Saturday, July 20, 2019

Daniel 12

Today's reading in our daily plan is Daniel 12. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • In this final chapter of Daniel, we see the last interaction between Daniel and the man who has been speaking prophesies, or messages from God, to him.
  • In what might be his most cryptic messages yet, the man warns Daniel that an archangel will arise, and the world will experience a time of tremendous anguish: the worst it has ever experienced.
  • In the vision, another man appears and asks the first man how long it will be before these terrible things end. He responds with a mysterious answer that Daniel isn't able to comprehend.
  • The final verses mention timelines of 1,290 days and 1,335 days. These roughly line up with when people who lived in Daniel's area would make major shifts to worship a new idol.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Most of Daniel 12 is referring to the end of the world. Many parallels are found between Daniel 12 and the book of Revelation, which is the very last book of the Bible. 
  • We don't know the exact day or time, but we do know there will be a point where all of humanity enters eternity. Those who have chosen to follow God will experience the freedom of eternal life with him. Those who have chosen to live life without God will experience the pain of eternity without any semblance of God in it.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • If you have given your life to God, who can you share your faith with? Right now, there's someone in your life who will spend eternity apart from him. You can make an impact on their eternity by introducing them to Jesus.
  • Who can you call or text today to invite them to church tomorrow? Asking someone to go to church with you is an easy way to open the door to conversations about God. The invitation can be as simple as saying, "Hey, I go to this cool church called Verve. Want to check it out with me this weekend?" It's a question that could open the door to them finding God, and a new eternity with him.
Here's a helpful video from a great resource called BibleProject that reviews and summarizes the entire book of Daniel: