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AMAZING….we are coming to the end of yet another Book of the Bible. I have to say…although I can BARELY grasp all that is in Daniel… I still LOVE this book. I have to tell you upfront that I have to rely on my mentor from last year a LOT for this reading because like I said…I BARELY can grasp all that is in Daniel. We see the incredible characteristics of Our God who LOVES us deeply. And we see the pure characteristics of a man, Daniel who loved the Lord with all his being!! What an example the Lord has given us in the OT to show us how to live for HIM. We’ve seen many prophecies come to pass and that means that ALL of God’s promises WILL COME TO PASS!! I know the Book of Daniel strengthened my faith and this year I grasped things that I barely noticed last year!! IMHO, the Bible is like a treasure chest…each time we read it…..another treasure is revealed from God to us!! HALLELUJAH!!!
Chapter 10 — In chapter 7 Gabriel came and interpreted the vision Daniel had. Today Gabriel brings Michael with him to let him know his prayers were heard!!! Have you ever had an encounter with one of God’s angels? This last vision was given to Daniel after the Jewish people were allowed to leave captivity. It was as if a veil had been lifted from Daniel’s eyes and he was able to see the angels and powers that were going on around him then…… AND THAT GO ON around us TODAY!!! One scripture that stood out to me today as well as last year when I read this was Daniel 10:10-14. It reminded me of when I read two fiction books by Frank Peretti which were “This Present Darkness” and “Piercing The Darkness”. God sent a powerful spiritual being to Daniel who had been detained for 21 days due to the battle in the Persian kingdom. I will call him a warrior angel who wanted Daniel to know that his prayers had been heard from the very first moment he uttered them. His prayers were not ignored or put on the bottom of a prayer list. God and His angels had given them prime attention (just as He does all of our prayers), but due to the spiritual battle it took 21 days for the angel to get to him. WOW!!! Think about that when you are praying and begin to feel as if your prayers have not been heard. Of course there are times when God’s answer is NO. However, sometimes the answer is Yes and other times it is WAIT. This brings me great comfort knowing that our prayers are heard from day one.
I was also touched that although Daniel was the ONLY one who saw the vision of the angels … the other men with him KNEW there was a presence and flew the coop — “such terror overwhelmed them that they fed and hid themselves. So I was left alone…” Daniel 10:7-8 I am assuming that the reason Daniel was the only one who could see the angel was because of his faithfulness to prayer, fasting, and being a humble servant of the Most High God, but the Scripture does not tell us why…just that it happened. Reading about the others who ran away…did bring a chuckle. They KNEW something was there!!
Michael the Angel was watching and helping Israel. The unseen world is a powerful world. The Spiritual realm is a world of warfare and battle….good versus evil…..God versus satan….right versus wrong. Ephesians 6 talks about the Spiritual armor God wants us to put on daily so we can fight the fight with HIS Word in us, surrounding us, written on our hearts.
Ephesians 6:12 KJV states: “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
2 Corinthians 10:3-5 KJV states: “For though we walk in the flesh, we do NOT war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;”
Do these Scriptures mean there is a devil behind every bush—NO WAY!! Much of the time we make wrong choices choose to think wrong thoughts, or choose to hang around people who are not healthy for us…… and then we end up making choices and have to live with the consequences. God can and does use all things for the good for those who believe in HIM (Romans 8:28.) To me the important thing in these Scriptures is that we know we are in a Spiritual battle and we have an enemy who WANTS to “kill, steal, and destroy us” (John 10:10) BUT in that same verse—Jesus says “BUT I came that you may live life to the full.” Does this mean satan is stronger than God….NO WAY!! It simply means he is cunning, he can read our body language and knows where we are vulnerable. How did Jesus deal directly with satan….HE SPOKE THE WORD …GOD’S WORD….THE SAME WORD WE ARE TO USE!! And ABOVE ALL…we KNOW how the book ends…we KNOW who wins….regardless of what you are going through….REMEMBER how the story ends.
Chapter 11 – IF you are a note taker and write in your Bible like I do, you might want to grab your pen and your Bible to write these things in your margin so next year when you are reading this you will remember what’s going on. Following the death of Alexander the Great in 331 B.C. the Greek empire was divided into 4 regions:
- Asia Minor (Turkey)
These prophecies from Daniel are 200 years BEFORE the Greek Empire was even thought about!!! AND these prophecies from Daniel are nearly 400 years BEFORE any of these kings were even born!!! What we are reading here is SOOOO important; through these prophecies we get a glimpse of what happened between the Old Testament and the New Testament. They may be called “The Silent Years” because prophets did not speak BUT it is a time where God can be boldly seen. Here are some things you may want to star or highlight as you read them:
- Vs 2 The 3 kings from Persia were Cambyses, Gaumaa, and Darius. The richest most Powerful king was Xerxes (pronounced Zerk Sees).
- Vs 3 This is Alexander the Great and the 4 divisions are Greece, Asia Minor (Turkey), Syria and Egypt.
- Vs 4 The king of the South is Ptolemy, and one of his commanders is Seleucus.
- Vs 6 the daughter is Bernice, from Ptolemy, was given in marriage to Antiochus and she was murdered.
- Vs 7 One of family line is the Brother of Bernice, Ptolemy III.
- Vs 10 The 2 sons are Seleucus III and Antiochus III
- Vs 21-45 This is Antiochus IV Epiphanes (pronounced Anti Oh Kus). He is called by the Jews a “Mad Man”. He is this Antiochus that is a foreshadow of the Antichrist. Here he is called a contemptible person.
The King who exalted himself. We will see Daniel’s prophecies being fulfilled in his current time and in the silent years. BUT it also needs to be studied as eschatology/End Times as well.
Chapter 12 – There is so much in chapter 12 and this Book is not necessarily about us. It was written specifically for the Jewish people with a PROMISE of a fulfilled plan. Ultimately there will be restoration for HIS Chosen People. HOWEVER when you read the last verse in Chapter 12….. substitute YOUR NAME in that verse and KNOW as a BELIEVER that you and I KNOW Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior. Now that IS something about each of us personally!!! That is something totally worth giving THANKS and PRAISE to our LORD and SAVIOR right now…today!!!
Interestingly verses 4 and 9 are in regard to the Scroll of Prophecy of End Times. The Prophecies are sealed and will not be added to. (Remember God tells us we are not to add one word or take away one word from HIS Scripture!!) This is referring to what we will read in Revelation. So…HOW do we know the Bible is COMPLETE? Because God told us so!! 🙂
Sharing HIS love and giving THANKS to our AWESOME God,