November 20, 2009

Late breaking news: Daniel 7-12

Daniel 7-12


Mesmerized.
My eyes are wide open.

My breath caught in my throat me as I took it in. As I write this, my fingers feel numb. I am speechless because the only thing that comes to mind is "Whoa!" But then is it "woe"?

I feel like I am reading the daily news article, from the very near future. I can understand Daniel's perplexity- he was stunned. I, living in the time he was only looking into, am stunned at how present this really is.

Daniel 7-12 shows us the here and now. This is no longer the future, but this is ours- this generation's, future. The resounding image we see is someone rising up in power not by might, but by intrigue. This someone will intrigue the world, and will do it deceptively. Daniel calls it the abomination of desolation, as does Christ in MAtthew 24. Paul calls him the son of perdition in 2 Thessalonians 2:3, and he is also commonly called him the antichrist. Yet Paul warns us that the spirit of the antichrist is in the world already ( 1 John 2:18).

There is also the warning that the people of God will suffer because of this intriguing person.

He shall speak pompous words against the Most High,
Shall persecute the saints of the Most High,
And shall intend to change times and law.
Then
the saints shall be given into his hand
For a time
and times and half a time
.
(Daniel 7:25, New King James Version)


Those who do wickedly against the covenant he shall corrupt with flattery; but the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits. 33 And those of the people who understand shall instruct many; yet for many days they shall fall by sword and flame, by captivity and plundering. (Daniel 11:32-33, New King James Version)

Do not be alarmed, for the Lord prevails, and we as joint-heirs with Christ also prevail.
If you are alarmed, do what the bible instructs:
So, friends, confirm God's invitation to you, his choice of you. Don't put it off; do it now. Do this, and you'll have your life on a firm footing, the streets paved and the way wide open into the eternal kingdom of our Master and Savior, Jesus Christ. (2 Peter 1:10, The Message)

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