Most Americans no longer attend church, but most believe in the return of Jesus Christ, so there is interest in the apocalypse. Apocalyptic literature is about the end times. Simply explained: One day God will come and rid the world of evil and set up His eternal kingdom. When stated this simply we see the relevance of the apocalyptic chapters of Daniel today, for we live in a, “Present evil age” (Gal 1:4), from which we look to God for deliverance.
Dan 7:13 reads, “One like a Son of Man coming with the clouds of heaven” (13). Who is this cloud rider? The psalmist says he is God, “Sing to God, sing praise to his name, extol him who rides on the clouds,” (68:4), and, “He makes the clouds his chariot and rides on the wings of the wind,” (104:3).
When Jesus was on earth He taught the Kingdom of God was at hand. After ascending into heaven God enthroned Him above all creation, and the Kingdom of God began. At the apocalypse Jesus will return on the clouds, (Rev 1:7). Therefore, the cloud rider is also Jesus. In the end God wins, and if you know Jesus Christ personally you win too.
Victory in Jesus,
As a Christian we have questions. One of them is, considering the turmoil we live in, how can I be an inspiring Christian? Begin by realizing that turmoil is not new. For instance the Book of Daniel shows Daniel had his share of it. Two verses from chapter six show how he responded: “Daniel so distinguished himself among the administrators and the satraps by his exceptional qualities” (3), and, “Three times a day got down on his knees and prayed giving thanks to his God” (10).
Do you want to be an inspiring Christian? Be a Daniel! Emulate him in every situation of your life. Whether you are in your home, with your family, a friend, a stranger, at work, or just walking in the park, be a Daniel! Wherever your feet take you, whatever you put your hand to, so distinguish yourself among others that you give glory God. Also, establish a habit of daily giving God your praise through the day, and do this despite whatever is going on around you.
Be a Daniel and you will inspire others with your Christianity. I’m reminded of a saying by Oswald Chambers, “Give your utmost for his highest.”
Giving My Utmost,
Can God change his law? A difficult question, for in one sense we want to say yes; because God is above everything, and is not bound by his own laws. However, God’s Law is the perfect expression of his character. Therefore, God knows the consequence of His Laws before He ever enacted them. The perfection of God’s Law is seen in Psalm 19:7-11:
The law of the Lord is perfect,
Reviving the soul.
The statues of the Lord are trustworthy,
Making wise the simple.
The precepts of the LORD are right,
Giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the LORD are radiant,
Giving light to the eyes.
The fear of the LORD is pure,
The ordinances of the LORD are sure
And altogether righteous.
They are more precious than gold,
Than much pure gold;
They are sweeter than honey,
Than honey from the comb.
By them is your servant warned;
In keeping them there is great reward.
Trust in his ways,
The city of Babylon from the beginning was a rebellious city, for it was founded by Nimrod; his name meant, “A rebel against God.” Despite the city’s rebellious history, God used the Babylonians to punish Israel for their disobedience. However, the Babylonians went too far and God brought the empire to an end (Cf. Daniel 5).
Babylon was destroyed, but if you read ahead to the Book of Revelation you find that, “Babylon” is still with us, (Cf. 17:5, 7; 18:2, 10). Babylon is the satanic system of the end times that will seduce the world’s people to live for pleasure and entice them to reject God. One doesn’t have to look too hard, at our various forms of media, to conclude that Babylon’s rebellion is still with us.
What lesson can we learn from Babylon of the past and Babylon of the future? We can say, “Straight ahead of us lies yesterday.” If we refuse to learn from the reasons God destroyed Babylon centuries ago, then we will welcome the Babylon of Revelation with open arms. What excuses will we have when God destroys the rebellious Babylon we live in, and for today?
“Its Déjà vu all over again,”