Daniel 12

Daniel 12 wraps up the prophecy of this man.  Israel is destined for some trouble.  There is a battle brewing between good and evil. “At that time shall arise Michael, the great prince who has charge of your people”.  Michael, who is often associated with spiritual battle and is called the archangel prepares.  He is Satan’s true opposite. Satan is not the opposite of Jesus; he is the opposite of Michael, this high-ranking angel. In addition to his role as a spiritual warrior, Michael has a special job in protecting Israel. God appointed Michael as a spiritual guardian over Israel.

There is a troubled time coming.  “And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never has been since there was a nation till that time. But at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone whose name shall be found written in the book”.  The outcome is already known – God is in control of all things.  But there will be a Great Tribulation that will be a time of persecution and world calamity.  The worst is yet to come.  The fury of the devil will be directed against the people of God in that time.

Yet victory is secure.  Deliverance will come no matter how great the attack.  God is still on the throne and promises to preserve His people Israel.  The promise of deliverance is not for every last person of Jewish heritage, but for these who are found written in the book.  God will bring all people face to face with their eternal life.  “And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt”.  We will all face this reality – a time when we stand before God and give account.  There are two outcomes – heaven and hell – and it is there we will live forever.  Are you ready for that face to face?  Eternity is a very long time.  Don’t be caught unprepared!

The end times will be difficult, but there’s a ray of good news here in Daniel’s words.  “And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever”.  Those who live in God’s wisdom will shine. All God’s people are like stars in the sense that they radiate light and help others to see and find their way. But certainly, those who turn many to righteousness shine even more brightly, helping even more people to see the light and find their way.  After those words, God instructs Daniel to seal the book and they would be kept safely until the time of the end.  God has sealed them until His time comes.

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