Daniel chapter 9 is a critical chapter in understanding God’s plan at the end of the age. This chapter takes place near the end of Daniel’s life. In it Daniel makes intercession for the sin of Israel and asks the Lord to have mercy and restore Israel. A major key to understanding Daniel 9 is recognizing that Daniel had been reading Jeremiah’s prophecies which served as an impetus for his intercessions. In this blog we’ll take a brief look at Jeremiah 25 to get a better understanding of what Daniel may have been thinking when He prayed for Jerusalem’s restoration. Read More
When Daniel shows up in Babylon he’s sixteen and a stranger in a strange land. During his young life he had seen Judah in its worst of times. As early as he could remember he’d heard stories of God’s impending judgment coming to Judah. The threat of the Babylonians had been very real for the last several years and now they had sieged Jerusalem, fettered the king, and taken many precious articles from the temple of God. Not to mention they had taken he and many of his friends, young people of the aristocracy of Judah, captive to Babylon. The nightmare had become reality. Read More
Over the last week as I have been studying Daniel, God has highlighted a few things I haven’t noticed before. I’m impressed by Daniel’s incredible boldness in the face of great intimidation to faithfully declare the word of the Lord. He was a young man in the most threatening of circumstances and proved to be a faithful witness. I believe His situation mirrors the circumstances the church is facing right now. The question is: will the Church be a faithful witness, like Daniel, in the face of great intimidation and the threat of suffering?
One of the challenges in understanding the story line of Daniel is the chronology of the book. Because the chapters are not laid out in a chronological order it’s difficult to understand the flow of events. The book is actually put together thematically, in two distinct parts: 1) Life in Babylon 2) Prophetic Visions. The time frame of these sections overlap one another. For instance Chapter 6 takes places near the end of Daniel’s life, whereas Chapter 7 takes place nearly 20 years earlier.
Another challenge is the mention of multiple kings whom Daniel served. If you don’t know the times these kings reigned it can be very difficult to understand the order of events since all the time frames in the book reference the reign of one of these kings. But, if you understand who these kings are and when they reigned you can fairly easily identify the timeline of the book. In this blog I’m going to give a very simple overview of the book of Daniel and help you organize it chronologically so that you can understand it a little more clearly. Read More
Last week I got an email from Mike Bickle inviting me along with other leaders to join him in a 21-day Daniel fast in preparation for a Daniel Seminar he will be teaching at the end of the month. In the last few days Mike has put out a couple videos and an outline that explains in detail what’s on his heart regarding this fast and specifics of how to go about seeking the Lord in fasting and prayer. I want to encourage you to check those resources out.
When I got his email I was on vacation in Florida. I have to admit I was in more of a feasting mode than a fasting mode. But as I read the invitation my heart was immediately moved to go for it. I emailed our leadership team and there was unanimous agreement that we should participate and call our whole community to it. Read More
The socio-political climate in the Middle East has been tumultuous for decades. One could argue it’s been in a state of turbulence since the time God first called Abraham out of Haran to a land He would reveal. With the “Arab Spring” of the last several years, it seems that conditions are intensifying right before our eyes. As we speak, Syria continues in a civil war that has claimed 100,000 lives and seen over a million refugees flood neighboring Lebanon and Jordan. Egypt’s revolution has radically intensified with the ouster of Muhammad Morsi. Just a few weeks prior, Turkey came to the brink of it’s own revolution. And don’t forget within the last two years Libya & Tunisia had full blown revolutions that deposed each of their respective presidents. At the same time, at least another 15 other Middle Eastern countries have had significant conflicts.
All of these events beg the question: Where is all this heading? What’s coming next in the Middle East? I can’t predict the next revolutionary movement, but I do have a few thoughts as to what is ahead socially and spiritually for the region. Read More
In April I took a trip to the Middle East, visiting four countries (Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, and Egypt) in ten day. It was a whirlwind. By the end I was physically exhausted but spiritually charged. My heart was filled with wonder at the testimonies I heard. I want to share a few with you to spark your vision and call you to pray for God to move in greater power in Egypt and throughout the Middle East. I have to be vague regarding locations and names for security sake, but just know that these are all testimonies I heard firsthand, asking LOTS of questions to verify the details. Read More
Last week I was amazed to watch the events unfold that led to Egypt’s second revolution within the last 2 years. Last Wednesday, Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s 5th president, was deposed after serving only a year in office. Over 22 million Egyptians signed a petition calling for His removal and some reports estimate 25 million attended public protests unto this end.
You remember that former Egyptian president, Hosni Mubarak, was ousted in February of 2011 after 18 days of revolutionary protests that also saw scores of Egyptians take to the streets demanding his removal. With Morsi’s ouster has come much resistance and violence. Some estimates place the death toll over 90, with the number injured surpassing 3000. Morsi’s supporters, many of whom are conservative muslims, have staged counter-protests and vowed bloody retaliation. I believe it’s likely that Egypt is on the brink of full-fledged civil war. Read More
We stand at a critical juncture in our nation’s history. The light is getting brighter as the darkness is becoming darker. The greatest revival and the greatest crisis in human history are both soon to come. It is always darkest just before the dawn and so our hearts remain full of faith because know that a great awakening is soon to sweep across the nations. And though darkness is covering the earth, we look with eager anticipation to God’s promised outpouring on all flesh which will empower His people to bring the gospel to all nations. What a privilege it is to live in this awesome hour of history! (Acts 2:17-20, Mt 24:14)
Isa. 60:2 Behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; but the LORD will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you.
10 days ago, we began to hear the horrific news that two bombs had been detonated at the Boston Marathon with hundreds of casualties. The tragedy, we have come to find out, was perpetrated by two brothers, 26 and 19 who had anti-American leanings. We watched last week as the drama unfolded and the two men were hunted down by the FBI, one losing his life and the other captured. We came to find out that as many as 24 people lost limbs in this attack and 3 lost their lives, one of whom was 8-years-old. Painful, horrifying, unthinkable. Pick an adjective, it won’t do justice to the incredible sense of loss so many are still feeling as a result of this tragedy.