Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Tuesday, April 21st: Daniel 8-10, Revelation 8 ~ Nathan
In our OT reading we read about a vision that Daniel has, about a ram and a goat. The ram was strong and defeated all, until a goat appeared from the west who was more powerful than the ram. The angel Gabriel came to Daniel, who was fearful of him, and explained this vision to Daniel. He explained it by saying this vision is about the end times, and the goat represents a powerful king. This king is explained best in chapter 8:25, "This king will be very smart and tricky. He will use his wisdom and lies to be successful. He will think that he is very important. He will destroy many people, when they least expect it. He will try to fight even the Prince of Princes. But that cruel king's power will be destroyed, and it will not be a human hand that destroys him. "
Daniel goes on to pray for his people and ask for forgiveness, for they have gone away from living for God. He begs God for mercy.
In Revelation 8 we also read about destruction at the end times. We read about the first of the seven trumpet blasts from the seven angels. We read about hail, fire, blood, and death. In verse 13 we read how an eagle says in a loud voice "how terrible for those who live on earth" .
The end times truly sound scary. As a child growing up, and even as an adult, I've been frightened by how terrible it sounds. Growing up in a safe environment and a safe country, this all sounds so foreign and seems far removed from what we know. We see, when looking around, how far our society has fallen away and continues to move away from God and what the Bible says.
But as Christians, we need to have faith and take comfort that we are saved! We may have to go through hard or terrible things, but we need to focus on the end, which will be victory in Jesus for those who trust and obey. I pray that I, and you, stay faithful.