December 4- Petra, the Book of Life, and the 75 Day Gap

December 4
Daniel 11:36-12:13
1 John 4:1-21
Psalm 123:1-4
Proverbs 29:2-4 

Daniel 11:36 – Between yesterday and today, we just leapfrogged the entire Church Age. Yesterday’s reading described events from 2,000 years ago. Today’s reading describes events in the soon future. From John Walvoord:

Beginning with verse 36, a sharp break in the prophecy may be observed, introduced by the expression the time of the end in verse 35.

Daniel 11:40 – From Jimmy DeYoung:

Verse 40 in our reading reveals how the alignment of Arab and Islamic nations, led by Russia, will begin to make their way into Israel to destroy the Jewish state. Almost in concert, the two nations, Egypt and Syria, will come “against him”, verse 40. Remember the “him” is the Antichrist.

Why would the text say that Syria and Egypt are going to attack the Antichrist? The answer is that before both Arab nations move against Israel, the Antichrist will have “confirmed” a peace agreement between Israel and her enemies, Daniel 9:27. So, to attack Israel is like attacking the Antichrist who has just guaranteed Israel’s peace.

Daniel 11:41Chuck Missler is one of many who note the connection between “Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon” (present day Jordan) with Petra, the desert fortress.

Author’s Photo of Petra

Daniel 12:1 – “time of trouble” is also known as the Great Tribulation.

Daniel 12:2 – We read about the special book that Moses talked about (Exodus 32:32-33, Deuteronomy 9:14), and Paul wrote about (Philippians 4:3), that John saw (Revelation 3:5, Revelation 21:27). Is your name written there?

Daniel 12:8-9 – Daniel could interpret dreams, could counsel Nebuchadnezzar, but he couldn’t understand God’s prophetic timetable. The promise was that at the “time of the end” the words would be unsealed. 

There’s a fascinating history of eschatology (study of the last things) at but the key point is that eschatology is relatively new in theological studies, especially because of its interconnection with Zionism. 

In 1878, “one of the first [statements of faith] to explicitly proclaim faith in the premillennial return of Jesus Christ to earth” was written at the Niagara Bible Conference.

Since Julian the Apostate’s attempt in 363 to rebuild the Temple that was stopped by “fearful balls of fire,” there had been little movement to return Jews to Eretz Israel until Lord Shaftesbury’s Memorandum calling for “the restoration of the Jews to Palestine” in 1841. The Zionist Congress itself didn’t commit itself to Palestine until 1905 (for fun, read a fictional travel guide to “New Judea, East Africa” – an alternative timeline history), and in 1940 FDR considered moving the Jews to Alaska.

Daniel 12:12 – Apparently there is a 75 day transitional period between the Tribulation and the New Jerusalem (Walvoord).

1 John 4:3 – Speaking of antichrist, denial of the humanity of Jesus is a sign of a false teacher. 

1 John 4:4Greater is He that is in me, than he that is in the world!

1 John 4:9 – Notice the similarity between this verse and John 3:16

1 John 4:16 – You’ve heard that “God is love” and that is found only in 1 John 4. But also remember that the reverse is not true, Love is not God. 

1 John 4:19 – Thank God He loved us first!

Psalm 123:2 – Notice the Psalmist identifies himself as a servant of the Master, the LORD Our God!

Proverbs 29:2 – Yes that means you have to vote for good candidates!

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