Wednesday, March 23, 2016

TRAVEL AND KNOWLEDGE

Today’sĀ Reading: Daniel 11-12

Click scripture link to read online or HERE to listen online (then click the symbol of the audio speaker above the scripture portion).

 

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, especially Antiochus Ephiphanes IV, were creating havoc throughout the North, East and South of Israel. 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 websites available worldwide like 100huntley.com andĀ Crossroads 360.com, 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).

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.

16 thoughts on “Wednesday, March 23, 2016

  1. Amen, David! Our King is glorious and mighty, forever and ever. He, and only He REIGNS!!! Awesome photos, today. Yes, indeed, Daniel is a book that is far too complicated. Thank you for the link. Betty, you had questions a few days ago, in Daniel 5-6. Back in that day, the rulers were given multiple names; called Darius and Cyrus, interchangeably, which is part of what makes it so confusing. In addition, there was Cyrus I, II and III and Darius I, II and III. I will post the links I read later and I look forward to the links David provided. Prayers of love and healing to all saints, and to all in need, throughout the world.

    “Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you.” Hosea 10:12 KJB

    Even So Come, Chris Tomlin
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8fs4SXOJRk

  2. Please pray for me today as the Lord is starting to work but it is not over yet. It pleases me to be able to go to my faithful intercessors. God bless you. Very meaningful verse for me, Beverlee. Will read the whole blog later.

    • Dearest Ger, I am holding you up before the Throne of Grace. Dear Heavenly Father lift Ger up on wings of eagles. Keep her thoughts focused on The Lord Jesus and what He accomplished on the cross of Calvary. Let your love flow through her and make her strong and well again. I pray this in the precious name that is above all names The Lord Jesus Christ Amen and Amen
      Special blessings to all this morning.
      Enjoyed the song Beverlee and y

  3. Dear Saints,

    Please hold me up in your prayers as I had a bad fall this morning; very sore; just got back from the doctor’s. Keeping you in prayer, sister Ger. May God intercede to fulfill the needs of all saints.

  4. Praying for you Beverly ,May the Lord heal you
    of pain and brusies GOD BLESSYOU AS YOU REST IN THE lord…..R…..

  5. Lord God I pray for your healing power to flood Beverlee’s body, I stand against any schemes and plans of the enemy in and through this freak accident, and I pray for Your intervention Lord for total healing for Beverlee, I pray for the pain to subside and for comfort and peace for you Beverlee, I pray this in the Mighty Name of Jesus, the Greatest Physician thank You Jesus, Amen and Amen!!

  6. Thank you Reynold for the great pictures and for the information and comments regarding each one!

    I come in agreement with you prayer David. Truly the words in Daniel pertain to those in which we are now living, pertaining to “The End of Days”

    Thank you for sharing the events that took place during the prayer meeting in Los Angeles prior to the Billy Graham first major meeting in that City. PRAISE GOD…VICTORY IN JESUS!!!

  7. THE NAME OF THE LORD, IS A STRONG AND MIGHTY TOWER, THE NAME OF THE LORD IS A REFUGE FOR MY SOUL, THE NAME OF THE LORD IS A PILLAR I CAN LEAN ON THE RIGHTEOUS RUN INTO THE NAME OF THE LORD, THE RIGHTEOUS NAME OF THE LORD!

    YOUR NAME IS AS OINTMENT POURED FORTH, JESUS, JESUS, YOUR NAME IS AS OINTMENT POURED FORTH, YOUR NAME IS AS OINTMENT POURED FORTH!!

  8. Thank you Eleanor, Rob. Irene and Beverlee. I felt the effects of your prayers so wonderfully. Lord we pray you will heal Beverlee of her bruises and pain and keep her from safe from all future falls in Jesus Name. May she feel a warm healing oil flow over her. God bless you Beverlee.

  9. CALLING ALL PRAYER WARRIORS!
    Please pray for the Christian churches in my community! pray the Holy Spirit will speak to the churches and the Pastors & leaders and they will be moved to hold Gospel concerts in our park like we used to have years back! These concerts had everyone singing, praying, they were uplifiting in every way and very well attended. Everyone brought their own chair, and when the concerts were over, everyone cleaned up any items laying around, and left the park cleaner than we started the performances! There were children, adults, seniors all singing and praying and worshiipping the Lord!
    We had many musicians from other towns visiting and playing their songs!
    The concerts were held usually on a Saturday evening starting around 4 p.m. These concerts ran from end of June until end of September.
    This would be a great opportunity for younger musicians to share their talents in music!
    My community needs to hear the Gospel! The residents are getting older and there are a great number of young families with children that would really appreciate these concerts!
    PLEASE PRAY FOR THE LORD TO SPEAK TO THE PASTORS, LEADERS IN OUR COMMUNITY! Thank you

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