My thoughts on Daniel (pt 12)

“At that time shall arise Michael, the great prince who has charge of your people. And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never has been since there was a nation till that time. But at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone whose name shall be found written in the book. 2 And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. 3 And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above;[a] and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever. 4 But you, Daniel, shut up the words and seal the book, until the time of the end. Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.”

What excitement to read this now, as a believer. Because now we know what all this means. We know in 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17:

15By the word of the Lord, we declare to you that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who have fallen asleep. 16For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a loud command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will be the first to rise. 17After that, we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will always be with the Lord.…”

Could these two passages be related to the other? It appears. But, lets look at Daniel. He is talking about a time of trouble then they will be delivered. So we turn to Matthew 24. We see here a “time of trouble”, then the Lord comes. Perhaps, this “time of trouble” is the time before the Great Tribulation? Things to ponder.

Never the less, when the Lord comes, those who are dead in Christ will rise and then those who are alive then will. And in the very end all will be judged according to whether or not their names are written in the book of life. This can be a scary thought for some. Especially if they do not know if their name is in the book of life.

How can one find their name in the book of life?For further reading click here> Book of Life information

Of course we see this last part of the Daniel in verse 4, “knowledge will increase”. If the world is ever informed before, it is now. With google, computers, social media, news, live access to whatever…etc. No one should say, “I don’t know?” Since we are seeing that now, we should be ever more alert of the Lords return.

I just read this first part of Daniel today and couldn’t get past it. I felt encouraged by it. I wanted to share it with you all.

So, what do you think? Comments welcomed!

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My Thoughts on Daniel (pt 7)

“Here is the end of the matter. As for me, Daniel, my thoughts greatly alarmed me, and my color changed, but I kept the matter in my heart.” (v 28)

This chapter is of Daniel describing his dream/vision that was given to him by God. It talks of end time events, the lords coming, beasts, destruction..etc..(go read it) If I were Daniel, I too, would say the above quote. Yet, he kept it all to himself.

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Daniel just amazes me. He is given the gift of visions, dreams, and interpretation of dreams, and instead of telling people, he is moved by it, and keeps it in his heart. He has the wisdom, to know, “I shouldn’t share this…not yet”

The reason why I love Daniel, is because the Lord has given me a similar gift. I don’t share that to boast, but to humbly say, I am no where near that kind of maturity that Daniel was. Sure, he is much older when this takes place. At least we assume he is. Which is probably why I have not been given interpretations to my dreams. And I sometimes share them, probably not the best wisdom to do. But, I am learning. So I read his book for wisdom on such matters.

Friends this is why we must read scripture. It gives insight into all areas of our lives. It is not “just stories” or “a history book”…it is that..but so much more. It is wisdom. God allowed these books to come together to be a guide for our daily walk.

You ever feel sad and depressed? There are a ton of scripture that can lift you up. Let alone tell you stories of those who got down too and how God helped them up.

There is so much in scripture. Don’t just read it, but study it. Dig DEEP! Research the backgrounds of each story, the people, the cities etc. It deepens your ideas of God. It creates a firm foundation. It helps you in all areas of your daily walk with God and his creation.

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I know there is so much to this chapter and the next few chapters. However, like I said before, I am giving a different take on each chapter. My own thoughts and feelings and questions. Some may be off the wall and random..goofy even. And some may be serious and challenging. SO, bear with me as we continue in our walk through this book and My Thoughts on Daniel.

My Thoughts on Daniel (pt 6)

First off. What’s a Satrap. I see that word and I think of this….itsatrap!! lol

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Ok, so you know what a satrap is?Definition: a governor over provinces in Persia.

They all got together to get Daniel in trouble. They asked the king to make a rule that no one is to pray to anyone for thirty days unless it be to King Darius.

Now Daniel was not moved by this decree. He continued to do what he did normally. Praying to God as he did everyday. In an upper room in front of some windows. Now here is the crazy part. The satraps and leaders had to be spying on him to see him in his upper room. What we call a “peeping tom” (no offense to any Tom’s out there. lol)

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Anyone else a little creeped out at this picture? The point is these leaders had to really hate Daniel and the position he was getting, for them to creep on Daniel like this. The satraps basically…set a trap for Daniel. Because they knew Daniel prayed to God everyday.

What does that say to us? Do we have that kind of consistent walk with God? Do we have that kind of prayer life? Daniel wasn’t moved because he knew God was with him. He had a relationship with God and nothing was going to stop him from speaking to God. Even if it meant being fed to the lions. God was faithful to Daniel and Daniel was faithful to God. When we read on we know God continued to be faithful and he rescued Daniel from the Lions Den.

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This is a challenge every christian should realize. When we take up our cross to follow Christ. We know that we may and/or will suffer persecution. Though living in freedom loving countries, we may not feel the full effect of this kind of persecution. Yet, are you still willing to stand for Christ when: your class mates make fun of you christian t-shirt, when  your co-worker ridicules you for thanking God for you meal at lunch time, when you say to that friend, “i can’t watch this movie because it goes against everything I believe”, to that family member “I can not support this homosexual wedding because it was not what God approves of”. Or maybe we will see the worse and be asked to deny Christ or be killed.

How will you stand? Will you stand for God when things bad happen all around you? Times are changing and this very thing may be asked of us Christians. Will you deny our self, deny our pride, deny our life and stay faithful to God?

Will you still seek God, like Daniel did?

Thoughts from Daniel (pt5)

10 The queen,[c] because of the words of the king and his lords, came into the banqueting hall, and the queen declared, “O king, live forever! Let not your thoughts alarm you or your color change. 11 There is a man in your kingdom in whom is the spirit of the holy gods.[d] In the days of your father, light and understanding and wisdom like the wisdom of the gods were found in him, and King Nebuchadnezzar, your father—your father the king—made him chief of the magicians, enchanters, Chaldeans, and astrologers, 12 because an excellent spirit, knowledge, and understanding to interpret dreams, explain riddles, and solve problems were found in this Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar. Now let Daniel be called, and he will show the interpretation.” Daniel 5:10-12

The king, Belteshazzar, had brought all together to feast with him. He had ordered the dishes, from the temple in Jerusalem, to be brought in and used for their ungodly feasting. While doing so giving all praise to the gods of gold, silver, iron, bronze, wood and stone. Then out of nowhere a hand appears and writes on the wall: “Mene, Mene, Tekel, and Parsin

Everyone is terrified! The king ask for someone to interpret it and the queen(we assume is the mother of Belteshazzar) tells him about Daniel.

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Daniel is brought in and interprets the message from God, which means:

Mene, God has numbered[g] the days of your kingdom and brought it to an end; 27 Tekel, you have been weighed[h] in the balances and found wanting; 28 Peres, your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians.”[i]” Daniel 5:26-28

What a thing to be told! Maybe something we can talk about in another blog.

What I wanted to point out was that years(1) have gone by, and Daniel was still remembered and used by God. Some feel that because they are old in age they can not be used by God.  This is obviously false. As we see throughout the bible God uses many in their old age. God is NEVER done with you. As long as you have breath you can still be used by God. Remain faithful to him no matter what age. Look what Daniel did! He not only interpreted this message from God, but then he was used, several more years, in so many ways.

I love that fact that someone remembered what Daniel did.That they remembered what Daniels God did. Stay true to following God.Now  and even through the quiet seasons of life. We never know who we are impacting. One day someone may call upon you, woman/man of God, and ask you to help them with a situation. This could be the opportunity for God to use you to reach that person.

In those years, where we hear nothing about Daniel, we know that he was still seeking God and drawing close to him. In your season of silence keep seeking God. Stay faithful to him. He is faithful to you. Though you may not see the fruit of seeking him, one day it may come to fruition. One day you may be called up to testify, to lead, to proclaim, to be used in a way that could save one ..or many. Be like a Daniel. Stand up for what is right, seek God in season and out, and be ready when you are called to serve Him.

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(1) years had gone by… I make this statement, because of a little light research that indicates that Belteshazzar was the grandson of Nebuchadnezzar. And therefore, we do not hear much about what daniel, or even Shadrach, Meshach and Abnedgo, have been up too. Were they just busy serving the nation(as they had been assigned to positions and therefore busy with the things of state) that we do not read much about them? Just some things to ponder in addition. Belteshazzar and Nebuchadnezzar link

 

 

 

Thoughts about Daniel (pt 1)

Daniel is one of my favorite books of the Bible. There is so much in it. Plus it contains one of my favorite stories(chapter 3).

So, I thought I would try to put together short blogs (“short” haha) about some of the chapters in Daniel. I may or may not go into great detail about the chapter. But, I want to share some things I have grabbed from it…insights, idea, questions, etc from my study of this book. Please leave comments questions insight as well!

Daniel Chapter 1

Something that I never really noticed before is that the Hebrews that we learn about in Chapter one, were from nobility.

“3 Then the king ordered Ashpenaz, chief of his court officials, to bring into the king’s service some of the Israelites from the royal family and the nobility 4young men without any physical defect, handsome, showing aptitude for every kind of learning, well informed, quick to understand, and qualified to serve in the king’s palace. He was to teach them the language and literature of the Babylonians”

These boys(men) were not just any Israelite, they were someone of importance. Also we see here that these Israelites were to be,… well…perfect. Such high standards there by the King. SO, what we know about Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, is they were of nobility, handsome, learned, and “without blemish”. They seemed to “have it all” until they got captured. Interesting thing to think about.

Brings up other questions like: why did the king pick them to learn Babylonian thing? What kind of Enemey King would teach his “slaves” or captives literature and things of his kingdom? I just find it interesting after reading this story a few dozen times and that never sunk in. There must be more to this then what we are seeing. Were these four acting prideful so God allowed them to be humbled, by getting captured. Well, we do read on that they obeyed Gods ways.

“8But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way. Now God had caused the official to show favor and compassion to Daniel, 10 but the official told Daniel, “I am afraid of my lord the king, who has assigned your[c] food and drink. Why should he see you looking worse than the other young men your age? The king would then have my head because of you.”

11 Daniel then said to the guard whom the chief official had appointed over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah, 12 “Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. 13 Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see.” 14 So he agreed to this and tested them for ten days.”

They, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, CHOOSE not to eat the things that would defile their bodies. Things they knew God had told them not to partake in. They obeyed. They stood up for their beliefs. They were honored. And God gave them favor and blessed them with being healthier then all the others.

What can we take from this?

No matter who you are things can be taken away so easily. But who will you serve when/if it does? Will you trust in God through it all. Will you still obey what he asks of you? Even in dire situations?

This was just a first test that these men would go through. And though the “world” around them pressured them to “fit in” they stood their ground and obeyed God.