Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Introduction (BD00)

            'Book of Daniel'

Eze 14:14 "Even if these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they would deliver only themselves by their righteousness," says the Lord GOD.
   God proclaimed that Daniel was a righteous man along with Noah and Job. Not only that, Daniel was the only person referred to as the man greatly beloved of God (3 times) in the whole Bible.
Dan 10:11 And he said to me, "O Daniel, man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak to you, and stand upright, for I have now been sent to you." While he was speaking this word to me, I stood trembling.
Mat 24:15 "Therefore when you see the 'abomination of desolation,' spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place" (whoever reads, let him understand),
   When our Lord was teaching His disciples the Endtime signs, He told them to read the book of Daniel in order to understand the 'Abomination of Desolation' and the Endtime prophecies.

Mysteries Reveal in the last Days
Dan 12:8-9 Although I heard, I did not understand. Then I said, "My lord, what shall be the end of these things?" And he said, "Go your way, Daniel, for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.
   Since the Endtime mysteries were sealed until the last days, then theologians will not be able to understand Endtime prophecies. There is no wonder why they were unable to unveil the End time prophecies hidden from Daniel 11:29 onwards. They struggled to explain the meaning of the Fourth Beast, the little horn of the male goat, feet and toes of iron and clay, glorious woman in Rev 12, the two beasts in Rev 13, the Harlot in Rev 17-18 and the list goes on.
   Commentaries written more than thirty years ago concerning Endtime prophecies are bound to be erroneous. So brethren, do not refer nor consult them.
    Earlier prophecies in the book of Daniel were fulfilled in such great accuracy during the Grecian Empire that sceptics and professed believers alike, subscribed to the theory that the book of Daniel was a history record written after the events.
Wikipedia – The Book of Daniel is a biblical apocalypse, combining a prophecy of history with an eschatology (the study of last things) which is both cosmic in scope and political in its focus. ... In the Hebrew Bible it is found in the Ketuvim (writings or history), while in Christian Bibles it is grouped with the Major Prophets.
   
All those living in the last days should understand the Endtime prophecies and events instead of being an opportunist screaming at every strange heavenly sign, earthquake, calamity, plague, warfare, 4 blood moons, Planet X, Jewish feasts, and Jubilees; indirectly making themselves the false prophets.
   
I believe that this BD series will reveal in detail the coming World War 3, deadly natural calamities, and how God will empower Christians to perform great exploits resulting in the greatest harvest of souls ever. Prophecies will be so detailed and accurate that Satan will once again try to discredit Daniel's End-time prophecies as a historical record written after World War 3.

Destruction of Jerusalem (BD01)

             'Book of Daniel'

Dan 1:1-2 In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it.
  God warned the Israelites to repent of their wickedness but they kept rejecting Him.
Jer 35:15, 17 I have also sent to you all My servants the prophets, rising up early and sending them, saying, Turn now everyone from his evil way, amend your doings, and do not go after other gods to serve them; then you will dwell in the land which I have given you and your fathers. But you have not inclined your ear, nor obeyed Me... Therefore thus says the LORD God of hosts, the God of Israel: Behold, I will bring on Judah and on all the inhabitants of Jerusalem all the doom that I have pronounced against them; because I have spoken to them but they have not heard, and I have called to them but they have not answered.

Sins and Abominations of Israel
Jer 13.27 I have seen your adulteries and your lustful neighings, the lewdness of your harlotry, your abominations on the hills in the fields. Woe to you, O Jerusalem! Will you still not be made clean?
   Since Israel refused to repent and continue in its abominable practices, the Lord told Jeremiah not to pray for them anymore but to send Jerusalem to destruction.
Jer 11:12-14 Then the cities of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem will go and cry out to the gods to whom they offer incense, but they will not save them at all in the time of their trouble. For according to the number of your cities were your gods, O Judah; and according to the number of the streets of Jerusalem you have set up altars to that shameful thing, altars to burn incense to Baal. So do not pray for this people, or lift up a cry or prayer for them; for I will not hear them in the time that they cry out to Me because of their trouble.

Misled by false prophets
Jer 23:14 Also I have seen a horrible thing in the prophets of Jerusalem: They commit adultery and walk in lies; they also strengthen the hands of evildoers, so that  no one turns back from his wickedness. All of them are like Sodom to Me, and her inhabitants like Gomorrah.
    All these false prophets managed to annul the warnings and prophecies of Jeremiah; for itching ears desire blessings, peace, prosperity.
    Similarly, we have been hearing that God will bring great revivals and blessings to Malaysia for the last 30 years. It was also proclaimed that revival flowing from East Malaysia will take this country for Him. Instead, we see Islamisation of Sabah and Sarawak with many Christians having apostate. Our economy is spiralling downhill and the public is suffering. Where are those false prophets and prophetesses who have distracted us from the sins of the church?

Abominations of Churches
Churches are hoarding God's money in land, properties, stocks, fixed deposits, and investments thus depleting His resources to His many ministries. Churches are building their own financial empire. With such selfishness, where is unity? Covetous pastors and leaders are multimillionaires. Many churches have approved sodomy and gay marriages and with heresies rampant, it is difficult for bible believing Christians to survive.

1 Pet 4:17 For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?
Brethren, like Daniel, we should be confessing our sins. Fast and pray that church leaders will repent and see the truth, otherwise God will use World War 3 to judge them.

Why was Daniel not killed? (BD02)

                'Book of Daniel'

Dan 1:3, 6 Then the king instructed Ashpenaz, the master of his eunuchs, to bring some of the children of Israel and some of the king's descendants and some of the nobles... Now from among those of the sons of Judah were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah."
     Most of the Israelites were killed with just over 3,000 were taken as captives to Babylon out of possibly 1 million or more from Judah and Jerusalem. Is it by any chance that these were saved by divine intervention?

King's children, Priesthood killed
Jer 52:9-10, 14, 24 So they took the king and brought him up to the king of Babylon at Riblah in the land of Hamath, and he pronounced judgment on him. Then the king of Babylon killed the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes. And he killed all the princes of Judah in Riblah... And all the army of the Chaldeans who were with the captain of the guard broke down all the walls of Jerusalem all around... The captain of the guard took Seraiah the chief priest, Zephaniah the second priest, and the three doorkeepers.
    All the children of King Zedekiah along with some priesthood and Jewish leaders were killed.

Jer 27:8-9, 17 'And it shall be, that the nation and kingdom which will not serve Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, and which will not put its neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon, that nation I will punish,' says the LORD, 'with the sword, the famine, and the pestilence, until I have consumed them by his hand. Therefore do not listen to your prophets, your diviners, your dreamers, your soothsayers, or your sorcerers, who speak to you, saying, "You shall not serve the king of Babylon."... 'Do not listen to them; serve the king of Babylon, and live! Why should this city be laid waste?"
    Since Israel had rejected the many warnings to repent, the final prophecies by Jeremiah were the destruction of Jerusalem. God told the Israelites to surrender to King Nebuchadnezzar and to serve him for seventy years. All those who rejected His commands were killed.
    Although those who obeyed Jeremiah and those who surrendered were prevented from leaving Jerusalem, yet they together with Daniel were saved.
    Thank God that He is faithful to His words and promises.

Deliverance by God
2Pet 2:6-9 and turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them to destruction, making them an example to those who afterward would live ungodly; and delivered righteous Lot, who was oppressed by the filthy conduct of the wicked (for that righteous man, dwelling among them, tormented his righteous soul from day to day by seeing and hearing their lawless deeds) -- then the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust under punishment for the day of judgment,
    Just as God had delivered the righteous Lot and 3000 Israelites from death, He will also deliver Christians, who have kept His words, who have believed in the destruction of Jerusalem in World War 3,  and those who have trusted His Endtime prophecies.
Luke 21:20-22, 24 "But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation is near. Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those who are in the midst of her depart, and let not those who are in the country enter her. For these are the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled... And they will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led away captive into all nations. And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled."

Monday, 16 April 2018

The Wise Jewish Youths (BD03)

               'Book of Daniel'

Dan 1:3-4 Then the king instructed Ashpenaz, the master of his eunuchs, to bring some of the children of Israel and some of the king's descendants and some of the nobles, young men in whom there was no blemish, but good-looking, gifted in all wisdom, possessing knowledge and quick to understand, who had ability to serve in the king's palace, and whom they might teach the language and literature of the Chaldeans.
    All Jewish youths were supposed to be educated and knowledgeable in the laws of God for every parent is mandated to teach their children. In fact, Jewish children are supposed to memorise and to understand Moses' laws.
    Then how come that so few youths were saved?
Deu 11:18-19 "Therefore you shall lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up."

Rejecting God's Will
Jer 35:15 "I have also sent to you all My servants the prophets, rising up early and sending them, saying, 'Turn now everyone from his evil way, amend your doings, and do not go after other gods to serve them; then you will dwell in the land which I have given you and your fathers.' But you have not inclined your ear, nor obeyed Me.
    Since Israel refused to obey the word of God and to repent of their evil ways, the Israelites would not teach their children the word of God, which they had rejected. Without the word of God and the truth, these youths could not believe that it was God's will for Jerusalem to be conquered by the Babylonians.

Jer 27:14-15, 17 "Therefore do not listen to the words of the prophets who speak to you, saying, 'You shall not serve the king of Babylon,' for they prophesy a lie to you; for I have not sent them," says the LORD, "yet they prophesy a lie in My name, that I may drive you out, and that you may perish, you and the prophets who prophesy to you... 'Do not listen to them; serve the king of Babylon, and live! Why should this city be laid waste?"
    All those who believed the false prophets promising victories, peace and God's deliverance were all killed trying to fight off the enemies.
    Simirlarly, Christians who cannot believe that it is God's will that Jerusalem, US, UK and EU (former Christian nations) will be destroyed by Iran in the coming World War 3, will not teach nor talk about this truth. They would rather embrace lies and false prophecies of peace, blessings and prosperity.

Submitting to God's Will
Dan 9:2 in the first year of his reign I, Daniel, understood by the books the number of the years specified by the word of the LORD through Jeremiah the prophet, that He would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem.
    Knowing that it was God's will for them to serve the Babylonians for seventy years, these Jewish youths had decided to live in peace and serve the Babylonians faithfully as though they were serving God. Because of their peace and faithfulness, they were treated more favourably than those from other nations.
Jer 29:6-7 Take wives and beget sons and daughters; and take wives for your sons and give your daughters to husbands, so that they may bear sons and daughters -- that you may be increased there, and not diminished. And seek the peace of the city where I have caused you to be carried away captive, and pray to the LORD for it; for in its peace you will have peace."

Mission for Daniel (BD04)

           'Book of Daniel'

Dan 1:5-6 And the king appointed for them a daily provision of the king's delicacies and of the wine which he drank, and three years of training for them, so that at the end of that time they might serve before the king. Now from among those of the sons of Judah were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah.

God had shown to Daniel and the Israelites the vision that
1. the Babylonians would conquer Jerusalem and burned it to the ground,
2. the Israelites would be taken as captives to Babylon for seventy years,
3. not to listen to false prophets.

and also their missions that
1. they must serve the Babylonians,
2. settle down and bear children,
3. live in peace with all.

With these visions and missions, the Israelites were able to live peacefully in exile while joyfully and faithfully serving the Babylonians.
   Whereas this captives from the other nations will be living in sorrows, pains and hatred for the death of their beloved family members and friends, the destruction of their cities and countries and the present sufferings. They would be planning revenge and rebellion.

Amos 3:7-8 Surely the Lord GOD does nothing, unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets. A lion has roared! Who will not fear? The Lord GOD has spoken! Who can but prophesy?
   God kept His words that He would reveal His secrets and plans to His prophets before He put them into action.
Note – many prophets had prophesied the destruction of Jerusalem because of the Israelites refusal to repent of their sins, idolatry, abominable practices, etc.
Hos 4:1-3 Hear the word of the LORD, you children of Israel, for the LORD brings a charge against the inhabitants of the land: "There is no truth or mercy or knowledge of God in the land. By swearing and lying, killing and stealing and committing adultery, they break all restraint, with bloodshed upon bloodshed... My people ask counsel from their wooden idols, and their staff informs them. For the spirit of harlotry has caused [them] to stray, And they have played the harlot against their God.

Heb 1:1-2 God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds;
   I thank God that our Lord Jesus has revealed all the coming events in the prophecies found in the four Gospels, Epistles, etc.
   I thank God that He has also given us the Spirit of truth to teach us all things and guide us into all truth.
John 14:26; 26:13 "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you...However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come."

Mission for Endtime Christians
Simirlarly, like Daniel, Christians who know their God and given the vision of the coming World War 3 will be looking forward to do great exploits. They know that God with signs and wonders, will empower them to care, nurse, feed, heal, etc. for all those badly affected by World War 3 resulting to hundreds of millions being saved. They will be rejoicing while discipling all these new converts so that they can overcome the coming deceptions of the Antichrist during the wrath of Satan and are found worthy to become the bride of the Lamb.

Daniel's Righteousness (BD05)

              'Book of Daniel'

Dan 1:5-6, 8 And the king appointed for them a daily provision of the king's delicacies and of the wine which he drank, and three years of training for them, so that at the end of that time they might serve before the king. Now from among those of the sons of Judah were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah... But *Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank;* therefore he requested of the chief of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.
   Though Daniel was living in luxury and sharing the goodies meant for the king, yet he stayed faithful to His belief in Yahweh. He would rather be a vegetarian than eating the delicious food which was unclean. No wonder he was considered a righteous man along with Noah and Job in Eze 14:14, 20.
   Unfortunately, many Christians today call some abominations as blessings from God because they enjoy indulging in the lusts and sinful practices.
Luke 16:14-15 Now the Pharisees, who were lovers of money, also heard all these things, and they derided Him. And He said to them, "You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God.
Dan 1:10,12-14 And the chief of the eunuchs said to Daniel, "I fear my lord the king, who has appointed your food and drink. For why should he see your faces looking worse than the young men who are your age? Then you would endanger my head before the king."... "Please test your servants for ten days, and let them give us vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then let our appearance be examined before you, and the appearance of the young men who eat the portion of the king's delicacies; and as you see fit, so deal with your servants." So he consented with them in this matter, and tested them ten days.
   Daniel, a man of wisdom, pleaded with the eunuch who was in charge to test him for only ten days. If his appearance was worse than the others, he would submit to whatever decision the eunuch imposed.
   Daniel did not mention Yahweh for he knew that no gentile will believe Yahweh is the Almighty God because the Israelites were defeated by the Babylonians, whose God was supposedly greater and more powerful.
   Similarly, a sinning Christian (drunkard, gambler, drug addict, etc.) is not effective in preaching His gospel while drinking or gambling. Until he has repented and has been transformed, will his testimonies be effective for then, the non-believers can see the miracles of our Almighty God working in him.

Dan 1:14-16 So he consented with them in this matter, and tested them ten days. And at the end of ten days their features appeared better and fatter in flesh than all the young men who ate the portion of the king's delicacies. Thus the steward took away their portion of delicacies and the wine that they were to drink, and gave them vegetables.
   Non believers can only believe what they can see. So, when the eunuch saw that the four Jews were healthier than the others, he was convinced and allowed them to be vegetarians.
Note – as Christians, we should walk by faith in the word of God and no longer by sight.
John 20:29 Jesus said to him, "Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed."

Mat 5:6 "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled."
   Whenever a Christian sincerely wants to be righteous by obeying His words and will, God will be delighted to fulfil his desire.

Wisdom of Jewish Youths (BD06)

Dan 1:17 As for these four young men, God gave them knowledge and skill in all literature and wisdom; and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.
   These four Jewish youths were prepared to suffer by keeping God’s commandments for they feared God more than the king. So, God fulfilled their righteous desires and also fulfilled His promise that they would be granted knowledge, understanding and wisdom, when they kept His words.
Psalm 111:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; a good understanding have all those who do His commandments. His praise endures forever.

and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams
However, Daniel the leader of the four was given extra gifting for he was able to understand all visions and dreams. Brethren, walk out your faith in the word of God and just like Daniel, you may be found worthy of getting extra gifting or anointing, for faith without works is dead. (Jam 2:20, 26)

2 King 19:10-12 “Thus you shall speak to Hezekiah king of Judah, saying: ‘Do not let your God in whom you trust deceive you, saying, “Jerusalem shall not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria. Look! You have heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all lands by utterly destroying them; and shall you be delivered? Have the gods of the nations delivered those whom my fathers have destroyed, Gozan and Haran and Rezeph, and the people of Eden who were in Telassar?’
   God empowered Daniel with the gifts of understanding visions and dreams so that these could convince King Nebuchadnezzar that Yahweh is the Almighty God, the Creator of heaven and earth. The God of Israel was considered inferior to the gods of the Babylonians, who were the conquerors.
  
Dan 2:9-11 “if you do not make known the dream to me, there is only one decree for you! For you have agreed to speak lying and corrupt words before me till the time has changed. Therefore tell me the dream, and I shall know that you can give me its interpretation.” The Chaldeans answered the king, and said, “There is not a man on earth who can tell the king’s matter; therefore no king, lord, or ruler has ever asked such things of any magician, astrologer, or Chaldean. It is a difficult thing that the king requests, and there is no other who can tell it to the king except the gods, whose dwelling is not with flesh.

Dan 1:19-20 Then the king interviewed them, and among them all none was found like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah; therefore they served before the king. And in all matters of wisdom and understanding about which the king examined them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers who were in all his realm.
   With the Torah (Pentateuch or the first 5 books of Moses) hidden in their hearts, this was God’s knowledge and wisdom guiding these youths to great understanding.
Note – we can now understand why the Jews are so brilliant. It is the word of God (the Law and the Prophets) guiding them into knowledge and wisdom, leading them to many types of discovery and great understanding.
   Brethren, if you want God’s wisdom, knowledge and understanding for your children, get them to abide in His words; our Lord’s Jesus teachings and the epistles. Then, they will be like Daniel and his friends and also Timothy in the NT.
1 Tim 4:12-13 Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity. Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.