Seeking God's Kingdom

The identity of the “little horn” from Daniel 7 and the “beast” from Revelation 12

Last post I left you with a bit of a cliff-hanger: What is this power represented by the “little horn” in Daniel 7 and the first “beast” in Revelation 12?

Luckily we have a lot of identifiers now to help us find the true identity.  So, let’s quickly review them so we can start getting to the bottom of this. Continue reading

Preventing true worship

Way back in Daniel 3, we say Nebuchadnezzar attempting to get Daniel’s three friends (along with everyone else), to worship him.  Notice they could still worship God, Nebuchadnezzar just wanted them to worship him as well.  This is a pattern we’ll see again in spiritual Babylon as we progress, a mixing of religions, where worshiping God is tolerated, so long as we worship Satan at the same time.  Now, in Daniel 6, we see the new leader in Babylon (Darius) try to stop Daniel from worshiping God altogether, something we’re going to see come up in the last days as well, according to the Bible. Continue reading

Spiritual Babylon introduced

We’ve been slowly going through the book of Daniel, and now we’re on Daniel 5 which contains the end of the Babylonian era.  But, we’re going to take the opportunity to introduce the concept of spiritual Babylon in Revelation as well.  Revelation has a lot of prophecy concerning Babylon, but since it was written hundreds of years after the fall of that empire, it obviously can’t be about the kingdom we’ve been discussing for the last few posts.

But, for now, let’s get through Daniel 5. Continue reading

God’s patience for us

If you read the last post, you know that Nebuchadnezzar once again believes that Daniel’s God is the Most High God, but unfortunately, we’ll see again in Daniel 4 that the king backslides into his old habits.

Daniel 4 is the only chapter of Daniel not written by Daniel itself.  It is written, or at least dictated, by the king himself (Daniel 4:1).  It his is testimonial, if you will. Continue reading

The pattern of false worship in prophecy

Last post we discussed Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, how he saw a statue and that God was telling him that his kingdom would end one day.  But it’s also a message for us, to show us that God knows the future, he predicted the next kingdoms including some surprising detail.  If you haven’t read it, I suggest you do so.  Nebuchadnezzar becomes convinced that the God of Daniel is the true God.  Unfortunately, he doesn’t stay convinced.  But, this gives us an opportunity to explore how Satan twists God’s truth into something else, to try to get us to worship anything but God.  We’ll see this pattern again throughout prophecy. Continue reading

Outline prophecy in Daniel

As we’ve discussed previously, Daniel 2 contains the outline prophecy for much of our history, and our future to come.  In this post, we’re going to dig deep into Nebuchadnezzar’s dream and pull apart the interpretation Daniel gave for it, adding to what we know of history, since we have a wider perspective than Daniel.  If you’ve never studied this before, I think you’re going to be amazed. Continue reading

The conflict in prophecy

If you haven’t read the previous post introducing the players in biblical prophecy, I suggest you do so now.

Biblical prophecy shows one main conflict throughout the Bible, and it’s not as simple as God vs. Satan.  Rather, biblical prophecy centers on our struggle, which is one of worship and obedience.  This whole conflict focuses on this one issue, and that is what God and Satan are struggling for: our worship and obedience.  God rightly deserves it and Satan is trying to usurp it by any means necessary.  He will deceive, coerce, threaten, entice, set up counterfeits to make us believe we are following God while we follow his commandments instead.   Continue reading

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