DARE TO BE A DANIEL
Kingdoms come, Kingdoms go
Jerry A Collins
Is God in control of world events?
Will there ever be an end to the evil in the world?
How ill God plans for the nations culminate in history?
Our country is engaged in a war
against terrorism. War has been declared upon us and we are grappling with how
to win this kind of war. War brings the dark side of power mixed with pride. It
can bring us to the brink of disaster. In the 20th century alone
some have calculated that 187.000.000 people lost their lives. Places like
1. HISTORY IS FULL OF KINGDOMS COMING & GOING
8:1-2 550BC 2 yrs after chp 7 Daniel is in a palace in
ram here with 2 horns one larger than the other. And it is pushing and bucking
in all directions. Fortunately, we have interpretation for all of this here. In
vs 16 Gabriel gives Daniel understanding here. This
represents Media and
8:5 Until the next kingdom described as a goat with a conspicuous horn between its eyes so swift it sweeps into prominence hardly touching the ground.
kingdom completely flattens the ram in its wrath. It becomes greater than the
2. HISTORY WILL CLIMAX WITH ONE LAST WORLD DICTATOR
Nothing much will change all the way to the end of history. Kingdoms will continue to come and to go until it all culminates in one final gasp of a world dictator.
8:9-11 We fast forward to a chilling climax of this vision of Daniel. A small horn that grows come out of one of these 4 horns. Vs 23-25 tells us that this time it is not another kingdom but it is a person. He is described 1. insulting 2. Skilled in intrigue 3. Powerful 4. Will destroy 5. Shrewd 6. Magnifies self in heart 7. Opposes Prince of Princes 8. Will be broken without human agency. He died of insanity & bowel disease. He grasps for power as tyrants do and with expansionist tendencies takes the war onto God’s turf. He takes it to Gods people vs 10. He takes it to God Himself vs 11.
He interferes with and suppresses the very worship of God. More sinister and diabolical than even the previous despots. It even says that he flings truth to the ground. He is identified as Antiochus Epiphanes a distant relative of one of the 4 Greek generals. 175BC murders his brother and subsequently suppresses Jewish worship. Thousands murdered, temple desecrated, replaced with statues of Zeus, pig offered on altar blood spread all around and it did not get more disgusting in Israel.
8:13-14 Any suffering saint would ask this kind of question. If Gods very turf can be taken and His worship desecrated is any place safe? The answer is only 2300 days before restoration. The point being that evil is always on a short leash. From 175-169 BC he ruled. Then he went the same way as Alexander not long after the rebellion of Judas Maccabees and temple re-conquered and cleansed. Still celebrated today as Hannukah. What a comfort though. What a consolation that this man stepped into the stage of human history in God’s timing and plan. Only did what God had foreseen. And tho he became strong, it was not his own power vs 24. So, too, for all satanic figures—all antichrists even the last one of 2 Thess 2. The message is the same. It requires nothing more than the sweep of Gods invisible hand to remove them from the stage of human history forever after fulfilling the will and plan of God.
So what about us?
(1) God is sovereign over all of history. Daniel tells us that the Most High is ruler over the realm of mankind. And bestows it on whom He wishes and sets over it the lowliest of men.
(2) All events serve Gods sovereign will. History can seem so big while God seems so small.
(3) We tremble at thought of evil men but to God they are merely pretentious little horns to be broken off and discarded after use. The only difference with the final dictator is that he will be the last in line.
God measures history as it impacts His people. This is why there is so little
about the kingdoms of Persia Greece and
Like Daniel, exhausted and shaken vs 27, bad times
will still come our way. 9/11 is example. Antichrists will come to power on
Gods turf. True security even in face of tragedy is in God who loves us and
cares for us in midst of it! So like Daniel we must get to work tomorrow. He in
the kings palace and us in our world. What will the
future bring to us? Stow away this teaching for harder times. God is in control.
The wars we live with (persecution in