COMMITTED to train men and women
to have minds for the Lord Jesus,
hearts for the truth, and
hands that are skilled to the task.

Extraordinary FAITH

WE ARE BEING TRANSFORMED

John Lennox “Against the Flow”
“Michael has already been introduced to us. He is the mighty angelic prince who stands up to protect Israel in a realm beyond this world. Just as Michael was involved in bringing the vision to Daniel long ago, he will arise in the future to defend Israel in her final trial. It is described as a time of trouble, such as never has been since there was a nation till that time.
It is hard to get one’s mind around this grim statement. The time of Antiochus was horrendous, as was the period around the later fall of Jerusalem. The Holocaust beggar’s description. But Daniel indicates that there is even worse to come at the time of the end.”

Michael Heiser “Unseen Realm”
“In the distant past, God disinherited the nations of earth as his co-ruling family, the original Edenic design, choosing instead to create a new family from Abraham (Deuteronomy 32:8-9). The disinherited nations were put under the authority of lesser ELOHIM, DIVINE SONS OF GOD. When they became corrupt, they were sentenced to mortality (Psalm 82:6-8). The Old Testament is basically a record of the long war between Yahweh and the gods, and between Yahweh’s children and the nations, to re-establish the original Edenic design.
The victory at Armageddon of the returning incarnate Yahweh over the Best (antichrist) who directed the nations against Yahweh’s holy city is the event that topples the ELOHIM from their thrones. It is the day of Yahweh, the time when all that is wicked is judged and when those who believe and overcome replace the disloyal sons of God. The kingdom is ready for full, earthly realization under the reconstituted divine council whose members include glorified believers. The full mass of believing humanity will experience a new Edenic world in a resurrected, celestial state.
What was ruined by the fall is restored – and made irreversible – by the incarnation of Yahweh, his atoning death, and his resurrection. But all that is relatively easy to talk about when compared to passages that deal with what comes last and remains forever.
How do you describe the indescribable?
Paul grasped the problem clearly. I still like the King James Version of his sentiments for their rhythmic, almost lyrical quality: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him (1 Corinthians 2:9 KJV).”

Michael Heiser “Unseen Realm”
“The Hebrew word for “prince” used throughout Daniel 10 and 12 is SAR. In Daniel 10:13, where Michael is called “one of the chief princes”, the Septuagint refers to Michael as one of the chiefs “archonton”. In another Greek translation of Daniel, a text many scholars consider even older than the Septuagint currently in use, the prince of Persia and Israel’s prince Michael, are both described with the Greek word “archon”. These are the terms Paul uses when describing the “rulers of this age”, the rulers “in heavenly places”, and “the rulers of the authority of the air”.

Michael Heiser “Unseen Realm”
“Paul often interchanged these terms with others that are familiar to most Bible students”
• “principalities” (arche)
• “powers” / “authorities” (exousia)
• “powers” (dynamis)
• “dominions” / “lords” (kyrios)
• “thrones” (thronos)
“These terms have something in common – they were used in both the New Testament and other Greek literature for GEOGRAPHICAL DOMAIN RULERSHIP. This is the divine dominion concept of Deuteronomy 32:8-9. At times these terms are used of humans, but several instances demonstrate that Paul had spiritual beings in mind.
The first three terms are found in Ephesians 6:12.

John Lennox “Against the Flow”
“Daniel was a man who, though he lived in this world, lived for another world that would outlast this one, a supernatural realm that from time to time had unmistakably manifested itself to him and his friends. God had intervened to protect their witness, save their lives, and reveal to them things to come, with such power and precision that even pagan kings could not fail to recognize the invasion of the supernatural.
This passage on the resurrection near the end of Daniel’s account is consistent with that supernatural dimension. The God that spans history in his knowledge, and can reveal things to come, is the God who will raise the dead. Daniel did not, of course, know what we know; that the molecules in our bodies are in constant flux, so that they undergo total replacement every seven years or so, while each one of us remains the same person. There is a pattern somewhere that defines and holds each individual human in existence. And if we grant the reality of God and the supernatural, it is surely not hard to think that God himself holds those patterns in memory. He can reuse each pattern to fashion a resurrection body in the future.”

Michael Heiser “Unseen Realm”
“Paul tells us in Ephesians 1:20-21 that when God raised Jesus from the dead, “he seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion” (ESV). It was only after Christ had risen that God’s plan was “made known….to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly places (Ephesians 3:10). These cosmic forces are “the rulers and the authorities” disarmed and put to shame by the cross (Colossians 2:15).
The incident at Babel and God’s decision to disinherit the nations drew up the battle lines for a cosmic turf war for the planet. The corruption of the ELOHIM sons of God set over the nations meant that Yahweh’s vision for a global Eden would be met with divine force. Every inch outside Israel would be contested, and Israel itself was fair game for hostile conquest. The gods would not surrender their inheritance back to Yahweh; he would have to reclaim them. God would take the first step in that campaign immediately after Babel.”

“I am going to start with the truth. Deuteronomy 22:5 states: “A woman must not wear men’s clothing, nor a man wear women’s clothing, for the Lord your God detests anyone who does this.”
Now, this verse isn’t concerned about clothing styles but with people determining their own sexual identities. It is not clothing or personal style that offends God but, rather, the use of one’s appearance to act out or take on a sexual identity different from the one biologically assigned by God at birth. In this wisdom, God intentionally made each individual uniquely either male or female. When men or women claim to be able to choose their own sexual identity, they are making a statement that God did not know what he was doing when he created them”.
Rep Greg Steube (R-FL)
In response, Rep Nadler (D-NY) stated: “Mr. Steube, what any religious tradition ascribes as God’s will is no concern of this Congress.”

The Equality Act passed the house 224 -206 on February 25, 2021.
The battle is still ongoing. In the spiritual realm though, victory is determined by God. Those Elohim will be taken from their position of power and so will those humans who are ruled by them.
Those who are wise accept the Gospel of Jesus Christ that has the power to transform them from defeated enemies of God into sons and daughters of God Almighty.

THE CAMPAIGN OF ARMAGEDDON

Dr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum in his book “The Footsteps of the Messiah” published in 1982 writes that God has a CITY OF REFUGE prepared for the Jewish people.
“No hiding place has been pinpointed, but three clues have been provided.
Once clue was in Matthew 24:16 THEN LET THEM THAT ARE IN JUDEA FLEE UNTO THE MOUNTAINS. According to this text, the place of flight and refuge is to be the mountains.
The second and third clues were given in verse 6 and 14 of Revelation 12:
“And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, in which she is to be nourished for 1,260 days.
14 But the woman was given two wings of the great eagle, so that she might fly from the serpent into the wilderness, to the place where she is to be nourished for a time, and times, and half a time.”
“The second clue was that the place of refuge is not only in the mountains, it must also be in the wilderness.
Third, it was prepared by God in advance and therefore indicates a very adequate preexisting place of refuge.”

Arnold Fruchtenbaum
“The two climactic events of the great tribulation are the Campaign of Armageddon and the second coming. A considerable amount of data is given about this period in the Scriptures. One of the greatest difficulties in the study of eschatology is placing the events in chronological sequence in order to see what exactly will happen in the Campaign of Armageddon.
The Campaign of Armageddon can be divided into eight states, and this, in turn, will facilitate an understanding of the sequence of events.”

There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen.”
Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

The First Stage: The Assembling of the Allies of the Antichrist
Revelation 16:12-16

The Second Stage: The Destruction of Babylon
Zechariah 5:5-11

The Third Stage: The Fall of Jerusalem
Zechariah 12:1-3 and Zechariah 14:1-2

The Fourth Stage: The Armies of the Antichrist in Bozrah
Jeremiah 49:13-14

The Fifth State: The National Regeneration of Israel
Revelation 11:3-13

The Sixth Stage: The Second Coming of the Messiah
Acts 1:9-11

The Seventh Stage: The Battle from Bozrah to the Valley of Jehoshaphat
Joel 3:12-13

2 Thessalonians 2:8
Arnold Fruchtenbaum
“Regeneration is the work of the Holy Spirit, and here the nation of Israel will be regenerated because of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on them, creating some dramatic manifestations in the midst. This will be accompanied by wonders in the heavens as well. The result is that the Jews of Jerusalem and the remnant of Bozrah will be delivered and escape.”

APPROACHING ARMAGEDDON

John Lennox “Against the Flow”
“Since we are now in the realm of things future, it would be well to remind ourselves that the fulfillment of biblical prophecy usually turns out to be much more complex than we might at first imagine.
Think of the well-known prophecies regarding the Messiah. Daniel spoke of him coming on the clouds of heaven, whereas Zechariah said he would come riding on a donkey. The apparent contradiction is solved by the fact that the ‘coming’ of Messiah turned out not to be simply a point in time, but two distinct comings separated by a very lengthy period during which the Messiah would be absent. His first coming, during which he fulfilled Zechariah’s prophecy (among many others), was not a point in time but lasted just over thirty years, and his second coming has not happened yet. If we were asked to set all this out in a time-line, based only on our knowledge of the Old Testament prophecies, would any of us even have realized that the ‘coming’ was to be in two stages, let alone place the details in their correct sequence? Scarcely.”
John Lennox
“Even though the end time is likely to be more complex than we could ever guess, some of its broad contours are discernible. According to Daniel it will be a future end-time leader, not Antiochus, who will invade Egypt and the land of Israel, resulting in great loss of life. He will sequester the wealth of Egypt and gain control of a wider region of North Africa. He will eventually leave that region in fury, alarmed by threats from the east and north. On his way to neutralize those threats he will meet his end, between the mountains and the sea.”

David E. Aune in his commentary on Revelation 9 writes:
“The ‘star’ is obviously some kind of supernatural being, as this verse and the following make clear…..While the key to the abyss is mentioned again in 20:1, the notion of a shaft that could be locked and unlocked is implied rather than explicitly stated. In the other two references, in Rev 11:7 and 17:8, the abyss is the place from which THE BEAST IS SAID TO ASCEND…
The abyss is sometimes synonymous with the underworld, which is the abode of the dead and the place where demons are imprisoned into the abyss until the day of judgement.”

Dr. Michael Heiser in his book Demons, What the Bible really says about
The Powers of Darkness, has a chapter titled: The Devil – His Dominion and Destiny!
“Matthew also considered Satan ‘the prince of demons’, allowing us to see clearly that Matthew considered the minions of Satan’s kingdom to be demons. This notion makes good sense. Beelzebul derives from the old Semitic title for Baal, lord of the underworld, and Baal was also called ‘ruler of the earth’ in Ugaritic texts nine times. This aspect of an association with Baal dovetails with the Deuteronomy 32 worldview that was part of Second Temple Jewish theology. Each nation was under the dominion of demons, so it is logical to consider a figure associated with Baal, the ‘ruler of the earth,’ also the be the ruler of demons.
The Gospel writers understood the casting down of the original rebel as conceptually connected to the underworld home of Baal, lord of the dead.”

Senator Lindsey Graham took the microphone and said:
“This is hell, the most unethical sham I have seen in my decades-long political career. To my Republican colleagues, if you vote no, you’re legitimizing the most despicable thing I have seen in my time in politics.”

Michael Heiser “Demons”
“With the respect to the renegade sons of God, the Watchers of Second Temple Jewish tradition, it is clear that Second Temple texts have them imprisoned in the abyss for ‘seventy generations’ or ‘until the day of their judgment….until the eternal judgment is consummated’ (1 Enoch 10:11-13).Many scholars believe that the book of Revelation describes their release, a precursor to the return of Christ, the day of the Lord, and their ultimate punishment (with Satan) in the lake of fire. Specifically, the scene in Revelation 9:1-10 of the ‘unlocking’ of the abyss by a ‘star’ who is given the key is construed as the eschatological emancipation of the imprisoned Watchers.”
“Consider the imagery of the temptation. Jesus was in the wilderness forty days – a deliberate mirroring of Israel’s forty years of wandering in the desert after their failure to believe Yahweh would give them victory over the giant Anakim (evil spawn in Old Testament and Second Temple theology) reported by the spies.
The failure was especially shameful because it involved ignoring the earlier incredible deliverance at the Red Sea. This is consistent with the observation of many scholars that Matthew’s portrayal of Jesus’ early life and ministry cast him as the new SON OF GOD, the central figure of a new exodus.
We must not overlook the fact that the exodus is viewed as a victory over the gods of Egypt – evil spirits in rebellion against Yahweh in the wake of Babel’s allotment of the gods over the nations.
Jesus’ victory over Satan’s temptation in the wilderness is also a victory over the gods of the nations.
In effect, Satan was offering Jesus rule over the nations abandoned by Yahweh at Babel (Deuteronomy 32:8). That judgment was never intended to be permanent. When Yahweh raised up his own ‘portion’ starting with the covenant with Abraham, he told the patriarch that it would be through his offspring that all the nations would ultimately be blessed. Jesus was the specific fulfillment of that promise.
Had Jesus failed in the wilderness temptation, the plan to bring the nations back into the family of Yahweh also would have failed. The nature of this temptation and the implication of its outcome presume the Second Temple Jewish perception we discovered earlier; that the rebellious gods of the nations were affiliated with the original revel of Eden and, in some sense, under his authority. When the Gospel have Satan offering the kingdoms of the world to Jesus in exchange for worship, they presume this affiliation and authority.”

PROPHETIC PARALLELS

John Lennox “Against the Flow”
“At first (reading Daniel 11:36-39) it looks as if Daniel is still talking about Antiochus IV Epiphanes. He was certainly a willful and proud king, as were many before him. Antiochus exalted himself and was the first of the Seleucid dynasty to assume divine honors for himself. Even his coinage bore the inscription “God manifest”. His most violent aggression was directed against the God’s of gods, the God of Israel. He was anti-God. He reminds us of a new breed of atheist, the so-called “New Atheists”, who are not content simply to disbelieve in the existence of God themselves but actively campaign against God and all manifestations of belief in him on the part of others.
However, Antiochus IV did not go as far as to exalt himself above every god. For instance, he sought to get the Jews to worship the familiar gods of the Greek pantheon, rather than force them to worship him.”
Later he asks the question:
“The history is impressively accurate. Where does this leave us? It leaves us with the fact that the events of Daniel 11:40-45 cannot be identified in ancient history because THEY HAVE NOT HAPPENED YET.”
“Daniel uses the life and times of Antiochus IV as a thought model of the end time, when an altogether more sinister leader will appear, who will exalt himself as God.”

Wilfred Hahn published the Book
“Global Financial Apocalypse Prophesied”
“God had enabled Joseph to interpret Pharaoh’s dream as well as recommend a public-works program. He was then put in charge of the entire kingdom.
I then becomes a heart-rending story that reveals what humanity will do in order to quell the pangs of hunger, to be saved from a crisis – whatever its kind. In desperate times, having little choice, people will strike bad deals, ceding freedoms and increasing their vulnerability to rich despots and totalitarian regimes.
Fourteen years later, the entire commercial and societal structure of the known world at that time, as well as almost all the land in Egypt, came under the control of one man – Pharaoh – due to Joseph’s management. The Pharaoh ended up becoming an all-powerful economic potentate.
How did this happen? A more detailed examination of this account reveals many levels of prophetic foreshadowing; these provide end-time warnings for the world and for Christians living today.”

Sounds like Klaus Schwab (Davos Agenda)
“You will own nothing, and you will be happy.” (The Great Reset)
“The pandemic represents a rare but narrow window of opportunity to reflect, reimagine, and reset our world.”

Wilfred Hahn asks the question:
“If Joseph’s action indeed saved millions of lives, then does anything else matter? Wasn’t the tradeoff worth it – putting entire populations into vassalage and widening even farther the imbalances of the wealth distribution?
That may appear to be the same type of situation faced by those who are currently making policy decisions about the public responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Should we save everyone from dying from the virus, but completely destroy the global economy and place massive debts upon the shoulders of citizens? How can it be ensured that the stimulus of massive new indebtedness will be distributed fairly?
Is everyone being forced into economic bondage?
Pharaoh came to this position of controlling the entire world by dispensing the means of providing bread and prosperity. The incentive of gaining “bread” was harnessed by one centralized system – even by one man. We may see that aspect of that process are again sweeping the entire world today under the guise of the promise of “more bread for the entire world.”

IS IT THE TIME OF THE END?

John Lennox “Against the Flow”
“After an introductory paragraph that brings us to the death of Alexander the Great and the division of his kingdom among his four generals, the future is divided up into four movements:
Daniel 11:5-19
Daniel 11:20-28
Daniel 11:29-35
Daniel 11:36-12:3

According to www.Britannica.com
“Zeus, in ancient Greek religion, chief deity of the pantheon, a sky and weather god who was identical with the Roman god Jupiter.
As ruler of heaven Zeus led the gods to victory against the GIANTS (offspring of Gaea, Greek personification of the Earth as a goddess) and successfully crushed several revolts against him by his fellow gods.
According to the Greek poet Homer, heaven was located on the summit of Olympus, the highest mountain in Greece and the logical home for a weather god. The other members of the pantheon resided there with Zeus and were subject to his will.
From his exalted position atop Mount Olympus Zeus was thought to omnisciently observe the affair of men, seeing everything, governing all, and rewarding good conduct and punishing evil. Besides dispensing justice – he had a strong connection with his daughter Dike (Justice) – Zeus was the protector of cities, the home, property, strangers, guests, and supplicants.” Encyclopedia Britannica

According to the Talmud, one of Judaism’s most central texts, Judah Maccabee and the other Jews who took part in the rededication of the Second Temple witnessed what they believed to be a miracle. Even though there was only enough untainted olive oil to keep the menorah’s candles burning for a single day, the flames continued flickering for eight nights, leaving them time to find a fresh supply.
This wondrous event inspired the Jewish sages to proclaim a yearly eight-day festival.
The story of Hannukah does not a appear in the Torah because the events that inspired the holiday occurred after it was written. It is, however, mentioned in the New Testament, in which Jesus attends a ‘FEAST OF DEDICATION’

Did you know that on October 3, 1863 President Abraham Lincoln declared THANKSGIVING a NATIONAL HOLIDAY to be the last Thursday in November, which that particular year overlapped with one of Hanukkah’s eight days of celebration?

John Lennox
“Even though Antiochus’s oppression of the Jews would not usher in the time of the end, Daniel predicted that the people of Israel would experience persecution, war, captivity, and death over an unspecified period, UNTIL THE TIME OF THE END. (The nightmare of the Holocaust was yet to come.) There is no expectation here of the kind of deliverance that Daniel and his friends experienced in the earlier part of his book.”
“Throughout the centuries of Christian history there has been a constant danger of people failing to heed Christ’s warning. They thought that their time was the end time; a mistake that often led to behavior which discredited the Christian message. During the Second World War, for instance, there were those who thought the activity of Hitler and Mussolini was evidence that the end times had come. BUT THEY WERE WRONG.
In this final section of his book it should not surprise us, therefore, that Daniel issues a similar warning to those who would live four centuries after him. The angelic messenger told Daniel that some of his people would misread not only the time of Antiochus but other historical situations also and think the end had come. THAT WOULD SOMETIMES LEAD THEM TO DISASTER. For instance, some would even make a futile attempt TO BRING IN GOD’S KINGDOM BY FORCE OF ARMS.”
“If an event in history is a thought model or prototype of the end time, there will inevitably be a danger of confusing the PROTOTYPE with the event that it foreshadows. The former Chief Rabbi of the UK, Lord Sacks, in his analysis of why religion goes wrong, writes:
‘SOMETIMES IT IS BECAUSE RELIGIOUS PEOPLE ATTEMPT TO BRING ABOUT THE END OF TIME IN THE MIDST OF TIME.’
As examples of attempting to bring the end of time within time, Lord Sacks cites the two major rebellions against Rome – AD 66 and AD 132 – that led to the destruction of the temple, the razing of Jerusalem, and 58,000 deaths. He comments: ‘Prior to the Holocaust, it was the greatest catastrophe in Jewish history.” John Lennox

What does history tell us?
“The reward of the historian is to locate patterns that recur over time and to discover the natural rhythms of social experience.
In fact, at the core of modern history lies this remarkable pattern: Over the past five centuries, Anglo-American society has entered a new era – a new TURNING – every two decades or so. At the start of each turning, people change how they feel about themselves, the culture, the nation, and the future. Turnings come in cycles of four. Each cycle, a unit of time the ancients called the saeculum. Together, the four turnings of the saeculum comprise history’s seasonal rhythm of growth, maturation, entropy, and destruction. Each turning comes with its own identifiable mood. Always, these mood shifts catch people by surprise.”
“The 1760s were followed by the American Revolution, the 1850s by Civil War, the 1920 by the Great Depression and World War II. All these Unraveling eras were followed by bone-jarring Crisis so monumental that, by their end, American society emerged in a wholly new form.
Each time, the change came with scant warning. As late as December 1773, November 1859, and October 1929, the American people had no idea how close it was. Then sudden sparks (the Boston Tea Party, John Brown’s raid and execution, Black Tuesday) transformed the public mood, swiftly and permanently. Over the next two decades or so, society convulsed.
Emergencies required massive sacrifices from a citizenry that responded by putting community ahead of self. Leaders led, and people trusted them. As a new social contract was created, people overcame challenges once thought insurmountable – and used the Crisis to elevate themselves and their nation to a higher plane of civilization.
In the 1790, they triumphantly created the modern world’s first democratic republic. In the late 1860, wounded but reunited, they forged a genuine nation extending new guarantees of liberty and equality. In the 1940, they constructed the most Promethean superpower ever seen.
The fourth turning is history’s great discontinuity. It ends one epoch and begins another.” “The Fourth Turning” William Strauss and Neil Howe

THE IMPRINT OF DIVINE INSPIRATION

ESV Study Bible explains the purpose of these detailed prophecies, noting that although “Judah was about to be restored from exile, and yet it was not really free. It would be subject to the Persians, and then to Alexander’s Greeks; after that it would be caught in the middle between powerful heirs of Alexander’s empire, the Seleucids and the Ptolemies. Pious Jews would readily fall into bewilderment: how do these circumstances display God’s concern for His people, and how will God ever use His now-insignificant people to bring blessing to the whole world? The vision is therefore reassurance for the faithful.

Donald Barnhouse chronicles the “legacy” of “cursing” Abram and his descendant, Israel…
“When the Greeks overran Palestine and desecrated the altar in the Jewish temple, they were soon conquered by Rome. When Rome killed Paul and many others, and destroyed Jerusalem under Titus, Rome soon fell. Spain was reduced to a fifth-rate nation after the Inquisition against the Jews; Poland fell after the pogroms; Hitler’s Germany went down after its orgies of anti-Semitism; Britain lost her empire when she broke her faith with Israel.”

Alan Keyes posted on www.brainyquote.com
“Bureaucrats derive their power from their position in the structure, not from their relations with the people they are supposed to serve. The people are not masters of the bureaucracy, but its clients. They receive its services, but only insofar as they conform to its authority. The bureaucracy is like a computer, it responds only to those who address it in the proper form. In this sense, a bureaucratic government program has a double meaning. The program serves its clients, but it also programs them.”

THE GREAT CONFLICT

John Lennox “Against the Flow”
“He was standing one day by the River Tigris, contemplating its flow. Where he stood the river was about a mile wide – it was one of the mightiest rivers on earth. The massive expanse of water was constantly on the move, surging past him on its irresistible journey. The flow of great rivers had always been used by Jewish writers as a poetic metaphor to express the flow of history in the nations of the world, as they surged against each other if conflict, clamed down for a time, surged again, broke their banks, and flooded across each other in what seemed to be a ceaseless and powerful state of confused movement or violent turmoil of war, conflict, and suffering.”
“Now, as he watches the restless flow of the Tigris, his mind is drawn once more to the inexorable flow of history. Where is it all going? What does it all mean? How is he to navigate the complexities of what he has already been told? After all, Judah’s defeat was relatively easy to understand.
Where was the Tigris going? Where was history going? Where was Daniel’s nation going? Where was Daniel going? Could anything impede the flow? Could one swim against it? What was the meaning of it all anyway? His mind is crammed with questions as he stands gazing across the vast expanse of the river. Then he becomes aware of the glowing figure of a majestic man ABOVE THE RIVER.”

Chuck Swindoll in his Study Bible makes this comment on Daniel
“The ancients were comfortable with the concept that reality exists in two worlds – the physical and the spiritual. The seen and the unseen. Today, however, most people in the West sneer at that notion, dismissing it as mythology. Skeptics won’t believe in anything they can’t see or touch – they require “hard evidence.” They call the many unexplainable good things that happen on this earth coincidences, while Christians often call them miracles. Daniel understood that two realms exist. Biblical truth compels you and me to stand with Daniel and the ancients. From the vantage point of Daniel and the other prophets we see the reality of the unseen and gain a new perspective that will transform our understanding of prayer.”

Michael Heiser “The Unseen Realm”
“Biblical scholars are in unanimous agreement that the PRINCES referred to in Daniel 10 are divine beings, not humans. They are also agreed that the concept is based on Deuteronomy 32:8-9
The passage, along with Deuteronomy 32:8-9 is the foundation for Paul’s theology of the unseen world. This is made clear in an overarching sense in Acts 17:26-27, where Luke records Paul’s speech at the Areopagus. In talking about God’s salvation plan, Paul says:
And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined ALLOTED PERIODS AND THE BOUNDARIES OF THEIR DWELLING PLACE, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us.

Gary Stearman (Prophecywatchers.com)
“If these are the times we think they are, given Israel’s regathering to statehood and the rise of nations that exactly mirror the Bible’s description, then shouldn’t we be looking for the rise of ten kings? The Bible is quite explicit about their appearance, and that one of them would rise to the role of Antichrist. We have seen how clearly it is illustrated in both Daniel and Revelation, that the Antichrist’s rise to power will initially take place with the backing of horns, which are clearly described as then kings. Initially, they are practically unknown; they have no kingdoms. But during a very short period of time, they share their power with the Antichrist. As close as we must be to all these specific details, it is probably, that they are alive today. They would be the oligarchs, tech giants, bankers, investors and super-scientists who are totally invested in a godless order of global powers. Without referring to any of them by name, just think of the trillionares of the digital world, who are publicly linked to a new order of science, genetic transformation, digitized global politics and any of a variety of technologies. They are now hailed as the ones who will save the world through their new methodologies. It seems apparent that the world is about to be turned upside down, as they assume power. But really, they are only the foundation of the Antichrist’s rise.”

THE NEXT RENDEZVOUS WITH DESTINY

Strauss and Howe in their book: THE FOURTH TURNING
“History is seasonal, and winter is coming. Like nature’s winter, the saecular winter can come early or late. The Fourth Turning can be long and difficult, brief but severe, or perhaps mild. But, like winter, it cannot be averted. It must come in its turn.
Here, in summary, is what the rhythms of modern history warn about America’s future.
The Next Fourth Turning is due to begin shortly after the new millennium, midway through the Oh-Oh decade. Around the year 2005, a sudden spark will catalyze a Crisis mood.
Remnants of the old social order will disintegrate. Political and economic trust will implode. Real hardship will beset the land, with severe distress that could involve questions of class, race, nation, and empire. Yet this time of trouble will bring seeds of social rebirth.
Americans will share a regret about recent mistakes – and a resolute new consensus about what to do. The very survival of the nation will feel at stake. Sometimes before the year 2025, America will pass through a great gate in history, commensurate with the American Revolution, Civil War, and twin emergencies of the Great Depression and World War II.
The risk of catastrophe will be very high.
The nation could erupt into insurrection or civil violence, crack up geographically, or succumb to authoritarian rule. If there is a war, it is likely to be one of maximum risk and effort – in other words, A TOTAL WAR. Every Fourth Turning has registered an upward ratchet in the technology of destruction, and in mankind’s willingness to use it. In the Civil War, the two capital cities would surely have incinerated each other had the means been at hand. In World War II, America invented a new technology of annihilation, which the nation swiftly put to use. This time, America will enter a Fourth Turning with the means to inflict unimaginable horrors, and perhaps, will confront adversaries who possess the same.”
“We cannot stop the seasons of history, but we can prepare for them. Yes, winter is coming, but our path through that winter is up to us. History’s howling storms can bring out the worst and best in a society. The next Fourth Turning could literally destroy us as a nation and people, leaving us cursed in the histories of those who endure and remember. Alternatively, it could ennoble our lives, elevate us as a community, and inspire acts of consummate heroism – deeds that will grow into mythlike legends recited by our heirs far into the future.”

John Lennox “Against the Flow”
Daniel’s prophecies of the end times would appear to focus on what Paul describes as the rule of the MAN OF LAWLESSNESS. He will be an incredibly brutal leader, energized by devilish power, and will have the unbridled arrogance eventually to attempt to take the place of God. The length of time his cruel dominion lasts, therefore, will be of great concern to those who are caught up in it. We do not know when it will all occur; but even if we are not involved, it is still important for us to know about it.”
“The important thing about it is not the length of time involved but what happens during that time. Of course, the length of time is not unimportant. Indeed if, as it would seem, that period involves fierce persecution, it’s duration will be of great concern for those directly involved; just as the length of the Babylonian captivity was of concern to Daniel.”

Strauss and Howe in their book: THE FOURTH TURNING
“The reward of the historian is to locate patterns that recur over time and to discover the natural rhythms of social experiences.
In fact, at the core of modern history lies this remarkable pattern: Over the past five centuries, Anglo-American society has entered a new era – a new TURNING –every two decades or so. At the start of each turning, people change how they feel about themselves, the culture, the nation, and the future. Turnings come in cycles of four. Each cycle spans the length of a long human life, roughly eighty to one hundred years, a unit of time the ancients called the saeculum. Together, the four turnings of the saeculum comprise history’s seasonal rhythms of growth, maturation, entropy, and destruction:
• The First Turning is a HIGH, an upbeat era of strengthening institutions and weaking individualism, when a new civic order implants and the old values regime decays.
• The Second Turning is an AWAKENING, a passionate era of spiritual upheaval, when the civic order comes under attack from a new values regime.
• The Third Turning is an UNRAVELING, a downcast era of strengthening individualism and weakening institutions, when the old civic order decays and the new values regime implants.
• The Fourth Turning is a CRISIS, a decisive era of secular upheaval, when the values regime propels the replacement of the old civic order with a new one.”

John Lennox “Against the Flow”
“Those future events are but the harvest of seeds sown by the ideas, attitudes, movements of thought and ideologies that have permeated society throughout history, even from ancient times. In our own time secularist naturalism in particular, with it’s marginalization of God and devaluation of human life and dignity, is no innocent thing. We need to recognize it for what it is and spell out its implications for everyone who is prepared to listen.”

GOD HAS A TIMETABLE IN WORLD HISTORY

Ron Rhodes in his commentary on these verses in Daniel writes:
“Even weeks…sixty-two weeks (verses 25-26); Gabriel provided some rather complex details about both the immediate future and the more distant end-times future. Here is the gist of what is important to grasp;
Gabriel informed Daniel about 70 weeks of years. A week of years is 7 years, so 70 weeks of years comes to a total of 490 years.
Gabriel spoke of 7 weeks of years followed by 62 weeks of years.
Seven weeks plus 62 weeks adds up to 69 weeks of years.
And what is 69 weeks of years?
It comes to 483 years (69 multiplied by 7). Her is the important point: Gabriel indicated that there was to be a 483-years period from the issuing of a decree to rebuild Jerusalem to the time the Messiah comes (that is, the first coming of Jesus Christ, not the second coming).
The day Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey to proclaim Himself Israel’s Messiah was 483 years to the day after the command to restore and rebuild Jerusalem had been given.”

How accurate and precise is God’s timetable in History?
John Lennox
“Twelve lunar cycles take 354 days. This means that the lunar year is just over eleven days shorter than the solar year, and it would appear that around the time of the Babylonian captivity an extra intercalary thirty-day month was added to make the necessary correction (just as we have a leap year of 366 days every four years, since the solar year is actually a little over 365 days long).
On this basis then:
• The 69 sevens – or 483 – years of 360 days, each amount to
173, 880 days
• 1 solar year = 365.24219879 days
• So 173,880 days = 476.067663 solar years = 476 years + 24.7 days
Using the familiar Gregorian calendar, if we start from the beginning of the month Nisan in 444 BC and add 476 years plus 25 days, then we get to the month Nisan in AD 33.
The two days for the crucifixion of Jesus that appear most often in scholarly writings are AD 30 and 33. One reason for this is that in those two years 14 Nisan, on which the Passover lamb was killed, fell on a Friday. Recently Cambridge scientist Sir Colin Humphreys, working with astrophysicist Graeme Waddington of Oxford, calculated that Jesus died on 3 April 33 AD.
These findings have been widely accepted and they show that Daniel’s sixth century BC prophecy turns out to be a phenomenally accurate prediction of the time when the “Messiah the Prince” would be cut off.”

DO YOU REALLY WANT TO KNOW?

www.Christianheadlines.com titled:
“U.S. is Facing a worldview Crisis, George Barna says: 94 Percent reject a Biblical Worldview”
Michael Foust is the journalist that authored the article. You can go and read it for yourself. Or you can go on
www.prayvotestand.org and watch the entire presentation George Barna gave during that Summit.
Here is a small summary from the article:
“What America is struggling with the most is a worldview crisis” Barna said.
“It’s the thing that drives all of these other difficulties that we have in America today.”
The worldview crisis, Barna said, has infiltrated the church, where only 21 percent of those who attend an evangelical church have a biblical worldview.
“Part of that relates to the fact that evangelical churches in America do not teach the Bible as often or as deeply as used to be the case,” Barna said.”
“We are a superficial nation. We’re more interested in DOING than IN THINKING,” he said. “And so consequently, we’re always LOOKING FOR THE NEXT THING THAT WE NEED TO BE ACCOMPLISHING, THE NEXT PLACE WE NEED TO GO, THE NEXT PERSON WE NEED TO MEET – without sitting down and reflecting on what really matters: WHAT DO I REALLY BELIEVE?”
“America’s worldview crisis, Barna said, must be solved if other problems are to be solved. If we don’t solve that crisis, trust me, we are not going to solve any of those other issues,” he said.

Daniel believed just as Barna believed. The issue is never the issue. What we are experiencing as a nation is directly linked to how we as a nation believe. We live our lives based upon what we believe.

Ron Rhodes in his commentary on Daniel makes this observation:
“The book of Jeremiah had not been written for very long, but Daniel already considered it to be Scripture. This goes against the modern liberal allegation that the books of Scripture were not determined until much later by various councils.”

John Lennox in his book “Against the Flow” is telling a personal story:
“All Scripture is breathed out by God, claims the New Testament (2 Timothy 3:16). We should therefore expect corroborative external evidence from history, archaeology, and related disciplines, but in the end the Word of God will authenticate itself by being perceived to be the Word of God by what it says, by its inner coherence and ring of truth. Without indulging in sentimentality or over-imagination, when we engage with the Word of God we can sense in our spirit and heart at times the very presence of God, and know that he is speaking to us.
If the Bible really was the Word of God, why did I not find it more interesting? Surely, if God was behind it, I should be getting more out of it? I noticed too that many of my Christian friends also paid lip service to the doctrine of inspiration, but spent very little time reading and thinking about the book they claimed to be inspired. There seemed to be a deep inconsistency here that affected them as well as me.
my early days as a student in Cambridge I can recall my own questions concerning biblical inspiration. It was not that I did not believe that God had inspired the Scriptures. I did believe it – and that was the source of my problem.
John Lennox goes on to say:
“This began to concern me, and I sought advice from a much older friend and mentor whose grasp of Scripture was profound. He invited me to an evening’s Bible study that was sufficient to transform my entire attitude. For what I saw modelled in him was the attitude of Daniel – a willingness to seek God in his Word and spend time doing so.
The Lord Jesus warned some religious people in his day: You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life (John 5:39-40). My friend did not make that mistake. He sought God THROUGH his Word and showed me how to do the same.
I realized that I have been far too superficial in my approach.”

Let me quickly insert George Barna here:
“We are a superficial nation. We’re more interested in DOING than IN THINKING,” he said. “And so consequently, we’re always LOOKING FOR THE NEXT THING THAT WE NEED TO BE ACCOMPLISHING, THE NEXT PLACE WE NEED TO GO, THE NEXT PERSON WE NEED TO MEET – without sitting down and reflecting on what really matters: WHAT DO I REALLY BELIEVE?”

Let’s continue with John Lennox
“After all, I was prepared to spend hours trying to understand a few lines of mathematics, and yet only a few minutes on a passage from the Bible. What I learned was the need to be patient, to spend time motivated by the desire to hear from God through His Word. God is a person, not a mere set of propositions; and there is therefore A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SEEKING KNOWLEDGE ABOUT GOD AND SEEKING GOD HIMSELF.”
“In more recent years, I found myself having to speak at the funeral of a lifelong friend from my Cambridge days. He was younger than me, and I had certainly not expected him to die before me. Some weeks before he died, I asked him what he would like me to say at his funeral. Without hesitation he replied: “Encourage them to do what we did when we were students. Tell them to read the Word of God together, discuss it, think about it, pray about it, and wait on God until his face appears.” He paused, and then added: “AND THEN THEY WILL HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY.”

THE CULTURE THAT PRODUCED THE ANTICHRIST

John Lennox makes the connection when he writes:
“Since Antiochus IV plays a central role as a thought model of the future, it is important for us now to get a flavor of the times in which he lived. They hold much to interest us, but we shall have to be content with a thumbnail sketch.
One of the legacies of Alexander’s conquest was the spread of the Greek culture over a vast area, and this led to a ‘NEW TYPE OF CIVILISATION OF MULTIPLE NATIONS UNITED CULTURALLY BY THE GREEK LANGUAGE.’
Alexander ushered in what is known as the Hellenistic Age (from 323-30 BC).
It was a time of high and heady culture. In particular, the period from about 280 to 160 BC produced a long list of intellectual luminaries who laid the foundations of those disciplines that would eventually become science as we now know it.”

Democracy
According to Merriam-Webster, a democracy is a government by the people “in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held free elections.”

The Alphabet
Derived from the earlier Phoenician alphabet, the
Greek alphabet was the first alphabet in the western sense of the word, featuring distinct letters for vowels and consonants. It was developed after the Dark Ages and consisted of 24 letters, ordered from alpha to omega.
Believe it or not, the word “alphabet” originates from the first 2 letters of the Greek alphabet: alpha and beta. Today many letters of our modern alphabet originate from the Greek alphabet, including letters such as A, B, E, and O. The Greek originally had a single form of each letter but created upper case and lower case versions of the letters later.

The Library
The first library in the world, the library of Alexandria, was actually built in Egypt. During this time Egypt was under Greek control after submitting to Alexander’s rule. The Macedonians started spreading the Greek way of life to all of the conquered lands, including Egypt. After Alexander’s death, there was a power struggle and the Kingdom of Egypt came under the rule of Alexander’s general, Ptolemy.
Ptolemy ordered the construction of a library which would contain over 700,000 scrolls of work. There was also a rule that all ships passing through the Alexandrian harbor had to declare if they had any works of science or philosophy. If they did, the work was copied and placed in the library, and the original copy would be returned to the captain. Because of this accumulation of knowledge, many great discoveries took place in the library.

The Olympics
The Olympic Games started in ancient Greece, specifically in the city of Olympia. The participants were the city-states of Ancient Greece and its colonies. The Olympic Games were held every four years in honor of Zeus, the king god. The prizes for winning were fame and glory. Statues of the winners were erected and sometimes the winners’ faces were even put on coins. Today we still celebrate the Olympic Games and continue some of the old traditions, such as the olive leaf crowns, the lighting of the flame, and the opening and closing celebrations.
What Does the Olympic Flame Symbolize?
Another common symbol of the Olympic Games is the flame. The tradition of the torch relay and lighting of the Olympic flame to start the games began with the Berlin Games in 1936. The flame symbolizes beginning of the Olympic Games. The idea came from ancient Greece, where a sacred fire was kept burning throughout the celebration of the ancient Olympics on the altar of the sanctuary of Hestia.
Who is Hestia?
Hestia was one of the 12 gods and goddesses from Mt Olympus. She was the first born of Cronus and Rhea and was the sister to many famous gods and goddesses, including Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades.

Science and Mathematics
Along with being the birthplace of many great mathematicians, Greece was also the mother country of many famous scientists.
What Greek Thinkers Influenced Science and Mathematics?
Eratosthenes
This mathematician was the first to calculate the circumference of the Earth. He did this by comparing the altitudes of the mid-day sun at two different locations. Eratosthenes also calculated the tilt of the Earth’s axis, and eventually became the chief librarian of the Library of Alexandria.

Aristarchus
This astronomer and mathematician was the first to create a model with a sun at the center of the known universe with the Earth revolving around it. He also placed the planets of the solar system around the sun in the right order and thought stars to be other bodies like the sun. Nicolaus Copernicus attributed the heliocentric theory to Aristarchus.

Archimedes
Archimedes is generally considered the greatest mathematician of antiquity and of all time. He anticipated modern calculus, geometrical theorems, and learned to calculate the area geometric shapes, including the circle and sphere. Some of Archimedes other achievements include coming up with an accurate approximation of pi and designing effective levers and pulleys. One of his famous quotes was, “Give me a lever long enough and I will move the Earth!”

Mythology
Greek mythology has pervaded nearly every form of popular culture imaginable. Many Greek myths have been adapted into modern novels, movies, TV shows, video games and even brands. Some well-known instances of Greek mythology in pop culture are:

Disney’s Hercules
The bestselling novel Percy Jackson and the Olympians
The God of War video game franchise
The TV show Battlestar Galactica
Mary Shelley’s Gothic novel Frankenstein;
The brand Nike (Nike was the Greek goddess of victory)

The Lighthouse
Like the first library, the first lighthouse in the world was located in the Greek-controlled Egyptian kingdom of Alexandria. The structure was called the Lighthouse of Alexandria, or the Pharos of Alexandria. Taller than the Statue of Liberty, it was the second tallest structure of its day (only the Great Pyramid of Giza was taller than it).
The lighthouse had three layers:
A square-shaped base
An octagonal mid section
A round beacon on top
The lighthouse could be seen by fire at night, and by the smoke of the fire by day. Sadly, the lighthouse was destroyed by earthquakes, but it set the model for all future lighthouses.

Standardized Medicine
While medicine had been practiced in Babylon, China, India and Egypt, the Greeks were the first to create a standardized system of medicine including medical diagnosis, prognosis, and medical ethics. The manner in which the medical practice is carried out today, in terms of diagnosis and sometimes of treatment, is very similar to that of the ancient Greeks. These ancient advancements in medicine were largely instituted by Hippocrates, who is often called the “father of medicine.”

What Did Hippocrates Invent?
Aside from theories and ethics about how physicians should practice medicine, Hippocrates also made direct contributions to the application of medicine. He taught that all ailments had natural causes in a time when people believed that illnesses were punishments from the gods. Some of Hippocrates’ contributions include:

Hippocratic Oath
A Hippocratic Oath is a historical sworn statement by physicians in which they swear by the names of a number of healing gods to uphold specific ethical standards. These include principles such as medical confidentiality and non-maleficence. Below is an excerpt from the full text of the Hippocratic Oath, which remains a rite of passage for some medical graduates.
The Oat starts with these words: “I swear by APOLLO, the physician…….
Apollo is one of the Olympian deities in classical Greek and Roman religion and Greek and Roman mythology. His father is Zeus in Greek religion. In Biblical Theology, Apollo is one of the Fallen Elohim, a Nephilim.

“There is little doubt a link between Apollyon and Apollo. Let me elaborate:
The name Apollyon is a Greek play on words for “Apollo”.
The Hebrew word Abaddon means “destruction” and in Greek the word “Apollyon” means “Destroyer”.
The fact that Apollyon is used to intentionally call to mind the god Apollo is hinted at throughout Revelation 9. The Anchor Bible Dictionary says the following concerning the link between Apollyon and Apollo:
“In one manuscript, instead of Apollyon the text reads APOLLO, the Greek God of death and pestilence (or plague like the plague of locusts mentioned in Revelation 9).
Apollyon is no doubt the correct reading. The LOCUST was an emblem of this god.”

THE LONG SHADOWS OF HISTORY

John Lennox “Against the Flow”
“A pattern beings to emerge in these first three sections of the second half of the book. First, Daniel records his own experience of the Medo-Persian law that was enacted in an attempt to force him into disobeying the law of his God. Next, he records an earlier vision which he had, of a fierce king in the fourth empire that things to change the times and the law.
Then he sees a further vision; another powerful king from the third empire stops the people of God obeying the law by banning their public ceremony of burnt offering. It is a pattern of deteriorating attitudes to God and his law on the part of pagan kings.”

John Lennox makes this comment:
“In order to consolidate his power in his vast multi-cultural empire Antiochus drove forward the process of Hellenization. Part of that process was to try to create one religion for all – by force if necessary.
He could not tolerate what to him was the narrow-minded exclusivism of Judaism’s devotion to one God, to the rejection of all others. In doing so, he was unconsciously following the path of many emperors before him, including Nebuchadnezzar when he constructed his golden image, and Darius when he proclaimed his edict. As we soon shall see, Antiochus was to go much further.
He shocked the Jews when he encouraged the people of the Mediterranean region to worship him as the Canaanite god, Baal – a nature god that had been decisively rejected by Israel as the idolatrous epitome of all that he stood against.
There were some Jews who accepted the compromise – indeed, welcome it.
They found Greek culture and lifestyle very attractive. It made far fewer moral demands than the law of Moses, for instance, and allowed them to give free rein to their impulses and desires. It also opened up a whole new world of entertainment and sport that had been foreign to them, to say nothing of the intellectual stimulation of the free exchange of ideas, without having to be committed to any particular world view. It was not only some of the ordinary people that welcomed the wave of Hellenization, but a group of leaders led by no less than Jason the high priest, who had abandoned any sense that their Bible (our Old Testament) was a definitive revelation from God.”
“It was a heady taste of freedom. And Antiochus was giving it to them. That concept of freedom is shared by many people today and given as their reason for abandoning God. They say that God is out to stifle them – their self-expression, their creativity, and their flourishing. They want freedom from any authority above that of man, and they think that secular society can deliver it to them. As it is from any today, the Greek ideal in life was the pursuit of the good (happiness); and they laid great emphasis on human reason as the vehicle for achieving it. For them, man was the measure of all things. And, just as there were many Jews who bought into it, today we have a Christianized version.
“A conscience soothing Jesus, with an unscandalous cross,
An otherworldly kingdom, a private, inwardly limited
Spirit, a pocket God, a spiritualized Bible, and an escapist
Church. Its goal is a happy, comfortable, and successful life,
Obtainable through the forgiveness of an abstract sinfulness
By faith in an unhistorical Christ. (Orlando Costas)
In traditional Jewish eyes Greek religion was a complete inversion of all they stood for. Its gods were only mythological (Freudian, we might say)
Projection of human desire, fear, greed, envy and anger. Orthodox Jews believed in revelation – a notion beyond the comprehension of the Greeks – as it is of many moderns.

Daniel was troubled, but he was not fearful. He was disturbed by what he just saw in the vision, but he was not willing to water down the truth revealed to him but wrote it down just as he saw and heard the details of the vision.
We do well to read the word as it speaks to us, not to water down the Revelation given to us by God Almighty. Everything will come to pass just as he said. The shadows of the past are growing stronger by the day.
May during these days God will strengthen your confidence in the Sovereign God who has everything in his hands. God has revealed his plan for the future to us long ago. It will all come to pass no matter what people say, thing, or do. His kingdom will arrive with Jesus Christ in the fullness of time just as the Father said it will. Hallelujah.

THE TIMES OF THE GENTILES

On the eve of his forced exile, Solzhenitsyn published a final message to the Russian people, titled: LIVE NOT BE LIES!
In the essay, Solzhenitsyn CHALLENGED THE CLAIM THAT THE TOTALITARIAN SYSTEM WAS SO POWERFUL THAT THE ORDINARY MAN AND WOMEN CANNOT CHANGE IT.
Nonsense, he said; “The foundation of totalitarianism is an ideology made of lies. The system depends for its existence on a people’s fear of challenging the lies. Our way must be; NEVER KNOWINGLY SUPPORT LIES! You may not have the strength to stand up in public and say what you really believe. You may not be able to overthrow totalitarianism, but you can find within yourself and your community the means to live in the dignity of truth. If we must live under the dictatorship of lies, then our response must be: “LET THEIR RULE HOLD NOT THROUGH ME!” Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Rod Dreher in his book also titled “LIVE NOT BY LIES” writes: “A Soviet émigré who teaches in a university deep in the US heartland stresses the urgency of Americans taking people like here seriously.
“You will not be able to predict what will be held against you tomorrow” she warns. “You have no idea what completely normal thing you do today, or say today, will be used against you to destroy you. This is what the people in the Soviet Union saw. We know how this works.”
On the other hand, my Czech émigré friend advised me not to waste time writing this book.
“People will have to live through it first to understand,” he says cynically. “Any time I try to explain current events and their meaning to my friends or acquaintances, I am met with blank stares or downright nonsense.” Rod Dreher

John Lennox comments:
“According to 2 Thessalonians, the power of the state will be vested in a man who sets himself up against God. Playing God has always been a temptation for powerful leaders.
Thus the fourth beast can be seen as the final manifestation of human rebellion against God. Both 2 Thessalonians and Revelation point out that the man-beast is energized by the dark power of Satan and is a master of deception.

Arnold Fruchtenbaum in his book “THE FOOTSTEPS of the MESSIAH” Writes about the fourth Empire, which he calls “Imperialism”
“Rome fulfilled only the first stage, and it would be wrong to assume that the fourth empire ended when the Roman Empire fell. Hence, one must ask what made the fourth empire, beginning with Rome, different from all the previous empires?
The key difference was in the TYPE OF GOVERNMENT initiated by Rome. When the Babylonians conquered an area, they did not set up Babylonian rulers, but allowed nationals to govern their owned countries. In its conquest of Judah, Babylon first appointed Zedekiah and later Gedaliah as rulers. The Medo-Persians proceeded in the same manner and allowed Jewish governors, such as Zerubbabel, and Nehemiah, to rule the land. The Hellenists worked in the same way. Instead of appointing Greek leaders, they allowed the Jewish high priests to govern the people. Rome, however, began a new system of government called ‘IMPERIALISM’ and this system is what made the fourth empire diverse from all the others. When Rome conquered a nation, Roman consuls were sent in to rule the area (Pontius Pilate, Felix, Festus).
While the Roman Empire initiated this policy of imperialism, it was merely the first of five stages of the fourth empire. Hence, a better name for the fourth empire would be “IMPERIALISM” or, even better, “THE IMPERIALISTIC EMPIRE.”
Both Daniel passages make it clear that the fourth Gentile empire begins with the end of the third and continues until Messiah comes to set up His kingdom. The imperialistic empire is to go through five successive stages and it is now necessary to study the five stages individually to see where history fits in this development.

WAIT UNTIL THE KING ARRIVES

John Lennox makes this observation regarding Daniel’s vision in chapter 7:13-14:
“The imagery conveys a powerful message. The beasts of power politics, however invincible they may sometimes think they are, will not reign forever. A perfect human, the Son of Man, will come with all authority finally to take over from the beasts and rule in perfect justice. The law of the jungle will cease for good. This is really good news. It holds out real and glorious hope to a despairing society.”

James Montgomery Boice in his commentary on Daniel writes:
“The important questions are: How did Jesus interpret this title? What meaning did he give to the figure of the Son of Man in Daniel?
There are several teachings.
He used it to teach his pre-existence.
In John 3:13, just a few verses before John 3:36, Jesus said of himself. “No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven – The Son of Man.”
I am sure that even the disciples, who were often slow to understand the Lord’s teachings, would have recognized this statement as a reference to Daniel. They would have perceived Jesus to be teaching that he was the same figure seen by the prophet so many years before.
In John 6:62 there is a similar passage. There Jesus asks: “What if you see the son of Man ascend to where he was before!” That is, before he came to earth Jesus was seated at the right hand of God the Father in heaven. What if he should abandon his work on earth because of human unbelief and return there?
The existence of Jesus is not determined from the date of his incarnation. Our existence is determined from the date of our birth. That is why we celebrate birthdays. Before that we were not; now we are. This is not the case with Jesus Christ. There was a date at which he was born of the Virgin Mary, but this is not the point at which the existence of Jesus started. He existed before that, even before the point at which the prophet Daniel saw him. Being God, he existed from eternity.”

John Lennox
“The only thing that can steady the mind and steel the heart of believers to face all the forces that anti-God brutality can muster, is a steady vision of the One to whom is given all power on earth and in heaven and who will one day return to the planet that rejected him.”

Until the King Arrives, we will proclaim his virgin birth, his life, his death and his resurrection to everyone who is willing to listen. And everyone who believes and follows the Son of Man will one day watch HOW OUR LORD will judge the world in righteousness before he accepts the kingdoms of this earth given as an inheritance to him by His heaven father. What a day that will be.

GOD IS THE ZOOKEEPER

Sinclair Ferguson in his commentary on Daniel writes:
“What we seem to be given in the latter half of Daniel is divine insight into the ultimate significance and implications of the events of history. Here we learn that the events of history are not isolated from events beyond history.
The conflict with the people of God is an expression of an older, deeper, more sinister conflict between the powers of darkness, the spiritual hosts of wickedness (Ephesians 6:12), and the throne of God and His kingdom.”
A little bit later in his commentary Ferguson asked this question:
“If the Lord had simply wanted Daniel to know the facts of history ahead of time, why did He give him such a complex, curious, multi-colored, sense-appealing revelation?
To ask the question is to answer it. God not only revealed facts about history in advance; He revealed Himself to Daniel, impressing on him something of His own awesome and glorious purposes. Miss this and we miss almost everything.”

Let’s see how the visual dominates Daniel’s record:
• “I saw” (verses 2 and 7)
• “I watched” (verses 4, 9 and 11)
• “I looked” (verse 6)
• “I was considering” (verse 8)
• “I was watching” (verses 13 and 21)
• “I was grieved in my spirit within my body, and the visions troubled me….my thoughts greatly troubled me, and my countenance changed” (verses 15-18)
The dreams and visions found in the Bible are intended to give an overwhelming impression of the mysteries of God’s PURPOSES and the awful conflict that lies behind and beneath HISTORY.

John Lennox in his book “Against the Flow” writes:
“The beginning of the vision echoes the creation narrative of Genesis, where we read that the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters (Genesis 1:2). The Hebrew word for Spirit can be used of breath or wind. But in Daniels vision the wind and the sea are prelude not to making the earth into a home fit for human beings, but to the rise of a sequence of animals representing world empires bent increasingly on destruction.
The animal imagery here is clearly designed to convey a message very different from that projected by the metallic sections of the colossal man…
Just as the variety of metals in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream indicates the differing values of the successive empires, the various animals in Daniel’s dream denote what is probably best described as the relative “animal ferocity” of those empires. The first animal, for instance, is given a human heart. The subsequent animals become increasingly brutal, the fourth being rapacious in the extreme. It has the eyes of human intelligence but shows no trace of human compassion.
The perspective is clear; from one point of view, empires resemble wild animals. But, unlike humans, animals are not inhibited by moral considerations, since animals are not moral beings. Empires tend to behave like that – as amoral power blocs.
The overall impression of the vision is of the dark underbelly of politics; the jockeying for power, with less and less moral qualm, until a sense of humanity and compassion disappears under the ruthless lust for domination.”

John Lennox
“The symbol of a horn is used in the Bible to denote power. The fourth beast’s horn has eyes, symbolizing human insight and intelligence, coupled with brutal animal strength. Notably, it lacks a human heart; it is dreadful, evil, ruthless genius. Many of the worst atrocities that the world has known were and are still committed by highly intelligent people in whose hands are the levers of political power – witness Nazi Germany. It should not escape our attention that one of their main targets was the nation that gave birth to Daniel. Nor should we ignore the fact that the 20th century was the bloodiest in history, with millions perishing to satisfy the animal lust for power in dictatorships of both right and left.
What shall we think, then, when we consider the many faithful believers who have been and are being subjected to every kind of hideous torture and method of killing that powerful, heartless human beasts can devise – and yet God appears to do nothing?” What is the answer to it?

Daniel 7:9-14 (open your own Bible and highlight this passage)
Three scenes followed in rapid succession:
• The first contrasts strongly with the confusion and noise of the opening scene (verse 2). Here, all is calm and orderly in the presence of God. Just like in Revelation 4:6, the sea is as calm as glass in God’s presence and the four creatures are devoted to worship. The heavenly court was assembled, and God sat in judgment of the earthly kingdom.
• The second contrasts strongly with the human kingdoms that are being established with raw beastly power and lawless behavior. God wears a garment white as snow. He never compromises His righteous dealings in establishing his kingdom. The prophet Isaiah said: You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for He brings down those who dwell on high. (Isaiah 26:3-4)
• The third contrasts strongly with the lawless and unrighteous justice system of earthly, beastly kingdoms.
In Daniel’s vision the judgment of the divine court will go IN FAVOR OF THE SAINTS OF GOD. Truth will eventually prevail. Righteous judgment will be executed by the righteous judge, God himself.
This final judgment is a cause of joy, and the reason is obvious.

God is the zookeeper and none of the beasts will ESCAPE.

BE STRONG AND COURAGEOUS!

John Lennox in “Against the Flow” writes:
“The first chapter of the first half of Daniel parallels the first chapter of the second half. They both describe court scenes in the city of Babylon, involving different regimes; chapter 1, the Babylonian; chapter 6, the Medo-Persian. They both involve protest;
Chapter 1 tells us how Daniel and his friends refused to partake of the food and wine in the palace, presumably because of their association with idolatry (as witnessed in Daniel 5);
In chapter 6, Daniel refuses to obey the emperor’s edict banning prayer to all but himself. The protests are not quite the same, for if I understand it correctly chapter 1 involves refusal to compromise with idolatry by getting involved in any pagan ceremony.
The same issue also dominates Daniel 3; refusal to bow down to Nebuchadnezzars idolatrous image. However, at no state do we read that Nebuchadnezzar tries to stop Daniel and his friends practicing their own religion according to their conscience.
That step is taken by Darius in chapter 6. Here we have the first (but not the last) occasion recorded by Daniel where A PAGAN MONARCH BANS THE WORSHIP OF GOD.
The instrument that the jealous civil servants used to attack Daniel was the LAW OF THE MEDES AND PERSIANS.
This phrase occurs three times here, indication that the central topic of this chapter is the imposition of law to deny Daniel the right to practice his own faith and worship God ACCORDING TO THE LAW OF MOSES.”

Once again John Lennox comments on this section:
“The plan itself was calculated to appeal to Darius’s self-esteem, as a way of consolidating his power. After all, he was the king and the official representative of the gods. Surely it was but a small step to focus the worship of the people on himself as a god. If it were only FOR A MAN, it would not lead to a religious backlash from the priests or the people. It was all for the good of the state and the unity of the nation. And so on and so forth… We should not fail to notice a progression here. Belshazzar, in his blasphemous act, had worshipped his gods of metal and wood. He had not quite set himself up as a god to be worshipped. Darius did. Although he did not insult God in the way Belshazzar had done, it represents a deterioration. It was part of a trend that has continued through history, and will be sustained in the future – the move towards the deification of man (see 2 Thessalonians 2:4).”

John Lennox once again comments:
“Undoubtedly there are many intriguing questions connected with these periods of time, and various answers have been given to them. Whatever those answers are, it is surely fair to say that when there is discrimination, oppression, and persecution, the uppermost question in the minds of those immediately affected is “How long will this last?” The very fact that the conspirators suggested a time limit of thirty days may indicate that they suspected it would not be long before Daniel disobeyed the edict, and then they would have got him. The lions would make a meal of Daniel long before the thirty days had run out.”
“Take for instance, this statement of Judge Samuel B. Kent of the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas on his 1995 ruling that any student mentioning the name of Jesus in a graduation prayer would be given a jail sentence: “And make no mistake, the court is going to have a United States Marshal in attendance at the graduation. If any student offends this court, that student will be summarily arrested and will face up to six months incarceration in the Galveston County Jail for contempt of court……Anyone who violates these orders…….is going to wish that he or she had died as a child when this court gets through with it.”

THE RUDEST OF AWAKENINGS

Wikepedia
“Sin was the god of the moon and planet in the Mesopotamian religions of Sumer, Akkad, Assyria, Babylonian and Aram, and was worshipped into the Islamic period in Harran, still represented as crescent in many Islamic flags of states.
The two chief seats of worship were Ur in the south of Mesopotamia and Harran in the north. A moon god by the same name was later worshipped in Saudi Arabia.”

The 19th century philosopher G.W.F. Hegel once said: “The only thing we learn from history is that we have learned nothing from history.”

Sinclair Ferguson in his commentary on Daniel makes this observation:
“With dramatic artistry, this record of Belshazzar’s last hours reserves to the very end of the chapter the information that his city must already have been under siege when he threw a great feast for a thousand of his lords, and drank wine in the presence of the thousands.” The ancient author Xenophon, who records the taking of Babylon, suggests that the city was magnificently well protected against a siege and had stores of food that would last for years. Belshazzar felt he could take pride in his security.”
Ferguson goes on to ask the question:
“What was the nature of Belshazzar’s sin that evoked this shift and final judgment of God?
It was a blatant transgression of his responsibilities as monarch whom God had privileged with high rank in life. This emerges not so much in the size of the feast as in the motive for it and in the manner of his behavior. It was a display of Belshazzar’s own inflated ego.
Belshazzar expressed his transgression in specific blasphemy. As he drank, the alcohol began to depress the restraining element in his mental powers. The cared monster of his heart was released. We can almost hear his boastful spirit calling out to some of the servants, doubtless to the horror of some present at the table, “GET THOSE JEWISH HOLY CUPS HERE, AND WE’LL DRINK A TOAST TO THOSE PARASITES TOO.”
What explanation is there for his action? After all, the Jews posed no threat to him or his empire. There is only one proper explanation. The Jews and their sacred vessels symbolized the presence and power of God. Belshazzar’s heart was a factory of rebellion against God. He knew exactly what these vessels were and from where they had come. He did not sin in IGNORANCE but WITH KNOWLEDGE.
Belshazzar sought to mock God, but the lesson of this chapter is “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to the flesh will of the flesh reap corruption (Galatians 6:7-8). Belshazzar’s sinful heart caused spiritual blindness, spiritual deafness, and a pervasive sense of unreality.”

Pastor Richard Wurmbrand in his book; IN GOD’S UNDERGROUND’ wrote:
“There were two kinds of Christians; ‘those who sincerely believe in God and those who, just as sincerely, believe that they believe. You can tell them apart by their actions in decisive moments.’

MAN HAS DESCENDED TO THE ANIMAL

W.M. Christie published the book “THE BARREN FIGTREE”
“Now, the facts connected with the fig tree are these. Toward the end of March the leaves begin to appear, and in about a week the foliage coating is complete. Coincide with, and sometimes even before, there appears quite a crop of small knobs, not the real figs, but a kind of early forerunner. They grow to the size of green almonds in which condition they are eaten by peasants and others when hungry. When they come to their own indefinite maturity they drop off.
These precursors of the true fig are called TAQSH in Palestinian Arabic. Their appearance is a harbinger of the fully formed appearance of the true fig, some six weeks later. So, as Mark says, the time for figs had not yet come. But if the leaves appear without any TAQSH – HE KNEW THAT “it was an absolutely hopeless, fruitless fig tree’ and said as much. You don’t criticize a gardener, much less a farmer, for cutting down a tree like that.”

John Lennox in his book “Against the Flow” comments:
“Paul claims that rejection of God has a detrimental effect on reason.
Many atheists, who think that their position is an oasis of reason and clear-headedness, would loudly protest. It is important for me to say that I am not suggesting that atheist cannot think. Some, however, particularly those of the “New Atheist” brand, make a great fuss of what they think is the damage that belief in God does to the mind. Their descriptions of religious belief (like “virus of the mind”) are not uncommon. It does not seem to occur to them that the shoe could be on the other foot.
When it comes to thinking about God, why do some otherwise rational, intelligent people seem unaware that they become irrational?”

John Lennox
“There are gradations in that descent. When human beings reject God they die spiritually, and that death touches, spoils, distorts, twists and eventually destroys all that makes human life what it is – from the moral to the aesthetic, from family relationship to work.
We have only to think of some examples of what is accepted as art or entertainment nowadays to understand that rejection of God leads to the death of civilized culture. It leads to the inversion of values; where a pile of excrement is hailed as AVANT GUARDE ART, and blatant immorality is hailed as marvelous theatre.
The darkness is such that there is little or no understanding or appreciation of what has happened – man has descended to the animal.”

John Lennox
“Nebuchadnezzar’s system of values was flawed. Ours may be flawed too. I am sure we have noticed that when we give in to pride our behavior may rapidly descend into the kind of raw jousting for position that is evident in the animal kingdom. It is then that we risk being cut down.”

Francis Schaeffer published the book ‘THE GOD WHO IS THERE’
“The importance of understanding the chasm to which man’s thinking has brought him is not of intellectual value alone, but of spiritual value as well. The Christian is to resist the spirit of the world. But when we say this, we must understand that the world-spirit does not always take the same form. So the Christian must resist the spirit of the world IN THE FORM IT TAKES IN HIS OWN GENERATION. If he does not do this, he is not resisting the spirit of the world at all. This is especially so for our generation, as the forces at work against us are of such a total nature. It is our generation of Christians more than any other who need to heed these words attributed to Martin Luther;
‘If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christ. Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved, and to be steady on all the battlefield besides, is mere flight and disgrace if he flinches at that point.’

WATCHERS AND INTERLOPERS

What’s the definition of an Interloper?
“An interloper is a person who becomes involved in a place or situation where they are not wanted or are considered not to belong.” “Definitions from Oxford Languages”

Dr. Michael Heiser “Angels”
(What the Bible really says about God’s Heavenly Host)
“Watchers” is the overwhelming choice of term for the fallen sons of God in Genesis 6:1-4 in this later literature; the connection to the Akkadian MASSARE provides a secure basis for understanding the meaning of IR to be “vigilant watchfulness.” This of course, is consistent with being wakeful and a guardian role.

John Lennox in his book quotes Peter Singer, a Princeton bio-ethicist.
“Whatever the future holds, it is likely to prove impossible to restore in full the sanctity-of-life view. The philosophical foundations of this view have been knocked asunder. We can no longer base out ethics on the idea that human beings are a special form of creation made in the image of God, singled out from all other animals, and alone possessing an immortal soul. Our better understanding of our own nature has bridged the gulf that was once thought to lie between ourselves and other species, so why should we believe that the mere fact that a being is a member of the species
“Homo Sapiens” endows its life with some unique, almost infinite value?”
“There is no reason to think that a fish suffers less when dying in a net than a fetus suffers during an abortion, hence the argument for not eating fish is much stronger than the argument against abortion. Peter Singer “Rethinking Life and Death”
“The life of a newborn baby is of less value than the life of a pig, a dog or a chimpanzee.” Peter Singer “The Life You Can Save”

UAP’s stands for Unidentified Aerial Phenomena. The fact that they are now labeled “phenomena” makes them mor of a reality in the public discourse. But a phenomenon also begs for an explanation, and that’s the story.

Gary Stearman who published the book “Time Travelers” writes:
“Prophecy tells us that men who should know better have welcomed false gods as superior beings. Wall carvings and paintings of the Egyptians, Assyrians, Babylonians and Persians graphically illustrate the interactions of their “gods” with mankind. Even the Israelites began to worship them, and may do so again. Israel is the model for this for bidden practice, clearly documented in Moses’ concluding work in the Torah:
“They stirred him to jealousy with strange gods; with abominations they provoked him to anger. They sacrificed to demons that were no gods, to gods they had never known, to new gods that had come recently, whom your fathers had never dreaded.” (Deuteronomy 32:16-17)
“God’s indictment of Israel is that in the past, they welcomed into their lives beings whom they regarded as superior. The prophet Daniel says that this will happen again, when Israel welcomes the man whom they believe to be their messiah. He will be backed by alien powers that give him credibility. In all likelihood, these powerful beings will masquerade as ambassadors from other planets. But they will be devils.”
Gary Stearman in his article titled: Alien Technology? (July 2021) writes:
“It is well known that the Roman Catholic Church seems to regard aliens as real corporeal beings from other star systems. It has even gone to the extent of theorizing about whether these aliens would fall under the rule of necessity for redemption through Christ.
In 2010, the director of the Vatical Observatory, the Reverend Jose Gabriel Funes, made the blatant assumption that UFO reports should now be assumed to indicate that our planet is most probably being explored by aliens from elsewhere in the universe! He wonders aloud whether these creatures should be considered as our brothers and sisters in Christ. In 2008 Funes was quoted in the Vatican newspaper, Osservatore Romano, as saying: “Just like there is an abundance of creatures on earth, there should also be other being seven intelligent ones, that were created by God. That doesn’t contradict our faith, because we cannot put boundaries to God’s creative freedom. As Saint Francis would say, when we consider the earthly creatures to be our ‘brothers and sisters’, why couldn’t we also talk about an ‘extraterrestrial brother?’ He would still be a part of creation.”
“The subject of space aliens has exploded from myth, to speculations, to startling reality. Policy institutes and philosophical groups around the world are now preoccupied with the subject of how to successfully integrate humanity with superior creatures from outer space. They reason that since ufonauts are already here, they would certainly be superior in their knowledge of science and technology. Their real question then becomes, are they “good guys”, or “bad guys?” Would they come here as spiritual guides, or would they look at humans as a good meal?”
“It is universally assumed that they will be superior to humans, for the simple reason that they had the technology to come here. We didn’t have the technology to go there. And of course, in the contemporary mind, technology is everything.”

WHEN GOD OPENS BLINDED EYES

Ron Rhodes in his commentary on Daniel writes:
“The word “sign” often carries the idea of a miracle with a message, whereas “wonder” refers to a miracle that evokes amazement. God’s humbling of Nebuchadnezzar would be a miracle with a message. The message being that God is awesomely powerful and great, and the whole episode, including Nebuchadnezzar’s restoration would be amazing.
When Nebuchadnezzar said: “great are his signs,” it was with the recognition that signs always signal something. In this case, God performed miracles (signs) that signaled His identity as the only true God.
God’s miracles are “wonders” because they are amazing, astonishing, and unparalleled.”

Dr. Michael Heiser “Angels”
(What the Bible really says about God’s Heavenly Host)
“Watchers” is the overwhelming choice of term for the fallen sons of God in Genesis 6:1-4 in this later literature; the connection to the Akkadian MASSACRE provides a secure basis for understanding the meaning of IR to be “vigilant watchfulness.” This of course, is consistent with being wakeful and a guardian role.

John Lennox in his book quotes Peter Singer, a Princeton bio-ethicist.
“Whatever the future holds, it is likely to prove impossible to restore in full the sanctity-of-life view. The philosophical foundations of this view have been knocked asunder. We can no longer base out ethics on the idea that human beings are a special form of creation made in the image of God, singled out from all other animals, and alone possessing an immortal soul. Our better understanding of our own nature has bridged the gulf that was once thought to lie between ourselves and other species, so why should we believe that the mere fact that a being is a member of the species
“Homo Sapiens” endows its life with some unique, almost infinite value?”
“There is no reason to think that a fish suffers less when dying in a net than a fetus suffers during an abortion, hence the argument for not eating fish is much stronger than the argument against abortion. Peter Singer “Rethinking Life and Death”
“The life of a newborn baby is of less value than the life of a pig, a dog or a chimpanzee.” Peter Singer “The Life You Can Save”

John Lennox comments:
“There have been much speculation about the nature of what afflicted Nebuchadnezzar’s mind. Some have suggested a mental affliction where a person imagines himself to be an ox and behaves like it. Others have suggested a similar mental illness, where the afflicted person believes that he or she is a wolf (a disease that has no doubt fueled stories about werewolves).
Whatever it was, the text of Daniel attributes its onset to the direct intervention of God and emphasizes its behavioral aspect: Nebuchadnezzar began to live like an animal and was eventually driven out from human company.”

IT’S TESTING TIME

John Lennox “Against the Flow”
“In chapter 1 and 3 Daniel draws our attention to two parallel yet opposite trends that he had come to observe during his long life at the pinnacle of power. Even though there is a drive to relativize absolutes, men and women cannot live without them. So they eventually take something of relative value and absolutize it. That is, they regard it as the core value that determines their attitude to everything else. From time immemorial the obvious candidates have been the state, power, wealth, and sex. Daniel chooses here to record an incident regarding the first two of these issues that involves not himself but his three friends.”

John Lennox asks the question:
“Imagine being one of these men and having to explain the situation to your family and friends? It is easy to see how they might try to talk you out of opposing Nebuchadnezzar.”
“We all know that this idolatry is bogus – there is nothing real in it except the emperor wishing us to acknowledge his authority? What does it matter if we outwardly bow down to him? It doesn’t mean that he controls our heads and our hearts. And if good men like you three – men of proven ability and integrity – refuse to bow down and get killed, that will make the situation even worse. You are top people; if you are not there to continue your powerful influence for good at the very highest levels of the state, what hope is there for the rest of us? And think of your wife and your children. What are they going to do if you throw your life away like this – needlessly? No, you must take part in the ceremony like everyone else for our sakes. We need you there in the corridors of power.”

In 1995, Erwin Lutzer published the book “Hitler’s Cross”
“Dein Reich komme”, Hitler prayed publicly – “Thy Kingdom Come”. But to whose kingdom was he referring?
When Germany truly needed a savior, Adolf Hitler falsely stepped in. He directed his countrymen to a cross, but he bent and hammered the true cross into a horrific substitute; a swastika.
Where was the church through all of this? With a few exceptions, the German church looked away while Hitler inflicted his final solution upon the Jews.
It is a chilling historical account of what happens when evil meets a silent, shrinking church, and an intriguing and convicting expose of modern America’s own hidden crosses.”

Chuck Swindoll
“God is sovereign, whether the result is triumph or tragedy. Unfortunately, we have the idea that when we are protected or divinely delivered, then the sovereignty of God is upheld, but when we suffer incredible defeat or loss, then we have to hide our faces and hope nobody asks us what kind of God we serve. Well, the answer is that He is a sovereign God – even when we suffer.
Believing in a sovereign God does not mean that things always turn out our way, and though He tells us that He causes everything to work together for good (Romans 8:28), He doesn’t say that everything IS good. Yet He is sovereign, whether in triumph or tragedy, and we are called to remain His faithful people.

John Lennox comments on this text:
“In a statement of breathtaking courage and confidence in God, they told the emperor that they had taken into consideration the possibility that God might not deliver them. They were not prepared to prescribe what God would do. That was for God to decide. But, no matter whether God delivered them or not, they were not going to bow to the statue. THE ISSUE WAS ONE OF PRINCIPLED MORALTY.
Nebuchadnezzar had never in his life before encountered such studied defiance. As it began to dawn upon him that there was a very real sense in which he was powerless against these men, his anger knew no bounds. Of course he could kill them, but that was not the point. What he could not do was to force them to bow.
Up to now he had thought that human beings would do anything to save their lives. His whole scheme of getting his nobles to bow depended on the assumption that, for each person, life was of absolute value.
To his utter amazement he discovered that this was not always the case.
Even in his own very administration there were men, men of proven ability and high office, who regarded their lives as a relative value compared with the absolute value of God. Nebuchadnezzar’s reaction was a fury of impotent frustration.

Arthur Cochrane in his book “The Church’s Confession Under Hitler” quotes Albert Einstein:
“Being a lover of freedom, when the Nazi revolution came I looked to the devotion to the cause of truth; but no, the universities were immediately silenced. Then I looked to the great editors of the newspapers, whose flaming editorials in days gone by had proclaimed their love of freedom; but they, like the universities, were silenced in a few short weeks.
Only the Church stood squarely across the path of Hitler’s campaign for suppressing the truth. I never had any special interest in the Church before, but now I feel a great affection and admiration for it because the Church alone has had the courage and persistence to stand for intellectual and moral freedom. I am forced to confess that what I once despised I now praise unreservedly.”

Are you willing to disobey the command to worship anyone or anything BUT GOD ALMIGHTY AND HIM ALONE?

IN THE DAYS OF THESE KINGS

Professor and Biblical scholar Leon J. Wood published in 1979 the book titled” THE PROPHETS OF ISRAEL”.
“Prophets did not come to office by inheritance, having been born into a prophetic tribe or family; nor was a son of a former prophet automatically made a prophet because he was the son of such a person. Each prophet was selected by God and called to a work God had for him to do.
In this, prophets differed markedly from priests in Israel. Priests did receive their office by inheritance.
One reason why an inheritance relationship was not suitable for the prophets was that each had to be a special kind of person. Not just anyone would do. The priestly office did not find this nearly so true. A weak son could still carry on rather well, for the work was quite routine. And one may expect that there were some mediocre priests, who functioned simply because they had become priests by inheritance.
The prophet, however, did not act by pattern. Even when God gave him instructions as to his work and the course he was to take, that course often carried with it a great challenge.
He had to be prepared for suffering and injustice as well as ease and plaudits. He had always to be an individualist in courage and ingenuity. There was no room for mediocrity.”

John Lennox in his book “Against the Flow” makes this observation:
“The metals are not simple code. They are symbols embodying metaphors that help us to understand some important aspect of the empire they represent.
The metals, with their different relative strengths and values, highlight the fact that empires differ in both relative value and relative strength.
It could not have been easy to get that message across to an emperor like Nebuchadnezzar.
One reason is that the vast majority, if not all, of these rulers regarded themselves as chosen by the gods (in extreme cases, they regarded themselves as gods), so that their rule was by definition the best there could be.
In more recent times many of the power brokers of this world, whether they claimed to believe in the divine or not, have been all too convinced of the absolute nature of their rule, often with horrific consequences for their citizens.”

Historian Herbert Butterfield published in 1957 the book titled:
“Christianity and History”
“There seems to be one fundamental law of a very solemn kind which touches this question of judgment; and when I turn to the ancient prophets and recall the limited area of history they had at their disposal for making inductions, I am always surprised at the curious aptness with which they seem to have found the formula in this connection – a formula which they put in a special position of priority. Judgment in history falls heaviest on those who come to think themselves gods, who fly in the face of Providence and history, who put their trust in man-made systems and worship the work of their own hands, and who say that the strength of their own right arm gave them the victory.”

“Sir, we will always humbly reverence your majesty in public; but since we have this occasion to be with your Majesty in private…we must discharge our duty, or else be traitors both of Christ and you.
Therefore, Sir, at diverse times I have told you, so now again I must tell you. There are two kings and two kingdoms in Scotland. There is King James, the Lord of the Commonwealth, and there is Christ Jesus, the King of the Church, whose subject James the Sixth is, and of whose kingdom he is not a king, nor a lord, nor a head.
We will yield to you your place, and give you all due obedience, but again
I say; You are not the head of the church; you cannot give us that eternal life that we seek for even in this world, and you cannot deprive us of it.” Andrew Melville

GOD’S PURPOSE FOR THE NATIONS

Henry Morris published the book “God and the Nations” in 2003
“That God has an eternal purpose in mind for nations as such, and not only for individuals, seems evident from such Scriptures as
Revelation 21:24
‘By it’s light will the nations walk, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it’
The context here is the situation in the New Earth, and the Holy City,
New Jerusalem, in particular, in the eternal ages to come.
There will be nations in the New Earth, each with its king, and they will live outside the Holy City, yet apparently have free access into it, with their “glory and honor” to contribute to the service of the King of all kings there in New Jerusalem. These nations will be “Gentile” nations, for the word “nations” (Greek ETHNOS) is actually translated “Gentiles” more often than “nations”.
The nation of Israel, on the other hand, as God’s chosen nation, will occupy a separate position, presumably dwelling only in New Jerusalem. This seems implied by Revelation 21:12, which notes that “the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel’ are inscribed on the 12 gates of New Jerusalem. Israel’s king, of course, will be the Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ, who “shall reign over the house of Jacob forever” and “the throne of God and the Lamb shall be in it, and his servants shall serve him” (Revelation 22:3).
The church is also a “nation”, in a sense, for Christian believers are actually called “a royal priesthood, a holy nation” In 1 Peter 2:9 and are considered as different in a sense from both Jews and Gentiles (1 Corinthians 10:32, which refers to “the Jews…the Gentiles and “the church of God).
At this point, we just want to get a glimpse of God’s future purpose for the nations, because that will help us to understand His past and present dealings with them. When they were first established, and all through history, God was really preparing them for eternity. “Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world” (Acts 15:18).

John Lennox (Against the Flow) 2015
Now, according to the world-views of Babylon’s wise men and the naturalist thinkers of today, there is no God that can reveal the future course of history. By definition, therefore, Daniel could have no special knowledge. He could not know the contents of the dream; all he could do was to guess. The wise men had not dared to guess because they knew that the probability of them getting the answer right was vanishingly small.
They would have stalled forever, if possible, rather than risk getting it wrong. Chance was not on their side. On that view, Daniel was taking a colossal gamble with his life.
If he guessed wrongly, the rage of the emperor would know no bounds,
and death would be swift and terrible.
But Daniel was not guessing. He was not calculating probabilities.
He knew what Nebuchadnezzar had dreamed, and within a few seconds Nebuchadnezzar knew that Daniel knew.”

John Lennox makes this observation:
“Perhaps the most important way of understanding this aspect of the image is to be found in the well-known phrase “feet of clay”. That phrase is used of individuals, particularly those of high status, to describe character flaws – particularly hidden faults that could eventually bring about their downfall.
The colossal man that Nebuchadnezzar saw had feet of clay, which alerts us at once to the problem that all system of government have. To varying degrees, all their citizens have feet of clay. That is to say, the fundamental weakness indicated by the image is a weakness in humanity that makes people difficult to govern. It is a weakness to which much thought has been given in politics, and much has been written about in literature. We are all aware of it. The novelist G.K. Chesterton got it exactly right when he reportedly responded to a request in THE TIMES newspaper for answers to the question WHAT IS WRONG WITH THE WORLD? Chesterton is believed to have written:
Dear Sir,
I am.
G.K. Chesterton
The problem with humanity is humanity itself.

NOT HUMAN BUT DIVINE REVELATION

Examples of Human Revelation:
• The Fourth Turning (William Strauss and Neil Howe)
• 1984 (George Orwell) a Novel published in 1949
I’ve quoted this author numerous times during the last two years.
You may remember some of the quotes:
“Who controls the past controls the future.”
“War is peace. Freedom is slavery, Ignorance is strength.”

• Brave New World (Aldous Huxley wrote this novel in the shadow of the rise of fascism during the 1930s.) “Brave New World is a searching vision of an unequal, technologically-advanced future where humans are genetically bred, socially indoctrinated, and pharmaceutically anesthetized to passively uphold an authoritarian ruling order – all at the cost of our freedom, full humanity, and perhaps also our souls.”

Francis Schaeffer nailed it when he wrote the book titled:
“He is There and He is not Silent”

John Lennox in his book “Against the Flow” makes this observation:
“Daniel knew that Nebuchadnezzar was not prepared to reveal the content of the dream. But Daniel believed that there was a God who knew not only the content of the dream but its meaning. He also believed that, if he so desired, God could reveal that information to him. So now the story advances the concept of revelation one level deeper.
It is not Human Revelation now, BUT DIVINE.”
“When Daniel related the content of the dream to Nebuchadnezzar in all of its detail, Nebuchadnezzar had all the evidence he needed to believe in revelation. That belief was warranted, since there was no way, apart from divine revelation, that Daniel could have known what thoughts had gone through the king’s mind while he dreamed. Nebuchadnezzar now had strong reason to take seriously the claim that God had given Daniel the interpretation. But that did not mean that Nebuchadnezzar would be uncritical – he would also use his reason to see if the proffered interpretation made sense. And so can we, since the whole account lies before us.”

CAUGHT BETWEEN CULTURES

I will use primarily four major sources for our study.
• The Bible (ESV)
• “Against The Flow” by John Lennox (2015)
• “The Church in Babylon by Erwin Lutzer (2018)
• “Faith For Exiles” by David Kinnaman & Mark Matlock (2019)

David Kinnaman makes this observation:
“Empires subjugate weaker nations of the earth using a variety of tactics, not all of which are military. Yes, empires use violence and power to achieve dominance. But military means often go hand in hand with colonial strategies deployed to transform the language, economics, and cultural imagination of conquered peoples. The Jewish elite were captured after Babylonian’s military conquest of Judah, forcibly taken to the empires’ capital, and subjugated to a cultural conquest nearly as devastating as their martial defeat. (The Book of Daniel is a vivid account of Babylon’s culture-eradication campaign and how some exiles successfully resisted.)
If a literal Babylon were around today, the internet would certainly be in the imperial toolbox – and insofar as we thoughtlessly consume whatever content comes our way, we’d be cheerful participants in our own colonization. Even without a literal empire knocking on our door, many of us are willingly held captive. The idea of digital colonization may seem extreme, but here is the point: screens inform and connect, but they also distract and entertain. Through screen’s everywhere presence, Babylon’s pride, power, prestige, and pleasure colonize our hearts and minds.
Pop culture is a reality filter. Websites, apps, movies, TV, video games, music, social media, YouTube channels, and so on increasingly provide the grid against which we test what is true and what is real.
Screens demand our attention. Screens disciple.”

Tim Keller in his book “Exiles in a Foreign Land” (2006) writes:
“Christians should be humbled before the new pagan pluralistic situation. Just as with the exiles, the situation is due in large part to our own failings. The church did not lose its position of privilege simply because of evil enemies of the faith. We lost our position as part of God’s judgment on our pride, our hypocrisy, our love of power, our prejudice, our bigotry and failure to hold onto the truth. This is the way in which God get’s people’s attention.”

Erwin Lutzer makes this comment:
“Daniel’s conviction was rock solid. He had made compromises he could live with, but some matters were non-negotiable. “I can help the king, I can advise the king, but I will not compromise my faith in Jehovah. It is all a matter of resolve. I certainly don’t want to give the impression that I think we can imitate Daniel and his friends in being indoctrinated with an occult education.
My point is that we should never underestimate God’s commitment to keep us where He plants us.
There is much in pagan society that you can conscientiously be associated with; but there is much that we must stay away from. That line might not be drawn in the same place for everyone. May God give us the wisdom to know where it should be drawn for us.”

BABYLONIAN SOCIAL ENGINEERING

Orwell called that technique NEWSPEAK.
In his novel he describes three slogans of the Party:
• War is Peace
• Freedom is Slavery
• Ignorance is Strength
“The Ministry of Truth contained, it was said, thousand rooms above ground level, and corresponding ramifications below. Scattered about London there were just three other buildings of similar appearance and size. So completely did they dwarf the surrounding architecture that from the roof of Victory Mansions you could see all four of them simultaneously.
They were the homes of the four Ministries between which the entire apparatus of government was divided:
the Ministry of Truth, which concerned itself with news, entertainment, education, and the fine arts;
the Ministry of Peace, which concerned itself with war,
the Ministry of Love, which maintained law and order,
the Ministry of Plenty, which was responsible for economic affairs.
Their names. Newspeak: Minitrue, Minipax, Miniluv, and Miniplenty.”
George Orwell, “1984”

Daniel means: “My God is My Judge”
Hananiah means: “The Lord Shows Grace”
Mishael means: “Who Is like God?”
Azariah means: “The Lord Helps”

Daniel’s new name will be “Belteshazzar” meaning: “May Bel (Marduk) protect his life”
Hananiah’s new name will be “Shadrach” meaning: “Command of Aku” (the moon god)
Azariah’s new name will be “Abednego, meaning: “Servant of Nabu” (the son of Marduk)
Mishael’s new name will be ”Meshack, meaning: “Who is like Aku” (the moon god)

Lord Sacks, the Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom, published in 2011 the book titled: “The Great Partnership; God, Science and the Search for Meaning.”
“All other civilizations rise and fall. The faith of Abraham survives…What made Abrahamic monotheism unique is that it endowed life with meaning. That is a point rarely and barely understood…
We make a great mistake if we think of monotheism as a linear development from polytheism, as if people first worshipped many gods and then reduced them to one. Monotheism is something else entirely. The meaning of a system lies outside the system. Therefore, the meaning of the universe lies outside the universe. Monotheism, by discovering the transcendental God, the God who stands outside the universe and creates it, made it possible for the first time to believe that life has a meaning, not just a mythic or scientific explanation.”

POINTS OF LIGHT IN ENEMY TERRITORY

In 2005, Dr. David Jeremiah published A New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Best Seller book, titled:
“What in the World is Going On?”
“Never before have we read such jarring headlines, distressing news analyses, or dire predictions for our world. There are food shortages, record-high fuel prices, and natural disasters from volcanoes to cyclones. Longtime antagonists China and Japan announce a pledge of peace and friendship while a newly belligerent Russia makes pacts in the Middle East. The president of Iran claims Israel must be wiped off the map while world leaders sit by and say nothing.
When these kinds of stories continue to appear, we can’t help but wonder…what in the world is going on?”

Canadian Professor Lee Beach, published the book titled: “The Church in Exile – Living in Hope After Christendom” (2015)
“Exile implies much more than simple geographical dislocation; it can be a cultural and spiritual condition as well. It is the experience of knowing that one is an alien, and perhaps even in a hostile environment where the dominant values run counter to one’s own.
In other words, one can experience exile even when one returns to or remains in one’s homeland. Well beyond the sphere of religious identity, this observation is confirmed by the experience of artists, poets, political dissidents, philosophers, and religious leaders in countries throughout the world.”

THEY WERE VESSELS SET APART FOR THE GLORY OF GOD. These temple vessels had been made by craftsmen who loved God, as Daniel and his friend did. THEY WERE SACRED.

Dr. John Lennox in his book “Against the Flow” writes:
“The awe of the holiness of God, which the glory of Jerusalem’s temple was designed to convey, is easily lost. And when it is lost, the danger is that symbols that once pointed the way to deeper spiritual and moral realities tend to become ends in themselves. An admiration for church architecture, or an appreciation of religious art and ritual, is not the same as the worship of a glorious God. After all, one does not even have to believe in God to admire the towering spires and the lofty vaulted roof of a cathedral, or to enjoy the singing of a well-trained church choir.”
“By taking symbols that were designed to point to one true God, Creator of heaven and earth, and placing them at the same level as cultic symbols of other gods, Nebuchadnezzar, whether he realized it or not, was demoting God from his absoluteness and making him just one of any number of other possible deities.
Such relativization of the absolute is endemic in the +pick-and-mix” postmodern society of our own century, particularly in the West. Whether you believe in Jesus, Buddha, the Beatles, crystals, mother earth, or perhaps anything else that takes your interest, all are held to be on the same footing; all have equal validity for the relativist. Indeed, many people are convinced that this is by far the safest position to adopt. ABSOLUTES ARE DANGEROUS, they say, especially religious absolutes.”

Dr. Erwin Lutzer “The Church in Babylon” writes:
“We are called to witness within this larger culture that adheres to the values of trash television, hedonism, ever expanding homosexual power and influence, religious antagonism, racial hatred, political wrangling, and the exaltation of individual rights.
Too often, we as evangelicals find ourselves as a minority, out of step with the cultural currents that have been widely accepted by an ever-changing America. The future is easy to predict because many of the children raised in evangelical homes and churches are opting for a more inclusive theology, along with more liberal political agendas. Some will disagree, but I believe researcher John Dickerson is right when he says the church is declining in members, in dollars, and in influence.”

The question before us is this: How do we share our faith in a culture that often despises our values and Christian commitment?

LIVING IN A LAND OF IDOLS

OBSTACLES DO NOT BLOCK THE PATH – THEY ARE THE PATH (old proverb)

Dr. Michael Heiser in Unseen Realm writes:
“The famous story of the building of the Tower of Babel is about much more than an ill-fated construction project and language confusion. The episode is at the heart of the Old Testament worldview. It was at Babylon where people sought to “make a new (shem) for themselves” by building a tower that reached to the heavens, the realm of the gods. The city is once again cast as the source of sinister activity and knowledge.”

Dr. Michael Heiser (page 113 in Unseen Realm)
Deuteronomy 32:8-9 describes how Yahweh’s dispersal of the nations at Babel resulted in his disinheriting the nations as his people. This is the Old Testament equivalent of Romans 1:18-19, a familiar passage wherein God “gave humankind over” to their persistent rebellion. The statement in Deuteronomy 32:9 that “the Lord’s portion is his people, Jacob his allotted heritage” tips us off that a contrast in affection and ownership is intended. Yahweh in effect decided that the people of the world’s nations were no longer going to be in relationship to him. He would begin anew. He would enter into covenant relationship with a new people that did not yet exist: Israel. The implications of this decision and this passage are crucial to understanding much of what’s in the Old Testament.”

According to Dr. John Lennox
“The Ishtar gate was one of eight fortified gates set in an invincible-looking broad wall that surrounded the city. According to Herodotus the walls were 80 feet thick, 320 feet high and 56 miles long. The vast tower in which the gate was set was covered with brilliantly sparkling ceramic tiles of deep blue, adorned with the alternating motif of white and yellow lions, dragons and yellow bulls. It was very striking; built with a view to impressing all who entered with the power, wealth architectural brilliance and permanence of the Babylonian Empire and above all, the glorious majesty of Emperor
Nebuchadnezzar himself.”
Reconstruction of the Ishtar gate in the Pergamon Museum, Berlin. The first part of Nebuchadnezzar’s dedicatory Inscription on the Ishtar Gate reads:
“I let the temple of Esiskursiskur (the highest festival house of Marduk, the Lord of the Gods – a place of joy and celebration for the major and minor gods) be built firm like a mountain in the precinct of Babylon of asphalt and fired bricks.”
The Babylonians were brilliant architects and engineers. Dominating the city skyline was a spectacular tower or ziggurat, called Etemenanki. This name in Sumerian means the House of the Foundations of Heaven and Earth, which immediately reminds us of Babel, the original city that stood on the same site.

John Lennox writes:
“Their Hebrew prophets would have told them that the gods of the Babylonians were idolatrous deifications of the basic powers of nature – sex, aggression, greed, power, wealth, and so on.
But if that were so, how could such a high culture (far superior in many ways to the culture Daniel had left behind) have emerged from such inadequate, unsophisticated and, in their opinion, completely false religious and philosophical ideas? Was it really possible for such commerce, culture, and education to be built on a false philosophy? Or was this yet more evidence that their God was a delusion? There was much to be pondered in their first days of Babylon.”

Dr. Erwin Lutzer in his book “The Church in Babylon” writes:
“The rebellion of Babylon has carried on throughout history. The people of those days sacrificed their children to pagan gods; we sacrifice our unborn children on the altar of convenience. We do not bow down before stone idols; we give wholehearted allegiance to the gods of money, power, and sex. Too often our devotion to God is an “add on”, something done in church once a week.”

Daniel and his friends, no matter what circumstances we may face, we ought to heed the call to be a light IN THE DARKNESS. We want to be strong, courageous, and gracious, but also uncompromising as witnesses to the gospel of Jesus Christ in a culture that is becoming increasingly hostile to the Christian faith. Like Israel in Babylon,
our challenge is to impact the culture without being spiritually destroyed by it. We should never forget, whatever men build, men will destroy. Whatever God builds will last forever because the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
Remember, what seems impossible with men is possible with God.

HISTORY AND MORALITY

You may be surprised to find out that in this book you will find
• The Lord Jesus Christ as the rock that will crush the earth’s kingdoms. (Daniel 2:34-35, 44-45)
• The Son of Man (Daniel 7:13-14)
• The coming Messiah who will be crucified (Daniel 9:25-26)

Professor of Mathematics and Philosophy at the University of Oxford, John Lennox in his book: Against the Flow! makes the statement:
“The story of Daniel and his friends is a clarion call to our generation to be courageous; not to lose our nerve and allow the expression of our faith to be diluted and squeezed out of the public space and thus rendered spineless and ineffective. Their story will also tell us that this objective is not likely to be achieved without cost.
As political correctness stifles Christian witness, atheism seems to become more and more vocal in the public arena. Richard Dawkins in the GOD DELUSION, Sam Harris in his LETTER TO A CHRISTIAN NATION, Christopher Hitchens in GOD IS NOT GREAT, and Michael Onfray in ATHEIST MANIFESTO have been rallying the troops behind them by heralding the dangers of religion and the desirability of eliminating it. In order to do this, these so-called New Atheists harness the immense cultural power of science. At a conference at the Salk Institute of Biological Science in La Jolla, California, in November 1994, Nobel Laureate Steven Weinberg suggested ominously that the best contribution that scientists could make in this generation was to complete elimination of religion.”

Lennox goes on to say:
“If Daniel and his three friends were with us today, I have no doubt that they would be in the vanguard of the public debate, leading the counter-charge against the self-styled “four horsemen of the New Atheism” as Dawkins and his allies Dennett, Harris and Hitches call themselves.”

Os Guiness in his book titled: “A Free People’s Suicide” published 2012, writes:
“Nothing is more daring in the American experiment than the founders’ belief that the American republic could remain free forever. But how was this to be done, and are Americans doing it today?
The ultimate threat to the American republic will be Americans. The problem is not wolves at the door but termites in the floor.”

On page 29 under the sub-title: TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING he writes:
“Another criticism from abroad is that American freedom is in danger of becoming too much of a good thing and that, as always, too much of a good thing is a bad thing.
Claims to rights and entitlements without duty are destroying the cultural soil in which all rights and freedom itself have to be nourished; unregulated free markets are destroying Americas social bonds; an excess of democracy is undermining the carefully crafted republic of the American founders; and an increasingly corrupt form of American freedom is causing a shift from constitutional liberalism to democratic illiberalism, and in the process damaging America itself.
In short, contrary to the founders – and in ways they do not realize themselves – Americans today are heedlessly pursuing a vision of freedom that is short-lived and suicidal.
Once again, freedom without virtue, leadership without character, business without trust, law without customs, education without meaning and medicine, science and technology without human considerations can end only in disaster.
When exported abroad, the same rampant American freedom often undermines the traditional ways of life in other countries through its licentiousness, permissiveness and passion to transgress.”