This final vision in the Book of Daniel again speaks vividly about future events. Because the angel speaking was initially unable to communicate with Daniel due to demonic resistance, we know that Satan aggressively opposes and resists God’s agenda for His people (10:13-14). We also learn from these verses that God sends His angels to influence the world’s political realities for His kingdom (11:1). Again the Lord reveals numerous leaders who would influence the trajectory of history toward its conclusion. The vision culminates with a description of the coming Antichrist who will compete for God’s glory by attempting to hinder His work. Though the timing of these events remains unclear, Daniels’ vision established their certainty. Living with conviction and faith requires believing in what we have yet to see (Heb. 11:1). Daniel’s words prod us to remember that we will win in the end precisely because our Savior will not be denied the glory due His name. Though the challenges of life can often leave us shortsighted, we should lift our gaze to the hope of our coming Lord and home in the eternal new heaven and new earth.
How does recognizing the satanic resistance to God’s kingdom help you frame the evil you see in the world today?