophesy of God, or we see it approaching, we need to be more earnest in our prayers and the confessing of our sin.

We should concentrate not only on speaking to the Lord but also on listening to what the Lord has to say.

At the very beginning of Daniel’s prayer God already knew what Daniel would pray and the Lord sent Gabriel.

He first told Daniel the he was greatly loved, and this is true of every child of God and certainly true of Daniel who had remained faithful to his God all his days, even if he was a captive in a foreign land.

We must never forget, we are the adopted children of God. He chose us and He loves us!

When we are looking to see what God is telling us, the best place to look is in the message of a true pastor!

Heb 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

So what was the message given to Gabriel for Daniel?

*Dan 9:24 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.

So how do we explain those 70 weeks.

This space of “seventy” weeks is not to be understood of weeks of days; which is too short a time for the fulfilment of so many events as are mentioned; nor were they fulfilled within such a space of time; but of weeks of years, and make up four hundred and ninety years; within which time, beginning from a date after mentioned, all the things prophesied of were accomplished; and this way of reckoning of years by days is not unusual in the sacred writings.

Gen 29:26 And Laban said, It must not be so done in our country, to give the younger before the firstborn.
Gen 29:27 Fulfil her week, and we will give thee this also for the service which thou shalt serve with me yet seven other years.
Gen 29:28 And Jacob did so, and fulfilled her week: and he gave him Rachel his daughter to wife also.

Jacobs week of 7 days was a period of 7 years he served to Rachel his wife he desired so much.

Seventy years according to the Bible is our prime years and any years beyond those 70 requires so much extra strength they are hard to live.

Psa 90:10 The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.

Notice the days of our years.

Jeremiah prophesied Judah would serve 70 years in Babylon.

Jer 25:11 And this whole land shall be a desolation, and an astonishment; and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years.

2 Chronicles saw the completion of those 70 years as the coming of Cyrus.

2Ch 36:21 To fulfil the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed her sabbaths: for as long as she lay desolate she kept sabbath, to fulfil threescore and ten years.
2Ch 36:22 Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the LORD spoken by the mouth of Jeremiah might be accomplished, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it also in writing, saying,

Notice the “Sabbath Year”.

In every seventh year it was God’s commandment the land would receive one year of rest.

The prophet Zechariah saw the ending of those 70 years as the rebuilding of the Temple.

Zec 1:12 Then the angel of the LORD answered and said, O LORD of hosts, how long wilt thou not have mercy on Jerusalem and on the cities of Judah, against which thou hast had indignation these threescore and ten years?

For most Bible Scholars these references to sabbath years are to be sabbatical years and to be 490 years according to the Book of Leviticus.

Lev 25:8 And thou shalt number seven sabbaths of years unto thee, seven times seven years; and the space of the seven sabbaths of years shall be unto thee forty and nine years.

Since Israel had not kept the “sabbatical year” since the time of the Judges, then God would give the Promised Land 70 consecutive sabbatical years during their exile again 490 years.

Back to Daniel 24:

1) The first part of God’s plan is to stop the transgression of the Jews. This will only fully take place at the Second Coming of the Lord. The end of those 490 years.

2) The second part of God’s plan is to put an end to sin in this world. This will take place during the Millennial Reign of Jesus Christ.

3) The third part of God’s plan is to atone for all wickedness. This took place on Mount Calvary where the Lord Jesus Christ made atonement for all our sin. ALL the Sin of All the People since Jesus died on the Cross.

4) The fourth part of God’s plan is to establish righteousness upon this earth. Again during the Millennial Reign of Christ.

5) The fifth part of God’s plan is to fulfill all prophesy. Takes place when we have reached the New Earth and the New Jerusalem.

6) The sixth part of God’s plan is to anoint the Most Holy. This is the anointing of the Lord Jesus Christ. King of kings and Lord of lords!

So when would these things begin?

*Dan 9:25 Know therefore and understand, that from the 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 built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.

The starting point of God’s plan would be the decree to rebuild Jerusalem and the Temple and that completion, would not happen till the walls of the city were also complete. This would take 49 years.

The first decree was issued buy Cyrus in 538 BC but stressed the rebuilding of the Temple.

Ezr 1:1 Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it also in writing, saying,
Ezr 1:2 Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, The LORD God of heaven hath given me all the kingdoms of the earth; and he hath charged me to build him an house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah.
Ezr 1:3 Who is there among you of all his people? his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem, which is in Judah, and build the house of the LORD God of Israel, (he is the God,) which is in Jerusalem.

The second decree went out from Artaxerxes I, and given to Ezra in 458 BC and this time it was to rebuild the city of Jerusalem.

Ezr 7:11 Now this is the copy of the letter that the king Artaxerxes gave unto Ezra the priest, the scribe, even a scribe of the words of the commandments of the LORD, and of his statutes to Israel.
Ezr 7:12 Artaxerxes, king of kings, unto Ezra the priest, a scribe of the law of the God of heaven, perfect peace, and at such a time.
Ezr 7:13 I make a decree, that all they of the people of Israel, and of his priests and Levites, in my realm, which are minded of their own freewill to go up to Jerusalem, go with thee.

Sometime later a third decree issued in 445 BC finally caused the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem.

Neh 2:3 And said unto the king, Let the king live for ever: why should not my countenance be sad, when the city, the place of my fathers’ sepulchres, lieth waste, and the gates thereof are consumed with fire?

Neh 2:5 And I said unto the king, If it please the king, and if thy servant have found favour in thy sight, that thou wouldest send me unto Judah, unto the city of my fathers’ sepulchres, that I may build it.

This was the 49 years of the rebuilding of Jerusalem.

Then began the 62 weeks or the 434 years to the first coming of the Messiah.

Zec 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.

What was not revealed to Daniel was the Church Age, which began when the Messiah was cut off.

*Dan 9:26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.

What do we know? We know that Jesus Christ did not die for Himself. He died for me and He died for you, and He died for everyone else who have sin to their account!

To the world of that day, it seemed that Jesus died for nothing.

To the world of that day, it seemed that Jesus did not accomplish anything with His life.

What the world rejects is that Jesus, God in the flesh, came to this earth to die. He died so that we may live!

Jesus Christ is everything to all those who trust Him!

Just a few short years after Jesus died and then rose from that death to live 40 more days and had many more witnesses and then went back to Heaven, the Romans destroyed Jerusalem and the Temple but this did not end the suffering for Israel because they made one more tremendous mistake.

Mat 27:24 When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it.
Mat 27:25 Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.

As it stands right now the Jews will continue to be punished until the Lord returns for the second time.

Between then and now, it what is called the Church Age!

This is the gap between the 69nth and the 70th week.

This leaves one 7.

*Dan 9:27 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, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

This new covenant is the covenant of “Grace”.

What did Jesus say of this time period?

Mat 24:1 And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple.
Mat 24:2 And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.
Mat 24:3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?
Mat 24:4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
Mat 24:5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
Mat 24:6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
Mat 24:7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
Mat 24:8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
Mat 24:9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.
Mat 24:10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
Mat 24:11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
Mat 24:12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
Mat 24:13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
Mat 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

We need to pay attention to the teaching of Jesus and the Apostles, including the Apostle Paul, and we will know all these things and miss out on the wrath of god shown to all unbelievers!

Amen

Let’s Pray!

Prophesy Being Fulfilled

The Nations of the Future

Book of Daniel Chapter 2; 7 verses Chapter 2:31-45

What is the theme of the Book of Daniel? God sits upon His throne and He sets up the rulers of all lands, but He also takes them down.

Every ruler in his own way will try to gain domination, wealth, and control of his own nation and as many others that he is able to, but it is Jehovah God who determines, who controls and He overrules them so the world will do all things according to His plan!

If we pay attention to all the prophets of God, we do not have to worry that one of these rulers will cause world-wide war, until after the Church is in Heaven and then Jehovah Himself will destroy this world and then rebuild it.

Pro 8:13 The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.
Pro 8:14 Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength.
Pro 8:15 By me kings reign, and princes decree justice.
Pro 8:16 By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth.
Pro 8:17 I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.

Dan 2:21 And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding:
Dan 2:22 He revealeth the deep and secret things: he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him.

All things happen according to God’s timetable, which is far different than our own.

If things get to bad where you live, move and quit complaining or blaming someone else.
If the water is rising to close to your house, move and quit complaining or trying to blame someone else.
If you cannot live according to the Word of God where you live, then move, seek out a place where you can put your roots in and serve the Lord.

God will not do things that we can do ourselves!

He tells us what to expect in our lives!
He expects us to be a missionary wherever we live!
He is with us from the moment we are saved, until the moment this old body dies, and our soul joins Him in Heaven.

Jesus said He went back to heaven to prepare us a place. You either believe Him or not!

If the Holy Spirit directs us away from our home, then the Lord has a reason for this!

We must never think that we are alone in this world! The Lord Jesus Christ is our new owner and He will take care of us!

Job 34:21 For his eyes are upon the ways of man, and he seeth all his goings.

Psa 34:15 The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.

God is on our side and we must trust the Word of God and grow into the saints of God, no matter where we live!

*Dan 2:28 But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days. Thy dream, and the visions of thy head upon thy bed, are these;
Dan 2:29 As for thee, O king, thy thoughts came into thy mind upon thy bed, what should come to pass hereafter: and he that revealeth secrets maketh known to thee what shall come to pass.
Dan 2:30 But as for me, this secret is not revealed to me for any wisdom that I have more than any living, but for their sakes that shall make known the interpretation to the king, and that thou mightest know the thoughts of thy heart.
Dan 2:31 Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible.
Dan 2:32 This image’s head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass,
Dan 2:33 His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay.

The first thing the Church and the World needs to understand is, there is a God and His name is Jehovah, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit!

Daniel clearly understood there is a God and Daniel knew who this God was!

The God of Daniel is full of wisdom and knowledge!

He is a powerful God.
He is a just God.
He is a great God.
He is a good God.
He is a merciful God.
He is a faithful God.
He is a Holy God.
He is a God of Love.
He can reveal secrets, because nothing can be hidden from Him!
He knows all things!
He knows the beginning and the ending, and He knows both these things all at the same time.
He does not wait to see what happens!

Nothing can catch Jehovah by surprise!

God can reveal things to His people that no one else can know.

God could reveal the thoughts and the dreams of Nebuchadnezzar to Daniel, even if Nebuchadnezzar had forgotten his dream!

Daniel realized that these things were things of the future.

This king would lay awake at night making plans for his future and the future of his nation and how he would dominate this world and leave it for his sons.

There are many such men who are alive today!

Jehovah took this time to show Nebuchadnezzar that all these things were out of his control.

Just like Joseph, Daniel knew he did not have the power of interpreting dreams. Only Jehovah could show him the meaning of these things!

Gen 40:8 And they said unto him, We have dreamed a dream, and there is no interpreter of it. And Joseph said unto them, Do not interpretations belong to God? tell me them, I pray you.

Gen 41:15 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I have dreamed a dream, and there is none that can interpret it: and I have heard say of thee, that thou canst understand a dream to interpret it.
Gen 41:16 And Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, It is not in me: God shall give Pharaoh an answer of peace.

We need to have a clear understanding of our Savior so we can understand it is our God, Jehovah who determines the workings of all nations of the world, and who is to be ruler, and when their time will cease and He will name another ruler in their place.

It is Jehovah God who is guiding our world along according to His own plan and there is no power on earth that can change the plan of God!

In this dream of Nebuchadnezzar were the powers upon this earth in the times leading up to the coming of the Messiah, but God’s prophets saw far into the future even further than the days we live in now.

This dream was the extent of the dream of Nebuchadnezzar.

Nebuchadnezzar had seen into the future far enough to see all these powerful nations come to an end!

*Dan 2:34 Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces.

We can now see there is a power behind the workings of our world that only the Children of God are made aware of.

Remember the Bible is written for believers!

This statue had a head of pure gold. (Babylon)
Its chest and arms were silver. (Medo-Persian)
Its belly and thighs were bronze. (Greece)
Its legs were iron. (Rome)
Its feet were part iron and part clay.(European Nations)

While Jehovah had given Nebuchadnezzar this dream of a great statue, Nebuchadnezzar now saw a great stone cut out of a mountain while it rolled down the mountain side and collided with the great statue and destroyed this statue made of so many metals.

Because the feet of this statue was a mixture of iron and clay, it could not stand the force of this stone and the entire statue crumbled and fell in complete destruction.

You see none of these governments were standing on a solid foundation!

Suddenly where this statue stood this stone cut out by the hands of God grew until it filled the whole earth.

Any and every government that is not founded on the foundation of Jehovah God, the Lord Jesus Christ, will not rise as a lasting nation.

1Co 3:11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
1Co 3:12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
1Co 3:13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.

There is only one foundation for every government, and it is the Holy Ghost filled Church:

Eph_2:20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;

There is only one foundation that is sure:

2Ti_2:19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.

What we know up until this time in history, no nation has stood on the foundation of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The United States of America was born on the foundation of Jesus Christ, but is now falling away from that only true foundation.

Even though he is far from perfect our last hope may lie with our president today, Donald Trump and those who follow him.

All these things are in the hand of the Lord Jesus Christ, but they still require our vote when that time comes.

Until Christian Democrats are willing to take a stand on the Lord Jesus Christ, they do not deserve our vote.

We can be a part of this of this great stone or we can crumble just like all the great nations that have gone before us!

So Daniel began to explain these things to the King.

*Dan 2:35 Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.
Dan 2:36 This is the dream; and we will tell the interpretation thereof before the king.

The truth is that there has been a succession of world powers since the time of King Nebuchadnezzar.

There were great nations before Babylon, but they did not seek world domination as did this king.

The king went to bed at night thinking that one day he might rule the world.

Today as 2019 is gone and we begin 2020 we see the same things going on today.

Puny national leaders dreaming of ruling the world, rejecting the fact that they only hold their position because Jehovah God has placed them in their positions, because it fits into His plan!

Psa 37:10 For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be.
Psa 37:11 But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.
Psa 37:12 The wicked plotteth against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth.
Psa 37:13 The Lord shall laugh at him: for he seeth that his day is coming.

We can either get on the side of Jesus or we will die an eternal death!

No one can deny the truth of this Book of Daniel! History has proven its truth!

Let’s listen to Daniel present God’s meaning behind this dream of King Nebuchadnezzar.

*Dan 2:37 Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory.
Dan 2:38 And wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou art this head of gold.

At this point in the life of King Nebuchadnezzar, no other king had been able to stand against the armies of King Nebuchadnezzar. So in this sense he was king of the kings of that day.

This meaning was that King Nebuchadnezzar was the most powerful king at that time and history tells us that this was true.

Nebuchadnezzar ruled in the years 605/604-562 BC and was the greatest King of ancient Babylon during the period of the Neo-Babylonian Empire which existed from (626-539 BC). It was his father who was its founder, Nabopolassar who ruled from 626-605 BC. It was Nabopolassar who had defeated the Assyrians with the help of the Medes and liberated Babylonia from Assyrian rule. He then continued his conquest of that region of the world.

These things are true history, so they match the dream of Nebuchadnezzar. The god of Nebuchadnezzar was the idol that killed babies in sacrifice.

Nebuchadnezzar believed the false god Marduk had given him the power to rule the world, until the Lord caused him to change his mind.

Dan 4:34 And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation:
Dan 4:35 And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?

Nebuchadnezzar was that head of gold.

Then Daniel showed this king that his empire would soon be ruled by someone else.

*Dan 2:39 And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth.

What do we know from history and the Bible? It was the Medes who first overran Babylon beginning with the death of Belshazzar the grandson of Nebuchadnezzar.

More than once God had said this would happen.

Isa 13:17 Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them, which shall not regard silver; and as for gold, they shall not delight in it.
Isa 13:18 Their bows also shall dash the young men to pieces; and they shall have no pity on the fruit of the womb; their eye shall not spare children.
Isa 13:19 And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldees’ excellency, shall be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.

Jer 51:11 Make bright the arrows; gather the shields: the LORD hath raised up the spirit of the kings of the Medes: for his device is against Babylon, to destroy it; because it is the vengeance of the LORD, the vengeance of his temple.
Jer 51:12 Set up the standard upon the walls of Babylon, make the watch strong, set up the watchmen, prepare the ambushes: for the LORD hath both devised and done that which he spake against the inhabitants of Babylon.

Dan 5:30 In that night was Belshazzar the king of the Chaldeans slain.
Dan 5:31 And Darius the Median took the kingdom, being about threescore and two years old.

Just a quickly, the Persian Empire spread by uniting with the Medes.

Dan 8:20 The ram which thou sawest having two horns are the kings of Media and Persia. The 2 horns represented the Medes and the Persians.

The two arms of the statue and the horns of the goat signified the two divisions of this empire.

Also there was another fulfillment of prophesy.

Isa_44:28 That saith of Cyrus, He is my shepherd, and shall perform all my pleasure: even saying to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be built; and to the temple, Thy foundation shall be laid.
Isa_45:1 Thus saith the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden, to subdue nations before him; and I will loose the loins of kings, to open before him the two leaved gates; and the gates shall not be shut;

Ezr 1:2 Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, The LORD God of heaven hath given me all the kingdoms of the earth; and he hath charged me to build him an house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah.

This Kingdom lasted from 539-331 BC

These would be the kingdom of silver, but there would also be the kingdom of brass.

This kingdom of brass is the kingdom built by Alexander the Great!

This thing happened during the quiet years between the Old Testament and the New Testament.

This Kingdom lasted from 331 to 146 BC.

Alexander the Great quickly swept across the Medo-Persian Empire easily defeating the armies of Persia.

It was during this time that many Jews ended up in Egypt.

Dan 8:5 And as I was considering, behold, an he goat came from the west on the face of the whole earth, and touched not the ground: and the goat had a notable horn between his eyes.
Dan 8:6 And he came to the ram that had two horns, which I had seen standing before the river, and ran unto him in the fury of his power.
Dan 8:7 And I saw him come close unto the ram, and he was moved with choler against him, and smote the ram, and brake his two horns: and there was no power in the ram to stand before him, but he cast him down to the ground, and stamped upon him: and there was none that could deliver the ram out of his hand.

This Kingdom was great until the death of Alexander. Alexander overdosed on alcohol!

Dan 8:8 Therefore the he goat waxed very great: and when he was strong, the great horn was broken; and for it came up four notable ones toward the four winds of heaven.
Dan 8:9 And out of one of them came forth a little horn, which waxed exceeding great, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the pleasant land.
Dan 8:10 And it waxed great, even to the host of heaven; and it cast down some of the host and of the stars to the ground, and stamped upon them.

It is the breakup of Alexanders Kingdom after his death, that allowed the Roman Empire to develop.

Rome may never have defeated Alexander!

*Dan 2:40 And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise.

We are foolish if we cannot see the hand of the Lord in building up and tearing down of kingdoms!

Joh 19:10 Then saith Pilate unto him, Speakest thou not unto me? knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee?
Joh 19:11 Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin.

This Empire of Rome existed in the time of Christ, but even this empire developed because it fit into God’s plan!

Rom 13:1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.

The Roman Empire was a time of great cruelty throughout the world and much of this cruelty still exist today!

It is during this time of cruelty that the Church was established, and the “Gospel” made its way through the Roman Empire and into Europe and eventually to America.

The first Christian in Europe was a young lady name Lydia.

Act 16:14 And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul.

Who established the first Church in Europe in her own home!

We should keep in mind that the world of Rome was a male dominated world and a very cruel and sinful world.

The empire of Rome lasted some 600 years and some say it still exists.

Then we come to those toes made part of clay and part of iron.

*Dan 2:41 And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters’ clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay.
Dan 2:42 And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken.
Dan 2:43 And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.

It is toward the end of the time of Rome that a federation of nations began to appear.

It is these 10 European nations where the military and commercial power of the world settled for a time, all according to God’s plan of taking the “Gospel of Jesus Christ” to “whosoever” would trust in the Lord.

These nations battled themselves over and over till in the end we know that England, France and Spain became dominant for a period of time.

And soon after this there was an explosion of knowledge.

Dan 12:4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.

Do these 10 nations reflect the things we read in Chapter 7?

Dan 7:20 And of the ten horns that were in his head, and of the other which came up, and before whom three fell; even of that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spake very great things, whose look was more stout than his fellows.
Dan 7:21 I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them;
Dan 7:22 Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom.
Dan 7:23 Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.
Dan 7:24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.
Dan 7:25 And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.

Rome ruled by absolute power, but Rome failed because of corruption and wickedness in its government which passed on to its people!

Alexander ruled and was not so cruel, but his kingdom failed because of wickedness and alcohol.

These are all things in Prophesy that we see from the truth of the Scriptures.

Many have written their thoughts and it would be good to look at all those things that are written, but there is one thing we know for sure!

*Dan 2:44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.
Dan 2:45 Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure.

To be cut out of a mountain without hands teaches us the omnipotent power of our Divine Lord and Savior!

In the end there will be only one kingdom and it will be the kingdom of King Jesus!

King Jesus will begin His rule with a rod of iron.

Psa_2:9 Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.

Rev_2:27 And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.

Rev_12:5 And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.

Rev_19:15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

This “rod of iron” will be based upon the love of God and because God loves us, we must follow and obey His commandments, so we do not get caught up in the things of this world, which always end in destruction!

God’s kingdom will begin during the period of these kings and reach fulfillment when the Lord returns to claim His Kingdom!

God’s Kingdom will triumph over all the kingdoms of this world!

God’s Kingdom will endure forever!

God’s Kingdom is a sure thing!

Daniel said: “the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure”

This is Jehovah’s guarantee of a time that much of it has not yet come!

Amen

Let’s Pray!

The Tribulation Period

THE TERRORS OF THE TRIBULATION

OUR MAIN TEXT FOR TODAY: Daniel 11:36-12:3, 10-13

We have been learning what will happen to the children of Israel after the Rapture of the Church.

Deu 32:21 says  They have moved me to jealousy with that which is not God; they have provoked me to anger with their vanities: and I will move them to jealousy with those which are not a people; I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation.

That “foolish nation” is the Church and when the Rapture happens, I believe Israel will see the truth of God’s Word. They will then turn to the Lord and so we have these words of Moses.

MOSES SAID TO THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL THESE WORDS:

Deu 4:26  I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that ye shall soon utterly perish from off the land whereunto ye go over Jordan to possess it; ye shall not prolong your days upon it, but shall utterly be destroyed.
Deu 4:27  And the LORD shall scatter you among the nations, and ye shall be left few in number among the heathen, whither the LORD shall lead you.
Deu 4:28  And there ye shall serve gods, the work of men’s hands, wood and stone, which neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell.
Deu 4:29  But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.
Deu 4:30  [When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, [even in the latter days], if thou turn to the LORD thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice;
Deu 4:31  (For the LORD thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them.

WE HAVE ALSO BEEN LEARNING ABOUT THE THINGS OF THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST. THESE THINGS HAPPEN AFTER THE RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH:

Deu 30:3  That then the LORD thy God will turn thy captivity, and have compassion upon thee, and [will return] and gather thee from all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath scattered thee.

*****That word terror we see so much of today (as terrorist):

The dictionary says: Extreme fear; violent dread; fright; fear that agitate the body and mind.
We hear that word “Terrorist” almost everyday. A terrorist is someone that causes these things to happen.

I SUBMIT TO YOU THAT THE ANTI-CHRIST IS THE WORST TERRORIST OF THEM ALL!

Eze 28:19  All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: [thou shalt be a terror], and never shalt thou be any more.

2Th 2:3 SAYS  Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, [and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition];

Son of perdition meaning: He will suffer Entire loss or ruin; utter destruction, The utter loss of the soul or of final happiness in a future state; future misery or eternal death.

The impenitent(one who will not repent) sinner is condemned to final perdition.

We have been talking about that missing week from the book of Daniel. That seven year tribulation period that the children of Israel will go through. There will also be many Gentiles but [all those] that have rejected Christ will not survive these seven years.

2Th 2:10 says  And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness (in them that perish); [because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved].
2Th 2:11  [And for this cause] God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
2Th 2:12  [That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness].

*****WHEN WE REJECT THE TRUTH, WE SEAL OUR OWN PERDITION!

Now there will probably be some that did not get a chance to hear the word of God and reject the tug of the Holy Ghost.

Eze 47:22 says  And it shall come to pass, that ye shall divide it by lot for an inheritance unto you, [and to the strangers that sojourn among you, which shall beget children among you]: and they shall be unto you as born in the country among the children of Israel; they shall have inheritance with you among the tribes of Israel.

The strangers of the Bible are those that are not of the children of Israel!

WILL SOME OF THESE BE SAVED? I BELIEVE THEY WILL.

Rev 7:14 SAYS  And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, [These are they which came out of great tribulation], and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

*****WE WILL SEE THAT THE GREAT TRIBULATION IS THE LAST HALF OF THOSE TRIBULATION YEARS. THESE PEOPLE WILL SEE THE WORST OF THE WORST OF THOSE SEVEN YEARS AND MOST WILL DIE A TRAGIC DEATH BEFORE GETTING TO HEAVEN.

Rev 13:16 SAYS  And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
Rev 13:17  [And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name].

They would not be able to get food or meet their minimum needs to survive!

TO REJECT THIS MARK WOULD MEAN INSTANT DEATH!

Rev 6:9 says  And when he had opened the fifth seal, [I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God], and for the testimony which they held:
Rev 6:10  And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, [dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth]?

The last resurrection of Saints at the end of the tribulation period:

Rev 20:4  And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: [and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years].

NOW WE MUST KEEP IN MIND THAT AS A TEACHER I CANNOT INTERPRET THE SCRIPTURE BUT WE MUST ACCEPT GOD’S WORD AS HE INTENDED IT AND WROTE IT FOR US AND WE MUST TRY TO MAKE SENSE OF THE WORD:

2Pe 1:20  Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
2Pe 1:21  For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

BUT WE MUST STUDY:

2Ti 2:15  Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

OUR TEXT FOR TODAY:

Dan 11:36  [And the king shall do according to his will]; and [he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god], and [shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods], and [shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished]: for that that is determined shall be done.
Dan 11:37  [Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers], [nor the desire of women], [nor regard any god]: for [he shall magnify himself above all].
Dan 11:38  [But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces]: and [a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things].
Dan 11:39  [Thus shall he do in the most strong holds with a strange god, whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory: and he shall cause them to rule over many, and shall divide the land for gain.]

*****IF WE GET WHAT IS TAUGHT IN DANIEL, EZEKIEL, ZECHARIAH AND WHAT THE OTHER PROPHETS ARE SAYING WE WILL BETTER UNDERSTAND WHAT JESUS SAID IN THE GOSPELS ABOUT THE END TIMES AND ALSO UNDERSTAND THE BOOK OF REVELATION.

*****1.) WHO IS THIS KING?

Dan 11:3 SAYS  And a mighty king shall stand up, that shall rule with great dominion, and do according to his will.

*****This is a man, but a ruler(king), BUT he is a sovereign ruler and makes his own rules according to his own thoughts.

Dan 11:16 says  But he that cometh against him shall do according to his own will, and [none shall stand before him]: and he shall stand in the glorious land, which by his hand shall be consumed.

He will seek no one’s council!

*****He shall exalt himself:

Dan 7:25 says  And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until [a time and times and the dividing of time].

3 and 1/2 years.

2Th 2:4 says  Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

Rev 13:5 says  And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.

YOU SEE GOD KNOWS WHO IS BEHIND THIS MAN OF SIN!

Isa 14:12 SAYS  How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
Isa 14:13  [For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
Isa 14:14  I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High].
Isa 14:15  Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.

*****He shall magnify himself above every god: (We know that there is only one Living God but all other religions have what they call a god little g-o-d). Some say Allah or use other terms.

Rev 13:6  And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, [and them that dwell in heaven].

(The Saints, The Angels, The Lord God Himself.)

To describe what this means:

Deu 10:17 says  [For the LORD your God is God of gods], and Lord of lords, a great God, a mighty, and a terrible, which regardeth not persons, nor taketh reward:

HE WILL EXALT HIMSELF ABOVE GOD!

Daniel verse 35 says [to the time of the end].
Daniel verse 40 says [at the time of the end].

*****THIS IS NOT SOME MAN THAT HAS ALREADY RULED ON THIS EARTH THOUGH HE MAY BE ALIVE TODAY. ALL THOSE GREEK GENERALS AND ROMAN RULERS WORSHIPPED THEIR OWN gODS AND TRIED TO MAKE EVERY ONE ELSE DO SO. INCLUDING NEBUCHADNEZZAR.(remember the golden image). IN FACT IF SATAN DOES NOT KNOW WHEN THE END WILL BE, “HE HAS PROBABLY HAD SOMEONE PREPARED IN EVERY LIFETIME SINCE JESUS WENT BACK TO HEAVEN”.

Dan 10:14 SAYS  [Now I am come to make thee understand what shall befall thy people in the latter days: for yet the vision is for many days].
Dan 10:15  And when he had spoken such words unto me, I set my face toward the ground, and I became dumb.
Dan 10:16  And, behold, one like the similitude of the sons of men touched my lips: then I opened my mouth, and spake, and said unto him that stood before me, O my lord, by the vision [my sorrows are turned upon me, and I have retained no strength].

*****THIS TRIBULATION PERIOD WILL BE SO BAD, THAT THE VISION OF IT MADE DANIEL SICK AND WE KNOW SOME THE THINGS DANIEL HAD ALREADY WITNESSED. (the lions den, the fiery furnace of his three friends, the brutal murder of war.)

*****(shall speak against the God of gods):

Let’s go back to the Garden of Eden for a moment:

Gen 3:1  Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
Gen 3:2  And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
Gen 3:3  But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
Gen 3:4  And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
Gen 3:5  For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

*****WHAT WE SEE IS SATAN CONVINCING EVE THAT GOD IS A LIAR.
*****WE SEE THAT SATAN IS CONVINCING EVE THAT MANKIND, (man or woman) CAN BECOME gODS THEM SELVES.
*****WE SEE THAT SATAN IS TELLING EVE THAT MAYBE GOD IS NOT IN CONTROL OF EVERYTHING, MAYBE HE IS NOT THE SOVEREIGN GOD HE CLAIMS TO BE.

*********THESE ARE SOME OF THE SAME THINGS THIS ANTICHRIST WILL BE SAYING AS HE BLASPHEMES OUR LORD.

*****(He shall prosper until the [indignation] be accomplished).

Dan 8:12 says  And an host was given him against the daily sacrifice by reason of transgression, and it cast down the truth to the ground; and [it practiced, and prospered].

Isa 10:25 says  For [yet a very little while], and the indignation shall cease, and mine anger in their destruction.

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, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate].

Indignation means: Anger or extreme anger, mingled with contempt, disgust or abhorrence. This is absolute hate of God and “it will include God’s people”.

Dan 7:25  And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand [until a time and times and the dividing of time].

This will probably be the first three and one half years of the tribulation period. These next two scriptures refer to the last three and one half years.

Dan 12:7 says  And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever [that it shall be for a time, times, and an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished].

Rev 12:6  And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.

*****IF WE GO BACK TO ONE OF THE SERMONS OF JESUS WHEN HE FIRST BEGAN HIS MINISTRY WE WILL SEE:

Luk 4:17 SAYS  And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,
Luk 4:18  The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
Luk 4:19  To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
Luk 4:20  And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.
Luk 4:21  And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.

NOW IF WE GO BACK TO THAT SCRIPTURE IN THE BOOK OF ISAIAH WE CAN SEE:

Isa 61:1  The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
Isa 61:2  To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, [and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;

JESUS DELIBERATELY LEFT OFF SPEAKING THAT LAST PHRASE(day of vengeance)

YOU SEE THIS WAS REFERING TO HIS SECOND COMING AND AS WE READ DOWN TO Isa 61:11 we can see the reference to the Millennial Kingdom:

Isa 61:11 SAYS  For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.

*****Verse 37 (Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers):

Verse 36 told us this man was not going to regard any god at all. Some say this statement means this man could be a Jew. Some say this man could be a Muslim, some say he is an Atheist but we know one thing for sure, we know who he will serve.

*****LET’S GO BACK TO THE TIME OF THE TEMPTATION OF JESUS:

Mat 4:9 SAYS  And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.
Mat 4:10  Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, [Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve].

Nowhere in the Bible is Satan called a god except to say he is the god of “this” world:

2Co 4:3 says  But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
2Co 4:4  In whom [the god of this world] hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

PRACTICALLY EVERY ONE ON THE FACE OF THIS EARTH WORSHIPS SOME TYPE OF gOD. THIS MAN IS A ONE OF A KIND BUT THIS IS NOT TO SAY THERE ARE NOT ALREADY THOSE THAT WORSHIP SATAN HERE ON EARTH BECAUSE WE KNOW IT IS TRUE.

The Apostle Paul wrote:

1Co 1:20  Where is the wise? where is the scribe? [where is the disputer of this world]? [hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world]?
1Co 1:21  For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom(not very smart) knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
1Co 1:22  For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:
1Co 1:23  But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;

Php 3:17  Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.
Php 3:18  (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the [enemies] of the cross of Christ:
Php 3:19  [Whose end is destruction], whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)

Eph 2:2  Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, [the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience]:
Eph 2:3  Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; [and were (by nature) the children of wrath, even as others].

Eph 6:12  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, [against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places].

The Apostle John wrote:

The words of Jesus.

Joh 12:31 (1) Now is the judgment of this world:(2) now shall the prince of this world be cast out.

Joh 14:30  Hereafter I will not talk much with you: (3)for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.
Joh 14:31  [But] (4) that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go hence.

Words of John.

Joh 12:40  He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.

1Jn 5:19  And we know that we are of God, and [the whole world lieth in wickedness].

**********THIS MAN COMES FROM THESE THAT ARE IN THE WORLD.
**********THIS MAN WORSHIPS HIS FATHER SATAN AND IS CONTROLLED BY HIM.

*****nor the desire of women:

THIS PHRASE COULD MEAN SO MANY THINGS.

1.) Will the Anti-Christ be gay?
2.) Does this mean the the Jewish women that have a desire to be the one that is mother to the Messiah. (we know that Mary has fulfilled that already.)
3.) There is another option also:

Gen 3:5 says  For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

Does this mean that this man knows that there are women in this world that have a desire to rule the world both physically and spiritually. Satan convinced Eve that even she could be a god.

*****IT CAN SIMPLY MEAN THAT JUST VERSE 36 SAYS THIS MAN WILL RULE WITHOUT ANY INFLUENCE EVEN FROM A WIFE OR A MOTHER OR ANY WOMAN ON THE EARTH. IN FACT HE WILL NOT BE LED  BY ANY HUMAN BEING. HE IS HIS OWN COUNCIL.

2Ti 3:1  This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2Ti 3:2  For [men shall be lovers of their own selves], covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
2Ti 3:3  [Without natural affection], trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
2Ti 3:4  Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
2Ti 3:5  [Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof]: from such turn away.

THIS IS A DESCRIPTION OF THE ANTI-CHRIST. HE HAS NO AFFECTION FOR ANYONE BUT HIMSELF! THE WORLD THAT IS LEFT AFTER THE RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH WILL BE FILLED WITH A LOT OF THESE PEOPLE BECAUSE WE HAVE THESE WORDS OF THE APOSTLE PAUL:

Rom 1:28  And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
Rom 1:29  Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
Rom 1:30  Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
Rom 1:31  Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
Rom 1:32  Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

THEY WILL GET ALONG REAL WELL WITH THIS MAN OF SIN!

*****Nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all.

MOST ALL PEOPLE IN THIS WORLD BELIEVE IN SOME KIND OF HIGHER FORCE TO GO TO WHEN THEY ARE IN NEED. THIS ANTICHRIST WILL HAVE NO RELIGION AT ALL. “HE IS HIS OWN RELIGION”.

THE WORLD IS NOT BOTHERED BY IMMORALIY IN IT’S LEADERS. PRESIDENTS, GOVERNORS, PRIME MINISTERS AND EVERY OTHER LEADERSHIP POSITION ARE CAUGHT DAILY DOING THINGS THAT ARE IMMORAL. THEY DO NOT REGARD THEIR FAMILY RELATIONSHIP AS IMPORTANT. THEY DON’T EVEN OBEY THE LAWS THEY HELP TO WRITE. THEY DO EVERY THING THEY CAN TO AVOID PAYING THE TAXES THEY IMPOSE ON OTHERS. THEY HAVE NO REGARD FOR THE AVERAGE MAN AND HIS BELIEFS. THEY VOTE THEIR OWN HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN FOR FREE AND A RETIREMENT, THEN HAGGLE FOR YEARS A MEANS TO DO THE SAME FOR THE GENERAL PUBLIC.

OUR WORLD ACCEPTS THESE PEOPLE TO LEAD US NOW. WE CAN SEE THEM CONTINUOUSLY VOTED INTO OFFICE IN AMERICA, SO WE CAN SAY THAT AMERICA IS READY FOR THESE TYPE OF PEOPLE AND THE WORLD IS TOO. “IT’S IN THE NEWS EVERY DAY”.

Eze 28:5 SAYS  By thy great wisdom and by thy traffick hast thou increased thy riches, and thine heart is lifted up because of thy riches:
Eze 28:6  Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thou hast set thine heart as the heart of God;

*****Verse 38: (But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces)

THERE HAVE BEEN MANY MEN THAT HAVE TRIED TO DOMINATE THIS WORLD WITH MILITARY POWER. (Alexander the Great, The Roman Caesars, Hitler, Napoleon, many, many more. Up until the time of the Anti-Christ none have ever succeeded. This man of sin will use military might and the power of Satan to succeed where others have failed. We already know he will be his own counselor and he will be his own General.

BUT REMEMBER WHAT SATAN TOLD JESUS:

Luk 4:6 says  And the devil said unto him, [All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; (and to whomsoever I will I give it)].
Luk 4:7  [If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine].

REMEMBER:

Eph 2:2 SAYS  the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:

Eph 6:12 SAYS  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

THEY ARE ACTIVE IN OUR WORLD RIGHT NOW! REMEMBER WHAT GABRIEL TOLD DANIEL. THIS IS A POWERFUL ANGEL SAYING SOMEONE WITHSTOOD HIM. THIS COULD ONLY BE SATAN.

Dan 10:13 SAYS  [But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days]: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.

*****SATAN HAS POWERS THAT HE WILL GIVE TO THIS ANTI-CHRIST.

*****(and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things). AND Verse 39.

IF THIS EVIL MAN BASICALLY WORSHIPS HIS MILITARY MIGHT THEN HE WILL USE ALL HIS GOLD, AND SILVER AND OTHER RICHES TO PURCHASE AND CONTROL ALL WEAPONS OF DESTRUCTION TO BE EVEN STRONGER. WE KNOW HE WILL BE POWERFUL IF WE JUST LOOK AT SOME OF THE BATTLES HE WINS.

**********OUR TEXT:

Dan 11:40  And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over.
Dan 11:41  He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon.
Dan 11:42  He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape.
Dan 11:43  But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt: and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps.
Dan 11:44  But tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him: therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many.
Dan 11:45  And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him.

*****HIS CONFLICT:

HE WILL BE SO POWERFUL NONE WILL TEST THAT POWER!

(Verse 40-45)

Dan 11:21  And in his estate shall stand up a vile person, to whom they shall not give the honour of the kingdom: [but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries].

Remember how Absalom tried to take the kingdom away from David. It caused David to flee at first.

*****DURING THE FIRST HALF (3 and one years) THIS MAN WILL GAIN CONTROL OF THE WORLD THROUGH POLITICAL MANUEVERING BUT IN THE LAST HALF OF THE TRIBULATION PERIOD THIS EVIL MAN WILL RULE BY WAR AND THE STRENGTH OF WAR MACHINES(the god of forces).

Rev 13:7 SAYS  And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
Rev 13:8  And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

THESE SAINTS MENTION HERE ARE BECAUSE OF THE PREACHING OF THE 144,000 AND ALSO THE TWO WITNESSES THAT ARE KILLED AT THE END OF THE FIRST THREE AND ONE HALF YEARS. “THE CHURCH IS ALREADY WITH THE LORD”.

Dan 7:21 SAYS  I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them;
Dan 7:22  Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom.

THE SECOND COMING IS AT THE END OF THE TRIBULATION PERIOD.

Notice Jordan is spared but not Egypt, Libya nor Ethiopia. During this time, news that he does not like will cause him to go forth with great fury.

ISRAEL WILL REBEL AND TURN TO GOD FOR HELP:

Deu 30:1  And it shall come to pass, when all these things are come upon thee, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before thee, and thou shalt call them to mind among all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath driven thee,
Deu 30:2  And shalt return unto the LORD thy God, and shalt obey his voice according to all that I command thee this day, thou and thy children, with all thine heart, and with all thy soul;
Deu 30:3  That then the LORD thy God will turn thy captivity, and have compassion upon thee, and [will return] and gather thee from all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath scattered thee.

Between the Dead Sea and the Mediterranean lies Jerusalem and Mount Zion. This is his headquarters.

2Th 2:4 says  Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; [so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God].

Mat 24:15 says  When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)
Mat 24:16  Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:
Mat 24:17  Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:
Mat 24:18  Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.
Mat 24:19  And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!

Rev 14:12 SAYS  Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.
Rev 14:13  And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, [Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth]: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.

Dan 11:45 says  And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas [in the glorious holy mountain]; [yet he shall come to his end], and none shall help him.

**********OUR TEXT:

Dan 12:1  And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and [there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time]: and [at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book].
Dan 12:2  And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.
Dan 12:3  And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.

WHAT BOOK?

Psa 69:28 SAYS  Let them be blotted out of [the book of the living], [and not be written with the righteous].

(This is the book of the White Throne judgement)

Rev 21:27  And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but [they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life].

(You have to have your name in this book)

Jer 30:7 SAYS  Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even [the time of Jacob’s trouble]; but [he shall be saved out of it].
Jer 30:8  For it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD of hosts, that I will break his yoke from off thy neck, and will burst thy bonds, and strangers shall no more serve themselves of him:
Jer 30:9  But they shall serve the LORD their God, and David their king, whom I will raise up unto them.

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, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

Isa 26:20 SAYS  Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast.

Rev 12:16 SAYS  And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.
Rev 12:17  And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

Zep 1:14 SAYS  The great day of the LORD is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of the LORD: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly.
Zep 1:15  That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness,
Zep 1:16  A day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities, and against the high towers.

Psa 102:13 says  Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, [the “set” time, is come].
Psa 102:14  [For thy servants take pleasure in her stones, and favour the dust thereof].

(Is this The wailing wall?)

Psa 102:15  So the heathen shall fear the name of the LORD, and [all the kings of the earth thy glory].
Psa 102:16  When the LORD shall build up Zion, [he shall appear in his glory].
Psa 102:17  He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their prayer.
Psa 102:18  This shall be written for the generation to come: and the people which shall be created shall praise the LORD.

(during the Millennial kingdom)

Verse:2,3:

There are two resurrections mentioned here. (this not the Rapture which has already occurred before this period)

1.)There will be a resurrection of those that became saints during the tribulation period.

Rev 20:4  And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
Rev 20:5  But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection
Rev 20:6  Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

2.) Then at the end of the Millennial kingdom comes the white throne judgement.

Rev 20:7  And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,

Rev 20:11  And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
Rev 20:12  And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
Rev 20:13  And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
Rev 20:14  And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
Rev 20:15  And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

THESE ARE THE UNBELIEVERS FROM ALL GENERATIONS SINCE ADAM AND EVE.

AGAIN OUR TEXT:

Dan 12:10  Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.
Dan 12:11  And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days.
Dan 12:12  Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.
Dan 12:13  But go thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days.

(Many shall be purified, made white and tried)

I BELIEVE THIS REFERS TO THE CHURCH AGE THAT BEGAN WITH CHRIST AND WILL END WITH THE RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH. “THE PERIOD WE CALL GRACE”.

Rom 4:16  [Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace]; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all,
Rom 4:17  (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.

(but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.)

2Ti 3:13  But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

Jer 8:8 SAYS  How do ye say, We are wise, and the law of the LORD is with us? Lo, certainly in vain made he it; the pen of the scribes is in vain.
Jer 8:9  The wise men are ashamed, they are dismayed and taken: lo, they have rejected the word of the LORD; and [what wisdom is in them]?

WHAT IS TRUE WISDOM?

Rom 8:1  [There is therefore now (no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus), who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Rom 8:2  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death].

Verses 12,13:

Dan 11:31  And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate.

Mat 10:22  And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.

Dan 12:9  And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.

Isa 57:2  He shall enter into peace: they shall rest in their beds, each one walking in his uprightness.

Rev 6:11  And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.

Mat 13:39  The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.

*****THESE NUMBERS SHOW A DIFFERENCE OF 45 DAYS THAT SOMETHING WILL HAPPEN?

Dan 8:13  Then I heard one saint speaking, and another saint said unto that certain saint which spake, How long shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, and the transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot?
Dan 8:14  And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.

DANIEL ALSO SAYS IT WILL TAKE 2300 DAYS TO CLEANSE THE SANCTUARY?

EZEKIEL SPEAKS OF THIS CLEANSING:

Eze 43:18  And he said unto me, Son of man, thus saith the Lord GOD; These are the ordinances of the altar in the day when they shall make it, to offer burnt offerings thereon, and to sprinkle blood thereon.
Eze 43:19  And thou shalt give to the priests the Levites that be of the seed of Zadok, which approach unto me, to minister unto me, saith the Lord GOD, a young bullock for a sin offering.
Eze 43:20  And thou shalt take of the blood thereof, and put it on the four horns of it, and on the four corners of the settle, and upon the border round about: thus shalt thou cleanse and purge it.

WE KNOW OF A TIME FOR JUDGING: (is this those 45 days)

Mat 19:28  And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
Mat 19:29  And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.
Mat 19:30  But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.

AND IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE TRIBULATION:

Mat 24:29  Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

Mat 25:32  And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
Mat 25:33  And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
Mat 25:34  Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

DANIEL WAS ABOUT NINETY YEARS OLD AND GOD TOLD HIM HE COULD REST BUT THE REST THAT IS COMING FOR THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL HAS NOT YET COME!

Heb 4:9 SAYS  There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.
Heb 4:10  For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.

GOD WILL THEN REBUILD THIS EARTH AS IN THE DAYS OF ADAM AND EVE IN PREPARATION FOR HIS MILLENNIAL REIGN:

LET’S PRAY!

The Time Of Christ Coming

THE TIME OF CHRIST COMING

OUR TEXT FOR TODAY:

Daniel 9:1,2,20-27

INTRO:

Mat 24:23 SAYS  Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.
Mat 24:24  For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
Mat 24:25  Behold, I have told you before.
Mat 24:26  Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.
Mat 24:27  For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

**********CHRIST IS COMING BACK!

**********IF YOU ARE ONE OF HIS CHILDREN YOU KNOW THIS TO BE TRUE!

**********HE IS FIRST COMING TO GET HIS BRIDE! (As a thief)

Rev 3:3 SAYS  Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.

1Th 4:16 says  For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
1Th 4:17  Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

**********HE WILL NEXT COME TO SET UP HIS KINGDOM!

Mat 24:27 SAYS  For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

Rev 19:11 SAYS  And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
Rev 19:12  His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
Rev 19:13  And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.

**********THIS CHAPTER IN DANIEL IS ONE OF THE GREATEST PROPHETIC CHAPTERS IN THE BIBLE!

GOD SAYS:

Isa 46:8  Remember this, and shew yourselves men: bring it again to mind, O ye transgressors.
Isa 46:9  Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,
Isa 46:10  Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:
Isa 46:11  Calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man that executeth my counsel from a far country: yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it.
Isa 46:12  Hearken unto me, ye stouthearted, that are far from righteousness:
Isa 46:13  I bring near my righteousness; it shall not be far off, and my salvation shall not tarry: and I will place salvation in Zion for Israel my glory.

IN THIS CHAPTER OF DANIEL THE WHOLE WORLD WAS TOLD THE TIME OF CHRIST FIRST COMING AND SOME ABOUT HIS SECOND COMING.

OUR TEXT:

Dan 9:1  In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of the seed of the Medes, which was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans;
Dan 9:2  In the first year of his reign I Daniel understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem.

As Daniel always did, he gives us a time line. God knows that His Word will be questioned so he includes dates that can be proven. The first year of Darius rule of the Chaldean can be proven by history.

Then Daniel shows us why we need to study God’s word.

Note: [Daniel knew the words of Jeremiah, he studied God’s Word].

Jer 25:11 says  And this whole land shall be a desolation, and an astonishment; and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years.
Jer 25:12  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 the Chaldeans, and will make it perpetual desolations.

YOU SEE NEBUCHADNEZZAR HAD CAPTURED THESE PEOPLE IN 605 BC. THE TIME OF DARIUS WAS 536BC. THE SEVENTY YEARS HAD PASSED JUST AS GOD HAD SAID.

Jer 29:10 SAYS  For thus saith the LORD, That after seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place.
Jer 29:11  For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

NO DOUBT THAT DANIEL WOULD HAVE ALSO STUDIED THE BOOK OF ISAIAH:

Isa 44:28  That saith of Cyrus, He is my shepherd, and shall perform all my pleasure: even saying to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be built; and to the temple, Thy foundation shall be laid.

DANIEL WAS SEEING THE FULFILLMENT OF GOD’S WORD RIGHT BEFORE HIS EYES. IF WE WOULD JUST BELIEVE WHAT GOD SAYS WE CAN ALSO SEE THE FULFILLMENT OF GOD’S WORD BEFORE OUR OWN EYES.

IN THE WORDS OF JESUS TO THE PHARISEES AND SADDUCEES:

Mat 16:1 SAYS  The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired him that he would shew them a sign from heaven.
Mat 16:2  He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red.
Mat 16:3  And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring. [O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; (but can ye not discern the signs of the times)?]

**********IF WE JUST TRUST GOD AND THE WORD HE GIVES US, WE WILL FIND IT EASIER TO LIVE IN THIS WORLD AND NOT FALL INTO THE TRAPS THAT ARE SETUP BY THE ATHIEST AND THE EVOLUTIONIST AND ALL NON-BELIEVERS.

IF WE WERE AS EAGER TO READ GOD’S WORD AS WE ARE TO SATISFY THIS FLESH WE LIVE IN, “WE WOULD FIND PEACE IN THE THINGS OF GOD”!

IT IS BELIEVED THAT EZRA WROTE THE BOOKS OF KINGS AND THE CHRONICLES, HE VERIFIES THE FULFILLMENT OF GOD’S WORD. EZRA WAS A GREAT PRIEST AND ANOTHER MAN USED IN THE WILL OF GOD.

2Ch 36:20  And them that had escaped from the sword carried he away to Babylon; where they were servants to him and his sons until the reign of the kingdom of Persia:
2Ch 36:21  To fulfil the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed her sabbaths: for as long as she lay desolate she kept sabbath, [to fulfil threescore and ten years].

OUR TEXT:

Dan 9:20  And whiles I was speaking, and praying, and [confessing my sin and the sin of my people] Israel, and [presenting my supplication before the LORD my God (for the holy mountain of my God)];
Dan 9:21  Yea, [whiles I was speaking in prayer], [even the man Gabriel, (whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning), (being caused to fly swiftly)], [touched me about the time of the evening oblation].
Dan 9:22  And [he informed me, and talked with me], and said, O Daniel, [I am now come forth to give thee skill and understanding].
Dan 9:23  [At the beginning of thy supplications (the commandment came forth)], and I am come to shew thee; for thou art greatly beloved: therefore understand the matter, and consider the vision.

There is a verse in the Book of Isaiah that prophesies what happened to Daniel.

*****Isa 65:24 says  And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.

*****Jas 5:16 says  Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

*****THE MOST IMPORTANT TOOL WE HAVE ON THIS EARTH IS OUR PRAYER TO OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN.

Psa 73:28 SAYS  But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works.

*****DANIEL HAD SPENT HIS ENTIRE LIFE IN CAPTIVITY YET HE NEVER FORGOT TO CALL ON GOD. DANIEL HAD ALREADY SEEN GOD ANSWER HIS PRAYERS, BUT NEVER LIKE THIS TIME.

Heb 1:13 SAYS  But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool?
Heb 1:14  Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?

THE NAME GABRIEL MENS “CHAMPION OF GOD” OR “GOD IS MY STRENGTH”.

*****WE SEE GABRIEL IN THE BIBLE WHEN GOD WANTS THINGS CLEARLY UNDERSTOOD:

1.) Here to Daniel.

verse 21

2.) To Zacharias.

Luk 1:18  And Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years.
Luk 1:19  And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, ‘that stand in the presence of God]; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings.

2.) To Mary the mother of Jesus.

Luk 1:26  And in the sixth month [the angel Gabriel was sent from God] unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,
Luk 1:27  To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.

Daniel had seen visions of a man talking to him but now, HE SAW A MAN BEFORE HIM. HE SAW HIM FLYING WITH GREAT SPEED, HE ACTUALLY TOUCHED HIM, HE THEN SPOKE TO HIM.

Gabriel came so Daniel and we who know Christ can have skill and understanding of God’s word. God tells us what we need to know at all times in our life. If God wanted the future to remain a mystery, “ALL HE HAD TO DO WAS JUST NOT TELL US ANYTHING”.

Pro 15:29 SAYS  The LORD is far from the wicked: [but he heareth the prayer of the righteous].

Joh 9:31 SAYS  Now we know that God heareth not sinners: [but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth].

PRAYER IS OUR GREATEST FORM OF WORSHIP. “ONE ON ONE WITH GOD” AND “GROUP PRAYER”. LET’S STAY IN TOUCH WITH GOD AND NOT TO FORGET, WE MUST PRAY IN THE NAME OF JESUS.

Joh 14:13 SAYS  And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
Joh 14:14  [If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it].

AGAIN OUR TEXT:

Dan 9:24  (Seventy [weeks] are determined) upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.
Dan 9:25  Know therefore and understand, that from the 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 built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.
Dan 9:26  And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.
Dan 9:27  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, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

1.)(Seventy [weeks] are determined):

THE BEST WAY TO SEE THIS MEANING IS BY USING THE BIBLE ITSELF!

We know that the seventh day is the Sabbath.

Exo 20:8  Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
Exo 20:9  Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:

We know that the seventh year is a Sabbath.

Lev 25:3  Six years thou shalt sow thy field, and six years thou shalt prune thy vineyard, and gather in the fruit thereof;
Lev 25:4  But in the seventh year shall be a sabbath of rest unto the land, a sabbath for the LORD: thou shalt neither sow thy field, nor prune thy vineyard.

We know that seven Sabbath years there was a Jubilee in the Fiftieth year.

Lev 25:8  And thou shalt number seven sabbaths of years unto thee, seven times seven years; and the space of the seven sabbaths of years shall be unto thee forty and nine years.
Lev 25:9  Then shalt thou cause the trumpet of the jubile to sound on the tenth day of the seventh month, in the day of atonement shall ye make the trumpet sound throughout all your land.
Lev 25:10  And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubile unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family.

Now to get a better understanding of what Gabriel told Daniel lets go back to Jacob and Rachel:

Gen 29:26  And Laban said, It must not be so done in our country, to give the younger before the firstborn.
Gen 29:27  [Fulfil her week, and we will give thee this also for the service which thou shalt serve with me yet seven other years].
Gen 29:28  And Jacob did so, and fulfilled her week: and he gave him Rachel his daughter to wife also.

This way of counting years was not new to the children of Israel: JACOB HAD TO SPEND SEVEN YEARS APIECE FOR THOSE TWO WIVES.

Num 14:33  And your children shall wander in the wilderness forty years, and bear your whoredoms, until your carcases be wasted in the wilderness.
Num 14:34  After the number of the days in which ye searched the land, even forty days, each day for a year, shall ye bear your iniquities, even forty years, and ye shall know my breach of promise.

GOD NEVER LET THEM FORGET THEIR DAYS OF WANDERING IN THE WILDERNESS.

DANIEL KNEW EXACTLY WHAT GABRIEL WAS TALKING ABOUT. REMEMBER GABRIEL CAME TO GIVE SKILL AND UNDERSTANDING.

*****WEEKS MEANT SEVEN YEARS!

*****SEVENTY WEEKS MEANT 490 YEARS!

THERE ARE MANY THINGS THAT WILL BE ACCOMPLISHED DURING THIS TIME BY THE MESSIAH AND OUR LORD:

1.) To finish the transgression:

Isa 59:12 says  For our transgressions are multiplied before thee, and our sins testify against us: for our transgressions are with us; and as for our iniquities, we know them;
Isa 59:13  In transgressing and lying against the LORD, and departing away from our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood.

2.) To make an end of sins:

Eze 36:26 says  A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
Eze 36:27  And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.

Eze 37:23 says  Neither shall they defile themselves any more with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions: but I will save them out of all their dwellingplaces, wherein they have sinned, and will cleanse them: so shall they be my people, and I will be their God.

Isa 27:9 says  By this therefore shall the iniquity of Jacob be purged; and this is all the fruit to take away his sin; when he maketh all the stones of the altar as chalkstones that are beaten in sunder, the groves and images shall not stand up. 

3.) To make reconciliation for iniquity:

Jer 50:20  In those days, and in that time, saith the LORD, the iniquity of Israel shall be sought for, and there shall be none; and the sins of Judah, and they shall not be found: for I will pardon them whom I reserve.

Isa 53:6  All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

4.) To bring in everlasting righteousness:

Jer 31:31 SAYS  Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:
Jer 31:32  Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD:
Jer 31:33  But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
Jer 31:34  And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.

Heb 9:28 SAYS  So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

5.) To seal up the vision and prophecy:

Luk 24:44 SAYS  And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.

Mat 5:18 SAYS  For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

6.) To anoint the most Holy:

Luk 4:18 SAYS  The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
Luk 4:19  To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

Act 10:38 SAYS  How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.

Joh 1:41 SAYS  He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ.

AND AT HIS SECOND COMING:

Rev 17:14  These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.

Rev 19:16  And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

Isa 59:20  And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the LORD.

Zec 13:1  In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness.

*******NOW GABRIEL STARTED BREAKING DOWN THESE WEEKS:

(from the 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 built again), (and the wall), even in troublous times).

WE KNOW WHEN THAT TIME BEGAN FROM THE WORD OF NEHEMIAH:

Neh 2:1 says  And it came to pass in the month Nisan, in the twentieth year of Artaxerxes the king, that wine was before him: and I took up the wine, and gave it unto the king. Now I had not been beforetime sad in his presence.
Neh 2:2  Wherefore the king said unto me, Why is thy countenance sad, seeing thou art not sick? this is nothing else but sorrow of heart. Then I was very sore afraid,
Neh 2:3  And said unto the king, Let the king live for ever: why should not my countenance be sad, when the city, the place of my fathers’ sepulchres, lieth waste, and the gates thereof are consumed with fire?
Neh 2:4  Then the king said unto me, For what dost thou make request? So I prayed to the God of heaven.
Neh 2:5  And I said unto the king, If it please the king, and if thy servant have found favour in thy sight, that thou wouldest send me unto Judah, unto the city of my fathers’ sepulchres, that I may build it.
Neh 2:6  And the king said unto me, (the queen also sitting by him,) For how long shall thy journey be? and when wilt thou return? So it pleased the king to send me; and I set him a time.

*****THE MONTH OF NISAN(March) 445BC and the end of the Old Testament, (Book of Malachi) was 396BC. (49 years or seven weeks).

*****THE SIXTY TWO WEEKS:

When we add these two together we have 483 years.

I have attached the sheet we got from Bro Hill when he preached a few weeks ago. This will give you an idea how all this breaks down.

                          “THE PARAMETERS OF THE END TIMES”

Daniel 9:24-27

I.) The People (24)
              thy people=The Jews
II.) The Period (24)
               seventy weeks= a week of years not days; so 70 periods of 7 years = 490 years
III.) The Purpose
     A.) Sinfulness will be eradicated (24a.)
     B.) Righteousness will be established (24b.)
IV.) The Precision (25-26)
          ** The prophecy of the 70 weeks is divided
                * 69 weeks or 483 years
                * 1 week or 7 years
          ** The first 69 weeks begins with the issuing of a decree by King Artaxerxes (Neh 2:6) to rebuild Jerusalem on March 14, 445 BC
          ** The first phase is completed on Palm Sunday – April 6, 32 AD
          ** So, from March 14, 445 BC until April 6, 32 AD, 483 years would elapse
          ** But from 445 BC Until 32 AD there is only a total of 477 years (445 + 32 = 477)
          ** The problem is the difference between the Jewish year which is 360 days and our year of 365 days.
          ** We must therefore convert the years into days.
          ** The computation for the Jewish years converted into days:
                69 x 7 periods of 360 days, or
                69 x (7 x 360)
                69 x 2520 = 173,880 days
          ** The computation for Julian calendar (should be the same total)
               445 – date of Artaxerxes decree
                  32 – date of Palm Sunday
               445 + 32 = 477 years
                             * first, we subtract one year since 1 BC and 1 AD are the same year 477-1=476
                             * next 476 x 365 days/year = 173,740 days, which is still short of 173,880 days
                             * there is a leap year every four years, 119 leap year days in 476 years
                                173,740 + 119 = 173,859 (closer)
                             * The days between March 14 – and April 6 equals 24 days
                                 173,859 + 24 = 173,883 (3 days too many)
                             * Sir Robert Anderson discovered our Julean calendar is actually 1/128th too long
                                476 years x 1/128th = 3 days (which must be subtracted )
                                 173,859 – 3 = 178,880

Jesus told His mother that day in Cana “mine hour is not yet come”

I BELIEVE HE WAS REFERING TO HIS SECOND COMING.

V.) The Parenthesis (25-26)
       
     AFTER 69 WEEKS OR 483 YEARS (173,880 days) THE COUNTDOWN STOPPED. WHY?

Joh 1:11  He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
Joh 1:12  But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
Joh 1:13  Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
 
THIS LEAVES 7 YEARS TO BE FULFILLED. THE BIBLE CALLS THIS THE TIME OF JACOB’S TROUBLE.

Jer 30:7  (Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble); [but he shall be saved out of it].

THE CHURCH CALLS IT THE SEVEN YEARS OF TRIBULATION!

**********NOW TO CONTINUE ON WITH THE LESSON

*****THE MESSIAH WOULD BE CUT OFF:

ON THE 8TH DAY OF NISAN 32AD THIS HAPPENED.

Joh 12:12  On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem,
Joh 12:13  Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.
Joh 12:14  And Jesus, when he had found a young ass, sat thereon; as it is written,
Joh 12:15  Fear not, daughter of Sion: behold, thy King cometh, sitting on an ass’s colt.
Joh 12:16  These things understood not his disciples at the first: but when Jesus was glorified, then remembered they that these things were written of him, and that they had done these things unto him.

WE KNOW THIS WAS WHEN JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD WAS CRUCIFIED.

*****”BUT NOT FOR HIMSELF”:

Jesus Christ did not go to the cross for Himself.

JESUS CHRIST WENT TO THAT CROSS FOR ME.
HE WENT FOR YOU.
HE WENT FOR EVERYONE THAT WILL EVER LIVE ON THIS PLANET, WE CALL EARTH.

*****THE PEOPLE OF THE PRINCE:

WHO ARE THE PEOPLE OF THE PRINCE:

Joh 8:44  Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
Joh 8:45  And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.
Joh 8:46  Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me?
Joh 8:47  He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.

*****THAT SHALL COME AND DESTROY THE CITY AND THE SANCTUARY:

WE KNOW THAT THIS HAPPENED IN 70AD.

DAN 9:27 IS NOT YET BEEN FULFILLED

THE EVIL PRINCE THAT WILL COME WILL MAKE A COVENANT WITH ISRAEL. WE KNOW HIM AS THE ANTICHRIST.

Mat 24:13  But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
Mat 24:14  And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
Mat 24:15 SAYS  When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)

Mar 13:14  But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains:
Mar 13:15  And let him that is on the housetop not go down into the house, neither enter therein, to take any thing out of his house:
Mar 13:16  And let him that is in the field not turn back again for to take up his garment.
Mar 13:17  But woe to them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!
Mar 13:18  And pray ye that your flight be not in the winter.
Mar 13:19 SAYS  For in those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created unto this time, neither shall be.

THE RAPTURE WILL HAPPEN FIRST, “THEN WE READ”:

2Th 2:1  Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,
2Th 2:2  That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.
2Th 2:3  Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
2Th 2:4  Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
2Th 2:5  Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?

WHEN?

Luk 21:20  And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.
Luk 21:21  Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto.
Luk 21:22 SAYS  For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.

WE ARE TO PATIENTLY WAIT:

2Th 3:5 SAYS  And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.

WHY?

IN THE WORDS OF JESUS

Luk 21:19 SAYS  In your patience possess ye your souls.

THERE ARE SEVEN YEARS THAT HAVE NOT BEEN FULFILLED BUT THEY WILL BE!

WHAT ELSE DO WE KNOW?

1.) THE CHURCH WILL NOT SEE THE WRATH OF GOD!

Rom 5:8  But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Rom 5:9  Much more then, being now justified by his blood, [we shall be saved from wrath through him].
Rom 5:10  For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.

1Th 5:9  For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
1Th 5:10  Who died for us, that, [whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him].

WHEN IS CHRIST COMING?

Deu 30:1  And it shall come to pass, when all these things are come upon thee, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before thee, and thou shalt call them to mind among all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath driven thee,
Deu 30:2  And shalt return unto the LORD thy God, and shalt obey his voice according to all that I command thee this day, thou and thy children, with all thine heart, and with all thy soul;
Deu 30:3  That then the LORD thy God will turn thy captivity, and have compassion upon thee, and [will return and gather thee from all the nations], whither the LORD thy God hath scattered thee.

THESE PROPHECIES DEAL WITH THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL. GOD LAID OUT THE CONDITIONS OF HIS RETURNING IN THE DAYS OF MOSES.

*****A CHILD OF GOD HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE FULFILLMENT OF THESE PROPHECIES.

GOD SAID NOT TO WORRY ABOUT THE FUTURE!
GOD SAID TO WATCH FOR THE SIGNS!

Mat 6:34  Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. [Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof].

LET’S PRAY!

The Preview of World Empires

THE PREVIEW OF WORLD EMPIRES

Today we begin a short study of the Book of Daniel. The Preview of World Empires. We can see some history of the world really up unto this day in which we live. We know these words are true because we can read it from other sources than the Bible. So we do not question history but there are many from the past and from today that question Daniel and the things he wrote. So let’s first talk about some of these things.

Sir Isaac Newton said “to reject the Book of Daniel is to reject the Christian Religion”.

Most any unbeliever will say that the Book of Daniel could not have been written before these things happened. As far back as the 3rd century this was said. This is only another attempt to discredit the Holy Word of God. Daniel was a prophet of God and God had a rule for a true prophet.

Deu 18:19 says  And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him.
Deu 18:20  But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die.
Deu 18:21  And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken?

Now listen to this next verse.

Deu 18:22 says  When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, [if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken], but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.

In other words if a so called prophet says he is from God and the things he says do not come true then “God DIDN’T SEND THAT PROPHET”.

It may be hard to believe but among the sacred writings of the world’s religions you cannot find written prophecy.

1.) The “Hindu Vedas”: has only majic, myths, legends, parables  and humor,[but no prophecy].

2.) Buddhists: revere three books that set forth their doctrine [but no prophecy].

3.) Confusion: his wisdom lies in five books called the “Five Classics” and then four more assembled by his disciples later [but no prophecy of future things].

4.) Taoist: Turn to “The Way and Virtue” written in 3BC. It only has mysticism, poetry, and paradox.

A paradox is: A proposition contrary to received opinion, or seemingly absurd, yet could be true in fact.

[But IT HAS NO PROPHESY OF FUTURE EVENTS].

5.) Islam and the Muslim “revere” Mohammed as the greatest prophet who ever lived and as the last word of Allah [but he made no future predictions].

The “Hadith” is a collection of so called incidents in his life. His likes and dislikes, his laws and his traditions that are added to the Koran.

IN ALL THESE SO CALLED SACRED WRITINGS YOU WILL NOT FIND ANY PREDICTIVE PROPHECY.

“ONLY THE HOLY WORD OF GOD, OUR BIBLE, WILL YOU FIND THE TRUTH AND TRUE PROPHETS”

2Ti 3:16 SAYS  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
2Ti 3:17  That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

2Pe 1:20 SAYS  Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
2Pe 1:21  For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

ONLY GOD CAN PREWRITE HISTORY 100% ACCURATELY!

The Lord will not allow the words of his prophets to idly fall to the ground.

1Sa 3:19  And Samuel grew, and the LORD was with him, [and did let none of his words fall to the ground.]

God does not teach any foolish thing.

Rom 3:3 says  For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?
Rom 3:4  God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged. 

*****THERE ARE THOSE THAT SAY THE BOOK OF DANIEL IS SO ACCURATE THAT IT HAD TO BE WRITTEN AFTER ALL THESE THINGS HAPPENED, INCLUDING THE DESTRUCTION OF THE TEMPLE IN 70 AD.

The proof that this is wrong is the Septuagint that was compiled and translated by 70 Jewish translators. They began their work in 289BC and [it contained the completed work of Daniel].

Most of us have heard of Flavius Josephus, a Jewish historian, but not a believer in God. He wrote of a record of an event in 332 BC. “Alexander the Great had visited the Temple and offered a sacrifice to God. He treated the High Priest with such respect that they, the Priests, showed him the Book of Daniel and the place where the Bible says the Greeks would destroy the rule of the Persians.

Dan 8:3 SAYS  Then I lifted up mine eyes, and saw, and, behold, there stood before the river a ram which had two horns: and the two horns were high; but one was higher than the other, and the higher came up last.
Dan 8:4  I saw the ram pushing westward, and northward, and southward; so that no beasts might stand before him, neither was there any that could deliver out of his hand; but he did according to his will, and became great.
Dan 8:5  And as I was considering, behold, an he goat came from the west on the face of the whole earth, and touched not the ground: and the goat had a notable horn between his eyes.
Dan 8:6  And he came to the ram that had two horns, which I had seen standing before the river, and ran unto him in the fury of his power.
Dan 8:7  And I saw him come close unto the ram, and he was moved with choler against him, and smote the ram, and brake his two horns: and there was no power in the ram to stand before him, but he cast him down to the ground, and stamped upon him: and there was none that could deliver the ram out of his hand.

*****WE KNOW THE HISTORY OF WHAT HAPPENED NEXT.

WHAT IS THE GREATEST TEST OF THE BOOK OF DANIEL?

THE WORDS OF JESUS!

Mat 24:15 SAYS  When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)

AND AGAIN

Mar 13:14 SAYS  But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains:

*****JESUS CHRIST ACKNOWLEDGED THE BOOK OF DANIEL!

Ezekiel mentions Daniel three times:
The Apostle Paul tells us the some of the same things:

2Th 2:3 says  Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
2Th 2:4  Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

Dan 7:8 says I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.

Dan 9:27  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, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

Dan 11:36  And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done.

The Book of Hebrews says in the Hall of fame of Faith:

Heb 11:33  Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, [stopped the mouths of lions],

That was Daniel who was thrown in the lions den. (Daniel 6:16-24)

THE BOOK OF DANIEL WAS NEVER CHALLENGED BY THE ANCIENT RABBIS, IT IS ONLY CHALLENGED BY MODERN DAY “KNOW IT ALLS” WHO REFUSE TO BELIEVE THE WORD OF GOD.

2Ti 3:16 SAYS  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

OUR TEXT FOR TODAY:

Dan 2:27  Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said, The secret which the king hath demanded cannot the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, the soothsayers, shew unto the king;
Dan 2:28  [But there is a God in heaven] (that revealeth secrets), and (maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days). Thy dream, and the visions of thy head upon thy bed, are these;
Dan 2:29  As for thee, O king, thy thoughts came into thy mind upon thy bed, what should come to pass hereafter: and he that revealeth secrets maketh known to thee what shall come to pass.
Dan 2:30  But as for me, [this secret is not revealed to me for any wisdom that I have more than any living], but for their sakes that shall make known the interpretation to the king, and that thou mightest know the thoughts of thy heart.

THE KINGS DREAM:

You see Nebuchadnezzar believed that his dreams were messages from his gods. That’s (little g o d). Remember he was a pagan king. While believing this he believed a true priest of those false gods would be able to tell him about those dreams.

He called on the wrong people to get his answers, IT IS ONLY THE TRUE GOD THAT HAS ALL THE ANSWERS!

1.) He first called on the magicians:

THE DICTIONARY SAYS, THIS IS ONE WHO PRACTICES THE BLACK ARTS OR THE DARK ARTS, A HORORSCOPIST.

THIS IS SOMEONE THAT SAYS THEY CAN PREDICT THE COMING OF A FUTURE EVENT.

THE DICTIONARY ALSO SAYS OF DARKNESS, IT IS A STATE OF BEING INTELLECTUALLY CLOUDED, IGNORANT, IN WICKEDNESS AND SIN.

WE CALL THIS THE OCCULT IN OUR DAY: SOMEONE WHO CLAIMS TO UNCOVER HIDDEN MYSTERIES THAT THE NATURAL MAN CANNOT KNOW OR DO.

Pro 4:19 SAYS  The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.

WHEN WE ARE SAVED THE BIBLE SAYS:

Col 1:13  Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:

2.) He next called the astrologers:

ONE WHO PRACTICES ENCHANTMENT.

THESE ARE PERSONS WHO SAY THEY CAN PREDICT THE FUTURE OF ANYONE BY STUDYING THE HEAVENLY BODIES. (The Stars, Moons, Suns, etc.)

GOD SAYS:

Isa 47:12  Stand now with thine enchantments, and with the multitude of thy sorceries, wherein thou hast laboured from thy youth; if so be thou shalt be able to profit, if so be thou mayest prevail.
Isa 47:13  Thou art wearied in the multitude of thy counsels. Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, the monthly prognosticators, stand up, and save thee from these things that shall come upon thee.

GOD SAYS IF YOU BELIEVE IN THAT JUNK THEN LET THEM SAVE YOU.

Isa 47:14  Behold, they shall be as stubble; [the fire shall burn them; they shall not deliver themselves from the power of the flame]: there shall not be a coal to warm at, nor fire to sit before it.

3.) He next called the sorcerers:

ONE WHO SAY THEY CAN WHISPER A SPELL. A CONJURER, AN ENCHANTER. A PERSON WHO SAYS THEY HAVE SUPERNATURAL POWERS TO PERFORM THINGS THAT NO ONE ELSE CAN DO.

HE IS TRULY AN IMPOSTER! HE IS A FAKE! THIS PERSON TRULY WORSHIPS ANYTHING THAT IS NOT GOD.

We read of one in the New Testament:

Act 8:9  But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, [giving out that himself was some great one]:
Act 8:10  To whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, [This man is the great power of God].
Act 8:11  And to him they had regard, [because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries].

We see that they can fool most everyone they meet. Some even thought they had the power of the one true God.

BUT THEY ARE FAKES!

GOD SAYS IN THE END TIMES THAT THE NATIONS HAVE BEEN DECEIVED BY SORCERIES:

Rev 18:23  And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for [by thy sorceries were all nations deceived].

WE GET THE WORD PHARMACY FROM THE GREEK WORD (PHARMAKIA, WHICH IS ALSO THE ENGLISH WORD SORCERIES). WE CAN SEE THE INFLUENCE DRUGS ARE HAVING WORLD WIDE RIGHT NOW IN OUR TIME.

THESE INCLUDE THE ILLEGAL DRUGS THAT IN MOST CASES NOT ONLY SUPPLY THE GREED OF EVIL MEN BUT FINANCE MOST THE TERRORISM THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. BUT IT ALSO INCLUDES THE SO CALLED LEGAL DRUGS THAT ARE GIVEN OUT TO EVERYONE THAT HAS SERIOUS AILMENTS. IT IS MY BELIEF THAT SURGICAL OPERATIONS HAVE GOTTEN SO EXPENSIVE THAT THE INSURANCE COMPANIES WOULD RATHER BUY YOU DRUGS TO EASE YOUR PAIN FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE THAN TRY TO OPERATE FOR THE CURE.

ESPECIALLY FOR OUR OLDER FOLKS WHO ARE CAUGHT UP IN THE MIDDLE OF MEDICARE AND INSURANCE THAT JUST ROB THEM OF THEIR RETIREMENT.

4.) He next called the Chaldeans:

THESE WERE SOMETIMES KNOWN AS THE “MAGI” . THESE WERE SUPPOSEDLY THE WISEST MEN IN BABYLON. THEY WERE FAMILIAR WITH ALL MATTERS OF THE OCCULT, ASTROLOGERS AND SORCERIES. THESE WERE THE ORIENTAL SCIENTIST OF THEIR DAY. THE WIZARDS.

HERE ARE THE WORDS OF THEIR TRUTH:

Dan 2:10  The Chaldeans answered before the king, and said, [There is not a man upon the earth that can shew the king’s matter]: therefore there is no king, lord, nor ruler, that asked such things at any magician, or astrologer, or Chaldean.

YOU SEE NONE OF THESE “FAKES” CAN TELL YOU ANYTHING UNLESS YOU GIVE THEM YOUR LIFE STORY!

*****WE KNOW WHAT DANIEL SAID:

(Vs 28) There is a God!

ONLY GOD KNOWS ALL THINGS, EVEN THE THINGS WE DREAM AND CANNOT REMEMBER OURSELVES.

Psa 139:2 SAYS  Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.

Psa 139:4 SAYS  For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether.

Psa 139:16 SAYS  Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.

Daniel went to the Lord in prayer but he was not alone. He had help from his brothers.

GROUP PRAYER IS POWERFUL. FROM MY OWN EXPERIENCE I CAN TELL YOU IT IS A HUMBLING THING TO KNOW YOUR NAME IS BEING SHOUTED ALL OVER HEAVEN.

DANIEL KNEW ALSO:

GOD NEVER FORSAKES HIS OWN PEOPLE WHEN THEY PRAY! “GOD ONLY” HAS ALL THE ANSWERS!

The Apostle Paul said:

1Ti 1:17  Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, [the only wise God,] be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Jude the halfbrother of Jesus said:

Jud 1:25  [To the only wise God our Saviour], be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.

James the other halfbrother of Our Lord said:

Jas 5:16  Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. [The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much].

Preacher Sam, my Pastor, just preached:

1.) We should pray that God’s Word spreads freely in this world.
2.) We should pray for protection of the Church.
3.) We should pray for the perseverance of the Saints.

[Text Preacher Sam used:

2Th 3:1  Finally, brethren, pray for us, [that the word of the Lord may have free course], and be glorified, even as it is with you:
2Th 3:2  And [that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men]: for all men have not faith.
2Th 3:3  But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.
2Th 3:4  And we have confidence in the Lord touching you, [that ye both do and will do the things which we command you.
2Th 3:5  And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ].

*****GOD HAD REVEALED TO NEBUCHADNEZZAR THE COMING WORLD POWERS.

********** “BUT IT TOOK A MAN OF GOD TO POINT THEM OUT TO HIM.”

GOD HAS A PLACE FOR EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US TO SERVE. WE NEED TO FOLLOW THE LEAD OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IN OUR OWN LIVES TO BE WHERE GOD’S WILL IS FOR US.

OUT TEXT:

Dan 2:31  Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible.
Dan 2:32  This image’s head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass,
Dan 2:33  His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay.
Dan 2:34  [Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces.
Dan 2:35  Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.]

*********What we witness in these verses is prophecy that has been fulfilled [that we can see with our own eyes] through world history. Up until the rule of Babylon there had never been a dominant world power.

Daniel tells us about Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, Rome, and then leads us into the time of Christ in the Millennial Kingdom.

Daniel tells this king something that he could not have made up, something that Only God Could Know. Remember if Daniel got this wrong then he would also die. Can you imagine standing before the world ruler with “this” story.

*****BUT GOD KNOWS ALL THE TRUTH!

OUR TEXT:

Dan 2:36  This is the dream; and we will tell the interpretation thereof before the king.
Dan 2:37  Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory.
Dan 2:38  And wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou art this head of gold.
Dan 2:39  And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth.
Dan 2:40  And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise.
Dan 2:41  And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters’ clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay.
Dan 2:42  And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken.
Dan 2:43  And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.
Dan 2:44  And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.
Dan 2:45  Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure.

*****THIS IMAGE DESCRIBED BY DANIEL BEGAN THE WORLD GOVERNMENTS IN THE TIME OF THE GENTILES.

Luk 21:24 SAYS  And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, [until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled].

**********WE KNOW THAT THE BEGINNING OF THAT FULFILLMENT WILL BE THE RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH.

2Th 2:7  For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: [only he who now letteth will let], until he be taken out of the way.

**********WE KNOW THAT IT IS THE HOLY GHOST FILLED CHURCH THAT HOLDS BACK THE EVIL IN THIS WORLD. WE CAN SEE THAT WE HAVE NOT BEEN DOING OUR PART VERY WELL. BUT EACH CHILD OF GOD IS FILLED WITH THE HOLY GHOST AND WHEN THE RAPTURE OCCURS, BECAUSE HE WILL NOT LEAVE US HE WILL GO BACK TO HEAVEN WITH US. The Holy Ghost will go back to doing what He did before the Church age, as in the Old Testament.

*****LEAVING THIS EARTH IN THE HANDS OF THE DEVIL UNTIL THE LORD COMES.

2Th 2:8  And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
2Th 2:9  Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
2Th 2:10  And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; [because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved].

WHY DO THESE PERISH? BECAUSE THEY HEARD OF THE LORD AND THEY FELT THE PULL OF THE HOLY GHOST BUT THEY RECEIVED NOT THE TRUTH. THEY WOULD NOT ACCEPT JESUS CHRIST AS THEIR LORD IN THE TIME OF GRACE. ALL THOSE THAT DO THIS WILL NOT GET ANOTHER CHANCE DURING THE TRIBULATION PERIOD NOR IN THE MILLENNIAL KINGDOM.

*****UNTIL THE LORD COMES, GOD SAYS.

1Co 4:5  Therefore judge nothing before the time, [until the Lord come], who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.

*****THE LORD WILL COME BACK TO THIS EARTH AT THE END OF THE TRIBULATION PERIOD!

1.) THAT FIRST IMAGE WAS THE HEAD OF GOLD:

Daniel explicitly told Nebuchadnezzar that he was the “head of Gold” in the dream.  Since Daniel identified the other parts of the image as representing kingdoms, it is evident that the head of gold symbolized Nebuchadnezzar’s kingdom, Babylon. The head of gold fitly represented Babylon.

Isa 14:4 SAYS  That thou shalt take up this proverb against the king of Babylon, and say, How hath the oppressor ceased! [the golden city ceased]!

Jer 51:7 SAYS  [Babylon hath been a golden cup in the LORD’S hand], that made all the earth drunken: the nations have drunken of her wine; therefore the nations are mad.

Surrounded by massive fortified walls, the city lay on both sides of the Euphrates river, which watered its gardens and supported its commerce.

Jer 51:8 SAYS  Babylon is suddenly fallen and destroyed: howl for her; take balm for her pain, if so be she may be healed.

Nebuchadnezzar II, also known as Nebuchadnezzar the Great, was the fearsome, vainglorious ruler of Babylon from 630 – 562 BC. Called the ‘destroyer of nations’, he reduced Judea and Jerusalem to rubble and sent the Jews into exile. His portrayal in various historical texts, most memorably the Old Testament, paints the picture of a marauding, mighty king who would stop at nothing to heap his beloved Babylon in glory. He built his nation into a cultural centre for the Near East, lavishing it in glory with his fine buildings, palaces and, of course, Hanging Gardens. His reign inspired his people to victory over some of the most powerful nations of the time; effectively ruling the Middle East.

*****And his mystique would be reprised 2,500 years later, when the Saddam Hussein used Nebuchadnezzar’s glory to rally his people into heinous ethnic cleansing and impossible wars.

2.) HIS BREAST AND HIS ARMS OF SILVER:

The Breast of silver is the same as the Bear and the Ram of chapter seven.

Nevertheless, “another kingdom” inferior to Nebuchadnezzar’s kingdom, represented by the breast and arms of silver, would conquer and supplant the golden kingdom.  Darius, by a masterful maneuver of turning aside the waters the Euphrates, led his Medo-Persian forces through the riverbed to take Babylon by complete surprise in 539 B.C.

Daniel spoke these words to King Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon.  Babylon fell in 539 B.C when the Medes and the Persians conquered the kingdom.  The Medo-Persian Empire lasted until Alexander the Great defeated them in battle in 331 B.C.

3.) HIS BELLY AND HIS THIGHS BRASS:

The Belly of Brass is the same as the Leopard and the Goat.

The next power, the one that uprooted and succeeded the Persians was that of Macedonia, represented by the image’s midsection of brass.  Alexander, was a  young military genius who conquered the Mediterranean world, but who could not conquer his appetite, in a lightning campaign defeated the Persians in several battles, finally completely routing them at the Battle of Arbela in 331 B.C.

4.) HIS LEGS OF IRON:

The Legs of Iron is same as Terrible Beast with 10 horns

Unmistakably the fourth kingdom,” strong as iron,” represented by the “legs of iron,” was Rome.  Rome conquered swiftly, ruthlessly, and with crushing force.  She began to replace the Hellenistic, or Greek, empire by a decisive battle at Pydna, 168 BC, and by 30 BC, with the subjugation of Egypt, she completed her control of the Mediterranean world.

5.) HIS FEET PART IRON AND PART CLAY:

Daniel, under divine inspiration, foretold that the mighty empire of Rome would suffer division?  But when he came to the feet and toes in his explanation, Daniel predicted, “The kingdom shall be divided”   Did Daniel’s prediction come to pass? History records clearly that it did.

During the fourth and fifth centuries AD the empire of Rome in the west became divided as several distinct barbarian kingdoms with her midst gained independent power.  These kingdoms, which later developed into the nations of Europe today, have ever remained divided.

Daniel declared that “they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.”  Down through the centuries many powerful men have attempted to overthrow that prophecy and unite Europe. Charlemagne, Charles V, Napoleon, Kaiser Wilhelm, and Hitler all tried and failed.  Attempts to bring an intermingling between these kingdoms, especially through the practice of intermarriage among royal families, also failed just as Daniel predicted in verse 43.  The five fateful words, “they will not hold together” have accurately portrayed the sweep of European history from the disintegration of the Roman empire till today.

*****God’s Word has clearly proved true.

BUT WE KNOW THEY ARE GATHERING AGAIN IN WHAT IS CALLED THE EUROPEAN UNION.

The European Union is rapidly fulfilling prophecy in becoming the prophesied revived Roman Empire, the final worldly kingdom of human history. According to prophecy, this kingdom will give rise to an ecumenical and apostate religion, a global government, and a global economy. Out of this kingdom will arise the most evil dictator ever known to man – the Antichrist.

Rev 17:12 SAYS  And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.
Rev 17:13  These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.

*****HOW CAN WE NOT BELIEVE GOD’S HOLY BIBLE!

6.) THERE IS ONE MORE KINGDOM MENTIONED BY DANIEL:

VERSE 44 SAYS  And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.

THIS IS THE KINGDOM WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THE PAST FEW WEEKS. THE MILLENNIAL KINGDOM OF OUR LORD JESUS.

Rev 20:4 SAYS  And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. 

WHAT WE CAN SEE FROM THESE LESSONS IS THAT IT IS GOD THAT IS IN CONTROL OF THIS WORLD.

HE CREATED IT. HE SUSTAINS IT. AND HE CONTROLS IT. HE HAS NOT HIDDEN ANYTHING CONCERNING SALVATION FROM US AND ALL HE ASK US TO DO IS “BELIEVE”.

WE HAVE TO ADMIT THAT THERE IS NOTHING THAT WE OR THIS WORLD CAN DO TO SAVE OUR SOULS FROM HELL. IT IS ONLY GOD, WHO SENT THE LORD JESUS TO PROVIDE THAT MEANS OF SALVATION.

NEBUCHADNEZZAR WAS AS EVIL A RULER THAT WAS IN THE BIBLE, BUT WE CAN SEE THAT AS TIME HAS PASSED MOST GOVERNMENTS HAVE GOTTEN EVEN WORSE. IN FACT THE BIBLE SAYS:

2Ti 3:13 SAYS  But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

THIS EARTH GAINED IN A PHYSICAL SENSE BUT SPIRITUALLY THIS WORLD IS GOING TO HELL. ONLY THE RETURN OF JESUS WILL BRING PEACE TO THIS EARTH BUT UNTIL THEN WE STILL HAVE A PURPOSE AS THE CHURCH OF THE LIVING GOD.

Mat 5:16 SAYS  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

LET’S PRAY!