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Commentary on Daniel 4

This chapter of your Bible was written by Nebuchadnezzar, the King of Babylon.

He was by divine appointment the most powerful man on earth, the supreme ruler of the most powerful kingdom on earth.

We understand from the very Word of God Himself that Nebuchadnezzar was the “head of gold” in the prophetic image of his dream in Daniel 2, and the Babylonian Empire was superior to all successive human-ruled world empires (Dan. 2:38-39).

But because he was lifted up in PRIDE, the Supreme God of Heaven who had established him as the most powerful ruler on earth took from him his sanity and caused him to be driven out from his royal dwellings into the field, where he would live like a beast for 7 years!

Remember: God had made him the most powerful man on earth, the supreme ruler of the most powerful kingdom on earth.

We must never forget that our God is in control of everything that happens on this earth! There is no ruler or potentate that God cannot bring down from his lofty throne into the dust!

At the end of 7 years, Nebuchadnezzar was restored to his right mind (“my reason returned unto me”, v. 36) and made this most beautiful confession (v. 37):

“Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase.”

This is something we should deeply consider and take to heart!

Much like the book of Jonah, this chapter is the autobiographical journal of a man who miserably fails God and suffers the horrendous consequences of his failure. But it also shows the great and tender mercy of the supreme God of Heaven, who restored both Jonah and Nebuchadnezzar and then prompted them to write their own stories for our edification and admonition.

Pastor Tim D. Cormier

“THEY SHALL TAKE UP SERPENTS”

Mark 16:17-18
17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

There are some Pentecostals who believe that Mark 16:18 gives them a mandate to “handle snakes”. These SNAKE-HANDLERS keep poisonous reptiles in cages and bring them out during their worship services and hold them aloft or drape them around their bodies in what they consider to be a manifestation of their faith.

What they are woefully ignorant of is that Jesus was not commanding his followers to “handle” snakes; rather, he was telling us that we should “take them up” and REMOVE THEM or DESTROY THEM. In the book of Acts, the Apostle Paul demonstrated this very clearly in the only place where the New Testament records a specific instance of interaction between a “believer” and a serpent.

Acts 28:3-5
3 And when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks, and laid them on the fire, there came a viper out of the heat, and fastened on his hand.
4 And when the barbarians saw the venomous beast hang on his hand, they said among themselves, No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he hath escaped the sea, yet vengeance suffereth not to live.
5 And he shook off the beast into the fire, and felt no harm.

Why did the Lord single out the SERPENT when he listed the signs that would follow them that believe?

There are many hundreds and thousands of creatures that God created, yet this one creature stands out from all the rest as a SYMBOL of EVIL, and we are commanded by the Word of God to REMOVE and DESTROY it.

All throughout the scripture, from Genesis to Revelation, the SERPENT is connected with Satan and Evil.

In the Garden of Eden, Satan transformed himself into an “angel of light” and appeared to Eve in the form of a SERPENT.

2 Corinthians 11
3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

Genesis 3
1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.
8 And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden.
9 And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?
10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.
11 And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?
12 And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.
13 And the Lord God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.
14 And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:
15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

Several things should be noted here….
1. The SERPENT was chosen by SATAN to be his ANGEL OF LIGHT and use subtlety to deceive Eve.
2. Because of this, the SERPENT was specifically eternally cursed by God.
3. As a result of this DIVINE CURSE on the SERPENT, there is a perpetual ENMITY or STATE OF HOSTILITY between the children of the WOMAN and the offspring of the SERPENT.

Twice in the book of Revelation the Devil is called the SERPENT.

Revelation 12:9
And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

Revelation 20:2
And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years….

CONCLUSION

God-fearing people should not keep snakes for pets, nor should they handle them during worship to show their faith. The SERPENT is shown throughout scripture to be a symbol of EVIL and TROUBLE and is always associated with Satan. God has forever cursed the SERPENT because of its deceptive nature in its role in the Fall of Man.

It should come as no surprise to learn that SNAKE WORSHIP has developed throughout the world because of man’s fascination with the SERPENT. The worship of serpent deities is present in several ancient cultures, particularly in religion and mythology, where snakes were seen as entities of strength and renewal.
[ see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snake_worship ]

Ephesians 4:27
Neither give place to the devil.

When you keep a snake for a pet or handle one in a religious service you are unwittingly opening a spiritual door for the devil to have access into your life. And you are “playing with” and “enjoying” something that God has cursed and intends for you to REMOVE and DESTROY.

Surely such behavior cannot be pleasing to God!

Pastor Tim Cormier
Apostolic Faith Tabernacle
Bristol, Tennessee
12/02/2016

Jesus taught us that he makes a distinction between sinners.

The key is one man recognized and confessed that he was a sinner;
the other tried to cover up his wretchedness by boasting of his own “goodness”
and pointing out the sinfulness of his “rival”.

Does anybody get the picture?

Luke 18:9-14

And [Jesus] spake this parable unto certain
which trusted in themselves that they were righteous,
and despised others:

Two men went up into the temple to pray;
the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.

The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself,
God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are,
extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.

I fast twice in the week,
I give tithes of all that I possess.

And the publican, standing afar off,
would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven,
but smote upon his breast, saying,
God be merciful to me a sinner.

I tell you, this man went down to his house justified
rather than the other:
for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased;
and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

 

Pastor Tim D. Cormier


1. The Prophetic Prelude

Celebration of the OT Birth of Israel as the People of God by the giving of the Ten Commandments at Mt. Sinai, commemorated as SHAVUOT or Feast of Weeks, 7 complete weeks + 1 day after the Feast of the First Fruits.

Called by the Jews “The Feast of the Giving of the Torah”. It took 49 days for Israel to reach Mt. Sinai after leaving Egypt. The rabbis connected the significance of the Giving of the Torah at Mt. Sinai with their arrival there and commemorated the event on the 50th day after the Feast of the Firstfruits.
Leviticus 23:15-21
15 And ye shall count unto you from the morrow after the sabbath, from the day that ye brought the sheaf of the wave offering; seven sabbaths shall be complete:
16 even unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath shall ye number fifty days; and ye shall offer a new meat offering unto the Lord.
17 Ye shall bring out of your habitations two wave loaves of two tenth deals: they shall be of fine flour; they shall be baken with leaven;they are the firstfruits unto the Lord.
18 And ye shall offer with the bread seven lambs without blemish of the first year, and one young bullock, and two rams: they shall be for a burnt offering unto the Lord, with their meat offering, and their drink offerings, even an offering made by fire, of sweet savour unto the Lord.
19 Then ye shall sacrifice one kid of the goats for a sin offering, and two lambs of the first year for a sacrifice of peace offerings.
20 And the priest shall wave them with the bread of the firstfruits for a wave offering before the Lord, with the two lambs: they shall be holy to the Lord for the priest.
21 And ye shall proclaim on the selfsame day, that it may be an holy convocation unto you: ye shall do no servile work therein: it shall be a statute for ever in all your dwellings throughout your generations.

2. The Phenomenon

NT Birth of the Church in Acts 2:1-4, the fulfillment of the OT prophetic Jewish feast, when about 120 disciples of Jesus Christ were filled with the Holy Ghost in the Upper Room 50 days after the Resurrection of Jesus from the dead.

SHAVUOT or PENTECOST was 1 of 3 pilgrimage festivals in Israel.
Josephus estimates there were over 2.7 million Jews in Jerusalem at the Passover during the days of Nero.
Typically, Pentecost would have had far fewer people, but the year Jesus was crucified it is highly probable that most of that number would still have been in Jerusalem, or would have returned for the feast of Pentecost.
Acts 2:1-5
1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
5 And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.

3. The Promise

Acts 1:4 … this outpouring of the Holy Ghost fulfilled Joel’s prophecy that in the last days the Lord would pour out His Spirit on all flesh (Joel 2:28-32, Acts 2:16-21), referred to by Jesus as the Promise of the Father.

Acts 1:4-5
4 and, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.
5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.

4. The Power

Acts 1:8 Jesus said you would receive POWER after the Holy Ghost is come upon you.

Acts 1:8
But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judæa, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

And with GREAT POWER gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of Jesus throughout the book of Acts (Acts 4:33).

John 1:10-13
10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
13 which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

5. The Paradigm

Acts 2:38 Peter used the Keys of the Kingdom to establish the NT pattern or template for the Gospel Message Salvation Experience of the New Birth.

John 3:1-8
1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:
2 the same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.
3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?
5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

Death=Repentance

Burial=Water Baptism in the name of Jesus Christ

Resurrection=Gift of the Holy Ghost

 

Many people believe that the Apostle Paul was actually God’s True replacement apostle for Judas, instead of Matthias, who was selected in Acts 1 by the ELEVEN. Here are a few things that should be considered concerning this subject.

 

Acts 1
15 And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples, and said, (the number of names together were about an hundred and twenty,)
16 Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus.
17 For he was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry.
18 Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out.
19 And it was known unto all the dwellers at Jerusalem; insomuch as that field is called in their proper tongue, Aceldama, that is to say, The field of blood.
20 For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and his bishoprick let another take.
21 Wherefore of these men which have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us,
22 Beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection.
23 And they appointed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias.
24 And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen,
25 That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place.
26 And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.

 

 

Was the NT Church Born with a Mistake and Founded in Error?

 

In Acts 1, Peter, the Apostle with the Keys (Matthew 16), led the other ten remaining apostles in selecting Matthias as an apostle to replace Judas.

All eleven apostles agreed that they should do this. This is implicit in the text.

If they were wrong in doing this, then the book of Acts must be read and understood in the light of the fact that it begins with what can only be described as an apostolic MISTAKE. Doctrinally, such a premise would be extremely problematic, potentially weakening the force of the entire book from a foundational perspective.

Furthermore, if Paul was actually God’s TRUE replacement apostle for Judas, then not only was the selection of Matthias in Acts 1 a horrible mistake, but the NT Church was also actually born in Acts 2 with only ELEVEN apostles, and it continued to live and grow for at least 4 years with only ELEVEN living apostles—until the conversion of Saul in Acts 9. And even then he wasn’t immediately considered an apostle. In fact, it wasn’t until around 14 years after his conversion that he began to effectively minister in the Church, as far as we are told. So, the NT Church foundation only had ELEVEN apostles for at least the first 18 years of its existence, if Paul was indeed God’s TRUE replacement apostle for Judas instead of Matthias. Such a position is entirely untenable.
Why We Know that Matthias was God’s True Choice as the Replacement Apostle for Judas

 

Before the apostles cast lots to select a replacement apostle for Judas, they prayed and put the decision in God’s hands.

 

Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen, that he may take part of this ministry and apostleship ….

 

According the Proverbs 16:33, when the lot fell on Matthias it showed that God had indeed chosen him to replace Judas and become the twelfth apostle.

 

Proverbs 16:33
The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is of the Lord.

 

Furthermore, the language used in scripture to describe the group of the apostles shows that Matthias was indeed considered to be God’s True choice as the replacement apostle for Judas. All throughout the Gospels prior to the death of Judas, the apostles were referred to as THE TWELVE.

Here is one example of this in Luke 22:47:

And while he yet spake, behold a multitude, and he that was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them, and drew near unto Jesus to kiss him.

 

We see in Acts 1:26 that Matthias was considered by Luke, who was writing by the inspiration of the Holy Ghost, to have been added to the remaining ELEVEN apostles, thus making the number TWELVE once more.

… and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.

 

This is clearly seen in Acts 6:2, where once again the inspired writer shows us that God considered the number of apostles to be TWELVE, long before the conversion of Saul.

 

Acts 6:2
Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables.

 

Many years later when writing to the church at Corinth, the apostle Paul himself described the post-resurrection events and used the term THE TWELVE to refer to the apostles who had witnessed the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

 

1 Corinthians 15:3-6
3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
5 And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:
6 After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.

 

Thus we have two different NT writers affirming by inspiration that Matthias was indeed recognized by the Early Church to have been numbered with the TWELVE, thereby proving that he was indeed God’s True replacement apostle for Judas.

 

Pastor Tim D. Cormier
Apostolic Faith Tabernacle
01/24/2017

 

“Like a Dove”

 

Matthew 3:16
And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:

 

Mark 1:10
And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him:

 

Luke 3:22
And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.

 

John 1:32
And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.

 

 

Did a literal dove descend from the sky and land on the head of Jesus when he was baptized by John in the Jordan?

 

If not, what really happened?

 

Here is my understanding of what the scripture says.

 

All four gospels use the phrase “like a dove”.
Nowhere does the Bible say that a literal bird appeared out of the blue and landed on Jesus’ head, even though most people think that is what happened.

 

Based on the repeated and consistent use of the word “like” in all four gospel accounts, I believe that it was NOT a literal dove!

 

Rather, it appears to have been the very same thing that happened at Pentecost at the initial (and only the initial) outpouring of the Holy Ghost.

 

Acts 2:3
And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.

 

Notice: “cloven tongues LIKE AS OF fire” sat upon each of them.

 

Just as in each of the four gospel accounts of the baptism of Jesus the word “like” is used (“like a dove”), the very same word “like” is used in this passage.

 

Not literal fire, but a visible fluttering disturbance of the air above and on their heads that would have sounded like the wings of a dove descending and lighting upon them.

 

My conclusion:

 

What happened to Jesus when He was baptized is probably the same thing that happened to the 120 disciples in Acts 2 when they received the Holy Ghost.

 

At the Baptism of Jesus, He was anointed with the Holy Ghost, thereby inaugurating Him into His Public Ministry.

 

At Pentecost, when the 120 disciples received the Holy Ghost, the NT Church was born and inaugurated into Sacred Service.

 

This is the way I see it….

Pastor Tim D. Cormier
Apostolic Faith Tabernacle
01/19/2017

“Jacob’s Trouble”

 

Anybody who places the NT Church in the Tribulation (either mid or post) needs to explain how the NT Church fits anywhere in Daniel’s Prophetic 70th Week, when it is obvious from scripture that the entire 70 Weeks of Years apply ONLY to the nation of Israel (Daniel’s people) and Jerusalem (Daniel’s holy city).

 

Daniel 9

24 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.

25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.

26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.

27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

 

The first 69 Weeks of Years (483 years) were consummated by the coming of Jesus the Christ. The NT Church comes into existence in the “gap” [unspecified period of time] between the first 69 Weeks and the 70th Week. The Final Week, Daniel’s 70th Week, is known as the Tribulation or the Day of the Lord and is designated as exclusively belonging to Jacob–the nation of Israel–in Jeremiah 30:7, i.e., “Jacob’s Trouble”.

 

Jeremiah 30:7

Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it.

 

The Tribulation Period does not involve the NT Church; it belongs exclusively to Israel. Daniel’s prophecy is not about the NT Church.

 

Jesus’ message in Matthew 24 concerning the Second Coming is indeed referring to the post-tribulation period. But that is NOT when the NT Church is taken. Those words were directed to Israel, not to the NT Church. (See Romans 9-11 for the clear distinction made in scripture between the NT Church and the nation of Israel.) The NT Church is taken before the Tribulation at the “Secret Coming”, at which time Jesus does not come back to the earth, but we will meet Him “in the air” (1 Thess. 4:17).

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