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“May you and I live our lives in a way that brings glory to God.” <>< Dona (12/03/20)

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Theme Daniel 7

Daniel’s Dream and visions (v. 1).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Daniel saw four great animals (v. 2-3).

Something to think about

Though Nebuchadnezzar’s dream in chapter two was about the political side of the empires, Daniel’s dream showed the moral characteristics of the empires (v. 4-8).  The “Ancient of Days” is Almighty God.  He alone can assign power to kingdoms and He Himself will one day judge these same kingdoms (v. 9-10).  A period of time elapsed and then the Messiah, Christ Jesus, appeared and was given authority, glory and sovereign power over all people.  His kingdom will never be destroyed (v. 13-14).  It was revealed to Daniel that the saints (that’s all true believers) will receive the kingdom and possess it forever (v. 18).

Something to experience

We should live every day with the awareness that we will one day appear before God to account for how we’ve lived out our life (v. 10).

Scripture to hide in your heart

Daniel 7:1 In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon, Daniel had a dream and visions of his head on his bed. Then he wrote the dream and told the sum of the matters.

Daniel 7:2-3 Daniel spoke and said, “I saw in my vision by night, and, behold, the four winds of the sky broke out on the great sea. Four great animals came up from the sea, different from one another.”

Daniel 7:4-8 “The first was like a lion, and had eagle’s wings. I watched until its wings were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made to stand on two feet as a man. A man’s heart was given to it.  “Behold, there was another animal, a second, like a bear. It was raised up on one side, and three ribs were in its mouth between its teeth. They said this to it: ‘Arise! Devour much flesh!’  After this I saw, and behold, another, like a leopard, which had on its back four wings of a bird. The animal also had four heads; and dominion was given to it.  After this I saw in the night visions, and, behold, there was a fourth animal, awesome and powerful, and exceedingly strong. It had great iron teeth. It devoured and broke in pieces, and stamped the residue with its feet. It was different from all the animals that were before it. It had ten horns.  I considered the horns, and behold, there came up among them another horn, a little one, before which three of the first horns were plucked up by the roots: and behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking great things.”

Daniel 7:9-10 “I watched until thrones were placed, and one who was Ancient of Days sat.  His clothing was white as snow, and the hair of His head like pure wool. His throne was fiery flames, and its wheels burning fire.  10 A fiery stream issued and came out from before Him.  Thousands of thousands ministered to Him.  Ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him.  The judgment was set.  The books were opened.”

Daniel 7:13-14 13 “I saw in the night visions, and behold, there came with the clouds of the sky one like a son of man, and he came even to the ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. 14 Dominion was given him, and glory, and a kingdom, that all the peoples, nations, and languages should serve him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which will not pass away, and his kingdom one that which will not be destroyed.”

Daniel 7:18 “But the saints of the Most High will receive the kingdom, and possess the kingdom forever, even forever and ever.”

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Theme Daniel 8

Vision of a ram and a goat (v. 1).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, You are the Prince of princes (v. 25).

Something to think about

Alexander the Great was not ruling over Greece yet.  Nor was Greece a world power at the time of Daniel’s vision. But (per my Bible notes) he and his empire are referred to in verses 5-7.  Furthermore (per my Bible notes) when Alexander the Great died at the height of his power, his kingdom was divided into four parts and ruled by four generals (v. 8).    The “Beautiful Land” is a reference to Israel (v. 9) who was attacked by the Seleucid empire – made up of Babylonia and Syria (v. 10). Israel’s high priest was overthrown, the temple was looted and the worship of God was replaced (v. 11-12).  Daniel was told to seal up the vision for it concerned a future time (v. 26).  

Something to experience

God is all-powerful. He will one day judge the entire world.  So, we should not give up our faith or lose hope in God’s plan.  No matter how powerful our enemies look to us, they are no match for our God.

Scripture to hide in your heart

Daniel 8:1 In the third year of the reign of king Belshazzar, a vision appeared to me, even to me, Daniel, after that which appeared to me at the first. 

Daniel 8:5-7 As I was considering, behold, a male goat came from the west over the surface of the whole earth, and didn’t touch the ground. The goat had a notable horn between his eyes. He came to the ram that had the two horns, which I saw standing before the river, and ran on him in the fury of his power. I saw him come close to the ram, and he was moved with anger against him, and struck the ram, and broke his two horns. There was no power in the ram to stand before him; but he cast him down to the ground, and trampled on him. There was no one who could deliver the ram out of his hand. 

Daniel 8:8 The male goat magnified himself exceedingly. When he was strong, the great horn was broken; and instead of it there came up four notable horns toward the four winds of the sky.

Daniel 8:9-10 Out of one of them came out a little horn, which grew exceedingly great, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the glorious land. 10 It grew great, even to the army of the sky; and it cast down some of the army and of the stars to the ground, and trampled on them. 

Daniel 8:11-12 11 Yes, it magnified itself, even to the prince of the army; and it took away from him the continual burnt offering, and the place of his sanctuary was cast down. 12 The army was given over to it together with the continual burnt offering through disobedience. It cast down truth to the ground, and it did its pleasure and prospered.

Daniel 8:25 Through his policy he will cause deceit to prosper in his hand. He will magnify himself in his heart, and he will destroy many in their security. He will also stand up against the prince of princes; but he will be broken without hand.

Daniel 8:26 “The vision of the evenings and mornings which has been told is true; but seal up the vision, for it belongs to many days to come.”

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Theme Daniel 9

The Prayer of Daniel (v. 3).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Daniel prayed for himself and his people (v. 4-5).

Something to think about

Daniel pleaded with God for not just himself but also his people (v. 4-19).  Gabriel spoke to Daniel while he was praying (v. 21).  Gabriel told Daniel he had come to give him insight and understanding (v. 22); and an answer to his prayer (v. 23). Gabriel said the Anointed One would be rejected and killed (v. 26).

Something to experience

Like Daniel, we too can pray for our fellowman.  And we can repent as Daniel did of our sin. 

Scripture to hide in your heart

Daniel 9:3 I (Daniel) set my face to the Lord God, to seek by prayer and petitions, with fasting and sackcloth and ashes.

Daniel 9:4-19 I prayed to the Lord my God, and made confession, and said, “Oh, Lord, the great and dreadful God, who keeps covenant and loving kindness with those who love Him and keep His commandments, we have sinned, and have dealt perversely, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even turning aside from Your precepts and from Your ordinances. We haven’t listened to Your servants the prophets, who spoke in Your name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land.  “Lord, righteousness belongs to You, but to us confusion of face, as it is today; to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to all Israel, who are near, and who are far off, through all the countries where You have driven them, because of their trespass that they have trespassed against You. Lord, to us belongs confusion of face, to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because we have sinned against You. To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgiveness; for we have rebelled against Him. 10 We haven’t obeyed the Lord our God’s voice, to walk in His laws, which He set before us by His servants the prophets. 11 Yes, all Israel have transgressed Your law, turning aside, that they should not obey Your voice.  Therefore, the curse and the oath written in the law of Moses the servant of God has been poured out on us; for we have sinned against Him. 12 He has confirmed His words, which He spoke against us, and against our judges who judged us, by bringing on us a great evil; for under the whole sky, such has not been done as has been done to Jerusalem. 13 As it is written in the law of Moses, all this evil has come on us. Yet we have not entreated the favor of the Lord our God, that we should turn from our iniquities and have discernment in Your truth.  14 Therefore the Lord has watched over the evil, and brought it on us; for the Lord our God is righteous in all His works which He does, and we have not obeyed His voice.  15 “Now, Lord our God, who has brought Your people out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand, and have gotten Yourself renown, as it is today; we have sinned. We have done wickedly. 16 Lord, according to all Your righteousness, please let Your anger and Your wrath be turned away from Your city Jerusalem, Your holy mountain; because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and Your people have become a reproach to all who are around us.  17 Now therefore, our God, listen to the prayer of Your servant, and to his petitions, and cause Your face to shine on Your sanctuary that is desolate, for the Lord’s sake. 18 My God, turn Your ear, and hear. Open Your eyes, and see our desolations, and the city which is called by Your name; for we do not present our petitions before You for our righteousness, but for Your great mercies’ sake. 19 Lord, hear. Lord, forgive. Lord, listen and do. Don’t defer, for Your own sake, my God, because Your city and Your people are called by Your name.

Daniel 9:21 Yes, while I was speaking in prayer, the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening offering. 

Daniel 9:22 He instructed me and talked with me, and said, “Daniel, I have now come to give you wisdom and understanding.” 

Daniel 9:23 “At the beginning of your petitions the commandment went out, and I have come to tell you; for you are greatly beloved. Therefore, consider the matter, and understand the vision.”

Daniel 9:26 “After the sixty-two weeks the Anointed One will be cut off, and will have nothing. The people of the prince who come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. Its end will be with a flood, and war will be even to the end. Desolations are determined.” 

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Prayer

Lord, help us to continually remember You will judge each of us at the end of our life (Daniel 7:10).  Thank You for being a fair judge (Daniel 8).   Lord I pray for not only myself and my loved one but also for my fellowman.  I pray we will repent of our sin and get right with You before it’s too late (Daniel 9).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

“May you and I seek forgiveness as soon as we realize we’ve sinned.” <>< Dona