Trials and Deliverance (Daniel 8:19-25)

 

[Gabriel] said: “I am going to tell you what will happen later in the time of wrath, because the vision concerns the appointed time of the end. 20 The two-horned ram that you saw represents the kings of Media and Persia. 21 The shaggy goat is the king of Greece, and the large horn between its eyes is the first king. 22 The four horns that replaced the one that was broken off represent four kingdoms that will emerge from his nation but will not have the same power.

23 “In the latter part of their reign, when rebels have become completely wicked, a fierce-looking king, a master of intrigue, will arise. 24 He will become very strong, but not by his own power. He will cause astounding devastation and will succeed in whatever he does. He will destroy those who are mighty, the holy people. 25 He will cause deceit to prosper, and he will consider himself superior. When they feel secure, he will destroy many and take his stand against the Prince of princes. Yet he will be destroyed, but not by human power.  (Daniel 8:19-25)

Learn it:

            Chapter eight Daniel has another vision of the future.  This vision is focused on two nations and has two meanings.  The first is that it predicts a time in the near future where the Jews are going to experience persecution.  Around 160-170 B.C. Antiochus IV was king of Syria and he attacked Israel.  In the assault he killed 40,000 Jews and more than 10,000 where captured.  In the vision the “little horn” represents Antiochus and the horrible things that are coming. 

            While that is one meaning for the “little horn” it is also pointing towards the anti-christ.  While Antiochus did horrible things to the Jews the anti-christ is going to do horrible things to people, including Christians, around the world.  He will also allow deceitful people to prosper and it will seem as if the world will turn upsides down.  Yet, Daniel is also told that he will be destroyed.  Not by human’s but by something divine!

Live it:

            In the Old Testament we see multiple times the Jews going through times of persecution.  Before each time prophets told the Jews that God would deliver them.  In the New Testament we are told that Christians are going to experience persecution for their faith.  Just like in the Old Testament we are also promised strength to endure it and we will also experience deliverance.  I pray that whatever you are going through today that you trust God.  Lean on Him and He will give you strength and true deliverance.  While the deliverance can come in different forms we know that God will provide for us exactly what we need. 


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