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Promise Made is A Promise Kept!

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God answers Daniel's prayer about Israel's future by giving him a timeline of events that will come to pass.

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Tourist vs Busboy

- it started with some of the news outlets providing this “service” (although who is fact-checking them could be contemplated as well)…
- but now we have candidates that are offering fact-checking for their opponents claims in real time…
- “just go to my website and see how many of my opponent’s statements can almost immediately be shown to be false…
- and therefore – their promises can’t be trusted…”
- even a cursory review of the results is amazing…and if only a fraction of what the fact checkers is saying is true – you just scratch your head about whose statements you can really believe, and whose promises you can trust…
- now, before we get too cynical about that – what would happen if you or I had someone doing immediate fact checking of every word that came out of our mouths?...
- that might be an interesting exercise in humility…(or embarrassment…)

In Christianity Today, Philip Yancey writes:

I remember my first visit to Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park. Rings of Japanese and German tourists surrounded the geyser, their video cameras trained like weapons on the famous hole in the ground. A large, digital clock stood beside the spot, predicting 24 minutes until the next eruption.

My wife and I passed the countdown in the dining room of Old Faithful Inn overlooking the geyser. When the digital clock reached one minute, we, along with every other diner, left our seats and rushed to the windows to see the big, wet event.

I noticed that immediately, as if on signal, a crew of busboys and waiters descended on the tables to refill water glasses and clear away dirty dishes. When the geyser went off, we tourists oohed and aahed and clicked our cameras; a few spontaneously applauded. But, glancing back over my shoulder, I saw that not a single waiter or busboy—not even those who had finished their chores—looked out the huge windows. Old Faithful, grown entirely too familiar, had lost its power to impress them.

Few things are more quickly taken for granted than God’s faithfulness. But few things are more important. God’s faithfulness deserves our untiring praise and wonder.

- and what if there was some kind of truth meter pasted right on our foreheads with degrees of truthfulness on some sort of sliding scale?...
- well, that statement was mostly correct...that was a slight exaggeration…
- that was a stretcher…that was just out and out falsehood…
- and then if we threw in a grammatical accuracy meter…
- or put all of our e-mails or social media posts to the same test…
- the question of why we should really believe anyone’s promises…not just politician’s….but anyone’s would be pretty sobering for sure…
- now, please think about this…
I think far too often we approach God’s Faithfulness more like the busboys, than we do the tourists…we loose sight of the fact that God is always faithful to act upon His Word…we come to church and hear the Scriptures expounded to us and we might be challenged by it for a day or maybe even a week if we are really spiritual…but far too often we go about the day to day operations of life not thinking about how faithful God is to do what He said He would do.
- what would happen if we put the Word of God to the same test…
- regarding every promise the Lord has ever made…
- even it sounded hard to believe at the time…or even impossible for what was being promised to come to pass…
- here’s what some of the great heroes of the faith said about that…
Moses - - The Lord has today declared you to be His people, a treasured possession, as He promised you…Joshua - - Not one of the good promises which the Lord had made to the house of Israel failed; all came to pass. Solomon - - Blessed be the Lord, who has given rest to His people Israel, according to all that He promised; not one word has failed of all His good promise, which He promised through Moses His servant. Jeremiah - - and the Lord has brought it on and done just as He promised. Because you people sinned against the Lord and did not listen to His voice, therefore this thing has happened to you. Paul (regarding Abraham) - - … yet, with respect to the promise of God, he did not waver in unbelief but grew strong in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully assured that what God had promised, He was able also to perform. Paul (to Titus) - - Paul, a bond-servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the faith of those chosen of God and the knowledge of the truth which is according to godliness, in the hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised long ages ago…Author of Hebrews - - Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; Peter - - For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust. - The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. - This is the promise which He Himself made to us: eternal life.
- aren’t you glad, especially in this day and age in which we live, that we have a God whose promises can be trusted?...
- here’s the way Paul said it to the Corinthians… - For as many as are the promises of God, in Him they are yes; therefore also through Him is our Amen to the glory of God through us.
this morning we find ourselves in …if you are new with us, we’ve been walking through the book of Daniel and we’ve entitled this series…Staying Faithful & Standing Firm In the Sovereignty of God...
- with that in mind, please open your Bible to Danial chapter 9…page 636 of the front section of the Bible under the chair in front of you…
- we’ve been studying through the book of Daniel verse by verse and chapter by chapter…
Daniel is a book that is filled with historical narratives that describe the sovereignty of God over the affairs of men in amazing detail…and beginning in chapter 7 it moves to words of prophecy, some of which has already transpired and some of which is yet to transpire...
- we’re calling this Loving Our World by Choosing to Be Different
Time and time again God has shown His ability to make predictions about the Gentile nations and their rise and fall. God was faithful to His Word in remarkable detail.
- now, each week the Lord blesses us with men and women who are new and we realize that it’s tough to step into the middle of any kind of a series.
- let me take just a moment and give you the briefest of overviews.....
What we see in this book is that he and some of his friends were extremely loyal to God in spite of their location, in spite of the circumstances that surrounded them and they were able to maintain that faithfulness to God even though they were faced with incredible situations that pressured them to compromise everything they believed.
- the book is all about how he and some of his friends were able to maintain their faithfulness for God even though they were in a situation where there was great pressure to compromise their convictions and beliefs.
Time and time again, Daniel has proven himself trustworthy in when no one would have faulted him for compromising…because of his trustworthiness, God is going to give Daniel one of the most significant and amazing prophecies in the entire Bible…come at the end of the chapter.
will reveal to us again how faithful God is to His word and provide Daniel with what is seen as one of the most important prophetical texts in all of Scripture.
- the last six chapters are primarily prophetic......
- this man clearly had a lifestyle that could be trusted.....
- now we’re learning what God revealed to him about the future which is also worthy of our trust......
- now, what’s about to happen is this, God is going to give Daniel one of the most significant and amazing prophecies in the entire Bible......
So in keeping with our understanding of the thrust of Daniel...

Main Point: Stay Faithful Knowing That God Keeps His Word!

2 Peter 1:19–21 NASB95
So we have the prophetic word made more sure, to which you do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts. But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.
We would do well to pay attention to and seek to understand the prophecies as truth from God that will come to pass…God Keeps His Word…a promise made is a promise kept...
Three reasons we need to pay attention to the Word of God.
Three reasons we need to pay attention to the Word of God.

It Is Truth and Worthy of Trust (9:1-2).

- first we’re going to look at what Daniel was doing that preceded God choosing to tell Daniel what He told him, at this particular time in his life.
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As we trace world history, the king mentioned here and the time mentioned here place this chapter in 539 BC…Babylon is no longer the world empire…it had fallen just like God said it would…and now the Medes and the Persians are the dominant world power…
As we trace world history, this would have been 539 BC…Babylon is no longer the world empire…it had fallen just like God said it would…and now the Medes and the Persians are the dominant world power...
What Daniel believed is...

The Word of God is Absolute Truth

- the bottom line is....we know that this would have been 539 BC, we know that the Babylonian empire has just fallen just like God said it would, and that the Medes and Persians are now the dominant power......we suppose that the lion’s den incident happened early in the year, and that this chapter’s events are happening later that same year.
It was obvious to Daniel that when he was reading what Jeremiah wrote, he was reading the Word of God…it was absolute truth to Daniel.
Daniel already knew that the Medo-Persian empire would conquer Babylon…God revealed that truth to Daniel earlier.
It has been very clear in this book that Daniel is a man of prayer, in fact it was his faithful and consistent prayer life that got him thrown into the lion’s den.
But long before Daniel’s day, both Isaiah and Jeremiah predicted the fall of Babylon, so when Daniel read Jeremiah he knew he could trust what he was reading was true.
We know exactly where Daniel was reading in Jeremiah…note that back then there were no chapters and verses…but here is what he read...
We know exactly where Daniel was reading in Jeremiah…note that back then there were no chapters and verses…but here is what he read...
Jeremiah 25:11–12 NASB95
‘This whole land will be a desolation and a horror, and these nations will serve the king of Babylon seventy years. ‘Then it will be when seventy years are completed I will punish the king of Babylon and that nation,’ declares the Lord, ‘for their iniquity, and the land of the Chaldeans; and I will make it an everlasting desolation.
Jer 25:
Jeremiah 29:10 NASB95
“For thus says the Lord, ‘When seventy years have been completed for Babylon, I will visit you and fulfill My good word to you, to bring you back to this place.
The point here is that Daniel recognized that what he read was from God and that it deserved his attention…
Daniel also believed...
Also in we read that the people of God mocked the prophets for proclaiming the Word of God as truth...
The point here is that Daniel recognized that what he read was from God and that it deserved his attention...

The God of The Word is Absolutely Trustworthy

Daniel labeled Jeremiah’s writings as the Word of YAHWEH…this is the first time Daniel would use this name for God…it was well known to the Jews…it is Jehovah, the covenant making and covenant keeping name of God…God made a covenant with them that as long as they obeyed, they would be blessed, but He also warned them that continual disobedience would bring judgment…

God is absolutely trustworthy to not only carry out the good of His covenant, He can be trusted to carry out the warnings of disobedience.

You can trust the fact that when God said there was going to be judgment, there is going to be judgment.
You can trust the fact that when God said there was going to be judgment, there is going to be judgment.
Jeremiah 36:21 NASB95
Then the king sent Jehudi to get the scroll, and he took it out of the chamber of Elishama the scribe. And Jehudi read it to the king as well as to all the officials who stood beside the king.
In , we see that one of the reasons the nation was judged is because they had not kept the sabbath year…that is critical to our understanding of …explain more later...
2 Chronicles 36:21 NASB95
to fulfill the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed its sabbaths. All the days of its desolation it kept sabbath until seventy years were complete.
In 2 Chronwe see that one of the reasons the nation was judged is because they had not kept the sabbath year…that is critical to our understanding of
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tells us that one of the reasons the nation was judged is because they had not kept the sabbath year…that is critical to our understanding of
We need to know that the Sabbath wasn’t just a day of the week, it was also a year out of every seven years…remember that little detail as we go along...
...the Sabbath wasn’t just a day of the week, it was also a year out every seven years…remember that little detail as we go along...
but every seventh year, they were supposed to let their land rest and they hadn’t been doing that for 490 years, since the days of Eli the priest…
This is why the captivity lasted for 70 years, on the basis of this and other texts, they were judged one year for every sabbath year they missed.
God had commanded His people to give the land a “sabbath rest” every seven years and a Year of Jubilee every fifty years……both the 49th and 50th years would be sabbatic years when the people were not allowed to sow seed or cultivate their orchards.
They needed to trust God to make the food grow to meet their daily needs…It wasn’t until the nation was taken captive by Babylon that the land would enjoy its sabbath rest.
It wasn’t until the nation was taken captive by Babylon that the land would enjoy its sabbath rest.
God gave His word that there would be a coming judgment, but many of His people would not believe Him, and in turn mocked and ridiculed those who told them the truth of God’s Word.

Implications for Us

Jeremiah 29:11 NASB95
‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.
This is also what Daniel read…he knew he could trust God to fulfill His Word they were in captivity because God fulfilled His Word…so when Daniel read that text from Jeremiah he knew he could trust it and trust the God who said it.

Implications for Us

What is your attitude towards the Word of God here in 2018?…God is not going to speak to you like He did Daniel and other OT/NT writers…in dreams and visions and audible voices…He did everything He needed to do to give you His completed and eternal Word that will never change…God will never do or say anything to you that contradicts His Word…Is God’s Word Sufficient To Provide All You Need For Life And Godliness? What evidence exists in your life that communicates you live by that truth?
God gave His word that there would be a coming judgment, but many of His people would not believe Him and in turn mocked and ridiculed those who told them the truth of God’s Word.
Here we have Daniel who was faithful to take God at His word, act on it and believe it…he not only saw that God said when it would begin, he also saw when God said it would end…He knew God Kept His Word When It Came to Judgment...
Galatians 6:7–9 NASB95
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.
- now, let’s just stop there for a minute, and talk about some applications for today......
- does God’s Word say some things about blessings for obedience, and consequences for disobedience....even for those who are followers of Jesus Christ today?
This can be viewed both positively and negatively...when we’re living in ways that are disobedient to God…promises like this ought to stop us in our tracks…
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C. This can be viewed both positively and negatively.
C. This can be viewed both positively and negatively.
- when we’re living in ways that are disobedient to God…promises like this ought to stop us in our tracks…
tells us that He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper…
but if on the other hand if you are trying to live for the Lord even when it’s hard, and all you seem to be getting is more hardness…there are plenty of promises for you…like…
- He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper…
- but if on the other hand – you are trying to live for the Lord even when it’s hard, and all you seem to be getting is more hardness…there are plenty of promises for you…like…
Hebrews 6:10 NASB95
For God is not unjust so as to forget your work and the love which you have shown toward His name, in having ministered and in still ministering to the saints.
if God promises that He won’t forget…you can mark this down…He won’t forget…
- For God is not unjust so as to forget your work and the love which you have shown toward His name, in having ministered and in still ministering to the saints.
What is your attitude towards the Word of God here in 2018?…God is not going to speak to you like He did Daniel and other OT/NT writers…in dreams and visions and audible voices…He did everything He needed to do to give you His completed and eternal Word that will never change…God will never do or say anything to you that contradicts His Word…Is God’s Word Sufficient To Provide All You Need For Life And Godliness? What evidence exists in your life that communicates you live by that truth?
1 Peter 1:19–21 NASB95
but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ. For He was foreknown before the foundation of the world, but has appeared in these last times for the sake of you who through Him are believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.
- if God promises that He won’t forget…you can mark this down…He won’t forget…
2 Peter 1:19 NASB95
So we have the prophetic word made more sure, to which you do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts.
2 Peter 1:19–21 NASB95
So we have the prophetic word made more sure, to which you do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts. But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.
Here is a second reason...
2 Peter 1:
now, what happens in the middle part of the chapter is, we find one of the classic attitudes of worship and prayers of repentance in all the Bible!
- all along, we’ve known that Daniel is a man of prayer.....in fact it was his faithful and consistent prayer life that got him thrown in prison....
Now we discover that Daniel was also a student of the Scriptures that were available to him…when this vision appeared to him, he was reading the prophecy of Jeremiah…he understood that the judgment God spoke to Jeremiah would last for seventy years…the desolations of Israel began with Nebuchadnezzar in 605 BC…it was now 538 BC.
By this time he was in the 67th year of that judgment…and as a result of that understanding, the excitement in Daniel drove him to his knees in prayer…he wanted to know what was next for Israel…up to this point, the focus was placed on the Gentile kingdoms...what about the nation of Israel?
- yet here he is, still faithfully following God....and faithfully involving himself in God’s plan and program.....
Now as a result of what he read in Jeremiah, Daniel wanted to know what was next for Israel…God has told us much about the Gentile kingdoms but what about the nation of Israel, what about the kingdom promised to David? Is God’s promise to David going to be fulfilled?
2 Samuel 7:12–14 NASB95
“When your days are complete and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your descendant after you, who will come forth from you, and I will establish his kingdom. “He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. “I will be a father to him and he will be a son to Me; when he commits iniquity, I will correct him with the rod of men and the strokes of the sons of men,
Three ways God Keeps His Word...

It Ought to Drive Us To Worship and Prayer (9:3-19)

2 Samuel 7:12–14 NASB95
“When your days are complete and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your descendant after you, who will come forth from you, and I will establish his kingdom. “He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. “I will be a father to him and he will be a son to Me; when he commits iniquity, I will correct him with the rod of men and the strokes of the sons of men,
- we’ve had all this information in the previous chapters about the coming Gentile kingdoms...[Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome]....but what about God’s chosen nation of Israel?
Here we have Daniel who recognized God’s Word as truth and also recognized that God was faithful to do what He said He would do and he believed that God was not done fulfilling His Word.
Jeremiah 29:11 NASB95
‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.
This is also what Daniel read…he knew he could trust God to fulfill His Word... they were in captivity because God fulfilled His Word…so when Daniel read that text from Jeremiah he knew he could trust it and trust the God who said it…and it made an impact on what Daniel did next...
As a result of his time in the Word, Daniel is driven to worship and prayer...he was reminded of the wickedness within his own heart, the wickedness of his people and the need to seek God’s forgiveness...
Three ways God Keeps His Word...
By this time he was in the 67th year of that judgment…and as a result of that understanding, the excitement in Daniel drove him to his knees in prayer…he wanted to know what was next for Israel…up to this point, the focus was placed on the Gentile kingdoms...what about the nation of Israel?

True Worship Brings Confession.

There is A Confession of Who God Is

Notice the way Daniel describes God
- Great and awesome, who keeps his covenant and lovingkindness
- righteousness belongs to thee
to the Lord our God belong compassion and forgiveness
- He has confirmed His words
these are the words come from the heart of a person who gets it…who knows and believes God is loving enough, wise enough, and powerful enough to make a covenant and keep that covenant, whether it is in keeping the good side of the covenant or the discipline side of the covenant...even if God promised judgment 70 years ago…when we read and study God’s Word we ought to always walk away with a greater appreciation for who God is.

There is A Confession Of Who We Are

- these are the words of a person who truly believes God is loving enough, and wise enough, and powerful enough to keep all His promises…even if they were made 70 years ago…now please compare that to…
Notice what Daniel says about himself and his people...
- we have sinned, committed iniquity, acted wickedly, rebelled, turned aside from your ordinances
- haven’t listened to your servants
- to us open shame, because of their unfaithful deeds
— open shame belongs to us, we sinned against thee
- we rebelled against thee
- nor have we obeyed His voice
- all Israel transgressed
This could very well describe God’s people in 2018...
When brought face to face with the Word of God it revealed to him the truth of who he was, who his people were and who God was and there was a distinct difference that moved Him to worship Yahweh.
The New American Commentary: Daniel (3) Contents of the Prayer (9:4–19)

Six different aspects of Israel’s sin are set forth in vv. 5–6. Israel had “sinned,” “done wrong,” “been wicked,” “rebelled,” “turned away” from Yahweh’s commands and laws and had “not listened” to Yahweh’s prophets. What an indictment

- these verses are screaming out a message about what Daniel thought of the position of God, and what he thought about the position of man…and the level of importance he placed on believing God’s promises…

True Worship Brings Repentance

Daniel reads the prophecy of Jeremiah and realizes the 70 year captivity is nearing the end…Daniel recognized that God had a plan that involved forgiveness...
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Jeremiah 29:11 NASB95
‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.
Here we are now 70 years later and this is exactly what is happening…
Daniel quickly recognizes the need to seek that forgiveness for himself and his people, because he was convinced that God is the covenant making and keeping God that promised to forgive...Daniel didn’t want to miss out on the joy of repentance, and the joy of forgiveness, and the joy of restoration and reconciliation…
- Another way of saying this is, Daniel didn’t want to miss out on the joy of repentance, and the joy of forgiveness, and the joy of restoration and reconciliation…
Read for we are not presenting our supplications before Thee on account of any merits of our own, but on account of Thy great compassion…Daniel knew God to be full of compassion, so he repented and pleaded with God, based on God’s character, to act now and forgive His people now, and restore them now…God will answer that prayer, but not in a way that Daniel would expect...
- in fact, there’s no recorded instance of him sinning.....
Read for we are not presenting our supplications before Thee on account of any merits of our own, but on account of Thy great compassion…Daniel knew God to be full of compassion, and pleaded with God based on God’s character to act now and forgive His people now, and restore them now…God will answer that prayer, but not in a way that Daniel would expect...
- he’s a great example of faithfulness....we’ve been saying that all the way through the study.
‑ yet still, he’s not proud....and he’s not self-righteous.
- what a great statement in the middle of verse 18..... for we are not presenting our supplications before Thee on account of any merits of our own, but on account of Thy great compassion.
- what a great statement in the middle of verse 18..... for we are not presenting our supplications before Thee on account of any merits of our own, but on account of Thy great compassion.

Implications

I have to ask this here this morning, do your encounters with the Word of God bring this same reaction in your heart that it did to Daniel? Are you driven to worship and prayer?
Even on Sunday, when you are here in this building are you worshipping worship, or are you worshipping the God of worship? (Explain)

The desire of our hearts, every time we gather for worship, ought to be one of wanting to draw closer to Him through a greater understanding of the truth He revealed to us!

Point of personal evaluation…what would your response be if the Leadership of MBC deciphered that there was too much division in the church because of the music and they believed God wanted us to eliminate all music from our worship services (no we are not going to do that)…what would you do if we came in at 10:45 and all we did was preach and teach the Word of God?…are you worshipping worship, or are you worshipping the God of the Word? Daniel didn’t need music to worship…he needed the truth and after reading the truth, he broke out in worship and prayer...
Point of personal evaluation…what would your response be if the Leadership of MBC deciphered that there was too much division in the church because of the music and they believed God wanted us to eliminate all music from our worship services…what would you do if we came in at 10:45 and all we did was preach and teach the Word of God?…are you worshipping worship, or are you worshipping the God of the Word? Daniel didn’t need music to worship…he needed the truth and after reading the truth, he broke out in worship and prayer...
We are told by God that those who worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth…music aides the worship in spirit, all of us could use a little or a lot more spirit in our worship…but the sad news is that in many churches, worship of worship music has supplanted the worship of God in truthwe need a balance of both...
In many churches Worship of worship music has supplanted the worship of God
In many churches Worship of worship music has supplanted

The worship of God through music ought to be the bombardment of truth to the beachfront of our hardened hearts that softens the ground towards a readiness for God to launch the army of biblical truth into our lives.

We ought to always be ready to respond to the truth of Scripture the way Daniel does…but it seems more and more prevalent that God’s people would much rather worship worship than repent and change when the truth of God’s Word is communicated.
James 1:21–25 NASB95
Therefore, putting aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness, in humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls. But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does.
James 1:2
The primary word for sin in the Both the Old/New Testament is a word that literally means to miss the mark — we all have sinned (we all have missed the mark)…GOSPEL
God is not going to bless us because of our like or dislike of worship music, God will bless those who are obedient to the Word!
Even after salvation, when we disobey God’s Word, or when we fail to even consider what God thinks, we are missing the intended mark of Christ-likeness.
When we just hear the Word and don’t become doers of the Word, James likens it to someone who looks into a mirror, sees what he looks like, noticing what needs fixed, and then forgets about it and goes on his merry way…in contrast, the one who is blessed in what he does, looks intently into the law of liberty, abides by it and becomes an effectual doer.
When we just hear the Word and don’t become doers of the Word, James likens it to someone who looks into a mirror, sees what he looks like, noticing what needs fixed, and then forgets about it and goes on his merry way…in contrast, the one who is blessed in what he does, looks intently into the law of liberty, abides by it and becomes an effectual doer.

It Reveals God’s Plan (9:20-27)

As a result of Daniel’s faithfulness and repentance, God was highly pleased with him and answered his prayer…God gave him some very important elements of His timetable for Israel.

I. God Keeps His Word Regarding Judgment.

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God said that Israel would go into a 70 year captivity at the hand of the Babylonians...and God kept that promise...and now Daniel His servant was seeing the end of that promise.

Understanding the Seventy Weeks

We need to understand Jeremiah’s Prophecy

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- now you might ask, PV, what are these seventy weeks about?
The word for week here, heptad, literally means “sevens”…Daniel is told that seventy sets of seven have been determined for his people, his city, his temple…prophecy concerning Israel…before it was all Gentiles, now it is focused on Israel.
Seventy sevens of what?
Seven of what?
we have to look at the context the words are used in…in , we know that Daniel has years in mind…so in we conclude it has to be seventy groups of seven years…practically every Biblical scholar agrees with this.
Gabriel is telling Daniel that seventy weeks of years, or seventy times seven years, total of 490 years, is required to fulfill God’s prophetic timetable for Israel.
that’s why it was so important that we made the note about Israel going into captivity to begin with because they hadn’t kept, not the Sabbath day, but the Sabbath years.
One more important note…the Jewish calendar is built around a 360 day year.
The entire prophecy here is in relationship to Israel and the city of Jerusalem…it has nothing to do with the Gentiles…there are six important transactions that must take place in this timetable...

Six Important Transactions

to finish the transgression
has the transgression been finished? in other words, has Israel (or the entire world for that matter) stopped transgressing against God’s law…NO!
to make an end of sin
to make an end of sin
Does sin still exist?…just look at your kids, right...
to make atonement for iniquity
Yes this has happened…In Christ alone
to bring in everlasting righteousness
Is there any evidence on the earth right now that Israel has a right relationship with God and that an era of righteousness pervades the earth? … just watch the news!
to seal up vision and prophecy
Do we still have need today to hear the Word of God and be taught what God thinks and does…yes, because He is not in front of us physically telling us go here, do that...
to anoint the most holy place
Is there a temple in Israel that God has declared to be the place where He dwells with his people?…NO
So has the verse been literally and completely fulfilled? No…it is our conclusion then that this refers to a time that is yet future.
What is all this about?
- the word “week” is literally heptad, or “seven”
- so we’re talking about 70 groups of seven....or a total of 490 years.
- one more thing, remember the Jewish calendar is built around a 360 day year.
- with that in mind, the math here becomes fairly routine.
What is all this about?
Before we can make an application for today it is important to know what they knew then...
Let me ask you this...has verse 24 been literally fulfilled?
Let’s take a moment to read what Daniel read that day...
has the holy place been anointed?
Turn to
has anyone made an end of sin?
By the time Daniel was studying this, Jeremiah’s prophecy is more than 70 years in the past...Jeremiah was trying to warn God’s people of the coming judgment...God used Jeremiah to tell the nation of Israel that judgment was going to come at the hand of Babylon, and that the judgment would last 70 years.
has there been an atonement for righteousness?
Jeremiah 25:8 NASB95
“Therefore thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘Because you have not obeyed My words,
- for sake of time, please look at verse 8 [read 8-11].
so God had used Jeremiah to tell the nation of Israel that judgment was going to come at the hand of Babylon, and that the judgment would last 70 years.
has anyone brought in everlasting righteousness?
- so God had used Jeremiah to tell the nation of Israel that judgment was going to come at the hand of Babylon, and that the judgment would last 70 years.
has the vision been sealed up?
Let’s take note of how some of them responded then...
has the holy place been anointed?

has the verse been literally and completely fulfilled? Only partially…the complete fulfillment of this will occur sometime in the future.
- do you remember who the king of God’s chosen nation was at the time?...and it’s certainly OK if you don’t…[Jehoiakim]

Has this Timetable Started?

1. King Jehoiakim –
- that’s why it was so important that we made the note about Israel going into captivity to begin with because they hadn’t kept, not the Sabbath day, but the Sabbath years.
Time does not permit us to fully examine it…Jehoiakim did not like this so he cut it up and threw it in the fireplace...that’s how much he valued the Word of God…you can read all about that in Jeremiah chapter 36.
- the word “week” is literally heptad, or “seven”
- he cut it up and threw it in the fireplace...that’s how much stock he placed in the promises of God…you can read all about that in Jeremiah chapter 36.
- so we’re talking about 70 groups of seven....or a total of 490 years.
now please look back at and we can see how this all fits together
- one more thing, remember the Jewish calendar is built around a 360 day year.
- it amazing to see the way the Scripture all fits together......
- with that in mind, the math here becomes fairly routine.

2. The people of Jeremiah’s day –

Yes...Read … stop after “rebuild Jerusalem”
2. The people of Jeremiah’s day –
This timetable has been broken down into three phases
Phase 1 = 7 sets of 7 years = 49 years
Phase 2 = 62 sets of 7 years = 434 years
Phase 3 = 1 set of 7 years = 7 years
Total = 490 years
When did Phase 1 begin?…We know historically that Nehemiah received permission to go and rebuild the wall at Jerusalem in 445 BC...you can read about that in …in fact it’s so precise it even gives the month and the year.
- when was that?...that’s an easy one......
Read - and what did they do with the Word of God?
2 Chronicles 36:16 NASB95
but they continually mocked the messengers of God, despised His words and scoffed at His prophets, until the wrath of the Lord arose against His people, until there was no remedy.
- we know historically that Nehemiah received permission to go and rebuild the wall at Jerusalem in 445 BC. [you can read about that in
tells us that one of the reasons the nation was judged is because they had not kept the sabbath year…that is critical to our understanding of ...the Sabbath wasn’t just a day of the week, it was also a year out every seven years…remember that little detail as we go along...
- but they continually mocked the messengers of God, despised His words and scoffed at His prophets, until the wrath of the Lord arose against His people, until there was no remedy.
That corresponds to our March 14th…Phase 1 of this timetable began with that decree that was given on March 14th of 445 BC and it took 49 years to complete!
- now, verse 21 tells us that one of the reasons the nation was judged is because they had not kept the sabbath year......
And it was built during a time of distress!
--- it’s so precise it even gives the month and the year- which corresponds to our March 14th].
- please latch on to that.....the Sabbath wasn’t simply a day of the week, it was also a year out every seven years.....that little detail is going to become huge later in this chapter...

Let’s Do the Math

this passage says that there are going to be 69 weeks, or “sevens” between when this decree is given, and when the Messiah is cut off.
but every seventh year, they were supposed to let their land rest and they hadn’t been doing that for 490 years, since the days of Eli the priest…

Do the Math

69 x 7 years = 483 years (sum of Phase 1 and Phase 2)
- they hadn’t been doing that for 490 years, since the days of Eli......
483 years x 360 days = 173,880 days.
This is why the captivity lasted for 70 years, on the basis of this and other texts, they were judged one year for every sabbath year they missed.
- and if you ever wondered, why did the captivity last 70 years....many students of the Scripture believe, on the basis of this and other texts, that they were judged one year for every sabbath year they missed......
If you plot that on a calendar, that comes out to April 6th, 32.
Let’s take a step back and look at it all together.
What happened on April 6th, 32?...all sorts of Bible scholars believe that is exactly when Jesus Christ made his triumphal entry to Jerusalem and seven days later he was crucified on the cross of Calvary.
God gave His word that there would be a coming judgment, but many of His people would not believe Him and in turn mocked and ridiculed those who told them the truth of God’s Word.
Messiah the Prince is a Hebrew phrase that means “the anointed One, the Ruler”prince is associated with kingly authority…it is used here to describe the appearing of the Lord Jesus Christ as a prince and ruler…thus the belief that this points to the Triumphal Entry when Jesus was presented to the Jewish people as their Messianic Prince…see and .
So Phase 2 began when the wall was completed and ended with the Messiah the Prince entering Jersualem on a donkey at the Triumphal Entry in 32 AD.
Phase 2 began when the wall was completed and ended with the Messiah the Prince entering Jersualem on a donkey at the Triumphal Entry in 32 AD.
Let me pause for just a moment and ask…At what point are we going to recognize our need to hear and obey the Word of God? If God can prophesy with this incredible accuracy, hundreds of years before it happens…don’t you think we had better take notice to what He says to us today and change accordingly?
Here we have Daniel who was faithful to take God at His word, act on it and believe it…he not only saw that God said when it would begin, he also saw when God said it would end…He knew God Kept His Word When It Came to Judgment...
Listen…At what point are we going to recognize our need to hear and obey the Word of God? If God can prophecy with this incredible accuracy hundreds of years before it happens…don’t you think we had better take notice to what He says to us today.

We are presently living in the gap between the 69th and 70th week.

- now, let’s just stop there for a minute, and talk about some applications for today......
Even though Jesus was presented as the Messiah King on that day, the Jewish leaders, as representatives of the entire nation, rejected Jesus as the Messiah… tells us that He came to His own but they did not receive Him…at that point the pause button was pushed and God was going to set them aside for a period of time while He worked through this new organism called the church…only God knows when He will resume His work with Israel nationally…until that time comes, there is a gap between Phase 2 and Phase 3 of God’s timetable.
In the Old Testament, prophets typically saw events in the future as a series of mountain peaks in the distance…that perspective makes it difficult to see the distance between one peak and the other…Daniel saw the 69th & 70th week as separate events without knowing there would be a gap of more than two thousand years between them...
Isaiah 9:6 NASB95
For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
We know there is a gap between these weeks because of what we looked at earlier in with the six transactions that would occur in Israel’s future…there has not been a complete fulfillment of that text yet!
Zechariah 9:9–10 NASB95
Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout in triumph, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; He is just and endowed with salvation, Humble, and mounted on a donkey, Even on a colt, the foal of a donkey. I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim And the horse from Jerusalem; And the bow of war will be cut off. And He will speak peace to the nations; And His dominion will be from sea to sea, And from the River to the ends of the earth.
In the context I mentioned earlier of , the Messiah comes into Jerusalem on a donkey and having dominion from sea to sea…successive verses but are separated by time...
We know there is a gap between these weeks from what we looked at earlier in with the six transactions that would occur in Israel’s future...

Two Events At the Beginning of the Gap

What we discover from Daniel here is that there are going to be two events that take place near the beginning of that gap in time...
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- the “then” in verse 26 is a critical transition.
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The Messiah is cut off…the literal rendering of that phrase is to cut off and have nothingthat accurately describes the death of Jesus…died alone, abandoned by friends, ridiculed by enemies, seemingly forsaken by His Father.
The Messiah is cut off…the literal rendering of that phrase is to cut off and have nothing…that accurately describes the death of Jesus…died alone, abandoned by friends, ridiculed by enemies, seemingly forsaken by His Father.
The literal rendering of that phrase is to cut off and have nothing…that accurately describes the death of Jesus…died alone, abandoned by friends, ridiculed by enemies, seemingly forsaken by His Father.
The people of the prince who is to come will destroy the city and the sanctuary…Jerusalem and the Temple that was rebuilt under Ezra and Nehemiah would be destroyed again…this happens in AD 70 at the hands of the Romansthe people of the prince to come…the Antichrist.
- does God’s Word say some things about blessings for obedience, and consequences for disobedience....even for those who are followers of Jesus Christ today?

The Tribulation Begins With A Covenant

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I’m not saying that Daniel fully understood this because I don't think he did...that’s why Paul calls the church the “mystery”...God’s working with Gentiles and Jews to bring them together in one body in Christ.
He will make a covenant for one week…7 years…The Gentile world leader who rises from the 10 kingdom federation of the Revived Roman Empire, the man of sin known as the Antichrist, will make a treaty with the nation of Israel granting it protection from nations seeking her annihilation…he deceptively convinces them they will experience religious normalcy and safety.
Then after 3 1/2 years he will break that treaty and unleash unprecedented fury…this is also known as the Great Tribulation that Jesus speaks of in and also is described in great detail in
He will desecrate the Temple and set himself up as God and it could go on for a long time but Jesus coming to earth to judge him puts an end to it, thus ending the 70th week.
New Testament refers to him as…man of sin (), the beast (25 times in Revelation) and the Antichrist ()
He rises up against the Jews
The event that marks the beginning of the Tribulation is
- - Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh shall from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit shall from the Spirit reap eternal life. And let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we shall reap if we do not grow weary.
- that’s why Paul calls the church the “mystery”.....God’s working with Gentiles and Jews to bring them together in one body in Christ.

Life Lesson — Be A Doer of the Word

1 John 3:1–2 NASB95
See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is.
C. This can be viewed both positively and negatively.
1 John 3:2–3 NASB95
Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is. And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.
We have all we need to live for God, we have the truth of God’s Word that guides our steps...and to repeat the words of Peter…we would do well to pay attention...
The day is coming when Jesus will come to get his church…will you be counted among them?
The day is coming when Jesus will come to get his church…will you be counted among them?
but the day is coming, as we mentioned a couple of weeks ago.....when Jesus Christ will return in the sky, and the church will be taken out of the world in the rapture...and then the seven year tribulation [Daniel’s 70th week] will begin.
Live today in light of what lies ahead...
Wives…how are you submitting to the leadership of your husband as you would submit to the leadership of God.
Purify yourself with the truth...
Children…are you obeying your parents with the right heart and attitude
Obey the Word…what more does God need to say or do to get us to see the importance of obedience...
Obey the Word…what more does God need to do to get us to see
- when we’re living in ways that are disobedient to God…promises like this ought to stop us in our tracks…
and for anyone who would scoff at that, or question that, or fail to be motivated by that...the question that would flow out of the book of Daniel is...How many more prophecies would have to be literally and precisely fulfilled before that person would believe and act on what God has said about the future?
- - He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper…
now, there’s a lot more that we could say about this than we have time this morning...but let’s be sure to place our focus where it ultimately belongs…
- but if on the other hand – you are trying to live for the Lord even when it’s hard, and all you seem to be getting is more hardness…there are plenty of promises for you…like… - For God is not unjust so as to forget your work and the love which you have shown toward His name, in having ministered and in still ministering to the saints.
- but let’s be sure to place our focus where it ultimately belongs…
- if God promises that He won’t forget…you can mark this down…He won’t forget…
on what basis does God makes promises about judgment, and about forgiveness, and about hope?
- now, what happens in the middle part of the chapter is, we find one of the classic prayers of repentance in all the Bible…so please go back now to …[page 636]…
- the answer is, the finished work of Messiah the Prince...the Lord Jesus Christ…who…
- I’d like to read verses 3-19, and as I do, please be looking for examples in these two categories...1) What Daniel said about God..., 2) What Daniel said about himself.....
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- …the Messiah will be cut off and have nothing…
- so yes, God keeps His Word about judgment, but…
- that was an incredible promise for God the Father to make about His own Son…because of the power of that Word…

II. God Keeps His Word Regarding Forgiveness

- if you compare it to other places in the Bible…here are some of the parallel uses…
- now, what observations can we make about:
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A. What Daniel said about God.
· v. 4 - Great and awesome, who keeps his covenant and lovingkindness
- For there is hope for a tree, when it is cut down, that it will sprout again, and its shoots will not fail.
· v. 7 - righteousness belongs to thee
- what word there do you think is translated “cut off” in
· v. 9 - to the Lord our God belong compassion and forgiveness
· v. 12 - He has confirmed His words
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· etc.
A. Like a tree being cut to the ground –
- these are the words of a person who truly believes God is loving enough, and wise enough, and powerful enough to keep all His promises…even if they were made 70 years ago…now please compare that to…
B. What Daniel said about himself.
- think about what Jesus Christ did for us – so that the promises of God in Him could always be yes…
· v. 5 - we have sinned, committed iniquity, acted wickedly, rebelled, turned aside from your ordinances
- He was willing to be like a tree cut to the ground…
· v. 6 - haven’t listened to thy servants
- here’s another graphic use of that word…
· v. 7 - to us open shame, because of their unfaithful deeds
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· v. 8 - open shame belongs to us, we sinned against thee
· v. 9 - we rebelled against thee
- While the meat was still between their teeth, before it was chewed, the anger of the Lord was kindled against the people, and the Lord struck the people with a very severe plague.
· v. 10 - nor have we obeyed His voice
- this was during the wilderness wanderings and the people had been complaining about the provision of manna and demanded meat…
· v. 11 - all Israel transgressed
- which word do you think is translated “cut off” in
· etc.
- these verses are screaming out a message about what Daniel thought of the position of God, and what he thought about the position of man…and the level of importance he placed on believing God’s promises…
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- now, please keep all of that in mind, and just for sake of time…let me read some more for us from the prophet Jeremiah…
B. Like a piece of meat being chewed up –
- For thus says the Lord, ‘When seventy years have been completed for Babylon, I will visit you and fulfill My good word to you, to bring you back to this place. For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you,’ declares the Lord, ‘and I will restore your fortunes and will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you,’ declares the Lord, ‘and I will bring you back to the place from where I sent you into exile.’
- and now, 70 years later…this is exactly what is happening…
- God promised that about His own Son…
- no wonder Daniel was so quick to seek forgiveness for himself and his people, because he was convinced that God Keeps His Word Regarding Forgiveness.
- there was no other way for our sin to be forgiven
- Another way of saying this is, Daniel didn’t want to miss out on the joy of repentance, and the joy of forgiveness, and the joy of restoration and reconciliation…
- here’s one more…
- and what is especially amazing about this is, as we’ve worked our way through this book....all indications are that Daniel is a very faithful man.
- in fact, there’s no recorded instance of him sinning.....
- But the man who is clean and is not on a journey, and yet neglects to observe the Passover, that person shall then be cut off from his people, for he did not present the offering of the Lord at its appointed time. That man will bear his sin.
- he’s a great example of faithfulness....we’ve been saying that all the way through the study.
- that one is probably easiest to connect to what Daniel was told about the Messiah…
‑ yet still, he’s not proud....and he’s not self-righteous.
C. Like a man who is separated and disciplined for the purity of the people –
- what a great statement in the middle of verse 18..... for we are not presenting our supplications before Thee on account of any merits of our own, but on account of Thy great compassion.
- friend, I have to ask you a very important question.....do your prayers resemble Daniel’s prayers?
- doesn’t that sound a lot like this verse?...
- does your heart resemble Daniel’s heart?
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- does your repentance resemble Daniel’s repentance?...
- does your confidence in God’s promises resemble Daniel’s confidence in God’s promises?...
- He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
...and what would have to be different in the days ahead for each of us to be more like him?
- friends – what human being would have ever made promises like this?...about the Messiah…the Prince…
- now, you could ask, well PV, do we have any indication that God was pleased with Daniel’s prayer?
- being cut off…
- and if you’ve studied these verses you know the answer is --- absolutely!
- like a tree being cut to the ground…
- it was in this context that God gives one of the most significant and amazing prophecies in all the Word of God.
- or a piece of meat being chewed up…
- we’ve talked about God keeping His Word regarding judgment, and God keeping His Word regarding forgiveness.....
- or a man being separated and disciplined for the purity of others…
- now we’re going to move to:
- who would ever make promises like that?...and who would be loving, and wise, and powerful enough to keep them?...

III. God Keeps His Word Regarding Hope.

- that God is worthy of trust – because His promises always come true…
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- we know that God was highly pleased by Daniel’s behavior because of what the angel Gabriel says --- - "O Daniel, I have now come forth to give you insight with understanding. "At the beginning of your supplications the command was issued, and I have come to tell you, for you are highly esteemed; so give heed to the message and gain understanding of the vision.
- now you might ask, PV, what are these seventy weeks about?
- let me ask you this.....has verse 24 been literally fulfilled?
- has the transgression been finished?
- has anyone made an end of sin?
- has there been an atonement for righteousness?
- has anyone brought in everlasting righteousness?
- has the vision been sealed up?
- has the holy place been anointed?
- has the verse been literally and completely fulfilled? ---- No…the complete fulfillment of this will occur sometime in the future…
- another important point is that these “weeks” are actually groupings of seven years.
- that’s why it was so important that we made the note about Israel going into captivity to begin with because they hadn’t kept, not the Sabbath day, but the Sabbath years.
- the word “week” is literally heptad, or “seven”
- so we’re talking about 70 groups of seven....or a total of 490 years.
- one more thing, remember the Jewish calendar is built around a 360 day year.
- with that in mind, the math here becomes fairly routine.
- please notice verse 25 ---- “from the issuing of the decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem”.....
- when was that?...that’s an easy one......
- we know historically that Nehemiah received permission to go and rebuild the wall at Jerusalem in 445 BC. [you can read about that in --- it’s so precise it even gives the month and the year- which corresponds to our March 14th].
- this passage says that there are going to be 69 weeks, or “sevens” between when this decree is given, and when the Messiah is cut off.
- let’s do the math.....69 x 7 years equals 483 years.....
- 483 years times 360 days [remember, we’re working off the Jewish calendar] equals 173,800 days.
- if you plot that on a calendar, that comes out to April 6th, AD 32.
- all sorts of Bible scholars believe that is exactly when Jesus Christ made his triumphal entry to Jerusalem.....and seven days later he was crucified on the cross of Calvary.
- Friends, God keeps His Word regarding judgment, He keeps His Word regarding forgiveness, and He keeps His Word regarding Hope.
- now, notice that only 69 of these weeks have been fulfilled.
- the “then” in verse 26 is a critical transition.
- I’m not saying that Daniel fully understood this because I don't think he did.
- that’s why Paul calls the church the “mystery”.....God’s working with Gentiles and Jews to bring them together in one body in Christ.
- but the day is coming, as we mentioned a couple of weeks ago.....when Jesus Christ will return in the sky, and the church will be taken out of the world in the rapture....and then the seven year tribulation [Daniel’s 70th week] will begin.
- and for anyone who would scoff at that, or question that, or fail to be motivated by that.....the question that would flow out of the book of Daniel is.....How many more prophecies would have to be literally and precisely fulfilled before that person would believe and act on what God has said about the future?
- now, there’s a lot more that we could say about this than we have time this morning...
- but let’s be sure to place our focus where it ultimately belongs…
- on what basis does God makes promises about judgment, and about forgiveness, and about hope?
- the answer is, the finished work of Messiah the Prince...the Lord Jesus Christ…who… - …the Messiah will be cut off and have nothing…
- that was an incredible promise for God the Father to make about His own Son…because of the power of that Word…
- if you compare it to other places in the Bible…here are some of the parallel uses…
- - For there is hope for a tree, when it is cut down, that it will sprout again, and its shoots will not fail.
- what word there do you think is translated “cut off” in ?
A. Like a tree being cut to the ground –
- think about what Jesus Christ did for us – so that the promises of God in Him could always be yes…
- He was willing to be like a tree cut to the ground…
- here’s another graphic use of that word…
- - While the meat was still between their teeth, before it was chewed, the anger of the Lord was kindled against the people, and the Lord struck the people with a very severe plague.
- this was during the wilderness wanderings and the people had been complaining about the provision of manna and demanded meat…
- which word do you think is translated “cut off” in ?...
B. Like a piece of meat being chewed up –
- God promised that about His own Son…
- there was no other way for our sin to be forgiven
- here’s one more… - But the man who is clean and is not on a journey, and yet neglects to observe the Passover, that person shall then be cut off from his people, for he did not present the offering of the Lord at its appointed time. That man will bear his sin.
- that one is probably easiest to connect to what Daniel was told about the Messiah…
C. Like a man who is separated and disciplined for the purity of the people –
- doesn’t that sound a lot like this verse?...
- - He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
- friends – what human being would have ever made promises like this?...about the Messiah…the Prince…
- being cut off…
- like a tree being cut to the ground…
- or a piece of meat being chewed up…
- or a man being separated and disciplined for the purity of others…
- who would ever make promises like that?...and who would be loving, and wise, and powerful enough to keep them?...
- that God is worthy of trust – because His promises always come true…
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