WEARING OUT THE SAINTS OF GOD
Dan. 7:25 - And he shall speak great words against the most High
and shall wear out the saints of the most High,
and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.
A WARNING CONCERNING COMPLACENCY IN THE LAST DAYS. Mrs. Lot was a woman who heard the truth, and knew the truth, but became so accustomed to sin, that she had rather have sin than to have God or His Word. In the last days God gives us a very solemn warning that we would stay with His word, serve Him faithfully, and always remember to fight against sin, Daniel 7:26 states, "But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end." We have taken up in the middle of a thought. Go back and read Daniel 7, Daniel has dreams and visions when Belshazzar is king of Babylon. He dreams about the four great beasts that come out of the sea. The beasts are different one from another. The first beast was like a lion, the second like a bear, the third like a leopard. The fourth beast was great and terrible, greater and more terrible than all the other ones. Of course, these things concerned Daniel. He didn't know what they meant and he began to pray and ask God to show him what they meant. The Bible says there was an angel that came to him and began to give him the interpretation of the dreams and visions he saw. The four beasts are four kingdoms that shall come on the earth. They represent four kings that shall come. Daniel was more interested in learning about the fourth beast than he was about the other three. The fourth beast was the worse of all. And we also find in Daniel 8 the definitions are give to the first three. The lion represents the kingdom of the Babylonians, the bear represents the Medes and Persians, the leopard represents the Grecians. The last beast is the most terrible of all, and we know that the first three kingdoms are passed away at this time. The Babylonians are gone, the Medes and Persians are gone, and the Grecians are gone, but the forth kingdom is not gone!! That kingdom is the kingdom that shall be in the very last of the last days. This is where we are getting into our thought today. We must be aware that the end of the world is upon us. I do not know when the world will come to an end. I do not know when Jesus will return. I do not know all the details about when Satan shall establish his kingdom on this world. I do know this: We are living in the very last of the last days. It is not our responsibility to find out when the Lord returns. It is our responsibility to live right every day even if he doesn't come back that day.
Daniel 7:25 - Some things about the last kingdom. The kingdom that will take place in the days in which we are living. He shall speak great words against the most high. And he shall wear out the saints of the most high. What does that phrase mean? This -- Satan desires to so bombard God's children with wickedness that we will get used to it and accept it as a way of life. Satan's desire is for God's children to get so away from the Word of God, that they won't even know what it means. For example, a while back, some fool said, "God is dead". A lot of people raised up and said, "Well, that can't be". I know God is alive and yet it is like one saved man said to me some time ago. He said, "Preacher, when was the last time you had a prayer answered?" The thought is exactly the same. While one man may declare that God is dead, and we say that is terrible, another man may say, "When was the last time you had a prayer answered? It is the same thing. One man is saying God is dead, and another saying God doesn't answer prayers. Let me tell you, God does answer prayers. It may be that we are not praying, or asking God for the things He promises us, we are asking for something, but God does answer prayer. We are living in a day when we need to learn to pray. Even in some aspects of our society, it has been said that we shouldn't pray at all, or that we shouldn't have any public Bible reading, for we offend unbelievers when we do this. We don't want to offend any unbelievers, but at the same time, we that belong to the Lord Jesus Christ, must be strong and stedfast, standing for God's word, for Satan desires to wear us out.
Matt. 24:12 declares, "And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold." Jesus is giving another warning that Satan desires to wear us out. To put so much in front of us that we don't know how to stand. And he wants to get us away from the word of God, and in the last days, "because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold". Listen, friend, that is exactly what happened to Lot's wife. Here is a lady who was taught the truth, she was with Abraham, and knew the prosperity God could give, and she took her husband and her children into the wicked cities of Sodom and Gomorrah and there Sodom became a part of her life. Do you see the warning God is giving to us? Lest we become like Lot's wife. Lest we become "wore down". It should not be that we would be that way at all. We need to know what sin is, and even though the world doesn't, even if the world would legalize sin, that doesn't mean that God has changed what he said about it at all.
II Peter 2:7 Peter is writing about the soon coming judgment of God. "And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked:" Donít ever think that men will not be judged for their sins and wickedness. Just as God told Adam in the Garden of Eden if you eat of the forbidden tree, ye shall die, it came to pass. God said I'm going to judge Adam and he did. Just as it was in the days of Noah when wickedness abounded, and God destroyed the world by water, even so as it was in the days of Lot when wickedness abounded in Sodom and Gomorrah and the other cities of the plane, and God destroyed that wickedness, even as god destroyed the wickedness of angels, and bound them in chains and put them in darkness to await the coming judgment of God, even so today will God judge the wickedness of sin and this world. It may not come today, but it just might come today, or tomorrow. We know not when. God's judgment is going to come. Here is what God says about Lot. When God destroyed the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah He send two angels into the cities to get Lot, Mrs. Lot, and their children out of the city. (Quote the verse) Lot was a saved man, the Bible says that lot was a righteous man, a just man. He is a child of God, yet he is vexed with the filthy conversation of the devil. The word "vexed" means wore down. That's what it says in Daniel 7:25. The devil's goal is to wear us down. So we will accept the wickedness around them. That is what happened to Lot, and Mrs. Lot. Lot was living in the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, and his seeing and hearing daily wore down his righteous soul as he observed the unlawful deeds of the sodomites. This is the devil's plan for our lives. Satan wants to do to us what he did to Lot. Lot was wore down, and he got to the place he didn't think anything about sin. He accepted it as a way of life. God says to us, "Don't do that". That's the devil's plan for your life. God intends us to observe Rom. 12:1 - Present our body a living sacrifice, (quote verse) The devil's plan is to cause us to accept wickedness, and not accept the things of God.
There are a lot of things we learn about this life. We learn about songs, movie stars, important people, and political leaders. Let me ask you: do you know as much about Bible characters as you do about movie stars? Do you see what I am saying? We need to learn about the characters in the Bible. What God has done in them and through them; that we might learn the right way. And while we are acquainted with the things of this world, let's take the Word of God just like it says, and serve God faithfully.