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February 10, 2021
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In this message learn about the amazing detail in which God revealed the immediate future to Daniel.

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  • [swords clanking]
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  • [screaming]
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  • Dr. David Jeremiah:It has been said that truth
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  • is stranger than fiction.
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  • And nowhere could this bemore evident than in a prophecy
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  • fulfilled centuries after itwas given.
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  • Most amazing,both the prophetic vision
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  • and the fulfillment thereoftranspired within
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  • the same walls, the palaceNebuchadnezzar built in Babylon.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: If we look to theOld Testament book of Daniel,
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  • the aged Hebrew prophetof God has taken ill
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  • after receiving a visionof the downfall of a ruler
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  • that has yet to be born.
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  • If we lookto the pages of history,
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  • we finda 33-year-old Greek warrior
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  • who has taken illand lay dying
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  • after conquering the world.
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  • The prophet conquereda culture of ungodliness.
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  • The warrior conquered the worldfor a fleeting moment.
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  • The prophet saw the visionof a warrior's demise.
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  • The warrior readthe vision about his own demise.
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  • The prophet was blessed of Godand lived for more than 90 years
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  • in Babylon.
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  • The warrior was cursed by menand, at 33 years old,
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  • died in Babylon.
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  • Though this prophecy andits fulfillment might read like
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  • fiction, history has provena strange reality.
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  • The Word of God gives usa future and a hope
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  • we can count onas being absolutely certain.
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  • So who is this warrior wholay dead in the very place
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  • in which his demisewas foretold?
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  • Alexander the Great,the conqueror,
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  • an agent of Babylon.
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  • male announcer: What does Godexpect from his followers
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  • living in today's culture?
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  • How can we stand up for him?
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  • In Dr. David Jeremiah's book,"Agents of Babylon," you'll find
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  • that the answer can be foundin the life
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  • of one of Scripture's greatestheroes, Daniel.
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  • Why Daniel?
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  • Because the culture of his dayis surprisingly similar
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  • to the culture of today.
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  • And he not only survived,but thrived by standing up
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  • for God in the midst of it.
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  • Discover how you can alsoreflect God grace and love
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  • as you live for Christin today's culture
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  • in "Agents of Babylon,"yours when you give a gift
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  • of any amount.
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  • If you give $70 or more,Dr. Jeremiah will send you
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  • the "Agents of Babylon"DVD study set containing
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  • the "Agents of Babylon" book,complete teaching series on DVD,
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  • correlating study guide,and the Stand Up bookmark.
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  • Plus, a bonus DVD containingDr. Jeremiah's live reading
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  • of "The Agent of Agents"and "The Agents of Babylon"
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  • highlight episode,including the opening
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  • Hall of Prophecy segmentsyou've seen
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: We areabout to embark
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  • on another vision that Godgave to his servant.
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  • This is the second major visionDaniel has,
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  • as recorded in this book.
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  • We read in chapter 8 and verse 1the position of this vision.
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  • "In the third yearof the reign of King Belshazzar,
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  • a vision appeared to me,to me, Daniel,
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  • after the one that appearedto me the first time."
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  • This is his second vision.
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  • Now, noticethe profile of the vision.
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  • The visions in Daniel 2and parts of Daniel 7
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  • are parallel.
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  • They summarizethe rise and the fall
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  • of four main governments.
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  • Remember on the statue,Babylon was the head of gold,
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  • Medo-Persia with the armsand breast of silver,
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  • Greece was the belly of brass,and Rome were the legs
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  • and feet of iron.
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  • Today, in the eighth chapter,the Holy Spirit is going to take
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  • two of those kingdomsand zero in on them.
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  • First of all, the Medo-Persians,and secondly the Greeks.
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  • And we ask ourselves,why would God do that?
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  • Because the Medo-Persiansand the Greeks had
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  • an incredible influenceon the nation of Israel.
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  • It was duringthe reign of the Persians
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  • that Cyrus,king of Persia,
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  • gave permissionto the Jewish people
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  • to go back to Israeland rebuild their city,
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  • and rebuild their temple.
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  • Cyrus the Persian wasa mighty force
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  • in the program of God.
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  • He came outof the Medo-Persian empire.
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  • And in the Greek empire,the Greeks coined
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  • the language of Koine Greek,which is the language
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  • of the New Testament.
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  • And it was through that languageand through the Greek leaders
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  • that the way was opened upfor the spread of the gospel
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  • beyond Israelto the Gentile nations.
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  • And so, as we see this vision,we need to understand that it
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  • is given to usto kind of focus in
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  • on how God is going to useeven these beastly nations
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  • to push forward his programfor the Jewish people.
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  • Now, notice the placeof the vision in verse 2.
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  • "I saw in the vision,"said Daniel,
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  • "and it happenedwhile I was looking,
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  • that I was in Shushan,the citadel, which is
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  • in the province of Elam,and I saw in the vision
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  • that I was by the River Ulai."
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  • Daniel says he was in Babylonand he had a vision,
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  • and in this vision,he was transported to Shushan,
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  • the city.
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  • Now, the Bible saysin chapter 8,
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  • verses 15 and 16,"It happened, when I,
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  • Daniel, had seen the visionand was seeking the meaning,
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  • that suddenly there stoodbefore me one having
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  • the appearance of a man.
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  • And I heard a man's voicebetween the banks of the Ulai,
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  • who called, and said,'Gabriel, make this man
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  • understand this vision.'"
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  • The purpose of the visionis given to us
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  • in verses 17 and 19.
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  • When the mighty angel Gabrielappeared to Daniel to help him
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  • understand the vision, he said,"Understand, son of man,
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  • that the vision refersto the time of the end.
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  • I am making known to youwhat shall happen
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  • in the latter timeof the indignation,
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  • for at the appointedthe end shall be."
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  • And whenever you see the word"the time of the end"
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  • in the Bible, it's always aboutthe time of the end
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  • of some kind of rebellion.
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  • For instance,the first rebellion took place
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  • in the northern kingdomof Israel, and the Assyrians
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  • came and took them away.
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  • The second rebellion camein the Babylonian captivity,
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  • and it was captivity once againthat ended the rebellion.
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  • The time of the end,it usually means
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  • the time of the endof some period of rebellion.
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  • Now, the Bible says thatnot only was
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  • the rebellion significantin the northern kingdom,
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  • in the southern kingdom,but one day in the future,
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  • there's going to beanother rebellion
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  • and the time of the endwill appear again,
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  • the time of indignation.
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  • Daniel says in the vision,he was given a picture
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  • of the time of the end.
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  • Now, beginningin these next verses,
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  • we move from the receptionof the vision by Daniel
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  • to the revelation of it,what did it mean.
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  • Two animals dominatethis vision.
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  • One of these animals is a ramand the other is a goat.
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  • These two creatures representtwo prideful generals
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  • in a fierce battlefor each other's kingdom.
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  • Let's look at the ram first.
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  • We read about the ramin verses 3 and 4.
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  • "I lifted my eyes and I saw,and there, standing beside
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  • the river, was a ramwhich had two horns,
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  • and the two hornswere high.
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  • But one was higherthan the other,
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  • and the higher onecame up last.
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  • I saw the ram pushing westward,and northward, and southward,
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  • so that no animalcould withstand him,
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  • nor was there anythat could deliver him
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  • from his hand,but he did according to his will
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  • and he became great."
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  • Now, the first animalthat Daniel sees in his vision,
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  • this ram with two horns,represents the Medes
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  • and the Persians.
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  • Two horns, Medes, Persians.
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  • You say, "Well, Jeremiah, wherein the world did you get that?"
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  • I am so glad you asked methat question because
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  • if you will just look downat verse 20, you will see.
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  • "The ram which you saw,having two horns,
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  • are the kings of Mediaand Persia."
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  • How many timeshave I told you that,
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  • especially in prophecy,the Bible is
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  • a self-interpreting book?
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  • Don't sayyou don't understand it
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  • unless you read it allbecause if you keep reading,
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  • you'll probably find a versethat'll help you understand
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  • what you read.
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  • Now, look at the story again.
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  • Two horns grow up on the ram,but one grows higher
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  • than the other,and that is
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  • the Persian governmenttaking over the Medes.
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  • The ram isthe Medo-Persian government.
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  • And we'll stop with thatbecause we could say
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  • more about it,but we'll come back to that
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  • in a moment.
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  • Now, notice the second animal,which is the goat.
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  • Notice Daniel 8:5-6,"Suddenly a male goat
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  • came across from the west,across the surface
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  • of the whole earth,without touching the ground;
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  • and the goat had a notable hornbetween his eyes.
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  • And he came to the ramthat had two horns,
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  • and ran at himwith furious power."
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  • Now, we got the goatin a fight with the ram.
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  • The goat that comesagainst the ram
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  • of the Medesand the Persians
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  • represents Greece.
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  • You say, "Come on, man,you're just making
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  • this stuff up."
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  • No, look at verse 21.
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  • "The male goatis the kingdom of Greece.
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  • The large hornthat is between his eyes
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  • is the first king."
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  • And the powerful leaderof Greece we know
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  • was the sonof Phillip of Macedon,
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  • no one elsebut Alexander the Great.
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  • Now, listen carefully.
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  • Five propheciescome out of this passage
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  • on the conflict between the goatand the ram,
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  • the conflict betweenthe Medo-Persians
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  • and the Greeks.
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  • And the fulfillment of each oneis historically verifiable.
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  • And it's important,men and women,
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  • to understand thatAlexander's rise to power
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  • took place 200 yearsafter Daniel made the prophecy.
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  • Two centuries went by.
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  • God gave a messageto Daniel through this vision
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  • and he said, "Daniel, this iswhat's going to happen."
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  • And 200 years later,we can watch it,
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  • we can write it down,we can study it.
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  • It happened exactlyas God told Daniel it would.
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  • Now, I know people saythat there's no such thing
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  • as prophecy,that prophecy is baloney,
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  • that people make it up,that nobody could prophesy
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  • what's going to happen 200 yearsfrom the moment they speak.
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  • Nobody, unless that personwas the one who spoke
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  • and the whole worldcame into being.
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  • Nobody unless somebody was ableto breathe out and worlds
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  • and galaxies and starsand moons and universes
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  • were formed.
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  • If the God who spoke this worldinto being cannot speak
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  • about what's going to happenin the world he created,
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  • and by the way,he lives in the eternal now,
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  • not in 200 yearsbefore or after.
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  • If Almighty God can't do that,then we don't have
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  • much of a God.
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  • Prophecy is a pictureof the power,
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  • the almighty power of the Godwho is in heaven,
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  • who periodically reached downinto the heart of a prophet
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  • and gave hima picture of something
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  • God already knewas if it were history.
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  • And he entrusted Danielwith this prophecy
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  • about the goat and the ram.
  • 00:13:50.245 --> 00:13:52.413
  • And now we in this generation,we get to look back at it.
  • 00:13:52.413 --> 00:13:56.851
  • And we see the prophecy,and we see how accurate,
  • 00:13:56.851 --> 00:13:58.987
  • and we watch what happened.
  • 00:13:58.987 --> 00:14:00.455
  • So, let me tell you a little bitabout the story,
  • 00:14:00.455 --> 00:14:03.124
  • the story of Alexander.
  • 00:14:03.124 --> 00:14:06.361
  • Alexander, if you read his life,was a precocious young boy.
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  • I can understand thatbecause his mother told him
  • 00:14:11.532 --> 00:14:14.469
  • that his ancestors werethe Greek heroes Achilles
  • 00:14:14.469 --> 00:14:18.039
  • and the god Hercules.
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  • If somebody tells youyour grandfather was Hercules,
  • 00:14:19.741 --> 00:14:21.776
  • you might havea pretty good opinion
  • 00:14:21.776 --> 00:14:23.378
  • of yourself, amen?
  • 00:14:23.378 --> 00:14:25.313
  • And Alexander did,he was a very, very arrogant,
  • 00:14:25.313 --> 00:14:27.949
  • but a very gifted person.
  • 00:14:27.949 --> 00:14:30.618
  • In fact, Alexander the Greatconquered more nations
  • 00:14:30.618 --> 00:14:33.821
  • at a faster rate thanany other king in history.
  • 00:14:33.821 --> 00:14:38.493
  • In 12 years, he conqueredthe Mediterranean world,
  • 00:14:38.493 --> 00:14:43.264
  • much of North Africa,Mesopotamia,
  • 00:14:43.264 --> 00:14:45.266
  • and even extended his reachas far as India.
  • 00:14:45.266 --> 00:14:47.902
  • And listen to this,men and women,
  • 00:14:47.902 --> 00:14:49.771
  • he never lost one single battle.
  • 00:14:49.771 --> 00:14:54.475
  • Alexander the Great,Now, in verses 6 and 7,
  • 00:14:54.475 --> 00:14:59.213
  • we get some more information,the ruin
  • 00:14:59.213 --> 00:15:02.483
  • of the Medo-Persian empire.
  • 00:15:02.483 --> 00:15:04.552
  • "And he came to the ram that hadtwo horns, which I had seen
  • 00:15:04.552 --> 00:15:07.488
  • standing beside the river,and ran at him
  • 00:15:07.488 --> 00:15:10.258
  • with furious power.
  • 00:15:10.258 --> 00:15:12.026
  • And I saw him confrontingthe ram; he was moved
  • 00:15:12.026 --> 00:15:15.029
  • with rage against him,attacked the ram,
  • 00:15:15.029 --> 00:15:16.931
  • broke his two horns.
  • 00:15:16.931 --> 00:15:18.266
  • There was no power in the ramto withstand him,
  • 00:15:18.266 --> 00:15:20.635
  • but he cast him downto the ground
  • 00:15:20.635 --> 00:15:22.503
  • and trampled him;and there was no one
  • 00:15:22.503 --> 00:15:24.706
  • that could deliver the ramfrom his hand."
  • 00:15:24.706 --> 00:15:27.675
  • In his vision,Daniel sees the goat,
  • 00:15:27.675 --> 00:15:30.812
  • Alexander the Great.
  • 00:15:30.812 --> 00:15:32.847
  • And this goat is comingafter the Medes
  • 00:15:32.847 --> 00:15:37.552
  • and the Persians,and that's exactly
  • 00:15:37.552 --> 00:15:39.921
  • what happened in history.
  • 00:15:39.921 --> 00:15:41.389
  • In 334 BC,Alexander came from the west
  • 00:15:41.389 --> 00:15:45.960
  • with 35.000 troops.
  • 00:15:45.960 --> 00:15:48.129
  • He crossed the Hellespont,defeated the Persian army
  • 00:15:48.129 --> 00:15:51.132
  • at the Granicus River,which is in modern Turkey,
  • 00:15:51.132 --> 00:15:54.369
  • and he freedall the Greek cities
  • 00:15:54.369 --> 00:15:56.838
  • of Asia Minorfrom the Persians.
  • 00:15:56.838 --> 00:15:59.307
  • Alexander defeatedeverybody.
  • 00:15:59.307 --> 00:16:01.309
  • Nobody could stand before him.
  • 00:16:01.309 --> 00:16:03.644
  • But like all of those who buildtheir lives around
  • 00:16:03.644 --> 00:16:07.715
  • their achievementsand their accomplishments,
  • 00:16:07.715 --> 00:16:10.218
  • like all of those who believeI can do it myself or,
  • 00:16:10.218 --> 00:16:13.221
  • like Frank Sinatra,I did it my way, after defeating
  • 00:16:13.221 --> 00:16:17.892
  • the Medo-Persian armies,Alexander went toward India,
  • 00:16:17.892 --> 00:16:21.062
  • but his army was weary.
  • 00:16:21.062 --> 00:16:23.031
  • He had enough fighting.
  • 00:16:23.031 --> 00:16:25.299
  • They didn't want to fightanymore.
  • 00:16:25.299 --> 00:16:26.901
  • They came back to Babylon andAlexander got very, very ill.
  • 00:16:26.901 --> 00:16:31.806
  • And at the age of 33, he died.
  • 00:16:31.806 --> 00:16:36.144
  • Now, nobody knows for surethe exact cause of his death.
  • 00:16:36.144 --> 00:16:39.981
  • Some people thinkhe might have been poisoned
  • 00:16:39.981 --> 00:16:41.716
  • by one of his enemies.
  • 00:16:41.716 --> 00:16:43.251
  • But it is certainthat he died heartbroken.
  • 00:16:43.251 --> 00:16:46.421
  • History recordsthat he was found
  • 00:16:46.421 --> 00:16:48.890
  • in the dying momentsof his life in his tent,
  • 00:16:48.890 --> 00:16:52.393
  • weeping because there wereno more worlds for him
  • 00:16:52.393 --> 00:16:56.464
  • to conquer.
  • 00:16:56.464 --> 00:16:58.232
  • His life was cut shortat the height of his power
  • 00:16:58.232 --> 00:17:01.602
  • and Daniel prophesied itin verse 8,
  • 00:17:01.602 --> 00:17:04.639
  • "The male goat grew very great;but when he became strong,
  • 00:17:04.639 --> 00:17:09.444
  • the large horn was broken."
  • 00:17:09.444 --> 00:17:12.980
  • Well, it seems on the surfacethat Alexander
  • 00:17:12.980 --> 00:17:16.017
  • was simply fulfillinghis own dreams of conquest.
  • 00:17:16.017 --> 00:17:18.586
  • In reality,Alexander was playing a role
  • 00:17:18.586 --> 00:17:23.257
  • in God's prophetic plan.
  • 00:17:23.257 --> 00:17:26.494
  • The Greeks brought civilizationand a universal language
  • 00:17:26.494 --> 00:17:31.632
  • to the Mediterranean world.
  • 00:17:31.632 --> 00:17:33.901
  • Think about this with me.
  • 00:17:33.901 --> 00:17:35.236
  • A few centuries later,the New Testament
  • 00:17:35.236 --> 00:17:38.139
  • was written in Greek,making it accessible to everyone
  • 00:17:38.139 --> 00:17:43.644
  • in that whole vicinity,which could never have happened
  • 00:17:43.644 --> 00:17:47.081
  • had the Greeksnot universalized Koine Greek,
  • 00:17:47.081 --> 00:17:52.420
  • and now the Greek languagewas universal
  • 00:17:52.420 --> 00:17:55.022
  • almost like English is today.
  • 00:17:55.022 --> 00:17:56.891
  • And the gospel spreadthrough the language of Greek
  • 00:17:56.891 --> 00:18:00.428
  • because of what God was doingbehind the scenes
  • 00:18:00.428 --> 00:18:03.631
  • in this wicked Greek nationunder this very proud
  • 00:18:03.631 --> 00:18:07.502
  • and successful king.
  • 00:18:07.502 --> 00:18:09.837
  • But here's whatI want you to know.
  • 00:18:09.837 --> 00:18:11.172
  • Some day in eternity future,we will look back and say,
  • 00:18:11.172 --> 00:18:15.743
  • "Oh, so that's whatyou were doing, God.
  • 00:18:15.743 --> 00:18:19.514
  • That's what you were up to."
  • 00:18:19.514 --> 00:18:21.082
  • Let me tell you what I know.
  • 00:18:21.082 --> 00:18:22.416
  • Whatever it is that's happeningin our culture today,
  • 00:18:22.416 --> 00:18:24.585
  • God is up to something.
  • 00:18:24.585 --> 00:18:26.721
  • And if we keep our eyeson the Scripture
  • 00:18:26.721 --> 00:18:28.756
  • and our heartsright before God,
  • 00:18:28.756 --> 00:18:30.458
  • little by little,we'll get little glimpses
  • 00:18:30.458 --> 00:18:32.827
  • of what he's up to,just as he was up to something
  • 00:18:32.827 --> 00:18:35.096
  • with the Greeks,and the Medo-Persians,
  • 00:18:35.096 --> 00:18:37.765
  • and then finally the Romans.
  • 00:18:37.765 --> 00:18:40.902
  • At the end of Alexander's life,according to the Scripture,
  • 00:18:40.902 --> 00:18:46.374
  • something was going to happen.
  • 00:18:46.374 --> 00:18:48.242
  • Read with me verse 8and then verse 22.
  • 00:18:48.242 --> 00:18:52.146
  • "The male goat grew very great;but when he became strong,
  • 00:18:52.146 --> 00:18:55.349
  • the large horn was broken,and in place of it
  • 00:18:55.349 --> 00:18:58.019
  • four notable onescame up toward
  • 00:18:58.019 --> 00:19:01.622
  • the four winds of heaven.
  • 00:19:01.622 --> 00:19:03.291
  • As for the broken hornand the four that stood up
  • 00:19:03.291 --> 00:19:05.893
  • in its place,four kingdoms shall arise
  • 00:19:05.893 --> 00:19:08.896
  • out of that nation,but not with its power."
  • 00:19:08.896 --> 00:19:12.200
  • Cassander, Lysimachus,Seleucus, and Ptolomy,
  • 00:19:12.200 --> 00:19:16.771
  • the four generals of Alexander.
  • 00:19:16.771 --> 00:19:20.141
  • Cassander took over Macedonia,Lysimachus conquered Thrace,
  • 00:19:20.141 --> 00:19:24.312
  • Seleucus took Syria,and Ptolomy became
  • 00:19:24.312 --> 00:19:27.248
  • the king of Egypt in Palestine.
  • 00:19:27.248 --> 00:19:29.850
  • And each of these eventsthat I have given to you
  • 00:19:29.850 --> 00:19:33.020
  • were prophesiedin this prophecy.
  • 00:19:33.020 --> 00:19:35.323
  • And the symbols that God gaveto Daniel, I want to remind you
  • 00:19:35.323 --> 00:19:38.693
  • again every single one of themwere fulfilled
  • 00:19:38.693 --> 00:19:42.096
  • to the exact detail,and all of them
  • 00:19:42.096 --> 00:19:43.965
  • were prophesied 200 yearsbefore they were fulfilled.
  • 00:19:43.965 --> 00:19:50.871
  • Now, let me just say,if that's true,
  • 00:19:50.871 --> 00:19:53.908
  • and we know it is,then what does that say
  • 00:19:53.908 --> 00:19:57.712
  • about all of the propheciesof the Word of God?
  • 00:19:57.712 --> 00:20:01.282
  • If God can secure a prophecyfor 200 years before
  • 00:20:01.282 --> 00:20:06.254
  • it's finally fulfilled,what do you think
  • 00:20:06.254 --> 00:20:08.823
  • is going to happenwith all of the other prophecies
  • 00:20:08.823 --> 00:20:10.825
  • that have not yetbeen fulfilled?
  • 00:20:10.825 --> 00:20:13.394
  • Listen to me, what I getfrom studying prophecy is this.
  • 00:20:13.394 --> 00:20:16.597
  • I see the prophecy of the past,I see the fulfillment of it
  • 00:20:16.597 --> 00:20:19.767
  • in history, and I knowthat all of the prophecies
  • 00:20:19.767 --> 00:20:22.670
  • that are yet unfulfilled will bejust as accurately fulfilled
  • 00:20:22.670 --> 00:20:26.073
  • as the early ones were.
  • 00:20:26.073 --> 00:20:27.408
  • So, studying prophecy,especially prophecy
  • 00:20:27.408 --> 00:20:29.810
  • that is fulfilled in history,gives me great confidence
  • 00:20:29.810 --> 00:20:32.380
  • to believe every single wordof this book.
  • 00:20:32.380 --> 00:20:34.982
  • If God said it, he will do it,and you can count on it,
  • 00:20:34.982 --> 00:20:38.119
  • and it's going to happen.
  • 00:20:38.119 --> 00:20:43.224
  • There's a bit of an aftermathabout this man, Alexander.
  • 00:20:43.224 --> 00:20:47.428
  • Once again,it's quite astounding.
  • 00:20:47.428 --> 00:20:50.665
  • Josephus, who isthe greatest
  • 00:20:50.665 --> 00:20:52.767
  • and most prolificcompiler of Jewish history
  • 00:20:52.767 --> 00:20:55.703
  • secular-wiselived in the first century AD.
  • 00:20:55.703 --> 00:20:59.607
  • And in one of his writings,he describes what happened
  • 00:20:59.607 --> 00:21:04.945
  • to Alexander when hewas thinking about going
  • 00:21:04.945 --> 00:21:08.249
  • against Jerusalem and destroyingthe city of the Jews.
  • 00:21:08.249 --> 00:21:13.254
  • "Alexander went upinto the temple,
  • 00:21:13.254 --> 00:21:15.756
  • and when the book of Danielwas showed to him,
  • 00:21:15.756 --> 00:21:20.828
  • wherein Daniel declaredthat one of the Greeks
  • 00:21:20.828 --> 00:21:23.798
  • would destroythe empire of the Persians,
  • 00:21:23.798 --> 00:21:26.334
  • Alexander knew thatthat was a prophecy
  • 00:21:26.334 --> 00:21:30.471
  • about himself.
  • 00:21:30.471 --> 00:21:32.573
  • He went to the temple,and he read the Bible,
  • 00:21:32.573 --> 00:21:35.109
  • and saw himself in the Bibleas a fulfillment
  • 00:21:35.109 --> 00:21:38.779
  • of the prophecy of God.
  • 00:21:38.779 --> 00:21:40.348
  • I didn't make that up.
  • 00:21:40.348 --> 00:21:41.682
  • That's in the history bookof Josephus.
  • 00:21:41.682 --> 00:21:45.920
  • Alexander the Great.
  • 00:21:45.920 --> 00:21:49.857
  • He offered sacrifices to God.
  • 00:21:49.857 --> 00:21:51.592
  • And from Alexander'sside of time,
  • 00:21:51.592 --> 00:21:54.695
  • there was a prophesied eventyet to happen,
  • 00:21:54.695 --> 00:21:57.998
  • and he was the fulfillmentof that prophecy.
  • 00:21:57.998 --> 00:22:01.769
  • As we wrap upthis amazing chapter
  • 00:22:01.769 --> 00:22:04.472
  • full of all of these storieswhich are helpful to know
  • 00:22:04.472 --> 00:22:07.842
  • as you read the secular sourcesthat go with the Scripture,
  • 00:22:07.842 --> 00:22:10.845
  • you just have to say,"We have an awesome God."
  • 00:22:10.845 --> 00:22:14.815
  • We have an awesome God.
  • 00:22:14.815 --> 00:22:16.150
  • He can make kings riseand make them fall.
  • 00:22:16.150 --> 00:22:18.786
  • He is behind the scenes,in control.
  • 00:22:18.786 --> 00:22:21.155
  • And when I sometimes geta little bit
  • 00:22:21.155 --> 00:22:23.057
  • of a foreboding spiritabout what's happening
  • 00:22:23.057 --> 00:22:24.859
  • in my nation,I'm reminded that the same God
  • 00:22:24.859 --> 00:22:27.495
  • who was in controlduring Daniel's days,
  • 00:22:27.495 --> 00:22:29.930
  • during Alexander's days,is the same God
  • 00:22:29.930 --> 00:22:32.600
  • who's in control now.
  • 00:22:32.600 --> 00:22:34.301
  • That may seem like nobody elseis in control,
  • 00:22:34.301 --> 00:22:36.637
  • and sometimes I think that,but God is in control.
  • 00:22:36.637 --> 00:22:40.608
  • He is the onewho is seated on the throne.
  • 00:22:40.608 --> 00:22:45.112
  • And we can rest assuredthat the same God
  • 00:22:45.112 --> 00:22:48.682
  • who engineered the eventsin Alexander's life
  • 00:22:48.682 --> 00:22:52.119
  • can surely take careof whatever events we need him
  • 00:22:52.119 --> 00:22:54.789
  • to engineer for us.
  • 00:22:54.789 --> 00:22:57.358
  • And I want to just pauseas we close this message
  • 00:22:57.358 --> 00:23:00.828
  • and remind you that,in a real sense,
  • 00:23:00.828 --> 00:23:02.930
  • Alexander over hereand Jesus over here represent
  • 00:23:02.930 --> 00:23:07.468
  • the two choices we have in life.
  • 00:23:07.468 --> 00:23:10.271
  • Alexander was a great manwho had great goals
  • 00:23:10.271 --> 00:23:15.709
  • for his life,and determined that
  • 00:23:15.709 --> 00:23:17.044
  • he was going to do everythingthat was in his heart to do.
  • 00:23:17.044 --> 00:23:20.748
  • In many respects, we admire him.
  • 00:23:20.748 --> 00:23:22.950
  • We admire him for his vision,his courage.
  • 00:23:22.950 --> 00:23:24.852
  • He was an incredible personof power over people.
  • 00:23:24.852 --> 00:23:28.022
  • He built a great empire,the fastest growing army
  • 00:23:28.022 --> 00:23:31.492
  • that ever existed.
  • 00:23:31.492 --> 00:23:33.127
  • But I want to remind you,he died a brokenhearted man
  • 00:23:33.127 --> 00:23:35.563
  • at the age of 33because he set his sights
  • 00:23:35.563 --> 00:23:38.699
  • on the wrong goal.
  • 00:23:38.699 --> 00:23:40.534
  • On the other hand,there is Jesus.
  • 00:23:40.534 --> 00:23:44.839
  • He can transform your lifeand make you the person
  • 00:23:44.839 --> 00:23:47.107
  • you always wanted to be,and keep you going
  • 00:23:47.107 --> 00:23:49.543
  • in the right direction forever,for eternity.
  • 00:23:49.543 --> 00:23:53.714
  • Don't choose Alexander.
  • 00:23:53.714 --> 00:23:55.583
  • So many people in our culturethink that's the way to go,
  • 00:23:55.583 --> 00:23:58.686
  • all the self-help seminars,and how to be yourself,
  • 00:23:58.686 --> 00:24:02.423
  • and be the greatestand all of that.
  • 00:24:02.423 --> 00:24:06.460
  • But Jesus will transformyour life.
  • 00:24:06.460 --> 00:24:10.798
  • Jesus and Alexander died at 33.
  • 00:24:10.798 --> 00:24:15.536
  • One died for self,the other for you and me.
  • 00:24:15.536 --> 00:24:21.075
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  • announcer: Revelationis not the only place
  • 00:24:29.550 --> 00:24:31.485
  • in God's Wordwhere end-times prophecy
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  • to explore the Old Testamentbook of Daniel,
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  • The prophecies found thereinreveal not only a glimpse
  • 00:24:48.135 --> 00:24:51.071
  • of the future, but alsoa full picture of God's power
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  • 00:25:44.992 --> 00:25:46.327
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: If you're like me,you've probably fallen
  • 00:25:50.698 --> 00:25:53.200
  • victim to your shareof faulty weather forecasts.
  • 00:25:53.200 --> 00:25:57.137
  • I always wonder why peopleso willingly trust
  • 00:25:57.137 --> 00:25:59.974
  • the weatherman witha success rate that's shaky
  • 00:25:59.974 --> 00:26:02.977
  • at best, yet they doubtthe prophecies of the Bible,
  • 00:26:02.977 --> 00:26:06.447
  • which boastsa perfect track record,
  • 00:26:06.447 --> 00:26:09.350
  • including the oneabout today's agent,
  • 00:26:09.350 --> 00:26:12.019
  • Alexander the Great.
  • 00:26:12.019 --> 00:26:14.188
  • The fact is, if you've acceptedJesus Christ as your Savior,
  • 00:26:14.188 --> 00:26:18.459
  • these prophecies were writtenwith you in mind so that you
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  • and all Christians understandand prepare for what lies ahead.
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  • What a wonderful gift.
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  • I pray that you've takenthat first step and asked Christ
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  • into your heart.
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  • To help youin your Christian walk,
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  • "Your Greatest Turning Point,"and our monthly
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  • devotional magazine,"Turning Points."
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  • They're both yours freeupon request when you contact us
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  • today at Turning Point.
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  • announcer: Next timeon "Turning Point."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah:If you're with God,
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  • you're on the winning side.
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  • If you're with Jesus,you're going to triumph one day
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  • in victory.
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  • And you're going to havea lot of triumphs before
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  • that day, but those triumphsare only sweeter
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  • when you realizethey're a picture
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  • of the ultimate triumphwhen the King of kings
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  • and the Lord of lordsreigns over this earth,
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  • and evil is forever destroyed.
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  • announcer: Join us next timefor Dr. Jeremiah's message,
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  • "The Madman,"here on "Turning Point."
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