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Series: “Daniel and the Last Days’ Battle for Planet Earth”
Dr. Jeffrey Seif compares today’s news to yesterday’s prophecies, demonstrating that we are living in ominous times. Co-host Sandra Levitt gives key insights to help viewers perceive world events with a Word-inspired perspective. Zola makes special contributions in brief teaching episodes, pre-recorded interview segments, and with his timeless music. In addition to being loaded with prophetic insights, drama, music, interviews and more, this series invites viewers to secure their appointments with destiny by receiving Israel’s Messiah—whom we call Jesus.
Episode: “The Personal Battle”
Focusing on Daniel’s personal faith and piety, rather than on any prophetic vision, underscores the importance of individuals being “ready” at day’s end. Before looking at what was on Daniel’s mind, viewers see first what was in his heart.

Caption transcript for Daniel and the Last Days’ Battle for Planet Earth: “The Personal Battle” (1/8)

  • 00:42 ANGER IN GAZA.
  • 00:44 WAR IN LEBANON.
  • 00:46 RUMBLINGS IN IRAN.
  • 00:49 AS THE WORLD FOCUSES ON THE MIDEAST QUAGMIRE,
  • 00:53 ZOLA LEVITT MINISTRIES PRESENTS
  • 01:02 A HEARTY SHALOM TO ALL OF YOU.
  • 01:04 JEFFREY SEIF HERE WITH MY FRIEND SANDRA LEVITT.
  • 01:07 SHALOM. WELCOME BACK.
  • 01:08 WE'RE GLAD YOU'RE JOINING US.
  • 01:10 JEFF, WHERE ARE WE GOING?
  • 01:11 WE ARE LOOKING AT DANIEL.
  • 01:14 FASCINATING PROPHET,
  • 01:15 WITH PIERCING INSIGHTS INTO THE WORLD AT WORLD'S END.
  • 01:20 IT IS FASCINATING.
  • 01:22 DANIEL TO ME THOUGH, IS SUCH AN ENCOURAGEMENT WITH HIS PRAYER TIME,
  • 01:25 HIS MAKING TIME TO BE DIFFERENT FROM EVERYONE AROUND HIM.
  • 01:29 YES. WHILE DANIEL TALKED ABOUT WORLD END WAR,
  • 01:33 HE FOUGHT THE BATTLE WITHIN FIRST.
  • 01:36 HENCE, HE'S A KNOWN AS MAN OF CHARACTER NOT JUST CHARISMA.
  • 01:41 HE'S A WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL EXAMPLE FOR US.
  • 01:44 YES, AND WE'RE GOING TO LOOK AT HIM NOW
  • 01:46 AS WE CONSIDER DANIEL A MAN OF PRAYER.
  • 01:56 AND DANIEL WENT INTO HIS HOUSE.
  • 01:58 AND HIS WINDOWS BEING OPENED IN HIS CHAMBER TOWARD JERUSALEM,
  • 02:02 HE KNEELED UPON HIS KNEES THREE TIMES A DAY AND PRAYED,
  • 02:06 AND GAVE THANKS BEFORE HIS GOD AS HE DID AFORETIME.
  • 02:16 DRIVING TO THE ANCIENT SYNAGOGUE AT KORAZIM
  • 02:18 I WAS REMINDED THAT GOING TO A PLACE FOR CORPORATE PRAYER
  • 02:21 MUST BE COMPLIMENTED BY MAKING A PRIVATE PLACE FOR PERSONAL PRAYER.
  • 02:30 IT'S SOMETHING OF A STORMY DAY IN NORTHERN ISRAEL.
  • 02:33 BUT THESE ARE PORTENTS OF THINGS TO COME FOR OUR PURPOSES
  • 02:37 AS WE LOOK AT DANIEL AND THE LAST DAYS' BATTLE FOR PLANET EARTH,
  • 02:42 WHEN OMINOUS STORM CLOUDS WILL HOVER OVER THE LAND OF JUDEA
  • 02:46 AND BRING TO BEAR THEIR THUNDERINGS AND LIGHTNINGS.
  • 02:50 WELL, WE HAVE DARK SKIES AND RAIN HERE OVER KORAZIM IN NORTHERN ISRAEL.
  • 02:54 AND I'M STANDING IN A RUIN HERE IN THE SYNAGOGUE OF KORAZIM.
  • 02:58 BIBLE READERS MIGHT RECALL THAT JESUS CURSED THIS CITY.
  • 03:01 AND SO WHAT WE HAVE IS A RUIN ROUND ABOUT.
  • 03:03 IN THIS SYNAGOGUE PEOPLE GATHERED TOGETHER TO PRAY.
  • 03:06 AND IT'S ALL COME TO NAUGHT RIGHT NOW
  • 03:08 AND IT'S JUST A SIGHT THAT'S VISITED BY TOURISTS ON OCCASION.
  • 03:13 IT'S A FITTING BEGINNING
  • 03:14 AS WE LOOK AT DANIEL I BELIEVE.
  • 03:16 BECAUSE DANIEL DID WHAT'S DONE
  • 03:18 IN THIS PLACE.
  • 03:19 DANIEL WAS A MAN OF PRAYER.
  • 03:21 HE WAS A MAN OF FAITH.
  • 03:22 EVEN AMIDST THE TURBULENCE OF TRYING TIMES,
  • 03:25 DANIEL WAS COUNTED UPON TO SEEK HIS GOD.
  • 03:27 AND I BELIEVE PERSONALLY THAT THAT'S WHY DANIEL WAS ELEVATED TO SUCH HIGH STATURE.
  • 03:32 THE BOOK OF DANIEL IS A GREAT BOOK AND I'M SO PLEASED TO BRING IT TO YOU
  • 03:35 AND I'M SO GLAD YOU'RE INTERESTED IN IT.
  • 03:37 AND I HOPE YOU'RE GOING TO DERIVE SOME BENEFIT FROM IT.
  • 03:39 OF COURSE, PEOPLE ARE INTERESTED IN DANIEL BECAUSE THEY WANT TO LEARN ABOUT PROPHECY.
  • 03:42 BUT BEFORE WE GET INTO PROPHECY PARTICULAR, I WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE PROPHET.
  • 03:46 FOR IN DANIEL CHAPTER 1 AND DANIEL CHAPTER 3 AND IN DANIEL CHAPTER 6
  • 03:51 WE LEARN ABOUT CHARACTER NOT JUST THEIR CHARISMA.
  • 03:53 DANIEL CERTAINLY HAD THE GIFT OF PROPHECY AND HE HAD FRIENDS IN TOW AS WELL,
  • 03:58 SHADRACH, MESHACH, AND ABEDNEGO,
  • 04:00 THEY HAD SOMETHING TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE WAR EFFORT AS WELL.
  • 04:04 BEFORE LOOKING AT WHAT WAS SAID I WANT TO LOOK AT THE SAYERS
  • 04:07 BECAUSE I BELIEVE THERE'S SOMETHING IN THIS FOR YOU.
  • 04:09 IF YOU'LL OPEN YOUR BIBLES
  • 04:10 PLEASE TO THE 1ST CHAPTER
  • 04:12 OF DANIEL.
  • 04:13 HERE WE LEARN HOW
  • 04:14 NEBUCHADNEZZAR, KING OF BABYLON
  • 04:15 BROUGHT FORCES TO BEAR ON JUDEA.
  • 04:17 EVENTUALLY JUDEA GETS ANNEXED INTO THE BABYLONIAN EMPIRE
  • 04:22 AND INDIVIDUALS FROM JUDEA PROPER ARE SENT OFF INTO CAPTIVITY.
  • 04:27 THE PROMISING ONES THEN ARE GIVEN TRAINING IN ORDER TO
  • 04:30 PREPARE THEM FOR ADMINISTRATIVE POSTS TO THE NEW WORLD ORDER.
  • 04:34 DANIEL AND HIS FRIENDS SHOW GREAT PROMISE
  • 04:36 WITH A NET RESULT THEN THAT THEY ARE RATCHETED UP A LITTLE BIT AND GIVEN ASSIGNMENTS.
  • 04:41 NOW, WE'RE TOLD IN VERSE 7
  • 04:43 THAT ONCE IN THE CHARGE OF THE
  • 04:44 BABYLONIANS THESE JEWISH BOYS
  • 04:47 ARE GIVEN PAGAN NAMES.
  • 04:49 DANIEL IS GIVEN THE NAME,
  • 04:51 WE'RE TOLD,"BELTESHAZZAR"
  • 04:53 WHICH MEANS "BAAL'S PRINCE".
  • 04:56 DANIEL WASN'T GIVEN OVER
  • 04:58 TO BAAL WORSHIP PARTICULARLY,
  • 05:00 BUT HERE HE IS ASSIGNED A PAGAN NAME.
  • 05:04 AND IT DOESN'T GET ANY BETTER WITH THE OTHERS.
  • 05:06 HANANIAH MEANS
  • 05:08 "THE LORD IS GRACIOUS"
  • 05:11 AND "SHADRACH" IS THE NAME
  • 05:13 HE'S GIVEN WHICH MEANS
  • 05:14 "ILLUMINED BY THE SUN GOD".
  • 05:16 SEE,THESE JEWISH BOYS FIND THEMSELVES IN A NEW WORLD AND THEY'RE GIVEN NEW NAMES.
  • 05:18 WHAT HAPPENS IS THE NEW WORLD ORDER IMPOSES NEW NAMES ON THEM.
  • 05:21 BUT THOUGH THEIR NAME IS CHANGED, THEIR HEART ISN'T.
  • 05:24 AND THIS IS SOMETHING THAT'S GOING TO BECOME VERY APPARENT
  • 05:26 BECAUSE IF YOU WANT GOD TO USE YOU -
  • 05:28 I MEAN, WE'RE IN THE WORLD BUT WE'RE NOT OF THE WORLD -
  • 05:30 WE HAVE TO MAINTAIN DIFFERENCE.
  • 05:32 AND THEN THE SPIRIT OF PROPHECY CAN EVEN WORK THROUGH US, STRANGE AS THAT MIGHT SOUND.
  • 05:35 MISHAEL MEANS "WHO IS THE LORD?"
  • 05:39 BUT HE'S GOING TO BE GIVEN
  • 05:40 THE NAME" MESHACH" WHICH MEANS
  • 05:42 "WHO IS ISHTAR?",
  • 05:44 A PAGAN GOD ISHTAR
  • 05:45 IF YOU CAN IMAGINE THAT.
  • 05:46 THESE JEWISH BOYS ARE GIVEN THESE NAMES.
  • 05:48 NOW WHAT'S INTERESTING IS THEY CAN BE GIVEN THE NAMES -
  • 05:50 OH, I SHOULD TELL YOU AS WELL.
  • 05:51 AZARIAH, "THE LORD IS MY HELP"
  • 05:53 IS GIVEN A NEW NAME
  • 05:54 "GOD IS MY SLAVE".
  • 05:56 OKAY, THESE INDIVIDUALS
  • 05:57 ARE GIVEN NEW NAMES BUT
  • 05:58 THEIR HEART REMAINS THE SAME.
  • 06:00 THIS IS EVIDENCED IN VERSE 8
  • 06:02 WHERE DANIEL THOUGH,
  • 06:03 WHO'LL TAKE THE NEW NAME,
  • 06:05 HE DRAWS THE LINE IN THE SAND.
  • 06:06 HE SAYS, "ENOUGH ALREADY.I'M
  • 06:07 NOT GOING TO TAKE THE NEW FOOD.
  • 06:09 I MEAN HE HAS TO DIG HIS HEELS IN THERE AND SAY,
  • 06:11 "WAIT A MINUTE. I KNOWWHO I AM. AND THE WORLD CAN RENAME ME,"
  • 06:15 "SITUATIONS, CIRCUMSTANCES CAN COME UPON ME. BUT I AM WHO I AM."
  • 06:18 HE DOESN'T WANT TO BREAK THE KOSHERITE LAWS,
  • 06:21 HE WANTS TO EAT THE KOSHER FOOD.
  • 06:24 HE BEGS PERMISSION THEN AND HE SAYS,
  • 06:26 "LISTEN, JUST GIVE ME A CHANCE."
  • 06:27 "I'LL SHOW YOU IF I EAT THIS DIET I'LL BE BETTER THAN THOSE DON'T."
  • 06:29 I THINK YOU KNOW THE STORY.
  • 06:31 HE COMES OUT LOOKING GOOD. SO HE'S GOOD TO GO TO KEEP HIS KOSHERITE LAWS.
  • 06:34 DANIEL IS A FASCINATING BOOK FOR A VARIETY OF REASONS.
  • 06:38 IN THE FIRST CHAPTER WE LEARN ABOUT THE INTRODUCTION OF DANIEL AND HIS FRIENDS.
  • 06:42 IN THE 3RD CHAPTER THEN, SHADRACH, MESHACH AND ABEDNEGO
  • 06:45 SHOW THEMSELVES TO BE FAITHFUL TO THE GOD OF ISRAEL, INVOKE THE IRE OF SOME OF THE BABYLONIANS,
  • 06:51 WITH THE NET RESULT THAT THEY ARE GOING TO BE THROWN INTO THE FIERY FURNACE.
  • 06:56 YOU MIGHT RECALL IN THE 6TH CHAPTER DURING THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE MEDES,
  • 07:00 DANIEL AS WELL IS TURNED IN BECAUSE OF HIS LOYALTIES TO JEHOVAH.
  • 07:04 THE NET RESULT IS HE'S THROWN INTO A LIONS DEN.
  • 07:08 THE SAME GOD THAT DELIVERED SHADRACH, MESHACH, AND ABEDNEGO FROM THE FIERY FURNACE,
  • 07:13 THIS IS THE SAME GOD WHO DELIVERED DANIEL FROM THE LIONS DEN.
  • 07:17 NOW WHAT'S SIGNIFICANT IN ALL OF THIS
  • 07:18 IS JEWS LEARN THAT EVEN THOUGH BAD THINGS CAN HAPPEN TO GOOD PEOPLE,
  • 07:23 THEY CAN BE DRUG UP INTO CAPTIVITY, THEIR WORLD CAN TURN UPSIDE DOWN,
  • 07:26 BUT STILL, IF THEY'LL REMAIN FAITHFUL TO GOD, GOD WILL REMAIN FAITHFUL TO THEM.
  • 07:30 GOD SHOWS HIMSELF AS WILLING AND ABLE TO PRESERVE HIS PEOPLE.
  • 07:37 BUT GOD CHOSE THAT BUT NOT JUST THAT.
  • 07:38 GOD HAS A MESSAGE FOR THE FUTURE OF HIS PEOPLE,
  • 07:41 AS THE WORLD COMES UNGLUED AS DEMONIC FORCES ARE UNLEASHED ON PLANET EARTH.
  • 07:46 FROM THIS MAN DANIEL WE LEARN ABOUT GOD'S GREAT BATTLE PLAN
  • 07:51 FOR THE LAST DAYS' WAR ON PLANET EARTH.
  • 08:02 DANIEL'S NAME IN HEBREW MEANS "GOD IS MY JUDGE".
  • 08:05 AND THEY WERE GIVEN ALL NEW NAMES AS YOU SAY
  • 08:08 TO REFLECT WHERE THEY WERE.
  • 08:11 RIGHT. THEY'RE TAKEN OFF INTO CAPTIVITY
  • 08:13 AND GIVEN PAGAN NAMES BUT THEY DIDN'T HAVE A PAGAN HEART.
  • 08:16 DANIEL BELIEVED THAT GOD WAS HIS JUDGE.
  • 08:19 AND THEY KEPT THEIR "SET APARTNESS",IF THAT'S A REAL WORD.
  • 08:22 BUT THEY KEPT KOSHER.
  • 08:24 THEY KEPT THEIR PRAYER TIME.
  • 08:26 THEY WERE GOD'S CHOSEN PEOPLE.
  • 08:28 RIGHT. THERE'S A WAR GOING ON I BELIEVE
  • 08:30 IN THE SENSE THAT WE'RE IN THIS WORLD BUT NOT OF IT.
  • 08:32 WE HAVE TO WALK IN THIS WORLD
  • 08:34 BUT IN SOME SENSE BE SET APART FROM IT. >>ABSOLUTELY.
  • 08:38 DANIEL DOES A GOOD JOB OF TEACHING THAT.
  • 08:40 HE PUT ON THE ARMOR OF GOD AND WENT INTO THE WORLD
  • 08:43 AND WE'RE GOING TO CONSIDER THE BIBLE MORE NOW ON PUTTING ON THE ARMOR OF GOD
  • 08:46 AND LIVING IN THE WORLD BUT NOT BEING QUITE OF IT.
  • 08:50 SUN'S BEGINNING TO BREAK OVER KORAZIM RIGHT NOW
  • 08:52 BUT FOR SURE THE SUN WASN'T GETTING BRIGHTER FOR DANIEL
  • 08:56 WHO WE LEARN IN THE 6TH CHAPTER WAS NOW UNDER A DECREE
  • 08:59 THAT IT WAS OUTLAWED FOR ANYONE, EVERYONE,
  • 09:03 TO WORSHIP ANY PERSONALITY BUT DARIUS HIMSELF.
  • 09:08 THIS WAS PROBLEMATIC. DANIEL WAS A JEHOVAH WORSHIPPER.
  • 09:12 HE WORSHIPED THE GOD OF
  • 09:13 ABRAHAM, ISAAC AND JACOB.
  • 09:16 WE'RE TOLD IN DANIEL CHAPTER 6
  • 09:19 VERSE 10 THAT WHEN DANIEL KNEW
  • 09:21 THAT THE DECREE WAS IN WRITING -
  • 09:24 I MEAN JUST WHEN THE INK IS DRYING ON THE PAGE
  • 09:26 WE'RE TOLD THAT DANIEL WENT HOME AND IN HIS UPPER ROOM
  • 09:30 HE KNELT DOWN AND PRAYED THREE TIMES TOWARDS JERUSALEM AS HIS HABIT WAS.
  • 09:36 AND HE PRAYED TO GOD AND HE GAVE THANKS.
  • 09:39 TALK ABOUT GIVING THANKS AMIDST THE TURBULENCE OF TRYING TIMES,
  • 09:43 DANIEL IS HERE UNSWAYED, REFUSING TO BE SET OFF HIS COURSE.
  • 09:49 THIS WAS A MAN THAT HAD BUILT A HABIT OF SEEKING GOD IN HIS LIFE.
  • 09:52 HE HAD SOME PRAYER TIME AND HE WAS NOT TO BE DISSUADED FROM HIS TASK.
  • 09:57 WELL, YOU KNOW THE STORY, I TRUST, THAT DANIEL IS BETRAYED BY INDIVIDUALS THAT SAY,
  • 10:02 "LISTEN, THIS GUY IS PRAYING!"
  • 10:04 AND THE NET RESULT, OF COURSE, IS THAT DANIEL IS GOING TO IN EFFECT BE ARRESTED
  • 10:07 AND HE'S GOING TO FIND HIMSELF THROWN INTO A LIONS DEN TO BE SAVED THERE BY GOD.
  • 10:14 IT'S RATHER INTERESTING,
  • 10:16 IT SEEMS TO ME,
  • 10:17 IN DANIEL CHAPTER 1
  • 10:18 AND DANIEL CHAPTER 3
  • 10:19 AND DANIEL CHAPTER 6,
  • 10:21 THERE'S EXAMPLES OF A MAN STANDING UP FOR JEHOVAH.
  • 10:24 AND THE WORLD TURNS UPSIDE DOWN FOR HIM BUT GOD SHOWS HIMSELF TO BE AN ABLE DELIVERER,
  • 10:30 CERTAINLY OF DANIEL IN THE 1ST CHAPTER AND THE 3RD CHAPTER,
  • 10:34 HIS FRIENDS SHADRACH, MESHACH AND ABEDNEGO
  • 10:36 ARE THROWN INTO A FIERY FURNACE. BUT GOD DELIVERS THEM.
  • 10:39 AND HERE DANIEL FINDS HIMSELF IN THE LIONS DEN BUT HE'S RESOLUTE,
  • 10:44 HE'S DETERMINED TO FOLLOW THE LORD, DIFFICULTIES NOTWITHSTANDING.
  • 10:48 AND YOU KNOW WHAT? GOD DELIVERS HIM.
  • 10:51 WE HAVE A GOD WHO DELIVERS. JEHOVAH JIREH IS A PROVIDER,
  • 10:55 ADONAI TZEVA'OT,
  • 10:57 "THE LORD OF HOSTS,
  • 10:59 THE LORD OF THE ARMIES".
  • 11:00 WE HAVE A STRONG GOD WHO ACTS ON BEHALF OF HIS PEOPLE.
  • 11:04 AND DANIEL LEARNS THAT FIRST HAND.
  • 11:06 NOT ONLY DOES GOD SHOW HIMSELF STRONG TO SAVE DANIEL PERSONALLY,
  • 11:10 BUT IT'S THROUGH DANIEL THAT WE LEARN THAT GOD HAS A PLAN TO SAVE ISRAEL COLLECTIVELY.
  • 11:15 AND SO IT IS THAT WE ARE LOOKING AT DANIEL
  • 11:18 AND THE STORY OF THE LAST DAYS' BATTLE FOR PLANET EARTH.
  • 11:24 WHAT I WANT TO FOCUS ON IN THE OPEN, HOWEVER,
  • 11:26 IS THAT IN AS MUCH AS GOD WANTS TO SAVE THE PLANET -
  • 11:30 YOU KNOW THE PLANET IS MADE UP OF INDIVIDUALS, ONE AT A TIME.
  • 11:33 AND I WANTED TO LOOK AT THIS ONE PERSON DANIEL AND HIS FRIENDS
  • 11:36 AND NOTE SOMETHING ABOUT HIS CHARACTER.
  • 11:40 BEFORE LOOKING AT HIS CHARISMA, HIS GIFTING TO UNDERSTAND FUTURE EVENTS,
  • 11:43 I WANT TO LOOK AT THE NATURE OF THE PERSON
  • 11:46 AND UNDERSCORE THE FACT THAT THIS FELLOW WAS RESOLUTE TO SERVE GOD.
  • 11:50 I BELIEVE PERSONALLY THAT IF SOMEONE WANTS TO SERVE GOD,
  • 11:52 THAT HELL HAS AN ASSIGNMENT AGAINST THEM.
  • 11:55 THERE ARE THREE CHAPTERS THAT UNDERSCORE THIS IN THE BOOK OF DANIEL.
  • 11:58 THAT SEEMS AN INORDINATE AMOUNT OF TEXT.CHAPTER 1, CHAPTER 3, CHAPTER 6,
  • 12:03 THEY'RE ALL DEDICATED TO THE CHARACTER OF THE EMISSARY SHOWING STERLING RESOLUTION.
  • 12:08 "RAVE SHAUL", THE APOSTLE PAUL,
  • 12:11 UNDERSCORES THE SAME KIND OF
  • 12:12 BUSINESS IN THE 6TH CHAPTER OF
  • 12:15 HIS WRITING TO THE EPHESIANS
  • 12:16 AND THAT'S WHERE I'D LIKE TO
  • 12:17 ATTEND RIGHT NOW.
  • 12:19 THEREIN, HE ENCOURAGES INDIVIDUALS TO BE STRONG IN THE LORD.I LOVE THE TEXT.
  • 12:25 HE SAYS IN VERSE 10,
  • 12:34 SOMETIMES WE CANT JUST DRIFT ALONG AND LET LIFE HAPPEN TO US. WE HAVE TO DECIDE TO PUT IT ON.
  • 12:38 SOMETIMES WE HAVE TO PUT ON OUR GAME FACE AND GO OUT THERE
  • 12:41 AND FACE THE PLANET, DIFFICULTIES NOTWITHSTANDING.
  • 12:44 AND WE'RE SURELY ABLE TO DO SO THE BETTER, IF WE BELIEVE THAT GOD IS WITH US
  • 12:47 AND THAT HE HAS A WONDERFUL PLAN FOR OUR LIFE AND THAT WE'RE DESTINED FOR SUCCESS.
  • 12:51 WE'RE DESTINED TO BE THE HEAD AND NOT THE TAIL.
  • 12:53 WE'RE DESTINED TO BE A VICTOR AND NOT A VICTIM.
  • 12:55 WE'RE DESTINED TO BE A CONQUEROR NOT CONQUERED.
  • 12:58 WELL, HERE PAUL ENCOURAGES THE BELIEVERS.HE SAYS,
  • 13:00 "LISTEN, BE STRONG IN THE LORD." AND THEN HE SAYS IN VERSE 11,
  • 13:32 IN A PREVIOUS LIFE, I DON'T MEAN REINCARNATION, I MEAN IN ANOTHER CAREER,
  • 13:36 I SERVED AS A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER, AS A COP.
  • 13:39 AND I REMEMBER BEING A BIG CITY COP THAT I WOULDN'T GO OUT
  • 13:42 WITHOUT PUTTING ON MY KEVLAR VEST.
  • 13:45 WOULDN'T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT.
  • 13:47 SOMETIMES THE DAYS WERE HOT AND I'D FEEL MORE COMFORTABLE NOT WEARING IT.
  • 13:50 BUT I ALWAYS WOULD SUIT UP WITH ALL THE ARMOR AVAILABLE.
  • 13:54 I BELIEVE PERSONALLY THERE'S TOO MANY OF US THAT GO INTO LIFE
  • 13:57 WITHOUT PUTTING ON ALL OF OUR ARMOR.
  • 13:59 WE DON'T HAVE THE DEFENSIVE AND OFFENSIVE WEAPONS THAT WE NEED
  • 14:02 TO GET THE BETTER OF THE CHALLENGES THAT COME OUR WAY.
  • 14:05 WELL, HERE THIS RABBI, THIS RABBI SHAUL, SAUL, PAUL WHO BELIEVED IN JESUS,
  • 14:10 HE ENCOURAGED, HE SAID, "PUT ON THE WHOLE ARMOR OF GOD, A HELMET, A BREASTPLATE."
  • 14:15 HE SAYS THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT WHICH IS THE WORD OF GOD,
  • 14:19 "WE'VE GOT TO SUIT UP, WE'VE GOT TO ARM UP."
  • 14:22 HE GOES ON TO SAY IN VERSE 17,
  • 14:28 SOME OF YOU MIGHT HAVE BUSTED HEADS WHERE ARE CIRCUMSTANCES IN LIFE MIGHT HAVE KNOCKED YOU OUT.
  • 14:32 VARIOUS SINS, THINGS BESET YOU, DIFFERENT DAYS, DIFFERENT WAYS, BUT YOU GOT WIPED OUT BY IT ALL.
  • 14:37 YOU CAN PUT ON A NEW HEAD, YOU CAN GET A NEW HEART, YOU CAN GET A NEW LIFE WITH GOD.
  • 14:41 THE FORGIVENESS IS YOURS FOR THE ASKING.
  • 14:43 YOU CAN GET THIS NEW HELMET OF SALVATION TO GUARD YOUR HEAD,
  • 14:46 TO GUARD YOUR MIND AND NEW AND BETTER WAY OF THINKING.
  • 14:49 YOU DON ALL THIS ARMOR IN SOME SPIRITUAL SENSE AND THEN PAUL SAYS AS WELL, HE GOES,
  • 15:04 IT'S NOT BAD TO PUT ON PRAYER. IT'S NOT SISSY'S BUSINESS.
  • 15:07 ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I LEARNED EVEN IN LAW ENFORCEMENT,
  • 15:10 IS THERE'S A WHOLE LOT OF POLICE OFFICERS THAT REALLY ARE GODLY PEOPLE.
  • 15:13 I KNOW THAT REPUTATION ISN'T OUT THERE BUT IT'S TRUE.
  • 15:15 SOMETIMES WHEN YOU PRESENT AGAINST THE CHALLENGES OF HUMAN EXPERIENCE,
  • 15:19 YOU WANT TO LOOK TO GOD THE MORE SO.
  • 15:20 AND I'VE SEEN MORE THAN ONE PRAYER GO UP
  • 15:22 AMONGST THOSE IN THE ARMY AND THOSE THAT ARE POLICE.
  • 15:24 WELL, HERE WE'RE ALL IN BATTLEFIELD, IF YOU WILL.
  • 15:27 IT'S A BATTLEFIELD FOR PLANET EARTH AND THE APOSTLE PAUL SAYS, "WE'RE IN THE BATTLE."
  • 15:31 "WE NEED TO HAVE OUR WEAPONS UP, OUR HEART UP, OUR PRAYERS UP, OUR SHIELD OF FAITH."
  • 15:36 WELL, WE'RE GOING TO LOOK AT THAT BATTLE FOR LAST DAYS' PLANET EARTH
  • 15:39 AS WE CONTINUE OUR STORY IN DANIEL.
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  • 17:08 ONE OF THE PLACES WE VISIT IN ISRAEL IS KORAZIM.
  • 17:11 I HOPE YOU GET AN OPPORTUNITY TO GO TO ISRAEL.
  • 17:13 IT IS A WONDERFUL, EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE.
  • 17:16 AND JEFF ONE OF THE PLACES WHEN WE TEACH IN KORAZIM
  • 17:19 IS THAT WE DRAW THAT LINE IN THE AND AND SAY,
  • 17:21 "WHERE DO YOU STAND?"
  • 17:23 ZOLA LOVED DOING THAT IN THE SYNAGOGUE. DIDN'T HE?
  • 17:24 HE REALLY DID.
  • 17:25 THE QUESTION OF WHERE WE STAND
  • 17:27 IS A QUESTION WORTH ASKING.
  • 17:29 I HOPE WE STAND ON GOD'S SIDE RATHER THAN AGAINST. >>ABSOLUTELY.
  • 17:32 ESPECIALLY AS WE PRESS FORWARD IN TIME
  • 17:35 WE WANT TO BE IN GOD'S PLACE
  • 17:37 AND WE WANT TO LIVE LIFE IN GOD'S TIMING.
  • 17:39 A WAY TO DO THAT IS FOR OURSELVES TO GET RIGHT WITH GOD
  • 17:42 AND THEN BE GIVEN OVER TO PRAYER MUCH AS DANIEL WAS.
  • 17:45 RIGHT. AND PRAYER IS SO IMPORTANT.
  • 17:47 IN DANIEL WE SEE HOW IMPORTANT IT IS WHEN HE'S PRAYING
  • 17:49 AND HE'S NOT LETTING ANYTHING GET IN HIS WAY OF PRAYING.
  • 17:52 THAT'S RIGHT. AND GOD ANSWERS PRAYER TOO.
  • 17:53 THERE'S A GREAT STORY HERE OF A PASTOR IN ISRAEL
  • 17:57 WHO WAS GIVEN OVER TO PRAYER AND GOD BLESSED HIM
  • 17:59 WITH MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF DOLLARS
  • 18:02 OF DONATION TO BUILD A WORK.
  • 18:04 GOD'S IN THE BUSINESS OF ANSWERING A LOT OF PEOPLES PRAYERS.
  • 18:06 CHECK THIS OUT.
  • 18:09 COULD YOU SHARE WITH US IN BRIEF, WHERE WE ARE
  • 18:11 AND HOW YOU GOT WHERE YOU ARE?
  • 18:12 WELL, JEFF WE'RE SITTING
  • 18:14 RIGHT NOW IN WHAT'S CALLED
  • 18:15 THE PAVILION PRAYER TOWER AND
  • 18:16 THIS IS A PLACE WHERE WE PRAY.
  • 18:18 AND WE PRAY FOR JERUSALEM.
  • 18:20 AND WE'RE AT 17 STORIES UP ABOVE JAFFA ROAD
  • 18:23 RIGHT IN THE HEART OF JERUSALEM AND BEGAN THIS ON
  • 18:26 THE DAY OF PENTECOST IN JUNE OF THIS YEAR.
  • 18:28 AND THREE TIMES A DAY PEOPLE ARE COMING UP HERE TO PRAY,
  • 18:33 6:30 IN THE MORNING, 12:00 NOON, 5:15 IN THE EVENING
  • 18:36 AND PRAYING FOR THIS AMAZING CITY.
  • 18:38 NOW,WHERE DO YOU GET THE IDEA THREE TIMES A DAY?
  • 18:41 WELL, WHEN THE LORD ASKED US TO BUILD THIS CENTER,
  • 18:45 THE FIRST PLACE THAT THE LORD LED ME TO LOOK IN THE SCRIPTURE WAS AT THE LIFE OF DANIEL,
  • 18:50 AND SAW THAT DANIEL HAD NOT JUST A PROGRAM OF THREE TIMES A DAY PRAYING FOR JERUSALEM,
  • 18:58 BUT IT SAYS ACTUALLY IT WAS HIS HABIT TO DO SO.
  • 19:01 SO FOR MANY, MANY YEARS THAT WAS HIS HABIT, MORNING, NOON, EVENING.
  • 19:05 AND HE WOULD PRAY WITH HIS WINDOWS OPEN TOWARD JERUSALEM.
  • 19:08 AND THAT'S WHERE WE ARE IN JERUSALEM.
  • 19:11 IT DOESN'T MATTER WHERE WE OPEN OUR WINDOWS HERE,
  • 19:13 WE'RE LOOKING AT JERUSALEM.
  • 19:14 AND WE LOOKED TO DANIEL FOR INSPIRATION.
  • 19:16 WE LOOK TO DANIEL FOR A PATTERN OF PRAYER
  • 19:19 AND WE'VE BEEN FOLLOWING THAT NOW FOR SEVERAL MONTHS.
  • 19:21 WELL, LOOKING AT DANIEL FOR A PATTERN OF PRAYER
  • 19:24 AND YOU PATTERNED OTHER ASPECTS OF YOUR MINISTRY AS WELL.
  • 19:27 CORRECT?
  • 19:29 WELL, WE CERTAINLY LOOK AT THE CHARACTER OF DANIEL AND WE GET INSPIRATION.
  • 19:32 I MEAN THIS WAS MAN OF TRUE CHARACTER.ONE WHO WAS A MAN OF GOD.ONE WHO WAS HUMBLE.
  • 19:41 ONE WHO WOULD NOT COMPROMISE WHEN HE WAS TEMPTED TO DO SO.
  • 19:44 FOR WELL OVER A DECADE WE'VE HAD SEVERAL PRAYER MEETINGS EVERY WEEK,
  • 19:49 PRAYING FOR THE CITY OF JERUSALEM, FOR THE NATION OF ISRAEL,
  • 19:53 FOR OUR OWN LOCAL CONGREGATION IN OUR MINISTRY HERE
  • 19:56 AND NOW OF COURSE PRAYING -
  • 19:59 I THINK WE HAVE 17 PRAYER MEETINGS A WEEK NOW HERE IN THE PRAYER TOWER.
  • 20:03 WE SEE THAT AS FAR MORE POWERFUL
  • 20:06 THAN GREAT PROGRAMS HAVING GREAT PREACHING
  • 20:12 OR GREAT MUSIC OR WORSHIP OR WHATEVER.
  • 20:14 I THINK GOD IS FAR MORE INTERESTED IN OUR HEARTS AND OUR DEVOTION TO HIM
  • 20:22 AND PRAYER IS AN EXPRESSION OF THE DEPTH OF REALITY IN OUR LIVES.
  • 20:26 AND I DO THINK IT PAYS.
  • 20:30 SO YOU HAVE THIS BEAUTIFUL CONGREGATIONAL FACILITY DOWN BELOW HERE.
  • 20:34 BUT THEN YOU ACQUIRED THIS 14TH FLOOR OF THE TALLEST BUILDING -
  • 20:38 I THINK IT'S THE 2ND TALLEST BUILDING IN JERUSALEM. >>- IN JERUSALEM.
  • 20:41 HERE IN PROXIMITY YOU CAN LOOK AND SEE MEA SHEARIM DOWN BELOW
  • 20:46 AND YOU GET A BEAUTIFUL VISTA OF THE WHOLE CITY
  • 20:49 AND THEN FOLK MEET HERE HOW MANY TIMES A DAY TO PRAY?
  • 20:52 AND THERE'S MEETINGS THAT PEOPLE GO ROUND
  • 20:54 AND PRAY OVER ASPECTS OF JERUSALEM.
  • 20:56 THERE'S THREE PUBLIC MEETINGS A DAY
  • 20:58 AND THEN OF COURSE IT'S OPEN 6:30 IN THE MORNING
  • 21:00 TILL 7:00 AT NIGHT FOR JUST PERSONAL DEVOTIONS.
  • 21:03 THEY CAN COME IN AND USE ONE OF OUR PRIVATE PRAYER ROOMS HERE TO DO THAT.
  • 21:07 SOMETIMES IN CHURCHES A FEW OF THE FAITHFUL
  • 21:10 WILL MEET BEFORE THE SERVICE TO SAY A CURSORY PERFUNCTORY PRAYER.
  • 21:15 BUT FOR THE PURPOSE OF PRAYER YOU'VE REALLY STUCK YOUR NECK OUT,
  • 21:19 HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS TO RAISE, AND A LOT OF ENERGY
  • 21:23 BECAUSE YOU THINK THAT THE COMMUNITY NEEDS TO GATHER TOGETHER
  • 21:29 AND PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM. YES?
  • 21:31 ABSOLUTELY. AND IT'S NOT JUST OUR OWN LOCAL CONGREGATION.
  • 21:33 WE'VE OPENED THE DOORS TO THE WHOLE BODY IN JERUSALEM.
  • 21:36 WE'VE HAD SEVERAL CITY WIDE PRAYER GATHERINGS IN OUR MAIN WORSHIP CENTER DOWNSTAIRS.
  • 21:42 WE'VE HAD OVER A HUNDRED PASTORS NOW
  • 21:45 UP IN THE PRAYER TOWER PRAYING WITH US AS WELL.
  • 21:48 IN FACT, TWICE A WEEK WE HAVE A PASTOR OR A LEADER OF A MINISTRY
  • 21:51 COME UP RIGHT HERE WHERE WE'RE SITTING
  • 21:53 AND WE GATHER AROUND THAT INDIVIDUAL AND WE PRAY FOR THEM.
  • 21:57 THEY TELL US WHAT'S GOING ON IN THEIR MINISTRY,
  • 21:59 THE STRUGGLES THEY'RE HAVING, THE VICTORIES THEY'RE HAVING
  • 22:02 AND WE PRAY INTO THAT.
  • 22:03 AND SO IT'S REALLY -
  • 22:05 I SEE PRAYER ALSO AS A CATALYST FOR UNITY IN THE BODY.
  • 22:08 WHEN YOU KNOW SOMEBODY IS PRAYING FOR YOU -
  • 22:11 I MEAN THAT'S A POWERFUL THING.
  • 22:13 IT'S A POWERFUL EXPRESSION OF THEIR LOVE AND THEIR COMMITMENT TO YOU.
  • 22:16 PRAYER IS HARD WORK.
  • 22:18 AND WHEN SOMEBODY WILL PRAY FOR YOU AND YOU KNOW THEY'RE PRAYING,
  • 22:20 THAT'S SUCH AN ENCOURAGEMENT.
  • 22:23 IS THERE A WEB ADDRESS YOU COULD GIVE FOR FOLK
  • 22:25 THAT CAN'T COME HERE BUT WANT TO CONNECT WITH YOU SOMEHOW?
  • 22:28 ABSOLUTELY.
  • 22:33 PAVILION WITH ONE "L".
  • 22:36 AND THEN OUR CONGREGATIONAL WEBSITE WHICH IS INTERESTING.
  • 22:38 IN FACT, IF THEY PLUG IN THEY CAN GO TO THE ARCHIVES
  • 22:41 AND WATCH YOUR SERMON THAT YOU PREACHED AT KING OF KINGS COMMUNITY
  • 22:45 WHICH IS THE NAME OF THE CONGREGATION.
  • 22:47 SO THAT WEBSITE IS
  • 22:51 STANDS FOR KING OF KINGS
  • 22:52 COMMUNITY JERUSALEM.ORG
  • 22:54 WELL, BLESS YOU IN YOUR MINISTRY.
  • 22:56 YOU'RE AN INSPIRATION TO ME
  • 22:57 AND WAYNE'S AN INSPIRATION TO ALL OF US.
  • 23:00 HE REMINDS US THAT PRAYER PAYS.
  • 23:03 AND THAT'S AN IMPORTANT LESSON I BELIEVE.
  • 23:04 WE DO WELL TO BE REMINDED OF THAT.
  • 23:06 IT SEEMS TO BE AN ESSENTIAL MESSAGE IN THE BOOK OF DANIEL.
  • 23:10 FOR THEREIN WE HEAR THE STORY NOT JUST ABOUT A WORLD AT THE END OF DAYS
  • 23:14 BUT ABOUT A MAN WHO'S LEANING INTO GOD TO GET HIS MIND AND WILL,
  • 23:17 WHOSE GOT A LOT MORE CHARACTER THAN HE DOES CHARISMA.
  • 23:20 WE DO WELL TO LEARN FROM HIM. DO WE NOT?
  • 23:22 GOD BLESS.
  • 23:33 ( ♪(ZOLA PLAYING THE PIANO)♪ )
  • 25:08 DANIEL MAKES FOR A FASCINATING STUDY.
  • 25:11 WHAT A BOOK! WHAT A MAN!
  • 25:14 BEFORE CONSIDERING HIS PROPHECIES WE WANTED TO CONSIDER WHO HE WAS,
  • 25:19 SO AS TO LOOK AT HIS CHARACTER NOT JUST HIS CHARISMA.
  • 25:23 AND WHAT HAVE WE SEEN? WE'VE SEEN A MAN OF PRAYER.
  • 25:26 AND WE NOT ONLY SAW DANIEL OF YEARS AGO,
  • 25:29 WE SAW A MODERN VARIETY OF A DANIEL IN WAYNE IN JERUSALEM
  • 25:33 WHO PRAYS, WHO SEEKS GOD AND GOD BLESSES.
  • 25:36 ISN'T IT A GREAT COLLECTION OF STORIES THERE?
  • 25:38 IT'S A WONDERFUL, IT'S ENCOURAGING.
  • 25:40 PRAYER IS THE FOUNDATION THAT WE NEED.
  • 25:43 EVERYTHING STARTS WITH OUR PRAYER.
  • 25:45 IF WE'RE NOT PRAYING NOTHING IS HAPPENING.
  • 25:47 RIGHT.AND GOD ANSWERS PRAYERS.
  • 25:50 NOT JUST FOR JEWS BUT FOR ALL OF "YOU'S".
  • 25:54 GOD'S AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER WHEN IT COMES TO PEOPLE
  • 25:58 COMING TO HIM AND GETTING A JOB, A NEW LIFE WITH HIM.
  • 26:00 BUT THE GREAT VISUAL ALSO IS THE ARMOR. THE SPIRIT OF THE WORD.
  • 26:03 PUT ON THE HELMET. PUT ON ARMOR.
  • 26:06 WE HAVE TO BE ARMED EVERY SINGLE DAY.
  • 26:09 THAT'S TRUE.
  • 26:11 THERE'S SO MUCH IN THIS WORLD TO ERODE BIBLICAL FAITH. >>ABSOLUTELY.
  • 26:14 THAT WAS DANIEL'S PROBLEM.
  • 26:15 HE WAS TAKEN AWAY FROM HIS ANCESTRAL HOMELAND.
  • 26:18 HE WAS IN ENEMY TERRITORY.
  • 26:20 HOW WOULD YOU FEEL?
  • 26:22 I THINK ABOUT DANIEL.
  • 26:23 HOW WOULD I FEEL BEING TAKEN AWAY?
  • 26:26 WELL, SOMETIMES WHEN YOU'RE IN TROUBLE
  • 26:28 YOU FALL BACK ON THE THINGS THAT MATTER.
  • 26:30 AND HE GOES TO PRAYER.
  • 26:32 WELL, I CAN'T WAIT FOR NEXT WEEK.
  • 26:33 IT'S GONNA BE REALLY GOOD.
  • 26:34 AND AS YOU GO,
  • 26:35 SHA'ALU SHALOM YERUSHALAYIM,
  • 26:37 PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM.

Episodes in this series

  1. The Personal Battle
  2. The Battle for Time
  3. The Culture Battle
  4. The Spiritual Battle
  5. The Leader of the Evil Empire
  6. The Battle Plan
  7. The Battle Royal, Part 1
  8. The Battle Royal, Part 2

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