1. Hello, listening friends, and welcome back to the broadcast.
2. If you have been listening to us, you know that we are in the midst of a series of messages on the Book of Daniel.
3. This series is entitled, “Standing Firm in a World of Shifting Sands,”
4. and, with all the anxieties, insecurities, worries and concerns that beset our world today,
5. it is the desire of our hearts that this series will be a blessing to you and yours.
6. Because today’s message will remind you that only God knows the future.
7. Only God controls the future.
8. Only God can foretell the future;
9. and, in Daniel, Chapter 11, the pre-incarnate Christ appears to Daniel in response to Daniel’s prayer, as we saw in the last message;
10. and, there, by the Tigris River, the pre-incarnate Christ allowed Daniel to peer through the telescopic lens to see the future.
11. Daniel, Chapter 11, describes history before it happened.
12. Daniel, Chapter 11, is the most difficult Chapter in the Book of Daniel;
13. and that is why I will summarize it for you, so that we can learn some valuable lessons for today.
14. In that Chapter, the Lord tells Daniel the following:
15. first of all, that Cyrus shall be an extremely rich King.
16. Secondly, he will use this considerable wealth to expand the Persian Empire all the way to Greece;
17. and we know, from history, that his descendants, Xerxes, did just as the Lord told Daniel he would do many years earlier.
18. Third, the Lord said that the Persian Empire will not remain the dominant power in the world;
19. but, before long, the glory of the world would belong to Greece, which will be led into prominence by Alexander the Great.
20. Fourthly, in verse 3 of Daniel 11, the Lord refers to the future expeditions of this young man, Alexander the Great,
21. and how Alexander will die in Babylon at the prime of his life;
22. and Alexander the Great died at the age of 32.
23. In verse 4 of Daniel 11, the Lord tells Daniel that none of Alexander’s sons will inherit his empire;
24. and we know that his two sons were both killed.
26. twelve of Alexander’s great generals will then divide the empire among themselves.
27. That will be followed by a considerable period of time of plotting and scheming;
28. and, eventually, the Empire will be divided into four sections, just as it was foretold in verse 4 of Daniel 11.
30. in verse 8, the Lord told Daniel that the King of the South, which was ruled by one of Alexander the Great’s generals will be eclipsed by the King of the North.
32. after a period of time, they formed an alliance through marriage;
33. and it happened just as the pre-incarnate Christ said it would happen.
35. the King of the South will rise to power again and will take over the kingdom of the North,
36. just as verse 8 predicted;
37. and, as we know from history, it happened exactly as the Bible said.
39. as verse 11 predicted, the North then retaliated and defeated the South.
40. Even Cleopatra, standing with her husband against her father, is foretold in Daniel 11:17.
41. I know that all of this history is difficult and complicated,
42. but you must never miss this crucial point here.
43. Each detailed prediction in the Word of God happened exactly, to the minutest detail,
44. because history is God’s story.
45. You can take the history books and superimpose them on Daniel, Chapter 11, and you will get one of the clearest pictures of the foreknowledge of God in the entire Bible.
46. What does this mean to you and to me today?
47. First of all, this should solidify our confidence in the Bible;
48. and, secondly, it should solidify our confidence in the sovereignty of God.
49. First, Daniel, Chapter 11, should fortify our confidence in the Bible.
50. For years, the Bible critics have always maligned the Bible.
51. They called It a book that is written by men who were bigots,
52. a book that is full of contradictions,
53. a book that is not different from other religious books,
54. and on and on they go;
55. but you can confidently point them to Daniel, Chapter 11;
56. because, in Daniel 11, they can see history written hundreds of years before it happened;
57. and that should solidify their confidence in the Word of God.
58. My listening friend, listen to this.
59. The Bible is a God-breathed Book.
60. It is the Book of God’s Self-revelation.
61. It is God’s truth revealed ahead of time.
62. The problem with most people is that they are confused about the Bible;
63. and the reason they’re confused about the Bible is because they have never read It;
64. and, yet, they have the audacity to attack Its credibility.
65. Although they have never read It, they say It is just a mythology.
66. Let me illustrate.
67. If you have a friend who always tells you the truth, no matter what,
68. and, every time you try to verify what he said, you discover that he told you the exact truth,
69. after awhile, what do you do?
70. You completely trust that friend.
71. You never need to verify anything he said;
72. and it is the same with the Bible.
73. In every area that you can check up on It, you find that It is telling you the truth;
74. and any truly honest person who wants to verify the truth of the Bible can take Daniel, Chapter 11, and compare it to history;
75. and, if he is not astounded by its truthful predictions, then they are not honest;
76. because they have to conclude that, when the Bible predicts the future, It is not just three percent accurate, it is a hundred percent accurate.
77. Daniel, Chapter 11, confirms our confidence in the Bible as God’s own Word.
78. Secondly, Daniel, Chapter 11, confirms our confidence in the sovereignty of God.
79. I often hear people say the future is out of control.
80. I want to say that the future may be out of your control and out of my control, but it is never out of God’s control.
81. To most modern historians, history is without meaning or purpose;
82. but, in reality, history is the bringing to pass of what God has already decreed.
83. No one can frustrate God’s plan.
84. Evil can never frustrate God’s will.
85. Evil can never overcome God’s plan.
86. On the contrary, as far as God’s children are concerned, God turns evil into His eternal purpose.
87. Joseph’s brothers plotted to kill him; then, they sold him into slavery;
88. but their evil plans were overturned and God brought good out of it;
89. and Joseph became the Prime Minister of the superpower of the day.
90. Nebuchadnezzar plotted to destroy Daniel and his friends,
91. but God brought victory and overthrew those who had evil intent;
92. but there’s something else here, my friend, I don’t want you to miss.
93. When the pre-incarnate Christ enumerated all these future events to Daniel, the name of God wasn’t even mentioned once.
94. With all the wars and the plotting and the intrigue, there is no mention of God;
95. and, to most of these people at that time, it appeared that history had nothing to do with God;
96. but, in reality, God is the One who is foretelling the future.
97. Listen carefully, my listening friend.
98. Sometimes in your life, when you are going through tough times,
99. when you are going through your own private Gethsemane,
1. when you are going through pain and puzzling circumstances,
2. you may be tempted into thinking that God is not there;
3. but, oh, my listening friend, He is there.
4. He is controlling events in your life.
5. God is bringing good out of pain;
6. and, when you read Daniel, Chapter 11, you will be overwhelmed with the historical facts about this emperor or that king;
7. but notice that God’s people have not even figured in in all of this.
8. To the world, they were of no measurable significance;
9. but even these events were proceeding on God’s schedule for the Savior to be born.
10. God was orchestrating the events of history to the point that, when there was one common language—that is the Greek language—
11. the Gospel message could be easily spread.
12. Only at the fullness of time will the Savior be born.
13. After Rome had built highways connecting the entire empire so that preachers and evangelists could travel with the good news of the Gospel,
14. only then would the Savior be born,
15. because history is His story.
16. The reason believers are to be optimistic and fearless and forward-looking is because we know our heavenly Father controls the future;
17. and, when you are sure that your Father is in control,
18. even in the uncertain times,
19. even in the tough times,
20. even in the confusing times,
21. when you are sure your Father is in control, then you will be full of confidence.
22. You will have an attitude like that of Thomas Edison.
你就会有托马斯 · 爱迪生那样的态度。
23. Let me tell you about Thomas Edison, the inventor of electricity, as I conclude.
在结束的时候，我想和你谈谈电的发明者托马斯 · 爱迪生的故事。
24. On a December night in 1914,
25. the inventive genius, Edison, lost his great laboratories in a huge fire.
26. You would think that he would have been emotionally destroyed and distraught.
27. You would think that he would have lost all hope;
28. but, on the contrary,
29. the next morning, the 67 year old man walked through the smoldering rubble of his laboratories and said the following,
30. “There is great value in disaster, for all of our mistakes are now burnt up.
31. Thank God that we can start again.”
32. That is the confidence by which the child of God faces the future.
33. Worldly kingdoms will plot and scheme and they will all crash and burn;
34. but God protects His children.
35. Worldly kingdoms will rise and fall, but God has you in the palms of His hands.
36. That is why you need to look to Him and to Him alone;
37. and, until next time, I wish you God’s richest blessing.