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Today’s Daniel Dilemma

Increasingly during these strange times, we watch foreshadows of past prophecy spread across our nation. I say “strange times, because things are taking place that are antithetical to all we have embraced as a constitutionally secured republic founded on Judeo-Christian principles.

By “shadows of past prophecy,” I’m referring to there being nothing new under the sun, as written by the writer of Ecclesiastes.

The clouds of wickedness that plagued generations of antiquity as reported by God’s prophets now are a metastasizing sin-stain shadow of evil spreading across America.

Particularly, I believe we can look at Daniel’s time in Babylon and make application to some extent to what’s happening in a specific area of this nation. Daniel‘s case regarding his being thrown into the lion’s den is a point of connection I hope to make to today’s situation in regard to those who hold to Christ-centered truth.

The old prophet–by this time, Daniel was well along in age—was under the rulership of the Medes and Persians. Babylon had been defeated. Daniel was still held in high regard as a great prophet by Darius and his court–for the most part. He was, however, jealously hated by a certain cabal within the king’s advisory council.

We remember that they tricked the king into making a decree that, within a designated time frame, anyone found worshipping any God other than the deity who was personified in the king would be put to death. The king signed the decree, and under Persian law his decree couldn’t be changed, even by the king himself.

We know how it ended. Daniel was thrown into the den with ravenous lions. Not only did the Lord protect him by shutting the mouths of the hungry beasts, but the king, who obviously had great affection for Daniel, had the conspirators against God’s prophet and all their families thrown to the lions–whose appetites were apparently then satisfied.

Point is, Daniel was in the middle of a dilemma—an environment—that was more or less legislated by the powers of evil of that day. The prophet stood strong–rather, knelt faithfully—and continued to worship like he had every day of his time since he had been brought to Babylon as a captive at around age fourteen.

What is the connection, Daniel’s dilemma, to today in America? The comparison congealed in my thinking upon reading what is happening in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The city, once humorously spotlighted in the Mary Tyler Moore show, has observably descended from being that more or less happy site of Americana. We have seen the twin cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul–particularly Minneapolis—come increasingly under that dark shadow of spreading wickedness. Here are a couple of excerpts of news that report just how the metastasizing evil has invaded and wrapped the prophetic tentacles of the soon-to-come Antichrist regime around this American region.

The Minnesota chapter of Hamas-linked CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) is demanding that mosques in Minneapolis can broadcast the Islamic call to prayer five times a day versus the already allotted three times a day.

Referred to as the Adhan, the Islamic call to prayer is intended to show “power and control over a country.” The Adhan declares the supremacy of Allah of Islam and is considered a “warlike declaration.”…

The terror-tired group wants residents to not only hear the eardrum-shattering disturbance in the late mornings and afternoon but also in the early morning and evenings. For this to happen, the Islamic supremacists are demanding that the city’s noise ordinance rules be changed just for them…

Like many other Islamic groups and leaders, CAIR hopes that Minneapolis, which boasts a large Somalian migrant community, can set an example for Muslims across the country, locally and nationwide, on how to Islamize their communities, cities, and states.

CAIR has always been clear about its intentions to make the United States Islamic. CAIR Founder/Chairman Emeritus Omar Ahmad stated, “Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith but to become dominant…The Koran, the Muslim book of scripture, should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth.” (“Minneapolis Moves Closer to Becoming First U.S. City to Blast Islamic Call to Prayer Five Times a Day, Starting at Dawn,” RAIR Foundation, Rapture Ready News, April 3, 2023)***


Minneapolis Public Schools are hosting a “gender resource fair” featuring a drag queen story hour event and a doctor who will speak on the importance of “supporting young transgender children.”

Loring Elementary, which teaches kids from preschool to the 5th grade, will be hosting the event on April 13. They are urging parents to bring their “gender creative young ones” to the event where they can be indoctrinated into a satanic lifestyle that includes chemical castration and the mutilation of their sexual organs…

Minnesota is on its way to becoming a sanctuary state for “gender-affirming care,” meaning children can be taken to the state to be drugged and mutilated without regulations, with a transgender state representative pushing these policies:

Transgender Minnesota state representative Leigh Finke struggled to define the term “gender-affirming health care” while defending legislation that would allow kids to receive “gender-affirming health care” without any restrictions in their state…

Finke has introduced legislation that would make Minnesota a sanctuary state for “gender-affirming health care” for children across the country, meaning that kids could be brought across state lines to be chemically castrated with puberty blockers and then have their genitals mutilated…  (“Minneapolis Public Schools Will Host ‘Gender Resource Fair’ to Promote Drugging and Mutilating Children,” Big League Politics, Rapture Ready News, April 3, 2023)

This American city is becoming increasingly hostile to Christians and Bible truth. Yet at the black heart of the satanic assault centered in and around Minneapolis, there remains Rock-solid (the Rock being Jesus Christ) ministries that are examples of Daniel look-alikes. As a matter-of-fact, the world’s leading Christian radio ministry holds forth Gospel truth with nine hundred affiliate stations at its core from the Minneapolis area.

Jan Markell and Olive Tree Ministries serve as proof that God’s hand, like in Daniel’s day, is as powerful and in complete control as in the day the great prophet served unyieldingly as God’s man in wicked Babylon.

Daniel, by serving God no matter the conditions surrounding him, turned his satanically-engendered dilemma into a prophetic ministry of destiny. Like that prophet of yesteryear, there are ministries today in the midst of growing, end-times evil that are turning such dilemmas as that suffered by Daniel into dynamos of service to our Lord.

As believers we can each do the same in our own individual areas of service. As a matter of fact, we are commissioned by Heaven’s authority to do so.

Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints. (Ephesians 6:13–18)


  1. Dave Michaelson says:

    Happy Resurrection Sunday! This morning I heard my local news celebrating Easter by announcing an egg hunt for the kids in my local community. Have you noticed this and other happenings around our country rely on something other than what the original intent meant? Never is there a mention of a Risen Christ because this is too religious, and not all people attending these events believe the original intent of Easter! It’s gets lost in the hoopla that befits these egg hunts so the kids can just have fun. I’ve only noticed in the last few years more and more people who are followers of Jesus Christ refer to this day as ‘Resurrection Sunday’, and not Easter Sunday. I think this is because Easter no longer represents the original intended meaning, but has been worldly-influenced to accomodate other beliefs–a pluralistic viewpoint if you will. Terry mentions the apostasy happening in the Minneapolis area,yet there is still a remnant holding fast to the Word of God! I’ve followed Jan Markell for several years. and she and Mark Henry Ministries in the greater St.Paul-Minneapolis area are that tiny true remnant representative of Daniel’s time, and in our time unashamed to present the Gospel of Jesus Christ

    • Lisa K says:

      Yes, Happy Resurrection Sunday!
      My reply post on Terry’s writing was pretty negative. I do, though, believe there are plenty of true Christians in Mn. Just need more to stand firm and be hands and feet for our Lord. Also being a follower of Jan’s program (and many of her friends), I praise God for them– sharing the love and truth of Jesus Christ. Peace!
      Lisa K.

      • Dave Michaelson says:

        Thanks Lisa! I found Olive Tree Views , and I’m glad I did! She and her guests have such discernment for the times we live in, and that’s so rare these days. I also listen to the yearly conference updates when she invites several speakers to speak on prophecy current events.

  2. Lisa K says:

    Living 30 miles west of downtown Mpls, I can attest to the sick, evil that has infiltrated the Twin Cities. It has drastically changed from a metro area of pretty areas with lakes and decent living to that of trash and lawlessness. The crimes have also increased in the suburbs. Constant car jackings, robberies, teen crime, murders, car chases, drug problems. We have a Govornor, Lt Gov and an Atty Gen that push their own agendas. They don’t care about the massive crimes. They constantly promote the abortion, trans/LG way of living. We have judges that release criminals all the time, and only to reappear doing more and worse crime. And, yes, the truth of Our Lord and Savior is being cast out of city and school. It is embarrassing. If I didn’t have ailing parents, I would have left awhile ago. I have been praying the Lord will reach their hearts. Praying for Christians to stand firm and against this evil. Two friends told me today that their churches were packed in Eden Prairie and Plymouth. Praying people have had enough. Let God’s word prevail! Minnesota needs a rain and a reign of the Holy Spirit.
    Lisa K.

  3. PedrApWallis says:

    In the 1960’s I used to listen to the BGEA “Hour of Decision”. The address was given as “BGEA, Minneapolis, Minnesota. I understand that the organisation later moved to Charlotte, North Carolina. Perhaps the effectiveness of the ministry from Minneapolis drew the evil one’s attention there?

  4. John Clark says:

    There are four specific things mentioned in Revelation 9:21 that will be predominate in the Tribulation Period: murders, sorceries (drug use), sexual immorality, and thefts. These things have risen to a new level in the last year. What we are witnessing in these four areas is little compared to what they will be during the Tribulation. But, the fact that they are so prominent now is evidence that we are, I believe, living at the edge of the Tribulation, which also makes the rapture ever so near.

  5. Lyndon Diekman says:

    We really appreciate you Jan and your steadfastness giving updates of events happening as we draw closer to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ! Our God is a living God able to deliver!

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