"Truth Will Be Thrown To The Ground"
In Daniel 8, God gave Daniel a vision of things that would happen in the future. He was shown that truth would be thrown to the ground. This specific prophecy was referring to the time of Antiochus Epiphanes who was a ruler in the Greek Empire from 175 BC until his death in 164 BC. "He was violently bitter against the Jews, and was determined to exterminate them and their religion. He devastated Jerusalem in 168 BC, defiled the Temple, offered a pig on its altar, erected an altar to Jupiter, prohibited Temple worship, forbade circumcision on pain of death, sold thousands of Jewish families into slavery, destroyed all copies of Scripture that could be found, and slaughtered everyone discovered in possession of such copies, and resorted to every conceivable torture to force Jews to renounce their religion" (Bible-history.com). He indeed sought to throw truth to the ground. Daniel’s prophecy not only refers to the time of Antiochus, but it also refers to the time of the Antichrist. In Daniel 7:25 we read, "He will cause deceit to prosper, and he will consider himself superior. When they feel secure, he will destroy many and take his stand against the Prince of princes. Yet he will be destroyed, but not by human power." This is a description not only of the actions of Antiochus and his fate, but also of the Antichrist.
As we look back at history and as we look around us today, we see the fulfillment of these amazing prophecies. The readers of 1 John were told that the spirit of the coming Antichrist was already in the world (1 John 4:3). We see this spirit raging in our society, especially in the many attempts to throw truth to the ground, to make deceit prosper, and to give people a false sense of security. May God give us the boldness to proclaim His truth and to point others to the only One who can give them everlasting security. Join us on Sundays as we continue our study through the book of Daniel, one of the most amazing prophetic books in the Bible. You can also listen to our study on our website at arrowwoodbaptistchurch.org or on Facebook.
Proclaiming His Truth,