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Title: Our Fascination with the Book of Daniel


1
Our Fascination with the Book of Daniel
  • Refusing the kings rations
  • The fiery furnace
  • Nebuchadnezzar eating grass like a cow
  • The lions den
  • The hand that writes on the wall

2
Nebuchadnezzars Dream
  • The Image Made from Different Metals
  • Head of Gold Babylonian Empire
  • Chest of Silver Persian Empire
  • Thighs of Brass Alexanders Greek Empire
  • Legs of Iron Roman Empire
  • Daniel 244 In the days of those kings shall the
    Lord God of Heaven establish a kingdom that shall
    never be destroyed.

3
If Daniel is correct, and the church is the
kingdom, then where was the church during the
Dark Ages?
  • Its A Fair Question!

4
What Does the Bible Teach Regarding the Kingdom?
  • John 1836 My kingdom is NOT of this world…
  • Daniel said the kingdom would be established
    during the Roman Empire.
  • Matthew 32--John the Baptist urged the people to
    Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven IS AT HAND.

5
What Does the Bible Teach Regarding the Kingdom?
  • When Jesus began His ministry, He taught the
    people to Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven IS
    AT HAND.
  • He told His disciples in Mark 91, Assuredly, I
    say to you that there are some standing here who
    will not taste death till they see the Kingdom of
    God come with power.

6
What Does the Bible Teach Regarding the Kingdom?
  • Paul taught that both he and the Christians in
    Colossae were members of the Kingdom in the 1st
    century He (God) has delivered us (past tense)
    from the power of darkness and conveyed us into
    the Kingdom (past tense) of the Son of His love.
    Colossians 113

7
What Does the Bible Teach Regarding the Kingdom?
  • John told his readers in Revelation 19 that I
    am (currently/present tense) your brother and
    companion in the tribulation and in the kingdom.

8
What Does the Bible Teach Regarding the Kingdom?
  • The writer of the letter to the Hebrew Christians
    (Heb. 1227) says that they have received (past
    tense) a kingdom that cannot be shaken.
  • He also connects the Kingdom with the Assembly
    of the Saints

9
What Does the Bible Teach Regarding the Kingdom?
  • Jesus told Nicodemus (John 33-5) that the New
    Birth placed one in the Kingdom. If the New
    Birth exists now, then the Kingdom must also
    exist now!

10
The Worlds View Churches of Christ were
founded in the 1830s by ALEXANDER CAMPBELL
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Campbell came to America in 1809 He was a
powerful and highly admired speaker and preacher
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14
100 reasons for not being a Campbellite
  • REASON 1 The Campbellite church was founded by
    Alexander Campbell and not by Jesus Christ.
  • REASON 2 The Campbellite church was founded in
    1827, nearly 1800 years too late to be called the
    true Church of Christ.
  • REASON 3 The Campbellite church began in
    Virginia instead of Palestine.

15
Are We Campbellites? What do we know about
Campbell?
  • Spoke to Congress (June 1850)
  • Praised by
  • Henry Clay
  • Daniel Webster
  • James Madison the best and most original
    expounder of Scripture I have ever heard!
  • John C. Calhoun

16
Are We Campbellites? Did Campbell Start the
Church?
17
Are We Campbellites? Did Campbell Start the
Church?
  • Note the text on a grave marker found near
    Lexington, KY William Rogers, born in Campbell
    Co. VA July 7, 1784. United with the Church of
    Christ at Caine Ridge in 1807.
  • Alexander Campbell did not come to this country
    until 1809.

18
Are We Campbellites? Did Campbell Start the
Church?
19
Are We Campbellites? Did Campbell Start the
Church?
  • Historical Marker erected by the Massachusetts
    Bay Tercentenary Commission in 1930 near
    Lexington/Revere Church of Christ--1710.
  • 100 years before Alexander Campbell came to
    America.

20
If Campbell did not start the Church of
Christ, can its origin be traced back to the 1st
century?
  • THE CLAIM
  • The Church was established in Palestine in AD 33!

21
What Are the Requirements?
  • It Must Be Recognizable
  • Exodus 2540 See that you make all things
    according to the pattern shown you on the
    mountain.
  • Quoted in Hebrews 85.

22
What Are the Requirements?
  • Patterns Are Important.
  • Matthew 159 In vain do they worship me,
    teaching for doctrine the commandments of men.
  • Nadab Abihu (Sons of Aaron).
  • Romans 154 The OT stories were written to help
    us learn. What do you think God wanted us to
    learn?

23
What Are the Requirements?
  • Ways to Determine Authenticity
  • DNA samples
  • Seed/Genetic Structure
  • It Must Physically Exist
  • William Jennings Bryan and Egyptian Wheat
  • Ancient Chinese Lotus Seed

24
The Parable of the Sower (Matthew 13)
  • Seeds fall in differing soils and yield varying
    results.
  • God Sower
  • Seed Word of God
  • Soil Hearts of Humanity
  • To the extent that the seed exists, the kingdom
    exists--in the form of the seed!

25
The Parable of the Sower (Matthew 13)
  • The Word of God/Bible has existed continuously
    since the first century.
  • To the extent that the seed exists, the kingdom
    exists!

26
SOURCE
  • Dr. Hans Grimm, Tradition and History of Early
    Churches of Christ in Central Europe, 1955

27
  • Dr. Hans Grimm, Tradition and History of Early
    Churches of Christ in Central Europe, 1955

28
Dr. Hans Grimm
  • There has always been a real Church of Christ in
    this world since Pentecost, and this means a
    church believing in faith, repentance, confession
    and immersion for the remission of sins--a church
    which worshipped the first day of every week with
    hymns, prayers, the Lords Supper, Bible study,
    and contribution for the saints--a church which
    worked under the oversight of bishops, deacons,
    evangelists, and pastors…

29
IS THERE OTHER EVIDENCE?
  • 1669 In the Furness District of Lancashire in
    N.W. England there existed, during the reign of
    Charles II, a group of churches of Christ. An
    old minute-book shows they called themselves
    churches of Christ, practiced baptism by
    immersion, celebrated the Lords Supper each
    Lords Day, and were governed by elders and
    deacons. -- Dr. Robinson, Overdale College,
    Birmingham, England.

30
IS THERE OTHER EVIDENCE?
  • 1804 Dungannon, Ireland
  • 1735 Fife District of Scotland
  • 1688 Vosges Mountains, along the Rhone River
  • 1600s Eastern Prussia the foothills of the
    Pyrenees Witosch Plateau in Bulgaria Zab Valley
    in Kurdistan Northern Armenia

31
IS THERE OTHER EVIDENCE?
  • 1500s Bohemia Moravia
  • 1452-1467 Reichnau, Czechoslovakia
  • 1400 Strasbourg, Germany. Traditions say the
    church existed here continuously for over 1000
    years.
  • 1390 Celtic Hill, Wales
  • 1162 Flanders was covered with a close net of
    small New Testament churches…

32
IS THERE OTHER EVIDENCE?
  • 1100s Albania, Dalmatia, Brescia, Viterbo
  • 1150-1180 Bulgaria, Servia
  • 1115 Bosnia, Herzegovina, NE Italy
  • 1071 Ukraine

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IS THERE OTHER EVIDENCE?
  • 871 Taurus Mountains
  • 843 Northern Syria
  • 813 Cappadocia, Armenia, Kurdistan They
    called themselves simply Christians and adhered
    only to the NT as their only guide for worship
    and doctrine.

35
IS THERE OTHER EVIDENCE?
  • 700s Northern Spain
  • 600s Kibosa, Southern Armenia Northern
    Portugal
  • 500s Armenia Northern Africa
  • 400s Tunisia Armenia
  • 300s NW Arabia Atlas Mountains Djerba
    (Tunisian Coast)

36
IS THERE OTHER EVIDENCE?
  • Juan Monroy/Spain
  • 1964 Worlds Fair
  • Ethiopia
  • Matthew
  • WWII
  • India
  • Thomas/Madras Mountain of Thomas

37
Gods Kingdom Has Existed Continuously Since The
First Century
  • In the form of the Seed
  • In Pockets of Small Churches Scattered Throughout
    the World
  • Continuously in Ethiopia, India

38
WHAT ABOUT THE FUTURE?
  • God always opens doors for His church/Kingdom
  • Palestine
  • Roman Empire/Northern Africa
  • Europe
  • St. Petersburg/Russia (Early 1900s)
  • United States
  • Northeast (New Hampshire--Abner Smith)
  • Appalachians (West Virginia, Ohio)
  • The Bible Belt (Alabama, Tennessee, Arkansas,
    Texas)
  • India/Nigeria/Russia

39
Dr. Hans Grimm
  • In 1955, I met for the first time in my life a
    member of the restored churches of Christ of
    America. What he had to tell me was nothing
    other than the faith of my ancestors which I had
    taught and practiced all my life…the fact that
    the Lord had built up His church beyond the
    Atlantic just in time when His last followers in
    Europe dwindled, hit me like a thunderbolt. The
    torch did not die out. God kindled it again and
    put it on a lamp-stand and it gives light for
    everyone in the house.

40
In the days of those kings (the Romans) shall
the Lord God of Heaven establish a Kingdom which
shall NEVER BE DESTROYED!
41
I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH AND THE GATES OF HELL
WILL NOT PREVAIL AGAINST IT!
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