Wednesday, September 17, 2008

The Wise Shall Shine

September 17: Daniel 10-12

1 “At that time shall arise Michael, the great prince who has charge of your people. And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never has been since there was a nation till that time. But at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone whose name shall be found written in the book. 2 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. 3 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.

8 I heard, but I did not understand. Then I said, “O my lord, what shall be the outcome of these things?” 9 He said, “Go your way, Daniel, for the words are shut up and sealed until the time of the end. 10 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.
Daniel 12:1-3 & 8-10

The Wise Shall Shine

As we come now to the last three chapters in the book of Daniel, we find a most unusual occurrence.

4 On the twenty-fourth day of the first month, as I was standing on the bank of the great river (that is, the Tigris) 5 I lifted up my eyes and looked, and behold, a man clothed in linen, with a belt of fine gold from Uphaz around his waist. 6 His body was like beryl, his face like the appearance of lightning, his eyes like flaming torches, his arms and legs like the gleam of burnished bronze, and the sound of his words like the sound of a multitude.
Daniel 10:4-6

Who was this man, and what was the message He had to convey to Daniel? This man clothed in linen was none other than the Lord Jesus Christ! He came to His beloved Daniel and related to him the things that will come to pass in the future.

The message is quite long, and the exact interpretation has been disputed over the centuries, but I would like to focus on the end of chapter 12. Throughout the entire Bible we are aware of two separate classes of people, the righteous and the unrighteous, or the saved and the unsaved. In Daniel 12 the distinction between these two groups is made even clearer when the end of time is at hand.

We love to find gray areas, do we not? How would we determine who is righteous and who is not? It would be an impossible task for any of us. As a matter of fact, only the Lord Jesus Christ knows without a doubt who are His children and who are not. Here at the end of times, there are no more gray areas.

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.
Daniel 12:3

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.
Daniel 12:10

Daniel was greatly troubled for His people; the news that Christ brought to him was terrifying! How often do we feel the same way when we ponder the world events occurring all around us? We must take comfort in the knowledge that nothing is out of the hand of God; everything He has planned will come to pass. Jesus will separate the righteous from the wicked, and not one of His children will be left behind.

Remember, the wicked will never understand! Do you find yourself "barking up the wrong side of a tree" when you try to explain the Word of God to those around you? Or, are you ridiculed for your antiquated beliefs by a world which has obviously (to their way of thinking) evolved to a much higher level?

Let us be among the wise who will shine like the brightness of the sky and like the stars forever and ever. By the grace of God alone, we will understand!

God Bless You,
Linda

All Scriptures are from the English Standard Version of the Bible.

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