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Daniel 11

Benjamin Ng

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  • March 21, 2020
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Father in heaven thank you so much for this day thank you for gathering us together online and even as we're now about to study I pray that you send us your Holy Spirit lead and guide us all Lord help us to understand this really important chapter help us law to see the truth but more than that help us to know how this applies to our lives today to lead and guide us all Lord we pray in Jesus' name amen So look if you do have questions feel free to post it on there I'll do my best to answer them as you type it out after the service all this study is over Daniel Chapter 11 less than a Bibles that the Daniel 11 showing and. Daniel 11 really is one of 3 chapters that are all connected Daniel 10 to 12 are the ones that are all really just one vision Daniel 10 is Introduction Daniel 12 is the conclusion we see Michael shall stand up and there shall be a time of trouble but Daniel 11 contains pretty much the whole vision that is related to Daniel and so we're going to pick it up in verse 2 of Daniel Chapter 11 and now one and now will I show the the truth behold there shall stand up yet 3 kings in Persia and the 4th shall be far richer than the all and by his strength through his riches he shall store up all against the realm of Grecia this is referring to the Middle Persian empire and after Cyrus there would be yet another 4 kings 1st was kept by seas 2nd would be false smirk this 3rd would be various and 4th would be Xerxes who is also known as Ahasuerus in the Book of Esther and he is the one that is the far richer than the all he was most famous for his wealth he was the son of Dario's his step speace and all this is mentioned in the Sam school lesson it's history it's something that's already taken place but you see Persia here in Daniel 11 is only given one verse of the 45 verses it has only one verse is spent on the meter push an empire in Daniel 2 and Daniel 7 there is all kingdoms mentioned Daniel 7 is repeat of Daniel 2 in Daniel 8 Babylon is left off and in Daniel 11 Babylon is left off again and Mido Persia is almost forgotten it's just one verse and God is trying to tell us Look I am not interested in me to push it anymore. It was part of history it was an important part of history but we got to move on verse 3 and a mighty king shall stand up that shall rule with great dominion and according to His will that mighty king is Alexander the Great as we know he will store up all the realm of Grecia in verse 2 but how would you know that how do we know that this is Alexander the Great let's keep reading verse 4 and when he shall stand up His kingdom shall be broken and shall be divided toward the 4 winds of heaven and not to his posterity so here's very clear because you see in Daniel Chapter 7 we saw a leopard with 4 heads and then in Daniel 8 we saw the he goat with a great horn but when it was broken out of it came for horns and so here we see that when he will be broken his kingdom will or his dominion rather would be divided towards the 4 winds of heaven and not to his posterity that's exactly what happened with Alexander the Great when he died no one inherited his kingdom that was his family it was divided amongst his generals which was at the beginning 10 of them which was whittled down to 4 and eventually we'll see that it became too does anybody remember the 4 generals in Daniel 11 it is really really important that we know who these 4 generals are the 1st to Salukis then it is for Ptolemy and life Simak us and Cassandra and so these are the 4 generals that fought over Alexander the Great's Kingdom and it was divided into 4 sections however it would eventually become to Salukis would be the one that would eventually conquer the kingdoms of Cassandra in life cynicus he was considered the king of the north. Salukis was considered the king of the north and he was in that area from Greece all the way down from Rome up there and around to the side and then put Ptolemy was in Egypt he was considered the king of the South and Daniel 11 is a repeat and enlarge of chapter 27 and 8 giving even more detail so really what we see from verse 5 so we've read up until verse 4 ready from 5 to 16 it is really talking about the Kingdom of Greece it is talking about the King of the north and the king of the South and how they would be having civil war between each other the whole time I want to show you the detail to which this goes to let's go to verse 6. This is how much detail we're given in Daniel 11 Ok Daniel 11 verse 6 and in the end of years this will join themselves together for the king's daughter of the South shall come to the king of the North to make an agreement who would join themselves together the king of the north and the king of the south you see since since Alexander the Great died they were fighting amongst each other for total dominion of the whole kingdom but they could never do it so finally in verse 6 as is at the end of years they'll join themselves together and how for the king's daughter of the South shall come to the king of the North to make an agreement so put Ptolemy Philadelphus remember pathology is king of the South Salukis is king of the North put Ptolemy Philadelphus the king's daughter of the South he sent his daughter Bernice to marry Antiochus the OSCE who was king of the north and in doing so Antiochus the king of the North he had to put away his current wife whose name was ladies and she already was with child so verse 6 is says at the end of the years they should join themselves together for the king's daughter of the South Bernese would come to the king of the North to make an agreement King and Teicher fields so they would get married but in getting married he would have to put away his current wife king of the north his current wife her name was Lady's. However verse 6 continues but she shall not retain the power of the arm who was that she it was it was antichrists theosis 2nd wife Bernie's who had come from the king of the South she married him he put away his current wife but she would not retain the power what would happen neither shall he stand nor his arm so anti curse and Bernice were married for about 2 years but eventually he would tire of his 2nd wife and go back to his former wife Laodice who already had a child with him and so that she is referring to Bernice and he would not stand why because even though he went back to Laos she did not trust him anymore eventually she would poison him and kill him friends never ever ever deal with woman's wrath it is dangerous Anyways he was poisoned by his 1st wife Laodice she didn't trust him she wanted to make sure that her son would be the one that would rise to power but let's come back to verse 6 but she shall be given up and they that brought her and he that begat her and he that strengthened her in these times who is that referring to it is referring to Bernie's the one that married the king of the North she would be killed also her sons and the Egyptian servants that came with her from Egypt all of them would be killed by Luis. What I'm trying to show you here is how in Daniel 11 the detail there is very important now it's probably difficult for us to really understand this fully because unless you're a student of history or unless you've gone through Daniel 11 before it's it kind of gets a bit boring why because you see Asians we don't really like history we don't we like economics we like numbers we like business right when it comes to history it is a bit more difficult for us but when it comes to religious history this is very important because you get to see how in Daniel 11 every single verse is being fulfilled to the very t. and this helps us to pinpoint where we are in history in that verse at that point why remember Daniel 11 is repeating Daniel to Daniel 7 and Daniel 8 it is a repeat of what we're studying again and again but we're getting more and more details but we know the history of the Kingdom is already really what we want to get to is the end of the chapter and so we're going to keep moving on from verse 5 all the way up to verse 16 what you're going to find is that this is the kingdom of Greece the civil war going back and forth between the king of the north and the king of the south they're fighting north and south north and south and there's another interesting observation that you have to take note of when it comes to Daniel 11 every time you see the word stand or stand up you're seeing a new king come into power or a new kingdom that word stand is very important because when you get to Daniel Chapter 12 it says when Michael shall stand up and so we see the end of a previous Kingdom and going into a new kingdom. But what we're seeing conflict between the 2 generals of Alexander the Great and much of this detail if you want to go back in and brush up on the history from verse 7 to 16 which I've skipped I want to recommend you please go back and read Daniel and the revelation by you Ryan Smith Ellen White herself recommended this book that we should sell it daughter at all but let's continue verse 17 of Daniel 11 verse $29.00 is what we are talking about the Kingdom of pagan Roman Empire pagan Roman Empire so after Babylon there was Greece of the Greece would be run but how do we know this well let's read from verse 19 then he shall turn his face toward the Fort of his own land and he shall stumble and fall and not be found verse 20 then shall stand up in his state a raiser of taxes in the glory of the kingdom but within few days he shall be destroyed neither in anger nor in battle. Clear patter and even Julius Caesar is mentioned in verse 17 there you know the famous Cleopatra But in verse 20 what we're seeing here is that razor of taxes is referring to Caesar Augustus Caesar Augustus how do we know this let's go over to Luke Chapter 2 and verse one so please follow along with me in your Bibles Luke Chapter 2 and verse one. This is what the Bible service and it came to pass in those days that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed this is during the time of the birth of Jesus this is the reason why Joseph and Mary had to go back to Bethlehem for the census and that's where Baby Jesus was born in Bethlehem but Caesar or Gustus was the one that was the raiser of taxes so in Daniel 11 verse 20 we already know that by that verse already we are in the kingdom of Rome but not only that it says in verse 20 within a few days he shall be destroyed neither in in anger nor in battle Caesar Augustus he died the peaceful death he wasn't killed in battle he died peacefully but let's keep going verse 21 in case you still wondering where how do you know where in the kingdom of Rome verse 21 and in his state shall stand up a vile person to whom they shall not give the honor of the kingdom but he shall come in peaceably and obtain the kingdom by flatteries who was the one that came in after Caesar Augustus died his name Tybee Reus Caesar he came in peaceably he was the son or I should say the adopted son of or Gustus Caesar and so he inherited the kingdom peaceably but he was in a centric and vile man and that's what the Bible says about him how do we know that or how do we know that he came in next Luke chapter 3 let's go back to the Bible there were and look to just now Luke chapter 3 starting in verse one. Luke 3 Verse one now in the 15th year of the reign of time Caesar Pontius Pilot being governor of Judea and Herod being Tetrarch of Galilee and his brother Philip Tetrarch of it to Raya and of the region of truckin ictus and listen and Tetrarch of Abilene so we see here that time various Caesar was the next ruler after all Gus the Caesar he was the ruler when John the Baptist appeared preaching about the Kingdom of repentance and the Kingdom of God So Daniel $1121.00 we are well and truly in the kingdom of Rome verse $22.00 and with of arms of a flood shall they be overthrown from before him and shall be broken yea also the prince of the Covenant who is the prince of the Covenant all you have to do is go to Daniel Chapter 9 and verse $25.00 that prince of the Covenant is none other than Jesus Christ himself and who was it that crucified Jesus Christ it was Roman Empire they were the ones that put him on the cross and so if you're following this timeline well and truly by the time we get to verse 22 we know that we are in the kingdom of Rome I wish you could also immensely know that you're following all that is easy to understand but we have to continue so verse 22 really from verse 17 all the way to verse 29 we are in the Empire or the kingdom of Rome Ok and we want to move forward. Verse 29 and 30 these 2 verses are transition verses let's read verse 29 and 30 at the time appointed he shall return and come toward the south but it shall not be as the former or the latter something's changed for the ships of Chatham shall come against him therefore he shall be grieved and return and have indignation against the holy covenants so shall he do he shall even return and have intelligence with them that forsake the holy covenants you see these ships of shit I'm in verse 30 the ships of chiton there are referring to the barbaric tribes that invaded Rome and ripped into 10 sections the ships of shit i'm And there was one tribe they say in particular that came from the sea it was the vandals they also occupied northern Africa so they came up and they came around but they were known to come from the sea the ships of chip them so we know that the 10 tribes are not really Roman Empire or Papal Roman Empire or what we know today as modern the modern name is Catholic Church but it was a transition period between the fall of Rome and the setting up of the papacy. But what I want to do is share with you 2 quotes from the pen of inspiration and please I want you to catch what a White writes about Daniel 11 because these next few verses from 31 on words then become really important I try to get through the 1st 30 verses as fast as possible but these next 15 verses are really really important for us today this is what the White says in testimonies for the church Volume 9 page 14 paragraph 2 the book code is 9014.2 The world is stirred with the spirit of war the prophecy of the 11th of Daniel has nearly reached its complete fulfillment soon the scenes of trouble spoken of in the prophecies will take place so as Ellen White was writing over 100 years ago she said that the 11th of Daniel has nearly reached its complete fulfillment and you're wondering why why are we taking time to study the history why don't we just dump to the end of the book and help us to understand what it's talking about there instead of focusing on all this past there's a reason why we're going through this especially these next 10 or odd verses but the other quote that I want to share with you is taken from manuscript release volume 13 it's book codice 13 m r 394 Paragraph 113394 Paragraph one this is what rights. We have no time to lose trouble as times are before us the world is stirred with the spirit of war soon the scenes of trouble spoken of in the prophecies will take place the prophecy in the 11th of Daniel has nearly reached its complete fulfillment Now listen to this much of the history that has taken place in fulfillment of this prophecy will be repeated that you catch that much of the history that has already taken place in the fulfillment of this prophecy will be repeated this is the reason why we have to study this 1st 40 or verses of Daniel 11 because this history will be repeated she says in the 30th verse a power is spoken of this is Daniel 11 verse 30 in the 30th of verse a power is spoken of that shall be grieved and returned and have indignation against the holy covenants so shall he do he shouted even return and have intelligence with them that forsake the holy covenants and then in in her writing she quotes Daniel $1131.00 to $36.00 which is what we are about to study scenes similar to those described in these words then 113136 will take place we see evidence that Satan is fast obtaining the control of human minds who have not the fear of God before them let all read and understand the prophecies of this book for we are now entering upon the time of trouble spoken of I want you to catch this Daniel 11 verse 31 to 36 she says scenes similar to those described. Will take place in other words friends what we're about to study in the next 6 verses she says will repeat itself history will repeat the book of Ecclesiastes the Says God requires that which is past you want to know the future study the past if you want to know what's coming go back and look in history there is nothing new under the sun but in Daniel 11 we're given a microcosm of something that will be repeated again which will help us to see those last few verses which have yet to be fulfilled repeated so verse 31 of Daniel 11 let's go there now. Daniel leaven verse 31 and arms shall stand on his part and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength and shall take away the daily sacrifice and they shall place the abomination that make of desolate. I want you to notice here at the beginning of verse $31.00 she says rather the Bible says arms shall stand on his part the king of the North would have an army or arms that would stand on his part the Catholic Church has never had its own army it's always a borrowed power from another kingdom and in this case we see this fulfillment when the French Kingdom and General King Clovis he gives his army to the Catholic Church this is the 1st step that we see here in verse 31 an army is given to the king of the north and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength and shall take a the daily sacrifice so how is this arms given to the Catholic Church all you need to do friends is go and study Revelation 13 and you will see us a in prophecy and you will see how that United States of America breeze life and gives life to the image of the beast and so we see arms stand on the part of the image of the beast in Revelation 13 what is the image of the beast that is this now the study for another time but here it talks about the taking away of the daily sacrifice and though the Daily has been discussed already in Daniel Chapter 8 I could spend more time here but this is not the focus of our study this morning and 3rd also place the abomination that make a desolate friends what are we seeing come together in verse 31 of Daniel 11 we see the mingling of church and state church craft and statecraft we saw this in Daniel 2. The. State the clay church we saw this also in down you chaps 7 very clearly the Little Horn wasn't top of the Dragon's head the dragon he was roamed the state the horn represents in the Bible we see horn of salvation as religious we see coming together church and state and here in verse 31 the King of the North represented by the Catholic church religious is given alms political power let's continue. Verse 32. And such as do wicked Lee against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries but the people that do know their God shall be strong and do exploit and they that understand among the people shall instruct many yet they shall fall by the sword and by flame and by captivity and by spoil many days what does verse $32.33 highlight friends that is none other than the dark ages that is the papal persecution of 53821798 how do we know in verse 32 who are those that do know their God and that was strong well there was always a group throughout the dark ages even though the Catholic Church reigned supreme even though you'd walk down the street and all you saw was one church there was no other church that was present during the Dark Ages for if you were you would be persecuted God's people were hiding people such as the wall then Sian's the album John sees the Huguenots the Anabaptists and of course the great reforms all these groups you can read about in the book great controversy and if you've ever struggled with a book great controversy like me it's understandable you know why because the great controversy has a lot of history friends I want to suggest that if you're going to study Daniel 11 that or rather if you're going to read the great controversy that you study in light of prophecy and that is when it becomes exciting and that is when you can probably get through the book of the great controversy without having to start and repeat it over and over again but in the great controversy you will read about the war then since you will read about the reformers and the great men during the Dark Ages that stood up against people persecution for fear of their life and for death they would still stand up and they would still fight for the truth. But in verse $33.00 it says what they that understand among them among the people shall instruct Many who is that referring to well at least we know is referring to the wild dense aeons the wild dense aeons were a very unique and pure group of people they never came out from people darkness like the reformers they were a group there were hidden up in the Swiss Alps there they had a college of the barbs they had a very strong educational system and these the the Word of God was precious in those days they didn't have a printing press so whatever they had it had to be hand written and so really the wall then since they had the Bible in pieces and they would switch it then they would have one week I have the section and they would go and memorize the Bible but bible memorization was a very very big part of the program for the College of the bombs for the world then since you can still see that little building up there in the Swiss Alps I've actually visited it before very impressive but friends they instructed many and they would go down from there their country home into the cities and they would pose as merchant men a long white service and where they found people that were possibly interested with the truth they would take up precious little scrolls that they had a hand written and they would share it with people at the cost possibly of their own life of being found out but this is how they went about instructing people this is how they were strong but yet it said many would fall by sword by flame by captivity by spoil many days the persecution was great in those days that only took place after the king of the North received arms that would stand on his part remember. Friends if you go back to Daniel Chapter 2 this is the the one little equation that we would have learned back in Daniel 2 long time ago church and state always equals persecution when ever the church and the state comes together it always results in persecution you see this with the persecution of Jesus Christ when the priests came together with Pontius Pilot and as a result they were able to crucify Jesus so the church and state when it comes together always results persecution Daniel $1134.00 now when they shall fall referring to the reformers those that live during the Dark Ages the more dense aeons they shall be hopeful and with little help but many shall cleave to them with flatteries you know friends what the Catholic Church has failed to do with persecution with the fire and with the sword and threatening people to death they were able to accomplish with flattery with honor and money and worldly put privileges many left their faith many allowed their faith to get corrupted and tainted and they lost that peculiarity of faith and as a result they stopped fighting against the Catholic Church verse 35 and some of them of understanding shall fall to try them and to purge and to make them white even to the time of the end because it is yet for appointed time still we're following to the Dark Ages they shall fall they will be tried will be purged will be made white even until when the time of the end we will look at that when we get to verse 40 later on verse 36 and the King shall do according to His will. And he shall exult himself and magnify himself above every God and shall speak marvelous things against the God of gods and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished for that that is determined shall be done by this time we already know that we are in the kingdom of the Catholic Church and here is given even more detail it's almost as if Daniel's trying to tell us look just in case you might be confused I want to give you so much detail beyond any on reasonable doubt that this is the Catholic church friends if you are here in this for the 1st time I don't have anything personally against the Catholic Church it is just the power that the Bible prophesies of in Bible prophecy but in verse $36.00 the King shall do according to His Will the pope he shall exult himself define himself above every god and that's exactly what the Catholic Church has done they've claimed to be able to forgive sins and that was only the poor I believe of God Himself and shall speak marvelous things against the God of gods and shall prosper and this is exactly how the Catholic Church has made its money the doctrine of indulgences you can pay for forgiveness you can pay for all these things and you can pay for your dead loved ones to get out of hell quicker salvation can be bought this is how they prospered and then verse 37 neither shall he regard the God of his father's nor the desire of woman nor regard any God for he shall magnify himself above all sounds exactly like what Lucifer wanted when he was in heaven wasn't magnifying himself above the God of gods he want to be magnified above all but let's keep reading verse 38. But in his as state shall he honor the God of forces and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he on a with gold and silver and with precious stones and pleasant things who did the Catholic Church on are a god of force that's when they received the arms that stood on their part but then he they were also on or a god whom his fathers knew not and friends there is one God that the Catholic Church has honored that the Apostles never on it that Jesus Christ never on and the Israelites of all never on and nor any Christian denomination even today has on it and that is Mary Mary the Mother of Jesus they've put her on a pedestal and they call that the immaculate conception that she must be some amazing person to be able to give birth to such a child the son of God So they have on of a god whom the fathers knew not with gold silver precious stones and pleasant things verse 39 thus shall he do in the most strongholds with a strange God whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory and shall cause him to rule over many and shall divide the land for gain so friends what I want to remind you here as we've gone through verse 31 all the way to 39 almost 10 versus I want you to notice something here and I want to repeat something that I already mention 13 manuscript release or manuscript Lisa volume 1313 our 394 this is what Ellen White says much of the history that has taken place in the fulfillment of this prophecy will be repeated. And she says scenes similar to those described in these words Daniel 113136 will take place so allow me to summarize what we've just seen in these past 9 versus number one military force of state supports the king of the north the political comes together with the religious military force is given to that religious power that's the 1st thing number 2 church or state union is formed that's what we call the abomination of desolation number 3 persecution of God's people from 538-2798 the Catholic Church for 1260 days persecuted and that would be repeated but then would also see them before King of the North people Rome comes to its final end so these 4 things number one military force is given to the king of the North Church and State Union is formed persecution takes place and finally king of the North would come to an end and we want to remember this because remember she says much of the history that has taken place in fulfillment of this prophecy will be repeated so now let's jump to verse 40 from 40 to 45 Much of this is history some people think even verse 40 is still prophecy but at least from what we see where we stand here today and what I'm going to share with you and even what the Sabbath school lesson talks about it is history let's go through Daniel 11 verse 40. And at the time of the end shall the king of the South push at him the king of the north so who is the king of the South who is the king of the North will see the minutes and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind with chariots and with horsemen and with many ships and he shall enter into the countries and shall overflow and pass over well let's start with identifying what the time of the end is at the time of the end will the King of the South push him in Daniel the Book of Daniel there are a few places that we see time of the end in Daniel 8 It's mention understand or Son of Man Daniel 8 verse 17 I'm sorry it says understand Amen for at the time of the end shall be the vision that really doesn't give us a clear understanding of what the time of the end is but if we go back to Daniel 11 and verse $35.00 you probably would have missed that I actually read it but let's read this again it helps us to understand a bit about what the time of the end is Daniel 1135 and some of them of understanding shall fall to try them and to purge them to make them white This was people persecution this was the dark ages even to the time of the end because it is yet for a time appointed and there are only a few times that are appointed in the Book of Daniel time times and half the time that's Daniel 725 so that is. The papal persecution 538-2798 then we also have the 2300 Days of Daniel Chapter 8 and verse 14 and that also is time but here the time times and half a time seems to fit more clearly why because the Catholic Church would only persecute until 798 and we see how it fits Let's go back to Daniel Chapter 11 and verse 40 at the time of the end shall the king of the South push at him Do you see that would push it means not just I push you but it's like Gore like with an intent to kill that's what the Hebrew word there describes so the king of the South came in and tried to kill the king of the north well what was the kingdom in $798.00 that came and successfully gave the Catholic Church a deadly wound it was none other than Napoleon and his general birth year during the time of what we call the French Revolution. And so it was that atheistic power yes they were not literally in the south France is not south of where Rome was but you see Egypt represented that atheistic power in what sense you see when Moses came before Pharaoh and he was asking to let the children of Israel go free at one point in time Pharaoh said Who is God that I should obey Him or honor that request when he taught about who is God it's not as if he didn't know several plagues had already fallen the stick had been turned into a snake he had seen the how the powers of God far outweighed the powers of his so called magicians and so when he stood there and he said Who is God He claimed ignorance he claimed atheism and France was that atheistic power that would come out in $798.00 or really a time before that and would overthrow the kingdom of the Catholic Church and give it a deadly wound as is mentioned in Revelation Chapter 13 and so we see Daniel 11 really fulfilled already at least part of it but let's go back to verse verse 40 shall we Daniel in verse 40 so the king of the South pushes against him in $7098.00 and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind with chariots and with horsemen and with ships and he shall enter into the countries and shall overflow and pass over well what we're seeing here at least at the end of that verse the Catholic Church the king of the north there will come against him the king of the South like a whirlwind with what chariots horsemen and ships we see history repeating arms will stand on his part. And some people point this to the fall of the Berlin Wall the fall of atheism back there in the eighty's when USA and the Catholic Church came together to plot the fall of that atheistic power and so in some sense people think that verse 40 is fulfilled but remember there are 2 things that should take place number one military force of state supports the king of the north we've seen that already Number 2 what do we see back in verse 31 to 39 church state union is formed the abomination of desolation we are seeing it take place although we haven't seen its fulfillment totally in our day why because if church and state come together remember we talked about this just now when church and state come together what is equal persecution that has not taken place yet at least not in its total fulfillment did the Catholic Church and us come together to cause the fall of atheism I don't deny that and that is a partial fulfillment of Daniel 11 verse 40 but I don't believe it's totally fulfilled let's keep reading verse 41. He shall enter also into the glorious land and many countries shall be overthrown but these shall escape out of his hand even Edam and Moab and the chief of the children of Ammon. The debate over the glorious land you know the Sabbath school wisely keeps it out but we've already seen it the glorious land it's mentioned in Daniel 8 the pleasant land that glorious land was the land of the Israelites Canaan something they were given as a gift it was a land flowing with milk and honey it was such a bounce of a harvest that 2 people had to carry a cluster of grapes and figs between them back after they came back from spying on the land for 40 days so that Canaan was the glorious land and this is important and it's also prophetic What is that glorious land some people identify it as United States of America others identify it as God's chosen people and I really don't disagree with either why because God's chosen people they have in his church in a sense they started up in the United States of America but here's the thing it says here that the glorious land would be entered into by the king of the north it seems like king of the South until the north are are having this argument but all of a sudden they turn its attention to the glorious land and many countries shall be overthrown so not just the glorious land what are we seeing here we're seeing world dominion we're seeing it go from National to from civil war now over space over flowing from its boundaries to other kingdoms it is a world. Or how do you say a world wild situation that we're going into and says even these shall not escape out of his hand even Moab and the chief children of Ammon who are those those are the ones that are not accounted of Monk God's people even some of them would escape and come in at the last hour of Earth's history so we see persecution taking place already so remember there are 4 things that we talked about what we saw in Daniel 11 from verse 31 to 39 number one military force given number 2 church and state coming together abomination of desolation formed number 3 people persecution of persecution of the saints and finally the king of the North coming to an end we are already seeing the 3rd stage taking place persecution of the saints were given more detail verse $42.00. He shall stretch for his hand also upon the countries and the land of Egypt shall not escape but he shall have power over the treasures of gold and silver and over all the precious things of Egypt and the Libyans and Ethiopians shall be at his steps this sounds like the Mark of the beast already do you know there why because in Revelation 13 when it says the mark of the beast comes in no man may buy or sell and here in verse 42 and 43 rather 43 it says he shall have power over the treasures of gold and silver if the king of the North has power over the treasures of gold and silver it's up to their discretion as to whether they want to sell to you or not whether they want to accept your currency or not no man may buy or sell so we are seeing economy being restricted we are seeing the mark of the beast come in this is none other than the persecution of the saints at the end of time verse $44.00 but tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy and utterly to make away many this is still the persecution of the saints. Verse 45 and he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the c.s. in the glorious holy mountain yet he shall come to his and and none shall help him so we see at the final end there in verse $45.00 that the papacy the Catholic Church would finally come to and in $798.00 it received the deadly wound and at the end of time shortly after the institution of the mark of the beast the papacy would once again be destroyed but this time finally and forever now we see all of this being repeated and maybe we've looked at Daniel 11 in too great a broad brushstrokes but unfortunately this is all the time that we have to give you trying to do Daniel Levon in one hour however I do want to leave with you something that's really important for us in studying this chapter it's not just about history it's about history repeating it's not just about knowing history and knowing where we are in time but knowing how we should live in this time and what's the message that yes the Dark Ages are going to come again and why talks about the times of persecution and she says usually our anticipation of danger or trouble is greater than what we ever imagine but you know the anticipation is greater than what the reality is sorry but not so with a time of trouble when it comes time to the time of trouble the time of people persecution when the saints will be persecuted during the mark of the beast she says you try to imagine it and your imagination cannot reach the magnitude of how bad it really will be friends how can we be ready for the people persecution. We can't we can't stop the union of church and state coming together it will come eventually but today it is in our power to be ready it is in God's timing to put an end to this kingdom once and for all finally one day but that is not within our power either what was is within our power is our preparation for this time and Daniel the Book of Daniel gives us the preparation in Daniel Chapter one The lesson that we learn is faithfulness in little things little things like what diets what we eat and what we drink does it matter absolutely in my church we've recently gone on a exercise challenge and then a vegan challenge and you know I've been going vegan mostly but when I had to get that badge from our church from from Sac there are Sean are our health director I tell you when you think about going we can it's very difficult there's a lot of things to consider and maybe you're not even at that stage maybe you're just a vegetarian. If thinking and considering going back to Terry and but you know friends diet plays a very big part in how our brain functions the clarity of our thoughts to be able to process the words that we're listening to and reading and even how God is able to communicate to our hearts and minds with the Holy Spirit. Die very important then you Chapter 2 praying friends when the king went into a rage a fit because no one could tell him his dream Daniel came in says give me time and instead of going back to his room praying by himself he sought out his 3 friends Shadrach Meshach and Abednego and they prayed together and then the answer was given to Daniel or friends in this time we need praying friends more than just your husband or wife more than just a brother or sister but this highlights the importance of choosing the correct spouse so that when times do get tough you can pray for each other then your chapter 3 music music is mentioned over and over and over again those musical instruments were played before they were to bow down to the golden image friends music plays a very important part of whether we will even bow down to the image of the beast at the end of time in Revelation 13 let me say simply a Christian has no right to listen to worldly music and even some forms of Christian music we should be careful of Daniel chapter fall let's not allowed pride to get to our hearts this was a chapter that never came as I went crazy and began to eat grass for 7 years and what was the reason it was after God had won him in a dream after one year he still walked around his palace and with pride he says look at the Kingdom that I have made for myself and you know friends we got to be careful why when we think of our successes and wealth and allow it to get to our head thinking that we ourselves are the ones that have done all of this we begin to forget God is in the. Daniel Chapter 5 the fall of Babylon what caused that the wine of Babylon intemperance in diets you see it comes back again to the little things what we eat and what we drink and because of that they ended up buying down to god of gold and silver and wood and hay and stubble so friends we got to be careful with what we eat and drink and then finally down to 6 when the law came in from the king of Persia and he said No man was to pray to any other person for 30 days except me Daniel still went and prayed to God habitual prayer friends of theirs anything that we should be learning in this time of lockdown we have time to pray we have time have you been praying Have you been making prayer or a habit have you been establishing that habit it takes 21 days and who knows God might be giving us this time to establish that habit over this time but friends we've got to learn to pray and even though we can't go to church we can still pray to God in heaven can't we and so Daniel 12 finally is that conclusion friends there there is much that we can learn from Daniel 11 but it really brings us back to the whole book of Daniel and what we must learn from each chapter and what we must learn to apply as we continue to build up to this time for friends truly we're living in serious times this lockdown shows how easily it is for the government to impose a law upon us. How easy it is for for things to change just like that and unless we are custom to prayer unless we are custom to walking with Jesus will be panicking will be running here and there and we will not know what to do and in panic we went to the wrong thing friends today what we need is the character of Daniel we need the character of Jesus Christ and our redemption draws nigh we're much closer to the end than we ever imagined and believed and truly we're living in stupendous times let's bow our heads water pressure we as we end here Father in heaven lot I want to thank you for giving us Daniel 11 you've given us so much detail that we would not mistake where we are in Earth's history. And truly Lord we are at the very and the time where the papal persecution is about to take place again the time where many maters will be made many lives will be lost and I pray oh lord that all of us here that are about with our heads bowed and our eyes closed will be part of that great number that would in your 2nd coming at the end of time so Lord please be with us guide us strengthen us help us to learn those important lessons from the Book of Daniel faithfulness in little things our music our prayer life our food and drink help us all Lord to repair our hearts and our lives to meet you on that great day Help us Lord to prepare for that time of trouble such as never was since there was a nation and so Lord hide us in the shadow of the Almighty under the shadow of the Almighty keep us from this pestilence this virus that is going around protect us oh lord and grant us another day so that we might prepare our hearts and lives to meet you in that grand and glorious day of the 2nd coming so Lord we just run to allies against you this morning lead us continually We would pray in Jesus' name. 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