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December 14, Zechariah 2. Jerusalem will be a great city
Thursday, December 14, 2017      1 comments

In this prophecy I see some encouragement to continue working and a prophecy of what the city will someday be. Cities up until this time rarely exceeded 10,000 people. The largest city in the first century was Rome with just about 1 million. The... Read more
December 13, Zechariah 1. God is jealous for His people
Wednesday, December 13, 2017      2 comments

The first section, a call for man to repent and return to God could be said to nearly any people at any time. We can certainly say it today. The prophet here is also giving encouragement in the building of the temple. A warning to not be like th... Read more
December 12, Haggai 2. The coming glory of God's temple
Tuesday, December 12, 2017      2 comments

To understand some of this you need to know the stories of Ezra and Nehemiah. when they took the people back to Jerusalem, the people living in the area resisted their efforts and tried to stop them from rebuilding. In this distraction God gives... Read more
December 11, Haggai 1. Work that never prospers
Monday, December 11, 2017      1 comments

It seemed fitting to read Haggai and Zechariah after Daniel as the time line flows together. This takes place about 68 or 69 years after Judah was taken to Babylon. Darius, sometimes called Cyrus, has given the decree that Jews can go and rebuil... Read more
December 9, Daniel 12. God's people delivered
Saturday, December 09, 2017      2 comments

This final section of Daniel's prophecy is just as obscure as any other. Again there have been men through the ages who've tried to make it fit various times. There are two significant items to note. One is there will be troubles in every nation... Read more
December 8, Daniel 11. Kingdoms of men rise and fall
Friday, December 08, 2017      1 comments

There are a lot of commentaries on this chapter. If one wants to they can follow family lines after Cyrus to see the next kingdoms. But does any of it really matter? Kingdoms of men have risen and fallen, one by one, all through time. Not all ri... Read more
December 7, Daniel 10. Daniel visited by an angel?
Thursday, December 07, 2017      3 comments

Quite frankly I have no idea who it is that Daniel meets with. Many call this being an angel, and I'm inclined to agree. Some name him Gabriel but there's no evidence for this. There are some who believe this was a pre-incarnate appearance of Je... Read more
December 6, Daniel 9:20-27, Seventy sevens for Israel
Wednesday, December 06, 2017      3 comments

We move into the most commonly discussed prophecy in the book of Daniel, the so called 70 weeks. The original manuscripts read as seventy sevens but it's commonly accepted to mean seventy weeks of years, in other words 490 years. Again I feel th... Read more
December 5, Daniel 9:1-19. Conviction and repentance
Tuesday, December 05, 2017      1 comments

After the Jews had been in exile for nearly 70 years, suddenly Daniel finds Jeremiah's prophecy and realizes the time is nearly complete. A coincidence eh? This reminds me of the story in II Kings 22 when the book of The Law was found and the k... Read more
December 4, Daniel 8. More visions
Monday, December 04, 2017      1 comments

Daniel has more visions and I will not try to figure out what he saw. I think the whole of the visions can be summed up in the last sentence; "...I was appalled by the vision and did not understand it." No-one understands this, so many men have ... Read more
December 3, Daniel 7, Daniel's visions
Sunday, December 03, 2017      4 comments

In the past 25 years or so I've heard and read so many different ideas on what Daniel's visions meant. Dreams are strange things, our minds try to sort out the things of the day with images that may not make sense. Was Daniel given visions of a ... Read more
December 2, Daniel 6:10-28 The character of Daniel, and the king
Saturday, December 02, 2017      1 comments

Even though Daniel knew what the king had written, he knew the law was wrong and chose to obey God. Which to his credit is what the plotters expected. This now places the king in a bit of a dilemma, he wants to save Daniel but also wants to obey... Read more
December 1, Daniel 6:1-9 The character of men
Friday, December 01, 2017      1 comments

We're getting into the most familiar story of Daniel and there is a lot of stuff in this chapter. While it's most common to depict Daniel as a young man, in this story I think he's close to 60, most of the bible time lines have in captivity 45 y... Read more
November 30, Daniel 5:13-30 What must I do to be saved?
Thursday, November 30, 2017      1 comments

That's the question which wasn't asked but should have been. Looking at each piece, Belshazzar is troubled and calls on the worldly wise men to help him out. The problem is that the worldly wise have no idea about things spiritual. And even toda... Read more
November 29, Daniel 5:1-12 So just who is Belshazzar?
Wednesday, November 29, 2017      2 comments

In scripture Belshazzar is one of those characters who simply appears without much background and we don't know what happened to the king before him. In reality he was never actually king but regent for Nabonidus, who we never hear of at all. Pr... Read more

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