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“May you and I look to the Lord when we need help.” <>< Dona (12/04/20)

Please read Daniel 10 through 12.  If you don’t have a Bible handy just click here -> Biblegateway.com. The Biblegateway website should open for you to use. Type in the chapters you want to read and select the translation you want to read them from. Click search and the chapters should appear. Once you read the suggested chapters close the screen and you should return here.

Theme Daniel 10

Daniel received a revelation (v. 1)

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Your message to Daniel concerned a great war (v. 1).

Something to think about

Daniel is told by a heavenly being to not be afraid; that he has been heard (v. 12).   The heavenly being told Daniel he had come to explain what would happen in the future to the Israelites (v. 14). God’s plans are written in the writing of Truth (v. 20-21).

Something to experience

Sometimes our prayers may be hindered as Daniel’s were (v. 13).  But we need to trust God to help us as He did Daniel (v. 18-19).  For God is in control of the past, present and future.

Scripture to hide in your heart

Daniel 10:1 In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a thing was revealed to Daniel, whose name was called Belteshazzar; and the thing was true, even a great warfare. He understood the thing, and had understanding of the vision.

Daniel 10:12 Then he (a heavenly being) said to me, “Don’t be afraid, Daniel; for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard. I have come for your words’ sake.” 

Daniel 10:13 “But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; but, behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me because I remained there with the kings of Persia.” 

Daniel 10:14 “Now I have come to make you understand what will happen to your people in the latter days; for the vision is yet for many days.”

Daniel 10:18-19 18 “Then one like the appearance of a man touched me again, and he strengthened me. 19 He said, ‘Greatly beloved man, don’t be afraid. Peace be to you. Be strong. Yes, be strong.’  When he spoke to me, I was strengthened, and said, ‘Let my lord speak; for you have strengthened me.’”

Daniel 10:20-21 20 Then he said, “Do you know why I have come to you? Now I will return to fight with the prince of Persia. When I go out, behold, the prince of Greece will come. 21 But I will tell you that which is inscribed in the writing of truth. There is no one who holds with me against these, but Michael your prince.”

Theme Daniel 11

Kings of the north and the south.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, the angelic messenger told Daniel the future that was instore for Israel.

Something to think about

God works in nations and individual lives.  And His plans are unshakeable. But the kings (north and south) waged war and tried to destroy each other (see v. 25-26).  And a certain time the king of the North will invade the South yet again but will fail (v. 29-30).  The king of the North will corrupt those who have violated the covenant, but those who know their God will firmly resist the king (v. 31-32).  Those who are wise will instruct many but they will face discouragement (v. 33-34). Some of the wise will stumble but recover (v. 35).   And evil will come to an end (v. 45).

Something to experience

The two kings (north and south) were bent on evil.  And they lied to each other. Treachery and deceit are destructive behavior (v. 27-28).  When others begin to show interest in God’s Word, we should share our faith with them. We may face persecution and rejection though as we tell others about our Savior.  

Scripture to hide in your heart

Daniel 11:25-26 25 “He will stir up his power and his courage against the king of the south with a great army; and the king of the south will wage war in battle with an exceedingly great and mighty army; but he won’t stand; for they will devise plans against him. 26 Yes, those who eat of his dainties will destroy him, and his army will be swept away. Many will fall down slain.” 

Daniel 11:27-28 27 “As for both these kings, their hearts will be to do mischief, and they will speak lies at one table; but it won’t prosper, for the end will still be at the appointed time. 28 Then he will return into his land with great wealth. His heart will be against the holy covenant. He will take action, and return to his own land.”

Daniel 11:29-30 29 “He will return at the appointed time, and come into the south; but it won’t be in the latter time as it was in the former. 30 For ships of Kittim will come against him. Therefore he will be grieved, and will return, and have indignation against the holy covenant, and will take action. He will even return, and have regard to those who forsake the holy covenant.”

Daniel 11:31-32 31 “Forces will stand on his part, and they will profane the sanctuary, even the fortress, and will take away the continual burnt offering. Then they will set up the abomination that makes desolate. 32 He will corrupt those who do wickedly against the covenant by flatteries; but the people who know their God will be strong, and take action.”

Daniel 11:33-34 33 “Those who are wise among the people will instruct many; yet they will fall by the sword and by flame, by captivity and by plunder, many days. 34 Now when they fall, they will be helped with a little help; but many will join themselves to them with flatteries.” 

Daniel 11:35 “Some of those who are wise will fall, to refine them, and to purify, and to make them white, even to the time of the end; because it is yet for the time appointed.”

Daniel 11:45 “He will plant the tents of his palace between the sea and the glorious holy mountain; yet he will come to his end, and no one will help him.”

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Theme Daniel 12

The End Times.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Michael, the great prince who stands for Your children, will arise (v. 1a). 

Something to think about

The great suffering that comes upon God’s people will be tempered by God’s promise of deliverance for His true followers (v. 1b). Those who are dead will awake (v. 2-3).  Trials and tribulations make little sense when we’re experiencing them but they can bring us to the place where God wants us to be (v. 10).  Daniel was told, in the end, he would rise and receive eternal life (v. 13).

Something to experience

We, believers, can shine as light into the lives of those around us (v. 3).  God’s plan is for us to humbly come to Him and accept His Son, Christ Jesus, as our Lord and Savior (v. 7).  We too should look forward to our future home in glory.

Scripture to hide in your heart

Daniel 12:1 “At that time Michael will stand up, the great prince who stands for the children of your people; and there will be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time. At that time Your people will be delivered, everyone who is found written in the book.”

Daniel 12:2-3 “Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.  Those who are wise will shine as the brightness of the expanse. Those who turn many to righteousness will shine as the stars forever and ever.” 

Daniel 12:7 I heard the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand to heaven, and swore by him who lives forever that it will be for a time, times, and a half; and when they have finished breaking in pieces the power of the holy people, all these things will be finished.

Daniel 12:10 “Many will purify themselves, and make themselves white, and be refined; but the wicked will do wickedly; and none of the wicked will understand; but those who are wise will understand.”

Daniel 12:13 “But go your way until the end; for you will rest, and will stand in your inheritance at the end of the days.”

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Prayer

Lord, I pray we will trust You to help us just as You did Daniel (Daniel 10:18-19). Lord, I pray we will be faithful to sharing Your Word with those around us (Daniel 11).  Lord, I pray we will shine as light into the lives of all those we meet (Daniel 12:3).  Lord, I pray, if we haven’t already, we will humble ourselves and ask Christ Jesus into our life (Daniel 12:7).  Lord, I pray we will indeed look forward to our home with You. In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

“May you and I keep our eyes looking upward.” <>< Dona