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Sovereignty in Cairo

Yes, folks, it’s a new blog post. Pardon the dust, but I hope to be resuming weekly posting again, starting with this entry.

Unless you’re living in a rather hermit-ish cave — in which case I would highly doubt you’d have internet service — you’ve heard of the protests and political instability in Egypt, and hence, in the Middle East as a whole. It’s a very serious situation, with a great deal hanging in the balance. The outcome will affect not just Egypt, but the entire world.

In times like these, speculation is abundant and opinions fly faster and harder than the blizzard that’s slamming the Midwest. Talking heads on news outlets of all sorts are trying to break stories and posit viewpoints for the sake of being able to say, “We told you so, and we told you so first.” Heads of state are, rightly or wrongly, trying to strategically align themselves to influence and benefit from whatever happens. Political factions with big ambitions are trying to turn the chaos into a door of opportunity. The powerful and power-hungry alike are jostling for advantage as a discontented and frustrated group of people are simply trying to make something go well for themselves for a change.

We at the House of Prayer have been praying for Cairo ever since the demonstrations began breaking out. I’ve felt a certain level of uncertainty, and consequently, anxiety in my heart about the situation. I of course don’t know what will happen. I have a small idea of what might happen. Yet I don’t feel like I have a very clear idea of what I think should happen. As my weak little human heart has balked at the scope of it all — things that are clearly much bigger than me and very far out of my control — I’ve felt the Holy Spirit reminding me of a verse, over and over again.

“[The Lord] changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings…” (Daniel 2:21)

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Posted by on February 1, 2011 in Intercession, Knowledge of God

 

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Why Daniel 4? Why Now?

During these past elections, the book of Daniel was continually on my mind. I am more convinced than ever that this book is intensely practical to our day, and one of the most relevant things we can read regarding our current politcal climate.

To start with, no matter who you voted for, we all need to pray for our president-elect. Not only is this a biblical command (1Tim 1:1-2), the book of Daniel tells us clearly that God has set him in place (Daniel 2:21). There is absolutely no way that the sovereignty of God was foiled by the democratic process. The electoral college didn’t pull a fast one on the Lord of glory and slip the “wrong” guy into place. God raises up kings and removes kings. Period. His leadership is perfect.

However, just because God has set him in place doesn’t mean that we kick back and relax, assuming everything is now going to be coming up roses. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 1, 2008 in Bible, Daniel, Intercession

 

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Daniel 4 – part two

We last left King Nebuchadnezzar at a bit of a cliffhanger, with an ominous dream and a tenderly spoken prophecy of warning. What would become of this great king?

The Bible actually doesn’t leave us wondering for long. “All this came upon King Nebuchadnezzar” (Dan 4:28).

For twelve months, the Lord tarried. Twelve months, no judgment fell. Perhaps Nebuchadnezzar had grown a little overconfident in that time period. Maybe he assumed he had dodged the bullet. Maybe he had persuaded himself that his most reliable advisor was wrong, just this once. There’s a first time for everything, after all. This powerful monarch failed to realize that the longsuffering of the Lord is for our salvation. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 20, 2008 in Bible, Daniel

 

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Zechariah 8:6 – A Quick Thought

I hope to write the overdue Word of Life update tomorrow (today?) but for now, I will leave you with my latest favorite verse out of Zechariah:

“Thus says the LORD of hosts: ‘If it is marvelous in the eyes of the remnant of this people in these days, will it also be marvelous in My eyes?’ says the LORD of hosts” (Zech 8:6).

God says this while in the middle of unpacking the glorious Millennial future of Jerusalem. In other words, “If this is mind-blowing and astonishing to you, do you really think that I am surprised by it, too?” Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

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Daniel 1 – Purposefully Undefiled

Ahhh. The joys of “as-I-feel-like-it” writing. It’s only a few days since I let you all know this was coming, and I’m already kicking in part one. What can I say? Daniel is too good to let it sit on the shelf for too long.

The first six chapters of Daniel are not just random “day in the life of Daniel” quips to fill space before you get to the visions. These chapters serve a number of very key purposes: Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 4, 2007 in Bible, Daniel

 

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A Long Overdue Post on a Really Cool Book

So I was just talking with someone on the onething forums about the book of Daniel, when I realized that I have not written a single blog post about this amazing book. Those of you who know me will recognize how remarkable that is. I am a bit of a Daniel junkie. I love reading the book, even though I’ve studied it through several times. I jump at the chance to talk about it and I always walk away hyper from discussions about it. I want to be like Daniel when I grow up. If there was a book of Daniel fan club, I’d sign up for it. Maybe I should start one.

Anyway, all that to say it’s high time the book of Daniel made its debut on this blog.

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Posted by on November 30, 2007 in Bible, Daniel, Eschatology, Theology

 

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