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Our thirty-eighth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us through the second part of Daniel. As we look at chapters 7-12, we will see the four prophetic visions of Daniel, and observe how his faith in God's fulfillment of prophecies led him to fervent prayer for the people of Israel. The key chapters to review are Daniel 9-12.

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Our thirty-eighth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us through the second part of Daniel. As we look at chapters 7-12, we will see the four prophetic visions of Daniel, and observe how his faith in God's fulfillment of prophecies led him to fervent prayer for the people of Israel. The key chapters to review are Daniel 9-12.
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Bible from 30,000 Feet, The

Bible from 30,000 Feet, The

Have you ever wanted to learn how The Bible fits together? The Bible from 30,000 Feet is an overview study through the entire Bible, hitting the highlights of its people, places, events and themes in about a year. This series will give you a coherent understanding of the holy word of God.



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DESTINATION: Daniel 7-12

The book of Daniel was written by Daniel between 536-530 B.C. It has been placed under both the Prophetic and Historic sections of Scripture. Chronologically, it links the period between the kings in II Chronicles and the restoration of Jerusalem in Ezra. According to the Jewish definition of 'prophet' the book of Daniel is considered writings of prophecy about future events, not intended to be proclaimed but to be written down for future generations. The beginning of the book is written in Hebrew and Aramaic, the language of the day, then reverts back to Hebrew as Daniel records his visions in the first-person. It begins with the first of the deportations of the Israelites to Babylon and ends with Daniel's vision of 70 weeks.


CALENDAR OF EVENTS:

606 B.C.
The fourth year of the reign of Jehoiakim

605-585 B.C.
Daniel's exile in Babylon

586 B.C.
Fall of Jerusalem

598-597 B.C.
Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon, defeats Egypt

October 16, 539 B.C.
City of Babylon captured by Persian Empire under Cyrus the Great

539 B.C.
Daniel in the lion's Den

538 B.C.
Edict of Cyrus permits the Jews to return to Jerusalem, ending the time of exile


TRIP PLANNER:

The book of Daniel can be divided into two sections:
  1. Daniel the prophet - Biographical section written as seven historical narratives dealing with prophetic history as related primarily to the Gentiles.
  2. Daniel's dreams - Four prophetic visions, written in the first-person in Hebrew, interpreted by the angel of the Lord and relating primarily to the Hebrews.

PLACES OF INTEREST:

Land of Shinar (Babylonia) - Nimrod was the first monarch in this region over four cities: Babel (Babylon), Erech, Accad, and Calneh, which later included all of the Assyrian Empire. After the flood, it was to this plain that the descendents of Ham (Noah's son) drifted and where the tower of Babel was built. Here God thwarted their building plan and confused the one-language world, and here the beginning of multiple languages began, scattering the people across the earth.

Babylonian Empire - Under the rule of Nebuchadnezzar, fully conquered the southern kingdom of Judah in 586 B.C. They devastated the city of Jerusalem, looted and burned the original Temple of God built by Solomon, and took captive the people into exile in Babylon.


PEOPLE OF INTEREST:

Jehoiakim - King of Judah at the time Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, laid siege to and conquered Jerusalem.

Daniel (Belteshazzar) - Belteshazzar means 'prince of Bel,' or 'Bel protect the king.' Taken to Babylon as a teen and groomed for the King's service, he served in the court of four kings: Nebuchadnezzar, Belshazzar, Darius the Mede, and Cyrus the Persian. Daniel was a man of integrity and great wisdom, and had the gift of interpreting dreams. Probably heard and observed much of Jeremiah's exhortations and forewarnings as a child.

Ashpenaz - The chief official in the court of Nebuchadnezzar who selected and trained the magicians and wise men for his personal service.

Hananiah (Shadrach), Mishael (Meshach), Azariah (Abednigo) - Along with Daniel, three young Israelites of noble birth chosen from the young men in the empire who met the qualifications to serve in the King's court. These included without any physical defect, handsome, showing aptitude for every kind of learning, well informed, and quick to understand. All four opted out of the king's diet and regimen, and after 10 days were found to be healthier than all the others. God gave them knowledge and intelligence in very branch of literature and wisdom so that after three years of training were found to be “10 times better than all the magicians and wise men in the kingdom."

Nebuchadnezzar - Nebuchadnezzar was the oldest son and successor of Nabopolassar, who delivered Babylon from its dependence on Assyria and laid Nineveh in ruins. Sources claim he married the daughter of Cyaxares, and thus the Median and Babylonian dynasties were united.

Belshazzar - It was to Belshazzar that the handwriting on the wall appeared. Daniel interpreted the handwriting, and "in that night was Belshazzar the king of the Chaldeans slain" by his own sons, who later fled. He was succeeded by Darius the Mede.

Chaldeans - Members of the class of the magi: astrologers, sorcerers, enchanters and magicians who constituted the ranks of the advisors to the Babylonian court. Daniel and his three Jewish companions were evaluated and chosen for their intellect and beauty, to be trained and indoctrinated as Chaldeans.

Darius the Mede -The son of Ahasuerus, of Median descent, who was made king over the kingdom of the Chaldeans. He was 62 when he took over the kingdom (5:31). The Medes are credited with the foundation of Iran as a nation and empire, and established the first Iranian empire, the largest of its day until Cyrus the Great established a unified empire of the Medes and Persians. Under Darius, Daniel became commissioner over 'satraps,' who governed the vast empire.

Cyrus, king of Persia - Great-grandson of Cyaxares (great ruler of Persia formed the original alliance with Babylon) who, through marriage to Mandane of Media, unified the two separate Iranian kingdoms. Cyrus himself entered the city of Babylon and arrested Nabonidus. He then assumed the titles of "king of Babylon, king of Sumer and Akkad, king of the four sides of the world." It was Cyrus who issued the decree that ended the exile of the Jews and allowed them to return to Jerusalem.


FUN FACTS:

Medes and Persians - Cyrus the Persian reigned subordinate to Darius the Mede as to dignity, though exercising more real power. After Darius' death, the order is "the Persians and Medes."

Decree, that it be not changed - This immutability of the king's commands was unique to the Medes and Persians; it was due to their regarding him to be infallible as the representative of the god Ormuzd. It was not so among the Babylonians.

Fiery Furnace - A Babylonian form of capital punishment for anyone caught disobeying the king's command.

Den of Lions - An underground cave or pit, covered with a stone. This was the preferred means of punishment for the Persians, as they were fire-worshippers, which the Babylonians were not.

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You can open in your Bibles tonight to the Book of Daniel, and we will study the Book of Daniel, beginning in Chapter 7, that's what we are going to overview tonight, the second half of Daniel, and we want to do it while the light is remaining, and you can read with us in your Bible. Let's have a word of prayer.

Heavenly Father, we have already said it but we invite You as our guest of honor. We want You to rule and reign over this meeting tonight. We have gathered to worship You, we have gathered in Your name, it's really all about You, it's not about a band, or about a person, or a Bible teacher, or a group of people or friends, this is about You, and we want to find out what Your plan is for us. How we fit into Your plan for the nations, for Israel, and for the end times. And thank You Lord that, in this peaceful place, we can study such a dynamic book as the Book of Daniel. So bless these Your people as we gather and enjoy the evening. In Jesus' name, Amen!

Well, if you have ever been to the east coast, like to New York, and if you have ever stood out looking toward the harbor, you see that huge Statue of Liberty with her hand raised high. And for over a hundred years she has welcomed hundreds of thousands of people into our country. At the base of that statue is part of a poem by a woman named, Emma Lazarus, I have a hunch some of you know it.

"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free," and so teams of multitudes from nations around the world have called the United States of America their home. And they have all rallied around that great document. The nation was founded by that document, when it was signed on July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence.

But this way you ought to know. The Declaration of Independence which is that secular document that frames this country's vision; has strong ties to the spiritual beliefs of our founding fathers. And they wrote about that in the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable Rights, and among these, Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness."

It was a Declaration of Independence from other nations, but it was a Declaration of Dependence upon God Himself. And so, it's July 2, and in two days will be July 4, tonight we are going to have fireworks and celebrate freedom. A freedom that our country enjoys, but more than that, the freedom that we have not only living in a free country, but we have been set free from sin and eternal death by the Lord Jesus Christ, so we get to doubly celebrate tonight.

Now the nation of Israel was at one time, one nation under God. It was a place that worshiped, and hallowed, and respected God, but as history went on -- we have seen in the Bible from 30,000 feet. As history went on, the nation turned from God toward other Gods, following their own ways, becoming independent rather than dependent upon the Lord. So what happened? They lost their freedom. They were eventually taken captive and they found themselves in Babylon, and that's where Daniel finds himself. And that's where Daniel writes this book.

Now Babylon, let me just give you a picture in your mind at what it looked like. It was magnificent. The walls of Babylons were 85 feet thick, you could have chariot races on top, several abreast all around the 60 mile perimeter of the city. 85 feet thick, the walls extended 300 feet high in the air. Every 65 feet was a tower, another watch tower in Babylon to keep out the invaders. And as I said that wall 300 feet went all the way around the city of Babylon for 60 miles in circumference, it was intimidating to go there. Daniel found himself there.

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If Daniel were to have walked through the central corridor of the city, called the Ishtar Gate, he would find himself on a road of imported limestones 65 feet wide, flanked on either side by red tile sidewalks, flanked on either side by a wall with blue tile, and yellow decorations of lions, and dragons, that was the motif of Babylon. The Euphrates river ran right through the middle of that city, it was like the ancient Venice of the Middle-East. The hanging gardens of Nebuchadnezzar were there. It was a spectacular sight, one of the seven wonders of the world.

And yet, this magnificent city, this intimidating city that Daniel was in had a man who was a King filled with pride, and even though God in heaven revealed Himself to that man, and even though that man for a while, seem to be dependent upon God, eventually because of pride, through the Prophet Daniel's prediction, Babylon fell as well. Not just Israel fell to Babylon, now Babylon gets destroyed by the Medo-Persian empire. So we have a world governing empire Babylon, followed by another world governing empire, the Medo-Persian government.

Now Chapter 1-6 we covered last time, that's historical. And that historic section talks about Daniel's life, and how he aged and how he ministered and served in Babylon. Now Chapters 7-12 are historic as much as prophetic. It's like an appendix of prophecy tagged on to Daniel's life. These were things he saw and wrote about through his entire career as he was in Babylon. Now I am going to tell you something, the Book of Daniel, and this section we are going to be in, and principally Chapter 9, which I am going to hover over tonight. It's the Bible from 30,000 feet, but tonight we are going to be in a helicopter hovering over Daniel Chapter 9.

This is the section of scripture. That when I was working in the secular field in the medical field, I remember pulling out Daniel Chapter 9, and I would always find my favorite atheist or favorite agnostic, doctor or nurse, from medical-tech running around the hospital. And when we had a break, I pull out the Book of Daniel, and I would challenge their pre-conceptions of God and the Bible, and I led more people in that secular environment to Christ, using the Book of Daniel than anything else in the scripture. It's very exciting. And what we get here, and we will only see it briefly is a whole overview of God's plan for the nation of Israel, all the way up to the end times.

Now let me tell you what prophecy is like. Let's say, we are sitting at a parade, okay, so let's say we are all sitting at the corner of Central in Carlisle, and we are watching the parade go down Central, and we love it. The bicycle clowns go by and we all clap, and the high school queen goes by and we all clap, and whoever else goes by. And we are all excited at this parade.

One of our friends comes to the parade late, and says, "Oh! Did I miss the bicycle clowns, they are my favorite, I want to see the clowns on the bicycles. Did I miss them?" And you say, "Well, you just missed them, they already went by, you are a little bit late, but if you go ahead of the parade, you will be able to see, what's passed." And he go, "Great! I will go ahead and I'll see what you have already seen."

Another one of your friends comes by a little bit later and says, "Hey! Has the mayors float come by, I want to see the mayor personally, and I hear his float is just killer." And you say, "No, we haven't seen it yet, it's probably still at the beginning, so if you go back, you will be able to see what's ahead for us."

Now the best view is, if you could be in a helicopter, or a blimp and you could hover over the parade, and see it from a bird's eye view, you would see it all at one time. You go, "There is the mayor old float, there is the clowns on bicycles, there is the high school queen, and there is something I missed, because I came a little bit late", you can see it all in one fell swoop.

That's the advantage God has with prophecy, He sees it all in one fell swoop, and He gives some of that information to Daniel, the Prophet. For Daniel, it's all future. For us some of it has already been fulfilled, and some of it is yet to be fulfilled, it is still future.

Now Chapter 7, we started on last week, I am going to just describe it to you if I can. In Daniel, Chapter 7, he sees a vision, it's at night and God gives him His own night time vision very similar to King Nebuchadnezzar's vision in Chapter 2. The King of Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar saw a succession of world empires. He saw them as a huge statue of many different metals, gold, silver, bronze, iron, and iron and clay. Daniel gets a vision, but he sees them from God's perspective, not this beautiful image of gold and polished metal, but ferocious beasts, wild animals; that's how God sees all of the kingdoms run by men.

The first animal that he saw in his vision was a lion, and the lion had the wings of an eagle, and the eagle with -- or the lion with the wings of an eagle was picked up into the air and then made to stand on two feet and two legs like a man and a man's heart was given to the lion. That symbolized the kingdom of Babylon. That was actually the motif of the Babylonians, a winged lion. And as we go through the Chapter, God says, "Daniel, that's the nation of Babylon which will be overtaken by another one."

The second animal that he sees in his vision is a bear, and the bear is raised up on one side and there are three ribs in its mouth, and he hears a voice that says, "Arise and devour much flesh" and that represents the second kingdom the Medo-Persian empire which did take over Babylon.

Daniel sees a third animal in his dream, the third one is a leopard. But get this, this leopard has bird wings, four bird wings on the back and not one head, but four heads. So four bird wings and four heads, and that represents the Grecian Empire under Alexander the Great which would be later on dispersed to four generals, when he died.

The last vision that Daniel sees, the last beast in this dream is a ferocious, he calls it a terrible and awesome beast, unlike the previous three, with iron teeth and trampling everywhere it goes, and that is a future empire which turned out many years later to be the Roman Empire which would govern the earth. So I want you to look at in Chapter 8, beginning in Verse 5 where two nations are highlighted. Now follow me, not four not Babylon, not Medo-Persian, not Greece, not Rome. Two nations are in this next vision of Chapter 8, this time they are depicted a little bit differently, one kingdom the Medo-Persian Empire is depicted as a ram with two horns, one a little bit longer than the other because the media side of the Medo-Persian coalition was much stronger.

The ram which was very, very strong was overtaken by a goat, and I called the last week 'Turbo Goat' because it moves really fast, Verse 5. I was considering suddenly a male goat came from the west, across the surface of the whole earth without touching the ground and the goat had a notable horn between its eyes. Verse 8, therefore the male goat grew very great, but when he became strong the large horn was broken and in its place four notable ones came up toward the four winds of heaven.

This is a dream of what would happen in the future from Daniel's perspective, to us it's history. The Medo-Persian Empire typified by the ram was a great powerful governing kingdom. It had a large army, massive army and Alexander the Great who was in Greece had a very small army in comparison but he moved very, very swiftly. And the kingdom of Greece was characterized by two things, number one, the speed of their victory.

They moved very quickly. Alexander the Great was a petty prince at age 18, his dad was Philip of Macedon, the great Macedonian King. Alexander was nothing. In four years this kid had such ambition, he practically ruled the world and at age 31 when he died he did rule the entire world. He was in-charge of every known kingdom at that time. So he moved very, very swiftly as the dream portrayed.

The second thing was that, speed of the breakup of his kingdom. Now remember Daniel sees four wings, and four heads of the beast and four horns in the second dream. When Alexander the Great died in Babylon, they asked him, "Okay, who is going to take over your kingdom?" He gave one answer, he said, "Give it to the strong." And then he died. And when he died, they said, "What does that mean, give it to the strong?" And so everybody around them said, "He must mean it is to be divided up to his four Generals who were around his death-bed."

Okay, so follow me, the kingdom of Greece as the dream predicted was divided up into four areas, one General named Cassander took the area of Macedonia, and the kingdom of Thrace in Greece. Lysimachus took Asia Minor; third General Seleucus took the area of Asia and Syria. And then the last one Ptolemy spelled with a P took the area of Egypt. So the kingdom fell to these four Generals. Now listen to this, Verse 9, "Out of one of them came a little horn which grew exceedingly great toward the south, toward the east and toward the glorious land," that can be only the land of Israel.

Verse 11, "He even exalted himself as high as the Prince of the host and by him the daily sacrifices were taken away and the place of his sanctuary was cast out."

Now we know from history who this notable King is. There were several kings up in Syria, called Seleucid Kings because the Seleucus, the General, remember. The eighth Seleucid King was a guy by the name of Antiochus IV; Antiochus IV, he hated the Jewish nation with a passion. He gave himself a name, he called himself Phaius Antiochus, Phaius Epiphanes which means I am God now made manifest to the world. Do you think he had a pride problem? A little bit arrogant, huh, I am God, now manifest to the world, and he was called Antiochus Epiphanes. Antiochus the one made manifest

The Jews called him Antiochus Epimenides which means the mad man, the crazy dude, and you can see why? Because he came in, ransacked Jerusalem, destroyed part of the temple, dedicated it to the false God of Zeus, sacrificed a pig on the alter of sacrifice out in the courtyard. Sprinkled the pig juices all over the temple, very, very un-kosher as you know. Commanded the Sabbath to be stopped, all circumcisions to be stopped. He killed 80,000 Jews and sold 40,000 of them as slaves. And he is predicted throughout the book of Daniel, as somebody who so hated the Jews that he would become a type of somebody else who will come in the future who also hates the Jews and do what he has already done.

The term the abomination of desolation comes from Antiochus Epiphanes, he commanded the sacrifices to be stopped and they continued to be stopped until a guy by the name of Judas Maccabeus who started a revolt and ended a revolt on the 25th day of Kislev the Jewish month, we call that Hannukah where they dedicated a temple back up and freed the people. He becomes a type of another abomination of desolation which is yet future, you go, how do you know it's future? Because long after this guy was born lived and died, Antiochus Epiphanes, Jesus Christ predicted the abomination of desolation as something future, it's going to come, which means, what you have seen in your history is only a type of what is yet to come in the future, and that's Daniel, Chapter 8.

Now Daniel Chapter 9 and we are going to sum up, don't worry, the last three chapters very quickly. But Daniel Chapter 9, is one of the highlights, one of the hallmarks, one of the towers of scripture. It's like the Eiffel Tower or Mount Rushmore or something that is very notable and recognizable and very, very powerful.

Verse 1, In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of the lineage of the Medes, who was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans. In the first year of his reign, I Daniel understood by the number of the years specified by the word of the Lord through Jeremiah, the Prophet, that he would accomplished 70 years in the desolation of Jerusalem. Then I set my face toward the Lord God to make request by prayer, supplications with fasting, sackcloth and ashes, and I pray to the God or to the Lord, my God and made confession and I said, "Oh Lord! Great and awesome God who keeps covenant and mercy with those who love You and with those who keep his commandments."

Look at Verse 21, yes, while was speaking in prayer, the man Gabriel. Hey, that's cool, the angel Gabriel gave a visit to this dude. Very, very cool! The man Gabriel whom I had seen at the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, reached me about the time of the evening offering and he informed me and talked with me and he said, "O Daniel, I have now come forth to give you skill to understand. At the beginning of your supplications, the command went out and I have come to tell you, for you are greatly beloved, therefore consider the matter and understand the vision."

Now listen to the vision. 70 weeks are determined for your people, your people are the Jewish people and for your Holy City, that would be the City of Jerusalem to finish transgression, make an end of sins, to make reconciliation for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up prophecy and vision, and to anoint the most Holy.

You see the word 'Determined' in that Verse? 70 weeks are determined; that's a word that means to cut or to divide. In other words, out of all of human history, God has set aside a period of time called here, the 70 weeks of Daniel, he has cut it out or marked it out as a special divine timetable of certain things that are going to be accomplished.

Now it says there are 70 weeks. I am sort of sorry that you have that translation because literally it doesn't read 70 weeks, literally it says seventy sevens, shavuim shavim(ph), seventy sevens are determined or marked out for your people.

So you say seventy seven, what? Okay so, it's translated weeks, it could be days, it could be years, the Bible uses them both ways. Okay, here is a clue. Daniel has been praying about the 70 year captivity, right? And then the angel comes and says, "70 sets of 7 something are determined for your people and for the Holy City."

Now, let me just boil it down. The consensus of most scholars, Christian and Jewish is that this refers to, years not days, or seventy weeks of years or 490 years are determined for your people and your city, follow me, a timetable of 490 years seventy sevens. In fact one Bible translation, the New Century Version, translates it seventy times seven years are 490 years.

Okay, Verse 25, "Know therefore", that's the command, "Know therefore and understand." So we have got to leave tonight understanding this. "Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the command to restore and build Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks." That would be 49 years and 62 weeks, that would be 434 more years or so far, a total of 483 years. The street shall be built again and the wall even in troublesome times.

And after the 62 weeks, listen, Messiah will be cut off but not for himself and the people of the Prince, who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary and the end of it shall be with a flood, and till the end war and desolations are determined, and then Verse 27 speaks about that final week or the 70th week of Daniel.

Now did you hear that or did you read that with me? The exact time of Messiah's arrival to the Holy City of Jerusalem is predicted in these verses. In other words, at the end of the 69th week, at the end of the 483 year count, Messiah will come to the city and Messiah will be killed, cut off, but not for himself but for the people.

So what I need to determine is this, what is the time that I start the counting? I am given seven weeks, I am given 62 weeks or 69 weeks of years, 483 years from a certain starting point, what does it say?

From the going forth of the commandment to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Messiah, will be 483 years. Well, fortunately, I know exactly when that date in history was. There were four different edicts given for the Jews to go back, build the temple, build the city. But the one that catches our attention is the command given in Nehemiah, Chapter 2, for them to go back and restore the street and build the wall of the city as the prophecy says. And that was given by Artaxerxes Longimanus on March 14, 445 BC. We have that date, it's in history.

It should mean that I could count 483 years exactly from March 14, 445 BC, and at the end of that I would come up to Jesus coming to Jerusalem as the prophecy says. When did Jesus enter Jerusalem? Jesus entered Jerusalem on April 6, 32 AD.

Let's take it a step further. Let's boil down the 483 years into days -- let's see if God is exact or He is just sort of guessing it something. If I would have boiled down 483 years into days, I come up with 173,880 days exactly. It should mean then that I could count from March 14, 445 BC, 173,880 days, and it says Messiah will come to the Holy City.

Well, a guy named Sir Robert Anderson, have you heard that name? Sir Robert Anderson? He was the Head of Scotland Yard Criminal Investigation, wrote a book called 'The Coming Prince' where he tabulated, he did all of the historical research. He counted 173,880 days from March 14, 445 BC and it just so happened to be April 6, 32 AD or the 10, of Nissan in the Jewish calendar. The only day Jesus allowed himself to be publicly proclaimed as the Messiah of the nation, remember the day? He said to his disciples, "Hey, go in the village next door and get a little donkey and bring him here. I am going to sit on him." Why? "Because Jesus likes donkey rides?"

No, because he is fulfilling Zechariah, Chapter 9, Verse 9. "Rejoice, O Zion! Shout, daughter of Jerusalem! Look your King is coming to you, just in having salvation lowly on a donkey, on the colt, a foal of a donkey, fulfilling, Zechariah, Chapter 9 and Daniel 9:25, Jesus comes in and the only time we read in Jesus' whole life the nation says, "Hossana, bless it is, he who comes in the name of the Lord."

And remember what the Jewish leaders said, "Master, rebuke your disciples because they knew exactly what they were saying. They were saying, "He is the Messiah."

And Jesus said, "Well, okay, I can stop them, but if I do you will have the biggest rock concert on your hands, the rocks will sing themselves, they will cry out." And then Jesus wept over the city, and do you remember what He said when He wept over the city, "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, how often I would have gathered you like a hen gathers her young, but you were not willing." and Jesus said these words, "If you had only known even you especially in this your day the things that make for your peace, but they are hidden from your eyes." What was Jesus speaking about? If you would only known this day, what day, exactly the 173,880th day from March 14, 445 BC on this day, April 6, 32 AD when Daniel said, "Your Prince the Messiah will come to your holy city and then He will be cut off. And a few days later Jesus at passover was cut off, but not for Himself, but for the sins of His nation.

Now you can see why this is fun scripture to pull out with skeptics and show them the power of the Bible and how God orchestrated the atonement of His Son. And I am doing this tonight, here's why it's important.

It shows us that all of history surrounds one important event and that is the atoning work of Messiah Yeshua/Jesus, our Savior. All of history, all God divides, all of time based on that event the atonement of Jesus Christ for your sins God loved you so much that He sent His Son to die for your sins and orchestrated the exact date so that you could believe and be saved. And it also shows us the plan that God has for His people, the Jewish nation. The 70 weeks of Daniel determined for Jerusalem and for these people.

Now Jesus came, but Jesus was largely, though not totally but largely rejected by the nation that He came to, He came into His own and His own what? Received Him not. They rejected Him. This nation, the one you and I live, in the United States of America, one nation under God, you know what's happening, you know what the courts are doing, you know what individuals are tirelessly trying to do, take God out of the constitution, take God out of the pledge of religions, remove God far away from government under this bogus idea never meant to be, just meaning the separation of Church and State.

So they say, let's just take God completely out of this nation and secularize it totally. Boy, that's dangerous to me. Back in the 19th century we had a visitor. Not we, my family or anybody you would know, but the United States of America had a visitor from France named Alexis De Tocqueville. Ever heard of Alexis De Tocqueville? This guy was an Ambassador to study this new experiment called the United States of America. It was an experiment in democracy, and the world thought, if you have country ruled for the people, by the people, of the people it will lead to anarchy.

It's no way to govern, you should always have a king, and so Alexis De Tocqueville came over and viewed the United States, this is what he said, America is the place where the Christian religion has kept the greatest power over men's souls and nothing better demonstrates how useful and natural it is to man, since the country. This country the United States is where it now has the widest sway and is the most enlightened nation and the freest nation."

He saw in looking at our country, that our freedom is tied to our belief in God and our Christian world view. As we celebrate our freedom tonight, we celebrate it rejoicing, but with the prayer that this country will turn back to God. That this country will turn in repentance back to the God who loves this country and died for this country. That's our prayer tonight.

Do you know what else Alexis De Tocqueville said? He said this, America is great because America is good. As soon as America ceases to be good she will no longer be great. So you'll wonder, well, how good is our nation? And we go, uh-oh, maybe we are not all that great like we once were because of what we have done with God similar to this nation, the nation of Israel.

Now Chapter 10, 11 and 12 are a unit in the book of Daniel, and let me just briefly go over them and then we will close and worship and then you can get your children and then we can have fireworks. Chapter 10 is an introduction to Chapter 11 and 12.

Daniel has given the future in more detail, in more visions starting from Darius the Mede; Darius the Mede the ruler of the Medo-Persian Empire along with Cyrus. Darius the Mede all the way Antiochus Epiphanes which I mentioned he has highlighted in Chapter 11 as well. All the way to the second coming of Jesus Christ at the end of Chapter 11 and on into the end of Chapter 12.

Now in Verse 2 and 3 of Daniel 10, he says, I mourned three full weeks, I ate no pleasant food, no meat, no wine came into my mouth. So whatever he saw really disturbed him, and he saw a vision of an angel in Verse Guest:, and he said to me, don't fear Daniel. From the first day that you set your heart to understand and to humble yourself before God, your words were heard, and I have come because of your words. But the Prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me 21 days, and behold, Michael, one of the chief priests or the chief princes came to help me for I have been left alone with the King of Persia.

Now briefly here we are getting inside into spiritual warfare. There was no human Prince of Persia. There was a king and I already mentioned the names of the coalition of kings, there wasn't a prince. But we are getting the back-stage view, like Job got the back-stage view of some other demonic spirit influencing the King of Persia trying to thwart God's plan as stated in Daniel's 70 weeks for the Jewish nation, he is trying to destroy God's plan for His people. And it seems that Satan has assigned this demonic being ruler-ship or influence over the King of Persia.

So 21 days this battle took place, 21 days this archangel had to fight with the demonic being, must be pretty powerful. Here's my question. If the Prince of Persia whatever that demonic being is was that powerful, what do you think that Prince of San Francisco is like? Or the Prince of Hollywood or Las Vegas? Must be pretty powerful.

In Chapter 11, you notice it's long, I am really not going to touch it. Here's why. Do you want to know why? Chapter 11 in 35 verses there is a 135 prophesies fulfilled historically with great intricacy. We don't have time. One time I did a whole study just on Chapter 11, but it's basically a conflict between, this is what it says, the kings of the north and the kings of the south. The kings of the south did this, and the kings of the north did that, then the kings of the north did that and the kings of the south did that. And you go, what's going on?

North of Israel was the Seleucid empire, south of Israel, Egypt, was the Ptolemaic empire after Alexander the Great died. For 200 years battles were going back and forth between north and south and sandwiched in the middle was the nation of Israel. So they are called the Kings of the North and Kings of the South relative to the position of the most important nation in God's agenda, Israel.

So these kings go back and forth, and the best way to understand Chapter 11 is this, verses 1-35 deal with battles that take place in Daniel's 69 weeks, the first 483 years the last part of the Chapter deals with battles that will take place in the tribulation period the seven year period, Daniel's 70th week including the Antichrist. Again that's just an overview but after all this is the Bible from 30,000 feet.

Chapter 12, Verse 1, "At that time Michael shall stand up, the great prince who stands watch over the sons of your people, and there will be a time of trouble, see if this doesn't sound familiar, a time of trouble such as never was since there was a nation even to that time, and to that time your people shall be delivered, everyone who is found written in the book."

"And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake." That's the resurrection. "Some to everlasting life." By the way first time in the Bible ever we find the word Everlasting Life is right there in that Verse. "Some to everlasting life and some to shame and everlasting contempt." "But those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament, and those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever."

Do you want to be a wise man or a wise woman? I don't mean just a wise guy. You want to be wise? Take people to heaven with you, lead people to Christ, learn how to do evangelism, learn how to pray with people to get them to heaven. Those who are wise will shine like stars forever. Tonight you are going to see fireworks. I am going to encourage you to do something. When the fireworks are done, when the sparkle is out of the sky, when the last Roman candle or sparkle or whatever it is goes away keep looking up, if the clouds clear. And if the clouds clear typically in a clear night you see beyond the fireworks the stars. And when the fireworks die out, the stars are still shining. That's a wise person. An unwise person comes into the world, says it's all about me, I am going to make a splash in the sky like fireworks. And God says, let's dumb, it's better to shine forever than to just make a splash for an incident or be a king or queen for a day shine forever, and you do it by leading people to Christ. He who wins souls, Proverb says, is wise, and then you will shine. One of the great evangelists of our time, one of the great evangelists the world has ever known is at the end of his life Dr. Billy Graham.

He has led more people to Christ than anyone else in history. Knowing that a few years ago, I was back in North Carolina at the Cove of the Billy Graham Training Center and that night a few of us were invited over to Billy and Ruth's house for dinner. This is quite an honor, we went over there and had Chinese food and that night Billy was talking about the presidency he had known, and he turns to me I was doing the evening session at the Cove that night and Billy says, "I am coming to the Cove to hear you preach tonight." And honestly I said to him, "Oh! Great!" And in my heart I am going, "Oh! No!"

The world's greatest evangelist is going to hear me speak, I don't want that. I felt so embarrassed and here is why the topic that I was preaching on that night was Evangelism.

So what's wrong with that picture. Skip Heitzig with the world's greatest evangelist in the audience teaching on Evangelism, and then they even told me at the Cove, they said, "Look, not everybody in this crowd is necessarily born again. What are you given invitation for some to receive Christ?" I go, Oh, that's like over the top now. I am going to give an invitation to Billy Grahams in the crowd that's like what he does, what ain't I have him come up? He said no, no, no, he will be in the back, did you give the invitation?

So I gave an invitation for people to raise their hands and Billy raised his hand – no, I am just kidding, he didn't do that. But a lot of people did -- a lot of people did and that has always been his heart to win as many people to Christ as possible. And tonight in just a moment out here maybe some of you, maybe you have gone to Church your whole life, maybe you have been a good person, maybe you have said, okay, I will go Sundays, okay, well, I will go to the special Wednesday night, but that's it.

Maybe you have a relationship with the Church like that but you don't have a real relationship with Jesus Christ. I am going to give you that opportunity in just a few moments to make a decision to follow Jesus Christ because that is the center of this entire book.

What is the smartest thing you can do in light of prophecy? I want you to think about this thought in closing. What's the smartest thing you can do knowing that there is a God out there Who knows everything that is going to happen in the future? He sees the parade from the blimp. He is in the helicopter, He sees it all in a flash and He can predict it, He has got it all in His hand.

I think the best choice you could make is to give yourself into the hands of that one, the Lord Himself.

I heard a story about an airplane. And the airplane, there was a private plane. There was a minister, a boy scout, and a genius. They were being flown by a pilot from one place to another. Their engine troubled, the pilot announced everybody, "The plane is going down, there are only three parachutes, but there are four people, myself, the preacher, the minister, the boy scout, and the genius." The Pilot said, "Look, I am married and I have got three kids, I have got to have one of the parachutes", he grabbed one and jumped out.

Next, the genius stepped up and he goes, "Look, I am the smartest guy in the world, everybody needs me", he took a parachute and he jumped out.

Now there is one parachute, and there are two people left, the boy scout, and the minister. The minister came over to the boy scout and said, "I have lived a long rich life, you are just starting, you are a young lad, I gladly have you take the parachute, I will go down with the plane." The boy scout smiled, very confidently, and said, "Relax preacher, the smartest guy in the world just took my knapsack and jumped out of the airplane," what a genius!

Question: How are you going to jump into eternity? You are going to jump with your own little backpack? You are just going to take a risk, and go forever into eternity, die and then cross your fingers, and hope it all goes well. You are not very genius like, if that's your plan. If you really want to be smart, if you really want to be wise, you will jump into the hands of the one who controls all of history. I can't think of a better place to celebrate the freedom in Jesus Christ by giving your life to Him than right here right now.

So I am going to ask Kevin to come up, I am going to pray, and then I am going to give you an opportunity.

Heavenly Father, I thank You for this time, this Bible study. In the last 40-45 minutes or so of being in Your word, and then singing before that, and inviting You to take precedence over this meeting, or there are thousands of people here tonight. It's a beautiful night You have given us. What could be more beautiful except seeing more brought into Your kingdom. And we pray that Your Holy Spirit would move. Would move across all of those who are gathered here, in the hearts of those who are gathered here; bringing a deep conviction of their need to make this a priority, and to give their life to Christ. To ask you to forgive their sins.

Lord, I pray that some who are in bondage, who feel anchored and tethered by a sinful impulse behavior or lifestyle, or they just regret the way they have been living, or they live empty lives, and they wonder if there is more. Lord, I pray, as they step out of darkness into Your light, You would show them so much more.

In Jesus' name, Amen!

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1/16/2008
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Destination: 2 Kings 1-25
2 Kings 1-25
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Flight twenty over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us over the entire book of 2 Kings. Our tour guide, Pastor Skip Heitzig, will continue to lead us through the history of the divided nation of Israel, and how in spite of the many kings who took control of the land, we will still see a nation without true leadership. As we soar over this book, we will see first how Israel comes into captivity by Assyria, and then the triumph of Babylon over Judah. The key chapters to review are 2 Kings 1-4, and 18-21.
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1/23/2008
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Destination: 1 Chronicles 1-29
1 Chronicles 1-29
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Get your travel planner out for flight twenty-one over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, as we soar over the book of 1 Chronicles. On this flight we look back once again at God's promise that He would establish His reign on earth through King David. Chapters 1-9 of 1 Chronicles will look in-depth at the the royal line of David and then we will see again the reign of David in chapters 10-29. Join us as we fly at an altitude of 30,000 feet and see how God fulfilled His promises to David and how that presents a witness of His faithfulness to us as well. The key chapters to review are 1 Chronicles 17-18, 21-22, 25, and 28-29
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1/30/2008
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Destination: 2 Chronicles 1-36
2 Chronicles 1-36
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Get ready for our twenty-second departure for the Bible from 30,000 Feet. On this flight, Pastor Skip Heitzig will take us soaring over the entire book of 2 Chronicles to see the beginning of the reign of King Solomon all the way to the spiritual roller coaster after Solomon's death and the separation of the kingdoms. From the building of the temple (2 Chronicles 1-9), to the decline of the temple (2 Chronicles 10-36:16), to the destruction of the temple (2 Chronicles 36:17-23), we see a parallel to 1 and 2 Kings from a spiritual viewpoint. The key chapters to review are 2 Chronicles 17-20, and 29-32.
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2/6/2008
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Destination: Ezra 1-10
Ezra 1-10
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Flight twenty-three over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us over the entire book of Ezra. Our tour guide, Pastor Skip Heitzig, will point out two very important sections of this book; the restoration of the temple (chapters 1-6), and the reformation of the people (chapters 7-10). This book will continue the narrative of 2 Chronicles by showing God's faithfulness to keep His promises by returning His people to their homeland. The key chapters to review are Ezra 1-10.
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2/13/2008
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Destination: Nehemiah 1-13
Nehemiah 1-13
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Get ready for our twenty-fourth departure for the Bible from 30,000 Feet. We will fly at cruising altitude over the entire book of Nehemiah with our pilot, Pastor Skip Heitzig. In this book, Nehemiah, the king's cupbearer, is given permission to lead third and final return to Jerusalem to repair and rebuild the city's walls. This book will show us a political construction (chapters 1-7), and a spiritual instruction (chapters 8-13). Join us as we see how Nehemiah gathers his spiritual strength from God during a time of great opposition.
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2/27/2008
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Destination: Esther 1-10
Esther 1-10
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Get your travel planner out for flight twenty-five over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, as we soar over the book of Esther. The flight will be divided into two highly important sections: the threat to the Jews (chapters 1-4), in which we will see Haman's attempt to completely eradicate the Jewish people from Persia, and the triumph of the Jews (chapters 5-10), where we will see a young girl's godly strength and fight to save her people. This flight will show us a whole new set of villains, heroes, and ultimately the ever abounding faithfulness of God towards those who follow Him. The key chapters to review are Esther 1-10.
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3/5/2008
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Destination: Job 1-42
Job 1-42
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Our twenty-sixth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet takes us over the entire book of Job, the first book in the section of poetical books. This is a powerful story of a man who has everything taken from him; his health, wealth, and even his beloved family. Yet as we see God allowing Satan to test Job, God's faithfulness to those he loves is clear and Job's steadfast faith prevails. Join us this week as we see Job's dilemma (ch.1-2), the debate with his four friends (ch. 3-37), and his final deliverance (ch. 38-42). The key chapters to review are Job1-4, 8,11-12, and 29.
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3/12/2008
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Destination: Psalms 1-72
Psalms 1-72
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Get your travel planner out for flight twenty-seven over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, as we soar over Psalms 1-72. On this flight, Pastor Skip will take us through the first seventy-two chapters of Psalms, which is divided into five books of songs, prayers, and poetry. Join us as we look at the deepest thoughts and emotions on the love and power of God. The key chapters to review are Psalms 1, 14, 23, 40, and 63.
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3/19/2008
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Destination: Psalms 73-150
Psalms 73-150
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Get ready for our twenty-eighth departure of the Bible from 30,000 Feet. We will fly at cruising altitude over the last three books in Psalms as we read through chapters 73-150. We will see beautiful writings of gladness and grief, pleading and prayers, and reverence and worship. Join us as we look at the deepest thoughts and emotions on the love and power of God. The key chapters to review are Psalms 119, and 146-150.
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3/26/2008
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Destination: Proverbs 1-31
Proverbs 1-31
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Flight twenty-nine over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us over the entire book of Proverbs. Known for the wisdom it contains, Proverbs reveals to us how to deal with every day situations; be it love and lust, life and death, friends and enemies, and what our God loves and hates. On this flight, Pastor Skip will point out some of the most noted chapters and verses of one of the most read books of the Old Testament. The key chapters to review are Proverbs 1-2, 5, 14, 22, and 31.
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4/23/2008
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Destination: Ecclesiastes 1-12
Ecclesiastes 1-12
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Join us as we continue The Bible From 30,000 Feet, taking our thirtieth flight high above the book of Ecclesiastes. This book reveals some startling truths about how King Solomon felt about finding meaning and fulfillment in life through the things of this world, and ultimately his conclusion that "all is vanity" in a life lived without God. The key chapters to review are 1-3, 5, 8, and 12.
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4/30/2008
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Destination: Song of Solomon 1-8
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Get your travel planner out for flight thirty-one over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, as we soar over Song of Solomon. This poetic book gives us a glimpse into the true love that Solomon has for a shepherdess, and the love and fulfillment they share in a marriage relationship. At an altitude of 30,000 feet we will be able to see the strong tie into the fulfillment and joy seen in the love of God for His people. The key chapters to review are Song of Solomon 1-8.
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5/7/2008
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Destination: Isaiah 1-39
Isaiah 1-39
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Our thirty-second flight over the Bible from 30,000 feet will take us soaring over the entire book of Isaiah. Thought to be the greatest of all the Prophets of the Old Testament, Isaiah's ministry lasted around fifty years, and his prophecies are quoted in the New Testament more often than any other Prophet. This book shows us a mix of both prophecies of condemnation (chapters 1-39), as well as prophecies of comfort (chapters 40-66). The key chapters to review are Isaiah 1-2, 6, 40, 52-53, and 55.
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5/14/2008
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Destination: Isaiah 40-66
Isaiah 40-66
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In our thirty-third flight over the Bible from 30,000 feet, Pastor Skip will take us on a flight high above the Bible to look at the second half of Isaiah. As we look through chapters 40-66, we will see the continued work of Isaiah, and how God used his gift of prophecy, both comforting and condemning, to generate change in the individuals he encountered. The key chapters to review are Isaiah 40, 52-53, and 55.
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5/21/2008
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Destination: Jeremiah 1-52
Jeremiah 1-52
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Get your travel planner out for flight thirty-four over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, as we soar over the entire book of Jeremiah. On this flight, Pastor Skip will take us at an altitude of 30,000 feet to see the three writings of the book of Jeremiah. From the warning of judgment, to the promise of restoration, and finally the protective hand of God over those He loves, we will catch a glimpse of a man who openly allowed God to speak through him in unusual and sometimes bizarre ways to open the eyes of the people of Israel. The key chapters to review are Jeremiah 13, 18-20, 25, 31, and 52.
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6/11/2008
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Destination: Lamentations 1-5
Lamentations 1-5
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Get your travel planner out for flight thirty-five over the Bible From 30,000 Feet. On this departure, we will look once again at Jeremiah in the book of Lamentations. We will learn why Jeremiah is referred to as "the weeping prophet," as we see him lament over the destruction of Jerusalem. This poetic book begins by revealing a man who is distressed for a nation under the consequences of its own sin, and ends with a prayer for the restoration of the nation from captivity. The key chapters to review are Lamentations 1-5.
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6/18/2008
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Destination: Ezekiel 1-48
Ezekiel 1-48
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In our thirty-sixth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, Pastor Skip will take us on a flight high above the Bible to look at the book of Ezekiel. We will witness prophecies we've seen in past books being fulfilled as we see Jerusalem at the time of the Second Babylonian Deportation. As Ezekiel the Priest is deported alongside his people, we see God continue to offer promises of restoration through him, bringing the people a sense of hope in spite of their current tribulations. The key chapters to review are Ezekiel 1-3, 7, 33-34, and 38-39.
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6/25/2008
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Destination: Daniel 1-6
Daniel 1-6
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Flight thirty-seven over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us on a tour of Daniel 1-6. In these chapters, we will see the first of the deportations of the Israelites to Babylon, and witness both the prophetic history of the book, as well as the four prophetic visions of Daniel. Ultimately, the powerful stories in Daniel reveal a man of God; unwilling to compromise and full of faith. The key chapters to review are Daniel 1-2.
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7/9/2008
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Destination: Hosea 1-14
Hosea 1-14
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Get your travel planner out and place your heart in the upright position for our thirty-ninth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. On this flight, Pastor Skip will take us on a tour over the entire book of Hosea, a man called to prophesy to the Northern Kingdom of Israel during the reign of King Jeroboam. As Hosea addresses the sins of the nation, we will see how God used the graphic parallel between his adulterous wife and the unfaithfulness of Israel. The key chapters to review are Hosea 1-4, 6, 9, and 11.
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7/16/2008
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Destination: Joel; Amos; Obadiah
Joel 1-3; Amos 1-9; Obadiah
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Get ready for flight forty over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. On this flight, our tour guide, Pastor Skip Heitzig, will take us soaring over Joel, Amos, and Obadiah. In these three books, we take a look at the strong warnings that God gives His people against greed, injustice, false worship, and self-righteousness. We'll see God's use of these ordinary men to give extraordinary messages; we'll witness His patience, and at the end, we'll see how He stands ready to forgive and restore all who turn away from their sin. The key chapters to review are Joel 1-3, Amos 1, 3 and 7, and Obadiah 1.
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7/23/2008
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Destination: Jonah 1-4
Jonah 1-4
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Our forty-first flight over the Bible from 30,000 feet will take us to the well known book of Jonah. In this book, we will see what God can do in the life of a prophet, even one who is blatantly disobedient. Despite Jonah's defiance, God strongly redirects his path and brings him to repentance through a very unique situation. By the end of the book, we will see Jonah right back where he started and bringing God glory by doing exactly what He had originally asked of him. The key chapters to review are Jonah 1-4.
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Destination: Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk
Micah; Nahum; Habakkuk
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Get your travel planner out and place your heart in the upright position for our forty-second flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. On this flight, Pastor Skip will take us on a tour over the books of Micah, Nahum, and Habakkuk, three prophets used by God to criticize, comfort, and encourage the people of Judah. Through these prophets, God's people confess their sins and are confident in the salvation of God's mighty acts. The key chapters to review are Micah 1-7, Nahum 1-3, and Habakkuk 1-3.
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8/13/2008
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Destination: Zephaniah & Haggai
Zephaniah; Haggai
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Prepare yourself for our forty-third flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. This flight will take us soaring over the entirety of both Zephaniah and Haggai. The two books cover five chapters which speak of the coming Day of the Lord, His wrath upon Judah and her neighbors, and an encouragement after their return from exile to rejoice and rebuild the Temple. The key chapters to review are Zephaniah 1-3 and Haggai 1-2.
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8/20/2008
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Destination: Zechariah and Malachi
Zechariah; Malachi
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We are about to take our forty-forth flight over the Bible from 30,000 feet, journeying over the final two books of the Old Testament. In ending the Minor Prophets, we'll first look at the expanded message of rebuilding the temple as Zechariah encourages the people to look to the future reign of the Messiah. We will then speed forward 100 years after the temple was rebuilt to the book of Malachi, where God's chosen people had once again slid back into their sinful practices. After 400 years of prophetic silence, Malachi brings a message of exhortation to the people who had resettled in Jerusalem. The key chapters to review are Zechariah 9-14 and Malachi 1-4.
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9/3/2008
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Destination: Matthew, Mark, and Luke
Matthew, Mark; Luke
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Get your travel planner out for our opening tour of the New Testament and flight forty-five of the Bible from 30,000 Feet! This flight will take us on a sky-high tour over the books of Matthew, Mark and Luke. These three synoptic gospels give us our first glimpses of Jesus' life and death here on earth. We'll see the service, sermons, sacrifices, and sovereignty of our King as we witness the fulfillment of many of the Old Testament prophecies we have previously studied. The key chapters to review are Matthew 1-5 and 17, Mark, and Luke.
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9/10/2008
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Destination: John
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Get your travel planner out for our forty-sixth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. On this flight, Pastor Skip will take us on a tour through the book of John, written by the Apostle John from Ephesus between A.D. 80-90. The spiritual depth of this book and its presentation of the incarnation through the God-man Jesus Christ sets it apart from the other gospels.
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9/17/2008
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Destination: Acts
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On our forty-seventh flight over the Bible from 30,000 feet Pastor Skip will give a tour of the entire book of Acts. Acts is the history of how Christianity was founded and organized and solved its problems. The gospel writer Luke tells the story of how the community of believers began by faith in the risen Christ and in the power of the Holy Spirit, the promised Counselor and Guide, who enabled them to witness, to love, and to serve.
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9/24/2008
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Destination: Romans
Romans
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We are about to take our forty-eighth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. Join us as we soar over the entire book of Romans, Paul's letter to the church in Rome. This letter primarily focuses on the basic gospel message along with God's plan of salvation and righteousness for all humankind, Jew and Gentile alike. In our broad overview, we'll take a look at Paul's strong emphasis of Christian doctrine and his concern for Israel. The key chapters to review are 1, 3, 4, and 9-11.
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10/8/2008
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Destination: 1 Corinthians
1 Corinthians
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Get your travel planner out for our forty-ninth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet! As we look at 1 Corinthians, we'll see Paul's letters to the church at Corinth. His letters to the influential church confront their "religious" and arrogant mindsets and defend his ability to be an apostle of Christ. Through God's grace and use of Paul, he is later able to rejoice over the turnaround and acceptance of his God-given authority. The key chapters to review are 1 Corinthians 2-3 & 12-13.
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10/15/2008
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Destination: 2 Corinthians
2 Corinthians
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Our fiftieth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet takes us on a flight over the second of Paul's letters to the church at Corinth. Between 1 & 2 Corinthians, the congregation was influenced by false teachers who spread opposition to Paul. Through God's grace and use of Paul, he is later able to rejoice over the repentance of the people to God and acceptance of his God-given authority. The key chapters to review are 2 Corinthians 4 & 12.
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10/22/2008
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Destination: Galatians
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Get your travel planner out for our fifty-first flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. On this flight, Pastor Skip will take us on a tour through the book of Galatians, a clear letter to the church in Galatia about the importance of remembering grace through faith and not the law. Paul's forceful letter addresses issues of legalism in the church and the false gospel of works. The key chapters to review are Galatians 1-6.
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11/5/2008
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Destination: Ephesians
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Who are we in Christ? Grab your travel planner for flight fifty-two as we look at the book of Ephesians, Paul's letter to the church in Ephesus. In this book, Paul explains how we are the bride of Christ, a temple, and a soldier for the gospel. The unity that Paul emphasizes is described as a body working together for a common goal. The key chapters to review are Ephesians 1-6.
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11/19/2008
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Destination: Philippians
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In our fifty-third flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, Pastor Skip will take us through the book of Philippians, another of Paul's letters to the church. Referred to as "the epistle of joy," the message contained in these pages is one of long suffering and joy in the midst of Paul's time in prison. Despite his trials, we will see Paul rejoice over the church in Philippi and encourage them in unity, humility, and prayer. The key chapters to review are Philippians 1-4.
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1/7/2009
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Destination: Colossians
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Get your travel planner out for our fifty-fourth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet! On this flight, we will take a look at the young church in Colosse, and how they became the target of a heretical attack. The main theme in the book of Colossians is the complete adequacy of Christ as contrasted with the emptiness of mere human philosophy. The key chapters to review are Colossians 1-4.
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1/14/2009
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Destination: 1 and 2 Thessalonians
1 Thessalonians 1-5;2 Thessalonians 1-3:18
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In our fifty-fifth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, Pastor Skip will take us on a tour over the books of 1 & 2 Thessalonians. Both books are written as an encouragement to the church in Thessalonica, exhorting them in the word, warning them against pagan immorality, and urging them to remain steadfast in the truth of the Lord. The key chapters to review are 1 Thessalonians 1-5 and 2 Thessalonians 1-3.
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1/21/2009
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Destination: 1 and 2 Timothy
1 Timothy 1-6;2 Timothy 1-4:22
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Join us on a tour over the books of 1 & 2 Timothy as we take our fifty-sixth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. These loving letters to Timothy, a young pastor in Ephesus, reveal Paul's true love for his brother in Christ and desire to encourage him in the Word and warn against false teachings. In these letters, Paul exhorts Timothy to stand strong and "preach the word" (2 Timothy 4:2). The key chapters to review are 1 Timothy 1-6 and 2 Timothy 1-4.
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1/28/2009
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Destination: Titus and Philemon
Titus 1-3:15;Philemon 1:1-25
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Get your travel planner out for flight fifty-seven of the Bible from 30,000 Feet. On this flight, our tour guide Pastor Skip will take us through the books of Titus and Philemon. While the letter to Titus focuses on the importance of sound doctrine and the elements of the church order, Philemon takes a more personal approach and speaks on the application of the great principles of Christian brotherhood to social life. The key chapters to review are Titus 1-3 and Philemon 1.
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2/4/2009
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Destination: Hebrews
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In our fifty-eighth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, Pastor Skip will take us on a tour over the book of Hebrews. Although the author of the book is not fully known, this well written letter reveals a man with a great desire to encourage Jewish believers to continue in the grace of Jesus Christ, instead of trying to escape persecution by bowing to the rites and rituals of Judaism. The key chapters to review are Hebrews 1-2, 6, 11, and 13.
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2/11/2009
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Destination: James
James
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Our fifty-ninth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us over the distinctive book of James. Although grace through faith in the cross was vital for Jewish believer to understand, James addresses the issue of faith without a consistent lifestyle. This epistle adamantly declares that, "Just as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead, also." (James 2:26) The key chapters to review are James 1-5.
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2/18/2009
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Destination: 1 and 2 Peter
1 Peter 1-5; 2 Peter 1-3
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Get your travel planner out for flight sixty over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. Our tour guide, Pastor Skip Heitzig, will take us on a tour of the books of 1 & 2 Peter. Peter's first letter to the church exhorts Christians to remain steadfast in their faith when under persecution, and his second letter tackles the issue of false teachers and a need for discernment against the spreading apostasy. Both books contain a level of warmth in Peter's expressions, making them a great source of encouragement. The key chapters to review are 1 Peter 1-5 and 2 Peter 1-3.
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2/25/2009
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Destination: 1 John
1 John
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In our sixty-first flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, our tour guide Pastor Skip will take us through the book of 1 John. John writes to define and defend the nature of the person of Christ against heretical teachings affecting the early church. As John addresses the heretical teachings of the time, he also addresses the preeminence of God's love for us, and our duty to love others in return. The key chapters to review are 1 John 1-5.
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3/25/2009
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Destination: 2, 3 John and Jude
2 John, 3 John; Jude
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Flight sixty-two over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will give a sky high view over three small but concise books, 2 & 3 John and Jude. While all three books have a different primary focus, all are written with the purpose to encourage the church to keep a strong biblical foundation. This study will take us through the importance of biblical discernment, the need to be in fellowship with other believers, as well as the vital need to keep strong in the faith. The key chapters to review are 2 & 3 John, and Jude.
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4/1/2009
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Destination: Revelation 1-11
Revelation 1-11
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With only two more flights to go, we welcome you to get your travel planner ready for the first half of the book of Revelation and flight sixty-three over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. Considered to be one of the most powerful books in Scripture, Revelation is a direct vision from God, to John, which he was asked to record for future generations. Revelation 1:19, "Write, therefore, what you have seen, what is now and what will take place later." As the final warning to the world of the tribulation to come, it also serves as a source of hope for the Church. The key chapters to review are 1-4, 7, and 11.
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4/8/2009
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Destination: Revelation 12-22
Revelation 12-22
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Flight sixty-four brings us to the end of the scriptures and the second and final part of the book of Revelation. Chapters 12-22 lead us into some of the most thrilling text in the entire Bible, giving us a glimpse into the seven bowl judgments, the Beast, and the future tribulation, but also bringing us great hope for God's Church. The key chapters to review are Revelation 12-14, 18, and 20-22.
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4/15/2009
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Bible from 30k Final Q&A
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We have landed our flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. As we touch down and head to pick up the final baggage from our 65 flight series, our last sky-high view of the scriptures will includes this final Q&A Celebration. Pastor Skip and others answer questions from the last year, as well as on the spot questions from the audience.

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There are 45 additional messages in this series.