Seal these visions up in a scroll, Daniel. That was God’s command. The times are for God to know. What, then, is for us to know? If we cannot know God’s timing of the future and eternity, why did he give prophecies through Daniel and others? To help us with life now…
36 “The king will do as he pleases. He will exalt and magnify himself above every god and will say unheard-of things against the God of gods. He will be successful until the time of wrath is completed, for what has been determined must take place.
44 Reports from the east and the north will alarm him, and he will set out in a great rage to destroy and annihilate many. 45 He will pitch his royal tents between the seas at the beautiful holy mountain. Yet he will come to his end, and no one will help him.
1 “At that time Michael, the great prince who protects your people, will arise. There will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then. But at that time your people—everyone whose name is found written in the book—will be delivered. 2 Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt. 3 Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.
13 “As for you [Daniel], go your way till the end. You will rest, and then at the end of the days you will rise to receive your allotted inheritance.”
Daniel 11:36, 44-45, 12:1-3, 13
The angel, Michael, will fight a battle against this evil and anti-God king of the north. That king will be bent on the destruction of the world, and many will follow him down. He will come to his end, according to the prophecy of Daniel. Michael will rise up as the protector of God’s people.
Daniel asked about the timing of these events. Seal them up in a scroll, Daniel. That was God’s command. The times are for God to know. What, then, is for us to know? Why do we receive the trailer for the movie, yet no release date? It is because God’s message to us in Daniel’s prophecy isn’t to do with timing.
God’s message is about eternity.
Daniel was told to go on his way until the day he rises for his allotted inheritance. And we see that we will also rise on that day, either to everlasting life or everlasting shame and contempt. That’s the message of Daniel’s prophecy. The battles for good and evil will be waged before the end of time. We are in those battles even now. Every day we stand for good or evil in decisions we make. Those battles will culminate in the king of the north’s final conquests, whatever that will be in reality.
Then there will be the judgment. This is inevitable in our understanding of God’s plan for heaven and earth. Many prefer to ignore it or deny it or sweep it under the rug. The teaching about this judgment runs from the ancient writings of the Old Testament through the teachings of Jesus to the writings of the Revelation in the New Testament. We will all rise one day for eternity…
Have you thought about that day? Have you considered your eternity from that day forward? And perhaps an important related question is what will lead you to everlasting life and what will lead to everlasting contempt? So often we think this is about good works. Stay tuned for tomorrow to see what the Bible teaches about this question…