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Thankful for Understanding!

Scripture reading for September 21st:  Daniel 9-12

Key Scriptures:  Daniel 12:8-10  “I heard, but I did not understand.  So I asked, “My lord, what will the outcome of all this be?”  He replied, “Go your way, Daniel, because the words are closed up and sealed until the time of the end.  Many will be purified, made spotless and refined, but the wicked will continue to be wicked.  None of the wicked will understand, but those that are wise will understand.””

Daniel was puzzled by the revelations of future events that he had received.  He was told by the angel that his prophetic warning would be sealed up until the last days.  In the meantime, many people would receive purification and refining.  But the wicked would continue in their wickedness.  Understanding would come to the wise and obedient but not to the wicked!

Thankful for Christ’s Wisdom:  “Then he told me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, because the time is near.  Let him who does wrong continue to do wrong; let him who is vile continue to be vile; let him who does right continue to do right; and let him who is holy continue to be holy.  Behold, I am coming soon!  My reward is with Me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done.”  (Revelation 22:10-12)

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Thankful for praying prophets!

Scripture reading for September 20th:  Daniel 4-8

Key Scriptures:  Daniel 6:10-11  “Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem.  Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before.  These men went as a group and found Daniel praying and asking God for help.”  

Because of jealousy, the administrators of Persia set a trap for Daniel, now in his eighty’s.  They had the king make a decree banning all prayer except to him.  Daniel, however, lived a life of prayer and continued to honor God and give Him thanks for His wisdom and protection.  Daniel asked God for advice and help.  This infuriated the administrators who then went to the king and forced the king to bring the decreed punishment–the Lion’s Den!  We all know how that worked out–the administrators became breakfast after the lions fasted dinner (Daniel)!

Thankful for a praying Savior:  “After Jesus said this, He looked toward heaven and prayed:  “Father, the time has come.  Glorify Your Son, that Your Son may glorify You”. . . . .”I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to You.  Holy Father, protect them by the power of Your Name–the Name You gave Me–so that they may be one as We are One.”  (John 17:1, 11)

 

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Rejoicing in the Eternal Kingdom!

Scripture reading for September 19th:  Ezekiel 48, Daniel 1-3

Key Scriptures:  Ezekiel 48:35  “The distance around will be 18,000 cubits.  “And the name of the city from that time on will be: THE LORD IS THERE.””

Daniel 2:44  “In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people.  It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will endure forever.  This is the meaning of the vision of the rock cut out of a mountain, but not by human hands–a rock that broke the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver and the gold to pieces.”

Ezekiel was a Jewish priest in captivity in Babylon, along with Daniel.  God used both men as prophets to declare His eternal purposes to His people as well as to the Gentile rulers who were over them.  Ezekiel’s last prophetic word gave a name to Jerusalem, the city of God:  “THE LORD IS THERE!”  Daniel was called upon to interpret King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream of the great statute with a head of gold, chest of silver, belly of bronze, and legs and toes of iron and clay.  Daniel’s revelation was a “Stone”, not cut out by human hands, striking the statue and destroying it.  This “Stone” became a great mountain that filled the whole earth–an everlasting kingdom!

Rejoicing in our Eternal King of Kings:  “I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse whose Rider is called “Faithful and True.”  With justice He judges and makes war.”  . . . “Out of His mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations.  “He will rule them with an iron scepter.””  (Revelation 19:1, 15)

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The Book of Life!

Scripture reading for September 4th: Daniel 10-12

I love books!  I have a great library and it is always growing!   The Apostle John said that if all that Jesus did were written down, the whole world could not contain all the books that would be written!  (John 21:25)  Volumes of books have been written, but the most important book on earth is the Holy Bible!

The Bible speaks of another book that should be important to every human being!  It is the Book of Life found before the throne of God.  In that book are written the names of all who have been adopted into the family of God by faith in Jesus Christ, the Son of Man and Son of God.  (Daniel 12:1)  (Revelation 20:12, 15)  If your name is written in that book, you will be delivered from the coming wrath against sin that flows from the Ancient of Days! (Daniel 7:10) (Revelation 20:14)  There will be a resurrection of all men with reward for some and punishment for others.  (Daniel 12:2-3)  (Revelation 22:12-15)

The righteous are promised eternal glory for their obedience. (Revelation 22:1-6)  (Daniel 12:3)  They will shine like the stars of heaven forever and ever!  They will live in the heavenly city where God Himself and the Lamb, Jesus Christ, is the source of all light!  They will behold Him and see His face!

Daniel was told to seal up the words of his book for the time of the end. (Daniel 12:4)  People would be seek this knowledge but only the wise would find it.  The wise were those whose names were written down in that special book of Heaven!  But John was told in Revelation 22:10, not to seal up the words of his book of prophecy because the time was near for it’s fulfillment!

“Then he told me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, because the time is near.  Let him who does wrong continue to do wrong; let him who is vile continue to be vile; let him who does right continue to do right; and let him who is holy continue to be holy.”  “Behold I am coming soon and my reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done.” Revelation 22:10-12

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A panorama of the future!

Scripture reading for September 3rd: Daniel 7-9

Daniel saw the four winds of heaven stirring up a great sea and out of the sea came four great beasts.  The first was like a lion and the second looked like a bear.  The third beast was like a leopard and the fourth beast was something terrifying.  It had iron teeth and ten horns on it’s head.  It was devouring  it’s victims and crushing them.  (Daniel 7:4-7)  These beasts corresponded to the dream of Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel 2 and represented the kingdoms that followed that time, starting with Babylon, the lion, and moving to Persia, the bear.  The leopard was Greece and the ferocious beast was the Roman Empire of Jesus’ day. (Revelation 13:1-4)

Daniel saw another horn, a little horn that came up among the ten horns of the last beast.  This horn had eyes like a man and a boastful mouth.  (Daniel 7:8)  Many commentators think that this horn represents the evil ruler of the last days that will be known as ‘Antichrist’.  (Revelation 13:5-7)(2nd Thessalonians 2:8-10)

Next, Daniel’s attention focused on thrones that were set in place.  One came and took His seat whose name was the “Ancient of Days”.  This Ancient One had clothing that was brilliantly white and hair that was white like wool. His throne was ablaze with fire and full of wheels of fire, and a river of fire was flowing out before Him.  There was a host attending Him that could not be numbered.  This Ancient One was the judge in a court and there were books present that were opened. (Daniel 7:9-10) (Revelation 20:11-12)

As Daniel watched, the last beast that the little horn had come from was slain and thrown into the blazing fire.   Then, suddenly, before Daniel was one like a ‘Son of Man’ coming on the clouds of heaven. (Mark 13:26)  He approached the Ancient of Days and was given glory, authority, and power over all nations and men.  All worshiped Him in an everlasting kingdom that would never end! (Daniel 7:11-14)(Revelation 5:11-13)

Daniel’s visions are an amazing panorama of history from his day down to the second coming of Jesus Christ, the Son of Man!   Be encouraged today that the Ancient of Days is in charge!  The evil world system will be destroyed and the Ancient of Days will reign forever!

 

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Drunken delusions!

Scripture reading for September 2nd, 2014–Daniel 4-6

King Belshazzar of Babylon had a party for a thousand of his nobles.  After drinking for a while, the king ordered that the golden goblets that his grandfather had taken from the Temple of God in Israel be brought out.  They were filled with wine and toasts were offered to the gods of gold and silver, bronze, iron, wood and stone.  These idols of Babylon were thought to bring protection and power to the King of Babylon.  As they were toasting, boasting and celebrating, there appeared what looked like  human fingers that wrote upon the wall.  (Daniel 5:1-6)  This sight was deeply sobering to the king and his knees began to knock together with fear.

The king called all his wise men to read the writing but no one could tell him what it said.   Then the queen, very possibly his own mother or grandmother, told him about Daniel.  Daniel was now an old man, probably in his 80’s.  He was not among those drinking in the palace because of his godly character and life of prayer and consecration to the one true God.  (Daniel 5:10-12)  It was the Spirit of God in him that made all the difference, however.

Daniel spoke plainly to Belshazzar about God’s dealings with his father Nebuchadnezzar.  He then told Belshazzar that he had failed to honor the God who held his life in His hands.  (Daniel 5:22-24)  Belshazzar had mocked God and angered Him by his refusal to humble himself and by drinking wine from the sacred goblets.  Now the decree of God on the wall stated that God was sending judgment and Belshazzar’s kingdom would fall and be given to the Medes and Persians.  (Daniel 5:25-28)  That very night it came to pass! (Daniel 5:30-31)

It is easy to become drunk on the wine of this world and put what is profane in our holy goblets (our bodies and souls).  Pride makes us drunk and delusional about who we are and the real source of our life.   Those who are consecrated to God have insight and ability to read the handwriting on the wall because they truly know God and His Word!  Daniel had read God’s Word in Jeremiah 51:39 and could understand what was happening!   Take note of these truths to avoid drunken delusion!

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Godly Character Shines!

Scripture reading for September 1st:  Daniel 1-3

Have you ever moved into a strange neighborhood and different culture where you didn’t  speak the language of the people around you?  Have you gone on a mission trip and lived outside of your comfortable culture?  These experiences would help us to understand what Daniel and his three young friends experienced in their 800 mile trip across deserts from Jerusalem to Babylon.  They were the best and brightest of the Jewish people of God.  They were re-trained to think “Babylonian” by being placed in the prestigious “University of Babylon” and given a rich diet from the king of Babylon’s personal chef. (Daniel 1:1-6)

These men had good training in their home and church community.  As young men, they would have memorized the Pentateuch (Books of Moses) by the time they were thirteen.  They would have read the prophets and would have begun an apprenticeship for a trade.  Their character was shaped by the Law of God in the ten commandments and through Moses’ writings.  They also had dietary laws that were given to keep them healthy and set them apart.  Their godly character helped them to walk with integrity and reap God’s blessing and favor.

Daniel resolved not to defile himself with food that was not allowed by God’s law.  He appealed to the one in authority over him for a different diet.  (Daniel 1:6-14)  Daniel listened and was respectful to the one in authority.  These wise ways came from godly character through the Word of God.  They looked better with the diet of vegetables  and water than the rest who had the rich food and wine! (Daniel 1:15-16)

Honoring God brought these men lots of additional blessings.  God gave them wisdom and understanding in all kinds of literature and learning in this ‘secular’ university.  They excelled above all others and no equals were found!  They were “10 times better” than all the others in the kingdom.  (Daniel 1:18-20)

It pays to live a godly life and to purpose to honor God and not defile yourself with things God forbids!  Godly character brings wisdom to live wisely in a wicked culture.  Take time today and allow God to show you how to live separated lives in this culture.  What things should you purpose not to defile yourselves with?  You will shine for Him too!

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The Most Important Book!

Scripture reading for September 3rd: Daniel 10-12

The Apostle John said that if all that Jesus did were written down, the whole world could not contain all the books that would be written!  (John 21:25)  I believe that we are studying the most important book on earth, the Holy Bible!   But there is another book that should be just as important to every human being.  It is the Book of Life found before the throne of God.  In that book are written the names of all who have been adopted into the family of God by faith in Jesus Christ.  (Daniel 12:1)  (Revelation 20:12, 15)  If your name is written in that book, you will be delivered from the coming wrath against sin that flows from the Ancient of Days! (Daniel 7:10) (Revelation 20:14)

Daniel wrote about a coming resurrection of all men with rewards for those written in the book and everlasting shame for those not recorded.  (Daniel 12:2-3)   The righteous were promised eternal glory for their obedient faith. (Revelation 22:1-6)  (Daniel 12:3)  They would shine like the stars of heaven forever and live in the heavenly city where God Himself and the Lamb, Jesus Christ, is the source of all light!  They will behold Him and see His face!

Daniel was told to seal up the words of his book for the time of the end. (Daniel 12:4)  He was told that knowledge would increase as time went on.  People would be seeking knowledge but only the wise would find it.  The wise were those whose names were written down in that special book of Heaven!

John was told in Revelation 22:10, not to seal up the words of his book of prophecy because the time was near for it’s fulfillment!   Are you sure your name is in the most important Book in the universe?  Why not honestly check your heart today for faith in Jesus Christ?

“Then he told me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, because the time is near.  Let him who does wrong continue to do wrong; let him who is vile continue to be vile; let him who does right continue to do right; and let him who is holy continue to be holy.”  “Behold I am coming soon and my reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done.” Revelation 22:10-12

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The Ancient of Days

Scripture reading for September 1st: Daniel 7-9

Daniel saw a vision where the four winds of heaven stirred up a great sea and out of it came four beasts. The first was like a lion and the second looked like a bear.  The third beast was like a leopard and the fourth beast was something terrifying.  It had iron teeth and ten horns on it’s head and was devouring  it’s victims.  (Daniel 7:4-7)  These beasts correspond to the dream in Daniel 2 and represent the kingdoms that followed in history:  Babylon,  Persia, Greece and the Roman Empire of Jesus’ day. (Revelation 13:1-4)

Daniel saw another horn, a little horn that came up among the ten horns of the last beast.  This horn had eyes like a man and a boastful mouth.  (Daniel 7:8)  Many commentators think that this horn is the evil ruler of the last days that will be known as Antichrist. (Revelation 13:5-7)(2nd Thessalonians 2:8-10)

In the midst of this vision of world history, Daniel saw thrones that were set in place.  One took His seat whose name was the “Ancient of Days”.  This Ancient One had clothing that was brilliantly white and hair that was white like wool. His throne was ablaze with fire, and a river of fire was flowing out before Him.  There was a host attending Him that could not be numbered.  This Ancient One was the judge in a court and there were books that were opened. (Revelation 20:11-12)

As Daniel watched, the boastful horn was still speaking.  Then the beast that the horn had come from was slain and thrown into the blazing fire.  The other beasts had been stripped of their authority.  Then, suddenly, one like a ‘Son of Man’ came on the clouds of heaven. (Mark 13:26)  He approached the Ancient of Days and was given glory, authority, and power over all nations.  All worshiped Him in a kingdom that would never end! (Daniel 7:11-14)(Revelation 5:11-13)

Daniel’s visions are an amazing panorama of history from his day to the coming of Jesus Christ, the ‘Son of Man’.  The prophesy of the 70 weeks detailed how long until this one would come.  (Daniel 9:25-27)  Daniel also got a glimpse of history from Jesus’ first coming until his second coming soon after the rise of Antichrist, the little horn.  The vision ended with the Ancient of Day’s ruling in favor of the saints and destroying the beasts and the little horn!   We win!

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The wine of pride!

Scripture reading for August 31st: Daniel 4-6

Alcohol has been around for many years and impairs judgment and often brings delusional thinking. (Proverbs 23:29-35)  The effects of alcohol are also a picture of the effect of sin on the body, soul, and mind of a person made in God’s image for His glory!

King Belshazzar of Babylon had a party for a thousand of his nobles.  After drinking for a while, the king ordered that the golden goblets that his grandfather had taken from the Temple of God in Israel be brought out.  They were filled with wine and toasts were offered to the gods of gold and silver, bronze, iron, wood and stone.  As they were toasting, boasting and celebrating, there appeared what looked like  human fingers that wrote upon the wall.  (Daniel 5:1-6)  This sight was deeply sobering to the king and all present!

The king called all his wise men to read the writing but no one could tell him what it said.   Then the queen, very possibly his own mother or grandmother, told him about Daniel.  Daniel was now an old man, probably in his 80’s.  He was not among those drinking in the palace because of his godly character and life of prayer and consecration to the one true God.  (Daniel 5:10-12)

Daniel spoke plainly to Belshazzar about God’s dealings with his father Nebuchadnezzar.  He then told Belshazzar that he had failed to honor the God who held his life in His hands.  (Daniel 5:22-24)  Belshazzar had mocked God and angered Him by his refusal to humble himself and by drinking wine from the sacred goblets.  Now the decree on the wall stated that God was sending judgment and Belshazzar’s kingdom would fall and be given to the Medes and Persians.  (Daniel 5:25-28)  That very night it came to pass! (Daniel 5:30-31)

What can we learn from this incident?  It is easy to become drunk on the wine of this world and put what is profane in our holy goblets (our bodies and souls).  Pride makes us drunk and delusional about who we are and the real source of our life.   Those who are consecrated to God have insight and ability to read the handwriting on the wall because they truly know God and His Word!  Daniel had read God’s Word in Jeremiah 51:39 and could understand what was happening.  Fill your vessel with God’s Word and the Holy Spirit!

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