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Have you ever wondered if your prayers really make a difference?


Most people do at one time or another, especially if they’ve been
praying long and hard for a breakthrough in a certain situation but
haven’t seen the desired result. The next time your faith in prayer
gets tested, consider this:

IN A FACTORY, AN ELONGATED STEEL BAR WEIGHING 500 LBS (ABOUT 225 KG) WAS
SUSPENDED BY A CHAIN. NEAR IT‚ AN AVERAGE-SIZE CORK WAS SUSPENDED BY A SILK
THREAD. “WHEN WE COME BACK TO THIS SPOT LATER,” A TOUR GUIDE TOLD A GROUP
OF SIGHTSEERS, “YOU WILL SEE SOMETHING THAT IS SEEMINGLY IMPOSSIBLE. THIS
CORK WILL HAVE SET THIS STEEL BAR IN MOTION.” THE GUIDE SET IN MOTION A MECH-
ANISM WHEREBY THE CORK TAPPED GENTLY AND REPEATEDLY AGAINST THE STEEL
BAR, WHICH REMAINED MOTIONLESS. THE VISITORS WATCHED FOR A MINUTE OR TWO
AS THE CORK STRUCK THE IRON BAR WITH PENDULUM-LIKE REGULARITY, THEN THEY
MOVED ON. TEN MINUTES LATER, THE BAR WAS VIBRATING SLIGHTLY, AND WHEN THE
TOUR GROUP RETURNED AT THE END OF AN HOUR, THE HEAVY BAR WAS SWINGING
LIKE THE PENDULUM OF A CLOCK.

So the next time you feel you aren’t exerting wasn’t going to budge? Or what if the cork had
a feather’s weight of influence on others struck the bar once or twice and given up?
through your prayers, remember the cork. God What if it had tried to do it at its own pace, and
hears and answers every prayer in His time had gotten out of the rhythm that the one who
and as He knows best, but sometimes you set it in motion knew was needed?
must be patient. Often people and situations You must not get discouraged when your
don’t change overnight, even after we have prayers don’t seem to be having any effect, or
prayed. But if you will be like the cork, your try to take matters into your own hands. The
love and prayers will eventually prevail. Every secret of the cork’s success was simply doing
prayer you pray is like another tap of the its part and keeping at it. You can’t change the
cork. It may not appear to make a difference, person or situation you are praying for. Only
but over time it will all add up and bring the God can do that. Your part is to pray and keep
victory. praying—to keep giving it one more tap in the
What if the cork had taken one look at the right direction. The results will come in God’s
steel bar and decided it was no use—the bar time. •

In prayer you align yourselves to the purpose and power of God and He is able to do things
through you that He couldn’t do otherwise. This is an open universe, where some things are left
open, contingent upon our doing them. If we do not do them, they will never be done. God has
left certain things to prayer—things that will never be done except as we pray.
DR. E. STANLEY JONES

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D E T E R M I N AT I O N
FOR YEARS I NEARLY ALWAYS CLOSED MY MEDITA-
TION MOMENTS RADIO SHOW WITH THE WORDS
“GOD IS STILL ON THE THRONE, AND PRAYER
CHANGES THINGS!” SOMEONE WROTE IN AND
SAID, “I DON’T FIND THOSE WORDS IN THE BIBLE.”

O, THEY’RE NOT IN THE BIBLE, but they’re


certainly Scriptural and express an important truth.
If prayer doesn’t change things, then let’s quit praying. But
if prayer does change things, then we ought to devote more
time to prayer, for all around us there are many things that
need changing. If prayer does change things, then let’s get
busy praying and change the things that need changing!
Just think what could happen if you really believe that! Jesus
said, “If you can believe, all things are possible” (Mark 9:23).
If you’ve prayed and things haven’t changed, then this little
talk is just for you.
Years ago a common expression amongst Christians was
“praying through.” Praying through meant that you kept
praying until you had received a definite assurance that
God had heard the prayer and would take action. Perhaps
you’ve felt that assurance at times—that you didn’t need to
pray any more, because you were sure that God had heard
your prayer, the matter was in His hands now, and He would
work it out as He knew best.
The Bible is full of accounts of those who prayed through,
particularly King David in the book of Psalms. I get a thrill
in my soul whenever David emerges from prayer and comes
out with a bold expression of assurance: “The Lord has
heard my prayer!”

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At the beginning of one psalm, when do it” (John 14:14). “Whatever you ask
David began to pray, he was almost the Father in My name He will give you”
in despair over some great trouble, (John 16:23). Have this fixed determi-
but it wasn’t long before he came nation. “I’m going to hold on until the
away declaring, “Blessed be the Lord, answer comes.” Don’t give up!
because He has heard the voice of my How badly do you want your prayer
supplications! My heart trusted in Him, answered? Are you willing to meet this
and I am helped; therefore my heart condition, this fixed determination, or
greatly rejoices” (Psalm 28:6–7). will you let delays discourage you and
Another time David was discour- cause you to give up, or allow obstacles
aged about himself almost to the point to block your way to victory, or let
of despair, but he poured out his heart others’ doubts frustrate and foil your
to the Lord and came away with the faith? There are many ways of meeting
sweet assurance: “The Lord has heard a crisis, but only one way guarantees
the voice of my weeping. The Lord will victory, and that is to pray straight
receive my prayer” (Psalm 6:8–9). And through it.
another time David comes away from The Bible says, “Let us not grow
prayer with the words, “Certainly God weary while doing good”—in this case,
has heard me; He has attended to the praying for an important need—“for in
voice of my prayer” (Psalm 66:19). due season we shall reap if we do not
That assurance became so fi xed in lose heart” (Galatians 6:9).
David’s heart and mind that he began May your faith be strengthened as
one psalm with the words, “I love the you think of King David and others in
Lord, because He has heard my voice the Bible who through this fixed deter-
and my supplications. Because He
has inclined His ear to me, therefore
mination brought down the walls of
Jericho, marched through the Red Sea
HOW BADLY
I will call upon Him as long as I live”
(Psalm 116:1–2). He knew God was
as by dry ground, and wrought many
other miracles. (Hebrews chapter 11 DO YOU
going to hear and answer even before contains quite a list!)
he prayed. Take God’s promises and march WANT YOUR
Years ago I was injured in a terrible straight through any difficulty, saying
accident, which left me a total invalid. like the saints of old, “I’m determined PRAYER
Paralyzed from the waist down, I was that nothing shall cheat me out of what
mostly confined to bed for five years. God has promised me in His Word!” ANSWERED?
I also had life-threatening heart and Pray through, my friend, with this
lung problems, and suffered various fixed determination that you’re not
other side effects from numerous going to give up. There are many rea-
unsuccessful operations to try to sons why God does not always answer
restore the use of my legs. It was this immediately or in the way we expect,
fixed determination—this praying but He does eventually answer every
through—that brought the fullness prayer that’s prayed in full faith. Do
of faith for the great deliverance, the you want your prayers answered badly
miracle healing, that I needed. enough to keep praying until God
Through Jesus Christ you too can assures you He’s going to answer? Then
have your prayers answered just as you won’t be disappointed, because
wonderfully. Hold on to His promises. God is still on the throne, and prayer
“If you ask anything in My name, I will does change things! •

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BY DAVID BRANDT BERG

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THE FOLLOWING IS FROM A
TALK RANDY MEDINA GAVE
TO A GROUP OF FRIENDS
The
love gift
FOUR YEARS AFTER BEING
DIAGNOSED WITH LATE-STAGE
CIRRHOSIS OF THE LIVER—
THE RESULT OF HAVING
CONTRACTED HEPATITIS C
ABOUT 30 YEARS EARLIER—
AND ABOUT TWO AND A HALF
YEARS AFTER RECEIVING A
of prayer
LIVER TRANSPLANT. BY RANDY MEDINA

I SORT OF LIVE IN A BUBBLE NOW. Over the past four years, Then he would phone a church or two,
I’ve spent a total of one year and three months in hospitals. asking them to also pray for me. Before
My immune system is shot, so I can’t be around anybody long, the whole country was praying
that’s sick. If I come down with even a slight fever, I have to for me, as well as members from The
go back to the hospital. I tire easily and need a lot of care. Family all around the world.
Every morning I pray, “Lord, keep me another day.” But I’m My brother has organized another
happy to be alive! Even if the Lord never heals me com- prayer chain himself. Every time he
pletely, I’m happy. meets people who say they believe
That hasn’t always been the case, though. There have in prayer, he asks if they want to be
been times since I’ve been sick when I told Jesus I couldn’t part of a prayer chain for me. If they
take the pain any longer, times when I prayed, “Lord, please say yes, he gets their phone number
take me home to Heaven.” But here I am! I don’t know what or email address and adds them to his
the Lord has in store for me, but He must have more for list. Whenever I’m especially in need
me to do because I’m still here. I also know I’m still here of prayer, he calls all these people or
because of the prayers of others. sends them an email note, and they
I can’t have many visitors, but I do get a lot of phone calls pray for me.
and email, mostly from people who are praying for me. At Knowing that friends and even
one point I started receiving phone calls and email from strangers are praying for me has not
people all over the country—people I didn’t even know. only kept me alive these last four years,
Someone would phone and say, “I’m calling for the prayer but their love in doing that for me
chain in Pomona, California. We just want to let you know helps me feel the Lord’s love in a very
that we’re praying for you,” or I’d get an email saying, “Our special way. •
prayer chain here in Chicago is praying for you.” Who are
these people, I wondered. And how do they know about me? RANDY MEDINA WENT TO HIS
I found out later that my brother had started asking HEAVENLY REWARD IN MARCH
everyone he could think of to pray for me, and it spread 2004, AFTER PERSONALLY WINNING
from there. Every time he knew my condition had taken a MANY HUNDREDS TO JESUS AND
turn for the worse, he would first phone the nearest com- SERVING HIM FAITHFULLY IN THE
munity of The Family and ask that they put an updated FAMILY INTERNATIONAL FOR OVER
prayer request for me on The Family’s worldwide prayer list. 30 YEARS.

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what it can do
How it works
Intercessory prayer
WHEN YOU
OPERATE IN
THE REALM
OF FAITH,
YOU’RE
OPERATING
WHEN JESUS’ DISCIPLES IN THE Jesus: Prayer may seem work takes place in the
ASKED HIM to teach them to a small thing. Usually spirit, and that’s where
SPIRIT
pray, He taught them the it doesn’t take much of your prayers come in.
prayer that we now know WORLD your time and involves Your prayers move My
as the Lord’s Prayer. Just WHERE THE little physical effort, but hand to work on behalf of
66 words long, it is possibly IMPOSSIBLE if you knew the dynamics the one for whom you are
the most comprehensive TAKES of prayer and the effect praying. I have promised,
and powerful general PLACE. your prayers have in the “Ask and you will receive”
prayer ever. There is a lot spiritual realm, you would (Matthew 7:7). When you
more to learn, however, understand that prayer is ask in faith, I not only
about this marvelous and indeed the greatest help bring about the desired
mysterious thing called you can be to another. results, but I do far greater
prayer, and Jesus is more People equate action with things than you could
than happy to answer doing something. But they possibly do yourself. It
our questions. Here are must realize that praying doesn’t make sense logi-
His answers, received in is action—the most cally, and it goes against
prophecy, to some efficient and powerful human nature to not try
common ques- kind of action. to fi x problems yourself
tions about When you pray when they arise, but the
how prayer you’re operating in more you pray, the more
works—particu- the realm of faith. you will see Me remove
larly intercessory You’re operating obstacles and change
prayer, which is in the spirit world hearts and situations, and
when we pray for where miracles the more your faith in Me
others. are born, where and the power of prayer
the impossible takes will grow.
Q: I’ve heard it said that place. Sometimes you I’m waiting to move
prayer isn’t the least we can be My hands or feet mountains on your behalf,
can do for someone else, or mouth to help relieve so don’t hold back. The
but the most. If that’s true, the problem with physi- needs that you and others
how so? cal action, but the greatest have are great, but they

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are not too great for Me. Q: If You’ve promised help win the victory. There
Let loose your prayers, to answer every are times, however,
and stand back and watch prayer as You know when you need others
Me work. Your prayers best, does it really to pray with you. It’s
and My power are an matter how many reassuring to know
unbeatable force! people pray for a you’re not fighting the
certain situation? battle alone, but it’s
Q: Why do some prayers Isn’t one person’s important that you pray
seem to go unanswered, prayer enough? as well, since personal
particularly prayers prayer also wields great
for some of the most Jesus: Using the same power.
desperate situations? analogy of trying to move Sometimes those who
a very heavy object, when need My help aren’t
Jesus: There are a number the object is too heavy for even aware that they do.
of reasons why some you alone, even when you They either can’t see the
prayers aren’t answered use all your strength, you problem, don’t realize how
immediately. Sometimes call on others to help you. serious it is, or don’t know
the conditions aren’t yet As you unite and push how real I am or how ready,
right to bring about the together in prayer, as you willing, and able I am to
best result. Sometimes all direct your spiritual help, so they don’t turn
the people involved need energy in the same to Me like they should. In
to learn lessons or grow direction, your prayers these situations, others’
in areas they wouldn’t become that much more prayers can set things in
be able to if the problem effective. motion in the spirit and
were solved too quickly or get things moving in the
easily. Sometimes it’s due Q: Are both personal right direction. Often the
to a lack of faith on the prayers—prayers by the person’s own faith will
part of those praying. But person in need—and eventually come into play,
often it’s due to a lack of prayers from others but in the meantime, the
desperation. needed? faith and prayers of others
Prayers are answered are vital.
in direct proportion to Jesus: Both personal Other times those who
the intensity with which prayers and prayers from need prayer may be too
they are prayed. If you others are important. weak physically or too
were trying to move a When, for whatever drained spiritually to
heavy object, you would reason, you are carry the burden of
summon all your physical the only one prayer alone. Their
strength. The same is aware of a spirit might be willing,
true of prayer. The bigger particular but their flesh is
and more “impossible” situation and weak. If they are very
the problem, the more you’re not able sick or in great pain,
focused and fervent you to call on others for example, they
must be in mind and for support in may need others
spirit when you pray. prayer, your to help them pray.
Desperate situations call prayers alone can Or if they are
for desperate prayer. turn the tide and strong in body but

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PEOPLE EQUATE ACTION WITH DOING SOMETHING. BUT THEY MUST REALIZE THAT
PRAYING IS ACTION—THE MOST EFFICIENT AND POWERFUL KIND OF ACTION.

their faith is at a low ebb, suffering sickness, fi nan- either don’t ask or pray
they also need others to cial need, or whatever the weak prayers. When some-
pray with them. problem may be. You will one else prays for them or
The one involved in the pray as though it were your their situation, it’s often
battle is like a soldier in the child, your loved one, or more powerful because
midst of the fray. He is the your family that needs My the other person is able to
one in direct combat, but miraculous intervention, pray with full faith.
his success also depends and I will hear and answer. Intercessory prayer works
on the support of his fellow like a bank account that
soldiers behind the line of Q: Why is it that it often more than one person can
battle. So it is with prayer. seems easier to have faith deposit into and with-
Other people praying when praying for others draw from. When you pray
are like reinforcements. than when praying for for someone else, it’s like
The person in need can myself? depositing into the account,
pray and I will answer which the person for whom
that prayer, but when Jesus: Many people are you are praying can then
others pray too, it’s doubly limited in their faith when draw from. As long as
effective. praying for something everyone is faithful with his
themselves. They may or her deposits, there will
Q: How can I become more have great faith when be plenty in the account to
effective in my prayers for praying for others, but meet any need that arises.
others? when they have a need,
they either feel unworthy Q: Do our prayers for others
Jesus: When a need is near of My help or are afraid of have an effect even when
and dear to your heart, appearing selfi sh, so they we don’t know enough
when you are moved inside
for a loved one in need or
desperately desire for Me
to intervene in a certain
situation, then you pray
fervently and frequently.
And when you are moved,
it moves Me to work on the
behalf of the one for whom
you are praying, or to rectify
the situation. Conversely,
when you are not personally
touched by a certain need,
it is easier for you to brush it
aside and either fail to pray
or pray halfheartedly.
Empathy makes all the
difference, so ask Me to
give you the gift of empa-
thy. Then you will pray as
though you were the one

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INTERCESSORY
PRAYER IS
LARGELY A
SACRIFICIAL
about the situation to pray possible outcome, even if you form the good habit
SERVICE. IT
for You to take a specific you can’t see at the time of thinking more of others
IS TAKING
course of action? what that may be. than yourself. It gives you
YOUR TIME Not knowing all the more love for those for
Jesus: When you express AND GIVING facts can sometimes whom you’re praying and
love and concern by IT TO OTHERS work to your advantage, others in general, because
praying for others, I can BY PETITION- because the “facts” often it focuses on their needs.
even answer requests that undermine faith. The Intercessory prayer is
ING ME FOR
you haven’t yet been able to simple fact that over- largely a sacrificial service.
THEIR NEEDS.
put into words. Even when rides all others is that It is taking your time
you may not know what nothing is impossible for and giving it to others
to pray for specifically, Me. Through your blind by petitioning Me for
I do. As the apostle Paul faith in standing on that their needs. It’s unselfish
explained, I live to make promise and asking Me to giving, but there are also
intercession for you intervene and do a specific dividends for the one
according to the will of God thing, I am often able to praying. “Give, and it will
(Hebrews 7:25; Romans move more speedily and be given to you” (Luke
8:27). As you beseech do mightier miracles than 6:38). As you pour out your
Me for others, as you if all I had to work with heart to Me in prayer for
express love and concern, were the prayers of the one others and their situations,
as you acknowledge immersed in the problem, I will in turn care for you.
your dependence on whose faith is hindered by That’s My rule in giving—
Me and commit people the “facts.” the more you give, the
and situations to Me, I more you will receive.
will bring about the best Q: Intercessory prayer It will also strengthen
is mainly for the benefit your faith in My ability
of others, of course, but to answer prayer and
does it also benefit the one help you learn to depend
praying? more on Me. Your heart
is touched, you want to
Jesus: Praying for other help others in need, you
people is putting your love ask Me to come to their
into action in the spirit. rescue, and when I do, it
You’re not only thinking of encourages your spirit and
them and wanting to help, increases your faith.
but you’re doing some- You will also become
thing about it. Your love more Christlike—more
for them obliges you to call fi lled with My love and
on Me for help, and I step more in tune with Me—so
in and do what you need people will see more of Me
done but can’t do yourself. in you.
One of the most Praying for others will
beautiful results of have a positive effect
praying for other people is on you in every way.
that it helps you become Your blessings will be
less self-centered. It helps numerous! •

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ENDTIME INSIGHTS
DANIEL CHAPTER 8, PART 2

“We are also given the assurance that


during the Great Tribulation “the people who
know their God shall be
and carry out great
strong
exploits .”
,

A vision of
the future
Aa vision of the future BY JOSEPH CANDEL

IN 552 BC, THE HEBREW PROPHET DANIEL foretold Interpretation: The angelic messenger who
a war between the Greeks and Persians, and its showed Daniel this vision made it unmistak-
outcome. Part 1 of this article, which appeared in ably clear that this “little horn” was to arise in
last month’s Activated magazine, explained how that the time of the end by saying so three times—in
prophecy was fulfilled in 333 BC, exactly as predicted. verses 17, 19, and 23.
Other parts of this same vision received by We know from a number of other scriptures,
Daniel foretold other events farther in the future, such as Daniel 7:8, that this “little horn” is
events of the Endtime, the time in which we are the soon coming world dictator known as the
now living. This is where we now resume our study Antichrist. There is much in the Bible describing
of Daniel chapter 8. this man and his rule and reign, even though his
reign is short—only seven years (Daniel 9:27).
Vision: “Out of one of them [the kingdoms into “In the latter time of their kingdom [the
which Alexander the Great’s empire fractured after Endtime, just prior to Jesus’ return], when the
his death] came a little horn which grew exceed- transgressors have reached their fullness, a king
ingly great toward the south, toward the east, and shall arise, having fierce features, who under-
toward the Glorious Land” (Daniel 8:9). stands sinister schemes” (Daniel 8:23).

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At this point,
Here Daniel refers to the where the Interpretation: Because of the context and
Antichrist as “a king having what we know from other scriptures, it’s clear
fierce features,” and in Daniel Antichrist comes that this is talking about the Antichrist’s cam-
11:21 as a “vile person.” In paign to wipe out true believers in God—the
2 Thessalonians 2:3,8, the from is one of the “holy people” of verse 24—during the last half
apostle Paul calls him the “son of his rule, the 3½-year period known as the
of perdition” and “the lawless great Endtime Great Tribulation.
one” (or “the wicked one,” in mysteries, but “His power shall be mighty, but not by his
other translations). In the book own power; he shall destroy fearfully, and shall
of Revelation he is the final keep a watch prosper and thrive; he shall destroy the mighty,
embodiment of “the Beast.” and also the holy people” (Daniel 8:24).
It’s not exactly clear in this on Egypt and In Revelation 12:9 and 13:2 we find out that
passage or other scriptures the Antichrist gets his power from Satan. We
which geographical part of Russia. also know from other scriptures that the Anti-
Alexander’s empire the Anti- christ will speak “great things and blasphe-
christ will come from. Some people have specu- mies” (Revelation 13:5), try to change times and
lated that he will come out of Egypt because of the laws (Daniel 7:25), officially abolish all religion
three directions of his expansion—“toward the except worship of himself, persecute believers
south [Africa], toward the east [the Mideast and of all faiths (2 Thessalonians 2:3–4), corrupt with
possibly Asia], and toward the Glorious Land.” To flattery (Daniel 11:32), and make war with the
Jewish prophets like Daniel, the Glorious Land people of God and overcome them for 3½ years
could only mean Israel. The Scriptures also make (Revelation 13:7).
it clear that the Antichrist will eventually invade It’s not all bad news for the followers of
Israel (Ezekiel chapter 38; Daniel 11:40–43). God, though. We are also given the assurance
In other passages of scripture, however, the that during the Great Tribulation “the people
Antichrist is referred to as “the king of the north” who know their God shall be strong, and carry
(Ezekiel 38:14–16; Daniel 11:40–43). In Ezekiel out great exploits, and those of the people
38:2, the Antichrist is called “Gog” of the land of who understand shall instruct many” (Daniel
Magog. He is the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and 11:32–33). The people of the world who hate the
the place called Tubal, where he is said to come Antichrist’s dictatorship are going to be desper-
from. “Ros” or “Rus” is the name of the people ate for the truth, and those who know God’s Word
who settled around the Volga River and from are going to teach and encourage millions. In
which the word “Russia” is derived. spite of all that the Devil’s forces will do to try to
How can the Antichrist possibly come from stop them, millions of God’s children will keep
Egypt, yet eventually come from the north— going for God till the very end (1 Thessalonians
Russia? Perhaps he comes from Egypt or has 4:16–17).
some strong connection to Egypt, but rises to
power in Russia. Vision: “He [the Antichrist] even exalted him-
At this point, where the Antichrist comes from self as high as the Prince of the host; and by him
is one of the great Endtime mysteries. Now we the daily sacrifices were taken away, and the place
can see only the shadows and shapes of things to of His sanctuary was cast down” (Daniel 8:11).
come, but keep a watch on Egypt and Russia.
Interpretation: The Prince of the host (and
Vision: “And it [the little horn, the Antichrist] the Prince of princes in verse 25) is either God or
grew up to the host of heaven; and it cast down Jesus. 2 Thessalonians 2:4 confi rms this where
some of the host and some of the stars to the it says that the Antichrist “exalts himself above
ground, and trampled them” (Daniel 8:10). all that is called God or that is worshiped.”

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“By him [the Antichrist] the daily sacrifice Vision: “Because of transgression, an army
was taken away.” “Daily sacrifice” refers to was given over to the horn to oppose the daily
ritual animal sacrifices carried out in the sacrifices; and he cast truth down to the ground.
Jewish Temple in Jerusalem, a practice that has He did all this and prospered” (Daniel 8:12).
been suspended since the second Temple was
destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD. It appears, Interpretation: “Army” (or “host,” as the King
however, that some time between now and the James Version [KJV] renders it) may refer to the
Great Tribulation, the Jews will fi nally be able Antichrist’s followers in general, not only his
to rebuild their Temple on Jerusalem’s Mount army or police force (Daniel 11:31).
Moriah and reinstitute animal sacrifices on “And he cast truth down to the ground.”
its altar. But in the middle of the Antichrist’s The ultimate fulfillment of this will be when
seven-year reign, when he exalts himself the Antichrist demands that the whole world
above all religions, he worship him as God, but anti-God, anti-
will bring an end to this Christ propaganda is already rampant in the
practice (Daniel 9:27; 11:31; The Antichrist world today, particularly in the mass media.
Matthew 24:15,21). “As you have heard that the Antichrist is
Then, in that holy place, and his coming, even now many antichrists have
the Temple area, the world come, by which we know that it is the last
government will erect some forces will be hour [Endtime]” (1 John 2:18).
kind of “living” (probably “Through his cunning he shall cause deceit
computer-controlled)
vanquished (or “craft” in the KJV) to prosper under his
image of the Antichrist. once and for all rule; and he shall exalt himself in his heart.
This is the “abomination of He shall destroy many in their prosperity. He
desolation” that both Daniel in the Battle of shall even rise against the Prince of princes;
and Jesus spoke of (Daniel but he shall be broken without human
11:31; 12:11; Matthew Armageddon. means” (Daniel 8:25).
24:15). The Antichrist will The Antichrist is going to be full of pride
then demand that the whole world worship his and try to exalt himself above every other world
image or be killed (Revelation 13:14–18). leader that ever lived, even claiming to be God
“The place of His sanctuary was cast down.” (Daniel 11:36–37; 2 Thessalonians 2:4).
It doesn’t seem that the Antichrist is going “He shall even rise against the Prince of
to destroy the Temple, but rather occupy it princes: but he shall be broken without human
himself, because we are told in 2 Thessalonians means.” The Antichrist is even going to try to
2:4 that he “sits as God in the temple of God, fight God, Jesus Christ, and the army of Heaven
showing himself that he is God.” So “cast (Revelation 17:12–14), but the Antichrist and his
down” apparently means that the Temple will forces will be totally vanquished in the Battle of
no longer be sacred; it will be desecrated or Armageddon (Revelation 16:12–16; 19:11–21).
“polluted” (Daniel 11:31) by the abominable That will be the unhappy end of them, but the
Image of the Beast. happy beginning for all who have received and
sided with Jesus! •

If you haven’t yet met Jesus or received His forgiveness and gift of eternal life, you can do so
right now by praying the following:
Thank You, Jesus, for paying the price for my mistakes and wrongs, so I can be forgiven. I ask You
now, dear Jesus, to please come into my heart, forgive me, and give me Your gift of eternal life. Amen.

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seven keys
TO MORE EFFECTIVE PRAYERS
There is great power in Do you often forget to pray, or don’t know where to start
united prayer. or how to go about it when you do remember? It takes a
PRAYER Matthew 18:19–20 while for prayer to become a habit, but it’s a habit that’s
Acts 1:13–14 worth cultivating because it can solve so many problems—
POWER Acts 4:23–31 sometimes before they happen. If your prayer times need a
Acts 12:12 jump-start, these tips should help.

Sometimes it’s best to pray Keep a prayer list.


FEEDING READING

in private. Whenever you become aware that someone or some situ-


Matthew 6:6 ation needs prayer, write it down. Carry your list with you,
Mark 1:35 put it in yoWur notebook or agenda, or post it somewhere
Mark 6:46 you’ll be sure to see it at a good time. Then, as each prayer
Luke 5:16 is answered, thank the Lord and mark that item off your list.
Establish regular prayer times.
Sometimes it’s necessary to
“watch” in prayer. Regularity is a key to forming any good habit. Short times
Matthew 26:40–41 of prayer throughout the day may work better than one
Luke 6:12 longer stretch, because shorter times are usually more
Acts 12:5 doable. Plus the more often you pray, the easier it will be
Ephesians 6:18 to form the important habit of praying about every decision
and committing every activity to the Lord. Find what works
Cultivate the habit of pray- for you and stick with it.
ing always, about every- Have prayer promises handy.
thing. God has made hundreds of promises to us in His Word,
1 Chronicles 16:11 and He likes for us to hold Him to those promises. “Ask
Proverbs 3:6 and it will be given you” (Matthew 7:7), for example. As you
Luke 18:1 read and study the Bible, mark promises that stand out to
1 Thessalonians 5:17 you, or compile them into a list.
Find a place conducive to prayer.
Fervent, wholehearted
prayer gets optimum results. When possible, find a quiet, distraction-free spot. God
Jeremiah 29:13 looks at the position of your heart, not the position of your
Lamentations 2:19 body, so get comfortable enough to focus—but not so
Luke 22:44 comfortable you fall asleep.
Hebrews 4:16 Begin your prayer by praising and thanking God for
James 5:16b His goodness.
“Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving” (Psalm
Be persistent. 95:2).
Genesis 18:23–32 Tailor your prayer to the situation.
Genesis 32:24–28
Luke 11:5–10 Some situations call for longer, more fervent, or more
Luke 18:1–8a frequent prayer than others. It’s always important to be
Ephesians 6:18 specific and definite.
Join forces.
Challenge God to keep His Pray with others when possible, or ask others to pray sepa-
word and answer prayer. rately for the need at hand. It can be humbling to pray with
2 Kings 2:14 others if you’re not accustomed to doing so, but you’ll soon
Isaiah 45:11b find that it’s as inspiring and faith-building as it is effective.
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If faith no larger than a mustard seed can move a mountain
(Matthew 17:20), you figure that your faith must be small indeed,
because your prayers seem to go unanswered. That can be dis-
heartening, I know, but it shouldn’t stop you from asking Me for a
miracle when you need one.
There are a couple of things you should know about faith: First,
it’s not something you can earn or muster up yourself, but it’s a gift
from your heavenly Father. Second, like a muscle, faith needs nour-

How
ishment and exercise to grow. That spiritual nourishment comes
from reading and absorbing God’s Word. You exercise your faith by
acting on it. So nourish and put your faith to work daily through

faith
your prayers and actions.
You don’t have to wait till you feel you have strong faith to begin
receiving My help, though. If you need results now but feel you

works
don’t have enough faith to warrant them, ask Me to increase your
faith. Be like the man in the Bible who begged Me to heal his son,
who could not hear or speak. The man had every reason to doubt
that things could ever be different, and he did. He knew that his
FROM faith was weak, so when I asked him if he believed I could heal his
JESUS son, he replied, “Lord, I believe. Help my unbelief.” The moment he
WITH confessed his inadequacy and asked for My help, he received both
LOVE faith and the miracle—his son was instantly healed!