The End (Part 3)
- Brent Davie
- Daniel in the Lion’s Den
Are you a proud Kiwi?
- If so, why?
- We are great at “punching above our weight” e.g. being the underdogs.
- There’s a few stories in the Bible about the underdog winning.
Daniel 12: The End Times
- That we are protected people
- That there will be
- everlasting life,
- everlasting death,
- pain for followers of Jesus,
- unknown time for the end of the world,
- some people made clean,
- some people continue to be wicked,
- time of rest after death,
- inheritance to come
Daniel 12 vv8 & 9
- I heard, but I did not understand. So I asked, “My lord, what will the outcome of all this be?”
- He replied, “Go your way, Daniel because the words are rolled up and sealed until the time of the end.”
Daniel 12 v 13
- We love the end of this story.
- But would you stand firm during the bad time, in order to win through to the end?
- Daniel and the Scary Sleepover
- “We will never find any basis for charges against this man Daniel.”
- His reputation was impeccable.
- They had to change the law, in order to trip him up.
1 Peter 5:8
- Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
- The devil wanted Daniel.
- He also wants you.
- The Vine and the Branches
- Apart from remaining in fellowship with Jesus, we have no strength to repel the Devil.
- “Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room… and prayed…”
- No hesitation, no crisis of faith, no blaming God, no “oh woe is me”, no speeches.
- He would rather die, than not pray for 30 days.
How’s your prayer life today?
- 3 times a day?
- 3 times a year?
Options for Daniel
- Pray in secrecy?
- Delay prayer for 30 days?
- Daniel recognized that to do so, would have made God less than #1 in his life.
Daniel and the Scary Sleepover
- God would keep on rescuing his people. And the time was coming when God would send another brave Hero, like Daniel, who would love God and do what He said – whatever it cost him, even if it meant he would die.
- And together they would pull off the Greatest Rescue the World has ever known.