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November 7, 2020 5:47 am
Welcome to truth matters Saturday with Dr. Cheryl Davis, she explores deeper into the prophetic message found in the book of Daniel. Today Dr. Davis your own dream of King Nebuchadnezzar and the statue of the five empires of four of the five that Nebuchadnezzar Trento have come to pass in the final one is yet to come. It will be the Empire of the Antichrist, which is emerging that when the European Union as we see this happen. There will be a great shaking among nations nations will rise, and nations will fall as stars from the sky. This will be a sign of the rapture of the church this time of trouble and salvation God's judgment of the nations is Dr. Davis. God's man for the moment versus 14 to 18 living on counsel and wisdom. Daniel answered area. The captain of the king's guards had gone out to kill the wise men of Babylon. He answered and said to carry out the kinks. Captain why is the decree from the king so urgent area that made the decision known to Daniel, so Daniel went in and asked the king to give him time that he might tell the king the interpretation and Daniel went to his house and made the decision known to Hanan I am Michelle Nazirite his companions that they might seek mercies from the God of heaven concerning the secret that Daniel and his companions might not perish the rest of the wise men of Babylon. That is how Daniel responds under extreme situations of stress. Basically we learn in verse 13 said the decree went out an area because the executioner and they sell Daniel and his companions to kill them, so areata obviously comes to Daniel's home is the captain of the King's guard as he's gone out to kill all the wise men of Babylon. Daniel Steele attempts to reason and negotiate with areata the same negotiation. The skill that God has given him. In chapter 1, and he asked area. What is the matter. The king why is it so urgent and God deprived area to make the decision known to Daniel, you know, we see the Holy Spirit working on all characters involved, so Daniel exhibited courage at this point where he could've easily cowered in the corner to say so be it. And you know the king has made the decree. I'm not going to do anything against that. But Daniel went in and shows bravery and asked the king to give him time. He might tell the king the interpretation. Notice he did not ask the king for what the dream was, I knew that God had gifted him with wisdom as well as understanding and visions and dreams, and he did not initially have faith in himself. They had faith in his God that he would be able to interpret it. So the king said yes. Actually, you know, the king gave him time and I think that's the favor that God gave for Daniel with a Nebuchadnezzar. Interestingly, he goes back to his home and makes the decision known to his friends and these are friends that are godly. Had these are not just other wise men other Chaldeans. Other astrologers noticed he goes to Hanan I am Michelle and Azariah, the same people who purpose in their heart not to defile God along the Daniel is a key point here that when you're going through struggles you're going through stressful times and you need someone to pray. It is not tied to any random person on the street you need to have friends in your circle that can approach the throne of heaven that will keep their situations to themselves but will approach and pray and share in your burden and cast their burdens on God's will. Along with you said that the Holy Spirit can move in your situation. In verse 19 to 23 we see God work in Daniel's life again. Then the circuit was revealed to Daniel in the night visions of Daniel bless the God of heaven. Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God forever and ever for wisdom and might are his and he changes the times and the seasons, he removes kings and raises up teams.
He gives wisdom to the wise, and knowledge to those who are understanding, he reveals deep and secret things he knows what is in the darkness and light dwells with him. Thank you and praise you oh God of my fathers. You have given me wisdom and might and you have now made known to me what we ask of these you have made known to us the king's demand, God revealed the dream to Daniel in night vision, but first Daniel doesn't immediately go to Nebuchadnezzar and say hey king, I got the answer to your dream. He praises and thanks God and I think that's an important lesson for us that when there's dispensations from heaven or even answers in prayer. Often times we can forget where they come from. We need to credit God and praise God for the things that he does for us and for who he is, especially for sending his son on the cross to die for sense of the all this is possible. Moving on to verses 24 through 30. Therefore, Daniel went to areata.
Can the king had appointed to destroy the wise men of Babylon. He went and says thus to him. Do not destroy the wise men of Babylon take me before the king and I will tell the king the interpretation. Then areata quickly brought Daniel before the king and said thus to him. I have found a man of the Biz of Judah who will make known to the king the interpretation. The king answered and said to Daniel, his name was both the shadows or are you able to make known to me the dream which I've seen and its interpretation. Daniel answered in the presence of the king and said the secret which the king has demanded the wise man the astrologers, the magicians and soothsayers cannot declare to the king, but there is a God in heaven who reveals secrets and he has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will be in the latter days. Your dream and the visage of your head upon your bed where these as for you, a king thoughts came to your mind while on your bed about what will come to pass after this. And he who are reveals secrets has made known to you what will be. But as for me, this acre has not been revealed to me because I have more wisdom than anyone living but for our sakes to make known the interpretation of the king that you may notice the thoughts of your heart. Interestingly, in a Daniel is very brave to approach the king he is the. The dream is revealed to him by God. He praises God and then he goes to areata but notice how areata responds to Nebuchadnezzar.
He goes to Nebuchadnezzar. In verse 25 and says I have found a man and he outtakes the credit for himself and finding a man for interpretation. But really, Daniel is the one that approached Nebuchadnezzar on his behalf to ask for more time. Daniel gives credit above the impotent astrologers, magicians and soothsayers. He says the secret which the king demanded they really can't declare it and really they had Artie said that before they know they know their limitations but he's reinforcing that would Nebuchadnezzar that he gives credit to God.
We says there is a God in heaven who reveals secrets and really this is Nebuchadnezzar's first encounter with God and he doesn't take credit himself. Daniel is very humble, which I think is a perfect example of how we should be.
He says, but as for me, the seeker has not been revealed to me because I have more wisdom than anyone living is because God wants to make known the interpretation to the king that you may know the thoughts of your heart is important for us to know the example in the life of Daniel as that is how we are to live as Christians we are to live righteously and we are to praise God for his deliverance are also to give the credit to God for what God does not take the credit for sales and not be prideful and boastful moving on to verses 31 to 45 again into the dream and its interpretation. You and king were watching, and behold a great image this great image. His splendor was excellent. Said before you, and it's form was awesome. This image's head was of fine gold, its chest and arms of silver, its belly and thighs of bronze, its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of clay.
You watched while a stone was cut out without hands, which struck the image on its feet of iron and clay, and broke them in pieces the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver and the gold were crushed together, and became like chaff from the summer threshing floors. The wind carried them away so that no trace of them was found in the stone that struck the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth. This is the dream now. We will tell you the interpretation of it before the king you a king or a king of kings. For the God of heaven has given you a kingdom, power, strength, and glory, and wherever the children of men to will or the beast of the field and the birds of the heaven, he has given them into your hand and has made you ruler over them all. You are this head of gold, but after you shall arise another kingdom inferior to yours. Then, another third kingdom of bronze, which shall rule over all the earth, and the fourth kingdom shall be as strong as iron and as much as iron breaks in pieces and shatters everything and like iron that crushes, that kingdom will break in pieces and crush all the others. Whereas you saw the feet and toes, partly of potter's clay and partly of iron, the kingdom shall be divided yet the strength of the iron shall be in it, just as you saw the iron mixed with ceramic clay that is a toes of the feet were partly of iron and partly of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly fragile. He saw iron mixed with ceramic clay, they will mingle with the seed of men they will not adhere to one another, just as iron does not mix with clay and in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed, and the kingdom shall not be left to other people. It shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever as much as you saw that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands that it broke in pieces the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver and the gold, the great God has made known to the king what will come to pass after this. The dream is certain in its interpretation is sure. This dream is very interesting and really the purpose of it is to show Nebuchadnezzar the future.
The dream is the witnessing of the transfer of the world's power from the Jews to the Gentile rulers prior to Babylon.
The Jews were the world power at the time they were a theocracy. God was there king that was the gold standard until they asked for a king in the first anointed king was Saul, the second one is David in a long history of some big kings but mostly we could kings.
This dream is a witnessing of the transfer from the Jews to the Gentiles being the rulers of the modern world at that time.
Therefore, empires in this dream said the world kingdoms will have the authority to rule the world.
Let's start with the head. Daniel tells King Nebuchadnezzar that head of fine gold is Babylon, king Nebuchadnezzar ruled in 605 BC to Belshazzar in 539 BC the chest and arms of silver are the Medes and the Persians Medes and the Persians became the world power, from 539 BC to 332 BC.
Those kings were King Cyrus to Darius the third after the Medes and the Persian of the Persian Empire. The belly and thighs of the statue made of bronze is Greece is Alexander the great and the four divisions of his kingdom. He ruled from 332 BC to 63 BC troops were led by Alexander the great outnumbered two to one. Yet they defeated Darius the third of Persia at the battles of issues and we know that that is confirmed in history and also distanced make a point about Alexander the great success without succession is failure. When Alexander the great conquered the known world, but cannot conquer himself.
He did not raise up a ruler and his kingdom was divided by his four generals, but basically it punches territories into civil war. Moving on to session the legs of iron is Rome.
Rome is known as the iron legions of Rome their moral character was depraved. They are the ones that invented crucifixion during Jesus's time for punishment they ruled from 63 BC to somewhere between 395 and 476 BC, but the feet of his clay is mixed with iron. We have not seen that kingdom yet on the horizon is suspected that is the revived Roman Empire, consisting of 10 kings or 10 nations. But what does the statue main you had a statue really shows the transfer of power over time. But there is more meaning into the statue and I'd like to get into a couple points as far as what does the session main. The first point I'd like to cover is human government really stands on the delicate foundation if you look at the statutes going from the head to the feet.
The statue is really supported just by mixture that is pure mud, we read of collapsing governments recently that have gone bankrupt. We see in the last year or two prime ministers or presidents resigning over protest and the voice of the people requesting them to resign, governments are built on an unstable foundation of humanistic ideas, which is unpredictable and we Ronald Reagan said that the nine worst words of the English language bar hello I'm from the government, and I am here to help. We have seen that even in the last six months within our country and we had a booming economy we appear to be a strong nation but when faced with an invisible virus we say in our country we can and the driven into fear set up in our home within 40 days. We are living in a time like no other nations in distress pandemic causing fear, anxiety with threats of instability in the nations rumors of wars and rumors of internal conflict within the US divided nation is Alexander the great experience during his reign as he witnessed his Grecian Empire divided into four kingdoms nations rise nations will kings and presidents come and go but there was one kingdom that shall stand forever. One king that shall reign supreme over the nations.
The kingdom is the kingdom of God and the king is Jesus Christ, king of kings and lords. This is where we are headed today before this week kingdom on earth. There is one earthly kingdom yet to come. That is the kingdom of the revised Roman Empire in modern Europe is already underway and could rise quickly our nation from the stress of political and racial division. But there is a better way for God's people. Dr. Davis of the truth project would encourage you to put your faith and trust in Jesus Christ by accepting him as your Lord and Savior. It's a simple process of convincing said, believing that Jesus Christ rose from the grave and inviting him in prayer to be the Lord of your life between faith and doubt. Dr. Davis will help you reach her by email at Cheryl project connect with her on Facebook. Truth matters with Dr. Cheryl Davis. You can write to her truth project, PO Box 159 sinkholes Carolina 28384. Please join us next Saturday at the same time Dr. Davis continues her teaching the book of Daniel truth matters. Saturday is a ministry of the truth project where truth is essential to all matters