The Final Prophecies of Daniel

Read 267.) Daniel 10:1 thru 12:13. Daniel was taken to Babylon by Nebuchadnezzar in 605 BC as a youth. He likely died there, probably well in his 80’s. He lived thru the fall of Babylon to the Medes and Persians, and served world empire leaders. He may have shown Cyrus the very prophecies in Isaiah about him by name, that caused Cyrus to set captive Israel free, 70 years after they were expelled from out of their Promised Land, also as prophesied! Now, in his final days, and having been a faithful prophet of the Lord all his adult life, Daniel receives final words from God more than 2,500 years ago, that were preserved, and we read them today. With these, we say goodbye to Daniel, only to see him one day in glory, when true believers get there. He’s my favorite OT writer.

Chapter 10 opens with our time clue, it’s in a 536 to 532 BC time window, and Daniel has a vision. It is an amazing picture, if you will meditate upon it, and it is only the opening for what will come in chapter 11. Note that 11:1 mentions Darius, whereas 10:1 spoke of Cyrus. Again, it is believed that Darius took Babylon under and for Cyrus, and that their reigns were tied very closely together. The entire detailed, and rather complex prophecy that is chapter 11, is almost certainly, and without a doubt, related to the same person of 9:26b+27. This person is Antiochus Epiphanes of the Inter-Testamental period which spans 425 BC to 5 BC, between the Old and New Testaments. And, more specifically, he lived and ruled during the period of 175 to 164 BC from Syria, against Egypt in his day. Because Israel lay in-between Syria and Egypt, and he hated Judaism, we read of those atrocities he committed against Israel and the Jews toward the end of this chapter. The reason for the length and detail likely has to do with the idea that Antiochus pre-figures the End-Time ruler, we know as Anti-Christ, who will do many of the very same things against Israel in his day to come. Verses 31 to the end, appear to depict details of the feats of Anti-Christ in the last half of the 7-Year Tribulation period.

Chapter 12 closes out this vision, the book, and of Daniel’s life of incredible faithfulness and service. It is obvious that this does relate to the time of the very end, because we are told that it does! It goes right to the Final Judgment of Revelation 20:11 thru 15, with verses 2 and 3! And, if anything, verse 7 speaks to the final 3 1/2-year period of The Great Tribulation for Israel, of which the Anti-Christ will be a principal actor, and do incredible harm to Israel in the end… just before Jesus Returns to deliver a surviving remnant of Israel and take the reins of the earth to establish His own everlasting Kingdom; just as was prophesied in Daniel chapter 2, and told us, by Nebuchadnezzar in chapter 4, and Darius in chapter 6! That verse 9 says these things would be sealed up until the time of the end, and that we now understand them, gives us all cause to ask… Just what time is it? It’s what the Book is all about!

ForeverKingdom,
Harold F Crowell

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The Sixth Prophecy of Israel!

Read 266.) Ezra 1:1 thru 4:5 and II Chronicles 36:22 and 23. Good News! The time of Israel’s dispersion is over! The punishment of Israel for her 800 years of unfaithfulness and covenant-breaking has come to an end! The 4th and the 5th of the Promises and Prophecies concerning Israel’s ancient history are fulfilled. We now come to the 6th of those Promises and Prophecies, that of Israel’s restoration back into her Promised Land, first told us by God thru Moses in Deuteronomy chapter 30, verses 1 thru 4. (What appears to be unclear is the historical record concerning Darius and Cyrus, outside of the Bible. Daniel served until the first year of Cyrus, Dan.1:21. Darius the Mede took Babylon, Dan.5:31, 9:1 and 6:1. Shortly after, Cyrus the Persian, rose to power, Dan.1:21 and 10:1. All this was around, or between, 540 to 535 BC.)

Beginning with Ezra, chapter 1, we have Cyrus’ decree that Israel may go free to return to Jerusalem, to rebuild the temple of the Lord there. It is believed that Daniel, himself, was the one who pointed out to Cyrus Isaiah’s chapter 44, 45 and 48 prophecies concerning him, from some 150 years before. Daniel was there, Dan.1:21, highly respected, and he knew of the prophecy of Jeremiah, Dan.9:1+2; so, it makes perfect sense! This was NOT the decree prophesied in Daniel 9:25, to rebuild the city, and commence the countdown to Messiah. That decree is the one found in Nehemiah chapter 2, under Artaxerxes, about 445/444 BC. The Bible’s the Word of God! It is all prophecy and fulfillment!!!

Chapter 2 tells us of some 50,000 who returned to Judah and Jerusalem. Not all could be found in their genealogical records, telling us something of just how important one’s lineage and its record was to these people. When Messiah comes, He must be of Abraham, of Jacob, of Judah, of David, of Solomon! Priests must be of Levi, etc. An offering was received to rebuild the temple. The 16,000 oz. of gold and 87,500 oz. of silver was worth almost $22.5 million by today’s measure. Chapter 3 then relates to us how that all the people sought to resume proper temple worship in accordance with the Law of Moses. Note this Zerubbabel, son of Shealtiel, as these two are both mentioned in Matthew 1:12 in the line of Messiah! In their 2nd year there, they commenced to lay a foundation for a new temple to be built. It brought great joy to all the people, and they sang that which we know as either Psalm 107 or 118, or perhaps the both of them. With the first 5 verses of chapter 4, we read of how the people around them, first settled by Assyria, going back to 722 BC, sought to help, but were turned away. These then sought to discourage the further construction of the temple of the Lord.

The II Chron.36 passage is detailed by all we just read in Ezra, but it would be helpful to go back and to read Isaiah 44:24 thru 45:13, and 48:14 and 15, for Cyrus was named 3 times some 150 years before this decree by him. This is our God! He foretells, and brings it to pass! The Bible is His record; it is His Word! It’s what the Book is all about!

ForeverKingdom,
Harold F Crowell

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This is What the Bible Really Says!

If you have not already, please read the previous post before this one. The Bible should not be believed, unless it is actually just what it claims to be; the very Word of the One, True and Living God! Is it?

There are many literary types, but of all of them, the Bible is largely Historical Narrative, before any other kind. It purports to be an actual historical record of God’s most important dealings with mankind. But, the Bible is not arranged in chronological order, so that it can be read as the historical account that it is. So, I have reordered the content of the Bible that it might follow the order in which the events unfolded. When you do that, something amazing shows up. There’s an easily discernible order to everything! There is a 7-point outline that unfolds thru 12 distinct time periods! Note the two numbers, 7 and 12. These are so quintessentially Bible numbers, as 7 and 12 appear in so many places in the Scriptures! The 7 points are 7 Promises and Prophecies given by God!

With reading number 265 just completed, since starting on April 11, 2016, we have read thru 5 of the 7 points in the outline, and completed 8 of the 12 time periods. The Bible story is incredibly, even supernaturally, orderly! The 5 points of the 7-point outline we have read thru so far, are 1.) Many Descendants from Gen.12:1 thru Ex.1:7, 2.) Enslavement and Deliverance; the Exodus from Ex.1:8 thru Josh.5:12, 3.) The Promised Land from Josh.5:13 thru Judg.2:9, 4.) Israel’s Unfaithfulness, and the breaking of their covenant with God from Judg.2:10 thru II Chron.36:19, and now, 5.) Israel’s Expulsion from out of her Promised Land. A 6th Promise and Prophecy is going to begin fulfillment with our very next reading, numbered 266.

Since beginning our reading plan thru the Bible, we have just completed the 8th of the 12 time periods involved. They are: 1.) The Origins Period of Gen.1:1 thru 11:32, then 2.) The Patriarchal Period of Gen.12:1 thru Ex.1:7, then 3.) The Exodus Period of Ex.1:8 thru Josh.5:12, then 4.) The Conquest Period of Josh.5:13 thru Judg.2:9, then 5.) The Judges Period of Judg.2:10 thru I Sam.10:27, then, 6.) The United Kingdom Period of I Sam.8:1 thru I Ki.12:15 and II Chron.10:15, then 7.) The Divided Kingdom Period of I Ki.12:16 and II Chron.10:16 thru the destruction of Jerusalem and the expulsion of its inhabitants as recorded for us in II Ki.25:21 and II Chron.36:19. We have just completed another time period, 8.) Israel’s Expulsion out of her Promised Land. We began to read of this with II Ki.25:21 and II Chron.36:20; and it has ended with that which we just read in Daniel chapter 6, as the very next reading will commence the fulfillment of the 6th of the 7 Promises and Prophecies, as well as to commence the 9th of the time periods. Israel is about to be 6.) Restored back into her Promised Land in that 9.) Period of Restoration, which will finalize and complete all of the historical Old Testament, or Hebrew Bible, record of ancient Israel’s history. Every bit of this was to serve one very specific purpose. It was recorded to convince any reader that God truly exists, and that His 7th Promise and Prophecy, of which the 4 Gospel accounts, also history, was all about, was so that you might believe on Messiah and be SAVED by God from the eternal penalty of your sins! It’s what the Book is all about!

ForeverKingdom,
Harold F Crowell

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What Does the Bible Really Say?

It is both shocking and appalling the degree of Bible ignorance that exists in modern Western Civilization today… especially among Christian clergy. And, as if the ignorance were not enough; among much of so-called Christendom, there is an out-and-out denial of the Bible as being the very Word of God. Why is that? They have absolutely no excuse whatsoever!

The Bible is the Word of God, and the internal evidence, and external confirmation of that evidence, conclusively prove to any intellectually honest mind, that the Bible is clearly superhuman and supernatural, and is, therefore, what it claims to be, of Divine origin; the Word of the One, True and Everliving God! What is that evidence?

The Bible, when properly re-ordered into a strict chronological reading plan shows that there is a clear pattern and outline, and that all of it was foretold by God in advance of any of it happening. God said it was to prove His existence, and that He was in total control of His plainly stated and revealed plan, just as we read in Isaiah chapters 41 thru 46. See 41:23, 43:12, 44:25+26 and especially 45:21. What is this plan? It is a plan of 7 points; each a Promise and/or Prophecy. The entire Old Testament is the record of the Divinely given, and sovereign fulfilling of 6 of the 7 Promises and Prophecies which comprise the outline of all the Bible! Order does NOT arise out of disorder and chaos. It must be caused and ordered by an intelligence. That Intelligence was God!

The God of the Bible revealed to the Patriarchs, 13 times, the first 4 points of the 7-point outline of His Plan. He told Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, when He came to them, that He would give them 1.) Many descendants, that they would 2.) Be enslaved, but delivered, that He would bring them into and give to them 3.) a Promised Land, and that through His people, in that land, He would bring forth 4.) His Messiah. But, after He had fulfilled the first; that of many descendants, and was in the very midst of completely delivering them from out of their slavery in Egypt, He gave to Moses, 3 more Promises and Prophecies as further points to His Plan and Bible outline. These last 3 would take Israel through 1,000 more years of Old Testament recorded history. They were that 5.) Israel would be unfaithful to God, and break His Covenant with them, that 6.) He would remove them from out of their Promised Land, and 7.) That He would do something never seen before in all of human history… He would bring them back into, and restore unto them His Promised Land. Now, follow and get this very carefully…

We have just read, and I have blogged with my last post, reading number 265, the fulfillment and completion of the 5th of the Promises and Prophecies. The 7 points of the Bible outline are fulfilled thru 12 very distinct Time Periods. We have also just completed the 8th of those. With the next post, I will lay out the first 5 points to God’s outline, all are Promises and/or Prophecies, and the 8 time periods thru which they have flowed, so far, thru the Old Testament of our Bible. That this plain order so clearly exists, within the chronological reconstruction of the Bible, is proof, on its very face, that the Book is superhuman, supernatural, and could only come from God, just as He told us it does. It is so that you might BELIEVE! It’s what the Book is all about!

ForeverKingdom,
Harold F Crowell

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Daniel Delivered from the Lion’s Den

Read 265.) Daniel 6:1 thru 28. After Darius the Mede took Babylon in 539 BC, as we just read in chapter 5, Daniel was not only spared, but was once again appointed a great role in the government of the Media-Persian empire taking Babylon’s place. He’s likely in his mid-80’s here! Note the testimony of Daniel in verses 4 and 5. He was worthy of complete trust, and was in no way either corrupt or negligent in his administrative work under the king. He was a very capable administrator of exceptional qualities! With verses 6 thru 8, however, we find that the others were neither trustworthy nor honest, as they all, to a man, lied to the king, so as to manipulate him! It was a trap, and Daniel was ensnared in it, just as they had conspired. Daniel was in the habit of praying at least 3 times a day, so as to give thanks to God, and to ask for His help. O, that we would all be so faithful! These conniving leaders then closed the trap, and caused that Daniel should be executed by Darius’ lions.

The king was helpless to save Daniel, for they had ensnared him, as much as they had Daniel, and he knew it! Note Daniel’s testimony with the king! Daniel was known by Darius as one who served his God continually; whereas, he was now keenly aware that all the others served their own interests! All that night, the king could not sleep, and at the very crack of dawn, when the demand of the unjust law had been fulfilled, Darius made his way to Daniel. There, he immediately learned that Daniel’s God was very real!

Now, it was Darius’ turn to act! All those untrustworthy and corrupt officials, who had conspired against Daniel, and the king, were themselves, thrown to the lions, with their wives and children! Whoa! Talk about one’s sin affecting the innocent lives of others!!! Take note of what finally resulted next, with verses 25 thru 27. As with Nebuchadnezzar, some 25 years before, so, too, here, with Darius, we have an incredible acknowledgment by one who was the greatest ruler on earth at that time, testifying to the truth of the existence of the one and only true God! We have sufficient evidence, by his testimony in chapter 4, to believe that Nebuchadnezzar may have been actually converted; and, we may rightly ask and wonder here whether Darius was not converted as well! Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised! Finally, we read of the existence of another ruler; one Cyrus by name. This is that one of whom we read of 3 times by name in Isaiah chapters 44 and 45, from, get this now, about 700 BC, likely 150 or more years before!

With this, we now come to the very end of the fulfillment of the 5th of The 7 Promises and Prophecies concerning ancient Israel recorded in the Hebrew Bible, our Old Testament. And, we close the 8th of the 12 Time Periods, too. Israel’s prophesied unfaithfulness and her expulsion out of her Promised Land both end here. See what is coming next, as these things prove God’s existence and the Bible His Word! It’s what the Book is all about!

ForeverKingdom,
Harold F Crowell

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The Night Babylon Fell to Darius

Read 264.) Daniel 5:1 thru 31 and 9:1 thru 27. If history recorded this accurately, we are reading, in chapter 5, of the night of October 12, 539 BC. Babylon was celebrating wildly, and Darius diverted the Euphrates River low enough that his army could wade under the city’s wall. Babylon fell that night with hardly a fight. Belshazzar was a grandson of Nebuchadnezzar, and this would be his very last night. He threw a party for 1,000 of his nobles, and they proceeded to get drunk. Ordering the gold goblets from the temple of the Lord (destroyed in 586), that they might drink from them in the praise of false gods, a hand appeared and wrote on the wall. Belshazzar was scared witless! No one could read the writing, but the queen recalled Daniel from years gone by, and he was sent for. He would be about 83. Daniel related the content of chapter 4, from Nebuchadnezzar’s final years, ending with 562 BC, some 23 years before this night (and reading #250), to Belshazzar. The king knew of these things, but had never humbled himself or acknowledged the one true God. Daniel then proceeded to read and interpret the 4 words on the wall. They told of Belshazzar’s doom and the loss of the empire. That very night, the city was lost to Darius the Mede!

Chapter 9 is also from this same time, about 539 BC. Though Belshazzar had been slain, Daniel was most obviously spared. Was his reputation known to Darius? Almost certainly! We read that Daniel, now an old man, was reading from Jeremiah, chapter 29, when he realized that God was about to release Israel from their Babylonian captivity, and permit them to return to rebuild Jerusalem and their temple. Their 70-year Diaspora was about to end! Daniel turned to the Lord in deepest humility, as he knew that the remainder of his people there were not spiritually ready. He notes the 4th and 5th prophecies concerning his people in his prayer. As verse 7 states, this was all because of their unfaithfulness; and with verse 12, Daniel recalls their expulsion from their Promised Land when Jerusalem was destroyed. While Daniel prayed mightily unto the Lord, the angel Gabriel was dispatched from heaven unto him, and he was given a great prophetic revelation! It would be from the time of Artaxerxes’ decree that Jerusalem be rebuilt, which is recorded in Nehemiah chapter 2 in 445 BC, until Messiah would come, a span of some 490 years by the Jewish calendar. And, actually refers to His Second Coming! Why?

This 490 year span would be broken up into 2 parts. After the end of the first period of 69 sevens, or 483 years, Messiah would be killed. The end of that first 483 years would mark the very day of Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem, of which He spoke in Luke 19:42. Then, from the middle of verse 26, to the end, we have double prophecy. As historical figures of the past would fulfill what is recorded here, so to, in the very end, would one known to us as Anti-Christ, of the final 7-year Tribulation period, ultimately fulfill this passage. It best corresponds with that which is written in Revelation chapter 13, when Anti-Christ is ‘made’ god and all are caused to worship him! After his 7 years, Jesus returns to take His rule! It’s what the Book is all about!

ForeverKingdom,
Harold F Crowell

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The End-Times Visions of Daniel

Read 263.) Daniel 7:1 thru 8:27. Coming to the end of Israel’s 70-year dispersion out of their Promised Land, we close with 3 final readings from Daniel. Chapter 7 opens with a time clue, which would likely be 552 BC. Daniel has a vision by means of a divine dream. This dream takes us to verse 14. And, the second half of the chapter is its interpretation given to Daniel. The dream is of 4 beasts rising up from out of all mankind upon the earth. These are the successive empires to be raised up by God, beginning with the one of which he is currently a part of, Babylon, the lion. Next, is a bear, representing the soon coming empire of the Medes and Persians, under Cyrus. The third, will be Greece, under Alexander the Great and his 4 generals. The 4th will be Rome. And, with verse 8, we have that one who will ultimately come to rise up and rule over a final world empire, and is known to us today, as the Anti-Christ. Verses 9 thru 11 are almost certainly a depiction of that which the Apostle John saw in Revelation 20:11-15, as the scene of Final Judgment before the Great White Throne! Verses 13 and 14, are then that of Jesus taking His rightful authority over all the earth and of His Kingdom. Verses 17 and 18 is a summary of all those first 14 verses. The interpretation contains even more details, in verses 23 thru 27. These speak of that One-World Empire under Anti-Christ’s rule in the end-times of the 7-year Tribulation period, leading up to the Return of Jesus Christ, and the setting up of His Millennial Kingdom, and then the Eternal State of Revelation chapters 21 and 22. Daniel chapter 2 and reading #220 is very similar. Compare the two. They speak of the very same end-times things!

Chapter 8 also has a time clue, and it’s likely 549 BC. This vision is somewhat similar, but more detailed. Verses 3 and 4 are Media-Persia, according to verse 20. Verses 5 thru 7 would be Greece, with verse 8 being Alexander the Great; and the 4 horns being his generals, among whom Greece was divided after Alexander died, says verses 21 and 22. Verses 9 thru 12 correspond with verses 23 thru 25. This is said to be Antiochus Epiphanes of the Seleucid Empire which followed, and the years 175 to 164 BC. A web search will confirm that who he was and what he did fulfills that which is told us here. Mention of the desecration of the sanctuary in the temple was fulfilled when Antiochus had a pig sacrificed on its altar. It would certainly appear that he is told to us, so as to be a type of the coming Anti-Christ in the end-times, as the second half of verse 25 seems to point right at the Anti-Christ, and of what we learn of him from the book of Revelation.

We’ve 2 more readings from Daniel. And, we are coming to the end of Israel’s 70-year dispersion out of their Promised Land. The story continues to advance, and behind all of it, God is going about His plan to bring forth Messiah. This is the Bible story, and it proves God’s existence, and that the Bible truly is His Word. It’s what the Book is all about!

ForeverKingdom,
Harold F Crowell

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