Reading the Handwriting on the Wall

In 2022 at PLANO BIBLE CHAPEL, we’ll begin a sermon series in the book of Daniel – Reading the Writing on the Wall. The theme is: There is a God in heaven who is in control of all things here on earth – past, present, and future. The book repeats that “He is the great God,” (Daniel 2:45; 9:4) “He is the God of gods,” (Daniel 2:47; 11:36) “God of the heavens” (Daniel 2:18,19, 28, 37; 4:37; 5:23). No one understood God’s sovereign control better than Daniel. Centuries ago, he deciphered some strange signs written by an unseen hand (Daniel 5:1-9) and was given visions from heaven for the future (Daniel 1:17; 2:37; 7:1; 8:1; 10:1).

Today, more than any time in history, we should be able to look at our perplexing world and say that we, too, are able to read the handwriting on the wall about God’s sovereignty

How can we faithfully live for the LORD God in a godless world? Daniel will teach us that the kingdoms of this world are passing away and the kingdom of heaven is coming soon.

January 9       GOD IS SOVEREIGN – Intro to Daniel; Sermon by Larry Murray

There is a God in heaven who is in control of all things here on earth – past, present, and future.

January 16     Living in Babylon – Daniel 1:1-8; Larry Murray

God provides a way for cultural captives to remain faithful.

January 23     Courageous Living – Daniel 1:9-21; Larry Murray

God rewards those who diligently seek Him and live for Him.

January 30     Dreams and Nightmares – Daniel 2:1-30; Larry Murray

God works in people’s lives (including dreams) for His glory and honor.

February 6     Kings and Kingdoms – Daniel 2:31-49; Jeff Edmunds

The sovereign God uses kings and kingdoms for His glory.

February 13   When Christ Rules the World – Daniel 2:34-35; 44-45; Ryan Rives

One day, Jesus Christ will come again to establish His kingdom on earth.

February 20   A Fiery Faith – Daniel 3:1-18; Larry Murray

God protects and provides for those who live by faith and with integrity.

February 27   In the Fire with the Lord – Daniel 3:19-30; Larry Murray

God can, but not always does, deliver us from any situation or circumstance.

March 6         A Proud King’s Conversion – Daniel 4:1-37; Jordan Brown

God demonstrates His grace and mercy to us by giving us time to repent and trust Him.

March 13       The Handwriting on the Wall – Daniel 5:1-9; Larry Murray

God warns us of sin and reminds us of His Word that points us to trust Him.

March 20       Weighed and Wanting – Daniel 5:10-31; Larry Murray

Disobedience and defiance of God has consequences, but faithfulness has rewards.

March 27       Prayer under Pressure – Daniel 6:1-13; Larry Murray

Effective prayer and close friendship with God can flourish even in difficult circumstances.

April 3           In the Lion’s Den – Daniel 6:14-28; John Adair

God doesn’t promise to deliver us in life, but He will deliver us through death by faith in Him.

April 10         Palm Sunday Witnesses of Jesus’ Life – Luke 19:28-40; Larry Murray

April 17         Easter Sunday Witnesses of Jesus’ Resurrection – Luke24:36-49; Larry Murray

April 24        Dreams, Visions, and Prophecies  – Daniel 7:1-8 (Overview of Daniel 7-12); Larry Murray

Why should we study biblical prophecy and apocalyptic dreams and visions?

May 1            The Beasts and The King – Daniel 7:9-14; Ryan Rives

The Kingdom of God is far greater than the kingdoms of humanity.

May 8            Mother’s Day Peace – Philippians 4:6-7; Larry Murray

May 15          Signs of the Times – Daniel 7:15-28; Larry Murray

The Antichrist is coming, but we look with hope for Christ appearing again.

May 22          The Reign of the King – Daniel 7:15-28; Larry Murray

One day, the King of kings will return to establish His Eternal Kingdom and reign.

May 29          The Time of Judgement – Daniel 7, Revelation 4-19; Larry Murray

The 7-year Tribulation will be a time of judgment for those who have rejected Jesus as the Messiah.

June 5            The Olivet Discourse – Daniel 7, Matthew 24; Larry Murray

God’s Word gives us a helpful perspective on the future and a hopeful knowledge that He is in control.

June 12          Superpowers in Conflict – Daniel 8:1-8, 15-21; Warren Mull

Biblical prophecy moves us and Christ’s love compels us to tell others about the LORD.

June 19          Antiochus and the Antichrist – Daniel 8:9-14, 22-27; Craig Williams

The cruelty of sinful people in this world leads us to the kindness of the Savior from Heaven.

June 26          God’s Word and Prayer – Daniel 9:1-4; Larry Murray

Life changing prayer is motivated by God’s Word.

July 3            God’s People and Prayer – Daniel 9:1-19; Larry Murray

Life changing prayer magnifies our worship of the LORD.

July 10          Seventy Weeks of Daniel – Daniel 9:20-27; Tom Constable

Biblical prophecy has a purpose of encouraging and strengthening God’s people.

July 17          Daniel and Demons – Daniel 10:1-21; Larry Murray

The personal conflicts of our hearts are often a result of spiritual conflicts in the heavens.

July 24          OT History and Prophecy – Daniel 11:1-35; Chris Buri

History reveals an accurate fulfilling of Old Testament prophecy, so the future will reveal and accurate fulfilling, too.

July 31          The Battle of Armageddon – Daniel 11:36-12:1; Jordan Brown

Through His plans for the final battle on earth, God will reveal His strength and power to the rebellious nations of the world.

August 7        Resurrection and Reward – Daniel 12:2-4; Larry Murray

God has plans for humanity which includes a final resurrection to eternal life for believers in Christ and resurrection to judgment before God for those who ignored, rejected, or rebelled against Him.

August 14      Final Words from Daniel – Daniel 12:4-13; Larry Murray

God has given us prophecies for the future to give us hope for the present while we trust that God is in control of all people, governments, and things.

“Daniel praised the God of the heavens
and declared:
May the name of God be praised
forever and ever,
for wisdom and power belong to him.
He changes the times and seasons;
he removes kings and establishes kings.
He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge
to those who have understanding.”
Daniel 2:19-21