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September 21 – Promises Of The Blessed End

“I heard, but I did not understand. Then I said, ‘O my lord, what shall be the outcome of these things?’  He said, ‘Go your way, Daniel, for the words are shut up and sealed until the time of the end.  Many shall purify themselves and make themselves white and be refined, but the wicked shall act wickedly. And none of the wicked shall understand, but those who are wise shall understand. . . . But go your way till the end. And you shall rest and shall stand in your allotted place at the end of the days.'” Daniel 12:8-10,13

Devotional Thought For The Day

Thus concludes the final chapter of the book of Daniel – a chapter wherein Daniel is granted assurances of how all things will come to an end.  Included is a description of the final conquest of Michael and a most comforting set of promises:  “But at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone whose name shall be found written in the book. And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.  And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.” [Dan. 12:1-3]

Even the prophet Daniel who wrote of these things didn’t understand everything – and it really didn’t matter.  What mattered is that the people of God will be delivered, those with faith in Jesus Christ our Savior, whose names are found in His book.  What mattered is that God will raise the dead for eternal existence – either to glory or to shame and contempt. What mattered is that the wise believers in Jesus will “shine like the brightness of the sky above” – and those who turn others to righteousness, to faith in Jesus, are also greatly blessed.  And this is really all that matters to us in these latter days, for those of us who know and believe God’s love for us in Christ Jesus, who are living some 2,500 years after Daniel wrote these words.

And so it has been through all these intervening years, and shall be until the very end: “Many shall purify themselves and make themselves white and be refined, but the wicked shall act wickedly. And none of the wicked shall understand, but those who are wise shall understand.”  Is it not so to this day – that many “have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb” [Rev. 7:14], through faith in Jesus Christ, and that “the wicked shall act wickedly”?  It is certainly true that “none of the wicked understand” – if they did, and had even an ounce of spiritual sanity, they would quickly repent in sackcloth and ash, and plead for mercy from the glorious Son of God. But you, dear friends in Christ are blessed to understand – not everything, but like Daniel, all that is truly important.

There are “allotted places” at the end of days – for you as well, you who have put your full faith, trust, and confidence in the gracious love and mercy of God, in the blood of Jesus Christ which “cleanses us from all sin.” [1 Jn. 1:7]  Like blessed Daniel, our dear Savior is watching over your life with gentle love and compassion – He knows first-hand the tribulations we must endure as we journey toward the blessedness of His eternal kingdom.  So we also “go our way,” living the life He has given us, as a blessing to spouse, parents, children, brothers and sisters, and to our friends and acquaintances, especially to our fellow believers within the church. We too shall “rest,” either in the dust of death, or directly at His return in the great Sabbath of His kingdom [Rev. 14:13].  God has spoken it; it shall be so.  So we journey on through life with great joy – our names are in His book through faith in Jesus Christ, and He has already allotted our place in His glorious kingdom!

Scripture Cited

Rev. 14:13  “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on. ‘Blessed indeed,’ says the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!”

Prayer For The Day

Dear Lord Jesus Christ, thanks and praise be to You that You have included us in the wisdom of Your eternal salvation.  Strengthen us with assurances of the end, that we may go our way through this life in peace and courage.  Grant that others may be turned to righteousness through our witness to Your love.  Amen.