"Thou hast given a banner to them that fear Thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth" (Ps. 60:4).

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The Prophecy of Daniel

Lesson Number 10

By Given O. Blakely

Part 3

THE RELEVANCE OF THIS

All of this has a great deal to do with our text. The “Kingdom” of which Jesus spoke in Matthew thirteen, is the very kingdom Daniel declared would be “set up” in the days of the world’s greatest and most influential kingdoms. The demise of those kingdoms was but a prelude to the final removal of all of the wicked – those who do not willingly serve God. The very principles taught in the parables of the tares of the field and the great net are found in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, and the inspired interpretation of it.           

It is not possible for the devil and his children to make it so intolerable for the righteous that they must be altogether removed. That would make the field his, which it emphatically is not! In precisely the same sense that the field belonged to the Sower of the seed, who is “the Son of man,” so “The earth is the LORD'S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein” (Psa 24:1).           

The wicked will not always be with us, praise the Lord. They will be pulled up out of this world at precisely the same time those who are alive and remain to the coming of the Lord are gathered together, to forever be with the Lord (1 Thess 4:17). If there is any doubt about this matter, it is even further clarified in Second Thessalonians;. There, the destruction of the wicked, and when it will occur, are precisely delineated. “And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; WHEN HE SHALL COME to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe” (2 Thess 1:7-10).           

While the wicked will not always be among the righteous, as long as they are in this world, the righteous will always be with them. If that was not the case, there is no sense to the parables of the tares and the net, or the plain declaration of Second Thessalonians 1:7-10). A great deal of contemporary teaching concerning the coming of Christ fails to consider this circumstance. Consequently a great deal of confusion has resulted, as well as a near-total lack of preparation for the coming of the Lord. This is a most serious condition.           

We will now see that even Nebuchadnezzar, who worshiped and served other gods, was able to glean this principle from Daniel’s inspired interpretation. Those who are not able to see it, even though they may wear the name of Jesus, have stooped beneath the ignorance of a heathen king.           

To further complicate things, they have done so even though inspired explanations have been given. Further, those in Christ have the Holy Spirit, whom Nebuchadnezzar did not possess, and personal access to the fountain of all wisdom, which he also did not have. To be ignorant of the power and majesty of the Lord is a most serious error, for it has trampled on the words of Jesus and the exposition of the Apostle of the Gentiles. Popular or not, such views are in error, and cannot be true. Those in Christ must be able to comprehend the truth more rapidly than Nebuchadnezzar.

REAL HUMILITY

“ 2:46a Then the king Nebuchadnezzar fell upon his face, and worshiped Daniel . . . ” The response of Nebuchadnezzar to Daniel’s message is most extraordinary. There is certainly no casualness about it. Daniel’s words are not treated as a mere novelty, as the Athenians considered various presentations in the Areopagus, including that of Paul the Apostle (Acts 17:19-21).

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"Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning;  and ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately" (Lk. 12:35-36).

 

 

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