Monthly Archives: April 2013

Sunday Morning Daniel 7:

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NEBUCHADNEZZAR had a dream Daniel interpreted as the future world kingdoms (Daniel Chapter 2). Here, in Chapter 7, Daniel has a dream about these same kingdoms, only from his spiritual perspective the kingdoms are seen as savage beasts, not a man. The lion corresponds to the head of gold, which is Babylon, and the man’s heart being given the beast may refer to the change in the king after being delivered from his insanity, and he praises and honors the Living God (Dan.4). The bear would be the Medo-Persian Empire, and the three ribs refer to Babylon, Egypt & Libya that they conquered. The leopard is the Greek Empire of Alexander the Great, who swiftly conquered the world in only ten years. It had four heads because the empire was divided among four generals after Alexander died at the age of 32. The 4th beast, with teeth of iron, would be Rome. The 10 horns correspond to the 10 toes, representing a ten nation confederacy on earth during the Great Tribulation. The little horn with a big mouth (Antichrist) will die a fiery death. Revelation reveals how Antichrist comes on the scene and is cast into the lake of fire. God makes these predictions through a Babylonian king, a Hebrew prophet & the apostle John over more than 600 years. But it isn’t difficult for our God, the Creator of all things, who exists outside of time.

Sunday Morning, Daniel 6: No Compromise

Daniel continued to do what he had done since he was a young man Although he knew it could mean a death sentence. He prayed and gave thanks to God out in the open, with nothing to hide. Daniel was about 88 years old by this time, and he had lived a life devoted to God from the time he was a boy in Israel. Daniel prospered because of his faith in God, it made no difference who the rulers were; whether Nebuchadnezzar in Babylon, Darius the Mede or Cyrus the Persian. He had lived an uncompromising life for 88 years and he wasn’t going to change now. Good habits formed early become the basis for strength and stability later on in life.        

Sunday Morning, Daniel 5

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In the same hour the fingers of a man’s hand appeared and wrote opposite the lamp stand on the plaster of the wall of the king’s palace; and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote. Then the king’s countenance changed, and his thoughts troubled him, so that the joints of his hips were loosened and his knees knocked against each other.

Daniel 5:5-6

Sunday Morning, Daniel 4

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For His dominion is an everlasting dominion,
And His kingdom is from generation to generation.
All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing;
He does according to His will in the army of heaven
And among the inhabitants of the earth.
No one can restrain His hand
Or say to Him, “What have You done?”

Daniel 4:35

Easter Sunday

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 And they said to one another, “Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?”

(Luke 24:32)

Easter Sunday Sermon, Daniel 9 and Luke 24

The Blessed Easter Message

Resurrection

But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.
(1 Corinthians 15:13-14)

The resurrection of Christ is a finished work. Since Christ was raised from the dead, death no longer has power over Him. But Christians die! Every day the bodies of Christian men and women are taken to the cemetery and laid to rest with Songs and Scripture. We may try to avoid the facts, but Christians die just as Jesus died before them. Their cold helplessness, their sudden, strange silence, which no pleadings of anguished love can break; their apparent defeat by the relentless force of nature– all this stuns the heart and brings fear that this is all, and we have seen our loved ones or friends for the last time. The resurrection certainly teaches us that we cannot trust appearances. The body of Jesus in the tomb appears to mean the of everything for Christ and His disciples. The limp form of a newly-dead Christian suggests defeat. Yet how wrong are these appearances! Christ arose the third day according to the scriptures. Faith accepts the appearance of defeat, knowing the true Christian cannot be defeated finally. “Because I live, you also will live!” That is the blessed easter message. What a blessed message if people would only believe.