“I HATE APPOINTMENTS” (Daniel 11)
FBC Earlville 9-2-12 10:30 AM Rev. J.B. Stopford, Pastor
INTRODUCTION Today’s “Special”: “A Hush Funny“ :
A Sunday School teacher asked her little children, as they were on the way to church service, “And why is it necessary to be quiet in church?”
One bright little girl replied, “Because people are sleeping.”
Perhaps some of you have jobs that are so stressed out that you look forward to those occasional vacations. And when you get to your vacation destination, what do you have to do? Make appointments! Be there, be here, all by a certain time! Are you with me? I hate appointments! Daniel 11 mentions appointments – so they are important to God. Let’s look! PRAYER
#1 APPOINTED TO AUTHORITY (vs. 1-34)
- Note the appointments: vs. 27, 29
- Note the details: v. 8 (Egypt is “The South”), Syria and all nations north of Israel are “The North”). Those battles are still in place today.
- These verses describe by picture image the political events that were to follow after the Babylonian captivity: the takeover as world powers of the Medo-Persians, then the Greeks, then the Romans.
- In the 3rd century, there were arguments against Daniel’s authenticity, because of his telling future events BEFORE they happened. There was a suggestion that Daniel 11 was written AFTER they happened.
- See 2 Peter 1:16-21:
16 For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty. 17 For He received from God the Father honor and glory when such a voice came to Him from the Excellent Glory: “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” 18 And we heard this voice which came from heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain.
19 And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; 20 knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, 21 for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.
and 2 Timothy 3:16,17:
16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
God can tell ahead of time! Trust the authority of God and of Scriptures!
- Note the Biblical encouragement: do great exploits in trial (v. 32)!
#2 APPOINTED TO THE END (vs. 35-45)
- V. 35: shows that these verses are for the current time to the end when Jesus is on His Throne in Jerusalem
- V. 36: identifies the opponent to God as “the king”
** His character: to do wickedly, assert himself above God (vs. 36-37)
** His focus: “desire of woman” removed (v. 37) – what was the desire of the Jewish women? To be the mother of the Messiah! This man replaced that desire with himself!
** His pattern: material wealth (vs. 38-39) True today? See 1 Tim. 6:6ff
** His purpose: military strength (vs. 38-43)
** His weakness: (vs. 44-45) he is but a man, for nothing “troubles” God!
** His end: see Revelation 19:17-21 – the loser at the Battle of Armageddon!
CONCLUSION: 2 WARNINGS & A BLESSING
WARNING #1: The spirit of anti-Christ is here today (1 John 4:1-3), but we can be victorious because of the True Holy Spirit within us (1 John 4:4)
WARNING #2: The GREAT appointment of death (Hebrews 9:27):
And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment
BLESSING: Throughout history, Jesus desires to be Lord of all (see Philippians 2:5-11). Jesus is glorified today through changed, surrendered hearts. Close with illustration of Carol & Ross Primer.
Due to some medical needs of my own earlier last week, I knew that I would be unable to attend to the needs of Ross and Carol as Carol looked forward to surgery on Tuesday. [read email] I contacted my pastor friend, Pastor Tom Clark, who later emailed me the fruit of his visit. Pastor Tom has been friends with the Primers for well over 50 years. He went to the hospital and found Carol alone. As she was anxious about the severity of her surgery, he pointedly yet lovingly asked her if she was ready to meet her Savior. He had shared faith in Christ with her many times, but that Monday evening in the hospital room she prayed to receive Jesus as her Lord and Savior. As the final amen was given, she hugged Pastor Tom and immediately reached for a kleenex to dry her very wet eyes.
Pastor Tom then went to the Primer residence where he shared with Ross the news about Carol coming to faith in the Lord Jesus. Ross told Pastor Tom that if she were to die, he would not be going to the same place that she would be. Pastor Tom related how Ross then initiated the prayer to receive the Savior he had heard much about, but had never had time for.
This is the fruit of Daniel 11 – lives who turn away from the spirit of the enemy and come to faith in the One Who alone is worthy of our eternal trust – even the Lord Jesus Who gave Himself for us on Calvary’s tree.
Is YOUR heart bowed to Christ? And are YOU surrendered to His Lordship today?