VIDEO Today and Forever – Daniel’s Vision of the Four Beasts

But the saints of the Most High shall receive the kingdom, and possess the kingdom forever, even forever and ever. Daniel 7:18

The most well-known prayer in history is undoubtedly the “Lord’s Prayer” that Jesus taught His disciples to pray in Matthew 6:9-13. In that prayer, the most resonant line might be, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven” (verse 10, KJV). Jesus was teaching His disciples to pray for God’s authority to rule over all the earth.

What was behind those words? Jesus knew He was “the Son of Man” who was given the kingdom by the “Ancient of Days” (Daniel 7:13). And He knew that in Daniel’s vision, that kingdom would be given to “the saints of the Most High” who would possess it forever and ever (verse 18). Indeed, besides telling His disciples to pray for that actualization, Jesus confirmed that their prayer would be answered: “Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom” (Luke 12:32). The anticipation of the reality of “Thy kingdom come” should be a source of great confidence and joy.

Don’t lose hope in this world. If you are Christ’s, His kingdom is yours—today and forever.

Before we can pray, “Lord, Thy Kingdom come,” we must be willing to pray, “My kingdom go.” Alan Redpath


Daniel 7 • Daniel’s Vision of the Four Beasts

Amazing Skill

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.  Psalm 139:14

 

The leader of our college singing group directed the group and accompanied us on the piano at the same time, skillfully balancing those responsibilities. At the close of one concert, he looked particularly weary, so I asked him if he was okay. He responded, “I’ve never had to do that before.” Then he explained. “The piano was so out of tune that I had to play the whole concert in two different keys—my left hand playing in one key and my right hand in another!” I was blown away by the startling skill he displayed, and I was amazed at the One who creates humans to be capable of such things.

King David expressed an even greater sense of wonder when he wrote, “Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it” (Psalm 139:14 nlt). Whether in people’s abilities or nature’s marvels, the wonders of creation point us to the majesty of our Creator.

One day, when we’re in God’s presence, people from every generation will worship Him with the words, “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being” (Revelation 4:11). The amazing skills God gives us and the great beauty God has created are ample reason to worship Him.

By:  Bill Crowder

 

Righteous Redemption

Romans 3:21-31

Ever since the Garden of Eden, mankind has been tainted by sin. The bad choices we make each day are merely symptoms of the bigger problem—our fleshly nature. But sin has no place in the pure and holy presence of God. As a result, Romans 6:23 says, “The wages of sin is death,” and there’s nothing we can do to change that. In other words, left to fend for ourselves, we’re doomed to eternal separation from God.

But the Father, in His amazing love for us, sent His only Son as the solution to our problem. Fully man and fully God, Jesus lived a perfect life and died on the cross for us. He took our sin and endured excruciating suffering and separation from the Father. He took our place and our punishment, dying a criminal’s death on the cross to save us. Three days later, He rose again, conquering sin and death.

Out of love, the Savior overcame our dreadful fate and offered us eternal life instead. This great salvation is available to all who believe that Christ is Lord, He died on the cross for our sin, and He rose from the grave. Don’t wait—put your trust in Jesus today.

Glorious Holiness

“Who is like unto thee, O Lord, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?” (Exodus 15:11)

Our finite minds would never grasp the idea of holiness if not for the revelation granted to us in the Scriptures. God’s “separateness” requires even the awesome four-faced, sixwinged Seraphim to “rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, LORD God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come” (Revelation 4:8).

Samuel’s gentle mother, praying before the tabernacle, was no doubt moved by the Spirit of God to proclaim, “There is none holy as the LORD: for there is none beside thee” (1 Samuel 2:2). Her short statement of faith is the core of holiness—the separate unique character that only the Creator of the universe can possess.

Those who have been “born again” (John 3:3) are called “saints” (Romans 1:7) when they were “created in righteousness and true holiness” (Ephesians 4:24). Our “holiness” is part of the “gift of God” from the One who is holy, “without which no man shall see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14).

Because our Creator, Lord, and King is “righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works” (Psalm 145:17), it should come as no surprise that “as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:15-16).

The “great and precious promises” (2 Peter 1:4) given to us by our gracious Lord are the spiritual means by which we can “cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God” (2 Corinthians 7:1). Our destiny is sure. Our duty is clear. “Yet shall I be glorious in the eyes of the Lord, and my God shall be my strength” (Isaiah 49:5). HMM III

Use Spiritual Discernment

She therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?

—1 Kings 3:9

 

 

That so-called Bible religion in our times is suffering rapid decline is so evident as to need no proof, but just what has brought about this decline is not so easy to discover. I can only say that I have observed one significant lack among evangelical Christians which might turn out to be the real cause of most of our spiritual troubles. Of course, if that were true, then the supplying of that lack would be our most critical need.

The great deficiency to which I refer is the lack of spiritual discernment, especially among our leaders. How there can be so much Bible knowledge and so little insight, so little moral penetration, is one of the enigmas of the religious world today….

If not the greatest need, then surely one of the greatest is for the appearance of Christian leaders with prophetic vision. We desperately need seers who can see through the mist. Unless they come soon, it will be too late for this generation. And if they do come, we will no doubt crucify a few of them in the name of our worldly orthodoxy. But the cross is always the harbinger of the resurrection.   WTA111-112

Therefore give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil. Amen.

 

Expect…Receive

And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.

—Luke 1:45

 

Expectation has always been present in the Church in the times of her greatest power. When she believed, she expected, and her Lord never disappointed her….

Every great movement of God in history, every unusual advance in the Church, every revival, has been preceded by a sense of keen anticipation. Expectation accompanied the operations of the Spirit always. His bestowals hardly surprised His people because they were gazing expectantly toward the risen Lord and looking confidently for His word to be fulfilled. His blessings accorded with their expectations….

We need today a fresh spirit of anticipation that springs out of the promises of God. We must declare war on the mood of nonexpectation and come together with childlike faith. Only then can we know again the beauty and wonder of the Lord’s presence among us. GTM168, 170

We are to do all things to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31). This includes our pleasures….The only question is, what is God’s will for us in each matter? We are never to abandon our God-given common sense in the victorious life. PRL309

 

The Prelude to Calvary

Matthew 26:30

On the holy night in the Upper Room with Jesus and His disciples, we listen to His immortal words that float as music through the night air, and finally to His moving prayer. As we put our ears and our hearts up close to the door of that room, there is one more sound that falls on our ears. Suddenly, all those in the room rise and burst into song. Matthew and Mark both record this moment for us: “When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives” (Matthew 26:30; Mark 14:26).

If only we knew the words they sang as the shadows grew heavy in the dim light of that Upper Room. Those words would be forever sacred. We would want to ponder them, meditate upon their timeless truth and make them a part of our own devotional experience. If only we knew what Jesus sang with His disciples there on that night of nights.

But we do know the very words Jesus and His disciples sang. At the Passover meal, the Hallel Psalms were sung—Psalms 113-118. They were psalms of praise that every Jewish boy had to memorize. Psalms 113 and 114 were sung near the beginning of the observance, saving Psalms 115 through 118 for a later point. At the end of the feast, the great Hallel Psalm 136 rang out from grateful hearts.

It is a salutary devotional exercise for the Christian to read these psalms and consider the words that were actually on the lips of our Lord as He prepared to go out to Calvary. Together He and the disciples stood and sang words of courage: “The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” (Ps. 118:6). “The Lord is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation”

(Ps. 118:14). In confidence they sang, “This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it” (Ps. 118:24). And in gratitude they exclaimed, “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! His love endures forever” (Ps. 136:1).

The music of these psalms was the prelude to Calvary. With these words of praise and confidence, Jesus went on His way to the cross. The medley of praise which the Lord with His disciples sang is one of the hidden highlights of inspiration in the Bible.

Music is to the soul as air is to the body. It was Bach who said the purpose of his music “should be none else but the glory of God,” inscribing at the top of his manuscripts Soli Deo Gloria (to God alone the glory). Our Lord knew the devotional expression of music, and for Him it was a source of strength and inspiration as He journeyed to the cross.

Henry Gariepy, Forty Days with the Savior