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Living in the Lion's Den: The People of God in Exile
What is happening to our world? You and I are witnessing at warp speed the devolution of a nation. If things move toward a “post-Christian nation” and some are now arguing that this is the case, then how should the people of God operate when relegated to the cultural margins? What is the way forward in a hostile world? Welcome to the Old Testament book of Daniel!
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Overview of the Book of Daniel

By the Bible Project

The Way of the Exile

By the Bible Project

Living in the Lion's Den: The People of God in Exile

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Living in the Lion's Den: The People of God in Exile
Post-Christian Culture
It has been said that our world is becoming a “post-Christian” world. Post means after. Christian means an era of time when Christ and His teachings were a dominant influence in society. Culture means the way we think and value things. This means that, over the course of recent generations, there has been an observed decline in the Church’s influence in society. In a post-Christian culture, the dominant worldview is no longer founded on Christian principles — or at least we can no longer assume that they will be.

As the church enters this time of exile from the center to the margins, we must have a vision through the unique challenges that are presented. As a Christian, in a hostile environment where the dominant values run counter to one’s own, you now experience exile while you REMAIN in your homeland. Just demonstrate that you are unwilling to conform to the tyranny of majority opinion, and you’ll know exile while still at home – forced removals, cancellations, disenfranchisement, job losses.

The Way Forward
What is the way forward in a hostile world? Discerning the meaning of the present moment requires sobriety for no one knows how hostile it may become. Eventually, a post-Christian society moves from assuming Christian values to ignoring them, to resenting them, to repressing them, and eventually to persecuting them. What was once Christian and is now post-Christian will eventually become anti-Christian, led by those who actively destroy it.

Strangers, Aliens, Exiles
God’s people do their best work when in exile. We always have. Exile infuses communities with new creative energy that rises to meet the challenges of new cultural circumstances. The way forward is to look around and understand our context, to look back and gather the resources the Word affords to us, and then to look forward with a clear vision of how we can function as the Lord’s people in a time of contemporary exile.

That’s why we have transitioned to “A Biblical Worldview Church.” It’s a vision for how to do life in cultural exile and it empowers you to come together with a game plan that will prepare your family to live in this world rather than just integrate with dominant culture. It’s the local church that can form a vibrant counterculture.

Exiles on Assignment
How do we build biblical worldview communities within our condition of internal exile, and under increasingly hostile conditions? Can we live with joy and confidence though marginalized? If you’re caught between a host empire you cannot embrace and a church that has no worldview mission, where do you go?

For much of recent history individuals and Biblical Worldview institutions could plan, execute, and flourish with their visions of a better world. That may no longer be the case in a few years. But don’t despair. For in the midst of the chaos of a crisis comes opportunity. The history of the church tells us that crisis always precedes renewal, and the framework of renewal offers us new ways forward. A Non-Anxious Presence shows how that renewal happens and offers churches and leaders strategic ways to awaken the Church and see our culture changed for Christ.

The question is: How? How can we engage a post-Christian society? How can we influence a culture which is desperate to press you into it’s mold? This is not to say that God isn’t at work in dominant culture. He has his “Daniel’s” strategically placed to do His bidding in the “Babylon’s” of the world. There are others who are being prepared to become “Esthers” (in Persia) and “Jonahs” (in Ninevah) and “Josephs” (in Egypt) – those who bring a biblical worldview to the culture, but within the culture itself.

So our primary job is not to make everything “Christian” in culture. Our job is to live out a Biblical Worldview wherever we find ourselves and bear witness to the truth. But, there’s no room for neutrality. The corrosive soil and polluted air of a secular worldview will have to be breathed by your children. You will face marginalization for living out a Biblical Worldview.

Living in the Lion’s Den: The People of God in Exile
Today's Text: Daniel 7:1-28
Daniel gives these incredible insights as to how we can live in a post-Christian culture, a secular age that wants to push a Biblical Worldview to the margins, if not completely out of the picture. So far, our sermons in the Daniel series can be succinctly stated:

Jer. 29:1-14 – Live your life
Dan. 1:1-7 – Stamp your child
Dan. 1:1-7 – Draw your line
Dan. 1:8-21 – Stand your ground
Dan. 1:8-21 – Love your people
Dan. 2:1-23 - Face your crisis
Dan. 2:24-49 - Know your prophecy
Dan. 3:1-30 - Trust your Savior
Dan. 3:1-30 - Understand your culture
Dan. 4:1-37 – Guard your mind
Dan. 4:1-37 – Surrender your pride
Dan. 5:1-31 - Honor your God
Dan. 6:1-28 – Remember your home:
Dan. 6:1-28 – Show your loyalty:
Dan. 6:1-28 – Embrace your leadership:
Dan. 6:1-28 – Check your attitude:
Dan. 6:1-28 – Maintain your integrity:
Dan. 6:1-28 - Establish your consistency:
Dan. 6:1-28 – Welcome your humility:
Dan. 6:1-28 – Seal your legacy:
Dan. 7:1-28 - Quiet your panic:
Dan. 7:1-28 – Resist your (rogue) government:
Dan. 7:1-28 – Worship your God:
Dan. 7:1-28 – Protect your space:
Dan. 7:1-28 - Define your reset:

The Passage Contents - Part 3
Living in the Lion’s Den: The People of God in Exile.
Essentially, what we have in Daniel 7 are:
-four lessons
-three visions
-two explanations
-one major point
Why is Daniel 7 so important? What are some "take-aways" from this chapter? What are the four LESSONS?
It’s An Encouragement. This vision of history would be an encouragement to a Jewish person who felt forgotten in the cogs of history and wondered about the future of their nation and people.
It’s A Warning. This would be a warning to Gentile nations – “Don’t get cocky. You’re only allowed to rule for a period of time."
It’s A Reality-Check. The answer to our human dilemma is not found in the political. It’s as if Daniel invites us to incorporate the doctrine of total depravity into our politics.
It's an Exhortation. Stay faithful to the Son of Man no matter what. This is an exhortation to believers in the cultural “lion’s dens.” Stand in readiness, do not be surprised or discouraged, and remember these words: “The court shall sit in judgment.” (v 26).
I see a Beast Rising… the Great Reset – a technologically driven globalistic attempt to reshape the entire world according to a worldview that operates off of some very dangerous assumptions and goals.
If a reset button could be somehow pushed to create a new world, what would it look like? By 2030, the goals and predictions of the WEF are these eight main things:
1. You’ll own nothing and be happy.
2. The USA won’t be the world’s superpower.
3. You won’t die waiting for an organ donor.
4. You’ll eat less meat.
5. A billion people will be displaced by Climate Change.
6. You could be preparing to live on another planet.
7. Fossil fuels will be obsolete.
8. Western values will have been tested to their breaking point.
This “Great Reset” is not that great after all. To reset something you have to break it. You have to have the Great Collapse to get a Great Reset. Create chaos so you can provide solutions. Set the fire in back, go around to front and sell fire extinguishers. Collapse the economy, so you can implement a new digital currency. Once the internet security is compromised, they’ll use digital ID to convince you that this will keep you from another cyber-attack. In fact, start looking for another crisis – cyber-attacks on banking and power grids and food supply lines. People will give up freedoms to alleviate fear.
But this is more than the WEF. It’s spiritual warfare. If you were to declare war on a country, you might attempt several gradual things - disarm the people, destroy their currency, propagandize their children, disintegrate the family, and censure free speech. Is that happening? I see a beast rising… and his underbelly is starting to show… This system is at the door. I believe it will be possible for us to live outside this system for a while, but we need a plan, a network. We will need to live in community with like-minded Christ-followers. And if enough of us rise up now, we can slam the door shut on the Great Reset. We can rise up against the beast and attack it at it’s underbelly. Stop these processes.
In Christianity, we believe in two Great Resets: The first was when Jesus came to earth, Emmanuel: God with us. We believe Jesus was fully man and fully God. The second reset will be when Christ returns. In the “in-between times,” we seek gradual improvements in the condition of humanity, knowing we can’t find perfection. A true great reset is only possible when you make Jesus the center of your life and worldview.

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