Daily Reading: Daniel 11; 1 John 5
“As for both kings, their hearts will be intent on evil, and they will speak lies to each other at the same table; but it will not succeed, for the end is still to come at the appointed time.” (Daniel 11:27, NASB95)
Despite the plotting of kings with their ambitions of power and domination, God holds history in His hand. Evil does not continue without limit. Instead, God appoints their times and their end.
- “Appointed time” is found here and then repeated in Daniel 11:29, 35.
- “The end” is also repeated in Daniel 11:35, 40, 45; 12:4, 6, 9, 13.
- Divine control and purpose are at work even in the midst of terrible evil and suffering (Dan. 11:36).
Why does God foretell future events? It’s not so that we can prevent them; for they have their appointed times. It’s not so that we can avoid the events. Rather, it’s so that we can know that God is at work in history and place our faith in Him. Daniel is told to seal the book until “the end of time” (Dan. 12:4, 9). Only at the end will the truth be known.
In the Gospels, when Jesus talks about the end, He warns His people to “straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near” (Lk. 21:28). The Christian lives ready, and when we see the events approaching, it’s not only a warning of events to come but also a confidence that things are not out of God’s control. Do you trust that God is at work even in midst of evil and wicked events? Are you ready for future events to happen, knowing that God has planned it from the beginning of time?