David Jeremiah Sermons 2020 _ THE END

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the end and the last part of the chapter tells us about the end of the prophecies both are about the time of the end or as sometimes we refer to them as the end times in the first three verses there are four major things God says will yet happen to this nation which he loves verse one says Israel will be ravaged at that time Michael shall stand up the Great Prince who stands watch over the sons of your people and there shall be a time of trouble such as never was since there was a nation even to that time God said Daniel there’s coming a time you think it’s been bad in Babylon there’s coming a time when there will be Great Tribulation on this earth it will be directed primarily at the people of Israel and it will be the most awful thing you can imagine it will never have been anything like this for any nation up to this time in the history of the world this is what we know as the Great Tribulation you’ve heard it you probably wondered about it it is the period of time at the end of the seven years of tribulation when as I can use this hopefully in the right way all hell breaks loose on this earth in Matthew 24 we read and there shall be a Great Tribulation such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time no nor ever shall be and unless those days were shortened no flesh would be saved but for the elects sake these days will be shortened when the prophet Daniel says at that time he’s talking about this time that I have just described a time of war and famine and darkness and disease and demons at that time the earth will experience wholesale slaughter the collapse of the heavenly bodies the destruction of one-third of the earth and see the scorching sunlight will burn people to death it will be an era of the likes of which our world has ever and cannot comprehend that’s the first prophecy but that’s not the only one the second prophecy is that Israel will be rescued notice verse one at that time your people shall be delivered every one who is found written in the book God says that when the Great Tribulation happens and all hell breaks loose on this earth in judgment against the rebellion of the nations and the rebellion of Israel there will come a time when there will be a rescue and some out of that tribulation will be saved and it’s interesting that it explains who these people are they are the people whose names are found written in the book we can imagine this book here’s the name of every person born in the world and when a person is born the date of his conception is next to his name and then when he reaches the age of accountability or the age of his ability to understand the gospel that is entered next to his name and if he receives Jesus Christ as his Savior the date of his conversion is entered next to his name and so life goes on and then somebody whose name is in that book dies and if they have not been converted to Jesus Christ if they have not received Christ the Bible says their name is blotted out of the book and that is a terrible thought is it not to be blotted out of the book of life so when a person comes to heaven and he stands before God and God says why should I let you into my heaven let me see we’ll see if your name is in the book and perhaps the names are alphabetically and he goes down through the A’s and the B’s and he comes to whatever letter starts your name and he looks in the book and he sees a space where your name used to be but the space is empty it’s been blotted out because during the time when you had the opportunity to receive Christ and become a part of real life you rejected it and your has blotted out of the book let me assure you that if you receive Jesus Christ your name can never be blotted out if you’re a Christian your name is indelibly in that book you cannot be unborn you cannot be unsaved I know some of you may have heard that you can be but I want to tell you on the authority of the word of God that if you are a believer if you have trusted Jesus Christ your name is written in the book it’s underlined it’s an indelible ink it can never be erased you are a part of God’s future and a part of his plan for your forever but if your name is not in the book because you have rejected Jesus Christ when you die you don’t have any second chance to come back and get your name put back in the book it is the book of life Daniel seven eighteen and twenty seven says this the Saints of the Most High shall receive the kingdom who are they those are the godly Jews who come out of the tribulation and they will possess the kingdom forever even forever and ever and the kingdom and Dominion and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven shall be given to the people the Saints of the Most High his kingdom is an everlasting Kingdom and all dominions shall serve and obey Him so here’s the picture you guys going through the tribulation will be a terrible time especially for Israel many of the Jews who still rubella gainst God and will not receive as Messiah they will be under the wrath of God during that time but out of that group there will be a group who have received Christ there the remnant of the Jews many of them will still be alive when the tribulation ends but what about those who are killed during the tribulation who are godly that leads us to the next prophecy which is again in verse 2 Israel will be ravaged it will be rescued and it will be resurrected many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake some to everlasting life and some to shame and everlasting contempt the important point that is being made in Daniel 12 is that the resurrection of those who died during the tribulation period as the result of their faithfulness to the Lord that these martyrs will be raised up at the end of the Tribulation Period and will reign with Christ for a thousand years revelation 20 verses 4 & 6 speaks to it this way I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God and who had not worshiped the beast or his image and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands and they lived and they served and they reigned with Christ for a thousand years blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection over such the second death has no power but they shall be priests of God and of Christ and shall reign with him a thousand years what a testimony there’s going to be a time of suffering on this earth and it will sort things out one last prophecy in these first three verses what have we learned so far there’s coming a time when Israel will be ravaged but Israel at least one-third of them will be rescued and many of them will be resurrected but all of them who receive the Messiah will be rewarded verse three those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament and those who turn many to righteousness like the Stars forever and ever what a great great verse this is the word wise here is a word which means well it’s a word used to describe teachers people who teach who have insight into the times who impart what they know to others out of the tribulation period some courageous individuals will arise who will instruct people from the Word of God they will encourage and strengthen God’s people during this terrible time and the Tribulation Period will also produce courageous evangelist those who turn many to righteousness is how it is expressed in Daniel who will be instructing and who will instrumental in bringing many to faith in the Messiah these faithful teachers says Daniel will shine like the brightness of the firmament and like the Stars forever and ever there’s a saying about the gospel that goes like this if you want to plant something that will last a year plant a flower if you want to plant something that will last a lifetime plant a tree but if you want to plant something that will last forever plant the gospel in someone’s life and that will never ever die the prophecies of the end are followed by the end of the prophecies now that we’ve addressed the prophecies of the end we come to the end of these prophecies the conclusion of the entire Book of Daniel and in these verses Daniel does something that really blesses my heart he confesses that he doesn’t understand a lot of what God has told him now I don’t know if you have a face that I love to study the Word of God and I’m a pretty diligent student but there’s a lot of stuff I don’t understand can I get a witness we want to understand everything we can and be humble about the stuff we can’t understand but it doesn’t do me a lot of good to know that this man Daniel he struggled with some of this as well all Daniel had is what God communicated to him and Daniel had the words of some of the prophets that were his associates but he didn’t have all of them yet even with all of our resources there are still some things we don’t understand but we shouldn’t be discouraged because what we don’t understand we probably don’t need to understand and sooner or later God will explain it to us and when we get to heaven we’ll have perfect knowledge and we’ll look back and say so that’s what that was about but I choose not to be intimidated by the things I don’t understand and keep diligently searching that I might understand them better in these last few verses where we have the end of the prophecies there’s a first of all a final discussion with the Angels verses 5 through 12 and the first part of the discussion is about time how long will the fulfillment of these wonders be cable can you tell us how long this time of tribulation is gonna last how long will the nation of Israel be under the pressure of the Great Tribulation how many days is this going to happen can you just give us some hope how many of you know hope is everything give us some hope I was at a football game the other night and I walked down to the defensive coordinator cuz we were behind and I said can you give me some hope Daniel wanted to know is there any hope it’s so interesting how exact how perfectly exact the Bible is how long will the Antichrist be allowed to oppress the people of God during the tribulation then came the answer in verse 7 I heard the man clothed in linen who was above the waters of the river and he held up his right hand to heaven and he held up his left hand to heaven and he swore by him who lives forever that it shall be for a time times and half a time and when the power of the holy people has been completely shattered all these things shall be finished it’s gonna last for a time and times and half a time and we know from earlier passages that that is a reference to years a time is one year times is two years now we have one and two that’s three and half a time is a half a year so the Great Tribulation we are told is to be a time that is lasting for three and a half years that is an exact statement and it fits in with the exact Word of God that their fibrillation is divided in two the first three-and-a-half years are the beginning of trouble the last three and a half years are the Great Tribulation the answer comes back exact three and a half years the last part of Gabriel’s answer is that all these DARS prophecies will be fulfilled when the power of the holy people has been completely shattered what does that mean we talked to about this at the beginning what is God trying to do he’s trying to bring his people into obedience when they finally get to the place where they realized they don’t have any power their power has been shattered the tribulation will be over and the nation of Israel will be purged and God’s purpose will be completed now that’s the discussion about time he moves next to a final discussion about tribulation verse 8 although I heard I did not understand then I said my lord what shall be the end of these things the first question is when the second question is what he said Daniel verse 9 go your way for the words are closed up and sealed until the end of time in other words Daniel everything you want to know is not knowable for you so get on with your life then you wouldn’t get a complete answer to his question but Gabriel did relieve his anxiety by adding a note of hope I want you to take the prophecies of the future and use them as motivation for today if we believe all this is true what should that mean to us that should mean that we would be anxious to make sure nobody that we know misses heaven we want to take everybody to heaven we can our goal should be to get to heaven ourselves and take as many people with us as we can we shouldn’t be sitting around dicing all of the prophetic nuances of the Bible we should be out sharing our faith with others because we know God has got this under control we know where it’s all going we know we don’t have to live in despair because we see incidents happening in this world today we know it’s going toward a point but the main motivation all of prophecy is seeing that these things are true what sort of people aren’t we to be that’s what the scripture says and so I love this motivational speech that God gives to Daniel Daniel go your way get on with your life do the work that God has called you to do Daniel didn’t have much left in terms of time but I promise you he did exactly what God told to do and then as we close our Bibles on this text let me just remind you that God gave Daniel three final instructions I’m just gonna run over them quickly if you’re taking notes you can fill in the notes first of all he instructed Daniel to protect the prophecy he says you Daniel shut up the words and seal the book until the time of the end many shall run to and fro and knowledge will increase and then he says to Daniel you’re instructed to proceed with your life where have we seen that before verse 9 Daniel go your way for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end God says Daniel he’s not gonna get your answers get on with your life hallelujah and then God said Daniel I want you to prepare for the future protect the prophecy proceed with life prepare for the future notice verse 13 go your way till the end for you shall rest and you will arise to your inheritance at the end of the days Daniel was told that one day he could be assured of this he would arise to his reward God evaluated Daniel and he said Daniel one day you’re gonna arise to your reward and that was his final word Daniel shows us the way Daniel stands up as a man of courage he spent all of his days in a foreign culture away from his home in Israel and now God is promising him that because he’s been faithful one day he’s going to stand again in Israel and he’s gonna reign with the king of kings remember we said that Daniel teaches us that when we face challenges to our faith we don’t stand down that’s cowardice we don’t stand aside that’s compromise we don’t even necessarily have to stand against interestingly enough in the entire Book of Daniel there’s not one diatribe against the Babylonian culture it’s all about living your life wherever God has put you and at the end of time daniel says we as God’s people need to not stand down not stand aside not even necessarily stand against but we need to stand up with courage and conviction that’s what Daniel teaches us he teaches us that there’s a time coming and we may be on the edges of it now when it’s going to cost us more to be Christians than it ever has before don’t you sense that happening don’t you sense the tolerance for Christians is way less than it was when we started this journey together we are entering into a period of time men and women where we’re gonna find out whether we believe something or not remember crises don’t make us what we are they reveal what we are when trouble comes we’ll find out about the reality of our faith whether we’re willing to stand for what we say we believe it’s here now it’s coming and it’s going to get more and more intense as we face the future I hope you will pray for me as I pray for you that we can follow the example of this man of God who stood in the midst of a pagan culture and represented Almighty God with dignity and with class with courage and with conviction we can do that and if not us who if not this congregation that has taught the Word of God which congregation will do that if not you who’ve been a Christian for a long time if not you who the young ones that are just getting here just figuring this out no no we have to commit ourselves men and women that by the grace of God we’re gonna be stand up people for the God we love no longer possible to be Secret Service Christians that’s where many people are they’re saved and satisfied and they hope nobody ever finds out but God has called us to be stand-up Christians amen and I pledge to you that’s what I will be and I ask you to be that as well dr.

Jeremiah will return in a moment to cuz the end times I want you to remember that Daniel has been in Babylon for 70 years living in a foreign culture as a captive he’s risen to the top of the culture on numerous occasions under many kings God has been dealing with the nation of Israel that’s what this is all about God has always been dealing with the nation of Israel Israel has been the apple of God’s eye but it has not been a relationship that has always been an easy one because Israel has been very stubborn in relationship to the Messiah the captivity we thought would give Israel a new start we learned last week the captivity only allowed the people of Israel to be seduced by the Babylonian culture so that when they had a chance to go back to their homeland and restart only 50 percent of them wanted to leave the rest wanted to stay in Babylon they were comfortable with all that they had found there they had become Babylon eyes and when the other went back we learned that they weren’t serious about their rebuilding of the temple and only got it started and then got interested in other things Daniel was brokenhearted over this and in the midst of Daniels agony over the malaise of his people God gave him one final message one final vision the vision was so hard for Daniel to accept the Bible tells us that he fainted that he passed out that he fell on his face the vision was about all that God was going to have to do to this people before the end was over that Israel was not finished with its suffering because Israel was not finished with its rebellion and disobedience and God laid out for Daniel the plan for the future and here in this last chapter we are given the prophecies of the end in the first three verses there are four major things God says will yet happen to this nation which he loves verse one says Israel will be ravaged at that time Michael shall stand up the Great Prince who stands watch over the sons of your people and there shall be a time of trouble such as never was since there was a nation even to that time God said Daniel there’s coming a time you think it’s been bad in Babylon there’s coming a time when there will be Great Tribulation on this earth it will be directed primarily at the people of Israel and it will be the most awful thing you can imagine it will never have been anything like this for any nation up to this time in the history of the world this is what we know as the Great Tribulation you’ve heard it you’ve probably wondered about it it is the period of time at the end of the seven years of tribulation when as I can use this hopefully in the right way all hell breaks loose on this earth jeremiah refers to this time as the time of Jacob’s trouble Jacob being one of the forefathers of the nation of Israel and verse 1 connects the Great Tribulation with the standing up of Michael the Archangel we met him last week the Archangel of God if you want to know what this means you have to go from Daniel 12 to Revelation 12 let me take you there you can read it on the screen here is what that says war broke out in heaven Michael and his angels fought with the Dragon and the dragon and his angels fought but they did not prevail nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer so the Great Dragon was cast out that serpent of old called the devil and Satan who deceives the whole world and he was cast to the earth and his angels were cast out with him when Satan is cast down to the earth in the middle of the Tribulation Period the Great Tribulation will be initiated against Israel revelation 12:12 adds these words rejoice o heavens and you who dwell in them woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea for the devil has come down you having a great wrath because he knows that he has a short time the scripture says that when Satan comes down to the earth he is filled with fury he knows his time is running out whatever evil he’s going to do he’s going to have to do it quickly so the sense of intensity and evil takes place if you want to know why the Tribulation Period is so awful it’s because Satan is on a rampage it’s his last stand and he’s gonna wreak as much hell as he can before he is cast into the bottomless pit and there are many passages that describe what this is going to be like Zechariah 14:2 says I will gather all the nations to battle against Jerusalem the city shall be taken the houses rifled and the women ravished half of the city will go into captivity Jeremiah comes along and adds some more details we have heard a voice of trembling of fear and not of peace asked now and see whether a man is ever in labor with child so why do I see every man with his hands on his loins like a woman in labor and all faces turn pale alas for the day is great so that none is like it it is the time of Jacob’s trouble and the Lord Jesus Christ in the New Testament spoke about this as well in Matthew 24 we read and there shall be a Great Tribulation such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time no nor ever shall be and unless those days were shortened no flesh would be saved but for the elects sake these days will be shortened when the prophet Daniel says at that time he’s talking about this time that I have just described a time of war and famine and darkness and disease and demons at that time the earth will experience wholesale slaughter the collapse of the heavenly bodies the destruction of one third of the earth and see the scorching sunlight will burn people to death it will be an era of the likes of which our world has never and cannot comprehend horrors will be unleashed on the earth in the breaking of the seals and the blowing of the trumpets and the emptying of the bowls of judgment that are described in Revelation chapter 6 through 19 if you want to know what it’s going to be like I dare you to read those chapters but I warn you not to do it before you go to bed at night it’s a terrifying story Israel will be ravaged that’s the first prophecy but that’s not the only one the second prophecy is that Israel will be rescued notice verse one at that time your people shall be delivered every one who is found written in the book God says that when the Great Tribulation happens and all hell breaks loose on this earth in judgment against the rebellion of the nations and the rebellion of Israel there will come a time when there will be a rescue and some out of that tribulation will be saved and it’s interesting that it explains who these people are they are the people whose names are found written in the book and of course we’d like to know what that book is what book are we talking about there are many people who try to explain this but I believe the best explanation that I have read about this and understand about it was given to me by an old friend of this church a man by the name of Henry Morris in his book on Revelation he gives us this explanation listen carefully the book of life he said is mentioned a number of times in the Bible and then he lists all the different places were it is mentioned and he goes on to say that some first century cultural background will help us understand the nature of this book the cities of that day had a register which listed the names of every single citizen that in the city if a person committed a crime or defiled his standing in the city he would be called before a tribunal and his name would be removed from the list literally blotted out from the city’s registry such a person then would no longer be considered a citizen of that city and he would be forced to move out of the city and live elsewhere this is the concept that is behind the word book of life it is a book originally containing the name of every person ever born into this world the moment you were conceived your name was entered into the book of life there’s nobody who’s not in the book of life at the beginning and one can speculate that beside each person’s name as entered in the book of life is the time of conception and the time of his age of accountability the date of his conversion to Christ as his Savior in other words we can imagine this book here’s the name of every person born in the world and when a person is born the date of his conception is next to his name and then when he reaches the age of accountability or the age of his ability to understand the gospel that is entered next to his name and if he receives Jesus Christ as his Savior the date of his conversion is entered next to his name and so life goes on and then somebody whose name is in that book dies and if they have not been converted to Jesus Christ if they have not received Christ the Bible says their name is blotted out of the book and that is a terrible thought is it not to be blotted out of the book of life so when a person comes to heaven and he stands before God and God says why should I let you into my heaven let me see will see if your name is in the book and perhaps the names are alphabetically and he goes down through the A’s and the B’s and he comes to whatever letter starts your name and he looks in the book and he sees a space where your name used to be but the space is empty it’s been blotted out because during the time when you had the opportunity to receive Christ and become a part of real life you rejected it and your name is blotted out of the book let me assure you that if you receive Jesus Christ your name can never be blotted out if you’re a Christian your name is indelibly in that book you cannot be unborn you cannot be unsaved I know some of you may have heard that you can be but I want to tell you on the authority of the word of God that if you are a believer if you have trusted Jesus Christ your name is written in the book it’s underlined it’s in indelible ink it can never be erased you are a part of God’s future and a part of his plan for your forever but if your name is not in the book because you have rejected Jesus Christ when you die you don’t have any second chance to come back and get your name put back in the book it is the book of life exhibiting this blank spot in the book will be the final and conclusive evidence that the person being judged cannot go to heaven because he has rejected the only way to God which is through Jesus Christ in Daniel chapter 12 and verse 1 the names written in the book are godly Jews the believing remnant on the earth at the end of the tribulation did you know that during the tribulation many will be saved people are quite surprised when I say that in fact I could make a case for the fact that during the tribulation you will see the greatest revival that’s ever taken place on this earth you say well how could that happen well let me give you a clue a hundred and forty-four thousand converted Jews are going to be set loose on the earth can you imagine what that will be like you have never seen such a successful revival as will take place during the tribulation many will be saved and they will become a part of the remnant of God these Jews will be rescued out of the Tribulation Period God says that he will purge the rebellious disobedient Jews leaving a remnant of committed Zecharia puts it this way in all the land 2/3 in it shall be cut off and die but 1/3 shall be left in it and I will bring the 1/3 through the fire and refine them as silver is refined and test them as gold is tested and they will call me by my name in some of the last words of the Old Testament Malachi refers to the time when the Lord will preserve the godly Jewish remnant I love these verses in the last book of the Old Testament a book of remembrance was written before him for those who fear the Lord and meditate on his name they shall be mine says the Lord of hosts on the day that I make them my jewels and I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him and then you shall again discern between the righteous and the wicked between the one who serves God and the one who does not serve him God will use this time of Jacob’s trouble this time of tribulation to purge and sift the faithful Jews out of those who are unfaithful and those who are left at that time will be a righteous nation who will ultimately reign with Christ during the thousand-year millennium Daniel 7 18 and 27 says this the Saints of the Most High shall receive the kingdom who are they those are the godly Jews who come out of the tribulation and they will possess the kingdom forever even forever and ever and the kingdom and Dominion and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven shall be given to the people the Saints of the Most High his kingdom is an everlasting Kingdom and all dominions shall serve and obey Him so here’s the picture you guys going through the tribulation will be a terrible time especially for Israel many of the Jews who still rubella gainst God and will not receive as Messiah they will be under the wrath of God during that time but out of that group there will be a group who have received Christ there the remnant of the Jews many of them will still be alive when the tribulation ends but what about those who are killed during the tribute who are godly that leads us to the next prophecy which is again in verse 2 Israel will be ravaged it will be rescued and it will be resurrected many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake some to everlasting life and some to shame and everlasting contempt now over the years I’ve heard some people preach on this verse like it was a proof text for a general resurrection you’ve probably heard something like this well when everybody dies they all go to heaven and they all stand before God he sorts them out you go over here because you aren’t mine you go over here because you aren’t mine everybody stands before God at the same time that’s a wonderful topic for a message it just doesn’t come from the Bible because there is no such thing as a general resurrection the resurrection is divided into sections for instance by the time the Tribulation Period is over every single person who is a Christian will already have been resurrected but all of those who have rejected Christ will still be in the grave and they won’t be resurrected for 1,000 years at the end of the millennium then the unsaved will be resurrected that’s the second resurrection so this verse isn’t saying that everybody will stand before the Lord and one day some will be sent to heaven some will be sent to hell it’s just saying that in the general sense of the word resurrection when resurrection happens some will be resurrected to life and some will be were directed to death 1,000 years separates the resurrection of the saved and the unsaved the important point that is being made in Daniel 12 is that the resurrection of those who died during the tribulation period as the result of their faithfulness to the Lord that these martyrs will be raised up at the end of the Tribulation Period and will reign with Christ for a thousand years so whether you make it through the tribulation as a follower of the Messiah or you are killed as a result of your testimony it doesn’t really matter because at the end of that period all of those who have trusted Christ are going to be resurrected they’ll join all of those who survive the tribulation and together they’ll go into the thousand years and King Jesus will be there King David will be the vice regent and they will rule the earth and the Bible says that we are going to be a part of that great administration and we’ve all been thinking about where we would like to serve what part of the world we would like to reign over I know that you’ve picked your choice revelation 20 verses 4 & 6 speaks to it this way I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God and who had not worshiped the beast or his image and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands and they lived and they served and they reigned with Christ for a thousand years blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection over such the second death has no power but they shall be priests of God and of Christ and shall reign with him a thousand years what a testimony there’s gonna be a time of suffering on this earth and it will sort things out will it not how many of you know that even in the tribulations that we see in this life tribulation sorts things out doesn’t it a tribulation and trouble reveals who we are and there’s an old adage that something happens and it makes you what you are we don’t have any choice sometimes as to what happens to us but we sure do have a choice to how we respond to it don’t we and that’s the way this is when we go through this period of time of tribulation things get sorted out and so it will be in that future time when tribulation is the mega word of the conversation one last prophecy in these first three verses what have we learned so far there’s coming a time when Israel will be ravaged but Israel at least one-third of them will be rescued and many of them will be resurrected but all of them who receive the Messiah will be rewarded verse three those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament and those who turn many to righteousness like the Stars forever and ever what a great great verse this is the word wise here is a word which means well it’s a word used to describe teachers people who teach who have insight into the times who impart what they know to others out of the tribulation period some courageous individuals will arise who will instruct people from the Word of God they will encourage and strengthen God’s people during this terrible time and the Tribulation Period will also produce courageous evangelist those who turn many to righteousness is how it is expressed in Daniel who will be instructing and who will be instrumental in bringing many to faith in the Messiah these faithful teachers says Daniel will shine like the brightness of the firmament and like the Stars forever and ever the Bible says the preachers in the tribulation are gonna be stars stars that’s a word that is sometimes used of preachers and I like to remember that on occasion I get to be a star a preacher of the Word of God I can even be an angel according to part of Revelation but that’s stretching it a bit so I’ll just stay with the star there’s a saying about the gospel that goes like this if you want to plant something that will last a year plant a flower if you want to plant something that will last a lifetime plant a tree but if you want to plant something that will last forever plant the gospel in someone’s life and that will never ever die during the tribulation period there will be stars stars preachers teachers who will run to and fro and they will share the wonderful hope of the gospel of Jesus Christ and many will be saved and the Bible says these stars will shine like the stars of the firmament the preachers and teachers of the word of God the prophecies of the end are followed by the end of the prophecies now that we’ve addressed the prophecies of the end we come to the end of these prophecies the conclusion of entire Book of Daniel and in these verses Daniel does something that really blesses my heart he confesses that he doesn’t understand a lot of what God has told him now I don’t know if you have a face that I am loved you study the Word of God and I’m a pretty diligent student but there’s a lot of stuff I don’t understand can I get a witness we want to understand everything we can and be humble about the stuff we can’t understand but it does do me a lot of good to know that this man Daniel he struggled with some of this as well Daniel confesses he doesn’t understand much of what God is saying in verse 8 and actually the issue as men and women we have a better chance of understanding it than Daniel did Daniel didn’t have a lot of the resources we have Daniel did understand a lot of the perspective that we have Daniel didn’t have the advantage of reading the Lord’s message in the Olivet discourse which came from the Lord’s lips he didn’t have John’s revelation to offer future understanding from the book of Revelation remember the Book of Daniel is the broad outline of prophecy the words of Jesus in Matthew 24 and 25 and the whole book of Revelation fill in all the details in this broad outline Daniel didn’t have any of that all Daniel had is what God communicated to him and Daniel had the words of some of the prophets that were his associates but he didn’t have all of them yet even with all of our resources there are still some things we don’t understand but we shouldn’t be discouraged because what we don’t understand we probably don’t need to understand and sooner or later God will explain it to us and when we get to heaven we’ll have perfect knowledge and we’ll look back and say so that’s what that was about but I choose not to be intimidated by the things I don’t understand and keep diligently searching that I might understand them better in these last few verses where we have the end of the prophecies there’s a first of all a final discussion with the Angels verses 5 through 12 and the first part of the discussion is about time you’re gonna have to listen carefully gonna move quickly but there’s some really cool things here I don’t want you to miss the Bible says that it’s Daniel at the end of this book he’s standing on the bank of the tygris river and three angels appear to him the Bible says that one of these angels is standing on the same side of the river as Daniel is another is standing on the other side of the river and the third one is standing over the river so Daniels kind of over here with one angel here’s a major major entity hovering over the Tigris River and on the other side of the river is another angel that’s the context in which this message is going to be given the third angel who is standing above the waters of the river is described as a man clothed in linen and it was most likely Gabriel whom Daniel had met once before at this very same place one of the Angels probably the one that was standing with Daniel on his side of the river asks Gabriel a question he asks him this question how long will the fulfillment of these wonders be Gabel can you tell us how long this time of tribulation is going to last how long will the nation of Israel be under the pressure of the Great Tribulation how many days is this going to happen can you just give us some hope how many of you know hope is everything give us some hope I was at a football game the other night and I walked down to the defensive coordinator because we were behind and I said can you give me some hope Daniel wanted to know is there any hope it’s so interesting how exact how perfectly exact the Bible is how long will the Antichrist be allowed to oppress the people of God during the tribulation then came the answer in verse 7 I heard the man clothed in linen who was above the waters of the river and he held up his right hand to heaven and he held up his left hand to heaven and he swore by him who lives forever that it shall be for a time times and half a time and when the power of the holy people has been completely shattered all these things shall be finished now before Gabriel answers the question he raises both hands to heaven that’s significant in ancient times if you raised one hand in an oath it was a way of showing how serious and important your promise would be raising both hands conveys even a more greater significance and since God was the one by whom the oath was verified there could be no greater solemnity attributed to what the angel was about to communicate he raises both hands and he says I’m gonna give you the answer to your question I’m gonna tell you how long this has been alas and you can count on it this is an oath before the Almighty God it is the exact truth it cannot be varied it will be in exact terms and then he says it’s going to last for a time and times and half a time and we know from earlier passages that that is a reference to years a time is one year times is two years now we have one and two that’s three and half a time is a half a year so the Great Tribulation we are told is to be a time that is lasting for three and half years that is an exact statement and it fits in with the exact Word of God that their fibrillation is divided into the first three and a half years are the beginning of trouble the last three and a half years are the Great Tribulation the answer comes back exactly three and a half years Gabriel answered that the time of the Antichrist would be four three and a half years you know what I’ve been studying the Bible for almost 50 years and I’ve never found one mistake never one err never one inconsistency I’ve come to places that seem like they were at odds with other places but when I studied further I found out there wasn’t any the Bible is a book that is in errant whenever it speaks about whatever it speaks it always speaks the truth and it’s consistently the truth wherever you find it so let me take you on a brief little journey and I want you to listen carefully in not less than six different places and in almost as many different ways it is declared that the period of time that will be consumed in the Great Tribulation is for a time and times and a dividing of times the holy city shall be tread underfoot says revelation forty and two months that’s a time in times in half a time that’s three and a half years the woman fled into the wilderness a thousand two hundred and threescore days for a time and at times and half a time and in verse 5 of chapter 13 of Revelation power was given to him to continue forty and two months all of these prophecies refer to one and the same period of oppression and trouble under the Antichrist and in each instance the measure is three and a half years whether you do it in days or months or years or times it’s the same wherever you find it I don’t know if you get anything else out of the Book of Daniel I hope what comes through to you is this book that we revere and that we study that we major on in this pulpit is a book you can trust it is God’s infallible inerrant word and we know from every passage that deals with this period of time how long it will be the last part of Gabriel’s answer is that all these dyers prophecies will be fulfilled when the power of the holy people has been completely shattered what does that mean we talk to about this at the beginning what is God trying to do he’s trying to bring his people into obedience when they finally get to the place where they realized they don’t have any power their power has been shattered the tribulation will be over and the nation of Israel will be purged and God’s purpose will be completed now that’s the discussion about time he moves next to a final discussion about tribulation verse 8 although I heard I did not understand then I said my lord what shall be the end of these things the first question is when the second question is what the question Daniel is asking now is God is there gonna be some more is there something else what last things will happen before the very end please Lord give me some more details but the details weren’t for Daniel to know what an encouraging thought that is because some of you have all kinds of questions about stuff that I don’t have any answers to and then you’ll had a lot of questions he said Lord I got it three and a half years now what should I expect what’s gonna happen give me some more details that’s it no I’m gonna give any more details he said Daniel verse 9 go your way for the words are closed up and sealed until the end of time in other words Daniel everything you want to know is not knowable for you so get on with your life don’t get caught up in dicing the toes of Daniels beast don’t spend your life trying to pin the tail on the Antichrist don’t get caught up in all of them stuff that sometimes just mesmerizes people and gets them off course the Book of Daniel is not for you to just take and study and go home and discuss all of the very minor details learn the major plan God has for the future and then get on living your life as a child of God that’s what God is saying to Daniel don’t get caught up in all of these deep else that there aren’t any answers for just live your life get on with God start doing what God and that’s what Daniel had been doing for 90 years so it was no stretch for him Daniel wouldn’t get a complete answer to his question but Gabriel did relieve his anxiety by adding a note of hope verses 10 through 12 he said many shall be purified made white and refined but the wicked shall do wickedly and none of the wicked shall understand but the wise shall understand and from the time that the daily sacrifice is taken away and the abomination of desolation is set up there shall be 1290 days blessed is the man who Waits and comes to the 1,335 days now this is really one of those places where you say wait a minute I don’t get this this doesn’t make sense because God adds 90 days to this number in this answer and I believe the reason he does that is those 90 days are the period of time it’s going to take to set up the administration of the government during the reign of Christ in other words the tribulation will end Jesus Christ will become King but he won’t have the kingdom organized immediately it will take some time for the King to be organized and that’s the extra days that it will take to organize the kingdom and that’s all you need to know about that that’s enough and then that might not be the exact thing but once again I’m listening to the answer Daniel was given I don’t know the answer and God says well read it do your best to understand it and get on with your life by the way men and women he says that three times in this text he says to Daniel three times get on with your life I can’t imagine that there’s any more important thing that I could say to you than that I want you to know what the Bible says about the future but I don’t want you to live and the prophetic unknown I want you to take the prophecies of the future and use them as motivation for today if we believe all this is true what should that mean to us that should mean that we would be anxious to make sure nobody that we know misses heaven we want to take everybody to heaven we can our goal should be to get to heaven ourselves and take as many people with us as we can we shouldn’t be sitting around dicing all of the prophetic nuances of the Bible we should be out sharing our faith with others because we know God has got this under control we know where it’s all going we know we don’t have to live in despair because we see incidents happening in this world today we know it’s going toward a point but the main motivation all of prophecy is seeing that these things are true what sort of people ought we to be that’s what the scripture says and so I love this motivational speech that God gives to Daniel Daniel go your way get on with your life do the work that God has called you to do Daniel didn’t have much left in terms of time but I promise you he did exactly what God told him to do and then as we close our Bibles on this text let me just remind you that God gave Daniel three final instructions I’m just going to run over them quickly if you’re taking notes you can fill in the notes first of all he instructed Daniel to protect the prophecy he says you Daniel shut up the words and seal the book until the time of the end many shall run to and fro and knowledge will increase now this didn’t mean that Daniel was to hide the book someplace so nobody could read it that’s not what he’s saying he’s saying Daniel make sure you preserve the Book of Daniel make sure this book is preserved because in the end times people are gonna need to have it don’t want to know what is the future going to hold and then it says many will run to and fro and knowledge will increase that used to be a great sermon topic about where we are in our world today increase knowledge and increase travel but that’s not what it means the whole concept of running to and fro when it’s associated with a book is like this you’re looking at this book and your eyes are going to and fro up and down over it reading it and over and over again let me tell you something if you’re on the edge of tribulation and somebody tells you the answer to where this is all going is in the Book of Daniel and someone gives you a copy of it I don’t think you’re gonna read it carelessly you’re gonna run to and fro and your knowledge will increase that’s what God is telling Daniel and then he says to Daniel you’re instructed to proceed with your life where have we seen that before verse 9 Daniel go your way for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end the angel told Daniel not to waste time delving more deeply into these prophecies they simply wouldn’t be fully understood until they came to pass in the meantime Daniel had his own work to do he was to accept the mystery of what he had been given and get on with his life Leon would said so often today Christians want to know more details regarding some doctrine especially concerning the last things more details than God has revealed in his word and they should rest content with what God has chosen to make clear have you ever heard about people sitting around arguing over how many angels can stand on the end of a pin that used to be a big discussion when I was in school sitting in the dining room when people would argue over how many angels could rest on the end of a pin may I say to you that’s not very productive I can’t imagine why that would ever be of any value to anyone and you know people love to sit around and talk about the doctrine of the sovereignty of God and the free will of men is God sovereign is man free well I always tell everybody both are true God is sovereign and man are free and one day in the future we’ll figure it all out but right now I don’t know what God’s up to I know what I’m up to I’ll let God take care of his sovereignty I’m gonna take care of my free will and try to win everybody I can of Jesus Christ that might be simplified the doctrine of election might be simplified way beyond what it should be but I think that’s the nature of what God is saying here don’t get so caught up and arguing about the nuances of doctors let me tell you what I know most of the people who do that don’t ever win anybody to Jesus Christ because they’re so busy sitting in a back room someplace discussing their disagreements over the Word of God that they never look out and see a world that’s full of lost people who need to be saved god help us that that never happens to us God says Daniel he’s not going to get your answers get on with your life hallelujah and then God said Daniel I want you to prepare for the future protect the prophecy proceed with life prepare for the future notice verse 13 go your way till the end for you shall rest and you will arise to your inheritance at the end of the days for the third time in just 13 verses the angel tells Daniel to go about his duties to protect the prophecy to proceed with his life now he’s being told to prepare for the future one writer has paraphrase go your way to the end as keep on living until the end of time it’s even more motivational when we remember that Daniel was now in his 80s Daniel was told that one day he could be assured of this he would arise to his reward do you know the Bible tells us there are five different rewards that believers can get in the midst of all of the myths that we live in today we know where it’s going and one of the things we know is that one day we’re gonna stand before the Lord and he’s gonna reward us according to the works done in the flesh God evaluated Daniel and he said Daniel one day you’re gonna rise to your reward and that was his final word Daniel shows us the way Daniel stands up as a man of courage he spent all of his days in a foreign culture away from his home in Israel and now God is promising him that because he’s been faithful one day he’s going to stand again in Israel and he’s gonna reign with the king of kings remember we said that Daniel teaches us that when we face challenges to our faith we don’t stand down that’s cowardice we don’t stand aside that’s compromise we don’t even necessarily have to stand against interestingly enough in the entire Book of Daniel there’s not one diatribe against the Babylonian culture it’s all about living your life wherever God has put you and at the end of time Daniel says we as God’s people need to not stand down not stand aside not even necessarily stand against but we need to stand up with courage and conviction that’s what Daniel teaches us he teaches us that there’s a time coming and we may be on the edges of it now when it’s going to cost us more to be Christians than it ever has before don’t you sense that happening don’t you sense the tolerance for Christians is way less than it was when we started this journey together we are entering into a period of time men and women where we’re gonna find out whether we believe something or not remember crises don’t make us what we are they reveal what we are when trouble comes we’ll find out about the reality of our faith whether we’re willing to stand for what we say we believe it’s here now it’s coming and it’s going to get more and more intense as we face the future I hope you will pray for me as I pray for you that we can follow the example of this man of God who stood in the midst of a pagan culture and represented Almighty God with dignity and with class with courage and with conviction we can do that and if not us who if not this congregation that has taught the Word of God which congregation will do that if not you who’ve been a Christian for a long time if not you who the young ones that are just getting here just figuring this out no no we have to commit ourselves men and women.

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