God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. - Psalm 46:1-3
Daniel 7:1-28 p. 829
APOCALYPTIC poetic power over precision
…in this genre, visions consistently collapse one epoch in time upon another. Some commentators have identified visions as being transtemporal. This means that images or figures can apply to more than one period in history. This should keep us from following an overly rigid interpretive scheme. Apocalyptic possesses an elasticity of vantage point that we are simply not accustomed to seeing in other genres. - David Helm
IT’S ALL ABOUT JESUS And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. - Luke 24:27
the Terror Daniel 7:1-8
…the four winds of heaven were stirring up the great sea
And four great beasts came up out of the sea…
Ephesians 6:11-12 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
Are your eyes open to the reality of warfare?
The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist. - The Usual Suspects
the Trial Daniel 7:9-10
Ancient of Days purity - wisdom - power
the court sat in judgment, and the books were opened
What’s going to happen?
the Triumph Daniel 7:11-14
Son of Man?
Psalm 104:3 He lays the beams of his chambers on the waters; he makes the clouds his chariot; he rides on the wings of the wind;
a reality now and not yet
Mark 14:61-64 But he remained silent and made no answer. Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?” And Jesus said, “I am, and you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.”
And the high priest tore his garments and said, “What further witnesses do we need? You have heard his blasphemy. What is your decision?” And they all condemned him as deserving death.
Colossians 2:13-15 And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.
Philippians 2:9-11 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Is this hitting home?
the Trusting Daniel 7:15-28
How are you “wearing out”?
Do you realize the gift you’ve been given?