John the Baptists knew the supremacy of Christ. Our text is Luke’s transition from John the Baptist’s important ministry to that of our Lord Jesus. In it, the supremacy of Jesus, the Christ, The Father’s beloved Son, is plainly evident. How?
Daniel’s fourth and final vision concludes the book of Daniel. The vision occurs during the reign of Cyrus, and thus Daniel is well over eighty years of age. He was mourning, fasting, and presumably praying for three weeks because of the vision. The fourth vision is similar to the second vision recorded in chapter 8, and it provides new details about the end times.
Chapter 10: Angelic Conflict
Chapter 10 gives the context of the interpretation of the vision which begins in 11:2.. Daniel 10 describes spirit beings unlike any other book in the Bible.
Spirit beings appear as men to humans, and they are glorious.
They are able to touch people.
They bring messages from God to men.
They experience conflict in the spiritual realm.
They hold power over physical, geographical locations.
They abide in time and space.
Chapter 11: Antiochus and Antichrist
Chapter 11 reveals further detail about historical events during the Medo-Persian, Greek, Egyptian, and Syrian empires. Similar to Daniel 8, chapter 11 concludes with a discussion of the final ruler of the revived Roman Empire.
Prophecies concerning Persia – 11:2
Prophecies concerning Greece – 11:3-4
Prophecies concerning Egypt (South) and Syria (North) – 11:5-20
As the Baptist entered the scene, a general spirit of rank sinfulness had settled over Israel, especially among the spiritual leadership. What was John’s prophetic ministry to the Jewish people to help them get ready for Christ? This morning , I want us to see three important aspects of John’s message, all of which still have important instruction for us today.
Peter, this great disciple, tested and tried himself by trial and suffering, sometimes conquering, sometimes stumbling, could write these sufferings believers with an opening of praise because of the hope he had in the risen Christ. So what does the resurrection of Christ Jesus mean for our hope? Peter points to three different relationships of the risen Christ to our hope in this text.