With a second vision regarding the demonic kingdoms of history, Daniel learned of the coming hardship God’s people were going to face. By focusing on the harsh reigns of Medo-Persia and Greece, the need for God’s sovereign authority over the nations once again comes into focus. Realizing the depth of Israel’s sin, Daniel repented before the Lord and pleaded for mercy. Because of the interpretation from Gabriel, we understand the revealed seventy weeks to be only partially fulfilled at this stage of history. How should we live in light of challenging verses like these? Despite the difficulty of these prophecies, again we observe the clear, abiding sovereignty of the Lord over the affairs of history. God disciplines His own and condemns those who reject Him. Though He uses the destructive agendas that dominate the earth, He will also bring them to a screeching halt as Jesus is exalted over all creation. We should take comfort in the fact that the God who rules the universe is also in control of the daily events in our lives.
How does the certainty of history’s conclusion give you peace about your present challenges?