"I was watching in the night visions,
And behold, One like the Son of Man,
Coming with the clouds of heaven!
He came to the Ancient of Days,
And they brought Him near before Him.
Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom,
That all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him.
His dominion is an everlasting dominion,
Which shall not pass away,
And His kingdom the one
Which shall not be destroyed." (7:13-14)
I'll just start where I left yesterday - AMEN! Christ, as we already know, rules all. At the end of this place we call earth, His kingdom and dominion will be forevermore. He will be the indisputable King of Kings. We know He already is, but now everyone will have to "give Jesus his props" GLORY!
"...and he cast truth down to the ground. He did all this and prospered" (8:12)
"Through his cunning He shall cause deceit to prosper under his rule; And he shall exalt himself in his heart. He shall destroy many in their prosperity. He shall even rise against the Prince of princes; But he shall be broken without human means" (8:25)
These are interesting verses. It looks like the bad guy is doing whatever he pleases and getting away with it. How often does it look that way in our lives? People are getting away with deceit, treachery and all manner of immorality. It breaks our hearts. Why aren't they being stopped or punished we inquire? But hold on....verse 25 speaks some hope for us. God will break them down. Let me say it again so we don't forget. God....will....break....them....down. We may never see it, but know it's coming by God's means, not ours. I can sleep well knowing that. How about you?
"O my God, incline Your ear and hear; open Your eyes and see our desolations, and the city which is called by Your name; for we do not present our supplications before You because of our righteous deeds, but because of Your great mercies." (9:18)
Again Daniel displays humility. He clearly understands that it is not our righteousness that causes God to answer our prayers. It is God's mercy for us, His great mercy that makes that happen. I am so thankful for the twins, grace and mercy. Wherever would I be without them?
"At the beginning of your supplications the command went out, and I have come to tell you, for you are greatly beloved; therefore consider the matter, and understand the vision:"(9:23)
"And he said to me, “O Daniel, man greatly beloved.." (10:11)
This was spoken by the angel Gabriel. I tell you this gives me the shivers and brings tears to my eyes. To think that God, even before my prayer is fully off my lips, is commanding things to happen. WOW! The phrase that has me pondering still is "you are greatly beloved", which is repeated in Chapter 10. How, oh how do we become greatly beloved of God. We are all beloved but greatly beloved seems so special. I can imagine that Moses and David were greatly beloved. What about Enoch? I think he too was greatly beloved. How do we get there? I'm not sure but I'm starting my journey towards it with the verse God keeps giving to me over and over in many situations and formats: "I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless" (Genesis 17:1). How do you think we become greatly beloved of God?
"...Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself"
He was cut off for me. He was cut off for you. Never, ever forget that. May it be foremost in my mind and yours as we live each moment of our day. It's a sacrifice that should grip our hearts always. Always. It should drive our actions, thoughts, emotions and reactions. Jesus, my Messiah, was cut off for me. If you cannot say you believe He was cut off for you, I urge you to visit here to help you know who He is, what He did and why He is important to your life.
"And he said, “O man greatly beloved, fear not! Peace be to you; be strong, yes, be strong!” So when he spoke to me I was strengthened, and said, “Let my lord speak, for you have strengthened me.” (10:19)
I've talked about greatly beloved already. This is the third reference to Daniel being greatly beloved. Makes me ponder it even more :) These words are spoken by what my study Bible believes is the preincarnate Christ (read Christ appearing to someone before He took on human form and came down to earth). Can you just imagine Christ saying to you "Peace, be strong." Daniel said he had been strengthened. My response? Ya think?!! I imagine I would be too if Christ appeared to me and said Peace be to you and then told me to be strong. But you know what? He has said it to us. He has said it in His word in numerous places. Just do a word study on peace and strong. You'll be studying for a long while but you indeed will be strengthened.
"...the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits." (11:32)
There is that word strong again. Those who know God shall be strong. Why? Because He gives us strength for what is needed. Those who know God will carry out great exploits. How? By God's plan and His strength that He supplies to us. It's all about Him. It always has been and always will be. I pray to know Him better and more intimately everyday. If you see me carrying out great exploits, know that it is God working through me and providing me with the strength I need.
"At that time Michael shall stand up, The great prince who stands watch over the sons of your people; And there shall be a time of trouble, Such as never was since there was a nation, Even to that time. And at that time your people shall be delivered, Every one who is found written in the book." (12:1)
This is an End Time prophecy (end time meaning when Christ returns for His people, Satan is defeated and the earth as we know it perishes so that a new earth can be established with our Supreme King, Jesus). The book is what we refer to as the Lambs' Book of Life. It's the book where your name gets written when you accept Christ as your Savior (again if you need more information on that visit here). I know I will be delivered because my name is in the book. Have you made your reservation? If you have, may I step on your toes? Have you helped others make their reservation? Let's commit to doing that, me and you. God wants us to, commands us to. He wants to see every name of every person He's created in that book. Let's make sure some more names get added.
And with that I'll say - God Bless and if I never meet you here on earth, I'll see you on the day of deliverance. Meet you in the air!