A Book, Resurrection, Eternal Destiny!
Scripture reading for September 4th: Daniel 10-12
Daniel lived in Babylon until he was an old man. He continued a life of prayer and from his relationship with God received prophetic visions. Daniel won favor with man and with God by his faithfulness and simple trust. The insight that he received about God’s plans from his day to the final judgment and resurrection are simply amazing. Only God could have revealed them!
“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. Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt.” (Daniel 12:1-2)
Daniel was told of a conflict at the time of the end that would result in the greatest distress that God’s people had ever experienced. The archangel Michael, assigned to Israel, would arise to do battle and protect God’s people. Those whose names were written a certain book would be delivered from death and the distress of that terrible time. There would only be two destinies: everlasting life or everlasting contempt! God would resurrect even those who “slept in the dust”. This talks about resurrection from the grave and is a clear picture of the end of time as described by Jesus Christ (Matthew 25:31-44) and John the Apostle in Revelation 20:11-15!
“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. But you, Daniel, close up and seal the words of the scroll until the time of the end. Many will go here and there to increase knowledge.” (Daniel 12:3-4)
Daniel was given encouragement by God for the righteous and wise. Great glory awaited those who win souls and turn many to God’s righteous Son! Daniel was told to seal the scroll and allow it’s message to be unsealed at the time of the end! That time would be marked by much activity and increased knowledge on the earth. John the Apostle, on the other hand, was told to not seal his revelation for the time was near! (Revelation 22:10) What exciting times to be alive for those whose names are in His Book of Life!