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Persecution, Teachers & Exploits in the Book of Daniel

Persecution, Teachers & Exploits in the Book of Daniel

In Daniel 11:31-33, Daniel speaks about events during his lifetime, world events fulfilled since his time, and events concerning the last days. Daniel prophesied that in these last days there will be persecution. God is going to raise up teachers of righteousness, and the people who know their God shall be strong and do great exploits.

Persecution

And forces shall be mustered by him, yand they shall defile the sanctuary fortress; then they shall take away the daily sacrifices, and place there the abomination of desolation. Those who do wickedly against the covenant he shall corrupt with flattery; but the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits. And those of the people who understand shall instruct many; yet for many days they shall fall by sword and flame, by captivity and plundering. (Daniel 11:31-33)

The Abomination of Desolation
The prophecy in Daniel 11:31 concerning the “abomination of desolation” was fulfilled when Antiochus Epiphanes IV offered the sacrifice of a pig in the temple, which is an abomination to the Jews. He also ordered a coin to be made in his image and commanded worship. Daniel 11:31 has a double fulfillment. It speaks not only of Antiochus Epiphanes IV but also of the coming antichrist. Before the Lord returns, the Temple will be rebuilt in Jerusalem, and the antichrist, who is going to arise from the pit, will offer in that temple an abomination to the Jews. “When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand” (Matthew 24:15).

The subject of persecution is also mentioned in Daniel 11:33. It says “yet they shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, many days.” Again, this prophecy has a double fulfillment. This happened at the time of Antiochus Epiphanes IV, but the main fulfillment is at the end time, when there will be great persecution, suffering, and many Christians will be called upon to lay down their lives for the Lord. This will be a time of great darkness on the earth.

Persecution is already happening in a number of different countries. Many are paying a great cost for their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Persecution in the Bible
In Hebrews 11, it speaks of the heroes of faith, all that they have accomplished and their great exploits of faith for the Lord. It mentioned those who were tortured, not accepting deliverance that they might obtain a better resurrection.

The apostles, all except John, were martyred for their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Thomas was martyred in St. Thomas Mount in Madras, India. He had arrived in Kerala, south India in about 52 AD and started approximately seven churches. He then went to Madras in about 68 AD where a pagan priest pierced him to death with a lance.

Peter was crucified upside down, saying that he was not worthy to be crucified in the same manner as our Lord. Philip experienced martyrdom in a place called Paga. He was scourged and thrown into prison and afterwards he was crucified.

The first martyr in the book of Acts was Stephen (Acts 7). Stephen started ministering as a deacon. Then God brought him into a powerful ministry where he was able to be a flaming witness for the Lord, boldly proclaiming Christ. When the people came against Stephen in Acts 7:55, he being full of the Holy Spirit, looked up steadfastly into heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God.

The Twelve Apostles’ Persecution

  1. Andrew - crucified
  2. Bartholomew – beaten then crucified
  3. James, son of Alphaeus – stoned to death
  4. James, son of Zebedee – beheaded
  5. John – exiled for his faith; died of old age
  6. Judas (not Iscariot) – stoned to death
  7. Matthew - speared to death
  8. Peter – crucifed upside down
  9. Philip - crucified
  10. Simon – crucified
  11. Thomas – speared to death
  12. Matthias – stoned to death
  13. (source: Fox’s Book of Martyrs)


(When Jesus ascended He was seated at the right hand of the Father, but here it says Jesus was standing- perhaps He was standing up to welcome the first martyr from the early church.) Stephen called on the Lord Jesus to receive his spirit and asked Him not to lay the sins to their charge. I am sure that Saul (later the Apostle Paul) who was watching was greatly impacted by Stephen’s testimony. Later, the Apostle Paul himself was to experience a great ministry and a great call but also great suffering for the Lord.

Persecution in the Last Days
Persecution in the last days is spoken of in Daniel 11:33 and in Revelation 20:4. It refers to those who are beheaded for their faith in the Lord. The scripture tells us that the antichrist will have the ascendancy over the saints during that last 3½ years. Some saints will be protected, others will deny the Lord and take the mark of the beast, and some will stand for the Lord, suffer persecution, and martyrdom. We read in the book of Revelation that they overcame the evil one by the blood of the Lamb, the word of their testimony, and they loved not their lives even unto the death. (Revelation 12:11).

Why Does the Lord Allow Persecution?



Persecution To Develop Godliness Tradition has it that the Apostle Paul was in a dismal underground dungeon with a hole in the ceiling for light and for air. He wrote this in his last letter before he was beheaded.

“If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us” (2 Timothy 2:12). “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution” (2 Timothy 3:12).

Obviously, we do not go and look for persecution. Nevertheless, if we are fully consecrated to the Lord and serving Him, there will be persecution in some way. Paul says to Timothy that everyone who is living a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.

Persecution to Bring Life to the Church

Many past revivals where God has moved by His Spirit have come at a great cost, which included the shedding of the blood of missionaries who had been martyred. The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church.

Even the Lord Jesus Himself has said before He went to the cross that the corn of wheat would fall to the ground and die but when it died, it would bring forth much fruit. Jesus also said that we shall receive power from on high and be witnesses unto Him. The Greek word for “witness” is “martus” from which is derived the English word “martyr.” We shall receive power when the Holy Ghost is upon us to be martyrs for the Lord.

You might say. “I could never do that—face persecution or martyrdom or anything like that.” But I believe that if our lives are consecrated to and yielded to the Lord, that if the time does come, we can believe and trust God that He will give grace. There will be great rewards for those who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness and who suffer for Him.





The Rise of the Teaching Ministry in the Last Days

“And they that understand among the people shall instruct many ” (Daniel 11:33).

The Importance of the Teaching Ministry in the Last Days
Today God is raising up many teaching ministries that are so vital in these last days. It is only through good teaching that people who come to the Lord are going to be able to stand and go on.

Many years ago I met a pastor in Indonesia who had experienced the 1965 revival in the Indonesian island of Timor. He said that many of the people who had made decisions to get saved during that revival were no longer following the Lord. One of the reasons was some of the leaders of that revival fell into immorality and dishonesty. Another reason was that many of the new converts did not have anyone to teach and instruct them in the ways of God. I have never forgotten that.

Accordingly, there is tremendous need for good teaching in revival. God will in the outpouring of the latter rain (the end time revival) raise up many teachers of righteousness. In this end time move of God, there will be a people made ready, who know God, His Word, and who have been taught themselves so that they can be teachers of righteousness.

Teaching and the Great Commission
Teaching is part of the Great Commission of the Lord Jesus. He did not say we were to simply go and get people saved but He also said in Matthew 28 that we were to make disciples of all nations, teaching them to observe all things so that they will become like the Master.

Spiritual Knowledge Shall Increase in the Last Days
In the end times “men shall run to and fro and knowledge shall increase” (Daniel 12:4). Today knowledge is increasing in incredible ways in the natural and so it is also the spiritual. God is going to open up His word in a fresh and new way in these last days. The prophet Isaiah when speaking of the last days says that many people shall come to the mountain of the Lord, Mount Zion, and He will teach us of His ways. We will walk in His path. Out of Zion shall go forth the law and God will write His word on the fleshly tables of our hearts ( Isaiah 2:3).

How Can We all be Teachers?
Not all of us have the ministry gift of a teacher, receiving revelation and grounding the saints in God. However, in a sense all of us can be teachers. In Hebrews 5:12, it says: “For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.”

The sad thing is that there are believers that have been saved for many years but who are spiritually still on milk. They are just little babes in Christ, unable to teach others even the basic truths of the word of God. God wants us to get into His Word, to be taught ourselves, so that each of us can teach others in the tremendous harvest that is to come.

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15).

The teacher needs to study and be prepared. God wants to raise up many like the sons of Zadok who can teach the people the truth and the ways of God, the difference between the clean and unclean, and between righteousness and unrighteousness.


Knowing God, Being Strong & Doing Great Exploits in the Last Days

“And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits” (Daniel 11:32).

Knowing God
In the coming glorious last day revival, Daniel says that God will use a people who know Him. Paul said very much the same thing. Towards the end of Paul’s life, after being powerfully used of God, there was a cry in Paul’s heart to know God and the power of His resurrection.

The Resurrection Power and Great Exploits
Daniel says that the people who know their God shall be strong and do great exploits. In doing great exploits, there is the thought of the resurrection power of the Lord Jesus Christ.

In the Holy of Holies of the Tabernacle of Moses, was Aaron’s rod that budded and came to life. During the rebellion of Korah, the Lord used this miracle to show the people whom He had chosen to lead. The next morning, the rod that had Aaron’s name on it budded, blossomed, and yielded almonds. It was a tremendous miracle that a dead stick would come to life again. This speaks of the mighty resurrection power of God that would come to the church in these last days where there will be outstanding miracles of the mighty resurrection power of God.

In Ephesians 1:19, Paul speaks of the “exceeding greatness of His power.” This is the same mighty power of God that came upon Jesus when He was in the depths of hell and all the forces of darkness were against Him trying to keep Him there. The power of the Spirit of God came upon Him and raised Him up triumphant from the dead.

We are going to see that same power unleashed in the last days. Paul experienced that to a certain measure in Acts 19. Paul did powerful miracles—diseases and spirits left. In the last days, nations will be blanketed by the power of God. God is going to do outstanding miracles including the miracle of resurrecting the dead. Jesus said that “greater things shall you do. ”

Testimonies of the Lord’s Resurrection Power
Smith Wigglesworth was an uneducated plumber who lived in the mid 19th to 20th century, and yet the power of God came upon him. In his biography, the writer knew personally of fourteen different people that were raised from the dead through his ministry. On one occasion Smith Wigglesworth told a man without legs to buy shoes. When that man obeyed, his legs and feet grew and he was able to put on the shoes.

Dr. Brian Bailey (President of Zion Fellowship International), had spoken of a lady from Tennessee whose daughter was crippled. God spoke to this godly woman that her daughter would walk one day. When the girl was 17, she died, went to heaven and saw the Lord Jesus. The Lord commanded Satan, “Let My child go.” He then turned to the girl and told her to go back. When she came back, she saw her mother crying, “Lord You promised that You would heal my daughter.” Then the resurrection power of God came into her body at that time and she jumped out of bed into her body and she was totally healed by the power of God. This was well documented in a number of newspapers and Dr. Bailey even met that girl.

Conclusion

May we all press into God and prepare ourselves, believing that God will use us to do great exploits and that we will see miracles and the power of the living God in the days to come.





About the Author

Rev. David R. Wallis has served as a missionary in the Philippines and India for over 19 years. He has ministered in over 35 nations at pastors’ seminars, conventions, Bible colleges, and churches. He is the Assistant Chancellor of Zion Ministerial Institute.

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