Saturday December 9, 2017 – The End is Coming . . . Sometime!
Daniel 11-12 Jude 1
Both the reading from the Old Testament and the New Testament today had similar content. The topic of the end times was at least a partial focus in both books of the Bible so there are lessons about the end times that God must want me to pay attention today. The first passage that I found remarkable was in Daniel 11. 1 “At that time Michael, the great prince who protects your people, will arise. There will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then. But at that time your people—everyone whose name is found written in the book—will be delivered. 2 Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt. 3 Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever. 4 But you, Daniel, roll up and seal the words of the scroll until the time of the end. Many will go here and there to increase knowledge.”
The second passage also contains reference to the angel Michael, but I am going to focus on the last few verses of Jude 1 that contains the following; 17 But, dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold. 18 They said to you, “In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires.” 19 These are the people who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit.
20 But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life. 22 Be merciful to those who doubt; 23 save others by snatching them from the fire; to others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.
24 To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— 25 to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.
The instructions by both Daniel and Jude include things to watch out for and encouragements to believers. There will be difficult times coming ahead and both Jude and Daniel not only provide warning, but encouragement for those who believe to remain strong and not stumble when evil people and circumstances are upon us. We don’t know when, but there are plenty of encouragements for believers to remain vigilant because as the end draws near the rise of evil will also increase.