08 August 24, 2014, Daniel 7 & 8 Live To Win In The End
DANIEL 7 & 8
LIVE TO WIN IN THE END
August 24, 2014
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI USA
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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What’s the number one thing?
The Glory of God!
1 Corinthians 10:31 NKJV
31 Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
June 25, 1927 – October 3, 2013
Daniel chapter 7 takes us out to the end of Daniel's life during the reigns of Darius and Cyrus, the Medo-Persian kings and we're going to start dealing with visions that Daniel received.
Daniel 7:1-7 NKJV
Vision of the Four Beasts
1 In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon, Daniel had a dream and visions of his head while on his bed. Then he wrote down the dream, telling the main facts.
2 Daniel spoke, saying, “I saw in my vision by night, and behold, the four winds of heaven were stirring up the Great Sea. 3 And four great beasts came up from the sea, each different from the other. 4 The first was like a lion, and had eagle’s wings. I watched till its wings were plucked off; and it was lifted up from the earth and made to stand on two feet like a man, and a man’s heart was given to it.
5 “And suddenly another beast, a second, like a bear.
It was raised up on one side, and had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth.
And they said thus to it: ‘Arise, devour much flesh!’
6 “After this I looked, and there was another, like a leopard, which had on its back four wings of a bird. The beast also had four heads, and dominion was given to it.
7 “After this I saw in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, exceedingly strong. It had huge iron teeth; it was devouring, breaking in pieces, and trampling the residue with its feet. It was different from all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns.
Daniel 7:1-7 NKJV
As we read of these four beasts, we immediately see their correlation with the dream that Nebuchadnezzar had that was interpreted by Daniel in chapter two.
Nebuchadnezzar had a vision of the governments that would govern over the world.
In Nebuchadnezzar's dream, he saw those empires as an image of a man, with a head of gold, the chest of silver, stomach of brass, legs of iron, and the feet of iron and clay with the ten toes.
In Nebuchadnezzar's vision, the stone hit the image in his feet and the image crumbled; it was cast down.
"So I beheld until these thrones, the ten kings, were cast down."
He watched it until this rock came, not cut with hands, that hit the image in its feet and the whole image crumbled, and the rock grew into a mountain that covered the earth.
Now in chapter seven we have a parallel vision seen by Daniel.
The big difference is that Daniel does not see the world-governing empires as a man, but he sees them as beasts.
The lion would, of course, symbolize the Babylon Empire.
The lion had eagle's wings that were plucked, it was lifted up from the earth, but then it was made to stand like a man.
The second beast was like a bear with three ribs in its mouth represented the Medo-Persian Empire.
The third, the leopard would be the Grecian Empire, under Alexander the Great.
When Alexander the Great died, his kingdom did not pass on because he did not have any children.
The Grecian Empire was divided into four separate heads and four of his generals began to rule: one in Syria, one in Egypt, one in Asia Minor, and the other in Greece.
Finally this last beast, the Roman Empire, is an awesome, fearful-looking kind of a beast such as does not exist.
It has ten horns and of course we are reminded of the ten toes of Nebuchadnezzar's dream.
So you have the ten horns coming out of the fourth beast, the Roman Empire, even as you have the ten toes, part iron, part clay showing the relationship to the Roman Empire.
These are clearly parallel visions as God is again revealing the four world- dominating empires.
There is some interesting enlightenment here in chapter seven that did not come in Nebuchadnezzar's dream of chapter two.
Daniel 7:8 NKJV
8 I was considering the horns, and there was another horn, a little one, coming up among them, before whom three of the first horns were plucked out by the roots. And there, in this horn, were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking pompous words.
There is to be a federation of nations in the last days, nations that were once related to the old Roman Empire.
So there is an eleventh horn that arises, which actually takes over three of the horns - plucks them up by their roots.
And in this horn there were eyes like the eyes of a man and a mouth speaking great things.
This eleventh horn is the antichrist, who will come in plucking up three of the kings.
Daniel 7:9 NKJV
Vision of the Ancient of Days
9 “I watched till thrones were put in place, And the Ancient of Days was seated; His garment was white as snow,
And the hair of His head was like pure wool. His throne was a fiery flame, Its wheels a burning fire;
Ancient of Days
Daniel 7:10 NKJV
10 A fiery stream issued And came forth from before Him. A thousand thousands ministered to Him; Ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him. The court was seated, And the books were opened.
And so he beheld these horns until they were cast down and he saw actually the throne of God, the Ancient of days, and all of the splendor and glory surrounding the throne of God.
A thousand thousand, or a million, ministering unto Him and ten thousand times ten thousand, or a hundred million, standing before Him.
In Revelation chapter 4 - we see God sitting upon the throne.
We see the green emerald rainbow about the throne of God.
We see the crystal sea in front of it.
We see the twenty-four elders with their golden crowns there also before the throne of God and the cherubim surrounding Him and declaring,
"Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty."
We see the brightness of God as He sits there upon the throne.
And then our attention is diverted to the scroll that is in the right hand of God because an angel is proclaiming with a loud voice, "Who is worthy to take this scroll and to loose the seals?"
We see Jesus as a Lamb that has been slaughtered as He comes forth and He takes the scroll out of the right hand of Him Who sits upon the throne.
And we watched them as they offered the golden vials full of odors, which are the prayers of the saints,
and we began to sing, "Worthy is the Lamb to take the scroll and to loose the seals thereof, for He was slain and He has redeemed us by His blood out of all the nations, tribes, tongues, and peoples and He has made us unto our God, kings and priests and we shall reign with Him upon the earth."
This scene in Heaven will be followed immediately by the open book and the open scroll which brings about the judgment - not the Great White Throne judgment- but the judgment of God upon the Christ-rejecting world which is
then described in Revelation, chapters 6 through 18.
So Daniel and John had corresponding visions of this throne of God and the glory of the throne of God and the impending judgment upon the kingdom of man.
Daniel 7:11-12 NKJV
11 “I watched then because of the sound of the pompous words which the horn was speaking; I watched till the beast was slain, and its body destroyed and given to the burning flame. 12 As for the rest of the beasts, they had their dominion taken away, yet their lives were prolonged for a season and a time.
We are told concerning this beast, the man of sin, the son of perdition, commonly called the antichrist, that he speaks great blasphemous things against the God of Heaven.
And that he finally declares that he himself is God and demands to be worshipped as God.
He puts to death those that refuse to worship him.
We are told in the book of Revelation that when Jesus comes again that He will destroy this instrument of Satan, this man of sin, and he will be cast into Gehenna, the lake that burneth with fire.
Daniel and Revelation are running side-by-side parallel visions.
Daniel 7:13-14 NKJV
13 “I was watching in the night visions, And behold, One like the Son of Man, Coming with the clouds of heaven!
He came to the Ancient of Days,
And they brought Him near before Him. 14 Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom,
That all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him.
His dominion is an everlasting dominion, Which shall not pass away, And His kingdom the one Which shall not be destroyed.
Daniel now sees Jesus Christ and the receiving of the glorious kingdom being given to Jesus and coming to reign.
A kingdom that shall never end.
Isaiah 9:6-7 NKJV
6 For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice
From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.
Luke 1:30-33 NKJV
30 Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. 32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. 33 And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.”
So Daniel got a beautiful insight into these things as he sees Jesus coming with the clouds of Heaven.
Coming to the Ancient of days and receiving the authority, the dominion, the glory, the kingdom, to rule all of the world.
Psalm 2:8 NKJV
8 Ask of Me, and I will give You The nations for Your inheritance, And the ends of the earth for Your possession.
(the glorious kingdom of God.)
Daniel 7:15-18 NKJV
Daniel’s Visions Interpreted
15 “I, Daniel, was grieved in my spirit within my body, and the visions of my head troubled me. 16 I came near to one of those who stood by, and asked him the truth of all this. So he told me and made known to me the interpretation of these things: 17 ‘Those great beasts, which are four, are four kings which arise out of the earth. 18 But the saints of the Most High shall receive the kingdom, and possess the kingdom forever, even forever and ever.’
These are the kingdoms that are going to rule over the earth, but ultimately the saints will take the kingdom.
Daniel 7:19-21 NKJV
19 “Then I wished to know the truth about the fourth beast, which was different from all the others, exceedingly dreadful, with its teeth of iron and its nails of bronze, which devoured, broke in pieces, and trampled the residue with its feet;
20 and the ten horns that were on its head, and the other horn which came up, before which three fell, namely, that horn which had eyes and a mouth which spoke pompous words, whose appearance was greater than his fellows.
21 “I was watching; and the same horn was making war against the saints, and prevailing against them,
Daniel 7:19-21 NKJV
Now we are told this also in Revelation 13 as he speaks of the rise of the beast out of the sea, the antichrist, that he makes war with the saints and overcomes them.
Because the antichrist prevails against the saints, I conclude that the saints here are not the church.
We have the promise of Jesus Christ made in Caesarea Philippi to His disciples, when Peter said, "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the Living God," Jesus said, "Upon this rock I will build My church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it" (Matthew 16:18).
There's no way the antichrist, or the gates of hell, or Satan can prevail against the church of Jesus Christ.
So by virtue of the fact that the antichrist is prevailing against the saints, they could not be the church, but will be redeemed Israel in the Tribulation period.
And he will make war against Israel.
He comes to Jerusalem and he makes war against the remnant of the woman's seed or of Israel.
But they are not the church because Daniel did not see the church in his prophecies.
Daniel 7:22-25 NKJV
22 until the Ancient of Days came, and a judgment was made in favor of the saints of the Most High, and the time came for the saints to possess the kingdom.
23 “Thus he said:
‘The fourth beast shall be
A fourth kingdom on earth,
Which shall be different from all other kingdoms,
And shall devour the whole earth, Trample it and break it in pieces.
24 The ten horns are ten kings Who shall arise from this kingdom. And another shall rise after them;
He shall be different from the first ones, And shall subdue three kings.
25 He shall speak pompous words against the Most High, Shall persecute the saints of the Most High, And shall intend to change times and law.
Then the saints shall be given into his hand
For a time and times and half a time.
For a three and half year period he will rule, coming to Jerusalem, and beginning to make war against Israel.
During the first three and half years of his reign he'll make a treaty with Israel.
We'll get this next week in Daniel, chapter 9.
But then he will break this treaty which will start the beginning of the end and the countdown, the last days until the return of Jesus Christ.
The antichrist is given power to rule over these saints, the redeemed Israel, for three and half years.
Daniel 7:26-28 NKJV
26 ‘But the court shall be seated, And they shall take away his dominion, To consume and destroy it forever.
27 Then the kingdom and dominion, And the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven, Shall be given to the people, the saints of the Most High. His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, And all dominions shall serve and obey Him.’
28 “This is the end of the account. As for me, Daniel, my thoughts greatly troubled me, and my countenance changed; but I kept the matter in my heart.”
Daniel 7:26-28 NKJV
Daniel Chapter 8
Now two years later:
Vision of a Ram and a Goat
Daniel 8:1-3 NKJV
1 In the third year of the reign of King Belshazzar a vision appeared to me—to me, Daniel—after the one that appeared to me the first time. 2 I saw in the vision, and it so happened while I was looking, that I was in Shushan, the citadel, which is in the province of Elam; and I saw in the vision that I was by the River Ulai. 3 Then I lifted my eyes and saw, and there, standing beside the river, was a ram which had two horns, and the two horns were high; but one was higher than the other, and the higher one came up last.
The Medo-Persian Empire is represented by the two horns.
The Persian Empire being the higher coming up last and was more powerful than the Median Empire.
Daniel 8:4-5 NKJV
4 I saw the ram pushing westward, northward, and southward, so that no animal could withstand him; nor was there any that could deliver from his hand, but he did according to his will and became great.
5 And as I was considering, suddenly a male goat came from the west, across the surface of the whole earth, without touching the ground; and the goat had a notable horn between his eyes.
Daniel was watching this ram, the Medo-Persian Empire, as it was conquering, but suddenly there comes this goat out of the west, Greece, with a notable horn, Alexander the Great.
And conquering so rapidly that the feet weren't touching the ground.
You read of the conquests of Alexander the Great, and it's amazing how rapidly he was able to conquer the known world at that time.
Daniel 8:6-8 NKJV
6 Then he came to the ram that had two horns, which I had seen standing beside the river, and ran at him with furious power. 7 And I saw him confronting the ram; he was moved with rage against him, attacked the ram, and broke his two horns. There was no power in the ram to withstand him, but he cast him down to the ground and trampled him; and there was no one that could deliver the ram from his hand.
8 Therefore the male goat grew very great; but when he became strong, the large horn was broken, and in place of it four notable ones came up toward the four winds of heaven.
A graphic prophecy, fabulous, interesting prophecy.
How could Daniel know this except by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, that the great horn, Alexander would be broken in his youth?
Thirty-two years old when he died.
And the Grecian Empire passed on to the four generals, Syria, Antiochus Epiphanes, and then of course out of Egypt, Asia Minor, and Greece.
Daniel 8:9 NKJV
9 And out of one of them came a little horn which grew exceedingly great toward the south, toward the east, and toward the Glorious Land.
Antiochus Epiphanes (a type of antichrist) who moved against Egypt down toward the south and, of course, in passing from Syria into Egypt, he had to go through the land of Israel.
Daniel 8:10 NKJV
10 And it grew up to the host of heaven; and it cast down some of the host and some of the stars to the ground, and trampled them.
Now we go from Antiochus Epiphanes to what he has a type of the antichrist and we go on now right to the antichrist.
Daniel 8:11-14 NKJV
11 He even exalted himself as high as the Prince of the host; and by him the daily sacrifices were taken away, and the place of His sanctuary was cast down.
12 Because of transgression, an army was given over to the horn to oppose the daily sacrifices; and he cast truth down to the ground. He did all this and prospered.
13 Then I heard a holy one speaking; and another holy one said to that certain one who was speaking, “How long will the vision be, concerning the daily sacrifices and the transgression of desolation, the giving of both the sanctuary and the host to be trampled underfoot?”
14 And he said to me, “For two thousand three hundred days; then the sanctuary shall be cleansed.”
Now this, of course, is a prophecy concerning Antiochus Epiphanes.
It does have a dual aspect in the fulfillment.
Daniel is talking about this profaning of the temple by Antiochus Epiphanes.
When he came to Jerusalem to show his utter disregard for God and for their beliefs, he sacrificed a pig upon the holy altar there in Jerusalem.
And he sought to turn the temple into a pagan temple.
This created such a feeling of incense in the Jewish zealots, that Judas Maccabaeus gathered together a group of men and against insurmountable odds came to Jerusalem and defeated the Syrian army that was there.
This is where the Feast of Dedication comes from, Hanukkah, and they wanted to re-establish the true worship.
Interestingly enough, it was 2,300 days after Antiochus Epiphanes had profaned the temple, exactly as Daniel said.
Twenty-three hundred days later, Judas Maccabaeus and these faithful zealots had come and they were wanting to re-institute the proper sacrifices and the temple worship again.
But it was found that they had, of course, only enough holy anointing oil to last for one day, there in the candle set.
It took a period of about seven or eight days to prepare this oil.
By divine miracle the one-day supply lasted until they were able to get the new supply of oil compounded and made for the lights in the temple, and hence the Feast of Dedication, or Hanukkah, and even to the present day the lighting of the nine candles to symbolize the miraculous preservation of the oil in the lamps during the period that they were preparing new oil for them.
Jesus was in Jerusalem for Hanukkah, in John, chapter 10.
Notice that it was in the middle of the winter.
The Feast of Dedication it was called.
So the sanctuary was trodden down for the 2,300 days.
Now the Lord interprets the whole thing for Daniel.
Daniel 8:15-17 NKJV
Gabriel Interprets the Vision
15 Then it happened, when I, Daniel, had seen the vision and was seeking the meaning, that suddenly there stood before me one having the appearance of a man. 16 And I heard a man’s voice between the banks of the Ulai, who called, and said, “Gabriel, make this man understand the vision.” 17 So he came near where I stood, and when he came I was afraid and fell on my face; but he said to me, “Understand, son of man, that the vision refers to the time of the end.”
Gabriel is an interesting angel.
He's going to be a fun one to meet too.
We'll talk more about him next week as we meet him again in chapter 9.
He's the one that came to Mary and told her that she was to have a Child.
He came to Zacharias the priest and let him know that his wife Elizabeth would have the child, John the Baptist.
He said, "How can I know this?" He said, "I'm Gabriel, I stand in the presence of God.
Think I'd lie to you man?"
He is a very interesting angel and here he's commanded, "Explain to the fellow what it's all about."
Now this vision is going to take you out to the time of the end.
Daniel 8:18-20 NKJV
18 Now, as he was speaking with me, I was in a deep sleep with my face to the ground; but he touched me, and stood me upright. 19 And he said, “Look, I am making known to you what shall happen in the latter time of the indignation; for at the appointed time the end shall be. 20 The ram which you saw, having the two horns—they are the kings of Media and Persia.
We don't need to question what is the ram, for he tells us.
Daniel 8:21 NKJV
21 And the male goat is the kingdom of Greece. The large horn that is between its eyes is the first king.
And, of course, this is when Greece was nothing.
That is the first king during the time of its conquering.
Philip, Alexander's father, did not conquer or begin any kind of a world conquest.
Daniel 8:22 NKJV
22 As for the broken horn and the four that stood up in its place, four kingdoms shall arise out of that nation, but not with its power.
Alexander the Great died at age thirty-two and four kingdoms did arise out of his empire just like Daniel 8:22 predicted!
Daniel 8:23-24 NKJV
23 “And in the latter time of their kingdom, When the transgressors have reached their fullness, A king shall arise, Having fierce features,
Who understands sinister schemes.
24 His power shall be mighty, but not by his own power; He shall destroy fearfully, And shall prosper and thrive; He shall destroy the mighty, and also the holy people.
And this, of course, is referring now to the antichrist.
but not by his own power;
We read in Revelation 13 that this beast that rises out of the sea that Satan gives unto him his authority and his power.
So this man of sin is going to arise; he's going to be tremendously powerful, but not his own power.
It will be Satan's power that will be vested in him.
All of the power of Satan will be given unto man, this man.
"His power will be mighty, but not by his own power."
He's going to make war against Israel, ultimately.
Daniel 8:25 NKJV
25 “Through his cunning He shall cause deceit to prosper under his rule; And he shall exalt himself in his heart. He shall destroy many in their prosperity.
He shall even rise against the Prince of princes; But he shall be broken without human means.
Daniel 8:25 NKJV
He is going to come on with a program of peace.
And be hailed, really, as the savior of the world.
He shall also stand up against the Prince of princes, but he will be broken without a hand (Daniel 8:25).
By the brightness of the coming of Jesus Christ with the Word that goes forth out of the mouth of Christ, the antichrist will be broken and destroyed without a hand touching him.
Daniel 8:26 NKJV
26 “And the vision of the evenings and mornings Which was told is true; Therefore seal up the vision, For it refers to many days in the future.”
God told Daniel to just close it because it isn't time yet.
Daniel 8:27 NKJV
27 And I, Daniel, fainted and was sick for days; afterward I arose and went about the king’s business. I was astonished by the vision, but no one understood it.
It was all before the fact.
No one understood it, he just wrote it.
And, of course, that's an interesting thing.
Daniel said, “Man, I don't understand it. This is weird but this is what it was.”
Now we look at it, we say, "Wow, that's so clear!
That's interesting how he could write with such clarity things that had not yet happened.
But that's because we're looking at it from our standpoint and we can see where it was fulfilled.
Whereas Daniel probably thought, "Who, Grecia? Man, that little area of Grecia?
How can they ever destroy the Persian Empire?"
And yet, in time it all was fulfilled.
As we get into the ninth chapter of the book of Daniel, it possess the key to the understanding of all of prophecy.
If you understand the ninth chapter of the book of Daniel, the whole subject of prophecy will become very clear to you.
If you're garbled on the ninth chapter of the book of prophecy, your whole prophetic picture will be garbled.
The ninth chapter is the key to the understanding of the subject of prophecy.
And so we'll be spending a lot of time next Sunday in the ninth chapter because we don’t want to miss the key.
If you can get chapter nine, then prophecy shouldn't be a problem for you ever.
Everything will fit together perfectly if you get this ninth chapter.
Next week we'll finish the book of Daniel, Lord willing.
But pay special attention to the ninth chapter of this prophecy of Daniel.
The Plan of Hope & Salvation
Romans 3:23 NKJV
23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Romans 6:23a NKJV
23a For the wages of sin is death,
Death in this life (the first death) is 100%. Even Jesus, the only one who doesn’t deserve death, died in this life to pay the penalty for our sins. The death referred to in Romans 6:23a is the second death explained in Revelation 21:8.
Revelation 21:8 NKJV
8 “But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”
Romans 6:23b NKJV
23b but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 5:8 NKJV
8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Revelation 21:7 NKJV
7 “He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.”
Romans 10:9-10 explains to us how to accept Jesus as our Savior.
Romans 10:9-10 NKJV
9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Romans 10:13 NKJV
13 For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.”
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