Participants: Pr. C. A. Murray
Series Code: DAA
Program Code: DAA000002A
00:26 Hello and welcome again to: Daniel All Access.
00:30 My name is C.A. Murray
00:32 it's my privilege and pleasure to welcome you all
00:34 to this odyssey through the book of Daniel.
00:38 As we seek to make Daniel very plain and very pertinent
00:44 Daniel has much to say to us in these days
00:47 so we welcome you
00:49 and we ask you to dig deeply and think deeply
00:53 because the Lord has a message for each and every one of us
00:56 in the book of Daniel.
00:58 Will you pray with me now.
01:00 "Father God, as we open your Word,
01:04 we ask for your Spirit because we need your Spirit
01:09 to understand your Word.
01:12 Enlighten us, illuminate the path before us
01:17 that we may see and know and do...
01:22 and we thank you dear Father, in Jesus' name, amen. "
01:25 Audience: Amen.
01:27 The title of our presentation today is: Dream Catcher
01:30 and I hold in my hand a Dream Catcher.
01:34 This is an Indian artifact from the American Indians
01:40 particularly the Ojibwe Tribe and the Lakota Tribe.
01:45 Now, if you cannot say, "Ojibwe and Lakota"
01:49 just say Chippewa and Sioux
01:50 because they are the same tribes.
01:53 The Ojibwe are the Chippewa and the Lakota are the Sioux
01:57 but they particularly made Dream Catchers.
02:01 It is made from Willow bark and the idea was
02:05 that the Dream Catcher was to keep you from having bad dreams
02:09 so, if you ever went to a Lakota Reservation...
02:12 a Sioux Reservation
02:14 or an Ojibwe-Chippewa Reservation,
02:17 you would find one of these somewhere in the house.
02:19 It was designed to ward off bad dreams.
02:24 Now the Indians thought that bad dreams were kind of dumb
02:28 and good dreams were kind of smart
02:31 because bad dreams have evil intent
02:34 and good dreams have good intent.
02:37 So the idea was the dumb bad dream
02:39 would get caught up in the webbing
02:41 and couldn't get through
02:44 and there's a little tiny hole here in the middle,
02:47 the good dream would find it's way through that hole
02:50 and get to the mind of the sleeping person
02:53 and the little rattles that are here... these little rattles
02:57 were to guide the good dreams through
03:01 but bad dreams would get caught up in the web
03:04 and in the morning they would dissipate
03:06 and only the smart good dream would make its way
03:09 all the way through to the mind of the sleeping person.
03:13 Boy, I wish it could be that easy.
03:15 Audience: Amen...
03:17 But it is not...
03:18 because the Bible says in Daniel chapter 2,
03:22 and that's our study for today
03:24 that Nebuchadnezzar had a series of dreams
03:28 and I guess, he would call these "bad dreams. "
03:36 In the second year of his reign very early on
03:40 he is plagued now by a series of bad dreams
03:44 or at the very least, "disturbing dreams. "
03:50 These dreams literally rocked his world.
03:55 They so tormented him that he could not function,
03:59 he could not eat and he certainly could not sleep.
04:02 Now, the Bible says, "Dreams" with an "s"
04:06 later on, it says, "dream"
04:08 so, what we believe is... it is... it is the same dream
04:12 several times...
04:14 not different dreams but one dream
04:16 night... after night... after night... after night
04:19 which is bad enough
04:21 but then to be disturbed from your sleep
04:23 and then wake up from your dream
04:25 and not know what you dreamed is a pretty shaky thing.
04:30 How many of you have ever had bad dreams?
04:33 Audience: Agreeing.
04:35 And you kind of wish you could forget it
04:36 because sometimes they seem so real
04:38 but Nebuchadnezzar had a series of dreams,
04:41 didn't know what he dreamt but he knew it was bad
04:45 and it disturbed him very, very much.
04:50 The same dream night after night after night.
04:54 Now, most of the monarchs in the ancient days
04:58 kept people on staff...
05:00 these were people who are hired and paid
05:02 to consult the stars and to look into prophecies
05:08 and to deal with astrology
05:10 and to deal with things like dreams
05:13 and Nebuchadnezzar...
05:15 the Babylonian Empire was no different.
05:17 There were men there who existed
05:20 to serve the king in that fashion.
05:23 Their job was to consult mediums
05:26 and the stars and astrologers
05:29 and then give the king information that he requested
05:32 and that he needed.
05:34 So it is natural now,
05:36 since Nebuchadnezzar has this problem
05:39 he's got dreams that are disturbing him,
05:41 he doesn't know what they mean,
05:43 it is natural that he would consult these individuals
05:47 to try to get some understanding as to what these dreams meant.
05:53 So he wants a de-briefing from them.
05:56 Now, what is interesting is that God told
06:00 the Israelite Community... the Jewish Community...
06:04 stay away from this kind of stuff...
06:06 you know that... from the days of... of Saul
06:08 no demonology... no necromancy...
06:12 no consulting with wizards, no consulting with spirits,
06:15 they were to stay completely away from that...
06:17 which is interesting
06:18 because we'll come back to that in just a moment
06:20 but in Babylon... not only were these people revered,
06:24 they were at the top of the food chain as it were,
06:28 people who could divine things and tell secrets,
06:32 they were much prized for this ability.
06:36 So, Nebuchadnezzar says, "I've got a dream...
06:39 this dream is disturbing me...
06:42 I'm having this dream night after night...
06:44 after night... after night
06:46 and what I want you to do is explain to me
06:51 not only what the dream meant
06:53 but I'm going to need you to tell me what I dreamed.
06:56 Now, that's pretty tough...
06:58 "I need you to tell me what I dreamed and what it meant. "
07:05 And so, here's our text, the Bible says,
07:08 I'm in Daniel chapter 2 verse 4...
07:10 "Then spake the Chaldeans to the king in Aramaic... "
07:14 and remember last night I told you,
07:15 that Daniel is a series of sandwiches...
07:17 here's the first part of the sandwich
07:19 because right here at the word "Aramaic"
07:21 Daniel changes his writing from Hebrew to Aramaic
07:27 right here... this is a change...
07:29 so this is the meat part of the sandwich
07:31 that we were talking about last night,
07:32 so the king is asking them... their answer is,
07:35 "Then spake the Chaldeans to the King in Aramaic,
07:38 O king, live for ever:
07:41 tell thy servants the dream,
07:43 and we will shew you the interpretation. "
07:46 Now, doesn't that sound reasonable?
07:48 "You tell me what you dreamt
07:50 and I'll tell you what it means. "
07:52 That's not an unreasonable request...
07:58 but the king was not pleased with that.
08:03 They're trying to tell him
08:05 "Tell us what you dreamt... we'll tell you what it means
08:13 because that's our job. "
08:15 So, now we get some insight into the mental make-up
08:20 of a rash, hot-headed, absolute monarch
08:24 who has a bunch of employees
08:26 who are not only trying to save their jobs...
08:31 they're trying to save their necks.
08:33 "Tell me the dream... you will be rich and wealthy,
08:39 fail to tell me the dream... and I'll have you cut to pieces. "
08:46 "Please me... and you live... disappoint me... and you die. "
08:52 Pretty rough choice
08:55 but that is a choice that they were given
08:58 and their response is,
09:03 "What you're asking is impossible"
09:07 Here we have it in Daniel chapter 2 verse 10.
09:11 The Bible says,
09:12 "The Chaldeans answered before the king, and said,
09:14 There is not a man upon the earth
09:17 that can shew the king's matter:
09:19 therefore there is no king, nor ruler,
09:24 that asked such a thing of any magician,
09:27 or astrologer, or Chaldean. "
09:30 They are saying,
09:32 "What you're asking is impossible.
09:36 Nobody asks that kind of thing,
09:39 we simply cannot do it,
09:42 we are paid to interpret dreams not read minds.
09:48 What you're asking is for a mind-reader
09:53 and we are not that. "
09:55 Daniel 2:11 "And it is a rare thing
09:58 that the king requireth,
10:00 and there is none other that can shew it before the king
10:04 except the gods, whose dwelling is not with flesh. "
10:08 They're basically saying, "We can't do this,
10:10 your request is unreasonable. "
10:14 And as you look at the request, it is unreasonable
10:17 but you're dealing with a man who doesn't care about reason
10:21 so the answer comes... the response comes in verse 12,
10:25 the Bible says, "For this cause the king was angry"
10:29 not only angry, he was very furious.
10:32 "and commanded to destroy all the wise men of Babylon. "
10:36 This is a rash guy...
10:38 we're getting a picture of Nebuchadnezzar
10:40 as kind of a hot-headed guy who says...
10:43 who talks before he thinks
10:45 and who acts very, very rash
10:48 so, automatically, "you're all going to die"
10:50 "And the decree went forth that the wise men should be slain;
10:55 and they sought Daniel and his fellows to be slain. "
10:58 Now, here's what's interesting,
11:02 Daniel and the three Hebrew boys
11:05 get lumped in with the wise men of Babylon,
11:08 somehow they get lumped in with the astrologers
11:12 and the soothsayers and...
11:13 and they had nothing to do with that
11:15 in fact, the Jewish religion
11:16 specifically forbade that kind of activity
11:20 but in the minds of those who were doing the killing
11:25 and the minds of King Nebuchadnezzar
11:27 a wise man... is a wise man
11:29 whether you're one of my wise men
11:31 or you're a Jewish wise man,
11:32 everybody's going to die
11:34 and Ellen White tells us the killing actually had begun
11:37 and so, Arioch comes to Daniel
11:41 and he is coming to Daniel and the Hebrew boys to take his life
11:46 to take their lives...
11:48 Daniel goes to the king and gets a stay of execution.
11:54 He consults with Hananiah,
11:56 Azariah and Mishael...
11:59 you know them as Shadrach, Meshach and Obednego
12:01 they are people of God, now, here's the side bar
12:04 we talked about this last night,
12:06 "When you want to know the will of God,
12:11 one way is to seek council from people that you know know God!"
12:19 Does that make sense?
12:20 Every Christian ought to have somebody in your life
12:26 that you know knows God
12:29 so that you can get counsel when you need it... amen.
12:33 Hopefully, it's your husband...
12:37 or your wife...
12:40 but if not, find somebody
12:42 hmmm... find somebody that you know knows God
12:46 who can pray with you when prayer time is needed,
12:50 who can cry with you when crying time is needed,
12:54 who can laugh with you when laughing time comes
12:58 someone that you know knows God
13:01 that you can take your problems to
13:04 and not have them on Facebook the next day.
13:08 You know what I'm talking about?
13:09 Audience: Yes... laughter.
13:10 Find somebody... now... let me say this as a caveat,
13:14 it's best for a woman to find a woman to do that with, amen,
13:19 and best for men to find a man to do that with
13:24 but find somebody who you know knows God
13:30 who can help you negotiate
13:32 some of the rough patches in life,
13:34 because everybody needs a friend
13:36 and everybody needs a friend who knows God
13:39 who can give you some good, sound counsel...
13:41 I'm tempted to go into a long story
13:43 but we've got a lot to talk about so I'm not going to do it
13:44 but find somebody that you know knows God
13:48 who you trust with your secrets
13:51 who will keep them between you and God... amen...
13:54 Audience: Amen.
13:55 Because everybody needs a friend,
13:57 everybody needs somebody to counsel with
13:59 and so, Daniel went immediately
14:01 to Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego
14:04 the three Hebrew boys...
14:05 because he knew that they knew God
14:08 so Daniel and his fellows
14:11 are also slated for extermination
14:14 and make no mistake about it, the killing had already begun
14:16 and Daniel and his friends were next on the hit list
14:20 and praise God Daniel got to Nebuchadnezzar
14:25 and got a stay of execution
14:27 so, they're praying
14:29 and they're praying for the grace of God
14:32 we've got it in Daniel chapter 2
14:35 I'm looking at verses 18 and 19 in your Word.
14:37 They're praying that they would desire the mercies
14:41 of the God of heaven concerning this secret
14:44 that Daniel and his fellows should not perish
14:48 with the rest of the wise men of Babylon...
14:51 they didn't even belong there but they got lumped in.
14:53 "Then was the secret revealed unto Daniel in a night vision
15:01 and then Daniel blessed the God of heaven. "
15:03 Two things, one... notice that in this life-and-death matter.
15:08 You don't see Daniel fasting,
15:11 you don't see Daniel going all night and laying upon the ground
15:15 you don't see Daniel afflicting his soul,
15:18 now that does come a little later again in chapter 9
15:22 but he's not doing it now.
15:23 This is a life-and-death matter.
15:24 He asked God and God gives him the answer...
15:28 fast... huh...
15:30 he just asked Him... "God... "
15:32 see, the Lord wants to help you, amen.
15:33 Audience: Amen.
15:35 God wants to bless you, God wants to give you good gifts
15:39 you don't want to tear yourself up,
15:42 the Bible says, "Ask and ye shall... "
15:44 Audience: Receive...
15:46 Hmmm... hmmm... so, Daniel just asked...
15:47 God gives him a dream...
15:49 gives him the answer... amen...
15:51 and immediately... immediately Daniel praises the Lord,
15:55 now, he could have said, "Hey King, I got the answer
15:59 and if you want to grease my palm...
16:02 I'll give you the answer"
16:05 or he could have taken credit for himself
16:09 but he gave credit where credit is due, amen.
16:12 Audience: Amen.
16:13 You see, every good gift and every perfect gift
16:16 comes from... comes from God
16:19 and when God blesses you with something good,
16:22 God ought to get the credit.
16:25 Audience: Amen.
16:27 Amen... if anything good happens in our lives...
16:29 comes from... comes from God.
16:32 Ellen White says this,
16:34 "We are laid under obligation to praise the Lord"
16:37 Audience: Amen.
16:39 You have an obligation to praise the Lord,
16:41 it's not... it's not... it's not something you can do or not do
16:45 or may do or not want to do,
16:47 you have an obligation... we have an obligation
16:51 to praise God in our lives,
16:53 when God blesses you, open your mouth and praise Him.
16:56 Audience: Amen.
16:57 Amen... not just quiet praise,
16:59 "I'm thinking about praising God"
17:01 hmmm... hmmm...
17:03 open your mouth and praise Him.
17:06 We are laid under obligation... and let me say this,
17:09 If you're praying
17:10 and your prayers are kind of hitting the ceiling
17:12 and coming back down
17:13 stop requesting and start praising
17:19 and praise will crack that ceiling.
17:21 Audience: Amen... amen... yes... amen... amen...
17:24 Yeah, just let the shopping list stay
17:28 and spend some time praising God
17:31 and praise will usher you into the presence of God.
17:35 It will... just stop and praise Him...
17:38 just find something to thank God for.
17:41 "Lord, one and one is two... oh I praise you. "
17:46 Praise Him for your peanut butter and jelly sandwich
17:49 just find something to praise Him for
17:51 because He's worthy to be praised...
17:53 and the fact that you're here
17:54 and you're smiling
17:56 and you got clothes and you got food
17:58 and you got: one, two, three, four, five on this hand
18:01 and one, two, three, four, five on this hand...
18:03 that's something to praise God for... so praise Him
18:06 and you will find that praise ushers you
18:09 into the presence of God in a marvelous way
18:12 and so, the first thing Daniel did when he got the answer
18:16 is he praised the God of heaven.
18:20 So, Daniel gets the answer... God gives him the answer
18:24 and he praises God...
18:27 every good gift... every perfect gift...
18:30 let me give you the text for that,
18:31 that's James chapter 1 verse 17.
18:33 We need to thank Him.
18:35 Ellen White says as I said,
18:36 "We are under obligation to praise the Lord. "
18:39 Now, verses 20 through 23 in Daniel chapter 2
18:42 are all "praise verses"
18:44 he's just praising God for what He's done.
18:46 Four full verses of praise to God who deserves our praise
18:51 so, "there is a God in heaven" he says,
18:53 "who answers things and who gives us understanding. "
18:58 You know, people wonder why...
19:00 people wonder why Pastors make appeals at funerals
19:04 it's... it's... it's because
19:09 when your life is out of control,
19:12 that's the time you get sensitive to the need for Jesus
19:19 you hear me?
19:21 When everything is going well and everything is fine,
19:25 sometimes we feel we don't necessarily need the Lord
19:29 but when you get that negative doctor's report...
19:34 hmmm... hmmm...
19:35 or you get a notice... a little pink slip from your job
19:45 a police car pulls up in front
19:47 and your child is in the backseat,
19:50 those are times that are called "Seasons of the Soul"
19:55 when you become sensitive for your need
20:00 of some divine aid in your life
20:03 so, when you lose a family member or a spouse,
20:09 that's the time to talk about God
20:12 and you got a king who is a control freak
20:15 and his life is out of control
20:17 and what does Daniel do?
20:20 That's the time he inserts God in there.
20:24 "There is a God
20:27 who can help you. "
20:30 Well, now he's ready to listen, amen.
20:33 You know, after 9/11, I was there in New York,
20:35 after 9/11 the...
20:37 9/11 happened on a Tuesday
20:39 you should have seen the Adventist churches on Saturday
20:43 and the first-day churches on Sunday...
20:46 packed... packed... packed... packed
20:48 for about two months, Gary, two months...
20:51 then the exigency wore off
20:54 and folk kind of went back to their lethargy.
20:56 But seasons of the soul are the times
20:59 when you need to bring God in to the mix.
21:03 Death, divorce, loss of livelihood, moving...
21:07 Gary... you know, moving from one State to another
21:11 that's... that's when you need God,
21:12 you start packing up stuff and stuff is breaking...
21:14 and stuff is getting chipped and...
21:16 you know, that's the "Season of the Soul. "
21:18 Bad medical report...
21:23 you got a king and the dream is making him crazy
21:27 and he wants control and his life is out of control,
21:31 that's the time to tell him about God, amen...
21:34 seasons of the soul.
21:35 I lived next door to a lady some years ago
21:39 husband and wife doing well...
21:41 child got a full scholarship to I think it was Dartmouth,
21:44 one of those Ivy League schools... doing very well
21:46 husband owned a gas station
21:48 and he was also the principal mechanic
21:51 so they were making a lot of money
21:53 and they were very nice to us
21:55 but anytime I tried to steer the conversation to "God Stuff"
22:00 the wife kind of put a halt to it,
22:02 "We don't want to hear that,
22:04 we know you're a Preacher but ply that trade someplace else
22:07 we don't... we don't want to hear it"
22:09 and they were doing well
22:11 and one day, she left her job
22:13 and she decided she would surprise her husband
22:16 at the gas station
22:17 so she went to the gas station and she got the surprise
22:21 because he was in the back with somebody else
22:24 who wasn't her.
22:27 Audience: Hmmm...
22:30 So, now she's ready for Jesus...
22:31 and you know what? Jesus was ready for her, amen.
22:35 Audience: Amen.
22:36 It's called a "Season of the Soul"
22:38 when your when your world gets rocked,
22:41 that's when you know you need the Lord
22:43 and this came...
22:45 his world is out of control...
22:48 he is disturbed... he can't eat... he can't sleep
22:50 he can't function... he can't rule his kingdom
22:53 and God tells Daniel to tell him,
22:56 "There is a God in heaven who can help you. "
23:01 God has made you a spectator to the history of the world.
23:09 Now this... this is a... this is a heathen king,
23:12 this is not an Israeli king, this is a heathen king.
23:15 Follow me, you have 42 kings
23:21 of the nation of Israel,
23:23 42 in total,
23:25 if you take out the first three, that's Saul, David and Solomon,
23:30 you got 39 kings,
23:32 after Solomon, you know the kingdom was divided
23:35 Rehoboam... Jeroboam...
23:37 so now you got Israel in the north
23:39 Judah in the south
23:41 ten tribes constituted Israel...
23:44 two tribes... really two tribes and a half
23:46 because you had Judah... Benjamin...
23:48 and you had some Levites there in the temple
23:52 so, of the Israel kings... there were 19,
23:56 of that 19... guess how many, the Bible says, were good kings?
24:02 Out of 19...
24:05 not one...
24:08 0 for 19... all bad,
24:11 now in Judah, you got 20 kings
24:15 19 men and praise the Lord, one woman, Molly,
24:22 you got one woman, her name was Athaliah
24:25 now I've got some bad news for you,
24:27 bad... very bad...
24:31 killed a lot of people at the very beginning...
24:33 bad way to start out your... your kingdom... six years bad...
24:36 of the 19 guys that were kings of Judah,
24:42 guess how many were considered good kings?
24:47 Only eight...
24:50 only eight... I'll give you their names.
24:53 You know them because they're so few in number,
24:55 Asa, Jehoshaphat, Joash, Amaziah, Azariah,
24:59 Jotham, Hezekiah...
25:00 and one we talked about last night... Josiah.
25:02 So out of... out of 39 kings,
25:06 only eight could the Bible commend,
25:09 all the others... the Bible says,
25:12 "they're evil in the sight of the Lord"
25:13 so, no wonder, when God wants to find somebody to work with,
25:17 He's got to leave Israel... He's got to leave Judah
25:20 and go to Babylon to find somebody that He can work with.
25:26 Over 19...
25:28 and eight out of 39...
25:33 and really you could put Saul in the minus category,
25:37 David... he had his ups, he had his downs...
25:43 and Solomon started out good
25:46 and 300 wives and 700 girlfriends later,
25:50 his world got a little shaky
25:52 so God could not even find someone in His own...
25:58 of His own people...
26:00 so He's got to go to Babylon and latch on to a heathen king
26:08 you know, God will use whoever He can...
26:10 wherever He can... wherever He can find you.
26:11 If you don't speak, the rocks are going to cry out,
26:17 and if... if... if... if you don't get it done over here,
26:20 God's going to find somebody over there,
26:21 God is not beholden to anybody,
26:25 so, He's using now Nebuchadnezzar
26:27 and Nebuchadnezzar is not the first
26:29 and he certainly won't be the last,
26:31 he is making Nebuchadnezzar a spectator in history.
26:35 Here's what you saw,
26:37 we've got to get through this fast,
26:38 you saw a giant image, there it is on the screen,
26:40 90 feet tall... 27 meters tall,
26:43 and 9 feet wide... 2.7 meters wide,
26:46 that's what you saw, it was a statue.
26:50 Now, to get some... some sort of context,
26:54 the Statue of Liberty from the base
26:56 not the base... but the feet to the top of that torch
26:59 is a 111 feet tall, I said, from head to toe
27:05 but it's really from toe to torch...
27:07 111 feet tall.
27:10 Daniel's image probably came up to the top of the crown
27:16 of the Statue of Liberty
27:18 so, this is... this is... for that day and that time,
27:20 a... a... a massive image.
27:22 "What you saw... " Daniel says
27:26 "was excellent and awesome in form...
27:28 the head was of fine gold,
27:33 the chest and arms were of silver,
27:37 the belly and thighs were of bronze"
27:40 and that's bronze... not brass...
27:43 bronze is copper and tin... brass is copper and zinc...
27:47 this is bronze...
27:49 "the legs of iron
27:51 and the feet... a mixture of iron and clay.
27:56 Then later on, you saw a stone cut out without hands,
28:00 that stone hit the image on the feet,
28:02 dissolved it and filled the whole earth. "
28:07 Now the bombshell...
28:08 "You, O king,
28:10 are that head of gold. "
28:13 Now, that identified Nebuchadnezzar
28:15 as the head of gold but it also identifies us...
28:18 identifies for us a starting place for this prophecy.
28:23 We begin in 605 B.C.
28:25 the Babylonian Empire lasted 605 B.C. to 539 B.C.
28:29 now look at this, as you're looking on the screen
28:32 you see, the Babylon Empire really is not a very big empire
28:36 as empires go... this is not a lot of territory,
28:38 in fact, of the world empires, it is the smallest by far,
28:43 began in 605 B.C. at the Battle of Carchemish...
28:47 we talked about that last night ended at 539 B.C.
28:51 so that is the timeline for Babylon.
28:55 The Bible says, "You, O king, are the head of gold. "
28:59 I need to point out here,
29:01 when God says, "you"
29:03 he's not talking about Nebuchadnezzar, per se,
29:07 He is referring to Nebuchadnezzar
29:09 but more... He's referring to Babylon and the Empire.
29:14 God is not calling out kings, He's calling out kingdoms
29:18 so the "you" was not,
29:20 "You, Nebuchadnezzar are the golden boy"
29:23 it's, "your kingdom is this head of gold
29:26 but after you shall arise another kingdom inferior to you"
29:31 and the word "inferior" kind of caught me because
29:34 it's only used one time in the Bible... and that's the place,
29:38 it's only used that one time,
29:40 it has to do with earthiness
29:42 so, when we're talking about inferior kingdoms,
29:45 we're not talking about size because each successive kingdom
29:51 was larger in size than Babylon,
29:53 Babylon was, by far, the smallest.
29:54 Most scholars state they're talking about the opulence
29:58 of the capital city
30:00 because none of the kingdoms...
30:01 even Rome which had running water
30:03 and bathrooms and saunas,
30:05 none of them had the opulence of the city of Babylon.
30:10 So, the word is,
30:12 "You're the king... you're the gold...
30:14 but you're not going to be there forever,
30:16 inferior kingdoms are going to come along behind you. "
30:21 These metals that made up these next several kingdoms,
30:25 were less value but interestingly enough
30:29 they were harder than gold,
30:31 gold is really the softest of them all
30:34 and they increase in overall wealth.
30:40 One of the things that we will see in the next little bit
30:44 and we've got so much to cover
30:47 God spent an inordinate amount of time
30:52 with King Nebuchadnezzar.
30:55 He did for Nebuchadnezzar
30:58 that which He did for no other of the ancient kings
31:03 and there's a reason for that,
31:05 we will see that in just a little bit
31:07 but God spent a lot of time with Nebuchadnezzar.
31:11 He didn't do that with... with Cyrus and Darius,
31:15 He certainly didn't do that with Alexander the Great,
31:18 He didn't do that with any other Roman Emperors
31:21 and by the time Rome came along,
31:23 those emperors were so decadent
31:25 and so full of debauchery that they were really...
31:28 you cannot say, "Beyond hope"
31:30 but certainly, their minds were not on the things of God.
31:33 You've got people like Caligula, Nero, Diocletian,Tiberius,
31:38 Commodus, Elagabalus... these guys of implacable cruelty
31:42 Elagabalus spent his life
31:44 in one orgy and social engagement to another
31:49 so, we don't see God putting in the work with these
31:53 as He did with Nebuchadnezzar and there is a reason for that
31:56 and you will see that as we go through this
31:59 so the "you" is Nebuchadnezzar,
32:01 but in a more profound way it is Babylon.
32:04 The book of Daniel is not an exposition on kings
32:08 but rather... kingdoms.
32:09 it is not an exposition on people
32:13 but rather, principalities and powers...
32:16 not necessarily... personalities.
32:19 So, let's walk through it,
32:21 let me add something very quickly,
32:23 just popped in my mind,
32:24 we call these "world empires" and there it's on the screen
32:29 but there were empires... other places in the world
32:33 you look at the Zhou Dynasty
32:36 there in... in China,
32:38 who's bigger than all of these empires...
32:39 there were other world empires...
32:42 it lasted from 770 B.C. to 256 B.C.
32:45 then you've got the Qin Shi Huang Dynasty.
32:50 In 1974, they were digging in China
32:53 and they ran across all these clay soldiers that they made,
32:57 this is a wonder of a find,
32:58 four football fields worth of clay soldiers
33:01 full life-size... each one done individually
33:04 8,000 clay soldiers... they were done during the Qin Dynasty
33:10 or the "Qwin" Dynasty...
33:11 and The Great Wall of China...
33:14 again, under this Dynasty,
33:16 so, we use the term "world empires"
33:19 but the truth is...
33:20 there were empires in other parts of the world.
33:22 The Han Dynasty... large dynasty
33:27 covering almost all of South-East Asia,
33:29 lasted for 400 plus years for 24 plus Emperors.
33:35 So, the great world empires existed in other places...
33:40 but the Bible investigates and this is important...
33:44 the Bible investigates those nations
33:47 that were directly affected by God and God's people.
33:51 There were other world empires
33:52 and one of the things that I'm going to be very interested
33:55 to sit down and talk to the Lord about in heaven
33:59 "how You managed to get the gospel
34:03 to places where man could not take it. "
34:05 I had the privilege of working on
34:08 a Production called,
34:11 "The Seventh-day Lessons from Lost Pages of History"
34:14 and one of the things that we found out
34:15 in working on that production is that,
34:17 "God... down through the ages has done some remarkable things
34:21 to get the gospel where people could not take it. "
34:23 There are legends in
34:26 the Inuit Community...
34:28 the Eskimo Community of two men in white
34:30 appearing and bringing them the Sabbath.
34:33 There are lessons in India... in South-East Asia... Asia...
34:41 even in the American-Indian culture
34:43 of God using angelic beings to bring the gospel to people
34:49 and when the settlers found them,
34:51 they were already keeping Sabbath.
34:54 Down in Zimbabwe... this walled complex called,
34:58 "Great Zimbabwe"
34:59 and the historians said, "There's no way in the world
35:04 that that kind of architecture
35:05 could be done there in Great Zimbabwe"
35:08 well, on the wall,
35:10 there are hieroglyphics proclaiming the Sabbath
35:13 so, God has done some things...
35:15 He's not waiting on man all the time
35:17 sometimes, He goes Himself and does it
35:19 and one of the things I'll be anxious to talk
35:21 to the Lord about in heaven
35:23 is the ways that He got the Sabbath into places
35:27 where mankind never went,
35:29 where the western culture never went,
35:32 so, these great dynasties existed but...
35:35 you know, one thing about God
35:36 and I praise the Lord for it,
35:38 God is fair... amen...
35:40 everybody will have a fair opportunity,
35:42 God's not trying to kick anybody out...
35:45 He's trying to get everybody in
35:47 amen and amen...
35:49 now we've got to move kind of quickly.
35:52 So, Daniel chapter 2 verses 36 to 38,
35:54 the Babylonian Empire lasted some 70 years
35:59 Nebuchadnezzar ruled for 40 of those years,
36:03 some scholars say 45...
36:05 I tend to believe... 40.
36:06 The text indicates that the position...
36:10 the status that Nebuchadnezzar had... that he enjoyed
36:13 was actively supplied by God,
36:16 in other words, God used Nebuchadnezzar...
36:20 a heathen king with a pagan background
36:23 but God used him.
36:25 He was the unquestioned and unrivaled ruler...
36:28 the unfettered power and authority of his country...
36:31 now, let me give you a political side bar very quick,
36:34 when Babylon fell,
36:36 Darius the Mede took over in 539 B.C.
36:40 he only reigned a few years and it was under his rule
36:46 that Cyrus the Great came into prominence
36:52 and we see that in Daniel 5:31,
36:56 Darius only ruled a very short time,
37:01 he is most famous... we're going to talk about this
37:05 in our coming meetings for signing a petition
37:08 that he could not take back
37:10 that was part of the laws of the Medes and the Persians...
37:13 he wasn't in there long
37:15 but he got himself hung up because of pride and ego
37:18 we're going to talk about that also.
37:24 Nebuchadnezzar made a decree and when Daniel spoke with him,
37:30 he changed that decree
37:32 that couldn't happen in the Medo-Persian Empire
37:35 because once you made a decree, it could not be changed
37:37 and there's something really...
37:39 there's something really, really great about that
37:42 and we'll take a look at it when we get to Daniel chapter 9
37:44 you talk about the war between good and evil
37:48 and Christ and Satan,
37:49 and I just discovered a link between Daniel 9 and Daniel 6
37:53 that is... just...
37:55 you talk about God being in time... on time...
37:56 every time... just when you need him,
37:58 when you see this link it's going to blow your mind
38:00 because God really did some wonderful things
38:03 for... with... to... and through His people.
38:07 So, the following kingdom is Medo-Persia...
38:10 you got the Medo-Persian timeline...
38:12 I'm trying to go fast... I got some stuff I want to show you
38:14 that's really, really important,
38:15 you got the Medo-Persian timeline 538 to 331
38:20 followed by Greece 331 to 168,
38:24 now, the Medo-Persian timeline
38:28 is the time when the book of Esther was written
38:30 you know the story of the king and his wife, Vashti,
38:35 and how she was dismissed
38:36 and they found Esther and then you got the intrigue
38:40 with Mordecai and Haman,
38:42 that's during the Babylonian time... so...
38:45 not Babylonian time... the Medo-Persian time...
38:49 and you've got all of this intrigue going on there
38:52 and we'll touch on that in just a little bit
38:54 now you've got the Roman Empire, 168 B.C. to 476 A.D.
39:00 the largest empire as you can see,
39:02 the Roman Empire covered pretty much... all of Europe
39:05 and as you look right up there in the corner,
39:07 you see... it crossed over the English Channel
39:08 into Great Britain also
39:10 by far, the largest of the world empires.
39:13 They had learned to use bronze and copper and iron
39:18 and they were much more efficient in their war,
39:23 they were much more efficient in their conquering
39:28 and by the time we get to the Roman Empire,
39:32 they had learned to smelt iron
39:34 so the Romans had iron spears and iron armor
39:37 and iron shields and iron swords
39:39 the gladius... the short Roman sword...
39:41 much more mechanized... much more highly efficient
39:44 168 to 476 A.D.
39:49 This was a kingdom that was ruling the world
39:53 when Christ was born
39:55 and there is a beautiful little text in Micah chapter 5
40:00 and verse 2 that I want to go to.
40:04 Micah chapter 5 and verse 2,
40:08 we skipped over it... want to go back to that
40:11 the Bible says, "But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah"
40:15 Bethlehem means house of bread
40:18 Ephratah means fruitful
40:20 so, it's, "But thou, 'fruitful house of bread,'
40:24 though thou be little among the thousands of Judah,
40:28 yet out of thee shall come forth unto me
40:32 He that is to be ruler in Israel;
40:35 whose goings forth have been from of old,
40:38 from everlasting even to everlasting. "
40:42 So, it was under the Roman Empire
40:44 and we will talk about this extensively
40:46 in our coming meetings that Christ was born,
40:50 God even used an unwilling Caesar Augustus
40:54 to send out a decree
40:56 that took Mary and Joseph back to Bethlehem
40:59 from their home in Nazareth
41:02 to be registered...
41:03 I'll say again, "God will use anybody at any time
41:06 willing... and sometimes even unwilling...
41:10 to do His work and to save His people. "
41:15 Audience: Amen.
41:17 Been to that city of Bethlehem, it is still a pretty modest town
41:21 it's in Arab hands now
41:23 but it is quite a... an interesting place...
41:28 So, Nebuchadnezzar now sees the feet and toes
41:32 and I want to spend our last few minutes
41:35 in this particular setting dealing with this.
41:38 "For they are part of iron and part of clay"
41:43 two materials that can never be mixed together
41:47 "some strong and some weak"
41:51 Daniel chapter 2 verses 42 and 43
41:55 the Bible says, "And as the toes of the feet
41:59 were part of iron and part of clay,
42:01 so the kingdom shall be partly strong... "
42:04 and I found a translation that says,
42:07 "partly broken"
42:09 the New King James says, "partly fragile"
42:13 the King James says, "partly weak"
42:16 strong and weak...
42:17 "And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with clay,
42:21 they shall mingle with the seeds of men:
42:25 but they shall not cleave one to another,
42:29 even as iron is not mixed with clay. "
42:33 Now this is a part of the Bible that we usually skip over
42:36 but I want to spend just a little time there
42:39 because the Bible says,
42:42 there will never ever be another world empire.
42:49 You're never going to have one ruler again...
42:52 it's not going to happen...
42:54 even though down through the centuries
42:58 men have tried and tried and tried.
43:01 They tried to unite the world through force
43:05 or through coercion.
43:06 The first person who tried to do this was Charlemagne...
43:10 he tried to establish a new Holy Roman Empire,
43:15 he really wanted to unite all of Europe... he failed.
43:18 The second person was Charles the Fifth
43:22 Holy Roman Empire... Emperor rather...
43:26 he tried to unite the world...
43:28 he failed and died in a monastory.
43:31 The next person was Louis the 14th...
43:34 better known as the Sun King of France,
43:38 reigned 72 years
43:41 started five wars... including one war that lasted 30 years.
43:49 It's called: The Thirty Years' War
43:52 it was a religious war
43:53 because he tried to unite the world under the Catholic Church.
43:58 He is followed by, of course, Napoleon Bonaparte.
44:02 He tried to unite all of Europe.
44:05 He was defeated
44:06 he met his Waterloo and was poisoned
44:10 followed by Kaiser Wilhelm
44:14 German Emperor... King of Prussia...
44:17 he tried to unite the world...
44:20 succeeded in starting World War 1...
44:23 not he alone but he had a part in it
44:25 he failed...
44:27 followed by Adolf Hitler
44:30 he tried to unite the world in a 1,000-year Reich...
44:34 ended up committing suicide in a mountain chalet
44:38 with his girlfriend, Eva Braun...
44:41 followed by Benito Mussolini
44:45 who joined hands with Hitler
44:48 wound up being hanged by the Italian Underground.
44:53 The Bible says, "Though they try and try,
44:56 they shall not cleave or adhere one to another.
45:02 So now, someone came up with the idea...
45:07 "Let's unite through politics and economy"
45:11 and they tried politics and diplomacy...
45:15 "League of Nations" right after World War 1.
45:19 Limited success... failed...
45:22 followed by "United Nations"
45:25 existing today
45:26 I had... and baptized a Secretary
45:29 from the United Nations
45:30 and she told me... "All we do in that building is argue
45:36 nobody solves anything... nobody does anything...
45:39 we just argue... argue... argue... argue... "
45:43 I had the privilege of baptizing
45:45 the Ambassador to the United Nations
45:47 from the Island of Grenada,
45:48 the Honorable Franklyn O'Brien Dolland...
45:51 he's now a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church
45:52 he said, "When I joined the church,
45:55 I had to in my resignation at the United Nations
45:59 because all you do is argue... argue... argue...
46:02 and spy on each other
46:04 and I don't see myself doing that... and going to heaven. "
46:07 So, he quit... amen.
46:11 That was followed by NATO
46:13 The North Atlantic Treaty Organization
46:17 a loosely-put-together group of countries
46:20 that are... said they're going to protect each other
46:23 but they argue as much as they agree
46:27 because man cannot go against the Word of God.
46:32 Now we've got... since 1994 November 1,
46:37 1993 rather...
46:39 the European Union...
46:42 28 States... 19 of which use the Euro
46:47 and they cannot seem to agree
46:52 because some of the States are strong
46:54 and some of the States are weak
46:56 and some of the States have money
46:58 and some of the States are broke...
47:00 and the strong States like Germany
47:01 are tired of footing the bill for the poor States like Greece,
47:04 so, the European Union
47:06 is a very shaky grouping of countries
47:11 and if you want to know if the European Union is a success,
47:16 I got one word for you... Brexit
47:19 England is out
47:22 and now the other States are thinking about getting out too
47:26 because the Bible says,
47:28 "Man shall not cleave
47:31 one to another"
47:32 they are not going to stick together.
47:34 They're not going to adhere.
47:35 Access Point: Unity through intermarriage
47:41 the Bible says, "they shall mingle with the seed of men. "
47:46 I want to spend a few minutes on this.
47:48 "They shall not adhere to one another. "
47:52 One of the ways that the countries of Europe
47:57 tried to defy the will of God was through intermarriage.
48:05 Now, I'm going to take you through some things,
48:08 let's take a look at Portugal.
48:10 This is just one small example.
48:13 You got Maria... she's a princess,
48:17 she's 26 years of age,
48:19 she marries her uncle, Pedro.
48:22 Pedro when he's crowned king takes the name... Peter the 3rd.
48:28 He is 43.
48:30 Peter was Maria's father's youngest brother,
48:36 he's now her husband.
48:38 Maria and Peter the 3rd have a son whose name is Joseph.
48:44 At age 15, Joseph marries his aunt
48:48 who is Maria's sister, Benedita.
48:52 She is 30,
48:55 so Peter the 3rd's daughter-in-law
48:58 is also his sister-in-law
49:00 and his son's aunt is also his niece...
49:05 his niece and his wife is also his niece.
49:11 That's just one little example.
49:13 "They shall not cleave. "
49:16 Let's talk about Victoria of England...
49:18 literally the Queen Mother of all Europe.
49:21 Victoria married her first cousin... Prince Albert,
49:26 they had nine children,
49:29 one boy... eight girls...
49:31 all eight girls carried the Hemophilia gene...
49:39 you know what that is?
49:41 That's when your blood won't clot and you just bleed,
49:43 all eight girls...
49:45 so strong was this gene
49:47 that not only did her daughters carry it,
49:50 her daughter's daughters carried it,
49:52 her daughter's daughter's daughters carried it
49:55 and her daughter's daughter's daughter's daughters carried it
49:57 four generations...
49:59 so whoever married one of those girls,
50:02 their children were hemophiliacs.
50:05 Leopold died at age 31... brain hemorrhage...
50:12 married a daughter...
50:14 Prince Frederick of Hesse died of a brain hemorrhage
50:18 married a daughter...
50:22 Prince Waldemar of Prussia waiting for a blood transfusion
50:27 bled to death on the table...
50:30 his mother was a daughter of Victoria.
50:33 Lord Leopold Mountbatten died on the operating table
50:38 age 32... his mother was a daughter...
50:42 bled to death...
50:43 Prince Heinrich of Prussia... four years old...
50:47 fell and scraped his knee...
50:49 just a little fall... a little scrape...
50:51 bled to death...
50:53 his mother was a granddaughter of Victoria.
50:57 Prince Alfonso, age 31,
50:59 his brother, Prince Gonzalo, age 19
51:03 minor car accident...
51:05 both bled to death.
51:07 Their mother was a granddaughter of Victoria.
51:15 Alexa of Russia... little boy...
51:20 his mother was a great-granddaughter of Victoria
51:26 and that gene came through.
51:31 Europe tried to defy the laws of God with disastrous results.
51:40 They tried to unite through marriage...
51:43 they tried to do through marriage
51:45 what they couldn't do through war
51:47 and what they couldn't do through economy.
51:49 Now, look at this face,
51:51 this is Charles the Fifth of Spain.
51:53 There were a bunch of Charleses...
51:55 in fact, there were a bunch of Charles the Fifths...
51:57 there were eight Charles the Fifth...
51:59 Charles of Spain, Charles of Prussia,
52:01 Charles of France...
52:02 what do you notice about that face?
52:08 Well, I'll tell you, you see that elongated jaw?
52:13 Now, you don't see it that much in Charles the Fifth of Spain,
52:17 let's look one generation later at his son...
52:19 Audience: Smiling.
52:22 What do you notice about that face right away?
52:25 Over-exaggerated jaw... his nose comes down to his lips
52:31 that... Ladies and Gentlemen is a genetic deformity.
52:35 Let's go to the next slide... what is it called?
52:39 It's called: The Habsburg Jaw
52:42 it's called: The Habsburg Jaw.
52:45 Now, this young man died at age 39.
52:49 That's a genetic deformity
52:51 that came about through centuries of inbreeding...
52:56 of trying to cleave together when God said, "they would not"
53:00 the first Habsburg... Rudolph
53:03 was put on the throne of the Holy Roman Empire in 1273
53:09 and for the next 700 years,
53:14 the Habsburg interbred with one another
53:18 so that by the 1400s you've got that Habsburg Jaw
53:25 and there was a time
53:26 when almost every leader in Europe
53:29 looked just like that.
53:32 That's inbreeding and inbreeding and inbreeding and inbreeding
53:37 for 100s of years...
53:38 I've got sheet upon sheet upon sheet of... of...
53:42 of lists of people who died because of... of inbreeding.
53:48 That young man that I just showed you...
53:51 that's Charles the 2nd of Spain
53:54 his father and his mother...
53:58 well, his mother was the niece of his father.
54:02 His grandparents on his father's side
54:07 were first cousins...
54:09 his grandparents on his mother's side
54:13 were first cousins...
54:15 so, can you see how tightly this is inbred?
54:19 You can't produce healthy children
54:20 when you're breeding that closely...
54:23 it's called: Consanguino Relationships.
54:25 Consanguino relationships starts at first cousins.
54:30 You can't marry your first cousin
54:32 and produce a healthy child
54:34 you can't do it.
54:35 That's why in India today you got so many blind people
54:38 because you got husbands marry...
54:41 rather, you got brothers and sisters marrying each other
54:43 and this... this kind of relationship
54:46 took place over hundreds of years
54:49 in... in Europe.
54:51 You can't see this but everywhere here
54:54 where you've got a little slanted line...
54:56 that's where an uncle married a niece
54:59 and you got it again and again and again and again.
55:02 So, that fellow that you just saw...
55:05 his... his family began in the 1400s...
55:09 from the 1400s to the 1600s... there was constant inbreeding
55:13 marrying sister... marrying cousin...
55:15 marrying first cousins... marrying niece
55:17 and after 200 years of inbreeding,
55:20 that's what you end up with,
55:22 now, what's bad about that is
55:23 not only did you get the physical deformities
55:25 of the Habsburg Jaw,
55:27 you also got mental deformity
55:30 and these deformities
55:32 reveal themselves in men and women.
55:35 I pulled up this stuff from the internet just yesterday...
55:37 you got women who had that same elongated jaw.
55:41 There were people born during the Habsburg era
55:44 whose jaw was so displaced, they could not eat food...
55:46 they could not chew...
55:48 all because of inbreeding
55:50 and God said, "They will not cleave one to another. "
55:55 So, you got 100s and 100s of years of... of inbreeding.
55:59 Charles the... let me get this right...
56:03 Charles... no... Louis the 9th from the 13th century
56:08 and Louis the 14th... the Sun King...
56:12 in the 17th century the genealogists have found
56:18 that there were 368 links between those two kings
56:24 several centuries apart...
56:27 now that doesn't sound like anything bad
56:29 until you understand what they're saying.
56:31 If you take a parent... two parents... father and mother
56:37 they have a child,
56:38 then that child marries somebody else,
56:40 the family tree ought to be going this way...
56:43 shouldn't it as you add people...
56:47 but when you marry consanguily,
56:50 what happens is, the family tree goes this way
56:53 and then it begins to turn and go this way
56:56 and you're beginning to concentrate
57:00 and that's what happened in Europe during all of those years
57:03 now very quickly, we go to the St. Bartholomew Massacre,
57:06 massacre... very quickly, the St. Bartholomew Massacre
57:10 was a massacre of Catholics upon French Huguenots...
57:14 Charles the 9th had a sister.
57:17 Her name was Margaret of Valois.
57:20 Margaret of Valois was Catholic.
57:24 She was intending to marry a Henry of Navarre
57:30 the Head of the Huguenots.
57:31 So, all the Huguenots came into Paris for that great wedding
57:35 but it really was a ruse...
57:37 there was never going to be a marriage.
57:39 The night before the wedding, a bell was tolled,
57:42 and roving bands of Catholics slaughtered Huguenots
57:46 Protestants... for... Ellen White says, "two months"
57:49 most historians just say many, many weeks.
57:52 When it was over, 70,000 Protestant Huguenots
57:56 who were French Catholics... rather... French Calvinists...
58:00 were dead...
58:01 now, why is that important?
58:04 It's important because Charles the 9th
58:08 was inbred...
58:10 his parents on both sides were...
58:14 in fact his mother was Catherine de' Medici...
58:18 and she was inbred and his father was inbred...
58:22 more than just physical deformity,
58:25 this inbreeding after so many years caused mental deformity.
58:30 So, you had kings who would start wars and kill people
58:35 and who were mean and ferocious
58:38 and without love and without care
58:40 and that's what started this...
58:43 this... this St. Bartholomew Massacre.
58:46 Henry the 9th was the product of centuries of inbreeding
58:53 so, he was incapable and incompetent to be a king
58:58 and you had kings ruling countries
59:00 who could not control themselves.
59:02 Why? Because the Bible says,
59:03 "They shall not cleave one to another"
59:07 and no matter how you try it
59:09 and no matter how you cut it,
59:12 these things simply could not be.
59:15 I've got to skip over a lot of this material
59:18 because we've got... we've got to let you go
59:20 but in verse 44,
59:22 the Bible says, "And in the days of these kings
59:26 the God of heaven will set up a kingdom... "
59:29 now let me say this just very quickly before we close,
59:32 here's how good God is... here's how God ended this.
59:35 In the 1700s, after 500 years of inbreeding
59:39 the women had become so infertile
59:43 that they could not carry babies to term.
59:45 So it began to self-abort, they just couldn't carry them
59:48 and the men had inbred so much
59:50 that they could not father children
59:54 so after 5- 6- 700 years of inbreeding
59:58 the Habsburg Dynasty simply died out...
01:00:01 God just put an end to it.
01:00:03 The men could not father... the women could not mother...
01:00:06 and so, it just died...
01:00:07 "They shall not cleave one to another. "
01:00:11 But that's what we inherited
01:00:13 from them trying to go against God.
01:00:16 Let me close with this.
01:00:18 The Bible says, "In the days of these kings
01:00:20 the God of heaven will set up a kingdom,
01:00:23 which shall never be destroyed... "
01:00:25 can you say, "amen. "
01:00:27 Audience: Amen.
01:00:28 "In the days of these kings, it shall break in pieces
01:00:30 and consume all of these kingdoms,
01:00:34 and it shall stand for ever. "
01:00:43 I am so glad that one of the things that Daniel assures us
01:00:50 is that, this world is coming to an end.
01:00:55 Audience: Amen.
01:00:56 Is that good or bad... ready or not...
01:00:59 Jesus is coming...
01:01:01 Audience: Amen... hallelujah...
01:01:02 And the men and the machinations of men
01:01:05 will not delay the coming of the Lord,
01:01:09 the Bible says,
01:01:11 "He that shall come, will come and will not tarry. "
01:01:16 And as we look over the long and sad history of this world,
01:01:22 it could be pretty depressing
01:01:25 but as we look forward
01:01:28 to the glorious world that is to come
01:01:31 Ladies and Gentlemen, it's pretty exciting.
01:01:34 Audience: Amen.
01:01:35 Man has done some pretty awful things
01:01:38 but we serve an awfully great God,
01:01:42 who is ready... willing and able
01:01:46 to save all who come to Him by Jesus Christ
01:01:51 and so, in verse 47, at the very end,
01:01:53 Nebuchadnezzar says,
01:01:56 "Truly your God is a God of Gods,
01:01:59 the Lord of kings, and a revealer of secrets,
01:02:03 since you could reveal this secret. "
01:02:06 Even Nebuchadnezzar... a heathen king...
01:02:08 had to give glory to God
01:02:11 for what He did and who He was.
01:02:14 There is coming a time, Ladies and Gentlemen,
01:02:17 where every mouth shall confess,
01:02:20 every tongue shall confess
01:02:23 that He is King
01:02:24 and he is Lord of all.
01:02:27 Shall we pray?
01:02:29 "Father God, thank you for giving us your presence,
01:02:31 thank you for the book of Daniel,
01:02:34 thank you for what you showed a heathen king
01:02:38 so many centuries ago,
01:02:40 it gives us courage that God is still on the throne
01:02:45 and that one day we will be around that throne
01:02:50 to sing His praises forevermore,
01:02:53 we thank you and we praise you
01:02:55 in Jesus' name, amen. "
01:02:58 Audience: Amen.