Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Still Thinking of Daniel

Most Christians ignore Daniel and John’s views of the end times. Dreams of old men, nothing more. Might be better if they paid attention to some of those verses, for the time will come when they are worn out:

And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time. (Daniel 7:25 KJV)

Over the ages, many people have thought this applied to their time – but it didn’t. Since it never has happened and we’re still here, most think that these visions really were the dreams of old men, not the words of God. Yes, or no – they either are, or are not. Which choice should we take?

I prefer to take this as a God-given vision, with a message for His saints:

But the saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever. (Daniel 7:18 KJV)

Many believe these visions do not speak of specific events. That evil nations rise by the power of their armament, and fall because of their lacks. Again, I turn to the Bible for an answer:

Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. (Romans 13:1 KJV)

Or, back in Proverbs:

By me kings reign, and princes decree justice. By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth. (Proverbs 8:15-16 KJV)

Do we believe God makes mistakes?  That He ignores those who love Him?  That His promises are of no value?  Personally, I don’t think He makes mistakes – I believe there are things He allows, that we don’t understand, but He does.  I also believe there is evil, working against God’s will.  But that evil does not understand God’s plan any more than we do.  Paul gave an example in Christ’s death:

But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. (1 Corinthians 2:7-8 KJV)

There are mysteries, things we are not given to understand, no matter how hard we try.

For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. (1 Corinthians 13:12 KJV)

Doesn’t mean we aren’t to ask questions, to seek answers – nor does it mean we will not find some along the way.  But we must come in faith, seeking truth more than knowledge.

Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. (2 Timothy 3:7 KJV)

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