by Fred Lowery

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God's Word for tomorrow's News
Fred Lowery
Daniel 1:3-21; Romans 12:1-2; 1 Corinthians 10:25; 1 Corinthians 8:8; Proverbs 16:7; Romans 12:18; Colossians 4:5; 1 Peter 3:15; 1Thessalonians 5:24
February 11, 2007

The setting of Daniel represents absolutely the worst time in the history of Israel. The day that they dreaded, the day that had been prophesied by the prophets, the day that they had been warned would happen if they didn't repent and turn to God. So, now it has happened. Three terrible things: No. 1; they were defeated by a pagan ruler. Even worse, God did it. God worked in the life of the pagan ruler. God enabled him to judge God's own people. Secondly, they were departed to a pagan nation under a pagan ruler. They were taken away in captivity. The third terrible thing that happened to them; there very on vessels, the holy vessels that were so important to them in the temple were denigrated. King Nebuchadnezzar came against Jerusalem not one time, but three times burning Jerusalem and destroying the temple. One of the first things he did was to take those holy vessels out of God's temple and take them and put them in the Babylonian pagan temple. So, the worst things that could happen to Israel have now happened. God had warned Israel for 490 years. Finally God's patience ran out and God says that's enough. So my question, how long will God be patient with America? America is not following God. In fact, most of America seems to be a little hostile towards God. Many would call this a post-Christian era. How long will God be patient and will God allow a pagan ruler like the head of Iran or the head of North Korea or some other nation judge his own people. In verse three of chapter one: Then the king ordered
Ashpenaz, chief of his court officials, to bring in some of the Israelites from the royal family and the nobility. Now Ashpenaz is the chief of Nebuchadnezzar's court and he's ordered to bring ...

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