FRIDAY January 27, 2017
A Word to the Wise
O Daniel, I have now come forth to give you skill to understand. At the beginning of your supplications the command went out, and I have come to tell you, for you are greatly beloved; therefore consider the matter, and understand the vision… - Daniel9:22-23
Daniel was a wise man of understanding and in his old age, while he prayed and studied the Scripture passages of Jeremiah, he realized that seventy years of Israel’s captivity was just about over (Daniel 9:1). Incredibly, the next biblical event to happen was for God to release his people. At this time, God’s people were still in captivity under the Persian Empire, as the Babylonian empire had fallen––defeated by Persia.
In biblical history what nations did God use to chasten His people? It was the Egyptian, Assyrian, Babylonian, Medo-Persian and the Roman Empire. These were the major nations of the world to chastise the people of God. Interestingly, in the last days––end times, God is once again going to use the revived Roman Empire (Daniel 7-8). Everything in Scripture fits perfectly together like a puzzle––it is just a matter of time.
Daniel was steadfast and fervently prayed to God. He interceded for Israel. Daniel not only confessed the people’s sins, but in humility, identified himself with the sins of the people. He understood that because of their unfaithfulness and disobedience to the Lord, they had been scattered near and far throughout the nations (Daniel 9:7-16).
Daniel prayed for God’s forgiveness and waited upon God to answer. The angel Gabriel came and told Daniel what was going to happen in the fulfillment of the seventy–week’s prophecy (Daniel 9:20-27). Already God had in His heart to prepare a man to help His people and rebuild the city of Jerusalem––Nehemiah. God will reveal to you the deep mysteries written in the Scriptures as you become a person of the Word and prayer.
Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know.
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