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September 22, 2022 4:00 am
Can we survive. It's an interesting question. It's also today's sermon Dr. Don Wilton here on The Encouraging Word in just the opening the Bible together to study the book of Daniel, beginning in chapter 9. This message can we survive Dr. Don Wilton, but as we begin the day. We want to know we're here for you were connecting on our website right now I tewonline.org G DEW online.org as well as the other end of this phone number 866899 word that's 866-899-9673 the right place to connect to have some questions answered. Maybe help you find some resources that will help you grow in your faith like the daily Encouraging Word Bible guide all that's online as well. DEW online.org now. Today's message with Dr. Don Wilton.
Well, chapter 9. I would like to make an announcement to be going into what is widely considered to be the most difficult piece of prophetic literature in all of Scripture. We are about to go into probably and I think very widely accepted and acknowledged as one of the most difficult periods of scriptural interpretation. I'm also going to tell you the good news. I don't consider it to be the most difficult not because I'm standing here saying to you that I think that I know because you've already judged. By now all these years that I certainly do not. But I say to you that in Daniel chapter 9, and particularly beginning from verse 24 we read about one of the most awesome periods of prophetic Scripture.
All Scripture and if we do not understand who God is speaking to what God is saying what he is saying and exactly what it is that he is saying, I will guarantee you will find ourselves out in the left field somewhere.
I'm going to say this to you and then we going to read this passage.
This passage is written by God through the heart of God to the people of God who would Israel.
We understand that our friends we going to say this and I'm going to say this, a number of times because it we understand that this prophecy is direct to the Jewish people began arriving all kinds of problems and I'm going to show you how we know that this is direct to do the Jewish people. It is written specifically, Israel, and in general it is applied to the Gentiles like you and me. Now that's very important to understand we don't understand that we going to find ourselves running into brick walls and getting more tied up and we going to see a very clear outline of what God has to say concerning Israel and the specter not just if you could just watch me for little bit here. I want you to just imagine that this whole pulpit here is Israel.
It's the Jewish people walk all by what were the Jewish people know right through Scripture. They were called gods chosen people. Wednesday God's chosen people. Some people lost this question from time to time, and they say Jewish people have a special dispensation well give a sense, yes, but in the same source are no because the spam good of the Messiah, who is Jesus Christ is applied to all people, be they be the male-female bond or free Bible says we all one in Christ Jesus. But now, when God looks down here I am, I am God and I'm looking down on my people. If you would beg my and I'm looking down on my people and I see at the center of this picture God's chosen people. These ones you were delivered from bondage in Israel were led by Moses through the wilderness for 40 years that was scattered to the four corners of the earth in the diaspora.
Those who being brought back together again in 1948 with the formation of the state of Israel in the end all things that have happened around the nation of Israel. Up to this present time, but all around the sides and everywhere around this core group all the people such as you and by the Gentiles and you remember now frames that when the gospel came to the Jews and the New Testament church began in the book of acts. The one thing that the Jews had great difficulty in understanding was that the same gospel which so it seems, was being given to the Jews would also be applied to those of us who are Gentiles and in fact in the institution of the New Testament church. It went even further than that because they divided them up there with the Samaritans for alarming goodness me are you telling me that Jesus Christ for the Samaritans as well to the people in Ephesus as well to the Gentiles in Macedonia, as well as to all these others, all was once called so great problem in understanding this initially, Peter was the one who came to grips with this in fact is one part in the book of acts where we find Peter sneaking early sneaking out of the Gentiles wiping the grease off eastern and the Jews who looked at this and said goodness me. What is this June having to do with these Gentiles and the book of acts is the fusion in Christ between the Jew and the Gentile between male and female. You see, there was a period of time throughout Scripture because you're a lady you're a female. You are excluded from the gospel of grace. What kind of kept out of everything Paul said all wrong. Jesus Christ died for all, there is neither Jew nor Greek Gentiles is not my only female there is not the bond that is those who are servants, or those who are free thereon by the bosses know those who work for them. We are all one in Christ Jesus. Now the prophecy in Daniel chapter 9 is specifically direct toward the Jews because when we get to Daniel chapter 9 and verse 24. It become so critical. Daniel spans almost any amount of time in preparation for this event. Daniel chapter 9 presents to us the prophet of God getting ready for the most incredibly difficult and awesome pouring of the prophetic word of God to the nation of Israel in specifics and to the Gentiles like you and me and Jim all right, let's read Daniel nine in the first year of Darius, son of Xerxes amoebae the same was made ruler of the Babylonian kingdom in the first year of his writing. I Daniel understood from the Scriptures, according to the word of the Lord given to Jeremiah the prophet, remember we went back there. Jeremiah chapter 25 and some of those other passages and we discovered that Daniel discovered that he had three years left before the fulfillment of the prophecy of God related to the nation of Israel in exile and in bondage under the Babylonian rule which had now become the Medo Persian rule. He realized that they were just three years left panic kind of sexy, sexy, and because Daniel realizes that the 67 years that have gone by since 605 BC that the children of Israel are persistently continually missing out on God's instructions to them.
God told him 70 years from now you going to be delivered. So long as you understand that you have to live according to my ways and you have to honor me, looks around, and he sees the nation of Israel, and he sees them doing anything but honoring God anything but loving the Lord anything but doing what God had commanded them to do and there's a sense in which he begins to any begins to prepare himself and he says I want to do what ever it takes to get God's attention and to prevent the catastrophe from falling on these people forget the interruption you're listening to Dr. Don Wilton our teacher here on the Encouraging Word broadcast back in just a minute with more this message entitled, can we survive with Dr. Don Dr. Don Wilton remind you that were available to not only talk and pray together. Maybe answer some questions and dig a little deeper about God's during your heart about as we study the word together considering the message in understanding the vision I get. 866-899-9673, not just now during the broadcast 24 hours a day, as well as email@example.com and we had a record number of friends joining us in studying God's word on a daily basis.
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Can we survive with Dr. Don. Look at verse three. So I turn to the Lord and pleaded with him in prayer and petition in fostering an insect, and actions. I prayed to the Lord my God and confess I listen to his prayer. It's rather long list intercessory prayer.
I'm going to try and read without interrupting along the great and awesome God who keeps his covenant of love with all who love him and obey his Kaman. We have soon been done wrong.
We are being wicked and have her bill. We have turned away from your Kaman's laurels will not listen to your servants the prophets who spoke in your name to our kings and princes and our fathers and to all the people of the land. Lord you are righteous, but this day we are covered with shame. The man of Judah and the people of Jerusalem and all of Israel both near and far. In all countries where you have scattered us because of our unfaithfulness to you oh Lord, we and our kings are princes and our fathers are covered with shame because we have sinned against you. The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving. Even though we have rebelled against it. We have not obeyed the Lord our God, THE laws he gave us through his servants the prophets. All Israel has transgressed your morning turned away, refusing to obey you. Therefore, the curses and sworn judgments written in the law of Moses the servant of God had been poured out on us because we have sinned against you. You have the word spoken against us and against our lives by bringing upon us right disaster under the whole heaven. Nothing has ever been done like what is being done to Jerusalem just as it is written in the law of Moses. All this disaster has come upon us yet we have not sought the favor of the Lord our God by turning from our sins and giving attention to your cruise. The Lord did not hesitate to bring the disaster upon us, the Lord our God is righteous in everything he does.
Yet we have not obeyed him now, the Lord our God who brought your people of Egypt with a mighty hand you made for yourself a name that endures to this day we have soon we have done wrong. Oh Lord, in keeping with all your righteous acts turn away from your anger and your Ross from Jerusalem. Your city will hopefully you are sins in the iniquities of our fathers have made Jerusalem and your people object of scorn those around us.
Now God hear the prayers and petitions of your servant for your psycho Lord look with favor upon the desolate century, give hero God in here.
Open your eyes and see the desolation of the city that bears your name. We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy.
Oh Lord, Melissa O.
Lord, forgive all Lord here and for your sake. Oh my God, do not delay because your city and your people in your name. Now fasten your seatbelts and see what happens while I was speaking in prying confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel and making my request to the Lord my God for his holy while I was sleeping. Pray the angel Gabriel. The man I had seen in the earlier vision came to me in swift flight about the time of the evening sacrifice, that is about 3 o'clock in the often instructed me and said to me, Daniel, I have not come to give you insight and understanding as soon as you began to pray and also was given which I have come to tell you. You are highly esteemed. Therefore, consider the message and understand the vision which is as follows 77's are decreed for your people and your holy city to finish transgression, to put an end to send number two with Tom for wickedness number three to bring in everlasting righteousness number four to seal up vision and prophecy number five and to anoint the most holy number six no one understands this from the issuing of the decree in Nehemiah chapter 2 to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the anointed one, the ruler, comes, there will be seven sevens and 62 seven it will be rebuilt with streets and a trench, but in times of trouble. After the 62 sevens the anointed one will be cut off. That's the crucifixion and will have nothing. The people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end will come like a flood wall will continue into the Armageddon and desolation's have been decreed. He the antichrist will confirm a covenant with many for one saver at seven years in the middle of the seven 3 1/2 years he antichrist will put an end to sacrifice and offering. Daniel chapter 8 Revelation chapter 1317 and on a wing of the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him want to know I had to discipline myself to get through that passage without stopping. Too many times. Let me just simply say this to you. It is very important for us to understand the things that Daniel is about to see. There is a sense in which Daniel Karen chapter 9 is seen singing something God is moving you just think about it for 67 years Daniel has refused to defile himself with the food from the Kings type strike in the span he's watched the antics of Shadrach me shack and Abednego he has been witness to the fourth man in the fiery furnace dreams and visions, meaning meaning tackle your fossil even though you still don't know what it means. There was something deep down in the heart of Daniel place so understanding of the heart of the sovereign God of the character of the sovereign God of the wrong thing. The reader of the righteousness of God poured out upon the disobedience of God's people, so Daniel begins to prepare himself and he says to the Lord Lord before I turned to you in prayer. I'm going to prepare myself for prayer. Something that I think we have lost sight of one or all ask a rhetorical question of all of us. You I wonder how many of us prepared ourselves to coming to God's house this morning. I could never understand that when I was growing up. Brother Jim, my dad would say to me, son done come home so late on Saturday night and scorch the Lord's day tomorrow, went in one ear and out the other. It didn't matter, but you know the older I become and the more I study God's word, the more I come to understand something deeply significant about preparing to come into the presence of God.
What I want you to notice what he did during I'm just going to outline it for you very briefly. First of all, Daniel turned away from himself.
He turned away from himself. If you are going to turn to God, we go to turn away from ourselves. To begin with we need to become irrelevant in the picture my own desires.
My own interpretations my own understandings my own preferences my own ways of doing become absolutely irrelevant. I need to turn my back on myself. Number two Daniel turned to God. Verse three chapter 9, so I turned to the Lord, we come to grips with real intercessory prayer we must begin by turning away from ourselves and we going to see how this works out in just a moment and we need to about-face and turned completely toward God.
That means that our focus and out tension needs to be on the things of God. I don't want to pick on my bed but that always used to just really when I was growing up and I know it may sound ridiculous to some of us here but but I grew up hearing this coming from my father's study. I'm telling you morning after morning, if not almost every morning my dad would be in his study on his knees, and you could hear him pray. You could hear this kind of drone going through the house.
That's what I grew up with and if if you would peeping to dad study which we did offer that was on his knees that Eddie's Eddie's disk ready's chair just pouring his heart out and on Sunday morning. I'm tell you it was baby, you know, in fact, I kind of almost presented some things in away because I was a preacher's kid and I kind of felt like our home resembled more of a mold than a bit on. I mean it just it was just so full with prayer in preparation do not. I'm sorry and for a teenager. It was kind of aggravating. I mean, I wanted to get out there and do something, but my my father believed that if he was to come into the house of God and into the presence of God and if he was to be able to present the word of God was from on high that he needed to away from himself to God and he need to focus his attention on God's grace, I will not work will go to a ballgame and go to bed late and get up at the last possible moment to will rush off and get to church at the latest possible moment).
The gong strikes and all these things and believe me, we understand that it happens in my household and we are so busy and tied up and many of us coming and we sit down in God's house and we say we might okay let's have church. One of the greatest blessings we have in this church is our television ministry wouldn't change it for anything but it's not a total blessing because it causes the clock to control us. We like that, by nature, with or without television.
I mean we started this time and weekend. At that time and we you know we already oriented people and same thing in his heart that God was leaving, and God was going to do what God was going to do because he is sovereign and he is complete he turns away from himself and he turns to God and he said I want anything else to interrupt me. I want to be totally focused thing he does is he begins to plead with God verse three I turned to the Lord and pleaded with him now that word plead that means begging folks. If you going to bang on chapter 9 you begin to understand this intercessory prayer is punctuated with banking pleading, pouring his heart out here prayers and petitions in verse 17 verse 16 all in verse down in verse 19 want to listen to forgive you.
Here we without hope. Outside of time tomorrow, but the simple phrase, Daniel turned to God right where you are right you need to turn away from the path that is taken away from her away from her.
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