Devotional: ‘God’s Sovereign Control of His Creation’  

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Today we continue with our study through the book of Daniel. From chapter 8 through the end of this book, the major emphasis will be God’s plan for the nation of Israel during the end times.

Daniel 8:1 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. 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.

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Devotional: ‘Choose Christ While There is Still Time’     

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This week we have been studying the seventh chapter of Daniel. In our studies, we have seen how God the Son is one day going to defeat every enemy of God. As we bring this study to a close, I would like to direct our attention to a powerful portion of Scripture found in the Psalms.

Psalm 2:1 Why do the nations rage, and the people plot a vain thing? 2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying, 3 “Let us break Their bonds in pieces and cast away Their cords from us.” 4 He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; the Lord shall hold them in derision. 5 Then He shall speak to them in His wrath, and distress them in His deep displeasure: 6 “Yet I have set My King on My holy hill of Zion.” 7 “I will declare the decree: The Lord has said to Me, ‘You are My Son, today I have begotten You. 8 Ask of Me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance, and the ends of the earth for Your possession. 9 You shall break them with a rod of iron; You shall dash them to pieces like a potter’s vessel.’ ” 10 Now therefore, be wise, O kings; be instructed, you judges of the earth. 11 Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. 12 Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and you perish in the way, when His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him.

Consider some of the important truths this Psalm teaches us:

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Devotional: ‘Reclaiming a Fallen Creation’  

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Yesterday we saw how Daniel received a vision of God seated upon His throne.

Daniel 7:9 “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; 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.

But then Daniel saw something else just as important.

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Devotional: ‘The Ancient of Days’    

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Daniel 7:9 “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; 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.

Who is the ‘Ancient of Days?’ It is God. Or, perhaps we should say that it is God the Father. Why is God called by this name and what can we learn about Him from these verses of Scripture?

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Devotional: ‘The Persecution of God’s People’

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Daniel 7:8 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.

We learned yesterday that the little horn is a man known as the Antichrist. Scripture teaches us that this man will come out of a revived Roman empire and that he will attempt to rule the world. Paul refers to him as “the man of sin…, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.” (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4) Paul also says that his power is, “…according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders…” (2 Thessalonians 2:9) Behind the working of the Antichrist will be the influence of Satan.

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Devotional: ‘The Kingdoms of This World’

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Daniel 7:1 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. 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.

Perhaps you have noticed that Daniel’s dream is very similar to the dream of Nebuchadnezzar. (see Daniel 2) In Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, he saw a great statue made of various materials. While he marveled at the magnificent image, a stone suddenly fell from heaven and destroyed it. In Daniel’s dream, he saw four strange beasts and much like the destruction of Nebuchadnezzar’s statue, each of the beasts in Daniel’s dream was destroyed as well. What was the meaning and purpose of these unusual dreams?

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