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When evil triumphs

Daniel 8:1-27, Andrew Love, September 2, 2018


Sermon Notes:

Introduction

  • As Christians we believe the whole Bible is God inspired
    • We have come to maybe a difficult part of the Bible
  • In some ways chapter 8 is about the triumph of evil
    • It seems to prosper but God will bring it to an end
    • Example of Concentration Camps in Korea
    • Why are we suffering?
  • Seems to speak of evil humans triumphing
    • Kingdom of the Medes and the Persians (the ram)
    • The Greek Empire (the goat)
      • The Four Commanders
      • The one who rose and who wanted to impose Greek culture on all, especially the Jews
    • Does this passage just speak of this man or another man who will rise up in the end times?
    • There will be an end to evil
    • Example of terrible evil
      • These did not prevail - their wickedness ended
      • God often judges evil
  • Overview:
    • The Truth of God's word
    • How we ought to respond to evil?
    • How we ought to respond

The Truth of God's word

  • Chapters 1-6: King Nebuchadnezzar, Belshazzar, Darius
    • Chapters 7 & 8 are going backwards - back to the time of Belshazzar
    • Not in chronological order
    • Another vision in the 3rd year of the reign of King Belshazzar
  • He had a vision of Shushan by the River Ulai - 150 miles from where he was
    • It was as if God was saying that things would shift
    • This was prophetic
  • A ram with two horns (v3)
    • cf v20
    • The united kingdom of the Medes and the Persians - 550BC
    • A sign for the world to watch out
    • In 539BC Babylon was taken and Belshazzar died
    • The Persians became more prominent - thus it is known as the Persian empire
    • The kingdom lasted for 200 years and expanded
  • A goat with four horns (v5)
    • cf v21-22
    • The kingdom of Greece
    • 1st King - Alexander the Great
    • The Medes and Persians were conquered in a decisive victory
    • He died of an illness aged 33
    • His kingdom was split into 4 but Israel was in the middle
  • Daniel was given a vision by God
    • He saw things that would happen 200 years into the future
    • The angel Gabriel came and explained events to him
    • Daniel wrote down history that was yet to occur
  • A goat with a little horn (v9)
    • A man who opposes God
    • Antioch Ephiphanies
    • Example of wickedness
  • The passage seems to speak beyond Antioch Ephiphanies
    • Daniel is speaking about the last days
    • v12-13
    • The 2300 days speak roughly of his 6 years in power - before he was struck down
  • God is the Lord of all history and orders all events
    • We are not robots
    • God is not the author of evil but permits evil men to triumph
    • He will bring them to an end

How we ought to respond to evil?

  • Daniel was sick following the vision
    • Sometimes God's people are troubled by visions
  • Does this passage speak of the antichrist?
    • v17 - the time of the end
      • The end of the Greek Empire
      • The last days - from the death of Christ to His return
      • The end of the last days - the latter days (v23)
    • v25 - he is cunning and exalts himself against God
      • Jesus knew there would be other antichrists
      • 11:31
      • 2 Thess 2
    • v23-25
      • Is this not a picture of the antichrist?
      • 2 Thess 2:3-4
  • How should we respond?
    • Don't listen to the wisdom of the world
      • The Bible says evil will wax worse until the end
      • Times of favour and persecution
      • History is full of people who tried to wipe out others (especially the Jews) - who were antichrists
    • We should continue, persevere and pray
      • We stand upon the word of God - the answer is not with the world
      • Be careful in this relavatistic world - Quote from John Lennox
    • Hope in God
      • Christ will come
      • Evil men will not prosper
      • He will punish all evil
      • Psalm 96 & 98

About Andrew Love: Pastor at Tabor Church


Sermon Passage:

Daniel 8:1-27

1In the third year of the reign of king Belshazzar a vision appeared unto me, even unto me Daniel, after that which appeared unto me at the first. 2And I saw in a vision; and it came to pass, when I saw, that I was at Shushan in the palace, which is in the province of Elam; and I saw in a vision, and I was by the river of Ulai. 3Then I lifted up mine eyes, and saw, and, behold, there stood before the river a ram which had two horns: and the two horns were high; but one was higher than the other, and the higher came up last. 4I saw the ram pushing westward, and northward, and southward; so that no beasts might stand before him, neither was there any that could deliver out of his hand; but he did according to his will, and became great. 5And as I was considering, behold, an he goat came from the west on the face of the whole earth, and touched not the ground: and the goat had a notable horn between his eyes. 6And he came to the ram that had two horns, which I had there seen standing before the river, and ran unto him in the fury of his power. 7And I saw him come close unto the ram, and he was moved with choler against him, and smote the ram, and brake his two horns: and there was no power in the ram to stand before him, but he cast him down to the ground, and stamped upon him: and there was none that could deliver the ram out of his hand. 8Therefore the he goat waxed very great: and when he was strong, the great horn was broken; and for it came up four notable ones toward the four winds of heaven. 9And out of one of them came forth a little horn, which waxed exceeding great, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the pleasant land. 10And it waxed great, even to the host of heaven; and it cast down some of the host and of the stars to the ground, and stamped upon them. 11Yea, he magnified himself even to the prince of the host, and by him the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of his sanctuary was cast down. 12And an host was given him against the daily sacrifice by reason of transgression, and it cast down the truth to the ground; and it practised, and prospered. 13Then I heard one saint speaking, and another saint said unto that certain saint which spake, How long shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, and the transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot? 14And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed. 15And it came to pass, when I, even I Daniel, had seen the vision, and sought for the meaning, then, behold, there stood before me as the appearance of a man. 16And I heard a man's voice between the banks of Ulai, which called, and said, Gabriel, make this man to understand the vision. 17So he came near where I stood: and when he came, I was afraid, and fell upon my face: but he said unto me, Understand, O son of man: for at the time of the end shall be the vision. 18Now as he was speaking with me, I was in a deep sleep on my face toward the ground: but he touched me, and set me upright. 19And he said, Behold, I will make thee know what shall be in the last end of the indignation: for at the time appointed the end shall be. 20The ram which thou sawest having two horns are the kings of Media and Persia. 21And the rough goat is the king of Grecia: and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first king. 22Now that being broken, whereas four stood up for it, four kingdoms shall stand up out of the nation, but not in his power. 23And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up. 24And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people. 25And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand. 26And the vision of the evening and the morning which was told is true: wherefore shut thou up the vision; for it shall be for many days. 27And I Daniel fainted, and was sick certain days; afterward I rose up, and did the king's business; and I was astonished at the vision, but none understood it. (KJV)


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