Truth about government…

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Daniel 8

In the third year of the reign of King Belshazzar a vision appeared to me—to me, Daniel—after the one that appeared to me the first time. 2 I saw in the vision, and it so happened while I was looking, that I was in Shushan, the citadel, which is in the province of Elam; and I saw in the vision that I was by the River Ulai. 3 Then I lifted my eyes and saw, and there, standing beside the river, was a ram which had two horns, and the two horns were high; but one was higher than the other, and the higher one came up last. 4 I saw the ram pushing westward, northward, and southward, so that no animal could withstand him; nor was there any that could deliver from his hand, but he did according to his will and became great.

5 And as I was considering, suddenly a male goat came from the west, across the surface of the whole earth, without touching the ground; and the goat had a notable horn between his eyes. 6 Then he came to the ram that had two horns, which I had seen standing beside the river, and ran at him with furious power. 7 And I saw him confronting the ram; he was moved with rage against him, attacked the ram, and broke his two horns. There was no power in the ram to withstand him, but he cast him down to the ground and trampled him; and there was no one that could deliver the ram from his hand.

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8 Therefore the male goat grew very great; but when he became strong, the large horn was broken, and in place of it four notable ones came up toward the four winds of heaven. 9 And out of one of them came a little horn which grew exceedingly great toward the south, toward the east, and toward the Glorious Land. 10 And it grew up to the host of heaven; and it cast down some of the host and some of the stars to the ground, and trampled them. 11 He even exalted himself as high as the Prince of the host; and by him the daily sacrifices were taken away, and the place of His sanctuary was cast down. 12 Because of transgression, an army was given over to the horn to oppose the daily sacrifices; and he cast truth down to the ground. He did all this and prospered.

13 Then I heard a holy one speaking; and another holy one said to that certain one who was speaking, “How long will the vision be, concerning the daily sacrifices and the transgression of desolation, the giving of both the sanctuary and the host to be trampled underfoot?”

14 And he said to me, “For two thousand three hundred days; [fn1] then the sanctuary shall be cleansed.”

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Fighting, rebellion, turning from the Lord’s command all are evident today.  Trampling under foot and oppression are also evident today.  But the promise of God, Jesus Christ gives hope and peace today.

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Daniel’s dream…

Daniel 7:1-14

In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon, Daniel had a dream and visions of his head while on his bed. Then he wrote down the dream, telling the main facts. [fn1]

2 Daniel spoke, saying, “I saw in my vision by night, and behold, the four winds of heaven were stirring up the Great Sea. 3 And four great beasts came up from the sea, each different from the other. 4 The first was like a lion, and had eagle’s wings. I watched till its wings were plucked off; and it was lifted up from the earth and made to stand on two feet like a man, and a man’s heart was given to it.

5 “And suddenly another beast, a second, like a bear. It was raised up on one side, and had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth. And they said thus to it: ‘Arise, devour much flesh!’

6 “After this I looked, and there was another, like a leopard, which had on its back four wings of a bird. The beast also had four heads, and dominion was given to it.

7 “After this I saw in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, exceedingly strong. It had huge iron teeth; it was devouring, breaking in pieces, and trampling the residue with its feet. It was different from all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns. 8 I was considering the horns, and there was another horn, a little one, coming up among them, before whom three of the first horns were plucked out by the roots. And there, in this horn, were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking pompous words.

9 ​​“I watched till thrones were put in place,

​​And the Ancient of Days was seated;

​​His garment was white as snow,

​​And the hair of His head was like pure wool.

​​His throne was a fiery flame,

​​Its wheels a burning fire;

10 ​​A fiery stream issued

​​And came forth from before Him.

​​A thousand thousands ministered to Him;

​​Ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him.

​​The court [fn2] was seated,

​​And the books were opened.

11 “I watched then because of the sound of the pompous words which the horn was speaking; I watched till the beast was slain, and its body destroyed and given to the burning flame. 12 As for the rest of the beasts, they had their dominion taken away, yet their lives were prolonged for a season and a time.

13 ​​“I was watching in the night visions,

​​And behold, One like the Son of Man,

​​Coming with the clouds of heaven!

​​He came to the Ancient of Days,

​​And they brought Him near before Him.

14 ​​Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom,

​​That all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him.

​​His dominion is an everlasting dominion,

​​Which shall not pass away,

​​And His kingdom the one

​​Which shall not be destroyed.

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What a visual experience!  There is a contrast between the entities described as beasts and the entity described as the son of man.  Taking Daniel’s book in small bytes allows for time to reflect and ask for Holy Spirit revelation.  We can suppose and many have supposed, what each beast represents.  What comes forth rather than explanation is knowledge of who God is and what he does.  He uses visual, vibrant images to speak to us.  Are we listening?  Can we see?  The people He has created are also creators and there is a fascination and appreciation for the images that are shared.  In the message unfolding before us sits a judge or king on a throne, someone full of wisdom and with the title Ancient of Days might be presumed to represent God.  Beasts have appeared before in visions and tales from Ezekiel and Daniel and were representations of governments.  The son of man is usually a term used for Christ.  One thing is clear; if the beasts are governments we can see the opinion of God for our forms of government.  Reminds us of what He told Samuel.  The people want a king, they will have a king, but they will be disappointed by the oppression kings bring.  King as a government is seen as oppressive by a portion of any people ruled by that king/government.  God demands fealty and honor.  When we take our trust and place it in government or a man in leadership position we open ourselves up for disappointment and judgment.

                                        ​​His dominion is an everlasting dominion,

​​Which shall not pass away,

​​And His kingdom the one

​​Which shall not be destroyed.

We see governments come and go.  We are promised the kingdom of God will last forever and it rests within each believer.