Can God Be Trusted?

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2016-12-06
In 2009, an American businessman was sentenced to 150 years in prison. His wealth management company was found to have defrauded thousands of people out of billions of dollars. People trusted that the man with whom they’d invested their hard-earned money would act in their best interests, but that trust was betrayed. Trust is essential in day-to-day life. We trust that the package we send will arrive at its destination at the appointed time. We trust that a company will fix a defective product, or that money will be available from a bank when a withdrawal is made. Without this trust, life as we know it simply wouldn’t work.But there’s a bigger question: Can God be trusted? And can the Bible be trusted? If a person has no firsthand knowledge of God, how can God earn that person’s trust? To push back against the arguments of those who challenge the Bible as unreliable and false, God must demonstrate that the Bible is worthy of complete confidence by showing that it is historically true and accurate. And in the Bible, God does that very thing!
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By showing that He has the ability to predict future events before they happen, God shows that He can be trusted.
In the story of King Nebuchadnezzar, how did God reveal His trustworthiness?

Now in the second year of Nebuchadnezzar’s reign, Nebuchadnezzar had ; and his spirit was so troubled that his sleep left him.
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The Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar had a dream that troubled him. As he lay awake at night, he knew he had dreamed something of great importance, but he couldn’t remember the details of the dream and didn’t know what it meant.
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This death sentence had serious implications for Daniel and his friends: Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego (also known as Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah). Although they were faithful followers of God, they were included in Nebuchadnezzar’s inner circle of wise men. The death sentence given to the wise men meant that Daniel and his friends would also die.
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Having been given permission by the king to take time to consider the king’s dream, Daniel and his friends prayed that God would reveal the dream to them. And God did! Remember: God answers prayer!
How did Daniel describe the king’s dream?

You, O king, were watching; and behold, a great ___________!
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Unsurprisingly, Nebuchadnezzar—an idol worshipper—dreamed of a large image made of various metals.
 
 
 

 
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Daniel told the king that a supernatural rock would hit the image— not on its golden head, but on its feet of iron and clay. This rock would then take the place of the image and fill the earth with its presence and power.
What does the head of gold represent?

are this head of gold.
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The thought of Nebuchadnezzar’s kingdom of Babylon ever being overthrown seemed out of the question. Such was its wealth that the prophet Isaiah had previously described Babylon as “the golden city.” (Isaiah 14:4) The city walls were almost 200 feet (60 meters) high, and wide enough for two chariots. The gates of the city were made from solid brass, and within the city there seemed to be limitless resources. The Euphrates River flowed through the city of Babylon, adding to its strength.
 

 
 
 
What did Daniel predict would happen to Babylon?

But ___________ _______ shall arise another kingdom inferior to yours.
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Remarkably, Daniel predicted that mighty Babylon would be overthrown— by an inferior kingdom! In Isaiah 13:19, 20, God had said Babylon would be overthrown, and that it would never again be inhabited.

Nebuchadnezzar’s kingdom ruled the world from 605 to 539 BC. It was the combined force of the Medes and Persians—the kingdom represented by the chest and arms of silver—that overthrew Babylon in the most amazing circumstances. (Read about the fall of Babylon in Daniel chapter 5.) More than 150 years prior to the fall of Babylon, the prophet Isaiah predicted that a man named Cyrus would overthrow the city. (Isaiah 45:1, 2) And what God predicted years before happened exactly as He said it would!

Alexander the Great led the Greeks—known for their bronze armor—to victory over the Medes and Persians in the Battle of Arbela in 331 BC. The Jewish historian Josephus documented how Alexander the Great knew his destiny as a result of being shown the prophecies of Daniel. (Josephus, Antiquities, p. 244)

Charlemagne, Napoleon, Kaiser Wilhelm II and Hitler all attempted to unite Europe, but all failed to do so. Even the European Union (EU) cannot succeed in reuniting Europe. During World War II, certain British preachers drew large crowds by claiming the Bible taught that Hitler could not possibly be successful in bringing Europe under one banner. Relying on the prophecy of Daniel 2, the preachers were 100 percent right!
 
What metal was used to represent the third kingdom, the nation that would take over from Medo-Persia?

A third kingdom of , which shall rule over all the earth.
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Alexander the Great led the Greeks—known for their bronze armor—to victory over the Medes and Persians in the Battle of Arbela in 331 BC. The Jewish historian Josephus documented how Alexander the Great knew his destiny as a result of being shown the prophecies of Daniel. (Josephus, Antiquities, p. 244)
What metal was used to represent the fourth kingdom?

And the fourth kingdom shall be as strong as .
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The iron monarchy of Rome conquered the Greeks in 168 BC. The Romans ruled during the time of Jesus, and this great superpower was dominant for more than 600 years. The long legs of time resulted in much persecution of God’s people.
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Instead of being conquered by another world-ruling empire, Rome would be divided into numerous kingdoms symbolized by the toes on the image in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream. By AD 476, barbarian tribes had conquered Rome, and 10 of these tribes developed into what eventually became modern Europe.
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In spite of multiple attempts by many different leaders, the Roman Empire has never been re-formed and never will be—just as the Bible predicted. Charlemagne, Napoleon, Kaiser Wilhelm II and Hitler all attempted to unite Europe, but all failed to do so. Even the European Union (EU) cannot succeed in reuniting Europe. During World War II, certain British preachers drew large crowds by claiming the Bible taught that Hitler could not possibly be successful in bringing Europe under one banner. Relying on the prophecy of Daniel 2, the preachers were 100 percent right!
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Daniel spoke of a “stone . . . cut out without hands” that struck and destroyed the image in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, and grew until it became a great kingdom that would fill “the whole earth.” (Daniel 2:34, 35)
The stone that struck and destroyed the image represents Jesus, who will ultimately sweep away the kingdoms of the earth at His return. A stone or rock is a symbol often used in association with Jesus. (Psalm 89:26, Matthew 16:18)
Jesus was represented by the smitten rock from which flowed water for all of Israel, the rock in which Moses hid himself, and the rock upon which the wise man built his house. (Exodus 17:6, Exodus 33:22 and Matthew 7:24) In addition, 1 Corinthians 10:4 says, “For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ.”
The Bible predicts that it will be Jesus—not China, the United States or Israel—who will set up His kingdom and ultimately rule the world. There will be a fifth world empire—an empire ruled by the King of kings, whose kingdom of peace will last forever!
What will happen to earthly kingdoms when God sets up His kingdom?

It shall ___________ in pieces and _____________ all these kingdoms.
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The stone strikes the statue at its feet, indicating that Jesus will come during the time of the divided nations. The kingdoms of this world will be destroyed. Just as all the previous aspects of the prophecy have been perfectly fulfilled, so it will be that Jesus will soon return and establish His eternal kingdom.
What did Nebuchadnezzar say about Daniel’s God when he realized that Daniel could reveal the meaning of his dream?

Truly your God is the of gods, the of kings, and a of secrets.
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When Nebuchadnezzar saw that Daniel’s God could remember the forgotten, foretell the future, and overrule any earthly kingdom, he knew that this was the true God. This was a God who not only created secrets, but revealed them!

Three points to remember:

1) God has ultimate control over the world.

2) We are living in the last days of earth’s history.

3) God’s new kingdom will last forever.



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