Each day, read Daniel 12. Feel free to mark up the passage, or record in your journal key words, phrases, commands, or anything that stands out to you. Then, read the devotional prompts, and take time to reflect upon those questions, recording your thoughts and insights in your journal. End your time in prayer, praising God for who He is and asking for the Spirit’s help in yielding to anything He might be calling you to do.
Week 6 Introduction
This final chapter of Daniel is the end of a vision of the future from the Lord Himself. Here, God makes it clear that He has a plan, and that it will be accomplished. Daniel does not understand all he has seen and heard and asks for an explanation. He is given some, but encouraged not to worry about the future and to continue in the present. Pastor Dave offers us three points this week: trouble will come, God will prevail, and time will end.
It’s easy to see trouble will come, when it’s already here. Forewarned is forearmed and we should not be surprised if things get worse. But we are not to look forward in fear, God prevails- always. We won’t beat the enemy, He will. And our worst sins and failures are already covered in Christ’s own blood. As time ends, we need to use it wisely for His Kingdom purposes. To see what eyes can’t see takes knowledge from God, believing His goodness, and a will for His glory.
The End Times
“At that time Michael, the great prince who protects your people, will arise. There will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then. But at that time your people—everyone whose name is found written in the book—will be delivered. 2 Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt. 3 Those who are wise[a] will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever. 4 But you, Daniel, roll up and seal the words of the scroll until the time of the end. Many will go here and there to increase knowledge.”
5 Then I, Daniel, looked, and there before me stood two others, one on this bank of the river and one on the opposite bank. 6 One of them said to the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, “How long will it be before these astonishing things are fulfilled?”
7 The man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, lifted his right hand and his left hand toward heaven, and I heard him swear by him who lives forever, saying, “It will be for a time, times and half a time.[b] When the power of the holy people has been finally broken, all these things will be completed.”
8 I heard, but I did not understand. So I asked, “My lord, what will the outcome of all this be?”
9 He replied, “Go your way, Daniel, because the words are rolled up and sealed until the time of the end. 10 Many will be purified, made spotless and refined, but the wicked will continue to be wicked. None of the wicked will understand, but those who are wise will understand.
11 “From the time that the daily sacrifice is abolished and the abomination that causes desolation is set up, there will be 1,290 days. 12 Blessed is the one who waits for and reaches the end of the 1,335 days.
13 “As for you, go your way till the end. You will rest, and then at the end of the days you will rise to receive your allotted inheritance.”
Forward Focus Friday
Reread Daniel 12.
We are called to use time wisely. Pastor Dave quotes Colossians 4:5, ‘Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.” Our voice is needed to guide others to choose God while there is time. We can ask the Lord to show us all how As we wrap up our Common Ground study on Daniel, take the time to reflect on how this study has personally changed the way you use your time. What are you doing to “make the most of every opportunity?” Has the Lord empowered you to be bolder in sharing Christ with others? Record these changes, and any others, in your journal, and share with a trusted Christian friend and/or small group.
Take a few minutes and look through your notes from this study, and record in your journal, three key takeaways from Daniel, as well as any key Scripture verses that impacted you.
End your time in prayer, thanking God for the valuable lessons you’ve learned from Daniel, and for how he is continually transforming you, for His glory. Thank Him for the reminder that despite the troubles we will face, He prevails, and let that truth encourage your weary heart in the midst of your battles. Surrender anything that is weighing you down, and receive His peace instead. Ask for the Spirit’s help in making the most of every opportunity, and for courage to be bold.