Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
Thursday July 26, 2018
Pastor Rick Kabrick
In Judah, warning the Jews there not to succumb to idolatry like the Northern Kingdom, which had already been overtaken by Assyria.
650BC – 570BC Jeremiah
Jeremiah was the prophet who stayed in the desolate conquered Jerusalem after the fall of Judah.
622BC Ezekiel who went into captivity by Nebuchadnezzar.
Daniel lived (620BC – 538BC)
Daniel was a man of Purpose. He decided that he would not be defiled by or be involved in idolatry.
Daniel was a man of Prayer. His life and his decisions that are recorded were preceded by prayer.
And then Prophecy.
Prophecy should inspire us to spiritual living and a real study of the Word of God.
The study of Prophecy should be a part of our devotion that produces
a practical, spiritually profitable, and purpose driven life.
HE alone knows all the decisions man will make and all the
possibilities and yet without interfering with volition!
To show his power, Nebuchadnezzar seized treasures from Solomon’s temple.
He also took captive a group of young nobles and carried them back to Babylon
They found their own FALSE prophets to tell them what they wanted to hear…that everything was fine.
Daniel GOD is my judge
Hanan iah GOD has favored
Mish I el That which GOD is
Aza riah Jehova has helped
Daniel – Belta sha zair
(lord of the treasure).
Hanan iah – Shadrach
(scribe of the king).
Mishi el – Meshach
(friend of the king).
Aza riah – Abed-nego
(servant of Nebo).
Josiah was crowned king at age 8, his grandfather Manasseh was the most evil king in Judah. Manasseh’s father was Hezekiah who was a great king. Perhaps second only to King David.
Because Daniel was a descendant of David, he would have had intimate knowledge of those events.
I will have you cut into pieces and your houses turned into piles of rubble.
The king ordered the execution of all the wise men of Babylon.
Every aspect of his young life to this point was needed to get him to this point.
Where he could serve the LORD exactly where the LORD wanted him to serve.
The next kingdom to arise after Babylon will be inferior to Babylon, as will the next. Finally, there will come a fourth kingdom, strong as iron. It will crush and break all the others. This will be the Roman Empire.
The first four kingdoms have been identified as the Babylonian, Persian, Greek and Roman Empires.
The point of the image is that man is weak without the LORD. Man may look powerful but the feet mixed with iron and clay is one blow away from falling apart. Only GOD’s kingdom will last and it will last forever.
The Babylonian Empire stood for 66 years;
The Medo-Persian Empire 208 years;
the Greek Empire 185 years,
and the Roman Empire stood for more than 500 years.
DAN 7:24, The ten horns are ten kings
Who shall arise from this kingdom.
And another shall rise after them; He shall be different from the first ones,
And shall subdue three kings.
“REV 17:12, The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast.
Daniel saw it from God’s perspective, and Nebuchadnezzar saw it from man’s perspective.
The Jewish religion was the only one that claimed Jehovah as the only true God.
And prohibited worshipping false gods.
You praised the gods of silver and gold, of bronze, iron, wood and stone,
which cannot see or hear or understand. But you did not honor the GOD who holds in HIS hand your life.
the death of Belshazzar and the defeat of Babylon was the judgment of GOD
on a city and a people who profaned the name of the GOD of Israel. Once again, GOD will not be mocked.