Participants: Pr. C. A. Murray
Series Code: DAA
Program Code: DAA000001A
00:25 Welcome to Daniel All Access.
00:29 Some months ago, Danny Shelton, John Lomacang and I were sitting
00:35 and just musing over some of the things
00:38 that we wanted to do on 3ABN for this year
00:41 and Danny suggested that we take a new contemporary look
00:48 at Daniel and Revelation.
00:50 In the light of the times in which we find ourselves...
00:53 the lateness of the hour in this earth's history,
00:55 we decided to look at Daniel again and anew
01:00 along with the book of Revelation.
01:04 Now, we were not seeking for new light
01:08 or a new gospel
01:10 or even a new methodology or theme,
01:16 what we wanted to do was lift up the light of Jesus
01:20 in the light of the book of Daniel
01:23 and the book of Revelation.
01:26 We wanted to take a look
01:29 at what these books have to say for us
01:32 in these latter days,
01:33 I found an interesting quote
01:35 from the book of Evangelism, page 95
01:39 where Ellen White says,
01:42 "There will be times when we must stand still
01:47 and see the salvation of God.
01:50 Let Daniel speak... " she says,
01:53 "let Revelation speak,
01:54 and tell what is truth.
01:56 But whatever phase of the subject is presented,
02:00 uplift Jesus as the center of all hope,
02:05 the Root and the offspring of David,
02:10 and the bright and morning star. "
02:15 That was a testimony given to ministers.
02:18 It was our intention... our thought... our mindset...
02:22 that if we just preached beasts and lions and leopards
02:26 and unclean frogs,
02:30 we may preach prophecy
02:33 but we might not be preaching the gospel
02:36 and so, we felt it necessary
02:39 to insert Christ in everything that we do
02:41 in Daniel and in Revelation
02:44 because Revelation is the revelation of Jesus
02:47 but Christ also puts in an appearance
02:50 in the book of Daniel
02:51 and so, we are going to lift up Christ
02:55 during these next several sittings together
02:57 and by the grace of God,
03:00 take one more step along that road that leads to glory.
03:05 The title of our presentation tonight
03:07 is: Sandwiches
03:09 and that may seem like an odd title
03:13 for a presentation from Daniel
03:15 but ere we shall have finished you will understand
03:18 what we mean by "Sandwiches. "
03:19 Our next presentation will be "Dream Catcher"
03:25 followed by "Chutzpah"
03:28 so we got a lot to talk about
03:30 and we pray that God will speak to us
03:33 and through us
03:34 as together, we look at his Word.
03:37 Bow your heads with me in a word of prayer.
03:41 "Father God, we praise you and we thank you
03:44 because you are a God above all gods
03:48 and our Father and our friend.
03:50 We ask, Lord, now that as we open these sacred pages,
03:55 that your Spirit would be with us
03:57 because we need to hear a word from the Lord.
04:00 As we look at the book of Daniel,
04:03 may we find truths for our lives today
04:05 and we thank you, dear Father,
04:07 in Jesus' name, amen and amen. "
04:09 In this Series, I want to look at Daniel
04:13 in a number of different ways.
04:16 When you have a portion of the Bible
04:19 that has been preached on so many times and so thoroughly,
04:23 it's rather difficult to find new material
04:27 but you can find new ways to preach that material
04:31 and if you search diligently enough,
04:34 you'll actually find some new things
04:37 that will encourage you and inspire you.
04:41 Daniel has been a book
04:44 vital to the history of the Adventist Church,
04:45 from the time that Uriah Smith
04:48 wrote thoughts on Daniel and Revelation
04:51 in the late 1800s to this day...
04:52 we have always preached from the book of Daniel
04:55 and there is much encouragement from Ellen White to do so
04:58 in these last days.
05:00 So, we want to look at Daniel and Revelation
05:04 later on... as Pastor Lomacang will bring that,
05:07 but today we want to study Daniel for a number of reasons
05:10 we want to study Daniel for its prophetic content.
05:14 Obviously, it is a prophetic book.
05:16 There is much we can learn prophetically,
05:19 so, we want to look at the prophetic content
05:21 but there's more than just the prophetic content,
05:24 we want to look at Daniel to study its present truth content.
05:29 That is to say that there are things in this ancient book
05:35 that are relevant for us today.
05:37 Daniel has much to say to contemporary Christians
05:42 and for contemporary Christianity
05:46 so, we want to look at the prophetic content
05:48 we also want to look at the present-truth content
05:51 and then we want to study the pastoral/ecclesiological content
05:55 now what does that mean?
05:57 It simply means that there is... there's light for pastors...
06:00 and leaders and teachers
06:01 and there is much truth relevant to the church today
06:06 that we need to talk about
06:08 so, we've got, prophetic content...
06:10 we've got present-truth content
06:13 then we've got pastoral content
06:15 and ecclesiological or church content
06:18 that we want to take a look at.
06:22 As such, when we look at the historical...
06:25 the prophetic narrative
06:27 as it intersects with Bible truths,
06:30 or the ecclesiological realities
06:33 we're going to add a couple of new wrinkles... dare I say,
06:36 one... we're going to have what we call...
06:40 or what I call... a side bar.
06:45 When the Biblical narrative
06:46 has something to say for us today
06:49 when it has a reality that we need to be aware of,
06:53 we're going to come out and do what I call a "side bar"
06:56 that's an examination of that truth
06:58 in the light of where we are today.
07:01 So, we will examine the current-day ramifications
07:06 of Bible truth in our side bars
07:09 because the Bible speaks to its day
07:12 but it also speaks to our day
07:15 that also has much to say to us today
07:18 so, we will seek to examine these things
07:21 in what I call side bars.
07:23 There are Biblical lessons for each of us,
07:26 there are things that we need to know
07:29 to apply to our lives in our walk with Christ today,
07:31 the Bible says, "those things are written for our learning,
07:35 for our patience, for our comfort
07:37 and for our hope. "
07:40 Romans chapter 15 verse 4,
07:41 "they are written... "
07:43 1st Corinthians chapter 10 verse 11 says,
07:46 "for our example"
07:47 so, when you read the Bible,
07:49 there is something that you can take
07:51 and apply to your life today
07:54 and that's what we're going to do
07:55 when we have our side bars.
07:58 It is necessary to know... I like to say, "the what"
08:03 but it's also necessary to know the "why"
08:06 If you just preach the "what"
08:08 then you're just preaching what you see
08:11 but it's necessary to preach the "why"
08:14 because then you get a good understanding
08:17 of how things are put together and why they exist as they do.
08:21 So, we're going to preach the "what"
08:23 we're going to preach the "why"
08:25 we're going to preach the "how"
08:26 and sometimes, we're even going to preach the "who"
08:29 so, tonight, we're just setting the foundation,
08:31 we're just sort of driving our pylons down
08:34 to set our foundation
08:35 so that we can build on these pylons and this foundation
08:40 as we move into the book of Daniel.
08:44 So, today, we're going to take a look at sandwiches
08:49 and everybody's getting hungry, my stomach is growling...
08:52 I've been fasting since Tuesday evening
08:54 but, you know, when you got a burden
08:57 food is not that big a deal,
09:00 so, I don't feel particularly hungry
09:02 and I feel strong in the Lord and we praise the Lord for that.
09:08 So, Daniel, as a book...
09:12 is a particular kind of "sandwiches"
09:17 sandwich... rather...
09:18 so, we are... we are calling this first presentation
09:22 "sandwiches. "
09:24 My thesis is this...
09:26 that you can view much of the early part of Daniel...
09:30 really all of Daniel in terms of a... a sandwich
09:35 so, if you're a visual learner,
09:37 somebody who learns by signs and symbols... like I am,
09:40 you like to employ visual cues for your study and memorization,
09:45 then think of Daniel in terms of sandwiches.
09:49 Daniel is a sandwich.
09:54 Now, I want to touch on something
09:57 that I was going to...
09:58 actually I was going to leave it out of the message
10:00 and then I said, "Well, maybe I'll put it back in
10:03 and then I heard Shawn Boonstra some time ago,
10:06 preaching on Daniel
10:07 and he touched on it
10:09 and so I said, "If Shawn can do it,
10:11 then it's good enough for me"
10:13 plus it's integral to what we want to say about sandwiches.
10:17 That is what we call...
10:20 see that's a good looking sandwich...
10:22 that's a veggie burger...
10:23 kind of makes you hungry doesn't it?
10:25 It's a good looking sandwich.
10:27 Audience: Yummy.
10:29 So, Daniel is a... a... a sandwich.
10:33 It's... it's a particular kind of sandwich.
10:37 You remember, years ago there was commercial that said,
10:41 "Where's the beef?" You remember that?
10:43 The lady asking, "Where's the beef?"
10:45 And in the book of Daniel,
10:50 the beef actually is in the middle
10:52 where it ought to be...
10:53 Daniel is a book of chiastic structure,
10:58 that's a big word
11:00 that has to do with how the book of Daniel is put together.
11:03 Daniel, Revelation, parts of Isaiah,
11:07 some other books in the Bible
11:08 also have this chiastic structure
11:10 written whole or in part
11:13 but Daniel... not only is a chiastic book,
11:16 it has several chiastic structures...
11:19 structures... within the chiastic structure.
11:22 So, in short, what is chiastic structure?
11:26 Chiastic structure is the answer to the question,
11:30 "Where's the beef?"
11:31 Now, in... in western literature,
11:35 usually... in western literature...
11:38 you save the punchline or the... the... the big part
11:43 for the end...
11:45 you know Daniel always says,
11:46 "I've read the last part of the book... the back of the book"
11:48 well, that's how... that's how western literature is
11:50 is... is constructed...
11:51 the punchline or the... the...
11:54 the big part is always at the...
11:56 the boy gets the girl at the end,
11:58 the man gets his inheritance at the end,
12:01 the... the damsel gets saved at the end
12:04 we always save the... the... the punchline or the big part
12:08 for the end...
12:10 but in chiastic structure,
12:12 the... the big part... the important part
12:15 is actually in the middle.
12:17 That's what makes chiastic structure so different
12:21 the... the good stuff is not at the end...
12:25 the good stuff is in the middle.
12:29 So, you don't build to a climax,
12:32 in chiastic structure, "Where's the beef?"
12:36 It's in the middle where it ought to be
12:39 so the important stuff in a chiastic-structure book
12:43 is right there in the middle.
12:45 So a "chiasm" then is a sandwich...
12:50 it... it starts with a bun, dare I say,
12:54 it ends with a bun
12:58 and then the good stuff is in the middle
13:01 and Daniel is a chiastic sandwich.
13:06 So, let's go to it,
13:08 Daniel, as a book, was written in two different languages.
13:14 It is written in Hebrew, Aramaic and then Hebrew again
13:20 and this is why we call it chiastic,
13:22 it's... it's... the chiastic structure...
13:25 the beef is in the middle
13:27 you've got Hebrew... Aramaic... beef...
13:32 and Hebrew outside...
13:34 the book of Daniel is as I said, a chiastic structure,
13:38 the entire book...
13:39 now, here's how it breaks down,
13:40 Daniel chapter 1 verse 1 till Daniel chapter 2 verse 4
13:47 are written in Hebrew.
13:51 Then it goes to Aramaic
13:54 and then, Daniel chapters 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12,
13:59 back into Hebrew
14:01 so, you've got a Hebrew bun, an Aramaic middle
14:06 and a Hebrew bun.
14:08 So, it's a sandwich.
14:12 Hebrew... Aramaic... and Hebrew...
14:15 and we see that in the book of Daniel.
14:17 Now, by the time Daniel began to write,
14:19 Aramaic had become the language of scholarship
14:22 and the language of learning,
14:23 so, he starts in Hebrew... his native language...
14:26 he switches to Aramaic in the middle
14:29 and then he ends back in Hebrew,
14:31 so can see it's... it's kind of a chiastic sandwich
14:37 Daniel, it appears, tries to lift up Christ throughout
14:42 the Hebrew... the Aramaic and the Hebrew...
14:45 it appears to me or occurs to me
14:49 that in the middle part... he wants to include Gentile readers
14:53 because the message is so important
14:55 that he wants Gentiles also to pick this up
14:59 so he starts in Hebrew... he flips to Aramaic...
15:04 and then he ends again in Hebrew.
15:07 So, what's in the middle is good for everybody,
15:12 It's as though Daniel...
15:14 under the unction of the Holy Spirit
15:17 decided that... that middle section...
15:19 everybody needs to know that and everybody needs to hear that
15:23 so he wrote that in an international language...
15:25 the language of Aramaic
15:27 sandwiched between two Hebrew sections.
15:31 Daniel was written by Daniel
15:36 and the reason I put that in there is because
15:38 there are some scholars who say that Daniel didn't write Daniel
15:40 you will find some preachers... some teachers who say that
15:44 Daniel was written years later by someone other than Daniel
15:48 but we believe and most scholars should believe
15:51 and by-the-way... Spirit of Prophecy confirms
15:53 that Daniel was written by Daniel.
15:56 Daniel... his name means "God is my judge"
16:03 God is my judge
16:08 he is youthful... he is a youthful Hebrew intellectual
16:14 and one of the greatest prophetic voices
16:16 in the Old Testament and in the whole Bible...
16:18 he was taken captive in 605 B.C.
16:24 We got a view of Daniel... he is young,
16:29 he is strong, he is good looking,
16:33 he is blemish free,
16:35 he is smart,
16:37 he is wise,
16:39 he is God fearing
16:40 and he is faithful.
16:42 I... I chaff against those pictures...
16:43 did you all see these pictures of Daniel
16:45 as an old man with a beard and he did live to that age
16:49 but when Daniel got started, he was sub-20
16:52 perhaps about 18 years of age,
16:53 strong, tall, good-looking, blemish free,
16:57 smart, wise, God fearing
17:00 and faithful, can you say, "Amen. "
17:01 Audience: Amen.
17:02 And we praise the Lord for that,
17:04 you see the difference between smart and wise,
17:05 smart simply means, you have the ability to acquire knowledge,
17:09 if you're smart... someone tells you something...
17:11 you pick it up right away,
17:13 but if you're wise...
17:14 wise is the ability
17:16 to make good use of the knowledge that you have.
17:18 There are a lot of people that know a lot of stuff
17:21 but they don't put it to good use.
17:23 So, you got to be smart... got to be able to grasp it,
17:27 you also got to be wise... got to be able to use it
17:31 and Daniel was smart and wise...
17:35 faithful and God fearing.
17:37 So, now, let's examine...
17:40 let us examine life in the ancient Middle East
17:44 seven centuries before the birth of Christ.
17:47 Now, the 10 northern tribes had been destroyed...
17:53 you know, Israel was divided,
17:54 you had two and a half tribes in the south, ten in the north.
17:57 The ten northern tribes had been destroyed in 730 B.C.
18:00 by the Assyrian Empire
18:02 and in the ensuing century,
18:05 Syrian power and prestige had waned and sort of fallen back
18:10 so, a new world power was coming on the scene,
18:17 they were once a vassal State of Assyria
18:19 but they began to grow in strength.
18:21 We call this new world empire the "Neo Babylonian Empire"
18:27 it was once a small little vassal State,
18:30 but it began to grow under the leadership of Nabopolassar
18:34 and his son, Nebuchadnezzar,
18:36 they conquered Nineveh...
18:38 now, the other...
18:43 the other rival for power in the ancient Middle East
18:49 was the country of Egypt.
18:52 You had Babylon to the north,
18:58 you had Egypt to the south
19:03 and you had this growing neo Babylonian Empire,
19:08 they're getting stronger and stronger
19:10 and spreading their wings as it were,
19:12 Nabopolassar... the father, Nebuchadnezzar... the son.
19:17 So, again we see a sandwich,
19:21 you got Nebuchadnezzar and Babylon to the north,
19:25 you got Pharaoh Necho and Egypt to the south
19:30 and there... stuck in the middle was Judah or what was left,
19:37 so, Babylon, Egypt... and there's your sandwich.
19:40 Babylon... Israel is the veggie burger...
19:46 and Egypt to the south...
19:49 Judah, like the now defunct ten northern tribes,
19:54 had fallen into sin and disobedience
19:56 and listen, Ladies and Gentlemen,
19:58 when you look at the history of the Old Testament
20:00 and God's dealings with Israel,
20:01 they can be boiled down to two things,
20:04 Sabbath breaking and idolatry
20:07 and really, if you look at the church today,
20:12 the world today...
20:14 that's pretty much what we find ourselves.
20:16 Sabbath breaking and idolatry.
20:20 Sabbath breaking means not only breaking the Sabbath
20:22 but refusing to keep God's Ten Commandments
20:25 and then, idolatry means substituting other things
20:29 in the place of God and His Commandments.
20:31 It was a problem then
20:34 and I daresay, it is a problem now,
20:37 so, Sabbath breaking and idolatry,
20:40 so, let's now look at the geo-political situation
20:46 that we find as a state of play
20:49 in ancient Israel.
20:51 Judah was a political- social- spiritual wreck.
21:00 That's the only way you can say it.
21:02 Spiritually... they were... can I say, "a mess"
21:09 socially... not doing well,
21:11 politically... not doing well,
21:14 if you look at the counsels and the warnings given by Isaiah
21:19 and later by Jeremiah...
21:21 Judah is a spiritual basket case,
21:27 now, I know that there are those who are outside America
21:29 who may not know what a "basket case" is...
21:31 that's a kind of a U.S. kind of term,
21:33 but a basket case is a...
21:35 is a situation that is really on life support,
21:38 it's just... just a mess...
21:39 things are not going well,
21:42 Isaiah was giving counsel,
21:44 Jeremiah was giving counsel,
21:45 but they were headed in the wrong direction.
21:50 Jeremiah's ministry covers the last five kings
21:55 of the nation of Judah
21:58 and the truth is... the truth is...
22:02 only one of those kings was really worth anything
22:05 of the last five, only one was worth anything
22:09 from a spiritual standpoint
22:11 and that's Good King Josiah.
22:13 Now why do we call him, "Good King Josiah?"
22:17 Well, because he was good, he was a king
22:21 and his name was Josiah.
22:24 So, he's good king Josiah
22:26 but he is the last of the really good Hebrew kings.
22:32 The interesting thing about Josiah
22:35 is that Josiah was killed fighting a battle
22:41 that was not sanctioned by God
22:45 and that's the important point
22:47 he was killed fighting a battle not sanctioned by God.
22:51 Pharaoh Necho... on the way to assist the Assyrians
22:56 in fighting against the Babylonians
22:57 said, "You know what?
22:58 Let me take a shortcut through Judah"
23:01 and Josiah... a Godly man... didn't want that heathen nation
23:08 taking a detour through his country
23:12 so, he went out and fought against Necho
23:16 he didn't ask God...
23:18 he didn't pray about it,
23:20 he just determined,
23:21 "I don't want these foreigners on my land,
23:23 let's go and fight them. "
23:27 You see, Josiah was a good king who made a bad decision.
23:34 So, he went out to fight,
23:36 he was 39 years of age,
23:38 he was defeated
23:40 and at 39 years of age, Josiah lost his life.
23:45 Here's... here's... here's the side bar...
23:48 here's the message that comes from this,
23:52 "You cannot put God or your faith... on autopilot"
24:03 you can never dial-in your religion.
24:07 You can never think that you have the answers
24:15 unless you ask God for those answers.
24:18 "You can't put God on autopilot even when you have
24:22 a fully functional relationship with God"
24:25 I mean, you're praying... you're trying to serve the Lord,
24:31 the way to strengthen it... your relationship with God
24:34 is by bringing God into every...
24:37 and I put it down three times,
24:39 "every, every decision large or small!"
24:43 Even if you are a Christian... even if you are serving the Lord
24:46 you can never put it on autopilot,
24:49 you got to bring God into every decision
24:53 whether it be great or whether it be small,
24:56 whether it be, how to spend your last dime
24:59 or what to do with your million-dollar inheritance,
25:03 whether it's who to marry or where to live
25:07 or where to work
25:08 or what house to buy
25:10 or what car to buy
25:12 bring God into every decision great or small.
25:16 Josiah was a good king, he was a good person
25:21 but he made one fatal decision
25:23 and he didn't ask for God's counsel
25:26 and it cost him his life.
25:28 So, in 605 B.C., Pharaoh Necho cuts through Judah
25:36 on the way to fighting Babylon
25:39 and good king Josiah loses his life.
25:44 Great text...
25:46 "... there is a way that seems right unto a man...
25:49 the Bible says, "the end thereof are the ways of death. "
25:53 It may seem good... it may seem right...
25:56 it may seem logical...
25:58 but if you don't ask God, you have no guarantee.
26:04 Jeremiah 10:23...
26:06 "... it is not within man to direct his steps... "
26:10 and what's important about that particular text,
26:14 Ladies and Gentlemen,
26:15 is that we all have brains...
26:19 Yeah... and sometimes, we like to use our brains...
26:26 and you figure,
26:29 "I don't need the counsels of God... I can do this"
26:32 "I can... I can... I can...
26:34 I can add one and one and get two...
26:36 I can... I can buy that...
26:37 I can go there... I can do that"
26:39 but the secret has been, is now and always will be...
26:45 even though you... you got a brain...
26:47 and God gave you a brain...
26:49 check with God...
26:53 every decision... even little decisions...
26:55 and certainly, in the big ones.
26:58 Make no move... without God.
27:01 Now, that's awfully simple... to understand
27:05 yet simply awful... if you don't.
27:09 It's pretty profound... yet it's profoundly simple.
27:13 Awfully simple...
27:14 simply awful... if you don't
27:17 bring God into every decision.
27:20 Now, let me share quickly how bad things got.
27:23 This is Judah's final four...
27:25 we talk about the final four...
27:26 this is Judah's final four...
27:28 King Jehoahaz, Jehoiakim, Jehoiachin and Zedekiah
27:33 the last four kings of Judah...
27:35 their final four...
27:37 these last four... served at the pleasure of outside entities
27:44 in other words... God didn't put them on the throne,
27:47 the people of Judah didn't put them on the throne,
27:50 they were placed on the throne of Judah
27:53 by somebody else...
27:54 Jehoahaz was the son of Josiah,
27:59 he was taken off the throne and into captivity
28:04 by Pharaoh Necho...
28:06 so, Necho is in-charge of who sits on the throne of Judah.
28:10 Necho puts Jehoiakim on the throne
28:15 he doesn't stay very long...
28:20 Jehoiakim is a son of Josiah
28:25 but he is a puppet king... he's not a real ruler
28:29 he's there at the behest of Necho.
28:31 Jehoiachin is Jehoiakim's brother
28:38 and another son of Josiah, he lasts a short three months.
28:44 Nebuchadnezzar comes back in 597... times have changed...
28:50 Necho is no longer in-charge,
28:52 Nebuchadnezzar takes Jehoiachin off the throne
28:56 and takes him back to Babylon.
28:57 Now, the balance of power has shifted in these ten years.
29:01 Nebuchadnezzar puts Judah's final king on the throne,
29:08 now, here's what's important
29:11 we read in the book Patriarchs and Prophets,
29:12 or rather... Prophets and Kings...
29:14 God told Zedekiah,
29:18 "You're going to be suffering as a people for your sins"
29:22 "if you... " and I will use this term
29:25 "behave yourself... I will make your captivity pleasant. "
29:30 He said to Zedekiah, "Yield to Nebuchadnezzar,
29:35 Nebuchadnezzar is going to be my... my whip...
29:39 because you need a spanking, Nebuchadnezzar's going to do it
29:42 what you need to do is just obey... be docile... listen
29:47 and it won't be bad for you.
29:48 But Zedekiah rebelled...
29:49 he didn't listen to the word of the Lord,
29:51 so, what happened to Judah's last king?
29:53 Zedekiah's two sons were slain right before his eyes
29:58 and then Nebuchadnezzar put his eyes out
30:01 and marched him back to Babylon
30:03 and he died on the way.
30:06 Because he refused to listen to the counsel of God.
30:11 So we date Babylon from the year 605 B.C.
30:18 that is the year
30:20 that Nebuchadnezzar defeated Pharaoh Necho.
30:26 Daniel and the three Hebrew boys were taken in that year
30:30 Babylon became the unrivaled and preeminent power
30:36 in the Middle East.
30:40 Josiah was really Israel's final king.
30:44 The other four were puppets of other Governments.
30:48 It occurs to me... that when you don't listen to the Lord
30:56 and obey the voice of the enemy,
30:59 do you know, Satan will take you out,
31:03 destroy your life...
31:05 and then turn around and laugh at you.
31:09 And that's what happened to Zedekiah.
31:12 He listened to the wrong voice...
31:14 he lost his children...
31:15 he lost his eyesight...
31:17 he lost his life...
31:18 so there's much counsel for us today
31:22 in the book of Daniel,
31:24 now, I've got to move around kind of quick
31:26 because my time is getting away from me.
31:27 So, what we need to understand
31:31 is that, Israel was playing the political game.
31:35 For many years, they had Babylon to one side,
31:38 Israel... or rather Egypt to the other side...
31:41 they would go to Egypt and sign treaties with Egypt
31:44 then they would leave Egypt and go to Babylon
31:46 and sign treaties with Babylon,
31:48 they tried to play this political game,
31:50 it didn't work then and it does not work now,
31:52 it never works, it has not worked,
31:56 and it never will work
31:57 so in 588 B.C. Zedekiah dies.
32:00 The Bible says this,
32:02 "Blessed is the man who putteth his trust in... " who?
32:05 in God...
32:06 "whose confidence is in Him. "
32:08 Diplomacy doesn't work,
32:11 you got to put your trust in God.
32:15 I like this, this is kind of cute,
32:17 this is... this is something that...
32:19 that Jeremiah told the last kings of Judah
32:23 that they really didn't listen to...
32:25 he says, "Now look! You are trusting in this staff
32:28 of this broken reed... Egypt
32:31 on which if a man leans
32:33 it will go into his hand and pierce it.
32:35 So is Pharaoh... king of Egypt to all who trust in him. "
32:39 "Pharaoh, king of Egypt, is a big noise... "
32:42 and if you look up the... the translation,
32:46 it's saying he's a big win... he's a big blowhard... big noise
32:49 his time has passed his... his...
32:52 "... he has passed his appointed time. "
32:54 What Jeremiah is saying is, "You're trusting in diplomacy
33:00 and you're leaning on Pharaoh,
33:02 sounds like a stick with a sharp point
33:04 and when you lean on a stick with a sharp point,
33:07 that point's gone to go into you and... and... and pierce you.
33:09 You're so afraid of Pharaoh
33:12 that you're trying to appease him,
33:13 Pharaoh... is a big noise,
33:15 he's all talk...
33:17 he has passed by his appointed time
33:21 so the day for Egypt is passed it's over...
33:25 so don't trust in Pharaoh, trust in God. "
33:28 Ladies and Gentlemen, I daresay,
33:30 that's good counsel today, isn't it?
33:32 Don't trust in Pharaoh, don't trust in man...
33:35 trust in God...
33:36 blessed is the man who putteth his trust in God
33:41 because Pharaoh's just a loud noise.
33:43 Here we go, two quick ones,
33:44 "... cursed is the man who trusts in man... "
33:47 that's Jeremiah 17:5 and notice, it's Jeremiah talking
33:50 so, he's talking to those last five kings
33:53 "... cursed is the man who trusts in man... "
33:55 two verses later,
33:58 "... blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord... "
34:02 so, if you trust in man, you're not going to get anywhere
34:05 if you trust in God, you are a blessed person,
34:08 can you say, amen.
34:10 So, this now is the story of... of pre-exilic Israel,
34:13 it is a lesson in the absolute futility
34:18 of trying to accomplish anything
34:20 outside of the will of God
34:23 and trying to do anything... any other way
34:28 than God's way...
34:29 Babylon... Egypt... a dying Assyria...
34:33 they're going to be...
34:34 but God's people didn't have to be...
34:38 can I say, "the baloney in that sandwich?"
34:42 if those of you who remember back in the old days,
34:47 baloney is kind of a cheap meat, it's beef... it's pork...
34:49 it's lots of stuff kind of thrown together
34:51 and it's... it's baloney...
34:53 sometimes they call it "phony baloney"
34:55 you know,
34:56 God's people didn't have to be the baloney in that sandwich.
35:00 Proverbs chapter 14 verse 34, the Bible says,
35:06 "... righteousness exalts a nation... "
35:09 that's powerful... righteousness exalts a nation
35:15 but sin... sin is a reproach to any people.
35:21 So, in 605 B.C., Daniel and several others
35:27 bright, handsome, intelligent, spiritual young men
35:31 are spirited away to Babylon.
35:34 They are to be acculturated... assimilated... manipulated...
35:40 into Chaldean customs and culture.
35:46 And so, their considerable talents
35:48 were to be used in the service of the king.
35:51 Nebuchadnezzar was not... was a pretty smart guy...
35:53 his mindset was, "Get the best...
35:56 get their smartest, get their youngest,
35:57 get their brightest and then make them Chaldean
36:01 and then I can get service from them. "
36:02 So, he's a thinking guy...
36:04 let's look at Daniel chapter 1 verse 4.
36:10 "The young men in whom there was no blemish,
36:14 but good-looking, gifted in all wisdom,
36:18 possessing knowledge and quick to understand,
36:21 who had ability to serve in the king's palace,
36:24 and whom they might teach
36:27 the language and literature of the Chaldeans. "
36:31 So, think of Daniel when he first came to Babylon.
36:35 He is young, he is tall, he is handsome,
36:39 he is good looking, he is blemish free
36:42 and that can also be said of Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego
36:47 Hananiah, Azariah, Mishael... good-looking guys...
36:51 who the king cast his eye on and said,
36:54 "I can use those guys in my service"
36:56 and so, that's why they are spotted,
36:58 and that's why they are taken into the service of the king,
37:02 that's what Nebuchadnezzar wanted
37:05 and before we close,
37:06 we will look at how that reflects back on Israel
37:10 and how things would have been
37:14 had they gotten it right.
37:16 You know, it's interesting to think...
37:22 God chose Israel... His people...
37:25 to be the head and not the tail, isn't that so?
37:28 The Bible says,
37:30 "Israel was placed on the crossroads of the nations"
37:33 if you're going to go from Africa to Asia,
37:36 you had to go through the Middle East...
37:39 you had to go by... or near... or through Israel.
37:42 God put them there for a purpose.
37:46 They were sandwiched in
37:48 between these two great continents... for a reason
37:51 and that reason was to show the goodness
37:55 of the God that they serve
37:58 but the truth is, they never got it right.
38:06 How sad that they never got it right.
38:10 Now, you've got these world empires,
38:12 you've got Babylon, before them, you had Assyria,
38:14 you had Egypt...
38:15 and Israel is there throughout all of this...
38:19 what would the history of the Middle East been like?
38:22 What would the history of the world have been like
38:25 if Israel had fulfilled its purpose for God.
38:28 The history of this planet could have been re-written
38:33 if they just stood up for the Lord.
38:35 If they could have found a way
38:37 to obey God and to listen to God
38:41 and not get drawn in to the sins and idolatry
38:44 of every culture that came near them,
38:47 if they could have just stood for God,
38:49 what marvelous things could God have done for Israel
38:54 even in the face of the Babylonian Empire,
38:57 even in the face of the Egyptian country
39:00 and the Assyrian Empire,
39:02 what could God have done?
39:04 And if we ask that question,
39:06 then, perhaps we ought to also ask the question,
39:09 what would it be like if God's people today
39:12 really got on fire for Him.
39:15 What would it be like if God's church
39:19 really moved at the frequency
39:22 and the resiliency that God desires.
39:25 How powerful would this church be if every member...
39:30 if every person lived out the precepts of God
39:34 in their own life.
39:37 How could the history of the Middle East
39:40 and indeed, all of mankind
39:42 have been changed
39:43 had God's people consistently lived for God.
39:49 If Jehovah could have fulfilled His promises
39:52 through His people,
39:54 what a wonderful, wonderful world... this would have been
40:01 so, Daniel is a gifted, Godly, good-looking teenager
40:08 we figure about 18...
40:10 he is the recipient of many, many miracles
40:15 and the singular expositor of a prophetic vision
40:21 that ran from his day
40:23 all the way down to the end of time.
40:26 Now, we're told that Enoch got glimpses of the end of time,
40:31 there are others who got glimpses of the end of time
40:34 but no one was given the kind of vision that Daniel was...
40:39 Daniel saw intricately and intimately...
40:42 the things that were going to happen
40:45 before Christ comes again
40:48 and that's what the burden of our study is
40:51 in the book of Daniel.
40:53 The cosmic consequences
40:55 and the importance of those things that are going to happen
40:59 in God's time.
41:01 Daniel's name, as we mentioned, is "God is my judge. "
41:05 He was not the only prophet to see down into the future
41:10 but none of the prophetic views in the Bible
41:15 are as extensive and as protracted
41:20 and as detailed as the book of Daniel.
41:25 So, it pleased God to show Daniel these things.
41:30 Now, let me take another side bar.
41:32 Here it is.
41:36 God is...
41:38 never has...
41:41 never will be without a spokesman, amen.
41:45 Down through history, from the days of Adam and Eve,
41:51 Cain and Abel and Seth...
41:55 God has always had somebody to stand up for Him, amen.
42:00 Audience: Amen.
42:01 Always, he's never been without a spokesman...
42:04 it could be a person, it could be a church,
42:06 it could be a nation, it could be a group of people,
42:10 but throughout the 6,000-plus years
42:13 of recorded history of mankind on this planet,
42:16 there's always been somebody to stand up for God
42:19 and in these last days, there's going to be a people
42:22 stand up for God, amen.
42:24 That's why we've got the prophetic landscape.
42:27 Prophecy shows you the future,
42:30 but it also establishes you in the past,
42:33 so, we look back and see,
42:36 "Yeah, there's always been somebody standing up the Lord. "
42:39 There's somebody standing up for the Lord now.
42:42 There will always be somebody standing up for the Lord
42:44 in the future,
42:46 the only question is, "On which side, will I stand?"
42:51 Somebody's going to be saved, don't you think so?
42:53 Christ is coming back to get someone...
42:56 he's not coming back in vain,
42:59 am I going to be in that number?
43:01 God is... never has...
43:06 never will be without a spokesman for Him...
43:10 a flesh and blood witness to his grace
43:14 and His glory.
43:17 Somebody's going to stand up for the goodness of God.
43:20 Somebody's going to stand up for the glory of God.
43:23 Someone's going to stand up for the majesty of God.
43:26 He's always had that and He always will.
43:33 Abel... Seth... Enoch... Abraham... Lot...
43:38 Noah... Israel... the Apostolic Fathers...
43:41 Christians in the catacombs, Waldenses,
43:44 the Reformers...
43:46 the Albigenses... the Cathari...
43:50 Manuel de la Cumsa
43:52 Joseph Wolff...
43:53 Ellen White... William Miller...
43:55 the Adventist Church...
43:58 God has always had a voice
44:01 and even in the darkest hours
44:04 God has a voice...
44:06 even in Babylon... God had a voice.
44:09 Later on, we're going to see in Medo-Persia,
44:12 God's got a voice...
44:14 in Greece... God's got a voice...
44:17 in Rome... God's got a voice...
44:20 during the days of the Papal Church,
44:22 God's got a voice...
44:23 during the days of the Reformation...
44:25 God's got a voice...
44:27 during the days of the Counter Reformation,
44:29 God's got a voice...
44:31 during the days of the beginning of the Adventist Church
44:37 and the coming of age in the 1800s...
44:43 God's got a voice...
44:44 into the 1900s... God's got a voice...
44:46 and God will have a voice up until the end of time.
44:51 Can you say, "Amen. "
44:52 Audience: Amen.
44:54 So, even in Babylon, in this cradle...
44:56 this cauldron... this cistern...
44:58 this cesspool of evil and decadence
45:01 and idolatry...
45:02 God had a people and those people had a message.
45:06 On the next presentation,
45:07 you will see God do some things with Nebuchadnezzar
45:12 that he did with no other king
45:15 of no other empire
45:17 of the four major empires that we will study.
45:19 God did some very special things
45:22 in this most evil and decadent of... of empires
45:26 God did something very, very special...
45:29 and God pulled a brand out of the fire
45:32 in an idolatrous kingdom.
45:35 You know, we serve a mighty God...
45:37 a mighty God...
45:38 and one of the things that you can take heart in
45:41 in these last days is nobody...
45:44 the fact that nobody can run too far...
45:49 can run too fast... can sin too much...
45:54 can be too bad...
46:01 for God to save you...
46:03 Audience: Amen.
46:04 Amen, no matter how fast your feet move,
46:07 you can't outrun God, amen.
46:10 No matter how bad your life has been,
46:13 it's not too dirty to clean up.
46:17 Amen... yeah.
46:19 No matter how many times you sin,
46:23 there's no sin that you can sin
46:26 that Christ hasn't seen before.
46:30 The Bible says, "nothing new under heaven"
46:33 you can't invent anything that Christ hasn't seen before.
46:38 Two: You can't invent anything that Christ hasn't cured before.
46:47 So, don't drop your head in sadness and silence
46:51 "Woe is me... I've gone too far...
46:54 I've sinned too much...
46:55 Christ can't help me. "
46:57 No Sir, one of the things that the book of Daniel tells us
47:00 is that, regardless of how bad you think you are,
47:05 where iniquity abounds...
47:08 grace abounds much more.
47:12 So, even in Babylon, they're suffering for their sins
47:16 make no mistake about it,
47:17 they're in Babylon... because they turned their backs on God.
47:21 They're in Babylon
47:23 because they refused to listen to the prophetic voice,
47:26 they're in Babylon
47:28 because they liked the things of the world
47:30 more than they liked the things of God
47:34 and be not deceived, God is not mocked,
47:37 what you sow... you... hmmm... hmmm...
47:41 and even in Babylon, suffering for their sins...
47:46 Jesus is there.
47:50 So, when you're worse at times...
47:52 Satan will tell you,
47:54 "You can't do that again,
47:56 you can't go to God with that sin again,
47:57 you know how bad you are,
47:59 you... you haven't even improved... "
48:03 but God says, "No... come as you are...
48:05 come as you will...
48:07 and I will heal you,
48:09 I will not cast you out I will cleanse you. "
48:13 Ladies and Gentlemen, that's good news.
48:16 They've got a 70-year prison stretch
48:20 in Babylon...
48:21 and you know who's right there in jail with them?
48:26 Hadn't left them alone,
48:28 and we see this over and over again
48:31 in the coming... the coming chapters...
48:35 so, God always has a voice
48:36 and even in times when you're suffering for your sins,
48:40 we got a sermon coming up called: Schlemiel Schlemazel.
48:45 Now, if you're from New York,
48:47 that's Yiddish... it's... it's Hebrew
48:49 and in New York, there's a lot of Hebrew in the English
48:52 and there used to be a television show called,
48:54 Laverne and Shirley years ago,
48:56 they had Schlemiel Schlemazel
48:57 Schlemiel is a person who suffers for their own sins
49:00 a Schlemazel is a person who suffers
49:01 because of the bad decisions of other people.
49:03 Schlemiel... Schlemazel
49:04 we're going to be talking about that, I think,
49:06 the 4th or 5th sermon
49:07 but even the... the Schlemiel...
49:09 even the Schlemiel who is suffering
49:11 because of mistakes that he made,
49:13 is not beyond the goodness... the grace...
49:16 the redemptive power of God
49:19 even when you do stupid stuff.
49:21 How many have ever done "stupid stuff?"
49:24 Raising hand...
49:27 be honest... done stupid stuff,
49:30 sometimes you... you do things
49:32 and you wonder, "Is that me?"
49:34 "How could I be so dumb?"
49:37 "How did I think that was a good decision?"
49:39 Have you ever had that?
49:40 You question yourself, "What... what was I thinking?"
49:45 And you suffer for it
49:47 and God does...
49:48 God does not let you pass by the suffering...
49:50 He allows you to go through the suffering
49:53 for two reasons...
49:55 one, it keeps you from doing that again...
49:58 yeah, and you think and you pray before you had...
50:01 and two: when you get on the other side,
50:04 you know that was God who got you through.
50:09 So, even when you do stupid stuff,
50:12 when you are what the... the Hebrews call a "Schlemiel"
50:16 God is still there with you
50:19 and that's what the entire Babylonian experience says,
50:22 it says, "They're suffering because of their own mistakes
50:27 but even when they go to jail, God is in jail with them.
50:32 God is standing right by their side.
50:40 God has a people and God's people have a message
50:45 and that message came through
50:48 in the darkest hours of Babylon,
50:51 because a man named Daniel stood for his God
50:56 his entire life.
50:59 From the days when he was a young man
51:02 to the days when he was a bearded old man,
51:06 he always stood for the Lord
51:08 and Ellen White says this,
51:10 "He stands an example for every one of us
51:13 in these latter days
51:14 that even in the darkest hours
51:17 when you're in a place you don't want to be...
51:18 having to go through stuff you don't want to go through,
51:21 you can still stand for Jesus
51:23 because Daniel did... all his life
51:26 and wherever he went... wherever he went
51:29 wherever he went, men and women saw Christ in him
51:36 and were led to Jesus...
51:39 and were led to God.
51:43 Now, there were some tricks played on him,
51:44 we're going to talk about those too
51:46 because when you serve the Lord,
51:48 everybody's not going to love it...
51:51 when you serve the Lord,
51:52 everybody's not going to be your friend,
51:54 when you serve the Lord,
51:56 everybody's not going to praise you,
51:58 in fact, when you serve the Lord,
52:00 there are some people who are going to hate you
52:03 simply because you're doing right.
52:05 Anybody know what I am talking about?
52:06 Not doing anything wrong...
52:08 not bad... just serving the Lord
52:10 and there are some people who will hate you
52:12 and plot against you... just for doing right,
52:15 we see that in Daniel also
52:18 but always there was a people...
52:20 always there was a message...
52:23 and always there was the love of God
52:26 that shone so very brightly.
52:29 Daniel and his three Hebrew friends
52:31 as we will see in the coming chapters,
52:34 stood for the Lord.
52:36 Oft times they did not have many
52:39 but you know the God we serve
52:42 is not a... a hostage to numbers,
52:45 you know what I mean?
52:49 You don't need a lot of numbers
52:50 when you got God on your side
52:53 because one plus God is majority
52:55 so I took this from the Hebrew contemporary...
52:58 the Jewish Contemporary Bible
53:03 1st Samuel 14:6
53:05 "... ADONAl" you always see that in the Hebrew Bible,
53:10 "ADONAl" that's the Lord...
53:12 "can rescue with a few...
53:15 a few people as easily as with many"
53:20 now, I'm going to tell you a quick exegetical trick,
53:22 see the word "ADONAl" there, ADONAl
53:25 when the writers of the Septuagint
53:27 were looking for a word to deal with that,
53:31 they came up with the word, "Jehovah"
53:35 which they took... Y H W H
53:38 just the vowel... and they took the...
53:41 just the consonants rather...
53:42 they took the vowels from ADONAl...
53:44 they took the "A" Je
53:46 o... ho... a... vah...
53:49 so, Jehovah and Adonai are the same
53:51 but the Septuagint people
53:53 in not really understanding how to translate
53:56 took ADONAl... put the vowels back into Y H W H
54:00 Yahweh and came up with the word, "Jehovah"
54:02 so, Jehovah is... dare I say... an invented word...
54:07 it's not an original word,
54:08 it is the confluence of Yahweh and Adonai
54:12 and we come up with the word, "Jehovah"
54:16 but the Bible is telling us, God doesn't need a number,
54:20 He just needs a few faithful people.
54:24 God just needs individuals who will stand for Him
54:29 and love Him and serve Him
54:35 and follow Him wherever He leads.
54:41 God can save by many...
54:43 God can save by few...
54:46 but the good news, Ladies and Gentlemen is
54:49 that God can save.
54:54 and as we look at the book of Daniel,
54:56 we will see how God saves again and again and again
55:02 and again
55:03 and there are tentacles going into the book of Esther
55:05 that we will pull together,
55:06 there are tentacles going into the book of Isaiah
55:08 that we will pull together,
55:10 there are tentacles going into the book of Zachariah
55:12 that we will pull together,
55:14 there are tentacles going into the book of Luke
55:16 that we will pull together,
55:17 there are tentacles going into the book of Hebrews
55:19 that we will pull together.
55:21 Daniel is such an encompassing book
55:23 and such a wide-ranging book
55:25 and has so much to say to God's people... and for us today
55:31 that... it is a book that, again, Ellen White says,
55:35 we need to study again and again and again and again.
55:39 Our next topic will be: Dream Catcher
55:43 we'll take a look at the dream
55:46 and the ramifications of that dream
55:48 and we're going to give you
55:52 some interesting contemporary applications
55:54 to that dream
55:56 particularly what happens down in the toes of that dream
55:59 which is our day...
56:00 and we'll see some things that God has for us.
56:03 Until then, the message for this night is simply this,
56:08 "Wherever you find yourself...
56:11 even if you're suffering for your own mistakes,
56:16 know that you serve a God who loves you
56:21 with an everlasting love,
56:23 know that you serve a God
56:25 who will hear and answer your prayers
56:28 and even in the darkest of hours,
56:31 in the toughest of situations,
56:34 in the bleakest of circumstances,
56:37 you are never alone...
56:40 Audience: Amen.
56:41 God is by your side.
56:43 When we were young,
56:45 we used to sing a song, "Dare to be a Daniel"
56:48 if you're an old-time Adventist, you remember that song?
56:50 "Dare to be a Daniel, dare to stand alone,
56:53 dare to have a purpose true,
56:55 dare to make it known. "
56:56 That was oh... three or four hymnals ago,
57:00 I don't think they have that anymore
57:01 but that's what the young people used to sing.
57:03 Dare to be a Daniel, dare to stand alone,
57:05 dare to have a purpose true
57:07 and dare to make it known.
57:09 Daniel did all of those things
57:10 and as such, he stands as an example for all of us.
57:14 We can stand as he stood...
57:18 we can be victorious even as he was victorious
57:21 and God will see us through
57:25 even as God saw him through.
57:28 That is the message, again tonight, we've just begun,
57:32 we've got a lot to cover
57:33 and many, many miles to go before we rest
57:36 but this is a good book with good lessons
57:39 for you and for me.
57:41 Shall we pray, "Father God,
57:42 we thank you
57:45 for this opportunity to look into the book of Daniel
57:49 and to see in this book,
57:51 those things that you have for us
57:54 teach us Lord... and then fill us with your Spirit
57:59 that we may do your will... your way... and your work.
58:03 Open up the truths of the book of Daniel to our understanding
58:08 and help them to apply... apply them to our lives
58:11 and we thank you Father, in Jesus' name, amen. "