The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), September 10
No one knows how time will end except the One who lives outside of time. He sees the beginning and ending of time. Genesis 1 and 2 record the beginning of time, and the Book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ records the end of time. During the Captivity Era, the Lord brings Daniel into His confidence regarding the end of time.
Daniel describes the invasion of Israel and earth’s final wars: “At the time of the end the king of the South . . . shall enter the countries, overwhelm them, and pass through . . . he shall also enter the Glorious Land . . . yet he shall come to his end, and no one will help him” (Dan. 11:40-41, 45).
He describes the deliverance of those whose names are written in the book, “At that time . . . 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)
He describes the resurrection of all humanity for everlasting judgment: “And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, some to shame and everlasting contempt” (12:2).
He describes the refining process of man’s final days, “The words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. Many shall be purified, made white, and refined, but the wicked shall do wickedly” (12:9-10).
He describes the final three years of time, “From the time that the daily sacrifice is taken away, and the abomination of desolation is set up, there shall be one thousand two hundred and ninety days. Blessed is he who waits, and comes to the one thousand three hundred and thirty-five days” (12:11-12).
Several truths emerge about the final days of time:
- God sets time on an alarm clock. Only He knows the final year, day, and hour.
- As the time clock runs down, the rebellious become more rebellious, while the righteous wait for the final hour in hope, because their names are written in a book. God will deliver His people.
- At the end of time every man will be resurrected from the dust, some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt.
- God’s time is the only time that matters, His judgment is the only judgment that matters, and His reward (or punishment) is the only recompense that matters. The world may scoff and deny His coming, but time marches inexorably toward the ringing of His alarm clock that signals the end.
Questions from today’s chronological Bible reading (Dan. 10:1-12:13; Ezra 4:24-5:1; Haggai 1:1-15):
The messenger sent to Daniel refers to Daniel twice as “greatly beloved” as he interacts with Daniel. Read John 15:15. Describe Daniel’s relationship with God. How does it compare to Abraham’s experience in Genesis 18:17-19.
Read Revelation 21:27. What does the LORD reveal to Daniel?
Review Ezekiel 43:6-7. What had God promised regarding the temple of the LORD? How does He ensure the rebuilding of the temple?