The following is a brief review of our Gospel Fellowship Group discussion on April 9, 2011.
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1. What is The Great Time of Trouble of Daniel 12:1?
The Prophet Daniel foretells a final time of terrible trouble “such as never was since there was a nation”. Daniel 12: 1. What is this time of trouble and why does Michael stand up?
First, God is putting an end to the great anti-God. See Daniel 11:45.
Second, this great time of trouble occurs at the very end of the time of the end. See Daniel 11:40-45.
Third, this end crisis is one of great distress like never before.
Fourth, at this time Michael will stand up to deliver His people from the terrible distress.
Deliverance is the Second Coming of Jesus!
So Michael standing up is all about the final deliverance of God’s Children!! He is coming to take us home!! Sin and Suffering is over!! Praise God!!
Even though we will not know the exact time of this event ( Matthew 24:36) Jesus says when you see things, such as mentioned in Matthew 24 and Luke 21, we are to lift up our heads because redemption draws near. Luke 21:28. In other words the coming of Jesus is about to occur. In Matthew 24:29-31, Jesus describes a cosmic explosion and then immediately He appears. Similar I suppose to a brown out. One moment everything is fine and the next moment no electricity. I am surprised every time that occurs. And it will be just like that when Jesus appears second time. SUDDEN TOTAL SURPRISE! Matthew 24:42-44. Everyone will see Him too! Acts 1:9-11, Revelation 1:7
2. What is Jacob’s Trouble in Jeremiah 30:7?
Jeremiah describes this same great time of distress, in Daniel 12:1, as Jacob’s trouble. In Jeremiah 30:7, the phase “that day is great and there is none like it”, is similar language as found in Daniel 12:1. Jesus basically used the same vernacular of Daniel in Matthew 24:21. Again in Revelation 13:15-17 a great time of distress is described for God’s people who are facing death. Genesis 32:22-30 describes the story of Jacob who was confronting death from his brother Esau. The night before the two brothers were to meet, Jacob wrestled all night with a Man who turned out to be Jesus. Jacob now knowing it was Jesus refused to let Him go until He blessed him. Jeremiah borrows Jacob’s experience of facing death to describe the same trouble God’ children will face just before Jesus comes the second time. He labels it, Jacob’s trouble. Jeremiah 30:7. This great distress is without parallel but so is God’s power to deliver. (Compare with Exodus 3:7-10). No matter how awful the distress, Jesus will never leave or forsake us. Deuteronomy 31:6,8, Hebrews 7:25, Hebrews 13:5, Romans 8: 26-27,34, 37-39.
3. What does it mean to “overcome” as mentioned in Revelation 2:10-11, 3:21?
Here is what Walter Bauer’s Greek Lexicon says about the concept of overcoming (νικῶν–nikaô The present participle implies continuous victory, “keeps on overcoming”.Through Jesus even the weakest of the weak can experience the victory of Jesus): “To have victory, to overcome someone, to vanquish them, to win in the face of obstacles, including death, and to never relinquish your firm hold”. Jacob never turned loose of Jesus, period! Even in the very face of death he held on to his Savior.
Jesus is the only one who has overcome the world John 16:33. Jesus is anxious to work out His victory inside us, if we simply refuse to give up our grip, our firm hold on Him. Jesus has overcome everything opposed to God. He is so willing to work out His victory inside of us, if we allow Him to do so. The truth is that Jesus wants to literally live out His life in us; not simply add His power to our feeble efforts! Romans 8:3-4, 11. His life becomes our life and it’s His life that saves us!! Period!! Romans 5:10.
So to “Overcome” is to simply to hang on to Jesus and never let go even in the face of death!! And that’s it!! Period!! Praise God Jesus Is About to come!!
Never forget that Jesus died just for you and He wants you to be with Him forever!! You are His!! What Amazing Love!!
The LORD has appeared of old to me, saying:
“ Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love;
Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you. Jeremiah 31:3.
Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6
Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them. Hebrews 7:25
Until next time!!Tags: Daniel, Forgiveness, God, God is Love, God's loving kindness, God's never failing Love, Gospel of Matthew, Jacob, Jeremiah, Jesus, Second Coming of Christ, Second Coming of Jesus