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Great Chapters of the Bible: Daniel 2

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September 15, 2019
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  • -John Bradshaw: This is It Is Written.
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  • I'm John Bradshaw. Thanks for joining me.
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  • The prophecies of the Bible have left a lot of people confused.
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  • Turn to the book of Revelation
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  • and you see a beast coming up out of the sea,
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  • another beast coming up out of the earth,
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  • seven trumpets, seven plagues, seven seals,
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  • seven thunders, seven churches, and a whole array of images
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  • that could leave you scratching your head.
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  • But when you learn how to approach Bible prophecy,
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  • a lot of that mystery falls away, and you discover
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  • how straightforward many of the prophecies of the Bible
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  • can really be.
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  • I want to look with you today at one of the great prophecies
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  • of the Bible in another program in our ongoing series,
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  • "Great Chapters of the Bible."
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  • Today we're going to look at a prophecy
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  • that provides a foundation for most of the prophecies
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  • that speak to earth's last days.
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  • The Apostle Peter talks about the importance of Bible prophecy
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  • to the Christian's journey through life
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  • in 2 Peter chapter 1.
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  • He tells his readers that they "have not followed
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  • cunningly devised fables,"
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  • saying that he and others like him were eyewitnesses
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  • of the majesty of Jesus.
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  • He recalls how they heard a voice from heaven
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  • testifying that Jesus is the Son of God.
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  • And if that wasn't enough, he says,
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  • "We [also have] a more sure word of prophecy;
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  • whereunto ye do well that ye take heed,
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  • as unto a light that shineth in a dark place,
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  • until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts."
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  • Second Peter 1:16-19.
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  • We saw Jesus glorified.
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  • We heard the voice of God with our own ears.
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  • But as miraculous as those things were,
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  • we have something even more reliable:
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  • We have the "more sure word of prophecy."
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  • Peter was making the point that what we see and hear
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  • can't always be trusted.
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  • Jesus spoke in Matthew chapter 24
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  • of how "false christs and false prophets will arise
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  • and show great signs and wonders [so as] to deceive,
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  • if possible, even the elect."
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  • Matthew 24:24.
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  • The Apostle Paul writes of how the antichrist in the last days
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  • will work "with all power, signs, and lying wonders."
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  • Second Thessalonians 2, verse 9.
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  • And in the book of Revelation,
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  • we read of how the forces arrayed against God
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  • will include the "spirits of devils, working miracles."
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  • Revelation 16:14.
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  • Even in the church you find there are people
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  • claiming to talk for God.
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  • Someone claims to have a prophecy.
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  • Someone claims to have had a vision.
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  • Someone writes a book claiming they went to heaven or hell.
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  • How do you know?
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  • How can you be sure something or even someone is legit?
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  • Peter was saying that something you can absolutely trust
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  • is the sure word of prophecy.
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  • And he urges us to follow it
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  • as "a light that shineth in a dark place."
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  • And this world is a dark place.
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  • So we're going to take a look at that sure word of prophecy
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  • as we look at another great chapter of the Bible,
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  • Daniel chapter 2,
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  • where we see one of the greatest prophetic visions
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  • found in the entire Bible.
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  • The vision of the future that we find in the second chapter
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  • of the book of Daniel
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  • was given at one of the darkest moments
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  • in the history of God's ancient people.
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  • The historical setting of Daniel 2
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  • is given in Daniel chapter 1.
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  • "In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah,
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  • Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon
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  • came to Jerusalem and besieged it.
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  • And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand,
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  • with some of the articles of the house of God,
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  • which he carried into the land of Shinar
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  • to the house of his god;
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  • and he brought the articles into the treasure house of his god."
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  • Daniel chapter 1, verses 1 and 2.
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  • Chapter 1 goes on to tell us the story of the faithful young man
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  • named Daniel and his three friends,
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  • Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah,
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  • who chose to be faithful to God's Word,
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  • even at the risk of their lives.
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  • Because of the blessing of God,
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  • the Bible says they were found to be 10 times wiser
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  • than their fellow students in the royal academy of Babylon.
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  • But in chapter 2,
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  • these four young men face an absolute crisis.
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  • We'll start in verse 1:
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  • "Now in the second year of Nebuchadnezzar's reign,
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  • Nebuchadnezzar had dreams;
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  • and his spirit was so troubled that his sleep left him.
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  • Then the king gave the command to call the magicians,
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  • the astrologers, the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans
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  • to tell the king his dreams.
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  • So they came and stood before the king.
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  • And the king said to them, 'I have had a dream,
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  • and my spirit is anxious to know the dream.'
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  • Then the Chaldeans spoke to the king in Aramaic,
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  • 'O king, live forever! Tell your servants the dream,
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  • and we will give the interpretation.'
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  • But the king answered and said to the Chaldeans,
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  • 'My decision is firm:
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  • if you do not make known the dream to me,
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  • and its interpretation,
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  • you shall be cut in pieces,
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  • and your houses shall be made an ash heap.
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  • However, if you tell [me] the dream and its interpretation,
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  • you shall receive from me gifts, rewards, and great honor.
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  • Therefore tell me the dream and its interpretation.'"
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  • That's Daniel 2, verses 1 through 6.
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  • These men were in an impossible situation.
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  • If the king had simply told them what he had dreamed,
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  • they would've come up with all kinds of clever interpretations.
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  • But in this case, the king had forgotten the dream,
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  • and he wanted these, these so-called wise men
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  • to tell him what he had dreamed and then explain what it meant.
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  • You can't blame them for responding as they did,
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  • as they tried desperately to change the king's mind.
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  • "The Chaldeans answered the king, and said,
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  • 'There is not a man on earth who can tell the king's matter;
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  • therefore no king, lord, or ruler has ever asked such things
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  • of any magician, astrologer, or Chaldean.
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  • It is a difficult thing that the king [requires],
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  • and there is no other who can tell it to the king
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  • except the gods, whose dwelling is not with flesh.'"
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  • Verses 10 and 11.
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  • Well, the king wasn't persuaded, and he commanded
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  • that all of the wise men of Babylon be put to death.
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  • Unfortunately, that included Daniel and his three friends,
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  • even though it's clear from the chapter
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  • that they weren't present with the other wise men
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  • when they were called to see the king.
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  • So Daniel appealed for time to be able to interpret
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  • the king's dream.
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  • Daniel was staring death right in the face.
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  • What would happen next?
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  • We'll find out in just a moment.
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  • -John Bradshaw: Thanks for joining me today
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  • on It Is Written.
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  • We're continuing our ongoing series,
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  • "Great Chapters of the Bible,"
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  • and we're looking today at Daniel chapter 2.
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  • It provides the basis for the major last-day prophecies
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  • of the Bible.
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  • The book of Revelation is built upon the book of Daniel.
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  • Interesting, there are 404 verses
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  • in the book of Revelation.
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  • About 3/4 of them quote from or allude to the Old Testament.
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  • So if you ignore the Old Testament scriptures
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  • Revelation draws from,
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  • you can't begin to understand the book of Revelation.
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  • And Revelation leans a lot on Daniel chapter 2.
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  • In Daniel 2, Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon,
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  • had a dream that was so profound it woke him from his sleep.
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  • When he woke up, he knew he'd had a dream
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  • but couldn't remember what it was or what it meant,
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  • but he believed that the gods communicated with him
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  • through dreams.
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  • So he was desperate to know what this one meant.
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  • He asked his wise men, his counselors,
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  • to explain it all to him, but they couldn't.
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  • So he...
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  • sentenced them all to death,
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  • which was a problem for Daniel and his three friends
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  • because they were among the wise men of Babylon.
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  • What would Daniel do
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  • now that his life was moments from ending?
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  • We pick up the story in verse 17:
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  • "Then Daniel went to his house, and made the decision known
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  • to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions,
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  • that they might seek mercies from the God of heaven
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  • concerning this secret, so that Daniel and his companions
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  • might not perish with the rest of the wise men of Babylon.
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  • Then the secret was revealed to Daniel in a night vision.
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  • So Daniel blessed the God of heaven."
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  • You know, what we see there is that prayer is powerful.
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  • Daniel was in a tough situation, and he knew where to turn.
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  • He was faced with a problem that he couldn't solve.
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  • But he knew who could solve his problems.
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  • I want to encourage you to pray.
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  • God loves to answer prayer.
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  • Listen to this--1 John 5, verses 14 and 15.
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  • Listen:
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  • "Now this is the confidence that we have in Him,
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  • that if we ask anything according to His will,
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  • He hears us.
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  • And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask,
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  • we know that we have the petitions
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  • that we have asked of Him."
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  • That's God telling you to pray with confidence.
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  • Make prayer a regular part of your life,
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  • and you'll see God do amazing things.
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  • And one other thing, Daniel's prayer was answered,
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  • and according to the Bible, he blessed the God of heaven.
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  • He thanked God, praised God.
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  • When God answers your prayers,
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  • don't forget to recognize that and give thanks.
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  • Jesus told a story about 10 lepers who were healed,
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  • but only one gave thanks.
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  • It's not that Jesus was simply urging politeness.
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  • It's good for us, good for us spiritually,
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  • to recognize the blessings of God.
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  • So there's Daniel in a foreign land.
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  • He'd been forcibly taken from his home.
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  • He'd seen his city destroyed.
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  • No doubt he'd seen people he knew lose their lives,
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  • maybe even family members.
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  • And yet God is clearly with him, and he still trusts God.
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  • He had lost so much, but he wasn't bitter.
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  • He wasn't angry with God.
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  • In fact, he still trusted God, and he still loved God.
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  • It's easy to let the challenges of life
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  • turn your feet out of the way of faith and trust.
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  • But you don't need to.
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  • Even when things are tough, hang in there with God.
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  • Daniel's story shows us that God hangs in there with us.
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  • So Daniel now has news to share with the king.
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  • In verse 24, we read this:
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  • "Therefore Daniel went to Arioch,
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  • whom the king had appointed to destroy the wise men of Babylon.
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  • He went and said thus to him:
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  • 'Do not destroy the wise men of Babylon;
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  • take me before the king,
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  • and I will tell the king the interpretation.'"
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  • And he's clear to give honor to God.
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  • It wasn't Daniel's wisdom that figured this out;
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  • it was God's blessing.
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  • Verses 27 and 28:
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  • "Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said,
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  • 'The secret which the king has demanded,
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  • the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians,
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  • and the soothsayers cannot declare to the king.
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  • But there is a God in heaven who reveals secrets,
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  • and He has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar
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  • what will be in the latter days.'"
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  • And then Daniel began to tell the king
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  • what it was the king had dreamed.
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  • "You, O king, were watching; and behold, a great image!
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  • This great image, whose splendor was excellent,
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  • stood before you;
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  • and its form was awesome.
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  • [The] image's head was of fine gold,
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  • its chest and arms of silver,
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  • its belly and thighs of bronze, its legs of iron,
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  • its feet partly of iron and partly of clay.
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  • You watched while a stone was cut out without hands,
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  • which struck the image on its feet of iron and clay,
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  • and broke them [to] pieces.
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  • Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver,
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  • and the gold were crushed together,
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  • and became like chaff from the summer threshing floors;
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  • the wind carried them away so that no trace of them was found.
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  • And the stone that struck the image
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  • became a great mountain and filled the whole earth."
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  • Verses 31 to 35.
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  • Imagine what's going through the king's mind
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  • as the dream he'd forgotten flashes back into his thinking.
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  • "That's the dream," he thought,
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  • or maybe he said out loud, "Exactly what I saw."
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  • But as incredible as it was that Daniel had explained
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  • the king's dream, he'd only done half the job.
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  • The king wanted the dream interpreted.
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  • What could such an incredible dream mean?
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  • Now, this is where Daniel 2 takes on such significance
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  • for us today because Daniel chapter 2
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  • is like the master key to Bible prophecy.
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  • Peter wrote about the "more sure word of prophecy,"
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  • and the fact is, if you understand Daniel 2,
  • 00:14:43.010 --> 00:14:46.050
  • you can understand Daniel 7, Daniel 8, Daniel 9, Daniel 11,
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  • Revelation 13, Revelation 17.
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  • Daniel 2 is that important.
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  • So Daniel goes on and opens up to the king, and to us,
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  • this incredible prophecy, starting in verse 36:
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  • "This is the dream.
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  • Now we will tell the interpretation of it
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  • before the king.
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  • You, O king, are a king of kings.
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  • For the God of heaven has given you a kingdom,
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  • power, strength, and glory;
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  • and wherever the children of men dwell,
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  • or the beasts of the field and the birds of the heavens,
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  • He has given them into your hand,
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  • and has made you ruler over them all--
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  • you are this head of gold."
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  • A head of gold on a statue dreamed of by a pagan king.
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  • How is that important for us today?
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  • We'll find out next.
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  • -John Bradshaw: Of course, it could be said
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  • that every chapter in the Bible
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  • is one of the great chapters of the Bible.
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  • They're all inspired by God.
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  • They all contain information
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  • that reveals the heart of God to us.
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  • And they all point us in the direction of heaven.
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  • But Daniel chapter 2 is unique in that it provides a framework
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  • for us to understand the prophecies of the Bible
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  • concerning the last days of earth's history.
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  • A Babylonian king has a dream, and Daniel,
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  • now Daniel the prophet, explains the dream to him.
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  • He tells Nebuchadnezzar that the head of gold
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  • represents Nebuchadnezzar,
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  • or more specifically, the kingdom of Babylon.
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  • But he goes on, and as he does, he takes an enormous risk,
  • 00:17:04.020 --> 00:17:09.190
  • because he tells the king that Babylon as a kingdom
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  • will be conquered, starting in verse 39:
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  • "But after you shall arise another kingdom
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  • inferior to yours; then another, a third kingdom of bronze,
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  • which shall rule over all the earth.
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  • And the fourth kingdom shall be as strong as iron,
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  • inasmuch as iron breaks in pieces
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  • and shatters [all things];
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  • and like iron that crushes,
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  • that kingdom will break in pieces
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  • and crush all the others."
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  • After Babylon, there would be three more kingdoms,
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  • and the fourth kingdom would divide.
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  • "And as the toes of the feet were partly of iron
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  • and partly of clay,
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  • so the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly fragile.
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  • As you saw iron mixed with ceramic clay,
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  • they will mingle with the seed of men;
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  • but they will not adhere to one another,
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  • just as iron does not mix with clay."
  • 00:18:06.010 --> 00:18:09.040
  • Verses 42 and 43.
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  • So what actually happened down through history?
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  • God puts Himself on the line here.
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  • He predicts the rise of four great powers,
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  • and then He says the fourth one would not be conquered,
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  • but it would divide, and that the fourth kingdom
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  • would never come back into existence.
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  • Imagine if what God said would happen didn't happen.
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  • Imagine if this were a false prediction.
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  • And now imagine if what God said would happen did happen.
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  • What would that mean?
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  • It would have to mean, surely, that the Bible is inspired.
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  • That there is a God.
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  • And that the God of heaven cares about people on this earth
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  • and has a plan for our eternal future.
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  • The history that followed the collapse
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  • of Nebuchadnezzar's kingdom cannot be misunderstood.
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  • The kingdom of silver
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  • that followed the golden kingdom of Babylon
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  • was the empire of Medo-Persia,
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  • which in turn was followed by the empire of Greece,
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  • established through the conquests
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  • of Alexander the Great,
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  • which in the end was conquered by the Romans,
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  • who would dominate Western civilization
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  • for the better part of 700 years.
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  • At that point, the Roman Empire
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  • would be destroyed by the barbarian tribes
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  • which broke across its northern frontier
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  • and would go on to divide the empire into 10 kingdoms.
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  • And many of those 10 kingdoms are recognized today
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  • as the nations of modern Europe.
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  • The Alemanni became the Germanic people.
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  • In fact, the Spanish word for Germany is Alemania.
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  • Alemanni.
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  • The Visigoths are Spain.
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  • The Franks became France.
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  • The Suevi are the Portuguese.
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  • The Burgundians, they're the Swiss.
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  • The Anglo-Saxons, that's easy; they became the English.
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  • The Lombards are recognized today as the Italian people,
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  • while three of those 10 nations were completely destroyed,
  • 00:19:56.240 --> 00:20:00.040
  • incidentally, as predicted in the Bible--
  • 00:20:00.050 --> 00:20:03.090
  • the Heruli, the Ostrogoths, and the Vandals.
  • 00:20:03.100 --> 00:20:08.030
  • But Daniel said that fourth kingdom
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  • would never come back together.
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  • That was the kingdom of Rome.
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  • Over the years, many have tried to re-form the Roman Empire.
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  • Hitler tried and failed.
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  • Napoleon tried and failed.
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  • The Bible said those nations would not cleave one to another,
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  • "not adhere one to another."
  • 00:20:28.240 --> 00:20:31.120
  • In fact, as we saw, Daniel said they would "mingle themselves
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  • with the seed of men."
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  • Not even that would work.
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  • Intermarriage among the royal families of Europe
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  • was so extensive that Britain's Queen Victoria
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  • was known as the "grandmother of Europe."
  • 00:20:45.200 --> 00:20:48.200
  • One writer put it this way:
  • 00:20:48.210 --> 00:20:50.060
  • "Among other things,
  • 00:20:50.070 --> 00:20:51.140
  • Victoria established herself as the matriarch of royal Europe.
  • 00:20:51.150 --> 00:20:55.180
  • Eventually her descendants or their close relatives
  • 00:20:55.190 --> 00:20:58.090
  • were connected with almost every important ruling house
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  • on the continent."
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  • But intermarriage failed, just as military conquest failed.
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  • And today Europe has battles with the Euro and with Brexit
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  • and with one country or another
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  • talking about pulling out of the alliance.
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  • There is a tremendous amount of cohesion in Europe,
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  • but anyone trying to bring Europe back together
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  • is fighting against God,
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  • who said they would "not adhere to one another."
  • 00:21:23.080 --> 00:21:27.260
  • And four-and-a-half thousand years later,
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  • God's Word still has not failed.
  • 00:21:31.090 --> 00:21:35.020
  • So what would happen next?
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  • Four kingdoms, the kingdoms divide, and then?
  • 00:21:37.200 --> 00:21:41.090
  • Verse 34: "You watched while a stone was cut out without hands,
  • 00:21:41.100 --> 00:21:46.120
  • which struck the image on its feet of iron and clay,
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  • and broke them [to] pieces."
  • 00:21:49.250 --> 00:21:52.020
  • This stone, according to Daniel,
  • 00:21:52.270 --> 00:21:54.130
  • represents God's eternal kingdom,
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  • which will be ushered in at the Second Coming of Jesus.
  • 00:21:56.060 --> 00:21:59.130
  • Look at how Daniel's interpretation finishes.
  • 00:21:59.140 --> 00:22:02.240
  • "And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up
  • 00:22:02.250 --> 00:22:06.220
  • a kingdom which shall never be destroyed;
  • 00:22:06.230 --> 00:22:09.110
  • and the kingdom shall not be left to other people;
  • 00:22:09.120 --> 00:22:12.200
  • it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms,
  • 00:22:12.210 --> 00:22:16.140
  • and it shall stand forever.
  • 00:22:16.150 --> 00:22:19.070
  • Inasmuch as you saw that the stone was cut out
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  • of the mountain without hands,
  • 00:22:21.120 --> 00:22:23.010
  • and that it broke in pieces the iron, the bronze, the clay,
  • 00:22:23.020 --> 00:22:28.050
  • the silver, and the gold--
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  • the great God has made known to the king
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  • what will come to pass after this.
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  • The dream is certain, and its interpretation is sure."
  • 00:22:36.170 --> 00:22:43.150
  • Daniel 2:44 and 45.
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  • Notice what Daniel said?
  • 00:22:47.040 --> 00:22:48.250
  • "The dream is certain. Its interpretation is sure."
  • 00:22:48.260 --> 00:22:55.210
  • Isaiah wrote that "the grass withers, the flower fades,
  • 00:22:55.220 --> 00:22:59.200
  • but the word of our God stands forever."
  • 00:22:59.210 --> 00:23:02.050
  • Isaiah 40, verse 8.
  • 00:23:02.060 --> 00:23:04.090
  • So where's the room for doubt here?
  • 00:23:04.100 --> 00:23:06.220
  • Four great kingdoms, the fourth divides.
  • 00:23:06.230 --> 00:23:08.210
  • Look at history--that's exactly what happened.
  • 00:23:08.220 --> 00:23:12.010
  • But what hasn't yet happened is the return of Jesus.
  • 00:23:12.020 --> 00:23:15.260
  • But it's going to happen, according to the Bible,
  • 00:23:15.270 --> 00:23:19.050
  • "in the days of these kings."
  • 00:23:19.060 --> 00:23:21.070
  • In the, in the days of these kings--
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  • in the days in which we are living.
  • 00:23:23.250 --> 00:23:25.250
  • And with that, God is going to set up a kingdom
  • 00:23:25.260 --> 00:23:29.130
  • that will never pass away.
  • 00:23:29.140 --> 00:23:33.070
  • So the question isn't whether or not the Bible can be trusted,
  • 00:23:33.080 --> 00:23:35.290
  • or whether or not the kingdoms rose or fell,
  • 00:23:36.000 --> 00:23:37.270
  • or whether or not the return of Jesus is going to take place.
  • 00:23:37.280 --> 00:23:41.000
  • All of those questions have been answered.
  • 00:23:41.010 --> 00:23:43.260
  • They're settled.
  • 00:23:43.270 --> 00:23:45.250
  • The real question is, will you be ready on that day?
  • 00:23:45.260 --> 00:23:51.000
  • And let's not look ahead to an undetermined day.
  • 00:23:51.010 --> 00:23:54.170
  • The question is, are you ready now?
  • 00:23:54.180 --> 00:23:58.050
  • Daniel chapter 2 is in the Bible
  • 00:23:58.060 --> 00:23:59.200
  • to show us that God is in control of history,
  • 00:23:59.210 --> 00:24:02.140
  • that God's purposes will be worked out,
  • 00:24:02.150 --> 00:24:04.280
  • that God answers prayer,
  • 00:24:04.290 --> 00:24:06.130
  • that God can be trusted to help us understand and interpret
  • 00:24:06.140 --> 00:24:09.170
  • Bible prophecy reliably.
  • 00:24:09.180 --> 00:24:12.130
  • And it's there to show us that God wants you to be saved
  • 00:24:12.140 --> 00:24:14.240
  • when Jesus returns.
  • 00:24:14.250 --> 00:24:17.130
  • So how is it with you today?
  • 00:24:17.140 --> 00:24:19.000
  • Have you made room in your heart for God?
  • 00:24:19.010 --> 00:24:21.060
  • Are you willing to let Jesus be the Lord of your life?
  • 00:24:21.070 --> 00:24:26.010
  • If there's one thing you can trust,
  • 00:24:26.020 --> 00:24:28.080
  • it's the Word of God.
  • 00:24:28.090 --> 00:24:29.210
  • There's one thing you can trust;
  • 00:24:29.220 --> 00:24:31.160
  • it's the "more sure word of prophecy."
  • 00:24:31.170 --> 00:24:34.090
  • Daniel chapter 2 is an outstanding chapter,
  • 00:24:34.100 --> 00:24:36.180
  • but if you look at it simply in an academic fashion,
  • 00:24:36.190 --> 00:24:39.290
  • if you look at it measuring kingdoms with history books,
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  • if you measure it, uh, studying the, the certain elements
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  • that made up that statue Nebuchadnezzar dreamed about,
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  • you're missing the point.
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  • Daniel chapter 2 is a call; it's a call to you and me.
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  • A call to be ready.
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  • A call to surrender our hearts.
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  • Daniel chapter 2 talks about the time when Jesus
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  • is going to return.
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  • When He comes back, He's coming back for you.
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  • And if you'll open your heart up to Jesus now,
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  • you can live with confidence,
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  • knowing for sure that you'll be ready on that day.
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  • -John: It's a question that many people have asked,
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  • and it's a good question and deserves a good answer:
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  • Can God be trusted?
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  • Find out what the Bible has to say.
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  • Our free offer is "Can God Be Trusted?"
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  • Call right now or visit us at iiwoffer.com.
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  • -John Bradshaw: Let's pray together now.
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  • Our Father in heaven, we thank You for prophecies of the Bible
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  • and for this great chapter, Daniel 2,
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  • which shows us You're in control of history,
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  • which shows us the best is yet to come
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  • because Jesus is coming back one day soon
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  • to set up an eternal kingdom.
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  • Friend, God wants you to be ready on that day.
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  • I want you to be ready on that day.
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  • I believe you want to be ready on that day.
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  • Let's not wait until that day. Let's be ready now.
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  • Would you open your heart up to God?
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  • Would you say, "Jesus, take my heart and make it Yours"?
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  • Would you say, "I want to be ready, Lord,
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  • and I accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior"?
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  • O God of history, God of our history,
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  • God of the future,
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  • we look forward to the day
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  • that Jesus comes back to take us home.
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  • Keep us now and always. In Jesus' name we pray.
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  • Amen.
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  • Thanks so much for joining me.
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  • I'm looking forward to seeing you again next time.
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  • Until then, remember:
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  • "It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone,
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  • but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.'"
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