Rexella: Terrible man.
Dr. Van Impe: Right.
Rexella: Verse 12
8:12 And an host was given him against the daily sacrifice by reason of transgression, and it cast down the truth to the ground; and it practised, and prospered.and an host was given him against the daily sacrifice by reason of transgression, and it cast, we're gonna change "it" to "he", and he cast down the truth to the ground; and he practised, and prospered. Now did the whole Jewish nation turn to him Jack?
Dr. Van Impe: No, of course not. We had the Maccabees and others who stood against this blasphemer but uh, many of the Jews did go along with him simply because they thought that they could get their independence. You see they were not a nation of their own at that time. Even when Jesus was on Earth Jerusalem had been under the control of the Babylonians for 600 years. So no they didn't go along with him in the majority, but there were always those who were willing to do it for gain as we have in all ages. Hypocrites.
Rexella: Verse 13. Then I heard one saint speaking, and another saint said unto that certain saint which spake, how long shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, and the transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot? And he said unto me, unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed. Now they are asking how long is this going to last? How long did it last?
Dr. Van Impe: It started, Rexella, on September 6, 171 B.C. When Antiochus made his first invasion of Jerusalem and ended on December 25, 165 B.C. Exactly, exactly 2300 days like the Bible says. But lets tell the people what this man did in defiling the sanctuary so that it had to be cleansed. First of all he marched against Egypt and was victorious, and on his way home thought he'd have some sport to celebrate his victory and persecuted the Jews but that was minor compared to what he was going to do the second time. He again went to Egypt and now Rome, coming to power, forbid what he was going to do, to totally captivate these people, and in frustration and anger on his way home he said Iíll make the Jews pay for this. Anti-semitism in that day. So he went into Jerusalem and the first thing he did was stop their sacrifices. He said you can't do anymore, that's all there is to it as they brought their lambs to offer before God. The next thing he did was set the image of his God Zeus in the temple and finally a sow, a pig on the alter, blaspheming the people. And he called himself God. This maniac even had printed on coins his name, Epiphanes, God.
Then he persecuted the Jews in such a horrendous way that my heart breaks as I describe it. He slaughtered 100,000 of them immediately. He took all the boys investigated them to see if they were circumcised, proving they were Jews, and then murdered them. He defiled the women. He did everything that's despicable, then left and as we said from the time he started all that until that sanctuary was reconsecrated, cleansed, the 2300 day period fell. But the important thing is that he symbolizes the coming antichrist who will make that contract, that covenant with Israel and Daniel 9:27
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.in the middle of it he breaks it and because he died, Revelation 13:3
13:3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.comes back to life in that same verse and that's again proven in Revelation 17, verses 8 through 11.
8 The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.He now has the devil incarnate him. Like Jesus was God in human flesh, this antichrist, not the first 3 1/2 years but the second 3 1/2, will have Satan living in him, and then is when he says I am God. And that's what Satan always wanted to do. He wanted to be like the most high God, Isaiah 14:12-14,
9 And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.
10 And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.
11 And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.
12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!and that's why Jesus said I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven Luke 10:18.
13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
10:18 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.He's never been able to do it. He said to Jesus in Matthew 4, Iíll give you everything if you fall down and worship me. Jesus said I won't do it because you are not God. But he wanted to be God. Now this is the time when he finally becomes what he wants to be because he magnifies himself above every God in Daniel 11:36.
11:36 And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done.As he lives in this man whoever he is in the future. And this is the one who sits in that temple in Jerusalem after the 42 month point saying I am God, I am God just like the new agers do today.
Rexella: We'll go on. Isn't that awful. Verse 15, and it came to pass, when I, even I Daniel, had seen the vision, and sought for the meaning, then, behold, there stood before me as the appearance of a man. And I heard a man's voice between the banks of Ulai, which called, and said, Gabriel, make this man to understand the vision. So he came near where I stood: and when he came, I was afraid, and fell upon my face: but he said unto me, understand, o son of man: for at the time of the end shall be the vision. Now here is an end time vision, Jack, that Gabriel announces. Would you explain it to us?
Dr. Van Impe: Alright she had it right. Gabriel is the one who appears and from this point on he will be the one who makes all future announcements as to the events of the world. The vision is going to occur 13 years later and it's chapter 9, verses 24 through 27
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.concerning the 70 weeks. And oh that's interesting I can hardly wait to get to it. So that's the vision, but then this same Gabriel appears to Elizabeth and Zacharias in the first chapter of Luke to tell them that their going to bear a son who's the forerunner of Messiah, John the Baptist, and six months later he appears to the sweet virgin Mary to tell her that she shall bear a son. So this Gabriel is the messenger of God and brings news of what is going to transpire in world events.
25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.
26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.
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.
Rexella: Verse 18. Now as he was speaking with me, I was in a deep sleep, apparently Daniel fell asleep, on my face toward the ground: but he touched me, and set me upright. He woke him up. And he said, behold, I will make thee know what shall be in the last end of the indignation: for at the time appointed the end shall be. What was the last end of the indignation there, Jack that he's referring to?
Dr. Van Impe: Well that is when the tribulation is in full force but it's coming toward its conclusion because this time of indignation is mentioned as one of the judgements in Revelation 14:10
14:10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:and is far into the seven year period of tribulation. And that's why he says in verse 23 that it will be for the latter time and in verse 26 it shall be for many days. Daniel it's not for now, it's not in your lifetime. It's going to be at the end like Daniel 11:40 and Daniel 12:4 also indicate.
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.Rexella: Verses 20 through 22. The ram which thou sawest having two horns are the Kings of Media and Persia. And the rough goat is the King of Grecia: and the great horn that is between the eyes is the first King. Now that being broken, whereas four stood up for it, four Kingdoms shall stand up out of the nation, but not in his power. Hmmm. Explain that to us there will you Jack?
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.
Dr. Van Impe: Well that's the exact story we covered in chapter 8, verses 3 to 5
8:3 Then I lifted up mine eyes, and saw, and, behold, there stood before the river a ram which had two horns: and the two horns were high; but one was higher than the other, and the higher came up last.and this has to do with Alexander the Great smashing the empire of the Medes and the Persians and becoming that great world leader but of course dying because of alcoholism and the power there has to do with he was helped by Philip of Macedonia in some of the conquests. So it wasn't just his own power.
8:4 I saw the ram pushing westward, and northward, and southward; so that no beasts might stand before him, neither was there any that could deliver out of his hand; but he did according to his will, and became great.
8:5 And as I was considering, behold, an he goat came from the west on the face of the whole earth, and touched not the ground: and the goat had a notable horn between his eyes.
Rexella: I see. Verse 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. Once again would you tell us the meaning of this verse.
Dr. Van Impe: Well this is the greatest proof that when we see Antiochus this little horn typifies the antichrist that it is not in his time but the prophecies here are for the future is in this text. Because what happens in this text will occur 100 years after the death of Antiochus Epiphanes so he can't be the one to fulfill it so whatever does come in the future is for the little horn of chapter 7 the real antichrist which this man just pictures.
Rexella: Hmm, oh thank you Jack. Verse 24. And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people. Verse 25. And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: and shall also stand up against the prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand. Now we are going to break these two verses down. There's an awful lot here. By whom is he empowered, Jack? By whom?
Dr. Van Impe: The antichrist will be empowered by the dragon of Revelation 13:2
13:2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.and that's Satan.
Rexella: All right once again who are the holy people he hates and tries to destroy?
Dr. Van Impe: Well since he's in the pleasant land Israel, the holy people are the Jews and we verified that they're going to be persecuted many times already through Jeremiah 30, verse 7, Daniel 12:1, Matthew 24:22 and Revelation 12:13.
30:7 Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob's trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.Rexella: He was a very proud man Jack. To what extent did he go to magnify himself?
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.
24:22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.
12:13 And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.
Dr. Van Impe: Oh as I said he even printed on the coins Epiphanes, God, Theos, Epiphanes, God. And exactly what the antichrist will do in the future.
Rexella: All right. This sort of puzzled me as I was reading it perhaps you noticed by peace shall destroy many. It doesn't seem to go together how could he do that?
Dr. Van Impe: Well he comes to power on a peace platform, Daniel 11:21 and 24,
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.and of course he signs that peace contract with Israel and the nations in Daniel 9:27
11:24 He shall enter peaceably even upon the fattest places of the province; and he shall do that which his fathers have not done, nor his fathers' fathers; he shall scatter among them the prey, and spoil, and riches: yea, and he shall forecast his devices against the strong holds, even for a time.
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.and then in the midst he breaks it all so everyone accepts him because he is a man of peace but he has an ulterior motive. And when the second half of the tribulation begins after the peace contract is broken following the 42 months many are destroyed millions die because he wasn't what he claimed to be.
Rexella: The prince of princes in verse 25, who is he?
Dr. Van Impe: Well again because he wants to take the place of Jesus, and Christ is the prince of peace, Isaiah 9:6
9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.and a prince becomes a King and that's what Jesus is when he returns as King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Revelation 19:16,
19:16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.this one wants to take his place. And that's why he comes on a white horse in Revelation 6:2,
6:2 And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.because the King comes on a white horse in Revelation 19:11.
19:11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.So he attempts to be the prince of princes or the King of Kings as he tries to take every title that will belong to the true Messiah, Jesus, when he returns.
Rexella: And he shall be broken without hand, how can this be?
Dr. Van Impe: That will happen as I said already when he is there in Daniel chapter 11 verses 40 through 45
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.and Russia, Egypt, and the Arab Federation and China march and he is there to try to stop it all and he probably is killed maybe through the fires because God says I will rain fire upon Magog in Ezekiel 39:6.
41 He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon.
42 He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape.
43 But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt: and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps.
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.
45 And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him.
39:6 And I will send a fire on Magog, and among them that dwell carelessly in the isles: and they shall know that I am the LORD.Anyway this antichrist dies but as we said already he is brought back to life and that's why the world thinks he's God because he's had a resurrection.
Rexella: Verse 26. And the vision of the evening and the morning which was told is true: wherefore shut thou up the vision; for it shall be for many days. And I Daniel fainted, and was sick certain days; afterwards I rose up, and did the Kings business; and I was astonished at the vision, but none understood it. Now God told Daniel not to tell the vision. He said, you know, shut it up, don't reveal it. What does it mean for it shall be for many days?
Dr. Van Impe: Well he said everything Iím describing now about this antichrist is not for the present, this is for many days. The end, Daniel 11:40; the end, Daniel 12:4.
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.And the book is sealed. When? Until the time of the end, Daniel 12:4. So it all fits together that these are end-time prophecies and no one would understand them until they started to occur and they are. The European Community was the beginning of it all after Israel becoming a nation.
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.
Rexella: You know Jack this was quite a vision to cause Daniel to faint.
Dr. Van Impe: Yeah. Well his heart was broken because he saw what would come. Especially to his beloved people the Jews.
Rexella: Chapter 9 is the most important chapter in the book of Daniel and contains some of the most startling prophecies of all time. And we're going to begin reading with verse 1 and 2.In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of the seed of the Medes, which was made King over the realm of the Chaldeans; in the first year of his reign I Daniel understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish 70 years in the desolations of Jerusalem. Now Daniel is referring to some prophecies that Jeremiah had. Would you share those with us Jack and explain them please.
Dr. Van Impe: Well it is 539 B.C. And Jeremiah in chapter 25, verses 11 and 12,
25:11 And this whole land shall be a desolation, and an astonishment; and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years.and he mentions books so there were more. II Chronicles chapter 36 also mentions that the Jews, because they did not protect their land and broke 70 sabbatical years would be punished for 70 years. And now he is figuring out the time table and he's getting excited in some ways because he knows it's just a matter of months before the 70 year period of judgement is finished and that his people the Jews will be allowed to return to their home.
25:12 And it shall come to pass, when seventy years are accomplished, that I will punish the king of Babylon, and that nation, saith the LORD, for their iniquity, and the land of the Chaldeans, and will make it perpetual desolations.
Rexella: Now when it says the word of the Lord. That's a wonderful word. L-O-R-D is all caps. Is that significant there Jack?
Dr. Van Impe: It really is. Iíve said this before. Adonai used in connection with one of the names of God means that he's the sovereign ruler. Elohim talks about his creative works. In the beginning Elohim created Genesis 1:1. But this term Yahweh is his name when it comes to all of his marvelous attributes, holiness, justice, righteousness, love, etc. And this is very interesting. As you know the Jews would never pronounce the holy name of God. There was such reverence they would not name their God. And so there was the tetragrammaton, y-h-w-h. Nobody can pronounce that. But that was what stood for Yahweh and it became Yahweh when they added vowels "a" and "e" and this is interesting because in this chapter9, verses 2, 4, 10, 13, 14, and 20 we find the name Yahweh. What's so significant about that? There was no such name as Jehovah for 1200 years and yet we've got a cult that calls themselves Jehovah's Witnesses and criticizes all the rest of us for not knowing the truth. They don't even have the right name. Jehovah wasn't his name. His name was Yahweh and Yahweh gave this word because all scripture is given by inspiration of God, Yahweh, and that means it's theonustus, "God breathed", but it's Yahweh who brings the word to us.
Rexella: Hmmm. Verse 3. And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes. He was preparing to pray and he was fasting. Is fasting for today Jack?
Dr. Van Impe: A lot of us Christians don't want to fast but the apostle Paul the great grace minister so he's talking about our time, our dispensation, said in II Corinthians 11:27
11:27 In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.that he was in fastings often. It'd do a lot of us good to take a time where we get alone with God and refrain from food so that God knows that we really mean business. Jesus said to his disciples the reason you don't get answers to prayers is because this kind cometh forth through prayer and fasting. You want answers? You must pay a price.
Rexella: Hmmm. Listen to this wonderful prayer. It moves my heart. And I prayed unto the Lord my God, and made my confession, and said, O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments; we have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from thy precepts and from thy judgements.
Dr. Van Impe: And Rexella, you know what's so touching about this prayer, Iíve got to insert this, is that the two characters in the Bible about whom nothing evil can ever be said happen to be Daniel and Joseph. This upright, Godly man still says we have sinned, because he had a tender heart toward God and a conscience that could be easily moved when God spoke to him. And he's burdened about his people. But he includes himself. He's not a holier than thou personality pointing his finger at someone else. He says "we", including me, have sinned.
Rexella: Wonderful. Neither have we harkened unto thy servants the prophets, which spake in thy name to our Kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land. O Lord, righteousness belongeth unto thee, but unto us confusion of faces, as at this day; to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to all Israel, that are near, and that are far off, through all the countries whither thou hast driven them, because of their trespass that they have trespassed against thee. Now this is the beginning of the diaspora isn't it Jack?
Dr. Van Impe: Yes, diaspora, when you hear Jewish people using it, means dispersion and they were dispersed to all the nations of the world just like these Jews were to Babylon because they disobeyed God and would not allow the land to rest for 70 sabbatical years. One every seven years was a sabbatical.
Rexella: It doesn't pay, does it, to disobey.
Dr. Van Impe: No
Rexella: Verse 8, o Lord, to us belongeth confusion of face, to our Kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because we have sinned against thee. To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, though we have rebelled against him; neither have we obeyed the voice of the Lord our God, to walk in his laws, which he set before us by his servants the prophets. Yea, all Israel have transgressed thy law, even by departing, that they might not obey thy voice; therefore the curse is poured upon us, and the oath that this written in the law of Moses the servant of God, because we have sinned against him.
Dr. Van Impe: Let me stop there Rexella. The reason for the diaspora, dispersion of these Jews, judgment of God falling on them, was prophesied by Moses in Deuteronomy 11:26 to 28.
11:26 Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse;It's so plain and so clear. He says behold I set before you Israel, this day a blessing and a curse. Talks about a curse here in this prayer. A blessing if you obey the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you this day. And a curse if you will not obey the commandments of the Lord which I command you. That's simple enough. Blessing and curse. Blessing if you obey, curse if you don't. So the diaspora, dispersion came the curse because they wouldn't obey God's commandments not only the 10 in Exodus 20, verses 3 to 17,
11:27 A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you this day:
11:28 And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the LORD your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known.
3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.but some 613 other commandments that were given to the people of Israel.
4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:
5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
7 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:
11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
12 ¶ Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
13 Thou shalt not kill.
14 Thou shalt not commit adultery.
15 Thou shalt not steal.
16 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
17 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.
Rexella: So we have a promise of blessing then if we obey.
Dr. Van Impe: Oh definitely.
Rexella: Verse 12, and he hath confirmed his words, which he spake against us, and against our judges that judged us, by bringing upon us a great evil: for under the whole heaven hath not been done as hath been done upon Jerusalem. As it is written in the law of Moses, all this evil is come upon us: yet made we not our prayer before the Lord our God, that we might turn from our iniquities, and understand thy truth. They continued to rebel. Therefore hath the Lord watched upon the evil, and brought it upon us: for the Lord our God is righteous in all his works which he doeth: for we obeyed not his voice.
Dr. Van Impe: Oh I love that. Our God is righteous in what he did to us. We were the culprits. We were the transgressors. We didn't obey his voice. We broke his commandments. God you are a righteous God. We love you. You did right. What a spirit.
Rexella: No excuses. And now, o Lord our God, that hast brought thy people forth out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand, and hast gotten thee renown, as at this day; we have sinned, we have done wickedly. O Lord, according to all thy righteousness, I beseech thee, let thine anger and thy fury be turned away from thy city Jerusalem, thy holy mountain: because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and thy people are become a reproach to all that are about us. Now therefore, o our God, hear the prayer of thy servant, and his supplications, and cause thy face to shine upon thy sanctuary that is desolate, for the Lord's sake. O my God, incline thine ear, and hear; and open thine eyes, and behold our desolations, and the city which is called by thy name: for we do not present our supplications before thee for our righteousnesses, but for thy great mercies. And then this wonderful verse, verse 19, o Lord, hear; o Lord, forgive; o Lord, harken and do; defer not, for thine own sake, o my God: for thy city and thy people are called by thy name. What a tremendous prayer and example to all of us to repent. Now is confession necessary, Jack, in order for God to hear the prayers of his people?
Dr. Van Impe: Oh definitely. Psalm 66:18, if I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me. Then Isaiah 59, verses 1 and 2
59:1 Behold, the LORD'S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:says that the Lord's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: but your iniquities have separated between you and your God, so that he will not hear. The way has to be clear. In fact, in I Peter chapter 3, verse 7
59:2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
3:7 Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.it talks about husbands and wives having friction between themselves and if they don't get it right before they come to prayer it's all in vain. Their prayers are hindered. That's very, very important. And earlier in your prayer I mentioned that Daniel was so tender. Here was a righteous man and yet he includes himself. The reason for that is the closer a man walks with God, the easier it is for him to see any imperfections. When a man is in a backslidden condition, he can do some of the most horrendous sins and not even think it's bad because his mind and conscience is defiled, Titus 1:15.
1:5 For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee:But the closer a man is to God, even the little things bother him. Why? Because the Holy Spirit lives within him. In the Old Testament, Psalm 51, the Holy Spirit came upon people and vacated them, but in the New Testament, he lives in us. And when he lives in us and we do things that are out of his will we feel it. Ephesians 4:30
4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.says grieve not the Holy Spirit, and I Thessalonians 5:19,
5:19 Quench not the Spirit.quench not the Spirit. So he inside, when we do wrong, becomes grieved and quenched and when he is grieved and quenched we feel it. And Daniel had the Holy Spirit, the spirits of the Gods, remember chapters 1 through 6, were upon him and in our terminology it meant he was filled with the Holy Spirit of God and that's why he was so tender.