November 4, 2014
Daniel has been in captivity for close to 67 years and understands, from the writings of Jeremiah, that this captivity will only last 70 years. In 3 more years— freedom. And Daniel is close to 80 years old when he discovers this truth.
So what does he do? He prays. But not like you and I pray. No, Daniel prays and cries for mercy for his sins, the sins of his people, and the sins of the land. Daniel prays for his nation like you and I should pray for ours.
Consider the end of his prayer:
"O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and act! Do not delay for Your own sake, my God, for Your city and Your people are called by Your name" (Dan. 9:19).
What happens when we, the church, begin to pray like Daniel? Listen to find out more.
This is a study on Daniel 9:1-19.
November 11, 2010
One of the tell-tale signs that must take place before the "man of lawlessness" is revealed is the great "falling away" or the great "apostasy." This is when the visible church, by and large, rejects the true Gospel and substitutes in its place something man-centered or man-exalting. Need I say more?
If you will take a careful look at church in our culture today you will see us falling headlong into the great apostasy.
In fact, we may be in the middle of it right now. What does that say about the need for discernment? Listen and find out.
The following is a study on the Great Apostasy.
September 1, 2010
Remember John 5:39 (and also remember, when Jesus was talking about the Scriptures, He was referring to the Old Testament):
"You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is these (specifically the Old Testament Scriptures) that bear witness of Me."
And never is this more clear than in the 7h chapter of Daniel. Here we have a picture of the coronation of Christ at the end of time.
Absolutely, amazing. Unbelievable.
The following is a study of Daniel 7:1-14.
July 29, 2010
Often the Enemy tries to make us feel like we are nothing... just a single, lonely, isolated individual trying to faithfully stand against a massive and formidable Satanic kingdom.
Did you ever feel like that?
Maybe you've uttered some desperate words like, "What's the use? Why resist." Or maybe you've looked at the mountain in front of you and the small shovel in your hand and asked, "Why did you make life so hard, Lord?"
Reality speaks different.
Think about it: One man, in his nineties, literally changed a nation and caused a pagan king to offer praises to God. How? Listen and find out.
The following is a study on Daniel 6:1-28.
July 19, 2010
Sometimes we allow Satan to sell us the lie that our time of usefulness to the Lord is over. You know, it's done. Finished.
And sometimes we hold on to the lie that because of our squandered youth, or nagging sin, or maybe just the sheer number of missed and lost opportunities we've had to be faithful to the Lord— that He has benched us, like an expansion team coach, in favor of a younger, faster rookie.
And then we often allow Satan to rob the church of the wisdom, insight and perseverance that only time and experience can master.
Did you know that Daniel might have felt the same way? Let's talk about it.
The following is a study on Daniel 5:1-31.
July 5, 2010
Did you ever take the time to see just how much the Scriptures say about the sin and consequences of pride? It's overwhelming. Convicting. Down right scary.
First, the Lord Himself calls pride an abomination.
Then the Proverbs are chocked full of warnings to the proud, the arrogant and the boastful. Adam and Even fell because of pride. Satan was cast from heaven because of pride. And the Old Testament gives us, over and over again it seems, detailed personal portraits of great leaders brought low... real low, because of the sin of pride.
Nebuchadnezzar was just one.
This is his story.
The following is a study on Daniel 4:1-37.
June 8, 2010
What do you think happens when a 15 year old boy who has been forcefully taken from his home determines in his heart and mind that he will not compromise or acquiesce to the foreign, pagan culture that wants to rob him of his heritage, faith and future?
What happens to a young man like that? A brutal beating? Years of unbearable imprisonment? Painful torture? Death?
Well, not if that young man is named Daniel and not if his God is the Lord Most High.
God has a way of honoring those who honor Him.
Just like He did Daniel.
The following is a study on Daniel 1:8-21.
May 23, 2010
Have you ever considered how pragmatic we are as a society and as a church? How the mantra of "expedience" seems to be the law of the land today.
"After all," we reason, "if it works for you, go for it."
Now compare that to the mindset of the likes of Daniel, Job, Noah, Moses, Paul, Stephen and other who counted life in this world not worth living if they had to compromise their faith and obedience to survive.
Where are these men today? Where are those who will stand for truth, no matter what? Come what may?
Oh where, oh where have the real Christians gone? Oh where, oh where can they be?
The following is a study on Daniel 1:3-8.
May 19, 2010
Time and time again, in the Old Testament and even today, God's people warned the government and religious authorities about impending danger and the coming judgment of God.
And time and time again those words were ignored.
From the destruction of the Northern Kingdom in 722 BC to the deportation to Babylon in 605, 597 and 586BC. From the revival under Josiah to the preaching of Isaiah and Jeremiah, all the tell-tale signs were ignored.
Can you see any parallel for today? I sure can. Listen and find out more.
The following is a study on Daniel 1:1-2.
November 13, 2008
First we have Daniel and his night visions. Remember them? The vision of the little horn, the terrifying fourth beast, and the Ancient of Days.
Then, we fast-forward to the Revelation and we see the same imagery of the night visions— but now they are from the pen of John in the Revelation.
Could there be a connection? You bet.
Sit down and let's talk about it, shall we.
The following is a study of Revelation 13:1