Good day. As a Christian, did you wake up this morning feeling a bit discouraged at how people could vote for a pro abortion, pro gay marriage, pro forced charity candidate? I did not because I have been talking with some “Christians” over the last few days about the issues and for whom a genuine Christian should cast his or her vote. The Bible does not name a candidate or a party because they change like the wind. The Bible explains the values and character of a person who should lead a country. I was a little discouraged to hear some of the justifications that people use for voting against life and traditional marriage. Here are a couple of those “righteous” excuses. Continue reading
I would like to focus on Daniel 9 in this article. This chapter has a lot to teach about the future, especially the last kingdom before the physical kingdom of God is set up on this earth. Before getting in to chapter 9, I would like to look at out outline of the major players of Daniel 2,7,8. Continue reading
I want to pick up the teaching about Biblical prophecy from the Biblical book of Daniel. As I wrote in some of the previous articles on Daniel, this book is the “blueprint” for all Biblical prophecy. The book of Daniel is like the skeleton of prophecy while the other prophetic books are the meat added to the bone (especially Revelation). Continue reading
I was pleased to see the turnout yesterday for the final lesson of Daniel “Discovering what the future holds” by Kay Arthur. Ten of the original students were able to make it back for the final lesson where we learned the future of human history according to God’s plan. If you are worried about the future then I would advise you to grab this book and study it with faith and see what the Lord teaches you.
I had the great pleasure of leading a seminar this past weekend at Bayless Baptist Church in St. Louis MO on the book of Daniel. We studied Precept‘s “Discovering what the Future holds” based on the prophecies found in the Old Testament book of Daniel. There were a total of 13 wonderful students who worked extremely hard so that they could understand the times and take action. We were blessed with some wonderful fellowship, physical and spiritual food. For those who were able to attend had a great time even though it was very tiring. My prayer is that those who came will now understand the times and take action in the world around them for the Gospel.
As I wrote in the previous article we will gain further insight into Daniel 7 when we look at the New Testament book of Revelation. The book of Daniel lays the blue-print of Biblical prophecy or the skeleton while Revelation adds the meet to the bones. Let’s take a look at a few passages from Revelation to see what further insights we can gain. Revelation 13:1-9 is the first passage that we will consider. Before we begin, as a way of review, let’s compile what we have learned so far. Continue reading
As we continue to look at Daniel we will learn some new insights from chapter 7 that further explain Daniel’s dream about the 4 beasts that coincide with the 4 parts of the statue from King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream in Daniel chapter 2. In verses 15-22 of chapter 7 we will gain further insight about the kingdoms and what is to come.
“As for me, Daniel, my spirit was distressed within me, and the visions in my mind kept alarming me. Continue reading
I would like to continue our look at the Biblical book of Daniel and see what else we can learn about prophecy; how it came true during Daniel’s lifetime and how this prophecy is still coming true today. As you may remember, Daniel is a slave in the Babylon during the reign of king Nebuchadnezzar. The king has a dream that none of his wise men or magicians can interpret and he becomes furious. He begins putting them to death and Daniel is called upon to tell the dream and its interpretation. God reveals both to Daniel and he passes the message on to the king, giving all the credit to God. The dream was of a statue with four main parts (the feet and toes were a continuation of the legs) along with a stone that becomes a mountain that fills the whole earth. Continue reading
I would like to look at the Biblical book of Daniel. Many people have many different ideas about the account of Daniel. As with any prophecy the reader must understand a few very important rules to keep in mind while studying Daniel. This will not be exhaustive but I would like to share a few. First of all, the reader must realize that the writer of the prophecy can either be talking about 3 major groups of people; the Jews, the Gentiles, or the Church (made up of Jews and Gentiles). Sometimes the author can speak of the 3 different groups all in the same chapter so you must pay close attention to the words that are used along with the context to determine which group is being spoken of. Continue reading
Do you live among people who seem to have forgotten about God? Do you live in a society that once embraced God yet has now rejected Him? If you do then realize that you are not alone and you are not the only person to experience such tragedy. The Bible says that “there is nothing new under the sun” and that phrase is so true. In fact the entire quote says it even better:
That which has been is that which will be, And that which has been done is that which will be done. So there is nothing new under the sun. (Ecclesiastes 1:9)
Whatever happens today is something that has already happened in the past. This of course deals with the attitude and actions of people in ever society. Daniel, from the O.T., was a man who lived among people who once embraced God but later rejected Him and then seemed to have forgotten about God. Daniel could easily have joined in with the culture of the time yet he chose to live counter-culture even though it cost him comfort. I would like to look at Daniel’s prayer in Daniel chapter 9 where we see the solution to the problem of living among people who once embraced God and now have rejected Him.
I prayed to the LORD my God and confessed and said, “Alas, O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and lovingkindness for those who love Him and keep His commandments, we have sinned, committed iniquity, acted wickedly and rebelled, even turning aside from Your Continue reading