The 2020 US Election and the Second Angel’s Message

The 2020 US Election and the Second Angel’s Message

“Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity.”   The above poem

How Prophecy Reveals a God who is in Control

How Prophecy Reveals a God who is in Control

"Papa, buy for me asbestos." My 5-year-old boy pleaded with me recently. Like any curious parent, I asked him why he wanted asbestos. It turns out that they had been binge reading the apocalyptic book of Revelation. They had also been binge-watching YouTube videos that are connected with the second coming of Christ. There was mention of people runn

Secrets to Success from the Book of Daniel, Part 12: The End of Conflict

Secrets to Success from the Book of Daniel, Part 12: The End of Conflict

The Conflict of the End is the End of Conflict. And this end of conflict is a message of hope. Conflicts of any nature, from small household disagreements to nuclear threats across continents are less-than-ideal situations, to say the least, and can amount to serious threats to the value of human existence. No one likes conflict. But conflict doesn

Book Review: Daniel 11 Decoded by Jacques Doukhan

Book Review: Daniel 11 Decoded by Jacques Doukhan

Daniel 11 Decoded is Doukhan’s most recent book on Daniel and, as the title suggests, is an exegetical, historical, and theological analysis of chapter 11. The first five chapters shape the framework of the study in relation to the book of Daniel, relevant major biblical themes, and the contemporary context of interpretation. Thus, in chapter 1 Dou

Secrets to Success from the Book of Daniel, Part 9a: A Better Messiah

Secrets to Success from the Book of Daniel, Part 9a: A Better Messiah

In Daniel 8 we learned that the prophet was taken in vision to Susa and shown several things, including the conquest of Babylon by Medo-Persia. Chapter 9 occurs after the new empire established world supremacy. We are in the year 538 B.C. when Cyrus rules Medo-Persia, with Darius as cogent in Babylon.[i] Prophetic messages had been given to Israel

Secrets to Success from the Book of Daniel, Part 8: Ruin and Redemption

Secrets to Success from the Book of Daniel, Part 8: Ruin and Redemption

In the first year of king Belshazzar’s reign, as described in chapter 7, Daniel dreamed about the conquest of Babylon by the Persian Empire. Now, in chapter 8, during the third reign of the same king, he is given a second vision about the same events and actually transported in vision to the capital of the new empire. As readers of the book, we hav

Secrets to Success from the Book of Daniel, Part 7: Unveiling the Future

Secrets to Success from the Book of Daniel, Part 7: Unveiling the Future

Daniel’s Vision Daniel 7 takes us back to the time of Belshazzar, the last king of the Babylonian Empire. During the first year of his reign, Daniel had a dream and visions (7:1). These he wrote down for the posterity, along with an interpretation. They are prophecies given by God to His people, and His people include you and me. As you will see, t

Secrets to Success from the Book of Daniel, Part 2: Sleepless Nights

Secrets to Success from the Book of Daniel, Part 2: Sleepless Nights

[i] Daniel and his friends have just completed three years of education when a dramatic event shook Babylon. The king had some strange dreams and demanded their interpretation from the Chaldeans on pain of death. The threatened group included the four young Hebrews. Imagine just graduating from a school and entering a field of work under a boss who

How to Read Prophecy Part 1 – Promising Principles and Problematic Pitfalls

How to Read Prophecy Part 1 – Promising Principles and Problematic Pitfalls

As the people of God living in the last days, a perennial question that demands clarity is, “How should we study, understand, and apply the prophetic messages of the Bible?”[1] As I had the task of teaching on biblical prophecy several years ago, it became apparent to me that I was not as clear on the matter as needed. So,I started a journey to tak

The Book of Daniel in 3D

The Book of Daniel in 3D

Biblical wisdom is commonly misunderstood. The gray-haired may think it is the provenance of living on the planet longer than others, where experience is held up as the criteria for living prudently. The wisdom book Proverbs says it is a “crown of glory”[1] when one has lived a righteous life. Thus, it is the quality of life lived that makes the ag