Sunday, March 23, 2014

TRAVEL AND KNOWLEDGE

Suggested Reading: Daniel 11-12

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This is a panorama of the entrance to the Acropolis in Greece. This temple for the worship of the goddess Athena was in full use during the period described in Daniel 11, when Alexander the Great's successors were creating havoc throughout the North, East and South of Israel, and in particular the Greek ruler, Antiochus Ephiphanes IV. He desecrated the Temple with the sacrifice of a pig on the altar, which had been built by Ezra some 300 years earlier, and to which the Babylonian exiles returned.

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where the photo was taken, click HERE.

 

Key Verses: Daniel 12:3-4

Those who are wise shall shine

Like the brightness of the firmament,

And those who turn many to righteousness

Like the stars forever and ever.

But you, Daniel, shut up the words,

and seal the book until the time of the end;

many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.

 

Daniel 11 is a prophecy detailing the events which follow the end of the Persian (Iran) empire. Following the death of the Greek conqueror, Alexander the Great, the Empire of Greece is divided up between Alexander’s generals who war against each other for domination.

Daniel 12 leaps ahead centuries of human history to “the time of the end” (Daniel 12:4). How will we know that “the time of the end” is upon us? (1) “Many shall run to and fro” (here and there). It is a fact that more people have travelled more miles over the earth in the last 20 years than in 5,000 years of recorded human history. (2) “Knowledge shall increase.” We are using a computer to write and read this blog. Any of the search engines available to us can connect us at the speed of light to more information than all the libraries of the world combined. If anything, the statements about travel and access to information which Daniel wrote are an understatement. We are living now in “the time of the end!” These developments have never happened before now!

Our key verses should give us joy and confidence in God’s promises. The last sentence Daniel pens is a personal promise he received from the Lord regarding his own resurrection “at the end of days” (12:13).

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, I pray that I will make wise decisions as Daniel and his friends did, as recorded at the beginning of Daniel’s book. Then, with your blessing throughout my life, I too can end my days full of confidence and wisdom. May I shine for You! Grant that I will help “turn many to righteousness!” In the Name of Jesus I pray. Amen!!!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

With the seven TV channels worldwide of our “Crossroads 360.com” outreach, we are helping to fulfil the prophecy that “the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea” (Habakkuk 2:14). What is “the glory of the Lord”? John answers this question: “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). I put the words “knowledge of the glory of the Lord” into just one search engine, “google.” Up on my screen, came the number of results…35,000,000 in 0.40 seconds. In just this search alone, the whole earth is covered with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord!!!

Back to Daniel and the ruler of the principality of Persia, who was able to hold off Gabriel until Michael arrived to defeat this “Prince of Persia.” Paul teaches us that we fight “against principalities” (Ephesians 6:12). The story is told of a prayer meeting in a home in Los Angeles. They were praying for the first ever major Billy Graham meetings in their city. They reported a loud persistent knock at the door. A woman answered the door to find a huge figure decked with jewels who said, “I am the prince of Los Angeles. You shall not defeat me.” The woman just up from her knees said with authority, “You are defeated by the blood, the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.” She shut the door in his face, told the prayer warriors inside, and they began to rejoice in the victory Jesus was about to give in Los Angeles. The proof is in the history of the worldwide impact of Billy’s evangelistic crusades, which began right there in L.A.

Yours for the foreknowledge of God revealed through His prophets, whose words are preserved for us in the Bible,

David

Again may I say that the numbers of days, etc., found here in Daniel is far too complicated a study for this blog. I urge you to study the works of a Bible scholar such as Dr. Mark Hitchcock. (click here for information). Also, it’s Sunday and I’m here in Lakeland, Florida. We have a great Sunday evening service, but if you don’t have one in your church, I would urge you to use the time to do a most amazing study this evening on Moses and the crossing of the Red Sea. Scientists, archeologists, and historians tackle this story for its historical accuracy. I’ve just watched online several of the episodes in this visual series. Here’s how to access this production that I guarantee will make you think!!! (click here).

Here you can see a spectacular racing track in ancient Delphi Greece. The "Oracle at Delphi" was a person who claimed to speak for the many Greek Gods. The Apostle Peter called the religions of that day, "Cunningly devised fables." (2 Peter 1:16a)

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where the photo was taken, click HERE.

7 thoughts on “Sunday, March 23, 2014

  1. Amen, David, amen! Prophetic ending to the book of Daniel. I feel so blessed to have studied Daniel with you and all the saints! Thank you for sharing such a powerful story about the Billy Graham prayer meeting. Satan was rebuked and had no power over the rise of the Graham ministry. I listen to Billy’s daughter, Anne Graham Lotz’s CD, ‘Just Give Me Jesus’, every night. Thanks also for the link to Moses; an excellent study to look forward to. Have a blessed day of worship with Norma-Jean, family and friends in Lakeland, Florida, David! To Him we give all the glory and praise–shouting with our hands in the air! Blessings fellow saints!

    Praise God, Praise God, Praise God! Praise God through Whom all blessings flow! Hallelujah, to the Lord of heaven and earth. Hallelujah, to the Lord of heaven and earth. God of wonders beyond our galaxy. You are holy, holy! The universe declares Your majesty. You are holy, holy!

    God of Wonders, Chris Tomlin
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ly8LmcQq2Gw

    Lord of all creation
    Of water, earth, and sky
    The heavens are Your tabernacle
    Glory to the Lord on High

    God of wonders, beyond our galaxy
    You are holy, holy
    The universe declares Your majesty
    You are holy, holy

    Lord of heaven and earth (2X)

    Early in the morning
    I will celebrate the light
    And as I stumble through the darkness
    I will call Your name by night

    God of wonders, beyond our galaxy
    You are holy, holy
    The universe declares Your majesty
    You are holy, holy

    Lord of heaven and earth (2X)

    Hallelujah to the Lord of heaven and earth (3X)

    God of wonders, beyond our galaxy
    You are holy, holy
    Precious Lord, reveal Your heart to me
    Father holy, holy
    The universe declares Your majesty
    You are holy, holy, holy, holy

    Hallelujah to the Lord of heaven and earth (6X)

  2. God Bless you David, and all Gods people.
    Father God, have mercy ! There is fighting and sin every where we look. It has been going on since the beginning of time. When will it all end ? Jesus you came to bring peace—where is it ? (in our individual hearts ?) even there , is not complete peace — when looking around—– ? ? ? What are we to do Lord, and how are we to pray as we aught to?
    Reading over Daniel’s prayer ( we have sinned and done wrong…. The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving even though we have rebelled against him…)
    HELP us Lord as your people as your nations as your world, to turn away from our sin. Most holy God grip the hearts of the most wicked beings on this planet. Of whom I am the most wicked. ( Knowing and not doing, makes me as wicked as the most unknowing sinner on earth .) Humble me Lord. Show me what to do, then give me your strength and your power and your wisdom to do what ever you have for me to do. Make me into a Daniel Lord.
    As Jesus said ” IT IS FINISHED” Like Daniel in his prayer (we do not make requests of you because we are righteous but because of your great mercy.)
    Yet through the blood of Jesus, on the cross , we are all righteous. (Who give our hearts to Christ.)
    COME HOLT SPIRIT — WASH THIS OLD WORLD
    BLOW THROUGH OUR NATIONS
    CLAENS THEM WHITE AS SNOW
    The harvest is white, send workers —- it is more like blood red. HELP us Lord.
    HELP
    Help

  3. Beverlee God bless you , you are so eloquent, so precious , your words touch my sole. Praise you Lord and thank you for the fellowship on this computer. God bless us every one. Thank you Jesus “IT IS FINISHED” Jesus said it and
    I believe it that settles it .

  4. Yes, the production and evidence of Moses and the Isrealites crossing the Red Sea was an amazing video! There is so much presented archaeologically, one can, by faith, see the supernatural parting of waters and clear pathway to the other side. Facinating choral formations too! Saw four robins and a redwing blackbird yesterday … Spring is finally here! Have a great day!

  5. That is astounding information given to Daniel about the future. Kinda makes you want to run and hide. Knowledge certainly is power. We are only human and must rely on God’s love and power to get us through the days. What joy and peace that knowledge brings.
    Looking forward to viewing the Moses video Rev. Mainse……thank you as always.
    May God bless us all this Spring sabbath day.

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