Daniel [Courage in the Chaos]

Daniel [Courage in the Chaos]

What We Know for Sure About the End

Daniel 12:1-13 While we may be uncertain regarding the timing of the end, God is clear regarding the testing leading up to that end. Daniel’s final vision provides a vague progression of events accompanied by a clear expectation for His followers. There is coming a time when 2020 will feel like the glory days. God has concealed certain details about what we want to know, but He has undoubtedly given us what we need to know. 1. Things will get worse before they get better (12:1). To follow Jesus in this…

Even the Antichrist Has a Term Limit

Daniel 11:1-45 Daniel foresaw a clear progression of prideful rulers culminating in the reign of the Antichrist. For all the power amassed by God’s opponents throughout history, their end will be sudden and sure. Some scholars believe that over 130 precise details about the future were foreseen in Daniel 11. The detailed nature of the vision gives us hope in our God, who is sovereign overall. Persia & Greece (1-4) The Persian Empire ensured God’s people returned to Jerusalem (2).…

The Spiritual Warfare All Around Us

Daniel 10:1-21 God sent messengers to Daniel to reveal how earthly conflicts are connected to spiritual warfare. If we don’t acknowledge that we are in a war, we will most definitely experience significant defeat. The quickest way to lose a battle is to forget that you are in a war. The Context (10:1-3) A remnant returned to rebuild Jerusalem, but Daniel was greatly burdened with the knowledge of their ongoing conflict (1). Daniel applied intentional and costly effort to discern God’s direction (2-3). The Vision (10:4-9) God helps us not by…

When the Future Seems Unclear

Daniel 9:20-27 In Daniel’s concern about the future, the angel Gabriel provided a needed amount of clarity yet permitted some level of confusion. While the details may be debated, the vision is clear – Christ is coming at an appointed time for a specific outcome. The only agreed-upon part of this passage is that it is one of the most difficult in all the Bible to interpret. God Hears Our Prayers [Daniel 9:20-23] God not only heard Daniel’s prayers, but…

When God’s People Turn Aside

Daniel 9:1-19 As Daniel studied the scriptures, he was dismayed at how far the people had drifted from God. His prayer of corporate repentance provides a helpful guide as we seek a needed wake-up call from God. To apply Daniel 9 most accurately, we need to pray for the Church more than the country. Daniel’s prayer of corporate repentance shows us four key things to include in our prayers. 1. Pray According to Scripture (9:1-2) The Word of God should…

Throwing Truth to the Ground

Daniel 8:1-27 In Daniel’s remarkably detailed vision of two coming kingdoms, God’s enemies are described as those who throw truth to the ground. No matter how powerful they may seem, God’s truth will endure, and He will ultimately defeat every remaining opposition. Chapter 7 provided a grand view of the end times, while chapter 8 highlighted the immediate future for God’s people. God revealed to Daniel precise details of the next few centuries and foreshadowing common characteristics of future opposition.…

Make Way for the Coming King

Daniel 7:1-28 Daniel’s frightening vision of future kings alarmed him until he beheld the coming King who would reign forever. Amid polarizing politicians and combative kingdoms, our great hope is in the true King who is on His way. Rules for Apocalyptic Literature Apocalyptic literature is a vision of the future to give believers hope in the present. Focus on what is certain, but don’t obsess about what is left unclear. Be careful of anyone who claims more precise knowledge…

Muzzling Lions

Daniel 6:1-28 Daniel refused to pray to the king and was cast into the lion’s den because of his devotion. Not only did his bold stance make a statement about his faith, but it successfully witnessed to others as well. Discover King Darius gave Daniel a pivotal position in establishing the new kingdom because he trusted in the excellent spirit apparent in him (6:1-9). When a political law contradicted Daniel’s religious devotion, he unashamedly practiced civil disobedience, fully aware of…

When God Has Had Enough

Daniel 5:1-31 When King Belshazzar took the vessels from the temple and used them for idolatrous purposes, God sent a frightening message to the people. The writing on the wall seeks to remind us that when God has had enough, He puts an abrupt end to sin. Discover When King Belshazzar utilized vessels from the temple in Jerusalem for his sinful party, a mysterious hand delivered an unknown message (5:1-9). The people sought Daniel’s help, who used the opportunity to…

How the Haughty Are Humbled

Daniel 4:28-37 Through King Nebuchadnezzar’s humiliation and restoration, he learns an important truth: God can do whatever He wants to do whenever He wants to do it. None of us can block God’s will from coming to pass. Discover One year after being confronted by God in a dream, King Nebuchadnezzar maintains his prideful assumption that he is in charge (4:28-30). God removed the king’s sanity and authority in a mere moment (4:31-33). Nebuchadnezzar experienced more greatness than before once…

When God Meets You in the Fire

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego risked their lives when they refused to worship the golden image. When it seemed that God abandoned them in their suffering, He actually met them within the fire. Daniel 3:1-30 Discover The king was discontent with the reality of his limited reign, so he attempted to enshrine himself in the land and among the people (3:1-12). These young men believed that maintaining a devotion to God was more critical than guaranteeing deliverance from danger (3:13-18). God…
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