Aug 2013

Daniel Looked for the End, Too

“As for me, I heard but could not understand; so I said, My Lord, what will be the outcome of these events.” Daniel 12:8.

The book of Daniel is a prophetic writing. It is one of many books of the bible that contain God’s message of what was to be and will be. Many of the words of Daniel are strange and the images are alien to us unless we watch a lot of sci-fi movies.

Real life, though, is always stranger than movies. This last week we have seen unrest in the Middle Eastern nations. It is mostly hatred cast toward America and our religious foundation.

The 12
th chapter of Daniel is a very interesting one. It is the last of God’s message to Daniel:

“Now at that time Michael, the great prince who stands guard over the sons of your people, will arise. And there will be a time of distress such as never occurred since there was a nation until that time; and at that time your people, everyone who is found written in the book, will be rescued.
 Many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake, these to everlasting life, but the others to disgrace and everlasting contempt. Those who have insight will shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven, and those who lead the many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever. But as for you, Daniel, conceal these words and seal up the book until the end of time; many will go back and forth, and knowledge will increase.

Then I, Daniel, looked and behold, two others were standing, one on this bank of the river and the other on that bank of the river. And one said to the man dressed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, “How long will it be until the end of these wonders?”
 I heard the man dressed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, as he raised his right hand and his left toward heaven, and swore by Him who lives forever that it would be for a time, times, and half a time; and as soon as they finish shattering the power of the holy people, all these events will be completed. As for me, I heard but could not understand; so I said, “My lord, what will be the outcome of these events?”  He said, “Go your way, Daniel, for these words are concealed and sealed up until the end time.  Many will be purged, purified and refined, but the wicked will act wickedly; and none of the wicked will understand, but those who have insight will understand.  From the time that the regular sacrifice is abolished and the abomination of desolation is set up, there will be 1,290 days.  How blessed is he who keeps waiting and attains to the 1,335 days!  But as for you, go your way to the end; then you will enter into rest and rise again for your allotted portion at the end of the age.”

In this passage, God has told Daniel what to do and then told him to go his way to the end and he will enter into rest and rise again for his reward.

People of God, don’t lay down your swords. Don’t stop reading the Word, even if you are like Daniel and are asking, “Lord, what will be the outcome of these events?” If the rapture and tribulation are biblical words that you just cannot seem to get a grasp on, remember verse 12:13, “How blessed is he who keeps waiting…”

Just look toward the eastern sky. Keep reading God’s blessed messages to us, and keep cleaning your house to attain holiness God calls us toward.

The end of the age may be something we see, or it may be something many generations to come will still be looking for like we do, but live as if we will see Jesus stepping through the clouds any day.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, for in it is the peace of the world.

Allison Speer