The message behind Daniel…

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?

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2 thoughts on “The message behind Daniel…

  1. Hi Vee,

    Thanks for drawing attention to this excellent article.

    If I were still blogging, this is the excerpt I would blog…

    “What did Daniel do when he recognized from the plain meaning of Scripture that God’s prophetic plan was being fulfilled in his lifetime? Did he write a book? Embark on speaking engagements? Convene prophecy conferences? “So I gave my attention to the Lord God to seek Him by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth and ashes”. I truly believe that if the myriad of books, websites, and conferences dedicated to the topic of the Last Days were accomplishing their biblical mission that they would not measure their success by attendance numbers, book sales, or the amount of information they put out but by the sincere repentance, return to the cross, and earnest desire to engage God on behalf of those who still have time to return to Him.”

    If every Christian would measure the ministries and conferences they attend and support by this simple standard, false teachers would be put out of ‘business’ over night!

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