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April 5, 2021 2:00 am
God has the best track record when it comes to keeping promises. And we have hundreds of His promises in the Bible. Join Skip as he shares about an event in Daniel's life that will encourage you to keep trusting in God's promises.
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Daniel was thrown into a den of lions.
You know the story.
Everybody does know the story, so Daniel got a sleepover with the lion King, it's Daniel. I can prove it does lions lay down the bottom. In contrast to that came Darius had insomnia to take God at his word. He's given us many promises in the Bible. The question is do you trust him today on connect with Skip hides Skip shares about a significant event in Daniel's life that will boost your trust in God's promises before we begin to use a resource that will help you walk into the peace that Jesus often so how is your stress level on a scale of 1 to 10 stresses that the robber of peace and joy. I think with the planet observation. If you don't live with an anchor of faith, you can adrift in a sea of anxiety and most people in the world they don't have anything to anchor.
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Okay, let's dive into today's teacher will the book of Van Skip Heitzig begins the stuff Alice all the Marvel and time hanging Gardens look like a mountain. Wife hated goblin was flat desert mountain in the city watered was one of the wonders of the world and that was where he lived. There's a there's a proverb in Proverbs 6 it says there are six things God hates Scripture, seven are an abomination to God gives you a list of everything he hates you do well to memorize that list.
You don't want to ever do any of those things on the list coming of God hates that you want you want to do it right. One of the things God hates is a proud look. This man was filled with pride and so the tree gets shot down verse 31. While the word was still in the king's mouth.
I'm awesome. Look at the problem. A voice fell from heaven. King Nebuchadnezzar to you, it is spoken, the kingdom has departed from you. He was gone. I did this and I did that and God is saying I'm speaking to you when I'm taken this from you.
Verse 32. They shall drive you from men in your dwelling shall be with the beast of the field they shall make you eat grass like oxen seven times shall pass over you. Until you know that the most high rules in the kingdom of man and gives it to whom ever he chooses. Essentially, King Nebuchadnezzar sinks to the level of an animal and he lives outdoors, not like on And out with REI gear outdoors like a lunatic like an animal. He had what experts call insanity as so anthropic up and means he was nuts because he thought it was an animal and I have been in mental institutions were there are people that I met the believe there are that they are animals. Some think that there werewolf.
Some think that there were there so that animal Nebuchadnezzar thought he was ox man. He acted like a knock Susan out and in the fields eat grass while he gets humbled. He acknowledges that God is God turns around is monumentally post that testimony everywhere is only one true God is the God of Daniel.chapter 5 is removing along is famous for supernatural graffiti unit I'm talking about right. The handwriting on the wall. The year is 539 BC. That's a historic year because that's the year battle and fell to the chest and arms of silver fell to the Medo Persian Empire Nebuchadnezzar is dead at this time. This is now his grandson Belle Shatzer, the grandson of Nebuchadnezzar, the son of Nava tinnitus. This is Belle Shatzer.
He is a party animal. He's having a cocktail party he's bringing in the vessels. The cops from the temple where they stole them from God's house in Jerusalem. A lot of alcohol is going on at the party and if you notice the people say really stupid things when they drink and they do stupid things when they drink. I remember witnessing to a guy who was drunk. I was so proud. I led him to the Lord and was the first person I ever led to the Lord. He was drunk and Scott getting praying with me. I thought I saw some I'm just so stupid, so na´ve.
I found in the next day he didn't even know who I was, had no recollection of the night before. I do have to say that I did stand in this hall, so this very precious Scripture to me.
I stood in the in the banquet hall of Belle Shatzer and was pointed out by archaeologists.
The wall they believe where the handwriting was just an awesome moment to be. Daniel is in his 80s.
At this time. Chapter 5 verse 24, Daniel gets brought in because he sees a hand, a man's hand write something on the wall amen amen they tackle you first and so Daniel says the fingers of the hand were sent from him and this writing was written and this is the inscription that was written Mende Mende tech Al you Farson.
This is the interpretation of each word Mende God is numbered your kingdom and finished tech out you been weighed in the balances and found wanting care as your kingdom has been divided and given to the Medes and the Persian.
In other words, your number is up you lightweight that's essentially what is saying the word many minutes have you Farson means numbered numbered way divided your lightweight God weighed you your lighter than sloth your number is up your about to lose it all tonight at that very moment that Daniel was making this interpretation of the inscription on the wall. The Persians were already inside the gates of the city. Unknown to Belle Shatzer and got they went through underwater as they diverted the flow of the Euphrates River upstream the guy.
Then it was up to a man's waist. They waited in hundreds of thousands of soldiers open the gates so the Army was there ready to take the city so by the time you get to chapter 6. Babylon is is under new management.
Chapter 6 opens with new management. It is Persian rule not Babylonian rule Darius the Mead is the Viceroy of King Cyrus who is in charge there joint ruling. Daniel is 87.
So he's pushing 90 years old. You might think while you get battled you're ready for retirement home, not Daniel. Daniel is still fruitful and old age.
I love this such an encouragement Psalm one his leaf also shall not wither. I'm a weather, but I'm trying my leaf and the fruit doesn't weather the Daniels pushing 90 and he still going to be used of God in this chapter Daniel is been promoted in chapter 6, and all the people all the younger guys who didn't get the promotion or jealous about it and they want to see Daniel dad they want to see them gone. Commodities almost 90 years old who is this guy's guys been around way too long and I get the millennial's, and in charge here it is all God so they try to find a crime to Ken on him. They can't he's flawless. It says in this chapter is is Amanda just an upright spirit. You can't pin anything on them so they knew the only thing we can do to get him is to find something in the spiritual realm something in his devotion to God so verse five of chapter 60 the men said we shall not find any charge against Daniel unless we find it against him concerning the law of his God so they had the king passed a law that you can pray to any other God but the king yet afraid of the king as God for a month for 30 days with the law thing Daniels and obey the law. Not all she went right home after the edict was signed, knowing that it was signed opened his Windows everybody could see them for Jerusalem bow down and worship Yahweh gets arrested, he gets arrested and Daniel was thrown into a den of lions. You know the story. Everybody does know the story, so Daniel got sleepover with the lion King. It seems that Daniel I can't prove it but probably had a pretty good sleep because the liens lay down didn't bother him, so Daniel probably slept in contrast to that King Darius had insomnia. He was so worried for Daniel he was trying to figure out a way to bail amount he couldn't do it and all sleep went from him. So this reminds me of Peter in the book of acts was arrested and was announced the next day were going to take you out Jerusalem and kill you cut your head off and it says that Peter was sleeping between two soldiers. I love that. How do you sleep with soldiers attached to your rest knowing that tomorrow you're going to be decapitated. How could he do that you be good at all. You trust God know he knew he wasn't going to die tomorrow when other cities that I know, but he knew it's not happening now. I knew that because Jesus said to Peter before Jesus ascended, Peter. When you are old then, can it take you where you don't want to go stretch out your arms and kill you. Peter was still a young man so when they said to die tomorrow as I'm going to sleep on the dime tomorrow dime for years.
I'm still young. I wait till I'm old. He had a promise and he rested on that promise will chapter 7 to 12 is that second part of the book. It is an appendix of prophecies that spaniel expand debt Daniels entire career chapter 7 as I mentioned is Daniel's own night vision of the succession of kingdoms. He sees a winged lion, which is an emblem of Babylon.
He sees the bear raised on one side and emblem of the Medo Persian Empire off-balance because when Empire was stronger than the other came together in a coalition. The third was a fast-moving leopard and the fourth was a dreadful and terrible beast.
Look at chapter 7 verse 17, sort of, is a key to unlock at those great beasts, which are for our four kings, which arise out of the earth. By the time we get to chapter 8, we have a conflict between kingdom number two which is the Medo Persian Empire and kingdom number three which is the Greek empire sews the chest and arms of silver in chapter 2, the bear, in chapter 7 against the belly and thighs of brass. In chapter 2, the leopard in chapter 7 different motifs same truth. There is a language change in this chapter back to Hebrew chapter 1 is written in Hebrew. Chapter 2 through six are written in Aramaic.
Beginning in chapter 7, to the rest of the book, written in Hebrew again, I'm not can tell you why I just like to sign at his homework because it go have fun with it, but there's a good reason why I let you find that out so chapter 8 becomes the historical precursor to somebody who is coming in the future who will be the ultimate persecutor against the Jewish people called the antichrist to follow. One becomes the historical precursor is historical dust was still prophetic than was in the future. All of it was but this portion is fulfilled as a precursor of something greater, so it is a vision of a RAM and a goat. The RAM is the Medo Persian Empire. The goat is grease and the kingdom of second king of Greece gets divided into four parts. Let me just give you a snippet verse five. As I was considering using this RAM and go as I was considering suddenly a male goat came from the seas. Considering this RAM it's two horns as I was considering suddenly a male goat came from the West. The area of Greece across the surface of the whole earth without touching the ground and the goat had a notable horn between his eyes.
A horn in Scripture. By the way is always a symbol of authority. So this boat is moving so fast it doesn't touch the ground.
This is turbo goat the national emblem of ancient Greece was at one time ago, so it all fits go with a horn verse eight. Therefore, the male goat grew very great, but he became strong. The large horn was broken and in its place for notable ones came up toward the four winds of heaven. Now again, we don't have to guess what this is not the kind of put some of our meeting and go down verse 21 male goat is the kingdom of what grace it says so. The male goat is a kingdom of grace. The large horn that is between its eyes is the first king first king was Alexander the great.
As for the broken horn and the four that stood up in its place for kingdom shall arise out of that nation but not with power there's a couple things that occurred when Greece met Medo Persian number one. What is remarkable is the speed of victory of relatively small army.
Alexander the great had 35,000 men conquered the entire board of the Medo Persian Empire. Some of you seen movies in unit read the books, you know that amazing victory very, very quick victory, very speedy Alexander the great was very young and very ambitious and he had a desire to rule the world by the way he did that and died at age 33 in battle. So the speed of the victory of Greece was amazing. Second amazing thing was the speed of its breakup. Once Alexander the great ruled the world. He died shortly thereafter and it immediately broke into four wife or because when he died they symbol who take the kingdom. He said give it to the strong. They interpreted that to mean his four generals by the name of Seleucus Ptolemy. Seneca's, and Cassandra was of the names they became four empires. Cassandra took Macedonia and Greece was Seneca's took Asia minor the kingdom of Thrace. Seleucus took the Asian provinces, especially Syria to the north of Israel, and Ptolemy took Egypt and Israel and was always battles between North and the South king of the North and King of the South. Verse nine out of one of them not to go through all the battles I've done studies on this book in deaths from discriminant touch on this. Out of one of them out of one of the kingdoms came a little horn, which grew exceedingly great toward the south toward the east, and toward the glorious land.
Would you think that refers to Israel, the nation of Israel know this can only be in its dealing with the king of the North the eighth Seleucid King by mentioning Seleucus, one of the generals of Alexander, so the salute Seleucus. His empire was the Seleucid Empire. The eighth king in the succession of Seleucid kings was NTFS the fourth or and TFS epiphanies.
Many of you have ever heard that name good your Bible students been around. You know that NTFS the fourth range from 175 BC to 164 BC during the inner tester metal times between the old and New Testament, he reigned. He persecuted the Jews.
He tried to assimilate them into the Greek culture. They refused because after all their Jewish their loyal to their God.
So he goes to Jerusalem he kills 80 A.D. thousand of them and he takes another 40 to 80,000 captive slaves. He plunders the temple he takes on clean/a pig sacrifices it on the altar of sacrifice in the temple courts. The Jews see that that's an abomination to them there courts are left desolate. Because of that, so that becomes what they call the abomination of desolation.
Historically, it's fulfilled. He did that and yet Jesus said after that happened and when you see the abomination of desolation, spoken by the end of the prop which he does predict again happening in chapter 9 that was done by and take us epiphanies and tear. Chris epiphanies he gave himself a name and he put on coins chaos epiphanies for chaos epiphanies. The Greek word to Greek words that mean God manifest you think he had a pride issue. I am God in flesh. I am God manifest so he called himself the Jews did not call in for chaos with these got the income for us epiphanies they call them if Pittman needs, not epiphanies.
Pittman needs means the beast or the animal and tear because the animal so got him into trouble. A lot of mercurial. The Syrian rule gets ended and Sam look at the clock because I'm realizing no, I did it again.
I swore this time I can do Daniel in one fell swoop. So so next time were going to be going to some of the deeper prophecies. Daniel nine and in the rest of the book. So what will walk will close it a chapter.
I apologize if it's hard for me not to drill down.
It really is God's own.
Let's close on an up note showing 25th day of the Jewish month of Czeslaw is when a group of freedom fighters in this real between the old and the New Testament called the Maccabean's overturned the Syrian army and drove them out of Jerusalem. They found one cruise of oil enough oil that would keep the lamps in the temple really lit as they would open a backup for service and worship of God for only one day they put the oil and they lit the lamps. It lasted to the first day the second day the third day, the fourth day, the fifth day, the 67th day, the eighth day lasted eight days.
Miraculously hostile legend is not in Scripture.
It's a story that miraculously the crews of oil that lights the menorah in the tabernacle of the temple lasted for eight days and so that became known as the festival of lights you know it is Hanukkah. We hear the name Hanukkah. Remember Antiochus epiphanies and the Syrians were overturned by the Jewish freedom fighters. The Maccabean's on the 25th day of the Jewish month of Czeslaw and that's what Hanukkah sound like a Jewish form of Christian Christmas like a competing audit is their celebration of the festival of light which by the way Jesus celebrated in the New Testament Hanukkah festival of lights and also on the signing of the message from the series the Bible from 30,000 to Skip to tell you about how you can keep encouraging messages like this coming your way to help connect others to God's truth. Simply put God's Word has the power to change lives. That's why together were taking these Bible teachings to more people around the world because we want to see lives transformed. If you've been encouraged by these teachings and grown closer to Christ through his word that I want to ask you to give a gift today to help make these teachings available in more places in two more outlets. Your generous gift will help others experience the power of God's life changing word. Here's how you can do that today you can get online and connectwithskip.com/donate. That's connectwithskip.com/~800-922-1880 800-922-1880 thank you tomorrow Skip placing shares how you can bring the light of Jesus into our dark world. The best course of action is not to try to escape the world by doing daily work that is try to face it head on to embrace it in all of its complexity and illusion to bring healing and love and life purpose dying world is Skip presentation of connection communication changing truth ever-changing time