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The Great Tribulation

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The Book of the Prophet Daniel

“But you, Daniel, shut up the words and seal the book, until the time of the end.”
Daniel 12:4

Chapter 12:1-13                                  The Great Tribulation  

1.  "At that time shall arise Michael, the great prince who has charge of your people. And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never has been since there was a nation till that time. But at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone whose name shall be found written in the book. 
2.  And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. 
3.  And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever. 
4.  But you, Daniel, shut up the words and seal the book, until the time of the end. Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase." 
5.  Then I, Daniel, looked, and behold, two others stood, one on this bank of the stream and one on that bank of the stream. 
6.  And someone said to the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the stream, "How long shall it be till the end of these wonders?" 
7.  And I heard the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the stream; he raised his right hand and his left hand toward heaven and swore by him who lives forever that it would be for a time, times, and half a time, and that when the shattering of the power of the holy people comes to an end all these things would be finished. 
8.  I heard, but I did not understand. Then I said, "O my lord, what shall be the outcome of these things?" 
9.  He said, "Go your way, Daniel, for the words are shut up and sealed until the time of the end. 
10.  Many shall purify themselves and make themselves white and be refined, but the wicked shall act wickedly. And none of the wicked shall understand, but those who are wise shall understand. 
11.  And from the time that the regular burnt offering is taken away and the abomination that makes desolate is set up, there shall be 1,290 days. 
12.  Blessed is he who waits and arrives at the 1,335 days. 
13.  But go your way till the end. And you shall rest and shall stand in your allotted place at the end of the days." 
                                    

The Antichrist

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The Book of the Prophet Daniel

“But you, Daniel, shut up the words and seal the book, until the time of the end.”
Daniel 12:4

Chapter 11:36-45                                       The Antichrist

36.  "And the king shall do as he wills. He shall exalt himself and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak astonishing things against the God of gods. He shall prosper till the indignation is accomplished; for what is decreed shall be done. 
37.  He shall pay no attention to the gods of his fathers, or to the one beloved by women (or the desire of women, KJV, ASV). He shall not pay attention to any other god, for he shall magnify himself above all. 
38.  He shall honor the god of fortresses instead of these. A god whom his fathers did not know he shall honor with gold and silver, with precious stones and costly gifts. 
39.  He shall deal with the strongest fortresses with the help of a foreign god. Those who acknowledge him he shall load with honor. He shall make them rulers over many and shall divide the land for a price. 
40.  "At the time of the end, the king of the south shall attack him, but the king of the north shall rush upon him like a whirlwind, with chariots and horsemen, and with many ships. And he shall come into countries and shall overflow and pass through. 
41.  He shall come into the glorious land. And tens of thousands shall fall, but these shall be delivered out of his hand: Edom and Moab and the main part of the Ammonites. 
42.  He shall stretch out his hand against the countries, and the land of Egypt shall not escape. 
43.  He shall become ruler of the treasures of gold and of silver, and all the precious things of Egypt, and the Libyans and the Cushites shall follow in his train. 
44.  But news from the east and the north shall alarm him, and he shall go out with great fury to destroy and devote many to destruction. 
45.  And he shall pitch his palatial tents between the sea and the glorious holy mountain. Yet he shall come to his end, with none to help him. 

The former verses of 33-35 are applicable to God´s true people at any time, who face the world and its temptations, right up to the time of the end. During the tribulation period, faithful Jews will appear and stand true to God. In verse 36, Gabriel suddenly switches from the story of one personality to another.  With verse 32, he brings the narrative of Antiochus Epiphanes to an end. In verse 35, he points to the time of the end and in the verses before us, he turns from the prototype, whose character in so many ways resembled his final counterpart, to the Man of Sin himself, the Antichrist. By the way, Antiochus Epiphanes, was not the original, given name of this Seleucid king of Syria, but was the name that he assumed, when he usurped the throne from the rightful heir. Epiphanes means God manifested, another detail, resembling the presumptive, blasphemous arrogance of the Antichrist, described in verse 36.

King of the North

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The Book of the Prophet Daniel

“But you, Daniel, shut up the words and seal the book, until the time of the end.”
Daniel 12:4

Chapter 11:1-35                                       King of the North

1.  "And as for me, in the first year of Darius the Mede, I stood up to confirm and strengthen him. 
2.  "And now I will show you the truth. Behold, three more kings shall arise in Persia, and a fourth shall be far richer than all of them. And when he has become strong through his riches, he shall stir up all against the kingdom of Greece. 
3.  Then a mighty king shall arise, who shall rule with great dominion and do as he wills. 
4.  And as soon as he has arisen, his kingdom shall be broken and divided toward the four winds of heaven, but not to his posterity, nor according to the authority with which he ruled, for his kingdom shall be plucked up and go to others besides these. 
5.  "Then the king of the south shall be strong, but one of his princes shall be stronger than he and shall rule, and his authority shall be a great authority. 
6.  After some years they shall make an alliance, and the daughter of the king of the south shall come to the king of the north to make an agreement. But she shall not retain the strength of her arm, and he and his arm shall not endure, but she shall be given up, and her attendants, he who fathered her, and he who supported her in those times. 
7.  "And from a branch from her roots one shall arise in his place. He shall come against the army and enter the fortress of the king of the north, and he shall deal with them and shall prevail. 
8.  He shall also carry off to Egypt their gods with their metal images and their precious vessels of silver and gold, and for some years he shall refrain from attacking the king of the north. 
9.  Then the latter shall come into the realm of the king of the south but shall return to his own land. 
10.  "His sons shall wage war and assemble a multitude of great forces, which shall keep coming and overflow and pass through, and again shall carry the war as far as his fortress. 
11.  Then the king of the south, moved with rage, shall come out and fight against the king of the north. And he shall raise a great multitude, but it shall be given into his hand. 
12.  And when the multitude is taken away, his heart shall be exalted, and he shall cast down tens of thousands, but he shall not prevail. 
13.  For the king of the north shall again raise a multitude, greater than the first. And after some years he shall come on with a great army and abundant supplies. 
14.  "In those times many shall rise against the king of the south, and the violent among your own people shall lift themselves up in order to fulfill the vision, but they shall fail. 
15.  Then the king of the north shall come and throw up siegeworks and take a well-fortified city. And the forces of the south shall not stand, or even his best troops, for there shall be no strength to stand. 
16.  But he who comes against him shall do as he wills, and none shall stand before him. And he shall stand in the glorious land, with destruction in his hand. 
17.  He shall set his face to come with the strength of his whole kingdom, and he shall bring terms of an agreement and perform them. He shall give him the daughter of women to destroy the kingdom, but it shall not stand or be to his advantage. 
18.  Afterward he shall turn his face to the coastlands and shall capture many of them, but a commander shall put an end to his insolence. Indeed, he shall turn his insolence back upon him. 
19.  Then he shall turn his face back toward the fortresses of his own land, but he shall stumble and fall, and shall not be found. 
20.  "Then shall arise in his place one who shall send an exactor of tribute for the glory of the kingdom. But within a few days he shall be broken, neither in anger nor in battle. 

Martin Luther and God’s Law

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(click to see Luther's quote in larger print)
I am about half-way through reading Luther's commentary on Galatians for the second time. I read it many years ago and I find things of high value for Christians, especially in our day, and I feel obligated to pass them on. I want to lay before you Luther's claim that the Law must be implemented in evangelism. I hope the reader will understand that I am not talking about keeping the law, but using it to show the sinner that he is guilty before God.

For several decades, Ray Comfort has been trying to reestablish this same principle in the church. I, for one, believe him and hopefully, God´s people will understand and accept his affirmation as Bible truth. Of course, he is not the only one, who sees this need in our day. There are men and churches that have never departed from proclaiming the Law in conjunction with the preaching of the gospel, but unfortunately, they have mostly gone unnoticed.

You Are Greatly Beloved

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The Book of the Prophet Daniel

“But you, Daniel, shut up the words and seal the book, until the time of the end.”
Daniel 12:4

Chapter 10:1-21                                 You Are Greatly Beloved

1.  In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a word was revealed to Daniel, who was named Belteshazzar. And the word was true, and it was a great conflict. And he understood the word and had understanding of the vision. 
2.  In those days I, Daniel, was mourning for three weeks. 
3.  I ate no delicacies, no meat or wine entered my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, for the full three weeks. 
4.  On the twenty-fourth day of the first month, as I was standing on the bank of the great river (that is, the Tigris) 
5.  I lifted up my eyes and looked, and behold, a man clothed in linen, with a belt of fine gold from Uphaz around his waist. 
6.  His body was like beryl, his face like the appearance of lightning, his eyes like flaming torches, his arms and legs like the gleam of burnished bronze, and the sound of his words like the sound of a multitude. 
7.  And I, Daniel, alone saw the vision, for the men who were with me did not see the vision, but a great trembling fell upon them, and they fled to hide themselves. 
8.  So I was left alone and saw this great vision, and no strength was left in me. My radiant appearance was fearfully changed, and I retained no strength. 
9.  Then I heard the sound of his words, and as I heard the sound of his words, I fell on my face in deep sleep with my face to the ground. 
10.  And behold, a hand touched me and set me trembling on my hands and knees. 

Two years had passed since the vision of chapter 9 took place. In the first chapter (v.21), we saw that Daniel’s governmental position continued through the first year of King Cyrus. He is still alive, of course, but now he can dedicate his time to prayer for the deliverance and well-being of his people. Daniel has seen truth, and the full force of the understanding of truth often brings conflict to the human heart… Daniel said that the truth revealed to him was great conflict and he entered that conflict. For that reason, some prefer to be left in the dark.