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08 August 17, 2014, Daniel 6;1-28, Never Give Up On Prayer

  2. 2. I Corinthians 15:58 “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”
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  4. 4. What’s the number one thing?
  5. 5. http://dynamiqueprofesseur.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/liftupthecross1c.jpg The Glory of God!
  6. 6. 1 Corinthians 10:31 NKJV 31 Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
  7. 7. What three things are going to Heaven from this earth? 1) _________________. 2) ___________. 3) _________________.
  8. 8. What three things are going to Heaven from this earth? 1) All of __________. 2) Some ______. 3) Some of _________.
  9. 9. What three things are going to Heaven from this earth? 1) All of God’s Word. Isaiah 40:8 2) Some ______. 3) Some of _________.
  10. 10. What three things are going to Heaven from this earth? 1) All of God’s Word. Isaiah 40:8 2) Some people. Revelation 21:7 3) Some of _________.
  11. 11. What three things are going to Heaven from this earth? 1) All of God’s Word. Isaiah 40:8 2) Some people. Revelation 21:7 3) Some of our works. 1 Corinthians 3:9-15
  12. 12. http://ts2.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4939299503409857&pid=1.7 Ray Stedman 1917-1992
  13. 13. http://www.greeleyfirst.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/in-the-lions-den_wide_t1.jpg
  14. 14. The book of Daniel, together with the book of Revelation, marvelously unfolds future events as God has ordained them in the program of history.
  15. 15. http://ts2.mm.bing.net/th?id=HN.608053183369644861&pid=15.1&P=0 By no means have all of the prophecies in Daniel yet been fulfilled, neither have those in the book of Revelation.
  16. 16. These two books, one from the Old and one from the New Testament, remarkably complement each other in their symmetry and harmony.
  17. 17. The book of Daniel lays the basis for the book of Revelation. The book of Revelation explains the book of Daniel.
  18. 18. If you would like to know God's program for the future, it is essential that you understand this book of Daniel. http://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?&id=HN.607993680891478555&w=300&h=300&c=0&pid=1.9&rs=0&p=0
  19. 19. Everything that is happening in our world today is working out God's purposes on earth. These will all end exactly as God has foretold.
  20. 20. *We can understand what is happening today only if we know what God’s prophetic program is. *The Lord has taken two precautions in this matter of unveiling the future.
  21. 21. First, He has clothed these prophetic passages in symbolic language. He has given them to us in figurative form.
  22. 22. http://slate.com/content/dam/slate/archive/2005/10/1_2057072_122953_2128822_051026_gw_cartoon_tn.jpg.CROP.original-original.jpg
  23. 23. http://thelivingtruthfellowship.org/jtltf/images/articles/figures_of_speech.jpg
  24. 24. That is why in Daniel that very unusual things appear, strange beasts with many different heads and horns sticking out here and there, and images of all kinds, and other indescribable visions.
  25. 25. You have the same thing in the Book of Revelation- --bizarre beasts with strange combinations of characteristics.
  26. 26. You can't just sit down with the book of Daniel and the book of Revelation and read them through and understand them as you would a novel.
  27. 27. http://ts2.mm.bing.net/th?id=HN.607994380972523667&w=264&h=60&c=7&rs=1&pid=1.7 You have to study them, taking the whole of the Bible to interpret the symbols in the books of Daniel and Revelation.
  28. 28. This is one of the locks that God has provided to keep curious minds from getting into these books without an adequate background in Scripture.
  29. 29. You cannot understand what is going on in them without first knowing a great deal of the rest of the Bible. http://khvnam.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/knowyourbible.jpg
  30. 30. These symbolic things are signs erected by God, and signs are given to us so that we may understand facts that are otherwise hidden.
  31. 31. God's program for the future is hidden for us (not from us) until we spend time understanding the signs, and these books are full of signs.
  32. 32. A second precaution God has taken in Daniel, and even more especially in the book of Revelation, is that He doesn't introduce the prophetic section first, but brings us through six
  33. 33. chapters into an understanding of the moral character He requires of the reader before the prophetic program can begin to make sense.
  34. 34. John 14:21-22 NKJV 21 He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest (disclose) Myself to him.”
  35. 35. In other words, you can't understand the last section of Daniel unless you have lived through and understood what is involved in the first six chapters.
  36. 36. There is no way to understand what the prophetic program means unless you first grasp the moral lessons of the first part of the book and there is no way to cheat on this.
  37. 37. You can't just read it through, and then turn to the prophetic program and hope to understand. You will find that you get nothing out of it.
  38. 38. You really have to carefully analyze these initial chapters, think them through, begin to walk accordingly, and experience them, before the prophetic program
  39. 39. You really have to carefully analyze these initial chapters, think them through, begin to walk accordingly (obey), and experience them, before the prophecies
  40. 40. http://earthend-newbeginning.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/The-Holy-Bible.jpg come to life and that is the glory of God's book.
  41. 41. You can't understand it with just the intellect. http://img3.etsystatic.com/016/1/5545296/il_fullxfull.442174079_96lj.jpg
  42. 42. You can sit down with the prophetic outlines of Daniel and of Revelation, draw charts, spend your time explaining to people what all these things mean and how God's
  43. 43. program is going to work out, and analyze it down to a gnat's eyebrow---but unless you have incorporated these lessons of the first part of the book into your own life, you will discover nothing there to enrich your life.
  44. 44. *The Lord Jesus Himself points this out during the Olivet Discourse when His disciples asked Him to name the sign of His coming and what the symbol of His return to earth would be.
  45. 45. Matthew 24:15-16 NKJV 15 “Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him understand),
  46. 46. 16 “then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Matthew 24:15-16 NKJV
  47. 47. When Jesus told them parenthetically: “(whoever reads, let him understand)”, He was saying, “Don't read through Daniel superficially.
  48. 48. http://www.asdk12.org/MiddleLink/AVB/highlights/gruening/ThinkThrough.jpg Think it through.”
  49. 49. You have to understand what Daniel is talking about before you will be able to recognize the abomination of desolation, when it comes.
  50. 50. This is why the Lord went on to say that the world in its superficial approach to truth will not understand when it cries, "Peace, peace, peace," for there will be no peace; sudden
  51. 51. destruction will come upon them and they will be swept away just as the people of Noah's day were swept away when the flood came.
  52. 52. Now all of this is a warning to take the book of Daniel (and the rest of the Bible) seriously and to endeavor to understand the structure of this book as we delve into it.
  53. 53. http://billyhumphrey1.files.wordpress.com/2013/08/book-of-daniel-e1375980440916.jpg This book divides very simply into two sections.
  54. 54. The first six chapters are a history of the prophet Daniel himself and his friends in the land of Babylon---men of faith in a hostile world.
  55. 55. There is no section of Scripture more helpful to someone who is trying to live as a Christian in difficult surroundings, than these first six chapters of Daniel.
  56. 56. If you are working in a company surrounded by a godless crowd who are taking the name of God in vain every moment, who agree with the ideas and attitudes of the world and
  57. 57. its ways, and who make fun of the things of God, showing little interest in what God says to mankind, then carefully read the book of Daniel.
  58. 58. http://ubdavid.org/advanced/greatsalvation/graphics/16_obey.jpg Like Daniel, God's man comes through, as he always does when he is willing to stand and obey God despite the pressures.
  59. 59. http://www.bestquotes4you.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/1-kjhy.jpg
  60. 60. http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/736x/9b/34/52/9b34528256f9883e00925949a05aae6c.jpg Life is never determined by mere superficial pressures.
  61. 61. http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-z_Zus1YZBW4/TiW2aJjy7TI/AAAAAAAAAyI/CPc9ddvSeZI/s1600/Obey-Disobey.gif
  62. 62. The outcome that seems logically inevitable as you face a situation is not necessarily the outcome that will happen if you are trusting in the invisible God Who rules the affairs of men.
  63. 63. *That is the great lesson of this book all the way through. *You find it beautifully expressed by Daniel in his prayer to God in Daniel 2.
  64. 64. Daniel 2:20-23 NKJV 20 Daniel answered and said: “Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, For wisdom and might are His.
  65. 65. 21 And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise And knowledge to those who have understanding.
  66. 66. 22 He reveals deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness, And light dwells with Him.
  67. 67. 23 “I thank You and praise You, O God of my fathers; You have given me wisdom and might, And have now made known to me what we
  68. 68. asked of You, For You have made known to us the king’s demand.” Daniel 2:20-23 NKJV
  69. 69. http://a5.mzstatic.com/us/r30/Podcasts6/v4/32/5f/79/325f79f3-a0f1-02e5-5382- d8d519585dbe/mza_8884854500008393311.255x255-75.jpg J. Vernon McGee's Thru The Bible
  70. 70. http://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?id=HN.608022813650587367&pid=1.7 The message for us today is found in 1 Peter 5
  71. 71. 1 Peter 5:8 NKJV 8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
  72. 72. You and I live in a lion's cage. That cage is the world, and there is a big roaring lion prowling up and down the cage.
  73. 73. http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_wKiswME5Nmw/TQGraOWNzsI/AAAAAAAAB8c/fsp1jpujtTA/s640/lion.jpg Peter calls him our adversary, the Devil.
  74. 74. http://devilsfoe.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/lion-mgm-logo.jpg
  75. 75. http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-V9wlNaPnUu8/TcEBqwI6YNI/AAAAAAAAAD4/u2DyEh735cY/s1600/daniel-lions-den.jpg
  76. 76. Daniel 6:1-2 NKJV 1 It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom one hundred and twenty satraps (princes), to be over the whole kingdom;
  77. 77. 2 and over these, three governors, of whom Daniel was one, that the satraps might give account to them, so that the king would suffer no loss. Daniel 6:1-2 NKJV
  78. 78. Daniel was number one of the three governors (presidents), and he was probably about eighty years of age at this time.
  79. 79. Daniel 6:3-4 NKJV 3 Then this Daniel distinguished himself above the governors and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him;
  80. 80. and the king gave thought to setting him over the whole realm. 4 So the governors and satraps sought to find some charge against Daniel concerning the
  81. 81. kingdom; but they could find no charge or fault, because he was faithful; nor was there any error or fault found in him. Daniel 6:3-4 NKJV
  82. 82. In Philippians 2:15, the apostle Paul enjoins all believers: Philippians 2:15 15 that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault (just like Daniel) in
  83. 83. the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world. Philippians 2:15 NKJV
  84. 84. Daniel 6:5 NKJV 5 Then these men said, “We shall not find any charge against this Daniel unless we find it against him concerning the law of his God.”
  85. 85. http://static.squarespace.com/static/51ca804ce4b0ff1650b3d00a/51cb7fb7e4b0fd44824f2d1d/51cb7fbee4b0fd44824f3 0d5/1359147416000/Fruits-and-Vegetables1.jpeg?format=original When Daniel was first brought to the court of Nebuchadnezzar as a boy slave, he had asked for a different diet.
  86. 86. From then on, the life of Daniel was different, and these men were aware of that.
  87. 87. Daniel 6:6-9 NKJV 6 So these governors and satraps thronged before the king, and said thus to him: “King Darius, live forever!
  88. 88. 7 All the governors of the kingdom, the administrators and satraps, the counselors and advisors, have consulted together to establish a royal statute
  89. 89. and to make a firm decree, that whoever petitions any god or man for thirty days, except you, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions.
  90. 90. 8 Now, O king, establish the decree and sign the writing, so that it cannot be changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which does not alter.”
  91. 91. 9 Therefore King Darius signed the written decree. Daniel 6:6-9 NKJV
  92. 92. Darius yielded to his weakness (vainglory, vanity – flattery), and now this decree which has gone out, signed by the king, could not be changed.
  93. 93. Even the king of the Medes and Persians himself could not change it after it had been passed. All this puts Daniel in a bad spot.
  94. 94. Daniel 6:10 NKJV 10 Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open
  95. 95. toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days. Daniel 6:10 NKJV
  96. 96. *The posture of the spirit of the man is what is important. *However, if you want to select a posture for prayer, it is kneeling, and that is set before us here.
  97. 97. http://blesseddad.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/man-kneeling-in-prayer.jpg?w=500 It is difficult to stumble when you are on your knees.
  98. 98. http://shoutitforlife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Beth-Moore.jpg Beth Moore
  99. 99. Beth was born June 16, 1957 in Green Bay and then raised in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. *She suffered abuse as a five year old child through the sixth grade.
  100. 100. Her mother died of cancer and she suffered through self-esteem problems as a teenager.
  101. 101. When she was volunteering as a Sunday School teacher, Beth realized she needed to learn more about the Bible so she attended a Biblical doctrine class that gave her a deep yearning to know God and the Bible.
  102. 102. http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-KB7KEiXJS28/USuV4HnaKdI/AAAAAAAACJg/MI_p6lvu3A0/s640/bible,verse,all,heart,search,christian- 8f4d65828e30d454a762fb65b15112a2_h.jpg
  103. 103. God used all of the setbacks in Beth’s life to create a ministry for women based in Houston, Texas.
  104. 104. Beth then began sharing her expanding knowledge through a weekly Bible study class and by 2008, she held a simulcast of her "Living Proof Live" seminar that is estimated to have been watched by 70,000 people at 715 locations.
  105. 105. http://nenajackson.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/beth-moore-living-proof.jpg
  106. 106. Beth Moore conferences in 2014.
  107. 107. http://theoakinitiativeaz.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/Daniel-Praying-300x224.jpg
  108. 108. Daniel was already in the holy habit of prayer. *In Daniel 6:10 it says that Daniel prayed “just as he had done before”. *He was in the habit of walking with God daily.
  109. 109. I want my voice to be one God is accustomed to hearing every day. I don’t want only a crisis relationship with Him.
  110. 110. “He got down on his knees” shows that Daniel submitted himself to God’s authority, trusting Him to override anything contrary to His will.
  111. 111. The word “prayed” in verse 10 translates a Hebrew word rarely use in Scripture. It means “to limp as if one-sided”.
  112. 112. *In his own strength, Daniel knew he was too handicapped to walk the path before him alone. *Through prayer he cast his weight on God and took one step at a time.
  113. 113. http://theartistsquest.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/daniellionsden_2700_large.jpg Daniel unashamedly asked God for help but he did not receive the sort of help that he anticipated.
  114. 114. He probably asked for the edict to be overturned or maybe he simply asked for courage to die for the glory of God.
  115. 115. *It may not have occurred to him to ask God to shut the lion’s mouths. *But God showed that it was not Daniel’s courage nor King Darius’ change of heart, it was God!
  116. 116. http://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?&id=HN.608001403246019207&w=300&h=300&c=0&pid=1.9&rs=0&p=0 God doesn’t always provide the sort of help we anticipate – but His method always provokes the most glory.
  117. 117. We are living in our own lion’s den. *Victory is ours when we walk with God daily in habitual prayer, when we know His Word well enough to trust His sovereignty, and when we cast ourselves on Him and make an honest plea for help.
  118. 118. *He derives great satisfaction from shutting that lion’s mouth!
  119. 119. Psalm 55:22 NKJV 22 Cast your burden on the LORD, And He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.
  120. 120. 1 Peter 5:5b-9 NKJV 5b be clothed with humility, for “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.”
  121. 121. http://mariamore.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/be_humble.gif 6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time,
  122. 122. 7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. 8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
  123. 123. 9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. 1 Peter 5:5b-9 NKJV
  124. 124. http://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?&id=HN.607989325791562249&w=300&h=300&c=0&pid=1.9&rs=0&p=0 Beth Moore Whispers of Hope (Nashville: LifeWay Press, 1998), 51.
  125. 125. Daniel 6:11-19 NKJV 11 Then these men assembled and found Daniel praying and making supplication before his God.
  126. 126. 12 And they went before the king, and spoke concerning the king’s decree: “Have you not signed a decree that everyman who petitions any god or man within thirty days, except you, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions?”
  127. 127. The king answered and said, “The thing is true, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which does not alter.”
  128. 128. 13 So they answered and said before the king, “That Daniel, who is one of the captives from Judah, does not show due regard for you, O king, or for the decree that you have signed, but makes his petition three times a day.”
  129. 129. 14 And the king, when he heard these words, was greatly displeased with himself, and set his heart on Daniel to deliver him; and he labored till the going down of the sun to deliver him.
  130. 130. 15 Then these men approached the king, and said to the king, “Know, O king, that it is the law of the Medes and Persians that no decree or statute which the king establishes may be changed.”
  131. 131. 16 So the king gave the command, and they brought Daniel and cast him into the den of lions. But the king spoke saying to Daniel, “Your God, Whom you serve continually, He will deliver you.”
  132. 132. 17 Then a stone was brought and laid on the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet ring and with the signets of his lords, that the purpose concerning Daniel might not be changed.
  133. 133. 18 Now the king went to his palace and spent the night fasting; and no musicians were brought before him. Also his sleep went from him.
  134. 134. 19 Then the king arose very early in the morning and went in haste to the den of lions. Daniel 6:12-19 NKJV
  135. 135. Daniel may have gotten a pretty good night's sleep. The interesting thing is that the king was more disturbed than Daniel was.
  136. 136. Daniel 6:20-22 NKJV 20 And when he came to the den, he cried out with a lamenting voice to Daniel. The king spoke, saying to Daniel, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, Whom you serve continually, been able to deliver you from the lions?”
  137. 137. 21 Then Daniel said to the king, “O king, live forever!
  138. 138. 22 My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths, so that they have not hurt me, because I was found innocent before Him; and also, O king, I have done no wrong before you.” Daniel 6:20-22 NKJV
  139. 139. http://ts4.mm.bing.net/th?id=HN.608022100688504430&pid=1.7 The lions did not want to eat something that had that much backbone in it!
  140. 140. http://www.keyway.ca/gif/shamesab.gif Daniel evidently had been given the same assurance as had his three friends in the fiery furnace that God could and would deliver him.
  141. 141. "His angel" was evidently the same One Nebuchadnezzar had seen in the fiery furnace – the preincarnate Christ Himself!
  142. 142. http://ts3.mm.bing.net/th?id=HN.608012664647125649&pid=1.7
  143. 143. http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-evqu4us6fEQ/URrADtJuU4I/AAAAAAAAAzQ/e__LJVfFyq8/s1600/Slide9.JPG
  144. 144. Daniel 6:23 NKJV 23 Now the king was exceedingly glad for him, and commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no injury whatever was found on him, because he believed in his God.
  145. 145. The king loved Daniel and was sincerely delighted at his preservation. Daniel was saved by his faith: (Hebrews 11)
  146. 146. Hebrews 11:33 NKJV 33 who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,
  147. 147. Daniel 6:24-25 NKJV 24 And the king gave the command, and they brought those men who had accused Daniel, and they cast them into the den of lions—them, their children, and their wives;
  148. 148. and the lions overpowered them, and broke all their bones in pieces before they ever came to the bottom of the den.
  149. 149. 25 Then King Darius wrote: To all peoples, nations, and languages that dwell in all the earth: Peace be multiplied to you. Daniel 6:24-25 NKJV
  150. 150. http://ubdavid.org/youthworld/winners2/graphics/19_daniel-darius.jpg Darius sent out a worldwide decree which was his personal testimony.
  151. 151. http://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?id=HN.608053200549315131&pid=1.7 He had found the same peace that had come to Nebuchadnezzar (see Daniel 4:1).
  152. 152. Daniel 4:1 NKJV 1 Nebuchadnezzar the king, To all peoples, nations, and languages that dwell in all the earth: Peace be multiplied to you.
  153. 153. This testimony of peace comes from the same man who could not sleep the night before.
  154. 154. Daniel 6:26-28 NKJV 26 I make a decree that in every dominion of my kingdom men must tremble and fear before the God of Daniel.
  155. 155. For He is the living God, And steadfast forever; His kingdom is the one which shall not be destroyed, And His dominion shall endure to the end.
  156. 156. 27 He delivers and rescues, And He works signs and wonders In heaven and on earth, Who has delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.
  157. 157. 28 So this Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian. Daniel 6:26-28 NKJV
  158. 158. Daniel's position was secure, and he maintained it to the end of his life which came during the reign of Cyrus.
  159. 159. It was Cyrus who made the decree permitting the Jews to return to Palestine (see 2 Chronicles 36:22-23; Ezra 1:11).
  160. 160. This concludes the strictly historical section of the Book of Daniel.
  161. 161. From this point on the book will be mainly concerned with the visions and prophecies which were given to Daniel over the long period of his life spent in a foreign land.
  162. 162. Copyright © 1996-2014 Lamb & Lion Ministries. All rights reserved.
  163. 163. One of the most remarkable Scriptures in the Old Testament is found in the book of Jeremiah where he says that when history is over and done with and the Jews look back on their history,
  164. 164. they will no longer swear by the God Who delivered them from Egyptian captivity, but they'll swear instead by the God Who regathered them from the four corners of the earth.
  165. 165. But wait, it's the same God, so what is Jeremiah saying?
  166. 166. He's saying that they are going to consider what's going on right now with the regathering to be a greater miracle than their deliverance from Egyptian captivity.
  167. 167. We're witnessing that today! The average Church member has no idea how important it is or that it's even a work of God.
  168. 168. Next week: Daniel chapters 7 & 8 Live to Win in the End What can give me confidence when I consider the end times?
  169. 169. Begin Beth Moore pages 109-130 DANIEL Lives of Integrity Words of Prophecy LifeWay Press Nashville, Tennessee
  170. 170. Cultures are stronger than individual human leaders because they are dictated by masses and cultivated by time.
  171. 171. Cultures are also stronger than human leaders because they are influenced by unseen powers. Invisible principalities.
  172. 172. Ephesians 6:10-13 NKJV 10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
  173. 173. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
  174. 174. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Ephesians 6:10-13 NKJV
  175. 175. The force behind the Babylon mentality is bigger and darker than any king history can name.
  176. 176. Still, One sits high above him, enthroned between the cherubim and cloaked in unapproachable light. *Babylon’s king is running out of time and he knows it!
  177. 177. The first six chapters of Daniel (the Babylonian mentality) relate to the postmodern mindset of the prosperous and pompous West.
  178. 178. Also, as we look at the Book of Revelation, we will gain a much deeper understanding of the Babylonian mentality from an eschatological perspective.
  179. 179. Revelation’s description of Babylon splashes fluorescent color all over the black-and-white images of the Book of Daniel.
  180. 180. There are portrayals of Babylon in Revelation 17.
  181. 181. In Revelation 18 we will see that, just like in Daniel 5:30-31, God addresses the fall of Babylon – a future Babylon.
  182. 182. Revelation 17:1-6 NKJV 1 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and talked with me, saying to me, “Come, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot (Babylon) who sits on many waters,
  183. 183. 2 with whom the kings of the earth committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth were made drunk with the wine of her fornication.”
  184. 184. 3 So he carried me away in the Spirit into the wilderness. And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast which was full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.
  185. 185. 4 The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication.
  187. 187. 6 I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. And when I saw her, I marveled with great amazement. Revelation 17:1-6 NKJV
  188. 188. The word “mystery” suggests that we should not be dogmatic about exact interpretations of the details in this passage.
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  190. 190. Look at the differences between the mystery Babylon in Revelation 17 and the Babylon where Daniel resided.
  191. 191. Some believe that the Babylon of Revelation will be a future city built in the same vicinity as ancient Babylon and called by the same name since the Euphrates River is mentioned twice in the Book of Revelation.
  192. 192. The first mention of Babylon is in Genesis 10.
  193. 193. Genesis 10:8-12 NKJV 8 Cush begot Nimrod; he began to be a mighty one on the earth.
  194. 194. 9 He was a mighty hunter before the LORD; therefore it is said, “Like Nimrod the mighty hunter before the LORD.”
  195. 195. 10 And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, Erech, Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.
  196. 196. 11 From that land he went to Assyria and built Nineveh, Rehoboth Ir, Calah, 12 and Resen between Nineveh and Calah (that is the principal city).
  197. 197. As we look down through history at empires of various world rulers, we come to the first world ruler in Scripture – Nimrod.
  198. 198. The contrast between God-rule and world-rule manifests itself in Scripture right here. *Nimrod represents the desire of man to rule his own world.
  199. 199. Mark Hitchcock describes Babylon as the “capital city of the first world ruler.”
  200. 200. Hitchcock goes on to say that “Babylon is pictured throughout Scripture as Satan’s capital city on earth. In the end times, Satan will once again raise up this city as the capital of the final world ruler.
  201. 201. With the exception of Jerusalem, no other city is mentioned more than Babylon in the Bible. Scripture refers to Babylon 290 times and presents this city as the epitome of evil and rebellion against God.”
  202. 202. Revelation 18:2b NKJV 2 Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons,
  203. 203. The fact that Revelation 18 records the fall of Babylon the Great just before unveiling the New Jerusalem in Revelation 21 is no coincidence.
  204. 204. The Bible depicts them as being total opposites.
  205. 205. Revelation 17:18 NKJV 18 And the woman whom you saw is that great city which reigns over the kings of the earth.
  206. 206. The glitter of Daniel’s Babylon was no less a ploy by the enemy of God to lure away the faithful.
  207. 207. Even in the lesser splendor that wooed the Medes and Persians, her cup was full and intoxicating.
  208. 208. Revelation 18:10b NKJV 10b ‘Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! For in one hour your judgment has come.’
  209. 209. Babylon is symbolically described as a prostitute in Revelation 17 because of her ability to seductively lure people away from God by offering false – and instant – fulfillment.
  210. 210. In Revelation 18 we see the form some of these allurements took. Her powerful art of seduction will ultimately earn her God’s wrath.
  211. 211. Revelation 18 describes Babylon’s excessiveness and wealth (like the USA). Compare Genesis 11:4 and Revelation 18:5.
  212. 212. Genesis 11:4 NKJV 4 And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.”
  213. 213. Revelation 18:5 NKJV 5 For her sins have reached to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities.
  214. 214. Revelation 18:7 NKJV 7 she glorified herself and lived luxuriously,
  215. 215. Revelation 18:17 NKJV 17 For in one hour such great riches came to nothing.’
  216. 216. The Babylon that surrounds us is figurative and cultural in nature, but it is neither less seductive nor destructive.
  217. 217. You can easily see our Babylon-like culture becoming less tolerant of Christians (war on Christians).
  218. 218. Revelation 18:23 NKJV 23 Your (Babylon) merchants were the great men of the earth, and by your sorcery all the nations were deceived.
  219. 219. Americans are so easily deceived and are spellbound over the seductive beauty of worldly merchandise.
  220. 220. The excessive luxuries of Babylon and of the USA “pile up to heaven”.
  221. 221. Nebuchadnezzar had bathed himself in luxury; he detached himself completely from those in need who lived around him.
  222. 222. We should be careful to avoid the corruption of gross excess that catapults us so far into our wants that we cease to recognize other’s needs.
  223. 223. Abundance can lead to pride, decadence, or an insatiable lust for more and it is easy to become corrupted by it.
  224. 224. As you walk up and down the sidewalks of our present Babylon, stay alert to Satan’s seductions and to the songs in his town squares.
  225. 225. In reality, he is the cheater and Babylon is his queen, offering false fulfillment for any taker. Buyer beware!
  226. 226. Daniel 6:4 NKJV 4 So the governors and satraps sought to find some charge against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find no charge or fault, because he was faithful; nor was there any error or fault found in him.
  227. 227. God desires for us to be light-bearers in this dark culture and to be highly effective fruit-bearers for the glory of His name.
  228. 228. Are we able to live in this excessive, self-absorbed culture without becoming corrupted by it? *The boat is built to be in the water but woe be it if the water gets in the boat!
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  230. 230. Satan uses Babylon, the symbolic persona of all that seems beautiful, enticing, and instantly gratifying in the world, as a puppet to corrupt people.
  231. 231. Daniel is proof that corruption in Babylon is not compulsory. We really can live out life with integrity but we will never do it by accident.
  232. 232. Nothing in our lives will have to be more deliberate. Daniel walked a tightrope upon which God alone could have secured him.
  233. 233. Daniel 6:4 NKJV 4 So the governors and satraps sought to find some charge against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find no charge or fault, because he was faithful; nor was there any error or fault found in him.
  234. 234. That Daniel wasn’t negligent tells us that he did his job.
  235. 235. God wants His representatives to be Daniels in our worlds: distinguishing ourselves with exceptional God-given qualities (v3) and performing our tasks as if God Himself were our boss.
  236. 236. Colossians 3:23-24 NKJV 23 And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men,
  237. 237. 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ. Colossians 3:23-24 NKJV
  238. 238. In the process, we must guard ourselves voraciously from both corruption and negligence.
  239. 239. *Some environments make the tightrope, that fine line, virtually impossible to find, let alone walk. *Our goal is to become a Daniel, a person void of negligence and corruption.
  240. 240. Those who have received Christ as their Savior are inhabited by the empowering, consecrating Spirit of the living God.
  241. 241. Psalm 137:4 NKJV 4 How shall we sing the LORD’s song In a foreign land?
  242. 242. Daniel served among the chief counselors under the 43-year reign of Babylon’s mightiest king.
  243. 243. He no doubt saw the flagrant activity of a miraculous and mighty God more vividly within the walls of that pagan city than in Jerusalem.
  244. 244. Daniel learned that God’s presence accompanied His faithful children no matter where life took them.
  245. 245. He watched firsthand the prosperity a sovereign God could assign a polytheistic king.
  246. 246. From an equally close vantage point, he also watched the insanity that same sovereign God could give a king who took too much credit.
  247. 247. Daniel saw Babylon’s greatest monarch proudly bow his back and then humbly bend his knees.
  248. 248. *Surely a thousand images danced in Daniel’s head as he witnessed the funeral festivities following Nebuchadnezzar’s death. *Violence and betrayal kept four other kings from occupying Babylon’s seat of power for very long.
  249. 249. In the meantime, Daniel aged and continued his civil service with relative obscurity.
  250. 250. A party gone awry led to Daniel’s summons to interpret handwriting on the wall for baffled Belshazzar: God’s basic message? “I’ve seen and you are done!”
  251. 251. Before the night was over, the Medo-Persian army flooded the city through the riverbed and slew the king who had profaned the holy.
  252. 252. Over the coming weeks, Daniel watched the establishment of a new administration and gained the favor of Darius the Mede.
  253. 253. In no time at all, jealous colleagues conspired against Daniel and placed a dismayed Darius in the position to follow through with a hasty edit.
  254. 254. Instead of meeting his death in the lion’s den, Daniel met God’s angel (Jesus).
  255. 255. King Darius issued a decree throughout his kingdom that Daniel’s God must be feared and reverenced.
  256. 256. The Persians took over Babylon in 539 B.C. and within a year, Cyrus the Great issued a decree to free the exiles and allow them to return to their homeland of Jerusalem … just as God foretold through the prophet Isaiah.
  257. 257. Seventy years had come and gone.
  258. 258. After chapter 6, the book of Daniel shifts to prophecies he received during the reigns of Belshazzar, Darius, and Cyrus.
  259. 259. We are exiles of sorts in this Babylon-like culture. *God tucked a telling chapter into the pages of Psalm 137 that will provide a fitting benediction to our study.
  260. 260. Psalm 137:1-6 This psalm is not written by King David but by one of Israel’s exiles in Babylon.
  261. 261. Psalm 137:1-6 NKJV Longing for Zion in a Foreign Land 1 By the rivers of Babylon, There we sat down, yea, we wept When we remembered Zion.
  262. 262. 2 We hung our harps Upon the willows in the midst of it.
  263. 263. 3 For there those who carried us away captive asked of us a song, And those who plundered us requested mirth, Saying, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!”
  264. 264. 4 How shall we sing the LORD’s song In a foreign land? 5 If I forget you, O Jerusalem, Let my right hand forget its skill!
  265. 265. 6 If I do not remember you, Let my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth— If I do not exalt Jerusalem Above my chief joy. Psalm 137:1-6 NKJV
  266. 266. Imagine being taunted by the mockers of your faith and told to sing one of your silly God-songs.
  267. 267. Imagine being made fun of for your faith. For the self-proclaimed intelligentsia to act as if you are stupid and gullible for believing the Bible.
  268. 268. At times we may feel so outnumbered and outclassed that we are tempted to “hang up our harps.”
  269. 269. We must keep singing the songs of the Lord in this foreign land in which we live.
  270. 270. We must remember that we have a new and heavenly Jerusalem coming where we will make ourselves right at home.
  271. 271. But until then, our job is to keep singing the songs of our God by the rivers of Babylon until all who have ears to hear can listen.
  272. 272. How can we keep singing the songs of our God in our Babylon?
  273. 273. The apostle Paul posed a wonderful answer in Philippians 4:4 - “Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say, Rejoice!”
  274. 274. The world can’t help but notice those accosted by joy. The world also can’t help noticing a life that works.
  275. 275. Our lives can become flesh-and-blood felt boards of the great and glorious paradox: life is found by losing it for the sake of Christ.
  276. 276. A vessel is filled by pouring out. The key to receiving is giving.
  277. 277. The key to living is dying to self. The greatest in the kingdom is the servant of all.
  278. 278. God has been right all along. His upside-down path is the only way to true contentment and satisfaction.
  279. 279. The world’s claim of happiness is betrayed by an ever-increasing lust for more. Nothing ever suffices and nothing ever will.
  280. 280. Christ alone satisfies the ailing human soul. Cyrus the Great freed the Israeli captives of Babylon, but until further notice, you and I are still living in Babylon.
  281. 281. We remain exiles, chosen like Daniel to influence our over-indulged, self- absorbed culture for the kingdom of God.
  282. 282. We – believers in Christ in a post-modern, increasing profane western culture – may feel like a small handful amid a scorning populous; but Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah were only four in the midst of thousands.
  283. 283. Our path to success is theirs: uncompromising resolve in big and small things alike.
  284. 284. Janet Folger said, “it is highly probable that if Daniel had compromised by eating the king’s food, he would have compromised about other things too, like bowing to the man made image.
  285. 285. “Oh, I’ll still pray to God, but I’ll just bow to this thing to spare my life, because after all, I can do a lot of ministry for God if I survive.”
  286. 286. That wasn’t how Daniel or his uncompromising buddies (Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego) thought.
  287. 287. When you obey God in the small things, it becomes a lot easier to obey Him in the big things. That’s when God shows up.
  288. 288. He can shut the mouths of lions and protect you from the flames. Do you have a nagging feeling in an area of your life that appears relatively insignificant?
  289. 289. Does it seem like a small thing, but you can’t shake the feeling that you are supposed to act on it?
  290. 290. Could God be insisting on obedience in what seems like a small matter in order to prepare you for obedience in matters that are not small?
  291. 291. Amid a tidal wave of temptation, Daniel and his friends stood firm and so can we. We cannot seclude ourselves indefinitely in Christian hideouts.
  292. 292. Our lives must be poured out like healing ointment onthis injured land.
  293. 293. We must not forsake meeting together (Hebrews 10:24-25) and holding one another accountable to walk in truth.
  294. 294. Hebrews 10:24-25 NKJV 24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works,
  295. 295. 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:24-25 NKJV
  296. 296. For now we live in this Babylon-like culture, but we can proactively guard ourselves from being corrupted by it. *Otherwise, like the masses in Daniel’s day,,
  297. 297. *Otherwise, like the masses in Daniel’s day, we, too, will be absorbed into virtual irrelevance. Talk to God about your remaining time in Babylon.
  298. 298. Pour out your heart to Him. He is a refuge, your ever- present help in times of trouble.
  299. 299. Sing the songs of the Lord with all your might…and for all your days. Not one will go unheard.
  300. 300. End Beth Moore pages 109-130 DANIEL Lives of Integrity Words of Prophecy LifeWay Press Nashville, Tennessee
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