Daniel (Bro. Jonah Lowrance)

1. Introduction to the Book of Daniel

“An Introduction to the Book of Daniel” • Brother Jonah Lowrance
Brother Jonah sets the historical background of the life of Daniel and the nation of Israel when Nebuchadnezzar takes the sons of the kings captive. He shows that theme throughout the twelve chapters is the coming kingdom of Jesus Christ. 

2. Daniel, Chapter 1

Daniel, Chapter 1 • Brother Jonah Lowrance Brother Jonah begins in Proverbs, Chapter 3 with a text that Daniel and King Hezekiah would have both known. There, Solomon teaches that we are to acknowledge God in everything we do. Jonah then shows how Hezekiah was blessed throughout his life but eventually forsook this counsel and Judah was taken into captivity because of his sin. In contrast, Daniel continues to follow the Lord and seek His ways throughout his entire captivity in Babylon. 

3. Daniel 2:1-19 • Praying in Babylon

Daniel 2:1-19 Praying in Babylon • Brother Jonah Lowrance ably presents the way we ought to live in a world that is against us by showing what Daniel and his friends did when facing adversity in Daniel, Chapter 2. Daniel prayed and immersed himself in church fellowship while waiting on the Lord to answer and help.

4. Daniel 2:20-49 • Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream

Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream • Brother Jonah Lowrance Brother Jonah preaches from the second half of Daniel, Chapter 2 where Daniel has prayed to God for help in interpreting the dream of the king. Daniel gives glory to God and then explains that there will be four major kingdoms in the earth that will ultimately be replaced by an everlasting kingdom ruled by the Rock not made with hands.

5. Daniel 3 • The Trial by Fire

The Trial by Fire • Daniel 3 – Brother Jonah Lowrance The next chapter after the Chaldeans were spared by the wisdom of Daniel, those same men seek to destroy Daniel’s three friends. In this intense adventure, we see how we are to act when faced with persecution and trial. We are not to cower away and be depressed. We are to take courage that God has promised that He will be with us. Even in our deepest trial, Jesus is with us in the fire.

6. Daniel 4 • An Introduction to the New Nebuchadnezzar

The New Nebuchadnezzar • Introduction to Daniel Chapter 4 – Brother Jonah Lowrance After a review of the character of Nebuchadnezzar and the attributes of God in the first three chapters, Brother Jonah shows us that something is now different about Nebuchadnezzar. In this preview, we find that Nebuchadnezzar himself will give an account of how God dealt with him directly.

7. Daniel 4 • Nebuchadnezzar’s Experience

Nebuchadnezzar’s Experience • Daniel Chapter 4 – Brother Jonah Lowrance Nebuchadnezzar was the most powerful king on earth during his day, but he tried to take credit for all the wonders of Babylon. God spoke to him through a dream, and then humbled him to spend 7 years as a beast of the field. At the end of his chastisement, Nebuchadnezzar makes one of the greatest claims of the power of God in all of scripture “all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?”

8. Daniel 5 • Belshazzar’s Feast

Belshazzar’s Feast • Daniel 5 – Brother Jonah Lowrance – In this message, Brother Jonah traces the history of the fall of Babylon through prophecy and secular history. In this, we learn that God keeps His promises and overrules the kingdoms of men in His time. God will ultimately bring down spiritual Babylon when Jesus returns to take us to be with Him forever.

9. Daniel 6 • Daniel in the Den of Lions

Daniel in the Den of Lions • Daniel 6 – Brother Jonah Lowrance – Brother Jonah takes us through the sixth Chapter of Daniel where Darius is tricked into having his best helper thrown into a den of lions. But God, through His providence overrules the acts of these wicked men and they, and their families, end up in the pit instead! 

10. Daniel 7 • God’s View of World History – Part 1

God’s View of World History • Daniel 7 – Brother Jonah Lowrance – The visions that Daniel sees concern the same subject of the dreams in Chapter 2. In chapter 2, we had man’s view of the rise an fall of the empires of man from Babylon to Rome. In Chapter 7, we see the same historical events from God’s perspective. In this message, Brother Jonah explains the first 3 beasts seen in Daniel’s vision, and he reminds us that Christ’s kingdom is established and He will conquer all His enemies.

11. Daniel 7 • God’s View of World History – Part 2

God’s View of World History Part 2 – Daniel Learns About His Vision – Brother Jonah Lowrance – Daniel 7:17-28 Brother Jonah continues in his expository message series on the book of Daniel with the latter half of Daniel, Chapter 7. In this chapter, we see the prophecy of the coming kingdoms of the world, and the establishment of the everlasting Kingdom of Christ. We also learn that the spirit of antichrist is always at work but will never ultimately prevail over the Kingdom of Christ.

12. Daniel 8 • God Is Trustworthy

“We Can Trust the God of Prophecy” • Daniel 8 – Brother Jonah Lowrance – Since God accurately prophesied to Daniel events that would take place hundreds of years before they happened, we can trust Him to care for us in the future. Even though we may not know what is going to happen or understand it, we can put our faith in the God that know all things and cares for us.

13. Daniel 9:1-8 • Daniel’s Reaction to the Fall of Babylon

“Daniel’s Reaction to the Fall of Babylon” • Daniel 9:1-8 – Brother Jonah Lowrance – Daniel has been reading in the book of Jeremiah and understands that God is about to deliver Israel from the hands of the Babylonians as He had promised. But Daniel does not become arrogant or proud that his people will soon be delivered. He prays to God in a very penitent way acknowledging that Israel had sinned and deserved the punishment. He knew that it was only by God’s mercies that they would be delivered.

This message was preached on Sunday, January 15, 2023.

14. Daniel 9:18-27 • Seventy Weeks

“Seventy Weeks” • Daniel 9:18-27 – Brother Jonah Lowrance. Brother Jonah continues to speak about Daniel’s prayer of repentance and God’s mighty response to his prayer. In this chapter, Daniel not only learns that God will deliver Israel from Babylon but that the Messiah will also come and eradicate the cause of all problems in the world, sin.

This message was preached on Sunday, January 29, 2023

15. Daniel 10:1-6 • God Prepares Daniel to Understand a Vision

“God Preparing Daniel to See a Vision” • Daniel 10:1-6 – Brother Jonah Lowrance. Chapters 10 through 12 concern a vision of future things given to Daniel concerning the restoration of Israel and the coming of the Messiah. To prepare Daniel to see and understand this vision, the Lord Jesus Himself to comfort Daniel. Brother Jonah compares the man Daniel saw in Daniel 10 with Jesus in John 6 and Revelation 1. In all three places, the child of God can take comfort that Jesus is not bothered nor hampered by the things that hurt or frighten us.

This message was preached on Sunday, February 12, 2023

16. Daniel 10:7-21 • Daniel Talks with Angels

“Daniel Talks with Angels” • Daniel 10:7-21 – Brother Jonah Lowrance. Brother Jonah continues in his expository series on the book of Daniel in the second half of chapter 10 where Daniel meets Michael and another angel. This second angel tells Daniel that God is aware of his needs and has sent him to help Daniel and show him a great vision of things to come in the near and distant future.

This message was preached on Sunday, February 26, 2023.