Standing in the End

 

 

Daniel 12

Intro: recap of our journey through this book

The vision of Jesus still sustains God’s people amid troubling times as we obey toward deliverance and the reward of an inheritance alongside of Jesus.

1. The End of Time (v.1-4)

  • Trouble
  • Deliverance

Revelation 3:5, 13:8

In a time when God’s people will be viewed as trash, scum and faceless protoplasm, they are assured that their names are known and precious to God.’
Dale Ralph Davis, The Message of Daniel

  • Judgment
  • Preservation

2. The How and Why of the End (v.5-9)

  • How long?
  • Why?

3. Standing in the End of all Things (v.10-12)

  • Wicked
  • Wise

Romans 8:29 – For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.

2 Corinthians 3:18 – And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.

Romans 8:26-28 – Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.

2 Corinthians 4:7-18

James 1:2-8 – Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

Our heavenly Father brings trials into our lives and exposes our brokenness in a variety of ways for exactly the right period of time. He knows what challenges are necessary to move his work forward in our hearts, and for how long they need to be applied. What is more, the right period of time for our tials to continue is the one that makes sense to him, not to us – just as the right period of time for the dentist to drill is determined by him and not by the patient. The end will come when God is done with the process, not when we think he should be done. Yet at the same time, when it finally does arrive, the time of the end will be perfect for us, even though we cannot see how it should be so.’
Iain Duguid, Daniel

  • The reward for the wise


Ephesians 1:11-14 – In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.

Conclusion:

What’s your present trouble? What is it revealing about your wisdom?

What’s your role to fulfill in your life of preserving the truth of God for coming generations?

Are you waiting for understanding before obeying or are you obeying in faith awaiting God’s understanding?