Central Reflections: The Big Picture

Prophet Daniel
Prompted by the prophecies of Jeremiah, Daniel turns to prayer.  The result is further prophetic insight.

Daniel 9.pdf       Daniel 9.mp3    

70 weeks handout.docx

Palmer St. Podcast: Choosing Sides

At this point in the story John gives us a glimpse – a sneak preview – of what lies ahead.  We’ll see how everyone will ultimately have to choose sides.  Everyone.

Rev 14.mp3

Rev 14.pdf

Rev 14.pptx

Palmer St. Podcast: Absolute World Domination

Any number of megalomaniacs have dreamed about it.  A few have managed to get pretty far – but not quite there.  The rest have had to stick to board games.  Anyone up for some Risk®?  Someday it’s going to happen.  And today we’re going to find out what that will be like.

Rev 13.mp3

Rev 13.pdf

Rev 13.pptx

Palmer St. Podcast: The Big Picture

This is a “big” chapter for two reasons:

  1. It repeatedly uses the Greek word megas, meaning “big, great, grand, loud or large.”
  2. It gives us the “big picture,” of the age-old angelic struggle and how the nation of Israel fits in, especially at the time of the end.

Rev 12.mp3

Rev 12.pdf

Rev 12.pptx

Palmer St. Podcast: The Middle of the Week

Back in the Old Testament, in Daniel 9:27, we first observed that a coming prince will make a seven-year agreement with the nation of Israel, perhaps among others.  In the middle of that “week” he will break his agreement with them.  We are now at a spot in Revelation where we can begin to see how that “week” is divided.

Rev 10-11.mp3

Rev 10-11.pdf

Rev 10-11.pptx

Palmer St. Podcast: The Seven Seals

The Lamb appears and takes a seven-sealed scroll from the hand of the Father.  All of creation worships Him.  Now He begins to open the seals and judgments begin to fall upon the earth.  This is the first of three series of judgments in Revelation.  The first four are the infamous Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

Rev 06.mp3

Rev 06.pdf

Rev 06.pptx

God Decides

We live in a nation dedicated to democracy, so we have more say in who governs than many others, but none of us has the final say.  God reserves that right for Himself and we’re wise to acknowledge it.  Daniel 2:21 says it best:

And He changes the times and the seasons;
He removes kings and raises up kings;
He gives wisdom to the wise
And knowledge to those who have understanding.
                                                      – Daniel 2:21 (NKJV)
 

We can and should try our best to vote for the best candidates, etc.  But only the Lord knows what the final results can and will bring.  And he has plans for nations and people that remain beyond our reach. 

Consider Daniel, who said the above, serving under Nebuchadnezzar, arguably one of the worst tyrants ever.  Daniel served faithfully and uncompromisingly and in the end was used in the process of bringing the king to what looks like a genuine faith in the Living God in Daniel 4. 

Go figure.  Few people want a tyrant for a king and fewer still want to serve a tyrant within personal reach of his mood swings.  Yet that’s what Daniel did and he did it well, earning that tyrant’s respect in the process.  The least we can do is pray for our leaders and for the outcome of this year’s elections.