Our society believes that there are no absolute truths except for the absolute truth that there are no absolute truths. Because of that mentality people are not willing to accept some things as truth even though there is evidence for them to be true. This not only makes it difficult to convince people of what you believe but it also creates havoc in their own lives due to the fact that they have no absolutes to base their lives on.
Frank Turek said, “False ideas about truth lead to false ideas about life.” Many people have false ideas about the world we live in because they do not believe that there can be truth about why we exist and the purpose of our lives.
John 8:32 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
Today we are going to see that there are some truths that we can believe in and that God has shown us that have come true. Daniel will be shown the future and although he may not fully understand it he will trust it as truth. For us many of these prophecies have come true which means that we can accept as truth the prophecies that are yet to come.
Read Daniel 11:1-2a
“And now I will show you the truth”
Daniel was getting ready to be told the future and he will write down everything that is going to take place in the future. The messenger was declaring these things to be truth because although they would all not be pleasant events they were events that would take place. God allowed Daniel to know and write down the events so that when the difficulties of these prophecies came to pass the children of God would see that God knew already how exactly things would happen. This gave them the comfort of knowing that God was all knowing and that He was allowing these things to happen for reasons beyond their understanding.
Chapter eleven of the book of Daniel is another chapter where people have a difficult time believing that the book of Daniel was written before all the events took place and written by Daniel himself.
The historical detail given by Daniel has some believing that the book of Daniel was written after the events which would mean that Daniel was not the author since almost all of this happened after he died. The only argument I will give for Daniel being the author of Daniel is the words spoken by Jesus Christ.
Matthew 24:15 So when you see the abomination of desolation spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand),
We see Jesus believes that Daniel wrote the book of Daniel and although there are other arguments that can be said the main thing for me as a Christ follower is what Jesus believed about Daniel.
In Matthew 24:15 Jesus said “Let the Reader Understand “One of the things we tend to do in is skip over some of the more difficult passages in the Bible but Jesus said let the reader understand because when these things happen in the future we will understand what is taking place if we have read about them. One of the reasons we study the end times is not because we will fully understand them but because we will understand them if we are living though them and because we believe what God has revealed to us is worth our time and effort to read. One of the reasons people fall away from God is because they have not been taught the truth in God’s word but have been taught lies about God and how He operates. God is always preparing His children for what is to come and in Daniel chapter eleven God will give Daniel insight that help God’s children endure some difficult days.
1) The Bible is Truth
Read Daniel 11:2-5
King Cyrus was the King in Daniels day and so 3 Kings would follow him. These three kings were Cambyses (530-522 B.C.) , Smerdis (5:22 B.C.) and Darius 1 Hystaspes (522-486 B.C.) . Xerxes 1 (486-465 B.C. ) is who the Bible calls the fourth King who will stir up the kingdom of Greece which we know is Alexander the Great (336-323 B.C.). The Bible then goes into detail about Alexander the Great and says that he will do what he pleases and the fact that Alexander the Great kingdom was not inherited by his family but was split between four generals.
Then we are told that there were two divisions of the Greek Empire the Ptolemaic (Egyptian) and the Seleucid (Syrian) that rose up after Alexander the Great died. The King of the South (Vs 5) was Ptolemy 1 Soter (323-285 B.C.) ruler of Egypt. “One of Ptolemy 1 Soter commanders” was Seleucus 1 Nicator (312-280 B.C.) and even though he served under Ptolemy 1 Soter, history tells us that eventually he would control more territory than Ptolemy 1 Soter which included Babylonia, Syria and Media. Conflicts for control between these two nations were constant and Daniel 11: 5-20 are about the conflicts that took place between these two nations which left Jerusalem in the middle suffering because of the fighting that took place between them.
If you take each verse and match it with world history you will discover there were 135 prophecies written about that came true in Daniel 11:1-35.
Read Daniel 11:21-24
These verses are about another King named Antiochus 4 Epiphanes’ (175-163 B.C.). The emphasis on this king by God was to let the children of God know about the persecution that this king would do to God’s children. He was the little horn described in Daniel chapter eight and he would be one of the most evil kings to rule on the earth.
“The fulfillment of prophecy shows that the God who disclosed these events and then brought them to pass is also able to keep and will keep his promises to his people. When we get in difficult circumstances, our faith sometimes wavers and we wonder whether God is up to our dilemma. We should be encouraged by prophecy to know that nothing is too hard for God. Nothing can ever rise up to thwart his plans. No detail is too small to merit his attention. So if we can find Jesus saying, “Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matt 28:20), we can know that he will indeed be with us and that we need not fear circumstances.” (Daniel, James Montgomery Boice, PG 114)
There really is no other book like the Bible because it is so unique in so many ways. God did this so that we can know it was from Him and so we could know the truth. Prophecies, archeology, and scientifically are ways the Bible has never been disproven. You will hear people in the science community slam those who believe the Bible and there are some things we do not fully understand, but the truth is that science has never disproven the Bible.
2) Truth will be challenged by culture
Read Daniel 11:28-35
The real purpose for all that has been spoken is to warn the children of God to be prepared for persecution for believing what they believe. Daniel describes that Antiochus would be angry that he was not only confronted by Roman armies but that in his humiliation he would turn his anger toward the Jews. Antiochus would go as far as desecrating the temple by setting up an idol devoted to Olympian Zeus and according to history by sacrificing swine on the altar.
“With Flattery he will corrupt “
Flattery is insincere praise given for one’s own advantage and Antiochus would first use flattery and bribery to try and get his way with the Jews. In verse thirty is tells us that the King will pay attention to those who break the Holy Covenant. So those who are willing to compromise their beliefs will be rewarded but those who will not break the Holy Covenant will be punished. There has always been and there will always be people who will compromise the word of God to be accepted by the world. The praise an acceptance of people seems to keep us from living our lives for God and so we compromise areas of our lives for the sake of being accepted.
John 17:14-19 I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 15 I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one.[a] 16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them[b] in the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. 19 And for their sake I consecrate myself,[c] that they also may be sanctified[d] in truth.
Jesus calls us to be separated from the world so that they can see the difference between truths and lies. If the truth is what will set the world free then we have to show them the truth. We are called to be light in a dark world (Matthew 5:16) and when we compromise our beliefs for the sake of unity in the world we are actually keeping the world from finding the truth. Just like some of the Jews when Antiochus was king we will be called upon by God to not give into the pressures of rejecting the truth of God’s word so that we can fit in easier with the world.
3) Truth is a Person
“The People who know their God” (32)
You have probably heard before that Christianity is not a religion it is a relationship. Although many people do not understand the difference there is a difference to the why behind what you do. In a relationship you are driven by love for the person and that is why you serve them. In a religion you are driven by guilt or the drive to be accepted by the person so you do it with the hopes of earning their favor. A relationship is about already being accepted and an religion is about hoping to be accepted.
Jesus addressed the religious leaders of His day because they believed that they could earn their way to God by their actions and not through a personal relationship.
Matthew 7:21-23 Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’
Daniel and Jesus use the same language and that is the word “knew”. The word is an intimate term used in a marriage relationship that describes the relationship with a married couple. When people think about God they do not think about knowing Him on a personal level but that is exactly the relationship Jesus was talking about. The people that knew (had a relationship with) their God were the ones who were willing to not compromise that relationship they had with God. Think about people that you love dearly and how you would not allow another person or thing separate you from them. This is the relationship God desires to have with us. When we are doing religious activities to gain Gods approval then we have missed the intimate love relationship He wants to have with us.
Knowing God may include knowing facts about Him, but knowing about Him is not the same as knowing Him.
John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
We can have a personal relationship with God because Jesus paid the debt of sin we owed that kept us separated from God. The religious leaders thought they could pay that debt themselves with their good works and holy living but Jesus tells us that it can only be attained when we accept Him as our Lord and Savior.
4) Truth will take discernment
“Those who are wise “
The problem with manipulators like Antiochus is they take a lie and twist it where it sounds like truth. We live in a complex world where information is coming at us so fast and Fake News has become difficult to discern from the truth. As followers of Christ we have to be careful to not give into the lies and make sure we are living with discernment in truth and the only way to do that is to remain in God’s word and to not live the way that the rest of the world is living.
Daniel 12:10 Many shall purify themselves and make themselves white and be refined, but the wicked shall act wickedly. And none of the wicked shall understand, but those who are wise shall understand.
We are called to have spiritual discernment for what is taking place in our world and in order for us to see and think clearly is to keep ourselves pure by not doing what God considers a sin. Those who have wisdom are the ones who have separated themselves from the ways of the world because they know that the way of the world will eventually lead to a dead end. (Romans 6:23) The good news is God promises us that He will give us wisdom if we will simply ask Him for it.
James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.
5)The Truth about persecution
“Refined, purified, and made white “ are the words that God uses to describe how He uses persecution in His children’s life. Most people do not talk about persecution but it is happening around the world to Christians every day. When Antiochus was King it was a very dark day for Israel and some even believe that Hebrews 11:35 was talking about this period of time.
Hebrews 11:35 Women received back their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, so that they might rise again to a better life
Some believe that this passage of scripture was written with a woman and her seven children who were tortured and killed during this Kings reign (see 2 Maccabees 7:1-41) We may not understand fully why God allows things to happen the way they happen but we are assured that He uses these things in our lives to make us more like Christ. Many people turn from God because He does not do what they think He should do or because He allows bad things to happen. We sometimes forget that God has bigger goals in mind than giving you “Your Best Life Now” He has a plan to make you pure, and holy like Jesus Christ.
Romans 8:29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.
God has a plan to make you what you are not today and He uses suffering to accomplish His goals. One of the things suffering shows is the ones who say they follow God or the ones who truly know God. Those who only follow Christ when times are good, or when it is easy, show that they may not have that personal relationship with God through Christ. Christianity is like how a marriage should be in the fact that it should endure through the good times and bad, sickness and in health and through the highs and lows of life.
1 John 2:18-19 Children, it is the last hour, and as you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. Therefore we know that it is the last hour. 19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us. But they went out, that it might become plain that they all are not of us.
It is always better for someone to know this side of Heaven if they have a relationship or if they are just following a religion and persecution usually shows the difference. Eternity is forever and God wanted people to know before they entered it that they were not in a relationship with Him.
“Only for a time” (24) and “the Appointed time “(35)
Those who are going through suffering would find comfort in knowing that one day it would end. In 163 B.C. Antiochus died in Persia and so “Only for a time” is a reference to God’s sovereign control over the entire situation.
“Peace is not the absence of conflict it’s the presence of God” Dan Colucci
No matter what you are going through you can know that God is using it for a purpose and to make you more like Jesus Christ. Difficulty does not mean God has forgotten you it means that God is refining you to make you to be more like Jesus Christ.
James 1:2-4 Count it all joy, my brothers,[b] when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.