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Parson To Person – Sunday June 9, 2013

Daniel 11 - Sunday June 9, 2013

DANIEL Ch. 11 Gives us prophesies of future wars & kings, but the prophesy concerning Antiochus Epiphanes & the abomination of desolation which defiled the Jewish temple (around 168 B.C.) concerned more than Antiochus; it was also a prophecy of what the Antichrist will do during the Great Tribulation (Rev.13). Antiochus was a “type” of the Antichrist, but Jesus made it clear that this prophecy of Daniel also spoke of the future, so He warns all His disciples, even those of us in the 21st century, of the events prophesied in Daniel that concern the future Antichrist. (Mat 24:15) It is one example of double fulfillment, or “near” and “far” prophecy. There is a reference to the actions of Antiochus, but a further reference to the actions of Antichrist. These are more amazing prophecies given in such great detail from our God who holds the future.

Daniel 7

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Daniel’s vision of the fall of the Greek empire and the death of Alexander the Great, was so
clear that liberal so-called scholars say that the Book of Daniel couldn’t have
been written by Daniel. He couldn’t have possibly known about these empires
unless he was writing after the fact. But when the Dead Sea Scrolls were
discovered in 1947 it presented a problem for them because the Book of Daniel
is part of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and they are much older than the so-called
scholars estimate the time when Daniel was written.
And the so-called scholars have an even bigger problem to deal with when
claiming Daniel is a forgery; Jesus quoted from the book of Daniel and said it
was written by Daniel (Matt.24:15). Would Jesus Christ quote from a forgery, or
would He not know who wrote the book?

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.        

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.

Divine Provision

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Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? (Matthew 6:30)

Clothes are expensive, and poor believers may be led into anxiety as to where their next suit will come from. The soles are thin; how shall we get new shoes? See how our thoughtful Lord has provided against this care. Our heavenly Father clothes the grass of the field with a splendor such as Solomon could not equal: will He not clothe His own children? We are sure He will. There may be many a patch and a darn, but raiment we shall have.

A poor minister found his clothes nearly threadbare, and so far gone that they would hardly hold together; but as a servant of the Lord he expected his Master to find him his livery. It so happened that the writer on a visit to a friend had the loan of the good man’s pulpit, and it came into his mind to make a collection for him, and there was his suit. Many other cases we have seen in which those who had served the Lord have found Him considerate of their wardrobe. He who made man so that when he had sinned he needed garments, also in mercy supplied him with them; and those which the Lord gave to our first parents were far better than those they made for themselves.