Living in Babylon - Studies in the book of Daniel
Daniel 1 v 1 - 2
God made an UNCONDITIONAL covenant with Abraham which included the gift of land with specified boundaries that would belong to the Jews. God's promises cannot and will not fail.
Why then was King Nebuchadnezzar able to take Jerusalem and deport the people from the land God had given them? Secular historians would say it was simply the might
of the dominant Babylonian Empire swallowing up a little nation but is that really the biblical explanation?
God had also made a CONDITIONAL covenant (Mosaic) and the people were given laws to live by but they transgressed despite there being God's prophets amongst them - who
they persecuted and killed.
Daniel and his friends were carried off because it was Israel as a nation that was taken by pagans. The Jews were allowed to return and rebuild 70 years later but
without self governance. They were ruled over by pagan gentiles. The land was governed by the Islamic Ottoman Empire, then the British, then the U.N.
Israel is a nation again but Jerusalem is still trampled by gentiles to this day and is a burdensome stone to other nations.
Ian explains the transgressions of the people. They were given what they thought they wanted which convinced some of what good things of God they had lost.
Many would have adopted the attitude of when in Rome do as the Romans do but what of Daniel and friends? They would prefer to die rather than join pagan worship and bow to idols.
We are heading for Babylon. If we face a challenge to our faith then God has a reason for it being so. Ian explains.
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Daniel 1 v 1 - 7
God is and has always been patient. The Jews as a nation chose to ignore God's word and continued with their own ideas and ways contrary to God's way with the result
that they were 'given up' to their own vile passions and of course the consequences.
Our nation and 'the church' today has gone astray.
This nation has had some of the greatest preachers and missionaries ever but now there is a rising tide of rebellion against God. People don't want to hear about
sin and repentance. They only want to hear that they should be happy in acceptance and forgiveness of anything they choose to do and the way they choose to live.
The general church embraces the same mentality, the same ideas and the same opinions as the world even though contrary to God's word.
So - What will God do?
Ian talks about how the young Daniel may have felt when taken from all that he loved, his parents, away from the temple of his God and all outward signs of his belief. He found
himself in a strange land full of influences and temptations with all delights provided at the king's expense. Ian likens this to how perhaps a young person going away
to university may feel today when in a situation where 'nobody is watching'.
Why were Daniel and his friends given new names?
What was the benefit of being taken to Babylon? Did it serve a purpose?
Ian explains and concludes with a warning as to the vulnerability of our young people today.
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Daniel 1 v 8
Many would have thought Daniel crazy to refuse to eat the same food as the king and to drink what must have been best wine. Why did he ask for a diet of vegetables and water instead?
There are foods that scripture tells us we can and cannot eat. Ian gives biblical explanations of specific instructions and of the circumstanes surrounding Daniel.
What of wine? The drinking of wine is not forbidden but Daniel understood the associated problems.
How does this apply to us today?
Daniel made up his mind to make a determined stand. Our 'food' is not only what we eat but everything we 'take in'. We too should 'purpose in our heart' and be aware of what is
happening in our nation as to the food we eat, how it is prepared, and everything we are being persuaded to take in.
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Daniel 1 v 8 - 21
Daniel made a decision and he stood by it. Do we do the same?
In your heart you want to walk with the Lord and be a good witness but your 'rational' mind will find many reasons why you should not make rash decisions.
It suggests that you will miss out on enjoyment, lose friends, ruin job prospects, have no social life, become dull and be seen by others as self-righteous.
The rational mind may tell you that if you want to reach people you must go where the world goes and do as the world does.
Daniel was more concerned with what God thought of him than what other people thought of him. Both Daniel and Joseph were exceptional young men and are wonderful role models
for people today. They put God first and ultimately received an abundance of spiritual gifts.
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Daniel 2 v 1 - 28
Nebuchadnezzar was greatly troubled by his dream. He didn't know what it meant and he wanted answers.
Why did he look to sorcerers, astrologers, magicians and so on for an answer? Nebuchadnezzar knew no better. He was acting according to Babylonian religion.
How is it that today the same counterfeit religion exists all around us?
Why do people want their horoscopes? Why do they listen to 'mediums' and fortune tellers?
People today still seek answers to many why's and what's about life and death and they look for answers anywhere that excludes God.
But wait. Amongst all the rogues are there people who really have some knowledge of you that they could not know by natural means? If so then how do they acquire
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Daniel 2 v 25 - 49
The interpretation of Nebuchadnezzar's dream serves two purposes. It told the king what it meant and it was to the benefit of ALL God's people.
It gives us understanding of world political structures and power bases. It helps us to understand our times so that we know what to do. Through spiritual eyes
we have insight into moral trends and of course we know how it is going to end.
By use of a diagram Ian explains the statue of gold, silver, bronze, iron and clay of Nebuchadnezzar's dream and their order and symbolism in representing distinct empires.
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Daniel 2 v 31 - 45
Why are only four empires represented by the statue in Nebuchadnezzar's dream? Scripture is always correct in detail so what of other empires such as the Ottoman,
British, Russian, Chinese, etc?
Ian explains how because of thier sin God gave His people into the hands of others. The 'time of the Gentiles' is about how these empires impact upon God's people.
Historians give dates as to when the Roman empire supposedly ended but in truth it is with us today.
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Daniel 2 v 31 - 45
There is greater mention of the feet and toes of iron and clay than the other portions of the statue in Nebuchadnezzar's dream. In offering reasons for this Ian
looks at the revived Roman Empire and today's democratic nations in their acceptance and tolerance of different religions, lifestyles, languages, modes of dress, etc
PROVIDING such things do not step beyond the boundaries set by those in charge.
For Christians this means that we can attend church meetings, read the bible, sing songs of worship and so on but we are seen to go too far in saying ours is the only right way,
that the God of the bible is the one true God and the only way to salvation is through Christ.
There are portions of the bible that we are free to read in private but not allowed to say in public as these are seen as devisive in a multi-cultural multi-religion nation.
This is just as it was in ancient Rome.
The time of the Gentiles will finish when Jesus returns and puts an end to all the empires of man. In Nebuchadnezzar's dream Jesus is represented by the rock that will strike
the feet and toes.
This evening Ian also gives us insight into the meanings of beasts with heads and horns, the nature of the antichrist and where he will come from.
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Daniel 2 v 34 - 35 and 44 - 45
Great empires have come and gone. We should learn why such empires fell by asking the historians but those in power never learn from history.
When an empire falls it is absorbed and when all current 'empires' fall they will be absorbed into one new world order with a charismatic leader who will be seen
to unite the peoples of the world and have all the answers. This leader is the antichrist.
Ian draws attention to current world crises and asks us how we feel when we hear news of disasters, wars, disease, etc. In recent times attitudes to everything have changed. There
has not yet been a crisis of sufficient magnitude to bring all nations together but it WILL come - at the time of the Rapture.
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Daniel 2 v 46 - Chapter 3 v 13
Daniel was given opportunity to witness to the king about God. Christians often have such opportunities but sometimes they feel that the time isn't right or are concerned as
to how a person may react and so back off from saying what they could.
Daniel didn't back off.
Many people in the world today worship idols be they pop stars, footballers, whatever. All worshipping man.
Nebuchadnezzar erected a great statue and demanded that people must bow down and worship it. The penalty for failing to do so was death in a fiery furnace but three men refused.
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego did not back off.
These men were great examples to people under pressure.
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Daniel 3 v 10 - 25
We do not have the audio of this evening's Bible Study due to equipment failure but the message concerns the refusal of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego to bow down in worship
to the great statue erected by King Nebuchadnezzar.
We know, "certain Chaldeans came forward and accused the Jews". Why would they do that? That same hatred of believers is still seen throughout the world and
in our own country there are groups of people who hate and will readily accuse those who uphold the word of God in such as they have,"exchanged the natural function for that
which is unnatural" (Rom 1 v 26).
Natural man has his main concern with how things affect himself and his family in this life and so will simply take the easy path and comply with what 'society' has deemed
ok but spiritual man sees things from an eternal perspective.
We are asked to consider how all music has a purpose. It invokes something. With all the instruments mentioned in scripture the music played to signify that the people must
bow down to Nebuchadnezzar's statue was probably beautiful to Babylonian ears but we should be discerning in the music we listen to, no matter whether rock, pop, classical, whatever,
and what it evokes in us.
Nebuchadnezzar appears to make an attempt to be lenient (verse 15) in that he is willing to overlook the previous behaviour of the three men if the next time they hear the
music they will abide by his command but he warns them of the consequences and challenges their belief that God could deliver them from HIS hands.
When a situation arises where society condemns Christians (and God's word) what will YOU do? Will you use that situation to the glory of God as did Shadrach, Meshach, and
Abed-Nego or will you be like the masses who comply with orders and accept man's word before God's. Will you (do you) bow to an idol? Will you accept the mark of the beast?
Daniel 4 v 1 - 37
Nebuchadnezzar's second dream
Those today who are not saved but believe they have 'everything' important to them like wealth, power, popularity, etc see no reason as to why they should want God. If they
want anything in life it is more of what they have.
What does it take to get through to such people that God is in control?
Nebuchadnezzar had everything a man could want and he was a king of great fame and accomplishment. What would it take for him to acknowledge the power of the one true God
when he revelled in himself with such as, "... that I have built ... by my mighty power and for the honor of my majesty?" (verse 30)
Some say that it would need a miracle to reach such people but Nebuchadnezzar had seen miracles. Daniel had interpreted the first dream in a way no man or Babylonian god could do.
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego had been unharmed by the fiery furnace and the king himself saw a fourth person in the flames who he described as like a son of the gods.
Despite all this Nebuchadnezzar still did not acknowledge the power and glory of God.
Chapter 40 shows what it took for Nebuchadnezzar to understand. He was to suffer the humiliation of losing everything including his sanity. This is Nebuchadnezzar's
own testimony which he wants everyone to hear.
Ian reads the whole chapter and explains why Daniel's "thoughts troubled him" (verse 19)
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In this introduction to Chapter 5 Ian gives us the historical background of what happened in the twenty-three years period between the rule of Nebuchadnezzar and that of Belshazzar.
The people had had a king who was converted and proclaimed the one true God to them. They had the scriptures. They had people like Daniel who could explain everything to them but
the people and Belshazzar ignored it all.
It is the same today. People ignore God, His word and those who are true believers. They have no need of Him. They have their own gods and will look anywhere except scripture
for answers to their questions.
World churches look to have 'dialogue' to determine authority and fail to acknowledge the only authority is God and His word.
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Daniel interprets the writing on the wall.
Belshazzar knew that Nebuchadnezzar had been humbled and had come to recognise the one true God and proclaimed it to all his kingdom. All the people were aware yet in such
a short time they had put God and Daniel, a man of God, to one side.
Why can't Belshazzar and the people read the writing on the wall?
How is it that in the UK we have had Christians in the monarchy and other high places as great role models but now their belief has been put aside?
We should rejoice that the word of God is available to everyone but it makes no sense to many people. In this country man is moving further away from God and behaviour and
lifestyles are insulting to Him just as was Belshazzar's.
Within 'the church' there are still bible-believing, bible-preaching people but few want to hear biblical truths. With all that is going on around them why can't people today
read the writing on the wall?
Few know when their last day has come and for most it will be too late just as it was for Belshazzar. NOW is the time to repent and get to know God before facing judgement.
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Daniel is plotted against.
Daniel in the lion's den - biblical history that most people have heard at some time. What good role models Daniel and his friends are. Like Joseph their faith causes them
to be model citizens and nobody can find fault in them.
We are reminded that at the time of this event Daniel is now more than eighty years old. No matter how old you are or your circumstances you have much to contribute and
Darius had seen Daniel's exceptional qualities and valued him highly.
Daniel demonstrates to us how we should approach our work and how we should behave in society. We should do all things as if to the Lord.
Jesus said, "Let your light so shine before men"
Like Daniel believers today face increasing pressures because of their faith. It would be easy to alleviate such by conforming. What are we to do?
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Conspirators manipulate the situation.
The way they attacked Daniel was through his faith. They knew that Daniel would not deviate from his worship of God and they engineered a situation in which the legal system
was bound to find him guilty.
Obtaining evidence to show that Daniel put God first was easy.
Ask yourself - if Christianity were made illegal in your country would the authorities find enough evidence of your faith to convict you?
Not many years ago Christianity was the backbone of Britain. As in the time of Daniel there are those who want God's word silenced and the influence of His people stopped.
They choose to forget that British laws were based on biblical principles and the best of what we are - our freedoms - are due to our Christian heritage.
Successive governments have been influenced so that previously illegal religions and illegal moral practices are now presented as being good as an acceptance of diversity.
Ian gives recent examples of Christians being deliberately targeted and prosecuted for standing fast to the word of God.
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Is this of any concern to believers?
Leaving the historical chapters of 1 - 6 we move on to the prophetic chapters of the book of Daniel. In this introduction Ian mentions several of Daniel's visions which we
will look at in detail in future weeks.
Many verses are given to prophecy concerning just a seven years period yet to come. A relatively short period of time and believers will not be on Earth when prophecies
are fulfilled during the Tribulation so why should they be of any concern to us?
Details are given to us in scripture - God's word - He wants us to know these things and although some can be difficult he wants us to understand them and their relevance to us.
Daniel had to ask God for understanding of his visions and although the events were for him in the distant future he felt the sadness and concerned himself with it.
We too should have concern for all our brothers and sisters both now and in the future. Daniel wrote this so that we could know and we are now living in the time
of pre-tribulation 'rumblings'. It won't be long.
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History shows that biblical prophecy is always fulfilled with 100% accuracy. Some prophecy is difficult to understand until we see it fulfilled but then it is obvious to us.
The prophecies of Daniel are so detailed that there are those who would say that they could not have been written some 550 years BC but why then would the writer include prophecies
which we do not yet always have a clear understanding?
Through Daniel God has told us what will happen. Much has already taken place in precise detail and He tells us of what WILL happen - also in precise detail.
This evening Ian clarifies the meaning of the four great beasts coming up from the sea.
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Daniel 7 v 1 - 8 and 15 - 18
Why the beasts are described as they are.
The four beasts represent four distinct empires but what is the significance of the animals depicted? The lion, eagle, leopard and bear all denote perceived attributes of particular
empires just as today an eagle may be associated with America, a bear with Russia and a lion or bulldog with Britain.
Ian explains this and more - who are the three ribs of verse five and the four heads of verse six?
This is not only a history lesson but we are reminded that it is God who raises up empires and leaders such as Alexander the Great and it is God who puts them down when
their purpose has been served.
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Daniel 7 v 7 - 8 and 19
The fourth beast is here.
Why has God given us His word in a way that necessitates us finding the pieces that fit together - like a jigsaw puzzle? The fourth beast isn't described by referring to
known animals. Who / what is this fourth beast? In what way is it different from the other three?
Ian answers these questions.
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Daniel 7 v 7 - 28
The Revived Roman Empire.
Last week Ian asked that we consider whether the fourth beast is a person or a kingdom. We hear the answer and this evening he explains the 'little horn' (v.8) and how the world
including much of the 'church' will willingly and worshipfully accept the antichrist as Messiah but rebellion will come - Armageddon.
How can all this come to be? Why will one world leader be accepted? What will make people WANT the mark of the beast?
We are being conditioned for what is to come.
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Daniel 7 v 9 - 14 and 21 - 27
Who is The Ancient Of Days?
Is this God the Father? In v.9 we read a description that matches the one in Rev. 1 v.12-14 which tells us it is the 'Son of Man'. Many bible passages make it clear
that the 'Son of Man' is Jesus.
So - is the 'Ancient of Days' Christ?
What then do we make of v.13 where we are told, 'One like the Son of Man' comes to 'the Ancient of Days'? Does the Son come to the Father?
Are we then confused by v.22 clearly referring to Christ's second coming but telling us, 'the Ancient of Days came'?
Ian explains how some people fail to understand the biblical truth of who the 'Ancient of Days' is.
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Daniel 7 v 13 - 14 and 26 - 27
Power and greed and corruptible seed.
In recent months this Bible Study has looked at great empires. Men and nations have achieved marvellous things but there is always a dark side because of sin.
Today we appreciate the creative genius we see in science and technology, medical research, music, computers, etc but along with the benefits each is also used for evil.
People are being conditioned - preparing them so that they will be ready to embrace the antichrist. Ian reminds us that the antichrist will be readily accepted as messiah not
only because he appears to bring the benefits of world peace but people of today form judgements based on good looks, fluent speech and charisma. The antichrist will
have them all.
BUT - Christ will return and bring true peace. Weapons of war will be abolished along with all other anti-Christ products of mans achievements.
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Daniel 8 v 1 - 8
Daniel's vision of a Ram and a Goat.
In his vision Daniel is shown what to him are future events. We look back on the same events as history and see that what Daniel wrote was accurate in every detail.
Daniel relates the fall of Babylon to the Medes and Persians (the ram) and then the rise of the Greek empire (the goat) due to the exploits of Alexander the Great. Alexander achieved
greatness by his deeds as seen by man. What does God see when He looks at a man?
What does He see when He looks at you?
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Daniel 8 v 8 - 14
The identity of the prophesied horn.
History has shown to us the incredible accuracy of Daniel's prophecies of what to him were future events. Hundreds of years later the 'little horn which grew exceedingly great'
can be seen to refer to Antiochus IV but he was a 'type' of what is to yet to come - the antichrist.
With reference to the apocryphal book of Macabbees Ian gives some history of how Antiochus persecuted the Jews and all who would not acknowledge him as 'Epiphanes' (God Manifest)
and what may be expected from the antichrist.
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Daniel 8 v 8 - 14
What of the 2,300 days?
Some of these verses have brought about many interpretations and opinions, some of which have caused people to lose their faith. Ian explains three viewpoints.
1) There are scholars who say that this 'prophecy' was written after the events and not by Daniel. They say that everything described refers to the reign of Antiochus IV.
2) Others say the writings ARE Daniel's but that all the prophecy has been fulfilled.
3) The third group say that Daniel wrote them, the prophecy was fulfilled by Antiochus but as a foreshadow of the future - the prophecy will be fulfilled in completeness
when the antichrist comes.
Ian takes us through historical dates so that we can understand his suggestion as to explaining the 2,300 days.
There have always been men wanting the position of High Priest, motivated by greed for power, prestige and wealth. The Godless Antiochus gave the position of High Priest to the
greatest bribe. He had control over him.
So it is today. Leaders in the church are not always there because of their commitment to God. When the antichrist comes the false prophet will be 'in his pocket'.
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Daniel 8 v 8 - 14 and 18 - 27
A king shall arise - the Antichrist.
Who are 'the transgressors' and have they 'reached their fullness' yet? The answer is seen in the Middle East.
The time is ever nearer when the antichrist will take the world stage. What 'sinister schemes' will he understand and where will his mighty power come from?
Ian speaks about the New World Order and occult symbolism that is all around us.
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Daniel 8 v 23 - 26
Fake news - cunning and deceit.
Ian looks at verse 25. In the last 150 years people in western societies have chosen to believe in things of science, philosophy and spirituality without any evidence
whatsoever. They don't even look. They allow themselves to be deceived during education and by things around them.
Today man has the tools for global manipulation of minds. Satan's plan is to keep minds away from God and he uses skill and cunning to that end.
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Daniel 9 v 1 - 2
Fulfilment of prophecy is imminent.
Daniel tells us he 'understood by the books'. Which books and what is significant about seventy years?
Ian gives us two alternative start dates for the seventy years but in either case the end date was known by Daniel to be very soon. He would have been excited by the
significant fulfilment of prophecy about to occur. What did he do?
How wonderful it is that we can read the same books and although we don't have the 'day and hour' we too can anticipate the fulfilment of prophecy very soon.
What should we do?
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Daniel 9 v 3
Why pray when it is predetermined?
When God has said something will happen then we could adopt the attitude that we have no need to do anything as we know with certainty that all biblical prophecy is
Daniel prayed. We should pray. Why and for what?
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Daniel 9 v 20 - 27
The Seventy Weeks Prophecy
Some translations use the word 'weeks' but correctly it is 'seventy sevens'.
Gabriel is giving Daniel the answer to his prayers (v 3 - 19).
Ian explains how scripture clarifies as to whether these 'sevens' are weeks or years and why Daniel would understand this.
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Daniel 9 v 24 - 27
The absolute accuracy of prophecy.
The seventy week prophecy has three periods comprising seven weeks, sixtytwo weeks and one week. This evening Ian looks at what happened at the end of sixtynine weeks.
Daniel was given details enabling him to make and then write about the calculations of a specific future event based on his calendar, not the Gregorian calendar that we use.
He knew the start date and knew what would happen 173,880 days later. Luke 19 v 37 - 44 tells us.
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Daniel 9 v 24 - 27
The Final Seven Years.
There are differing opinions among bible-believing Christians about this period and Ian gives us three examples before explaining why they should be discounted.
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Daniel 9 v 27
The Desolation of Israel.
Why have the Jews been so persecuted for such a long time? They don't have all the land they were promised by God and there are obvious problems regarding their prophesied new
temple in Jerusalem where a mosque currently stands.
A temple WILL be built but it will be occupied by the antichrist. Why will this happen?
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Daniel 10 v 1 - Ch.11 v 1
Knowing the future.
If you knew the outcome of a future event would it make you approach that event differently in your behaviour? Daniel knew what would happen but he didn't know when.
We know that victory is assured in the spiritual war but we don't know when and we don't know of all the battles along the way.
In this introduction to Chapter 10 Ian asks what caused Daniel to mourn and pray and why hadn't he gone to help rebuild Jerusalem?
Daniel can be seen to have grown spiritually throughout his life. Have you?
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Daniel 10 v 18 - Ch.12 v 4
Events impacting on God's people.
This is an introduction to an undisputed detailed account of history from approximately 530BC - 160BC.
Any reader is forced to make a decision. Was this written by an unknown person after the events who then lied about who wrote it and when, or was it written prior to the events
by Daniel as revealed to him by God?
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Spiritual influences and God's intervention.
Ian explains why the bible gives details of certain periods and nations while the 'rest of the world' appears to be ignored.
The next three Medo-Persian kings mentioned after Cyrus were: (1) his son, Cambyses II (530-522 BC); (2) Gaumata (also known as the pseudo-Smerdis – 522 BC);
and (3) the Persian Darius I (the Great – 522-486 BC). The fourth king was Xerxes (486-465 BC).
Should changes going on around us hinder God's people today?
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History - What is it all about?
This evening we are given an introduction to verses 2 - 35. Do we know the kings and rulers this passage tells us about?
Everything in God's word is there for us to understand so what gain is there in knowing such history? Ian explains what 'Master plans' are seen at work and how they
apply to us today.
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Daniel 11 v 5 - 20
Lessons from history.
Ian gives us a 'potted history' of the events prophesied in these verses and relates them to what we see today with regard to people loving their idols, forming alliances for
reasons of self interest and how leaders 'stir up strife'.
Bible-believing Christians need to be careful who they align themselves with who may call themselves Christian or claim to be worshipping the same God.
We are to keep in mind that although we see nations and people apparently doing as they please God rules in the affairs of man and is working His purpose out.
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Daniel 11 v 21 - 35
Foreshadowing the antichrist - Antiochus IV.
This evening we begin to look at Antiochus IV who called himself Epiphanes. He is described by God as a 'vile person'. This man is a type of the antichrist of the end times.
Ian explains what he was like in his lust for power, how he saw himself as a god, how he desecrated the temple and persecuted the Jews. He began peaceably and used intrigue
to achieve his goal. Can we see similarities in the world
today? We are forewarned of what is coming.
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Daniel 11 v 36 - 45
The coming antichrist.
The prophecy we have been reading in previous weeks was all to occur in the future when Daniel wrote it. We know it has all been fulfilled in absolute detail. Now we look at
verses telling us of what is to come in OUR future - at the end of the time of the Gentiles.
What we see today are interfaith initiatives and moves to make a one world religion supposedly to bring everyone together in peace but all such things are preparatory to
the coming of the antichrist.
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Daniel 11 v 36 - Ch.12 v 3
The coming war - Armageddon.
Ian recaps what the bible tells us of the seven-years Tribulation and the rise of the Antichrist and goes on to talk about the coming final war - where it will occur, the
area affected and who the 'king of the South' and 'king of the North' are.
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Daniel 12 v 1 - 3
The Great Tribulation - Why?.
A period when there will be persecution of believers more intense than ever before in history and many will die for their faith. This is the time of the 'mark of the beast' and
the 'abomination of desolation'.
God is in control of everything so why does this terrible period occur?
Who is the 'Michael' (of verse 1) who stands up for God's people? Some would say it is Christ but what does the bible say?
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Daniel 12 v 1 - 3
Resurrections, Judgements and Rewards.
We are living in the Church Age which will end with the Rapture. Ian recaps what the bible tells us of what is to come. Then he looks at the separate resurrections that
have occurred and that will occur, the separate judgements and the rewards God has given and we are yet to receive.
Which of the resurrectons will be yours?
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Daniel 12 v 4 - 13
The sealed book.
The book is 'sealed' until the time of the end. Looking at the world we see in politics, religion, technology and the military that the time is close when this
prophecy is fully understood.
Daniel asked for understanding. In the answer he is given two periods of time neither corresponding to the one thousand two hundred and sixty days of the tribulation. Ian
gives his belief of what these plus 30 days and then a further 45 days signify.
In conclusion this evening - We have all been given 'talents' that we should use to the glory of God.
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 15th June 2017
Living in Babylon - Studies in the book of Daniel
Conclusion of this series.
Those who want answers about life or who want to know about the future find the bible interesting but it was given by God so that we may be changed and be overcomers.
Ian concludes this series by explaining why it is titled 'Living in Babylon' and reminding us what a good role model Daniel is for us all. In comparing Babylon with our society
of today we should look at politics, the proud and selfish mindset that prevails, the worship of false gods, the mocking and blaspheming of the one true God and corruption
within 'the church'.
If we read Daniel just because it is interesting revelation we have missed the point. God wants us to understand He is in control and His plan is being implemented.
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 22nd June 2017