November 26, 2015

Daniel 10 - the end
In the 3rd reign of Cyrus of Persia, a message was made clear to Daniel....it dealt with a big war....”During those days, I , Daniel went into mourning over Jerusalem for 3 weeks.  I ate only plain and simple food, no seasoning or meat or wine.  I neither bathed nor shaved until the 3 weeks were up.  

On the 24th day of the first month, I was standing on the bank of the great river, Tigris. I looked up and to my surprise saw a man dressed in linen...I, Daniel, was the only one to see this.  The men who were with me, although they didn’t see it, were overcome with fear and ran off and hid, fearing the worst.  Left alone after the appearance, abandoned by my friends, I went weak in the knees, the blood drained from my face....”Relax, Daniel, the man dressed in linen said, “Don’t be afraid.  From the moment you decided to humble yourself to receive understanding, your prayer was heard and I was sent out to come to you.”... “How can I, a lowly servant, speak to you, master?  I’m paralyzed.  I can hardly breath!”  “Then this humanlike figure touched me again and gave me strength.  He said, ‘ Don’t be afraid friend.  Peace.  Everything is going to be all right.  Take courage.  Be strong.‘  “Even as he spoke, courage surged up within me.‘  

The man in linen informed Daniel of the upcoming events regarding kings and wars in the south and north...”Those who keep their heads on straight will teach the crowds right from wrong by their example.  They’ll be put to severe testing for a season...The testing will refine, cleanse and purify those who keep their heads on straight and stay true, for there is more to come....

That’s when Michael, the great angel-prince, champion of your people, will step in.  It will be a time of trouble, the worst trouble the world has ever seen.  But your people will be saved from the trouble, every last one found written in the Book...Men and women who have lived wisely and well will shine brilliantly....and those who put others on the right path to life will glow like stars forever.... those who have lived wisely and well will understand what’s going on.”   

“From the time that the daily worship is banished from the temple and the obscene desecration is set up in its place will be 1, 290 days.  Blessed are those who patiently make it through 1,335 days.  And you?  Go about your business without fretting or worrying.  Relax.  When its all over, you will be on your feet to receive your reward.”

I John 2 - 
I write this, dear children, to guide you out of sin.  But if anyone does sin, we have a Priest-Friend in the presence of the Father....when Jesus served as a sacrifice for our sins, he solved the sin problem for good--not only ours, but the whole world’s.  

Here is how we can be sure that we know God is the right way:  Keep his commandments. .. the one who keeps God’s word is the person in whom we see God’s mature love...anyone who claims to be intimate with God ought to live the same life Jesus lived....Anyone who claims to live in God’s light and hates a brother or sister is still in the dark.  It’s the person who loves brother and sister who dwells in God’s light and doesn’t block the light from others...

I remind you, my dear children: Your sins are forgiven in Jesus‘ name... and a second reminder, dear children: You know the Father from personal experience....God’s word is so steady in you.  Your fellowship with God enables you to gain a victory over the Evil One.  

Don’t love the world’s way.  Don’t love the world’s goods.  Love the world squeezes out love for the Father.  Practically everything that goes on in the world--wanting your own way, wanting everything  for yourself, wanting to appear important---has nothing to do with the Father.  It just isolates you from him....

But you belong.  The Holy One anointed you, and you all know it...affirming the Son is an embrace of the Father as well....And now, children, stay with Christ.  Live deeply in Christ.