Politics, Persecution and Superpowers (Daniel 8:1-26)

Guest speaker, Jordan Brown, a student at PTC, preached from Daniel 8. We can take heart because God reigns over politics and superpowers, both in empires then and in the world now. Daniel was shaken by the vision he saw of the future and we might be shaken by persecution we face, but we live in a privileged time. Not only can we look back and see the prophecy of Daniel fulfilled but we can see the faithfulness of God even clearly in Jesus. One day every knee will bow before him.

‘Standing strong in dangerous times’ (Daniel 1:1-21)

In this message, Rev Peter Hastie, the Principal of the Presbyterian Theological College explores the times and situation of God’s people in Daniel chapter 1. The world and the devil has always stood against God’s truth. We are seeing it in these days, and it was no different in Daniel’s day. King Nebuchadnezzar carried off the religious articles from God’s Temple and put them in the one dedicated to his god, but he also took young men from Israel and sought to re-fashion them according to his plans and desires. Daniel resisted all this and remained true to the Lord, challenging us in these evil days to be and do likewise.

‘Pride comes before a fall’ (Daniel 4:1-37)

Christian Tirtha spoke from Daniel 4 about the pride of King Nebuchadnezzar. He foolishly sought to build a kingdom without acknowledging God. Only after being humiliated did he turn and give God the glory he deserves. Our pride comes before a fall too but Jesus – who is humble and yet King of kings – offers us restoration. Are we too proud to receive it?