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February 16, 2021
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In this message Dr. Jeremiah shares how certain of Daniel’s prophecies will one day bring great hope to some who think all is lost.

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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Dr. David Jeremiah: Welcometo the hall of prophecy.
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  • As we cometo the close of our study
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  • of the book of Daniel,we will discover not an ending,
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  • but rather a beginning.
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  • Daniel is nowin the twilight years
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  • of his life,still living in Babylon
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  • more than 70 yearsafter being taken captive
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  • in Jerusalemby King Nebuchadnezzar's army.
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  • This prophet of Godhas experienced amazing things
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  • for one lifetime,spectacles both on earth
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  • and from heaven.
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  • He has witnessed wars,suffering, disappointment, pain,
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  • and cruelty, yet known favor,grace, and communications
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  • from on high.
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  • Daniel was a faithful servantof God in every situation
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  • and circumstancethroughout his life.
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  • And God richly blessed him.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Daniel,
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  • a captive in Babylon,
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  • a steadfast friend,
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  • a wise servant,
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  • an interpreterof dreams and visions.
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  • He was a trusted aide to kings,
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  • a prophet of God,
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  • a man of prayer,
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  • and a survivor.
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  • Kings and kingdoms had comeand gone,
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  • yet Daniel continued.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: So, who was thisman whose legacy inspires us
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  • still today to stand upand remain people of God
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  • even in a godless world?
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  • Daniel, God's agent in Babylon.
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  • ♪♪♪
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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,"
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  • you'll find that the answercan be found in the life
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  • of one of Scripture'sgreatest heroes, 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 canalso reflect God's grace
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  • and love as you live for Christ
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  • in today's culture in"Agents of Babylon,"
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  • of "The Agent of Agents"
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Dr. Jeremiah:Reading the book of Daniel
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  • up to this point has been
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  • like reading a mystery novel,wondering how it will end.
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  • The first partof the 12th chapter
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  • tells us about the propheciesof the end,
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  • and the last partof the chapter tells us
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  • about the endof the prophecies.
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  • Both areabout the time of the end,
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  • or as sometimes we referto them as the end times.
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  • In the first three verses,there are four major things
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  • God says will yet happento this nation which he loves.
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  • Verse 1 says Israelwill be ravaged.
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  • "At that time Michaelshall stand up,
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  • the great princewho stands watch
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  • over the sons of your people,and there shall be
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  • a time of troublesuch as never was
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  • since there was a nation,even to that time."
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  • God said, "Daniel,there's coming a time.
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  • You think it's been badin Babylon,
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  • there's coming a timewhen there will be
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  • great tribulation on this earth.
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  • It will be directed primarilyat the people of Israel,
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  • and it will bethe most awful thing
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  • you can imagine.
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  • There will never have beenanything like this
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  • for any nationup to this time
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  • in the history of the world."
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  • This is what we knowas the great tribulation.
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  • You've heard it, you've probablywondered about it.
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  • It is the period of timeat the end
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  • of the 7 years of tribulation,when, as I can use this
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  • hopefully in the right way,all hell breaks loose
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  • on this earth.
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  • In Matthew 24, we read,"And there shall be
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  • a great tribulation,such as has not been
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  • since the beginningof the world, until this time,
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  • no, nor ever shall be.
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  • And unless those dayswere shortened,
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  • no flesh would be saved;but for the elect's sake,
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  • these days will be shortened."
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  • When the prophet Daniel says,"At that time,"
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  • he's talking about this timethat I have just described,
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  • a time of war and famineand darkness and disease
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  • and demons.
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  • At that time,the earth will experience
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  • wholesale slaughter,the collapse
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  • of the heavenly bodies,the destruction of one-third
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  • of the earth and sea.
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  • The scorching sunlightwill burn people to death.
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  • It will be an era of the likesof which our world has never
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  • and cannot comprehend.
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  • That's the first prophecy.
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  • But that's not the only one.
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  • The second prophecyis that Israel will be rescued.
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  • Notice verse 1, "At that time,your people shall be delivered,
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  • everyone who is found writtenin the book."
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  • God says that whenthe great tribulation happens
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  • and all hell breaks looseon this earth in judgment
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  • against the rebellionof the nations
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  • and the rebellion of Israel,there will come a time
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  • when there will be a rescue,and some out of that tribulation
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  • will be saved.
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  • And it's interestingthat it explains
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  • who these people are.
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  • They are the peoplewhose names are found
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  • written in the book.
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  • We can imaginethis book, here's
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  • the name of every personborn in the world,
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  • and when a person is born,the date of his conception
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  • is next to his name.
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  • And then when he reachesthe age of accountability,
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  • or the age of his abilityto understand the gospel,
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  • that is enterednext to his name.
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  • And if he receives Jesus Christas his Savior,
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  • the date of his conversionis entered
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  • next to his name.
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  • And so, life goes on,and then somebody
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  • whose name isin that book dies.
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  • And if theyhave not been converted
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  • to Jesus Christ,if they have not received
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  • Christ, the Bible saystheir name is blotted
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  • out of the book.
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  • And that is a terrible thought,is it not, to be blotted
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  • out of the book of life?
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  • So, when a person comesto heaven and he stands
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  • before God, and God says,"Why should I let you
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  • into my heaven?
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  • Let me see, we'll seeif your name is in the book."
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  • And perhaps the namesare alphabetically,
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  • and he goesdown through the A's and the B's
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  • and he comes to whatever letterstarts your name,
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  • and he looks in the book,and he sees a space
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  • where your name used to be,but the space is empty,
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  • it's been blotted out because,during the time when you had
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  • the opportunity to receiveChrist and become
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  • a part of real life,you rejected it
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  • and your name is blottedout of the book.
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  • Let me assure youthat if you receive
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  • Jesus Christ, your namecan never be blotted out.
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  • If you're a Christian,your name is indelibly
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  • in that book.
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  • You cannot be unborn,you cannot be unsaved.
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  • I know some of youmay have heard
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  • that you can be,but I want to tell you
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  • on the authorityof the Word of God
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  • that if you are a believer,if you have trusted
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  • Jesus Christ,your name is written
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  • in the book, it's underlined,it's in indelible ink,
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  • it can never be erased.
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  • You are a part of God's futureand a part of his plan
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  • for you forever.
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  • But if your name is notin the book because
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  • you have rejected Jesus Christ,when you die,
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  • you don't haveany second chance
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  • to come backand get your name put back
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  • in the book.
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  • It is the book of life.
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  • Daniel 7:18 and 27 says this,"The saints of the Most High
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  • shall receive the kingdom,"who are they?
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  • Those are the godly Jewswho come out of the tribulation.
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  • "And they will possessthe kingdom forever,
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  • even forever and ever,and the kingdom and dominion
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  • and the greatnessof the kingdoms
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  • under the whole heavenshall be given to the people,
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  • the saints of the Most High.
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  • His kingdomis an everlasting kingdom,
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  • and all dominionsshall serve and obey him."
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  • So, here's the picture,you guys.
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  • Going through the tribulationwill be a terrible time,
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  • especially for Israel.
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  • Many of the Jewswho still rebel against God
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  • and will not receivehis Messiah, they will be
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  • under the wrath of Godduring that time.
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  • But out of that group,there will be a group
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  • who have received Christ.
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  • They are the remnantof the Jews.
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  • Many of them will still be alivewhen the tribulation ends.
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  • But what about thosewho are killed
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  • during the tribulationwho are godly?
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  • That leads usto the next prophecy,
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  • which is again in verse 2.
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  • Israel will be ravaged,it will be rescued,
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  • and it will be resurrected.
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  • "Many of those who sleepin the dust of the earth
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  • shall awake,some to everlasting life,
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  • and some to shameand everlasting contempt."
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  • The important pointthat is being made
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  • in Daniel 12 is thatthe resurrection of those
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  • who diedduring the tribulation period
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  • as a resultof their faithfulness
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  • to the Lord, that these martyrswill be raised up at the end
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  • of the tribulation periodand will reign with Christ
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  • for 1.000 years.
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  • Revelation 20, verses 4 and 6speaks to it this way.
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  • "I saw the soulsof those who had been beheaded
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  • for their witness to Jesus,and for the Word of God,
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  • and who had not worshipedthe beast or his image,
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  • and had not receivedhis mark on their foreheads,
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  • or on their hands.
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  • And they lived, and they served,and they reigned with Christ
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  • for a thousand years.
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  • Blessed and holyis he who has part
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  • in the first resurrection,over such the second death
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  • has no power, but they shall bepriests of God and of Christ,
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  • and shall reign with hima thousand years."
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  • What a testimony.
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  • There's going to be a timeof suffering on this earth,
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  • and it will sort things out,One last prophecy
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  • in these first three verses.
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  • What have we learned so far?
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  • There's coming a timewhen Israel will be ravaged,
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  • but Israel,at least one-third of them,
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  • will be rescued.
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  • And many of themwill be resurrected.
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  • But all of themwho receive the Messiah
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  • will be rewarded.
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  • Verse 3, "Those who are wiseshall shine like
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  • the brightness of the firmament,and those who turn many
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  • to righteousness like the starsforever and ever."
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  • What a great,great verse this is.
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  • The word "wise" hereis a word which means--well,
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  • it's a word usedto describe teachers,
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  • people who teach,who have insight into the times,
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  • who impart what they knowto others.
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  • Out of the tribulation period,some courageous individuals
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  • will arisewho will instruct people
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  • from the Word of God.
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  • They will encourageand strengthen God's people
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  • during this terrible time.
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  • And the tribulation periodwill also produce
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  • courageous evangelists.
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  • "Those who turn manyto righteousness," is how
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  • it is expressed in Daniel,who will be instructing,
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  • and who will be instrumentalin bringing many to faith
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  • in the Messiah.
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  • These faithful teachers,says Daniel, will,
  • 00:13:58.721 --> 00:14:01.056
  • "Shine like the brightnessof the firmament,
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  • and like the stars foreverand ever."
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  • There's a sayingabout the gospel
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  • that goes like this.
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  • "If you want to plant somethingthat will last a year,
  • 00:14:12.034 --> 00:14:14.603
  • plant a flower.
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  • If you want to plant somethingthat will last a lifetime,
  • 00:14:16.906 --> 00:14:19.541
  • plant a tree.
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  • But if you wantto plant something
  • 00:14:21.710 --> 00:14:23.812
  • that will last forever,plant the gospel
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  • in someone's life,and that will never, ever die."
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  • The prophecies of the endare followed by the end
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  • of the prophecies.
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  • Now that we've addressedthe prophecies of the end,
  • 00:14:36.759 --> 00:14:39.295
  • we come to the endof these prophecies,
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  • the conclusionof the entire book of Daniel.
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  • And in these verses,Daniel does something
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  • that really blesses my heart.
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  • He confessesthat he doesn't understand
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  • a lot of what Godhas told him.
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  • Now, I don't knowif you have faced that.
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  • I love to study the Word of God
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  • and I'm a pretty diligentstudent, but there's a lot
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  • of stuff I don't understand.
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  • Can I get a witness?
  • 00:15:02.685 --> 00:15:04.787
  • Well, we want to understandeverything we can and be humble
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  • about the stuffwe can't understand,
  • 00:15:07.156 --> 00:15:09.124
  • but it does do mea lot of good to know
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  • that this man Daniel,he struggled
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  • with some of this as well.
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  • All Daniel hadis what God communicated to him.
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  • And Daniel had the wordsof some of the prophets
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  • that were his associates,but he didn't have all of them.
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  • Yet, even withall of our resources,
  • 00:15:22.705 --> 00:15:25.174
  • there are still some thingswe don't understand,
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  • but we shouldn't be discouragedbecause
  • 00:15:27.409 --> 00:15:29.712
  • what we don't understand,we probably don't need
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  • to understand.
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  • And sooner or later,God will explain it to us.
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  • And when we get to heaven,we'll have perfect knowledge.
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  • And we'll look back and say,
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  • "So that's what that was about."
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  • But I choose not to beintimidated by the things
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  • I don't understandand keep diligently searching,
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  • that I might understandthem better.
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  • In these last few verses,where we have
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  • the end of the prophecies,there's, first of all,
  • 00:15:53.635 --> 00:15:56.638
  • a final discussionwith the angels,
  • 00:15:56.638 --> 00:15:58.774
  • verses 5 through 12.
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  • And the first pointof the discussion
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  • is about time.
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  • "How long will the fulfillmentof these wonders be?"
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  • In other words,"Gabriel, can you tell us
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  • how longthis time of tribulation
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  • is going to last?
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  • How long will the nationof Israel be
  • 00:16:13.655 --> 00:16:16.125
  • under the pressureof the Great Tribulation?
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  • How many days is thisgonna happen?
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  • Can you just give us some hope?"
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  • How many of you know,hope is everything?
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  • "Give us some hope."
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  • I was at a football gamethe other night and I walked
  • 00:16:27.236 --> 00:16:28.704
  • down to the defensivecoordinator because
  • 00:16:28.704 --> 00:16:30.639
  • we were behind and I said,"Can you give me some hope?"
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  • Daniel wanted to know,"Is there any hope?"
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  • It's so interesting how exact,how perfectly exact
  • 00:16:41.650 --> 00:16:48.590
  • the Bible is.
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  • How long will the Antichristbe allowed to oppress
  • 00:16:49.992 --> 00:16:53.295
  • the people of Godduring the tribulation?
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  • Then came the answer in verse 7,"I heard the man clothed
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  • in linen, who wasabove the waters of the river,
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  • and he held up his right handto heaven, and he held up
  • 00:17:03.605 --> 00:17:07.242
  • his left hand to heaven,and he swore by him
  • 00:17:07.242 --> 00:17:10.913
  • who lives forever,that it shall be for a time,
  • 00:17:10.913 --> 00:17:14.683
  • times, and half a time;and when the power
  • 00:17:14.683 --> 00:17:18.187
  • of the holy peoplehas been completely shattered,
  • 00:17:18.187 --> 00:17:21.390
  • all these thingsshall be finished."
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  • it's going to last for a time,and times, and half a time.
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  • And we knowfrom earlier passages
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  • that that is a referenceto years.
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  • A time is one year.
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  • Times is two years.
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  • Now we have one and two,that's three.
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  • And half a timeis a half a year.
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  • So the great tribulationwe are told is to be
  • 00:17:48.851 --> 00:17:52.754
  • a time that is lastingfor three and a half years.
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  • That is an exact statementand it fits in with
  • 00:17:58.060 --> 00:18:01.363
  • the exact Word of God,that the tribulation
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  • is divided in two.
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  • The first three and a half yearsare the beginning of trouble.
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  • The last three and a half yearsare the great tribulation.
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  • The answer comes back exactly,three and a half years.
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  • The last partof Gabriel's answer is that
  • 00:18:16.979 --> 00:18:18.914
  • all these dire prophecieswill be fulfilled
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  • when the powerof the holy people
  • 00:18:21.917 --> 00:18:24.453
  • has been completely shattered.
  • 00:18:24.453 --> 00:18:26.755
  • What does that mean?
  • 00:18:26.755 --> 00:18:28.090
  • We talked about thisat the beginning,
  • 00:18:28.090 --> 00:18:29.958
  • what is God trying to do?
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  • He's trying to bring his peopleinto obedience.
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  • When they finallyget to the place
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  • where they realizethey don't have any power,
  • 00:18:35.464 --> 00:18:37.466
  • their power has been shattered,the tribulation will be over
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  • and the nation of Israelwill be purged,
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  • and God's purposewill be completed.
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  • Now, that's the discussionabout time.
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  • He moves nextto a final discussion
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  • about tribulation.
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  • Verse 8, "Although I heard,I did not understand.
  • 00:18:52.581 --> 00:18:54.950
  • Then I said, 'My lord,what shall be the end
  • 00:18:54.950 --> 00:18:58.086
  • of these things?'"
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  • The first question is when,the second question is what.
  • 00:18:59.621 --> 00:19:03.392
  • He said, "Daniel," verse 9,"go your way, for the words
  • 00:19:03.392 --> 00:19:08.096
  • are closed up and sealeduntil the end of time."
  • 00:19:08.096 --> 00:19:10.732
  • In other words,"Daniel, everything you want
  • 00:19:10.732 --> 00:19:12.668
  • to know is not knowable for you,so get on with your life."
  • 00:19:12.668 --> 00:19:16.638
  • Daniel wouldn't geta complete answer
  • 00:19:16.638 --> 00:19:18.840
  • to his question, but Gabrieldid relieve his anxiety
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  • by adding a note of hope.
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  • I want you to takethe prophecies of the future
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  • and use them as motivationfor today.
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  • If we believe all this is true,what should that mean to us?
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  • That should meanthat we would be anxious
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  • to make sure that nobodythat we know misses heaven.
  • 00:19:34.556 --> 00:19:37.292
  • We want to take everybodyto heaven we can.
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  • Our goal should be to getto heaven ourselves
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  • and take as many peoplewith us as we can.
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  • We shouldn't be sitting arounddicing
  • 00:19:44.066 --> 00:19:46.268
  • all of the prophetic nuancesof the Bible.
  • 00:19:46.268 --> 00:19:48.570
  • We should be out sharingour faith with others
  • 00:19:48.570 --> 00:19:50.472
  • because we knowGod has got this under control,
  • 00:19:50.472 --> 00:19:53.141
  • we know where it's all going,we know we don't have to live
  • 00:19:53.141 --> 00:19:55.911
  • in despair because we seeincidents happening
  • 00:19:55.911 --> 00:19:58.413
  • in this world today.
  • 00:19:58.413 --> 00:19:59.748
  • We know it's going towarda point.
  • 00:19:59.748 --> 00:20:01.283
  • But the main motivationof all of prophecy is,
  • 00:20:01.283 --> 00:20:04.286
  • seeing that these thingsare true, what sort of people
  • 00:20:04.286 --> 00:20:07.322
  • ought we to be?
  • 00:20:07.322 --> 00:20:09.157
  • That's what the Scripture says.
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  • And so, I lovethis motivational speech
  • 00:20:11.360 --> 00:20:13.562
  • that God gives to Daniel.
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  • "Daniel, go your way.
  • 00:20:14.930 --> 00:20:17.165
  • Get on with your life.
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  • Do the workthat God has called you to do."
  • 00:20:19.334 --> 00:20:21.169
  • Daniel didn't have much leftin terms of time,
  • 00:20:21.169 --> 00:20:23.872
  • but I promise you he didexactly what God told him
  • 00:20:23.872 --> 00:20:27.142
  • to do.
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  • And then, as we close our Bibleson this text,
  • 00:20:28.810 --> 00:20:31.079
  • let me just remind youthat God gave Daniel
  • 00:20:31.079 --> 00:20:34.750
  • three final instructions.
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  • I'm just going to run over themquickly.
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  • If you're taking notes,you can fill in the notes.
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  • First of all,he instructed Daniel
  • 00:20:41.256 --> 00:20:42.658
  • to protect the prophecy.
  • 00:20:42.658 --> 00:20:44.660
  • He says, "You, Daniel, shut upthe words and seal the book
  • 00:20:44.660 --> 00:20:47.562
  • until the time of the end.
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  • Many shall run to and fro,and knowledge will increase."
  • 00:20:49.231 --> 00:20:51.733
  • And then he says to Daniel,"You're instructed to proceed
  • 00:20:51.733 --> 00:20:55.137
  • with your life."
  • 00:20:55.137 --> 00:20:56.471
  • Where have we seen that before?
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  • Verse 9: "Daniel, go your way,for the words are closed up
  • 00:20:58.040 --> 00:21:02.944
  • and sealed till the timeof the end."
  • 00:21:02.944 --> 00:21:05.213
  • God says, "Daniel,you're not going to get
  • 00:21:05.213 --> 00:21:07.616
  • your answers.
  • 00:21:07.616 --> 00:21:09.017
  • Get on with your life."
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  • Hallelujah.
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  • And then God said, "Daniel,I want you to prepare
  • 00:21:14.623 --> 00:21:16.591
  • for the future."
  • 00:21:16.591 --> 00:21:18.360
  • Protect the prophecy,proceed with life,
  • 00:21:18.360 --> 00:21:20.462
  • prepare for the future.
  • 00:21:20.462 --> 00:21:21.797
  • Notice verse 13, "Go your waytill the end,
  • 00:21:21.797 --> 00:21:24.633
  • for you shall rest,and you will arise
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  • to your inheritance at the endof the days."
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  • Daniel was told that, one day,he could be assured of this,
  • 00:21:31.640 --> 00:21:37.913
  • he would arise to his reward.
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  • God evaluated Danieland he said, "Daniel, one day,
  • 00:21:40.015 --> 00:21:43.385
  • you're going to ariseto your reward."
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  • And that was his final word.
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  • Daniel shows us the way.
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  • Daniel stands up as a manof courage.
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  • He spent all of his daysin a foreign culture,
  • 00:21:53.495 --> 00:21:55.964
  • away from his home in Israel,and now God
  • 00:21:55.964 --> 00:21:59.534
  • is promising him that,because he's been faithful,
  • 00:21:59.534 --> 00:22:02.404
  • one day he's going to standagain in Israel and he's going
  • 00:22:02.404 --> 00:22:05.340
  • to reign with the King of kings.
  • 00:22:05.340 --> 00:22:08.710
  • Remember, we said that Danielteaches us that when we face
  • 00:22:08.710 --> 00:22:12.881
  • challenges to our faith,we don't stand down,
  • 00:22:12.881 --> 00:22:17.753
  • that's cowardice.
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  • We don't stand aside,that's compromise.
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  • We don't even necessarilyhave to stand against.
  • 00:22:22.257 --> 00:22:25.026
  • Interestingly enough,in the entire book of Daniel,
  • 00:22:25.026 --> 00:22:27.529
  • there's not one diatribeagainst the Babylonian culture.
  • 00:22:27.529 --> 00:22:31.800
  • It's all about living your lifewherever God has put you.
  • 00:22:31.800 --> 00:22:35.737
  • And at the end of time,Daniel says we as God's people
  • 00:22:35.737 --> 00:22:40.876
  • need to not stand down,not stand aside,
  • 00:22:40.876 --> 00:22:44.045
  • not even necessarilystand against,
  • 00:22:44.045 --> 00:22:46.348
  • but we need to stand upwith courage and conviction.
  • 00:22:46.348 --> 00:22:49.785
  • That's what Daniel teaches us.
  • 00:22:49.785 --> 00:22:51.887
  • He teaches us that there'sa time coming.
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  • And we may be on the edges of itnow, when it's going to cost us
  • 00:22:54.189 --> 00:22:57.359
  • more to be Christiansthan it ever has before.
  • 00:22:57.359 --> 00:23:00.729
  • Don't you sense that happening?
  • 00:23:00.729 --> 00:23:02.130
  • Don't you sense the tolerancefor Christians
  • 00:23:02.130 --> 00:23:04.199
  • is way less than it waswhen we started
  • 00:23:04.199 --> 00:23:06.368
  • this journey together?
  • 00:23:06.368 --> 00:23:07.936
  • We are entering into a periodof time, men and women,
  • 00:23:07.936 --> 00:23:10.872
  • where we're going to find outwhether we believe something
  • 00:23:10.872 --> 00:23:12.874
  • or not.
  • 00:23:12.874 --> 00:23:14.242
  • Remember, crises don't make uswhat we are,
  • 00:23:14.242 --> 00:23:18.980
  • they reveal what we are.
  • 00:23:18.980 --> 00:23:21.116
  • When trouble comes,we'll find out about the reality
  • 00:23:21.116 --> 00:23:23.518
  • of our faith,whether we're willing to stand
  • 00:23:23.518 --> 00:23:25.954
  • for what we say we believe.
  • 00:23:25.954 --> 00:23:27.989
  • It's here, now.
  • 00:23:27.989 --> 00:23:29.424
  • It's coming, and it's goingto get more and more
  • 00:23:29.424 --> 00:23:31.793
  • intense as we facethe future.
  • 00:23:31.793 --> 00:23:33.662
  • I hope you will pray for me,as I pray for you,
  • 00:23:33.662 --> 00:23:36.998
  • that we can followthe example of this man of God,
  • 00:23:36.998 --> 00:23:40.302
  • who stood in the midstof a pagan culture
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  • and represented Almighty Godwith dignity, and with class,
  • 00:23:43.505 --> 00:23:48.410
  • with courage,and with conviction.
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  • We can do that.
  • 00:23:51.346 --> 00:23:53.482
  • And if not us, who?
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  • If not this congregationthat is taught the Word of God,
  • 00:23:55.250 --> 00:23:58.753
  • which congregation will do that?
  • 00:23:58.753 --> 00:24:00.822
  • If not you, who've beena Christian for a long time,
  • 00:24:00.822 --> 00:24:03.558
  • if not you, who?
  • 00:24:03.558 --> 00:24:05.193
  • The young onesthat are just getting here,
  • 00:24:05.193 --> 00:24:06.595
  • just figuring this out?
  • 00:24:06.595 --> 00:24:08.797
  • No, no, we have to commitourselves, men and women,
  • 00:24:08.797 --> 00:24:10.298
  • that by the grace of God,we're going to be
  • 00:24:10.298 --> 00:24:12.634
  • stand-up peoplefor the God we love.
  • 00:24:12.634 --> 00:24:15.737
  • No longer possibleto be secret service Christians.
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  • That's where many people are,they're saved and satisfied,
  • 00:24:19.441 --> 00:24:23.144
  • and they hope nobodyever finds out.
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  • But God has called us to bestand-up Christians, amen?
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  • And I pledge to you that's whatI will be, and I ask you
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  • to be that as well.
  • 00:24:34.055 --> 00:24:36.925
  • announcer: Dr. Jeremiahwill return in a moment
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  • to close today's programright after this.
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  • announcer: Revelation isnot the only place in God's Word
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  • where end-times prophecycan be found.
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  • In his book, "Agents of Babylon:What the Prophecies of Daniel
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  • Tell Us About the End of Days,"Dr. David Jeremiah travels back
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  • to explore the Old Testamentbook of Daniel,
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  • teeming with prophetic markersand visions.
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  • The prophecies found thereinreveal not only a glimpse
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  • of the future but alsoa full picture of God's power
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  • in the past and present.
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  • "Agents of Babylon" explainshow the fulfilled prophecies of
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  • Daniel give us confidence tolive for God in today's world
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  • and prepare forwhat is yet to come.
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  • "Agents of Babylon" is yourswhen you give a gift
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  • If you give $70 or more,Dr. Jeremiah will send you
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  • the "Agents of Babylon" DVDstudy 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 Standup 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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  • on Turning Point Television.
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  • Order "Agents of Babylon" bookor study set when you
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  • contact Turning Point today.
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  • announcer: And now,with one last word
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  • for today's program,here is Dr. Jeremiah.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: I hope youcome away from our study
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  • of the book of Danielfeeling as encouraged
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  • as I am by the propheciesand promises of our great God.
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  • They ought to give usthe confidence to reach out
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  • boldly to the lostwith the good news of salvation
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  • in these last days,knowing that God isn't willing
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  • that any should perish.
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  • And that includes you.
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  • Have you accepted his giftof eternal life by asking Jesus
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  • to be your Savior?
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  • Well, I pray that you have,and that your relationship
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  • with him is so real,so vibrant that you want
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  • to share itwith everyone you know.
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  • I've produced two free resourcesto help you stay strong
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  • in the Lord.
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  • One is the booklet"Your Greatest Turning Point,"
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  • and the otheris our monthly
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  • devotional magazine,"Turning Points."
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  • I'll send them to youfree of charge
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  • when you contact usat "Turning Point."
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  • announcer: Next timeon "Turning Point."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Though this bookmight read like fiction
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  • history has provena strange reality,
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  • the unchanging Word of Godgives us a future and a hope
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  • we can count on as beingabsolutely certain.
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  • announcer: Join us next timeas we look back
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  • at Dr. Jeremiah's series,"Agents of Babylon"
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  • with a special episode"A Voice from Babylon"
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  • here on "Turning Point."
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