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An interesting note on Daniel 11: The prophesy in this chapter is so detailed and accurate that 800 years after the Book of Daniel was written an atheistic philosopher named Porphyry declared it a forgery. He said it was actually written after these events happened by someone claiming to be Daniel. This debate continued until the Qumran papers (Dead Sea Scrolls) were discovered in 1947. Among those papers was found a whole and complete early copy of the Book of Daniel. This was the proof needed to finally put the debate at rest for it proved that Daniel was authentic and written prior to the events covered in this prophesy.

It amazes me that people can read these prophecies and not accept the accuracies of all of God’s prophecies, including Jesus Christ being the Messiah.

God Bless!
Pat

I love todays verse from Proverbs "A man who remains stiff-necked after many rebukes will suddenly be destroyed—without remedy" (29:1)

I can't believe how close I came to get destroyed-without remedy. Me and my stiff-necked character. Being a reborn Christian changed many things in my character. I used to think it's black OR white ... now I know there's also grey. I've always been a believer, but I was afraid of God, probably cause of my sinfull life. I was so stiff-necked ... I can't even believe myself! So this verse really touches me personally. It's so true ...

Keep up the great work. it's hard for me to read this every day, but usually when i do i really appreciate the points that God shows to you that stand out. I'm thankful for the challenging questions like... "Is it possible that our indulgence in luxury goods and how we waste precious time could cost the very lives of someone else in need somewhere in the world? Can we give up our "life", our luxury goods, and our wasting of time so that we can show real love for others? Will we? Will we follow Jesus in the giving up of our own life for the sake of others?"

Be blessed and stand strong. you're making an eternal difference.

I just love this bible study. I even have all my grandkids reading this with me. The Lord has been speaking to me about Daniel so this is truely a blessing.

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I John 3:23-24

And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. 24Those who obey his commands live in him, and he in them.
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Whenever I come across the word "command" I have disciplined myself to recognize it is not a "request."

These two verses underscore the "command" of Jesus in John 13:

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John 13:34

But I am giving you a new command. You must love each other, just as I have loved you.

John 13:35

If you love each other, everyone will know that you are my disciples.
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Although we are several days passed our reading from Daniel chapter 6th I am stuck in chapter 6. I am impressed, humbled, chastised, rebuked and awestruck at Daniel’s response to a threat to not only his physical life but also his spiritual life. How many of us would curtail or temper our beliefs because of a physical threat to our earthly lives? I was just floored by Daniel’s response and for days, I’ve been doing a self-evaluation on what my true response would have been to the king’s order. He did not send out a mass mailing nor did he organize a protest he just went home and worshiped. Daniel did not form a Political Action Committee (PAC) nor did he form a ministry dedicated to religious freedom, he didn’t even take up an offering or put out an appeal for funds to fight in the courts what was happening, he just went home and worshiped.

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
(2 Chronicles 7:14 KJV)

And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits. (Daniel 11:32 KJV)

The Hebrew word translated “know” is the Hebrew word: yâda‛
yaw-dah'
A primitive root; to know (properly to ascertain by seeing); used in a great variety of senses, figuratively, literally, euphemistically and inferentially (including observation, care, recognition; and causatively instruction, designation, punishment, etc.)

What Daniel did was an exploit, he took a stand but that stand was done in quietness, humility and trust; he trusted that the God he knew and served was able to sustain his life even if his earthly life was taken away.

I don’t know why but I am not so much interested in the “history” or explanations of what each visual image given to Daniel means. Even if I don’t know what each dream and vision means because I have studied them but still have no clue of what they mean, God still has everything under control and if I fail to know the future I still know who holds it, God. Daniel did not make his stand as “just one of the many “exiles” in Judah, he made his quiet stand as a man, one of three, appointed to oversee the princes of 120 provinces, he wasn’t a “yes” man. Daniel spoke and sought the truth even when that truth went against political leadership.

This year in my reading of Daniel I have been convicted of my lack of strength to stand for truth when everyone else believes in a lie even when those believing the lie is leadership.

And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. (Matthew 10:28 KJV)

Jesus said:

He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. … If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me. (John 14:21-24 KJV)

Grace and peace,
Ramona

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