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September 28, 2022 4:00 am
God has an encouraging word for you and me today to the Bible-based printing of Dr. Don Wilton and a message on yesterday will help how he was feared, but now we discover about how it's also now we don't need to be a let's open God's word together with cards and were here with Dr. Don Wilton. All these kings wrote it down but didn't follow. Remember soul remember David remember Solomon so God Cesar: put up with this anymore so I'm just going to tear it away from you. I'm going to divide the kingdom I'm going to destroy the molding kingdom.
So we find out soon in Daniel chapter 1 where the Bible says in the third year of the reign of Joy became king of Judah, and then he could me as a king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it not turn with me to chapter 2, I want to read to you some verses from chapter 2 in the second year of his right my just say this and then we'll get this out of the way because I know that we bought some scholars here. There's an apparent contradiction in the first verse. See if you go back to chapter 1. Some of you might not have noticed this but I noticed, and it bothered me so I had to go back and find out what was all about but if you go back to chapter 1 and verse five chapter 1 verse five the king assigned them a daily amount of food and wine from looking stable. They would to be trained for how long three years are but in chapter 2 verse one is all of a sudden now they begin to operate in the second year the reign of King Nebuchadnezzar.
Well, I went back on and began to listen to what others say and do some research I found something very interesting. The American presidential elections revoked on November in November, when does the prison actually become the present January what is he equal before he becomes president. The president elect well. It was no different among the kings of the Far East, the Oriental King system was a system of kingly accession and kingly accession took one year and so we all in the third year of his reign, because for the first year he was the king he had to spend a year of accession.
It's called the year of accession a whole year, not just a couple of months. I just wanted to tell you that in case of trouble, but something happened yet a king Nebuchadnezzar in the second year of his reign.
Nebuchadnezzar had a dream.
His mind was troubled and he could not sleep. So the king summoned the magicians in Trenton and astrologers.
Interesting group I'm going to talk about them in a minute to tell him what he had green rising how many people are still summoning magicians in Trenton, sorcerers and astrologers to tell them what they dream about when I came in and stood before the king, he said to them, I have had a dream that troubles me and I want to know what it means pretty good problem then the astrologers onto the king in Aramaic now going to show you just now from chapter and verse pull all the way through to the end of chapter 7.
The original text is written in Aramaic there are three languages folks watch me import this Hebrew the whole of the Old Testament is written in Hebrew, accepting chapter 2 verse four through the end of chapter 7. The New Testament is written in coronary Greek Orion languages Aramaic to get Hebrew you get Aramaic and you get Greek, Aramaic was the language of the Gentile Babylonian court. That's why this was written in Aramaic so in verse pull the astrologers onto the king in Aramaic and said okay and live forever.
Tell your servants the dream, and we will interpret the king replied to the astrologers.
This is what I have firmly decided if you do not tell me what my dream wasn't interpreted, I will have you cut into pieces and your houses turning the piles of rubble. But if you tell me the dream and explain it and will receive from me, you will receive from a gifts and rewards and great honor. So tell me the dream and interpret for me what water one incredible challenge once more. They replied that the King Charlie servants the dream, and we will interpret the thing on Saddam certain that you are trying to gain time because you realize that this is what I firmly decided if you do not tell me what I dream or this is a tough one. It's like the professors at college Divya exams and basically the exam is tell me what I was thinking we've all been there have been great if you do not tell me the dream, there's just one penalty for you. You conspired to tell me misleading and wicked things. Hoping the situation will change. So then only the dream and I will know that you can interpret for me the astrologers onto the king. There is not a man on earth. You can do what the King off Nolting however great and mighty is able such a thing of any magician or in Trenton were astrologers what the king losses to difficult no one can reveal it to the king except God's mortgagee and they do not live among men. This made the king so angry and so furious that he ordered the execution of the wise men of Babylon. I wanted chapter 1 and verse 17 tell us chapter 1 in verse 17 tells us that Daniel Shadrach me shack and Abednego were not included in all the wise men of Babylon, so Daniel is in a major predicament. He's going to be included in this verse 13. So the decree was issued with the wise man would be if the man was saying to look for Daniel and his friends and put them to be when you relock the cabal of the kings God had gone out to put to death. The wise men of Babylon.
Daniel spoke to him with wisdom and tact very significantly lost the Kings officer.
Why did the king issue such a harsh decree, a relock then explained the matter to Daniel at this Daniel went into the king and lost for time so that he might interpret the dream. Then Daniel returned to his house and explain the matter to his friends, Hannah, not Michelle and Azariah urged him to plead for mercy from the God of heaven concerning this mystery, so that he and his friends might not be executed with the rest of the wise men of Babylon. During the night.
The mystery was revealed to Daniel in a vision. Then Daniel praised the God of heaven and save them.
I'm going to read that for you next week. I want to go on the verse 24.
Then Daniel went a relock. The king had appointed to execute the wise men of Babylon, and said to him execute the wise men of Babylon take me to the king, and I will interpret the dream for him. That's as far as I'm going to read for you do not, I want to show you again. Verse 18. If you were to say to me Foster what is the key verse in chapter 2 going to suggest to you, it's verse 18 Herod is the urged them to plead for mercy from the God of heaven concerning this mystery. Eat them to plead for mercy from the God of heaven concerning this mystery is not powerful. We're all facing predicament spokes. All of us have sinned and come filled with the glory of God. All of us have stepped outside of the boundaries of God's grace to know something the Bible says no one is beyond the mercy of God. That's what the forgiveness of God is all about. That's why the only difference between the base combusting here and the worst of the mouth is the grace of God that is a theological statement based upon the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
He urged them to plead for mercy from the God of heaven concerning this mystery. You see friends Daniel was offered the three big things in life. He was offered influence. He was offered will and he was offered health unremarkable. Can you have Massiah would allow young people here. I will guarantee you the three most attractive things you will and there's nothing wrong with these that you will be off all going to be those three things influence wealth and health. When you go for job interviews and somebody wants to get you all. There is an attempt to try and get you to conform to some group over another or to belong to some organization I tell you what's going to happen.
The carrot sticks that are going to be dangled out, they somehow are going to encompass these three great promises.
They are as old as Satan himself influence wealth and health. Daniel was offered the world to know what the Bible says in chapter 1 and Goose Lake but Daniel resolved not to defile himself. Daniel decided that if influence wealth and health were going to be his.
They were going to come because God gave them to him, not because he compromised God's standards in order to get the water challenge, the one with broad-based been well Nebuchadnezzar arrived in Judah with a marvelous dream. This was a world conqueror, don't you think this man had major manifestations of grandeur. Historians tell us.
Nebuchadnezzar was indeed a man of great influence a man of great wealth manhood acquired everything the opens and shots during chapter 2.
The Bible says Daniel.
At least Nebuchadnezzar had a dream and his nightmare began really say a few things about Nebuchadnezzar to put them into perspective. Chapter 4 verse 19 reminds us that Nebuchadnezzar was a very cool king. Chapter 519 in chapter 1 of this day and remind us that Nebuchadnezzar was feared by other people.
Chapter 2 verses one through three tell us that he was deeply afraid of the future.
Just a word about dreams and visions. According to the Scriptures dreams all those things that God gives as he speaks to individuals while they are asleep concerning the revelation of the possible present and we find this not and was given dreams were given bonbon to individuals. Remember what happened to Joseph in a dream and what happened to Solomon he dream remember all the dreams and Jacob. The dream God would reveal matters pertaining to the path the present and the future through green vision visions. According to Scripture, all those things that happen that God gives to those who belong to him while they are awake. Forgive the eruption of my goodness. Those are powerful God's attention.
Sometimes there are very tragic and what was behind jarring waste get Sgt. sometimes before yesterday is today the day to make a change like to have someone praying that next we hear from you at 866899 word anytime day or night about the one was happy to talk to pray to connect with great resources that will help you grow in your faith that 866-899-9673. It's all there as well. On our email@example.com just know we are standing by to encourage you, 866899 word, and TW online.org. Now back to today's message with Dr. Wilt numbers chapter 12 in verse six, put it into perspective talking when a prophet of the Lord is among you, I reveal myself to him in visions as I speak to him in green. So we got two things happening here in visions and dreams. We got on the one hand, the revelation of God and on the other hand, we got the spoken word of God and these two are juxtaposed together and when we come into Daniel chapter 2. This is exactly what happened. I want to remind you, and I think it's very important that God naughtily spoke to his own through dreams, but he spoke to pagan people.
God did not only use those who belong to him to speak to them, but he used those rooted in the case in hand is King Abimelech you will remember how Abram took Sarah his wife down into Egypt became afraid that he would be arrested and killed and so he basically allowed to King Abimelech and said that Sarah was his. Why was his sister and so Abimelech took Sarah into his court and married her crowded.
Abimelech come to know that Sarah was the wife of Abraham through a dream.
God spoke to Abimelech and Abimelech of Egypt was certainly no God-fearing man. Another case was Gideon's attempt to conquer the Midianites and you will remember the story in Joshua Judges how that the Midianites had dreams and that God spoke to them through their hearts and review them to these pagan Midianites that Gideon was going to conquer them.
But the most perplexing, questionable is why God speak or reveal his plan to name you could maser who was such a wicked king that folks on asking the question here isn't possible that God could use ungodly people in America today to Geddes point across to those of us who love him very deep? Is it possible that God in his permissive blue can allow syrupy things to happen even in our own beloved nation can raise up leaders even in our own beloved nation epitomize godlessness and that God could use them and speak through them or use them as a channel in order to get his message across to those who claim to love them while is it possible God is trying to tell us something in America today is is possible that God could use the ACL you to tell me something about himself. Is it possible that God could use a liberal judge doesn't hold to the values aspired to by Almighty God, to make pronouncements that would get my attention. As a believer. Why would God speak will give his plan. Folks do you understand that in just a moment did it in a couple of weeks or months may be you not going to find ourselves plunging headlong into major prophecy. We we going to find ourselves dealing with the rapture of the church and with the tribulation and with what happens to believers and live off today and the millennial reign of the Lord Jesus Christ. We going to find ourselves being taken by the scrap of the neck and plunged headlong into the lost, the plan of God's us. Why would God begin this whole thing by using someone as despicable as King Nebuchadnezzar, but five suggestions number one, perhaps because God did happen did not have much else to choose from, mighty God, look to the American said there's nobody who's got enough willingness to stand up and decide what God has to say. So I'm going to allow you to raise up a monitor is not going to do that and I'll just speak through him all through her may be there in the time of Judah when Joachim reign such a wicked king that compromise and confused the principles and precepts upon which God had established these people Catholic Church in this time would become to look so much like the rest of the world. But God said, I can no longer use my church. So why don't you just carry all all the holy things from within the church, put them alongside the gods of the world confuse and compromise them and maybe in this way. I want the attention of my people, my eyes suggest to you that God wants to make an announcement one way or another, God is going to get our attention. See, we spoke about love. This morning, folks. Love is something that blows no limited bears all things, that believes all things, it hopes all things, and it induces all things.
I believe God is sovereign and is eternal is willing to wait as long as he needs to wait so that he is, people will turn back to him, and by whatever means to get our attention.
He's going to get young people were you mess around with God. It might take 50 years to get your attention, but God's gonna get your attention.
Truth always prevails. God always wins and you and Mark decide that we going to take some detour and we got a goal for this angle and we going to go that angle and we going to bring about to rule over us. The things that we decide and we devastated and placed the principles and precepts we decide God says okay I'll let it happen, but I'm going to guarantee you one thing I am going to get your attention because I am God and I'm sovereign and there is none like on the me, what is man that thou art mindful of him by submit to you that perhaps God spoke and Davies planted the wicked king Nebuchadnezzar because God did not have too many other people to choose from. I don't think they were lining up sign Lord Sam Lee tell you I been so proud people in our church. During these days.
It stood up and said I want you to know something without apology God is calling me and I'm willing to stand before God's people inside. You can count on me. God God is looking around.
He's looking up and down this congregation. He's not interested in deacons and preachers and physicians and all these things, he just looking for a group of men and women and young people are willing to stand up and call a spade a spade. He's looking for. People are willing to assume the mantle of leadership and folks listen if he doesn't find it in us.
Well, you just can't find somebody else, even if that somebody else is not someone who believes in himů I believe God will use that same in order to get our attention.
We don't care about morality in this country we don't dare stand up and defy the polls. We never would consider overturning an electoral vote where you had to serve the people why because we believe we are a democracy which we have blocked.
We all right constitutional Republic God says I want you to know if you don't operate according to the standards that are set before you. I want you to know. Choose King Abimelech, I will choose king that you could maser and I will put my plan through the ages to someone who is ungodly. Why, because God but I'm going to tell you something I'm going to get your attention.
Number two, that's God Davies planted Nebuchadnezzar because he wanted to prove his power. I like this one. See we going to discover here that there is a proverbial tug-of-war between the wise man of Babylonia, the godly standards of man by the names of Shadrach me shack and Abednego that's why God spoke to Nebuchadnezzar was that he wanted to prove once and for all who was the God of the ages.
I don't know what God must've thought in chapter 2 in verse 11 when the sorcerers and the astrologers said what the team lost is too difficult for no one can reveal it to the king except the gods you imagine how many of these these gentlemen were so wise they just knew everything. These were the these were the top of the Pops. This was but this was the cream and the cost of Babylonia. These were the people who were the ultimate base on the rooftops and multiplied the most lofty bases of office and get King Nebuchadnezzar and safety locating what you want to discuss is so difficult. In fact, it's so difficult.
Only this could ever reveal this to you might be gone wanted to the how wrong number three, perhaps God spoke, Davies planted Nebuchadnezzar because Nebuchadnezzar was the first Gentile king over Judah's things God's grace gifted just sits there waiting to be like leftover Christmas gift. The tear 16 days in the January sitting around is again ready for you the gift of eternal before we get here of The Encouraging Word is our pastor in chief and characterů Are you ready I gave him a price from giving your life.
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