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We aren’t quite prepared for what happens in chapter nine. We are so accustom to strange and big events. Dreams and visions, revelations and interpretations, handwriting on a wall, fiery furnaces and scary lions’ dens and swift beasts with many horns. All of a sudden we are privy to one of Daniel’s quiet times, one of his moments of personal devotion, when three times a day he would kneel and face Jerusalem. It’s as if we are in his personal study where we see him with his Bible open praying. God gives us a glimpse of what a Christian looks like when he is reading Scripture and offering personal heartfelt prayer. We are privileged to have written down for us one of the truly extraordinary prayers of all time, inspired by the Holy Spirit and preserved for our blessing and benefit. This is a prayer worthy of reading and re-reading and meditating on and praying ourselves. We start by asking what prompted Daniel to pray this prayer in the first place?
Seventy Weeks Part 1 - Daniel 9:1-27
We have concluded the historical section of Daniel which fills the first six chapters. In those chapters we saw how God sovereignly and powerfully worked in a pagan country and through pagan kings to aid and benefit His captive people. When we turned to chapter 7 of Daniel we came to the prophetic half of the book. Chapter 7 was the pivotal chapter. In chapter seven, in the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon, Daniel saw a vision of a lion, a bear, a leopard and a beast with ten horns. The vision covered human history from the time of Daniel to the end of time, in other words chapter seven ended looking as a time that is far beyond our time. Daniel 7 is an overview of history, of what God is doing and going to do. It is a tool for reading the newspaper and listening to the news and putting our history in a larger context. This book is a survival manual for the saints. It removes unrealistic expectations and gives realistic expectations. It takes away the element of surprise just as Jesus did for His disciples:
You may have noticed our text begins and ends with Daniel acknowledging his fear and trepidation, he is alarmed. Visions can be frightening, especially when they are filled with strange creatures with great power, and as great and courageous as Daniel is, he is deeply disturbed by what he has seen. His spirit is stirred up and anxious. Even after the explanation he is still anxious. These are great things we are being shown, things that impact all of human history and will touch our children and grandchildren and great grandchildren, things that carry us beyond the mundane and trivial aspects of our lives to the unseen realms of the principalities and powers. If this doesn’t get our attention, we aren’t paying attention.
We all go through different times and seasons in this life. How we go through them is the real key to victory. :-) This message will give you some much needed insight regarding going through times of transition. God bless you.