Future-drama

It’s not long until the independence referendum. However this goes, there is cause to potentially be more than a little worried about the future. 

But scripture shows us that whatever happens, God is in charge. I believe that this is the message of the often-avoided second half of Daniel with its visions and prophecies. We see visions of the near and distant future (from Daniel’s perspective) with allusions to Alexander the Great, the Ptolemaic Empire, the Seleucid Empire, and Christ himself. Daniel himself struggled to get to grips with what he saw, even after his visions were explained to him:

And I, Daniel, was overcome and lay sick for some days. Then I rose and went about the king’s business, but I was appalled by the vision and did not understand it. (Daniel 8:27)

 

Some comfort. Daniel doesn’t really receive any explanation in his lifetime as to what he saw, however in the below passage (12:7-13), he is told to “go his way” and receive the inheritance he has been promised. The words given to him are intended as a comfort to the rest of us, to show us that God is sovereign, and that ultimately this is where our confidence should lie, and despite everything, he will come good on his covenant.

 

Then I, Daniel, looked, and behold, two others stood, one on this bank of the stream and one on that bank of the stream.  And someone said to the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the stream, “How long shall it be till the end of these wonders?” And I heard the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the stream; he raised his right hand and his left hand toward heaven andswore by him who lives forever that it would be for a time, times, and half a time, and that when the shattering of the power of the holy people comes to an end all these things would be finished.  I heard,but I did not understand. Then I said, “O my lord, what shall be the outcome of these things?”  He said,“Go your way, Daniel, for the words are shut up and sealed until the time of the end. Many shall purify themselves and make themselves white and be refined, but the wicked shall act wickedly. And none of the wicked shall understand, but those who are wise shall understand. And from the time that the regular burnt offering is taken away and the abomination that makes desolate is set up, there shall be 1,290 days. Blessed is he who waits and arrives at the 1,335 days. But go your way till the end. And you shall rest and shall stand in your allotted place at the end of the days.

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