Insights on Today's Reading
Daniel 10 - Daniel had been engaged in much prayer and spiritual battle. He felt weakened yet he spent three weeks in prayer, verse 2,3. He had a vision of an angelic messenger sent to him. However, this angel was withheld from coming, verse 13, because of a spiritual and unseen heavenly conflict with a demon, "prince of the kingdom of Persia," until Michael, the godly chief prince, came to help. Daniel would be given instruction as to "what will happen to your people in the latter days," verse 14.
Daniel 11 - Daniel was given visions of what would happen after Darius' reign, verses 1,2. Kings from Syria and Egypt would be involved. Israel would be in the midst of the conflict, which is still going on in our day! Some believe that verses 25-28 describe the campaign of Antiochus Epiphanes and his eventual defeat. Other conflicts would happen, but Wiersbe suggests that the people of God would still "be strong, and carry out great exploits," verse 32. Even bad times should challenge God's people to rise up and engage in battle against evil.
Daniel 12 - This chapter primarily deals with the Great Tribulation when believers will be sorely tried, tortured and executed. They shall be resurrected to everlasting life, verse 2. Whether in the Tribulation or not, God's people should be seeking to "turn many to righteousness," verse 3. Some prophecies were never meant to be understood "until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro and knowledge shall increase." This is where we get the thought that prophecy is understood best by those who are living just prior to the fulfillment of those predictions.
Daily commentary and insight from Pastor Eckardt.
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