Daniel’s Key To Understanding The End Times
There has never been a time like now where more people the world over are seeking to understand events in the world and how they relate to the time of the end or end-times. All of the major religions have some sort of end-time scenario. As followers of Christ, we should be the ones who are walking in step with the heartbeats of God and know with discernment from heaven what is going on. As events increasingly move us to the appearing of the “Hope of Glory” we need to be in the Word of God, in prayer, seeking heaven and declaring His word with authority. This is not the time to be guessing.
Much of what we have written in the Bible regarding the end of the age comes from or is related to the Book of Daniel. Daniel and his friends are of the royal household of Judah and are youths in captivity in Babylon.
When events arise and the king needs a dream interpreted it is Daniel and his friends by God’s revelation who are able to tell the king his dream and its meaning. Bible scholars have wrestled with this book and continue to bring much dialogue in the body of Christ the world over. But what are some things that allowed Daniel to gain access and get the information we find written in the book bearing his name?
Daniel 2:17-18 Daniel went to his house and informed his friends, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah about the matter, in order that they might request compassion from the God of heaven concerning this mystery so that Daniel and his friends might not be destroyed with the rest of the wise men of Babylon.”
Seeking God For Compassion, Mercy And Help
The first thing we find is that as soon as the task is given to interpret the king’s dream Daniel goes home and tells his friends to seek God and His compassion. So translations render help and mercy. Regardless they quickly realize that only God has the answers so they cry out to Him for mercy and help in this matter. That should be our constant and continual posture in understanding the things going on in the world.
We do not need to act as if world events have no impact on us as we have seen recently everything matters. Daniel spent a lot of time in prayer and later it nearly cost him his life. When he refused to stop praying he faced the lion’s mouth. But again God heard his cries and delivered him. Another tie his friends were thrown into a fiery furnace for refusing to bow to the music of Satan and the king’s statue.
Daniel is one who constantly seeks God’s help, and for His compassion and mercy. Later God even tells the prophet, Jeremiah, if certain intercessors were to pray He would not change His mind. One of those men was Daniel. He was always in prayer.
This is the time more than ever to cry out for God’s mercy and compassion. Jesus often said ask, seek, and knock. The fruit of persistent prayer is answered prayer. In Daniel’s case in chapter 2, the result was the mystery revealed in a night vision. (Daniel 2:19) God is always speaking and the question is are we listening. He comes in dreams and night visions, which are not the same because we often are so busy that we can’t hear what He is saying. Daniel received the answer that he needed and was able to give the king the answer he needed.
Blessing God and Thanking Him
Daniel 2:20 Daniel answered and said, “Let the name of God be blessed forever and ever. For wisdom and power belong to HIm.” verse 23 “To Thee O God of my Fathers I give thanks and praise.”
Before Daniel rushed out to tell the king the dream he paused and immediately thanked God for the wisdom and revelation and for His mercy and help. He blessed the Lord. This should be our attitude in all things. Paul wrote to give thanks in every situation. We are quick to pray and call on the name of the Lord and seek Him, but do we stop and thank Him, praise Him and Bless Him. In verse 23 he tells why he is praising him: “Even now thou hast made known to me what we requested of thee. For you have made known to us the king’s matter.”
We as Christians do not practice praise and thanksgiving enough. I know some people go around and say “praise God” all of the time. It may get annoying and whether they really mean it at least there is praise going up for God.
Phillipians 4:6 “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”
Thanksgiving to God is not just what we do after He answers our prayers, or helps us, but rather we should be thanking Him ahead of time. I believe that posture demonstrates great faith. We are telling God we thank Him for helping us in our situation and He is pleased. He enjoys us but even more when we are grateful and not taking things for granted. Praise, Bless, honor, glorify and thank Him in all things!!!
Recognizing What God Has Done
Daniel often recognized who God was and what He has done and can do.
Daniel 2:21: And it is He who changes the times and epochs; He removes kings and establishes kings; He gives wisdom to wise men, and knowledge to men of understanding. 22 It is He who reveals the profound and hidden things; He knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with Him.
Daniel recognizes God as the one who knows the times and seasons and he sets up kings and kingdoms, and nothing is hidden from Him. God had given wisdom and power regarding the mystery and Daniel recognized that it was no mystery to God and God allowed Daniel into the secret place and gave him wisdom and understanding. Thus, Daniel recognizes that God is the one who holds all of the answers and all of the keys, He is all-knowing.
In Daniel 2:28 Daniel tells Nebuchadnezzar that there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries and He made known what the king desired to make known.
To God, there really is no mystery for He knows all the answers, and He can reveal the secrets to those who are willing to ask for help with an attitude of Thanksgiving, recognizing that only God can help us and give us the answers we seek. These are the attributes and posture of Daniel in prayer as he sought help and mercy from God. This continued to be his lifestyle and we later see more and more revelation v=being given regarding his people and the end-times
I doubt that Daniel set out seeking answers for the end times but rather he sought help to know what would happen regarding his people. He sought God’s mercy in many situations and each time God revealed through dreams, visions, angelic visitations, and the word. Let us seek the Lord and cry out for fresh revelation and help and mercy with a heart of thanksgiving and praise.
Watch and see what He says and what he does.
Let us continue in thankfulness that God has told us ahead of time what events will happen. We need wisdom and discernment. The whole world is asking questions that we have the answers to because God has revealed them to us through His Son and His Spirit. Nothing should catch us off guard or by surprise. Change and more change will come more rapidly. I urge you to seek God in prayer and in His word.