Jack Van Impe Ministries


Daniel:
Verse by Verse

Part 1

Rexella: It is a great delight for us to come into your homes or perhaps you are seeing this in your church. Whatever, it's always a joy for us to share an experience in the word of God explaining a topic or a certain book, and the book that we have chosen for this special tape is the book of Daniel. And I tell you it is an exciting book and a special blessing for Dr. Because, Jack, I tell you, you love prophecy and this is all about prophecy isn't it?

Dr. Van Impe: Yes Rexella, and it all started a year ago when in the middle of the night I was awakened, and oft times God speaks to me, and the Spirit of God seemed to impress upon my mind that everything one needs to know about the future can be found in the book of Daniel. If we did not have the major or minor prophets or the book of Revelation, some 20 books, we could still know the future from beginning to end because of this one book, and so I started delving into this and I致e literally spent hundreds of hours in research work and preparation for this video we are about to make.

Rexella: All right. In 1935 Rabbi Shvili wrote a book and that impressed you greatly also, didn't it Jack? It's about the book of Daniel. He said that his people could know the future by the book of Daniel also.

Dr. Van Impe: Well when I was awakened that night I thought I was the only one who had ever seen this and I have never read it by any other author until I came to the statement of Rabbi Shvili who in 1935 in his book entitled "Reckonings of Redemption" said, we Jews can know our entire history right to its conclusion from the twelve chapters of the book of Daniel. And I知 going to show you why that's true.

First of all we have the prophet mentioned in chapter 1, verse 8

1:8 But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.
and what a Godly man he was. This Jew loved his Lord Yahweh. And when the King wanted them to eat and drink things that were offered to idols he refused. Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the meat or drink that the King offered. And as a result God used this prophet. In the tenth chapter he's in prayer and his intercession has been hindered for a period of 21 days through demonic powers in the heavens and finally Gabriel breaks through and tells him exactly what was going on and how Michael was, at that moment, in the heavenlies still battling the hosts that were trying to keep the message from him. And the message was this: in that tenth chapter, verse 13 and 14,
10:13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.
10:14 Now I am come to make thee understand what shall befall thy people in the latter days: for yet the vision is for many days.
I am come to tell you Daniel what shall befall your people, the Jews, in the latter days. What does the term "latter days" mean? Chapter 11, verse 40; chapter 12, verse 4,
11:40 And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over.

12:4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.

The time of the end. Then let's move back to chapter two because there we have this great image described that Nebuchadnezzar saw in a dream. He forgot what the dream was and called in his magicians, astrologers, soothsayers saying, I had a dream and I can't remember it. Tell me what the dream was. If you can't, I値l kill you. They said that isn't fair. Only the Gods without flesh could answer something like that. Well there was a rumor about a Godly prophet named Daniel who might be able to help them and guess what? This young man was just a teenager at the time, but oh he had the power of God, the anointing of the Holy Spirit upon him. And he came in to the presence of the King and he said I think I can help you, but give me 24 hours. During that time he sought the Lord. He returned and said, Nebuchadnezzar here is what your dream was. You saw this great image. It had a head of gold, chest and arms of silver, stomach and thighs of brass, two legs of iron and ten toes of iron mixed with clay. He said I can't believe this, you are a genius. Oh no it's not me. I take no credit for this. I have a great God Yahweh. And Nebuchadnezzar, Daniel 2:28,
2:28 But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days. Thy dream, and the visions of thy head upon thy bed, are these;
but the God in heaven hath revealed his secrets unto men, unto you King Nebuchadnezzar, to tell you what shall be, watch it, in the latter days. Again Daniel 11:40; Daniel 12:4, the time of the end. But he said God has also showed me the interpretation. I fear to tell you what it is. Go ahead Daniel. I won't judge you. Give me the truth. He said you are that head of gold, but the chest and arms of silver will soon overtake you, the Medes and the Persians. And then there will be the stomach and thighs of brass, Greece, who will destroy the Medes and the Persians, and then the two legs of iron, Rome, will overtake the Greeks and at the end time there will be ten toes that will come back to life, for they have been almost paralyzed for centuries and they will represent the two legs of iron because the toes are still iron mixed with clay coming back into restoration or revival. Now you say, but is this all so? If one will read Daniel 5:28 and Daniel 8, verses 20, 21 and Daniel 11:2,
5:28 PERES; Thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.

8:20 The ram which thou sawest having two horns are the kings of Media and Persia.
8:21 And the rough goat is the king of Grecia: and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first king.

11:2 And now will I shew thee the truth. Behold, there shall stand up yet three kings in Persia; and the fourth shall be far richer than they all: and by his strength through his riches he shall stir up all against the realm of Grecia.

he will find that this prophet even mentioned the very nations though they be two or three centuries into the future. Why? Because God revealeth unto him history right from that point to the end of time, to the conclusion to the time Messiah returns. Wow. The King was shocked. Let's move to chapter 7. There Daniel has a dream and it concerns four beasts. Once again, the first one is a lion, the second a bear, the third a leopard and the fourth a composite beast and this fourth one is an amalgamation of all the four and has ten horns. Ten toes, Daniel 2; the horns, Daniel 7. The ten horns are ten Kings that shall arise, Revelation 17:12,
17:12 And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.
and one can find that also in Daniel 7:24.
7:24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.
So at the end of time, ten nations would come together and they would be an offshoot of the final beast, the Roman Empire, and none of this happened until 1948 when Benelux started the project and ten came into existence by January 1, '81, but they did not really become organized and become a national worldwide entity until your lifetime, January 1, 1993. It's here. The prophecy has happened. Just like God gave it to Daniel, as he explained it to Nebuchadnezzar the King and as God showed him what would happen in the latter years, the latter times. But let's go on. There is more in this exciting book and I知 just giving you the overview now then we are going to delve into it microscopically. We find that this ten horn Kingdom actually produces 13 nations, Daniel 7, verses 8, 20 and 24.
7:8 I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.

7:20 And of the ten horns that were in his head, and of the other which came up, and before whom three fell; even of that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spake very great things, whose look was more stout than his fellows.

7:24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.

The prophet says in chapter 7, verse 8, I considered the horns, ten, watch it, there came up among the ten another little horn, number 11, before whose face there were three of the original horns plucked up by the roots. So one has to go to 13 in order for three to be removed and still end up with ten as we will at the time when Messiah is upon the earth, Daniel 2:44.
2:44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.
This little horn of Daniel 7:8
7:8 I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.
is the infamous antichrist, and he is the one called the King of fierce countenance in chapter 8, verse 23.
8:23 And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up.
He is the one who rides to world prominence forming a world government, probably the new world order, through a peace program for he comes in peaceably, Daniel 11:21,
11:21 And in his estate shall stand up a vile person, to whom they shall not give the honour of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries.
but he honors the God of forces, Daniel 11:38.
11:38 But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces: and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things.
Where does he come in on this peace platform? Back to chapter 9. And in verse 24
9:24 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.
the prophet is shown that seventy weeks is determined upon his people the Jews. So this is not for gentiles, though we will be part of it, but it is primarily for the Jews. And the final seventieth week is recorded in verse 27
9:27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
where it says, he, that's this antichrist, shall make the covenant of peace, he comes in peaceably, with many, beginning with Israel and other nations for one week and that's the Hebrew word "heptad" meaning seven years. And in the midst of the seven years, after 42 months, Revelation 11:3, Revelation 12:6,
11:3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.

12:6 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.

he breaks the contract and then all hell breaks lose on earth. What happens? We find that he observes, I知 talking about the prophet Daniel, enemies coming against Israel, after this 42 month period, from the south. At the time of the end shall the King of the south push at him, Daniel 11:40.
11:40 And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over.
Who is the King of the south? Egypt. And the King of the north shall come up against him like a whirlwind. Who is the King of the north? Rosh. You draw a line from Israel directly to the north pole you go right through Moscow and this is the King of the north of Ezekiel 38 and 39, verses 15
38:15 And thou shalt come from thy place out of the north parts, thou, and many people with thee, all of them riding upon horses, a great company, and a mighty army:
and many others within those two chapters plus Jeremiah 1:13, Jeremiah 6:22, Jeremiah 10:22,
1:13 And the word of the Lord came unto me the second time, saying, What seest thou? And I said, I see a seething pot; and the face thereof is toward the north.

6:22 Thus saith the Lord, Behold, a people cometh from the north country, and a great nation shall be raised from the sides of the earth.

10:22 Behold, the noise of the bruit is come, and a great commotion out of the north country, to make the cities of Judah desolate, and a den of dragons.

etc. So it's right there in the book of Daniel and in chapter 11, verse 44,
11:44 But tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him: therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many.
tidings out of the east, the orient, shall trouble him. So we see the antichrist involved. He has made a peace contract with Israel, it is broken in the middle, they are moving from Egypt with many other Muslim nations aligned with Egypt and with Rosh from the north and then these oriental forces. Can you believe that this is all in the word of God? But the thrilling thing is that these precious Jewish people are going to be preserved through the tribulation. We believe the church will be gone through the "come up hither" of Revelation 4:1.
4:1 After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.
The seventy weeks are determined upon Daniel's people, Jewish people, and the angel came to show him what would befall his people in the latter days. No doubt about it. This has nothing to do with the church of Jesus Christ, we're gone, it has to do with Israel. But God loves his people and he preserves them through that horrendous tribulation period. Where is that? The story of the Hebrew children in the fiery furnace in the third chapter of Daniel; the story of Daniel in the lion's den in the sixth chapter of the book of Daniel. Preservation. And that's why in Daniel chapter 12, verse 1,
12:1 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.
we read there shall be a time of trouble such as never was since there was a nation and at that time, thy people, Daniel, the Jews shall be delivered. So it's all right there. All right, as these nations are coming against Israel, because the peace contract has been broken, we find, and this is exceedingly interesting, Messiah comes, Jesus Christ returns and that's Daniel 2:45
2:45 Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure.
when the stone cut out of the mountain without hands smites the feet of the image. I like that. Not the head, Babylon; not the chest and arms, the Medes and the Persians; not Greece, the stomach and thighs; not the two legs of iron, but in the last days the final world government, the final empire, the ten toes of Daniel's image. That's Christ coming. He is that stone. The Bible makes this dogmatically clear as we are going to see later in the tape. When does he come? Daniel 2:44,
2:44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.
in the days of these ten, the final ten. There will be some manipulations number wise, but when it gets back to the final ten shall the God of heaven set up his Kingdom which shall never be destroyed. So Messiah comes, and we find in Daniel 12, verses 11 and 12
12:11 And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days.
12:12 Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.
that there is a period of 1335 days and people say why? The last half of the tribulation is only 1260 days, why an additional 75 days? Because this is when Messiah judges the nations, found in Matthew 25, verses 31 to 46
31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:
43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?
45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.
46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
to purge the world so that the just can enter into the millennial Kingdom. And who is included in that? In chapter 12, verse 2,
12:2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.
he raises Jews from the dead. Some to life for this moment so that they might be in that 1000 year reign with the church of Jesus Christ that is returned with the lamb, with the Messiah from heaven in Revelation 19:14
19:14 Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.
and that is why Jude 14
1:14 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,
says the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints and from that time on there's a millennium of peace under Messiah and Daniel tells the whole story. And if this is exciting to you, we are going to go into it verse by verse and you are really going to become exhilarated spiritually.

Rexella: Jack that was a terrific synopsis of the whole book of Daniel, but we are going to do it verse by verse and actually we are going to do it just a little bit differently because I知 going to be reading the verses. I haven't done that on any of our programs or tapes before just like we are going to do it tonight.

Dr. Van Impe: Each time we make a new video we like to handle it differently and I thought this would be tremendous. You read the text and I give the commentary and I have just dealt with the general overview of the book of Daniel, the telescopic view and now we want to look at it microscopically.

Rexella: All right. Since the sabbatic years were not kept for over 490 years in Israel, God allowed his children to be taken captive into Babylon so that the land could lay desolate. Now if you know something about the history and the commandments of God to Israel, he said every seven years they would have to let the land lay desolate in order to revive the land, Jack.

Dr. Van Impe: The sabbatical right?

Rexella: Yes, the farmers watching this will know what I知 talking about and it was very, very important because the land was small and God wanted to maintain that land. All right, because they disobeyed, he allowed them to be taken into Babylon captive and the land then was desolate, lay desolate, and it could fulfill the sabbatic years. Therefore the sin of disobedience we learn right up front on this tape tonight, never pays does it Jack.

Dr. Van Impe: It really doesn't. And you know why this world is in such a mess? Because of the sin of disobedience. God told our forefathers, Adam and Eve in Genesis 2:17

2:17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
but of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil thou shalt not eat of it, for in that day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. They ate, they listened to Satan rather than to God and Romans 5:19
5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
verifies what I am saying because it says for as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners. So by the obedience of one, Jesus Christ, shall many be made righteous. And this is what God wants in his people, obedience, in fact I Samuel 15:22
15:22 And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.
states, to obey God is better than to sacrifice.

Rexella: So important. Daniel like Ezekiel was a Jewish captive in Babylon. He was of royal descent and he was trained for palace seRexellace. So Godly was his character that even in a polluted atmosphere his life was pure and he was useful to God. He was a contemporary of Ezekiel, Joshua, Jeremiah, Ezra and Zerubbable. According to Usher, the events recorded in Daniel cover a period of 73 years. Now you can sort of put that in your mind. His long life extended from King Nebuchadnezzar to King Cyrus. We could say that Daniel is distinctly the prophet of the times of the gentiles. Now this is occurring right at the beginning of the times of the gentiles and goes right through to the termination of gentile world rule. So you have the whole gentile life so to speak, Jack, from the beginning to the end.

Dr. Van Impe: Rexella, he is not only the prophet of the gentiles as Scofield says and he says it because Daniel deals with gentile issues from chapters one to nine, but he is also the prophet to his people the Jews because remember the angel said I am come to tell you what shall befall your people, the Jews, in the latter days in the fourteenth verse of that tenth chapter. So from chapters 9 through 12 he deals with the issues of his people and Rexella there are those who say that this is a fictitious book, Daniel did not exist, but I want to remind you that Jesus Christ is God almighty in human flesh, I Timothy 3:16

3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
and my God said in Matthew 24:15 and in Mark 13:14
24:15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)

13:14 But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains:

that Daniel spoke about the abomination of desolation and Christ never quoted from any book unless it was canonical, approved by the religious leaders of the time. So since Jesus verified the authenticity of this prophet, we must believe that this is from God. God wrote this book. Through inspiration all scripture is given by inspiration of God, Theopneustos, God breathed, II Timothy 3:16
3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
That's important to know as we begin the text.

Rexella: All right. We are going to begin Daniel 1:1. Now this deals with the early life of Daniel in the Babylonian court. "In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim King of Judah came Nebuchadnezzar King of Babylon unto Jerusalem, and besieged it. And the Lord gave Jehoiakim King of Judah into his hand, with part of the vessels of the house of God: which he carried into the land of Shinar to the house of his God; and he brought the vessels into the treasure house of his God." Now this is the beginning of the gentile rule isn't it Jack?

Dr. Van Impe: Yes. There is a phrase we use called "the times of the gentiles" and it starts right here chapter 1, verse 1 because Nebuchadnezzar went down to Jerusalem, captured it, took the Jews captive back to Babylon in 586 B.C. and the times of the gentiles runs right up through the end when Messiah returns and one reason we know we are close to that hour is because of Luke 21:24

21:24 And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.
Jesus said Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the gentiles until, watch the expression, the times of the gentiles be fulfilled. Let's put that into modern English. Jesus said, Jerusalem will always be controlled by gentiles. There it is chapter 1 verses 1 and 2. Nebuchadnezzar took Jerusalem and they will control it until the hour comes that I return and just before I return my people the Jews will take Jerusalem. It happened in our lifetime, June 5th through 10th, 1967 during the six day war when the Jews took Jerusalem. Now the gentiles are going to try to get it back as they gather at the Mount of Olives, Joel 3, verse 2
3:2 I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.
in the valley of Jehoshaphat. For what reason? God says I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle and they take it for just a few hours, days at most, and then it's finished. That is the conclusion of the times of the gentiles when Messiah returns, the armies gather against him, they take Jerusalem briefly then God says I won't let it happen, Christ with his armies takes it and from then on Jerusalem is the city of the great King, Matthew 5:35
5:35 Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King.
But there is one other thing here. People say oh this is terrible. They went down to Jerusalem and they took the vessels out of the temple back to Babylon and by the way 66 years later, in chapter 5, you are going to see Belshazzar doing a terrible thing as he uses these vessels in a sacrilegious way to drink his wine for the greatest wildest most sacrilegious party in history. We say why, why? Because God is in control. The name "Lord" in this text that Rexella read is very important because God uses different names. His main name is Yahweh. And that exemplifies his attributes. Elohim pictures him in his creative power but there is another term, and that's the one here, Adonai, Master, Lord, sovereign God working out his will and so he is in control and everything that happened that we thought was so horrible in this book and in our own lives can only happen if he allows it. So look up, God's in charge.

Rexella: Oh, that is terrific Jack. I love that. Verse three, "and the King spake unto Ashpenaz the master of his eunuchs, that he should bring certain of the children of Israel, and of the King's seed, and of the princes; children in whom was no blemish, but well favoured, and skilful in all wisdom, and cunning in knowledge, and understanding science, and such as had ability in them to stand in the King's palace, and whom they might teach the learning and the tongue of the Chaldeans." Now there are a couple of things there that apply to these children that they were going to bring into the palace, Daniel being one of them, that they had wisdom and that they were without blemish. Now Jack that's quite a mouthful. What does this mean?

Dr. Van Impe: Well let's start with the second one. They were without blemish. That meant that they were morally correct. You know that Daniel and Joseph are the two in scripture who never have anything evil said against them because they were so righteous. And Daniel lived with the other three Hebrew children and it rubbed off on them so it just meant that they were right with God and they were teenagers. They are a picture of the coming Saviour who would be without blemish for he had to be that to offer the perfect sacrifice at Calvary's tree and I Peter 2:22

2:22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:
says he did no sin. II Corinthians 5:21
5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
adds, he knew no sin and in Hebrews 7:26
7:26 For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;
we find that he was holy, harmless, undefiled and separate from sinners. Now, they were wise. I like that. There is a difference between knowledge and wisdom. Now they had the knowledge but they had more than that. They had wisdom. Knowledge is the accumulation of facts, wisdom is knowing how to use the facts. I know a lot of people who have knowledge and they can't make a living and I know a lot of people who have never been to college but they have wisdom and can create great business enterprises. Wisdom is a gift. It's what's called horse sense and these young men had it because the spirit of God was upon them. Now knowledge isn't the answer because knowledge puffeth up, I Corinthians 8:1
1:1 Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.
Wisdom is a gift from God. In fact where all the gifts of the spirit are mentioned in I Corinthians 12, verse 8
12:8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
talks about the word of wisdom and that's why Stephen the first deacon in Acts chapter 6 verse 10
6:10 And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spake.
startled the crowds because he spoke with wisdom, Holy Spirit wisdom and shattered all of their arguments and that's what these young men had and that's what we need.

Rexella: I should say we do. Actually wisdom has nothing to do with age then does it Jack. You don't get wise as you get older.

Dr. Van Impe: No, I think it's almost a gift from God from birth. Just like being an artist or a musician.

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