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Evidence That Demands a Verdict

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

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  • November 28, 2015
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It had stood the test of time. God's Book the Bible. Relevant in today's complex world. It is written sharing. Messages out around the world. Several weeks ago we began this series. Philosophies. Achilles heel. By noting that the probability of all the things we see just appearing by random chance processes. Is incredibly small in fact. Statistically impossible. And as we looked around and began the investigation of God's existence. Chance. Was ruled out. When Chance is ruled out. Than God as creator. Becomes a certainty. Yet the existence of God ass creator is being questioned. Now more than ever before in history. Why is this. Because there are so many contradictory things that are being said about God. And as we continued our study we applied the test of probability to the various religions and worldviews of the world. And we found that only the Bible. Invites us. To actually investigate. Its claims to authority and inspiration. How does it invite us to investigate. Through predictive prophecy. As we have continued. That thought process. We have studied one book of the Bible in particularly. That book is The Book of Daniel. Over and over again. We have been able to apply the principles of probability to its content. Daniel one revealed the seventy year prophecy which revolved around the rise and fall of Babylon and its capture of Jerusalem. It's one thing to predict the rise of Babylon. Yet it's another thing altogether. To say that Babylon will fall and exactly. Seventy years. And Daniel two we studied the dream of never can as are its interpretation and amazing. Historical fulfillment. Daniel three brought a story of God's amazing delivery of the three Hebrew young man. Hannah Azariah. And Michelle. Each of these events. All of them. Highly improbable events. That cannot be explained by random chance. Processes. Yet in Daniel three. We also discovered that although God has infinite power and although he would have all men to be saved. He does not coerce or force anyone to follow and worship him. Because as each of us knows. In order for love to truly be love. It must give us the opportunity to say yes. But also the opportunity to say no. Today we return to The Book of Daniel. We continue our journey with Daniel chapter for the Fascinating. And first improbability of Daniel four is that it is written. Not by Daniel. But by King never can enter himself. Why would a pagan King. Bailout. To write a chapter of God's holy book. The first three verses of Daniel for tell us exactly how and why that happened and never can as are the king to all peoples nations and languages that dwell in all the earth. Peace be multiplied to you. I thought it good to declare the signs and wonders that the most high God has worked for me how great are his signs. And how might a his wonders. His Kingdom is an everlasting kingdom. And his dominion. Is from generation to generation. Often when we think of signs and wonders we think of things like the parting of the Red Sea. The healings of Jesus and the revealing of the King's dream and Daniel to these things are all virtually impossible to explain. By natural causes and by chance. Because their probability of occurrence. Is so incredibly small. It is far more reasonable and rational. To believe that God's power is the cause of these wonders. Rather than pure luck and chance. Never can as are stated that the purpose for this writing this chapter is to share his personal encounter with Daniel's God the God of the Bible. It is his testimony. Not just to declare God signs and wonders. But it declaration that the signs and wonders that the most high God has worked for him. And in these verses. The king purposefully links. God's ability to work signs and wonders with his own conversion submission and allegiance to the God of heaven. The even great Her beauty of the King's message. In this chapter is that it has universal scope. His message is not just directed to all peoples nations and languages that dwell on the earth. During the time period in which he lived. But it is a message for us for you and for me today. In the twenty first century. The text clearly states that God's Kingdom is an everlasting kingdom. And that his dominion is from generation to generation. This means that the King's message about the signs and wonders of the most high God. Reach down to our very day. Not as the king. Make that link. Why would the King. Make this link between signs and wonders. And his newfound relationship with the God of heaven. Let's take a closer look at the King. So that we can discover how the power of God works in the life of an individual. But before we get to the story. Let's first look at what King. Never can as name means literally never can as or means may. Naboo protect the son or successor. It also could mean. May Naboo protect the boundary. In other words. The king is named after the Babylonian god. Naboo who is thought to be that God of writers. The son of. Mar Duke who was the god of storm and fertility. This means that. Through his birth and training as a youth. The worship of the Babylonian gods. Was ingrained in the very being of the king. This is why. When the King received the dream in Daniel to regarding the great image. He had every confidence that the wise men who surrounded him. Had the ability to reveal to him the contents of the dream. They were the experts in the Babylonian religion. Yet they failed him. Even after Daniel had revealed to him the dream. Its interpretation and amazing historical fulfillment. The king still slipped back to his old ways. By erecting an image. That was entirely made of gold that we could as it was sure that the gods would look favorably upon his desire to extend the length of ruling of the kingdom of Babylon. However the king's plans were defeated. When the three you grew young men were cast into the fire and came out on scathed I can only imagine that he was still being influenced by the wise men to worship the Babylonian be a tease. If there was failure after failure of those deities. One might think that his confidence in the wise men would be shaken by now. Yet as we shall see. This was not the case. Fact let's continue the story of Daniel for inverses for through nine. I never can as there was at rest in my house and flourishing in my palace. I saw a dream which made me afraid and the thoughts on my bed. And the visions of my head troubled me. Therefore I issued a decree to bring in all the wise men of Babylon before me that they might make known to me via interpretation of the dream. Than the magicians. The astrologers the Kal DNS and the soothsayers came in and I told them the dream. But they did not make known to me its interpretation. But at last. Daniel came before me. His name is Bell to shatter. According to the name of my God in him is the spirit of the Holy God. And I told the dream before him saying. Delta Shaz or chief of The Magicians. Because I know that the spirit of the holy God is in you. And no secret troubles you explain to me the visions of my dream that I have seen. And its interpretation. Here's the interesting thing. In Daniel two never could NEVER does not give them the dream because he does not remember it. Now the most probable reason is that the wise men prefer fast. To be able to solve any mystery. Yet. As we previously noted. They failed. But here in Daniel for the King actually remembers the train. He relates it to them and they're still on able to interpret the dream. Finally though Daniel. Arrived. And again provided the correct interpretation. For the dream and will get to that in just a moment. Now. In addition to his natural training to worship the gods of Babylon. The king had another major problem. And that problem was his pride. No doubt his pride was fueled by his success. On the battlefield. In fact A.Z. Keil Chapter thirty verses ten through eleven. Refer to never can as or as the terrible of the nations. Jeremiah fifty in verse twenty three describes him as The Hammer of the whole earth. History tells us that after never can as or overcame tire which took thirteen years to overcome. Never can as are turned his eyes to Egypt. The Bible through the prophet easy kill in easy kewl chapter thirty one. Even compares Egypt. To a mighty tree. Towered above the rest of the trees of the earth. Even the trees of Eden envied the splendor of this tree. Yet the stream was lifted up. Because of its greatness and. God sent Babylon to cut it down to the ground. And the crash of its fall. Shook the earth. It was never can never that conquered that mighty tree. And he knew it. His pride was overflowed. As he knew that he had conquered the superpowers of his day. And now. He was not just one superpower. He was v. Superpower V. Dominant force an empire on the or was in that context of his pride of knowing that he was king among kings. That he was at rest in his home. And then one night. He dreamed a dream. Let's read about that dream back and Daniel four and continue in verses ten. Through seventeen. I was looking and behold a tree in the midst of the earth and its height was great the tree grew and became strong. Its height reached to the heavens. And it could be seen to the ends of all the earth. It's the leaves were lovely. Its fruit. Abundant and in it was food for all the beast of the field found shade under it. The birds of the heavens dwelt in its branches. And all flesh was fed from it. I saw in the visions of my head while on my bed. And there was a watch or a holy one coming down from heaven. He cried aloud and said thus chop down the tree and cut off its branches. Strip off its leaves and scatter its fruit. Let the beasts. Get out from under it. And the birds from its branches. Nevertheless. Leave the stump and roots in the earth bound with a band of iron and bronze in the tender grass. Of the field. Let it be wet with the do of heaven. And let him graze with the beasts on the grass of the earth. Let his heart be changed from that of a man. Let him be given the heart of the beast. And let seven times pass over him. This decision by the decree of the watchers. And the sentence by the word of the holy ones. In order that the living may know that the most high rules. In the kingdom of men. Gives it to whomever he will. And sets it. The lowest of men. Daniel listened intently to the king. He listened to the dream. And as he heard it. He was astonished. He knew what it meant. But how. How could he tell the king the King insisted upon the interpretation. And that Daniel shouldn't worry about it. You see Daniel was about to give never can as are of very unfavorable message. Once again. A captive. Giving instruction to the king. What are the odds in vs twenty four to twenty seven. DANIEL. Gave the interpretation of the dream. This is the interpretational King. And this is the decree of the most high. Which has come upon my lord the king. They shall drive you from men. Your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field. And they shall make you eat grass. Like oxen. They shall What you with the do of heaven and seven time shall pass over you till you know that the most high rules. In the kingdom of men and gives it to whomever he chooses. And in as much as they gave the command to leave the stump and roots of the tree. Your kingdom shall be assured to you after you come to know that heaven rules. Therefore O'Kane let my advice be acceptable to you break off your sins by being right yes. And your iniquities by showing mercy to the poor. Perhaps there may be a lengthening of your prosperity. Can you imagine being in Daniel shoes. First he tells never can as are in chapter two that the Kingdom would end. Now he's telling the king. That he would be the one who would lose the kingdom in most undesirable fashion. Yet never can as or is neither humbled. Nor distraught at how to avoid this calamitous event. The next three verses that occur in Daniel three Give us a peek into the window into the depth of the pride of the king. All this came upon King. Never can as are at the end of the twelve months. He was walking about the royal palace of Babylon. The King spoke saying Is not this a great Babylon. That I have built for all royal dwelling. By my mighty power. And for the honor of my Majesty the King had been given twelve months to change. Twelve months. To seek the God of heaven and be transformed. God did not immediately execute the judgment on the King. Instead. God. Way did. To see what the king would do with the message that had been given to him. Sadly. Old habits do indeed die hard. And the sentence the long delayed. Was finally pronounced. When the king took to himself. The credit of Babylon success. His pride inflated. His boasting increased. The things of the dream came to pass. Think about it. The king's naming at birth and training in the mysteries of the Babylonian religion. His continued confidence in the wise men of the nation. His pride and his placement of the vessels of the God of the Bible into the house of his god. Why would God continue to pursue. And how likely would it be that he would ever decide to follow the true God and fact his conversion to the God of heaven. Was so highly unlikely. One might say that it. It was impossible. If the God of heaven. Daniel's God the God of the Bible. He did not stop seeking. After the king. And in absolute be finance. Of random chance process. Let's look at what happened to the king the king was driven from the habitation of humans. He lost all his mental faculties. He ate glass like oxen. He was whetted and washed with the do. Of the morning. And all of this lasted for seven times or seven years. Each and every one of these things happened. Just as predicted in the dream. Complete accuracy. And even more astounding. At the end of that time period. KING Never can as reason and understanding. Returned to him and he was reinstated as the king. And he was and he prays in the true God of heaven. And out of his mouth came bees words. I bless the most high and praise and honored him. Who lives forever. For his dominion is an everlasting dominion and His Kingdom is from generation to generation. All of these judgments. Everything about this event is highly unusual. Yet decreasing the probability even more is the fact that there is a time period of seven years. Taxed to the fulfillment of the dream. And all of it came true. To the last details and time. This is yet another powerful story an example of the reliability and trust. Worthiness of the Bible. The King's words. After his reason returned. Demonstrate that there was no doubt in his mind. Whether the events of the last seven years were of divine origin. The king had already seen. Daniel's God at work in several and highly improbable ways. And now finally now. Not only did he intellectually know about God. By fully submitted to relationship with him. Never can as are Saw God revealed in Daniel one. And the Hebrews. Faithfulness to divine principles. He saw God. In the dream of Daniel to. He saw God. In the deliverance. Of the three. Hebrew young man. Of Daniel three. And now the prediction. And fulfillment of his second train. As a result. He was convicted. To write this testimony. For the benefit of future generation is his testimony reminds us that the greatest miracle. Sign or wonder is that of a changed life. For God. The King's testimony reveals that while God. Powerfully convicts. Individuals. Of his existence and greatness. He's incredibly patient with us. Well God made discipline. As you did with never can answer. He does not overpower he does not manipulate our will. In order to secure our loyalty or our conversion. Whenever can as reason. Returned to him. He made his choice. A free choice. He saw the loving patience and long suffering of God and his life to lead him from a temporary kingdom. On this Earth to an eternal kingdom in heaven and eternal Kingdom which will never end. Never Knesset. Could no longer reap brain. From praising honoring serving and submitting to him who lives for ever and after. What about you friend. What will you do. How will you answer. God's really LENTULUS. Pursuit of you. He wants to enter into relationship with you. He has revealed Himself in His Word. He is calling to you when you say. Why don't you friend. Why don't you make a decision. Right now to accept Jesus Christ and His love for you. Dear Heavenly Father we thank you that you have really let Leslie pursued us. Today. We come before you and make a decision to no longer just intellectually know you. But today to know you by submitting to you fully and entering into a faithful. Relationship with. Please Lord be with us and help us to always look to you for the answers we need in life we pray in Jesus name Amen. DEAR FRIEND What a story there conversion of a pagan King who actually authors. One chapter of the Bible. God is working and mighty ways. And just as mightily as he worked at the time of Daniel. He's working in mighty ways. Today. Today I'd like to offer you the book. The. Thought make the thought makers is an exploration of some of the great. Thought makers. Throughout time. And how they viewed God. It will certainly help you in your spiritual journey and your spiritual walk with Jesus. Here's the information you need to receive today's offer to request today's offer. Just log on to W W W dot. It is written canada dot ca for Canadian viewers. The offer will be sent free and postage paid for viewers outside of Canada. Shipping charges will apply. If you prefer. You may call toll free at one eight hundred eight call I.I. W.. Or if you wish. You may write to us at. It is written. Box twenty ten Oshawa Ontario one eight seven before. You know friend. While the conversion story of never can as or is dramatic because it involves the leader of an ancient Mbai or conversion stories like his really happen all over the world. Every day. People who don't believe in God or acknowledge something or someone else's god encountering the God of the Bible. The true God the God of the most high that it is written Canada we're committed to sharing the message of hope and whole mess that is found in the true God the God of the Bible. Out invites you to LIKE our Facebook page and follow along with the ministry and get up. Two very shows. I thank you so much for watching the program today. And I hope you'll join us again next week. Until then remember it is written. Man shall not live by bread alone. But by every step procedure from the mouth of God.

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