1 John 5:11,12 11 And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. 12 He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life.
For many years people have wondered about the meaning of life. They want to know what the purpose of life is, the meaning of life, the reason for living. Its a question that John answers for us and says this should be your testimony. The purpose of life is that God has given us eternal life and the eternal life is found in the Son.
Its a very easy saying and yet so many people do not believe it. The equation is so simple, if you have the Son you have The Life. If you don’t have the Son, you don’t have The Life.
Choose the Son……..
Philippians 1:21 21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.
I think I understand after all these years what Paul was really talking about in this passage. You reach a point in your life, especially when you have committed yourself to God, that you understand that you have a job to do and that is reach out and share the gospel. It is truly the only thing that matters in this world. So when Paul said to him, to live is Christ and to die is gain, what I think he is saying is that it doesn’t matter if I’m dead or alive. Either way I’m winning. If I’m alive, I get to share the gospel. This good news that you can be free from your sins AND have eternal life in Christ. And if I’m dead, than I get to rest from my labors and sleep; awaiting the coming of the Lord.
So until we are resting, let us continue to press forward in the sharing of the gospel.
Pausing from prophecy for a moment, to just remind everyone that we are all equal. Back in the day when you were playing basketball it would happen that two members of the same team would go up for a rebound and begin to battle. It was always a third guy on the team who had to yell out SAME! to let them know that they were battling with their brother/teammate.
Today I want to yell SAME! at the world. It doesn’t matter who you are, Christ died for you just the same. He rose for you just the same and ministers for you just the same. I think this world would be better place if we all just realized that small, but not so small, detail.
I was curious about this word blessings today. Perhaps God put it on my heart to really look at that thing closer. Don’t know if I’ve come to any conclusions that are groundbreaking, I just find it interesting that the first time God throws a blessing on something it was to be fruitful and multiply. And as I think about that thing I’m looking at Genesis 2:3 and it says “Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.” (NASB)
So is it possible that in blessing the 7th day that God somehow made the day itself to be a time of fruitfulness and multiplication? Can it be that the rest which you have from your work is multiplied on this day? That your rest is more fruitful on this day? Again the first time blessings are mentioned things are being fruitful and multiplying. So is it possible that somehow God interwove rest and relaxation into the day itself?
Now I don’t know what you believe as I write this. I can only speak for myself and I can tell you that the rest that I receive from God on the Sabbath is unlike anything. I feel renewed and refreshed having spent time with the Creator and just listening to what He is saying. I look forward to this time because quite simply there is no other time like it. It is indeed a blessing.
Daniel 7 continued
Today we will look at this other king that arises after these 10, the one that subdues 3 kings AND speaks against the Most High.
In history there really has only been one entity that has arisen that has subdued 3 kingsAND speaks against the Most High. Check what Adam Clarke’s Commentary says about Daniel 7:25 “To none can this apply so well or so fully as to the popes of Rome. They have assumed infallibility, which belongs only to God.” They profess to forgive sins, which belongs only to God. They profess to open and shut heaven, which belongs only to God. They profess to be higher than all the kings of the earth, which belongs only to God. And they go beyond God in pretending to loose whole nations from their oath of allegiance to their kings, when such kings do not please them! And they go against God when they give indulgences for sin. This is the worst of all blasphemies!
Matthew Henry’s Commentary on this verse “It is desirable to obtain the right and full sense of what we see and hear from God; and those that would know, must ask by faithful and fervent prayer. The angel told Daniel plainly. He especially desired to know respecting the little horn, which made war with the saints, and prevailed against them. Here is foretold the rage of papal Rome against true Christians.”
Yes this is all good, but did they subdue 3 kings…..Dr. Mervyn Maxwell, a theologian and historian, described the results in volume 1, page 129, of his book God Cares: “The Catholic emperor Zeno (474-491) arranged a treaty with the Ostrogoths in 487 which resulted in the eradication of the kingdom of the Arian Heruls in 493. And the Catholic emperor Justinian (527-565) exterminated the Arian Vandals in 534 and significantly broke the power of the Arian Ostrogoths in 538. Thus were Daniel’s three horns the Heruls, the Vandals, and the Ostrogoths’ plucked up by the roots.’ (Taken from Amazing Facts)
Daniel 7 continued
Daniel 7:24,25 24 As for the ten horns, out of this kingdom ten kings will arise; and another will arise after them, and he will be different from the previous ones and will subdue three kings. 25 He will speak out against the Most High and wear down the saints of the Highest One, and he will intend to make alterations in times and in law; and they will be given into his hand for a time, times, and half a time.
Out of the fourth beast 10 kings will arise. So one of the identifying marks of the 4th beast is that ten kings must arise out of this nation. And another king will arise after them. Now lets look at history.
Common known history that the fall of the Roman Empire produced 10 kings. Strangely you could even say they were divided evenly. 5 in the east and 5 in the west. So far the Roman empire fits the criteria. Tomorrow we will look at this other king that arises after these 10, the one that subdues 3 kings AND speaks against the Most High.
Daniel 4th Beast
Today we will look at another one of the theories specifically that this beast and the little horn power represents Islam. Let us prayerfully continue to study.
I’ll be honest, I had never heard this theory presented before. But just as quickly as I heard it, I was like eh….it doesn’t really fit the criteria either. Lets observe the criteria again shall we.
- So the 4th kingdom must be different then the other 3 kingdoms (Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece)
- Will devour the whole earth, tread it down and crush it
- Ten kings will come out of this kingdom
- Another king will also come out of this kingdom, different than the previous ten kings
- This new king will subdue three kings
- And this new king will speak out against the Most High AND wear down the saints of the Highest One AND he will intend to make alterations in times and in law AND the saints will be given into his hands for a time, times and half a time
For starters Islam does not fit. Islam did not arise out of a specific kingdom, nor did it destroy three kings (remember the 3 horns were pulled out by the roots. When you pull out the roots there are no more traces of that thing). Also, it would be hard to call Islam itself a kingdom. While Islam has had some great strategic conquests, I would dare not call it devouring the whole earth, treading it down and crushing it. Finally, and this is the biggest issue, whenever you see religions in prophecy they are usually signified by a woman as you see in Revelation. So how people can say this beast and little horn power is Islam is really beyond me. Again, the criteria does not fit.