August 21, 2005
The origin, character and destiny of godless
Earthly, formed by earthly passions, not the will
of God. Formed by wars of conquest, and wicked
strifes of ambition.
THE GLORY OF POLITICAL SUCCESS OFTEN
LEADS MEN TO DISREGARD THE CRIMES BY
WHICH IT IS ACHIEVED.
To Nebuchadnezzar, the kingdoms appeared bright
and glorious - ch. 2:31 - to Daniel, the prophet of God,
they appeared savage and brutal. The true end of
government is the peace and welfare of the world.
Human history is full of variety, change and surprise.
It is only in the Divine order that we meet with assured
and peaceful stability.
The kingdoms of the world are temporary - the
proudest earthly power must bow before the
judgment-seat of God - the worst of the great
beasts are entirely destroyed - v. 11 - godless
kingdoms will be all superceded by the universal
and eternal Kingdom of Heaven.
v. 3 - "four beasts"
v. 4 - "a man's heart was given unto it"
v. 5 - "arise, devour much flesh" - human violence.
vs. 9-10 - read - the Judgment set - the angels
of God are present to carry out the judgment.
"white as snow" - betokens the immaculate
righteousness of His administration.
Every force and element in nature is His servant,
and a stream of fire issues from His feet. The earth,
long stained with shameful crime, shall be purified,
and the saints shall emerge from the trial "as gold that
has been purified".
"the Judgment was set" - "books were opened"
God preserves a record of the heirs of eternal life!
He knows them if men do not. He takes note of them
individually - their names are written down - the
world is redeemed, not in mass but individually. Each
one of us either has or has not his name written down
in "the book of life".
When the great facts of the unseen world are brought
to light, then will God's purposes with mankind
Daniel is admitted to the scene and sees God's
judgment continually being prepared against the
A great fiery throne - the Judge (of all the earth who
doth right) - Gen. 18:25 - the dignity of unnumbered
ages - Matt. 8:11, Rev. 21:24 - attended by a million
angels (ready to do God's will) and a hundred million
watching and listening spectators (with no interruptions.)
vs. 11-12 - Sovereignty of God - hear a lot about it today -
vs. 13-14 - the presentation of the world to Christ
Higher class than beasts - notice how the beasts came
out of the sea - the Son of man from the heavens
Intimate relations with God - "near before Him"
He is the true "Son of man" - therefore all races can find
their Savior and Lord in Him!
His kingdom is indestructible and everlasting!
Psalm 145:13 - "Thy kingdom is an everlasting
kingdom, and thy dominion endureth
throughout all generations."
Compare Rev. 5:12
Remember ch. 2:44
The Ancient of Days, whose sentence has deprived
the other dynasties of their empire, bestows
boundless empire on the Messiah.
A time beyond the present, when all civil governments
will have ceased, when the Church shall be manifest as
the true state, when Christ the Anointed of the Lord
alone shall reign.
This prophecy is not fulfilled in Christ's coming in
weakness as the Babe of Bethlehem, nor in His life of
sorrow and death, of shame and suffering.
It is His Coming the Second Time unto salvation.
It is the time when He shall have the heathen for His
inheritance, and the uttermost part of the earth for
Only some such time of universal peace can
adequately conclude history and fulfill prophecy!
Psalm 72 (read on your own)
v. 15 - this shook up Daniel
v. 16 - what is "the truth of all this?"
v. 18 - Prophetic Certainty (speaking of something in the
future as if it had already come to pass!)
vs. 19-20 - history and the future (Babylon, Persia,
Greece and Rome)
vs. 21-22 - Prophetic Certainty
vs. 23-25 - read and elaborate
Share something from Bro. Walter Smith from
The Christian Crier:
If the world ever needed a warning, it needs one now.
Why? Because too many people are too quick to believe
a lie. They want to believe a lie so they can live the way
they want. The excuse man is looking for to get away
from the restrictions and demands that following
Jesus Christ places on him.
vs. 26-27 - read and elaborate - blasphemy against
God - self-exaltation to a place alongside of
"shall wear out the saints" - persecute and main-
tain war against them.
"and shall think to change times and laws"
the antichristian power - the harlot
Babylon, Persia, Greece, Rome
v. 28 - "hitherto is the end of the matter"
vs. 1-4 - another vision - Medes & Persians - "he did
according to his will and became great" - ???
vs. 5-8 - Alexander the Great and the Grecian Empire
vs. 9-12 - Division of Greece - Antiochus Epiphanes
vs. 11-12 - read
The triumph of evil - the more we see of evil the more
shall we feel its destructive character - THE WORLD
WITHOUT GOD DETERIORATES - states get worse
and worse - the moral progress of mankind is dependent
on our relation to God - His redemptive plan and
educational influence - (argument over teaching of science
and the politically correct - Intelligent Design) Sadly,
much of that which is passed off today as science is really
philosophy whether it be biology or psychology.
(again yesterday in the New Era - even shortened
Intelligent Design to ID)
Morality declines - when evil gets the ascendancy in the
state - the exercise of religious ordinances is endangered.
Persecution usally has a moral cause.
Evil is darkness and it is essentially A LIE!
God has known this from the beginning and has forewarned.
Where secularism is going - chapter 3 notes - the three
Notice the secular power requirements -
v. 12 - ch. 2:49
v. 15 - another chance
"who is that God that shall deliver you out of my
vs. 17-18 - their answer
vs. 19-20 - where secularism is going - never miss
an opportunity to compare fundamental
Christianity with fundamental Islam.
vs. 24-25 - God with us
(back to ch. 8)
Evil’s duration is always limited - v. 14 - 2300days - a
short time when compared with eternity. (Six years and
a hundred and ten days)
ULTIMATELY, EVIL WILL BE ENTIRELY CAST OUT!
The glory of Christ in redeeming from sin and restoring
the world to God is after evil is destroyed - II Thess 2:7-8 **
Consume - arkdiscovery.com - burned up - sulfur balls -
weight of things burned heavier than original -
II Peter 2:6-10 3:10-13 Jude 7
Get out while there is still time -
*"flee the wrath to come"
*"Save yourselves from this untoward
generation" - Pentecost
Genesis 19:22,26 Luke 9:62
"All flesh shall see the glory of the Lord" - Luke 3:6
vs. 23-25 ***
Rev. 13:11 - "he had two horns like a lamb, and
he spake as a dragon"
In appearance - deceptively harmless - yet in reality
most destructive and wicked.
Bold self-assertion - working by craft and later by
force - “understands dark stratagems - craft prospers
under his hand - INTELLECT IS A MORE DANGEROUS
WEAPON IN THE HANDS OF A BAD MAN THAN MERE
BRUTAL FORCE - ch. 11:36-39 ***
Mighty, but not by his own power -
I John 2:18, 22, 15-17, 4:1-6
“when the transgressors are come to the full” - the
sacred writers often speak of iniquity as being FULL -
as if there was a certain limit or capacity beyond which
men are not allowed to go - ARE WE REACHING THE
LIMITS? - or is this just the tip of the iceberg?
MARRING THE CLOSING DAYS OF HISTORY
Do you have a role? Are you reflecting the light of
God's glory or are you happy with the darkness?
The darkness of "abortion on demand", "Sunday
alcohol sales", "no place in public society for The Ten
Commandments" - etc.
ch. 12:1 Gen. 6:5-7, 19:20-21
When the limit is reached - God interferes and cuts off
the guilty by some heavy judgment.
Compare Genesis 15:16 - the difference being the
end of time!
v. 25 - he practiced deceit - “by peace shall destroy
many” - that seems to be the main outcry of
secularism today is -peace without morality.
v. 12 - he strikes at truth and sets himself against
God - “cast down the truth to the ground”
Like Satan - he goes about “seeking whom he may
v. 16 - Gabriel - “make this man to understand”
Angels absorbed with the honor and majesty of God -
with the well being of man - it is the great problems
of atonement and redemption “the angels desire to
look into” - ALL TIME TO ANGELS IS BUT A
SEASON OF ATONEMENT.
Gabriel enjoins Daniel to do his part - serve his
generation as David did which we studied in Acts 13:36.
“Shut up the words and seal the book” -
Brother Duncan - “Is he loose series?” - in the late 1960's
preached at Second Baptist Church 2-3 months on the
texts of II Tim. 3:1-5 and Rev. 20:7-8
Where is the leadership? vs. 4-19 - (highlighted)
II Chron. 7:14 - "If my people, which are called
by my name, shall humble themselves, and
pray, and seek my face, and turn from their
wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven,
and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land"
v. 23 - The Answer - ch. 10:11-12
v. 24 - *** (the Kingdom of God in a nutshell)
Daniel mourned three weeks
v. 21a - "noted in the scripture of truth"
(the idea that the events that were to happen in
the world's history were recorded beforehand in
the books or tablets of the heavens)
vs. 18-19 - Divine encouragement - then & now
We often fail in work for want of energy of soul.
Divine strength brings zeal, capacity, and success.
It is needful for growth of the spirit in man.
"like the appearance of a man and He strengthened
me" - Remember Jesus -
Examples in Heb. 11:34-40 - (private study)
v. 6 - "she shall be given up and they that brought her
......and he that strengthened her in these times"
v. 21 - "he shall come in peaceably and obtain the
kingdom by flatteries"
dissimulation - false front
He wins power by dissimulation - a technique most
common in an age of advanced civilization. Violence
belongs to simpler times. As life becomes more complex,
evil becomes more subtle. It has most power during a
time of moral corruption. When morality is corrupted, the
discerning faculty of conscience is blinded. Deceit succeeds
most with those who have lost the clear judgment which
results from the insights of purity. Dissimulation is also
successful under circumstances of material prosperity,
tempted to the mere enjoyment of ease.
THE SUCCESS OF DISSIMULATION IS MORE
INJURIOUS TO THE WORLD THAN THE SUCCESS
v. 23 - “he shall work deceitfully: for he shall come
up and shall become strong with a small
(a principle/not necessarily literal for the United States
except it is too close for comfort)
350,000 ACLU members out of a population of
260,000,000 = 13/10,000 of one percent and this
in a democracy
The ACLU is endeavoring to control myriads of
Christians but will not control the antichrist -
perhaps they will not want to do so
v. 24 - “he shall do that which his fathers have not
done, nor his father’s fathers”
v. 28 - “his heart shall be against the holy covenant”
v. 30 - “and have intelligence with them that forsake
the holy covenant”
It was their religion that was the bond which united
the nation; let that be broken, then there would be a
chance of the Jews blending harmoniously with the
other races that made up the Syrian Empire.
Those that forsook the holy covenant made him
think it an easy task.
v. 32 - “but the people that do know their God
shall be strong and do exploits”
Their source is God - it is not innate nor acquired
by our own efforts nor attained by any worldly means.
It is given to us in our natural weakness through GRACE!
These people know their God and are know of Him.
An intimate relationship with God is both bracing and
v. 33 - “and they that understand among the people shall
Contrast Hosea 4:14 - “therefore the people that doth
not understand shall fall”
v. 34 - “but many shall cleave to them with flatteries”
(the world system)
vs. 36-39 - the undue prominence of self, self-will and
the “god of forces” was more suited to his lawless
Might makes Right but There is no Right Way to do
the Wrong Thing!
Matt. 16:25 - “For whosoever will save his life shall lose it:
and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it”
v. 40 - “And at the time of the end”
v. 45b - “yet he shall come to his end, and none shall
The Last Things - chps. 10-12 - conflicts going on
between superhuman intelligences good and bad
in an effort to control the movements of nations.
It is so in Revelation - ch. 12:7-9
Eph. 6:12 - "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood,
but against principalities, against powers, against
the rulers of the darkness of this world, against
spiritual wickedness in high places"(promoted by sex, drugs, music and now violence)
There shall be trouble on a scale unparalleled in all
history, such as was never before!
Luke 21:25-26 - "And there shall be signs in the sun,
and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the
earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea
and the waves roaring (tsunami?); men's hearts
failing them for fear, and for looking after those
things which are coming on the earth: for the
powers of heaven shall be shaken"
(the little green men from Kelly will not be a factor in
that day to our Chamber of Commerce and other promoters
of Sunday alcohol sales - there will be more pressing concerns)
Romans 2:16 - “In the day when God shall judge the
secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my
Men’s past history will be rehearsed, their secret
thoughts exposed, their true character made known!
Some to eternal life!
Some to eternal shame!
Is. 66:24 - “And they shall go forth and look upon the
carcasses of the men that have transgressed
against me: for their worm shall not die, neither
shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an
abhorring unto all flesh”
“shine ....as stars” - true wisdom will choose this as the
noblest work - men have various aims, pleasure, gain,
power, fame, rank, self-culture but the noblest aim is to
seek to do good to others and the highest good we can do
is moral good. Hence the mission of the spiritual physician
takes first place among all vocations. It is the most
It is to persuade men to turn from sin and unto God!
This secures the most important good for all mankind
and it glorifies God supremely!
Remember, to angels all time is but a season of atonement!!!
v. 8 - "what shall be the end of these things?"
vs. 9-10 - the true view of the end is not disturbing and
exciting - it brings to our mind, through the Holy Spirit,
visions of rest and peace, the anticipation of which
should impart a quiet simplicity to our spiritual life!
SCRIPTURE ATTRACTS THOUGHT!
SCRIPTURE IS A MINE OF INEXHAUSTIBLE TREASURE!
*** Malachi 3:16-18