I have just finished reading an article on the Moriel website called "Who can understand God’s prophetic plan?”. In that article D. E. Isom speaks about an underlying messaged found in the book of Daniel that is often missed. He looks at Daniel’s life and how he remained faithful to God and although he lived in the world was not a part of it.
It’s an important message that is often missed to those who try to calculate numbers and dates concerning the last days..
“Many will be purged, purified and refined, but the wicked will act wickedly; and none of the wicked will understand, but those who have insight will understand.
– Daniel 12:10
Here we are provided the stark contrast of who will and will not “understand” as it is defined biblically. If to this point it has not been clear to you that understanding is the natural outcome of faithfulness, it should be clear in this specific distinction that it will not come to “the wicked”, someone who by definition behaves unfaithfully.
Scripture uses a number of different terms which describe specific sinful states. “Sinner”, “backslider”, and “unbeliever” are used to describe not only different kinds of behaviour but to specify that person’s relationship (or lack thereof) with the One True God. Someone identified as “wicked” in Scripture is referring to someone in rebellion to what they know, someone not just influenced by evil but putting it into practice. Just as Daniel provides an example of daily, personal faithfulness which produces the kind of person who comes to know and understand what God is doing, someone termed “wicked” is the result of the habitual pursuit of faithlessness resulting in spiritual ignorance to what is going on. The practical question to ask yourself is which of these two destinations are you going to most likely arrive at based on what you consistently put into practice?