Summary: This is the 9th message on Bible characters. The outlines is 1-)The Position Daniel Served, 2-)The Predicaments Daniel Faced, 3-)The Principles He Modeled.

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This morning, we are continuing with our sermon series, entitled, CLOSE ENCOUNTERS

And over the last few weeks, we’ve been talking about the fact that we all need, and all can have CLOSE ENCOUNTERS


--no matter our past

--no matter our pain

--no matter our position

--no matter our predicament


And we’ve been talking about the greats…






--4 Great Women

Last week, we talked about JOB, and next week, being Father’s Day, we’re going to talk about Simon, the Cyrene, the man who bore Jesus cross

Two weeks from today, we’re going to be talking about that great CLOSE ENCOUNTER that Isaiah had in the sixth chapter

But this morning, I want us to look at the life of DANIEL, and one of the most prominent things that stood out about Daniel was the prophecies he gave

Prophecies about…

--about the coming 10 nations

--the coming 7 years of Tribulation

--the coming Anti-Christ

--the super increase of knowledge in the last days

And there’s no question, as you read the entirety of the prophecies of this great man, that we know we’re living in the last days

And if there’s ever a time for us to have CLOSE ENCOUNTERS it’s now

And so, with that in mind, let’s begin looking at the life of Daniel and let’s read…

Daniel 7:9 (NASB) “I kept looking until thrones were set up, And the Ancient of Days took His seat; His vesture was like white snow And the hair of His head like pure wool. His throne was ablaze with flames…


I don’t think it’s an accident today, in light of graduation and promotion recognition, that I’m preaching on the life of Daniel

Because when we first learn about Daniel in the Bible, he is just a teen-ager

And without question, God has always had an army of…





--Holy Ghost filled

Teen-agers and young people, who made a tremendous difference in the plan and purposes of God

Young people like…






And modern young people like CASSIE BERNALL – one of the victims of Colombine

And what happened was that one of the killers pointed a gun to her head and said are you a Christian? And she knew her life depended on that answer. And knowing what was certain, she said, “Yes.” And he blew her brains out

And as a result of her testimony, thousands of young people have come to Christ

And not only Cassie Bernall, but also a young lady named LISA WHELCHEL

You may not recognize the name, but she played on a T.V. show years ago called “The Facts of Life”

And when the produces of that show wanted her character to loose her virginity in an episode, she stood her ground and said that she didn’t want to set the wrong example because she was a Christian

And today, she travels the nation, ministering to Mothers and encouraging them to be all they can be

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