Full text of Zac Poonen’s teaching on ‘Book of Daniel’ which is part of the popular series called Through The Bible.
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Zac Poonen – Bible Teacher
Let’s turn now to the book of Daniel. Daniel, CHAPTER 1. Daniel, I believe, is a book that has special relevance for times of persecution, how a man of God should conduct himself in times of persecution. And we see here in Daniel that the restoration and the movement from Babylon, from corrupt, compromising Christendom to Jerusalem, to God’s perfect will and the new covenant church, begins with one man.
It begins with one upright man called Daniel who is uncompromising and who prays and fasts and is concerned about God’s purposes. He never knew what would be the result when he started out as a young man. But because he was faithful, he was probably around 17 years old when the book begins in chapter 1. And by the time he finishes, he’s about 90 years old. He lived through the entire 70 years of captivity.
And you find in CHAPTER 9 that he’s praying because the 70 years are over. And he was the man whom God used to begin the process and it all began through prayer. See the building of a pure church for God in any place, in this land or anywhere, always begins with at least one man who has a burden of prayer and who carries that burden before God. Lord, I want a pure church in this town.
Maybe God’s called you to work in a village or any place. And if you have a burden in your heart, Lord, I want a pure church in this village or this town for you. And I’m willing to pay any price. And you carry that burden before God, you may have to carry it for a long, long time, many years perhaps. And God will test your faithfulness.
But just like a mother carries a baby in her womb, we got to carry something before God in prayer. And that’s how Daniel carried this burden in his heart, which finally resulted in other people, Haggai, Zerubbabel, Joshua, Zechariah, Ezra, Nehemiah, many of these people who finally went and built the church. Daniel was too old to go then, but he was the man who started the ball rolling.