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Troubling News of Hope

Chris Holland
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Chris Holland is speaker/director of It Is Written Canada. 

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  • February 13, 2016
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It has stood the test of God's book. The Bible. Still relevant in today's complex world. It is written messages of all around the world. My dear friends. It is hard to believe that we are coming to an end in this series. And what an amazing journey we have undertaken. This study in the Book of Daniel has revealed. Four major visions. DANIEL to the First Vision. Describes the rise and fall of world. Empires and ends with the second coming of Christ. Crushing all earthly empires. The second vision. Daniel seven covers the same history. But introduces new details. Especially the rise of the Little Horn. DANIEL. Eight nine stand is the third vision. Covering the same history. But introduced. Even more detail. Most importantly. The reality of Christ as the Eternal One who is in the sanctuary in heaven is revealed in those chapters. Now. This whole process of these different visions carrying the same information is a process of repeating called recapitulation or repeat and enlarge. Now. Today. Our study. Takes us to the fourth and final vision of Daniel in chapters ten through twelve. It covers the same history. But with new deal. Tales. In fact. Daniel Chapter ten. Beginning in verse one. It says the following in the third year of Cyrus king of Persia. A message was revealed to Daniel. Whose name was called belt to shatter the message was true but the appointed time was long and he understood the message and had understanding of the vision. The Hebrew word translated as appointed time. Can also be translated as army. Host. Warfare or service. Now this word appears five hundred times in the Old Testament. And only three times. Is it translated as appointed time. This is why some versions such as the Revised Standard Version. Translate this verse we just read as. And the word was true. And it was a great conflict. Now by understanding kind of the deep background meaning of this word. It gives the sense that there is a conflict occurring. Behind the scenes. More than just wars with men and weapons. But a conflict between the forces of light. And the forces of darkness. Now this conflict. Forms. The backdrop for the battles described in Chapter eleven. Between the king of the north and the king of the South. Now in these chapters instead of a statue or beasts. With new symbols. The King of the north and the king of the South. Now. The angel Gabriel also States. Now I have come to make you understand what will happen to your people in the latter days. For the vision referrers to many days. Yet to Come. Now. It is cause people who are at the center of the great battles that take place between the king of the north and the king of the South. Now because. There is so much historical content in Daniel eleven. We will not attempt here to exhaustive Lee cover every facet of this amazing chapter. But instead will look at some highlights. Now in Daniel ten. First twenty one. Gabriel begins by telling Daniel. But I will tell you what is noted in the scripture. Of truth. Now. Gabriel continues in Daniel. Eleven to where he states. And now. I will tell you the truth. This series has noted. Time and time again. How impossible it would be for the content of the Book of Daniel. To come about by pure chance or luck. Gabriel states that he will show Daniel. The truth. Now friends in order for the truth to be the truth. It must pass the test of fulfillment. Otherwise it's just a minimalist claim. And friends we are given opportunity to examine this claim. Ourself. And Daniel leaven to after Cyrus's rain. Gabriel. Informs. Daniel that. Three more kings will arise in Persia. And the fourth shall be far richer than them all by his strength through his riches. He shall stir up all. Against the realm of Greece. The history demonstrates that the three kings. Did follow Cyrus. They were cam by sees the fall smear it is and various the first. But fascinatingly. The fourth King is Xerxes. He's also known in the Bible as I has you aware us in the Book of Esther. He succeeded in gathering over forty nations to commit troops. For the Persian army against the Greeks. His strength and rich. Is far surpasses those of the previous kings and Zach fulfillment of Daniel Levon this prophecy reveals new details however in Daniel Levin three and four it says this. Then a mighty king. Shall arise. Who show rule with great dominion and do according to His will and when he has arisen. His kingdom shall be broken up and divided toward the four winds of heaven. But not among his posterity. Nor. According to his dominion. With which he ruled for his kingdom shall be uprooted. Even for others. Besides these are the Persians stirred up the Greeks. And these verses. Under doubt Hadley here refer to Alexander the Great. But new details emerge. That his posterity would not inherit is kingdom. What is this mean. Friends. Alexander had no air. Daniel leaven like Daniel seven and Daniel eight. Reiterate the fact that. Alexander's Kingdom would be divided into for the remainder of this chapter suspects. Of that division. And the struggles between the kings describing them as the king of the north and the king of the South. Now. It is important for us to note in the three main visions of Daniel we have studied. We see a movement from literal Babylon. To spiritual Babylon here. Here's what I mean by that. Daniel two begins with literal Babylon as the head of gold and ends with. The Roman legs of iron that. Reach into the feet in tow. Now later in the Bible the apostle Peter identifies role as spiritual Babylon and that is in first Peter five thirteen. Now Daniel seven likewise begins with literal Babylon. As the lion with eagle's wings and ends with the Roman beast. And again. Rome. Eventually being identified in Scripture as spiritual Babylon. That again in Daniel Chapter eight. The prophecy about the little horn traces the why Sturm Greeks becoming pagan Rome. And eventually evolving into Papal Rome. Spiritual Babylon. Now in the same way and Daniel Levin. There is a clear movement from the Greek Salusa the Empire. To the pagan Roman Empire. And then finally to the Papal Rome. All of them symbolized as the king of the north. Now as we return to Daniel. Eleven specifically in verses five to thirteen. These verses happened long after Alexander and described. Battles between the king of the South who is identified as the Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt. And the king of the north. Represented by the Syrian or solution to Empire. But in Daniel Levon fourteen to sixteen. The Greeks a lucid empire is conquered by the pagan Roman Empire. Who now becomes this king of the north. So the symbol of the King of the north. Begins with the Salusa degree. But it moves to pagan Rome. Friends. Here's what's amazing. This match is exactly. Exactly with Daniel eight. The evidence of this transition from Greece to Rome is. Found in chapter eleven verse sixteen and it states this. But he who comes against him shall do. According to his own will and no one shall stand against him. He should stand in the glorious land with destruction. In his power. The glorious land according to Daniel nine represents Palestine which was conquered by the Romans. Under Pompei in sixty three B.C.. Now furthermore role as the king of the North is evidenced in Daniel. Eleven twenty and twenty two. Notice what verse twenty says. Their shell arise in his place. One who imposes taxes on the glorious kingdom. The friends this is undoubtedly a reference to Caesar Augustus. You remember a Luke Chapter two in verse one records that. It came to pass in those days that there. Wind. Out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. Now. Chapter eleven in verse twenty two states that the prince of the Covenant. Would be broken by the power of the King of the north. Now friends the prince of the Covenant is Jesus Christ. And Jesus Christ was executed by the Romans. We see this clear transition from the Greeks a lucid Kingdom. To the pagan Romans. As the King of the north. And just as in previous chapters. DANIEL. Eleven thirty one to forty five. Traces. That the Pagan. King of the north. Evolves and becomes the papal king of the north. And just as the papal little horn of Daniel eight. Defiled the heavenly sanctuary. So the papal king of the north. Does the same thing in chapter eleven verse thirty one. And then. Verse thirty three it says that God's people will instruct many. Yet. And here's what it says. For many days they show. Fall by the sword inflamed by captivity and plundering. This harmonizes perfectly with Daniel seven twenty five. Where the papal little horn. Persecutes the Saints for twelve hundred sixty years. Daniel eleven thirty six states. Then the King shall do according to his own will he show exalt and magnify him self. Above every God shall speak. Blasphemies against the God of gods and shall prosper. Till the wrath has been accomplished. For what has been determined. Shall be done. It was the papal little horn of Daniel seven eight that magnified himself spoke great. And pompous words against the Most High. And this all leads us to conclude that in Daniel Levin thirty one. We transition from Pagan Rome to Papal Rome. Now. Each of Daniel's visions. All. And with the doom of Babylon. And Daniel to bestow on crushes the image. Ending all kingdoms. Including Rome in Daniel seven the Roman beast is destroyed at the Second Advent by the burning flame. And in Daniel eight twenty five it says that the little horn shall be broken. Without human means it Daniel leaven forty five. We find similar language regarding the king of the north. It's States. Yet. He shall come to his end. And no one will help him. The King of the North Papal Rome is spiritual Babylon just as in Daniel two seven and eight. But another remarkable similarity is that the visions move from a local setting to a universal setting. Here is what I mean. Daniel two begins with literal Babylon. Yet the rock crushes. ALL the kingdoms. But also fills the entire earth. Universal. And Daniel seven. God takes away the kingdom of the little horn and grants that 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. Universal. And Daniel eight the little horn is broken without a hand. A reference to The Divine. Universal judgment of God and here Daniel leaven. As it moves into Daniel twelve. We see that the final battle is a worldwide battle that involves a universal time of trouble. For all of God's people. That is followed by a universal deliverance. In fact Daniel. Twelve and verse one says this. And at that time. Your people shall be delivered. Everyone who is found. Written in the book. Don't lose sight of God's people at the center of the battle between the king of the north. The King of the South. Just as the king of the north went from literal and local to spiritual and universal. The same happens with God's people. Daniel nine twenty four refers to Daniel's people the literal Jews but ends with the expansion of the Gospel to all people. Fact Daniel. Twelve one. States at that time. Michael shall stand up. The great prince who stands watch over all of the sons of your people and there will be a time of trouble. Such as never was sense. There was a nation. Even to that time. And at that time your people. Shall be delivered. Everyone who is found written in the book. This clearly points to the deliverance of const people who are now found over the entire planet. Now. Just as with previous prophecies. Although the battles between the king of the north and the king of the South are at first military engagements. The ultimate nature of the battle at the time of the end is a spiritual battle. That is fought over the sanctuary. The law of God and the coveted Daniel two seven eight and nine. All point to that spiritual battle. The rock up without hands. Is a reference to God. The little horn attempting to change the law. The little horn. Attacking the sanctuary. The Messiah being cut off all point to spiritual battles. It's in the same way. And Daniel nine eleven verse twenty two. The King of the north. Crucified the prince of the Covenant and sought to overthrow the covenant and make war upon those who watered the sanctuary and covenant. Are often placed together in Scripture. The little horn. Attacks the heavenly sanctuary. The King of the north. Attacks the covenant. Friends the clear conclusion is this the warfare of Daniel. Eleven. While fulfilling his. Drain. Is primarily concerned with a spiritual warfare that is fought over the law of God. Now what is the culmination of the battle between the king of the north and the king of the South. Well Daniel. Eleven. For he reads. At the time of the end. The King of the South. Shell attack him. And the king of the north shall come against him like a world when with chariots horsemen and with many ships. And he shall enter the countries overwhelm them. And pass through. Now. We need to fast forward just a bit to understand this passage. And Daniel twelve for the Angel Gabriel says to Daniel. Shut up the words and seal the book. Until the time of the end many shall run to and fro and knowledge. Shall be increased. Now and Daniel twelve six. Daniel asks How long shall the fulfillment of these wonders be the very next verse says. It shall be for a time. Times and a half a time when the power of the holy people has been completely shattered. All these things shall be finished. In other words. The time of the end would be kin. After the twelve hundred sixty year prophecy. Which is equal to a time times and a half a time now we have studied this before and discovered that this time began in five thirty eight eighty. And that means it would end in seventy nine hundred eighty. Thus the time of the end would be sometime around seventy ninety eight. And it provides for us the context. For the culmination of the last battle between these two cakes. And so around seven hundred ninety eight. The King of the South would push against the king of the north which represents the papacy. Now the king of the South. Originally represented. Ptolemaic the Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt. Yet. Just as the literal Greco-Roman Salusa empire. Became the spiritual and moral wide papal Roman Church. Under the symbol of the King of the north. So the king of the South. At the time of the end. Would represent not literal. But spiritual Egypt. Now it's interesting if we go back into the Old Testament. Exodus five to Pharaoh the king of Egypt. Asks who is the Lord that I should obey his voice. To let Israel go. I do not know the Lord. Nor will I let Israel go. Now revelation. Eleven eight declares that the dead bodies of the two witnesses will lie in the street of the great city which spiritually is called Saddam and Egypt where also our Lord was crucified. So at the time of the and spiritual Egypt. Represents the atheism and secularism that engulfed the nation of France which is the only nation in modern history by the way to declare and her National Assembly. That there is no god. And although organized. Atheism. In France is gone now. It has been taken up by other political systems around the world. And atheism is alive and well. But atheistic France. Struck a nearly fatal blow to the people king of the north. This happened when Napoleon's general birth da marched into Rome. On February the tenth. Seven hundred ninety eight and took the pope captive. Many believe that the reign of the papacy had come to an end. The Bible however declared otherwise. Daniel Levon forty reveals that the king of the north. Would be revived and would come against the king of the South like a world when the king of the North would seek to expand his kingdom. From Europe to the. Higher world. Remember though. This battle is primarily a spiritual battle. Daniel Levin forty one states. He speaking of the King of the north shall also enter the glorious land and many shall be overthrown. But these shall escape from his hand. Edam Moab. And the prominent people of Ammon the glorious land of Daniel left in forty one in the glorious holy mountain that formerly stood for the Jews in ancient Palestine. Now represent. Gaunts spiritual Israel lights that are found all over the world. Since this is a primarily spiritual battle. That is fought over the commandments of God. The King of the north. Seeks to enter the glorious land. Using economic and military force in order to compel God's people to accept the commandments of men in the place of the commandments of God. The sad result is that when church and state. Once more unite as they did in the dark ages. Many of God's people will be overthrown. However under the symbolism of Eden. Amman and Moab who are closely related to God's people. DANIEL. Eleven forty one states that they shall be delivered. Out of the hand of the King of the north. Now Daniel Levin forty two to forty three informs us that the land of Egypt which formerly represented. The King of the South. Will not escape. At the time of the end. Egypt represents atheism which first appeared in the nation of France but. Subsequently has spread to many other countries. In this spiritual warfare the king of the North will eliminate atheism. Through signs and wonders. It is the king of the North is attempting to gain control over the entire world. Daniel A lot of than forty four states. But new. From the east and the north. Shall trouble him. Therefore he shall go out with great fury to destroy and annihilate many. This news. Represents the preaching of the everlasting Gospel which according to Revelation. Eight hundred one will light up the entire world. Unfortunately the king of the North re acts in much the same way that the enemies of Christ reacted when he and his disciples preach the word with power. Instead of allowing the gospel to transform them. They use the strong arm of the state to destroy them. Daniel eleven forty five. Then records the king of the north. Strategically positioning himself. For the final strike against those who wish to be loyal to God and his is. And as he is about to deliver the death blow. The Bible tells us that he shall come to an end. And no one will help and then the powerful words of Daniel twelve one. 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 sense there was a nation. Even to that time. And at that time your people shall be delivered. Everyone who is Phone written in the book. Friends Jesus is real and Jesus is alive and Jesus is in the heavenly sanctuary. Mystery. On your behalf. He will stand up and he will deliver those who are loyal to him. And THAT my friends is a guarantee. It's a. Promise. So what will you do for a dying invite you extend out your hand and clasp. The hand of Jesus. The one who died for you and wants to do that for. The God of the school that the the the the the plan was the God Heavenly Father. When the rule is called up yonder. May our names be found in the Lamb's Book of Life. We pray in Jesus' name amen. My dear friends. There is a real Jesus who's in a REAL have and who wants to have a real relationship with you. Today want to offer to you. The books thoughts from the mount of blessing. That book will help you develop your relationship with Jesus. In addition to that. 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