Saturday, July 30, 2011
Daniel 8 - Angels & The Shaping of History
Has another powerful vision. The first part of the vision is the Medo-Persian Empire. The kings of Medo-Persia wore helmets which looked like ram’s horns, instead of a crown, when they went into battle.
- Talks about the Medo-Persian kings going to war. The horn which grew up later as becoming longer than the first reveals that even though Media came to power first, Persia conquered Media thus uniting the Empire.
- The Empire was located between Egypt and Asia. It expanded its empire by conquering Greece westward, Babylon northward, and Egypt southward.
- This is found in Daniel 8:4. The Ram charging west, north and south is the Medo-Persian empire.
Is the Empire of Greece. The horn in the middle of its forehead from the west is Alexander The Great who came from Macedonia. It being able to fly is how swift the Greek army was in battle. The goat charging the Ram is the war between Greece and the Medo-Persian Empire, after a number of battles the Greeks finally won in 331 B.C.
8 through 12 the vision talks about the Goat swelling and becoming great. This is the great expansion of the Greek Empire. But at the height of its influence and power the horn broken off and four other horns sprout out of it. This is the death of Alexander the Great and how the empire was divided by his four generals.
- Was taken by Seleucus, Egypt by Ptolemy emerged as major forces thus these two forces were constantly engaged in hostile actions.
- Israel was between them geographically so when Egypt came up to fight, Israel was trampled underfoot. When Syria went down to fight Egypt Israel was stamped down. Under these circumstances, according to Daniel, a little horn came out of one of the horns. This is talking about the king of Syria named Antiochus Epiphanes, who was eight in the seleucus dynasty. (175-164 B.C.)
- Antiochus rose to prominence among the four horns. He defeated Egypt, and on his way home he subdued Jerusalem. After Jerusalem surrendered he set himself up against God and cruelly trampled Israel under foot. The host in Daniel’s vision refers to the Jews whom this conqueror cast down in defeat. Antiochus murdered several of the political and religious leaders of Israel including the high priest. He set himself up to be as great as the prince, that is God. He forbade the daily sacrifice in the temple.
- Desecrated the sanctuary with an altar offered to a Greek deity he worshipped. On it he sacrificed pig’s blood, an abomination to the Jews. He abolished the Mosaic Law and forbade circumcision and imposed a pagan lifestyle on them and anyone who refused to obey his laws was executed. These events parallel what will take place in the last days. The rise of the antichrist in the tribulation and his conquest and cruel treatment of Israel. History will repeat itself because God has decreed it and Daniel saw it.
- Of the Jews began in 171 B.C. and continued until Antiochus finally died on an expedition to Media in 164 B.C.As soon as he died Israel was released from Syrian bondage. The temple was purged and the daily sacrifice restored. The number of days from Antiochus conquest of Israel to his death was exactly twenty three hundred, the number prophesied here.
- This is where the law of double reference applies. So this is a double prophecy which was once fulfilled in history yet will be fulfilled again at the end of the age.
15 "While I, Daniel, was trying to make sense of what I was seeing, suddenly there was a humanlike figure standing before me. 16-17 "Then I heard a man's voice from over by the Ulai Canal calling out, 'Gabriel, tell this man what is going on. Explain the vision to him.' He came up to me, but when he got close I became terrified and fell facedown on the ground. 17-18 "He said, 'Understand that this vision has to do with the time of the end.' As soon as he spoke, I fainted, my face in the dirt. But he picked me up and put me on my feet. 19 "And then he continued, 'I want to tell you what is going to happen as the judgment days of wrath wind down, for there is going to be an end to all this. 20-22 "'The double-horned ram you saw stands for the two kings of the Medes and Persians. The billy goat stands for the kingdom of the Greeks. The huge horn on its forehead is the first Greek king. The four horns that sprouted after it was broken off are the four kings that come after him, but without his power. 23-26"'As their kingdoms cool down and rebellions heat up, A king will show up, hard-faced, a master trickster. His power will swell enormously. He'll talk big, high-handedly, Doing whatever he pleases, knocking off heroes and holy ones left and right. He'll plot and scheme to make crime flourish and oh, how it will flourish! He'll think he's invincible and get rid of anyone who gets in his way. But when he takes on the Prince of all princes, he'll be smashed to bits but not by human hands. This vision of the 2,300 sacrifices, evening and morning, is accurate but confidential. Keep it to yourself. It refers to the far future.' 27 "I, Daniel, walked around in a daze, unwell for days. Then I got a grip on myself and went back to work taking care of the king's affairs. But I continued to be upset by the vision. I couldn't make sense of it."
Daniel 7 - Daniel’s Dream
Principles of Daniel
- Daniel was a man of influence.
- Daniel understood the culture of his day but was not changed by it.
- Daniel communicated with God and God communicated with him.
- Daniel shaped history because God spoke through him.
- Daniel lived a lifestyle of prayer.
- Daniel loved God.
- Daniel was loyal and full of integrity.
- Daniel has a dream during the reign of Belshazzar the last king of Babylon.
- The four winds of heaven whipped up a great storm.
- The sea is the Mediterranean. This sets the scene for a forecast of historic events that by God’s providence would unfold in the nations surrounding the Mediterranean.
- The lion with wings of an eagle is the Babylonian Empire.
- The lion with its wings torn off is symbolic of Nebuchadnezzar when he lost his mind.
- The beast becoming a man is when the King is restored and he becomes more compassionate.
- The bear lurching from side to side is the Medo Persian Empire with 3 ribs in his mouth.
- The panther with four wings is the Grecian Empire & Alexander the Great.
- The fourth animal is the Roman Empire that lasted from 400 B.C. to 410 A.D.
The last beast that came out of the sea is also a type of a future kingdom with ten kings. The little horn is the antichrist. Three of the original horns were pulled out to make room for it. The human eyes in the little horn speaks of the humanistic spirit of the antichrist. The big mouth speaking arrogantly is the satanic deception that the antichrist uses to persuade the nations to believe lies.
What We Can Learn From History:
- God makes the final decision on who will be the next kingdom, world ruler or nation.
- Nations rise and fall but God’s kingdom will last forever.
- Nations who turn to God will be protected by the hand of God.
- America was founded like Israel as a nation dedicated to God to give His revelation to the world.
- No nation can depend on itself to become a world power, it must depend on God and when it does it will succeed.
- God’s will will prevail, He even uses the adversary to do this.
- History is His story, it is about Him. Man is under His authority and every nation will submit to Him.
The Heavenly Court
9-10 "As I was watching all this, "Thrones were set in place and The Old One sat down. His robes were white as snow, his hair was white like wool. His throne was flaming with fire, its wheels blazing. A river of fire poured out of the throne. Thousands upon thousands served him, tens of thousands attended him. The courtroom was called to order, and the books were opened.
There is a court in heaven that makes decisions for whatever happens on earth, who will rise to world prominence and who will fall, what nation will rule over another and what nation will be defeated in war.
Daniel received the revelation that God is the judge of the court of the universe and when He makes a judgment on who will rule and who will be subjected to that rule. When the Lord decides His angels go into action and carry out the judgments of God. Once a nation runs it course and God’s will is performed God raises up another nation to do His will in that period of time.
Sees Jesus arriving in a whirl of clouds.
13-14He was given power to rule, all the glory and royalty. Everyone--race, color, and creed--has to serve Him. His rule would be forever, never ending. His kingly rule would never be replaced.
Daniel Asked For Revelation
15-16 "But as for me, Daniel, I was disturbed. All these dream-visions had me agitated. So I went up to one of those standing by and asked him the meaning of all this. And he told me, interpreting the dream for me: 17-18 "'These four huge animals,' he said, 'mean that four kingdoms will appear on earth. But eventually the holy people of the High God will be given the kingdom and have it ever after yes, forever and ever.
19-22 "But I wanted to know more. I was curious about the fourth animal, the one so different from the others, the hideous monster with the iron teeth and the bronze claws, gulping down what it ripped to pieces and trampling the leftovers into the dirt. And I wanted to know about the ten horns on its head and the other horn that sprouted up while three of the original horns were removed.
This new horn had eyes and a big mouth and spoke arrogantly, dominating the other horns. I watched as this horn was making war on God's holy people and getting the best of them. But then The Old One intervened and decided things in favor of the people of the High God. In the end, God's holy people took over the kingdom.
23-25 "The bystander continued, telling me this: 'The fourth animal is a fourth kingdom that will appear on earth. It will be different from the first three kingdoms, a monster kingdom that will chew up everyone in sight and spit them out. The ten horns are ten kings, one after another, that will come from this kingdom. But then another king will arrive. He will be different from the earlier kings. He will begin by toppling three kings. Then he will blaspheme the High God, persecute the followers of the High God, and try to get rid of sacred worship and moral practice. God's holy people will be persecuted by him for a time, two times, half a time.
26-27 "'But when the court comes to order, the horn will be stripped of its power and totally destroyed. Then the royal rule and the authority and the glory of all the kingdoms under heaven will be handed over to the people of the High God. Their royal rule will last forever. All other rulers will serve and obey them.'28 "And there it ended. I, Daniel, was in shock. I was like a man who had seen a ghost. But I kept it all to myself."
- Jesus said it was the Father’s good pleasure to give us the Kingdom.
- Jesus taught on the Kingdom of Heaven.
- Jesus said He would give us the secrets to the Kingdom of Heaven.
- Jesus is the King and we are joint heirs with Him.
- God is our King, we will reign with Him forever and ever.
- Our reign starts when we are born into His Kingdom.
- We must learn the Kingdom principles to live a life of Kingdom significance.
Daniel - God’s Graffiti
This Is The End of an Empire
Belshazzar is the grandson of Nebuchadnezzar and it is now 25 years since the last episode was written.
A Wine Tasting Event
- Turns into a divine proclamation of judgment over a powerful Empire.
- It was the wrong thing to do with the gold and silver vessels from the temple of God in Jerusalem.
- It was an “in your face” gesture by the king of Babylon.
2 Belshazzar, whiles he tasted the wine, commanded to bring the golden and silver vessels which his father Nebuchadnezzar had taken out of the temple which was in Jerusalem; that the king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, might drink therein.3 Then they brought the golden vessels that were taken out of the temple of the house of God which was at Jerusalem; and the king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, drank in them.4 They drank wine, and praised the gods of gold, and of silver, of brass, of iron, of wood, and of stone.
5 In the same hour came forth fingers of a man's hand, and wrote over against the candlestick upon the plaster of the wall of the king's palace: and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote.
6 Then the king's countenance was changed, and his thoughts troubled him, so that the joints of his loins were loosed, and his knees smote one against another. 7 The king cried aloud to bring in the astrologers, the Chaldeans, and the soothsayers. And the king spake, and said to the wise men of Babylon, Whosoever shall read this writing, and shew me the interpretation thereof, shall be clothed with scarlet, and have a chain of gold about his neck, and shall be the third ruler in the kingdom.
This Is An Open Vision
This was the very hand of God who came and wrote the judgment on the wall.
- The queen knew about Daniel and talks about the anointing that was on Daniel to see into the spirit realm and give revelation to kings.
- Daniel had an excellent spirit, knowledge and understanding dreams and shewing of hard sentences and dissolving of doubts. Call Him and he will give the interpretation.
- Daniel stands before the king.
11 There is a man in thy kingdom, in whom is the spirit of the holy gods; and in the days of thy father light and understanding and wisdom, like the wisdom of the gods, was found in him; whom the king Nebuchadnezzar thy father, the king, I say, thy father, made master of the magicians, astrologers, Chaldeans, and soothsayers;
13 Then was Daniel brought in before the king. And the king spake and said unto Daniel, Art thou that Daniel, which art of the children of the captivity of Judah, whom the king my father brought out of Jewry? 14 I have even heard of thee, that the spirit of the gods is in thee, and that light and understanding and excellent wisdom is found in thee. (KJV)
Daniel was known as a man of great wisdom and insight with God given ability to solve problems of his day.
Again We Find
- That the wise men, astrologers could not interpret the hand writing on the wall.
- The reputation of Daniel who could interpret dreams, and dissolve doubts.
- Daniel does not receive the gifts and honor of the king--keep your gifts to yourself and give your rewards to another.
- Daniel gives the king the testimony of his grandfather.
Daniel Tells The King
You used the sacred chalices to toast your gods of silver and gold, bronze and iron, wood and stone; blind, deaf, and imbecile gods. But you treat with contempt the living God who holds your entire life from birth to death in His hand.
25 And this is the writing that was written, MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN. 26 This is the interpretation of the thing: MENE; God hath numbered thy kingdom, and finished it. 27 TEKEL; Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting. 28 PERES; Thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.
Daniel Is Given
Another award and position. Third in the kingdom. But Daniel knows that this means nothing because that night God’s sentence is carried out and the king is killed and Darius (of the Medo Persian Empire) becomes king at 62 years of age.
What Can We Learn From These Events?
- God is the one who controls the world. He knows everything even before it happens.
- God is a jealous God and will not be mocked.
- God exalts those who humble themselves before God humbles those who exalt themselves.
- God is just and His judgments are right and when He makes a decision it is always the best one, the right one and the just one.