5 Then I, Daniel, looked, and behold, two others stood, one on this bank of the stream and one on that bank of the stream. 6 And someone said to the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the stream,[a] “How long shall it be till the end of these wonders?” 7 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 and swore 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. 8 I heard, but I did not understand. Then I said, “O my lord, what shall be the outcome of these things?” 9 He said, “Go your way, Daniel, for the words are shut up and sealed until the time of the end. 10 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. 11 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. 12 Blessed is he who waits and arrives at the 1,335 days. 13 But go your way till the end. And you shall rest and shall stand in your allotted place at the end of the days.”
"What shall be the outcome?"
How many times in our life do we ask these questions? How long is this going to take? How long do I have to wait? How long will it be before I know? What will the outcome be of this choice I am making? What shall the outcome be if I make a different choice? What shall be the outcome of my life...the lives of my family members...what does the future hold?
MacArthur explains it this way:
I think about the future. I worry about the future. I wish I knew what was going to happen in the future. But do I? Would I really want to know everything that is going to happen in my life...I don't know....maybe not.
MacArthur goes on to say:
God reveals His plan to us in His time. We can take comfort in the promises of the past and the sovereignty of in the God of the past, the present, and the future. He has it all worked out.
MacArthur closes his message with these awesome words:
Tomorrow's scripture focus: Ephesians 1:1-2