Daniel 11: 36—12: 13
So, yesterday we saw that every single one of the prophecies that God laid out for Daniel came true historically. Every single one, to the letter. So much so that skeptics will say that there is no way that was written in Daniels time. But I lay this before you: If we believe God has the power to create the World, surely logic would tell us, that He has the knowledge of what is going to happen and how it is going to end. With that truth in our hand and hearts, we can read through the future revealed in today’s section, and bank on it. The king described today is the one who will take the world through the Tribulation. He is that figure known as the Antichrist, the Beast and the little horn. The world will think he is the greatest thing until Jesus comes and stomps him to the ground. Sorry that was graphic, I’m just getting you warmed up for when we start Revelation.
The book of Daniel ends with a promise. He promises Dan that he will live out the rest of his life, rest for a while(like, in a tomb) and then be resurrected so he can receive the inheritance set aside for him. I just love this reminder that this is not the end of the story. That is the hope you have to cling to in times of trouble, this is not the end.
1 John 4: 1-21
So, here’s the deal, if you are going to listen to someone teach you about Jesus, they have to believe the truth of the what Jesus says about Himself. We read above about how God predicted what would happen historically hundreds of years before it happened. That shows us that God’s Word is 100% true. So if you are somewhere listening to teaching about Jesus and that person says, “I don’t think we have to read the gospels because the information in there was really just meant for the ancients,” quietly slip out the back door and don’t listen to anything else they say. If you believe in Jesus, you have to take the entire Bible too. But John tells we’ll come in contact with people who want to lead us astray by picking away at the truth of what Jesus said about Himself. These people are people of the world not of God, and who runs the world? No, Beyoncè, it’s not girls, it’s Satan. God is sovereign over all, as always, nothing comes to us that does not pass through His hands, but as we have learned from our bible reading, during this spot on the Timeline, Satan is the lord of this world. (Hence the battle that is coming during Tribulation when Jesus comes back and finally crushes the head of the serpent.)