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Gabriel: The End Is Coming

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Angels, Prophecy with tags , , , , on July 12, 2020 by paulthepoke

Daniel 8:23-25 “In the latter period of their rule, when the transgressors have run their course, a king will arise, insolent and skilled in intrigue. His power will be mighty, but not by his own power, and he will destroy to an extraordinary degree and prosper and perform his will; he will destroy mighty men and the holy people. And through his shrewdness he will cause deceit to succeed by his influence; and he will magnify himself in his heart, and he will destroy many while they are at ease. He will even oppose the Prince of princes, but he will be broken without human agency”.

Daniel 8:23-25 is a description of the future antichrist. The prophet Daniel is given clarification and comprehension from the angel Gabriel of a vision he had previously received. Gabriel frames the prophecy with a specific era.

The period in history is clearly stated on four occasions. Gabriel specifically tells Daniel. Gabriel opens the prophecy with a time point.

Daniel 8:23a In the latter period of their rule…

In the latter period“… This is the Hebrew word acharith. The word is defined as the after-part or end. Many times in the Old Testament, acharith is used in the context of the end of a human lifespan or the end of the calendar year.

As a point of review, Gabriel indicated to Daniel this is about the time of the end. Daniel 8:17 “Son of man, understand that the vision pertains to the time of the end.” 

The angel Gabriel restates this again. Daniel 8:19 “Behold, I am going to let you know what will occur at the final period of the indignation, for it pertains to the appointed time of the end.” 

On a fourth occasion we are told of the period in history. Gabriel closes the prophecy regarding the character of the antichrist with a time point.

Daniel 8:26 “The vision of the evenings and mornings which has been told is true; but keep the vision secret, for it pertains to many days in the future.” 

So I take it these passages have to do with the end times…

The context of Gabriel’s information from God is the Greek Empire. Notice, Rome or modern day Italy was not part of the Greek Empire. Modern day Greece is the country furthest west in the ancient Greek Empire. Historically, the eastern legs of the Roman and Greek Empires were larger. This is suggestive the antichrist will not come from western Europe.

Historically, there has been a pause of over 2,300 years since Alexander the Great. History is running its course. And we continue to wait for a king who will arise… not a nice guy.

Gabriel’s Message: For the Time of the End

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Angels with tags , , , , , , , on June 14, 2020 by paulthepoke

Daniel 8:17b But he said to me, “Understand, O son of man, that the vision is for the time of the end.”

Gabriel is talking to Daniel while he is prostrate. Gabriel’s point is to reveal understanding and clarity.

Then Gabriel refers to Daniel as a “son of man”. This term has many applications. One, it refers to the humanity of an individual. Translated, it literally means “son of Adam”. Two, God uses this title frequently when addressing the prophet Ezekiel. The term is often associated as a calling card for a prophet. Lastly, Jesus frequently identified Himself as the “son of man”. This phrase is used over 80 times in the New Testament in reference to Christ. The term points to the humanity of Jesus and His office as a prophet.

Gabriel indicates the time point of the vision.

“…the vision is for the time of the end.”

Daniel 8:18 And when he had spoken to me, I fell into a deep sleep with my face to the ground. But he touched me and made me stand up.

Apparently Daniel was shaken to the point of a “deep sleep” by Gabriel’s approach and words. Daniel had not changed his physical position. He remained prostrate, until Gabriel helped him up off the ground.

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Daniel 8:19 He said, “Behold, I will make known to you what shall be at the latter end of the indignation, for it refers to the appointed time of the end.

In Gabriel’s introduction to Daniel, it is stated three times. This vision is about the end.

This time will not be pleasant. The time is translated and described in English as the “indignation”. This word does not do justice for the definition in Hebrew. The word is zaam. Other translations could include angry, rage, or fury. If a person is zaam, they are upset to the point of frothing at the mouth.

Challenging times are coming…

Resurrection For All, Part 1

Posted in Gospel, Prophecy with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 20, 2014 by paulthepoke

Resurrection Sunday, April 20, 2014

Some would say the idea of a “resurrection” is only noted in the New Testament. Resurrection is not a New Testament only concept. There are many examples of the idea of resurrection in the Old Testament. Resurrection events are promised and noted from the arguably the oldest book of the Bible, Job, to the end of the Bible in the Book of Revelation. We will all be resurrected one way or another. At issue is the eternal destination of our individual resurrected body.

Job 14:13-15 “Oh that You would hide me in Sheol, that You would conceal me until Your wrath returns to You, that You would set a limit for me and remember me! If a man dies, will he live again? All the days of my struggle I will wait until my change comes. You will call, and I will answer You; You will long for the work of Your hands.”

Job is aware of the concept of resurrection and being brought back to life. He is pleading with God. Will I live again? Job expresses awareness of his bodily change to come. Job knows that God will call before this change.

Job 19:25-27a “As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last He will take His stand on the earth. Even after my skin is destroyed, yet from my flesh I shall see God; whom I myself shall behold, and whom my eyes will see and not another. My heart faints within me!”

The Hebrew word for “Redeemer” is ga’al. This is the same word used in the Book of Ruth of Boaz who is the kinsman-redeemer. A kinsman-redeemer will pay off one’s debts, defend the family, avenge a killing, and marry the widow of the deceased (definition of kinsman redeemer provided by NET Bible). Job knows his debt for sin will be taken care of. Job knows his Redeemer will avenge the killing of his family members and defend him. Job knows he is going to physically die. Job 42:17 verifies he died. And Job died, an old man and full of days. But, he knows he will be resurrected to see his Redeemer with his restored body. His flesh and his eyes will be renewed. The Redeemer lives. This verse reveals the timing of the resurrection…at the last.

Who is our kinsman-redeemer? Jesus. Galatians 4:4-5 But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law,so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.

Acts 17:31 because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead.”

God the Father will judge the world through His Son Jesus. Based on what, the fact of the resurrection.

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