From Q&A-29, Q&A-30, Q&A-60, & 2020REV-15
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God Makes Understanding World Events Simple
As we open to Daniel 2, note with me how simple God makes understanding the future. God sends us a picture that describes the history of the world of Daniel (620-530 BC) to the end of human history on Earth as we know it.
God reduced human history down to the four Empires that surround the history of His Chosen people of promise, the Jews. Four easy steps to comprehend history, from the time of the life of Daniel in the Old Testament to now, and onward to the end. That is simple.
The complexities of all of history are easily and vividly assembled for us, by God Himself, right here in Daniel 2.
The Rule of Four Empires & the Coming of Christ
When Jesus first explained the End of Days to His disciples He used as His central point the coming of the worst human whoever will live. The antichrist is the greatest fiend, the most powerful, destructive, evil, wicked, and harmful human who will ever live. Jesus mentions him in Matthew 24:15 (as we will see later), then cites Daniel the prophet.
Basically, Jesus had two central truths in His longest explanation of the future for us. First:
The Antichrist Will Be the Worst Human Ever
Think about this man with so many different names in the Bible: the man of sin, the son of perdition, the beast, the lawless one, and the Antichrist.
Of all who have ever hated good, hated God, and hated Christians, the Antichrist will be the pinnacle. If we were to take all of the worst persecutors, deceivers, and malignant terrorists and stew them until they boiled down to the essence of evil, the Antichrist is what would pour out: the man of sin, the son of perdition, and the false Christ.
When this man appears, he will pulsate with the power of demons and flow with the evil desires of Satan, so much so that even people’s money, buying, selling, and even lives will be only at his nod.
Jesus described the most amazing event in the future when He was describing the end times by a citation from the prophet Daniel. This brings us to Christ’s second point:
Jesus Affirms the Reliability of Daniel
As we open to Daniel this morning, we open to one of the more vivid books of Old Testament Bible prophecy. When we read those inspired words God has sent to us, did you appreciate the magnitude of what we heard? This is the main source Jesus uses to explain eschatology, end times and Biblical prophecy.
Christ’s Authentication of Daniel
Here are three very powerful ways in which Jesus affirms, authenticates and declares Daniel reliable. Those reasons are why this book is so amazing:
1-A Strong Endorsement: Daniel is the only Old Testament prophet Jesus calls by name, when He explains the future in His long and detailed Olivet Discourse, or message in Matthew 24-25, Mark 13, and Luke 21. That, in itself, is amazing.
2-A Real Person: Jesus authenticates that Daniel is just who the Bible explains him to be. A Jew alive in the sixth century BC Empire of Babylon who serves at the highest levels of the closing days of Babylon and the opening days of the Medo-Persian Empire.
3-A Simple Map: God gives a map of the future that is flawlessly accurate and a guide for us to understand history past, present and future. When God Almighty who rules from Heaven over all the affairs of mankind, gave to Daniel the snapshot of all the ages left for mankind, God says this is all there will be to the end.