At the End of Days

Today's devotion from Daniel 11-12. God's message through Daniel has been the source of some pretty bad non-prophecy-prophesies. What I mean is that there have been a number of people who have tried to use the book of Daniel to pinpoint the end of time. They've come up with all kinds of formulas based on the visions reported by the prophet.

I'm not sure why. Even as the message becomes very much focused on end times, there isn't much to go on. In fact, Daniel himself confesses during the vision that he doesn't understand. If the one who knew dreams before they were told, the one receiving and recording the vision itself didn't have full clarity, I'm not sure why modern readers would believe they could have more of a grasp.

Mark Twain is attributed with the quote, "It ain't those parts of the Bible that I can't understand that bother me, it is the parts that I do understand." I think this is a valid point, especially when talking about end-time prophecy. I think this is why I tend toward the advice given to Daniel at the conclusion of his book, "Go on your way."

You see, Daniel didn't like having a message that he couldn't fully understand, but it wasn't necessary for him to know every nuance and detail, only to be faithful. That is the key. If you follow God, if you will walk with Him faithfully, then you don't really need to worry about tomorrow, or if there will be a rapture event. It won't matter, because you will be with Him regardless of what that looks like.

So why does God give us end-times visions if we can't fully interpret and understand them? I believe it is His way of reassuring us that He has a plan, even if we can't really comprehend it. Today, don't worry about what may or may not happen. Go on your way, enter your rest, and trust that all God has promised will be yours at the end of days.